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Fire Chief Tom Lique resigns

Rick Sorrels - avatar Rick Sorrels

Pierce County Fire District 16 Fire Commissioners placed a prepared “resignation” in front of Fire Chief Tom Lique at the end of their Jan. 28 board meeting. Lique’s last day...

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How long is our Key Peninsula coastline?

William I. Trandum - avatar William I. Trandum

The length of our coastline depends on the length of the ruler used to measure it. By simply using prominent points around the peninsula and measuring by the mile, Google...

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Living Close to Nature

Monica Rakowski - avatar Monica Rakowski

Extend your growing season by starting seeds indoors The first day of spring is on March 20.  For gardeners, that means we are eagerly flipping through seed catalogs and planning this...

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Schools ballot issue to be determined at…

Rick Sorrels - avatar Rick Sorrels

The exact wording and whether a schools levy or a bond measure (or both) will be on the August ballot is expected to be determined at the March 6 Peninsula...

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African choir to visit KP this month

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On Tuesday, March 18, the Watoto Children’s Choir will be bringing the sights and sounds of Uganda to the Key Peninsula. The concert, sponsored by Lakebay Community Church with the...

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Key Peninsula fair (Key Fest) committee …

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Key Fest planners have set the dates for the annual community fair; July 11-13.  Featured this year will be carnival rides, vendors, live bands and entertainment all day; a beer and...

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Bischoff FISH food bank is moving

Rick Sorrels - avatar Rick Sorrels

The Bischoff FISH food bank in Key Center is moving.  Their lease expired and was not renewed. They distributed food out of the Key Peninsula Lutheran Church for eight years,...

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Key Peninsula Fire Department Report

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For the period of: Jan. 15.to Feb. 15 2014 Total Calls: 133           EMS: 73 Fire/service: 19 Other: 41   Jan. 20 Medics were called to the scene of an elderly woman. The family needed help moving her onto...

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KP Calendar March 2014

Connie Renz - avatar Connie Renz

Mentors needed Do you have extra time and want to make a difference in your community? Communities In Schools of Peninsula offers weekly hour-long after-school mentoring at Evergreen, Vaughn, Minter Creek...

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Community Inclusion Program reaches out …

Jessica Takehara - avatar Jessica Takehara

There are moments in life that define individual character. Embracing all people, without regard to physical appearances or differences, is one such yardstick action generally found in common by all....

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KP woman shines in local production of ‘…

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

When Paradise Theatre’s production of “Angry Housewives” premiers March 7, the Key Peninsula will be well-represented. Lake Minterwood resident Robyn McGilvrey, 32, will play the role of Wendy, one of four...

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Online buzz kickstarts a ‘Clean Sweep’ o…

Peter Ruble - avatar Peter Ruble

Last January, while Chris Ruston was enjoying breakfast at the Homeport Restaurant and Lounge he noticed the words “QuÈ tal travesura” painted brazenly on the Home Feed and Grocery store...

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KPBA installs new board directors

Hugh McMillan - avatar Hugh McMillan

The Key Peninsula Business Association held its annual awards dinner at the Key Peninsula Civic Center the first Monday in February. The center was packed with enthusiastic supporters. Awards were presented...

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Minter Creek All Stars help solve playgr…

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

A group of fifth-graders at Minter Creek Elementary School are learning important new skills that benefit their fellow students and their community. They’re learning to be conflict managers on the school’s...

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GH Y expands, new teen director wants mo…

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

The Tom Taylor Family YMCA recently completed a 10,500 square foot expansion project. Project cost was approximately $1 million, which was was funded entirely by donations. Major donors included Tom and...

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Lakebay woman awaiting double organ tran…

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Lakebay woman awaiting double organ transplant

Three years ago, Lakebay resident Savana Oberts, 24, was a healthy, active junior at Western Washington University in Bellingham studying to be a teacher, when she was suddenly taken ill...

