Daily Archives: August 4, 2009

Council candidates forum on Monday

The League of Women Voters of Kitsap and the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce will hold a forum for Bainbridge City Council candidates from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 10 at City Hall, 280 Madison Ave.

The following candidates have been invited and are expected to attend: Tim Jacobsen, Kirsten Hytopoulos and Curt Winston (South Ward District 3); Dee DuMont, Debbi Lester and Virginia Paul (Central Ward District 5); Melanie Keenen, Bob Scales and Debbie Vancil (North Ward District 7).

The public is welcome to attend and to bring questions for the candidates.

Multimedia boozeapalooza

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Click here to read my story on the opening of Kitsap County’s first legal distillery in over 100 years. The Bainbridge-based makers of vodka, gin and whiskey should be open to the public later this month. In fine Bainbridge fashion, the distillery is 100 percent organic and uses 100 percent local ingredients.

Kitsap Sun web editor and food aficionado Angela Dice pulled out all the stops, producing two videos, a photo gallery (with the help of intern Aaron Gould) and a blog post about the new distillery. Check out her blog, the Food Life, for more.

See one of her videos below. The other video, which explains how distilling alcohol works, is on Angela’s blog.

The story went on the AP wire and was picked up statewide – Seattle P-I, Tacoma News Tribune, Tri-City Herald, etc. – so the secret’s out. Stock up before the out-of-towners get their hands on all the Bainbridge-made booze.

Click here to visit Bainbridge Organic Distilleries’ website.

School district ponders new bond, reduced staff

Based on the talk at the last Bainbridge school board meeting, a new bond is a sure thing for the November ballot.

The price will be the same and so will the goals: replace Wilkes Elementary and renovate several other buildings.

Check out my story on the proposed bond here.

Also discussed at the meeting were the reduced staffing for the upcoming school year.

Certified staff (teachers, counselors, etc.) were 257 last year. Next year: 249.5

Classified staff (bus drivers, groundskeepers, food service workers) were 132 last year. Next year: 127.

Nine candidates, three races

By now you should have received your mail-in ballots. With no official voter’s guide published this time around, we’re making an extra effort to give you as much information as possible to cast an educated vote in the the three Bainbridge City Council races. Check out the multimedia resources below.

North Ward: Melanie Keenan, Bob Scales, Debbie Vancil (incumbent)
For the race profile, click here.

For basic info and candidate questionnaire answers, click here.

For audio of the candidates’ interview by the Sun editorial board, click here.

Central Ward: Dee DuMont, Debbi Lester, Virginia Paul
For the race profile, click here.

For basic info and candidate questionnaire answers, click here.

For audio of the candidates’ interview by the Sun editorial board, click here.

South Ward: Kirsten Hytopoulos, Tim Jacobsen, Curt Winston
For the race profile, click here.

For basic info and candidate questionnaire answers, click here.

For a video of the candidates’ interview by the Sun editorial board, click here.