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Swedish Issaquah is chosen to treat Ebola By Tom Corrigan email@example.com Swedish Medical Center’s Issaquah Campus is now one of eight hospitals throughout the state designated to receive and treat potential cases of Ebola. Hospitals in the state are undergoing preparations for possibly dealing with Ebola cases, according to a Nov. 17 press release from the Washington State Department of Health. But in addition to the basic training, Issaquah Swedish and seven other facilities are preparing to undertake ongoing care of Ebola patients, if needed. Swedish was asked to participate, according to Dr. Michael Myint, vice president of Quality and Patient Safety for Swedish Medical Center. From among all of the Swedish system’s facilities, Swedish Issaquah was selected for several reasons, Myint said. One was geographical location. “An Eastside presence just made sense,” Myint said.
Another reason was the physical layout of Swedish Issaquah, which lends itself to fully isolating a ward, he added. Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler said Swedish officials contacted him regarding the designation about a week ago. City leadership also received notification. Myint said he did not have an exact date, but that training began in Issaquah four or five weeks ago. “I talked to the Swedish CEO… He gave me a heads up,” said Baker, who rather than being worried about Ebola arriving in Issaquah, said he was glad a local hospital would be in a good position to deal with any outbreak of the headline-grabbing disease. Butler said he does not believe the training done at Swedish will turn the Issaquah hospital into a magnet for Ebola patients from elsewhere. “I’m comforted by the fact we have a hospital that can deal … See EBOLA, Page 2
Food program rule change raises concerns By Tom Corrigan firstname.lastname@example.org A flurry of emails, a number of meetings, accusations of drug use and some hard feelings have arisen in the wake of a move to keep people from eating free meals outside the Issaquah Community Hall. Some say the move is an obvious attempt to keep the city’s homeless and underprivileged out of sight. “On a nice day, it can get packed in here. You have to eat outside,” Dave Hagert said as he sipped soup and ate his lunch inside the hall, between the Issaquah police and fire stations on East Sunset Way. “I think it’s a crazy rule now.” “There’s been kind of this unfolding story that didn’t track,” said Marilyn Ottinger, one of the founders of the Thursday lunch program. Her group also offers lunchtime meals on weekends. Ottinger said her group began offering the lunchtime meals six years ago. She said she had the help of the city, including the mayor’s office, in getting the
meals started. In the evenings, a separate group offers free meals five nights a week at the hall. That program is operated by Catholic Community Services, headquartered in Seattle. There was a lot of confusion over who implemented the rule against visitors eating outside, with fingers pointed at the city, which owns the hall. A sandwich board bearing a typed message announced the ban on eating outside the hall in early October, though several sources said it is unclear who posted the notice. Adria Briehl, lead volunteer coordinator for Catholic Community Services, said the instigation of the rule came from her organization. “We hoped it would be an easy adoption for everybody,” she said. “Obviously, it didn’t work out that way.” In an email, Briehl said the rule was made after talking with city officials, including Mayor Fred Butler and the police department, and hearing comSee CONCERNS, Page 5
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One of 20 students from the audience onstage takes her turn in a demonstration gouging an assailant’s ‘eyes’ with thumbs on a blue foam block held by Karin Walen, Issaquah High School art teacher.
AFRAID NO MORE Courage, strength define Issaquah’s Fight the Fear event By Christina Corrales-Toy email@example.com Issaquah High School junior Aanya Nigam is done being silent. She’s done feeling fear, embarrassment and shame for a past incident that doesn’t deserve it, and she’s intent on speaking up, so others know they don’t have to experience those emotions. That’s why, on Nov. 13, the brave teen stood in front of a packed Issaquah High School theater and recounted the night she was raped. “I’m a survivor,” she said, “and my story doesn’t end here.” Nigam’s story was just one of the few shared at an intimate evening dedicated to empowering girls through self-defense and sexual assault prevention. About 200 girls from Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high schools filled the theater for the school district’s Fight the Fear event, organized by Issaquah teacher Karin Walen and Maywood teacher Meggan Atkins. Atkins and Walen are known for offering self-defense classes at Issaquah and Liberty high schools, but the Nov. 13 event was less about going in-depth on those skills, and more about instilling a confidence through
PATRIOTS WIN FIRST STATE SWIM TITLE The trophy looks awesome up close for the Liberty High School swim team as it celebrates the school’s first-ever state swim team championship Nov. 15. The title was earned in style with a 2A-record 348 point total. Read the story on Page 10, and see a slideshow of photos at www. issaquahpress. com.
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Aanya Nigam, an Issaquah High School junior, speaks to an audience of 200 high school girls Nov. 13 during Fight the Fear, describing her feelings after a rape. strength, raising sexual assault awareness and bringing the district schools together for an important night of education. The offender in a sexual assault isn’t usually a masked stranger, students learned; it’s most often someone the person knows. In Nigam’s case, it was her first serious boyfriend during her freshman year at a different school.
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The victims’ description of their alleged attacker helped lead to the arrest of a suspect in connection with a home invasion Nov. 9, Issaquah Police Cmdr. Bob Porter said. The initial incident happened at about 9:30 p.m. in the 400 block of Newport Way Northwest. Bellevue police arrested the suspect at about 4:15 p.m. Nov. 10. Initial charges were to include first-degree assault and first-degree robbery for the 28-year-old Seattle man. As the suspect had not been charged, police had not released his name.
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A dog lover, Nigam told a story about Xavier, her black Lab mix, and the patience he exhibits when told, “No,” as his favorite treat sits in front of him. He’ll pace around the treat, she said, but he certainly won’t touch it until she gives him the OK. She used the example to of-
Porter said the man knocked on the door of the victims, a man and his wife, and then, brandishing a handgun, forced his way in when the wife opened the door. The suspect told the victims to sit down while he looked around the house for valuables. “They did comply,” Porter said. “They were very afraid because he had a gun.” Porter said no one is sure how long the man was in the home, but the victims reported about 10 minutes passed before the suspect allowed his attention to wander away from the couple. At See ARREST, Page 9
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Merry Christmas Issaquah Volunteers sought for holiday lighting work party Nov. 22 helps replace losses By Christina Corrales-Toy email@example.com Cynthia Jackson lost all of her belongings when a pipe burst in her Bellevue home, flooding her bathroom and forcing the single mom to pick up the pieces. The strife didn’t end there, though. A mold problem made her family sick, so she had no choice but to uproot her life from Bellevue to Issaquah. “We had to abandon ship and leave everything behind, and I ended up in an apartment in Issaquah with nothing,” she said. After finding housing in Issaquah, Jackson’s income was cut in half and she struggled to pay for rent and utilities. It was hard to settle down after losing everything, she said. That’s where Issaquah Community Services came in, helping her pay for utilities, procure some furniture and make sure the Jackson family kept a roof over their heads. “It meant everything to us,” Jackson said. “It allowed us to pay our bills and eventually move into a lower-rent apartment back in Bellevue.” Issaquah Community Services offers emergency financial aid to residents of the Issaquah School District in the form of utility payments, rent assistance and other miscellaneous contributions, depending on a client’s specific need. Last year, the nonprofit organization helped 199 families avoid eviction
and kept the lights and/or water on for an additional 187 families. In Jackson’s case, the nonprofit also helped her daughter stay in school, referring the family to someone who could help pay for her college fees. “We were in dire straights and she needed to remain in college,” she said. “She was getting great grades and she was about to be dropped.” Merry Christmas Issaquah is the organization’s most important fundraiser all year. Organizers set a $100,000 goal for 2014. The fundraiser — spearheaded by The Issaquah Press since 1981 — set a record for the number of donors last year with 254, collecting nearly $86,000, surpassing the 2013 goal of $75,000. Issaquah Community Services receives about 500 requests for emergency aid each year. The organization currently has an annual budget of just more than $100,000. The nonprofit is maintained by a team of volunteers, allowing nearly every penny donated to go directly to the families in need. “They were pretty awesome,” Jackson said of the volunteers. “They were very aware of people’s needs. They were understanding and compassionate.” The Merry Christmas Issaquah holiday fundraising drive accounts for about 80 percent of Issaquah Com-
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Sex assault education is not just for girls
n a chilly November evening, in a room filled with more than 200 of her peers, Issaquah High School junior Aanya Nigam was the face of courage. Nigam went before an audience of her peers and told them she was a survivor of sexual assault. She is a survivor, she bravely noted, but her story doesn’t end there. There’s no counting how many people she touched, even saved, by talking about such a deeply personal moment that night. The intimate evening was dedicated to empowering girls through self-defense and sexual assault prevention. When organizers opened the two-hour presentation, they asked how many people knew someone who had been sexually assaulted. Nearly every girl in the auditorium raised her hand. Attendees learned statistics including that one out of three of them would experience sexual assault. Most rapes are planned in advance. Most come at the hands of someone the victim knows. That knowledge is frightening, but the students left that night with tools to “Fight the Fear” and understand the power of their voice when it comes to sexual assault. Organizers taught that “no” is a complete sentence, and offered simple self-defense skills and resources to get help or information. Nigam found her voice, and now she’s using it to show others they don’t have to be ashamed or scared. It’s a lesson and story that everyone in the district should hear. Girls aren’t the only ones who should be getting the message, though. One female student appropriately asked, “What about the boys’ education?” Shouldn’t young men receive education, too, so they don’t grow up to be men who hurt women, she asked. Fight the Fear Executive Director Melinda Johnson said she’s developing curriculum targeted toward young males, showing them that they don’t have to turn into “that” man. “Most young men don’t want to be like that,” she said. A recently launched national campaign geared toward men looks to fight sexual assault on college campuses. Itsonus.org offers tips to prevent sexual assault, such as “don’t be a bystander” and “talk to your friends openly about sexual assault.” End the silence, find your voice and if you need help, contact the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center at 888-998-6423 toll free or www.kcsarc.org.
