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Buccaneers set sail over the horizon By Nick Twietmeyer Kitsap News Group
On June 15 came the moment Kingston High School Seniors had all been waiting for, the chance to breathe a sigh of relief and rejoice in a fresh kind of freedom: deliverance from bell schedules, homework, exams and all the other demands of high school. Finally, the end was in sight ... Well, at least for those who brought sunglasses anyway. Beneath a nearly cloudless June sky and sat atop a blindingly-white stage, students took it all in as friends and family cheered from the stands of North Kitsap High School stadium, while the happy seniors enjoyed their final moments of high school. Those unfortunate enough to have forgotten their sunglasses squinted from the merciless glare of the sun reflecting off the white, plastic tiles laid afield for the occasion, but even those without shades appeared to be in good spirits. Kingston’s new principal, Jack Simonson, addressed the students at the event. “It is my honor and privilege to be with you here today as the principal of Kingston High School,” Simonson began. “As you’ll note in this program, this is where I celebrate the growth and accomplishments of this, the class of 2019. I’ll start by acknowledging the elephant in the stadium: I’ve only been the principal here for a little longer than two months.” Referring to his previous role as an educator with North Kitsap High School, Simonson was the first to admit that he may be biased when comparing Kingston to NKHS.
Body of missing man recovered from lake Kitsap County Sherif f ’s Office repor ted June 18 that the body of a Von Marenholtz deceased male, believed to be that of Steven Walter Von Marenholtz, 47, had been located by divers in Wildcat Lake. Von Marenholtz was an employee of the Port of Kingston. Von Marenholtz’ family has been notified, according to KCSO. The body was found in water 10-to12 feet deep and about 35 feet from the shoreline in front of Wildcat Lake Park. The divers who recovered the body are members of Underwater Search and Rescue Volunteers - Kitsap County. Sheriff’s deputies do not suspect that any criminal actions were involved in Von Marenholtz’s death. Prior to finding Von Marenholtz’s body, he had not been seen or heard from within the previous two days, according to a Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post. He was reported missing by his roommates and was last seen at approximately 12:30 p.m. June 16, when he told his roommates he was going swimming. The Facebook post states that when Von Marenholtz didn’t return, the roommates went to find him and his truck
Above: Kingston High School seniors make the walk across the stage during the class of 2019’s graduation ceremony. Right: Graduates of Kingston High School recently received their diplomas at North Kitsap High School’s stadium. Below: Kingston grads toss their mortarboards while standing in a line during the class of 2019’s graduation ceremony. Photos Nick Twietmeyer /Kitsap News Group
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levels that are nearAs of this writing and by most mealy as low as those of sures, fire danger in kiln-dried lumber, our communities is and it will take a lot unusually high for this of rain to rehydrate By MICHELE time of year. Western the trees. There is LABODA Washingtonâ€™s abunserious potential for dant vegetation is catastrophic wildfires getting sapped of its moisture rap- in our region this season and we idly, greatly increasing the risk of urge you to do all you can to prevent dangerous wildfires. Even if we get and prepare for the possibilities. some rain, itâ€™s important to remember that lighter fuels (such as grass- Leave Fireworks es, bushes and small trees) may to the Professionals quickly green up with a little precipOutdoor burns (yard waste itation, but theyâ€™ll also get parched again just as fast. The same isnâ€™t fires, campfires, bonfires, etc) are true for heavier fuels such as large the leading cause of wildland fires trees. It took a long time to dry out throughout the year, but around the big timber to current moisture the Fourth of July, fireworks take
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over as the most common spark for grass, brush and forest fires. Instead of risking wildfire with a private show, consider celebrating the nationâ€™s birthday more safely by enjoying one of the areaâ€™s professional displays.
More on Fireworks Go to our web site at nkfr.org for links to information about local fireworks rules. There, you can also get the non-emergency number for reporting fireworks concerns. Of course, if fireworks have caused an injury or a fire, thatâ€™s an emergency and you should call 911. Also on our home page, youâ€™ll find a link to the Kitsap County Fire Marshalâ€™s Office website where you can take
â€œBefore coming here I used to work [at North Kitsap High School],â€? the principal said. â€œThis means that Iâ€™m not only naive, but likely riddled with flawed perspective when it comes to Kingston High School. I wouldnâ€™t blame you for being skeptical for anything I have to say at this point. I have my own doubts as well.â€? Simonsonâ€™s remarks elicited a chuckle from the audience, before the principal appeared to earnestly acquiesce that he had been at a loss while attempting to draft his graduation speech. Simonson explained that he became inspired, in part by the words of the speakers at North Kitsap High Schoolâ€™s
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Congratulations To Battalion Chief Ardyl Abrigo who will be moving to the day shift where heâ€™ll serve in the vital role of Battalion Chief of Training and Safety. Lieutenant Mike Mock will be promoted to battalion chief, and replacing Abrigo as the head of C-Shift. Firefighter Reilly Williams is promoting to lieutenant and filling Mockâ€™s vacancy on A-Shift! Have a safe and happy Fourth of July! See you at the parade!
