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Patronage without payment

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:57PM

"Impoverished artists are nothing new.It's penniless patrons who are taking to the streets these days - with more places than ever to go.Art can be for everyone, says Meri-Michael Collins, coordinator of this weekend's Arts Walk. It's fun, informal and of course, it's free. The quarterly event, which takes place 12-4:30 p.m. Sunday, features art in 30 venues, twice as many as events last year. Highlights will include poetry in the Pavilion, gallery and artist receptions, and musical performances throughout WInslow, all at no charge. More restaurants than in past years are also getting involved, by offering tastings and culinary demonstrations. Collins is excited by the event's increasing popularity. Participating businesses and establishments have spread from Winslow Way up past city hall to the library, and Collins said she anticipates a mixed crown turn-out. Like Spring, the Arts Walk just keeps growing, she says.'Surround yourself with art is the Arts Walk motto. Restaurant-owner Laura Ramadan takes the maxim literally. This could be a gallery, she says, gesturing around the four walls of Bistro Pleasant Beach on Winslow Way, participating for the first time in the Arts Walk. The paintings on the wall are by Bainbridge artists whose colorful and lively work complements the Mediterranean ambience her establishment, and she warms particularly to two depictions of European city scenes."

Time to reopen the sacred text

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:57PM

"The Bainbridge Island Comprehensive Plan, a colleague recently mused, is much like the Old Testament of the Bible. You can, he suggested, use it to justify any opinion you like.Indeed, just as the biblical deity can be portrayed as vengeful or forgiving, capricious or stoic, so it seems does our comp-plan offer conflicting guideposts for island living."

A new haven for XX art

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:57PM

"Whether men write with phallic pens or women conceive of fetal art remains a matter for academic debate.But gallery owner Beverly Thetford is nurturing women artists with maternal care - and you needn't be a feminist theorist to appreciate the results.I'm just one of the lucky ones, says paper artist Wade Garretson, among many who blossomed because of Thetford's eye for talent and heart for praise. Standing in Pastiche Antiques on Winslow Way, her haven for artists of more than one X chromosome, Thetford is at ease describing the subtle intricacies of the works she displays. So many of my girls just don't realize their talent, she says.Six years ago, Thetford began to promote the work of female friends who were apprehensive about their artistic gifts.Charging no commission and fuelled by her mother's love of museums, she began displaying friends' work in her antiques store. Within three weeks she had a year's worth of exhibitions planned. She has found that many of her artists went on to exhibit in galleries or to work on larger projects."

Sakai Lakes takes root

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:57PM

"With one large-scale apartment project facing significant delays, another nearby is winding its way through the city approval process. And like the Village Square that's now on hold, the Village at Sakai Lakes project is raising general concerns about more traffic on already-busy streets.The 140-unit apartment project is planned for the 18.47-acre Sakai tract across Madison Avenue from Ordway Elementary School. The developer is island native and local real estate agent Doug Nelson, whose 27-home Woodland Village subdivision received preliminary city council approval last week after three years of review and appeals."

Islander bids to unseat Sheldon

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:57PM

"Vowing to streamline government regulations, fully fund the ferry system and cap property taxes, Republican Dan Murphy has launched a campaign for the state senate.Murphy, a Bainbridge Island attorney, has launched a campaign to unseat Democrat Betti Sheldon, 23rd District incumbent."

Student sculpture stacks up

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:57PM

"Art is where the heart is, if the work of some talented students is anything to go by. Aspiring sculptors at Bainbridge High School are doing it for the joy - and have volunteered to give their work to the school. I had no concept - I just designed what looked cool, said artist and designer Jon Kellog.BHS art teacher Sissel Feroy said she is excited because art has never before been donated to the school. An 8-1/2-foot-tall sculpture now being created is subject to interpretation, but is sure to make an impression on any viewer."

Green: state ferry system is terminal

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:57PM

"Last week's announcement that Bainbridge ferry service won't be cut this summer doesn't mean that the funding problems caused by Initiative 695 are over. To the contrary, the Legislature's fix was more akin to a terminally ill patient's being hooked to life-support systems - life may be prolonged, but the underlying ailment is untreated and will prove fatal.That grim assessment came from Paul Green, chief executive officer of Washington State Ferries, who spoke Monday at the Bainbridge Island Economic Vitality Conference."

On the road to a clean planet

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:57PM

"With its radical stylings, the Honda Insight looks like a car Jack Kerouac might love. But a local Buddhist - who, it seems, is on the road even more frequently than the late dharma bum himself - says her car's attraction drives deeper than the beatnik allure of, say, Dean Moriarty's Cadillac.It has to do with not hurting plants and people and the earth, said the Rev. Anne Heller, making the Insight a rolling reflection of the Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path.The Insight definitely fits that bill, the national Sierra Club organization decided, when the it gave the fuel-efficient two-seater an award for Excellence in Environmental Engineering this year."

