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The Best Zucchini Bread Recipe

It’s zucchini season, which for my family means zucchini bread. This recipe is my mother’s, and I don’t know where she got it, but I’ve never had better zuc bread anywhere. Yeah, I know I’m making another grand claim for “The Best” (see The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe), but to me this is the best zucchini bread, which seems to be my personal, admittedly high-minded, criterion for sharing recipes with you.

As ever, you are free to disagree, but since you, like many of us at this time of year, may be looking for ways to use up your abundance of zucs, especially those big suckers that aren’t as good for ratatouille, this recipe is worth your time.

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cups unbleached wheat flour (you can experiment with other flours for a gluten-free bread, but you might want to add mashed bananas to help the ingredients cohere)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 tsps. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 tsps. vanilla
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 cups raw, grated zucchini
  • 1-2 cups raisins, optional

Directions

zucchini bread loafCream the eggs, oil, and sugars. Add flour, salt, soda, cinnamon, and baking powder. Fold in zucchini, vanilla, nuts, and raisins.

Bake in two greased and floured loaf pans at 325 degrees F for approximately 45 minutes, or until they pass the toothpick test. DO NOT OVERCOOK. This is my baking mantra. Overcooked baked goods are not worth the time or calories.

Alternative: This recipe also makes excellent zucchini muffins, which tend to travel well in kids’ lunches, so I find myself often cooking this recipe in a muffin tin. I usually freeze half of the batter, since our family can’t eat a whole batch before it gets stale, and I like having batter stowed away to bake up fresh for another day. The cooking time for muffins should be cut way back to between 20 and 30 minutes, checking to ensure that you do not overcook.

Enjoy!

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[From the archives, this article was originally published August 7, 2011.]

Photos by Julie Hall.

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Photo of the Day: A Tale of Two Boats and a City

Before conjuring back some rain on the Rock today, Bainbridge Island photographer Pete Saloutos took this early morning shot of the Masters Rowers on serene Eagle Harbor waters, backed by ferry and Seattle skyline.

Nice way to start the day.

Thanks Pete!

BIR Masters and Ferry Pete Saloutos summer 2015

 

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What Happened to the Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival?

Wondering about the Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival? The annual late July event that drew large crowds from across Kitsap and Seattle as well as enthusiastic Island locals for all-day music, food, and family fun never made it past the early planning stages this year.

According to former organizer Norman Johnson, he attempted to pass on the baton to members of last year’s planning committee after he relocated to Jefferson County. “I’m sorry to say that there is no Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival this year,” said Johnson. “I have been trying to find folks on Bainbridge that would like to continue it. We had thought that [a member of] last year’s committee was going to take it on, but he found it too hard to get enough volunteers to help.”

The popular event, held at Battle Point Park, would have been in its ninth year.

Johnson said he is continuing to host concerts, including this Saturday’s “Concerts in the Woods” on the Coyle (Toandos) Peninsula. Learn more about the event.

The Bainbridge Park District is hosting free Wednesday evening concerts through it Sounds of Summer series at Battle Point Park through August 19.

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WWII Hero’s Medals Finally Land Home with Family on Bainbridge

[Updated July 16, 2015, at 5:28 p.m. and 11:32 a.m.]

Lost World War II medals of a war hero are on their way home to the veteran’s family on Bainbridge Island. The nonprofit organization Purple Hearts Reunited recovered the medals two years ago and enlisted the help of the group Fundamentals of Genealogy to track down the relatives of Private Berlin Edward Small to trace his history. Through this return process, Small’s service to the United States military will forever have a place in our national history.

Private Small (SN: 39229302) was born November 2, 1913, in Texas to George Benjamin and Gussie A. Small. He enlisted in the Army on March, 10, 1941, and was assigned to Company H, 143rd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division.

