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contributing authors Jean Cerar is a retired editor/writer and an active volunteer with the Issaquah History Museums. She and her family have lived in Issaquah since 1972. In 1984 Reisha Holton said goodbye to small towns, fried chicken and sweet tea and hello to the Northwest suburbs. When she’s not carpooling, she writes about outdoor adventures. Jay Kipp is a Broker with Coldwell Banker Bain who, in partnership with Christine Kipp, specializes in representing quality Issaquah and Sammamish properties. Allyson Valentine Schrier lives and works in Fall City, writing books and stories for children and young adults. Jeff Skierka is the owner, and designer of Reflections Landscaping located in Sammamish. Denise Stringfellow is a professional dog trainer and owner of awardwinning Riverdog Canine Coaching in Issaquah.

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Rain or Shine, Make a Regular Visit In the last decade farmers markets have become favorite venues for many farmers; in fact, they are one of the oldest forms of direct marketing. In this community, we are fortunate to have two from which to choose. Rain or shine, our local farmers markets are for the entire family. Items offered by vendors range well beyond local vegetables and flowers, and include jewelry, blown glass, homemade candies, live entertainment and a full array of food products. These are just a few of the dozens of vendors found at both markets.

Pappardelle’s Pasta Issaquah and Sammamish Markets Pappardelle’s Pasta, which offers more than 100 flavors of pastas and sauces, is available to the public through select farmers markets. Paparedelle’s pasta lets you create dishes rivaling those served in the finest restaurants. The handmade pasta has no preservatives and flavors are all natural, so you can be assured of the highest standards of quality. Stop by and talk to Linda Kowalsky about the nuances of each flavor and how you can blend several pastas together for spectacular taste.

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Hedlin Farms Sammamish Market In 1906, newly landed in La Conner from Denmark, Rasmus Koudal started a farm, which is in its third generation of family ownership. Hedlin Farms offers a wide variety of organic, pesticide-free vegetables. Due to the wet spring this year, crops of tomatoes and strawberries have been slower to ripen. Expect those juicy sweet berries to be plentiful by the time you read this. Stop by to see their beautiful displays. Misty Mountain Honey Issaquah and Sammamish Markets As a distraction from the high-tech world 10 years ago, Mark Johns learned to be a beekeeper. Little did he know what wonderful products he and his wife, Karen, would create. Mark is a happy man as he talks about his pure, raw Pacific Northwest

varietal honeys and his wife’s aromatic handcrafted beeswax candles. Next time you see him, ask about his bear visits. Sugarpea Issaquah Market Sugarpea’s sumptuous exfoliating body scrubs and Lip Truffles will moisturize your skin and nourish your spirit. The blend of refined sea salt, pure cane sugar, essential oils, butters and sweet honey will leave your skin feeling refreshed. My perennial favorite is the Rosemary Mint Body Scrub: It smells good enough to eat! Kathryn, the creator of Sugarpea, can always be found at the booth for “ooh and ahh” samplings.

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FAMILY :: pets

Prescription for Your Pre-adult Dog Fourth article in a series on training your best friend— your puppy.


n previous articles we guided you through selecting and raising a puppy, and taming a teenage dog. This article focuses on the next stage of your dog’s life: pre-adulthood. At 18 to 24 months, dogs look nearly full grown. Habits, good or bad, become

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practiced and ingrained, and the resources a young dog controls are starting to cement for life. Active youngsters are easily bored at this age, and still need plenty of physical exercise, but also mental stimulation, as well as more practice perfecting obedience skills.

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So, what can go wrong in this stage? Sadly, owners are often already tired of regular training (this usually happens during the teenage stage) and now give the dog very little direction and supervision. Left to his own devices, a pre-adult dog will often do one of two things: become either overly reactive or frustratingly independent. • The overly reactive pre-adult. Overly reactive dogs bark and lunge at other people and other dogs while on-leash. Most of these dogs are actually filled with anxiety and fear. They display aggression when they become anxious, so that whatever is causing their anxiety (unfamiliar people, dogs, etc.) will go away. Owners tend to respond by tightening up on the leash, further alarming the dog, and doing a lot of shushing and petting, which the dog interprets as “Well done! Good dog!” Rewarded behavior is likely to be repeated. • The independent pre-adult. Independent dogs, in the absence of meaningful time with their owners, completely disconnect and seek interaction elsewhere. These dogs often bolt out the front door. When they get out to explore the world, they don’t come when called. Why should they? Home is boring. Once home, they try to make life interesting by chewing shoes, jumping on counters and digging in the yard. This type of dog will take what he wants, go where he wants and do what he wants because no one is willing to direct his energy toward productive outlets. Often, the only attention these dogs get is negative attention, which for them is better than none at all. What, then, should you do with your pre-adult dog? • Generalize your dog’s training. Practice commands for longer durations, in new and novel places, at greater distances and around more complex distractions. For

