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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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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Meet Your Firefighters

By Ron Dawson, contributing writer

Meet Richard Spellman, Port Ludlow Fire and Rescue firefighter and paramedic. He has been a firefighter for seven years and a paramedic for eight. Richard and his family moved from Chicago, Illinois, last May. He is very pleased that he has a position with Port Ludlow Fire and Rescue, as they moved before he had a job out here. His family consists of his wife Amy; a two- year-old son, Samuel; a six-month old daughter, Penelope; and Cooper, the dog. They became interested in our area after a road trip from Chicago and have bought a house in Poulsbo.

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Smart Driver Course Tentatively Coming Back in October

The AARP-sponsored Smart Driver course will be offered at the Beach Club Monday, October 4, and Friday, October 8, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., both days. The purpose of the course is to enable drivers to enhance and extend their safe-driving experience.

Topics will include the latest changes in driving technologies, effects of the aging process on the ability to drive safely, and ways to accommodate both sets of changes. The course is strongly recommended for drivers who have not taken it before, those who took it a long time ago, and those who are new to Washington’s driving regulations or the local driving environment.

Washington state encourages insurance companies to grant premium discounts to drivers who take the course, which is open to the public. A $25 fee will be charged to cover the cost of materials. AARP members will receive a $5 discount. The course duration is eight hours; therefore, attendance is required both days.

Important Notes:

  • The course could be cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns. (AARP already cancelled the classes that had been scheduled for September).
  • If you are interested in becoming an instructor for the AARP Smart Driver course, please contact Russ Henry for more information. He is retiring from leading the course on January 1. His retirement will leave Jefferson County without an instructor.

To reserve a place in the class or to ask for more information, call Russ Henry at 360-437-2250.

Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue Alarm Statistics July 2021

Alarms

Fires                                                                     7                                                                               

Rescue/Emergency Medical                      81

Service Call/Good Intent                              22

False Alarm                                                         5

Total Alarms                                                   115

Ambulance Transports

Jefferson Healthcare                                     22              
St. Michael’s                                                       16   

Medevac                                                              2

Home                                                                   1                  

Total Transports                                             41

Aid

Aid Given                                                          7                                 

Aid Received                                                  22