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Win an iPad mini from the library

Rick Sorrels - avatar Rick Sorrels

Two iPad minis can be won at a drawing offered by the Pierce County Library System which is holding its eighth annual library card drive from Oct.1 through the 31.  ...

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Boil-water advisory issued for Lake of t…

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Lake of the Woods community members are being asked to boil their drinking water because potentially harmful E. coli bacteria were detected in their system’s water. The bacteria were detected Friday,...

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Three more promotions within FD 16

Rick Sorrels - avatar Rick Sorrels

  Guy Allen was promoted to Chief of Key Peninsula Fire Department 16 effective Aug. 27, 2014.  During the Oct. 14 commissioners meeting, three more individuals will be promoted to a...

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2014 issues facing voters in November

Rick Sorrels - avatar Rick Sorrels

A look at the upcoming November ballot issues:     I-1351:  Initiative to reduce school class size. The Legislature has failed in its Constitutional mandate to adequately fund public schools. The State...

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Two very close calls with celestial even…

Rick Sorrels - avatar Rick Sorrels

Earth just missed two very close, near-catastrophic events, involving first an asteroid, shortly followed by a massive solar flare, with very little warning for either. Asteroid 2014RC passed over New Zealand...

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Key Pen Parks host a series of public me…

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Key Pen Parks recently announced the first of a series of public meetings on the development of a master plan for Gateway Park.  According to Scott Gallacher, the executive director,...

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Candidate forum slated for Oct. 7 at civ…

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Candidates running for elective office in November will face off, argue their position, and answer questions from the voters on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Key Peninsula Civic Center in...

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Grown-up dancing to be held at civic cen…

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

Get out your dancing shows, grown-ups. There’s a dance at the Key Peninsula Civic Center every month, starting Sept. 27. Spenser Abersold, general manager of KGHP–FM is bringing a big stack...

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OCT ’14 KP Calendar

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Now until Oct. 4 Make a scarecrow Groups, businesses or individuals may make a scarecrow to display in Key Center to promote the Farm Tour to be held Oct. 4. It’s called...

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Key Peninsula Fire Department

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Aug. 15 to Sept. 15   Total Calls: 169           EMS: 109 Fire/service: 16 Other: 44     Aug. 28 Key Peninsula firefighters responded to reports of a car into a tree. A young woman went off the roadway on...

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Writing by Faith

Dan Whitmarsh - avatar Dan Whitmarsh

Let’s Talk about Domestic Violence     Jesus once said, “All that is secret will eventually be brought into the open.” Domestic violence is often hidden beneath the veneer of polite society. We mask...

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Words of Whit

Steve Whitford - avatar Steve Whitford

Read my lips   Some folks read palms, others read cards. Local author Jilly Eddy reads your lips –– or to be exact –– a lipstick print of them. Eddy was Jersey...

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McNeil Island, McCleary, and an impendin…

Rick Sorrels - avatar Rick Sorrels

The Pragmatic Sophist   Washington state is in violation of a reversionary clause in the 1984 deed that transferred McNeil Island from Federal ownership to state ownership. The deed required that the...

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Land Use Advisory Commission works on pu…

Sara Thompson - avatar Sara Thompson

The Key Peninsula Land Use Advisory Commission (LUAC) plays a critical role in development taking place on our almost-island in South Puget Sound. Those with an interest in knowing more...

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KP students on a mission to read

Jessica Takehara - avatar Jessica Takehara

The beauty of the written word in literature contains emotion and power. Yet, the modern era of social media, electronics and digital distractions compete for reader attention. Adults and students...

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‘National Make a Difference Day’ happens…

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On Oct. 25, millions of Americans across the nation will come together in a common mission to improve their communities. On this day, the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula community...

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Guy Allen, familiar face, new fire chief

Steve Whitford - avatar Steve Whitford

It’s official, as of Aug. 27, Guy Allen, former interim chief became the new fire chief of the Key Peninsula Peninsula Fire Department. Allen was one of 22 applicants for...

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Lifetime gardener operates Longbranch nu…

Colleen Slater - avatar Colleen Slater

“Grandpa taught me how to garden,” says G T Nursery owner Tom Teague, of Longbranch. They lived in Los Osos, Cailf. during his growing up years. Teague has gardened ever since...

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Keeping your septic system healthy, flow…

Karen Lovett - avatar Karen Lovett

Attendees at the Sept. 13, septic workshop at the Key Peninsula Civic Center were rewarded with one-on-one help and information offered by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD).  Rather than...

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KP Eagle Scout battles cancer

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Determinately combatting the ravages of a cancer he is determined he will beat, Eagle Scout Scott Odell attended Key Peninsula Boy Scout Troop 220's Sept. 14 Court of Honor at...

