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Park potty clogged again

  • Apr 15, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:22PM

The council OKs a new design, but not enough money to actually build it.The City Council sent a new Waterfront Park bathroom plan back to the drawing board Wednesday. The council approved $325,000 for the bathroom’s construction, which is over $100,000 less than a design recently endorsed by the Public Works Committee. “The design we presented can’t be built for the budget they wanted,” said Winslow Tomorrow project manager Sandy Fischer, who is charged with overseeing the downtown park’s master plan.

County PFD tackling sports field crunch

  • Apr 15, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:22PM

A $29 million plan could put fields in North Kitsap, for Bainbridge use. An ambitious plan to build new athletic fields in North Kitsap could send convoys of mini-vans from the island to new soccer and baseball game sites across the bridge. A $29 million proposal by the Kitsap Public Facilities District is a response to a shortage of sports fields across the county and will include use by Bainbridge teams, although no new fields will be built on the island itself. Even so, John Sloat, vice president of field development for Bainbridge Island Youth Soccer Club, said there’s no guarantee it will alleviate the island’s own well-documented field crunch.

Home prices continue to climb

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:22PM

The island’s median price: $551,500. While specific assessments vary, there is a general consensus among island realtors: High demand, combined with low inventory and growth management guidelines, continue to spur the Bainbridge real estate market. “Like it or not, Bainbridge Island has become a western suburb of Seattle,” said Jack Klamm, associate broker at Deschamps Realty. “A lot of people work in the city and like having a condo near the ferry terminal and downtown.”

As the carousel spins, he carves

  • Apr 12, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:22PM

Brent White turns out everything from horses to butterflies. In Brent White’s line of work, what goes around comes around. And it’s a delight every time. From his home in Poulsbo, the retired Navy officer carves and casts carousel figures. His work is on display in zoos, theme parks and private homes around the world, attached to merry-go-rounds or displayed as free-standing art. Thanks to his donation of “Beatrice the Butterfly” to the Kids Discovery Museum, Bainbridge residents can enjoy his artistry as well.

Author offers escape from ‘drama triangle’

  • Apr 12, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:22PM

David ‘Emerald’ Womeldorff finds new insights into inter- personal dynamics. In college, when the available majors didn’t suit him, David Womeldorff improvised. The result was the first, and likely only, “Community and Communications” degree ever awarded by his Dayton, Ohio, college. “I found an obscure paragraph in the rules that no one had used before,” Womeldorff said. “I was the first student in the history of Wright State University to design my own degree.”

News Roundup - Green award for condos/Full docket for council tonight/Schools take up security

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:22PM

Vineyard Lane, a 45-unit condominium community under construction just north of the ferry terminal, will receive a 2006 Earth Day Award from Kitsap County in the Green Building category. The award, announced Monday, recognizes the environmentally conscious efforts of developers Bill Carruthers and Andrew Lonseth and others involved in the project.

Shelves shuffled at food bank

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:22PM

Helpline offers a ‘mini-mart’ setting for those needing a bit more in the larder. It’s bad enough falling on hard times. To have to ask for help makes people feel even worse. Helpline House wants islanders to walk through its doors with confidence, not dread. To this end, staffers have retooled their food bank operation to make it easier for islanders to “shop.” And when they do, finding such “extras,” as corn chips for school lunchces and Oreos, make a big difference, too.

Rolfes flashes partisan stripes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:22PM

The Democrat hopes to oust Bev Woods in the 23rd District House race. Christine Rolfes showed her true partisan colors Monday at one of the former councilwoman’s first public appearances as a candidate for the state legislature. “I’ve been door-belling and hearing over and over from lifelong Republicans (that they’re) so upset with Bush,” Rolfes said to about 20 people at a Bainbridge Island Democracy for America Meetup Group event held at the Commons. “It warmed my heart to hear so many people say that.”

Growing pains at Port Madison

  • Apr 12, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:21PM

Expansion plans by a yacht club have neighbors worried about traffic, noise. Some say the neighborhood on the southeast side of Port Madison already has a split personality. “It’s Jekyll and Hyde,” said Spargur Loop resident and Seattle Yacht Club member Craig Compton. “It can go from silent to a huge party in 24 hours.” But proposed upgrades to the club’s 7-acre Port Madison outstation could push the Spargur neighborhood over the edge, attracting more revelers during the club’s half-dozen annual events and a widening flotilla of boaters during the busy summer season.

Fire chief bolts for Lewis County post

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:21PM

Bainbridge Island Fire Chief Jim Walkowski will soon be heading south for a new job leading an expanding fire authority in Lewis County. “It’s very exciting,” Walkowski said Tuesday. “As a personal and professional opportunity, it’s something I couldn’t pass up.”

All caught up in ocean farming

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:21PM

With 800 mechanical arms in rapid motion, the looms in a cavernous Day Road warehouse roar as they spin a patented net that has ensnared what some believe could be the future of marine farming. “We’ve seen the disasters of fish farming – the waste, the concentration, the pollution,” said ocean engineer Langley Gace as looms in 6-foot-wide pits churned out a batch of nets bound for a Hawaiian fish farm. “We’ve come into this wiser.”

