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Celebrate! Festive Seafood • Giving Back • Shopping Local Reindeer at Cougar Mt. Zoo


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Raising LEO

Roofing Options for Your Home

The other part of the incredible story.

Choose your materials.

Departments: what’s happening 9


Education Expo 2012 Issaquah Press brings home the Gold


shopping 10

Hunting for That Hard-toBuy-for Special Someone?

home 12

Fall and Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Light Up Your Life and Your Landscape


Reindeer at Cougar Mt. Zoo


Festive Seafood

family 22

Sewing Options Today

money matters

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How We Did In 2011

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Issaquah High School Wrestling Program is 50 Years Old

Sections: 4

Letters From Our Readers


Publisher’s Note


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Sales Pam Thorsen Director-Business Development


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September 18th was a BIG day for Cycle the WAVE (Women Against Violence Everywhere)—more than 1100 registered riders, nearly 200 volunteers and 51 sponsors raised over $130,000 for domestic violence programs in our state. We couldn’t have done it without our community! We are grateful to Issaquah Sammamish magazine for helping get the word about our event and this important cause. Keep up the good work. You are making a difference in our neighborhoods. $800,000-$1,190,000 $715,000

Nancy Belur, Development Director, Cycle the WAVE The article about the green-built house was inspiring. I have never seen a residential building with a wind turbine mounted on the roof. That gives me some ideas for my own home... C. Daniels—Sammamish The series of articles you have published on training dogs as been very informative. Will you be running more of them? C. Hughes—Issaquah $574,900 $649,950

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Last year you did a great article on living options for seniors, I would love to see that repeated each year. Even better, would you consider pulling the community assets for seniors together? Thank you for considering these requests. M. Wall­—Issaquah

A note from the publisher

The Local Recovery Plan for All of Us Listening to the national political debates is depressing. Each candidate touts his or her own plan for recovery while refusing to cooperate with each other and across party lines. This brand of national nonsense can leave citizens feeling helpless. The attitude of “What can I do to make a difference?” is not readily apparent.

November 9 - December 31 Irving Berlin’s wild west romance hits the Bullseye this holiday season!

But here is what you can do in two easy steps! Step 1. As you begin your holiday planning pick three independently owned businesses in the community that you would miss if they disappeared. It might be a pet shop, a florist, the art store, or that independent coffee shop you enjoy.

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Step 2. Commit to spending $50 in each of those places during the holiday season. If each of the 50,000 families in the greater community made this commitment and spent $150 locally, it would generate $7.5 million in local sales. It is a general rule of thumb that for every $100 spent locally, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other related expenditures. This drops to $43 when spent in national stores. Spend it online and nothing comes home. This is a personal way to direct your spending and at the same time know that you are making a positive difference. It is harder to affect the national scene, but we can jointly ensure that our community prospers by helping local independent brick-and-mortar stores survive.

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contributing authors Chris Bull has over 30 years of construction experience and operates CIB Construction management .He and his family have made their home in Sammamish for 19 years.

RENEW RECHARGE RECONNECT Y Fall Programs COAL CREEK & SAMMAMISH FAMILY YMCAS Got a hectic calendar? Don’t forget to put yourself on it! Renew your energy at the Y and explore a wide range of fun, enriching programs and activities. There’s something for everyone in the family. •Health and Well-being Classes, including Zumba and Yoga •Swim Lessons and Aquatics Programs •Child Care and Afterschool Programs •Teen Programs •Full-size Basketball Gym

Mike Coaker started roofing as a youngster, working for his dad. He opened Mike’s Roofing, in 1988 has grown to a multi-million dollar a year business, reroofing everything from houses, to apartment complexes, schools, public projects. Denise Steele Darnell grew up in California and was a middle and high school counselor before moving to Washington.  She has called Sammamish her home for the past 7 years. She lives with her husband, three children, and two rescued cats. Diane Laucius holds a TV and Radio Journalism degree from the University of Washington. A Sammamish resident since 1995, she lives with her husband and two teenage children. Eddie Schultz and his wife Natalie are the founders of Issaquah Sewing & Vacuum. They have two grown children Hannah and Ryley.

•Active Older Adults Programs •Youth Sports

Jeff Skierka is the owner, and designer of Reflections Landscaping located in Sammamish.

