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Memorial Day Services sponsored by Colin Hyde Post No. 172 will take place at two locations on May 31.

The public is invited to attend the programs, to “honor our dead, remember the cause for which they fought and affirm our trust in the future.”

Starting at 10:45 a.m., Legionnaires, Auxiliary and others will meet at the Veterans Memorial at Bainbridge High School. A brief service will be conducted and the area surrounding the monument will be decorated with flowers and flags.

Immediately following this event, all are invited to the Post Hall on Bucklin Hill Road for the main program, which will start at 11:15 a.m. This year’s guest speaker will be the Rev. Sean O’Loughlin, pastor of St. Cecilia Catholic Church.

In coordination with the National Mall World War II Memorial dedication ceremonies, the Post extends a special invitation to veterans of that conflict on or from Bainbridge Island.

Besides their participation in the formal services, Legionnaires will also be responsible for decorating the graves of all known veterans with flags at the five Bainbridge Island cemeteries and the St. Barnabas interium. Grave decorations will be done the morning of May 29, and the flags will be removed the evening of May 31.

The Sons of the American Legion will put up the flags along Winslow Way on Memorial Day. All islanders are also urged to display their flags at their homes and businesses to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

An honor guard from the Post-sponsored Boy Scout Troop No. 1564 will raise the flag at 12 p.m. from half staff to full staff, concluding the day’s activities.

Information: Bill Beck, past post commander, 842-5000.

Diesel up, but not bus fares

Increasing fuel prices have impacted Kitsap Transit, but not to the point where a corresponding fare increase is on the radar.

“The rising fuel costs certainly have an effect,” said Kitsap Transit Service Development Director John Clauson. “We’re paying about $1.65 a gallon today, at a time when we budgeted for $1 a gallon.” A year ago, the agency was paying between 65 and 70 cents per gallon.

Clauson said the service will correct and revise its budget due to the price increase. He also expects ridership to increase.

“As fuel prices continue to climb people, will be looking for alternative ways to travel, Clauson said.

– Charlie Bermant

Ferry group seeks help

Kitsap County Commissioners are seeking riders interested in serving on the Bainbridge Ferry Advisory Committee.

The committee represents ferry riders while promoting improvements to the system through interaction with Washington State Ferries, the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council, the Transportation Commission and the Legislature.

Applications are available from Jan Koske, county volunteer services coordinator, at jkoske@co.kitsap.wa.us, on www.kitsapgov.com/volunteer/frmbrdapp.htm.

They are due June 18.

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