Amante’s exquisite cuisine elicits salivation

September 19, 2008

I grew up in Issaquah, graduated from Skyline High School and now spend about four months a year in town. I thought I knew every restaurant Issaquah had to offer, but I had never heard of Amante until about a week ago.

Issaquah’s Amante restaurant is one of the chain’s 10 locations in the Puget Sound area.

It is located in a cute European-style building on Locust Street (near Safeway), and is fairly well hidden from the heavy traffic cruising down Gilman Boulevard daily. Our server estimated the Issaquah location to be about five years old. (He did admit he was new, however.)

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September 19, 2008

Robert (Bob) Ginger

Bob Ginger, of Bellevue and formerly of Issaquah, died Sept. 13, 2008, at Overlake Hospital. 

He was 87.

An upcoming memorial service will be posted at 

Bob was born March 19, 1921, in Everson, Wash., the son of Al and Aleda Ginger. He was raised in Bellingham and graduated from Bellingham High School. On March 12, 1942, he married a neighborhood girl friend, June (Hanson) Ginger. The family moved to Issaquah in 1953 and lived here until 2003.

In 1945, Bob was drafted into the Army Airforce. He was stationed in Texas, Tennessee, Delaware and Newfoundland.

Bob went to the Seattle School of Photography as a student and then became a teacher there. This prepared him for his long career as an industrial photographer with Pacific Car and Foundry and a separate division of PacCar, Kenworth Truck Co., where he was the chief photographer. This included taking public relations photos, engineering test photos and advertising photos for various trade journals. He retired in 1982.

Bob and June enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, Alaska and the Caribbean. They traveled the West Coast as far south as the Baja Peninsula, and they enjoyed trips to Scottsdale, Ariz.

As a volunteer for the Issaquah Visitor Information Center for 10 years, Bob was named Volunteer of the Year in 1998 by the Association of Visitor Information Centers of Washington. He had logged many hours at the center, where he enjoyed the people he worked with and the visitors from around the world.

Survivors include daughters, Michelle Ginger and Jo Anne Ginger-Schroeder; sister Betty Buchholtz; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The family suggests remembrances to Medic One Foundation, Mail Stop 359747, 325 Ninth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104-2420.

Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at

Eileen (Ball) Lane

Eileen (Ball) Lane, formerly of Issaquah, Sept. 6, 2008, after a 20-year battle with cancer. She was 60.

A service was Sept. 13 at Renton Bible Church, 973 Union Ave. N.E., Renton.

She was born to Alwin and Bernettia Ball on Dec. 1, 1947, in Hillsboro, Ore. She graduated from Issaquah High School in 1966, and married Don Lane on Nov. 24, 1990. 

She owned 4-Lane Trucking Co. in San Francisco, but for the past 15 years, worked for DHL Danza’s. 

She is survived by her husband Don Lane; his three sons, Cliff, Ken and Ron Lane; sisters Anita Santoyo and Cherrie Arena; brother Wesley Ball; four grandchildren; 16 nieces and nephews; extended family; and many friends. 

She will be greatly missed by all. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Renton Bible Church of Vision House, P.O. Box 2951, Renton, WA 98056.

Gary Moore

Gary Moore, former Issaquah High School football coach, died Sept. 11, 2008, of a sudden stroke. He was 68.

A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Rainier View Christian Church, 12305 Spanaway Loop Road S., Tacoma.

Gary was born in Tacoma in 1940 and raised in Puyallup. He graduated from Franklin Pierce High School and Western Washington University, where he played football all four years. 

He spent his entire career as a high school teacher and head football coach at Issaquah High School, where he earned a 137-72-3 record with three league championships and four playoff appearances, including a 1980 King Bowl appearance where his team earned second in state. He was honored as State Coach of the Year in 1984 by the National High School Coaches Association. He had a huge impact on all the young people he coached and taught. 

He was known for his devotion to his family and his love of golf and travel. One of his greatest pleasures was spending time with his four grandchildren.

