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“More in, more out for city racesLast-minute filings filled out several contests.”

"Nothing like a little controversy to inspire new candidates.Citing his disapproval of recent traffic calming projects and plans for a roundabout at High School and Madison Avenue, 20-year-old Houston Wade has entered the fray for the central ward, position 4 city council seat. "

  • Aug 1, 2001

An aesthetic of fortunate mistakesJewelry artist Jane Martin finds her own way to artistic success.

"Artists like Jane Martin develop unique processes - and then step back out of the way to let them work.In the exhibit opening Aug. 4 at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, Martin shows earth-toned jewelry that bears the imprint of construction.I take advantage of so-called 'mistakes,' Martin said. When I was at school, and someone said 'This is how you have to do it,' I'd try it that way once - and then do it my own way.This is about my artistic expression. I'm an artist who happens to make jewelry. "

  • Aug 1, 2001

“Are we losing the space race?Ferry parking regularly spills into downtown, vexing merchants.”

"You could see them sporting Mariners caps and oversized tickets to the All-Star baseball game in Seattle, circling in vain for a parking space at the ferry terminal.Then you could see them give up, drive back into downtown Winslow, leave their car in a two-hour parking space and catch the boat - in so doing, joining the growing legion of illegal ferry parkers.We are in danger of being strangled by a string of vehicles looking for non-existent parking places, said Mayor Dwight Sutton. They are occupying our streets and not doing anything at all for downtown.While it takes a high-profile event like July's baseball All Star game to cast the problem in dramatic relief, proximity to Seattle is both boon and bane of Bainbridge.Island residents take advantage of the fact that the big city is only 35 minutes away. Studies show that almost half of island households have at least one daily cross-sound commuter, and those who don't go daily do go frequently. "

  • Aug 1, 2001

“Hail, king of the salmonA sculpture outside city hall will raise funds for local causes.”

"A salmon big enough to be the one that got away is swimming next to city hall.The Bainbridge salmon is part of Soul Salmon 2001, a school of 200 Puget Sound fish sponsored by groups and individuals to benefit local programs and charities.The eight-foot long fiberglass sculpture, decorated by artist Sally Prangley Rooney and commissioned by Debbie Brainerd, will be dedicated in a ceremony at 12 p.m. Aug. 1 outside the city hall south entrance. When the truck delivering the salmon pulled up to my studio in May, it looked like someone had caught the biggest fish in the world, Rooney said. Now it looks like something out of a story book - it just brings a smile to my face. "

  • Aug 1, 2001

New faces in council races

"Some new faces and a few familiar ones came forward to seek public office as filing week wound down Friday afternoon.Through 2 p.m. Friday, just two hours before the cutoff, all city races were shaping up to be contested. "

  • Jul 28, 2001

“Finding a universal fingerprintUnity Church on Bainbridge offers an upbeat, non-judgmental faith.”

"Editor's note: This is the third article in a monthly series examining the island's faith community. As the parishioners file out of Unity Church's Sunday service at the Bainbridge Performing Arts Playhouse, there's no handshake from pastor Vici Derrick - it's a full hug.Thank you and God bless you, one says.Oh, he does indeed, Derrick replies, and he blesses you, too.Sort of a combination Della Reese of television's Touched by an Angel and the Statue of Liberty, the regal Derrick embodies Unity's upbeat approach to Christianity. "

  • Jul 28, 2001

“Council hopefuls few, so farOnly one of three seats is yet contested, as candidate filing week opens.”

"The first day of candidate filing Monday produced a contest for Bainbridge's north ward city council seat, when Christine Nokes and Deborah Vancil filed for the seat to be vacated by Liz Murray.Vancil, a planning commissioner, had previously announced her intent to run for the seat. Nokes, a Point Monroe resident, could not be reached Tuesday.In the central ward, Bill Knobloch is the first declared candidate for the seat presently held by Merrill Robison, who has said he will not seek re-election. At least one other candidate is expected to file by week's end. "

  • Jul 25, 2001

Knobloch will run for central ward seatThe activist has yet to settle on one of two council positions.

"Saying he wants to plan intelligently for development before it gets out of hand, retired pilot Bill Knobloch has declared himself a candidate for Bainbridge Island City Council from the central ward.We're at the early stages of growth, Knobloch said. It's important that we manage the assets we have correctly, because as an island, we do not have the option of adding land. "

  • Jul 25, 2001

Love beneath the canopy of the worldRomantic and classical music is the fare at the Bloedel summer concerts.

"Vocalists whose name means plant life music may seem particularly well-suited to the Bloedel Reserve venue. The acres of exquisite plantings form the backdrop to the Brahms, Schubert and Schumann sung by Flora Musica - named for the interests of founding members Gerry Hyatt Bergstrom and Sydney Keegan, a fascination that helped bring them together.They met while both were members of the Washington Native Plant Society, and Bergstrom conducted the Port Townsend Community Chorus in the late 1980s while Keegan sang with the group.Both were accomplished musicians. "

  • Jul 25, 2001

Still a few steps to go on the path

"The community pathway can still use a few more bricks. But there's some other work to be done in the meantime. We checked in last week with Marge Williams Center board members Kate Carruthers and Wendy Johnson, who reminded us of the final (?) round of work parties slated at the center this week. Volunteers are asked to drop in from 5-9 p.m. July 25-26, to take care of the odd and ends - painting, trim work, what have you - left to be completed at the center on Winslow Way. "

  • Jul 25, 2001

“Landing sold again, this time to Montana interestA local representative vows a scaled-down plan, with no hotel.”

