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Hard hats off to the new AMB

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

American Marine Bank completes two-year, 4,000-square-foot overhaul.
The chain-link fence and construction detritus are finally gone, and the doors of American Marine Bank are wide open. “It’s wonderful,” said Rex Townsend, bank president and CEO. “It’s been a long project for our employees and the community, and we appreciate everyone’s patience. “We wanted to make a statement that downtown Winslow is vibrant and alive – truly the focus of activity on Bainbridge.” American Marine Bank celebrated the grand opening of its headquarters on Winslow Way Thursday morning after two years of major construction that expanded and refaced the building.

Council hones chief process -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

City Council members will interview Matt Haney, nominee for chief of Bainbridge Police, as early as this coming week, council chair Christine Rolfes announced Wednesday. The interview will come as part of the confirmation process agreed upon by the council following a closed-door session two weeks ago.

Language students have 'hai' hopes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

Kristin Henshaw teaches Japanese to more than 90 students at Bainbridge High.
Ryunosuke Konno’s name means “Gold, Field, Dragon, Son.” Konno, an exchange student attending high school in North Kitsap, chalks the intricate hirigana – language symbols – that compose his name for Bainbridge High School teacher Kristin Henshaw’s introductory Japan-ese language class. “It’s just cool, because most Americans don’t know what their name means,” freshman Sam Gaspich tells classmates.

Eber-Holmes clan is home -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

Last year at this time, Bainbridge Island residents Lorenz Eber, Paula Holmes-Eber and their daughters were preparing to embark on a journey around the world by bicycle. Their goal was to raise asthma awareness and provide education through a promotional fund-raising tour more than 15,000 miles long through 22 countries.

Make some time for the planet on Earth Day

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

Smelly, tattered sneakers can find new life in the gym, as a sports court floor. Islander Joan Vassiliadis is collecting tennis shoes for the Re-use-a-shoe program, which turns ground-up old sneakers into sports courts that sponsor Nike donates to communities. “I want to recycle as much as I can. I hate throwing things in the trash,” said Vassiliadis, who describes shoe recycling as a longtime dream. Earth Day 2004 is officially April 22, although activities sponsored by various Bainbridge groups began last Saturday and run through this weekend. Events range from educational exhibits and kids’ activities at the Earth Day Fair at Town and Country, to ivy pulls and road clean-ups.

More options, less time for park

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

Islander Mobile Home residents look for help, money. Winslow’s Islander Mobile Home Park had few options. Now there are more options, but little time. Faced with losing their homes in five years, residents of the 60-space park north of City Hall are considering proposals by two private developers and anoather by the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority for purchase and eventual redevelopment of the property. But they still must decide their own fate by May 1, when the KCCHA will ask residents if that agency should continue with the purchase or pull out.

Four city admin. finalists named

  • Apr 21, 2004 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:09PM

A public reception is planned Friday at City Hall. Four finalists for Bainbridge Island city administrator will be on hand this week, to meet with elected officials and the public. “We’re not looking at anybody who hasn’t had a good number of years of experience, in some interesting communities,” Mayor Darlene Kordonowy said. The four – two hailing from Washington, two from Oregon – were winnowed from 126 applicants. The process was coordinated by the Prothman Company, an executive search firm specializing in public sector recruitment.

By now, ‘Rough Crossing’ should be smooth sailing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

Island Theatre troupe marks 10 years in the act.
Ten years later, the play is still the thing. Island Theatre opened with the 1926 P.G. Wodehouse comedy “The Play’s the Thing” in 1994 and the company celebrates the anniversary on April 17 with Tom Stoppard’s updated version of the work – and a renewed dedication to the founders’ vision. Island Theatre began when a group of thespians and friends were assembled by drama doyenne Louise Mills to put on the play.

Wanted: a czar for downtown Winslow

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

The city seeks a project manager for the Winslow Tomorrow effort.
They don’t want a planner. They don’t want an architect. They don’t want an engineer. ...Necessarily. What the city is really looking for in the Winslow Tomorrow project manager is someone whose skills synthesize those disciplines with leadership and motivational acumen, and more.

