Category Archives: Silverdale

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.


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.

Stopped by Trader Joe’s

I am not sure these people ever left the store. (Photo by Larry Steagall, Kitsap Sun
One of the things Yogi Berra is credited with saying is, “Nobody goes there anymore; it’s too crowded.”

On Saturday while gassing up at Costco I got the fool notion to stop by Trader Joe’s, which is described as the Krispy Kreme of grocery stores or the Wal-Mart for yuppies by its detractors and fans. I had only been to the store a couple of times when I was living in Camas and I didn’t really catch the vision of what so many people seem to appreciate, or idolize, or detest.

We had a few calls last week telling us we hadn’t done enough stories on Trader Joe’s leading up to its opening. Based on the crowd I saw on Saturday we did plenty. I managed to find a good enough parking spot. I had planned to go to Costco to get the meat I’d be barbecuing Sunday for Father’s Day, but thought maybe Trader Joe’s would have what I wanted and that maybe the crowd would be manageable to negotiate.

This is the part of the story where I reveal that I am a little claustrophobic. It’s situational. I especially get it when I’m carting around my kids. Put me alone in a crowd of people exiting Safeco Field and I’m fine. Put me in a grocery store with a 4-year-old boy and I’m fidgety like Robin Williams during a moment of silence. I managed to make it back to the meat and browsed enough to see that the store has a lot of things I would like.

No way, though, was I going to stand in line behind 18 people just to get out of there. I stood in a line that long to get out of Mexico once and I’m not eager to repeat it. That experience was tainted by the fact that I had to pull my car into the border patrol station so officers could search for illegal drugs, fireworks or people. At least I was traveling alone.

I’ll actually have to try some of the Trader Joe’s stuff before I render judgment. I want to try those frozen pizzas with the spinach and tomatoes. The prices really were decent. It looks like a place I would have loved when I was single. I wasn’t hauling around kids then. I was probably more patient.

Silverdale incorporation boundaries

Brynn writes:

It sounds like there’s some confusion about where the southernmost boundaries fall for the proposed city of Silverdale. Without a clear road running east to west, it’s a little hard to tell people whether their home falls in the proposed boundaries, or outside. So far I’ve just been saying the boundary is just south of Newberry Hill Road.

While most of Chico and all of Eldorado Hills have been cut from the proposed city, there is still a section of northern Chico that is included in the incorporation boundaries. Citizens United for Silverdale, the group proposing the incorporation, recently changed the boundaries from the county’s 2006 comprehensive plan update with its extended urban growth area boundaries, to the county’s 2005 urban growth area boundaries that didn’t include much of Chico.

The change was in direct response to public input last month at a Boundary Review Board meeting where a number of people in Chico and Eldorado Hills asked to be removed from the proposed boundaries.

Without a specific street, it’s hard to say what homes are on the line, and what homes are outside. If you know your home was not in the 2005 urban growth area for Silvedale, then you’re not in the proposed city boundaries. If you have no idea, I’d recommend emailing the incorporation proponents with your address to see where you fall:

Here’s my best attempt at trying to explain who is still in and who is out. If you live in the Emery Ridge development, or between Emery Ridge and Newberry Hill, then your home falls in the proposed city limits. If you live near Holly Park Drive, you might be on the edge, so send an email to inquire. If you’re significantly south of Holly Park Drive, you’re not in the city limits.

Here’s the map the group is using, but it’s hard to tell exactly what homes fall in or out. Reminder the BRB will hear the incorporation attempt again at its meeting this Thursday, 7 p.m. at the Silverdale Beach Hotel, 3073 Bucklin Hill Road.


Have you seen Bruce?

Brynn writes:

On Monday we made a trip to Clear Creek Nursery to get some replacement shrubs for a few of our plants that didn’t make it through the winter. Heading from Clear Creek Road to Greaves Way toward the interchange a sign caught my eye.

“Did that just say ‘Lost Goat‘?” I asked as we passed.

We’ve all seen “Lost Cat” and “Lost Dog” posters plastered to telephone poles and stop signs, but “Lost Goat”?

Thinking my eyes were playing tricks on me, I went back on Thursday to make sure I wasn’t imagining things.

I wasn’t.

Bruce, a 2 1/2 month old mix Nigerian dwarf/Pygmy goat has been missing since Wednesday, May 25, according to his owner Heather.

Heather and her family live off Greaves Way, right across from Highway 3, on 7 acres. Bruce is the family’s first goat, and her four children — ages 1 to 9 — miss him terribly, she said.

