Breaking ground for youth

About 180 people took shelter in the old East (Bremerton) High gymnasium for an event that necessarily has its highlight outside.

It was a groundbreaking for the Youth Wellness Center, in particular the teen center for the Boys & Girls Club and the Lindquist Dental Clinic.

Those are expected to be built and ready next fall. A wellness center, kitchen and marketplace are expected to be built by 2014.

Norm Dicks and Derek Kilmer were on hand to speak, as was Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent.

The golden shovels were ready outside. If anyone complained about the weather I didn’t hear it. If nothing else it made the ground softer for digging.

Dicks told of playing for West in the old gym. He says he hit the game-tying shot. Any fact checkers out there?

Dicks also said he was able to get one of the last earmarks for the Wellness Center site. “It was not a big one, ” he said.

SIDE NOTE: I love this gym. Our photographers hate the lighting in there. Having never taken a photo from inside there before today I knew it probably had to be a challenge. Now, using the panorama feature on my phone, I get my first firsthand experience.

Still, what a beautiful interior, odd lighting and all.

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