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Gear Grinder Tessa Vroom on trail

Three Bainbridge Gear Grinders Collect Awards at Season’s First Race

by John Benjes On March 29, the Gear Grinders, Bainbridge Island’s high school level and middle school level mountain bike teams, raced 14 riders in the first statewide competition of the season. Part of a four-race series of the Washington Student Cycling League, last weekend’s race was held in blustery conditions at Port Gamble Trails. The…

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Manor House

Big Restaurant Changeroo at Pleasant Beach Village’s Manor and Beach Houses

Pleasant Beach Village’s Manor House in Lynwood Center with the fantastic view has gone through a series of incarnations throughout its long life. After the land was homesteaded in 1898 by Mr. and Mrs. Emil Olson, the couple’s son and daughter-in-law had the Tudor-style manor home built there. About two decades ago it was home to…

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Thank You Rotary

Rotary Gives $123K to 24 Local Organizations

In the 68 years since its founding in 1947, the Bainbridge Rotary has only once given out more money through community grants than it will this year. The large take from last summer’s Rotary Auction, more than $467K, means the Rotary can award $123,245. The Rotary has just announced 24 recipients for the 2015 Community Grant cycle. In addition, the…

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Kitsap County Is First in State to Accept 911 Text Service

Kitsap Cencom announced today, March 31, that it has begun accepting emergency texts to 911. The service is available to Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint customers. Kistap County is the first in the state to launch this service. The service is important for people who are deaf or have speech disabilities or who find themselves…

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Bainbridge Group Seeks to Get Carbon Tax Initiative on State Ballot

Climate Action Bainbridge, which used to be known as Coal Free Bainbridge, has joined nine other organizations through Carbon Washington to work for adoption of a Revenue Neutral Carbon Tax for Washington State. Signature gathering will start in mid-April and end in December. The goal is to get the initiative on the ballot in 2016. The proposed…

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Photo of the Day: Wuh? Remodel Gone Awry?

Don’t worry. Everything is going along as planned with the T&C remodel. Demolishing the old front of the store was all part of the plan. This week, March 30-April 3, crews will continue framing the new entrance on the west side of the store to replace what they took down and working on the north…

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Hockey rink by Linda Cox Arnsdorf

Roller Hockey Rink Gets New Slicker, Safer, Cooler Surface

At one point on Saturday, March 28, almost 65 volunteers were helping in the effort to lay a new surface on the existing Bainbridge Roller Hockey League rink at Battle Point Park—the only outdoor roller hockey rink in the State of Washington. The surface, made by a South Carolina company called Ice Court, is comprised…

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Blake Bentzen and Kat Smith BHS sailors

Spartans Sail to Strong Finishes at Lake Washington Regatta

by Christine Brown  Bainbridge High School sailors took strong finishes at the competitive Combined Division Regatta over the weekend at Sail Sand Point in Lake Washington. The two-day regatta attracted 170 sailors from 24 Northwest high schools. The first event of the NWISA Spring season had teams split into two fleets, Gold and Silver, based…

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You Might Hear Roses Singing at Bloedel During National Poetry Month

I can sit on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds, until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost unhearable sound of the roses singing. —Mary Oliver, from “How I Go to the Woods” Maybe poet Oliver has spent time at Bloedel where the roses sing. Poets—and poetry—certainly…

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BARN Closer to Raising Its Permanent Roof—See the Design

The Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network, or BARN, which has been operating out of rented space in Rolling Bay, is well on its way to creating a permanent home for the work and collaboration of its many, skilled members. BARN spokesperson Carolyn Goodwin said the nonprofit organization is “rapidly outgrowing our temporary facility on Rolling Bay.” The good news, she reports,…

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School District Selects New Director of Special Services

The Bainbridge Island School District has selected Diane Leonetti as its new executive director of Special Services, effective July 1, 2015. Leonetti has a long history of service to District students with special needs and their families. In addition to her current position as Coordinator of Instructional Support Services, Leonetti has served as an occupational…

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In Memory of Two Bainbridge Girls, Two Doctors Ask for Your Help to Fight Cancer

Not that long ago, Hannah Hunt and Katie Gerstenberger were two lovely, lively girls growing up on Bainbridge. Hunt loved animals, especially the family’s dogs and cats. She was a dancer and a soccer and tennis player. Gerstenberger, who lived in Poulsbo but spent much of her time on the Island taking classes and visiting her…

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Poll: What Should Go in the Storyville Spot on Winslow Way?

After keeping a prime property on Winslow Way vacant for over three years, Storyville Coffee officially put the retail site back on the market yesterday, March 23. Judging by reader reaction (see our Facebook page) to our Storyville story announcing that the space is up for sale, Bainbridge Islanders welcome the move and are hopeful that it will…

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BHS Grad and UNICEF Fellow Reminds Us to Honor World Tuberculosis Day

Today, March 24, is World Tuberculosis Day, whether you knew there was such a thing or not. BHS grad Sylvia Stellmacher (’10), who is a Global Citizenship Fellow of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, reminds us why it matters and what you should do about it. Stellmacher says two billion people, or about one of…

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Double Dutch freestyle event

Bainbridge Rope Skippers Take Firsts at Season’s Kick off Tournament

by Tony Johnson The Bainbridge Island Rope Skippers (BIRS) hosted their annual BIRS Invitational Tournament on March 7, the first jump rope event of the competitive season. Five teams competed, with representatives from the Seattle area, Oregon, and British Columbia. In the speed and power events, Bainbridge turned in first place finishes by Bianca Daniels…

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Storyville Selling Its Spot in Heart of Downtown

After years of sitting empty, the 6600-square-foot retail spot in the center of Winslow Way could now get a new owner or tenants. This afternoon, Doug Nelson of American Property hung a for sale sign on the spot that belongs to Storyville Coffee at 240 Winslow Way East. The space is listed at $1,885,000. Storyville had…

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dog in mailbox

Letter to the Editor: Doggedly Addressing the City Council

Dear City Council Members: I apologize for not being able to make the meeting on Tuesday evening. I understand from the posted agenda that Council is still intent on passing an ordinance that makes it a punishable offense to walk your dog off-leash and under voice control within the Lynwood Center and Winslow service areas,…

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Welcome to Bainbridge sign

City Calls for Help to Identify Source of Ongoing Illegal Dumping in Winslow

In the last several weeks, City maintenance crews and Water Resource’s staff have responded to nearly a dozen identical illicit dumping incidents around the downtown area. Each incident has involved plastic produce bags that have been filled with what appears to be liquid food waste and placed on the top of trash receptacles. In some cases…

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Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

Work-Party & Kilmer Speech Commemor- ation for 73rd Anniversary of Exclusion

Seventy-three years ago, Japanese American residents of Bainbridge Island were forced to leave their homes and board a ferry that would take them on the first leg of a long journey to concentration camps around the country for the duration of World War II. To commemorate the significance and the long-term effects of that event,…

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Spartonics Finish on Second-Place Alliance at Shorewood

The Spartronics have done it again, climbing their way up the standings, getting selected for a high power alliance, and earning the chance to battle it out for the top spots at the Shorewood Districts Competition this weekend, March 20-22, in Shoreline. The Spartronics finished the FIRST Robotics competition, known as Recycle Rush, on the second-place alliance….

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