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Tim Kelly
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The Kitsap Credit Union branch in Uptown Gig Harbor will remain open when KCU closes its other branch in north Gig Harbor and consolidates the two operations in early 2014. (Tim Kelly photo)The new year will bring some changes to Kitsap Credit Union, including closing two branches and outsourcing some of its residential mortgage services.

“We are plugging into a national network for home mortgage processing,” CEO Elliot Gregg told the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal.

KCU will close its Bainbridge Island branch and one of its two Gig Harbor branches, as well as reducing its presence in the building where it operates a branch in the Silverdale Village center between Bucklin Hill Road and Silverdale Way.

Leah Olson, vice president of marketing, said there will be fewer staff members there and KCU will occupy a smaller leased space read more »

 
Editor's View

So many Top Stories of 2013 lists are out there. So many categories — Most Heartwarming Stories, Top Science and Tech Stories, Top Stories According to Moms. There’s even a list of the Top 25 Most Censored Stories (subtitled The News That Didn’t Make the News.)

Rather than compiling one more random entry to that exhaustive list of Top Stories lists, I decided to review the year by reviving what once was a weekly feature at a newspaper where I worked. So here (with an assist from my kids) is your 2013 News Quiz:

1. In February, what plunged into Earth’s atmosphere and exploded in the morning sky above the Russian city of Chelyabinsk? read more »

 
Health And Fitness

Brandon Knott is the certified compounding pharmacist who owns and operates Cascade Specialty Pharmacy, formerly called Poulsbo Compounding Pharmacy. (Tim Kelly photo)Patients who get customized prescription medications from Cascade Specialty Pharmacy don’t necessarily get new drugs, but they may get the drugs they need in a different form. Instead of a standard capsule, the medication might be mixed into a salve or cream to be rubbed directly on an affected area and absorbed through the skin.

“Some of the newer things we’re doing are topical pain management, which delivers medications transdermally,” says Brandon Knott, the certified compounding pharmacist who owns the longtime Poulsbo business. read more »

 
Cover Story

Cover Story: Laura and John Nesby are closing MorMor Bistro and will remodel their restaurant to reopen as The Green Light Diner in Poulsbo. (Tim Kelly photo)MorMor is no more, but the Poulsbo couple who ran the successful bistro and wine bar for a decade are excited about what they’ll serve up next — bacon and eggs, among other less fancy fare.

Laura and John Nesby invited the community to the swan song for MorMor Bistro on Dec. 29, and they planned to be back early the next morning to start pulling up carpet for the remodeling project that will transform their Front Street establishment into The Green Light Diner.

All the years of culinary school and working at upscale West Coast restaurants to learn about fine cuisine and expensive wines read more »

 
Real Estate And Construction
Controversial development proposed on Bainbridge will go to hearing examiner

The Bainbridge Island Planning Commission recommended denial of a developer’s application to build an 8-acre shopping center by the busy intersection of State Route 305 and High School Road.

While the commission’s 7-0 vote was welcome news for residents who formed the group Islanders for Responsible Development to oppose the project, it will be up to a hearing examiner to choose between the planning commission’s recommendation and a previous one from the city’s Department of Planning & Community Development. A department staff report recommended approval — although with a list of conditions the development would have to meet — of the site plan and conditional-use permit requested by Visconsi Cos. of Ohio.

The Visconsi proposal includes seven buildings that would house a medical office, a bank, a Bartells drugstore and other retailers. read more »

 

A restored 1924 ferry that is moored at the Bremerton Marina and will be used as a floating venue for social events. (Tim Kelly Photo)For a guy who says he never wanted to be a seafarer, Christian Lint sure loves boats and has logged thousands of miles as a tugboat captain on oceangoing voyages.

He recently piloted the MV Kirkland into the Bremerton Marina, where the 1924 wooden-hulled vessel will be moored and used a waterfront events venue. The Kirkland’s sailing days are over, but it has a long history as a Columbia River car ferry read more »

 
Executive Gift Giving

Silver City Brewery in Bremerton makes Old Scrooge Christmas Ale, and does a limited release of Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Scrooge.For giving or imbibing seasonal winter ales, The Kitsap Peninsula is a veritable brewtopia.

Area craft breweries are in a festive mood like everyplace else this time of year, rolling out barrels of special holiday beers that suit the season.

At 7 Seas Brewery in Gig Harbor, co-owner and brewmaster Travis Guterson greets a visitor in the taproom where a wall of windows give a view of the brewing operation that produces about 4,200 barrels a year. The skinny, heavily tattooed 30-year-old looks a bit like a rad elf in Santa’s beer workshop, with a red stocking cap on his head and the goatee below his chin pointing in opposite directions. read more »

 
Executive Gift Giving

Scoops Nuts is an enterprise run by Susan Otte, shown at a recent holiday gift fair in Poulsbo, and her husband, Doug, who sell a variety of roasted nuts. (Tim Kelly photo)Sweet, smoked, salty, spicy, crunchy, nutty.

Local entrepreneurs provide gourmet foods that match each of those adjectives and more, providing delectable choices for holiday gifts or party fare.

Start with chocolate. This indulgence is always in season, and this holiday season was ushered in with the debut of a Chocolate Festival.

Carter’s Chocolates owner Matt Carter of Port Orchard thought his town could host the kind of themed event he’s been a vendor at elsewhere, and he teamed up with the nonprofit community group Fathoms O’ Fun to make it happen. The successful first-time event — which Carter hopes read more »

 
Technology

Got IT? Your local library does, and it’s free.

Kitsap Regional Library (KRL)branches and public libraries across the state are offering patrons access to the Microsoft IT Academy at no charge. The online technology curriculum provides opportunities for people to become proficient in using a wide spectrum of Microsoft software programs, and for advanced learners to prepare for certification as IT professionals qualified to maintain software networks.

“We can provide this access to people who could never afford it on their own,” said Sharon Grant, KRL’s digital branch manager. “It’s about economic development and how to help people really at grass-roots level.”

The Wasington State Library’s partnership with Microsoft is supported by $1.25 million in funding from the legislature, and Microsoft has discounted the cost of its training courses by about 90 percent so more than 400 public, community college and tribal libraries throughout the state can offer free access to the IT Academy during the current biennium, which runs through July 2015. read more »

 
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