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FROM THE EDITOR Despite my half century as a native Washingtonian, I have only a few earthquakes stories to tell when sitting ‘round the campfire. Okay, only once have I actually seen split concrete; I’ve been fairly lucky. But as you know, the Big One is inevitable and will hit when you least expect it. Will it be two years from now, or two minutes? Are you ready? Do you think your neighbors are ready? Does a healthy West Coast dread of the Big One motivate you to get ready? But really now, while we worry about a monster earthquake, hundreds of personal disasters happen all around us. A heart attack, a car wreck, a house fire, etc. For the victims and their families, the personal toll can be as devastating. One upside of disaster preparation is that we will also ready ourselves for all other emergencies. Your neighbors and community leaders share their experience and knowledge on pages 6 - 9. But it’s not all gloom and doom in these pages. Also enjoy the articles from our regular volunteer writers. Stories about art, youth, Volunteer of the Month, history, fashion and yes, stories of the Super Bowl SEAHAWKS will entertain, educate and delight. Yours Truly, Nina Milligan, Crofton Springs Editor of Connections - Highlands Council Communications Manager Highlands Council is the publisher of Connections, producer of community-wide events such as Highlands Day, owner and manager of Blakely Hall, liaison with the greater community. The Cover and feature layout: Creative Coordinator, Julie Clegg felt the image of our firefighters was the single most emblematic for emergency. Though we are focusing on content about Emergency Preparedness, these champions of Emergency Response inspire us on many levels.



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HY Teen Tailgate Triumphs by Rachel Rosewater, 8th Grade, Hudson Heights

With the Seahawks winning a ticket to the Super Bowl, the Highlands Youth Advisory Board (HY) came up with a fabulous idea to host a Teen Tailgate Pre-Super Bowl Party. Only for middle and high school students, the party had many fun activities including a Madden football video game, Dance Central, manicure station, t-shirt tie dying, and more. The most popular activity, of course, was Flag Football in the Village Green Park. The teens got into two different groups and battled it out head to head to see who could score the most points. Both teams fought hard and it was entertaining to watch.

Up Next, Save the Date: Friday Night Flashlight Eggstravaganza April 18, 2014 at 7pm Village Green Park and Blakely Hall For Middle and High School Students Admission; $5

In addition to the activities, lots of different snacks were provided from candy to nachos to cupcakes! Thank you to TCBY/Mrs. Fields Cookies and other Issaquah Highlands families for sending snacks to boost our energy. The last activity of the afternoon was the raffle. Each student got a ticket at the beginning of the party and had to save it until the end to see if they would win a prize. HY would like to thank Zeek’s Pizza, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, TCBY/ Mrs. Fields Cookies, Starbucks, Caffe Ladro, Sorella Salon, and the Warrick family (provided a Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card) for donating awesome prizes to our party. With about 55 teens attending, half middle school and half high school, the Teen Tailgate was a success and the HY is now working to plan another epic party.

Now Hiring – Highlands Council Student Intern, Class of 2016

Highlands Council continues to grow amazing leaders from among our resident teenage population. In addition to the newly formed HY advisory team we have also turned out several successful student interns that have graduated in the top of their classes and gone on to attend top universities. Students like, Isabelle Sun (Emory University), Kiran Jassal (Seattle University), and Keith Luu (University of Washington). In June we will celebrate the graduation of Vyvian Luu. We will wish Vyvian well and now seek to find her replacement – the next Highlands Council Student Intern. The Highlands Council Student Intern Program is a two-year commitment for one rising high school junior (Class of 2016). To apply the student must be a resident of Issaquah Highlands, commit to working 2 hours per week beginning in June 2014 through May 2016 in the Highlands Council office at Blakely Hall as well as all day on festival days (Highlands Day and Green Halloween Festivals). Responsibilities include: • Greet and assist residents and guests in person and via phone or email. Conduct facility tours. Ensure the hall is neat, clean and organized. Perform various administrative tasks as needed. • Recruit and manage student volunteers from area middle and high schools for community events as applicable and directed by event planning staff. • Help with pre-event and day-of festival tasks including set up, volunteer management, ticket sales, and clean up. Successful candidates possess • the ability to be flexible • are highly organized with a strong orientation to detail/quality work • strong interpersonal and speaking skills • Ease, enjoyment and experience in dealing with the public • professional demeanor and level of confidentiality Applications will be accepted beginning March 1st through April 18th. Download the application at or for more information


Volunteer Writers, Assistant Copy Editors, Photographers, Graphic Designers

by Christy Garrard, Director, Highlands Council and Dahlia Park resident We hope you are enjoying this publication: Connections. Over the years this monthly paper has evolved from a Port Blakely marketing tool to a host for community content-driven features and news, written primarily by your neighbors! Each month the very small Highlands Council staff, all part-time employees except for me, work diligently to produce issues that are informative, fun to read, and full of photographs of your neighbors. Highlands Council is looking to add to the volunteer team of Connections contributors in the areas of writers, copy editors, photographers, and graphic designers. If you are in-between jobs, a stay-at-home parent, retired, or a student wanting to keep your skills and portfolio current in these areas, we would love to meet you! Love to write? Assignments are available based on our editorial calendar for the year ahead. Sree Dadisetty has a passion for fashion and Sarah Games supports sustainability issues. These are just two examples of resident writers contributing content. Gifted in grammar and sentence structure? We need copy editors to help us sharpen the content each month. Join long-time resident, Shelly Hawkins, who supports Nina with her time editing various articles before they go to press. Just tell Nina how much time you have and she will forward you projects to review.

Graduating or Know Someone Who is? We want to honor all our community’s graduates in the June issue of Connections. Please email Nina the following information along with a photo of the graduate (does not have to be a school photo). Name: IH Neighborhood: School: Post Graduation Plans: Who would you like to thank?

Shoot it! We are looking for resident-photographers to capture community life and support monthly editorial themes. Picture one of your own images on a future cover! Get your art published and receive photo credit. Nina will provide assignments, working around your availability―sometimes months in advance. You’ll be given plenty of time to shoot, edit, and submit your work. Dream to design? Connections is funded by local advertisers. Many of our advertisers are small business owners who can’t afford a high-priced marketing firm to design their ads. Most do just fine, but some need tweaking to be ready for press. If you have a graphic design background and would like to get involved in ad editing as well as marketing collateral design for community events, we have a job for you! Keep your skills sharp! Get published! Support your community paper! To learn more contact me at or 425-507-1110.

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Say “Hi” to the HY Board by Rachel Rosewater, Hudson Heights

We are the HY Board (Highlands Youth Advisory Board) of Issaquah Highlands. That’s right! For the first time ever, in 2014, Issaquah Highlands has created a council board for the youth of this community. It is made up of middle and high schoolers who live here and who are excited

Bhavya Chhabra (Senior President) - Bhavya is 17 years

old and is in 12th grade at Skyline High School. He enjoys mountain biking, playing drums, and reading. He hopes through the board to help teens come together through events and interactions that are social, proactive, and most importantly, communal to build an even bigger sense of community. His role model is Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, because Musk taught him that nothing was ever impossible.

Robyn Davidson (President) - Robyn is 16 years old and is in

11th grade at Issaquah High School. She enjoys helping others through community service, visiting new places, and playing basketball. She hopes to create a community where everyone feels welcome and a place where the youth of the Highlands are excited to get together and hang out at events. Her role model is Barack Obama because his strive for success has helped her overcome her obstacles in life.

Sean Davidson (Secretary)- Sean is 15 and is in 9th grade at Issaquah High School. He enjoys soccer, basketball, and hanging out with friends. He wants to help the youth board start strong and make a path for a greater sense of togetherness in our community. His role model is Nelson Mandela because Mandela pushed through incredible difficulties that seemed inescapable and grew from them, becoming a prominent and influential world leader.

Larissa Kolasinki (Special Events Committee Chairperson) - Larissa is 16 years old and is in 11th grade at Issaquah High School. She enjoys running, spending time with friends, and volunteering. She wants to help as much as she can to put on great events and get as much of the community involved as possible. Her role model is Usain Bolt because he works hard to achieve his goals and always has a smile on his face while doing it.

Chloe Kilzi (Graphic Design Committee Chairperson) - Chloe is 15 years old and is in 9th grade at Issaquah High School. She enjoys drawing, snowboarding, and writing. She wants to get some cool activities started in the Highlands. Her role model is Hank Green because he is a really great person for helping others by making videos for fund raising.

Rachel Rosewater (Communications

Chairperson) - Rachel is 13 years old and is in 8th grade at Pacific Cascade Middle School. She enjoys acting, writing, and cooking. She hopes to accomplish making the community more social. Her role model is her grandma, Lynne, because she helps her see the bright side in everything and makes every day fun and full of energy.

and motivated to plan fun activities for other middle and high schoolers. The goal of the HY Board is to bring the teens of the Highlands together through cool, interactive events. Let us introduce ourselves separately.

Aadit Mehta (IH Sportshound contributing writer for Connections) Aadit is 12 years old and is in 7th grade at Open Window School. He enjoys reading fiction, watching football, and playing fantasy football. He hopes that the collective contributions of the HY Board will better connect the Highlands community and looks forward to contributing his creativity and leadership skills. His role model is his maternal grandfather because he admires his grandfather’s hardworking, generous, and humble personality as well as his humor. Megan Kilzi - Megan is 11 years old and is in 6th grade at Pacific Cascade Middle School. She enjoys playing soccer and skiing. She hopes to make more friends and help the Highlands become a more fun and friendly place to be. Her role model is Mr. Nichols, her fifth grade teacher, because he taught her responsibility and integrity.

Alex Morrey - She is 13 and is in 7th grade at Pacific Cascade Middle School. She enjoys cooking, reading, and cheerleading. She hopes to help create events for middle and high school students to hang out and meet new people. Her role model is Demi Lovato because she was honest about her body image and knew that even though she wasn’t perfect, her body image was still great.

Domonique Bolar - Domonique is in 9th grade

at Issaquah High School. She enjoys being with friends and playing sports. She hopes to help people share new ideas to make the Issaquah Highlands a better place for the youth. Her role model is her mom because she always looks up to her.

Jadyn Eigner - Jadyn is 11 years old and is in 6th grade at Pacific Cascade Middle School. She enjoys sports and drawing. She hopes to accomplish making places for teens to hang with friends and make new ones. Her role model is her mom because she’s really nice and always knows what’s best.

Sahar Kazemi - Sahar is in the 11th grade at Issaquah High School. She enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends, and being with her family. She hopes to get teens more involved in great events so we all get to know each other. Her role models are her parents, who are people that help Sahar, have had a big influence on her, and make her the person she is today.

Huston Warrick (HFN Representative) - Huston is 14

and is in 8th grade at Pacific Cascade Middle School. He enjoys playing the violin, reading, and video games. He would like to gain leadership skills and experience while meeting new people and participating in community service projects. His role model is Steve Jobs because when Jobs was fired, he didn’t give up. Instead, he carried on and built a empire known now as Apple.

As you can see, we are all excited to put together some great ideas for the teens of the Highlands. We hope you enjoy what the HY Board produces and we are eager to learn what you think. There will be some entertaining activities coming your way later this year. We’ll see you there!


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E N O G I B HITS! Produced by Nina Millig

an | Special Reporting by

In late April of 1994, a F3 tornado came barreling down my hometown of De Soto, Texas, killing three and destroying hundreds of homes. Our house sustained moderate damage; our wooden fence blew away, trees were uprooted, and most of the roof shingles littered the streets like confetti. Despite living through this impressionable event, I was unmotivated in regards to emergency preparedness for many years. Understanding what to do, how and when to do it, and for which emergencies was overwhelming. It sometimes still is. By Sarah Games, Timmaron Once each year the folks at Highlands Council rally around the topic of emergency planning to bring to you information and motivation to get ready for the unexpected, thoroughly dreaded, emergency. Be it a house fire, a heart attack or a catastrophic earthquake, this issue of Connections provides valuable resources and helpful tips as well as introducing you to knowledgeable neighbors.

Sarah Games

RPIN – Regional Public Information Network Provides information concerning the Puget Sound area. Sign up for specific alerts at WA EMD has information on the Emergency Alert System. This is the source of the alerts we hear and see on radio and TV, “this is a test of the alert system”. The federal government has control over the site and the emergency management offices in each state use this tool. The City of Issaquah partners with the community to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. See stories from Eastside Fire and Rescue, CERT and MYN in this issue, just to name a few.

If you have begun preparing, you might find value the ideas and resources in these pages. If you are fully prepared – now is the time to review your plans and procedures.

Social Media During emergencies or disasters, you can stay informed by joining the conversation with @cityofissaquah on social media.


