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Occupy 228th Ave. Occupy movement comes to city By Caleb Heeringa

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Michael Martin, a resident of Providence Point and one of the organizers of Occupy Sammamish, walks among the demonstrators.

People from around the Eastside took over one of Sammamish’s busiest street corners Nov. 19 in support of the recent “Occupy” protests around the nation. The two-hour sign-waving event, at the corner of Inglewood Hill Road and 228th Avenue, was aimed at addressing inequality and creating jobs, organizer Pat Martin said. Organizers say more than 100 people came to the protest. Martin is one of a handful of Issaquah and Sammamish residents that make up the local chapter of, a nation-

al progressive political action group. The event started with the local chapter and quickly grew as news of the gathering spread by word-of-mouth. Attendees included a few teenagers and a surprising amount of retired people, Martin said. “They came out because they saw people getting peppersprayed for exercising their right to free speech in California,” Martin said. “They are concerned about their grandchildren and the future of the country; they’re tired of losing the money they saved for their retirement while rich keep getting richer; they’re mad that Congress has stopped working together and can’t raise tax revenue.” Sammamish resident Mary Kanter said a lot of attendees were in middle-class professions See OCCUPY, Page 2

Beaver Lake Lodge to get a makeover

County Council map leaves city unchanged

By Caleb Heeringa

By Warren Kagarise

Beaver Lake Lodge will undergo a significant internal remodel aimed at making the nearly 80-year-old building more useful for prospective renters. At their Nov. 14 meeting, the Sammamish City Council approved spending about $146,000 on the renovations, which will include a kitchen remodel, a storage room, interior painting, new tile flooring and more efficient LED lighting. The lodge was built in 1932 and used as a privately owned fishing resort before being converted to Camp Cabrini, a youth camp, in 1960. King County purchased the building in 1985 and transferred it to the city in 2003. The city now rents the lodge out for weddings, private parties and meetings, as well as the occasional community meeting and

public event. The remodel will add stainless steel countertop space that will make it easier to cater to large events. The new storage room will house tables and Photo by Claeb Heeringa chairs that are curOfficials hope the remodel of Beaver Lake Lodge will make the rently stored in the facility more useful. kitchen. Two large television monitors will be added, which remodels should be finished by midParks Department staff said can be used to January. show Powerpoint presentations, making the lodge more useful for weekday business Reporter Caleb Heeringa can be reached at meetings, according to the staff report pre392-6434. ext. 247, or sented at the Nov. 14 meeting. To comment on this story, visit Parks Director Jessi Richardson said the

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King County’s reshaped political map keeps Sammamish in the same County Council district, even as the citizen panel responsible for the updated map made significant changes elsewhere. In a unanimous decision Nov. 15, the council-appointed King County Districting Committee approved the updated boundaries. The reshaped map is effective immediately, although the impact of the changes might not be evident until after the 2012 elections. Sammamish remains in

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New Software could make getting building permits easier By Caleb Heeringa

New computer software being purchased by the city of Sammamish is aimed at making things easier for both city employees and the public. At their Nov. 1 meeting, the Sammamish City Council unanimously approved spending $534,000 to purchase and install EnerGov, a multi-platform piece of software that will allow citi-

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like teaching, nursing and social work that were bearing the brunt of recent government budget cuts. Kanter, who works with developmentally disabled adults, said she planned to protest and lobby later this month in Olympia when the legislature convenes a special session, and likely cut even more from the state budget to address a $2 billion shortfall. “It gets people thinking and talking when they see that many people out there,” Kanter said. “It’s great that people are getting out there and taking to the streets.”

zens to apply for and track building permits online. Sammamish is joining Bothell, Kirkland, Redmond and Renton in installing the software and is saving about $103,000 off the total cost of the software by joining together with neighboring cities. Once installed, a developer building a home or homeowner doing a remodeling project will be able to log on to and sub-

mit their plans in electronic format rather than printing them out and driving them to the permit desk at City Hall. “This will allow a lot of people to get quick service and quick access to information that before may have had to come ask for documents and have staff go dig them out of dusty boxes somewhere,” Councilman Mark Cross

Sammamish resident Jim Cairns said corporations’ increasing influence in government was what motivated him to spend two hours protesting. Banks and mortgage lenders who were responsible for the economic recession have not been held accountable and still have the ear of members of Congress, he said. “(The Occupy movement) is people trying to have a common sense approach to how society should be and not let a few people dictate how things should operate,” Cairns said. Cairns said the issues being addressed by the Occupy movement affect people across the economic spectrum – even here in “blue-blood” Sammamish. “My hat is off to the young

kids staying over there (on Wall Street) trying to get their point across,” Cairns said. “(In Sammamish) we think these issues don’t affect us, but it does affect our kids and the whole future of our world going forward.” Sammamish resident Carl Schwartz held a sign reading “Tax the Rich” at the protest. Schwartz said he had recently written Glenn Anderson, state representative in the 5th District, urging him not to balance the budget “by taking it out on people who aren’t working.” Schwartz said even a small increase in taxes could go a long way towards solving the budget problems at the state and federal level without cutting programs that the poor and middle-class rely on. “It’s not like we’re talking about cutting Bill Gates’ salary in half – it’s a 1 or 2 percent increase,” he said. “I’m volunteering for a tax increase – me and Warren Buffett.”

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Councilwoman Kathy Lambert’s District 3. The committee’s decision followed a 10-month process, after members collected ideas and input from the public in meetings throughout the county. Overall, more than 80 people testified and more than 160 offered written comments during the once-in-a-decade process. The committee also reached out to state legislators and elected officials in the county’s 39 cities for insight into communities. The county is carved into nine districts, each represented by a single council member. “The committee reached unanimous agreement on this plan thanks to the members’ commitment to work together, follow an open process, and truly listen to the communities of King County,” committee Chairman Terrence Carroll, a retired King County Superior Court judge, said in a statement. “Public testimony was a cornerstone of our process: It raised new ideas, helped us better understand communities of interest and enabled us to come together around common principles.” In response to input, committee members revised early drafts to keep suburban cities in North King County in a single district and Snoqualmie Valley communities in a single district. The political map is redrawn after each U.S. Census to reflect changes in population and make each district as equal in population as possible. Under the plan approved Nov. 15, all districts fall within one quarter of 1 percent of the target population for each district — 214,583 people. The updated District 3 claims 214,325 residents. The

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district stretches from the Snohomish County line south to Issaquah, and from Redmond to the county’s eastern edge. State law and the King County Charter require the edges of each district to meet the boundaries of existing municipalities, election precincts, census tracts, natural boundaries — such as rivers — and communities of related and mutual interest as closely as possible. In the last decade, the minority population boomed in King County. Under the updated plan, each district is more diverse than the last plan. District 2 in Seattle and along Lake Washington is comprised of 50 percent people of color, and District 5 — a South King County district including Des Moines, Kent and SeaTac — is 49 percent. In January, the council appointed a team of community leaders to update the map for representation in county government. The committee also adopted rules to encourage transparency in the redistricting process. Members had to disclose at a public committee meeting if they had any contact with council members, County Executive Dow Constantine, or any county staffers or representatives. The process earned praise from the Municipal League of King County, a nonpartisan watchdog organization. “No districting plan can be perfect, but the committee made every effort to conduct its business openly, to listen to the public and use their ideas when possible, and to draw districts that truly serve the people of King County,” Carroll said. Reach reporter Warren Kagarise at 392-6434, ext. 234, or To comment on this story, visit

