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This is what Kingston resident Ron Muell sees every day. Six years ago while he was blowing leaves in his yard, his vision began to waver and things become blurry. After several tests were conducted, Muells doctor diagnosed him with macular degeneration, a syndrome that causes fluid to leak into the eye and, after time, leads to complete blindness.
After receiving a referral to the Blind Rehabilitation Program at American Lake for veterans, Muell, a U.S. Air Force veteran, is seeking others who have served their country and now may also being fighting the fear of losing their vision. The Tacoma-based program operates under the auspices of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and is open to all veterans. It assists the participants in learning to live with their diagnosis and allows them to live as independently as possible.Class engineers tomorrows education today
A sub-area plan is a planning tool that sets guidelines for planning and growth in specific areas. The various sub-area plans throughout Kitsap County are meant to work in cohesion with the countys overall master plan.
At a Jan. 9 KCAC meeting, the group addressed the idea, and Kitsap County Department of Community Development Planning Manager Scott Diener reminded members they already have a sub-area plan in place, and perhaps that can be further enhanced to reflect the plans the Stakeholders are hoping for.Second chances for sale
Last summers traffic fiasco, which saw stand-still, bumper-to-bumper traffic, sparked Kingston community members and Kitsap County officials to work together to improve the flow of cars through town to better incorporate the ferry traffic. Discussion along these lines has been going on for decades now, and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) conducted studies in the mid-1990s. Engineering for a specific project including an additional holding area near Lindvog Road for waiting ferry traffic and additional lanes on State Route 104 was shelved in 1998. The data and designs were stored in an attic and lost in a fire not long after. There were no back-up copies of the plan so the WSDOT is now working with just a few drawings salvaged from the blaze.
Kitsap County workers met with WSDOT officials and two Kingston residents Tuesday afternoon to examine the drawings and see if they were still applicable today. Discussion of funding and a project timeline dominated the meeting, as did talk of stormwater runoff and Kingston residents desperation for a new transportation system to deal with ferry traffic.Norwegian Point Park may soon bloom official design
The newest member to that list of parks, Norwegian Point Park located in Hansvilles downtown core, may soon have a plan backing it to ensure it blossoms into the best possible park for Hansville residents and visitors. The first of three meetings will be held Jan. 23 for the public to offer input to the master planning process.911 Briefs
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POULSBO Only minor injuries were reported in two rollover accidents that occurred within one block of each other Jan. 15. Freezing temperatures created a layer of ice on the road causing accidents at 12:50 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. on Lincoln Road between Stottlemeyer and Port Gamble roads.Chamber excited with new downtown digs
The new digs were originally proposed by chamber volunteer and Kingston Lumber owner Tom Waggoner. He thought the small building formerly known as Sweet Pea Cottage would be a perfect spot to make the organization more accessible and launch a historical display of Kingston in conjunction with the Kingston Historical Society. He felt the chambers office and resources should be more visible to both business owners and visitors, and the building provided the perfect spot.
Good exposure, increased membership, an office for (chamber Chief Executive Officer Nancy Tietje) and a nice space for volunteers, said chamber President Jana Kramberger of more ways the new space will help. Were hoping to increase our volunteers. We have 14 right now, and I think that will increase. Were hoping to bring in (Kingston High School) volunteers. I also hope to make people walk the extra block that is downtown Kingston.The great Viking Fest debate