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Letter to the Editor: Find Help with the Housing Crisis Here on Bainbridge

“I cannot find a place to live!” “I cannot afford a place to live!” Almost every day in both the local and national news, there is a story about the housing crisis: rental prices going up, sales prices going up, and inventory diminishing. Here on Bainbridge, last week alone I had four conversations with acquaintances in search of a roof over their heads. Each of these persons is employed full-time and working on Bainbridge Island. But none can afford to live here. As a board member of Housing Resources Bainbridge (HRB), I want to share a bit more about what programs and services we offer to help low- and moderate-income individuals to access affordable housing on the Island. Perhaps there might be someone you meet this week who is looking for affordable housing solutions, and you can share this information with them.

  1. HRB maintains 89 long-term rentals located across Bainbridge Island for income-qualified residents. This program ensures that these residents pay rent that is well below market rate.
  2. HRB has a specific program that provides rental assistance to teachers and those working at not-for-profit organizations on the Island so that their portion of their rent remains at 30 percent of their monthly net pay.
  3. HRB matches those who have extra room in their homes who are looking for help around the house or in their yard with persons looking for a room who are willing to provide these services.
  4. HRB’s Independent Living Program helps the elderly or disabled with home modifications so that they may remain safely in their homes.
  5. HRB developed Ferncliff Village, the brightly colored homes on Ferncliff Avenue and Curtis Loop just up from the ferry parking lots. These homes were sold to income-qualified buyers, and, if resold, will remain permanently affordable for other qualified buyers. HRB is already working on Phase 2 of Ferncliff Village, which will include 16 two- and three-bedroom town homes in an adjacent location.

I invite you to look at our website to learn more about our programs and consider joining us in our continuing efforts to maintain an economically diverse residential community.

Sincerely,

—Anne Browne, HRB Board

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Passing: William Brewer 1926-2015

William E. Brewer (Bill) passed away June 27, 2015, at age 89. Mostly of Scottish decent, William was born in 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Elizabeth and Clarence, and stepfather Arthur. His siblings were Charles, Arthur, and Donald.

His childhood nickname was “Whitey,” given his very light hair. As a young man Whitey trained in the sheet metal trade, and at age 17 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. This took him to Idaho; Bremerton, Washington; and Dutch Harbor, Alaska, where he served with the 409th Battery Group, training as an anti-aircraft gunner. He was also a Navy baker and cook.

Whitey was then assigned to Winslow Marine Railway & Shipbuilding Company during World War II. While based in Winslow, Whitey worked on the U.S.S. Gayety AM 239, a minesweeper being built in Winslow. At that time, he also met his future wife, Cecilia, who was a Bainbridge Island native.

In 1945, Whitey served in the Navy Taskforce 58 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, during the invasion of Okinawa. He was honorably discharged in November of 1945. Whitey returned to the Seattle area and married Cecilia Jane Towey in 1946 at Bainbridge’s St. Cecilia Catholic Church.

After marrying, they moved to St. Louis to be closer to his family and there started their own family. They eventually returned to Bainbridge Island, where they lived in Eagledale and raised their family of five girls and one boy. Whitey worked in the automotive field, specializing in painting, body, and fender work.

His children include Elizabeth (Betty) Ann, Nicolette (Nickie) Frances, Christina (Tina) Marie, Mary Kathleen (deceased), and Elaine Jane and William (Bill) Edward, Jr.

Whitey embraced a wide variety of interests, including boating, fishing, camping, gardening, and raising cows, chickens, turkeys, horses, and dogs. With his children, he competitively showed horses and then customized cars, achieving many awards for both.

Whitey was married to Cecilia Jane for 59 years before her passing in 2005. He enjoyed being a grandfather and greatgrandfather. And he was an avid sports fan.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday July 3, 2015, at 10 a.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church (1310 Madison Ave N., Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110), with a reception to follow. Memorial gifts can be made to the Salvation Army at P.O. Box 60004, Prescott, AZ 86304-6004 (funds to be used locally).

Please leave memories at Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Letter to the Editor: City Should Have Been More Transparent and Inclusive with Branding

I am writing in response to Inside Bainbridge’s stories on June 15, 2015, “Firm Presents Branding Package Proposal: What They Were Thinking,” and June 17, 2015, “Branding Process Not Clear Cut,” in which IB point out the consultant’s proposed crest had been met with disfavor.  Given the way the City approached this endeavor, the public outcry is not surprising.

The City could have avoided a large part of the hue and cry had it approached this project differently. Namely, the City failed to include the community by providing sufficient advance notice of the meetings and a timely description of the scope of the project.

From the outset residents appropriately asked, “Why brand?” Unfortunately, in the early stages the City did little to answer this question directly. At the first public meeting, Tuesday, June 9, the City staff talked almost exclusively of changing the current seal, which features the ferry with strawberries. The current seal was described by the City as difficult to reproduce in small formats, not adequately “Bainbridge,” and somehow not right for the City’s upcoming 25th anniversary. The City staff didn’t make it clear that the City was really looking at a “complete marketing package.” This was first announced by the hired consultants. It was not until several days after the “axe” debacle at the “brand reveal,” that the City Manager provided the public with a thorough explanation of the whole “branding” at the City Council meeting on June 16.

The project may have met more public acclaim had the City announced from the outset that they were using funds from the Lodging Tax to create a new “image” that would include a “community identity toolkit.” With that goal announced, we could have drawn on some of the talented individuals in our community.

Our local artists and designers are important to our community and our economy: At a minimum, they could have been enlisted to guide the consultants. I know Bainbridge can do better offering more transparency and meaningful citizen involvement in government.

Pegeen Mulhern
Battle Point Drive, Bainbridge Island

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Citizens Petition City to Fire Branding Firm and Hire Local Talent

[Updated 5:04 p.m. June 22, 2015—see boldface below]

Bainbridge Island resident Nicole Oliver has launched a petition requesting that the City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) terminate its current branding effort with the firm Arnett Muldrow & Associates and instead seek local input. As of this afternoon over 300 people had signed the petition, citing displeasure with the designs presented thus far and disappointment with COBI’s decision to hire a firm from South Carolina rather than seek local talent.

