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Tie-dyed friendshipA candid look at the color and joy of Nigeria.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:43PM

"Jim Taylor bought batik fabric from an upbeat Yoruba woman, Nicky Davis, at Seattle's Folklife festival in 1972.It proved the start of a friendship reflected in a heartwarming photography exhibit opening at Pegasus March 31. The batik is beautiful, but it also has mystical and spiritual meanings I can't begin to grasp, Taylor said of the West African cloth design. I've maintained these close friendships, but I won't ever be able to understand, in entirety, the culture.Taylor purchased batik fabric at the 1972 Folklife; at the next year's event, he and Davis exchanged pleasantries. Over a decade of once-a-year interaction, the acquaintance deepened to friendship. Taylor became Davis' point of contact in Seattle, and in 1996 she invited Taylor to her Nigerian homeland, where she teaches crafts at a school in the town of Osogbo, near Africa's west coast.Taylor spent five weeks in Osogbo. "

"All roads lead to confusionThe island's road grid is in disarray, with signs pointing too many directions."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:43PM

"It sounds like something out of Alice in Wonderland - east is west, south and west are both northeast, and parking lots are principal ways of travel.Welcome to the bizarre geography of Bainbridge Island, where street names may be regulated by law, but the system is so chaotic that not even the postmaster can be sure what's where. Parts of the system really need to be fixed, and parts we can live with, said volunteer firefighter Jim Dow, to whom the city looks as the authoritative source on street names. But there is really an incredible resistance to change.The names themselves are colorful enough - Toe Jam Hill Road, 3T Road and Ma and Pa Lane, to name a few.And there are odd local quirks, such as Fletcher Bay Road. "

"Lights out! (Or at least, lights down)Astronomers want new standards to curb light pollution on the island."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:43PM

"Believing it's better to shield a single candle than to curse the brightness, members of the Battle Point Astronomical Association are campaigning against light pollution.Not that they're advocating getting around by lantern-glow. What they do want is light directed at the area to be illuminated, rather than light that disperses to the neighbors and the heavens.There are an awful lot of dollars spent on an awful lot of power to produce an awful lot of lumens that people neither need nor want, said Mac Gardiner of the BPAA. "

"Dow knows island roadsFire crews can find your house, even if out-of-town guests can't."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:43PM

"It's like being in high school again - the teacher putting you in your place.An effort to map the island has made Bainbridge High School teacher and fire volunteer Jim Dow the official place namer and numberer for Bainbridge.It began as an issue for the fire department because of a large percentage of people who had houses and driveways that were unmarked, Dow said.Two incidents of delayed location a decade ago prompted Dow to act. "

"Nakata, Cleven favored for camp"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:43PM

Nakata Park? Camp Cleven? An iconic island family and a longtime scoutmaster head the list of honorees being considered for a renamed Camp Hopkins.

Honor some real heroes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:43PM

"We're still not sure just what credentials put the Major in Major M.J. Hopkins. Some recall him to be a veteran of the Canadian or British military and the first Great War; others tell us he served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, armed not with a rifle but a slide rule.However he earned his rank, by the time World War II rolled around, the retired Major Hopkins wore ignorance on his lapel right next to his bars, as part of a cabal that tried to keep Bainbridge Island's Japanese-Americans from returning here after wartime internment. "

Barrel of monksA lightheartedcrew of Tibetans will share insights and the artof the mandala.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:42PM

"In a meditation on beauty and the transience of life, Tibetan Buddhist monks will create a complex but temporary artwork at the Bainbridge Public Library. The mandala, an intricately patterned circle of colored sand, will be started March 27, and take four days to complete.We chose this mandala, called Cheneriz, as a manifestation of the Buddha of Compassion, said Venerable Lobsang Wangchuk, among the delegation of monks. The mandala master has made these for 20 years. He is an excellent, a fantastic artist. "

"Liveaboards in, anchors outA new harbor plan calls for the use of buoys by boat dwellers."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:42PM

