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Washington State Ferries Says Reserve Early for San Juans Travel

Planning a trip to the San Juan Islands this spring or summer? Washington State Ferries (WSF) is recommending a reservation, and the sooner the better. WSF reports that its new reservation system, launched in January, for travel in the San Juans is already seeing tremendous use and saving travelers disappointment and long wait times. Between…

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new T&C sign frame with maker Rory Thorrott

New T&C Reader Board Frame Pops a Wheelie

by Sarah Lane and Julie Hall Town and Country’s new reader board just got framed this morning, courtesy of local metal worker Rory Thurrott. Thurrott, pictured on the left, created the new steel frame in his Bainbridge Island shop, Rory’s Custom Fabrication, on Eagle Harbor Drive. He put wheels on the frame so he could literally…

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Kate DiCamillo

National Ambassador for Kid’s Lit. Kate DiCamillo Visiting BI This Week

It’s not everyday that Bainbridge Island hosts an ambassador. But this Thursday, February 26, Kate DiCamillo, who is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, will be paying a visit to Bainbridge to give an evening presentation to the public. Earlier in the day, DiCamillo will meet with more than 250 fourth graders from the public schools….

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The Waypoint engraving

Council Gives Go-Ahead to $45,000 Public Art Project at Waypoint

On February 3, the City Council gave the thumbs-mostly-up in a 5-1 (Councilmember Val Tollefson was absent) vote to the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council’s proposal for public art at The Waypoint Park. Councilmembers expressed some unease about the project, not because any of them professed to be anti-art but largely because the budget…

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Side by Side by Sondheim

BPA Production Adds New Side to ‘Side by Side by Sondheim’

“Side by Side by Sondheim” is a musical revue that was created when actor-singer Dame Cleo Laine and her musician husband John Dankworth asked actor and singer David Kernan to put together a show for a benefit for a local theater company they owned. Kernan and director Ned Sherrin decided to use Stephen Sondheim material for the…

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Ancient Human Remains Found in Yard of Agate Street Home

A woman who had been hired in 2012 to help dig a drainage ditch at a home on Agate Street reported on February 3 to Kitsap County Sheriff’s detectives that, during the dig two years ago, she and her co-workers had come upon human remains. KCSO Special Investigations Unit Detective Krista McDonald explained the two-year…

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Award-Winning BHS Winter Guard to Host 20 Teams for Competition This Saturday

by Tamara Sellman The BHS Winter Guard hosts its first competition invitational in eight years this Saturday, February 7, at the Paski Gymnasium at Bainbridge High School. The Guard, which won top honors in its regional division last year, plans to defend its title this season, starting with this year’s first performance on home turf. The…

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flowering fruit tree with bee

February in the Garden? Early Birds Reap the Finest Flowers and Fruit

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer As I write this, I look out my window and can’t deny that nothing has changed in my garden for the last month. Perhaps certain sword ferns are laying a bit flatter than they were in December, and my ornamental grasses look a tad browner, but to my mind the garden…

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2015 Island Treasures Are Diane Bonciolini, Gregg Mesmer, and Art Grice

The sixteenth Island Treasure Awards, which honor excellence in the arts and/or humanities, are usually given to two people. But this year the honor is being shared among three, largely because two of those people are so enmeshed in their work that they’ve fused their names together like molten glass. Diane Bonciolini and Gregg Mesmer of Mesolini…

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Grow Community

Grow Village Wins Two Big Green Awards

The National Association of Home Builders just bestowed upon the Bainbridge Island Grow Community the 2014 Platinum Award in the Best in American Living Green Community Category. Grow also won the Best in Green Development Award. Both awards were presented at the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas this week. The eight-acre Grow Community is the…

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Revised Fundamentals

Filming Starts Today for Local Author Jonathan Evison’s ‘The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving’

Bainbridge author Jonathan Evison says his book The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving is semiautobiographical in that he shares some of the experiences of a number of his main characters, including the protagonist Ben. In the forthcoming movie of Evison’s book, actor Paul Rudd is playing Ben. Evison is pleased with the choice. “Yeah, it’s great,” he…

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Katie Vreedenburgh petting tigers in Thailand

BHS Grad in the Running to Host World Travel Series Needs Your Vote

Katie Vreedenburgh wants to show you the world. First she needs your vote to be chosen as the cohost of Global Degree, a web series featuring visits to the 195 countries of the United Nations. The web show, recently picked up by the Discovery Channel, is set to begin its second season and looking for…

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The Seahawks Shuffle and Remembering da Bears

Setting aside the barbaric brutality of football, corruption within the NFL, and criminal behavior of certain players, let’s just ride the high from yesterday’s game a little longer. You know the game I’m talking about, and it did not include the New England Patriots. Let’s pause and revisit the game that took the Seahawks to the…

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Robot Building

Spartronics Start Building Robot for 2015 “Recycle Rush” Competition

The challenge for this year’s First Robotics Competition was announced January 3 to robotics teams all across the world. Locally, teams gathered at Mountlake Terrace High to attend the kickoff event. Bainbridge’s champion Team 4915, the BHS Spartronics, were there with Coach Enrique Chee. Last year, the then-rookie Spartronics finished in the top 5 percent…

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fog at dusk by Marilynn Gottlieb

Photo-Poem of the Day for the Three People Not at the Seahawks Game

Thank you to award-winning photographer Marilynn Gottlieb for sharing this shot of a January evening on Bainbridge Island. Marilynn’s photos are picturesque, but they also often tell a story. This photo “Ground Fog at Dusk” invites the viewer in to wonder who is home and what they might be doing or even thinking and feeling….

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Kitsap Tours

Kitsap Tours Drives off into Sunset

After five years of operation, Kitsap Tours is closing its bus doors. Owners Jean and Jim Boyle say they “have decided to trade our bus for a camper van and spend some of our time exploring the back roads of this beautiful country and Canada while maintaining our home base here in Suquamish.” During those…

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Imitation Game

Lynwood Theatre Offers Weekly Open-Caption Screenings

Hearing-impaired film buffs can now see first-run films with captions every Tuesday at Lynwood Theatre. Open captioning is a process that displays dialogue on the bottom of the screen much as for foreign-language films. This extra service will be provided at no additional cost and will coincide with Senior Tuesday, when admission will remain $6.50 for…

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Bakery building

Fort Ward Bakery Project Uses “Dough” to Preserve History and Enhance Community

Back when Fort Ward was a fort, the parade grounds were used for parades, and servicemen lived in the now slowly decomposing barracks there, in the second decade of the last century, the brick bakery on Evergreen was used for making bread for the enlisted men. Since the decommissioning of the fort, the building has…

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Snark by Alan Levine

Here’s to a Snark-Free (or at Least Snark-Lite) New Year

One of the worst side effects of the Internet is snark, the snide + remark combo that so frequently slithers into comment streams on Web sites, including IB, and on Facebook and other social media. This past year we saw an increasing amount of snark and found it largely ugly and detrimental to our community….

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Bainbridge Cinemas One of Few Theaters to Show Controversial ‘Interview’

The Interview might have passed through movie theaters breezily with little fanfare had hackers not compromised Sony Pictures’ cybersecurity, threatening further payback if the movie weren’t pulled from the shelves. It’s not exactly a highbrow picture, a bromance with jokes about secret “packages” being hidden in unusual and uncomfortable places. But the movie, which features…

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