Sept 2023 edition


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In this issue

  • Here's What I Think About That

    Wednesday, August 30, 2023

    We need more stories like the one Lisa Bryan wrote about Larry the young duckling in the August edition ("Picking Up and Letting Go," Aug. 2023 ) I personally feel like most news reported these days …

  • Peninsula Schools Implement New Restricted Cell Phone Policy

    Wednesday, August 30, 2023

    When students return to school in September they will find a new set of rules concerning the use of cell phones and other devices, including smartwatches.   The new policy, passed at the …

  • Higgins, Leavengood Set the Pace for Seahawks XC Teams

    Wednesday, August 30, 2023

    The Peninsula Seahawks boys and girls cross-country teams returned to the trails last month, getting a head start on the fall sports season. Both teams are looking to build off momentum gained …

  • Out & About September 2023

    Wednesday, August 30, 2023

  • AmeriCorps Members Leave Their Mark on Sound View Camp

    Wednesday, August 30, 2023

    You may remember the first few words of the intro to a popular MTV reality show: “This is the true story of seven strangers, picked to live in a house, work together … ” What …

  • Local Rescue Volunteer to Return to Ukraine for Third Time

    Wednesday, August 30, 2023

    Tom Bates of Lakebay, 69, returned home June 23 after nine months of rescuing animals and delivering food and medical supplies as a volunteer to the battlefronts of Ukraine. He arrived for the first …

  • Weather: Boring Small Talk or a Unifying Language That Will Save Us All?

    Wednesday, August 30, 2023

    I recently overheard someone giving a small sermon about how they no longer wish to entertain “small talk.”   Initially, I understood the sentiment and even quietly cheered for …

  • The Brothers Beckett: Local Wrestlers Earn National Recognition

    Wednesday, August 30, 2023

    Learning how to wrestle isn’t easy. Learning three styles of wrestling is tough. Excelling at all three seems near impossible. For brothers Peyton, Preston and Paxton Beckett, …

  • Barred Owls and Ant Marathons

    Wednesday, August 30, 2023

    Last month my wife was attacked while running near our home in Lakebay. It was dusk. She had just left the paved county road for a forest road when she felt something grab her hair and yank upward. …

  • Whatever History Has Forgotten, Seattle Put His People First

    Wednesday, August 30, 2023

    A year ago in September, I wrote about a few books in these pages that I thought our community might read and asked for suggestions for those many titles I certainly missed. One that came in …

  • Fiber Arts Show to Feature Margo Macdonald

    Wednesday, August 30, 2023

    Margo Macdonald’s art is rooted in her experience of place, a quality that will be on display at this year’s 16th annual Fiber Arts Show. Macdonald, a Vaughn painter and weaver with deep …

  • The 2023 Key Peninsula Art Walk Marches on for Eighth Year

    Wednesday, August 30, 2023

    Clear skies and warm sunshine welcomed residents of the Key Peninsula to the eighth annual Key Center Art Walk Wednesday evening, Aug. 2. Sponsored by the Two Waters Arts Alliance, the Art Walk …

  • Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks Was Easier Than I Thought

    Wednesday, August 30, 2023

    I am a cook who generally stays in her lane — keeping with the old tried and true recipes that have held me in good stead for decades, continue to work well, and have become second nature to …

  • Loggers Doing Their Thing at the Peninsula Logging Show & Festival

    Wednesday, August 30, 2023

    The newly rebranded “Peninsula Logging Show & Festival” held at the Port Orchard Airport Aug. 19 was attended by nearly 5,000, according to organizer Stephanie Brooks.   The …

  • KP Historical Society Receives Major Grant for Restoration

    Wednesday, August 30, 2023

    The Vaughn Library Hall restoration project is on track for completion within its five-year plan thanks to an $83,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust received by the Key Peninsula …

  • Communication is Essential

    Wednesday, August 30, 2023

    Monday morning Aug. 14 began like any other day. Rolled out of bed at 5:30, grabbed my robe, made my way to the kitchen for coffee, then slid back into bed with my husband to read the latest news on …

  • Robin Goodfellow

    Wednesday, August 30, 2023

    Graphic notes on local life

  • From Montana with Love

    Wednesday, August 30, 2023

    These are momentous days in our household. This spring four of us are graduating — from grad school, from college, and the two youngest from Peninsula High School. I have mixed feelings about that …

  • The Heat is Here

    Wednesday, August 30, 2023

    July 4, 2023, was the hottest recorded day on Earth. I just happened to be in Phoenix, Arizona, attending a baseball tournament for my son where the daily temperature reached 115 degrees. It was the …

  • Concentrated Wit, or the World in a Sentence

    Wednesday, August 30, 2023

    If, as the Bard informs, brevity is the soul of wit, what could be wittier than a one-liner? President Calvin Coolidge was a typically taciturn Vermonter. Not for “Silent Cal” the …

  • A Letter to My Children

    Wednesday, August 30, 2023

    It was wonderful seeing you and your kids at the family reunion last month. We’re still finding specks of glitter and tiny beads amid the chalk drawings on the deck, where they did craft …

  • Asheley Michelle McCleary

    Monday, August 28, 2023

    Asheley Michelle McCleary, DVM, of Vaughn, Washington, age 46, passed away Aug. 3, 2023, in the loving arms of her husband. Asheley will be remembered for her loyalty, honesty and drive. She was a …

  • Sean Hansen

    Friday, August 25, 2023

    Sean Justin Hansen of Vaughn, died peacefully at St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor July 19, 2023, following complications of Crohn’s disease. He was 50 years old. He was born in …

  • Washington State Donation Portal for Maui Wildfire Relief

    Friday, August 18, 2023

    The Office of the Secretary of State operates a secure online system for the public to make donations to verified relief organizations, including those now assisting survivors, first responders and …