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KHS Kibitz

Summer a busy time for teens

Stranded … in Kingston no less

About a week and a half ago, I found myself sitting just outside of downtown Kingston in gridlock. And in shock. Gridlock? In Kingston? It seemed too weird to be true. I called the office, just to make sure I hadn’t missed a huge car accident/structural fire that was blocking traffic. Nope, nothing had been reported. ...

Will foot ferries rise from the depths?

Kingston’s on-again/off-again love affair with passenger-only boats is apparently getting serious as the smoochfest resumes in the wake of an enormous federal grant that’s been confirmed as on its way to the port.

Nearing the cusp of greatness

Kingston High School is in its final stages as parents, teachers, staff and, last but not least, students prepare to grace its brand new halls with their presence. It has been years in the making and anyone who has watched residents, taxpayers and the North Kitsap School District get the ball rolling on this can attest to the fact that much of the journey was uphill.

Will Viking Fest exit downtown?

Viking Fest’s vivid memories in downtown Poulsbo may become a distant memory if the current course of dissent continues. The event, which is entering its 40th year of celebrating Poulsbo’s rich Norwegian heritage and is the city’s largest annual get together, has run into opposition from downtown business owners who are tired of having their primary parking lot turned into a carnival — literally and figuratively. It is, after all, their lot and they should have a say in what goes on there as a result.

Red light runners on your marks

Poulsbo’s affliction with motorists who are in such a hurry they view red lights as an annoyance rather than a safety measure to prevent a daily demolition derby might be getting a quick remedy.

Is Kitsap outpricing its residents?

It’s a buyer’s market. It’s a seller’s market. Can both statements be true? Can both be false? As home prices stagnate a tad here in North Kitsap while assessed valuations continue an ever present upswing, both claims are no doubt being made by real estate agents, prospective homebuyers and those hoping to sell as the peak season winds down.

Bargain hunters: Beware!

Wherever you are this weekend, take stock of your surroundings. If you’re a deal seeker and you’re not at the Greater Hansville Community Center Saturday and Sunday, you might just be missing out on some of the best buys North Kitsap has to offer.

North Kitsap bridges not falling down

After watching the tragedies in Minneapolis unfold since Wednesday, it has prompted questions about bridge safety all over the nation — including our own spans over Agate Pass and Hood Canal.

County, KRL cuts won’t be pretty

Kitsap County residents will be getting a crash course in a lower quality of living next year, no doubt bringing about grousing the likes of which few other things can. Among these “things,” of course, are taxes.

Too many cooks won’t spoil the soup in Hansville

It seems like the community of Hansville, as well as other North End areas, is doing what many neighborhoods across the country are slowly losing sight of — keeping an eye on each other and providing help whenever the need arises.

Preserving the past in Poulsbo

It’s an idea that has been years in the making, and with development pressing in on all sides, Poulsbo’s need to delve into ways to… Continue reading

Bobby Fischer would be proud

The “Game of Kings” in Kingston just seems to be too good an opportunity to pass up.If Bob Smiley’s vision is realized — and why… Continue reading

Dredging up ill feelings

The Driftwood Key Club’s $800,000 proposal to remove sediment from Coon Bay has been in the works for years. As it apparently nears its start… Continue reading

City hall options cut down further

After nailing down a viable site on 10th Avenue, what seems eons ago, the pursuit to land Poulsbo’s new city hall downtown has proceeded so… Continue reading

Taking a walk among warriors

Cancer. In one way or another, at one time or another, we can, have, are or will be touched by its gruesome hand. It’s an indiscriminate killer. Slaying the good, the bad, the young and old alike — with brutal coldness.

How slow can you go?

North Kitsap drivers aren’t getting much love of late as it seems the general attitude here is to create an unnavigable obstacle course of orange cones, dug up streets and construction workers who seem to take pleasure in flipping those hand held signs from “slow” to “stop” just before your car can pass.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

As a kid, the Fourth of July was pretty much all about one thing: fireworks. Oh, there were parades down the main drag on Vashon Island, musical performances in Ober Park and the requisite barbecues on Dilworth Point, but weeks before the big day, my eyes would glaze over as I envisioned just what the rockets’ red glare would look like that year.

Third, Fourth all about legacies left behind

The Web site, Dictionary.com defines legacy as “anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor.” Each one of us, young or old, leaves some type of legacy behind wherever we go.

Farewell to Little Norway

Saturday will quite possibly be the last time the words Charles Melton, Staff Writer, will appear on the pages of the North Kitsap Herald as on July 2 I will officially become the new editor of the Bremerton Patriot, the Kitsap News Group’s weekly presence in the big city.