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Bremerton seeks tax volunteers
The City of Bremerton is looking for volunteers to serve on its Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.
The committee is comprised of two representatives of businesses that collect the tax, two representatives of eligible organizations to receive funding, and an elected official. Members are invited to serve a three-year term.
The committee meets from late spring to early fall and the committee’s purpose is to advise and recommend to the city council on how excise taxes on lodging should be allocated to support tourism.
Lodging tax funding may be used by non-profit organizations and government entities for “tourism promotion” operations of nonprofit owned or operated tourism-related facilities; or operations and capital expenditures of tourism-related facilities owned or operated by a municipality or public facility district. The nonprofit organization must conduct business or support events in Bremerton to be eligible for funding.
Requirements for volunteers include representing a Bremerton hotel or lodging related business that collects the lodging tax (but not serving on a board of directors for nonprofit organizations eligible for funding or representing a nonprofit organization that is eligible for funding. Residency in Bremerton is preferred but not required.
For more information regarding LTAC and the board application, visit www.ci.bremerton.wa.us. Completed applications should be sent by Monday, May 19 to City.Council@ci.bremerton.wa.us or Bremerton City Council, 345 6th Street, Suite 600, Bremerton, WA 98337.
Navy League to host ceremony
The public is invited to attend a Memorial Day service and wreath laying ceremony at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 26, on the fantail of the historic ship, USS Turner Joy (DD 951), on the Bremerton waterfront.
Lt. Col. Stephen Keane, Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Security Battalion Bangor, will be the keynote speaker. The ceremony will be sponsored by the Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League of the United States (NLUS), and Bremerton Council President, Larry Salter, will be the master of ceremonies.
Guests are encouraged to arrive early because seating is limited. The USS Turner Joy is located near the Bremerton ferry terminal at the north end of the marina. Parking is available at the nearby convention center or throughout downtown. Coffee and donuts will be provided in the Turner Joy Crew’s mess hall after the ceremony.
Founded in 1902 with the encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt, the NLUS is a civilian organization supporting the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and U.S.-Flagged Merchant Marine.
It is a worldwide organization with 46,000 members in more than 250 councils, including more than 700 corporate and community affiliate members.
The three main objectives of the NLUS are to educate national leaders and public about the vital importance of a capable and fully prepared sea services, to support the men and women of the sea services and their families, and to advocate maintenance of a strong U.S. industrial base to secure America’s future.
More information about the NLUS and other local chapters, or how to become a member of Navy League, can be found at www.bremolympicnlus.wordpress.com.
Transit won’t run on Memorial Day
Kitsap Transit’s Routed, ACCESS and worker/driver buses and the Kitsap Transit Foot Ferry will not operate on Memorial Day, which is May 26. Some van pools may operate; participants are asked to contact van drivers for information.
Kitsap Transit’s Customer Service Office in downtown Bremerton, information phone lines and administrative office in Bremerton will also be closed.
Because service is not operating May 26, Kitsap Transit ACCESS will not take next-day reservations on Sunday, May 25. Reservation lines will be open on Monday, May 26 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for next-day trip reservations.
Because bus service is not operating, parking fees will not be collected at the Annapolis parking lot on Memorial Day.
KRL survey now available
Kitsap Regional Library serves all of Kitsap County through nine branch libraries — Bainbridge Public Library, Downtown Bremerton Library, Kingston Library, Little Boston Library, Manchester Library, Port Orchard Library, Poulsbo Library, Silverdale Library and Sylvan Way Library — bookmobile service and with online services through our web site.
KRL is now engaged in a strategic planning process to identify ways the library can better serve the community.
Part of that process is to gather public comment about how KRL can improve through an online survey. Participation in this survey will help KRL understand and plan for community needs. Those who are not patrons are also encouraged to take the survey.
The survey can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2020strategicplan
Kitsap CHADD to host Dr. Tapper
Dr. Viva Jane Tapper will speak to the Kitsap CHADD group at 7 p.m. on June 10. She will speak about “Identifying ADHD along with other mental health diagnosis in adults.” Tapper is a psychiatric nurse/therapist practicing in Port Townsend.
Kitsap CHADD supports those impacted by ADHD, be it yourself, a spouse, child, student, client or friend along with any coexisting conditions.
There will be an open discussion and all are welcome. There is no fee or pre-sign-up needed. The group meets at Group Health Cooperative at 10452 Silverdale Way, Silverdale. For more information, call Lynn Myrvang at 360-779-5362 or Kerry Miller at 360-697-3922.
Heritage Families nominations open
The Kitsap County Historical Society is accepting nominations for the 2014 Kitsap Heritage Families. One family from each of five districts — North, South, Central Kitsap, Bremerton and Bainbridge Island — will be selected and honored for their family’s longevity and commitment to Kitsap County.
They will be honored at the heritage Banquet on Sept. 19, at Kiana Lodge at Agate Passage.
Criteria for nominees are: the family has resided in Kitsap County for 100 years or more, has made a significant contribution to their community, and members of the family still reside in Kitsap.
Nominations must be submitted by June 6. Nomination applications and more information can be obtained from the Kitsap History Museum, 280 Fourth Street in downtown Bremerton, 360-478-6226 or www.kitsaphistory.org.
The Kitsap History Museum is at 280 Fourth St. in downtown Bremerton. Call 360-479-6226 for more information, or go to www.kitsaphistory.org.
Seniors can get produce vouchers
Kitsap County senior citizens may be eligible for $40 vouchers for fresh produce from select farmers markets.
Application packets are now available at all public libraries, the Givens Community and Senior Center at 1026 Sydney Avenue, Suite 105, Port Orchard, and the Meals On Wheels Kitsap office at 2917 Wheaton Way, Suite 208, Bremerton. Income restrictions apply. The vouchers are given out on a first-come basis.
Olympic gymnasts place in state
Three students at Olympic Gymnastic Center in Silverdale were named All Around Champions at the Washington State Gymnastic Championships recently.
Makenna Mullen, 14, a Level 7 competitor from Bremerton (pictured in the middle) was first in the All Around with a score of 37.925. She also placed first on the Beam in our state with a score of 9.65.
Chelsea Hallinan, 8, from Poulsbo (pictured on the left) placed first in the All Around scoring 38.725. She also won first place on four events: Vault with a score of 9.700, Bars: 9.525, Beam: 9.75, and Floor: 9.75. Her All Around score was the highest score in the meet of 280 participants.
Alivia Palmer, 9, a level 5 competitor from Silverdale, (right in photo) won the All Around with a score of 37.925. She also place first on Beam with a 9.475.
Local students make dean’s list
The following students made the Seattle Pacific University 2014 Winter Quarter Dean’s List. Students have completed at least 12 credits and attained a 3.50 or higher grade point average. Sally Jane Fletcher, Andrea Rachel Johnson, Jordan Russell Kollars and Gwendolyn Susan Ryno all of Bremerton.