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Relay for Life event returns to Issaquah By Peter Clark



After years away from its home base, Relay for Life will return to the high school where it began. On June 7 and 8, the 15th annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will bring out teams of people who have collected money from the community for an all-night endurance event. It will involve a 20-hour team walk around the school’s track, coupled with entertainment and additional events to raise money. Last year, nearly 900 people took part. Organizers are expecting even more this year. “We’re excited to be back at Issaquah High School,” Event Chairwoman Gwen Schweitzer said. “We’ve been four years at Skyline High School and we are excited about the new gym at Issaquah.” With Skyline currently facing remodeling, she said organizers hope to rotate between the schools. The relay will kick off at 6 p.m. June 7 with a survivor’s victory

15th annual Relay for Life 46 p.m. June 7 through 2 p.m. June 8 4Issaquah High School 4700 Second Ave. S.E. 4Learn more at lap. While the main attraction goes through the night, it will be coupled with many opportunities for entertainment and fundraising. “We have a great activities committee from Skyline High School,” Schweitzer said. “They have a great lineup.” Between a silent auction, food from the California Pizza Kitchen, crafts and games, she said organizers are looking to make it an exceptional time for all those who have donated their time and money. For those who cannot make

By Greg Farrar

Geddy Brandt, Liberty High School sophomore, and her other Naval Junior ROTC color guard members, present arms May 27 at the annual Memorial Day observance, held this year at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center instead of Hillside Cemetery due to inclement weather.


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Timeliness of second Klahanie annexation meeting questioned By Peter Clark A second public meeting to present data collected in a potential Klahanie area annexation study was led May 22, bringing no new information to a larger audience. While the last meeting was held in Issaquah, presenters Tom Nesbitt and Cynthia Stuart, from Nesbitt Planning and Management, brought their findings to Klahanie at Challenger Elementary School. More than 60 people gathered in the school’s multipurpose room to watch a slideshow of the same numbers shown at the first public meeting and to the City Council. Nesbitt delivered the same message to the audience, made up largely of Klahanie potential annexation area residents. He detailed the large revenue bases, the large cost factors and

the $6 million startup cost that the city would incur in the event of an annexation. He ended with the same findings, that homeowners in the Klahanie area could expect a tax decrease and the city of Issaquah would see increased revenue, provided it receives the state’s income tax credit for annexation. Even before the presentation could begin, vocal members of the audience from the Klahanie PAA asked questions about the timeliness of the meeting. Many were questioning how the process had continued for so long without their knowledge of those proceedings. The questions surrounded the existence of a potential annexation area at all and the proximity to Sammamish as opposed to an annexation by Issaquah. “Issaquah’s potential annexaSee ANNEXATION, Page A3

Squak Mountain State Park parking area closed The day-use parking area of Squak Mountain State Park will be closed until late summer or early fall, according to a news release from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Forest health issues have been identified in the park. Native tree pathogens, primarily laminated root rot, are attacking Douglasfir trees in developed areas. The disease, which affects the roots and lower stems of certain conifer tree species, has the potential

to cause healthy-looking trees to fall without warning. A public meeting and tour is expected to be held in late spring to explain the Squak Mountain project and seek public comment. Details of the meeting/tour will be released once the date is scheduled. Squak Mountain State Park is a 1,545-acre, day-use park just outside of Issaquah. The forested park features miles of trails in wilderness solitude for both equestrians and hikers alike.

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Ron Howatson (left), a retired Navy Seabee and Korean War veteran, and other comrades in the Albert Larson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3436 stand at attention. An audience of more than 150 people, including many veterans, their families, residents, plus Boy Scout Troop 709 and Cub Scout Pack 639, heard remarks from State Rep. Jay Rodne, saw a 21-gun salute and heard the playing of ‘Taps.’

Palm reader arrested in $25,000 scam By Peter Clark A psychic/palm-reading scam that ran on Front Street has been exposed, according to court documents. Paula Ann Adams, 36, of Issaquah, is accused of stealing in excess of $25,000 from a client of the Psychic Palm Reading Store. She’s been charged with one count of first-degree theft and five counts of second-degree theft, according to charging documents. The victim said in audio interviews with investigating officer Detective Shelby Shearer that she “was going through a divorce with her husband which had created a very vulnerable time in her life.” In November 2012, she said sought spiritual guidance, had

seen the store on her commute and began to visit the shop at 195 Front St. N. After a few readings, Adams informed the victim that the reason she had problems was due to “blocked chakras,” according to charging documents. Adams told the woman that the way to cleanse the chakras would be to clean money involved in the divorce, the charging documents state. She had the victim withdraw $25,000 in cash and purchase $4,000 in Nordstrom gift cards under the pretense that the funds would ceremonially become clean and returned. After several months, the victim asked for the money to be returned. Adams promised she was holding onto the cash and the gift cards “for her spiritual work,” the charging

Quotable “I’m excited by getting to know individuals, but also the community, and see where God is calling them and helping them remove the barriers to that call, helping them find their path.”

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documents state. The victim then reported the issue to the police. Adams had spent the gift cards on a range of items, including Tory Burch and Christian Louboutin shoes and men’s suits. The Bellevue Police Department performed some undercover detecting to see the palm-reading scam in operation. Adams, calling herself April, told the undercover officer that she had blocked chakras that could be cleansed over seven sessions for $500. The crime occurred in Bellevue and Issaquah between Nov. 26, 2012, and Jan. 13, 2013, according to charging documents. The police arrested Adams on March 5. Her arraignment is set for May 30.

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Sunny Hills principal takes position with district Sunny Hills Elementary School Principal Sarah White announced that she will leave the school to become the district’s director of instructional support. “This was not an easy decision to make. I will miss everyone here tremendously,” she wrote in an email to Sunny Hills families. “However, I am following an important life lesson that we try to teach all of our students:

Challenge and change are often necessary for growth and fresh perspectives.” White encouraged parents to fill out an online survey to help determine desired qualities in the school’s next principal, as the district begins its search. The survey closes at 4 p.m. June 3 and can be found at “The superintendent has assured me that your

next principal will be a leader with the energy and ideas necessary to care for and expand this school’s achievement levels in the future,” White wrote. “The new principal will also have to look good in a hard hat because s/he will oversee the complete rebuild of the school.” The district expects to name a replacement by the end of June.

Skyline assistant principal to take the helm at Issaquah Issaquah High School is staying within the district to hire its next principal, as Paula Phelps prepares to leave to become the executive director of high schools. Andrea McCormick, Skyline High School’s assistant principal, will make the move to Issaquah beginning July 1, according to an email sent to Issaquah High School families. The new Issaquah principal was described as a top leader who “communicates well and often,” in the email signed by Super-

intendent Steve Rasmussen and incoming Superintendent Ron Thiele. “She has proven to be unwaveringly focused on the personal achievement of every student, from those who are struggling to those who are excelling and everywhere in between,” they wrote. McCormick sat before a panel that included Issaquah staff, students and parents, unequivocally emerging as the top choice. Before her time at Skyline, McCormick

worked in the Kent School District as a member of the administrative team, an activities coordinator, a learning intervention specialist and an honors English teacher. McCormick is expected to work closely with Phelps in the coming weeks to ensure a smooth transition. Phelps announced in April that she would leave her post at the end of the school year to become the district’s executive director of high schools.

District hosts party for retiring superintendent

tendent Steve Rasmussen on June 5. Rasmussen is retiring after more than four decades in education, according to a press release

from the district. The open house is from 4-6 p.m. at the Administration Building, 565 N.W. Holly St. Remarks will begin at 5 p.m.

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By Greg Farrar

Issaquah Middle School classmates (from left) Isabel Williams, Rachel MacInnes, Tessaa Gibson and Knicole Morin make a fun morning together out of their participation in the Mother’s Day Dash fundraiser for the Issaquah Schools Foundation on May 11. The 5-kilometer course attracted 350 registrations for a run, jog or walk that went east on Gilman Boulevard, south on Rainier Boulevard and then back to the start.

Roundabout construction starts Motorists should prepare for construction near West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and Interstate 90 as the Washington State Department of Transportation builds a new roundabout. Crews recently started the safety project near the interstate on- and offramps at West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and 180th Avenue Southeast, according to a

press release from the city. The project will wrap up by this winter. The new roundabout will help make the intersection safer for drivers, according to the city. More than 40 collisions occurred there in a four-year period. The roundabout will help reduce the risk of serious collisions at the intersection by controlling the flow of traffic near the on- and off-ramps at West

Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast, and preventing traffic from backing up onto westbound I-90, the city said in the release. Roundabouts reduce the number and severity of collisions by decreasing the speed of traffic. Roundabouts also help keep traffic moving since drivers yield to others rather than stop. Learn more about the project at www.wsdot.