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wo years ago, my soon-to-be-wife and I spent Thanksgiving in Spokane with my father, and we shared an experience that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. My dad and I both earned our degrees from Washington State University, and naturally we’re both big fans of Cougar football. His roots with the football program stretch much deeper than mine — as a small boy, he accepted the challenge of some fraternity brothers and carried a live duck onto the field during a game against Oregon. Or so the legend goes. The Apple Cup game against Washington is traditionally played over Thanksgiving weekend, so that Black Friday — don’t even get me started on the absurdity of playing on that day — we all sat down together. Dad had cancelled his cable subscription, so we listened to the Cougs’ legendary broadcaster, Bob Robertson, call the game over the radio. In hindsight, it was probably appropriate we couldn’t see the action. The game itself was one of the most memorable in the centurylong rivalry as the Cougs overcame a 28-10 deficit in the fourth quarter and won in overtime. Dad and I exchanged hugs and grins. WSU finished the season 3-9, but there’s never been anything to warm our hearts more than beating
the hated Huskies. Six months later, dad was gone. The Thanksgiving trip was the last time I saw him alive. As I grew up, we Neil grew apart in Pierson many ways, Press reporter spending less and less time together. I know we loved each other, but like too many parents and their adult children, there was a wall dividing us. He was a difficult man to know intimately. I can count on one hand the number of truly meaningful conversations we had in the last few years of his life. Pride and stubbornness surely played a part in our refusal to coax a deeper relationship. Neither one of us made a good effort. Those are the types of things that cause regret, which, in my belief, is the most painful emotion of all. We all experience anger and sadness. We all must deal with loss at some point. But regret feels like a self-inflicted thing: If you didn’t do enough to fix the situation, you’re culpable in the resulting consequences. My wife has told me how much that trip meant to her. See SEASON, Page 5
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It has been challenging to get facts and I’m grateful that The Press has chosen to investigate. But what concerns me is the “servers” and “guests.” possibility that the “discomfort” Recently, a sign went up in of poverty might lead to an “outthe hall prohibiting people from of-sight, out-of-mind” response. eating outside on the benches What kind of community are just beyond the door. For those we: one that pushes people in unfamiliar with the area, the hall need down the road or one that is in the fire station building, next responds to neighbors-in-need By Wes Howard-Brook to the police department. On a with a smile, a glad welcome and sunny day, the benches provide a hot meal? On Thursdays from noon to 1 a spectacular view of Tiger and Several years ago, when Tent p.m. at the Issaquah Community City first came to town, that Squak mountains. Some folks Hall, I’m known as “the coffee go out to enjoy the sun when it’s community was welcomed with guy.” I stand near the door as 50 around. Others simply prefer not a banner over the library and or more people come through the energy of numerous volunto eat in a crowd. for a shared lunch provided by a The question of the origin and teers. Fears were assuaged when circle of people of which I’m part, purpose of this new rule has people actually got to know who offering my “best in Issaquah,” generated an extensive exchange the new, temporary residents of home-roasted brew. of emails that has included the Issaquah were. I’ve gotten to know our regumayor’s office, Catholic CommuI would urge the same response lars by name and learned about nity Services and the Issaquah to the meals offered at the hall. If their lives. Many are fixedFood Bank. Various reasons or you have concerns, please come income seniors who live in the rumors have emerged about the join us! Once you have met our nearby apartments. Some are day rule: Is it to prevent littering? lunch friends, we trust that fears laborers. Others are without for- Is it because of a (false) rumor will dissipate like morning clouds mal housing, living in the woods that some youths are dealing on a sunny day. or under Interstate 90 overpassdrugs around the hall? Is it, even es. All are welcome. Each person worse, because some people are has been a gift to me and all who made “uncomfortable” by the Wes Howard-Brook is a longtime volunshare the meal, where we seek sight of poor people eating in teer for the Thursday lunch program at to dissolve the boundary between public in our “nice” town? the Issaquah Community Hall.
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the same light green it had always been. Inside the house, Mrs. Morris looked out upon the wonder of a reconditioned Slim Windy looked out the window. he had it straight up, he attacked shed in her back A great day for helping. Windy it with bracing. yard. She picked Randles Wilson sets one day aside each Mrs. Morris brought him cofup the phone. week for helping others, you see, fee a couple of times, and later “Mr. Johnson? This is Mrs. and this was helping day. had him in for lunch. Mr. Morris Morris. That’s right. Look, I Mrs. Morris, he thought, check- had passed away several years know I’d asked you to take ing on the calendar. Yes, Mrs. ago, and some of these bigger down my old shed, but I’ve Morris’ poor ol’ shed that’s lean- chores were beyond her abilities. changed my mind. No, I don’t ing dangerously to one side. Windy hadn’t asked Mrs. Morthink the old shed will fall on “I can just whup over there ris about fixing the shed, because anyone. Thanks so much anytoday and see that gets fixated,” that’s part of the fun for him. You way.” Windy said, smiling. “By dark, just show up and do it. Do it until Nothing like a good helping she’ll have a perp-up-and-dicular it’s done. Do it right. Fortunately, day, Windy thought, rinsing out shed she can be proud of.” Windy has always been pretty his paint brush and dancing a Windy talks like that. A lot. handy with tools. little jig carrying the tools back to Armed with enough tools to By three o’clock, that shed his pickup. Nothing like it. recreate the city of Troy, Windy was up and braced, and several arrived at Mrs. Morris’ house and loose boards had been nailed set to work. He rigged a comeback in their homes again. He Brought to you by ‘Saddle Up: A Cowboy along to a tree and used it to brought the can of paint out of Guide to Writing.’ Check it out at lpdstraighten the shed. Then, while his truck and started painting it press.com.
