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April 4, 2012



Students turn to community for lessons in service By Lillian Tucker

The local community got a boost March 27 when hundreds of high school students stepped out of the classroom to lend a helping hand. The service projects were the focal point of Eastside Catholic High School’s “Peace and Justice Day.” “One of our school’s touchstones is servant leadership,” said teacher Julie Jessum. “That really drives the program today to get involved with the community.” Jessum and Bob Strung, Eastside Catholic’s college counselor, accompanied a group of ninth graders to the Providence Marianwood Skilled Nursing Community on March 27 where the high schoolers helped out with spring cleaning and gardening. “It was fun today,” said Daniel Carlton, who volunteered at Marianwood. “It was a day to do something for others that benefits someone other than ourselves.” The teenagers arrived at Marianwood at 9:30 in the morning and immediately got to

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Ninth-grade Eastside Catholic High School student Steven Johnescu works with his teacher Julie Jessum to help clean the windows at Providence Marianwood Skilled Nursing Community March 27. work planting flowers and vegmer months. vegetable patch, the students etables for the residents to enjoy Once their work was done in went to work cleaning the comthroughout the spring and sumthe flower beds and the raised munity’s large windows that

look out on the gardens. “It’s awesome,” said Andrea Abercrombie, a recreational therapist at Marianwood, adding that Eastside Catholic has been sending volunteers to the community for several years. “Each time they are just incredible… Without the students here to do that, we wouldn’t have the gardens look so good for the spring and summer.” Abercrombie said she uses the outdoor spaces to inspire conversations and reminiscing among Marianwood’s residents, who also help water the plants and pick the flowers to put in their rooms. The flowers and vegetables also are great for sensory activities, explained Abercrombie, like tasting, touching and smelling. It’s a good way for them to connect with the gardens they used to have, she said. “I like being able to help them,” said Sarah Whiteman, a student volunteer from Eastside Catholic whose own grandmother spent time at the nursing community. “There wasn’t very many flowers when I came See SERVICE, Page 9

Local poet invites community to learn about haiku in nature By Lillian Tucker

For poets and readers alike, haiku can offer a heightened awareness of natural surroundings. That’s what Sammamish resident Michael Dylan Welch, vice president of the Haiku Society of America, believes and that’s what he hopes to bring to participants of the upcoming “Haiku in the Woods,” event. Co-sponsored by the Sammamish Arts Commission and Sammamish Walks, the free poetry event is set to take place April 14 when attendees will be taught about the art of writing haiku and be lead on a nature walk by Welch. “Haiku helps us to notice our surroundings,” said Welch, who explained that it’s common for people to admire the trees that bloom in spring and said that haiku helps people go a step further to take in moments like when the buds first start expanding. “I hope people will gain a great appreciation for the spring season in general and use haiku

as a way to record moments of personal experience.” Welch has been writing haiku for more than two decades. That passion has since led him to many accomplishments, including publishing several poetry books; cofounding the largest public haiku archive outside of Japan at the California State Library in Sacramento; and having his co-translation of an ancient tanka poem printed on a cherry blossom stamp that was released by the United States in March to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the cherry trees in Washington D.C. In the midst of all this, he said, he also has taken every opportunity he could to get people outdoors so he can teach them about haiku, which is centrally tied to nature. Traditionally a haiku poem has a “kigo,” which is a word or phrase that implies the season of the poem. But Welsh said he is not interested in teaching people a formula for writing haiku. Rather, he said, he teaches people to approach as many targets as they

can and this is the same formula that he will be following on April 14. The event will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Beaver Lake Lodge where Welsh will give a presentation and hand out samples of haiku so that everyone can discuss the poems and identify characteristics and targets. After a lunch break at noon the group will go on a guided walk that will hopefully spur the writing of individual haiku. After sharing and discussing each others’ poems the event is set to conclude at 2:30. “What I love about these opportunities the most is when a smaller group gets together for a particular event…and gets a chance to meet each other in the community,” said Sammamish Arts volunteer Daphne Robinson. “They are dialoging.” Register for the event at www. Reach reporter Lillian Tucker at 392-6434, ext. 242, or ltucker@ To comment on this story, visit www.


Michael Dylan Welch, a noted poet, will lead a discussion of haiku.




