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Join together to save energy/New island police sworn in/Earth Day events

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Join together to save energy

In an effort to make island homes more energy efficient, Sustainable Bainbridge will give away a compact fluorescent bulb to the first 100 Bainbridge residents who sign up to participate in a new pilot program.

Called “Saving Energy Together,” the program focuses on community energy efficiency at the household level.

The program kicks off today during Earth Day festivities in Winslow. The light bulbs will be available at Town & Country and City Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sustainable Bainbridge’s initial goal is to have 100 Bainbridge households commit to at least one energy-saving action in their homes. The program’s aim is to save energy, save money, help slow global warming and reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

“The U.S. Department of Energy says we could easily reduce our home energy use by 40 percent through efficiency improvements alone with no sacrifice,” said program coordinator Van Calvez. “The SET campaign is designed to start us toward those savings.”

Beginning July 4, Sustainable Bainbridge will expand the program with a 12-month goal of engaging 1,000 households.

New island police sworn in

Two new officers were sworn into the service of the Bainbridge Island Police Department last week.

Susan Shultz has been a detective for Bremerton Police Department for the last seven years, where she was recognized for her investigations of sexual assault and domestic violence.

She is a member of the Kitsap County Domestic Violence Task Force, for which she served as chair for three years.

Shultz was honored in 2002 with the YWCA’s Women of Achievement award. Born in the Seattle area, Schultz was raised in Silverdale, where she graduated from Central Kitsap High School before attending Western Washington University.

Shultz law enforcement career began with her stint as a reserve officer with Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department. She was later promoted to a full-time county correctional officer. Shultz, her husband Clay and three daughters live in the Bremerton area.

The BIPD’s other new member, Michelle Vollmer, is a recent police academy graduate.

While in academy, Vollmer served as squad leader and treasurer for her class. She distinguished herself in physical fitness, running an extra 150 miles beyond requirements and nearly qualifying for the “15,000 push-up club.”

Vollmer earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and her master’s in criminal justice from Chaminade University.

Prior to pursuing law enforcement, she worked as a case manager for adults with developmental and behavioral disabilities in Illinois and Oregon.

Vollmer lives in Port Orchard with her husband Frank, a U.S. Navy submariner, and four daughters.

- Tristan Baurick

Earth Day Events

As profiled Wednesday, Barry Griffin and his apprentices display the Bainbridge-designed and built “Django” electric car from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at City Hall as part of Earth Day celebrations on Saturday.

Other events include:

• Helpline House Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 282 Knechtel Way. Sale includes vegetable starts, kids’ activities and expert gardening advice. Call 842-7621.

• Bainbridge Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the green near City Hall. Market includes locally grown foods and hand-crafted products.

• Non-Motorized Earth Day Parade, starts at 9 a.m. from Ericksen Avenue and ends at Town & Country Market. Call 855-4646.

• Bainbridge Parks Celebration of Service, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at various parks. Volunteer crews will clean up parks, remove invasive plants and improve trails. Call 842-2306.

• Pritchard Park clean-up, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Weed Warriors, the Association of Bainbridge Communities and the Interfaith Council lead a clean-up of this south Eagle Harbor beach. Free Earth Day T-shirts to the first batch of volunteers. Event includes training in plant identification and weed removal techniques. Bring pruning tools and gloves. Call 855-0911.

• “Energy Central,” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at City Hall. Event includes exhibits of renewable energy sources, energy efficient transportation and energy saving products. Olympic Biofuels will present a forum on biodiesel at 10:30 a.m. Beverly Duperly Boos will present a family-oriented discussion based on Al Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” at 11:30 a.m. Sustainable Bainbridge will discuss energy savings at home at 1:15 p.m. Bainbridge Island Energy solutions will present information on solar-power technologies for home and business use. Call 855-4893.

• Town & Country’s 8th Annual Earth Day Fair, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Town & country Market. Celebration includes organic chicken barbecue, kids activities and tables with information from various environmental groups.

• Fairy Dell Trail ivy-pull, 2 to 4 p.m. on Frey Avenue, near Battle Point Park’s north parking lot. Volunteers will remove invasive plants and learn about backyard ivy irradiation. Bring pruning tools and gloves. Call 842-3412.

• Global Warming: Personal Perspectives, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at City Hall. Moderated discussion about climate change.

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