Gary was also an active member of Rainier View Christian Church. He lived his life to the fullest and will be very missed by all whose lives he touched.

He is survived by Mary Lou, his wife of 45 years; his mother Phyllis Moore; sister Sharron (Pete); daughter Trisha (Stacy); and son Chris (Alicia). He was the proud grandpa of four grandchildren. He will also be missed by his many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be sent to the WWU Foundation, in memory of Gary Moore, at 516 High St., Bellingham, WA 98225-9034, or you may donate online at

Shirley Thompson Opstad

Shirley Thompson Opstad, of Federal Way (formerly of Issaquah), died Sept. 7, 2008, at home after a long battle with lymphoma. She was 73.

A memorial service was Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Steel Lake Presbyterian Church, Federal Way. 

Shirley graduated from Cleveland High School in 1952 and from the University of Washington in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology. 

The family lived in Issaquah from 1939-1940. Her parents, Gerald E. and Marguerite Thompson, operated the Busy Bee Restaurant in Issaquah before moving to Alaska. Shirley’s grandmother, Mabel Thompson, lived in Issaquah for many years. Mary and Blaine Boyden, of Issaquah, were Shirley’s aunt and uncle.

After marrying Ed Opstad in December 1956, Shirley was an Army wife and mother for 25 years, after which she worked as a medical interviewer for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. An avid bridge player, Shirley earned Silver Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League. 

She is survived by her husband Edwin; her children, Carol Jaeger, Ruth Lowe, Mary Pacher and Lars Opstad; and her eight grandchildren.

Remembrances may be made to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center or to a charity of your choice. 

Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory.

Find a full obituary, directions and online guest book at

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Community Calendar

September 19, 2008


School-age children, their parents and others are invited to the Issaquah Alps Family Hike at 1 p.m. Sept. 21. No registration is required. Call 392-3571.

For the fun and friendships of Girl Scouts, attend your school’s “Girl Scout Information Night,” from 7-8 p.m. the following nights and locations:

  • Sept. 17 — Cascade Ridge Elementary School multipurpose room
  • Sept. 18 — Challenger Elementary School multipurpose room
  • Sept. 18 — Discovery Elementary School multipurpose room
  • Sept. 18 — Grand Ridge Elementary School multipurpose room

Parents and other interested adults are needed to form Girl Scout troops. No prior experience is required; training is provided. Join other volunteers to make a difference for girls. Call 614-1126.

Sammamish Rotary hosts the following three volunteer orientations for the Nightmare At Beaver Lake: 

  • 2-4 p.m. Sept. 27 and 28 at Sammamish City Hall
  • 10-11 a.m. Oct. 18 at the Beaver Lake Lodge.

Volunteers younger than 16 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Call 765-2713, e-mail or go to

The Providence Point Annual Art Show is from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 20-21 in the North Community Building of Providence Point, 4010 Providence Point Dr. S.E. The public is invited to attend.  

Dinner and the Issues In American Democracy discussion group, co-sponsored by the 5th District Democrats and the Democrats of Inglewood Neighborhood, is from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Sammamish Public Library, 825 228th Ave. N.E. Guest speaker is Marilyn Watkins, acting executive director of the Economic Opportunity Institute in Seattle. She will discuss her plan for tax fairness in Washington state.

The 5th District Democrats show the HBO feature, “Recount,” as part of its American Democracy Movie Night, from 7-9:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Gibson Hall, 105 Newport Way.


The Rising Star Guild and Lakemont Ladies’ Cycling Club are hosting the inaugural Women Against Violence Everywhere ride, a noncompetitive women’s bicycle ride, Sept. 21. Go to

Overlake Hospital Medical Center will host the Seattle area’s first Walk from Obesity on Sept. 28 at Bellevue High School, 10416 Wolverine Way, Bellevue. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. with a pep rally at 11 a.m.; the walk begins at 11:45 a.m. The cost to participate is $25. Register at 



St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church hosts St. Michael’s Day Celebration at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sept. 28 at its Issaquah location, 325 S.E. Darst St. Celebrate the patronal feast day with liturgy, song and word, complete with choir, clergy and youth pageant. Call 392-3215.

