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Nov/Dec 2010 Features:

22 From Kids to Coaches

The continuity, tradition, and passion created when ex-students return to mentor young athletes.

26 Tree Farm Traditions

Begin your holiday with a U-cut tree experience.

Departments: what’s happening 6

Winter Happenings

‘Tis the Season... to be Giving Gifts $25 and Under!

home & garden 10

Issaquah and Sammamish Real Estate Trends


Four Design Ideas for the Holiday


Circle of Life

entertaining 16

Considering Catering Your Holiday Party?

food & wine

shopping 8



Sip’s Chris Brown

profile 30

The Gift That Will Continue to Give

community 36

Education Exploration

finance 38

How Safe is My Money

upcoming events 40

Winter Events

pets 32

Holiday Gift Ideas for Dog Lovers

non-profits 34

‘Encompassing’ Children, Families

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How to Create Your Kind of Holiday


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Nov/Dec 2010 - Vol. 2 - Issue 6


Fred & Mardi Nystrom

Creative Director

Shawn Kellner


Sales Brian Rooney Pam Thorsen


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Dar Webb - Landscape Editor

Proofing Reader Miriam Bulmer

Issaquah, Sammamish and beyond... is a publication of Kellstrom Publishing, LLC. ©2010 - All rights reserved. No part of this magazine can be reproduced without the written permission of the Publisher. If you would like to change the name of the recipient or the address where you are recieveing Issaquah Sammamish magazine, email us the info on your current mailing label and the corrections that you would like made to

P.O. Box 378, Issaquah 98027 Office: 425.392.0451 Kellstrom Publishing sets high standards to ensure forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable manner. This copy of Issaquah, Sammamish and beyond... was printed by American Web in Denver, Colorado on paper from well-managed forests which meets EPA guidelines that recommend use of recovered fibers for coated papers. Inks used contain a blend of soy base. Our printer meets or exceeds all federal Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) standards and is a certified member of both the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). When you are done with this piece please pass it on to a friend, or recycle it. We can all have a better world if we choose it together.

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contributing authors

Issaquah & Sammamish Living

Rachel Dedrickson is a digital marketing professional and freelance writer residing in Issaquah. A Seattle native, Rachel spends time uncovering emerging local artists, foodies, and fashionistas. 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.

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Jon Robert Throne AIFD, CFD, was inducted in the American Institute of Floral Design in 2001. He is the Creative Director, Wedding and Event Specialist at Countryside Floral and Garden in Issaquah. Laura Vincent is an interior designer, specializing in residential design and small commercial projects.

A note from the publisher

Favorite Things The fall is a wonderful time to reflect on your favorite things to do in Issaquah and Sammamish. Mardi and I have been living here for more than 26 years, and during that time we have developed a list of our favorite things to do. We hope that you will try some of these and that perhaps they will become part of your life here too. Barbecuing the special cowboy steaks from Fischer Meats Hiking trails that wind through the Issaquah Alps Biking to Boehm’s Candies and filling up on luscious chocolates Watching the preseason soccer matches between Eastlake and Skyline high schools Waiting for the first salmon to arrive at the hatchery

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Commitment Ceremonies Holidays Home accents Sympathy Birthdays Anniversary Thank you Parties

Buying fresh flowers each Saturday at the farmers market at Pickering Barn Watching the big football game between Issaquah and Skyline high schools


Watching the Tastin’ n Racin’ hydro competition each summer at Lake Sammamish Park Enjoying a freshly barbecued salmon lunch at the Kiwanis booth during Salmon Days Taking out-of-town friends to an original play at Village Theater Taking home cartons of delicious clam chowder from Gemini Seafood Encouraging friends to go hang gliding off Tiger Mountain, so we can watch from the ground Sharing a picnic at the summer Concerts on the Green Watching the runners crossing the finish line of the Rotary Run on Sunday morning of Salmon Days

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Enjoying the Skyline High homecoming parade on 228th Avenue Being impressed by the strong attendance at the monthly Art Walks during the spring and summer And, last and most important, being able to call this area home

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What Makes a City

Winter Happenings Original Artwork The question of what makes a city has been a big topic of discussion in Eastside communities, especially as residents and city officials try to reach agreement on plans for future development. Yet, this question can also apply to the self-definition process and discussion that any vibrant community engages in regularly. For this show, participating local artists have created works that present their answers to the question “What makes a city?” The artwork is in a variety of media, including paintings, photography, collage, glass, fiber, and clay. The show runs through November 29 at Providence Marianwood, 3725 Providence Point Drive SE, Issaquah . For information, call 391.2800. 6 - Issaquah, Sammamish and beyond...

New Sports Bar The new sports-themed Field of Champions Sports Bar & Grill is opening in the old Tiger Mountain Grill location at 385 NW Gilman Blvd., Issaquah, on the banks of Issaquah Creek, across from the U.S. Post Office. Longtime residents Bruce and Denise Johnson invite you to visit their new restaurant and check out all the sports memorabilia from local teams.

