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Baseball fan Ray Extract is another one of the boys of summer.

How locals plan to piece together a technology community.





Too much sun has some feeling the summertime blues.


New trails add to Issaquah’s mountain biking scene.

The city offers a variety of adult sports.




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Local soccer club serves community’s foot fetish.


Former Mayor Keith Hansen helped shaped Issaquah. Photographer Michael Johnson shares his favorite summer images.

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“I remember how spectacular the guy was… Robinson had a hell of a debut.” Ray Extract

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From witnessing the debut of Jackie Robinson to watching the Mariners’ Robinson Cano, the love of the game sustains Ray Extract By David Hayes

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Issaquah resident Ray Extract, wearing a replica jersey of his first favorite team the Brooklyn Dodgers, stands next to photos of the Dodgers’ old ballpark Ebbets Field and the new Safeco Field in Seattle.

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Ray Extract holds his prized souvenir of a baseball signed by longtime Los Angeles Dodger Steve Garvey.


ost know the story of Jackie Robinson’s celebrated breaking down of the color barrier when he became the first African American to play Major League Baseball on April 15, 1947. However, before he burst upon the main stage into American lore, Robinson first had to make his professional debut in the minor leagues on April 18, 1946. Sitting in the stands of Roosevelt Stadium, among the

24,000 to witness Robinson play for the Montreal Royals against the Jersey City Giants, was a teenaged Ray Extract, a Bronx native whose family moved to Jersey City. “I remember how spectacular the guy was. Of all the memories I have, that’s probably the biggest,” Extract said. “Robinson had a hell of a debut. He went 4-5, hit a home run, made some plays in the field, stole some bases.” Montreal may have won the game, 14-1, but it was Robinson who

was winning the hearts of the crowd, eager to watch a black man play the game better than most of the whites who came before him. “The crowd was really for him and excited,” Extract said “They were watching history. As a Jersey City fan, you’re supposed to root for the Giants’ farm club.” But that day, the cheers were for Robinson. “You didn’t hear very much bigotry from fans, at least I didn’t hear any,” he added.

Discovering the Dodgers

Now living in Issaquah, Extract, 83, traces his lifelong love affair with the American pastime to following the Boys of Summer, the players famous for suiting up for the Brooklyn Dodgers, including Robinson. As a Bronx native, Extract could have just as easily been a die-hard fan of the Bombers, the New York Yankees. Fate had other plans. “A group of us young kids, I was age 7, were invited to the excursion to see the Yankees,” Extract recalled. “I missed the subway and was late. I happened to turn on the radio a couple days later and caught Red Barber (the Dodgers long-time announcer). He taught me baseball. He was fabulous, not just in terms of announcing the game.” Through Barber’s descriptive narrative, Extract learned to appreciate the game’s subtle nuances, cementing the foundation for his appreciation of how Robinson approached the game. “Robinson played beyond himself. I saw him make plays you wouldn’t believe,” Extract said. “Although he

“I had cement hands. Couldn’t catch a ball to save my life.” Ray Extract never held any records for stealing bases, he was probably the most intimidating base stealer ever.” Extract remembers one game in particular against Philly, where the Dodgers won, 2-1. “All the runs came as a result of stolen bases and wild pitches. Robinson mastered the art of stealing home. You don’t see that very much. He was a master at it. Once he got to third base, he would discombobulate a pitcher,” Extract said.

Cement hands, baseball heart

Inspired by his heroes, Extract nevertheless never played much organized ball. Of course, he never had to. “When I was kid, it wasn’t like now with Little Leagues and organized sports,” he said. “You’d go

down to the park and pick up whoever was there. You’d play sometimes with five or six guys on a team. Or you’d play shortball in an empty lot next to the apartment house. Anything off against the wall was a double.” Never a standout in sports, Extract had to choose in high school where to commit his time — baseball or editor of the school newspaper. He chose the latter for obvious reasons. “I had cement hands. Couldn’t catch a ball to save my life,” he said. “Someone told me afterwards my depth perception was zero. I guess I had a bit of a handicap trying to play ball.” Extract ended up studying sociology, then employee relations, spending a good portion of his career in human resource management. However, even his move out west was intertwined with baseball. “People ask me why I moved to California. I tell them because the Dodgers did,” he said. “They moved in 1957, we followed in 1959.” One of his most memorable tales comes from that summer. In 1959, World Series games were played in the daytime. Extract was


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Ray Extract reminisces about the day he watched the minor league debut of baseball icon Jackie Robinson in 1946. working at the time for a swimsuit manufacturer. The guy in charge went to the boss, an Austrian, saying the sewing machine operators wanted to listen to the game on the radio. “The owner was apoplectic,” Extract recalled. “‘This is not soccer. What’s this? No way!’ he said. Word got out and the girls staged a sick in. Changed his mind pretty quickly. My job was to ensure games were tuned in properly.”

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Robinson only played 10 years for the Dodgers, but Extract continued his love affair with the game long after Robinson retired. He’d regularly attend seven games a year, even catching more history along the way, starting with the 1959 team that came out of nowhere to win an unexpected World Series. “I saw (Sandy) Koufax pitch his first no-hitter and get the win in the World Series against the Yankees,”

Extract said. He regrets having missed Kirk Gibson’s shot heard around the world — a very improbable, gamewinning pinch-hit homerun that a hobbled Gibson hit in the 1988 World Series against Oakland’s ace reliever, Dennis Eckersley. “I was in the car at the time, listening to the game and almost drove the car off the road when he hit it,” Extract said. As much as he enjoyed watching his Dodgers, Chavez Ravine never matched up to Flatbush. “The crowds were different,” he pointed out. “Brooklyn was much more raucous. There was Hilda Chester and her cowbell. The Dodger Symphony, a group of guys that played every game. Everyone would bring a lunch and stay ‘til the bitter end. “The L.A. crowds would come late and leave by the seventh inning. They were very enthusiastic, though, particularly in the beginning. But they were much more, ... reserved would be a good word,” he said. Despite the seemingly thousands of games he has attended, Extract never accumulated much of a memo-

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The few souvenirs Ray Extract has pay tribute to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Ichiro, formerly of the Seattle Mariners. rabilia collection — a couple of hats, pictures of Ebbets Field, a couple of replica jerseys. But he does keep on his mantle one prized souvenir from one of the game’s finer spokesmen. “I’ve got a signed ball from Steve Garvey,” he said of the Dodgers’ longtime infielder from the 1980s.

“I was coaching boys baseball at the time and one year Garvey spoke to the league champs.”

Coaching the game

While his stepson was growing up, Extract coached eight years of youth baseball, again inexorably tied to the Dodgers — some of the Dodgers’ kids played for Extract, including the sons of Don Newcombe and Chuck Kress Jr. However, when it came to coaching, Extract fell back on the stylizations of another sports icon. “I’m a Wooden disciple,” he said, describing UCLA’s basketball coach John Wooden, who won a record 12 NCAA titles, including seven in a row. “I try to convince them, hey, kids, winning is doing your best. If you can walk away from the game and say, ‘I gave it my best shot, prepared as well as I could,’ then you’re a winner. If you lose, what did you learn from it?” Extract and his wife Barbara came north in 2006 to follow the grandkids — his stepson and wife live in Issaquah with their two kids, while his daughter and her five kids live in Camas. As hard as Extract has tried to impart his love of the game to others, none of his grandchildren have taken up the game. “It breaks my heart. I can’t get them excited,” he said.