Visit or for more information. Everyone is welcome. Financial assistance is available. The YMCA of Greater Seattle strengthens communities in King and south Snohomish counties through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

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contributing photographer Michael Johnson has had a camera in his hands since he was 8 years old and has been hooked on capturing quality images ever since.

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Encompass staff enjoying the first Education Expo

Dr. Steve Rassmussen, ISD Superintendent, discussing the power of a strong public education

You Are Invited to the Education Expo Education Expo: A Syllabus for Success Kellstrom Publishing is pleased to announce our second annual community-wide event focusing on education. The rich array of options available to parents and students will be showcased on Thursday, January 19, from 4 to 9 p.m. at Skyline High School, 1122 228th Ave. SE, Sammamish. The Expo will feature valuable information for parents with kids from newborns to high school graduates. Exhibit areas will include information from public and private schools, lesson providers, academic tutors, cognitive trainers, summer camp providers, artistic instructors, and more. Parents will take away valuable information to help them outline a plan for navigating their child’s journey from preschool to post high school. A series of keynote speakers will discuss a variety of topics, with time for

From Left to Right: Vickie Singsaas, Debbie Berto (publisher), Kathleen Merrill (Issaquah Press editor), Jill Green (sales manager), Warren Kagarise, Sebastian Moraga, Greg Farrar and Breann Getty

audience interaction. Postsecondary education opportunities, including Renton Technical College, are also on the agenda. Produced by Issaquah Sammamish and beyond Magazine, the Expo is co-sponsored by the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, the Sammamish Chambers of Commerce, and local school districts. Mark your calendars to attend this valuable free event and watch for a comprehensive guide in our January/ February issue.

Issaquah Press Wins Chest-full of Statewide Awards The Issaquah Press recently returned from the statewide journalism conference with 33 awards. These include the prestigious Best Community Newspaper in Washington. The Sammamish Review was selected among the top three in the General Excellence category. Those living in this area have much to be proud of, and it is wonderful to see professionals in the newspaper industry recognize the excellence of the Issaquah Press and Sammamish Review. - Nov/Dec 2011 - 9


Hunting for That Hard-to-Buy-for Special Someone?

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Book an unforgettable evening where dreams and reality converge at Teatro ZinZanni. The show is presented in a gorgeous, antique cabaret tent known as a spiegeltent. Built in 1910, it boasts stained glass, hand-carved wooden interior columns, polished crystal, and mirrors. The dinner show created by director/choreographer Tommy Tune pays homage to the extraordinary life of French dancer and Tony Award–winning star Liliane Montevecchi. Bonsoir liliane! will run through January 29, 2012.

walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility.” —Mary Anne Radmacher

Does your family have old silver currency in a safe deposit box? Euros (or francs or liras) from a honeymoon trip, or a distinctive coin from a faraway land? Why not add a bezel and a necklace, creating a wearable memory! A silver bezel plus necklace is around $100. Gold is available for $300 and up. Custom orders are available for rare sizes of coins.

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William Henry Studio “creates a range of tools so perfectly conceived and executed that they transcend superlative function to become superlative art.” Money clips, knives, divot tools, and pens, all created with distinctive heirloom-quality. Come see the elegant masterpieces for yourself in the beautifully remodeled store. $225. and up. Plateau Jewelers 2830 228th Ave SE, Suite B Sammamish 313.0657

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HOME • If you have a sump pump, test it to ensure it is working and alarm is functional. • Cover outside air-conditioning units. • Test-run emergency generator (if you have one). If you did not drain the tank last year, do so and refill before you test.

Fall and Winter Home Maintenance Checklist by Chris Bull

A step by Step Guide to Preparing for Colder Weather Exterior • Check your roof for loose, worn, or missing roofing material. Make sure flashings are secure and caulking is not peeling or cracking. If you can’t get on your roof, inspect with binoculars. • Make sure chimney is free of debris, such as leaves or bird nests, and flashing is in good shape. If you burn wood on a regular basis your chimney should be cleaned once a year. • Clean gutters and downspouts of debris. Make sure gutters are firmly attached and flow toward downspout. • If you have splash blocks, make sure they are securely placed under

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the downspout and water is flowing away from the house. Inspect exterior siding for warping, cracking, rot, peeling paint, and loose or missing caulking. Clear all debris, such as leaves, dirt, or branches, away from the bottom of your siding. Clean exterior window wells and make sure weep holes are clear. Inspect weather stripping and caulking at doors and windows, and replace as necessary. Make sure doors and windows close completely. Disconnect hoses and freeze-protect hose bibs.Drain your lawn and garden irrigation system.