New environmental stewardship program to benefit schools Ninth-graders at three Issaquah School District high schools will soon benefit from a new environmental stewardship education program that culminates in a field trip and hands-on stewardship event, according to a press release from the Issaquah Schools Foundation. About 180 students in the “Biodiversity and Lab Concepts” course will participate in the Environmental Stewardship Learning Opportunity program each year, with curriculum developed by the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. Funding for the program will be made possible by an Issaquah Schools Foundation grant created by Port Blakely Companies and local businesses. Port Blakely Companies, the parent company of

Port Blakely Communities and developer of the Issaquah Highlands, created the grant in celebration of its 20 years of development activity in the highlands, where it has applied principles of environmental stewardship to every aspect of development, the release said. “We are always on the lookout for new and innovative partnerships that bring additional resources to our students,” Robin Callahan, executive director of the Issaquah Schools Foundation, said in the release. “We were delighted, but not surprised, when Port Blakely Communities approached us with this opportunity, as they have been a tremendous supporter of the foundation and our community over the past 20 years. We are grateful for the legacy

that they are leaving to our students.” “This partnership enables students in Issaquah to learn about the natural world in the forests near their schools,” Cynthia Welti, executive director of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, said in the release. “We applaud Port Blakely, the business community and the Issaquah Schools Foundation for helping to create future caretakers of nearby forests and streams.” In establishing the Port Blakely Environmental Stewardship Challenge Grant, Port Blakely contributed $20,000 and is challenging other companies doing business in the Issaquah Highlands to contribute. The Issaquah Schools Foundation recently announced that DevCo (developer of the Discovery Heights apartment home neighborhood), Polygon Northwest (developer of two new neighborhoods: Forest Ridge and The Brownstones) and the Issaquah Highlands surgeons of the Proliance Highlands Medical Center have made generous contributions to the program.

Liberty students awarded National Merit scholarships Nine students from Liberty High School who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in October 2012 met the program requirements to enter the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Each of the students is among 50,000 highestscoring participants of 1.5 million program entrants and has shown outstanding academic potential, according to a press release from Liberty High School. The students were offered the opportunity to be referred to U.S. colleges and universities. The students are Neil Chakravarty, Cassandra Cox, Olaf Grette, Alyssa Nanney, Galen Posch, Aditya Seshadri, Austin Sivret, Eric Spradling and Jeremy Stroming.

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Landfill meeting details gas, noise changes By Peter Clark

environmental investigator with King County Public Health, backed up the findIn a quarterly community ings. information meeting about “The key comment is the Cedar Hills Regional that no gas is getting off Landfill, members of the that site that could affect King County Solid Waste people’s homes,” he said. Division told those gathered Okereke also presented that they have taken steps to the gathered crowd opto correct noise and gas erational changes made to issues. soften decibel levels from About 20 people attended the landfill. He pointed to a the meeting in the King County Library Services building April 24 for the regular meeting in which the county hoped to continue a conversation with the community. Victor Okereke, the engineering services manager for the Solid Waste Division, discussed the changes made in the landfill to respond to odor and gas complaints. “We have made adjustments in the ways we work,” he said. “We have done a lot of work and it is working as well as we planned.” He told the group that new probes were installed to assist with gas extraction to ensure fumes would not leave the area. “They help us know when gas is moving towards the boundaries,” he said. To ensure that, the landfill is instituting a study of the probes’ effectiveness, measuring how well the new system keeps noxious gas contained. “Sometime by the end of the year, we will have those answers.” Bill Lasby, health and

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tion area has been around for a long, long time,” Stuart said. “That is a function of the Growth Management Act.” When the GMA was adopted statewide by the Legislature in 1990, existing incorporated cities were encouraged to swallow up those unincorporated parts to reduce the spread of sprawling development. Stuart also said cities have more opportunities for revenue in order to provide services than counties. Nesbitt identified police as one of the largest costs for the city and Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum was available for questions on behalf of the department. He spoke about the dedication that the department has to serve the city and said it wanted to continue should an annexation take effect. “We do take pride in proactive control of our community and getting face to face with our neighborhoods,” he said. “With the annexation, our commitment would be to maintain that level of service and not diminish it.” In a private interview, he said that the department did not yet have any reservations regarding Nesbitt’s numbers and what changes it would have to make to adjust to 10,000 potential new residents. He also said planning is in a very preliminary stage, with much still to be determined. “It is the most abstract cost,” Behrbaum said about the lack of certainty affiliated with the report’s projections on how the police department will adjust. “It also depends on how a city has been serviced previously. We’re customer-service based. If you want to see us face to face, then you will see us face to face.” City Financial Director Diane Marcotte said that the next step for the discussion is for the administrative staff to prepare some legislation for the Land & Shore subcommittee to possibly refer to the full council. The result might be on the November ballot for Klahanie area residents to decide whether they wish to be annexed. “It will be around June or July for the committees to review the information and make a recommendation to the council,” Marcotte said.

map that showed multiple sound probes around the perimeter of the site. He said that the division had taken into consideration how loud its machinery could be. Through insulation and correcting operation times, he said that they have rectified the problem. “We’re monitoring noise in key locations, and major

findings in the study shows that levels did not exceed limits,” he said. “We’re going to make additional efforts.” Additionally, they discussed ground water that flows from the south end to the north end of the landfill. Surprisingly, since the water moves through an old polluted facility before reaching the landfill, natu-

ral degradation actually improves its quality. “It takes a good amount of time for the groundwater to move from one end of the landfill to the other.” Cedar Hills Operations Engineer Laura Belt said. “It’s better when it leaves the site, in simple terms.” Attendees asked a number of questions regarding

the future results of gas and noise studies under way, but members from the Solid Waste Division could not give specific dates when those studies would be completed. The King County employees said they would continue to hold community meetings and listen to concerns that were raised.

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Fall council elections look to be ho-hum


sn’t it wonderful how happy everyone is with the future of the city of Issaquah? We assume that’s the case, since incumbent City Council members up for re-election this fall have all gone unchallenged, giving Stacy Goodman, Tola Marts and Eileen Barber another four-year term. Even Mary Lou Pauly gets a free ride into office with no challenger for the council’s only open seat. Apparently the potential for increased fire department costs, the potential annexation of 10,800 people in the Klahanie area and the beginning stages of redevelopment of the valley floor without any real transportation solutions is OK with everyone. Or, are there just no options and Issaquah residents are willing to accept continued growth as just the way it will be? Don’t get us wrong. Every one of the incumbents has served the city well and we’re lucky they are willing to stay. But, we are admittedly surprised that only Pauly — as prepared as any candidate could ever be — is the only willing newcomer. We do have two council incumbents who will challenge each other for the mayor’s spot. Ava Frisinger has been an accomplished mayor for 16 years and will be missed, but we look forward to new leadership — it’s just time. Candidates Joe Forkner and Fred Butler will give the community plenty of good discussion about the city’s future — provided anyone cares to listen. School board candidate Alison Meryweather was appointed to the board’s open seat just weeks ago and will now stand for election in November. Our hats off to Lisa Callan, also an applicant for the appointment, who is passionate enough about her desire to serve on the school board to challenge Meryweather. Elections are not easy, but neither is public service.

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I’m glad to help make government transparent


went to a discussion dinner recently that focused on civil behavior and the responsibility of government. I am excited. One of the topics that arose centered on the transparency of government and it made me romanticize all over again the profession of journalism and what I feel it gives to the world. The other diners had varying opinions regarding this, but most contended that government should be more open for the citizens it serves. Leaving aside state and federal governments, I will say that local governments that I have covered, included my short time here in Issaquah, have been exceedingly transparent. In this city’s new website, they appear to painstakingly put in most every piece of paper that is offered to the mayor, the council or different departments. Likewise, they offered limited public comments on many issues and hold public hearings on the most important, such as on the Klahanie potential annexation area. However, through all of a local government’s attempts to keep the public informed, one thing becomes clear: government at its core is a cluttered, long-winded, complicated and often-times boring mess. Sure, an interested public could sort through the dense documents full of less-thanriveting legalese that record all of the meetings that lead up to a decision, but few have the dedication to devote so much time. That’s where journalism enters. Hello journalism. Nice to see you. It is my job to attend such meetings, read these documents, ask questions and make sure I understand an issue in

order to translate it to a busy public. This is not a knock against people who fail to comb through government workings. It Peter is rather a Clark fact that we Press reporter all have many other things that demand our time. I take the responsibility of divining the mysterious sanctum of bureaucratic facility extremely serious. I regard it as a duty to accurately report a transparent government and also ensure that transparency exists. In the 1970s, a heyday of journalism that exposed the crimes of the Nixon presidency, my profession was thought of as a fourth branch of government. As the congress, judiciary and executive are meant to balance each other, journalism served as a check between the public and these three. I see the romanticism clearly, but that does not stop me from striving to serve that same kind of goal. While I’m optimistic about Issaquah’s attempts at transparency, vigilance is an inherent part of my job. There is a caveat to me handling this for you fine people. I’m the strange sort of person who really enjoys these things. Meetings, minutia, mayoral elections, I’m your man. I still have an enormous amount to learn about this community, but I am honored to scour boring documents in service to Issaquah. Just keep reading.

