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Still chugging along

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:30PM

The Reba H. is one of the few surviving vessels from the glory days of gillnetters. Despite a worn deck and faded sheen, the Reba H. bears her venerable innards with the confidence of a Swiss watch. Piping twirls and twitters obstinately as she splits the surface of Blakely Harbor, her home for the past half-century.

News Roundup - Boaters: Don't spill your fuel/Worker aided by ladder truck

  • May 17, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:30PM

As boating season gets underway, state and local officials are warning of an increased rate of fuel spills while offering ways boaters can keep gas leaks in check. “It’s a good time for people to tune-up their outboards and check their bilges to make sure the water is clean,” said city Harbormaster Tami Allen. “Those are two huge things people could do now to prevent spills.”

This business runs on autopilot

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:29PM

Wil Hamm’s outfit lets boaters take their hand off the tiller. The engineers of Bainbridge-based W-H Autopilots have moved to higher ground but remain immersed in the production of some of the world’s most highly-rated maritime navigational tools. “We’re pleased to be here for so many reasons,” said W-H Autopilots founder and owner Wil Hamm at his company’s new headquarters on Day Road. “This place is bigger, there’s more parking, the building’s more shipshape, it’s closer for most of my employees and it’s only two minutes away from my house.”

‘Revival’ brings relief for South

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:29PM

A local anthology will raise funds for storm-ravaged areas. Bill Branley’s roots are buried beneath the rubble and renewal of hurricane-ravaged New Orleans. He grew up there, with six brothers and sisters, before a career in the army sent him to all corners of the country including Bainbridge Island, where he parked his rucksack two years ago.

McMakeover won’t be quite so extreme

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:29PM

Local pressure spurs a late-breaking redesign of the island fast-food eatery. McDonald’s toned down proposals for an exterior redesign of its island eatery, according to updated plans submitted to the city Friday. “Our design is intended to do exactly what he community is saying it wants – which is a blending with the existing buildings in the neighborhood shopping center” said Karen McKay, marketing director for Peninsula McDonald’s Restaurants.

Get on your bikes and ride this Friday

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:29PM

It’s Bike To Work and School Day, and pedal pushers will be taking to the streets. Starkly juxtaposed against black leather and the rumbling chatter of motorcycle engines, they are the silent, florescent blur that leads the frenzied charge from the ferry deck each commute. They wake no neighbors, emit no pollutants and spend nothing on fuel. Still, despite the many known advantages enjoyed by bicycle commuters, most people would rather pay to pump gas than pump their legs for free.

Confident GOP has high hopes for Bainbridge

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:29PM

Don’t be ashamed in ‘Tree Hug City,’ a Republican strategist says. Island Republicans received an early campaign-season pep talk Saturday during a rare visit from the party’s national committee training team. “Republicans have the right ideas – we just have to let people know about them,” said Linda Dealy, a campaign strategist with GOPAC, a political action committee that recruits and trains Republican candidates, campaign staff and activists.

Can you spot the difference?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:29PM

The museum’s new photographic exhibit chronicles a changing isle. Sometimes, the changes are raw and physical: buildings tower where once stood trees. Other times, more subtle cultural and economic shifts are revealed – a school building is modernized, a neighborhood fruit market becomes the sales office for million-dollar condos. Change, in all its inevitable and sometimes dubious glory, is the subject of “Then and Now,” a new photographic exhibit opening Thursday at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum.

News Roundup - School board OKs cameras/Buckle up, or you’ll pay up/Sing joins endowment/Gullo joins downtowners/League hosts Kitamoto/Who wants to be an isla

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:29PM

Limited video surveillance will begin at Bainbridge High School, following adoption by the school board of guidelines for their use this week. Cameras will only record activity in outdoor areas “where it is necessary to protect district assets, provide for the personal safety of individuals, or monitor possible criminal activity,” according to the policy. The cameras were installed last year in response to vandalism at the school, but could not be used until guidelines for their use were adopted.

