Bluebills and a new trail


Finally, the election is over. You probably can’t wait until the presidential election a couple of years from now gets geared up. I’m sorry, I think it is already in high gear.

Some time ago, the Boeing Bluebills installed a couple of grab bars in our shower to give me more security as I dealt with some humbling back problems. Most of them are thankfully gone, but the grab bars and the Bluebills remain.

The Bluebills are loaded with volunteer talent and have some members who were not actually part of Boeing. (You, too, could be Bluebill.)

In a recent newsletter subtly entitled the “Bluebill Flyer,” just a few of the things they do in Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap counties are highlighted. Clint Webb headed up a used book sale that raised more than $2,000 for school STEM education. Barbara Berthiaume has been very involved in that program for the last few years.

The Bluebills have a very active program picking up food at World Vision and delivering it to food banks in all three counties. On Nov. 16, they will hold a silent auction from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Bay Club. Admission is $5 unless you are a member, so join up and save $5!

Recently I saw a presentation on the new and developing “Chetzemoka Interpretive Trail,” which is a partnership between the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and a project envisioned by the Port Townsend Native Connections Action Group. The trail will be located on existing back roads, sidewalks and trails to connect points of tribal, geographic and historic interest in Port Townsend.

The purpose is to provide access to the story of Chetzemoka and the S’Klallam people in Port Townsend in a visual and physical way. The group is in the process of gaining the necessary government approvals, logically followed by fundraising efforts for the signs and other costs associated with the project.

I drove to Port Angeles last Friday for a 7 a.m. meeting. Thankfully, BJ woke me at 5:20 a.m. since my alarm failed me. The drive had rain, fog, black-ink darkness and trucks. I only missed out on snow. There is no doubt in my mind that winter is imminent.

The power went out last Friday for several hours in East Jefferson County. Lunch then became hamburgers from the outside grill and entertainment was some reading and a short nap.

Then the inevitable: Let’s go to the movies in Silverdale. We picked “Hunter-Killer” a submarine drama with some action but mostly political intrigue and an interesting plot. I suspect the submarine videos, both actual and computer-generated, will draw substantial interest from many of the region’s residents.

Relatively new residents and yacht club members Theresa Muir and Mike Titus were delightful dinner companions at a recent event. Mike has a background in the forest products industry so he and Ramsey Smith have lots of “wood stuff” to talk about. Ramsey was an academic who taught the subject.

On the subject of academics, the Monon Bell Game is this Saturday. Results will be posted next week.

Many of you readers are my friends, so I remind you of something Doug Larson said: “A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your successes.”

Thank you for overlooking.

Love a curmudgeon, and have a great week!


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