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KP Lions to select 2013 ‘Citizen of the …

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KP Lions to select 2013 ‘Citizen of the Year’

 The 30th annual Key Peninsula Citizens of the Year awards dinner will be held March 29 at 6 p.m at the Key Peninsula Civic Center in Vaughn.  Twenty citizens have been...

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Sailboat comes ashore at Purdy sandspit,…

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Sometime early Tuesday (Feb. 12) morning a 24-foot sailboat got blown onto the Purdy sandspit. With the outgoing tide, the vessel remained beached, drawing looks and photo opportunities for people...

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Nine million pounds of meat recalled -- …

Rick Sorrels - avatar Rick Sorrels

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food Safety Service announced a recall on Saturday, Feb. 9, concerning nearly nine million pounds of meat processed between Jan. 1, 2013 and Jan. 7,...

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KP educational town hall meeting set for…

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The Peninsula School District, with Rep. Larry Seaquist, PSD staff and Communities in Schools of Peninsula leaders are hosting an “education town hall” at Key Peninsula Middle School from 5...

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Don’t have an opinion already

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We seem to be an opinionated people. Name a topic, and people have opinions. Television, radio, and the Internet (not to mention coffee shops and church pews) are drowning in opinions...

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Giant ’shroom of the peninsula

Steve Whitford - avatar Steve Whitford

Meet John Jaggi, age 45, a lifelong resident of the Key Peninsula. He lives with his fiancée, Andrea Lane, and his 15-month-old son, Braxton, on their five-acres on Elgin Clifton...

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Stan Flemming addresses the state of Pie…

Rick Sorrels - avatar Rick Sorrels

At the Jan. 8 meeting of the Key Peninsula Community Council, Pierce County councilmember Stan Flemming gave a “State of the County” report at the fire station in Key Center...

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KP schools participate in WE Day

Jessica Takehara - avatar Jessica Takehara

On March 21, Key Peninsula Middle School and Peninsula High School will have the chance to experience a celebration called “WE Day.” It will be a day of motivational speakers,...

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Suicide Prevention Coalition moves forwa…

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By Leah Folden, for the KP News  The Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula Suicide Prevention Coalition has been working since August 2012 to create a community involved task force to tackle...

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Schools levy and redistricting still on …

Rick Sorrels - avatar Rick Sorrels

Key Peninsula residents are starting to show up en masse for school levy and redistricting presentations. It was elbow to elbow at the meeting room at the Key Center Library...

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State audit slams Key Pen Parks

Rick Sorrels - avatar Rick Sorrels

State law requires that the State auditor’s office conduct “an examination of the financial condition of all local governments at least once in every three years.” The last audit report...

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Friends, family and community help the h…

Peter Ruble - avatar Peter Ruble

During wintertime, many are comforted by the warmth of family, friends and good cheer. However, some Key Peninsula citizens will be spending the cold winter months without a roof over...

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Key Peninsula Fire Department Report

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For the period of: Dec. 15 to Jan. 15 Total Calls: 133            EMS: 86 Fire/service: 10 Other: 37   Dec. 20 Crews responded to multiple incidents on this day, including two vehicle collisions, two cardiac arrests requiring full advanced...

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PSD Choir Festival blending voices of st…

Karen Lovett - avatar Karen Lovett

Thirty Key Peninsula school students, who have been selected by their choir directors, will join 240 representatives from four middle schools and two high schools at the Peninsula School District...

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KP Calendar February 2014

Connie Renz - avatar Connie Renz

Now Lifeguarding is offered at Easter Seals Camp Stand by Me during February. Call the camp office if you are interested in becoming a lifeguard. Laurie, 884-2722. Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24 Bloodmobile The...

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Tennis is expanding on the Key Peninsula

Jessica Takehara - avatar Jessica Takehara

During the fall and winter months, the Key Peninsula Civic Center echoes with the rhythmic “thump, thump” of tennis balls volleying between rackets. That is because on Monday, Wednesday and...

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New KP postmaster wants to know your nam…

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

There’s a new face at the Vaughn post office. In December, DeeDee Emmett was appointed Postmaster of the local facility. Emmett had worked for the postal service in Tacoma since 1987. “I started...

