Monday, October 4, 2021
Important News for You
KEDA Relaunches Shop.Eat.Spend.Kitsap for Local Holiday Shopping Push
Now that it's October, it's time to start thinking...Christmas? That's right, due to nationwide supply shortages and gaps in transportation, it's more important than ever to prepare early for your holiday shopping. And what better way to do that than by celebrating local businesses, who have all the items you need to get you through this holiday season.

From October 1st until December 31st, you'll find the Shop.Eat.Spend.Kitsap campaign highlighting the best local places you can get all your holiday shopping and gift ideas. Join the Shop.Eat.Spend.Kitsap group on Facebook to find ideas on where to shop, where to eat and gather, and where to lodge those out-of-town guests. There will be Facebook Lives with favorite local businesses, or maybe you'll discover a new business that has everything you've ever wanted but never knew you needed. Support local businesses as this year's holiday shopping season begins!
Chamber News
Check out and like the
In-Person Member Luncheon
Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 11:30 am
Thursday, October 28, 2021, 4:00 pm
Voting Now Open for Best of Kitsap
This summer, readers of Kitsap Daily News and Kitsap News Group publications — Bainbridge Island Review, Central Kitsap Reporter, North Kitsap Herald and Port Orchard Independent — shared their thoughts about what businesses, entertainment venues and activities are their favorite choices to visit in our communities.

Their selections were tallied and ranked, then published in special “Readers’ Choice: Best of …” special sections that appeared in our publications over the past few months. Those winning entries in 2021 for each region were, as always, eagerly anticipated by our readers.

And now, Kitsap News Group is excited to announce another round of voting, this time for the “Best of the Best” category winners who will be acknowledged in our “Best of Kitsap” special section that will be published in December.

Let's not forget our Central Kitsap and Bremerton award winners and let's show who our Best of the Best are!
2021 Best Community - Central Kitsap
Community Volunteer
Local Charity Event
Outdoor Concert
Kitsap County Sheriff
Police Officer
Central Kitsap High School

2021 Best Food & Drink - Central Kitsap
Coffee/ Espresso
Happy Hour
Mexican Cuisine
Pizza Place

2021 Best Health & Fitness - Central Kitsap
Fitness Center
Naturopathic Doctor
2021 Best Places - Central Kitsap
Physical Therapy
Hiking Trail
Live Music Venue
Tourist Attractions

2021 Best Services - Central Kitsap
Auto Repair
Bank/ Financial Institution
Dance School/Studio
Doggy Daycare/Dog Walker
Financial Planner
Heating and Cooling
Landscaping Services
Mortgage Loan Officer
Oil Change

2021 Best Services - Central Kitsap
Pet Groomer
Property Management
Real Estate Company
Real Estate Team

2021 Best Shopping - Central Kitsap
Storage Company
Art Gallery
Cannabis Business
Consignment Store
Eyewear Shop
Grocery Store/ Market
Jewelry Store
Pet Shop
Specialty Shop
Thrift Store
Window Display
Did you know?

Copies of the CK Reporter are now available at the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce. Get your copy now!
Have you answered our weekly
survey question yet?
As a Kitsap County business owner, do you think that requiring proof of vaccination to enter your business would be beneficial or harmful?
Answer Below
I think that would help my business
I think that would harm my business
I think that would have little effect on my business
The 6 Chambers of Commerce in Kitsap County are asking the same question of our members to provide both local and countywide insight into what our business community is experiencing. If you are a member of multiple Chambers, please complete only one Chamber's survey for your business each week.
Member News
New Chamber Members
Member Renewals
Thank you for your support of the Chamber!
American Family Insurance - The Tim Lopez Agency
AT&T at the Kitsap Mall
Jolly Sienda Photography and Studio
Kathy Olsen - Keller Williams - Silverdale
PC Networks Inc.
Templeton Horton Weibel & Broughton
The Paul Linder Educational Foundation
Walton Enterprises Intl
Member Spotlight
In 1964, John E. Loidhamer purchased Jakwoth Transfer of Enumclaw, Washington, for $2,000. The name of the company was changed to United Transfer and relocated to Bremerton, Washington. The original company consisted of one truck, one employee, a 2,500-square-foot warehouse and a lot of hopes and expectations. 

Today, we’re a second-generation, family-owned company that takes our work seriously, and we work hard to make sure your moving experience goes as smoothly as possible. 

United Moving & Storage now operates out of a 60,000-square-foot tilt-up warehouse with offices. This warehouse is equipped with the latest state-of-the-art fire, video and security alarm system, gated and fenced yard, loading docks, and an 80-foot, 100,000-pound-capacity certified scale.

