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Little white church of science

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:00PM

Christian Science follows the lead of Mary Baker Eddy.
What is striking about the island’s First Church of Christ Scientist is the simplicity of the place. No statuary or steeple marks the outside of the unpretentious one-story building on the southwest corner of High School Road and Madison Avenue. Inside, the impression of austerity is heightened by the absence of religious symbols; above the central podium, where one might expect a cross, are three words in plain gold script: God is Love.

Museum move begins Sunday -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:00PM

Museum move begins Sunday
If you’re up at daylight this Sunday, you may be able to catch the annex of the Bainbridge Historical Museum moving down High School Road to its new home on Ericksen Avenue. “We’ve been planning this move for months,” said Jack Swanson, acting director of the historical society. “There have been a lot of delays, so it’s a relief that it’s finally happening. We’re tickled to death.”

Party honors local ‘poet of place’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:00PM

Fans celebrate the life of the late poet laureate William Stafford. Northwest poet William Stafford might put to rest the shopworn Romantic notion that artists must suffer to produce great works and, better yet, suffer alone. Far from an icy iconoclast, Stafford mentored thousands of poets during 45 years teaching at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore. Happily married for five decades, Stafford raised four children while penning poems that filled 67 volumes.

Pritchard Park gets $2m boost from feds

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:00PM

Appropriation brings fund-raising effort to 40 percent of $12m target.
The vision: a vast park with sweeping views of the Olympics and Cascades, where visitors can wander woodland trails and sandy shores – and a walk path where World War history was made. Bainbridge took a step closer to realizing that vision this week as the U.S. Senate approved $2 million for the acquisition of a 50-acre strip of land on the south side of Eagle Harbor – the proposed site of a waterfront park and a memorial to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Islander buys the FAO bear -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:00PM

Doug Hartley and 12-year old daughter Amelia have been giggling uncontrollably since Monday afternoon. But then, it’s not every day you get to bring home the FAO Schwarz bear. Via online auction site eBay, the Hartleys made the winning bid of $11,800, plus tax, for the enormous bronze teddy bear that sits outside the FAO Schwarz toy store on Sixth Avenue and Pike Street in downtown Seattle.

Peterson named principal at BHS

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:00PM

The school board taps the longtime educator, calls him ‘a perfect fit.’
Brent Peterson will stay for the long haul. Peterson, who has served as Bainbridge High School’s interim principal since Dave Ellick retired from the post last June, was selected for the permanent slot by the school board, following an executive session last week.

Transit cutting midday service

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:00PM

The ‘100 series’ routes failed to generate sufficient hourly ridership.
James D. Estes has been a faithful rider of the No. 104 bus twice a day since he moved to Fort Ward just over a year ago. The midday bus lets him meet friends for breakfast in Winslow at around 8 a.m. and then takes him home.

Fast times on Grow Avenue

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:00PM

Neighbors and a new advisory group will look at speeds, parking problems. When Grow Avenue resident Barry Griffin was nearly run down on the shoulder by a speeding motorist, he did what any musician might do: wrote a song about the experience. “It’s called ‘Fast Drivin’ Bainbridge Wives,’” Griffin said, “but it’s about men and women. It’s a good song.”

Job prospects were Rosie during WWII

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:00PM

Nail speaks on the women who stepped in when the men shipped out.
The slogan was “Do The Job He Left Behind.” The archetypal image was “Rosie the Riveter,” a brawny young woman flexing biceps developed working for the war effort. Both were cornerstones of a massive marketing campaign at the outset of World War II encouraging women to fill industrial jobs needed for the war effort – an astounding change from the prior decade, says author Kristin Campbell Nail.

Rolfes re-ups as council chair -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:00PM

Christine Rolfes was tapped by her colleagues Wednesday to serve a second year as chair of the Bainbridge Island City Council. Rolfes, who was elected unopposed to a second council term in November, was nominated by Councilman Bill Knobloch, who praised her as having the “trust, confidence and professional integrity” to lead the group.

BPA Playhouse plans to expand

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:00PM

A pre-fab rehearsal space will be added to the back of the building.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts, the shows – plural – must go on. The theater company plans to put a 3,000-square-foot addition on the Playhouse’s east side, facing Ericksen Avenue, an annex that will increase the number of productions BPA can produce and host.

Gospel choir returns for MLK celebration

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:00PM

Pat Wright and company celebrate their 30th year with a workshop, concert.
“Did I ever tell you you’re my hero?” DesShanes Brooks sings to the fifth and sixth-graders cross-legged on the floor of the Sakai Intermediate School gym. “You’re everything I would like to be.” The 12-year-old vocalist – and the other young performers from Seattle’s Total Experience Gospel Choir who took the school stage Thursday – brought a tuneful message of love and hope that had the audience of nearly 600 clapping in time.

