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Bainbridge Island Youth Shine Sunday in Spotlight of Compassionate Action Awards

It should be no surprise that on an Island with such high volunteerism, our young people so eagerly take up the call of compassionate action. The service of 100 such local teens and tweens was honored Sunday night, November 23, at the 13th Annual Bainbridge Youth Services’ Compassionate Action Awards Ceremony at Rolling Bay Presbyterian….

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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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Luminaries Gather to Celebrate 52 Years of Community Ownership of the Bainbridge Library

Fifty-two years after the opening of the Bainbridge Public Library, dozens of mostly quinquagenarians and up, who over the years contributed their time and creativity and skills by serving on the board of directors, gathered in the library to celebrate what they had wrought. The celebration, held on November 2, was called The Library That…

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Red Robin by Mike Mozart

Red Ribbons, Red Robins: BIPD Officers Wear Red, Wait Tables

In addition to stopping speeders and drunk drivers and solving crimes, your Bainbridge Island Police Department officers are volunteering in two community awareness-raising events this week. Red Ribbon Week Starting today, October 23, and for the next seven days officers are wearing red ribbons on their uniforms to honor the memory of DEA Agent Enrique…

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stuffed turkey by State Farm

Helpline House Is Asking You to Help Stuff the Turkey

November is “Stuff the Turkey Month” at Helpline House, a time when the organization looks for extra help from the community to stock its food bank for the winter months and provide hearty holiday meals for Bainbridge Island neighbors in need. With use of the food bank higher than ever, Helpline is encouraging community members…

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Ferncliff Village

Housing Resources Board, a Key Org. in Our Community, Turns 25

Many Bainbridge Islanders have never heard of the Housing Resources Board. Of those who have, many have no idea what HRB does and guess it must be some sort of antiquated county agency. In fact, HRB is an essential service provider in a community where the estimated median house or condo value in 2012 was $536,344,…

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Deals by Mike Mozart

Red Envelope Nonprofits: Get Your Half-Price Ad While the Gettin’s Good

It’s that time of year again, and we want to help you get the support you need and deserve for your good work in our community. With over 3 million readers in three years and an audience that has climbed to nearly 6,000 views a day, Inside Bainbridge is THE place to be noticed. And now…

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Blaze Your Trail: Time to Apply for BI Parks Foundation Community Grants

Do you have a great idea for Island recreation? A way to improve a trail or a park or a recreational facility? The Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation invites you to complete and submit a 2014 BIPF Community Grant application for your project so you can get funding of between a few hundred and a few…

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fish farm

A Second Coalition Files Petition for Review of SMP, This One About Aquaculture

Two coalitions filed different petitions for review of the Bainbridge Shoreline Master Plan on October 7. As we reported yesterday (October 8), one of these was made up primarily of Preserve Responsible Shoreline Management LLC. Their petition focused on perceived inconsistencies in the SMP, perceived violations of the RCW, and alleged undue burdens placed upon shoreline…

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Pet food by Ed Schipul

Pet Food Wars Part III: Poulsbo Accepts Bainbridge Challenge

It’s unclear why storage businesses like to challenge each other to charity duels, but it has happened again. This time, in what will be known as Pet Food Wars III, Poulsbo’s Proguard Self Storage is taking the bait, accepting the challenge by Bainbridge Storage (and its affiliates Bainbridge North Storage and Bainbridge U-Haul) to mano-a-mano…

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Pun Alert: The Buzz About the Bainbridge Buzz Spelling Bee (w/ Photo Gallery)

The organizer of the second annual Bainbridge Public Library’s Bainbridge Buzz Spelling Bee, Teri Weldy, says the event on September 20 raised over $8,000 for the library. The event, which was held at Bainbridge Performing Arts, pitted 42 spellers on 15 teams against one another and was vibrating with stinging puns. The night belonged to…

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Wildlife Corridor land near Meigs by BILT

Land Trust Expands Historic East-West Wildlife Corridor

Bainbridge Island Land Trust (BILT) Executive Director Jane Stone is excited. BILT has a contract to purchase a 15-acre parcel of land replete with wildlife that would expand and solidify a vital east-west corridor connecting Grand Forest East with Meigs Park. The connection is part of a much broader corridor extending from Meigs Park, which…

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12,000 Eyeballs a Day: Half-Priced Ad Deals Now for All One Call Orgs

Calling all One Call for All nonprofits and those who value and support them! We love what you do, and we want to help you get the support you deserve during red envelope season. As Bainbridge Island’s number one news and information source, Inside Bainbridge commands a huge readership averaging nearly 6,000 views a day. Yes,…

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red envelope stuffers on call for all

Photos of the Day: Red Envelope Stuffers!

Volunteers are busy today stuffing those familiar red envelopes for the annual One Call for All fundraising campaign. Established in 1960, One Call for All supports more than 90 local non-profit organizations on Bainbridge Island. One hundred percent of contributions from community members goes to local causes. Just in the last 10 years, the Red Envelope…

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Helpline House Loses Its Milk Money?

Earlier this month Helpline House quietly announced on its message whiteboard that it would no longer be offering milk in its food bank. The announcement generated a small flurry of concern on Bainbridge, with some talking on Facebook about creating a milk fund to help out. Helpline’s Food Bank and Volunteer Services Manager Marilyn Gremse acknowledged…

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Frog auction

Frogs Re-Released Downtown After BIDA Gets a Big Jump from Auction

Karin Lehotsky, the organizer of the Frogs on the Rock Gala Auction held September 13 at the Boundy Farm, is hopping with excitement over the event’s success. She said that, by auctioning off the 36 artist-designed frogs displayed over the last year throughout Winslow, they raised more money than anticipated, with all proceeds going to…

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Bainbridge Artisans Raise a Community BARN (w/ Photo Gallery & Podcast)

So far, what’s been raised are the acronym on a sign, a bunch of money, 2,000 square feet of rented space for the members of the Bainbridge Artisans Resource Network, and lots of furniture and equipment. But an actual barn is in the works too—more on that later. In the meantime, community members of all…

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Phil Copperhopper

One Bainbridge Frog May Be Forced to Leave His Home

Phil Copperhopper may look like a moneybags, his body covered in 3,955 shiny copper pennies. But this frog is running short of the $5,000 he needs to buy himself a stay of extradition from his current home with the Bainbridge Community Foundation. The frog is one of 36 on the Island that were created, sponsored…

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Hide Sparky and Then, If You Don’t Have Ortographobia, Read This

Ortographobia is the fear of making spelling mistakes, matched in intensity only by technofailophobia, which is a fear that spell check will let you down. If you’re free of these fears and could spell them out loud while standing on a stage (meaning you don’t have topophobia) in front of a crowd (because you’re enochlophobia…

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Hop to and Get Your Frog on the Rock Now

The 36 giant Frogs on the Rock will soon be hopping away. That’s because they’re being auctioned off and sent to live at their forever homes. Eighteen months ago, Islander Karin Lehotsky came up with the idea for a community art project involving frogs. In cooperation with the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association, Lehotsky and a…

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