October 11: A Day to Support and Celebrate Girls

by Marie Bogan, Staff Writer

Did you know that girls of all ages—from Port Ludlow to Port-au-Prince—have a fall day that is dedicated solely to their well-being and future potential? International Day of the Girl is annually observed on Monday, October 11.

It was instituted by the United Nations nine years ago to recognize specific challenges faced by girls around the world. Those challenges include ongoing violence and inadequate access to health care. The day is imbued with a special emphasis on child marriage and the importance of education.

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Earthquakes aren’t going to stop during a pandemic: Let’s be prepared

by Jay Bakst, Port Ludlow Great Washington Shakeout Coordinator

Our earthquake preparation does not stop because of a pandemic. Each October, Jefferson County participates in the Great Washington Shakeout. It is a time to review the steps to take should a big earthquake occur and a chance to coordinate actions between Port Ludlow and Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management. This year’s event is scheduled for 10:21 a.m., Thursday, October 21. 

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Meet Your Firefighters

by Ron Dawson, Guest Writer

Meet Gary Kavanagh, who has been the Acting Chief of Port Ludlow Fire and Rescue until the consolidation with East Jefferson Fire and Rescue took place on September 1, 2021. Gary started his fire service career in California in 1979 and was Battalion Chief for a portion of the twenty-eight years he was with CalFire. After retirement in California, he moved to Port Ludlow, where he bought a lot with his wife Nancy and built a home. They have two daughters; Jennifer, who lives in the area, and Dawn, who is in South Dakota. Not one to sit around, he has been a volunteer with Port Ludlow Fire and Rescue for the last five years.

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He was attracted to our area after visiting his brother in Poulsbo. Interestingly, he grew up in a family where eight members were in the fire service. He has an interest in boating when away from the job, and presently is between boats. His big decision is whether to go sail or power when he replaces his boat. Since putting in a backyard bocce ball court, Gary and family look forward to having the Port Ludlow firefighters over for friendly tournaments.

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Village Council Meetings

Annual Meeting of Voting Members
Thursday, October 7, 2021
2:45 p.m., Video Conference Call

Workshop Meeting
Video Conference Call

Link to join either Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 938 1451 2219

Password: 98365

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+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)


Digital Life Club Resumes In-Person Meetings

Port Ludlow Digital Life, the local organization devoted to learning and sharing information about all digital devices, is resuming in-person meetings at the Bay Club. New members and existing members are invited to attend the two meetings planned for this month. Remember that you must wear a face mask inside the Bay Club, whether you have been vaccinated or not.

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South Bay Community Association Update

by Gil Skinner, President, SBCA Board of Directors

A heartfelt thank you. The first thing I want to do is thank the hardworking members of last year’s SBCA Board: Bart Clark, Bruce Birch, Dick Grieves, Dave Jurca, Christine Spagle, Bill Wight, and Tom Sprandel. If there ever was a difficult year, this Board had it. Kudos to all of you for working through the pandemic and keeping the Association on an even keel.

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