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Sick Kid, Lost Dog in South Kitsap

Of all the sad, pathetic news coming out of South Kitsap this week, this one really tugged at me. But then, you know I’m a big softie, especially if we’re talking about kids or dogs.

OK, so I get this e-mail from one Alison Dockins regarding a lost dog. What, do I look like the community bulletin board at Safeway? Well, I guess I’m OK with that. If Gardner can post about what fell out of his taco, I guess I can try to help this family get their dog back, especially considering the circumstances.

Alison wrote, “Hello Mr. Henry (Note to self – gotta do something with that byline.) I am writing to see if you can help my family and I. My youngest daughter has a rare genetic disorder called Williams Syndrome, she is doing great and has bypassed so many of her doctors expectations for her and make all of us so proud. But the reason I need your help is our family dog ran away on Monday. Him and my daughter are always together, he is her constant companion and puts up with so much more then most other dogs ever would. He is absolutely irreplaceable and my daughter and the rest of us are heartbroken. She walks around the house asking “where puppy? and just isn’t herself without him. Is there anyway you could run even just a small article with a picture of him…..I know he is around here (Port Orchard) as people have seen him….but he is such a friendly great family dog I’m worried someone might just keep them for their own family. Please help me!

Since I’m not clear on whether Alison’s contact information is for publication, I’m going to say contact me at (360) 792-9219 or chenry@kitsapsun.com.

The family lives off Sidney Road, south of Lider Road on Logan (see map below). Here’s what the dog looks like:

The Dockins family of South Kitsap is missing their pet.

Here’s the area where the dog was lost.

Fruit Going to Waste Makes This Woman Mad

Doris Worland of Olalla is old enough to remember when canning fruit was standard practice to help stretch a family’s grocery budget. So it galls her to see fruit in people’s backyards falling to the ground, rotting.

It’s bothered her for years. This year, she decided to do something about it. Earlier in the summer, Doris mounted a one-woman gleaning campaign, trying to play matchmaker between property owners with more fruit than they were able to use and local food banks.

“What I’m doing is basically harassing these people who have this stuff falling off the trees,” she said. “Most of them say you can have what you want of what they cannot or will not or are unable to use for themsleves.”

Despite some publicity and a universal response that “that’s a good idea,” she has not found enough volunteers to make her idea come to fruition, so to speak. Now, with apples and pears getting ripe, Doris, 78, has been picking fruit and delivering it herself to food banks, but a bad back is slowing her down.

“I don’t have a ladder, and I don’t think I ought to get one,” she said.

Doris is frustrated with the lack of action and the continued waste of fruit.

“I’m kind of upset, discouraged, depressed,” she said. “It’s not as if I’m a politician pressing my agenda, my religion or asking for money. It’s just that I don’t want these things to go to waste if they can be helping somebody.”

If you have fruit to give away or if you can volunteer to pick, call Doris. She is willing and able to deliver the fruit to the food bank.

Contact her at (360) (253) 851-4303 or (360) (253) 970-2047.

Follow-up On South Kitsap Montessori School

In case you were wondering the outcome of of the situation with Farmhouse Montessori School on Bethel- Burley Road — made famous by the Kitsap County hearing examiner’s quote that neighbors of the school might be disturbed by the “noise generated by laughter and screaming of young children” — here’s the story in summary, from reporter Chris Dunagan’s article of Aug. 11:

“Based on new plans — including a maximum of 34 students instead of 40, as well as reduced operating hours — Hearing Examiner Ted Hunter approved the proposal with 22 conditions. The school’s hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, as opposed to the previous proposal of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.”

Confessions of a Cedar Cove Virgin

I have a confession to make. Although, as the South Kitsap reporter, I’ve been reporting on the upcoming Cedar Cove Days (Aug. 26 -30), South Kitsap’s tribute to author Debbie Macomber, I have not read any of her Cedar Cove books. The fictional series is based on the real-life town of  Port Orchard and vicinity. So compelling are the Cedar Cove books to Macomber’s legions of fans, that the Port Orchard library often sees tourists who are looking for landmarks from the town.