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County Council fears public health cuts as Legislature meets By Warren Kagarise

King County leaders managed to preserve dollars for public health and other human services in the $5.2 billion budget for 2012. Now, as state legislators began a special session Nov. 28, King County Council members said cuts from Olympia could force the county to cut services. Lawmakers need to slash spending to close a $2 billion budget gap. “When they make those decisions, it rolls downhill to us,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, a budget team member and the Sammamish representative, said a day after the council adopted the 2012 budget. Councilwoman Julia Patterson, a South King County

representative and the budget team leader, said a difficult economy could magnify service cuts. “During this recession, when so many people are in danger of losing their housing and so many people are having a tough time just feeding themselves and making ends meet, that those cuts can tip people over the edge,” she said. The potential for cuts to Public Health – Seattle & King County or reductions at Western State Hospital — the state mental health facility in Steilacoom — concern County Council members. “We’ve had to reduce so much in the public health area because it’s not a mandated service, and yet without that service, you end up getting people that are mentally ill not taken care of or you

have people going to restaurants that may or may not be healthy, and people get sick,” Lambert said. “Public health dollars are really important prevention dollars.” Cutbacks at Western State Hospital could result in more mentally ill people at the King County Jail — already the No. 2 mental health institution in the state. “That is not fair to the citizens of this county. That is not fair to the people in the jail who are mentally ill,” Lambert said. “That is a state responsibility, to take those people and put them in an appropriate setting where they can get help, where they are not getting prison records and going to court.” Patterson said public See HEALTH, Page 5



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said. “The value of it will only grow as more and more documents are put into the electronic realm.” The software will also include a mapping feature that will allow the public to keep track of construction in their neighborhood. For city employees it means more efficiency, Finance Director Joe Guinasso told the council. It may make it easier for employees to work from home during inclement weather and process building permits more quickly. The software will also allow parks and public works employees to better track city assets and fill out and track work orders if something needs to be fixed. Work orders are currently paper forms that are filled out and then manually entered into a spreadsheet to be tracked. “We know we’re going to be more efficient by not having to type things into two different computer systems,” Guinasso

said. The city is also incurring about $48,000 in annual maintenance and support costs for the software for the next five years, though about two-thirds of that is expected to covered by a 1.7 percent surcharge on permits obtained through the web site. An additional 1.3 percent surcharge will go to EnerGov Solutions, the software’s manufacturer. City Manager Ben Yazici said the city’s current system was purchased in 2003 and is now outdated. While he said it was difficult to quantify the cost savings that the new system might bring, he said it would create efficiencies that may make it easier for staff to handle larger workloads if the construction environment continues to improve. That means less likelihood that he’d have to come to the council and ask to hire more employees. “There’s a lot of things we’re doing manually right now that we wouldn’t if we implemented this particular software,” Yazici said.

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Review editorial Don’t fear the Habitat The City Council’s recent move to give property to Habitat for Humanity should be applauded. Finally, a city which likes to talk a lot about helping lower-income people, and which routinely gives money so that affordable housing can be built in other communities, is taking positive steps to see it built here. There is some apprehension in the community about allowing what will likely be a handful of new homes to be constructed for lower income residents. Let’s start by discussing what these homes are not. They are not a haven for criminals. They are not going to become the new epicenter for drugs on the plateau. They are not the beginnings of a crimeinfested neighborhood. They are likely to be a group of hard-working people just trying to get by. People who own homes built by Habitat for Humanity are expected to contribute to the construction, either in money or hours of sweat equity. These homes will, literally, be built by the people who live in them. And, yes, there are benefits to having lowerincome people in Sammamish. This is a city that prides itself on its diversity. But racial diversity (which, according to census figures, in Sammamish means basically white and Asian people) is only a part of that equation. Economic diversity is just as important. It won’t hurt people to have hard-working neighbors who don’t happen to be in high-paying fields. And won’t it be fantastic for the children of people lucky enough to live in a habitat community in Sammamish to get the benefits of the excellent schools and community. It will give those children a positive example of where their life could lead them. There is an issue of justice. Some of the people living there could have jobs at shops and restaurants on the plateau. Does Sammamish really want to tell people who work here that they are good enough to stock our stores’ shelves, prepare our food and clean our houses but not to live here? The council made the right move in donating the land to Habitat for Humanity.

OPINION Sammamish Forum Liquor initiative was for the good Mr. O’Connell has relied heavily on “artistic liberty” in his letter to the Sammamish Forum, Nov. 23, “Money buys votes.” He states that “...a similar measure...was a 65-35 split.” I call this cherry picking facts, flat out. He rambles on and quotes all the negative “facts” that were used by the initiative’s opposition to try to score defeat, when in fact, many of these so-called facts were false. So let’s look at some real facts: The defeat that he mentions conveniently ignores that there were two measures on the ballot that year, 1100 and 1105. Initiative 1105 was defeated by the ratio he states (cherry picks), but 1100 was defeated by a much smaller margin 53.5-46.5 approximately, much closer, but still a loss. I submit that the voters, in general, were confused by the two seemingly similar initiatives and simply voted the path of least resistance. Now comes 1183, a much better deal in all respects...better for the state, better for the taxpayers, and better for those who choose to consume alcohol. Finally, and most interestingly, he talks about how Costco will reap hundreds of millions of dollars ... blah, blah, but yet he fails to mention that the opponents of 1183, other large corporations (distributors and such), also spent tons of money because they stood to lose the same millions that Costco will now “reap”. Huh? It’s OK by him that one corporate group profits, but only if it’s the one that he supports? That simply doesn’t work for me, and thankfully it didn’t work for the majority of voters; and we all win, even those who voted against it. Clark Stahl Sammamish

Poll of the week What do you think of the Occupy movement? A) They need to stop whining and get a job. B) They are right about pretty much everything. C) They have my attention. Now what’s next? D) I don’t pay it much attention either way. To vote, visit


Goodbye With his final days coming on the Sammamish City Council, I will not shed tears to see Mark Cross depart. During his final

hours he is still trying to copy the government in Greece to make sure government employees are well rewarded by milking the property owners. His limited vocabulary based on tax and spend demonstrates he is no longer competent to serve the public. One percent here and another 1 percent there is the devil in the city budget. What about people on a fixed income? Does he want them to be forced out of their homes? These are serious questions that will harm people. What will happen if the national economy goes further into a hole. Tax the homeowners to fill the city bank account? This city should have never been allowed to incorporate without a proper revenue source. Today we find ourselves constantly resisting the City Council to stop unwanted projects that are outside the norm. Bond ratings can be very misleading and change rather quickly. Heinz W. Maine Sammamish

An open letter to business owners Dear Washington state business owners and employers: What is the one thing that makes your business the best? I’m guessing it’s your employees. How would you describe a great employee? Motivated, dedicated, high integrity, solution finder, team player. What if I told you that I can find you employees with those traits, and they can make your business even better? It’s true. They are our recently separated military personnel and our National Guard and Reservists and they want to put the skills they learned in the military to work for you! Sure, their resumes may look a little different than someone who went straight from high school to

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work or college, but take an extra minute or two to think about how their skill set may bring a different perspective and better balance to your workplace. Think about the training they received in the military: navigating sophisticated computer systems, interpreting technical data and focusing on important deadlines. Imagine the dedication and commitment it takes to put your country above yourself. That sense of purpose and duty is an asset to any business. These men and women raised their hand to defend our nation. As business owners and employers, now it’s our turn to look out for them. Make a commitment to reach out to veterans when you have openings. The easiest way to do that is to contact the Employment Security Department’s Veteran Service Program and WorkSource. These employment experts can help you connect with a veteran who will make your business better. They can be reached toll free at 1-877-453-5906 or emailed at . John E. Lee, Director Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs

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Electric car drivers will be able to “fill up” at one of two public chargers installed at City Hall.