Chabad of the Central Cascades, 24121 S.E. Black Nugget Road, offers the following free classes (register at 

  • Kabala Class — Topics in Kabala with Rabbi Berry Farkash from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. 
  • Caffeine for the Soul — Women’s Torah Class, with Nechama Farkash, from 11 p.m. – midnight, Tuesdays. 
  • Lunch and Learn — Talmud Class, with Rabbi Berry Farkash, from noon – 1:15 p.m. Wednesdays.



Squak Mt. Greenhouses and Nursery, 7600 Renton-Issaquah Road S.E., is offering several free seminars in September with no registration required. Go to The seminars are:

  • Master Gardener Clinics: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 27. 
  • Care Tips for Your Woody Herbs in Autumn: 10:30 a.m. Sept. 20. 
  • Creating a Bulb Parade: 10:30 a.m. Sept. 27.

Pine Lake Covenant Church offers “Divorce Recovery,” a seminar for those trying to move on from divorce, Tuesdays, Sept. 16 – Nov. 25. The class is open to the community. To register, call 392-8636 or go to Child care will be provided by pre-registration only.

Explore your ideas through art in a free class, “Chill and Spill,” for ages 10-16, from 2-3 p.m. Mondays in the community center’s Maple Room. Call 392-6367, ext. 299, to register.

“Parenting With Love & Logic” — This seven-week course is from 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays through Oct. 27 at Faith United Methodist Church, 3924 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road S.E.  Call 392-0123, ext. 2.

Friends of Youth Issaquah offers the following parenting classes this fall at 414 Front St. N. (Cost of both is $45 for one parent; $60 for a couple. Scholarships are available. Call 392-6367 to register): 

  • “Parenting Teens:” From 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 5.  
  • “Parenting 2-12 Year Olds:” From 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, through Nov. 6. 

The Chamber of Commerce presents the first in its workshop series, Business Matters, with the one-hour seminar, “How to Create Raving Fans,” at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 23 at Meadow Creek Professional Center, 22525 S.E. 64th Place, No. 210, and at 5:30 p.m. at Blakely Hall in the Issaquah Highlands, 2550 N.E. Park Drive. Workshops are free to chamber members and $25 for nonmembers. Make a reservation at or call 392-7024.

Friends of Youth and the Issaquah School District presents the “Guiding Good Choices Parenting Series” from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 30 through Oct. 28 in Room 135, Liberty High School, 16655 S.E. 136th, Renton. Donations of $20 will be accepted toward the cost of Family Guides. To register, call 888-6683, ext. 204, or e-mail


Issaquah Library

The library is at 10 W. Sunset Way. Call 392-5430. 

The Strategy Games Club meets at 4 p.m. Sept. 17. Come play Wii, Play Station 2 and other board games. 

Teen Flick Night is at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Enjoy a movie on the big screen! Tickets are available beginning Sept. 15 at the reference desk. Ages 13 and younger may attend with a signed ticket from a guardian.

The opera preview for “Elektra” is at 7 p.m. Sept. 22.

Manga Club meets at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 24. Come make your own manga. 


Senior Center

Center hours are from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Activities are open to people 55 and older. The center is at 75 N.E. Creek Way. Call 392-2381.

A luxury day trip to Mount Rainier National Park is from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sept. 22. Fee of $37 is for transportation. Lunch is extra at the historic Paradise Inn.

A day trip to the Bellevue Art Museum is from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sept. 24. Fee is $8. Enjoy lunch on your own.

A breakfast roundup and tour of Bellevue’s Botanical Garden is from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sept. 29. Fee is $5. Breakfast cost is extra.

