A conversation about Bremerton, Port Orchard, Poulsbo, Silverdale, Bainbridge Island, Kingston, Manchester, Seabeck, Southworth, Suquamish, Belfair, Keyport, Olalla, Bangor, Hansville, Indianola, Port Gamble, Allyn, Port Ludlow, Gig Harbor and every once in a while something about the good folks who don't have the good fortune to live here.
story on the rally ran last night. Organizers plan a larger
rally for 4 p.m. Wednesday (May 22), starting at South Kitsap High
School, with a march to the district office. Students in charge are
Gabrielle Wagner, ASB president, and Vincent Bachteler, a
South Kitsap High School Presents its 15th annual Senior Art
When: 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 20
Where: Common Project’s Area of South Kitsap High School, 425
Mitchell Avenue, Port Orchard.
What: Guests will enjoy more than 300 photographs, 100 paintings
and drawings, displays of ceramics, wooden boat projects, graphic
art, videos, clothing design and more.
Attendees will have a chance to vote on “Best of Show” and
participate in a silent auction of various pieces of art work. The
funds from the auction go into a scholarship fund.
For more information contact SKHS photography instructor Robert
Davis at (360) 874-5600.
Local kid done good. South Kitsap High grad Chris Olson, now
living in Brooklyn, N.Y., is featured with other musicians in the
indie band Chappo on the new iPod touch commercial with a clip from
their song “Come Home.”
Here’s a video of a live performance the group did earlier this
year, with stage door interview before the songs.
Changes are pending against the Auburn woman who hit the car
Simmons was driving broadside. The woman allegedly was traveling at
speeds up to 80 miles per hour while fleeing a Federal Way police
officer when the collision occurred.
Mattson, who was a passenger in Simmons car, has rough days
since the accident but remains the upbeat person friends from
Whitman Junior High School and South Kitsap
High School remember. She is taking “baby steps but in the
right direction,” she said on a recent Facebook post.
Mattson only learned that Simmons had died after she got out of
the intensive care unit.
“My ex-husband and my three boys all came in and surrounded my
bed,” Mattson said, in an e-mail to the Kitsap Sun. “They said I
had to know and proceeded to tell me. I stopped them after hearing
about Doug’s death. My heart was instantly broke.
“He was such a good guy and the waves of tears hit me without
warning over him,” Mattson said. “He was a wonderful dad and family
was the most important thing in the world to him. He was a true man
in his walk in this life.”
Mattson, formerly of Oregon and the Seattle area, for now is
living with family in Port Orchard. She is somewhat overwhelmed by
the outpouring of support that has buoyed her since she first
remembers regaining consciousness in the hospital.
“I am so humble over the outreach from everyone on this whole
tragic event. I really cannot even form words other then being
‘Thankful,’” she said. “You ask how I am right now. I am better
then yesterday. I say that I feel like my heart, my mind and my
body are broken, but honestly, my spirit has been strong throughout
and I owe that to all the love and support of friends and
Find the story on Mattson’s heroic recovery in today’s Kitsap
Friends, spearheaded by Dave Dayton, also formerly of South
Kitsap, now of Seattle, have organized this concert at Neumos,
entitled “There is a Light That Never Goes Out.” The concert will
feature 10 bands covering The Smiths, a 1980s rock band
I didn’t realize how eerily poignant the name of the event was
until I looked for The Smiths on You Tube and found this video.
“There is a Light That Never Goes Out”
What: A benefit concert for South Kitsap native Holly Mattson.
When: 8 p.m. Sept. 30
Where: Neumos, 925 East Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122-3816; (206)
More Information: Find organizer Dave Dayton on Facebook,
email@example.com or visit www.neumos.com.
Bands: Leeni, Like Lightning and Guests, Bradford in Taxco, Leslie
Trentalange, Mikey Davis (Calligraphers), Joshua Morrison, The
Aaron Mannino and The Missionary Position.
1. You may have read about recent efforts by
proponents of a turf field at South Kitsap High School on their
efforts to raise funds for the upgrade, estimated to cost $1.5
million. South Kitsap Community Sports Foundation was turned down
by USA Soccer in its bid to land a planning grant for the
much-needed field renovations at Joe Knowles Field and improve the
quality and conditions of other athletic facilities in the
district, but they are planning a 7-on-7 flag football tournament,
for Aug. 28 at South Kitsap High School as a fundraiser.
