Bloedel Reserve

The Restoration of Bloedel Reserve’s Bird Marsh into Wildlife Haven

Bloedel Reserve, a botanical garden on Bainbridge Island, has been open to the public since 1988. Over its approximately 140 acres are several varied garden types, including a moss garden and a nationally recognized Japanese garden. One featured area visitors encounter soon after … read more

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Gifts for the Gardener

‘Tis the (shopping) season! And if you have a gardener on your shopping list for the holidays, you will have an easy time finding all sorts of wonderful presents. When the celebratory season is over and the chilly, damp reality of winter in … read more

Two Gardens
Nature and Nurture

Two Gardens, Two Different Ways of Living the Island Life

These two gardens illustrate the variety and creativity of two contrasting Bainbridge Island lifestyles. A visit to the first garden feels like a walk in the forest while a visit to the second one is like a walk on the beach. A Northwest … read more

Derrin Doty — Resident of Silverdale, married, three children and two cats

Unsung Hero — Derrin Doty

Owner/Agent of an Allstate Insurance Agency and Head...

A former professional baseball player, Derrin Doty got involved with Kitsap youth sports after his family moved to Poulsbo in 1999. He had recently served as head coach for Olympic College baseball and in 2001, was asked to help coach a North Kitsap … read more

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Vanilla Walnut Whipped Cream

Recipe for Walnut Pumpkin Cream Cheese Tart with Vanilla Walnut Whipped Cream

One of the best parts of the holidays is the aromas and flavors of the season, from walnuts and cinnamon to peppermint and nutmeg. Sweet treats and mouthwatering desserts can bring family and friends around the table to celebrate the season together, one … read more

Want to Host a Potluck?

It's All in the Planning

Bringing together friends in your home and sharing a meal is one of life’s great pleasures. Consider a potluck. It will be a wonderful dinner with everyone contributing. 1. Choose a theme — (Fall harvest, Mexican fare, etc.) so everything will fit together. … read more

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Tips for Managing Asthma and Allergies During the Holidays

What’s in those delicious holiday cookies? How come it’s hard to breathe while decking the halls? Is that adorable puppy in the big red bow causing you to have a big red nose? “The holiday season is full of fun festivities and beloved … read more

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Jim Barnes' grandfather, Charles Goranflo, sits proudly on one of his agency'e Oldsmobiles. (Photo courtesy Barnes family)

Olds — the True Inventor of the Stationary Assembly Line

The beef I have with modern history is that as time marches on, it tends to be either watered down or rearranged to suit some purpose. Take, for example, the legend of Henry Ford. Madison Avenue would have you believing that he invented … read more

Formal dining room with round table
Design|Build

Dining Rooms That Dazzle

Many people commonly refer to the kitchen as the heart of the home. If that’s the case, then the dining room is the soul. It’s a space where families make memories, laughter bounces off the walls and you share home-cooked meals with loved … read more

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