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munity concerns. Those concerns included litter, such as paper plates and cups, accumulating outside the hall. Indeed, during last week’s Thursday lunch, abandoned paper plates and similar items were visible outside the hall. Another issue for Catholic Community Services was a lack of sufficient volunteers to supervise people
eating outside, Briehl said. As Catholic Community Services appears to have imposed the rule, it is unclear if it applies to the lunchtime meals. Still, last week, visitors such as Hagert assumed it did apply to them and were eating inside the hall. Wes Howard-Brook is a key organizer of the meals and he, too, assumes the rule applies to his group as well as the evening group. “The whole thing just isn’t clear to me,” he said. “The rationale isn’t clear to me.” Deputy City Administra-
tor Emily Moon returned a Press call to Butler. “It was not a mandate by the city,” Moon said about the rule. She added that as far as city officials know, the individual groups running the meal programs are making decisions on their own. Moon did say the city facilitated meetings and conversations between the various groups involved. During those discussions, city officials did voice concerns of their own as well as complaints coming from the general public. Those
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fer a poignant question. “So why does a dog, a shelter dog, have more control than my boyfriend had that night?” she asked. Another speaker, Jen Hopper, shared her experience as the survivor of a 2009 rape and stabbing attack that claimed the life of her partner Teresa Butz. For all that she lost that night in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood, Hopper said she gained something, too. “I gained an unwavering faith in myself, knowing myself as strong, as resilient, knowing that no matter what life threw at me, I could get
Learn more about the Fight the Fear Campaign at http://lookingoutfoundation.org/campaigns/fightthrough it and I could be whole again,” she said. And that’s the message she had for the group of high school girls — “I wish for you all to know yourselves as strong, as powerful, as resilient.” Singer Brandi Carlile also made a brief appearance. It’s her Looking Out Foundation that funds the Fight the Fear Campaign mission to make self-defense training available to as many as possible, “because the skills and confidence that it builds
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concerns included litter and crowds outside the hall, Moon said. Howard-Brook said he was offended by allegations of drug use and/or drug dealing at the hall during the free meals. The allegations appear to have become widespread after appearing in another newspaper. Moon said a member of the community raised worries about drug use around the hall. “There’s never been any drug dealing here,” said Howard-Brook, whose Bible study group has helped run the lunch pro-
are a proven deterrent to violence,” the campaign’s website says. “The time for being quiet and cute is over,” Carlile said. “That was in our parents’ and grandparents’ generation. And I expect you guys to live louder than that.” About a dozen girls had the chance to show off their voices later when Atkins, Walen and Melinda Johnson, executive director of Fight the Fear, led the group in a few basic self-defense exercises. Girls’ voices filled the auditorium as they screamed, “No means no,” and “Get away from me,” while practicing their jabs on blue pads. The techniques shown at the event represented just the tip of the iceberg, Atkins and Walen said. They’re encouraging students to enroll in the
gram for some time. “Why would you deal drugs in front of the police station? It doesn’t make sense.” With the approach of colder and wetter winter days, Howard-Brook admitted the issue of whether meal program patrons can or cannot eat outside is somewhat moot. Briehl said by the time her group’s meals are served, it is already dark outside. Still, Howard-Brook and others said they believe there is an ideal or principle at stake. The rule is raised above a triviality, Howard-
Find more photos from the Fight the Fear Event at www.issaquahpress.com. full self-defense class they will offer at Liberty and Issaquah in January and February. The teachers also said they hope to find a Skyline educator willing to start classes in Sammamish. “Self-defense is about empowerment,” Johnson said. “Self-defense is about feeling the power that you have, acknowledging the power you have and using the power that you have.”
Brook said at one point, by the worry that the rule was instigated it to further marginalize homeless people. Formerly homeless herself, Gabriella Duncan has been a regular at the free lunches for about two years. She doesn’t like to characterize the regulars as homeless, or slap them with any other label. “We’re people first,” Duncan said. “It’s a great group,” volunteer Valerie Manz said. “They’re just good people who might be having a rough life.”
Thanksgiving again. This time, we’ll be visiting my mom — my parents divorced when I was 12 — and bringing along her two grandsons. We live 300 miles apart, and she doesn’t get to see them often enough. And this might sound overly pessimistic, but we don’t know when we’ll be sharing our last holiday. Carpe diem. The last thing I want is more regret.
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It may be the only time she saw my dad and I bonding. And as time has passed, our little Apple Cup celebration has become something for me to cherish as well. Eighteen months after dad’s passing, we’re heading back to Spokane for
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Patriot Players present ‘You Can’t Take It With You’ The award-winning Liberty High School drama program will present Pulitzer Prize-winning comedic play “You Can’t Take It With You” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20-22 and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 22. George Kaufman and Moss Hart’s stage classic follows the quirky family and friends of Grandpa Martin Vanderhof as they refuse to let the world outside their cozy New York City home interfere with their own pursuit of happiness. Tickets are available at the door of the school’s Landback Auditorium, 16655 S.E. Patriot Way. Adults are $8; seniors/children younger than 12 and students with Associated Student Body cards are $6.
High schools revive ‘Almost, Maine’ that almost wasn’t By David Hayes email@example.com
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The cast of ‘Mary Poppins’ use letters to help spell out the mouthful that is the song ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.’
Practically Perfect Village Theatre’s ‘Mary Poppins’ is a visual, technical tour de force
IF YOU GO Village Theatre’s production of Disney’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s ‘Mary Poppins’ 4Through Jan. 4 4Francis Gaudette Theatre 4303 Front St. N. 4Showtimes vary 4Tickets are $40 to $72. 4Call 257-8600 or go to http://bit.ly/14Bvwv0
By David Hayes firstname.lastname@example.org Village Theatre knows spectacle. Once again, the Issaquah company has unveiled a visually stunning production in its latest musical, “Mary Poppins.” Every aspect proved to be a feast for the eyes and ears, as Village Theatre spared no expense to bring the magic of the Disney production to the stage. Installation of a flight system to help a nanny fly? Check. Countless, colorful costume changes? Check. Magical props that prove to have a life of their own? Check. Impressive choreography helping bring memorable Disney classic songs to life? Check. Village Theatre put so much into its “Mary Poppins” that it took two directors this go-around to bring it to life — Steve Tomkins and Kathryn Van Meter. The veterans used their deft touches to make the musical enjoyable for all ages. It’s no secret author P.L. Travers never liked what Disney did with her beloved nanny who helped turn around the family of two precocious children of an overwhelmed mother and overworked father.
Vote for Skyline grad in national baking contest Megan Gilkey Beimer, a 2001 graduate of Skyline High School, is a finalist in the 47th annual Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest. Beimer, who now lives in Alexandria, Va., won the Weekend Breakfast Wows category at a Nashville competition for her Chocolate Doughnut Poppers recipe. The contest was based on taste, appearance, creativity and crowd appeal. Voting for the $1 million grand-prize winner takes place until Dec. 2 at www.pillsbury. com/vote. The Pillsbury website has Beimer’s biography and a YouTube demonstration of how to create Chocolate Doughnut Poppers, a baked treat with a gooey chocolate center and a nut-dipped glaze. Beimer and the three other finalists will appear Dec. 2 on the ABC show, “The Chew,” and the winner will be announced on the show the following day.
