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Peninsula Paint Co. offers a broad palette of colors, talent and experience. PAGE 3


Resources abound at Peninsula Home & Garden Show, Bainbridge Home & Business Expo. PAGES 4-5, 8


Hanley Construction is a full-service roofing company — from installation to cleaning and repair. PAGE 6


Architect pushes for home designs that help people stay in their homes as they get older. PAGES 9-10


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Left, Diane and Ray Donahue of Peninsula Paint Co., with stores in Poulsbo, Port Townsend and Winslow. “It’s a fun industry. It’s always changing, there’s always something new,” Ray Donahue said. Above, Benjamin Moore has a color palette of more than 3,000 colors. Contributed photo

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here’s an old yarn, believed apocryphal, about a dissatisfied and perhaps confused customer who returned tires he bought to the former site of a tire store and got a refund from the new occupant: Nordstrom’s. Retailers have used the story, retold so many times it’s become truth, to emphasize their philosophy that the customer is always right.  Ray and Diane Donahue, owners of Peninsula Paint Co., have been working to develop their Benjamin Moore paint stores into the Nordstrom’s of the paint business.  Employees strive to understand each customer’s project before mixing the paint. Is there a drastic change in color? Do you need a primer? A matte finish or eggshell finish? Are you painting interior walls or exterior siding?  We want to engage our customers when educating them on choosing the right product for their project. If we need to open

a can of paint or stain and put a brush in the customers hand to experience it, we don’t hesitate. After all “Presentation without demonstration is just conversation,” Donahue said. The Donahues brought sound business experience and knowledge of the paint industry to Peninsula Paint (www.peninsulapaintco. com) when they partnered with Winslow Paint Co. to buy the group of stores in Poulsbo, Port Townsend and Sequim in March 2004. They recently became owners of the Winslow location in June 2012 and appreciate the support that the Bainbridge community has shown them in the first few months of business on the island. All stores now have the Peninsula Paint name.   Ray Donahue had worked for a paint sundries company for 20 years and was lumber manager for  Ernst Home Center. Diane Donahue was an accountant for Unico Properties, owner of office, residential and retail properties in Washington and Oregon.     “It was a good fit because

we knew paint,” Ray Donahue said. “It’s a fun industry. It’s always changing, there’s always something new. And everything needs paint.” The changes in paint have made it friendlier to the environment — and the senses. Most paints are now low- or no-VOC, the abbreviation for volatile organic compounds — organic chemicals that get into the air, as in odors or scents. Oil-based paints and related solvents are fast becoming a thing of the past, replaced by water-borne alkyds --- oil based paints requiring only soap and water cleanup. “Nothing is the same as when we bought the store,” Donahue said. “Eighty to 90 percent of the paint we carry has changed.”  The customer benefits from the expertise and longevity of Peninsula Paint’s employees. The Donahues feel they have a great team in place in all the stores. At the Poulsbo store, David Shelley brings a craftsman’s understanding to his role as master stain and paint matcher. “He’s finicky about his stains and finishes,” Donahue said. In his spare time, Shelley builds mandolins and guitars. 

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Lindsay Smith is the master color matcher at the Winslow store. Also at the Winslow store, Melissa Bolt — a professional designer who also owns Bolt of

Inspiration — helps customers make sure they’ve got the right color for the right project. Peninsula Paint works closely with several local designers and have design areas in each of the stores to help with your color decisions. Peninsula Paint believes in its product, particularly in quality and cost. Some Benjamin Moore paints (www.benjaminmoore.com) cost more per gallon than other brands. You really do get what you pay for in a gallon of paint — what may take 3 or 4 gallons of Benjamin Moore paint may take 6 or 7 gallons of a competitive brand. Benjamin Moore saves you time and money in the long run. Peninsula Paint can make more than 3,000 colors available in a pint size sample for you to see how a particular color will look throughout a room under various lighting conditions. Samples are $6.99. More changes are coming. Most Benjamin Moore stores are independently owned, but will soon be following Benjamin Moore’s national signage and layout for continuity, branding and marketing purposes — in

