North Kitsap

Students search for roots at culture fair

"KINGSTON - Scott Shawcroft brought a painting made by his great-great grandfather. Martin Baisa brought an old glass milk bottle. Mike Gentry brought an electric guitar, and during spare moments during Wednesday's Kingston Junior High cultural fair you could find Gentry and some of his friends strumming. "

An old spin on new telecom problems

POULSBO - Trying to plan for the future of telecommunications in Kitsap County isn't an easy feat. Just ask members of the Regional Telecom Committee. The group took an innovative approach to the problem of crystal balling such issues as telephone and Internet access this Thursday as they heard from retired Admiral Bruce Harlow on what it takes to create a successful communications coup. Harlow did just that in the mid-1980s when he spearheaded an effort to do away with long-distance telephone charges in Kitsap County. His efforts are pretty much the reason calls from Poulsbo to Kingston are free.

Salmon 101: How to keep a fish happy

"POULSBO - What does an endangered fish want? Well, other than being taken off the endangered list, one might say space, clean water and beneficial surroundings. "

Shaping the future face of Kingston

KINGSTON - Laura Roseveare's visions for Kingston is that it be the kind of friendly little town where you can drive down the road doing the Kingston wave and know who you're waving to. She also sees her 11-mile commute taking less than the 20 minutes it takes now.

Hansville man killed in house fire

"HANSVILLE - Lowell Quesnell, 77, lost his life Tuesday while trying to stop a stove fire from destroying the waterfront cabin he had owned for more than 40 years. He was a very generous, kind-hearted guy who spent his time looking out for everyone, his son Nick Quesnell said. "

Volunteers testing the waters at Carpenter Creek

"KINGSTON - Braving the mud and the muck, about 20 Kingston residents ventured down to Carpenter Creek Saturday to test its waters. Concerned that the nearly three-mile creek is not as healthy as it should be, the group will start monthly testing at three different points on the creek. "

City backs off selling parks

"POULSBO - Open space lovers can sleep a little bit easier tonight - Mitchusson Park and Forest Rock Hill Park are apparently here to stay. Two weeks after the Poulsbo Finance Committee made the declaration that it was considering the sale of the two sites, the group Wednesday night officially pulled the 3.06-acre Forest Rock Hill property off the possible list. They also agreed to go forward with a wetlands study of the 9.5-acre Mitchusson Park to determine how much of the land was fully usable. "

North takes third in league meet

"PORT ANGELES - The North Kitsap High School Swimming and Diving Team took third place at the Olympic League Championships on Jan. 19. The Vikings also managed to earn 41 individual bests while they were racing for the lead. North Kitsap scored 214 team points, beating Central Kitsap by a margin of 45 but falling to Bainbridge, who took first, and Port Angeles, who took second. "

NK Success succeeding in Poulsbo

"POULSBO - Through effort, experimentation and hard work, the NK Success program has lived up to its name at North Kitsap High School. The program allows students to meet with adult mentors once a month at the high school. It began four years ago, and was meant as a way to link high schoolers with adult community members. When the program began, it was different than it is now. "

Sparts quell the Vikings

"POULSBO - There have been a lot of firsts for the North Kitsap High School girls' basketball team this year. First win. First loss. And now they can reluctantly chalk up another: first blowout. The Vikings fell to the Bainbridge Island Spartans Friday, 65-30. "

She wants to be a millionaire

"Kingston woman's show tapes today, airs within two weeks. KINGSTON - Who wants to be a millionaire? Crista Walker does. The 29-year old Kingston resident will try for the seven-digit jackpot today when she and nine others vie for a chance in the hot seat of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire with Regis Philbin. Walker flew to New York City Tuesday to tape the game show which airs on ABC (Channel 4). "

North tops Bainbridge in league matchup

North clamps down on BI in fourth quarter. POULSBO - The North Kitsap High School boys' basketball team defeated Bainbridge Island Friday night 52-43.

“Contra dance offers simple, sociable swirl”

"Dance caller/instructor Rich Kuras had a quick response to a question from a first-time contra dancer at the Silverdale Community Center. The hard part? There are no hard parts!'' If you can count to eight and learn a couple of simple phrases, you can be contra dancing, the instructor explained. "

Are all my friends going to be strangers

"The kitchen at my parents large Capitol Hill home was packed with people chatting, milling around and waiting to eat. The large table in the dining room had so many chairs and extensions that it almost stretched into the living room. My extended family had gathered - not for the first time - to bid one of its members a fond farewell as he threw off the bow line and set sail into the unknown. "

Gazebo knocks – Saccomanno answers

"Gazebo Cafe reopens, minus the gazebo. POULSBO - Holly Jo Saccomanno isn't what one might call a shirker. She doesn't shy away from challenges or turn her back when opportunity calls. Saccomanno is a hard worker in a time when many have forgotten exactly what hard work entails. She's on the job six days a week and whether it's pouring out double-tall Irish cream mochas at the Gazebo Cafe in Poulsbo or serving multiple tables at Whiskey Creek Steak House in Keyport, Saccomanno approaches both tasks with equal zeal. It seems to be her nature. "

Tribes sue Washington to fix blocking culverts

"Suit challenges state to maintain and repair its sub-standard passages. It was only a matter of time. But when the first major lawsuit against the state concerning the revised Endangered Species Act was filed yesterday, pretty much everyone was caught off guard. The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission Tuesday morning filed suit in Federal District Court against the State of Washington in an attempt to compel the Department of Transportation to repair and maintain culverts that hinder salmon passage. If we are to achieve our shared goal of salmon recovery, we must begin to meaningfully address the main cause of the salmon's decline, which is the loss and degradation of spawning and rearing habitat, explained Billy Frank, Jr. chairman of the NWIFC. This court action is a step in that direction. "

Let them eat… cookies?

"Joe Irwin/Staff Photo Orange cones and construction crews on 6th Avenue have been a presence since sewer pipe work started their last fall but the neighbors aren't complaining - they're too busy baking cookies for employees of Debco Construction. Due to unprecedented success, the crews will also be tackling upgrades on Harrison, Eliason and Ryen streets as well as a portion of Fjord Drive. "

Magician will conjure up smiles

Joe Irwin/Staff Photo Comedy magician Jonathan Drake takes the Zombie for a mystical float. The trick is among many he will be teaching kids during classes at Poulsbo Parks and Recreation later this year.

Big home win for North Kitsap gymnasts

Trevor Pyle/Staff Photo Lydia Moore (left) and Anne Atkinson were two of the winners for North Kitsap during Thursday's meet with Port Angeles and Bainbridge Island.

Many pieces fit in bond puzzle

Trevor Pyle/ Staff Photo The crowded halls of North Kitsap High School would get some relief if the school district's proposed bond is approved by voters. A second high school would be built.