In the text of the petition Oliver said Arnett Muldrow is out of step with Bainbridge culture and calls the city’s choice not to invite award-winning local designers into the branding process “a terrible mistake.” She said, “My vote at this point is to toss the current design effort, ending the city’s relationship with Arnett Muldrow, and reboot with a focus on local input and creativity with an attempt to create an open, transparent, and inclusive process. Let’s involve the local designers, artists, and children of the island.”

Oliver told IB she initiated the petition because she knows “a lot of people share these feelings but won’t go so far as to write their own letter to the city. I wanted to give those people a voice in this process by creating a petition.”

In fact, many people have written letters to COBI, expressing nothing short of vehement disapproval of the direction of the branding process, and not without humor.

Former Amazon and Aldus executive and long-time Bainbridge resident Colleen Byrum said the branding tagline naturally defined, closely connected “sounds like a tagline for a push up bra.” Christina Doherty called it “as cliche, campy, vapid, and face-palm-obvious as it comes. Why not brand vanilla ice cream cold and sweet just so we’re all clear on its characteristics?”

With a more serious tone, Byrum said in her letter to COBI: “It’s awfully important to know what you don’t know. COBI has zero expertise in branding—and that’s as it should be. Marketing is not a core competency of running a city. However, there are world-class design and marketing professionals living in our community, many of whom would cheerfully agree to participate in the branding process, either leading the effort on behalf of the city, or helping to frame an application process for subsequent submissions by other island design professionals. Please consider other options beyond the confused and weak offering submitted by Arnett Muldrow.”

Jeff Fraga, who has over 30 years in marketing communications and advertising, including branding and tagline work, also contacted the city with frustration over the branding project. He said, “The idea that the city would select a firm in South Carolina without even going through the RFP process or making an attempt to use local talent (and by ‘local’ I’m including the world-class branding firms in Seattle, many of which have employees who live on Bainbridge) is very disappointing. We are continually exhorted to ‘buy local,’ but apparently it’s okay for the city to spend city money (i.e., our money) to hire a firm from all the way across the country who obviously does not ‘get’ Bainbridge Island.”

Matt Fick said he is not a designer or the community naysayer type, but he felt compelled to write the city because he thought Arnett Muldrow’s logo designs and tagline were “terrible.” He expressed the sentiment of many that COBI should start over with someone new, regardless of the cost of Arnett Muldrow, whom he described as good at positioning themselves as ‘community branding specialists’ without the talent to back it up.

A professional photographer who has worked extensively with graphic designers and marketing experts, Paul Sanders echoed Fick: “Arnett Muldrow has managed to snow a whole lot of people—the product on their website is, at best, lackluster and banal.” He too asked the City why it had not sought input from the large pool of local “world-class professionals” and urged them to fire Arnett Muldrow and start over.

In her letter to the City, Paula Elliot asked, “How loud do we have to yell before you take us seriously? I know a lot of people on the Island, and they know a lot of people, and NOBODY we know supports even the IDEA of hiring an out-of state consulting firm (snort) to do “branding” for Bainbridge Island.”

The medieval battle axes, which COBI Communications Specialist Kellie Stickney said are off the table, incited the most outrage, about which now perhaps enough has been said.

Downtown Association head Jerri Lane posted a link to the petition on her Facebook timeline this morning. She was not immediately available for comment as to whether she supports the petition.

According to the South Carolina Secretary of State’s office, Arnett Muldrow has been in forfeiture since August of 2014. Privacy law prevents the Department of Revenue from releasing details about the forfeiture status. When we inquired about the forfeiture, the Muldrow office said it was a small matter that they were working out. They said it was a “fair question” but declined to comment in more detail. The company has worked with numerous cities in Washington, and it opened a small Seattle office in March. According to the Secretary of State of Washington, Arnett Muldrow is in good standing in Washington.

UPDATE: Jerri Lane contacted IB late this afternoon to explain that she had not intended to post a link to the petition on her personal Facebook page. She said she supports the branding effort and does not support the petition. She regretted the confusion, explaining that she is a Facebook “rookie” and plans to remove the post from her page. 

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Kitsap Dept of Emergency Management Issues Fire Warning Due to Drought

The Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management (KCDEM) has issued a warning about increasing fire danger in our area due to worsening drought conditions, as cited by the National Weather Service Drought Monitor.

According to KCDEM Operations Coordinator Jason McMillan, Seattle and Kitsap are abnormally dry and could fall into the moderate drought or worse drought category if predicted rainfall deficits continue. McMillan cited no prediction for rain through late June and an abnormally dry outlook through August in Western Washington, with the Olympic Peninsula currently facing particularly dry weather.

About 60 percent of Washington state is now classified in moderate drought or worse drought conditions due to rain deficits over the last two months and near-record low stream flows for this time of year in some locations.

“Lawns here are already turning yellow. For us, the fire issue has already started popping up all over the County,” said McMillan. He cited 2-3 brush fires last weekend, one off of Highway 3 and at least one and possibly a second on Newberry Hill, as well as a rash of house fires. “People need to be careful and follow all the basic fire safety rules. Don’t throw cigarettes out of car windows. That is the most common cause of grass and brush fires,” he said.

Bainbridge Island Fire Marshal Luke Carpenter echoed McMillan’s concern. He said this year’s fire season is expected to be “at least as bad if not worse” as last year, which was one of the most severe on record. “We caution people just because it’s green doesn’t mean it can’t burn. The dry understory and brown stuff is where fires start, with the biggest danger that they will spread into structures.”

In addition to tossed cigarettes, Carpenter cited the particular hazard of using weed burners. “Truth be told they don’t actually kill many weeds, which are often fire resistant or even thrive with fire. You start a fire and it gets aways from you, or you think its out but it is actually smoldering in the grass.”

