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Our Day in Court // Bainbridge’s Native Pickleball Gains Momentum

A few things have put Bainbridge Island on the national map. Our high-profile governor…

HeArt & Soul // Beauty from Brokenness

Lori Blevins-Schilling is no stranger to major lifestyle adjustments. She founded…

Birds I View // Bainbridge’s Birds of Summer

We islanders love our avian friends (except possibly that territorial owl on the…

Par for the Course // Disc Golf on Bainbridge Island

If pickleball has a cousin in the golf world, it might be disc golf. The rapidly…

How Do You Like Them Apples? // Bainbridge’s Fruit Farmers

Picture an apple. The shine of its skin, the star of seeds at its center.…

Writing the Ship // New Ventures for Our New Time

Suzanne Selfors excitedly forged ahead early this year with two new ventures: a book…

Till We Meet Again // The Resurgence of the Victory Garden

If you’ve noticed more gardens popping up around the island (and on your friends’…

Something for Every Tongue // Groups Share Language, Culture and Community

Ken Stern grew up surrounded by languages. His grandparents spoke Yiddish and his…

Love Thy Neighbor // Roving Peacock Steals Hearts

Bainbridge Island has been lauded for being the only place in the world where the…

Hand in Hand // BIPD Behavioral Health

Sgt. Trevor Ziemba, a police officer for nearly 30 years, recalls a time when he would…

Rooted in History // Saving Blakely’s Japanese Maple

By Alorie Gilbert When students and teachers file through the doors into the…

Speak Easy // All in a Day’s Discourse and Dialogue

Google “the art of conversation” and you’ll find more than 1.7 million results for…

The Sport Spot // Meet The Island’s Oldest Community Organization

At the start, Bainbridge Island Rod and Gun Club members fished for salmon in the…

Down to Earth // Bainbridge Ramps up for Earth Month in April

The headlines are somber—wildfires rampaging, polar ice melting, glaciers vanishing,…

Rescues on the Rock // Saving One Poochie at a Time

By Juliet Shields Did you know that we have an animal shelter with a nationally…

Fades and Blades // Bainbridge Island’s Barber Shops

Bainbridge may be host to waves of big-city style growth, but when it’s time for a…

Bridging the Gap // Businesses Serve Both Sides of Agate Pass

While shuttling between her home in Suquamish and her jobs in downtown Winslow and…

Picture This // Island Artist Draws on Her Singular Point of View

Cameron Snow admits she sees the world differently than most. That became apparent in…

A Range of Experience // Local Nonprofit Supports Teen Global Goals

Imagine you’ve just spent a long day painting a school in Pokhara and pause to feel…

Globe Plotters // Local Business Creates Travel Immersion

Through their company Earthbound Expeditions, islanders Matthew and Danna Brumley…

Devant et Derriere // Bainbridge Fitness Studio Inspires Devoted Following

It’s no easy feat showing up for a 5:30 a.m. fitness class before heading off to…

All in the Family // Bainbridge Genealogical Society Digs for Roots

You can track down ancestors on a number of internet sites these days or take a DNA…

Behind the Kimono // Dressing for Success With Island Costumers

Don’t be afraid to use your seam ripper. Dawn Janow took to heart that advice…

Bringing the Bling // Meet Four Island Jewelry Designers

Bainbridge Islanders love rocks. Heck, we live on one. Lucky for us, we’re surrounded…

Lost Then Found // One Man’s Rewriting of His Fate

Richard lemieux reached his low point on a rainy Christmas night in 2005. Homeless and…

At the Heart of Giving // One Call For All Facilitates Island Philanthropy

How many Bainbridge Islanders does it take to stuff and sort 13,000 envelopes in less…

An Environmental Undertaking // Green Burials Come With New Ownership

Growing up above a Philadelphia funeral home, Tim Dinan didn’t think there was…

Building Bridges // The Card Game That Creates Connections

Imagine a card game that you never tire of. One that sharpens your intellect and focus…

Critter Tales // Local Author Champions Wildlife Stewardship

They knock over trashcans, nest in the attic and stalk neighborhood cats. Or so go…

Return to Ometepe // A Journey of Appreciation

Thirty years ago, a trip to the Nicaraguan island of Ometepe forever changed the way…

Inside the Box // A Peek Into Islander Emmy Sunshine’s Owl Houses

Some fun owl facts: Owls are colorblind and have no sense of smell. The males build…

Can You Dig It? // Shellfishing on Bainbridge and Puget Sound

Puget sound yields an abundance of edible wildlife, but shellfish are perhaps among…

First Impressions // The Process of Printmaker Wendy Orville

As wendy Orville turned the handle of her large Takach etching press during a recent…

Kidding Around // Islanders Playing To The Younger Set

Their Audiences may be young, but area authors, illustrators and musicians who focus…

Bray New World // Why One Islander Decided To Change Horses Midstream

Passion. People find it in unique ways. Sarah Pearl found hers when she stumbled upon…

Tales from the Deep Blue // A Look Inside a Naturalist’s Work on Whales

For Leigh Calvez, it was love at first spout. She met her first whale, a humpback, in…

For the Record // Local Musician and Producer Lays Down The Tracks

At His Recording Studio next to Johnson Farm, Johnny Bregar has to contend with the…

Give and Receive // Nonprofit Serves Bainbridge for 50-Plus Years

On a Busy Friday afternoon, community members gather to assist visitors at Bainbridge…

Knit and Caboodle // Churchmouse Keeps The Needles Moving

It’s as much an experience as it is a store. One that gently lingers long after…

Take Two // Former Hockey Player Writes His Next Fitness Chapter

For most folks, by the time they hit their mid-40s, their athletic prowess has…

By Any Other Name // The Art Project Launches Anew, Freshens Its Approach

They Gutted and remade the gallery—and blew up the name. But folks at The Art Project…

Keeping Green // On the Scene With New Campaign

Eavesdrop on tourist conversations on the Bainbridge Island ferry and you will often…

At This Stage // Actress Turns to Public Service for Personal Healing

You may know her as an actress, writer and director, but Dinah Manoff sees herself as…

The Good Sun // Bainbridge Startup Treats the Winter Blues

In the dark winter months, we in the Pacific Northwest can get pretty desperate.…

Never Again // The Island’s Children of Manzanar and Minidoka

It’s 2018. At the U.S. southern border, children are being detained and confined…

Barriers for Success // AGS Reshapes an Industry With Prefab Customization

Ahhh Bainbridge Island. Farmers’ markets, boutiques and garden tours, beaches, boats…

The Golden Age // Family Tradition Serves Families in Transition

As a youngster, Morgan Rohrbach would stop by her grandmothers’ apartments at the…

Better With Age // Island Wineries Cultivate Their Craft

Appellations are not built overnight. The time from a wine region’s birth to its…

Head First // Take a Dip With Masters Swimmers

Need a Good Reason to get up at the crack of dawn? How about joining the Bainbridge…

Branching Out // Climb Inside Some Enchanted Treehouses

Nothing can transport you back to childhood quite like climbing into a treehouse.…

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