Undefeated at the Safe

These days, Extract still attends baseball games, only now at Safeco Field to watch the Mariners. He likens the Seattle team to the early years of his beloved Dodgers. “They’re like the old Brooklyn bums. Didn’t have a whole lot to root for, although they had a lot of characters,” he said. “Although this year is a fun team to watch.” Extract has purchased a pick six package of tickets this season to watch the Mariners and has attended a few other games as well. The Mariners should invite Extract to all their games — they’re undefeated whenever he’s in the crowd. Attend a game with Extract and he’ll keep you up with the subtleties of the game. “It’s a strategic game. People say it’s slow. But it’s not slow if you follow the game. Today, drama’s still there, and that’s what you like,” he said. “I like a fast game. A home run is exciting, but to me, executing the hit and run, getting a runner from second to third, with one out or less so they can score on a fly ball, executing to get the runner home with less than two outs. When people go beyond themselves, that’s what makes it exciting.” Like Robinson. And almost like cosmic karma, Extract’s love of the game has him rooting for a Mariner, Robinson Cano, named after his childhood hero. Giving him plenty to keep rooting for long into the days of summer.

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SUMMERTIME BLUES Here’s a guide for those who need some shade By Christina Corrales-Toy

While most of the region’s residents patiently endure the constant Northwest rain with the knowledge that at the end of the long, grey tunnel sits one prize of a summer, some individuals silently voice their displeasure with the sunny months. “It’s too hot,” they say. “I miss my rain,” they lament. “Where are the clouds?” they ask. They justify their aversion to summer weather by slowly repeating PEMCO’s “We’re a lot like you, a little

different” mantra. “There must be others like me,” they insist, though they’re never quite sure. They most closely identify with the insurance company’s “First Snowflake Freakout Lady,” only replace “snowflake” with “90-degree day” and you’ve got yourself a winner. Every summer, they promise to install an air conditioner in their homes, while they drudge on in stuffy houses with just box fans. When fall returns, though, they pro-

ceed to talk their way out of it, telling themselves there’s no reason to buy a unit they’ll use for just a few months. It’s a never-ending cycle. They moved to the Northwest from a sunny state, possibly California or Arizona. When friends and family ask if they’ll ever move back, they say, “I can’t. It’s too hot.” Fear not, though, Issaquah offers plenty of things to do for the summer-weather weary. See a movie: There is arguably no better way to escape the sun’s gaze than to sit in a cool, dark theater and watch the summer’s latest blockbuster. Issaquah now has two movie theaters, after the Issaquah Highlands’ Regal Cinemas opened nearly a year ago. It features 12 theaters, accommodates 2,500 visitors and includes both an IMAX screen and a signature Regal Premium Experience screen with enhanced sounds and visuals. For the 21 and older crowd, Cinebarre is a unique movie-viewing experience. Located at the same spot that used to house the Regal Issaquah 9 Theatre, Cinebarre allows patrons to eat, drink and watch movies in large recliners. The venue has a bar and cooks up appetizer-like foods with quirky, movie-inspired names, such as “Some Like it Hot Wings.” Grab an ice cream: When a cool, ice cream-filled waffle cone is in your hands, you’ll almost forget the thermometer reads 90 degrees outside. There are plenty of Issaquah places to indulge in your favorite frozen yogurt or ice cream treat. Munch on outlandish flavors such as Cherry Garcia and Chunky Monkey at the Issaquah Highlands’ locally owned Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop, or visit Front Street’s Yum-e Yogurt, where a vast, dizzying topping bar awaits. Visit the lake: Just because “First 90-Degree Day Freakout Lady” isn’t a fan of summer weather doesn’t mean she hates the outdoors. She’d just rather walk a trail in the rain, or under the comfort of cloudy skies. Lake Sammamish State Park is a locale where both summer admirers, and critics, can find common ground. Summer foes can still enjoy the outdoors at the popular Issaquah park. Grab a picnic lunch and sit under one of the park’s trees or shelters for a shade-covered outing; explore the park’s 500-foot boardwalk that snakes through a wetland

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Above, patrons pick toppings to add to their bowls of yogurt in the Yum-e Yogurt shop, one of many local establishments providing cold summer treats. Below, the Regal Issaquah Highlands Stadium 12 IMAX & RPX offers an air-conditioned movie-watching experience.

and is bordered by trees, offering spots of shade throughout; or if it really is 90 degrees, just hop in the lake. Take in the arts: You don’t have to go far to experience the arts in Issaquah, and you get to do it in the confines of a gallery or a theater, away from the sun’s unforgiving gaze. Just stroll along Front Street, where you’ll find Village Theatre and the artEAST Art Center. The Francis J. Gaudette Theatre hosts professional productions, and was a key player in the development

of some world-renowned musicals. Tony-award winning productions “Next to Normal” and “Million Dollar Quartet” were famously developed at the local theater. Catch Village Theatre’s production of “Funny Girl” through July 6. Just a few blocks away, you’ll find the artEAST Art Center, which offers exhibits by local artists, classes and lectures. Try your hand at ceramics, acrylic painting and more with one of the art center’s many workshops. Drop in at the community center: The Issaquah Community Center offers various drop-in activities that sun-weary residents can enjoy at the indoor facility. Take advantage of pickup basketball games, pickleball, the fitness room and the indoor track. The center also offers classes and group-exercise programs. Dropin fees range from $3 to $10, but regulars can purchase 30-day, 90-day or annual passes, too. Call 837-3300 for more information. See, there are a lot of things that summer-weather detractors can do while they patiently wait for the rain, wind and clouds to return. And now that another Issaquah summer has returned, I — I mean, “they” — will catch a flick, grab some ice cream and appreciate the sunshine, fully secure in, and relieved by, the fact that it’s only temporary in the big, beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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Issaquah resident Torey Gilbertson is a pediatric physical therapist by trade. On Friday evenings during the summer, though, he’s a ball player, serving as manager and pitcher of the Diamonds, a co-ed slowpitch softball team. “It’s a great form of exercise for me,” Gilbertson said. “It’s good camaraderie with the team, and we just have a really good time out there playing.” The Diamonds play in Issaquah’s adult softball league, one of the city’s several sports offerings geared toward adults. The Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department also facilitates a basketball league and dropin volleyball and pickleball games at the Issaquah Community Center. The most popular sport is softball, Issaquah recreation coordinator CJ Stanford said. Games are held weekday evenings at Tibbetts Valley Park, giving daytime professionals a chance to unwind on the diamond after work. Look at the standings, and you’ll find familiar team names such as

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Torey Gilbertson, a member of the co-ed slowpitch softball team Diamonds, pitches in a game on Field 5 at Tibbetts Valley Park.