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says that water and sewer service Opinionated? will still be provided by the SamThe Press wants you! mamish Plateau Water & Sewer District, even though Issaquah’s comprehensive plan and water If you were already signed I just wanted to take a moment service plans say that the city will up for Rapid Response, we to thank all the great people of provide that service. One big conlost our email list in the Issaquah. cern that was not addressed is burglary, so please send your My husband, the father of our whether fire service will be proemail again. vided by the Klahanie fire station 12-year-old daughter, passed If you’re not already in, away suddenly two months now in the city of Sammamish. please join our email group ago. From the very day that he Why wasn’t Sammamish involved — Rapid Response. You give passed, there were people at our in this study? If it was, then the us your name and email addoor offering prayers, condolenc- study might promote annexation dress. We send you questions es and food. Some of these people to Sammamish. regarding the news. You tell After attending this meeting, I had never even met before. us what you think. What I am eternally grateful for all I am not sure if Issaquah can could be easier? the love and support you have provide better service than King We’ll email you a variety given my family in our time of County. Residents of Klahanie asof questions. Answer one or need. pire to be part of a major league all of them! Respond by the city. There is no question that Isdeadline in the email and Brandi Farrell saquah is not up to the task. The we’ll get your thoughts into Issaquah city of Sammamish is well run the newspaper. fiscally and has huge surpluses, Send your name and email May Madness while Issaquah has bonded address to editor@isspress. indebtedness. Sammamish is com. Put Rapid Response in on the list of most livable cities. the subject line. Sammamish shares our values as a bedroom community, while You can bet that if the girls Issaquah aspires to be an urban rated the boys this way, this center with all the big box stores. tax money and allow pot shops “tradition” would be over in a The best solution for Klahanie to open within the Issaquah city heartbeat. is to say “thanks, but no thanks” limits. to Issaquah and explore the Dave Miller possibility of annexing to the Ken Sessler Issaquah city of Sammamish. Don’t beIssaquah lieve what Issaquah says. That Annexation Violence can be done.

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Last week, I attended a “public meeting” concerning Klahanie annexation. Residents who attended expected to have their questions answered. Instead, they spent more time discussing so called “ground rules.” Unfortunately, the study did not address important concerns such as Issaquah-Fall City Road, and how Issaquah will deliver fire protection and water and sewer service. The mayor did not attend; the city administrator did, but he did not address the audience. Issaquah-Fall City Road was not addressed, but the consultant hopes Issaquah can talk the county into paying for it, or just forget it altogether. The study


I hope the city doesn’t go into the pot business

Thanks, Mark, for your letter backing up your vote for making the marijuana drug legal to possess in the state of Washington. “Legalize it. Tax it and get over it. There is my reason.” I do not know how the state will get over it, when (1) it against federal Law, (2) noted traffic accidents and deaths have already resulted from people using pot, (3) now that pot will be easily available, the traffic deaths will increase. Sure hope the Issaquah City Council does not grab for the

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the time commitment, Schweitzer said there were many other opportunities to get involved. A central feature of the large event is the decorating and donating of luminaria. After dark, personalized bags honoring the memory of or honoring someone affected by cancer is lit and placed along the track in the Luminaria Ceremony. “We will take donations from our website at,” Schweitzer said about those wishing to contribute. “Or, you can purchase a luminaria to decorate and have it out.” At the moment, Relay for Life appears to be more of a success than 2012. “We have 90 teams registered for our goal of $300,000,” Schweitzer said. “Right now, we are at $119,000, and we had 84 teams last year.” It is also a banner year for the relay, as it has been chosen by the American Cancer Society to help in its third cancer prevention study. City Shared Services Manager Darcey Strand, who has coordinated Issaquah’s relay team for the past 10 years, is serving as the direct volunteer to assist in gathering volunteers for the study through the event. “Issaquah is assigned to get 148 volunteers,” she said. “They can only register at the Relay for Life.” She flew to the society’s headquarters in Minnesota for training as a

volunteer. She said she was impressed with how much it took to learn all of the details involved with volunteering through the study and has brought that to the Relay for Life in an attempt to solicit volunteers. The only stipulations to take part in the study are to be between 30 and 65 years old and have no history of cancer. Though Strand said she does not have half the number she needs to turn out for the event, she is confident she will find those willing to enlist. “The opportunity came up and they were looking for a chair for this,” Strand said. “I am committed because I have had too many phone calls of people saying they’ve been diagnosed with cancer.” Even if people are unavailable for the study, she said the relay is an excellent chance to show support for those affected by cancer. “It’s an amazing event, seeing all the young people donating their time,” Strand said. “It’s just really a special night.” For Schweitzer, it is a combination of personal experience and inspiration from the community that has kept her dedicated to Issaquah’s Relay for Life. “I first started relaying in Eastern Washington nine years ago while my grandma recovered from terminal brain cancer,” she said. “I decided I wanted to be more involved. Also, these students spending their free time raising money instead of going shopping or playing sports is inspirational. It’s really amazing and keeps me coming back.”

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PARTICIPATE IN CANCER STUDY The American Cancer Society is launching a wide-sweeping cancer prevention study. The society hopes to enlist 300,000 people by the end of the year. Volunteers will be tracked for 20 years to evaluate changes in lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that could lead to an increased risk of cancer or assist in cancer prevention. Previous studies have had monumental effects on laws and lifestyles. Through the American Cancer Society’s efforts, links between tobacco use and nutrition have caused large shifts in understanding about cancer risks and prevention. To enroll in the study, men and women should be ages 30 to 65, have no personal history of cancer and be willing to make a long-term commitment. Questionnaires will be provided every three years or so, asking about lifestyles and health. Volunteers will have to enlist at the Relay for Life event with trained staff members from the American Cancer Society. Contact Darcey Strand at or 206-755-6216 for more information or to enroll.

May 29, 2013

Issaquah Cedar & Lumber celebrates more than 100 years in business

Ahhh, the aroma of fresh-cut Western Red Cedar! There is nothing that says Northwest quite like cedar lumber. It is distinguished for its beauty, but also for its durability and workability. Cedar is an all-weather lumber. It contains natural preservatives that resist moisture, decay and insect damage, making it naturally at home in the sun, rain, heat and cold. Properly finished, it will last for decades. The showroom and lumber yard at Issaquah Cedar & Cedar is most commonly used for Lumber is conveniently located on East Lake Sammamish siding, decking and fencing, but Parkway. is also used by homeowners and Issaquah Cedar & Lumber also builders for use in mantels, soffits, beams specializes in hardwood and cedar decking. and timbers, mouldings, shakes and Owner Hugh Clark, general manger shingles, saunas, arbors and trellises. Chad Amble and sales manager Jerry Experience counts, especially when Blakley and the rest of the team are you are investing in a home remodeling available daily to assist in your inquiries project. That’s exactly why customers and help with your ideas. Their wealth of turn to the team at Issaquah Cedar and knowledge makes them a great sounding Lumber, in business for 110 years, selling board for ideas and designs. They also many of the same great products keep a list of qualified licensed quality throughout the century. contractors on file if you are looking for Issaquah Cedar and Lumber is committed to stocking and manufacturing help with your projects. the highest quality cedar products available. SUMMER BBQ First thing you’ll notice when you enter Friday, June 14 the facility at 5728 East Lake Sammamish Parkway in Issaquah is a strong All invited! commitment to an inventory that will properly serve their customers. The As one of Issaquah’s oldest businesses, inventory includes both tight-knot and it’s natural that Issaquah Cedar & Lumber clear cedar, green or dry, in both mixed and its staff are well integrated into the and vertical grain specifications. community, active in both local and Complimenting the inventory is statenational charities, Little League, Eagle of-the-art machinery that allows quick Scout projects, community gardens and turnaround on custom millwork orders. more. The new-and-improved showroom serves To learn more, visit the Showroom as an excellent place to display both past weekdays 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Saturday 8:30 and present products available, as well as a.m. to 3 p.m. Please call 425-392-3631 or new ideas for the homeowner and go to contractor.

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Wednesday May 29, 2013

PetHub owner receives people’s choice award Tom Arnold, owner and founder of PetHub Inc. in Issaquah, was honored twice at the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce Eastside Business Awards. PetHub Inc. received an award in the Eastside Startup Business of the Year category as well as the People’s Choice Award for Eastside Innovative Product of the Year, according to a press release from PetHub Inc. Businesses on the Eastside that uphold a strong commitment to quality, community and innovation were recognized at the 24th Annual Bellevue Chamber of Commerce Eastside Business Awards luncheon on May 6, according to the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce


The Rev. Katherine Sedwick and four ‘angels’ bless the water in the baptismal font recently at the celebration of her new ministry as rector of St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church.