April 4, 2012


Eastlake dancers bring home top prize from State By Lillian Tucker

When “ladies” echoed from the sun dome speakers March 23, the Eastlake dance team knew immediately that they were the 2012 pom state champions. That was the sound of their routine’s music kicking off and also the personal touch that is used to announce the winners of the 4A state dance/drill tournament. “When you hear it your heart drops and you freeze for a second,” said one of the team’s captains, 17-year-old Monica Ruddell. With a score of 461.3 Eastlake earned a Superior Rating and bested Moses Lake, a team that many expected to win. “It’s the best feeling. You worked so hard and you won. You are the best in the state and all the practice is worth it.” The state championship is the dance team’s last stop on an 11-month journey that includes five to 12 hours of practice a week and sometimes even more. Early in the squad’s season Coach Corinne Cope brought in college-level choreographers from Maryland to develop three separate routines, dance, kick and pom, for the girls to use in the state tournament. In three and a half days the team worked non-stop to learn the dances. “It’s like having a part-time job,” said Ruddell. “You’ve got to be dedicated.” Ruddell and the other captains are responsible for crafting sev-


Exploding with energy, the Eastlake dance team performed its way to first place in the poms category at the Washington State Dance/Drill Championships. eral of the team’s other routines like those they perform at the high school’s football games. Last summer the squad learned the year’s 12 routines in two weeks. “They endure eight-hour practices sometimes,” said Cope. “It requires a lot of mental and physical fitness. These kids have taken every challenge that I have thrown at them and exceeded my

expectations.” For performances like the matador-inspired kick routine that earned the team an “Exceptional Rating” at state with a score of 419, the coach explained that it takes a lot of core and leg strength and flexibility. “It’s Rockette style,” she said. “They are basically trying to kick up to the top of their heads for two minutes while running

around the floor and linking up with somebody. It’s really challenging.” The team’s state champion pom routine requires a lot of energy as well. Using dance techniques that are found at the national competition level, the performance is fast-paced with hip-hop currents that send the girls down on the floor to complete their move-

ments. For two-minutes and 15 seconds, the dancers are constantly moving to creating strong visuals with their red and white poms. “It’s all about creating that picture that you want to leave in your audience’s mind,” said Ruddell. “Part of why our routine won is because we had so much energy at the end. We were out of breath but we just kept up our energy and pushed through.” Going into the championship the girls were confident that they would do well but also that they would be happy no matter the outcome. “Toward the end we realized it wasn’t about getting the trophy,” said Ruddell. “Whatever happens we were so happy with how hard we worked and how hard we pushed ourselves.” The co-captain said that all the long hours and hard work made the team into a family and that being a part of it was the highlight of her high school experience. “Hearing that was different for me,” said Coach Cope. “It’s natural for a competitor to want to win but these girls really enjoyed the journey that went along with it.” Cope also went home on March 23 with another honor, coach of the year. “She not only teaches us things within practice but she also teaches us life skills,” said Ruddell. “She loves this team just as much as we do. She is like our mom.”

Skyline tops Eastlake in baseball By Lillian Tucker

If Sammamish was only allotted one sunny afternoon last week, March 26 was the perfect pick as plateau baseball fans gathered in the sunshine to watch the Skyline Spartans edge out the Eastlake Wolves 4-3. Both teams entered the contest having been successful so far in the beginning of what looks like to be a solid season of league play. “4A KingCo in any sport is tough, but especially in baseball. There is no game you go into thinking ‘we have the advantage,’” said Skyline coach Chris Tamminen. “A lot of the teams are right there with each other.

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With the Skyline fans and team cheering him on, Brandon Fischer, a senior, heads for home plate with the winning run, ending the game against Eastlake at 4-3. Each game is going to be a battle; it’s going to come down to who can play in the clutch.” The Spartans lead 3-0 most of the game by grabbing a run in the second, third and fourth innings.

“Our motto is to play a hard seven no matter what the score is,” said Tamminen. “We have a good bench. The kids do a good job as far staying in the game and helping out on the field and coming in when they have to.”

For the Spartans, Brandon Fischer went 2 for 4 with a double and a run; Jack Valencia hit 2 for 3 and scored one run; Patrick Harrod batted 1 for 4 with a double and 1 RBI; Matt Sinatro hit 1 for 3 with an RBI; and Clayton

Huber, who pitched the majority of the game for the Spartans, struck out six of the 24 batters he faced and hit 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI. See BASEBALL, Page 15




April 4, 2012



Easter services



Seniors Making Art, a free class about printmaking will run from 10 a.m.-noon on Mondays from April 9-May 21 at the Sammamish Teen Center. To register, contact Allison Gubata at 295-0597 or agubata@


Learn about speech and language milestones for infants through preschoolers during a presentation at 7 p.m. April 11 at the Sammamish Library.


