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New maintenance facility built under budget, on time By Caleb Heeringa
For Sammamish’s entire existence, the city employees charged with maintaining acres of parks and miles of sprawling streets have used a converted sin-
gle-family home for a base and had equipment scattered on various properties around the city. That changed in May, with the soft opening of the city’s new See FACILITY, Page 6
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Ryan Lewis (left) and Macklemore will perform at Sammamish’s annual Teen Fest.
Macklemore is coming to town By Caleb Heeringa
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The Heritage Society has placed a sign in front of the Freed House showing how much money they have raised in pledges for the restoration of the Freed House.
Freed House may go to Pigott Property By Caleb Heeringa
Supporters of restoring a 115year-old farm house got a double dose of good news last week. On May 26, the 115-year-old
Reard House (also known as the Freed House) was declared Sammamish’s first official historical landmark, potentially paving See FREED, Page 3
One of Seattle’s most popular hip-hop artists will help kick off local teens’ summers June 17. Macklemore, who recently sold out three consecutive nights at Seattle’s Showbox at the Market and performed at Safeco Field for the Seattle Mariners’ opening day ceremony, will headline Sammamish’s fourth annual Teen Fest. The event will also include a skate competition, judged by semi-professional skaters, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Helmets are required and those wanting to compete are asked to register beforehand, starting at 2:30 p.m. Competing will cost $5 for Sammamish residents and $10 for non-residents. The event is open to boys and girls ages 10 and up. Bands from local high schools
will open for Macklemore, starting at 6 p.m. The event will be $9 and is only for Redmond, Eastlake, Eastside Catholic, Skyline and Issaquah high schools. Students must show an ASB
“It used to be that we had to reach out to them, but now they are the ones contacting us.” – Lynne Handlos, Coordinator –
card or student ID and no one under 13 or over 20 will be admitted. Lynne Handlos, who is coordinating the event for the city along with the Boys and Girls Club, said bad weather limited attendance to around 500 last
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year, but she said she’s hopeful that as many as 1,000 will attend this year. Handlos said organizers are in the process of booking local students’ bands and are getting much more interest than in years past. “It used to be that we had to reach out to them, but now they are the ones contacting us,” she said. Handlos said off-duty police officers will be on hand for crowd control, bags will be checked and no one will be allowed reentry for the safety of attendees. The event will also include sumo wrestling suits and other blow up games as well as a photo booth. Reporter Caleb Heeringa can be reached at 392-6434. ext. 247, or email@example.com. To comment on this story, visit www.SammamishReview.com.
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June 8, 2011
City evaluating where to put a community center By Caleb Heeringa
City Council members and citizens presented with three potential community center sites seem to gravitate towards a city-owned property behind the library as the ideal place for a potential community and aquatic center. But several council members and citizens have balked at the potential traffic impacts of clustering a potentially popular facility next to other civic buildings in a busy part of town and instead favored one of two other potential sites – off Southeast Fourth Street or in front of Eastside Catholic. The city is more than halfway through a feasibility study designed to get a grasp of what sort of facility the
Town Center site (Southeast Fourth Street near 224th Avenue Southeast) $67.61 million, without land acquisition costs Benefits: ◆ In the densest portion of Town Center development – near the retail core and “green spine” pedestrian walkway envisioned by Town Center planners. This would mean easy access by walkers and bikers. For drivers it could mean parking once and taking advantage of the nearby shopping after using the facility. ◆ An investment in the core of Town Center that could jumpstart nearby development. ◆ Southward slope would allow nice views to Lower Commons Park. Challenges: ◆ Several attendees of a May 9 feasibility meeting argued that a community center may not be the best use for the densest, most retail-oriented portion of Town Center development. Any commercial density taken up by the community center would be transferred to nearby properties. ◆ The community center would be a tight fit on the 5.7 acre property, limiting the
public wants, how much it’s willing to pay and where it wants it located. The council will then be tasked with deciding whether or not to pull the trigger and figuring out how to pay for it. Several council members have voiced support for putting the project up for a public vote before proceeding. Another meeting, which will focus on the operating costs of such a facility and include more detailed designs of the facility, is scheduled for June 13 at City Hall at 6:30 p.m. Organizers are scheduled to present the final report to the city council July 12, although that timeline may be slightly delayed by a slower-thanexpected appraisal process for the two privately owned properties, according to a city press release.
building plan. Designers have envisioned making the center three-stories tall if it were located off Southeast Fourth Street. ◆ Southeast Fourth is currently a two-lane road, but will need significant upgrading to accommodate the traffic going to and from a community center and the dense development surrounding it. This cost is partially responsible for the $7.1 million in offsite construction costs built into designers’ estimates for the site. Deputy Mayor Tom Odell
Lake Washington School District site (228th Avenue and Crusader Way, in front of Eastside Catholic) $67.72 million, without land acquisition costs Benefits: ◆ Investment in the east side of Town Center, which has less commercial density than the west side. ◆ Spreads city facilities outside of the City Hall/library area. ◆ Relatively easy vehicle access off 228th and shared parking with Eastside Catholic Challenges: ◆ Remote from other city functions and the retail outlets and green spine in the “core” of Town Center, off Southeast Fourth Street. ◆ A wetland takes up most of the west side of the property, potentially constricting the layout of the building and cutting the facility off from 228th Avenue. ◆ The property lacks some of the idyllic views of Seattle or Lower Commons Park envisioned at the other two sites. ◆ The property is currently owned by the Lake Washington School District, which envisions building a school on the property. District spokeswoman Kathryn Reith said the district is open to talking with the city about “co-locating” a community center and school function on the site, but is not interested in selling the property.
argued that the road widening will likely have to be done regardless of whether a community center is built there and that it should be considered an investment in the Town Center project as a whole.
(West of the library) $64.42 million Benefits: ◆ Unlike the other two properties, the city already owns this parcel, having purchased it in 2006 for $3.25 million. A project located here would thus be millions of dollars less than in other areas where the property must be purchased. ◆ Views west to Seattle and north to Lower Commons Park. Designers say that the facility could be built “cascading down the hillside,” thus preserving the views library patrons currently enjoy. ◆ The facility would be near the library, making it easy for families to spend most of a day at both facilities. ◆ The additional parking for the project could be used by library and City Hall patrons, who sometimes find it hard to park in the area during community events like the Farmers Market or 4th of July celebration. Challenges: ◆ Many residents at a May 9 feasibility meeting worried about the traffic impacts on 228th Avenue and the surrounding area. Designers call for building a loop road around City Hall and the library to access the building, as well as two roundabouts on 228th, though some worried that might not be enough. Commercial and mixed-use development is called for both north and south of the library and City Hall, adding more traffic to 228th. ◆ Depending on the layout, the building may also need even more structured parking than the other sites due to the constricted layout in the area. This could drive up the parking costs. ◆ It would be difficult to expand the community center in future years, should the city elect to do so.
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the way for additional grant money for its relocation and restoration. And Councilwoman Michele Petitti, perhaps the strongest advocate for the home on the council, announced that she and Sammamish Heritage Society have agreed in principle with local resident Mary Pigott to have the home placed on part of the property Pigott has agreed to gift to the city in the coming years. Petitti said she and Pigott envision the home being placed near a 1916 home that currently sits on the property, making a sort of “heritage park” on the former cattle ranch and settler’s homestead, which already has a working trail system. “It could be a place where school kids could come and learn about life on the plateau in those days and how they lived off the land,” Petitti said. “It’s very positive news – I’m thrilled to keep moving it forward.” City Parks Director Jessi Richardson said there has yet to be a formal agreement, and the city is still examining the logistics of getting the structure to the property and where it might sit. She said any agreement would likely be between the Heritage Society and Pigott, though she declined to comment on whether the city would be formally transferring the home to the society before it is moved. Early last year, Pigott agreed to transfer her 51.15 acres, north of Southeast 20th Street, to the city in exchange for assurances that the land remain undeveloped and open to the public as parkland. One parcel was transferred to the city earlier this year; city staff is in the process of preparing it to be opened to the public. Petitti said a second parcel is slated to go to the city in three to six years. The final parcel, where Pigott lives, won’t go to the city
The Pigott Property, which totals 51 acres, has some wide open areas where the Freed House could be placed. until Pigott decides to move. Should the Pigott property prove suitable for the aging and homeless structure, it would be an answer to one of the biggest questions in advocates’ decadeslong effort to restore the home, which served as the city’s first water district headquarters, an illegal distillery during Prohibition and the site of filming a 1980s TV movie starring Ron Howard and Mickey Rourke. The building was part of an 80acre homestead near the corner of what is today 212th Avenue and Southeast Eighth Street, but has been sitting on stilts in that area since the area was bought up by developers. Over the years, the home has been refered to as both the Reard House and the Freed House, after two early owners of the property. In landmark documents the home is refered to as “the Reard House,” after Jacob and Emma Reard, who purchased the property and began building the
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home in 1892. Oscar Freed bought the home in 1930. The home has proven a bit of
a testy issue at City Council meetings over the years, with many council members reluctant to promise city funds for its restoration. The council did agree to earmark $70,000 for the home in this biennium’s budget, but several council members have indicated that they see the city matching the organization’s fundraising rather than taking a leading financial role in the project. Vicki Baggette, the heritage society’s president, said the organization has raised $12,500 in donations and pledges thus far and is hopeful that news of the landmark designation and potential location for the home will increase the project’s momentum. “It seems like the planets are starting to align,” she said. “Stuff is starting to happen.” Having the home registered as a historic landmark opens up several grant opportunities through 4Culture, the county’s public development and arts agency, and private historical preservation organizations, said Julie Koler, the county’s preservation officer.