1700 AM Listening to 1700 AM, the City of Issaquah’s official radio station. Launched in September 2008, 1700 AM offers a way for officials to easily broadcast messages to the public during emergencies or major road incidents.

The beginning of every preparedness plan is a to-do list of preparations for you and your family. Based on instructions in “What to do to Make it Through”, here is guide to get you started:

Make a plan

Map Your Neighborhood: ‘A Party for Preparedness’ on page 7 Make a family emergency and communication plan Plan for people, pets and property Review and practice

Build a kit

Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank: story on page 7 Build a kit for at least 7 to 10 days Save important documents and records Create customized kits for your car, office and pet

Help each other

CERT: ‘Are You Ready’ story on page 8 Get involved Participate in a training Work together


The Red Cross implores people to BE INFORMED. Public warnings and alerts are one way to get life-saving information in the case of an emergency. One never knows which alerts systems and information will be available to the public during a disaster. It’s important to have access to several options. Reverse 911 The Community Telephone Emergency Notification System, sometimes called Reverse 911, is built to pull up a selected grouping of phone numbers, call the number and play a prerecorded message giving emergency instructions to whoever receives the message. To receive these alerts you have to have a landline or have registered your cell phone. Find out more at the Northeast King County Regional Public Safety Communication (NORCOM) website. Eastside Fire & Rescue often uses social media to get the message out by placing information on Twitter and their Facebook page. No guarantee on what may be working at the time of the disaster, but that’s why it’s important to have several options.

In addition, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issues an all-hazards alert for our area, 1700 AM will automatically switch from its programming to the NOAA alert. The same will also occur for Amber Alerts. During non-emergency periods, listeners are encouraged to tune in to 1700 AM to hear about what’s new in Issaquah. Website Visiting this City of Issaquah’s website at Television Tuning in to ICTV Channel 21 To get prepared for the when the big one hits, or whatever emergency may befall you, your family or your community: Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Help Each Other. Only with vigilant preparations can we assure the best possible outcome in the event of an emergency.


According to the American Heart Association, studies have repeatedly shown the importance of immediate, bystander CPR plus defibrillation within 3-5 minutes of collapse to improve survival from sudden cardiac arrest. Simply put, CPR can “buy time” until normal heart function is restored. Your CPR and first aid skills could make all the difference in saving a life. EFR not only teaches “how to” during an emergency, but also how to prevent an incident. Classes are taught by certified Firefighter/ EMTs. See on the facing page CPR and First Aid classes held at Fire Station 93, located in the City of Sammamish. Drop by any staffed station to prepay for your spot in a class. We can also teach private classes by request. Contact our Public Education Division at: (425) 313-3200.

Other Features Stories Include: “Emergency Preparations and Response at Grand Ridge Elementary” on Page 8 “Shelter-in-Place” on Page 9 “Who Do I Call?” for Homeowners from the IHCA on Page 25

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Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank

A Party for Preparedness!

Something you might not know about our local Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank (IFCB) is that we are an organization that is ready to take action if there is an emergency in our community. IFCB provides emergency service support to individuals and families who are challenged by getting their basic needs met. This means we have a warehouse of supplies like; food, water, clothing, blankets and basic toiletries. We are also storing batteries, flashlights and tarps. In 2013 IFCB become a part of the City of Issaquah Emergency Preparedness Response Program. We are one piece of the puzzle that will help the Issaquah community if disaster strikes. In case of a major emergency the City of Issaquah would take a leadership role in the allocation of the IFCB supplies.

What is Map Your Neighborhood?

We all know that it’s a good idea to have emergency supplies stored away in case a natural disaster occurs but all too often becomes a chore we put on the bottom of our to do list. At the IFCB we value being prepared and being able to jump into action. In 2012 we earthquake-proofed our building by securing all the food shelves to the walls and bins strapped to the shelves. By securing our food bins in place we are not only keeping staff and volunteers safe but we are keeping our product secure in the case of an emergency. We would not be very helpful if all 100,000lbs of food fell to the floor.

Neighbors – usually about 15 to 25 households in your area – get together for a neighborhood party where you:

by Cori Walters, Executive Director, Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank

This is just another good reason to contribute to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. Donations of emergency supplies are stored and food, clothing and blankets are used as needed. To learn more about Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank visit our website

EFR CPR and First Aid Classes at Sammamish Station 93 CPR

2014 Schedule:

$30.00 per person 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

March 8 April 5 May 10 June 14 September 6 October 11 November 15

First Aid

$60.00 per person 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For more information see

Another Educational Opportunity: HeartSaver First Aid CPR and AED class at Swedish Issaquah Sunday March 9th, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Learn how to save a life using proper adult First Aid, and pediatric and adult CPR and AED techniques. Fee: $70. Register at, Classes and Resources, Health Classes at Swedish.

by Stuart Linscott, Central Park

Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) is a program offered through the Issaquah Citizen Corps Council and the City of Issaquah that helps Issaquah neighborhoods prepare for disasters. When a disaster hits, first responders will not be able to help everyone – and that’s where your neighbors can help! Knowing what to do in the first 60 minutes following the disaster – called the “Golden Hour” – can help save lives, reduce the severity of injuries and minimize the amount of damage that you, your family and neighbors sustain.

How does MYN work?

• Get to know your neighbors! • Learn the nine steps to follow immediately following a disaster. • Identify the skills and equipment each neighbor has that could be useful in a disaster response. • Create a Neighborhood Map that shows the locations of each natural gas meter and propane tank, as well as households that may need extra help. • Pick locations for a Neighborhood Gathering Site and Neighborhood Care Center.

I’m interested in organizing a MYN party for my neighborhood. What’s next?

It’s easy! The Issaquah MYN program provides free trainers, who can come to your neighborhood party and facilitate a 90-minute training. As your neighborhood’s “organizer,” we ask that you organize the party, invite your neighbors and provide us with some post-training information.

What if I have further questions?

Please contact us – we are here to help! Call Brenda Bramwell, the City’s Emergency Management Coordinator, at 425-837-3470 or We’re also online at

HOST A MYN PARTY at Blakely Hall! See page 17

On the Cover:

The station captain leads the station, but it takes the teamwork of all shifts to fully maintain all aspects of the fire station and to be responsive to the needs of the community. The firefighters featured on the cover of this Connections are, from the left: Firefighter Steve Haistings, Captain Ben Lane in the center, and Firefighter Kyle Wood on the right.

Eastside Fire and Rescue: Issaquah Highlands Fire Station 73 Part of preparing for an emergency is getting to know the emergency responders in your community. Most visible are our neighbors of the Eastside Fire and Rescue crew stationed at our Fire Station 73 on Park Ave NE. Fire Station 73 employs a combination career firefighters and local volunteers to respond to emergency calls. The station is equipped with a ladder truck, water tender, aid car, and Medic 14, an advance life-support medic unit from the Bellevue Fire Department.

Newly taking the helm at Station 73 is Captain Ben Lane As senior officer, Captain Lane is responsible for the operation of the station, supervisory responsibility for a company or companies handling emergencies, and maintaining the functions of the assigned apparatus, and equipment. High on the task list of daily duties is public and school fire safety and emergency preparedness outreach programs as well. Date of Hire: December 30, 1994 Promo to Lieutenant: June 12, 2004 Promo to Captain: December 1, 2008

Thank you, Captain Greathouse! Captain Jack Greathouse served as station captain at the Issaquah Highlands Fire Station since it first opened up. Captain Greathouse retired on December 30, 2013. He will be missed for all his hard work during his time in Issaquah and especially at Fire Station 73. Volunteer Firefighter with City of Issaquah FD: 1976 – 1984 Date of Career Firefighter Hire (City of Issaquah FD): 1984 Date of Promotion to Captain (City of Issaquah FD): 1998 Date of Retirement from EF&R: December 31, 2013



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by Kumar Kannadiapalayam, Central Park I have lived in the Central Park neighborhood since 2006. I got interested in Disaster Preparedness after learning about 2001 Nisqually Earthquake, and geological instability of the Puget Sound region with a potential for causing large earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions etc. My neighbor Krish Rengasamy and I attended the CERT training in 2009, and since then we have been active in spreading the message on disaster preparedness in the community along with other CERT volunteers. We organize Issaquah Citizens Corps booths during Highlands Day, Halloween Day etc., and also conduct events like Map Your Neighborhood (MYN). I currently serve on the Board of Issaquah Citizens Corps, the organization that provides the CERT training.

Judith Baxter, who has lived through a 1994 Tornado disaster in Birmingham, Alabama relates to all the challenges her community had to undergo in the aftermath. She brought her interest in emergency preparedness when moving to Issaquah Highlands. She took her CERT training in 2013, and she serves with me as Co-Lead for the CERT Team - 9.

What is CERT? CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and is part of Issaquah Citizen Corps, a volunteer organization dedicated to helping neighbors be better prepared for disasters and emergencies. Issaquah’s CERT program promotes “responsibility and self-sufficiency in individuals by creating an awareness of all kinds of disasters and trains individuals to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their neighborhoods.” CERT volunteers provide assistance to first responders and immediate assistance to victims. They are trained to suppress small fires as well as conducting search and rescue. CERTs also help in preparedness projects, improving the safety of Issaquah residents before a disaster hits.

Krish Rengasamy who experienced a home fire accident in 2012 says that “CERT training did provide the required preparation to deal with such emergencies and challenges”.

According to Erick Zimmerman, a longtime resident and CERT member, “With a significant natural disaster, help may not be available. With the skills gained from CERT training and drills, I am better prepared to help take care of my family, neighbors and community. Be prepared. Come be part of our team.”

Another CERT team member, Michael Pronk says “CERT has helped me become educated about disaster preparedness. In learning emergency response skills such as medical treatment, fire safety and working as a team with others I have greater confidence of how to help my family, neighbors, and community, and have peace of mind that I can make a difference when the small and big events happen.”


CERT members learn to help themselves and others! The program only runs 2 to 3 times a year and the spring program has a class beginning on March 19, 2014. It is an 8-week course, costing only $35. It is training that is invaluable and can affect many people’s lives including your own. Details and registration can be found at (use Chrome or Firefox to view)

Through CERT Training you learn: Disaster First Aid Training Disaster Preparedness Basic Firefighting Light Search and Rescue Damage Assessment How to Turn Off Utilities The Psychology Behind a Disaster

From the attached photo CERT Team 9 Members names (left to right) All Issaquah Hihglands Residents Erick Zimmerman, Toni Conrads, Liam Vickers, Lindsey Walsh, Kumar Kannadiapalayam, Michael Pronk, Stuart Linscott, Dennis Wajda, Judith Baxter

Emergency Preparations and Response at Grand Ridge Elementary by Kathy Keegan, Dean of Students

Grand Ridge Elementary embraces the philosophy that all students will learn in a safe environment. While the staff at Grand Ridge works daily to provide a safe environment for learning, they have also laid a strong foundation in emergency preparedness in case of a community-wide emergency during school hours. By partnering with The City of Issaquah, Eastside Fire and Rescue, our local police department, and our Grand Ridge PTSA, we have developed a comprehensive emergency plan. Regular fire, earthquake, and lock down drills are practiced with both the Eastside Fire and Rescue and the local police department. These procedures are designed to protect all who are in the building and to evacuate them safely if necessary.

Get on the List: In case of an emergency, E-News or Text Messages are sent to the families from the school messaging system. There is also a district-wide E-News that goes out. Procedures are in place for the releasing of students to parents in case of an emergency or inclement weather. Emergency information on all students is updated regularly and students are only released to adults that are authorized. Our PTSA has provided emergency supplies that are strategically placed throughout the building that will sustain the staff and students for 48 hours. All of these practices and systems are in place as part of our comprehensive emergency plan to make sure Grand Ridge is the safest place for students to be. See district emergency information at:

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The Faces of Grand Ridge Plaza, A Series Compiled and edited by Nina Milligan, Crofton Springs and Connections Editor

Frame Central, Northwest Framing and Museum Quality Framing

As we began last October, we continue to introduce you to the faces of Grand Ridge Plaza. We give you a peek at their personal side and their work motivations. Please meet:

@TD Curran

Allie Volland is the General Manager at @TD Curran’s new Issaquah Highlands store on Highlands Drive. She moved to Seattle last fall with her fiancé from Bellingham where she had started working with @TD Curran, in the company’s birthplace and current headquarters. When asked what is her favorite part of her job she says her coworkers are “easily” her favorite part. She credits working with so many different personalities as rewarding and often hilarious. On her days off she really enjoys just reading a good book at home curled up in her PJs and drinking a good cup of coffee.