New St. Michael’s rector happily tackles job By Joe Grove


he Rev. Katherine Sedwick, along with the congregation of St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, recently celebrated her beginning as rector. Sedwick said it is exciting to be a part of a congregation poised to take the next step forward, to do what they are going to do and to figure out how they are going to do it well as a community. She said membership in the church numbers about 200 and “they had such a strong, healthy time under the former rector.” In an Episcopal church, a new pastor is called by the vestry. Vestry Senior Warden Tina Butt, Ed.D., a former assistant superintendent of the Issaquah School District, said after they had interviewed the top three applicants for the position, “Katherine was unanimous. She is warm, caring and wise. She is much loved by parishes where she has been. She is a good administrator. She has a clear vision for where our church can be going, and she has a real love for the Northwest and wants to help us get more involved in the Issaquah community.” Her service has included being associate rector at Trinity Parish Church in downtown Seattle and seven years as rector at St. Luke’s in Southwest Minneapo-

Singers concert features classic tunes by name What’s in a name? Issaquah Singers will present a concert at 2 p.m. June 1 featuring songs with a person’s name in the title. Songs the choir will sing include “Hernando’s Hideaway,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “When You and I were Young,” “Maggie Blues,” “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho” and “Goodnight, Irene.” The free concert will be at Sammamish Presbyterian Church, 22522 N.E. Inglewood Hill Drive, Sammamish. Donations are appreciated, and will be used to purchase music and to pay for rehearsal space because all participants are volunteers, including the director and accompanist. Learn more at

The Rev. Katherine Sedwick lis. Her move to Issaquah is a bit of a homecoming. She and her husband Michael had lived on the Eastside (Bellevue and Redmond) for 20 years before going to Minneapolis. Butt said the vestry posted their church mission statement, “Bringing faith to life in the heart of Issaquah” on the denomination’s national website, along with five activities envisioned to support it, for applicants to respond to. From 10 applicants, they narrowed the field to three, following Skype interviews, and sent vestry members to interview the three in person. When those doing the interviewing compared their outcomes, Sedwick was the unanimous pick, Butt said. Sedwick said the Episcopal history comes out of the Church of England. “I think we are proud of our heritage,” she said. “Who we are comes from who we’ve been. We are from a tradition that understands we are part of a three-legged stool of scripture,

“I don’t find any part of the job that I don’t like. I’m excited by getting to know individuals, but also the community, and see where God is calling them and helping them remove the barriers to that call, helping them find their path,” — Rev. Katherine Sedwick St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church

tradition and reason, and our history is in that tradition part. Scripture is equally strong, if not more so, and the reason is that we are expected to think for ourselves and make our decisions on that as well. “One of our sayings is that how we pray is what we are. We are not a confession faith, where you sign a document saying this is what I believe,” she added. “We say a creed every week, so we are a gathered group of people who have common beliefs, but if you were to ask 10 different Episcopalians what the creed means, you would get slightly different answers. Our prayer book is as close to a statement of identity as you will get in the Episcopal Church.” When asked about the modern trend of “contemporary” church services, Sedwick said, “I think we are very contemporary in See SEDWICK, Page B3



Charlie Langston (left), on behalf of the Rotary Club of Sammamish, presents a check for $2,500 to Issaquah Community Services to help the nonprofit organization meet emergency financial needs for families living in the greater Issaquah area. Receiving the check are ICS president Lori Birrell (center) and vice president Milicent Savage.

website. During the luncheon, people were invited to send a text message with the ID of a company to win the People’s Choice Award, which PetHub Inc. secured. PetHub Inc. creates pet tags with QR codes, making it easy to locate a lost pet, or find a lost pet’s owner. By scanning the QR code, calling PetHub’s 24-hour Found Pet Hotline or going to www., anyone can register a found pet. The companies entered in the contest represent an example of why the Eastside is one of the best places to live, work and launch a business, according to the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce website.

Trails club announces scholarship winners The Issaquah Alps Trails Club has announced the winners of its annual Bill Longwell Memorial Scholarship. First place for $1,000 has been awarded to Joseph Domek, of Issaquah High School. Domek has a grade point average of 3.91, and is active in Issaquah-Sammamish Young Life, Relay for Life and Running Start classes. He plays football, wrestles, runs track and is college bound to Pacific Lutheran University. Second place for $500 has been awarded to Jennifer Duff, also of Issaquah High School. Duff has a 3.93 grade point average, is treasurer of the Internet Service Club, is active in the Multicultural Club and Honor Society, and runs track. She plans to attend Pepperdine University next year. Third place for $250 goes to Andrew Smith, of Skyline High School. Smith has a 3.98 grade point average, is senior class treasurer, swim team captain, and in Debate Club, Honor Society and Eagle Scouts. He

plans to attend Middlebury College in Vermont. Longwell was a longtime member of the Issaquah Alps Trails Club and taught English at Hazen High School. He built and maintained many of the local trails, often with the help of his students. During the 1970s, he surveyed and led the effort to build the 16-mile long Tiger Mountain trail system. He also helped build and maintain numerous other trails at Squak Mountain and in the Issaquah Alps. The scholarship was created in his honor shortly after his death in 2007. It is open to seniors at Issaquah, Liberty, Skyline and Hazen high schools. Most of this year’s entrants chose the following essay topic: Interest in the environment and long term sustainability of our planet has never been greater. What should the Issaquah Alps Trails Club do to help our youth be better informed about issues and become more active locally? In other words support the often repeated phrase: “Think globally and act locally.”

Eastside Baby Corner provides free diapers Since diapers are not covered by any government aid programs, many families in King County are forced to choose between buying diapers and buying food or paying bills, according to a press release from Side by Side Northwest. When it costs $100 a month on average to diaper a baby, struggling parents with children in daycare often can’t afford to go to work or school, which adds additional stress to low-income families. Eastside Baby Corner, a diaper bank, has teamed up with Westside Baby to address the issue of diaper need by providing 2 million diapers to children in need in King County over the next two years

through Side by Side Northwest. The two-year pilot program was created by the two agencies working together to increase support for all children living in King County, as well as to increase the impact both organizations make in the community. Diapers are not the only need for families living in poverty in King County. Eastside Baby Corner and Westside Baby aim to provide families with essential items, free of charge, through social service providers in King County. Collectively, the two agencies distributed more than $5.4 million in children’s essentials including clothing, car seats and portable cribs last year. Go to www.babycorner. org or call 865-0234.

Liberty teachers honored for their hard work

The teachers were selected and recognized as teachers or educators who have gone above and beyond the normal expectations of their job to enhance the education of Liberty students. The teachers were nominated by Liberty High School students.

Liberty High School teachers Debbie Sutton and Sarah Duran were selected as Liberty’s Outstanding Educators for the 2012-13 school year, according to a press release from the school.

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MAY 30 - JUNE 5


After Cancer Treatment, what’s next? 4:30-6 p.m., Swedish Hospital, 751 N.E. Blakely Drive. A four week class, runs June 4-25. Register at Seattle Tilth family Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Issaquah’s Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. Eat garden snacks and play in the organic learning gardens. Free! Issaquah Depot Museum, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., FridaySunday, free admission Thursday evenings. Visit the vintage caboose and railroad cars, tours available by appointment, $2 for

adults, $1 for children. Go to issaquah-depot. Being Human Art Exhibit, artEAST Art Center and Gallery, 95 Front St. N., Issaquah, through June 16 Volunteer: Group Health’s Special Transportation Program drivers transport frail, elderly members to and from medical appointments in King County. Volunteers use their own cars, are reimbursed for mileage and determine their own schedules. Call 206-326-2800 or email

Issaquah Gardening Kick-off

Issaquah Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. Music by Creekside Elementary School Mariachi band, 11 a.m. to noon; family magic show, 1-1:30 p.m. Home Depot Free Kids Workshop: Lawnmower pencil holder, for ages 5-12, 9 a.m. to noon, Issaquah Home Depot, 6200 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway. Pancake Breakfast/arts and crafts fair, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way, $5/person


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Art for Seniors workshop series: Relief block printing, for ages 55 and up, 10 a.m. to noon, Boys and Girls Club, 825 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish

‘Savvy Gardener’ class, strategies for weed control, 6-7:30 p.m., Tibbetts Creek Manor, 750 17th Ave. N.W. Go to savvygardener.

‘Art for the Soul,’ 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N., $24, register at

Meet the artists, 6-8 p.m., artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N. Cable T.V. Commission meeting, 6 p.m., City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way ‘Caring for Your Back, Surgical and Nonsurgical Options,’ 6-8 p.m., Swedish/ Issaquah, 751 N.E. Blakely Drive. Register at http://bit. ly/16VIyTk.

Evergreen Philharmonic presents Concerto Concert, 7 p.m., Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E. Go take a hike, 7-8:30 p.m., Issaquah REI, 735 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Learn the basics of hiking. Register at Poker night, 7-10 p.m., Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive

Issaquah Valley Rock Club: last Friday, September through June, Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way, Information@ ‘Clay Play for Adults,’ 6:309:30 p.m., artEAST, 95 Front St. N., $30, register at www. A Toast to the Lord — a faith-based Toastmasters club: 7-8:30 p.m. , Eastside Fire & Rescue Station No. 83, 3425 Issaquah-Pine

Travel Florence and Cinque Terre, 11 a.m. to noon, Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. Traveling? Come get tips on the best sights to see, how to get around the city and more. Downtown History Hike, 11 a.m., meet at the Train Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E. Walk through the history of Issaquah in a 2-mile, twohour tour. Tickets are $3 for History Museums members, $5 for general

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‘What’s in a Name’ free concert by Issaquah Singers, 2 p.m., Sammamish Presbyterian Church, 22522 N.E. Englewood Hill Drive, Sammamish, donations accepted. Figure Art Show and Sale, noon to 8 p.m., artEAST Center, 95 Front St. N. Open house will feature 100 original figure drawings and paintings. Light refreshments served.

Sunday Burgers and BMWs car show, 8 a.m., Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd.

Figure Art Show and Sale, noon to 5 p.m., artEAST Center, 95 Front St. N. Open house will feature 100 original figure drawings and paintings. Light refreshments served.