Interior • Clean furnace filters (monthly), light pilot light if necessary, and test furnace for function. Vacuum inside furnace plenum when filters are removed. Vacuum cold-air-return grills. Your furnace should be inspected every one to two years. • Remove grills on forced-air system and vacuum ducts. Keep furniture and drapes away from ducts. • Check, clean, and/or replace other filters, such as dryer vent, stove hood, and room fans. • Make sure all smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, etc. are in good working order. Replace batteries in appropriate devices. • Drain hot-water tank every two years or so. Make sure heating elements (electric or gas) are turned off, and follow manufacturer’s instructions for draining. • Check your GFI (ground fault interrupter) outlets by pushing the test button. The reset button should pop up. • Check your auto garage door opener for safety reverse. Adjust if required. • Check water filters (sink, refrigerator) and clean or replace as recommended. • Clean faucet aerators and shower heads.

Left to Right: David Call, Bellevue Branch Manager; Michael Ernst, Managing Director—Recipient of MSSB Community Leadership Award 2011; Charlie Johnston, Vice Chairman; Curt Peterson, Northwest Regional Director

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Raising LEO LEO House #3 nears completion.

The other part of the incredible story.


ife Enrichment Options (LEO) is one of the outstanding success stories emanating from this community. The story has been told of how a small group of parents gathered more than 20 years ago to share their concerns about the quality of the future for their children with disabilities. Each of these children had physical or mental challenges, and all were likely to outlive their parents.

by Fred Nystrom

What would happen to them then? Since that time, LEO members have worked tirelessly to advocate for adult housing for challenged adults, as well as for employment and educational opportunities. Several years ago they reached their first milestone when the Rose House was opened to five young adults and a full-time caregiver. This was followed by lots more work and fundraising to open the Ann Dennis

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home to five more “independent� young adults. This summer LEO proudly announced the near-completion in the Issaquah Highlands of a third home, a 4,000-square-foot, newly constructed five-bedroom home. Now for the background of this success story. Beginning with the Rose House and continuing to the home in the Highlands, LEO been supported in an unprecedented way by the staff with

the city of Issaquah, namely Program Manager, Keith Niven and his staff and Mayor Ava Frisinger, as well as the building industry, even while builders and subcontractors have been facing difficult times. Jiff Searing, LEO vice president for construction, explains, “Polygon Northwest and Milbrandt Architects are the anchor benefactors of the projects. Both of these companies were involved in the first LEO adult family home and gladly accepted our request to become involved in our third home, continuing a philanthropic partnership spanning almost 10 years. Both companies provided their services pro bono. “Milbrandt provided complete architectural services and brought C T Engineering to the table as their structural engineering consultant. C T Engineering also provided their services pro bono. Polygon has assisted LEO by providing direction, technical expertise, and a roster of their most qualified subcontractors to bid the work. Polygon has been an angel on our shoulder, guiding us through the process of developing a residential property from the ground up.” Many of the subcontractors were involved in the first project and have

either donated services or provided extremely competitive prices. The first LEO home was built in a different economic climate, and 99 percent of the work was donated. While current economic times do not allow this kind of generosity, LEO nevertheless received some donated services and was able to procure bids to bring the project in below budget expectations. “The subs and suppliers Polygon brought to the table have really gone the extra mile to help make the project happen,” says Searing. Polygon is developing 80 homes in the Issaquah Highlands. Having Polygon working in the neighborhood was completely coincidental but very beneficial. They are a generous group. They even know how to get their boots dirty—their office staff offered to finish the landscaping for the project. Look at the sidebar listing of the very generous companies who have worked hand-in-hand with LEO to provide 15 special kids with clean, safe, and independent living. This story will continue, as hundreds more are on waiting lists for their own special place to live.

Commander Stan Conrad and Police Chief Paul Ayers join LEO supporters at annual luncheon.