example, be sure to practice offleash gradually; don’t walk onleash one day, then expect perfect off-leash control the next. Provide interim steps, such as walking onleash, then letting your pet drag the leash for several minutes while you use only voice commands. When your pet is successful with that, work with a 30-foot-long line. When this is consistently successful, try short off-leash walks. Small, successful steps are the key to ensuring that your dog’s training is solid and will hold up to new circumstances. • Exercise with mental stimulation. It is much harder to tire out a nearly grown dog than a young puppy. If your dog is in better shape than you, and you can’t easily tire him out, switch to activities that include more mental work. For example, instead of putting your dog’s food in a bowl, try a Buster Cube. If your dog likes to fetch tennis balls, try throwing a Frisbee instead; trying to figure out where a Frisbee will fly is much more challenging than catching or chasing a straight-in-flight tennis ball. Or, train your dog for a Dock Dogs event—not only will you add swimming as exercise, but your pet will also have to learn to stay and plan a proper takeoff into the water, both highly intellectual activities. Remember, your pre-adult puppy may in many ways seem like a full-grown adult dog. However, he still very much needs your guidance and steady leadership to ensure that he will continue to develop into a well-trained and well-mannered companion. Slow and steady progress will help your dog master skills and gain confidence.

In the next issue: Your puppy is grown up: ideas for maintaining a healthy relationship.

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Summer Reading for Kids The number one rule for summer reading? Make it fun! by Allyson Valentine Schrier


hether you and the kids are trundling off to the beach, zooming away to distant lands or simply hanging out at home, why not while away those long summer days with a basket of books? Booksellers Lori Mitchell of Island Books (Mercer Island) and Christy McDanold of Secret Garden (Ballard) helped put together a list of surefire favorites. Picture Books (ages 4 - 8) Summer shade, a cozy lap and a justright book—do lazy days with little ones get any better than that? • Good Night Sam and companion book Good Morning Sam, newly available in paperback, from Marie-

Louise Gay’s delightful Stella and Sam series. Sam can’t sleep and big sister Stella is, as always, there to help him work things out. With soft, flowing water colors and tongue-incheek humor, Gay tells a story that is perfect for young siblings. • Adelaide by Tomi Ungerer, reissued from 1959, a fun romp about a flying kangaroo whose curiosity takes her on adventures around the world. • Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator, by Mo Willems. Tender, surprising and funny, Amanda’s friendship with her stuffed alligator hits a bump when a surprising new friend enters the scene.

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• Morning in Maine and Blueberries for Sal, two summertime classics by Robert McCloskey. A 1952 Caldecott honor book, Morning in Maine is a warm, well-told story about Sal, a character both boys and girls will relate to, who loses a tooth while mucking for clams on a summer vacation with her family. Middle Grade (ages 8 to 12) Summer is perfect for books that speak of quieter times: • The Friendship Doll, by Seattle author Kirby Larson. Based on the Japanese ambassador dolls exchanged in the 1920’s to ease cultural tensions, Larson’s newest book tells the tale of four girls and the doll that changed their lives. • The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy. by Jeanne Birdsall. This National Book Award winner is a about the sweet, funny Penderwick sisters (ages 4 – 12), social misfits who spend the summer in a Berkshire cottage where they befriend Jeffrey, son of their pretentious landlady, and plot to save him from being sent to military school. • Scorpia Rising: The Final Mission, is the ninth and final book in Anthony Horowitz’s NY Times bestselling action-packed series about Alex Rider, a teenage spy whose adventures often mirror real-world issues. • The Throne of Fire, second in Rick Riordan’s latest series. Carter Kane and his sister, Sadie, use unusual powers to battle gods of Ancient Egypt released into our world. Perfect for fans of the wildly popular Percy Jackson books • Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright. Cousins Portia and Julian share a magical summer adventure discovering an (almost) abandoned Victorian village. Published in 1957, this summertime classic has a timeless feel.

