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Harrison Medical Center in talks with Doctors Clinic Franciscan Health System announced an affiliation with Harrison in October By WES MORROW wmorrow@centralkitsapreporter.com

Finding the perfect tree

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Forrest and Jessica Richardson and their kids search for the perfect Christmas tree at Hubert’s Christmas tree farm in Seabeck Saturday. Lauren Broga takes a rest by sitting in a Christmas tree. Emily Gailushas waits with her dog Bear while her father cuts down the family tree.

Bremerton schools receive Lighthouse grant from STEM School and academy receives $19,000 from state superintendent By WES MORROW wmorrow@centralkitsapreporter.com

Bremerton High School and West Hills STEM academy each received $19,000 grants from the Washington state Office of

Superintendent of Public Instruction. The purpose of the Lighthouse grants is to help facilitate an influx of educators and administrators from other state districts to the high school and STEM academy in order to learn from Bremerton’s methods. Lighthouse grants recognize schools for leading the charge in certain areas. The money from the grants offsets costs involved with

Harrison Medical Center and The Doctors Clinic, two of the largest local health care providers are in talks regarding possible affiliation. The two groups have yet to make any official announcements, and there is no specific indication of where the talks will lead. However, Jacquie Goodwill, public information officer for Harrison Medical Center, confirmed that the two groups are in conversation. “We have signed a letter of understanding,” Goodwill said. “That letter of understanding is that we will enter into discussions to explore affiliation with one another.” Goodwill emphasized the fact that, while talks are taking place, Harrison Medical and The Doctors Clinic have not formally affiliated yet.

bringing in other educators to learn from the schools. Bremerton School District has received Lighthouse grants in the past for its implementation of all-day kindergarten and Spanish language immersion programs. Patty Glaser, community relations coordinator for Bremerton school district, said she believes Bremerton is still the only district to offer all-day kindergarten at every one of its elementary schools. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math. The goal of STEM education is to improve students’ knowledge and interest in these areas of science at an earlier point in their education. Patty Glaser Bremerton School District transformed West Hills elementary into

Harrison is already the largest private employer in Kitsap County, employing more than 2,400 medical professionals and staff. While Harrison is a nonprofit organization, the Washington Secretary of State’s office lists The Doctors Clinic as a for profit corporation. The recent talks between the two have come just after Harrison announced in October it would affiliate with Franciscan Health Systems of Tacoma. Franciscan Health Systems is a Catholic hospital system affiliated with a larger organization, Catholic Health Initiatives. Catholic Health Initiatives itself came to an agreement in August with another provider, PeaceHealth, agreeing to form an “Integrated Regional Health Care Network.” According to a joint press release, the PeaceHealth See TALKS, A2

West Hills STEM Academy toward the end of the 2010-11 school year. Now, a year and a half later, the school’s performance has shifted dramatically upward. Performance on the fifth-grade Measurement of Student Performance in the 2011-12 school year stood at 70.4 percent, nearly double the 38 percent of the year before. Glaser attributed these increases to a number of changes. STEM programs, unlike many other learning models, integrate core subject areas rather than teaching each subject separately. West Hills’ STEM program focuses heavily on project-based learning to engage students in subject matter. The youngest students are taught about recycling and See STEM, A3


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Illahee #427463 $139,000 Well built spotless home on nearly 1/2 acre, in Central Kitsap school district. The home has a large living room that opens up to the kitchen. 3 good sized bedrooms and a one car garage. Tom & Marie Hooker 360-692-6102/360-440-8550.

Multi-Family #422791 $150,000 Investors take note! CK school district, Lake Symington neighborhood including community beach park access. Strong rental history, this nice duplex is on .96 acre treed lot. Each unit is 2 bd 1 bth w/ fireplace. Newer carpets and heating. Priced to sell at well under assessment. Kate Wilson 360-620-6830.

Bremerton #427482 $68,000 Bank approved pricing on this downtown 3bed/1.5ba home. Just a few blocks from the Seattle Ferry, Olympic College + PSNS. Beautiful wood floors, built-ins and cove ceilings and a wood burning fireplace all add up to a great value. Raven Rayne 360-405-6264.

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$79,900 Condominium #427608 A very cozy, comfortable ground floor 1 bedroom unit with fireplace & deck. This condo has been well cared for. Private covered parking included. Some of the special features include club house, seasonal swimming pool, walking areas and a very rural setting. Jack Stodden 360-710-1369.

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Come visit the charming new home community of SILVERLEAF, where you purchase not only a well-built home, but a lifestyle. Distinct cottagestyle Craftsman homes are available in 6-8 floor plans. The neighborhood features front porches, tree-lined streets and a park all in a convenient central location. Summer Davy 360-535-3625 or Steve Derrig 360-710-8086. Kingston #426856 $359,900 OPEN SUN 12-3 27911 Gamble Bay Road NE Peaceful wft retreat & water sports paradise offers 3 bdrms, an open flr plan, vaulted ceilings & a cozy wood stove. New roof, deck, flooring & paint. Private setting, just minutes to ferry. Lasting memories start here. Dave Muller 360-620-4299. Kingston #410036 $698,000 OPEN SUN 1-4 21280 President Point Rd. NE Sparkling marine views of shipping lanes & Mt Rainer and 100 ft of waterfront make this the perfect seaside retreat. 3BD/2.75BA, open-concept living/dining/kitchen, main floor master, family room, office, extra living area. Many upgrades! Outdoor living spaces incl two decks and spa. Barb Huget & Terry Klein 360-779-5205. Hansville #396553 $799,000 OPEN SUN 1-4 7407 Finn Creek Lane You will be delighted by this 2365 SF home! 3 bdrm/3 bath with gourmet kitchen. Park-like grounds with 20+ miles of Greenway Trails attached to property. Large 5000 SF Shop with ¾ bath, loft w/2 full storage areas, woodworking & automotive rooms. Pat Miller 360-509-2385.