The county also grants significant property tax exemptions for historical landmarks, including a 50 percent to 90 percent reduction in the taxable value of the property. The county also offers low-interest loans for restoration of landmarks. City Manager Ben Yazici said he does not anticipate any problem with putting the Reard House on the Pigott property and praised advocates’ hard work fundraising and finding a location for the home. “This is exactly what the Council wanted; private parties, rather than the city, providing significant portion of the resources to find a home for this house,” Yazici wrote in an email. Though organizers still have work ahead of them, Petitti said last week’s news is significant. “I use the example of restoring a classic car,” she said. “You start with the skeleton and then you work from that.” Reporter Caleb Heeringa can be reached at 392-6434. ext. 247, or firstname.lastname@example.org. To comment on this story, visit www.SammamishReview.com.
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Review editorial Positive news for Freed House The Sammamish Heritage Society is to be congratulated on their efforts in raising funds for the Freed House — now called the Reard House — but the city must still be cautious about long-term commitments. The Heritage Society has been tireless in its efforts to advocate for the Reard House and has done well to get the building recognized as an historic landmark and raised thousands of dollars in cash and pledges. While this newspaper has long been opposed to placing the Reard House in the Sammamish Commons, putting it on the Pigott property/future park seems like a better fit. If done properly, the house there could enhance what is likely to become the jewel of the city’s park system. Before that happens, however, there is much work to do. The heritage society, for all the hard work, has a long way to go before the City Council should allow the building to be moved there. First, there is the issue of renovation. Even if the funds to move the building become available today, the society will need to come up with another sixfigure sum before they can transform the tumbledown building into the lovely structure it could become again. And, even with renovation funding in hand, there needs to be a plan for what to do with the house and how to maintain it. To date, the society has not completed its business plan, studied if there is any real market for whatever services the house could provide, developed an ongoing operating budget or said how it would finance maintenance and operations in the long term. All of these pieces must be in place before the council allows the house to be plopped down on the Pigott property. We hate to be the pragmatist, but the city runs the risk of a financial black hole should the society turn the Reard House over to the city somewhere down the road. We are pleased the Sammamish Heritage Society has been gaining momentum and look forward to learning more as a plan is established.
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Sammamish Forum Credit due for economic development Give credit where credit is due: John James has certainly been spoton with calling for a Sammamish Economic Development Commission. When the city manager let (Town Center Project manager) Michael Mathias go in a cost-cutting measure (rather than redefining his job from that of shepherding the Town Center process to implementing the Town Center), his loss sent a terrible message to the land owners and to those some 70 citizens on five committees and commissions who spent years creating the Town Center plan. James, with a real estate background, has taken a measured approach to the Town Center (unlike Mayor Gerend, who wants to pave it over with unsustainable commercial zoning that further would subject the landowners to higher taxation on their land) and has correctly been calling for the creation of the Sammamish EDC. It’s unfortunate it has taken the council more than a year to take this step. Scott Hamilton Sammamish
many friends have supported the idea of an Aquatic Center, the bells and whistles have turned this into a nightmare or would joke be the better word? Why someone had to come all the way from Colorado to do a feasibility study and not from here or even California where they have lots of pools...really makes me wonder. Which reminds me: at one point was not the old library that is now to become the teen center, going to have an area for a community center in it? What in the world are we dealing with an exercise room, weight room, and track running? Lots of people are running at the track at Eastlake with many of the other “bells and whistles” available all around the Sammamish area...outdoors, health clubs and the YMCA. With several of the strip areas around Sammamish having “for lease” signs in the window at this time...maybe we should reconsider the idea of a Town Center and stay with the community center addition. Either way, this whole business should be put to a vote. Period. Donna Martin Sammamish
Aquatic center getting too big I think its great that there were about 50 attendees at the council meeting for the community center feasibility study May 9. What I find a little concerning, is the comments from those 50 people seem to be representing an entire community, and I have to wonder why something of this size is not or has not, been put on a ballot. First of all, last I heard, the concern was what an Aquatic Center was going to cost and the value it would hold for our High School Swim teams and pool sports for our community. Now all of a sudden the Aquatic Center includes a community center with a kitchen, two pools, a day care area and indoor playground, gym with an elevated track, a group exercise room, weight room and birthday/pool party room. Good heavens...as much as I and
Check the numbers We, the citizens, are proud of the character of Sammamish. It was The Review’s editorial page that jumped to unwarranted conclusions about the debate surrounding the Sammamish Muslim Association Mosque on Southeast 20th Street. The “early comments” you refer to were four letters from three individuals between August 2010 and May 2011. During that same time period 74 other letters of concern from one or more signers were written expressing documented opinions about the land use impact on the neighborhood, traffic flow and safety, water quality of Pine Lake from pollutant runoff, and damage to the extensive wildlife habitat in that area. These issues are real! They affect pedestrian and bike
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as well as vehicle safety, lifestyle changes for existing homes all along the 16 block street, impacts to property values, and real danger to the numerous wildlife that call the area home. Your generalization that the citizens are “making the parking lot a stand-in for their problems with Islam” is fabrication on your part. It might sell papers, but it doesn’t advance honest discussion. To say “residents ‘managed’ to say they were upset without . . . flinging epithets” is inflammatory journalism that is not borne out by the facts. A more accurate picture of the issue is that 95 percent of the opposing comments were dealing with land use issues, 5 percent were anti-Islam. On the other hand, of the 18 letters favoring the parking lot, six, or 33 percent, made unsubstantiated charges of bigotry. Only one of the 78 opposing was a non-Sammamish resident, whereas six of the 18 favoring it were non-residents. The Sammamish Muslim Association understandably wants a mosque in which to worship in their own community. So do the many diverse faiths already established and welcomed in Sammamish. Our position is – not in the middle of a purely residential area which has already recently seen a four car accident with a driver turning left into the mosque. Southeast 20th Street Friends
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Issaquah Schools survey shows fewer smokers, more bullies By Laura Geggel
Issaquah School District students are showing some promising — and some not so promising — trends on the 2010 Healthy Youth Survey. The district has given the survey every other October to Washington students in grades six, eight, 10 and 12, since 2004. The survey asks students to answer more than 100 questions about their lives, including their physical and emotional health, community and school climate, and the health risks they take. The Lake Washington School District has not yet released the results of its survey. In the past, district students have not answered questions about sexual health and experiences. At the May 11 Issaquah School Board meeting, board members promised to look into the matter this fall for the 2012 survey. Each Healthy Youth Survey
has a 3 percent margin of error, meaning any percentage change less than 3 percent is not significant. After analyzing the results, the district, state and nonprofit organizations will use the data to start conversations and programs helping youths. The Issaquah Community Network plans to use the data to apply for a federal grant that would help students live healthy lives in the community, network Executive Director Barbara de Michele said. Drug use In one of the most promising trends, fewer students report having smoked cigarettes. In 2004, 18 percent of seniors and 8 percent of sophomores reported smoking a cigarette in the past 30 days. In 2010, both of those percentages decreased, with 13 percent of seniors and 6 percent of sophomores admitting to lighting up a cigarette in the past month.
