>Illahee in the News – 3-13-11


Illahee in the News.  Illahee makes the printed news quite often.  There is a nice article in the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal, written by Kathleen Byrne-Barrantes entitled “Around the Sound …  focus on Illahee and the nearshore environment.”  The link is:  http://kpbj.com/feature_articles/2011-03-02/around_the_sound_focus_on_illahee_and_the_nearshore_environment

Illahee Car Story.  The Kitsap Sun recently had an article about Andy Barcheck and his amazing car story and how with the help of local craftsmen won a prestigious car award.  Andy and his wife live near Illahee State Park.  The link to the article is:  http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2011/mar/03/fourteen-years-in-a-garage-pays-off-for-man/

Long Time Illahee Resident Photo on Front Page of Kitsap Sun.  On the front page of Thursday’s Kitsap Sun was an article on shortages of some produce with a picture of Audrey Boyer buying celery.  (For years Audrey put out an Illahee Community Newsletter, which she personally mailed to about 200 residents.  These Updates are now trying to follow her lead in keeping residents appraised of what is happening in Illahee.)  The link to the article is:  http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2011/mar/10/in-search-of-lettuce-southern-cold-snap-to-blame/

Rob Woutat Column.  Rob Woutat recently wrote about the changes to his neighborhood in Illahee which has some interesting comments following.  The link is:  http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2011/feb/24/rob-woutat-things-are-changing-in-the-old-hood/

Sense of Community?  What is interesting about the Woutat article is that there are a number of Illahee residents who are trying to foster a sense of community in Illahee.  There are some definite bright spots as those who regularly use the Illahee Preserve seem to know each other, as do those who use the Illahee community dock.  Whenever petitions were circulated there was also interest in what was happening in Illahee, with one early petition drive gathering over 700 signatures.   Another bright spot is we find that more and more residents are receiving the Illahee Community Updates, which are now also on a blog site and on Facebook.

What Else Can Be Done?  If you have any ideas about how to better bring together the Illahee Community, we would be glad to forward them on to the Illahee groups we are aware of:  the Illahee Preserve Stewardship Committee, the Illahee Forest Preserve, the Illahee Community Club, and the Port of Illahee.

Jim Aho