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FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013 | Vol. 28, No. 31 | | 50¢

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Local runners gather to honor Boston victims By KEVAN MOORE

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Amanda Rogers, Michelle DeNully and Ivy Greene comfort each other prior to a run in Silverdale Tuesday evening to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Tears and hugs gave way to the familiar patter of feet pounding pavement Tuesday evening in Silverdale as nearly 100 local runners gathered to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The runners first gathered at the Silverdale Waterfront Park for a brief ceremony before setting out on either a four-mile or twomile circuit around town. “Today we remember and instead of giving into helplessness and despair, we do what we can do, what we must do,” said Pastor Sigi Helgeson from the Family of God Church. “We lift up prayers and we run. We run in remembrance. We run because we have to. We lift up prayers and we run because we cannot let the evil act have the last word.” One of Tuesday night’s participants, Silverdale resident Renee

Partsch, tracked her mom’s movements online as she made her way through the marathon on Monday. “She crossed at 4:04:50,” Partsch said of her mom, former Silverdale resident Eileen Glenn. “I left the house to go to Costco and everybody started messaging me ‘explosion at the finishing area’ and I’m thinking that’s where she is, she’s right there. And she was. She had just grabbed her bottle of water and hadn’t even gotten her medal yet. My step-dad (Lee Glenn) was right off to the side near the bleachers and it was about 30 minutes before I heard from them.” Partsch said she headed straight home from the store and turned on the news while text messages continued to pour in from concerned friends. “I couldn’t keep up with the texts and calls,” she said. “I kept calling her phone and my stepdad’s phone. Finally, she called


Cathcart resigns school board post; plans move

trict, to continue to work hard and serve them to the best of my ability for four years. For reasons I will explain I will not be able to Voters in central Kitsap will have one more fulfill that promise.” school board seat to decide in November’s Cathcart said she and her husband, Bob, election. Christy Cathcart, will move to Connecticut in district four director, the near future, most likely announced her resignation at some time this summer, in last week’s meeting. order to be closer to their Her announcement came son’s family. Cathcart’s son, as a surprise to everyone in Justin, and his wife gave birth the room, including the rest to their first child, a boy of the school board, whom named Owen, in March. Cathcart said she did not Owen turned two weeks old inform of her plans prior to the day before the meeting. the meeting. Cathcart and her husDuring the “miscellaneous” band had known for a while agenda item at the end of the that they planned to move meeting, Cathcart declared to Connecticut, she said, but she had an item to raise and had originally thought the proceeded to read a prepared move would not take place statement to the board and until after the 2015 election. Christy Cathcart gathered community mem“There’s a little guy named bers. Owen and we don’t want to “In November 2011 I was elected for a miss out on things,” Cathcart said. “We don’t fourth term despite opposition,” she began. want to be the long-distance grandparents.” “At that time I made a covenant with the community, the owners of this school disBy WES MORROW


Wes Morrow /Staff Photo

Superintendent Greg Lynch listens to comments made during a recent forum.

Community forums come to a close By WES MORROW

Just where do sixth graders belong – in the elementary schools or in the junior highs? That seems to be the sticking point among parents and community members who voiced their opinions at three recent forums held by the Central Kitsap School District. Some in favor of keeping sixthgraders in elementary schools cited

their innocence and childishness compared to junior high students — while some in favor of moving sixth-graders up cited the same development gap between sixthgraders and kindergarteners who currently share schools. Those sentiments were voiced at three community forums on configuration that the district held recently. Administration met with parents, teachers, community See FORUMS, A13

Central Kitsap Reporter, April 19, 2013  
Central Kitsap Reporter, April 19, 2013  

April 19, 2013 edition of the Central Kitsap Reporter