News Roundup -- Priest pulled from ministry/Rotary sets up endowment/Home show has roadshow

Priest pulled from ministry

The priest at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Sean K. O’Loughlin, was removed from ministry last week and ordered to undergo a health evaluation by church officials.

Bainbridge Police escorted O’Loughlin from the church property Feb. 25, Seattle archdiocese spokesman Greg Magnoni confirmed this week.

“The archbishop has asked him to step back from ministry for a time, for him to have a complete health evaluation,” Magnoni said.

Masses at the church were conducted last weekend by Paul Magnano, vicar for clergy for the archdiocese, who told parishioners that O’Loughlin’s absence was not related to child sex abuse or other misconduct.

“There was no child placed in danger at any time,” said a member of the church staff, who asked to remain anonymous.

O’Loughlin was ordained in 2001 and received his first assignment in Vancouver. He was assigned to St. Cecilia parish in 2003.

– Rhonda Parks Manville

Rotary sets up endowment

In keeping with the motto “service above self” the Bainbridge Island Rotary Club has funded a nonprofit endowment to provide scholarships to graduating seniors on the island involved in community service.

The Bainbridge Island Rotary Foundation was established with a $56,000 gift from the Rotary Club, with the goal of “providing a magnet for additional donations” from businesses, corporations and individuals, said foundation treasurer Dave Corn.

“Since our motto is ‘service above self,’ we are looking to provide scholarships to young people who may not have the best grades, but have a commitment to service and could become an ambassador to Rotary in their higher education years,” Corn said.

The Rotary Club has provided $15,000 in annual scholarships for local students since 1990, paid for out of the club’s general fund. It is hoped that as the foundation money grows, the interest will be able to provide even more scholarship money to local youths.

The Rotary Club’s tradition of giving to college and trade school bound students began many years ago, Corn said. In the early 1990s, the scholarships became competitive and open to any student on the island.

“We’ve sent kids off to college, but also off to trade schools and art schools,” Corn said. “Academics is only a small piece of it.”

Scholarship applications are now available on the Rotary website, at To be eligible, students must live on Bainbridge Island, regardless of school attended.

Public, private and home-schooled students are all eligible.

– Rhonda Parks Manville

Home show has roadshow

The second annual Bainbridge Island Home and Garden Show will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 12 at Woodward Middle School, organized by the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce and presented by Wells Fargo Bank.

Admission is $3 per person, and children under 12 are free.

Workshops and demonstrations will be offered throughout the day, with vendors offering door prizes and giveaways.

Participants include Bainbridge Gardens, Winslow Paint and other area hardware, lumber and paint stores, nurseries and landscapers, interior designers, contractors and builders, architects, mortgage lenders, real estate agencies and other companies serving the home and garden marketplace. Nearly 60 vendors have already registered.

Certified professional appraisers Kathleen Victor and Dan Jensen (a veteran of the Antiques Roadshow) will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to evaluate “hidden treasures” including antiques, jewelry and other collectibles.

Cost for appraisal of personal items brought to the show is $5 per item, with a limit of two items per person.

For information, call the Chamber at 842-3700.

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