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Port Orchard has bad case of Seahawk fever

Casual Day at the office takes on a whole new meaning the week before the Super Bowl.

In fact, Thursday was anything but casual at the Kitsap County Clerk’s office in Port Orchard, which was transformed into a serious shrine to the Seattle Seahawks.

Blue and green balloons and crepe streamers covered the walls and cubicles, while employees donned team sweatshirts and decorated their desks — some changing their computer screen savers — to announce their support.

Even the Kitsap County logo, normally a red-and-black bird facing right and hard to spot, was displayed prominently, now turned blue and green and flipped around to match the Seahawks’ mascot.

“It’s a friendly competition between us and the rest of the offices here,” said Jeannee Nutt-Wright, explaining that she was the biggest fan and the main impetus for the show of colors.

“I wanted us to be the first in the building,” she said.

Her co-workers, many of whom went out and bought shirts to join in on the fun, readily admitted that Nutt-Wright — whose desk displays a sign proudly proclaiming “Head Nut” — was the main instigator when it came to office spirit, whether for Halloween, or a certain team’s first trip to the Super Bowl.

“It’s fun, and it boosts morale,” Nutt-Wright said, giving credit to boss and County Clerk Dave Peterson, whom she said let the ladies go ahead with their decorating plans, and even go casual for an extra day last week.

“Normally, Friday is our dress-up day, since it’s a heavy court day, but (Peterson) is letting us wear jeans and Seahawks shirts,” she said, explaining that normally only Thursdays are their casual days.

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