Get to Know Your Mayor

Interview with Gig Harbor’s Mayor Kit Kuhn Photo of Mayor Kit courtesy of The City of Gig Harbor | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local Q. How would you best describe your experience as mayor at this point in your term? A. Very positive. I jumped right in having studied the city and what it takes. I was ready to give it everything I had, but I need to eat and get sleep and I have put that on the back burner, which I realize I can’t anymore. Stressful is another good word. Each day is a 70-page chapter. I don’t have… Read More

Teacher of the Month: Dave Rucci

By Colin Anderson | Photo Courtesy of Peninsula School district | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local Elementary-aged school children have a lot of energy to burn off, and it’s up to Dave Rucci to help them accomplish that. For 21 years, Rucci has helped kids from kindergarten through fifth grade experience the joys of physical activity, exploring new sports and games, and learning how to compete and work as a team. “The thing I find most rewarding is the pure joy and excitement children at this age have in regards to coming to school and to then use that same joy… Read More

The Power of GIRLPromise

Empowering females for generations to come | By Alison Henslee | Photos by Jessica Cedarland Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local When people take negatives and turn them into positives, people enjoy sharing those stories. When a negative like bullying is turned into a positive like The Girl Promise—a movement started by two Gig Harbor women that has led approximately 4,000 girls to pledge to honor other females—it’s a story you hope will be shouted from mountain tops!  Robin Saathoff and Diane Stefanowicz are close friends, moms and full-time employees (Robin teaches preschool, Diane is a dental hygienist) who have become the… Read More

Maritime Gig Festival

Gather with the community at this annual event  |  By Colin Anderson Photo courtesy Julie Reed  |  Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local June 2 and 3 will be a time of celebration for the greater Gig Harbor community. Maritime Gig Festival 2018 is a time to come together as a community and celebrate the wonderful history and present-day community spirit of such a special town. The annual two-day festival provides community members a chance to interact with businesses and nonprofits, be entertained by local and regional artists and musicians, and take part in many fun annual traditions. The parade… Read More

The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor Celebrates Community Service

Recognizes local volunteers with Star Awards | By Marguerite Cleveland | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local Each year, the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor recognizes a member of the local community with their annual Star Award. The 2018 Star Award winner is Kurt Grimmer, financial advisor, Legacy Capital Partners, LLC, and licensed agency through the Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network. There are two more Rotary Clubs in Gig Harbor. Each year the three clubs join together to recognize their Star Award winners the first Friday of February. The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor North’s Star Award went to Robin Malich;… Read More

The Lion and the Gazelle: A Parkinson’s allegory

By Mariel C. Kraus. OTR/L, LSVT-Big Certified for Movement Disorders Photo By Mike Willett of Unique Moments Photography | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and it is very fitting that it is also Occupational Therapy (OT) Month because it is this allied health profession that has been instrumental in improving the function, independence and quality of life for folks with not only Parkinson’s disease (PD) but all neurologic disorders. Almost everyone knows an older person with Parkinson’s disease. According to the National Institute of Health, Parkinson’s affects more than 1 million people in North America… Read More

Teacher of the Month: Paula Grande

Article by Colin Anderson | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local Math is a subject that gets progressively more challenging as you continue to advance your knowledge of the subject. For some, the way mathematics work comes easy, but for others it’s a struggle to reach for the moment where all the information finally clicks and the problem is solved. That is the moment that our April Teacher of the Month strives for. Paula Grande teaches math classes to seventh and eighth grade students at Key Peninsula Middle School and has been teaching for more than 20 years. Being a… Read More

Athletes of the Month: Kirsten & Diavionne

Article by Patty Hutchens | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local Kirsten Ritchie, Peninsula High School For Kirsten Ritchie, participating in sports has taught her many lessons that she will apply throughout her life. “I have learned how to communicate clearly from talking to my coaches, and I have learned to build a good work ethic through years of practices and games,” said the 18-year-old senior who attends Peninsula High School. Kirsten plays varsity fast pitch and softball and has also played basketball. When all is said and done this spring, she will have eight varsity letters. “I have two… Read More

Be Informed and Help Support Our Local Schools: Bond Vote April 24

Article by Colin Anderson | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local The Peninsula School District Bond, which passed in 2003, is set to expire next year, and you will have the opportunity to vote on a new Capital Facilities bond on April 24. The Peninsula School District is proposing a $220 million 20-year bond at a stable tax rate of $45 per $100,000 of assessed property value. The numbers and goals were reached after a community-lead nine-month planning process which found four key areas the committee felt were in need of serious attention for the district: • Updating safety and… Read More

Family Fun: Something for everyone at the 7th Annual Paddlers Cup 

  Article by Patty Hutchens | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local With the gray dark days of winter quickly subsiding, we are anxious to get back outside and enjoy all that our beautiful community has to offer. And what better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than to attend the Seventh Annual Paddlers Cup? Hosted by the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team in cooperation with the Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission and the City of Gig Harbor, the two-day event will take place April 21 and 22 at Skansie Park in historic Downtown Gig Harbor. With… Read More