Daily Archives: September 8, 2008

Bainbridge Man’s Fatal Fall Ruled an Accident

The Kitsap County Coroner’s Office has ruled that a 69-year-old Bainbridge Island man’s falling death was an accident, Coroner Greg Sandstrom said Friday. (See last week’s Police blotter entry)

David Howard Beasley, 69, fell between 30 and 35 feet from a cliff on his Sunset Lane property on the northwestern side of the island Aug. 28, Bainbridge Police Lt. Bob Day said.

Beasley died of blunt force injuries, Sandstrom said.

Born in Montana, Beasley, an accountant, moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1977, according to his obituary. He lived in Suquamish until 1984 when he built a waterfront home on the island.

The world’s first green, fair trade, vegan soccer ball is from B.I.

There’s nothing about Scott James’ soccer ball that improves its chances of reaching the back of the net.

It’s a simple, sturdy ball comparable in quality to ones stamped with swooshes and pumas.

But the ball was built to outscore the big brands in the areas that matter most to James and his Bainbridge Island-based Fair Trade Sports company.

“For me, it’s about the planet, people and community,” he said. “If I’m going to sell something, it’s got to be about more than profit.”

The two-year old company is the first American fair-trade-certified manufacturer of sports balls, and the first in the world to earn an earth-friendly certification.

The inner-bladder of Fair Trade Sports balls are made from rubber harvested in India and Sri Lanka using practices approved by the Forest Stewardship Council. The outer shell is bound with animal-free adhesives and hand-stitched in Pakistan by union workers who enjoy health benefits and livable wages.

Every inch of a Fair Trade Sports ball is built in accordance with James’ values.

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