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Bird is the word: Learn what's involved in raising your own flock of egg-producing hens | Kitsap Week

  • Feb 16, 2011 at 5:01PM

If you saw chickens roaming the yard, or saw containers of peaches in glass jars on the basement shelf, would you think you were back in time?

Ask Erin: Pesky squirrels and trashy neighbors | Kitsap Week

  • Feb 18, 2011 at 8:00AM updated at 1:06PM

I was looking out my kitchen window when I saw my dog kill a squirrel in the neighbor’s yard. I know my neighbors are still at work and won’t know my dog was the squirrel murderer. Do I have to clean up the remains? Or can I leave it for them?

Unearthing your food: They say you are what you eat, so learn ways to grow your own. | Kitsap Week

  • Feb 25, 2011 at 1:00PM

Growing your own food takes time and planning, but the fulfillment of seeing your hard work come to fruition is well worth the extra effort. Kitsap residents share their secrets to cultivating their own nourishment.

Ask Erin: Options for dealing with noisy neighbors | Kitsap Week

  • Feb 25, 2011 at 10:00AM updated at 3:39PM

I read your recent article in the Kitsap Week section of the Bremerton Patriot and was wondering if you might have some advice for my situation. This used to be a very quiet neighborhood. However, a year or so ago a family moved in “kitty-corner” across the street from us. Last summer they parked their car in their driveway, opened the doors and turned on the stereo full blast.

No kid-ding, goats provide a livelihood for Bainbridge farmers | Kitsap Week

  • Feb 25, 2011 at 1:00PM

For Beverly and Steve Phillips, raising goats is more than a full-time job. It’s a lifestyle. “We haven’t been out to dinner in 20 years,” Steve said during a recent visit to their dairy farm on Bainbridge.

Stylish and thrifty: Dress like a million bucks while only spending pennies | Kitsap Week

  • Mar 3, 2011 at 8:00AM updated at 5:21PM

From head to toe, Bonnie McVee looks like a well-dressed woman. And she is. Only she paid less than $30 for her complete outfit, including her boots. At full retail price, she estimates her ensemble would cost more than $250.

Recycling your wares: Finding new homes for unwanted items | Kitsap Week

  • Mar 4, 2011 at 8:00AM

When LeOnna Small burned through three hand-mixers in a short amount of time, she wondered why things weren’t made to last. “I kept getting out my mom’s heavy mixer, the one she handed down to me. The one I will probably hand down to my own daughter,” Small said. Small began to think about over-consumption and how things are frequently tossed into the land fill. She wondered: What ever happened to fixing an item? Or repurposing something to better fit your needs?

Ask Erin: How to get more miles from your car | Kitsap Week

  • Mar 4, 2011 at 8:00AM

The last time I went to fill-up my car, I became light-headed. The cause wasn’t from the gas fumes, but rather from the price of a gallon of gas. Gas prices are sky-rocketing. With oil prices hovering around $100 per barrel, experts warn that prices aren’t going to drop anytime soon. At the gas station near the Kitsap Week office, regular unleaded gas is listed at $3.599 a gallon.

A kiss and a wag: Marty brings comfort and smiles to patients at Martha & Mary | Kitsap Week

  • Mar 10, 2011 at 1:00PM updated Mar 15, 2011 at 12:13PM

A polar bear seemed to be wandering the hallway. Upon closer inspection, the majestic animal with the white fur wasn’t a polar bear at all, but rather Marty, a Great Pyrenees dog.

Made with love: Blankets and hats give comfort to children in the hospital | Kitsap Week

  • Mar 10, 2011 at 1:00PM updated Mar 15, 2011 at 12:26PM

The blanket in Karen Gerstenberger’s arms is more than a pretty quilt. For her daughter, Katie, it was an important source of comfort while in the hospital. The blanket became Katie’s bathrobe, a blinder to hide her from watching shots, a mask to block smells, and a way to pass the time by discussing the different flowers on the fabric. And after Katie passed away, it became Karen’s motivation to start Katie’s Comforters Guild.

Officer and a gentlewoman: Darlene Iskra made history as first female commander of a U.S. Navy ship | Kitsap Week

  • Mar 18, 2011 at 10:29AM

When Darlene Iskra joined the Navy in early 1979, she was looking for a steady job with benefits. She received much more: a successful career that would see her become the first female commander of a Navy ship. "I knew I was the first (woman) and I felt a responsibility to show that equal opportunity works in the Navy," said Iskra, who recently moved to Bremerton. Iskra's rise to command wasn't easy.

Food for the soul: Hank and Claire want to touch your heart, and your funny bone | Kitsap Week

  • Mar 18, 2011 at 10:40AM

It's no mistake that Hank Payne and Claire Favro play music that touches your heart. That's what they were trained to do.

Card or gift for host shows appreciation | Kitsap Week

  • Mar 18, 2011 at 10:44AM

When my family is invited to a casual dinner party at a friend's home and I am asked to bring a dish, do I also need to bring a bottle of wine? I know it's nice to bring a hostess gift if you are coming empty handed, but I am not sure about the right thing to do when you've been assigned part of the meal.

Make your home sparkle | Kitsap Week

  • Mar 24, 2011 at 12:00PM

Ideas to make your home look its best...either for yourself or a buyer

When gardening, think local | Kitsap Week

  • Mar 25, 2011 at 12:00PM

Native plants know how to get the job done

Ask Erin: Falling produce and recruiting volunteers | Kitsap Week

  • Mar 26, 2011 at 1:00PM updated at 8:05PM

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Are treasures hiding in your garage? Find out their worth at the Kitsap Antique Show this weekend | Kitsap Week

  • Mar 31, 2011 at 12:00PM updated at 4:59PM

Kitsap Antique Show runs this weekend, with dealers, appraisers and lectures.

Feel-good music: Michael Tomlinson sings his heart out this weekend | Kitsap Week

  • Mar 30, 2011 at 2:04PM

Micahel Tomlinson signs his heart out on Saturday

Ask Erin: Nurturing childhood friendships | Kitsap Week

  • Apr 2, 2011 at 12:00PM updated Apr 8, 2011 at 11:51AM

How to help your child make friends.

To market, to market, to buy local staples | Kitsap Week

  • Apr 6, 2011 at 10:00AM

Farmers markets kick off their season this weekend with the opening of the Bainbridge Farmers Market and Poulsbo Farmers Market on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Slide into spring with the Peninsula Trombone Choir

  • Apr 9, 2011 at 10:00AM

The Peninsula Trombone Choir holds their spring concert on April 10 at 2 p.m. at Silverdale Lutheran Church, 11701 Ridgeport Drive, NW.

Port Gamble grandmother shares her story in new book | Kitsap Week

  • Apr 14, 2011 at 12:00PM

Author tells of a traumatic time with her daughter and the joy that followed.

Ask Erin: Social network challenges | Kitsap Week

  • Apr 16, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Apr 22, 2011 at 1:03PM

How do I gracefully “unfriend” people who I see frequently in my community or who are mutual friends with my good friends?

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