Monthly Archives: July 2014

Host family meeting for Japanese exchange students set for July 15

Islanders interested this summer in experiencing the world without leaving home are invited to attend an information and orientation meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, at the Hyla Middle School, located at 7861 Bucklin Hill Road N.E.

The meeting would provide the opportunity to meet other island families who are already looking forward to hosting the 14-year-old English-speaking Japanese exchange students for four weeks from July 25 to Aug. 22.

The students will attend English classes and excursions every weekday (Boeing, Mount Rainier, Microsoft, Kitsap County Fair, canoe trips, a Seattle Mariners baseball game, etc.)  Families and their kids can join the fun activities or just enjoy their company evenings and weekends.

For more information, contact:  robertweschler@yahoo.com or 206-853-3800.

If you’re curious about what the students would be like below are two examples:

Kazuhisa, a 13-year-old boy from Okinawa, says basketball and playing the trumpet are two of his favorite hobbies. He belongs to his school’s brass band and will be competing in a music contest prior to his arrival in the USA. Kazuhisa also enjoys basketball, fishing, swimming, listening to music, reading and watching TV. Kazuhisa is traveling abroad because his grandfather, a priest, traveled quite a bit and recommended that Kazuhisa travel as much as possible.

Hikari, a 14-year-old girl from Okinawa, says she has always loved to swim as she lives on a small island named Iheya. Aside from swimming she loves to dance, listen to music, play volleyball, watch TV and read. During her homestay in Washington, Hikari hopes to learn, make new friends and gain a new perspective. She is grateful for this opportunity and cannot wait to meet Bainbridge Islanders.

Birding on Bloedel: Listen up for ospreys gone fishin’

“A Year of Birding in Bloedel” is a column that runs every Friday in the Bainbridge Islander. The project is planned to continue in 52 parts through 2014 to help readers find and identify birds in the island’s garden sanctuary. Beginning with this entry on the bald eagle, each column will also be published  here on the Bainbridge Conversation blog each Friday. 

The author, Ted Anderson, is a retired professor of biology, having taught at McKendree University (Ill.) for 32 years and for the University of Michigan’s summer biological station for 20 years, where he frequently taught the biology of birds.

Anderson is also the author of “Biology of the Ubiquitous House Sparrow, from Genes to Populations” (2006), and “The Life of David Lack, Father of Evolutionary Ecology” (2013). Ted and his wife Carol have been members of Bloedel Reserve for seven years. They live in Kingston. 

Photo © David Seibel, BirdsInFocus.com. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Ospreys leave their Pacific Northwest breeding ground to spend winters in South America.
Photo © David Seibel, BirdsInFocus.com. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Ospreys leave their Pacific Northwest breeding ground to spend winters in South America.

Often referred to as the Fish Eagle, the Osprey (Pandion hallaetus) is the second-most widely distributed raptor species in the world, occurring on every continent except Antarctica, as well as on many oceanic islands. Its colloquial name is an apt one, as its diet is comprised of 99 percent fish, and it is nearly eagle sized. It is more slender bodied than an eagle, however, and has narrower wings that are bent at the “elbow,” giving it a distinctive silhouette when it is soaring overhead. It leaves its breeding ground in the Pacific Northwest to spend the winter in South America.

Watching an osprey fishing can lead to some truly exciting viewing. On Puget Sound a fishing osprey will often fly in large circles near the shore, then hover for a few seconds before plunging in a head-first dive toward its intended prey. Just before entering the water it shifts to a feet-first position and sometimes disappears completely beneath the surface before it re-emerges, wings flapping vigorously with a fish clutched in its talons.

What happens next may be even more exciting to watch. Often a member of that notorious tribe of kleptoparasites, the bald eagle, has also been watching the osprey fishing. The would-be bandit begins its rapid pursuit of the successful fisherman laboring to gain altitude with his catch clutched tightly in its talons.

The eagle will then dive repeatedly at the fleeing osprey, sometimes striking it from above with its own talons. More often than not the hapless Osprey will release its catch, at which point the eagle will dive to retrieve it, sometimes even catching it in the air. A dramatic example of nature “red in tooth and claw!”

While soaring, ospreys will frequently utter a high-pitched chirp call that is characteristic of the species. If you scan the sky above you when you hear this call, you will often see the circling Osprey with its white underparts and “bent” wings. Two weeks ago when I visited Bloedel I heard an osprey calling over the pond in front of the Visitor’s Center and looked up to see two ospreys soaring overhead.

Keep your ears peeled for this chirp emanating from high in the sky.

Bainbridge selling old math textbooks

Want an old math textbook?

The Bainbridge Island School District will be unloading all its old kindergarten through eighth grade math books to families of district students from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 10, at the Commodore Options School, located at 9530 N.E. High School Road.

Books – which are at least four years old and could be as old as 10 – will be on sale from 50 cents to $1, district accounting specialist Julie Gray said.

The need to purge the old math textbooks followed the Bainbridge School Board’s adoption of a new K-8 math curriculum. In the June 26 board meeting, a consent agenda item was passed to dispose of surplus district property.

