March 26th, 2014
by Ethan Fowler
Tom Vargas said giving a proper closure to a subdivision that
served as government housing was one of the best things about
participating last Thursday in the decommissioning of a Bainbridge
street formerly known as Government Way from 1957 to 2007.
Karen, along with Kathryn Keve and others, worked hard to
collect the names of former residents, other stories and historical
facts that were tied to the 16-house street. Karen retired from the
Tom served on the USS Alabama with frequent Government Way
visitor Brian Moss, who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terroristic
attacks while working at the Pentagon. The two friends enjoyed
“It’s pretty cool,” Tom said after the decommissioning ceremony.
“A lot of stuff gets closed and not a big deal is made and you come
back a year later and it’s gone. This gives me closure because this
was the majority of where I lived during my (military) career.”
Bainbridge Mayor Anne Blair said the ceremony was “nicely done
all the way around.”
“Home is where our stories begin and this was a day of stories
and it will continue to be,” Blair said.