bainbridge Bainbridge Island #355897 $210,000 Quiet & convenient, this 2 bdrm/1.5 bth condo is close to town, yet private. Comfortable, bright & well maintained. Recently painted ext, newer roof, furnace , flooring & carpeting on stairs. Garage and back yard patio make this easy living. Low HODs and energy efficient heat pump. Annita Baze Hansen 206-780-1500.

mason CountY Belfair #313958 $130,000 Enjoy country living in this tranquil setting just mins to town. Private 1.19 level acres features patio area, play set & swings, fire pit, & 3 outbuildings. Well kept & very clean, 1296 sf home, 3 bdrm/2 bth home. Lrg living rm has cozy woodstove, dining rm w/built-in hutch. Easy commute to PSNS. Romelle Gosselin 360-779-5205 or 360-271-0342. $199,950 Belfair #290423 This unit is being rented as a duplex. New floors & Screen door in Unit 41. Newer windows in the units. New roof in March 2007. Back unit has new flooring & windows in 2011. Marilyn Dick 360-876-9600

Centr aL kitsap Silverdale Estates #426089 $62,500 Premier senior living in this 1188 sf, 2 bdrm/2 bth home w/handicap ramp. Open flr plan w/ spacious kitchen, all appls, dining rm & office nook. Enjoy wonderful outdoor spaces overlooking wetlands, huge deck & patio area, newly designed low maintenance landscaping. Silverdale Estates is a gated 55+ community w/ clubhouse, indoor pool, hot tub, sauna & more. Close to shopping, restaurant & medical facilities. Romelle Gosselin 360-779-5205 or 360-271-0342.

Madeliene Woods #424475 $140,000 Wonderful townhome located in great location off of Central Valley. This 3 bd 2 bath home has been gently resided in and now can be yours for a smart investment!This home is located close to all Naval Bases, shopping and CK schools. Bill Bailey & Marie Hooker 360-692-6102. Bremerton #404910 $214,700 Very nice two story, 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home, with living, family & dining rooms, 2 car garage. Clean open and bright. Move in ready. Convenient location close to CK schools, shopping and bases. Ted Abernathy 360-692-6102/360-509-0627. $249,000 Tracyton #427528 Great Location in the heart of Kitsap. Spacious home, renovated 2008, 3 beds + office/den, 2 full baths, large family rm on a .28 acre corner lot. Private, fenced, wooded back yard. Cedar siding, metal roof, 2 car attached garage. CK schools. Dino Davis 360-850-8566. Silverdale #426529 $290,000 Hard to find 9.78 level acres in Silverdale. Plenty of rm for horses or other livestock. 30 X 60 outbuilding w/wood furnace & electricity. Electric door on front side/slider barn door in back. House is 1,200 sq.ft. & is a fixer w/2 bdrms & 1 bth. SOLD AS IS. Detached single car garage plus smaller additional outbuilding (bunkhouse w/electricity) behind well pump house. Deb Becker-Williams 360-692-6102/ 360-731-6990. Silverdale #427599 $319,900 Stunning Chaffey built hm on the hills of Ridgetop w/partial mtn view! Professionally lndscpd grounds w/all-season appeal. Multi-zoned sprinkler system. 3 multi-level decks. New carpet throughout in 08. Light, bright & fresh! 4 bdrm & main flr bonus rm. 2.5 bth. Spacious mstr bdrm w/pocket door to den or 4th bdrm. Molly Ells 360-692-6102/360-620-2690. $348,000 Silverdale #384787 Park like private setting on 1.24 acres, home boasts vaulted ceilings, formal dining hardwood floors, master suite, granite counters all conveniently located minutes to freeways to Silverdale amenities. Jet Woelke 360-271-7348. $395,000 Silverdale #394869 Amazing acreage w/view of Olympic Mtns & Hood Canal. Rolling pasture, barn, huge RV & 2 car parking garage. 3 bdrm home remodeled in 60’s & has newer A/C unit. Very cute & comfy! Over 35 fruit trees, kiwi & grapes. Creek area on north corner is also part of the property. AS-IS, but quite a buy at this price. Jill Wallen 360-340-0777.

Lots & L a nd Poulsbo #363122 $64,500 Great in-town building lot two blocks from Poulsbo commuter bus terminal and close to schools and town. City sewer, water and natural gas. Ready to build! Call today. Casey McGrath 360-779-5205. Bremerton #426281 $65,000 Amazing lot in upscale gated neighborhood with all utilities including sewer, water and gas at the street. This is the last of three lots in the Ambleside section of Illahee. Enjoy parks and ponds right out your door. Tom Hooker 360-692-6102/360-440-8550. $165,000 Port Orchard #339687 Are you looking for vacant land in the country yet close to town amenities and the Southworth Ferry? Then look no further. Bring your builder and take a look at this outstanding 4.41level acre. Andrew Welch 360-876-9600 $268,000 Bremerton #379449 6 fully plotted lots zoned for single family & fully stubbed with power, gas, water, sewer, and storm. Lots are from 4500-7500 & have excellent sun exposure, with some possible view to the west. Excellent area of East Bremerton. Great for 1 or 2-story homes. Victor Targett 360-731-5550.

