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    Reflecting on my first six months at the helm

    As I toured around the Key Peninsula last week meeting with community members and visiting various sites of interest, I started to realize how much of our newspaper’s coverage area I have yet to really visit and experience.

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    See gulls: Scouting Gig Harbor’s iconic seabirds

    Gulls are the large, mostly white, long-winged, wonderful flyers we expect to see on shores and bays. Omnivorous and opportunistic, gulls feed on everything — invertebrates, fish, birds, rodents, fruit, garbage and French fries. Gulls are adept walkers and swimmers as well as flyers —...

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    Pumpkins, goblins, trick-or-treating highlight October

    As I walked through the farmers’ market at Skansie Park this past month, I was struck by the smell of fresh flowers, the bright and vibrant colors of the fruit and vegetables, and the visitors merging with locals in hopes of finding the right ingredients for their upcoming meal plans.

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    Falling, colored leaves signals autumn’s arrival

    Autumn is upon us, with leaves turning color, pumpkins showing up in many fields and gardens, cider making underway, and many homemakers busier than bees with various forms of preservation: jams and jellies, pickles, fruits and vegetables canned, frozen and dried.

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    A naturalist’s ramblings helps readers discover, delight in local outdoors

    “Nana’s here! Papa’s here!”

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    How small problems can grow — or not

    I just survived having a very sore big toe, and it was no fun. It’s amazing how much something that begins as a small annoyance can end up having such a big impact. The problem started back in 2010 when I went to the Olympics in Vancouver. No, I didn’t injure myself competing at curling...

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    New loan model supports women entrepreneurs

    Helping banks get to “yes” on small business loans for women entrepreneurs has never been more important to America’s economic health then it is right now. That’s because smaller firms have driven our recovery, both nationally and locally. Small businesses are creating...

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    Summer’s end means change of pace on Key Peninsula

    As families with school-age children gather clothes and equipment for upcoming classes and cram as much “vacation time” as they can into these last few days, the rest of us notice the calendar shifts for some of our activities that have taken a break for the summer.

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    Gardening requires both patience and a sense of humor

    Peter Rabbit was very naughty. He was always stealing vegetables from Mr. McGregor’s garden. That’s what I remember from reading “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” Beatrix Potter’s famous children’s book, when I was in the second grade. I proudly stood in front...

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    Small businesses gain federal contracts

    I am proud to announce that the federal government met its small business federal contracting goal for the first time in eight years.

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