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Uncovering a political candidate’s double identity: the latest achievement from the Buzz and the year in blogs on Bainbridge

January 13th, 2006 · 1 Comment

2005 was certainly the year for blogs and online news on Bainbridge Island as information and communication grew in quantity and quality.

Cathy Nickum launched Bainbridge Buzz and with co-publisher Althea Paulson and other staff she has invigorated and investigated our community. When then-City of Bainbridge code enforcement officer Will Peddy ran for mayor, the Buzz discovered discrepancies between his alleged resume and actual life experience, when calling former employers and educators to confirm details of his record. The work of the Buzz – and an email from Peddy to City staff in response to it – led to investigation and eventual termination from the City. The Buzz then took legal action to ask for the release of records from the City, believing that it was in the best interest of the public to know why Peddy had been terminated. In the process of communication between City and Peddy attorneys in response to the Buzz’s action, it was revealed that the former City employee has a “double identity” including information that he claims would endanger his family if made public. We citizens are able to know more details about the case thanks to this legal action taken by the Buzz which resulted this week in a release of City records. Some of the information in the City’s records was redacted, perhaps due to this double identity of Peddy. Please see these articles on the Buzz: Buzz disclosure request goes to court on Friday and City documents show history of Peddy deception.

Thanks to the Buzz for all their work fortifying our online community.

And thanks to everyone who has begun writing and reading blogs in the past year on our island. I’ve been amazed by the connections and community that has grown along with the higher profile and production.

Here are local reads new to me that I am enjoying:

Bainbridge Runner started by John W. of the Bainbridge Runners group, with details and pictures of local races.

Mary Hager’s {through the daze} features excellent photography, including cute newborn puppies.

Bainbridge Island-based Clear Path International has a blog describing its work with landmine problems around the world.

Bill McCoy began blogging from Bainbridge at the end of the year.

And the provocatively-titled Clearcut Bainbridge written by Eleua intends to deflate the stuffy, provincial, self-congratulatory mystique that permeates Bainbridge Island.

The fun serial blog story Peggy Finds a Friend has posted its final chapter. I’ll miss reading Peggy’s adventures on the island and I’m grateful to Bill Branley for sharing the story with us, to the point of asking readers to write the end of the tale.

And I received an email from Jim W. Coleman of Kitsap County, letting me know about his Horror from the ‘Left Coast’ and The Coleman Photoblog

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  • 1 James // Jan 18, 2006 at 9:26 pm


    thank you so much for the kind mention!

    Plesae drop us a line from time to time on our blog.

    My best to you from snowy, cold Vermont

    James Hathaway
    Clear Path International

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