Phil Carpenter, Manager of Frame Central, was born and raised near Kalamazoo, MI and started picture framing and designing back in the Midwest in the 1970’s. When he heard a voice say, “Go west, young man,” Phil moved out here with a bunch of friends and worked at Bellevue Art & Frame (R.I.P). He also taught picture framing classes at Bellevue ‘Community’ College. Phil and his wife, Tracey have three boys. He loves to create unique, custom framed designs on people’s treasures, whether it is a kid’s masterpiece, original art or 3D objects. On his days off Phil likes to watch the Mariners, Seahawks, TBD future Sonics and to play with his new Old English Sheepdog puppy, Ruger Ragnarok.

Great Clips


Ashley Carrigan was born and raised in Puyallup and currently commutes from Tacoma to our Francesca’s. She attended college in Tacoma, staying there to start her retail career, first at Pier 1 Imports and then at the Tacoma Mall Francesca’s and now as Manager of the “beautiful” Issaquah store. Her favorite part of the job is the feeling she gets knowing a guest has had a great experience. “There is nothing more rewarding that helping to style an outfit or to pick a gift for someone and knowing how excited they are!” On her days off she loves to be lazy! She relaxes with her three boys: her boyfriend, puppy and cat – that’s the best after a hard day’s work!


Karol Thompson grew up in Maple Valley and still lives there with her husband and puppy. Her favorite part of work is meeting all the families in the community, and working with her “wonderful team”. Karol started her career as a receptionist and fell in love with the salon atmosphere. For her, it’s all about the people. She wanted to be one of the stylists so she could make people smile and feel confident. On her days off she enjoys going to the movies and working or playing outside, when weather permits.

Grand Ridge Plaza Coming Soon! Issaquah Highlands Dental Group - March 24th Carters - First of April Soma Intimates - End of April Bai Tong Thai Restaurant - End of April

Is Something in the Air? What You Need to Shelter-in-Place by Sarah Games, Timmaron Neighborhood

The goal of this month’s edition of Connections is to help you feel confident in your emergency preparations. To assist you in this goal. I would like to talk about an emergency protocol called sheltering-in-place. Sheltering-in-place is a series of temporary precautions you can take in the presence of hazardous airborne agents. Unlike many disaster plans, sheltering-in-place doesn’t require the preparations of a seven-day camping trip: In this case, the emergency lasts several hours instead of several days. Whether you are sheltering-in-place in a home, office, or vehicle, the goal is the same—is to put a barrier between you and the chemical. To successfully shelter-in-place you will need to prepare a shelter-in-place kit and remember the following instructions:

Preparing a Shelter-in-Place Kit:

Choose one room in your home or office that can be tightly sealed using plastic sheeting, tape, damp towels, or cloth. Ideally, use a room with an attached bathroom for access to a toilet and running water. Call this space your “safe” room and tell each family member or coworker about it. Purchase plastic sheeting, cloth or duct tape. Pre-cut the plastic to fit all windows, vents, and doors of the room and label each piece. Create a box or container to hold the pre-cut plastic, tape, as well as a battery-powered AM/FM radio, extra batteries, snack food, water, towels, and blankets. Store the shelter-in-place container in the “safe” room.

Shelter-in-Place Instructions:

Go inside immediately (don’t forget pets!) As fast as possible, tightly lock all doors and windows. Shut off devices that circulate air such as fans, furnaces, and air conditioners. Tightly close wood stove and fireplace dampers. If a fire is lit, put it out and close the damper.

Go into the “safe” room along with any family members, coworkers, and pets. Tightly tape plastic sheeting over windows, doors, vents, bathroom fans, electrical outlets, phone jacks, and TV/cable/internet outlets. Place a damp towel or fabric under door cracks.



Listen to the radio or check online for further instructions. Don’t leave the “safe” room until cleared by response officials. When the emergency is over, thoroughly air out your home or office. Open all doors and windows.

In your car?

Always remember to keep emergency supplies, including water, in your car. Tightly roll up all windows. Shut off the motor to avoid drawing outside air through the engine. Turn off all heating and cooling units, and close all vents. Breathe through a dampened cloth. Turn on the radio and listen for instructions. You should shelter where you are unless directed otherwise by emergency response officials. Although you may want to be with your loved ones, it is safer to stay where you are. Do not attempt to get your children from school or daycare. Fortunately, these kinds of emergency events often don’t last long, because constantly circulating air moves and dissipates hazardous agents.


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Adam Gervis Volunteer of the Month – March 2014 There are many steppingstones in life that have created my path to the Issaquah Highlands. Starting in London, moving to Boston, many years in Seattle, and now the Issaquah Highlands, each step brought me different experiences, and challenges. Through everything my focus has always been on guiding young people; as a teacher, coach, or as a mentor my goal is to give direction and work with the ideas of the young people I am working with. The idea of the Highlands youth board (HY) is to serve students through middle school and high school by offering them a board which, in conjunction with the Highlands Council, sets up events and activities to serve those in their middle school and high school years. The reason I got involved was that I wanted my daughter Tamzin to have opportunities within the community to do fun and exciting activities in a safe environment when she reaches middle school. As part of our initial steps for our HY board members, I conducted a Socratic seminar. This was a very rewarding discussion as it really laid down the roots of what they wanted to accomplish for their community; and they have big ideas! I have been amazed by the energy, commitment and ideas of the HY. Their first event, the Super Bowl tailgate party was a great success, but what they took away from it was how

to do a better job next time. Christy Garrard, the Director of Highlands Council, has done a marvelous job of allowing the members of the HY to be themselves while giving them structure and direction. I am excited about the events this group will put on in the future. They are laying their own steppingstones for the future of our community. Having been a teacher for nearly 20 years I decided two years ago that I wanted to take my passion for working with kids in a different direction. Now I run my own company working with students on their college essays and on their college choice. This allows me to have meaningful and important conversations with my students so that their essays tell “their story”. We also assure the college they choose to attend has been thoroughly researched and fits that student like Cinderella’s glass slipper. I have also gone back to my soccer roots and taken a position as a board member of the Highlands Soccer Club. Having coached at Eastlake High School for the last 15 years I want to make sure that our Issaquah Highlands kids have an opportunity to have fun and enjoy the great game of soccer here in the Highlands. We live in an amazing community, which is surrounded by nature. There is nothing better than walking with my wife and daughter and of course our American Eskimo dog Tabitha on the trails in the neighborhood, what a great place for the kids to grow up in.

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Pet Tip of the Month Spring in our step

Spring is something to look forward to. It’s a beautiful time of year when flowers start blooming, and we’re out and about in our communities. For many of us that means we’re taking our dogs on walks, hikes and even long distance trips. Where ever you go with your canine friend this Spring, think safety and community to be a good embassador for your dog filled lifestyle. Use your leash to be sure those around you know they only have to meet

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Adopt “Marzi” Age: Born 11/13/13 Breed: Chihuahua mix

your dog if they agree to. Bring your poop bags to be sure you leave a positive impression on the local neighborhood. Use blinking lights for you and your dog to be sure to catch the attention of drivers on poorly lit streets. Use a car safety harness for your dog to be sure he or she is as safe as you are when buckled into your seatbelt. Be prepared with water and small first aid items to be sure your dog stays healthy and cared for when away from home or veterinary services. Little things like community courtesy and basic safety will keep a spring in the step- especially if that step has four beats.

Marzi was born at Motley Zoo Rescue and is learning the ropes in a foster home. She’s a bitty 2 pounds and all puppy. She will need potty training and basic obedience classes for a great begining with her new family. Available for adoption through

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Meat Cleavers, Giant Statues, & Personal Tragedies, March 1914 - 100 Years Ago by Dr. Paul Dean, Kirk Park

For many 1914 was a year of expressing frustrations in explosive ways. March was no exception. Anarchists had long advocated spectacular acts to spark the populace out of their doldrums. Among the subscribers to this radical point of view was the Women’s Social and Political Union led by Emmeline Pankhurst. Their issue was expanding voting rights to include women, and they had grown tired of asking nicely. Pankhurst herself spent time in jail after committing a number of acts of arson and destruction. Not willing to face defeat, one of Pankhurst’s other followers, Mary Richardson, decided to do draw attention to Pankhurst’s imprisonment by a dramatic act. In March of 1914 she walked up to the internationally celebrated painting, the Rokeby Venus, and gave it several good whacks with a meat cleaver she had snuck past the guards. Later she explained. “I have tried to destroy the picture of the most beautiful woman in mythological history as a protest against the government…” While she admitted she was destroying a representation of beauty, she pointed out that the greater crime was allowing the destruction of Pankhurst who was fighting to procure justice for all womanhood. Another notable world event in March of 1914 included Katherine and William Routledge’s expedition that landed on Easter Island late in the month. Katherine and William were fearless researchers who had lived among and published a book on the primitive Kikuy people of South Africa. Their trip to Easter Island was the first systematic study of the island. They hoped to uncover and explain many of the mysteries of that famed Pacific Island that had puzzled westerners since the late 18th century voyages of Captain Cook. Among their many and enduring discoveries made in 1914 was the connection between surviving islanders and the giant statues that dotted the depopulated island. In the United States, perhaps the most consequential event in March was a seemingly inconsequential accident in the White House. President Woodrow Wilson’s wife Ellen slipped and fell on the polished floor of her White House bedroom. Weeks later she was still confined to her bed. President Wilson believed that the fall was the root of her troubles, or perhaps an illness exacerbated by the strain that being first lady. The truth was that the fall had coincided with a more serious ailment. Ellen was suffering from Bright’s disease, a serious kidney ailment, and one that she would not recover from. President Wilson’s responsibilities did not halt or slow down as he worried and fretted over her health. Through the spring and summer Wilson stayed attentive to his wife while the world stumbled towards war. Nothing seemed as important to the President as his wife’s health, not the explosive situation in Mexico, not the marriage of his favorite daughter, not even the gathering storm in Europe.

Like most of what happened in early 1914, great efforts and personal tragedies were dramatically overshadowed by the onset of World War 1. In order to avoid being a distraction to the war effort, Pankhurst and her allies dropped all their demands by the fall of 1914, and asked their fellow suffragettes to instead work for the sake of the nation in munitions factories. The researchers on Easter Island actually found out that war was declared when a German ship making trouble for allied shipping in the area temporarily invaded and took over the island in late 1914. Wilson’s wife Ellen hung on until she succumbed to her illness on August 6. President Wilson stayed by her side till the very end, sometimes writing notes to troubled leaders of European powers as he sat by her side. He took the news hard. A note, scribbled in his own hand survives, “Of course you know what has happened to me…, God has stricken me almost beyond what I can bear. “ The world had a lot more burdens to bear in 1914. The coming war would even change lives in a sleepy little town of 1,000 or so people called Issaquah. Stay tuned.

The Deans (Paul, Kathryn, Nathan, Carolyn, Alaina, and Lizzie) moved to the Highlands in 2006. Paul’s interest in history started in his youth. He studied History at Cedarville University in Ohio and earned a M.A. and PhD in U.S. Diplomatic History with minor fields in Latin America and SE Asia from WSU.


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Superbowl Sunday, Issaquah Highlands Style by Aadit Desai Mehta, Seventh Grade, IH Sportshound and HY Board Member Sea! Hawks! Sea! Hawks! The cheers resonated through my friend’s house, where I had gone to watch the Seahawks make history and, with the determination of an underdog, which they were, take home the grand prize - the Lombardi trophy. Arriving ten minutes before the game started, I had just enough time to grab some Skittles and settle down into his home movie theater. Just twelve seconds into the game, when Manny Ramirez, the Broncos’ center, snapped the ball above Peyton Manning’s head, we all went crazy. Speaking of crazy, I thought of all the ‘Hawks fans that had gathered down at our very own Ram restaurant right here, in Issaquah Highlands. “Super Bowl was a lot of fun at The RAM. We had guests waiting outside the doors when we opened at 11am, we had some fun pools for people to participate in: 100 squares and “proposition bet” cards, winners received merchandise and free cards for appetizers. All the staff was in Seahawk attire as well as most of the guests.” Marty Hillis, The RAM Our party was quiet, relative to the rest of the game so far, until Kam Chancellor made one of the plays that turned the tide. Cliff Avril got a great rush, and made Manning throw one of his ducks (the same one he claims are “touchdown ducks”) and Kam Chancellor pinned the ball against his hip, all the while moving forward. When Marshawn Lynch scored on his one yard touchdown run later on, this is what the whole party sounded like: “Yes. No! Yes! No!! Yes!! Touchdown!!!”