Third ferry casualty in budget

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:57PM

"Bainbridge Island ferry service won't be cut this summer - with the exception of the third boat introduced during peak tourist season last year.But the prospect for rolling back city taxes don't look as bright as they did a month ago. Those are among the results of the stop-gap state budget that the Legislature passed Thursday, after the close of second special session in Olympia."

"Woodland gets nod, Village shelved"

  • Apr 29, 2000 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 2:57PM

"Woodland Village is out of the woods.The city council Wednesday gave preliminary plat approval to the 27-home project on Ferncliff Avenue north of High School Road.I feel like I just got finished with a 3-1/2 year pregnancy, project developer Doug Nelson said, and Wednesday evening was two-hours of labor.The project was approved by a 5-1 count, with Councilwoman Christine Nasser casting the sole dissenting vote."

Light of the word

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:56PM

"Sometimes even places of worship need a face lift. This week, a new set of windows has left Port Madison Lutheran Church feeling bigger, better and full of light. The sanctuary has a brand new look, Pastor Ron Hoyum said.When the cracks in the sanctuary's 40-year-old windows suggested that replacement was necessary, Hoyum welcomed the opportunity to enhance the building.The glass design is both biblical and Bainbridge, he said.The natural images selected to adorn the 10 new opaque, fused-glass windows were chosen either for their religious significance or because they grow on the island. Committee members and Bainbridge Island's Messolini Glass Studio collaborated with the congregation to select plants like Narcissus, holly, blackberries and grape for the windows' motifs."

In the queen's navy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:56PM

"H.M.S. Pinafore is a story to make a song and dance about.With a few twists of the plot and a case of mistaken identity, big-hearted characters like Sailor Ralph and Little Buttercup celebrate the triumph of love over money - a beguiling message from Gilbert and Sullivan.I love that this is such a campy show, says Davey Howard, who relishes the bad-guy role of Dick Deadeye in the Bainbridge High School production opening this weekend."

Time is now to resolve Ericksen Avenue

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:56PM

"Passions run high on Ericksen Avenue.This we learned while covering the city council back in 1992, when Ericksen residents and neighbors beat down an attempt to open the quiet road as a temporary thruway to Hildebrand Lane, even as the dusty reconstruction of High School Road tossed the rest of Winslow-area traffic flow into chaos.In the years since, we've strolled the quaint Ericksen corridor many times. We've come to value and appreciate the historic character so treasured by neighbors. We've also been brushed by countless passing vehicles, or forced to tread the lawns of the old funeral home and other properties to keep a safe distance from the roadway.Now, with a sizeable multi-use development planned for nearby Hildebrand Lane, the fire district and city engineers have again raised the possibility of running Ericksen through to High School Road, creating a new north-south arterial next to the highway."

Quilt raffle sewn up

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:56PM

"Frogs, backpacks and the Seattle skyline - they're just a few of the logos embroidered on quilt aptly named A Lot of Things About Bainbridge. The Island Quilters had to brainstorm to come up with so many different ideas, designer Linda Johnston said of the king-size quilt now up for raffle.Johnston's favorite island image is the slug, although she knows a lot of people prefer the dog sleeping in the middle of the road. Fellow quilter Pat Reynolds stressed that the diversity of the group is reflected in their work. Every possible sewing technique was used to assemble the quilt's 100 different blocks, she said."

Bomb scare closes Ordway

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:56PM

"The Columbine shooting cast a shadow over Bainbridge schools this week, as a bomb scare closed Ordway Elementary School Monday. Parents and school buses were called to escort some 400 students home as police searched the building throughout the afternoon.We have decided to respond as if this were an imminent threat, said Steve Rowley, superintendent of Bainbridge Island schools.The threat had actually been made five days earlier - left on a staff member's voicemail - but the instructor reportedly was away at a conference and the message went unchecked until Monday."

Project might force Ericksen/Hildebrand link

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:56PM

"The first large-scale apartment project on the island in at least 15 years gets a hearing before the Planning Commission Thursday. But while the Village Square development has picked up support, neighbors are concerned about one condition for approval - the controversial linking of Ericksen Avenue and Hildebrand Lane."

Kushner honored as 'woman of achievement'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:56PM

"Without ever seeking the limelight, Karen Kushner has earned countywide recognition.Kushner, co-owner of Windermere Real Estate, will be honored with a Woman of Achievement award by the YWCA of Kitsap County April 25."

