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Atlas redevelopment project approved for Seventh and Gilman By Peter Clark email@example.com Redevelopment of Seventh Avenue Northwest and Northwest Gilman Boulevard earned Development Commission approval May 7. The city Development Commission welcomed the topic during two three-hour meetings April 16 and May 7. The commission received presentations from
designers GGLO Architects, the city’s Development Services Department, as well as an outpouring of public comments. During the latter meeting, the commission unanimously approved the permit application. “It’s got another new name since last we met,” City Senior Planner Jerry Lind said during the May 7 meeting. “It’s now called ‘Atlas’. We’ve seen the name Cadence. That one you
Oscar Myre passes on the tradition By Joe Grove firstname.lastname@example.org Singer Shirley Ellis introduced the country to “The Name Game” with her “Bonana fanna fo” rime scheme designed to turn any name into a poem. (Google it. Your kids will love it.) But everyone faced with the birth of a baby must play a name game of sorts. Shall we look for something new, something unique? Shall we maintain a tradition, or even maybe a unique tradition? For Oscar Myre IV, the decision was unquestionably to maintain a unique tradition and so, there is indeed an Oscar Myre V, who proudly wears the family name at Cedar River Montessori School. They Myres live in Renton/ Issaquah; that is, they have a Renton address but live in the Issaquah School District. To avoid confusion in this story, Roman numerals will be used as identifiers. III said he has lived in the same area for 30 years, though he didn’t go to school here. “I’m from the South,” he said. “South Tacoma.” Both III and IV are self-employed, III as a Farmers Insurance agent and IV owns OM Originals, where he markets, creates and develops websites. “I’ve been doing it since last century,” IV said. “Since 1998.” Both claim the name is a great icebreaker. IV said when he introduces himself as Oscar Myre, most people’s immediate response is, “Really?” “I go, ‘No, we took that off 20 years ago, because it’s too long,’” he said. “Yeah, people never forget the name Oscar Myre. “It’s been fun. It’s been kind of a neat thing for remembrance. You can’t run away from it, so just embrace it.” IV did admit to a bit of a drawback with the name. “If I’m calling on new people and say my name is Oscar Myre, I have a difficult time getting past the gatekeeper, because they think
“People sometimes say their names apologetically, when it is unique, and I say I’m not making fun of their name, as my name is Oscar Myre. That kind of opens it up and people want to share their woes about being called this or that.” — Oscar Meyer Fourth generation to carry on family name
it is the first of April,” he said. Both fathers said when it came time to name their boys, there was no discussion about keeping the tradition. “It was never up for discussion,” III said. “We wanted an Oscar Myre.” IV added, “Growing up, sometimes I wondered if I was going to continue the tradition, but there was no doubt it was the right thing to do.” Amusing incidents related to their names have occurred over the years. III said he had a client who had been in an accident call him. “I’ve been paying you a lot of money over the years,” the man said. “Please tell me I have insurance. I just found out my adjuster is Sherwood Forest and my agent is Oscar Myre. Where does Farmers come in here?” III said he has been with Farmers for 35 years. “A lady called me yesterday who I had insured 30 years ago. ‘Oscar, are you still in business?’ she asked. “Who did you call,” I asked. “How did I answer the phone? I guess I am.” IV said he is drawn to people with unique names. He went to Maywood Middle School and Liberty High School with MerSee MYRES, Page A5
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Three generations of Oscar Myres get together for a photo at Oscar V’s first soccer game, coached by Oscar III and IV. (And yes, they won.)
want to erase from your mind. It’s evolved and it’s possible it could change again.” Lennar Multifamily Investors has worked with the city for the past year to redevelop the land on which currently sits a strip mall and the closed Lombardi’s restaurant. Lennar aims to construct three five-story residential buildings that will contain 346 units. The plans for the Atlas proj-
ect have been available from the city for a few months and meetings with the public have addressed the parcel’s proximity to Issaquah Creek. Citizen concerns have risen regarding a history of flooding events that have stricken the property over the years. The April 16 meeting evaluated the whole of the development plans. “We are very cognizant of the fact that we’re very con-
spicuous,” Lennar Multifamily Investors Development Director Tom Bartholomew said to the commission. “It has gone very smoothly. We’re really excited to be here tonight displaying this project. We’re very proud of it.” A presentation from Alan Grainger, principal with GGLO Architects, highlighted the comSee ATLAS, Page A5
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Competing paddleboard athletes bunched up in the lead seem to be keeping dry except for the splashing as they turn at a buoy May 10 on the racecourse at Lake Sammamish State Park during the fourth annual Northwest Paddling Festival. Kayak tours, water classes and 2- and 6-mile Northwest Paddling Challenge races were featured during the two days of activity.
Plastic kayaks (left), sit together on Sunset Beach. Paddlesports retailers and manufacturers showed off their products at the largest such event in the Pacific Northwest. Above, Mike Nauman-Montana, of Ballard, and his sons Atticus, 5, and Linus, 7, return to shore.
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Bike to Remember D-Day at flyover Work Day is May 16 Join cyclists for fun, fitness and friendship as the city of Issaquah and Cascade Bicycle Club celebrate Bike to Work Day. The annual event is from 6-9 a.m. May 16. Bike to Work Day includes a commuter station where riders can check in and receive information about bicycle commuting. The commuter station will be on the grassy area on the northwest corner of the intersection of state Route 900 and Northwest Sammamish Road. Stop by and pick up a free souvenir, enter to win prizes, have a bike mechanic to look over your bike or air up your tires, and fuel up with snacks. The Bike to Work Day station in Issaquah is one of many places in the region to celebrate Bike Month.
Four P-51 Mustangs from the Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field will do a flyover of Issaquah’s Veterans Memorial Field on June 6, the anniversary of D-Day. Thirty cities in Washington will get up-close looks at the planes as they fly over. A time hasn’t yet been set, because the flight plan isn’t finished. Organizers are hoping to have the public and veterans there, especially World War II veterans. There will also be a perfor-
mance by the Issaquah Singers. During World War II (19391945), the Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. Codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle began June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region, according to History.com.
This P-51D Mustang from the Flying Heritage Collection will be one of four that will fly over Issaquah on June 6.
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Slide causes emergency closure of Cedar River The King County Sheriff’s Office ordered an emergency closure of the Cedar River on May 10 after a landslide. All activities are banned until further notice. Sergeant DB Gates said in a press release that the landslide was 200 to 250 feet across. There were no injuries reported and minor property damage. No homes were evacuated. The closure is from
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Get a free ribbon for Police Week Join Issaquah police officers in showing your support for National Police Week May 11-17 by displaying a free blue ribbon on your vehicle’s antenna. The ribbons honor the law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, as well as all
of the men and women who serve and protect our communities every day. The Issaquah Police Department will give away free blue ribbons from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through May 16 at its front counter, 130 E. Sunset Way, or while supplies last. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week.
Court filings for 2013 are down from previous year By Peter Clark email@example.com Domestic violence cases marked the greatest increase in Issaquah’s decreased number of court cases in 2013. In his annual presentation to the City Council, Judge Scott Stewart laid out what cases came before the local court in his state of the court address April 7. “Domestic violence cases are up slightly,” Stewart said at the meeting. “And we’re seeing a number of different computer crimes charges.” The court, which handles misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors and traffic infractions, addressed 540 misdemeanor filings in 2013, down from 696 the previous year. The largest change in numbers occurred in the filing of traffic infractions to the court. There were 9,769 filings in 2012, which came from traffic, parking and photo enforcement. In 2013, Stewart said there were 7,345. Police Chief Scott Behrbaum said the drop was caused by personnel challenges rather than a change in departmental focus. “In 2012, we had two traffic officers and in 2013, we only had one,” he said. “It was a combination of that and in 2013, we had a string of injuries, retirements and a deployment. It was a culmination of these things.” Stewart said that although criminal filings were down, the district still faced a number of prob-
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N. Scott Stewart, judge for Issaquah Municipal Court, presents the state of the court year in review address to the City Council and members of the public April 7 in council chambers. lems. “We do have a significant percentage of young folks that appear in our courts who are 21 and under that clearly have heroin problems,” he said. “It’s an issue that over the last couple years has developed. We’ve been talking with the probation department, trying to coming up with something that helps us monitor them and moves them away from the drug culture.” He said one of his 2014 goals will be to create a calendar to allow for close monitoring of young people charged in court. Another focus for the year will be to assess how those serviced by the court feel about the experience. Stewart said a survey was conducted with mostly positive results. “The conclusion was that the majority of the persons feel that the Issaquah Municipal Court is a fair and well-run court,” he said.
“Folks tend to think they get pushed around by the system, to the extent that you make everyone feel like they’ve been listened to, even if you rule against them, tends to make for a better outcome all around.” He said the department continues looking into expanding social media services and other ways to improve contact with the district. As for the changes in filings, Behrbaum said the increase in domestic violence charges and decrease in others were all a part of law enforcement patterns. “You’re always going to have cycles of different kinds of crime,” he said, citing how state law, personnel and resources can affect how those different kinds of crime come to court. “This hasn’t been a change in philosophies, it’s a myriad of changes that impact filings.”
