Denise’s Story

Denise FoxAs we find ourselves deep into October we see the pink ribbons, football players donning pink on the field, and a rise in media stories about breast cancer.  It has been approached and promoted in a multitude of different ways to help people take notice and raise awareness for the disease that affects 1 in 8 women and 1 in 1,000 men.

At Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply many of us have been affected by breast cancer and we want to do our small part by sharing one of our stories with you.

You may have met Denise Fox, Angeles Millwork Paint Specialist and wife of our CEO, Kelly Fox. The compression sleeve she wears on her arm to help maintain swelling as a result of the removal of the lymph nodes starts off many conversations that lead to Denise revealing her past and current deniseexperience with breast cancer. Denise was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 just days after Kelly had accepted his dream job of being CEO of Lumber Traders Inc., parent company of Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply.

Denise’s main goal before the family’s health insurance changed with the new job was to get all medical checkups that could be done, which included Denise’s first mammogram.  Getting a cancer diagnosis is overwhelming to say the least, but hers was combined with the already stressful plans to move her family with daughters ages 3 and 6 to a new town.  As much as the diagnosis made Denise and Kelly question their future plans, striving for a more challenging professional life and greater future for their family was always the goal and would remain so even in the face of cancer.  The decision was made between Denise and Kelly for him to move to Port Angeles to begin the new job, while Denise remained in Federal Way near friends and family to undergo bilateral mastectomies and chemotherapy.

Denise describes the initial months as absolutely terrifying, but coming with a silver lining of support and love, “you find out how much your family and friends really love you.”  Denise goes on to describe how the petty differences that we all can relate to having with friends and family completely washed away.  Surviving cancer was all that mattered.

denise-and-familyDenise’s mom, Lois, was vital to her daily health and getting better. Lois would do household chores, errands, take the kids to and from school and keep them entertained while Denise focused on beating her cancer. Friends and family would deliver home cooked meals, call with support, send friendly and frequent texts, and even pick up Chipotle, the comfort food that Denise craved.

Frequent and simple support from family and friends was the greatest help to Denise.  She shares, “People meant well when they said, ‘let me know if I can do something for you,’ but I was never going to ask them to go to the grocery store to pick up milk.  But if they called from the store and asked what they could pick up for me, or ‘I’m bringing over lunch, what do you want?’ I felt more able to accept the help and it provided great assistance and support when they just did it, rather than asking for me to reach out.”  As uncomfortable and scary as cancer is, most patients want to spare others feeling uncomfortable or being inconvenienced.  Taking the action to just do it for another is a major help to those experiencing a serious illness.

denise-and-kellyDuring Denise’s treatment Kelly would come back to Federal Way every weekend, for doctor appointments, chemotherapy, and on the fourth day after treatment.  This was the day that the effects of chemo and other medications left Denise the most fatigued and in the most pain.  On weeknights that Kelly would stay in Port Angeles Denise found great comfort in her dachshund, Sadie.  Before the cancer, Sadie would burrow next to her chest and now instinctively knew to burrow lower down to not cause Denise any discomfort.

Some of the most challenging aspects of fighting cancer for Denise were the depression and the feeling of being alone.  Even in the face of so much obvious support the loneliness was frightening and sometimes debilitating.  Learning to be “OK” in the face of such emotional and physical discomfort took and still takes a lot of effort.

Once treatment ended and doctors had declared N.E.D. (No Evidence of Disease) many assume the fight for Denise and Kelly was over.  Although the major battle was won, the fight continues.  Overcoming the collateral damage of treatment, finding a new normal, and struggling with the fear of recurrence is a daily challenge.  The family impact was huge but they were blessed to find themselves a stronger couple from the experience. The relationships with friends and family took on a deeper importance and “you look at your kids with a renewed sense of gratitude,” says Denise.

dsc05076-2Denise still undergoes quarterly checkups, and will continue to take medication for another 8 years to reduce the chance of recurrence.  She will continue to wear her compression sleeve with pride for the rest of her life.  Both Denise, Kelly and their daughters Annika and Tilly reside in Port Angeles and enjoy time in the outdoors.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply will have their annual Pink Saturday Sale on October 22nd. The two stores will be donating 5% of all retail sales for the day to local Port Angeles cancer support group Operation Uplift.  We would appreciate you coming by, shopping and joining us in support of those like Denise and the countless others affected by cancer.

