A Christmas Story

by Milt Lum, Staff writer

Char laid out a single strand of green and red miniature LED Christmas lights on the faux mantel piece as her one concession to the holiday season. The assisted living facility to which she had moved had decorated everywhere outside of her room. She was not cynical about nor Scrooge-like in her approach to Christmas, but this holiday was too closely associated with losses in her life.

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A Christmas Birthday for Mother

by Eline Lybarger, Staff Writer

Mother moved with us to Port Ludlow in October of 1996 and quickly made friends while, at age 80, she learned to play bridge. Her birthday was December 23, so I decided to give her a bridge birthday party. The house was decorated from floor to ceiling, with a 10-foot tree the star attraction. There were four tables with score cards, two decks of new playing cards, and nibbles at each corner. Tea sandwiches, coffee, tea, cold drinks, and birthday cake were ready for the break.

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Edibles – Sisters’ Cider House

by Carol Riley, Staff Writer

In the August 2021 issue of the Voice, my Edibles column was about Port Ludlow residents Roger and Lee Anderson and their dream of opening a cider house on Bainbridge Island with their family, daugh- ters Randi and Caron, and Randi’s husband Alex. The goal was to open in the fall of 2021, but issues with the lease, local, state, and federal regulations kept pushing the date on the calendar.

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Local Group Addresses Housing Crisis

by Jay Bakst, Kay Raffo, Jane Lohry Armstrong, Guest Writers

Have you noticed that local businesses are sometimes closed due to staff shortages? Like many areas of the country, Jefferson County is in a housing crisis. Where other regions have limited rental vacancy rates averaging 5-6%, Jefferson County has one that hovers between 0-1%. One segment of the market with a drastic shortage is affordable workforce housing.

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Our County Library: How It Grew, What It Offers

by Dr. Tamara R. Meredith, Jefferson County Library District Director

Dr. Tamara Meredith has been the Director of the Jefferson County Library District since 2017. She has worked in library administration and education for over 17 years, including public, school, and academic libraries in Colorado, Wyoming, and Washington.

Home Library Service

Our Home Library Service is a free, personalized home delivery service for county residents who are unable to visit the library due to age, disability or illness. Caregivers are also eligible.

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Port Ludlow Art League

December Program Meeting
Speaker – Carol Reynolds

The Owl
by Carol Reynolds

The Port Ludlow Art League is delighted to welcome Carol Reynolds as the speaker for their December Program Meeting.

Growing up in a household where her mother was a seamstress and her grandmother a needleworker, Carol was instinctively drawn to textile art. Initially a weaver, Carol will speak about a new technique called “new hand stitching” or “slow stitching,” which is a mindful process that encourages the artist to thoughtfully create textile art by stitching with needle and thread. Carol works with repurposed cloth, thread, and photo transfers—cutting, ripping, sewing, dying, and painting fabrics, achieving depth by layering with transparent and translucent materials.

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