THANK YOU!!! Polygon Northwest, Bellevue Jeff Gow, Gary Young, Gordon Ballantyne and Ron Bowen

Milbrandt Architects, Kirkland Len Milbrandt, Anna Haugen CT Engineers, Seattle Jack Heavner

Bob’s Heating, Kirkland Doug Quinn

JS Contracting - Down Spouts and Gutters, Kent, Bob Dick ML Framing, Auburn Miguel Murillo

Highlands Landscape Maintenance Issaquah, Lyle Dickey Core Engineering, Bellevue Gary Sharnbroich Pre-Metco, Auburn Jack Archer

Proline Systems Garage Doors, Kirkland, Dale Stembridge Crescent Lighting, Fife Michael West

Macadam Flooring, Tukwila Michael Owens

Watterson Excavating, Enumclaw Reed Watterson PSF Foundations, Hobart Jerry French & Carol Hall

Fireside of Washington, Kent Bob Balder DE-EL Enterprises, Monroe Jonathan Kelley

MasterBrand Cabinets, Portland Jim McIntyre United Plumbing, Monroe Randy Herman Reed Electric, Puyallup Chris Barkley

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Roofing Options for Your Home An important decision every homeowner needs to be prepared to make.


lthough it is often overlooked until leaks appear, the roof is your home’s most important component, as it protects the house from the elements: rain, snow, wind, and hail. Most homeowners desire a roof that’s not too expensive, requires no maintenance, and lasts forever. But most roofs are replaced or repaired every 10 years or so. In the Pacific Northwest, the three most common residential roofing materials are cedar shakes, composition or asphalt shingles, and steel or metal. Remember that cost alone does not determine quality, and not all of these products will meet the needs of your home. But by carefully selecting the right material, making sure it’s installed properly, and performing modest maintenance, you can have a roof that functions properly for 20 to 50 years, or even longer. Selecting the proper roofing materials for your house is half the equation. Getting a certified, licensed, and bonded

contractor to install them in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications is the other essential part of the formula. A brief description may help you in deciding which is best for your home. Roofing materials Asphalt composition shingles are the most common type of roofing material. Modern shingles are sold by the length of their warranty: 20 to 30 years. Most asphalt shingle roofs, also referred to as composition roofs, have a life expectancy of 15 to 30 years, depending on the weight of the shingles, slope of the roof, exposure to the sun, and weather conditions. Composition shingles have a weather-resistant asphalt coating embedded with crushed rock. These shingles deteriorate as the petroleum and composition fiber base of the shingle matrix begins to dry out. When this occurs, the shingles begin to curl, cup, split, and lose their granules. Loss of granules between the shingle tabs is the most conclusive evidence for

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determining the condition of the shingles. Composition roofing is relatively easy to install, and in some applications can be nailed in place over an existing roof. It requires low maintenance and can be walked on without damaging the material. Types of composition roofing Standard composition shingles are referred to as three-tab, because they come in a strip with notches that create what appears to be three separate shingles. Up until 15 or so years ago, the three-tab shingle was the most commonly used roofing shingle in the Seattle area. Today most homeowners are opting out of the flat look of the three-tab for a richer and more textured look. Architectural shingles are also known as laminated shingles because they have multiple fiberglass and asphalt layers laminated together. This creates a heavier roofing shingle that has greater depth and dimension as well as a longer life. The top-of-the-line shingles from each manufacturer are referred to as luxury shingles. They are often described as having a “pumpkin tooth” design. Shake roofs are often replaced with luxury shingles because they are the closest to the cedar shake look. Also, many homeowner association regulations require luxury shingle products. Wood roofing Wood roofing comes in shakes and shingles, which have approximately the same life expectancy. The quality of the

shingles or shakes, exposure to the sun, the maintenance they receive, and the slope of the roof affect the roof ’s life expectancy. The lower the slope of the roof, the more slowly water drains off, and the more likely it will suffer water damage or deterioration from mildew or moss. Mold, rot, and insects can also be a problem. Wood shingles are typically installed on spaced or skipped sheathing. The main drawback of wood roofs is the lack of fire resistance, although the wood can be pressure treated to achieve a class-C rating. Wood offers some energy benefits, as it helps to insulate the attic and allows the house to breathe, circulating air through the small openings under the felt rows on which wooden shingles are laid. A wood shake roof demands proper maintenance and repair, or it will not last as long as other products. Steel or metal roofs Metal roofs are coming back into vogue. Two hundred years ago, zinc, copper, and lead were the most popular materials used for roofing; a number of famous historic buildings, such as the Washington Monument and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, have metal roofs. You can find metal roofs that resemble wood shakes, clay tiles, and shingles. Coated steel can be formed into individual shingles or tiles, or into modular panels 4 feet long that mimic a row of shingles or tiles. Metal roofs are durable, fire retardant, and almost maintenance free. They are also energy efficient; metal reflects heat and blocks its transfer into the attic. Steel roofs are made of 60 to 65 percent recyclable material. Metal roofing material weighs approximately one-seventh of a shingle roof, because it