Networking for Women Sips & Tips, a networking group for women age 21 or older, is held the first Tuesday of every month at Sip, 1084 NE Park Drive, Issaquah. Sips & Tips brings together fun, successful women for an exciting evening of sharing ideas while building

If you love to read or write, there’s a new stop in Suite 2 at Gilman Village just for you. After over 50 years of operating, The Pacific NW Writers Association has a retail location open to the public. PNWA is dedicated to helping writers in the northwest connect to other writers, publishers, agents, and editors across the country. Swap books, attend their monthly author events, enter their 2011 Literary Contest, attend their annual conference or just browse their shelves for the next best book to read. Find out if you have the talents and drive to be the next NY Times best-selling author! Take that newly found novel with you and walk down the GV boardwalk to where you’ll find newly renovated Suite 46 is now the home to Issaquah Coffee Company. Entrepreneur, Ryan Heidy – the “chief bean counter” – welcomes you to try out your favorite blends or something new. Meet someone for a great cup of coffee or get what you need to brew it at home for yourself. And looking for that special holiday outfit for your little one? Owner, Tierney Williams of Le Petite Kids in suite 27 will fit your child and your budget. Find a special gift, add to their bedroom décor or learn about upcoming fashion shows and activities to help your youngster step out in style.


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Issaquah and Sammamish Real Estate Trends It is helpful to know how the real estate trends are affecting our local community. by Jay Kipp


uch of the recent negative media focus on the housing market is based on two factors: lack of jobs and an oversupply of homes for sale. In Washington we are fortunate to be in relatively good shape in those respects. In fact, The Seattle Times recently reported that more than 21,000 new jobs had been created statewide so far this year, and an even larger number are expected as we progress through the new decade. Just as encouraging, almost all of our region’s major corporations –

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and, by extension, our most important employers – are highly profitable and reporting increasing revenues. Year after year Costco is up 14 percent, Amazon is up 55 percent, and Paccar is up 28 percent. It speaks well of our economic position and potential as we exit this recession and go forward. The other factor, the number of homes for sale, is also better here than in most other major U.S. metropolitan areas. Typically, a market is considered “balanced” when there are five home

sellers for every home buyer. In the Issaquah/Sammamish market, most every neighborhood has a ratio of better than five to one. This includes foreclosures and distressed properties that may be available. In fact, most areas in greater Seattle are enjoying a healthy market balance. This is not to say that our market has fully recovered, but, relative to many, many other areas in the U.S., we look primed to move out of the real estate downturn on the nation’s leading edge. Interest rates are key to the current affordability of homes. Think of it this way: Say you’re comfortable with a $2,500 monthly housing payment. A little more than a year ago, with interest rates nearing 6 percent that would have afforded you a property around $400,000. With rates closer to 4 percent as this is written, the same payment can now buy a $520,000 home. That’s why many real estate experts are imploring people with an immediate need to buy to take the plunge – these low, low rates have even more impact on affordability than a hefty price reduction. Most seasoned real estate professionals are truly amazed that banks will offer fixed mortgages for 30 years at these low rates. Many people may look back later in life and conclude that this was indeed a unique opportunity. With all the news articles, blogs, and media pundits looking backward, forward, and sideways to predict what the market will do in the next few years, it’s no wonder that consumers are a bit confused and cautious. If you entered an elevator and the only two buttons were “Plunge” and “Soar,” how comfortable would you be riding in it? That’s a little like the real estate market we’ve experienced over the last 10 years: two incredible extremes. Younger homebuyers particularly need to understand that neither market was typical. For many buyers now, the so-called bottom line is not the immediate investment potential of a home, but rather its long-term effect and return both emotionally and financially. Perhaps that’s as it should be.

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Four Design Ideas for the Holidays Want some ideas on how to decorate your home for the holidays with simple and inexpensive techniques?


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ornaments. Don’t forget to add holiday lights. At night, they create a soft, warm ambience with a crackling fire and the general lighting turned down. Wreaths One local resident creates an interesting vignette of simple wreaths hanging from a bank of windows. Small plastic vials that hold water, purchased inexpensively from a local florist, are wired into the bottom of the wreaths so that real flowers can be added and will stay fresh. Replace them when they start looking old with new fresh flowers or silk flowers. You can start early in the holiday season and use autumn colors; for example, blend red and yellow fall leaves into the wreath


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along with some small winter gourds for a Thanksgiving touch. Christmas Cards What can you do with all those Christmas cards? Many times they end up in a basket or set out helter-skelter on a side table. Instead, create a simple hanging system with ribbon and doublesided tape. Hang them in a spot that you

can easily see so you can enjoy them and they can add a spot of holiday color to your dĂŠcor. Chandelier One area resident has a unique chandelier that is hung with cards that reflect her current projects and ideas. During the holiday season create an advent calendar with cards that can

be turned over for each new day of the month. The cards, made on a computer, can be decorated with spray glitter, small ornaments and ribbons, or other small accessories. If you don’t have a chandelier that would work, string them on a ribbon and hang them across a window or wall. - Nov/Dec 2010 - 13