Young Adult (age 12 and up): Perfect for the beach bag or camp locker. • Honey Baby Sweetheart by Deb Caletti of Issaquah. It’s the summer of her junior year and quiet, shy Ruby McQueen falls for Travis

who is rich, handsome and, as she discovers, dangerous. Teens will root for Ruby who makes some bad decisions while traveling down the road toward wisdom. • Feed by M.T. Anderson. This brilliant first-person satire about consumerism and corporate power takes place in a world where teens are connected directly to information, media and one another via implanted computer chips—“Feeds.” A computer virus forces the main character, Titus, to see things differently. • Matched by Ally Condie. Fans of Collins’ The Hunger Games and Lowry’s The Giver will be drawn to this romance set in a dystopian world where everything is perfect— or maybe it isn’t. • The Dark City by Catherine Fisher. For fantasy fans, the first of four books to be released, one each month, until the end of summer. Here, in

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he small square box on the cover of this issue is a QR code and a doorway to helping you find the products and services you want. The QR and the rival Microsoft Tag are digital codes designed to be read by your smart phone, after down loading a free code reader. Already widely used in Japan and other wireless countries, these codes are designed to bring instant information to your cell phone by linking you to web content. This link could bring up the daily special at a restaurant, or provide the ticket ordering form for a concert. This magazine intends to use codes in future editions to link you to expanded copy of an article, or directly to an advertisers for additional product or service information. These will be valuable tools for the savvy consumer.

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The Running Man’s Story Making a difference one step at a time.


or years I have observed an older man, always dressed in yellow, running along Lake Sammamish Parkway: Why does this very Zenlooking man run? How often? How far? How long has he run? I chatted with friends about him as well, and they too had seen him, but knew little. When I was given an opportunity to write for Issaquah Sammamish and beyond, I felt I had the perfect reason to see if I could get my questions about this mystery man answered. What I found out far exceeded my expectations. Mel Romeu runs on Monday through Friday, 12 miles every day, 60 miles a week, 3,120 miles a year—and that’s only the start of this man’s amazing life and lifestyle. Romeu was born in Puerto Rico in 1934, making him a young man of 77. He spent time in Japan with DODDS (Department of Defense Dependent Schools) as a high school and college teacher, where he met his wife of 42 years: Dorothy. He spent 27 years teaching in Bitburg, Germany as well as in various cities in America. He has been running most of his life, and while in Europe he completed 11 marathons. This includes one in Munich after the 1972 Olympics and one along the Berlin Wall prior to its removal. He shared with me that he clocked his best time in a marathon in Luxemburg that started at 6 p.m.  Unfamiliar with the route, Mel said, “I got in with a fast group as I was afraid of getting lost if I let them get too far ahead of me.” The most beautiful marathon was run at night in the “City of Lights” - Paris!  Traffic was stopped for the event, and the city lights made it a magical run.    After Romeu retired from teaching, he and Dorothy decided to move back to

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the U.S. in 1996. They purchased a book titled The Best 50 place to live in America. After visiting only a few cities on the list they found and fell in love with their home in Issaquah. Getting to know Mel is like learning how to live life. A typical day starts with a healthy breakfast of one banana, a bowl of fruit and nut granola, and some coffee, always sweetened. (He has a bit of a sweet tooth.) This is followed by his favorite TV show, The Golden Girls, and then his daily run. Romeu says that now that he runs at a slower pace, he is able to see more things as he runs. One thing his eyes are always looking for is what he calls “street money.” This money is collected during his run, even if it has to be “popped out” of the asphalt. He saves it for a year and then gives it to a charity. He collects more than 10 pounds of “street money” every year. The grateful recipients always tease Romeu about how dirty the money is. Other items that catch his watchful eye include discarded furniture pieces; he returns to them after his run and picks up, cleans, and donates them to charities such as Goodwill. He also attends to animals that have been struck and killed by autos. Romeu always runs on Lake Sammamish Parkway for two reasons: He finds more money and “gifts” along