The one play I will always remember from this game is Jermaine Kearse’s pinball touchdown which looked like it was straight out of Madden. He broke four tackles, but what was more impressive was the way he broke them; he used spin moves that went in opposite directions and shed defenders like a dog shaking off water. When Peyton hit Thomas for the Broncos’ first points of the game, and then Welker for the two point conversion, I was a bit disappointed that we wouldn’t get a shutout, but I still respected the way the Broncos kept on playing. To combat this, Russell hit Doug Baldwin for another touchdown; all I could do was admire the way Baldwin, slick as oil, slipped under the defender’s arm and plunged in. During the last 30 seconds of the game, we all counted down to the end of a historical night. After the game, my family and I went to our local Dick’s Sporting Goods, or more appropriately referred to as “Pandemonium Palace” that magical evening! After all, it was extremely crowded (rightfully so) with people who wanted to buy Seahawks ‘Super Bowl Champions’ merchandise, and every ten minutes or so an employee would go “Sea!” and the crowd responded, “Hawks”! “The fan turnout was unbelievable and they were extremely excited to get their hands on Super Bowl merchandise. All the Championship merchandise was ready to go right after the game. The store was packed with Seahawk fans and everyone was in a great mood” Brent VanAntwerp, Dick’s Sporting Goods An extended version of my article is available at

When Malcom Smith had his pick-six, I was legitimately scared that Knowshon Moreno would realize that Smith was creeping up on him and jump up to catch the ball, but instead he just sat and waited, which is the one thing that you can never do in football. Smith leapt up as if he had springs attached to his feet, and started racing towards paydirt. In the end, he had just one man, Broncos tackle Chris Clark, to beat, and he did just that. When the Seahawks’ Percy Harvin scored twelve seconds into the second half on a kick return, one that the Broncos tried to keep away from him, the whole place went crazy, though somewhat muted than before, as we all got the sense that the Seahawks had this game in the bag. Now, we just wanted two things: for the Seahawks to score at least 50 points against the Broncos, and for the Seahawks to completely shut out the Broncos, arguably the best offense in professional football.

“I watched the Seahawks crush the Broncos in an amazing butt-kicking with about 40 other people at Blakely Hall. I felt like I was at the game! Everyone brought food to share and we all had a blast. The Seahawks Rock!” Dan Adams, from Facebook regarding the Community Super Bowl Party hosted by Tim Ryan at Blakely Hall

Resident Notes from the Super Bowl by Stuart Linscott, Central Park

My brother Andy and I have been hawk fans since we were little guys. I remember our Mom taking us to the airport in 1984 when the Seahawks made their first playoff run and upset Dan Marino and Miami Dolphins. We slapped 5’s with all the players and as a little kid that was unforgettable. We have been Hawk fans ever since. Andy and I are now season ticket holders keeping the tradition of supporting the hawks alive. Even though we missed being selected in the Seahawks Super Bowl lottery we watched ticket prices go down and decided to pull the trigger the Friday before the game. It was also easier to purchase the tickets because we bought our plane tickets to Newark the morning before the S.F. game. That made the S.F. Game a little nerve racking but it helped our cheering voices for that game. The Super Bowl was special in so many ways. Even though our colors don’t stick out like orange, we outnumbered the Broncos at least 2 to 1. All the Seahawk fans were very confident and very loud. ‘A ton of chanting in the streets of NY and NJ SEA HAWKS.

It was so fitting to have the first score come at the 12 second mark caused by the 12th man fans. The noise that we made sounded almost like our home game thunder. Manning admitted that they did not expect our 12th man noise to travel, which caused his center to snap it over his head for our first 2 points of the game. To be at the game was special and we met many other great loyal fans like MoHawk on the train. We also saw people that we’ve seen at the games before. It was a special day for all us all. Especially many of the original 1976 ticket holders. Some great fan bonding. In fact, it’s been a while since I hugged my brother that hard. Thanks to my wife Erin and my kids for letting make this special trip. I got to attend a Seahawk Super Bowl I don’t have a bucket list but I think I just knocked one out. l hope we can do it again. Arizona anybody?

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Let’s Talk Fashion - Eyewear

by Sree Dadisetty, Forest Ridge Have you ever had an experience where you are in a classroom and wonder why teachers write such small letters on the board? Well, if you were a kid who had sight issues and did not realize it, you know what I am taking about. I remember as a kid cursing the teacher for having bad handwriting, until my dad finally realized that I was desperately in need of glasses. I remember my first pair with their round, gold, rimless frame. We sure did come a long way from gold frames! I’ve worn prescription glasses my entire life. My obsession for finding the perfect pair has grown with me. I change my glasses every year and now my husband dreads when I tell him that we have to go for the annual frame hunting event. I try countless frames before I find the one. You guys think I am crazy but glasses are key accessories. They can make or break an outfit. It’s very important to find a perfect pair. At the same time, finding a frame with the right balance is tricky. Over the years I have created a method that at least helps me head in the right direction and eliminate half the options. The trick is to go by your face shape. Not all glasses are made for all face types, just like not all clothes are made for all body types. If you are aware of these rules, shopping will be much more fun and less tedious. As I was going on this year’s annual frame hunting event, I discovered Optima, a vision care provider in our very own neighborhood. I love the fact that it’s just around the corner and you can pop in and try out frames until you find the one. Their huge collection of designer brands is a feast for your eyes. Here is the face-shape guide:

March 2014


Superbowl Purim in 12saquah

by Cheryl Puterman, Wisteria Park Purim is one of the most joyous holidays in the Jewish calendar. It is a holiday commemorating a time when the Jews lived in Persia and were saved from extermination. Over 2,000 years ago, the Holy Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonian king. The Jewish people were sent away from the Land of Israel and were forced to live in Babylonia.

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Fifty years later, Babylonia was defeated by Persia. Achashverosh (that’s pronounced: Ahchash-VEY-rosh) was the Persian king. Haman is the evil villain of the story known to be the egotistical advisor to the king of Persia. He plotted to destroy the Jewish people. ‘Pur’ means lot and refers to the lottery that occurred in Persia by Haman as the day that was chosen to execute the Jews. Esther was the beautiful, young princess who ultimately saved the day. Unbeknownst to the king, she was Jewish. She was convinced by her uncle Mordechai to hide her identity and when the time was right planned to speak to the king and relay Haman’s plot against her people. The Jewish people were saved and Haman and his ten sons were hanged on the very gallows that had been prepared for Mordechai. For every Jewish holiday, there are commandments for the Jewish people to follow to preserve the tradition. For Purim the four commandments are as follows: 1. Listen to the story of Purim (‘The Scroll of Esther’)- Whenever the name of Haman is mentioned, Jews traditionally make as much noise as possible to blot out his name and memory. Noisemakers are often provided! 2. Sending gifts of food- as a symbol of friendship, food baskets are often sent to friends 3. Giving gifts of money to the poor – Purim is a time of caring for those in need

Square Face Shape: Oval and Round shaped frames work great with this face shape. Oval Face Shape: This is a universal face shape so any frame can work. By the way, my face is Oval shaped so there is no process of eliminating when shopping for glasses; have to go through everything in the store until I find the one. Oblong Face Shape: This face shape has high cheekbones, taller forehead, and a longer nose. The best frame shapes are bigger frames to counteract the taller forehead. Round Face Shape: This face shape is very easy to identify with full checks and a round chin. The best frame shape is rectangular. This gives an illusion that the face is slimmer than it is and who doesn’t want that? Diamond Face Shape: The main features consist of narrow eye line, a narrow jaw line, and a small forehead/chin. If this is you, a sleek, oval shaped frame will work perfectly for your face shape. Heart Face Shape: These have a broad forehead and cheekbones. Oval frames are the best to wear for this head shape. Triangle Face Shape: Triangle shaped faces have a narrow forehead/narrow eye line, and wide cheeks and chin. Square frames work great for these face shapes. As a general rule of thumb the more angular your features, the rounder your glasses should be and vice versa. Sree Dadisetty moved to Issaquah Highlands in 2012. She is delighted to be walking distance from the excellent shopping at Grand Ridge Plaza. Equally valued are Issaquah Highlands’ beautiful settings for photo shoots which she frequently uses in her fashion blog:

4. Eating a festive meal – what it all comes down to in all Jewish holidays: They fought, they won….now lets eat! To add to the celebration, the children – and many adults – get dressed up in costume! Hamentashen – triangle cookies filled with yumminess- are plentiful at every Purim festival. Hamantaschen means “Haman’s pockets” and became a popular Purim pastry. It was rumored that the evil Haman’s pockets were filled with bribe money. The most popular explanation of why Jews eat this three cornered pastry on Purim is that Haman wore a threecornered hat. Eating an image of Haman’s hat is a way to symbolically destroy his memory. Come try a taste of Hamentashen, hear the Scroll of Esther, and make some noise at the mention of Haman at the upcoming Highlands Purim Celebration on Sunday, March 16th. Sponsored by the Chabad of Central Cascades. Since this is the 12th year the Chabad has been in the Highlands the theme is “12th man” Purim in the Blakely Hall “Stadium”. Come dressed in neon green and blue or in Seahawks gear. Lots of “beasty” food and a fun halftime show. $5 donation suggested. I hope to see you there!


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A Do you enjoy reading AND sharing with friends? The book club is a great place to meet neighbors and explore a variety of books. We take turns hosting—all opinions are welcome! Please bring a snack to share. Dates sometimes change, so be sure to email to get on the distribution list.

Food Bank Fund Raiser

Cancer Survivor Brunch

Gardener Classes

Sunday, March 9th, 12:30pm Blakely Hall



The Relay For Life of Issaquah, the largest Relay For Life event in King County, is dedicated to creating a “village” or support network of cancer survivors and caregivers in our Issaquah community. We are excited to host our first Issaquah Village Lunch! If you have ever heard the words “you have cancer”, or have ever cared for a loved one with cancer, come join us for lunch and socializing with others who have been where you are. RSVP by March 1st to Erika Simon at We hope to see you there!

Chinese Heritage Club Saturday, March 1st, 7:30pm Blakely Hall


This club promotes and preserves Chinese cultural heritage awareness among the next generation for many local families. We welcome everyone interested in a neighborhood celebration for many traditional Chinese/ American festivals right at Issaquah Highlands. Contact Hailain ( or 425-633-0242.

Computer classes


YWCA Family Village

Free computer classes are provided in the computer lab. Contact Sondi at

Cub Scout Issaquah Highlands Pack 680 F

Come join Cub Scouts – A year round values-based program for boys grades 1-5 and is considered one of the premier organizations that help youth build character and prepares them for adulthood. Scouting is learning by discovery and discovery by doing. It’s fun, friends, and family where skills are learned, confidence is built, and stories are born. For more information or if you would like to join Cub Scouts, please contact Pack 680 via email at or join us at our next meeting.

ESL Classes – FREE!


English as a Second Language YWCA Family Village Mornings ~ 9:30am -12:30pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

Free Please contact Andi Wolff at or 425.235.2352 (ext. 2117) to register.

Friday, March 28, 6:30pm Blakely Hall


Join Timberlake Church in an evening of Poker and Bunco to raise funds for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. 100% of proceeds go to the Food Bank. Open to the public. Contact Shane for more information A

Savvy Gardener Class: The Magical and Mysterious World of Spring Ephemerals with Susie Egan, Owner of Cottage Lake Gardens, Master Gardener. Come learn about those sweet little woodland gems, the earliest wildflowers to unfurl during the warmth and light of early spring.

Saturday, March 22nd, 10am Blakely Hall

The Savvy Gardener Class: Sustainable Veggie Gardening with Ladd Smith, Co-owner of In Harmony Landscape Services. Vegetables, berries, and fruit trees need special care to thrive, but your time and energy will pay off with great tasting, nutritious home-grown food. Best of all, food crops can be incorporated into your existing landscape, large or small! This class will teach you how to make your yard produce great food for you and your family. FREE but registration is required: classes-plants-design.php. A

Monday, March 10th, 7:30-8:30pm Blakely Hall

The Community Garden Committee meets monthly to help Highlands Council manage Issaquah Highlands community gardens. Members provide a forum to support all gardeners in the community. You don’t have to have a plot in the community garden to join! Container pots gardeners and yard landscapers welcome! Contact Chantal at Garden.

Latino Club




Second Thursdays, March 13th, 6pm Blakely Hall

The Latino Club welcomes everybody who would like to celebrate and learn about Latino traditions. There will be activities for kids, adults and seniors. Open to all – join the fun! Interested? Contact Alicia Spinner

Mountain Bike Club

A T F Open to all skill levels. Contact Marc for more information: 425-837-8367 or or Find “Issaquah Highlands Mountain Bike Club” on Facebook See page 21 for information.

