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Two candidates vie for council seat 6 By Christina Corrales-Toy The city’s election lineup is set, and while there are three City Council seats up for election, only one race includes more than one candidate. John Drescher and Mark Greene will compete to fill the seat that will be vacated by retiring City Councilman Bill Erxleben. Incumbents John
Dulcich and Rich Crispo will both run unopposed to retain their positions. Drescher and Greene will have booths at Newcastle Days to meet with voters ahead of the Nov. 5 general election. John Drescher John Drescher and his wife Sally have called the Wynfield Ridge neighborhood home since
2005. It’s where they moved as newlyweds, before adding three children to their family. Since moving to Newcastle, Drescher has played an active role in the community, serving as a homeowner’s association president, coaching local youth sports teams and for the past three years, servSee ELECTION, Page 8
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Council explores impact of I-502
By Christina Corrales-Toy The Newcastle City Council conducted its first discussion about recreational marijuana since the passage of Initiative 502, legalizing the drug’s use for adults 21 and older, at its Aug. 20 meeting. The City Council didn’t say much on the subject, though, preferring instead to take a waitand-see approach as the Washington State Liquor Control Board continues to refine its rules for the marijuana industry. However, based on the board’s draft rules, Newcastle Community Development Director Tim McHarg identified three Newcastle properties that are zoned for general retail land uses, and as such, could be potential locations for recreational marijuana facilities.
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CNN’s Money Magazine released its annual list of top places to live in the nation, and Newcastle checks in at No. 19. It’s not the first time that Newcastle made the list featuring America’s best small towns. The city most recently made the list in 2011 at No. 18. The publication lauded the city as an “ideal spot for city commuters who want to commune with the outdoors in their downtime.” The city’s trails and close proximity to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park were also highlighted. The survey looks at financial, housing, education and other quality-of-life factors when compiling the list. Cities with populations between 10,000 and 50,000 are considered. Newcastle is one of only two Washington cities to make the list. Mill Creek came in as the 36thbest place to live. Check out the full list of selected communities at http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/best-places.
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Connect with Newcastle’s history during September By Christina Corrales-Toy The Newcastle Historical Society is bringing the city’s history directly to residents, offering free presentations about the city’s past, and displaying photos of important landmarks at the Newcastle Library throughout September. The historical group will present three programs that will give residents insight into the city’s former coal production, the people that made up what was once the second largest town in the state and the story of the Newcastle Historic Cemetery. “People do have a genuine interest in this community and some of its past,” said Russ Segner, president of the Newcastle Historical Society. The first seminar is a
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Sept. 5 discussion, “The Coal Mines of Newcastle,” led by Segner. “The coal mines were the reason Newcastle exists,” Segner said. “We’ll focus on the various mine structure locations and the railway that was built to serve the mine.” Mayor Rich Crispo will lead the next presenta-
Newcastle Historical Society programs q Sept. 5 — “The Coal Mines of Newcastle” q Sept. 19 — “The Impact of Newcastle” q Sept. 26 — “Gone but Not Forgotten” All free presentations begin at 7 p.m. at the Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way tion, “The Impact of Newcastle,” on Sept. 19. This presentation is a larger overview about Newcastle’s history, including a discussion about early residents and perhaps some anecdotes describing how they lived. Vickie Baima Olson, who has ancestors that
Locals can get a first-hand look at the Newcastle Historic Cemetery, pictured here in a photo dated circa 1900, with narrated tours during Newcastle Days Sept. 7. worked in the Newcastle mines, will lead a discussion about the Newcastle Historic Cemetery Sept. 26. “Gone but Not Forgotten” will explore the history of the cemetery and the pioneers that call it their final resting place. The Newcastle Historical Society will also
Steve Valach nominated for community leadership award By Imelda Dulcich Newcastle Chamber executive director Steve Valach has been the head coach of the Liberty High School football program for 15 years. Named KingCo 3A Coach of the year multiple times, Valach led four teams to playoff appearances — 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2009, the Liberty football team placed second in state, the same year Valach was named the Seahawks Coach of the Year. But for as much winning as Steve Valach does on the field, the Liberty community recognizes that Valach offers so much more. He is a leader whose passion and dedication create an extraordinary community. When not coaching football, Valach also teaches English at Liberty. Valach’s accomplishments as a coach are not measured only by the scoreboard, but are more clearly seen in the integrity displayed by his teams in victory and defeat. Valach focuses on team accomplishment
and the importance of each individual effort on the whole. Valach has established a football program built not only to win football games, but also to teach young men to be excellent in all areas of their lives. Valach teaches that water does not boil at 211 degrees but does at 212. That one degree of effort makes the difference. It is Valach’s determination that his program produces young men who use the lessons of football to create a life direction and focus that goes far beyond
the field or the locker room. Always a joy to see at football games are the special-needs students who are part of the Liberty team. Valach welcomes the students as part of the Liberty football team, integrating them with his own team of coaches and allowing the students to be an important part of the community. Valach creates lasting bonds that extend beyond the boys on the team and their families. He is a leader within the com-
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munity. Whenever Valach receives an award, he is quick to mention his fellow coaches, the athletes on the team and the community as part of his success. But, those who know him realize that there really wouldn’t be the same kind of team or community without Valach and his dedication.
provide a display of photographs featuring the cemetery and artifacts from Newcastle historian Milt Swanson’s personal collection. The photographs can be found in the library’s meeting room during September. “Newcastle doesn’t have much in the way of visible artifacts,” Segner said. “The only structures
are the Baima House and the cemetery. We’re trying really hard to help people understand the significance of those features.” The Baima House is the last remaining building associated with Newcastle’s early mining history. It is among the oldest buildings in King County.
Newcastle Diamond Awards 2013 Nomination for Community Leadership: Steve Valach, Liberty High School head football coach The Newcastle Diamond Award in Education: A greater Newcastle area individual who demonstrates uncommon initiative, caring, and leadership in our community.
Activities commission comes a long way
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Newcastle Days will look a bit different this year, adding a pay-for-play area and doing away with the car show, but at its heart, it is still the same annual festival that celebrates the best of the city. While you’re at Lake Boren Park listening to Alan White rock out on the drums, or relaxing in the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s beer and wine garden, take a moment to recognize the people that made this event come together. Through the tireless work of event co-chairs Mayor Rich Crispo and Diane Lewis, along with the steady help of members of the Community Activities Commission, the 2013 Newcastle Days will likely be the best yet. Newcastle Days is the first major undertaking of the new activities commissioners, and early returns show that the restructuring of the council’s advisory board has been beneficial. The commission has been through a lot this year, including a significant turnover in membership and a rebranding of duties with an added emphasis on community events. It could not have been easy welcoming three new commissioners in such a short time, and then subsequently being tasked with coordinating the city’s premier event, but it appears that the members accepted the challenge and worked together to plan a great event. The Community Activities Commission has come a long way in what has been, at times, a turbulent year. Make no mistake, there is still work to be done. Members of the volunteer board meet only once a month, and they would do well to spend more time together to more clearly establish the commission’s goals and develop a more united front. The commissioners took the initiative to get that ball rolling at its August meeting, scheduling an October retreat to better organize themselves. Kudos to commissioners Lewis, Angela Ursino, Craig Belcher, Jesse Tam, Linda Newing, Russ Segner and Jim Price. Here’s to another great Newcastle Days — with even greater expectations in the years ahead.
