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Vern Schager, a project manager with Art Anderson Associates, led a tour of the NAD cabin last week.

Citizens weigh in on NAD cabin options BY KEVAN MOORE KMOORE@SOUNDPUBLISHING.COM

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Bremerton’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade featured lots of folks in green and no shortage of Seahawks fans who had a chance to meet Blitz, the team’s mascot. The parade also featured bagpipers, a bevy of young unicyclists, lots of Ford Mustangs, some decked-out hearses and more. To see more photos from the parade, please turn to page 9.

Harrison, ProTech workers still don’t have deal BY KEVAN MOORE KMOORE@SOUNDPUBLISHING.COM

Harrison Medical Center and members of UFCW Local 21, representing about 800 Professional and Technical (ProTech) employees, met at the bargaining table late last week, but have not reached agreement on a new contract. Last week’s meeting was the first time both sides have met since Harrison had provided its last and final offer in January. “Unfortunately, things still remain in the same place they had been before with many of the same issues,” said UFCW 21 Spokesman Tom Geiger. Geiger said union members would be leafleting on Wednesday and Thursday in Bremerton and Silverdale. On Friday

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Members of the UFCW Local 21 continue with their leafleting at Harrison Medical Center. They are asking hospital officials to reconsider contract negotiation issues. afternoon, union members plan to be out along Wheaton Way doing even further public outreach.

In a letter to employees on Monday, Human Resources Executive Director Marie LaMarche

wrote that the hospital offered to increase the SEE HARRISON, A9

A handful of citizens gathered at the NAD Park cabin last week following a structural assessment of the building performed by the local engineering firm Art Anderson Associates. The structural assessment of the cabin was paid for by the Boy Scouts of America, which operated a store and service center out of the cabin beginning in 1998. After outgrowing the space, the Scouts moved its store to Silverdale earlier this month. The historic building, which is owned by the City of Bremerton, was constructed in the 1940s as a guardhouse for the Naval Ammunition Depot. Locals are now asking what can or should be done with the cabin? “I think everyone here is interested in preserving it and the city wants to give folks a chance to save it,” said Bremerton Parks Director Wyn Birkenthal. “It may not be possible, but let’s find out.” During a walk-around of the cabin, Birkenthal recalled how the city teamed up with the East Bremerton Rotary a few years ago to save the gazebo at Bachmann Park in Manette. “So, is this (cabin) too big a thing to be saved? Probably not, if you look

at that history,” Birkenthal said. Vern Schager, a project manager with Art Anderson Associates, produced an eleven-page report detailing his findings on the condition of the NAD Park cabin. Structurally, the biggest areas of concern seem to be areas where exterior logs have rotted and the overgrown condition of the roof. Despite a significant cover of moss, pine needles and sword ferns, Schager said that the roof structure, examined by a visual inspection from underneath in the attic, appears reasonably sound, apart from a small leak just south of the chimney. “Holy cow,” Schager said during the tour. “I don’t see any reason why they aren’t leaking like crazy.” The crawlspace underneath the cabin also appears to be dry. “What was observed was that the crawlspace doesn’t have a vapor barrier and some of the batt insulation at the north edge has fallen down,” Shager wrote in his report. Rotten logs, on the other hand, can be found at all of the corner extensions of the building and elsewhere. “The logs is where we have the biggest problems,” Schager said. To drive that point home, SEE NAD CABIN, A9

Bremerton Patriot, March 21, 2014  
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March 21, 2014 edition of the Bremerton Patriot