Figure Drawing open studio, 9:30-11:30 a.m. short pose, noon to 2 p.m. long pose, artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., $20 drop-in fee, info@

Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Sportsmen’s Clubhouse, 23600 S.E. Evans St., 392-3311

Super Salmon Sleuths for Preschoolers, for ages 3-6, 10-11:30 a.m., Salmon Hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way. Email celina@issaquahfish. com or call 392-8025 to preregister; $8/child.

Urban Village Development commission meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way

‘Clay Play for Parents and Children,’ for ages 6 and up with an adult, 2-4 p.m., artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N. $10/participant, register at

Issaquah Community Network: 5:30 p.m. Hailstone Feedstore, 232 Front St. N., 391-0592 ArtEAST club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Up Front Art Gallery, 95 Front St. N., or 392-3191

Sammamish Presbyterian MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers): first and third Monday, mothers of children (birth to kindergarten) are welcome to join, 466-7345

Elks Lodge No. 1843: 6:30 p.m. 765 Rainier Blvd. N., 392-1400 River and Streams board, 7 p.m., City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Ave. N.W.

Impossible Bird, 8 p.m., Treehouse Point, 6922 Preston-Fall City Road S.E., $25; purchase tickets at www.brownpapertickets. com/event/381361 The Slacks cover band, 8-11 p.m., Amante Pizza, 131 Front St. N.










Newcastle Hike, very easy 1 1/2-mile hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at 175 Rainier Blvd. S.


City Council meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way

Electric Soul, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N.

Yoga, 8-9 a.m., Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive


Rotary Club of Issaquah: 12:15 p.m. Tibbetts Creek Manor, 750 Renton-Issaquah Road,

Lake Road S.E., 427-9682,



Hello English! Intermediate English class, 10-11:45 a.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E.

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‘Savvy Gardener: Northwest gardens without automatic sprinklers,’ 10:30 a.m. to noon, Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive, register at

Beaver Lake Community Club: 7 p.m. Issaquah Lodge at Beaver Lake Park, 25101 S.E. 24th St.,


9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 1 Seattle Tilth is partnering with the city of Issaquah to support the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank with Issaquah Gardening Kick-off from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 1 at the Issaquah Farmers Market, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. The goal is to grow and donate 1 ½ tons of fresh produce to hungry families and individuals. Buy a plant to donate to a community garden or grow produce to donate to the food bank. To learn more, go to


Send items for Let’s Go! to by noon Friday.

‘Parenting for SocialEmotional Health,’ 7-8 p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way The Toastmasters of Sammamish: 7:15-8:45 p.m. Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 1121 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish, 392-0963 or Youth Advisory Board meeting, 7 p.m., Issaquah Youth Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.

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Sammamish Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., City Hall at Sammamish Commons, 801 228th Ave. S.E. The Hayburners band, children’s activity, Father’s Day cards. Raise your glass and raise some funds, 6-9 p.m., Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive. An evening of wine tasting hosted by the WAVE Foundation; $40/ person and benefit the

JUNE 5 WAVE Foundation’s mission to increase awareness and bring an end to domestic violence. ‘OB Speed Dating,’ 6 and 7 p.m., Swedish/Issaquah, 751 N.E. Blakely Drive. For expecting parents, meet several doctors and get to know them in a fun environment. Register at www.swedish. org/obspeeddating. Development Commission meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way Wednesday Night Trivia, 7:30 p.m., Zeeks Pizza, 2525 N.E. Park Drive, 8938646

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O bituary Clead Karren Clead Karren, 78, of Issaquah, passed away, May 18, 2013. He is survived Clead Karren by his dear wife Kaylene; his children Cindy, Karlene, Lisa, De-

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that the prayers we pray are about what is going on today, the way we welcome new people, the way we baptize. “If you look at our worship space, it is very newly remodeled, but adding guitars and drums doesn’t make anything contemporary,” she added. “There are a lot of us who enjoyed coming of age in the time of Vatican II with the folk masses and love beads and all of that, but we have to keep moving forward. “You will find in our worship Taizé music, which comes from the Burgundy region of France. It is very contemporary. Taizé is a nondenominational monastic order and the music is created so that everyone can sing it.” The music is a way of praying as well as singing. “It is very contemporary, but it is not going to be the pull-down the screen with all the electronics stuff going on,” she said. Sedwick said she had a sense of a call to serve God as a teenager. “It is very personal,” she said when asked to explain the call. “I had an experience of being in a chapel at a youth service, and I had a sense of God’s presence, and I don’t know how to describe it, other than it was stronger than anything else around me, and I was in a room full of teenagers all singing and being silly. I heard somewhere inside of me, ‘I gave my

nise, Tim and Clint; and his 12 grandchildren. He loved to restore old Mustang cars and to play golf. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 31, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1100 Sixth Ave. S.E., Issaquah. Read a full obituary at

life for you, give yours to me,’ and it scared me. I promptly ignored it for a long time.” She said, however, that everything else she did seemed like “settling” for something less. She was a young mother when she returned to school to prepare educationally for ordained ministry. She has found the work exciting and said she can count on one hand the days she has pulled up to work and wished she wasn’t there. “I don’t find any part of the job that I don’t like. I’m excited by getting to know individuals, but also the community, and see where God is calling them and helping them remove the barriers to that call, helping them find their path,” she said. “I like change. I think of it as an opportunity for growth, and walking with someone through change is exciting to me, very joyful, though it is not always easy.” She said St. Michaels has an 8 a.m. Sunday service with the old Elizabethan language, “and it is beautiful. It is quiet. There is no music to it.” It is followed by a 10:30 a.m. service with more contemporary language. “The music is beautiful and joyful, with lots of children and families,” she said. What advice does she have for a young woman wanting to go into the clergy? “Make sure it is what you love to do,” she said. “There is a lot of lay ministry. If you find yourself unhappy doing lay ministry, you are probably not going to be happy doing ordained ministry.”


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Erlyn Calsado, dressed in a nurse uniform from World War I, took part in a fashion show of the different outfits worn by healthcare providers over time for seniors. In celebration of National Nurses Week, nurses from Issaquah Nursing and Rehab shook the hands of those present at the Issaquah Senior Center on May 6.

W ho ’ s N ews Eagles musicians win Issaquah High School won several awards at the Washington State Solo and Ensemble Contest April 26-27. Hi Tones won first place in the women’s large ensemble category. Led by Savannah Young, other first-place singers are Maddy Bennett, Alita Campbell, Samantha Cook, Annika Dybevik, Caroline Hamblin, Melina Jones, Tali Magidson, Mackenzie Minehan, Elizabeth Moore, Julianne Nienhuis, Areesa Somani, Maryn Spangler, Rache Strand, Makenna Thomas and Ashley Young. Other state winners are: Andy Able, second place playing tuba; and Gregory Ketron, second place trombone. Groups scoring a No. 1 rating are Mix It Up with Bennett, Campbell, Dybevik, Ashley Young, Samantha Cook, Mackenzie Minehan, Elizabeth Moore, Savannah Young, Jacob

Bernado, Bryan Hanner, Dylan Martorano, Mark Olsen, Kajal Lang, Jesse Olsen-Jacobsen, Samuel Tacher and Jack Wheeler. In Harmony with Tacher (leader), Bernado, Hanner, Martorano, Cameron McLeod, Olsen, Anthony Uy, Jared Alves, Kajal Lang, Jesse Olsen-Jacobsen, Kyle Tant and Jack Wheeler. Scoring a No. 1 rating in the solo categories are Dybevik , soprano; Wheeler, tenor; and Tacher, bass.

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W ho ’ s N ews Sammamish student named to dean’s list

Local student earns master’s from WSU

Andrew Garrett, of Sammamish, was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 quarter at Syracuse University. Garrett is enrolled in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a 3.4 or higher grade point average for the semester.

Michael Johnson, of Issaquah, will receive his Master of Science in electrical engineering from Washington State University in May. Johnson graduated from Issaquah High School in 2007. He is the son of Donna and David Johnson, of Issaquah.

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Wednesday May 29, 2013

Local athletes win at state track championships By Christina Corrales-Toy Immediately after Liberty High School track stars Alex Olobia and Hiron Redman competed in the last race of their high school careers, the seniors embraced as they shook off the disappointment of a second-place finish in the 4×400-meter relay at the state track and field championship. “Bellevue had just that much more, just a little bit more,” Redman said. “He just got me by a 30th of a second. That’s it.” The Liberty relay team of Olobia, Redman, Romney Noel and Ashby Brown took second with a time of 3 minutes, 20.42 seconds, good enough to break the school record, but just short of conference foe Bellevue. That’s quite an accomplishment considering that there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding the 1,600 relay team at the start of the season, Redman said. “We came into the beginning of the season just scared. We didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “I mean we had a sophomore on the relay team, and we all just dug really deep and we did it.” That sophomore is promising underclassmen Noel, who, like his teammates, sported an impressive mohawk during the May 23-25 championship at Mount Tahoma. The Liberty boys track and field team placed fifth in overall scoring at the state meet, thanks to impressive performances from both Olobia and Redman. Olobia took home three medals, including the one he secured with the Liberty relay team. He earned second place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.85, just short of Bellevue’s Budda Baker, who won with a mark of 10.77. He also took third in the 200 meter, finishing that race in 22.29. “I’ve had to go through a lot of adversity with injuries, but I think overall, even though I didn’t come in first, I enjoyed the journey, and that’s what it’s mainly about,” Olobia said. “I’m just really proud that I got here.” Redman, a standout on the school’s cross country team, reached the podium for the third consecutive year in the 800-meter event, placing sixth with a time of 1:55.02. Aaron Bowe broke the school record in the 3,200 with a time of 9:21.87, good for seventh place. Senior Sean Campbell captured Liberty’s first medal of the meet with his sixth-place toss in the javelin, at 165 feet, 10 inches. Campbell took up the sport for the first time this season, along with his twin brother Matt.

