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Gig Harbor Now reporters cover community events and efforts that benefit and entertain the community.

‘Puffs,’ underdog story set in wizarding world, coming to Peninsula High stage

Dec 28, 2022 | By:

When audiences gather in the Milton S. Boyd auditorium for the first play of the 2023 season, the story may seem a bit familiar. However, it will become evident that this one stars an unlikely hero and takes place in a world of its own. Opening night for “Puffs, Or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years At

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Guest column: Start the New Year with a good walk

Dec 28, 2022 | By: Kurt Grimmer

So you joined the “Y” or signed up for Zumba or Pilates.  Have you tried hot yoga?  I fainted my first time.  Maybe you started running.  And what about that diet?  Man, I’m so hungry for a good burger and fries! Most of us have been in this situation and often revisit this scenario. Here

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Harbor Happenings: Olalla’s Polar Bear jump

Dec 28, 2022 | By:

While some folks will start the New Year with a cup of strong coffee and a football game, dozens of intrepid souls will gather to jump from the Olalla Creek bridge into the icy waters below. They call themselves “Polar Bears.” It’s a decades-long tradition New Year’s Day tradition. Although the origins of the Polar

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Gig Harbor Now hires Jenny Wellman as first executive director

Dec 27, 2022 | By:

Gig Harbor Now recently hired Jenny Wellman as its first executive director. Wellman previously served as treasurer of Gig Harbor Now’s board of directors. She will step down from the board to assume the executive director role. Gig Harbor Now is an independent, nonprofit news website covering Gig Harbor and the surrounding area. It is

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King tide causes flooding along waterfront; windstorm coming next

Dec 27, 2022 | By:

A king tide flooded low-lying parts of Gig Harbor and the surrounding area on Tuesday, Dec. 27. Tuesday’s tide peaked just before 9 a.m. at 13 feet, 6 inches. A similar tide — 13-5 — is anticipated on Wednesday around 9:40 a.m. A King tide is a “non-scientific term people often use to describe exceptionally

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Sports Beat: North Thurston edges Peninsula in Purdy

Dec 23, 2022 | By:

The four local basketball teams have compiled a combined 22-8 record heading into the holiday break. North Thurston came to Purdy to face Peninsula on Friday, Dec. 16, and escaped with a 67-65 win. The lead changed hands repeatedly, but the Rams prevailed after a floater by the Seahawks’ Isaiah Browns rolled off. The Seahawks

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Movie scene displays frame a festive downtown holiday season

Dec 23, 2022 | By:

Those little movie scenes that popped up along the waterfront earlier this month? They began back in October as an idea to bring some joy to downtown businesses still reeling from the double-whammy of COVID and a Harborview Drive roundabout project that seemed to go on forever. The movie scene idea blossomed into the life-size

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Boys swimming: Gig Harbor, Peninsula off to 3-0 starts

Dec 22, 2022 | By:

Gig Harbor and Peninsula got off to fast starts in the pool, with both winning their first three dual meets against no losses. Both teams are led by experienced, accomplished coaches. Gig Harbor Tides coach Mike Kelly is a former All-American swimmer at the University of Southern California and is entering his 22nd year at

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Derek Young leaving office with legacy of wonkish-ness, bipartisanship

Dec 22, 2022 | By:

Derek Young’s first campaign for public office, as a 21-year-old Gig Harbor City Council candidate in 1997, came right down to the wire.  Taking what he thought was a sabbatical from his studies at the University of Washington, Young challenged incumbent councilwoman Marilyn Owel. He won by three votes.  Young’s parents, George and Cathy Young,

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Freezing rain in forecast for end of week

Dec 21, 2022 | By:

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the region for Thursday and Friday, Dec. 22 and 23. The Gig Harbor area might get a little snow Thursday, but that’s not the real risk. More dangerous is the potential for freezing rain late Thursday and early Friday. Freezing Rain concerns increase Thursday

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