Lobbyist update finds silver lining in legislative clouds By Peter Clark firstname.lastname@example.org Issaquah’s Lobbyist Doug Levy tried to make legislator lemonade out of the lemons given in the most recent legislative session. He presented a postsession update to the City Council during the April 7 meeting and found some positive things to say about a relatively uneventful session. “My sum up of this session would be there were certainly not areas where
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we feel like there was any significant harm done,” Levy said. “It’s just that I would have liked to be able to report more progress to you. It was a little bit more of a running-in-place kind of session.” The short session lasted from Jan. 13 to March 13. Legislators made no significant movement on a comprehensive transportation package, reconciling medical/recreational marijuana rules or finding K-12 education funding. “They did get done on time, which they haven’t done since 2008,” Levy said. “I think, with all due respect, it is going to go down as a legislative session where a lot of items were deferred, sort of kicking the can into the 2015 longer session.” He said the lack of a transportation package remains the most stinging
outcome of the session. “We know we have a problem in the state of Washington,” Levy said. “With every year that goes by without action, it makes it tougher and more expensive as costs rise with inflation.” Still, he found cause for celebration spots in the stagnation session, though it revolved around the inaction. “One really good part for a lack of a capital budget for us is that there was one of the propositions to reduce funding at Lake Sammamish State Park,” Levy said. “That’s a good thing for us.” He said he wanted to work for greater cooperation between the city and the state in the future, to ensure better legislative results for Issaquah. “I feel like there has been a little bit of an erosion in the partnership between local government and state government,” Levy said. “There’s been less reception of the need to share revenue and help with infrastructure than we would like. That’s going to be an ongoing battle. We have work to do to get back on the partnership.” As for next year’s agenda, City Communications Manager Autumn Monahan said she expects the city will continue to focus on Interstate 90 funding and trying to find state money for green projects like Confluence Park. “A lot of it depends on what the City Council decides the legislative update will be in the fall,” she said. Levy expected next year’s session would focus on trying to find education funding and establishing the next biennial budget. He said Issaquah made some inroads into its interests this year, despite the lack of action. “Obviously, it was a disappointing session in some ways, but we really built a foundation in other ways,” he said. “While I express some disappointment in the legislation, I do really feel that the folks who represent the 5th District and the 41st District, they do understand a lot of your issues and they do really care about your issues.”
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Tank is empty of water, booming with sound By Greg Farrar email@example.com The signature water tank for the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District, instead of being the usual reservoir of drinking water, became a giant echo chamber last week during a scheduled maintenance procedure. The 2-million-gallon tank at district headquarters on 228th Avenue Southeast in Sammamish, seen as a landmark to many residents for its forest mural paint job and location at the secondhighest point in the city (the highest, in the Inglewood Hill neighborhood, at 22025 N.E. 12th Place, also has a tank on it), was drained, pressure-washed and inspected for the first time since 1993. The district’s 2010 Water Comprehensive Plan, which calls for the procedure to take place every five years at each of the district’s eight tanks, means there will
Issaquah Valley Trolley service starts soon The vintage Issaquah Valley Trolley resumes service downtown May 17. The car will run from the Train Depot to the east fork of Issaquah Creek and back from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Passengers purchase boarding passes at the depot ticket window, 78 First Ave. N.E. Fares, a suggested $5 donation per person, includes admission to the Depot Museum and Gilman Town Hall Museum. Children 5 and younger are free, as well as History Museums members with membership cards. The all-volunteer trolley operation is also seeking volunteers for the season. Learn more at a volunteer recruitment open house at 3 p.m. May 18 at the Train Depot. Organizers are seeking additional motormen, conductors and station agents. Help is also needed for maintaining equipment. Learn more about the open house or volunteer opportunities at issaquahhistory.org.
tary School, will receive money to purchase “Reading Like a Writer” mentor texts for her classroom. Colleen Maher, who teaches in the learning resource center at Pine Lake Middle School, was awarded a grant to purchase sensory devices for
special-needs students. The East-King association, affiliated with the Washington State School Retirees’ Association, has more than 430 members who raise money year round for active educators in need of extra funding for projects and programs.
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Scott Jonas (left), operations manager for Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District, and utility worker Jeff Torgerson, look at the pressure transducer of the emptied 228th Avenue water tank. not be as long of an interval again. Other inspections did take place during those 21 years, through the tank’s roof hatch using rafts to do “float” inspections and through occasionally using scuba divers who would inspect the interior coatings and use underwater vacuums to remove accumulations of sediment.
City hosts job fair May 28 Issaquah educators Job seekers are invited receive grants to meet with a slew of local employers at the city of Issaquah’s first job fair May 28. Attendees can connect with hiring businesses such as Fred Meyer, Marshalls and Sports Authority. Experts will review job seekers’ résumés and offer advice. Prospective employees can apply online with companies prior to the event, or complete online applications at the job fair. Employers with job openings should contact the city’s Economic Development Department at ED@issaquahwa.gov or 837-3450. The fair, geared toward job seekers 16-24, will be held from 2-5 p.m. May 28, at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. The inaugural job fair is sponsored by the city of Issaquah, Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, Issaquah School District and Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County.
To empty the tank, much of the water was drained through normal demand, with the remainder dechlorinated and moved through the district’s drainage ponds into the stormwater system to be safe for the ecosystem. While the 89-foot, 62-foot-4-inch diameter tank was empty, every sound inside was multiplied many times over
before dying slowly away. Two hatches at the base are used for entering with lights and cleaning equipment. Those hatches also provide access for the final procedure, sanitizing the interior after the inspections and maintenance are complete. Workers found the inside to be free of rust and damage, but knew previously the inside walls were permanently stained with manganese deposits. The naturally occurring mineral is found in the aquifer the district’s wells tap into. Filtration systems remove the manganese before the water is delivered to customer homes. The steel tank was constructed in 1977 and is well on its way to achieving the design life of 100 years, according to the water district. The district’s other seven tanks, with a capacity of 21.1 million gallons, handled the 12-milliongallon average daily use during maintenance.
The East-King School Retirees’ Association recently presented grants to a pair of Issaquah School District teachers. Jane Brammer, a kindergarten teacher at Issaquah Valley Elemen-
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EFR’s one ladder truck might change stations By Peter Clark firstname.lastname@example.org Eastside Fire & Rescue might move its one ladder truck from the Issaquah Highlands Station to another. Deputy Chief of Operations Greg Tryon said the move of the truck, known as Ladder 73, from Fire Station 73, 1280 N.E. Park Drive, possibly down into the valley at Fire Station 72 arose because of growth in the area. “The ladder is probably not the single best unit for the response area,” Tryon said. “With the design of the community with its narrow streets and multiple residential structures, the ladder just doesn’t fit in those areas.” He said EFR typically prefers the truck arrive second or third on a scene to assist after initial responders. Since the regional organization houses Ladder 73 near a growing area, many times it responds first. Navigating the 68,000-pound truck through urbanizing streets has turned into a growing problem. “It fit really well in this current station until everything grew up around it,” Tryon said. “Now, we have increased
pedestrian and road traffic. It just isn’t the ideal first arriving unit in this area.” The EFR board of directors has already begun discussing the move. Issaquah City Councilwoman and EFR board member Mary Lou Pauly said the administrators explained the reasons for the action well. “The board was pretty receptive,” Pauly said. “It understood that it was an operational change. There were some questions about response time, but the board was really happy with the explanations that were given.” Tryon said moving the truck down to 1575 N.W. Maple St. would optimize response times for the region as a whole. “The Maple Street station was always designed as an urban station — it doesn’t have the setbacks as the one in the highlands,” Tryon said. “For us, what we’re really focusing on is having a quick and responsive unit that can access these tight areas with the ladder truck close behind.” He said the board would make the decision soon and if the truck is moved, it would happen by September.
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The Home Depot hosts garden party The Home Depot is hosting a garden party from 1-4 p.m. May 17 at the Issaquah Home Depot, 6200 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway. Local blogger Melissa Michaels, from “The Inspired Room,” will host the party and local chef Amy Pennington will demonstrate grilling techniques and share garden-to-table recipes for spring. The party also features: 4Herb garden workshop with The Home Depot Gardenieres. 4Demonstrations of the latest in outdoor power tools and grills. 4Advice from The Home Depot’s gardening experts on how to plant a successful garden in the Seattle area.
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Don’t drink this prom season Prom season is upon us. All across America, high school seniors are finding new and creative ways to ask each other to the big dance, girls are searching for the perfect dress and at least one boy is determined to be that guy wearing the white tux with tails and a top hat. (Special private note to him: You don’t actually want to be that guy.) While parents are watching this unfold — and “Sunrise, Sunset” plays somewhere in their minds — they must remember how important it is that they continue the work they’ve done to keep their children safe. The prom itself is going to be well-staffed with little opportunity for the kids to get up to no good. The after-parties, however, can be dangerous. Certainly, the vast majority of local students will have a good time and come home safely with a head full of memories from that last big night of high school. Others, however, will get black-out drunk and not remember much at all. This is what parents need to be careful to watch for. Yes, it’s important to give your teens freedom and let them experience life. Many of them have already been accepted to a college, have one foot out the door and chafe at parental rules. That doesn’t mean it’s time to let them do what they want. Those questions you’ve been asking — Who will be there? When will you be home? — are still important. Just as important is making sure the kids stay sober. Issaquah has had an unusually high percentage of its minors caught drinking and driving. It’s only blind luck that has stopped those incidents from becoming a tragedy. Parents, don’t let your children drink. Don’t provide them with alcohol and tell yourself, at least I know where they are — that’s the first step on a very slippery slope. Students, don’t do anything foolish — there will be plenty of time for that once you’re in college. You’ve worked very hard to get to this point in your life, don’t let it end in a tragedy.
