McKenzie finds Winslow niche

"When developer Rod McKenzie first saw Bainbridge Island, he didn't see new subdivisions in the woods, or starter castles on large lots. He saw what he calls urban living at its finest.We liked the village atmosphere of Winslow, McKenzie said. We chose to live here so we could walk instead of driving.And he has prospered on Bainbridge by making that option available to others. His Winslow Mews condominium complex on Wyatt Way between Madison and Ericksen avenues was a critical and commercial smash hit. And he hopes to repeat that success with his new Courtyards on Madison development."

  • May 17, 2000

Shakespeare here

"For those staging A Comedy of Errors, the play's name may seem like a bad joke. A mistake is no laughing matter when it comes to maintaining the precision this slippery piece of drama demands. Our production is intensely disciplined, says Amy Thone, who plays the shrewish Adriana in the Seattle Shakespeare Festival's rendition that comes to the BPA Playhouse Friday. It's like a dance - nobody can afford to miss a beat. And Shakespeare's play certainly keeps audience and actors on their toes."

  • May 17, 2000

Always first off the boat

"Fresh out of bed, Tom Berg plunges his Cannondale T7000 touring bike into the last throes of morning darkness, barreling toward the first bleary-eyed boat to Seattle.At approximately 5:07 a.m., he puts a foot down halfway up the first hill on Highway 305 and waits, glancing back at his heavily huffing partner-in-commute. In Berg's 13 years of biking to work, only a few flat tires have caused him to miss the ferry's 5:30 a.m. sailing. And setting out from his home on Hidden Cover Road, he says, sometimes he doesn't even embark early.Some mornings, I'll be leaving kind of late, he says topping the hill, but that just guarantees a better workout.Yet this morning, despite a prompt departure, he's falling behind schedule, as another yellow-florescent commuter turns in front of him from Manitou Beach Road and pedals out of sight."

  • May 17, 2000

Bridge plan speeds along to nowhere

"Illahee-to-Bainbridge bridge update: about eight people still seem to think it's a good idea.We can relay this, having reviewed several accounts of a recent Saturday morning presentation in Poulsbo by the citizen group variously known as West Sound Connections and LINKS. The group was trying to drum up support amongst North Kitsap residents for a new span connecting the peninsula with our own Crystal Springs neighborhood, with construction of a cross-island thoroughfare to a passenger-only ferry terminal at Blakely Harbor."

  • May 17, 2000

The essential man about town

"Quick: Name three things you find delightful about Bainbridge Island.Did local parks make your list? The library? The Scotch Broom Parade, or the whimsical Dixieland Band at the Grand Old Fourth celebration? Or maybe the observatory at Battle Point Park?Anyone who answered yes to any of the foregoing owes thanks to John Rudolph. And for his myriad contributions to island life, as well as for his distinguished architectural career, the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce has named Rudolph its Business Person of the Year for 2000."

  • May 13, 2000

A new Voice on the BHS campus

"None of the other names, Brian Alexander concedes, were any good.Thus, having rejected such monikers as The Bark and The Crowd, Alexander and his staff selected The Campus Voice to adorn the masthead of a new Bainbridge High School student publication that hit the street last week.I'm most pleased with getting it out, Alexander, a BHS junior who co-edited the newspaper with fellow student Brooke Faltermeier. It was a big, long haul. I have a few teachers who aren't too happy with me at the moment.Lead stories for the first issue include the debate over a proposal for an armed police liaison officer at the BHS, and an account of the recent human rights youth rally hosted by school."

  • May 10, 2000

“For Math Club, it figures”

"If six test scores have a mean of 71, a mode of 75, a median of 74.5, a range of 28 and a high score of 80, what was the lowest score?Still thinking? For those whose high school days haunt their sleep, numeracy oftentimes equals nightmare. For the math club at Bainbridge High School, however, conundrums like this are a dream. Math is not a chore, but a game to these kids,"

  • May 10, 2000

Tied to the home-based economy

"A promising business venture started with a stubbed toe. It seems that when Mark Adams was living on his sailboat, he ran forward to secure a sail. He caught his toe on the horn of a cleat, and instead of just cursing, he thought, there must be a better way.So with his fine-artist's eye, a design background and his knowledge of sailing, Adams sat down in front of his computer and designed a new-age cleat. He whittled a prototype out of epoxy, rounded up investors and advisors, and now hopes to be in production by fall.It's great for novice sailors, Adams said, because if you just wrap the line around the cleathead, it will hold temporarily. You don't need to know how to tie the proper knot.And it's home-based, one-person ventures like Adams' that are turning Bainbridge Island into an economic dynamo, according to city finance Director Ralph Eells."

  • May 10, 2000

Mongrels howl for island

"It's a dog's life, but let's sing about it anyway - that's the attitude of the Kings of Mongrel Folk.Whatever folks are going through, I like to point out the 'peopleness' of people, says Mark Graham, one-half of the musical duo whose fusion of blues, country, harmonica and vocals is a genre unto itself. The other half, Orville Johnson, believes that all an audience needs to enjoy their music is an open mind and a funnybone. They are confident the citizens of Bainbridge will pass the test. Mark Graham last played on the island in 1976, to an audience of some 400. Now he returns with Johnson in tow to perform at Port Madison Canvas Company on Friday."

  • May 10, 2000

Pool plans pared to fit smaller budget

"It was back to the drawing board, literally, for the island's new pool.The result of which is that the facility has been redesigned, in hopes of knocking $1 million off the price tag without compromising its attractions.The new design preserves 99 percent of the aquatic experience for the average visitor, said Dave Lewis, director of the Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District."

