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Yama by Sarah Lane

Yama Preliminary Report—Find out What the First Year of Study Uncovered

The 2015 Preliminary Archaeology Report on the study of the Port Blakely Yama historical site has just been released. The report summarizes the field research conducted this summer by the Olympic College Archaeology Field School in collaboration with the BI Historical Museum, BI Metro Parks & Recreation, BI Japanese American Community, BI Historic Preservation Commission, and…

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Waypoint power lines

Letter to the Editor: Bury the Wires

I think the money for art at Waypoint would be better spent putting the utility poles underground at that intersection. The first thing one notices coming off the ferry is the incredible array of wires that obscure anything happening in the park or museum. Perhaps Puget Sound Energy could make that a public relations contribution…

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The Traveler Travels Across the Street—Grand Re-Opening Saturday

The Traveler, Bainbridge’s go-to spot for luggage, maps, and other travel gear, is 20 years old. To celebrate the anniversary, the owners just moved it across the street to the location formerly occupied by Paper Products Etc. To celebrate the move, they’re having a Grand Opening Party this Saturday, October 3, from 9:30 a.m. to…

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“Pod,” a Glowing Steel Basket, to Be Unveiled at BPA Tonight

Bainbridge has a renewed piece of public art in a new location. It’s called “Pod,” and it is a hand-woven steel and cast resin sculpture featuring an interior diorama. Tonight, October 1, the piece, by artists Kristin Tollefsen and Duke Grenier, will have its official unveiling in its permanent location on the lawn of Bainbridge Performing…

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Bainbridge Org. Makes Sure Malala’s Story Gets Heard in Myanmar

In 2014, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest person, at age 17, ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, which she shared with Indian child labor opponent Kailash Satyarthi. The award recognized Yousafzai’s lifelong struggle for women’s and children’s rights. Targeted because of her advocacy for the education of girls including through a BBC blog, in…

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Lunar Eclipse by Robert Dashiell

Photos of the Day: Bloody Moon Sunday

Island photographer Robert Dashiell joined a host of others at Pritchard Park eager to grab a shot of the rare lunar eclipse Sunday, September 27. This type of combination “supermoon” plus total lunar eclipse hasn’t happened since 1982. The moon, which is very close to Earth right now, appeared as much as 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than…

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Bakery Project by Friends of Fort Ward

3 Local Firms Contribute Services to Fort Ward Bakery Project

The Fort Ward Bakery building, which used to be the center of bread making for the enlisted men at the Fort, is being renovated and converted into a community hall for the Fort Ward area. Three Bainbridge Island firms—Wenzlau Architects, Browne Wheeler Engineers, and Fischer Bouma Partnership planning and design studio—have pledged to contribute their services to the…

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Heyday Farm

SOLD OUT: History Museum Is Lying—Again

This event is now sold out (9/18/15). The Bainbridge Island Historical Museum is holding its fourth annual Lives and Lies fundraising party on Saturday, September 19. This time, the focus of their lies is Eagledale’s heritage. You probably didn’t know that Eagledale was once a Nike missile site, but that’s true, probably, as is the fact that…

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Quilt Show by Paul Brians

Photos of the Day: Saturday’s Quilt Show (as a Quilt)

Photographer Paul Brians took a micro view of Saturday’s (September 12) annual Quilt Show on Winslow Way. Framing each photograph as a quilt square, he made a quilt of photos to reflect on the day’s event. Click on each photo to see it enlarged. … Powered by Cincopa Video Hosting for Business solution.2015 Quilt Showhexagon.jpgflash 16cameramake…

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Aurora Borealis

Video of the Day: Aurora Borealis Over Ferries

The night of September 9 we had a rare aurora borealis in Puget Sound skies. Meg McDonald of Wild Northwest Beauty Photography captured a time lapse video of the phenomenon, more commonly known as the Northern Lights, complete with ferry and airplane crossings. Although the aurora borealis is usually seen farther north, we get them too when the…

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BHS Grad Makes Science Pop Up on Ferry Sunday

Nina Arens is a 2005 Bainbridge High School grad who loves science. She loves it so much that she makes it pop up suddenly at unexpected times and in unusual places, including on ferry crossings. Her business, Pop-Up Science, which is a traveling museum that engages kids in the scientific world, will show up tomorrow, Sunday, September 12,…

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winged pig by Sarah Lane

Photos of the Day: Pig Flew. Pig Came Home, Married

The blue pig that seasonally sits along Miller Road just south of Day Road flew south or somewhere in early spring and reappeared this summer, reportedly on top of the Welcome-to-Bainbridge sign at the Rotary Park. Now it is back home again until the next pignapping. It came home with a pink, winged wife who…

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Bainbridge History Timeline by Sarah Lane

Bainbridge in History: The 1950s

We’d like to thank the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum for their help with this feature on Island history. We’re starting with the 1950s in honor of the T&C remodel completion. T&C Opens Big. Last week, the Town & Country Market remodel was pretty much wrapped up. Just 58 years ago the market opened its doors for the first…

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Yama by Sarah Lane

Port Blakely Mill Town Yama Re-Emerges from the Dirt After 100 Years

In 2011, Bainbridge Island Historical Museum Curator Rick Chandler decided to take a walk. He was looking for the Bainbridge site of the late 19th- and early 20th-century Japanese village known as Yama, which means “little mountain.” Chandler knew about Yama, a company town for Japanese workers at the Port Blakely Lumber Mill, partly from Andrew Price’s 1989…

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Walla Walla

Ferry Photo Contest: Enter Your Best Shot Now

The Washington State Ferries is challenging you to share your best ferry photos on Twitter. The winning photo could win you—not a free ferry pass for life—a free, behind-the-scenes tour of a ferry. There are rules—quite a few, in fact. WSDOT (and WSF) employees and contractors are ineligible. The photos must “include a state ferry whether…

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Paperboys Deliver Tonight at Battle Point

Tonight, August 12, you can enjoy the slightly moistened grass on the Observatory lawn at Battle Point while listening to The Paperboys in concert. This is another concert in the Bainbridge Island Parks’ Sounds of Summer series. The Paperboys are not all boys, and they have just about nothing to do with paper. They hail…

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Listen to Your Art

West Sound Academy Students to Host Music Festival Benefiting Trevor Project

In May, kids from West Sound Academy, the across-the-bridge 6-12 school attended by many Islanders, were awarded a North Kitsap-Poulsbo Rotary Club community service grant of $500 to support their project: a music festival. The festival, scheduled for later this month, will benefit The Trevor Project, a California-based nonprofit that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ…

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Lee Grant

Academy-Award Winning Lee Grant to Visit Island (and Her Daughter)

There is an awkward, painful scene in Ordinary People when two characters played by Islander Dinah Manoff and Timothy Hutton reminisce about their time in a hospital psych ward after failed suicide attempts. For Hutton’s character, the memories are relatively good ones, and he relishes recalling them. But Manoff’s character is clearly distressed by the conversation—at the…

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Trees by Paula Ensign

Artists Rule the Rock This Weekend

It’s the weekend of the studio tours. All weekend, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (August 7) and Saturday and on Sunday from 10 to 5, artists and craftspeople at five different studios will open their doors as part of the Bainbridge Island Studio Tour. And the same three days, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bainbridge…

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Mt. St. Helens

Local Filmmakers Want to Hear from You About Mt. St. Helens Eruption

This year is the 35th anniversary of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, which killed 57 people and thousands of animals, caused more than a billion dollars in damage, and laid waste to hundreds of square miles, 27 bridges, and 200 homes. If you were in Washington at that time, you probably remember exactly what you…

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