Category: The Fire

  • Schoolhouse Bell Found!

    Schoolhouse Bell Found!

    Like Phoenix rising from the ashes we have a bit of good news.  In October 2022 Nick Wise combed through the burned out debris of the  Schoolhouse site to look for the bell and he found it! It is steel and very heavy, weighing about 200 pounds and is missing the clapper.     When…

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  • Electrical Arcing Caused Fire

    Electrical Arcing Caused Fire

    The Fire Marshal’s investigation has determined the cause of the fire that broke out on April 13th, 2022 which tragically engulfed the Holly Schoolhouse. Electrical arcing on the north exterior side of the building near the meter box was found to be the cause. Assistant Fire Marshal Tina Turner wrote to the Kitsap Sun explaining…

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  • Insurance Update 5/13/22

    Insurance Update 5/13/22

    Vice President Vickie Napora is our point person for our insurance claim. She has worked 43 years as an insurance underwriter, product development specialist and underwriting manager and is well qualified to be our point person! We are very grateful for her expertise. The Fire Marshall is still investigating the cause of the fire, and…

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  • Post-Fire Roses

    Post-Fire Roses

    I stopped by the Schoolhouse shortly after the fire and found roses placed upon its steps. I snapped some photos of the fire damage too.

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  • $30,000 Donation from Port of Bremerton

    $30,000 Donation from Port of Bremerton

    Wonderful news from the Port of Bremerton Commission! After a presentation by Holly Community Club President Barb Peden and Vice-President Vickie Napora via Zoom, about the loss of our Schoolhouse, they voted unanimously to give the Holly Community Club $30,000 to help with the rebuilding of our Schoolhouse! This gift will be in addition to…

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  • Aaberg-Johnson Wedding & Memories

    Aaberg-Johnson Wedding & Memories

    I’m Arlen and Linda Johnson’s daughter, long-time members of the community who moved a few years ago. The news of the fire was devastating to us all. Holly, the community members, and the schoolhouse are special to all of us, but especially to Mom and Arlen. We had many weddings and family events at the…

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  • A Memory from Brandon Elsey

    A Memory from Brandon Elsey

    Saddened that this beautiful building is now gone. This is somewhere I enjoyed seeing and visiting every time I went to Holly. My grandparents had the key to the building and would take us there. A big rope came down from the ceiling going up to a bell house and they would let my brother…

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  • Rebuilding the Schoolhouse

    Rebuilding the Schoolhouse

    Yes the Holly Schoolhouse will be rebuilt! We are fully insured and are now awaiting results of the Fire Marshall and Insurance investigations. While the rebuild will be years away, in the near future there will be more to report on that front. In the meantime donations towards the future rebuild are welcome at anytime to the…

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  • Insurance Update 4/24/22

    Insurance Update 4/24/22

    Holly Community Board Member Vice President Vickie Napora is not only our point person with the Kitsap Fire Marshal but she is also handling our insurance claim, something she has been looking at since first coming onto the board last year.  She has worked 43 years as an insurance underwriter, product development specialist and underwriting manager and…

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