City installs chargers By Caleb Heeringa

Come all ye Leafs and Volts. Sammamish City Hall will have two electric car chargers available to the public sometime in mid-December, Community Development Director Kamuron Gurol said in an email. Crews installed the chargers last week and they will be in service in the coming weeks after

the city figures out whether or not they want to allow free use or charge users a few dollars an hour to make up for the electricity costs. Two more chargers were installed inside the employee parking garage, below City Hall. The chargers were paid for through a federal grant, though the city paid about $25,000 for their installation.

health cuts could impact drug and alcohol treatment, maternal support for expecting mothers and homelessnessprevention programs. “When the mentally ill aren’t cared for and they don’t have adequate medication, they oftentimes end up in our jail,” Patterson said. “When the addicted don’t have the opportunity to get clean and go through treatment, when they want treatment but there’s none available, then it just perpetuates a very expensive problem.” County Council members plan to deploy in Olympia to lobby legislators to shield programs from the budget ax. “We have to help them help us to solve the problems as best as we can given the financial realities that have been created by this recession,” Patterson said. The majority of council

members served in the could pay dividends for local serLegislature before joining the vices. “Many times when levels of County Council — Lambert and Patterson, plus government councilmen get into trou“It’s a simple addition Joe ble, what they and subtraction do is they end McDermott, Larry Phillips up blaming problem.” and Pete von each other, so – Julia Patterson, Reichbauer. it could be “The King very easy to Councilwoman – County sit here and Council has say, ‘Don’t you do that to us, state governrelationships all across the entire political spectrum in Olympia, in ment,’” Patterson said. “But that the Senate and in the House,” doesn’t work, because they don’t have a choice. It’s a simPatterson said. The relationships council ple addition and subtraction members fostered in Olympia problem.”

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POlice Blotter Driving while (increasingly) intoxicated A 40-year-old Sammamish man was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest and driving without a required ignition interlock after an officer pulled him over for driving without headlights after dark Nov. 14. A patrol officer attempted to pull the man’s vehicle over near the corner of 216th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 9th Street at around 8:15 p.m. The


man did not stop, though the officer had his overhead lights and siren on. The man pulled into his driveway on the 21300 block of Northeast 10th Place and the officer pulled behind him. According to the police report, the man appeared intoxicated, with slurred speech and the odor of alcohol coming from his vehicle. The man became very argumentative when asked to exit his vehicle, explaining that the officer had no right to arrest him on private property. The man’s girlfriend, a 36-year-old Sammamish woman, came outside and got in between the officer and the man, echoing her boyfriend’s assertions that the officer had to leave because he was on private property. The officer called for backup from other officers and warned the woman that she would be arrested for obstructing an officer

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Open doors, stolen things A resident on the 20500 block of Northeast 21st Court had a purse, electronics and a guitar

stolen from their garage overnight Nov. 12. The resident told police they had arrived home at around 11:30 p.m. and may have left their garage door open overnight. Several credit cards, a digital camera and an Ovation acoustic guitar were among the items stolen.

Suspended license A 32-year-old Seattle woman was cited for driving with a suspended license after being pulled over on Issaquah-Pine Lake Road near Southeast 32nd Street just before 1 a.m. Nov. 14. The woman told police that she couldn’t afford to pay the ticket that led her to lose her license and also couldn’t miss work. Police advised her to take the bus next time and wrote her

a second suspended license ticket.

Suspended license A 52-year-old Sammamish man was cited for driving with a suspended license after being pulled over for allegedly driving 38 mph in the 20 mph school zone in front of Discovery Elementary School at around 9 a.m. Nov. 14. The man’s license had been suspended due to unpaid tickets. His vehicle was impounded and he was released to family.

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Marci Stokke to help find funds for parks, wildlife By Christopher Huber

As a girl growing up in Utah and Oregon, Marci Stokke spent a lot of time water skiing, camping, boating and doing other outdoor activities. “We were always outdoors,” she said. After moving to Washington and marrying her husband 35 years ago, she learned to hunt, and eventually got involved in land conservation efforts with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. She recently advanced again in her aim to preserve and conserve land for fellow Washingtonians to enjoy. A longtime Sammamish resident, Stokke joined the board of directors for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition Nov. 15. She was among six new members unanimously approved by the coalition’s other 53 members. “I’m excited to be able to provide some insight as an ordinary person who loves the outdoors,” Stokke said. The coalition is a nonprofit citizens’ group formed through a bipartisan effort by former Governors Dan Evans and Mike Lowry in 1989. Its member organizations, including the Washington Trails Association,

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Marci Stokke was recently appointed to the board of the Washington Wildlife Recreation Coalition. Horizon Airlines and other businesses, sportsman clubs and conservation agencies, work to secure funding through a state grant program. The grants fund habitat preservation, state and local park development and

other land-conservation efforts from the state’s capital construction budget. “It seems like there’s a lot of local support in our community,” she said. As a board member, Stokke

will be working with representatives of the more than 250 partnering agencies to essentially convince state legislators which local parks and farm-preservation projects and land-protection initiatives — among other campaigns — deserve funding for the up coming budget years. While she will attend three official board meetings throughout the year, Stokke will also spend some time educating the public and lawmakers on the value of certain projects, said Tom Bugert, the coalition’s outreach director. She may also give people tours of specific lands the coalition seeks to get funding to protect, as well as provide insights into the value a recreation area could have on local businesses. Because of her experience in and connections with the sportsman and hunting communities, she will work mostly on habitat conservation projects, Bugert said. “She is in a very unique place to tell that story,” he said. Stokke believes in the coalition’s role in helping the state set priorities in the land-conservation arena. Without the consolidated and focused effort, many of the projects might not get done. “It’s a pretty scientific process,” Stokke said. “It’s a good

program and is something that was…through the process last year, almost lost.” For the 2011-2012 budget cycle, the Wildlife and Recreation Coalition helped secure funding for local projects like the East Lake Sammamish Trail development ($500,000), the Duthie Hill Park trailhead development ($317,477) and the Tiger Mountain State Forest trail bridges ($247,870), according to the organization’s website. Stokke’s goal as an advocate for hunters and outdoor enthusiasts alike has always been to keep land easily accessible, she said. Having spent much of her childhood in the great outdoors, Stokke wants to help ensure future generations will be able to use and appreciate the abundant wilderness and open lands available in Washington. For the past 10 years, she’s helped lead the 23 state chapters of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. She was responsible for creating the organization’s annual newsletter for its 15,000 members, as well as working to protect lands for hunting and recreation. “My focus has always been to keep the land open to the public,” See STOKKE, Page 9

Music draws players of all ages to the symphony By Christopher Huber

was a child. She is one of the longest-serving members of the Sammamish youth Jon Kok violin section. first realized he wanted to play She’s been with the symphony the violin when he saw a perforsince the ‘first down beat,” she mance by some hip, energetic said, when the group began violinists on America’s Got rehearsing at Providence Point in Talent. 1991, a few years before Kok was “I thought born. it was the “A lot of us coolest thing that have If you go ever,” said been there Kok of his The Rachel Carson almost since reaction to Elementary School choir will the first the show as a join the Sammamish (year) … Symphony during its Holiday fifth grader. we’re just Although Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. like a famihe’s played 10 and 2 p.m. Dec. 11 at the ly,” Martinell Eastlake Performing Arts the piano said. Center. Buy tickets at since kinderKok and garten, Kok, Martinell now 15, plays come from second violin completely in the Sammamish Symphony different backgrounds. Orchestra. He is currently the They came to the symphony youngest member of the 85on different roads. member, 20-year-old group. But they exemplify what Lynne Martinell, of Bellevue, draws musicians of all ages to teaches music at a private school See SYMPHONY, Page 11 and has played violin since she

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Kach, who graduated from the University of Washington in 2008 with a degree in industrial engineering, is employed by Accenture as a project manager. He lives in Seattle and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Kach of Carnation. Schuetz graduated from Central Kitsap High School in 2006 and the UW in 2011 with a degree in visual communication design. She is a visual designer at the Hacker Group. She lives in Seattle and is the daughter of retired Navy Captain Robert Schuetz and Brenda Schuetz of Marietta, Ga. The wedding is scheduled for Aug. 4, 2012 at Lord Hill Farms in Snohomish.

