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WSDOT appoints new head of ferries

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:08PM

The new director of the Washington State Ferries knows management principles and the maritime business, but also understands the political process, according to a Bainbridge Island member of the search committee.

VIP’s vision stresses support

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:08PM

Mary Lewis first noticed something wrong with her vision in 1989, when straight lines turned wavy. The visual anomaly turned out to be an early symptom of the most common eye disease affecting seniors – macular degeneration, a condition that attacks the retina’s center, making direct vision blurry while leaving some peripheral vision intact. When she received her diagnosis, Lewis was a 52-year-old archeology, history and classics professor at New Jersey’s Kean University.

There’s no place like a home

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:08PM

The two building lots on a Fort Ward hillside are impressive enough in their own right, covered with tall firs and madrona trees, offering sunny western exposures and filtered views of Port Orchard and the Olympics. For two Bainbridge Island single mothers, though, they are more than just prime real estate. They are spots where the women and their children can put down roots, and enjoy a sense of permanence that most of us take for granted.

Old ferries’ tales

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:07PM

It was the curiosity of ferry passengers that prompted Thomas Kilday Janus and Carolyn Neal to write about the big boats. When Janus worked at Waterfront Books near the Bremerton terminal, he fielded questions from a steady stream of ferry passengers looking for books about the transport.

Wyckoff property won’t be sold – yet

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:07PM

The new trustee of the Wyckoff cleanup site has agreed not to sell any of the land for at least a year, to give local and federal officials time to work on public acquisition.

No time to catch her breath

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:07PM

After a tough campaign to be elected mayor of Bainbridge Island, Darlene Kordonowy thought she would take a little time off to catch her breath. But once she was elected, she realized that she needed to spend all the time she had learning how to do the job.

An Island's Year in the Review: Part 2

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:07PM

The island’s Little League all-stars provided a summer highlight by going all the way to the Little League World Series in Pennsylvania, where they won one nationally televised game before bowing out. That triumph was marred by episodes of racist graffiti and vandalism at the Jewish section of the Port Blakely Cemetery, which prompted a community-wide anti-hate rally.

Tales of ‘old Bainbridge’ for the telling

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:07PM

Bainbridge’s general store, where men gathered near the pot-bellied stove, may have disappeared, but old guys still find places to pass the time. These days, they sit at the Rolling Bay Jiffy Mart, at Walt’s in Lynwood Center, or around Eddie Rollins’ desk at American Marine Bank on Winslow Way. Perhaps the most visible group can be found at the Town and Country coffee shop. “We hang out together because it’s a holdover from the days when we hunted in packs,” old-time islander Don Beemer says. “Women don’t pack up like men do. It goes back to when men hunted the mastodon.”

After eight years, it’s out to pasture

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:07PM

Before becoming mayor, Dwight Sutton knew that local government moves slowly. What he has learned during his four years at the city’s helm is that moving slowly generally leads to better decisions. “Every issue has more sides than are apparent,” he said. “The fact that the process takes time ensures that the outcome is more likely to be workable.”

An island's Year in the Review

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:07PM

Like the first act of a play, the first half of 2001 laid groundwork for what did, or may, come later.

BINGO!

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:07PM

Darlene Akers has one eye on the small sheet of paper in front of her, and one on the man calling out numbers. She holds a squeeze-bottle of fluorescent green ink tipped with a round sponge, moving up and down the columns of numbers on the sheet before her with the practiced ease of a pro.

Words of wisdom, then out the door

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:06PM

Bainbridge Island’s three departing city council members believe their terms ended on a note of triumph – and its name was “roundabout.” Jim Llewellyn, Liz Murray and Merrill Robison all supported the concept of traffic circle at the busy intersection of High School Road and Madison Avenue.

Angelic organ heard on high

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:06PM

Instead of shopping for Christmas gifts on her lunch hour, Rita Rowe walks from work down the street to Eagle Harbor Congregational Church. In the sanctuary, she lifts the instrument’s roll-top lid, pushes down two stops, inserts a computer card that cues a “Flemish bell” sound – and rolls the opening chords of “Joy to the World” in arpeggio.

Bigger fish gobbles up AT&T

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:06PM

Some rumors are true. Speculation that the island’s new cable television provider was itself about to be purchased by a rival outfit came true Wednesday, with the announced merger of AT&T Broadband and Pennsylvania-based Comcast.

PUD buying North Bainbridge Water

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:06PM

What began as a neighborhood water tank grew to become one of the island’s largest utility systems, and perhaps its longest-running family business. The legacy now draws to a close, as North Bainbridge Water Company officials this week announced sale of the system to the Poulsbo-based Kitsap Public Utility District.

Santa brings island a brand new pool

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:06PM

The long wait is over. After four failed levies dating back to 1993 and a successful fifth in 1999, the new, $5.5 million Don Nakata Memorial Pool made its “informal” debut Wednesday.

Rain can’t dim Festival of Lights

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:06PM

As each candle of the menorah is lit, the glow illuminating the faces of family and friends grows brighter. The Jewish Hanukkah ritual of lighting candles has been duplicated every year for millenia. Despite the weekend’s deluge, this glow was especially bright on Saturday, the seventh day of Hanukkah in the Jewish year 5,761.

Sewer plan moves forward

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:06PM

The Bainbridge Island City Council signed off last week on the south-end sewer plan. And while that was a necessary step towards bringing sewer service for four south-end neighborhoods, it didn’t ensure that the sewers will actually be installed.

Schools tepid on more Net filtering

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:06PM

Student access to Internet sites with “militant/extremist” content should be prevented, the Bainbridge School Board decided last week. But access to sites that deal with drugs and cults are still okay, after the board voted to “filter” just one of eight categories recommended by a parental advisory group.

‘Walking in their footsteps’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:05PM

The exclusion of Bainbridge Island’s Japanese-American citizens during World War II was one of the community’s greatest tragedies. The return of so many of those people, and their resuming their place on the island, was one of the community’s greatest triumphs.

Composer strikes right note with kids

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:05PM

Bill Covert’s students don’t hum just any old tune. The Wilkes fourth graders are creating their own song for a world premier. “Making up music is fun. I like it,” student Grace Campbell says. “I hope I get to hear them sing our song – but it’s up to my parents.”

A Diamond lot in the rough off 305?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:05PM

Owners of most of the private parking next to the Winslow ferry terminal want to expand their operation on the southwest side of Highway 305. And to prompt the required zoning change, they are offering “environmental benefits” – removing the land from the development rolls and possibly turning the ravine into a park, with access trails stretching from the waterfront to John Nelson Park by the winery.

Decking the halls an island tradition

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:05PM

Gordon and Christine Wilson are more deeply rooted in island soil than the 50-year-old holly trees they harvest and sell at Christmas. Wilson’s maternal grandfather, Abraham Thompson, bought the 10 acres that are the Island Holly Farm in the mid-1890s, and the original farmhouse still stands.

Fear in the Fairy Dell

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:05PM

In tough times, even sprites, brownies, pixies and nymphs may find themselves displaced. Indeed, three wooded parcels along the mythically named Fairy Dell Trail – properties generally assumed to be part of the north-end park, but in fact under private ownership for decades – are for sale as the late owner’s estate is settled.

Unitarians walk together toward faith

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:05PM

For Unitarian Universalists, the spiritual journey is more important than the destination. They call themselves a fellowship, a community of inquirers who reject the dogmas and creeds of other denominations. “We believe in people thinking for themselves, connecting with their own belief system,” said Rick Koyle, consulting minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap.

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