BREMERTON Windermere Real Estate/Kitsap, Inc. 360-479-7004 • www.WindermereBremeton.com

Poulsbo #355995 $37,500 Super clean 2 bdrm/2 bth + den 1404 sf home in Senior Park. Updated w/heat pump, wood stove in fam rm, vinyl windows & newer roof. Huge covered deck in private back yard. Lrg storage shed. Clubhouse w/ full kitchen & laundry; water, sewer & garbage. Great place to enjoy low maintenance living. Romelle Gosselin 360-779-5205 or 360-271-0342. Kingston #369968 $225,000 Spacious, 1465 SF condo in downtown Kingston, 3 bedrooms/2 baths, a garage plus carport. Enjoy Sound views from most rooms & walking distance to town, ferries, marina & beaches. Lorna Muller 360-620-3842. Poulsbo #426502 $240,000 Beautifully updated rambler on 1 acre! Nicely updated in 2008 w/hrdwd floors, new bathrooms, SS kitchen appliances, a heat pump, decks front & back and easy care landscaping. This 3 bdrm/ 1.75 bth home is very convenient to Poulsbo or Silverdale. Outdoor shed and tree house are a bonus! Rebecca Gore 360-779-5205 or 206-910-5300. $285,000 Hansville #414587 NEW PRICE! 2305 SF rambler on 2.5 sunny acres. This 3 bd/2 bath hm has a spacious kitchen, lrg formal diningrfamily/media rm leading to a party-size patio. Skylights make this home fill with natural light. Alma Hammon 360-509-5218. $315,000 Kingston #425612 New to the Market. Enjoy the views of Olympic Mtns over the Hood Canal from this Cliffside home. 3 bdrm/2.25 bath with stone fireplace, vaulted ceilings & floor to ceiling views. Large deck for entertaining. Kim Poole 253-670-2815 or Monika Riedner 360-930-1077. $399,000 Hansville #347315 Builder’s own NW contemporary 4 bdr/4 bth home, over 3144 sq ft on acreage, has room for everyone. Detached garage includes shop and finished studio. Even a gym and sports court w/ trails out your door. Jet Woelke 360-271-7348 or Monika Riedner 360-930-1077. Central Valley #420414 $414,500 Over 3,000 sq.ft. 4 bdrm, 3.5 bth w/2 mstrs on 4.48ac in the desirable Central Valley area. If you like gardens, this is property will knock your socks off. It is absolutely sunning! Gardening/shop outbuilding, greenhouse, dog run & a sport court pad are icing on the cake. Jennifer Kilkenny 360-692-6102/360-434-3106. $510,000 Poulsbo #391838 Fantastic 5+ acre property ready for your horses and hobbies! Beautiful 4 bdrm hoome with Olympic Mtn view, 2 stall barn, fenced pastures plus a separate 1200 SF workshop. Cathy Morris 360-271-8448. Poulsbo #397101 $949,000 Rare opportunity to own 14+ level acres of spectacular farmland! Stable, barn, quality fencing, 2697 sf home, guest house and a pond. Great equestrian property w/ mature landscaping and Olympic Mtn views! Bridget Young & Joni Kimmel 360-779-5205.

br e m erton Bremerton # 427135 $45,000 Move-in ready with spectacular mountain & water views! Top floor! Fireplace, balcony, & vaulted ceilings, and all appliances included. Clubhouse and outdoor pool. Great for full or part time living in the Northwest! Amy Allen & Terry Burns 360-779-5205.

KINGSTON Windermere Real Estate/West Sound, Inc. 360-297-2661 • www.WindermereKingston.com

POULSBO Windermere Real Estate/West Sound, Inc. 360-779-5205 • www.WindermerePoulsbo.com

$155,000 Bremerton #407493 Easy 1-level living, 3 bdrm, 1.5 bth rambler w/ new roof & frpl in living room has 1-car garage + workshop & bonus room. Set for home-based business. Fully fenced back yard w/lrg covered sky lighted patio. Pat Makins 360-286-3036.

Com m erCi a L Kingston #413410 $215,000 Amazing Opportunity in Downtown Kingston. UVC (Urban Village Center) zoning will allow either residential or commercial use or a combo of both. Ideal For A Live/Work Environment. Excellent Location, Walk To Shops, Restaurants, & Ferry. Mike Draper 360-731-4907.

sou t h k its a p Manchester #426761 $64,777 Another deal you can’t beat with a stick! A nice piece of land w/ a 1976 doublewide in good condition. A great add to your rental property portfolio or very affordable home you can move right into. This property is sold AS-IS. Owner financing is available! James Bergstrom 360-876-9600 $124,500 Port Orchard #417701 Upgraded & Immaculate 3bd/2ba, 1404sf single story home features new Brazilian laminate flooring, fresh paint, skylights, liv rm, din rm, den, laundry & 2 car grg w/shop area. Prime location close to Fred Meyer, schools, easy access for commuters. Jessica Kennedy 360-509-1284. Port Orchard #426421 $159,777 Calling all bargain shoppers looking for curb appeal on a large lot! This 1,424 sq ft rambler includes 3 beds/2 baths, great room, dining room, master suite with walk-in shower, nice kitchen, detached garage w/ workshop & storage space & all at a great price. James Bergstrom 360-876-9600 Port Orchard #396983 $182,500 Calling all investors! Large duplex in Port Orchard featuring 3 bedrooms and well planned layout of 1030+ sqft a side. Excellent rental income potential with current rents $750 per unit. Andrew Welch & James Bergstrom 360-876-9600 Port Orchard #345443 $199,750 This home sits on 1.16 acres, inside has a nice size family room with a wood stove that opens to a covered patio. There is also a large living room, full bath, office & huge master on the main. Dana Soyat 360-876-9600 Port Orchard #375915 $215,000 Great location for this 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home. Large master bedroom with bath that has views of Colvos passage. Detached 3 car garage includes a huge entertaining deck on top with a view. Barry Jones 360-876-9600 Port Orchard #418375 $249,000 Beautiful remodel. 6 panel doors, Vinyl Windows, Blinds, Lighting, Siding, Roof, Carpet, too much to list! 4 bds/2.5 bths, Family Room, Living Room, Attic Storage. The 2 sheds on the side of the house stay. Joan Wardwell 360-876-9600 Port Orchard #306812 $300,000 Immaculate home that was purchased as a business, which never transpired so it has never been lived in. If you need lots of SqFt, extremely spacious 4 bedrooms than this is it! Dana Soyat 360-876-9600

PORT ORCHARD Windermere Real Estate/Port Orchard, Inc. 360-876-9600 • www.PortOrchardRealEstate.com

