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POULSBO — The Poulsbo City Council meets in executive session at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 — today — to consider personnel matters.

Executive sessions are closed to the public, however, the council must make any decision in public session.

Mayor Becky Erickson said she will present for the council’s consideration, a plan to shuffle personnel in the public works department to cover for an employee who is out on medical leave.

New parking restrictions near Poulsbo Elementary School

August 20th, 2015 at 2:39 pm by rwalker
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POULSBO — Drivers who drop off or pick up students from Poulsbo Elementary School will notice new parking restrictions on Noll Road in the coming weeks.

There will no longer be parking, stopping or standing allowed on either side of Noll Road near Poulsbo Elementary, Poulsbo Police Chief Alan Townsend reported Aug. 20.

“These areas are being marked as no parking zones and will be strictly enforced,” he emailed. “The change comes as traffic increases along Noll Road and concerns about the safety of motorists and pedestrians increases. The road width of Noll Road does not support vehicle parking or stopping along that roadway.”

Townsend added, “As an alternative, parents are encouraged to consider the parking along Hostmark Street, just west of Noll Road. There are a number of stalls available in this area. If bus service is available for your child, please consider this as the best method of transportation to and from school.

“Parents are encouraged to develop a plan with their child and the school in advance of the first day of school, Sept. 2.”

Meet Norwegian authors Birkeland, Schoyen at Sons of Norway

June 17th, 2015 at 1:01 pm by rwalker
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Authors Heine F. Birkeland and Camilla B. Schøyen will visit the Sons of Norway in Poulsbo at 6 p.m. June 17 — today — to talk about their books.

Birkeland is the author of “The Bookelf, the Bookfinch and the Magic Book of Dreams: Volume 1,” a paperback released on May 30.

Schøyen is the author of “Whistling Will and the Musical Mystery,” released June 1.

Birkeland’s book is the fairy tale of how the Norwegian Bookelf and his little Bookfinch found the Magic Book of Dreams — a book so powerful that it holds the capacity of travelling in time and space.

It tells the story of how children can search for good dreams and how the Bookelf will help to protect them.

Schøyen’s book is about Will, a cat which is unlike any other you’ve known — he thinks best when he whistles. One day, Whistling Will makes a magical discovery that will lead him on a rollicking adventure through his tiny town by the North Sea.

Poulsbo wants your input on city’s parks, recreation opportunities

June 9th, 2015 at 11:30 am by rwalker
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POULSBO — The Poulsbo Parks and Recreation Commission and the City of Poulsbo invites residents to an open house to talk about parks and recreation opportunities in the city.

The open house is scheduled on June 22, 6 p.m. in the City Hall council chambers. Commission members and staff will be available to talk about the future of parks facilities and recreation programs in Poulsbo.

For more information, contact Parks and Recreation Director Mary McCluskey at 360-779-9898 or go to

Suquamish Elementary hosts meet and greet for final principal candidates April 30

April 29th, 2015 at 4:18 pm by Michelle Beahm
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Suquamish Elementary staff, parents and community will have the opportunity to meet the two finalists for the principal position at 7-8 p.m. April 30 it the Suquamish Elementary School gymnasium.

The principal position is being vacated by Jon Torgerson, who will be leaving at the end of the school year. The two final candidates are Andra Murray and Bridgit Reichel. Murray is currently the principal intern and dean of students at Vinland Elementary School, as well as the district instructional coach for the North Kitsap School District. Reichel is currently the assistant director of curriculum and instruction in the Peninsula School District.

The “Meet the Candidates” event will begin with a brief introduction from each final candidate, after which attendees will meet in smaller groups to ask questions, interact with and get to know the candidates. After the meet and greet, there will be forms available for attendees to provide feedback.

For more information, contact Suquamish Elementary at 360-396-3850.

North Kitsap teachers to vote on walk-out participation

April 29th, 2015 at 3:03 pm by Michelle Beahm
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Members of the North Kitsap Education Association will be meeting at 4:30 p.m. April 30 to decide whether teachers in the district will participate in the state-wide walkouts. These walkouts are being done in protest of school districts in the state being under-funded. Below is a press release from Chris Fraser, president of the NKEA, in regards to the upcoming vote.

North Kitsap Education Association members will be voting on Thursday whether to hold a one-day walk out on May 18th. North Kitsap educators are deeply committed to student success and this is not a decision that we take lightly. Students need access to resources in order to reach their full potential and we don’t have enough funding to meet the needs of our students.

Washington State has been ordered to fulfill their paramount duty to amply fund public education and has been found to be in contempt of court for failing to make adequate progress. Washington is 45th in the nation for class size — we can do better. Educators are advocating for full funding for all students in our state. It is past time for the Legislature to provide the resources that our students need and deserve, which includes lower class sizes at all grades and professional compensation which will attract and retain high-quality staff.

Three school board positions will be on November ballot

April 28th, 2015 at 2:39 pm by Michelle Beahm
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Three positions on the North Kitsap School Board will be on the ballot in November: Districts 2, 4 and 5, currently filled by Bruce Christen (appointed), Scott Henden and Bill Webb.

Terms are for four years. A candidate must be a registered voter and a resident of the director area for which he or she files. Boundaries of the districts are available at under the “School Board Information” link in the “Site Shortcuts” section, or by calling the superintendents office at 360-396-3001.

The Washington State School Directors Association divides board responsibilities into four major areas.

