Forum brings CK community together

If there was one place to find information about the local community, it was at Wednesday’s community awareness forum.

More than 80 local agencies came together to offer information about local services including county government and nonprofit organizations, but attendance from the community was again less than expected.

“It’s good to meet all the different clubs,” said Peggy Hall of Legacy Farm Project who operated a booth with her husband Scott. “Putting a face to the agencies is good. There’s more public here (than last year) but there could be a lot more, I don’t know why that is.”

Some speculated that it was the warm weather that attributed to the low level of attendance for consecutive years.

“I’m disappointed,” said Kitsap County Commissioner Patty Lent on the turnout of local citizens. “April isn’t a good month ... I’d rather have it in an earlier month.”

She added that as nice as the Kitsap Pavilion is, having the event at a more intimate place like the President’s Hall also may help raise attendance in the future.

This year Central Kitsap Community Council organizers provided entertainment at the event, something that was not done last year. Piano Pam and the Independents entertained while visitors browsed the various booths.

Many booth vendors and citizens alike agreed that the forum is vital to the local community because there are many services and county agencies that many in the community aren’t aware of.

“The community is not aware of these services that are out there,” said Marjie Rowland of Seabeck.

Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue (CKFR) not only had a booth set up, but an ambulance parked inside the Pavilion. CKFR representatives presented important information about CKFR’s funding sources, general home fire safety and escape plans.

“It’s good to learn about the community, taxes pay (county employees’) salaries and it’s good to come to this and find out what they’re doing,” said attendee Peggy Grigg.

Other attendees, including Sharon Peterson of Tracyton, decided to attend the community forum to stay up to date on what is happening in the community.

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