the same way that independently owned grocers that take on Red Apple or IGA brands. The signature program will ensure that all stores are identified as Benjamin Moore dealers and that they are consistent in the core products they carry. Today, Peninsula Paint employs 15 — six in Poulsbo, six in Winslow and three in Port Townsend. (The Sequim store closed in November 2011.) When they’re not at the store, the Donahues enjoy golfing and bike riding — they pedaled in the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic in 2010 and 2011. They have two daughters: Michelle Donahue, fastpitch coach at Kingston High School; and Kerri Willtrout, who lives with her Marine husband in Twentynine Palms, Calif.  Ray and Diane Donahue also like to support local efforts, donating paint for such projects as the community pool, Coffee Oasis, the downtown Viking mural, Kvelstad Pavilion, Poulsbo Marine Science Center, Raab Park, school auctions, and Windermere Real Estate’s annual cleanups. “We’re a small independent business, so we support ‘Shop Local,’ ” Donahue said. “Whether we need lumber or coffee for the office or doughnuts for customers every Friday morning, we do everything we can to utilize local businesses.”  

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sented by the Kitsap Home Builders Association. There will be more than 200 exhibitors; if you want information about decorating, gardening, painting, remodeling, tree care – you name it — it’s here. You can learn to do a lot of stuff yourself at seminars or workshops held throughout the show. Ciscoe Morris, well-known TV garden show host, makes a return appearance March 16, 2 p.m., on the mezzanine level of the Kitsap Sun Pavilion; Morris was the headliner of the 2012 event. Morris is one of the most recognized gardening experts in the area. His trademark exclamation of “ooh-la-la” is known to home gardeners and professionals alike. The native of Wauwatosa, Wis., has made Seattle his home since the early 1970s. He earned an AA from South Seattle Community College’s landscape horticulture pro-

UPCOMING EXPOS n March 15-17: Peninsula Home & Garden Show, Kitsap County Fairgrounds. n March 23: Bainbridge Island Home & Business Expo, Woodward Middle School.

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t started off as a summer project. Oliver Hanley, founder of Hanley Construction, was a teacher at Orchard Heights Elementary School for nearly 25 years. In the late 1970s, he began purchasing and remodeling houses during the summer months. There was just one problem — he could not find a reliable roofer. That was the genesis of Hanley Construction, Inc., which was established in 1980. By 1985 Oliver had recruited his son, Morgan, to work alongside him. This is where Morgan’s roofing education began. “We roof every house like we would our own,” said Morgan, who joined the company full time after graduating with a business degree from Washington State University in 2000. Hanley Construction has seen significant growth and currently employs almost 40 people. This growth is a direct result of consistently providing superior quality products and services. “We are blessed with a talented team,” Morgan said. All staff at Hanley Construction are full-time employees. The company does not hire seasonal employees nor does it pay its employees on a productionbased pay scale, aka piece

Hanley Construction offers lifetime workmanshiop warranties for all of its roofs. Above, a slate roof. Below, from left, asphalt shingle, cedar shingle, and standing seam metal. Contributed / Hanley Construction work. “We can guarantee quality when we allow our team to take the necessary time to make sure everything is first class,” Morgan said. “We focus on providing the highest quality roof for the best value.” Hanley Construction offers hand-nailed installations, lifetime workmanship warranties, and lifetimewarrantied roofs for flat and

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Bridge and beyond. In addition to roof installations, Hanley Construction has a repair, maintenance and cleaning division. “We have very experienced and skilled repair technicians that can handle all types of roof repairs,” Morgan said. Hanley Construction also has maintenance programs where clients can have their roof and gutters cleaned on a routine basis. “By having a repair, maintenance and cleaning division, Hanley Construction is truly a full-service roofing company,” Morgan said. If you are in need of a new roof, a repair, inspection or even just a gutter cleaning, call Hanley Construction for a free estimate at (888) 834-5015. “We focus on educating our clients during the estimating process because we feel an informed client will make the best decision for their home.”

