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Tell your story

Monday, September 29th, 2014
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Might I suggest an activity for you on Thursday?

Come tell your story. Or just come and listen to others tell theirs at Story Night in Manette.

The event starts at 7 p.m. and we have to be out of there by about 9 p.m. because Karaoke takes over the Manette Saloon.

If you wish to tell a story, here are the basic rules. Stories must be:

  • True
  • Less than five minutes long
  • Within the night’s theme: “Schooled”

We have an event page and a regular page on Facebook. And I’ve got a website, SpillYourGutsGuts.com, that explains why I’m doing this. Here are a few paragraphs to give you a taste:

“I’ve been telling people for years that it’s probably one of the earliest forms of entertainment in the history of humans. Secondly, if the conspiracy theorists are correct and one day all the power shuts down, then much of our entertainment will be what we can do in person, like sing or dance. Storytelling will also be a big part of the mix.

“Storytelling events also connect us to people we might not otherwise know. We hear their stories and our beliefs about issues, lifestyles and life’s triumphs and mistakes becomes something human. If we’re not careful, storytelling makes us empathetic.

“Finally, it’s fun. You shouldn’t miss it.”

In 1999 or 2000 I attended a storytelling festival in Provo, Utah. That’s probably the first place I had ever become interested in the activity, though I always enjoyed public speaking. I know. I’m weird that way. I get scared, but I love it.

There are not that many opportunities for on-stage storytelling, so over the years I worked on improving my storytelling in my reporting. I also listened to shows that offer excellent examples, such as “This American Life” and “The Tobolowsky Files.” And then I heard The Moth, which is when I became interested in hosting an event. Angela Dice, a former reporter here, and I talked about it for years, but didn’t quite feel confident or disposed with a lot of time to get one going.

Then a few months ago Josh Farley, a fellow reporter who runs the outstanding Kitsap Quiz Night, asked me what I needed to get started. Turns out what I really needed was to have him ask me that question. He introduced me to Rebecca Dove Taylor at the Manette Saloon and we eventually set a date. Since then, it’s gone from slow simmer to full on burn as far as planning. And now the event is upon us.

The official jewelry of Story Night in Manette.

The official jewelry of Story Night in Manette.

A couple weeks ago I finally got to attend a Story Slam in Seattle put on by The Moth. And last week I participated in another Story Slam on Bainbridge Island put on by Field’s End. My message to you? You’ll do fine. Come tell your story. On the Facebook page and on the website are some tips to help you prepare to tell your story if you choose to give one. The winning storyteller on Thursday walks away with the fine jewelry you see pictured here. And I plan on bringing other prizes. I’m still working on those details.

The biggest prize, however, is just whatever you get out of being there. If you speak you get that experience. If you don’t, you get the thrill of hearing others and sharing a night with friends. I’ve been to a few of these and I’ve never been to one that wasn’t fun. And hey, even if you don’t tell a story, you could win a prize! You’ll find out about that on Thursday.


Sharing Silverdale’s history in photographs

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Read about the history of Silverdale in a recently published book by the Kitsap County Historical Society.

Read about the history of Silverdale in a recently published book by the Kitsap County Historical Society.

The Kitsap County Historical Society published its third book in three years earlier this month. “Silverdale” is the second book in the historical society’s “Images of America” series.

The 128-page book, which took more than a year to complete, features hundreds of photographs of historic Silverdale and its development on the shores of Dyes Inlet from 1857 through the 1980s.

Readers can flip through the pages to see aerials of Silverdale from the 1930s and 1946, showing the growth and change because of World War II. The book also features photographs of Bucklin Hill Road as a narrow dirt road, as well as Silverdale families throughout history.

The first book of the “Images of America” series — “Port Orchard” — was published two years ago, along with the third edition of “Kitsap County, A History: A Story of Kitsap County and Its Pioneers” that was originally published in 1977.

While the historical society would like to publish a book about Bremerton some day, writer Claudia Hunt is ready for a break.

