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"Spend locally, and we all will benefit"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"The news that Winslow Hardware owners Mary Hall and Ken Schuricht are expanding by opening a paint store on Hildebrand Lane is welcome indeed, even to those folks who don't patronize their establishment.While it may not be immediately obvious, Mary and Ken's success puts a few more pennies in all of our pockets. Money spent at their establishment generates sales-tax revenue. Some of that -- 85 hundredths of 1 percent -- goes to the city. And every dollar the city realizes in sales-tax revenue is a dollar that does not have to be raised from property taxes. "

Mason: tomorrow's leader todayOpportunities abound at Girls State.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"On the inside cover of her program from the Evergreen Girls State seminar in government Brittain Mason penciled: Evergreen State is: Don't know what you're doing, and then you go do it. The scrawl may capture the essence of the EGS, a program that teaches young women about government in a hands-on seminar.Now I know more about issues like I-695 and energy, Mason said. I learned that it would be a fun job being a senator, but it would be hard to listen to everyone's opinion and it's a very long process getting things done. "

"A time for laughs, tearsA full stadium honors the hard work of the BHS Class of 2001."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"Inflatable beach balls burst from the crowd at intervals, punched into the sky to float down and bounce around on outstretched hands.Individuals, one and all, Dave Ellick deadpanned, as students enjoyed one last breach of discipline at the principal's expense during his commencement address Saturday. "

"Kordonowy makes it official, joins raceThe planning commissioner cites volunteer work in her bid for mayor."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"Saying she wants to put 10 years of volunteer experience to work leading the city, Darlene Kordonowy has declared herself a candidate for mayor of Bainbridge Island.The challenge in the years ahead, she says, is to preserve the island's essence in the face of change.People are going to come to Bainbridge Island, she said. We can't prevent them from doing that, and we shouldn't do it if we could. So how do we continue to be the community that we love amid that growth? "

Sign code may get makeoverMany downtown business shingles are said to be out of compliance.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"Artist Kuy Hepburn was preparing for his Mother's Day sale of glass flowers at his Sands Avenue studio and residence when a visitor appeared.It was not a customer, as Hepburn had hoped. Rather, it was Bainbridge Island code enforcement officer Will Peddy, telling him the signs promoting his sale were illegal.I work out of my home, and have to have signs somewhere else to attract buyers, Hepburn said. I thought that if they weren't in the right-of-way, I would be okay.Not so, said Peddy, pointing to a code provision barring off-premises signs. "

"Time to look back, recall intent of code"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"Your sign may or may not be illegal. You may or may not hear about it from the city. The sign code itself may or may not come up for discussion and amendment before the planning commission or the city council.No one seems ready to make the first move, as city officials look to bring rogue signs into compliance around town, particularly on Winslow Way. Not that such signage is thought to be, in most instances, particularly egregious - no flashing neon or backlit displays designed to hook the unwary eye - with violations said to be picayune, some measured in mere inches above sidewalk grade. "

Habitat for Humanity takes root on island

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"Primed with $75,000 from the city's Housing Trust Fund, Habitat for Humanity wants to build homes for three lower-income families on Bainbridge Island next year.Affordable land is an obstacle. Community support is not.The minute it got out that we might build on Bainbridge Island the excitement reached a whole new level, said Pat Nordmark, treasurer of the Kitsap County Habitat organization.Habitat builds what Nordmark calls simple, decent housing using volunteer laborers, who work with the prospective homeowner. The homeowner is then given a no-interest mortgage, and the house payments are recycled into new housing projects. "

Flaggers ahead...but when?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"If school is getting out and the weather is warming, can the island's road-construction season be far behind?Unfortunately, yes. Work on the much-discussed roundabout at the busy intersection of Madison Avenue and High School Road was supposed to begin right after classes at Bainbridge High School and Ordway Elementary concluded for the year.That won't happen. "

American Marine Bank plans expansion

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"Seeking to re-establish a commanding presence on Winslow Way and make internal operations more efficient, American Marine Bank is planning a major expansion and facelift of its Bainbridge Island headquarters building.The main customer entrance, now a half-story below Winslow Way, will be at street level in the new building, as will the teller lines.The single-story facade along Winslow will be replaced with a two-story building, topped with three peaked roofs. "

"Affirming the ties of two peoplesNow in its sixth year, an Indian Education Program is thriving."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"A new mural by Squamish artist Dale Harry, unveiled at the Title IX Indian education program celebration Saturday, depicts traditions shared by Bainbridge's native population and their first nation cousins of Canada.Those traditions are in turn strengthened by the Bainbridge Schools District's Indian Education program.The coast Salish mural, a triptych of three painted panels, each 4-feet square, was commissioned for the walls of Commodore Center with funds from the district's multicultural education budget.All the Commodore programs made the commitment to a piece of art that would welcome every student, said Catherine Camp, district alternative program coordinator, and we seized the opportunity to have an artist-in-residence come. "

"High-speed access a self-help projectDon't wait for Qwest, speakers say at Monday's island economic summit."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"First-rate telecommunications access will be as crucial for economic development in the 21st century as rail and air service were in the 20th century. And to guarantee that access, non-metropolitan communities should take matters into their own hands, rather than waiting for telephone companies to get around to serving them. "

"Filter the 'Net or else, schools, library toldNew federal mandates mean 'offensive' sites must be blocked."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"Bainbridge schools and the public library must block out access to Internet sites deemed harmful to children, or lose funding.A federal law that took effect last month, the Children's Internet Protection Act, ties the discounted telecommunications rates schools and libraries receive to compliance. "

What's wrong with the planning commission?Some members say their work is simply ignored by the city council.

