People & Places

West Sound has an incredible number of talented artists, interesting people, fascinating places and popular destinations. We love to share their stories with our readers. These articles are only a sample of what we have in WestSound Home & Garden magazine each issue — subscribe to the print version to see all of what we have to offer!

United by Music North America

Changing Lives through Music

Based in Gig Harbor, United by Music North...

It’s said that music changes lives — United by Music North America changes lives in profound ways. Based in Gig Harbor, the nonprofit organization works with musically talented people who happen to have intellectual or physical disabilities and helps them become performing musicians. … read more

Ernie McCluskey

Unsung Hero — Ernie McCluskey

Chaplain, Martha & Mary

As Martha & Mary’s chaplain, Ernie McCluskey’s main role is to perform church services and provide spiritual counseling for residents, patients, families and staff. But McCluskey does much more than that. An artist who has exhibited his work, he also coordinates the Art … read more

CoderDojo
Learning in the 21st Century

Worldwide Movement Spreads to West Sound

Josh Rosenberg is only in sixth grade, but he’s already decided on his dream job: He wants to work for Pixar, creating animations or effects for films like Toy Story. Which is why every chance he gets, the Hyla Middle School student spends … read more

Waterfall installation by Full Throttle Landscaping, using a variety of a variety of flat and round stone from Morrison Gravel (Photo courtesy Mark Stolz)

Morrison Gravel — 70 Years of Success

In marking 70 years in business in 2016, Morrison Gravel is an example of a company that has evolved adroitly with the needs of Kitsap County. Through the years, it has diversified from a gravel pit to a full-service gardenscape supplier. The Morrison … read more

Belfair Community Trail System

The Belfair Community Trail System

The Belfair community might soon be recognized as one of the best places in the state to take a nature hike. A trail system currently runs through the Theler Wetlands on a 5-mile loop connecting the wetlands to the Belfair State Park, and … read more

Phil and Kathy Bauer

Unsung Heroes — Phil and Kathy Bauer

Community Volunteers, Vaughn, Washington

Phil and Kathy Bauer are well-known around the Key Peninsula for their extensive contributions to several organizations. Phil has contributed countless hours to the Key Peninsula Civic Center, among others. Kathy is the co-founder of Two Waters Arts Alliance, a local organization that … read more

"Betty," the vintage trailer
Travel Bug

Westward Ho on the Mother Road

"Get your kicks on Route 66."

Route 66. The Mother Road. The Will Rogers Highway. The Main Street of America. No matter how you refer to it, one of the original highways in the United States is both iconic and unrecognizable at the same time. And driving it from … read more

Ring of Kerry, Ireland
Travel Bug

Ireland and Scotland — A Sense of Humor and the Wrong Side of the Road

For years, we dreamed of a life of travel. Whenever a favorite vacation was coming to an end, my husband and I would say, “Wouldn’t it be great if we could stay longer — like forever?” Well forever is now, as we embark … read more

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