Runoff kiboshes car washes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:56PM

"Community car washes may leave sparkling automobiles, but when it comes to Puget Sound, their impact can be decidedly dirty.So say Bainbridge Island public works officials, who, citing environmental violations, this week issued a ban on future car washes at the Village Chevron station at 305 and High School Road.The action was met with chagrin by representatives of local youth sports teams and community groups, who have held sudsy fund-raisers at the site for over 10 years.Thousands and thousands of dollars were raised down there, said Mary Clare Kersten of the Bainbridge Roller Hockey League. (Car washes are) a positive interaction for the kids with the rest of the community.But the interaction of soapy runoff with the environment has been far from healthy, said Melva Hill, the city's senior engineering technician.Normally, surface water draining off the gas station parking lot does not cause major environmental harm, she said, because it passes through a separator device that removes most oil and grease before sending the runoff out to the sound.However, Hill said, When you allow that soapy water (from car washes) to go through the separator, it dislodges the oil and the grease and makes that separator ineffective."

Forests of the future start today

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:56PM

"Hunting for Easter eggs isn't the only tradition to draw holiday observers outdoors this weekend.Tree planting has become a similarly emblematic ritual for a more secular holiday, Earth Day, which kicks off its 30th anniversary this morning.Since the first Earth Day in 1970, observance of the annual eco-event has expanded to include such actions as reducing personal energy use, eating less meat, and substituting bicycles for cars. But over the decades, tree planting has remained an earth-friendly favorite.The answering machine of Bainbridge Earth Day organizer Michael Sheehan this week confirmed as much.I've had a bunch of calls from people, Sheehan said. They're like, 'Can we please do tree planting?'Insuring that this zeal won't go unanswered, park maintenance supervisor Roger Belieu has obtained 700 trees from Puget Sound Energy's (PSE) Community Forestry Program, which volunteers will plant at Gazzam Lake Park today. The event begins at 10 a.m. at the main park gate off Marshall Road."

District dismayed by bids for pool

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:56PM

"The project team responsible for the new pool is recommending a new start, after all four bidders for the construction contract belly-flopped the first time out.For reasons that are not yet clear to park district officials, all four bids came in roughly $1 million over the project's budget and higher than estimates."

'ello 'enry 'iggins!

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:56PM

"Tricky puzzles have a way of looking effortless when solved.My Fair Lady is just such a conundrum - a problem play masquerading as a feel-good musical. Properly staged, audiences and actors alike end up exhausted yet exhilarated. This has been sheer fun, but hard work, says actress Nina Echols, who plays Mrs. Higgins in the current Bainbridge Performing Arts production. She speaks for the whole cast who, under director Todd Jamieson's guidance, have wrestled with English accents, pondered the meaning of the play's ambiguous ending, and thought hard about how to stage the six different locations of a drama that shifts from street scenes to sophisticated social circles. Featuring lyrics by Alan Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, the song-and-dance extravaganza is adapted from Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion.The antics of protagonist Henry Higgins, a London phoeneticist determined to transform cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a paragon of verbal correctitude, yield a simple plot. And the confirmed bachelor's predicament proves timeless - he falls for the lady he created from the cabbage leaves of Covent Garden, as Pygmalion, the King of Cypress, fell for the woman he carved from stone."

Make time for Ma Earth

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:56PM

"We kept an eye out all week for a Save the Earth sticker on the bumper of a local SUV - alas, to no avail.So much for our attempt at some easy irony heading into Saturday's observation of Earth Day. But undaunted, we are still inclined to offer a few thoughts on our annual observance devoted to all things green."

More milestones for McAllister

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:56PM

"Everyone deserves a high school teacher like Bob McAllister. He talks in sound bites no pupil could forget.If I hadn't taken up teaching, I'd be dead, said McAllister, longtime BHS English teacher.His latest achievement is Northwest Folklore Scholarly Journal's publication of his short story, The River Boys. The thriller focuses on the effect of crime on folklore. The work draws on McAllister's own experiences when stalked by a disturbed teenager, and has been dramatized every year since he began teaching."

Market produces a throng

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:55PM

"When it came to promoting local produce, vendors at the debut of the farmers' market Saturday were not timid, even if some of them were chickens.Rocky the rooster, for example, made a confident sales-pitch premiere.He was our radio spot announcer, said Sundown Ridge Farm owner Chuck Muller. Every five minutes, we would have a commercial break and he'd let loose.But the caged-yet-cocksure fowl could not compare to one performing lamb, which was far from sheepish. The animal flailed to the beat of the Dirt Road Philharmonics bluegrass band, delighting a crowd of children dancing by the stage at the market's new location next to city hall.My kids love the market because they see their friends, said island artist Debbie Lester, one of a sizeable contingent of islanders who crowded the market site on opening day.I do this every Saturday, Lester said. It's a ritual. My kids remind me every (week)."

Where does all your tax money go?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 2:55PM

"Want to have an in-depth conversation with public officials about how they use your tax money?This year's Bainbridge Economic Vitality Conference will give you the chance.We hope to promote dialogue on where we are and what we do about the (tax) situation, said Jeff Brein, outgoing president of the Bainbridge Economic Council, alluding to recent citizen ballot initiatives on taxation and spending.We expect provocative discussions from the audience."

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