Bainbridge Island briefs

  • Friday, November 19, 2021 1:30am
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No masks outside

The Bainbridge Island School District stopped requiring students in grades 7-12 this week to wear COVID-19 protection masks outdoors.

Masks are still required elsewhere.

In his weekly report, superintendent Peter Bang-Knudsen said that option will be available to students in grades K-6 in January once they have had time to get vaccinated.

Fall windstorm

Fall windstorms continue to cause problems around Bainbridge Island.

Last weekend the road was closed between Old Mill Road and Baker Hill due to a downed power line. Puget Sound Energy and Public Works responded.

There were also road closures on Arrow Point Drive and Cove Road due to debris. That disruption was cleared.

“Use caution while driving around the island due to debris,” a city alert says, adding PSE and road cleaning crews were responding.

Also on Arrow Point Drive, a tree fell on power lines. PSE was notified.

Also Monday in North Kitsap, a downed tree and wires closed South Kingston Road NE.

Foundation grants

The Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation has awarded Community Grants totaling $16,000 to six park and recreation clubs and programs.

Grant awards include: BHS Sailing Club, $3,000 for a new C-420 sailboat for youth regattas; BI Water Polo Club, $3,000 for new conditioning equipment; Bainbridge Metro Parks stewards program, $3,000 for new tools for volunteer conservation and stewardship events; BI Swim Club, $2,775 for a new records board for the BI Aquatic Center; Boy Scouts Troop 1564, $2,775 for a new community chess table and benches at Battle Point Park; and Eagledale Pottery Studio, $1,450 for a new pug mill for recycling and reusing pottery clay.

“These programs enhance the experiences of so many park users,” said Mary Meier, parks foundation executive director. “The range of activities our Community Grants support really speaks to the rich connections we all enjoy through our parks and trails.”

Since 1998, the foundation has awarded Community Grants totaling more than $852,000. The 2021 Community Grants program is supported by Puget Sound Energy. For details go to www.biparks

BHS fundraiser

The Bainbridge High School Global Health Club is raising money to help create a Maternal Center of Excellence in Sierra Leone.

The mortality rate of pregnant women in Sierra Leone is one in 17, and 10% of children die before the age of 5 due to their underdeveloped healthcare system. The knowledge and medical technology are there to avoid these unnecessary deaths, and the new maternal center would not only function as a hospital but also a learning center for nurses and new mothers.

Their goal is to raise $4,500 this month. To explain more about their efforts there will be an educational event Nov. 20.

To register for the educational event or donate go to the BHS Partners in Health website at

Turkey Trot

The annual Turkey Trot to help Helpline House will take place anytime, anywhere between Nov. 24-28 due to continued concerns about COVID-19.

Participants can do any type of adventure: Skip, swim, ski, jog with your dog, stroll with your baby, or dance the night away.

Traditionalists can do the regular run, walk or trot 5k or one-mile Fun Run.

For details go to

Thanksgiving service

The BINK Interfaith Council will have its 17th Annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

The evening will include music, multi-faith prayers and local guest speakers with the theme, “Faithful Stories.”

The link is with the Meeting ID 841 7398 2368 and the Passcode 181253.

Derelict vessels

Derelict vessels that come loose from their moorings or come aground are an issue on Bainbridge Island.

When a boat runs aground, it can potentially release contaminants such as batteries and fuel or become an unattractive nuisance. Loose boats also are a danger to navigation. The BI Police Department and Harbormaster Tami Allen watch for derelict boats, secure them, and, if need be, dispose of them, city manager Blair King says in his weekly report.

In one of the recent storms, a 12-foot boat washed ashore at Fort Ward. The boat had no registration and was clearly abandoned. On Oct. 31, the police’s Marine Services Unit towed a vessel that was dragging anchor and blocking access to the ferry yard. It had expired tabs.

This past year, 18 vessels have been recovered or secured by police and the harbormaster. Most are returned to their owners after paying appropriate fees. “We are fortunate that the state of Washington covers most of our costs and vessel recovery is not a hit to the city’s budget,” King says.

Police log

Nov. 7, Voyeurism, Lynwood Center Road NE

Nov. 7, Theft from motor vehicles, Winslow Way

Nov. 8, Theft, Winslow Way

Nov. 8, Traffic accident, Lovell Avenue and Wyatt Way

Nov. 9, Burglary, Miller Road

Nov. 11, Theft of a vehicle, NE Day Road.

Nov. 11, Burglary, NE Sumanee Place.

Nov. 12, Assault, criminal trespass, Lynwood Center Road

Nov. 13, Traffic accident, High School Road at Sportsman Club Road.

Local scholars

Kingston: Tamsin Cody, Lawrence University Dean’s List


• Akuyea Karen Vargas of Bainbridge Island has won a Governor’s Arts in Heritage Northwest Region Luminary Award for Kitsap County. She is called “A Drum Major for Peace,” a force of nature, and an unwavering advocate for the underserved and for youth. She founded Living Life Leadership and Living Arts Cultural Heritage Center to inspire leadership, life skills, arts engagement and cultural education. When the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered schools and interrupted social life, Vargas used art as a healing force that could provide mental health benefits. She reached out to dozens of organizations to help in reach kids who were stuck at home. She organized several projects and online weekly Zoom meetings to help them through isolation, pain and trauma. A poorly edited Letter to the Editor last week left out some vital information.

• The Madison Street Diner is open. A recent Page 1 story stating otherwise was incorrect.

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