COMMUNITY MEETINGS IHCA Architectural Review Committee Tuesday, 3/4, 6:00 pm IHCA Office



First Fridays, March 7th, 7:00pm Sign up 7:30pm Show Blakely Hall

Open to all Acoustic instruments, singer-songwriters, acapella vocalists, pianists, poets, and Stand-up comedians. For more information contact Cindy at

Oscar Night for Movie Lovers

Saturday, March 8th, 10am Blakely Hall

Garden Committee

Open Mic Night

Sunday, March 2nd, 4pm Blakely Hall


Come as you are or in Oscar Glam to celebrate film with your neighbors at the first ever Oscar Night at Blakely Hall. We will have an Oscar ballot contest and maybe a costume contest. It’s a potluck so bring a dish to share. Well-behaved children are allowed to attend with their parents. For more info email

Pet Club




Third Thursdays, March 20th, 7:00 - 8:00pm Blakely Hall

The Pet Club is a friendly gathering for those who enjoy learning and sharing information, stories, and experiences about animals. Enjoy seminars, discussions and activities about nutrition, health, behavior, training, social responsibility, safety and play. Bring your ideas for what you would like to discuss and share.

Photography Club



Third Saturdays, March 15th, 10:30 - 11:30am Blakely Hall

Enjoy monthly meetings with guest speakers, share and discuss your work with others, and participate in an online community throughout the month. Open to everyone, even if you don’t live in the Issaquah Highlands. IHPC will focus on creating opportunities for members to display their work. See the Flickr Group ( and contact the group’s coordinators to join the club. Scott Moffat and Ravi Naqvi at



Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:00am Blakely Hall

Moms, dads, caregivers and their children (newborn - 4 years old) are invited to come to the Issaquah Highlands Playgroup for fun, friendship, support and socializing. We talk, laugh, sing, play, read stories and blow bubbles! We hope to see you there! Information, contact Alicia and see We are also on Facebook!

Want to Start a Club? Contact:

Christy Garrard, Director/Special Event Planner

IHCA Finance Committee Meeting Tuesday, 3/11, 5:30 pm IHCA Office

Meetings are subject to change. Visit for calendar updates or sign up for your weekly email bulletins at

HFN Advisory Group Wednesday, 3/12, 7:00 pm IHCA Office

For City of Issaquah governance meetings, see, 425-507-1107

IHCA Board of Directors Meeting Wednesday, 3/19, 5:30 pm IHCA Office

Are you getting the Community E-Letter on Thursdays?

Communication Committee Thursday, 3/27, 10:00 am Blakely Hall

Sign up at

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Running Club


March 6th & 27th, 7:00pm Blakely Hall

Love watching the World Series of Poker on TV? Want to win a chance to go to Vegas and play on TV against the world’s best players? Join us the last Thursday of each month for a $20 buy-in, No-limit Texas Hold ‘em tournament! If you are a novice wanting to network or a salty vet looking for some steep competition you’ll love our monthly club! Contact Henry

Purim Celebration


“SuPurim Bowl with the 12th Man” Sunday March 16th, 4:00pm Blakely Hall

The Chabad of the Central Cascades invite you, the 12th Man, to celebrate and cheer our 12th Purim in Issaquah. Get in to the game: Summoning the “Legion of Boom” to erase Hamans name; Half Time show featuring: Aging Rockers with Alte kakers; “SuPurim bowl” fun activities for everyone; Hamentashen, kosher skittles, and lots of beasty food. Come dressed in neon green and blue or your favorite Seahawks gear. Free and Open to All! Doors open at 4:00, Megila reading starts promptly at 4:12pm

Resident Orientation Thursday, April 3rd Blakely Hall


Resident Orientation is hosted by Highlands Council and the Issaquah Highlands Community Association. Learn more about community governance and social aspects of Issaquah Highlands living. If you are new to the community this orientation is for YOU. Even If you have lived here for some time and need some “orientation”, please join us! Get your questions answered. RSVP to Brianna at or 425-507-1107

The Rovin’ Fiddlers



Every Other Tuesday, 7:00 - 9:00pm Issaquah Highlands Fire Station

Our musical group is made up of primarily fiddle players of varying backgrounds and abilities, all working toward the goal of learning Irish and other Celtic tunes, along with occasional Old Timer and Quebecois tunes. Informal. We share and learn a new tune every other week and then practice our old material in a jam session. Other welcome instruments for accompaniment are guitar (chords available for most tunes), drum, flute or whistle. We attempt to learn the new tunes by ear in a traditional manner, however, sheet music is usually also provided. Interested? Email Ken at



The Highlands Running Group is a community for Runners who share in the passion of group runs! Weather permitting, we will typically meet up in front of the tennis courts at Central Park on Saturdays at 7:30 am. If you are interested in joining us or have questions, please contact Joey,, so he can add you to the distribution list.

Russian Highlanders




See Facebook for monthly event information

Russian Highlanders is a club for those who live here, just moved in or planning to move to our beautiful community. Meet other Russian-speakers in your community for friendship! Gather with others who share the same goals and interests as you. Join Russian Highlanders Facebook page to see what activities are planned -- dining out, movies, kid play dates or just go out to have a fun. The possibilities are endless... groups/rusisshigh/ Please follow the FB page for schedule changes or location of meetings.

School Homework Help: “Cozy Cave” K T

Wednesdays, 3:45 - 5pm Lower Community Room YWCA Family Village This is an after school, FREE tutoring group for students of all grades! Come with your homework ready to learn but also have some fun! High school teachers and students from Issaquah High will be here to provide tutoring and group activities. Please do not come in late as it interrupts the students who are doing homework.

Speaking in Public Class Youths and Adults K T A

Saturday mornings 9:30-11:30am Lower Community Room YWCA Family Village

All ages 8 years and older are welcome! Let your voices be strong and mighty! Join professional mentors and learn the importance of developing solid communication skills. Drop ins are welcome or register with David Hall at or 425.427.9682

Tennis Group - Ladies Meet Up

A The IH ladies tennis group is a non-competitive group so all levels are welcome - even if you haven’t played in a while and are feeling a bit rusty. Meet and connect with other IH women tennis players and come to have fun and stay or get fit! We’ll be playing on Thursdays and Saturdays at 10 am at Central Park when the weather is dry. We also have a Facebook group page. Please join us there too!

Wine Club


Friday, March 14th, 7:00pm Blakely Hall

Come out and meet your fellow wine lovers in the Highlands! Are you a wine enthusiast, connoisseur, or just a fan? We usually get together the second Friday of each month to discuss and enjoy wine. If interested please send an email to Dianne at to RSVP.

Yarns & Threads Group Fridays, 9-11:30am Blakely Hall


All knitters, crocheters, and stitchers are welcome. Beginners are welcome as instruction in knitting and crocheting is available. For more details of questions, please contact Cathie Coulter at

Zumba Class



Tuesdays (7:00pm) & Saturdays (9:00am) Blakely Hall

Get Ready - Get Fit - Go! Ditch the workout and join the fitness party at Blakely Hall! Zumba Fitness is the Latin and world rhythm and dance based fitness party that will change the way you think about working out. Grab your workout clothes, your water bottle, and join the party! Free class but please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the food bank! For additional information, email (Cindy) at

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Fun for the whole family



Host a Map Your Neighborhood Party Blakely Hall - no charge!

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Flashlight Egg Hunt for Teens

Shrove Tuesday and Mardi Gras

Friday, April 18

Tuesday, March 4

Timberlake Church Movie Night Ash Wednesday Friday, April 25

Wednesday, March 5

Community Garden Work Party Daylight Saving Time starts – Vista Gardens (“Spring Forward!”) April 26th, 10am – 2pm

Sunday, March 9


Sunday, March 16

St. Patrick’s Day

Monday, March 17

March Equinox

Thursday, March 20 OTHER FUN THINGS

March Birthstone Aquamarine

The word ‘March’ comes from the Roman ‘Martius’ and was originally the first month of the Roman calendar, named after Mars, the god of war. We changed to the Gregorian calendar in 1752, and it is only since then we begin the year on January 1st. The “Ides of March” is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to March 15th. Marked by several religious observances it became notorious as the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. The death of Caesar made the Ides of March a turning point in Roman history.


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Mumbo Jumbo Delights at Village Theatre by Molly and Marty Fisher, Ashland Park

Blazny blit hitski.” That’s all it took to send the audience attending Village Theatre’s Issaquah production of Larry Shue’s comedic farce, The Foreigner, into hysterics. Sound crazy? We’d normally agree, but in this case, never has so much mumbo jumbo and nonsensical storytelling translated so well into such a weird and delightful night on Front Street. All lead character Charlie Baker wanted was a little piece and quiet; so his friend, British Staff Sergeant Froggie LeSeuer, takes him to a backwoods retreat in Georgia to get away from it all. Since Charlie, a depressed, nerdy Brit whose cheating wife is seriously ill in England, is deathly afraid of talking to strangers, Froggie tells the proprietor that he is a foreigner who doesn’t speak English. No one is supposed to speak to Charlie because it embarrasses him not to understand. Don’t bet on it. Because they think he can’t understand, everyone around him talks freely. Before long, Charlie finds himself privy to an assortment of secrets and scandals that spice up his stay. He’s a lot smarter than he looks and when Charlie realizes that some of his new friends are up to no good, he finds a way to foil the bad guys’ plans by communicating without blowing his cover. With that, the show’s premise is off and running. The Foreigner is directed by Issaquah’s own Brian Yorkey, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Awardwinning author of Next to Normal. Yorkey, a theatrical jack of all trades, is taking a time out from his latest Broadway project, If/Then starring Idina Menzel. Menzel says The Foreigner has been one of his favorite plays since he was a teenager in Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE program in the 1980’s. “I thought it was just a crazy, strange, hilarious, and remarkable play,” said Yorkey. “The show created a very specific, strange, and funny world that was totally outlandish and completely real.” The story line may be absurd, but Shue’s crisp writing makes it work. He has us laugh at the characters’ quirks without allowing us to laugh at the people themselves, balancing the hijinks with just the right touch of heart and sentimentality. It could have been schmaltzy cornball, but under

Yorkey’s direction, it’s laugh-out-loud funny. And while The Foreigner has plenty of silly, chuckle-producing moments, it also delivers a psychiatry primer chock full of deep messages about stereotypes, prejudice, and ultimately, love and friendship. Early in the play, Charlie asks the question, “How does one acquire a personality?” Much the reluctant hero, he surprises himself, answering his own question by stepping up to save the day. In just two short days, Charlie brightens up the lives of his new friends and foils the evil-doers in a hilarious climax and heart-warming ending. Even before the first character steps on stage, scenic designer Matthew Smucker’s deeply detailed dark wood lodge interior, impresses. The log cabin, complete with a two-story log stairway, stuffed fish, and animal heads, transports the audience back to a simpler place and time. Erik Gratton, a recent NYC transplant, is terrific as Charlie. Onstage for nearly the entire play, Gratton is funny with his spoken acting, but he really hits the mark with his physical comedy, facial expressions, and timing. Gratton starts Charlie off as doofy doormat, and then slowly crescendos over the course of the play to break out of his shell and become a superhero. Just when you think he’s peaked, he manages to crack up the audience with a little slapstick or a hilarious nonsense rant. Village Theatre veteran Sharva Maynard also turns in a charming performance as Betty, the kindhearted lodge owner who’s excited to meet her first foreigner. Other notable performances include Village Theatre newcomers Anthony Lee Phillips and Patrick Phillips, who plays Froggy LeSueur. Anthony Lee brings sweet goofiness to the character of Ellard Simms, a somewhat slow boy (kind of like a young Forrest Gump) who tries to “teach” Charlie how to speak English. Patrick Phillips also wrings out the laughs with his physical comedy and well-timed one-liners. Following its premiere in Milwaukee, The Foreigner opened on November 1, 1984 at New York City’s Astor Place Theatre, eventually winning two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production. There’s a lot to love about The Foreigner. It’s embraceable entertainment with a lingering message to be kind. None of us in the audience really understood Charlie’s mumbo jumbo, but our take on a loose translation would be “Go see it. The Foreigner is funny and touching!” The Village Theatre production runs through March 2 in Issaquah, and then March 7-30 at the Everett stage, just 38 miles to the north.

The Scoop on Oscar Parties by Paul Slater, Crofton Springs

By now you are probably far enough into 2014 to be writing the date correctly, and quietly It’s awards season, and the big one is here. Quite a few of us in the Highlands celebrate Oscar time with a good old fashioned Oscar party. I’ve hosted a few over the years, and they can be something of a challenge to pull off. You have the people interested in nothing other than the dresses, those who only care about the first ten minutes (will Ellen be funny?), and those irritating people (such as me) that really do want to know what won Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing, and want to explain to everyone else why there are two different awards for sound. One way to liven up the party for everyone is, of course, to have a good old fashioned Oscar pool. Print out ballots for everyone as they come in, and make sure you include all the obscure categories that most people don’t know or care about. It’s amazing how some people on a lucky streak will suddenly care who wins “Best Live Action Short”. If you decide to do this, and want to score well, I’m here to either help or hinder you, and the good news is, we won’t know which until after the ceremony. First, start with the three films garnering the most nominations, and figure out how you think the awards will be divided up between them. Gravity is almost certainly going to take the technical honors, and deservedly so. By the way, if you missed it first time around, now is a good time to go back and see Oscar Night for Movie Lovers it at our Regal. It rounds up to two the number of films I Sunday, March 2nd at 4pm would recommend paying to see in 3D (the other being Hugo). Blakely Hall – Potluck American Hustle will likely pick up Best Original Screenplay. 12 For more info see What’s Happening Years a Slave is almost a lock or for Best Adapted Screenplay.