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Joelle Gibson and Alyssa Gibson are new owners to Carousel, a greeting card and gift store at Pine Lake Village Shopping Center, but they are certainly not new to Carousel customers. The sisters grew up in the business under the wings of their mother, Linda Gibson, and recently purchased the store from her. Carousel has been family owned and operated since 1989. Two weeks ago they celebrated the store’s 22nd anniversary with a catered party for more than 200 of their loyal customers. “It was like a big hug from the community,” said Joelle. “It is so much fun to be a part of this local community, watching babies of our customers grow up and then come to see us on their college breaks.” Carousel has become a “one stop shop” for gifts, seasonal merchandise, holiday items, trendy jewelry and accessories — and free gift wrapping! They also offer custom-order printing for invitations, announcements, and social correspondence. Alyssa says their mother instilled in them that “the experience we give our customers should always be as special as the merchandise that we sell.” “Carousel always carries tasteful, high quality products that are pretty, whimsical and practical,” says customer Karin Plastina of Sammamish. “But if you take a closer look into the heart of the company, you’ll find a friendly, loyal staff that is always willing to help. They understand their products, but more importantly, they have a genuine interest in their customers.” The staff includes a dedicated “extended family’’ of five employees. Each has been working at Carousel for four to 10 years! A small neighborhood store doesn’t mean

As promised, less than a year after opening Washington’s first U-Top It in Covington, Karen ChinReasoner, Kurt Reasoner and Jennifer Ketels are proud to announce the grand opening of U-Top It Sammamish. While U-Top It Sammamish will mirror the hip, family-friendly shop in Covington, the new shop is adding an exciting twist. UTop It Sammamish is the only frozen yogurt shop on the Plateau that will carry Customers line up to enjoy the assortment of frozen Potter Family Organics yogurt flavors at U-Top It. the only complete line of U.S.D.A. Certified Organic and all natural It,” Ketels said. frozen yogurts in the country! Karen Chin-Reasoner and her husband With Potter Family’s line of artesianKurt Reasoner, have lived in Issaquah for style organic and all-natural frozen 20 years and it was Chin-Reasoner’s idea yogurts, U-Top It Sammamish will offer to bring U-Top It to Washington. U-Top It delicious, healthy treats the whole comis not a franchise — the Reasoners have munity can feel good about enjoying. licensed the rights for the name, concept U-Top It also has an abundance of and recipes from Ketels. fresh-cut fruit, over 120 toppings and speBecause they are a small company — cialty items like their signature Peanut U-Top It is not tied to one supplier — they Butter Granola that is made fresh at the are able to cater to customer requests and shop. find unique, delicious flavors. They share U-Top It began in 2008 in Redding, Ketels’ love for family and giving back to Calif. when Ketels’ passion for family fun the community. and healthy lifestyle united. The follow“We understand that family is the core ing year, when Ketels wanted to share her of our community and we encourage our sweet treats with the rest of the West staff and patrons to live healthy,” said Coast, it only made sense to partner with Chin-Reasoner. “Our core values are simher past college roommate and long time ple: family, education, healthy living and friend, Karen Chin-Reasoner. service.” “Karen and I were competitive swimThe Sammamish location is located at mers at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and our 600 228th Ave NE in the Safeway shopstrong background in health and exercise, ping center. The shop is open Sundayalong with our 20-year friendship, have Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Fridayhelped us build the foundation for U-Top Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

A Carousel customer chooses a Woof’n’Poof doll for the holidays. higher prices. “Carousel is competitive in its pricing and we always honor lower prices if a customer brings it to our attention,” assures Joelle. Carousel chooses to be a strong community booster, especially to local schools through monetary donations, sponsorships, as well as merchandise donations. Alyssa and Joelle have an important message to share this holiday. “We hope everyone remembers to shop locally this holiday season — not just with us, but with all small businesses in our area. Buying what we can locally means more tax dollars go to schools and roads in our community and more of our dollars stay here in Sammamish.” Carousel is open daily. Call 425-3919199 or visit or on facebook.

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Joseph Scott. “They add a spark to it,” he said. “It’s a freshness that is brought to the orchesContinued from Page 8 tra, and the enthusiasm for it. They want to excel. It’s part of the vitality play in the Sammamish Symphony — they bring to the orchestra.” experiencing dynamic music and sharing Both Martinell and Kok noted the it with others. challenges that come with perfecting a “Music is just kind of an ageless thing,” classical set for an upcoming concert. Martinell said. “The language is the same They both seemed to appreciate havif you’re young or ing to finesse their old.” “It’s challenged me to be a bet- part, whether it’s When Kok to blend the sound ter player over the years. It’s a in their section or joined the symphony last August, great way to use your mind. It to execute an he wasn’t sure intended emotionkeeps you alert.” what to think. He’s al dynamic effectaken private tively during the lessons from piece. – Lynne Martinell, renowned profesFor Kok, it’s a Violinist – sionals, but wantrelatively new thing ed more experias he discovers a ence working with fresh repertoire in a music group outside of school. He was classical music. struck by the intensity of rehearsal but “I love the challenges and I love the also by the movement he felt once he thrilling moments you get when performgot into the particular piece they were ing,” Kok said. practicing. And no matter how much experience It took him back to the music he’d lisand skill Martinell builds, she will always tened to since early childhood. seek to improve. “The feeling that overcame me – I “The orchestra has gotten better and don’t even know how describe it,” he said. better over the years,” she said. “It’s chal“It was amazing to be there, being part of lenged me to be a better player over the the music and part of the sound I was years. It’s a great way to use your mind. It hearing as a kid. It was an honor to even keeps you alert.” be part of it.” And as the group prepares for its Dec. Martinell began playing violin at age 10 10-11 Holiday Pops Concert, Kok, and kept with it all through high school Martinell and their fellow musicians are and college, she said. When she joined challenging themselves to wow the audithe Symphony in 1991, she was a mother ence with their performance of Strauss of three boys and wanted to get more seri- and Waldteufel, among other selections. ous about her playing. “You have to have a love for music, “My violin is really what I love to play,” and an interest and a dynamic that she said. “Playing in an orchestra is just a keeps you there,” said Scott. “They play great experience.” with enthusiasm. It’s not a job. They’re While most of the group is college age there because they want to be there.” and older, the Sammamish Symphony has six high school-age players. In a Reporter Christopher Huber can be sense, it’s a good way to keep the art of reached at 392-6434, ext. 242, or classical music alive in the community, Comment on this said Conductor and Music Director R. story at

