Monthly Archives: May 2009

Friday Afternoon Club: A&W Turns the Big 5-0

Buck’s A&W will hold a 50th anniversary celebration from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

The restaurant, founded in 1959 by the late Buck Gehring with his wife Glennys, was originally located across from the bowling alley. In 1978, the Buck’s moved to its current location across the street from South Kitsap High School.

The restaurant faced closure late last year as a result of legal debts related to a lawsuit (see link above), but an 11th hour settlement allowed it to remain open. “We’re having this birthday celebration to thank the community for supporting us,” said Lauren Gehring, Glennys’ granddaughter.

The event will feature door prizes and drawings.

About Those McCormick Woods Sewer Bills

See the last paragraph on how the annexation will affect not only McCormick Woods residents’ sewer and water bills, but those of all city residents.

By Chris Henry
The Port Orchard City Council has approved an ordinance outlining how McCormick Woods will be annexed into the city. The matter now moves to the Kitsap County Boundary Review Board. City officials expect finalization in midsummer.
The council on Tuesday gave their unanimous approval to the ordinance after the second of two public hearings, moving the two-year annexation process closer to consummation.
The proposal has been routed to Kitsap County, the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council, and all other local cities and tribes. Recommendation from the Boundary Review Board is the last formal hurdle to be cleared before the city council can issued its final approval.
The annexation will become effective on the first day of the month after the BRB makes its recommendation, presuming that body rules in favor of the proposal. James Weaver, the city’s development director, estimates that could be as soon as July 1 or possibly on Aug. 1.
Once the annexation is complete, McCormick Woods residents will no longer pay a 50 percent surcharge on sewer and water service provided by the city. To accommodate the loss of revenue, the city will increase its rates on all citizens, including McCormick Woods residents, by 10 percent.

Amy’s on the Bay Owner Will Run for City Council

Amy Igloi-Matsuno, owner of Amy’s on the Bay, announced today that she will run for Port Orchard City Council. Igloi-Matsuno said she will announce what position she is seeking when she files with the Kitsap County Auditor during the first week of June.

Igloi-Matusuno has been considering running for office for “about a year.” She formally announced her plans at the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce meeting today (Thursday).

“I think we’ve positioned ourselves for dynamic change, and I’d like to be a part of that,” Igloi-Matsuno said of her decision to run.

A graduate on the University of Washington with a degree in finance, Igloi-Matsuno opened her restaurant in 2006. She believes her background in business and finance would be an asset to the city council.

Thursday Afternoon Club: Port Orchard’s Art Walk

Port Orchard’s first Art Walk is set for 4 to 7 p.m. tomorrow ( Friday, May 15). The event, to be held here on out the third Thursday of each month, will feature the work of 25 artists in downtown shops and galleries. There will be entertainment, food and special offers.

Here are some of the artists and venues participating:
Bay Street Books, 804 Bay St.
Bay Street Ale House, 807 Bay St.
Bay Street Custom Picture Framing, 839 Bay St.
The Antique Mall, 801 Bay St.
Gingers, 160 Harrison Ave.
Los Cabos Grill, 642 Bay St.
Goodenow Designs, 834D Bay St.
Maggie’s Vintage Attic, 825 Bay St.
Myhres Restaurant, 739 Bay St.,
Sugar Daddy’s Salon, 834 Bay St.,
The Orchard Theatre
Off the Wagon, 802 Bay St.
Bike shop, 744 Bay St.
Amy’s On The Bay, 100 Harrison
The Sidney Art Gallery (After Hours location 4-8pm, sponsored: Chamber of Commerce), 202 Sidney
Bead It, 713 Bay St.
The Candy Shoppe
Juwapa’s Vegetarian Restaurant
Morningside Bakery, 707 Bay St.,
Myhres, 739 Bay St.
The Dance Gallery, 702 Bay St.
Manchester Gallery, 724 Bay St.,
That’s Beautiful, 140 Harrison Ave.
Puget Sound Wine Cellar, 120 Harrison Ave.
Bayside Nail Salon, 170 Harrison Ave.
Pettirossos, 813 Bay St.
Port Orchard Library, 87 Sidney Ave.
Wisteria Lane (above Off the Wagon)
MoonDogs Too, 714 Bay St.

Elissa Whittleton, Christy Camerer, George Hineman
Loretta Anderson, Rose Mancuso, Davina Parypa
Penney Lockhart, Dianne Gardner, Patrice Bruzas
Fumiko Kimura, James Kelsey, Dave Fall
Louise Cothary, Melba Moran, Debbie Rowe
Ayvon Card, Zack Taylor, Carole Gregory
Marty Kramer, Greg Scott, Eric Matheson
Jim Kinis, Wanda Garrity, Karsten Boysen
Laura Larson

Reporter Braves Bees for Your Viewing Pleasure

You’re welcome.

