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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,

North Kitsap teachers to make decision next week on joining protests

April 24th, 2015 at 11:13 am by Richard D. Oxley
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Chris Fraser, the president of the North Kitsap Education Association, submitted the following in regards to the North Kitsap Education Association’s participation in upcoming teacher protests throughout Washington state. The association’s Representative Council will meet April 28 to decide whether to put the issue before members for a vote. If so, they will meet April 30 to vote.

“Members of the North Kitsap Education Association (NKEA) are considering a one-day walk out to protest legislative budget proposals that fall far short of funding the smaller class sizes our kids deserve and the professional compensation needed to attract and keep qualified teachers and support staff.

The Legislature is in its final week, and all of the current budget proposals fail to provide adequate funding for K-12 public schools, especially in the areas of class size, pay and benefits.

Educators feel a sense of responsibility to advocate for schools and our students, and neither the Senate nor the House budget provides funding for smaller class sizes beyond 3rd grade, in defiance of voter-approved I-1351. All students need reasonably sized classes so that they can reach their full potential. Washington is 45th worst in the country for class size — our kids deserve better than almost dead last. We can do better.

Ample funding is not limited to class size reductions for all students, it must also address professional compensation for educators. Salaries have been stagnant and the voter-approved COLA has been suspended for six years in a row while the cost of everything has been increasing. Educators are losing ground. The suspension of the COLA has cost a typical teacher personally almost $30,000 over the past six years. We are on the cusp of a significant teacher shortage and professional compensation is a key piece in terms of being able to attract and retain educators who provide the high-quality learning opportunities that our students need and deserve.”

S’Klallam, Suquamish, NKSD officials will meet on April 16

April 13th, 2015 at 3:04 pm by rwalker
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SUQUAMISH — Representatives of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Suquamish Tribe, and the North Kitsap School Board will meet at 5 p.m. on April 16 in the Suquamish House of Awakened Culture.

You can read the agenda at


Community joins together to help crash victims

March 16th, 2015 at 1:06 pm by rwalker
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KINGSTON — Local residents will meet tonight — March 16 —  to brainstorm ideas on how to help the victims in last week’s head-on collision on Highway 104 and Parcells Road.

James Norberg, 53, and his 14-year-old daughter were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for their injuries March 11. The teenager was initially in the Intensive Care Unit, but was discharged over the weekend, according to Harborview. Her father has been transferred out of ICU and is in stable condition, according to Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg.

“In the past, when tragedy’s happened like this, we’ve banded together for fundraisers,” said Cheryl Steele, one of the meeting organizers. “The community just really has an outpour of love and wants to help.”

Steele said Norberg is a single father who works “odds-and-ends jobs” to support himself and his daughter. The work he does enables him to be at home with her.

The meeting is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. at the North Kitsap Fire & Rescue station at 26642 Miller Bay Road NW, Kingston.

Steele said residents can sign-up to help take Norberg to doctor’s appointments and physical therapy, and share their ideas on how to raise money to help pay for the Norbergs’ medical expenses.

Steele said Norberg’s daughter is supposed to be at the meeting as well, though she’s still recovering from her injuries.

“People are really … dialed in to this, as Jim would say,” Steele said. “(There is) a lot of love and support behind them.”

For more information, call Steele at 360-297-4112.

School board will vote March 12 on revised graduation requirements

March 9th, 2015 at 5:11 pm by Richard D. Oxley
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Starting with the class of 2020, students in the North Kitsap School District may be required to complete an additional science credit, as well as a credit in career and technical education and two credits in world languages, in order to graduate.

The school board is expected to vote on these changes during the regular board meeting March 12, 6 p.m., in the administration building at 18360 Caldart Ave., Poulsbo. The meeting is open to the public.

Jeff Sweeney, director of secondary education in the district, said the changes come from the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. OSPI mandated that school districts in the state work toward requiring 24 credits from graduating seniors starting with the class of 2019. NKSD was granted a waiver to make those changes beginning with the class of 2020.

“We did that because we felt like we had some more work that we needed to do,” Sweeney said.

For more information or to view the agenda for the meeting, visit the North Kitsap School District website at


City of Poulsbo wants residents’ input regarding parks

March 9th, 2015 at 4:39 pm by rwalker
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POULSBO — The City of Poulsbo is reaching out to residents for feedback about its parks. The results may play into how the city plans its parks and other programs in the future.

The Parks and Recreation Department is specifically asking Poulsbo residents to complete an online survey. The questionnaire takes about 7-10 minutes. It will be active online until April 8.

The survey can be found on the city’s website, here.

A paper version of the survey is available from Parks and Recreation Director Mary McCluskey, 360-394-9772 or

The survey’s results will be looked to as the city updates its Park, Recreation and Open Space Plan throughout 2015. The plan is looked to for improvements or changes to parks and recreation programs. It also guides funding for parks and recreation over six years.

Help set course for stewardship of Port Gamble shoreline

March 9th, 2015 at 1:19 pm by rwalker
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PORT GAMBLE — Planning for the stewardship of Kitsap County’s shoreline block of 535 acres in Port Gamble will be discussed in public workshops that get under way this month.

