Bainbridge Island Historic Preservation Commission recognizes Blakely honorees

The Bainbridge Island Historic Preservation Commission has honored two local businesses with the annual Blakely Award for 2013.

Bay Hay & Feed along with Heyday Farms received the award for their work preserving significant aspects of island history.

“We feel privileged to be able to honor Bainbridge citizens and projects that truly reflect the value of preserving the history of our island so it endures for future generations,” said David Williams, chairman of the commission.

Howard Block and CeAnn Parker, the husband-and-wife team and owners of Bay Hay & Feed, were given the 2013 Blakely Award for Preservation Leader.

The Bay Hay & Feed building celebrated its 100th birthday over the past year. Parker and Block have taken great strides in preserving the building while keeping it up-to-date. Thanks to their work, the building remains a historic feature on the corner of Valley Road and Sunrise Drive in Rolling Bay.

Another husband-and-wife duo, Craig and Alice Skipton, were honored with the 2013 Blakely Award for Project Excellence. Through their work on the Heyday Farm, the couple has restored 23 acres of island farmland on the south side of Eagle Harbor.

Utilizing a partnership with the Kitsap Conservation District and IslandWood, the Skiptons have kept up and renovated old barns and other essential farm buildings.

“When too many of Bainbridge’s historic farms are being torn down to make way for residential development, this partnership points the way toward sustainable use, local food sources, expanded open space and preservation of historic structures and landscapes,” Williams said.

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