Here’s the video that goes with my story on local beekeepers who are trying to repopulate Kitsap with pollinators. In the line of duty, I got to take the video of Lisa Knox working with her bees. She had a suit on. Photographer Larry Steagall and I didn’t.

What you don’t see is the camera panning wildly around when a bee landed on my hand. What you don’t hear is me mildly freaking out. I’m not particularly scared of bees, but it is a little unsettling when you get within 10 feet of a hive on a nice spring day and you realize you’re on the outskirts of bee-central.

What you also don’t hear is me explaining to Larry and Lisa that I had run out of deodorant that day – I know, T.M.I. – so I grabbed whatever out of the kids’ bathroom drawer. The product I found and applied in a rush was obviously a reject, and I soon found out why. It had that sickly sweet floral scent, fashionable among 12-year-old girls. “Great,” I thought. “I’m going to do a story on bees, and I smell like an overripe orchid smeared with bubble gum.”

I did my best to wash it off, but still managed to attract the little guys. To their credit the one on my hand and another that landed on my shoulder just sat there for a couple of seconds and flew away.

Oh, well. All in the line of duty. Did I ever tell you about the time I did a story on snakes …

Slip 45 Slips Away

As reported on the Kitsap Entertainment blog, Slip 45 on Bay Street is closed for business. A one-line entry on their MySpace page confirms that the folks who were running the place have called it quits and “gone back to Cali.”

Slip 45 follows in the wake of  J.A. Michael’s and Mako’s as has-beens at that location.

The establishment’s owners opened just over a year ago, having poured more than $80,000 into rennovations and vowing to distance themselves from Mako’s unsavory reputation for bar brawls.

In March, a bar fight at Slip 45 sent a 40-year-old man to Harborview, but Port Orchard Police Sgt. Dale Schuster said over-serving did not appear to be a factor.

Darryl Baldwin, owner of Moondogs Too across the street, said he understood Slip 45 had changed hands in the course of the year. The new owner told him that the recession had taken its toll. April was an especially brutal month.

Cmdr. Geoffrey Marti of the POPD said he also believed but could not confirm that finances were the cause of the closure.

“They really tried to keep a good reputation,” said Baldwin.

Moondogs has struggled with the economy but is hanging in there, he said. “We’re doing actually pretty good,” he said.

How Much Would You Pay for Local Meat?

Local farmers are excited about the prospect of being able to sell more of their beef, pork, lamb and poultry to Kitsap residents, thanks to a U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved mobile meat processing facility. The 45-foot trailer, custom-designed for that purpose, will swing into action in mid-June and make the rounds of six counties, including Kitsap.

Farmers and small-scale meat-producers in Kitsap County list a number of advantages to locally grown meat.

1. What you see it what you get. Joe Keehn, owner of Farmer George Meats in South Kitsap, raises his own cattle. He says, “The thing about buying from a local farmer, you can see what they’ve got. You can see where the calves have been born. You can see where they’ve been fed. Pork and lamb the same thing.”

2. According to Keehn, the animals are raised and slaughtered in a more humane way that animals raised in large, corporate feed lots or poultry farms. “The way we do our farm butchering, the animals are pretty much in their own environment,” said Keehn, who uses a gun to kill the animal out in the field before it’s bled and butchered. “They’re not crowded. They’re not pushed. It’s very humane.”

2. It’s healthier, they say. Much of the meat is organically grown, without the use of hormones.

3. It’s easier on the environment, advocates say. Currently USDA-approved meat must be trucked into the county, typically from Eastern Washington or the Midwest. That represents a lot of fuel consumption, said Jim Carlson of Minder Meats, who processes USDA meat for local restaurants and who has seen a jump in retail customers looking for custom-cut meats. Carlson is excited about being able to distribute locally grown meats. “It’s a smaller carbon footprint, that’s for sure,” said Carlson. “(Currently) an animal has a lot of miles on it by the time it gets here.”

4. Local meats taste better, say sustainable agriculture advocates. “Our quality is superb,” said Keehn, a plainspoken man, not given to hyperbole.

5. Although Keehn and Carlson admit they can’t compare price-wise to volume distributors like Costco and Walmart, both say their cost is comparable to high end products in grocery stores. Keehn, for example, sells sides of meat for about $2.79 per pound. After butchering, the cost for a variety of cuts, from hamburger to filet mignon, comes in at about $4.50 a pound.

Keehn and Carlson report an increasing appetite in Kitsap for local meat. While Arno Bergstrom, director of the Washington State University Kitsap County Extension office, reports an increase in the number of small farmers producing meat products.