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“What I can say is that, as a school community, but also as a nation, we’ve made good progress in smoking,” Associate Superintendent Ron Thiele said. “Smoking rates have gone down.” The statistics for alcohol, marijuana and substance use at school were more constant. In 2010, 8 percent of eighthgraders, 27 percent of sophomores and 43 percent of seniors report having drank alcohol in the past 30 days. Those numbers are virtually the same as 2004, except for eighth-graders, which dropped from 12 percent reporting they had consumed alcohol. Marijuana use has also plateaued. In 2010, 7 percent of eighth-graders, 21 percent of sophomores and 44 percent of
seniors reported having smoked marijuana in the past 30 days, much like their 2004 counterparts. Alcohol use at school also stayed essentially the same, with 6 percent of eighth-graders, 7 percent of sophomores and 18 percent of seniors reporting they were drunk at school this past year. Illegal drug use has fallen dramatically. In 2004, 5 percent of eighth-graders, 11 percent of sophomores and 23 percent of seniors reported having used illegal drugs in the past 30 days. In 2010, those percentages dropped to 2 percent of eighth-graders, 4 percent of sophomores and 6 percent of seniors. With all of the talk about drugs, the 2010 survey asked stu-
dents whether their school had staff members who helped students who were using alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. Both eighth-grade and sophomore responses were higher than the state average, but the seniors’ response was remarkably lower, with 55 percent of seniors saying yes, compared to the state’s 64 percent average. An increase in bullying and TV use Bullying has also increased across grade levels, likely due to increased technology, such as texting and Facebook. In 2004, 23 percent of sixth-graders, 25 percent of eighth-graders, 22 percent of sophomores and 13 percent of See SURVEY, Page 6
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Maintenance and Operations Center – a $4.6 million shop located on 4.8 acres off 244th Avenue near Northeast 18th Street. In addition to an 18,800 square foot operations center and wood and metal shop, the property has 6,000 square feet of covered storage for vehicles and materials. During the busy summer months, as many as 34 public works and parks employees will be based out of the building before being sent out to repair potholes and mow park lawns. Kyle Endelman, the city’s Infrastructure Maintenance Manager, said the city’s old set up, with operations based out of the 2,800-square-foot Lamb House, on the 2000 block of 228th Avenue Southeast, and equipment sitting at various other properties around the city was less than ideal. “Trying to keep track of where everything was and trying to remember where everything was parked – it was a challenge,” Endelman said. Endelman said his office in the Lamb House still had a Jacuzzi bathtub remaining from when its original owner
seniors reported they were bullied in the past 30 days. In 2010, those percentages increased to 26 percent of sixth-graders, 30 percent of eighth-graders, 25 percent of sophomores and 16 percent of seniors reporting they had been bullied, with percentages on par with the state average. Even with the increase in bullying, there is no increase in correlation to depression or suicidal thoughts, District Director of Career and Counseling Services Dennis Wright said. Excessive TV watching has also increased. In 2004, 25 percent of eighthgraders 17 percent of sophomores and 18 percent of seniors reported having watched three or more hours of TV on an average school day. In 2010, those percentages jumped to 40 percent of eighth-graders, 42 percent of sophomores and 48 percent of seniors watching that much TV on a school night. Photo by Caleb Heeringa
Workers put the finishing touches on the city new Maintenance and Operations Center. sold it to King County in the 1990s. “It wasn’t as cool as it sounds,” he joked. Having mowers, road graders and other equipment located all around town was inefficient for crews, who sometimes had to shuttle back and forth from different properties multiple times a day to pick up equipment or materials they might need. The city will retain its shop
near Beaver Lake to act as a “southern satellite” for crews, Public Works Director Laura Philpot said. The City Council has yet to make a final decision on the Lamb House, but has discussed selling it or converting it into a Habitat for Humanity project. Though the contractor is still putting the finishing touches on the building, the
project also appears to have come in under budget. Philpot said the city had budgeted $4.69 million, but has spent $4.36 million thus far. “It’s a great facility,” Philpot said. “It’s got a lot of space for tools and equipment – I think it’s really going to improve efficiency.” The city hopes to hold an open house for the public in August.
Student safety and involvement Students still feel overwhelmingly safe at school, with 93 percent of sixth-graders, 91 percent of eighth-graders, 92 percent of sophomores and 92 percent of seniors reporting they feel safe at school. However, fewer students report there are opportunities for school involvement. In 2004, 96 percent of eighth-graders, 92 percent of sophomores and 93 percent of seniors reported they had a lot of chances for involvement in school activities. In 2010, those percentages dropped to 71 percent of eighth-graders, 68 percent of sophomores and 71 percent of seniors saying “yes” to that question.
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Police collected 282 pounds of prescription drugs By Caleb Heeringa
Sammamish Police have collected and destroyed a whopping 282 pounds of unused prescription medicines since installing the drop-off bin in City Hall in 2009. The bin collects prescription medication, particularly often-
abused painkillers like Oxycodone and Vicodin, which may otherwise sit around the house. Sammamish Police Operations Sgt. Peter Horvath said prescription drug abuse is very common, especially among youth who may be able to find it in their parents’ or their friends’ parents’ medicine cabinets.
“You’ll find prescription drug abuse in just about every high school in the country,” he said. According to the National Institute of Health, about 7 million Americans (or 2.8 percent of the population) are non-medical users of prescription medications.
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One in 12 high school seniors reported recreational use of Vicodin, according to the agency. Painkillers are also a routine target of burglars, who can sell them for up to $80 a pill according to the National Drug Intelligence Center. Prescription drug abusers have been known to move on to harder opiates like heroin. In addition to the bin at City Hall, Bartell Drugs at 5700 East Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. in Issaquah also has a drop-off bin. The Sammamish location currently does not take old medicine. If you’d rather not drop off medications in public, Horvath and the King County Sheriff’s Office suggest sealing them in a
plastic bag with coffee grounds, kitty litter or sawdust and water and throwing them away. The Sheriff’s Office advises against flushing old medicines down the toilet for fear of contaminating water supply. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says drugs like Oxycodone should be flushed since one dose can be lethal to pets or young children who find the drugs in the garbage. The fine print of many prescriptions may have more specific instructions for disposal.
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State urges horse owners to protect against West Nile virus Now is the time for horse owners to vaccinate animals against West Nile virus. The state veterinarian issued the reminder last week, as mosquito season approaches. Veterinarians have had success in using vaccines for protecSee VIRUS, Page 10
POlice Blotter Domestic violence A 36-year-old Bellevue man was arrested on suspicion of fourth-degree assault after allegedly aggressively grabbing his wife’s arm and shaking her during an argument. The couple began arguing about their child’s dinner the evening of May 24, leading to the altercation. Police discovered that the wife had a nocontact order against the husband. They arrested him and booked him into King County Jail.
Missing key A resident on the 20500 block of Northeast 24th Place called police after discovering that a house key she had placed under her door mat had disappeared May 24. The woman put the key under the mat for a house cleaner, who called the woman after not being able to find the key. The resident believes someone stole the key. Nothing was missing from the home.
Unwelcome guest Police removed a 29-year-old Sammamish man from the Knolls Apartments after he allegedly repeatedly hung out in the apart-
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ment offices, using the bathrooms and eating food left for residents. The apartment manager said the man was not an apartment resident and was known to leave garbage around the building. Police located him near the new Teen Recreation Center and advised him that he was being removed and could be arrested if he returned to the apartments. He refused to sign the trespass form, saying he needed to talk to his parents. Police reminded him that he was 29 years old and that they did not need his parent’s permission to trespass him from a property.
No longer a model home A real estate agent called police to report that nearly a dozen pieces of furniture had been stolen from a model town home at the Pallas at Sammamish. Among the items taken were desks, couches, dining tables and beds. The agent told police that they had narrowed the theft down to either April 9 or 10. Police continue to investigate.
New to bars An Issaquah woman, who had recently turned 21, was arrested for driving under the influence near the corner of Northeast Inglewood Hill Road and East Lake Sammamish Parkway at around 1:30 a.m. May 24.
Police pulled the woman over after clocking her at 50 mph in a 35 zone. The woman smelled of alcohol and after some questioning admitted to having drank five vodka-cranberries with friends that night, but said she had stopped drinking at 11:30 p.m. and thought she was okay to drive. She was picked up by a roommate and will be cited for DUI, speeding and driving without insurance.