Siemens, Costco Corp. and RE/ MAX Exemplary. Employees from smaller local businesses often get together and form squads, too. “We’ve had really good participation in our softball leagues, and I think it’s because it allows people

to de-stress and decompress after a work day,” Stanford said. The softball league has several different divisions that accommodate men and women of all skill levels. The men’s league began in early June and is split into a recreational division and a more competitive one. The co-ed league, where Gilbertson participates, plays its games on Friday evenings starting at the end of May. A Jack ‘n’ Jill co-ed recreation league starts in August. A men’s 35-and-older league also begins in August, and for the first time, the city’s recreation department is offering fall men’s and co-ed leagues, starting in midAugust. United States Specialty Sports Association umpires oversee all games. Gilbertson is a supportive manager of his team, constantly cheering on his squad and encouraging others at the plate. They all want to win, though, and luckily for him, the Diamonds “tend to do that a lot,” he said. “The only thing is we’ve not been able to win a championship


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in this particular league,” he said, “but we’ve at least been in the playoffs most of the time, and had a good time trying.” Many of the league’s players have sports backgrounds. Gilbertson played baseball through junior high, he said, and picked up slowpitch softball in college. It’s no wonder, then, that the competitive juices are in abundance at league games, Gilbertson said. “It gets pretty competitive, but competitive in a fun way most of the time,” he said. “It can get chippy from time to time, but it’s rare.” Leagues usually last for about seven weeks and culminate with a championship round. The city’s men’s basketball leagues are less popular, Stanford said, but Issaquah’s is unique in that the games are 4-on-4, rather than more common combinations such as 3-on-3 or 5-on-5. Games are played at the Issaquah Community Center and registration fees are $225. For adults looking for something a little more casual, the Issaquah Community Center has drop-in basketball, volleyball and pickleball

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Anchors away Let Lake Sammamish keep you afloat this summer By Peter Clark


From Marymoor Park to Lake Sammamish State Park, the seven miles of Lake Sammamish offers incredible boating opportunities. The gorgeous lake stretching from Issaquah to Redmond offers everything in marine travel from hand-powered exercise to motor-driven sports. For Issaquah residents, the best place to begin lies in Lake Sammamish State Park itself. There, Issaquah Paddle Sports serves to take farers out on the lake. The locally owned business offers rentals of paddleboards, paddleboats and kayaks for an hour or for the day. Manager Ben Marcus said at the beginning of June that the crowds of eager boaters were just starting to come out. “We’ve been getting a taste of the feeding frenzy over the last few weekends,” he said. With an increase in attention to various water sports, not to mention an increase in population in the region, he said the business had been growing year after year. “It’s been booming really,” Marcus said. “On a busy day, they’ll have all of the boats rented. When the weather is good here, people go berserk.” Paddleboarding, kayaking popular Much of that has been from stand-up paddle boarding. The corestrengthening sport has grown rapidly in the Pacific Northwest and Issaquah Paddle Sports leapt on the chance to offer locals the opportunity to try it. “It’s been pretty new and we’ve never seen anything explode as fast as stand-up paddle boarding,” Marcus said. He said that it has begun to take up about half of the shop’s business on a usual day. He said the region’s unpredictable weather gets people excited to visit the lake when conditions allow. Especially the many people cooped up in offices. “There’s a lot of office workers around here and they just want to get outdoors when the weather is nice,” Marcus said. “Really, people just want to get out into the sun

any way they can.” Lake Sammamish also gives boaters many reasons to strike out in a kayak. The simple structure allows for an easy seat from which to fish and watch the day go by. For those seeking adventure, the agile crafts can offer a way to explore the hidden sights offered by the lake. A kayak offers a relaxed way to see all that Lake Sammamish can show — a sunken forest, gorgeous herons on wing and lovely lakeside homes. A landslide and earthquake threw a forest into the lake a long time ago, and the result remains a sunken cluster of trees near Timberlake Park, which the water has preserved to this day. The aquatic plants provide a home for many of the lake’s fish and a helpful target for anglers to cast their aim. Hundreds of herons also call Lake Sammamish home along the banks. Great blue herons nest and flock around the year, offering adventurous boaters a chance to see the majestic creatures. Tours of the herons on the lake are offered regularly by one of the main boating enthusiast operations in the area: Kayak Academy. Take kayaking lessons Kayak Academy, in Issaquah, also offers kayaking lessons for everyone. “We’ve been here at least 10 years,” instructor Jameson Riser said. “We’re open every day, and we’re preparing to expand those hours through summer.” She said the lessons offered by Kayak Academy can benefit novices or the advanced kayak enthusiast. “We teach everything from ‘Kayaking 101,’ which includes your basic paddle strokes and wet exiting, to an advanced class,” Riser said. “Every year, we offer a fiveday training that goes up into the San Juan Islands.” Kayak Academy has also seen a surge in popularity. “It’s growing a lot every year,” Riser said. “It’s a lot of locals and tourists, too. Not just from Issaquah, but people from all over are coming to kayak.” She said the lake has a lot to do with that. “Well, it’s a great lake for kayaking,” Riser said. Of course, with the agility of a

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kayak, water-lovers don’t need to stay within Lake Sammamish proper. “I tell people if they want a little Tom Sawyer adventure, to head up into the Issaquah Creek,” Marcus said. Other boats, ways to get around Many, however, want more speed. Numerous boat launches around the perimeter of the lake lend a place to dip motorboats or jet skis into the water so you can zoom off into the horizon. Motorboat and jet ski rentals are limited around Lake Sammamish, but for a deluxe on-the-lake day, Invert Sports offers a wide variety of water ski boats, jet skis and water sports equipment. The company rents crafts throughout the west, including a number of other lakes in Washington state. Lake Sammamish is also the site for annual floating rituals, like the jet ski Easter egg hunt or the Christmas boat parade. For those who wish to harness nature’s power, rather than rely on mechanisms or personal strength, Lake Sammamish also allows an excellent venue for sailing. Between everything that one can

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see or do, Lake Sammamish seems like the place to be in summer. “Not only is it a beautiful lake to paddle on, the water warms up quickly and it’s clean.” Riser said. “It’s just perfect.” Marcus agreed. “It’s just a beautiful lake,” he said.


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long line of parents stood huddled, shoulder-to-shoulder along the fence line at Issaquah’s Central Park soccer fields. The sky was gray, and the highland wind was unceasing. Yet, there they were, shivering on the sidelines, watching their daughters play soccer on a gloomy Sunday morning. Such is the life of a dedicated ISC Gunners Football Club parent, as the international sport finds a cozy home in the family-oriented Pacific Northwest community. Luckily, parents and children of the nearly year-round club get a little sun, too, when it cooperates during the summer months. Founded in 1980, the ISC Gunners FC, formerly known as the Issaquah Soccer Club, is one of the region’s largest youth soccer programs. An estimated 10 percent of the city participates in the organization, which has about 3,000 athletes. The program is a lot more than kicks, goals and headers, according to Executive Director Gwynne Williams. “This is a club that is first and foremost teaching young players to be better people, and we just happen to use soccer as a means to that end,” he said. The club has a platform to reach kids of all ages with its vast array of program offerings. There are teams for children as young as 4, and for adults who just want to stay active. Athletes can keep it casual by playing in the club’s recreational program, or strive to play in the college ranks and beyond with the year-round premier teams. “We want to provide an opportunity for everybody,” said Bret Knutson, former club president. “This really is a lifelong sport, and the objective for us is to really keep kids enjoying the games, so they continue playing when they get older.”

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World Cup pedigree As World Cup soccer fever sweeps the globe, one Issaquah resident watches the action with a very personal connection to the game. Jimmy Ball, the Issaquah Soccer Club’s director of football, is the son of English soccer legend and 1966 World Cup champion Alan Ball. “I’m extremely proud of my father and what he did,” Ball said. “I learned so much from being around him growing up. My whole life from an early age was just ensconced in soccer.” Ball’s father was just 21 when he helped secure the country’s only World Cup. England defeated West Germany, 4-2, in front of a hometown crowd at Wembley Stadium. Many of Alan Ball’s teammates called him the “man of the match” in the cupclinching game. Alan Ball went on to make 72 international appearances for England. He enjoyed a long playing career, starring for English Premier League teams, including Everton, Arsenal and Southampton.

