Monthly Archives: June 2007

Friday Afternoon Club: Hooked on Salmon

Manchester grill-a-thon is a Father’s Day tradition for many families.

And then there was the time they cooked the salmon on the incoming tide, their feet under water as they tended the grill.
The annual Manchester Father’s Day Salmon Bake, hosted by Friends of Manchester Library, has become a treasure trove of family lore for octogenarian Bob Bow and his clan, who come each year from as far as California for the event.
Now in its 39th year, the salmon bake will be held noon to 5 p.m. (or whenever the salmon runs out) Sunday in the Manchester Library parking lot.

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SK Home Depot Wins Approval

By Christopher Dunagan
Thursday, June 14, 2007
A new Home Depot store on Bethel Road, just south of Wal-Mart, has been approved by the Kitsap County hearing examiner.

The home-improvement store will be contained in a 103,000-square-foot building with a 27,000-square-foot garden center on more than 17 acres. Two other buildings approved for the site could contain a bank and a restaurant.

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SK Parks Board Signs Intent to Dissolve

They took care of business, now they’re planning a party.
The South Kitsap Parks & Recreation District Board of Commissioners today signed off on a quitclaim deed releasing ownership of South Kitsap Community Park to Kitsap County. They also signed a petition to dissolve as a board, as per an agreement with the county arrived at by the two parties in April.
Under the agreement, the county, in exchange for park ownership, will excuse the parks board’s past election debt and invest $2.19 million in improvements at the park over the next six years. The agreement also states that the park will stay a park, no ifs, ands or buts.
In other business, the parks board discussed a celebration set for June 30 to honor all who have been involved with the park over its nearly three-decade history.

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Beneath Healing Wings

Jewell James, master carver of the Lummi Nation, near Bellingham, said the process of carving has been “healing” for him. James, who began studying under master carvers in 1992, has lost two of his children and a brother. Today, a totem pole he created to honor veterans was unveiled at the Washington State Veteran’s Home at Retsil. But is it really that simple? Can one look at a piece of art and feel the burden of wounds and worries decades old lifted away?
According to Richard Shreder, who took over as superintendent of the Veterans Home this week, James’ “Healing Pole” has already had a profound influence on residents.
“As soon as it went up, residents were walking up to it, touching it, asking questions about it,” Shreder said. “It was powerful.”
Here’s the story.

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Election Filings Put Pressure on SK Parks Board

No law exists to address pending elections for a board set to dissolve, county auditor said.

By Chris Henry
South Kitsap
The South Kitsap Parks & Recreation Board of Commissioners will hold what will probably be one of its last few meetings Thursday. At the meeting, they will discuss the second of three steps toward dissolution, well aware that any significant delay in the process could have financial implications for the parks board itself, the county or both.
Parks board chairman Larry Walker has said he’s confident the process will proceed without a hitch, but if the process is not finalized by Aug. 14, the board could be responsible for costs in the upcoming election.

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Elections Filings: Late-Comers Add Last Minute Flavor to the Stew

Several South Kitsap races heated up during the last day for filing. (I include the Port of Bremerton race, not only because the Port Orchard Marina is within the port’s jurisdiction, but because all three candidates are from SK.)
The race for Port Orchard Mayor will now go to the primary, since three people have filed for the seat. Kathleen Dolan-Bowes, a retired counselor and free lance writer, submitted her application just under the wire Friday afternoon. Bowes said she has been considering seeking the position since she heard Kim Abel would not seek reelection. She will face Kitsap Business Journal Publisher Lary Coppola and Tom Saunders, a real estate appraiser and long-time Kiwanian.
The race for Port of Bremerton Commissioner, district 2, is also a three-way contest, with the eleventh hour addition of retired auctioneer Larry Stokes. Stokes, who served on the port commission from 1979 to 1989, is critical of the tax levy for the Bremerton marina, which went into effect this year. Stokes and retired carpenter Martin DiIenno, husband of city council member Rita DiIenno, will face incumbent Mary Ann Huntington, who was elected to the port in 1989.
Although the South Kitsap Parks & Recreation Board of Commissioners has voted to dissolve and turn South Kitsap Community Park over to the county, three people, at least one of them an outspoken critic of the current board, have filed for positions on the board. Kathryn Simpson, a South Kitsap School Board member who pressured the parks board to dissolved prior to its decision, filed for position 2, currently held by president Larry Walker. Also filing late Friday were Kathleen Brashar and Kris Danielson. If the current parks board were, for any reason, to reverse its decision to give the park to the county, the election would cost the board an estimated $25,000 to $30,000, even though there are no challengers for any position.
There was also a flurry of last-minute interest in the race for Port of Manchester commissioner, position 3. Throughout the week, Mark Rebelowski was the lone candidate, but late Friday afternoon, the auditor’s office added to the list Steve Pedersen, Phil Paquette, Dave Kimble and Bill Stewart. Paquette and Kimble are outspoken activists on growth in the Manchester area.

