Transitions – Coping with Life’s Changes

Presented by: Barbara Berthiaume, M.S.W.
The Beach Club in Port Ludlow
Friday, September 20, 2019, 1pm~3pm

We have all had welcomed and unwelcomed changes in our lives. Changes such as moving, illnesses, children leaving home, aging, becoming grandparents and many more. Some are happy, some are difficult. 

Do you have the coping skills to manage these changes? Some life transitions are subtle and hard to identify. You feel the stress but wonder why. 

This workshop consists of understanding the transition model, how it applies in a variety of life situations, the role of stress, emotional management and why communication skills disappear. This is a powerful program, including goal- setting exercises and is applicable to all areas of life. 




Information on Pope Resources’ Herbicide Applications for 2019


The following is posted at the request of Pope Resources as a public information service.  Additional information is available on their website,

  1. Herbicides are used to ensure that the trees we are legally required to replant are able to survive and grow and to control invasive species.
  2. It is illegal for any applicator to allow herbicides to leave the site through any mechanism.
  3. In Jefferson County, Pope Resources generally only applies herbicides once over the course of a 45 year rotation.  Put another way, herbicides are only applied on 3% of Pope ownership each year.
  4. We apply herbicides at small concentrations, usually well below the limits prescribed by both State and Federal law. The herbicide mix for site preparation and release applications is between 85% and 90% water.
  5. Herbicides are approved for use by the Environmental Protection Agency, and further regulated by the Washington State Department of Agriculture as well as the Department of Natural Resources for aerial application. Pope Resources has invited the State agencies to be present during our application.
  6. These agencies are responsible for ensuring that all users of herbicides follow the law.
  7. We decide which herbicides to use based on the type of vegetation present on the site as well as other site conditions.

Here are some points from Pope Resources regarding bees:

  1. We are not using insecticides in any form.
  2. The herbicides we use have been studied carefully to ensure that when applied properly they do not effect human health and the environment.
  3. The herbicides we use do not remove all species that pollinators utilize.
  4. Our harvesting actually creates more early successional habitat across the landscape for pollinators that would not exist without our clear cuts.
  5. Commercial bee keepers use our clear cuts to store their bees when they are not being used for pollinating commercial agriculture crops because they view our lands as safe for their bees.

Adrian Miller VP at Pope Resources, is the contact. DNR’s office is in Forks, 360-374-2806.

Jefferson Healthcare—Steve Frenzl

Steve reported that there are some additional improvements scheduled for the Port Ludlow Jefferson Healthcare Clinic (JHC) which include enhanced landscaping and making the old Clinic building on Oak Bay Road a regional pharmacy scheduled to open in July.  Steve also noted that the JHC is very proud to report that they are now serving over 700 clients at the clinic.  In addition JHC will be holding a thank you event for Port Ludlow this summer.

Hood Canal Bridge Update

My name is Cheri Gerstenberger and I am the chair for he Hood Canal Bridge Committee that was formed by PLVC a little over a year ago.

The purpose of the committee was to investigate the possibility of any action we could pursue that could help alleviate traffic congestion due to multiple bridge openings.

To quote the Guide to Understanding the Openings & Closings of the Hood Canal Bridge on the Westharbor Homes website: “The average number of vehicles recorded by Hood Canal video cams in nearly 15,000, and on the weekend, that number is closer to 19,000.  The majority of the trips are made by Port Ludlow and Port Townsend residents.  During the week, one third of those travelers use it for work, while weekend trips are mostly recreational, according to a survey given to area residents”.

Two main ideas were formed:

  1. To ask WSDOT if they would extend the current exemption that is in place: May 22 to September 30 between the hours of 3:00 – 6:15 p.m.; to include a morning exemption between the hours of 6:00 – 9 a.m. or 7 – 10:00 a.m. (note that the current exemption went into effect in 2012).
  2. Require that vessels (mainly sailboats) use the 55-foot vertical clearance of the East span instead of requesting a bridge opening, with the tide planning a factor on any given day.

A request was therefore sent to Danny McReynolds, Bridge Management Specialist, U.S. Coast Guard.  He responded suggesting we collect data, further stating that a rule change process can take up to a year.

To quote: All draw bridges operate via an approved USCG regulated rule in the Code of Federal Regulations.  Any time a change is made, the law is being changed.  That process is a legal process, and a drawn out method is required. We cannot just add a time a bridge will not open for marine traffic.  Even if we could, the marine public would have their chance to object or recommend some information through public notice.