The county Parks Department acquired the property, named the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park, from Pope Resources in February 2014 and was awarded a $175,000 grant from the state Department of Ecology to develop a stewardship plan and committee, and fund associated activities including environmental studies, property clean-up and the restoration planting of native plant species.

The first public meeting, March 28 from 9-10:30 a.m., will provide an overview of the park and planning efforts. Public comment will be taken. The second meeting, scheduled for May 5, 6-7:30 p.m., will give the community the opportunity to review the draft stewardship plan and provide input.

Both meetings will take place in the Poulsbo City Hall Council Chambers, 200 Moe St.

“I appreciate the community’s work in creating this stewardship plan,” Kitsap County Commission Chairman Rob Gelder said in an announcement of the meeting. “The structure that is created through this process can be expanded and/or replicated for other properties that may come to fruition as part of the overall conservation effort.”

A cleanup of the property on Feb 21, with the help of 100 community volunteers, resulted in the removal of 60 cubic yards of trash and more than 200 tires, according to the county. Invasive plant species were removed and portions of the property were replanted for erosion control and to restore 1.5 acres of marine riparian habitat east of State Route 104.

Initial planning for the property will include landscape studies, a forestry inventory and the identification of sensitive natural, cultural and historic resources. According to Steven Starlund, Kitsap County Parks and Open Space planner, priority will be given to the care and protection of these resources.

“Decisions on appropriate locations for public access and recreational uses will not be made until those are completed,” he said. “Stewardship planning requires the understanding of existing conditions then a determination of preservation and conservation measures balanced with appropriate public access and recreation.”

A steering committee was created last month to begin focusing on conservation, existing recreational uses and their impacts. Use zones are also being identified to define acceptable levels of activities and necessary resource protection within certain areas. The committee will begin drafting a stewardship plan in early June. After the Parks Advisory Board reviews it, the public will have an opportunity to comment. The final report will be adopted in mid-July.

Elements of the plan will include property profiles and maps; evaluations of current resources and public use impacts; recommendations for allowable public activities, conservation and recreation; and land classifications that delineate zones of acceptable use and preservation. Final recommendations will also include a prioritized list of actions to implement the plan.

The steering committee includes representatives from the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Suquamish Tribe, conservation groups, the Parks Advisory Board, North Kitsap Trails Association, Kitsap Water Trails, equestrian and mountain bike associations, neighbors, the Olympic Radio Control Association, and Olympic Property Group, the real estate arm of Pope Resources.

For more information, go to or contact Starlund at or 360-337-5350.

Neighborhood ‘open house’ regarding assisted living, retail proposal

February 12th, 2015 at 2:24 pm by rwalker
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POULSBO — A neighborhood meeting is scheduled on March 4, 5-7 p.m., regarding a proposed assisted living facility at Sunset Street and Jensen Way NE, next to the Poulsbo Post Office.

The meeting will take place at the Poulsbo Fire Station, 911 Liberty Road, Poulsbo. A presentation is not scheduled, and interested residents can attend at any time.

Proposed is a 65,000-square-foot, two/three-story assisted living facility that includes 5,950 square feet of retail commercial space on the first floor facing Jensen Way NE, with 40 underbuilding parking spaces and 52 surface parking spaces.

Access to the site would be from Hostmark Street, NE Sunset Street and Jensen Way NE. Landscaped areas and urban plaza/pocket parks are also proposed.

The parcels are zoned C-1 Commercial and Residential High, with the Poulsbo Place Master Plan Overlay.

The project proponent will be present to answer questions and provide informational materials. Residents may also provide written comments at the neighborhood meeting.


Meeting on port liveaboard expansion Feb. 19

February 5th, 2015 at 4:18 pm by rwalker
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POULSBO — The Poulsbo Port Commission will host an informational meeting on Feb. 19 regarding its proposal to allow 13 more liveaboard boats at the Poulsbo Marina, for a total of 25.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Poulsbo City Hall Council Chambers, 200 NE Moe St.

Port and city representatives will be present to answer questions, and informational materials on the proposal will be available for review. This is an opportunity for residents to discuss potential impacts and express their opinions, whether for or against the proposal.

If you are unable to attend or would like further information, contact Keri Weaver, City of Poulsbo Planning Department, at 360-394-9882 or

North Kitsap School Board meets Jan. 22 at Poulsbo Elementary School

January 20th, 2015 at 4:05 pm by rwalker
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POULSBO — The North Kitsap School Board meets on Jan. 22, 5:15 p.m., at Poulsbo Elementary School. The meeting is open to the public.

The meeting date was incorrect in the Public Meetings listing on page A2 of the Jan. 16 North Kitsap Herald.

The agenda is topped by a discussion of the 24 Credits Waiver, Civics Course Description (AP U.S. Government and Politics), and Culminating Project.

Meanwhile, a special meeting scheduled for Jan. 21, 6 p.m., has been cancelled.

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