Kingston High School Class of 2019 Valedictorians and Salutatorian. Photo Nick Twietmeyer /Kitsap News Group graduation the day prior. â€œSeveral of the speeches were downright subversive, in the best possible way.â€? Simonson said. â€œTheir most academically decorated students criticized their school, pointing out much of its hypocrisy and inhumanity. The absurdity of things like GPA, credits, bells and rules.â€? â€œIâ€™ll admit, my armor cracked a little bit last night,â€? Simonson continued. â€œAs a lifelong public school employee, Iâ€™m no stranger to rebellion, but Iâ€™m also no stranger to the long hours and hard
work each of us puts in for days just like today.â€? â€œOur critics are not necessarily wrong,â€? Simonson admitted. â€œTo the people that say our schools might be flawed or broken, I canâ€™t necessarily disagree, weâ€™re not perfect.â€? â€œHereâ€™s the thing schools are not just buildings and rules and unfair policies, they are people, we are people and thatâ€™s a really good thing. Though never perfect, people have the ability to listen, we have the ability to adapt and change. This means that
schools do too. It also means that as people, schools can be kind, caring, compassionate and fun.â€? â€œMy hope for you, Kingston High School students, graduates, parents and loved ones, is that you will remember our school not for its flaws, mistakes, hot days and bright sun, but for its humanity and heart, we are both of those things.â€?
Kingston High School Class of 2019 Valedictorians: Dave Andersen - Allegheny College (Physics) Abby Brown - Seattle Pacific University (Nutrition and food sciences) Kit Ellsworth - Cornell University (Biology) Charlotte Hanson - Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute (undecided) Leif Whalen - United States Military Academy at West Point (Mechanical Engineering) Salutatorian: Kenzie Rutherford
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Feeling blue? Try a little green instead Is your peace of mind running on empty? Are you hounded by selfdoubt? Must you be constantly achieving something just to be content? Do you find yourself tyrannized by obligations and timetables? If so, try trading the Blues for the Greens. In short, immerse yourself in a Kitsap forest now and then, without your phone. I know, those last three words are social heresy, but it’s recommended by experts. Modern studies proclaim that the cure for our headlong rush to productivity lies among the foliage, amid a hundred shades of greenery. Luckily, Kitsap County is replete with Nature’s sanctuaries, large and small, from the Hansville area up north, to the far southern reaches. In this we are truly blessed. Wherever you live, there’s a forest refuge not far away. Today I’m walking among tall, commanding
KITSAP, NATURALLY By NANCY SEFTON evergreens, trying to jettison negative thoughts and let my surroundings take charge of my brain. “Hmmm…pretty moss… golden yellow; how striking beside those bluegreen leaves! Narrow, twisty little creek… I love those gurgling sounds. Where does the water end up? That rotting stump… I wonder if birds are nesting inside? Ooops! Rustling in the ferns… a rabbit? possum? Critters watching me from their hideaways! Are they poking fun at my hat?”
If you can fixate on the colors, patterns, smells, textures, and sounds of the forest, you’re immersed in a popular Japanese tradition, “shinrin-yoku,” which translates as forest bathing, i.e. immersion in Nature. Studies show it decreases blood pressure, heart rate and stress; in short, you just feel better, mentally. One famous Stanford study used brain scans and questionnaires to test human volunteers, before and after a forest trek. The participants’ green experience had a noticeable effect: fewer negative thoughts, the kind that lead to depression. Time to bring up gardening. Did you know that gardeners, on average, weigh less, are less likely to be depressed, and have greater self-esteem? One more thing: if you have room to include a few veggies (without using pesticides), all the better for your mental and physical health.
What about pets? It’s been shown that besides the emotional support they provide, especially in trying times, walking the dog(s) has benefits too, especially in a green setting. Interestingly, dog owners have a one-third lower risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. If you’re dog-less, offer to walk the neighbor’s pet once in awhile, and see if your overall health improves. The great naturalist John Muir called us “America’s tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people.” He’d be gratified to know that Nature is the new “Vitamin N,” a mind medicine with no side effects. Further, it’s free and there’s no prescription necessary. Once in awhile, let yourself experience natural history overload. How lucky we are that in Kitsap County, pavement is the exception; greenery is the rule. See you on the trail!
