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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2014 | Vol. 114, No. 6 | www.BAINBRIDGEREVIEW.com | 75¢

CIVIL DISCUSSION: Historian shares stories in ‘Territorial Voices.’ A8

Two school levies on ballot for Bainbridge SEATTLE SEAHAWKS - SUPER BOWL XLVIII CHAMPS

THANKS FROM THE 12TH MAN

Brian Kelly, Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review

Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks’ leading rusher, throws Skittles from atop his perch on a Ride-the-Duck tour vehicle to the crowd gathered along Fourth Avenue in Seattle Wednesday — and is pelted by a return volley of the candies — during the Seahawks’ victory parade following their Super Bowl win over the Denver Broncos. Nearly a million people jammed Seattle streets for the celebration. BY BRIAN KELLY AND LUCIANO MARANO Bainbridge Island Review

From all parts of Bainbridge Island, Kitsap and Western Washington they came. The 12th Man took over Seattle Wednesday — nearly a million strong. Jubilant fans, young and old, the longtime hopeful or brand-new bandwagon boosters, jammed the streets in Seattle’s downtown for a homecoming victory parade for their World Champion Seattle Seahawks. Eli Tooloee caught the 8:45 a.m. ferry to Seattle to see the parade with his friend, Patrick

McMenamin. “I had season tickets with my family this year for the Seahawks, so I feel like I got to go to the parade to kind of see the end of it,” Tooloee said. “And, it’s an excuse to have a big-ass party in the city. So why not?” He was taking the day off from his job at Island Fitness, and he was well-dressed for the victory celebration, wearing Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s No. 3 jersey and a Seahawks flag (which he had bought from a homeless man outside CenturyLink Field before the game against the Saints) draped around his neck like a cape.

Tooloee also came prepared for long hours in the cold, with long johns, heavy boots and a bit more. “I’m going to drink some whiskey,” he said. McMenamin had one word for the win that gave Seattle it’s first football championship in history. “Awesome,” McMenamin said. “It was probably the most dominating performance I’ve ever seen in the Super Bowl,” he said of the 43-8 shellacking Seattle hung on the turn to seahawks | A10

BY BRIAN KELLY

Bainbridge Island Review

Voters will be asked next week to continue two levies that Bainbridge school supporters say are crucial to maintaining quality educational programs for island students. The Bainbridge Island School District is seeking voter approval for a three-year levy to pay for educational programs and operations, and a separate three-year levy to pay for technology improvements. If approved by voters during the Feb. 11 election, the two ballot measures would mean an approximate $7 per month increase in property taxes for the owner of a median-priced home valued at $455,000. Scott Reynvaan, co-chairman of the levy campaign committee, said both ballot measures are vital. Without approval of the operations levy, the district would be facing substantial cuts to staffing and programs. About 80 full-time positions would be eliminated if the levy is not approved. “Basically, the levy pays for teachers,” said Reynvaan, noting that it pays for 84 fulltime staff positions. “Obviously, keeping class size lower is very important,” he said. Renewal of the levy would pay the equivalent of 26 fulltime jobs for teachers and other certified staff, and 58 full-time support staff jobs. The current Educational Programs and Operations Levy, which expires at the end of the year, covers the costs of 11 percent of certified teaching staff, and 48 percent of the district’s classified staff. It also provides more than $3.4 million for turn to levies | A2


Bainbridge Island Review, February 07, 2014