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Troop 220 welcomes seven new Eagle Scout…

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Sunday, Sept. 14, the Key Peninsula Civic Center was awash with parents, siblings, friends and supporters of Boy Scouts, seven of whom from Key Peninsula Boy Scout Troop 220 were...

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KP actors participate in The Addams Fami…

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

Gig Harbor’s Paradise Theatre is getting a jump on Halloween in fine musical style and a couple of Key Peninsula residents are part of the fun. The theater group is staging...

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New community church launches at The Red…

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

For at least 10 years, a number of families on the Key Peninsula have been praying for a Church of The Nazarene to open in this community, according to Home...

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Key Pen connects to Bangladesh by ‘Threa…

Danna Webster - avatar Danna Webster

The 2014 Gig Harbor Film Festival officially accepted an independent documentary film produced by a local Herron Island couple on Saturday, Oct. 18. “Threads,” produced by Cathy Stevulak and Leonard...

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KP Farm Tour set for family fun and educ…

Karen Lovett - avatar Karen Lovett

This year’s KP Farm Tour begins with breakfast at the Key Center fire station. On Oct. 4, pancakes and ham, juice and coffee will be served between 8 a.m. and...

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Local mom thanks, educates community abo…

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

When he was just 6 months old, Jennifer Dickenson’s son, Robbie Jackson, was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy with left-sided hemiplegia. “Basically,” she explained, “Cerebral palsy is a catch-all diagnosis that means...

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New computers help Evergreen Elementary …

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

The kids at Evergreen Elementary School have discovered a great new tool for doing research and writing stories, thanks to third-grade teacher Therese Souers. It’s called Chromebook, a small tablet-like, Google-based...

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TWAA juried art show set

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The fourth annual juried Art Exhibition will be presented by Two Waters Arts Alliance (TWAA) from Oct. 3 through Dec. 1. Cash prizes of $150 will be awarded. Current membership...

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2014 primary election results

Rick Sorrels - avatar Rick Sorrels

The final voting results for the 2014 Primary Election are listed below. The top two contenders that will appear on the November General Election ballot are: U.S. representative: Derek Kilmer (63...

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Artists and scarecrows gear up for farm …

Karen Lovett - avatar Karen Lovett

The Key Peninsula Farm Tour takes place on Saturday, Oct. 4. The popular event kicks off with an introduction in September as the community prepares for the main event. An...

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SEPT. ’14 KP News calendar

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Sept. 2, 8, 15, 22, 29 Bloodmobile The bloodmobile is at Albertson’s 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Note the 2nd is a Tuesday.   Sept. 2 and 16 Senior shopping Seniors have an opportunity to go...

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Key Peninsula Fire Department report

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  For the period of: July 15to Aug. 15 Total Calls: 204           EMS: 127 Fire/service: 32 Other: 45     July 18 Key Peninsula Fire crews responded to a two vehicle collision late Friday night. The collision involved a truck...

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‘Skate Night’ keeps on rolling at civic …

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

Troy Milles is a guy who likes to go around in circles. He’s in charge of the weekly Skate Night sessions at Key Peninsula Civic Center. Skate Night has been a regular...

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Read my lips!

Steve Whitford - avatar Steve Whitford

Words of Whit by Steve Whitford Some folks read palms, others read cards, local author Jilly Eddy reads your lips, or to be exact a lipstick print of them. Eddy was...

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Healing herbs of the Key Peninsula

Monica Rakowski - avatar Monica Rakowski

Living Close to Nature For millennia, human beings and plants have evolved with one another in a symbiotic relationship. We take care of the plants and they take care of us....

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Dear Editor,

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I would like to clarify the legacy of the Bischoff Food Bank.  It was started 10 years ago by Mr. Ross Bischoff, a member of the Key Peninsula Lutheran Church. His...

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McNeil Island meeting opens door of poss…

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By Sara Thompson, for KP News   What’s in the future for McNeil Island? With the state prison closing, will the families of old settlers resume ownership of their land? Will the...

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KP church spiffing up and holding fundra…

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

Key Peninsula Lutheran church is celebrating change. Church members have been building a new sidewalk around the church, renovating the playground and generally spiffing-up the place. “We’re getting ready to paint...

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‘Flavors of Fall’ fundraiser set to impr…

Alice Kinerk - avatar Alice Kinerk

Do you dream of visiting Paris?  Ever wish the city of love was located a little closer to our neck of the woods?  If so, mark your calendar for the...

