Arts and Entertainment
Community music moves online or gets rescheduled
While some community musical events have had to be canceled due to the coronavirus, others are finding ways to forge on via the …
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PtSA calls for community to create ‘Postcards From Home’
The Port Townsend School of the Arts is offering comfort and interconnectedness to the local community by asking area residents to …
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‘Battlesnake’ engages kids’ brains
With local schools closed for several weeks at least, local techies David Ehnebuske and Gage Pacifera aim to engage kids in learning …
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‘Communiversity’ wraps spring series with birders
Centrum concludes its “Communiversity” series for the spring months by highlighting the contributions of citizen science …
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Local news
Rhody Run canceled; festival up in the air

The annual Rhody Run 12k race has been canceled for the first time in its almost 42-year history. Race director Jenni Little said the decision was made by the Port Townsend Marathon Association on March 13 after monitoring how other races across the country were responding to the burgeoning health crisis.

Community raises emergency funds for COVID-19 response
In response to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, community members are collecting funds to help support local nonprofits on the front lines of responding to the crisis.
Farmers Market opening postponed until April 25
The Port Townsend Farmers Market’s opening has been postponed to April 25.
County treasurer asks taxpayers to pay early if they can
Because the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted certain taxpayers’ ability to pay for Jefferson County’s essential services, the county treasurer announced incentives for those who are able to pay what they owe ahead of schedule, and relief for those who are unable to pay in full or on time.
City of Port Townsend operates at reduced levels
Many branches of the City of Port Townsend government have changed their availability to continue to deliver essential services while attempting to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and meet the governor’s “stay home, stay healthy” order.
On the calendar
Community cancellations for March 25, 2020

As the state strives to protect its citizens from transmission of the coronavirus, the arts, entertainment and education venues and organizations of Port Townsend and Jefferson County continue to …

Community Calendar for March 18, 2020

Editor’s note: Wednesday before publication is the deadline for calendar additions, which must be emailed to calendars@ptleader.com by 5 p.m. Entries submitted after that deadline will not be …

Obituaries
Judy Boroughf passed away at her home in Port Townsend on March 24, 2020 after a long illness. Judy was born on May 6, 1937 in Andover, Massachusetts to Carl and Judith Crain. Judy was 82. Judy …
Beverly Carol Kestler, a Port Ludlow resident of 23 years, died peacefully at home on March 25 at age 86. “Bev” was a vibrant, outgoing person who was an active community volunteer, a …
Howard was born to Janice P. Fletcher and Howard T. Barnhouse Sr. at Fort Lewis military base on July 23, 1956. Howard grew up in San Jose, California and attended Camden High School and then …
Yvonne passed away peacefully and in the presence of loved ones, while under Hospice care at her home in Silverdale, Washington. Yvonne was born to Rose and Walter Johnson of Port Townsend, …
Carl Main, of Port Townsend Washington, passed away in the early hours of St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2020 at the age of 92. He had lived in Port Townsend for 9 years but first visited PT in …
Columnists
On the couch: Leader streaming reviews

Post-Cold War spy caper ‘Ronin’ still thrills 22 years later

I’ve been reviewing films for The Leader for coming up on three years now, yet somehow I’ve never submitted a review of director John Frankenheimer’s 1998 spy caper …

April fools: Things I definitely didn’t do

Fifty-two years ago today I did not go into the U.S. Navy leaving my bride of nine days in front of the federal building in Cleveland, Ohio. I knew exactly where I was going and for how long. BJ knew …
Opinion

A tidal wave of need

This moment reminds me of one I faced 19 years ago. My community was under attack. My staff of 24 had made it home safely, but we were on lockdown. I sat in my office alone thinking of the tidal wave …

Keep an eye out for giant hornets

Last year the Asian giant hornet was seen in Blaine and Bellingham. It is a newly introduced pest, and if established it will have serious negative impacts on the environment and the honeybee …