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What Is That Red Streak in the Water off of Bainbridge Island?

In late summer to early fall, you can see a red streak in the waters of Bainbridge…

How Many People Live on Bainbridge Island?

According to the 2020 census, Bainbridge Island’s population is now 24,825.…

How Many Nonprofits Are on Bainbridge Island?

By Wendy Wallace Online research reveals 245 nonprofit organizations in our 98110 zip…

What Are the General Rules for Cutting Trees on Your Property?

By Wendy Wallace The short answer: it’s complicated. The longer answer is that you…

Why Does It Take Two Years to Paint the Agate Pass Bridge?

By Nanda Olney It only takes a few moments to cross the Agate Pass Bridge, but…

Who Were Bainbridge Island’s Original Inhabitants?

By Nanda Olney For thousands of years, the land we know as Bainbridge Island, and the…

What Are the Tall Wooden Pilings in Rich Passage?

By Christy Carley Pull into the small parking lot at the end of Pleasant Beach Road…

What’s the Story Behind the Fireplace at the Head of Eagle Harbor?

By Christy Carley Longtime south-enders have a handful of stories about the lone…

How Do I Dispose of Old Meds And/or Hazardous Materials?

By Maureen Gregory A great reference is Kitsap County’s informative website. There,…

Is There an Official Bainbridge Island Song?

By Maureen Gregory “I love my home on Bainbridge Island,” written by David O.…

How Many Historic Homes Are There on Bainbridge?

By J. Danielle Chang There are 35 buildings on the island’s historical register, 15 of…

Where Are the Island’s Off-Leash Dog Parks?

By J. Danielle Chang Currently two parks provide your friendly pooch a place to freely…

How Many People Live Aboard Their Boats in Eagle Harbor?

By Nanda Olney With five private marinas and a city governed open water marina at its…

Who Stocks the Pond at Battle Point Park?

By Nanda Olney Jeff Ozimek, outdoor adventure program manager for the Bainbridge…

Who Designs the Soda Can Art Displays in Front of Safeway?

By Wendy Wallace Has the outside display of soda cases caught your eye when heading…

Where Can I Buy Christmas Tree Ornaments?

By Wendy Wallace No matter whether you’re on team live tree or are solidly in the…

How Much Land Has BI Land Trust Conserved?

By Denise Briggs Potter According to the Bainbridge Island Land Trust, 13 percent of…

How Many Animals Does West Sound Wildlife Shelter Save?

By Jay Wiggs THE ISLAND’S go-to for rescuing wildlife—whether raccoons, opossums or a…

Who’s Making the New Directional Signs?

By Denise Briggs Potter By now you’ve likely noticed the quaint multi-directional…

Who’s the Sign Poet at Green Light Garage?

By Alorie Gilbert It is co-owner, Alison Allen. When Allen was a child her mother…

Why So Many Cat (and Mice) Sculptures in Lynwood?

By Denise Briggs Potter While strolling through Pleasant Beach Village in Lynwood…

Who Created the Pavilion Theater’s Light Fixtures?

By Denise Briggs Potter When the owners of Bainbridge Cinemas designed the movie…

How Did Bainbridge Get It’s Sister Island?

By Denise Briggs Potter About 31 Years Ago, Bainbridge resident Kim Esterberg visited…

What Is the Highest Point on Bainbridge Island?

By Alli Schuchman It’s not hard to find a hill on the rock. Still, many an…

Where on the Island Can I Donate Clothing I No Longer Wear?

By Lizbeth Jones Sometimes, even when you’re done donning, it can still be hard to…

Who Is That Gnarly Skateboarding Bulldog?

By Denise Briggs Potter It’s George. Oft seen shredding and grinding at Strawberry…

Do Bears and Cougars Live on Bainbridge?

By Denise Briggs Potter Oh my! With a bear prowling around Bainbridge this past June…

When Can I See the USS Nimitz Aircraft Carrier Go by Bainbridge Island?

By Peter Ferguson Well, its turns out we can’t tell you that because the aircraft…

Who Created the Stacked Stone Man on Miller Rd?

By Peter Ferguson Although islander Ethan Currier has been working with rocks for 15…

Who Painted the Gazzam Lake Water Tower?

By Lizbeth Jones Although several artists have contributed color to the water tower at…

Are There Sharks in Puget Sound?

By Lizbeth Jones Indeed! In fact, 11 species of sharks swim the chilly Salish waters.…

Why Is Fort Ward’s Park Called the Parade Grounds?

Visit the Parade Grounds at Fort Ward and you’re not likely to see a marching band,…

What’s With All the Spiders Every Fall?

By Lizbeth Jones Whether Spiders give you a thrill or send you running, Bainbridge in…

Where Do the Rock Piles on the Island’s Trails Come From?

By Lara Dunning One glance at Seattle’s skyline and it’s clear: building is part of…

Where Are the Best Spots for Stargazing on Bainbridge?

By Lara Dunning Astronomical voyeurs have already been cosmically treated to a…

Who’s the Oldest Person Living on Bainbridge Island?

By Cindy Jones The oldest residents that we could track down are Eleanor Dienes,…

How Did Winslow Get Its Name?

By Cindy Jones The town we now know as Winslow was first named Madrone by settlers in…

Why Are the Out-of-Service Ferries in Eagle Harbor All Lit Up

By Angela Knight It is comforting to sail into the harbor at night and see the boats…

Why Are So Many Things on Bainbridge Named Blakely

By Angela Knight It’s probably Safe to say that Capt. Johnston Blakeley (or…

Where Are the Spookiest Spots on Bainbridge?

By Erin Jennings One Problem with ghosts is you can’t call them up and ask where…

Who Has Taught for BISD the Longest?

By Erin Jennings The Year 1973 was destined to be a children’s classic. Schoolhouse…

What Has Been T&C’s Biggest Challenge With the Remodel?

By Dinah Satterwhite We thought the answer would be wrangling the magical elves who…

Who Are Zack and Eli?

By Dinah Satterwhite Zack and Eli’s Dahlias, located where Wyatt Way turns into…

How Did Those Two Boats End up Beached on Crystal Springs?

By Valerie Reinke If You’ve Taken a scenic drive along Crystal Springs, just north of…

Why Are There So Many Cemeteries on Bainbridge?

By Valerie Reinke We Are Used To abundance here—we get plenty of rain, copious amounts…

What’s Going on in the Yurt on Knechtel Way?

By Leigh Calvez When we think of yurts, those round conical structures with brown…

Where Can I Find a Labyrinth on Bainbridge?

By Leigh Calvez An Exquisite stone labyrinth graces Hall’s Hill Lookout Park, a…

Why Is There Sidewalk Poetry on High School Road?

By Dana Drugmand The above verse is just one of several “poetry panels” that the City…

Who Lives in the Red Caboose on Rockaway Beach Road?

Although no one currently lives in it, the authentic red caboose located at 5008…

What Is Senior Paint Night?

By Anna Degnin For BHS graduate, Senior Paint Night is the well-loved tradition of…

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