Commissioner Rob Gelder, Bremerton School District Superintendent Dr. Flip Herndon, Mayor Patty Lent,
and me with Nathan Adrian at the 2012 Kitsap County Fair
Kitsap’s Olympic Gold Medalist Nathan Adrian
The Board of County Commissioners honored Olympic medalist Nathan Adrian at the 2012 Kitsap County Fair.
It was a great opportunity for community members to meet this talented young man and to share in celebrating his successes.
I had the pleasure of introducing Nathan and proclaiming August 22 Nathan Adrian Day at the fair!
Nathan’s parents say he was a “typical kid” growing up, interested in many sports (soccer, baseball, basketball and swimming),
and a good student – earning a 3.9 GPA in high school and a 3.8 GPA in college. Today we know him as a genuinely nice guy who
is a terrific athlete. He has won fifteen medals (twelve gold, two silver, one bronze) in major international swimming competition
at the Olympic Games, the World Championships and the Pan Pacific Championships. He is disciplined, humble, and represents
Kitsap County and the United States well on the world stage.
More photos of Nathan at the County Fair click here
Regional Food Policy Council
Commissioner Garrido serves on the Regional Food Policy Council. The council members include
representatives from Kitsap, Pierce, King and Snohomish counties, and cities, higher education,
non-profit organizations, conservation districts, health agencies, agriculture and private business.
The Regional Food Policy Council envisions a thriving, local and regional food system that enhances
the health of people, diverse communities, economies and environments. The Regional Food Policy Council
focuses on strengthening the food system in this region. This is done through supporting agriculture,
advancing economic development, promoting conscientious use of the environment, striving for equity in
food distribution improving public health and connecting local and regional efforts with state and
national food system efforts. (photo courtesy of PSRC)
Health District Celebration of Progress
Kitsap Community Health Priorities
updates were presented on Tuesday, June 12 in Bremerton. Many
partners throughout Kitsap are involved with this collaborative
project, which was initiated by Kitsap County Health District,
Harrison Medical Center, and the United Way of Kitsap County.
Representatives from the working groups summarized action
1) Ensure access to affordable healthcare (medical, behavioral health and dental)
for all residents
- Introduce Project Access to Kitsap County
2) Make it easy for all residents to be physically active and have healthier food options.
- Create a 5-2-1-0 Community Awareness campaign, and a school-based initiative
- Adopt policies for healthy workplace actions
3) Promote economic development that provides living wage jobs with benefits.
- Develop new outreach contacts and disseminate information
4) Ensure that all children and youth receive support they need.
-Use risk assessment to understand life experiences and risks that adults bring to parenting.
- Have a policy for nurse home visits as a standard part of postpartum care for all women.
For the full Kitsap Community Health Priorities report and action plan,
Friends of the Farms welcomed Joel Salatin
On Saturday, June 2, Bainbridge Island's Friends of the Farms welcomed Joel Salatin, renowned farmer and author. During a delicious luncheon of local foods catered by Judith Weinstock, Joel spoke about our food system and the disappearance of seasonality. When food systems emulate nature--whether grass fed animals or a delicious tomato instead of a durable one-we are healthier, and our farms are too. Thank you to all, and especially Joel, Judith, Friends of the Farms and Heyday Farm for a memorable day!
Banner Forest is a beautiful 635-acre public
open space in the Olalla area. Commissioner Garrido negotiated the
purchase of Banner Forest in 2000 following a ten year community
effort to preserve this resource in its present state. The forest includes trees, ponds and wetlands.
The Banner Forest Stewardship plan expresses a vision focusing on
education, habitat, public use and recreational activity. When visiting Banner Forest, enjoy the natural
beauty of the forest flora, fauna and wildlife and an environment
that has been preserved for those seeking solitude, education and
For more information