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One vision for new Silverdale library

Brynn writes:

Wednesday night architect Steve Rice unveiled his vision for a new library in Silverdale.

At the request of the Kitsap Regional Library, Rice has been working for two years on a design for a new library. First he was tasked with creating concept for a library around 17,000 square feet (roughly the same size as the Sylvan Way library). That’s back when KRL asked voters to approve a levy increase that would in part help pay for the construction of new libraries in Silverdale and Kingston.

When that measure failed, the library board went back to the drawing board for how it could expand the current Silverdale facility, which has been a desire of the library system and the community since 1998. Ultimately the board agreed to enter into an agreement with the county that would include hiring a consultant to conduct a feasibility study. (See my story from Dec. 12 for more details on the agreement).

The purpose of the study will be to gauge how much the community is willing to contribute to a capital campaign to build a new library in Silverdale. It will also survey the constituency to determine whether people support building a new library, or if they’d rather see KRL move into a larger, existing space in Silverdale.

While I’ve reported it repeatedly, it seems some people still think to build this library KRL will be increasing taxes. KRL will not ask for a levy increase, or increase taxes to build a new Silverdale library. However much the community says it’s willing to donate to the cause will be what KRL uses to fund its expansion. (The model will be similar to the one used to build the Haselwood Family YMCA — $12 million in public donations was raised to help build the facility).

If the community determines it would prefer to see a new facility built, KRL board members have said they’d like to see the facility built on the Central Kitsap Community Campus, where the YMCA currently stands. The Y was the first phase of the campus. The second phase will be the addition of a new library (assuming that’s what the community wants) and potentially the addition of a performing arts center.

Previously there was talk that a new library would be located where the Silverdale Community Center now stands. The idea was the building would be built into the hill — the community center would be torn down to make room. But during Wednesday’s presentation, Rice offered a new location for the proposed building.

At 8,000 to 10,000 square feet, Rice envisions the new library to again be built into the hill, but this time located in the southwest southeast corner of the campus site, directly across the grassy area from the YMCA. Here’s a couple architectural drawings from his presentation.

The first depiction shows a side view of the library, facing southwest, featuring the main entrance to the library on street level to the left, the view of a proposed gallery space and the entrance from the grass area — or village commons — to the right. While the building is proposed to be one story, there is an upper floor space for a community meeting room with views over Silverdale Way toward Dyes Inlet.

The second depiction shows the view looking from the second floor of the YMCA above the front door looking down the village commons toward the library. The entrance to the library from the commons is visible, and so is the back of the library, which Rice proposed would offer a presentation space facing the commons.

As I reported in my story, Rice proposed making the village commons/grass area more appealing to the public by adding walkway features, rose gardens and an outdoor amphitheater space that would be attached to the library building.

One of the big questions about this location though is parking. The building would eliminate 24 parking spaces to fit into the campus design, and wouldn’t add any parking. It wasn’t financially feasible to add an underground parking garage, Rice said.

Already parking is often filled on the campus site because of the heavy use of the YMCA, and many people at Wednesday’s meeting questioned how the site could handle more use with library patrons. County Commissioner Josh Brown said eventually a parking garage would have to be added to the 12-acre site, which has been the intention all along. The question is, who will be responsible for building (and paying) for it?

If the library locates on the campus a study will be done to determine the library’s peak hours and the YMCA’s peak hours. Programs would then be planned around those peak times, to try and minimize the parking problems, Brown said.

Obviously parking will be a big issue on this site until more can be added, and that’s something KRL board members and Kitsap County officials will have to address if they proceed with building a new library on site.


Wells Fargo account established for Patrick Warga

Brynn writes:

My story on Bainbridge Island resident Patrick Warga ran in today’s paper and online, but information regarding the Wells Fargo bank account that was being set up to help his family was still unknown at the time of publication.

I’ve since been contacted by neighbor Trevor Ziemba, who said the account is up and running. Donations to help the family can now be made at any Wells Fargo bank under the “Patrick Warga Memorial Fund.”

