Around The Island | June 26

Parade entries, volunteers needed

There’s still time to sign up for the Grand Old Fourth parade, which has “Celebrating Our Green Isle” as its theme. Applications are available at the Chamber of Commerce office on Winslow Way or at

Additional volunteers also are being sought for the recycling effort organized by Bainbridge High School’s Earth Service Corps.

Recycling volunteers are needed to give two hours or more of their time, beginning at 2 p.m. July 3, to prepare for the evening’s street dance and continuing until cleanup is completed following the parade and other events on July 4.

To serve as a recycling volunteer, contact Sharon Negri at 780-9718 or Tucker Rogers at 842-3102.

The Chamber is also seeking more volunteers; contact Elizabeth Gadbois or Betsy Leger at 842-3700.

How’s your public library doing?

As part of its strategic planning process, Kitsap Regional Library has developed a survey for Kitsap residents to gather feedback on its services and programs.

“The Kitsap Regional Library is really for the people, and what we need to do is find out how we can better serve our public,” Public Relations Manager Susan Rosapepe said. “Without our public, we don’t exist.”

The survey, available through the KRL website through Oct. 15, will help KRL gauge county residents’ overall level of satisfaction with its services, programs and performance. Through it, KRL hopes to get a picture of how county residents use the library, how often they use it, and what would make their experiences more satisfying, including suggestions for improvement.

The survey is one part of a broader effort to gather public opinion and suggestions, to be taken into account as KRL develops its strategic plan for 2010 to 2015. Jeff Brody, KRL’s strategic planning manager, will also be available during the summer to talk to library patrons at each of the nine community branches.

More information and the survey itself, which takes about 15 minutes to complete, is at

– Lindsay Latimore

Grants awarded to nonprofits

Bainbridge Community Foundation has awarded its first three grants from the Community Response Fund, which provides urgent-needs funding to social service nonprofit organizations.

Just over $6,000 was awarded: The Boys & Girls Club of Bainbridge Island received $2,000 to fund a part-time employee; Bainbridge Youth Services was given $2,200 to fund a part-time position until permanent funding begins; and Hope House, a group home for developmentally disabled adults, received $1,868 for emergency rewiring at the facility.

Social and Human Service nonprofits can apply for an urgent-needs grant online at The foundation welcomes donations to the fund. Visit for more information on how to donate, or call the office at 842-0433.

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