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When Merrily Mount received a visiting delegation of Japanese nursing students at Jefferson Healthcare hospital’s South County Medical Clinic in Quilcene last year, she considered it a career high in her 45 years of health service, 21 of which have been spent in Quilcene.

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A bloom of bluegreen algae was found by Jefferson County Public Health at Lake Leland in January, but test results did not show detectable levels of toxins. Warning signs have been posted at the boat ramp and fishing pier.

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Composting toilets proved to be the hot topic of the Jefferson County Board of Health’s Jan. 18 meeting as at least a dozen members of the public spoke out in favor of the composting toilets, while board members acknowledged misconceptions that exist about their legality.

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As flu activity increasing across the country and flu-like symptoms cause more people to make a trip to the hospital, officials with Jefferson County Public Health want the public to know when to seek emergency medical care and when to stay home.

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By the afternoon of Dec. 17, the daylong Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment event taking place at the Tri-Area Community Center, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., had received a total of three walk-in clients, plus four people who called in with questions.

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After 24 years of enriching the lives of people with disabilities in Port Townsend, Gatheringplace has joined forces with nonprofits in Hawaii to broaden the scope of its outreach by introducing the first annual Hawai‘i ‘Ohana Calendar, the organization announced recently.

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“What the organic movement is about is food that’s grown in ways that are ethical and environmentally safe, and that will make you healthy,” Michaela Colley, program director of the Organic Seed Alliance, told visitors to Finnriver Farm Sept. 25. Guests prepared to graze through a buffet lin…

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A Battle of Normandy veteran. A man who, at 93 years old, took a cross-country road trip in a van. A woman who served in the military before women were permitted to be on the battlefield.

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State and county health officials acknowledged that western Washington’s air quality has taken a hit over the past week, as smoke from Canadian wildfires drifted south.

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Blue Heron Middle School is offering a free meal program for children ages 18 and younger this summer. Breakfast and lunch made by the Port Townsend Schools chef is available from July 10 through July 28, Monday through Friday at the Blue Heron Middle School cafeteria, 3939 San Juan Ave. Bre…

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A new 4,370-square-foot health care clinic for Port Ludlow, a joint venture between Jefferson Healthcare and Port Ludlow Associates (PLA), is progressing slower than anticipated.

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Jefferson Healthcare hosts a free orthopedic health seminar on degenerative joint pain from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, June 22 in the Dirksen Conference Room, Jefferson Healthcare Medical Center, 834 Sheridan St.

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The Washington Dental Service Foundation’s SmileMobile is to be in Port Townsend June 19-30 offering service to children though high school age and pregnant/postpartum women who might not otherwise have access to dental care. The SmileMobile is parked at the Jefferson County Health Departmen…

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High levels of the potent nerve toxin anatoxin-a were detected in a water sample taken from Anderson Lake on Monday, May 22, prompting Washington State Parks to close the lake for recreation, including fishing, boating and swimming.

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East Jefferson Fire Rescue (EJFR) Fire Chief Gordon Pomeroy has received the 2017 Outstanding Contribution to Rural Health award from the Washington Rural Health Association.

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“Navigating the Teen Years with Mindful Self-compassion,” a free talk for parents and youths ages 9-18 is set for 7-8 p.m., Saturday, March 18 at the Friends Meetinghouse, 1847 Sheridan.

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While there have been no cases of mumps in Jefferson, Clallam or Kitsap counties to date, the health officer for Jefferson and Clallam counties has warned, “We are definitely at risk for an outbreak.”

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Dr. Judy Gayne speaks to a full house on the importance of heart health for women (and men) at the sold-out second annual Jefferson Healthcare Foundation Well Hearts Luncheon. The Feb. 3 event at the Northwest Maritime Center was held on National Wear Red Day which is a reminder to everyone …

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The Port Ludlow Community Church donated more than 60 wrapped Christmas gifts for people staying in the COAST Winter Shelter in Port Townsend. Pictured are, from left to right, Justine Bedell, Olympic Community Action Programs (OlyCAP) housing service coordinator; Peg Councill, Doug Garcia a…

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Join Daniella Chace, local clinical nutritionist, educator and author, at the Port Townsend Public Library for a discussion about nutrition, cancer prevention and her latest book, “Breast Cancer Smoothies.” The free talk begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

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Jefferson Healthcare offers a mindfulness-based stress reduction program Oct. 20-Nov. 17. Using Jon Kabat-Zinn’s mindfulness meditation work, the program focuses on practical strategies to recognize and reduce chronic emotional and physical stress as well as increase inner calm and well-being.

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Jefferson County sponsors the screening of “Infinitely Polar Bear” at noon on Saturday, Oct. 22. The free event takes place at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave., Port Townsend.

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