Next, take a look at the big four acting categories. The favorites

are actually fairly easy to name - Jennifer Lawrence will likely win for American Hustle because she is young, hugely talented and a very hot property right now (all attributes the academy likes in this category). Jared Leto is a massive favorite in Dallas Buyers Club for best supporting Actor. For best actress, smart money is on Cate Blanchett. She is great in her role and overdue an award. There is however an outside chance she might suffer from being associated with a Woody Allen film, and if that happens, look for Amy Adams to pick up the prize. As for best actor, it is rather difficult to pick this year. Two of my favorite performances, Robert Redford in All is Lost and Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips didn’t even make the cut. Matthew McConaughey might just scrape it for Dallas Buyers Club. After many years he has remembered how to a pick good script again and is putting in genuinely good performances, film after film. In Hollywood they are calling it a McConnaissance. Plus he lost weight for the role, which they always seem to love. The big two honors will most likely go to either Gravity or 12 Years a Slave, and this year could be the year that it splits. But something tells me that it won’t, and that Steve McQueen, the British director of a very American Film will get his Best Director prize to go alongside the Best Picture nod for 12 Years a Slave. Of course if you really want to outdo your fellow Oscar party goers, you are going to need to go a step beyond these main categories. Lucky for you, all five live action and animated shorts can be seen in one sitting at the Harvard Exit in Seattle. I haven’t seen enough of these yet to make a recommendation, so I’m afraid you are on your own here. Finally, we come to my perennial favorite - Best Foreign Film, which frankly often contains films stronger than the best picture winners. There are a number of really good films here, but one which I loved is called La Grande Belezza (The Great Beauty). It makes me believe that believe that Fellini is still alive and kicking wildly inside the body of director Paolo Sorrentino. I really hope that one wins, and if the Oscars only makes you watch one new foreign film this year, make it The Great Beauty - you won’t be disappointed.

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New show begins February 28th - Betsy Dahlstrom From Chattanooga, Tennessee and a recent arrival to the northwest, Betsy Dahlstrom quickly won placement in juried shows throughout the Eastside and Seattle. Her watercolor scenes will provide a dramatic shift from Anna Macrae’s multimedia abstract work. Here’s a statement from Betsy: “I feel in my soul the need to preserve our earth, water, and heritage. I strive to reveal the reflection of this spirit in my paintings. I have a life-long love for painting. I was 8 years old when I was in my first art show. Known for my watercolors, I also work in oils, inks, collage,

paper weaving, pastel, and pencil medium on everything from rice paper to barn boards. I create from nature images of water and earth, creatures and souls, to bring the viewer into a world of fertile beauty and vibrant color. Creating an illusion of movement and vibration through layers of purest color and thermal contrast, I attempt to give spirit to creatures and life to water. Much of my life has been dedicated to working with seniors and children and thus I am inspired to create images of the saints and angels we encounter along our path of life.”



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Mountain Biking

by Erick K. Harada, DPT, Highlands Physical Therapy Now that the annual “Best Bike” reviews have come out, it is time to put that brand new steed to good use! When jumping on a new bike, you might experience a few aches and pains. I have compiled a few simple exercises to keep your body limber and on the trails.

Lumbar Stretch

Ankle Stretch

1. From starting position, tuck chin and tighten stomach while arching back.

1. Keep back knee facing forward (don’t rotate leg), toes in line with knee, gently press top of ankle down toward floor.

2. Hold 5 seconds, repeat 10 times.

2. Hold 30 seconds, repeat 3 times. Repeat with other leg.

Issaquah Highlands Mountain Bike Riding and Club by Marc Steingrebe, Sorrento

The Issaquah Highlands and surrounding area provides a lot of great opportunities to get out & do some mountain biking.

Quadriceps Stretch 1. With left hand grasping right leg, gently pull heel toward buttocks until stretch is felt.

We have just about every type of riding around us, including cross country, downhill, all-mountain, and freeride. The Grand Ridge is a popular King County trail just outside of our neighborhood, which was built and is maintained mostly by volunteers. There are several places to access the trail from our neighborhood, including a couple of entrances southwest of Central Park, one at the south end of the south pond, and one where the trail crosses Grand Ridge Drive.

2. Gently press hips forward for increased stretch. 3. Hold 30 seconds, repeat 3 times. Repeat with other leg.

Starting from Central Park, the trail weaves around the neighborhood and heads north, ending at SE Issaquah Fall City Road. The distance is about 5 miles from Central Park. You can cross the street and continue to bike at Duthie Hill Park. Duthie is a great place to build skills, ride technical and non-technical cross country trails, or practice freeride mountain biking.

Combining these exercises with your dynamic warm ups will help prevent injury and keep you on the trail. Like all exercises, do not continue if you experience any pain. If the pain persists longer than 24 hours, contact your local physical therapist. Enjoy the trails!

YAY! Spring Riding is Nearly Here! by Paul Sanders, IH Enclave Resident

Now is the time to start riding that bike that is just sitting in the garage collecting dust from a long winter. Some cyclists have had the bike mounted to an indoor trainer for most of the winter season and fewer of them have actually used it. However, a few hearty souls have been out on the weekends or have taken advantage of the sunny, but cold days we had this winter. You may be wondering how one could possibly enjoy riding in freezing temperatures, in a torrential downpour, or even snow? Here are three ways to make this coming season, regardless of the weather more enjoyable. Make sure your bike is tuned and running properly. At least once a year a bike should have a proper inspection and tune. Slow shifting, poor stopping power and skipping gears are all common problems that are easily fixed. If serviced at regular intervals, your bike and its components will also last a lot longer. Regular maintenance is especially important for a bike with suspension. Just like your car, your suspension components have oil and seals that need to be regularly replaced to prevent major damage to nonserviceable components. Common symptoms of deterioration of these components are a sticky or harsh feeling while riding, oil seeping out of the fork (there should be none leaking), and squeaking or syphoning sounds to name a few. Don’t let this go untended to. There is no bad weather, just bad clothing. Invest in the right gear for the season. If you want to ride in freezing temperatures, get insulated gloves, shoe covers, and layer-up on the legs and body. For riding in the rain, warm or cold, get something that will keep you dry and cut the wind chill, and layer up. The northwest climate we live in is tricky to dress for. We can start in freezing temperatures and gain 15-20 degrees some days. Depending on the ride you are doing, road or mountain, you may find yourself too hot or colder than you expected. That is why I mentioned layering up. Take more gear than you think you need so adjustments can be made on the fly. There is a lot of climate-specific riding gear out there and few excuses to ride, rain or shine. Finally, your bike doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. Make sure you are comfortable with your bike’s tune, your riding gear, and make sure your bike is fitted to you. I have had a lot of people tell me they stop riding, or have stopped riding altogether because their back hurts, or their neck and shoulders hurt, or their saddle causes problems. These are common problems that can all be fixed with a good “bike fit” by a professional. You can find this service at lots of places from bike shops to doctor’s offices. See you on the trail!

The Grand Ridge trail takes you through approximately 1,200 acres of second growth forest and wetlands. It’s not very technical for bikes, but it is hilly and gives you a great workout. There’s a lot of wildlife to be seen on the Grand Ridge, including deer, birds, owls, bear, and more. If you’re interested in trails that are more downhill oriented, Tiger Mountain is nearby, as well as Tokul East in Fall City. (Permit required) Other popular cross country trails nearby include Tolt MacDonald in Carnation, and Tokul West. Soaring Eagle is also just north of Duthie Hill, and has some great cross country trails. To get out and experience these great trails, we have our own mountain bike club in the highlands. Join on Facebook: Or, email me at if you’re not on Facebook. I’ll put you on the email list. More info and trail maps can be found on Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance’s webpage: Info about the Grand Ridge and trail maps can be found here:


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ASK KARI Dear Kari, I’ve been reading your column for a while now and decided to ask you for your professional advice. I work with a girl who pads her timesheet almost everyday. She never reports to work on time. Even if she were an hour late to work, she would write down the time she was supposed to be there. And for lunch, she takes one and half-hour break but only says she left for half an hour. When she leaves early after work, she’d write down she left at least an hour after her real time. She is kind of my supervisor and I feel like I cannot say anything to my boss because they’re both like best friends. My boss values her opinions and suggestions more than anyone else. It’s just unfair to the rest of us who are doing the right thing. I feel that my boss deserves to know this behavior of hers but I don’t want things to be awkward. I cannot submit an anonymous letter because I work in a really small office. This girl is always making me do everything in the office. All she does is sit at work and surfs the web while I work myself to death. I am so stressed about this whole situation. As a supervisor, she should be setting a good example for others. What do you suggest that I do? - Frustrated Colleague Dear Frustrated Colleague, You are in a difficult situation as it appears that your co-worker has a stronger alliance with your boss than you do based on your descriptions of their interactions. The issue of padding one’s timesheet is both illegal and immoral. You could try a gentle conversation with your boss and mention that “there is a lot to do and not everyone comes in on time everyday”, and see where that goes without naming names. If that soft approach does not work, I suggest that you consider your ability to ignore the situation based on liking other parts of your job and remain with your current employer, or acknowledge that this situation is a deal breaker for you and begin to pursue other professional opportunities. It is not fair that you would need to leave your job vs. your cheating co-worker, but sometimes dynamics are not fair in life and we need to recognize that our choices sometimes only include what we have power to change in our lives (i.e. you deciding if you can and want to remain in this situation). - Kari

Dear Kari, I am so tired about my home situation. I have a husband and two teenage children, yet no one will help with chores around the house. I feel like I am the only one who notices the need to clean the house, feed our pets, and pick up the dirty laundry. How can I get my family to change and start helping out? - Tired of it All Dear Tired of it All, It sounds like you are feeling like you are not respected in your home. I recommend putting your feelings on paper, map out what you would like to be different, and ask your family to sit down for a family meeting. Clearly and calmly state to them that you will no longer be covering all the chores in the home and instead you will all be functioning as a family unit moving forward. Prior to the meeting, I would bring your husband into the loop and request that he both make the necessary changes and support your message. Then, collectively map out at the meeting who will cover which task each day, leave no room for interpretation. Remind your family that it will function from the place that everyone can and will contribute on a regular basis moving forward for the happiness of the family unit. Good luck, stay focused on the goal for change and it will eventually become the new normal for everyone. - Kari Kari O’Neill, MSW, LICSW, is a licensed independent clinical social worker and ta resident of Issaquah Highlands. This column is for entertainment purposes only. If you are in crisis and in need of support please contact the Crisis Clinic at 866-427-4747.

ASK KARI QUESTIONS CONTEST: TWO $20.00 RAM RESTAURANT GIFT CARDS WILL WIN Readers, I love receiving your questions, so please keep sending them to me. We are having an Ask Kari questions contest from Feb.1- March 30, 2014. Email me an Ask Kari question and it will be put into a drawing for a $20.00 gift card to the RAM Restaurant (2 are available). Ask me about your relationships, family dynamics, neighborhood issues, work challenges, healthcare/ wellness issues, parenting questions, I am open to anything. Email questions to All email user personal information will remain confidential and will not be published.