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Music teacher striking the right notes w…

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

When Lisa Mills took the job as music teacher at Vaughn Elementary School last fall, she had big shoes to fill. She replaced Mary Farr, the school’s much loved music teacher...

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Construction in the works at Lake Kathry…

Rick Sorrels - avatar Rick Sorrels

A lot of heavy equipment is moving dirt and trees at the Lake Kathryn Shopping Center. Rumors are spreading across the Key like wildfire. Don Zimmerman and his wife, Kathryn, have...

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CISP: mentors and youth reading for a br…

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

Communities In Schools Program is a national non-profit organization that helps kids succeed in their school work. Locally, CISP has been at work in the Peninsula School District since 2000. CISP works...

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Key Peninsula fire chief resigns his pos…

Rick Sorrels - avatar Rick Sorrels

The Pierce County Fire District 16 Board of Commissioners accepted the resignation of Fire Chief Tom Lique at the regular fire commissioners meeting on Jan. 28. Lique’s resignation will be...

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KPAC awards grant money for local projec…

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Three local projects were selected by the Key Peninsula Advisory Commission (KPAC) to receive a total of $7,000 in matching fund grants to benefit the local community. Key Pen Parks will...

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Comet ISON may have survived close encou…

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ISON, a “virgin” comet on its first plunge from the Ort Cloud, may have survived its Dec. 1 swing around the backside of the sun at a minuscule (in astronomical...

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Jan. 8 meeting to cover community outrea…

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A number of important issues will be covered at an open public meeting 7 p.m., Jan. 8 at the Key Center fire station.   County Council member Stan Flemming will present...

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January, a month of promises

Steve Whitford - avatar Steve Whitford

A new year is upon us. Besides the usual feasting and football, many people will be making resolutions. Usually these are recipes for becoming a better person. The New Year’s...

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Where are the tsunami evacuation signs f…

William I. Trandum - avatar William I. Trandum

An undersea earthquake is the most common cause for a tsunami or tidal wave. Do we need to worry about it? According to Seattle author Sandi Doughton, in her book...

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KP News editor looks back and into the f…

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

Happy New Year, everyone. As I reflect on my first year as executive editor with Key Peninsula News, I am flooded with feelings of gratitude and images of wonderment and true...

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PSD officials seek feedback

Rick Sorrels - avatar Rick Sorrels

Voters shot down the Peninsula School District’s levy during November’s general election.  There will currently be no new school to accommodate the influx of additional students resulting from the new...

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Key Pen Parks PALS lend a hand

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A hardy group of middle school kids from the Key Peninsula spent a cold December day tidying up the grounds at Camp Stand By Me in preparation for the grand...

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Mardi Gras comes to the Key Peninsula

Jessica Takehara - avatar Jessica Takehara

New Orleans may be thousands of miles away and on a different coastline, but the Key Peninsula will have a chance to experience a slice of delta life on Feb....

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Key Peninsula Fire Department reports

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For the period of: Nov. 15 to Dec. 15 Total Calls: 143           EMS: 87 Fire/service: 15 Other: 41   Nov. 15 Firefighters responded to a Gig Harbor woman who was ill throughout the night. Her mother called 911...

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PeeWee hoop sign ups underway

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Registration is now open for Key Pen Parks’ PeeWee basketball classes. The classes will begin Feb. 15 and will run for six consecutive Saturdays, according to Jessica Smeall, Key Pen Parks...

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Common Core State Standards seek to rais…

Jessica Takehara - avatar Jessica Takehara

Even with the best laid plans, change happens. A new job, divorce, military deployment or any number of situations can mean moving to a different house. If there are children...

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KP Citizens of the Year nominees sought

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Nominations for Key Peninsula Citizens of the Year 2013-14 are being accepted by the sponsoring KP Lions Club. Organizers say the 30th annual event will take place at the KP...

