Monthly Archives: May 2013

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Here’s the Bainbridge Islander preview for May 31. Feel free to give your events a plug in the comment section below.

0531_BI_01NATURAL HEALING | Wounded veterans visit IslandWood.

FARM TO TABLET | Bainbridge firm offers farmers high-tech marketing.

‘GIVE FOOD A CHANCE’ | Islanders join Monsanto protest.

UNDERWATER GARDENING | Divers replant eelgrass meadow.

COMING UP: The future of Waterfront Park.


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What do you want at Waterfront Park?

blog.WFpark.picThe city has money to spend on Waterfront Park, thanks to a settlement from Washington State Ferries. Now it’s up to islanders to decide how to spend it.


The city and Sustainable Bainbridge will host two community meetings in June to discuss renovation plans for the downtown Winslow park. The first meeting is scheduled for 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday at Waterfront Park Community Center.

Participants can join a walking tour of the park at 12:30 p.m., before the start of the meeting. The stroll will be led by Dan Burden of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, who is helping facilitate the outreach event.

There are sure to be many visions for the park. The uplands and shoreline are enjoyed by walkers, picnickers, concert-goers, rowers, day sailors, kayakers and visiting boaters, to name just a few regular user groups. The city’s advisory Harbor Commission has already presented a proposal for an expanded city dock.

The Saturday meeting, dubbed “What could it be?”, is intended to be a brainstorming session. The second meeting – “How should we design it?” – is scheduled for June 30.

(Top photo by Meegan Reid)

Police Blotter: Music fans suspected in Sasquatch sign theft


A street sign for Sasquatch Lane off Sunrise Drive was reported missing from its post May 26. Perhaps not coincidentally, the four-day  Sasquatch! music festival opened at the Gorge Amphitheatre on May 24. The investigating officer speculated overzealous concert-goers may have swiped the sign to take on their road trip.

The blotter is below:

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Bainbridge Islander preview


Here’s the Bainbridge Islander preview for May 24. Feel free to give your events a plug in the comment section below.

0524_BI_01A SPRING SURPRISE | Photos from the spontaneous Scotch Broom Festival.

RACES SET | A roundup of candidates seeking office this fall.

AMPHIBIAN INVASION | Three-dozen frog sculptures arrive for community arts project.

PARK FOR POOCHES? | Vincent Road site proposed for sprawling dog park.

COMING UP: Bainbridge firm offers farmers a high-tech marketing platform.

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New dock planned for Hidden Cove Park


Spring seems to be park project planning season.

The park board approved concept plans for a playground at Schel Chelb Park last week. It also held a public hearing for a project to replace the dock at Hidden Cove Park and make small improvements to the uplands. Comments can be sent to Perry Barrett – – through May 28.

The public dock on Port Madison is getting a little long in the tooth, to put it lightly. Popular with kayakers, dog walkers and bored teens, the dock has become rickety and rotted in places. The float also grounds out regularly at low tide, a no-no in the eyes of state permitting agencies.

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Island Road History | Day Road

Street of the WeekDay Road

Location: Runs east/west between Manzanita Road and Sunrise Drive

History: This year marks Eugene Leonard Day’s 137th birthday on May 28. Born and raised in Michigan, Day was drawn to the water early; he and his brother would often take their sailboat out on Lake Michigan. Day was just 12 when he headed to eastern Washington where his family grew wheat near Coulee City.

Day arrived on Bainbrdige Island in 1904 and settled in the wilderness across from Wilkes School on the corner of what is now Day Road (hence the name) and Madison Avenue.

He married fellow islander Maybel Parker and together they had five children: Ernest, born in 1905; Alice, born in 1908; Doris, born 1911; Truman, born 1915; and Walter, born 1920.

To support his growing family, Day used all that Bainbridge Island had to offer. He grew strawberries, farmed a bit and operated a shingle mill. He cut cedar and hauled it to the Port Madison Mill. Later in life, he used masonry skills learned from his father to design and construct some of the area’s finest stonework structures.

In his spare time, Eugene built and maintained a conservatory on his family’s property. By the time of his death in 1969, he had more than 200 subtropical and tropical plants, many of which he’d grown himself. His groves included luscious pineapples and bananas — unlikely fare in deed for the Pacific Northwest!

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

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Here’s the Bainbridge Islander preview for May 17. Feel free to give your events a plug in the comment section below.