the busy road, and if he should happen to get injured a lot more people would be able to see and help him. The only thing that deters Romeu from his daily run is ice on the road; otherwise, every weekday is a day to run and serve. While most people, would pass on days with snow on the ground, Romeu’s attitude is that God has laid out a white carpet for him to run on that is better than any red carpet. When he is not running you can find him attending church at St. Joseph’s, serving spaghetti for fundraising events for the Knights of Columbus, serving as cantor at St. Anthony’s Church in Renton for Spanish services, or doing volunteer work at the corrections facility church in Marysville. Romeu’s lifestyle has kept him very healthy; he believes that prevention is better than cures, and he lives every day to the fullest, knowing that all he has is today. He also believes in eating less, and donates the money he saves to worthy causes. One of the things that he is the most proud of was getting to meet Mother Teresa. He says he was very moved by this experience. I cannot imagine how that felt, but I do know that I was completely moved by meeting this remarkable man. - Jul/Aug 2011 - 15

Eli Dever and his new friend Tim Finnegan.

The Challenge Day Races

A time for Tim and his friends to come home with a trophy.


magine for a moment that you are a parent trying to explain to your son Tim why his younger brothers can excitedly participate in the Soap Box Derby races but he can’t. This is the situation Leo and Rose Finnegan faced for years, as their younger sons participated in driving their single-seat Soap Box Derby cars in local races while Tim had to sit on the sidelines and be content to watch. Tim could not comprehend why he was excluded, just as he did not understand the meaning of being a “special-needs” child. As Leo says, “Tim was a kid and, like every other kid, he want-

ed to be in a car racing just like all the other kids.” In 1980, as Leo was comforting Tim alongside the racecourse, someone told him about a fiberglass model for a Soap Box Derby–style car what would seat two children side by side. Leo jumped at the information and soon had the mold for the wider car; he fabricated the frame and added “official” wheels and two steering wheels, only one of which actually steered the car. For several years the Finnegan boys would load Tim in as a passenger and challenge the fastest soap box competitors to a race. This

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brought great joy to Tim, as their heavier car always won the races. Leo convinced his employers at Puget Sound Energy to purchase eight more double cars, and for many years Leo, Tim and a host of company volunteers toured the service area from Bellingham to Olympia, hosting races for challenged kids. These races brought a lot of joy to hundreds of children and families until Puget Sound Energy’s new management axed the program. Ever resourceful, Leo got the company to donate the cars and trailer to Life Enrichment Options, an Issaquah-based nonprofit.

A second chance conversation, this time between Leo and Sammamish resident Jack Berry, helped to bring the race cars out of retirement. Berry suggested that the Issaquah Rotary Club could field the team of volunteers needed to put on a race, and 14 years ago the first Challenge Day gravity race was held on Second Street on the sloping grade past the Community Center. Seven years ago Berry also brought the concept of helping special-needs children to the Sammamish Rotary Club. Now both clubs invite residents to enjoy the Challenge Day races, as two cars leave the starting blocks at the same time and come down the course side by side, each straining to gain the advantage and cross the finish line first. This year the races are on July 16 in Issaquah and August 13 in Sammamish. In the months leading up to the races, Leo and Rose manage the process of talking with the families of special-needs kids and directing them to the Issaquah or Sammamish race day. Requests to attend come from families throughout western Washington, as these are the only such events available for these children. The race days are structured in much the same way. Early on the day of the race, volunteer drivers are trained in how to safely drive the car while also being mindful of the special-needs child who will eventually be riding with them. Drivers are students 5 foot 2 or shorter who weigh 120 pounds or less. Before the races begin the drivers and passengers are outfitted in contrasting colored shirts so it is very clear to the volunteers that the correctly trained student is driving. As Issaquah Police Commander Stan Conrad notes, �At the beginning there are clusters of kids in separate groups, the red shirts with other red shirts and the blue shirts with their group. Then, after the first round of races, all this changes and you see the drivers beginning to realize that these passengers are just like them, differently abled, perhaps, but kids having fun. Then for the rest of the day they are all mixed - Jul/Aug 2011 - 17

together, enjoying each other and the fun they are having together.” Each special-needs child gets at least three races down the hill. I-90 Motorsports provides the four-wheel quads to pull the racers back up the hill, which for many is as much fun as the race down. The Rotary clubs solicit both sponsors and other volunteer groups. High school cheer squads add their energy to the day, and Athletes for Kids and high school sports teams like the Issaquah wrestlers to help turn the cars around at the end of the races. Athletes for Kids student Michelle Bretl says, “It’s a joy to see the smiles on their faces as they go down the hill and even bigger smiles on the way back up the hill.” There are adaptive bicycles for parents and special kids to try. Lunch is provided to all racers, families and volunteers. In Issaquah, the magical moment comes right after lunch as each special child is called up to receive a trophy and