How to start a business. Learn resources available to you through the Small Business Administration at 1:30 p.m. April 13.


A computer recycling event, is being sponsored by the city of Sammamish. Bring desktop computers and laptops, monitors (LCD & CRT’s) cell phones, iPods, iPads, keyboards, mice, cables, speakers, printers, scanners, copiers and TVs. They will not accept DVD players, old software, VCRs, CDs, microwaves, stereo equipment or appliances, Styrofoam, cardboard and other packing materials. The event is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 14 at City Hall.

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The Ugliest Duckling Puppet Show, for children of all ages with an adult, is at 1 and 2:30 p.m. April 7 at the Sammamish Library.


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Issaquah District Superintendent Steve Rasmussen will hold a series of coffees at high schools around the district to discuss the district and education in general. The meeting at Skyline is set for 7:30 a.m. April 6. Sammamish Family YMCA’s annual Easter Egg hunt will feature carnival booths, bounce houses, a minigolf course and egg hunts for toddlers and older children. A shuttle is available from Discovery Elementary School. The event is set for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 7.


April 10 City Council Study Session at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall April 16 City Council Finance Committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall

Good Friday services — April 6 A community-wide Good Friday service, sponsored by Sammamish area churches, is scheduled for noon at Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church. Sammamish Hills Lutheran, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Pine Lake Covenant Church, 7 p.m. Mars Hill Sammamish, 6:30 p.m.

Sammamish Hills Lutheran, traditional service 9 a.m., contemporary service 10:30 a.m. Mars Hill Sammamish, 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Sammamish Presbyterian Church, 8:15, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Mary, Queen of Peace, 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Community Church of Joy, 10:45 a.m.

Sammamish Presbyterian Church, 7 p.m.

Spirit of Peace United Church of Christ, 9:30 a.m.

Mary, Queen of Peace, 3 and 7 p.m.

Foundation Baptist Church, 10:30 a.m.

Easter Services — April 8

Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints, Sammamish First Ward 9 a.m.-noon, Sammamish Second Ward, 1-4 p.m.

Pine Lake Covenant Church, 9 and 11 a.m.

City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall Sammamish Arts Commission at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall April 18 Sammamish Youth Board at 6 p.m. at City Hall April 19 Sammamish Planning Commission at 6 p.m. at City Hall Lake Washington School Board worksession, at 5 p.m. followed by a business meeting at 7 p.m. at the L.E. Scarr Resource Center, located at 16250 N.E. 74th St., Redmond April 25

Passover First seder 7:30 p.m. April 6, second seder 9 p.m. April 7 at the Chabad of the Central Cascades house. Fee $36 per adult, $25 per Learn haiku during a nature walk. Michael Dylan Welch, president of the Haiku Society of America, will join a guided nature walk and poetry writing session from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 14 at Beaver Lake Lodge.

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Learn the basics of how to compost at home at 2 p.m. April 15 at the Sammamish

A dramatic reading of “The Pitman Painters” will be performed by the ACT Theatre at 7 p.m. April 19 at the Sammamish Library. The free program, sponsored by the

child, but options are available for those who lack funds. Pre-registration required, visit www. aid/846234/jewish/Passover-in-Issaquah.htm

Sammamish Arts Commission will feature selected scenes and a moderated discussion between the audience and the performers.


Volunteer to help clean up Beaver Lake Park to celebrate Earth Day from 9 a.m.-noon April 21 Visit www. Default.aspx?ID=2356. An interactive seminar about tax strategies and planning is at 10 a.m. April 21 at the Sammamish Library. Drop in to learn about ebooks through the King County Library System at 1 p.m. April 21 at the

Sammamish Library. Used book sale including children’s and adult’s books priced from 25 cents to $1 and DVDs for $3 will run from 8-11 a.m. April 21 and 3-4 p.m. April 23 at Margaret Mead Elementary.


The Sammamish Symphony will perform “Requiem” by Verdi at 2 p.m. April 22 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Tickets are $30. Visit www.

Southeast Eighth Street Park Master Plan meeting at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall Issaquah School Board meeting, 7 p.m. at district headquarters, 565 N.W. Holly St. in Issaquah

health A mobile mammography facility will be available for Sammamish residents. The mobile facility features the same equipment used at Evergreen Hospital, but you do not need to be an Evergreen patient to use the facility. It is available from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Evergreen Primary Care Center, 22850 Northeast Eighth Street. For an appointment, call 899-2831.


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