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Patriot Bremerton GIVING GREAT Kitsap Great Give is May 6. Learn more Inside Kitsap Week FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2014 | Vol. 17, No. 12 WWW.BREMERTONPATRIOT.COM | 50¢ YWCA Director Linda Joyce is stepping down BY LESLIE KELLY LKELLY@SOUNDPUBLISHING.COM Longtime executive director of the Kitsap YWCA Linda Joyce announced her retirement last week during the 25th annual Women of Achievement luncheon. Arriving at the event in a wheelchair, just released from the hospital where she was under doctor’s care, Joyce said the decision was a difficult one for her. “I’ve come to this decision in my life reluc- tantly,” Joyce said. “This The annual event is spon(the YWCA) has been my sored by the YWCA as heart, been my baby, been a way to highlight the contributions of women my soul.” throughout the But because of county. her health, she Joyce’s appearsaid she had to ance was a surmake the decision prise and many to retire from her of the staff of the post and would YWCA and its do so “effective ALIVE Shelter immediately.” gathered around The room was Linda Joyce her as she spoke filled with wellannouncing her wishers who gathered to honor ten local resignation. There were women who were chosen hugs and tears. as Women of Achievement Also on hand were for 2014 in Kitsap County. Joyce’s brother, her son and her grandson, who have been caring for her. Joyce said the YWCA board of directors is putting a plan together to find her successor. Joyce’s career began in social work. The Indiana native began working with domestic violence survivors in southern California before coming to Kitsap County. During her tenure that began in 1994, the YWCA has relocated the organization from a rental to its permanent space on Pacific Avenue in Bremerton. They have also renovated the Y’s ALIVE shelter and added other programs that provide services for more than 6,000 people each year. Following Joyce, the keynote speaker Kathy Donahue, spoke about the need for domestic violence shelters such as the Y’s ALIVE Shelter. Donahue’s daughter, Georgia, was killed on Jan. 22, 2011, in a domestic violence murder. “Let us make no mistake for those victims and families, that for this community to step into their lives, is to begin to understand the focus of their basic rights and all rights as human beings,” Donahue said. “Empowerment must go hand-in-hand with the topic of domestic violence because in order to ever help anyone, we must first understand what it takes to facilitate this process.” She described her daughter as compassionate and caring, a young woman who only wanted to make a life for herself and her daughter. SEE JOYCE, A9 Pilot unhurt after landing plane without front wheel BY KEVAN MOORE KMOORE@SOUNDPUBLISHING.COM Port Orchard resident Clarke Coulter is the kind of guy you’d want to be your pilot in the event of a plane crash. About 40 minutes after taking off from Bremerton National Airport in his homemade Pulsar XP Series 1 aircraft on Wednesday, Coulter got a radio call from folks on the ground informing him that they found a nose-wheel that looked a lot like his. “In talking to them, I knew it was mine,” Coulter said. “They had me do a flyby and said, ‘You don’t have nose gear.’” Coulter didn’t panic and, in fact, doesn’t really ever seemed to have broken a sweat. “I knew I’d step out of it and walk away,” he said. “I also knew the airplane was gonna get some damage and I tried to minimize it the best I could. I wasn’t the least bit concerned about me.” Several folks on the ground, though, including fire crews, police officers, pilots, Port of Bremerton staff and others, were quite concerned. Shortly after Coulter took off at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, airport crews were informed by a passing motorist that an item fell from a plane. Upon inspection, the nosewheel was located on the north end of the runway. Coulter had no idea that the wheel was missing until he was raised on the radio. After the flyby confirmation, Coulter decided to attempt a landing at the south end of the runway. “I know somebody who did the same thing to hers and did a lot more damage, but she landed at about 70 mph,” he said. “I was much slower than that, purposely.” Coulter got his plane below stall speed, or 46 mph, and hoped for the best as he set it down with two main wheels. “As soon as the mains came down, the nose came down because I was below stall speed,” he said. “I wanted to shut the engine down, but I didn’t have enough hands.” SEE PILOT, A9 Kevan Moore/ staff photo Port Orchard pilot Clarke Coulter managed to land his Pulsar airplane without a front wheel on Wednesday at Bremerton National Airport. Sixth Annual Empty Bowl event raises record amount BY KEVAN MOORE KMOORE@SOUNDPUBLISHING.COM The Bremerton Foodline’s Sixth Annual Empty Bowl raised more than $17,500 this past Saturday. The record fund-raising event was held at the Bremerton Eagles Aerie No. 192 for the first time this year and included a variety of gourmet soups from local chefs, handcrafted bowls from local artists, a silent auction, a drawing for artisan bowls and a 32”-inch Samsung TV, live entertainment and much more. Last year’s proceeds from the event were about $5,800. “We got the bigger boat, like they say in ‘Jaws,’ but it filled up really quickly,” said Bremerton Foodline Treasurer Christine Davis regarding the new venue. “I think we amped it up a little bit this year. Everything was gorgeous.” Over 300 community members attended the event put on by 75 volunteers, 13 chefs and an estimated 200 contributing artists. Soup for the event was provided through the generosity of local businesses including The Boat Shed, Der Blokken, Scout Hall & Honor Bar, Harrison Medical Center, Hi-Lo’s 15th Street Cafe, The Willows Assisted Living, Famous Dave’s and Helen Jett. Chef Chris Plemmons and OC student staff created “Smoked Salmon Chowder” and “Spring Pea” soups to join cooks from Hallowed Grounds Cafe at the Silverdale United Methodist Church who donated their corn chowder. The Olympic College Clay Club created and donated over 500 handcrafted bowls. One artist, Charles (Chaz) Martin made over 180 of those and acted as a mentor at two of the Club’s Bowl-aThon’s this past year. Karen Mittet, President of the OC Clay Club, donated over 30 of her bowls and as an Empty Bowl Committee member, was instrumental in amassing the bowl donations from around Kitsap County. Mistarian Roses, LLC a glass studio on Fourth Street in Downtown Bremerton donated over 60 glass bowls created by community members including two SEE EMPTY BOWL, A9

Bremerton Patriot, May 02, 2014

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