Longbranch Salute to Veterans, Red Barn Youth Center is Open Today

Today is for the brave men and women who stand guard at the gates to preserve our union.
Today is for the brave men and women who stand guard at the gates to preserve our union.
An ornery wind is blowing through Drayton's Passage as the sun's first light paints the horizon red and yellow.
An ornery wind is blowing through Drayton’s Passage as the sun’s first light paints the horizon red and yellow.

An ornery wind is blowing through Drayton’s Passage. A bright retreating moon a diva in a constellation of stars.

It is cold out, 42 degrees and feels like winter.

Our reward is a sun-filled day to remember the brave men and women who fought to preserve this union. To those who served: thank you. For the many still in uniform, keep up the faith. A grateful nation salute you.

Weather in the Pacific Northwest can be both a blessing and a curse.

“There will be lots of sunshine… a gift for mid-November,” weather super geek Cliff Mass writes on his blog this morning. “But we will pay for it with gale-force winds in topographically favored locations.

“And as a special bonus, some of the lowlands near Portland and in the Gorge may get a dusting of snow later in the week,” Mass added.

The chill in the air is a result of arctic air east of the Rockies pushing its way west, according to Mass. This will bring below freezing air to eastern Washington and colder temperatures in our neck of the woods. Expect the mercury to drop to freezing levels overnight, at least through Sunday.

TRAFFIC TIE-UP ON THE KP HIGHWAY

For commuters headed south on the Key Peninsula last night, a two-vehicle accident near the Wauna fire station closed the highway for nearly two hours.

According to a Key Peninsula Fire Department Facebook post five people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The crash forced the closing of both lanes of the highway until the vehicles were cleared.

Traffic was diverted through Creviston Drive and 118th Avenue.

FAMILY MOVIE DAY

If you are looking for something to do with your children on this holiday, the Peninsula Hands on Art is hosting its Family Movie Day at the Galaxy Theater in Gig Harbor.

In its sixth year, the event is free and donations are accepted. Doors to the theater opens at 9:30 a.m. and seating is limited and on a first-come first-served basis. “Frozen” will be shown at 10 a.m. and “Monsters University” at 10:30. Each movie will be shown on two screens.

Gage Gehrke, 10, plays a game of table hockey at the Red Barn Youth Center on the Key Peninsula. The youth center has been a community dream for nearly a decade until it opened its doors in August.
Gage Gehrke, 10, plays a game of table hockey at the Red Barn Youth Center on the Key Peninsula. The youth center has been a community dream for nearly a decade until it opened its doors in August.

FOOD FOR FUN

The Red Barn Youth Center is open today from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

It is a lovely and safe place for the children with plenty to do and snacks served, according to program director Jeremy Schintz.

“On average we are doing a snack each day for less than $1.00 per student,” Schintz said. “We are still seeing 20-30 kids each day and continue to have a lot of fun.”

But he said their food supply is running out and are seeking donations. Here is a list of items the youth center needs:

Eggs
Hamburger patties.
Tortillas
Miracle Whip
Snack-size bags of assorted chips
Tortilla chips
Taco seasoning
Ketchup
Plastic utensils
Paper bowls
Que Bueno (Nacho Cheese)
Pancake Syrup

Volunteers are welcome as well, he said. If you are not familiar with the youth center, read about it here: http://wp.me/p37rAm-2cv.

Good morning Longbranch.

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