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New grading system motivates students By Christopher Huber

teachers using the new method, it’s easier for students to take iniAt first, Caitlin McIlwain got a tiative and improve on an area of little nervous when she saw a academic weakness. Instead of lower-than-desired grade on her handing back a test with the final first world studies paper as a overall grade of, say 80/100, at freshman at Skyline High School. the top, it’s broken down into respective skill areas, such as She knew she did better than the “B-” reflected in the rundown “Thesis,” “Evidence,” “Analysis,” on the online grade book. But she “Style,” “Organization,” and “Introduction and conclusion.” quickly realized that “B-” was one of six grades she received for the Each area has its own grade and assignment from teacher Sarah is entered into the grade book as Rainwater. such. Even if a student sees their “A-“ at the top, Rainwater said “I didn’t like seeing that in the grade book,” said McIlwain, now many of them tend to dwell on a sophomore. the “C” they got in a particular McIlwain, in turn, spent much area and inevitably work to of her freshman year studying a improve it for next time or for a little harder for writing tests and test retake. working a paper’s thesis a little “It gets more buy-in from longer, she said. them, in terms of, “oh, I know Rainwater is one of an increas- specifically what I can work on,’” ing number of teachers in the said Brian Arnot, math teacher at Issaquah and Lake Washington Pacific Cascade Middle School. school dis“The puretricts ly percentWhat’s in a grade? turning to age-based High school and middle school grading standardsscale is based scale comparison: not good Current Letter Grade New grading for stusystems to (only with dents. It some teachers) more effidoes not 10 (A) 4 ciently encourage and accu9 (A-) 3.5 a strug8.5 (B) 3 (at standard) rately gling 8 (B-) 2.5 gauge learner to 7.5 (C) 2 their stuachieve 7 (C-) 1.5 dents’ and work 6.5 (D) 1 aptitude. hard. You 6 (D-) 0.5 They’re throw a 0 (low F) 0 changing few from a ‘zeroes’ in 100-point, and a few percentage-based grading scale to ‘Fs,’ you’re not going to recover.” a 4-point one similar to that used In the new system, those stuin elementary school classrooms. dents have a greater chance of More than that, teachers are digging themselves out by the breaking a grade up into compoend of a semester, Arnot and nents to give students a better Rainwater said. It allows students idea of which areas might need to retake or re-assess certain work. things. From math teachers to science “Even the struggling student and English teachers, more and can be encouraged,” Arnot said. more are changing their grading And it mostly happens withmethods to get students more out the teacher having to track involved in their own progress down each student and suggest through high school, as well as to they study the part they bombed more closely align with district on the test. and state standards. It helps McIlwain doesn’t have any teachers distinguish between a teachers this year who grade like student’s motivation and ability. Rainwater. But she took And teachers said they’re Rainwater’s performance-tracking already seeing results. system to heart last year and has “This is a huge deal for somebeen able to self-direct on certain one,” said Rainwater, who is in assignments as a sophomore. her second year teaching fresh“It’s really helpful to see what man humanities at Skyline. I need to work on,” McIlwain “Being able to separate these two said. “I’ve been able to take things is creating a paradigm things I haven’t been as good at shift.” In the classrooms of those See GRADING, Page 13

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Claire Glover and Kush Jobanputra, back left, ninth-graders at Inglewood Junior High School, pose with some of the Carson Elementary School third-graders who wrote letters to soldiers as part of their leadership project.

Students say thanks to troops By Christopher Huber

More than 100 American troops will feel a little more appreciated this holiday season, thanks to a pair of Inglewood Junior High School students and the entire third grade at Carson Elementary School. Ninth-graders Claire Glover and Kush Jobanputra recently finished their leadership class project leading 101 Carson third-

graders in writing letters to military service members stationed overseas. The two Inglewood ASB officers found inspiration for the project from their own experience writing letters to troops when they were in third grade. “It meant a lot to us and was fun,” said Claire. The project was part of Inglewood’s leadership class projects, in which the 32 eighth-

and ninth-graders work in pairs to organize an event or effort to make a difference in someone’s life. “I charge them with, ‘you’ve got to change the world in some way to make a positive impact,’” said Sally Rusk their leadership teacher and ASB advisor. Claire and Kush decided to work with Carson’s four thirdSee TROOPS, Page 13

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Students at Blackwell Elementary School show off items collected during the school’s nine-day food drive. Families donated 2,450 pounds of food which will be given to Hopelink.


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… and work on it this year.” Rainwater provided a specific example of the new grading model. Her honors world studies class conducted in-class discussions Oct. 3 for a grade. Instead of a student getting simply a 39 out of 40 for “DiscussionEconomic Systems,” the grade is entered as 10 of 10 on “evidence,” 10 of 10 on “analysis,” 10 of 10 on “style” and 9 of 10 on “thesis.” Within the new 4-point system, the grades are entered as 4, 4, 4, and 3.5. All are still above standard, but a student intent on perfecting her grade might work harder on her thesis for her next paper. “It forces students to reflect on their ability and what specifically they need to do to grow,” said Rainwater. While some individual teachers have run ahead of the pack with the emerging grading system, its part of a larger trend to help educators at every level make the K-12 experience as seamless and successful — according to state and district standards — as possible for every student, said Kathryn Reith, director of communications for the Lake Washington School District. “Standardized grading is really part of a whole system,” Reith said. “It gives whole schools and whole districts the same language and understanding.” So when a student changes a grade or a school, their teacher can look at them and say ‘oh this is where you’re at,’ and provide appropriate guidance or instruction. Rainwater and Arnot acknowledged the system, at first, might seem confusing to parents keeping tabs on their child’s academic performance amid varying grading schemes in different subject areas. But so far, they each have noticed parents have fewer questions about how their student can improve with their schoolwork. “The parents don’t have as many questions for me now,” said Rainwater. In a time of ever-changing and increasing standards, educators in Sammamish schools are working to identify what is an adequate level of understanding of a subject for a student in each grade level and how to measure whether a student has met that level. “In our district, we’ve done all the work at the elementary (level),” said Reith. “We’re doing the work right now at middle schools.”

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And it’s inevitable that high schools in Lake Washington will adopt the system in the near future, she said. It’s just a matter of working to put it in place. “It really requires a lot of work and for everybody to know it really well,” Reith said. While McIlwain didn’t exactly like seeing that “B-“ on the “Thesis” portion of her six-part grade, that’s precisely what teachers are banking on for the new system to work — dissatisfaction with a low grade. Regardless of the impact that “B-“ has on the overall “A” McIlwain got on the paper, it drives her to get better. “I believe that’s the reason I’m a better writer, because I knew that’s exactly what I needed to work on,” McIlwain said. Reporter Christopher Huber can be reached at 392-6434, ext. 242, or Comment on this story at

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grade classes before Veterans Day to write letters to send to troops in time for the holidays, they said. They met with one of the teachers, scheduled meeting times and eventually walked over to Carson to explain the project and provide a letter template for the third-graders. Among the elements to include in their letters, students wrote about what they were thankful for. Claire and Kush returned to collect the letters a few days later and were pleased with the young students’ thoughtfulness, Kush said. While many simply said “thank you for serving,” a few stood out, making the heartfelt connection the two were hoping for, they said. Kush cited one letter in which a third-grader offered a short prayer: “I hope God stays with you and protects you when fight-

ing.” Rusk said students tend to find it challenging to even come up with a project idea. In addition to Claire’s and Kush’s project, fellow students did a bake sale to raise money for a cause. Others collected toys to