“We’re exhausted,” said Hunt, a historical society board of trustee. Hunt, along with her brother, Randy Hunt, and Carolyn Neal wrote “Silverdale”. The Hunt siblings also wrote “Port Orchard”.

All three books can be bought through Kitsap County Historical Society, on Amazon or local bookstores.


Nothing like living over the water

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

FRAGARIA — I caught a ratfish from my deck. Its big green eyes, large spines and gaping mouth were right out of a nightmare movie. Cut the line and let it plop back into Colvos Passage. Thirty years later, it might still be out there.
I’ll never forget that creepy creature, or much else about living on pilings over Puget Sound. It was the coolest place I’ve ever called home.
Shortly after graduating from college, we found the beach place in the want ads. Three hundred dollars a month. That was a fortune in 1980.
The road wound steeply down a hill, nothing keeping a wayward driver from tumbling into the creek canyon. At the bottom, a skinny dirt driveway slipped between a cliff and row of old cabins on pilings. Ours was third from the end, a white 1 1 1/2 story built in 1940.
Dark-stained knotty pine adorned the walls, broken up by a huge, river-rock fireplace. Single-pane windows exposed the water. On nice days, a tiny Space Needle could be spotted. Binoculars recommended.
Pull-down stairs led to an open second floor where a guy had died during a wild drug party. We were scared of his ghost — though the landlord said he was friendly — and didn’t go up there much. I did haul a Volkswagen engine up piece by piece and rebuilt it, then couldn’t get it back down the ladder.
During high tide, four or five feet of water rose under the deck. I’d cast a line, imagining beautiful cutthroat trout (you could keep them then) and salmon like my neighbors showed off, but caught nothing but dogfish. It was still fun reeling them in. Get offa my hook.
Huge perch lounged under the planks. I could hit them in the head with bait and they still wouldn’t bite. Not that I really wanted to hook one, but they could have at least paid me some mind.
Otters floated past on their backs, cracking clams on their bellies. Seals ducked below the surface, popping up hundreds of feet away.
Sound slid across the water like a shuffleboard. Ships were heard before seen. In the fog, they weren’t visible at all, just horns in the haze.
Once in a while, a black submarine cruised past, probably to an old sonar range off of Fox Island. Light-green Canadian warships were another rare treat. There were always boats of some sort, from brightly colored sailboats racing around the island to monstrous freighters steaming for Tacoma.
It wasn’t always tranquil. Storm waves slammed logs against the 40-year-old pilings, rattling the house and preventing sleep. The water was icy, racing in our out and never stopping long enough to warm up. Rainstorms pummeled the cliff. Once, mud slid across the road and knocked a cabin into the bay. We were long gone by then, fortunately. Would’ve been blocked in for days.
I’d go back in a second. Not only are they not making more waterfront, they’re not building more houses on piers over it. Let me know if you find one. I’d like to retire there.
— Ed Friedrich


Anthem rendition a kick in the brass

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

The Bremerton High School Brass Band gave a rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” at the school board meeting on Jan. 16.


