Princess Sarah graces island/Chilly Hilly is tomorrow

Princess Sarah graces island

Sarah Culberson grew up a bi-racial child in an adoptive white West Virginia family. In college, an acting instructor asked the class this question:

“What’s the thing you’re most afraid of?”

That began Culberson’s remarkable search for her birth father, whom she discovered in Sierra Leone along with an entire family who turned out literally to be royalty.

After hearing “Princess Sarah” share her story, Bremerton Rotarian Kim Zook resolved to bring Culberson to Kitsap, in part to be inspired and in part to help raise awareness of muticulturalism in the area.

“She’s motivational and inspirational, and she really connects with the kids,” Zook said. “Especially kids that have a hard time with who they are, or (feel) they’re different from other people.”

Culberson will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Bainbridge High School Theatre. A suggested donation of $5 will go to Culberson’s Kposowa Foundation to help rebuild her family village in the aftermath of civil war.

– Lindsay Latimore

Chilly Hilly is tomorrow

The island will be overtaken by thousands of furiously pedaling, icicle eybrowed cyclists tomorrow morning, as riders embark on the 34th annual Chilly Hilly, organized by the Cascade Bicycle Club.

Last year, more than 4,200 riders from 19 states took on the 33-mile course, which starts at the ferry terminal and winds its way around the island.

The course is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Riders can register online now at or at the starting line. Riders coming from Seattle can register beginning at 7 a.m. on Alaskan Way, opposite the ferry terminal.

In a release Friday, Washington State Ferries advised travelers to expect reduced car capacity on morning runs from Seattle and afternoon runs to Seattle Sunday. More than 3,000 cyclists are expected to make the cross-sound trip.

This year’s event will support 10 Bainbridge Island charities, and will feature baked goods, hot cider and a Finish Line Festival highlighted by a chili feed that will benefit the Fort Ward Neighborhood Association.

WSF Finance head resigns

Washington State Ferries Director of Finance Sam Kuntz announced his resignation Friday, and will close out his five-year tenure with the agency on March 1.

Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond said Kuntz has over the past two years focused exclusively on launching WSF’s new electronice fare system.

Kuntz is leaving to pursue other interests and spend more time with his family.

Efforts to fill the position will begin in March, when Assistant Secretary for Ferries Division David Moseley begins work.

The ferry system has seen increasing scrutiny of its finances, which were found by a recent Legislature-ordered study to be in disarray.

Hammond said WSF is working toward improvements.

“We are commited to bringing the Ferries Division more into alignment with WSDOT business practices and that includes an evaluation and reorganization of ferries management and organizational structures,” she said.

Boat swap on Bainbridge run

On Saturday the 180-car Wenatchee will leave its Bainbridge/Seattle run for four days of dry dock, forcing a shuffle elsewhere in the fleet.

The 202-car Puyallup will come down from Kingston to fill in for the Wenatchee while the Walla Walla will leave the Bremerton run to take on the Kingston route.

The Wenatchee is scheduled to return from its inspection and maintenance Wednesday and no service interruptions are expected in its absence.

Island primary results are in

Island voters heavily favored Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain in Tuesday’s state presidential primary.

McCain garnered 1,060 total votes on Bainbridge in unofficial results released Friday with 100 percent of county precincts reporting. His opponent Mike Huckabee took 210 island votes while 120 chose Ron Paul.

In Kitsap County McCain earned 53.8 percent of the vote followed by Huckabee with 21.06 percent. McCain took 49.25 percent of votes statewide.

Washington Republicans used the primary to decide roughly half their delegates to the national convention.

Washington Democrats did not allocate delegates in the primary but turnout was still high.

On Bainbridge Barack Obama earned 3,311 votes while Hillary Clinton, his oponent for the democratic nomination, trailed with 1,435 votes.

Kitsap County Democrats favored Obama with 54.32 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 42.36 percent. Statewide Obama earned 50.8 percent of votes compared to Clinton’s 46.1 percent.

According to the Kitsap County Auditor, election results should be certified March 5.

A total of 608,310 Democrats voted in the primary while 450,690 Republicans turned out.

Garage rolling to Rolling Bay

After 10 years on the corner of Wyatt Way and Madison Avenue, the Madison Avenue Garage will move its services to Rolling Bay next week.

Owner Ranji Dhatt said his lease on the corner building was up, and with more room available at Rolling Bay Automotive shop, the move just made sense.

“I had to think long and hard about it,” Dhatt said. “But I think we’ll be a lot more efficient running out of one location.”

Availability of parking and uncertainty about a proposed roundabout for the intersection also played into the decision to move, he said.

Madison Avenue Garage will host customer appreciation barbecues and drawings next week. Feb. 28 will likely be its last day of business.

Rolling Bay Automotive is located at 11216 Sunrise Drive NE, and can be reached at 842-7678.

–Tad Sooter

BHS class of ’62 gives back

The Bainbridge High School class of 1962 is completing its incoporation as a non-profit so it can offer scholarships to graduating Spartans.

The class, which numbered about 86 at graduation, is planning to award its first scholarship of $1,000.

Linnea Cragerud, a 1962 alum who now lives on Whidbey Island, said the idea for a scholarship foundation sprung from the classes 45th reunion, celebrated last year.

“We are all so very fond of our time spent on the island and the education we received in the school district,” she said.

Cragerud said scholarships will go toward tuition at two-year and four-year colleges. The group’s first award will be given to a student who earned a high grade point average in math and science courses.

The class of 1962 also plans to host a booth at the Fourth of July celebration this summer.

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