Island Tidbits: Dana’s Trail adds Improvements, a Dedicated Lane for Ferry Drivers, New Navy Ship Named in Honor of former BI Resident, Big Changes at Eleven Winery

Improvements Made to Dana’s Trail

The City of Bainbridge Island recently teamed up with Squeaky Wheels and the Bainbridge Island School District to make improvements to Dana’s Trail. This trail is named after Dana Berg, a former Squeaky Wheels president and long-time cycling advocate, who passed away several years back.  She was also the owner and operator of Dana’s Showhouse in Downtown Winslow.

The trail provides safe walking and rolling access to Bainbridge High School, Commodore Options School, and Ordway Elementary, and provides a convenient connection to Woodward Middle and Sakai Intermediate Schools on Sportsman Club Road. Squeaky Wheels celebrated the soft opening of Dana’s Trail on Friday May 24th, just in time for Bike to School Day. Many people rolled up to the welcome table to enjoy cake and cheer on students biking to school.

The City and the Bainbridge Island School District worked together to improve the trail, providing safe paths for kids to go to school that included:
  • Extending sidewalks
  • Painting / Striping
  • Crosswalk
  • Trail improvements
  • Signage
  • Temporary trail around construction of the water tank

Finally! A Dedicated Ferry Lane Coming on June 4th

Many residents have been asking for this, and Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has heard you.

Expect changes north of Winslow Way on 305

On Tues., June 4, WSDOT crews will revise traffic along the roadway creating a dedicated right lane for vehicle ferry traffic from north of Winslow Way to the terminal entrance. In addition to new pavement markings and signs, the changes will include new traffic signal displays and turn restrictions at the Winslow Way and Harborview Drive intersections.

What to expect:

On June 4, travelers will see single lane closures on southbound SR 305 approaching Winslow Way 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the closures crews will install new signs, pavement markings and traffic signal displays.

The work is scheduled during daytime hours. This is when driver behavior is generally safer, and crews and work zone signs are more easily seen.

Travelers are advised to go early or wait until after work is complete to avoid congestion during lane closures.

After work is complete:

  • Travel in the right lane on southbound SR 305 approaching Winslow will be restricted to vehicle ferry traffic.

  • Turns from southbound SR 305 on to Winslow Way and Harborview Drive will be restricted to the left lane.

  • Right turn on red will be prohibited from SR 305 at both Winslow Way and Harborview Drive.

  • Right turns will be prohibited from Winslow Way to the dedicated ferry lane on southbound SR 305.

Traffic revisions are in effect as soon as work is completed. There are no changes to routes for transit services, walkers and rollers approaching the ferry terminal. Routes for drivers accessing self-parking areas and the pedestrian ferry terminal on Winslow Way are not affected.

The last step in the process will be a new ordinance adopted by the City Council to establish the penalties for violations of the right of way controls. More information: Dedicated ferry lane coming to State Route 305 on Bainbridge Island | WSDOT (wa.gov)

Navy Ship to be Named in Honor of former Islander Richard McCool Jr.

McCool receives his Medal of Honor from former President Harry S Truman

Former Bainbridge resident Richard McCool Jr., who was awarded the Medal of Honor during World War II, and who was later involved in Kitsap County politics, is having a Navy Ship named in his honor.

Some long-time area residents may remember that McCool was awarded the Medal of Honor after leading a warship to battle in Okinawa during World War II.

Now, his name will continue to be revered — now and into the future — as the Navy has named a future San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship after the former Bainbridge resident, who moved to the island in 1974 and passed away in 2008.

According to The Kitsap Sun, the ship was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and christened on June 11, 2022.

The future USS Richard M. McCool Jr. (LPD 29) was delivered to the Navy on April 11 and will be commissioned on Sept. 7 at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Pensacola, Florida.  LPD 29 is the Navy’s 13th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, which is used to transport and land Marines, their equipment, and supplies, the Navy said.

McCool was born on Jan. 4, 1922, in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1944 and was assigned to Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida. After training at the U.S. Naval Amphibious Training Station in Maryland, he took command of the USS Landing Craft Support 122 (LCS 122) in December and was promoted to lieutenant in January 1945, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC).

On June 10, the USS LCS 122 commanding officer led the warship to rescue 99 sailors of the USS William D. Porter after a Japanese kamikaze bomb exploded underneath the destroyer. On June 11, two Japanese suicide squadrons attacked the ship.

“The crew shot one out of the air and hit a second, but it crashed about 8 feet below McCool on the conning tower. Of the 71 on board, 12 were killed and 23 injured, including the skipper, who suffered shrapnel wounds, burns and was knocked unconscious,” according to Kitsap Sun archives. “When McCool woke up, the ship was in flames, and he rallied his crew to fight the fire. After hearing that several men were trapped in the burning deckhouse, he went to the rescue and carried one badly wounded man to safety. “He wound up spending two months in the hospital.”

McCool was awarded the Medal of Honor for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. LCS 122”, according to the award citation. After retiring and moving to Bainbridge Island, McCool served as chairman of the Kitsap County Democrats for two terms and supported arts on Bainbridge Island and in Seattle. He received a Maggie Award as one of the state’s top Democrats and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kitsap Democrats, according to Kitsap Sun archives. – Information Courtesy of The Kitsap Sun 

Eleven Winery Founder Matt Albee Set to Hand Off Reins to Employees  

Matt Albee surrounded by his new partners

The future owners of Eleven Winery will be a trio of current employees: Alana Mignano, General Manager; Ashley Dunlap, Tasting Room & Events Manager; and Armathia Bolles, Winemaker.

“We have formed a partnership that gives them full operational authority, effective immediately” says Founder Matt Albee. “I am thrilled to have such a remarkable trio to whom to hand the reins of Eleven. They are each, in their respective areas, outstanding at what they do, together making an unbeatable team to take Eleven into the future.

“I truly believe that Eleven will thrive and grow more under their new leadership than it would with more years of me at the helm. Since I remain the majority owner and the full ownership transition will take several years,” Albee notes, “I’ll still be around to monitor results, provide advice and support, help out in small ways, and back them up in an emergency, but from now on it’s their show.”

Mignano has been the General Manager at Eleven since 2022. She started in the tasting room in 2018 after moving over from a career in the food industry, and has steadily, rapidly grown in skills, knowledge, and responsibility. Bolles has officially been part of the winemaking team since 2020 but started helping out and realizing her passion for winemaking in 2019, before earning the title of Winemaker in 2023.

Similarly, Dunlap officially started work with Eleven in 2021 after working for Starbucks for many years but was spreading joy in the tasting rooms at Eleven long before she started getting paid to do it. “Each of these women is one-in-a-million” said Albee, “we are incredibly fortunate to have them on the team that is now leading Eleven.” For more information on Eleven Winery, visit: Eleven Winery

Source Materials: City of Bainbridge Island, The Kitsap Sun, News, Sports, Business, Opinion | Kitsap Sun, the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, and our own reporting. 

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