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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?

Online research reveals 245 nonprofit organizations in our 98110 zip code, which…

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

The short answer: it’s complicated. The longer answer is that you might need a permit…

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

It only takes a few moments to cross the Agate Pass Bridge, but maintenance to ensure…

Who Were Bainbridge Island’s Original Inhabitants?

For thousands of years, the land we know as Bainbridge Island, and the greater South…

What Are the Tall Wooden Pilings in Rich Passage?

Pull into the small parking lot at the end of Pleasant Beach Road next to the sign…

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?

A great reference is Kitsap County’s informative website. There, you’ll find a…

Is There an Official Bainbridge Island Song?

“I love my home on Bainbridge Island,” written by David O. Chase, is the song…

How Many Historic Homes Are There on Bainbridge?

There are 35 buildings on the island’s historical register, 15 of which are private…

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

Currently two parks provide your friendly pooch a place to freely run and romp, sans…

How Many People Live Aboard Their Boats in Eagle Harbor?

With five private marinas and a city governed open water marina at its heart, Eagle…

Who Stocks the Pond at Battle Point Park?

Jeff Ozimek, outdoor adventure program manager for the Bainbridge Island parks…

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

Has the outside display of soda cases caught your eye when heading into Safeway? These…

Where Can I Buy Christmas Tree Ornaments?

No matter whether you’re on team live tree or are solidly in the artificial camp,…

How Much Land Has BI Land Trust Conserved?

According to the Bainbridge Island Land Trust, 13 percent of the 17,778-acre island is…

How Many Animals Does West Sound Wildlife Shelter Save?

THE ISLAND’S go-to for rescuing wildlife—whether raccoons, opossums or a nest of…

Who’s Making the New Directional Signs?

By now you’ve likely noticed the quaint multi-directional signs popping up at…

Who’s the Sign Poet at Green Light Garage?

It is co-owner, Alison Allen. When Allen was a child her mother often read her poetry…

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

While strolling through Pleasant Beach Village in Lynwood Center, you’ve probably…

Who Created the Pavilion Theater’s Light Fixtures?

When the owners of Bainbridge Cinemas designed the movie complex in the 1990s, they…

How Did Bainbridge Get It’s Sister Island?

About 31 Years Ago, Bainbridge resident Kim Esterberg visited Ometepe island in…

What Is the Highest Point on Bainbridge Island?

It’s not hard to find a hill on the rock. Still, many an islander has wondered…

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

Sometimes, even when you’re done donning, it can still be hard to give up a once-loved…

Who Is That Gnarly Skateboarding Bulldog?

It’s George. Oft seen shredding and grinding at Strawberry Hill Park’s skateboard…

Do Bears and Cougars Live on Bainbridge?

Oh my! With a bear prowling around Bainbridge this past June and the occasional…

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

Well, its turns out we can’t tell you that because the aircraft carrier’s deployment…

Who Created the Stacked Stone Man on Miller Rd?

Although islander Ethan Currier has been working with rocks for 15 years, his…

Who Painted the Gazzam Lake Water Tower?

Although several artists have contributed color to the water tower at the Deerpath…

Are There Sharks in Puget Sound?

Indeed! In fact, 11 species of sharks swim the chilly Salish waters. Spotting a…

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?

Whether Spiders give you a thrill or send you running, Bainbridge in early autumn is…

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

One glance at Seattle’s skyline and it’s clear: building is part of human nature. And…

Where Are the Best Spots for Stargazing on Bainbridge?

Astronomical voyeurs have already been cosmically treated to a mini-moon and the Lyrid…

Who’s the Oldest Person Living on Bainbridge Island?

The oldest residents that we could track down are Eleanor Dienes, above, and Jane…

How Did Winslow Get Its Name?

The town we now know as Winslow was first named Madrone by settlers in the 1800s. By…

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

It is comforting to sail into the harbor at night and see the boats at the maintenance…

Why Are So Many Things on Bainbridge Named Blakely

It’s probably Safe to say that Capt. Johnston Blakeley (or Blakely) never set…

Where Are the Spookiest Spots on Bainbridge?

One Problem with ghosts is you can’t call them up and ask where they’re located.…

Who Has Taught for BISD the Longest?

The Year 1973 was destined to be a children’s classic. Schoolhouse Rock debuted on…

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

We thought the answer would be wrangling the magical elves who were seemingly…

Who Are Zack and Eli?

Zack and Eli’s Dahlias, located where Wyatt Way turns into Eagle Harbor Drive,…

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

If You’ve Taken a scenic drive along Crystal Springs, just north of the Point White…

Why Are There So Many Cemeteries on Bainbridge?

We Are Used To abundance here—we get plenty of rain, copious amounts of produce from…

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

When we think of yurts, those round conical structures with brown vinyl covers, we…

Where Can I Find a Labyrinth on Bainbridge?

An Exquisite stone labyrinth graces Hall’s Hill Lookout Park, a privately owned public…

Why Is There Sidewalk Poetry on High School Road?

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

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?

For BHS graduate, Senior Paint Night is the well-loved tradition of recognizing the…

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