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EAGLES’ REVENGE MAGNIFICENT MOMS Issaquah wins KingCo title over Skyline — A11 Special-needs children celebrate at brunch — A8 The IssaquahPress Issaquah’s only locally owned newspaper Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Atlas redevelopment project approved for Seventh and Gilman By Peter Clark Redevelopment of Seventh Avenue Northwest and Northwest Gilman Boulevard earned Development Commission approval May 7. The city Development Commission welcomed the topic during two three-hour meetings April 16 and May 7. The commission received presentations from designers GGLO Architects, the city’s Development Services Department, as well as an outpouring of public comments. During the latter meeting, the commission unanimously approved the permit application. “It’s got another new name since last we met,” City Senior Planner Jerry Lind said during the May 7 meeting. “It’s now called ‘Atlas’. We’ve seen the name Cadence. That one you Oscar Myre passes on the tradition By Joe Grove Singer Shirley Ellis introduced the country to “The Name Game” with her “Bonana fanna fo” rime scheme designed to turn any name into a poem. (Google it. Your kids will love it.) But everyone faced with the birth of a baby must play a name game of sorts. Shall we look for something new, something unique? Shall we maintain a tradition, or even maybe a unique tradition? For Oscar Myre IV, the decision was unquestionably to maintain a unique tradition and so, there is indeed an Oscar Myre V, who proudly wears the family name at Cedar River Montessori School. They Myres live in Renton/ Issaquah; that is, they have a Renton address but live in the Issaquah School District. To avoid confusion in this story, Roman numerals will be used as identifiers. III said he has lived in the same area for 30 years, though he didn’t go to school here. “I’m from the South,” he said. “South Tacoma.” Both III and IV are self-employed, III as a Farmers Insurance agent and IV owns OM Originals, where he markets, creates and develops websites. “I’ve been doing it since last century,” IV said. “Since 1998.” Both claim the name is a great icebreaker. IV said when he introduces himself as Oscar Myre, most people’s immediate response is, “Really?” “I go, ‘No, we took that off 20 years ago, because it’s too long,’” he said. “Yeah, people never forget the name Oscar Myre. “It’s been fun. It’s been kind of a neat thing for remembrance. You can’t run away from it, so just embrace it.” IV did admit to a bit of a drawback with the name. “If I’m calling on new people and say my name is Oscar Myre, I have a difficult time getting past the gatekeeper, because they think “People sometimes say their names apologetically, when it is unique, and I say I’m not making fun of their name, as my name is Oscar Myre. That kind of opens it up and people want to share their woes about being called this or that.” — Oscar Meyer Fourth generation to carry on family name it is the first of April,” he said. Both fathers said when it came time to name their boys, there was no discussion about keeping the tradition. “It was never up for discussion,” III said. “We wanted an Oscar Myre.” IV added, “Growing up, sometimes I wondered if I was going to continue the tradition, but there was no doubt it was the right thing to do.” Amusing incidents related to their names have occurred over the years. III said he had a client who had been in an accident call him. “I’ve been paying you a lot of money over the years,” the man said. “Please tell me I have insurance. I just found out my adjuster is Sherwood Forest and my agent is Oscar Myre. Where does Farmers come in here?” III said he has been with Farmers for 35 years. “A lady called me yesterday who I had insured 30 years ago. ‘Oscar, are you still in business?’ she asked. “Who did you call,” I asked. “How did I answer the phone? I guess I am.” IV said he is drawn to people with unique names. He went to Maywood Middle School and Liberty High School with MerSee MYRES, Page A5 By Jill Myre Three generations of Oscar Myres get together for a photo at Oscar V’s first soccer game, coached by Oscar III and IV. (And yes, they won.) want to erase from your mind. It’s evolved and it’s possible it could change again.” Lennar Multifamily Investors has worked with the city for the past year to redevelop the land on which currently sits a strip mall and the closed Lombardi’s restaurant. Lennar aims to construct three five-story residential buildings that will contain 346 units. The plans for the Atlas proj- ect have been available from the city for a few months and meetings with the public have addressed the parcel’s proximity to Issaquah Creek. Citizen concerns have risen regarding a history of flooding events that have stricken the property over the years. The April 16 meeting evaluated the whole of the development plans. “We are very cognizant of the fact that we’re very con- spicuous,” Lennar Multifamily Investors Development Director Tom Bartholomew said to the commission. “It has gone very smoothly. We’re really excited to be here tonight displaying this project. We’re very proud of it.” A presentation from Alan Grainger, principal with GGLO Architects, highlighted the comSee ATLAS, Page A5 PADDLE POWER SPORTS Photos by Greg Farrar Competing paddleboard athletes bunched up in the lead seem to be keeping dry except for the splashing as they turn at a buoy May 10 on the racecourse at Lake Sammamish State Park during the fourth annual Northwest Paddling Festival. Kayak tours, water classes and 2- and 6-mile Northwest Paddling Challenge races were featured during the two days of activity. Plastic kayaks (left), sit together on Sunset Beach. Paddlesports retailers and manufacturers showed off their products at the largest such event in the Pacific Northwest. Above, Mike Nauman-Montana, of Ballard, and his sons Atticus, 5, and Linus, 7, return to shore. SLIDESHOW Find more photos from The Northwest Paddling Festival at Bike to Remember D-Day at flyover Work Day is May 16 Join cyclists for fun, fitness and friendship as the city of Issaquah and Cascade Bicycle Club celebrate Bike to Work Day. The annual event is from 6-9 a.m. May 16. Bike to Work Day includes a commuter station where riders can check in and receive information about bicycle commuting. The commuter station will be on the grassy area on the northwest corner of the intersection of state Route 900 and Northwest Sammamish Road. Stop by and pick up a free souvenir, enter to win prizes, have a bike mechanic to look over your bike or air up your tires, and fuel up with snacks. The Bike to Work Day station in Issaquah is one of many places in the region to celebrate Bike Month. Four P-51 Mustangs from the Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field will do a flyover of Issaquah’s Veterans Memorial Field on June 6, the anniversary of D-Day. Thirty cities in Washington will get up-close looks at the planes as they fly over. A time hasn’t yet been set, because the flight plan isn’t finished. Organizers are hoping to have the public and veterans there, especially World War II veterans. There will also be a perfor- mance by the Issaquah Singers. During World War II (19391945), the Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. Codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle began June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region, according to This P-51D Mustang from the Flying Heritage Collection will be one of four that will fly over Issaquah on June 6. 75 cents


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