Four boats from Bainbridge Island Rowing qualified to compete at
US Rowing Nationals with performances at the Northwest Youth
Championships in Vancouver, Washington on May 16 and 17.
The Varsity Boys Lightweight Four (Michael Aber, Schuyler
Westerhout, David Goon, John Michael Najarian, cox Nathan Johnson)
placed third on the 2,000-meter course to qualify for the
championship race, which will be held in mid-June in Florida.
Also, Varsity Boys Pair (Konner Vander Leest and Michael Aber)
placed third to qualify, the Varsity Girls Lightweight Four
(Alexina Boudreaux-Allen, Tica Drury, Jemma Blazina, Sam Dore, cox
Chrina Munn) placed third, and the Varsity Girls LightWeight eight
qualified for nationals with a second place finish (Emma Pazoff,
Alexina Boudreaux-Allen, Anneke Karreman, Jessie Sheldon, Elsa
Derrickson, Tica Drury, Jemma Blazina, Sam Dore, cox Chrina
Although two girls boats qualified, coaches determined only the
Lightweight Four will represent Bainbridge at nationals.
Nearly 100 kids in the club rowed at the Vancouver meet,
bringing home 19 medals from the three-day regatta.
Bainbridge Arts & Crafts has a new executive director —
Masters, who has been the organization’s publicist for more than
2 years, is taking over for Susan Jackson as she retires from the
gallery after 13 years.
Bainbridge Arts & Crafts is a nonprofit art gallery, founded
in 1948. The gallery, located at 151 Winslow Way, displays
contemporary Northwest art and has represented more than 250
artists, according to a news release from Masters.
Masters has been the organization’s publicist since she joined
in January 2013.
Previously, she was the communications manager at Bainbridge
Island Arts & Humanities Council, now known as Arts Humanities
While the island’s City Council and school board have a handful
of seats on this year’s election ballot, there is only one race
where multiple candidate have filed.
Susan Bergen and Kol Medina have filed for the North Ward to
replace Anne Blair, who is not running for reelection.
Pegeen Mulhern has filed for the at-large seat to replace Steve
Bonkowski, who also announced he is not running for reelection.
Michael Scott, appointed to the Central Ward earlier this year, and
Sarah Blossom, who represents the South Ward, are running for their
Mev Hoberg and Tim Kinkead have filed for reelection and do not
have any opponents as of Wednesday morning.
Patty Fielding will not be running for reelection to the school
board, and Lynn Smith has filed for Fiedling’s position.
Candidates have until the end of the business day Friday to
Pritchard Park will be open to off-leash dogs under
voice command all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as
Saturdays before noon. The ordinance was approved by a
City Council vote Tuesday night.
The off-leash ordinance will go into effect as soon
as the city can post signs. The city also plans to add mutt mitt
locations and additional trash cans to the park.
Pritchard Park is owned by the city, but is planned
to transfer to the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Parks District
later this year. The parks district does not allow off-leash dogs
except in designated off-leash areas, including the Strawberry Hill
The off-leash amendment will end two weeks before the
park is transferred to the park district.
City Council members voted 5-2 to buy 100 percent
green energy for the city. Council members Sarah Blossom and Steve
Bonkowski voted against it.
Bonkowski said he would vote against it because of the low
percent of residents who participate, which he correlated to
green energy support.
About 13 percent of islanders participate in Puget Sound
Energy’s Green Power Program. The program relies more on
wind, bio-gas and solar-energy sources instead of coal.
The city had been buying about about 13 percent of
its electricity from green energy to match the resident
participation, costing about $3,000 a year. The city spends a total
of $330,000 a year on electricity, and going to all green power
would cost the city an additional $15,000 a year.
The Bainbridge Island High School Sailing Team won
first place at the annual Islands Cup regatta in Anacortes on April
This fleet-racing regatta rotates among various
locations in and around the San Juan Islands each year and attracts
teams from all over the Northwest.
Sailors completed four races, two in each division,
before racing was called off on the first day when wind gusts of
more than 25 knots continued to build, with as many as six boats
capsized on the course at a time. Weather conditions on Sunday were
The Bainbridge High School Plaid team, with Stasi
Burzycki and Sophia Kasper/Kat Smith in Division A and Jackson
McCoy and Hannah Harrison in Division B, took 1st place out of 32
teams to win the 2015 Islands Cup. Fourth place went to the
combined team of Will Brown and Josh Rentz in Division A and Caelan
Juckniess, Nicole Sanford and Harry Saliba in Division B.
Lucas Burzycki, Elizabeth Rolfes, Christophe Webber,
Harry Saliba, Olivia Mitchell and Sophie Crandell placed ninth, and
Nick Dresel, Karl Anderson, Zach Mellin, Quinn Ring and Cole
Garthwaite placed 21st.
Rowers competes in British
Bainbridge High School rowing teams earned several
first- and second-place finishes last weekend at the international
Brentwood Regatta on Vancouver Island.
The Varsity Boys Eight came in first of the U.S.
teams in the high school race, with a boat consisting of Alex
Larsen, Scott Musselwhite, Will de Rubertis, Konnor Vander Leest,
John Danielsson, Dan Queen, Lars Erickson, Cole Sander and coxswain
In girls races, the varsity eight took second overall
in the high school race, the
lightweight four finished second and then launched
for a second race with the rest of their squad as the lightweight
eight boat. In a close final, Bainbridge finally nosed ahead
of Brentwood for second place behind Holy Names, which won in a
The boys novice eight boat, Colin Veilleux, Gavin
Veilleux, Conor Sweeney, Jackson Patrick, Peter Van Ness, Aaron
Lewis-Sandy, Hudson Dore, John Merritt, cox Sam Carson, took first
place, the first time a junior novice team from the Bainbridge
Island Rowing Club has won an Open-A level race, according to coach
Tim Goss. The novice boys four also won its race.