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Plenty of frights, sights for fans of Halloween

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:27PM

Events begin with the popular Pumpkin Walk this weekend. Glowing heads aren’t just for ghouls this Halloween. “The Curious Lab of Dr. Synapse” at the Children’s Museum on Madison Avenue will make illuminate young craniums, with activities for ages 3 and up. “We wanted to do something that was educational and interactive for fun,” said Andrew Hill, director of outreach for the Children’s Museum, of the spooky science events. “It’s an alternative to the downtown trick-or-treat or parties.”

As Halloween gourds go, this is the pump-king

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:27PM

A champion for its girth, the pumpkin is on display outside a Winslow realty office. The enormous pumpkin easily dwarfs the little girl circumnavigating its girth. “I’m going to eat you,” young Catherine Rolfes proclaims, examining the silvery orange orb that is the size of a small desk. She and her mother Christine Rolfes paused to check out the Atlantic Giant pumpkin on their way to lunch Thursday at the nearby diner.

Creek getting a makeover

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:27PM

Neighbors work to preserve a valuable salt marsh in the Manitou Beach area. For the love of a salt marsh, a neighborhood connected to restore a creek. “We started with a simple idea (to not have silt flow into the salt marsh),” said Karen Polinsky, a Manitou Beach neighborhood resident, “and realized how in a watershed everything is interconnected, and that’s why the project has become so expansive, because we need to be concerned about the whole watershed.

New face to lead BYS

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:27PM

Lois Lee signs on as director. Bainbridge Youth Services has a new director, Lois Lee of Hansville, who brings 30 years experience in human services to the non-profit agency. Lee is already exploring the possibility of adding an additional counselor in drug and alcohol assessments and guidance. “It is my personal commitment to see kids break through the denial of their using (drugs and alcohol) and to at least understand the short- and long-term effects of it,” Lee said. “Kids should make an informed choice, and I believe they pay attention when provided the information in a straightforward way. They really don’t want to harm themselves or their minds.”

Mobile home park purchase is a done deal

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:27PM

Residents own the property, as the labyrinthine transaction closed Friday. The residents of Islander Mobile Home Park often describe the last six months as a roller-coaster ride. Yesterday, their ride ended. “I feel exhilarated. I feel stunned,” said Bill Isley, who has helped lead his neighbors toward owning their homes. “It’s been a race, its been a battle, its been a roller-coaster. It hasn’t sunk in yet, but I’m glad it’s over.”

Council pledges still more toward bike/ped

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:27PM

Improvements are eyed around the ferry terminal, along the highway in Winslow. Funding for sidewalks and bike lanes received another boost Monday, bringing the grand total for non-motorized transportation improvements in the proposed 2005 city budget to nearly $1 million. “Why wait on these projects?” asked Councilman Nezam Tooloee. “We need to start now.”

Audit results better for city

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:27PM

State officials give the 2003 bookkeeping passing marks. When dealing with a budget in the millions of dollars, the need for good bookkeeping goes without saying. But for the city, it often goes without doing. That is, until now. Representatives of the Washington State Auditor’s Office visited the island Monday to deliver a rare, positive review of the city’s 2003 financial statements, sparking hope that the city has reversed a bookkeeping curse it has suffered for over 20 years.

Island teens still talking in circles

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:27PM

As island-based Teen Talking Circle Project celebrates its first decade, requests for groups from Canada and the East Coast have prompted a new book to help train group leaders. “Speaking and Listening From the Heart,” co-authored by Linda Wolf and Neva Welton and now available at local book outlets, distills 10 years of experience in running the circles for young women and young men into a text for prospective mentors and those interested in bringing teen talking circles into their work.

A rocky path to enlightenment

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:27PM

Island author reflects on his practice, from shaky beginnings. Take a 1960s hippie romance, add the Hell’s Angels, soul music, the space shuttle and a 35-year love affair, mix with spirituality, and you have Michael Lisagor’s “Romancing the Buddha: Applying Buddhism to Daily Life.” Michael and Trudy Lisagor were 19 when they ran away, the same day she graduated from high school in 1969, horrifying Trudy’s parents.

Kitsap Mountaineers promise high adventure

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:27PM

The club takes intrepid islanders all over the wilds of the peninsula. Kitsap residents can appreciate living an hour’s drive to beautiful wilderness, but not everyone knows how to “get out in the wild.” It can take an out-of-town guest, or a class with the Mountaineers. “When I moved here, I was amazed at the number of locals who hadn’t been to obvious places, like Mt. Rainier,” said islander Bill Evans, who took a backpacking course with the Mountaineers 30 years ago, and is now a hike leader for the group. “We’re smack in the middle of hiking heaven.”

‘Helen’ sails to island with tales of Troy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

An acclaimed one-woman production comes to Island Theater. Helen’s beauty is famous, but her personality remains speculative. Her face, according to Greek myth, may have launched a thousand ships and set in motion the destruction of Troy – yet the inner life of this symbol of female pulchritude remains enigmatic. Writing on the tabula rasa that is the mythic Helen became the artistic focus of Chicago author and actor Megan Wells, whose original one-woman show, “Helen’s Troy,” makes a Pacific Northwest debut here Nov. 12.

Relief is on the way: park to get new restroom

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

For several years, Waterfront Park users in need of a restroom have had to sprint to downtown businesses or hold their breath and use one of park’s portable toilets. But park users may finally get relief. The City Council on Monday earmarked $295,000 to build new restroom and shower facilities at the park in the coming year.