Last summer a person using a weed burner ignited a grass fire on the Point Monroe Sandspit that rapidly engulfed and incinerated an area of lawn furniture before it was extinguished.

Carpenter explained that Bainbridge Island is always under a Stage One Burn Ban, which prohibits burning trash or yard waste and only allows for recreational fires.

McMillan said he expects the County Fire Marshal will call for a Stage Two burn ban if drought conditions continue on their current trajectory. Such a ban would prohibit all outdoor fires and indoor burning unless it is a home’s only heat source, with monetary penalties for violations.

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Recipe: Salade Nicoise

by Rebecca Rockefeller

With apologies to the fine people of Nice, France, here is my Bainbridge Island version of the traditional Salade Nicoise. I suppose this one could be called Salade Bainbridge, though that just doesn’t roll off the tongue the same way. Fortunately it tastes great under any name. A true Salade Nicoise features fresh vegetables and wedges of hard-boiled eggs topped with tuna, anchovies, and a vinaigrette. My kids and I like this version, which changes as things come in and out of season. This works well without the fish for vegetarians, and vegans can substitute the sweetener of their choice for the honey in the dressing. Make it yours, and make it for dinner, soon.

Salade Bainbridge

  • Fresh greens and vegetables, your choice. We’ve been eating whatever we can find in our garden,  which has meant lately lots of dandelions, cress, French sorrel, and miner’s lettuce, along with crunchy-sweet turnips from the Bainbridge Island Farmers Market. Green beans and tomatoes are traditional in a Salade Nicoise and are lovely when they’re in season here. Fresh is the most important: Seasonal and local really does taste better, and in a simple recipe like this makes all the difference.
  • Smoked salmon or fish of your choice. We love the BPA-free Wild Planet sardines from T & C and Port Townsend’s Cape Cleare smoked salmon from Pane d’Amore at Lynwood Center.
  • Boiled potatoes, any kind. Slice ‘em if they’re big, keep fingerlings or new potatoes whole or cut in half, depending on size.salad niciouse
  • Hard-boiled eggs. If you’re using fresh, local eggs, leave them in your fridge for a few days. Just-laid eggs have almost no air between the inside of the shell and the egg, which makes them impossible to peel neatly. Yes, this is one of the rare times when older eggs are better! And you already know that local eggs from happy island hens ranging free have incredible yellow-orange yolks and fabulous flavor.
  • Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette. Mix to taste: Apple cider vinegar, olive oil, honey, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, maybe a bit of thyme. Put everything straight into a small bottle, you can shake it up to blend, serve, and store it all with just the one container. Extra Green Living points to you for rescuing and reusing an old jar from your recycling bin.

To assemble: While your potatoes are cooking, arrange your fresh, clean greens and vegetables on a platter with the smoked salmon and wedges of hard-boiled eggs. Once the potatoes are tender, drain them and add them to the platter. Pour the vinaigrette onto the hot potatoes and everything else (maybe not the fish, that’s up to your palate’s desire) and serve immediately.

[This article from the archives was originally published June 23, 2011.]

Photos by Rebecca Rockefeller.

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Weather: Junuary Starts with Probable Rain and Cooler Temps

The first few days of Junuary are predicted to usher in rain and cooling temperatures.

Here is the National Weather Service forecast for Bainbridge Island:

Sunday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52 degrees F. North-northeast wind around 6 mph, becoming south-southwest after midnight.
Monday A 60% chance of rain, mainly after 11 a.m. Cloudy, with a high near 67 degrees F. South-southwest wind 7 to 11 mph.
Monday Night Rain likely, with a 60% chance. Cloudy, with a low around 52 degrees F. South-southwest wind 6 to 10 mph.
Tuesday A 60% chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 59 degrees F. South-southwest wind 6 to 10 mph.
Tuesday Night A 40 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 50 degrees F. South wind around 6 mph, becoming calm in the evening.
Wednesday A 40 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63 degrees F.

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Lydia Beckman

Lydia V. Beckman, 1924-2015, Beloved Teacher

Lydia Vita Larsen Beckman passed away peacefully at home on May 25, 2015, following a ten-month struggle with colon cancer. She was born on October 24, 1924, to Rev. C. B. and Abelone Larsen in Worchester, Massachusetts, soon after they emigrated from Denmark. The family moved on to Penn Yan, New York, and then to Blair, Nebraska, when her father joined the faculty of Dana College and Trinity Seminary.

Lydia graduated from Blair High School in 1942. She attended Dana College for one year and received a B.A. degree from Augustana College, in Rock Island, Illinois, in 1947, with a degree in education and social studies.

At Augustana she met Peter Beckman, and they were married on August 5, 1948. After a trip to the Oregon Coast, they returned to Rock Island, where Lydia taught at an elementary school while Peter completed college and seminary. Their first child, Peter III, was born in 1949.

Peter Jr. was ordained as a Lutheran minister at Rockefeller Chapel in Chicago in 1953. Peter’s assigned parish was to establish Grace Lutheran Church, a mission congregation in Needham, Massachusetts. The couple’s two daughters, Margaret (Megan) and Laura, were born in Needham.

After serving a congregation in Great Falls, Montana, the family moved to Chicago in 1959 when Peter began a Ph.D. program at the University of Chicago. The following year the family moved to Rock Island, where Peter taught in the religion department at Augustana College and Lydia taught part-time in Rock Island.

Lydia resumed her full-time teaching career in 1970. For 17 years she taught third grade at Ridgewood Elementary, a time of great professional and personal satisfaction for her. She retired with many affectionate accolades from colleagues and former students in 1987.

Lydia and Pete traveled extensively, visiting every continent but the two poles at least once, often with members of their wide and enduring circle of former classmates, colleagues, and friends.

They moved to Tucson, Arizona, in 1998, where they enjoyed the desert beauty and happy times with extended family. In 2005 they moved to Bainbridge Island. They became actively involved in the congenial and supportive community of Bethany Lutheran Church. Lydia also enjoyed participating in book discussion groups and Bible study groups with Bainbridge friends.

