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News Roundup -- Auditor fixes vote miscount/Katrina dinner nets over $16K/Teen concert series slated

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

Human and machine error were to blame for a miscount of more than 200 Bainbridge ballots on election day. The double-count of 203 votes was rooted out during the Kitsap County Auditor’s post-election vetting. The inflated unofficial results gave a few candidates a short-time boost, but did not change the winners and losers.

Advocates working for tree retention

  • Oct 1, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:58PM

A draft forestry plan sets goals for ‘canopy cover’ in island neighborhoods. As Bob Conoley enjoyed breakfast at the Streamliner Diner on Winslow Way, he used to enjoy gazing at a 40-year-old Japanese maple tree across the street as it turned a rich red in the fall. Hearing that the tree would be axed to make way for a new development there, and deciding that “tree regulations were nonexistent,” Conoley appealed to the project developer and City Hall. The tree was moved to its current location in front of the Playhouse in 2002.

City orders removal of signs for fire dept. pancake breakfast

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:57PM

The signs have been used for years to promote a community fund-raising event. With a goofy grin, big doe eyes, and a professed love for pancakes, “Firefighter 22” doesn’t quite fit the criminal profile. Yet, the life-size, plywood cut-out that has advertised an annual firefighter pancake breakfast and fund-raiser for the better part of a decade was finally exposed this week as a longtime, three-count violator of the city sign ordinance.

Pritchard Park over the top

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:57PM

Contributions from the sale of a historic home completes the $3.25 million drive. A contribution that followed the sale of a historic island home this week was enough to secure public purchase of the Pritchard Park property. Former park commissioner Dane Spencer and his wife Gail, with Winslow’s Johannson Clark Real Estate office, jointly contributed $5,700 toward the $3.25 million fund drive to purchase the remaining 28 acres of the former cresote plant property at Bill Point. Their donation completes the fund-raising effort, with formal public purchase of the land to close within a few months, said Sallie Maron of the Bainbridge Island Land Trust.

News Roundup -- Synagogue to be dedicated/Rider suffers heart attack

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:57PM

This Saturday, just days before the start of the new Jewish New Year, members of Bainbridge Island’s Congregation Kol Shalom will dedicate their new synagogue and school. The congregation’s new home on Miller Road will offer the community a newly remodeled 2,700-square-foot sanctuary, formerly known as the Sequoia Center, and an adjacent home on the property to be used for classes and additional programming.

To bees, they mite be giants

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:57PM

Parastic mites hurt the island bee population, honey yield. Wearing a helmet, face net and rubber gloves, Dale Spoor often hesitates before cracking open one of his hives swarming with 30,000 honeybees. It’s not so much the sting he fears – it’s what’s stinging the bees. “I haven’t given up yet, but I’ve lost four of my six hives this year,” the beekeeper of over 30 years said. “I bought more bees, but others I know have lost everything and quit. I don’t want to be an alarmist, but I don’t think we have a clue of what impact this will have on the future.”

‘Bud’ Hawk: a hero’s hero

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:57PM

Medal of Honor recipient visits BHS homecoming festivities. John “Bud” Hawk is proud of the Medal of Honor he received for valor under fire in World War II. He carries it as a symbol of service for soldiers past and present, happy to explain its significance to all who ask. The medal, however, defines but one aspect of a man who believes his years educating children served an important purpose, too.

Battle over political signs may reignite

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:57PM

Permission of property owners can be required, one councilman says. Each morning, Jeff Shepherd dutifully pulled out the blue and yellow campaign sign that sprouted in the flower bed fronting his downtown bakery. “We always try to be apolitical,” said Shepherd, a co-owner of Blackbird Bakery in Winslow Way. “The sign was so close to our business it implied we supported one person over another.” A stack of signs piled up near the bakery’s back door, until one day Shepherd was caught red-handed.

City may tweak island’s growth strategy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:57PM

Make room for 6,900 more residents by 2025, the state says. Parts of the island may have a tough time absorbing hundreds of new residents expected over the next 20 years unless new growth management strategies are adopted, city planners say. “We have some important issues we need to deal with, obviously,” said city planner Libby Hudson during a public meeting to address island population forecasts Thursday evening.

News Roundup -- Farm dinner for Katrina/Trying to be instrumental/$25K matching gift for steeple/Get ready for Homecoming/Mini-grant to grease wheels

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:57PM

Anne’s Flower Farm, a certified organic operation in Poulsbo, will host a farm dinner this weekend to raise money for the Red Cross and its Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. The dinner will take place at 5 p.m. on Sept. 25 under a tent at the farm. “This is a great way to show our support as a community and have a fun evening on the farm,” said Cris Beattie, executive director of the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association.

North ward race takes bizarre turn

  • Sep 24, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:57PM

Frank Renna, Jr. advances to the general ballot, despite ‘dropping out.’ Despite dropping out of the race for a north ward council seat weeks earlier, Frank Renna, Jr. sailed into second place behind incumbent Debbie Vancil in Tuesday’s primary election, bumping advertising professional Jeannie McMacken. “A few weeks ago I would have told you I was going to be headed to Crater Lake right now, enjoying a vacation,” Renna said by telephone from Oregon Friday. “Now I’m thinking a lot about this election. I’ve taken a couple days to think about it and I’ve decided to run (again).”

Kordonowy, Tooloee advance to general

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:56PM

The incumbent polled 53 percent, doubling the votes of her closest rival. The vote was 53-47. That is, 53 percent for Darlene Kordonowy, 47 percent for “Other.” So Tuesday’s primary election left the incumbent mayor bouyant at her prospects for a second term as the city’s top elected official, as she faces a challenge from freshman councilman Nezam Tooloee in the Nov. 8 general election.