Small served honorably in World War II, earning two Bronze Star medals, a Purple Heart (for wounds received in February, 1944), a Good Conduct Medal, a WWII Victory Medal, and the Combat Infantry Badge. He survived the war and spent the remainder of his life in California, passing away in Alameda on June, 10, 1993.

In 2013, Purple Hearts Reunited discovered and retrieved two Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, and a Good Conduct Medal belonging to Private Small on eBay for $20.00. After extensive research and with the help of Fundamentals of Genealogy, Purple Hearts Reunited located Small’s closest relative, nephew Mike Baggett of Bainbridge.

Berlin Small war hero and family

Berlin Small fourth from left

Baggett had no idea how his uncle’s medals ended up on eBay, but he was extremely grateful for their return. The framed medals are on their way to Baggett, where they will have an honored place in the family.

Purple Hearts Reunited was established in 2012 by combat-wounded veteran Zachariah Fike. The goal of the organization is to return lost or stolen military medals of valor to veterans or their families.

Berlin Edward Small’s return was sponsored by a grant from the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation.

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Photos courtesy of the Small family.

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Bainbridge Real Estate Market Is Just Plain Hot

Bainbridge Island real estate sales are just about as hot as our weather lately.

According to MLS.com (Multiple Listing Service) data comparing the real estate market on Bainbridge this April versus last April, we are seeing major shifts favoring sellers.

The data show that the median home price on Bainbridge has jumped 20 percent from last year. Closed sale prices are up 17 percent.

Even more striking is how quickly homes are getting snapped up. This season the number of days that homes on Bainbridge are listed on the market has plummeted 64 percent compared with last season. The market also is tighter, with the number of homes for sale significantly down. This season’s active listing inventory dropped 29 percent from last season’s.

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Manzanita Road vintage farmhouse for sale

The lesson? Sellers, go for it. And buyers, get pre-approved, do your research, and don’t dare dillydally.

On the higher end, for example, a single-family 3-bedroom Point White waterfront home on 0.43 acre is up for grabs for $2,750,000 (see featured image).

Down to earth, this 3-bedroom single-family 1909 Manzanita Road farmhouse on 0.54 acre is listed at $495,000.

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Photos courtesy of Windermere.

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Mayor Blair Recovering from Emergency Heart Surgery

Today, July 15, Bainbridge Island Mayor Anne Blair had emergency heart bypass surgery at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Washington. Mayor Blair was vacationing in the Spokane area with family when she experienced chest tightness and shortness of breath. She did not have a heart attack, but her condition was critical and doctors determined that she needed open heart surgery to eliminate some blockages in her heart and help prevent future problems.

“By all reports, the surgery went very well. The surgeon said she looks like she’s 10 years younger than she is,” said her daughter Jessica Magnusen. “We hope for and expect a speedy and full recovery.”

Mayor Blair remains in critical condition in the hospital’s intensive care unit. She will remain at Sacred Heart Hospital over the next several days before returning to Bainbridge Island early next week. From there, doctors anticipate that she will need a full month of recovery before returning to work.

“Mom’s always been committed to her work. Letting that go for a few weeks may be as hard on her as the surgery,” joked Magnusen.

“To say that all of us were surprised by this would be an understatement,” said her husband Wayne Blair. “She’s been a fairly healthy eater, walks regularly, and hasn’t had any health issues. It is a good lesson for others to take symptoms of potential heart problems seriously.”

During Blair’s absence from her duties on the City Council, Deputy Mayor Mike Scott is acting mayor.

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Rev. Tommy Dillon

New Rector Steps Forward at Grace Episcopal Church

On July 15, 2015, The Reverend Tommy J. Dillon, II, will begin his new position as the Rector of Grace Episcopal Church. His first Sunday leading worship will be July 19. The Rev. Dillon will become the second permanent Rector of Grace Church, succeeding The Rev. William R. Harper, who retired on April 26, 2015, after 20 years of service.

