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What began as a neighborhood water tank grew to become one of the island’s largest utility systems, and perhaps its longest-running family business. The legacy now draws to a close, as North Bainbridge Water Company officials this week announced sale of the system to the Poulsbo-based Kitsap Public Utility District.
The Bainbridge Island City Council signed off last week on the south-end sewer plan. And while that was a necessary step towards bringing sewer service for four south-end neighborhoods, it didn’t ensure that the sewers will actually be installed.
Bainbridge demands high quality, but its residents are, for the most part, sensitive to environmental concerns. Catering to those realities, Tom Jorgensen made a niche for himself by turning out high-quality woodworking in an eco-friendly fashion. In so doing, he’s not only making a statement, but getting out ahead of what he thinks the law will someday require of all craftsmen.
Student access to Internet sites with “militant/extremist” content should be prevented, the Bainbridge School Board decided last week. But access to sites that deal with drugs and cults are still okay, after the board voted to “filter” just one of eight categories recommended by a parental advisory group.
As each candle of the menorah is lit, the glow illuminating the faces of family and friends grows brighter. The Jewish Hanukkah ritual of lighting candles has been duplicated every year for millenia. Despite the weekend’s deluge, this glow was especially bright on Saturday, the seventh day of Hanukkah in the Jewish year 5,761.
The exclusion of Bainbridge Island’s Japanese-American citizens during World War II was one of the community’s greatest tragedies. The return of so many of those people, and their resuming their place on the island, was one of the community’s greatest triumphs.
Did the city – and by extension, the Bainbridge Island community – get a good deal? Will transfer of the local cable television franchise to AT&T Broadband serve island consumers?
Double Stop vocalist Lynne Ferguson pulls out all the stops for Helpline. Ferguson and husband Roger bring their Double Stop duo to join Rocking Arrow and The Recliners in a benefit concert for Helpline House Dec. 15.
Gordon and Christine Wilson are more deeply rooted in island soil than the 50-year-old holly trees they harvest and sell at Christmas. Wilson’s maternal grandfather, Abraham Thompson, bought the 10 acres that are the Island Holly Farm in the mid-1890s, and the original farmhouse still stands.
Bill Covert’s students don’t hum just any old tune. The Wilkes fourth graders are creating their own song for a world premier. “Making up music is fun. I like it,” student Grace Campbell says. “I hope I get to hear them sing our song – but it’s up to my parents.”
In tough times, even sprites, brownies, pixies and nymphs may find themselves displaced. Indeed, three wooded parcels along the mythically named Fairy Dell Trail – properties generally assumed to be part of the north-end park, but in fact under private ownership for decades – are for sale as the late owner’s estate is settled.
Asked what long-term investments he makes these days, an elderly friend of ours recently quipped: “I don’t even buy green bananas anymore.” We certainly don’t fault our friend’s focus on quick returns for his portfolio. But such strategies make less sense in our civic sphere, as when, for example, the city is asked to consider a rezone to add 200 ferry-related parking spots west of Highway 305 near the Winslow Ravine.
Patti Shannon went shopping for antiques in Winslow last fall, and ended up buying the store. She stopped in at Ethereal, a new store in the the space below Sandy’s barber shop on Winslow Way, and learned that it was about to close. As collecting had always been Shannon’s hobby, she made an appointment with the owners at the end of October and signed a lease Nov. 1.
Owners of most of the private parking next to the Winslow ferry terminal want to expand their operation on the southwest side of Highway 305. And to prompt the required zoning change, they are offering “environmental benefits” – removing the land from the development rolls and possibly turning the ravine into a park, with access trails stretching from the waterfront to John Nelson Park by the winery.
Organizers of It’s About Time...for Kids!! say it’s about time for Bainbridge to re-open the conversation about – and with – its children. “I have a picture in my mind of how things could be,” coordinator Geoff Ball said. “You’ll stand on the curb, and everywhere you’ll see adults cross the street to talk to young people.”
For some, coffee is a matter of consciousness. For others, conscience. Count among the latter the Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Islands Association, which for a decade has been importing Nicaraguan coffee beans to fund relief projects in that Central American country.
It’s a critter Christmas at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts. The seasonal spirit that brings out the child in the most Scrooge-like adult has artists looking to the animal kingdom for inspiration in “Holiday Magic with Kathe Fraga and Friends.”
Browsing through back issues of this newspaper while looking for something else, we paused to re-read the many letters on the Madison/High School roundabout. What struck us in retrospect was not the degree of opposition – we remembered that – but of the vituperation.
For Unitarian Universalists, the spiritual journey is more important than the destination. They call themselves a fellowship, a community of inquirers who reject the dogmas and creeds of other denominations. “We believe in people thinking for themselves, connecting with their own belief system,” said Rick Koyle, consulting minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap.
Delegations from the city and AT&T Broadband hammered out a tentative deal Friday afternoon under which AT&T would take over the city’s cable television franchise from Northland Cable.