“He’s bottle fed. He’s really friendly, he’ll run up to anyone, especially if he’s hungry,” she said. “He was one of the kids.”

Heather thinks Bruce went missing on May 25 after he was let out to roam the family’s property. (They also have potbellied pigs). Her father was helping her boyfriend install a new appliance and when he left, he didn’t put Bruce back inside, she said.

While he’s a goat, Heather said Bruce acted more like a dog. He followed the kids around, climbed up on their playground equipment with them and even helped mow the lawn. She’s not sure if a neighbor may have picked him up if they saw him roaming along side the road, or if he wandered into someone else’s yard and is now being cared for by them.

She’s called the Kitsap Humane Society repeatedly, but had no luck locating Bruce. He’s wearing a red nylon dog collar, but it doesn’t have her contact information listed.

Heather’s banking on someone seeing her signs and calling her to say they have  Bruce and will return him to their family.

“I’m hopeful,” she said, “but I don’t know.”

After seeing pictures of this adorable little guy, I knew I had to post his missing flier in hopes that I might help get him reunited with his family.

If you’ve seen Bruce, or have him, give Heather a call at: 360-551-7007.

Dave of Dave’s Killer Bread coming to Silverdale

I’m convinced Washington is like Oregon, just a little less hip. Kitsap County is getting hipper all the time, with the introduction of Dave’s Killer Bread to local grocery stores.

Folks who stop by the Silverdale Costco Friday through Sunday may someday be remembered as the hippest of movers and shakers for their role in determining which of Dave’s killer products the store will carry. Samples will include Good Seed (one of Dave’s personal favorites), 21 Whole Grains, Peace Bomb, Powerseed, Sin Dawg cinnamon rolls and other of Dave’s organic, socially responsible products that have garnered a growing following of die-hard fans.

Dave himself is hoping to make an appearance at the store between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Dave Dahl is spread pretty thin these days expanding distribution of the bread that got its humble start at the Portland Farmer’s Market in 2005, tending to the family-owned company’s charitable causes and giving testimonials about his remarkable life.

Dave is an ex-con who got a second chance at life thank to “humility, medication and education.” Now, as the face of Dave’s Killer Bread, he’s spreading the company’s vision “to make the world a better place one loaf at a time.”

As a youngster, Dave helped out at the family owned bakery. The official name is AVB Corp. for “a very big corp.” It’s a joke.

Dave was clinically depressed and high strung. He didn’t like working in the bakery and he didn’t like his family. He turned to drugs, then crime, ending up in prison for a total of 15 years, during four stays.

During his last stint of incarceration, he “found anti-depressants” … and humility. “You have to actually want to change,” he said.

He learned drafting and became computer literate. When he was released from prison at age 43, on Dec. 27, 2004, he asked his family for an entry level job.

He moonlighted, experimenting with new products, which the company test-marketed at the Portland Farmer’s Market. When the market closed down for the season, fans begged for more.

“Within a few months, people were clamoring for it to be in stores,” Dave said. “A little store here, a little store there, it just snowballed.”

And how! The bread is now carried in lots of little stores and by major grocery chains, including the recently added Costco, in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, California and Utah. Their plant in Milwaukie, Ore., produces 250,000 to 300,000 loaves per week, besides other of the company’s less edgy products.

Dave’s Killer Bread got its name in part from the nickname early customers bestowed. The “killer” is not literal, thankfully, Dave said. The only one he might have killed in his dark years was himslef.

Dave’s brother Glenn, the company president, wanted to call it Dave’s Bread. “I was cool with that,” said Dave. “But I knew we had to tell my story, because I was Dave. It was, ‘Who’s Dave?’ People thought, you can’t tell a story like that on a package of food. It turned out to be the opposite.

“My story really seems to resonate with people, because it’s ‘anybody can turn their lives around.'”

Dave’s Killer Bread just sounded right, and it stuck.

When he’s not making bread, Dave stays busy with speaking engagements and adding to the company’s ever-growing list of charitable causes. AVB Corp. donates 800 loaves of DKB to Loaves & Fishes, a meal program for the elderly. The company’s outlet store donates half its profits to various causes, and Dave’s is involved with a prison program, Project Pooch, that matches teenage inmates with dogs. The list goes on.

Dave stressed that while people focus on him when they think of Dave’s Killer Breads, “This is very much a family operation. It’s not just me taking credit for the success we’re having.”

Trader Joe’s will open June 17

Brynn writes:

Yes it is true, we finally have confirmation from Trader Joe’s corporate: The Silverdale Trader Joe’s will open Friday, June 17 at 8 a.m.

