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Having passed one last test, Bainbridge High School graduate Emily Silver will take to the water when the women’s 4x100 freestyle relay team races Saturday at the Beijing Summer Olympics.

  • Friday, August 8, 2008 7:11pm
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Silver to swim relay Saturday

Having passed one last test, Bainbridge High School graduate Emily Silver will take to the water when the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay team races Saturday at the Beijing Summer Olympics.

Silver reclaimed her berth in the relay after performing well in a time trial Thursday, according to her father Bob Silver’s blog, “Bainbridge to Beijing.”

The 22-year-old was named to the relay in early July after a fifth-place finish at the Olympic trials in Omaha, Neb.

But in a semifinal event shortly after her qualifying swim, Silver took an extra stroke at the end of a race, breaking two fingers on the edge of the pool.

She underwent surgery at the Stanford Medical Center and continued training with a waterproof cast. Silver and her parents arrived in Beijing earlier this week, with the U.S. Olympic swimming team.

Silver was asked to swim a time trial Thursday to ensure her hand was in racing shape.

Coaches were looking for a sub-55 second time. Cheered on by teammates, Silver swam a 54.9, according to Bob Silver.

The successful trial means Silver will suit up for the preliminary 4×100 freestyle relay Saturday at 9:22 p.m. PST, carried on KING 5 TV.

Finals for the relay are scheduled for Sunday at 11:18 a.m.

Read Bob Silver’s blog from Beijing at Olympic schedules are posted at

Meeting set for land use

The city will air a first installment of proposed updates to its land use code at a public meeting Tuesday. Changes for land uses and districts will be up for comment in Council Chambers at 6:30 p.m.

Development standards, subdivisions and administration will be covered at public hearings later this year, according to a city release.

The city’s land use code governs zoning, and sets standards for how land land can be used within each zone.

Proposed changes include new descriptions of permitted land uses, new and clearer definitions, and standards that are better organized to reduce complexity, according to the release.

“This update process is not intended to make changes in the island’s zoning,” planner Kelly Dickson said. “Instead, it will provide both city staff and the public with a better tool for evaluating proposed land use practices.”

Land use planning firm Clarion Associates has been consulting with the city on the update proccess.

An initial review of land use code was completed in February and Clarion completed an outline of large-scale revisions in May.

The city will hold public hearings on the update through September. It plans to finish a consolidated draft land use code next spring with the goal of passing an ordinance in the summer of 2009.

More information and a draft of the updates are available on the city’s website at

New leader at Messenger

Messenger House Care Center has a new administrator, Terry Myers, who has an extensive background in the long-term care industry.

Myers has worked in long-term health care since 1996, including as administrator of Montesano Health and Rehabilitation Center in Grays Harbor.

She also was head of the Chapter 5 Washington Health Care Association Board of Governors, chair of the Grays Harbor RSN Mental Health Advisory Board and president of the East Grays Harbor County Rotary Club.

Myers said her goal for the 96-bed skilled nursing facility, which has served the island since 1960, is for it to become recognized as a leader in long-term dementia care and of geriatric rehabilitation for post-acute care on the island.

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