History heroes

Joel Sackett and Felix Narte Sr. will be honored Feb. 10 as 2023 History Heroes at the Bainbridge History Museum’s annual meeting.

Open to the public, it will be at St. Barnabas Church from 1-3 p.m. Sackett and Narte Sr. have made significant contributions to preserving and promoting the history of Bainbridge Island.

The event will also feature guest speaker Jonathan Evison, a New York Times best-selling author who has published eight novels and garnered numerous awards and honors for his literary achievements. He grew up on BI and reflects on the island’s transformations.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Autumn leaving

Bainbridge Climate Mitigation and Adaptation manager Autumn Salamack is leaving after two years to take a job with King County Metro.

City manager Blair King says in his weekly newsletter that the city’s first hire in that position helped the Climate Change Advisory Committee, was key to the Waste Reduction Ordinance, the Climate Smart Challenge, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project, new carbon offset project requirements and more.

It will take approximately six months to fill the position, and staff is identifying resources to continue the work on an interim basis.

New website

Kitsap County government was set to have a new website,, online Feb. 1.

The change is part of an effort to enhance user experience and streamline the agency’s online presence.

Business moves

Churchmouse Yarns & Teas, a knitting store once located in Winslow, is moving to Kingston at 6810 NE Highway 101 in March.

John Koval, co-founder and chief operations officer, said it plans to adopt an innovative business concept to serve its customers.

After closing in August of 2020, it went to online only. Its new location is a working studio, and a couple times a month it plans an open studio and other events such as trunk shows, workshops, knit-alongs and guest speakers.

Online auction

The Bainbridge School Foundation 20th Annual Gala is sold out, but the online auction is open until 7 p.m. Feb. 10.

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ReFashion deadline

The annual ReFashion Show isn’t until May 19 at Islandwood, but the call for artists deadline is Feb. 11.

Entrants have a choice of three categories: old stalwarts “Upcycled Ready-To-Wear,” and “Mystery Box,” along with a new category this year, “Shop Your Closet.”

Back for its eighth year, the fashion show celebrates wearable apparel created by reusing or repurposing old garments and material.

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Course honored

Verdant fairways and a variety of challenging holes contributed to White Horse Golf Club being named one of the top courses in the United States for design.

The Kingston course was named the 25th top public golf course for its layout by Golf Pass, a golf service of NBC. White Horse, owned by Suquamish Clearwater Casino and Resort, was the only Northwest course to make the list.

“It’s tree-lined, has elevation changes, and a little bit of water here and there,” longtime general manager and head PGA professional Bruce Christy said. “It’s a course a lot of people love to play, even though it’s tough and has some teeth to it. Even if it kicked their rear-end, players can’t wait to come back again and give it a try.”

In announcing the top course layouts Golf Pass staff stated, “These golf courses captured the imaginations of countless visitors in 2023 with their fascinating designs. For many golfers, the layout is the number one priority for their golf experience.”

The playability of the course is second to none in the area, Christy said. “For a public golf course, it is maintained almost like a private course… It’s a course people enjoy playing because they know it’s kept in premiere shape year-round.”

Bridge cleaning

Agate Pass bridge will undergo its annual cleaning and maintenance Feb. 20-23.

The state Department of Transportation will work on it from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Travelers can expect delays of 30 minutes or longer in both directions on Highway 305 during those hours.

Water tank

Construction has begun on the new $26.5 million Winslow High Water Tank as crews began earth work last week and are set to start foundation work soon.

Crews created a path for pedestrians and cyclists while the access road near the softball field north of the high school (connecting the schools to New Brooklyn Road) is closed due to construction.

The water tank will replace one of two aging one million gallon tanks with a two million steel hydropillar tank.

EV stations

Bainbridge Island has been awarded $47,250 to support the installation of four Electric Vehicle charging stations for city fleet vehicles at City Hall and the Ted Spearman Justice Center.

The grant award will help advance the city’s Climate Action Plan goals and fleet electrification efforts. Currently, 3% of the city fleet is electric with additional EVs planned for purchase and on order this year.

The amount is part of $85 million in state grants awarded to help fund nearly 5,000 such stations statewide.

BI police log

1-29: Theft, 10200 block of NE Darden Lane

1-30: Malicious mischief, 100 block Ericksen Ave NE

1-31: Fraud, 400 block Robinwood Dr NE

1-31: Malicious mischief, 6800 block NE Seabold Church Rd

1-31: Assault, 200 block Olympic Dr SE

2-1: Malicious mischief, 200 block Madison Ave N

2-4: Theft, 600 block Landmark Ct. NE