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Spartan Sailors Take Swift Second in Port Angeles, Dodge Crab Pots Around Lopez Island

by Christine Brown The Bainbridge High School sailing team blew into Port Angeles on Saturday, March 29, for a fleet race regatta. Seventeen Northwest high schools competed in light and shifting winds with some, including Bainbridge, fielding multiple teams composed of a skipper and crew in A fleet and B fleets. Bainbridge sailors excelled, winning…

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Ten Reasons You Should Go to the West Sound Wildlife Shelter Auction Dinner Gala

Here are ten reasons you need to get tickets right now (the deadline is Monday, April 21) to attend the West Sound Wildlife Shelter’s biggest bash of the year—the awesome Call to the Wild Dinner and Auction fundraiser, Saturday, April 26: You get to play a key role in helping the Shelter, which relies heavily on…

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Bainbridge Junior Rowing Team Takes Top Trophy at First Regatta of Spring Season

by Peggy Musselwhite with Julie Hall The Bainbridge Island Junior Rowing Team (the high school team) powered their way to earn first place at the Covered Bridge Regatta last weekend in Eugene, Oregon, their first spring season regatta. Showing strength and composure in dozens of races, the team earned the Junior Team Trophy for their exceptional…

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Four BISD Schools Honored with 2013 Washington Achievement Awards

Washington Achievement Award recipients were announced yesterday, April 16, by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The award is given to schools “selected using the state’s Accountability Index and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver,” or, in plainer language for us regular people, ”Schools are recognized as top performers in one or…

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Andie Mackin

Bainbridge Downtown Association’s Andie Mackin Leaves to Work for Seattle’s Downtown

Andie Mackin, the Executive Director of the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association, who helped keep downtown alive during the difficult sewer system upgrade project that tore up Winslow, who captained the revitalization of the downtown economy, and who positioned BIDA as a model for the Main Street Historical Preservation Program, has accepted a job offer at…

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Both Sides in Visconsi Battle File Motions for Reconsideration

Islanders for Responsible Development, the organization opposing the development and attendant tree removal at the northwest corner of 305 and High School, didn’t like Hearing Examiner Stafford Smith’s decision, which gave the go-ahead t0 the development. The Ohio-based Visconsi company didn’t like one small part of it either. Both parties filed motions for reconsideration last week,…

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Letter to the Editor: Making Lemonade from Hour Changes in New Teachers’ Contract

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade. In my run for BISD School Board Director this past fall one of the topics I ran on was the importance of foreign language instruction at the youngest age possible. At that time I was concerned as to how one would carve out more time in the busy…

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Interview with NASA Robotics Engineer Paulo Younse, Thursday’s BSF Breakfast Speaker

This year the Bainbridge Schools Foundation Spring Breakfast features a NASA Robotics Engineer, quite fitting for a school district that champions STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education and that has a FIRST robotics team going to nationals. Paulo Younse will talk about his experiences designing robots for the Mars Rover Space Program at the NASA…

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Why This Mating Osprey Pair Is in a World of Trouble

It’s that time again. Washington osprey, also known as fish hawks, fly back from their warm winter homes in Mexico or Central America and get busy breeding. If all goes well they return to the nest they left behind the previous September, mate, lay their eggs, and get ready to tend demanding babies and fussy…

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Spartronics Heading to Nationals in 8 Days—Looking for Meal Money

In its rookie year, Bainbridge High School’s FIRST Robotics Spartronics Team 4915 is one of 21 teams from Washington and Oregon to qualify for the FIRST FRC World Championships in St. Louis on April 23-26. There they and their robot ATLaS will compete with 400 teams from around the world. Thanks to generous support from the…

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Five BHS LAX Players and Coach Chosen by US Lacrosse for National Competition

U.S. Lacrosse, the national governing body of the sport, has just named 25 Washington State high school girls to the under 19 regional team for 2014. One-fifth of the list, which represents 15 high schools in eastern and western Washington, consists of Bainbridge High School players, and the team’s head coach will be Spartan head…

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The ibbis R Back: Vote 4 Your 2014 Island Faves!

It’s that time again—your chance to cast your votes for your favorite Bainbridge Island businesses and places. From your favorite French fries to your most trusted electrician to your best-loved beach, tell us whatcha like for the 2014 Inside Bainbridge Best of the Island (ibbi) awards. The voting period runs through May 15, 2014. Fill…

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BHS Grad Interviewed on Dateline About Atlantic Rowboat Crossing Disaster

Greg Spooner, a ’97 Bainbridge High School grad and an experienced rower who was the shore-based expedition coordinator for an ill-fated rowing journey across the Atlantic in the winter of 2013, will be interviewed tonight, April 13, on NBC’s Dateline. Spooner is also the Vice President of O.A.R. Northwest (Ocean Adventure Rowing and Education), a…

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Andy Freeman

Hard-Working Bainbridge Island Man Named Busch Hero

Anheuser-Busch, the company that may bring you your beer, recently launched a media campaign that links Busch with hard-working American “heroes.” For the inaugural campaign, the company identified eight Americans across the nation who “earn it” at their jobs every day, and one of those eight is Bainbridge’s Andy Freeman. Freeman, a Star Marine tugboat…

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Spartronics Qualify for Nationals, Heading to St. Louis in 10 Days

Even though they got overlooked in the finals’ alliances yesterday afternoon, April 12, the Bainbridge High School Robotics Team, Spartronics 4915, had already amassed enough points in the qualification rounds of the Pacific Northwest Regional FIRST Championships in Portland to end up in 16th place out of 63 teams. The top 18 teams get to…

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MS Walk 2014 Photo Gallery

Saturday, April 12, throngs gathered at Bainbridge High School for warm-up exercises before hitting the streets of downtown Bainbridge Island to raise money to fight MS. Here are some photos of the day: Related Stories Weekend on the Rock April 11-13, 2014: Walking, Fishing, Planting, Dancing, and Posing Letter to the Editor: Help Island Fitness…

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Olivia Peloquin

Bainbridge LAX Continues to Shine—Girls Currently 1st, Boys 2d in Conferences

Last week the Bainbridge lacrosse teams continued to shine, the girls currently in 1st place in their Alki Conference, and the boys 2d, right after Eastside Catholic, in Metro Division I. The boys started out their week on April 8 at home with a win over Nathan Hale. Max Wickline, a junior, led his team…

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Award-Winning Spartronics Now Ranked 13th at Regionals, Nationals Still a Possibility

The Bainbridge Bainbridge High School Spartonics FIRST Robotics Team 4195 is currently ranked 13th out of 63 teams at the Pacific Northwest Regionals at Portland’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Yesterday, April 11, they were awarded the tournament’s Rookie Inspiration Award. They finished yesterday’s matches in second place and have a record of 8-4-0 after beating the only undefeated…

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Montessori Country School Earth Day Flash Mob Video

Some 30 kids from Bainbridge Island’s Montessori Country School surprised shoppers at Safeway and Town & Country yesterday, April 11, with a flash performance of an Earth Day song they wrote themselves. Led on guitar by faculty member Shawn Krieder, the kids ranged from first through sixth graders. They trekked in sunny weather from Safeway to…

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Man with Measles on Bainbridge May Have Exposed Ferry Riders and Clinic Visitors

The Kitsap County Health District has just announced that a statewide measles outbreak has reached Kitsap County. A Bainbridge resident who traveled to Friday Harbor was exposed when he visited a restaurant, the Cask and Schooner Public House and Restaurant, where a San Juan County man with the measles was eating. The man then potentially brought…

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