Grass growing green in library parking lot

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

The project puts rainwater back into the ground instead of the storm system. “Grassy” and “parking lot” don’t often turn up in the same noun phrase. But the Bainbridge library’s new south parking area demonstrates that the two concepts can coexist, as the distinct hue of green has supplanted the usual black of asphalt beneath patrons’ tires. The idea: to save the expense of an extensive underground stormwater detention system, by making the parking lot itself such a system. “Plus it looks nicer,” said Jim Laughlin, a member of the library board who coordinated the project. “It’ll look great. People will wonder if they can park their car here.”

Enjoy music, and learn something

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

‘Mostly Music’ will open ears to how it works. The series may be Mostly Music, but the spoken bits hold the key. Music series coordinator James Quitslund opens the first of four presentations, “How Music Speaks,” with brief but lucid remarks that define the series and illuminate the evening’s performance of Mozart’s Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 570 (1789) and Aram Ilyich Khachaturian’s 1932 Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano.

Music to heal a broken body

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

A benefit concert for Ernie Franz is slated. As Ernie Franz lay in a hospital bed, broken and bruised after being hit by a car while bicycling, several professional musician friends wondered what to do. “We thought that perhaps a benefit concert could help the family get through this,” said violist Sue Jane Bryant, a freelance musician who plays with the Seattle Symphony. “It’s a very unfair thing that’s happened, but it has happened, and this seemed an appropriate way to help the family recover.”

Wetlands changes slated for hearing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

Wider buffers are proposed. The city will host a public hearing to discuss changes to wetland and stream protections and other issues affecting the Critical Areas Ordinance today. With the state’s mandated Dec. 1 deadline looming, city planners hope to include more residents’ comments as they finish the ordinance. Under the proposals, stream buffer zones would swell from 50 feet to up to 150 feet under the proposed ordinance. Current wetland buffers range between 25 and 150 feet. The proposed changes would boost protected wetland areas to within a range of 35 to 200 feet. The ordinance update is required by the state Growth Management Act and considers various city geographical and habitat policies. City planner Libby Hudson doubts the city, along with many other Washington communities, will meet the deadline.

Regulations loved, hated

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

Sides debate the merits of wider buffers around streams, wetlands. Residents expressed a range of concerns at a hearing Wednesday on proposed rules protecting island wetlands, streams and other at-risk natural areas. Some said the draft Critical Areas Ordinance’s expanded buffer zones will restrict development and crowd views.

School bond set for May; amount unknown

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

Frustrations are evident, even among some board members. February is too soon to put a proposed capital facilities bond and technology levy before the voters, the Bainbridge Island school board decided Thursday. But the bond will be on the ballot in May. They promised. “One-hundred percent sure,” board president Susan Sivitz said. From now until March, the board will hold a rigorous series of public meetings to determine exactly how much money they will need and how it will be spent.

Reading has never been so much fun

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

Ordway students enjoy the weekly visits of seniors with Rockn’ Rolln’ books in tow. On Mondays, the second-graders at Ordway School get to be Rockn’ Rolln’ Readers. It’s not a day when they get to crank the classroom stereo and boogie with their books. It’s a slice of time when second-graders get to pick a favorite story and read it aloud to a special person – usually a senior citizen – who shows up every week, eager to listen.

Sides can’t agree on location of haul-out facility

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

Citizens, WSF are at odds over siting of future boat yard on Eagle Harbor. With a bright yellow highlighter in hand, Rachel Smith cut out a swath of the Washington State Ferries maintenance yard. Her figure enveloped parking spaces, storage areas and one small corner, marked in black ink, that ferry representatives had offered moments earlier as their preference for a future public boat yard. The blown-up map of Eagle Harbor on display at Tuesday’s Harbor Commission meeting illustrated two sharply differing views, in black and yellow, of where to site a facility desired by many local boaters.

She knows island teens

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

New Boys and Girls Club director Jennifer Wood grew up here. Jennifer Wood was once an island teen. Now she’s reaching out to today’s Bainbridge teens. Then as now, “There was not much to do on the weekend,” said Wood, recalling that the only cinemas were in Silverdale and Lynwood Center, where one movie would show for a month at a time. Being idle, bad choices were made in the absence of positive influences. She aims to change that.

News Roundup -- Police wary of recent reports/Photo lab closes shutters

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

Reports of a man in a white truck approaching youths at island roadsides continued this week, Bainbridge Police said. But the accounts have been so varied in their description of the suspect or suspects, and his vehicle, that their accuracy is unclear, police say. “The reports do not correlate into any kind of pattern, besides white vehicles stopping in the vicinity of kids,” Bainbridge Police Detective Scott Anderson said. “We have no evidence of an increased threat, but we believe parents should always be vigilant, and so should children.”

Council OKs parking tax hike

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

Lot owners complain, but revenue needed, councilors say. Commuters will see a substantial parking lot rate increase starting Jan. 1. The Bainbridge City Council on Wednesday approved a rate hike for the city lot near the ferry terminal, increasing the daily rate from $7.25 to $10. The council also voted to double the commercial lot tax to 24 percent.

Tech levy promises whiz-bang for all grades

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

Instructors would integrate computers with their teaching. Teachers who use high-tech tools in their classrooms wowed the Bainbridge Island school board Thursday night with a demonstration of what the latest doodads can do. Their goal: to get the board to think big when it comes to putting a technological levy before the voters on May 17.

Harbor proposal still adrift

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:26PM

Commissioners are divided on proposed changes. The Harbor Commission was divided this week over proposed changes to a draft Eagle Harbor Mooring and Anchoring Plan, changes that would use city funds to offset moorage fees, expand the boundary for liveaboard vessels and grandfather current vessels outside the proposed zone.

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