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Updated FEMA rules confusing to many

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Flood Insurance Program came to Aberdeen Tuesday to explain how a new law passed in March could reform the 2012 act that unleashed a tsunami of anger nationwide when rates for many policyholders skyrocketed.

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Ranger-guided Elwha River walks to begin on former Lake Aldwell

Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 19, Olympic National Park rangers will lead guided interpretive walks along the Elwha River where Lake Aldwell once existed. The free program will be offered on Tuesdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. through Sept. 2. Rangers will guide visitors through the changing landscape being created by the river following the removal of the Elwha Dam. Walks will provide a fascinating, up-close look at shifting sediments, both old and new vegetation, giant stumps logged a century ago, and the river re-establishing itself.

HAVA shelter and pet food bank closed this month

The Harbor Association of Volunteers for Animals (HAVA) has closed Harry’s House Cat Shelter in Raymond for the month of August due to a sudden influx of kittens and cats during the month of July, many with upper respiratory infections. The shelter is overflowing and so are the foster homes HAVA uses for special cases.

Lady at Wooden Boat Fest

The brig Lady Washington, the official ship of Washington state, will appear at the 38th Annual Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend. The ship arrives in Port Townsend Sept. 3 and will offer tours and excursions during the festival dates of September 5-7. The square-rigged vessel will berth at the Northwest Maritime Center dock. The appearance is the first by the ship at the festival in several years. Lady Washington is celebrating the 25th anniversary of her launch this year. Here’s a schedule of events for the ship:

Fundraising rummage sale for youngster

Max Meza’s illness began when he had a stroke before he was even born. Through a series of medical events, the Aberdeen family learned the youngster, now 8, has neurofibromatosis Type 2, a genetic condition that causes non-cancerous tumors to grow on the nervous system.