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plots. Before they know it, the readers are wrapping up the meeting with some tea and snacks. The group is made up of women who have discovered connections beyond a love of cozies and handwork. “The visiting and the connecting with the other ladies in the group is the most fun,” said member Amy Steed. “It’s a really nice camaraderie.” Steed enjoys quilting, but also loves to knit. Her love for books started at a young age, and she “comes from a long line of librarians” which is another reason she finds the book club so enjoyable. Since joining the group early this year, Steed has found a way to connect with other locals in a relaxing setting. So far, “Naughty in Nice” has been Steed’s favorite read. “The nicest thing is that you’ve got people there that have a double commonality. This is the first time I’ve been able to pair up the two interests,” she said. “I am really grateful that Janice and the librarian at Silverdale started the group, and I hope that the group grows bigger and that the library grows.” Not only has the group grown, but Miller believes she has grown as well. Her confidence has blossomed, she said, as a result of being a volunteer leader for the group. She had joined other interest groups in the past, but it never worked for her. This, for her, was the first time she told herself that she could do

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something. “I was so lonely when I started this. This book club has stretched me to develop my own likes and my own passions,” the library volunteer said. “I may be 64 years old, but I’m doing it, finally. That (group) has changed my life. It kinda woke me up.” When Eisler thinks about the club and the volunteer who started it, she is reminded of someone who helped the library in a creative way. Monthly, Eisler sees what Miller created from the ground up. When the laugher carries above the bookshelves, Eisler knows the library has got a good thing going on. “She’s just fantastic. Jan told me that the Stitch a Cozy program changed her life,” Eisler said. Although Eisler has been told by Miller how much the library means to her, the branch manager hopes Miller knows what she means to the

library, too. “To me, she’s a volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty,” she said.

Good Deeds is a feature of the Central Kitsap Reporter and the Bremerton Patriot honoring those in our communities who are doing good things for others. Do you know someone who makes a difference in our community? Email “Good Deeds” at spage@soundpublishing.com.

Wanna join the cozy ? • What: Stitch a Cozy • When & Where: Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 1-3 p.m. in the Hess Room at the library in Silverdale The discussion will be about “Murder of a Creped Suzette.”

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Memorial slated for former CKFR chief Steve Bigelow A memorial service for former Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue Chief Steve Bigelow will be held December 12. The memorial will take place at the Crossroads Neighborhood Church, located at 7555 Old Military Road NE in Bremerton, at 3 p.m. Bigelow, who died unexpectedly on Nov. 12, began his fire service career in 1980, first as the fire chief of Kitsap County Fire District 15 and then as Fire Chief of Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue after District 15 merged with District 1 in 1999. Bigelow served as fire

chief until his retirement in 2001. Chief Bigelow impacted the local community in many ways, from serv-

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ing as President of the Kitsap County Fire Chiefs Association, to coaching local youth soccer teams and being an active member of the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce.

One project that was held in particular high regard to Chief Bigelow was his role in helping to form the Kitsap Readiness Response Center. After his retirement, Chief Bigelow remained an active member of the community, teaching at the Readiness Center and taking part in Kitsap County’s Department of Emergency Management Incident Management Program. Chief Bigelow is survived by his wife and three children. His son, Chris Bigelow, is currently a firefighter with Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue.

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