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Bert the chimney sweep, Greg McCormick Allen (right), bids Mary Poppins, (Cayman Ilika) farewell, hoping she’ll return to continue to help the Banks family children. Regardless, audiences embraced the fantastical treatment, and as written by Greg McCormick, the magic translates well to the stage. Call it the curse of Julie Andrews, who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of yet another iconic character in a musical. So it was a big parasol that Village Theatre’s Cayman Ilika had to wield. Previously heard in Village Theatre’s “Show Boat” and “The Gypsy King,” Ilika’s voice was powerful and intimate, providing the emotional center to the story. Her sidekick in this magical journey, Bert the chimney sweep, is performed by Greg McCommick Allen, in his 20th appearance in a
Village Theatre mainstage production. I actually preferred his take on a cockney accent to the one employed by the game, but out-of-his-depth Dick Van Dyke from the original Disney movie. The Banks family members — mom Winifred (Christine Marie Brown), dad George (Andrew McGinn), and children Jane (Mae Corley) and Michael (Jaryn Lasentia) — all nail their moments with aplomb. You’ll love every scene Laura Kenny chews as maid Mrs. Brill and the facial contortions of Erik Gratton, as butler Robertson Ay. Stage master Paleka Pinard and crew gets a special shoutout for designing such an interactive
environment for the cast and especially providing at least eight unique settings that sweep in and out, leaving you to wonder at times, “How did they do that?” Without question, Van Meter best shows her choreography chops in the show-stopping tunes “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” where the cast uses letter props to spell out the magical word, and “Step in Time,” that brings back the artistry of tap dancing. The production wasn’t without its opening night hiccups, especially with its high degree of technical difficulty. But they’re likely little snags that will be worked out through its run. I’ve attended many an opening performance at Village Theatre. Few productions have left the audience more enthusiastic at the end for a well-deserved standing ovation. “Mary Poppins” has flown into Issaquah for a can’t-miss run this holiday season.
They say there is no such thing as bad publicity. Issaquah High School has joined the bandwagon of other secondary drama programs across the United States that are producing the hot property “Almost, Maine.” The play by John Cariani features several short vignettes about ordinary people finding relationships in unexpected places of one small town. The Off-Broadway production did not do well in its first run in 2005. But something funny happened — after being picked up by Dramatists Play Service, it got a second life among an unexpected demographic. “It was not successful or written with a high school student population in mind,” IHS director and drama teacher Holly Whiting said. “But once high schools got ahold of it and started producing it, it really caught hold. Right now, it’s one of the top produced plays at the high school level. Even the playwright was surprised by how high-schoolers gravitated to it.” Whiting said her staff and students, when choosing a production, whether a drama or musical, look at a number of factors, from available talent to whether they’re producing it in the bigger main stage or the smaller Black Box Theatre. “Almost, Maine” can involve as few as six actors or as many as Issaquah’s cast of 19. “But our concern was the show was not written for high-schoolers in mind,” she said. “But when high-schoolers ‘get it’ and do it well, they really do a fine job with it.” For example, junior Daniel Repp plays Steve, a man who is living a sheltered life with his brother when he meets another woman who is the first person who sits and actually listens to him, leading them both to talk about things they take for granted in life and are both missing. “High school is definitely a time that a lot of people are worried about relationships,” Repp said. “So I think teens will be interested in the play, because it covers so many situations that there’s going to be at least one scene that relates to someone personally or they thought about themselves.” Besides mature relationship themes, the play
IF YOU GO Performing Arts Department presents ‘Almost, Main’ 7 p.m. Nov. 19-22 Black Box Theatre Issaquah High School 700 Second Ave. S.E. Tickets are $5 for students/$7 for adults, available at the door the day of the performance
includes a vignette where two men discover they are gay and have feelings for each other. It’s the inclusion of this scene that has caused some controversy for “Almost, Maine.” The administration at Maiden High School, in Maiden, N.C., tried to put a stop to its production. But the students and staff moved the production off campus and the show went on. The play’s hiccup does seem to be the exception, rather than the rule. Whiting said she had no problem getting the play approved by Issaquah’s administration; it will become one of 2,500 performances since its debut. “Looking at my kids, some of the themes are advanced for their experiences and their age. But they’re doing a fabulous job,” she said. Senior Mark Olsen, who plays Randy, one of the gay characters, agrees the topic is becoming less of a controversy in today’s pop culture. “I think we’re in a transitional part of our culture, where there’s only a small part of society that teaches things as they were,” he said. “Here, it’s not that difficult. I think this community is pretty accepting.” Whiting said she is also excited that “Almost, Maine” is the first production that will be performed under the new lights paid for by grants provided by the Issaquah Schools Foundation and the school’s PTSA. “It will be the maiden voyage for that space with the brand new lights,” Whiting said about the intimate space that seats about 90 people, versus the 300 for the main stage. “We’re very excited, cause this is the third year for the new space and we’ve never been able to use it as intended because of no lighting.”
Tia Hedman wins poetry slam About 50 people attended the fifth annual Issaquah Teen Poetry Slam to hear teens express themselves. Some entrants in the contest read original poems; others shared works from their favorite poets. Henry Level and Laura Matheny, literature teach-
ers from Liberty and Skyline high schools, respectively, judged the entries. The Issaquah Youth Advisory Board put on the contest. First place went to Tia Hedman, a senior at Issaquah High School, for “Know Your Worth.” Second place went to
Elle Lee, an IHS sophomore, for her poem titled “7, 11, 14, Now.” Third place went to Niyathi Chakrapani, a Skyline senior, for her poem “Ephemeral Soul”. Winners received gift cards to the Issaquah Coffee Co., which donated space for the contest.
‘Know Your Worth’ By Tia Hedman Close your eyes and count to 10, they tell me in through your nose and out through your mouth. My day, starts with six pills to keep me stable and a couple more to forget. Trading pieces of my body for pieces of my mind I wonder if I ever was what I will be. When did this all get so hard? Remember when scars were scraped knees and not helpless tragedies? When guns held water and not the fate of another human being? School days rushed by and a summer haze occupied our minds? Friends lasted forever
instead of broken lies and shattered dreams? When did our fantasies become foreclosures and our whitepicket fence became bars to which we are imprisoned behind? This is our struggle. Our daily, internal struggle that starts with hope and ends with necessity. This struggle grows stronger as the years age us. One day we will learn to drop out of the race. Arms pumping, heart pounding, but a spirit as high as God. We will dodge our insecurities, replaced with luxuries and be stripped naked of our burdens. This is where a life is truly born, sworn day in and day to “be
yourselves,” “it gets better,” they scream. “I don’t want it to!” I just need a change of scenery because lately I’ve been seeing me for just a little too long. This struggle makes us stronger, wiser, but one day our bubble will pop and we will emerge like a beat-up baby blanket; cold, tattered, stained and worn but full of inspiration none the less. Where did we all go? Humanity and nature part like the Red Sea, we hide behind technologies not acknowledging your worth, so it seems to me. See POETRY, Page 8
By David Hayes
Junior Joey Askew (left) and sophomore Lindsey Guajardo rehearse a scene from Issaquah High School’s Performing Arts Department’s production of ‘Almost, Maine.’
