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'Non-boring' Buxton's success

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"Teen Center director Shannon Buxton supplies the right atmosphere that makes the center a place kids want to hang out.She is an amazing person, said Bainbridge High School senior Marissa Simcoe. She comes up with not-boring things for kids to do that are still legal. She's everybody's mommy.Since 1992, Buxton has set the tone for the Teen Center, housed on the Bainbridge High School campus but run under the aegis of Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District. The park district owns the building, but leases the grounds from the school district. The lease is year-to-year, and Buxton anticipates a possible move perhaps within five years.The Teen Center organization itself is independent and non-profit, but Buxton and the other part-time center personnel are considered park district staff. "

Investors reflect on HMC chargesSome rally to the company's defense as the state investigates.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"Investors who sunk some $9 million into Health Maintenance Centers, Inc., were chasing a much bigger rainbow than a workout facility on Bainbridge Island.Their ultimate dream, some say, was a piece of Znetix, Inc., a corporate mother-ship that would gather in HMC and other subsidiaries, become publicly traded and repay the original investors many times over.What Znetix has done is establish a high profile, sponsoring two racing hydroplanes last year, throwing a lavish party in Los Angeles and even persuading Super Bowl-winning quarterback Trent Dilfer to wear a Znetix hat for his post-game interview.What Znetix has not done is become publicly traded, although that is still being promised to the HMC investors. "

Tempers flare over sewer plan

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"Amid heated charges of intentional delay, a short-handed City Council Wednesday tabled for two more weeks discussion of a Comprehensive Plan amendment that could bring sewer service to portions of the south island.The council's 3-2 vote puts off action on the proposal past the council's self-imposed deadline of May 1 to approve language and send it to the city Planning Commission. "

Step off the curb with sewer plan

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"Zoning is nothing more than a matter of political will. Within the legal give-and-take of land use regulation, long-established principles of property rights, and general public sentiment, what today's city council thinks is already too-high density can turn into tomorrow's subdivision. Sometimes, vice versa.To that extent, even without the extension of sewer service to four south-end island neighborhoods - Pleasant Beach, Emerald Heights, Point White and Rockaway Beach - there are no guarantees that future generations won't see more houses there than crowd the shoreline today. "

Bischoff wins his first 'Amy'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"Although the award Korum Bischoff will receive May 1 recognizes young talent, the percussionist has already accomplished more at 25 than some artists decades older.Korum is young but he's got great spirit, Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities board president David Lewis said. Not only is he practicing his art as a percussionist, but, by so doing, has brought others into his circle. He's a natural leader.Bischoff will receive the new Amy Anderson Emerging Artist Award - a cash award established by Dave and Caren Anderson in memory of their daughter - for his wide range of accomplishments. "

"State alleges HMC violated securities regsAfter raising $9 million, the club is told to cease the sale of shares."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"State securities regulators have charged Bainbridge Island's Health Maintenance Centers and owner Kevin Lawrence with selling some $9 million in unregistered stock, saying the company misrepresented facts and misled investors.The state issued a cease-and-desist order April 9, forbidding any more sales pending further investigation by the state. The order was released to the public online, posted to the web site maintained by the Securities Division of the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions. "

Transit back for a second levy tryBallots are in the mail for a three-tenths of one cent sales tax hike.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"If county voters approve a sales-tax hike for Kitsap Transit next month, fares will drop, service will improve and maybe that mad dash off the ferry will become a thing of the past. If they turn it down, though, the transit district lines may be redrawn to exclude parts of the county, and service in the excluded area will be sharply diminished. You do have people running off the ferries now during the commuter period to get a seat on the bus, said Kitsap Transit Executive Director Dick Hayes.If the levy passes, we will be able to add buses to those routes, so one can take off when it is full and another can wait for those who want or need a little more time to get off the boat and onto the bus. "

"550 Madison dispute endsWith a suit settled, the apartment goes to the housing authority. "

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"Four months after a lawsuit threatened the deal, the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority will finally close the deal to buy the apartment building at 550 Madison Avenue from long-time owner Vicki Holmstrom of Kingston.The purchase means that the building's mostly modest-wage tenants will be able to stay in the 13-unit complex at rents adjusted to their income. "

'My Favorite Year' debuts at BHS

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:46PM

"It's hell week at Bainbridge High School for the seniors working on the musical My Favorite Year. One can find cast and crew in the LGI nearly nonstop for these last rehearsals before the play opens April 27.With 40 actors, 20 techies and five adults, the show is much larger than the Broadway production. Doing the play is a lot of work, Justin Maurer (Alan Swann), said, but I enjoy the general sense of urgency and chaos.In My Favorite Year, protagonist Benjy Stone (Adam Granato) narrates the story of the year during which he is transformed from deli clerk to comedy writer on The King Kaiser Comedy Cavalcade. "

