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Wally Harrison

For $10, you can put a toy car in a child’s hands

To put a toy car in the hands of every child who needs a toy. That’s the goal of Wally Harrison and his Wally Cars, simple wood toy cars with wheels that the recipient can personalize and play with.

Wally Harrison
Claude 'Skip' George ... on the beach at Point Julia

Skip George, S’Klallam historian and spiritual leader | Passages

Visitation is Monday at noon, followed by the service at 1 p.m., both in the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal Gym. Interment will follow in the tribal cemetery.

Claude 'Skip' George ... on the beach at Point Julia

Two teens plead guilty in pranking case; hearings scheduled for four adults

Two teen boys each received a year of probation and 116 hours of community service for their part in a night of pranking that included two drive-by shootings with Airsoft rifles in Poulsbo and two fast-food thefts in Silverdale. The teens pleaded guilty in Kitsap County Superior Court and were sentenced Oct. 6. They were each charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of third-degree theft.

Kaui’lani Lawrence and Shayna Reynolds display ‘Raven and Sky People’ by Tsimshian artist David Boxley

$19K raised for new Port Gamble S’Klallam preschool

Lively bidding for works by Native artists. And a performance by Head Start preschoolers proved to be more than entertainment; it confirmed the importance of building a new preschool in Little Boston.

Kaui’lani Lawrence and Shayna Reynolds display ‘Raven and Sky People’ by Tsimshian artist David Boxley
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Elliott, Kirschner differ on subtleties | Port of Kingston Commission

Walt Elliott and Jerry Kirschner are running against each other for Kingston Port Commission. But they have a lot more in common than not.

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Alice Hanson sings 'God Bless America' at Martha & Mary as the 9/11 Freedom  Walk proceeds by

‘We can’t let evil triumph over our goodness’: North Kitsap commemorates 10th anniversary of 9/11

To Alice Hanson, it seemed, perhaps, an appropriate refrain. But as she spontaneously broke into song from the porch of Martha & Mary on Sunday as the Freedom Walk proceeded by, it seemed to mean so much more.

Alice Hanson sings 'God Bless America' at Martha & Mary as the 9/11 Freedom  Walk proceeds by
Some neighbors of this house on 4th Avenue and Viewmont Street want the city to not allow it to be used for transitional housing.

Neighbors ‘twitchier’ since burglary; victims want city to cease transitional housing use of property

For two years, one neighbor said, families came and went from the large house on 4th Avenue and Viewmont Street. Some had children. Most were quiet and kept to themselves. Some neighbors said they didn’t know the house was being used by Kitsap Community Resources as transitional housing.

Some neighbors of this house on 4th Avenue and Viewmont Street want the city to not allow it to be used for transitional housing.
Marilyn Wandrey cheers as Betty Peck completes her 17th lap at the end of the Elders Dash

The benefits of doing your best and being healthy | Editor’s Notebook

Others younger than her had dropped out, but Betty Peck approached the 16th lap mark and was just starting to break a sweat. Years ago, she might have tackled the Chief Seattle Days 5K. Judging by her performance here, she would have left other runners in the dust. But when you’re a month from you’re 90th birthday, the Elders Dash is as good a place as any to show off the benefits of regular exercise.

Marilyn Wandrey cheers as Betty Peck completes her 17th lap at the end of the Elders Dash
The primary election is Aug. 16.

CPA/auditor running for Poulsbo City Council was dogged by tax problems in the ’90s

Gary Nystul knew even before he participated in the first U.S. Senate Youth Program in 1963 that he might go into public service. His father served on the city council and school board in Columbus, Mont. Nystul went on to earn an accounting degree from Montana State University at Bozeman, became a CPA and joined the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, retiring in 2000 as a commander. He served as Kalispell’s city finance director from 1975-78 and a city councilman from 1982-2000. In 2000, he left Kalispell to become budget manager of Kitsap County. He has been Bremerton’s auditor since 2003. He’s now unopposed for a position on the Poulsbo City Council.

The primary election is Aug. 16.
A look at the proposed Edward Rose & Sons neighborhood at State Route 305 and Bond Road. The Poulsbo City Council is expected to vote on the project June 28.

Poulsbo City Council unanimously approves Edward Rose & Sons’ 305/Bond neighborhood

The Poulsbo City Council unanimously approved Edward Rose & Sons’ proposed neighborhood at State Route 305 and Bond Road Tuesday. The 55-acre neighborhood will have 540 apartments on 46 acres — 11.7 units per acre — with a community center and swimming pool and a central park with pedestrian paths; and commercial area and 160-room senior care apartments on 9.2 acres, with pedestrian plazas, a public park, a shared-use path, transit stops and streetscape landscaping.

A look at the proposed Edward Rose & Sons neighborhood at State Route 305 and Bond Road. The Poulsbo City Council is expected to vote on the project June 28.
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Lab director Ralph St. Andre works with students performing a salinity test at the Poulsbo Marine Science Center

Poulsbo Marine Science Center reopens Saturday; council wants more discussion on lease

POULSBO — The Poulsbo Marine Science Center reopens Saturday at 10 a.m., after five months to fix damage caused by a frozen sprinkler pipe that… Continue reading

Lab director Ralph St. Andre works with students performing a salinity test at the Poulsbo Marine Science Center
Tony Ledesma and his stepson

Cultural identity and navigating life’s stormy waters | Editor’s Notebook

In a canoe, out on the ancestral waters, everyone has to do his or her part. You have to take good care of yourself, be patient and lift others up when they are weary. “Being on the journey, we are much more than ourselves. We are part of the movement of life,” the Quileute Nation’s 10 Rules of the Canoe states. “We have a destination ... our goal is to go on.”

Tony Ledesma and his stepson
Top photo: Carol Thorstad of the Poulsbo Home Depot gives some pointers about color to Joe Hodges

Children contribute their art skills — and sense of fun — to remodel project at Gordon Elementary

Richard Gordon Elementary School has attractive features: Red-brick exterior, interesting architectural details, walking trails. Some of the restrooms, um, not so much. In the boys’ and girls’ restrooms near the playground, linoleum is cracking and peeling, baseboard moulding is falling away from the wall, heaters are broken, metal paper-roll holders are rusting. Enter Gordon School parent and tile man Craig Gurney, who saw “ewwww” but envisioned an artistic masterpiece.

Top photo: Carol Thorstad of the Poulsbo Home Depot gives some pointers about color to Joe Hodges

Where was public at mayor’s State of the City address? | Editor’s Notebook

It was, perhaps, the biggest show in town. It was at least the most important. But of 80 seats in the house, only eight or so were filled at any time, three of those by reporters. Begging the question, “Why?” The event: Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson’s annual State of the City address, Wednesday night, in the beautiful City Hall built with your tax dollars. Here’s what you missed.