Over the years, the employee family has grown from one employee in 1964 to over 60 employees today, and now operates more than 30 pieces of equipment.
1770 NE Fuson Road
Bremerton, WA 98311
(360) 479-4800
Business Members of the Month are elected by the Silverdale Chamber Board of Directors, and are chosen for their commitment to and involvement with the Chamber, are active members of the business community and are engaged in issues impacting Kitsap County.
Education Committee
Kitsap Business Forum
Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 7:30 am
This event is live, but will also be available via Facebook Live for our virtual audience.
We ask that all participants register in advance.
Member Education & Training Resources
The SBA will host an online panel discussion for Hispanic Heritage Month on October 14, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. ET. Additional details including the registration link will be available soon. 

SBA Administrator Guzman, the fourth Latina Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the highest-ranking Latina serving in President Biden’s Cabinet, also released a statement to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month. 
Association of Washington Business' Bus Tour
October 1-8, 2021
AWB will post video highlights by day/geographic region on their website at This annual event raises awareness of the role manufacturing plays in Washington state, supports the successful growth of our manufacturing sector, and also gives us the opportunity to spotlight some of our state’s manufacturers who are contributing to their communities and the state’s economy in innovative and impactful ways.
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Now in its 18th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month—previously known as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month—continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our Nation, ensuring that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.

While there are benefits to an increasingly connected world, Cybersecurity Awareness Month encourages everyone to take increased ownership of enhanced online activity and the important security practices that come along with it. The virtual safety of our communities, businesses and chambers depends on our personal online safety practices.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have observed in the United States an increase in highly impactful ransomware attacks occurring on holidays and weekends when offices are normally closed. Here are some quick tips from the FBI to protect yourself and your business from ransomware attacks.

With remote work more common than ever, the FBI and its international counterparts shared where hackers attack most in a recent report. “Four of the most targeted vulnerabilities in 2020 affected remote work, VPNs, or cloud-based technologies,” the report stated or observed. “Many VPN gateway devices remained unpatched during 2020, with the growth of remote work options challenging the ability of organizations to conduct rigorous patch management.” 

As Washington's economy keeps growing back to pre-pandemic levels, many people in communities throughout the state continue to struggle to pay rent and utility bills.

The utility moratorium ended September 30th, but help is available for people behind on power, water and telecommunications payments. Most utilities have payment plans available to keep service on, but folks need to call their power company, water district or internet provider to learn about their specific options.
Commerce set up a utility assistance web page to help people connect with providers and information.

In addition to help with heating bills, the state's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) recently expanded to include options for cooling. This year's deadly heatwave was especially hard on low-income households, particularly in urban "heat islands." Plan ahead for next year and learn more about eligibility and application requirements for LIHEAP cooling benefits.
Government Affairs Committee
Public Outreach Meeting for
Proposed State Legislative Redistricting
Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 7:00 pm
Proposals released Sept. 21 by the four voting members of the Washington State Redistricting Commission to redraw political boundaries — and its 49 legislative districts — could have far-reaching consequences on the political landscape in Kitsap County.

This effort is part of the once-in-a-decade redrawing of the state’s congressional and legislative districts based on data compiled for the 2020 U.S. Census, as mandated by the Washington State Constitution. The state Legislature appointed four commissioners — two Democrats and two Republicans — to redraw the boundaries. A fifth non-voting, non-partisan member — social scientist Sarah Augustine, who chairs the commission — was appointed by the commissioners.

The Washington State Redistricting Commission is holding it's next statewide public outreach meeting on October 5th. You can register for public comment and watch full videos of previous meetings on their website here.

Kitsap County News
Central Kitsap Candidate Forums This Week
Hosted by The League of Women Voters of Kitsap County
Central Kitsap Community Council
Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 5:00 pm
The Central Kitsap Community Council will hold their regular monthly meeting on October 6th via Zoom. Topics this month include:

  • Information on Proposition 2 that would authorize a sales-tax increase to upgrade Kitsap 911's emergency communications system with Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue Chief John Oliver;
  • An overview of legislative redistricting by Eric Baker of the Kitsap County Commissioners' Office;
  • A review of the proposed 2022 Kitsap County budget with staff from the Department of Administrative Services.

Everyone is welcome to join and there will be time for public comment. Click here for the full agenda and meeting information.
The Kitsap Road Report is updated each week. This latest update was released on October 1, 2021.
Bayshore Drive NW is closed for continuation of sewer installation, local access maintained. Intermittent single lane closures on Washington Ave NW northbound at NW Carlton Street for sanitary side sewer connections. Potential full closure of Washington Ave NW between NW Lowell Street and NW Carlton Street. 

