A sleigh pulled by alligators lands in Kitsap

POULSBO — While growing up in Southern Louisiana, Angie Perrin’s Christmases meant presents, Santa Claus, and gumbo simmering on the stove. Now that she is a Vista/Americorps Rolling Readers representative at Poulsbo Elementary, Perrin has been sharing that Cajun Christmas heritage with students, courtesy of one of her favorite children’s books.

Can Poulsbo pay for new Front Street?

POULSBO — It’s been on the city’s “to do list” for far too long, but when Poulsbo finally decided to get improvements on Front Street rolling it quickly ran into another problem — money.

Lemolo Citizens Club’s re-appeal goes forward

POULSBO — “It got the knife,” Richard Best of the Lemolo Citizens Club said this week of the group’s appeal to the Final Supplemental Environmental Statement for the Central Kitsap County Wastewater Facilities Plan. But for Best and the rest of the LCC, getting the knife apparently is a long way from “getting the boot.”

Bellringer surges upward –– nearing goal

The Christmas miracle so many have always believed in is happening before our very eyes. The goal of $25,000 for the North Kitsap Bellringer fund that seemed nearly impossible just a few weeks ago is now in sight. With less than a week until Christmas, we have already received more than $21,000.

‘Pining’ away for a unique gift store

KINGSTON — The looks of Pine Cone Gifts are somewhat deceiving. The well laid out shop appears to have been an integral part of the Kingston Kountry Korners shopping center since it first opened along Highway 104. Instead, Paula Erickson’s small business “fell off the tree” less than 20 days ago and has already grown dramatically.

Ah… massage gets horses’ kinks out, too

HANSVILLE — LeAnna Whisperinghorse’s hands broadly stroke Wyeth’s golden coat. They then pinpoint muscles looking for anything that might indicate a problem. Whisperinghorse has combined her career as a conventional massage therapist with her love for horses. She has practiced human massage and holistic healing for the past 13 years. Her relationship with horses began about 16 years ago.

County says the Finn is in

POULSBO — The Finn is in... well most of it. Kitsap County Commissioners Monday morning unanimously agreed with the majority of recommendations from Poulsbo City Council and opted to keep Finn Hill’s northern reaches in the finalized Urban Growth Area. In the compromise decision, the commissioners removed about 65 acres south of Finn Hill Road, including the Rude Road neighborhood, from the proposed UGA as well as a small parcel on Little Valley Road.

North knocks off South for second league win

POULSBO — Maybe both teams got what they needed Friday night. The North Kitsap boys’ basketball team charged into its game with South Kitsap and claimed a win over the unbeaten Wolves, loudly warning the rest of the Narrows League that the Vikings — who won 15 in a row last season — are a team to be reckoned with.

‘Catch-up’ continues for girls’ team

PORT ORCHARD — Playing with no players over 5’ 9”, the South Kitsap High School girls basketball team scrapped their way to a 56-43 win against a bigger North Kitsap team Friday night in a Narrows League Bridge Division matchup. SK guards Sarah Groves (10 rebounds) and Olivia Bui (nine rebounds) were forced to be the rebounding machines with the absence of posts Kristin Myles (knees) and Jamae Feddock (flu). Senior post Carly Riggs played limited minutes because of the flu.

New school board members sworn in

POULSBO — Brad Camp’s term on the North Kitsap School Board got off to a positive, if somewhat belated, start on Thursday. Camp, who is a public affairs manager for Sprint, spent Saturday morning and afternoon in Bellevue during a Sprint product launch, answering questions from such high-profile newspapers as The New York Times and USA Today. When he drove out of Bellevue to make the 5:20 ferry back to the peninsula, he ran into a wall of traffic.

Ferry fares could be taking another hike

Another 12.5 percent hike in ferry fares is in the works for May, to raise an additional $7 million per year and bring farebox recovery to two-thirds of the system’s operating costs. But for the North Kitsap’s army of daily commuters, the fares could actually decline. Monthly passes will cost $61.20, down from the present $66.20.

School district purchases land for new high school

KINGSTON — North Kitsap School Board meetings are not usually filled with spontaneous celebration, especially when they are reaching their fourth hour. But after the school board approved the final item on the agenda of Dec. 13, the 15 members of the audience still in the room filled it with clapping and cheers.

North girls give away first league game

POULSBO — After the North Kitsap girls’ basketball team lost 65-29 to the Central Kitsap Cougars Wednesday night, Vikings head coach Dan Weedin suggested — half jokingly, half not — that a switch had been made. “That wasn’t the team in white that we rolled out last week,” Weedin said.

Bellringer sounds joyful noise

Old friends and new friends have been extra generous this holiday season and the North Kitsap Bellringer Fund continues to grow daily. Now at more than $15,000 we are making steady progress toward the fund’s goal of $25,000. If you haven’t yet stopped by the North Kitsap Herald office, or Kitsap Bank with a donation—please be sure to do so early next week.

Finding meaning in the season

For many, this is a holiday where it is difficult to find meaning or joy. If you find yourself less than jolly this year, try these suggestions.

Hansville has a nice ring to it

HANSVILLE — This week those passing by the Hansville Community Church may have noticed it looked a little different. This Sunday it will sound different too. At about 10 a.m. the Sunday before Christmas the community will hear the inaugural ringing of the new church bell.

Catching some serious air in North Kitsap

KINGSTON — Evans Matan knows all about being downright “board.” Being bored, though, is something the 28-year-old Kingstonite doesn’t have much experience with. That’s because Matan stays busy and in shape by riding the asphalt, surf, snow and pretty much every other terrain this planet has to offer in the endless pursuit of fun. So, when it came to his working life and career, it isn’t surprising that he wasn’t really into the typical 9-5 job. So, Matan created his own.

Vikings assailed by top opponent

POULSBO — When NKHS girls’ basketball coach Dan Weedin watched the Olympia Bears Friday night, he knew he wasn’t looking into a mirror image of the Vikings. But he hopes he was looking into their future.

Fishline reeling with holiday basket needs

POULSBO — Some Fishline clients could be facing a not-so-happy new year if the donations from the community don’t increase soon. With less than two weeks to go before Christmas, the Poulsbo food bank is practically swimming in requests from families who are still seeking donated holiday baskets. And, as the clock winds down, officials at Fishline are facing the prospect of having to dig into the organization’s coffers to put food on the tables of needy families throughout North Kitsap.

Bellringer donations pouring in

The need is ever so great this Christmas season in North Kitsap. But, the generosity of North Kitsap families and businesses always seems to increase to meet the need. A steady stream of donations has brought the Bellringer Fund to nearly the halfway point of our $25,000 goal.