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Bulldogs fill a void As I listened to Robin Callahan, the executive director of the Issaquah Schools Foundation, speak at the Aug. 14 Newcastle Chamber of Commerce luncheon, one thing in particular stood out. Callahan explained that the picture of post-secondary education does not have to look the same for every student. Going Christina to a four-year university is not Corrales-Toy the only option. There are also career, technical and community colleges that may better suit a student’s needs. Trustees of the newly-formed Bellevue Bulldogs junior college football team would undoubtedly agree with that sentiment. The team gives young athletes who likely did not obtain scholarships to a four-year college, or had academic issues that prevented them from going to a university, a second chance on the gridiron. While playing for the Bulldogs, players must
ing fairy that visits Newcastle at night? Newcastle was just rated a great city to live in by CNN Money, so shouldn’t we at least try to continue living up to that standard? After going on a walk with my dog at Lake Boren Park recently one evening, I was disgusted at what I saw. I couldn’t believe my eyes! Garbage was absolutely everywhere. What happened to community responsibility? Manners? Common decency? Newcastle is our city, our home — treat it that way! Nina Garkavi Olympus
take at least five credits of junior college coursework. Several of the team’s more than 45 players sought work straight out of high school, rather than continue their education, head coach Kevin Bouwman said. “This is getting them back into school,” he said. “They’re kind of seeing that ‘Yeah, I can do this. I can go to school and continue my career.’” The Bulldogs represent something extremely meaningful to these players, including Hazen High School graduate Reggie Havard and Liberty High School graduate Dalton Darlington. It is their second chance. It is their chance to rekindle that special feeling that comes when stands are packed with fans on Friday nights; it is an opportunity to play the sport they love in front of family and friends; and most of all, it is an avenue for them to pursue higher education. “It doesn’t happen every day that a football team like this comes into this community,” Darlington said. “That’s something special.” The need for an opportunity like this is so great that Bouwman said he receives daily inquiries from interested players. Participation is high, but the need for monetary contributions to get the first-year team going is even higher. Donate to the Bellevue Bulldogs junior college football team at www.bellevuejcfootball.com.
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John’s background: Newcastle Resident since 2005 with wife Sally and three children Newcastle Planning Commissioner since April, 2010 Newcastle Planning Commission Chairman since August, 2012 HOA President for Wynfield Ridge, 2006-2008 YMCA Soccer and T-ball Coach 2010-2011 Newcastle Baseball League, T-ball Coach - 2013 Member Newcastle Chamber of Commerce Member Friends of Newcastle Library Executive Director, TechNet Northwest since 2005 B.A. Dartmouth College; M.A. Northwestern University
If elected I pledge to: • Work to strengthen Newcastle’s finances by carefully watching your city tax dollars • Prioritize public spending on public safety, road maintenance and improvements, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, and maintenance and improvement of parks, trails, and bike paths • Work to secure a distinct Zip Code for Newcastle • Support city business and encourage the thoughtful expansion of new services in the downtown core • Not spend your money on unnecessary or extraneous uses • Lead by by listening to you and seeking first to serve the best interests of Newcastle
Endorsements include: Adam Smith, Congressman, 9th District Dave Reichert, Congressman, 8th District Rob McKenna, former Attorney General Rodney Tom, State Senate Majority Leader Steve Litzow, Senator, 41st District
Rich Crispo, Newcastle Mayor Lisa Jensen, Newcastle Deputy Mayor Gordon Bissett, Newcastle City Council Steve Buri, Newcastle City Council John Dulcich, Newcastle City Council Bill Erxleben, Newcastle City Council
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May Creek trail to be unveiled Sept. 15 By Christina Corrales-Toy After nearly two years of work to construct the newest segment of the Newcastle trail system, the city will officially debut the new east portion of the May Creek trail at a Sept. 15 ceremony. Newcastle Trails, in particular treasurer Peggy Price, Weed Warriors and almost a dozen Eagle Scouts, in conjunction with the city, devoted hours to construct the trail that meanders down a hillside to May Creek itself. “It wasn’t a real easy trail to put it in,” Weed Warriors President Grace Stiller said.
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It takes a village The following Eagle Scouts contributed greatly to the development of the May Creek trail: q Roland Deex — Troop 498 q Steven Tuttle — Troop 577 q Peter Disney — Troop 498 q Sam Simpson-Gordon — Troop 638 q Stephen Johnson — to initially scout the hillside and find the best locations to forge a trail. They went through difficult brush and bees to make it happen. Several young men helped construct the trail as a part of their Eagle Scout projects, bringing along fellow Scouts and parents to get the job
Troop 577 q Paul Huakau — Troop 290 q Zach Toombs — Troop 498 q Nolan Palzer — Troop 498 q Richard Gartenberg — Troop 626 q Andre Harsvik — Troop 577 q David Vaisar — Troop 499 q The scouts of Troop 499 also offered extensive assistance. done. Newcastle-based Troop 499 also spent countless hours working on the trail. “Without the Scouts, it wouldn’t be anywhere near where it is,” Price said. The same could be said of Price, who “lives and breathes building trails,” Stiller said, crediting the Newcastle Trails treasurer with the bulk of the work to make the May Creek trail possible. “She’s really tenacious and it’s because of Peggy that trail got put in,” Stiller said. City officials and members of the groups that worked on the trail will gather for the ribboncutting ceremony Sept. 15. The ceremony will begin with some short speeches, before participants can feast on cake and explore the trail. “It adds one of the most picturesque trails to the Newcastle trail system,” Stiller said. “It’s great for the walkers, naturalists and those that just want to commune with nature.”
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41st District Democrats select candidates to replace Marcie Maxwell By Christina Corrales-Toy Mercer Island City Councilwoman Tana Senn emerged as the frontrunner among three possible replacements to fill the 41st District state representative seat vacated by Marcie Maxwell. Maxwell, a Democrat, resigned her seat July 9 to take a job with the governor’s office. To fill the seat, members of her party nominated three candidates to replace her and presented those nominations to the King County Council. The 41st district stretches from the northern parts of Renton to the southern parts of Sammamish, encompassing Mercer Island and Newcastle, and parts of Issaquah and Bellevue. After three rounds of voting Aug. 21, the 41st District Democrats nominated Senn, David Ellis, a former field director with Washington United for Marriage, and businessman and civil rights advocate George Pieper. The three candidates will now sit for interviews with the County Council in early September, before the council appoints one of them to fill the vacancy. Senn received the majority of the votes, and even received the support of fellow candidates Ellis and Pieper as the nominee to fill the vacancy, 41st District Democrats Chairwoman Karol Brown said. If Senn wins the appointment, all three of the lawmakers from the 41st District — the others are Sen. Steve Litzow (R) and Rep. Judy Clibborn (D) — will be from Mercer Island. Appointed to the Mercer Island City Council in 2012, Senn
spent most of her career on nonprofit marketing and government relations. If selected for the 41st District seat, Senn has plans to run for the position in 2014, according to responses from her candidate questionnaire. She identified the need to fully fund public education, the creation of a transportation package that fully funds the 520 bridge without relying on Interstate 90 tolls and increasing public safety as the top three issues facing the district. Ellis, a 2006 graduate of Mercer Island High School, owns a voiceover company. In 2012, he worked as a field director for Washington United for Marriage, a group that supported the gay marriage referendum. He has also worked on campaigns with the Sierra Club, Environment Washington and the Washington Public Interest Research Group. Ellis identified fully funding education, protecting the environment and gun safety as the district’s most important issues. Pieper lives in Bellevue, but his company, OutSmart Office Solutions, is based in Mercer Island. He has served on the King County Civil Rights Commission and presided over the statewide Washington Stonewall Democrats and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus. Transportation, education and growth management and economic development are the most important issues facing the jurisdiction, according to Pieper.