He made 251 appearances with Everton, his most with any one club, and scored 71 goals. In 2000, Queen Elizabeth II made him a Member of the British Empire for his contributions to the country’s sport. When he began his managerial career, a young Jimmy was never far from his side, soaking up as much knowledge as he could. Alan Ball died in 2007, but his influence lives on in Jimmy. Jimmy has gone on to coach and manage at clubs across the world, including Ireland’s Shelbourne Football Club, Spain’s Ardiles Football Academy and England’s Portsmouth Football Club. Before that, he suited up for the Exeter City Football Club and the English Premier League’s Southampton FC. “Being able to impress and do well in that environment was such a thrill,” he said of his time in the EPL. “Running with the big boys, running with the EPL boys and loving every minute of it, that’s a moment I’ll never forget.”

It’s less about winning than other club programs, but it’s a great way to stay active in an enjoyable but low-key setting. It’s also a key avenue to introduce children to the sport, Williams said, something that’s important as the club seeks to grow. “You can’t build a house with the roof on first, so my goal here is to start off right and retain those young players as we move forward,” he said. Teams are sorted by age groups with an emphasis on participation, learning and acquiring life skills. The next tier is the club’s select program. It fields teams for both boys and girls ages 11-18. This level requires tryouts and attracts players who want more of a challenge. The program’s athletes play about six months of the year and are led by licensed volunteer coaches, Knutson said. Soccer is a year-round affair for the club’s premier program. The program fields teams for boys and girls ages 8-18. Athletes also go through a selection process and teams generally feature players with a drive and

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Spectators stand for the national anthem prior to the Puget Sound Gunners’ June 4 loss to the Kitsap Pumas at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Stadium. ambition to raise their game to the top level, Knutson said. Teams are coached by paid professionals. The Issaquah School District high school soccer programs at Liberty, Skyline and Issaquah have been nothing short of successful recently, and Williams said he

believes it’s due, in part, to the development that players receive in the club and others like it. Club athletes play at fields across Issaquah, including those at Central Park and Lake Sammamish State Park.

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summer to watch some top-shelf soccer talent from across the region and around the world. Issaquah High School is the primary home stadium for the Premier Development League’s Puget Sound Gunners FC and the Women’s Premier Soccer League’s ISC

Gunners. The men’s and women’s teams develop elite college-aged players with professional aspirations. The men’s team, Puget Sound Gunners FC, plays in a league known as a stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world. “Many players now playing in Major League Soccer played in the PDL during and after their college eligibility,” Ball said. “This is an exciting opportunity for good college players who desire to play at higher levels.” The women’s team plays in the Women’s Premier Soccer League. Last year, the squad served as a feeder program for the Seattle Reign FC, of the National Women’s Soccer League. “Having a relationship with the Seattle Reign led to several players being called up last year,” Ball said. “We expect that others will be given a chance this year.”

Rebranding and growth Known as the Issaquah Soccer Club for its more than three

decades of operation, the program rebranded as the ISC Gunners FC in 2014. “We’d grown to a point where each section of our club had really become three separate entities,” Williams said. “This move was to bring all of the players under one badge and proceed as one club.” The change comes with a unified color scheme and name, the ISC Gunners, for all teams in the program. The gold-and-red uniform kits are out, replaced by blue and white, the club’s original colors, Williams said. The ISC Gunners FC also announced a new partnership with Swedish/Issaquah, making the local hospital the program’s title sponsor. As part of the agreement, Swedish provides team uniform kits, and medical support for events and tournaments, and organizes education programs for parents and coaches about important topics, such as youth sports injury and prevention, and concussion awareness. “We are impressed by the commitment of ISC Gunners to introduce young athletes to sports while

“This is a club that is first and foremost teaching young players to be better people, and we just happen to use soccer as a means to that end.” Gwynne Williams, Issaquah Soccer Club executive director instilling the virtues of teamwork, discipline and fitness,” Dr. Rayburn Lewis, Swedish/Issaquah’s chief executive, said. The club took a huge step this past year when it hired Williams as its executive director. Volunteers previously managed the club and its more than $1 million budget. The hope, Knutson said, was that Williams, and his lofty soccer pedigree, would take the club to the next level.

“He’s an extremely capable and talented executive,” Knutson said. “He’s going to be a very positive influence on the organization. He’s already made strides in the community and gotten to know people.” Williams came to Issaquah after serving as a director for the Alabama Youth Soccer Association. Before that, he was an assistant coach with Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution and the Bermuda Football Association. The timing was right to make the jump to the Northwest, Williams said, where the sport of soccer is thriving. “Issaquah is a family-oriented community, and that’s what attracted me. Plus, it’s in a lovely part of the world to live,” he said. The club’s numbers decreased in the past decade, Knutson said, as lacrosse and other sports gained popularity, but Williams said he’s excited to facilitate the growth of soccer in Issaquah. “The absolute cornerstone of it all has to be that this must be a fun and healthy activity,” Williams said.

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HOMAGE Photographer Michael Johnson shares his favorite images from summers in Issaquah

McNugget is an escapee from The Grange nearby and has lived in the parking lot of the local Staples office supply business for more than 11 years.

The pie-eating contest at Veterans’ Memorial Field is the final, messy fun family event of the Down Home Fourth of July holiday fair.

Above, the Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In opened in 1968 in its current location and is now one of only two remaining in the United States. More than 30 car shows are held there annually. At right, the Issaquah Valley Trolley carries a full load of passengers as it pulls in to the historic Train Depot.

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Above, Concerts on the Green fill the summer air with music on Tuesday nights in July and August. At left, these birds can be seen flying around Issaquah skies on a regular basis. The spot they take off from is called Poo Poo Point. It may sound funny, but this ‘poo poo’ was a horn noise that kept loggers on Tiger Mountain safe.


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A startup’s startup By Peter Clark

As entrepreneurial startups spring up throughout the region, many in Issaquah hope to provide a home for the fledgling businesses. “Startup” is a somewhat vague term for a company, partnership or solo venture trying to establish a viable business. It generally refers to enterprises in technology. The roots to such a movement exist in many places. Entrepreneurs might see the economic recovery as an opportunity to strike out on their own. Or talent from the region’s surrounding technological giants might leak out to the small business sphere. Whatever the reason, Issaquah is poised to play a role in that developing space. Many want to define and curate a community of startups in order to promote the city as a leader in the area.

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Richard Gabel is the owner of The White Board, an open workspace with desks, tables and comfortable furniture.

Locals plan to piece together an Issaquah community for tech entrepreneurs

One local leader trying to carve out a niche for that community is Richard Gabel. He owns Meadow Creek Business Center, which offers small businesses office space, and a newer venture called The White Board. While Meadow Creek rents office space, The White Board rents desk space. “The White Board is a way to get startups or freelancers to get out of the house and get out of the coffee shop and be around other people,” Gabel said. “Studies have found that people are more productive when they are social.” The White Board, in Gilman

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and printing/scanning capabilities. Gabel said The White Board is going through a period of relaunching after opening a little over a year ago. In a sense, the idea proved too successful, he said. After Gabel promoted the opening, he found many members. However, he did not anticipate a fast turnaround. “We found people did move in and out quickly,” Gabel said, adding the business grew to need a larger space. Gabel said he had seen a variety of members come through The White Board — freelancers, Web developers, product designers and inventors. Out of about three dozen who came there with small businesses, he said 11 have failed. Gabel said he came to the idea of co-working after hearing about its growing popularity in places like Chicago. “It’s catching on there and it’s catching on here,” he said. “We talked to the co-working spots in Seattle and asked ourselves, ‘Will it work in suburbia?’ So, we thought we’d give it a try.”

