Our kids (and our project) win the Blakely Award

A big Fort Ward neighborhood salute to our Youth Advisory Committee, winners of the 2015 Blakely Award for Leadership in Historic Preservation.

The fantastic four of Erik Appleberry, Mark Dettman, Aila Ikuse and Kate Merifield were honored recently by the City of Bainbridge Island and the Historic Preservation Commission for their efforts to restore the historic Fort Ward bakery building for use as a community hall.

The award was announced a couple of weeks ago, but we were holding off on a post here pending coverage we knew was coming in the Bainbridge Island Review newspaper. The terrific feature story by writer Leslie Kelly made the front page of the Review’s May 30 edition and is now online, great recognition for our young people and their project.

As the Review reports: “They have shown remarkable poise and persuasive ability in presenting their project before the public and demonstrated awareness of and dedication to preservation of the history and historical environment of their community,” said William Shopes, who nominated the youths for the award.

Pick up a copy of the May 30 Review (for all of the other fine news content) while it’s still on newsstands, but first read the story online here.

(We also have it on good authority that the story will be republished in this month’s edition of Veterans Life, one of the Review’s sister publications, which hits island newsstands later this week.)

Congratulations to the Fort Ward Youth Advisory Committee for winning the 2015 Blakely Award for Historic Preservation — well earned! — and thanks to the Bainbridge Island Review for the great coverage of Erik, Mark, Aila and Kate and all their work on this outstanding project.

Our neighborhood is very proud!

The Fort Ward Youth Advisory Committee display their Blakely Awards at the historic bakery building, future home of the Fort Ward Community Center. Click the photo to read the story in the Bainbridge Island Review newspaper. (Photo courtesy of Leslie Kelly/Bainbridge Island Review.)

The Fort Ward Youth Advisory Committee display their Blakely Awards at the historic bakery building, future home of the Fort Ward Community Center. Click the photo to read the story in the Bainbridge Island Review newspaper. (Photo courtesy of Leslie Kelly/Bainbridge Island Review.)