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Are we too on-demand for our own good? One of my favorite things to do at home in the evenings is to stretch out on the couch, a cold beer at my elbow, and use the magical creation known as Netflix to catch up on some great television shows. For the better part of the last several months, my wife and I became absolutely hooked on “Breaking Bad,” which has rightly been lauded as one of the finest TV programs ever created. Some nights, we’d binge on four or five 45-minute episodes. We simply couldn’t get enough of meth magician Walter White, his protégé/second son Jesse Pinkman and their drug-dealing adventures that eventually spilled out of control. For months prior to that, we had similar marathon sessions with “Entourage,” the HBO show focusing on actor Vincent Chase, his posse and eccentric agent Ari Gold, played by the highly underrated Jeremy Piven. It proved impossible to turn away from the next hilarious pitfall facing the characters. Netflix – and on-demand competitors like Hulu or Amazon Prime – have basically reinvented the wheel when it comes to what we watch and how we watch it. Video stores have been put on the endangered-species list, and are likely to be extinct in the next few years. Like millions of others, I’ve been taking advantage of these services for years. I got hooked on another AMC classic, “Mad Men,” and I’m primed to catch up on the fifth and sixth seasons now that I’ve wrapped up “Breaking Bad” and the three available seasons of “Girls” on HBO GO. Just in case you were confused, yes, a man can enjoy a show called “Girls” in the privacy of his own home, even
if it elicits cross-eyed looks from his spouse. There are so many good TV shows available at the press of a button that my queue is Neil likely years Pierson long. I’ve gone Press reporter through tons of stuff like “Weeds,” “The League,” “Blue Mountain State” and “Portlandia,” but have yet to get to cancelled-long-ago shows such as “One Tree Hill” and “Frasier.” It got me thinking, though, when, in a recent Sunday sermon, our pastor focused on the issue of impatience. We live in a world that demands instant satisfaction, yet the Bible provides a contradictory message: The best things happen slowly, and often in ways we can’t predict. While we wait for our desires to be fulfilled – a job promotion, a new home, finding a spouse or creating a child – we should find ways to be content with what we do have. I think, for me, the relevant point in this case is to be more spontaneous, more well-rounded and less reliant on a default setting. Just because I can lounge around for hours being entertained by fictional characters doesn’t mean I should. It’s a better use of my time to mix in other activities: take a walk, ride a bike, read a book, have dinner with a friend. In our urge to have everything now, maybe we’ve missed out on the things that matter most. And, quite possibly, finding a rewarding experience requires less dreaming, more doing.
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Move to Issaquah, live in a home? No trees for you — only ferns, moss and stone. They block a view, take up the land — How many of you who witThere is local and national talk we need instead a tall lemonade nessed the 2009 (and 1996 and to adjust the minimum wage that stand. 1990) flooding around Lombarbusinesses must pay. This appears Cut them down, does it matter di’s thought that the best solujust a way for politicians to garner how many? tion for that site would be to add votes — there are many more vot- Let’s build walls, and plenty! three five-story buildings, 400 ing people wanting more, without automobiles and 600 residents? working to earn more. This will Condos, apartments, townhomes And with no requirement to do increase the cost of doing business with a flair anything to keep the site from in Issaquah and cause the loss of build them now, we have no time flooding again? jobs and failed businesses. to spare! Well, that is exactly what your The U.S. Constitution does not Or attached to a fantastic view Issaquah Development Commiscontrol what each company must there are homes to be built, we sion and City Council are about pay employees. When governhave too few! ready to approve at the behest ment controls the wages, then of a developer who would like to this country will become like Tall neighborhoods, gigantic spaces get this project started as soon Cuba. It seems that this is a sad that there are no resting places. as possible. A developer who at socialistic trend, which is detA park bench is all that is near a March 16 meeting said, with a rimental to the American free and hear building noises all times perfectly straight face, that those enterprise system. of the year. 400 cars will actually “improve” If a person wants to earn traffic on Gilman Boulevard — more, then (1) get an education Who represents us and our Isa statement that elicited not a (2) work 120 percent and earn saquah dream? single guffaw or challenge from advancement in your current job It vanished in a bucket of steam. your development commission(3) change jobs. Our town moves ahead on a ers. short-sighted track Ken Sessler we can’t ride some old trolley to If any of this surprises or Issaquah get back concerns you, I recommend you share your concerns by phone or to a time and a place that we all Issaquah changes email with the city of Issaquah. thought was here This could be the last opportunity things keep on changing, and for any public input. now, yes, I fear If, on the other hand, you we’ve reached the point where share their “vision” for Issaquah Now and again, around this time all our dreams are in danger. of year, that 600-plus residents being potentially trapped or shut out of we’re told “get involved — make Choose carefully friends, think of some changes around here.” their apartments by floodwater the plan; Be a part of the plan, solve a does our city reflect where you is a goal worth achieving, then problem or two. stand? please let them know. They will need volunteers when the water But the deck is one-sided and the Do plans for the future change odds against you. rises. with a whim, The flood-prone site at Sevwhy does it seem we cannot win? enth and Gilman definitely needs Rules exist where we have no Our town is a jewel that we’re improving but if this project goes choice but council, commission and ahead as currently planned, it happy to share, boards have voice, but please, government, for once, virtually assures that that will to approve and allow plans with won’t you hear us instead? never happen. their knee; Blake Flood for residents, gulp, read on and Bryan Weinstein Issaquah see… Issaquah
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F rom the W eb Triple XXX hosts its first-ever electric car show May 11 It is easy to find stories espousing support for expensive electric cars: those designed to use existing roads by carrying an onboard rechargeable battery. That has not yet translated into widespread support for a far less expensive scheme for implementing electric transportation in lieu of gasoline cars. Such a scheme does exist. Admittedly, it requires a new “road” system, but this is no show stopper. In reality, the general failure to recognize that without any such new road system, electrification of surface transportation will cost far more, take far longer to effect, and
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mitment to protect the parcel from flooding and follow the city’s guidelines. The redevelopers plan to extend the bank of Issaquah Creek, raise the grading on which the buildings will stand and dig a swale through the property, which Grainger said will guide flood waters to the outlet on the other side of the property. Additionally, since the redevelopment will mark the first test of the Central Issaquah Plan, he pointed out the many ways in which the plan sought to realize the city’s vision for the future. “We love the green necklace piece of the Central Issaquah Plan,” Grainger said. “We’re happy to include a pocket park, a shared-use trail and an attractive landscape as a part of our package.” The addition of almost 350 residential units to the area would certainly affect traffic. To address that impact, Granger said the developers will add a new traffic signal on Northwest Gilman Boulevard. “Because of the increased traffic, we are installing a new signal at Seventh and Gilman and
Chad Magendanz hosts telephone town hall Rep. Chad Magendanz, RIssaquah, hosts a telephone town hall for 5th Legislative District residents from
new turn lanes — we’re actually removing the median through this area to create new turn lanes,” he said. “Other new street improvements along Seventh Avenue will include new sidewalks, a new bus stop relocation, and we’re actually introducing a new trail following the swale and crossing a foot bridge.” Public reaction during the latest meeting was more positive than the comments given during previous Rivers & Streams Board presentations. “I’ve been a vendor at one of the businesses that will be displaced by this development,” Kay Johnson said, praising the plans. “I thought the landscaping was absolutely fabulous and I think it’s going to be such a huge improvement. I think people are going to love it.” Her sentiments were repeated by most of those who stood to speak. “I’ve been working at the antiques mall on the site for about two years now,” resident Ethan Sherrard said. “I think the project is very exciting, I think there’s been a lot of consideration to amenities.” A few brought up the removal of retail from the parcel, worried that the new space would not provide any jobs. However, flood hazards continued
to top the list of public concerns. “This is a site I walk by every day and I understand what’s been done to protect the building from water,” resident Blake Flood said. “I have my doubts. I know professionals are involved, but I’m in the construction industry and I’ve seen some things. If water gets in there, you’re impacting potentially 300 people.” City Project Oversight Manager Christopher Wright said the permit will be officially approved in the next week or two. Afterward, the permit will enter a two-week appeal period before being issued to the developers. He said Lennar can apply for construction permits at any time. Commission members thanked the architects and developers for the consideration of Issaquah’s vision. “I think this is a catalyst for the Central Issaquah Plan,” Development Commission member Randy Harrison said. “It’s the start. It’s going to be looked at and people will provide all kind of comments about how they love it, how they may not like it so much and what we could have done better. But I appreciate all the work that’s gone into it and the risks that you’ve taken.”