SILVERDALE Windermere Real Estate/West Sound, Inc. 360-692-6102 • www.WindermereSilverdale.com

Northwest School of Dance, located in East Bremerton, is excited to offer families something new in the way of a holiday dance experience. Move over Nutcracker, it’s time for a “Winter’s Tale”. This dance production, featuring a cast of roughly 40 performers, features everything you’d expect from a holiday production – beautiful costumes, classical ballet, (as well as tap, lyrical and contemporary), entertaining story lines set to captivating music, and falling snow in the final scene. “Winter’s Tale” is a culmination of hours of story writing and research on the part of the studio’s owners’, Stephanie Clarke and Jennifer Picart-Branner, along with the help of their faculty. They not only wrote the story of this holiday ballet, but also pieced together the music for the show and created all new choreography. The story is loosely based on the classic tale, “A Christmas Carol”, with a bit of “The 12 Days of Christmas” added in to act two of the show. The story follows the shows main character, Eloisa, on a journey of discovery, to learn the true joy of the season. “Winter’s Tale” will be presented 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 14, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday Dec. 15 at the Bremerton Community Theatre, 599 Lebo Blvd. Tickets are available through the studio by calling 360-509-7468 and can also be purchased at the door. The studio’s owners are no stranger to the Nutcracker scene, having taught throughout Kitsap County for roughly 16 years each, they’ve both been involved in Nutcracker productions in every aspect from performing and choreographing to directing. This experience gave them a great foundation on which to create their new production, “Winter’s Tale”. For more studio information, visit www.nwschoolofdance.com.

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and Catholic Health Initiatives Network will include nearly 26,000 employees and 950 physicians. The talks between Harrison and The Doctors Clinic are not unusual, as many healthcare organizations have been combining recently. The outcome of the talks at this point, however, remains to be seen. Goodwill indicated that information would be forthcoming as it becomes available in the following weeks.


By WES MORROW wmorrow@centralkitsapreporter.com

Members of the Olympic Vintage Auto Club gathered at the Central Kitsap Food Bank on Tuesday to present gifts to several Kitsap County nonprofits. South Kitsap Helpline, St. Vincent de Paul and North Kitsap Fishline joined Central Kitsap Food Bank as beneficiaries of the automotive club’s donation. The event wasn’t large or

ceremonial. A handful of people from the auto club and nonprofits mingled in the food bank’s entry way, telling stories and joking. When the last person arrived, Ann Spears, representing the Vintage Auto Club, reached into an envelope and handed out four $1,000 checks. Denise Agee is the coordinator at St. Vincent de Paul in Bremerton. Her smile turned to a look of surprise and delight when

Regional news Employment Security Department going after delinquent accounts • This week, Employment Security is notifying more than 25,000 people that their 2012 income-tax refunds may be intercepted to repay benefits they shouldn’t have received. The department was recently approved to participate in the federal Treasury Offset Program (TOP), which allows Employment Security to cross-match its computer files with the Internal Revenue Service and flag individuals who are delinquent in paying back benefit overpayments. Generally, Employment Security will have first claim on any refunds they have coming. “We place a high priority on protecting the unemployment trust fund for those who are eligible for unemployment benefits,” said

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composting, ways that they can each become individually involved in science projects. The school also partners with a number of outside groups, including engineers at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, to introduce students to the STEM world outside the classroom. Along with the introduction of STEM programs, Glaser highlighted additional common planning time for teachers and more frequent evaluations as major contributing factors in the increases. Teachers for each grade have an hour of planning time together each day to collaborate and plan lessons. Although there may be multiple classes for each grade, teachers synchronize their lesson plans so students in each class receive the

she saw the number on the check. “We usually get 500 (dollars), so for each of us to get $1,000 is just over the top,” Agee said. “I’m really happy.” Olympic Vintage Auto Club has a long tradition of giving money to local organizations. Founded in 1959, the club conducted its 44th annual swap meet at the end of October and beginning of November. According to members of the club, between 20 and 30 vendors participated in this year’s swap meet at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. Each year, the club takes the money it has gathered

and presents it to local organizations. The club decided this year to stick with the four local non-profits instead of spreading the donations throughout a greater number of organizations. This allowed them to give $1,000 to each organization, twice the amount each group had received in the past. “We wanted to give to a charity so a bunch of us sat down and figured out who, what, where, when,” Spears said. Once the decision had been made about which groups would receive the donations, Hoyt Burrows, Central Kitsap Food Bank director, said he got a call

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from Spears and her husband, Fred. Burrows has connections to both the party giving and the one receiving, as he is both the food bank’s director and a member of the Olympic vintage Auto Club. Burrows became the communicator between the club and the nonprofits, helping to organize a date and time for the presentation of checks. The $1,000 gifted to Central Kitsap Food Bank will likely go to providing baskets and holiday dinners, Burrows said. “It’s kind of a holiday tradition (for the club), helping us out,” said Mary Nader,

Employment Security Commissioner Paul Trause. “We also want to protect employers from potential rate increases caused by inappropriate benefit claims.” Many people being targeted for TOP review claimed unemployment benefits fraudulently. Federal law also allows states to use TOP to recover benefits from people who didn’t disclose earnings they received while claiming benefits. Employment Security will intercept refunds only for individuals who are past due in repaying what they owe. Together, the 25,000 people receiving notices this week owe $61.7 million in delinquent debt to the department. A year from now, employers with delinquent taxes will be added to Washington’s TOP review, in time for filing 2013 tax returns. Washington is one of 18 states, plus the District of Columbia, currently approved to participate in TOP.