Take Comfort in Colman remodel

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

The island coffee stand will offer wares at the Seattle terminal.
You head for your island-bound ferry at Colman Dock, hunger gnawing at your stomach. A tasty tapas washed down with a local microbrew might just tide you over. Come this fall in a renovated Colman Dock, you should be enjoying the Spanish appetizers and cold brew from the owners of Bainbridge-based Commuter Comforts. “We want to give great, small, yummy food to tide someone over to get home,” said Carol Jelinek, Comforts co-owner. “And everything can be to go.” Commuter Comforts, well-known to Bainbridge ferry riders for the coffee stand next to Winslow terminal, is one of five vendors selected by Washington State Ferries this week to offer grab-and-go foods to commuters at Seattle Pier 52’s Colman Dock.

The lighter side of war

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

Armies march, Baghdad is bombed, and hilarity ensues.
Flying low into Baghdad, with an aerial view of a cityscape pocked with bomb craters, comedian Jeff Ross covers his nervousness with – what else – a joke: “Hasn’t there been enough bombing here? Do they have to bring in comedians?’’ Four performances later, Ross had the answer and a new perspective on the uses of humor. Islanders can share those insights April 19; Ross filmed the four-day USO tour he and fellow comics made to Iraq last September. His documentary, “Patriot Act,” debuts with a benefit screening here.

Movement is her medium

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

Dancer and choreographer Rain Ross wins the ‘Amy’ award for young artists.
The third try proves the charm for dancer/choreographer Rain Ross; twice before nominated for an Amy Award, she is this year’s winner. “I was really quite excited and proud,” Ross said. “I felt that the work I’ve done for the past few years has really shown that I am an emerging artist and working toward developing my art.” Established four years ago to commemorate island art student Amy Anderson, the “Amy” recognizes the creativity and dedication of a young Bainbridge artist.

Navigating the rocky waters of mental illness

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

A 12-week course helps families cope with a disabling disease.
When a cholesterol test comes back with LDL levels in the 200s, the American family has a measure for action. Their loved one is at risk for cardiovascular disease, the chief thief of healthy years of life in developed countries. Doctors and families have a regimen to turn to – stress tests, statins, diet and exercise; it is an illness that medicine and culture have mobilized to combat. But for the families of those suffering from the second leading cause of disability, the prognosis is far less clear. “There are no blood tests, no MRIs to identify mental illness,” said Jane Cartmell, a member of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).

Island farmers cling to vine

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

A new survey highlights the challenges faced by those who work the land.

Schools eye $32.6 million bond levy for buildings

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

The aging BHS campus requires upgrades to keep up with the student population.
Bainbridge schools may ask voters for some $32.558 million to improve the Bainbridge High School campus. A planning committee’s recommendation for a capital facilities bond measure slated to come before voters in February 2005 will be discussed at a 5:30 p.m. study session preceding Thursday’s school board meeting. “It’s very preliminary,” said Superintendent Ken Crawford, who co-chairs the committee with Clif Mackenzie, a veteran of recent school bond and levy campaigns. “The committee makes the proposal, and then the board has to weigh that against political sentiment and pragmatic concerns.”

Suspicious bag halts Bainbridge ferry runs

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

Clothing, organizer are found inside. A duffel bag found in a garbage caused a security scare aboard the ferry Wenatchee Monday afternoon, shutting down service on the Bainbridge-Seattle run for four hours. The bag was found near the elevator on the car deck, during a routine security sweep as the vessel docked at Winslow following the 11:25 a.m. sailing from Seattle, Washington State Patrol Trooper Glen Tyrrell said.

Farmers’ market returns today Farmers’ market returns today

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

Warming temperatures and blue skies herald the return of the Bainbridge Island Farmers’ Market this weekend. The venue offering local produce, edibles and hand-crafted wares by local vendors is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through Oct. 16 in the plaza next to City Hall. “Everyone’s been working hard, getting their plants growing,” said Steve Phillips, who comes on board as this year’s market president. “We’re really excited about starting up again.”

