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Russell Johnson began his career in several westerns before gaining fame on “Gilligan’s Island.” Brian Kelly | Bainbridge Island Review

Officials from the Bainbridge Island Land Trust and Bainbridge Island parks board walk the trail on the Hilltop property earlier this week.

Bainbridge Island Land Trust celebrates over-the-top donation BY BRIAN KELLY

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An anonymous donation of $50,000 has left the Bainbridge Island Land Trust with enough money to complete its purchase of the 36-acre Hilltop property, officials with the nonprofit announced this week. Members of the land trust and its partner in the project, the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District, were jubilant. “It’s just a deep satisfaction to know that we’ve completed this and that this land can not only be enjoyed today, but by islanders in hundreds of years,” said Carol Sperling, a board member for the land trust. David Harrison, vice president of the land trust board, said the property was a key acquisition that will now permanently protect

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Forested acreage on the Hilltop property. a swath of the island that stretches from Battle Point Park to Murden Cove. “It connects the East and West Grand Forest and creates an island spot that’s been

treasured for a long time, that now the public can use,” he said. “I think it’s fair to say that both the land trust and the parks district are ecstatic,” Harrison said. With the 36 acres added — which includes a 5-acre upland meadow that is one of the highest spots on the island and boasts impressive views of the Olympics — approximately 540 contiguous acres across the central core of Bainbridge Island will be preserved forever. A park district trail that connects both pieces of the Grand Forest opened last year as fundraising efforts continued to secure the money needed to finalize the Hilltop purchase. “This is really the culmination of a lot of effort by a lot of different people over time,”

Island’s most famous resident dies at age 89 BY BRIAN KELLY

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They asked him three times, and each time, he said “No.” On the fourth request, Russell Johnson finally agreed to hang up his familiar black hat and slip into the role that would make him a television icon. Johnson, a Bainbridge Island resident known to millions worldwide as the Professor on the hit 1960s sitcom, “Gilligan’s Island,” passed away at home Thursday, Jan. 16. He was 89. Michael Eisenstadt, Johnson’s agent for more than 20 years, said the actor was a gracious and

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Bainbridge Island Review, January 24, 2014  
Bainbridge Island Review, January 24, 2014  

January 24, 2014 edition of the Bainbridge Island Review