7•Wednesday, November 19, 2014 UPCOMING EVENTS Thanksgiving Blood Drive, 1-7 p.m. Nov. 28, St. Joseph Church, 220 Mountain Park Blvd., email Heimlinn@aol.com for a specific time or walk in Deck the Depot, volunteers needed to get the depot ready for the holidays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 29, Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E., 392-3500 Santa Trolley at the depot, join Santa on a trolley ride before it goes into hibernation for the winter, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 29, Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E., $5, 392-3500 Reindeer Festival, meet Santa’s reindeer and drop off your wish list at Santa’s mailbox, Dec. 1-23, Cougar Mountain Zoo, $10 to $14, 19525 S.E. 54th St., www. cougarmountainzoo.org Holiday Pops, Sammamish Symphony performance, 2 p.m. Dec. 7, Eastlake Performing Arts Center, 400 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish, $10 to $20, www.sammamishsymphony.org
THURSDAY, NOV. 20 Squak Mountain-Highland Trail Work Party, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., sign up and location details at issaquahalps.org ‘Hello English!’ beginning ESL class, 10:30 a.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, 392-5430 Talk Time, an English Conversation Class, 6:30
p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, 392-5430 Wine Walk at Gilman Village, enjoy wine tastings and live music by the Dave Card Trio, 6-9 p.m., 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., $25/advance, $30/day of, http://bit.ly/1D8pg7Q Family Book Club: ‘Little House on the Prairie,’ by Laura Ingalls Wilder, ages 6-12 and parents, 6:30 p.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., 392-3130 Newcastle Diamond Awards, 6:30-9 p.m., The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane, Newcastle, $35, tickets at newcastle-chamber.org ‘Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Earthslides,’ science writer and author Sandi Dougthon will speak about earthquakes and how to prepare for them, public welcome, 7 p.m., Eagle Room of the police building, 130 E. Sunset Way, 837-3007 Mary Poppins, 7:30 p.m., Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., $47 to $62, villagetheatre.org
FRIDAY, NOV. 21 Squak Mountain-Highland Trail Work Party, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., sign up and location details at issaquahalps.org
The second annual Gilman Village Wine Walk is from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 20, featuring music by the Dave Card Trio, snacks and local boutique wines poured in various tasting locations at Gilman Village retail shops. Tickets, $25 in advance or $30 the day of the event, are available at http://bit.ly/1D8pg7Q and include 10 one-ounce drink tokens. You must be 21 to purchase wine-tasting tickets. Check-in starts at 6 p.m. at The Farmhouse School, 317 N.W. Gilman, Suite 41. Play and Learn Chinese, 10:30 a.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, 392-5430 Social Hour with Name That Tune game, 3-4 p.m., Spiritwood at Pine Lake, 3607 228th Ave. S.E., 313-9100 Clay Play for Adults, 6:30 p.m., artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., $40/members, $45/nonmembers, arteast.org Night Hike, ages 5 and older, 7:30-9 p.m., Lewis Creek Visitors Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., $2/residents, $3/nonresidents, register by calling 452-6885 Seatown Rhythm and Blues, 7:30 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N., 391-1424 Edward Paul Trio, 8 p.m., Pogacha, ages 21 and older only, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., 392-5550 Mary Poppins, 8 p.m., Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., $47 to $62, villagetheatre.org Wings N’ Things, music of Paul McCartney, 8:30 p.m., Amante, 131 Front St. N., 313-9600 Live music, 9 p.m., no cover, Rolling Log Tavern, 50 E. Sunset Way, 392-2964
SATURDAY, NOV. 22 Cougar Mountain Hike, moderate, 7 miles, up to 1,200foot elevation gain, 9 a.m., meet at 175 Rainier Blvd. S., issaquahalps.org
Fall Estate Sale, enjoy cider while you shop gently used items, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Providence Marianwood, 3725 Providence Point Drive S.E., 391-2800
Fall Estate Sale, enjoy cider while you shop gently used items, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Providence Marianwood, 3725 Providence Point Drive S.E., 391-2800
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Squak Mountain Work Party, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., location details and registration at issaquahalps.org/HikesEvents Arabic Story Times: Ahlan!, 11 a.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., 392-3130 ‘Green Your Holidays’ Workshop, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Recology CleanScapes, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., No. 22, 392-0285 Family Art Together Time, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 20, $24/one wreath, $36/two wreaths, artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., arteast.org ‘Mary Poppins,’ 2 and 8 p.m., Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., $47 to $62, villagetheatre.org Fused Glass Frame, 3-6 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 20, $50/members, $55/nonmembers, artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., arteast.org Ventura Highway Revisited, 7:30 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N., 391-1424
Muddy Buddies, parent/child clay exploration, 9:30 a.m., artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., $30/members, $35/ nonmembers, $15/additional child, arteast.org
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Volunteer at Sammamish Landing, plant and mulch native trees, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sammamish Landing, 4607 E. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. N.E., Sammamish, www.cedarriver. org/events
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MONDAY, NOV. 24 ‘Figure Drawing Open Studio,’ short pose 9:30-11:30 a.m. and long pose noon to 2 p.m., $20 or $30 for both sessions, artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., arteast.org Hello English! Intermediate ESL Class, 11:30 a.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., 392-3130 Talk Time: An English Conversation Class, 2 p.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., 392-3130 Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage, 6:30-8 p.m., Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 12819 160th Ave. S.E., Renton, careeastplateau. wordpress.com ‘Baba Yaga and the Bag of Gold’ Puppet Show, 7 p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, 392-5430
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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 26 ‘Zentangle Advanced,’ 10 a.m. to noon, $40/members, $45/nonmembers, artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., arteast.org Mary Poppins, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., $47 to $62, villagetheatre.org Citizenship Class, 3:30 p.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, 392-5430 Karaoke, 7 p.m., Rolling Log Tavern, 50 E. Sunset Way, 392-2964 ‘Medicare Made Clear,’ 7 p.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., 3923130
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O bituaries Joan Campbell
10/16/1947 – 11/5/2014 Joan Ann Campbell passed away peacefully after a 4 ½-year battle with cancer on Joan Campbell Nov. 5, 2014, at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, surrounded, loved and supported by her family. Joan was born on Oct. 16, 1947, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a daughter of Angus Campbell, Ph.D., and Jean (Winter) Campbell. She attended the College of Wooster and transferred to the University of Michigan, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She later obtained a Master of Arts in counselor education from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts in developmental psychology from the University of Michigan. In 1978, Joan moved to Arlington, Texas, as a therapist at the Parenting Guidance Center in Fort Worth. She left as assistant executive director to become executive director of the Tarrant Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. On May 28, 1988, Joan married Timothy Avery Williams and moved to Issaquah. She joined Friends of Youth, then in Redmond, in 1989, where she was eventually promoted to president and CEO. She retired from Friends of Youth in 2011, after 22 years of exemplary service to youth. Her legacy is profound, and the positive impact
Richard Lee Liranzo Richard Lee Liranzo passed away suddenly while recovering from heart surgery at Richard Liranzo Virginia Mason Hospital on Friday, Nov. 7. Born and raised in Hayward, California, he moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington and fell in love with the area. He met his beloved wife
of her commitment in the lives of young people will extend for generations. In addition to her impact on young people and their families served by Friends of Youth, Joan was a valued role model and mentor to countless colleagues and employees. Joan is survived by her mother Jean Campbell, of Ann Arbor, Michigan; her husband Tim Williams, of Issaquah; her brother Bruce Campbell, of St. George, Utah; her sister Carol (Campbell) Welsch, of Northville, Michigan; her husband’s daughters Jennifer Williams and Emily Williams, of Atlanta; nieces Kirsten (Campbell) McCullough and Holly Williams; nephews Rob Campbell, Ian Welsch and Michael Williams; and grandchildren Nicole James and DeMarco Stephens. In the words of American poet Maya Angelou, “…people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” No-one exemplified those words more than Joan Campbell. A celebration of her life will take place at Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle, WA 98122, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. In lieu of flowers, Joan and her family request donations be made to Friends of Youth, now in Kirkland (www.friendsofyouth.org); the Center for the Education of Women at the University of Michigan (www. cew.umich.edu); or the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research in Seattle (www.marsharivkin.org).
Marlene on Valentine’s Day 1976 and they were married one year later, making their home in Issaquah. His passions were his family and friends, travel, Husky football, old music and old cars. He leaves behind his wife Marlene, children Michael and Lindsey, son-in-law Mathew Ward, and grandsons Jackson and Jameson Richard. A celebration of his life and loves will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Blakely Hall in the Issaquah Highlands.
