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The North Mason Chamber announces that David Peterson, superintendent of North Mason School District and Dr. David C. Mitchell, president of Olympic College will deliver a “The State of Education” address during the membership luncheon on Sept. 28.

This informative event will afford attendees an inside glimpse of the state of the region’s elementary through college level educational system. Peterson and Dr. Mitchell will provide insight in the challenges of today’s economy and the subsequent impacts on the quality of the educational process. read more »


The Island School earned its Level Two Certification from Washington Green Schools (WGS). Jo Meints, Education and Communications representative for the Solid Waste Division of Kitsap County Public Works and a member of WGS, presented the students with a certificate and a Washington Green Schools flag on Sept. 12.

Students, teachers and parents at The Island School have worked together the past two years to make lasting changes. read more »


Northwest School of Dance may be new to Kitsap County, but owners Jennifer Picart-Branner and Stephanie Clarke are highly trained, well seasoned dancers and instructors with 30 years combined teaching experience. The studio unofficially opened on July 11 to offer summer classes in all styles; Ballet, Lyrical/Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Creative Dance (ages 3-6yrs), Pre-Ballet, and Musical Theatre. read more »


Olympic College, working with area high schools, is notifying Running Start students about recent changes made by the 2011 legislature to the Running Start program.

As a result of the recent legislation, and beginning fall 2011 quarter, Running Start students will be charged tuition for exceeding 15 credits or for taking more than 307 minutes of high school classes with college classes. read more »


Come summertime, kids are always looking for something fun, lucrative, or rewarding to do. After all, there are only so many TV reruns to watch and video games to play before their cries of “I’m bored!” begin. While summer is underway, parents still have time to encourage their kids to do something special and maybe even a little different this year.

Gail Smith of Sylvan Learning located in Silverdale suggests ways to inspire some memorable fun this summer and keep children learning in the process. read more »


In a special recognition ceremony Mindy Eisele, Central Kitsap Teacher of the Year was formally recognized for her achievements by the Rotary Club of Silverdale. Eisele teaches a number of history and literature related courses at Olympic High School. Included in her work is responsibility for instruction in the Achieve Program a course of instruction direct at improving the performance of capable but under achieving students.

In recognition of her exceptional contribution to Education and to the community, Eisele was inducted as a Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary’s most coveted award for those who promote and provide the highest level of “Service above Self.” read more »


Poulsbo-based Action Training Systems, a multimedia development company and industry leader in innovative training systems for emergency responders, has developed a 10-title series for Fire Service Rescue. Along with the Water & Ice Rescue title, which includes training for swift water and surf rescue methods, the series covers such things as rescue apparatus and equipment, rope rescue, confined space rescue, structural collapse rescue, elevator rescue and Wilderness Search and Rescue. read more »


A rare visit and tour of early 1900’s Bainbridge Island homes, the Furuya House and the Gazzam House, will be hosted by the Kitsap County Historical Society on Thurs., June 23. The Furuya House was the summer retreat of Masijiro Furuya, a successful Seattle businessman. Because Furuya was Japanese, he was not allowed to own property. Instead, he leased this property from his neighbor, Colonel Warren Gazzam whose 6,000-square foot house was built with river rock from the shore. The fascinating history of these two homes will be presented. Lunch at Sawatdy Thai Cuisine Restaurant is included. Tickets are $30 for KCHS members/$35 for non-members. read more »


Responsible alcohol service is an issue that touches almost every restaurant business, its customers, and the community where it’s located. The Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) is dedicated to promoting responsible alcohol service.

The WRA Education Foundation’s online ServSafe Alcohol program and WRA instructor-led Mandatory Alcohol Server Training (MAST) are both approved by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (LCB).After completing one of the WRA’s alcohol server training programs attendees will obtain their Class 12, or Class 13 permit. read more »

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