weighs very little, metal roofing can be installed over existing roofs, eliminating the need to dispose of excess material in a landfill. Steel roofs are fireproof, which is not only safer but may result in a lower insurance premium. Although a metal roof costs more initially, in the long run it’s cheaper. Most metal roof manufacturers offer a guarantee of around 50 years, and some provide a lifetime warranty.

If you opt to upgrade to a metal roof, or even a more expensive grade of shingles, remember to reevaluate and update your homeowner’s insurance to reflect the replacement cost. Cost Covering a simple, standard gabled roof with three-tab composition shingles could cost approximately $7,500. Installing a cedar shakes on that same roof might cost around $10,000, and a metal roof around $12,500.

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Light Up Your Life and Your Landscape The benefits of using low-voltage lighing systems.


ow that the days are getting shorter, the value of an outdoor lighting system increases significantly. However, installing lights in your landscape should not create the look of an airport landing strip. A well-designed low-voltage lighting system can add both safety and dramatic beauty to the home and outdoor spaces. While you might not think a low-voltage system can provide adequate lighting, remember that your car’s headlights are run off a battery. To create a magical and enchanting landscape at night, adhere to these principles: • It is always more dramatic to enhance a desired area by uplighting an element such as a tree or rock than to make the lighting fixture the focal point. • When designing the planting layout, choose plants that will add drama to the landscape and home when lit up. • Properly installed downlighting can give the effect of a “moonbeam” light.

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• Only after exhausting all possibilities for up- and downlighting to create a dramatic effect should you turn your attention to using path lights creatively to further illuminate walkways. The only requirement for installing a low-voltage lighting system is access to a 110-volt outlet where a transformer can be plugged in. The transformer will convert 110-volt power to low-voltage current. Using low voltage will make the cost to dramatically light your landscape and home minimal. These systems can be set to go on using timers, photo cells, or switches. The difference that a quality lowvoltage lighting system can make in the enjoyment and safety of your home is like day and night.


Reindeer at Cougar Mt. Zoo Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen. And, of course, Rudolph.


anta’s flight team awaits you and your family at Issaquah’s 23rd annual Reindeer Festival at the Cougar Mountain Zoo. This year the festival will run from December 1 to 23, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Ten reindeer live at the zoo year-round, explains Robyn Barfoot, the zoo’s curator: “Nine reindeer are on the flight team, and the 10th one, named Olive, is a backup.” If you are a reader of children’s books, you’ll know

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about Olive, a dog who thinks she is a reindeer. Barfoot reassures that while Rudolph is on the flight team, he is practicing energy conservation, so you might not see his nose light up. If you are tired of holiday pictures taken at the mall, start a new tradition by having your child visit Santa’s house at the zoo. He or she can pose while sitting on Santa’s lap, and professional photos will be available for purchase. The zoo also offers a letter-writing

area so children can quickly jot down their requests before heading over to meet him. Santa’s mailbox is available for any extra letters that might need to be sent. Throughout the park, helpful elves will be bouncing around answering questions, showing off the animals, and explaining how reindeer fly. These expert elves will teach you more than you ever knew about reindeer. For example, they are the only deer species with furry noses, and both male and female reindeer have antlers. Children can also climb into Santa’s sleigh as well as hear a story read by an elf. To promote literacy, the Reindeer Festival has a book area where children and parents can read to each other. In addition to reindeer, the Bengal tigers and new cougar cubs will be part of the holiday festivities. According to the elves, the tigers make Santa’s candy canes. Since the tigers are striped and come in different colors, candy canes are striped and in a variety of colors. And have you noticed that the curve on top of candy canes looks suspiciously similar to a tiger’s tail? The three baby cougars are a recent addition to the zoo, and Santa thinks of them as his kittens. He has given them the important job of guarding his sleigh. Barfoot encourages all visitors to also come on December 23, when the tigers and cubs will receive “presents” for the holidays. Like kids opening an exciting new gift, the animals will tear their presents open, as you watch. Really! As you tour the zoo, warm beverages, holiday treats, and food for the reindeer will be available for purchase. Admission is $12.50 for adults, $11.50 for seniors, $10.50 for 2- to 12-year-olds, and free for the under-2 crowd. - Nov/Dec 2011 - 19


