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"A little education goes a long way, but few teachers would attempt to cram a civilization into a single classroom.The last five months have been a rollercoaster experience, says Woodward Middle School science teacher Carl Lindbloom, leaping onto a 16-square-foot model island to dislodge a lump of sediment from the small-scale pond and get the mini loop-de-loop moving."

  • Jun 10, 2000

Unocal station in limbo of pollution

"We used to find ourselves mightily annoyed by the vacant Unocal lot at the corner of Winslow Way and Highway 305.Back in the day, when mounds of polluted dirt still blighted the grounds, and before local youngsters adorned the bland fence with whimsical murals - come to think of it, before there was a fence at all - the property was Winslow's number one eyesore. Yet it was the first site greeting visitors coming off the ferry."

  • Jun 10, 2000

House race now Phil R. vs. Phil R.

"When the campaigning is done and the last vote counted, voters in the 23rd Legislative District will have their Phil.Republican Phil Rasmussen, a Poulsbo businessman and mechanical engineer, will oppose incumbent Democrat Phil Rockefeller of Bainbridge Island for the seat in the state House of Representatives."

  • Jun 10, 2000

Fouled lot will stay that way

"More than a decade after the Union 76 gas station near the ferry terminal was torn down, petroleum still laces the site's soil and groundwater - with no plans for cleanup in sight.Under the cleanup laws, (station owners) have to report when contamination occurs, and they have to come up with a focus study, said Washington State Department of Ecology spokesman Curt Hart. But there is nothing that requires the cleanup to be done in a certain amount of time.Sitting at the southwest corner of Highway 305 and Winslow Way, the lot and its chain-link fence, brightened by children's paintings of ferries and island landmarks, has become a familiar fixture for commuters."

  • Jun 10, 2000

Two scoops of verve

"Eric Two Scoops Moore isn't greedy - he just has a lust for life and a taste for double portions.Two scoops of loving keep me satisfied, says the Boston-based Moore, who cites food as his consuming passion, not counting his wife Amy.Album titles like Clean Plate and Hungry speak for themselves, and suggest that music is also high on Moore's list of life-long loves.For it is as a musician that Moore earns his daily bread. Having toured blues and jazz festivals for six years with recording partner Luther Guitar Junior Johnson, he returns Saturday to play the piano for the third time at Island Center Hall, leading a band that includes Guy Quitino on bass, Jim King on sax and Cutts Peaslee on drums. His high-energy swing dance music always has people's feet moving, park district events coordinator Sue Hylen said of Moore's island performances."

  • Jun 10, 2000

A passel of readings set

Those with a cultural appetite have long enjoyed a rich and varied island diet. But the smorgasbord of literary tasters served up over the next few days could convert even the adamantly uncouth - and you can get your mind candy without so much as opening a book.

  • Jun 7, 2000

Take a journey to fabled Oz

"A creative kid is a resourceful creature - receptive to the wealth of possibilities that the treasure trove some teachers call history can yield.So proves the upcoming BPA production of Ozma of Oz, which fuses multi-cultural influences past and present into a place where garbage turns into jewelry and dreams become reality. For these kids, anything is possible, said costume designer Hollie Clark. We've made so much come from what looked like nothing."

  • Jun 7, 2000

Resources for kids

"Kids, computers and collaboration - common enough solutions, but what's the problem?Gaps in youth services, if you listen to those involved in the Community Connections for Youth. And the Glaser Foundation certainly was in September of last year, when it awarded a grant proposal by the Housing and Human Services Council $100,000 to establish an umbrella group for island youth agencies."

  • Jun 7, 2000

Nice view at end of road

"We strolled down to our neighborhood road end last evening to take in the view. Hope the neighbors didn't find us too obtrusive.Truth is, we just sat there on a bench for 10 minutes and watched the sun set over Rich Passage. The vista was brilliant, the sound of the lapping waves sublime, and the scattering of boot and paw prints on the sand below us suggested we weren't alone in thinking so.It's no secret that Bainbridge is woefully short on public shoreline access."

