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Another outbreak of cabin fever

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:33PM

Every few years, a handful of our island history buffs fall into the throes of cabin fever. Symptoms of the outbreak include much exasperation and alarm over the sorry state of the historic, Depression-era scout cabin at Camp Yeomalt, followed by a round of excited utterances at public meetings or through the letters columns of the local paper.

Spend the weekend with the Bard

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:33PM

“Either Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare,” the professor intoned, “or somebody else named Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare.” The declaration – itself rather worthy of the Elizabethan stage, in its gusto and tenor – put the stamp of pedagogical dismissal to discussions then-current in some literary circles, questioning the authenticity of the Bard of Avon’s remarkable body of achievement. The professor’s enthusiasm also served to enrapture a class of motley undergraduates – this editor amongst them – assembled for one of several survey courses at a mid-sized university.

Putting our downtown vision(s) to paper

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:33PM

For at least 10 years or so, we have wondered about the word “charrette.” While we’ve certainly understood the concept – the short, intense design sessions were among the highlights of the community’s comprehensive planning process some years ago, yielding sweeping drawings that gave visual representation to “the island of the future” – the term does not readily betray its meaning or etymology.

It was a good run for ‘our’ hardware store

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:33PM

Ken Schuricht has a wry sense of humor. Shortly after he and wife Mary Hall purchased Bainbridge Hardware back in 1994, Ken cleaned out the back room and held a sidewalk sale – in the alley behind the store. It was an unlikely site but a grand event, chockablock with several decades worth of unsold stock that included quaint, vintage kitchen items, greeting cards and party favors.

Accepting change behind our ‘moat’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:33PM

“We who live on islands,” an area legislator once observed, “like to think we are different.” We smiled anew at the legislator’s comment this week, rediscovering it as we unearthed a 15-year-old New York Times article headlined, “Islanders just want to be left alone.” Written roughly on the eve of Bainbridge Island’s vote for self-governance, the piece looked at our small Puget Sound community as it bristled under the distant rule of the county while feeling the pressures of regional growth from the east and south.

Breathe easier with emissions legislation

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:33PM

Let us all give thanks for our automobiles. Without them, how could we drive to City Hall to complain about traffic? Perhaps no other product of the industrial age has so radically reshaped our society and culture, producing more or less contemporaneously the drive-thru restaurant, the suburbs, the war for oil, and the cure for the midlife crisis.

Zen and the art of traffic engineering

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:33PM

To contemplate the interconnectedness of all things, one might turn to Eastern religion. Then again, one might also turn to traffic engineering.

Portrait of an ever-vibrant community

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:33PM

Seventy-five working farms, 18 commercial espresso stands – that’s 1.1 for every 1,000 residents – 290 practicing attorneys who called the island home, and an average home price of $233,099. Those are among the snippets of trivia readers found in the very first Bainbridge Review Almanac, a 56-page booklet published by this newspaper in 1992.

Like cemetery, trees demand the long view

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:33PM

If you haven’t felt insignificant for a while, tarry for an hour up at Port Blakely Cemetery. Hewn from the towering firs of another age, it is a world of impossibly long shadows, literal and otherwise.

Put sports on better footing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:33PM

More kids, more kickers. Perhaps the best measure of island growth over the past 15 years has been the swelling ranks of youth soccer programs, and the attendant clamor for more facilities for year-round play. The recent development of soccer pitches and baseball diamonds at Sands Avenue and Hidden Cove has been mere triage in the face of growing need – just ask recent members of the park board, who have heard the call and done what they can with donated labor and limited public funds.

A new useful yardstick for planning

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:33PM

The question is not whether more new residents are going to descend on our little island, but rather, what to do with them when they get here. So there is a definite usefulness to visits from folks like Patrick Condon, a noted landscape architect who appeared at City Hall last week as part of the Envision Tomorrow speaker series. Condon has created a bit of a stir with his assertion (as reported in these pages Saturday), that we could add significantly more people to our downtown mix without damaging Winslow’s character.

School plan will boost confidence

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:33PM

Hooray! Let’s applaud the Bainbridge Island School Board and members of a citizen group for working together for the betterment of our island’s public schools. It’s been a long haul for the current board, which has been in the throes of planning a high school capital facilities bond for more than a year. They’ve attended countless meetings and pored over thousands of pages of documents. They’ve used direct mail to contact every household on the island, inviting people to join them as they discussed crowded lunch rooms, old computers, soggy sports fields and funky spaces for band practice.

IGWG model offers glimpse into tax future

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:33PM

That old adage about the predictability of death and taxes was never so true. At least where local taxes are concerned. Our five taxing jurisdictions – city, schools, parks, fire and library – have this week unveiled the first-ever comprehensive “Tax Model” for Bainbridge Island, and it’s worth a gander and some fanfare.