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Circle of Life As the holidays approach, my heart beats faster. The time has come—it’s time to decorate!


ocal trends are always interesting for fall. Some years I am deluged with customers asking for beautiful centerpieces for the dining room table. Other years it’s a new permanent botanical to replace the old dusty one that has been used for years. This year, I think, is the year of the wreath. A wreath, by definition, is an assortment of flowers, leaves, fruits, twigs, and/or various materials that is constructed to resemble a ring. For years,

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people requested interesting, creative, unique floral door statements that said, “Welcome to our home.” Then wreaths fell out of style, and were considered passé, even boring. But now these appealing circles are back. Organic Pacific Northwest and simpler styles are becoming popular again. A simple wreath made of all-natural foliage is amazing. No plastic. No scary unnamed fabric. No artificial-silk printed leaves. Just basic foliage clippings from

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extremely colorful bushes, trees, lasting perennials, and sweet gums, simply clamped together to create a luxurious textural bouquet. One combination that comes to mind is the heavenly cornucopia wreath, which looks somewhat like a horn but is made of branches. The cone-shaped vessel can be filled with whatever you like, such as tiny faux pumpkins or gourds, a touch of orange burlap ribbon with long tails to extend the visual line, or attractive

fall flowers and foliage. Although a cornucopia wreath can be a bit more expensive, it lasts longer and doesn’t really go out of style. Your door is like the entrance of your garden – it’s the beginning of the path through your home. It offers the first sense of who you are and what you are, and suggests that behind those walls is continued happiness and joy. It can express your own personal style, loud or calm, edgy or traditional, natural or plastic, but put something up on that door. It’s time to decorate.

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How To Create Your Kind Of Holiday Try these fresh ideas for celebrating.


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taking part in a gift exchange, or sending out holiday cards, consider the details and create an organized plan that you can then execute. We asked expert Debbie Rosemont, a certified professional organizer and founder of the Sammamish-based professional organizing consultation company Simply Placed, how best to eliminate stress this holiday season. “The amount of stress that we feel during the holidays can be mitigated,” says Rosemont. “What do you want

by Rachel Dedrickson

the holidays to be? What’s fun for you? Approach the holidays with intention; don’t just let them happen to you.” Below are some fresh ideas for approaching the holiday this year: Get Away from the Kitchen Just thinking about being in the kitchen, trying to get multiple dishes prepared simultaneously, can be stressful. To ease the burden, join a neighbor in her kitchen and bake and share a selection of cookies a week before the holidays begin. During Hanukkah, fry your potato

pancakes outside or in the garage, using a hot plate to keep the smell and the oil out of the house and to keep the kitchen clean. Play Supermarket Sweepstakes From shopping for gifts to picking up decorating supplies to buying groceries, your to-do list (and dwindling pocketbook) likely put a strain on your spirits. Instead of giving each other gifts, ask each member of the holiday celebration to contribute $25. During the week or so before the holidays ask your family to go to the grocery store and play “supermarket sweepstakes.” Each person competes to get the most amount of food in a grocery bag for the same dollar amount. Determine a winner and then donate the food. You get the same family time and fun, without the stress and financial burden of making sure everyone has a present. Express Your Love When guests arrive at your holiday party, ask them to fill out a small slip of paper and write down why they love the holidays or what they are thankful for. Have them put their slip of paper in a pretty jar or bowl. Before everyone eats, have everyone at the table draw a slip of paper and read it aloud to the group. The exercise is a good reminder for your family and guests of what the holidays are all about. The activity is potentially a new ritual to look forward to each year, and a thoughtful moment of reflection. Think about these tips while you take in the smell of cinnamon pine cones, snuggle in cozy knit scarves, and laugh with your loved ones. Reconnect to the season with joy and happiness.

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y first suggestion to potential catering clients is to think beyond the usual, perhaps by cuisine, and begin to do your research. Serve food from India or Northern China. The Internet is a tremendous resource for viewing menu ideas. An often-overlooked source for catering is local restaurants. Many do an exceptional job of catering parties, and you have the added advantage of dining at the restaurant first and deciding how you like its menu items. Bamiyan Afghani Restaurant in Gilman Village offers intriguing food and beautiful presentations. If your budget is tight, try the PCC or Sushiman, which can provide beautiful platters for pickup. Panera

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Bread, Back of Bella Deli and Chipotle will deliver and set up at sites within 2 or 3 miles from their facilities. Big House BBQ does a fabulous job, and their venue is mobile. Lombardi’s (Italian), Pogacha (Northwest and Adriatic), The Flat Iron Grill (steak and seafood), and Pallino Pastaria (pasta) will cater with advance notice; Jenny Pho (Thai and Vietnamese) also cooks up wonderful dishes and provides great service at your venue. Many of local Mexican restaurants, such as Las Margaritas and Agave Cocina & Tequilas, also offer catering services. Some caterers are not so obvious. Who would have thought that the Hilton Garden Inn does catering? They do, and Chef Jessica creates phenomenal