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Armed During Armageddon by Tami Curtis, Summit (or Two Slides) Park

I grew up in Earthquake Country, aka, California. I rode the subterranean rollercoasters of the 6.9 Loma Prieta in 1989 and the 6.7 Northridge in 1994. Those devastating earthquakes left most residents with hair-trigger hypersensitivity. I developed an internal seismograph that would agitate itself into action by the slightest tremor or rumble. A cart being rolled down a hallway or a truck dumping open its gate would send me into a hyper-ballistic state of panic. I’d be positioned under a table or in a doorway long before discovering that the “earthquake” was only the cat jumping down off a tall cupboard. Moving to Washington State I thought I’d left Earthquake Country behind. A few stable years went by in Redmond and my seismograph became less sensitive. I let the rumbling trucks roll by without even so much as a flinch away from window glass. And the cat? Hardly noticed his precipitous drops…until the Nisqually 6.8 quake in 2001. Within the first seconds of the shaking sensation my dusty internal seismograph sprang into action. After that earthquake I decided it might be a good idea to have a couple weeks of emergency supplies available in case our power and gas went out. Thirteen years later we’ve got the back-up fuel, power and medical supplies all figured out and prepared, but I’m still struggling with food stores. I used to store my emergency food in a cardboard box in the garage. It didn’t take long before I realized I’d been feeding a small population of mice and ground squirrels with my special selection of emergency vittles. That cardboard box got swapped with a heavy duty plastic container and placed in a cupboard. It wasn’t long before another species of rodent raided the reinforced container. If you think we have an infestation of Rodents of Unusual Size in the Highlands, you’re right. I had decided to stock Wheat Thins in our big plastic storage container, because who wouldn’t want comfort hors d’oeuvres during a crisis? Those crackers lasted in the garage for approximately three weeks. I remember coming home famished and walking straight from the

car to the cupboard where I tore open the box. Bears? No. It was the giant rodent named Tami. I didn’t replace the prematurely eaten stores of emergency appetizers, and I got to thinking about what I really want to eat during a two-week stretch of pseudo-camping at home. Protein is important, and so is food that doesn’t require a lot of fuel to cook properly. Dried beans would drain half a can of camping fuel in making them soft enough to eat. Canned beans would be gobbled in one meal and I’d need to purchase Costco proportions. But if I went the Costco route, would I really want the same baked beans every day? I’d have three dozen cans to eat, after all. On the flipside, if I stocked up on foods that were really attractive, the box of supplies would be paid a visit by “Ravenous Rodent Tami” again, and could be depleted before a real emergency kicked in. I’ve determined that attractive crisis foods would never survive my impulsiveness and periodic raiding. For instance, I never replaced the spaghetti sauce from my lasagna night looting two years ago. Instead I opted for the tear-pouch of dried spaghetti sauce. However, unattractive foods would make the crisis even more miserable. There isn’t much comfort in the freeze-dried twigs and leaves they call camping food, and when Armageddon hits it would be nice to take solace in some appetizing sustenance, not survival grub. Eating astronaut food while backpacking is called “adventure”, but roughing it during a catastrophe shouldn’t have to be unpleasant. With over half of my consumable provisions on the unattractive side I’ve forgotten to check in on them. One friend of mine neglected her food stores for ten years and discovered quite a few…errr…”expired” items. Can you eat pasta that’s a decade old? If I’m hungry enough I’ll eat anything I suppose, as long as it’s not growing mold. When the next big earthquake hits, (causing me to jump under the dinner table like a groundhog that spots a coyote), I hope Rodent Tami has not eaten all our appetizing stores. A two-slide park resident (Summit Park), Tami Curtis is mother of two middle school boys and can be seen running all over the Highlands with Lacey Leigh. Her very supportive husband, Glenn, is a great fan and sounding board of her Celtic band, The Fire Inside.


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Streetscape Groundcover Tests Commence

Since 2005 newly developed streetscapes at Issaquah Highlands have featured groundcovers other than the ‘traditional’ turf. Some streets were planted with Kinnikinnick, a native plant which can establish well. Others were planted with Rubus calycinoides, a blackberry cousin which roots in well but is not too successful at competing with weeds. Often the subject of complaints about its sad winter appearance, this groundcover was Kinnikinnick on NE Katsura Street discontinued during the construction of West Highlands Park. IHCA groundskeepers have been overplanting Rubus with Kinnikinnick for several years to shift away from this species. Although turf is perhaps the best evergreen groundcover for wear under foot traffic, it is not a sustainable type of planting that Issaquah Highlands was directed to adhere to in our development standards. Its higher water needs and maintenance costs make turf the opposite of sustainable. It has been installed adjacent to some neighborhood parks that previously had other groundcovers but this was a response to the heavy wear generated by park users and is not a change in policy.

Cotoneaster dammeri, closeup of fruit (flowers equally dense during summer)

the others. A bare patch is being left in front of each home’s walkway and of course driveways are rarely very far away so people can avoid walking through the groundcover. Maintenance costs for both species are essentially the same. The payoff will come when we identify a better groundcover to use in our annual replanting program and for new construction.

Cotoneaster planting similar to streetscape.

Rubus calycinoides with fruit. Ceanothus gloriosus in summer bloom.

Ceanothus glor. planting above a curb

Returning to the idea of testing other groundcovers, IHCA groundskeepers have replaced failed Kinnikinnick plantings with a test plot of Cotoneaster dammeri lowfast and two patches of Ceanothus gloriosus ‘Pt. Reyes’ on Davis Loop. These locations have suffered a bit more than others due to their windier locations (Kinnikinnick is not fond of dessicating winds in wintertime) and the percentage of successful Kinnikinnick establishment there is much lower than elsewhere in the community. Neither of these groundcovers can bear foot traffic any better than

Park Planting Renovations Completed This past winter has seen a flurry of planting renovations at four of our smaller community park tracts. Each site had a number of struggling plants removed, a few transplants and some welcome new additions made. Replacement plants were chosen for their previous record of success here at Issaquah Highlands, leaning heavily on natives, tough evergreens and a few accent plantings. Food for pollinators was also added, including Abelia grandiflora for bees

Meet the New IHCA Directors

Dan Eyman works for NanoString Technologies, a Biotechnology firm in Seattle. Dan leads the finance department and is responsible for building and maintaining long-range financial forecast and budgets, developing models for partnership and acquisition opportunities, working with the company’s bankers, and monitoring and maintaining NanoString’s fixed income portfolio. Dan applied to serve on the IHCA Board because he wanted to serve the community of Issaquah Highlands and represent the interests of homeowners and to make sure we are well-positioned to meet future challenges and capitalize on growth opportunities. Outside of work, he enjoys playing golf, cooking, travel, and spending time with his wife and son.

and Phygelius hybrids for hummingbirds. At Division 36 near Blakely Hall a new dog pot station was added and a picnic table was added to the Division 80 open space near its opening to Black Nugget Park. Changes made did not result in increased maintenance costs because some tracts lost the expensive turf and the replacement plants are generally noted for requiring little routine maintenance.

IHCA groundskeepers at work renovating the ‘Division 80’ park tract in January.

Jitendra Vats moved to Issaquah Highlands seven years ago. In his words, “My wife Shalini and I are urban planners by education and we studied ‘New Urbanism’ style of community planning in our texts. Coming and living in Issaquah Highlands is like transforming theory to reality. Juxtaposition of interconnected open spaces in higher density suburban houses - each with its unique design - brings together the spirits of the community.” Their daughter Mira was born here and their nine-yearold son Kabir knows the ins and outs of each of neighborhood parks and the trail system. The family loves to enjoy the outdoors as well as all the festivals that the community hosts and celebrates.

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Who do I call??!!

There are many good tips included in other articles in this issue but we can’t stress enough that communication is a key element in any emergency. Please be sure to provide Issaquah Highlands Community Association (IHCA) with your current contact data so we can relay information to you if necessary. If you are not currently registered with us for email blasts, etc., just go to the website ( ) and register under the Resident Services tab and sign up for the Weekly E-Letter (see right side of home page). If you are off-site and rent your property, it is vital that we have your tenant’s contact information as well. Be sure to keep the IHCA contact information handy in case you need to contact us. This can be found on the website or on the last page of this paper. In addition to keeping an emergency kit on hand, it is wise to keep a list of contacts and vendors you can call immediately in case of a crisis. This list may include the following: • • • • • • • • • •

Your insurance agent/company Restoration company Plumber (24 hour service) Electrician (24 hour service) Heating and cooling company Gas/Electric company (PSE: 888-225-5773) City of Issaquah (425-837-3000) Police emergency (everyone knows this is 911) Police non-emergency line (425-837-3200) Emergency contact in case you are out of town



Reserve Studies: Planning for a successful future at Issaquah Highlands

by Jim Talaga R.S., President, Association Reserves WA, Employed by IHCA for Reserve Studies It has been gratifying to observe Issaquah Highlands grow and mature, while keeping a steady eye on what it takes to be successful today, and well into the future. Our company plays a role, providing information and tools (i.e. Reserve Studies) for several neighborhoods and the master Issaquah Highlands Community Association (IHCA) within Issaquah Highlands that serve as budget models for the significant common area expenses likely to occur over time. Without this type of planning and disclosure, an association’s financial future is left to chance, often resulting in very large expense “surprises” to unwitting owners and buyers. Our state’s history reflects such a past since the time of the widespread development of Condominiums and Homeowners Associations in the 1960’s. So much so, that the Washington State Legislature in 2008 overwhelmingly voted to require Reserve Studies for Condominiums, followed by Homeowners Associations in 2011 (see RCW 64.34 & 64.38). While the future is not always clear, the majority of the significant expenses you’re likely to face over time have proven to be quite predictable. Using National Reserve Study Standards, this graphic illustrates how a reserve study is built.

Speaking from experience, when “disaster” strikes, like an unexpected water leak (okay maybe it wasn’t a disaster, but it felt like it at the time…), without the right contact information handy, you may be at the mercy of Angie’s list or the Yellow Pages to find someone to help you immediately. And believe me; you want help as quickly as possible! When you know the cost of repairs is going to set you back, you also need to contact your insurance company right away to open a claim if necessary. You should also know where your water heater and main water shut-off valves are located as well the gas valve in the meter box. If needed, contain damage as much as possible by turning off the necessary utilities. These are just a few tips to help you cope with very unpleasant situations as rapidly as possible to minimize damage in case of an emergency or disaster.

Meet the Team | Barbara Uribe Barbara Uribe has worked with the Issaquah Highlands since October 2007. She was originally an onsite contractor with a management company and officially became part of the team in March 2009. Barbara works full-time in our Accounting Department. Her responsibilities include accounts payable and human resource benefit administration. Due to her fascination with numbers she started helping in the office at the family pizza business at the age of 15 and was hooked from there. Barbara is currently pursuing a degree in Accounting at Bellevue College. Originally from Spokane, Barbara now lives in Bellevue for the past 5 years with her Husband, Bob and 7 year old son, Tyler. In her free time she enjoys spending time with the family, working out at the gym, bike riding, swimming, playing sports with her son, and watching football. Go Seahawks!!!

IHCA Governing Body 2014 Board of Directors Jim Young, President Andrea Gregg, Vice-President Walt Bailey, Secretary David Ngai, Treasurer Dan Eyman, Director Dan Vradenburg, Director Jitendra Vats, Director

A reserve component list is assembled providing the foundation of project costs and schedules. From there, the relative strength of your reserve fund can be measured, comparing the funds you have in the bank to the accumulated deterioration of those components. Lastly, a reserve-funding plan is then calculated to prepare you for those expenses and ongoing deterioration. How much reserves a community should accumulate is ultimately up to the association through their budget process and Board of Directors, using their judgment for what is in the best interests of the community while being mindful of their duty to enhance, maintain and protect the assets of the association. Reserves are typically between 20% and 40% of the total budget, so we urge all of you to read your community’s Reserve Study and be ready to participate in the important discussions and planning that is a continual process for association success. Keep up the good work! Jim Talaga, Association Reserves, Jim is the President and co-owner of Association Reserves Washington. Association Reserves is the largest provider of reserve studies in the country, having performed over 25,000 studies since 1986 for clients in 43 states and abroad. Jim is a Community Association Institute (CAI) credentialed Reserve Specialist (RS #66), current member of the Washington state chapter (WSCAI) Legislative Action Committee and frequent author and speaker in the industry. He has been personally responsible for over 2,000 reserve studies since 1997, working with a wide range of facilities and interests. Jim is also a current board member of his homeowners association.


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A Letter from the Highlands Fiber Network, Board of Directors RE: Rate Increase In October of 2013 Highlands Council acquired the Highlands Fiber Network from Port Blakely Communities making the network 100% community owned! Issaquah Highlands now owns a nationally recognized fiber to the home system looked at by other communities around the country as a model for their own community development. For many of you, great Internet access is the key to success and the Highlands Fiber Network is committed to giving you the excellent service and options that you need! In an effort to strengthen this commitment to the network’s longevity the Highlands Fiber Network Board of Directors and the Highlands Council Board of Trustees, has made the decision to increase the Network Facilities Fee (NFF) by $2.00 per month. (Customers who own in an area not covered by the covenant will also see an increase of $2.00 on their monthly billing.) This decision for increase is predicated on the following factors, and is deemed necessary to ensure the financial and functional health of our fiber optic network. As we enter into 2014, there are a few significant items which prompt this decision: • As a requirement in HFN’s purchase agreement with Port Blakely, HFN is required to increase the NFF in order to ensure the future financial stability of the network. (The NFF has never been increased, even though allowed by the covenant.)