Restricted by acute arthritis in both ankles and complications from a failed ankle replacement, Lydia was increasingly limited in her mobility. Nonetheless, she maintained a keen and highly knowledgeable interest in sports as well as in progressive politics and current affairs.

Lydia is survived by her loving family: her husband of 66 years, Peter; son Pete (Jan) of Ottawa, Illinois; daughter Megan (Paul Benton) of Bainbridge; daughter Laura (Chris Bjornson) of New Albany, Indiana; grandchildren Kate, Mike, and Maggie Beckman and Marie and Marta Bjornson; sister Agnes Paulsen of Tucson, Arizona; brother Ezra Larsen of Boulder, Colorado; brother Phil (Florence) Larsen of Blair, Nebraska; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on June 14 at Bethany Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Peter T. and Lydia V. Beckman Scholarship at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, or to Bethany Lutheran Church on Bainbridge.

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It’s Eco Potty Time! (Seriously, This Is Cool)

The new ecotoilet at Blakely Harbor Park isn’t just a whole lot more attractive, clean, and unsmelly than your typical outdoor “place of easement.” It’s a model of environmental and economic sustainability.

With donated funds, in part to provide facilities for nearby IslandWood’s regular class trips to the Park, the Bainbridge Island Park District began researching environmentally friendly options. They needed something that would not require complicated piping to water and sewer lines, and they were looking for a wood-framed structure that would fit the site’s lumber mill history, which ruled out metal prefabricated ecotoilets.

urinal and toilet in Blakely Harbor bathroomPark Services Superintendent Dan Hamlin said ultimately the District decided to design and build the toilet with in-house labor, using ideas from ecotoilets on the market. What they created has an old look with new innovations for about $12,000, less than half the price of pit toilets and prefab ecotoilets.

The Blakely Harbor Park unisex bathroom features a waterless urinal (complete with a blue dot “target” to reduce splattering) and a flush toilet connected to a 440-gallon sewage tank and a 300-gallon water tank. An industrial RV toilet stainless steel pump provides the flush from a battery powered by a solar panel on the building’s roof. The solar panel also powers a ceiling light.

To avoid paper waste and reduce maintenance, the bathroom features hand sanitizer instead of a sink. The facility is accessible to wheelchairs, with a ramp from an accessible portion of the trail, plenty of room inside, and bars on the walls.solar panel on blakely harbor park bathroom

Hamlin said, “We are doing a trial run. It looks like it’s working out well.”

He said if the design proves to be the success it appears to be so far the Park District intends to put in more of the same type of facility at other parks and trails, such as Hidden Cove, Grand Forest, and Hilltop. “We’re looking at anywhere we currently have a porta potty. As we’re achieving long-distance trail connectivity, we’re seeing the need for more restroom stops,” said Hamlin.

Thank you to Paul Brians for the idea and photos for this story.

And for those of you who never thought you’d have to listen to this ditty again (“It’s Potty Time!”), just remember how much your kid loved it and how well it worked:

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Weather: Warm Tamale

A warming trend will push temps into the mid 70s tomorrow and into the weekend.

Here is the National Weather Service forecast for Bainbridge Island:

Wednesday Cloudy; then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 73 degrees F. East-southeast wind 3 to 7 mph.
Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 53 degrees F. North-northeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 75 degrees F. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 54 degrees F. North-northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light after midnight.
Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 75 degrees F.
Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 56 degrees F.
Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 75 degrees F.

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Friend of Suicide Victim Delivers Tribute

Bainbridge Island resident and long-time teacher Melissa Ripley took her own life last Monday. Friends and colleagues have come forward since then, expressing shock as well as love for their lost friend.

This evening, Julie Mills, Childrens Art Programs Director of The Island Art Center Inc., shared her thoughts about her long-time friend.

“Officials have concluded how my very good friend died, but what needs to be said now is how she lived,” said Mills.

“I am a teacher on Bainbridge Island and have been in the education community here since 1997. I worked with Melissa for some of those years, and we have been friends much longer. For those of us who knew her and loved her, the reasons and questions will never be truly understood or answered. We always ask ourselves if there was anything I could have done. And the answer is moot. To be in that dark place of despair and finality, to perceive that there are no windows or doors, and no way out of that dark place, must have been terrifying and lonely.”

Mills continued, “I wish I had known how much pain she was in. I wish I could have helped her. I hope she knew how many truly cared about her happiness. I loved Melissa and cannot imagine that I will never be able to send her funny headlines, music, and concert news, or enjoy wonderful French press coffee with Grey sea-salt caramels that she would make for me on a beautiful Friday morning.”

“At very dark times in my life, she was there. She kept me sane, taught me everything she knew about teaching, marine life, art, and music,” Mills said. “Age-wise she could have been my daughter; friendship-wise she was the sister I never had. She supported and encouraged me and my own children when they were struggling. She helped so many children navigate and discover the joy of learning. She was a commensurate educator and a talented artist. She liked to play the guitar and read books. We used to laugh at how many children’s books we owned, she without children, and mine all grown up.”

“She was an amazing cook and dreamed of owning a bakery one day,” said Mills. “She loved the Pacific Northwest. She kayaked, hiked, and introduced me to Dave Matthews and frisbee golf. We would explore together all the best-kept secrets in Bremerton, from art galleries, to food and live music at the Admiral, to movie nights in the summer on the roof. Wherever she lived, she embraced the community and made it her job to discover everything there was to do. She was quiet and humble in her generosity and action. Many people did not know her to be all of these incredible things. She was quiet, and private in her life. I will miss her, mourn her, and remember Melissa Ripley for the rest of my life.”

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Gilbert Haight

Gilbert Pierce Haight, Jr., 1922–2015

Dr. Gilbert P. Haight, Jr., best known for his pioneering work in chemical education, died at 92 on Monday, April 27, 2015, of natural causes.

Known to family and friends as “Gil,” Dr. Haight spent his professional life as a professor of chemistry, exploring and perfecting the delivery of scientific education to college students in a renowned career that spanned the globe.

