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Summerset development greeted with support

  • Jan 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:26PM

POULSBO — When picturing the usual response to a new development in town, images come to mind of unhappy citizens with ruined backyard views or lackluster enthusiasm for increased roadways near their homes. Reverse that image.

No omelets on the menu

  • Jan 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:25PM

POULSBO — It’s set for a grand opening next month, but there’s one community niche Taprock Northwest Grill won’t be filling as a replacement for Mitzel’s American Kitchen, which was destroyed in a May 2006 fire. That niche? Breakfast, with a side order of conversation.

Vets facing blindness now have local assistance working to shed light

  • Jan 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:25PM

KINGSTON — Imagine only being able to see a dark blur where a friend’s, son’s, daughter’s or teacher’s face should be. The blur radiates out, smudging into color and eventually, in the peripheral vision, everything becomes clear.

Class engineers tomorrow’s education today

  • Jan 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:25PM

KINGSTON — Educators often bandy phrases like “world-class education,” which they believe is necessary to make Washington’s students competitive in a “global workplace.” Yet they’re not quite sure how to make today’s classrooms compatible with tomorrow’s workplace needs.

Master plan is possibly in Kingston’s future

  • Jan 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:25PM

KINGSTON — Kingston’s future isn’t on paper just yet, but if the Kingston Citizens Advisory Council (KCAC) and Kingston Stakeholders have their respective ways, it will be soon. Discussion of a master plan for the North End community has been in the works by both groups for some time. Now Kitsap County officials are working to have the two groups begin a discussion of the project and how it could fit in with the already established Kingston sub-area plan.

Second chances for sale

  • Jan 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:25PM

POULSBO — They say everyone deserves a second chance, and perhaps every object does as well. Whether or not the famous phrase holds true for material things, there’s one store in town doing its best to offer repeat appearances for new and quality used items at a price that, as another old adage goes, can’t be beat.

SR 104 plans could bring forth full-fledged change

  • Jan 19, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:25PM

PORT ORCHARD — Traffic jams in Kingston, a phenomenon once unheard of, are not so uncommon any more. Plans to improve the traffic slowdowns brought on by ferry traffic have literally gone up in smoke and residents of the North End community are reaching the end of their tether.

Norwegian Point Park may soon bloom official design

  • Jan 19, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:25PM

HANSVILLE — As January begins to ebb, residents in Hansville are turning their thoughts to warmer months and how best to spend them outdoors. A common answer shared by many is the variety of parks scattered throughout the North End community offering walking, running, trails and picnic possibilities.

911 Briefs

  • Jan 19, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:25PM

Chamber excited with new downtown digs

  • Jan 19, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:25PM

KINGSTON — Moving can be an exciting, chaotic experience and it’s one the Kingston Chamber of Commerce officials and volunteers fully embraced Jan. 11. as the chamber headquarters shifted from the Kingston Community Center to a small building at the corner of State Route 104 and West Kingston Road. The change has been discussed since fall 2007, and the group decided it was high time for some new wallpaper, floors and additional space.

The great Viking Fest debate

  • Jan 19, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:25PM

POULSBO — Where, oh where, should the carnival go? Seventh Avenue, perhaps? That’s the question Poulsbo’s Community Services Committee was faced with Wednesday night. And one they have yet to answer.

Downtown Poulsbo parking: mission impossible?

  • Jan 19, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:25PM

POULSBO — Maybe it isn’t impossible to learn how to fly. At least, that’s what Poulsbo Mayor Kathryn Quade said Wednesday night during a discussion about downtown parking. The conversation was a double-sided one as the council and Front Street property owners discussed what types of parking requirements new developers and those undergoing a remodel should face.

New lanesn SR 305 open Jan. 25

  • Jan 19, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:25PM

POULSBO — The time has arrived. Though the State Route 305 expansion project is not quite complete, the new lane additions will open the evening of Jan. 25, allowing a little more breathing room for a thoroughfare that has been congested with construction since August 2006. The outer lanes will take on their HOV status beginning Jan. 28. From 6-8 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. weekdays, they will be designated for high occupancy vehicles (HOV) only, said WSDOT communications manager Lisa Murdock. Their HOV status means only drivers with at least one additional passenger can use them.

Sandwich boards: A menace to society?

  • Jan 19, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:25PM

POULSBO — On any given day, there are about two dozen of them along Front Street in Poulsbo’s downtown core. For a two-block stretch of sidewalk, that’s no small number. They are sandwich boards. And they’re as necessary as they are detrimental. Their presence, a true Catch-22.

Photovoice encourages children to get visual

  • Jan 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:25PM

SUQUAMISH — The curriculum is being organized, cameras prepped and the food is purchased. Now all that’s needed for the Suquamish Photovoice project to begin is students ready to show the world what they think of their community. At a meeting Jan. 16, Photovoice organizers encouraged all students between the ages of 10 and 18 who have a strong connection to Suquamish to apply for the visual program.

A sign of things to come

  • Jan 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:24PM

At the Suquamish Tribe’s early learning center, the past is always within reach. In the yard, toddlers play in a dugout canoe they helped build and had ceremonially blessed. They make traditional drums with their fathers and sing songs in the Lushootseed language.

On the (Poulsbo) waterfront

  • Jan 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:24PM

POULSBO — The Port of Poulsbo is putting out a last call for community input regarding a 15.8-acre harbor line expansion. The fourth and final installment of the port community meeting series will allow residents to express their own ideas and concerns about a project that could greatly reshape a major Little Norway connection to Liberty Bay.

911 Briefs

  • Jan 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:24PM

OPG preparing to strap on hiking boots

  • Jan 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:24PM

KINGSTON — Olympic Property Group (OPG) put together a think tank of sorts last Thursday afternoon, encompassing experts of all kinds to get to work on an all-expansive trail vision, the String of Pearls, OPG presented last summer.

Will county commission be an all-boys club?

  • Jan 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:24PM

The announcement by South Kitsap Commissioner Jan Angel that she will leave the board to run for a seat in the state Legislature ensures in a year’s time the county commissioners will look quite different than it did just one year ago.

Finding space for Poulsbo Place

  • Jan 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:24PM

POULSBO — Temperatures rose in the Poulsbo Fire Station meeting hall Thursday night during a Poulsbo Place II neighborhood gathering, where more than 60 residents opined some fiery views on a new development planned by Central Highlands Builders (CHB). In the face of what, at times, was fairly heavy fire, representatives from the development firm did their best to extinguish the crowd’s fears and provide answers to their doubts.

We're gonna need a bigger boat

  • Jan 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:24PM

Woman jailed after hit-and-run fatality

  • Jan 26, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:24PM

KINGSTON — An elderly gentleman was struck by a car and killed Thursday evening while walking along Jefferson Point Road. The man, whose name is being withheld upon notification of next of kin, was walking northbound when he was hit by a white 1990 four-door Geo Prizm, which was also traveling northbound, according to Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Scott Wilson.

Poulsbo signs city hall building contract

  • Jan 26, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:24PM

POULSBO — The proverbial city hall ball is still on a roll toward a 2009 project completion. Wednesday afternoon the Poulsbo City Council finalized the city’s contract with Lewis Architecture + Interior Design. Lewis Architecture was one of 11 firms that applied for the job. The firm was chosen after a November interview process.

Mixed feelings arise at planning meeting

  • Jan 26, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:24PM

HANSVILLE — Nearly 70 Hansville residents turned out Wednesday night to offer suggestions for the community’s newest park. The community gathering at the Greater Hansville Community Center saw many different schematic variations of Norwegian Point Park, some drastically independent of each other.

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