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certificate as a winner in the Challenge Day races. Rose Finnegan says, “Everybody is having fun. Lots of smiles. Kids have told me that they woke up this morning at 4a.m. because they were so excited. Moms have told me that their children sleep with these trophies for months after the races.� All the proceeds contributed by the sponsors of both races go to Life Enrichment Options, a nonprofit organization helping those with developmental disabilities, to support its efforts to provide housing, education, employment and activities for specialneeds children.

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Gilman Town Hall, then and now

Photo Courtesy of Issaquah History Museums.

Local History is Just Around the Corner A special place for a family visit this summer.


or a trip into our community’s past, go just one block south of Issaquah City Hall. There you’ll find the Gilman Town Hall, home of the Issaquah History Museums and host to the interactive exhibit, “In This Valley – The Story of Our Town.”The small false-fronted building on Andrews St. has served the community since 1888 when it was built as a public hall for hire. Today, in addition to the items on display, it houses hundreds of photographs and artifacts and a wealth of research materials. “In This Valley” tells the tale of our area from Native American times to the 1960s. As you browse, look for a rare Native American skinning knife, graffiti from inside the walls of the fish hatchery, and a special Issaquah quilt. Items from the Seattle Sky Sports Club bring back memories of skydivers leaping from planes over the airfield that once existed near Pickering Barn. (Trivia note: Plane hijacker D.B. Cooper’s parachutes came from the Issaquah Skyport.)

There are plenty of opportunities to get your hands on history as you tour Gilman Town Hall. Where else can you set off an imaginary charge with an authentic dynamite blaster or ring a logging camp bell or listen in on the gossip on a party line phone? The old-fashioned kitchen features a touch table and dress-up boxes to keep the kids occupied while the adults marvel at how much work it took to keep a household going. A huge hit with kids – and with adults too – is the town’s second jail, in the museum’s back yard. With eight-inchthick concrete walls and a 12-inch floor, all reinforced with rebar, the two-cell jail isn’t going anywhere. Iron bars on the windows and a locking bar that weighs more than 80 pounds made sure that the prisoners didn’t go anywhere either. The structure was built in 1914 after inebriated loggers kicked down the original wooden jail with their hobnailed boots.The solid new jail was used until 1930.

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The museum became the civic hall when it was purchased by the town of Gilman (now Issaquah) in 1898. The Council Chambers were set up in the front room, the back area was used for storage, and errant animals were penned in the back yard. Over time the building also housed the fire department and the library. Around 1930 the city sold the building as a private residence. In 1972 the city re-purchased the building for use as a museum operated by the historical society (now IHM). The objects currently on display are a small fraction of the museums’ collection, which is rapidly reaching storage capacity. Before long a new, larger museum will be needed to better tell the story of Issaquah.

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All Hail the Red, White and Blue Start and end the Fourth of July with these local events. Down Home Fourth of July and Heritage Festival, in Issaquah

Soft dew dampens the sidewalks of Front Street each Fourth of July morning. But thanks to the morningshift guys at Darigold and the milk crates they hand out, your jeans won’t get damp. Even though the Kids, Pets ‘n Pride Parade through downtown Issaquah doesn’t start until 11 a.m., you’ll want to secure your sidewalk spot early. Bands, dance teams, kids in wagons and walking dogs, teenage beauties and handcrafted floats grace Front Street en route to Veterans’ Memorial Park at 120 Second Ave. NE. Stay for an afternoon of free activities and events, including the traditional sack races and pie-eating contests, and more novel activities, such as making butter.

Issaquah’s Down Home Fourth of Juy celebration begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m., giving you enough time to nap before the evening barbecue! For more information, visit VENT&EventID=1587&Date=07/04/2 011&SectionID=-1.