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City looks to fill commission vacancy The city of Newcastle is looking for a volunteer to serve on the Community Activities Commission, after current commissioner Craig Belcher resigned from his post. Seven Newcastle residents serve on the commission, facilitating events and programs in the city. Applicants must be Newcastle residents, at least 18 years of age and have an interest in community events, city parks and recreational programs. Mayor Rich Crispo said he would like to see more young people on the city’s volunteer commissions. Applications are reviewed by the mayor who recommends appointments to the full City Council for their approval. If selected, new members will be appointed for a four-year term. Interested parties should submit a letter of interest and application in person or mail to Newcastle City Hall, 12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200. Prospective commissioners can also email the materials to the city clerk at cityclerk@
ci.newcastle.wa.us. The applications are posted on the city website at www.ci.newcastle.wa.us and are due by 5 p.m. Sept. 10.
Bellevue FD receives re-accreditation
Bellevue Fire Chief Michael Eisner and Battalion Chief Bruce Kroon accepted the fire department’s re-accreditation at the International Association of Fire Chiefs conference held in Chicago. The city of Newcastle contracts with the Bellevue Fire Department for its fire services. “Accreditation is an essential tool for improving upon the high level of performance established by the Bellevue Fire Department,” Bellevue’s Acting-City Manager Brad Miyake said. “It ensures that the public is getting great value for their tax dollars in the form of quality services.” Bellevue Fire was first accredited in 1998 and, at the time, was one of only eight departments in the nation to receive the prestigious recognition. The Center for Public Safety Excellence’s
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Annual town hall set for October
The city of Newcastle will host its annual town hall meeting in October, though a specific date had not yet been established at press time. One date under consideration is Oct. 3. As in the past, the event will be held at The Golf Club at Newcastle, and residents will get the chance to provide feedback to city staff and City Council members about a number of issues. While the night’s agenda has not yet been finalized, residents should expect the city’s budget, plans for a Lake Boren Park revitalization project and the development of the Mutual Materials site to be topics of discussion. More than 100 residents attended last year’s town hall meeting.
Marijuana From Page 1 The board’s rules call for a 1,000-foot separation between a marijuana production, processing and/or retail facility and land uses such as parks, elementary schools and transit centers. In the city’s downtown corridor, the Newcastle Library, and Bellevue’s Coal Creek Park severely limit the areas where a potential marijuana retailer could go, McHarg said. The Coal Creek Utility District building on 132nd Avenue Southeast and the Hansen Moving and Storage building on Coal Creek Parkway are the only downtown parcels that would fit the 1,000foot separation criteria. “The likelihood of us having retail sales on those two parcels in the city of Newcastle is slim to none,” City Manager Rob Wyman said at the meeting. Development of the Mutual Materials site could make the downtown corridor even more restrictive for marijuana retailers, if it includes any sort
PAGE 7 of park, and it likely will, potentially wiping away even the two listed parcels, McHarg said. “It could become even more restrictive,” he said. “It won’t become any less restrictive.” The third potential location is outside the city’s downtown corridor on Lake Washington Boulevard Southeast, where the Shell gas and service station currently stands. Councilman Bill Erxleben was the most vocal of the council members, saying he preferred an outright ban on marijuana within the Newcastle city limits. “Truth of the matter is the state of Washington is violating federal law, and any city municipality that participates in that is part of a conspiracy to violate federal law, period,” he said. He also suggested bringing up the matter before the community, at the city’s annual town hall meeting in October. “I’m absolutely convinced 90 percent of the folks in this town would like to have none of this stuff in this town,” he said. A moratorium on
On the web Learn more about the steps the Washington State Liquor Control Board is enacting to set rules for marijuana at the board’s website http://liq. wa.gov/marijuana/I-502. recreational marijuana licenses is one avenue that could be considered, City Attorney Dawn Reitan said. Cities like Olympia and Sammamish have enacted a moratorium, and the city of Issaquah is currently considering one, as the Liquor Control Board continues to work on establishing permitting rules. “For my recommendation, if you are looking at an end result be it do nothing or ban, a very conservative approach to the end result would be a moratorium,” she said. The City Council decided against taking any action at the Aug. 20 meeting. Deputy Mayor Lisa Jensen noted that the city has time to consider its options since the board’s rules are not expected to become effective until November.
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Election From Page 1 ing on the Planning Commission. In his role on the all-volunteer Planning Commission, where he has served as the chairman since August 2012, he received an education about how the city functions, he said. “I’ve enjoyed serving in that role and when the open council seat became available, I looked into it, and it seemed like a logical next step to take in serving my community,” he said. Drescher praised the current City Council’s work to strengthen city finances over the years, and said he hoped to continue that tradition through efficient budgeting and wise stewardship of tax dollars. Ensuring the city is financially secure so it’s able to properly provide for public safety, maintain and improve roads and infrastructure, and continue to foster the development of parks, trails, and pedestrian and bicycle access is critical, Drescher said. “I think those are important aspects of what makes Newcastle a great place to live, but all of that costs money and I’m not naive,” he said. “We’re doing fine, but we don’t have money to burn, so in order to have the money for those priorities you need to be smart about how you budget.” Drescher said he believes his voice would fit well with the City Council, with his ability to express his own principles while cultivating an atmosphere that allows everyone to be heard. “I certainly have strong
points of view, but I also believe firmly in the power of compromise,” he said. “There’s always room, especially in the City Council atmosphere, for a healthy compromise that serves everyone well.” Drescher, who also said he supports a push to get Newcastle it’s own ZIP code, is the executive director of TechNet Northwest, a bi-partisan technology trade group that supports the innovation economy. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University. “I come with a perspective that City Council folks really are the servants of the people,” he said. “I feel that if I’m elected it will be an honor, and it will be an opportunity to serve and give back.” Mark Greene Mark Greene has lived in downtown Newcastle since 2005, and he is no stranger to running for public office. He most recently ran for King County elections director in 2011 losing to Sherril Huff, after unsuccessfully running for King County Council in 2009, failing to advance past the primary. Greene ran for Newcastle City Council in 2007, but lost in the primary election to incumbent Sonny Putter and challenger Russ Segner. He is throwing his hat into the ring once again, citing environmental issues and his intent to keep Newcastle its own city as his top priorities. If elected, Greene said he plans to implement a special environmental enhancement project that will map the city’s infrastructure problems, try to make contingency plans for possible natural
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Old habits die hard Recently I had my nails done for the first time ever, but because of a Midwestern grade school background that included lots of nuns, it was most likely a onetime event. I’ve long been a devotee of what I call “Nun Nails”: short, clean and unadorned, like those of my Catholic grade school teachers. My schoolmates and I had innocent crushes on the young parish priests, but the nuns were regarded with an anxious mixture of fear, respect, fascination, fear and fear. My holier-than-thou friends and I spent lots of time hanging around the church campus. Every Saturday we’d ride our bikes to the rectory where we would spend all morning folding the Sunday bulletins, and after school on Monday we would be there again, tasked with opening the Sunday collection enve-
lopes and marking the weekly tithe in a massive leatherbound book that weighed almost as much Pat Detmer as my Catholic guilt. Some of the tidy black numbers listed there went back to the 1800s. We used a fountain pen for this vital task. No pencils, no white out, no messing up allowed. Only the very best students and biggest suck-ups were conscripted for the important job of caretaking the ledger, but I’ll admit that we snickered at the measly buck fifty that the richest people in town bestowed upon the church week after week. I liked the way that these good deeds made me feel, and the sparseness
and simplicity of the nun’s and priest’s lives appealed to me as well: poverty, chastity and obedience, three squares a day, and no need to stand in front of the closet wondering what to wear. So this explains my unpolished nails (and my penchant for comfortable shoes) and leads me to a confession, something that Catholics are particularly good at: I wanted to be a nun. My best friend went to the novitiate right out of grade school, and as far as I know is still a nun today. And I ... well I went a different route, not as pious, not as poor, not as simple, but the nails are still the same. You can reach Pat Detmer — who probably would have taken the name “Sister Fabian Luxorius” because they were both saints and she knew she could get away with it — at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about Pat at www.patdetmer.com.