According to Branch Manager Kathleen Wilson, her staff can hardly keep Macomber’s books – Cedar Cove and others – on the shelves, even though they’ve added significantly to their collection, anticipating the event.

The Cedar Cove library, and its head librarian Grace Sherman, figure prominently in the second book in the series, 204 Rosewood Lane, I am told by Wilson. When I asked for a recommendation about where I should start in the series, this was the book Wilson suggested. Surprise, surprise.

I’m looking for your advice. What Debbie Macomber book should I start with to a get a true feel for the series?

What draws you to the books, if you’re a fan?

If you’re a Port Orchard/South Kitsap resident, do you relate to the settings of the books?

What character do you relate most closely to, and why?

Thanks for your thoughts.

What’ja Want For That?

I was at the chiropractor the other week and was interested to hear my provider say she was trading her services for tennis lessons.

I haven’t checked Craiglist or other sources, but I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if, given the economy, the fine art of bartering isn’t seeing a bit of a revival here in Kitsap County.

According to an article in USA Today, bartering, common in the 19th Century and earlier, is definitely making a come-back.

From the article, written in February:

“Barter “absolutely thrives in bad times,” says Roger Staiger, a professor at Johns Hopkins University’s business school. Last month, a Denver developer asked Staiger for help restructuring a loan. Lacking cash, he gave Staiger a Colorado ski trip, and the developer’s wife is designing his Web page.

“This is part of the underground economy that does not contribute to the GDP (gross domestic product), but it absolutely contributes to helping people and fostering trade,” he says.

***** end reference******

Then there was the guy who began trading a paper clip for a fish-shaped pen, and, through bartering on the Internet, ended up with a house.

While bartering appears to fall outside the Economy (note the capital “E”), the Internal Revenue Service wants its cut.  A plumber who trades with a dentist for services, for example, must report the fair market value of said services.

“Generally, you report this income on Form 1040, Schedule C (PDF), Profit or Loss from Business. If you failed to report this income, correct your return by filing a Form 1040X. Refer to Topic 308 for Amended Return information.”

The IRS article talks about barter clubs and bartering on the Internet. Regarding the latter, the article says, “If you exchanged property or services through a barter exchange (on the Internet), you should receive a Form 1099-B (PDF), Proceeds From Broker and Barter Exchange Transactions. The IRS also will receive the same information.”

I am curious about bartering:

Have you bartered for goods or services? Has your bartering activity increased with the recession? What sources, including the Internet, do you use to make connections? Regarding the quote about not contributing to the gross domestic product, how – if at all – do you think bartering helps the local economy? Do you have any advice for people who are new to bartering?

Thanks for your thoughts. CTH

P.S. What does this have to do with South Kitsap? My chiropractor is in SK.

Kitsap Commissioners to Consider Sewers & “the Laughter of Children”

Two public hearings of note on Monday’s agenda for the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners.

1. The board will hear an appeal by the Farmhouse Montessori School in South Kitsap of the county hearing examiner’s denial for a special permit that would allow the school/day care to operate in a rural neighborhood.

2. The Board of Commissioners also will take up the issue of whether to form a Local Improvement District to extend a sewer line along Colchester Drive in Manchester.

Farmhouse Montessori

Kitsap County planners recommended approval of the school’s permit request, but when the project reached the Hearing Examiner Ted Hunter, several nearby residents said they weren’t too keen on the proposal, especially considering the extra traffic, noise and potential damage to the environment.
Hunter denied the permit, saying the use would be detrimental to the surrounding property owners.

“Educating children is an admirable profession and laudable goal,” Hunter wrote in his findings. “Montessori schools offer a unique perspective on the educational process and can provide a valuable service to the community. (But) noise generated by laughter and screaming of young children during outdoor playtime and by up to 84 vehicle trips to and from the property would be materially detrimental to single-family residential properties in the immediate vicinity.”