0517_BI_01A ‘SINGULAR SENSATION’ | BPA’s ‘A Chorus Line’ continues to wow audiences through May.


VISIT FROM AN ASTRONAUT| Bonnie Dunbar speaks at Sakai Intermediate School.

SCHOOL CONFIGURATION: “No change” is popular option among meeting participants.

COMING UP: Some good news for island canines and their owners.

Weather: There will be mostly cloudy skies and a chance of rain every day for the foreseeable future, according to the National Weather Service.

At least it will be warm, with highs around 60.

Sports: Boys soccer beat Kennedy Catholic Tuesday to advance to the state quarterfinals. The defending state champion Spartans play Glacier Peak on Saturday.

Two tennis doubles teams qualified for state as expected. Spartans softball rallied from an early loss at districts to qualify for state.

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

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Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates throughout the week. Contact Bainbridge correspondent Tad Sooter at

City posts draft of water utility agreement with KPUD

The City Council has long mulled the possibility of a water utility management agreement with Kitsap Public Utility District. Now we know what that agreement would look like.

The city posted a draft interlocal agreement with Kitsap PUD on its website advance of the Wednesday council meeting. The five-year agreement lays out the details of a management contract, except the most important detail: the price. We’ll presumably learn more about the proposed costs Wednesday, when a 30-minute discussion of the agreement is scheduled.

The City Council instructed City Manager Doug Schulze to negotiate an agreement with Kitsap PUD in April.  The council wanted to determine how much a management transfer would cost and what services the district would cover. You can read the draft agreement below:

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Island Road History | Ravine Lane

Street of the Week: Ravine Lane 

Location: Runs north/south off Winslow Way, just west of Highway 305

History: Winslow was once a city divided but not because of any rift between its citizens. The city literally had a line running through it thanks to a deep gulch that split the town in two. 

On the west side stood the church, the school, the grocery store and steamer dock. On the east, the butcher, baker and barber.  Needless to say, running errands in early Winslow took a good deal of strategic planning.

Near the shipyard stood the Winslow Hotel. In 1904, two sisters, Margaret Bradley and Katherine Clements, became the new proprietors. 

The pair remodeled the hotel and added a washroom where the shipyard workers could clean up from work before sitting down to a hot meal. Most ate there whether or not they also called the hotel home.

Then in 1924 the hotel burned to the ground. It was never rebuilt. But if it had been, the hotel would stand directly across the street from the present day police station located at the intersection of Winslow Way and Highway 305.

As Winslow continued to grow and prosper, the residents realized something had to be done about their city’s physical divide so a wooden bridge was built across the gulch, offering at least temporary relief to the problem. 

Today, the ravine is hardly noticable alongside the wide streets of Winslow. Located to the east of Ericksen Avenue under Winslow Way, it no longer hinders the people of Bainbridge from enjoying their city.

Source: “A History of Bainbridge Island.” Katy Warner, 1968, page 41-43.

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

T&C releases remodel design


Town & Country Market released an artist’s rendering this week for a proposed remodel of its iconic Winslow store.

The project will bring the market onto a single story and generally modernize the 56-year-old building. The familiar reader board sign on Winslow Way will remain intact.

T&C first announced the proposed remodel in 2012. The company filed an initial project application with the city Thursday, according to a news release. Remodeling work could begin in early 2014 depending on the permit timeline.


Island architects Devin Johnson and Priscilla Zimmerman are designing the project. Tom Chiado is project manager. Abbott Construction of Seattle is the general contractor.

Company representatives say the extensive remodel signifies T&C’s commitment to staying put in downtown Winslow.

“We feel now is the right time,” T&C Chairman Larry Nakata said in the release. “We are fully committed to downtown and recognize the store’s place in our island’s history. We want to be part of Winslow’s exciting future.”

The Loverich and Nakata families opened the Winslow market in 1957. The store expanded in 1990, adding a cafe and floral department. Town & Country Markets now operates five stores.

Bainbridge Islander preview


Here’s the Bainbridge Islander preview for May 10. Feel free to give your events a plug in the comment section below.

0510_BI_01FOR SALE: A SLICE OF JAPAN | Fuurin-Oka ryokan seeks new owners.

BOARDWALK FOR FAY | Project would protect vegetation and visitors.

ROCKY FUTURE FOR ROCKAWAY? | City needs environmental permit to avoid long delay.

COMING UP: An astronaut visits Bainbridge.
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