Farming in the deep blue sea

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:21PM

A Kona Kampachi by any other name just isn’t the same. Under the moniker “kahala,” this Hawaiian fish has spent its life roving coastal areas, absorbing a potent marinade of naturally-occuring reef toxins that would make your typical dinner guest go belly up. But under the Kona Blue aquaculture company’s trademarked name, Kona Kompachi is not only safe to eat, but has found a high-priced home in some of Tokyo and Seattle’s finest restaurants.

Vineyard eyes a 'green' market

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:21PM

Real estate is a bottom line venture. But Vineyard Lane, a new 45-unit condominium community rising up just north of the ferry terminal where the Bainbridge Island Winery once sat, is being constructed with a different kind of green in mind. Developers Bill Carruthers and Andrew Lonseth of Bainbridge Island say they placed the environment and the future welfare of the island at the forefront during the planning of Vineyard Lane.

WSF planning for more walk-ons

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:21PM

As the cross-sound commute gets more crowded, the ferry system will likely send some riders to the roof. But a pea coat and watch cap won’t be necessary. “They’ll be warm, they’ll be enclosed,” said Ray Deardorf, Washington State Ferries planning director. WSF released its draft long-range plan this week, detailing proposed changes to services and investments through 2030.

Why settle for just another yacht?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:21PM

Ardeo Design will make sure the stateroom appointments are posh as can be. When you’re spending $6 million to build a mega-yacht, you want bells and whistles you never even heard of – and Scott Cole by your side. Cole and his wife, Michele Bott, provide custom yacht interior design through Ardeo Design, the company they run from an office atop their Bainbridge detached garage.

He’s in touch with the landscape

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:21PM

Retired forester Hank Hays learned the lay of the land, then how to paint it. Some people can’t see the forest for the trees. Hank Hays sees both with a colorful, practiced eye. After 30-plus years with the U.S. Forest Service as a district ranger and a planning officer for timber sales, Hays made what proved to be an easy transition to artist, transforming canvas and oil paints into bold landscape and wildlife scenes of the lands he knows best.

A musical world at the fingertips

  • Mar 29, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:21PM

David Upham leads the island orchestra in a spring program. Rehearsing Mozart’s “Magic Flute” overture with just the string players, the issues for conductor David Upham become minute. He and concertmaster Tom Monk discuss whether a series of short notes played by the violins should be played with an upward bow instead of alternating down and up for each note.

News Roundup -- Errant car strikes market/See a cabin, deposit coins/New theater company set/Strange tunes now on CD

  • Mar 29, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:20PM

Island composer Allen Strange and his wife, violinist Patricia Strange are laying down ghostly tracks. Allen Strange recently released his CD “Ghost Strings,” an overview of his work for electronic sound from 1976 to 2005. Two of the works were heard this past March at the Island Music Guild, Heroes IV: Ghost Tracks and Misty Magic Land.

Boutique offers treasures on the cheap

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:20PM

The first-ever silent auction has a surprisingly nice inventory. You won’t need a map to find the treasures at the Bargain Boutique’s first-ever silent auction. Just walk in the store on April 1, pick up a bidding number and look around.

Market is near, farmers aren’t

  • Mar 29, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:20PM

With the summer season just 11 days away, growers are in dwindling supply. Last season, revenue and attendance were up at the popular Bainbridge Island Farmers Market. The only thing that hasn’t been growing is the number of farmers. “Like other markets, we’re facing the loss of some growers this year,” market manager Susan Vanderwey said, just 11 days before the market’s season opener. “Not only will we miss them, but their absence has an underlying impact.”

Internment memorial gets under way with ceremony Thursday

  • Mar 29, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:20PM

The $5 million project will mark the wartime exclusion of Japanese Americans. Having raised almost half of the $5 million needed for the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Memorial, the World War II Nikkei Internment and Exclusion Memorial Committee is ready to dedicate the site and begin construction.

Street sludge has a new home

  • Mar 29, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:20PM

The city moves its decant operations to a state-of-the-art facility at Vincent Road. The city’s relocated and newly built decant facility at the Vincent Road transfer station incorporates new technologies to filter, clean and dispose of the grit, sludge and noxious chemicals that collect on island roads and can trickle into waterways.

It’s raining poems on Bainbridge

  • Mar 25, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:20PM

San Carlos Poetry Reading kicks off National Poetry Month. How is poetry best enjoyed? On Bainbridge Island, it’s hearing poets read their works on a languid afternoon over cups of coffee and glasses of wine at the San Carlos Poetry Reading. “The range of emotions (during the afternoon) is all over the map,” said Lee Jorgenson, owner of the San Carlos Restaurant, which will host the event for its 22nd year.

Maria 'knew the island when'

  • Mar 25, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:20PM

She can tell you about island strawberries with rare authority. When Maria Tabafunda arrived on Bainbridge Island in 1948, life was definitely not a bowl of cherries, it was fields of strawberries and raspberries. “At 4 a.m. I wake up, drink coffee and work in the (berry) fields, hoeing, hoeing,” Tabafunda recalls. “I had a hard life.”

News Roundup -- 'Tomorrow' wins big award/Museum fetes local women/BGI students get high marks/Manage your money, kids/Writer tells of a tragic storm

  • Mar 25, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:20PM

The City of Bainbridge Island’s Winslow Tomorrow project will be recognized with a Vision 2020 award next week. Presented by the Puget Sound Regional Council, the award acknowledges contributions to the region’s comprehensive growth, economic and transportation strategies.

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