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President’s Message – July:

As I write this column it is a gentle summer’s evening with the sun setting over the Hood Canal. This summer looks as if it will be another for the record books and we are lucky to live in an area surrounded by water on three sides, creating a milder climate.

June began with our Scholarship Fundraiser Brunch and we were fortunate that three of our 2019 recipients, Emily Sabin, Jonathan Daniels and Katherine Hunter were able to attend. We raised over $2,000 that will be applied towards scholarships in future years. Thanks to everyone who helped with a special mention to our chef, Rick Mackey and Marina Dye who transformed the West Room with her tasteful decorations.

The same room became an improvised book store the following weekend as Howie O’Brien and Alix Kosin tirelessly organized our Spring Book Sale, ably assisted by Connie Gordon and her team. I can attest that Saturday morning was a very civilized affair with people quietly perusing books and visiting with their neighbors at a leisurely pace.

July starts with a longstanding Hansville tradition, namely, the July 4 Breakfast on Thursday, July 4 from 8.00 to 10.30 am. Bring your children, grandchildren, friends and relatives to enjoy a hearty breakfast as a start to the day’s festivities.

There are a lot of “car guys” in North Kitsap who appreciate sharing their vintage models at the Show n’ Shine and Picnic in the Park on Sunday, July 14 from 9 am to 2 pm. Come and admire the display and learn more about cars that aren’t controlled by computers, from a time when owners could tune and maintain their own engines. You will enjoy the 60’s music of Jukebox Duo, even if you don’t remember the songs from the first time around. A Bar BQ lunch will be served so plan on an extended visit.

This year’s snowpack has been lower than normal and a drought seems at least possible. Water conservation may be recommended. Yards account for 90% of household water consumption On Wednesday, July 24 at 7 pm, Michael Korchonoff of the Kitsap Conservation District will give a talk on water conservation. He will cover a range of options for reducing your water bill. We hope that you can join us.

Celia Grether