Quilcene Fire Rescue Residential Key Box Program
QUILCENE, WA – Quilcene Fire Rescue (QFR) has established a free residential loaner key box program for the residents of Jefferson County Fire District #2 (Quilcene, Dabob, Coyle).
The objectives of the program are to expedite emergency responders reaching a patient and to minimize or eliminate damage to property by forcible entry. The key box is a secure steel box which residents can place the key to their home for rapid access by fire department crews. The Key Box is then placed over the top of the front door, no other installation is needed. Only on-duty Quilcene Fire Rescue personnel have the master key used to access the key box.
The Residential Loaner key box is available as a one-year loan subject to renewal, if necessary. We do require a security deposit of $50.00 which will be returned to the resident when the box is returned to the Fire District. Essentially, the program is free to residents with the small refundable deposit. The Residential Loaner Key Box remains the property of Quilcene Fire Rescue and is to be returned to the Fire District when the condition of the individual no longer warrants the use of the box.
Quilcene Fire Chief Larry Karp said “it’s unfortunate, but sometimes we get called by an elderly or injured resident who can’t unlock the door so our crews can begin treating them. We are then forced to either wait an extended length of time for a family member to arrive or we must force entry and potentially damage a door or window. These unfortunate situations can be avoided if the resident or their family put up a key box to allow the fire district access to assist when needed”.
The department has a limited supply of residential lock boxes available for this program. So, if you, or someone you know needs a key box, give us a call at 360-765-3333 or stop into the administrative offices at 61 Herbert Street to get set up.
HOMES NOW… OR, PARTY DOWN?
PORT TOWNSEND - A group described by Proposition 1 proponents as an “ideal vehicle” for possibly millions of dollars collected from higher property taxes is using taxpayer money for a post-election retreat.
A public records request has unearthed a grant from the City of Port Townsend to Homeward Bound for $30,000. The grant is described as a contract, but simply gives money for unspecified “work” that includes $5,000 for a post-election retreat.
Homeward Bound is the organization behind the $1.6 million “Cherry Street Project” in Port Townsend. This is a four-unit apartment building barged from Victoria, B.C. that has been sitting idle and uninhabitable on stacks of wooden blocks since early May. (The $1.6 million is calculated from all costs of the project: purchase, transportation and staging of the building, final construction and foundation, the $600,000 cost of the land and interest charges).
PORT HADLOCK - Bayside Housing Services, a temporary housing program that provides short-term housing to those in need, recently completed their first successful fundraising drive on October 2nd. $65,000 was raised all together; $35,000 being raised by donation plus a $30,000 match pool.
After sitting empty for years, the Old Alcohol Plant was a great choice to be used for temporary housing as well as a community gathering place.
BHS rents one floor of the historic building to be used for this transitional housing model. The model has been used in other areas of the country and has worked well giving people the opportunity to transition out of homelessness and into permanent housing. Bayside’s mission is to provide safe, temporary supportive housing so people in need can secure permanent housing.
Guests of the program sign agreements of 28 days and are able to renew with program director approval. Priorities are given to veterans, seniors, and low income or low wage earners in Jefferson County.
The non-profit accepts donations of time, money, and supplies. You can visit them on the web at www.baysidehousing.org for more information.
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CHIMACUM - Don’t let the word Vegan scare you away from trying this delicious carrot cake. The cake itself is moist and utterly delicious while the addition of the cashew/macadamia nut frosting is simply out of this world. Good bye cream cheese frosting, we won’t be needing you again!
A few words of advice, follow this recipe to a T and you will not be disappointed! Be sure to soak your nuts as directed and use a high powered mixer (I used a VitaMix) for best quality. Also, make sure your baking powder is fresh, preferable new, as there are no eggs in recipe and this is most useful for rising.
Try buying your carrots from a local farm or produce stand such as Red Dog Farms or Chimacum Farm Stand for added flavor & finesse.
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