Get behind simple majority at long last

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:33PM

We’ve written this editorial so many times now, it’s practically a reflex. Must be Groundhog Week. Yet duty calls again, as legislators once more consider a bill that would end what we’ve been calling the “tyranny of the minority” that hobbles the funding of local schools. Specifically, the legislation would put an end to the 60 percent “supermajority” requirement for passage of school levies and bonds. Because it would change the state constitution, the bill requires the backing of two-thirds of both chambers, plus the support of the electorate in a statewide election.

‘Down there’ comes here

  • Feb 2, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:33PM

Early on in every journalism career, aspiring reporters and editors learn what is referred to as “the Breakfast Table Rule.” That is the profession’s informal measure of taste and propriety, a standard that says if a subject or word isn’t fit for discussion at the average family’s morning repast, you should think twice about including it in the family newspaper – at least not without toning it down with some synonym or euphemism.

Open space: speak up, get your fair share

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:32PM

Nothing turns NIMBYism on its head quite like public amenities. Particularly when it’s new parkland that’s being doled out, what better location than in close proximity to “my back yard”?

Lack of space stymies our downtown

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:32PM

Music, the saying goes, is the spice of life. Few may realize how close downtown Winslow came to losing its purveyor of fine recorded music just over a year ago. The Glass Onion, one of our community’s many plucky small, independently owned retail businesses, had lost its lease in Winslow Green. After a decade of operation, it was in danger of closing for want of a new storefront – with the Christmas shopping season at hand, no less.

Foot ferry a most livable achievement

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:32PM

1990. Now that was an interesting year. The sage writers at Money Magazine named Bremerton – yes, Bremerton – the most livable city in America. Meanwhile, the Bainbridge Island City Council (although it was wholly coincidental) voted to apply for state money to construct a vehicle underpass at the High School Road intersection, to channel cross-island traffic under our east-west arterial and prevent Kitsap-bound drivers from inadvertently straying into island neighborhoods. The mayor’s office did the council one better, and began rooting around for state and federal dollars to put an underpass at 305/Winslow Way, too.

Green light for highway improvement

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:32PM

“They oughtta do something about this.” It’s a refrain heard regularly on our Letters pages, often on the subject of local roadways. Elsewhere on today’s page, one of our regular correspondents from Rolling Bay addresses his concerns over the awkward junction at Moran Road and Manitou Beach, just off the highway; he also mentions the possible need for a traffic signal at the nearby 305/Madison intersection, the second such comment we’ve heard from readers recently.

A quick read on progressive street planning

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:32PM

Is there cooperation in chaos? That seems to be the theory in some progressive traffic planning circles, as engineers look for innovative ways by which to reconcile the conflicting sensibilities – and physical mass – of the motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians sharing urban environments.

Small change adding up big

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:32PM

No surprise that islanders have taken to heart the cause of tsunami disaster relief for our neighbors across our shared ocean. Folks who turned out to Pegasus for last Saturday’s performance by Holly Figueroa chipped in more than $400 to the cause, we’re told. More good news in an update from our friends Nancy Quitslund, Bill Reddy and Suellen Cunningham, organizers of the “Coins That Care” effort announced in these pages a week or so ago. Their dispatch came in after we had today’s Letters pages in the can, but we’ll gladly give up the editor’s space for a few community huzzahs and a reminder of what our community’s contributions are all about:

Calendar deal is not what it appears

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:32PM

We believe it is playwright and former Vanity Fair editor, the late Clare Boothe Luce, who is credited with the cynic’s maxim: No good deed goes unpunished. Luce might be pleased to know that her wisdom lives on, as phone solicitors of dubious intent target island merchants with an advertising ploy that straddles the fine line of legality. Several Winslow businesses reported this week receiving solicitations from an out-of-state organization offering advertising space on a “booster calendar” to benefit Bainbridge High School sports.

Try to find middle ground on protection

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:32PM

One would think that a process based on “science” would yield more readily objective results. But an update of the city’s “critical areas ordinance” is proving surprisingly oblique. Citizen advocates, council members and kibitzers from the state Department of Ecology have gone round and round for most of the past year over the most effective and fairest way to protect island wetlands and streams, generally through mandated vegetative buffers of various widths.

The future of downtown: fresh perspective

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:32PM

Some want hammers, some, designer jeans. Our historically vibrant downtown has thrived on the sheer variety of the offerings – from the wholly functional to the (arguably) silly and extravagant – offered by local merchants. We may have no use for one line of merchandise or another, but we should be pleased whenever any entrepreneur is confident enough in our downtown core to hang out a shingle and invite passersby to consider new wares – ditto for the emergence of new buildings for commercial and residential tenants.

At long last, Colman Dock finds salvation

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:32PM

Here’s two concepts you don’t usually see in the same sentence: “Colman Dock” and “comfort.” Historically, time spent waiting at the Seattle end of “our” ferry run has been borderline miserable, hours wasted cursing one’s bad luck, poor time management, and/or earlier failure to pick up a schedule by which to time the return trip.

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