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Local Miss Washington’s reign comes to an end
Schendel was inundated with negative commentary about her performance on websites such as Twitter and Instagram. Some even went so far as to accuse her of being a poor representation of the state. “That’s a very hard thing when you’re dedicating your life, you’re giving up work and school and everything else to do this,” she said. She did her best to block out the negativity, relying on her vast group of supporters, refusing to let the vitriol spoil her yearlong experience, Schendel said. As much as she enjoyed competition night, though, she said her favorite moment was a visit to Seattle’s Ronald McDonald House, which supports seriously ill children and their families. Schendel met with families, and sang to kids, but one girl in particular made quite the impression on her. The girl, who had been in and out of hospitals for years, got to feel what it was like to be royalty when Schendel placed the Miss Washington crown on her head. “She said, ‘Thank you so much for making me feel like a princess today,’ and I think that was just the most touching moment,” Schendel said. “There’s nothing that I wanted more than to be
By Christina Corrales-Toy With the simple placement of a crown upon her head, Newcastle resident Mandy Schendel embarked on a yearlong reign as Miss Washington on July 7, 2012. During that time, she visited schools, made speaking appearances and competed for the Miss America title on national television. “It was so much, so fast and it basically doesn’t stop for 365 days,” she said. “It has been a very, very good year.” Exactly a year later, Schendel’s journey came to an end when she passed the torch to Miss Washington 2013 Reina Almon, but the 2008 Hazen High School graduate reflected fondly on her year representing the state. “I think that I grew immensely just as a person more than anything,” she said. “I was grateful for the opportunity and really grateful to sort of let the process transform me.” The pinnacle of her year came Jan. 15 when she competed in the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas. As the semifinalists were announced, cutting down the field of 53 to just 15, it appeared that Schendel’s night was over. But a surprise twist on the night gave new life to Schendel’s run in the competition, when judges were given the opportunity to add one more semifinalist. The panel of judges, including Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney and dancer Cheryl Burke, chose Schendel. “It was neat to be the judges’ favorite just because it brought a little extra attention to the Miss Washington Scholarship Organization,” she said. It also brought a sense of added pressure that may not have been there had she advanced to the top 15 normally, Schendel said. Nevertheless, Schendel made the most
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The reign of Newcastle’s own Miss Washington, Mandy Schendel, came to an end in July, after she passed her crown on to Miss Washington 2013, Reina Almon. of the opportunity, advancing through both the swimsuit and eveningwear portions of the show, on to the top 10, where she sang Rascal Flatts’ “My Wish” for her talent. Her night would end there, however. “It was a very fun way to go about being able to compete on national television,” she said. While the competition was undoubtedly the experience of a lifetime, the aftermath and response on social media was difficult at times, Schendel said.
able to impact other people.” After passing the crown to the new Miss Washington, Schendel left for a well-deserved California vacation. She plans to return to school at Azusa Pacific University and obtain her degree in February. Her long-term goal is to become a child advocacy lawyer. “I have spent my whole life working with the youth, and really trying my best to help them see their potential and what they can do,” she said. “Becoming an attorney allows me to make really tangible change and help people in a very positive way.” The longtime Newcastle resident has been vocal about her roots, often correcting people who said she was from Renton. In February, the Newcastle City Council presented Schendel with a proclamation recognizing her performance in the 2013 Miss America competition. “I love being a Newcastle resident,” she said. “It’s great knowing that I can take my Yorkie on a walk and head over to the Coal Creek area and just really have a good time. It’s a perfect place for spending time with the people that you love in a positive environment.”
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• Celebrate nominees, winners, sponsors. socialize with friends and neighbors. • Capture memories of the event with our “Diamond step and repeat” - a red carpet photo posing opportunity. • Social hour with specially selected appetizers, no-host bar • Formal award presentation ceremony More information on our website: http://newcastle-chamber.org/newcastle-chamber-of-commerce-diamond-awards/ Questions? E-mail Diamond Awards chairperson email@example.com
Events Rosh Hashanah celebration (Jewish New Year), 7 p.m. Sept. 4, Beit Tikvah Messianic Congregation, 7935 136th Ave. S.E., www.beittikvah.us Newcastle Days, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 7, Lake Boren Park, 13058 S.E. 84th Way Newcastle 5K Run/Walk for Education, late registration closes at 8:30 a.m., race starts at 9 a.m. Sept. 8, Lake Boren Park, 13058 S.E. 84th Way, register at http://bit.ly/16iUZlF, $30/adults, $20/students, $15/kids Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 11, Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., $20/ members, $25/nonmembers, 206-618-5641 Yom Kippur observance, 7 p.m. Sept. 13, Beit Tikvah Messianic Congregation, 7935 136th Ave. S.E., www.beittikvah. us, sanctuary will be open Sept. 14 with hourly prayer focus May Creek trail dedication, 2 p.m. Sept. 15, May Creek Bridge on Coal Creek Parkway Feast of Tabernacles celebration, 7 p.m. Sept. 18, Beit Tikvah Messianic Congregation, 7935 136th Ave. S.E., www.beittikvah.us Knotweed control class, qualifies landowners to check out knotweed injectors from King County, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21, Fire Station No. 9, 12412 Newcastle Way, free Simchat Torah celebration, 7 p.m. Sept. 26, Beit Tikvah Messianic Congregation, 7935 136th Ave. S.E., www.beittikvah.us
Public meetings All city public meetings are at City Hall, 12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200. Call 649-4444. q City Council meeting — 7-10 p.m. Sept. 3 q Economic and Community Development — 8-9 a.m. Sept. 10 q Community Activity Commission meeting — 6-8 p.m. Sept. 11 q City Council meeting — 7-10 p.m. Sept. 17 q Planning Commission — 7-9 p.m. Sept. 18 The Newcastle Trails board meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road. Learn more at www.newcastletrails.org.
YMCA The Coal Creek Family YMCA, 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Road, has regular family programs for all ages. Get a
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT Celebrate best of the city at Newcastle Days
Newcastle Days attendees play with a vintage hand cranked corn mill at the 2012 event.