Was that a pig I just saw fly by?

Since jumping on the Silverdale beat five years ago I can easily say the most common complaint I heard — if you could call it that — was that there was no Trader Joe’s on the Kitsap Peninsula. I often heard stories of TJ’s faithful shoppers making special trips to University Place across the Tacoma Narrows bridge, or hopping on the ferry to Seattle to hit up one of the many stores across the sound.

I heard rumors from people who said they were told by TJ’s managers that the corporate office wasn’t interested in Kitsap because we didn’t fit the demographic. But then when World Market opened a few years ago in the Kitsap Mall I wondered if maybe, just maybe, that might get the attention of other, similar retailers.

Then the Facebook fan pages came along, and Kitsap residents admitted to sending repeated emails TJ’s corporate asking for a store. Then about a year ago the rumors started. A store manager at the University Place TJ’s said they were opening a Silverdale store. I immediately called the company spokeswoman, but she said the company had no plans for Kitsap, we weren’t even on their radar screen, she said.

That left me to write this blog post in May 2010: “The Truth About Trader Joe’s” that said Trader Joe’s was NOT coming to Silverdale. But, by the next week I was writing a retraction of sorts after a trusted source in the community called me to say he in fact talked with representatives from TJ’s that were in Silverdale looking for vacant retail space to bring a store.

I called corporate again and was still told no, no TJ’s in Silverdale. Then the building license surfaced and we had confirmation, the store was coming. Most recently we received an email from a reader who said the store was scheduled to tentatively open on June 17.

While the former Circuit City building where the store will open was a little more than 26,000 square feet, the Trader Joe’s will take up about half that amount of space. This is still significantly larger than most of its other stores, which fall around 6,000 to 7,000 square feet.

For those who are still in disbelief, here’s the official press release:

Trader Joe’s to Open New Store In Silverdale Scheduled for Friday, June 17th at 8am

(May 24, 2011) Monrovia, CA – Trader Joe’s, a unique, neighborhood grocery store with foods and beverages from the exotic to the basic, is scheduled to open a new store in Silverdale, Washington  located at 9991 Mickelberry Road (inside the Mickelberry Plaza).  The store is scheduled to open Friday, June 17th at 8am and is approximately 13,300 square feet in size.

Trader Joe’s is pleased to announce the appointment of John Alvey, as Captain (Store Manager).  John comes to the new store from the Trader Joe’s in Bellevue and has been with the company for more than a decade.  First Mate (Assistant Store Manager) is Chris Melsha from the Olympia location and he has been with the company 21 years.

Trader Joe’s was originally named in recognition of its distinct grocery buying process, because they search the world for great values and distinctive products. Crew members (store employees) consider themselves “traders on the culinary seas.” Crewmembers sport brightly colored Hawaiian-themed shirts, adding to the light-hearted air of the store.

Many area residents after the store opens can expect to receive a copy of the Trader Joe’s “Fearless Flyer” in their mailboxes. The Fearless Flyer is a somewhat irreverent description of a timely selection of Trader Joe’s products. It’s been called a cross between Consumer Reports and Mad Magazine. Each edition highlights a selection of Trader Joe’s products that the company buyers believe are worthy of customer interest, including comfort foods and items that are organic or have other special attributes.

Trader Joe’s carries an extensive array of domestic and imported foods and beverages including fresh baked artisan breads, Arabica bean coffees, international frozen entrées, 100% juices, fresh crop nuts, deli items, and vitamins and supplements, as well as the basics, like milk and eggs – all at honest, low prices.

Trader Joe’s is truly a grocery store unlike any other.  Trader Joe’s is a  “store of stories,” meaning every item in the store has its own virtues — high quality ingredients, great flavor or simply an extraordinary price — many items often feature all of those qualities.  Another significant point of difference, all of Trader Joe’s prices are everyday prices. Trader Joe’s doesn’t have “sales” for a few days, only to hike the prices back up again. Their prices change only when their costs change — there are no fancy promotions, discount cards or couponing wars.

So how does Trader Joe’s offer unique groceries at prices everyone can afford?  By offering more than 1000 items under the Trader Joe’s private label, which includes Trader Darwin’s vitamins (For the Survival of the Fittest), Trader José’s salsas, Trader Giotto’s marinara sauces, in addition to specially purchased items.

Also, Trader Joe’s buys differently than other grocers – they purchase from manufacturers, not through distributors. They’ll take a brand name product, take out the preservatives and artificial colors and ingredients, and put it under their Trader Joe’s label to sell it at a real discount.

