Monday, December 20, 2021
This will be the final Monday Morning Memo published for 2021 - thank you for your loyal readership! Stay tuned for all the news that's
important to Central Kitsap as we debut our new
E-Newsletter on Tuesday, January 4th!
Important News for You
This is Dale's last week visiting Central Kitsap businesses, so
be sure to get out there and find him while you're getting
that last minute holiday shopping in! Look for Dale in these
locations this week and post a selfie with him to your
social media using #gnomeontheroam for a chance to win a
grand prize of a trip for 2 to Alderbrook Resort & Spa!
Our prize drawings will take place at close of business
on December 22nd! Don't miss out!

Monday, December 20th

Tuesday, December 21st

Wednesday, December 22nd
Kitsap Mall
Chamber News
Check out and like the
Chamber Holiday Luncheon
December 21, 2021, 11:30 am
Join us as we celebrate the end of 2021 with our friends from the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce and special guests Representative Derek Kilmer, Kitsap County Commissioner Ed Wolfe and Bremerton Mayor Greg Wheeler. Enjoy great food, lots of networking, an ugly sweater contest, carols and more!

Be sure to bring cash for our raffle benefitting The Coffee Oasis' Family Christmas Project.
Please be mindful of all the COVID-19 protocols in place: masks are required at all times unless actively eating or drinking at your table. Please maintain safe distances as you are able, and if you or a member of your household feels unwell, please stay home. We encourage all of our members and guests to celebrate safely this holiday season. Stop the spread of COVID in our communities and keep our local businesses open!
Week Two of Silverdale Chamber's
Holiday Gnome on the Roam
Member News
New Chamber Members - Welcome!
December Member of the Month
Fairway Independent Mortgage - Kitsap
9307 Bay Shore Drive NW, Suite 100
Silverdale, WA 98383
(360) 731-3458
Kitsap Credit Union Donates $150,000 to local Food Banks & Backpacks for Kids Organizations
Kitsap Credit Union was proud to host the 2021 Holiday Treats and Eats event last week where $150,000 was donated to organizations in and around the Kitsap Peninsula. Organizations like the Central Kitsap Food Bank, North Kitsap Fishline, Backpack-for-Kids and the Bremerton Backpack Brigade were just a few of the many organizations to receive this much-needed aid. Pictured above are this year's recipients and President/CEO of Kitsap Credit Union, Shawn Gilfedder.
Kitsap Regional Library Names New Library Director, Begins February 1
Kitsap Regional Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Jason Driver has been named Kitsap Regional Library's new Library Director. He succeeds current Library Director Jill Jean, who announced her retirement earlier this year. 

Jason brings to our Library 20 years of progressive experience in public library service, serving most recently as a District Chief at Chicago Public Library, where he oversaw 14 branches and the supervision of 125 staff. He received his master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jason and his wife, along with their two children, are already looking for a new home in Kitsap. He will begin as Library Director on February 1, 2022. 
To support Jason, our patrons and library staff through this critical transition, current Library Director Jill Jean will be extending her retirement date beyond December 31 to February 15, 2022. She retires after 15 years of service.
Silverdale Rotary Offers Duck Buck Grants
Non-Profits Encouraged to Apply Now
The Rotary Club of Silverdale is proud to work with community partners to better serve our local community through the funding of Duck Buck Grants to area non-profits. We hope to assist as many organizations as possible with Rotarian labor and/or funding!
Live Well Kitsap Celebrates the New Year
with Online Transformation Event

Do you have news you'd like to share about your business or organization?
We'd love to share! Please send information to Irene at the Chamber!

Member Spotlight
Seaport Salon and Spa is a local, community-driven, and family-owned serene escape located in Old Town Silverdale. We started small and have built an award-winning team that offers a full range of salon and spa
services designed to replenish and renew the body, mind and spirit. Innovation that moves the industry toward holistic treatments and create natural ways of supporting life motivate the team at Seaport. Our commitment to being environmentally responsible by continuing
to carry AVEDA™ products and using recycled and sustainable materials maintains our belief in good health for success.

