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  • By LESLIE KELLYlkelly@soundpublishing.com

    Its time again for the Kitsap Building Associations Home & Garden Expo. And with spring right around the corner, its also time to plan for improve-ments to your home and your garden.

    The show opens March 18 and continuers through March 20 in the Kitsap Pavilion on the Kitsap County Fairgrounds, 1200 Fairgrounds Road, Bremerton.

    Hours are 2-6 p.m. March 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 19, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 20. There is plenty of free park-ing at the fairgrounds and tickets can be purchased at the door.

    Tickets are $6 for adults, and $5 for teens, active-duty military and seniors. An all-access pass is $10 and will allow entrance all three days.

    There will be more than 160 exhibi-tors, showing everything from home remodeling ideas to garden art. There will be daily seminars and Master Gardeners will be on hand to consult on your own garden questions.

    The schedule for speakers is online at www.kitsaphba.com, or check the free guide given at the door.

    March 18, there will be three fea-tured events.n 3 p.m.: Bolt It Down! This course

    is back by popular demand. Presenters Kevin Bourn and Jim Mattison of Simpson Strong-Tie will explain how to do a home evaluation, navigate the permitting process, and explain how to properly bolt and plate a home.

    Even a small shake can cause signifi-cant damage. Bolt it down and save your home from seismic damage. n 5:30 p.m.: Solar Works in

    Western Washington. A local, solar professional Keith Hughes of West Seattle Natural Energy, LLC, will explain the brief history of photovoltaic energy, its origins and its growth in use to pres-ent day.

    During the class, you will learn about the history of solar panel manufactur-ing and the variety of panels and how to identify the right one for your situation. n 6:30 p.m.: Tile Fashion. Tile in

    your home is a fashion statement and right now the trend is hot.

    During this seminar, Ray Euzarraga of Great Floors will discuss this trend

    and specifically the best application of popular choices, like the new large 18 by 18-inch and 24 by 24-inch tiles. Bring your photos and come prepared to share the projects youre working on or con-sidering.

    March 19, meet Ciscoe Morris of Gardening with Ciscoe beginning at 3 p.m. He will be at a booth on the mez-zanine level.

    March 20, there will again be a Lego building challenge. Pre-registered youth will show their skills in home building with LEGO brand building blocks throughout the day. Building supplies are provided by the Kitsap Building Association (formerly the Kitsap Home Builders Association) in partnership with Air Masters, Inc.

    Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place, and each participant will receive a parting gift.

    A walkable display of shining crane artwork by Gunter Reimnitz will be available to stroll through all three days of the show. It will be located outside between the pavilion and Presidents Hall. See how this artists work can beautify your home and garden.

    The Peninsula Home & Garden Expo is sponsored by the Kitsap Building Association.

    For more information and a complete list of exhibitors, go to www.kitsaphba.com or call 360-479-4210.



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    By LESLIE KELLYlkelly@soundpublishing.com

    After years of working out of a crowded second-story loft at its operations center on Fircrest Drive, Hanley Construction has added a brand new showroom and administrative offices in downtown Port Orchard.

    The 2,200 square-foot building opened Aug. 17, 2015, at 250 Bethel Ave.

    Its just such a wonderful addition for us, said Morgan Hanley, who along with his father Oliver, run the business. We have a great showroom here where people can actu-ally see our products and have the opportu-nity to feel them.

    The new location houses eight employees, has a conference room for meetings, train-ing and webinars. It also has a covered back patio where employees can enjoy lunch, com-plete with a grill. The building has its own back-up generator, which has already been used three times when the powers gone out.

    With the additional space, the company has added two employees, an administrative assistant and an accounting assistant.

    The building had to be completely remod-eled. But it now boasts of a peaceful yet functional interior based in shades of brown and tan. And the showroom is always open to walk-in customers.

    The previous location, the operations center, still is a working headquarters for all on the companys work crews. A large fleet of trucks are stored there along with the needed roofing materials. In all, the company has 49 employees.

    The company had humble beginning. In the 1980s, Oliver, who was a full time

    teacher, had a few rental houses and when he couldnt find anyone good to roof them, he began doing it himself. Soon other home-owners were asking him to roof their rentals, and thus, Hanleys was begun. Oliver would teach during the school year and roof in the summers.

    Morgan has helped out since he was 8 years old and during the summers when he was at Washington State University. When he graduated in 2000, he went to work in the family business full time.

    Roofs protect your home and are one of your biggest assets, Hanley said. Thats why its so important to work with a license, bonded and insured company, such as his,

    he added.Make sure to look at the Washington

    State L&I (Labor and Industries) website to see that any company you are working with has paid L&I Workmans comp insurance on all of their workers, he said. If they havent, and one of their workers falls off your roof, you could be held liable.

    He said he pays close to half a million dol-lars annually in L&I. The company is very safety-oriented and has only had one safety violation in the past three years someone who hadnt tied up safety lines correctly.

    Whats also important when selecting a roofer are warranties.

    We have a lifetime workmanship guar-

    antee on most residential products, Hanley said. And we do quality work. We hand nail everything.

    Nail guns are never used, he said.The company does over a 1,000 jobs a

    year, both residential and commercial. He offers this suggestion:

    If your roofs been on 20 years or more, its probably getting time for a replacement, Hanley said.

    The company will send an estimator out to walk the roof and find out whats needed.