Possible rape A Sammamish couple called police to report that their teenage daughter had been raped at a party May 21. The teen’s boyfriend dropped the intoxicated teen off at her parents’ home late at night. The parents told police that their daughter was wearing different clothes than when she left and had said that she had been raped, but she could not say by whom. The teen changed her story when the parents started to call the police. When police arrived at the home, the teen recounted having had multiple shots of vodka, vomiting in a bathroom and then resting in an upstairs bedroom. She told police she did not remember telling her parents she had been raped and was very adamant when she told police she had not been raped that night. The woman’s boyfriend told police that he and others at the party had helped get the teen into another set of clothes
because the first set was covered in vomit and alcohol. The boyfriend admitted to having consensual sexual contact prior to the party, but not intercourse, according to the police report. The boyfriend also reported that the teen’s parents had been acting aggressively and threatened to kill him after being convinced that he had raped their daughter. The parents took their daughter to a hospital for a rape examination. The case remains under investigation.
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Suspicious man A parent called police after their teenage daughters reported that an older man had repeatedly approached them and acted suspiciously. The girls reported that they had been dropped off at the McDonalds near Safeway after See BLOTTER, Page 10
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school May 26 and were approached by a man in his 60s or 70s who invited them into his vehicle to get out of the rain. The girls refused and the man left. The girls told their parents that the same man had approached them in the same area a week earlier, had acted friendly and offered to buy a rabbit that the girls had brought home from school. The parents requested more patrols from police in the area and are coordinating with other parents to ensure there is an adult in the area when the girls are dropped off.
Drug overdose Police were called after a 23year-old man nearly overdosed on heroin May 25. Aid units had arrived after the man’s parents found him unconscious and not breathing. After resuscitating the man, police asked him about the drug paraphernalia around the room. The man admitted to using heroin and said that he had started abusing Oxycontin but had been rehabilitating over the last year. The man’s parents were advised of the situation and police suggested that the parents take away some firearms that were found in the man’s room.
Bad employee A Sammamish man reported May 24 that an Issaquah woman he had hired to do the bookkeeping and accounting for his business had been forging checks
SAMMAMISH REVIEW and overpaying herself. He turned over several documents showing the amounts she had taken over the course of several years. Detectives continue to investigate.
DUI A 31-year-old man may face DUI charges after being pulled over for allegedly running a red light near the corner of Southeast Klahanie Boulevard and Issaquah-Pine Lake Road at around 1:20 a.m. May 24. The man performed poorly on field sobriety tests. Police brought him to the station, where he blew a .078 on a breath test, just under the .08 limit for driving. Officers will forward the case to prosecutors with the suggestion that since the breath test was given half an hour after he was pulled over, he was likely over the legal limit for driving at the time. The man was driven home that night.
Burglary A resident on the 4000 block of 232nd Avenue Southeast had jewelry and electronics stolen from their home the morning of May 23. Police arrived approximately four minutes after a burglar alarm was tripped at the home. They found a glass door broken and open and the home ransacked. Among the items taken was a pair of diamond earrings valued at $8,000, a cell phone and two laptops. Police have no suspects.
Smash and grab A Sammamish resident had her purse stolen from her vehicle as it was parked on the 700
block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Northeast between 4 and 5 p.m. May 22. The woman got back from jogging on the nearby trail to find her window broken and purse gone. The woman had put a towel over the purse in an attempt to hide it from view. Several credit and debit cards were taken. Police have no suspects.
Bummer dude Two Sammamish teens, as well as teens from North Bend and Fall City, may face misdemeanor drug charges after being found parked in the woods with marijuana in their cars near the corner of Southeast 28th Street and East Lake Sammamish Parkway at around 9:30 p.m. May 26. About 10 grams of the drug was found between the two cars.
Check out YouTube Police were called after a 17year-old Issaquah teen hurt himself while riding his skateboard while being towed by a vehicle. Witnesses reported that the teen’s friends were driving the vehicle upwards of 25 or 30 mph when the teen fell off, suffering road rash and a concussion. The teen’s friends then left the scene, which could technically constitute hit-and-run. The case remains under investigation.
Bad informant A 29-year-old Seattle man was arrested after being found passed out and high on heroin in his vehicle while parked at the Bordeaux condominiums, on the 700 block of 240th Way Southeast, on May 23. A passerby found the man slumped over
his steering wheel at around 9 a.m. and called police. Police found the man passed out with drug paraphernalia around him. The man woke up when officers arrived and acted agitated and was put into handcuffs. The man told police he was an undercover informant working with police and federal officials and begged the officer to call the detectives he was working with. The Sammamish officer did so and was told by both detectives that the man should be booked into jail if he committed a crime. Police booked him into King County Jail.
Bad trip A 16-year-old Bellevue teen was subdued by police and transported to the hospital after allegedly fighting people and creating a disturbance while high on hallucinogenic mushrooms at the Relay for Life event at Skyline High School May 21. Organizers called police after the teen refused repeated requests to leave the premises. The teen was allegedly picking fights with attendees. When escorted off the property, he allegedly came running back onto the field, pulled tent poles down and kicked over garbage cans while shouting profanities. The teen was combative with police officers who arrived, repeatedly cursing and attempting to kick them. He admitted to taking hallucinogenic mushrooms before the event. He was eventually subdued and transported to the hospital for detox. Items in the Police Blotter come from Sammamish Police reports.
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tion against West Nile virus, a potentially fatal disease in horses. Owners should plan to protect horses as soon as possible even though veterinarians confirmed no equine cases of West Nile virus in Washington last year, State Veterinarian Dr. Leonard Eldridge said. State health officials detected the virus in two dead birds and more than 100 mosquito samples last summer. In addition, two human cases of West Nile virus developed. Washington led the nation in confirmed equine cases in 2009 — 72 cases — and 2008 — 41 cases. Mosquitoes spread West Nile virus after the insects feed on infected birds. The disease can sicken people, horses, and many types of birds and other animals. Infected horses do not spread the disease to other horses or animals. Ill horses show a loss of coordination, loss of appetite, confusion, fever, and stiffness and muscle weakness, particularly in the hindquarters.
Public invited to preview new English and science materials The Issaquah School District invites the public to weigh in on the upcoming curriculum changes for elementary science and high school language arts. Typically, the district updates curriculum every seven years, but both subjects have had a longer wait, due to budget cuts for updates to elementary science curriculum in 2003 and to high school language arts curriculum during a three-year period from 1999-2001. The process for updating curriculum is a long one, including parent surveys, review from two committees, public input nights and finally, a fortnight of public preview. Both curricula are available for public comment until June 22 at the district office, 565 N.W. Holly St. After the public comment, the Issaquah School Board will vote to approve or reject the two curriculums.
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More volunteers needed to cut trails at Evans Creek Preserve
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Hank Klein, a Beaver Lake resident and parks commission chair, imitates an animal he came to appreciate while studying with Jane Goodall in Tanzania in 1973.
Sammamish has its own ape man Hank Klein worked in Africa with Jane Goodall By Christopher Huber
If you didn’t know Hank Klein likes primates, the “APE MAN” license plate on his Prius and the “Gorilla Xing” sign in his Beaver Lake driveway might give it away. Klein, a longtime Sammamish resident and chairman of the Sammamish Parks Commission, spent his formative years studying chimpanzees in Tanzania. His love of animals, primates in particular, and the environment stems from a six-month stint studying with Jane Goodall, who is widely considered the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees. Although Klein now teaches music and third grade at Challenger Elementary School, he spent more than a year working in Tanzania in the mid 1970s.
His studies and work there affected him so deeply that he’s returned to the region nearly 20 times to lead wildlife safaris, he said. “It’s like going back home,” Klein said. “My home away from home.” Born in Chicago and raised from age nine in San Francisco, Klein received a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Stanford. He didn’t know what to do with that, he said, so he enrolled in one of Goodall’s classes. Klein found his inspiration when he and his classmates traveled with Goodall to Gombe, Tanzania from January to June 1973. Goodall founded the Gombe Stream Research Center in 1965 to continue her research of chimpanzee tool-making and other behaviors, according to the Jane Goodall Institute. She first entered that area in 1960 to help study wild chimpanzees, about which the world See APE, Page 14
A herd of goats devours a section of blackberry vines at Evans Creek Preserve in May. The goats did their part to clear the blackberry bushes at Evans Creek Preserve in May. Now the city of Sammamish is asking people to help cut trails and build bridges through the nearly 180-acre park just outside the northern city limits. The city is offering another opportunity to serve June 18 when it organizes a work party to put some final touches on the land before it opens in the fall.