Trader Joe’s introduces approximately a dozen new items every week, heightening the store’s adventurous appeal.  Our buyers travel around the world searching out unique products at great values. In order for an item to be sold in a Trader Joe’s store, it must pass the scrutiny of a discerning tasting panel. Thousands of items are tasted each year to find products that both appeal to the culinary adventurer and microwave aficionado.

So there you have it. In less than a month we’ll all be able to attend the grand opening, and those who’ve never been to a Trader Joe’s before can see what all the hype is about.

Will Trader Joe’s open in another month?

Brynn writes:

If you’ve been to Silverdale lately you’ve probably seen the former Circuit City building along Myhre Road looking more and more like a soon-to-be Trader Joe’s.

In fact, there is now a sign hanging from the entrance with the phrase: “Trader Joe’s Coming Soon!” (Side note: The company still has yet to publicly announce the opening, although a spokesperson did finally confirm in March that the store would open this year).

Without company confirmation about an opening date, it’s hard to know when exactly we might finally get the chance to have some of Trader Joe’s faithfuls’ favorites: Three Buck Chuck, vacuum packed marinated racks of lamb, maple leaf cookies and fat free feta cheese.

I learned in March that the company was aiming for a June opening, but was never told an exact date. Thanks to a recent email from a reader, it now sounds like the company has narrowed its timeline and selected an opening date. (Remember though that in the construction world everything is tentative, so don’t bet the bank on this date until the doors actually open).

A reader who contacted the Northwest Trader Joe’s customer relations department got a response saying the company hopes to open on Friday, June 17.

Here’s the exact text of the email: “We are shooting for June 17th. See you there and thank you.”

Short and sweet, but it’s more than I’ve been able to get out of Trader Joe’s corporate. So mark your calendars, June 17 it is!

Benefactors step up to help the indigent dead

Since our story Sunday on the Kitsap County Coroner’s Office running out of money in 2011 to care for the remains of the indigent, Coroner Greg Sandstrom called me to say he’d heard from some people who want to help.

Sandstrom and others plan a ceremony this summer at the Old Silverdale Cemetery. There, the remains of some of the 18 people now stored at the coroner’s office will get a dignified burial in plots donated to the county some years back. Those who are certified veterans will be buried at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent.

One of the 18 will be buried next to his wife at the Seabold Cemetery on Bainbridge Island, thanks to some sleuthing by a caretaker for the cemetery. The caretaker called Sandstrom to say he’d found the name of one of the indigents, Walter G. Autem, on a marker at the cemetery with a date of birth but not death date. Clearly he had a place reserved for him.

A woman, who turns out to be Mr. Autem’s wife, is buried in the same plot. Sandstrom verified the man’s identity by cross checking the two birth dates, which match. And Mr. Autem, who died at 89, was a Bainbridge resident. The caretaker has offered to bury the remains of the two other Bainbridge residents in the coroner’s care at Seabold Cemetery as well. They are Raymond L. Cassalery, 73, and Victoria Frances, 59.

“I thought it was pretty nice,” said Sandstrom. “People who know them will be able to come and visit them.”

As for the funding shortfall, a Bremerton woman has come forward offering to donate some money to help defray the coroner’s cost for cremation, at $500 per person.

The story has generated interest beyond Kitsap County. It was mentioned in the Oregonian’s blog. Sandstrom was recently interviewed by Q13, and he’s been contacted by KOMO, which is doing a story on indigents.

Anyone who wants to help defray the coroner’s cost to care for Kitsap’s indigent dead or who has information on the individuals listed below should call Sandstrom at (360) 337-7077.

The remains of the following people are at the Kitsap County Coroner’s Office awaiting burial.

Ruth Gross, 79, Belfair

Darrell Elliott, 59, Bremerton

Grace Seeley, 89, Olalla

Betty Honeycutt, 64, Bremerton

Sue Stuart, 60, Bremerton

Delbert Hersha, 57, unknown

Raymond L. Cassalery, 73, Bainbridge Island

Henry M. Gordon, 70, Olalla

Charles E. Curlee, 64, Bremerton

Brian Garcia, 50, Bremerton

Carl G. Hasty, 71, Port Orchard

Victoria Frances, 59, Bainbridge Island

Monte Welenkel, 76, Port Orchard

Walter G. Autem, 89, Bainbridge

Joyce E. Koranda, 82, Poulsbo

Jess M. Wilks, 81, Bremerton

Arnold Mauricette, 70, Seattle

William G. Brown, 77, Port Orchard