“They’re going to have this feeling they have an impact on someone around the world.” – Sally Rusk, Teacher – donate to organizations like Seattle Children’s Hospital and another pair of students conducted a food drive for the Issaquah Food Bank. “Some of them really do want to get creative,” Rusk said. The eighth- and ninth-graders have to learn not only to think up ideas to help someone, but to manage the logistics — contacting the right people, executing plans and, in Claire and Kush’s


case, explaining the project to four third-grade classes. “It was challenging to find time that works for both of us,” Claire said. And while it’s always a plus to raise lots of money or get a great amount of participation, Rusk said students are graded only on their final reflection, how they managed the process and their in-class speech about the project. Rusk highlighted the ultimate point. “It’s that moment when they realize even though they’re teens, that they can make a difference — the idea that this is something they can do — they feel empowered,” said Sally Rusk, Inglewood ASB advisor and Claire and Kush’s leadership teacher. “They’re going to have this feeling they have an impact on someone around the world.” Reporter Christopher Huber can be reached at 392-6434, ext. 242, or Comment on this story at

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Skyline football wins, goes to state championship By Christopher Huber Even when the Woodinville Falcons were poised for a lastminute comeback, the Skyline Spartans seemed confidant on the field that things would go their way. Max Browne and the Skyline offense had done its job. The defense had held just well enough in key situations. And even though Woodinville recovered an onside kick and nearly scored a game-winning touchdown with 28 seconds left, Skyline seemed to hold onto a tradition built on its ability to thrive during the state playoffs. “I was terrified,” said Skyline coach Mat Taylor. The Spartans survived the 4A state semifinal match, beating Woodinville 26-21 Nov. 26 at the Tacoma Dome. The Spartans (103) will play for a chance to take home its third 4A state championship in four years at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3 at the Tacoma Dome. “I think so much of it is tradition, and the kids building up their own program,” Taylor said of the team’s late-season success. “We have expected the guys are going to win.” Skyline got things going early.

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Max Browne, Skyline junior quarterback, breaks the tackle of Woodinville senior linebacker Jacob Hollister on a keeper for nine yards to the Falcon eight-yard line, as the Skyline sideline looks on during the first quarter. It scored on its first possession of the game after junior quarterback Browne set it up with a 40-

yard pass to senior receiver Taggart Kreuger. Seven plays later, Browne con-

nected with running back Damian Greene for a 2-yard touchdown pass. After a botched

extra point attempt, the Spartans led 6-0. Both teams ended promising first-half drives with turnovers, including Skyline’s fumble on the Falcon 15-yard line on the first play of the second quarter. Woodinville went three-and-out and Skyline scored on the next possession on a Greene 1-yard run up the middle to take a 12-0 lead. The Falcons gave it back 12 plays later when Skyline defensive back Andrew Giese intercepted a pass in the end zone from quarterback Brett Arrivey. The Spartans kept control of the game by plugging any running lanes for Falcon running back Alec Schwend, the Crown Division’s Offensive Player of the Year. Skyline held Schwend to just 35 yards on 12 carries all game. “They controlled the tempo in the first half,” said Wayne Maxwell, Woodinville’s head coach. “They were just flying up and committing nine guys to the run.” Skyline led 12-0 at halftime after failing to capitalize on the turnover. See FOOTBALL, Page 15

Eastlake girls will be a strong force on the basketball court By Christopher Huber

If Eastlake’s success in 20102011 under first-year coach Sara Goldie was any gauge of what is to come, then look out for the Lady Wolves this winter. The Eastlake girls basketball team returns seven starters to its varsity squad in 2011-2012 as it builds on Goldie’s system, which seemed to work, despite growing pains, last year after it went 21-4. Eastlake nearly made the cut for the state tournament in March, but lost 58-44 to Edmonds-Woodway in the KingCo 4A-WesCo 4A playoff game. The girls attributed some of their deficiencies to adopting a new play system and defensive style. “Last year everything was new, this year we don’t have that problem,” said coach Sara Goldie. “The girls know the offense, defense and style of play. The

coaches know the kids and their abilities.” While the Wolves lost Ann Heine, Sarah Coyan and standout forward Katy Ainslie to graduation, the girls will turn to Kendra Morrison, a 6-foot-1 senior forward who received upwards of 25 offers to play college ball before selecting to play for the University of California, Santa Barbara. Senior point guard Abby Carlson and senior guard Caleigh McCabe return with Morrison to triple the threat on offense. With Morrison’s strength under the basket, McCabe and Carlson will look to control the perimeter attack with quick ball movement and agile shooting from longrange. Known for its fast and feisty defense, Eastlake will have its hands full again in the KingCo 4A conference. Seniors Bella Zennan (5-7 guard), Lauren Files (5-9 forward) and Taylor Boe (5-4 guard) will add speed, experience with

Goldie’s system and a well-rounded press defense. Zennan had her moments executing from 3-point range last year and Files is a consistent force in the paint. Junior Ellie Mortenson looks to add depth at the guard position this season. “The key to our success this year will be getting our young newcomers understanding the system early and pushing ourselves daily to get better,” Goldie said. “We need to get buy-in from everyone and are well on our way. Our defense creates offense for us and we need to bring it every night.” Games to watch: Issaquah at Eastlake, 6:30 p.m., Dec. 16; Eastlake at Garfield, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7; Eastlake at Skyline, 6:30 p.m., Jan. 13. Boys rebuilding While the Eastlake boys basSee BASKETBALL, Page 15

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Eastlake will depend on standout senior Kendra Morrison, pictured last year.


Sammamish athletes receive All-KingCo football honors Between Eastlake and Skyline, nearly 30 Sammamish football players received All-KingCo recognition for their outstanding performance throughout the fall season. In all, 16 from Eastlake and 13 from Skyline made the list. Skyline junior quarterback Max Browne was named KingCo 4A Crest Division Offensive Player of the Year and teammate Peyton Peluer, a junior linebacker, was named Defensive Player of the Year. Eastlake senior safety and wide receiver Bryan Cassill, an allaround standout, received Crest Division MVP honors and Gino Bresolin, Eastlake senior lineman, earned the title of Lineman of the Year. Their coach, Gene Dales, was named Coach of the Year for the division. Here are the All-KingCo Crest Division selections, as chosen by coaches and players: First team offense — QB Max Browne, Jr., Skyline; RB Ryan Lewis, Sr., Eastlake; WR Taggart Krueger, Sr., Skyline; OT Gino Bresolin, Sr., Eastlake;

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ketball team finished at nearly .500 last year, it will likely spend another season rebuilding. After going 11-13 overall in 2010-2011, it graduated 10 seniors from the team and looks to continue its momentum upward in the win column. Under second-year coach Brian Dailey the Wolves will rely on just three returning starters to the varsity squad. But, even

