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Grinch dumps junk at shop -- News Roundup

An early front-runner for this season’s Grinch Award paid an unwelcome visit to the Bargain Boutique over the weekend.

Persons unknown dumped a truckload of useless appliances and other items outside the Winslow Way shop, manager Willie Grimm said. Items included a box springs and mattress, washer and drier, a television and bags of miscellaneous refuse.

Grimm said the items weren’t intended as donations, as they were left next to the dumpster.

“The sofa smells, the fan is broken,” Grimm said. “It’s garbage.”

The illegal dumping – a misdemeanor crime – irked boutique employees, who said the shop will have to pay to have the items hauled to the landfill.

Proceeds from the non-profit shop go to the Children’s Orthopedic Hospital in Seattle.

“When they do this to us, it just takes money away from the hospital,” Grimm said.

The items were dumped after the business closed Saturday evening. Anyone saw a vehicle being unloaded during that time is asked to call Bainbridge Police.

– Douglas Crist

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***Canned food by the busload

Kitsap Transit will hold its 15th annual canned food drive Dec. 9-15. Since its inception, the program has brought in nearly half a million cans of food for Kitsap County food banks and needy families.

According to Laurie Talbert of Kitsap Transit, riders can place a canned food item in the “Food Fare” collection box aboard their bus and then ride for free.

Last year, the program brought in 3,500 cans of food for area food banks including Helpline on Bainbridge Island. Talbert says the goal this year is to reach 5,000 cans.

These “food-for-fare” donations will be collected on Kitsap Transit’s regular routed buses, ACCESS services, worker/driver buses, vanpools and Horluck Ferries in Sinclair Inlet.

Donations stay within the communities in which they were given.

“We will accept any non-perishable, item, although we asked for canned because we don’t want anything to get squashed,” Talbert said.

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***New trees, thanks to club

Students representing the BHS Earth Science Club planted six 12-foot-tall trees along High School Road across from Capstan Drive last week.

The trees and planting supplies were provided by the city as part of the effort to replace four diseased poplar trees removed during road reconstruction earlier this year.

Planting the large mountain ash trees was the second such project for the group, which planted several trees in front of the high school over the summer.

The students, under the leadership of BHS junior Gennie Pritchard, hope next to build a small tree nursery on donated land, stocked with surplus saplings provided by Weyerhaeuser.

The plan is to use the Earth Science Club’s nursery to provide trees free of charge for public uses around the island.

“We will grow them, and almost anybody that needs a tree can have one,” Pritchard said.

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***Students test island creeks

Woodward Middle School science teacher Joyce Nishimura’s seventh-grade students are monitoring Murden Creek as part of ongoing water-quality efforts.

Nishimura’s classes have been monitoring the creek since Woodward Middle School opened in 1995.

Every two weeks, 12 students and four parent volunteers collect data from sites on Murden Creek. They conduct pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity water quality tests. They also test for fecal coliform and for total petroleum hydrocarbons every other month, with TWISS labs in Poulsbo analyzing the results, and an annual biological survey that monitors macro-invertebrates in the stream.

Wendy Silver’s seventh-grade science students are monitoring Mac’s Dam stream and Edeharter, Springridge, Issei, and Big Manzanita Creeks. Carl Lindbloom’s science students will take over the intensive monitoring tasks in January.

After analyzing their data, students compare the results to records previously collected on the same streams.

– Dee Axelrod

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