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Remodel will add bar, second dining room in historic Port Gamble general store building

Port GambleIn one of Port Gamble’s most notable historic buildings, there are two walk-in vaults built in the 19th century for the office of the timber company that owned the thriving town.  read more »

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Kite & Lightning owner Bill Hickner, right, talks with Scott Houmes at Silver City Brewery in Silverdale while checking the restaurant's energy control panel. (Rodika Tollefson Photo)When staff at Silver City Brewery in Silverdale arrive to work in the morning, no one has to worry about going around the building to turn on lights or regulate the thermostat. Nor do they need to worry about adjusting controls or turning on air conditioning as the outside air temperature changes. All those functions, along with others related to the kitchen and refrigeration systems, are performed automatically read more »


Replacing the state gas tax with a road usage charge would mean all drivers would pay the same rate per number of miles driven, regardless of what type of vehicle they drive. (Tim Kelly Photo)Driving vehicles that get better gas mileage — whether all-electric cars, hybrids, or regular sedans, pickups and SUVs manufactured to meet higher fuel-efficiency standards — seems obviously beneficial.

However, the positive formula of people buying less gas to drive the same number of miles has a consequence for the public roads system, which is funded and maintained by the per-gallon tax motorists pay at the gas pump. read more »

Real Estate And Construction

The Coffee Oasis was set to open its new location on Bay Street in Port Orchard on March 1, after months of efforts by volunteers to renovate the former Bay Street Ale House building. Jesse Westwood, shown at the service counter, will manage the café operation and there will be a separate youth center on the second floor.The Coffee Oasis will serve its namesake beverage brewed from locally roasted beans, and continue serving the needs of street youth, at its new Port Orchard location that opened March 1.

In the days leading up to the “soft opening” of the café at 807 Bay St., volunteers were putting finishing touches on walls, floors and kitchen equipment in the space that used to be Bay Stree Ale House until that business closed in 2011. read more »


Green Light DinerThe transformation of a popular restaurant in downtown Poulsbo is complete, and the Green Light Diner opened in early Feburary.

Owners John and Laura Nesby operated the place for 10 years as Mor Mor Bistro, but they closed it at the end of 2013 and worked with designer Michelle Doyle to redesign and remodel the space completely to create their new retro-look diner.


McBride's HallmarkMcBride’s Hallmark, a family-owned business since the 1960s, was set to close its store on Lund Avenue by the end of February. Owners Scott and Stacy Ryan could not be reached for comment.

They are also closing their Hallmark store in Oak Harbor, while three others in Silverdale, Poulsbo and University Place will remain open.

Retirement Lifestyles

Peninsula Umpires Association member Chuck Sacrison, second from right, and other umpires join in when "YMCA" is played between innings during the championship game at the 2013 Little League Senior Softball (age 15-16) World Series, held in Roxanna, Delaware last August. (Courtesy Photo)What’s a good way to keep physically active and mentally sharp as you reach retirement age and beyond?

Stay in the game, literally.

That’s what works for veteran members of the Peninsula Umpires Association (PUA) who are still calling balls and strikes at local baseball and softball games.

None have been doing it longer than Dick Brakefield of Bremerton, who started umpiring in 1971, back when Lou Piniella was a rising star outfielder for the Kansas City Royals. read more »

Retirement Lifestyles

Donna and Jim Smeall in front of their RV while visiting her parents in Florida. (Courtesy Photo)If things go well for Janet Dowling and her husband, Bill, the pair will drive home a new RV by the end of March or so. A dream in the making for a couple of years, the RV will give the Key Peninsula couple a new way to do what they love — travel.

“In the 30 years we’ve been married, we have taken a zillion road trips, especially in the West,” Janet Dowling said. “We love road trips.”

Dowling retired after closing her business, Potlatch Gallery, in downtown Poulsbo in March 2011. She started shopping for a recreational vehicle a couple of years ago, first at local dealers and then online after discovering that prices were lower in other states in the West. read more »

Retirement Lifestyles

One of the common areas at The Ridge is decorated with masculine decor and includes a workshop with basic tools. (Rodika Tollefson Photo)Encore Communities added memory care to its services in January, following the purchase of the Emeritus of Silverdale facility, which was renamed The Ridge. The Ridge is one of four Encore communities, which also include Country Meadows independent retirement cottages, Clearbrook Inn assisted living and Northwoods Lodge skilled nursing and rehabilitation. The Ridge is located within two miles of the rest of the 13-acre Encore campus. read more »

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