Mill Town Family Christmas Families are invited to celebrate the fifth annual Mill Town Family Christmas 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Historic Seabeck Conference Center. Festivities include hot cider and caroling, tractor-drawn hay rides and pioneer music by performers Vivian and Phil Williams. A family-style dinner will be served followed by a holiday program. Mill Town Family Christmas is hosted by the Kitsap County Historical Society and sponsored by the Kitsap Community Foundation and Sound Publishing. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children 4-12, and Free for children 3 and under. To make reservations, call the Kitsap History Museum at (360) 479-6226. The mission of the Kitsap County Historical Society is to collect, preserve, and exhibit the diverse culture, heritage, and history of Kitsap County for the education and enjoyment of the public.

same direction. Then, when students are routinely evaluated, the teachers can compare notes and see what is working well and what they need to cover again. Frequent evaluation helps teachers adjust plans throughout the year. So by the time official state evaluations roll around at the end of the school year, students are more prepared and problem areas have already begun to be addressed. Bremerton High School received its Lighthouse grant for STEM in order to help other districts integrate elementary STEM education with secondary schools through what the district calls “vertical teaming” between elementary and secondary programs. Concerns have been raised by policy makers that the number of students seeking STEM degrees and pursuing work in STEM related fields is too low, prompting increases in STEM education. Contributing to this call for more STEM

students and workers is the thought that U.S. prosperity is tied to performance in STEM related fields. President Obama has backed STEM education, and called for an increase in science and technology teaching reminiscent of the space race, referencing the need as a “Sputnik moment.” The state’s recent investment in West Hills STEM Academy and Bremerton High School proves that the two schools have convinced the state over the last year that they are making significant advances in STEM education. West Hills, which added 6th grade last year, and will be adding 7th and 8th grade in the coming years, will further its STEM programs to a greater student body in coming years. In combination with Bremerton High School, hopefully the academy can continue to show increases in performance and retention through its STEM programs.

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executive director at North Kitsap Fishline. “It comes at a good time.” The auto club also endowed a $1,000 scholarship to West Sound Technical Skills Center in Bremerton, designated for the automotive program. Harrison Hospital in Silverdale will soon be the next recipient of the auto club’s generosity. In the days to come, members of the club plan to bring 121 new teddyA bears to the hosCUT ABOVE pital for sick children.

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Question of the week

This week’s question: Should tax rates be increased on the richest Americans? Last week: Last week: Will Congress and the president avoid the fiscal cliff? Bremerton Patriot Yes -50- No 50 - Central Kitsap Yes-66.7- No 33.3 percent

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The election is over and now everybody on planet earth, including me, gets to drivel on about the reasons why the Republicans lost … Democrats won … and cows can no longer fly. I will admit the most entertaining part of the voting season for me was election night. There is nothing like watching guys with heads that look like bratwursts with a comb-over fling their arms in the air while yelling about the end of the world or some Editor other nonsense. I have some useless advice for the party thinkers and doers. First, if a guy looks like steamed kielbasa minus the sauerkraut he does not get to talk on TV. Personally, I think we need to find more woman commentators. They make more sense and generally have more hair. Maybe we should install a glass ceiling for male political commentators who can’t Dennis Box do a hair flip. By the way, if anyone needs a lesson or two on hair flips, I am available. My rates are cheap … very cheap. The second proposition I would advocate for is no one can run for president that does not look snappy in one of the superhero capes. My personal preference would be Dr. Strange’s cape. He certainly had the coolest cape ever. I have battled with a well known sports reporter for years over the single most important question facing our civilization: Could Dr. Strange beat Superman? Of course the answer is easy-pleasy. Superman would go down. Seriously, Dr. Strange had to match his super powers with the Dread Dormammu. Superman would be like wrestling a weenie poodle after that. Newsrooms can become very heated places when we are grappling with the deep philosophical questions of the day. Back to the election, the most fascinating thing following an election is watching the realignment of the coalitions. This is where the heart of politics beats. Anyone who believes the Republican Party is on its last dance had best crack a history book. Often times the best thing for a party is a loss, and the worst is a landslide victory. See dr. strange, A5

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School district considers charter schools initiative In Wes Morrow’s November 30 article in the Independent, South Kitsap School Board President Kathryn Simpson states, “I think that many voters across the state, and not just in Kitsap County, have a misperception that public education

is failing in Washington State.” I have to disagree with Ms. Simpson on the ideology of “misperception.” There is a very huge situation of “education voter ignorance” illustrated by the fact that voters keep giving schools money over and over again for the same things with no changes taking place. Voters are not aware that they pay 88 percent of each teacher’s retirement, medical, and life insur-

ance premiums (several different systems), that teacher benefit packages as of November last year nationwide (documented) is on average five times higher than anyone working in the private sector. Their yearly salary (180 days)

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School set to celebrate its centennial

The Naval Avenue School will be elementary education. celebrating 100 years of operation in Earlier this year I wrote that the January. Not the building itself of celebration would be coming and course, but the fact that this location put the call out for information, has been publicly and continually photos and stories to be submiteducating the children of Bremerton ted to the centennial committee in since January 1913. preparation for this event. Over the What was first created as the course of this past year, a host of Charleston School committee and PTA District eventually volunteers have been Everything merged and became a receiving, organizsingle Bremerton School Bremerton ing and compiling District. Over the years, everything that was the actual building submitted. They are footprint of the school still looking to colhas occupied various lect more informaportion of the property, tion from those who but the ongoing educamay have something tion of area students has to share. never stopped. On January 25, Entire generations 2013, from 5:30 to Colleen Smidt of local families have 8:30 p.m. a showmade their way through case of the Naval the school at Naval Avenue School, past Avenue along with a legion of chilto the present will be celebrated. dren from families who have served It will be a thank you to all the both the Navy and the shipyard over members of the community who the years. I am very proud that my have been involved in some way own child was a student at Naval with the school over these past 100 Avenue for the first four years of his years. This milestone marks a true

accomplishment of continued public service for the city and community of Bremerton. The committee is still looking for community sponsors to be a part of this special event. They are asking that any organizations or individuals who are interested in assisting with funding or displays to please contact the host organization which is the Naval Avenue PTA at navalavenuepta@gmail.com or by mail at this address, 900 Olympic Avenue, Bremerton, WA 98312. I encourage all Bremerton residents to plan for and think about attending this coming celebration. For something that truly does come once every 100 years. I would like to personally express my thanks to the members of the Naval Avenue PTA and the Centennial Committee for all of the hard work and hours they have put in. They are setting a fantastic example of community service and involvement for their own children and the next generation to emulate. Congratulations Naval Avenue Early Learning Center.

