Monthly Archives: August 2007

Kitsap County Fair: Some Food for Thought

OK SK, chew on this:
Where are we as a community and a nation heading in where we get our food and how we consume it?

I bring this up as the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede is set to run Wednesday through Sunday at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

Before there was the Kitsap County Fair, there were community fairs organized by small agricultural cooperatives.

Early in its history, what became the Kitsap County Fair was held in Port Orchard (so much for the South Kitsap connection). The Kitsap County Fair started in 1947, and this year the fair is celebrating its 60th Anniversary, even as the county celebrates its first 150 years or Sesquicentennial.

Parks & Recreation Director Chip Faver said that, although there may not be any mega farms around here, agriculture is thriving. He also addressed the value of agricultural activities, saying, “As PlayStations and the Internet invade the time that our youth have available to them, this focus on agriculture brings us back to our American heritage.”

In response to an article on the fair that ran in today’s Kitsap Sun, Carolyn Schuster of a local 4-H group wrote that indeed people, especially the young people she works with, are involved in agricultural pursuits even as the county transitions to a more suburban and, in places, urban, environment.
“My group is in poultry and believe it or not, most of the members live in suburban neighborhoods but have found chickens to be an ideal backyard pet (providing they don’t crow!),” said Schuster.

So here’s the question of the day (actually a cluster of related questions):
What’s the importance of agriculture to you and your family?
Do you have a backyard garden (or even a container garden) where you like to get some dirt under your fingernails?
Do you have livestock large or small?
Do you have a plot in a community garden?
How much of you family’s grocery list is covered by a backyard garden or livestock?
Do you live a suburban or urban setting?
Do you sense any backlash against the predictability of so-called “industrial foods” i.e. the fare offered up by fast food chains and even picture perfect fruits and veggies available year ’round?

Friday Afternoon Club: Remembering Randy Johnson

Rock the Woods is at 6 p.m. tonight at McCormick Woods

The late Randy Johnson was my oldest kid’s soccer coach. The kind and encouraging way he had with the boys was just part of what made Randy a really great guy.
Randy died in October, 2001 of melanoma, a form of skin cancer that is very difficult to treat. His widow, Coreen Haydock Johnson, who now heads up the Chamber of Commerce, has kept Randy’s memory alive through the Randy G. Johnson Melanoma Research Foundation, which raises money through various events to help find a cure for this difficult disease.

This weekend, the foundation in conjunction with McCormick Woods Golf Course will present the second annual Rock the Woods Concert, featuring, The Relay, a tribute band of The Who. If you remember listening to The Who, you’re probably an old phart like me. If you’re too young to remember, now is the time to begin your education in classic rock.

Gates open at 6 p.m., and the music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 or $10 with student ID. Or reserve VIP SEATING for you and 5 of your friends — reserved seating and table service with complimentary soft drinks for a $240 donation.

Tickets are available online at , at Kitsap Mall, McCormick Woods Golf Course and Puget Sound Wine Cellar or can be purchased at the gate. A beer garden and barbeque concession will be available at the concert.

Here’s more on the event:

The Relay is comprised of Jim Ferguson as Roger Daltrey, Jim Kennelly as John Entwistle, Rick Dean as Pete Townshend and Brett Rudy as Keith Moon. The Relay Web site describes the Who as the “greatest live rock and roll band ever…The Who never followed trends, they created them. They were all substance…always original…While other bands focused on familiarity, popularity and commercialism…The Who were energy, melding with their audience, bathed in volume and light, transcending music itself into a sublime spirituality. The Relay is not an ‘Oldies Act’ is sharing the supreme ideal that music is healing, that music can make you young again and… that music can unite us “. The Relay’s song list of 68 The Who hits includes: My Generation, Won’t Get Fooled Again, Gettin’ In Tune, Magic Bus, From the Rock Opera Tommy, I Can See for Miles, Squeeze Box, Pinball Wizard and many more!