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The elephant Rehashing boater safety around the ferries in the room FERRY FARE Size matters
This column is about making smart and responsible choices with the future in mind. My approach to selecting topics reveals my conviction that changing how we think and improving the human-made systems we have in place is key to supporting more beneficial outcomes. We’ve probably all heard the old parable about three blind men standing near the same elephant but each touching a different part of the animal. No surprise they draw three different conclusions about what it is that’s in front of them. The point of that story is that we humans have a strong tendency to claim truth based on our limited, By BETH BERGLUND subjective experience while not valuing other people’s limited, subjective experiences which may be equally true and equally incomplete. Were those blind men who misidentified the elephant lying? Are they telling the truth? The answer depends on what meaning you give the terms. In a 1985 “On Language” article pubBiased news has lished in the New York Times entitled “What gained a strong Lie Implies,” columnist foothold probably William Safire explored whether a lie was because research merely an untruth, or indicates that many, a falsehood, told with intent. His maybe even most malicious semantic judgment was of us don’t want that “to most people, not to all, the the truth, we want although word lie embraces the our personal beliefs meaning of ‘deliberate.’” I personally use confirmed. “lie” exclusively when I perceive there is an intent to deceive with malice. Without malice, I am more inclined to choose words like misinformed, confused, biased and misunderstood. Intentional false claims are the ever growing and destructive part of our media ecosystem. A subset of false claims is what we call “fake news” which is not news at all, it’s messaging designed to deceive or manipulate the readers, often to support a political agenda. Satire in contrast is transparent and uses irony and humor to entertain and influence, rather than to deceive or manipulate. Biased news has gained a strong foothold probably because research indicates that many, maybe even most of us don’t want the truth, we want our personal beliefs confirmed. Unlike fake news, biased media is intrinsic to some degree because a human with their own subjective experience is involved — remember the elephant. Consuming biased news doesn’t necessarily represent the risk to the stability of our democracy or the fabric of society that fake news does, if we temper its impact and remain aware of both our individual selection and confirmation biases. In order to create the better world we each want, I challenge myself and us all to be as clear as we can be about the nature of the media we are consuming regularly and why. Are my eyes open to what is fact, biased, and opinion? Do I keep out the fake sources that rely on my clicks and forwards? Do my choices of media take an honest and well-intentioned approach to informing me in a way that contributes to me being a better citizen? Let’s start making good choices for the future today.
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Five whistle blasts are a ferry’s cheery “hello”… it means we’re in danger. The cartoon’s “Law By WALT of Gross Tonnage” doesn’t come from ELLIOTT jurisprudence. It’s Newton’s first law: objects in motion (a ferry) stays in motion until another force (another boat) acts upon it. Without a crunch to slow it down, a ferry takes 60 seconds and two ferryboat lengths to stop. While Newton’s law won’t hold up in court, if we ignore it we won’t be there to hear the verdict.
Awareness Capt. John Tullis (WSF retired) shared some wisdom on how boaters can avoid getting tangled up with ferries. The cardinal rule is “situational awareness.” That means paying attention to what the boats around you are doing and using common sense. Knowing the Rules of the Road is important but also remember: they’re written for situations when two boats meet. On the cove in summer lots of boats may be coming together, so we simply have to do our level best to stay out of each other’s way. Up in the ferry’s pilothouse, with its height above the water and spe-
Letter Olds’ climate change claims are reminiscent of Chicken Little Marylin Olds boldly states we are in a sixth mass extinction event in her June opinion column. The last five occurred over the last 540 million years. In this latest “the sky is falling” cry, we’re now told that over half of the higher life forms on the planet will be extinct by 2100. Previous mass extinctions coincided with cyclical ice ages. Generally, we have about 90,000 years of ice followed by 10,000 to 15,000 years of warming. Our current warming period has lasted about 11,000 years. What is most disturbing is the incessant doom and gloom and end of the world rhetoric that continues
cialized electronics, they can assess the situation and head for the safest path. That may mean turning towards you to avoid a boat you can’t see. When we’re around ferries we need to be predictable. If changing course, make it obvious and keep moving. To quote one skipper: “When you’re not moving, I don’t know what’s going through your mind.”
Visibility If you’re so close to a ferry that you can’t see the pilot house, then they can’t see you. That’s inside of about 50 feet, or under the ferry dock. Every year paddle boards, canoes,
to be spewed upon us. Even worse, instead of honest debate on the science, it’s claimed the science is settled and anyone who disagrees is akin to those who deny the holocaust happened. During my life, I have experienced this same trepidation, over and over. I was told we were entering the next ice age, then the rain forests were disappearing, then it was acid rain, then nuclear winters, ocean acidification, then the ozone was being destroyed, then it was global warming because of man made impacts. We were assured by scientists that we would have 50 million climate refugees from rising sea levels by 1990 then bumped to 2000 then to 2010 then to 2020 and now bumped to 2035. Instead, we show population increases in each and every area that was predicted to be uninhabitable. None of these have materialized despite the fact we were assured that science had
or kayaks under a ferry dock get flipped or pinned to a piling by a ferryboat’s propwash, which is like class III whitewater. If you do go near the dock take a ferry schedule with you. If you hear one long whistle blast followed by two short ones, a ferry’s about to land and it’s time to skedaddle!
