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"In one of the less glorious moments of his professional career - his first day on the job, actually - a person believed to be the editor of this newspaper wound up on the seat of his pants.The date was July 3, 1999, the event, the Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale; his folly was avarice, and the object of his downfall was a weathered metal watering can.Having been foiled in several previous auction visits, by those more fleet of foot, in his quest to pick up such an item at a discount, the editor was certain that 1999 would be the year - he would come home with a watering can, and would have a good yarn to share with readers as well. Alas, although he leapt with the drop of the rope and sprinted across the auction grounds in record time, eyes fixed on the singular prize amidst a jumble of garden equipment, his feet slipped on the damp schoolyard pavement - thud - and he suffered the double indignity of watching the coveted watering can snatched up and spirited away to a garden unknown."
"Amidst the treasure comes the junk.Or vice versa.It's Dave Corn's duty to spot the difference.You got anything I can blow up or stab somebody with? asks Corn pointedly, as a donor motors up with a pickup load of items for this weekend's Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale.Most of the stuff turns out to be acceptable - no propane tanks, for example, or useless scrap metals - and the driver rolls on through to the heart of the Woodward Middle School grounds, to drop off items that will be inspected and priced by other Rotarians and volunteers."
"While new parents may not always agree on the baby's name, the need to fill out a birth certificate forces them to make a decision. But with no such deadline, public facilities can go nameless indefinitely.With at least two groups suggesting names, the Bainbridge Island School Board is prepared to crank up the process for naming the now anonymous high school gymnasium, and perhaps the football and baseball fields as well."
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Farvour alleged to have fondled female motorists during routine traffic stops
Fancy-free dog -- lost when owner falls in park -- is found through the kindness of ranger
"Protection of the island's salmon spawning areas may begin with wider buffer and setback requirements around local streams.Policies to that end were laid out in an ordinance made available to the public this week, expected to be introduced to the city council at next Wednesday's meeting."
"Fort Ward residents will get a look Sunday at modified plans for a project that would bring affordable housing to the neighborhood.If the plan looks familiar, it will be because the neighbors - most of them, at least - have had in designing the project."
"With a new emphasis on affordable housing, the Town Square project has moved out of limbo and onto track for public discussion.And the city has embraced the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority as a partner in the study."
"Shy younger sister to Worldly Theatre, and reserved elder to flirtatious young Pop-video, Choreography often goes unwritten about as the most discrete of art forms. Yet the performers and creators at Bainbridge Dance Center wield the lingo of their medium as fluently as if dance were its own language.My students are comfortable with the modern idiom, says Susan Thompson, and surprisingly conversant in ballet. She is careful about her use of words, keen to stress that the process that converts the most emotionally raw material into dance is one of abstraction."
"The poet Larkin put it well - his Church Going puns on church attendance and the disappearance of places of worship.Children's Center Going doesn't have the same ring to it - but if there were a verse to commemorate the loss of the St. Barnabas Day Care Center, that would be it. The community and the church shared a sacred space, said parent Patricia Erskine, as the center closed down for good Wednesday after six years of operation."
"Without a hammer in sight, this year's stylish Bainbridge High School graduates remained a work, so to speak, under construction. Barbie dolls, whirling tassels and an array of self-made additions to graduation hats glistened in the sunshine as the suddenly former seniors commemorated an educational career characterized by building and work.Every school attended by the class of 2000 has undergone major renovation, noted BHS Principal David Ellick at the graduation ceremony Saturday, with a nod to the newly finished BHS gymnasium nearby. Graduation speaker Kelton Johnson followed his lead, leavening his speech with a joke at the expense of the green-burgundy Woodward color scheme, and poking fun at the architecture of the old Commodore building."
"Kitsap County's members on the state's blue-ribbon panel on ferry service agree that their job can't stop at merely restoring funds lost to Initiative 695. Instead, the group needs to look at long-term approaches that will not only preserve but expand the the Washington State Ferries system.We can't be going to the Legislature hat in hand each year, asking for appropriations from the general fund, said Rep. Beverly Woods (R-Poulsbo). It's not fair to commuters moving to Kitsap County, who need to be able to plan their commute for more than a year."
"People the world over may thrive on a challenge - but representing people the world over to audiences worldwide is itself a challenge few take up.Up With People claim to do just that as they globetrot their Broadway style musical around various small-town venues.We aim to bring the world to those people who can't afford to see it for themselves, says event coordinator Paula Whitaker."
"Bainbridge ceramic artist Brian Mackin doesn't see tension between art and commerce. In fact, he says, you can't have one without the other.Once the object goes out your door, it's a business, he says. You have to reconcile falling in love with art and the landlord who wants his rent.Mackin is one of the relatively small percentage of artists whose artwork supports a family and a mortgage. His secret formula is the same as for any business - persistence and hard work.As you go along, each year, people drop out, and you have less competition with experience, he said. Stick with it long enough, and you will break free.But there is also hard work. To get ready for his current show at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, Mackin has been spending 18 hours a day in his custom-built studio next to his house on Roberts Road."
"Orderly process, or hopeless limbo?That depends upon which side of the bureaucracy you find yourself, as evidenced by the recent discussion over a proposed downtown parking garage. Looking back on Saturday's ruminations on this subject, there is reason to pause for a mea culpa - or perhaps a we-a gulpa, as in, we swallow some pride and concede that owing to the lateness of the hour or the earliness of the deadline, we found ourselves long on rhetoric and short on research. To our discredit - as noted elsewhere on this page by esteemed City Councilman Norm Wooldridge - we did in fact miss a May 24 presentation by ubiquitous planner Bill Isley, in which he touted for the council the benefits of an affordable housing component atop the proposed garage/retail alley next to city hall. ...Or perhaps not."
"The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. Though the classics are crammed with victims hoist upon their own petard, no Midas, Polonius or suffering Heathcliff steps out of the shadows to claim that quote.It takes biblical scholars Rev. Martin Dasler and Pastor Paula L. Burchill to spot the apostle Paul in the corner - and to see in those words the blueprint for a work whose popularity rivals that of the Bible."
"Downtown Winslow merchants and the island's Chamber of Commerce continue to push the Town Square, an ambitious plan that could provide both parking for shoppers and affordable housing.But they fear the city may have have sacrificed the future to preserve the past, by offering a deal to let the Bainbridge Island Historical Society move to the vacant pet store property on Ericksen Avenue. And that, some say, puts the museum and the new parking facility in conflict."
"Life on the edge can be tough - yet island installation artist Annie Mendenhall thrives on pushing boundaries.The fluid boundary between self and (M)other/ Nature is the area for exploration she cites in her preface to Nest, one of the exhibition pieces she created as part of her studies for an MFA in New Media. Standing in front of a disused satellite dish - once the focus of the installation piece - it is hard to imagine the empty vessel ever having contained such a wealth of implications.Perhaps it's like the '60s - you just had to be there. In many ways my work is an offshoot of what was happening back then - the happenings, the street art, the environments, says Mendenhall, citing the participation demanded of the audience as they move through the space as one of the reasons why she finds it so hard to document her work."
"Whatever happened to Census 2000?Ninety-nine percent done, reports our erstwhile colleague Jack Swanson, lately a recruiter for the local arm of the federal nose-count.This was confirmed by Becky Beemer (spouse of another Review alum, fabled sportswriter Dave), who marshalled a rotating team of 10-15 fieldworkers as they tracked down those who didn't respond to the census by mail. There remains a period of accuracy checking, the so-called Coverage Improvement Follow-up, but most of the shoe-wear is over."