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Peninsula School District personnel recently received specialized training to help better identify symptoms of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in young children following an increase over the last several years of troubled students at the preschool and early grade levels.

Some of the last remaining undeveloped shoreline along Puget Sound will be added to Jacobs Point Park on the south end of Anderson Island, according to Forterra, a nonprofit land stewardship organization. In January, Forterra announced the purchase of 17.6 acres to be added to the park, expanding it from 82 to nearly 100 acres and creating the largest protected marine park in South Puget Sound.

The three Rotary Clubs in Gig Harbor hold an annual event, Star of the Year Awards, to honor three non-Rotarians who exemplify the motto “service above self.” This year the Gig Harbor Midday Club will honor Key Peninsula resident Glen Erhardt for his efforts to start and support the Red Barn Youth Center.

Even as winter weather and unfriendly recreational conditions settle over Puget Sound, the state is once again beginning the long and contentious procedure to determine fishing seasons for 2017 to 2018. Despite diminishing salmon runs and complaints about the process, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), no significant rule change is expected for the Key Peninsula.

Washington state workers earning minimum wage got a raise to $11 an hour Jan. 1 after voters passed Initiative 1433 in November. That amount will increase by 50 cents each year until

Hundreds of students, parents, teachers and community members came together Jan. 12 at Minter Creek Elementary School for a night of hands-on learning about science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). Educators hope these students will one day choose to take on further study and careers in these important fields.