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News Roundup - Hosterman wins the Amy/School alert system tested/Weigh in on septic changes/It’s Furry Feb. at local shops

Hosterman wins the Amy

Performing artist and island native Claire Hosterman has been named the winner of the seventh annual Amy Award for emerging artists.

The award, administered by the Bainbridge Arts and Humanities Council, has since 2001 gone to young island artists who consistently exhibit a sense of quality, creativity, exploration and dedication in their chosen fields.

It was established by David and Caren Anderson in honor of their late daughter Amy, who during her lifetime was involved in the visual and performing arts on Bainbridge.

Hosterman, a 2007 Bainbridge High School graduate, most recently appeared on stage in Bainbridge Performing Arts’ 2008 Young Playwrights Festival, and this past summer apprenticed with Steven Fogell as assistant director for BPA’s Camp Teen Broadway production of “Les Misérables.”

She also directed one-acts and various high school and BPA productions.

Hosterman credits theater as her way of “learning to love human beings,” with the blurring of lines between self and others offering a medium for self discovery and transcendence, “...like I have touched more of the world.”

Artistic island influences include former BHS theater director and English instructor Bob McAllister and vocal instructor Mark Power.

Having known her “since she was tall as a mushroom,” McAllister described Hosterman as “brimming cup of graces – devoted to art, ideals and humanity and so divinely compassionate and lovely in her mind and spirit that the world shines brighter because of her.”

Past Amy Award winners have included choreographer and producer Vincent Palazzolo-Packard, musician Korum Bischoff, sculptor Solia Hermes, videographer Jessica Tuffley, choreographer Rain Ross and printmaker Tracy Lang. Since winning the award, each has continued in his or her chosen field.

Hosterman will receive a cash award and an Amy Award ceramic tile inspired by Amy Anderson and created by Woodward Middle School students.

BIAHC will present the award at a special recognition ceremony in May.

School alert system tested

Icy weather forced a snow day at Bainbridge schools Monday and a late start Tuesday.

The schedule shifts gave the Bainbridge Island School District a chance to test its newly implemented phone notification system, which can automatically call households in the school directory with advisories.

At a school board meeting Thursday night, district technology director Randy Orwin reported that the service made calls to roughly 7,000 district contacts in under 11 minutes, delivering a recorded schedule change bulletin to most homes at about 5:30 a.m.

Over 98 percent of calls were received by a person or an answering machine while just three contacts were identified as wrong numbers.

The service did have several glitches. During the first round of calling the entire directory was dialed, including emergency contacts. Some homes were dialed multiple times including one household that received eleven calls.

District spokesperson Pam Keyes said the system had proven valuable and the bugs will be addressed.

“I think this is a tool we’ll be grateful to have in the long term,” she said.

– Tad Sooter

Weigh in on septic changes

Islanders will have the chance to weigh in or raise a stink about proposed septic system regulations Thursday.

Kitsap County Health District will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Bainbridge Commons, to gather input on several new rules pertaining to on-site septic systems.

One would require an inspection of sewage systems before a property can change ownership. These inspections have traditionally been voluntary for properties with only a septic tank and a drainfield.

The new regulations are aimed at maintaining compliance with state law and guarding Puget Sound from pollution while adding safeguards for property buyers.

It’s Furry Feb. at local shops

Local retailers are making this month a Furrytale February.

Shops will be donating a portion of their profits or putting on special sales to benefit Furrytale Farm, an island shelter for abandoned animals.

Participating businesses include Eagle Harbor Book Co., Town and Country Markets, Gilbert Thomes Jewelry, Blackbird Bakery, Paper Products, Port Madison Homes, Indulgence, Bed and Bath Boutique, The Living Room, Harbor Square Wine Shop & Tasting Room, Cafe Nola, the Law Offices of Stuart Ainsley and The Bainbridge Review.

For more information contact Stephanie Vuolo at (206) 325-3802.

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