Patchwork quilt a wonder of geometryThe blanket will be raffled off to support a charity.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:46PM

"Viewing the Welcome Wagon quilt to be raffled on the Fourth of July, one may not be surprised to learn that it was designed by a mathematician. The overall bold pattern, comprised of a wealth of detail, is a geometric wonder.I started with grid paper, quilt designer Linda Johnston said. I chose lighthouses and water because of where we live. "

"Rural roads, highway speedsParents organize in hopes of slowing motorists through island school zones."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:46PM

"Drivers, they say, are traveling through school zones at highway speeds.And with a recent traffic study to back them up, some Bainbridge parents are organizing and hope to find solutions by this fall.Speeding is an island-wide issue, but we believe schools have to be at the top of the list, said Althea Mallove, one of the organizers of an informal group calling itself the Parents for Safe School Zones.A report by a Bellevue traffic-consulting firm - released in March, based on data collected last fall - showed that on North Madison Avenue near Wilkes Elementary School, 99 percent of vehicles exceed the posted speed limit of 40 mph. At least 15 percent were clocked in excess of 62 mph.The situation was nearly as bad near Blakely Elementary School, where 15 percent of drivers topped 45 mph on Blakely Avenue, and 15 percent raced down Baker Hill Road at 66 mph or better.The actual situation may not be quite as alarming as those numbers indicate, according to Bainbridge Island Public Works Director Randy Witt. "

City urged to join economic effortsSzigethy: Kitsap workers need opportunities here.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:46PM

"While growth may have its downside, economic development is critical to maintaining Bainbridge Island's community vitality.So says Zoltan Szigethy, executive director of the Kitsap Regional Economic Development Council.When I was working in Seattle, I spent very little time here as a community participant, said Szigethy, an island resident since 1972. It's not just the work, it's being part of the community.Szigethy has asked the city to join the EDC at a cost of $20,000 per year. After hearing his presentation at its last meeting, the council is likely to approve the request this week. "

Budget squabble mires ferry fare hike

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:46PM

"What some insiders label an ego-driven impasse over a $10,000 traffic study has once again delayed an increase in ferry fares. And the fight, which is costing the ferry system some $400,000 per week, shows no signs of ending.The state Transportation Commission was poised again Thursday to implement the 20 percent fare increase that had been recommended by the Tariff Policy Committee and received strong support from the ferry riders. But it adjourned without acting because the legislature has not yet given the go-ahead.What concerns us, is that time is money and with each day passing, the hole in the ferry budget increases, said Transportation Commission chairwoman Connie Niva. "

"Responsibility, patriotism, rightsA local chapter of Young Republicans forms."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:46PM

"In a mock election by Bainbridge High students last fall, a map in school hallway showed that every state went to Al Gore or Ralph Nader.In fact, senior Alysha Perisho concedes, Bush only got about 10 percent of the vote.Given those results, starting a Kitsap County chapter of the group Young Republicans might seem like an uphill battle. But, as co-organizer and 31-year-old Bainbridge resident Kirsten Scheffler says, You gotta start somewhere.Josh Wymer, 21, of Poulsbo sounds a positive note.We want to articulate our message and facilitate debate, Wymer says. We don't expect an easy road, but I don't see any reason why things can't change. "

Moeller brings songs of the sea

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:46PM

"I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and sky.The love of the sea that moved poet John Masefield animates the life and music of Matthew Moeller. Moeller, who performs his Rollicking Tales of the Sea April 22, has spent much of his life singing about, working near and living on the water. When Moeller sings about clambering up the rigging, the audience can be assured that Moeller has done it; in 1993, he crewed on the Lady Washington, a square-rigger out of Seattle.It was the first time I was exposed to real sea music - not as entertainment, but as work songs, Moeller said. I was already fairly hooked by the music and by the tall ships, but I hadn't heard the rhythm of the music used to drive the work on deck, before. "

Man still missing after ferry plungeA Seattle residentis presumed dead after going over the rail Sunday.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:46PM

"The Washington State Patrol is investigation the apparent death of a Seattle man who fell from the ferry Puyallup Sunday evening, and is continuing to look into the circumstances that led up to the incident.The man, who is presumed drowned but whose body has not been recovered, was identified as Anthony W. Reed, 30, of Seattle. "

"Racquet Club plans expansionWith members on the upswing, the club hopes to add courts and a pool."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:46PM