6:30-7:30 p.m. May 14. The toll-free number to join the event is 800276-6108. During the call, listeners can press the star (*) key to ask a question. Magendanz will update
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cedes Benz. “She was a year ahead of me, so I couldn’t catch up with a Mercedes,” he said. “I just moved back to the community, and one of the first people I met was John Glenn. “People sometimes say their names apologetically, when it is unique, and I say I’m not making fun of their name, as my name is Oscar Myre,” he added. “That kind of opens it up and people want to share their woes about being called this or that.” One thing parents can’t predict when naming a child is what the kids on the school ground are going to do with it.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 • “I went to school with the same kids, so they were over it by the second grade. No nicknames, just the song,” IV said. “Some people really apologize nowadays, but they can’t resist singing the song, even today. It’s fine. “At Liberty, I think it was my junior or senior year, we had a substitute teacher who was reading roll call and he said, ‘Oscar Myre, I bet you’ve had a lot of flack for your name growing up.’” I said, “What could you be talking about. I have no idea.” The class was quiet and the teacher said, “People don’t pick on you for your name?” “No, why would they do that?” IV responded. “There’s a meat packing company in the Midwest by that name,” the teacher said.
“’Oh really?’ I said. ‘I hadn’t heard of that.’ He went on to the next person and the class erupted.” IV said his parents knew what could go on at a school ground and offered to let him use his middle name, Robert. “Robert, or Bob, is a fine name, but I was never a Robert or a Bob,” he said. “There has been fun made, but I’ve had a heck of a lot more fun with the name.” When asked how the name might impact his son, IV said the Oscar Mayer products have changed over the years. The company has dropped the wiener song and the bologna song, and the modern school student is going to be more familiar with Lunchables. “Kids will look at it differently by the time he is in middle or high school,” IV said.
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P olice & F ire Suspicious event results in arrest At about 10:45 a.m. April 13, a resident reported an unknown woman knocked on her door and claimed to be there to pick up an item advertised on craigslist. The woman acted strangely, and left in a Mercedes station wagon driven by a man. While traveling to the location, an officer saw the vehicle and stopped it on Southeast 228th Avenue. The driver was arrested for having a misdemeanor warrant in Renton. He and the female passenger said they’d gone to the home to buy an iPad, but determined it was the wrong address.
NP-ARGH Police received a noise complaint in the 3200 block of Northeast Harrison Drive on April 11, of a worker listening to talk radio. The worker said he would turn it down and listen to his iPod.
Broken car windows Two cars were vandalized in the 2200 block of Northwest Sammamish Road on April 12. An estimated $150 was lost from a damaged window on a
ON THE MAP See the Issaquah Police Department’s reported activity from the previous 72 hours at a crime map created by the city at http://bit.ly/ZPHFbA. Addresses contained in the map have been rounded to the nearest hundred block. The address displayed reflects the location where the officer responded to the incident — not necessarily where the incident occurred.
white Honda Pilot and $150 was estimated lost from a damaged window on a blue 2012 Ford F-150.
In-taxi-cated An intoxicated subject waiting for a taxi got into a citizen’s car and waited in the passenger seat April 12 in the 100 block of East Sunset Way. He said he thought it was a taxi. A taxi took the subject to his residence in Seattle.
Threats at the park A man called police
EASTSIDE FIRE & RESCUE REPORTS MAY 2-8 4Two engine crews extinguished a passenger vehicle fire at 3:51 p.m. May 2 in the 22200 block of eastbound Interstate 90, west of Front Street. 4A motor vehicle accident with injuries at 5:12 p.m. May 3 required the aid of two engine crews in the 25000 block of Southeast 31st Place. 4An engine crew was dispatched at 4:36 p.m. May 4 to assist in an animal rescue in the 19200 block of Southeast 48th Place. 4At 5:13 p.m. May, two engine crews extinguished a trash fire in the 4600 block of West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. 4A motor vehicle accident in the 1500 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard required the aid of two engine crews at 4:06 p.m. May 7. There were no injuries. 4Sixteen engine crews were needed at 10:30 a.m. May 8 to extinguish a building fire in the 11700 block of 198th Avenue Southeast.
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at 7:35 p.m. April 13 to report three juvenile males drinking and being rowdy at Pine Lake Park. The man said he had confronted the juveniles, asking them if they were old enough to drink. One teen then threatened to push the man in the lake, said he had pending assault charges and said he was going back to his car to get his “clip.” The man suggested the teens be banned form the park. An officer searched the area but found no one matching the description.
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A man reported his car in the 4700 block of 227th Place Southeast was broken into overnight April 13. He said nothing was missing. He said he thought he had locked the vehicle but neither he nor the officer could find signs of forced entry. The Press publishes names of those charged with felony crimes. Information comes directly from local police reports.
Issaquah tops list of cities on the rise Issaquah has topped the Estately Blog’s list of 10 Washington state cities on the rise in 2014. Sammamish came in fifth. Estately ranked every Washington state city with a population over 30,000 on six criteria: 4Increase in population 4Increase in home values 4Reduction in poverty levels 4Decrease in crime rate 4Increase in income 4Increase in residents with bachelor degrees Estately found Issaquah to be in the top spot: “Once a small mining town, Issaquah has recently become on of Washington’s fastest growing and wealthiest suburbs. The city came in first in four of Estately’s six categories: population increase, crime reduction, income improvement, and increase in bachelor degrees. (Issaquah was 23rd in home value increase and 14th in poverty reduction.) Issaquah enjoys close proximity to outdoor recreation and many of the top employers in the Puget Sound area.” Learn more about the list and discover how other cities fared at http://bit. ly/1nH7Xom.
Commanding Curve to skip Preakness Commanding Curve, the second-place Kentucky Derby horse partly owned by Issaquah resident Dennis Poppe, will not run in the May 17 Preakness. “We’re going to run the Belmont Stakes in four weeks,” Poppe said. “We needed a longer ground time. We wanted to be at our best at Belmont.” He said had the 3-yearold colt won the Kentucky Derby, the horse would have run the Preakness in Maryland. However, with the strong second-place finish, Poppe said the owners are looking to focus on the future. The Preakness race is the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.
License your pet at two Issaquah locations Pet owners can now purchase pet licenses at Issaquah City Hall Northwest. Dogs and cats living in Issaquah require pet licenses that must be renewed annually. The city contracts with Regional Animal Services of King County for animal control services and pet licenses. Pet owners can now obtain the licenses at two places in Issaquah, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday: 4City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way 4City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Ave. N.W. Learn more at http://bit. ly/1sHnvMx.
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MAGNIFICENT MATRIARCHS Brunch celebrates moms of children with special needs By Christina Corrales-Toy email@example.com The sky was gray on a May 10 afternoon, but inside Swedish/Issaquah, where a special group of moms were treated to an early Mother’s Day brunch, it was nothing but sunshine. Look no further than Issaquah mom Kimberley Lane’s Mother’s Day card, signed lovingly by her son Brian Galbraith with the inscription “your only sonshine.” It was just one of the many charming scenes at Life Enrichment Options’ second annual “Mother’s Brunch,” a carefree celebration of the super moms that care for children with special needs. The gifts kept coming for Lane, who also received a potted plant Brian crafted himself at the event’s special arts-andcrafts station. “This is awe-inspiring,” Lane said of both the brunch and LEO organization. “The entire community can benefit from seeing the similarities, not the differences, they share with these young adults.” Swedish/Issaquah hosted the brunch at its Café 1910 restaurant, provided volunteers and ensured the meal was free for families. The event
more than tripled in size this year, thanks to the hospital’s sponsorship. “It’s so in alignment with our mission and the work that we do, being the hospital here to serve and support our community, we wanted very much to open our doors to the organization,” said Nicole Yurchak, a business development and community relations specialist at Swedish. While moms munched on pastries and chicken tenders, their kids crafted special Mother’s Day flowerpots courtesy of the Tavon Center. The Issaquah program helps young adults with disabilities connect with nature and the community. Issaquah mom Debbie Arefi was all smiles as daughter Sofia handed her a potted plant of her own creation. “This is so wonderful,” Debbie said of the brunch. “Getting to share stories and meeting other families is so special. It’s wonderful that they do this.” LEO’s Chris Weber came up with the idea for a brunch while pouring over Mother’s Day advertisements last year. She saw special lunches and breakfasts, but understood firsthand how difficult such a setting was for families that included kids with special needs. These moms deserved a special day out, too, within the comfort of a sensitive environment, Weber said. LEO hosted about 30 people at Blakely Hall during last
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Above, Joseph Song, a Swedish/Issaquah volunteer (right), helps Brian Galbraith put together a plotted plant as a Mother’s Day gift at Life Enrichment Options’ Mother’s Brunch May 10. Below, Galbraith gets a hug from his mom Kimberley Lane after giving her the gift.
ON THE WEB Learn more about the Life Enrichment Options organization at www.lifeenrichmentoptions.org. year’s event. This year’s brunch attracted upward of 100 moms and families. “It’s a place to be comfortable with your family and not have to worry about any behavior issues that your kids have,” Weber said. “It’s heartwarming just to feel you’re in like company.” Founded in 1988, the LEO organization advocates for people with developmental disabilities in the areas of employment, housing, recreation and community education. The
nonprofit was formed after a group of parents of children with developmental disabilities joined to fulfill a need within the population. “The work that they’re
doing is so incredible, so powerful and unique, and I think they need a light shined on them,” Yurchak said. “It’s an honor to be able to partner with them.”
