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Boy Scouts Restore Flagpole and Raise Historic Flag for First Time Since 9/11

Bainbridge Boy Scout Charley Haas, with local Troop 1496, demonstrated vision and hard work in a project to restore the old flagpole at Bainbridge Island’s Masonic Lodge. Charley spent over 30 hours removing with a wire brush some 57 years of rust from the flagpole to make it possible to raise the Masons’ historic 48-star…

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Sophia Stoyanovich

New BHS Grad & Violin Virtuoso Sophia Stoyanovich Performs on the Rock This Weekend

Islander Sophia Stoyanovich has already enjoyed a full, successful career, and she just graduated from high school this month. You have a chance to hear this star violinist on the rock when she performs at the St. Cecilia Recital Series this Sunday, June 29. Stoyanovich started playing at 6 years old. She debuted with the Bremerton…

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BHS Senior Builds a Garden for HRB’s Island Homes

Like her Girl Scout predecessors Andie Mitchell and Maggie Murphy, BHS incoming senior Kate Matthews has devoted hours and hours of her time to enhancing our community, at the same time working toward earning her Gold Award, the highest honor given to a Girl Scout. Matthews’ project has been to install gardens at a Housing Resources…

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Two Local Girl Scouts Earn Highest Gold Awards for Their Work

Andie Mitchell and Margaret Murphy, Bainbridge Girl Scouts, have just won the coveted Gold Award, the highest award given by Girls Scouts of America. Less than 6 percent of Girl Scouts achieve the honor, which is given to scouts who “change their communities and the world in sustainable ways.” These two Bainbridge Island teens earned…

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Pump up the Tires and Ride Safely for National Bike to School Day, May 7

Tomorrow, May 7, is National Bike to School Day. The Washington State Department of Transportation reminds motorists to share the road and watch for young bicyclists and pedestrians, especially around school zones. WSDOT also wants bikers to play it safe and reminds them that bicycles are legally considered vehicles on Washington’s roadways, which means bikers must…

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Kitsap Community Foundation Gives Cash to 3 BI Orgs. & 2 BI Students

Twenty-six Kitsap nonprofits got some good news Wednesday, April 30. They found out they had received grants from the Kitsap Community Foundation. Of those 26, three are based on Bainbridge: the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, which received $5,000, and Friends of the Farms and Salish Sea Expeditions, both of which received $2,450. Friends of the…

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Amanda Sellman

BHS’s Amanda Sellman to Play Water Polo for Division I Hartwick College

Hartwick College, which is located in Oneonta, New York, and is ranked 16th nationally in NCAA Division I Water Polo, wanted BHS senior and powerhouse driver and passer Amanda Sellman to join their school and the Hawks Water Polo team, coached by Allen and Ashleigh Huckins. They had to compete with Iona and Marist Colleges,…

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Like Capote and Plath Before Her, BHS Sophomore Wins Scholastic Art and Writing Silver Medal

BHS sophomore Sophia Bidinger has joined a cohort that includes average Joes like Zac Posen, Joyce Carol Oates, Truman Capote, Stephen King, Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, John Updike, and Ken Burns. All of them received Scholastic Art & Writing Award Silver Medals, a recognition that’s been given out annually since 1923. The award was announced March…

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Fifteen BI Teens and Adults Going to Haiti to Help Orphans, Schoolkids, and Malnourished Children

Ask Laura Van Dyke about Partners in Health, the organization that boldly proclaims “Health is a human right,” and she will gush. That’s because she believes fully in founder Paul Farmer’s practical but ambitious vision that communities around the globe need to be empowered to take care of the health of their citizens. Unlike other…

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Healthy Youth Summit

Third Healthy Youth Summit Focused on Who Bainbridge Kids Are, Not Just What They Do

Marina Cofer-Wildsmith, Executive Director of Bainbridge Youth Services, sees the three Bainbridge Island Healthy Youth Summits that have been held so far as a way to tackle a very real problem in our community: Surveys and focus groups of Bainbridge Island teens show high levels of stress and pressure to succeed, and many young people…

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Healthy Youth Summit Part III, Initiation, Set for Saturday

The third in the popular and well-attended Healthy Youth Summit series will focus on Initiation this Saturday, March 15, with the goal of putting into action the ideas generated and developed in Parts I and II. The first summit was attended by about 200 people and the second by about 300. The organizers—Bainbridge Youth Services,…

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Sarah Mather

Bainbridge’s Sarah Mather Is a Rising Star

She may be just 16, but Bainbridge High School student Sarah Mather already has a long-term plan. She wants to be a stage actor. She’s willing to work very hard to get there. And she just took a giant leap forward by earning a spot in the 5th Avenue Theatre’s Rising Star Program. Rising Star…

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Rotary Honors Three Bainbridge Students with Youth Leadership Awards

BHS student Natalya Niehaus and Eagle Harbor High School students Tova Levine and Johanna Rosenboom have been selected by the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island as recipients of Youth Leadership Awards. The three were chosen for their leadership potential and commitment to service. The Rotary will sponsor their attendance at the March 6-9 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards…

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488,064 Cookies Stacked at the Fire Station

Fire Station 23′s garage looked more like a warehouse than a fire station yesterday, February 25. The engines and tenders and ambulances had been moved to the driveway outside, and 21,840 boxes (1,820 cases) of cookies were stacked in their stead. Cars drove through the garage like it was an oil change business, and volunteers…

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300 Wise-Minded Parents Attend Raising Resilience Event

by Sarah Lane with Tracey Denlinger On Thursday, February 6, Dr. Laura Kastner addressed nearly 300 community parents about how to raise kids more thoughtfully and less reactively. Kastner spoke about her book Wise Minded Parenting with the audience gathered at the BHS Commons. Kastner spoke about the seven essentials for raising successful tweens and teens:…

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Arty Kids Can Show Their Stuff at the Bainbridge Student Art Contest

Got arty pants in your life? The 14th Annual Bainbridge Island Student Art Contest is their place to see and be seen. A program of the Bainbridge Park District, the Student Art Contest is now taking entries from Bainbridge Island students K-12. Young artists can enter up to three pieces of art created within the past…

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Parenting Author Laura Kastner Talks Thursday About Raising Successful Tweens & Teens

This Thursday, February 6, author and clinical psychologist Laura Kastner, PhD, speaks about raising teens and tweens in the latest part of the Raising Resilience series on successful parenting. This week’s talk follows last month’s Healthy Youth Summit. Presented by Raising Resilience and Bainbridge Youth Services, Kastner will discuss her new book Wise Minded Parenting: 7 Essentials…

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Owen Marshall

Owen’s Playground: Will Tonight Be the Start of a “Joyful Kid’s Legacy” for Waterfront Park?

Four months ago, just days after her six-year-old son Owen died after a short lifetime of struggle with severe physical problems, Islander Stacy Marshall’s good friend Pam Perry said to her, “I know this is a really rough time. But people want to give to Owen’s legacy and we need to find a way for…

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Healthy Youth Summit

Healthy Youth Summit Draws Big Crowd in from the Rain

A daylong downpour did not deter about 170 people from Saturday’s (January 11) Healthy Youth Summit. The summit was the second part of a three-part series, and about the same number of community members showed this time as attended the first, which happened in November. Attendees included School District Superintendent Faith Chapel, School Board President…

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The Bainbridge Healthy Youth Revolution Continues This Weekend: Inspiring You and Your Youths

Don’t worry if you missed Part I. This Saturday, January 11, you will have another chance to experience the Healthy Youth revolution that started November 2 at Bainbridge High School, when about 200 parents, educators, other professionals, and community members met to generate questions that matter to us as a community in the area of raising…

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