News Roundup -- Vandals hit school campus/New board for lodging group/Locke talks on Pacific trade/

Vandals hit school campus

Vandals damaged Commodore Options School and the high school gymnastics room overnight March 15-16, leaving racist graffiti in their wake.

Clean up on Thursday morning forced cancellation of a number of park district activities that take place at Commodore.

Vandals discharged fire extinguishers, broke into cabinets, spilled milk and other food items, dislodged the hard drive from a computer and left images and words on blackboards, school officials said.

Most disturbing were racial slurs written on blackboards. Police are investigating the incident, but as of Thursday morning there were no leads. The vandals are believed to have entered the building using a set of keys stolen the day before.

Anyone with information on the vandalism is asked to call police at 842-5211.

New board for lodging group

As newly elected president of the not-for-profit Bainbridge Island Lodging Association, Linda Reed is charged with building the group’s reputation within the community.

“We are primarily an organization that markets the success of our members and builds partnerships with community organizations,” said Reed, owner of Point White Bed & Breakfast and head of the association’s marketing committee.

Forty-four businesses make up the association, including guest cottages, bed-and-breakfasts, inns, homes for long-term rentals and one hotel.

Jarilyn Rust of Chiffchaff Bed & Breakfast has assumed the vice presidential duties. Continuing as officers are Merrill Robison of The Studio and Jean Kellerman, owner of Kellerman Creek Bed & Breakfast.

Reed replaces Mickey Molnaire, who retired as president after five years of service. Molnaire and her husband, Ron Konzak, sold their Fuurin-Oka Futon and Breakfast, which is expected to continue under its new owner.

– Rhona Schwartz

Locke talks on Pacific trade

A manufacturer once supposedly said, “Just think of it, 1 billion toothbrushes!” in reference to China, both a giant rival and market for the U.S.

On March 29, former Gov. Gary Locke will speak on “China’s Growing Clout: Opportunities and Challenges For The Pacific Northwest” at Odyssey Maritime Discovery Museum on Pier 66 in Seattle.

Since leaving the governor’s mansion, Locke has joined the international law firm Davis Wright Termaine LLP in Seattle, which helps U.S. companies doing business in China, and Chinese companies doing business in the U.S., regarding business, political and legal issues.

Locke will discuss the development of trade and economic ties between the Asian Pacific Rim countries, with emphasis on China, and how this affects the Pacific Northwest.

Reservations by March 22 are required for this event by calling 842-7901 or online at

The evening begins with a 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. tour of the museum followed by a light dinner at 5:30 p.m. and Locke’s address.

The venue is a 15-minute walk from Colman Dock in Seattle. Cost is $40 per person, with discounts for families.

The event is part of the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council’s Inquiry Series, “Sharing an Ocean.”

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