The Longbranch Improvement Club and its charitable fundraising arm, the Longbranch Foundation, are out to raise nearly a quarter of a million dollars to pay for renovations and upgrades to the Longbranch Marina mandated by the Department of Natural Resources, which manages the water environment under the marina.
Simon Calcavecchia, 34, of Olympia, visited Evergreen Elementary School April 7 to talk to students about his books, his music and his disability.
The Key Peninsula Parks Foundation is raising money to pay for enhancements to one or more of the new structures planned for Gateway Park in Wauna. The Gig Harbor Rotary Club has committed $20,000 and volunteer labor for a planned picnic shelter, now referred to as a pavilion.
The weekly Key Free Clinic began offering vision services to walk-in patients after a dedication ceremony Saturday, April 8, in its offices next to the library in Key Center.
The work of photojournalist and one-time Key Peninsula resident Luke Somers will be exhibited in a show at Seattle University April 29 to May 1.
UPDATE: Scruffy has been spotted in the Jackson Lake area since April 3. She is skittish and wary of humans. Call 884-1907 with any information.
The Key Peninsula Lions Club honored local resident Anne Nesbit with its 33rd annual Key Peninsula Citizen of the Year Award at a ceremony banquet March 18 at the KP Civic Center in Vaughn.
The award both acknowledges the achievements of KP residents and highlights the importance of volunteering. Club members accept nominations from the community and vote by secret ballot to determine the winner. Nesbit had been nominated three times before receiving the award this year.
Lions Club President Hal Wolverton said, “I know Anne fairly well, but as I was announcing the award and reading the list of her work, even I was surprised by how much she does.”
Nesbit grew up in California, where she was a middle school teacher for 15 years. She moved to the KP in 2006 with her family and worked as a paraeducator and volunteer at Evergreen Elementary School, which her two children attended, and later worked as an emergency room tech at St. Anthony Hospital. She became a volunteer firefighter and medical responder in 2008 and is now the volunteer battalion chief and is in charge of training recruits. The department hired her as an administrative assistant in 2012. Nesbit is also the executive director of the Key Peninsula Free Clinic, works as a trainer for teachers of the statewide public school youth mental health curriculum, speaks at schools about suicide and youth violence prevention, and is a Safe Sitter class instructor.
“She was also instrumental in bringing our citizen CPR program back to the community and she coordinates the Santa Sleigh at Christmastime,” Wolverton said. “She’s quite an amazing person.”
Nesbit was not at the ceremony to accept the award, but said later, “I don’t feel like I do anything different from the next guy. I do have the privilege to work with wonderful people in many different parts of the community though, and it is through our combined efforts that good things get done.”
Nesbit has two children, Matthew, 15, a freshman and distinguished water polo player at Peninsula High School, and Grace, 12, a sixth-grader at Key Peninsula Middle School, where she is one of only two girls on the wrestling team. Of her mother’s accomplishments, Grace said, “I always knew she’d do well.”
The Key Peninsula Fire Department promoted firefighter/paramedic Robert Bosch to lieutenant for a second time in his 27-year career at a ceremony March 14. In 2010, then Battalion Chief Bosch lost his job after an off-duty incident. He was reinstated as a new firefighter one year later after arbitration.
Bosch, 50, is nearly a lifelong KP resident who joined the department as a volunteer in 1984. He was sent to fire academy and put himself through medic school before being hired as a firefighter/paramedic in 1991. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2004 and then to captain in 2006. That rank was later reconfigured to battalion chief across the department to conform to industry standards.
In 2010, Bosch was fired for “off-duty conduct that was not acceptable behavior for a KP leader” at a firefighter’s conference, he said.
“That was a rude awakening,” Bosch said. “I was not the employee my employer needed at that time. I should have been a stronger leader and a better person.
“The whole thing really made me reflect on what kind of person I was and what kind of a leader I was; what my weaknesses were. They’re more apparent when they get thrown up in your face.”
Bosch went back to school in 2011 to earn an associate degree in emergency medicine and human services and later went on to earn a bachelor’s in emergency management. In May 2016, he earned a master’s degree in organizational leadership.
Bosch also decided to improve his physical condition. “I was very overweight, but I just ran my first 10K last week,” he said. “I’m a grandpa; I want to be around for my grandson.”
About returning to work as a new firefighter, Bosch said, “I didn’t have a strategy; I just shut up and did my job just like I was a brand-new probie (probation firefighter): support the team and share my knowledge. There was a very uncomfortable year of really trying to win back their (fellow firefighters’) confidence. I don’t know if I’m there. I’m a lot closer. Some guys on the line have said, ‘You did your time. You can’t live 2010 every day.’”
“It’s no secret that Robert had a rough patch in the middle of his career,” Fire Chief Guy Allen said. “Since he’s been back as paramedic and firefighter, he’s worked hard and he’s earned an opportunity with his behavior and his pursuit of further education to be given a second chance, and I’m happy to be the person to give him that second chance.”
“I appreciate this more than I did 14 years ago, when I got promoted the first time,” Bosch said. “I thought they owed it to me then. Now, they’re willing to let me have a shot at being a junior officer again and I am not going to squander that opportunity. I am going to prove to them that their trust in me is well placed.”
The Key Peninsula Fire Department received new fire protection class ratings May 1, 2016, resulting in insurance cost savings for most KP homeowners, no changes for others and substantial increases for residents of Longbranch and Herron Island.
A free preschool learning program for children 3 and 4 years old and their parents or guardians got underway Jan. 25 at the Key Peninsula Civic Center. The cooperative class is sponsored by the Children’s Home Society of Washington-Key Peninsula Family Resource Center.