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Architect pushes for Another Generation Moving Up home designs that help occupants age-in-place Murphy said. Murphy cited an AARP poll that found 89 percent of s our population older adults want to stay in ages, many are their homes as they age. He struggling to find is a certified Aging-in-Place a solution to where they specialist and has designed should live based on their more than 10 Aging-in-Place physical and medihomes in the last cal needs. three years, includArchitect Aaron ing two built from Murphy wants you the ground up. to be able to stay Aging in Place in your home as is the concept that long as possible. you can and should Murphy, owner of be able to stay in ADM Architects your residence for in Poulsbo, offers the remainder of Aaron Murphy Aging-in-Place conyour life, regardsulting and remodless of physical, eling design to make homes cognitive or other changes more age-friendly. that may occur with age, “It’s way more than just a according to Murphy. contractor and a grab bar,” “Beyond [being] a

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Continued from page 9 Sentinel Construction is another local business that offers Aging-in-Place consulting. Owner David Godbolt said in a previous interview that he aims to create accessible designs that make life comfortable without the “hospital look” of traditional handicapped-accessible construction. “Whenever you can have architecture that doesn’t look like a hospital room, you are

way better off,” Godbolt said. “People are more inclined to use it and appreciate it.” The first time Sentinel had a booth at a home show, Godbolt displayed safety products and grab bars, but realized those with physical challenges don’t want to be reminded of them. “It was amazing that those who would need the products the most — those using walkers or canes — ignored the booth and charged away as quickly as they could,” Godbolt said. Aging-in-Place ameni-

ties aren’t just for older people. Murphy said he once worked with a contractor to remodel a house for a father and son who both became wheelchair-bound following a motorcycle accident. While testifying to the Poulsbo City Council, Murphy said the father cried when he was able to use the new, lower sink in his new bathroom. Other people with physical challenges benefit from these features in their homes. Murphy said he has created a design team of contractors, financial planners, and in-home occupational therapists to ensure clients’ homes have the features that are needed so they can age in place. But Murphy said he wants developers to go a step further, by designing new homes to be handicappedaccessible. He said there isn’t much of a cost difference for a developer to include Aging-in-Place features during construction, rather than being added later at an additional cost to the homeowner. As examples, he cited doorway frames that can be widened at a later date (for wheelchair accessibility); making sure at least one entrance is on-grade (meaning no steps); lower light switches, outlets and racks in cabinets that can be pulled lower. Murphy shared his thoughts with Poulsbo’s planning director, Barry Berezowsky, who liked his

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HANSVILLE — The Flotsam & Jetsam Garden Club’s 36th annual Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Sale is May 11, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Greater Hansville Community Center at Buck Lake. The sale will feature a wide variety of annuals, perennials, native plants, shrubs and trees; hundreds of vegetable starts, including 20 varieties of tomatoes; beautiful cut-flower bouquets and houseplants; baked goods; dozens of raffle and silent auction items from local businesses; and two new features, garden art and crafts booth, and Kids Korner with free plants and seeds for children.

Kitsap County Dahlia Society

POULSBO — The Kitsap County Dahlia Society’s annual tuber sale is April 13 and 14, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the Central Valley Community Hall and Garden Club Building, 10200 Central Valley Road NE, Poulsbo. The building is located 0.2 mile north of Waaga Way. For more information, call Pat, (360) 698-0123.