Plumber retrieves sentimental band of gold

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Six generations of marriage went down the drain Friday.
As Tricia Sandbeck-Marshall washed her hair, a gold wedding band first worn by her great-great-great grandmother slipped off her finger and clinked down the pipe.
The Bremerton woman called around to plumbers and got an $800 quote to try to retrieve it. Sandbeck-Marshall, who’s in an expensive battle with thyroid cancer, doesn’t have that kind of dough. Her husband is working two jobs to keep up with the medical bills.
“Being totally strapped for money now because of my cancer, I didn’t feel like I could spend money on myself for something that might not be there,” she said.
Robison Plumbing called her back Saturday morning, said it wouldn’t cost that much.
“I talked to that woman and it brought me to tears,” said dispatcher Jackie Miesse.
She sent Bill Blair out for an estimate. He sliced the price to $361. Still too high. Sandbeck-Marshall asked to make payments. Robison doesn’t do that. The plumber suggested she charge it to a credit card. She couldn’t.
Blair rang up office manager Shelley Avery. She authorized the work a Christmas present. He squeezed into the crawl space and within a half an hour had the band in hand.
“(Blair) called me and told me how much she appreciated it,” said Miesse, the dispatcher. “She was just so happy. This ring meant so much to her. The fact that he could do something like that made him feel so good. It was a wonderful day.”
The company didn’t seek publicity, but Sandbeck-Marshall couldn’t keep the deed to herself. She called the newspaper.
Robison owner Jim Short didn’t find out about the episode until the company Christmas party that night.
“I won’t say its something we’ve done on purpose during the holiday season,” he said. “We try to do nice stuff on occasion. You can’t do it all the time or you’ll go broke, but we were just glad to do it.”
Sandbeck-Marshall, who’s been married 27 years, received the ring 10 years ago when her mother passed away. The tradition will continue with her daughter. She also has three granddaughters.
“What a nice act of kindness,” she said about the free plumbing. “What a blessing, and then to find my ring. I didn’t know if they would find it or not.”
— Ed Friedrich


Education town hall planned for Tuesday

Friday, December 13th, 2013

The South Kitsap School District Board of Directors and legislators representing South Kitsap will host a forum on education at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Dragonfly Cinema, 822 Bay Street.
For information, call the district office (360) 874-7001.


Pearl Harbor relics showcased at Illahee State Park

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Kitsap has a 9/11 memorial, but nothing to commemorate Pearl Harbor. The closest thing, according to preservationist Mick Hersey, is a site at Illahee State Park with 5-inch guns from the USS West Virginia and a sign board heralding Dorie Miller, one of the battleship’s Dec. 7 heroes.
Miller, a mess attendant from Waco, Texas, was collecting laundry that morning when the general quarters alarm sounded. He raced to his battle station where anti-aircraft shells were stored. It had already been destroyed by a torpedo, so he went on deck. He was ordered to carry wounded sailors, aid the captain who was dying after being hit by a bomb fragment, and man a anti-aircraft machine gun. Though he’d never been trained on it, he fired at Japanese planes for about 15 minutes until running out of ammo.
“It wasn’t hard. I just pulled the trigger and she worked fine,” he said. ” … I think I got one of those Jap planes. They were diving pretty close to us.”
The planes hit the West Virginia with five torpedoes to the port side and two armor-piercing bombs to the deck. The crew abandoned ship as it sank to the harbor bottom. Of the 1,541 men on the ship, 130 were killed.
Miller was awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary courage in battle. He was the first black to receive it.
There’s a local connection. The ship was re-floated and in May 1943 brought to Puget Sound Navy Yard at Bremerton for a complete rebuild that took more than a year.
Miller was in Bremerton in May 1943 while awaiting assignment to the escort carrier USS Liscome Bay. On Nov. 24 while taking part in the Battle of Makin Island in the central Pacific, it was struck by a Japanese submarine torpedo. The aircraft bomb stockpile exploded and the ship sank. Only 272 of the 916 crew members survived. Miller was never found. A frigate was named in his honor in 1973.
— Ed Friedrich


Bremerton pet flipping drama unfolds online

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Note: This post has been updated to fill in some missing details.

Amy Phan told you something about Juliua Stroup, the woman who was honored for her work in rescuing animals. A little more than a week ago I watched a drama unfold involving Stroup and the online Facebook community Kitsap County’s Buy Sell Trade.

A woman posted that she had lost her Yorkie terrier and asked for people to look out for her. Another member of the community posted that she saw a Yorkie listed on Craigslist and linked to the ad. Here is the ad that ran. I’ve left out the last line, because it includes the seller’s phone number.

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The owner of the dog confirmed that was her dog and that its name was not Punkin.’ Stroup was heavily involved in the ongoing conversation, which led to a discussion of “pet flipping,” the practice of stealing someone’s pet and selling it quickly. You can see in the ad that the seller wanted $200.

Stroup figured out who the seller was and provided links to where she had posted on other social media sites. On one of them the seller posted a picture of the dog and wrote:

“Found this little cutie out in the rain with no collar or name tag :) sweetest dog ever.”