Born in Seattle on June 8, 1922, Haight spent his early years on Bainbridge Island, Washington. The grandson of Island pioneer Warren Gazzam, young Gil grew up in his grandfather’s house, “Alabama,” on the west side of Bainbridge Island. Gil’s father, Gilbert P. Haight, Sr., was an attorney and his mother, Ruth Gazzam Haight, was a Christian Science practitioner.

Gilbert HaightGil graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1939, attended Stanford University as an undergraduate, and then earned his PhD in chemistry from Princeton University in 1946. Haight worked on the Manhattan Project during the war as part of his PhD research. His avowed interest in chemistry originated in order to avoid becoming a teacher, which he ironically dedicated his life to after discovering a knack for tutoring his fellow college students.

His teaching and research assignments took him to Hawaii, Kansas, Maryland, Swarthmore, College Station, Cophenhagen, San Diego, Canberra, Australia, and Kuala Lumpur, Maylasia.

Following retirement, Gil and his wife Shirley returned to Bainbridge Island until their move to Seattle in 2000.

Always dedicated to teaching chemistry to freshman students, Haight ultimately pioneered the blending of multimedia and television into lectures and labs. He also mixed humor and explosive demonstrations as part of his famous Christmas lectures.

Gilbert HaightHaight is survived by his brother Warren Haight of Hawaii, his sister Mary Pease of Seattle, his wife Shirley and their children Jennifer Haight of Kauai, Hawaii; Loisanne “Sandy” Haight of Seattle; Charles “Chad” Haight (married to Jaclyn Haight) of Bainbridge Island; and Stephanie Haight-Kuntze (married to Markus Kuntze) of Berlin, Germany. He was preceded in death by two children, Charlene “Sherry” Haight and Christopher Haight. His grandchildren include Zoey Haight Diaz, Shayla Miller-Love, Adrien Miller, Christopher Kuntze, Cyra Haight, Keagan Haight, and Dylan Haight. In addition, Dr. Haight has three great grandchildren.

Haight was both a serious scientist and a very funny man, mixing humor into his teachings and daily life. A master of puns, he was happiest when eliciting an extended groan from those in his company. When he wasn’t teaching, he could most often be found on the tennis court where his unorthodox game drove his opponents crazy.

He will be fondly remembered.

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Bainbridge Island Destination Imagination Team Going to Globals

Destination Imagination is not a new ride at the Epcot Center. Instead, it is a global program that challenges kids to use STEAM—science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics—to solve challenges, some with public service benefits. Bainbridge Island Destination Imagination team SEQAT won the Olympic Regional Tournament and then on March 28 took First Place at the Destination Imagination State Tournament in Wenatchee.

The win qualified SEQAT—made up of local 6th and 8th graders Sam Liebling, Eric Perkins, Quinn Liebling, and Travis McCoy—to attend the Destination Imagination Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Team will be competing with 8,000 students from around the world May 20-May 23.

Each year, competitors from elementary, middle, and secondary levels choose from seven challenge options. During the academic year 2014-15, the challenges are as follows:

  • Technical: Build a creature that uses technical methods to perform team-chosen actions. Present a story of adventure with the creature as a character. Use technical methods to demonstrate features of a world where the story is set. Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.
  • Scientific: Design and construct an incredible sound machine that produces two different sounds. Create and integrate two visible displays of sound waves into the presentation. Create and present a story that includes a change to a faster or slower narrative pace. Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.
  • Structural: Design and build the lightest structure possible that continues to support the weight of the pressure board while parts of the structure are removed. Design and build a removal device that enables you to safely remove the structure parts. Tell a story about how something is transformed and revealed to be something completely different. Create a prop or set piece that transforms as parts of it are removed during the presentation. Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.
  • Fine Arts: Present a team-created fairy tale about a character that faces and deals with a phobia. Create an expressive artwork that conveys a thought or feeling. Create a functional artwork that serves a practical function. Design and create an illusion that makes the impossible seem possible. Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.
  • Improvisational: Create three independent improvisational sketches. Research and incorporate improvisational games and street performances. Practice integrating randomly selected situations and settings.
  • Service Learning / Project Outreach: Use the creative process to identify, design and carry out a project that addresses at least one real community need. Use graphic arts and sounds to create an effective brand to help meet the project goal(s). Create a live presentation that highlights the project and project evaluation. Design and create a project puzzle to be put together during the presentation. Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

SEQAT tied with Mercer Island’s Sushi Team in the Middle Level in the Structural Challenge.

At Globals, as at all DI tournaments, teams are given instant challenges and the materials required to solve them. Team members get between 5 and 8 minutes to solve the challenges.

To get to globals, SEQAT is seeking individual donations and corporate and small business sponsorships for competition and travel costs. In return for donations, large or small, team members will proudly wear your company’s logo on their competition T-shirts.

Washington Destination Imagination is a non-profit corporation and donations are
tax-deductible. The team will accept checks, cash, or on-line donations made in their name, SEQAT
(Team number: 147-56723) at http://www.wa-di.org. If you donate online, the Donate Now button is on the right hand side of the page. Be sure to include the team name and number so that the funds come back to SEQAT. Checks can be made out to SEQAT/Mara Liebling, the team manager.

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Agate Pass Bridge Nesting Peregrine Falcon Shot

[Updated 1:19 p.m. and 2:49 p.m. April 20, 2015.]

In early April, West Sound Wildlife Shelter got a call about a stressed raptor walking in the parking lot on the northwest side of Agate Pass Bridge. Unable to fly, the bird was spotted near the beach trail head on the Casino side of Highway 305.

A Shelter steward picked up the bird and brought it back to the hospital for examination. It was identified as the female peregrine falcon that nests under the bridge. She had been shot. Shelter rehabber Lynne Weber said the wound had maggots in it that were 4-5 days old, so she estimated the shooting had taken place about a week before the bird was brought to the wildlife hospital.

The bird was underweight, and X-rays revealed soft tissue damage to her wing with no broken bones. Shelter staff initially had high hopes for her recovery, but they now report that she still cannot fly and is in “very guarded condition.”