The Vestry of Grace Church voted unanimously to call Rev. Dillon after receiving the same endorsement from the church’s Call Committee. About the choice, Nate Thomas, a founding member of the church and Chair of the Call Committee, said “Grace Episcopal Church, with the assistance of the Diocese of Olympia, conducted a nationwide search to find the replacement for our retiring Rector. Rev. Dillon stood out as someone who will lead Grace in defining where we can grow as a community, while respecting the traditions that we have built over the last 23 years.”

About his new position Rev. Dillon said, “I am extremely excited to begin my tenure at Grace Church. It is such a spirited, prayerful, inclusive, and welcoming congregation, which has a rich heritage built on the hard work of its parishioners for over two decades. I look forward to listening with the Grace community for the ways God is inviting us as a congregation to be a joyful, compassionate, and healing presence—not only within the walls of our beautiful sanctuary but also on Bainbridge Island, in Kitsap County, and beyond. I love to ask the question, ‘What is God’s dream in this place?’ I know that as we discern this question together in the years ahead, what unfolds will be extraordinary.”

This Sunday Rev. Dillon will be welcomed with a southern-themed coffee hour immediately following the 9:30 a.m. service. Members of the Bainbridge Island community are welcome to attend.

A Celebration of New Ministry will take place at Grace Episcopal Church on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Bishop Greg Rickel of the Diocese of Olympia will bless the new pastoral relationship. The Rev. Paul Fromberg, Rector of St. Gregory of Nyssa Church, San Francisco, California, will preach.

Before moving to Bainbridge, Rev. Dillon was the Rector of St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in San Francisco for over nine years. Prior to that, Rev. Dillon was a pastor in his home state of Louisiana. Rev. Dillon has earned a reputation for creative, inclusive, and inspirational ministry that is grounded in a powerful faith.

Grace Episcopal Church was established on Bainbridge Island in 1992. Since then, Grace has become a lively congregation of more than 400 families. In its early days, Grace’s founders embraced four defining values: inclusion, service, discovery, and gratitude. Grace combines Episcopal traditions with modern language, creative liturgy, and diverse music. Parishioners come to Grace from all backgrounds, seeking community, a deeper knowledge of God, and a safe and welcoming place for their children and teens to grow into young adulthood. Sunday services are at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

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Sounds of Summer Concert This Wednesday Gets a Little Bit Country

The Bainbridge Island Park District is continuing its Sounds of Summer tradition of free Wednesday night concerts in the park, this season with all performances on the mobile stage at Battle Point Park.

This week husband and wife duo Cloverdayle will serve up country stylings. Originating from the Pacific Northwest, in 2008 the couple launched their band and in 2012 released their first full-length album, 9 Miles Down a 10 Mile Road, produced in Nashville. They moved to Nashville in 2014 and have shared the stage with the likes of Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Tim McGraw, Wynonna Judd, Lee Brice, Jake Owen, and Josh Turner.

Bring a picnic and spread out on the grass. Weekly Wednesday concerts kick off at 7 p.m. and run through August 19.

Photo courtesy of Cloverdayle.

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Bainbridge in Bloom 2015 Tour and Photo Gallery

Orchestrated by Arts & Humanities Bainbridge with help from sponsors, this year’s Bloom tour featured six striking Bainbridge Island gardens, four on the south end and two nestled across the street from each other in Rolling Bay.

Friday and Saturday, tour goers were treated to comfortably cooler temperatures under overcast skies, making for better photographing. Some of the sites featured lemonade, cookies, and art for sale, as well as a range of musicians playing jazz and classical music.

Gardens ran the gamut. One waterfront site included a formal bonsai garden and koi pond courtyard with a lurking “life -size” troll and an expansive view of Rich Passage with pleasingly tiered rock beds of mature flowers. Another, an abundant English garden, offered waterfront views, unusual plant species, and expertly placed plantings showcasing color and texture to maximum effect. A home with a centerpiece gazebo flanked by thick lilacs showed off vibrant flower beds, a wide array of charmingly exotic yard art, and a backdrop of water views in the distance.