Security zones When a ferry’s at the dock, boats are required to stay at least 25 yards away. Recently two Mukilteo runs were cancelled for a dock inspection after a suspicious kayak skulked under it. When See FERRIES, Page — 5
reached “consensus” on each. It’s only when we investigate despite consensus, that we find the earth is not flat or the center of the universe. Recently, a few rebel scientists debunked the consensus on eugenics, phrenology and many, many others. I’d like to ask just one question: the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has asked for $170 trillion to, reduce climate temperatures by less than one degree Fahrenheit by 2100. Do you think that’s a wise investment? I would rather prepare for the coming cold than saddle our grandchildren with insurmountable debt and nothing to show for it. The road to saving the planet is paved with investigation, looking at ALL the science, reasoning and common sense responses to verified conclusions. I’ve never been impressed with Chicken Little. JOSEPH SANFORD, JR. Kingston
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Continued from page 4 the ferry’s underway its security zone goes out to 500 yards. If you get closer than that, minimize your speed and contact the ferry or the Coast Guard on the radio, channel 13 (preferred) or 16.
Maneuvering room Think of small boats as gazelles running around the feet of elephants. Ferries need a clear run going into and coming out of the dock. Try to give them a half mile, or about halfway across the Cove. Avoid putting down fishing gear on the ferry track to and from Edmonds. These are on the charts and legally you can’t fish within a one-quarter mile of them. While vessels engaged in fishing have right of way, that rule applies only to boats such as trawlers with nets, not to recreational fishermen. While sailboats also have the right of way, tacking in front of a ferry would violate Rule 2, (good seamanship) as well as the security zones. If you’re racing that may get you a penalty.
Bottom line You probably knew all this, but still it’s a reminder that may keep us from hearing the question: “Honey, why are you trying to kill us?” The July and August Ferry Advisory Committee meetings have been cancelled.
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Where to watch fireworks this Fourth of July If you’re craving colorful explosions in the night sky this Fourth of July, but feel like leaving the big booms to the professionals, be sure to check out one of Kitsap’s multiple pyrotechnic displays slated for the week ahead.
June 29 Bremerton Bridge Blast, for more information visit bremertonbridgeblast.com
July 3 Fireworks over Liberty Bay in Poulsbo, for more information visit vikingfest.org
July 4 Kingston Fourth of July Celebration, for more information visit kingston4thofjuly.com Wave Grand Fireworks Show over Sinclair Inlet in Port Orchard, for more information visit fathoms offun.org Clearwater Casino Fourth of July, for more information visit clearwatercasino.com/events/
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Book it. The 13th annual Swing for Rotary Golf Tournament is in the books. The tournament has been staged every year at White Horse Golf Club. Kingston North Kitsap Rotarian Nancy Martin tells of the first year, 2007, when the tournament was almost cancelled before it began, because White Horse was not yet “officially” open. Only through contacts at the county were Nancy and others able to secure the final permit that allowed the first tournament to take place. Now, thirteen years later, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised by the tournament in support of the causes of Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club. This year’s event saw fewer golfers than in years past, but enthusiasm was
clearly not in decline. On a crystal clear Friday afternoon, the shotgun was fired at precisely one o’clock commencing action on the course. Action off the course continued throughout the afternoon with silent auction bidders upping the ante on an array of dozens of silent items sponsored by the Point Casino and Hotel. Following golf, cocktails flowed, dinner was served, a live auction commenced, paddles were raised, and prizes were awarded. More than $14,000 was raised for the kids of North Kitsap by generous golfers and guests. Beneficiaries will be Kingston area schools,
North Kitsap’s Food4Kids program, Kitsap Homes of Compassion and more. Total proceeds from the tournament were $35,000, all of which the Rotary Club puts to good use in the North Kitsap community. A highlight of this year’s event was the putting contest sponsored by Windermere Real Estate - Catherine Arlen, and the putting jackpot sponsored by Liberty Bay Auto. Dozens of golfers tried their stroke on a fifty foot uphill, sideways, downhill putt to qualify to try to sink the jackpot putt for $10k. Two drilled the fifty-footer. The qualifier for See ROTARY, Page 8
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Commission moves forward with ferry fare increases By TYLER SHUEY Kitsap News Group
The Washington State Transportation Commission agreed to move forward with ferry fare and policy change proposals from Washington State Ferries on June 19, the proposals will now receive public comment through the end of July until the final hearing on Aug. 6. The proposals passed by the commission included a general fare increase, increase of passenger and vehicle fares and implementation of a capital surcharge. All proposals were passed unanimously by WSTC
except for one item related to reservation no-show fees, which passed 6-1, with the lone opposition vote coming from Commissioner Roy Jennings.