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The Issaquah Press Tom and Betty Gentsch Tom and Betty Gentsch passed away in Issaquah on July 21 and Sept. 11, respectively. A celebration of their lives will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue. Previously published obituaries can be found online at: Tom — www.issaquahpress.com/2014/08/05/ thomas-otto-gentsch
Wilma Ingrid Hill Wilma Ingrid Hill, a lifelong resident of Issaquah, passed away Wednesday, Nov. Wilma Hill 12, 2014, at home. She was 97. Wilma was born April 28, 1917 in Issaquah, to Matt and Eliina Nikko. She was raised in Issaquah and graduated from Issaquah High School in 1935. Following high school, she furthered her education and obtained her business certificate. In 1935, she married Earl Arvid Hill in Issaquah. They settled together there and they started a family. Wilma worked at home taking care of her family, and over her lifetime designed the three family homes that they would build and live in. She also worked at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and at the Issaquah Post Office. At various times, she helped families with their child care needs and housekeeping. All who knew her understand her true lifelong
David Caldwell Porter Jr. David C. Porter, of Sammamish, passed away Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, at Swedish Hospital in David Porter Jr. Seattle. He was 76. David was born Dec. 27, 1937 in Astoria, Oregon, to David and Martha Porter. He was raised in Corvallis, Oregon, where he graduated from Corvallis High School in 1957. Following high school, David entered the United States Navy, serving in the Pacific and during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Following his honorable service to his country, he furthered his education at Oregon State University. On Nov. 20, 1964 David married Jo Ann Larkin Key in Corvallis, Oregon. They moved to Seattle in 1966 and settled in Issaquah, in 1973, where they raised two beautiful children. David’s working career started with Foremost Dairies in Seattle. He would go on to take a position as a truck driver with Safeway in 1973. David retired in 2001 after 28 years of loyal service. After his retirement, he went back to work for University House in Issaquah and MV Transportation in Bellevue. In his leisure time, David enjoyed fishing, volunteer-
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passion was gardening, nurturing her plantings to wonderful colorful displays of nature. In her leisure time, she also enjoyed a good fire, inside or out, picnics, and celebrations with friends and family, always centered around great food. Her family remembers her as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend who possessed a tremendous work ethic and fun loving innocent spirit. Survivors include her son Ron Hill Sr.; grandchildren Joanna Hill (Ross), Jessalyn Davis (Kevin) and Ron Hill Jr. (Stacy); great-grandchildren Talia Tupling (James), Seth Davis (Stacy), Ray Tupling Jr. and Randall Tupling; great-great-grandson Cole Davis; and special family friends Bob Gehrke (Sue) and Terrie Matsuda. A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Living Hope Bible Church in Issaquah. Final resting place will be Lower Hillside Cemetery. Friends are invited to view photos get directions and share memories at www.flintofts.com. — Flintoft’s Funeral Home, 392-6444. ing as a lighthouse keeper at the New Dungeness Light House Station in Sequim, ocean beaches, watching maritime vessels and tugs navigate the Columbia River and, most importantly, spending time with his family. He also was an avid Oregon State Beaver fan. A prolific story teller and collector of friends, David made friends wherever he went. His quick wit and charm endeared him to many. David possessed a deep and abiding faith in Christ and he loved faithfully serving at Eastridge Church. A strong and courageous husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, he is deeply missed! Survivors include his loving wife Jo, of Sammamish; children Marti Fourtner and Matthew Porter; sister Jayne Merz; four grandchildren, Emily, Ally, Trevor and Luke Fourtner; and numerous extended family members and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances to the Eastridge Church Turkey Giveaway. This was something close to David’s Heart. A celebration of David’s life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at Eastridge Church in Issaquah. Friends are invited to view photos, get directions and share memories in the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com. — Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory, 3926444
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Beatrice Kuppert Megow Our beloved Mom, Grandmother and GreatGrandmother, Beatrice Kuppert Beatrice Megow Megow, has gone to her heavenly home to be with her husband Wes and daughter Jacqueline. Bea was born April 24, 1918, in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she lived until marrying Wesley Megow. They moved to California, where they lived the next 55 years and raised their children Jacqueline and Tom. Bea worked nearly her entire career for the school district, mainly as an elementary school secretary. She was always very active with her church teaching Sunday School and participating in the Women’s Circle;
enjoyed sewing and crafts; was an exceptionally good cook; and enjoyed music and the company of a close-knit group of friends that stayed together for decades. Bea will truly be missed by friends and family far and wide and most by her son Tom (Georgia); grandchildren Lyn, John (Senaida) and Christy; and her great-grandchildren Joshua, Joel, Kyle and Allison: and by those who called her ‘Aunt Bea’… Nancy who visited Bea faithfully and her children Shelly and Micheal and their families; her dear nieces Vicky, Heidi, Melissa and Georgia and their families; and by John Chae and Georgia’s mom Elsie, who resided near and then with Bea for the past 14 years. The family will share a celebration of Bea’s life during the holiday season. Please refer to Flintoft’s Funeral Home (www. flintofts.com) for more information.
W ho ’ s N ews Sonia Dailey enrolls at Pratt Institute Sonia Dailey, of Renton, has started studies at the prestigious Pratt Institute, in New York, New York.
Ryan Mullen earns scholarship Ryan Mullen, of Sammamish, received the Continuing Student Merit Scholarship for the fall 2014 semester at Fort Lewis College, in Durango, Colorado. Mullen is majoring in geology. The scholarship is renewable for up to 120 credits if criteria are met.
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Days feel like years, no smiles only tears you see here. But tears they fade and our hearts have this unwilling capability to fix themselves in our time of need. We mend, adopt, adapt, so hopefully it baffles me. But we’re worth it, right? We have to be worth
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F. Case, of Renton, has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. During the nine-week training period, he received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship and bayonet training, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, armed and unarmed combat, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, traditions and core values.
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it. You are worth high mountain views and low valley sunsets and to be yourself in a world constantly trying to change you is the greatest accomplishment a man can make. So take where you’ve been and where you’re going and acknowledge the present. The present in front of you wrapped with a bow and some string and you pick up the card that so strongly reads, “Know your worth.”
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At 1:41 p.m. Nov. 7, an officer responded to a citizen in the 100 block of East Sunset Way who had called 911 regarding issues he was having with his attorney. The officer advised he could request a new attorney and had to go through the court to handle the issue.
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.
Partial theft At 4:48 p.m. Nov. 7, someone in the 500 block of Front Street South reported $800 in bicycle parts had been stolen.
Bearly a police matter At 7:28 p.m. Nov. 7, an officer located a young bear inside a Washington Fish and Wildlife bear trap in the 22900 block of Southeast Black Nugget Road. A second trap was empty. The officer had dispatch notify Fish and Wildlife. It appeared a second bear, possibly the mother, walked away from the area.
Car break-ins 4Before 1:54 p.m. Nov. 8, someone broke into a car in the 700 block of Front Street South, causing $400 in damage. 4Before 4:59 p.m. Nov. 9, someone broke into a car in the 100 block of West Sunset Way and stole $450 in batteries.
Burglaries 4Before 9:03 a.m. Nov. 10, someone broke into a home in the 1300 block of Pine Crest Circle Northeast, causing $1,200 in
damage to the door. 4Before 11:36 a.m. Nov. 11, someone broke into a residence in the 1200 block of Sycamore Drive Southeast and stole a bike wheel valued at $300.
Unwelcome mom An officer responded at 10:17 a.m. Nov. 10 to a residence in the 200 block of Mountain Park Boulevard Southwest. The resident said her mother was in her apartment and she did not want her there. The officer issued the mother a trespass notice.
Buckle up, son At 11:28 a.m. Nov. 11, an officer responded to the front lobby of the police station to speak with a 6-year-old about the importance of wearing a seatbelt at all times. The Press publishes names of those charged with felony crimes. Information comes directly from local police reports.