Plucky students meet ukulele master
By Alexa Vaughn Seattle Times staff reporter
Riley Frasier’s mother could hardly keep her 7-year-old from popping out of his seat. Every time worldrenowned ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro started plucking a symphonic range of sound few others have ever drawn out of the short, four-stringed instrument, Riley had to stamp his feet, rock his head so hard his glasses could barely stay on his nose and strum the air. And who could blame him? Certainly not other fans of Shimabukuro’s ukulele solos, an eclectic and international audience that includes the likes of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder and the Queen of England (who has shaken Shimabukuro’s hand). On his way to a concert at The Paramount in Seattle, Shimabukuro stopped by Issaquah High School on April 26 to offer a workshop for students and a thrilling afternoon — part instruc-
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Jake Shimabukuro plays ‘This Land Is Your Land’ with dozens of students from Sunny Hills Elementary School, among them Ellie Lindley, Natalie Anderson and Mia Rogers in the front row. tion, part performance — for a roomful of ukulele lovers of all ages. About two years ago, Shimabukuro decided that the stops on his national tours would include free ukulele performances and lessons the morning or afternoon before he took the stage. “I just thought I’m in all these cities anyway and I have the perfect vehicle to promote music education — literally my tour bus. Why not?” Shimabukuro said. “I love sharing my passion,
and I want to inspire young people to find that same passion in something and work hard at it.” That desire is now playing out through Shimabukuro’s Four Strings Foundation and was exactly what Riley and almost 500 others enjoyed. When Shimabukuro invited the audience to join in, more than half had brought their own ukes. Children, teens, parents and seniors followed Shimabukuro’s wrist- and
OPENING THE ARCHIVES AN ONGOING LOOK AT MEMORABLE IMAGES FROM ISSAQUAH’S PAST
Boating on Pine Lake Two young women, Gertrude Goode and Bea ?, sit in the stern of a small boat at Pine Lake; hills and trees are in the background. Handwritten beside photo: ’Bea & Gertrude Goode’ and ’Boating on Pine Lake.’ From Ferol Tibbetts’ album, dated 1911-1921.
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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. firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a photo or subject you would like to see in this feature, email email@example.com.
finger-placement directions, and looked up every now and then with dropped jaws at the sound coming from the auditorium. “One of the things I find fascinating about the ukulele is it doesn’t intimidate anyone. It’s affordable. It’s portable,” said Shimabukuro, who hopes to make ukuleles a more mainstream public-education tool. “My own grandma, who’s never played an instrument, started playing in the last year, and she’s 80. Anyone can learn.” After wowing the audience with a few of his favorite songs, he invited about 40 students from Sunny Hills Elementary School to sit with him onstage and strum a background chord for “This Land Is Your Land.” Among them was Riley, who wasn’t supposed to go onstage with the thirdand fourth-graders, but did anyway. Once Shimabukuro asked for budding musicians, there was no holding Riley back, said his mother, Melissa Frasier. She said he’d known
about Shimabukuro and the ukulele for only a couple of weeks, but was already obsessed with picking up the instrument. The director of the Four Strings Foundation, middle-school music teacher Polly Yukevich, said the nonprofit is also concentrating on creating custom music curricula for lowincome districts throughout the country. For schools in Detroit lacking music teachers, Yukevich said they developed lessons that teachers could lead without having any music instruction themselves. Shimabukuro, 37, said he’s been giving free music lessons and performances since he was in high school, and likes how the nonprofit can connect students and an entire community. Friends Wendy Pickering, 59, and Dave Jager, 58, aren’t in school anymore, but the ukuleles they started playing this year have them feeling like new See UKULELE, Page A10
Longtime Issaquah piano/ music teacher Brad Smith will receive the Pathfinder Award from the Puget Sound Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The honor will be given May 15 in an invitation-only ceremony at the Seattle Yacht Club. Smith, his family and friends will be accompanied by his prizewinning chamber Brad Smith orchestra. The orchestra will play the “Serenade for Strings,” by Edward Elgar. “The Pathfinder Award reflects the imagery on the Phi Beta Kappa key — a hand pointing to the stars,” a letter notifying Smith of the award read. “It honors those who encourage others to seek new worlds to discover, pathways to explore and untouched destinations to reach. You were selected for this award due to your inspiration, leadership and powerful impact on the orchestra students at Eckstein Middle School.” Smith teaches at the school in Seattle, but he and his wife, fellow piano/ music teacher Gail Gross, have lived and taught for many years in Issaquah. Some past recipients of the Pathfinder Award are Seattle Symphony Music Director Gerard Schwartz, and Quincy Jones, jazz musician, record producer, conductor, arranger and composer. The Pacific Science Center will be a fellow recipient with Smith this year.
Kids get free helmet at bike rodeo Recology CleanScapes, in partnership with the city of Issaquah and Bike Works, will host a Kids Bike Rodeo from 9 a.m. to noon May 18 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. The event, held during National Bike to Work Month, teaches children bike safety, riding skills and proper helmet fitting. The police department will host a bike safety course and is providing a limited number of youth bike helmets. Staff from Bike Works will fit the helmets for children. Bicycle Center of Issaquah will be teaching the ABCs of bike safety. The Kids Bike Rodeo will also include music, refreshments and raffle prizes. Learn more at http://bit. ly/1mRU9qk.
Liberty’s renovation is the talk of earth-friendly buildings By Neil Pierson firstname.lastname@example.org Liberty High School students are keenly aware their school is undergoing a major modernization project, but they might not know the intricate details about the new building’s environmental friendliness. Liberty’s renovation was part of a large-scale discussion at the school last month when the school’s Sustainability Ambassadors hosted three assemblies about green-building
practices. The discussions, titled STAR Talks (Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating) were designed to give the student body a taste for what the new wave of building standards look like, particularly in regard to schools. Sustainability Ambassadors is a group that connects students from King County. They focus on a variety of eco-friendly topics, and each student receives about 120 hours of training per year in public speaking, policy analysis,
project management and performance assessment activities. Vincy Fok, a Liberty sophomore, was moved to join the ambassadors after one of the group’s leadership coaches, Peter Donaldson, spoke in her class last year. “I’ve learned the issues on sustainability in our local area, and the solutions that have been proposed,” Fok said. “There’s so much out there that has been See SCHOOL, Page A10
GO! ‘Pictures at an Exhibition,’ Sammamish Symphony concert with guest conductor Maestro Johan Louwersheimer and guest cellist Audrey Chen, 2 p.m. June 8, Eastlake High School, 400 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish, tickets at Plateau Music or call 206-517-7777
Farshad Alamdari’s ‘Women of Persia’ paintings, through May 30, Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive, presented by artEAST and the Issaquah Highlands Council
Vacation Bible School, this year’s theme is ‘Weird Animals: Where God’s Love is One of a Kind,’ ages 4 through entering sixth grade, 9 a.m. to noon July 7-11, Issaquah Christian Church, 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E., $10 before May 18, $15 after May 18, register at www.iccweb.org/vbs
Farmers market, music by Carly Clark Shark Choir and Ramshackle, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. ‘Healing the Whole Person,’ cancer workshop, 10:30 a.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, 392-5430 Bagheera and Vitez’s Fifth Birthday Celebration, 1 p.m., Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St., regular admission applies, 391-5508
South Tiger Mountain Hike, moderate, 7.5 miles, 1,500foot elevation gain, 9 a.m., meet at 175 Rainier Blvd. S., issaquahalps.org
on the Eastside, 6:30-9 p.m., Renton Technical College, 3000 N.E. Fourth St., Renton, www.energizeeastside.com
‘The Monitor Angle and the Spirit of the News,’ a live online question-and-answer session, 11 a.m., Christian Science Reading Room, 415 Rainier Blvd. N., 392-8140
Joanne Horn speaks at the American Association of University Women meeting, 7 p.m., Eagle Room, police station, 130 E. Sunset Way, www.aauw.org
Dinner at the Elks, chicken casserole supreme, live music, 6 p.m., Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge, 765 Rainier Blvd. N., $12, 392-1400
‘Seven Secrets for Great College Essays,’ 7 p.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., 392-3130
Energize Eastside Meeting, discuss potential routes for layout of power line upgrades
‘Funny Girl,’ 7:30 p.m. through July 6, Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., 392-2202
Social Justice Book Group: 10 a.m., Bellewood Retirement Home, 3710 Providence Point Dr. S.E., Issaquah, email@example.com
Concerto concert, presented by Evergreen Philharmonic, concerto winners to perform, 7-9 p.m., Issaquah High School, 700 2nd Ave. S.E., $8/adults, $5/students and seniors, www.evergreenphil.org
Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive, www.ihwebsite.com
Hello English! Intermediate ESL class, noon to 2 p.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., 392-3130
Issaquah Book Club: ‘Me Before You,’ by Jojo Moyes, 6:30 p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, 392-5430
Open gym volleyball, 6-9 p.m., community center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S., men and women 16 and older, $4/ adults, $3/youths
Cascade Mountain Men club shoot, noon, Issaquah Sportsman’s Club, 600 S.E. Evans St., www.cascademountainmen.com
Community Gardening Committee, master gardening presentation on growing tomatoes, 6:30 p.m., Blakely
Sammamish Presbyterian MOPS: Mothers of children (birth to kindergarten) are welcome to join, 466-7345
35th annual Issaquah Community Awards Banquet Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 5:30-8 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn - Issaquah, WA 98027 • This event features service clubs in the Issaquah area awarding outstanding individuals in the community
The Rovin’ Fiddlers, 7-9 p.m., Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way, www.rovinfiddlers.com Social with music and singalong with Chad Guse, free to public, 3-4 p.m., Spiritwood at Pine Lake, 3607 228th Ave. S.E., 313-9100 Echoes, Pink Floyd Tribute Band, 8-11 p.m., Amante, 131 Front St. N., 313-9600 Bros N’ Shows, a musical theater cabaret fundraiser for Seattle Humane Society, 7 p.m., Black Box Theater, Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E., $5 suggested donation
MAY 16 Phillip Lomax, 7:30 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N., 391-1424 ‘Funny Girl,’ 8 p.m., through July 6, Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., 392-2202
Edward Paul Trio, 21 and older, 8-11 p.m., Pogacha, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., 3925550
Big Dog Revue, 21 and older, 7:30 p.m., Pogacha, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., $5 cover, 392-5550
by Recology CleanScapes and the city of Issaquah, 9 a.m. to noon, Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.