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JAN. 2014-KPN

Connie Renz - avatar Connie Renz

Now Swimming programs Water aerobics and lap swimming is offered at Camp Stand By Me Monday through Friday mornings. Evening swim programs include family recreational swimming, first and third Wednesdays of the...

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New PHS drama teacher bringing ‘Our Town…

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

There are changes afoot in Peninsula High School’s drama department. Kara Beloate, the new drama teacher, decided to change the way theater classes are taught and school plays are put...

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Wauna woman authors music book about her…

Leila Christiansen-Larson - avatar Leila Christiansen-Larson

Local author Mary Alice Salciccia has just released her new book, called “Hello Music,” from Blysster Press. It is a do-it-yourself instruction book, introducing students to music.  Salciccia has been...

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At Evergreen Elementary School, ‘Reading…

Hugh McMillan - avatar Hugh McMillan

Last month’s “Reading is FUNdamental” (RIF) day at Evergreen Elementary School was dubbed “Rope a Good Book.”  Every RIF is a daylong event in the Evergreen library where, one at a time,...

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PSD readies bus fleet for winter driving

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

It’s “safety first” in Peninsula School District’s transportation department. That’s true all year through, but in winter, when the roads can be treacherous, getting students to and from school takes even...

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New Key Peninsula bird watching club for…

Alice Kinerk - avatar Alice Kinerk

You're strolling the Key Peninsula shoreline when you spot a little black bird with an orange beak bobbing on the water. Is it a Surf Scoter or a Common Scoter?...

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Key Peninsula, Gig Harbor fire departmen…

Peter Ruble - avatar Peter Ruble

The Key Peninsula Fire Department (District 16) will be partnering with Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One on Jan. 6 to help recruit volunteers into both departments. This is an...

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Camp Stand By Me launches inclusive lear…

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

For more than 35 years, Easter Seals Camp Stand By Me on Vaughn Bay has served people with special needs. According to Director Joshua Mayer, the camp serves about 450 campers...

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Angel Guild celebrates 35 years of servi…

Karen Lovett - avatar Karen Lovett

Ten years ago, Angel Guild donated a bench to Key Peninsula Parks in celebration of the guild’s 25th anniversary. A bench was installed at Volunteer Park in Lakebay in honor...

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KGHP radio: still playing hits, communit…

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

For 25 years KGHP has been the community radio station for the Gig Harbor–Key Peninsula area. “The station has had an incredible life,” said station manager Spencer Abersold. “We started out...

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Schwan’s home delivery expands to Lakeba…

Steve Whitford - avatar Steve Whitford

In August of this year, Lakebay residents were included in the Schwan’s home delivery program. Besides its world-famous ice cream confections, Schwan’s offers more than 350 different selections of flash...

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Peninsula School District levy fails

Rick Sorrels - avatar Rick Sorrels

  “It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children within its borders.” (Washington State Constitution, Article IX, Section 1.)   In 2012,...

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Park levy fails to get needed votes to p…

Rick Sorrels - avatar Rick Sorrels

The Key Pen Parks levy received 53 percent of the votes cast, but fell short of the 60 percent required to pass.   When the park commissioners voted in June to...

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KPAC awards grant money for local projec…

Rick Sorrels - avatar Rick Sorrels

Three local projects were selected by the KPAC to receive a total of $7,000 in matching fund grants to benefit the local community.   Key Pen Parks will receive $5,932 to...

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Creative goodwill comes from Facebook to…

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A social media brainstorm turns into festive giving and collecting shopping opportunity. The Buy Nothing Holiday Shop is a gift economy community experiment and brainchild of the leader of the Buy...

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KP Fire Reports Dec 2013

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Oct. 16 to Nov.15 Total Calls: 141        EMS: 90 Fire/service: 12 Other: 39   Oct. 16 A 77-year-old woman of the Wauna area requested EMS to her home for abdominal pain.  The woman was treated and...

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Fresh Food Revolution Food Co-op elects …

Alice Kinerk - avatar Alice Kinerk

After operating under a provisional board for two years, the 108 members of the Fresh Food Revolution Food Co-op have elected their first Board of Directors, a milestone for the...