Join us for Pink Saturday, October 22nd!

banner-pink20151016_103725In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Saturday October 22nd from 8am – 5pm join Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply in support of local Port Angeles cancer support group, Operation Uplift.

5% of ALL retail sales for that day will be donated to Operation Uplift who encourage people to make informed decisions and to participate in their own health care. Operation Uplift’s role is to support survivors in the decisions they make with volunteers that are there to support, encourage and provide one-to-one contact which is so important to recovery. Their main goal to improve the quality of life during the challenges of cancer, diagnoses, and survival by providing multi-level support and education as well as provide social activities and opportunities for them to get together, share their experiences, support each other and have a good time.

We hope that you can join us in this one day event and share in supporting such a great non-profit devoted to helping out those in the community affected by cancer.

To learn more about Operation Uplift please visit their website HERE.

Repairing a roof leak with Henry’s Wet Patch

Henry, Roofing, Patch, wet patch, port angeles, sequim, roof repair, roof leakThe coming fall and winter rains means that some of us will be discovering small roof leaks. Using Henry’s wet patch is the premium SBS modified bitumen compound for sealing roof leaks on wet surfaces. Made from heavy-bodied asphalt, Henry Wet Patch Roof Cement patches holes and cracks even in a driving rain or under water, and is so versatile it may be used whether the weather is wet, dry, hot or cold. It is especially easy to spread in cold temperatures and will seal around chimneys, vents, skylights and flashings.

Henry, Roofing, Patch, wet patch, port angeles, sequim, roof repair, roof leakBefore we get started it is of the utmost importance to make rooftop and ladder safety a top priority.  Please visit Everyone Needs a Roof on roof and ladder safety before going up on your roof.

How to safely & efficiently repair a small leak in a roof.

Small leaks and roof damage can become very costly if not handled immediately.  Not all roofing repairs are for the homeowner or do-it-your-selfer but small leaks and preventative maintenance can be handled by most able bodied homeowners. Please take all appropriate safely precautions as listed above when working on your roof.

Feel free to fast forward to the 1:28 mark of the video to skip the host’s introduction.

 

 

 

 

Composing and Presenting Your Photos – By Chuck Rondeau

Chuck-Rondeau-PhotographerNow that we’ve chosen a good digital camera, familiarized ourselves with it, and have learned enough about our wildlife subjects to get some photos, it’s time to think about the final product.

One of the most enjoyable elements of photography is the sharing of a striking photo that can take someone’s breath away.  These photos don’t have to be of exotic, rarely seen birds and animals.  They can be of creatures that we see everyday but are shown in a different way than what we normally see. By using the focal tools on the camera we can isolate the animal or bird and bring it into sharp focus while the rest of the background is soft and out of focus.  This is called creating Bokeh.  Bokeh is the wonderfully hazy backdrop to a crisp, sharp image of the subject.  The result is a photo that Chuck-Rondeau-Deer-Photography-Port-Angeles  leaves a lasting impression.

Another factor in creating spectacular photos is the placement of the subject.  rather than placing the bird or animal in the exact center of the shot, try to place it to one side or the other. With a bird in flight this can give the illusion of motion as the bird has an open area to “move” into.  The viewer’s eye will complete the scene and the results are impressive.

With most digital cameras you have a choice of shooting modes such as JPEG or Raw.  These are modes that allow different levels of editing once the shot is taken.  Editing can greatly improve a somewhat disappointing photo.  It doesn’t take too long to learn how to edit your photos and the time will be well spent.  Chuck-Rondeau-Goose-PhotographyWhether you wish to share the photo on social media or print them for framing, your editing program will have resolution choices that you can use to get great results.