"The tennis club wants to put on weight and make some waves.In what would be a major expansion, the Bainbridge Island Racquet Club on Koura Road wants to add a fitness center and two swimming pools to its tennis and racquetball courts.Our approach to tennis has been to be family friendly and welcoming, said club owner Ted Eisenhardt. We want to take that same approach and integrate fitness and swimming.The aquatic complex Eisenhardt envisions would have a 25-yard-long lap pool with perhaps four lanes, and an irregularly shaped fitness pool for water aerobics. "

Ferry fare hike delayed againOfficials say indecision coststhe system money.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:46PM

"While decrying the financial problems facing the State of Washington, the legislature won't accept a helping hand.Almost three weeks after the state Transportation Commission was ready to approve an across-the-board fare increase, the state Legislature has still not approved a measure to allow the increase to take effect. "

'Guys and Dolls' aging gracefullyThe venerable musical opens this weekend at the Playhouse.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:46PM

"We should all look so good at 50 as Guys and Dolls, the half-century-old Broadway show that closes Bainbridge Performing Arts' theater season this month. Nothing doesn't work, said actor John Ellis, who portrays Nicely Nicely Johnson, and that's a kind of miracle, considering how long ago the show was written.The vitality of Guys and Dolls - the Frank Loesser musical romp through the New York underworld of con-men, hucksters, gamblers and gangsters drawn from Damon Runyan characters - may be credited to a script and score laced with acerbic humor. "

Pretty up the island for Earth Day

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:46PM

"We were all set to use this space to remind readers that Earth Day is coming up, and to round up the various eco-boosting activities that are lined up.Then readers Kat Gjovik and Virginia Davison, backing the revamped Adopt-A-Road program, dropped off a letter that did just that. So we'll give them the floor: "

Grid could use a little straitening

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:46PM

"Afew weeks ago on these pages, we explored the eccentricities of the island's road grid, a system in which every street outside Winslow is Northeast, even if it's neither north nor east.Absurdities, we noted, pop up in areas designated by their relative position on the island - South Beach, West Blakely - and when you think about it, in certain other descriptive designations (NE Sunset Avenue? Last time we checked, the sun went down in the west, where the street is). While it's not the most pressing of issues, we have been an all-island city for what, a decade now, and this sometimes nags at us. Seems like the map should at some point formally acknowledge our citydom, and let us throw off the yoke of a system that is outdated and confusing. "

"Clearing begins for Sands ball fieldsThe work caught some neighbors off guard, and sparked complaints."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:46PM

"Crews began clearing a Sands Avenue parcel this week, to make way for the island's next ball field complex.But progress for local youth sports programs comes at a cost for the neighbors, among them Sands Avenue resident Frank Forencich.I've been losing business all week, said Forencich, who operates a massage and personal training business on his property within view of the site. Nobody wants a massage when the chainsaws are going.Forencich said he and others have expressed concerns over the ball field plan, and were surprised by the sudden appearance of equipment this week. Signs went up on several nearby trees, protesting the irony of the clearing a week before Earth Day. "

Liveaboards wary of new harbor planFree-floaters say their group is being singled out for regulation.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:45PM

"To the Bainbridge Island Harbor Commission, an anchorage plan would legitimize and preserve the liveaboard community in Eagle Harbor.The reason we are here tonight is because you have made your case, harbor commissioner Betsy Peabody told a half-dozen harbor liveaboards and their allies at Tuesday's commission meeting.We want to preserve that use, but to do so, we need a level of management.But to the audience, any form of regulation looked like a potential infringement on their ability to live as they please.Why can't we rely on personal responsibility? asked audience member Jim Randall, who is restoring a boat on which he plans to live. "

It's official: Camp YeomaltThe park will no longer honor Major Hopkins.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:45PM

"Major Hopkins has been demoted.By unanimous vote of the Bainbridge Island Park Board Thursday, the park that has for decades honored a former Boy Scout leader and controversial historical figure is now Camp Yeomalt.Hang onto the 'camp,' and get rid of the controversy, board chair Chris Llewellyn said after the vote.Thus ends the three-acre park's association with Major M.J. Hopkins, a scout leader of the 1930s who later tried to prevent Japanese-Americans from returning to the island from World War II internment camps. "

Now it gets interesting for freeholdersIslanders help shape the proposed county charter.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:45PM

"The 21 freeholders drafting a new charter for Kitsap County government have finished the preliminaries and are getting down to business, the island's two elected representatives on that group say.We've been through the procedural process - which took a little longer and was a little rockier than I thought - and now we're in the midst of two months of education, said Andy Maron, former Bainbridge Island mayor and city council member.The freeholders will begin taking votes on various issues at a meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. today at the Givens Center in Port Orchard. "

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