Piranhas make strong showing at championships

FEDERAL WAY — Jacklene Salwei and Jeffrey Reeves are the first two NK Piranhas Club swimmers to qualify for Sectionals next March, thanks to strong finishes last weekend at the Pacific Northwest Short Course Championships.

Locals want to see more people horsing around

POULSBO — As parents are signing their children up for music, sports and art lessons in the coming months, the trainers at Painted Valley Farm hope they’ll also consider another extracurricular option.

Giving Tree seeks more willing to give

POULSBO — Kids passing by the downtown Holiday Heritage House on any given weekend are pretty sure to smile seeing Father Christmas in his long crimson robes and holding a basket of candy canes.

Sons members share the wealth with area needy

POULSBO — The Sons of Norway rang in the holiday season by making sure Christmas came to many more families in Kitsap County.

North Kitsap park plans get swinging

KINGSTON — The young athletes who were playing basketball in the Kingston Junior High gym last week had an unknown connection with the adults meeting in the next room over and planning for future community recreational facilities in the area.

Vikes victorious in final seconds to land first win

POULSBO — North Kitsap sophomore Jenna Reed has only played in three varsity games her entire life — but her performance last Friday versus Wilson was anything but what you’d call “inexperienced.”

Food banks doing better this holiday

KINGSTON — After having a wild, practically panic stricken Thanksgiving, the food banks of the Little City By The Sea are enjoying a calmer Christmas season due to food box and toy drive support.

People inspire work of new planning director

POULSBO — Though his job entails codes, maps and blueprints, Barry Berezowsky says he finds his real enjoyment in another aspect of planning.

NK hoopsters greet new gym with win

POULSBO — A new gym, new coach and a new style aren’t the only things different about the start of the North Kitsap boys’ basketball season.

Muddy problem under review by City of Poulsbo

POULSBO — A temporary fix has been made but city staff are pursuing more ways to keep the land from sliding at the Olhava development.

Muddy Waters alive and well?

This just in ... blues legend Muddy Waters, who reportedly died April 30, 1983 is alive and well and living at Olhava. Sources indicate that Waters, who topped the charts with such tunes as “Can’t Be Satisfied/I Feel Like Going Home” ... Oh. Really? Hmmm.

Kingston school to land on B2 site

POULSBO — After weighing the pros and cons of “B2” one more time, an all-new North Kitsap School Board of Directors voted to build the new Kingston high school on the school-district proposed site by a 4-1 vote.

Local clubs raise the roof for humanity

POULSBO — The Poulsbo Noon Lions recently handed Kitsap County Habitat for Humanity the last piece of a cooperative gift from North Kitsap service organizations.

Putting human rights under the spotlight

SUQUAMISH — Local race relations were put under the spotlight on Thursday, as about 230 people gathered at the Clearwater Casino in Suquamish for the 13th Annual Kitsap County Human Rights conference.

Small business taking brunt of burglar blow

HANSVILLE — There has been a rash of burglaries within small businesses in the North End recently, causing more financial annoyance for store owners than anger.

Keeping Kitsap sparkling from north to south

POULSBO — While he won’t clean up your messes for you, Eugene Madayag can give you the right supplies to zap that stain or stench.

Kingston seeks meeting topics

KINGSTON — While it’s more than two months away, chairpersons of the Kingston Town Meeting Committee are starting their research now.

Childhood memories spark a toymaker’s passion

POULSBO — The bottom of each toy truck this Santa’s helper makes bears the words “Santa’s Workshop, Poulsbo Division.”

Jule Fest lights up the Poulsbo waterfront

POULSBO — Rain wasn’t enough to douse one of the more beautiful and memorable sights of the holiday season in Poulsbo this weekend.

Why Lent bent under pressure

Commissioner Patty Lent had better learn to handle the pressures of office or she won’t be back for another term. When she listened to her gut initially and voted for impact fee increases, she was labeled a traitor by her constituents. This seems to be the case whenever politicians don’t do exactly what’s expected of them.