Seafood at the Holidays It’s not just for appetizers.


he leaves have turned from bright, shining green to golden yellow and red. The sun hides just above the horizon when it escapes the perpetual blanket of Northwest mist. It must be the holiday season again! The Northwest is diverse, with different cultural and religious holiday celebrations this time of year, but no matter what you celebrate, these festivities all have one thing in common: food! And one Northwest food shines above the rest when friends and family gather for a holiday party: seafood. Seafood has been a part of holiday celebrations for hundreds of years. The long tradition of eating seafood at the holidays dates from the religious

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tradition of refraining from eating meat or milk products on Fridays and specific holy days. Most people who observed this tradition would prepare fish cooked in oil as their holiday feast. Jim Oswalt of Gemini Fish Market in downtown Issaquah can testify to the tradition of seafood on the holiday table, as well as to the change in holiday seafood traditions through the years. “It has only been in the last 20 years that we have seen nontraditional kinds of seafood at the holidays,” he states. Back when he started in the seafood business, in 1987, seafood was used mostly as an appetizer. “Now, there is a movement toward alternate entrées using seafood for the holiday table, probably due to

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health trends and traditions,” Oswalt says. So why not shelve that turkey or prime rib roast in favor of Northwest seafood this season? “All Northwest seafood is at its peak during the winter months,” advises Oswalt. “Clams, oysters, mussels, and even king crab are all very popular this time of year.” Oswalt says that many of his Issaquah customers come in to buy ingredients for cioppino, seafood stew, or paella because the whole family can get in on the act of making the holiday meal. He even carries mahi-mahi, swordfish, and other tropical fish at this time of year. “Thanksgiving is the appetizer seafood holiday, with a big interest in shrimp

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It’s Not Your Grandmother’s Sewing Machine Sewing options today.

by Eddie Schultz


hen people think about home sewing, many visualize Great-Grandma’s treadle sewing machine—no power, just a belt and a foot to keep that baby stitching. The past 25 years have taken the home sewing from work projects to creative opportunities. The innovations in equipment and their expanded capabilities are astonishing. In 1988 Pfaff was one of the first companies to create a truly computerized sewing machine. The Pfaff 1471 proved to be a heavy-duty workhorse of a machine and was one of the first that could take creative built-in designs and combine them, and store them in the computer’s memory. Sewing enthusiasts were also able to create their own elaborate designs and combine them with a choice of several built-in fonts and designs. The creative impulses of home sewers began to accelerate. Pfaff gave them the ability to do “free programming” by setting width and length coordinates to plot the formation of any unique stitch. The Pfaff 7550 ushered in more innovations in 1992. Earlier machines were limited by the width of the sewing stitch plate: Designs could be a maximum of 6 mm from left to right. The 7550 had a 9 mm stitch plate and multidirectional feed capability. The fabric could be fed not only front to back but also in any of eight directions. This was made possible by the invention of stepping motors that moved the feed 22 - Issaquah, Sammamish and beyond...

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How Did We Do In 2011 Understanding the new ‘normal’...


s we approach the end of our annual prime selling season for real estate, one question on everyone’s mind is “How did the market do this year?” To answer that question, let’s look at the big picture for our local market—Issaquah and Sammamish, zip codes 98027, 98029, 98074, and 98075.

by Jay Kipp

After analyzing year-to-date annual comparisons, I’ll start off by saying that all major data points are up, or almost identical, to 2010 figures. Total volume sold is up 2.8 percent over last year, at $517,604,058; total number of units is up 3.3 percent over last year, at 898; and average sales price is 99.9 percent

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of what it was in 2010, at $576,397. Our market’s average list price to sale price ratio is also up just a fraction, with a 0.5 percent increase over last year. These increases represent healthy activity, stabilization of prices, and a fairly small, but positive, trend. With so much going on in the national markets, it is hard to tell whether this trend will continue, but the reality is that Issaquah and Sammamish have definitely settled out through the negative effects of distressed property sales, which, according to a National Association of Realtors analysis, still made up 31 percent of nationwide sales in August. In the year-over-year comparison, the only figure that has taken a turn for the negative is average days on market, but that rose by only five days—hardly a significant rise in the context of a cumulative market time of 78 days.