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o launch the column we are highlighting Chris Brown, the executive chef at Sip restaurant in the Issaquah Highlands. Brown, who was born in the United Kingdom and spent time in Italy as a child, has lived in the Seattle area for 15 years. After attending the culinary program at the Art Institute of Seattle,

Brown spent two years at Bada Lounge working under chef Kelly Gaddis and then moved to Susan’s 5100 Bistro is Seattle before landing at the Beach Café at Carillon Point in Kirkland. He has been with Sip since it opened its doors in 2007. He jumped at the opportunity to both expand his knowledge of wine and focus on a fresh, seasonally

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Sip at the wine bar & restaurant is everything a great wine bar should be. Welcoming. Sophisticated. Comfortable. Lively. Offering a well balanced American cuisine that spotlights bold flavors, locally sourced seasonal ingredients, & spectacular presentations; passionate & experienced culinary teams; attentive & knowledgeable wait staff. Life’s fast...sip slow. Weekdays Open at 5pm; Weekends Open at 4pm.

The neighborhood seafood restaurant. Specializing in fresh fish, oysters, clams, muscles and wide selection of exotic and delicious species. Pre-theater dining. Full service bar and extensive wine list. Tues-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 9am-8pm.

Northwest steak & s e a f o o d with South American influences. You’ll find an abundance of savory flavors and mouthwatering meats, plus fresh, local seafood dishes and sweet treats to finish off your meal. With over 150 wines, 70 whiskies and great food Flat Iron Grill is the perfect place for any occasion. Mon-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 10am-9pm.

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From Kids

to Coaches The continuity, tradition, and passion created when ex-students return to mentor young athletes.


ost of this story is told through the voices of coaches at each of the five high schools in Issaquah and Sammamish: Eastside Catholic, Eastlake, Issaquah, Liberty, and Skyline. They were all once students at the school where they now coach. Uniformly, the positive influence of their own coaches while they were students has affected their lives and their own decisions to become coaches.

Dean Delaye

Ca Do

Lauren Dascenzo

These coaches are a mixed lot athletically. Some have risen to the top as professional players, such as Mkristo Bruce, a Liberty student who played professional football; others have not played since their senior year in high school. Yet, each has a passion for athletics and for instilling values into the students they now coach. It is impressive to see how many have made the journey back to their alma mater. Some were recruited by their own coach right out of high school, like Ca Do at Liberty, and some were recruited by their old coach as soon as they graduated from college. This does not happen without a long line of respect between coaches and students. In the coaches’ words “Coaching is all about connecting with the kids and teaching them lessons about team work, respect, hard work ethic, and aiding them into finding things about themselves through sports. I was lucky enough to have amazing coaches at Eastside Catholic. Coaching has been a very different experience than playing and is difficult in different ways. It is a balance at being both strict and setting the lay of the land and being someone that they can look up to and confide in.” Stephanie Gai, Eastside Catholic, soccer “I decided to become a coach to help point kids in the right direction in high school sports and also their path in life. We have a wealth of intelligent students that, when given the opportunity, will excel. Coming back to Skyline has a

Sara Goldie

Ryan Fleisher

familiar feel to it that motivates me. I can only hope that being able to give back to the community in an area that I am passionate about has been positive for our students’ maturity development into young adults.” Sean Keveren, Skyline, wrestling “I became a PGA apprentice golf

Mat Taylor

professional. Matt O’ Rourke was my high school coach, and Matt is the reason I come back to Eastside to help their golf team. Golf has given me so much, from life lessons to social skills, and now a way to give back by showing young golfers how to enjoy life while at the same time being a good, honest, trustworthy person. Eastside is so lucky to have a coach like Matt who really cares about the athlete’s whole experience on the team. I’ m proud to be a part of this kind of program.” Dean Delaye, Eastside Catholic, golf

Mkristo Bruce

Kyle Noble

“I think coaching at my own high school makes this a way different experience, because at Liberty High School it’s all about family and community, and you only want the best for your family. There is already a connection when you come back to coach at your own high school, and you care a lot more about the success and development of not just the football program but the whole school, because that is where you started playing football and that’ s where your roots are.” Ca Do, Liberty, football “After playing intense high school, club, and collegiate soccer, I have realized how much of an impact a coach can have on their athletes. I decided to come back to Issaquah High School to help coach because of the impact high school soccer had on me. I had a great four years at IHS and my hope is for these girls I coach to feel the same.” Lauren Dascenzo, Issaquah, soccer “I attended Central Washington University and played volleyball for four years. I decided to be a coach partway through my college career because I love volleyball and I knew I wanted to find a way to stay around the game for as long as possible. Coming back to Skyline, I get to see how the program has evolved over the past 10 years. Now, every day, I get to see the Kingco, district, and state banners that my team earned while I was playing, and it is motivating to try to give the current players the same experience I had.” Laura Gacayan, Skyline, volleyball - Nov/Dec 2010 - 23