schedule at www.seattleymca.org/ Locations/CoalCreek/Pages/Home. aspx. q Youth Indoor Soccer Clinic, 4:15-5 p.m. for ages 6-7, 5:05-5:50 p.m. for ages 8-11, Tuesdays from Sept. 3-17, 2821500, $20/facility member, $40/ program member q Itty Bitty Soccer Class, Mondays and Wednesdays Sept. 9 to Oct. 2, ages 3-4/4:30-5 p.m. and 5-5:30 p.m., ages 5-6/5:30-6 p.m., $35/facility member, $60/ program member q Rookies Outdoor Soccer League, 9-11 a.m. for ages 3-4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 5-6, Saturdays from Sept. 14 to Oct. 26, 282-1520, $50/facility member, $80/program member q Barnyard Palooza, 5-9 p.m. Sept. 21, $40/community participant or program member, $30/facility member, 282-1500, register online at http://bit. ly/1dwZJvh q Tae Kwon Do, for ages 5 and older, Tuesdays and Thursdays Sept. 5-26, $28-$54, call for age group times and dates q Diabetes Prevention Program, for ages 18 and older, call for times or to sign up q Swimming lessons, for ages 3 and older, $54, call for age group times and dates
Library events The Newcastle Library is at 12901 Newcastle Way. The following programs are offered the rest of the month: q Computer class: ‘Oneon-One Assistance,’ for adults, 7-7:30 p.m., 7:30-8 p.m. and
8-8:30 p.m. Mondays q Newcastle Historical Society Program: ‘The Coal Mines of Newcastle,’ photographic exhibition presented by Russ Segner, 7-8:45 p.m. Sept. 5 q Medicare Health Benefits Advisor, free individual counseling in English and Chinese, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 6 q Master Gardener clinics, get advice on plants and landscaping, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7, 14 and 28 q ‘Write to Win: Writing the College Essay,’ taught by college administrator Jonathan Brown, 7 p.m. Sept. 12 q eBook one-on-one assistance, for adults, 7-8 p.m. Sept. 18 q Newcastle Historical Society Program: ‘The Impact of Newcastle,’ photographic exhibition presented by Rich Crispo, 7-8:45 p.m. Sept. 19 q Computer class: ‘Word level 1,’ learn how to use Microsoft Word to enter, correct and revise text, for adults, 10-11:30 a.m. Sept. 21 q Voluntourism, learn about volunteer opportunities abroad, 1 p.m. Sept. 21 q Friends of the Newcastle Library meeting, 7-9 p.m. Sept. 25 q Newcastle Library Book Group: ‘Gone Girl: A Novel,’ by Gillian Flynn, 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 26 q Newcastle Historical Society Program: ‘Gone, but not forgotten,’ photographic exhibition presented by Vickie Olson, 7-8:45 p.m. Sept. 26
Newcastle will celebrate its 19th year as an incorporated city Sept. 7 with the annual Newcastle Days festival. The daylong event at Lake Boren Park will look a bit different, though. The car show and many of the vendor tents have been scrapped, replaced by a large pay-for-play area featuring a climbing wall, obstacle course and more. The celebration still has old favorites, including displays from Newcastle Trails and the Newcastle Historical Society, as well as the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s beer and wine garden. Four music acts will perform at the festival, headlined by the band White, featuring Newcastle resident Alan White. Hairstorm, Seatown Rhythm and Blues Players, and the Ricky Venture Revue will also perform. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Look for maps, articles and schedule information for this year’s event in the 2013 Newcastle Days guide in this edition of Newcastle News.
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Clubs East Shore Singles, a social group for single adults older than 45, sponsors monthly activities and special events on the Eastside. New members are welcome. Call 270-3599; for a monthly bulletin go to www.meetup.com/ eastshore-singles. The Society of Artists for Newcastle, an art organization, is seeking new members. Call 271-5822. MOMS Club of Renton meets for play dates at parks and other locations. New activities are planned daily. This nonprofit, nonreligious organization provides daytime support for moms and their families. Call 260-3079. Bridge players are wanted, evening or daytime. Games take place at various homes in the Hazelwood area. Call 2550895. Newcastle Historical Society meets at 4 p.m. the first Thursday at City Hall, 13020 S.E. 72nd Place. Call 891-8149. An international dinner, sponsored by Baha’i Faith of Newcastle, is at 6:30 p.m. the third Friday. Call 430-8047. Drinking Liberally, an
informal progressive social group that discusses politics, meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Thursday at Angelo’s Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. Go to www.drinkingliberally.org. Cub Scout Pack 738, meets first Friday of the month at 7 p.m. at Newcastle Elementary School, 8440 136th Ave. S.E., grades one through five are welcome, www.pack738.com Eastside Mothers & More, a social network for mothers, meets from 7-9 p.m. the second Tuesday in the North Room at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 S.E. 32nd St., Bellevue. Go to www.eastsidemothersandmore.org. Hill ’N’ Dale Garden Club, meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday September through May at the Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way. Call 747-2953.
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Alan White is set to rock Newcastle Days By Christina Corrales-Toy At first glance, Alan White is just like any other Newcastle resident. He enjoys walks at Lake Boren Park, attends city events such as Newcastle Days or Concerts in the Park, and even finds time to hit the links at The Golf Club at Newcastle from time to time. What sets White apart from other residents, though, is the fact that he is a bona fide rock star, having played alongside industry legends, including John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Joe Cocker. The legendary Yes drummer moved to the area in 1994, when it was still Renton. When the city incorporated just months later, it was a funny coincidence given that White grew up just outside of Newcastle, England. “Yeah, I’m an original,” he joked, referring to the fact that he spent his childhood near the English city that inspired the name of his current town. White began playing piano when he was just 6 years old. He was introduced to the drums at age 12 and just three months later, he was playing on stage with a band. One of the many highlights of his storied career came in 1969, when White received a call from John Lennon asking him to join the Plastic Ono Band. It was such a remarkable offer that White shrugged it off as a silly prank. “I thought it was a friend of mine joking with me,” he said. “So, I hung up on him, and then actually, he called back.” At that point, White knew it was the real deal, and of course, he was not about to refuse a request from Lennon. A day later, White was
Police blotter Stolen car
A vehicle parked in the garage of a home in the 12000 block of Southeast 93rd Street was stolen between the evening of July 31 and the morning of Aug. 1. As was her practice, the vehicle owner left the car doors unlocked and the keys on the dashboard after parking the car, but a family member forgot to close the garage door that evening.
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Alan White, the longtime drummer for ‘Yes,’ brings his band ‘White’ to Newcastle Days.
If you go White at Newcastle Days q 5:30 p.m. Sept. 7 q Lake Boren Park q 13058 S.E. 84th Way q www.whitemusic.net aboard a plane to Toronto alongside Lennon, Yoko Ono and Eric Clapton. The result of the ensuing performance was the album, “Live Peace in Toronto.” “We hadn’t even played together and we got on the plane and rehearsed a few songs, with me just playing drums on the back of a seat and then we went onstage right when we got there,” he said. White went on to play drums on Lennon’s “Imagine” album and Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” album.
In June 1972, White was invited to join the band Yes. He has been with the band ever since, and continues to tour to this day. “I’ve been with Yes more than half of my life,” he said. “I actually just got back from being on the road for six weeks. I’m a little road worn, but it’s a lot of fun.” The next gig for White is Newcastle Days with his band White. The band has played Newcastle Days before, but there is always something special about playing in Newcastle, White said. The band will perform music from its 2006 debut album “White,” as well as classic Yes songs. “I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “My band loves to play and it’s good to do something for the city.”
Several plumbing and bathroom fixtures were stolen from the construction site at Liberty High School, 16655 S.E. 136th St., between July 29 and Aug. 2.
Punch it An unknown suspect attempted to steal a vehicle in the 11200 block of Southeast 76th Street by punching the door lock and the ignition with a pry tool Aug. 2.
Antiques Antiques and furniture were stolen from a home in the 8000 block of Coal Creek Parkway, after the suspect(s) entered the house through the garage door Aug. 10.
Keep it down Police responded to noise complaints due to a house party in the 13200 block of Southeast 90th Street, the early morning of Aug. 11.
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A victim inadvertently left his driver’s door unlocked while out of town on business and reported to police Aug. 8 that an unknown suspect had rummaged through property inside, but did not take anything from his vehicle in the Newport Crossing apartments, 7311 Coal Creek Parkway.
A worker’s vehicle was stolen from his work site at Maywood Middle School, 14990 168th Ave. S.E., while the school was under construction Aug. 6.