— Vision: The board focuses the work of the district and community on student achievement through a comprehensive strategic planning process.

— Structure: The board governs the district through prudent financial planning and oversight, and diligent and innovative policy making.

— Accountability: The board infuses all programs and crucial policies with specific goals and a process for evaluation, reporting and recommendations for improvements.

— Advocacy: The board champions public education in the local community and before state and federal policy makers.

For more information on the responsibilities of school board directors, visit, and select “For School Board Candidates” under the “Resources” link.

Declarations of candidacy may be filed through the Kitsap County Auditor’s Election Office from May 11-15. Candidate filings sent by mail will not be accepted after 5 p.m. May 16.

For more information on filing for candidacy, visit

NKSD School Board seeks applicants for Community Partnership Board Committee

April 28th, 2015 at 2:27 pm by Michelle Beahm
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The North Kitsap School District Board of Directors has created a Community Partnership Board Committee that will assist the school district in improving formal and informal partnerships with the community. These partnerships will align with the district’s mission statement, “The North Kitsap School District, in partnership with the community, will provide an academically challenging educational program to meet the diverse needs of all students in a safe, nurturing environment and empower them to be competent, creative, compassionate and contributing citizens.”

The Board of Directors is seeking applicants from community organizations and citizens within the district. Applications are available at the superintendent’s office or online at, under the headline “Community Partnership Board Committee Seeks Applicants.” Completed applications may be submitted by email to Kori Henry,, or by mail or in person at the North Kitsap School District Administration building, 18360 NE Caldart Ave., Poulsbo, WA 98370. Mailed applications should be addressed to Kori Henry, Room 101.

The deadline for applications is Monday, May 11. For more information, contact Kori Henry at or 360-396-3001.

Learn about, and experience, the cultures of North Kitsap in May

April 27th, 2015 at 9:56 am by rwalker
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May is a great month to experience — and learn more about — some of the cultures of North Kitsap.

The Suquamish people are the indigenous people of the greater Poulsbo area. The Treaty of Point Elliott  of 1855 made land in the region available for non-native settlement, and Norwegians began settling in what is now Poulsbo in the 1880s, attracted by similarity in climate and resources to their native country. Poulsbo’s population doubled and diversified during the Second World War.  Today, people of Mexican and Central American ancestry comprise 10.9 percent of Poulsbo’s population, according to the U.S. Census.

May 1: Meet pop culture artist Jeffrey Veregge, Port Gamble S’Klallam, at the Suquamish Museum, 6 p.m. He’ll discuss why he chose pop culture icons as subjects for his current works.

May 3: Lucha libre wrestling, 1 and 3 p.m., at La Poblanita Mexican Store, 2624 6th St, Bremerton. Free.

May 9: Beach seining with biologist Paul Dorn, meet at noon at the Suquamish Museum Auditorium. After a short film, join Dorn for a walk to the beach where you will take water quality measurements and look at the sea life that surrounds us.

May 15-17: Viking Fest, downtown Poulsbo. A celebration of Norway’s Constitution Day. Carnival, Viking village reenactment, Suquamish artists, Scandivanian music and dance, contests, parade. (For schedule, see

May 18: Ribbon cutting, 3 p.m., Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort hotel expansion.

May 21: Grand opening, 11 a.m., Suquamish Seafoods. A blessing by elders, tours.

May 23: Exhibit opening — “Archeology of Old Man House,” Suquamish Museum. A return of the exhibit depicting the history of the largest longhouse in the Pacific Northwest. Including artifacts from the 1950s University of Washington excavations at the Suquamish Village site.


POULSBO — Top local Toastmasters will participate in Evaluation and International Speech contests at 7 p.m. May 1 at the Poulsbo Fire Station, 911 Liberty Road.

Contestants will represent clubs in District 32’s Division B, which covers Kitsap, Jefferson and Clallam counties, as well as part of Pierce County. The competition is open to the public.

According to the organization, Toastmasters speak to motivate, entertain, inspire, and inform. Through self-paced educational programs, Toastmasters shed their fear of public speaking, while gaining organizational and leadership skills that help them progress in their professional and personal lives.

Winners at the division contest will compete at the District 32 Toastmasters spring conference on May 16 at Pacific Lutheran University. That event is also open to the public.

The winner of the district speech contest will compete against speakers from around the world at the Toastmasters International Convention in August in Las Vegas. The convention attracts Toastmasters from 129 countries where Toastmasters clubs have formed.

Competitors in the May 1 event have won first place in their club and area contests: Daryl Morris, Port Angeles Toastmasters, Area 21; Michael Niall, U Speak Easy Toastmasters on Bainbridge Island, Area 22; Larry Watson, Bremerton Toastmasters, Area 23; and William Michael Paul, Key Peninsula Toastmasters in Key Center, Area 24.

Each speaker will have five to seven minutes to impress the judges.

Participants in the evaluation contest will provide feedback on the same “test speech.” Evaluation contestants are Wes Peper, Professionally Speaking Toastmasters in Poulsbo, Area 21; Lesley Doyle, Sound Speakers in Bremerton, Area 23; Julie Brummond, Port Orchard Toastmasters, Area 23; and Thomas Longley, Key Peninsula Toastmasters in Key Center, Area 24. They will have two to three minutes to analyze and suggest improvements to the test speech.

Representatives of local clubs will be on hand at the contest to answer questions about Toastmasters.

ONLINE: District 32 Toastmasters,

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