With the addition of new voices from North Kitsap,
Central Kitsap and Bremerton, Speaking
of South Kitsap is evolving. Since Bremerton reporter Steve Gardener and
Central/North Kitsap reporter Brynn Grimley hopped on board, you’ve
heard about a noted civic leader, a
transformational moment or two, one town’s no so little victory and more.
On Grimley’s entry about Hank Mann-Sykes, one commenter
mistakenly thought I had written the story and the post. It was an
understandable error There’s my mug shot, as we call it, tacked on
the home page of the blog. It’s probably time to change that, as
well as the name of the blog. We’ll be mulling that over for a
couple weeks while Grimley’s on vacation, and some time after that
likely make the switch.
We’d like your help in re-branding the blog. While the Kitsap
Caucus focuses on politics and government, Speaking of South Kitsap
has, for the most part, focused on people, events and life in
general in Port Orchard and surrounding communities, like
Manchester, Olalla, South Colby and Gorst (Gardner and I both claim
a stake in that one). Each has its own unique character … and
characters. Now we add to that mix Seabeck, Lomolo, Hansville,
Rocky Point, and other areas as well as the cities of Poulsbo and
Bremerton and unicorporated yet urban Silverdale.
First we need a name. We’ve kicked around a few ideas and will
mine our fellow staff members for others. So far we have Kitsap
Klatsch and Speaking of Kitsap Communities. I suggested “That’s
Kitsap with a ‘K’” but nobody got it. Excuse me while I stop by the
store for some krab. … Oh, never mind.
OK, obviously we need a little help here.
We also need to replace my mug with something iconic,
representing all that makes Kitsap Kitsapy. We got into a
discussion of that over on the post about Hank Mann-Sykes. I asked
for scenes that come to mind that represent your community. Kathryn
Simpson, of South Kitsap, suggested: a picture taken from the
center of the crosswalk at the end of Bay Street in Port Orchard, a
picture of the scoreboard at Joe Knowles Stadium at the high
school, a picture of the entrance to the older Kitsap County Admin
building (the one the courts are still in), a picture of the foot
ferry reaching the Port Orchard dock, a picture of the Stokes
Auction windmill. If you live in Bremerton, Central or North
Kitsap, you can probably think of scenes that conjure up the
essence of a place. Maybe for Bremerton, we should have a chicken.
I was hoping we could have a rotating picture box with scenes
from all over the county. But our Web editor says even our tech
guru isn’t up to that one.
Our fall back idea is a group picture of Gardner, Grimley and
me, as they have on the Wild World of Kitsap Sports blog. Not that we aren’t
an attractive bunch, but I think we could do better.
So put on your thinking caps and sing out. This is a
brainstorming session. Nothing is off the table, as they say. Again
we need a new name and iconic picture or graphic for the blog soon
to be known as The Blog Formerly Known as Speaking of South
Chris Henry, South Kitsap/government reporter