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Birth Kasem Link Najjar Kellie Ruggerio, of Vancouver, B.C., and Rabih Najjar, of Newcastle, welcomed their son Kasem Link Najjar to their Newcastle home Aug. 19, 2013. He was born in Seattle, weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces and measuring 19 inches. His grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Hassan Najjar, of Montana. Southeast 88th Street and 116th Avenue Southeast Aug. 12. The reporting party said that the speeding is worst on weekdays between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Smash and grab An unknown suspect smashed the passenger side window of a vehicle parked at the Coal Creek Family YMCA, 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Road, and took a purse, while the vehicle’s owner exercised inside the facility Aug. 12.
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Patriots aim to reclaim tradition By Christina Corrales-Toy No one was unluckier than the Liberty Patriots football team last year. An already thin-in-numbers squad was hit with injury after injury in 2012. As the injuries piled up, so too did the losses in a tough KingCo 3A/2A Conference, on the way to a 3-7 record. Luckily, things are already looking up for the Patriots as they prepare for the 2013 campaign with a much larger turnout than last year, which should help with depth, longtime Liberty coach Steve Valach said. “We have about 25 more kids than last year,” he said. The theme of the Patriots’ offseason was “Football is back,” focusing on the idea that Liberty wants to get back to its winning roots. “We’ve got a great tradition here that goes back to long before I was here and we just want to reclaim that,” Valach said. The Patriots haven’t been to the playoffs since the Liberty seniors were freshman, said returning cornerback Colin Larson,
2013 Liberty football schedule All games are at 7 p.m. q Sept. 6 vs. Eastside Catholic q Sept. 13 at Hazen q Sept. 20 at Interlake q Sept. 27 vs. Juanita q Oct. 4 vs. Lake Washington q Oct. 11 at Sammamish q Oct. 18 at Mercer Island q Oct. 25 vs. Bellevue q Nov. 1 at Mount Si
and all of the players are itching to get back. The road to the postseason began with summer workouts, which looked a bit different this year led by a personal trainer, Larson said. “He brought out the best in all of us and made us all work our hardest, which was, I think, something that helped characterize our team for this coming season,” he said. Fight is the Patriots 2013 theme, characterized See PATRIOTS, Page 15
The Hazen High School varsity football team breaks from its rally huddle Aug. 22 at the end of afternoon practice.
Youthful Highlanders eye league title By Christina Corrales-Toy The Hazen High School football team’s 2012 season was a mostly up-anddown affair, resulting in a 5-5 record, but the team put together one of their most complete efforts in the final playoff loss to Ferndale. The Highlanders are trying to capture that moment in a bottle for 2013, building on the positives that came with that game, Hazen head coach Drew Oliver said. “We felt good coming out of that Ferndale game that we played our best game,” he said. “We fin-
ished like we should.” A lot of times last season, the Highlanders just couldn’t get out of their own way, failing to put together four quarters of even play, Oliver said. That’s why the team’s 2013 motto, Chasing Perfection Daily, keys on the idea of consistency. Inspired by a speech Seattle Seahawks coach Tom Cable gave at the Highlanders end-of-theyear banquet last season, the motto represents doing the little things to reach perfection, whether it’s on the field, at home or in the classroom, on a daily basis.
“The idea of having that mindset and working to do that every day individually is going to make our team better,” Oliver said. This year’s team is all about opportunity, Oliver said, after the Highlanders saw more than 15 seniors graduate. Combined with a relatively small 2014 senior class, Hazen’s team will be young. “There’s a lot of opportunity for kids to step up and fill some roles,” he said. What the team lacks in experience, though,
2013 Hazen football schedule Unless noted, all games are at 7 p.m. q Sept. 6 at Franklin Pierce q Sept. 13 vs. Liberty q Sept. 20 vs. Highline q Sept. 27 at Lindbergh q Oct. 4 vs. Kennedy (Homecoming) q Oct. 11 at Evergreen, 5 p.m. q Oct. 18 at Bainbridge q Oct. 25 vs. Foster q Nov. 1 at Renton
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Bulldogs JC football preps for inaugural season By Christina Corrales-Toy
Nate Solly, Liberty High School sophomore quarterback, kicks footballs Aug. 23 during a Patriot team practice.
For most high school football athletes, their career on the gridiron ends when the last of the Friday night lights flicker to darkness. Some go on to play the sport at the collegiate level and beyond, but that isn’t an option for the majority. The itch to get on the field, tackle an opponent and be a part of a unique brotherhood is not easily tossed aside, though. The Bellevue Bulldogs junior college football team hopes to provide the relief to that itch, and encourage athletes to remain in school while
continuing their career. “The biggest issue is that when an individual gets out of high school, and maybe doesn’t have the grades or a scholarship to get into a four-year school, there was nothing in this area for him to play football, until now,” said Larry Rude, a Newcastlearea financial adviser and Bellevue Bulldogs trustee. Led by head coach Kevin Bouwman, the firstyear team features local players from various community colleges. It will compete in the Northwest Junior College Football League, playing against See BULLDOGS, Page 15
Dalton Darlington (right), Liberty High School graduate and defensive lineman/linebacker, blocks an offensive lineman Aug. 6 during a Bellevue Bulldogs practice.
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Hazen From Page 14 is made up through its work ethic, one of the best he’s seen in his time at Hazen, Oliver said. Attendance at offseason workouts was at an alltime high. “They really were committed to the weight rooms and being there in the summer,” he said. One of the leaders of those offseason workouts was junior quarterback Nolan Hoover. Hoover, who is also a standout on the Hazen swim team, is tasked with replacing Highlander quarterback Tony Nipert, who graduated. “It’s his time now,” Oliver said of Hoover. “He’s going to be a
Patriots From Page 14 by an effort to persevere on the gridiron, in the classroom and in life in general, said Kasper Lui Delange, a Patriot receiver and defensive back. “It’s a lifestyle,” he said. “Stuff is going to go wrong and stuff is going to go right, it doesn’t matter, but you’re going to fight no matter what.” Liberty’s strength will be in its skill positions, Valach said, led by running back Russell Boston, who burst onto the scene as a sophomore for the Patriots last year. The soft-spoken junior is one of three returning Patriots who earned all-league honorable mention last season. He was also named a captain this year. “Russell Boston is a really fine athlete, but he’s an even better young man,” Valach said. Just two practices into the season, the Patriots’ quarterback situation was not yet settled, Valach said, but the stability at the center position, with returning lineman Nate Jarvis, should help ease the transition. Jarvis, a junior, and senior Sam Dodt, a running back and safety, both received all-league honorable mention honors last season and will
junior, but he’s prepared himself. He’s got some special qualities there as a leader, and that’s what you want in a quarterback.” Hoover said he and his teammates spent their summer in the weight room and on the field, practicing their route running and developing chemistry in the passing game. “The attitude on our team has taken a step up. It’s on another level, than it was last year,” he said. “Everyone’s bought in.” Hazen’s strength will be in its skill positions, where all-league performers return in senior running back Joe Glaefke and talented junior defensive back Marquise Lee. “Marquise is a pretty special athlete,” Oliver
said. “He’s really starting to grow in his maturity for the game and his knowledge of the game.” Despite the relative youth on the offensive and defensive lines, running back Glaefke said he thinks the Highlanders have the weapons to compete with the best in the Seamount. “Our major goal is to win Seamount League, which is something that we have the capability to do,” he said. It’s a sentiment that his quarterback agrees with, targeting perfection in every aspect of the game. “I don’t see a reason why we can’t win every game this season,” Hoover said. “That’s what I want to do. That’s what I want to accomplish.”
look to continue that success into 2013. “What’s great is that we have a lot of guys that have a lot of varsity experience, and they’re still young,” Valach said. Several Liberty athletes that excel at other sports will look to make a name for themselves on the gridiron this season. Lorin Archibald, who stars on the baseball diamond for the Patriots, will play tight end and defensive end this year. “Last year was his first year playing football and it’s starting to click with
him,” Valach said of Archibald. Quinn Magendanz, a Liberty soccer standout, and Romney Noel, a wrestling and track star returning from injury, are also expected to contribute this year, Valach said. With the school in the midst of a major construction overhaul, the Patriots had to do without a locker room as practices began, but it didn’t affect the team, Valach said. They’re just preparing for the season as usual.