A bedroom community, literally

Issaquah’s placement gives the city many advantages as well as hurdles to building a solid community of startups. “It’s an opportunity on the Eastside with its proximity to Microsoft,” Gabel said. “Our objective is in defining what’s going on in the entrepreneur startup world in Issaquah and Sammamish. What we hope to do is coalesce a startup community and investors.” Jay Weeldreyer, an entrepreneur in the city, said a population of small business people exists in the city. He founded the financial startup brand Lendjoy and is the director of business strategy with Lender Gear, compliance software for retail lenders. “Oh yeah, it’s an untapped market,” he said of Issaquah. “It’s totally a bedroom community for startups. And I mean literally. It’s full of people doing this stuff in their bedroom.” He said the opportunity offered by places like The White Board could fill a role, but the entrepreneur scene spreads all over the city

and creates its own communities. “There’s a lot of business that gets done at the Issaquah Coffee Company,” Weeldreyer said of the cafe on Juniper Street. “You see familiar faces there, you meet designers there. There is stuff that happens.” However, he said he doubts the social role mentioned by Gabel is necessary to fostering entrepreneurs. “Most of the main businesses that are startups are not consumer facing,” he said, meaning they specialize in behind-the-scenes work. “As a consequence, there’s not a lot gained by socialization.”

Investors are important

For Paul Hammann, founder and CEO of Ombitron, choosing to join The White Board came down to geography. Ombitron provides hardware, connectivity solutions and a lightweight software platform to expedite the development of applications. “Issaquah just happens to be the midpoint between Seattle and North Bend,” he said, explaining that his partner lives in the city while he lives in North Bend. “It was a very good meeting place.” However, despite seeing numerous benefits, Ombitron moved to Seattle after three months. “We were able to get valuable exposure and made excellent contacts,” Hammann said. “We just kept on having meetings in Seattle.” The city casts a shadow over Issaquah and draws a great deal of talent away. “We’ve had a significant amount of people move out because the money is in Seattle,” Gabel said of the geographical limitations. “That’s why it is so important to find potential investors in this area to keep entrepreneurs in Issaquah.”

How the city can help The city’s young Economic Development Department recognizes the presence of small entrepreneurs in the area. Economic Development Manager Andrea Lehner said the city already does a lot for small businesses and plans to expand those services in the future. She said the city offers location/relocation assistance, assistance through the permit process

and business visitations. “We set up meetings with businesses and say, ‘How’s it going and what could we be doing to help you?’” Lehner said. She said the department plans to undertake a sector analysis to identify the population of businesses in Issaquah. “It will let us know what types of businesses we have here and what are the gaps,” she said. “We have very high-level data, but this will give us very, very detailed material. Then, we can use that to support that cluster of businesses.” She said bringing more entrepreneurs to the area and helping those who already exist remains extremely important to her department and the city. “I think we spend more of our time with the small businesses than with the Costcos,” Lehner said.

An invisible element?

For startups, it will first take finding the community. “Looking at the numbers,” Gabel said, referring to the information he has collected, “there is a startup community in Issaquah.” He also serves as chairman of the board for the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, which has promoted a healthy environment for small businesses and entrepreneurs. “We’re in the assessment phase right now,” Gabel said, about trying to define the extent of Issaquah’s startup community. “There’s a very high failure rate and a long gestation period to figure out whether these things are going to make money.” Weeldreyer said the city needs to make more noise about the inclusion of startups in the area and it will draw more attention. “It’s an invisible element right now,” he said. “I don’t know why Issaquah isn’t the Mountain View to San Francisco. Mountain View embraces that and talks about it. If it got talked about a little more, it would be useful to attract more talent to the area.” Hammann said that while logistics moved Ombitron to Seattle, more hurdles existed for the city. “Issaquah has some challenges,” he said. “Seattle’s a hub for public transportation and in Issaquah, the transportation is a big negative.”

Additionally, he said the dearth of commercial availability has led to higher prices for those looking to enter. “Issaquah is also more expensive,” Hammann said. “If we were looking at commercial space, we would look in Factoria.” Issaquah has a quality placement to exist as a hub for startups, and the people who want to make that reality have a clear vision. “Ultimately, what we want to do is build a community of people here in Issaquah that are committed to sharing and helping each other.” Gabel said. And he believes the city has the right trajectory. “I think we are doing a lot of the right things,” he said. “The important thing for the city is looking at what has value and what’s sustainable. It should identify what resources are in the community.” Weeldreyer said the city needs to simply spread the message. “It just takes talking about it and saying, ‘Wow, this is a great place to live and set up a business.’” Weeldreyer said. “Given the depth of talent from Microsoft, there are a

By Greg Farrar

Andrea Lehner, Economic Development Department manager for Issaquah, and her staff, make sure the city is offering timely assistance to businesses. lot of smart people here. All of the elements are here.”

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APARTMENTS - LUXURY Bentley House............................... 425.505.3792 2700 NW Pine Cone Drive, Issaquah The residences at Bentley House were built with custom finishes and appliances that will exceed your expectations. ARTS AND CRAFTS Bazinga Stitch LLC ........................ 425.273.1290 20921 28th Ave SE, Bothell Custom quilting and home decor ASSISTED LIVING/SENIOR CARE Era Living University House .......... 425.654.1485 22975 SE Black Nugget Road; Issaquah Red Oak ....................................... 425.888.7108 Quality Service • Quality Care Trained Staff • Spacious Apartments Regency Newcastle ..................... 425.453.1508 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Rd, Newcastle ATTORNEYS O’Brien, Barton, Joe & Hopkins, PLLC ..................... 425.391.7427 175 NE Gilman Boulevard, Issaquah Criminal Defense • Personal Injury • Family Law Wills • Estate Tax Planning • Probate Real Estate Transactions • Traffic Tickets R. M. Holt, Inc. P.S. ....................... 425.392.5335 195 NE Gilman Blvd. Issaquah Estate Planning – Probate –Business Entities – Insurance Claims AUDIOLOGY AND HEARING SERVICES Eastside Audiology ....................... 425.391.3343 & Hearing Services 49 Front St. N. Issaquah, Patient satisfaction is the hallmark of Eastside Audiology. AUTO REPAIR Autosys Inc ................................... 425.882.0630 18018 Redmond Way #19, Redmond Auto Repair & Maintenance for Asian, Domestic and Euro vehicles

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By Greg Farrar

Above, a mountain biker navigates a hairpin turn on the Silent Swamp trail. Below, the three new mountain biking trails, routes in red, are most easily accessed from the East Tiger Mountain Summit parking lot on Highway 18.