Individual Proposals The proposed general fare increases would provide additional revenue to allow for lower general fare increases and the spreading of vehicle and passenger fares, according to WSF’s senior planning manager, Ray Deardorf. Included as part of the increases would be a raise to passenger fares of 2 percent while vehicle fares would increase by 2.5 percent. The
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construction or other costs to make it easier to continue construction on subsequent vessels. The next proposal presented by Deardorf and WSF was an international market screen, which would increase oversize vehicle fares by 5 percent each year, in excess of the general fare increase to better align with competitors’ oversize vehicle fares. Analysis by WSF showed that increasing the oversize vehicle fare by five percent each year is estimated to generate additional revenue of $28,000 to $40,000 over the biennium. A low income fare pilot program could start no earlier than 2020 and would offer low-income fare on any ferry route eligible riders. If implemented, WSF would provide,
at a minimum, biannual updates to the transportation commission on the pilot, which would conclude no longer than three years after its implementation. The lone proposal that did not pass unanimously was related to reservation no-show fees. WSF wrote “Where it is operationally necessary, a reservation no-show fee may be used in lieu of a deposit. The no-show fee will be limited to 25 to 100 percent of the applicable 14’ to under 22’ standard vehicle fare and will be charged if the customer does not travel within the same service day as their reserved sailing, provided there are no service disruptions.” A disability charge would allow for passengers age 65
and over half-fare passenger toll on any route. In addition, people with disabilities who require attendant care will travel free if documentation is provided.
Next Step The commission will hold a final hearing on the proposed ferry fare and policy changes Aug. 6 at 10 a.m. in the Puget Sound Regional Council Board Room in Seattle. Public comments gathered through July will be taken into consideration and those in attendance will have the opportunity to testify at the hearing before the commission takes final action. Tyler Shuey is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. He can be reached at tshuey@ soundpublishing.com.
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Initiative brings farms and food banks closer
SHARENET & YOU By MARK INCE When Full Tilth Farm or Roots Farm drop off fresh, out-of-the-earth produce to ShareNet, everyone smiles because the produce is beautiful and everyone wins, because good food is the likeliest means to good health. These deliveries were brokered by Farm to Food Pantry (F2FP), a dream match initiative helping both locals facing food insecurity and local small farmers. Even with our own purchasing, fantastic support from Kingston’s Giving Garden, Poulsbo Lions Firehouse Garden, and home gardener donors, ShareNet struggles to have
enough fresh produce to make that category the biggest part of what we distribute. F2FP is a partnership between WSDA, Rotary First Harvest, and local leads, in our case the Kitsap Conservation District (KCD), now operating in 21 counties across Washington. For every dollar invested, five pounds of produce was received by food banks to distribute. Now in its sixth year, F2FP first came to Kitsap through the efforts of KCD’s Diane Fish. WSDA recognized that Kitsap already had a certain amount of infrastructure around garden and gleaning efforts, likely making it an effective participant in F2FP. As poverty levels and need in the community were also taken into consideration, KCD was a natural fit, working with both the Agricultural and Emergency Food sectors. F2FP has already garnered “national recognition as a unique model of state agency leadership that jointly benefits the agricultural community and meets the
nutritional needs of lower-income people,” according to Nichole Garden of WSDA. While WSDA has provided funding and tools, KCD has identified farmers, established purchasing contracts, coordinated deliveries, and reported results. “The concept for F2FP was originally developed after a series of post-harvest conversations with growers across the state, focused on strategies to engage small to mid-size farmers in hunger relief efforts,” according to Garden. While farmers wanted to help, many struggle themselves. A small infusion of cash at the beginning of the season, such as that provided through F2FP, can make a critical difference in a farmer’s success. In 2018, almost $80,000 was paid to 67 participating farmers, and 84% of them reported some financial benefit in being part of F2FP. F2FP allows flexibility in how lead agencies and food banks contract with local farmers. The wholesale method commits a specified dollar amount to pur-
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chase unspecified produce determined later based on production success. Precontracting specifies type, quantity, and cost as the season begins. Post-harvest commits funding at outset, but the food bank pays for it later. For many small farmers, F2FP has been their first test of wholesale marketing. Funding for F2FP comes out of the state Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) budget. All lead agencies are asked to leverage their WSDA grant to obtain at least $500 in matching funds. Despite having demonstrated its benefits to food bank clients and farmers alike, the ini-
tiative is not yet sustainable solely within government operations. As its funding future remains to be seen, the program vision for F2FP at six years in becomes ever clearer, says Garden. WSDA envisions a phased development model in each county, where maximum funding is provided for the first two seasons with a local community matching requirement for startup. The next two seasons would operate with slightly reduced funding but an increased community match. State funding would decline as the local community becomes invested in sustaining more of the operational costs. A direct state budget request is being explored. Since lead agencies know
local needs best, F2FP has kept the purchasing power at their discretion. In 2018 over 65,000 pounds of produce was purchased for food banks at an average of $1.20 per pound, a real bargain. Over 100,000 additional pounds were donated out of the relationships forged between food banks and farmers, reducing the average cost to an incredible $0.46 per pound. 2019 saw the addition of Grays Harbor and Spokane Counties as well as Kitsap. As a participating food bank, we are grateful for F2FP’s vision in brokering the best kind of public/ private partnership, an arrangement which brings growers and providers closer, and great food and health closer to low income consumers.
