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.

Kingston Christmas stirs the spirit

KINGSTON — Seventeen days before Christmas and all through the streets Kingstonites were a stirrin’ and eager to meet — guess who? Santa Claus, the jolly old elf, made several appearances at the Kingston Country Christmas celebration held Saturday. If you didn’t catch him posing for pictures and taking down wishes at the Kingston Community Center, then you might have seen him atop a red fire engine as he arrived to light the tree at the marina. He could also be seen later at the Kingston Cove Yacht Club greeting the boaters and enjoying some homemade chili.

What happened to “presumed innocent?”

Kitsap remembers what happened the last time a group of people were singled out because of their racial or national origin. In our eagerness to protect ourselves against terrorism are we making the same mistake again?

Cavaliers 19-0 run keys blowout over Blazers

KINGSTON — Jared Prince had 32 points and the Kingston Junior High Cavaliers took advantage of a 19-0 run to defeat Marcus Whitman Junior High Monday, 88-45. The Cavaliers (4-1) used suffocating first-quarter defense to key several turnovers and build an early 19-0 lead on the Trailblazers (1-3).

Behavior problems rise slightly after Sept. 11

POULSBO — It doesn’t necessarily show up in progress reports or disciplinary actions. But in the hallways and classrooms of the North Kitsap School District, administrators have noticed a change in students after the attacks of Sept. 11.

Add Bellringer to your gift list

Trying to choose a gift for a person who seems to have everything? Consider making a donation in their name to the Bellringer Fund. Many people choose to honor a special friend, or the memory of a special person with a donation each year. You’ll know your contribution truly helps a North Kitsap family in need.

Dead tree clearing angers tribe, public

POULSBO — If a tree falls in a the woods and into a salmon stream and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Who knows. If it falls next to Poulsbo Village, it caused plenty of noise.

Deputy Wright joins KJH as new SRO

KINGSTON — Sometimes Heather’s Wright’s belt, which holds her gun and other Kitsap Sheriff’s Deputy equipment, prevents her from playing basketball well with the students at Kingston Junior High. Other than that, Wright is fitting in well as the Student Resource Officer at Kingston Junior High.

NK roars; Vikings top Lions

POULSBO — The Vikings knew how to fill up a stat sheet Wednesday night, but to see the most important performance, you may have to read between the lines. The Vikings 59-48 victory was fueled by Bryan Haupt and Jerrod Gonzales, who combined to score 50 points.

Panthers’ strong finish equals win over Cavs

KINGSTON — Several of Jacob Gonzales’s baskets proved more flamboyant than his hair Tuesday afternoon — and that’s a tall order. The shaggy-maned Gonzales scored a number of jump shots and twisting layups on his way to a 32-point performance for the Poulsbo Panthers.