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Suquamish open house opens eyes to community, government groups

SUQUAMISH — It’s a diverse lifestyle in Suquamish and tomorrow night’s open house, held at the Suquamish Elementary gymnasium, is set to showcase that.

Agencies from Kitsap County, the Suquamish Tribe, state and local non-profits are set to highlight their presence in the town and bare their plans for the future from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Suquamish Citizens Advisory Committee (SCAC), a group that represents the area to the county and acts as a link to local government, is hosting the event.

“The open house is set up so that the community can interact with most of the departments of the county and tribe,” said Kevin McDonald, member of the SCAC.

Louise Barbee, SCAC chair, highlighted several integral agencies including the Bicycle Alliance of Washington, Kitsap County Animal Control, Kitsap Transit, the Suquamish Foundation and several environmental groups.

“It’s going to be a huge affair,” Barbee said. “We’re going to be handing out bicycle reflectors and door prizes. We’re looking forward to a really good evening.”

This is the SCAC’s second annual open house. More than 100 residents attended last year.

“We’ve gotten a great response to our signs we’ve placed out within the community and the county sent out a mailing so we expect a bigger turnout than last year,” she said.

The event will also showcase a power point presentation on Suquamish Photovoice, a project completed early this year where elementary-age children were given cameras to photograph their town. The project aimed to create a medium where voices and viewpoints of the communities’ children could be heard.

Wayne George, executive director of the Suquamish Tribe, said departments such as Suquamish police and community development will attend the event.

“We’re going to try and get as many departments as we can get there,” he said. “It’s just information sharing. We are part of the community. The more information we can get out and receive is better off for all of us.”

George specifically stated information will be available regarding the Suquamish Foundation’s future plans for the new community center long house and dock.

“We’re going to get more info out on the foundation and its drive to seek funding and assist us in those ventures,” he said.

These plans are integral to the Suquamish Tribe’s cultural resurgence. The Suquamish Foundation is working with the tribe and community to build these structures. Construction of the long house is currently under way. For more information about the Suquamish Foundation visit suquamishfoundation.org or attend tomorrow night’s open house.

The SCAC meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at Suquamish Elementary in the library.

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