Park may get makeover

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:00PM

Restrooms are among the needs at Winslow’s Waterfront Park.
In a wedge of time before she goes to work at the nearby pub, Carol Hough sits knitting a scarf at a picnic bench by the dock in Waterfront Park. “I used to come here a lot as a kid,” Hough said. “It’s warm in the sun and I enjoy the stillness. It’s incredibly peaceful. “The best thing about Bainbridge is these little cubbies.”

Nethercutt challenges 'Cascade curtain'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:00PM

The Spokane congressman aims to oust Sen. Murray.
In a presidential election year that will see campaign promises flying fast and furious, there’s one pledge island voters can count on: they’ll be seeing a lot more of George Nethercutt. Rep. Nethercutt (R-5th District) told a group of more than 100 Republican loyalists this week he’s confident he will beat two-term U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat, this fall in an East-West showdown.

Council joins downtown effort

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:00PM

t Move ahead, several urge.
City council members Monday pledged their support for a planning process that could bring parking garages and roundabouts to downtown Winslow. “It’s a marriage without a divorce,” Councilman Bill Knobloch said of the Bainbridge community’s relationship with local businesses.

A winning smile

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:59PM

Dentist awards free makeover.
Unlike most people visiting the dentist, Dianna Tolan was moved to tears of joy. As winner of an “extreme cosmetic dental makeover” contest held by Dr. Omer Anisso of Islandental, she looks forward to finally being able to smile with confidence.

Fire board sets May ‘lid lift’ try

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:59PM

The district seeks a 20 percent hike to fund trucks, operations.
You don’t see firefighters hanging off the back of speeding fire engines anymore – that unsafe practice was outlawed by the state years ago. Yet some of the Bainbridge Island Fire Department’s engines – “apparatus,” in fire parlance – are old enough to have a rear platform as the sole accommodation for personnel. When the fire bell sounds, engines and their crews roll separately.

Giving families a leg up

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:59PM

The ‘Great Society’ lives on in Head Start.
Henrietta the dinosaur wields an outsize toothbrush to the beat of a rap ditty: “First I brush my outside bottom/They’re my teeth and I’m glad I’ve got ‘em.” Head Start teacher Sue Dunagan opens the mouth of her hand puppet to brush its prominent molars, and her 15 preschool students, each with his or her own toothbrush, mimic her motions.

Visit turns teachers into students

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:59PM

Bainbridge hosts trio of educators from Ometepe.
For a trio of Nicaraguan teachers, the whole of Bainbridge is a school for the next six weeks. Lucybeth Morgan Cruz, Darlin Mairena and Yissell Potoy are visiting here for six weeks to improve English skills to better teach their students, in a trip sponsored by the Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Island Association.

Mirrored in another mind’s eye

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:59PM

Puget Sound Portrait Guild debuts at Bistro Pleasant Beach.
Eighteen local artists put a good face on things for the debut show of the Puget Sound Portrait Guild. Founded on Bainbridge but welcoming any Puget Sound portraitist, the guild was formed this fall to present and support the wealth of Northwest portraiture.

Park levy will have whirlwind campaign

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:59PM

Ballots go out next Wednesday for the Feb. 3 all-mail election.
Bigfoot was sighted this week at Battle Point Park. The sudden appearance of the park district’s lumbering, furry mascot means another levy election is close at hand.

Masters of ceremonies

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:59PM

Local professionals hone the art of public speaking through Toastmasters.
Quick: Stand up and talk about your favorite holiday food for one minute. Many would react with sweaty palms and a sudden dry throat, but not Toastmaster David Leveille.

Two hurt in bizarre crash

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:59PM

Traffic investigators say they are confused by a one-car, low-speed accident in downtown Winslow that left two passengers critically injured Thursday. Police and fire units were dispatched at about 6 p.m. Jan. 1 to lower Madison Avenue near Parfitt Way, where a 1978 Volvo 245 station wagon reportedly left the road and ran head-on into a tree.

Under a white blanket

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:59PM

A winter storm brings Bainbridge Island to a very peaceful halt.
Islanders snuggled up under a white winter blanket Tuesday morning. With a widely predicted storm covering Bainbridge with at least 5 inches of snow, islanders largely chose to stay at home. Public schools were cancelled, leaving students who had only returned from vacation to class a day earlier free to frolic beneath the heavy flakes that continued to fall in mid-afternoon.

Welcome Home

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:59PM

Housing advocates fete the opening of Janet West Home on Knechtel Way.
It’ll be “home on the range,” as soon as the ranges arrive at the home. The nine energy-saving stoves in transit to Janet West Home will be the finishing touch to the nine new low-income rental units on Knechtel Way.

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