This female peregrine has been to West Sound Wildlife Shelter before, but not as a patient. During the summer of 2013, her male offspring suffered a head injury after hitting a window of a home on the Bainbridge shoreline. He was taken to the Shelter for treatment, and once he was placed in the outdoor raptor flight cage Mom showed up every day exchanging calls with her son from a nearby tree. The young male recovered and was released at the West Shoreline Preserve, where he was observed rejoining his parents. It is believed that he accompanied them in their migration south at the end of summer.

Peregrine falcons, which mate for life and share parenting, have historically nested at Agate Pass Bridge, and their habit of sitting on power lines around the bridge and performing dramatic aerial hunting in the area have made them local celebrities. For many, peregrine falcons are a beloved species. They faced near extinction by the 1970s, primarily because of exposure to the deadly pesticide DDT, which causes thinning of egg shells. Peregrines, eagles, and pelicans are among the species decimated by DDT that have gradually rebounded since the chemical was banned in 1972. Peregrines, whose population had plummeted by 90 percent, were protected and monitored under the Endangered species until 1999.peregrine falcon shot female

Unrivaled predators, peregrine falcons dive for prey at speeds reaching over 200 miles per hour. They often hunt in tandem and strike in midair, using their notched beak to sever their prey’s spinal column at the neck.

Bainbridge Island bird expert George Gerdts said peregrines are extraordinary raptors who, to survive their first year, must be the elite of the elite. He recalls seeing peregrines nesting at the Agate Pass Bridge for about 12 years. It is unknown how long this female and her mate have been nesting there, but estimates are at least three years. Gerdts said this particular pair was an especially striking sight. Female raptors tend to be some 30 percent larger than their male counterparts, but in the case of this pair, their relative size difference was even more pronounced.

Bainbridge birding expert, Jamie Acker, also has watched the Agate Pass falcons for years, and he echoed Gerdts. Acker said he was saddened to hear of the female being shot: “I always took pleasure in seeing her or the male on the former power transmission poles on the north side of the bridge. They were the odd couple–she was a big female and he was a small male.”

Acker added that even if the female is releasable this spring it is likely too late for her to reproduce this season. “I think the nesting season is too far advanced this year for a nesting to occur for her. This pair should be on eggs now or with small young. It’s so sad.” Acker added, “There is a likelihood that there is a ‘floating’ female in the area that would replace her.”

A concerned party, who will remain unnamed, said if s/he knew who the shooter was “he’d be hanging from the bridge by one arm.”

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Bainbridge Bakers Asks Community for $100K; Should You Pay?

by Julie Hall

[Updated 3:15 p.m., 7:48 a.m. April 15, 2015]

Bainbridge Island mainstay Bainbridge Bakers in Winslow Green has made a public plea for help—specifically $100,000 through a gofundme campaign.

One of Bainbridge Bakers front staff managers, Ben Goldsmith said he started the gofundme page with approval from the company’s current owner, Mike Loudon. The campaign was launched Monday, April 13, and as of this morning nearly $7,000 had been donated. In addition to donations, the hefty funding request has elicited a stream of questions and heated debate.

Tuesday morning Inside Bainbridge called and messaged Loudon to find out why the money is needed and specifically how it will be used, but we did not receive a response. When we called Goldsmith, he said he couldn’t talk and would not commit to answering questions about the campaign. We heard Loudon speaking in the background. Goldsmith later sent a message apologizing for being “short” and said he would answer written questions.

According to Goldsmith, he launched the gofundme campaign very quickly “as a way to make actual money that the employees can see, instead of waiting for some investor they’ll probably never meet. If everyone receives their full paycheck, it’s my belief that with the restructuring of the business that’s already in effect, our staff will keep on keeping on. It’s a drastic, wacky, unconventional idea, but it’s fast, and it harnesses the very real power of this community.”

Goldsmith further stated, “Day to day, Bainbridge Bakers is making money. It’s a profitable business, and it has a 29-year track record to prove it. What we’re dealing with now is a giant hole—payroll is extremely stressed, and yes, we’ve been seriously behind on payment. Our employees are some of the most hard-working, dedicated people I’ve ever met, and their patience and understanding has [sic] pushed us a long way. But, they/we are at the end of their/our rope.”

Goldsmith is referring to the fact that Bainbridge Bakers employees have not seen consistent paychecks for quite some time. According to Loudon’s former bookkeeper and administrative assistant Karen Kimzey, the majority of employees have not been paid their full wages for two months, since February 15. Kimzey quit in early April after not receiving a paycheck in six weeks. She said that Loudon gave her two small checks that were nowhere near what she had earned.

“I’m a huge supporter of shop Bainbridge Island. I loved working there. I loved the kids and product and the events. . . . I seriously believed I would be paid,” said Kimzey. “Mike had me hypnotized. We all were like that, and then slowly people began to quit. It wasn’t so hard for me because I’m married, but almost all of these people are single. . . . I tried to have faith in him. He can be sweet and funny, but there was a lot of manipulation going on. It’s really hard; he had me snowed.”

Kimzey emphasized her concerns about the gofundme campaign. “There are a lot of kind-hearted people out there. The Bakery is an institution. These people throwing their money at this really should do their homework. There is no guarantee that we’ll see a penny of it,” Kimzey said. She added that she could talk “for hours” about the company’s business practices but is bound professionally not to disclose further details.

“I think the State will get involved,” she noted.

Paul Sisely, 52, echoed Kimzey’s sentiments. He was hired in February to create a wine bar at the company’s spinoff location in the Island Gateway complex, which has since closed. Loudon shuttered the establishment in late March, leaving a sign on the door saying it was closing temporarily to expand into “a full-service restaurant, with beer, wine, and spirits.”

Sisely said the 10-month-old Gateway business was losing money each month, and Loudon was not paying his employees at either location. He advised Loudon to shut down at Gateway and “get back to basics.” Sisely was shocked when he learned of Loudon’s plan to expand the second location. “It was hemorrhaging financially. It was so hurtful to employees to see the sign about expanding while not being paid,” he said.