    They can tell you how much roof is left and the likelihood of when it needs to be replaced, he said.

    Roofing jobs are popular in the spring and summer and the companys calendar is get-ting filled. So if a roof is in your future, call soon.

    And Hanley Construction is proud of the fact that its added medical benefits for its employees this year.

    Also, for the fourth year in a row, it has been named to the Top 10 in North America for CertainTeed Materials Corporation, which shows high standards in the quality of the work they do.

    This year, too, Hanley Construction became a certified Carlisle installer which has allowed them to be able to bid on even more projects, included in new Les Schwab building in Port Orchard.

    The company does commercial roofing, residential roofing, roof repair and mainte-nance, skylight installations and Duradek waterproof deck membranes.

    To find out more, go to www.hanleyroof-ing.com. Drop by the new showroom loca-tion at 250 Bethel, or call 1-800-593-ROOF.

    Hanley Construction adds showroom in Port Orchard

    A great new showroom is part of the additions at Hanley Constructions new office in Port Orchard. The company has been roofing since the 1980s. Contributed photo


    So you want to start a garden. You just caught spring fever and the only way to cure this affliction is to go out and put your hands in the dirt.

    You want to grow your own food for the freshest taste and nutrition, yet you may be wondering when to start seeds or what should you plant. Where do you start when you are just beginning to sprout as a gardener?

    You are in good company. Gardeners are typically generous people, willing to share

    tips, give you cuttings and divisions of their favorite plants, or even share seeds. All of us had to take that first step. It doesnt take long to learn strategies to grow great food and thwart pest and disease problems.

    The secret to having a successful garden is in the learning process. The way to a green thumb is through experience.

    The most important first step is determin-ing what kind of soil you have. Great garden soil is rich in humus. Whether you have sandy soil or clay, you want to improve it. Healthy soil equals great harvests. If you lived in one place for three years and you still have bad soil, its because you havent begun to improve it.

    Annually adding soil amendments such as compost and/or planting cover crops is a good garden habit. After three years of amending, you will see a remarkable differ-

    ence in the tilth of your soil. Keep up the noble work. There is no need to bring in out-side soil that can harbor serious pest weeds that will infest your garden.

    What type of light do you have? The light you have determines the best crops to grow. If you have a lot of shade, you wont be able to grow sun-loving crops such as tomatoes. Yet you can grow some leaf crops such as let-tuce in shade.

    Think small. Some crops you can grow in large pots. I grow my lettuce in hanging bas-kets, where the slugs cant reach. Instead of a huge edible garden with rows of vegetables and paths between that you have to weed, try intense planting in a few 4 by 4 foot squares. This will help you learn how much time you need to water, fertilize, and keep your plots weeded. Plus, the intense planting helps shade the weeds out.

    Fall is the best time to make new garden beds and prepare the older ones for winter. This fall expand and prepare them for next years garden. Make a habit of this every year, and you will find your spring planting chores are much easier and the health of your soil continually improves.

    Ask many questions. Join plant groups online, a quick search will bring up thou-sands of forums. Find a Pacific Northwest- oriented group, which will be the most help-ful with plant choices and planting times for our region.

    Kitsap County has one of the best Master Gardener programs with online resources and diagnostic clinics all over the county. You can find a lot of information at www.wsu.edu/kitsap/gardening.

    Debbie Teashon is a local gardening expert. Contact her at debbieteashon@rainyside.com.

    Gardening time is here


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    By LESLIE KELLYlkelly@soundpublishing.com

    A fter 30 years of helping the local com-munity with everything heating and air conditioning, Steve and Susan Krecker are passing the torch to Mark and Rosemarie Timmerman.

    Just as Air Masters Inc. of Port Orchard celebrates its 30 anniversary, the Kreckers are retiring.

    Its time, Steve Krecker said. Im pass-ing the torch and I know the company is in good hands.

    Krecker said his official retirement date is set for April 14. He opened the business in March 1986.

    That first day was something, he said. We wound up with a lot of refrigeration cus-tomers.

    Krecker said South Kitsap Mall, at the time owned by Ric Gehring, was the com-panys first real commercial customer.

    We kept that account for more than 20 years until the mall changed hands, he said.

    What he remembers most about all his years in business are the customers.

    A lot of these relationships have gone on for years and years, he said. The people who came to us in the early years, now their children are adults and we are serving them. So long as we do the right thing, well keep them happy.

    Mark Timmerman added, Our repeat cus-tomers are the backbone of the business.

    The company services all the heating and air conditioning equipment it installs. They also service all makes and models of heating and cooling equipment.

    Timmerman joined Air Masters in 2010, after owning his own company for 10 years. He got in to the trade in 1992 and worked for a company in Seattle. His wife, Rosemarie, is the bookkeeper and does payroll for Air Masters, which currently employs 15.

    Its this time of year when the companys leaders want to remind homeowners and business owners that summer is right around the corner.

    The last couple of summers have been warm and were expecting the same this summer, Timmerman said. People are already contacting us now in preparation for the warm summer.

    We did a lot of air conditioning calls last year because people got too uncomfortable.

    The most popular way to have air con-ditioning added to a residential home is to install a heat pump, Timmerman said.

    A heat pump can give a home the most efficient heating and cooling system around, he said. The first step is to call us and well

    send someone out to do an estimate at no charge.

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