Allstate Insurance Company recognized agent Robert Scharf of Silverdale for his 15 years of service at Allstate.

Silverdale Allstate agent recognized for outstanding


Allstate Insurance Company recognized agent Robert Scharf of Silverdale for his 15 years of service at Allstate.

As part of the Allstate Milestone Achievement program, Allstate agents receive a plaque of recognition honoring their contributions and service of five years or more. Scharf is one of more than 700 Allstate agents throughout the Northwest region. His agency sells auto, property, commercial and life insurance.

Scharf’s agency is located at 3320 Northwest Bucklin Hill Road. He can be reached at (360) 698-5215.

Outback Steakhouse celebrates 20 years

With almost 800 restaurants across the country and 950 locations worldwide, Outback Steakhouse is celebrating 20 years in business this month.

To kick off the birthday celebrations, Outback locations, including the Bremerton restaurant, is promoting classic favorites along with a number of new, limited time only creations. Limited time birthday specials are available through the end of April and include the sirloin, shrimp and scallops mixed grill, chargrilled Tuscan rib eye, fresh tilapia with pure lump crab meat, slow-roasted sirloin medley as well as Outback classics like the Bloomin’ Onion and Chocolate Thunder From Down Under.

For more information about Outback Steakhouse, visit its Web site at

Kitsap Bank announces


Kitsap Bank recently announced that two scholarships have been endowed to commemorate the bank’s 100th anniversary. The scholarships are for Olympic College and the University of Washington School of Business.

The deadline for applying for the Olympic College scholarship is March 21. Visit or for more information.

The Helen Langer Smith and Dr. Meredith Smith Endowed Scholarship for Business will provide financial assistance to undergraduate students attending the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business. To be considered for the scholarship, students must be from Kitsap, Mason, Jefferson or Clallam counties or from the Gig Harbor area. The selection of scholarship recipients is based on academic merit. For more information, visit or The application deadline is April 5.

Ashley Gardens caregiver


for award

Crystal Van Horn, a caregiver at Ashley Gardens of Bremerton, was nominated for the Excellence in Caregiving award by the Western and Central Washington State Alzheimer’s Association.

Van Horn has worked at Ashley Gardens of Bremerton, an Alzheimer’s and dementia care community, since December 2005 and was nominated for the award by the family members of those she cares for.

Nominations, which were accepted in the form of a letter to the association from the family members, were open to certified nursing assistants, home care aids, lay caregivers and activity specialists who work in a home, residential or day care setting. Van Horn will discover if she has been awarded the Excellence distinction at the 23rd Annual Alzheimer’s Conference on April 5 in Seattle.

For more information about Van Horn or Ashley Gardens, call (360) 478-7277.

Jan Tezak elected to KMHS Board

of Directors

Jan Tezak was recently elected to the Kitsap Mental Health Services Board of Directors. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Dakota and her master of nursing degree, specializing in psychosocial nursing, from the University of Washington. She is currently employed as a tenured nursing faculty member at Olympic College.

Call (360) 415-5801 for more information about Kitsap Mental Health Services.