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With Issaquah and Sammamish pricing stabilized, it should be noted that accurate pricing is absolutely paramount in today’s market. Most, if not all, buyers have little tolerance for aggressive pricing strategies and are not looking for short-term investments, but instead are seeking the ideal home for their family. Many in our market, particularly those buying homes priced between $800,000 and $1.2 million, are coming to the closing table with cash. This represents a bit of a pent-up demand for accurately priced homes in that price range, and many buyers are struggling to find what they want. Overall inventory in our area is down 16.4 percent over last year. That’s significant. So, moving into 2012, sellers should stay absolutely true to the most recent comparable-sold-property values, work diligently on preparing their home for market, and have realistic goals for what the market will bear.

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The Issaquah H.S. Wrestling Program Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary


he Issaquah High School wrestling program began in the fall of 1961, when 23-year-old Roger Wilson, fresh out of college, started with 22 wrestlers. Wilson was head coach for 21 years. During his tenure, the “Indians” dualmeet record was 248 wins and 48 losses, including 12 league championships, seven sub regional championships, and two regional championships, and the team finished in the top 10 in the state 10 times. He also produced six state champions. Issaquah was the dominant power in the KingCo Conference for two decades. The current head coach, Kirk Hyatt, is an Issaquah wrestler from the class of 1975. Coach Hyatt has coached since 1998, and in 2009 guided the team as it went from competing as a 3A school to competing as a 4A school. Hyatt believes in giving back to the Issaquah community, and requires community service as a condition of earning a varsity letter. His emphasis is on inspiring student athletes, and he is excited when a wrestler achieves Washington Academic All-State Honorable Mention (35 wrestlers since 2002) or Academic State Champion (eight wrestlers since 2001) honors. His team received the Outstanding Team Scholastic Award (a team GPA of 3.5 to 4.0) in 1998–99 and the Distinguished Team Scholastic Award (a team GPA of 3.0 to 3.49) for six consecutive years, from 2004 to 2010. An alumni reception is planned for Thursday, January 11, 2012, prior to the team’s match against Garfield.

IHS Wrestling Coach Kirk Hyatt

Front Row: Andrew Ramirez, Tucker Brumley, Taylor Evans, Max Tickman - Chief Back Row:  Joseph Tonnemaker-Captain, Almen Thorpe - Captain, Brady Morris

Issaquah will be hosting the KingCo Championships on Friday, February 3, and Saturday, February 4. This is an important milestone, as Issaquah hasn’t hosted these championships in more than 25 years. Alumni interested in

attending the reception or assisting at the KingCo Championships should contact Michele Tonnemaker at

Photo’s courtesy of Don Borin, Stop Action Photography

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Nov/Dec Events November 30 Sammamish Holiday Lighting Ceremony The ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 6:30. This year it includes performances by local choral groups, cookie decorations for kids, reindeer, tours of the fire trucks, and festive refreshments and beverages. Sponsored by the city of Sammamish and Sammamish Youth Board at the City Hall at Sammamish Commons, 801 228th Ave. SE, Sammamish; info:


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and 4. Pick up tips and techniques for gift-wrapping and holiday décor from guest presenters. Family friendly. A complimentary handmade ornament in the spirit of the season awaits you, while supplies last. ArtEAST and Up Front Gallery, 95 Front St., Issaquah; info:

Elementary School, under the direction of Kimberly McElreath, music director. Saturday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday December 11, at 2 p.m. $16/ adults, $11/seniors and students, free/children 10 and under; tickets

December 10–11 Holiday Pops The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor and music director R. Joseph Scott, presents music by Émile Waldteufel (The Skater’s Waltz), Johann Strauss Sr. (Radetzky March, Op. 228), Leroy Anderson (Sleigh Ride) and other holiday favorites. Also featured are the choruses of Rachael Carson

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