  • May 10, 2000

Students find a valid voice

"About the prospect of having an armed police liaison officer roaming the campus, Bainbridge High School students are ambivalent.Not all students welcomed the pro-environment, anti-WTO message of the singer at a recent school assembly. And the color gray as a fashion statement is, like, so out.We have new insights on these and other issues on the minds of local youths, thanks to the inaugural edition of The Campus Voice, which editors Brian Alexander and Brooke Faltermeier hope will take root as the new student newspaper at BHS."

  • May 10, 2000

Sakai Lakes takes root

"With one large-scale apartment project facing significant delays, another nearby is winding its way through the city approval process. And like the Village Square that's now on hold, the Village at Sakai Lakes project is raising general concerns about more traffic on already-busy streets.The 140-unit apartment project is planned for the 18.47-acre Sakai tract across Madison Avenue from Ordway Elementary School. The developer is island native and local real estate agent Doug Nelson, whose 27-home Woodland Village subdivision received preliminary city council approval last week after three years of review and appeals."

  • May 6, 2000

Patronage without payment

"Impoverished artists are nothing new.It's penniless patrons who are taking to the streets these days - with more places than ever to go.Art can be for everyone, says Meri-Michael Collins, coordinator of this weekend's Arts Walk. It's fun, informal and of course, it's free. The quarterly event, which takes place 12-4:30 p.m. Sunday, features art in 30 venues, twice as many as events last year. Highlights will include poetry in the Pavilion, gallery and artist receptions, and musical performances throughout WInslow, all at no charge. More restaurants than in past years are also getting involved, by offering tastings and culinary demonstrations. Collins is excited by the event's increasing popularity. Participating businesses and establishments have spread from Winslow Way up past city hall to the library, and Collins said she anticipates a mixed crown turn-out. Like Spring, the Arts Walk just keeps growing, she says.'Surround yourself with art is the Arts Walk motto. Restaurant-owner Laura Ramadan takes the maxim literally. This could be a gallery, she says, gesturing around the four walls of Bistro Pleasant Beach on Winslow Way, participating for the first time in the Arts Walk. The paintings on the wall are by Bainbridge artists whose colorful and lively work complements the Mediterranean ambience her establishment, and she warms particularly to two depictions of European city scenes."

  • May 6, 2000

A new haven for XX art

"Whether men write with phallic pens or women conceive of fetal art remains a matter for academic debate.But gallery owner Beverly Thetford is nurturing women artists with maternal care - and you needn't be a feminist theorist to appreciate the results.I'm just one of the lucky ones, says paper artist Wade Garretson, among many who blossomed because of Thetford's eye for talent and heart for praise. Standing in Pastiche Antiques on Winslow Way, her haven for artists of more than one X chromosome, Thetford is at ease describing the subtle intricacies of the works she displays. So many of my girls just don't realize their talent, she says.Six years ago, Thetford began to promote the work of female friends who were apprehensive about their artistic gifts.Charging no commission and fuelled by her mother's love of museums, she began displaying friends' work in her antiques store. Within three weeks she had a year's worth of exhibitions planned. She has found that many of her artists went on to exhibit in galleries or to work on larger projects."

  • May 6, 2000

Islander bids to unseat Sheldon

"Vowing to streamline government regulations, fully fund the ferry system and cap property taxes, Republican Dan Murphy has launched a campaign for the state senate.Murphy, a Bainbridge Island attorney, has launched a campaign to unseat Democrat Betti Sheldon, 23rd District incumbent."

  • May 6, 2000

Time to reopen the sacred text

"The Bainbridge Island Comprehensive Plan, a colleague recently mused, is much like the Old Testament of the Bible. You can, he suggested, use it to justify any opinion you like.Indeed, just as the biblical deity can be portrayed as vengeful or forgiving, capricious or stoic, so it seems does our comp-plan offer conflicting guideposts for island living."

  • May 5, 2000

Student sculpture stacks up

"Art is where the heart is, if the work of some talented students is anything to go by. Aspiring sculptors at Bainbridge High School are doing it for the joy - and have volunteered to give their work to the school. I had no concept - I just designed what looked cool, said artist and designer Jon Kellog.BHS art teacher Sissel Feroy said she is excited because art has never before been donated to the school. An 8-1/2-foot-tall sculpture now being created is subject to interpretation, but is sure to make an impression on any viewer."

  • May 3, 2000

Green: state ferry system is terminal

"Last week's announcement that Bainbridge ferry service won't be cut this summer doesn't mean that the funding problems caused by Initiative 695 are over. To the contrary, the Legislature's fix was more akin to a terminally ill patient's being hooked to life-support systems - life may be prolonged, but the underlying ailment is untreated and will prove fatal.That grim assessment came from Paul Green, chief executive officer of Washington State Ferries, who spoke Monday at the Bainbridge Island Economic Vitality Conference."

  • May 3, 2000

Eclecticism on the beaten path

"Whether we like to admit it or not, much of Bainbridge is, shall we say, establishment. And much of it is high budget.But a new gift and craft store at 578 Winslow Way East runs counter to those trends. As its name implies, Barefoot on Bainbridge is decidedly relaxed.And its owners will be happy to make a living, not a fortune. The existing outlets are for very expensive artwork or well-established artists, said co-owner Jay Ekstrom. We're trying to go more for the craftsperson, providing something affordable and usable."

  • May 3, 2000

Third ferry casualty in budget

"Bainbridge Island ferry service won't be cut this summer - with the exception of the third boat introduced during peak tourist season last year.But the prospect for rolling back city taxes don't look as bright as they did a month ago. Those are among the results of the stop-gap state budget that the Legislature passed Thursday, after the close of second special session in Olympia."

  • Apr 29, 2000