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Harrison launches orthopaedic health talk series this month

The Orthopaedic Center at Harrison is hosting a free orthopedic health talk series, entitled “Is it time?”

The seminars help attendees learn more about joint replacement and spinal surgery from surgeons, who will talk about treatment options and detail what to expect from both the surgery and recovery process.

All health talks will be hosted at The Orthopaedic Center at Harrison in Silverdale, 1800 NW Myhre Road. There is no charge to attend.

Joint replacement will be discussed on Wed. Sept. 25 at 6 p.m., and Wed. Nov. 13 at 6 p.m.

Spinal surgery will be discussed on Wed. Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. and Wed. Dec. 11 at 6 p.m.

For more information call 866-844-WELL or visit


Kitsap Transit plans special anniversary

Kitsap Transit will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Sept. 26 with special rides.

The bus company plans a rolling celebration, taking a bus from Port Orchard to Bainbridge Island, stopping in communities along the way to hand out goodies, share pieces of its past and look to the future.

The scheduled stops are:

• 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. - Port Orchard Ferry Dock

• 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - Bremerton Transportation Center, bus deck

• Noon to 1 p.m. - Silverdale Transfer Center

• 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Poulsbo Transfer Center

• 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. - Bainbridge Ferry Terminal, Bike Barn

Kitsap Transit has been connecting communities across Kitsap Peninsula for 30 years.

Washington businesses to receive “Outstanding Employer Award”

The Community Employment Alliance and Association of Washington Business Institute  will award its list of Outstanding Employers at a luncheon at noon on Oct. 2 at the Kitsap Conference Center in Bremerton.

The CEA/AWB Outstanding Employer Award honors Washington State businesses, government agencies, and non-profit corporations that have made exceptional efforts to employ people with disabilities and who by their recruitment, hiring, retention, and promotion policies are role models in their community.

Are employers receiving honors are:

Boat Shed, nominated by Trillium Employment Services; the Boys & Girls Club of Olympic Peninsula, nominated by Pierce, Jones & Associates, LLC; Gold Mountain Golf Course, nominated by Trillium Employment Services; Grocery Outlet, nominated by SKCAC Industries & Employment Services; Hop Jacks, nominated by Trillium Employment Services; The Learning Tree, nominated by Holly Ridge Center; Ootopia Coffee Roasters, nominated by Holly Ridge Center; Veolia Transportation, nominated by SKCAC Industries & Employment Services; Walgreens in Bremerton, nominated by Cares of Washington and the YMCA nominated by Peninsula Services.

Village Greens Golf Course will close this winter

The Village Greens Golf Course, a county-owned course, will close during the November, December, January, and February. The last day open for 2013 is Nov. 3. The course will re-open mid-March, 2014.

The closure is due to budget constraints, said Jim Dunwiddie, parks director for Kitsap County. Layoffs are included in this move.

“This decision to close was difficult,” he said. “Several factors were considered in reaching this decision in order to balance the parks department budgets for 2013 and 2014.”

During the winter months the golf course generates extremely low revenue, Dunwiddie said.

“The ongoing cost of staffing the golf shop staffed and course maintenance as well as the winter utility costs greatly exceed the revenue generated through keeping the course open,” he said.

In addition to closing during winter the course will also close on Mondays and Tuesdays.

“These are the days with the lightest use at Village Greens,” Dunwiddie said.

Two full time and two part time employees working at the golf shop will be laid off. This move better aligns revenues with expenditures and assures a future for the facility. Current annual members will be given a partial refund.

The Village Greens Golf Course has operated as a financially, self-sufficient facility since the county regained management in 2009.

The course has operated as “taxpayer neutral” since that time. Revenue from the course needs to offset the operating and maintenance needed to run the facility.

“The county’s general fund is not a source of funds to subsidize the operation which results in these difficult decisions to reduce operational expenses,” Dunwiddie said.

Crista Shores sets out to ‘Change the way we age’

Crista Shores Senior Living facility has joined the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), the world’s largest trade association for the senior fitness and wellness industry. This new membership will assist Crista Shores in helping older adults lead healthier, more active lives.

Colin Milner, chief executive officer of ICAA, welcomes Crista Shores as a member.

“It is through organizations such as Crista Shores that ICAA will be able to fulfill its mission of “Changing the way we age,” said Milner. “We need organizations such as Crista Shores to achieve greater results in encouraging older adults to become and stay physically active, so they can maintain an optimal quality of life.”

Ostrow said Crista realizes the critical importance of wellness and fitness in improving the quality of life and increasing the longevity of older adults. “Working with ICAA, Crista Shores aims to empower the older adults of our community and Kitsap County to maintain their independence and dignity as they age,” she said.


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