Kordonowy, Tooloee advance; fire levy passes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:56PM

Incumbent Darlene Kordonowy earned better than 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday's mayoral primary, with City Councilman Nezam Tooloee also advancing to the November general ballot for the city's top elected office.

News Roundup -- BAC receives $10K windfall/New church opens soon/Help make way for trees/Mosquito fleet tickets remain/How are island schools doing?/Mini film f

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:56PM

Nonprofit organizations usually have long wish lists for things they’d like to have, and probably never will get. Bainbridge Arts and Crafts’ desires are more down to earth, focusing on items that will make the space function better and more appealing to artists, volunteers and the public. Executive director Susan Jackson asked the Bainbridge Island Community Endowment for an $8,500 grant to replace the gallery’s 21-year-old carpet and broken lighting in the front windows, buy paint and add a screen to close off the staff’s work area.

Post office on the de-fence-ive

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:56PM

Neighbors, city decry an ‘eyesore.’ Neighbor Mike Suraci calls it a waste of space that could be better devoted to public parking. Mayor Darlene Kordonowy thinks it’s an “eyesore.” Even Sandy Fischer, Winslow Tom­or­row program manager, asks: “Do we really need penitentiary-style fencing in downtown?” The answer, Winslow post office customer service manager Steve Blakeslee says, is “yes.” And the standards are rigidly prescribed: chain link, 8 feet high, with barbed wire at the top.

Council berates WSF over its plans for facility

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:56PM

Councilman Jim Llewellyn says WSF is ‘disingenuous’ with its boat yard plan. State ferry officials stood firm on plans to keep the system’s maintenance yard in Eagle Harbor, despite a torrent of criticism from the City Council this week. “It looks like information was cherry-picked (and) facts were developed to form a conclusion,” said Councilwoman Debbie Vancil, of WSF research that supports the maintenance yard’s continued presence in the harbor.

Terminal tangle of wheels, legs

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:56PM

Ferry officials, pedestrian advocates clash over plans for the Winslow dock. [Third of three parts. Previous installments looked at the WSF maintenance facility on Eagle Harbor, and hopes for a community boat haul-out facility there.] If the time was right in 1999 to give pedestrians and bicyclists a ferry terminal pathway of their own, it’s six years overdue today. That’s the view of a coalition of local non-motorized transportation advocates, who hope to hold Washington State Ferries accountable to a 1999 ruling mandating a bike and footpath included in the initial stages of terminal upgrades.

News roundup - Holy Ghost to tour nationally/Blown onto Bainbridge/Trust launches $400K drive/Schools seek parent help

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:56PM

With a new album inspired by horror film soundtracks, British folk rock and “how evil the woods really are, especially here in the dark Northwest,” island glam-band Holy Ghost Revival is set to embark on their grandest national tour yet.

Did candidate Peddy pad resume?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:56PM

Claims of a college degree were ‘a typo,’ his manager says; Peddy won’t comment. Claims of a college degree by mayoral candidate Will Peddy were inaccurate, his campaign manager admitted this week, after the candidate’s resume was questioned by a local online news site. The Bainbridge Buzz, an online community news site published by Cathy Nickum and supported by local sponsors, disputed Peddy’s claim that he earned a degree in biology from the University of California at Davis. Peddy’s campaign has since retracted the claim and issued an “amended” resume document.

All those boats, no boat yard

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:56PM

WSF says it will make haul-out yard space available, for the right price. On an island whose harbors and marinas hold more than 1,500 registered boats, not having a place for residents to haul out and maintain vessels strikes longtime Bainbridge boater Bob Smith as profoundly “unnatural.” “There’s no place to buy fuel, to haul out, to treat the worms on wood boats, to scrape off the barnacles, mussels and seaweed or to fix your propeller, strip paint or do all kinds of other tinkering you need to do,” Smith said. “These are just the natural things we should have.”

Here comes roundabout No. 2

  • Sep 14, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:56PM

Plans for a circle at Wyatt and Madison get mixed reviews. Sometimes, it seems, familiarity breeds acceptance rather than contempt. After the public imbroglio that preceded construction of the island’s first traffic roundabout at Madison and High School Road – when damning letters overwhelmed City Hall – response to plans for a second circle at Madison and Wyatt seems pretty tame.

Man dies in 80-foot plunge

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:55PM

A 48-year-old Kingston man died Sunday of injuries suffered in an 80-foot fall from a tree on Arrow Point Loop. Police say Ronald Dean Freeman, an employee of a local tree-trimming outfit, was attempting to bring the tree down when he plunged from its upper reaches. Freeman was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with internal injuries and died at the hospital.

News Roundup -- Toxic disposal event slated/Harp-Reed joins BPA/Clear Path to host benefit/Concert for Katrina set

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:55PM

If the old paint can says “Caution” or the weed killer carries a warning, there’s a good chance your trash can is just as unsavory a place for these items as your basement. To send hazardous household materials to their proper disposal, numerous government agencies and local groups will help you clean out your garages and basements next month.

Council race has pair in general accord

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:55PM

Kjell Stoknes and Doug Smith both claim strong enviro-credentials. No matter which way voters cast their ballots in the City Council’s Central Ward position 5 race, they’ll be electing a strong environmentalist with a desire to boost density downtown. Vying to fill Deborah Vann’s soon-to-be vacant seat, Kjell Stoknes and Doug Smith agree that their only significant disagreement is on an issue in which they largely agree.

Ferry yard: Is it here to stay?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:55PM

The state says yes, and wants to invest millions in site upgrades. Whether it’s for the benefit of boaters, retailers, park users, taxpayers or tourists, many islanders and current political candidates want to send the ferry maintenance yard packing. But one key demographic has yet to be considered, says Washington State Ferries shipwright John Enevoldsen.

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