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is $30,000 to $50,000 over the highest salary level the state appropriates, that every teacher has a new TRI contract every year that adds huge amounts of unappropriated salary on top of their already existing salary. They only teach students four hours a day (the highest most fair number I can give) out of a 7.5 hour day (the school day is down to 7 hours before they see a student and goes down hill from there). Parents also don’t know that this state’s K-12 education system is tuition free and they should not be paying $3,500 per student for all-day kindergarten at SK schools. These are just a few of the things that constitute education in this state. These things cost the taxpayers of this state billions of dollars every year and have nothing to do with the billions of dollars in alleged short funding of “basic education.” Voters are likewise ignorant of the fact they are

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The best news for the Democrats is Barack Obama won by a narrow margin. It is very tough to avoid the swollen egos and the pitfalls of a mandate. Check the second term for Ronald Reagan and Lyndon Johnson’s term after the landslide victory over Barry Goldwater. It was Goldwater’s loss, which appeared devastating to the Republicans at the time, that gave birth to the party of Reagan. On this side of the sound I think the Republicans should be happy. I have not had a chance to cover politics in any depth in this area, but two of the candidates I saw ted running for county comciety missioner, Linda Simpson

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paying these bloated benefit packages for every worker in close to 50 state unions. One part of this group calling themselves a union is the Washington Education Association (WEA). The WEA is not recognized by the Washington state Attorney General’s Office as a union. They have local groups like the South Kitsap Education Association (SKEA), Central Kitsap Education Association (CKEA), North Kitsap Education Association (NKEA) calling themselves unions when they are not. These imaginary unions as partners in the group of 50 are the major problem in this state with their unsustainable wage and pension demands alone. Mary Lindquist of the WEA and Judy Arbogast of the SKEA are adamant and deathly against anything that has a ring of “school reform” including “charter schools” that will enlighten the mentally challenged taxpayers that fund their “cash cows.” I sympathize with Ms. Simpson about losing students to a charter school

because the district will lose funds. However, Ms. Simpson, your district has been losing right at 2 percent student count a year for the last 12 plus years. Yes, charter schools will more than likely be appropriated the same $12,000 per student (round up by $200) that you now collect from the fed via OSPI. Is there some belief that if you lose students you retain the same amount of funding or you are somehow entitled to increased funding? I have to side with and support Ms. Simpson’s opening quote by saying the voters are misled as to how incredibly well education employees are taken care of financially and benefit-wise during their working life and after their working life. That part of the public education system, any way you take it apart or look at it, cannot be called a failure. The product is the failure on so many levels and here the parents are totally brain dead about what your district and all other districts are teaching students and what they are not teaching

and Chris Tibbs, looked like the type of folks the Rs should be running after. Of course the parties are not the real power behind the tall chair. The caucuses are because that is where the money is and where the acumen lives. If I wanted to hire a couple of good prospects,

those are the type of candidates I would be encouraging. We need balanced thinkers on all sides. There are good candidates around for the Republicans and Democrats, but it takes food, water and light to make them grow… and maybe a cool looking Dr. Strange cape.

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Eagle Scout. His beautiful bride, Jerrica, is a graduate of Oak Grove High School in Missouri and is a language major at BYU Hawaii. Mark graduates Dec. 15th with two bachelors degrees in professional biology and sports science from BYU Hawaii. He was invited by the vice president of BYUHawaii to give this years student address for commencement exercises, 2012 graduating class. He and Jerrica have the honor of joining elder David Bednar an apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, president and vice president of BYU Hawaii for breakfast prior to the exercises. Mark will continue his education towards becoming a physical therapist and chiropractor over the next seven years. Jerrica will graduate 2013 with a degree in language. Their friends and family wish them much love and aloha. Well wishes and congratulations may be sent to the happy couple at BYU-H, #6265,55-550 Naniloa Loop, Laie, Hawaii 96762 Jean Levi Johnson

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Undefeated Olympic takes down Sequim Quentin Phillips scored 15 points to help Olympic remain undefeated with a 49-46 win Tuesday against Sequim in Class 2A Olympic League play. The Trojans (3-0 overall, 2-0 league) overcame a late deficit to secure the victory. Sequim (1-2, 1-1) was led by Gabe Carter’s 18 points.

The Knights held off Klahowya while missing their leading scorer By Dennis Box dbox@courierherald.com

At Olympic 49, Sequim 46 Sequim 9 14 10 13 — 46 Olympic 9 1 5 17 8 — 4 9 Sequim-Anthony Pinza 0, Alex Barry 4, Rory Kallappa 11, Jayson Brocklesby 10, Tim Guan 2, Erick Christensen 1, Gabe Carter 18. Olympic-Quentin Phillips 15, Zach Thornton 0, Tarence Mosely 2, RJ Neal 6, Brian Tyson 9, Makaleb McInnis 3, Makiah McInnis 4, Kyle Setten 8, Jordan Samuel 2, Andrew Hammond 0, Isaiah Ellis 0.

