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It’s Eco Potty Time! (Seriously, This Is Cool)

The new ecotoilet at Blakely Harbor Park isn’t just a whole lot more attractive, clean, and unsmelly than your typical outdoor “place of easement.” It’s a model of environmental and economic sustainability. With donated funds, in part to provide facilities for nearby IslandWood’s regular class trips to the Park, the Bainbridge Island Park District began…

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Island Volunteer Caregivers Responds to Huge Rise in Demand for Services

Island Volunteer Caregivers (IVC) supports the elderly and disabled with a wide range of services including transportation to medical and other appointments, shopping, companionship, respite care, light chores, yard work, telephone reassurance, and quality-of-life activities. Last year, IVC connected more than 200 people in need, including 96 new care receivers, with 156 volunteers, of whom 72 were new…

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mother and daughter

Mother and Daughter Set for Epic Walk from Bainbridge to Arizona

Bainbridge Island mother and daughter Sally Noedel and Emma Bigongiari are setting off on foot on an adventure of a lifetime. Friday, May 29, this dynamic duo will venture from the lush greenery of the Pacific Northwest some 1,500 miles to the starkly different but abundant beauty of Oak Flat, Arizona. Oak Flat is threatened…

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Chiara D'Angelo

Chiara Rose Ends Her Three-Day sHell No! Protest

At about 9:30 this morning, May 25, the Bainbridge High School graduate who had attached herself to the anchor chain of the Arctic Challenger in the Port of Bellingham asked the Cost Guard to help her get back to land. Chiara Rose (a.k.a. Chiara D’Angelo) had climbed up the chain on Friday evening to protest…

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Posted in Community, Environment, New 30 Comments

cherry tree

Developer Pledges to Save a Tree

Bainbridge plant pathologist Olaf Ribeiro said he thought it was the first time it had happened in his experience on Bainbridge: At Tuesday night’s (May 19) City Council meeting, a developer pledged to save a tree. The developer was Jim Laughlin. The tree was a historic cherry tree in the path of a proposed gravel driveway that would lead to…

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Chiara Rose

Bainbridge Grad Chained to Ship in ‘sHell No!’ Protest

by Sarah Lane and Julie Hall Chiara Rose (a.k.a. Chiara D’Angelo), the Islander who climbed and perched in protest in a tree slated for clearcut on the Visconsi development last summer at High School Road and 305, is now up a boat. BHS graduate Rose is attached to the anchor chain of the Arctic Challenger, a support vessel…

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BHS kids

Over 92% of Bainbridge High School Juniors Opt out

[Corrected May 23, 2015, at 1:02 p.m. Percentage of opt-outs was 92.4, not 88.4.] This week Bainbridge High School (BHS) and Eagle Harbor High School (EHHS) sophomores and juniors were scheduled to take the Smarter Balanced test, newly implemented this year. Passing the test will be a necessary prerequisite to graduate starting next year, but…

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rower Varsity Girls 2015

Bainbridge Rowers Win Big at Regionals, Advance to Nationals

by Peggy Musselwhite The Bainbridge Island Row Team faced fierce competition at the 2015 USRowing Youth Northwest Championships, highlighted by four boats qualifying to compete at USRowing Nationals in mid-June. Competing in 52 qualifying heats and final races, nearly 100 Bainbridge junior rowers earned 19 medals at last weekend’s Championship event in Vancouver, Washington. Approximately…

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Rolling Bay

Proposed Rolling Bay Development Aims to ‘Do It Right’

For Lisa Martin, the owner of Rolling Bay Land Company, the development proposed for the north side of the Rolling Bay “town square” is her first commercial development venture. But she is trying to “do everything right.” For one thing, she said she wants to hear what people want to see in the space. She’s already…

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shining stars

Two Local Kids Among ‘Brightest Young Students’ in World

The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth annually conducts a Talent Search that consists of a rigorous above-grade test for second through eighth graders. Of the 33,000 students who participated this year, just under 8,500 were selected to attend Awards Ceremonies recognizing them for being among the “brightest young students” in the world. This year,…

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Dave Leedy

Dave Leedy, Life-Loving Renaissance Man, 1947-2015

by the Leedy Family David Merrill Leedy, 68, died peacefully at home on Bainbridge on Saturday, May 16th. He was surrounded by family, friends, kids, dogs, laughter, and music to his last breaths. You’d have to say that Dave had the soul of a renaissance artist, if a renaissance artist played soccer.  He wrote poems and several…

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Letter to the Editor: ‘Listening’ to Music Not Possible in a Bar

I am hoping that some of your readers will be able to help me settle a “discussion” that has been happening in my household since going to see, and not hear, the band St. Paul de Vence at the Treehouse Cafe last Saturday night. Not just Saturday night but on several occasions lately, I have gone…

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Bainbridge High Schools Ranked Among Tip Top

In its annual national review of best high schools, U.S. News & World Report has awarded gold-medal status to Bainbridge High School (BHS) and silver-medal status to Eagle Harbor High School (EHHS). Of 458 schools in Washington, BHS was ranked 7th and EHHS was ranked 40th. The 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools rankings…

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Lindsay Masters

Lindsay Masters Named New ED of Bainbridge Arts & Crafts

Lindsay Masters gets around. She used to work for Microsoft as a writer, editor, and manager. Then she worked at the local print paper covering arts and culture news and at Arts Humanities Bainbridge, formerly known as the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council, as Communications Manager. In 2013, she became Publicist for Bainbridge Arts…

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trust yer neighbor but brand yer cattle sign by jbosari

Bainbridge Gets a Makeover Through Islandwide Rebranding Process

As part of the City of Bainbridge Island’s (COBI) upcoming rebranding initiative, sadly we will not officially become what we all feel in our hearts we are: Fantasy Island. The some might say unwieldy Bainbridge Island will continue to be our moniker, but a new logo, tag line, signs, and other community branding features are…

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sHell No! by Elisabeth Robson

Photos of the Day: Islanders Join Throngs at sHell No! Protest in Seattle

A small but dedicated group of Islanders joined many other people Saturday in kayaktivism, protest-paddling near the Shell oil driller the Polar Pioneer in the southern end of Elliot Bay. The Polar Pioneer is in port for a month before heading up to Alaska to commence drilling. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says the rig lacks the…

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Letter to the Editor: Bainbridge MS Walkers Raised the Roof

On behalf of the over 100 Islanders with MS and their families and friends, we’d like to thank the several hundred people who walked, volunteered, and made donations to the 2015 National MS Society Walk MS. With this year’s $80,500, the Bainbridge Island walk has raised $760,000 since 2007 for MS research and services. This…

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Boys & Girls Club by Sarah

Boys and Girls Club Is Already Growing Into Its New Space

Question: Where can you drop off your kid at the last minute on any afternoon of the school week for supervised homework and free time until 6:30 p.m. for just $10? (Not $10 an hour. $10 total.) The answer is the Bainbridge Island Boys and Girls Club. And what is possibly the best bargain anywhere…

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Bike to School 2015

Photos of the Day: Kids Wheel to School

Today, 5/15/15, Bainbridge schools celebrated Bike to School Day. At Sakai, volunteers handed out caramel corn to the kids who rode their bikes to school, and the school bike racks filled up.                                              …

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Bike to School

Bainbridge Bike to School Day Is Tomorrow, May 15

Although National Bike to School Day was next week, we Islanders have to be different and so we’re holding our version of this event tomorrow, May 15. To confuse matters a little bit more, May 15 is also National Bike to Work Day. Members of Squeaky Wheels and the Bainbridge Island Police will be at some Island…

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