Manchester Sewer LID 9

The Board of commissioners deferred a decision on the matter, after testy testimony from area residents, who questioned the accuracy of the costs and the process by which LID boundaries were drawn.

Ron Rada, chairman of the Manchester Community Council’s sewer committee, is spearheading the LID process. After the previous meeting in June, he submitted to the board a detailed response to questions raised during the hearing.

Among other questions, Rada addresses a concern about LID boundaries raised by Kitsap County Assessor Jim Avery, a Manchester resident. Avery asked why some properties between the previously formed LID 8 and the proposed LID 9 were not required to be part of either district. Avery said it was unfair to other residents that these folks weren’t obliged to pay their share of the cost.

Rada, in his letter, explained that some property owners joined LID 8 as latecomers, a move approved by the board. The latecomers and those who didn’t want to hook up to the sewer form a patchwork of properties between LID 8 and 9, some with sewer service, some without.

The committee couldn’t legally require the unsewered properties to be part of LID 9, Rada explained, because the sewer line had already been extended to accommodate the latecomers in LID 8. The law permits LID boundaries to include only properties without current access to sewer. When and if the septic on the properties in LID no-man’s-land fail, they will be required to either fix them or hook up to the sewer, Rada said.

Rada also sent me an article by John Carpita, a public works consultant, explaining how local utility districts are formed . The title of the article, “Are We Having Fun Yet?” hints at the complexity of the process, but Carpita spells it out in his introduction, saying, “LIDs are more fun than root canals without novocaine, a three-month visit from your in-laws, balancing city budgets… (with) a reputation as difficult to administer, time consuming and a public relations disaster waiting to happen (my emphasis added).”

The article addresses the issue of proportionality of assessments. “Statutes specify that the assessment per parcel must not exceed the special benefit, which is defined as the fair market value of the property before and after the local improvement project,” Carpita writes.

Resident Tom Warren questioned whether residents were proportionately represented. The petition approval was determined by area of property, giving those with larger properties more weight in the vote, yet the amount assessed per property is the same, he observed. Carpita’s article confirms that the LID petition “needs to be signed by owners of 51 percent of area within the LID.” (The LID 9 petition just barely met this threshold.) Clearly, Rada & company followed the statutes. However, the question the commissioners need to answer (and one that perhaps Avery himself could address) is whether having access to the sewer line conveys equal value to each property regardless of its size.

I’m going on vacation next week, so will pass this off into other capable hands. But I’ll be watching to see how the commissioners rule and invite your comments of enlightenment before or after the meeting. Cheers.

Debbie Macomber (and Delilah) to Team Up at Chamber Meeting

South Kitsap’s resident bestselling author Debbie Macomber will speak at the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce meeting, 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Clubhouse at McCormick Woods. Macomber will whip up brewing enthusiasm for the upcoming Cedar Cove Days, Aug. 26 through 30. The event celebrates Macomber’s work and Port Orchard, which is the real-life inspiration for her popular Cedar Cove series.

Delilah Rene, South Kitsap’s radio personality in residence, will join Macomber to drum up support for a Paint the Town event Aug. 2. Delilah is spearheading the effort to put a fresh face on downtown Port Orchard for Cedar Cove Days. She and others are recruiting professional contractors and individual volunteers to help paint buildings in need of some love, with owners’ permission of course. Delilah will soon post a Web site to illustrate the current state of affairs, portorchardpaintthetown.org. The painting party will be an excuse for a block party, with music, face painting and other activities, Delilah said. Individuals and groups can sign up at paintthetown@ymail.com.

