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The Bainbridge Island City Council will hold a special workshop at 6 p.m. this evening, July 7, in the council chambers.

The council will hear a year-to-date report on the city’s financial status, with a discussion of the upcoming budget process for 2005.

Injured owl on the mend

A barred owl, rescued by passersby and Bainbridge Police on June 17 at Blakely Avenue and Tani Creek, is recovering from its serious injuries at the Island Wildlife Shelter at Bloedel Reserve.

The owl flew into the windshield of a truck traveling 30 mph on Blakely Avenue shortly after 8 a.m., according to witnesses. It landed in the roadway, seriously injured.

The owl was spotted by a passing bus driver, who with several witnesses reported the incident to police. Cyclists and police officers stayed with the bird until Chris Feldt, a volunteer with the wildlife shelter, took the owl to the shelter.

The bird was in a coma when it was brought in, said Sandra Fletcher, the shelter’s wildlife rehabilitator. But it came round and began to strike at those trying to help it -- a good sign in wild creatures, Fletcher said.

The owl was treated by Dr. Mel Richardson, a Bainbridge veterinarian and shelter volunteer. The bird was given fluids and began to eat on its own, although one eye appears to be damaged.

The bird is now in an outside cage, flying to and from its perch, although it has trouble judging its landings.

It will be released into the wild as soon as it passes a flying test and begins eating wild prey, Fletcher said.

Golf tourney pledges sought

Helpline House will be the beneficiary at the 10 annual Fred Schaffer Memorial Golf Tournament, July 18 at Wing Point Golf and Country Club.

The event pits Wing Point pro David Tunkkari and assistand pro Jeff D’Amico against Meadowmeer Golf and Country Club pros Tom Mueller and Drew Azure, in a 36-hole battle.

The duos tee off for 18 holes at Meadowmeer at 8 a.m., and wrap up with a 1:30 p.m. 18-hole match at Wing Point.

The public is invited to follow the action from the gallery, and to enjoy a barbecue luncheon at 12 p.m. at the Wing Point clubhouse.

A silent auction will include golf equipment, clothing, sports event tickets and other items.

Pledge forms to support Helpline through the event are available at the Wing Point and Meadowmeer pro shops, and at Helpline House on Knechtel Way.

Information: 842-3877.

Manitou plans under review

The city will review plans for the Manitou Beach salt marsh at a public meeting 7-9 p.m. July 15 in the City Hall council chambers.

Under discussion is a new report from Herrera Environmental Consultants on options for linking city-owned land above Manitou Beach Drive to the shoreline to create a publicly accessible estuarine area. The report is available at the Public Works counter in City Hall. Information: 842-2016.

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