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Teacher of the Month: Melissa Tolman

By Colin Anderson Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local For Melissa Tolman, turning negative feelings on a particular subject into positive ones is something that brings her great joy. Tolman recently wrapped up her 13th year as an educator with the last four as a fifth grade teacher at Purdy Elementary, where she handles multiple subjects like science, social studies and writing. One of the more challenging subjects for many of her students is math. Problems become a little tougher to solve and some kids reach the point of complete frustration, but Tolman doesn’t let them give up. “I love...
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St. Anthony’s Closet

Providing more than clothes By Paula Larson Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local Imagine that you are in the hospital. You appreciate the medical care and are glad that you are about to be released—but you don’t have clothes to wear home. Maybe your clothes were cut off of you or you got blood on the clothes you wore in and no one is available to bring you clean ones. Maybe you just moved here and don’t have anyone to grab you a change of clothes from home. Or maybe you just don’t own more clothing. If you are in...
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Blues, Bluegrass, Country, Folk, R&B and Jazz

It’s time for the small-town countryside Americana festival By Jillian Chandler Photo courtesy of Kelly Hughes Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local Mark your calendars for August 18 for the second annual Olalla Americana Music Festival! With its roots in blues, bluegrass, country, folk, R&B and jazz, this is a music festival the entire family of all ages will enjoy. Held at South Kitsap Southern Little League Ballfield (5795 Hovgaard Road in Olalla), gates open at 10am with the music starting at 10:30am and continuing until dusk. This year’s guest host is Cindi Rinehart from Seattle’s long-running talk show “Northwest...
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A New Experience Comes to Gig Harbor

Celebrate the region’s wine, beers, spirits and food By Jillian Chandler | Photo by Josh Sherwin, Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local What began eight years ago as an afternoon of food and wine tastings at Harbor History Museum has now evolved into a three-day wine and food experience that you won’t soon forget. Held during the final weekend in July, The Gig Harbor Wine & Food Experience will celebrate the region’s wine, beers, spirits and food at various business locations throughout the downtown waterfront. In celebration of the Downtown Waterfront Alliance’s 10th anniversary, they...
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