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Teens from Island Church, Kailey Strachan, left, and Kinsey Lowe braved snow and rain to promote a fundraising carwash Saturday.  - Brad Camp/Staff Photo
Teens from Island Church, Kailey Strachan, left, and Kinsey Lowe braved snow and rain to promote a fundraising carwash Saturday.
— image credit: Brad Camp/Staff Photo

Woodward book to print

A new book, “In Defense of Our Neighbors,” which details Milly and Walt Woodward’s wartime support for Bainbridge Island’s Japanese American community, is expected to be to sent to Seattle’s Fenwick Publishing sometime next month with distribution scheduled to begin in September. The book’s author is Mary Woodward, an island resident and daughter of Milly and Walt.

Frank Kitamoto and Larry Nakata, islanders who have been involved in the project, said that recent articles published about the book reached the Internet and several Japanese newspapers. The funding was about $20,000 short of the projected amount of $200,000, which will be used to pay Mary Woodward, the publisher and have the book professionally marketed. Kitamoto said there have been several anonymous donors involved, including a Californian who recently sent $20,000 to the group after reading about the book.

“We believe it’s going to be a good book because Mary did a lot of research,” said Kitamoto, who with others served as a fact-finders and proofreaders. “Through words and pictures, it covers our side of the story and the people who helped us – her parents.” Japanese Americans living on Bainbridge Island were the first to be forced from their homes in 1942.

Kitamoto, who spent his early years in internment camps, said there’s a possibility that the book could have a national presence because it is a personal account of an important time in America’s history. “A newspaper guy stuck out his neck so we could come back to our homes when the war was over,” he said. “And that’s exactly what happened. A lot of us are still here because of it.”

Nakata said Eagle Harbor Book Co. is now taking pre-orders for the book.

– Dennis Anstine

Poems for an island Sunday

Local poets and poetry teachers have joined with the Bainbridge Arts and Humanities Council for a Sunday presentation of verse titled, “An Island of Poetry.”

At the event, which takes place at 2 p.m. April 27 at the Bainbridge Public Library, a selection of award-winning poems by Anne Kundtz’s seventh grade Woodward Middle School poetry students will be read by a group of established local poets.

Poet Nancy Rekow worked with Kundtz’s students on the poetry project, and while only nine were selected for awards and reading, all 30 will be on display.

The readers, all teachers and all long-time islanders, will include Kundtz and Rekow along with Ralph Cheadle, Bob McAllister and Everett Thompson, who will also read from their own works – much of which is currently on display in the lobby of Bainbridge Performing Arts.

“This kind of exchange doesn’t often happen,” said Rekow, also the event organizer. “So it began to seem quite exciting.”

While the event is the last official gathering on Bainbridge Island’s poetry month roster, a poetry display will remain in the BPA lobby for the remainder of the month.

And there’s always next year.

“The waves are still going on, the flood of poetry on Bainbridge Island,” Rekow said.

– Lindsay Latimore

Chair finishes city training

Bill Knobloch, chair of the Bainbridge Island City Council, has received a Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities. Knobloch completed more than 30 hours of training credits in the program, which is designed to enhance the ability of elected municipal officials.

The program provides mayors and council members with knowledge and skills required for effective governance. He attended a variety of municipal workshops, including sessions on budgeting, land use planning, personnel and leadership.

Knobloch is presently serving in his seventh year on City Council and has served as chair for the finance, public works and community relations committees. He also has been the council’s representative to the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council for four years. Knobloch and his wife, Elizabeth, are 20-year residents of Bainbridge Island.

Will wash cars for houses

For the second time in three years, Island Church will send students to Ensenada, Mexico, where – on June 21-28 – they will build two houses as a part of the worldwide Alliance Youth Mission. Besides the construction project, the group of 20 students and seven adults will distribute food and clothes donated by parishioners and other islanders.

The students are involved in several fund-raising events in order to help pay for airplane tickets and other expenses incurred during the trip. They held the first of two car washes last Saturday and raised $900 despite a wet, cold day. Other projects will include moving and painting offices, and several events, including a fiesta dinner planned for May 17.

The church sponsored a similar trip in 2006, traveling to Baja by bus. Because the group will fly south this time, people in Mexico will help the cause by providing supplies and tools for the construction project.

Youth pastor Leighton Harder said a few of the students will be going to Mexico for the second time, and that an important part of the trip is for the students to simply experience a different culture.

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