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Island plans Memorial Day

The general public is invited to attend a brief service Monday at the Veterans Memorial at Bainbridge High School, beginning at 10:45 a.m. The ceremony is sponsored by the American Legion’s Colin Hyde Post 172. Individual members of the Post 172 will decorate the area, though other attendees are encouraged to bring flowers as well.

The Legionnaires’ main Memorial Day event will begin at 11:15 a.m. Monday at the Post Hall, 7880 NE Bucklin Hill Rd. Scheduled speakers are U.S. Navy Iraq veteran Bill Adams and The Rev. Dr. Dennis Tierney, pastor at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. A special invitation goes out to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans “on or from” Bainbridge Island. Boy Scout Troop 1564 will raise the Post flag from half staff to full staff at noon, concluding the day’s events.

Graves will be decorated at the five Bainbridge cemeteries and St. Barnabas Saturday morning, with flags being removed from the graves Monday evening. The Sons of American Legion Squadron #172 will put up American flags along Winslow Way early Monday.

– Julia Ringo

Cabin work begins in June

The Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District Board unanimously approved on Thursday the beginning of the first phase of the rehabilitation of the Yeomalt Cabin, with conditions. The commissioners approved restoring the cabin in two phases.

The first will be the major construction – securing the chimney, foundation, wall logs and roof. Thanks to the public response to a recent call for donations, work on the project is expected to begin in two to three weeks.

The second phase will begin when all funding is secured. Commissioner Ken Dewitt said, “I would like to see phase two funds come in before phase one work is completed so we can just roll right along and get this completed.”

Clo Copass and other Team Yeomalt members have drafted a fund-raising plan for the balance of the project’s costs. They said they are encouraged by the board’s action and confident that when people see work under way, they will help complete the job. There will be opportunities for in-kind donations of labor and materials in addition to a need for cash.

Donations can be made to: “Yeomalt Cabin Fund,” Bainbridge Island Park Foundation, POB 10010, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Information: 842-4164.

– Gerald Elfendahl

Mosaic murals come together

Seattle artist Raquel Stanek, a native of Bainbridge Island, has been chosen to create two mosaic murals for the new Westfield Southcenter shopping complex now being built in Tukwila. One mural will depict the look and feel of the Pacific Northwest, while the other will be a rain forest scene. Both will be displayed next to the Westfield family lounges.

The murals were made by 140 students from six third-grade classes in Tukwila. The students visited Point Defiance Zoo or Northwest Trek, and designed an image that represented whichever place they visited. The images were then collected and fashioned into two drawings. Stanek, an experienced mosaic artist, will transform the drawings into glass murals. Updates on her progress, including photographs of the murals, can be found at her blog: http://raquelsmosaics.blogspot.com/search?q=westfield.

The two mosaics will be displayed for the first time during Westfield Southcenter’s Grand Opening on July 25. Stanek and the students who participated in the making of the murals will be in attendance. Point Defiance Zoo and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park are partners in the project and are open to donations to the project.

Walk in park for PAWS

Actually, “walk in the park,” while accurate, doesn’t quite do justice to this year’s annual benefit for PAWS of Bainbridge Island.

The event, which takes place a week from Sunday at Battle Point Park, will have as its centerpiece an owner-pet dog walk whose proceeds will go toward the organization.

But the surrounding fun at Battle Point Park will amount to a full-blown festival.

“The event is different from anything that’s ever been done on this island,” PAWS Executive Director Judy Hartstone said.

The organization, on the island since 1975, provides a range of services to both pets and owners.

For instance, it offers financial assistance to low-income pet owners, a lost-and-found pet registry, a rescue and adoption program for pets, and a matchmaking service.

This last, Hartstone clarifies, is for pets and potential owners.

“We’re not in that business,” she said.

“We do a lot of advice and talking to people about various needs,” she added. “I figure we help about 2,000 pets a year, between the actual financial assistance, the lost and found assistance, the adoption assistance, and the advice.”

In addition to the walk itself, this year’s event will feature 20 different vendors offering jewelry, food, dog clothing, artwork, and other goodies and services, some dog-themed, some not.

To name a few: Ladybug Photography will shoot pet photographs; a pet communicator will be on hand to help you read your dog’s cryptic signals – parse the pants, if you will – and a massage therapist will be on hand to massage both people and pets. Also on hand will be My Dog’s Cookies (of My Kids’ Cookies fame), Paws & Fins and others.

Contests and demos will add to the fun. The 4-H club will be holding agility demonstrations, and the Bainbridge Island Police Department will hold K-9 demos.

And of course, the thrust of the canine-themed extravaganza is to raise money for this Bainbridge institution.

“We’re really, really encouraging teams to get with it and start raising money, and collecting money,” Hartstone said.

Individuals may register in advance or at the event, which begins at 9:45 a.m. June 1 at Battle Point Park.

The walk will begin at 10:30 a.m., with activities occurring throughout the day.

Teams must register by 5 p.m. May 30. Registration is $20; a $50 registration contribution will get you an organic PAWS t-shirt to sport on the day of the event.

For advance registration and complete event info, visit the PAWS Web site, www.pawsbainbridge.org.

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