New paths added to biking scene By Neil Pierson

Mountain biking enthusiasts have more options these days within a short driving distance of downtown Issaquah. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance joined forces in the past year to build two new bike trails and re-route a third at Tiger Mountain State Forest. The three trails — Fully Rigid, Silent Swamp and Joy Ride — are about a 15-minute drive from Issaquah, accessible at both the lower and upper trailheads at Tiger Mountain, adjacent to state Route 18. The trails are designed for intermediate and advanced riders. The half-mile-long Fully Rigid Trail may be the most technically challenging of Tiger Mountain’s biking routes,

which encompass a total of seven trails and 12 miles. Riders who start at the top of the Fully Rigid Trail at Crossover Road 5500 will navigate several hairpin turns, tree rocks and rocks. Toward the end, the trail descends to the junction of the Silent Swamp and Joy Ride trails. Silent Swamp has changed, having been moved to avoid a wet and erosion-prone area. At 1.5 miles, it’s the longest of the new trails and serves as more of a cross-country course. There’s a 70-foot-long bridge over Spring Fork Creek, sev-

eral steep climbs and a 170-footlong elevated boardwalk before Silent Swamp connects with the Preston Railroad Grade Trail. Joy Ride Trail is a mile long, and starts at an 80-foot-long bridge over Fish Hatchery Creek. The ride goes through thick stands of trees, and is relatively fast despite several tight turns and rocky conditions. Joy Ridge eventually connects with the Northwest Timber Trail. A Discover Pass — available for $30 a year or $10 a day through Washington State Parks — is required to park at the two Tiger

Mountain trailheads. A detailed, full-color map of the area’s trail system is available online at dnr. Professional trail builders from the bike alliance constructed the trails with help from DNR and Puget SoundCorps crews, and a total of 3,000 volunteer man hours. DNR is working on securing funding for another 13 miles of biking trails in the near future. Issaquah residents have another option even closer to home at Duthie Hill Park, at 27101 S.E. Duthie Hill Road. The park, on 120 acres of county land, includes six miles of crosscountry biking trails, two miles of free-riding trails with jumps and other man-made obstacles, and a central clearing with a picnic shelter and a children’s biking area. On June 7, the park hosted the sixth annual Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival, attracting roughly 2,000 visitors to check out a variety of vendors, family-oriented biking activities and skill clinics. The alliance hosts a number of mountain biking classes for all ages and ability levels. Schedules and registration forms are available online at

Above left, a mountain bike enthusiast negotiates the challenging new Fully Rigid Trail on East Tiger Mountain. At left, Diego Carrillo (right), from El Paso, Texas, Che the Doberman pinscher, Jeff Harrington, of Kirkland, and Che’s owner, Will Diaz, of Puyallup, cross an 80-foot bridge over Fish Hatchery Creek at the beginning of the mile-long Joy Ride Trail. By Greg Farrar



Baiting beginners Where to start for those looking to fish By Peter Clark


Amateur anglers need not look far for a good start. King County has some of the best fishing in the state, according to Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Fish Biologist Aaron Bosworth and local fishing enthusiasts.

How to get going First and foremost, beginners to the sport need to figure out what they want to catch. That will dictate where to go, what tactics to employ and the type of equipment that’s needed. “As far as tackle and rigging go, it really does depend on what you’re going after,” Bosworth said. “If you’re fishing in rivers, spinners or spoons are a great way to go.” Spinners are metal tackles that spin as the angler reels it back in, reflecting light from the surface of the water and prospectively catching a fish’s attention. Spoons are similar to spinners, moving erratically while pulled back in by a reel. For lake fishing, Bosworth recommended more traditional riggings, like bobbers and sinkers, with live bait attached to a hook. He said fly-fishing in a creek or river is always an exciting option.

Start with some help

By Greg Farrar

Peter Corbett, owner of Creekside Angling Co. on Northwest Gilman Boulevard for 20 years, holds a selection of attractor pattern fishing flies, tempting lures for trout from June through October.

For those new to fishing and wanting to learn as quickly as possible, Bosworth recommends calling in some professional help. “People should maybe consider hiring a guide,” he said. “You get to learn from someone with more experience. People can ask in their local tackle shop for good places to go or where to find a guide.” Luckily for Issaquah residents, a friendly tackle shop exists on Northwest Gilman Boulevard. Creekside Angling Co., which celebrated its 20th anniversary in June, may specialize in fly-fishing, but it has the equipment and the experience to help those wanting to catch some fish. Owner Peter Corbett said he is aware most people have not had the extensive history he has had

with fishing. “I started when I was a kid,” Corbett said fondly, crediting his father for starting him on a lifetime passion. He cautioned new fishermen and women about what they take to the water and where they buy that new equipment. “You have to start slow,” he said, mentioning complaints he has heard from people rushing into the lifestyle with online purchases. “Buy right the first time, and you’ve got to buy your rod from a pro shop.” Corbett said nothing compares to talking with pros about what rod, reel, tackle and bait work best for new anglers. “We’ve got lots and lots of rivers you can explore,” Creekside Angling fly-fishing instructor Adam Czaja said. “It’s a lot easier than people make it out to be,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby.” He said those new to a rod and reel can find a decent starter set for about $130. Czaja’s main advice for what to get before learning how to fish comes from wanting to continue the conversation with enthusiasts. “Just come in,” he said, recommending new anglers visit their local bait and tackle shops. “It can be kind of intimidating, but it keeps the shop people excited to talk about it.”

When to start out

When heading out to land your big catch, the first thing to keep in mind is what time to start the trip. Bosworth said the best fishing will happen in the morning or in the evening, when cold-blooded fish are least affected by the sun. “That’s definitely true as we move deeper into summer,” he said. “The water’s still pretty cool in the beginning of the season, but as we move into July, August and September, early morning and the evening will be the best times.” He also recommended casting to underwater shelter, like caught driftwood or undergrowth. “Trout like to hide under any submerged log or bush that creates a shady spot,” Bosworth said. “If you are using a spinner in moving water, pull it through a riffle or a small rapid.” He said the water would be more oxygenated in those areas, attracting more fish.

By Greg Farrar

Wenna Zhang, of Sammamish, shows off a trout she caught on the first day of fishing season from the public dock at Pine Lake Park.

Getting the know-how

Both the state Department of Fish & Wildlife and Creekside are trying to get more information in the hands of new fishermen and women. “We offer a bunch of classes,” Czaja said. “The first two nights are in a classroom setting and covers equipment, knots, etymology. It really clears the air, so they’re not shocked when they go out to the river. Then, we go out on the morning of the third day and it takes about 45 minutes to an hour for them to get the hang of casting.” The Department of Fish & Wildlife has set up a website to give amateurs the lowdown on fish who swim down low.

License to fish To legally fish in the state of Washington, you need a fishing license. You can purchase one at Make sure to have your Social Security number, credit card and a previous or current license readily available. You can also purchase one from a licensed Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife vendor. Find one at

“We’re trying to do more outreach about the great getaways in Washington,” Bosworth said. At

ington, the department provides a portal for beginners to sink into the sport of fishing. It offers maps, tips and more. “It also has a whole bunch of howto videos, like how to catch a bass or trout, or even walleye,” Bosworth said. He said summer would be a great time to gain fishing experience in preparation for the salmon returning home in the fall. “We should have a great coho run coming in late September or October,” he said. “It should be a lot of fun.”