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KP Calendar December 2013

Connie Renz - avatar Connie Renz

Nov. 30 Museum offerings The Key Peninsula Historical Society Museum at the KP Civic Center is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Many books and other gift items are for sale. The...

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Living aloha in Lakebay

Peter Ruble - avatar Peter Ruble

Nestled on the corner of Bass Lane Road near Jackson Lake is a sanctuary called Aha Hui Lanakila. What appears on the surface as an ordinary house in the woods...

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Sixth annual Winter Warm-Up Artisan fair…

Leila Christiansen-Larson - avatar Leila Christiansen-Larson

The sixth annual Winter Warm-Up Artisan Festival and Chili Cook-Off events at the Key Peninsula Civic Center (KPCCA) on Nov. 9 were well-attended. The parking lot was full, the gym...

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Boy Scout Troop 220 aids KP food bank

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This years “Scouting For Food Drive” by Boy Scout Troop 220 collected 2,000 pieces of food which it donated to the Key Peninsula Community Services Food bank earlier this month.  “We...

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The jolly one makes Minter his home away…

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There’s a twinkle in his blue eyes and a gentleness in his voice that belies his 85 years. But those very qualities make Sanford “Sandy” Elken the perfect Santa Claus. Elken,...

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New LDS church opens doors for first com…

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

Wauna resident Tami Morgan has been collecting nativity scenes for more than 25 years. She has dozens of different types –– some are one-piece sets, others have as many as...

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KP counselor offers many mental health o…

Charlee Glock -Jackson  - avatar Charlee Glock -Jackson

Melissa Fogarty, owner of Soul’Speak Counseling, has been providing counseling services to the Key Peninsula since 2008. Fogarty has a bachelor’s degree in psychotherapy, a master’s degree in health and...

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Cat Tales 4-H Club ‘purrfect’ match for …

Karen Lovett - avatar Karen Lovett

The newly founded Cat Tales 4-H club is getting off to a great start thanks to the efforts of leader Dianna Calhoun. The group held its first meeting Oct. 10....

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Vaughn Elementary School students suppor…

Peter Ruble - avatar Peter Ruble

The annual Vaughn Elementary School Veterans Day event showcased the patriotism and musical talent of students. It also coincided with fifth-graders who wrote letters to veterans and started a coin...

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New elementary school math program in us…

Jessica Takehara - avatar Jessica Takehara

Key Peninsula elementary students started the school year with new classes, new teachers and a new math program for the Peninsula School District.   The new enVisionMath curriculum was field-tested...

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Outlook newspaper goes full digital, onl…

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

When Andrew Hosford arrived at Peninsula High School in September, he had a mandate from Principal Tim Winter: take The Outlook, the school’s legendary student newspaper, online. And that’s exactly what...

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Santa Claus is coming to town before Chr…

Peter Ruble - avatar Peter Ruble

This holiday season expect to hear a lot of sirens in the Key Peninsula. However, many of them will not be warning of emergencies. They will be alerting residents that...

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Grant money available for projects that …

Rick Sorrels - avatar Rick Sorrels

Seven-thousand dollars is now available as grant money for local individuals and businesses (both profit and non-profit) to request and spend on local projects that would benefit the Key Peninsula....

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Candidate forum a hit with voters

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  The Candidate Forum held at the Key Pen Civic Center on Oct. 8 drew a crowd.  All seats were full with the overflow standing. Eleven candidates or representatives for ballot...

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Local power project and learning tool un…

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Increasing energy efficiency has been the talk, now local partners are taking action to make it happen. Key Pen Parks, the Key Peninsula Civic Center Association (KPCCA) and PenLight have...

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Two Waters to present 20,000 Leagues Und…

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Tears of Joy Theatre from Portland, Oregon, will bring their production of “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea” to the Key Peninsula Civic Center on Nov. 14. The show is sponsored...

