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"No clouds, no complaints on a fine late winter/early spring morning - so we'll take the occasion to meander through some issues and tie up a few ends left dangling and frayed:* * * * *Police beat: No more I-5 headaches for Bill Cooper, as the chief has relocated - home, not job - to Edmonds. Readers will recall that Cooper tried unsuccessfully for the top-cop job in Federal Way over the winter, citing the grueling freeway drive back and forth from his home in Olympia. His recent move shaves an hour off the commute - he now enjoys a 25-minute turn on the Edmonds-Kingston ferry, and then a drive through the back roads of North Kitsap, through Suquamish to Bainbridge.Nice drive, no traffic, a beautiful ride - I have no complaints, Cooper reports. The move to Edmonds also allowed his wife to take a job as client services manager with a Bothell hi-tech firm.* * * * *Ravine team: Tentative plans for a commercial building on the old Unocal parcel - left vacant and polluted by a former gas station operation - occasion this question: Whatever happened to the Friends of the Ravine? Word on the street last fall was that the group was being revived after several years of inactivity. Certainly, considerable interest remains; a recent ivy removal attracted 50 people, who braved rough terrain and No Trespassing signs to hack the noxious weed from trees. Many have lobbied for preservation of those picturesque parcels at the island's gateway- now under patchwork ownership - as public open space. With a development in the works next to the south parcel, the ravine could again use someone working on its behalf. Hope the friends are still on good terms.* * * * *All about the roundabout: A point of clarification is in order after last Wednesday's story on the High School/ Madison roundabout. A Saint Cecilia parishioner called to say that the church has generally opposed the project, and has told city officials as much.Indeed. The writer will bow his head and take a turn in the confessional, having been confused by his own notes (taken over a two-week period for a story that was ultimately dashed off in the waning moments before press deadline). Subpar work on our part, and we humbly offer penitence.* * * * *Smoke signals: We've been asked by the county health district - in the persons of Willa Fisher and Meg Hagemann, island residents and fine ladies both - to alert readers to a new initiative to protect children from second-hand smoke. Information provided by the American Lung Association and area hospitals suggests that children stuck in a household with adult smokers are likely to develop coughs and colds, ear infections, bronchitis and pneumonia, asthma, allergies - and lung cancer and heart disease later in life. Truly, as if smoking weren't bad enough for you, it's lousy on your kids. Information on the initiative - and how to kick a crummy habit - can be had by calling the district at (360) 337-5265.* * * * *Yuks aplenty: Finally, we'd be remiss if we didn't doff a cap to the cast and crew of You Can't Take It With You, which closed its run at BPA last weekend. We spend a lot of time in this column ruminating about what's wrong with the world and how we think it ought to be fixed - our fine community theater reminds us that our friends and neighbors are always there to lighten the load with some levity. Last Friday evening, we were treated to a first-rate performance of a classic comedy, and left with sides suitably split. A standing ovation to all involved. "