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Lakebay Community Church hosts party for…

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

On a beautiful August Sunday, a group of Key Peninsula residents celebrated the 90th birthday of Lakebay Community Church with cake and ice cream and a hearty chorus of “Happy...

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Citizens trade homemade items through ne…

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On a recent Saturday morning the Key Peninsula Civic Center hosted what looked, at first glance, like a craft fair. Folding tables were set up beside the picnic shelter and...

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Local girl volunteers her way to winning…

Karen Lovett - avatar Karen Lovett

Ten-year-old Alyssa Garcia is a familiar face around the Key Peninsula. A member of Girl Scout Troop 40956 and an active member of the Key Peninsula Youth Council, Garcia can’t...

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The KP News distribution team and your s…

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

See below story for a short video.... The newspaper you hold is a product of many dedicated volunteers. As you probably know, the majority of KP News staff are community members passionate...

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State Route 302 corridor construction wo…

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The construction work on State Route 302 started Aug. 18.  The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) contractors will focus their efforts at 118th through September where a contractor will...

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KP volunteer lives a history of helping

Jessica Takehara - avatar Jessica Takehara

“Volunteering is the rent you pay on earth,” says Marcia Harris reciting her family motto with passion in her voice. In fact, the concept of giving back to the community,...

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KP students get ‘Jump Start’ to school l…

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

Last month about two dozen Key Peninsula children who’ll be starting kindergarten at Minter Creek got a jump start on school. They attended Peninsula School District’s new, free Jump Start program. According...

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Key Peninsula Logging Show and Festival …

Karen Lovett - avatar Karen Lovett

At 10 a.m. the flag went up in a ceremony provided by Key Peninsula Veterans and music from the Key Singers launched the annual Key Peninsula Logging Show and Festival...

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KP Land Use Advisory Commission meeting

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On Aug. 19, at 6:30 p.m., the KP Land Use Advisory Committee will meet at Key Peninsula Civic Center. They will consider substantial development permits for geoduck farms and citizen...

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FISH food bank changes hours

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FISH food bank, which provides free food for those in need from the LDS church parking lot near the SR-302 and Elgin-Clifton “Y”will change its hours of operation from every...

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KP Farm Tour calls for vendors

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The KP Farm council invites vendors and entertainers to contact them if they want to participate in this year’s Key Peninsula Farm Tour.   Deadline for program inclusion on the farm...

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2014 ballot measures and candidates

Rick Sorrels - avatar Rick Sorrels

It’s election time again. There may be only two measures, a school levy and a school bond, but there are many candidates –– with the vast majority running unopposed. The...

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Red Barn music and barbecue open house s…

Colleen Slater - avatar Colleen Slater

The Red Barn Youth Center hosts SPLASH, an open house celebration featuring music and barbecue sandwiches, on Aug. 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Two new program directors will be...

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Citizens trade homemade items through ne…

Staff Report - avatar Staff Report

On a recent Saturday morning the Key Peninsula Civic Center hosted what looked, at first glance, like a craft fair. Folding tables were set up beside the picnic shelter and...

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Key Peninsula Fire Department

Staff Report - avatar Staff Report

For the period of: June 15 to July 15     Total Calls: 193           EMS: 126 Fire/service: 19 Other: 48     June 18 Key Peninsula and Gig Harbor Firefighters responded to a Minterwood home for reports of a propane leak....

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KP Calendar August 2014

Connie Renz - avatar Connie Renz

Aug. 1 Make a windsock Children from ages 6-12 create a Tyvek windsock with Tillie at 11 a.m., at Key Center Library.   Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Free movies Cinema Under the Stars at...

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Writing by Faith

Dan Whitmarsh - avatar Dan Whitmarsh

Walking together for 90 years   Anybody remember 1924? Four planes left Seattle that spring for the first-ever flight around the world, and the first Winter Olympics were hosted in France. J....

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Words of Whit

Steve Whitford - avatar Steve Whitford

Camping with a real Big Foot, the final chapter   The year was 1972. Forests were receding instead of my hairline, and I was a strapping young man of 22. During that...

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What is important enough to spend your l…

Rick Sorrels - avatar Rick Sorrels

Few people recognize the real meaning behind the “Fourth of July,” which is also called Independence Day –– in reference to the Declaration of Independence, which most everybody believes is...

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New food bank concerns

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Rural areas like ours offer a special challenge for people who want to help others feed their families healthy food. Why so many food banks? The oldest food bank in the...

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WildWatch program watches Key Pen

Steve Whitford - avatar Steve Whitford

Gig Harbor’s Harbor WildWatch program not only serves Gig Harbor, it is also an important part of life on the Key Peninsula. The organization was created in 2004 by Dee...