Know your poultry, from coop to kitchen

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

TWL and Bay Hay team up to help islanders raise birds in their backyards.
Understanding the natural tendencies of chickens is key to keeping them – and your neighbors – happy. “Their mission in nature is to turn over plant matter for things to eat. Chickens can destroy a garden patch in seconds,” said Paul Farley, poultry instructor. “If they’re attracted to a garden three houses over, they’re likely to find it.” Bay Hay and Feed and the Trust for Working Landscapes are co-sponsoring a set of informative poultry classes for novices interested in keeping chickens in their backyards.

A boy missing, but not forgotten

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

Sky Gilbert’s abduction is blamed on his his non-custodial mother.
Roby Gilbert and his son Sky Thomas Gilbert have a distinction the father would just as soon lose. Sky was allegedly abducted by his mother Juliette Peet from the Town and Country parking lot two years ago, making the 8-year-old among some 200,000 other children nationwide nabbed by a parent in 2002. But unlike most of those children, he is still missing. “Ninety-seven percent of missing kids are found within 14 months,” Gilbert said. “(We’re) one of the 3 percent.” To mark the two-year anniversary, Gilbert, an island artist and musician, has organized a benefit to raise funds to help prevent abductions and assist with search and rescue.

Hoodwinked: the remaking of Maid Marian

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

A debut novel for grown-ups began in the children’s section of Bainbridge Library. Island author Elsa Watson, who reads April 22 from her first work of historical fiction, “Maid Marian,” turned to kids’ books to research a work about the heroine who appears in tales of Robin Hood, the 12th century legendary outlaw who poached the king’s deer in Sherwood Forest. “The children’s library has a ton of great books on the Middle Ages that are full of pictures,” Watson said, “and that explain things in the clearest, simplest kind of way: ‘These were the early Middle Ages, this is what life was like then, this is what it was like to live in a castle.’”

Ozone bids are favorable –– News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

Pacific Marketing of Bainbridge Island was the apparent low bidder for the installation of an ozonator system in the Nakata Memorial Pool. Pacific tendered bids of $59,622 for the system without installation, $64,749 installed, park officials said during a formal bid opening Thursday evening. Bids for the contract from two other competitors ranged from $67,000 to $93,000 with installation.

City may buy ‘Lost Valley’ parcels

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:08PM

The eight-acre purchase would be a future link for hikes, bikes.
East meets west, and north south, in the Lost Valley. So future trail connections are the long-term goal in a seven-parcel, eight-acre public land purchase recommended this week by the city’s Open Space Commission. In the meantime, backers say, the move would create new access to 30 acres of city-owned forestland at the Head of the Bay, and help preserve a salmon stream that feeds the head of Eagle Harbor. “In a way, all we’ve done is taken the 30 acres that have been pretty hidden and open that up,” said Andy Maron, Open Space Commission chair. “We’re creating a little park there... It’s pretty cool as it is, and then we’ll look at other (trail possibilities).”

Ferry galley vendors selected

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

Cascade Concessions vows fast service, fresh baked goods. Ferry galleys: they’re not just about the grill and the fryer anymore. Fresh-baked oven fare is among the goals of Cascade Concessions, a Vancouver, Wash.-based company that will provide galley service on the Bainbridge-Seattle run beginning...when? “Everybody wants to know when we’re going to get started,” said Nove Meyers, president of the family-owned concern. “We can be going six weeks after signing a (labor) contract with the union. If we can do that in two weeks, we can be going by June.”

BPA serves up fusion fare

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

Western and Asian theater meet in staging of ‘Rashomon.’ The story will be familiar to film buffs who’ve seen Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashomon.” The revered Japanese director made an indelible mark on film history with his story of murder told from multiple points of view. But unless one saw the film during the era in which it was made, it’s hard to imagine the powerful impact Kurosawa’s innovative, nonlinear approach to storytelling had on mid-twentieth century audiences.

Ferry fares see next hike May 2 -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 5:07PM

Fares on Washington State Ferries will increase by 5 percent effective May 2. Coupled with a peak-season surcharge that goes into effect the same day, car/driver fares on the Bainbridge/Seattle run will be $12.50 each way, up from the current $9.50 fare and the $12 peak-season fare of a year ago. The fare will dip to $10 when off-peak pricing resumes in mid-October. Walk-ons will pay $5.70 to return from Seattle, up from the current $5.40; that fare is unaffected by peak season pricing.

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