Before long the lost dog owner learned where the seller lived. The dog owner went to the seller’s door, but reported that the seller’s husband said they had found the dog, had let it in, but that it tried to bite one of their kids so they opened the front door and let it wander off.

That is not what happened. The dog had been sold. Something happened between that visit and the following Craigslist ad.

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Stroup told me the dog was returned and its owner wanted no charges filed. The thread was removed from Facebook.

Stroup remains a persistent presence and posted the following on the Kitsap County Buy Sell Trade site.

Pet theft and Pet Flipping…are you at risk?
A lot of you know my name, but I’m learning every day…I’ve heard of theft, but FLIPPING? Are there REALLY people out there that do this? Oh MY, YES. PLEASE make sure your pet is Microchipped and that the information when it’s scanned is 100% correct (mistakes get made some times)
Always make sure whoever tries to claim and found dog or cat can give a detailed description. I have acted as a “middle person” on a number of pets recently in which I demanded details and pictures… Always leave something out that only the owner can describe (collar, markings, fixed status, scars, etc). If someone has “found” your pet, ask for the same details…it’s horrible, but there are people out to cause you emotional pain stating they have your pet. Do NOT put your whole phone number on CL…leave off the area code or change a number to text (345-six78nine), there’s a weirdo calling people saying horrible things, caller id shows Nevada.
I am glad to be a “middle person” if you need one…we need to keep our pets safe here on the Kitsap Peninsula…and we need to ban together and show people “don’t mess with Kitsap,we WILL find our pets”.

http://www.paws.org/pet-theft.html


KRL hands out “catch and release” books

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

You’ve heard the term “catch and release” used by fishermen (and -women). Here it is applied to books.

Kitsap Regional Library staff members will tour the county Saturday to “release” special copies of KRL’s One Book, One Community selection to the public.

More than 100 copies of “The Leisure Seeker,” by Michael Zadoorian, will be handed out, free and available to keep … or release to bring others enjoyment.

The books are not part of the library’s collection and don’t need to be returned. They were purchased with funds from the KRL Foundation. Each comes with special labeling urging temporary owners to enjoy and share.

The label on the cover of each book says, “Read & Release. Take this Book. Details inside.” Inside the front cover is another label explaining the One Book, One Community program, coming up in October, which gets the whole community on the same page, so to speak. Online discussion of the chosen book and book groups around the county draw readers together.

Each “read and release” book has a unique identification number that has been registered at Bookcrossing.com. Readers can use that number to record their comments on the book, see the path it has taken through the community and to note where they have released it for the next person to take.

The “read and release” effort is aimed at getting people jazzed about the One Book, One Community program, said library Spokesman Jeff Brody. Copies of the book also will be available for checkout from the library.

The Leisure Seeker,” announced in March as KRL’s One Book selection for 2013, is “a story about making the most of your time, a celebration of love and partnership, of Old Route 66 and the challenges of modern life,” according to a KRL news release. A couple, married 50 years, “goes on the lam against doctors’ orders and the wishes of their grown children, piling into their RV, the Leisure Seeker, to take one last road trip together.”

“KRL hopes to encourage more people to read this thought-provoking book by releasing these extra copies into the community and urging people who find them to read them and pass them along to family, friends or neighbors,” Brody said.

Copies of the book will be released Saturday at the following locations and events:
8 a.m.: A Port Orchard senior center (will it be yours?)
9 a.m.: Poulsbo Farmers Market
10:30 a.m.: Bainbridge Farmers Market or other Bainbridge location (they want to keep you guessing)
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Silverdale Whaling Days Festival

For more information on the special release of “The Leisure Seeker” copies in the community, contact KRL Marketing Manager Jeannie Allen, (360) 475-9033


World premier of Macomber’s Cedar Cove series is Saturday

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

The big question is, “How will we look?”

