Climate change

Seattle science journalist and author Madeline Ostrander will be keynote speaker at the 2023 Bainbridge Island Environmental Conference,

The conference is noon-5 p.m. March 25, at Bainbridge High School. Breakout sessions will look at impacts on BI shorelines, forests, air quality, transportation, infrastructure and sense of place

Ostrander’s book, “At Home on an Unruly Planet,” examines how climate change has destabilized our fundamental notions of “home” – shattering our sense of safety and sanctuary in familiar places, compelling us to find new reserves of strength, adaptation and connection.

It is presented by Sustainable Bainbridge, EcoAdapt, the BI Parks & Trails Foundation, the BI Land Trust and IslandWood. Register at

Milk cartons

Two Poulsbo employees have had their designs picked for the cartons of Town & Country’s new EveryDay Milk line.

Kimberly Garcia and Aisling Beh were among six employees from Western Washington whose designs were selected. The market already branded its free-range eggs, and will be branding coffee, honey and syrup this year.

The winners received gift cards. They were selected because of their “tie in with milk, appropriateness of content and overall awesomeness,” a news release says. “It’s been a lot of fun to see what everyone created,” said Susan Allen, director of T&C Markets.

Final reads event

The Bainbridge Island Reads for Justice final event will take place at 7 p.m. March 13 at Bainbridge Cinemas.

Jason Reynolds, co-author of the book used in the series, “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You,” will be live-streamed while talking about the book from Seattle Arts & Lectures.

The event is free but space is limited so register at

It’s electric

Bainbridge Island Public Works recently started using electric power tools in an effort to be more climate-friendly.

The hope is to eventually convert all gas-powered hand tools to electric. Two battery-powered backpack blowers are part of a pilot project to start. Supply chain issues and vendor shortages put the project on hold for about a year.

Bank donations

Kitsap Bank has donated $15,000 to local nonprofits as part of the bank’s mission to “cause good in the communities it serves.”

For every hour that Kitsap Bank employees volunteered in 2022, the bank donated money to a nonprofit of their choice. Employees volunteered over 2,700 hours.

Benefactors of Kitsap Bank’s MAD (Making a Difference) For Our Community program include: Bremerton Foodline, Central Kitsap Food Bank, Coffee Oasis, Housing Resources Bainbridge, Kitsap Mental Health Services, Martha & Mary Meals on Wheels Kitsap, North Kitsap Fishline and Washington Women in Need.

Kitsap Bank also provided over $400,000 in financial support to more than 100 area nonprofits in 2022 through the Bank’s Community Connections program, and hosted 10 “From Shred to Fed” events around the region in September and October. Those events raised over $18,000 for local food banks. Over the past five years, Kitsap Bank has invested well over $2.2 million back into the community through sponsorships, donations and volunteer activities.

Crime log

2-14: Burglary theft, Henderson Road NE

2-15: Fraud theft, Crystal Springs Drive NE

2-15: Attempting to elude police, High School Road NE at Highway 305

2-15: Assault with a deadly weapon, no address listed

2-16: Theft, NE Hidden Cove Road

2-17: Fraud, theft Parfitt Way SW

2-18: Failure to obey officer, Central Valley Road NE at NW Waaga Way

2-18: DUI, Miller Bay Road NE

2-18 Vehicle theft Venice Loop NE

2-18 Vehicle hit and run property damage, High School Road NE at Highway 305.

2-16: Theft from a vehicle, Winslow

Death notice

John Jacob Meyer, 88, of Bainbridge Island died Feb. 19 in Everett.

Garcia's design, Courtesy Photos
Beh's design