Daily Archives: October 6, 2009

Bainbridge’s “Berlin Wall” coming down for Oktoberfest


Click here for my story about the plan to cut the chain blocking the unofficial link between Hildebrand Lane and the Ericksen Avenue neighborhood.

There’ll be a ceremonial chain cutting on Oct. 22 in conjunction with a Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce Oktoberfest.

The event’s German-theme is fitting, said Eric Fredricks, one of the property’s new owners. He likened the chain, and the entire Ericksen-Hildebrand debate, as a source of division for islanders. A sort of Bainbridge Berlin Wall, he said.

Fredricks may cajole one of his German-speaking business partners into yodeling at the event. One can only hope.

Along side the Oktoberfest will be a pumpkin carving event put on by the Ericksen Neighbors group, which has worked to preserve and improve the green space separating Hildebrand from Ericksen.

When I dropped by the green space on Friday to take a photo, I happened upon a group of teens who hang out there regularly.

“We love this spot,” said 14-year-old Jesse Rosenthal.

The Ericksen Neighbors have added a gazebo, benches, a table and help maintain and clean the grounds. Fredricks is supportive of their work and has been sending over his grounds crew to help out. The improvements seem to be catching on, with use of the unofficial park growing in recent months.


American Marine hires New York firm to recover losses

American Marine Bank has hired a New York investment bank to help it recover the $20 million the Bainbridge-based bank lost in the first half of 2009.

Acting bank president Renzo Lucioni admitted that raising money during a recession will be difficult and expensive.

“I don’t think necessarily (that it) is going to be an easy thing,” he told Sun business reporter Rachel Pritchett.

Read Pritchett’s full story here.

Bainbridge winery wins big at state fair

Bainbridge Island Vineyards and Winery received several awards at the inaugural Western Washington Wine Competition at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe.

The winery was honored as Best in Show — Commercial for its 2006 Late Harvest Botrytised Siegerrebe; Best Muller-Thurgau for its 2006 Traditional Muller-Thurgau; Best Siegerrebe Gold for its 2008 Siegerrebe; and Best Other White for its NV Ferryboat White.

In addition, three of its wines earned the “Gold” distinction in the commercial division.