For those unfamiliar with the story, Warga, 46, was a tugboat captain with Foss Maritime. He was working in Tampico, Mexico on Christmas and went with a shipmate to a Christmas Eve service in town. The two stayed at a hotel overnight because it was unsafe to return to the shipyard after dark. Warga went to get tea the next morning before returning to the ship and was robbed and brutally beaten, supposedly by a 20-year-old man who has since been arrested, according to local news reports out of Mexico.

Warga was taken to a local hospital and then flown to a hospital in San Diego on Dec. 26. His family flew down to say goodbye and he died Tuesday night.

He leaves behind wife Kelly and three children, including son Adam who is set to graduate high school in 2012.

The Nate Berkus Show to feature Big Valley light display

Brynn writes:

They graced the front page of the Kitsap Sun Saturday and now Poulsbo homeowners Ron Comin and Matthew Woorden are going to be gracing the big screen (well how big depends on the size of your television).

The Poulsbo couple that devote 1,500 hours a year to their Christmas light display at 26730 Big Valley Road are to be featured tomorrow (Wednesday) on The Nate Berkus Show. The show airs on Kong (Channel 6 at my house) at 6 p.m.

The show recently filmed the lighted display that boasts 62,000 lights spanning more than 4 miles when stretched out, and a classic display of handmade holiday spirit. Comin, a self-employed architect, created the design that follows the couple’s natural landscape. He also built the scaled down North Pole village and the mechanisms that move Santa and Mrs. Claus and Head Elf Sam. Woorden, an interior designer, sewed the bodies of the figures.

Their hard work will receive air time on the show which offers advice to viewers on everything from DIY projects around the house to interior design tips to fashion advice and recipes. A design expert, Berkus quickly rose to fame after Oprah Winfrey regularly featured him on her show. He hosted his own show on Oprah Radio and is now the host of The Nate Berkus Show, a syndicated decorating show.

For more information on Comin and Woorden’s light display, or to see the hours its open for visitors visit their website:

For more information on The Nate Berkus Show, visit the website.

Exploring paranormal activity

Brynn writes:

Just in time for Halloween I’ve got answers to frequently asked questions about the paranormal.  I was given the questions and answers by Neil McNeill, a researcher and educator of paranormal studies. He was in Port Gamble this weekend for the second annual Ghost Conference.

He and a panel of other paranormal experts (he says “expert” isn’t the best way to describe them, but it’s the best descriptor I can come up with) were at the conference to answer people’s questions about the paranormal and to teach them about gathering information at sites known for paranormal activity.

Some might be quick to dismiss this whole idea of spirits, ghosts, or the paranormal — hey,  I get it, I’m a journalist who was taught “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.” (By my own mother nonetheless). But I have to say, after sitting through the debriefing Sunday and hearing the panel of “experts” speak about their experiences and their knowledge, it was pretty fascinating.

I think what helps is, they get it, they know what Hollywood has done to most of us in mainstream America — we have been taught to believe at a young age that ghosts are somehow trapped here, or that they’re angry or want to haunt the living. But according to the “experts” that’s not necessarily the case.

Apparitions, as I learned they’re called, have free will — they can come and go as they want. They also don’t only come out at night, however it’s easier for those studying the paranormal to do their research at night because there is less external factors to deal with — like, cars and outside noise.

If you’re interested in learning more about the paranormal, here’ s a couple of websites to check out (these were recommended in the FAQ sheet) and

Click here for the FAQ of the Paranormal

Have you adopted your salmon yet?

Brynn writes:

Each year the Clear Creek Task Force holds an annual salmon adoption event to help raise money to pay for trail maintenance throughout the year.

A plain, wooden salmon is given to those who wish to “adopt” it, then they are asked to decorate the fish and return it for judging. The money spent on the adoption goes to the trail. If you’re thinking about adopting a salmon, the deadline to turn it in is Sept. 17.