A sloped property featured impressive terracing with over 200 tons of ingeniously placed rock surrounded by masterfully mixed and juxtaposed textures and tones of native grasses, shrubs, and flowers under towering cedars. An unforgettable labor of love and creativity, Teri’s Gardens were a jungle of endlessly sprawling flowers with delightful surprises at every winding turn featuring repurposed vintage items made into nests, dioramas, dining spots, and even an outdoor bedroom. At the home across the street fronted by colorful flowers beds, an expansive backyard sported lush vegetable gardens surrounding a buddha statue and homey touches such as a handmade wood arbor, hanging watering cans, and a secret swinging bench.

Here are some photo highlights of the gardens (click the first photo and hit the arrow to advance).

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Photos by Julie Hall.

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Photo of the Day: Shotgun at Texaco

Fill ‘er up.

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Weather: Clouds and Cooler Temps This Weekend

Clouds and somewhat cooler temps are moving in, with possible rain on Monday.
Here is the National Weather Service forecast for Bainbridge Island:
Friday Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 77 degrees. South wind 5 to 9 mph.
Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56 degrees F. South-southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.
Saturday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75 degrees F. South wind around 10 mph.
Saturday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56 degrees F. Southwest wind 8 to 10 mph.
Sunday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76 degrees F. South wind 5 to 8 mph, becoming west in the afternoon.
Sunday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58 degrees F.
Monday A 30 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76 degrees F.
Monday Night Possible rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58 degrees F.
Photo courtesy of Joe Michael.
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Photos of the Day: Sakai Osprey Hatch Two Lively Little Ones

The osprey pair who relocated this spring to a specially built platform behind Sakai School after several years of struggling to nest on a cell phone tower next to the Coppertop commercial district are too busy for a baby shower. These dedicated parents are spending their days catching and flying in food for their demanding duo of new hatchlings.

Thank you Jay Wiggs for the latest very happy photo update of the osprey pair who so many community members rallied to help last year by putting in an alternative nest site.

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July 4th 2015 Fireworks Highlights

Citizen fireworks were banned this Fourth of July season because of extreme fire danger, but the annual display over Eagle Harbor got the green (and every other color) light for a big spectacular go last night as dusk finally settled in.

Thanks to Bainbridge Island photographers Pete Saloutos and Paul Brians for sharing a few literal highlights of the awesome show, put on by the nonprofit donation-based Bainbridge Fireworks. The show was launched from a barge with a safety nod from the Bainbridge Island Fire Department.

Here are a few shots of the bombs bursting (click on the first photo and advance through the gallery with the arrow):

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July 4th 2015 Photo Gallery

Bainbridge Island’s 48th Grand Old 4th was graced with sunny skies and temperatures warm enough to make those cold lemonades, snow cones, and frothy glasses of brew really hit the spot. Throngs of locals and visitors alike pulled up a curb to watch the small-town parade and then meander the booths in search of food and art.

Diehards embraced the full day of festivities, from the morning pancake breakfast and fun run, to the puppet shows and giant slide, to the beer and wine garden and live music, to the grand finale spectacle of nighttime fireworks over beautiful Eagle Harbor.

Here are some photo highlights of the day (click the first photo to open the gallery and advance):

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Photos by Julie Hall.

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Photo of the Evening: Sunset Ride

Our long warm nights invited this shot of a child venturing out for a late sunset bike ride at Battle Point Park tonight.

Thanks Marilynn Gottlieb for capturing and sharing the moment. Like certain sentences or snowflakes, sometimes life only delivers one singly defined moment.

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Grand Old 4th 2015 Schedule of Events

Bainbridge Island’s July 4th celebration, plugged last year on the Today Show for its small-town charm, is now in its 48th year. The big day is organized by the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, with help from dozens of volunteers and generous sponsors.