Work parties begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until around 3:30 p.m., the city said in a June 1 enews release. Volunteers will work with city officials to build bridges, establish trail corridors and restore areas disturbed by construction. No experience is necessary. Volunteers need to bring their own lunch, work gloves and sturdy shoes. For more information, contact Kellye Hilde at email@example.com or 425-295-0582.
New art show opens at City Hall By Anna Marum
“Once upon a time a high school teacher gave me the assignment to find how math and art were alike. The assignment intrigued me, and I’ve been fascinated with the question ever since.” This may not sound like a typical artist, and rightly so, because Kathy Hastings is anything but typical. The Snohomish resident, whose work will be featured in City Hall this summer, began creating water-related art with photos of conch shells. Her love of the mathematical phenomena found in spirals, the Golden Ratio (the comparison between the length of the sides of a rectangle) and Fibonacci sequences (a series of numbers where each number is the sum of the two immediately prior to it) intrigued her and drove her choice of subjects for her pieces. Hastings was first attracted to conch shells in
Art by Kathy Hastings
“Flight” is a photo/encaustic based on a photo of the ship Mauna Kea 2003 while in the Caribbean. The shells were strewn across the beach at Grand Turk and she began photographing them. Then she began combining the digital imagery with painting. See ARTIST, Page 13
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The artist started experimenting with the images in Photoshop and was fascinated with the possibilities of combining traditional painting techniques with digital imagery, she said. She was also fascinated by the conch shell. “The spiral symbol itself is a symbol of growth, she said. “I don’t think we grow in a straight line. I think we come round and round to things we know, but each time we come around we have changed a little.” Since 2003, the artist’s work has gradually changed from the spiral conch shells to nautical images when Hastings began kayaking around the fishing boats in Salmon Bay. She would weave through the vessels in the public and commercial marina. She likes to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the light is golden, she said. “Every time I take the kayak out it’s like an Easter egg hunt,” she said. “I never know what I’ll find, what boat has been moved, what boat has come in, how still or rough the water will be, how the sky and boats will reflect in the water. I love it.” There are also several pieces from a series called “Intersections and Crossings.” For this series, Hastings limited herself to perpendiculars she found in the hulls – paint drips, welds and scrapes. “I think I used these to work out some of my questions about faith and death,” she said. “I wasn’t purposely going after the Christian cross. Like the spiral, I was looking for the bigger concept.” Sammamish Arts Commissioner Barbara Jirsa said the commission chose to exhibit Hastings’ artwork because the artist’s local inspiration for pieces is particularly fitting for summer. Jirsa said the natural elements in the artist’s pieces make her a perfect fit for the summer exhibit, entitled “Waterlines.” “She’s an amazing artist,” Jirsa said. “She’s done a really great job of capturing what it is that draws her to this work.” Jirsa said she is looking forward to the exhibit, which was
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installed in the Commons Gallery June 6. “It’s a great space and I think artists enjoy having their work shown there,” she said. Hastings’ artwork will be showcased through late August. Jirsa said the gallery gets a lot of traffic and she hopes the pieces will start a community conversation. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to anyone who walks into the City Hall,” she said. “And I think the content is really appropriate for the summer,” she said. “I think people will enjoy her work … it’s reasonably priced.” An opening reception will be held in conjunction with the farmers market from 6-8 p.m. June 8 in the Commons Gallery. Master Chorus Eastside will provide musical interludes. The reception is free to the public. Intern Anna Marum can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. To comment on this story, visitwww.SammamishReview.com.
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knew little. That same site is where Klein and fellow students observed chimpanzee life first-hand — the same chimps on which Goodall based her groundbreaking research. He came to realize how close the primates are to humans, he said. “Chimps are so incredibly amazing,” he said. “Different chimps carry themselves differently.” Klein observed the apes using sticks to fish termites out of their mounds. Day-to-day, from just feet away, he observed mothers feeding their babies, as well as the social dynamics between groups and individuals.
SAMMAMISH REVIEW “The lights went on,” Klein said as he sat on his porch overlooking Beaver Lake. “I fell in love with it. I loved the work. Africa gets in your blood.” After that six-month program, Klein immediately began studies at the University of Washington, ultimately earning a Ph.D in animal behavior. He spent 10 months in Mikumi National Park in Tanzania working and studying paternal care in savannah baboons, which he made his doctoral dissertation in 1977, he said. He later spent 12 years at the Woodland Park Zoo, but found himself saying “now what.” Not wanting to enter into academia, he decided to go back to school to teach elementary school children, he said — the irony not lost on him. All the while, Klein, who
speaks Swahili, continued taking people back to Africa on wildlife safaris. “I love to take people there and see their excitement,” he said. Klein’s experience working with Goodall, and his subsequent work in primatology deeply affected how he approaches teaching, leading safaris and his work with the Sammamish Parks Commission, he said. Goodall set an example with her compassion for humans and chimpanzees, thus helping Klein understand the important balance between caring for animals and the environment while also furthering research. “It made me become a very strong environmentalist,” Klein said. “Because it’s easy to see our effect on wildlife, whether it’s bears in Sammamish or chimps
in Tanzania.” He distinctly remembers when he came to understand how similar chimpanzees are to humans — during the 1973 Goodall class study trip to Gombe. Klein noticed a mother chimpanzee carrying around her lifeless infant. Even though it had just died, the mother couldn’t part with it, still caring for it and taking it with her everywhere. Klein said the students thought they were helping when they took the body, but the mother spent the next few days frantically searching for her baby. “The mother-infant bond is extremely strong,” he said. “That had a lasting effect on me.” It even affected how he raised his two children. Klein said he joined the parks commission seven years ago to
help people gain a better sense of community through parks and open space. His son was involved in sports, so Klein saw the importance of having ample ball fields, too. He said he’d like to see Sammamish develop a Latin American-style central plaza to promote closer community interaction. Ultimately his time observing primates may have taught him why community among humans is so important, too. “I love the sense of community and wanted to be a contributor,” he said. “I love to see people interacting with their neighbors.” Reporter Christopher Huber can be reached at 392-6434, ext. 242, or email@example.com. Comment on this story at www.SammamishReview.com.
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Obituary Violet Ruth Boyce-Wold Violet Ruth Boyce-Wold died May 3, 2011. A Life Celebration will be held June 11, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. for family and friends at the private Sammamish residence of Ron and Kim Wold. Violet graduated from Friday Harbor High in 1943 and also met her husband Stuart Wold in Friday Harbor. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her beloved sister Grace, and was a 35-year devoted Boeing employee. Violet is survived by her brother Jack Boyce (Anacortes), sister Grace Bagby (Seattle), 3 children/spouses: Annette Ersfeld/John Ersfeld (Woodinville), Ronald/Kimberly Wold (Sammamish), Vincent Wold/Kari Wolfe (Seattle), and grandchildren Stuart Wold, Brady and Levi Parkin (Sammamish).
Stromgren, the daughter of KC and Jan Stromgren, is a 2007 graduate of Skyline and attends Morehead State University where she expects to earn a degree in health promotion. The groom, son of John and Cynde Dundon, graduated from Moorehead State University in 2010 and works for Temperpedic International as a global financial reporter.
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Sue Weiseth to marry Ryan Hall Sue Weiseth, of Sammamish, is to marry Ryan Hall of Columbus, Ohio. The bride is the daughter of Dave and Chris Weiseth of Sammamish. She is currently enrolled in an A.S.L. interpretive certificate program at Columbus (Ohio) State Community College. The groom is the son of Marjie Penn of
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1,000 high school seniors to walk this month By Christopher Huber
Field, 413 seniors will walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. If the weather cooperates, event-goers might get a nice setting to remember the momentous occasion, which starts at 8 p.m. Of the more than 400 graduates, 26 will graduate with their International Baccalaureate diploma. Amy Fan will graduate as Skyline’s valedictorian. James Richardson and Shiqian Zhang will both graduate as salutatorians. The school does not announce graduate’s post-high school plans until the summer.