Skyline golf team comes in third in state

The Skyline High School boys golf team placed third at the 4A state golf championships May 21 and 22. The team came in third 65.5 team points. Its leader, Brian Mogg, also took third, shooting 149. Finishing the first round with a pair of birdies and coming back to birdie three of the four final holes on the second day, Skyline’s Kelley Sullivan ended in a six-way tie for 12th place with 154 strokes. Zack Overstreet, of Issaquah High School, took 18th with a score of 155.

The Liberty girls did not fare quite as well, narrowly missing the podium in several events. Megan Chucka took ninth in the 1,600-meter, Sarah Bliesner placed 11th in the 3,200-meter and Anna Frodsham finished ninth in the javelin. Issaquah girls take ninth The Issaquah High School girls track and field team is a bit of a quirky bunch. Last year, the relay teams joked that they should run like a tiger was chasing them, going so far as to bring a plastic tiger to the meet as motivation. This year, they stuck with the animal theme, but threw in a bit of a twist. “Last year, we were known for our little tiger. This year, we made many animal noises, especially seal noises,” Issaquah junior Juliana da Cruz said. As much fun as the group has off the field, it is all business for the Eagles when they step on to the track, as evidenced by the team’s top 10 finish at state this year. Catapulted by strong relay performances, the Issaquah girls track and field team finished tied for ninth. The 4×400-meter relay team of da Cruz, Grace Englund, Amanda Chalfant and Gabrielle Gevers had the highest finish for the Eagles, taking second in their race. “It’s a 400, so it’s a hard race,” da Cruz said. “I think a lot of people underestimate the difficulty of it, but we were running for each other and we have so much love on this team that it makes it all worthwhile.” Issaquah held off a lastleg surge from conference rival Skyline to take second in 3:53.85, behind state champion Ballard. “I have so much respect for Skyline,” da Cruz said. “They’re just a great bunch of girls and it’s a lot of fun to be able to compete like that. I think that’s really when track becomes a game, almost.” Issaquah’s 4×200-meter relay team featuring Englund, Gevers, da Cruz and Alia Sugarman finished fourth. For Englund, the lone senior on both relay teams, it was a perfect end to her high school track career. “It was really fun,” she said. “When I was a freshman, I was nowhere near where I am now, and running with these girls and having them push me is just such an accomplishment. I couldn’t have asked for a better team and a better year.” In addition to her two relay event medals, Gevers also took home an individual one for her sixth-place finish in the 100. Senior Mckenna Hogan earned two sixth-place medals for her performance in the long jump Playing at Club Green Meadows, Issaquah’s Mersadie Tallman hit 170 to tie for 19th place.

Skyline’s Aman Manji places third in tennis Skyline High School senior Aman Manji finished third in the state boys singles tennis tournament May 25 after defeating Oscar Burney, of Garfield, 7-6, 7-6. Manji started his run with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Aaron Park, of Stadium. He then defeated Derek Welch, of Kentlake, 6-2, 6-2. Manji then lost to eventual

and triple jump. Hogan established a new school record with her jump of 17-7 1/2 in the long jump at the state meet. Sophomore Cayla Seligman just missed the podium with a ninth-place finish in the 1,600. Skyline sends 21 athletes to state As the Skyline High School 4×400-meter relay team of Dorie Dalzell, Maria Volodkevich, Alex Daugherty and Kaylie Greninger huddled before the last race of the meet, the message was clear — the girls were more than teammates; they were family. “We’re such a tight-knit team, so we said, ‘Do it for the family,’ before the race,” Daugherty said. “We are so fortunate to have each other.” After qualifying for the final event in seventh place, the Spartans finished third, breaking the school record with a time of 3:54.33. “Last year, we broke this record as a team, so it’s just really nice to be able to put our name on the screen and feel that we’ve left a legacy,” Dalzell said. Skyline finished just behind rival Issaquah in the relay. “It’s really great to have someone of that caliber in the same league and to be able to compete with them throughout the season,” Daugherty said. “Our whole team gave it their all, though.” The Skyline girls track and field team finished the weekend ranked 24th. Dalzell and Daugherty each took home individual medals. Dalzell placed fourth in the 400 with a time of 56.77. Daugherty ran the 800 in 2:15.71, good for seventh. Junior Samantha Krahling just missed the podium in the 3,200, taking 11th place. Seniors Ashley Richardson and Marissa Fortier made the high jump finals, while sophomore Geneva Ecola competed in the long jump. None of the athletes qualified for a medal, though. The Skyline boys team placed 12th overall, led by Skyline’s top finisher Keegan Symmes, who took third in the 1,600 with a time of 4:17.13. The senior just missed securing his second medal of the meet when he placed ninth in the 3,200. Senior Trevon Clark ran the 400 in 49.46, on his way to a sixth-place medal, while Garrett Corliss ended his high school career throwing the javelin 16810, good for sixth in the state. The 4×400-meter relay team of Lorenzo Agogliati, Blake Young, Andrew Millett and Clark captured fourth place, with a time of 3:21.84. second-place finisher Alex Marcinkowski, of Gonzaga Prep, 6-1, 6-1. The Skyline boys doubles team of Alex Wu and Brayden Hansen finished fifth after defeating Chase Hassig and Henry Wurst, of Bellarmine Prep, 6-2, 1-6, 7-5.

Issaquah, Liberty doubles tennis teams take second in state Issaquah and Liberty high schools each sent doubles’ tennis teams to the state tournament this year, and each returned home with hardware.

By Greg Farrar

Liberty High School teammates (from left) Ashby Brown, Hiron Redman, Romney Noel and Alex Olobia link arms and display their 4x400-meter relay medals after winning second place with a time of 3 minutes, 20.42 seconds during the 3A state track and field championships May 25 in Tacoma.

By Greg Farrar

Amanda Chalfant (left), Issaquah High School junior, receives the baton from senior Grace Englund for the second leg of their 4x400-meter relay race. With Gabrielle Gevers and Juliana da Cruz, the team won second place with a time of 3 minutes, 53.85 seconds in the last event of the day at the 3A state track and field championships May 25 in Tacoma.

By Greg Farrar

Keegan Symmes, Skyline High School senior, starts with the pack in the 3,200-meter run May 25 during the 3A state track and field championships. Symmes finished ninth in the race to add to his third-place finish in the 1,600-meter run May 23. The Liberty High School duo of Kristy Braunston and Jenny Adams took second place at the 3A state tournament in Kennewick. They are the first Patriots in school history to make state. Braunston and Adams won three straight matches to reach the state finals in a rematch of the KingCo and District championships. The pair ultimately fell to Mercer Island in straight sets May 25. The Issaquah High School doubles team of Sam Garrard and Kelsey Wilson improved upon last year’s sixth-place finish,

taking second at this year’s 3A state championship in Richland. Garrard and Wilson fell to the KingCo champions from Garfield in straight sets May 25.

Issaquah triathlon is set for June 1 The 13th annual Issaquah Triathlon, Duathlon, 10K, 5K and Kids’ Triathlon, sponsored by Arbor Schools, is June 1. The Sprint Distance Triathlon begins at 7 a.m. The Spring Duathlon runs concurrently with the triathlon. The Issaquah 5K and 10K

Run/Walk begins at 7 a.m. The Kids Triathlon begins at 9:30 a.m. and is recommended for children ages 6-12. Expect traffic delays in and around Lake Sammamish State Park the morning of June 1. The race begins and ends in Lake Sammamish State Park and includes a barbecue courtesy of Fischer Meats and chocolate milk courtesy of Darigold, as well as sports drinks at the finish line. About 1,000 people participate in the event each year. Learn more and register at

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By Kevin Houghton

Geometry students in Kevin Houghton’s class at Issaquah High School recently took advantage of sunny weather to study polygons in an exciting way — by building kites out of tissue paper, straws and ribbon. ‘Lots of rich math in there!’ Houghton said. With almost no wind, the students had to really run, but the kites flew (to, ahem, the teacher’s amazement).

P olice & F ire Threats A May 13 report stated that a customer’s son made open threats to throw a rock through the window of a business in the 700 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard and to “hunt you down.” He was mad about a business issue between his mom and the store. The reporting person notified corporate security and asked that the company advise police.

Awfully late Police were dispatched to a suspicious call May 13 that a woman was hearing noises, like someone upstairs was getting robbed and people moving stuff, in the 900 block of 10th Place Northeast. She thought it was too late for people to be moving. On investigation, people were actually moving.