Schedule of Events

Traditional Pancake Breakfast | 7-11 a.m. | Town & Country parking lot
Pound some pancakes to get ready for a full day of activities (or to recover from that July 3rd Street Party hangover). With pancakes, they’re serving scrambled eggs, ham, coffee, tea, and OJ. Proceeds benefit the Bainbridge High School Boosters Club, runs from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Town & Country Market’s west parking lot. Tables and chairs provided.

Family Fun Run | 7:30 a.m. registration at Winslow Green | Races at 9 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m.| Sponsored by Bainbridge Youth Services| Runs begin at the corner of Winslow Way and Madison Avenue
Register starting at 7:30 at Winslow Green. The 1-mile run begins at 9 a.m.; the 5K run begins at 9:15 a.m.; and the Kids Dash begins at 10:30 a.m. Preregister here.

Street Fair | 9 a.m.5 pm. | Town & Country parking lot, Bjune & Brien Streets, and Waterfront Park
The festive scene includes Arts and crafts, food, and information booths; live music; a photo exhibit; and a Kids’ Zone with puppet shows, pony rides, bouncy houses, and more.

Classic, Antique & Special Interest Car Show | 9 a.m.1 p.m. | Parking lots behind Columbia and Chase Banks
Cars range from hot rods to foreign makes, antiques to military vehicles, stock classics to customs and race cars, in mint condition to project vehicles. The event will feature DJ tunes.

Stars & Strikes Old Timers Baseball Game | 9:30 a.m. | Bainbridge High School field
This Island tradition is in its 11th year. Baseball high school and Little League coaches and parents aged 25-55 play.

Clay Martin’s Puppets | 11 a.m.–12 p.m. | Waterfront Park stage
Performing King Authur.

Beer & Wine Garden | 11 a.m.5 p.m. | Corner of Bjune & Shannon | IDs required

Ranger & the Re-Arrangers/Gypsy jazz band | 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Town & Country parking lot stage

Home Town Band | 12–1 p.m. | Winslow Mall
Traditional John Philip Sousa-style music.

Alleyoop! Children’s Musical Games | 12 p.m. | Waterfront Park stage
Children’s entertainment and puppeteer.

Mile-Long Parade | 12:30 p.m. | Madison Avenue & Winslow Way
Find a patch of curb, sit back, and enjoy the small-town show.

Alleyoop! | 3–4 p.m. | Waterfront Park stage

Soul Siren | 3-5 p.m. | Town & Country parking lot stage
Rhythm and blues, soul, and rock.

Fireworks | dusk | over Eagle Harbor 
The fireworks committee is still collecting donations to cover the cost of the 2015 show. Donate and/or learn more at www.bainbridgefireworks.org.

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July 3rd 2015 Street Party!

The Independence holiday weekend festivities kick off this year on Friday night with the July 3rd Street Dance in Winslow, a free night of fun for all ages with music, dancing, food, beer and wine, events for kids, and more, courtesy of the Downtown Association and its sponsors.

Music

  • The celebration begins at 6 p.m. with Ice Queen Victoria Robertson singing the National Anthem on the main stage at the head of Madrone Lane.
  • The rocking starts rolling at 6:15 p.m. with The Hep Replacements on the main stage. The Tax Authorities follow at 7:15 p.m., and Psycho Sushi rocks out the night from 9 to 11 p.m.
  • Local fave DJ John Wood of Music Masters will keep the beat on the second stage.

Family Activities

Ice Queen Victoria Robertson

Ice Queen Victoria Robertson

After the National Anthem the Ice Queen and the Pirate King will take to the streets near Ericksen with a full program of family activities, including singing and dancing; treasure hunts; a costume parade; balloon sculptures courtesy of The Balloon Brothers; and sidewalk chalk and face painting courtesy of Calico Toy Shoppe. Kids of all ages are invited to wear their favorite costume.

