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Maura Hallam Sweley

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 »


When Minolta eliminated its senior network engineer position from all its offices in 2002, it did two things for Paul Clemmons. It placed him among the ranks of the unemployed, and it provided him with a home-based business opportunity.

“Because Minolta eliminated the position, it left about a dozen customers throughout Puget Sound in the lurch,” said Clemmons. “I started up my own business to support them.” read more »


People are frequently less relaxed at company events than at a party in someone’s home, said Nodsle, which means they tend to eat less. Choosing foods that are easy to eat allows people to maintain a professional image among their colleagues, clients and superiors.

“The easier it is to eat, the better,” she said.

The time of day the event will take place is another important factor when choosing food. read more »


In addition to a time for exchanging gifts with family and friends, the holidays are often a time when individuals and businesses give to others. Holiday food and toy drives are in full swing and the Salvation Army’s bell ringers are manning their posts across the county.

On a larger scale, this is the time of year that many people are making relatively significant donations to charities and other organizations. And while much of this can be attributed to the holiday spirit, it is also true that the end of the year rush to contribute can mean savings on this year’s tax returns. read more »


Personalized gifts send a clear message: that the gift-giver has gone out of their way to select a special gift for the recipient. And while “personalized” often calls to mind monograms and ID bracelets, there are a number of options that gift givers have this holiday season to add that extra, personal touch to their purchases.

Engraving and embroidery read more »


Charles “Chuck” Haselwood, died from heart failure Saturday, Oct. 28, at Harrison Medical Center, at the age of 83. The well-known auto dealer, developer, and philanthropist was the true embodiment of the rags to riches story, building one of the largest car dealership empires in the state, and leaving behind a legacy of both incredible business success and overwhelming generosity towards his community. read more »


It’s that time of year again. Stores are filled with holiday shoppers, searching for the perfect gift for friends, loved ones, even co-workers and employees.

For many gift givers, that perfect gift comes in the form of jewelry. In 2005 US consumers spent nearly $59 billion on jewelry and watches, according to the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. And, as with the rest of the retail industry, jewelry stores frequently earn between 25 and 40 percent of those annual revenues during the holiday shopping season. read more »


Elizabeth Gilje A year or so ago, the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner surprised everyone in Kitsap County by announcing it had tentatively accepted Group Health Cooperative’s offer to purchase KPS Health Plans. read more »


It is becoming increasingly common for patients to see physician assistants, often referred to as mid-level professionals or advanced care practitioners, when they visit a doctor’s office or medical clinic. And, not surprisingly, it’s a growing field. There are nearly 59,000 physician’s assistants in practice in the United States today, with another 10,000 students currently enrolled in PA programs, according to estimates by the American Academy of Physicians Assistants. read more »

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