By June 15, 1,000 seniors will have graduated from Sammamish high schools in the class of 2011. They will head off to college or to jobs at the end of the summer, ready to take on the world. But before they do, the youth will celebrate their achievement at each respective school’s commencement ceremony. With Eastside Catholic seniors already out the door, about 866 Sammamish students still await graduation. Eastside Catholic Of the 144 students who graduated from Eastside Catholic this year, 37 of them live in Sammamish, according to the school’s final graduation list. The Crusaders’ 29th graduating class held its commencement ceremonies June 5 at the Eastside Catholic athletic pavilion. The graduates heard inspiring words from speaker Sam Smith, president emeritus of Washington State University. The school also held a baccalaureate mass June 3 at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church. When it’s all said and done, 99 percent of Eastside Catholic’s class of 2011 is headed to some sort of college, said Penny
Eastside Catholic seniors Alex Gallant, of Sammamish, from left, Miles Linde, Nicholas Mahan, Jacob Gober, of Sammamish, and Rachael Whitehead, of Sammamish, graduated as valedictorians June 5. Matthew Mahan, second from right, graduated as the school’s salutatorian.
Eastlake Approximately 453 Eastlake seniors will receive their diplomas June 15 in front of their friends and family. The commencement ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m., June 15 at Key Arena, in Seattle. Eastlake does not recognize a valedictorian, but distinguishes students who achieved a 4.0 GPA — 18 finished their high school career having maintained all As. The school does not announce graduate’s post-high school plans until the summer.
Williams, director of marketing and communications. Collectively, those 142 collegebound seniors will attend 52 dif-
Reporter Christopher Huber can be reached at 392-6434, ext. 242, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.SammamishReview.com.
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ferent colleges in 19 states. And those same students were awarded a whopping $14,712,990 in total scholarships, Williams said.
Skyline When Skyline holds its commencement June 10 at Safeco
Blackwell second graders delve into Sammamish history By Christopher Huber
Dozens of second-graders, all wearing matching blue-and-gold tie-dye shirts, moved from classroom to classroom antsy to explore the next historical activity. They had spent the past few months learning all about Sammamish’s past and were eager to demonstrate their new knowledge, as well as play a few games and enjoy a buffet afterward. The Blackwell Elementary second grade students, along with teachers and parents, celebrated “Sammamish Heritage Festival,” the culminating event for their year’s worth of history lessons, May 24 at the school. “The kids are amazing,” said
Belinda Gordon, a second-grade teacher. “They know so much about Sammamish History.” The students divided into eight groups and rotated between four different stations throughout the school. They played playground games from their parents’ generation, like hopscotch, Candy Land and marbles, tried to guess in which decade various old toys were made, and viewed real artifacts from family life on the plateau during the early 1900s. Blackwell teacher Carol Nicholson, who also volunteers with the Sammamish Heritage Society, said the items, including an antique toaster, a food grinder and fancy hats and dresses, came from original families like the
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Students play with marbles at the game station. There they played various games common among school children in past generations. Bakers, whose house still sits near Beaver Lake Park. In April, the students took a
field trip to seven historical sites in Sammamish, including the Bengston Cabin, the Isackson
Saw Mill, along 244th Avenue See HISTORY, Page 17
Elementary schools get Lake Washington Schools Foundation grants Three Sammamish schools were among 17 schools in the Lake Washington district to get a piece of $83,000 in grants from the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, according to a May 26 press release. The foundation awarded Reaching for Success grants to Carson, Smith and Blackwell elementary schools to help implement various supplemental math, literacy or science programs. The application process was open to any school in the Lake Washington School District. Carson Elementary received one of six math grants awarded throughout the district. The money will help the school implement Explorations in Math, a program used to develop a math culture through family math nights, after-school math clubs, and enhancements to existing school math curriculum, the release said. Smith and Blackwell elementary schools will receive literacy grants for the 2011-2012 school year. The funds will allow each school to purchase books and lab resources. It will also allow staff to implement reading programs aimed at improving student literacy and comprehension and instill a love for reading. Overall, the grants give teachers at each school more options to help students with more specific math or literacy needs, the release said.
7 Inglewood students in leadership institute The University of Washington accepted seven Inglewood Junior High students to its Global Youth Leadership Institute this summer. The students accepted are
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Local students win scholarships Several Sammamish students and staff members will receive Lake Washington PTSA Council Scholarships this year. Alexander Cureton of Eastlake High School and International Community School student Taylor Thomas-Marsh received student scholarships. Eastlake High School student Felix Humay was awarded the Bob Hughes Scholarship and Casandra Hazel, also of Eastlake, won the Dr. L.E. Scarr Scholarship. Margaret Mead Elementary staff member Lynne O’Brien received a staff scholarship for her work in special education. Cureton received a corporate scholarship from Cytec Industries, through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. He plans to attend the University of Washington.
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Northeast, and the home of current resident Edward Baker, 101, whose family settled here in 1914. Many of the historical photographs and items on display in the “museum” at the event came straight from the Baker family collection, said Nicholson and second-grade teacher Belinda Gordon. “My favorite part was the Bengston Cabin because it’s really, really old,” said secondgrader Sophia Pinkerton as she played at one of the stations. “And I couldn’t believe it’s that old.” At the museum station, students and Nicholson recounted their experiences learning about the families who original-
ly settled in the Sammamish area in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The girls oohed and awed at the well-preserved dresses and hats, once worn by Minnie Baker, Edward’s mother, who helped build the Pine Lake School (on what is now the location of Discovery Elementary School). The students then perused the tables of artifacts, which included a small, red, pedal-driven toy tractor. “To watch the kids respond and see how interested they are, just made it so interconnected with the social studies part,” said Gordon of how teachers wove the history lessons into other teaching units this school year. As the children filed into the cafeteria for the post-festival buffet, Nicholson reflected on
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Eastlake’s Haley O’Connor runs with quiet confidence By Christopher Huber
Based on her recent performance at the state 4A track meet, you wouldn’t know that Haley O’Connor spent most of her junior year recovering from a stress fracture in her back. “I had a good season,” she humbly said June 1. “It was a lot of work.” The senior cross country and track runner, who graduates from Eastlake June 15, took fourth place in the 400-meter race May 28. It capped what could be one of the most successful high school running careers a Sammamish athlete has seen since Jessica Pixler, the 2006 Eastlake grad who went on to win multiple national Division II titles with Seattle Pacific University. Not only did O’Connor come back to compete her senior year, she broke Pixler’s Eastlake school record in the 400 (60 seconds flat) in the first track meet of the 2011 season with a finishing time of 59.2 seconds. She proceeded to break the record another five times throughout the season. “My whole goal was to make state and run a 57,” O’Connor said. But she won’t ever brag about being one of the fastest 400 runners in the state, or that she helped the Wolves win two consecutive state 4A cross country
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Eastlake senior Haley O’Connor placed fourth in state in the 400-meter race May 28 and helped the cross country team to two state titles and two second-place finishes. titles — they placed second her freshman and senior years and went to nationals in fall 2008. She simply works hard and doesn’t complain if she hits adversity. “(Haley is) one of the most consistent, hardest workers I’ve
coached,” said cross country and track coach Troy Anderson, who worked with O’Connor throughout her four years running for Eastlake. “(She’s) extremely coachable and desires others to be successful in equal or greater
priority than herself.” In the 400 race May 28 at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma, O’Connor ran a 58.10, about a half-second off of her prelim time of 57.57 seconds. It marked a milestone for her, she
said, as she constantly hit a 59second wall during the regular season. “I was almost in awe the whole weekend,” said O’Connor, who has run track since seventh grade. “To be able to go there, I had to keep reminding myself I’m already top-16 in state.” For about six months from fall 2009 to spring 2010, O’Connor sat on the sidelines, missing both the cross country and track season her junior year. For someone who naturally wants to compete and be active, the back injury was tough, she said. But she didn’t let it immobilize her too much. She still went to practice and spent countless hours at home on an exercise bike, pedaling hundreds of miles to keep in shape. She surprised coaches and teammates. “I have no idea how she did it,” said Katelyn Steen, a longtime teammate who will attend Western Washington University with O’Connor in the fall. O’Connor said the injury caused her to be more in tune with her body — she’s able to differentiate between pain from overwork and aches from just working out. “I tend to listen to my body a lot more than I used to,” she said. “The key this year was to listen to my body; to be able to push See O’CONNOR, Page 19
Braxton Griffin spent his career scoring clutch goals By Christopher Huber
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Skyline senior forward Braxton Griffin boosted the Spartan offense in its run to the state 4A final in 2011. He leaves Skyline with the second most points scored (a combination of goals and assists), 65.