Scott Nelson

Tim Walsh

Evan Flay

“I began coaching right after graduation, and I am going into my 12th year! I grew up in a basketball family [both parents played on the national team in Iran] and have a great passion for the game. I have had many great coaching mentors over the years. I am thrilled to be back at my alma mater!” Sara Goldie, Eastlake, basketball “I have been the head gymnastics coach at Issaquah High school for the past 10 years; I was a member of the IHS gymnastics team under the coaching of Pat Hatmaker. After graduation I was Hattie’s assistant coach for two years. I feel so connected to IHS, –the ‘Pride and Tradition’ has been in my blood for most of my life. I wanted to share the joy and passion for gymnastics that Hattie gave me. I consider it an honor to continue her legacy and pass on the gifts she gave me to many others. I want pay it forward to the next generations.” Ryan Fleisher, Issaquah, gymnastics “I played football, basketball, and ran track at Liberty, and received a full scholarship to Washington State University, where I played football for five years and earned a B.A. in social sciences. I was signed by the Oakland Raiders and later played for the Arizona Rattlers and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Over the years, I would pop into Liberty to work out with the young men, talk with them, and encourage them the same way that guys like coach [Steve] Valach mentored me. I played at the highest level, so I know

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what it takes to get there. I have validity behind what I say as a coach. For a lot of us athletes, coaches were our parents. We spent more time with them than [with] our moms and dads. So coaches have a huge influence.” Mkristo Bruce, Liberty, football

Tom Bakamus

“Coming back to Eastside Catholic to coach the golf team brings back a lot of memories [from] when I was in the team’ s shoes. Matt O’Rourke coached the team when I was there, and he taught me so much more than how to become a better golfer. He taught how to become a better person on and off the course.” Garrett Miller, Eastside Catholic, golf

Kyle Snell

Ryan Thorsen

“I played football at Washington State for three years. I lettered in 1997, the year we won the Pac-10 and went to the Rose Bowl. I think coaching at my alma mater does make a difference. First off, the pride I had in playing sports at Liberty is easy to pass along, and playing in college provides some credibility. The kids understand that I sat in the same classes, practiced on the same fields, and sweated in the same weight room they do. I am proud of the schools I attended; hopefully, I am passing that pride along to my players.” Kyle Noble, Liberty, football “I wanted the job at Skyline so much because I loved my experience there as a student and as an athlete. Chris Taminen was the coach at Skyline my senior year in 2004, so I was excited to be back in his program. I have great memories from high school baseball, so it’s fun to be a part of something that was so meaningful to me.” Scott Nelson, Skyline, baseball “After graduating from Eastlake in 2001, I attended Western Washington University, where I participated in running track and field. I realized that I wanted to work with teens in some capacity, as a teacher or coach. Coaching at my old school allows me to give back to the community that gave me so much. At Eastlake, I had an abundance of positive role models, and I hope to provide that to the kids, while sharing my passion and love of running.” Tim Walsh, Eastlake, cross-country and track

Coaches by High School Eastlake High school Kim Bloom Volleyball


Maui Borden 1996 Baseball/ Football Brian Dailey Basketball


Sara Goldie Basketball


Megan Miller Soccer


Janna Tonahill Volleyball


Katie Rowe Volleyball


Tim Walsh Track


Eastside Catholic High School Andrew Coates Basketball


Dean Delaye Golf


Stephanie Gai Soccer


Garrett Miller Golf


Mitch Stuard 1995 Cross country/Track

Laura Lindsley 2001 Gacayan - Volleyball

Janelle Hardbeck 2008 Volleyball

Greg VanDyne Football


Sean Keveren Wrestling


Kirk Hyatt Wrestling


Brad Vanneman Football


Zach Meyer Football


Jonas Lawson Football


Jarred Warren Football


Scott Nelson Baseball


Kelly Loranger Gymnastics


Liberty High School

Kyle Snell Football


Mary Moore Track


Andrew Taylor Football


Ryan Thorsen Football


Katie Halter Diving/Swimming


Tracy Pleiman-1988 Silva - Track

Mkristo Bruce Football


Ca Do Football

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Paul Seiler Track


Kyle Noble Football

Zach Shaw Cross Country


Skyline High School


Evan Flay Football


Tyson Story Football

Aaron Hasson Football


Nathanial 2008 Willingham - Football Tom Collins Football

1975 IHS

Mat Taylor Football

1993 IHS

Maui Borden

Issaquah High School Tom Bakamus Golf


Tim Baynes 2003 Cross Country/Track Lauren Dascenzo 2005 Soccer Andrew Dortch Soccer


Ryan Fleisher Gymnastics


Mark Gray Football


Scott Hall Basketball

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Tree Farm Traditions

Begin your holiday with a U-cut tree experience. by Reisha Holton

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rive-throughs. Fast food. 24/7. Overnight delivery. Instant messaging. We are spoiled. We want what we want and we want it right now. Take time this holiday season to unplug from the Christmas machine and get back to the roots of what the holiday season is all about. “The Christmas tree is one of the last true symbols of Christmas that hasn’t been plasticized,” Carole Scott of Three Tree Farms near Hobart ex-

plains. “It’s a whole-family experience. Kids run through the woods while Mom and Dad find a tree. It becomes a holiday tradition.” Since you can’t duplicate the U-cut tree experience in your own backyard, a visit to one of the eight area farms might be on your Christmas wish list. Most of the farms are family-run and have been in business for many years. Keith and Scott Tree Farm in North Bend has been growing trees since 1973.