All proceeds from the concert, sponsored by Suquamish Clearwater Casino, McCormick Woods and Port Orchard Independent, will benefit melanoma research. The Randy G. Johnson Melanoma Research Foundation has been raising funds for melanoma research for over 6 years in memory of Randy Johnson. The foundation in his name raises funds each year through the Randy G. Johnson Golf Memorial and the Rock the Woods concert. The not for profit group has raised almost $85,000 for melanoma research in six years.

For more information, call Coreen Haydock Johnson at (360) 895-1708, e-mail or log onto

P.S. If you haven’t gotten your fill of music, it’s time to “Kick the City off Your Shoes!” at the Olalla Bluegrass Festival, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, at the Olalla Ball Field.

SKSD Board Approves $1.7 Million in Cuts to 2007/08

NB: I got my official copy of the SKSD budget, and I can testify that it’s not an easy read. Even board president Patty Henderson, at tonight’s meeting, indicated that it wasn’t what one might call accessible. But, it’s what is required by state law. In the meantime, the district is working on a user friendly version of the budget that will be ready in about a month, said district official Terri Patton. Her contact information is at the bottom of this entry.

Enrollment will remain flat, district officials predict.
By Chris Henry
The South Kitsap School District Board of Directors tonight approved a budget for the 2007/08 school year that includes $1.7 million worth of cuts and “adjustments.”
Cutting budgets is nothing new for the district, which has made more than $5.35 million worth of cuts and adjustments (shifting of money from one account fund to another, also known as “robbing Peter to pay Paul”) over the past four school years.
Despite the cuts, no staff layoffs are expected, no facilities will need to be closed, and the district will even add some new programs.

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A Long Overdue Correction

As I prepare to cover tonight’s SK School Board meeting and public hearing on the district’s 2007/08, budget, I noticed a comment on a previous school budget story that requires a correction on my part. I’ve reposted Mr. Meadows’ comment (related to the district’s eligibility for state levy equalization funds) below and run a correction in the story on the Kitsap Sun Web archives. Mr. Meadows is correct that the total property valuation increased by 14.95 percent in 2005, 16.8 percent in 2006, and 24.18 percent in 2007

Here’s his comment.

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What’s Bremerton Got to Crow About?

I’m babysitting the Bremerton Beat blog while host Steve Gardner is on vacation. I thought this post also applies to Port Orchard, so here it is again.

Before he left for vacation, Kitsap Causus blog host Steve Gardner put
Port Orchard “on notice” again. “On notice,” a term and concept
blatantly pilfered from commentator/comedian Stephen Colbert, means
“I’m watching you.”

Gardner writes, “Port Orchard gets on the board after consecutive weeks
on it when this was a feature of the Bremerton Beat. It just feels good
to put the city there again.”

And well you should be watching PO Mr. also-Bremerton-Beat-reporter.
Sure B-town may have been the subject of a glowing editorial in the
Kitsap Sun over the weekend for all its accomplishments … condos,
tunnels … not without growing pains, it was noted. But Port Orchard
has its own accomplishments, too.

Last week the PO City Council, ta da, completed the draft of its
Downtown Overlay District plan, which has been a work in progress
throughout the past year and then some. On a note that may or may not
be relevant, it was completed not on Mayor Kim Abel’s watch (she was on
vacation), but with Mayor Pro Tem Rick Wyatt at the helm. What now?
Well, the draft goes on the council’s Aug. 27 agenda for public
discussion. Understand, this document has already been discussed (and
sometimes just plain cussed) nearly to paralysis. But hopefully, the
end is in sight. Once the plan is in place, property owners, who have
been waiting to learn the rules can advance with major renovations of
their buildings.

In the meantime, business and property owners and the city itself have
not been idle. Storefronts have been spiffied up (see especially
Morningside Bread Co., which recently underwent a major remodel and
expansion). Flowers donated courtesy of the Port Orchard Bay Street
Association have been kept up beautifully by the city’s Public Works
Department and are in full bloom (see also the flowers in the Port
Orchard Marina). The city is making renovations to the sidewalks with
some attractive touches, and new trash cans add to the look. (It’s
amazing what some really classy trash cans can do.)