Kitsap Mycological Society

BREMERTON — The Kitsap Peninsula Mycological Society (www. kitsapmushrooms.org) meets on the third Thursday of each month, 7 p.m., at the I.O.O.F Hall at 100 S. Dora, Bremerton. Doors open at 6 p.m. for mushroom ID, book checkouts, socializing, etc. Upcoming presentations: n March 21, 6:30 p.m., Survivors Banquet and Club meeting. Presentation: Kira Taylor, “Fungi of the Elwha Restoration.” n April 18, 7 p.m., Club meeting. Presentation: Oluna Czeska, “Mushrooms of Observation Hill, Victoria, B.C.” n May 16, 7 p.m., Club meeting. Presentation: Helen Lau (U.S. Forest Service botanist), “Rare Mushrooms.”



Kitsap County Rose Society

SILVERDALE — The Kitsap County Rose Society meets the second Monday of each month, 7 p.m., from February to November, at Fire Station No. 51, 10936 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale. The Kitsap County Rose Society (www.kitsaprose. org) was founded in 1985. It is an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to the cultivation and enjoyment of roses. The society supports its members by providing educational programs and activities. The Kitsap County Rose Society is a member of the American Rose Society.

Master Gardener Foundation

POULSBO — The Master Gardener Foundation of Kitsap County will continue their presentations with “Fruit Trees — to Prune or Not to Prune,” March 20, 1-3 p.m. Presentations continue April 1 with a presentation by Cori Carlton, the “Slug Lady,” in the Purdy CENEX building. Carlton is the Master Gardener coordinator for Thurston County. On April 17, 1-3 p.m., Sue Goetz presents “Veggies, Herbs, Flowers and Shrubs.”

Peninsula Fruit Club

SILVERDALE — The Peninsula Fruit Club meets the second Thursday of each month except December, 7 p.m., in the Sheridan Community Center Lounge, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton. The club is a chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society (www.wcfs.org).

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aintaining the perfect lawn is easier than you think and, with the right tools, you can be both efficient with your yard work and ecoconscious. If it’s lush green turf that you’re after, but you also care about your carbon footprint, there are a few tools and practices that can help you have it both ways — and save you money and time. n Give back to your lawn. One of the best treatments for your yard is to let a layer of lawn clippings settle on the top of your turf after mowing. The clippings decompose and replenish your soil, encouraging positive growth. A common misconception is that leaving the clippings on top of your lawn leads to the development of thatch, when in fact it’s usually caused by other conditions. Leaving your clippings only helps your lawn, and lessens the amount of work you have to do. n Go green with batterypowered mowers and lawn tools. Your mower’s gas engine doesn’t run nearly as clean as your thoroughly engineered car engine and contributes significantly to air pollution, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. If you make the switch to a batterypowered mower, you can start it easily every time without having to worry about polluting the air. Battery-powered mowers provide the performance of

Ahh, the lush life. Help keep your lawn green and healthy by never cutting more than one-third of the current height. Brandpoint Media a gas mower with up to 70 minutes of run time. n Be wise with your water. With a few strategic adjustments, you can significantly reduce the amount of water you use to keep your lawn healthy. Water less frequently with a good soaking each time; the water you use will go further. Watering in the morning will also help your lawn soak up the water, rather than having it evaporate before it makes it into your soil. Installing a rain barrel is also a great way to reuse the water that runs off your house without ever having to turn on the spigot. n Buy a discerning fertilizer. Chemical fertilizers might offer quick results, but organic fertilizers often provide more staying power as they focus more on improving soil quality rather than the quick fix of apply-

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ing nutrients directly to the plant. To make sure you are effective with your fertilizer use, take a soil sample to a local garden store to analyze it and they'll recommend the best fertilizing mix for your lawn. n Allow your lawn to protect itself. Mowing too short is a key mistake many people make. A good rule of thumb is to never cut more than one-third of the current height. This will ensure that your grass can develop deep enough roots to thrive and won’t get scorched when summer temperatures arrive. You can have a beautiful, green lawn without putting extra stress on the environment. For more information on environmentally friendly lawn tools that offer gascomparable performance, visit your local hardware or lawn care store.

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