Innovative Options at Chimacum School

The Focus Program at Chimacum Junior/Senior High School is an opportunity for students to do individualized coursework in almost any subject they choose. Different teachers have a period in the school day to support groups of students in a classroom setting while each student works through their own online curriculum using an innovative platform called Edgenuity.

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by Jim Gormly, Staff Writer

So many forks, so many tines! Which one to take? Wikipedia lists 36 different culinary or kitchen forks, from asparagus fork to toasting fork. Who knew? But not all forks are associated with food. For example, there is fork in a tree, tuning fork, pitchfork, fork in a road, Southfork Ranch in Dallas, decision forks, and the town of Forks, named after the forks in nearby rivers. We fork over money. And a player can fork in chess, where a single piece attacks two or more pieces simultaneously, forcing the defender to decide how to minimize the loss. And then, of course, the road of life is constantly filled with forks, that is, if we have free will, and I believe we do. We have responsibility for our decisions, and hence, experience the consequences, good or bad. Robert Frost would have us take the road less traveled. And before that, Lewis Carroll gave us Alice:

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“The World Will Little Note — But Can Never Forget”

by Milt Lum, Staff Writer

“The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but can never forget what they did here.” These familiar words from President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address are etched in marble on the north wall of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. On the last Monday in May, our nation will remember all of those who have given “their last full measure of devotion.”

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Love and Duty

by Suyin Karlsen, Guest Writer

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. Furthermore, Jane Austen would have added — In the early 20th century, it was a truth universally acknowledged, that if such a man lived in British Malaya, he would go to the Convent orphanage located in Penang, to find a wife.

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20th Anniversary of Teal Lake Park

by Dave McDearmid, President, Port Ludlow Fly Fishers

Teal Lake Park Teal Lake Park

This month the Port Ludlow Fly Fishers will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the grand opening of Teal Lake Park. We take pride in our founding members’ accomplishment in creating this park and in our continued stewardship of this very popular stillwater trout fishing destination on the North Olympic Peninsula. We wish to acknowledge the many contributions and ongoing relationships that have made this possible. It truly took a Village . . . in the Woods by the Bay…to make this happen. Among the founding members who played key roles in developing the club and Teal Lake Park were Archie Charawell, Arnie Koch, Ken and Dorothy Winter, Dale Witt, and Earl Yim.

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Winning Ways with Wearable Wool

by Marie Bogan, Staff Writer

Teal Lake Park Kim Vogley models her top-ranked ensemble

In yet another example of the talent that abounds in our area, Kim Vogley of Quilcene has won the national Make It With Wool competition. It’s an event that has been promoting the appeal and wearability of wool since 1947. Before entering the countrywide contest, Vogley had to qualify and win first place at the state level. Her top-ranked entry in both events was a double-breasted wool coat and dress of her own design.

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Residual Artifacts of Port Ludlow

by Tim Rensema, Staff Writer

In the June 2021 edition of the Voice, I wrote an article about the location of the fire station. I received notifica- tions—two through emails to the Voice, and one really irate phone call. Bill Eldridge, a descendant from a major farming family who has been a resident at Port Ludlow for a long time, corrected me on my assumptions. There were three big mistakes I made: The first was the location – the existing firehouse is currently on the site of the original fire house. The location I identified had been used as a construction yard for the condominiums going up across Oak Bay Road. The building I thought may have been the early fire house was actually located in Mats Mats and was later a bait shop. I apologize for these mistakes and hope not to repeat them. We have various structures or artifacts that still exist in Port Ludlow.

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April showers bring May flowers and May brings us National Asparagus Day on Tuesday, May 24. Asparagus is a vegetable that I hated as a child but have grown to love as an adult. It’s such a versatile vegetable and so good for you. It can be steamed, grilled, roasted and stir-fried; it’s a good source of fiber, folate, and vitamins A, C, and E.

Asparagus is an ancient vegetable. You can find mention of it dating back to 3000 B.C. The root word was Persian, asparag, meaning sprout or shoot which then morphed into sparagus in the 16 th century. Peasants called it “sparrow grass.” The vegetable found its way to North America with European settlers around 1655. In 1685 an ad for Pennsylvania listed it as a crop that did well in the American climate. Currently, the three states known for producing asparagus are Michigan, California, and Washington. In 2019, according to, the total production for the crop was just over 84 million pounds! It takes three years from seed to harvest, but once established, plants produce for decades. Picking, however, is labor intensive as each spear is hand picked. Workers excavate around each spear about nine inches into the soil and clip the spear at its base—hard work.

If you would like to celebrate asparagus in all its glory, consider attending the 36 th Annual Asparagus Festival in Stockton, California, on May 6 – 8.

The month of May brings us another national food obser- vance on May 10, National Shrimp Day. I have been a fan of shrimp since childhood! Another good-for-you-food, a three-ounce serving of shrimp has just 90 calories and almost 20 grams of protein, no carbs, low fat, vitamin B, iron and omega-3.

Shrimp and asparagus could be a match made in heaven. Here’s a recipe on for just one way to combine these two celebrated foods: Shrimp and Asparagus Stir Fry

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