Lady A, 7:30 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N., 3911424
Sunset Hiway Cruiser Spring Opener, 8 a.m., weather permitting, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In, 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd., 392-1266
The Five Johnsons, 8-11 p.m., Amante, 131 Front St. N., 313-9600
SUNDAY Big View Hike, moderate, 8 miles, 1,500-foot elevation gain, 9 a.m., meet at 175 Rainier Blvd. S., issaquahalps.org Kids Bike Rodeo, free safety checks, helmet fittings, skills course and more, presented
‘Heaven: It’s Not Only Real, It’s Here,’ a live online question-and-answer session, 11 a.m., Christian Science Reading Room, 415 Rainier Blvd. N., 392-8140
p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, 392-5430 ‘Sugar Blues,’ learn tips for dealing with sugar cravings, 7 p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, 392-5430
‘Mother Goose on the Loose’ with Nancy Stewart, 11 a.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, 392-5430
The Rovin’ Fiddlers, 7-9 p.m., Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way, www.rovinfiddlers.com
Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokémon and Magic the Gathering Club, 7 p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, 392-5430 Computer Class: One-onOne Assistance, 7 and 8
Barracuda, Heart tribute band, 7:30 p.m., Amante, 131 Front St. N., 313-9600 Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Gaslamp Bar & Grill, 1315 N.W. Mall St., 392-4547
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‘Funny Girl,’ 2 and 8 p.m., through July 6, Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., 392-2202
5-8 p.m. May 17 The closing reception and auction for artEAST’s annual 150 Feet Collaborated Art Project, is from 5-8 p.m. May 17 at the Art Center, 95 Front St. N. This is your last chance to bid on affordable art, all within the confines of a one-square foot canvas, while helping support artEAST’s programs. Bid now for the artwork online at http://bit.ly/1oIFbEt. Reception tickets are $10 and are available at www.arteast.org.
Mother Daughter Book Club: ‘Fever 1793,’ by Laurie Halse Anderson, 1 p.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., 392-3130
North Cougar Mountain Hike, moderate, 6-8 miles, 1,500-foot elevation gain, 9:30 a.m., meet at 175 Rainier Blvd. S., issaquahalps.org
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35th annual Community Awards, celebrate members of local service clubs and organizations, 5:30-8:30 p.m. May 22, Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 N.W. Gilman Blvd., $50 advance tickets, $60 after May 12, www.issaquahchamber.com
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‘Out of Africa’ Master Chorus Eastside performance, 3 p.m., Pine Lake Covenant Church, 1715 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish, tickets $15-$20, ages 9 and younger free, 392-8446 Traditional Swedish Meatball Dinner, come enjoy this annual dinner in honor of the Swedish loggers of Preston, noon to 3 p.m., 1053 324th Place S.E., Preston, $12/adults, $8/children
Citizenship Class, 3:30-5 p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, 392-5430
Kamkwamba, 7 p.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., 392-3130
Study Zone, grades K-12, 4-6 p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, 3925430
Trivia Night, 7:30 p.m., Zeeks Pizza, 2525 N.E. Park Drive, 893-8646
‘Cozy Cove,’ homework help, 3:45 p.m., lower community room, YWCA Family Village, 930 N.E. High Street #101, www.ihwebsite.com Adult Book Club, ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,’ by William
‘Funny Girl,’ 7:30 p.m., through July 6, Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., 392-2202 Comedy Night, 10 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N., 391-1424
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O bituary Mercedes Hisis Lanz Mercedes Hisis, beloved mother, sister and daughter, died unexpectedly on Mercedes Lanz April 29, 2014. She is survived by her daughter Mary, her mother, sisters and brother. Mercedes was born July 3, 1956, in Havana, Cuba, and was the middle child in a family of six. She immigrated with her parents and family to the United States in 1960. While she was challenged all her life with medical issues, she led a full life. Mercedes joined the Navy right out of high school and was always proud of having served. Her first love was her daughter Mary, followed closely by her family and her faith. Mercedes enjoyed many
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hobbies, but art was her avocation and she referred to herself as an artist. She spent many years perfecting her craft and she has left us many pieces to remember her by. Mercedes loved to help others and spent a lot of time at the Issaquah Senior Center. She was very spiritual and had a personal relationship with God that she exhibited openly. Mercedes was a member of Pine Lake Covenant Church for many years and most recently became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1100 Sixth Ave. S.E., Issaquah, followed by Committal Service at Tahoma National Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. Friends are invited to view photos, get directions and share memories in the family online guest book at www.flintofts. com.
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Joseph Davenport Lindgren, a 51-year resident of the Pine Lake/Sammamish area, was born Feb. Joseph Lindgren 9, 1929, in Warwick, N.Y. He passed away Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. As a young man, Joe visited Washington state and fell in love with the Northwest and stayed. He worked at Alcoa in Wenatchee for a time and attended Wenatchee Valley College. He transferred to Central Washington College at Ellensburg and graduated with a teaching degree in 1959. He got a job teaching in the elementary schools on Mercer Island working with fourthand fifth-graders. He spent his entire teaching career there and retired in 1990. On Dec. 17, 1960, he married Deloris Shrable, from Brewster. They were married 53 years. As a young adult, Joe committed his life to Christ. He was a longtime member of Eastridge Church in Issaquah. Joe is survived by his wife Deloris; son Allan, of Bothell; daughters Patti (Craig) Harper, of Omak,
and Sandi (Nathan) Smith, of Spokane. Three grandchildren survive — Jayson and Linda Harper, of Omak, and Javin Smith, of Spokane. A memorial service is at 1:30 p.m. May 22 at Eastridge Church, 24205 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road, in Issaquah. His last few days were spent at Evergreen Hospice Care Center in Kirkland. The family was extremely blessed with the care and attention given to Joe. Instead of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Evergreen Hospice Care Center, 12040 N.E. 128th St., Kirkland, WA 98034-3098, or charity of choice. Services are entrusted to Barnes Chapel of Brewster. Please leave your memories and condolences for the family at www.barneschapel.com.
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proposed, and there’s so much that we can do. “As students, we’re able to educate other students. I just find that really powerful, and I’m really passionate about this cause.” Fok and several other students are part of the school’s video production crew that is helping spread information about the ambassadors. For months, they’ve been filming behind-the-scenes footage of the STAR Talks. They plan to put it online and distribute it to civic leaders on school boards and city councils. STAR Talks are modeled on TED Talks, a popular online video series addressing various scientific, technological and cultural topics. Griffin Dittmar is lead-
ing the video production, and he’s noticed a lot of interesting things about Liberty’s renovation, which is scheduled for completion this summer. The new school will have a living “green wall,” and filling stations for reusable water bottles. The new Jill Landback Auditorium, which hosted the STAR Talks, is wired in an environmentally conscious way, Dittmar said. “From a visual aspect the architecture is absolutely astonishing,” he added. “… The more we dig into this, the more we realize, ‘Hey, there’s a lot more to this building than just meets the eye.’” James Ricks, a sophomore, led a STAR Talk about building design standards. More schools are adopting Leadership in Energy and Environment Design standards, and state-funded school construction projects are now required to follow a similar set of rules, the Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol. Ricks said he thinks his peers aren’t aware of the details of Liberty’s modernization project. “They know the school is under construction, they know that there’s some renovation going on here, but they don’t know the gravity of it,” he said, “and it’s my hope that through these presentations, we can share some of that with them.” Sophomore Lorrin Johnson researched building codes for her STAR Talk, and found local builders and developers are using a system called Built Green, which rates new homes based on energy efficiency, building materials, landscaping and other factors. The Issaquah area has more than 3,700 new homes that meet Built Green standards, tops among cities in King and Snohomish counties. “The reason why you want to be Built Green is it’s healthier and it’s cheaper, ultimately, in the long run,” Johnson said. “It’s not required but … it’s a good market to be in for (builders) because people want that.”
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January 16, 1938 — April 23, 2014 Donna, beloved wife and mother, passed away peacefully at home with her devoted Donna Mclemore and loving husband of 58 years by her side, in Fall City. Donna was born to Robert and Aretta Fay in Colville on Jan. 16, 1938. She attended Highline High School, and at the age of 18, married the love of her life, Richard, known to many as “Tex.” Donna was a devoted wife and homemaker, spending countless hours making their house a home and gathering spot for all the neighborhood kids. She was a natural with children — loved animals and rescuing those who needed help — and was drawn to the beauty and peacefulness of the outdoors. She was a kind and gentle person all around.