The most important thing is that you’ve begun to see things differently and learned to use a camera to record the natural world around you.  Nothing will look as it once did and you will want to have that camera with you and ready all the time!  Enjoy the hobby and remember to share the beauty of our area generously!

We’d like to thank Chuck Rondeau for being a guest writer on our blog to help promote our ongoing 2017 Calendar Photography Contest found HERE. Entries are open to all and the deadline of September 15th is fast approaching!  If you’ve missed any of his previous posts please click below.

Post 1 – Getting Started in Photography
Post 2 – Beginning Wildlife Photography

Chuck Rondeau is an accomplished wildlife photographer and painter residing in Port Angeles.  You can find his work on Facebook at Chuck Rondeau Wildlife Art.

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You’re Invited to Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co.’s 110th Birthday!

INVITE-IMAGEBBQ’d Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Grilled Corn, Baked Beans & Refreshments!
Product vendors from all your favorite companies!

Over $800 of raffle prizes from the greatest of Peninsula businesses!
(SEE BELOW FOR PRIZES & VENDORS)

Sandwich, Pong and Vendors

“How do I enter the raffles for all those great prizes,” you ask?

That’s easy!  Just do one or more of the following from August 18th – August 25th to enter and do it more than once for multiple chances to win!

  • ASK because No purchase is necessary! Everyone who asks will receive one raffle entry! Limit one per day.
  • SHOP with Hartnagel Building Supply or Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. Every customer will receive one raffle entry!
  • PLAY Raffle Pong! After making a purchase you will receive one ball for every $50 purchased to play our in-store Raffle Pong! (5 Ball Limit per day) With each ball played you will have the chance to win up to 10 additional entries.
  • LIKE US on Facebook. (Current followers are already entered).
  • FOLLOW US on Instagram. (Current followers are already entered).
  • FOLLOW US on Twitter. (Current followers are already entered).
  • VISIT our vendors. Vendors will be giving out special raffle tickets for our grand prize listed BELOW.

Gift cards from local community businesses listed below will be awarded during our event to winning raffle ticket holders.
Not necessary to be present. (But we’d love it if you were!)

RAFFLE-BANNER

Our small way of thanking our customers and the community.
Invite your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.  They’re all welcome!

Hover over a logo below to see the prize & click to visit their webpage!

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Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. Celebrates 110 years Serving Port Angeles & the Olympic Peninsula

Angeles-Millwork-Port-Angeles-Employees-1906Filion Mill & Lumber Co.As employee owners we have a sense of pride in what came before us and how it has helped mold us into the company we are today. We at Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. celebrate the last one-hundred and ten years of serving Port Angeles and the greater Olympic Peninsula with great pride.

Founded by brothers Felix and Ishmael Filion, Angeles Millwork & Lumber Company first began as the Filion Mill & Lumber Co.  In 1892, Ishmael and his son Alfred were operating a mill in Huron County, Michigan, working with native hardwoods that were too small and limited for their desired applications. Felix Filion, brother to Ishmael was in Port Angeles in the summer of 1892 and wrote his brother about the great number of large logs that were available in the Clallam County area.  With that news the decision was made and the mill was shipped to Port Angeles on the steamer Island Belle in February of 1893.  Transported by horse-drawn truck the mill was assembled at what is now the corner of 11th and B street and was in running order in May of 1893.

Angeles-Millwork-&-Lumber-Co-1906-3The logging for the mill was done with oxen from the east end of Clallam County and progressed into using a donkey engine locomotive and cars that ran on a track built with wooden rails.  The mill primarily produced dimensional lumber and shingles for the peninsula.

In 1903 the mill burned to the ground in a large fire.  Many building projects within Port Angeles were delayed because the Filion Mill was the primary source of lumber and shingles in the area.

