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Box at center of bomb scare came from Boston benefit


New link ties East and West Grand Forest

BY RICHARD D. OXLEY Bainbridge Island Review

Bainbridge Island received a bit of a scare on Sunday afternoon as a bomb squad investigated a suspicious package in downtown Winslow. But one local woman knew the bomb squad would come up empty when it sent a robot to investigate a cardboard box left outside the Bainbridge Island Post Office with the message “Pray for Boston” marked on the side.

BY RICHARD D. OXLEY Bainbridge Island Review

Bainbridge welcomed its newest addition to two of the island’s favorite parks Wednesday, ultimately bringing the Grand Forest trails together and creating a bigger, better park. The Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District, along with the Bainbridge Island Land Trust, invited the community to celebrate the opening of the new park land and trail. With music, sunshine and fresh air, it was an opening sealed with many island smiles. And for a good reason. The new Hilltop trail creates a vital corridor between the two expansive parks. Whereas once the Grand Forest was split into east and west, each with its own set of trails frequented by islanders, now the parks are connected by a new corridor known as the Hilltop Trail. “We finally have a piece of land that connects the east and west sides,” said Dan Hamlin, Parks Services Superintendent for the park district. The new trail arches over a former horse pasture that boasts a postcardperfect panorama of the Olympic Mountains. The parks district celebrated the momentous achievement with an opening event May 1, complete with live folk music and a maypole dance. Islanders couldn’t have asked for a better spring day to commemorate the moment. Children held ribbons as they skipped around the maypole, dogs rolled in the grass and islanders



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Cordelia Banks, 3, plays with the ribbon on the recently raised maypole at the Hilltop Trail. Later, a group of island youth spun the ribbon around the maypole to commemorate the opening of the new trail connecting east and west Grand Forest parks. Richard D. Oxley / Bainbridge Island Review


“I have to chuckle, it was such a set of circumstances that turned into an event,” said Terri Kaminski. “That’s life sometimes.” Kaminski had received the package a few days before it prompted Sunday’s shutdown of downtown and sent local law enforcement officers into hyper-security overdrive. Kaminski said she tossed the box into the garbage container outside the post office in Winslow on

The churn at Bainbridge Island City Hall continued last week. Public Works Director Lance Newkirk, an employee with the city for more Lance Newkirk than 15 years, announced his resignation April 26. Newkirk has been the

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public works director for the last four years. Earlier this year, he butted heads with city council members over street funding and road repair projects. He did not submit a letter of resignation. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the community of Bainbridge Island,” Newkirk said. “I have been blessed during my time with the city to work with so many talented, professional and dedicated public employees. I sincerely wish the city all the best going forward as I leave to SEE TURNOVER, A21


Bainbridge Island Review, May 03, 2013