Here’s the details from the Task Force:

Celebrate Clear Creek: Salmon Run Adoption Certificate

Salmon sponsors purchase artboard for $15, $25, or $25 for the “Catch-All” category. After decorating both sides of a salmon and naming it, the salmon art is donated back to Clear Creek for judging, awards and prizes. Vote for your favorite Salmon online at

Judges award first, second and other winners, award prizes and auction off Salmon Art at Celebrate Clear Creek on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Clear Creek Interpretive Center located off off Levin Road and Bucklin Hill Road.

Salmon run proceeds will benefit development and maintenance of the Clear Creek Trail system. Salmon can be picked up at the following locations: Old Town Custom Framing, 3255 NW Lowell St, Silverdale WA 98383, 360 698-1507; Clear Creek Interpretive Center, for times visit

For more information:

All entries must be returned by September 17, 3 p.m. to be eligible for auction and prizes.


Night beach seine planned for tomorrow

Looking for something to do tomorrow evening? Why not check out the first-ever night Beach Seine event, hosted by the Clear Creek Task Force.

Here’s the details:

What: Help pull a 100-foot fish net (seine) from shore and discover what and how many fish live in the waters at the northern most part of Dyes Inlet waiting to feed some salmon. Fish and other kinds of marine life from the Near Shore Habitat provide young salmon with their food and shelter for up to 2 years before they migrate out of Dyes Inlet. Paul Dorn, the Suquamish Tribes Salmon Recovery Coordinator, will work with us as we net, identify, measure, and record data from the beach seine. Our catch with data from other Kitsap Near Shore Habitats will help us understand more about this vital underwater habitat we rarely visit.

Where:  Old Mill Park, Silverdale
When:  Aug.16th, 5:45 p.m. ‘til 7:30 p.m.
Bring: Boots (hip or waders are best); gloves, a towel, rain gear, sunscreen.


Softball fundraiser planned

Brynn writes:

In case you missed it, we’ve got a North Kitsap Little League state championship team in our midst. I received an email today from one of the player’s mother letting me know that the Girls Big League Softball Team (an 18U team) beat out District 4 and 6 for the Big League win, which happened over the weekend in Vancouver, Wash.

According to the mother, the players have been together since they were about 6 years old. They even have the same coach from their beginning years as aspiring softball players. If you think about it, with all the activities and interests that pull our teenagers every direction these days, it’s pretty impressive that these young women, for the most part, have stayed together as a team for so long. That’s commitment not only to the sport, but also to each other.

With their recent win under their belts, the team hasn’t done too much celebrating. That’s because they’re scheduled to depart Monday for the regional championship in Palmdale, Calif. But before they go they’re hoping to raise some money to help cover some of the expenses incurred on their trip.

They’ve planned a fundraiser at Central Market for the weekend. They’ll be selling ice cream by donations only to help defray some of the costs of the trip (i.e. airfare, hotels, meals, etc.)

So if you’re at Central Market between 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday or Sunday and you see the team selling ice cream, tell them congrats, good luck and consider buying a cone if you’ve got a couple bucks to spare.

Congratulations ladies.

Calling all lavender lovers

Brynn writes:

Every summer Sequim turns into Washington’s destination for all things lavender. This summer is no different, but there are some changes to how this year’s annual Sequim Lavender Festival will run. And, there’s a second festival that’s planned for the same weekend that includes lavender farms that for the past 14 years were part of the Sequim Lavender Festival.

This year’s festival is planned for July 15-17. It will feature a self-guided driving tour of some of Sequim’s small lavender farms. The Sequim Lavender Farm Faire will also take place that weekend and will take over hosting the Lavender Farm Tour, which showcases the area’s large lavender farms. The farm faire also has a new event this year, Lavender in the Park, which will become the meeting place for people loading buses to tour the farms and a gathering place for people to purchase lavender items on sale.

Here’s some details on the day from a news release sent by the Sequim Lavender Farmer’s Association:

This is not your “usual faire” – it’s actually 7 festivals in one with more than 60 acres of lavender on 7 farms, more than 80,000 lavender plants in the ground, and 200,000 lavender plants for sale, plus crafts, food, beverages, music, family concerts, workshops, demonstrations, community groups, and more.