Highlands Fiber Network Competition, at a Glance In light of the upcoming HFN fee increase, I thought I’d share some information or what the competition has to offer. We picked an address in the Highlands and priced out Internet-only service as if we were a new customer. While an “apples to apples” comparison is difficult, we tried to get as close as we could. We selected the 10mbps plan as a comparison, and tried to get close to that. Frank Pineau, HFN General Manager

Basic Plans Comcast:

“Performance Plan”, 25mbps down/5mbps upload This is a “Burst” offering, which means you could get less speed after being on line for a while. All Comcast plans have a Bandwidth Cap* Starts at $29.95, then goes to a minimum $42.95/mo at 7 months Add $100 installation, $8.00 equipment rental and a $55.00 setup fee


“Pure Broadband Plan”, 12mbps down/896k upload All CenturyLink plans have a Bandwidth Cap* $29.95 for 12 months, then $52.00/mo after Add on $59.99 installation fee, $6.99 modem rental, $14.99 Modem shipping and a $19.95 activation fee


• There are still large construction projects underway, with more to come. While the developer and builder are responsible for building our network on their property, HFN still has responsibility to place pathways and connect cables for service. We also continue to meet with developers, inspect what they provide for us, and fully test the end result. We expect this construction phase to continue for several years, as there are still many areas planned but not yet constructed.

“Quantum 10” plan, 10mbps download/10mbps upload No Bandwidth Caps* on any plan $47.95/mo, no automatic price increases, no equipment rental fees. Installation costs ($250.00) are covered at close of escrow for homes covered under the Covenant.

• Some of our areas of existing fiber cable are aging, and even though still very effective, HFN is looking at routine maintenance processes to ensure they last for a long time. These include visual inspections and other proactive measures.

“High Speed 55” is the closest offering, with 55mbps down/5mbps upload All Wave Broadband plans have a Bandwidth Cap* $39.95/mo for 12 months, then goes to $59.95/mo. $29.95 installation fee and $8.00 equipment rental

The increase to the monthly NFF will take effect on April 1st, 2014. While no one wants to see a fee increase, the Highland Fiber Network continues to be the best value for Internet anywhere in Washington State. Our community has connections to the Internet the majority of people can only wish for at a price far less than any available competitor. Questions, comments and concerns should be directed to Frank Pineau, General Manager - Highlands Fiber Network. Frank can be reached at 425-394-4184,, or at the HFN office at Blakely Hall, 2550 NE Park Dr., Issaquah, WA 98029. As always, the HFN customer service line is at 425-427-0999. Sincerely, Highlands Fiber Network, Board of Directors

Higher Speed Plans Wave Broadband:


“Quantum 100” plan, 100mbps download/20mbps upload No Bandwidth Caps* on any plan $56.95/mo, no automatic price increases, no equipment rental fees. Installation costs ($250.00) are covered at close of escrow for homes covered under the Covenant. When you compare our highest speed offerings, the differences get even more dramatic. *A “Bandwidth Cap” refers to the amount of data a company will allow you to have at that price. Like cellphone plans that will limit you to a certain amount of data on a plan, most Internet providers do the same. We’ll elaborate more on these “fine print” conditions in future Connections News articles.

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Grand Ridge Elementary

Grand Ridge PTSA Science Fair Expo: March 11th and 12th Hey GR families, you don’t want to miss out on this epic event! The GR PTSA Science Fair & Expo is one of the school’s most anticipated events, and provides students an opportunity to combine their love for science with their creative side. Student presentation for judging will occur on March 11th, starting at 5:00pm. Then, on March 12th, all GR families will be able to view student projects starting at 5:00pm. A major highlight of the night will be the Vendor Expo from 5:30 – 7:30pm. There will be over 14 hands-on exhibits throughout the school!


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PCMS ASB Talent Show: Date and Time to be announced – please check the PCMS website for updates! The PCMS Talent Show is an event you don’t want to miss! This is the perfect entertainment venue for the whole family! A wide selection of entertainers will be performing for the entire student body during a morning assembly. The evening show will be the highlight of the Talent Show, and will be open to all students and family members. Come cheer on our talented PCMS students while they show off their skills in dance, comedy, singing, instrumentals, and so much more!

SUNDAY MARCH 16th at Blakely Hall, 2550 NE Park Drive, Issaquah, WA 98029

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IFashion Show & Auction: March 28, 2014 The Issaquah High School Fashion Show & Auction is a very popular annual fundraiser event! Proceeds support IHS’s ASB and PTSA Outreach Programs. The show includes an exciting fashion show, and a live and silent auction. There will be a large variety of items, vacation get-aways, and “experience” packages to bid on. Attendees will view clothing from local boutiques and retailers located in the Eastside and Seattle. Don’t miss out – Junior and Senior IHS students will walk the runway in style!

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Science Fair - Student Presentation: 5:00pm - 7:30pm Science Fair - Vendor Expo and Viewing of Student Projects: 5:00pm – 7:30pm Choir Concert at PCMS: 7:00pm – 8:30pm GR PTSA General Membership Meeting: 7:00pm – 8:00pm 4th Grade Recorder Concert: 6:30pm


Clark Elementary 3/13 3/27

5th Grade Concert: 7:00pm – 8:00pm in the MPR 3rd Grade Concert: 7:00pm – 8:00pm in the MPR

Pacific Cascade Middle School 3/12 3/19 3/20

Advanced Band, Intermediate Band, and Jazz Band Spring Concert: 7:00pm – 9:00pm Spring Choir Concert w/ Elementary Feeder Schools: 7:00pm – 8:30pm PTSA General Membership Meeting: 12:30pm

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PTSA Meeting: 9:30am – 11:00am in the IHS Main Office Conference Room Spring Play: 7:00pm in the IHS Theater Fashion Show: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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From the Ground Up by Shelly Hawkins, Crofton Springs neighborhood

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Margaret Atwood In Issaquah Highlands, March is typically a month of unpredictable weather as we transition from winter to the first day of spring, which is scheduled to arrive on March 20th. It’s no wonder we expect the weather to act spring like in March. It’s disappointing reality often comes up short of our expectations. Although the weather greatly impacts how well our garden flourishes, our gardening success is actually more dependent on what’s hidden below ground—the dirt in our garden, garden plot, or planter. The best solution to ridding your garden of pests, disease, and weeds is not located in a spray can or a box of chemicals. When you spray chemicals in your garden, you don’t only kill harmful pests. You run the risk of killing beneficial insects, birds, and amphibians—all tireless insect killers. And if you improperly apply the chemicals, you also run the risk of killing your plants, pets, and wildlife; and poisoning the land and water supply. A better approach is to use environmental, cultural, and natural chemical methods instead. For this reason, the first step in successful gardening is to enrich your soil with humus (composted organic matter). Humus improves your soil’s structure (its physical condition), friability (ease of working), permeability to water (ability of water to pass through it), aeration (increased oxygen supply to plant roots), and nitrogen retention (needed for plant growth). In addition, adding organic material to your soil conserves the moisture and nutrients available to your plants and soil microorganism populations. You can also enrich your soil by growing a green manure crop, such as oats, barley, or rye in the fall after you’ve harvested your vegetables, and then work the cover crop into your soil before it goes to seed. Compost bins are forbidden in Issaquah Highlands due to the resident bear population. I found this incredibly disappointing since I had been composting and reusing kitchen and garden waste long before I moved here. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a truly bear-proof compost bin; and so, CleanScape composts our kitchen and garden waste, and we pay for bagged or bulk compost for our gardens. A worm bin can be used to compost your kitchen waste. Adding Organic Fertilizers You can also use commercially prepared organic fertilizers to supplement the compost. Organic fertilizers are released more slowly in soil than chemical fertilizers and are less likely to damage your plants. Before applying these fertilizers, it’s a good idea to use a soil test to determine whether your soil needs nitrogen, phosphorous, or potassium. Cottonseed meal and fish fertilizer are good sources of nitrogen; Rock phosphate is a good source of phosphorus; and greensand is a good source of potassium.

Free Spring Gardening Classes at Blakely Hall

Adjusting Your Soil’s pH You might want to test your soil’s acidity, or pH. A pH of 7.0 is neutral, above 7.0 is alkaline, and below 7.0 is acid. A soil pH of 5.5 to 7.0 does not need soil amendments to adjust the pH level. To make your soil more alkaline, you can add lime (dolomitic lime also adds magnesium). To make your soil more acidic, you can add ammonium sulfate. Most soils in this area are slightly acidic (typically a pH of 5 to 6.5); so you’re more likely to need to raise than lower the pH of your soil. There are some exceptions. Two acid-loving plants are rhododendrons and blueberries. Happy gardening!

Saturday, March 8 2014, 10AM The Magical and Mysterious World of Spring Ephemerals With Susie Egan, Owner Cottage Lake Gardens, Master Gardener Saturday, March 22 2014, 10AM Sustainable Veggie Gardening With Ladd Smith See details at Issaquah Highlands Community Calendar Register: Sponsored by Cascade Water Alliance and Highlands Council



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RESIDENT PROFILE: JAKE JACOBY Dr. Irving “Jake” Jacoby is a 35 year emergency medical professional and volunteer. Jake is recently retired from his teaching position at UC School of Medicine, San Diego in the Emergency Department where he was the Disaster Control Officer and the Hospital Director for Emergency Preparedness and Response. He founded San Diego’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) in 1991 and is their Team Commander. He has responded to disasters all across the country. He and his wife Sara purchased their home in Magnolia Park a little over a year ago.

What do you like best about your new neighborhood in IH?

I like being so close to community parks, mountain views, and the forest. It has the feel of the country but is so close to modern amenities. And it’s close to our children.

Tell us about your family.

Sara teaches ESL at Seattle Central Community College. Our daughter is working on her Masters at the UW. Our son is a software engineer and has two and a half-year-old daughter.

What motivates you to volunteer so much time and energy to emergency response?

I have always believed that people with specialty skills and knowledge should serve others. To me, responding to a disaster is part of the job of an emergency physician.

Why are you called “Commander” of the DMAT? That sounds militaristic?

Disaster teams follow a quasi-military organizational structure based on the Incident Command System used by fire and police. This way people from different organizations can understand one another.

Tell us about a few of your deployments.

Our first deployment was for the Northridge Earthquake (See Curtis, Page 23). Also there were hurricanes Katrina (2005), Gustav, and Ike (2008), and most recently, Super Storm Sandy. Also Ground Zero in New York City following the 9-11attacks. We have been activated over 18 times in 23 years.

What advice would you give your neighbors for emergency preparedness?

Every family should have its own disaster preparedness and response plan. Family members need to be able to confirm all are safe when an event alters usual travel, school and work activities. Have adequate food, water and supplies for family members and pets to shelter in place for three to five days. Have a “Go Bags” and a list of things that should be taken if you need to evacuate on short notice. (Editor: See feature stories for more.)

Seen any good movies lately?

Philomena was a wonderful production, based on a true event. One of my alltime favorites include “The Name of the Rose,” and of course I go see all disaster movies.

Do you have a favorite movie or book of all time?

As a child, my favorite book was The Mysterious Island, by Jules Verne. I currently read lots of non-fiction disaster stories. Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, by Simon Winchester, is a well-written favorite. I also loved Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson, set during WW II involving the Enigma program and secret gold movements.

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Rental Facilities Blakely Hall Award-winning Blakely Hall has a feeling and comfort of a lodge. It is a wonderful place for parties with 70 or more guests, fund raisers, galas, and any type of reception. Blakely Hall can accommodate up to 230 guests. In addition to the atmosphere Blakely Hall will give you, there is a patio with outdoor seating and BBQ grill that is available for rent. Blakely Hall Meeting Room The Conference room is perfect for your meeting or seminar. It is private. It can accommodate up to 46 guests. A screen is provided as well as comfortable conference chairs and tables that can be configured to your liking. A projector is available for rent. There is a wash station, and a countertop to place your refreshments. To inquire about booking facilities at Blakely Hall, please contact Brianna at 425.507.1107 or email Fire Station Meeting Room The Fire Station 73 meeting room is great for community or group meetings. It comes with tables and chairs. It can accommodate up to 85 guests in a meeting setting or comfortably 30 guests. There are two whiteboards for writing down your ideas and agenda. There is also a television with a DVD player for your instructional videos. Because this is a city building they do not allow religious, partisan, or for-profit meetings to take place in this facility. To inquire about booking the Fire Station Meeting Room, please contact Fire Station #73 at 425.313.3373.


Sarah McKee, Executive Director, 425-507-1120 Rachel Garrett, Director of Community Operations, 425-507-1115 Erika North, Community Manager, 425-507-1121 Jennifer Fink, Community Manager, 425-507-1113 Russ Ayers, Landscape Manager, 425-507-1130 Crystal Bentley, Office Manager, 425-507-1119 Joon Chang, Accounting Manager, 425-507-1117 Homeowner Account Inquiries, 425-507-1119 Escrow Payoffs, 425-507-1123

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