Therefore, to address idea #2- pleasure craft vessels, we contracted aWSDOT employee on duty by calling the reservation line and spoke to her about our idea.  She informed us that generally most WSDOT employees do advise mariners to use the East Span if possible, but due to current marine law, they can’t require it.

This was encouraging news, as I was not aware that this was occurring.

My focus then went to pursuing idea #1 – adding an early morning exemption.  I therefore tracked all WSDOT texts that were deemed a pleasure craft opening between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. from May 22 to September 30, based on the one-hour notification.  Military openings to not provide advance notification due to security measures.


A total of 14 pleasure craft openings occurred before noon, however none were before 8:00 a.m. Most openings were approximately 30 minutes.  This is due to the fact that typically only a partial opening is needed and therefore is shorter in duration.  An additional 21 openings occurred between the hours of 8:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. believed to be military.

I therefore concluded that based on this data a request made to WSDOT was not justified.

In addition, I would like to note that Westharbor Homes (who I referred to earlier) has an excellent website that includes a “Guide to Understanding the Openings and Closing of the Hood Canal Bridge”.

Thank you to the PLVC for supporting this committee, of which I plan to retire.  Thank you,

Cheri Gerstenberger
The Hood Canal Bridge Openings Ad-Hoc Committee has been disbanded.


Port Ludlow Post Office Update

The Community Development Committee has continued to follow the pending change of ownership at our Contract Post Office.  Progress is being made.  Diana Smeland (PLA) confirmed today that she and the new owner have a signed lease.

In the interest of trying to confirm that the post office will provide uninterrupted service to our community, we contacted Representative Derek Kilmer’s office and asked that they inquire with the USPS Regional Office in Seattle as to the status of the pending change.  They received a response from the Acting Retail Manager in Seattle and Postmaster Larry Dekker in Port Hadlock.  They were advised that two parties reached an agreement on sale of the business.  I confirmed that with Frances and she added that a contract was in fact signed and notarized.

The new owner is now in the process of submitting necessary documents for approval for the contract with the USPS. Frances’ last day remains June 19th and the Acting Retail Manager in Seattle assures her that the contract with the new owner can be in place by then.  In the event this is not the case, there is a plan in formulation to move the current U.S. Post Office Boxes from Port Ludlow Contract Post Office to Port Hadlock until such time as the new contract office is established.


Photo courtesy Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue

Multi-agency exercise set for June 1 & 2

PORT LUDLOW—Wildland fire fighting is dangerous work. It requires a set of skills and competencies that are obtained through passing educational courses and demonstrating proficiencies during training associated with various positions.

A two-day exercise is planned for June 1 and 2 in Port Ludlow at the Trail 9 golf course, a now-closed nine-hole course. This will be the third year the exercise has been conducted in Port Ludlow. Agencies participating include Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue, East Jefferson Fire Rescue, Quilcene Fire Rescue, Brinnon Fire, Discovery Bay Fire, Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Navy Region Northwest Fire and Emergency Services, Department of Natural Resources, US Forest Service, North Kitsap Fire Rescue, Clallam County Fire #2, #3 & #4. Participants will be camping overnight at the training site in order to better prepare them for response to extended fire operations.

As in past years, the training will involve basic hose and water system deployment; personal protective equipment and shelter deployment; nine-line safety deployment; fire line creation/management; crew management and deployment, basic fire tactics; fire scene preservation and basic cause determination for the first day of the exercise.

The second day of the exercise will involve the Department of Natural Resources Helitack or “helicopter-delivered fire resources,” the system of managing and using helicopters and their crews to perform aerial firefighting and other firefighting duties, primarily the initial attack on wildfires. The exercise participants will learn the operation and safety of the Helitack; live fire management and mop-up; training area management and preservation followed by after-action briefings, taskbook evaluations and demobilization procedures.

The goal for fire fighters is to earn their “Red Card” which has been called the “driver’s license of wildland firefighting” because like to a driver’s license, the Red Card is proof that a fire fighter has completed all the coursework and training required to be on the fire line and work in specific roles. The Red Card also documents any additional positions a fire fighter may be in the process of earning.

Two things are required each year to maintain the Red Card. The first is NWCG’s Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher. This course re-emphasizes the importance of safety on the fire-line. It includes a practice fire shelter deployment and a pack test.

The management system for certification is called the Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) and is used by all federal agencies and most states, including Washington.

