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A cherry tree is replanted at Sakai Intermediate School in May of 2007. Several cherry trees were moved from Bainbridge High School to make way for construction of the new 200 building.  -
A cherry tree is replanted at Sakai Intermediate School in May of 2007. Several cherry trees were moved from Bainbridge High School to make way for construction of the new 200 building.
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Julian gets second term

Mayor Darlene Kordonowy is expected to ask the City Council tonight to reappoint Mark Julian to a second term on the Harbor Commission, and to appoint John Peters and Dave Ullin to the commission. The mayor also designated Julian as the new chair of the commission, replacing Bob Selzler.

Julian, an island resident since 1974, has worked in the marine industry since the early 1970s and has been involved in construction and permitting of two marinas. He currently owns and develops commercial and residential property. His second term will expire on Feb. 28, 2010.

Ullin has spent most of his life working around water and boats, including jobs in boat repair, fishing and as a shipwright. He currently lives on a boat in Eagle Harbor.

Peters also has a long history of involvement in marine industries, including owning and operating several recreational and charter fishing boats.

Twelve Bainbridge Island residents applied for the two positions. Five applicants were interviewed by the mayor, Julian and council member Hilary Franz. The terms of Ullin and Peters will end May 31, 2011.

Helpline to get women’s shoes

Solemates, a shoe store on High School Road, and one of its distributors, Naot, will donate 150 pairs of women’s shoes next week to Helpline House, which will in turn give the shoes away between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, June 6.

Diana Escamilla, manager of the retail store, said the shoes are ones that the store and distributor no longer carry. They often sell them at discount prices, but it was decided to give them away.

Escamilla said only women’s shoes were available this time, but men’s and children’s shoes will hopefully be given away the next time. She said store personnel will help fit the shoes on people who attend the June 6 event.

Solemates, which offers shoes and outerwear at 2756 High School Rd., is owned by Dorothy Scott.

Donate tents for China

An island family is stepping up to bring shelter to those displaced by earthquakes in China.

The Bunch family is asking islanders to drop off tents at the Ordway Elementary office by Friday, May 30. Rick Bunch will deliver the tents when he travels to China in early June. He will be working with the Chinese organization Green Camps to make sure donated tents are delivered to homeless families.

For information, contact Amy or Rick bunch at 842-8347.

Cherry festival set for Sakai

It’s been one year since the cherry ferry – a procession of historic cherry trees on flatbed trucks – chugged its way from Bainbridge High School to Sakai Intermediate School.

To celebrate, the latter school is hosting a public celebration at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The event will include refreshments and a presentation.

The event is sponsored by the Bainbridge Island School District and the Bainbridge Island Japanese American community.

The trees were donated to the school district 76 years ago by the Japanese American community.

They were originally set to be axed to make way for the new 200 building at BHS, but were saved by the last minute efforts of historic preservationists.

Last May, workers unearthed the trees from their long-time home along High School Road, and placed them on trucks that inched their way to their new home at Sakai.

The effort faced a number of logistical problems. Aside from the awkwardness of moving such large trees, arborists were concerned about attempting the move so late in the year.

Some of the trees didn’t survive the first year, but two remain in good health.

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