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Recycling pitches in for Marine Science Center

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POULSBO — Little by little, the Marine Science Center is making its way to completion, and a check presented by several community businesses Monday is just one of several unexpected gestures helping make its fall debut possible.

Kingston-based Olympic Printer Resources has donated $1,050 — more than 20 percent of the proceeds collected during a recycling event the company held earlier this month. The recycling day, held at Central Market, was made possible by the help of several area businesses, including American Marine Bank, Prowse & Company, Sequim-based EcycleNW and the North Kitsap Herald.

“It’s a good cause,” said Olympic Printer Resources employee Dan Price. “Our company is always active in the community, it’s a part of what we do.”

North Kitsap Herald publisher Donna Etchey said working toward two causes was an extra bonus.

“It was just great to help recycle and at the same time assist in raising money for the center,” she said. “And it’s great to partner with the businesses involved.”

Poulsbo Marine Science Foundation Vice President Bill Austin said the money donated from the event was unexpected, but very welcome.

“That was a very pleasant surprise,” he said.

Helpful funds from other community members have been donated, including $2,000 from the Holmberg family, $1,000 from the Poulsbo Book Stop, $1,000 from Bainbridge Island resident Dick Crutch and $200 from visitors from Oregon.

“It’s always a nice surprise, every little bit helps,” Austin said. “I feel pretty confident that we can have the establishment physically completed.”

He has been working two shifts a day, seven days a week at the center in an effort to meet the fall opening deadline. A $14,000 jellyfish tank arrived at the center from California Monday night, and concrete pouring for the final look-down tank, which will hold bottom feeders, was completed Thursday. Austin, who noted the process is just now starting to tire him out, said once the interior is finished in September, the public will be able to enjoy the aquarium, touch pool and octopus tank that are already in place.

“After that, I can relax,” he said.

The center still needs funding. While most tanks are already equipped with computerized water purifying systems, the largest tank is still in need of the unit. The system is expected to cost $40,000.

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