I spoke with Robin Scott, owner of Pettirosso salon in downtown, and
she affirmed that there is indeed a feeling of positive momentum among
business owners in town. “It’s great,” she said.

Furthermore, the city isn’t just an empty showpiece. Over the weekend
for example, classic car aficionados crowded downtown to show off their
beautiful babies at The Cruz, along with the POBSA’s Festival by the Bay.

So there Mr. Gardner, just because we don’t have a tunnel doesn’t mean
we’re not worth continuing to watch. So you’d best keep an eye on PO.

County Could Tap New License Tab Law to Pay for Bethel Corridor Project

As I started to make this entry, I found I had to assign it to multiple categories on the blog, a record four, in fact: development, Kitsap County government, roads and infrastructure, and taxes. So take note. If you’re a South Kitsap:
a. Business owner
b. Politician
c. Property owner
d. Vehicle owner
e. Consumer
f. Tax geek
… this story has something in it for you.

Hearing Examiner Takes Aim at DCD Interpretation of Code


The Kitsap County hearing examiner has given the go-ahead to a controversial development in Manchester, denying an appeal by residents to stop the project. Hearing examiner Stephen Causseaux Jr. also ruled on two challenges to an interpretation of county code issued in April by Director of Community Development Larry Keeton.

Keeton’s interpretation, issued at the request of a group of Manchester residents, amounted to a temporary hold on permitting for buildings over two stories in Manchester Village. The interpretation, which expires Nov. 1, came after a permit was issued for Colchester Commons, a proposed retail/residential complex of three stories with a fourth story for underground parking.

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SK Budget: Request Your Copy Now

Public Hearing Set for Review of 2007/08 SKSD Budget
The Board of Directors for the South Kitsap School District will meet in regular session to review the proposed budget for the fiscal year 2007-08 at 6 p.m. Aug. 15 in the board room of the SKSD administrative office. Any person may appear at the public hearing to be heard for or against any part of the budget.
Due to its size it is not available on the SKSD Web site, however, copies of the budget will be available upon request at the Administration Office, located at 1962 Hoover Avenue SE, Port Orchard, WA.
For more information, call the SKSD Business Office at 874-7013.

Rabbi Discusses the Spiritual Side of Business


Members of the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce have heard many presentations on business strategies, but today, Rabbi Daniel Lapin, a San Francisco radio talk show host, took them to a higher plain.
Lapin, the author of “Thou Shalt Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money” and other books, is known for applying ancient Jewish wisdom to contemporary commerce. He shared with the group his theories on spirituality, business and “Finding Grandeur in the Daily Grind.”
Chamber members responded enthusiastically to Lapin. At least two have been regular listeners to his radio program distributed by KSFO 560 radio, in San Francisco. Learn more about Rabbi Lapin at

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Karcher Creek Sewer District Story Hits the Air Waves

Update 9:45 a.m. Aug. 10 (see below) – Chris Henry

The Kitsap Sun’s environmental reporter Chris Dunagan has apparently found a new fan in Seattle talk show host Dori Monson.

On Wednesday, Monson and his KIRO radio guests discussed Dunagan’s story that ran Sunday about the removal of geese from the Tracyton waterfront, a move that angered at least one resident.

Today Monson picked up on Dunagan’s story about Karcher Creek Sewer District Commissioners, who have agreed to pay back $2,700 in expenses they incurred at the end of an 18-day European trip to investigate advanced sewage-treatment systems.

The announcement of the repayment was made Wednesday after Gene David Hart of Bremerton filed a complaint about the expenses with the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

Apparently Kitsap County is fertile ground for stories that are off-beat (yet issue-oriented) enough to appeal to Monson and his fans.

Update: In a follow up story, Chris Dunagan wrote about state Auditor Brian Sonntag’s take on Karcher Creek Goes to Europe. Read the story here.