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Septic system classes offered by county

Kitsap County residents are invited to one of three free workshops to learn how to keep their septic systems working well and lasting longer. Well maintained septic systems save homeowners money and keep bacteria and nutrients out of local creeks, lakes, and Puget Sound. The workshops will be held:

Oct. 15, at the Poulsbo Library Community Room, 700 NE Lincoln Road.

Oct. 24, at the Long Lake Bob Oke Community Room, 5100 Long Lake Road SE, Port Orchard and Nov. 17, at the Silverdale Water District Commissioners Chambers, 5330 NW Newberry Hill Road, Silverdale

This free event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at all locations. The workshops include information about how septic systems work, the best ways to care for them, how to detect if a system is failing and what to do next and low interest loan programs for septic repairs.

Attendees will also receive free “green” cleaning products and refreshments will be provided.

“Just as you would maintain your car so it runs well and lasts longer, you need to maintain your septic system,” said Kerrie Crawford, Kitsap Public Health District (KPHD). “Failing septic system can cost thousands of dollars to repair and can be a serious health risk to your family and the environment.”

Registration is required and space is limited. Register today at or call Kitsap 1 at 360-337-5777. The workshops are funded by the Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management Program.

Lutefisk dinner to be at Sons of Norway

The Bremerton Sons of Norway Oslo Lodge 2-35 will host a lutefisk dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at 1018 18th St., Bremerton.

Lutefisk will be served with white sauce and butter, meatballs with gravy, potatoes, carrots, coleslaw, lefse, beverages and dessert.

Prices are $25  for adults, $6 for children ages 6 to 16. Cash and checks only will be accepted. Reservations are not required.

The Oslo Ladies Club bazaar, specializing in Scandinavian cookies and baked goods, will be on site.

Handicapped access is available and parking is at the Olympic College lot.

For more information 360-373-1503.

CrossTalk launched at Silverdale YMCA

Haselwood Family YMCA volunteer Carl Johnson recently launched CrossTalk at the Y.

CrossTalk groups are small gatherings of four to eight people that meet once a week for a non-denominational, faith-based hour of biblical study, prayer and fellowship.

Groups are designed for men and women who desire to be equipped for the challenges of daily living, and who need the encouragement of others.

“Crosstalk gives me a way of deepening my understanding of how my faith in Jesus and God’s Word not only provide me an eternal hope, but also how I can integrate my faith into my daily life,” said regular attendee Conrad Green.

CrossTalk meets from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. inside the Haselwood Family Y’s chapel.

Groups meet on Mondays and Wednesdays. All are welcome to attend and discussions are centered on Timothy Keller’s book “King’s Cross.”

For more information, contact the Life University inquiry line at 253-460-8916 or

Bonsai group to meet Oct. 18 in Bremerton

The Evergreen Bonsai Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18, at Crossroads Neighborhood Church, 7555 Old Military Road NE, Bremerton.

The program is seasonal work on members’ trees. Bring a tree that needs work. Prospective members are welcome. There is no charge.

For more information, contact Ruth Anderson at 360-626-1264 or

‘Cribs for Kids’ program active in Kitsap

The Kitsap County Coroner’s Office recently received a grant from Cribs for Kids National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative that will enable the organization to provide safe sleep education to parents and caregivers along with Graco Pack ‘n Plays and crib sheets to families who could not otherwise afford safe sleeping environments for their infants.

The coroner’s office is one of 40 community organizations across the U.S. to receive funds from the Joseph A. Hardy, Sr. Mini-Grant Program sponsored by 84 Lumber Company.

The grant is to match $2,500 that has already been collected from a variety of groups including groups such as the East Bremerton Kiwanis, Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue, Bremerton Firefighters and Boilermakers Local 290 as well as individuals.

Kitsap Coroner Greg Sandstrom said the need for proper sleeping equipment is tremendous in the county.

Since 2008 in Kitsap County, 33 babies have died due to improper sleeping arrangements.

Sandstrom said families will be given informational pamphlets to educate parents of proper ways for a child to sleep, such as in a bed with tight sheets and just a onesie for clothing.

The coroner said that many of the families who are receiving the cribs do not have a place to let their baby sleep, so they’ll sleep in a bed with adults or in a corner on the floor.

Kitsap Foundation to present estate seminar

The Kitsap Community Foundation and BNY Mellon Wealth Management are partnering to offer a free seminar “Leveraging Charitable Gifts in the Current Low Interest Rate Environment.”

This continuing education seminar is intended for Kitsap County estate planning professionals including attorneys, financial planners, CPAs and insurance brokers. The seminar will include breakfast and a presentation by BNY Mellon Wealth Strategist Justin Miller. In addition to learning how the Community Foundation can help clients achieve charitable goals, professional advisors and development professionals will learn practical solutions to introduce their clients to timely and advantageous charitable gifting solutions.

The seminar is at 8 a.m. Oct. 22, at the Oxford Suites in Silverdale. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m.  Registration is required  by Oct. 11 by calling 360-698-6043 or


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