Cosmonaut gives students look into space without leaving the ground

September 23, 2008




Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu (right), the first Romanian cosmonaut, gives a presentation about his education, training and flight to space in May 1981.

Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu (right), the first Romanian cosmonaut, gives a presentation about his education, training and flight to space in May 1981.

How long do you think it takes to reach outer space? 


Two days? 24 hours? 20 minutes?

Each was a guess from one of nearly 300 Maywood Middle School eighth-graders who gathered to hear the first Romanian cosmonaut speak Sept. 17. 

“Nine minutes,” Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu said. “It only takes nine minutes to reach outer space with the huge acceleration of 270 tons of fuel burning.”

 At nearly 18,000 miles per hour, Prunariu rocketed into the atmosphere high above the earth’s Read more

Volunteer Call

September 23, 2008

Volunteer docents are needed to greet visitors at the Issaquah History Museums’ Train Depot and Gilman Town Hall. Volunteer four hours a month or more. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about Issaquah history, serve the community and have fun at the same time with other docents and the public. Training is provided. Contact Karen at or 392-3500.

The Mountains to Sound Greenway needs volunteers to help plant native trees usually from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., with half-day options also available, Oct. 18 and 25 and Dec. 6 at Lake Sammamish State Park. No experience is required. Go to or call 206-812-0122.

The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce is looking for friendly volunteers to provide a warm welcome and information at the Visitor Information Center from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturdays. Call 392-7024.

The Issaquah Valley Senior Center needs volunteers to help with its lunch program on Tuesday and Friday, serving in the dining room and washing dishes. Call 392-2381.

Providence Marianwood Auxiliary needs new members to volunteer on projects and to serve on the board of directors. Volunteers are needed to work in the Gift Nook on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. A clerical volunteer is needed to assist the auxiliary with its newsletter and event mailings. Call 391-2827.

The Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank needs volunteers to help sort food and clothing from 8 a.m. – noon Mondays and from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. Donations of brown grocery bags, blankets, sleeping bags, warm coats, hats and gloves are needed. Call 392-4123.

Seattle Tilth needs volunteers three-six hours per month, usually weekdays, who have a flexible schedule and a car or truck to help with shopping and errands necessary to support operations, programs and events on the Eastside. It needs eight others to act as outreach volunteers to promote the program three hours per weekend a month. Call 206-633-5045, ext. 2.

The Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank’s Web site is horribly out-of-date and needs upgrading. Fully capable volunteers are needed to build a very robust site that can be adjusted easily to inform the community about needs on a more immediate and timely basis. Call 894-4410.

The 2009 Issaquah Relay For Life Planning Team needs volunteers to help plan and promote Issaquah’s largest fundraisers for the American Cancer Society. There are several committee positions open. Current openings provide a range in time commitment and level of involvement. E-mail, or call 369-2195.  

Friends of Youth Issaquah needs part-time volunteer receptionists. Prior experience is helpful. Flexible hours and days are available. Call 392-6367, ext. 115.

The King County Library System is recruiting volunteer Study Zone tutors to assist students from elementary through high school. All it takes is a two-hour weekly commitment or availability for flexible substitute scheduling. Volunteers are needed for all sites throughout the county, but particularly at the Fairwood, White Center, Skyway, Snoqualmie and Foster libraries. Call 369-3312 or e-mail

Eastside Baby Corner needs volunteers to sort incoming donations of clothing and toys from 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, from 9-11 a.m. Thursdays and from 9 a.m. – noon Saturdays. Go to

AtWork! needs volunteers anytime from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday to answer phones, greet visitors and perform general office duties. Call 274-4000.

Elder and Adult Day Services needs a volunteer from noon – 1 p.m. Monday through Friday to help during lunch. A volunteer is also needed from 11:30 a.m. – noon Monday through Friday to help take participants on walks. Another volunteer is needed from 1:30–2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to help with therapeutic activities. Call 206-859-5721.

The Issaquah History Museums needs a volunteer to go to the Puget Sound Regional Archives (on the Bellevue Community College Campus) and copy the 1910 voter’s registration rolls for Issaquah. They are looking ahead to the centennial of state suffrage in 2010 and want to learn more about the town’s first female voters. The volunteer will be reimbursed for mileage and copying costs. Call 392-3500.

