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2015 Walk MS: Photos and Videos

Today’s (April 11) Walk MS fundraisers were lucky to get cold and sun on a day when a winter storm had been predicted. Or maybe luck had nothing to do with it, and the Walk MS event, which raises money for the National MS Society, brings its own weather. The walk, which started and ended at the high school,…

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Bainbridge Is One Well City

According to the Association of Washington Cities, 66 of every 100 people are overweight, 54 have a poor diet, 47 have high stress, 27 get little or no exercise, 16 have poor emotional health, and 4 use drugs. To combat those numbers, AWC offers what it calls the Well City Awards to cities meeting nine…

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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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How Much Do You Dislike Spring Forward?

At 2 a.m. tomorrow morning, March 8, it will instantly become 3 a.m. through the magic of governmental bureaucracy, and you will have lost an entire hour of wide-awake staring at the clock. One hour less of sleep doesn’t sound like that big of a deal, but it can wreak havoc. A recent study finds that Daylight Saving’s Spring Forward…

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Walk and Shop to Make a Difference in a World with MS

by Mike Lisagor Pulling off a walk on Bainbridge Island in 2006 to raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis (MS) was a giant leap of faith. But we quickly discovered that we live in an extremely compassionate and generous community—generous to the tune of almost $700,000 in the last eight years for MS research…

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The Facts About Ticks and Lyme Disease in Western Washington

These days most of us have relatives or friends struggling with Lyme Disease and its devastating impact. An infectious disease, Lyme is caused by at least three species of bacteria from the genus Borrelia, which dates back some 20 million years. Lyme disease in the United States was identified in 1975 when a constellation of cases…

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Harrison and Regence Make Nice: New Contract Started Sunday

On Friday the 13th, Harrison Medical, which is part of the CHI Franciscan Health network, and insurer Regence BlueShield finally worked out an agreement after months of failing to do so. This agreement will provide Regence members in-network access to all local health care services at Harrison Medical Center and Harrison HealthPartners including the Bainbridge Harrison clinic. The…

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Poll: Should People Be Required to Vaccinate Their Kids?

This week Washington State Representative June Robinson (D) introduced House Bill 2009, which would remove “personal belief” as a legally accepted reason for vaccination exemptions for school-aged children. Washington Governor Jay Inslee has endorsed the bill. What do you think? Should vaccinating be required for all healthy (non immunocompromised) school-aged children? Or should people have the…

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Are Bainbridge Island Kids Under- vaccinated?

With an escalating Pertussis outbreak on Bainbridge Island and at least five confirmed cases of measles now in Washington state, vaccinating is on our collective minds. Here are some things to consider for your kids and yourself. “Herd” immunity is conferred when a portion of a community is immunized against an infectious disease. As long as a certain percentage…

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Five Influenza Deaths in Kitsap County This Season

The Kitsap Public Health District is warning people that “the flu can be a severe illness,” so severe in fact that so far this season five people in the county have suffered influenza-related deaths. KPH is urging people to get vaccinated and take measures to protect themselves and others. KPH is monitoring absenteeism reports from schools throughout…

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Virginia Mason Bainbridge Adds Daily Urgent Care Service

As of this week Virginia Mason Bainbridge Island Medical Center on Winslow Way has expanded its urgent care treatment services for minor injuries and illnesses to seven days a week, with no appointments required. The Clinic is now providing urgent treatment of nonlife threatening conditions from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to…

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“Concerning” Wave of Pertussis Hits the Island

Dr. Molly Linhardt, a pediatrician at Bainbridge Pediatrics, confirmed that there have been more than 10 cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, diagnosed at the clinic since the end of November. Linhardt said these numbers represent “a definite increase over the last three years.” Health Officer Dr. Susan Turner of the Kitsap Public Health District called the outbreak “concerning”…

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Two New Community Resources: One for Tweens/Teens, One About Mental Illness

Bainbridge Islanders can avail themselves of two new resources. One is the Resource Guide for Bainbridge Island Teens and Tweens. The other is How to Get Help in Kitsap County. The Resource Guide is the outcome of a partnership among the Bainbridge Island Rotary Club, the Bainbridge branch of Kitsap Regional Library, and the Bainbridge…

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The Count Is in: August’s Obliteride Raised $2.25 Million

The early August bike ride with the funny name that started at SODO, headed to the Bainbridge ferry terminal, and went 150 miles, all the way to the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma and then round to Seattle, raised a bundle to fight cancer: $2.25 million. This was only the second year for Obliteride, the Fred…

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A Sneak Peek at the Bainbridge Harrison Care Facility

The Bainbridge Harrison urgent, primary, and specialty care facility opens in just a few weeks. But you don’t have to wait that long to see it thanks to a guided tour yesterday, November 3, led by architect Matthew Coates and facility Operations Manager Meg Becker that provided plenty of photo opportunities. Primary Considerations Coates started…

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Harrison Hospital Set to Open on Bainbridge

They told us it would happen some time this fall. Now Harrison Hospital is getting more specific: The day scheduled for the grand opening of the Harrison Bainbridge urgent and specialty care facility on 305 and Madison is December 1. The facility will offer 24/7 urgent care, primary care, specialty care, and expanded imaging and…

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Sensory Processing Part 3: Disorder Kids or a Disordered World?

October is National Sensory Awareness Month. As part of this national education effort, Inside Bainbridge is publishing a series on Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), citing the latest research, information from experts in the field, and personal stories from parents, caregivers, and kids affected by the condition. (Family names have been changed for privacy.) Read the other articles…

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Islander Talks About Her Depression and Her Friend’s New YA Novel, ‘Crazy’

With last week being Mental Illness Awareness Week, it seemed like the perfect time to meet with Patsy Reed, an Islander living with clinical depression, to talk about her role in Oregon writer Linda Phillips’s new young adult novel Crazy, which is a Junior Library Guild selection. Phillips, who will be giving a reading at Eagle…

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Rabies Found in One Bat on Bainbridge and Two Others in Kitsap

Three bats in Kitsap County have recently tested positive for rabies. One bat from Bainbridge Island tested positive on September 19. Two others, one from Kingston and another from Bremerton, tested positive for the disease on October 3. According to the Kitsap Public Health District, although rabies is endemic in Washington, having three bats test…

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Sensory Processing Disorder Part 2: Emma’s Story

October is National Sensory Awareness Month. As part of this national education effort, Inside Bainbridge is publishing a series on Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), citing the latest research, information from experts in the field, and personal stories from parents, caregivers, and kids affected by the condition. (Family names have been changed for privacy.) Read the other articles…

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