How should the city divest itself of land?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:29PM

Clear policies for sales are needed, one councilwoman believes. As the city transfers T’Chookwap Park to the park district – after contentious discussions over the possible sale of the property to private parties – some city councilors hope to establish a process to guide future surplussing of public land. “It is a need, a requirement for satisfying transparent due process,” said Councilwoman Debbie Vancil, who has repeatedly urged the council to consider enacting guidelines for the transfer, trade or sale of city-owned properties. “From my point of view, open and accountable public process is not optional.

The stage is set for a career as playwright

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:28PM

BHS grad Jordan Harrison finds inspiration in unlikely places. Museum brochures, while functional and informative, rarely play the role of muse. But for Jordan Harrison, inspiration lurks in the shadows of obscurity, where forgotten slang, bygone eras and, yes, even the pages of the typically blase brochure, have proven their worth as catalysts for the 28-year-old playwright.

They’re more movers than shakers

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:28PM

Debbie and Steve Hill will be feted as Bainbridge Business Couple of the Year. Steve and Debbie Hill have hauled box springs and bookshelves and dusty recliners. As owners of a moving company, it’s all part of the job. But piling in a truck filled with donated supplies and rumbling across thousands of miles of pavement to aid hurricane-stricken residents along the Gulf Coast is the type of move that far exceeds your typical huff-and-puff labor. Still, that’s just what the Hills have done, multiple times, and at their own expense.

Divided council hands off north-end park

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:28PM

The mayor casts a tie-breaking vote as T’Chookwap goes to the park district. The park will remain a park. What you’ll be able to do there, that’s an open question. A sharply divided City Council voted Wednesday to turn over T’Chookwap Park to the park district, as neighbors united to call for use restrictions on the tiny parcel overlooking Hidden Cove. The council deadlocked 3-3 on the transfer with Mayor Darlene Kordonowy casting a rare deciding vote, ending the parcel’s turbulent 13-year run under city stewardship.

Extreme McMakeover

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:28PM

McDonald’s plans to upgrade its eatery, drawing opposition from longtime foes. McDonald’s restaurants across the globe are undergoing makeovers with sleeker lines and warmer colors under grander golden arches. The same is true for the Bainbridge McDonald’s, with plans to upgrade the island’s lone franchise hamburger eatery exterior for a more striking, contemporary design. But some islanders – who’ve objected to the restaurant on aesthetic grounds since it was first proposed more than 15 years ago – say the more drab and unassuming the corporate franchise, the better.

It’s back to the beach at BPA

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:28PM

Neil Simon’s ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ opens. It’s a long way from Bainbridge to Brooklyn in every sense: the history, the personalities, the food. So how is it that Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” opens on the BPA Playhouse stage Thursday evening? Of the plays veteran Seattle director Ellen Graham submitted to BPA, this was the one chosen. She wasn’t surprised.

Much more than hardwood floors

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:28PM

Teragren finds a new niche for bamboo: snowboards and skateboards. They cling in clusters to the Chinese hillsides, displaying wispy plumage atop segmented stocks that look like giant, flexible drinking straws. Indeed, it is the flexibility and durability of the Moso bamboo tree that, along with growth spurts that would shame even the gangliest of teens, has led to its rising popularity in the flooring, panelling and veneering industries. Islanders David and Ann Knight of Teragren LLC, makers of an array of bamboo products, were pioneers in a field that’s constantly sprouting new competitors and innovative uses for the much-misunderstood plant.

Flowers now community-supported commodity

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:28PM

Anne’s Flower Farm joins the ranks of local produce growers with ‘CSAs.’ Anne’s Flower Farm has blossomed into Farmhouse Organics. Owners Anne and Peter Weber have joined the Community Supported Agriculture movement, which allows individuals to buy shares in a farm in return for regular allotments of food. In this case, people will not actually own any land. They will receive weekly boxes of fresh produce and other products from the beginning of June through September.