Fans around the country are eagerly awaiting Saturday’s world premier of “Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove,” the Hallmark Channel television series based on books by local bestselling author Debbie Macomber. Macomber in turn based her wildly popular series on the town of Port Orchard, where she makes her home.

The show is at 8 p.m. Saturday on the Hallmark Channel, with episodes scheduled at the same time every Saturday at least through August 31. Spoiler alert: I’ve pasted summaries of the six episodes below for those of you who want to get a jump on the whole experience.

The Debbie Macomber experience has been a phenomenon for the city of Port Orchard for nearly three decades. The humble and perennially cheerful homemaker began her career typing at the kitchen table. Macomber rose through the ranks of bestselling women’s fiction beginning in the 1980s. Her early success was documented by the late JoAnne Marez, retired Kitsap Sun reporter and editor, who died July 7. Macomber recalled how a story JoAnne wrote in the mid-1990s was picked up by the Associated Press, accelerating the author’s fame and fortune. I know if JoAnne were alive, she would be glued to the TV for every episode.

I interviewed Macomber in 2009, as the town was getting ready to portray itself in the first (and so far only) Cedar Cove Days, which drew thousands of fans from far and wide. Locals dressed up as characters from the books. A map showed places — the library, restaurants and homes around town — that inspired Macomber’s imaginary Cedar Cove. The town got a new paint job, and there was some tension over the color scheme. Some aspects of the town didn’t lend themselves too well to sprucing up — Bay Street buildings that showed (and still show) their backsides (adorned with dumpsters) to the waterfront and marina. But the unpretentious Macomber wanted her fans to see the town “warts and all.”

In the series, Judge Olivia Lockhart is played by Golden Globe winner Andie McDowell. We’ll take that as a compliment.
Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove 1001-- (Photo by: Chris Large/Hallmark)
Macomber herself stumped for the filming to take place in Port Orchard, but producers may have felt that was a little too much reality. The series was shot in Victoria, Canada. We’ll take that as a compliment, as well. Which brings us back to the original question, “How will be look?” All glammed up by Andie McDowell and Victoria, B.C., will Port Orchard (a.k.a. Cedar Cove) even be able to recognize itself?

In the series premiere, MacDowell plays Judge Olivia Lockhart, “whose Cedar Cove Municipal Court is the professional milieu and social microcosm of issues the judge will face in her own day-to-day life with family and friends,” according to the Hallmark Channel website.

“Jack Griffith (Dylan Neal), the editor of the Cedar Cove Chronicle, is a new friend and potential love interest for Judge Lockhart,” the website continues. “Judge Lockhart hears her name is being put forth for appointment to a Federal judgeship in Seattle, and she asks that her family keep the news a secret. But Griffith, “desperate for a meaningful news story,” (those damn newspaper people!) “corners Olivia’s mother who inadvertently tells the editor about everything in her daughter’s life – including the possible appointment. … Suddenly, Olivia (much to her chagrin) is front page news.”

Hmmmm, judge-editor, potential love interest … I could have told Judge Lockhart THAT was a bad idea.

Two actors from the set recently visited Port Orchard, according to Macomber’s daughter Adele LaCombe, executive director of Debbie Macomber the Brand. Yes, our neighbor Debbie Macomber is a copyrighted brand that covers not only her books, but movies, television series and even cookbooks that Macomber has written (one based on recipes mentioned in the Cedar Cove books).

The actors were utterly charmed by Port Orchard, LaCombe said. Fortunately, they made their visit about a week before a fire ripped through the upstairs apartment/rooming house of the Los Cabos building on Bay Street. The cause of the fire is considered suspicious and is still under investigation. Now, with renovation of the Myhre’s building (also gutted by fire two years ago) stalled in a legal morass, the town has bookend eyesores.

But there are also some charming new additions: The nearly completed DeKalb Pier upgrade and a new dock at the Water Street Boat launch help make the town look prosperous and classy. The city of Port Orchard did that work and a recently completed a segment of the Bay Street Pedestrian Pathway that is one of several enhancements to the Port of Bremerton-owned Port Orchard Marina Park.

