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The Leisure SeekerA creative team of Kitsap Regional Library staff members will be touring the county July 27 to “release” special copies of KRL’s One Book, One Community selection to the public.

In all, more than 100 copies of “The Leisure Seeker” by Michael Zadoorian, with special labeling identifying the books and urging people to share them with others in the community, will be released by KRL. These copies are not part of the KRL collection and do not have to be returned to the library. They were purchased with funds donated to the KRL Foundation.

Each book is labeled on the cover “Read & Release. Take this Book. Details inside.” Inside the front cover is another label explaining the One Book, One Community program. In addition, each copy has a unique identification number that has been registered at www.Bookcrossing.comread more »


Western Washington University will open a new university center in partnership with Olympic College that will offer a four-year program for a bachelor’s degree in business at the OC campus in Poulsbo.

The two schools will officially announce creation of The Western Washington University Center at Olympic College in Poulsbo at an event July 17 at the Poulsbo campus.

Olympic College president David Mitchell said the new center will offer a four-year program leading to a business degree, similar to the partnership OC has with Washington State University in offering a four-year mechanical engineering degree at OC’s main campus in Bremerton. read more »


The Kitsap Economic Development Alliance (KEDA) has released Transformation, a video featuring the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, as the newest addition to its Kitsap Connected series. Kitsap Connected is KEDA’s award-winning multimedia marketing campaign that promotes economic development opportunities throughout Kitsap County and across the Greater Puget Sound Region.

“Many of our faculty, students and staff live in Kitsap County and our flagship program is held at Islandwood,” said John Gardner, provost at BGI. “Being active in our community is important to us and it’s how we do business on Bainbridge Island. We collaborate with three local organizations to provide sustainability workshops to Kitsap residents and businesses, and we all benefit from those relationships. Being featured on the Kitsap Connect site is an honor and increases our visibility within Kitsap.” read more »


PR Newswire

A career fair event geared toward the technology and engineering fields will be held May 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave.

Job-seekers with technology and engineering skills will be able to speak with recruiting representatives from tech and healthcare companies, as well as local government agencies.

Preregistration is recommended at www.dicecareerfairs.com where attendees will also find a complete list of companies attending. read more »


OLYMPIA — A bill signed into law May 2 by Gov. Jay Inslee will make employee training more affordable for Washington small businesses.

SHB 1247, sponsored by state Rep. Drew Hansen, D-Bainbridge Island, makes it easier for small businesses to train employees in partnership with community and technical colleges by removing a dollar-for-dollar match formerly required under state law. Small businesses with less than $500,000 in annual gross business income are now only required to pay the usual salary and benefits during training.

“We need to help people upgrade their skills so they can stay current in a fast-changing economy,” Hansen said. “This bill helps small businesses work with community colleges to make sure their employees are well-trained so they can stay and grow in their jobs.” read more »


More than 500 students around the world now have taken an online basic course in growing lavender offered by Layrinth Hill Lavender in Hasville, CEO Susan Harrington reports.

A pre-spring surge of 35 prospective lavender growers — including the first from South Africa — have added to registrants in the U.S., Canada and nine other countries. Most are interested in growing lavender as a commercial crop. Others look for guidance in growing the fragrant herb in their garden landscapes.

“With students in such diverse climate locations as Ireland and England, Poland, Italy, Australia, Eygpt, Bermuda, Mexico and Brazil, we like to think we’re helping put Kitsap County on the map,” Harrington said. read more »


Kitsap Community Resources has announced that its Business Education Support & Training program (BE$T) will be providing entrepreneurial training to Kitsap residents in low-income situations who want to start or expand a business.

The next “Get Ready for Business Boot Camp and Orientation” will be March 19 at 6 p.m. at the KCR Community Resource Building, 1201 Park Ave. in Bremerton. The session is free to anyone interested.

For program information and preregistration, contact BE$T program manager and business specialist Stuart Walton at swalton [at] kcr [dot] org, or call 360-473-2141 or 206-914-4824. read more »


The Chiropractic Lifestyle Center in East Bremerton will host its second annual free class on metabolic detoxification at 6 p.m. on Feb. 18 at the center, 991 NE Ridell Road.

Anyone who is tired of feeling tired, frustrated with recurring muscle aches, headaches, bloating and constipation, brain fog, or insomnia, can come and learn about how these and many other common symptoms of disease can be caused by toxins in the body.

The instructor, Kevin Strawn from Metagenics, will explain the process of detoxification and show how people can enhance their well-being through this basic process. read more »

Women In Business

Women who work in education acknowledge it’s not necessarily a generously paying field, but they find it very rewarding, whether it’s in the public or private sector.

“There are some amazing minds in education. The diversity of the skillset required of a teacher or administrator is incredible,” said Barrie Hillman, head of school for West Sound Academy in Poulsbo.

From arts and sports to primary and adult education, numerous Kitsap Peninsula women have made it their mission to help both children and adults learn and grow. The KPBJ is featuring a small group of these dedicated women. read more »

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