by Mary Ronen, Staff Writer

“I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud. So I like best of all autumn, because its tone is mellower, its colors are richer, and it is tinged with a little sorrow. Its golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life and its content.” — Lin Yutang

November is a fine month. Days are shorter, and gener- ally much wetter and cooler. Even so, it is still a fine month. We associate November with family gatherings for Thanksgiving, and holiday shopping for the best bargains on “black Friday.” There is more, though, to November. There is Veterans Day on November 11, when we pay tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially to all living veterans who served. It is always celebrated on that date, and banks and post offices are closed. Midterm elections this year are Tuesday, November 8, when among other things 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate are being contested. Needless to say, there are also a number of important races right here in Jefferson County as well. (Just a plug to remind you to vote.)

This issue of the Voice is full of interesting articles: Find out about Chimacum Backpacks for Kids on page 18. Jefferson Healthcare welcomed new providers to its staff (page 26), the First Wednesday Luncheon speakers will satisfy your curiosity about the 65-foot blue-and-white trawler that’s moored at the marina (page 26), the Port Ludlow Yacht Club Women’s Group enjoyed an outing at Finn River Farm & Cidery (page 29), and last but not least in this short sampling, you can learn how to dry your beautiful flowers preserving them for the grey days of winter (page 27).

Please sit back with a cup of coffee or tea (or your favorite beverage) and enjoy the November Port Ludlow Voice.