With eight seconds left in the first half of the opening round of the state tournament, Braxton Griffin, a Skyline forward, flicked an inbound pass off his head to teammate Travis Strawn. In a split second, Strawn tapped the ball into the back of the net for the go-ahead goal. Griffin put Skyline up 2-0 with a goal of his own in the second half to beat Central Kitsap on its way to the state soccer final against Eastlake. “It was one of the craziest goals I’ve seen because of the work and focus needed,” said Don Braman, Skyline’s head coach. “It was just really intense.” Griffin, an outgoing senior standout, recently finished a high school career that was full of intense plays like the one that kept them alive in the playoffs. “Braxton was simply one of most competitive kids we’ve had here,” Braman said. “He does everything in his power to win, at all times.” As with many forwards, scor-
ing goals is pretty much what drives Griffin on a game-to-game basis, he said. But, in the end, it’s the competition and the fan support that give him the most incentive to stay with it, he admitted. It’s also an activity he’s come to rely on. It’s a huge part of who he is; what he does for exercise. He’d played baseball and soccer since age four, but baseball got boring, so he gravitated toward the sport that engaged him every second of the match. “I fell in love with the game and never stopped playing,” he said. “I have to play every day.” Braman noted he could tell when Griffin was in the zone. He plays with the energy of an eightyear-old who found something he likes to do. “When you watch him play at his top level, it seems like he’s tapping into that joy that you see top athletes have. That energy feeds his success,” Braman said. “He has a motor that needs to be running. One thing that’s great See GRIFFIN, Page 19
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Coaches Mike Dardis, back row from left, Craig Brenner, Ryan Brown and Manager Ben Boulware, and players Evan Wate, middle from left, Luke Rohleder, Daniel Hirose, Kyler Boulware, Marcus Chin, Alec Dardis and Brandon Quinn, front row from left, Alexander Brenner, Collin Brown, Jake Michaels, Cole Fontenelle, Josh Ruffner pose after winning a tournament championship game during Memorial Day weekend. The Spartan Baseball Club 9-U Green beat out 11 other teams to win the Pasco Memorial Day Classic May in the Tri-Cities, said Mike Dardis, president of the Spartan Baseball Club. The tournament is one of the largest of the season, he said. The nine-year-olds beat the Kennewick Express 16-8 in the championship game. It cranked up the offense and won all five of its games. The boys scored 74 runs and batted .435 as a team, Dardis said. In the final two games, the Spartans outscored their opponents 40-13.
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myself further than I thought possible.” On the trail or track, O’Connor came a long way since her freshman year. Steen noted her change in confidence before and during meets. Her focused, bigpicture attitude helps teammates get in the zone. “She used to be really nervous and now has gotten really calm. She’s uplifting. She keeps her
cool,” Steen said. “She doesn’t just think about what’s best for just the one race or one day but for the season.” O’Connor said she never cared about placing at state. She just loves to run; to compete; to see if she can run faster or farther. She said she and Steen both plan to run for the WWU track and cross country teams. O’Connor plans to major in biochemistry, she said. “Her running career has just begun and I suspect her college running will be very fruitful,” Anderson said.
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about our game is that it doesn’t stop.” Soccer is a year-round gig for Griffin, between playing for Skyline and the Crossfire Premier club team. While he has seen plenty of success with Skyline, Griffin built up a list of accolades in his years playing club ball, too. In 2009, his team was ranked top-10 nationally by Top Drawer Soccer, and he was the league’s top scorer. He was the team’s top goal scorer in 2010 and helped win state with Crossfire 92A in 2008. “It’s one thing for adults to recognize your strengths, but it’s another for your peers to,” coach Don Braman said about Griffin’s teammates choosing him as a captain in 2011. “He’s the guy they can turn to when they need results.” Griffin graduates as Skyline’s No. 2 career point-scorer, tallying 65 (2 points for a goal, 1 point for an assist), Braman said. Fellow senior Travis Strawn led with 70 points. Griffin also capped his high school career being named to the 2011 first team All-KingCo 4A. While performing among the best in the state, Griffin also did the Running Start program to earn college credits during high school. When thinking back on his Skyline career, Griffin, who was
supposed to go to Issaquah High School, proudly reveled in the memory of his game-winning header into the net with three minutes left against the Eagles in 2010. His goal secured Skyline’s 100th win in school history and bragging rights against Issaquah. “It’s great that one of greatest players we ever had at Skyline was able to secure the 100th win,” Braman said. He’s also faced some adversity. In the Central Kitsap game May 17, Griffin scored on a penalty kick, but left the game with a partially torn left meniscus. The injury kept him out for the next week, until the last 20 minutes of the state final against Eastlake, he said. He even called his surgeon that morning to see if he could play. Chomping at the bit and full of energy, he hit the pitch to see if he could help turn the tables on the Wolves. “My knee felt fine,” Griffin said. “I had so much adrenaline.” He had surgery June 1 to repair the damaged knee. Griffin is headed to play for Humboldt State University in Northern California, on scholarship, with teammate Jake Bechtel. He said he’s excited to help build a strong team and play at the school’s new soccer facility. Ultimately, he hopes to impress professional scouts, he said. “I hope to go super far with soccer,” Griffin said. “No one’s shut me down yet.”
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Events artEAST Art Center will present the traveling exhibition of the 2011 SAMMI Awards Art Collection through June 27. The public is invited to the opening reception from 6-8 p.m. June 10 at the gallery, 95 Front St. N. in Issaquah. Composting for beginners. Learn the basics of food and yard waste composting at 4 p.m. June 8 at he Sammamish Library. Retirement strategies for a long and happy life will be presented from 6-7:30 p.m. June 9 at Providence Marianwood, 3725 Providence Point Drive S.E. Call 391-2895 to reserve a seat. Free. Want to start a business? Learn the basics and resources available to you at 2 p.m. June 14 at the Sammamish Library. Popera concert performed by Opera Belles, Vicky Oxley and Linda Rough is at 7 .m. June 14 at Bellewood Retirement Living. Call 391-2880 for reservations. Eastridge Church will host a car and motorcycle show and chili cook off. Proceeds will benefit Royal Family Kids’ Camp, a camp in King County for foster children. Other activities such as a children’s area, entertainment and a barbeque will round out the day. Gates open at 7 a.m. June 18. Admission is free. There is a $20 fee to register for the car and motorcycle show. Breakfast will be available for $5 from 7-10 a.m. Awards will begin at 1 p.m. A Summer Solstice Ceramic Arts Sale will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 18 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 19 at the Happy Valley Grange, 19720 N.E. 50th St. in Redmond. The basics of selling on eBay. Learn about buying, selling and setting up accounts at 6 p.m. June 22 at the Sammamish Library Around the World Concert with Brian Vogan and His Good
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Healing Prayer Service. If you have a physical, emotional or spiritual challenge or if you desire to make space for God in a peaceful setting, attend the Missio Lux Healing Prayer Service the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Pine Lake Covenant Church, 1715 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish. Become a healing prayer minister by joining weekly sessions from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 890-3913. Celebrate Recovery, a Christcentered program offering support and a path to freedom, meets every Monday, 7-9 p.m. at Pine Lake Covenant Church, 1715 228th Ave. S.E. For more info, go to www.missiolux.org, or call 392-8636. Griefshare, a support group for those who have lost a loved one is from 7-9 p.m. Thursday nights at Sammamish Presbyterian Church. Moms In Touch is an interdenominational, prayer support group for moms to get together and pray for children and schools. For more information, call Jan Domek, Issaquah School District representative, at 6816770, or Kelly Wotherspoon, Lake Washington School District representative, at 392-2291, or visit www.MomsInTouch.org. Pine Lake Covenant Church offers a ministry for children with special needs at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Call 392-8636. “Caffeine for the Soul,” a free Judaic and Torah class for women, is from 1-1:45 p.m. every Tuesday at Caffé Ladro in Issaquah Highlands Shopping Center. Contact Chabad of the Central Cascades at 427-1654. Free Hebrew classes are offered through Chabad of the See CALENDAR, Page 21
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Central Cascades. Call 427-1654. Kabalat Shabbat is offered in the Chabad house at the Issaquah Highlands at 7 p.m. Fridays. New members and guests are welcome. Call 427-1654. Learn to read and speak Samskritam at the Vedic Cultural Center. To register, visit www.vedicculturalcenter.org. Community Bible Study, open to all women, meets Thursday mornings. To register for the current class, or for more information, visit www.redmondcbs.org. Bhajan Bliss. Join musicians and singers to learn traditional devotional bhajan, and how to make vegetarian pizzas and samosas from 7:30-9 p.m. Fridays at the Vedic Cultural Center.