Seaport remains open during the current construction in Old Town Silverdale - visit them now at:

9130 Washington Avenue
Old Town Silverdale, WA 98383
(360) 698-0781
Education Committee
Find a Unicorn in Government-Funded IP
Tuesday, December 21, 2021, 3:00 pm
Are you looking for an innovative technology to bring to market that will launch a new company, improve a product line, or diversify your product offerings? In this Kitsap Business Forum, you’ll learn how to discover and access a pool of untapped government-funded intellectual property (IP)—readily available to move to Washington state-based industries as well as those across the U.S. You’ll realize how easy it is to work with a government organization as Sara demystifies the technology transfer and licensing process. To inspire your thinking, Sara also will describe just a sampling of clean energy technologies that could be deployed in the Pacific Northwest.
Presenter: Sara Hunt, Commercialization Manager, PNNL

Sara Hunt is a commercialization manager for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) located in the Seattle office. She is responsible for identifying promising PNNL-developed technologies, overseeing technology development and demonstration, securing intellectual property assets, marketing novel technologies, and negotiating business terms to transfer technologies to private industry where they can be matured into commercial products and services. The technology portfolio Sara manages includes advanced manufacturing, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and environmental monitoring.
Member Education & Training Resources
Critical Questions & Information Needed to
Do Proper Business Planning
Tuesday, December 28, 2021, 10:00 am
You have decided to start a business and fulfill your entrepreneurial spirit and dream of working for yourself. Starting a business is a tough decision and needs proper planning.

Believe it or not, there are several ways to methodically ask yourself the proper questions to determine if you are ready and what you need to do.

Join this hands-on webinar session, led by SCORE Mentor John Tile, which will cover:
  • The basics of a business plan and will provide a few samples
  • A step-by-step process to develop the key information for your business plan
  • What you will need in order to do a simple business plan for yourself and a more detailed business plan if you need a bank loan

Upon completion of this webinar, you will have the key information that you will be able to use with your SCORE mentor in follow-up sessions to develop your formal business plan. 

Workshop Fee: FREE
Presenter: John G. Tile, SCORE Mentor, Susquehanna Chapter
With 42 years’ experience in industry holding various leadership positions in engineering, logistics, safety, and program management, John has also worked with international customers in Australia, Canada, England, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand.
Government Affairs Committee
Washington Retail Association Letter to Congress Urges Support of Small Retailers
On behalf of WR members, Renée Sunde, President and CEO contacted Washington State’s twelve congressional delegation members seeking financial relief for retailers across the state.
Specifically, Sunde urged the expansion of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) eligible recipients. During the pandemic, restaurants and small business retailers were two of the hardest-hit industries. Deemed “nonessential,” both were impacted by government-mandated closures and restricted operations, which caused substantial revenue losses.
Federal grant programs provided relief to restaurants of up to $10 million in funding with no repayment requirement while retailers were left out, often strapped with unforgivable EIDL loan debt. Retailers continue to face economic hardship, which has persisted due to supply chain disruptions and rampant inflation.
Sunde added that including small business retailers along with restaurants “would help preserve jobs and spur the nation’s economic recovery.”
WR encourages its members to add their voice to the conversation and urge congress to take this necessary step.
Military Affairs Committee
Registration opens soon! Please contact the Silverdale Chamber if you have any questions about participating at
Business Resources
Gov. Jay Inslee and Democratic leaders are pressing pause on what had been planned as a landmark program to help people pay for long-term care. (Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press)
Inslee & Democratic Leaders Put Brakes on
WA Cares LTC Payroll Tax
Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington Democratic legislative leaders announced an agreement Friday to delay the new WA Cares payroll tax on employees as they address concerns over the new long-term care program.

Friday’s move underscored the troubles facing a major Democratic policy of recent years, which lawmakers have vowed to address when the Legislature convenes next month for a 60-day session.

