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See options for Manchester’s “Stormwater Park” Tuesday

Kitsap County public works officials on Tuesday will present design options for a public park, to be located on county property with a new stormwater treatment plant.
The plant, to be built in 2014 and 2015, will add high-capacity stormwater treatment for the Manchester area and create a new community commons at the intersection of Colchester Drive and Main Street.
“Hearing from people about their needs and preferences for community amenities will help us to move to the next phase of project design,” said Chris May, Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management Program Manager. “The county is interested in designing features that will enhance the community and support the area’s stormwater treatment needs.”
For more information, visit http://www.kitsapgov.com/sswm/Manchester_SW_Retrofit.htm.
The meeting is 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Manchester Library. I’ll see you there.

Chris Henry, South Kitsap reporter

Manchester’s answer to the Space Needle

David C. Eddy has an idea that could put Manchester on the map.

As you locals know, the town of Manchester, Wash., is a quiet, little waterfront burgh with a sweeping view of Blake Island and Seattle and the Cascade Mountains. Eddy envisions a rotating restaurant along the lines of Seattle’s Space Needle on Manchester’s waterfront. He calls it “the Space Barge.”

The barge signifies Manchester’s connection to the Navy. As locals know, the Manchester Navy Fuel Depot — also part of the Manchester view — is just down the road. The fuel depot comprises 38 storage tanks with a capacity for 60 million gallons of fuel and 11 miles of pipeline, most of it cleverly hidden under the facility’s hillsides. The fuel depot serves primarily Navy vessels, but also Coast Guard ships and the occasional foreign vessel.

Like the space needle, the barge would rotate 360 degrees its topside beacon light flashing in the night sky, Eddy says.
Space Barge
Eddy, an artist, author and economic philosopher, displayed an oil painting of the Space Barge at a recent art show. The reaction?

“I didn’t really get a whole lot of feedback on it,” he said.

Funding the enterprise is another matter altogether.

“I was thinking because Bill Gates is local, he may be interested in funding a major attraction that would represent the futuristic approach for Microsoft Corporation,” Eddy said. “The Space Barge would also provide a key player in attracting people to the West Sound.”

Eddy is “semi-retired” and owns Manchester Ventures, a catch-all business for his diverse endeavors. Eddy in 1983, published “Earthland,” about economic theory and “the relationship between people, their earth, and the delicate balance that makes life possible.” The book is available at Amazon.com.

Eddy said his interest in economics was sparked by a trip to China he made decades ago through the People to People ambassador program founded in 1956 by then-president Dwight D. Eisenhower. He also teaches Tai Chi.

Mr. Gates, the ball is in your court.

Oh, THAT big ship …

Observant bunch, those folks in Manchester.

I got an email earlier in the week from Manchester resident Dave Pabst inquiring about a large — make that humongous — cargo ship anchored off Blake Island. Pabst, armed with binoculars and the magic of the Internet, already knew the ship was the Fortune Daisy, 738-foot bulk cargo ship based in Hong Kong.

You may have noticed the ship in photos from today’s Manchester dock replacement story. It’s hard to miss it there in the right of the photo.

Pabst wondered, “With charter rates in excess of $27,000 per day, someone is spending/losing a lot of money keeping this relatively new (built 2011), 738 foot long ship out of service.”

I poked into the ship’s story, using a handy site that Pabst already discovered called vesseltracker.com, a public site that shows the location of major ships around the world, with links to their specifications. The only thing I have to add to Pabst’s description is that the ship’s most recent port of call was Lianyungang, a major port in China.

I called Lt. Cmdr. Heather St. Pierre of the U.S. Coast Guard, who said the ship was more or less assigned anchorage in Yukon Harbor, as it arrive in the Seattle area earlier in the week, right after a weather pattern that caused large swells in South Puget Sound. St. Pierre did not know if the ship’s miscellaneous cargo was eventually bound for Seattle or Tacoma. She said having ships moored in protected pockets like Yukon Harbor, which is sheltered by Blake Island, is a common practice.

Not only is the surface water off Manchester relatively well protected from wind and waves, but the sea floor composition is such that it offers better “holding ground” or bite for anchors than in other areas, St. Pierre said.

St. Pierre had no other information on the ship, which according to vesseltracker.com was still there Saturday morning, but she said there’s no cause for alarm.

“There’s definitely nothing nefarious going on with this vessel,” St. Pierre said. “It’s just looking for a safe place to be.”

Well, aren’t we all?

Friday Afternoon Club: Things to Do This Weekend in Kitsap

Friday Afternoon Club: A heads up on fun stuff to do this weekend.

Salmon Festival
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 600 NE Roessel Rd, Belfair

9/11 Remembrance
11 a.m. Evergreen Park

East Bremerton
Kitsap Humane Society Pet Adoptathon
10 a.m. Kitsap County Fairgrounds

Fall Plant and Book Sale
9 a.m. Manchester Library, 8067 E Main St.

Manette Fest
10 a.m. Beautiful downtown Manette (don’t get lost)

Port Orchard
Poetry Slam
What: Art Reception, Music, Poetry Slam
When: Noon to 3:30 p.m., Saturday
Where: Manchester Gallery, 724 Bay St., downtown Port Orchard.
Details: Noon to 2 p.m., Music (Matt and Jeff, guitars) and refreshments;
2 to 3:30 p.m. Poetry Reading/Slam, including Penney, Connie, and Dean

Murder Mystery Event
What: Port Orchard is invaded by pirates.
When: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: downtown area
Details: Murder Mystery Event, Dinghy Derby Race, Market Faire; kids’ activities, entertainment, costume contest, VFW 911 Remembrance at 6:30 p.m. on the Waterfront; Pirate Ball, 6:30 p.m. (kids welcome until 8 p.m.); for a full schedule visit the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce website

Sea Kayaking Tour
10 a.m. 18809 Front Street, Poulsbo

Art Walk
5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Poulsbo

Way Out West Community Horse Show
7:30 a.m. Sandemar Farm, Poulsbo