Bulldogs From Page 14 teams from across the state. Though the team carries the mascot of Bellevue College, and most of its players attend the school, it is independent of the college, Bouwman said. “We can’t be involved with the schools. They just don’t have the budget for it, for liability and all that,” he said. A second chance to play After graduating from Hazen High School in 2011, Reggie Havard, a running back and defensive back, sought to continue his football career at Mendocino College in Ukiah, Calif., before returning home to play locally for the Bulldogs. “I went down there with some friends, and we got there and it was just too expensive,” he said. Several of the players have similar stories, often returning from an out-ofstate school because of the cost. It is just another reason why a local option like the Bulldogs is necessary, Bouwman said. “This means everything,” Havard said of the Bulldogs. “It gives us another chance, that second chance.” Many of the players are young men who likely did not obtain scholarships to a four-year college, had academic issues that prevented them from going to a university or physically
PAGE 15 matured at a different pace. The athletes range in age from about 23 to fresh out of high school, like 2013 Liberty High School graduate Dalton Darlington. Darlington, a defensive lineman, managed to stay healthy during the Patriots’ unlucky run of injuries last season, but he wasn’t ready to hang up his cleats after he graduated. He joined the Bulldogs after Liberty coach Steve Valach mentioned the opportunity. “Playing under the Friday night lights is just so cool at Liberty and I wanted to continue my football career if I possibly could,” he said. ‘No kid is left behind’ The goal of most of these players is to play and get noticed by a four-year school willing to offer a scholarship, said Bouwman, who played college football himself, starting at linebacker for Utah State University. “You ask any one of them and their aspirations are to go to that next level,” he said. “I will do everything I can to give them that opportunity.” The team includes players from across the Puget Sound area, including Issaquah, Renton, Bellevue and Seattle. Athletes are required to take at least five credits of junior college coursework to join the team, though Bouwman suggests they take more. “First and foremost, the goal is to get these guys in school,” he said. “I encourage them to be taking a full load, 12 credits at least, so that if that opportunity to
Get involved Donate, or become a sponsor, to the Bellevue Bulldogs junior college football team at www.bellevuejcfootball.com. go to the next level arises, they’re ready for it academically, too.” As an independent team, the Bulldogs are solely responsible for their expenses. That includes uniforms, field time, referees and practice equipment, all amassing a tally of nearly $40,000 this season. The Bulldogs officially began practicing in early August at Ringdall Middle School, the former site of Eastside Catholic High School, just outside of Newcastle. The field is rough, filled with ruts, but it is all the team can afford for now. “We’re starting from scratch now,” Rude said. “The four trustees on the board have put in their own money to get this thing rolling, but we’re not really wealthy guys.” The team is looking for sponsors to help with the costs, and every little bit helps, Rude said. The team could also use volunteers, coaches and fans, he added. “We want to make sure no kid is left behind,” he said. The Bellevue Bulldogs were set to kick off their season Aug. 31 against Kitsap Peninsula Junior College. Their first home game, held at Renton Memorial Stadium, is Sept. 22.
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Construction workers continue to demolish the old and create the new at Liberty High School, with a new commons, auxiliary gym and science lab ready for students, but many classes are being held in portables this school year.
School districts put bond money to use By Neil Pierson and Christina Corrales-Toy
Voters in the Issaquah and Renton school districts are starting to see the results of the April 2012 bond measures they approved more than a year ago. About 70 percent of voters supported Issaquah’s $219 million bond measure, while Renton’s $97 million bond received the support of more than 60 percent. Newcastle residents living in the Issaquah School District will see the results of the measure in major construction projects at Apollo Elementary School, Maywood Middle School and Liberty High School. Those who live in the Renton School District will see the fruits of the measure with the future middle school in Newcastle. Renton School District About half of the Renton district’s $97 million bond will go toward the construction of a new middle school in Newcastle, set to open in 2016. That’s three years down the road, but voters are already getting a sneak
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Plywood sheets and hydraulic lifts (left) are among the items that line the hallways at Apollo Elementary School. The future middle school in Newcastle (right) will occupy the space of the current Renton Academy, leaving the east playfields unchanged. peek at plans for the school with the unveiling of initial designs in July. The two-story building designed by NAC Architecture will occupy the 11-acre site of the Renton Academy, next to Hazelwood Elementary School. “I think the largest challenge we have is the size of the site,” project manager Steve Shiver said. “We had to design a building that was as compact as possible.” The result was a twostory building with upper mezzanines and a central common area. Most
importantly, however, the construction of the new middle school will not affect the popular east baseball fields. A major feature of the school will be its transparency, complete with windows in every classroom, Shiver said. Instead of walls, the school will utilize a lot of glass, providing clear sightlines for students and staff. “That improves security and reduces bullying in the building, because staff can observe the circulation corridor areas in the building from within the classroom,” Shiver said.
The schematic designs are just the first step in the design process, offering a general picture of the floor plan and area. NAC Architecture will now delve into the design development phase, which adds significantly more detail, accounting for furniture, finishes and classroom equipment. Demolition of Renton Academy is set to begin in June 2014; construction will start in March 2015. The middle school is slated to open in fall 2016. Issaquah School District Work is well underway
at many district schools on a variety of projects, some to increase student capacity and some to improve aging infrastructure. As part of Issaquah’s bond measure, Apollo, built in 1970, was one of two elementary schools chosen to receive nearly $6.6 million each for modernization efforts. With the first day of the new school year quickly approaching Sept. 4, contractors and district officials are busily trying to ready the buildings for the arrival of teachers, students and parents.
Steve Crawford, the district’s director of capital projects, said the projects at Issaquah Valley and Apollo are similar in scope and design. The district is using the same general contractor for both buildings as a way to reduce time and cost. As a safety measure, the principal’s offices at both schools are being moved to the front of the buildings for “better visual control of what’s going on,” Crawford said. Each building will have eight additional classSee PROJECTS, Page 17
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Projects From Page 16 rooms and more smallgroup instructional space in time for the start of the 2014-15 school year, removing the need for portable classrooms. “It’s a lot to get done in the course of the summer so that we’re buttoned up and ready for kids to start school,” Crawford said. Apollo is seeing the results of continued growth in the East Renton Highlands area. The school has largely run out of space for students, Crawford said, and is a prime candidate for bond money. In mid-August, the school was showing signs of ongoing construction. Floors were stripped in many areas, and in the rear of the building, the space for new classrooms was largely bare. Crews plan to block those areas at Apollo so people can pass safely during the school day. “In large part, they’re prefabricated walls, so when it comes time to set up, they just tilt them up and a lot happens in a short period of time,” Crawford explained. Here’s a look at the status of other Issaquah district projects in the Newcastle area: q At Liberty High, the second part of a threephase expansion and modernization project is finishing. Many classrooms were demolished over the summer, meaning students will start the new year with a total of 38 classrooms in 19 portables. Features to be completed by Sept. 4 include a new commons area, auxiliary gym, locker rooms and a science lab. The softball field will also get an upgrade with the addition of an artificialturf infield. q Maywood Middle was also the target of modernization and expansion. The $10.2 million project was completed in May and included $3.8 million for a new heating and air conditioning system. An artificial turf athletic field was also installed. q Along with the highdollar project at Apollo, the school received an additional $695,000 to convert its grass field to sand, replace corridor carpets with rubber flooring, and install new carpeting in classrooms and offices.