In a statement, Inslee said, “We need to give legislators the opportunity to make refinements” to the new program before it kicks in.

US Jobless Claims Now at 52-Year Low
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits plunged last week to the lowest level in 52 years, more evidence that the U.S. job market is recovering from last year’s coronavirus recession.

Unemployment claims dropped by 43,000 to 184,000 last week, the lowest since September 1969, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week moving average, which smooths out week-to-week ups and downs, fell below 219,000, lowest since the pandemic hit the United States hard in March 2020.

S.T.E.P. Funding Program Aims to Help Local Businesses Access International Markets
A new round of funding from the Small Business Administration makes up to $10,000 available to qualifying Washington businesses who want to explore new markets.
Funds can be used to optimize websites and search engine strategy for trade, ship samples to prospective clients, or to offset the cost of being part state trade delegations to international trade shows.
Kitsap County News
Department of Community Development Offers Webinar Series on Land Use & Building
Wednesday, December 29, 2021, 12:00 pm
DCD is working to help landowners prepare for success in their land use and building development projects. We've launched a series of basic-level webinars that cover topics of interest to our customers. Before beginning your project, we invite you to Start Here with educational resources designed to help you with your land use or building development project.

This upcoming webinar is the final session of the Start Here! Series. We will be providing a recap of previous webinars while walking through a Single-Family Residence (SFR) project from start to finish. We will cover:  

  • Site feasibility
  • Managing your project through permitting
  • Final inspection
  • Items to consider
  • Common missteps
Winter Holiday Service

Friday, Dec. 24 – Service Ends at 5 PM
  • On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, Routed, On-Demand (BI Ride, SK Ride, Kingston Ride) and ACCESS bus service will end at 5:00 PM. All trips starting before 5:00 PM will complete their trip.
  • The last Port Orchard Ferry will depart Bremerton at 4:45 PM. The Annapolis Ferry will not operate during the holiday shipyard closure from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2
  • Last Bremerton Fast Ferry departs 3:45 PM from Bremerton and 4:25 PM from Seattle. Last Kingston Fast Ferry departs 2:35 PM from Kingston and 3:25 PM from Seattle. Last Southworth Fast Ferry departs 3:30 PM from Southworth and 4:05 PM from Seattle.  

Friday, Dec. 31 – Reduced Service
  • On New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, Routed and ACCESS buses will operate reduced service schedules or may not operate. Please see your route schedule for availability and times of service or use our route lookup tool online at:
  • The Port Orchard Ferry will operate on a Sunday schedule, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
  • Kitsap Fast Ferries will operate normal weekday service.
  • BI Ride will operate 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (after 4:00 PM must be booked through Ride Pingo app). Kingston Ride Fast Ferry Commuter and Southworth Ride Fast Ferry Commuter will operate normal weekday service. Kingston Ride, Nollwood Dial-A-Ride and SK Ride will not operate. 

Saturday, Dec. 25 & Jan. 1 – No Service
  • Kitsap Transit's Routed, ACCESS, On-Demand, Worker/Driver, Local Ferries and Fast Ferries services will NOT operate on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and New Year's Day, Jan. 1.
Food Banks in Kitsap County
If you (or the person you care for) are unable to afford the food you need, you are not alone. According to the USDA in 2020, approximately 1 in 10 households in the United States were unable to afford the food they need. As food costs rise, the challenge continues to grow.

There are several food banks (aka food pantries) in the county that provide groceries, at no cost, such as canned goods, bread, cereal, pasta, dairy, eggs, meat, and fresh fruits and vegetables. When available, food banks also provide pet food, laundry soap, hygiene products, and diapers.

To help make ends meet, don't hesitate to utilize help to meet your needs. Call ahead or visit the food bank's website to confirm hours operation, eligibility (income isn't always a factor), and shopping process. Most locations are not open every day and have limited hours.

