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July in the Garden

by Carina Langstraat Landscape Designer Spring delivers a rich visual return on the gardener’s investment, but July and August are a different matter altogether. If you don’t put some effort into sustaining action, things will peter out much earlier than they need to. Part of the reason the spring garden is independently active is due to…

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Protection Island Wildlife Refuge a Precious Haven in Our Midst (w/ Photo Gallery)

About 7 miles west of Port Townsend at the entrance to Discovery Bay is a remarkable 364-acre (half square-mile) land mass that despite its modest size serves as the nesting ground for nearly three-quarters of Puget Sound’s seabirds. If Protection Island’s irresistibly colorful tufted puffins aren’t impressive enough, there are also some 20,000 pairs of…

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Eagle Harbor Student’s Scrap Metal Sculpture to Take Flight at Auction

Greg Millican is only 17 but he’s already got a reputation on the Island as a metal artist. He won a student art show for a metal hand he made. Then he took First Place in 3D Sculpture for his metal scorpion at a spring art competition sponsored by Bainbridge Island Arts and Crafts. He…

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JAWS Bites Back on Bainbridge After 40 Years

Spoiler alert: There are plot giveaways in the following article. Bainbridge Cinemas’ special theatrical run of the legendary 1975 JAWS this Tuesday and Wednesday nights played to full and enthusiastic audiences in commemoration of the film’s 40th anniversary. Viewers ran the gamut from original 1975 movie goers, to TV devotees, to kids of nostalgic fans. The…

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Two Bainbridge Accidents Highlight Mowing/Trimming Dangers

Lawn mowing can be a dangerous business. Two Bainbridge incidents from the past week highlight the potential dangers of mowers and powered lawn tools and the need to exert caution. On June 18, a woman parked her car at her place of employment on Madison. When she returned to the vehicle, the safety glass in her rear…

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Garden Conservancy Opens 6 Local Private Gardens to Oglers June 28

The annual Garden Conservancy’s Open Days fundraiser invites the curious into the secret gardens of private homes. On June 28, you will gain access to four Bainbridge gardens and two across the Bridge for just $7 each. Short on cash? Weed out the ones you’re less interested in and focus on your favorites. Here they…

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Artists, Rev Your Engines: Public Art Is Back in the Money

At the Tuesday night (June 16) City Council meeting, the Council unanimously voted to remove the suspension of City funding for public art. Right before doing that, they unanimously voted to approve the changes made to the Bainbridge Island Municipal Code regarding the Public Art Program. Those changes were first considered at last week’s Council meeting…

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James Longhurst’s ‘Bike Battles': Is Bainbridge a Bicycle Friendly Community?

Although our Island was recognized as a bronze-level bicycle friendly community by The League of American Bicyclists in 2014, we didn’t make the 2015 list or even the list of honorable mentions. There are five levels, with bronze being the lowest. Washington is the #1 most friendly bike state, and there are 17 bicycle friendly Washington communities and 350 across…

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Spartronics Coach Enrique Chee Named Kiwanis Educator of the Year

The Bainbridge Kiwanis Board annually selects a Bainbridge Island Educator of the Year based on the nominee’s extraordinary efforts toward improving the education of Bainbridge Island children. Selections are made from candidates nominated by students, parents, other educators, and the public at large. The 2015 award winner is Bainbridge High School physics teacher Enrique Chee. Chee is…

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Logo of the Day

Last night a South Carolina firm submitted a new logo and flag for Bainbridge Island as part of a community rebranding project, financed by the City. The company’s “reveal” was met with mixed responses. Citizens are submitting alternative logo ideas on Facebook. Here is one from IB’s art department. Related Stories Bainbridge Gets a Makeover Through…

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Salmon Bollards: Will City Re-Embrace Funding for Public Art and How?

In 2010, at the height of its economic woes, the City Council suspended funding for the Bainbridge Public Art Program. But the Council left open the possibility for the funding to be reinstated at any time. In February of this year, the Council started that reinstatement process, and at last night’s (June 2) Council meeting, city…

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World-Renowned BI Architect Johnpaul Jones to Give Tours of BARN Site

The renown of Bainbridge architect Johnpaul Jones of Jones & Jones far exceeds the geographical limits of the Island. He is the designer of the National Museum of the American Indian, part of the Smithsonian in D.C., as well as a host of zoos and educational and cultural centers across the world, including one right here at home:…

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June in the Garden

by Carina Langstraat Landscape Designer In the Essential Earthman, Henry Mitchell writes, “I always warn myself (with very little result) against the beauty of the late May early June garden, which can overpower and unbalance the rest of the year—to say nothing of the gardener.” I couldn’t agree more, but have decided to give myself…

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10 Tips For California Transplants

by Tamarah Rockwood There is a large exodus from California to the Pacific Northwest right now, and we are in the middle of it. Some people are moving because the economy in California is atrocious. Some are moving because of the culture and government. Some are moving because it is more affordable up here. ….

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Proposed Rolling Bay Development Aims to ‘Do It Right’

For Lisa Martin, the owner of Rolling Bay Land Company, the development proposed for the north side of the Rolling Bay “town square” is her first commercial development venture. But she is trying to “do everything right.” For one thing, she said she wants to hear what people want to see in the space. She’s already…

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Letter to the Editor: ‘Listening’ to Music Not Possible in a Bar

I am hoping that some of your readers will be able to help me settle a “discussion” that has been happening in my household since going to see, and not hear, the band St. Paul de Vence at the Treehouse Cafe last Saturday night. Not just Saturday night but on several occasions lately, I have gone…

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Lindsay Masters

Lindsay Masters Named New ED of Bainbridge Arts & Crafts

Lindsay Masters gets around. She used to work for Microsoft as a writer, editor, and manager. Then she worked at the local print paper covering arts and culture news and at Arts Humanities Bainbridge, formerly known as the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council, as Communications Manager. In 2013, she became Publicist for Bainbridge Arts…

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Fort Ward Youth Advisory Wins Five Blakely Awards

The Historic Preservation Commission presented five Preservation Leader Blakely Awards to the Fort Ward Youth Advisory Committee for its work preserving the Fort Ward Bakery. The Commission also presented a Project of Excellence award to Joe and Beth Claseman for the restoration of the 150-year-old McRedmond Cabin. Erik Appleberry, Aila Ikuse, Kate Merifield, Mark Dettman,…

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Spartronics Finish Season in Top 7 Percent of the Universe

Bainbridge High School Spartronics, Team 4915, sparkled at the FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri, April 22,-25, finishing in the top 7 percent of teams across the globe. The team competed in 10 qualification rounds, one of which had a record high score of 265 points. Out of the 608 teams that qualified and attended the competition,…

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May in the Garden: Sow Veggies, Fertilize Rhodies & Plant Dahlia Bulbs

by Carina Langstraat, landscape designer May’s warming temperatures and rain create the perfect storm for weeds. But if you need a break from staying ahead of the invaders, here are a few enjoyable alternatives that will make you feel more like a gardener than a weed whacker. Sow Veggies During the first half of the month,…

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