  • Jun 6, 2001 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 3:51PM

"Editor's note: This is the second of two stories examining the role of the Bainbridge Island Planning Commission.With a heavy workload, long meetings and no pay, service on the Bainbridge Island Planning Commission has always been a thankless job. "

"Llewellyn (Chris, not Jim) bids for mayorThe lifelong islander backs new parks and trails."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:50PM

"Saying she wants to continue and extend Dwight Sutton's work as a conciliator and mediator, Chris Llewellyn this week announced her candidacy for mayor.Presently chair of the Bainbridge Island park board, Llewellyn becomes the first declared candidate to succeed Sutton, who is not seeking re-election. "

Islanders pushed transit tax to successThe sales tax hike earned 77 percent support among Bainbridge voters.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:50PM

"Overwhelming support on Bainbridge Island provided the margin of victory for the Kitsap Transit tax levy, according to final results from the County Auditor's office.Islanders voted 5,956 to 1,770 - a 77.1 percent margin - to approve the additional three-tenths of 1 percent in sales taxes in the mail-only election in May. "

Youth services get a boostAgencies unite under the new Community Connections.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:50PM

"If island families find it easier this year to find youth services, they may have the new Community Connections for Youth to thank.The program, run by island's Health Housing and Human Services Council, brings together eight non-profits with differing goals but at least two similarities - they serve Bainbridge youth, and they're willing to work together to improve delivery. "

Perception can curb demand

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:50PM

"As the political season gets under way, we can anticipate hearing a lot more about growth.The first announced Bainbridge mayoral candidate, Chris Llewellyn, refers to island growth as a problem. If the survey recently completed on behalf of the Trust for Public Lands is any indication, a majority of islanders share her sentiments. "

Energy in light

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:50PM

"Looking at Painter Mark Norrander's current show at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, one might conclude that each small stroke contributes to make his work a masterstroke.The egg tempera paintings on masonite, which range from 18 to 30 inches square have up to 20 layers of tiny cross-hatched brush strokes. Working from dark to light, Norrander builds a surface that has little texture but remarkable depth and dynamism. "

Play area also a galleryThe KidsUp! playground drew contributions from 18 local artists.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:50PM

"It's easy to imagine the KidsUp! playpark as a small wooden island in Puget Sound, rather than a play structure anchored in a sea of pebbles.Fish and water images abound. In the art works that are an integral part of the Battle Point Park structure, salmon leap into the air, climb a glimmering metal waterfall, dive under the surface of the pond at Rockaway Beach, shimmy across a glass pool.The art lets you know this is a playpark in the Pacific Northwest, said Babette Gazarian-Cherne, the project's art coordinator.Without the art works, the feeling of the playpark would be a lot more impersonal. "

"Twentysomethings in short supply on island, census saysChanging demographics may be driven by the paucity of rentals."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:50PM

"Young adults - ages 20-34 - are in short supply on Bainbridge Island. And the youngest of that group - those 20 to 24 - might qualify for endangered-species status.The reason, it appears, is not entirely economic. Rather, it's the absence of habitat. Young adults, it seems, go where rental housing is plentiful, and avoid places like Bainbridge where it is not.That information emerges from new demographic data recently released by the Census Bureau, giving more detail about the 20,308 residents of Bainbridge counted in the 2000 census. "

Island assessments climb 10 percentHigh sales prices drive property valuations up.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:50PM

"Most island home and business owners by now have probably received postcards notifying them of changes to the assessed value of their properties.And as usual, Bainbridge property owners will see an increase in their valuations averaging roughly 10 percent. County Assessor Jim Avery and his staff mailed off the notices on May 25, before the Memorial Day Weekend break, as part of the department's ongoing reassessment efforts. "

"How soon, high-speed?The June 4 economic summit will address telecom needs."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:50PM

"The movement of information can replace the need to move people.That's the premise to be explored at the daylong Bainbridge Economic Vitality Conference, themed Ferry Boats Are Not The Answer: What About Telecommunications Infrastructure? "

"Success came with vision, work"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:50PM

"Public participation takes many forms.Countless islanders get involved as the parents of youngsters, helping out in our schools or coaching athletic programs. Others volunteer with the elderly or infirm, pick up garbage at roadsides, run for office or just work behind the scenes to change the community for the better. We thank them.Others find their calling in sitting back and complaining about traffic revisions - but this isn't about them.Instead, it's about those who make the occasional exemplary effort, and we paid homage to some of them - and their success - this past weekend and here again today. "

"Vancil in, Eremic considers council bidCouncilman Merrill Robison won't bid for the office of mayor. "

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:50PM

"Bainbridge Planning Commissioner Deborah Vancil has decided to run for the north-end City Council seat that Liz Murray is vacating. And north-end businessman John Eremic, who ran a write-in campaign against Norm Wooldridge two years ago, says he's strongly considering running for the same seat.Still another suspected council vacancy was confirmed last week when central ward councilman Merrill Robison said he will not seek a second term.I'm getting too old for this, said Robison, who also said he had no interest in running for mayor to succeed Dwight Sutton. "

"Cleaners open, blames dispute"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:50PM

"Commuter Cleaners is open and will continue in business, according to owners David and Jamie Nelson.The Nelsons blame last week's temporary closure on Four Seasons Cleaners of Seattle, with whom they are engaged in a business dispute.Commuter Cleaners accepted clothes for cleaning, but the actual cleaning was done by Four Seasons.According to Jamie Nelson, they were dissatisfied with Four Seasons' work, and she notified Four Seasons owner Dick Pakko last week that she intended to terminate the relationship. "

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