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"Don Nakata died on Tuesday. But, the spirit of Kaizen lives on. Nakata, president of Town & County Markets, suffered a major stroke while vacationing with his wife Ellen in Louisiana, where he died at Lafayette General Hospital. The couple was enjoying a bus tour and had told their friends how excited they were to have a chance to see the Mississippi River. "
"KCAC delays decision, needs more information. "
"SUQUAMISH - Suquamish Elementary principal Joe Davalos has seen changes in his school over the years, and many of those changes have been for the good. Two years ago, the school could afford to expand the playground. Last year, they purchased televisions and VCRs for half the classrooms. Next year, Davalos said, they hope to do the same with the remaining classrooms. We're one of the few schools that doesn't have TVs and VCRs in every room, Davalos said. We just bought them when we could and pushed them around on carts. The money for the TVs and VCRs last year came from the school's PTSA, and that money was donated by parents and individuals. It's always from varied sources, Davalos said. People who really have a sense of what it is we're trying to do try to contribute in any way they can. He added, I feel very fortunate. But Suquamish Elementary is not the only fortunate school. Every North Kitsap school receives money and items from donations. "
"In a vote so confusing that Security Properties officials had to ask what had happened, the Poulsbo City Council approved the plat for the first 10 new homes in Poulsbo Place. The approval won't be final, however, until SPI sets aside $550,000 to guarantee construction of the Iverson Street road extension. Steve Dymoke, vice-president of SPI expects the road funding issue to be resolved this week, with certificates of occupancy to be issued shortly after that by the city. If that all happens, owners of the new homes could be moving in by Halloween. The council's approval came following a week of solid progress by SPI on a list of 43 punch list items that had caused the council to delay approval of the plat last week. Tom Curren, SPI president, Mayor Donna Jean Bruce and City Engineer John Stephenson met during the week to resolve issues and move the project toward approval. "
"POULSBO - The transition from grade school to junior high can be difficult. There are new classrooms, new books, and new faces. So, Poulsbo Junior High is doing something different. A week ago they packed more than 200 incoming students on buses, drove them up to Island Lake Camp (along with a group of parents, educators and student volunteers), and had a retreat. What we were trying to do, said assistant principal Tony Bainbridge, is accomplish a lot of different things before school starts. The retreat had been something that Principal Gregg Epperson has wanted to do for a while, Bainbridge said. It became a reality Sept. 12. "
"If you're one of those people who feel strongly your school district should spend money and make decisions, now's your chance to have a say-so. The North Kitsap School District is hosting a series of community forums at each school over the next few weeks (the forums for Vinland and Breidablik will both be held at Vinland). The forums are designed to get your reaction to a series of facilities recommendations developed by a task force of citizen volunteers. We'll also be running a series of articles in the Herald that highlight what some of the issues are with the school district's facilities. "
"Series of meetings planned to gather ideas, reactions. "
Wednesday meeting to decide park's location.
Monday night meeting could result in ouster.
"Lawmakers, DOE, PUD seeking solutions to unclog system. "
"Fat zucchini, pumpkins, tall corn, sunflowers and dahlias make for great fun at Valley Nursery. "
Gilbert chosen from boar interviews.
"POULSBO - There's an old saying in the business: If the shoe fits, wear it. This saying may very well have dual meanings for Brian Ballestrasse of Lemolo and could also read: If the shoe business fits, buy it. So, when Sluys Shoes was put up for sale, the seven-year veteran manager from Nordstrom's simply couldn't pass the opportunity up. Ballestrasse had visited Little Norway before and said, I always really liked the town and community here. While searching for a home here though, he was forced to make the dreaded Edmonds-Kingston commute each morning. Although traffic backups for the ferry are notorious, Ballestrasse said they weren't unbearable in his case. At least I was going in the right direction, he explained with a smile and a shrug. "
New manager brings ideas for improvements.
Volunteers needed to pick up trash.
"POULSBO - Gray skies and rain gave way to warm weather Wednesday afternoon as officials from Olympic College and the Suquamish Tribe made a path through scrub brush and felled trees at the proposed campus site on Poulsbo's northwestern edge. It was a good omen. The sun is coming out, Olympic College president Carl Jonietz observed quietly. This is auspicious. Arriving at the chosen spot, new Suquamish Elder Gene Jones led the group through the ritual blessing of the land. Six candles were lit, one placed on the ground, the others distributed to members of the tribe. "
Wednesday's gathering of Suquamish Tribal members and officials from Olympic College in Poulsbo was just another sign that two different cultures can grow in understanding of one another without trampling on each other's traditions.
Split vote keeps Poulsbo Place off council agenda for next two weeks.
Stephenson backs city's position to postpone plat discussion.
Transit officials looking ahead to ways to sustain service.