Bellringer fund growing quickly

Bellringer donations are beginning to pour in, maybe it was the snowy weather that inspired giving, but we received donations from many old friends.

Celebrate the holiday season Kingston country style

KINGSTON — The turkey’s soup. Time to take out the tinsel. This weekend a crew of volunteers will transform downtown Kingston into a garlanded splendor. They are decorating for Kingston’s biggest event of the year — one rivaled only by the Fourth of July.

Snow day no hassle for North Kitsap students

Hey kids, what did you do during your snow day off from school?

Holiday delights await you

Thanks to donations of time and talent, the holidays offer a wealth of distinctive Kitsap seasonal fun.

Former cheerleader sues school district

POULSBO — A former cheerleader is suing the North Kitsap School District, contending that the district violated its own safety policy and rules and that violation resulted in her injury. Kelli Fredrickson, whose name was Kelli Ratley-Alvarez when she attended North Kitsap High School, claims in a suit filed in Kitsap County Superior Court that she was originally injured during an away game against Olympic High School on Oct. 8, 1998.

Setting sail into the past

POULSBO — When Capt. Ed Shields was asked why he wrote his book “Salt of the Sea,” he didn’t hesitate before responding, “I’m the only person who could do this. If I didn’t, no one would and it would be lost.” The statements are as true as the ocean is deep.

Little Norway readies to light up the holidays

POULSBO — They’re not as mean as they look. And despite the fact that they wear horned helmets, thick furs and carry such weapons as battle axes and swords, Poulsbo’s Vikings are actually a pretty decent group.

Bellringer off to a good jingle

Trips to the post office are so much more fun during the holidays because we always find the Bellringer checks waiting. Some arrive in colorful holiday cards, and others with notes remembering a loved one. and we’re glad to receive every contribution—large or small. In just our first week, the North Kitsap Bellringer Fund is already over $1,000, a joyful beginning.

Vikings’ girls basketball team aims for playoffs

POULSBO — For the North Kitsap girls’ basketball team, last year wasn’t nearly enough of a good thing. The team went 10-10 under first-year head coach Dan Weedin but didn’t make the playoffs: this year, that’s the goal.

Whose plan is it anyway?

Poulsbo and Kitsap County find their UGA planning philosophies diverge in one location--Finn Hill.

Should Little Norway grow?

POULSBO — After being delayed and derailed for the last nine years, Poulsbo’s long-awaited train of growth management progress could finally be chugging into station within the next few months. The city’s Urban Growth Area plan has been on and off the tracks countless times since the process began in 1993, stalling completely at junctions while leaving both Poulsbo and county residents wondering their attendance at numerous meetings was worth it.

Attacks of 9/11 a topic of discussion in schools

POULSBO — On Sept. 11, as the World Trade Center towers in New York were destroyed by terrorists, students at North Kitsap High School watched the unfolding tragedy on television. And while no day since has been so intense, the subject has not left the classrooms.

Bellringer Fund begins season

No sooner had we announced the beginning of the 50th annual North Kitsap Bellringer Fund on Wednesday, than the first contributions arrived at the Herald office. Many generous friends make an annual donation to the Bellringer as a way to express gratitude for their own blessings and remember their loved ones during the holidays. This year’s Bellringer goal is $25,000, an increase over the $22,000 donated by community members last year.

Plan on the table for new Kingston community center

KINGSTON — During the past several years, Bayside Community Church has put its mark on Kingston with a food bank, the new park and ride and other community programs. Now the church is proposing something even more ambitious: the Ed Moon Community Center.

Police contract delay irks Poulsbo officers

POULSBO — It’s been in the works for over a year and despite taking huge strides towards a much-anticipated conclusion, the City of Poulsbo and the Poulsbo Police Department are still a long way from finding common ground in terms of a new law enforcement contract. The lengthy process, during which officers have had pay increases frozen, hasn’t been easy for either side. Talks between the two entities stalled just prior to September and city promised that if things did not improve it would be forced to enter arbitration — a threat which the Poulsbo City Council made good on during a Nov. 7 meeting.

Deputies vote ‘no confidence’ in sheriff

This past election day, 82 percent of the Kitsap County Deputy Sheriff’s Guild voted no confidence in Sheriff Steve Boyer’s leadership and administration. “He’s a nice guy and we like him,” said guild president and county detective Mike Rodrigue. “We just want him to be the leader we know he can be.”

Holiday Bazaar brings in the shoppers

INDIANOLA -- It’s not yet the biggest retail shopping day of the year, the Friday after Thanksgiving, but people got a head start this weekend at the Holiday Bazaar in Indianola and the Harvest Market in Kingston. “I’m having better sales than ever,” said Corena Chamberlain, who sold luminaries and stationery items. She and several vendors packed into the Indianola Club House this weekend. And so did the people.

Penny’s gone back to selling real estate full-time

POULSBO — Selling. It’s in Penny McLaughlin’s blood. The local real estate broker community knows this all too well and so do her numerous clients.

Panthers ready to hoop it up

POULSBO — If the Poulsbo Panther basketball team seems like it’s playing at a higher level this year, it may be because some of the players have been ... well, playing at a higher level. Not satisfied with pitting themselves against only junior-high competition, frontcourt player Ryan Young and guard Jacob Gonzales spent their summer in scrimmages against several players from North Kitsap High School.