Here’s the press release from the chamber on Thursday’s meeting:

Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce July Membership Meeting on Thurs. July 9th at 11:30am at McCormick Woods Golf Course Banquet Room will feature bestselling novelist Debbie Macomber. Join us for a short, humorous, condensed version of beloved Port Orchard author Debbie Macomber’s thirty-year career in the publishing business. From her start as a young mother of four, writing out her stories on a rented manual typewriter (because they couldn’t afford the rent on an electric model!) to her current status as a #1 New York Times bestselling author, Debbie’s speech will keep everyone entertained and inspired. Port Orchard’s most famous hometown author will also describe some of the fun activities scheduled during the Cedar Cove Days festival in August.
Reservations are necessary and can be made online at www.portorchard.com or by calling 360-876-3505 by noon July 6th. Membership Luncheons are open to non-members, cost is $22 and must be paid in advance. Chamber members are $20 if prepaid and $22 at the door.

Michael Jackson: The South Kitsap Connection

Perhaps you were expecting Quincy Jones, the former Bremerton resident and music producer, who worked with Michael Jackson on “Thriller” and other albums? Here’s another local link to the King of Pop.

Like Michael Jackson’s legion of fans around the world, South Kitsap resident Bobby Inocente was stunned and saddened to learn of his death yesterday.

Inocente, 54, grew up in New York City and played back-up guitar to well know Motown bands from the early 1970s. It was around that time, Inocente said, he crossed paths with Michael Jackson just before his rising star burst into a super-nova.

Bobby Inocente
Bobby Inocente

Jackson and his brothers, as the Jackson 5, were playing the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Inocente hit it off with brothers Tito and Jermaine, who were closer to his age. They even visited Inocente and his family in the Bronx. The older brothers had a fairly normal upbringing and varied interests typical of teenage boys, Inocente said. But performing had always been pretty much the sole focus of Michael’s life.

The Jacksons, who grew up in Gary, Indiana, were
“wide-eyed” at the Big Apple and appropriately awed to be playing the Apollo. “To them, performing at the Apollo was the big leagues,” Inocente said.

Inocente described Michael Jackson as “very quiet, soft spoken, rarely said anything. He transformed into the mega-superstar that’s known the world over, but at that age, he was a very shy kid. He loved to play cards and dominoes, and he was always fascinated by magic.”

Professionally, Inocente said, the Jackson family presented a united front that few were privy to breach. Of family dynamics, he said, “It’s hard to say. I’m sure they had their sibling rivalries. It seemed like they were very headstrong about the music. They were destined to become what they became because they worked hard at it. They kind of had a different childhood than other people because of the pressure that was put on them.”

Inocente described their father, Joseph Jackson, as “a disciplinarian.” The Jackson boys addressed their parents as “Joe and Katherine” not Dad and Mom. The boys were expected to live clean and toe the line, Inocente said.

The Motown culture also had a formative effect on the Jackson 5, dictating not only clothing and hair styles but even their affects and public personalities, Inocente said. “By the time Motown released them to the general public, they were a well polished machine.”

Inocente ran into the Jacksons a few years later when they were headlining at Madison Square Garden and Inocente was playing with The Commodores (“Three Times a Lady,” “Brick House”), also on the bill. He contacted Tito and Jermaine occasionally through the years, but otherwise lost touch with the Jackson 5 and Michael.

Yesterday, when the rumors were confirmed, Inocente mourned.

“It hit me as far as we lost a national icon. I felt he was a friend. I knew the Jackson family,” he said.

Inocente tried to send the family his condolences, but they’re not even accepting e-mails.

For all that can be said about Michael Jackson’s unconventional and often troubled life, his impact on popular music can’t be denied, Inocente said. “There’s only, in my opinion, two other acts that are equal to him in pop culture, the Beatles and Elvis Presley. I would actually have to say that the Jackson 5 to the African American people were the black Beatles. They had their own cartoon show, they were on the back of cereal boxes. They were the original boy band. I think all these groups now take their style from the persona the Jackson 5 portrayed.”

After the Jackson 5 dissolved, Micheal continued to break new ground. “Thriller” won accolades and essentially launched the music video as a genre in its own right, Inocente said.