Elder and Adult Day Services in Issaquah offers a foot care clinic the second Tuesday of each month and massage therapy services provided by a state licensed massage practitioner, including chair massage, foot massage/reflexology and Reiki therapy. Call 837-3967 for an appointment.

Line dancing lessons are from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Cost is $5 per session or $18 per month.

A writers’ call is from 10:30-11:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesday. 

Instructor Norma Foss leads a computer lab to answer basic questions about the computer 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays.

Artist open studio is from 10 a.m. – noon Tuesdays. Bring your own project and work with fellow artists.

Pinochle is from 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

Bridge is at 10:55 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. 

Happy Hookers needlework group meets from noon – 3 p.m. Thursdays.

Mah-jongg lessons are 9 a.m. Tuesdays. Play from 9:30 a.m. – noon. 

Tai Chi classes are 9-10 a.m. Mondays. 

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Bicyclists take a ride against domestic violence

September 19, 2008

A women’s only, noncompetitive bicycle ride will take place in Issaquah and neighboring cities Sept. 21 to raise awareness for a nonprofit organization that helps women and children who have experienced physical, emotional or sexual abuse.

Women passionate about cycling who have bonded through friendship, fitness and the desire to make a difference in the community created the first Women Against Violence Everywhere ride to benefit Eastside Domestic Violence Program, rider Carol McFarland said.

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9-year-old’s poem published in Highlights magazine

September 19, 2008

“I was at a restaurant, and I was a bit bored, so I decided to write a poem,” he said.

Anthony Ackerman was 7 at the time. His poem was titled “Morning.”

“When he wrote that in the second grade, he was really into writing,” said Jodi Ackerman, his mother.

She said he had written short stories and cards, but never a poem.

“I thought it was neat and suggested he send it to Highlights,” she said.

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Skyline student gets perfect ACT score

September 19, 2008

You would think that in order to get a perfect score — or at least a reasonably good one — on a college entrance exam, you might need to study a bit.

Many students may take the practice SAT their junior year of high school, or at least crack open the giant SAT or ACT test-prep book a few months before the date arrives.

The results, after all, are a weighty component in determining a student’s college prospects.

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Hi ho, hi ho: Microsoft workers volunteer for greenway

September 19, 2008

Trail blazers

Microsoft employees volunteered in the Mountains to Sound Greenway to do trail improvements on the Thomas Interpretive Trail at Squak Mountain on Sept. 12. Patrick McSweeney (above) pounds in a post while Greenway conservation crew member Sara Zocklein holds it steady. Bryan Allen (left) and Jeff Ault (right), both from Microsoft, haul a log to the trail work site. Photos by Amy Brockhaus

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Former IHS coach remembered by athletes, community

September 19, 2008

As Chris Moore stood at midfield alongside his sister Trisha, the announcer called for a moment of silence in memory of their dad. All 2,500 fans obliged, and Issaquah High School’s football stadium descended into a hush.

Gary Moore

Gary Moor

On a night when state high school teams were already honoring late Archbishop Murphy coach Terry Ennis, Issaquah was honoring one of its own, prior to its game against Mount Si on Sept. 12.

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Tiger Mountain land buyout to preserve forest

September 19, 2008

Issaquah Highlands to get density from Park Pointe

Park Pointe, a forested 100-acre parcel at the foot of Tiger Mountain, at last may be getting the protection from development that has threatened it for Read more

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Wanted: volunteer for school board

September 19, 2008

As expected, Issaquah School Board Member Mike Winkler officially resigned his position Sept. 11.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to be on the board and to work with all the key players that make up the Issaquah School District,” Winkler said. “It has all been about the kids and my really strong belief in public education. I made this decision because of a difficult family circumstance. It is the right decision.”

Before leaving, Winkler called a variety of school district officials and community leaders to the floor to thank them for their service and dedication to the district. He also gave each a box of chocolates as a parting gift.

Winkler announced his intent to resign from the board June 25. He then cited new work related responsibilities and the desire to spend more time with his family.

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