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Customers at the Rolling Bay post office may appear with mail in one hand, and a dog biscuit in the other. Letters are stamped and sent on, but the doggie treat is delivered directly under the counter to Muffin, the 12-year-old Jack terrier that is the post office mascot.
Nick Felkey didn’t really mind taking the Christmas card samples off the windows of his Bainbridge Photo Lab in Lundgren Station. While he admits he hadn’t paid close attention to communications from the city suggesting that he was violating the sign ordinance, he didn’t press the point when code enforcement officer Will Peddy told him – in person – that the cards created a violation by covering more than 25 percent of the window area.
When Hyla Middle School teacher Chris Johnson tells students to “mind your own business,” her authority isn’t Miss Manners – it’s Adam Smith. Hyla students who signed up for her class “Mind Your Own Business” are learning math by selling their own products at the “Holiday Market” at the Pavilion.
When Beth Ross’s obstetrician delivered her baby, he also gave her a business, at least indirectly. The doctor sent Ross a gift in the hospital. And, she says, it was tacky. So much so that she called him to complain. “I said, ‘how can you have so much money and such bad taste?’” Ross said. “And he told me I should start a business of providing tasteful gifts.”
While Washington State Ferries ridership is down slightly this year, higher fares imposed in June have, for now at least, yielded an overall increase in revenue.
Woodward Middle School seventh grader Hannah Stuart didn’t mind her brother’s preference for fast music – except when he sat behind the steering wheel. “Ben always listens to fast-beat music while he drives and it’s pretty loud,” Stuart said, “so I wondered: is it safe? Should I be uncomfortable?”
Along every trail, a tale. Blakely Harbor Park would become a walkable timeline, a serene setting that still speaks of a much busier past, under a draft plan released this week. “After working with so many sites on the island that are environmentally special, it was interesting to see one that was such a ‘human’ site that returned to nature,” said Perry Barrett, senior planner for the Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District.
Bainbridge drivers slid on snow Wednesday and got stuck in the mud Thursday. Following the Wednesday storm that left several inches of wet snow, a mudslide early Thursday closed Highway 305 and the Agate Pass Bridge, snarling rush hour traffic from about 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
AT&T can do things as a cable TV provider that other companies cannot, and is therefore the best franchise-holder for Bainbridge Island, some say. “They have the capital flow that we don’t, and can suit island demands better than Northland,” said Mark Graves, Northland’s Bainbridge manager at Wednesday’s city council meeting.
When Marti Stave started with the city of Bainbridge Island ten years ago, everything was brand new. She was a new graduate from the University of Washington with a major in urban geography. The city itself was new, as Winslow had just annexed the rest of the island. And the statewide Growth Management Act was a new mandate that required comprehensive planning.
We islanders are a demanding lot, and that includes our demands for technology. We want our cable television company to offer top-flight service and an expansive (but inexpensive) viewer package, and broad-band internet access. And we want at least one channel for our own local programming.
For the 30th anniversary year of the Bainbridge Chorale, the group takes a big step forward – and a fond look back.
How her son was going to get to Benaroya Hall was not the problem for Priscilla Jones, because everyone knows that: practice, practice, practice. The problem was how to get the young cellist to practice, practice, practice. For Jones, as for many families with budding string players, the newly formed Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra has given that daily drudgery a new purpose.
For new islander Elizabeth Moga, relocating to Bainbridge means coming home. After getting a masters degree in fine art from Washington University in 1984, Moga had left painting to work in the food service industry. By moving into a space offered by Bainbridge relatives, Moga has streamlined her life to paint again.
To fill their store with holiday customers, Winslow merchants need to empty the downtown streets and parking lots of employees, giving shoppers a place to park. “National studies show that a parking place translates into revenues of $40 to $50 per hour, or about $96,000 per year,” said Kevin Dwyer, executive director of the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce. “An employee parking in front of your store means you are potentially giving up a huge amount of revenue.”
To the east sit the posh department stores of downtown Seattle. To the west, the “big box” chains and mall outlets of Silverdale. Somewhere in the middle sits little Winslow, its homegrown merchants straining to remind islanders to keep their dollars local during the holiday season.
If the city of Bainbridge Island agrees that AT&T Broadband can take over the cable TV franchise, both AT&T and Northland will pay the utility tax that the city imposed in 1999. Northland has refused to pay the tax, asserting that under terms of a 1970 franchise agreement, the franchise fee is in lieu of all other taxes.
Book store owners Bob and Nancy Fortner complement each other while they support books, rather like the handcrafted book ends they show for the “Christmas in the Country” tour Nov. 30. “People may remember the annual book-ends show from downtown – we started it the year before the move,” Bob Fortner said. “We always, in our travels, looked for interesting book ends.”
Does downtown Winslow have a parking problem? If so, a dearth of spaces is only half of it. Consider these signs posted around town: “Customer Parking Only”...“1 Hour Parking For This Building Only”...“Private 2-Hour Customer Parking Only.” And the ubiquitous “LOOK – GATEWAY TOWING (etc.).”
Bryce and Susan Phillipy want kids to get the message that even one experiment with drugs can spell disaster. The family knows the dangers of drugs firsthand; their 17 year old son, Kyle, has been in a coma at Harborview Medical Center since ingesting morphine Nov 11.