BIB names Schmidt boss -- News Roundup

Bainbridge Island Broadcasting pro­duction manager Scott Schmidt has been tapped to replace executive director Elise Child, who is leaving the organization to pursue other interests.

Prior to joining BIB, Schmidt produced more than 400 national and international television programs, including several multi-part series for PBS and ESPN. He also created and ran a television department for a national publishing company.

“Scott knows and cares about the community, has extensive production experience, and he understands the special needs of start-up organizations,” said Sarah Lee, BIB board president. “We expect great things.”

“As a community access station, BIB’s whole purpose is to give islanders a voice,” Schmidt said. “My goal is to step up our focus on ways to get more nonprofit organizations, volunteers, businesses and islanders and their stories on the air.”

BIB is an independent nonprofit organization that broadcasts locally produced programs on Comcast cable channel 12.

Islanders can watch council meetings, arts programs, kids’ sports, and more, produced by community members. BIB also offers a variety of workshops and classes where participants can learn how to run a camera, edit, direct and produce their own programs.

Individual membership is $35.

Mork out, Chapel fills in

The school year will begin with several key Bainbridge Island School District administrators on sick leave.

In mid-September, Special Services Director Clayton Mork will have an operation to remove a cancer of the prostate, a surgical procedure from which he is expected to recuperate for six weeks.

Mork, whose cancer was diagnosed at an early stage, says he wants the Bainbridge community to be aware of the high risk of the disease for men entering middle age.

“One of four men past the age of 50 has prostate cancer,” said Mork, who is 51. “My father had it, so for me the risk was doubled.”

Superintendent of Schools Ken Crawford, who contracted peritonitis after a surgical procedure in July, is on the mend, but with no date set for his return.

Deputy Superintendent Faith Chapel, with assistance from school board president Bruce Weiland, is standing in for Crawford.

Chapel and Weiland stay in close touch with the superintendent, she says.

“We meet (with him) twice a week,” Chapel said, “and we’re conversing over the phone on all matters of school district import.”

Crawford made a brief appearance at a school function Aug. 24.

– Dee Axelrod

New Green for kids’ museum

The nonprofit Children’s Museum On Bainbridge Island received a $25,000 grant from the Joshua Green Foundation.

The grant will help fund the capital campaign to open the doors of this hands-on education facility for Kitsap kids and families.

“We are thrilled and honored to have the generous support of the Joshua Green Foundation. The funding is a big boost in our campaign and brings us closer to opening day,” said Molly Hogger, museum board president.

Seattle pioneer Joshua Green came to Seattle from Mississippi in the 1890s, founded some of the Puget Sound area’s original boating industries and banking services, and “began a Seattle family legacy that continues today.”

The Joshua Green Corporation owns commercial properties on Bainbridge Island, including the Island Village shopping center and several office buildings on Hildebrand Lane.

The Joshua Green Foundation is the center of the family’s many philanthropic activities.

The Children’s Museum On Bainbridge Island was started two years ago by a large group of parents and grandparents. The museum now has a home, at the former Packard Building at 305 Madison Ave. North in Winslow. Construction is underway and will be completed at the end of August.

To date, $250,000 has been secured towards a goal of $380,000. The museum will not open until 100 percent of the funding is secured; the goal is to complete the capital campaign by Dec. 31 of this year.

The Children’s Museum is seeking volunteers and founding donors to complete the capital campaign. To find out more, call 855-4650 or see

Unitarians add second service

The pews runneth over.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap announced that in response to overflowing attendance, they will be adding a second Sunday service starting Sept. 12, going from a single 10 a.m. service to one at 9:30 a.m. and a second at 11:15 a.m.

A church spokesman said that the congregation has grown from 68 members three years ago to 140 today, filling the auditorium of the Hyla Middle School where services are held.

A coffee and social hour break between the two services will allow congregants from both services to socialize and keep in touch.

The Rev. Drew Johnston, who joined the fellowship one year ago, says the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship appeals to a variety of people, but that “there’s a certain group of people with questions who don’t want easy answers. They want to explore; they want room to make their own decisions.

“We emphasize a free and responsible search for truth and meaning,” Johnston said, adding that although without a creed, the fellowship does have seven principles which it follows.

The fellowship also appeals to young parents who never felt affinity with the religion they were raised with, but are returning to faith “because they want their kids to have some kind of a choice in religion,” said Nancy Evans-Jones, past president of the fellowship’s board.

“It seems to me people of all ages are seeking a place to be with other people who don’t offer a pat answer,” Johnston said.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship services are held at the Hyla Middle School, 7861 Bucklin Hill Rd., with religious education provided for children of all ages during both services. For more information, call 780-0373 or see

– Tina Lieu

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