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Peninsula Hands on Art expands creativit…

Jessica Takehara - avatar Jessica Takehara

Peninsula Hands on Art was born 10 years ago out of concern for disappearing art classes and shrinking budgets within greater Gig Harbor area schools. Local parents and artists knew...

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Key Peninsula Fire Department For the pe…

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Total Calls: 139        EMS: 85 Fire/service: 13 Other: 41   Sept. 15 Firefighters were called to the report of a chimney fire at a Palmer Lake house late Sunday night. They arrived to find no...

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Local recipe collection book available

Karen Lovett - avatar Karen Lovett

The Longbranch Improvement Club’s “Savories and Sweets, South Sound Treats” cookbook is ready for sale. Twenty-three people submitted 60 names in the contest to name the book. Mandy Peterson won...

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Communities In Schools of Peninsula rece…

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Communities In Schools of Peninsula (CISP) is one of five Communities In Schools affiliates in Washington state that received funding from a collaborative grant coordinated by Communities In Schools of...

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Spectacular celestial displays coming

Rick Sorrels - avatar Rick Sorrels

Over the next two months, astronomers predict that we will be entertained by the most spectacular celestial sights mankind has ever seen.   Comet ISON was first identified in September 2012...

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November 2013 Calendar

Connie Renz - avatar Connie Renz

NOV. ’13 KPN Now Swimming Easter Seals Camp Stand by Me offers adult water aerobics, lap swimming and family swims. A lifeguard training class is offered this month. Successful completion of class certifies one...

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Hobby turns into labor-of-love homestead

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

When Maureen and Dave Hennessy were married in March of 2009, one of the vows Dave made was a promise that he would learn to ski. Maureen (formerly, Maureen Borba) had...

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Red Barn Youth Center set to open early …

Scott Turner - avatar Scott Turner

There’s good news for Key Peninsula teenagers: the long-anticipated Red Barn Youth Center will finally open early next year. “It’s been a long time coming –– more than eight years,” said...

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Minterbrook Oyster Farm owner overcomes …

Peter Ruble - avatar Peter Ruble

When Minterbrook Oyster Farm owner Kent Kingman took over the reins from Beverly Wiksten in 2011, he bought an industrial pillar of the Key Peninsula community with roots that date...

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Evergreen Elementary School welcomes new…

Alice Kinerk - avatar Alice Kinerk

Hugh Maxwell, Evergreen Elementary School’s new principal, breaks into a grin as he recalls the warm welcome he has received in his first months on the job. He describes Evergreen...

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KPLC annual holiday bazaar returns this …

Colleen Slater - avatar Colleen Slater

The Key Peninsula Lutheran Church hosts its sixth annual holiday bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This special event supports its community outreach programs, including...

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Local author, busy with life and tales f…

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Kathy Lasher, author of two published books with a third nearly finished, admits the first one took a long while to write. “I had a dream,” she said, but woke before...

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Minter Creek Elementary welcomes WatchDO…

Jessica Takehara - avatar Jessica Takehara

Walking down the halls of any Key Peninsula elementary school reveals the hustle and bustle of learning in action.  Students creating projects, volunteer moms helping with reading groups, teachers decoding...

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New ‘big toy’ at Evergreen Elementary ge…

Colleen Slater - avatar Colleen Slater

Students at Evergreen Elementary love the new addition to their playground equipment. The official name is a play structure, but of course, it’s affectionately labeled “The Big Toy.” “They get lots...

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From Pioneer Stock, Coblentz Family in V…

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Gail Alscott, whose ancestors in Vaughn include a great-grandfather who operated a store and his father who was a practicing physician, has a house in Home with husband David, who...

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Peninsula school bus drivers host Stuff …

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With another rainy day in Washington and the onset of winter, Peninsula school bus drivers are gearing up for their 6th annual “Stuff the Bus” food drive.  This will take...

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KP Calendar October 2013

Connie Renz - avatar Connie Renz

KP NEWS  OCT. ‘13 Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Kids’ library time Baby (0-24 mo.) Play and Learn is held at 10:15 a.m. and Preschool (ages 3-6) Play and Learn is...

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