"Bainbridge Island's trophy development property has changed hands for a third time.The new owners say their version of the Winslow Landing project will be less dense and intense than its predecessor. And they say that this time, it will really happen. "

  • Jul 25, 2001

Elemental art from the inner worldPosters by Susan Brown prefigure the August Arts Walk.

"When artist Susan Brown could not see the physical world, she had to look to the world of the imagination. Now, the two visions unite in a series of paintings Brown exhibits during the Aug. 5 Arts Walk, also on view as Arts Walk's poster art.It's the first public showing of her work since Brown suffered a debilitating eye illness that lasted three years.During the periods when my eyes were too painful to open, my creative energy - which would not shut off - turned to my inner world, she said. "

  • Jul 21, 2001

Wild kingdomRavenous raccoons and a wily coyote keep homeowners on their guard.

"They came like thieves in the night, hiding behind cartoonish burglar masks, their little gloved hands testing windows and screens.First, they found their way in through a pet door, eating three bowls of cat food and leaving the room in disarray.But when two raccoons began scaling a lattice and climbing through an upstairs window in search of food, Lizann Hupp and her husband Jeff Garlid figured it was time to call in the authorities. "

  • Jul 21, 2001

“City sued over traffic stop, permitsPolice admit they erred in 1999, over a vehicle they thought was stolen.”

"An admitted mistake by the Bainbridge Police Department and a change of position by the city planning department have led to two separate lawsuits in Kitsap County Superior Court.In one action, Bainbridge resident Jason Hebert claims that in 1999, police stopped him and a friend at gunpoint, believing the car carrying the two 17-year-olds was stolen. "

  • Jul 21, 2001

Attorney Scott to seek schools postHe plans to file for the spot being vacated by Doug Picha.

"Mike Scott will run for the school board position being vacated by incumbent Doug Picha. My wife and I have always loved the high value this community places on education, Scott said, and we've had a good experience with the Bainbridge schools. So I want to work to make it a good experience for others. "

  • Jul 21, 2001

“Local food,local flavorOwner emphasizes home-grown foodto help preserve Bainbridge farmland.”

"When it comes to food, you can't beat home-grown.So says Jeannie Alexis Wood, owner-chef at La Belle Saison restaurant. Since she opened the Winslow Mall restaurant in 1999, Wood has made a point of featuring Bainbridge products. It's equal parts philosophy and quality, she said. The product is always so fresh and wonderful. And if you eat locally you can save the beautiful farms.The restaurant uses eggs, berries, milk, vegetables, potatoes, onions and garlic from island farms. While you can buy a California chardonnay or an Oregon Pinot Noir, most of the wines come from the Bainbridge Island Winery.We make our own sausage, our own croissants, which take two days, and our own catsup, Wood said. We don't buy convenience-packaged ingredients. "

  • Jul 18, 2001

Music guild ensemble takes stageTeachers plan an evening of improvisation.

"Commando musicians are infiltrating the island.The Concerts in Waterfront Park audience will witness a two-pronged attack July 18, as the featured ensemble plays both fiddle tunes and jazz.We are individuals highly trained to deal with tense, dangerous musical situations whose special assignment is to penetrate deep into suburban middle class sensibilities, drummer John Lester said, somewhat tongue-in-cheek. "

  • Jul 18, 2001

St. Cecilia to offer kindergartenThe next goal would be a Catholic grade school.

"The Mustard Seed has sprouted.The new pre-school and kindergarten, a program of St. Cecilia Catholic Church opening in fall 2001, grew from an idea planted seven years ago by parishioners. When Father Dennis (Sevilla) came on board last year, he was very willing to let us give it a try, said Mary Corbin, Mustard Seed's co-organizer with Cathy Lubovich and Jeannette Vasicek. "

  • Jul 18, 2001

Whoops! (Part One)

"Ever have one of those projects that just seems to be snakebit? Where all of the perversity of the universe comes down on your head in one giant helping of bad mojo?Such is the case, it seems, with Bainbridge's roundabout at High School Road and Madison Avenue. The latest mishap, reported elsewhere in these pages, was the city's failure to remind its bidders on that road project that state law requires them to list their subcontractors. Because none of the five did so -- something that strikes us as odd -- the state deemed all of the bids nonresponsive and void.The only remedy, it seems, is to readvertise the project. "

  • Jul 18, 2001

“Refund, but no ride, for ticket booksFerry commuters can get their money back, with effort.”

"As of last week, those frequent-rider ferry tickets you bought back in May suddenly became a whole lot less useful.They aren't worthless. They just won't get you onto the ferry anymore. The concept was good, but the implementation could have been better, said Alice Tawresey, chair of the State Transportation Commission's Tariff Policy Committee, of the change to new ferry ticket books that has left some commuters irked. "

  • Jul 18, 2001