EASTSIDE FIRE & RESCUE REPORTS, NOV. 7-12 4An engine crew investigated unauthorized burning at 9:31 p.m. Nov. 7 in the 12800 block of 175th Avenue Southeast. 4A motor vehicle accident with injuries at 11:08 a.m. Nov. 8 required the aid of two engine crews in the 25600 block of Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road. 4An engine crew investigated a combustible gas leak at 8:16 p.m. Nov. 8 in the 10700 block of 148th Avenue Southeast. 4At 3:26 p.m. Nov. 9, eight engine crews extinguished a building fire in the 20400 block of Southeast 157th Street. 4A motor vehicle accident with injuries at 10:39 a.m. Nov. 11 required the aid of an engine crew in the 100 block of Southeast 32nd Street. 4A building fire in the 600 block of East North Bend Way required 14 engine crews to extinguish it at 4:46 a.m. Nov. 11. 4At 6:43 p.m. Nov. 12, four engine crews were dispatched to the scene where a pedestrian was hit by a motor vehicle in the 1000 block of 269th Avenue Southeast.
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that point, Porter said, the two ran from the home, heading west on Newport Way. The suspect gave chase and Porter said the couple could hear him coming after them. Porter said to evade their pursuer, the couple ran through several yards and hopped at least one fence. Eventually, they reached a friend’s house and called 911. Police arrived and searched for the suspect with the help of a Renton police dog. That search proved unsuccessful. The general description of the
Online threat delays school’s start Nov. 4 An online threat delayed classes at Pacific Cascade Middle School Nov. 4, while the King County Sheriff’s Office investigated the claim. The night before, the school received a threat through email, according to a statement posted on the Issaquah School District’s Facebook page. “We take threats very seriously and immediately called in local law enforcement to investigate,” the district said. “The King County Sheriff’s Office responded quickly, but the investigation wasn’t finished early enough this morning to allow school to start on time. Therefore, we made a decision to delay
suspect was widely circulated among area police departments. The suspect ran a vehicle he was driving into a tree on Bellevue Way Southeast the day after the home invasion. He allegedly fled the area, but a Renton police dog again on the scene helped track him down. Porter said the Washington State Patrol became involved with the case following the arrest. The suspect was first taken to Overlake Hospital and later booked into a King County jail. Porter said the suspect was possibly driving a stolen vehicle. According to Porter, the home-invasion victims picked the suspect out of a line-up following his arrest.
Porter said the couple has declined media requests for interviews. Late last week, the couple was still very shaken by the incident, he said. Initially, after the robbery, they were reluctant to return home as the suspect obviously knew where they lived. “We think it was a random act,” Porter said, adding the suspect seemed to have no previous connection with the victims. He advised residents to be on guard whenever someone approaches their home, adding there are ways to determine who is knocking on your door before opening it — use a peephole, look through a window or talk through the door.
school by two hours.” The threat, traced back to a 13-year-old female Pacific Cascade student, was to “shoot specific individuals who work at the school, as well as toward students,” according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. “She was contacted at her home and it was determined she had no access to firearms,” the release said regarding the investigation. “The student’s parent was made aware of the threats and our investigation.” The girl is expected to face felony harassment charges, police said. “Please know we were acting out of an abundance of caution to ensure the safety of students and staff at PCMS,” the district’s
statement said. “We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding.” The middle school, which used to house the district’s freshman campus, is at 24635 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road.
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Sammamish running store hosts fundraising Turkey Trot Get your Thanksgiving festivities off to a healthy start at the third annual Plateau Runner Turkey Trot. Proceeds benefit Eastlake High School’s Marty O’Connor Scholarship Fund. The 4-mile, family friendly run, which starts at 9 a.m. Nov. 29, begins/ends at Plateau Runner. The store organizes the race as a tribute to O’Connor, a Sammamish resident and longtime supporter of Eastlake sports who died of heart disease in 2012. The trot helps fund scholarships available to Eastlake seniors who participate in high school sports. Pre-register for the race at Plateau Runner, 22830 N.E. Eighth Street. Day-of-race registration opens at 8:15 a.m. Cash or check only. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for ages 11-17, and free for those 10 and younger. Learn more at www.plateaurunner.com.
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The Liberty High School swim team cheers as 400-yard freestyle relay anchor Lauryn Hepp touches the wall and they see the winning time of 3 minutes, 37.43 seconds in the final event, giving them their record-setting, state 2A championship, 348-point total.
Brilliant Mackenna Briggs leads Liberty to 2A state swim title By Christina Corrales-Toy email@example.com Just three days before the last state swim final of her career, Liberty High School star Mackenna Briggs was calm and determined. Briggs signed her name to papers Nov. 12 solidifying her commitment to swim for the University of San Diego. But even with an eye toward her future as a Torero, Briggs knew that later that weekend, she and her Liberty teammates had the chance to do something special. “I’m excited to swim with my teammates and confident that we’re going to have a fun weekend,” Briggs said before leading the Patriots’ to the 2A state swim title Nov. 15, and earning the Swimmer of the Meet Award. The 2014 Liberty girls swim team won the program’s first state championship in a devastatingly dominant fashion. The Patriots won seven of the meet’s 12 events and left the King County Aquatic Center with a 2A record final score of 348 points. To put that score in perspective, second-place finisher Sehome, coincidentally Liberty coach Kris Daughters’ alma mater, had 188 points. “That was one of the most fun nights of my existence,” a beaming Daughters said at the end of the meet. Briggs led Liberty swimmers with two individual wins, capturing the 100yard butterfly with a 2A meet record time of 55.65 seconds, and cruising to victory in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.78. The meet was the end of Briggs’ illustrious Liberty career that saw her win multiple individual titles and single-handedly rewrite the school’s record book in every event. “The University of San Diego is lucky to get a
career,” she said. Skyline Skyline swimmer Kathy Lin was the clear standout for the Spartans, picking up two individual medals at the 4A state swim meet. The junior took fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.69), after earning the top qualifying time in preliminaries the day before, and third in the 100-yard butterfly. “I think I did all right,” she said of her meet. “I definitely could’ve had a few more improvements in my times, but I’m happy with my races and I had fun racing with my team.” Lin was also a member of the two Skyline relay teams that earned medals. Chase Raines, Malia Nakamura, Darian Himes and Lin took fourth in the 200-yard medley relay (1:52.59), while Annette Guo, Emily Sur, Nakamura and Lin placed eighth in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:43.69). The Skyline team finished eighth overall with 111 points.
Above, the Liberty 200-yard medley relay swimmers (from left) Cecilia Nelson, Sydney Hartford, Lauryn Hepp and Abby Russell get their first-place medals on the podium for a time of 1 minute, 51.4 seconds. At right, Mackenna Briggs, Liberty High School senior, comes up for a rare breath while slicing full throttle through the water to win the 50-yard freestyle 2A state championship in a time of 23.78 seconds. At far right, Christina Sargent, Liberty High School senior, is perfectly straight as her toes touch the water on the final dive, an inward somersault for 47.20 points on the way to a fourth-place score of 327.25 and fourth place in the state 2A championship. person like that on their team,” Daughters said. “She’s one of the best swimmers that Washington state has ever had, I would say, and certainly the best swimmer that Liberty’s ever produced.” Records fell all over the place as Liberty made its first appearance at the 2A state meet. It began early the final day, when the 200-yard medley relay team of Lauryn Hepp, Abby Russell, Cecilia Nelson and Sydney Hartford broke the 2A state meet record with a winning time of 1:51.40. Liberty ended up winning all three relay events, one of the major keys to the team’s dominating state performance, Daughters said. Prior to the season, Daughters asked her former Sehome coach, Don Helling, what it took to
win a championship. Helling, who still coaches the school and has quite the overflowing trophy case, pointed to the relays. So, Daughters made that a focus at the beginning of the year, lining up her personnel to come up with the best relay combinations. “In my wildest fantasies, I never thought that they would win all of the relays in this meet, though,” Daughters said. Ellie Hohensinner, Briggs, Russell and Hartford won the 200 freestyle relay (1:41.23), while Briggs, Nelson, Hohensinner and Hepp won the 400 freestyle relay in a 2A meet record time of 3:37.43. Liberty took the top two spots in the second event of the meet as Nelson, a senior, won the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.47), followed closely by teammate Hohensinner (1:57.88).
