Bleacher Creature: I had some questions, you had some answers

A few weeks ago, I wrote a last-minute column where I challenged you, the CK Reporter faithful, to answer a gamut of random questions. A few of you even responded to my queries, so here’s your answers.

Just how many places named Silverdale are there around the world?

Kathi from Poulsbo wrote in to say that she spotted the Silverdale Confederate Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tenn. And according to Google, there’s also a Silverdale Detention Facilities, Silverdale Baptist Church and a Silverdale Road in Chattanooga and a Silverdale Drive in Greeneville, Tenn. There also are Silverdales in England and New Zealand.

Why are Silverdale’s two major festivals, Whaling Days and the upstart quicksilver hydroplane races, only two weeks apart?

Darla from Silverdale said it was a change in the ULHRA’s schedule from a late September date to mid-August that put the two close together and that tides more than anything were the main reason.

Did anyone get fined for dumping all that sewage into Barker Creek?

Mary from Tracyton, a frequent contributor to the CK Reporter’s letters column and big supporter of Barker Creek, said she’s still awaiting a response from Kitsap County Public Works and the state Department of Ecology and says “the seriousness of this pollution issue has yet to be addressed by the responsible parties. ... Does the silence from the county on the fact that ‘sewage spills happen’ reflect a lack of concern for the seriousness of the ramifications of this negligence?” By her response, I can only guess that nobody’s taking a financial hit for letting out untold thousands of gallons of unprocessed sewage into the creek.

Where is the best place to get a pizza?

This one got a few responses, including a pair for Filippi’s in Bremerton. Darla from Silverdale said she liked it for the “hand-tossed crusts, really fresh ingredients and a family legacy that goes back to a mom and pop Italian market in San Diego’s Little Italy.” Mike from Bremerton called Filippi’s “the best I’ve had since I left Brooklyn 45 years ago. Until I found Filippi’s, I had to fly to the Big Apple to get my pizza craving ‘recharged.’” And then Mike posed an even deeper question — “Where can you get a good meatball sandwich in this state?” Mmmm, meatball sandwich.

Better word: kvetch or smalto?

“I don’t get it,” wrote my mom after giving both definitions to the words I picked randomly out of old Webster’s Dictionary. Although I did enjoy her tidbit about Francesco Smalto, a men’s wear designer, who was caught leading a prostitution ring in 1999 in France. Three words, mom — leave Google alone.

Could I come up with a better column idea next time?

“I hope so,” replied Pat, my brother, via e-mail from Seattle.

Sean Lamphere is the

editor of the CK Reporter.

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