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cat on homework by Robin DeGrassi James

Poll: Do Our Kids Have Too Much Homework?

With the new school year underway, how’s it going? Is the drive to meet common core requirements overburdening our kids with homework? Should our kids be more challenged? Are our schools getting it about right with homework levels? Tell us what you think in our new poll here or in the right column of our…

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Dino football season.

Spartan Football Throws a Down-Home, Old-Style Homecoming Week

The Spartan Football Team, going strong since 1928, is going retro, focusing on the stuff that made football our country’s favorite sport, like competition, perseverance, home-town pride, community roots, and family togetherness. You know, like on Friday Night Lights. Part of the retro move is the revival this year of the Agate Cup against North Kitsap,…

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Ben Scott

Bainbridge High School X-Country Starts off with a Bang

In their first competition of the season, the Sehome Invitational in Bellingham, the Bainbridge High School Cross Country team did well on Saturday, September 13, with the freshman girls taking 1st, the junior boys taking 3rd, and numerous athletes placing high on the list. This event, the 4th annual, which is hosted by Sehome High…

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April Cheadle

Bainbridge Swim Coach Honored with National Award

by Joy Archer, Bainbridge Aquatic Masters Communications Director This week Bainbridge Aquatic Masters (BAM) head coach April Cheadle will travel to Jacksonville, Florida, to accept the Kerry O’Brien Coaching Award. This national award is given to a handful of coaches each year who are building Masters membership in communities throughout the country. Since Cheadle became the…

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zucchini by courtney gibbons

Got a Champ Zuc? Join the Great Zucchini Races Next Saturday

Here’s what you can do with that zucchini that got away on the vine rather than trying to pass it off to a friend. Bainbridge Island’s Great Zucchini Races event is back by popular demand, and your zuc might just be the next free-wheeling winner, particularly if you bribe the judges. Bring your decked-out supersonic squash…

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ferry mailbox

Letter to the Editor: A Simple Solution to Chronic Traffic Delays on 305

The other night we spent 30 minutes going a few miles on 305 from Koura Road to the casino. When we got to the casino, we saw just one car coming from Suquamish. Friends of ours who live near the Bloedel Reserve cannot get home various hours of the day. Elected officials have proposed a multi-million round-around for…

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mailboxes by Andrew Taylor

Letter to the Editor: Will Virginia Mason Relocate to the Visconsi Mall?

For nearly two months, Virginia Mason had a “Listening Trees” marketing campaign lining Bainbridge Island’s main street Winslow Way, with additional trees at Waterfront Park. These interactive “Listening Trees” (many actually shrubs, which were recently donated to the Park District) were combined with Virginia Mason’s advertisements in Kitsap Transit buses, all the local newspapers, and…

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girls golf

Spartan Golfers Outplay Eastside Catholic

The Bainbridge High School Girls’ Golf Team opened their regular season with a win at home over Eastside Catholic, 95-73. Spartan Claire Lunzer led her team with 27 points. Right behind her were Grace Nelson with 25, Sophia Smith with 22, and Kiera Havill with 21. But the medalist for the Wing Point match was a Crusader: McKenna…

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robotics girls meeting

Photo of the Day: BHS Girls Show up for ‘Ms. Roboto’ Meeting

About one-third, or 20, of the students who attended the first meeting of the Bainbridge High School Robotics Club (Spartronics) this week were young women, a major uptick from last year’s world-ranking inaugural team of 35 boys and 4 girls. According to parent volunteer leader Kevin Hawkins, the female students stayed for part 2 of the meeting about…

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enterovirus by AJ Cann

Enterovirus D68 Suspected in Cluster of Ill Seattle-Area Children

Seattle health officials are working with Seattle Children’s Hospital to investigate a cluster of patients with severe respiratory illness who tested positive for a possible enterovirus infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working to determine if the Seattle-area patients have the strain of enterovirus, EV-D68, that appears to be spreading in…

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Bainbridge High School

Celebration of Life Scheduled for Michael Anderson

A celebration of life event for Michael Anderson will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m. in the Bainbridge High School Commons. Anderson drowned in Tiger Lake near Belfair on Sunday evening, September 7. He was pulled from the water by boaters responding to a woman screaming about a swimmer in distress. They performed CPR until…

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Mail by Jasleen Kaur

Letter to the Editor: ‘Affordability’ and Hidden Agendas

There is a lot of discussion on Bainbridge about so called “affordable” housing. Beware of people who present themselves as humanitarians, and champions of “affordability”: often they have a hidden agenda. I would compare the smoke screen of affordable housing, as it applies to the pro growth agenda, to how agribusiness in this country embraces…

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Aquaculture Arrives on Bainbridge: Potential Environmental Disaster or Economic Boon?

Now that the Shoreline Master Plan has been approved by the Department of Ecology, Bainbridge Island is open for offshore aquaculture, or fish and shellfish farming. The first and so far only applicant, a community shellfish farm project of the Puget Sound restoration Fund, was submitted and approved back in 2009 and subsequently received its…

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School lunch

There Is, in Fact, a Free Lunch: How to Get One for Your Kid

Three Washington programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture ensure that Bainbridge Island kids get the brain food they need, regardless of their families’ income levels. Families received a packet at the beginning of the school year with instructions on how to apply for these programs. Here are the programs: National School Lunch Program provides…

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music video girl in a tree

Bainbridge Crowdsourced ‘Girl in a Tree’ Music Video Goes Live (w/ Video)

With collaborative contributions from Bainbridge Islanders young and old(er), Leif Utne has created a music video of his song “Girl in a Tree,” inspired by the recent tree sitting by Chiara D’Angelo. The music video protests the clearing of 830 trees by Visconsi Companies to build a mall at the corner of Highway 305 and…

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Phil Copperhopper

One Bainbridge Frog May Be Forced to Leave His Home

Phil Copperhopper may look like a moneybags, his body covered in 3,955 shiny copper pennies. But this frog is running short of the $5,000 he needs to buy himself a stay of extradition from his current home with the Bainbridge Community Foundation. The frog is one of 36 on the Island that were created, sponsored…

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Mason County Medic One

Bainbridge Teacher Michael Anderson Dies

Bainbridge Island resident and long-time Bainbridge High School (BHS) teacher Michael Anderson has died. According to Mason County Sheriff’s Office Detective William Adam, Sheriff’s deputies and Mason County paramedics responded to a 911 call at 6:10 p.m. yesterday, September 7, about a distressed swimmer in Tiger Lake near Belfair, Washington. After a woman reportedly screamed…

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pot plant by Spot Us

Bainbridge Pot Producer/ Retailer Application Under Review

Updated at 11:32 a.m., September 7, 2014. When voters in our state made recreational pot legal with the passage of I-502, the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) designated up to one retail outlet for Bainbridge Island and no limit on producers and processors here. Using its municipal authority, the Bainbridge Island City Council on…

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Fallen Tree on Point White Leads to 9-Hour Outage: PSE Explains Why

Yesterday, August 4, sometime after 1 p.m. a large tree came down on Point White Road, knocking out power to over 300 residents of the area. By around 2 p.m., emergency responders had announced the closure of the road. One Point White resident contacted IB this morning to say her power didn’t come back on…

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battle point pea patch flowers by marilynn gottlieb

Photos of the Day: Battle Point Park Pea Patch in Buzzing Bloom

The Battle Point Park public pea patch presently has a lovely display of late-summer blooms. Bainbridge Island photographer Marilynn Gottlieb captured some of the garden’s colorful flower power and bee business this week.                                            …

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