"The Bainbridge Island Harbor Commission is once again weighing anchor on an effort to bring order to the quasi-chaos that is Eagle Harbor.The groups believes its plan preserves historic uses, including use by the liveaboard community.And this time around, the state may support it, a reversal of its previous opposition to the presence of liveaboards.Our policy now is that if environmental standards can be maintained, it's up to the local community to decide if it wants liveaboards, said Mark Mauren, Shoreline District Manager for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.The city has already decided that issue. The comprehensive plan refers to anchor-out living as an important element of affordable housing and island diversity, and the city has tried to support that community.Even so, the often haphazard location of liveaboards has been a confounding issue in attempts to regulate and manage harbor use.There has not been a well-defined anchorage plan, said Mayor Dwight Sutton. They've set their hooks pretty much where they wished. "

"Census numbers to bring falloutThe effects will be political and financial, officials say."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:42PM

"By the end of the month - possibly even by the end of the week - the Census Bureau will disclose how many of us it counted as of April 1, 2000.The city's population figure, a matter of considerable debate, will trigger a broad range of consequences. "

Fund for French exchange honors Katie Horst

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:42PM

"When Katie Horst died last year, her parents knew what she would have wanted - they have dedicated a fund to help Bainbridge exchange students go to France.Katie said that her trip to France was the happiest time of her life, said Sandra Horst, her mother. As a mom, I was so scared to let my daughter go to Europe without me, but I am so thankful that this made her so happy.Horst died last September at age 19, after suffering head injuries in a car accident. While she was in the hospital, friends set up a fund for her family, to help them through what they believed would be the long haul of her recovery. Those funds now will go to the exchange scholarship, while a flowering dogwood tree will be planted in a quiet ceremony this week at Battle Point Park, on a hill overlooking the pond and soccer fields on which Horst played. "

SAM curator brings love of artA four-talk series will share the wealth of the museum.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:42PM

"In 18th century America, the equivalent of today's family photo album was the formal portrait. In the early 19th century, large-scale landscape paintings brought the Western wilderness to city dwellers with all the impact of big-screen special effects on today's audiences. Painting is the visual history of who we were as Americans, and what we are about now, said Ann Barwick, president of the Seattle Art Museum's Council of American Arts. That's why we can't ignore it. "

"Toward new, rich stories"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:42PM

"In 1942, as many members of a small island community were taken from their homes by order of the federal government, a lone newspaper editor stood up and said, This is wrong. These are our neighbors, and they belong here among us.It's a story that grows richer with each telling, and contributes more than any other to Bainbridge Island's sense of place. And we suspect the life of Walt Woodward - whose passing we will mourn at memorial services this weekend - is the sort of tale that Scott Russell Sanders would applaud. "

Investors still bullish on Bainbridge

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:42PM

"Can island philanthropy thrive in a down market?If you're bullish on Bainbridge, there's plenty of opportunity to beef up your portfolio as various local fund drives run through the spring.We were reminded as much after morning coffee this week with the Marge Williams Center board.Regular readers of this space know we've backed this project from the start, to create a permanent home on Winslow Way for five island non-profit agencies and a nexus for local social services, and have been offering regular updates on its progress. "

"At last, Nelson land a park"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:42PM

"While officials consider an impact fee to fund new recreation areas, the park district's newest holding comes cheap.A dollar a year for 99 years.That's the lease price approved by the city council Wednesday, transferring control of John Nelson Park to the Bainbridge Island Park District.There is potential here, whether it be for picnicking, play or (nature) interpretation, park district director David Lewis said Friday, touring the five-acre parcel. I guess we're pretty wide open.The property, just north of the Bentryn winery off Highway 305, was bequeathed to the city of Winslow by the Nelson family some five decades ago. While the family's intent was to see it used as a park, it became a public works yard and materials storage area instead. "

Park impact fee taking shapeThe park district hopes to tap new construction for land acquisition.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:42PM

"Saying that new parkland is needed to accommodate new residents, the Bainbridge Island Park District wants to impose an impact fee on new construction.The plan is to levy a fee of roughly $1,200 to $1,500 on a typical new home. Larger homes would pay more than the norm, and smaller homes and apartments would pay less. "

"Apartments planned on High School Rd.Fifty units would be bundled with office space, west of the Texaco station."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:42PM

"A Bellevue developer hopes to break ground this summer on the first apartment complex on Bainbridge Island more than a decade.The mixed-use project, known so far only as the High School Road Mixed Use Project, calls for 50 apartments and almost 30,000 square feet of commercial and retail space. The planned project is on the north side of High School Road between the Texaco station and the American Marine Bank. "