Nice try, Phil A report was made May 15 stating that while a woman was at work, a 5-feet 1-inch, 90-pound white female with blond hair came into a store in the 100 block of West Sunset Way and accused her of owing “Phil” money. The reporting person told the responding officer that she does not know Phil and owes money to no one.

First Avenue hit Four separate burglary reports were made May 18 in the 200 block of First Avenue Northeast from 8-9 a.m. Among the stolen items were GPS devices, a stolen pocketbook and a flashlight. Another vehicle was broken into in the 300 block of First Avenue Northeast an hour later, and a computer, backpack and debit card, with a total value of $744, was stolen from a 2010 Subaru.

Vehicle recovered Sammamish police located a possible stolen vehicle parked in the parking lot just south of McDonald’s

Pesticide free-yards sought King County and Washington Toxics Coalition are offering Pesticide Free Zone ladybug signs free to families gardening without pesticides. Families can take a pledge and receive a sign to recognize their efforts. The round sign has a ladybug on it and proclaims the lawn as a “pesticide free zone.” Sign the pledge to get your yard sign at More than 800 public places in King County are pesticide free. “Pesticide free” means that no chemical pest controls are used. However, the coalition is allowing the use of products that are allowed in organic agriculture, in the hopes of encouraging companies to develop safer products.



4Three engines were dispatched at 8:39 a.m. May 17 to the scene of a motor vehicle accident with injuries in the 100 block of Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road. 4An engine crew was sent at 11:04 a.m. May 17 to investigate an unauthorized burning in the 1000 block of Maloney Grove Avenue Southeast. 4Two engines were dispatched at 8:09 p.m. May 17 to the scene of a motor vehicle accident with injuries in the 100 block of Northwest Talus Drive. 4Four engines were sent to the scene of a motor vehicle accident with injuries at 6:37 p.m. May 20 in the 100 block of Southeast May Valley Road. 4A motor vehicle accident with injuries in the 100 block of Northeast 14th Street required the aid of an engine crew at 8:39 a.m. May 22. 4At 10:15 a.m. May 23, three engines were dispatched to the scene of a motor vehicle accident with injuries in the 2000 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Northeast. 4Two engine crews were required at 8:27 p.m. May 23 to extinguish a passenger vehicle fire in the 30000 block of eastbound Interstate 90.

See the Issaquah Police Department’s reported activity from the previous 72 hours at a crime map created by the city at 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.

in the 5500 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway on May 20. Police ran the vehicle identification number with dispatch and confirmed the vehicle was stolen from Renton. Police attempted contact with the registered owner and left a message to contact dispatch.

He’s not lovin’ it Officers responded to a report May 20 of a skinny black male that was yelling at customers and workers at McDonald’s in the 1300 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard. The male was demanding free food and other things while in the restaurant.

An early Fourth of July celebration A report was made May 22 in the 4500 block of 185th Avenue Southeast about someone who threw fireworks by a door. Police saw firework remnants on the ground. The reporting person said it happened approximately 20 minutes prior to calling and requested a search of the area.

Burglary report Police responded to a burglary report May 23 in the 600 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard. An estimated $565 was lost from a damaged door lock, frame, glass door, stolen safe and cash.

Stolen computer A theft report was made May 22 about an estimated $1,450 lost when a backpack, computer and pocketbook was stolen from a 2006 Honda CRV in the 500 block of Eighth Avenue Northeast.

The Press publishes names of those charged with felony crimes. Information comes directly from local police reports.

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Arts remain popular at schools, despite shortfalls Drama programs teach practical skills

Eagles music program works, plays as a family

Fine arts credits make up merely 3.5 percent of the total required credits to graduate at Liberty High School and 4.5 percent at Issaquah and Skyline high schools. While algebraic ability and an understanding of American government are certainly invaluable, skills gleaned from involvement in the arts, particularly drama classes and productions, are equally Veronica Austin applicable to the world outside high school. Liberty “I would like to see the High School arts integrated more into the core curriculum,” Liberty drama teacher and director Katherine Klekas said. “When I taught for a couple of years in Germany, I noticed that every student was automatically signed up for music and art classes… They weren’t ‘electives.’ The ability to read music and sketch things were considered part of a basic education.” The arts, Klekas said, are both practical and beneficial in a variety of ways; not only can the integration of art forms make core classes like math and social studies more engaging, but students in drama classes learn “skills that are highly valuable in the work place and in life,” Klekas said. It is often difficult when doing differential equations or recounting the Peloponnesian War (or trying to spell Peloponnesian) to imagine the circumstances in which such information would be useful; in drama, however, the practical benefits are obvious. “I see such growth in students from the first day of a rehearsal to the closing performance,” Klekas said. “Those who stick with it through the whole process are invariably more confident, more responsible and more aware of how their actions impact others.” She adds that drama students are forced to learn “scheduling, working constructively with other people in stressful situations, creative problem solving, committing things to memory, budgeting, self-control…” While knowledge of imaginary numbers, the capitols of Asian countries and which B vitamin is which may help you pass a few tests, drama, it seems, has slightly more long-term rewards.

Participation in band, orchestra or choir doesn’t just mean practicing your instrument or working on your piece in class each day — it is also an after-school commitment. Issaquah High School’s spirited band, directed by Patrick Holen, fired up fans and cheered on the football team at nearly every Sophie game this year. The band marched and played in Mittelstaedt the annual Salmon Days Issaquah parade. In winter, there High School were basketball games, the Solo and Ensemble contest, concerts and “Swingin’ in Vienna.” In addition, the Greenwood Orchestra and the Evergreen Philharmonic Orchestra, both directed by Doug Longman, have become trademarks through the various concerts they perform each year. The choir, directed by Barbara Irish, is also a muchenjoyed and respected program. Each year, they perform in assemblies, musicals, the Candlelight Concert, the Choir Bash, the Solo and Ensemble contest, and deliver Sing-a-grams. One might argue that music programs do not hold as much value for a student as a math or history class. However, the determination and focus these students have is driven by passion for their art. It is this love for their craft that acts as an outlet for young adults amid the pressures of high school. A math or history class cannot serve that same purpose. In addition, the common love for music creates an invaluable bond between students. For freshman Carly Stenzel, the choir surpassed her expectations and helped her feel welcome in the new school. “Choir has grown into my family,” she said. “The atmosphere when I step into class always reminds me of why I love to perform. It’s exciting, and I love when we get to share our gift with others.” Band, orchestra and choir have not only fostered budding musicians. They have also contributed to the overall spirit that defines Issaquah High School. “Our school’s music program prides itself on being professional, yet still having fun,” Stenzel said.

Students choose many classes for creativity

Art students at Issaquah High School express their creativity on a daily basis. With a wide array of art classes, including “Studio Graphic Arts,” “Ceramics,” “Photography,” “Visual Art,” “Advanced Art” and, starting next year, “AP Studio Art,” students have many opportunities to engage creative outlets. Madeline Wells Photography classes utilize technology with Issaquah digital cameras and editHigh School ing, as well as darkroom techniques with film. Visual art focuses on various forms of painting and drawing, and ceramics involves learning the clay-working process and design and glaze techniques. Sophomore Hannah Balducci, a student who takes photography, filmmaking, drawing, printmaking and painting, enjoys taking advanced photography at IHS. She also plans to take “AP Studio Art” next year, and said she is looking forward to a challenge. “I’ve often found myself under-stimulated in lower level art classes, and really yearning to ‘break out of the mold’ of the assignments and follow my own vision,” Balducci said. “I think the AP class will give me a chance to do so.” AP art is a new opportunity at IHS for advanced art students to build their skills and to create a portfolio of artwork. The emphasis of this class is to prepare students for the College Board Advanced Placement portfolio submission. Not only does the IHS art department offer a wide selection of classes, but the art teachers are also “kind and openminded,” Balducci said. The atmosphere of an art class is pretty laid-back and the teachers give students a lot of creative freedom. “Issaquah’s accepting environment and extensive resources make an excellent combination for a successful art department,” Balducci added. If you ever find yourself wandering the halls of IHS, you may notice TV screens proudly displaying student artwork throughout the school day as well.

The surprising benefits of senioritis Every year, second semester seniors bond over, well, not doing anything at all. The feeling of anticipation to get to college and the lack of motivation to do any work when Lee Xie one reaches the Skyline High home stretch of one’s high school School career has been given the moniker “senioritis,” a “disease” that is both contagious and deadly. Usually, a student catches

senioritis after committing to college. With the future secure and bright and the school workload finally lessening after four years of long, hard work, students begin taking early summer vacations. Among my peers, I have already seen the symptoms blow up into full-fledged attacks on the immune system: students skipping class, students sleeping in class, students skipping school altogether. Thankfully, I myself have not fallen victim to the disease. In fact, it seems as if senioritis has made senior year the least stressful and most well-rested period of time in all my years of high school. I’ve discovered that

the seemingly crippling infection brings a few beneficial side effects. First, there’s that feeling of relaxation now that the next four years of my life have finally been set in stone. With the certainty of college approaching, I’m less high-strung and more focused on crawling into bed early rather than staying up all night studying. That’s not to say that I’ve given up on academics. Senioritis has just made me prioritize sleep on a higher level; as a result, I’m more time-efficient because I know I want to get to bed earlier. I have to say that the combination has been a winning one:

when you prioritize sleep, you’re more awake in school, which contributes to increased productivity at home. Increased sleep and better grades as a result: senioritis has never felt better! In my opinion, staying optimistic about senioritis is the key to emerging as the victor in the battle against lethargy. If you find yourself succumbing to turning in half-finished homework, think about how close you are to the finish line that is high school graduation. Don’t throw away years of dedication; instead, find your inner motivation and finish strong. Senioritis is definitely a beatable disease.