Music pioneer reflects on his time as a Highlander By Christina Corrales-Toy When Harley Brumbaugh snaps his fingers to the beat of a song, it has the authoritative click of a seasoned music instructor leading his students to success. It’s the exact same snap countless Renton School District students heard as Brumbaugh led music programs at McKnight Middle School, and established one at Hazen High School in the 1960s. Today, Hazen High School is home to one of the best vocal music programs in the state, but none of it would have happened if it weren’t for Brumbaugh, the man tasked with creating a music department at what was a brand new school in 1968. “I had to order all of the new things, manage the budget and set up schedules, but we possessed this sort of pioneer spirit through it all,” he said of his first year at Hazen. Sitting in the North Bend home he shares with his wife Cathy, Brumbaugh reflected on his time as a Highlander. It wasn’t difficult to get the Hazen music program started, Brumbaugh said, since many of his pupils from McKnight continued to participate as they entered high school. Right away, Hazen had a large pool of students interested in joining the vocal groups. Some football players even dropped the sport to be in the choir, with a little coaxing from Brumbaugh, of course. “I’d say to them, ‘You’re too chicken. It takes a man to stand up and sing. Anybody can take a ball and run down the field with the thing,’” he said, though he was an athlete himself when he was a student at
Hazen alma mater ‘Green, Gold and Blue,’ by Harley Brumbaugh The greenwoods scent the dewy air where golden treasures lie, Beneath the bonnie, bonnie blue in the land of Hazen High. Whene’re a’roving far from thee to seek our fortunes due, These golden hours the dearer be with the touch of green and blue. So let there be no last farewell among the Highland Clan, For Highland hearts will always dwell in the brotherhood of man. So on our lips we seal our vow to be true to green, gold and blue.
Mount Si High School. The school’s vocal groups found success quite early, when the Hazen Studio Singers were rated No. 1 in the state just a year after the school opened. The recognition earned them the opportunity to exclusively perform at the Washington Music Educators Convention in Yakima. “We had only been together for maybe three months because there was hardly any place for them to practice,” Brumbaugh said. Despite the rising music programs, Brumbaugh remembered having to play second fiddle to Renton High School in the community and the press. “You know the saying, ‘Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus?’ As a spinoff, I would say, ‘Yes, Virginia, there is a Hazen high School,’” he said.
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Harley Brumbaugh, who started Hazen High School’s music program, now lives in North Bend with his wife Cathy, but he still holds Highlander keepsakes, like the record his Hazen Studio Singers made as students.
“You know the saying, ‘Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus?’ As a spinoff, I would say, ‘Yes, Virginia, there is a Hazen high School,’” — Harley Brumbaugh Former Hazen music teacher To unite the Highlander community as the school opened, Brumbaugh decided to take the initiative to pen the school’s alma
mater, “Green, Gold and Blue.” It is now an important part of the Hazen culture, sung at the end of every graduation. Brumbaugh said he wrote the alma mater ensuring that it had a timeless element, making it sound just as good today as it did 40 years ago. “No one asked me to do it, but I was just sitting at the piano one day, and I thought, this might help bring the group together,” he said. “The kids really seem to enjoy it.”
Brumbaugh spent only two years at Hazen before he was recruited by Bellevue Community College to start its own music program, but the school still holds a special place in his heart. It’s where he conducted his final formal concert in 2008. “The beauty of music is that everything else sort of teaches you how to think,” he said. “But in the arts, it teaches you how to feel and how to express that.”
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Student leaders pave the way for Patriot Way by countless members of the Patriot community will officially be rebranded as Patriot Way. The new Patriot Way sign is expected to be installed soon. The school will celebrate the accomplishment at an assembly Sept. 6 with King County Councilman Reagan Dunn in attendance. In an endeavor that
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Students and faculty from Liberty High School join the Metropolitan King County Council after the council unanimously approved legislation changing the name of the street in front of the school to Patriot Way. began in September 2012, members of the Liberty ASB rang neighbor door bells, met with the King County Council and contacted the County Department of Transportation to make Patriot Way a reality. “I thought it was going to be really, really easy,” said Liberty senior Megan Larson, one of the students who led the effort. “I thought it was just going to be, ‘Hey, let’s get a new street sign and call it Patriot Way.’ It was actually a lot of work.” The work began with the arduous task of knocking on doors and getting neighbors’ approval for the name change. “When we would go, we didn’t know what to expect,” Liberty senior Hannah VanAmen said. “We didn’t know if people were going to get angry or
just be like totally for it.” Most were receptive to the change, VanAmen said, but some were weary of the necessary steps they would have to take to change their address. “We told them that we would take care of that,” Larson said. “Our pitch was that it’s for school spirit, we are a close-knit community, so why don’t we all just work together?” More often than not, the door-belling students were greeted by people who had lived there for years, had attended the school themselves or had sent their children to Liberty. The next step in the process was to present the proposal to the King County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee. There,
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the students met with Councilman Reagan Dunn, whose district includes Liberty. “Doing the leg work to make this name change a reality was a long, arduous process,” Dunn said in a statement. “The students worked hard on this project and should be proud of the lasting legacy they will leave behind for Liberty High School.” They also met with Councilman Rod Dembowski, a graduate of Liberty rival Hazen High School. “He was even for it and he said, ‘I’m a Hazen Highlander, but that’s a great idea, what you guys are doing,’” Liberty senior Shaniah Adriano said. “It was really cool because we thought it would be super formal and uptight, but it was actually really laid back.” The committee forwarded the proposal to the King County Council with a “Do Pass” recommendation June 4. Nearly two weeks later, the full council unanimously adopted
legislation renaming the street. “Anybody who knows the kids at Liberty High School would not find this surprising,” Liberty Principal Josh Almy said in a statement. “That’s the make-up of our kids — hard working, can-do attitudes always focused on doing what’s best for Liberty and what’s best for the community.” For the Liberty students who spent hours upon hours and several weekends to make Patriot Way happen, it was a chance to leave an indelible mark on the school they love, and show just what it means to be part of the Liberty ASB. “We do a lot for the school, and I think having that up there, kids can understand how much involvement ASB has,” VanAmen said. It’s also a way to quell the stresses that come with studying, playing and learning on a school campus that has become a construction zone, Adriano said. “It’s a way to wake up our spirit,” she said. “With the construction, our spirit has really been decreasing. It’s just not what it used to be. Hopefully, this will boost our morale.” “The legacy that we’re going to leave behind is really important,” Larson said. “It was a fun experience.”
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Hazen selects interim principal Randy Taylor will take over as Hazen High School’s interim principal for the 2013-2014 Randy school Taylor year, replacing John Kniseley, who accepted a position at Kentwood High School. Taylor most recently served as principal of Mount Si High School for six years, and also spent five years as the Auburn High School principal. He holds master’s degrees in education and school administration from Central Washington University. In 2003, the Washington Library Media Association named Taylor the High School Principal of the Year. The Association of Washington Secondary School Principals also named him the Washington State Regional Distinguished Principal in 1998 and 2009. Taylor will begin his duties immediately. His appointment will give the district time to conduct a thorough search for a permanent replacement in a process that is expected to
engage staff, students and the community. That’s not the only change to Hazen’s administration, though. Susan James will take over as the school’s new assistant principal, replacing Sam Yuhan, who will be principal at Eisenhower Middle School in the Everett School District. James recently served as an administrative intern and English teacher at Auburn Riverside High School. She holds a master’s degree in education, curriculum and instruction. In
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