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FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2012 | Vol. 14, No. 30 | 50¢

Kitsap Week Master-ful Blackberry performance Festival & Fly-In and raising money for a Day of Hope

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Grammy award-winning pianist George Winston will perform in Poulsbo to raise money for Operation Day of Hope. — Story, page 2



EAT SOME PIE AND TAKE TO THE SKY BREMERTON — Where else but the Bremerton Blackberry Festival can you let

the kids eat pie, climb a wall, bounce in a bouncy house, and ride in a helicopter or airplane all in the same day?

The Blackberry Festival is Sept. 1, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sept. 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sept. 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Louis Mentor Boardwalk on 2nd Street and Washington Avenue.

Festival events include a fun run, pony rides, live entertainment and attractions, and tours of the USS Turner Joy. For a schedule of events, visit www.blackberryfestival. org. The Blackberry Festival Fly-In is Sept. 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bremerton National Airport. Shuttle service will be provided

between downtown and the airport. The Northwest BeechBoys formation demonstration team will delight festival goers with a special flight formation, visible downtown, at 12:10 p.m. On the ground at the airport, there will be antique, classic, contemporary and homebuilt airplanes.

Judges will award prizes in those categories, as well as for Greatest Distance Flown. Spectators can take helicopter rides. Children can take a Young Eagles plane flight for free. For more information about the Fly In, call Jim Swartwood, (360) 377-8570; or visit www. blackberry-festival-fly.

The Bremerton Blackberry Festival Fly-In is Sept. 1. Jim Posner

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Bremerton School District adopts final budget for 2012-2013 Spending next year eats at district reserves to maintain current offerings and staff levels

can express having to eat into our reserves, but we are not unique in this.” With the current budThe Bremerton school get, the district is left with board unanimously an ending fund balance adopted the district’s final of $2,574,226. The reserve budget for the 2012-13 before final draft of the school year during its budget was $5,300,000. August 16 board meeting Bremerton School and officials said no jobs District Board member or programs would be cut Dave Boynton said the this year. district has done a solid “We are sustaining the job of using funding effecprograms that we current- tively. ly have, and all of the staff “Wayne does a great job we had last year.” Wayne of being conservative with Lindberg, finance director his numbers and making for the district said. sure we are funding everyLindberg said the dis- thing and taking care of trict made cuts three years the kids and their educaago that have helped avoid tion,” Boynton said. further losses of programs Boynton said although or staff. He said the only the budget adoption was staffing concern would final, the influx of state involve four to five posi- and federal tax money tions that will be held open could change through the until actual year. enrollment “It is numbers a l ways “We are sustaining are counttough to ed and, the programs that we adopt a depending currently have, and school on enroll- all of the staff we had budget ment, the last year.” especially district will when you have legeither fill – Wayne Lindberg, finance director the posiislative tions or decisions choose not to fill them. that you may not have the Lindberg said the answer to until January or Bremerton School district February.” faced many of the same Boynton said money budget concerns school remains a concern for the districts around the coun- district, but he felt confitry are facing. He said dent in the district’s use of cuts in education and ris- funding. ing costs of fuel and ener“Is it the ideal budget? gy continued to deplete No. Would we like more reserves in the district. money? Yes,” he said. “But “I have to be honest I all things considered, I am not pleased with it,” he was satisfied with the way said, “It is the only way I it looks.” By Patrick McDonough

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The Barker Creek estuary and much of the Central Kitsap shoreline residential area will remain rural under proposed UGA changes which are expected to shrink across the county in response to a state mandated reevaluation guidelines.

County set to finalize shrunken Urban Growth Areas

New development rules come on heals of state mandated remand By KEVAN MOORE

Kitsap County is on the verge of approving new Urban Growth Area (UGA) boundaries for Silverdale, Central Kitsap and Port Orchard. The boundaries for most of the UGAs will be smaller than those approved in 2006. Following a ruling by the Central Washington Growth Management Hearings Board, the county was forced to reconsider UGA sizes, urban densities and future growth. The final public hearing on the UGA changes is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Mon., Aug. 27. County commissioners are then slated

to deliberate on the plans beginning at 8:30 August 29. The county’s deadline for finalizing its comprehensive plan is August 31. The county has held 55 public meetings and open houses in the past year dealing with UGAs. The new recommended boundaries are largely based upon where urban infrastructure such as sewer service could be affordably provided, where environmental impacts to critical areas and shorelines would be minimized and where existing suburban development in need of urban services was already located. Following two public hearings, commissioners chose preferred alternative bound-

aries for the county’s eight UGAs. The final draft documents were released May 10 and included an analysis of impacts to critical areas, roads, police, fire and other services as well as the ability to provide public facilities such as sewer, water, parks and schools. In Silverdale, which will be shrunk by about a third, a portion of the southern end of the UGA boundary

that includes Chico Way, Eldoroado Hills and other vacant properties was taken out since the area’s sewer is nearly at capacity and a groundswell of people came forward opposing inclusion in the UGA. The area also has some steep slopes that cannot handle a lot of density. The Apex Airpark area, See Urban growth, A7

Bremerton Patriot, August 24, 2012  

August 24, 2012 edition of the Bremerton Patriot

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