When the Gateway location’s wine bar plans were postponed, Sisely took over as head chef of the Winslow Green location. He said he worked over full-time hours for six weeks and was never given a paycheck—only $200 “for gas money” that he believed was paid under the table. “[Loudon] kept claiming he would pay but never made payroll. He said different things every day. . . . One minute he’s selling the bakery, the next he’s expanding at Gateway,” said Sisely, who quit on Sunday.

“[Loudon] gives people grandiose titles and makes big promises,” said Sisely. “He hires young kids. A lot of people are afraid to say anything. People love the guy.” Sisely described two of Loudon’s hires that particularly bothered him. One involved Loudon promising a big job to an older woman in Phoenix, who uprooted and relocated to Bainbridge only to find she was not getting paid. IB spoke with her, but she declined to comment for this article. The other case Sisely cited was a young BHS graduate who he said Loudon lured back from Los Angeles for a big title and promises of advancement with the agreement of no pay for six months. He said she is Goldsmith’s girlfriend.

“I think Mike exhibits classic behaviors of a sociopath. He’ll tell you anything you want to hear and wants everybody to love him. But if you cross him you’re the worst person on Earth. If you leave, he bad-mouthes you to everyone,” Sisely said. “A lot of people are concerned about being blacklisted in the Bainbridge Island community. He has to be stopped.”

Bainbridge Bakers Operations Manager Dan Bennett quit this week, citing similar reasons. He said he hadn’t been paid for three months and was only given a few small checks without IRS pay stub withholdings, the same types of handouts described by Kimzey and Sisely. Bennett said after eight years in the Navy it looked like his first good job opportunity, and he held on because Mike kept promising payment.

Bennett said he witnessed Loudon removing and pocketing large bills from the till without recording them. He said what troubled him the most was that most employees were under 21 and vulnerable to Loudon’s “intimidation.” He said workers were begging to be paid, and Loudon would alternately “explode violently” or “play the money-strapped victim.”

A two-time former Bainbridge Bakers employee spoke to IB anonymously. She said during her first stint at the bakery as an 18-year-old graduate from Bainbridge High School some 10 years ago, paychecks were always late and things were tense at the bakery because Loudon and his now-former wife, Ellen, were having marital problems and fighting in front of the staff. She noted that she could deal with late pay at the time because she was living at home.

Anonymous returned to Bainbridge Bakers in 2012. By then she had a family of her own and relied on the money. She described her job there at that time as a “horrible experience,” citing numerous problems. She said Loudon bullied female workers and created a “boys club” with young male workers. She said she saw paperwork showing numerous outstanding accounts with vendors, indicating that even then the Bakery’s finances were “out of control.” And she said when she questioned Loudon after a business-major coworker pointed out a discrepancy between the tip jar and dispensations from Loudon after he took over the tips accounting, he “was livid and yelled” at her.

Anonymous further stated that a coworker at the time believed that Loudon was going into the computer system and altering employees’ work hours to decrease their logged time. She said another coworker corroborated the belief after she began tracking her time cards and found a discrepancy between them and the hours she was compensated for in her paychecks. “I grew up on the Island and loved the bakery. He and Ellen bought the bakery [in 2005], and I think they got in over their heads,” said Anonymous. “Please don’t give money to this fundraiser. . . . He’s had a lot of investors bail him out. Mike is an actor, and if you don’t fall for it he bullies. I fear what he will do next,” she added.

In an email distributed to Bainbridge Bakers staff dated a month ago, on March 15, 2015, Loudon stated, “I promise you that even in the event of an unplanned catastrophe I would immediately dispose of assets so that you are compensated for all your hard work and for your patience.” When IB asked Goldsmith what assets have been sold to compensate workers, he said that promise had not been made.

In the same email Loudon referred to employee theft that occurred between October and January. Goldsmith told IB that the thefts occurred between September and November. He said the amount taken was estimated at $15,000 and that the theft required the company to pay an additional $5,000 in insurance, legal fees, and new security measures. A Bainbridge Island police report shows that $159 was taken from the company’s cash drawer on January 21. When we contacted the BIPD, they were not aware of additional theft reports from Bainbridge Bakers but said they would look into the matter further for confirmation. In the January 21 police report, Loudon stated that most of the employees had keys to the building. Anonymous disputed that statement, saying only Loudon and the night cooks had keys.

Both Sisely and Bennett have filed complaints about Loudon with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). IB submitted a public records request regarding complaints about Bainbridge Bakers, information that L&I said it will not make available until May 22. Kimzey said she believes there have been at least seven complaints filed.

Review of Bainbridge Bakers accounts with L&I shows it is operating under two names. Bainbridge Bakery Company Inc. is listed as being owned by someone who asked not to be named in this article for fear of association with Mike Loudon and shows no employees for last quarter. Bainbridge Bakers Inc. lists as its owner Ellen Loudon and shows 21-30 workers last quarter. Goldsmith reported that the company had 60 workers at its highest employment level. Kimzey said it was 53 until a recent drop to about 44 employees.

When IB contacted Ellen Loudon for comment she said she is not the company’s owner and has not been for some years.

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UW Scientists Say Bainbridge Island Is Sinking and Drifting at an Alarming Rate

Scientists at the University of Washington have reported startling geological findings about Bainbridge Island.

UW’s Geophysics and Tectonic Dynamics Department Chairperson Dr. Joshua Boule announced yesterday, March 31, results from a 20-year study indicating that Bainbridge is sinking and drifting northward. “We have been tracking the Island’s mean perimeter and center mass since 1994. With modern laser-based measuring equipment we now can detect changes of as little as .001 [one one-thousandth] of a centimeter. Our study shows that in 2014 Bainbridge Island sank 12.07 centimeters,” said Boule. “During the same period data show that it also drifted 23.42 centimeters, on a northern course.”

