Monthly Archives: December 2012

Friday preview: Bainbridge edition

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Here’s the Friday preview: Bainbridge edition for Dec. 28. Feel free to give your events a plug in the comment section below. Above, ferry riders have enjoyed the view of this graceful sculpture, which appeared on Blakely Rock recently. (Tad Sooter photo)

1228_BI_01FINALWeather: There’s a 40 percent chance of showers today, and the National Weather Service predicts patchy fog over the weekend with temperatures in the high 30s.

Sports: It’s a quiet weekend for high school sports. Wrestling is away at North Mason today. Basketball plays an away game Saturday.

See a full Spartans schedule here and follow the Sun’s Prepzone on Facebook for updates.

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Friday preview: Bainbridge edition

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Here’s the Friday preview: Bainbridge edition for Dec. 21. Feel free to give your events a plug in the comment section below. Above, an extreme high tide, caused by low atmospheric pressure, floods Manitou Beach Drive Monday. See more King Tide photos in this week’s Bainbridge Islander. (Photo submitted by Jason Gibson)

1221_BI_01Weather: The National Weather Service predicts more showers and temperatures in the low 40s today through the weekend, with the rain letting up Monday.

Sports: Spartans swimming hosts Lakeside today at 3:30 p.m.

Basketball plays at home against Eastside Catholic tonight. Boys tip off at 6:15 p.m., followed by the girls at 8 p.m. Wrestling travels to Port Angeles Saturday.

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Island Road History | Olallie Lane

Street of the Week: Olallie Lane

Location: Off Skinner Road on Battle Point

History: Olallie is a hard word to know how to pronounce. Start with the “o” then follow with “la-leh.” You’ve just said “berry” in many Pacific Northwest Native American dialects.

When Dallas Young’s mother christened her family’s street, she thought “olallie” specifically meant “blackberry,” a fitting title for the area’s bursting bushes. Young, who lives on the property his grandparents bought in 1906, later discovered there’s a specific berry bearing the tongue-twister of a name.

The olallieberry was developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture at Oregon State University as a cross between a loganberry and a youngberry. Both of those berries, in turn, are hybrids: blackberry meets raspberry and blackberry meets raspberry meets dewberry, respectively.

This occasional Islander series explores the history of island street names, as compiled by Elinor Ringland and fellow Bainbridge Island Historical Society volunteers. If you have an island road story to share, email Ringland at elinorjoe@msn.com.

‘Hobbit’ release brings unexpected attention for Bainbridge builder

Islander Chris Whited didn’t set out to build a “hobbit house” when he started his eccentric building project on High School Road. The comparisons, however, proved unavoidable. His neighbors were the first to invoke the Middle-earth reference, inspired by the cottage’s slanted walls and curved roofline.

When we featured Whited’s creation on the cover of the Sun in October, the word “hobbit” landed the story on the AP wire. It went modestly viral from there, popping up in various forms on news sites across the country. Whited wasn’t prepared for the response.

“I was figuring I would have to dig around back on page 11 or 12 to find it, boy, was I ever surprised to see it on the front cover!” Whited wrote to us in an email after the story ran. “I figured the front cover was reserved for escaped convicts and politicians. Then I heard from friends on facebook that it was in the Yakima Herald the Tricities paper and in Lewiston Idaho. I  checked online and saw spinoff articles in New York and in the UK! Seems like a lot of fuss for a little cottage doesn’t it?”

Indeed.

But Whited’s whimsical house seems to have struck a chord, and the release of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” this week brought a new wave of interest. KOMO gave the project news feature treatment in a segment Thursday:

Despite his newfound notoriety, Whited wasn’t queuing up for the “Hobbit” premier Thursday.

“Midnight just doesn’t sound like fun to me,” he told Sun reporter Rachel Pritchett.

Friday preview: Bainbridge edition

Here’s the Friday preview: Bainbridge edition for Dec. 14. Feel free to give your events a plug in the comment section below. Above, a detail from the 2013 Kids Can Make a Difference calendar, illustrated by Ordway Elementary third graders. The calendars, which benefit programs on Ometepe, are available at Ordway through Dec. 21.

Weather: The National Weather Service predicts rain showers and temperatures in the low 40s this weekend.  Expect a little wind as well, with gusts up to 25 mph.

Sports: Another full slate of winter sports today. Wrestling is away at the Hammerhead Invitational in Silverdale. Bainbridge gymnastics welcomes Bellingham, Mercer Island, Squalicum and Sehome at 6 p.m.