Where the fish are

Bosworth easily listed a number of nearby locations for beginners to cast their lines. “Cedar River is a pretty river with a lot of access,” he said. “You can fish with spinners and do some wadefishing out there.” He also highlighted the Skykomish River as an excellent spot for all sorts of fishing, whether anglers want to wade in the water, throw out some spinning lures or float egg bait on the surface. Juveniles under age 15 may have it the best. They live even closer to an excellent source of amateur fish-

Top 10 fishing tips q Pick the fish you want to catch and plan for it. q Check maps to find a good place to drop a line. q Visit local bait and tackle shops. q Look for deep pools or shelters for fish. q Look for riffles in moving water. q Fish in the morning or the evening. q Buy your equipment from those who know what they’re talking about. q Hire a guide to help with your first experience. q Take a class about what specifics tactics you’d like to learn. q Join a group of local fishermen.

ing, perfect for sunny, lazy days out of school. “Issaquah Creek itself is really good for fishing as well, but it’s only open to kids, “ Bosworth said. “There is some pretty good trout fishing there. Of course, adults can go as well, as long as it’s just the kids fishing.”

He said destinations vary based on the type of equipment available. “It’s a little tough because with a lot of the best spots, you need a boat,” Bosworth said. With a boat, the options open up to many lakes in King County. Bosworth said Lake Sammamish and Lake Washington offer wonderful locations to fish for perch with a synthetic bait or good old-fashioned worms. Czaja spoke highly of smaller local lakes, like Beaver Lake and Pine Lake for beginning anglers, but he also suggested taking a trip to score the best the region has to offer. “There so much fishing in the Puget Sound,” he said, especially in the annual salmon runs that bring the fish back to their native spawning ground. “We can definitely go after these guys when they go near the beach.” Corbett said fishing provides a supremely relaxing experience as well as a constant challenge to keep alert for fish to bite. “When you’re fishing, you get out in the middle of nowhere, and everything disappears,” he said. “The best days are when you don’t have to be back for dinner.”



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All Chevy Show, 8 a.m., Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In


Sammamish Farmers Market, 4-8 p.m., Sammamish Commons


‘The Rad Scientist’ Concert, 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Issaquah Library


Kidsfirst! Eli Rosenblatt, noon to 1 p.m., Beaver Lake Park

Concerts on the Green: No Rules, 7-8:30 p.m., community center


Sammamish Farmers Market, 4-8 p.m., Sammamish Commons

Celebrity Golf Tournament and Dinner Auction, Plateau Club, registration starts at 9 a.m.


Burgers, Bikers and Babes Rally, 8 a.m., Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In Bare Buns Fun Run, 11 a.m., Fraternity Snoqualmie


Classy Chassis Car Show, 8 a.m., Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In


Cascade Cougar Cub Prowl, 8 a.m., Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In


Art Outside Plein Air Festival, July 14-20, Issaquah Highlands ‘We All Need the Sun’ Musical, 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Issaquah Library


Bubbles, Volcanoes and Rocket Ship Balloons, 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Issaquah Library


‘Sing a Song of Science,’ 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Issaquah Library


Kidsfirst! Performance Series: Jeff Evans, magician, noon to 1 p.m., Sammamish Commons


Sammamish Farmers Market, 4-8 p.m., Sammamish Commons


Kidsfirst! Eric Herman and the Thunder Puppies, noon to 1 p.m., Sammamish Park soccer field


Sammamish Farmers Market, 4-8 p.m., Sammamish Commons

Kidsfirst! Eric Ode, noon to 1 p.m., Sammamish Commons Chalk Art Festival, noon to 5 p.m., community center ‘Tide Pool Tunes and Fishy Tales’ Show, 1 p.m., Sammamish Library

Concerts in the Park: Wings n Things, 6:30-8 p.m., Pine Lake Park


Heritage Day, 11 a.m., Train Depot, Issaquah

Issaquah Farmers Market, Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pickering Barn


ArtWalk, 6-9 p.m., downtown Issaquah Family Squirt Toy Night, 7-9 p.m., Julius Boehm Pool


‘Jack Chapeau Meets the Gill Man’ Puppet Show, 7 p.m., Issaquah Library


Chocolate, Wine and All That Jazz, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Boehms Candies Concerts in the Park: 3 Trick Pony, 6:30-8 p.m., Pine Lake Park

Concerts on the Green: Randy Hansen, 7-8:30 p.m., community center



Concerts on the

Green: Portage Bay Big Band, 7-8:30 p.m., community center

30 Sammamish Farmers Market, 4-8 p.m., Sammamish Commons


Concerts in the Park: The Delphi Band, 6:30-8 p.m., Pine Lake Park ‘The Fantastical Magical Math Spell,’ 7 p.m., Issaquah Library Wooden O Shakespeare: ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona,’ 7 p.m., community center


Frogs and Dogs, noon to 9 p.m., Issaquah Brewhouse


5K Foam Fest, 8 a.m., Lake Samm. State Park

Cougar Mountain Trail Run, 9 a.m., Sky Country Trailhead Summer History Program, 11 a.m., Train Depot Film Series: ‘I Walk the Line,’ 7 p.m., City Hall


Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pickering Barn Sammamish Children’s Walk, 10 a.m. to noon, Big Rock Park

Concerts in the Park: North Country, 6:30-8 p.m., Pine Lake Park

Concerts on the Green: Aaron Crawford, 7-8:30 p.m., community center

‘We Learn, We Play, We Build,’ ages 8-12, 6 and 7 p.m., Sammamish Library

Issaquah’s Down Home Fourth of July, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., downtown

Fourth on the Plateau, 6-11 p.m., Sammamish Commons

Wooden O Shakespeare: ‘Julius Caesar,’ 7 p.m., community center


Wooden O Shakespeare: ‘Julius Caesar,’ 7 p.m., Pine Lake Park



Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pickering Barn Wooden O Shakespeare: ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona,’ 7 p.m., Pine Lake Park



Fifth annual Old Rides Car Show, 8 a.m., Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In Kruise for Kids, 5 p.m., Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In


Obliteride Bike Ride and Fundraiser, 7:30 a.m., Magnusen Park

ArtWalk, 6-9 p.m., downtown Issaquah Underwater Adventures Night, 7-9 p.m., Julius Boehm Pool


‘Tide Pool Tunes and Fishy Tales,’ 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Issaquah Library



The Suitcases Project, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Train Depot


All Corvette Car Show, 8 a.m., Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In

National Night Out, 5-7 p.m., City Hall

Concerts on the Green: The Georgetown Orbits, 7-8:30 p.m., community center


Cougar Mountain Trail Run, 8:30 a.m., Sky Country Trailhead


Kidsfirst! Matt Wells, magician, noon to 1 p.m., Ebright Creek Park

Fifteenth annual NWCCC Tri-5 Chevy Show, 8 a.m., Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In



Beat the Heat Splash Day, 1-3 p.m., community center Sammamish Farmers Market, 4-8 p.m., Sammamish Commons


Sammamish Farmers Market, 4-8 p.m., Sammamish Commons

Concerts on the Green: The 5 Johnsons, 7-8:30 p.m., community center

N.W. Muscle Car Meet, 8 a.m., Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In


Kidsfirst! Alex Zerbe, comedy juggler, noon to 1 p.m., Sammamish Commons

Mud and Chocolate Run, 8:40 a.m., Soaring Eagle Park



Sammamish Farmers Market, 4-8 p.m., Sammamish Commons

Concerts on the Green: Wally & the Beaves, 7-8:30 p.m., community center




Vintage Chevy Club of America, 6 p.m., Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In Concerts on the Green: BrickHouse Show Band, 7-8:30 p.m., community center

Farmers Market, 4-8 p.m., Sammamish Commons


Build a Robot Puppet, ages 8-12, 6 p.m., Sammamish Library


14th annual Festival of New Musicals, Village Theatre Aug. 8-10 p.m.