The Knights started the evening with a problem and found an opportunity. The Bremerton girls basketball team battled to the wire against Klahowya to pull out a 37-34 victory. The Eagles led in the first two frames, taking an 18-16 advantage into halftime. In the second half the two teams kept scrapping until the Knights found their shooting distance at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Bremerton coach Debbie Lindgren said the win was a big one for the girls because the team’s leading scorer, Sawyer Kluge, came down sick

with the flu. “She called me and said she was sick,” Lindgren said. The coach thought Kluge was kidding. She was not. “Everyone had to step up,” Lindgren said. “The kids had to realize they could be the go-to player.” The Knights’ freshman guard Alyssa Beach discovered she could not only work the point, she buried a three with under six minutes left in the fourth. That shot, along with a long-range two from Terra Driskell right before Beach’s three, gave the Knights the surge they needed to keep the Eagles from taking back the lead. And the Klahowya girls did everything they could

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Diary of the last two weeks of deployment Saturday, Nov. 17:

I should be ecstatic. Dustin is coming home in less than The boys two weeks. But wake me up suddenly I feel saying, “Mom! like I can’t do Navy Wise Mom! It’s just one more day two weeks until without him. Dad comes My friend home!” Amber asks All I can if the end of think is that d e pl oy m e nt nine days feels like needof school ing to use the vacation, bathroom: Thanksgiving The closer and two birth- Sarah Smiley you get to the days stand restroom, the between us harder it is to and homecoming. And that hold on. seems like an eternity, not “two weeks.” I don’t want to do another weekend without my husband, much less a nine-day vacation.

Tuesday, Nov. 20: I’m shopping at the grocery store for Thanksgiving dinner. I had to drag myself there. I don’t want to celebrate Thanksgiving. I want to speed right through the holiday and two upcoming birthdays, and get right to Dustin’s homecoming. But wait: this deployment began with Dustin missing Thanksgiving and Christmas of 2011. We’ve had a whole year of holidays and birthdays without him. What’s one more? The food feels like 10-pound weights as I send it along the moving belt toward the cashier.

In the next aisle, a woman is buying an exceptionally large turkey and a whole bag of potatoes. I realize she must have a large family waiting at home.

Thursday, Nov. 22: Ford’s 12th birthday and Thanksgiving. Can I just go back to bed?

Saturday, Nov. 24: The boys wake me up say-

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ing, “Mom! Mom! Dad comes home in one week!” All I can think is that the past nine days of school vacation have been cruel and unusual punishment for me. And one more birthday still stands between us and Dustin’s homecoming.

Sunday, Nov. 25: I want to rally for Owen’s 10th birthday. I’m in bed by 8 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 26: Dustin calls me. He is back

in the United States, but he has to check out of his command in Norfolk. It’s one of the first times I’ve heard his voice intimately through a phone held to my ear (rather than a grainy, flickering computer screen) in more than a year. I become completely unglued. “I can’t do this anymore,” I cry. “I don’t think I can make it one more week.” “You’re doing great,” Dustin says. “We’re almost to the end. It’s less than a week now.” See SMILEY, A9

Sunday, Nov. 18: Owen walks in while I’m Skyping with Dustin. He hears me say, “How do you want me to wear my hair when you come home: Up, down, blonde, brown?” “That is so weird,” Owen says. “I’m mean, that’s like really weird, Mom. Why don’t you ask him what he wants to eat, not how you’ll wear your hair.” On the computer screen, Dustin is laughing.

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Global positioning system and finding our way home It’s called the Global Positioning not provide the needed coordiSystem (GPS), and it was origi- nates to my destination, and actunally designed to ally had me going assist soldiers and in circles, with cormilitary vehicles, recting comments Senior Life planes, and ships like “recalculate!” in accurately deterAnd that just really mining their locaticked me off, so tions worldwide. that I start talking Today, howevback to this inanier, you and I rely mate device, and upon this amaztelling it to give me ing technology the right directions, not to determine or shut up! Which, our location, but obviously, was an Carl Johnson to find our way to effort in futility. destinations for However, my KARE Community which we used new GPS is much Relations Director to consult maps. more friendly … At least that’s the doesn’t tell me to way it’s suppose to “recalculate” … work. and is extremely accurate. Which I say “suppose to” because there only goes to prove that given time were times when my old GPS did and improving technology, even

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“I’m so tired,” I tell him, and I’m crying so hard, he can barely understand me. “I just want you home. I’m done. Please come home right now.” “I can’t.”

Wednesday, Nov. 28: People ask military wives, “How do you do it?” and we don’t always have an answer. Is there any other choice than to just “do it”? No, there is no (good) alternative. So we carry on, drag

ourselves through the grocery store, and smile when people say, “Wow, just four more months!” or “Are you so excited that he’ll be home soon?” (By soon, do you mean, “Eight weeks, 22 hours and 15 minutes?” Then, yes.) It’s only later that we look back and say, “How did I do that? How did I manage?” And sometimes, that realization hits even before the homecoming date. Dustin would be home in three days, but already I was asking myself, “How did I do it?” This is the emotional equivalent of not making it to the bathroom in time. I begin to worry I can’t make it through the next few days.

“Gerty” (my name for the female voice on my GPS) has become my best travel buddy. As I think about my GPS experience, it reminds me just how much technology is impacting our lives, especially as seniors. Anyone over 60 can remember the days when a cell phone was something that required a backpack to carry, and a computer took up a whole room with air-cooled floors to prevent overheating. Today, we carry both the phone and computer in one small device that fits into a purse or attaches to a belt. A device that has the computing capacity of a one-ton computer that businesses used just 60 years ago. Frankly, what concerns me about these remarkable advancements is that many seniors have been intimidated and frustrated by this

On the phone, Dustin tells me, “I’m almost there. Just hold on a little longer.”

Thursday, Nov. 29: Dustin will be home in 48 hours! I leap out of bed and whistle as I pack the kids’ lunches. Nothing — no birthdays, no holidays, no school

vacation — stands between us and homecoming now. I don’t even have to endure another lonely weekend.

Friday, Nov. 30: I can’t concentrate at work. The kids are wound up like tomorrow is Christmas. Even the dog seems full of anxious energy.