I guess your impression of the town depends on your willingness to look past the “warts” and see the efforts being made by shopkeepers and building owners — flowers, banners, attractive wares, a public market in the works at the old Slip 45 building — to make Bay Street look like something out of a storybook. Oh, alright, maybe we’ll never be Cedar Cover. But if we were Debbie Macomber — our down-to-earth neighbor, not the brand — maybe we could see the best in our town and cherish it for what it is … warts and all.

See, I can write fiction, too.

Here at the episode capsules courtesy of Hallmark:
‘DEBBIE MACOMBER’S CEDAR COVE’
Hallmark Channel Original Primetime Series
Episode: #1001 “A House Divided”
Saturday, July 27 at 8p.m. ET/PT, 7C
Starring: Andie MacDowell, Dylan Neal, Teryl Rothery, Bruce Boxleitner, Barbara Niven, Brennan Elliott, Paula Shaw, Sarah Smyth, Corey Sevier, Timothy Webber, Elyse Levesque and Garry Chalk

Judge Olivia Lockhart finds herself in a house divided after her seaside town goes up in arms when arrogant and wealthy developer Warren Saget threatens to tear down Cedar Cove’s historic lighthouse. Local Thyme and Tide innkeepers Bob and Peggy Beldon lead the townspeople in protest, including Olivia’s mom Charlotte, leaving Olivia caught in the middle when the case ends up in her courtroom and she must put her emotions aside to abide by the law. Then, Olivia’s new romance with newspaper reporter Jack Griffith is threatened when he paints Olivia in an unfavorable light in his story about the case. While the town begins to turn their backs on their respected judge, Olivia’s daughter Justine, recently single after ending her engagement to Warren, sees a spark reignite with old high school sweetheart Seth Gunderson and Olivia’s best friend Grace Sherman, home from a post-divorce vacation, begins readjusting to single life.

‘DEBBIE MACOMBER’S CEDAR COVE’
Hallmark Channel Original Primetime Series
Episode: #1002 “Reunion”
Saturday, August 3 at 8p.m. ET/PT, 7C
Starring: Andie MacDowell, Dylan Neal, Teryl Rothery, Paula Shaw, Andrew Airlie, Sarah Smyth, Corey Sevier, Timothy Webber and Elyse Levesque
Guest Starring: Sebastian Spence and Tom Stevens

When Jack’s estranged son Eric shows up in Cedar Cove completely unannounced, their uncomfortable reunion is long overdue. As Jack starts to get to know his son amid Eric’s constant hurtful reminders of Jack’s alcoholic past and poor parenting, Olivia and Grace learn a secret that makes them question Eric’s intentions. Charlotte wants to fulfill the dying wish of a stroke victim she met while volunteering at the local hospital by tracking down his family and asks Olivia for help. But when Charlotte also recruits Olivia’s friendly ex-husband Stan to do some digging, Olivia is faced with her own uneasy reunion.

‘DEBBIE MACOMBER’S CEDAR COVE’
Hallmark Channel Original Primetime Series
Episode: #1003 “Suspicious Minds”
Saturday, August 10 at 8p.m. ET/PT, 7C
Starring: Andie MacDowell, Dylan Neal, Bruce Boxleitner, Barbara Niven, Teryl Rothery, Paula Shaw, Andrew Airlie, Sarah Smyth, Corey Sevier, Garry Chalk, Brennan Elliott, Elyse Levesque, Timothy Webber, Kendall Cross, Matreya Fedor and Brendan Meyer
Guest Starring: Tom Stevens and Charlie Carrick

A bloodied and quiet man arrives to the Thyme and Tide in the middle of the night asking for a room, inexplicably missing all of his belongings. Sensing trouble, Bob and Peggy reluctantly let him stay, promising to work out the details later. But when he is found mysteriously dead in his room the next morning, the Beldons are stunned and upset and the Cedar Cove gossip mill begins buzzing with the news. As Sheriff Troy Davis leads the investigation, Jack is quick to begin covering the story for the Chronicle—even in the midst of rising tensions between him and Olivia about Eric’s bad attitude. Meanwhile, at Cedar Cove’s annual Art Walk, Justine is on the verge of a new career when she receives a prominent booth to display her work and is stunned when her dad Stan shows up to support her, invoking unresolved feelings.

