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KAR planning a comeback of sorts; Have you ever gone over the Tweet limit?

It’s too early to announce the details, but the Kitsap Athletic Roundtable is alive and, ah, well planning a comeback.

The local non-profit (originally the Bremerton Athletic Roundtable) has been in the business of supporting youth and amateur athletics in Kitsap County since 1967. Like a lot of service clubs, it’s had trouble rounding up new blood to help run things and the club hasn’t been as active as it once way. It still holds the annual Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and puts together the annual high school all star games for baseball and softball, but monthly meetings have been hit and miss. Mostly miss.

That’s going to change.

The club is currently planning a 2012-13 kickoff meeting, hopefully for late August. It’ll be a joint UW/WSU football gathering with speakers from both universities. We (yeah, I’ve been part of the organization for years) think it’ll be a fun night. Look for more details in your favorite daily newspaper that’s located in downtown Bremerton. Or keep reading this space and you’ll find updates. The KAR hopes to raise some money to give back to the community.

Past corporate sponsors can expect a phone call or letter seeking your support.

A community like ours needs an organization like this. It’s not a good ole boys club. Females are welcome. And it’s not a Bremerton club. It serves the entire county and Belfair, too.

Like I said, more info will be forthcoming. Memberships are $25 and it all goes back to athletes in our area.

If you want more information, email me at


Just read Ryan Divish’s account of the Tacoma Rainiers’ 18-inning game on Wednesday. Twitter shut the Twitter-mad Divish down after reaching the 1,000-Tweet limit. Read it all right here.


It hasn’t been announced yet, but Dick Baird is going to be honored as the Husky Legend at Washington’s first home football game, Sept. 1 at Century Link Field against San Diego State. The former Husky assistant/recruiting coordinator and current broadcast analyst for KJR, played at Washington State, where he was the team captain. Congrats to Dick, a Seattle native who remains indebted to our community for coming to his rescue when his house burned down while coaching at Olympic College. Dick and and his wife Kim live on Erickson Lake in Mason County, a short drive from Gold Mountain on the north side of the Hood Canal.
Baird was inducted into the Pacific Northwest Football Hall of Fame earlier this year.


Looking for a fun non-sports event. I can’t recommend the upcoming Sept. 18 show at Seattle’s Neptune Theater enough. Two of my favorites — James McMurtry and The Gourds, both from Austin — are playing. See ya there.

And closer to home, Chris Smither is coming to the Treehouse Cafe on Bainbridge Island on Nov. 15. That’s another show to put on your calendar.