Continued from page 5 the $10,000 putt missed. Our country’s celebration of Independence is just around the corner. Lace up those sneakers and get set to start your celebration with a Fun Run. It’s the Kingston Annual Fourth of July 5k, 10k, 1-mile, and Doggy Dash event co-sponsored by Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club and the Kingston High A contestant in the Swing for Rotary putting School Athletic Booster Club. Registration online at databarevents. contest takes a crack at the chance to win a com/kingston4th. $10,000 prize. Photo courtesy Ron Carter
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Things heating up this summer in Port Gamble
PORTGAMBLE GAZETTE By PETE ORBEA
Summer Faire opens We are pleased to announce that the family-fun event will be taking place on Sunday, Aug. 11, from noon to 5 p.m. Port Gamble Summer Faire boasts a funfilled afternoon of activities, shopping, live music and an arts and crafts fair. We even have some interesting animals coming out including Raptors from the West Sound Wildlife Shelter, and pets from the local shelter Rescue Every Dog. Find all of the details at portgamble. com/summerfaire.
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raptors: barred owls, a red-tail hawk, an American kestrel, a peregrine falcon, and a turkey vulture. All of these wildlife ambassadors are well known for inspiring and engaging adults and children alike! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about common raptors of the Pacific Northwest and their habitats in the beautiful setting of the Port Gamble Hood Canal Vista Pavilion. While you are visiting the raptors and Summer Faire, add a side trip with a short trail walk and see the Shelter’s future home! For details about the West Sound Wildlife Shelter, visit westsoundwildlife.org.
‘Cheaper by the Dozen’ opens in July
Suppose you’re an attractive high-school girl and you’re not only a member of a large and unique family but your father is, in fact, one of the great pioneers of industrial efficiency. Then suppose he decides, for no apparent reason, to apply his unorthodox methods to you and to the rest of your big family. The results are terribly embarrassing, funny and
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Tails wagging for Muddy Paw Dog Agility Trials In Port Gamble, we love our furry family members and are very excited about the North American Dog Agility council sanc-
tioned agility trial hosted by MudPack July 13-4. Spectators are welcome for a weekend of obstacle courses and furry friends at the Port Gamble baseball field area. The baseball field is located on the west side of Port Gamble just as you head out of town towards the Hood Canal Bridge.
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The staff at Port Gamble would like to wish you all a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday. Please remember that fireworks are not allowed in Port Gamble, the old mill site, or the Port Gamble Uplands/Trailhead. If you have any questions,
you can contact the town management office at 360297-7251.
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Summertime and the living is fun “You can get up close to cars representing every decade, talk to the owners, and picnic on the grass,” says event organizer Bob Bennion. Some recent highlights, says Bennion: “We had a traditional London taxi, a few great Cobras and Ford Broncos, thirties’ hotrods, and a bunch of orphans—cars no longer in production, like the AMX Javelin and the British Hillman station wagon.” I saw everyone’s favorite, a blue and white ’57 Chevy with its flashy fins. There was even a ’57 Chevy wagon. Both cars are now prized by collectors, although they didn’t sell well at the time. Be sure to try the delicious barbecue lunch: your
HANSVILLE HAPPENINGS By ANNETTE WRIGHT The mountains are out and so is the sun! Time to enjoy Hansville’s two annual open-air events. Remember, all you need for a week’s worth of vitamin D is 15 to 20 minutes in the sunshine. Picnic and vintage cars at Buck Lake An impressive collection of at least 100 vintage cars and other cool wheels drive onto the field at Buck Lake County Park each July for the Greater Hansville Community Center’s Annual Show ’N’ Shine Car Show & Picnic.
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The Greater Hansville Community Center will be hosting its annual Show ’N’ Shine Car Show & Picnic on June 14. Photo courtesy of Annette Wright on this self-guided tour: a large estate with spectacular ﬂower beds, a sweet miniature garden, and unique outbuildings and garden art. A high bank garden with a gorgeous eastern water view and paths leading through a lush landscape of very special trees and shrubs. A fabulous quartet of neighboring gardens, a small front garden with
big ideas, and another with stunning views of Hood Canal and the Olympics and interesting mature plantings. Tour 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Several of the properties are quite large, so allow plenty of time. At several gardens you’ll find local artists presenting their work for purchase. Tickets are $20
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On July 12 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. the Village Green Community Center will host its monthly free community meal. The July 12 meal will be prepared and co-hosted by the Village Green Pickelball Players together with North Kitsap Fire & Rescue. Organizers for the meal say folks should spread the word, so as to ensure that people who are having difficulty stretching their food budgets get the details. Everyone who would like to enjoy
a home cooked, hot meal in the company of community friends and neighbors is invited and welcome to join. Activities include an open gym and board games after dinner for folks who want to make the free meal a part of their weekend’s entertainment. The meal is free, if anyone wishes to give back, a donation jar is available. The Village Green Community Center is located at 26159 Dulay Rd NE, in Kingston.