Registration: Forms and more information on the tournament can
be found at the organization’s
website or on Facebook at Turf 4 SK.
2. South Kitsap Babe Ruth, which folded in March due to lack of
players and a poor economy, has donated the balance of its funds to
three other baseball organizations in South Kitsap. In that way,
said president Jerry Holaway, the spirit of the 50-year-old
organization lives on.
“I met with Kevin Archuleta President of South Kitsap Eastern
Little League on Monday before SKELL board meeting at Puerta
Vallarta,” said Holaway on Aug. 12.
“I also met with board member Daniel Garrett, Vice President Kathie
Thoma (in picture) and President Margot Rustad (not in picture) of
South Kitsap Southern Little League before SKSLL board meeting at
SKSLL ball park,” Holaway said.
“ I presented each league with equal donation checks with
the only stipulation that the money be used for players ages 13-18
years old to help with registration cost, supplies and up keep of
their ball fields.
”We also donated all of our baseball equipment, lawn mower
and everything in our concession stand to South Kitsap Western
Little league when they took over the lease from the city on the
Babe Ruth field.
I feel all three organizations were given equal parts of
South Kitsap Babe Ruth will be closing out the leagues bank
account within the next couple of weeks depending on when the
donation checks clear the account.”
5/27 Update: National winner announced. See update at bottom
of this post.
After posting this blog entry, I learned that there are two
other local finalists in the Doodle 4 Google Contest, Michelle
Ortiz of Poulsbo Middle School in North Kitsap and Bryan Wei of
Kopachuck Middle School in Gig Harbor. Bryan’s doodle, titled
“Build and Earthquake Proof City” was among 40 regional finalists.
Four national finalists, chosen by public vote from among the 40,
will be announced Thursday. The winner’s doodle will appear on
If you pay attention to the day-to-day changes in the Google Image on the search engine’s home
page, and if you’re
from South Kitsap, you’ll want to pay extra close attention
and look for for a contribution from our little corner of the
Google hosted the competition because, “We are delighted to
encourage and celebrate the creativity of young people, and are
excited to see the range of creative doodles that are
As for the theme, according to Google
FAQ’s on the contest, “At Google we believe in thinking big and
dreaming big, and we can’t think of anything more important than
encouraging students to do the same. We are looking forward to what
kind of creative visions kids will submit for what they would do in
the world, if they could do anything.”
By the way, if you see one of those fancy Google logos and you
wonder what it refers to, you can click on the image and the good
folks at Google will give you an explanation. I felt so enlightened
the day I figured that out.
5/27: The national winner of the Doodle for Google contest
is a third grader from Missouri. You can see her artwork today on Google.com.
Gig Harbor student, Bryan Wei, was not among the four national
finalists announced today on the Doodle for Google blog.
But hey, good on ya, Bryan, and Karlie and Michelle. Keep on
doodling and dreaming.
South Kitsap High School’s baccalaureate service was canceled
Monday, essentially for lack of interest.
The baccalaureate, a non-denominational religious service, is at
the high school but not hosted by the high school, said Devin
Leith, youth pastor of the Family Worship Center in South Kitsap.
Leith was in charge of the service this year, but he had a hard
time drumming up enthusiasm among community religious leaders and
students, who in the past have co-produced the event.
To the best of Leith’s knowledge, the baccalaureate used to be a
regular part of graduation rituals; then it kind of just fell off
the table. A couple years ago Family Worship Center picked up
responsibility for the event, Leith said.
This year, however, “I put up the word and got zero
Leith said he’d like to see a number of churches and the
students themselves involved in planning for the event. He thinks a
little more advance planning might go a long way.
Leith said a Bible Club at the high school that used to be
active in planning the baccalaureate is waning or non-existent. If
that group were to fire up again, it probably would help generate
enthusiasm for the event, he said.
Does the baccalaureate bust indicate a secular wind in South
Kitsap? Leith doesn’t think so. There’s plenty of enthusiasm among
young people in his congregation and at other churches. “We just
need more community involvement,” he said.
So what do you think? Should the South Kitsap community pursue a
baccalaureate next year? Check back later today when I’ve been able
to get our Web editor to add a place on the new blog for polls.