"You're the man, Steve"
June 9, 2008 · Updated 3:03 PM
"Never mind all the winning seasons, the championships and the near-misses. Forget the competition, the glory, the tears.Behind it all was the coach, keeping players, parents and boosters alike focused on the best part of high school athletics - the development of young minds and hearts charging along on their way to responsible, active adulthood.We were saddened this week with the announcement that Steve Killpack, the father of the BHS water polo programs, is leaving his post to ease his frenzied schedule a bit and maybe even get a life. He leaves behind a legacy of victory with the water sports program, but more important, one of positive influence that may never be equaled.Killpack's work as a young persons' counselor has been well-documented over the years. A fixture of Bainbridge Youth Services and other programs, he also helped establish a fledgling Boys and Girls Club. Professionally and personally, he's made a career out of offering friendship and advice for island youths, as they negotiate the tribulations of adolescence. We doubt the field of mathematics has yet to come up with a number high enough to count all the lives Killpack has touched in his nearly two decades here. As a coach, sportsmanship always came first with Steve. And most important, he never lost sight of the fact that while we like to count our championship titles, if we lose a kid to drugs or crime or the problems of an unplanned pregnancy, we all lose, period. And that's nothing another first-place banner hanging in the school gym can cover up.Steve Killpack, the community's best sport, brought out the best in sports. Call him and thank him.Council timeWini Jones of Bainbridge Island Broadcasting emailed us this week, suggesting a change to our listings for the cable broadcast of city council meetings that run on cable channel 6. Like the meetings themselves, the broadcasts often drone on for three or four hours at a stretch. Why not, Wini suggested, include some kind of time reference, to help viewers know what's going to be discussed at what point in the program?We agreed, and you can find BIB's first attempt on page A8, under the Community Access TV banner. Here's how it works:Whatever hour the council broadcast begins is zero, and the agenda unfurls from there. If the discussion of new ordinances starts one hour into the broadcast, it will be listed as 0+60 min. Other agenda items will be similarly listed - resolutions (0+1 hour, 30 min.) or whatever. The goal is to help casual viewers, or those predisposed toward channel surfing, tune in when items of particular interest come up.Are the taped showings of council meetings popular? By the anecdotal accounts we get, a lot of you are tuning in at least intermittently to keep track of the council's twice-monthly deliberations. Word came to us this week that a local hairdresser uses the broadcasts to gauge when one of the councilwomen, her client, needs a haircut. Another Winslow-area viewer tells us his routine is to watch the council meetings from the comfort of his favorite easy chair, a glass of scotch in hand, yelling at the television screen when the deliberations get silly.We cannot endorse this approach, as we attend the meetings in person, and because we prefer a good ale.Anyway, check out the schedule in today's issue and drop us an email if the change makes viewership easier.Looking ahead, the next improvement will be somewhere down the road, when Bainbridge Island Broadcasting and Northland start showing council meetings live.Then you can yell at them in real time."