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Community news and notes “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” 7 p.m. Dec. 12-15 at Olympic High School Tickets are available at the door $7for students and $9 for adults Come See Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang in this entertaining show for all ages. Savannah Rice as Schroder, Holly Wasson as Lucy, Ellise Clark as Sally, Brannon Maita Muya as Charlie and Lexi Park as Linus. Snoopy will be played by Natalie Allred.

KMHS offers Mental Health First Aid training Kitsap Mental Health

Services is offering a Mental Health First Aid training to the public Jan. 30 and 31. The cost of the training class is $30. The sessions will teach how to assess a situation and respond to signs of mental health concerns, like helping a person through a panic attack, or talking with someone who is anxious or depressed. The two-day course is useful for everyday events, and especially helpful to people working with the public. The sessions will be taught by nationally certified trainers Beth FriedmanDarner and Kathleen Talluto. Registration is

required no later than Jan. 16.

KMHS website is www.kitsapmentalhealth.org.

For more information, or to register for Mental Health First Aid, contact KMHS at 360-415-5801 or e-mail communityrelations@kmhs.org .

Red Cross seek nominations for local heroes

Kitsap Mental Health Services is the primary provider of mental health services for Kitsap County, offering a continuum of care to children, adults and older adults, and their families. For more information, contact Rochelle Doan, Director of Development and Community Relations for Kitsap Mental Health Services at 360-415-5871. Additional information is available on Kitsap Mental Health

The American Red Cross serving King and Kitsap Counties is looking for ordinary individuals who have performed extraordinary deeds. Do you know someone who used CPR to save a life, pulled a person from a burning building or raised money to help someone in need? On May 9, 2012 the Red Cross will present awards to local heroes in Kitsap and North Mason counties who saved lives, exemplified the Red Cross mission or made significant, positive differences in their communities in the areas

of emergency response, preparedness and prevention. The nominee must be a resident of, or employed within, Kitsap or North Mason counties or the heroic act must have occurred in Kitsap or North Mason counties. The heroic act must be ongoing or have occurred between Dec. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2012. Nominations are due by Monday, Jan. 7. You can help the Red Cross recognize these extraordinary people by nominating your hero. Information about the nominations and the form are available online at www.RedCross/ org/WestSound. Proceeds from the event will help benefit Red Cross programs and services in Kitsap and North Mason counties. The American Red Cross is a non-profit, humani-

tarian agency dedicated to helping make families and communities safer at home and around the world. The West Sound service center, located in Bremerton, has three full-time staff who guide, empower and engage more than 250 dedicated volunteers serving North Mason and Kitsap counties. For more information, visit www.RedCross.org/ WestSound.

Adopt a family or donate for the holiday season The Personal Touch Home Care Services and The Shepherds and The Angels nonprofit are adopting families in need for the holidays. We are asking the community to help us by adopting a family or sending a donation. Please contact Lisa Floyd at 360-8953980.

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Obituaries

Friday, December 7, 2012

Fredlin Joseph Paradis Fredlin (Freddy) Joseph Paradis, 89, of Port Orchard died Nov. 20, 2012 in Port Orchard. Freddy was born Sept. 10, 1923 in Amesbury, Mass. to Leon and Laurence (Beauleau) Paradis. He married the former Priscilla I. Morgan Nov. 3, 1946 in Tacoma. Freddy worked as a rigger at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for 32 years, retiring in 1978. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII on the USS Bunker Hill as a ship’s serviceman third class, earning numerous awards including Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (18 stars), Philippine Liberation Medal, and the Purple Heart.

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Freddy enjoyed camping, hu nt i n g , square d a nc i ng , softball and sports Fredlin Paradis in general, especially the Boston Red Sox. He was an animal lover, particularly dogs. He coached little league for many years and played softball. He was a member of the Shelton Elks, Bremerton Eagles and was raised a Catholic. Surviving are sister Lorraine (Herbert) Price of New Hampshire; sister-in-law Yvone Morgan of Washington; many nieces, nephews and an extended family at Orchard Pointe Memory Care Center who took such good care of him and truly loved him. He was preceded in death

by his wife Priscilla earlier this year, sister Hazel, brother Faustine and brother-in-law Richard. A memorial Service is at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7at Rill’s Life Tribute Center in Port Orchard. Memorial donations can be made to to Franciscan Hospice, 2901 Bridgeport Way W, University Place WA 98466 or the Kitsap Humane Society, 9167 Dickey Road NW, Silverdale WA 98383. There is an online memorial at www.rill.com.

Ann Stillman Ann Stillman (formerly Hatch), died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, after one month of fighting cancer, surrounded continuously by her husband, daughters, sister, and loving friends. She and her husband

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had just returned from a very happy trip to Europe celebrating their 50th anniversary. She lived a full life, traveled widely, read even more widely, and made a sequence of beautiful homes. After earning a degree in Russian literature from the University of Washington, she became first a teacher and then an accountant. She was a stellar mom and a devoted grandmother. She will be intensely missed by her surviving family: husband Allyn; daughter, son-in-law and grandson Sara, Carl, and Alex Abbess; daughter and son-in-law Janet Stillman and Ian Jacobs; god-daughter Patchanee Oy Petprayoon; and sisters and

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brother Lee Swanson, Louise Higgins and Jay Hatch. No memorial service, at her request.

Nita J. McPherson, Nita J. McPherson, 78, of Gig Harbor, Wash, died November 29, 2012 at St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor. Nita was born April 14, 1934 in Chadron, Neb. to Orville and Viola Wax. Nita loved playing the slots and poker. She loved to have fun and was always there if anyone needed anything. She loved Jesus and was always ready to spread the gospel. Nita is survived by her

mother Viola, daughter Paula T horsby, brother Don Wax, s e v e n Nita McPherson grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. Nita was preceded in death by her father, son Jere, and granddaughter Kris. Graveside services were Thursday, Dec. 6, at Rosedale Cemetery, 7801 Rosedale St NW, Gig Harbor. A memorial webpage can be viewed and signed at www. rill.com.


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