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Museum move fund drive under way

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:24PM

History unfolds at its own pace. A capital campaign called History on the Move, though, may speed up the process for the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum. Historical society members are gearing up to relocate the museum facility to Winslow from Strawberry Hill Park as soon as it’s physically and financially possible. “I think a lot of people are excited about it, and not just the membership,” said Joan Piper, historical society executive director. “People in Winslow really want us to come.”

Fall elections draw little interest

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:24PM

As election years go, this one figures to be quiet on Bainbridge Island, at least until November. Incumbent Congressman Jay Inslee has, at least nominally, drawn a Democratic opponent, meaning he won’t officially have the party’s nomination in Washington’s First Congressional District until after the Sept. 17 primary.

Habitat homes finally find their footing

  • Jul 24, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:24PM

Kathy Duprey kneels by what will be the southwest wall of her new home. With a stick, she inscribes her children’s names in the fresh concrete that forms the house’s footing, and presses a shell and other small, symbolic objects into the material.

Costs of growth come into slow focus

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:23PM

The city spends more than $2.8 million on building and development services each year, and recovers less than half of that amount in the form of fees. Can the city recoup more? And if so, should it? “If there is a reasonable basis for including the costs, then it comes down to a policy decision,” consultant Tracey Dunlap told a meeting last week of the city council finance committee and the mayor’s task force on permitting costs.

Neighbors take up the cause of maple

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:23PM

Having waitressed on both sides of the street, Diane Hornick has long admired the mature Japanese maple at Ericksen Avenue and Winslow Way – and the passing of seasons as heralded in its leaves. “I see that tree change colors every year, and it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen,” said Hornick, a veteran of the erstwhile Doogal’s eatery now working at Streamliner Diner. “I’d adopt it for my house, let me tell you – in a heartbeat.”

Shelter's where the wild things are

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:23PM

Sandy Fletcher is used to having a tiger – or in this case, a turtle – by the tail. The director of the Island Wildlife Shelter hefts the fierce, 14-pound reptile with practiced hands – one carefully ensconced in an oven mitt. “Watch out, she can reach you,” she warns. “They have very long necks.”

Cemetery still marred by hate

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:23PM

Bees dart among flowers at Port Blakely Cemetery, while a hawk circles high above in the July sun. Toppled gravestones, though, mar the scene, bearing witness still to last summer’s vandalism. It was last July that a painted swastika was discovered near the cemetery entrance, with two gravestones overturned in the Jewish section. In mid-August, vandals damaged 70 grave sites.

South-end sewers get needed funding

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:23PM

After two hours of sometimes heated discussion, the Bainbridge City Council Wednesday took another small step towards permitting sewers to go into four south-end neighborhoods. The council approved a $120,000 consulting contract for preliminary engineering work. But the issue that prompted a vocal debate – exactly who should pay – was reserved for another day, and will be revisited after the study is done. “It will be easier to talk about the cost issues when we have a better idea of what the costs actually are,” council chair Michael Pollock said.

Park M&O levy upped -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:23PM

The Bainbridge Island Park Board will take public comment Thursday on its upcoming maintenance and operations levy. The levy is slated to appear on the Sept. 17 primary ballot; at issue this week is the levy amount, which has changed since a first attempt failed at the polls in February. As proposed, the two-year, $4.92 million levy would support park district operations for 2003-2004. The levy amount has been upped from the previous levy amount of $4.8 million.

Family hopes to preserve homestead farm

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:23PM

The fields have lain fallow for years. But the short trek to an inviting tree perched at meadow’s edge still yields a small crop of island-grown goodness: cherries. “Just like pie cherries are supposed to taste,” says Edith Ostrom, sampling the fruit from the homestead on which she grew up so many decades ago. “They’re not sweet.” And that was just fine for Ostrom, her daughter Brita and other family members who visited the North Madison Avenue farm Friday. It was the sort of warm summer afternoon for which cherry-pickin’ was perfect. Family members believe there’s still great potential in the fertile soil – and in the 19-acre property itself, most of which they hope to sell to the city through the new Open Space Commission.

Too many plans, too little time

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:23PM

Having listened to city staff and citizens, the city council tonight will adopt a list of goals and objectives for the year 2003 that it hopes are specific enough to guide next year’s budget. That may be an exercise in subtraction, not addition. “The present list contains much more than can be done next year,” Mayor Darlene Kordonowy said. “The council will have to identify the priorities. If they don’t, then the staff and the administration will have to make the choices.”

