News Roundup -- Three hurt in Yeomalt crash/Camp Siberia to host gala/Senior Cruise raises funds/Teen drinking forum slated/Dad and son join relief work/Ferry b

Three hurt in Yeomalt crash

Excessive speed through a residential neighborhood resulted in an automobile crash that injured three island young people Friday evening, police said.

A 1984 Chevrolet Camaro left the roadway and struck a tree on Park Avenue at Yeomalt Point, according to reports.

Two passengers, 18-year-old William James Silva and 19-year-old Heidi L. Henshaw, suffered “substantial” bodily injury, a police spokeswoman said.

Silva was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, while Henshaw was transported by ambulance to Harrison Hospital.

The driver, 21-year-old Jason D. Wymer of Bainbridge Island, was treated at Harrison for minor injuries and released, at which point he was booked into the county jail on two counts of felony vehicular assault, police said. He was being held on $50,000 bail.

At the time of the collision, the two passengers were sharing both a seat and a seatbelt, Bainbridge Police Traffic Officer Rob Corn said. “It’s not legal, nor is it encouraged,” Corn said.

– Douglas Crist

Camp Siberia to host gala

Camp Siberia is hosting its third annual gala to enrich the lives of Russian orphans and Bainbridge High School students through a summer camp program in Novosibirsk, Siberia.

The event runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 26 at Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo. “Matrushkas and Babushkas” will include the famous Kiana signature salmon dinner, along with live and silent auctions featuring Russian art and items created by Camp Siberia counselors, vacation rentals around the globe and other enticing experiences.

Funds raised at the gala help cover the cost of providing a camp experience for 36 orphans as well as opening doors to a better future through scholarship opportunities.

This year, some campers will reach an age when they must leave their orphanage, and at only 16, many find themselves on the street turning to crime, drugs and prostitution to survive.

Now in its fifth year, Camp Siberia is expanding its mission to provide scholarship assistance to help these youths with tuition for trade schools or apprenticeships.

For over 10 years, the communities of Bainbridge Island and Novosibirsk have been cultivating cross-cultural relationships through theater, artist and student exchanges.

Seven years ago Janie Ekberg began collecting clothing, medicine, money and other supplies to help the orphans, but what the children loved most was the company of someone from far away. Ekberg launched Camp Siberia in 2001.

Tickets to the gala are $75 per person. For tickets or information about Camp Siberia, call Michelle Stowell at 842-5458 or Janie Ekberg at 842-7707.

Senior Cruise raises funds

The Bainbridge High School Senior Cruise Committee is conducting a raffle to raise scholarship money for the Senior Cruise.

Tickets will be available Feb. 17 at the high school’s Spring Open House, and at anytime from Melanie Roth, 842-1781.

Tickets are $5 and prizes include a three-day weekend at a waterfront home on Lake Pend Oreille in Sandpoint, Ida., a dinner for 8 catered in your home by the chef from Pleasant Beach Bistro, and Seattle Mariners and Seattle SuperSonics tickets. Information: Chris Patmont, 842-7012.

Teen drinking forum slated

Alcohol research specialist Alan Marlatt, a professor of psychology at the University of Washington, will lead a discussion on teen-age substance abuse and intervention from 9:30 to noon Feb. 26 at the Bainbridge High School library.

Marlatt’s talk is sponsored by the Just Know Coalition, which is examining ways to provide a “continuum of alcohol intervention resources” on the island.

Marlatt’s discussion will include information about risks and consequences; belief systems that support alcohol use and abuse by teens; community and youth education efforts; and harm-reduction programs.

– Rhonda Parks Manville

Dad and son join relief work

Bainbridge city project engineer Renzo Toglia and his 18-year-old son Francis, a senior at the high school, are leaving for Thailand Feb. 25, to help rebuild the Child Development Center in Kamala.

The newly built center was set to open its doors to 200 youngsters when the tsunami destroyed it and killed two children.

The pair felt compelled to help in some way, considering the expertise they have to do so, they said.

Renzo has 30 years experience in construction and building, and was a member of the Peace Corps. Francis is a sailor and heavy equipment operator.

The Toglias will be working in the village of Kamal, which is in a fundraising partnership with the Bangkok Phuket Hospital and the Phuket Project.

Islanders wishing to donate or to learn more about the rebuilding effort can check for more information.

Ferry boss here Thursday

Mike Anderson, interim director of Washington State Ferries, will discuss proposed changes to the Winslow terminal and related topics at the next Chamber of Commerce luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 17 at Wing Point. Reservations: 842-3700.

DVD shows island scenes

Ray Styles’ screen saver of Bainbridge Island scenes appealed to the visual sense. Now with the music of fellow islander Dave Bristow, a DVD adds a

musical dimension.

“We organized three art forms – music, paintings and photography -- into 12 themes, or cameos,” Bristow said. “The result lets the viewer step into the beautiful landscapes of Bainbridge Island.”

Each cameo explores an island characteristic, from mists and forests to homes.

The new DVD, titled “Island Ambience” sets 59 paintings and 60 photographs by Styles to 12 musical compositions.

Styles has exhibited his art at Roby-King Gallery, Gallery Fraga and other venues. Bristow is a music and synthesis consultant and composes electronic music for multimedia. He is also a keyboard musician who performs locally and teaches.

The “Island Ambience” DVD retails for $19.95 and is available at local stores.

Become a naturalist

The IslandWood outdoor learning center is kicking off a new series of community programs with a four-hour class, “Skills of a Weekend Naturalist,” at 10 a.m. Feb. 26.

Taught by IslandWood naturalist Karen Salsbury, the class is open to students 8 and older, and will include an examination of the various eco-systems on IslandWood’s 255-acre property.

Preregistration is required; the cost is $30 for adults and $15 for children. See or call 855-4300.

Math students really smart

This just in: Bainbridge High School has some of the finest math students in the country.

Math Club students who competed recently in the national 2004 Ciphering Time Trials in Seattle placed 21st in the prestigious contest, administered by National Assessment and Testing.

Math Club coach Joy Namtvedt Best said she was proud of her math club students, whom she described as “absolutely wonderful, dedicated and bright, and what’s so neat is that they have fund learning and they are constantly challenging themselves.”

Among the top contenders in the contest was islander Jonathan Potter, who placed 17th in the 9th grade division, helping his team place 21st among the top schools in the country.

The competition included 10 rounds in which students had three minutes to solve three problems, some difficult and others easy, in a diverse range of mathematic topics.

– Rhonda Parks Manville

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