Marine center in bad straits -- News Roundup

The Poulsbo Marine Science Center is launching a major fund and membership drive, under the theme “We Let Our Friends In For Free,” to run through this summer.

For its marine environmental programs to continue, the center needs to expand its membership base, especially in light of financial shortfalls experienced by the educational, nonprofit institution.

Anyone joining at the $45 level receives 18 months of free admission to the center and many of its programs, for the entire family, as well as a CD-ROM about local marine life.

Those joining at the $60 level also receive a copy of the new Seattle Aquarium DVD, “Life on the Edge.”

“Our society members are our lifeblood,” said one trustee. “With a substantial membership base we’re able to continue our educational programs. This is a time of crisis in Puget Sound and nearby waters; only public education will keep them healthy, and education is our business.”

The Poulsbo Marine Science Center is located on Front Street in Poulsbo.

Information: (360) 779-5549 or email

Ferry advisory group to meet

Dennis Conklin, regional director of the Inlandboatmen’s Union, and representatives of Washington State Ferries are expected to be on hand when the Central Sound Ferry Advisory Committee meets on Bainbridge Island this Tuesday.

Among the discussion topics will be the failure of contract talks to restore food service to the Bainbridge-Seattle ferry run this summer, and the status of concessions contracts.

The advisory committee, one of several citizen groups that act as liaisons between riders and ferry system officials, will meet at 6:30 p.m. June 22 in the Kallgren Room at the Bainbridge Island Senior Center.

Information: Martha Burke, 780-5638.

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