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A state court of appeals ruled against a Bainbridge Citizens United petition to force the state to act against Eagle Harbor liveaboards.  - Brad Camp/File Photo
A state court of appeals ruled against a Bainbridge Citizens United petition to force the state to act against Eagle Harbor liveaboards.
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Lovejoy joins Madrona staff

Known as an expert gardener and writer, islander Ann Lovejoy is joining Madrona School to help cultivate young minds.

Lovejoy is taking on the growing Winslow Way private school’s administrative director position. The gardener said Madrona’s Waldorf-based curriculum is a perfect fit for her interests.

“It’s really exciting because to me it’s an opportunity to work in a system of education that stresses connections with nature and raising the whole child,” Lovejoy said.

Lovejoy has experience in education, having operated her own gardening school, and teaching classes throughout the country.

At Madrona she said she plans to reach out to the community with classes and lectures while helping the school grow. She said she plans to continue writing as well.

Madrona will welcome Lovejoy with an open house from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. May 30 at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church. For more information, call 855-8041.

– Tad Sooter

BILT says bye to Molinari

After eight years, Bainbridge Land Trust bids farewell to Executive Director Karen Molinari this week.

Molinari has helped guide the non-profit through the addition of 12 conservation easements and aquisitions of the Close and Pritchard Park properties. BILT most recently secured the “Heart of the Forest” property, a 19-acre parcel that will eventually create a public corridor between two portions of Grand Forest Park.

“I’m proud to have been a part of that,” she said.

Molinari said BILT’s greatest achievement during her tenure may have been the growth of its stewardship program, which she said has made progress in consistently and professionally monitoring its easements.

BILT now holds 43 conservation easements, encompassing more than 728 acres.

“I hope that (BILT) continues to acquire more conservation easements, and I hope more landowners see that this is a great mechanism, not just for getting tax savings but for setting aside open space,” she said.

Molinari said she is comfortable leaving BILT because she feels it is in good standing financially and within the community. She said she plans to take time off in June before deciding her next career move. BILT’s board of directors has not yet chosen Molinari’s successor.

An open house to celebrate Molinari’s time with BILT will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Marge Williams Center.

Call 842-1216 for more information.

– Tad Sooter

Court tosses BCU petition

There was good news for Eagle Harbor liveaboards last week, as the Division II State Court of Appeals judge upheld a trial court’s decision to not force the state Department of Natural Resources to prosecute residential boat users for trespass.

Bainbridge Citizens United, led by Gary Tripp, filed the appeal after a trial court rejected the group’s petition to require DNR to evict liveaboards anchored on state regulated aquatic lands.

In a published opinion May 13, Judge Christine Quinn-Brintnall wrote that the petition did not fall under the court’s jurisdiction because it did not question the validity of the state regulations, but rather how they were enforced.

In an open letter last week, Bainbridge Citizens United said it would appeal the decision. In the letter, the group said the city and DNR have avoided conflict with liveaboards, which it alleges are discharge trash and sewage into the harbor.

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