All Jefferson County fire districts use courses from the National Wildland Coordinating Group (NWCG) as part of the certification process to obtain a Red Card. NWCG standards establish common practices and requirements that enable efficient and coordinated national interagency wildland fire operations. These standards may include guidelines, procedures, processes, best practices, specifications, techniques, and methods. NWCG standards are interagency by design; however, the decision to adopt and utilize them is made independently by the individual member agencies and communicated through their respective directives systems. ( )

Because wildland fire fighting is strenuous, to obtain a Red Card the fire fighter must demonstrate physical stamina.  This demonstration is done with a pack test that involves a three-mile hike with a 45-pound pack that must be completed in less than 45 minutes.  There are three levels depending on the job a fire fighter is testing for. Primary fire fighters are required to pass the most rigorous, arduous level of the pack test.

“It has never been more important to get fire fighters trained to fight wildland fires in our area. Personnel need to know how to work collaboratively between agencies, train to the same tactics and strategies and adapt to a wide variety of fuel models, topography and conditions as seamlessly as possible” said Port Ludlow Fire Chief Brad Martin. According to the National Interagency Fire Center (, the potential for more wildland fires state-wide this year is high.

Due to the nature of the training, vehicle movement, helicopter operations and a planned live fire evolution, we are asking the general public not to plan to observe the training. This will be a dynamic training event and the need to ensure the safety of bystanders, balanced with training evolutions would impede the training event significantly.

Fire fighters receive final instructions before beginning a day of training at last year’s Wildland Fire

Fighting Training in Port Ludlow. This year’s exercise will be a two-day event.

Port Ludlow Post Office Status

Both the Village Council and PLA have been in contact with the officials of the Postal Service in Port Hadlock and Seattle regarding maintaining service in Port Ludlow. Although there is no final arrangement, the Postal Service is in the process of working on a contract to continue operations here with a goal for services to be continued on an uninterrupted basis.

Advance Planning Seminar

The Beach Club
121 Marina View Drive, Port Ludlow
Saturday, March 2, 2019

12:30 Sign-in
1:00 – 4:00 Program

Cost of seminar: Free
Peace of Mind: Priceless!

  • Get some tools to help you have crucial conversations with your loved ones about end-of-life options.
  • Learn how to maximize your quality of life in your final days.
  • Leave with a completed Advance Directive which reflects the latest thinking on the medical realities facing all of us at end of life.
  • You are encouraged to bring your adult children with you.

Sign-up at the Beach or Bay Club



During the discussions surrounding the PUD’s recently passed 2019 budget, General Manager Larry Dunbar stated the goal to heighten focus on improving the customer experience, crew safety, and overall system reliability.

Recent near system-wide transmission outages have led the PUD to survey its transmission corridor for potential tree hazards. Trees are the PUD’s number one cause of outages.

The 30 – 45-year-old aging electric distribution infrastructure also fails from time-to-time resulting in an outage. During the last six weeks the PUD has experienced three faults in the underground cable along Swansonville Road which serves as the primary feeder for power to Port Ludlow. These faults have led to the repeated loss of power for thousands of customers in the Port Ludlow area. In 2016 and 2017 only one fault occurred. The underground cable is approximately 9,000 lineal feet. It is the original cable and is at the end of its service life.

To improve system reliability, the PUD recently finished the installation of a new conduit system for the first 2,700 lineal feet along Swansonville Road. Beginning Saturday December 15th, the PUD will begin installing about 600 feet of cable into the new conduit, including the section where the most recent faults occurred. PUD crews may be closing one lane of Swansonville Road which could extend into next week. Flaggers will be on site. PUD staff are continuing to evaluate the cost and timeline to complete the remainder of the project and will present the findings to the Board of Commissioners in the new year.

You can continue to keep up-to-date by visiting the PUD website at

Russ Michel
PLVC Utilities Chair

“BIRD HILL” Neighborhood Gathering (PLVC Emergency Management Event)

Port Ludlow Village Council – Emergency Management

Invites you to attend a special “BIRD HILL” Neighborhood Gathering Join with neighbors to discuss and plan your Bird Hill neighborhood strategies for helping each other in the event of a long-term emergency disaster.

Monday, October 22nd 6:00-8:00 PM Port Ludlow Beach Club

Emergency preparedness is a necessity for our area. Your input will be germane to the success of Bird Hill and our individual streets’ action plans.

We are STRONGER when we prepare TOGETHER! For questions, comments or to let us know you’ll be coming, email