November 30, 2011 • OT Ben Vavra, Sr., Skyline; G Kohl Hedlund, Sr., Eastlake; C Connor Menninger, Sr., Eastlake. First team defense— DL Gino Bresolin, Sr., Eastlake; DL Kepa Hughes, Sr., Eastlake; DL Sean Bradley, Sr., Eastlake; LB Peyton Pelluer, Jr., Skyline; LB Danny Grotjahn, Sr., Eastlake; LB Sean Macdonald, Sr., Eastlake; CB Aaron Jo, Sr., Eastlake; CB Damian Greene, Sr., Skyline; S Bryan Cassill, Sr., Eastlake; S, Colton Teglovic, Sr., Eastlake. First team specialists — P Sean McDonald, Jr., Skyline; K Sean McDonald, Jr., Skyline; returner Bryan Cassill, Sr., Eastlake. Second team offense — QB Keegan Kemp, Sr., Eastlake; RB Damian Greene, Sr., Skyline; RB Danny Grotjahn, Sr., Eastlake; WR Brian Quick, Sr., Eastlake; WR Trevor Barney, Jr., Skyline; WR Matt Sinatro, Jr., Skyline; OT Jake Conroy, Sr., Eastlake; G Brandon Fischer, Sr., Skyline; C Joe Beattie, Sr., Skyline. Second team defense — DL Austin Owen, Sr., Skyline; DL Joe Beattie, Sr., Skyline; LB Devin Benford, Jr., Skyline; LB John Armour, Sr., Eastlake; S Nic Sblendorio, Jr., Skyline. Second team specialists —K John Kilburg, Sr., Eastlake.

though they lost the well-balanced leadership and court presence of Connor Iraola, the dynamic talent from junior point guard Brandon Lester should give the Wolves something to talk about. Lester averaged about 13 points per game last season. The new Eastlake team will look to the leadership of returning starters Lester, Eric Holmdahl (6-6 senior center) and Michael Hwang (6-2 junior shooting guard). Dailey, who played for the Wolves during the school’s formidable days, will continue to



Arrivey scored on a 3-yard keeper, which capped a 65-yard drive. “Those guys didn’t give up,” Taylor said Continued from Page 15 of the previously unbeaten Falcons team. The typically run-heavy Falcons were Browne completed 15 of 20 passes for forced to work quickly with the passing 170 yards in the first half and finished 22 game and finished with 338 total yards on for 30 for 281 yards and three touchdowns. offense. Woodinville got on the board right away Arrivey completed 24 of 34 passes for after executing through the air in the third 269 yards, including the 5-yard touchdown quarter. pass to Beau Vintertun that made it 26-21 It scored on a 3-yard, with 1:28 remaining. Arrivey-to-Schwend pass Skyline’s poor han“In the end, we trusted play. But The Spartans dling of the onside kick in our beliefs and got it and the ensuing threat rallied with all cylinders firing to score on its next Woodinville posed in done.” possession. the final seconds was a – Max Browne, It went up 19-7 when little too close for comQuarterback – Greene caught a 60-yard fort, Browne and Taylor pass from Browne, blastsaid. ed through two tackles But they hoped to and cruised into the end zone with 7:53 learn from past experiences to not let remaining in the third. things get out of hand in this year’s state Greene rushed 12 times for 31 yards, but final. caught seven passes for 114 yards and two “We’re comfortable, but that last one was touchdowns. too close,” Browne said. “In the end, we Skyline’s Nic Sblendorio scored another trusted in our beliefs and got it done.” for the Spartans in the fourth when he dashed 30 yards on a reverse around the Reporter Christopher Huber can be reached left side into the end zone. at 392-6434, ext. 242, or Woodinville kept things alive with anoth- Comment on this story at er score of its own later in the third quarter.

help the guys define their style of play in an ever-difficult KingCo league. “Hunger and execution will be the key to our success,” Dailey said. Games to watch: Redmond at Eastlake, 8 p.m. Dec. 9; Eastlake at Skyline, 8 p.m. Jan. 13; Skyline at Eastlake, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21; Eastlake at Issaquah, 8 p.m. Jan. 27. Reporter Christopher Huber can be reached at 392-6434, ext. 242, or Comment on this story at


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Events The City of Sammamish Holiday Lighting Ceremony is set for 5:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at City Hall.


Things to Come: Visions of the Future on Film looks at how movies have imagined the future from the silent era to today, including such films as “Metropolis,” (shown) “A Clockwork Orange,” “Blade Runner” and “Wall E.” at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Sammamish Library.


The Reindeer and the Dreidel Puppet Show, a girl celebrating Chanukah meets Rudolf the reindeer and they teach each other about their holidays at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Sammamish Library.



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The Sammamish Kiwanis annual Christmas Breakfast with Santa is scheduled for 8:45 and 10 a.m. Dec. 3 at Good Samaritan Episcopal Church. Visit for reservations.

Swedish Issaquah will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m.4 p.m. (closed 12:30-1:30 p.m.) Dec. 8 at the Swedish campus 751 N.E. Blakely Drive in Issaquah.




A Winter Wonderland Holiday Bazaar featuring gifts, a secret Santa for children, handcrafted items and other products will be from 3-7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Samantha Smith Elementary. Proceeds benefit the Sparrow Club and the school’s PTA.



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Bookmaking for Kids, presented by the Seattle Center for Book Arts is for children 6 and older with an adult. Learn how to make a book at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Sammamish Library.

Learn how to download a King County Library System ebook to your ereader during a digital downloads demonstration at 1 p.m. Dec. 3 and 17 at the Sammamish Library.

The Happy Valley Arts and Crafts Fair will have more than 20 vendors selling pottery, prints, jewelry, fiber art, clothing and more from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Happy Valley Grange, 19720 N.E. 50th St. in Redmond.


ways to think and talk about self defense, is for women 18 and older. It is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Sammamish Library.


Master Chorus Eastside will perform its Christmas show “The Many Worlds of Christmas” featuring Christmas songs from around the world. The show is set for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Eastlake Performing Arts Center. and at 3 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Kirkland Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15-20. Call 392-8466 or visit


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public calendar Dec. 1 Northeast Sammamish Sewer and Water District board meets at 3 p.m. at the District office at 3600 Sahalee Way N.E. The Sammamish Planning Commission meets at 6:30p.m. at City Hall. Dec. 5 The Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District Board of Directors meets at 3 p.m. at 1510 228th Ave. S.E. The Lake Washington School Board will hold a worksession at 5 p.m. followed by a meeting at 7 p.m. at the Resource Center, 16250 N.E. 74th St., Redmond Town Center. Dec. 6 The Sammamish City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. Dec. 8 The Eastside Fire and Rescue Board of Directors will meet at 4 p.m. at EFR’s headquarters at 175 Newport Way Northwest in Issaquah. Dec. 12 The Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District Board of Directors meets at 3 p.m. at 1510 228th Ave. S.E. Dec. 13 The Sammamish City Council will hold a study session at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. Dec. 14 The Sammamish Youth Board will meet at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

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Library activities Swaddler Story Time, for children birth-9 months with an adult, 11 a.m. Dec. 1, 8 and 15. Waddler Story Time, for children 9-24 months with an adult, 10 and 11 a.m. Dec. 2, 9 and 16. Toddler Story Time, for children 2-3 with an adult, 10 and 11 a.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and 14. Preschool Story Time, for children 3-6 with an adult, 10 a.m. Dec. 1, 8 and 15, and 1 p.m. Dec. 2, 9 and 16. Pajama Story Time, for children 2-6 with an adult, 7 p.m. Dec. 5 and 12.

Talk Time, conversation practice for adults who want to improve their English language skills, will take place at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 8 and 15. A series of weekly poetry workshops, for poets of all skill levels is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and 14. Space is limited. Musik Nest, for children 2-3 with an adult. Share songs, dance, rhythm and new ways to enjoy music with your toddler, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 19. The Teen Writers Group will meet at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 20.

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Volunteers needed The Mothers of Preschoolers group which meets at Mary, Queen of Peace church is seeking volunteers to provide childcare while the group meets. Meetings are generally Thursday mornings, twice a month at the church. For more information, visit, or email 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. Call 1-888-383-7818.

