Brian Kelly

Turf finally ready for Bainbridge homecoming

Coach Andy Grimm has wisely downplayed the fact that his Bainbridge High football team’s first home game of the season won’t happen until this Friday… Continue reading

Golf teams young, but still state threats

Once again, Bainbridge Island’s golf teams are proving to be among the top units in the state after playing their top rivals in the Metro League Tuesday afternoon at Wing Point Golf & Country Club.

It’s real at Bainbridge’s Real Foods Market and Cafe

For people who are new to the retail grocery business, the owners of Real Foods Market and Cafe on Winslow Way East have quickly learned what it takes to be successful in such a competitive, demanding business.

Salmon Canyon Cafe owner happy to get back to work

It seems incredible when David Ortiz says he has no worries in life. But then, that’s probably not unusual for someone living on borrowed time.

A renaissance for Lynwood Center

Neglect a building long enough and, surely as brick crumbles and wood rots, it’ll eventually collapse. Or fall prey to fire.

BAC’s Meadowmeer facility is expanding

For Ted and Kellan Eisenhardt, life on Bainbridge Island has always revolved around the sports fitness business they have operated at Meadowmeer Golf and Country Club. And after 17 years, the commitment continues to proliferate.

Council takes on debt for bond

So it has come to this: the City of Bainbridge Island has been forced to go into debt with a $1.75 million bond in order to pay for a dozen small capital projects, about two-thirds of which have already been funded out of the city’s operating budget.

Senior center project brought back to table

With the availability of city funds now limited for nearly anything other than basic needs, it’s not surprising that proponents for two city construction projects find themselves jockeying for a place on Bainbridge Island’s 2009-2014 Capital Facilities Plan (CFP).

Bond proposal to pay for capital projects

City Hall has recommended the issuance of bonds totaling between $1.5 million and $2 million that would be used to pay for ongoing capital projects that the city has been funding this year through its operating budget.

A chance for fixes on two projects

The Bainbridge Island City Council had a productive meeting this week. Well, sort of.

Bainbridge residents take a flyer on a Small Screen

Colin Kimball likes to take chances. The Bainbridge Island native has to contain that impulse a bit these days because he’s got a family. But there’s no doubt he wants to turn his creativity into big bucks, which means he’s occasionally going to take a walk on the wild side.

Hoping to eliminate all produce bags

Heather Hadley has always been interested in keeping the environment in which she lives healthy, but after giving birth to son Breckin, it suddenly became more personal.

Bainbridge Island bike shops become hot commodities

It’s difficult to imagine a better location for a bicycle shop than Bainbridge Island. The countryside is lush, the shorelines stunning. The rural terrain varies interestingly between steep and level. Residents are generally affluent, health conscious and worldly. About one third of its working force commutes to Seattle via ferry, with a growing number climbing onto the saddle because of the costly fares for vehicles. And now we have this oil problem.

Bainbridge’s Smile Partner’s reaches out to low income families seeking dental care

As a dental hygienist, Kate Mills has spent 37 years hunched over people’s mouths. Yuck, you say? You’d think she’d be sick of cleaning teeth and searching for signs of periodontitis by now, but she has a new view of dentistry since co-founding Washington State Smile Partners, a nonprofit that offers preventive services to children and adults who can’t afford a trip to the traditional dentist’s office.

Bainbridge food bank buying from local farms needs donations

Every Tuesday, five boxes of fresh produce are hand-delivered to the food bank at Helpline House by Chris Llewellyn, owner of Serendipity Organic Farm in Quilcene. It’s only one of her 40 stops on the island that day, but it’s the one that reaches out to the most, well, mouths, then empty stomachs. Helpline has started providing produce to its more than 170 weekly clients through a program called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), which are subscriptions to food grown on sustainable farms such as Serendipity. To pay for the $440 weekly delivery of produce, Helpline is seeking donations from businesses and individuals.

Island real estate sales down, but not out

The current condition of Bainbridge Island’s real estate market could be considered robust when compared to what is occurring nationally, or even elsewhere in the Northwest, but total sales on the island for the first four months of 2008 are down more than half compared to 2007.

Bainbridge’s Paper Products also a tiny post office

At first glance, Paper Products doesn’t look much different these days than when its doors first opened in 1985. Kind of funky, packed with stuff from bow to stern, seemingly always busy, friendly folks behind the counter. All that and more.

Business is brisk for Bainbridge barbers

What does it take to be a barber on Bainbridge Island? Besides the hand dexterity required to avoid drawing blood and managing a head of hair so that it’s presentable, he or she had better be long on perseverance, enjoy the company of gray-haired men and be a master listener and/or story-teller. And it might help if the barber likes to exercise to overcome the physical stress of standing several hours a day.

Rolling Bay relic becomes an island institution

It’s a scene played out hundreds of times during the summer when tourists discover Bay Hay and Feed on Rolling Bay, but co-owner Howard Block never tires of it.