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Sean Bryant, USS HENRY M JACKSON (BLUE) 2013 Blue Jacket of the Year is recognized by the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula and Everett Councils of the Navy League of the United States (NLUS). Left to right: Chief of the Boat ITSCS(SS) Scott Payfer, Commanding Officer CDR Jon Moretty, Larry Salter of the NLUS Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council, Niles Fowler of the Everett Council, Petty Officer Bryant, his wife, Rebecca, and Jim Sketchley also of the Everett Council.  - Contributed photo
Sean Bryant, USS HENRY M JACKSON (BLUE) 2013 Blue Jacket of the Year is recognized by the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula and Everett Councils of the Navy League of the United States (NLUS). Left to right: Chief of the Boat ITSCS(SS) Scott Payfer, Commanding Officer CDR Jon Moretty, Larry Salter of the NLUS Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council, Niles Fowler of the Everett Council, Petty Officer Bryant, his wife, Rebecca, and Jim Sketchley also of the Everett Council.
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Navy League recognize local sailors

Two local Navy League of the United States (NLUS) Councils came together recently to recognize USS Henry Jackson’s top sailors for 2013 during a luncheon held at the Olympic Lodge on Naval Station Kitsap in Bremerton.

The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula and Everett Councils jointly adopted the Bangor-based Trident Ballistic Missile Submarine and serve as a bridge between the ship’s Blue and Gold Crews and the local communities. One of the missions of the NLUS is to support the men and women of the sea services and their families.

Each awardee was presented a soaring eagle statuette engraved with their name following individual introduction by the crew’s Commanding Officer, CDR Jon Moretty, and Chief of the Boat, ITSCS(SS) Scott Payfer.

Moretty and Payfer further detailed each sailor’s achievements that led to their selection as key shipboard leaders in 2013. NLUS Everett Council members Niles Fowler and Jim Sketchley were on hand to present the awards, as well as Larry Salter, President of the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council.

Awardees included Sailor of the Year (SOY) MM1(SS) Corey Watson, Blue Jacket of the Year (BJOY) FT3(SS) Sean Bryant, and Junior Officer of the Year (JOOY) LT Nathaniel Doane. Bryant’s wife, Rebecca, and Doane’s wife, Eileen, were also present for the event. Junior Sailor of the Year (JSOY) MM2(SS) William Donnell was unable to attend, but was still recognized in his absence.

The U.S. Navy established SOY, JSOY and BJOY programs to recognize superior performance of petty officers and non-rated personnel with emphasis on outstanding achievements, exemplary personal conduct and military bearing, and demonstrated initiative in performance.

 

Former superintendent Hyde to speak

Dr. Bette Hyde, director of the state Department of Early Learning and former superintendent of Bremerton schools, will make a return visit to Kitsap Feb. 19. She’ll be the guest speaker at a League of Women Voters of Kitsap program on early childhood education from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Eagles Nest.

The event is free and open to the public. She will also discuss educational partnerships, proposed legislation and initiatives in early learning that are now under way. The event address is 1195 NW Fairgrounds Road in Bremerton.


C-STOCK to present Willy Wonka

CSTOCK, Central Kitsap’s community theater, will present Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka beginning Feb. 14.

This is a timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir. Opening night performance begins at 7:30 p.m. with additional performances on Feb. 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28 and March 1, 2, 7, 8 and closing March 9.

Sunday performances are at 6 p.m. Tickets range from $8 to $15. Family passes can be purchased at the door. Tickets and show information are available online at www.cstock.org/shows/willy-wonka-2014/

“Willy Wonka” is directed by Trina Williamson Jackson. The music and vocal director is Rod Gray with Lynn Galletta the director of choreography.  Costume design is by Kathleen Kershaw, with lighting by Dale Borer and set design by Kelvin Jones.

CSTOCK has a long and rich history of involvement in the community-based performing arts. CSTOCK works to expand the lives of children and families in the community by creating opportunities to develop talents in theatre arts.


Local students make SPU Dean’s List

Several local Bremerton residents made the Seattle Pacific University Dean’s List.

The following students made the 2013 autumn quarter list: Sally Jane Fletcher, Bethany Ruthanne Garcia, Andrea Rachel Johnson, Jordan Russell Kollars, Meaghan Elizabeth Menth, Gwendolyn Susan Ryno and Jessica Fay Sallinger.

Students on the Dean’s List have completed at least 12 credits and attained a 3.50 or higher grade point.


The Ridge is now part of Encore

Santé and Encore Communities of Silverdale have added The Ridge to their network of healthcare and retirement services for seniors.

The Encore Communities is currently composed of Clearbrook Inn, Country Meadows and Northwoods Lodge.

The Ridge, which is located off Ridgetop Drive less than two miles from the main campus on Silverdale Way, specializes in memory care, completing the full spectrum of care and services provided by Encore Communities.

With a reputation for excellence at the Silverdale Campus for more than 20 years and the experienced management staff now at The Ridge, the Encore Communities provides a complete continuum of care for seniors in Kitsap County.

For more information regarding services, tours or careers, call The Ridge at 360-697-4488.


Kitsap Bank donates to program

Kitsap Bank recently presented $2,699 in donations to Meals on Wheels Kitsap. Part of the donation came from a fundraiser held during the holiday season at the Downtown Bremerton, East Bremerton, and Central Kitsap Branches which raised $1,699, while the other portion of the donation came through the Community Connections program.

“We’re so honored to have the opportunity to team up with Meals on Wheels Kitsap,” said Jennifer Ruckman, Branch Manager of the Central Kitsap location. “Especially in making the holiday season a happy one for homebound seniors.”

“We’re so grateful to Kitsap Bank and its customers for supporting Meals on Wheels Kitsap during the holiday season,” said Deborah Horn, executive director of Meals on Wheels Kitsap. “Thanks to their generosity, medically-homebound seniors can continue to receive a nutritious meal delivered by our friendly volunteers.”

Meals on Wheels Kitsap has been the major provider of nutrition services for elderly persons age 60 years and older in Kitsap County since 1973.

Through its Community Connections Program, Kitsap Bank has invested more than  $1.25 million and countless volunteer hours during the past six years to non-profits and civic organizations in the communities it serves.

In 2014, the bank will provide support to over 80 area non-profit organizations with donations totaling more than $300,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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