Initially, it appeared that Ellensburg swimmer Krista Wilson won that race, but her disqualification moved all swimmers up a spot. Hohensinner, a junior, got her first-place medal later in the meet after winning the 500-yard freestyle (5:08.36). In addition to her work in the relays and the 200 freestyle, Nelson also picked up a third-place medal in the 100 butterfly (59.35). Hepp, a junior, won two individual medals as well, taking second in the 100 backstroke (59.69) and fourth in the 100 freestyle (54.57). Hartford, a sophomore, placed sixth in the 100 freestyle (55.87) and seventh in the 50 freestyle (25.03). Russell, a freshman making her state debut, took third in the 200 individual medley (2:11.84)
and fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.73). Liberty senior Christina Sargent placed fourth in the 1-meter diving competition with 327.25 points, while sophomore Belle Wong finished 13th with 239.85 points. Finally, Liberty junior Sierra Lesnik won the consolation final in the 100 backstroke (1:04.52). Daughters said she saw this special season coming a few years ago as she charted the swimmers that would be filtering in and out of the program. But after coaching for almost two decades, the normally stoic Liberty coach was still in shock at the “dream” meet her program had. “The combination of moving to 2A and having this unusually good team was just a feeling that you have, I think, once in a
Issaquah Issaquah sophomore Jenifer Matsuda picked up two individual medals at the 4A state swim meet. Matsuda placed second in the 200 freestyle (1:54.74) and third in the 500 freestyle (5:09.09). Both were improvements over last year, when Matsuda finished sixth and fourth in the same events. “My 200 free was really great. I got my best time and I was really happy about that,” Matsuda said. “My 500 free wasn’t my best time, but I was happy to race with someone as fast as (winner) Brianna Lucien and every other girl there.” Issaquah junior Katie Meier also picked up a sixth-place medal in the 500 freestyle (5:15.22). The Issaquah team finished 14th overall with 65 points.
Spartans qualify for state 4A soccer semifinals By Kenny Ocker Special to the Seattle Times The Olympia Bears started their state quarterfinal match perfectly. Within five minutes, they held a 1-0 lead against the Skyline Spartans, scoring on a Sophie Wood goal.
That lead lasted all of three minutes before the Spartans tied the game, which held for the rest of the first half. By the time the second half started, Skyline, the four-time Class 4A girls soccer champion, took command against the host Bears, putting in an early
goal and controlling the rest of the state quarterfinal match in a 2-1 win at Olympia’s Ingersoll Stadium Nov. 14. “Skyline’s a great team. When you’re in the top eight in state, everyone is good. It could have been anyone’s game,” said Olympia coach Tessa Ef-
fland, whose team finished the season 15-3-2. The Spartans (14-2-2) advanced to the state semifinals, which take place this weekend at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup. Skyline faces the Jackson Timberwolves at 6 p.m. Nov. 21, with the winner earning a berth in the title
game at 4 p.m. Nov. 22. Gig Harbor and defending champion Central Valley are the other semifinalists. The losers of the semifinal matches play at noon Nov. 22 for third and fourth places. The scoring started in the fifth minute when Olympia’s Jenna Kill-
man took a winding run down the right flank, then crossed the ball to fellow forward Wood, who put a right-footed shot past Skyline keeper Katie Gibian. The Spartans replied in the eighth minute with a See SOCCER, Page 11
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Dana Weatherby (right), Skyline High School senior, saves the volley with a dig as senior libero Kathleen Bui shouts encouragement, as the Spartans win point for the third set, 25-9, during their Nov. 14 match against Olympia in the state 4A volleyball tournament.
Skyline volleyball comes up short of state-tourney trophy By Neil Pierson npierson@ sammamishreview.com There was an abundance of motivation for the Skyline Spartans to win a trophy at the Class 4A state volleyball tournament for the third time in four seasons. The incentives were there for the Spartans and their nine seniors, but the opposition proved too challenging as Skyline finished the Nov. 14-15 event in Lacey with a 1-2 record. The second loss, a 3-1 setback to Central Valley, kept Skyline from coming home with any hardware. Still, it was a solid season for the Spartans, who finished with an 18-3 record and won the KingCo Conference regular-season and tournament titles. The team wasn’t without its bright spots at state. It fought off a talented and determined West Valley (Yakima) squad in a latenight elimination match Nov. 14 at Timberline High School. Skyline’s five-set victory (25-23, 22-25, 2523, 21-25, 15-13) was a rollercoaster ride that epitomized its team-first mentality. Several players came through with clutch plays at pivotal moments. “We all have one last chance to be together and play together, and so that was a big part for us,” said Kathleen Bui, a senior libero. “We have nine seniors and we pulled up a couple freshmen, but it was just
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high-arcing shot by forward Lauren Carson over Bears keeper Sophie Kabel into the top left corner of the goal. After being denied by a Kabel save earlier in the second half, Skyline for-
all about playing together for the last time.” The Spartans trailed West Valley, 22-21, in the first set, but came back to win as senior Chloe Epker served an ace and freshman Carly Werner had a kill on set point. Late in the third set, with the match tied 1-1, the Rams again held a slender lead. But Epker, the team’s offensive leader all season, slammed down two kills, and freshman Jacalyn Pell added another as the Spartans took a 2-1 lead. Epker and Pell combined for four more kills in the decisive fifth set, which ended when West Valley’s Nicole Meyer served the ball into the net. However, it was the Spartans’ defensive effort — led by Bui, the starting libero — that might have been the most valuable contribution to the match. “I think they had a strong block, and definitely a strong offense,” Pell noted, “so we had to really work on our defense to get the offense going good.” Pell was a surprise addition to the state roster. She said she’d played only one set with the varsity squad during the regular season, but was on the court in several crucial situations at state. Pell said Skyline’s nine seniors have helped her to become a better team player, and she has found enough confidence to contribute, particularly on offense. “I think just to trust my
swing and to swing above the block, because I’m obviously not the tallest on the team, so I’ve got to get above it,” Pell said of her strengths. “I thought she was a great asset today,” Bui said of Pell. “She really brought it today.” Skyline struggled in the tournament’s opening match, losing 3-1 to the Olympia Bears at Saint Martin’s University. The Bears got two clutch performances in their 2521, 25-15, 9-25, 25-22 victory. Hannah Adams had 19 kills, 20 digs and three blocks, and Lauren Wilson added 14 kills. Epker had 15 kills, 21 digs and five aces, Bui had a team-high 29 digs, and Meghan Wedeking added 20 assists and 11 digs, but it wasn’t enough for Skyline. The Spartans didn’t dwell on the loss, and rebounded later that night against West Valley. “It wasn’t difficult because we have the motivation,” Bui said. “We have that determination, to strive to get back up.” The Spartans didn’t win a trophy, but it likely wasn’t because they were overwhelmed by the moment. “Last year when we went to state, they put me in the first game and I was not ready for all the energy that was in the gym,” Bui said. “I got so nervous and I totally freaked myself out. But coming back this year has been amazing.”
ward Kelli Sullivan broke free on a counterattack and scored on a header in the 55th minute. The shot margin was 4-3 in favor of the Spartans in the first half, but that margin was 11-1 in the second half as they took control of the match. “Skyline is known for taking 16 shots a half, so that isn’t really a surprise. They
have a great attack. That is their strength,” Effland said. “Defensively, we played strong. We just didn’t get one in the back of the net.” The scoring margin could have been larger if not for a couple of saves by Kabel, and a handball in the Olympia 18-yard box that wasn’t deemed a penalty in the first minute of the second half.
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