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KPMS celebrates 10 years with NASA

Hugh McMillan - avatar Hugh McMillan

In 2004, Key Peninsula Middle School became the first NASA Explorer School in Washington. It was to be for three years. Somehow, KPMS students under the direction of founder, teacher...

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MAFCA rolls to Longbranch

Hugh McMillan - avatar Hugh McMillan

The Model A Ford Convention of America took place on a very warm, sun-drenched day on the Key Peninsula, July 16.  The vehicles, 160 in all, assembled at the Puyallup Fairgrounds, and...

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Fun, bugs and adventure abound with Key …

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

Summer is a busy time for Key Pen Parks, with specially focused camps taking place all season long. It started in early July with an Insect Safari, according to recreation assistant...

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Slick Chicks Comedy Team debut on KP

Colleen Slater - avatar Colleen Slater

Key Peninsula residents Lori Colbo and D’Arcy Figuracion make their debut as a comedy team at the Red Barn SPLASH event on Aug. 9. Earlier this year, both women took a...

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KP church hosts long-running VBS program

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

For more than three decades WayPoint Church has held a free, week-long Vacation Bible School in July for kids through sixth grade. According to Sharron Dean, a Vaughn resident who...

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KP couple goes public in search of life-…

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

Longbranch resident Kim Gebhardt needs a kidney. About six years ago, she was diagnosed with kidney disease. “I thought I had tension headaches so I was taking a lot of ibuprofen ––...

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Vaughn Elementary custodians working thr…

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

When Key Peninsula kids head back to school on Sept. 3, every classroom, auditorium, gymnasium and office space will be sparkly clean from floor to ceiling, thanks to Peninsula School...

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Dog agility event scampers into Voluntee…

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A dog agility event is scheduled for Aug. 2 and 3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Volunteer Park. Although the event will be hosted by Boston Terrier Club...

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KeyFest kicked off to a simmering start …

Karen Lovett - avatar Karen Lovett

A single electrical pole and minimal water sources for animals and food booths posed difficult problems with temperatures soaring in the mid-90s for year 13 of the local fair. This...

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KP Logging Show and Festival moves to Ga…

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

What began 29 years ago as “Old Timers Day” has become the Key Peninsula Logging Show and Festival. And the event has moved from the Longbranch Improvement Club to Gateway Park,...

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Lakebay man jailed, charged with the mur…

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On June 30, Lakebay resident William Grisso reported his girlfriend, Nancy Gardner-Edwards, missing. On July 10, Grisso, 41, was charged with her murder. The following night, Key Peninsula residents gathered...

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KP woman releases her third book

Karen Lovett - avatar Karen Lovett

When Colleen Slater’s pastor, Bob Postma, went on a three week vacation from the First Presbyterian Church in Hoquiam in the early 1980s, Slater stepped up to take his place...

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KP Fire Department’s call for a new chie…

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  Would you like to earn $10,500 per month as a starting salary, managing a bunch of highly trained and motivated professionals who save lives and property as part of their...

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KP Farm Tour call for vendors

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The KP Farm Council invites vendors and entertainers to contact them if they wish to participate in the 2014 KP Farm Tour. Deadline for program inclusion on the Farm Tour...

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Summer food program gets started

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Peninsula Community Foundation, doing business as Food Backpacks 4 Kids, is sponsoring the Simplified Summer Food Program for Children and Youth.   Meals will be made available at no charge to...

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Safety improvements for SR-302 coming so…

Danna Webster - avatar Danna Webster

Safety improvements to State Route 302 are scheduled to begin this summer. The Key Peninsula Community Council (KPC) and WSDOT have worked together the past two years to provide much...

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KPCC hosting fireworks fundraiser

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Key Peninsula Civic Center will host its annual fireworks fundraiser sale in Key Center from June 28 through July 4. The stand, located at the Food Market parking lot, 9021...

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Caribbean music bounds into KP

Connie Renz - avatar Connie Renz

The unmistakable, mellifluous, joyous, sweet sound of steel pans wafted through two Key Peninsula schools during the last Thursday of May. The Limbo Fish, a steel drum band comprised of 40...

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Upcoming bluegrass festival set to be fe…

Alice Kinerk - avatar Alice Kinerk

If you like bluegrass music, be sure to schedule a visit to the Longbranch Improvement Club on Saturday, July 26 from 2 to 6 p.m. for its annual bluegrass festival....

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Bullying can take the color out of lives…

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By Sophie Dzyban, guest columnist for the KP News   To be honest, it makes food taste bad. It’s like a weight on your chest; you’re weighed down by bullying. I believe...