‘DEBBIE MACOMBER’S CEDAR COVE’
Hallmark Channel Original Primetime Series
Episode: #1004 “For the Sake of the Children”
Saturday, August 17 at 8p.m. ET/PT, 7C
Starring: Andie MacDowell, Dylan Neal, Teryl Rothery, Kendall Cross, Lochlyn Munro, Paula Shaw, Elyse Levesque, Matreya Fedor, Sean Michael Kyer, Sarah Smyth, Brennan Elliott, Timothy Webber and Garry Chalk
Guest Starring: Tom Stevens and Sebastian Spence

In court, Olivia hears both sides of Rosie and Zach Westen’s heated, he-said, she-said divorce case, struggling to decide what’s best, for the sake of the children, Allison and Eddie. While the case stirs up painful memories of Olivia’s own divorce, Jack is also reminded of his past when he notices Eric is stalling to find a job and starting to take advantage of Jack’s guilt. Then, after budget cuts leaves the Mayor no choice but to close the town’s beloved library, Grace resolves to raise the money to keep it open herself, hosting a fundraiser where she meets a charming man new to Cedar Cove, Cliff Harting.

‘DEBBIE MACOMBER’S CEDAR COVE’
Hallmark Channel Original Primetime Series
Episode: #1005 “Free Spirits”
Saturday, August 24 at 8p.m. ET/PT, 7C
Starring: Andie MacDowell, Dylan Neal, Teryl Rothery, Bruce Boxleitner, Sarah Smyth, Corey Sevier, Paula Shaw, Elyse Levesque and Timothy Webber
Guest Starring: Sebastian Spence and Charlie Carrick

Justine is excited to welcome Seth back from his job at sea, but when he doesn’t show up for several days, she fears the worst and decides to go on a dangerous solo trip to a remote Alaskan town to find him. Olivia is concerned, especially as she remembers the pain of losing her son several years ago in an accident. Worried she’ll lose Justine too, Olivia’s sleepless nights start taking a toll and is hesitant to leave town when Jack asks her to go to Seattle for the weekend on their first trip as a couple. As both Justine and Olivia face stepping out of their comfort zones, they ultimately realize the adventure might be worth the risk.

‘DEBBIE MACOMBER’S CEDAR COVE’
Hallmark Channel Original Primetime Series
Episode: #1006 “Help Wanted”
Saturday, August 31 at 8p.m. ET/PT, 7C
Starring: Andie MacDowell, Dylan Neal, Teryl Rothery, Bruce Boxleitner, Barbara Niven, Matreya Fedor, Brendan Meyer, Kendall Cross, Sarah Smyth, Paula Shaw, Andrew Airlie, Garry Chalk, Timothy
Hallmark’s two-hour world premier of Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove is 8 p.m. Saturday. The program kicks off a television series based on the Cedar Cove books by local best-selling author Debbie Macomber.

Webber
Guest Starring: Richard De Klerk and Sebastian Spence

The Westen’s messy divorce starts taking a toll on daughter Allison, who is quick to lean on her friend Anson for support and put in extra hours at the Thyme and Tide Inn just to escape. But when her mom Rosie gets a permanent room at the Inn, Allison is on the verge of a breakdown. Then, before a trip to Seattle with Jack, Olivia gets a surprising visit from Lenny, a reformed criminal she helped put in jail years ago, who has returned to Cedar Cove wanting a fresh start. Seeing a change in him, Olivia promises to help Lenny find a job, but feels defeated when everyone in Cedar Cove is too quick to judge the ex-convict and turns him away. Then, when the harbor’s beautiful pergola goes up in flames at the hands of an apparent arsonist, even Olivia is suspicious of Lenny, but everyone is shocked by the conclusion in court.


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