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Teacher of the Month: Brad Collins

By Colin Anderson| Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local September’s teacher of the month has 20 years’ experience and in those 20 years has felt just about every emotion one can think of. “A teacher’s day is never dull. Some experiences are funny, some are scary, some are infuriating and some will bring you to tears,” says Brad Collins. Thankfully for Collins, a lifelong passion for being an educator brings more joyous days than negative ones. Collins has been at Peninsula High School the past nine years teaching various science courses to grades ninth through 12th. These included chemistry,...
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Reading Companion

  Program pairs young readers with man’s best friend By Colin Anderson Photo Courtesy of Communities In Schools of Peninsula Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local On Wednesdays this school year, students at Minter Creek Elementary will be seeing a four-legged visitor roaming the halls. Brody was the new kid on the block last year but is ready once again to help local kids with their reading skills. The 4-year-old golden retriever, alongside owner Jeff Essayan, are the first pet therapy team to participate in the pilot Tutors with Tails reading program, which pairs certified therapy dogs with children...
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Swing Away!

Annual golf outing benefits three organizations By Colin Anderson | Photo Courtesy of Peninsula Auto Group | Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local Peninsula Subaru owner John Dionas knows that despite living in an affluent and beautiful place, you don’t have to look very far to find people struggling day to day. “If you drive just 10 minutes from our community, you will see some of the poorest neighborhoods around where kids are suffering every day,” said John. As a father of four and a local business leader, John has decided the focus of his personal and business charitable...
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Cider, Food, Entertainment and Fun!

Don’t miss out on an unforgettable afternoon for a great cause By Jillian Chandler Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local One of the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation’s premier fundraisers, Cider Swig will once again be drawing crowds at the fifth annual event. Held at Sehmel Homestead Park Saturday, September 29, noon to 5pm, Cider Swig is an annual festival where attendees will be treated to dozens of ciders (more than 90!), Apple Carnivàle with street artists, performers, an array of carnival games, inflatable obstacle course, face painting, cider demonstrations, Apple Pie Contest and more! This family friendly festival is...
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