Angeles-Millwork-&-Lumber-Co-1906-pngThe mill was rebuilt at its current location at West 16th and C street and quickly became the largest employer in town, employing up to 55 men.  The mill produced on an average day 35,000 board feet of lumber and 70,000 shingles.  All the wood products were logged west of the mill toward dry creek and were moved by wagons pulled with teams of horses to their destinations.

Shortly before World War I the logging railroad was extended towards the east into Tumwater Valley and down to the waterfront.  Lumber and shingles could now be shipped into Seattle markets and Angeles-Millwork-&-Lumber-Co-1906-Port-Angelesbeyond.  After the war, railroad rails were taken up and were sold to companies in the Philippines.  Gasoline driven logging trucks began to dominate the industry and trucks hauled the finished products to their destinations.

In 1924 the sawmill was moved to the upper end of Tumwater creek to take advantage of the hydroelectric power.  The mill office and the lumberyard were maintained at the current site.

The largest employer in Port Angeles, the mill was always at the forefront of employee benefits and is rumored to be the first company in the U.S. to offer a retirement package.

Angeles-Millwork-&-Lumber-Co.-Port-Angeles-Old-AdvertismentAngeles Millwork & Lumber Company went through many changes as the local lumber yard and hardware store.  It made a transition to millwork, windows and moldings in the 40’s and chances are if you have a single-paned wood window on the peninsula, it was most likely produced at this facility.  Moving into the 60’s and 70’s, cabinets and moldings took center stage but lumber was still the tried and true quality product that was consistently driving the success of the business.

The store went through some additional changes and was rebuilt in 1978 and also in 1995 after a large snowfall caused the roof to give way.  Much of the focus has transferred from the production end to retail and contractor services.

Schoutens-100_1006In 1984 Arnold & Debbie Schouten became shareholders in Lumber Traders, Inc., the parent company of Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply and eventually acquired full ownership in the company. While Arnold held the positions of CEO/President and Debbie maintained Secretary/Treasurer positions, they were instrumental in the daily management and success of both locations.

In January 2004 Arnold and Debbie Schouten rewarded their dedicated employees and sold the two stores to the employees, creating the only 100% ESOP company headquartered in Port Angeles. Arnold and Debbie felt strongly that they wanted to provide a secure and profitable future for the company’s employees. By creating an ESOP the employee shareholders can have significant influence over the direction and success of the future of the company and themselves.  Arnold and Debbie have remained on the board of directors fulfilling an advisory roll when needed.

Angeles-Millwork-&-Lumber-Co.-1601-south-C-STThe next twelve years we saw some of the best of times and also some of the worst in the history of the company.  Through it all Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply have stayed true to providing quality building materials from knowledgeable employees.  Trusting this approach through all the ups and downs of the economy and the influx of big box stores has been the pivotal reason we have been able to serve you for 110 years.

The history of your hometown lumber and hardware store is of course important, but at the end of the day, it’s not where you’ve been that matters most, it’s where you’re going.  Kelly Fox, CEO has an idea of what that looks like HERE.

Be sure and join us in celebration of 110 years in business with a BBQ, vendor displays, games and prizes on Thursday,  August 25th at Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co.!  More information HERE.

The Next Hundred Years.

Invite and Newsletter post headerReflecting back on a 110 years of history has been a great deal of fun for me.  I looked back at the changes in our community, our business and our industry.  I see the celebration of the good times and I cherish the kind words and the people that made our business what it has become.  As I have read through stacks of notes of gratitude for supporting a particular community project or thoughtful comments about the great service by one of our employees, I was filled with hope for the next hundred years.

I was asked to share with you what I think the future looks like from our perspective and quite frankly, I am really not sure.  What I can predict with confidence is our future is going to be uniquely about you!

The product demands of our customers are constantly changing with the newest trends shown on websites like Pinterest and Houzz (two things that did not exist ten years ago.)  YouTube and Vimeo have given many of us the courage to rebuild our own deck or tile our bathrooms and the digital exchange of funds has allowed for a more expedited buying experience done on the customer’s time.

