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Cover Story: Boxlight projects bright ideasThere’s a winner in the People’s Choice awards from the Kitsap Peninsula, though it’s not one of the fan favorites in movies, music and TV.

The recipient of one of the 2013 People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products is Boxlight Inc., the Belfair-based company that manufactures and sells high-tech interactive projectors.

The Stevies may not be as familiar as Oscars, Emmys or Golden Globes, but they have been presented as part of the American Business Awards for more than a decade. This year’s award for Favorite New Product in the computer hardware category went to the ProjectoWrite5, Boxlight’s top-of-the-line projector — an achievement prominently noted on the website of the company owned by Hank and Sunshine Nance. read more »

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Cover Story: For members, the doctor is inDr. Blain Crandell spent a year finding out what health care is like in another country. Now that he’s back, he still isn’t working in a family practice that’s typical of the U.S. medical system, but that suits him just fine.

He recently joined the Bainbridge Island practice that Dr. Gregory Keyes started 10 years ago, a clinic where patients get a lot more face time with the physicians and can even call their cell phones 24/7 if an urgent need arises after business hours.

Patients get what they pay for with Member Plus Family Health Care. What they pay for — in the form of an annual membership fee read more »

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Cover Story: Special trees made into artIt started with a tree that was going to be cut down six years ago to make way for the parking lot of a Rite Aid store being built in a Northern California town. The landowner selling his property for the development knew Brian Beaulaurier and called to see if he’d be interested in buying the tree.

He was, because this wasn’t just any tree; it was an enormous Bastogne walnut tree that was a century and a half old.

“It had been planted by this gentleman’s great-grandfather in 1865,” Beaulaurier said. “Literally within days of when Rite Aid was going to start construction, I harvested that tree.” read more »

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Local tour operators offer scenic rides on land, water

Cover Story: The quest for tourismTom Drohan inherited the love of water and boating from his parents. He was 10 when the family moved to Gig Harbor, living on a boat for a while. He recalls giving tours about Puget Sound to visitors as a youngster, sharing his fascination with them.

These days, Drohan still loves to tell people from all over the world about Puget Sound. After a 20-year career running the family restaurant, Gig Harbor Inn, six years ago he put on an official captain’s hat and founded Destiny Harbor Tours (destinyharbortours.com). With two boats, one based in Tacoma and another in Gig Harbor, Destiny Harbor Tours offers three scheduled runs a day. According to Drohan, his is the only company south of Seattle with tours that charge per person. Charter events are also available for up to 33 people, everything from memorials to corporate outings. read more »

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Coalition pushing for acquisition of forestland in bay's watershed

Cover Story: After shoreline deal, what's next?Preserving forestland might mean cutting the trees.

That’s not really the paradox it seems, at least regarding the land the Kitsap Forest & Bay Project is working to acquire.

That land is five separate tracts owned by Pope Resources totaling nearly 7,000 acres, and the first purchase agreement between the company and Forterra (which handled negotiations for the Kitsap Forest & Bay Project) was signed in late May to buy a critical piece. The parties agreed to a $4.6 million sale of the 535-acre block that stretches for 1.5 miles along the Port Gamble Bay shoreline south of the former sawmill site that is being cleaned up. read more »

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A cyclist rides by a courtyard and retail storefronts in the Pleasant Beach Village development on Lynwood Center Road on Bainbridge Island.Summertime will see more of Pleasant Beach Village blossoming in Lynwood Center on Bainbridge Island, along with the start of construction on the Phase 2 residential component of the revived development.

There’s still unoccupied space in the row of four commercial buildings on the east side of Lynwood Center Road, but the building at the south end of the row — across the street from established businesses such as the Treehouse Café and Lynwood Theatre — soon will be filled by The Marketplace at Pleasant Beach.

Eric Andersen is managing that project and will operate a coffee shop called The Boathouse that will anchor one end of the 2,700-square-foot market. Andersen is well known on the island from the years he spent running the espresso stand at Town & Country Market on Winslow. read more »

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Cover Story: Crews work on the upper frame of a clear story skylight on the roof of the building on Bay Street where the Port Orchard Public Market is being built.A year after plans for the Port Orchard Public Market were announced, the site of businessman Don Ryan’s ambitious project had an open-air feel when he took several prospective market vendors inside recently. The long-vacant Bay Street building was missing its roof — but that was a sign of progress.

The building that’s been empty since the Slip 45 nightclub closed several years ago has been gutted, and interior work to transform the space is in progress under a new roof. Rising above the building’s flat roof is the 25-by-50-foot frame for the clear story skylight over the market’s central area. When work is completed, there will be a new façade above the Bay Street entrance, which will have wide doors that can be rolled up to make the indoor market more visible from outside and add to the ambience. read more »

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PUD pilot program installs antennas that tap into fiber optic broadband network

Cover Story: Rafe Anders of Poulsbo, who works in sales for T-Mobile in Seattle, uses the free WiFi connection at The Loft in downtown Poulsbo.A large portion of downtown Poulsbo including the waterfront has free public WiFi — and if Kitsap Public Utility District’s wishes came true, all the other downtowns could, too. And not just downtowns.

The technology is available through a pilot progam the PUD started offering recently. The district provides high-speed WiFi via antennas that connect through a router box of sorts to its fiber-optic broadband network. The antennas use mesh technology to bounce the signal from one to another, which means not every antenna needs a box because there could be four signal “hops” for every box connected to fiber-optic cable. Essentially, the antennas are helping extend the network without having to extend the fiber-optic cable, saving money. read more »

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For some at retirement age, it’s time for a new enterprise

Cover Story: Randy Kuckuck, left, stands by a display of book covers at Publish Next in Poulsbo with marketing director Trudy Catterfeld and editor Trey Schorr.For some people retirement means they’ve left a career, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they no longer need or want to be employed, even at an age when many peers have left the world of work behind.

Labor Department statistics from 2012 show that nearly 3 in 10 civilian workers in the U.S. were age 60 or older, and according to U.S. News & World Report, nearly a third of men and women age 65 to 69 are still in the workforce. In a recent national survey of Americans between the ages of 45 and 60, almost two-thirds of respondents said they planned to delay retirement.

One possibility in such circumstances is becoming an entrepreneur.

Randy Kuckuck, for example, was a corporate executive who found himself out of a job a few years ago after he oversaw a merger of two companies that operated online sources for media and entertainment information. read more »

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