Pub battle heads to court

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:28PM

Neighbors try to block expansion of the popular eatery and watering hole. The Harbour Public House has long been a place where islanders go to bat around the issues of the day over their favorite frothy pint. But not all arguments can be resolved on a barstool. For many of the pub’s neighbors, a planned expansion of the popular watering hole is about as appealing as heated hefeweizen. It is that negative sentiment that has led finally to a court battle between the two sides, with the case set to go to trial this week in Kitsap Superior Court.

Frazier retiring as city planning director

  • May 10, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:28PM

He’s credited with bringing stability to the department over the past three years. City Planning Director Larry Frazier is trading in his volumes of municipal code, land-use rules and building permit regulations for a rod, a reel and a pair of hip waders this summer. “It’s time to retire after 46 years in planning,” said Frazier, who will leave the helm of the city’s Planning and Community Development Department on June 30. “The first thing I’m going to do is go fishing in Seward, Alaska. Then I’ll do some fly fishing out in Nome. “I might do some more fishing after that.”

City taps McKnight as code compliance officer

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:27PM

Planning officials credit her with a deep knowledge of city codes, regulations. As the city’s new code enforcement officer, Meghan McKnight must fill shoes deeply scuffed by her predecessor. But don’t expect McKnight, an island native who has worked for six years in the city’s planning and finance departments, to tread anywhere but the straight and narrow, say city officials and staff.

News Roundup - Inslee secures ferry funding/Boating season is under way/Yeomalt cabin plan advances/Memorial gets national nod/Youth summit in Suquamish

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:27PM

The House of Representatives approved an amendment this week that would include ferries in a federal homeland security grant program. The amendment, sponsored by Reps. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) and Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.), was attached to the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act. “Without this change, Washington State Ferries wouldn’t be eligible for federal grants like one they received last year for $6.5 million to monitor and secure facilities,” said Inslee, who is a regular rider on the Bainbridge-Seattle ferry route. “Knowing that ferries in Puget Sound could be a terrorist target, it would be irresponsible to exclude them from the program.”

Fine works a mere Bagatelle

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:27PM

The Madrone Lane shop offers French antiques and ambience. At Bagatelle, the language of love is seen, not heard. It comes via fine craftsmanship, elegant lines, intricate designs and a history that dates to the kings of France. Shop owners Cat and Alain Bude offer this signature style on Madrone Lane, in an intimate showplace for French antiques.

Century-old elm finds new life as a table

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:27PM

The wood was salvaged after the tree was felled on the BHS campus. As an artist, Cecil Ross uses the tools of his trade to give life to otherwise inanimate chunks of wood. It makes sense, then, that Ross was called upon to resuscitate by way of art an elm tree cut down on the Bainbridge High School campus three years ago. “A friend of mine happened to be walking by when they cut it down,” Ross said of the elm, estimated to be 100 years old when it came down.

Cancer relay coming to island

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:27PM

The Relay for Life will be held July 29-30 at the high school. Cancer never rests, and for one night this summer, neither will Bainbridge Island. The American Cancer Society will host the island’s first-ever Relay for Life event July 29-30 at Bainbridge High School’s Memorial Stadium. It’s a quick start-up for a fund-raising event popular in communities nationwide, but only proposed for Bainbridge in March.

Pritchard beach to see capping, longer closure

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:27PM

Work may keep the public away for six months, starting this fall. The majority of Pritchard Park’s beach was reopened Thursday, but a 150-foot stretch of contaminated tideland will likely remain closed until next spring. “We need to analyze the data we collected, but it’s most likely we’ll put a cap on the area (with) construction done by April of next year,” said U.S. Environmental Protection Agency project manager Joe Wallace. The EPA closed much of the park’s beach in mid-April after a resident noticed the smell and sheen of the wood preservative creosote.

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