Roundabout gets the green lightModifications were added to assuage concerns.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:42PM

"A roundabout was approved by the city council Wednesday, settling the future of one of Winslow's busiest intersections.By a 6-1 vote, the council OK'd construction of a 105-foot diameter, single-lane circle at High School Road and Madison Avenue, rather than a traffic light that had been proposed earlier. "

Apart from the pack'The Ice Wolf' uses native mythology to explore rejection.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:41PM

"The Bainbridge Performing Arts theater class play The Ice Wolf does not shrink from difficult material.Set in an East Hudson Bay eskimo community, the play follows the sad progress of young Anatou, whose blond hair and blue-eyes set her apart from her fellows. I liked this script because it was not candy-coated, says Steven Fogell, Bainbridge Performing Arts' education director and co-director of the production with Joanne Keegan.The high school kids want to take on the challenging material, Fogell says. If they've stuck with theater for seven years, they're passionate about it, and they need to be rewarded.Realism shades into myth as Anatou (played by Jenny Black), ostracized for being different, appeals to the Wood God (played by Anthony Harvey). Her form is altered, her memory erased, in the magical transformation from eskimo to wolf. Results are the same, though, as the pack turns on the wolf unlike other wolves. "

Give the roundabout a good spin

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:41PM

"Now entering the roundabout of public opinion are four vehicles, one coming from each direction:Driver 1: The World Traveler - Has seen and/or driven roundabouts in Europe and elsewhere; thinks they're swell once people understand them. Comment: If the French can live with roundabouts, so can you clowns in your SUVs...Hey! Nice Citro├źn! (A variant of this group vehemently disagrees, believing that nothing the French might do could possibly be worth copying; also avoids films with subtitles.) "

Young musicians fill orchestra's ranksSt. Patrick's Day brings a family concert to the Playhouse.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:41PM

"Audiences at the Bainbridge Orchestra concerts March 17-18 may not recognize the musical ensemble.The orchestra has 12 new members, all under the age of 18. We now have unprecedented numbers of young musicians playing, Jim Quitslund, coordinator of Bainbridge Performing Arts Classical Music Program said. This is a wonderful trend.Now, the orchestra's age range is from junior high to the late 80s, director Kathleen Macferran said. "

Settling down among restless AmericansEssayist Scott Sanders hopes we all find our own sense of place.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:41PM

"Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home.Americans may pay the sentiment lip service, but Scott Russell Sanders believes that the Stephen Foster lyrics do not resonate as they might with the people he calls this nation of restless movers.Novelist/essayist Sanders, whose down-to-earth demeanor belies a distinguished resume, stresses the importance of staying put when he lectures on The Character of Community March 16 at the Playhouse. "

Journalist Walt Woodward dies at age 91Two memorial services are slated for March 24.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:41PM

"Walter C. Walt Woodward, Jr., age 91, award-winning journalist who with his late wife Mildred edited and published the Bainbridge Review during the years before and after World War II, died March 13 on Bainbridge Island. Two memorial services are set for March 24, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and at Woodward Middle School. Times for those services have not been set; information will appear in the Saturday Review. "

Wetlands regs revisitedThe council hopes to restrict development in sensitive areas.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:41PM

"The city council will take another shot at curtailing development near island wetlands, after a recent ordinance was declared void.One of three boards that administers the state's Growth Management Act struck down the wetlands ordinance in February, citing the city's failure to provide proper notice of the change. "

"Readin', writin' and RotariansThe club hopes to help children'slanguage skills."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:41PM

Toddlers who are read to in the right way develop significantly better language skills at an earlier age than other tots.A Bainbridge Island psychologist is teaming with the Rotary Club to spread the word as wide as possible.

Journalist Walt Woodward dies at age 91

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:41PM

"Walter C. Walt Woodward, Jr., age 91, award-winning journalist who with his late wife Mildred edited and published the Bainbridge Review during the years before and after World War II, died March 13 on Bainbridge Island.Two memorial services are set for March 24, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and at Woodward Middle School. Times for those services have not been set; information will appear in the Saturday Review. "

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