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Owen's Playground

Gov. Inslee Letter Calls Owen’s Playground ‘A Beautiful Tribute to a Special Young Boy’

On Saturday (September 20) afternoon’s groundbreaking ceremony for Owen’s Playground at the Rotary Fields on Weaver, Jay Kinney of the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Parks & Recreation Board read a letter Governor Inslee had written for the occasion. In his letter, Inslee applauded Owen’s family and said the new accessible playground “will open new doors to…

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Shovels in the Dirt Saturday for Owen’s Playground

Islander Stacy Marshall is feeling pretty emotional these days. That’s because she’s coming up on the first anniversary of the death of her 6-year-old son Owen and, this Saturday, September 20, the groundbreaking ceremony for the accessible playground that will bear his name. In the short year since Owen died, Marshall and her numerous colleagues…

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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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The Meek Family

Interview with Family of Bainbridge 8-Year-Old Behind Last Night’s Eagle Harbor Water Rescue

Third-grade Ordway Otter Grace Meek and her dad Sean were out fishing last night, August 31, in their 12-foot skiff when Grace heard someone calling out, “Help us.” The eight year old told her dad what she had heard. They were near Blakely Rock and the buoy, and there were a lot of seals nearby….

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cello and violin

Listen to Two Island Teen Virtuosos: Catherine Edwards and Sophia Stoyanovich

Catherine Edwards who graduated from Bainbridge High School in June, is a cellist. Sophia Stoyanovich, another BHS June graduate, is a violinist already enjoying a successful career in music. In these two podcasts from Bainbridge Community Broadcasting, Bainbridge High School Radio Club members Hayden Tutty and Ryan Cox interview their fellow students about their music…

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battle point park girl scouts by julie hall

Local Business Makes Donation to Replace Girl Scout Equipment Destroyed in Storm

Bainbridge Island girl scouts had an unpleasant surprise Wednesday morning, August 13, when they arrived at Battle Point Park to find that their camp site had been seriously damaged by stormy weather. Four of seven tent shelters were destroyed during the night by severe rain and wind. Rene Hackl said that after learning on Inside…

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different flower by Konrad Summers

Free IEP (Individual- ized Education Program) Parent Training Meeting August 25

Does your child have an IEP, or do you think s/he might need one? Find out what your rights are and how to exercise them on behalf of your child at a free training session on August 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bainbridge Public Library. The evening program is presented by Bainbridge-based FFUSE (Friends…

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girl scout shelter destroyed by wind and rain at battle point park by tess haddon

Photo of the Day: Severe Overnight Weather Destroys Girl Scout Shelters at Battle Point Park

Every summer at Battle Point Park, Bainbridge Island volunteers run a week-long girl scout camp. On Monday they set up seven shelters to use throughout the week. Last night’s heavy wind and rain destroyed three unit tents and the program tent. Camp instructor Tess Haddon said this morning they found the aluminum supports “snapped like twigs” and…

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boy scouts and Masonic Lodge flag

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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island west garden party

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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rain garden by Sarah Lane

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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Kid with bike

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

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

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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