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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

“e-author, e-book”

"You don't need to meet Michael J. Vaughn to know he wears a lot of hats. But an interview - appropriately, by email - reveals that the artistic accouterment of poet, playwright and journalist have long concealed his true aspirations - now he dons the most unusual of literary guises, that of online author.There are so many schizophrenic voices running round in my head, he writes, by way of explanation for Gabriella's Voice, his 200-page e-book now available from online outlets.Although he is loath to describe his online opus as autobiographical, he admits that his visit to Bainbridge Island three years ago was an inspiration."

  • May 27, 2000

Firefighters join union ranks

"Having voted to unionize, local firefighters will soon begin negotiating a formal contract with the Bainbridge Island Fire Department.The written agreement will codify standards for wages, working conditions, hours and benefits between the department and the new union chapter, Local 4034 of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). (Joining a union) is kind of an industry standard, said Local 4034's president, Bainbridge firefighter Greg Borgen. If your call volume goes up, it's not too far behind that the union is going to come in."

  • May 27, 2000

Cop would go a long way to help trust

"Our kids smoke pot.Some of them do, anyway. Some seem to enjoy boozing it up. Still others pack knives, probably as much to impress their friends as anything else.When one of them gets caught with such contraband on school grounds, how much attention does it deserve?That question lies at the heart of a recent spate of complaints directed at school district officials and board members."

  • May 27, 2000

They were independent to the last

"Lou Goller and Pauline Deschamps were icons of island business.Bainbridge Island prides itself on being distinctive and independent - not a part of anything or anyplace else. Louis Goller and Pauline Deschamps, two business people honored posthumously by the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce at its annual awards luncheon last week, succeeded by adopting that attitude for their businesses.Deschamps, who died Feb. 5 of this year, and Goller, who died Feb. 17, bucked the trend toward consolidation and homogenization, and thrived by going their own way, friends, family members and associates said."

  • May 24, 2000

“Tread a path for Marge, community”

"In her many years as a downtown booster and civic leader, Marge Williams always charted a path of community goodwill. Now, as the effort to establish a non-profit center in her name hums along, islanders have a chance to set that path in stone, one brick at a time."

  • May 24, 2000

Around-the-globe riders find going tough

"With the jaunt half done, an islander takes time to catch his breath.Cycling for a year across 20,000 miles of the most beautiful terrain in the world seemed like a dream come true, for riders who could afford the $36,000-dollar around-the-globe adventure.But Bainbridge Islander Len Beil, who has now traveled 7,300 miles with about 250 other cyclists on the Odyssey 2000 bike ride, said, It's turning out to be much, much more challenging than most of the other people on the ride ever imagined."

  • May 24, 2000

Empty space abstract

"A North Kitsap troupe brings oddities to BHS.An Empty Space provokes a crowded stage. Or to put it another way - director Peter Brook's book has inspired the North Kitsap-based West Sound Academy to fill the Bainbridge High School theater with dance, drama, music and visual arts. We're looking at how different acts of theater can transform the performance space, said producer Jack Yantis. The show depends upon BHS students for technical support, and involves several West Sound Academy pupils who live on the island."

  • May 24, 2000

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  • May 20, 2000

Middle earth first

"An environmentalist reading of 'Lord of the Rings.''The road goes ever on and onDown from the door where it began.Now far ahead the road has gone,And I must follow, if I can,Pursuing it with weary feet,Until it joins some longer way,Where many paths and errands meet.And whither then? I can not say.''That sounds like a bit of old Bilbo's rhyming,' says Pippin.But to a studied reader like islander Maggie Fitzgerald - that sounds like the work of old Tolkien."

  • May 20, 2000

Camera eyes take the prize

"You can't teach talent, but you can nurture it.And Bainbridge High School is reaping the rewards, in the form of Washington State High School Photography Competition prizes."

  • May 20, 2000

Munro legacy endures through fund

"Secretary of State Ralph Munro stopped in to the office a few weeks back, but we were too busy to see him. Now that's a heck of thing to say - too busy to make time for the secretary of state - and the shame is going to stick with us for a while. You have our humblest apologies, sir.Thus reproved, we can relay to readers that the occasion of his visit was the establishment of the new George and Betty Munro Foundation, an annual scholarship fund that will support one or more Bainbridge High School graduates each year as they head off to college."

  • May 20, 2000

How much is too much for water service?

"A north-end rate hike stems from higher costs, company officials say.Citing the cost of new fire safety and service improvements, the North Bainbridge Water Company has applied for a rate increase that could take effect next month.Under the proposed rates, customers who consume 846 cubic feet of water per month - last year's average - would pay 24 percent more than they do now. Heavier users would see steeper hikes."

  • May 20, 2000