The depth and breadth of the Sequim lavender experience begins for locals and tourists alike with the LAVENDER FARM TOUR where farmers make their living growing lavender! These farms are the classic and beautiful destination farms of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley. Each farm, visually distinctive and reflecting the vision of its owners and the surrounding environment, is its own festival featuring U-pick lavender, workshops, demonstrations, landscape designers’ gardens, craft artists, music, food, beverages, and fields of lavender! The farms have plenty of free parking as well as shuttle bus service from Lavender in the Park. These legacy farms represent more than 100 years of lavender farming experience and set the standard world-wide for quality and fragrance.

The LAVENDER FARM TOUR hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday.  Farm Tour tickets provide unlimited admission, free parking at the farms, and free shuttle bus service from LAVENDER IN THE PARK. Advance tickets are $10 and are available at the Farms, at local ticket outlets, and online at Tickets during the weekend are $15 per person. Tickets for active duty military personnel and their dependents are $10 per person. There is no admission charge for children age 12 and under. New this year is our PASSPORT PROGRAM. Visit three or more farms plus LAVENDER IN THE PARK, get your passport stamped and be entered into a drawing for some great prizes.

LAVENDER IN THE PARK, located at Carrie Blake Park, will be a highlight of the lavender weekend. This beautiful and spacious park features the James Center Amphitheatre with great lawns and lovely gardens that provide a relaxing and open area for the entire family.

LAVENDER IN THE PARK includes premier lavender and lavender products from the members of the Sequim Lavender Farmers Association plus fine craft artisans, agricultural and rural life programs and demonstrations, international foods, Northwest wine and beer,  live music,  local nonprofit organizations, family programs, and more. The family concert on Friday night brings one of the Northwest’s finest Beatles tribute bands, Crème Tangerine, to the park; and Saturday night we host an American “Barn Dance” with Cort Armstrong. Olympic Gentle Paws provides our unique dog-sitting service so you can leave your dog in good hands while you visit the farms (dogs are not allowed on the farms).

LAVENDER IN THE PARK is open from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday, and admission is free. Spend a family-friendly weekend at the park with food, our wine garden, and our evening concerts both Friday and Saturday from 7 – 9 p.m.

Lavendar farms participating in the Faire include: Cedarbrook Lavender & Herb Farm, Jardin du Soleil, Olympic Lavender Farm, Port Williams Lavender, Purple Haze Lavender Farm, Sunshine Herb & Lavender Farm and Washington Lavender.

Silverdale waterfront gets nod on local sailing blog

Brynn writes:

Three Sheets Northwest highlights Silverdale this week in its regular “In Migael’s Wake” segment, which takes a look at local cruising destinations around the sound.

Here’s what Migael Scherer has to say about the stop:

The Silverdale Waterfront Park is the main attraction for boaters visiting the far north end of Dyes Inlet. Stout wooden floats attached to steel-and-concrete pilings extend into deep water from a tidy park. Silverdale’s charming Old Town is a block away, a sleepy reminder of the days when this was a logging and poultry-producing area.

To read her full review visit the Three Sheets Northwest by clicking here.

Washington’s bear dogs make national news

Brynn writes:

I was off all last week, so am late getting this up, but in case you missed it the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Karelian Bear Dog program was featured on Good Morning America last week. The videographer was there when we did our video/photography of three bear cubs being released into the Central Cascades.

Here’s the link to the video on

If you look close during a shot of the release of the three bears, you can see me standing in the back of the truck holding a video camera (I’m wearing a black jacket). I used the footage I shot for the story I wrote for the June 19 edition of the paper. That story, and the video, can be found by clicking here.

It’s great to see the dogs and their officers recognized for the work they do to minimize the number of black bears that have to be killed because they won’t leave populated areas. Using the dogs allows them to scare the bears back into the woods, with the intent they’ll never want to come back to civilization.