Crews are doing various maintenance activities at the locations listed below. Expect moderate delays between 5 and 10 minutes:

  • Seabeck Holly Road Entire Length (MO-FR)

Traffic impacts related to utility or private development projects:

  • Moderate delays on NE McWilliams Road between State Hwy 303 and Old Military Road NE through October.
  • Central Valley Road is closed between NE McWilliams Road and NE Vena Street through October. Daytime closure from 7am - 7pm with detours in place.
  • Single lane closures on NW Stavis Bay Rd from Scenic Beach Rd NW to Stone Farm Ln NW. Traffic control will be in place. The project is anticipated to end by October 31, 2021.
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
Kitsap Public Health District
Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 12:00 pm
The Kitsap Public Health Board will meet on Tuesday, October 5, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. This meeting will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no physical location for this meeting. 

We are expecting more interest than usual in providing public comments at this meeting. Submitting written comments before the meeting is encouraged, as it is possible that we will not have time to call on everyone interested in providing public comments during the hour allocated for comments. Please see below for more information about how to submit public comments before the meeting and our public participation guidelines.

In addition to Zoom, the meeting will be broadcast live on Comcast channel 12, WAVE Broadband channel 3, the BKAT website, and the Kitsap Public Health District page on Facebook.

The board meeting agenda and documents are posted online
COVID-19 Vaccine
Olympic College will be hosting a walk-in vaccination clinics on their Bremerton Campus on October 4th. Learn more about the clinics here.
Finding COVID-19 Vaccine Providers
Across Washington State
No matter where you are in Washington, the Vaccine Locator provided by Washington State Department of Health makes it easy to find and schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Homebound and need a COVID-19 vaccine? 
Fill out a secure online form to let us know if you or someone you know is homebound. Your answers will allow us to connect individuals to available County and/or State Mobile Vaccine Teams.

Need help? Call the hotline at 1-833-VAX-HELP (833-829-4357), then press #. Language assistance is available. You can also text your zip code to 438-829 (GET VAX) or 822-862 (VACUNA) for vaccine locations near you.

Need transportation? If you need transportation assistance to a COVID-19 vaccine site, please call Kitsap Transit's ACCESS service at (360) 479-7272 or (800) 422-2877. To make an appointment for a vaccination, please contact your health-care provider or the clinic. Find available appointments at

Due to waiting times at clinics, you will need to call ACCESS after you have received your vaccine to request a ride home. Kitsap Transit is waiving fares for these rides. Click here for office hours and locations.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines at
Community Information
Musicians with the Bremerton WestSound Symphony rehearse socially distanced at the Manette Community Church last week. AJ Shaheen, Kitsap Sun
Bremerton Symphony is Back
with Free In-Person Concerts
The Bremerton WestSound Symphony will be returning to the community with live and in-person concerts this fall that will be free of charge and open to everybody.

After a year of virtual symphonies, music director and conductor Alan Futterman is excited to bring the symphony to a number of new locations throughout Kitsap County. The symphony’s widest slate of locations in its nearly 80-year history comes with the rebranding to include “WestSound” in the name. Coupled with the removal of ticket prices, Futterman hopes to reach as many people as possible.

The symphony will be kicking off the season on Oct. 10 at the Marvin Williams Center in Bremerton, with performances at both 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. with a complimentary reception at 5 p.m. 

Silverdale GreenDrinks @ Fairway Kitsap
Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 5:24 pm
Silverdale Visitor Center
Day Trip from Silverdale:
Pumpkin Walk at Bainbridge Gardens
The Pumpkin Walk is a fun, festive, and free family-oriented event hosted by Bainbridge Gardens. Donations are accepted at this popular, non-scary event and benefit the Bainbridge Island Boys and Girls Club.

People of all ages come to walk along Bainbridge Gardens' historic Nature Trail, to view hundreds of hand designed pumpkins. For many families, the Pumpkin Walk has become a Halloween tradition.

Live Music and Food
Saturday, October 9th - 1pm-3pm - Possum Carvers
Saturday, Oct. 9th - Battle Point BBQ (hours roughly lunch until they run out)
Saturday, Oct. 16th - Battle Point BBQ (hours roughly lunch until they run out)
Saturday, Oct. 23rd - Battle Point BBQ (hours roughly lunch until they run out)
Saturday, Oct. 30th - Bainbridge Island BBQ (hours roughly lunch until they run out)
Sunday, Oct. 31st - 1pm-3pm - Strings Du Jour

Masks are required indoors at Bainbridge Gardens. Please maintain a safe social distance on the trail and throughout the grounds. Candy will be distributed by a staff member, but parents should use discretion.
Oktoberfestival at Deep Draft Brewing
Saturday, October 9, 2021
The closest thing you can get to a Bavarian Oktoberfest in Kitsap County!

Deep Draft German beers
3 guest taps of fest/fall beers from local breweries
German Food (brats, pretzels, sauerkraut, potato salad)
Souvenir Stein
Live Musis 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tourism Coordinator &
Operations Manager
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Finance Manager