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City Says It’s Time to Conserve Water

City Manager Doug Schulze says we’re not yet facing immediate impacts on Bainbridge from the statewide drought. But, he says, “Water is always a limited resource. [Governor Inslee’s] drought declaration in late spring is an important reminder that we should always be thinking about ways that we can conserve and manage this resource responsibly.” In a statement…

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Spinning Wheels on the Rock This Weekend: Obliteride and Bike for Pie

There’s going to be a lot of cycling on the Island next weekend, which will host both the start of the Obliteride for Cancer Research on Saturday and the Squeaky Wheels’ Bike for Pie on Sunday. Obliteride The Obliteride for Cancer Research runs from 7 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 8. Riders on the 150-mile…

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Hood Canal wolf eels

Puget Sound Suffers from the High Heat: Prognosis Not Good

The Sound is showing temperatures 4 degrees Fahrenheit above the normal values established over 25 years of record keeping. That’s what Christopher Krembs, a senior oceanographer for the Department of Ecology has just reported in an Ecology news alert. He added, “We’re seeing warm water everywhere, from Olympia to Bellingham.” And the drought conditions throughout the state mean…

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Spacecraft float

Meet Your BI Grand Old Fourth Chamber of Commerce Award Winners

When you saw the odd spaceship float accompanied by geometrically-faced furries at this year’s Grand Old Fourth parade, you probably already knew who was going to win the 2015 Ellis-Buxton Award for Most Humorous Parade Entry. The people who bring you some of the best, most unusual concerts on the Island, Spacecraft, took the award and…

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Andrew Malinak

Swimmer to Circum- navigate Island for AAB Without Assistance or Wetsuit

On August 8 Seattle marathon swimmer Andrew Malinak will attempt to swim all the way around Bainbridge, a distance of 25.5 miles. There are no recorded attempts or successes of such a swim. Malinak will follow Marathon Swimming Federation rules for unassisted swims, which means he gets no wetsuit or assistance. He “may not make intentional supportive contact with…

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porch light

Porch Lights on: National Night Out Moves to Town Square (with Pie Toss)

The annual free-food, free-information, free-fun event sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Police Department and local businesses to raise awareness about crime, crime prevention, and preparedness won’t be at Sakai this year as it has the previous two years. As it was in 2012, National Night Out will be held in City Hall Town Square, in…

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sandwich signs by Ann Knight

Bainbridge’s Dagwood-Sized Sandwich Sign Spread

You may be too young to remember the comic strip Blondie and character Dagwood’s super-sized, multilayer sandwiches. But take it on faith that Dagwood is an apt adjective to describe the size of the Island’s spread of sandwich boards or a-frame signs. Reader Ann Knight recently wrote to us about the volume: “I believe the signs are a…

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school mailbox by Chad Kainz

Letter to the Editor: Suzuki Property Should Be a BISD Swap

At the last City Council Meeting July 21, 2015, the City Council voted to remove the “Fair Market Value” requirement from the Suzuki property sale. Why should Islanders lose money on the sale of the one piece of land that is so valuable to our schools and our children’s educational resource’s? At Last January’s intergovernmental meeting,…

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Grab a Growler to Go This Fall at T&C

Growler bar is perhaps not what you were thinking when you envisioned the T&C remodel, but that vision is part of the plan. T&C Markets Beer and Wine Spirits Specialist Don Thornton confirmed that, ideally sometime in September, the 8-tap fill-‘er up facility will be installed. One reason for the delay is law-related. Growler bars were…

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Project Backpack

Project Backpack 2015 Needs Your Packing Help

For 14 years Helpline House has managed Project Backpack, an effort to make sure kids in need on the Island get school supplies. Since 2000, nearly 1,400 students in need have started the school year with community assistance. Last year’s Project Backpack alone helped 155 students. Now Helpline is about to start year 15, and the staff is…

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Owen’s Playground Rocks: Photo Gallery