Hand saws are provided for customers to cut their favorite tree.

That’s when Ewing and JoAnn Stringfellow planted the first seedlings they hoped would fund college educations for their three children, Keith, Scott, and Heather. It took seven years for the seedlings to mature into trees customers could take home and decorate. In 1980, alongside their parents, Keith (then age 11), Scott (then 8), and Heather (then 3) launched the first season of Keith & Scott Tree Farm. JoAnn brewed up cider and passed out candy canes to the kids, while Ewing helped cut and carry the trees to customers’ cars. Their plan worked year after year, and the Stringfellow children were all able to continue their educations after high school. And if you visit the farm this year, you’ll see Keith and Scott and possibly their children, the reason the farm continues today: Andrew, Jake, David, and Ashley, who just graduated from Edmonds Community College. Heather won’t be hauling trees this year because she’s pregnant with her first of this gen-

eration of Stringfellows. The original 4-acre parcel has grown into 12 acres of trees. Today, in addition to enjoying cider and candy canes, you can warm yourself by the bonfire under the covered gazebo, view farm animals such as sheep and cattle, and, since the property is right on the Snoqualmie River, throw rocks into the passing current. Most days Scott’s wife, Denise, rides her horse out to the tree parcels and gives kids the thrill of seeing a real cowgirl! Planning is a part of the U-cut Christmas tree business. “It’s a three-week season for customers, but we work at it every day,” explains Marco Desimone of Papa’s Tree Farm in Hobart. “Taking care of the trees is like taking care of a huge yard. We plant, we weed, and we fertilize all year long to get ready.” Desimone and his son care for more than 10,000 trees. The season begins on the day after Thanksgiving (this year November 26), which

should be declared National U-Cut Christmas Tree Day. All the U-cut farms open their doors that day and sell trees from about 9 am to dusk. But the U-cut business provides more than a family tradition and something that looks and - Nov/Dec 2010 - 27

smells good all season long. “We provide jobs for high school and college kids, and with the economy what it is, it provides a job for those who don’t have one,” says Carole Scott. “And for people who might not be able to buy a tree, we give trees to the food bank, too, and we feel good about that.” U-cut farms nurture more than trees. U-cut farms are places where you can enjoy kids and candy canes, cider and sitting by the fire, tracking down a tree and tying it to the top of the car, laughing out loud and living in the moment of the season. And sometimes they are generations of a family funding a future. You can’t buy memories, so make this year the one that you make your own.

A few hints to help the process go smoothly What to know before you go: • Think about the type of tree you want and the ornaments you have. For example, Fraser firs have stiff branches and support ornaments nicely, while some people think grand firs have the best smell. • Know what size (width and height) you need before you head to a tree farm. Some farms have the trees tagged with the height or have large measuring sticks to help you know the size of any tree. • Dress for the cold and for the wet. Rain pants are helpful but not required. Carpet squares are sometimes provided to keep the tree cutter from getting too wet. • Saws are provided, but you can bring your own. Farms usually allow only nonmotorized saws. • You can shop early. Some farms will let you come early in the season and tag your tree, then pick it up when you’re ready to bring it into the house and decorate. • If you’re buying a tall, large tree, bring your tree stand. Also, it’s sometimes easier to put the stand on a tree when it’s on its side instead of upright.

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The Gift That Will Continue to Give One family’s generosity will enrich the lives of generations of community residents.


ause for a minute and imagine that you have more than 50 acres of prime land open for development right in the middle of the city of Sammamish. What would you do with the forest- and meadow-covered land? Looking around at much of the plateau you can see that when others have been presented with this option they have chosen to develop the land into home sites. The trees were cut down, roads graded through the meadows and homes built on small lots. Just think of the personal revenue