Donna fought long and hard during her illness, all the while it still came easy to lend her smile and gentle love to the end. “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 Donna is survived by her husband Richard “Tex” Mclemore, of Fall City; son Robert, of Fall City; son Matt (wife Kim), of North Carolina; daughter Becky (husband Frank), of LaConner. She will also be missed by 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers: Bob Fay, of Oroville, and Jerry Fay (wife Lois), of Spokane; and numerous nieces and nephews. A service will be at 2 p.m. May 18 at Valley Christian Assembly Church, 32725 S.E. 42nd St., Fall City. Friends are invited to view the full obituary, photos, service details and sign the family’s online guestbook at www. flintofts.com. In lieu of flowers, please make remembrances to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
students all over again. Pickering had already bought tickets to the Paramount concert when, last week, she happened to see a poster for the Issaquah event. “It was an absolute thrill to play with him — amazing,” Pickering said. Yukevich said Shimabukuro is due to come back to the Seattle area again in the fall on another tour and will be bringing the Four Strings Foundation workshop to another school. Alexa Vaughn: 206-464-2515 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Gunners FC opens its season May 17
COUGAR TRAILS RUN KICKS OFF WITH A CANTER AND A TROT Above, Brienna Nemeth, 7, and her mother Amanda, of Lake Tapps, run near the front May 10 at the start of the first Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series of 2014. Brienna, the youngest of 172 competitors in the 5.14 mile race, beat 90 adults and finished 82nd in a time of 52 minutes, 33.7 seconds. Her brother Garrett, 9, another future Olympian, finished 30th overall in 43:44.6 seconds, only 10 minutes behind winner Keith Laverty, of Seattle, whose time was 33:07.3. Jackie Gross, of Shoreline, in a time of 39:50.9, won the female division. At left, Erik Barkhaus, of Seattle, receives applause from onlookers as he hits the finish line of the 10.7-mile course May 10 at the first Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series of 2014. Barkhaus led 136 athletes on the course with a time of 1 hour, 14 minutes and 1.5 seconds. Tracy Wollschlager of Mill Creek, with a time of 1:33:30.1, was the top female finisher. Photos By Greg Farrar
The Issaquah-based Puget Sound Gunners FC soccer team will open its season with a May 17 matchup against the Portland Timbers U-23. The team, led by head coach and Issaquah resident Jimmy Ball, features athletes from across the Northwest region and beyond, including Issaquah High School graduate Michael Roberts. Players from the University of Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University and Western Washington University will suit up for the Gunners. Ball is the son of 1966 World Cup champion Alan Ball Jr. He has experience coaching at soccer clubs across the world and saw playing time himself when he suited up for the English Premier League’s Southampton FC. “I’m extremely proud of my father and what he did,” Ball said. “I learned so much from being around him growing up. My whole life from an early age was
just ensconced in soccer.” The Gunners play in the eight-team Northwest Division of the Premier Development League, the highest level of amateur soccer in the United States. Last year, the Gunners played as the North Sound SeaWolves, before the team partnered with the Issaquah Soccer Club and moved operations from Edmonds to Issaquah. “We look forward to providing the Eastside community with high quality games and an entertaining environment for all families,” team owner Alex Silva said. The team’s first home game is 1 p.m. May 17 at Mount Si High School, 8651 Meadowbrook Way S.E., Snoqualmie. The rest of the home games will be played at Issaquah High School. Single-game tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youths. Those younger than 7 get in free. Learn more about the Gunners at www.fb.com/ pugetsoundgunnersfc.
Liberty wins second straight KingCo title By Sam Kenyon email@example.com The Liberty High School Patriots celebrated their senior night with the KingCo title after playing the Mount Si Wildcats. The Patriots’ 2-0 victory May 6 gave the team its second year in a row as season champions. The final soccer match of the season for the Patriots showcased the scoring talent of junior Tyler Jensen. “We played one of our best games of the year,” head coach Darren Tremblay said. The team stonewalled the Wildcat attack, preventing Mount Si from scoring despite multiple attempts. The senior night crowd had the stadium buzzing throughout the match. The hum of the crowd fed into the mood of the players on the field. “It seemed like we maintained that the entire game,” Tremblay said. “We had that energy.” The match was scoreless in the first half as the two teams traded possession time and attacks at the opposing goal. In the second half, the game got more physical as one Mount Si’s Connor
Williams was left reeling on the ground after a hard hit. With 23 minutes left in the half, Jensen scored his first goal off a corner kick. “Tyler’s unbelievable,” Tremblay said of one of the team’s offensive threats. The crowd went wild after the goal and the energy on the field intensified. The Liberty defense held strong, despite increased attacks from the Wildcats. The physical escalation continued when Mount Si defender Colton Oord was given a yellow card for a vicious slide tackle. With 12 minutes left, Liberty broke the game open with a killer goal from Jensen. The junior put in his second goal off a beautiful shot from straight on, about 20 yards from the net. The ball floated just above and beyond the reach of the Mount Si goalkeeper as it fell into the net behind him. The senior night crowd enthusiastically cheered for the goal that appeared to put the game beyond the reach of the Wildcats. Despite a desperate attempt to even the game, Liberty held off the following attacks from Mount Si to
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Tyler Jensen (16), Liberty High School junior forward, dashes to the sideline with a grin in the second period as teammates Leoul Hancock (14), Colton Ronk and Antonio Lago (3) help celebrate the first of his two goals May 6 in a 2-0 win against Mount Si. win the game, and the No. 1 seed. According to Tremblay, the team expected to celebrate the win before moving on from their achievement and looking ahead, starting the very next day. The team hopes to make it to state. “The big games are coming up,” Tremblay said. “We want to
get back to state. We felt like we had one of the best teams in the state last year.” The Patriots opened KingCo tournament play with a 1-0 win over Interlake on May 10. They squared off against Mercer Island for the KingCo tournament title May 13, but the results were not available at press time.
If Liberty defeated the Islanders, they would head to state as District 2’s No. 1 seed. If the Patriots lost, they would play Interlake or Mount Si on May 15 at a site to be determined. The winner of that game must then defeat a Metro League team May 17 to advance to state.
Eagles avenge loss to Spartans, win KingCo 4A soccer title By Neil Pierson npierson@ sammamishreview.com Familiarity breeds contempt, the old saying goes. For Issaquah High School goalkeeper Saif Kerawala, though, familiarity breeds success. Kerawala plays alongside many Skyline High School players during his select soccer season with Eastside FC, and his knowledge of how they take penalty kicks proved valuable in the Class 4A KingCo Conference championship match May 8. Kerawala saved the first two shots he faced in the shootout from Skyline’s Nick Morgan and Armeen Badri, and that helped push the Eagles past the Spartans, 4-2, after the game remained tied 1-1 through regulation and overtime. The shootout was Kerawala’s chance to shine. The big junior also scored his team’s first PK. Teammates Conner Hughes, Michael Callan and Saam Amiri followed with goals, igniting a raucous celebration on the Skyline pitch. It wasn’t surprising to see Kerawala come up big, Eagles coach Kyle Tatro said. “Saif is big time. He’s a good player, and one of the many reasons why this team is special,”
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Conner Hughes (14), Issaquah High School junior midfielder, heads the ball away, with Skyline sophomore forward Matthew Richardson and Issaquah junior forward Michael Callan on the play, during the first period May 8 at Skyline Stadium. said Tatro, Issaquah’s first-year head coach who led the program to its first conference tournament title. “We knew that he was capable of those kind of things all along. We knew he would be able to perform in those type of situations. He’s used to it.” Kerawala said his mindset entering a shootout is simple: Get big and cover up as much as much of the goal as possible prior to the run-up, then read the shooter’s hips.
“It’s not always that easy,” he added. “Sometimes you just get lucky.” Morgan and Kerawala have been Eastside FC teammates for three years, so the keeper was very familiar with his style. Even so, he said, it’s a mind game of sorts going one-on-one in those situations. “Sometimes (knowing them) can help you out a lot,” Kerawala said, “but sometimes it can also be your worst enemy because
you think they’re going one way and they mix it up, or they go their normal way when you think they’re going (to switch).” In a game played under heavy rain, Issaquah (12-1-1) was able to avenge its lone loss of the season, which came seven days earlier against Skyline (12-1-3) in the KingCo regular-season finale. The Spartans’ victory pushed them past Issaquah for first place and gave them home-field advantage for the tournament title game. In the first match, Skyline got an early goal from forward Jason Twaddle, and focused on defense most of the game to get a 1-0 win. The rematch, however, saw the Spartans possessing the ball and creating most of the scoring chances. That was particularly true after Issaquah’s Dyllon Nguyen scored three minutes into the second half, beating Alex Appel with a drive to the near post. “That’s what he does: He gets the ball out wide, takes a guy on, goes inside and has a shot at goal,” Tatro said of Nguyen, a senior forward. “Sometimes you don’t know what you’re going to get, but usually you’re going to get a good product like that, a good strike on goal.” “The wind was going that way and it kind of fell to him, and he
hit a great shot,” Skyline coach Don Braman added. “They’re good players. We know that, so you can’t give them an opportunity like that.” However, Skyline responded by creating more chances. In the 56th minute, Morgan nearly scored right in front of the goal after Kerawala punched away Nate Hardwick’s free kick, but the ball skittered over his foot. Issaquah’s Jack Figg stretched to block Twaddle’s open chance in the 70th minute. But the Eagles committed a pair of yellow card-worthy fouls after that, and the second one set up the equalizing goal. Badri’s free kick near the right side of the penalty box found a host of players in front, and the Eagles knocked it in for an own goal in the 78th minute. “It’s a resilient team, and we came back from conceding right after half and we worked hard and really forced the issue,” Braman said. “I thought we created a great opportunity to not only tie but to win the game.” Kerawala said he and his teammates had to refocus after the goal. “We’ve given up three or four goals this season, and right after, we’ve always responded really well,” he said.
