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Maura Hallam Sweley

Horticulturists and gardening enthusiasts everywhere were saddened in May when W. Atlee Burpee & Co., owner of Heronswood Nursery, abruptly closed the famous Hansville property and moved the nursery stock and business back to Burpee headquarters on the east coast. But a new organization has recently surfaced that is giving hope to Heronswood fans that the garden gates may open to the public once again. read more »


When Rick Lanning was 18 years old he picked up and moved 1,300 miles away from his childhood home to pursue his destiny.

“I knew I wanted to be somebody,” said the 47-year-old business owner and entrepreneur. “I chose Washington for the opportunities that it could afford me.” read more »


Walter Galitzki came to Kitsap County in 1973, after relocating here to take a job with a youth agency. From there he became involved in construction, which led to starting his own construction company, Sun Path Energy in 1983.

Since its inception more than two decades ago, the company has had a special focus on building green, an issue that has always been important to Galitzki. read more »


Tracy Bushnell Bushnell Homes is definitely a family affair.

“The Bushnell family has been building houses in Kitsap for over 20 years,” said Tracy Bushnell, president of the firm. “The company was originally founded by my brother Stan, who passed away of pancreatic cancer in 2000. Since then the company has gone through many changes and is growing rapidly.” read more »


Kelly White, who owns the HoneyBaked Ham Company and Café franchise in Silverdale with his wife, Sue, is no stranger to being a business owner.

“I’ve been self-employed for 45 or 46 years,” he said. read more »


Cavalon Place in Silverdale, an office condominium complex being built in the Highland Business Park, expects completion of the project’s two buildings this winter. South Kitsap

Work on the downtown marquee has been temporarily stalled out due to the recent discovery of extensive wood rot in the marquee’s columns. read more »


When it comes to planning your financial future there are a range of experts out there who can help. But those experts all seem to go by different titles and it can be confusing trying to determine which expert is the right one to help meet your financial goals. Should you work with an advisor, a planner, or an investment representative? What do all those titles and letters behind their names mean, anyway?

“There are some differences, but to the general public they don’t mean a whole lot,” said Pam Piper, an investment representative with Edward Jones Investments in Port Orchard. read more »


Just because you run a home-based business doesn’t mean you should make do with a card table for a desk or dial-up Internet access. Even if the only one who sees your home office on a regular basis are you and your dog, it’s still important for you to have a professional workspace to help you stay organized and productive.

Define Your Space read more »


In the late 1990s Naomi Maasberg and Joleen Palmer thought the handful of acres they owned in Kingston would make a great retreat center. As they began planning the center, they invited a number of people out to the land to gauge interest. During this planning process they learned two important things. They learned more about the land and its place in the Carpenter Creek watershed, and they discovered that many of their visitors were uncomfortable being outside in the environment.

“We began to think that environmental education made more sense,” said Palmer, the center’s program director. read more »

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