Owen’s Playground, the inclusive, barrier-free playground being built on Weaver, rocked out this week when artist Andre Pomeroy brought giant boulders from his quarry in Marblemount to help define the park space. On Monday, July 20, the first of three loads of the rocks arrived at the park. The rest were set to come throughout the…

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kidimu-building by KiDiMu

KiDiMu & Coates: New Interactive Solar Installation in the Works

There’s a new exhibit in the works at KiDiMu, and it is going to be the result of a collaboration between Coates Design Architects and community kids, supported by a kickoff grant from the D.V. and Ida J. McEachern Charitable Trust. The installation will be an interactive solar-powered water table for the outdoor play space. The…

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The Meeks by Sarah Lane

Bainbridge Dad and Daughter to Be Honored by Coast Guard Tomorrow

The evening of August 31, 2014, Island father-daughter team Sean and Grace Meek were calmly fishing near Blakely Rock off Eagle Harbor. But within the next hour the two would have helped rescue eight people and a dog who were in peril. Tomorrow, July 24, the Coast Guard is honoring the duo with the Coast Guard…

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Spartan Senior Greg Shea on his way to one of 5 goals against the Lakeridge Pacers (photo credit Sue Larkin/SoundLacrosse)

BHS LAX Coach Cody Bludorn Moving on to Collegiate Level in Chicago

Cody Bludorn has been the Bainbridge Boys Lacrosse Co-Head Coach for the past five years. Now he’s moving on to the collegiate level as First Assistant Coach for Men’s Lacrosse at Concordia University in Chicago. Under Bludorn’s and Varsity Head Coach Jack Visco’s leadership, the Spartan lacrosse team has reached perennial state title contender status. Five varsity players made 2015 All-Conference Teams:…

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UPDATE: BISD to Apply Capstone Herbicide Tuesday, 7/28, at Sakai

[The date of herbicide application has been updated to reflect a change made by the BISD because of the rain.] The Bainbridge Island School District is required to alert the public when applying pesticides on school property. Representatives from the Kitsap Noxious Weed Control Board are planning to apply Capstone, an herbicide, this Tuesday, July 28,…

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Letter to the Editor: Coyotes Nabbing Small Dogs

A word of caution to every small dog owner: I just heard of two troubling instances. In the first incident, on the north end, a coyote grabbed a small unleashed dog who was within 15 feet of its owner. This dog has survived with injuries due to the owner chasing the coyote. The second incident did not…

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Cynthia Lund

Passing: BHS Grad Cynthia Lund, 1953-2015

Cynthia Jean Lund died June 25, 2015, in a hospice facility in Atlanta, Georgia, of colon cancer. She was 61. Lund was born November 25, 1953, on Bainbridge Island to Frances and Ed Lund. She graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1972. Growing up on the Island, she loved horseback riding and showing her horse at local horse shows….

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Horse in the Forest

Letter to the Editor: How to Interact with Horses in the Grand Forest or Other Island Parks

The Grand Forest is such a beautiful recreational resource, almost unique, and widely utilized by walkers, dog walkers, runners, mountain bikers, mushroomers, and by us on our horses. We ride our horses in the Grand Forest almost daily. Horses are flight animals: When a horse feels threatened he reacts only two ways. The first is to…

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01 Virginia V by Paul Brians

Views of the Island from the Virginia V (Photo Gallery)

by Paul Brians Back in the 90s, before we had moved to the Island, my wife and I took the Virginia V steamer on a sail around Bainbridge. We’ve been talking about repeating the experience, and this year decided to share it with our new neighbors, Phyllis and David Sigmond, who are still learning about…

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damaged bulkhead

Former Council- member Solicits Donations for New Legal Challenge to SMP: Should You Pay?

In June, former City Councilmember Bill Knobloch sent a letter to Bainbridge Island shoreline property owners that starts out with an apology: Knobloch says in the letter that he’s sorry he wasn’t still on Council last year because, if he had been, the Shoreline Master Program (SMP) wouldn’t have passed. He writes, “I’m sorry I wasn’t still…

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