Concerts in the Park: Junkyard Jane ‘Swampabilly,’ 6:30-8 p.m., Pine Lake Park


Family Volunteer Event, 10 a.m. to noon, Sammamish Commons


‘Sing a Song of Science,’ 10:30 a.m., Sammamish Library Crown Victoria Association Ford/Mercury Cruise-In, noon, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In



Robot Garage, ages 8-12, 6:30 p.m., Sammamish Library


Family Volunteer Event, 10 a.m. to noon, Sammamish Commons Concerts in the Park: Remnanz, 6:308 p.m., Pine Lake Park

Issaquah Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pickering Barn


Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pickering Barn Sammamish Days, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sammamish Commons


Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pickering Barn

Trunk ‘n’ Treasure, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., community center Fire Dash, 10 a.m., Lake Sammamish State Park The Suitcases Project, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Train Depot


Lake Sammamish Triathlon, 7 a.m., Lake Sammamish State Park

Concerts in the Park: Sammamish Symphony, 6:30-8 p.m., Pine Lake Park

Grand Ridge Trail Run, 8 a.m., Grand Ridge trailhead

Sammamish Nights, 6-10 p.m., Sammamish Commons

Concerts in the Park: Petty Fever, 6:30-8 p.m., Pine Lake Park


Issaquah Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pickering Barn



Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pickering Barn


Oldsmobile, Buick, Pontiac Clubs of America Car Show, 9 a.m., Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In





First day for Issaquah schools




ArtWalk, 6-9 p.m., downtown Issaquah

Farmers Market, 4-8 p.m., Sammamish Commons

Ninth annual All Ford Show, 8 a.m., Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In











Volkswagen Fall Fling Cruise-In, noon, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In



Issaquah Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pickering Barn Salmon Days, Issaquah, Oct. 4-5



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Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pickering Barn ‘The Bones Beneath Our Feet,’ by Michael Schein, 11 a.m., Train Depot, Issaquah

Arts Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 11-12, Sammamish City Hall



Sammamish Walks, 10 a.m. to noon, Beaver Lake Preserve

Sammamish Farmers Market, 4-8 p.m., Sammamish Commons

Fall Electric Vehicle Show, 8 a.m., Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In

Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pickering Barn

Village Theatre: ‘In the Heights,’ through Oct. 26, times vary

Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pickering Barn

Second Saturday Film Series, 7 p.m., City Hall

Sammamish Farmers Market, 4-8 p.m., Sammamish Commons

No Regrets Custom Truck & Car Show, 8 a.m., Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In


Issaquah Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pickering Barn

Farmers Market, 3-8 p.m., Sammamish Commons



Issaquah Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pickering Barn



Magnums, Chargers, 300s, and Challengers, 8 a.m., Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In



Run with the Kokanee, 9 a.m., Lake Sammamish State Park Sammamish Walks, 10 a.m. to noon, Beaver Lake Preserve




Living Legends Former Mayor Keith Hansen helped shape the landscape of growth for Issaquah

By Dan Aznoff

The population of this city more than quadrupled in the decade Keith Hansen served on the Issaquah City Council. He said he was determined to nurture the city’s roots when he became mayor, to help the town grow tall among its Eastside neighbors. Hansen knew the surge in population would be followed by additional development and more opportunities to bring business into Issaquah. He admired how Bellevue and Mercer Island had been able to maintain the natural beauty of their communities while investors built homes and developed commercial properties to meet the needs of new residents. “Looking back, I am most proud of the regulations we enacted during my time as mayor, to require and encourage landscaping that has enhanced the beauty of our city,” Hansen said. “The trees we planted in the ‘70s have matured just as I had envisioned they would when we voted on the guidelines during my term as mayor.”

“We probably could not have planned the city any better if we had started with a blank slate. Issaquah was a dream environment to raise our five boys.”

Keith Hansen

Issaquah mayor, 1970-74

Under his leadership, the council voted to have the large poplar trees removed from along Front Street and the medians of Gilman Boulevard. The messy trees were replaced with revolving gardens of colorful flowers to welcome visitors to Issaquah. “We had to start all over,” he said. “Flower gardens make a much better impression as you drive into town. They enhance the homey and friendly atmosphere we wanted to promote, especially in the spring and summer months. The changing colors are breathtaking.” Without the consistent change of fresh blossoms and bright colors, Hansen said he believes the city would have been “too stark” to attract enough shoppers to support local businesses. Hansen served as mayor from 197074. He and Bill Flintoft presided over the City Council during what Hansen described as “the painful growing years” from the ‘60s through the early ‘70s. Hansen said he is still sorry his fel-

Issaquah History Museums

Mayor Keith Hansen (right) is sworn into office by City Attorney John Hackett at the Dec. 1, 1969, Issaquah City Council meeting.

Keith Hansen (left) and his wife Beverly pose for a family photograph as they enjoy a visit with children and grandchildren in 2013. Contributed

low City Council members failed to approve a bypass over the railroad tracks on Front Street during his tenure. He firmly believes improvement will eventually be completed to improve traffic flow through the old portion of downtown. “Whenever it happens, the people will wonder why we waited so long,” he said. “The longer they wait, the more it will cost and the more disruption it will create.” Hansen described the older section of downtown as “quaint” and said he is sorry to see the number of high-density housing units introduced to the area. “That’s progress, I guess,” he said. “The same thing happened to the neighborhood where I grew up in Ballard. Both Issaquah and Ballard are desirable communities, and people want to move in and raise their families there.” ‘Incredible natural attractions’ The flowers and landscaping are not the only factors that add natural beauty to the city, according to Hansen, who emphasized the

importance of having a state park adjacent and a fish hatchery within its borders. “People are always coming up to me to say how amazingly lucky they are to have such incredible natural attractions right in their own backyard,” he said. “We probably could not have planned the city any better if we had started with a blank slate. Issaquah was a dream environment to raise our five boys.” Hansen remembers stopping off at the old filling station on Sunset Way and First Avenue to gas up his car on the way to the slopes at Snoqualmie Pass. He also recalls attending events at the open-air dance hall at Pine Lake as a teenager, but he never imagined moving to the city that he would call home for 45 years. He moved to Issaquah with his family in 1957 and raised his own family in what he still describes as a “suburban village.” Hansen now divides his time between a condo in the woods of Bellevue and a winter home in Arizona. The former mayor takes special pride in the role he played in

Issaquah. Most improvements made to the city under his leadership as mayor are not as visible to the general public, he said. Under his leadership, the City Council created plans to provide lowincome housing, and devised budgets that allowed the city to afford additional parks, new police cars and road maintenance equipment. In addition to landscaping ordinances passed during his term as mayor, Hansen said he was also pleased with changes to city codes adopted in 1972, enacted to regulate roads and signage within the city limits. The city’s plans for annexation and additional commercial properties that will inevitably come with growth make regulations passed 40 years ago more important now than ever. According to Hansen, there were no regulations regarding signage before the matter was addressed by the council. “Without those regulations, Issaquah could have ended up looking like Las Vegas,” he said. “Well, maybe Las Vegas without the gambling.”


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