Tighter security under way on ferries

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:23PM

While state troopers won’t search vehicles waiting to board ferries, they will randomly ride the boats and patrol terminals as an enhanced security measure. “Their presence is a deterrent,” Washington State Ferries spokesperson Susan Harris said Tuesday. “They choose a day, time and vessel to ride. Today, they are at Colman Dock.”

Znetix swag on auction block

  • Jul 12, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:23PM

It will be sort of like a garage sale at King Tut’s -- 1,363 items, including gold, diamonds, exotic cars, custom furniture and artwork by the likes of Rembrandt and Chihuly. This is not your ordinary auction – not even your Rotary Auction. Rather, it’s the court-ordered disposal of personal property accumulated by the defunct Bainbridge-based Health Maintenance Corporation, Znetix and several company principals.

Rotary Auction sets record, again -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:22PM

Even in a down economy, the Rotary Auction thrives. The June 29 event raised a record $229,800 – up from a previously unprecedented $210,000 in 2001. “I’m very pleased,” said Brent Olson, immediate past president of Bainbridge Rotary. “I’m surprised. With the rain and the new venue and everything, I hadn’t expected such a great gain. “We’re just delighted with it.”

Ken Crawford: from underdog to top dog

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:22PM

Ken Crawford may be superintendent more by chance than by choice. Crawford, whom the Bainbridge School Board promoted when Steve Rowley left the post last month, has followed a career track in special education that doesn’t usually lead to the district’s top office.

Sewer stalls; Ericksen approved -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:22PM

South-end residents vented frustration at the city council Wednesday evening, as a design contract for sewer extensions stalled. “We’ve worked on this for five years,” Pleasant Beach resident Julie Schulte told the council. “Now is not the time to kill it.”

Remembering a boy who lived on purpose

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:22PM

The eight hikers may look like the other backpackers on Olympic Park trails this weekend, but they are distinguished by their purpose. They walk in memory of Hayden Strum, who died of a brain tumor just before his seventh birthday, and to raise money to help other kids with cancer.

Is project too tall, or not tall enough?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:22PM

What comes down may go back up. Case in point: a two-building mixed-use project planned for the north side of High School Road, just east of American Marine Bank. Two weeks after asking developers to sink the project further into the earth to conceal its parking garage, Bainbridge Island Planning Commissioners Thursday asked that more retail space be added to the project – even if that means making it taller again.

Island's strawberry crop in short supply

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:22PM

Bainbridge Island’s Strawberry King and Queen don’t have much of a kingdom this year. The regal pair will be presented to the crowds at today’s Street Fair, but the sweet fruit they symbolize is in short supply. The Bainbridge crop, grown commercially on the four acres of Bainbridge Island Farms co-owned by Karen Selvar and Dick McKinney, has been hit by black root rot fungus.

Discord reigns over south-end sewers

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:22PM

Before the city takes the next step towards south-end sewers, some council members want residents to guarantee at least some of the up-front costs. “The city has shown its good faith, and now it’s time for the neighborhoods to step up,” Norm Wooldridge, public works chair, told south-enders at a Monday committee meeting.

Parking restrictions likely near school

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:22PM

Driving a car to school is part of growing up, school officials say. So the city should allow on-street parking to take the overflow from the Bainbridge High School grounds. “We have to be cognizant of the adolescent experience,” Deputy Superintendent Ken Crawford told a city council panel Wednesday.

Teachers want 'civility policy' for parents

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:22PM

Aggressive and sometimes rude parents are making teaching more difficult, Bainbridge educators say. Adults barging into classrooms, demanding information and berating teachers in front of students are examples of bad behavior that would be outlawed under a draft policy against uncivil parental conduct. “We have standards of behavior for kids and for staff, but not for parents,” said Cheryl Dale, school board president. “We’re saying, there is a proper way of behaving for adults.”

Island valuations spiraling upwards

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:22PM

The bad news for property taxpayers is that Bainbridge Island property-value assessments continue to soar. But there is good news as well. First, on-the-spot physical inspections – which happen only once every six years – didn’t hike local assessments any more than usual. Second, the rest of Kitsap County showed unusually large increases.

Patrol calls off ferry searches -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

Faced with a dearth of new information about terrorist threats to state ferries, the Washington State Patrol has called off its random searches of vehicles waiting to board. In a news release, the WSP said it undertook the searches at the request of the Coast Guard.

Late bills irk permit applicants

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

When the city moved from flat fees to hourly charges for some planning department work, it told permit applicants they would benefit by knowing what the planners were doing. It hasn’t worked out as planned. Bills have arrived late – as much as 18 months late. Errors have been frequent – on recipient says he has been billed for work on projects that are not his. And the bills have been so vague that there is no accountability at all.

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