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Editor encounters an angel for all the r…

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

He saw me first as I rounded the corner. Our eyes locked and his smile grew with each step I took toward his sterile hospital room perched high above Tacoma. Bill...

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Words of Whit

Steve Whitford - avatar Steve Whitford

Camping with a real Big Foot   The year was 1972.  Forests were receding, instead of my hairline, and I was a strapping young man of 22. During that endless summer, myself...

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Winds, Tides and Weathers

William I. Trandum - avatar William I. Trandum

Lighten up   We on the Key Peninsula are about as lucky daylight-wise as anybody in the Lower 48 states. When the summer solstice occurs, about June 21 each year, we are...

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Living Close to Nature

Monica Rakowski - avatar Monica Rakowski

How to grow better food with less work   Most of our store-bought food is processed, genetically modified and nutrient-deficient. To improve our health, it’s wise for us to grow some, if...

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KP residents use Facebook to help others

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

A few years ago –– no one is quite sure of the exact date –– a Key Peninsula page was set up on Facebook. About a year ago, Vaughn resident...

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Red Barn Youth Center moves forward

Colleen Slater - avatar Colleen Slater

The Red Barn Youth Center, located on the Key Peninsula Highway just south of Key Center, is “partially open,” according to Glen Ehrhardt, board vice president and facility committee chair....

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KP Fire Reports

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Key Peninsula Fire Department For the period of: May 15to June 15 Total Calls: 178           EMS: 117 Fire/service: 18 Other: 43     May 25 Family members called 9-1-1 to report a 34-year-old Carney Lake man had intentionally overdosed on...

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KP Calendar July 2014

Connie Renz - avatar Connie Renz

July 1 and 15 Senior shopping The senior van meets at the KP Community Services at 9 a.m. and returns between 3 and 5 p.m. to give seniors an opportunity to go...

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Local art enriching lives at Camp Seymou…

Karen Lovett - avatar Karen Lovett

Local artist and landscaper Tweed Meyer grew up smelling turpentine and salt water. Her mother, Norma Meyer, a talented artist instilled a love of art and crafts in her daughters...

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Pyrenees of the Pen

Steve Whitford - avatar Steve Whitford

In September of 2002 Marvin and Barbara Rowland moved to a 103-year-old farmhouse located between Key Center and Home. The Rowlands enjoy raising a myriad of farm animals including goats,...

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KP veteran receives overdue service awar…

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On Friday, June 13, Congressman Derek Kilmer awarded U.S. Air Force veteran Alex Graham honorable citations for his performance during the Vietnam War. The decorations included the Air Force Outstanding Unit...

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KP Bischoff food bank to reopens

Rick Sorrels - avatar Rick Sorrels

The grand opening for the KP Bischoff Food Bank took place on June 21. Its new location is 1916 Key Peninsula Highway, across the street from the Home fire station.  ...

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Vaughn students walk and run for school …

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

For the past five years, students at Vaughn Elementary have celebrated the end of the school year by raising money with their feet. The annual Walk-a-Vaughn is the PTA’s biggest fundraiser...

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Annual motorcycle fundraisers rumbles th…

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

Take a group of big-hearted motorcycle riders, an artistic 11-year-old, a 110-mile ride and a good cause, put them all together and you have the fourth annual benefit run for...

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Community rallies around a family after …

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

On May 30 Melissa Smeltzer’s life changed forever. It was the seventh birthday of her son, Noah, and her husband, Aaron’s, day off. The day started out like most Fridays. “We said...

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Vaughn family escapes burning home; belo…

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

At 4 a.m. on June 14, Vaughn resident Christina Sailly was awakened by strange noises. “I thought it was the fire alarm at first, but it was kind of intermittent...

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Bischoff food bank to re-open on June 21

Rick Sorrels - avatar Rick Sorrels

 The grand opening for the KP Bischoff Food Bank is set for 2 p.m. on June 21. Its new location is 1916 Key Peninsula Highway, across the street from the...

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Marijuana “lottery” winners

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  “Winners” in the state marijuana license lottery were announced by the State Liquor Control Board (LCB) on May 2.   The state will issue a total of 334 retail licenses for...

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Appellate court rules medical marijuana …

Rick Sorrels - avatar Rick Sorrels

The Pragmatic Sophist     Medical marijuana is now illegal throughout Washington state, according to a 26-page Court of Appeals decision entered on March 31, 2014. Under the legal principal of “stare...

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What’s new at the KP museum?

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The display case in the VFW room, adjacent to the KP Historical Society Museum at the KP Civic Center, holds a new exhibit of military uniforms, photos, stories and memorabilia...

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