NEWS BRIEFS | May 17, 2013

Soroptimists offer community grants

Soroptimist International of Port Orchard has announced the availability of grant funds for organizations and schools for project or program support. Projects should align with the Soroptimist mission of improving the lives of women and girls. Applications must be postmarked no later than June 20, in order to be considered for funding.

Interested organizations should Contact Laura Dean at or 360-895-0522 or Tomi Bonneville at or 360-895-9880 to obtain an application form and guidelines.

The application also can be found on the Soroptimist of Port Orchard website at

Maximum request per organization should not exceed $5,000. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Seagull Calling Festival seeking contestants

The Chamber’s annual Seagull Calling Festival, also part of the Harbor Festival, is being billed as the “World’s Biggest, Best (and maybe only) Seagull Calling Festival.” It is scheduled for Sunday, May 26, at the Port Orchard Waterfront Marina Park.

Registration for contestants begins at 1 p.m. and the contest will start at 2 p.m.   Contestants young and old, as individuals or in groups — some in costumes — will take turns on the beach “calling the seagulls.” Former winners are encouraged to participate in this year’s event.

Contestants try to mimic the seagull’s cry and bribe the birds with tortillas, French fries, bread and the judges with candy cookies and sometimes even money, to win various coveted prizes. There is no cost to participate in the contest.

For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 360-876-3505 or go online to

Register for the Seagull Wings Cook-off

Contestants hoping to win bragging rights for their wing recipes need to apply for this year’s sixth annual Seagull Wings Cook-off is Sunday, May 26, which is part of the Kitsap Harbor Festival which runs May 25-27.

In celebration of the Seagull Calling Festival’s 25th anniversary, the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce will waive all entry fees for the wings cook-off, Chamber Executive Director Coreen Haydock said.

Because space is limited, Haydock said registration forms for amateur and commercial entries, rules and procedures are available online at or by calling the Chamber at 360-876-3505.

The cook-off features hundreds of “seagull” wings created, grilled and served up by both amateur and commercial contestants hoping to win bragging rights for their wing recipes.

Judges will sample, deliberate and announce “Whose Wings Reign Supreme!” for first, second and third place in two categories — amateurs (home cooks and grillers) and commercial (restaurants, caterers and other commercial kitchens).

Wings will be distributed to the public for $1 for a wing donation and attendees can vote on the People’s Choice.

KCSO seeking volunteers for citizen programs

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office seeks volunteers for its Citizens On Patrol (COP) and Community Resources programs.

COP volunteers support unincorporated areas of the county providing Sheriff’s Office presence to enhance public safety, enforce parking-prohibited regulations, conduct home vacation checks, process abandoned vehicles and assist with traffic control and community events.

Volunteers commit at least 16 hours per month and attend monthly training meetings.

Community resource volunteers assist in the Sheriff’s Information Office at the Kitsap Mall in Silverdale answering basic questions, taking minor crime reports and may assist with community crime prevention programs throughout the county.

All Sheriff’s Office applicants must undergo an extensive background examination and a good driving record is required.

For more information, contact Kitsap County Volunteer Services at, e-mail or call 360-337-4650.

KCHS accepting nominations for recognition

BREMERTON — The Kitsap County Historical Society now is accepting nominations for the 2013 Kitsap Heritage Family Recognition Banquet set for Sept. 20 at Kiana Lodge at Agate Passage.

One family from each of five districts — North Kitsap, South Kitsap , Central Kitsap, Bremerton and Bainbridge Island — will be selected and honored for their family’s longevity and commitment to Kitsap County. Nominations must be submitted by June 1.

Criteria for nominees are: the family has resided in Kitsap County for 100 years or more, has made a significant contribution to their community and members of the family still reside in Kitsap County.

Nomination applications and more information can be obtained from the Kitsap History Museum, 280 Fourth St., call 360-478-6226 or email

County seeks road project ideas from public

Kitsap County is asking for road project ideas and suggestions to be included in the six-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Suggestions for this year’s TIP update are accepted through Friday, May 17.

Each year, Kitsap County Public Works completes a transportation project selection process. This year’s process determines which new roadway projects will be selected to be included in the 2014-2019 TIP.

Projects are scored and ranked using objective criteria.

The criteria include safety and/or capacity needs, structural condition, environmental retrofits and non-motorized needs. Projects are selected based on the availability and timing of funding, especially for state and federally funded programs. The project selection process and TIP update happens only once each year. If you have a suggestion for a project, now is the time to speak up.

To submit an idea online, visit

Complete information about the process, and descriptions of the type of projects considered, are also available at

Interested persons can call 360-337-5777 if they have questions.

Clean Air Agency council member sought

The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for a public at-large representative to serve on the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Advisory Council.

The advisory council is individuals representing business, education, transportation, health and science, tribal interests, fire officials, the environmental community, ports and the public-at-large. Its role is to provide input on agency programs and regulations. The council meets the second Wednesday of each month (except August) at the agency’s Seattle office.

For more information on the advisory council, visit To apply, to or contact Kitsap County Volunteer Services at 360-337-4650,


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