Coppola Has Challenger for Mayor’s Seat

Update, 8:19 p.m. June 7: Lary Coppola called me after this entry was posted to say that, in the quote below, he meant to say “disappointed,” not “surprised.” So, given his intent, the quote should read, “I never expected that I would have run unopposed,” said Coppola. “I’m very disappointed it was Tom, because he was talking to me a great deal about who he should run against in the city council.” – Chris

Here’s the story I posted earlier:
Tom Saunders, a real estate appraiser and political neophyte, will take on
Kitsap Business Journal Publisher Lary Coppola in the race for Port Orchard
Mayor. Coppola announced his intention to run in May and filed earlier this
Incumbent Mayor Kim Abel announced in April she will not seek a second term.
Saunders, who attended a recent workshop for prospective candidates at Port
Orchard City Hall, said he had been thinking about running for one of the
City Council positions, but that friends encouraged him to run for Abel’s
seat, “so at the last minute, I decided to run for mayor.”
Coppola expressed surprise at Saunders’ decision.
“I never expected that I would have run unopposed,” said Coppola. “I’m very
surprised it was Tom, because he was talking to me a great deal about who he
should run against in the city council.”
Coppola appeared to welcome the challenge.
“I’d be happy to debate him,” he said. “There’s a number of important issues
facing the city, and I’d be happy to debate him any time any place.”
Coppola has said his priorities for the city are economic development in
downtown Port Orchard, reducing crime and improving technology.
Saunders, who has never run for a political office, said if elected he would
focus on economic growth,”bringing business back to Port Orchard and
developing the marina.”
Saunders said he would be responsive to his constituents.
“I’m looking at what the people of Port Orchard want and follow what they
want,” he said.
Saunders, who was born in Bremerton, has lived in South Kitsap since the
early 1980s. He moved from Manchester to the City Of Port Orchard last year,
and had been thinking of running for a seat on the city council, but that
was not the primary reason for the move, he said. He is a long-time member
of Port Orchard Kiwanis and has been active in the community for many years.

Diverting Comments on Port Race to Political Blog

The Kitsap Sun has launched a new blog dedicated to politics in Kitsap and North Mason counties. Host Stave Gardner and I are thinking comments on the Port of Bremerton race more properly belong there. So I have turned off the “accept comments” function of this blog entry, and I invite you to post your comments to the entry on the port race. If this link doesn’t work, e-mail me at

Challenger in Port Race Puts His Oar in the Water

Martin DiIenno, a retired carpenter and one-time live-aboard boat owner, has filed his intention to challenge longtime Port of Bremerton Commissioner Mary Ann Huntington in the upcoming election. Huntington, who was elected to the port in 1989, filed earlier this week.
DiIenno said he’s been considering running for the position for nearly four years.
“It’s time,” he said. “I just think the position needs a change from Mary Ann. She’s been in there long enough.”

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Save-A-Lot Promises Pre-opening Proceeds to Boys & Girls Club

Save-A-Lot, which describes itself as “the nation’s largest, extreme value, edited assortment grocery store,” has announced it will donate proceeds from its pre-opening sale in September to the Port Orchard South Kitsap Boys & Girls Club.
The exact date of the sale has not been set, but the store is currently slated to open Sept. 9 at 1700 Mile Hill Drive in the Towne Square Mall in Port Orchard, said publicist Emy Noel.
“Save-A-Lot’s partnership is a great addition to our efforts,” said Port Orchard Mayor Kim Abel, who chairs the steering committee of the Boys & Girls Club. “They alway look for a partner when hey come into a community. We were thrilled. They have partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs before.”
The new Save-A-Lot store will carry about 1,250 of the most frequently purchased grocery items, including fresh meat, fruits and vegetables, dairy products, canned goods, packaged items, plus non-food products such as health and beauty care products. General merchandise items will include party supplies, seasonal gifts and decorations, toys, houseware and hardware products.
The Boys & Girls Club in partnership with South Kitsap School District will hold a summer camp June 25 at Sidney Glen Elementary School. The camp’s 65 slots filled quickly, said Abel, demonstrating the need for supervised recreation in South Kitsap.
An after-school program for up to 150 children is planned for the upcoming school year
The board is about a third of the way toward reaching its 2007-08 funding goal of $150,000. Donations are being accepted at any Kitsap Bank branch, attention Bob Banks.
For more information, call Aimee Warthen, the district’s community relations director, at (360) 874-7002.