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WHAT SYMPTOMS OF SPRING FEVER DO YOU HAVE? Eastside Catholic High School “I guess it’s more a symptom of senioritis, but I really hate being in school when the weather is so nice out! I have no mo- Katie Martin, tivation to do senior homework or study for tests when I know I could be out enjoying the sun.” “Literally or figuratively? Because I have really, really bad allergies in the spring. On a serious level, I’m just itching to get out of school and enjoy my last summer before I go off to college.”

Madison Blackburn, senior

Issaquah High School “Ever since spring started, I’ve had an extreme desire to enjoy the outdoors, toss the pigskin around and Benny capitalize on Feinsilber, the rarely sun- sophomore ny Issaquah!”

“I feel more energetic and optimistic.”

Micalla Peng, senior

Liberty High School “School just gets tedious and boring sometimes, and when the sun is out there shining, I really want to just get Veronica Buck, up and sophomore leave the classroom.” “Failure to put effort into my hair.”

Elizabeth Rutherford, senior

Skyline High School “Because of the beautiful, sunny weather in Sammamish, it has been super hard to focus and get my work done!”

“The sun makes it hard for me to stay indoors and do my work. I keep staring out the window waiting for a chance to get outside and hang out with friends.”

Ashmi Chakraborty, sophomore

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‘Look, Smile, Wave!’ bike campaign promotes safety As the summer draws nearer, promoting bus and bike safety becomes more important. The new campaign, “Look, Smile, Wave!” continues for Bike Safety Month, according to a press release from the King County Department of Transportation. This safety campaign marks the second year King County Metro has teamed up with the Seattle Department of Transportation, Bicycle Alliance of Washington and Cascade Bicycle Club on transit bus ads that remind bus operators and cyclists to be on the lookout for each other. During Bike Month and heading into summer months, there is a significant increase in the number of cyclists on our roads, according to the release. Metro Transit has posted five new bus and bike safety videos online to help show what cyclists and drivers can do to see each other and improve safety. The updated video series, on King County Metro’s bike travel page, includes segments on passing, turning, loading a bike, traveling predictably and bicycle improvements around the city. Metro and cycle advocates are hoping the videos and bus ads will help improve awareness and make this a safer summer for all who share the road. Learn more and see the videos at http://metro. bike.html.

Small Business Award calls for nominations Small businesses have to work hard to keep ahead of the big box stores, and King County wants to recognize that. Small businesses create two-thirds of the new jobs in the county, according to a press release from King County. For the third year in a row, King County Executive Dow Constantine is celebrating small businesses by asking for nominations for the Small Business Awards. Businesses are eligible for nomination if they operate within King County, have 50 or fewer employees, and have been in business for at least three years. Cities, chambers of commerce, certain business organizations, and small business owners may nominate local firms that meet the criteria. Go to www. to fill out the nomination form for your favorite small business. Nominations close July 15. An average of 125 firms are nominated each year. Three finalist firms are selected in each of seven categories, and winners are announced at a ceremony attended by nearly 250 people from local chambers of commerce, cities and small business organizations.

Community donates $30,000 to local schools The Issaquah School Board approved nearly $30,000 worth of donations to the district during its May 8 regular meeting. The bulk of the money, $19,135, came from the Issaquah Schools Foundation to support students in the district with robotics in the classroom. The foundation also donated another $5,245 to provide supplement funding for portable technology throughout the schools. Students at Newcastle Elementary School got an extra boost from their PTSA, which donated $5,556 to offset the costs of fifth-grade environment camp.

Luncheon benefits schools Issaquah Schools Foundation raised more than $680,000 from this year’s annual Nourish Every Mind Benefit Luncheon. More than 1,200 people attended the luncheon, according to an update on the foundation’s website. The money will directly benefit students in all Issaquah schools. Get a visual tour of some of the projects that the Issaquah Schools Foundation supports at

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Bob Lyon (right), hangs out with the baron of barbecue Paul Kirk when both were on the competitive curcuit. Lyon recently lent three recipes to Kirk’s newest barbecuing book, ‘America’s Best BBQ Homestyle.’

Local barbecuer lends recipes to new cookbook

By David Hayes

Bob Lyon knows his barbecue. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, he was the leader of the competition barbecuing team the Beaver Casters, voted the road team of the ‘90s by National Barbecue News for all the titles it won. When he hung up his apron and tongs from the competitive circuit, Lyon continued to write for NBN. So, the Talus resident never misses an opportunity to lend his voice to a publication of barbecue recipes. He even helped the Baron of Barbecue himself, Paul Kirk, write his Bible of barbecuing, “Paul Kirk’s Championship Barbecue.” Now, three of Lyon’s best recipes can be found in the new book, “America’s Best BBQ Homestyle: What The Champions Cook in Their Own Backyards,” by Kirk and Ardie Davis. Lyon goes way back with both authors. “I invited Ardie to a sauce contest out here and he took me around Kansas City barbecue society,” the 87-year-old Lyon said. The first is Lyon’s Chicken Wing Sections (page 98) utilizing his favorite morsel, the second bone of the chicken wing (usually sold attached to the drumette). The other two recipes are less conventional offerings that originate from the grill — Bob’s Never

By David Hayes

Tom Wallin describes how the flames travel throughout his competition smoker he hauls to contests throughout the United States.

Smokin’ the competition Competitive barbecuer Tom Wallin is fired up to win grilling’s top prizes By David Hayes

Fail Romaine Salad and Bob Lyon’s Grand Gaucho Paella. “The paella recipe was one my wife Sandra found in a book (“New Basics Cookbook”) that we adjusted to things we could do instead,” Lyon explained. The duo usually team up to prepare the Spanish dish, with Sandra preparing the rice inside on the stovetop and Bob grilling up the chicken, shrimp, shellfish, Italian sausage and peppers. Many chefs take multiple tries tinkering with a recipe before getting it just right. Not the Lyons. “The wife said, ‘Do it,’ so I did it. We got it right the first time,” Lyon said. He figures they’ve made it about eight times over the years, never altering the recipe. Because the competition barbecuing community is so tightknit, don’t be surprised to see more of Lyon’s recipes pop up in other books in years to come.

In the world of competitive cooking, entrants look for any advantage they can get to get a leg up on their competition. The edge for local resident Tom Wallin, the road to championship barbecuing, including his latest win in April at the Washington State Spring BBQ Championship, came from the year he spent as a certified judge before joining the ranks of competitors. In 2004, Wallin, a lifelong backyard barbecuer, was intrigued by the growing number of grilling competitions on the Food Network, when an opportunity presented itself that Memorial Day weekend. “My wife Kay and I thought, ‘Certified judging. What a great gig that would be,’” Wallin said. So, they enrolled in a 2 ½-day course and soon were tasting the best of what teams were turning in. Just a year later, he caught the competitive bug himself and was invited to enter Washington’s Best Chicken and Ribs competition. “I didn’t do that well that year,” he said. “I took fourth, but I had a great time.”

As a commercial real estate agent, Wallin said barbecuing is his “hobby.” These days, however, rarely a weekend goes by where he’s not entered in a barbecuing competition or teaching a class somewhere about barbecuing. Wallin said he figures he logs in about 20,000 miles a year on his big rig SUV, with more than half of that hauling his custom built smoker to competitions around the United States. Since he entered the competitive circuit full time, Wallin has been grand champion at 10 competitions, including the 2008 Canadian National BBQ Championship. He’s also been grand champion at state championships in Washington and Oregon. Wallin said his wife Kay began as his only team member. These days, she only assists at the big competitions with the largest prizes. “The Canadian championship also came with a trip to Jamaica,” Wallin said. “When we took second in 2009, she was more disappointed in missing out on that trip than another win.” Wallin’s calendar remains packed through the rest of the year. His latest win qualifies him for the

By David Hayes

Tom Wallin grills his award winning sausages during a recent competition. World Food Championships in November, taking place in Las Vegas, with a potential grand prize of $300,000. While his backyard in Renton may boast enough smokers and grills to feed an army of barbecueloving friends and family, Wallin is gaining notoriety for his business with his website — “People were always asking me for the recipe to my rubs,” he said. So, in 2010, Wallin launched a line of his rubs, beginning with his steak rub and lemon rub. The line has since expanded to

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five offerings. With the wealth of knowledge Wallin has developed to make him one of the top in his field, he passes on some simple tips to amateur grillers. “On gas grills, the dials have settings other than high,” he said. “You have no idea how many burned steaks I’ve seen because of this.” His second piece of advice is to make an affordable investment for home grilling. “Get an instant-read thermometer,” he said. “I don’t know about you, but my finger isn’t calibrated.”

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