Bainbridge Briefs

Winslow plan

A Winslow Subarea Plan update will be given at a public workshop from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 13 at Bainbridge High School.

It will be similar to a virtual workshop the day before from 1-3 p.m. That link is Meeting ID is 81335620228.

There will be presentations and an opportunity to ask questions and give suggested solutions.

Compost award

Jeff Gage of Green Mountain Technologies on Bainbridge Island has been named the winner of the 2023 U.S. Compost Council Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gage was recognized by the world’s leading compost trade association for his 30 years of innovating and sharing his knowledge and passion about compost and sustainability. He has expertise in microbiology, engineering and facility design. He designed one of the most innovative and efficient city compost systems in North America with less odor, zero waste and automatic process controls—called the Turned Aerated Pile Composting System.

Since 1992 Green Mountain has helped others reduce their environmental footprint, save money and produce high-quality compost.

Bridge work

Annual work on the Agate Pass Bridge on Highway 305 is set to start Feb. 13.

Cleaning and minor repairs will be done. Work is planned daily from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., with work starting earlier on weekends at 7:15 a.m.

Food grant

The Bainbridge Island School District has received a $10,000 grant from the state schools office.

The grant is to enhance plant-based offerings. The money will be used to expand menu items to include veggie burgers and wraps, and Buddha bowls, which include chickpeas, kale and rice.

Funds also will go to work on the Odyssey Garden and local farms to obtain fresh produce, with the long-term goal of having students grow food for school lunches. Finally, funds will be used to engage students in culinary programs.

BHS 1-act plays

Winter One Acts will take place at Bainbridge High School Feb. 10-11 at 7 p.m.

On Saturday there also will be a 3 p.m. matinee.

Tickets are $10. The plays are written, directed and produced by students.

BPA plays

Once the major overhaul of the Bainbridge Performing Arts is over, the 2023-24 Mainstage Season will start with The Prom in October.

“When four eccentric Broadway stars hear that trouble is brewing around a small-town prom, they know it’s time to put a spotlight on the issue—and themselves,” a BPA news release says.

Next, in December, is Disney’s Beauty and the Beast followed by the smash hit The Book of Will, a tribute to Shakespeare that also honors women behind the men who saved his immortal works and language.

The classic Cabaret will be performed in April of 2024, followed by Shakespeare’s legendary A Midsummer Night’s Dream that summer.

Teacher’s exhibit

Bainbridge High School art teacher Mary Rowland’s works will be on display at the Jeffrey Moose Gallery in February and March.

Rowland has taught at BHS since 2003. She enjoys painting and printmaking at her studio at Point No Point in Hansville.

Peacock leadership

Peacock Family Services, a Bainbridge Island nonprofit providing care for children from ages 1 to third grade, as well as family support and education for 14 years, announces two leadership transitions.

Kathy Haskin, its executive director since 2015, will become director of Strategic Initiatives, focusing on long-term projects.

Zoe Vrieling, who most recently served as Senior Program director, will take the post. Vrieling grew up on BI, and has been with Peacock for five years. Her first role was as Nature Nuts teacher, and she later became director. Since 2022, she has overseen all Peacock programs, including the Early Childhood Center.

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Shaken baby

A 22-year-old Silverdale man is being held on $500,000 bail after “shaking baby syndrome” was diagnosed in his 5-month-old son.

He was charged with second-degree assault of a child domestic violence in Kitsap County Superior Court Feb. 2. If convicted, the maximum penalty is 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

On Jan. 24 the man called 911 and said his son suffered a seizure. Medics took him to St. Michael Medical Center in Silverdale where it was discovered that the boy had up to 60 retinal hemorrhages in his right eye and up to 12 in his left eye. He also had a small bleed to the brain on his right side.

The boy was transferred to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma. The parents were interviewed there the next day.

Court records show that while the mother was at work, the baby started fussing while taking a nap. The dad held him in one hand while making a bottle. The boy then became silent, red and stiff. The dad called 911 and followed instructions until medics arrived and took him to the hospital. The mom and dad met up there. On Jan. 26 a doctor said the trauma was consistent with “shaking baby syndrome.”

Son charged

A 31-year-old Bremerton man broke into his mom’s home, pinned her to the bed as she had been sleeping, strangled her, then hit her up to nine times in the head with a glass ashtray Jan. 31.

“I thought I was going to die,” she says in court papers. The man appeared in Kitsap County Superior Court Feb. 1. Bail was set at $100,000.

He faces numerous charges, including burglary in the first degree, assault in the second degree, violation of a court order and domestic violence. Maximum penalty is life in prison and/or $80,000 in fines.

The incident occurred at 8 p.m. at a residence on Rocky Point Road. The woman suffered two broken fingers, likely from protecting herself from the ashtray, court papers say.

Meet Deets

Bainbridge Island City Councilmember Joe Deets is having open office hours Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at CUPS Espresso on 123 Bjune Drive SE in Winslow.

Longtime workers

Bainbridge Island celebrated its longtime workers recently.

Honored are: John Inch, 35 years; with 30 years are Roz Lassoff, Gretchen Brown and Dirk Roundy; 25-year employees are Ray Navarette, Jason Roger and Kathy Meysenburg; newest members of the 20-year club are Aaron Claiborne, Bob Day and Kelly Tayara.

Meet poet

A reception for Bainbridge Island’s first poet laureate Michele Bombardier will take place March 3 at 3 p.m. at City Hall.

Coffee with cop

A Bainbridge Island Coffee with a Cop event will take place Feb. 27 from 9-11 a.m. at Pegasus Coffee.

Free tax help

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide sites are open to prepare and e-file tax returns.

The free tax service is available to all taxpayers. The service includes federal personal tax returns as well as the new Washington Working Family Tax Credit. Tax-Aide is operating 111 sites in Washington for the tax season that ends April 18.

For the first time in three years due to the pandemic, Tax-Aide returns to the traditional in-person preparation at many sites statewide. To find out more go to

Kathy Haskin and Zoe Vrieling