Spartans basketball hosts Franklin. Girls varsity tips off at 6:15, followed by the boys at 8 p.m. A home swim meet was postponed.

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Police Blotter: ‘Rambunctious’ DUI suspect takes eventful trip to jail

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Police arrested a 22-year-old Bainbridge man for drunken driving on Dec. 5 after his pickup collided with a telephone pole at the intersection of Manzanita Road and Bergman Road. The man twice tried to escape his handcuffs while being processed by police, and managed to draw an X-rated picture on the fogged up window of a patrol car. He was booked into Kitsap County jail on $5,000 bail.

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Island Road History | Chatham Place

 

Street of the Week: Chatham Place

Location: Runs north from Meadowmeer Circle

History: HMS Chatham was a 135-ton armed tender manned by a crew of 45 that sailed the ocean blue under Captain George Vancouver. The ship, considered small in naval terms, arrived in Port Blakely Harbor in 1792 where the crew found a quiet place to make repairs to their vessels.

Source: “Picture Bainbridge,” Jack Swanson, Historical Society, 2002.

This occasional Islander series explores the history of island street names, as compiled by Elinor Ringland and fellow Bainbridge Island Historical Society volunteers. If you have an island road story to share, email Ringland at elinorjoe@msn.com.

Tuesday forum focuses on policing and mental illness

Islanders for Collaborative Policing will host a discussion tonight on how law enforcement can better respond to situations involving mentally ill residents.

The Ostling trial brought the topic to the forefront this summer, when a federal jury found the city at fault for not properly training officers to approach people suffering from mental illness. ICP founder Kim Hendrickson said tonight’s will highlight changes at BIPD and what initiatives could benefit the department.

“This event will be an opportunity, we hope, to raise community and officer awareness about mental impairment, suggest new kinds of community and police partnerships, and to consider best practices employed by other police departments,” Hendrickson said in an announcement for the discussion.

The free event will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 7968 Finch Road NE.

Participants include Joe Roszack of Kitsap Mental Health, Bill Mosiman of Bainbridge Island School District, Lis Eddy of the state Criminal Justice Training Commission, Dave Shurick of Poulsbo Police, and Bainbridge Police lieutenants Bob Day and Chris Jensen. Father Dennis Tierney of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church will serve as moderator.

Friday preview: Bainbridge edition

Here’s the Friday preview: Bainbridge edition for Dec. 7. Feel free to give your events a plug in the comment section below. Above, an intricately crafted bedroom from Dwight Shappell’s miniature village. Shappell’s houses are on display at Bloedel Reserve through December. (Meegan Reid photo)

Weather: The word “snow” hasn’t crept into the forecast yet but the weather is looking chilly this weekend. The National Weather Service expects showers and clouds with nighttime lows in the mid 30s.

Sports: Tonight is a busy one for the Spartans. Boys swimming hosts Franklin at 3:30 p.m. Gymnastics has a home meet at 6 p.m.

Boys and girls varsity basketball teams both play Chief Sealth at home. The boys tip-off at 6:15, followed by the girls at 8 p.m. Wrestling is away at Olympic today and at Fife Saturday.

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Police Blotter: Rain, holiday lights prove hazardous for island drivers

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Heavy rain and slick roads contributed to a spate of recent collisions on Bainbridge. On Nov. 30 an SUV knocked down a 77-year-old woman in a crosswalk during a downpour on Winslow Way.

Rainstorms weren’t the only winter driving hazards. A Poulsbo man told police he was sneezing when his Volkswagen Golf hit a Honda Fit on Highway 305 on Nov. 30, while Bainbridge woman was distracted by a holiday light display Nov. 25, when her Volvo slammed into a Honda Element on Olympic Drive.

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Teacher to give presentation on epic rowing journey to Hawaii

Former Bainbridge High School teacher Rory Wilson will share reflections and photos from his rowing odyssey to Hawaii next week.

The presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Bainbridge High School commons. The event is free, and donations will be accepted for the Bainbridge Schools Foundation.

Wilson made the 44-day journey from San Diego to Honolulu earlier this fall in a slender homemade craft powered by oars and kites. He called the vessel “KROS,” short for kites, rowing ocean, solar. Wilson’s math students at Bainbridge High helped him prepare for the journey.

You can get a taste of Wilson’s adventure in the video below, which shows KROS dancing through waves under kite power.  Wilson has posted many more amazing images on the KROS page on Facebook.

Photo and video courtesy Rory Wilson, via Facebook