2015 Bainbridge map

Bainbridge shoreline in 2015

More alarming, the research indicates that the rate of change is accelerating. “When we first began recording these changes 20 years ago the annual sink rate was 2.1 centimeters, and the drift rate was at 4.74 centimeters. However, we have observed that these rates are not only increasing steadily, but the annual differences are compounding at a logarithmic pace,” Boule explained. “We predict that in two years the drift rate will have doubled from what we measured in 2014, and the sink rate will increase by a factor of 3.4.”

Bainbridge shoreline 2025

Bainbridge shoreline in 2025

Inside Bainbridge asked Boule just what level of movement and land mass loss this represents in the near-term. He said if the current trend continues, Bainbridge will be in Canadian waters by 2035, and less than half of its area will remain at about the mean tide line.

Inside Bainbridge asked National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Executive Director William Filborn about the UW findings. Filborn said, “It sounds like April Fool’s Day.”

This foolery comes to you courtesy of Kent Bridwell.BI Drift Map

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206 Pie Artisan Pizza Is Rolling into Town

Fresh dough is rising right now for tomorrow’s opening of 206 Pie, the new spot for artisan pizza in downtown Winslow.

You may have sampled owner Chris Kelly’s fresh made-to-order pizzas at Intentional Table, where he has been teaching the art of pizza making. Or perhaps you’ve noticed his “mobile pizza unit” parked in the south parking lot of Island Fitness on Madison Avenue. Kelly will be firing up its oven starting Tuesday, March 31, next to Island Fitness at noon, so if you’re game to eat he’s game to feed you.

206 Pie pizza mobile trailerKelly, who has worked in the food industry for over 15 years, said he just really loves good pizza. After moving to Bainbridge Island last year with his family, he decided to throw his dough into the mix of local pizza offerings.

He’s been planning and preparing to launch 206 Pie for the past year. Recently he got to see what people think of his pies. “We were serving at Intentional Table during the last Friday Art Walk, and the response was phenomenal,” he said.

Kelly plans to be open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday, from noon to 8 p.m. On Saturdays he will serve his pizza at the downtown Farmers Market. He also will offer catering services.

Chris Kelly at right

Chris Kelly at right

How does he do it out of what is basically a fancy cart on wheels? Kelly prepares and stores his dough, sauces, and toppings at a commercial kitchen at St. Barnabas. He moves his fresh ingredients to the trailer, a six-foot-long prep and bake facility, where his 12-inch pies take about 8 minutes to cook. He plans to offer slices soon.

So, what is artisan pizza? Kelly said that like flatbread the crust is thin, but unlike flatbread its edges are chewy and airy like a fresh baguette. Kelly plans to use as much local and organic ingredients as possible, making his dough fresh in the kitchen every few days. He said the crust is the best part, and given how lovingly he labors over its numerous “proofing” stages, he means it.

Kelly said he may locate from time to time at other sites, such as Bainbridge Island Brewing Company at dinner time and in the fall near the high school during lunch hours, but his priority is to keep regular hours at one primary location in Winslow.

Check out the 206 Pie menu. Find them on Facebook. Call them at 206-552-0197.

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Where on the Island? Cinematically Bainbridge

These luminously cinematic images of two old Bainbridge Island homes suggest an earlier era.

Thank you to Marilynn Gottlieb for sharing these stunning photographs, taken in two different locations on Bainbridge.

Do you recognize them? Tell us where on the Island they are.

Gottlieb sells all of the images featured in Where on the Island as photos or transfers onto metal plates. Visit her website to learn more.

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Bainbridge Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of Daughter & Stepson

A former Bainbridge Island resident plead guilty yesterday, March 23, in Kitsap Superior Court to two felony counts of child molestation.

Judge Kevin D. Hull sentenced the white male, 51, to just under 7.5 years for child molestation in the first degree and to just under 3.5 years for child molestation in the second degree. The sentences will be served concurrently, so the offender will serve the longer of the two terms.

According to court documents, the man, who will remain unnamed to protect his family’s privacy, sexually molested his daughter in three different Bainbridge Island homes starting when she was five until she was 15 years old. He also molested his developmentally delayed stepson on two occasions when he was a middle school student.

The two charges of sexual molestation were for crimes committed between 2000 and 2002.

The criminal activity came to light in 2011 when the offender’s daughter told her mother about the ongoing abuse she had endured. She spoke with a school counselor about the events and then was interviewed by a Bainbridge Island police officer. She said her father’s abuse ended when she began dating a boyfriend as a freshman in high school. The stepson was also interviewed by the Bainbridge police.

The parents divorced and have been estranged for a number of years.

The first degree child molestation charge sentencing range is 67 to 89 months. Judge Hull gave the offender the longest possible sentence of 89 months.

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Bainbridge Dive Club Takes Firsts at Regionals

The Bainbridge Island Dive Club flew to Boise, Idaho, to compete in the Y Spring Classic regional diving meet over the weekend. The team, with members from Bainbridge, Kingston, and Poulsbo, showcased their abilities on both the 1 meter and 3 meter springboards against some very strong Pacific Northwest competition.

In the Girls 14-15 year old division Jackie Hellmers (Poulsbo) won a blue ribbon on the 3 M board with a score of 228.95 and placed 2nd on the 1 M with a score of 194.50. In the Girls 16-18 year old division Zora Opalka (Bainbridge) earned a 2nd place on the 1 M board with a score of 334.50 and a 4th place finish on the 3 M board with a score of 339.15. Cammie Rouser (Kingston) also competed in the Girls 16-18 year old division and placed 4th on the 1 M with a score of 301.65 and 3rd on the 3 M springboard with a score of 350.45.

In the Boys 12-13 year old division Henry Sauermann (Bainbridge) won a blue ribbon on the 3 M board with a score of 190.40 and took 2nd on the 1 M where he scored  163.20. Carter Wolff (Bainbridge) placed 1st on the 1 M with a score of 118.20 in the FC Level 4 boys division.

The team competes next in the U.S. Diving Regional Championships in Beaverton, Oregon, in late April.

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