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POULSBO — For almost one half of soccer Friday night, it looked as if the North Kitsap Vikings and the Olympic Trojans had switched uniforms. The Vikings were hosting the high-scoring Trojans, but for almost 40 minutes it was the Vikings who were doing all the damage, while keeping Olympic off the scoreboard.
Long-time Poulsbo company is a family business.
KINGSTON — When she was in junior high, Katie Buchanan never listened to anti-drinking messages. Friday morning, she travelled to Kingston Junior High so someone else might.
Just before spring break, Kingston Junior High students heard first hand about the results of drinking and driving.
POULSBO — With his health continuing to deteriorate, Capt. Ed Shields knew he was close to “crossing the bar” last year. The long-time Poulsbo resident also knew that if he didn’t tell the tale of the hundreds of fishermen who had crossed before him, no one would. No one else could. When Shields finished the six-year effort, compiling a lifetime’s experience and knowledge of maritime history into his book, “Salt of the Sea: The Pacific Coast Cod Fishery and the Last Days of Sail,” it seemed a heavy burden had been lifted and his sails were ready to set for the last time. He died Thursday at the age of 86.
A remarkable man, Capt. Ed Shields died Thursday leaving a legacy of accomplishment and unselfishness.
LEMOLO — High winds and stormy seas shouldn’t have been enough to swamp Mike Bateman’s seasoned 37-foot fishing trawler in Ne-Si-Ka Bay Wednesday night, but they did. Bateman was at a loss for an explanation the next morning as he stood on the sandy shores of Lemolo with two salvaged, oil-stained wooden boxes full of computer and camera equipment that had gone down with the ship less than 24 hours before.
KINGSTON — For 10 years, Kingston has been involved in a tug of war by two opposite minded groups about a proposed wastewater treatment plant. It’s a hot topic because Kingston’s 25-year-old wastewater plant that serves about 600 families is failing and the community must build a new sewage treatment plant. According to Rick Gagnon, sewer utility manager for Kitsap County Public Works, the current wastewater plant, located in downtown Kingston, is on its last breath and is a virtual time bomb.
POULSBO — The shot Laura Jensen hit Tuesday afternoon wasn’t a game-winner. It wasn’t a halfcourt shot. It didn’t even tie the game. But Jensen’s quarter-court heave, which came at the end of the third quarter of the Kingston-Poulsbo game and dragged the Cavaliers within two points, may have turned the tide of the game, which the Cavs went on to win 50-41.
KINGSTON — Almost 100 years after sneaking into factories to photograph brutal and abusive child labor, photographer Lewis Hine continues to inspire. Hine was the subject of Kingston Junior High ninth grader Kristen Sprague’s history day project, a display board with several of Hine’s images fixed to it.
BREMERTON — Your best friend on Wednesday, March 27 at Legion Field was your car heater. It was c-c—c-c-old.
Over the last quarter century, Poulsbo resident Barbara Stephenson has balanced and blended her career in the Puget Sound banking world with equal parts community service. Stephenson, who has served over the last decade as executive director of the United Way of Kitsap County, hopes her combined experiences will equal a viable election bid for the county treasurer position this fall.
POULSBO — When the final performance of “The Sound of Music” ended at North Kitsap High School March 9, it lowered the curtain on one of the most successful stage careers in the school’s history: that of Sylvie Davidson. Davidson has played a minor Shakespeare character marked for death, a high-school student gunned down by a classmate, a saucy maid in a centuries-old classic, a female Shakespeare character who masquerades as a man, a tough-minded tutor to a wild blind girl, and a governess threatened by Nazis. Classmates, teachers, and audience members have long been impressed by Davidson’s ability to occupy a character. Of Davidson’s performance as Annie Sullivan, the tutor who taught Helen Keller, drama advisor Sharon Ferguson said: “It had so much maturity. When you see it, you believe it’s real life happening in front of you. That doesn’t happen very often.”
LITTLE BOSTON — The drum beats echoed through the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal Center Friday to honor those whose influence will be echoed by generations to come. The tribe honored its elders and inducted more members who have turned 55 years old since the last gathering. Elder honorings are usually held about twice a year.
Community organizations are planning egg hunts throughout North Kitsap on Saturday. Area churches have also scheduled a number of special Easter worship services on Sunday.
Our hearts are still heavy with memories of 9/11 terrorism as we prepare for Easter, a season of hope and renewal.
POULSBO — The varying terrain of the Olympics Mountain Range has never passed so quickly beneath the feet of veteran hiker Julie Snyder as it will on June 29. That day, the eighth grade teacher at West Sound Academy and a group of nine friends will cover what amounts to a trip from Poulsbo to Sequim on foot. Fifty miles in 24 hours or less.
KINGSTON — Twas right before Christmas and all through the coffee house, not a creature was stirring, except Gail Buchanan — stirring up a double latté with non-fat milk and extra whipped cream, no doubt. Since opening Coastal Coffee on Dec. 21 at the Albertson’s shopping center in Kingston, Buchanan has been pouring out some of the best blends in North Kitsap and, more importantly, keeping a smile.
Are the budget problems the fault of a failing economy, Legislative snafus, or just maybe are poorly conceived initiatives the problem with state budgets?
PORT ORCHARD––In a surprise announcement in Superior Court Friday afternoon, the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office announced that it will not seek the death penalty against Brian Keith Lord. Lord is accused of the murder nearly 16 years ago of North Kitsap 15-year old Tracey Parker. Lord, dressed in a jail uniform and restrained, was present in Judge Karlynn Haberly’s courtroom for the announcement. He sat quietly and appeared to be relaxed during the proceedings.