By LEIGH ANN WINTEROWD Each year the Kingston branch of Kitsap Regional Library hosts two outdoor summer concerts as part of our Summer Learning program (krl.org/sum-
mer). Bring lawn chairs, pack a picnic and enjoy the show! June 24, 6–7 p.m.: Japanese Taiko Drumming at the Village Green Picnic Pavilion A Japanese music program combining the cool and dynamic sound of Taiko drums and the emotional sound of Japanese flutes, provides the audience with a pleasant
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other events to support children in the Greater Kingston area. To accomplish all its work with and in support of “kids,” Kiwanis relies on the support of the community with its major fundraising efforts. On June 8, 2019, the club hosted its sixth Benefit Concert and Brew Fest. The beautiful weather, fine music by the Lee Pence Trio, the Relics and the Dan and Liam Duo and contributions of the local breweries made for a very successful event. Folks enjoyed the food booths too, especially Argensal and Westside Pizza. Thank you to all the community members who came out to contribute. A highlight of summer for many Kingston
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Continued from page 11 globally for over 30 years. The infectious sounds are exciting to listen to and conducive to dancing. Upcoming Kingston branch events July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 10:30–11 a.m.: Family Storytime July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - 1–1:30 p.m.: Baby Storytime July 8, 10–11 a.m.: Kingston Friends of the Library Meeting July 8, 6–7 p.m. Anzanga Marimba Ensemble July 9, 6–7 p.m.: Painted Rock Garden Markers July 10, 10–11:30 a.m.: Kingston Morning Book Group: “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr July 10, 3:30–5 p.m.: Lego Club July 11, 1–2:30 p.m.: Genealogy Table Talk July 11, 3:30–4 p.m.: Family Storytime July 13, 1–3 p.m.: Meet the Author: Jennifer Pharr Davis July 13, 2:30–3:30 p.m.: Urban Trails: Carpenter Lake July 15, 6:30–7:30 p.m.:
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on, wrapped and ready for freezing • Enjoying a salmon dinner at the Village Green (Sept. 7, 2019) • Purchasing raffle tickets for a Holland America cruise to Alaska or any of their North American cruises. Look for tickets and information about the Slam all summer long at the Kingston Farmer’s Market and at summer concerts. Kingston Kiwanis is also preparing for the Fourth of July parade, featuring Kiwanian of the Year Judy Snell. Members will also be found working the Tiny Town kids’ booths at the Village Green. Community members are invited to join Kiwanians as service providers and by becoming a member. Join us any Thursday at 7 a.m. at the Village Green Community Center. gram visit krl.org/summer. Little Boston branch events July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 - 10:30–11:00 a.m.: Family Storytime July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 2:30–3:30 p.m.: Crafternoon July 3 - 1–2 p.m.: Book Group: “Warlight” by Michael Ondaatje July 10 - 10 a.m.–noon: Burke Mobile MiniMuseum: Living Traditions July 16 - 1–2 p.m.: Genealogy Table Talk July 17 - 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Rhythms of India For more information call 360-297-2670 or visit us on line at www.krl.org.