Fourth on the Plateau, in Sammamish

It’s been a warm, sunny day in the neighborhood: Klahanie, Pine Lake Estates, Brookshire, maybe Livingston. The grass is cut, the sidewalks swept, the watermelon cut, the picnic and blanket tucked into the back of the van. End the Fourth of July with the fireworks display at the Sammamish Commons, at 801 228th Ave. SE. Sitting on the lawn at the Commons, you can enjoy live music

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from 6 to 10:15 and then snuggle in for a fireworks display with the Seattle skyline as a backdrop. For more information, visit

The Great Carnation 4th of July Celebration, in Carnation

For a full day of festivities, head to the Snoqualmie Valley and spend the day celebrating. You can start the Fourth with pancakes, run them off in a fun run, grab a strawberry shortcake, watch the kids parade before the Grand Parade, see hot rods and Harleys, ride ponies, hear live music and dance till dusk, when the fireworks display begins. For more information, visit

Here comes the future.

OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This July, a new kind of hospital is coming to the Issaquah Highlands to serve the entire Eastside. It will be a place that’s as much about keeping you healthy as it is about helping you when you’re not. So get ready for a hospital that’s designed for a long and happy future — yours.


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For the Love of the Game Harsh truths circle every season of high-schoolaffiliated sports: tryouts, cuts, limited playing time, superstar egos and benchwarmer blues. by Reisha Holton


hat happened to playing for the love of the game, that passion for playing that celebrates with high fives instead of trophies, and centers around the sandlot instead of the stadium? Here’s a look at two non-school sports programs that keep the zest going. When it comes to non-school sports, there’s no lack of skill and no lack of competitiveness, but there is a lot of community. The Sammamish Rowing Association and Issaquah Youth Lacrosse (IYL) are self-operated, feebased programs run by volunteers. Some coaches are compensated, but they don’t coach for the paycheck. They coach for the passion. Rowing Silhouettes in the setting sun, a shell with eight junior rowers glides across Lake Sammamish, ending a sprint back to the boathouse at the north end of the lake. Tucked off West Lake Sammamish Parkway, a quarter-mile walk from the road, is the hub of Eastside rowing, the Sammamish Rowing Association. “We

offer a program that gives athletes a chance to thrive in a team atmosphere while developing their personal skills at the same time,” executive director Marcy Chartier explains. “You don’t find that combination in a lot of other activities.” During the past five years, athletes from more than 50 different schools have joined the Sammamish Rowing program. The reasons vary by student, but there is one constant. “Kids who come to row haven’t found their sport yet,” Chartier says. “Then it hits them: ‘Wow, I can succeed here.’ ” Sammamish Rowing is succeeding, too. More than 70 percent of novice rowers return—back to the cold, the wind, the wet, the human energy powering the boat. They also come back for each other. “The team concept is our most essential element, our core value,” Chartier says. “These kids come here and don’t know each other, don’t go to school together, but create a community. The connections are unique.”

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Lacrosse Eric Bean, current president of Issaquah Youth Lacrosse, is a lacrosse coach and volunteer who has never played the game. Odd? Not for IYL. “I got recruited by those who got things going and carry on mostly for the great love of the game that the kids show,” Bean says. And a lot of kids show the love. Currently, close to 700 schoolage boys and girls are involved in nonschool lacrosse. “I was not good at soccer and not good at some other things I tried. But with lacrosse, I found a sport I was actually good at,” Lexi Boyer, a junior at Skyline High School explains. Lexi found lacrosse as a third grader by way of her mother, Lois, who played through high school on the East Coast. Lois also rowed in college and shared her experiences with Lexi, who spent a summer and a fall season with Sammamish Rowing. The like-mother, like-daughter dynamic is important in this story,

because that’s how the IYL program got its start in the area. “Most of the early instigators and contributors to lacrosse’s growth in Issaquah had played the game or participated in it in some way in another part of the country,” Bean says. “These guys wanted to bring it here for their kids and their friends.” T-E-A-M Lacrosse is now a household word in Issaquah and surrounding neighborhoods, and words like shell, scull and starboard don’t raise eyebrows anymore. Players of these non-school sports, and their parents, have crossed

neighborhood and school boundaries and carved out a new community that supports the pursuit of a passion. There’s fervor for excelling at what you’re good at and enjoy, a zeal for stepping off campus and into individuality, and an eagerness to embrace something outside the norm. For rowers, it’s in the organic elements of the sport, the boat, the oar. For lacrosse players, it always comes down to the mud. Because these sports are off the grid and rely on parents to propel them, kids see collaboration everywhere they look. Who’s reserving the fields? Who’s

organizing the carpools to off-campus locations? Who’s handling the gear and uniform ordering? There’s no one quarterback, no one head coach in nonschool sports. It’s T-E-A-M from the first toe in the water, from the first mask in the mud.

