The year in review

Top: The Poulsbo Police Department stepped up efforts to curb heroin use in the city. Above: An orca pod visited Liberty Bay in July. - Top: Contributed. Above: Kipp Robertson/Herald
Top: The Poulsbo Police Department stepped up efforts to curb heroin use in the city. Above: An orca pod visited Liberty Bay in July.
— image credit: Top: Contributed. Above: Kipp Robertson/Herald

Here’s a look back at various aspects of 2013 that we believe make the year a most memorable one. As selected by the staff of the North Kitsap Herald and community sources.

Top 10 Stories of the Year
No. 1: “Unanimous vote to close Breidablik Elementary School,” Feb. 28.

No. 2: “Heroin use on the rise in Kitsap,” Oct. 11.

No. 3: “Indianola dock closed; commission cites safety concerns,” June 28.

No. 4: “Forterra signs purchase agreement for Port Gamble shoreline block,” May 29.

No. 5: “County cuts Hansville advisory council,” Sept. 19.

No. 6: “Following cuts, band director quits,” June 7.

No. 7: “Suquamish Tribe celebrates return of ancestral objects,” Oct. 31.

No. 8: “Kingston Food Bank has a new home,” Dec. 2.

No. 9: “NKF&R sued for sexual harassment,” Sept. 30.

No. 10: “Duggal’s medical license suspended,” May 2.
— Selected by North Kitsap Herald staff

Top 10 Most-Read Stories On
No. 1: “New digs for Whiskey Creek Steakhouse,” May 30.

No. 2: “Couple makes history in Suquamish Tribe,” Sept. 12.

No. 3: “Owners happy with Whiskey Creek changes,” Jan. 9.

No. 4: “Transient orcas hunt in Liberty Bay,” July 18.

No. 5: “Whiskey Creek changes back to the good ol’ days,” Nov. 15.

No. 6: "Two injured in crash near Agate Pass Bridge,” March 4.

No. 7: “Poulsbo woman is 12th-oldest American, 33rd-oldest person in the world,” Sept. 3.

No. 8: “More charges could be filed against Poulsbo doctor,” Jan. 4.

No. 9: “Police chief: ‘That is a significant amount of cash and drugs on one person’,” Dec. 2.

No. 10: “Here’s how the government shutdown is affecting Kitsap County,” Oct. 1.
— Source: Google Analytics

10 Most-Sold Books at Liberty Bay Books
No. 1: “Warriors: Dawn of the Clans Book 1 — The Sun Trail,” by Erin Hunter

No. 2: “The Light Between Oceans,” by M.L Stedman

No. 3: “Where’d You Go Bernadette,” by Maria Semple

No. 4: “Detective Inspector Huss,” by Helene Tursten

No. 5: “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book,” by Diane Muldrow

No. 6: “Poulsbo: Images of America,” by Judy Driscoll & Sherry White

No. 7: “The End of Your Life Book Club,” by Will Schwalbe

No. 8: “The Orchardist,” by Amanda Coplin

No. 9: “The Day the Crayons Quit,” by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers

No. 10: “The Royal Ranger,” by John Flanagan
— Source: Liberty Bay Books

10 Most-Popular Exhibits at the Poulsbo Historical Museum
No. 1: The panoramic picture of Poulsbo in 1911, which spans the south wall.

No. 2: The codfish dory and model of a codfish schooner in the lobby.

No. 3: The memorabilia from early farms.

No. 4: The display of artifacts from the first 125 years of First Lutheran Church.

No. 5: Pictures and other items from the early schools in the area.

No. 1: Weighing themselves on the scales from Carson’s Rexall Drug Store.

No. 2: The wind-up console Victrola.

No. 3: The hand-pumped air foghorn from one of the codfish schooners.

No. 4: The large butter churn that they can crank.

No. 5: First-grade desks from the first Poulsbo Elementary School.
— Source: Poulsbo Historical Museum

Top 10 Best Sellers At Marina Market
1. Belgian and craft beer

2. Salty licorice

3. Imported chocolate bars and candy

4. Scandinavian cheeses

5. Baltic and Polish sausages, bacon and ham

6. Swedish pickled herring

7. Scandinavian and German breads

8. TORO Norwegian meal mixes

9. Imported mustards

10. Stocking stuffers
— Source: Marina Market

Top 5 States ships to
No. 1: California

No. 2: Washington

No. 3: New York

No. 4: Florida

No. 5: Texas
— Source: Marina Market

Top 5 Excuses Given For Speeding
No. 1: I’m lost/I’m unfamiliar with the area.

No. 2: I didn’t know what the speed limit was.

No. 3: I didn’t see the sign.

No. 4: I’m late for a meeting (or work, or court, or to pick up a child).

No. 5: I’m going the same speed as the car in front of me.
— Source: Poulsbo Police Department

Top 5 Causes of Car Crashes in Poulsbo
No. 1: Distracted driving (looking elsewhere, texting, changing the radio, shaving, combing hair, etc.).

No. 2: Driving too fast for conditions (wet, dark, rainy).

No. 3: Following too closely to the car in front.

No. 4: Backing unsafely (not watching for oncoming vehicles, bikes, etc.).

No. 5: Improper turning (wrong lane turns, U-turns, vehicles stopping to let cars out of parking lots onto main roads, etc.).
— Source: Poulsbo Police Department

Top 3 Political Fails
No. 1: The Man’s Side of Town. Mayor Erickson came up with this idea as a brand for Viking Avenue. Because women don’t take their cars in for oil changes and tire rotations.

No. 2: Zoning for marijuana-related businesses. Why rezone another area for these uses when you can put them next to the Little League fields on Viking Way?

No. 3: Closure of Indianola dock. Turned out to be an explosive decision, leading to the resignations of two of three port commissioners.
— As selected by the staff of the North Kitsap Herald


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