Library events Talk Time, for adults who want to improve their English skills, is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 14. Musik Nest, for toddlers, is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 16. Pajama Story Time, for ages 2-6 with an adult, is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 27. Swaddler Story Time, for children aged birth-9 months with an adult, is scheduled for 11 a.m. June 30. Hindi Story Time, for children 3 and older with an adult at 4 p.m. June 30. Toddler Story Time, for children 2-3 with an adult, is scheduled for 10 and 11 a.m. June 29. Spanish Story Time, for children 3 and older with an adult, is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 28. Preschool Story Time, for ages 3-6 with an adult, is scheduled for 10 a.m. June 30. The teen writers’ group is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. June 21. The Sammamish Book Group will have a free read, read something of your choice and share it at 7 p.m. June 15. The Mother Daughter Book Club, for girls ages 10-13 and their mothers, will discuss “Naming Maya” by Uma Krishnaswami at 3 p.m. June 18.
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Classes Beyond Baby Blues, a dropin postpartum depression support group, meets from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursdays at New Parents Services, 11911 N.E. First St., No. 300, in Bellevue. Participants must call to confirm 450-0332, ext. 3. Sammamish Presbyterian Church is hosting a series of different fitness classes, Wednesdays and Fridays 6:307:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Billie Donahue at 785-2880. Classes are free and no registration is required. The Issaquah Sammamish Interfaith Coalition is hosting English Language Classes at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Pine Lake Covenant Church.
Volunteers needed Sammamish Medical Reserve Corps is seeking retired medical and non-medical workers. The group meets monthly from 6:30-8 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month at Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 82, in the Sahalee area. For information, contact MRC@sammamishcitizencorps.oeg. Visit residents in nursing homes. Friend to Friend matches volunteers with residents in Sammamish nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Volunteers are asked to visit residents a couple times a month for a year. Orientation will be provided. Background check required. For information, call 1-888-383-7818. Northwest Center accepts donations of clothing and household items at “The Big Blue Truck” open at the Pine Lake QFC shopping center from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. seven days a week.
June 8, 2011 • Donations are tax deductible. For more information, visit www.bigbluetruck.org. Evergreen Healthcare is seeking volunteers to help serve patients throughout King County. Volunteers, who will be assigned to help people in their own neighborhoods, provide companionship, run errands, do light household work, or give a break to primary caregivers. Volunteers will be supported by hospital staff. For more information, call 899-1040 or visit www.evergreenhealthcare.org/hospice. The King County LongTerm Care Ombudsman Program needs certified longterm care ombudsman volunteers. After completing a four-day training program, visit with residents, take and resolve complaints and advocate for residents. Volunteers are asked to donate four hours a week and attend selected monthly meetings. Contact John Stilz at 206694-6747 or email@example.com. Eastside Bluebills is a Boeing retiree volunteer organization that strives to provide opportunities for retirees to help others in need and to assist charitable and nonprofit organizations. Eastside Bluebills meet every third Wednesday of the month at the Bellevue Regional Library from 10 a.m.-noon. Call 235-3847. LINKS, Looking Into the Needs of Kids in Schools, places community volunteers in the schools of the Lake Washington School District. Opportunities include tutoring, classroom assistance and lunch buddy. Just one hour a week can make a difference in a child’s life. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.linksvolunteer.org. Eastside Baby Corner needs volunteers to sort incoming donations of clothing and toys and prepare items for distribution. Go to www.babycorner.org. Volunteers are needed to visit homebound patrons with
the King County Library System’s Traveling Library Center program. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and have reliable transportation. Call Susan LaFantasie at 369-3235. Sammamish Citizen Corps Council needs volunteers to help support the Community Emergency Response Team and other groups. Email email@example.com, visit www.sammamishcitizencorps.org or attend the meeting from 7-8 p.m. first Wednesday of every month at Fire Station 82. Volunteer drivers are needed for the Senior Services Volunteer Transportation Program. Flexible hours, mileage, parking reimbursement and supplemental liability insurance are offered. Call 206-448-5740. Guide Dogs for the Blind Eager Eye Guide Pups Club needs volunteers to raise puppies for use as guide dogs for the blind. For information, call Sandy at 425-644-7421. Volunteer Chore Services links volunteers with seniors or individuals who are disabled and are living on a limited income. Call 425-284-2240.
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Raise the temperature of your soil to help vegetables grow By Jane Garrison
People on the Eastside have been complaining that their vegetable gardens just aren’t growing. This year has been one of the coolest, wettest springs on record. Naturally, cool, wet weather is the culprit, but what conditions do we need to grow good vegetables? Can we? I looked online to see how warm soil has to be to germinate seeds. Of course it’s complicated, and some plants require more than others. Celery, cauliflower, lettuce, snap beans, cucumbers and tomatoes need 60 degrees minimum. Corn has to have 65 degrees. Our daughter in Virginia is picking melons and has a soil temperature of 80-85 degrees today (June 2). The soil temperature in Pasco and Kennewick (our bread basket) is only 60 degrees today. And even worse, our soil temperature today on the Eastside is approximately 50 degrees. No wonder our seeds and rooted plants are just rotting in the ground.
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Don’t give up. Don’t think you will just buy the expensive, tasteless vegetables at the store. You can do something. Think about raised beds. They are warmer and drain better than beds in the ground. You can raise the soil temperature quickly with clear plastic. Clear plastic doesn’t block weeds, however, and can get too hot too fast, resulting in scorched plants. Black sheet plastic is slower to raise temperatures, but has the advantage of being mulch for your vegetable starts. Slit the plastic at the proper spacing and plant right through the plastic sheeting. You also should amend your soil with compost or manure, not only to make it drain better but also to raise the temperature. As a last resort, you can install heat coils, although it’s not recommended for energy considerations. You are probably wondering if all of this trouble is worth it. It probably isn’t worth your precious, fussed over, little patch of ground to grow cabbages, potatoes and corn. If you do grow
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them they will not differ much from the ones at the farmers markets and stores, and will cost more. The big differences both monetarily and taste-wise for me are with tomatoes, green beans, raspberries, blueberries and asparagus. That’s my opinion, because these are the crops I like and are also the expensive ones. Everyone will have his or her own idea about what is worth growing. Plants that need a lot of space may not be worth it. Look online to find out the minimum required soil temperature for your selections. You can even get a soil thermometer, so that you don’t go to a lot of trouble for nothing. It’s not too late to plant here, although it might be too cold and wet. Don’t let it get you down. Just remember, our ferns are bigger, our leaves are greener and our flowers last longer. We have great moss, too. Look at the bright side. Jane Garrison is a local landscape architect who gardens in glacial till on the plateau.
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County employees aid disaster victims King County employees donated more than 8,100 hours of accrued leave to disaster victims in Japan and New Zealand. The county converted leave from 458 employees into a $286,815 cash donation to the American Red Cross for continuing earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. “This outpouring of support for our neighbors across the Pacific is another example of the determination to make a difference,” King County Executive
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Bellevue College appoints interim president Former Bellevue College administrator Laura Sanders has been appointed as interim president for the institution. The appointment came days
after Bellevue College President Jean Floten announced plans to serve as chancellor of WGU Washington, the state’s online university. Saunders is due to serve until a new president is in place. College trustees have started the process of hiring a firm to lead a nationwide search for a new leader. Floten announced plans last year to build a campus in the Issaquah Highlands. The college has purchased land for a highlands campus, and although no construction timeline has been finalized, crews have started building the access road to the
planned campus. Saunders served as vice president of administrative services at Bellevue College from 2005 until she retired in 2008. “She is known to Bellevue College’s faculty, administration and to some extent the students,” trustees Chairman Vijay Vashee said in a statement. “Her extensive background with the Washington community and technical college system will provide strong leadership and continuity for the college as we conduct our search for the permanent president. She will provide a smooth transition to the new administration.”
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