Food

This year’s party will offer more food choices than ever. Familiar favorites will include BI BBQClara’s Wok, BonBon, Scoops Nuts & Brats, and old fashioned hot dogs at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum. New offerings will come from J’aime Les Crepes (sweet and savory crepes); 206 PIE (pizza, salads, and desserts); Jake’s Pickup (crab and smoked salmon sliders); Intentional Table (fresh oysters); and BI Street Meats (gourmet sausages and hot dogs). There will be freshly spun cotton candy courtesy of the BIPD.

Drink

Not one but two beer and wine gardens will be in full swing this year. Bainbridge Island Brewing will serve locally brewed craft beers, and Ambrosia Wine Group will provide a selection of white and red.

Street Closures

Winslow Way will be closed to vehicles 3-11:30 p.m. from Madison to Ericksen. Access to Town and Country Market will be available via a clearly marked detour.

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Images courtesy of Bainbridge Island Downtown Association.

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Photo Series of the Day: Love Birds? Or Gimme That Sucka!

Ah, love. Caring, sharing, giving, taking, and sometimes taking for granted.

Fruit eaters, these striking cedar waxwings are “sharing” a berry. Named because of their preference for cedar trees, these elusive birds are shy of humans but gregarious with their own kind, living and breeding in flocks.

Thanks Jay Wiggs for sharing these great photos!

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IB’s Top 10 Stories in June 2015

Here are the most-read articles Inside Bainbridge published in the month of June, 2015, in descending order:

  1. Bainbridge Bakers Reopens Under New Ownership
  2. Firm Presents Branding Package Proposal: What They Were Thinking
  3. Polar Pioneer Surrounded by Kayaktivists off Fay Bainbridge
  4. Bainbridge Man Injured in Crash That Blocked SR 305 for an Hour
  5. Zia to Close Its Doors by End of Month
  6. Congraduations, Class of 2015!
  7. Photo of the Day: The Arrival
  8. Letter to the Editor: Island’s 5 Principles Under Attack
  9. The Sharks Among Us in Puget Sound and Jawesome Factoids
  10. Poll: Should Hildebrand and Ericksen Be Connected for Thru Traffic?

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BIPD Asks for Public Compliance to Fireworks Ban but Will Enforce

This afternoon the Bainbridge Fire Department issued a ban on discharging consumer fireworks, in effect for the July 4th season. The ban is a response to historic hot, dry weather conditions and low fuel moistures, which have already led to a rash of brush fires in the last several days.

The Bainbridge Island Municipal Code Section 8.28.100 provides fire officials the ability to prohibit the use of fireworks during periods of extreme fire danger. “The importance of public safety cannot be over emphasized,” said Fire Chief Hank Teran. “The banning of consumer fireworks discharge on Bainbridge is a proactive step in reducing fire incidents in our community.”

Enforcement of the ban is up to the Bainbridge police. Police Chief Matt Hamner said he hopes the public will comply with the ban but that the department is ready to enforce it if necessary. “We don’t have to look far to see the danger in the example of Wenatchee. We don’t want anything like that to happen here,” he said. “We hope there are no violators. We would be derelect in our duty not to step up enforcement. Officers will be on hand and ensure the safety of every resident of the Island.”

When asked about citizen reporting of illegal discharging of fireworks, Chief Hamner said, “Anytime a crime or violation occurs we encourage people to call 911.”

At this time the ban does not include the public fireworks display in Eagle Harbor. Chief Teran said the BIFD will assess conditions early on July 4th and make a decision at that time about whether to approve the public event. Although the fireworks are discharged by professionals from a barge, the BIFD has the authority to cancel the event if weather conditions, primarily wind, are determined to pose a fire threat.

Eagle Harbor fireworks organizer Scott Isenman said his committee, which is funded through donations and not part of the City or Chamber of Commerce, is currently $8,000 short of its goal for this year’s show, which costs $30,000. Those interested in donating to the event can give through the Bainbridge Fireworks website or directly through Chase Bank.

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