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Letter to the Editor: Find Help with the Housing Crisis Here on Bainbridge

“I cannot find a place to live!” “I cannot afford a place to live!” Almost every day in both the local and national news, there is a story about the housing crisis: rental prices going up, sales prices going up, and inventory diminishing. Here on Bainbridge, last week alone I had four conversations with acquaintances…

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2011 BHS Grad Is Now WWU ‘Outstanding Grad’

Sara Crowell, a 2011 graduate of Bainbridge High School, is now an “Outstanding Graduate” of Western Washington University. Crowell graduated in June with honors from the University Honors Program, majoring in Anthropology with a Biocultural concentration. During her college career, Crowell studied in India where she designed and taught nutrition classes and conducted a nutrition…

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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…

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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…

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Robert O'Hern

Man Going Nowhere Again for Kids

Robert O’Hern has racked up a lot of miles without moving an inch. That’s because he’s been riding his cycle in place in front of Town & Country to raise money for child abuse intervention. Yesterday, June 29, he gave himself permission to stop and rest every hour because of the intense heat. Even after O’Hern raises…

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Passing: William Brewer 1926-2015

William E. Brewer (Bill) passed away June 27, 2015, at age 89. Mostly of Scottish decent, William was born in 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Elizabeth and Clarence, and stepfather Arthur. His siblings were Charles, Arthur, and Donald. His childhood nickname was “Whitey,” given his very light hair. As a young man…

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All-Comers Summer Track Meets Start Next Week

The first Kiwanis All-Comers Track Meet of the 2015 season is Monday evening, July 6, at 6:30 at the Bainbridge High School track. Initiated by Jim Whiting two decades ago, this community tradition features races from 50 to 400 meters, conducted in heats according to gender and age—from 3 years through adults. Starting with an…

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PSE’s Energy Efficiency Advice During Heat Wave

Puget Sound Energy has more than 1.1 million electricity customers. As temperatures climb into the 90s, the company is encouraging those many customers to be energy conscious. PSE reports that excessive heat puts extra demands on the power grid but says our region uses more energy on cold winter days than we will during this heat wave. The…

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Letter to the Editor: Support a Revenue Neutral Carbon Tax

The science is clear. Climate change is happening now and threatens our future. Impacts include epic storms, flooding, deepening drought, and wildfires. Ocean acidification threatens sea life. In Washington State we now have a solution: I-732, a revenue neutral carbon tax. This citizen-led ballot initiative was launched in April by CarbonWA. It will reduce carbon…

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Julie Goldsmith Retires from BISD

Bainbridge Island School District (BISD) Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Julie Goldsmith is retiring after seven years of service. Wilkes Principal Sheryl Belt will assume the position on July 1. “Traditionally school board meetings are a venue for recognizing accomplishments and expressing thanks,” said BISD Superintendent Faith Chapel at the June 25 meeting. Instead of…

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Love Is Love Gay Marriage Community Celebration

Friday’s Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples have a Constitutional right to marriage struck a resounding chord for civil rights. This evening citizens are gathering on Bainbridge in celebration of the historic event at an impromptu family-friendly party at Waterfront Park at 7 p.m. The event’s organizer Christina Albrect Tinling, who identifies as bisexual, said…

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Eagle Harbor Student’s Scrap Metal Sculpture to Take Flight at Auction

Greg Millican is only 17 but he’s already got a reputation on the Island as a metal artist. He won a student art show for a metal hand he made. Then he took First Place in 3D Sculpture for his metal scorpion at a spring art competition sponsored by Bainbridge Island Arts and Crafts. He…

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Rotary Auction Preview

RRRRRRotary Preview

It’s just one day away: the Bainbridge Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale. Map out your attack, get to Woodward Middle School early Saturday morning (the event starts at 8 a.m.), and bring water. It’s going to be a scorcher. Here’s your preview of what’s in store (click any photo to enter the gallery and advance): ……

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Bainbridge Bio Blitz Documents 454 Species on One Day

The first Bainbridge Bio Blitz brought to you by your friendly Land Trust put more than 100 volunteers to work on May 30th. For 12 hours, the volunteers combed through several Land Trust conservation lands to identify as many species as possible. Between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. the team discovered 454 unique species at…

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Two Bainbridge Accidents Highlight Mowing/Trimming Dangers

Lawn mowing can be a dangerous business. Two Bainbridge incidents from the past week highlight the potential dangers of mowers and powered lawn tools and the need to exert caution. On June 18, a woman parked her car at her place of employment on Madison. When she returned to the vehicle, the safety glass in her rear…

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Letter to the Editor: Fireworks Should Be Restricted to Professional Oversight

Let’s all be safe this Fourth! With forest fires raging across the West and higher than normal temps coming to the Northwest, are we really going to allow fireworks? Having fought fires caused by fireworks and seen such tragic loss, I feel that it’s time to use common sense and restrict all fireworks to be…

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Letter to the Editor: City Should Have Been More Transparent and Inclusive with Branding

I am writing in response to Inside Bainbridge’s stories on June 15, 2015, “Firm Presents Branding Package Proposal: What They Were Thinking,” and June 17, 2015, “Branding Process Not Clear Cut,” in which IB point out the consultant’s proposed crest had been met with disfavor.  Given the way the City approached this endeavor, the public…

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Citizens Petition City to Fire Branding Firm and Hire Local Talent

[Updated 5:04 p.m. June 22, 2015—see boldface below] Bainbridge Island resident Nicole Oliver has launched a petition requesting that the City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) terminate its current branding effort with the firm Arnett Muldrow & Associates and instead seek local input. As of this afternoon over 300 people had signed the petition, citing displeasure with the…

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BCF Gives Almost $200K to 48 Nonprofits Serving Bainbridge

The Bainbridge Community Foundation’s funding cycle just ended. During the 2015 grants cycle, BCF gave $195,202 in total funding to 48 nonprofits serving Bainbridge Island. Funding happened across all sectors, with the greatest amount, 38 percent, going to Health, Housing, and Human Services organizations. Twenty-seven of the projects were fully funded. The highest-rated application was EcoAdapt’s proposal…

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Murray and Kilmer Vow to Protect 100,000 Acres of Olympic Wilderness

Earlier this month, on June 4, Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer introduced the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to protect more than 126,500 acres of Olympic National Forest as wilderness. The act will also protect 19 rivers and their major tributaries, for a total of 464 river miles, as Wild and Scenic…

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