In many cases, homeowners ourselves, we share your passion for living in and improving the space around us.  We will continue to stay on top of the latest trends and common practices in building and home improvement on our website. We will soon provide you with the ease of online buying and ordering of products and services so that you can spend your time on the jobsite or with your family.  While all this is great, the most important factor that has not changed in the last hundred years, and will not change in the next hundred years, is direct human interaction. The one on one exchange of ideas and solutions between the community and our stores will continue to be nurtured as we walk with you down the store aisles, providing the service and the advice you can trust where an ever expanding sea of information exists.

The local knowledge with neighbors helping neighbors will remain the cornerstone of our business for years to come.  Whatever your source of inspiration for the next hundred years, I am confident that the team of employee owners at Angeles Millwork and Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply will be right there to help.

Thank you for being a part of our rich history in Port Angeles, we look forward to the next hundred years of serving you and your successive generations.

Did you read the post about Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co’s 110 year history?  Read it HERE.

Be sure and join us in celebration of 110 years in business with a BBQ, vendor displays, games and prizes on Thursday,  August 25th at Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co.!  More information HERE.

Kelly-Fox-ImageKelly Fox, CEO
Lumber Traders Inc.
Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co.
Hartnagel Building Supply

 

 

5 Reasons to Rent the Right Tool for the Job

Port Angeles Sequim Tool and Equipment rentalAt Angeles Rentals we pride ourselves in providing excellent contractor grade tool and equipment rentals for the commercial customer and the the do-it-yourselfer.  The projects and jobs that can be completed with the help of a rental tool are limitless. Our website, with description, videos and manuals along with our experienced rental tool manager Terry Andrews will guide you towards the best tool for your job.

Why rent when you can buy?

 

The advantages are huge for the commercial contractor and home owner.

 

  1. We provide the storage, the maintenance, the repairs and the knowledge on hundreds of rental tools for countless uses.
  2. We are here to advise and train you on specialized tools so you can tackle projects with confidence and complete them with reduced labor and costs.
  3. Renting provides you with the ability to be invested for the short term at a low cost.  This is especially advantageous with work that tends to be seasonal, specialized or infrequent.
  4. Rentals come worry-free with the assurance that they are serviced and maintained properly.
  5. For the contractor bidding a job, our web site will provide you with type of equipment available and accurate pricing so you will not under bid on equipment rental.

A sampling of the category of tools Angeles Rentals offers…

When deciding to rent or own, consider the long-term affect of the purchase.  All tools appreciate being used frequently and to their full potential. That is why our tools are waiting to be used by you.

Be sure and visit Angeles Rentals in person or see our full offering on our webpage HERE.

Lumber Commodity Price List for July 19th, 2016

Lumber is a commodity with prices fluctuating weekly due to market conditions. With our Lumber Commodity Price Sheet we look to keep you as informed as possible about those prices.  Click on the price list for a downloadable or printable .PDF version.

All prices subject to change without notice, please contact us to verify stock availability.

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Hammer Time with Kelly Fox on KONP

Port Angeles KONP AM1450 Kelly Fox Friday Show Hammer Time

Banner-Image“Hammer Time” with Kelly Fox, is featured on the last Friday Show of the month at 1:35 p.m. on Port Angeles’ all talk and news radio KONP .  Hammer Time is a short segment on all the happenings within the community at your hometown building supply store & lumberyards Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply.

The segment starts at the 33:36 mark and ends at 40:33 through the link HERE.

Kelly talks with Stan and Stephanie about the PBS filming, the upcoming deck stain sale, the Meet Your Roofer event, buying local and the great accomplishment of graduating with his Master’s Degree from Washington State University.

Be sure and listen from Neah Bay to Port Townsend every last Friday of the month at 1:35p.m. on KONP AM 1450 or KONP FM 101.7!