Could it be a trend? Jim Freeman of the Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance thinks so, although he notes that some people hesitate to buy local meat simply because they can’t afford to pony up for a whole side of beef or a quarter of a pig all at once. With the new mobile meat facility in action, consumers will have greater access to smaller cuts of local USDA-certified meats through CSAs and farmer’s markets.

Regardless, local meat will probably still seem expensive to people who are used to buying meat with an eye to whatever is on sale, Freeman said. In fact, at least for now, locally grown products will remain more costly than grocery store goods simply because they are more labor intensive to produce. Freeman says that shouldn’t stop consumers from “making an investment” in local agriculture. As more people make local food a regular part of their diet, local farmers will have more incentive to produce more. With greater supply, the price will drop somewhat, and better yet, said Freeman, the farmers will actually be able to stay in business.

How much are you willing to pay to “eat local?” Take the poll on this blog.

PO Mayor Welcomes Bozeman’s New Role with Port

Port Orchard Mayor Lary Coppola was as surprised as everyone else seems to be by Cary’s Bozeman’s resignation as Bremerton’s Mayor and appointment today as CEO of the Port of Bremerton. Coppola, who last week appealed to the port for support of his city’s Town Center Revitalization Project, said he suspected breaking news would come out today’s port meeting.

“I knew something big was going to happen at the port meeting today, but I didn’t know what it was,” he said.

Coppola sees Bozeman’s new role with the port as a plus for his city. He and Bozeman are both personal friends and professional allies, he said. Coppola has contributed to Bozeman’s current mayoral campaign.

“My relationship with Cary has been painted in the press as somewhat antagonistic,” Coppola said. “Nothing could be farther from the truth. … I think it’s going to open a lot of doors for us.”

Coppola received a less than lukewarm reception from Port Commissioners Cheryl Kincer and Larry Stokes to his letter last week suggesting that the port foot 50 percent of the cost of Port Orchard’s town center, to include a parking garage, library and community center on a campus like setting. The estimated cost is $18 million. Stokes and Kincer said they were “disappointed,” to say the least, in Coppola’s letter, which, they say, implied the port has done nothing for Port Orchard in the last decade, while focusing heavily on Bremerton’s downtown development.

Coppola said Bozeman will be an asset to the port.

“I think Cary is a good choice. He has a long history of being able to bring diverse groups of people together,” he said. “I think downtown Bremerton speaks for itself. At this point in his life, this is a good career move for him.”

Friday Afternoon Club: Fill Your Mailbox with Food

A reminder that this Saturday, May 9, is the National Association of Letter Carriers annual Food Drive.

Here’s a word from Sally Santana, a local advocate for the homeless. Sally puts in a special word for the homeless, noting that they need food that doesn’t require a lot of preparation. The food drive of course is to benefit all who need help stretching filling their pantries and stomachs.

Sally writes:

“Next Saturday our postal employees make it easy for you to donate to your local food bank by leaving a bag of nonperishable goods by your mail box.
School is out in little more than a month, kids will be home – and hungry.
Our food banks are reporting between a 15% and 30% increase in those using their services over last year.
When considering your own situation and whether or not you have enough to share, please consider 2 Cor 8: 13-15.
Along with all the routine things you send to the food banks, i.e. bags of spaghetti and other pastas, mac and cheese, cans of vegetables, pasta sauce, fruit, soup, beans and stew, Spam, boxes of soup mix, Rice A Roni, Hamburger, Chicken or Tuna helpers, pancake and cake mix, jars of peanut butter and jelly, etc., please don’t forget the needs of the homeless.
They don’t eat most of those things, as those that live in their vehicles or in tents most often have a limited amount of space, if any, for storage, and don’t have refrigeration or a way to cook. They need: pop-top or plastic lidded products (stew, soup, pudding, fruit, etc.), cereal and granola bars, individual boxes of raisins, cheese or peanut butter and cracker packets, drink boxes; you can get indiv. pouches of tuna that you can eat with a plastic spoon (good omega-3 source).
We have 143 known homeless families – right now. And hundreds of singles.
Those with homes can eat their type of food, but not the other way around.
Please don’t forget our homeless.”

Manchester Defined

If you read my last post, you’ll see that we’re looking to geographically define South Kitsap (and other Kitsap) communities so that readers can search for news of their little corner of the world using Google Maps.

Thanks to Wanda Larsen, our unofficial Manchester correspondent, Manchester is way ahead of the game. Wanda, responding to a debate over whether Manchester and Colchester were one and the same, sent me maps from the county, water district and port respectively, that show Manchester boundaries. All the maps are just slightly different, but it’s a start.




Just got an e-mail from Manchester resident Johanna Baxter, who also weighs in on the topic on her blog.