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Kingston duo espresso-ing themselves

"KINGSTON - With nicknames like Smitters and Jitters, it was only natural that Kris Smith and Karen Felmly should find one another. Not surprisingly, the two exuberant women quickly became friends and, after mulling it over, decided that they had the makings for much more than a relationship - they had the makings of a business. Opening their first ever espresso stop in the Kountry Korners gas station at the intersection of Miller Bay Road and State Route 104, the dynamic duo quickly expanded into their own shop just down the sidewalk. Now, what to name this new enterprise? Hmmm. Smitters and Jitters Espresso was simply too good to resist. "

Time for board to agree on kids

"They're choosing up sides, deciding who will play offense and who will play defense while the parents try to understand what's happening on the field. That description could be about any good soccer game, but unfortunately it describes almost every recent North Kitsap Soccer Club board meeting. This outstanding local club has endured month after month of in-fighting, bickering and hurt feelings. People who care deeply about children and providing them with an opportunity to learn and enjoy playing soccer have become locked in bitter accusations and arguments. "

Getting in on the Race for the Cure

Kingston does its part in breast cancer fight.

Four-wheeled beauties gather in Hansville

"HANSVILLE - In the 21 years he has owned the Cadillac, Dennis Johnson of Poulsbo has put more than 20,000 miles on it. Not many miles for your average automobile, but quite a few for a 1913 Cadillac that predates Prohibition. Johnson's Cadillac was one of the more than 60 present at the Hansville Classic Car show, put on by the Hansville Fire Auxiliary. The classic Cadillac was Johnson's second. He owned a 1916 (A 16, he calls it) but wanted one with a four-cylinder engine. So he set out looking for a 1913 and found one in Seattle. "

Pool will remain open

Renovations needed to eliminate mold problem.

Poulsbo Place gets council agenda spot

"POULSBO - Whack. Just like that, the ball which could give Poulsbo Place its final plat approval is sitting squarely in the court of Security Properties, Inc. If the developers of the 164-house project on Jensen Way return the city's serve, eight years of what has been a back-and-forth contest could very well come to a much awaited conclusion. However, getting the ball over the net by next Wednesday won't be an easy strike for SPI. City council Wednesday night approved a motion to put the final plat on next week's agenda, giving the developers a scant seven days to address a laundry list of concerns raised by the engineering department. The unanimous decision was spawned from councilwoman Connie Lord's urging her fellow elected officials to move the project along. Oddly enough, the move came less than one week after councilman Mike Regis was chastised by Mayor Donna Jean Bruce and others after pledging similar city support to the plat. Regis' promises were made during a special session between SPI and city officials last Wednesday. The remarks upset the city structure because Regis apparently overstepped his powers by telling developers that the engineering department would do whatever necessary to work toward final plat approval. "

Labor pains resume at Martha and Mary

Charges filed with national relations board over alleged misconduct.

Their challenge – feeding kids good food they like

"POULSBO - A food-service worker in North Kitsap must also be a nutrition expert, a customer service expert, and a fortune teller. Chris Cofer, the head cook at North Kitsap High School, fills all these roles. Cofer comes to work at 6:30 a.m. every morning to keep the high school students fed a before-school breakfast, a snack at 9:05, and lunch. Cofer got involved in schools by volunteering when her daughter was in second grade. That was ten years ago. In the meantime, Cofer said, I just worked my way up. Cofer did indeed; next year she will be the president-elect of the Washington School Food Service Association, which has 2400 members across the state. "

Teachers ratify contract

Vote was unanimous-198-0.

Tribal Council to review gaming commissioners

They could face removal from office.

Cooking up good things for hungry commuters

"POULSBO - Melissa Steele was getting tired of the commute from Edmonds to Bellevue, but when she relocated in Poulsbo about a year ago things went from bad to worse. On average, Steele was spending 20 hours a week traveling to and from her job. Sitting in traffic. Ferry lines. Bad drivers. The works. She'd had it. To make things more unbearable, typical commuter food, she found, leaves a lot to be desired. Living in the fast-paced world left Steele with very little time to cook and even less time to eat. Like the majority of those who spend their weekdays stopping and going on their way to work, her diet consisted of a wide array of grocery deli grub, fast food, pizza and (ugh) frozen dinners. "

Drawing the generation gap together

"POULSBO - Don't bother looking in the garden for these flowers. Orange, blue and brown roses? Lilies with pink and green petals? They only seem to grow when kids and seniors get creative each day at Martha and Mary Lutheran Services. With classical music playing in the background, four local youngsters and a group of ladies spent their Monday morning trading colored pens and taking turns smelling scented markers. "

North Kitsap WASL scores improved

Progress made in all grades tested.

Plat pledge irks Mayor

Memo chastises Councilman Mike Regis for 'promises' made to developers of Poulsbo Place.

“The few, the proud… the kindergarteners”

"Lance Corporal Stanley Brown (at left) helps a kindergartner at Wolfle Elementary School in Kingston get his name tag all squared away on his very first day in a classroom. Brown was one of several volunteers from the U.S. Marine Corps to assist the young students in preparing for the new school year. In the parking lot, Marines took turns escorting the kids to class and seeing some young patriots in distress, Lance Corporals Butler, Robert Kaminski and Thomas Decker even helped raise Old Glory high above the school yard. "

Port to consider bigger districts

Commissioners look into possible expansion of local boundaries.

“Growing, without the pains”

"Ask sophomore Christina Miglino about her experiences at West Sound Academy and her face lights up. Ask her what she likes better about this school than her previous one and she'll launch into a series of reasons, but ultimately settles on single theme - the faculty. They are really inspiring... My goal in life is to do something to help others and I really feel that the staff here is here for the kids, she says, noting that the smaller class size helps contributes to a more inviting atmosphere for one-on-one learning, You get all your questions answered in class. At a school where class size ranges from three to 15 students per class, this is more than a ringing endorsement, it is a fact. What makes Miglino's endorsement even more notable is that she's been at the school for less than a week. "

Recycling Center took a team effort

"We're big on recycling in North Kitsap, we recycle more than 2,000 tons of resources every year. When we lost our former recycling center on Little Valley road, many city and county officials worked together to provide an effective interim site, then a permanent site that is appropriate for today's needs and anticipates future growth. "

“Inslee, school districts warn of high-tech job crises”

"Washington will face a job crisis unless schools start teaching technological skills earlier in their curriculum, according to Rep. Jay Inslee. It's going to be the great bombshell that will explode on this country, Inslee said. Inslee met Sept.1 with vocational school administrators from districts comprising the West Sound Consortium. They discussed how Washington schools can increase the number of students leaving high school with high-tech skills. Consortium members, citing a study by the American Electronics Association, said the state and nation are falling behind the demand for high-tech workers. Although the number of high-tech jobs grew 21 percent between 1990 and 1998 in the U.S., the number of high-tech degrees dropped five percent. The study said Washington schools should hope to supply at least technical workers a year by 2008 to keep up with the number of jobs available."

Shoreline owners want answers

"County provides some, but admits to not knowing everything yet. "