After the July 10 sale to district families, the books will be available for purchase to other school districts on July 14-15, Gray said. The remaining books will then be shipped to the state’s surplus facility in Olympia, the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services, likely sometime in the fall, Gray added.

For more information about the math textbook sale, contact Gray at 206-780-1063 or through email at jgray@bisd303.org.

Bainbridge Island police blotter, July 2

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The following items were taken from Bainbridge police reports by reporter Ethan Fowler. For more blotter, visit bainbridgeislander.com and click on Bainbridge blog link on the right side of the screen.

Crime log stats from June 22 to June 28: 5 traffic accidents, 2 thefts in the second degree, 2 driving with license suspended/revoked in the third degree, 2 suspicious incident/investigation, 2 residential burglaries, 2 miscellaneous, 1 domestic verbal, 1 violation of the uniform controlled substance act-more than 40 grams of marijuana, 1 burglary in the second degree, 1 patrol check, 1 theft in the first degree, 1 identity theft, 1 false alarm-employee error, 1 hit-and-run/unattended property damage, 1 neighbor dispute, 1 malicious mischief in the third degree, 1 disorderly conduct, 1 malicious mischief in the first degree, 1 found property, 1 agency assist and 1 lost property.

June 30
Identity theft: A man living on the 7000 block of Fletcher Bay Road reported that he received several pieces of mail from a bank that he hadn’t opened an account with. A debit/Visa card with a pin code for online banking was in one of the letters.

Found property: A woman found some cash in the middle of the road and reported it to the police, who placed it in found property. The location and the amount of cash was redacted from the report.

Reckless driving/racing: An 85-year-old woman living on the 6000 block of Monte Vista Drive was reported to police for reckless driving. Another driver witnessed the woman driving all over the road and driving onto the curb at a roundabout. The reporting party said it was the second time she had seen the woman driving recklessly. When police caught up with the driver at her home, the woman said she had been under a lot of stress with family health problems. The driver also admitted to the officer that she had driven over the roundabout’s curve and that her mind had been occupied, which caused her to possibly daydream. The officer suggested to the woman that she may want to retest with the Department of Licensing and that she needed to drive more carefully.

June 28
Driving with license suspended or revoked in the third degree, failure to transfer title within 15 days: A 26-year-old man living on the 300 block of Shepard Way was stopped when an officer noticed an apparent expired license plate tab. The vehicle’s registration had expired in 2012 and the car was sold in November 2011. However, the vehicle was displaying a 2014 license tab. The driver admitted to the officer that he took the tab from his father’s Ford Ranger truck. When the officer ran the man’s name in the state’s database, it returned with the man being charged for a driving while license suspended/revoked in the third degree for failure to appear for unpaid tickets. The improper tab was removed from the man’s car by the officer.

June 27
Residential burglary: A woman living on the 800 block of High School Road reported someone had stolen two prescription bottles from her home’s bathroom. The woman believed she had failed to lock her apartment since there was no evidence of forced entry. One of the lost medicine bottles contained approximately 20 pills of Oxycodone and the other contained about 30 pills of Meloxicam. The woman said several people in her apartment complex were aware the woman needed medicine because of her recent foot surgery, which she still had a cast for.

Library receives new hearing loop system

Contributed photo / David Warren Bob Bosserman, left, chair of facilities for Bainbridge Public Library, and Rick Diaz, assistant installer at Now Hear This!, test the newly installed hearing loop in the library’s Community Room.
Contributed photo / David Warren
Bob Bosserman, left, chair of facilities for Bainbridge Public Library, and Rick Diaz, assistant installer at Now Hear This!, test the newly installed hearing loop in the library’s Community Room.

To help meet a growing need for Bainbridge residents, the Rotary Club of Bainbridge provided a grant for the Bainbridge Public Library to install a hearing loop system in the library’s large and popular Community Room.

“We want to provide good access to our ‘silently disadvantaged’ residents through the new hearing assistive technology,” said Bob Bosserman, facilities committee chair for library’s board of directors, in a news release.

Bosserman said the Community Room is booked an average of 22 days a month.

The system works by using hearing loops that transmit audio from a public address system directly to telecoil-equipped hearing aids and cochlear implants. The telecoil function as an antenna and relays the sounds directly into the ear of someone wearing hearing aids or cochlear implants without background noise or distortion — similar to how Wi-Fi connects people to the Internet.

“We are … eager for word to get out to islanders that there is a new venue on the island where they can be assured their hearing impairment will not be a barrier to enjoying lectures and performances,” said Sarah Morgans, one of the board of directors for Bainbridge Public Library.

Roberts to retire from Bainbridge school district in August

After working 13 years for the Bainbridge Island School District, Kathy Roberts will be retiring at the end of August to close her 30-year career in K-12 public education.

Roberts, administrative assistant to Superintendent Faith Chapel, worked 17 years for Everett Public Schools prior to being hired by Bainbridge.

“It’s hard to leave my second family who are the staff, students and administrators of the Bainbridge Island School District,” Roberts said after Thursday’s School Board meeting.