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you would accumulate from converting your 50-plus acres into 300 to 400 new home sites. Now come back to reality and meet Mary Pigott, who does in fact own roughly 51 acres of land stretching from SE 20th Street on the northern edge of Pine Lake northward to SE Eighth Street on the way to the Lancaster Ridge neighborhood. This is beautiful land that could be developed, but will not be. The reasons this land will remain open space and will become a community asset all stem from Pigott’s thoughtful perspective. As she

explains, “Life is somewhat random; we all are blessed in certain ways, and we all face adversity. I have been blessed with the ability to give something with lasting value back to the community I have lived in since arriving as a newlywed in 1972. I have a fervent belief in the power of community and the absolute need for places where we can gather. Sammamish is a collection of neighborhoods thrown together as a city. It is my intent to give my land and eventually my home to the city of Sammamish to be gathering places for generations of community members.” In January 2011, Pigott will deed the first of her three parcels of land to the city of Sammamish at no cost to the city. She will donate the other two parcels over the next decade. Eventually, all 51 acres will become a city park. The first parcel contains 15 acres and includes a 3,500-square-foot home known as the Bell House. The home could be used for events and public gatherings. Pigott hopes the city of Sammamish will connect the property by trail to the Sammamish Commons Park northeast of this portion. She estimates that the 20-acre second portion will be deeded over at some point during the next five to seven years. This portion contains the Tanner House, a historic 800-square-foot home built in 1918 that still sits on its original log foundation. The final portion, which contains her 1920s-era personal home, barns and equipment storage, will be the last portion deeded to the city, allowing her to live in her beloved home and keep her horses and chickens until she is ready to move on. It is revealing to see the thought that went into the accumulation and stewardship of this land. Pigott and her late husband, Roger Giesecke, bought the additional parcels from their neighbors to keep them from being developed into home sites. She says, “Roger and I bought the last two parcels and made our own park. Long-term, we knew it would be better to make it available to everyone. I have had so much pleasure out of having

this property as my backyard, and I want to share that with the whole community in a real and permanent way.” Walking through the property, you get a feel for Pigott’s dedication to stewardship of the land. Trails wind through the meadows and forest and at first appear to be laid out in a haphazard way. Pigott explains, “These were animal trails initially that we gently widened for humans.” Her environmental concern even influences the creation of the trails. An environmentally sensitive mat is laid down first, and then a layer of pervious gravel, covered by wood mulch to give the trails a natural look and feel. In the damp places, wooden planks from downed trees on the property have been used to build raised mini bridges. Pigott’s farm vehicles all run on biodiesel. Solar panels cover a portion of the barn roof and augment the power used. Following years of considering this exceptional gift to the city, Pigott and Giesecke consulted the Trust for Public Land and The Nature Conservancy as to how to go about making the gift in a way that ensures the land will be used intelligently and passively for the most part.

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‘Encompassing’ Children, Families Snoqualmie Valley organization builds upon a potent presence in Issaquah and Sammamish.


he board of directors of Children’s Services of Sno-Valley faced a challenge: What can we call our organization, which encompasses so many programs for children and families? When that question was posed nearly six years ago, the board knew it needed a new name for this dedicated, private nonprofit organization. They found one. What started in 1966 as a group of mothers searching for local services for their developmentally delayed children is now Encompass. True to its name, the organization does encompass an impressive range of services for children and families. “At the heart of everything we do is a child,” says Gregory Malcolm, Encompass executive director. “The

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taproot of our services, and the place we started back in 1966 and where we touch Issaquah and Sammamish most directly, is our Birth-to-Three Early Intervention program. We provide developmental services for children with special needs, right in their own homes. Our team of speech, feeding, occupational and physical therapists serves the needs of all families living in the Snoqualmie Valley, Riverview, and Issaquah school districts.” Each special-needs child is assigned a family-resource coordinator who coordinates a team of parents, therapists and others to create a plan for the child and provide the resources to achieve the goals of this plan. The goal is to get the child ready and able to attend preschool. Six months prior to the child’s third

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birthday, Encompass coordinates with the child’s school district to assist in the transition. Encompass, which is headquartered in North Bend, is largely invisible in Issaquah and Sammamish because all of its work in this area takes place in the child’s secure home environment – at least for the moment. Other Encompass programs sprouted and grew as needs were articulated. One program with a large impact is Early Learning for toddlers and preschoolers. Encompass has taken rigorous steps to have the preschool accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), an achievement reached by only one out of 20 licensed preschools in America and just one of four on the Eastside.

For children of families with low income, the classes are free. Of 100 preschoolers in the program, one-third are state supported. All children are integrated, so that there is no way for an observer to tell who is on state support and who is from a family with the ability to pay for services. For families in the Snoqualmie Valley, Encompass is the go-to place for all manner of family and child needs. The organization receives children’s clothing and supplies from Eastside Baby Corner in Issaquah and distributes them to families in need. Encompass also assists the homeless and those with Englishlanguage difficulties. In addition, bilingual staff help with parenting classes and coaching and assist children in the classroom. Responding to the increasing number of children raised by grandparents and other relatives, Encompass operates a Kinship Care program to provide emotional and moral support for older adults who find themselves raising young children. As Malcolm says, “We help grandparents move from overwhelmed to well equipped.” Encompass programs have served Issaquah families for decades without a physical community presence. This situation will change in the next few years, as Encompass plans to become more embedded and visible in the greater Issaquah and Sammamish area. Plan to attend the Encompass SipFEST on April 16, 2011 at Issaquah’s Pickering Barn, with wineries and breweries from around the state serving their wares to supporters. Also save the date for the Encompass “Dream with Me” Spring Gala on April 30 at The Golf Club at Newcastle. Encompass would love to have more local board members, volunteers and, of course, financial support.