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Juli Inkster cruises to victory at Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup By Mark Krulish Kitsap News Group
KINGSTON — Juli Inkster made a difficult course look easy June 7-8 at the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup. The LPGA and World Golf Hall-of-Famer followed up a course record 8-under 65 on day one with a 7-under 66 on day two at White Horse Golf Club to
capture the victory in the LPGA Legends Tour event by four strokes. After sinking a birdie putt from about ten feet on 16, Inkster pumped her fist in celebration, knowing she had moved three strokes ahead with just two holes remaining. “I played pretty conservative, I tried to take advantage of the par 5’s,” Inkster
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said. “I played steady for 36 holes, it was nice.” Inkster followed a similar script on both days. On day one, she split eight birdies evenly between the front nine and back nine and then started day two with four more birdies on the front nine. White Horse is known to be a tough course, but Inkster wasn’t fazed. “You definitely have to hit the fairway,” Inkster said. “It’s a second shot course, you have to get some good iron shots in there.” The Pacific Northwest has been kind to Inkster, who also works as a golf commentator for Fox Sports. She won her very first LPGA Tour event at the Safeco Classic in 1983, beating future World Golf Hallof-Famer Kathy Whitworth at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent. 36 years later, she still enjoys golfing in the northwest and is eager to return to White Horse Golf Club in 2020. “I’m looking forward to coming back,” Inkster said. Michele Redman, an Ohio native and former LPGA Tour golfer, was hot on her heels for much of day two after getting off to a fast
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start. Redman sunk birdie putts on two of the first three holes and jumping up further on the leaderboard with an eagle on the par 5 eighth hole. Back-to-back birdies on nine and ten put her within one stroke with eight holes to play. Redman ended up parring the rest of the way to finish at 11-under. “I’m a little more practiced this year because we had the open a couple weeks ago,” Redman said. “That really is the biggest
difference for me.” Moira Dunn-Bohls was paired up with Inkster on Saturday, and if not for a couple of poor shots on five, Dunn-Bohls could have been right in the thick of things. Dunn-Bohls put her tee shot into some deep rough on the right-hand side of the fairway. From there she sent the ball across the course and into the out-of-bounds area for a penalty stroke. She ended up with a double-bogey on the hole, drop-
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Legends Tour takes leap forward in 2nd year
SPORTSVIEW By MARK KRULISH The Safeco Classic was once the premier golf event in the Pacific Northwest. From 1982 to 1999, the best female golfers in the world stepped up to the tee boxes at Meridian Valley in Kent and delivered a good show to a golf-mad region. By the end of its run, the tournament was the only annual stop in the region, though about six years later, the GTE Northwest Classic was resurrected as the Boeing Classic and held at Snoqualmie Ridge. Only occasionally has the area been in the national spotlight since then. The 2015 U.S. Open was held at Chambers Bay — some unseasonable 90-degree weather contributed to problems
with the greens — and Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish played host to the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in 2016. The success of those tournaments has demonstrated the demand for high-level golf here, and the players love coming here to play in our temperate climate. Even with the Boeing Classic around, there is certainly room for another annual event. The LPGA Legends Tour has taken a step toward filling that void. This year, White Horse Golf Club in Kingston played host for a second time to the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup, a tournament that features a number of players who used to participate in the Safeco Classic, including four winners — Juli Inkster, Joanne Carner, Jan Stephenson and Maria Hjorth McBride. “You have to have the stability of years and years and years to build up a following,” said Bruce Christy, the director of golf at White Horse Golf Club. “You can’t just say, ‘Well, we’re going to go to White Horse for
two years, and then we’re going to go to Overlake for two years,’ because then the fans are like, ‘Where am I going?’” The good news is the event is returning for at least one more year, and there is certainly a case to be made for making it a permanent stop. For one, the access is incredible. There are no ropes, few restrictions and fans are able to get a little closer — within reason, of course — than they otherwise might at another event. It makes for a more intimate experience. The players have consistently said the course is topnotch. Inkster, a World Golf Hall-of-Famer, the captain of the U.S. Solheim Cup team and a commentator for Fox Sports, knows a thing or two about golf courses. Over her 30-year career, Inkster has played at golf courses all over the world. “The course was in awesome shape, all the ladies raved about how good a shape it’s in,” Inkster said. “It’s really a fun course to play.” White Horse has steadi-
ly improved since the Suquamish Tribe rescued it in 2010. The redesign left intact its difficulty while making it more fun and playable for the average golfer. It might not have any bells and whistles that sometimes accompany more well-known courses — no island greens, high hilltops or uphill shots or deep bunkers that feel like bottomless pits — but its huge trees and views of the Olympic Mountains make for a spectacular backdrop during your round. “This is a true Northwest test,” Christy said. Word-of-mouth does seem to be spreading. The crowd was noticeably bigger this year when Inkster and Moira DunnBohls came down the 18th fairway. About 200 people were crowded around the fringe or watched from the deck of the clubhouse, and I think there is even more room for improvement. Getting some of the bigger eligible names to come out for the tournament, such as Nancy Lopez, Patty Sheehan and Annika Sorenstam, are obvious
Juli Inkster, the winner of the 2019 Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup is presented with the trophy and check by Irene Carper, COO of Port Madison Enterprises, Miss Chief Seattle Days Cassady Jackson and Suquamish Tribe Chairman Leonard Forsman. Mark Krulish / Kitsap News Group moves but more local outreach would also be a positive step. Every West Sound high school has a boys and girls golf team, and all but one play in the spring. It shouldn’t be too hard to find a way to get the golfers and their families to attend. Perhaps the top local players could take part in an amateur tournament the weekend before to win a slot in the professional tournament. How about getting the state champions from each classification to be a part of the pro-am? It could expand the reach of the tournament to central and eastern
Washington and get more folks coming in from those areas. A unique opportunity has presented itself. Kitsap doesn’t have much in the way of sporting events in the summer with the Bluejackets and the Pumas now gone. A county of 260,000 and a heck of a lot more people just a ferry ride away should be able to sustain at least one largescale tournament like this. Let’s hope it continues to grow in 2020. Mark Krulish reports on sports for the Kitsap News Group. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
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