With “We Are the World,” Jackson set a precedent for stars using their clout to promote humanitarian causes. The album, co-produced by Quincy Jones (see above), gathered a diverse who’s who of other iconic performers – Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles to name a few – to benefit Africa . “Only with his star power you could have gotten a conglomerate of the best-selling artists on the planet together in one room to record a song,” Inocente said.

Jackson was also notable for his musical longevity, with a career that – ups and downs aside – spanned more than 40 years. “He’s one of the artists out of all the pop stars that had the longest reign,” said Inocente. “Some people who weren’t even born when he was in the Jackson 5 enjoy his music today.”

Oh yeah, he wasn’t a bad dancer, either. Remember this?

Whatever can be said about Michael Jackson’s appearance, quirks and legal troubles, Inocente remains philosophically loyal to the shy kid he he knew back in the day and to the extroverted performer inside him.

“Anybody that has a star that big is going to be surrounded in controversy,” Inocente said. “Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Rudolf Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, they all had their ups and downs. That’s one of the prices you have to pay in the industry. But in the long run, I think when all is said and done, it will be the impact of his music that stands alone as his epitaph. I think the music will outshine the controversy and the weird life he lived.”

Bethel Annex: One PDF Worth 1,000 Words

A couple of comments on today’s story indicated confusion. My apologies. Here’s a map that hopefully will help clarify what’s going with annexation of the Bethel Corridor.

Red = Sedgwick Bethel Annexation, nearly complete, includes the Fred Meyer sales tax revenue cherry on top.

Yellow and Green = Geiger Road Annexations, in the works

Purple = Geiger North, yet to come; this is the piece the county would like to see in place to create a less “illogical” boundary between city and unincorporated properties. The county is not rushing to let go of the revenue from these mostly commercial properties, but sees the annexation into Port Orchard as inevitable and logical according to the Growth Management Act. The revenue sharing agreement between cities and county calls for revenue sharing of 25/75 percent (city/county) the first year, 50/50 the second, 75/25 the third, before the county loses the revenue altogether. But, as Councilman John Clauson points out, the city assumes 100 percent of the responsibility the first year. Eric Baker, director of special projects for the county, said of this consequence of the interlocal agreement it’s understood that the jurisdiction assuming responsibility for an area won’t realize a net gain within the first few years.

Enough words, here’s the map (Courtesy City of Port Orchard)


Patients Turn to Urgent Care for Lack of Local Primary Care Docs

Today I covered the open house for Harrison Medical Center’s new 24/7 urgent care facility. The 36,000-square-foot medical building will open Thursday, expanding urgent care services in South Kitsap from 16 hours per day to 24. The building, which connects to the 32,000-square-foot medical center built in 1995, also includes a state of the art imaging center, doctor’s offices and a host of outpatient medical services.

According to Dr. Robert Rankin, the urgent care center’s director, the need for urgent care is increasing not only due to increased population, but because of a shortage of primary care doctors in Kitsap County as nationwide.

Specialists can make two to three times more than primary care doctors, who are also burdened by regulations that make their jobs far more complicated, Rankin said. The net result, he said, is a lack of family care doctors.

With fewer primary care doctors, more and more people are relying on urgent care for basic medical needs, and they’re going to emergency rooms, when urgent care would suffice.

From my perspective (my primary care doc just folded shop for unstated reasons), the lack of family practitioners means a Catch-22 for patients who need a referral to specialists in order to qualify for insurance coverage of a medical issue.

The doctor shortage makes delivery of care inefficient and unnecessarily costly. People without a family doctor wait to seek care until they’re “really” sick, making treatment more complicated. A visit to the ER also costs more (way more) than an office visit. But now patients don’t have to wait. The cost of treatment at an urgent care is comparable to an office visit at a doctor’s office, Rankin said.

Harrison’s Port Orchard campus is located at 450 South Kitsap Boulevard, east of Highway 16 at the Tremont Street exit. Harrison Urgent Care will begin serving patients on a 24/7 basis at 7:30 a.m. Thursday. For more information, visit Harrison’s Web site at

Update 1/14: This posting has been amended to add the link to the story/video.