Port Ludlow Woman Returns from Ukraine — An Emotional Saga from Her Native Land

by Elena Salaks, Guest Writer

I traveled to the Ukrainian border with the intent to help those displaced by the Russian invasion in Ukraine. I will never forget what I saw and heard … the faces, the tears, the kindness, and the horror. I still find it hard to reconcile my thoughts into something cohesive—but here’s a rambling attempt.

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Get Involved in Local Community Resilience and Sustainability with Local 20/20

by Cindy Jayne, Guest Writer

Are you curious to learn more about what is happening in Jefferson County to become more resilient to future chal- lenges, whether from extreme weather patterns or from other types of emergencies? Are you interested in how we might be more sustainable in our use of resources? Perhaps you have attended an emergency preparedness event in your Port Ludlow neighborhood, part of the effort to prepare us for a variety of possible hazards, some climate related and some not. Local 20/20 coordinated that effort. We are an all-volunteer nonprofit focused on Jefferson County with a mission of “Working together to foster a regenera- tive, sustainable, resilient and compassionate community in Jefferson County through both action and education.”

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Ludlow Village Players

by LVP Artistic Director Val Durling, Guest Writer

Once Upon a Time in the “Village in the Woods by the Bay” there were two little theaters: Ludlow Little Theater thrived in the 1990s performing at the Bay Club, and the Port Ludlow Players (PLP) formed in the early 2000s performing at the Beach Club. By 2003 both groups had lost their directors and shut down. When PLP was formed, they also started a Reader’s Theater group, where you sit around a table with a cup of coffee and a cookie while reading a play once a month. This group met in a private home and is still active, now meeting at the Beach Club the third Tuesday of each month. In early 2007, one of attendees said, “I sure do miss putting on plays. Do you suppose we can ever do that again?” The overwhelming consensus was “yes, let’s do it!” We even named it that night—a sort of combo of the other two—Ludlow Village Theater (now Ludlow Village Players or LVP). I and several others were named to an advisory committee.

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Dove House Advocacy Services – Rekindling Hopes and Dreams

by Bekka Bloom, Development

Last year, Dove House served approximately 550 Jefferson County residents across all services

We were unable to meet the meeds of 147 people who called our crisis line for emergency shelter because ours was full.

A mom with two children contacts Dove House late at night via our 24/7 Crisis Line and explains that she is feeling unsafe from her abusive spouse. Because of local donations, our advocates are able to arrange for her and her children to stay in a hotel room overnight.

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History of Centrum

by Bev Rothenborg, Staff Writer

woman working Centrum hosts over 200 artists-in-residence on its campus each year.

It was between 1961 and 1966 when the Washington State Arts Commission conceived the idea of a multi-purpose center to serve residents and visitors to the state. They investigated possibilities and nominated 22 potential sites. After site visitations, Fort Worden in Port Townsend won the official designation, and the site was deeded to the State Parks and Recreation Commission.

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Port Ludlow Art League

At an impromptu luncheon at the Port Ludlow Inn some 20 years ago, Phyliss Hansen, Jeanette Best, and Janice Gruber, along with several other local artists, discussed ways to share their artwork with the community.

It’s no surprise that artists are drawn to Port Ludlow. After all, the community offers a picturesque bay and marina, two delightful community gathering places, a beautiful 18-hole golf course, many scenic hiking trails, and a variety of activities that many community volunteers work hard to provide.

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Port Ludlow Village Council

by Mike Towner – PLVC Board Member and Chair, Communications Committee

We would like to shine a spotlight on the Port Ludlow Village Council (PLVC). Those of you who have moved to Port Ludlow in the past two years may not be aware of what the PLVC does and how it serves our community. Others of you who have been here longer may also benefit from learning more about how the Board operates and the benefits we derive from its existence.

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A Rotary Year Unlike Any Other – East Jefferson Rotary Club Shines Amidst Pandemic

by Rick Smith, President, EJC Rotary

I can’t tell you how honored I am to have served as President of this great club over the past 12 months. I am extremely proud of the way the club has responded to the challenges that have resulted from the pandemic. It hasn’t been an easy task and the ability to socialize and converse in person, one of our club’s greatest strengths, was limited, yet we still managed to accomplish quite a bit over the last year to help those in need in the community.

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