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child’s course from toddler to postgraduate, so clear your afternoon and evening for an in-depth exploration of local educational options. But that’s not all! Beginning at 4 p.m. in the hay barn, you will have your choice of fascinating presentations on education, ranging from outstanding local programs in the public schools to the final speaker of the evening, the nationally known Scott Oki, who will address his thoughts on necessary adjustments to the status quo in public schools nationwide. The full list of speakers and exhibitors will be in the January edition of this magazine.

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Upcoming EVENTS

A select listing of local Winter events. November 6

Evan Drachman & Lisa Bergman Concert Concert at 2 p.m. with Evan Drachman, cellist, and Lisa Bergman, pianist. Drachman is from New York City’s Piatigorsky Foundation, and the grandson of the famous cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. Bellewood, 3710 Providence Point Drive SE, Issaquah for concert reservations, please call Bellewood at 391.2880.

benefit in the Pickering Barn Saturday at 1 p.m. An elegant high tea will be served and a silent auction filled with wonderful treasures will take place concurrently. All proceeds after expenses will go to local charities such as Eastside Domestic Violence, Issaquah Senior Center, Issaquah Food Bank, and Eastside Baby Corner, and to scholarships for Issaquah High School senior girls. Seating is limited so get your tickets early. $25/ person. Pickering Barn, 1730 Tenth Ave. NW, Issaquah; for further information, contact Lisa Thompson at or 677.8368. November 16

Magazine Meet and Greet

“Barns, Boats and Bridges” gala opening reception, 2 to 4 p.m. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. University House, 22975 SE Black Nugget Road, Issaquah; please call 557.4200 by November 3.

Meet the publishers and writers of this magazine at a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in a private room at the Flat Iron Grill in Gilman Village. Join the staff in celebrating the completion of two years of publishing the magazine. Suggest article concepts while enjoying savings on beverages and food. 317 NW Gilman Blvd., No. 28, Issaquah.

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Holiday Open House at Hayes Nursery Enjoy special treats, beautifully decorated theme trees, home décor, and inspiration for your holiday own celebrations. Homemade cookies, hot cider, and gourmet coffee. 12504 Issaquah Hobart Road, Issaquah; 391.4166. November 10–January 2

Anne of Green Gables Anne of Green Gables has been captivating readers for more than a century. Lucy Maud Montgomery’s treasured best-selling novel has been transformed into a charming new musical. Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N., Issaquah; 392.2202. November 13

“Harmony & High Tea” The Issaquah Women’s Foundation presents the “Harmony & High Tea”

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Boehm’s Candies Holiday Kickoff Join Boehm’s Candies to kick off the holiday season with more than $500 in giveaways and special samples daily. Visitors who bring three or more canned goods or other nonperishable items to help benefit the Issaquah Food Bank will receive a free 6-oz. Santa (one Santa per customer). 255 NE Gilman Blvd., Issaquah. November 26

Deck the Halls Downtown Downtown and Gilman Village merchants are participating in a business decorating contest. Vote for your favorite and enter your ballot for the chance to win a gift basket filled with local products from local merchants. Downtown Issaquah and Gilman Village.

November 30

Look’s Gifts & Cards Sale Benefiting Eastside Domestic Violence Look’s in the Meadows Shopping Center is once again having an open house from 5:30 to 8p.m. Ten percent of the amount sold that evening will be donated to Eastside Domestic Violence, and there is a discount of 10 percent on most items. This huge holiday sale is open to the public. 1520 NW Gilman Blvd., Issaquah. December 4

Tree Lighting Ceremony Tree lighting ceremony at the NE corner of Front Street and Sunset Way (Pedestrian Park), Issaquah will take place at6 p.m., followed by Christmas caroling up Front Street, ending at the Hailstone Feed Store, where there will be hot coffee, cider, cocoa, and other treats. December 2 & 6

Swift Start Class If your wayward dog needs some obedience training immediately before the extended family comes to town for the holidays, Riverdog’s “Swift Start” class might be for you. This basic obedience class gets it all done in just three weeks, rather than the standard six. It includes 13 basic commands, motivating your dog, playing good-habit-forming games, keeping off guests, and basic communication language. Each class is just under two hours long and taught by experienced, certified Riverdog instructors. Thursday classes start December 2 at 6 p.m., Monday classes start December 6 at 5:30 p.m. To register, go to schedule. December 11

Tour of Trees Join Bellewood’s annual Tour of Trees and Open House. The 1:00-3:00 p.m. tour is a winter wonderland of beautifully decorated trees throughout the community. For tour reservations, please call 391-2880.

Issaquah, Sammamish and beyond... Nov - Dec 2010  

A community lifestyle magazine that celebrates the local communities of Issaquah and Sammamish, Washington. Nov-Dec 2010 issue