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Lake Front Lifestyle Living next to local lakes provides a wonderful lifestyle and a strong investment.


ummer has arrived in the Pacific Northwest, and so has the prime selling-season for waterfront real estate. We in Issaquah and Sammamish are fortunate to have two distinct waterfront lifestyle options: the active waterfront lifestyle on Lake Sammamish and the more serene waterfront lifestyle on Pine Lake and Beaver Lake. Both options offer the beauty, fun and cachet

of owning a lakeside residence, summer home or seasonal recreation lot. Lake Sammamish offers 469 waterfront parcels representing a total tax-assessed value of more than $735 million. This is more than twice the assessed value of all non-waterfront residential parcels in Issaquah and Sammamish combined. Many residents are drawn to Lake Sammamish for its lively summertime

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boating activities, west-facing daylong sunshine and relative proximity to Issaquah and Redmond along the East Lake Sammamish Parkway. Most of the original homes along the lakeside have been remodeled or completely torn down to make way for new construction. Entry-level values for Lake Sammamish begin at about $2 million; the highest sale to date, an estate on 1.1 acres with

278 feet of waterfront, garnered a price of $8.4 million in 2005. Pine Lake and Beaver Lake offer 269 waterfront parcels valued at a combined total of $165 million. These two lakes represent more than a third of residential property values in the city of Sammamish. Few alternatives rival the privacy, intimacy and comfortable lakeside accessibility of these two lakes, which offer a lakeside living opportunity still somewhat off the radar of many incoming out-of-state buyers. The two highest sales to date on Pine Lake and Beaver Lake: a 5-acre Nantucket style estate along SE 20th Street sold for $2.75 million in 2006 and a 6,200-plus-squarefoot custom home on Viney Cove sold for $2.4 million in 2009. Local real estate

professionals acknowledge that values on Pine Lake and Beaver Lake are still relatively affordable when compared to similar properties on Lake Sammamish and Lake Washington. Buyers in today’s market are seeking these values, and now is an ideal time to be making a long-term investment in waterfront real-estate. At the height of the next cycle, these properties will, no doubt, command the highest premium again. Even though the local market continues to settle out, there is no doubt that the long-term, sustained value of waterfront real estate will always make it a good investment.

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Concerts on the Green

July/August Events Summer season is a time for great free musical evenings. Listed below are the lineups for both the Concerts on the Green in their 15th year, and the Concerts in the Park at Pine Lake Park Concerts on the Green Issaquah Community Center Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. July 5 Wings and Things (The music of Paul McCartney) July 12 Bottle Rockit (Classic and Pop Rock) July 19 Deadwood Revival (Soulful American Roots) July 26 All Mixed Up (The Car’s Tribute – 80’s and Beyond)

August 2 Second Hand Newz (Tribute to Fleetwood Mac) August 9 Ventura Highway Revisited (Semi Acoustic tunes of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s) August 16 Cherry Cherry (Neil Diamond Tribute and more) August 23 Clinton Fearon (Roots Reggae’ at it’s best) August 30 Jr. Cadillac (Classic Rock n Roll by a NW Legend Band)

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Concerts in the Park Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8pm. July 7 Creme Tangerine (Beatles tribute) July 14 @Five (Dance music for the soul) July 21 The About Face band (Classic Rock ‘n Roll) July 28 Dr. Funk (Funk and Groove) August 4 FreddyPink (Classic Rhythm and Blues) August 11 BottleRockit (Country Rock) August 18 Sammamish Symphony (Music from the Oscars! Award winning film scores) August 25 Soul Purpose (Motown) Other area attractions July 25 10th Annual Chris Elliott Fund Celebrity Golf Classic Tournament will be held at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge,36005 SE Ridge Street, Snoqualmie. Golf Registration check in begins at 9 a.m. For more information, call 425.396.6000. August 12 Sammamish Nights - Wine and music by Sammamish Chamber of Commerce at the Sammamish Commons. August 13 Sammamish Days at Sammamish Commons. Kids Parade, food and entertainment from around the world from 11 to 3pm. for more information: August 19 The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra’s summer performances for their 20th season. Pine Lake Park, Sammamish. Free to public. August 27 The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra performs at Village Theater, Issaquah - open for free to Issaquah residents only.

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