  • Jun 7, 2000

“Landing mired in planning, legal woes”

"Neighborhood concerns ranging from traffic impacts to the dislocation of rats have prompted planning officials to take a fresh look at the proposed Winslow Landing development.Meanwhile, developer Gale Cool is seeking to postpone a foreclosure sale of the prime property, at least until his attorneys begin unsnarling the financial tangle left behind by Jason Lowe, the former owner"

  • Jun 7, 2000

“Farewell, Harry, hello, Bainbridge”

"The twilight zone between memory and fiction is a place where creativity thrives.So, it seems, is Bainbridge - which is why writing director Garrett Bennett has chosen to set his film right here on the island where he grew up. My film has a timeless, magical feel, Bennett said. I'm familiar enough with the Island to know it will make the ideal fictitious setting. Bennett said he hopes to shoot his cinematic debut around local courtyards, harbors and old farm houses, amongst other locations."

  • Jun 3, 2000

Two injured in bakery propane blast

"Two kitchen workers were injured in a Thursday morning propane blast at the Blackbird Bakery, hours after a north-end home was blackened in a fire. The explosion, blamed on a propane-fired oven in the Winslow Way bakery, blew off a door on the side of the building and sent shards of glass from the storefront's large windows flying onto Winslow Way. Two Blackbird employees were preparing the morning's pastries in the bakery's kitchen when the explosion occurred."

  • Jun 3, 2000

Business park plan moving forward

"The expansion of the light manufacturing district on Day Road is one step closer, earning the city's preliminary nod for the plan's environmental impacts.But with neighbors mobilizing in opposition, final approval is not foregone.The question of whether that property is going to be used for light manufacturing is not really an issue now, because it was settled during the Comprehensive Plan process, associate city planner Debbie Randall said. They can't have houses up there - it's not zoned for it.The only question now is whether they can mitigate the environmental impacts of that development."

  • Jun 3, 2000

The right impressionist

"A carefully caged bird or a neatly arranged still life won't live long. Sometimes disarray is a sign of life - it's a secret that island existence has taught painter Peggy Brunton well. You find some real jewels around here, says Brunton, but you need a little ugliness to appreciate the beauty. Brunton says she likes to throw in the odd wilted flower or some muddy colors to keep the sense of spontaneity alive in her paintings. And she says she's always, ready to be surprised, referring with a cheeky smile to the roadside entrepreneurs and deserted schooners she discovered on her rambles."

  • Jun 3, 2000

“Housing is out there, so good luck”

"Life's little coincidences.Just as local property owners are getting over thewallop of this week's reassessment notices - on Bainbridge Island, top-dollar sales have driven valuations up an average of 15 percent over last year - we slide right into National Home Ownership Week, June 3-10.Alas, with home prices skyrocketing here, pride of ownership is decreasingly likely for many of us, at least if we hope to stay in this community."

  • Jun 3, 2000

A new tune for local musicians

">The writer confesses his shameless envy of the interviewee.Whenever business is slow, he notes, Carson Farley can just walk across the room, pick up a guitar and noodle away the afternoon.Or a keyboard, in my case, said Farley, plunking out a tune on a flashy Yamaha at the new Island Music store, upstairs at Winslow Mall."

  • May 31, 2000

Island assessments shoot up 15 percent

"Your home as investment is paying off.Bainbridge Island property values are up an average of 15 percent over last year, with reassessment notices arriving in local mailboxes this week.I'm blown away whenever I go up there (to Bainbridge), and see what people are paying for properties, said Jim Avery, Kitsap County assessor.The island already has far and away the highest home and land prices in the county, and again is seeing the area's biggest jump in assessed valuations."

  • May 31, 2000

“Glad to say, Leigh to stay”

"Seems like every time we turn around, we're saying goodbye to Leigh Kennel.Back when we moved to Bainbridge, lo those many years ago, the irrepressibly cheerful Kennel was among the first islanders we had the pleasure of meeting."

  • May 31, 2000

Seattle Symphony back to island

"Who knows whether British composer Gustav Holst's The Planets really strives for universal unity, post-World War One. But for the violinist who has dedicated himself to performing the large-scale orchestral work, music has always moved both heaven and earth. I've had to juggle a lot of responsibilities to keep up with my music, says Rick Tarbill, Bainbridge High School violin student.Tarbill is missing his senior prom in order to play excerpts from The Planets with the Seattle Symphony Friday, and says the sacrifice is definitely worth it."

  • May 31, 2000

Council says no to second bridge

"No bridge, thanks.By a 7-0 vote, the Bainbridge Island City Council this week formally opposed the idea of a second span connecting the island to the Kitsap Peninsula.I'm sure from Illahee west, it has its merits, said Councilman Jim Llewellyn, who co-sponsored the resolution with Councilwoman Christine Nasser.From Point White east, it has none."

  • May 27, 2000