See the list below for your local food bank's contact information: 

South Kitsap Helpline:
1012 Mitchell Avenue, Port Orchard
(360) 876-4089

1600 12th Street, Bremerton
(360) 479-6188

Central Kitsap Food Bank:
3537 Anderson Hill Rd, Silverdale 
(360) 692-9818

North Kitsap Fishline:
19705 Viking Ave NW, Poulsbo
(360) 779-5190

ShareNet Thrift Shop and Food Bank:
25994 Barber Cut-Off Rd, Kingston
(360) 297-2266               

282 Knechtel Way NE, Bainbridge Island
(206) 842-7621

Kitsap Neighborhood Little Pantries also provide non-perishable items stocked by donations from neighbors, for neighbors, at an outdoor self-serve, wood pantry/cupboard at various locations in Kitsap County. See the Facebook group here for information and a list of pantry locations.  
The Kitsap Road Report is updated each week. This latest update was released on December 17, 2021.
Intermittent single lane closures with traffic control on sections of Seabeck Hwy NW for overlay and widening improvement project. 

Intermittent road closures on Bay Shore Drive NW and Washington Avenue NW for Sewer/Stormwater/Road improvement project.

Crews are doing various maintenance activities at the locations listed below. Expect moderate delays between 5 and 10 minutes:
  • Chinook Way NE near University Point Circle NE and Illahee Rd. NE (MO-TH)
  • Pine Ave NE near Fir Dr. NE (MO-TH)

Expect moderate delays on Towne Rd. NE at the intersection with Foster Rd. NE for PSE utility work. One lane alternating with flagger in place during work hours. Project is scheduled to be completed by Jan 29, 2022. 
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
DOH: Commemorates One-Year of COVID-19 Vaccines in Washington
One year ago last week, the first COVID-19 vaccine shipment arrived in Washington. Since then, more than 11.3 million doses of vaccine have been administered across the state and more than 5.4 million Washingtonians have received at least one dose. These remarkable milestones could not have been achieved without the hard work and dedication of health care workers, public health providers, first responders, community members, and countless others who have protected our communities by giving out life-saving vaccines.

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
Kitsap County Health District is now posting a regularly updated list of COVID-19 vaccine providers in Kitsap County. This list can be found here.
Community Information
U.S. Bank is the Sole Kitsap Mall Bidder
at Foreclosure Auction
U.S. Bank, which held the loan defaulted on by the owner of the Kitsap Mall, will be the mall's new owner after it was the sole bidder at the mall's foreclosure auction on Friday.

U.S. Bank National Association, as the beneficiary of the Deed of Trust, bid $30 million at the sale — the minimum bid set for the sale, held outside the Kitsap County Administration Building in Port Orchard. 

Fundraising Efforts Continue
for Illahee Forest Preserve
Visit Santa at the Kitsap Mall:
Tuesday Theme Nights
This year, go ALL OUT in your photos with Santa! We’re talking the whole family, your entire squad, and even your superhero, prince and princess alter-egos! It’s going to be your most memorable photo with Santa ever! PLUS, you can enter to win a FREE Santa Photo Package!
Silverdale Visitor Center
Admiral Theatre Film Series Presents:
The Polar Express
Tuesday, December 21, 2021, 7:00 pm
This film is included in the Admiral Theatre Film Series, sponsored by Caffé Perfetto and Huddleston, McKenzie & Associates CPAs. No dinner service at this film. Concessions and the bars will be open.

On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

This film is generously sponsored by Law Office of Lynn K. Fleischbein, P.S.
Daytrip from Silverdale: Christmas on the Valley
Evenings, December 3rd - 23rd, 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Enjoy Christmas in the countryside at Dahlia Hill Farm's "Christmas on the Valley." Families will find a beautiful farm light tour, mini animal encounters, Santa photo sessions, gingerbread house contests and local vendors selling seasonal goodies.
Admiral Theatre's New Year's Eve Celebration
Tickets on Sale Now
New Year's Eve at the Roxy
Party in Quincy Square
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