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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.
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.