The Sammamish Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 21.

Join the club Rotaract, a community service for young adults ages 18-30 sponsored by the Sammamish Rotary, meets twice a month. Email Block Party Quilters meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at Mary, Queen of Peace Church. Visit The Social Justice Book Group meets at 10 a.m. the third Monday of each month in Sammamish. Email A support group for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s is where caregivers gain emotional support, learn

and share their experiences 6:308 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Faith United Methodist Church. Call 617-1936. The Rotary Club of Sammamish meets every Thursday at 7:15 a.m. at the Bellewood Retirement Apartments. Visit The Sammamish Fit Club, a club looking to improve the health of the community, meets from 7:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Call Trish at 206-605-0679 or email Cascade Republican Women’s Club meets at 11:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of the

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. Call 899-1040 or visit The King County LongTerm Care Ombudsman Program needs certified longterm care ombudsman volunteers. After completing a fourday training program, visit with residents, take and resolve complaints and advocate for residents. Volunteers are asked to donate four hours a week and

month at the Plateau Club. Call 861-7910.

child care are provided. Call 206719-8764.

Redmond Toddler Group, a parent-child program with art, music, play and parent education has openings in pre-toddler, toddler and family classes. Call 8695605 or visit

The Eastside Welcome Club, for people new to the area, meets at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month and at other times for activities and outings. Call Barbara at 868-2851.

Moms Club of the Sammamish Plateau has activities including weekly, age specific playgroups and monthly meetings, coffee mornings, mom’s nights out, craft club and local area outings. Visit or call 836-5015. Foster Parent Support Group meets the last Thursday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at Mary, Queen of Peace. Earn your training/foster parent hours. Refreshments and

Sammamish Kiwanis meets at 7 a.m. every Wednesday at Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church. Visit www.sammamish Toastmasters of Sammamish meet from 7:15–8:45 p.m. every Tuesday at Mary, Queen of Peace. Call 427-9682 or email The Cascade Woman’s Club, meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in members’ homes. Membership in the volunteer service organiza-

attend selected monthly meetings. Contact Cheryl Kakalia at 206-694-6827. 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. Email or visit Eastside Baby Corner needs volunteers to sort incoming donations of clothing and toys and prepare items for distribution. Visit 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.

tion is open to all women. Call 898-8603 or visit Sammamish Garden Club meets at 9:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of the month in the homes of members. Call Cathy at 836-0421 or email The Pine Lake Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of the month, plus occasional meetings for workshops and local field trips. Call 836-7810. The Sammamish Symphony is seeking musicians. Visit To submit items for the Community Calendar, email to Items will be edited and must be received by the Wednesday before publication.

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into the facility’s clubhouse and spent the night Nov. 12. The manager discovered garbage and empty beer cans in the common area and found that a screen had been taken off the window. The case was documented for future reference.

Scared the money out of his pockets An organizer for the Nightmare at Beaver Lake turned in a wallet that had been in the lost and found since Oct. 29. The wallet contained $26.50 but no identification. Police will hold onto the wallet in case an owner comes forward.

Lost technology A passerby found an Amazon Kindle on the sidewalk near the corner of 228th Avenue and Northeast 21st Street at around 3 p.m. Nov. 14. The item was wet and would not power on. Police kept it in case an owner comes to reclaim it.

Pool party Police were called to the Cameray Condominiums Nov. 19 after residents reported seeing a group of teens that did not live

there using the spa. Police arrived to find a Zune music player plugged into speakers, a half-finished case of beer, an empty pizza box and vomit on the ground. Police found an open window they believe the partygoers used to gain access to the building. Police obtained finger prints from the window. The case remains under investigation.

Vehicle prowls The following vehicle prowls took place the night of Nov. 14. In all cases, suspects broke a window to gain entry. ◆ A resident on the 24900 block of Northeast Third Place had a charging cord for an iPod Touch stolen. The vehicle was parked on the street. A GPS unit was in the car but was not taken. ◆ A resident on the 25900 block of Southeast 23rd Court had Old Navy and Columbia-brand jackets stolen from their vehicle. ◆ A resident on the 1100 block of 243rd Place Southeast had a first aid kit and leather tote bag stolen. ◆ A resident on the 26000 block of Southeast 22nd Place had a phone charger and BlueTooth device taken from their car overnight Nov. 14. Police were able to obtain a partial fingerprint from the suspect. The case remains under investigation. ◆ A resident on the 1400 block of 254th Place Southeast had


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Vehicle prowl Two residents on the 100 block of Windsor Drive had their cars broken into at around 5 a.m. Nov. 15. A bag of newly purchased childrens’ clothes was the only item stolen from either resident’s vehicle.

Attempted vehicle prowl A resident on the 800 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Northeast had the window of their SUV broken at around 12:30 a.m. Nov. 16. The resident heard the vehicle’s alarm go off and

came outside to find the window broken. The resident reported hearing what sounded like a “small truck” speeding away from the area. No items were taken.

Bike with no owner A neighbor reported Nov. 17 that a black and orange Specialized-brand mountain bike had been left at the corner of Southeast Third Street and 239th Court Southeast since Oct. 31. Police took custody of the bike in case an owner comes forward.

Vehicle prowl An Issaquah resident had several keys, checks and credit cards stolen from their vehicle as it was parked at Beaver Lake Park between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Nov. 18. The suspect broke a window to gain entry. Police have no suspects.

Vehicle prowl A Sammamish resident had a purse containing a half-dozen credit cards and more than $300 cash stolen from their vehicle as it was parked in front of a business near Pine Lake Nov. 18. The break-in occurred between 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. The suspect broke a window to gain entry.

Burglary A resident on the 4600 block of 229th Place Southeast had an external hard drive and Apple laptop stolen from their home

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Nov. 18. The resident left home at 1:30 p.m. and returned at around 3:30 p.m. to find that a back window on their home had been broken with a brick and the computer items were missing. No other items were taken from the home. Police were able to find several fingerprints. The case remains under investigation.

Burglary A resident on the 25100 block of Southeast 30th Street had two laptops, an Xbox and an Ovation acoustic guitar stolen from their home Nov. 18. The resident left the home, which is for sale, at around 9 a.m. and returned at around 11 p.m. to find the items missing. Police believe the suspects somehow accessed a real estate key box to gain entry to the home. The case remains under investigation.

Domestic violence A 42-year-old Sammamish man was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence the evening of Nov. 19 after an altercation with his wife. The female called police to report that the man had put his hands around her neck and stepped on her leg during an argument. The man reported that the woman had “flipped out” and that he was trying to leave the situation. The man said the two had wrestled for possession of a backpack but that he never laid hands on her. Police found a bloody spot on the woman’s shin and arrested the man on suspicion of fourth-degree assault.

Mail theft A resident on the 22700 block of Northeast 18th Place had a new phone delivered to her mailbox Nov. 5 but believes it was stolen. UPS records show the package was delivered at around 2 p.m. that day.

Burglary A resident on the 2000 block of 211th Place Southeast had an HP laptop stolen from their home sometime between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Nov. 9. Police could find no signs of forced entry and are unsure how someone could have accessed the home.

Found bag A resident on the 25800 block of Southeast 22nd Place found an abandoned baby diaper bag across the street from their home Nov. 15. The resident called police thinking it that may have been an item stolen in one of the recent car prowls in the area, though police could not match it to any of the victims. The bag contains diapers, a swim cap and a pair of socks. Items in the Police Blotter come from Sammamish Police reports.


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