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Hardbound heaven ‘Issaquah: My Home Town’ is published pleasure By Greg Farrar firstname.lastname@example.org If you have ever wanted a hardback book of vibrant photographs of historic downtown Issaquah, your wait is over. “Issaquah: My Home Town,” by longtime local resident Michael Johnson, comes out this month. It contains 110 photographs of all the best downtown landmarks and events in all seasons of the year. Johnson, a ubiquitous presence in his signature Hawaiian shirts and camera around his neck, has self-published the beautiful 35-page, 8-by-11 inch volume. Some pages feature a single full-sized picture, while some pages present a single theme in a scrapbook style of three, four or five images. These are the secrets to this wonderful presentation: Johnson lives smack dab in the middle of downtown, he walks nearly everywhere he goes, he always carries his Canon DSLR with him and he plans ahead hours, days and months for a scene to match just what he sees in his mind’s eye. “Sometimes, I want it in a different season, when
IF YOU GO Book signing party 4‘Issaquah: My Home Town’ 4By Michael Johnson 46 p.m. May 22 4Issaquah Brewhouse 435 W. Sunset Way The book, priced at $42, is available at: 4Boehm’s Candies, 255 N.E. Gilman Blvd. 4Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, 155 N.W. Gilman Blvd. 4Washington Federal Bank, 855 Rainier Blvd. N. the fall leaves come out or the green foliage comes out, or even just better light,” Johnson said. “As a photographer, you wait and wait, and wait and wait, and you give up, and sometimes 10 minutes later, you might get the perfect shot, but you’ve already moved on, so you gotta come back and get it another time, and sometimes that’s a year later.” Since the pictures come from more than 10 years of effort, they are the best of the best. It also shines as a work of history, because he did online research for his folksy picture captions, sharing a bit of background about many of the places and objects that
By Greg Farrar
Photographer Michael Johnson (right) self-published the book ‘Issaquah: My Home Town’ compiling 110 of his favorite photos he took of Issaquah. came into his viewfinder. Spring, summer, fall and winter images of Pickering Barn, Front Street, the Train Depot, City Hall and the Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in pop in vivid color. Paragliders, Salmon Days, concerts and the Issaquah Farmers Market are featured. One of the stars in the book is McNugget, the rooster who has lived for more than a decade in the Staples parking lot. The theme Johnson uses to tie the whole book together is the ornamental
old-style lampposts that decorate the sidewalks and light downtown nights. Johnson grew up in Moses Lake, where he first started shooting with an Instamatic 110 camera at age 8. It was always the landscapes and scenics he loved the most to shoot. “It was really fun to take pictures and have them processed,” he said. “Back then, I think we mailed them out a lot of times and it was always exciting waiting for those photos to come back.”
In college at Eastern Washington University, he got his first “real” camera through serendipity. “My original 35mm I got from the roommate that owed me money for rent, and that was my Olympus OM-1,” he said, “and that was really great for a first camera. The glass on it was huge, and it took great photos. “I used to chase the most striking sunsets, and then I would make them more striking with a magenta filter,” he added. “I’d put that on the front and they’d be even more vibrant.” While studying to become, and earn most of his income as, a licensed massage practitioner, he kept up his interest in photography. With the 35mm camera, and through correspondence course videos and working at consumer photo retail stores, where he learned darkroom work and how to do his own custom printing, “that’s when I really started enjoying what I was getting.” After passing through Everett, Juneau (Alaska) and Renton, it was when he came to Issaquah in January 1997 that he found a town — full of friendly people — that really had a beauty worth photographing on a constant basis. His affection for the town led him into volunteering for years with the Downtown Issaquah Association. The switch to digital Canon equipment inspired the name of his side business, New Era Photography, complete
with a film-to-pixel logo. Johnson also earns income from photography by shooting the works of a number of local artists, especially painters. After they sell the original pieces, his photographs preserve them, and the artist can use the digital copy images for notecards, posters and other profitable uses. His photographs also grace many pages of the city of Issaquah website and he occasionally updates councilmember portraits. When it came to his 18year library of Issaquah images, friends began encouraging him to publish his best photos, and there were photo book projects he worked on for others that added to the desire for his own. Other people who have seen the book love it. “I took it by José Enciso at Triple XXX because it’s got a couple shots, and he loved it,” Johnson said. “He took more time looking at it than anybody, and it was so much fun to watch him go through it cause he was like, ‘Oh, who would have thought of looking and doing it this way?’ “He was really great to talk to about it. He wants one, and wants me to do some photography for him, and set up a booth during car shows to sell it.” Six cartons of books arrived from the printer during an interview with Johnson. “It’s nice to finally get into a form that I can get into people’s hands,” he said, “and they can enjoy it the way I do.”
‘Funny Girl’ returns to Village Theatre 20 years later By Peter Clark email@example.com The May 15 return of “Funny Girl” to Village Theatre brings milestones behind the scenes. Issaquah’s regional professional theater has kept much of the same talent since 1993, the last time it put on the musical featuring the life and career of a Broadway star set in the early 20th century. But those people at the helm of the lavishly involved show bring decades more experience to this year’s production. Both the costume designer and the master scenic artist worked on the show 20 years ago, and for everything that has stayed the same, they have seen
Providence Marianwood unveils ‘Ageless’ exhibit Providence Marianwood has a new show hanging in its gallery. “Ageless” features five local artists ranging in age from 87 to 92. Between them, the artists have 445 years of creative living.
many things change. “Funny Girl” tells the story of Fanny Brice and her history in New York from a life in vaudeville to waiting for her husband’s return from World War I. Though much of the show is told through song, “Funny Girl” relies a great deal on its many costumes — 187 to be exact. Costume designer Karen Ann Ledger delights in the hurdles presented by the sheer number of pieces in which to dress the cast, although she does admit it is a tiring process. “I love the challenge,” she said, recognizing at the end of the day, it is still costume design. “How bad could it be?” Though the process requires an enormous
amount of time to plan and create, she enjoys investigating the past for ideas that fit the present. “The challenge of the show is it is set in a time period that is not onstage very often,” Ledger said. The costume shop must create a great deal of the pieces from scratch, and that requires a great deal of research. “People aren’t that terribly familiar with how these pieces are put together,” she added. “We do rent what we can.” Even if the theater finds clothing, she said they still have to figure out how to make it relevant to the modern eye. “What was attractive in the 1910s was really not attractive to our eye,” Led-
The artists are all women. Their media include collage and oils, and their subjects include animals, nature and whimsy. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. The paintings will be on display through the end of the month. Providence Marianwood
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WSU wind ensemble to perform at IHS concert The Washington State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble will make a special appearance at Issaquah High School’s
ger said. “The waistlines were not tight, bosoms were not defined. We have to make a shape that is attractive to our eye.” Her work on the costumes began about a year ago, and between her other work, she found the time to research and begin design. The costume shop worked on last-minute alterations and
finishing the final piece in the run-up to opening night. “This ‘Funny Girl’ is in no way like the ‘Funny Girl’ I did all those years ago,” Ledger said, citing the experience those years bring. “You change your perspective. It’s the same level of focus, it’s just a different intensity.” She found excitement in bringing the extra years to inform how the show would look. “It’s been a long time since I’ve done this show,” she said. “Everything has evolved. Those thoughts I used to make the last ‘Funny Girl’ aren’t even in existence anymore.” The last show of the 2014-2015 season also marks the 100th production for the master scenic artist, Julia Franz.
“This show is huge,” she said. “I take renderings and interpret what they mean in the world of paint. There’s a lot of painting.” With three stenciled wall papers, three murals and a great deal more, Franz said there is still plenty to do as opening night approaches. Luckily, the theater’s last show, “The Tutor,” did not require a great deal of set work, so the technical production of “Funny Girl” began months ago. “We started to work on ‘Funny Girl’ at the same time as ‘The Tutor,’” she said. “It’s just so detailed.” With 20 years working for Village Theatre, Franz has found enjoyment in the demanding effort. “It’s hard work, but it’s hard fun work,” she said.
spring concert at 7 p.m. May 14. The concert is at the Issaquah High School Theater, 700 Second Ave. N.E. The community is invited to attend; admis-
sion is free. The WSU Wind Ensemble will treat concertgoers to favorites such as “Rhapsody in Blue” and “Overture to Strike Up The Band.” Also performing
are Issaquah High School’s jazz, concert band and wind ensemble. The WSU ensemble is on its spring tour and is scheduled to perform at Benaroya Hall on May 15.
IF YOU GO ‘Funny Girl’ 4Francis Gaudette Theatre 4303 Front St. N. 4392-2202 4May 15 to July 6 4Get tickets and times at www.villagetheatre.org.