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Friday, July 4, 2014 | Vol. 113, No. 26 | WWW.NORTHKITSAPHERALD.COM | 50¢


Debut hits a high note Poulsbo Community Orchestra wins praise, and another gig

KITSAP WEEK Enjoy the Bard at Bloedel — In this edition

SPORTS Seahawks’ trophy tour stops at Bangor — Page A6

PHOTOS A look back at Safeway’s grand opening


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Larry Blain plays viola for the Poulsbo Community Orchestra in its debut performance June 30, in Poulsbo City Hall’s council chambers. The concert drew a standing-room-only audience. Melinda Weer / Herald correspondent with U.S. Navy Band Northwest. Musicians with at least two years playing experience, ages 14 and older, may register with Poulsbo’s Parks and Recreation Department for scheduled rehearsal sessions. The first 10-week program ended June 30. The summer program begins July 14 and will be followed by a 12-week fall session beginning

in mid-September. Among the musicians: Siblings Delaney and Hunter Lehmann, and their mom, Michelle. Delaney, first violin, will be a freshman at Hillsdale College in September. Hunter, first cello, will be a sophomore at Seattle University. Their mom, Michelle, plays clarinet. See ORCHESTRA, Page A10

POULSBO — North Kitsap’s leaders are looking down the road toward a series of considerable bumps and no one, alone, has the resources to fix them. But together they stand a chance of crafting a smooth ride over the region’s coming transit challenges. That was the takeaway from a July 1 meeting in Poulsbo City Hall with representatives from the City of Poulsbo — including its city council and mayor — the City of Bainbridge Island — including its city council and city manager — and the Suquamish Tribe. Much of the tribe’s leadership was absent, however, due to obligations with the annual canoe journey. Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder also attended. It was an opportunity for all parties to discuss mutual challenges, two in particular: cooperative law enforcement and Highway 305 traffic. While the message on law enforcement was clear — each department greatly relies on each other and cooperation needs to expand — the converSee 305, Page A3

Mary Ellen McCaffree was a ‘normal mom’ in state House

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NEWSMAKERS Local woman vies for Miss Washington title

North Kitsap leaders discuss solutions to ease congestion on the Highway 305 corridor


OULSBO — The orchestra had just finished Bizet’s “L’Arlesienne, Suite No. 2” and Mayor Becky Erickson was caught up in the significance of what had transpired that evening. “Someone once told me, ‘When you are living history, it’s hard to recognize it,’” she said. “Tonight, you all are living history.” The Poulsbo INSIDE Community ■ Color Orchestra’s photos from inaugural performance on June 30 orchestra attracted a standperformance. ing-room-only — Page A10 crowd in Poulsbo City Hall’s council chambers. Conductor Seph Coats led the orchestra through “Procession of the Sardar” by Mikhail Ippolitov Ivanov; “Twelve German Dances” by Beethoven; and “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius. The orchestra wasn’t sure it could master the finale — Bizet’s “L’Arlesienne” — but, as attested to by the applause, the orchestra did. The all-volunteer Poulsbo Community Orchestra was established in March as a not-for-profit, cultural organization. Steve Swann is its founder and executive director, and is assisted by music director Blake Yarbrough and a small planning committee. Yarbrough is principal French horn and a soloist

Fixing Hwy 305


Mary Ellen McCaffree lived in Hansville

HANSVILLE — Washingtonians could vote at a younger age, attend commu-

nity college, saw major efforts to control pollution and protect shorelines, and saw changes in how their tax dollars were managed, because of Mary Ellen McCaffree. But in light of all that, one of her significant accomplish-

ments may be this: “She seemed like a normal mom,” her son, Chuck McCaffree, said July 1. That’s saying something, especially when your mom served as a state representative, state revenue director,

King County budget director, and aide to a U.S. senator. And, lest we forget, authored a book. Wait — two books. “I had great pride that she was this pioneer person, a woman See MCCAFFREE, Page A8

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