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Wednesday March 5, 2014


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Issaquah Valley Elementary students prove their theories at the science fair


Sunset Elementary Principal Wayne Hamasaki fulfills a promise in 2005 to dye his hair after students read for 1.65 million minutes in the Eager Reader program.

Elementary principal announces retirement Above, Zarrina Nurullina, Issaquah Valley Elementary School fifthgrader, shows how eggs float in salty water because of their increased density (left), and that the less salt in the water the more the eggs sink during the school’s Science Fair Feb. 26 at Bellevue College. At right, a student’s experiment proves a battery sandwich of 13 pennies, 13 nickels and paper towel squares soaked in salt and vinegar can generate enough electricity to light an LED bulb.

Photos by Greg Farrar

Above, third-grader Paige Ference learns she can hold a bubble in a soapy hand rather than a dry hand because of surface tension. Below, conductive playdough, made at home from a recipe by third-grader Dylan Moe, carries electricity and lights two LED bulbs.

Join seniors and UW nursing faculty for ‘The Walking Revolution’

Photos by Neil Pierson

Named to the Washington Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra were (from left, during recent school rehearsals) Beaver Lake Middle School violinist Heliqiong Sun; Pacific Cascade Middle School seventh-grade trumpist Sarah Hall, trombonist Emily Ko, bass clarinetist Joshua Lee and eight-grade clarinetist Austin Denton.

Young musicians take their talents to big stage By Neil Pierson npierson@ Heliqiong Sun began playing the piano when she was 4. Ten years later, it’s the instrument she’s most proficient with. But Sun, an eighth-grad-

er at Beaver Lake Middle School, has some versatility. She picked up the violin three years ago, and has mastered it enough that she can be considered among the best violinists in the state for her age group. She was among 58 middle-school students

from the Issaquah School District selected for the Washington Music Educators Association’s Junior All-State groups. Students from across the state converged Feb. 15 in Yakima, and they spent several hours rehearsing before the three choirs, two bands and one orchestra

took the stage that evening for their performances. Sun, who was one of two Beaver Lake orchestra members chosen for all-state, said the oneday schedule was a bit grinding. It was tough to stay focused, and she often needed to stand and stretch.

“My friends joke around that it was like school with six periods of orchestra, stuck in one room,” she said. At Pacific Cascade Middle School, five members of Jeff Miller’s band See ALL

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by the books of authors also fascinated by these intelligent black birds, including: John Marzluff, Tony Angell, Layne Maheu, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Boria Sax, Tim Birkhead, Candace Savage, Genora Powell, Jon Young, Lawrence Kilham, Bernd Heinrich and Thor Hanson. The submission deadline is midnight March 15. The exhibit kicks off with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. May 30 and runs through July 12. Bartol and artEAST are proposing additional events that will take place from mid May through July throughout Issaquah. Learn more about entering at

University of Washington School of Nursing Professors Dr. Basia Belza and Dr. Hilaire Thompson present a collaborative talk that encourages Issaquah seniors to join “The Walking Revolution.” The talk, hosted by University House Issaquah at 10:30 a.m. March 6, is free and open to the public. Belza leads the presentation with the latest research about the dangers associated with over-sitting and tips for incorporating walking in daily routines. Thompson presents the latest information about fall prevention and new strategies for successful fall recovery, including methods to improve balance and movement. The talk is part of Era Living’s ongoing series, “Strategies for Successful Senior Living.” For more than 20 years, Era Living has partnered with the UW School of Nursing to collaborate on active aging and wellness programs. Make complimentary reservations by calling 557-4200 or learn more at


ArtEAST hosts open call for art in new exhibit ArtEAST has put out an open call for art in its new exhibit “Crow/Raven: Magic & Mystery.” Wanted are 2-D and 3-D works pertaining to the theme, with crows and ravens being a source of artistic inspiration, scientific inquiry and fascination. Accepted artwork is eligible for a $250 curator’s choice award. The show will be curated by Greg Bartol. Artists are encouraged to capture the essence of crow/raven, whether inspired by the traits that humans find strangely familiar (language, delinquency, frolic, passion, wrath, risktaking and awareness), or

Sunset Elementary School Principal Wayne Hamasaki will retire from his position at the end of the school year. Hamasaki has been Sunset’s principal for 11 years, and has worked in public education for the past 28 years. Before coming to Sunset, he served as principal at two other schools: Apollo Elementary in the Issaquah district, and Cascade View Elementary in the Tukwila district. “Today, I am filled with admiration for what we have established and accomplished: a school filled with joyful children actively creating knowledge and meaning while preparing to meet the challenges of life,” Hamasaki wrote in a Feb. 27 email to Sunset families.


Hepler Ford, showing 1949 models p96, #150 Arcadia book caption: Automobiles weren’t just for the wealthy anymore, and most families could afford one. In this 1948 photograph, Issaquah residents crowd the front window of Hepler Ford to see the 1949 model. Lee Hepler, a former Issaquah mayor, ran the dealership. He was known for his ads in The Issaquah Press, frequent radio spots and gala events, all of which helped sell cars. Hepler’s was on the southeast corner of Front Street and Sunset Way.

The Issaquah History Museums take requests regarding what people would like to see in the Digital Collection. Roughly quarterly, volunteers have a data-entry day and prep a bunch of records for upload. If there is a particular name, place or item you’d like to see more images of on the website, email Erica Maniez at erica. maniez@issaquahhistory. org. If you have a photo or subject you would like to see in this feature, email editor@