ECHHO – Making a Difference for 24 years

by Nancy Budd-Garvan, ECHHO Driver and Board Member

When Cynthia heard the word “Cancer,” her heart sank. When they told her she faced 30 days of radiation treatments at a center in Poulsbo and that someone would need to drive her there and back every day, she was overwhelmed. She had just recently moved to Port Ludlow, and due to the pandemic, hadn’t had an opportunity to get acquainted with people. So how was she going to get to Poulsbo and back, every day, for a month?!

Standing are ECHHO drivers Margie and Jim Gormly, with
Lenetta Johnson seated in the wheelchair.
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Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

by Tim Rensema Contributing Writer

The Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (JCPRAB) is designated as the principal public input to advising the Parks and Recreation Division and the County Commissioners on impacts of programs and decisions to the public. The duties of the JCPRAB are provided in the Bylaws and the “Jefferson County Parks, Recreation & Open Space Plan Update 2015” (henceforth “Open Space Plan”). JCPRAB partners with the Manager of Parks and Recreation to evaluate decisions, policies, and programs and provide input to the decision-making process. The JCPRAB is made up of three members from each of the three districts and one County Commissioner (currently Heidi Eisenhour). District 3’s representatives are Jon Cooke, Kim Cote, and Tim Rensema.  Kim Cote and Tim Rensema follow a long tenure by Doug Huber, who proved instrumental in the development of the Open Space Plan as the Chair of JCPRAB. So, while there are no county parks in the immediate vicinity of Port Ludlow, we do have ample representation on the Board.

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Let the Unlocking Begin!

by John Goldwood, Features Editor

As this is written in early April, I am reminded of what naturalists sometimes call the “unlocking”, that time of transition between the seemingly cold and lifeless winter and the initial flow of new life burgeoning in forests, ponds, and the soil around us. In my Midwest childhood, the unlocking was quite pronounced and impacted the senses in every way. The rising sap in sugar maple trees; the first moonlit evening when the chorus frogs (we called them spring peepers) would erupt with their amorous music; blossoms of the earliest wildflowers struggling to push their way through a layer of unexpected snow; and a delicate, but sweet, scent in the evening air that appeared only in those brief weeks after winter was vanquished, but before “full spring”’ had arrived. 

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by Darryl Hatheway, Contributing Writer

Kukakuka is the Hawaiian word that translates to “Let’s talk story.” When Hawaiians talk story, they take the subject seriously since it is about sharing our life experiences with others, and in the process tightens the bonds of friendship. It is a widely used term that let’s those about to hear the storytelling know there may be some deeper meaning to this sharing of a life experience beyond chatting.


Meet Your Firefighters

by Ron Dawson, Contributing Writer

Meet Jimmy Baggett, resident firefighter and EMT with Port Ludlow Fire and Rescue. Jimmy has been a firefighter for fifteen months. He began his career as a volunteer. Originally from Bainbridge Island, he went to college at Hawaii Pacific University where he was involved with their soccer program. During that time he became interested in firefighting, and all the boxes were checked on that profession as a goal.

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Local Authors, New Books

by Valerie Massey Goree, Contributing Writer

To read or not to read? That is the question. In this digital age, we have so many choices: E-books or paperbacks? Visiting brick-and-mortar stores or ordering online? How about meeting the author in person at a book signing event? Yes, I know, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we haven’t been able to participate in those activities for a long time.

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World-Wide Labyrinth Day

by Marsha Hamacher, Guest Writer

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a lot of changes in our lives, some good, some challenging.  We have organized our homes, rediscovered hobbies, and found joy in working from home.  But even with Zoom, we miss in-person activities with family and friends, leaving us isolated, even depressed.  Getting outdoors and into nature can help, and one of my favorite outdoor activities that also aligns with the pandemic rules – fresh outside air, away from others, masked if necessary – is walking the labyrinth.

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Memorial Day: History and Remembrance

by John Goldwood, Contributing Writer

Memorial Day has been celebrated in the United States since the Civil War. Although a designated date honoring those killed in battle is sometimes attributed to Abraham Lincoln following the Battle of Gettysburg, the actual origin story is more complex. The Civil War, fought from 1861 to 1865, killed over 600,000 soldiers from both the Union Army and Confederate Army. Many women’s organizations across both southern and northern states started honoring their fallen soldiers by placing flowers on their graves as early as 1861 and began advocating for a national Decoration Day at the end of the war in 1865.

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Mel Kivley, Character Actor of Port Hadlock

by Tim Rensema, Contributing Writer

You have heard the saying—”One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” That is definitely true for Melvin Kivley. As you approach the intersection of the Irondale Road, Route 116, and Center Road in Port Hadlock, I am sure you have seen Ann Kivley Drive and the Kivley Center. Mel was a character of the times. He started his stay in Jefferson County, newly married to Ann, but had a one-year stay in the jail in the County Courthouse for moonshining. He was arrested in Stanwood, approximately 20 miles NW of Everett in the early 1930s, but the Seattle court sent him to Port Townsend to do his time. He was fortunate to have grown up on a farm, skills which were exactly what Sheriff Jack Carroll needed to establish his farm on Indian Island. Ann stayed with him on the farm. He promised Ann he would no longer deal in liquor while they were married.

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Mother’s Day and Mushrooms

by John Goldwood, Contributing Writer

Holidays do not ‘just happen’. Mother’s Day is no exception. It is also no exception to the triumph of consumerism and secularization of a holiday originally intended to be celebrated somewhat differently. Although there were a number of women, and at least one man, who invested considerable effort in creating a national Mother’s Day holiday in the 1800s and early 1900s, the most successful effort was the result of the dedication and effort of Anna Jarvis.

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