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Learning Tree hosts Alex’s ‘Cookie’ Stand

The Learning Tree educational store in Silverdale will host a lemonade stand Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In keeping with the season, the stand will serve hot chocolate and cookies instead of the traditional lemonade.

Santa will make an appearance from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and all donations will go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which supports the fight against childhood cancers.

Cyndie Deare, owner and manager of The Learning Tree, was inspired to join the effort after an episode of 19 Kids and Counting showed the Duggar family hosting an Alex’s Lemonade Stand at their local Auntie Anne’s. As a mother, Cyndie wanted to help, and felt the The Learning Tree was a natural fit. This holiday season, Cyndie  wanted to show kids they can make a positive difference in the lives of others.

The Learning Tree is at 3381 NW Bucklin Hill Road, Silverdale.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004).

In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer.

Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope.

To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has raised more than $65 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 350 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information, visit

In the United States, childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15. Every day, approximately 250 kids around the world die from cancer, accounting for 91,250 losing their lives to the disease every year.

United Moving wins Van Lines honors

United Moving and Storage, Bremerton, an agent of United Van Lines, has been honored by the worldwide transportation company for exceptional professional achievement.

Announcement of the recognition, conferred as part of Van Lines annual awards program, was made by United CEO Richard H. McClure during United’s 2013 Convention, held in Boca Raton, Fla.

United Moving and Storage received the President’s Club Award at the $1 million level —honoring agents who have generated at least $1 million in sales for the United system during the past year.

Volunteers sought for equalization board

The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for representatives from Commissioner Districts 2 (Central Kitsap) and 3 (South Kitsap) to serve on the Kitsap County Board of Equalization.

Members act as part of an impartial three-member citizens board to make decisions regarding homeowner, commercial and personal property appeals to the assessed value of their properties.

Appeals are heard year round on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Kitsap County Administration Building, Port Orchard. Applicants should be familiar with Kitsap County real estate and appraisal practices.

For more information including application materials, go to or contact Kitsap County Volunteer Services at 360-337-4650,

Auto glass company completes audit

Auto Glass Plus of Bremerton has completed an independent validation audit conducted by the Auto Glass Safety Council.

The council is a safety group dedicated to the proper installation of replacement auto glass.

It publishes the ANSI/AGRSS Automotive Glass Safety Standard and manages a rigorous registration program whereby quality auto glass service providers agree to follow the standard and submit to random, independent audits on an ongoing basis.

The company is at 555 Bruenn Ave., Bremerton. Their phone is 360-479-0000 or email

All Shred brings kiosks to county

All Shred, Kitsap County’s locally owned shredding company, has expanded shredding services to include self-serve shredding kiosks.

The kiosks are located at the Fred Meyer in Bremerton, 5050 Highway 303 NE, and at the Fred Meyer, 1900 SE Sedgwick Road, in Port Orchard.

Company officials said the shredding kiosks offer quick, secure, document destruction at affordable prices. Shredding is at high-speed, shredding up to 50 sheets at one time. It takes about five minutes to shred a file box full of documents with the cost being only $3 per minute.

Officials said it is important to know that a $30 hold is placed on the customer’s credit card then released once the transaction is complete.


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