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Animal Tales: Tucker, a Smart, Active Clown with Some Challenges

by Melissa Byrd of PAWS of Bainbridge Island and N. Kitsap Thank you Paws & Fins Pet Shop for sponsoring our weekly Animal Tales feature. Tucker is a 3.5-year-old Chihuahua/maybe Corgi/and something else mix who originally arrived at Kitsap Humane Society as a stray in April. He was adopted rather quickly. After a little bit of living with…

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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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Brush fire by Luke Carpenter

Large Brush Fire Threatens Valley off Fletcher Bay

The 911 call came in at 2:49 this afternoon, July 31. A man had been mowing a grassy field on his property just south of Island Center Hall, ironically to reduce fire danger, when a spark from the mower set the grass on fire. The man saw the fire and responded right away, but by…

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Hood Canal wolf eels

Puget Sound Suffers from the High Heat: Prognosis Not Good

The Sound is showing temperatures 4 degrees Fahrenheit above the normal values established over 25 years of record keeping. That’s what Christopher Krembs, a senior oceanographer for the Department of Ecology has just reported in an Ecology news alert. He added, “We’re seeing warm water everywhere, from Olympia to Bellingham.” And the drought conditions throughout the state mean…

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Spacecraft float

Meet Your BI Grand Old Fourth Chamber of Commerce Award Winners

When you saw the odd spaceship float accompanied by geometrically-faced furries at this year’s Grand Old Fourth parade, you probably already knew who was going to win the 2015 Ellis-Buxton Award for Most Humorous Parade Entry. The people who bring you some of the best, most unusual concerts on the Island, Spacecraft, took the award and…

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Play Winslow

Weekend on the Rock, July 31-August 2, 2015: Eurodanceparty USA and Korby Lenker

Here are Inside Bainbridge recommendations for the weekend of July 31-August 2, 2015: 1. There Goes Waldo? Party When: Friday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Where: Eagle Harbor Book Co., 157 Winslow Way Why: The month of Waldo spotting culminates with this bookstore party. People with filled passports who found Waldo get to be in the drawing for prizes from Bainbridge…

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Andrew Malinak

Swimmer to Circumnavigate Island for AAB Without Assistance or Wetsuit

On August 8 Seattle marathon swimmer Andrew Malinak will attempt to swim all the way around Bainbridge, a distance of 25.5 miles. There are no recorded attempts or successes of such a swim. Malinak will follow Marathon Swimming Federation rules for unassisted swims, which means he gets no wetsuit or assistance. He “may not make intentional supportive contact with…

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zucchini bread

The Best Zucchini Bread Recipe

It’s zucchini season, which for my family means zucchini bread. This recipe is my mother’s, and I don’t know where she got it, but I’ve never had better zuc bread anywhere. Yeah, I know I’m making another grand claim for “The Best” (see The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe), but to me this is the…

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porch light

Porch Lights on: National Night Out Moves to Town Square (with Pie Toss)

The annual free-food, free-information, free-fun event sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Police Department and local businesses to raise awareness about crime, crime prevention, and preparedness won’t be at Sakai this year as it has the previous two years. As it was in 2012, National Night Out will be held in City Hall Town Square, in…

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Scam Alert: The IRS Is Not Really out to Get You

The messages are usually pre-recorded. They tell you that you owe money to the IRS and that the IRS is going to file a lawsuit against you or put a lien on your property. And they’re completely untrue. Bainbridge Police Chief Matt Hamner said about the latest resurgence of a familiar scam to hit the Island, “I assure…

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sandwich signs by Ann Knight

Bainbridge’s Dagwood-Sized Sandwich Sign Spread

You may be too young to remember the comic strip Blondie and character Dagwood’s super-sized, multilayer sandwiches. But take it on faith that Dagwood is an apt adjective to describe the size of the Island’s spread of sandwich boards or a-frame signs. Reader Ann Knight recently wrote to us about the volume: “I believe the signs are a…

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Matuto at Battle Point Tonight: Raucous, Danceable Forró and Bluegrass

At tonight’s (July 29) plein air concert at Battle Point Park, the band Matuto will serve up some Brazilian style forró mixed with American bluegrass. Matuto started with the collaboration of guitarist Clay Ross who received a Fulbright grant to perform in Brazil and Portuguese-speaking forró accordionist Rob Curto who performed together in Recife in 2009. They were joined…

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school mailbox by Chad Kainz

Letter to the Editor: Suzuki Property Should Be a BISD Swap

At the last City Council Meeting July 21, 2015, the City Council voted to remove the “Fair Market Value” requirement from the Suzuki property sale. Why should Islanders lose money on the sale of the one piece of land that is so valuable to our schools and our children’s educational resource’s? At Last January’s intergovernmental meeting,…

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Grab a Growler to Go This Fall at T&C

Growler bar is perhaps not what you were thinking when you envisioned the T&C remodel, but that vision is part of the plan. T&C Markets Beer and Wine Spirits Specialist Don Thornton confirmed that, ideally sometime in September, the 8-tap fill-‘er up facility will be installed. One reason for the delay is law-related. Growler bars were…

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Police Blotter

Police Blotter 7/28/15: Man Steals to Avoid Being Caught for Stealing

POLICE BLOTTER July 25 Mutually Harassing Neighbors. A man called 911 to report harassment. Officer Dale Johnson met him at the front door of his apartment. The man said he is being harassed by his neighbor. He said he recently took photos of dog feces to present evidence of negligent management to the housing authority….

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From BI to Zutphen and Back Again: David Cohen Captures a Different Life in Photos

Island photographer David Cohen spent 13 months in 2012 and 2013 abroad with his family in Zutphen, Netherlands. Somewhere along the way he decided to take a photo per day to document his experience. The result is an 820-page electronic book of photos, text, and even video called Opening up and Letting Go. Cohen’s photos record…

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Project Backpack

Project Backpack 2015 Needs Your Packing Help

For 14 years Helpline House has managed Project Backpack, an effort to make sure kids in need on the Island get school supplies. Since 2000, nearly 1,400 students in need have started the school year with community assistance. Last year’s Project Backpack alone helped 155 students. Now Helpline is about to start year 15, and the staff is…

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The Chip Seal Deal Is Sealed: Which Roads Will Get the Treatment

Tuesday night, Public Works Director Barry Loveless asked the City Council to approve a contract with Doolittle Construction for about $626,000 for chip sealing. Chip seal is a way to extend the life of a road by combining asphalt emulsion with finely graded aggregate over its surface. Excess rock is removed several days after the application by…

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Waterfront Park

$500K Grant for Waterfront Park, but Estimated Project Costs Go Up (and Down)

At least two members of the City Council were confused Tuesday night (July 21) after Public Works Director Barry Loveless’s presentation on the Waterfront Park upgrade budget. Loveless was asking the Council for an increase of $500,000 to the project budget. In his presentation, he explained that the Council had approved the Phase 1 final design…

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Animal Tales: Electrocuted and Left for Dead, Cat Shocks PAWS Staff with His Resilience

by Melissa Byrd of PAWS of Bainbridge Island and N. Kitsap Thank you Paws & Fins Pet Shop for sponsoring our weekly Animal Tales feature. Just when you think you’ve heard it all, something comes along to blow you away. A badly abused cat that was found in the woods was turned in to one…

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