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is recruiting volunteers for the 2008 spawning season. Join FISH’s docent program and share the story of the remarkable salmon life cycle with school children, families and tourists. Training for new FISH docents is from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sept. 6. Guides are needed for all days of the week, and especially during the annual Issaquah Salmon Days Festival. Call 427-0259 or e-mail

The Issaquah Special Populations Social Club needs assistance with dances, movies, field trips and special events. For every three hours of volunteer service, a 30-day pass will be issued for use of the community center facilities and Julius Boehm Pool. Apply at

Pampered Hands Group needs volunteers at Providence Marianwood. Help residents who have painful hands from age-related conditions by assisting with soaking and massaging. Individual or teams of volunteers are needed to work from 10:15-11:45 a.m. Sundays to help with worship services. Call 391-2827. 

Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St., Issaquah, seeks adult volunteers with a sincere commitment to wildlife education and conservation. Call 392-6278.

The Issaquah Valley Senior Center needs drivers for its lunch and grocery runs. Volunteers pick up center members who are unable to drive or walk any distance. The volunteer drivers transport them to the center on lunch days, and twice a month take them to the grocery store and home again. Call 392-2381.

Faith in Action needs volunteers to help seniors living in Issaquah and Sammamish remain independent by providing transportation, home services and/or social support services. Call 391-2817.

Issaquah Alps Trails Club needs volunteers for trail restoration. Work is typically done twice a week, weather permitting. Call 369-1725 before 7 p.m.

King County Library’s Words on Wheels Program needs volunteers to deliver library materials to homebound patrons. Training provided. A one-year commitment is required. Volunteers must be at least 18, have their own transportation and pass a background check. Call 369-3235.

The Senior Services Volunteer Transportation Program needs drivers. Use your vehicle to take Issaquah and Sammamish seniors to medical appointments. Flexible hours, mileage, parking reimbursement and supplemental liability insurance offered. Call 206-448-5740. 

Friends of the Issaquah Library needs volunteers for its Book Shelf Program, distributing books to Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank patrons, especially from 10 a.m. – noon Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call 432-3571 or e-mail

The Issaquah History Museums needs volunteers to work four hours a month welcoming visitors to its museums — the Issaquah Train Depot and Gilman Town Hall. Training is provided. E-mail or call 392-3500.

Eager Eye Guide Pups Club needs volunteers to raise puppies for use as guide dogs for the blind. Call 644-7421.

Community garden groups are needed to adopt garden beds (provide seasonal maintenance), have a teamwork party and join a group of gardeners who work independently. Located at Pickering Farm. Call 837-3442.

Centering a lifetime of love on family

September 23, 2008

Mieko (left) and Ken Yeisley show the set of silver bagpipes which she gave him as a gift in 1975, when he retired from his Army career after serving three tours of duty in two wars. Photo by Greg Farrar

Mieko (left) and Ken Yeisley show the set of silver bagpipes which she gave him as a gift in 1975, when he retired from his Army career after serving three tours of duty in two wars. Photo by Greg Farrar

In nearly 52 years of marriage, Ken and Mieko Yeisley have endured two wars, raised five daughters — Gayle, Lillian, Doris, Angela and Jennifer — in Issaquah and witnessed the birth of 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Their life plays out in the 100 or so pictures they have framed on the walls of their Issaquah home, which they’ve had since the early 1970s.

There’s their 1956 wedding photo, taken in Tokyo, Japan, where they met when he was stationed after the Korean War as part of the 1st Calvary; a family photo taken of the couple with their five daughters Read more

Iditarod docudrama excites race communications coordinator

September 23, 2008

Issaquah resident Bernadette Anne, communications coordinator for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, shows the snow parka and hat she wears while in Alaska. Photo by David Hayes

Issaquah resident Bernadette Anne, communications coordinator for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, shows the snow parka and hat she wears while in Alaska. Photo by David Hayes

Bernadette Anne has participated in all but two Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Races in Alaska since 2000 as a volunteer at some level before ascending to communications coordinator this year.

The Issaquah resident has worked several checkpoints along the more than 1,000-mile route and has flown the course by charter plane to follow the action.

But even Anne has not seen or experienced all that the mushers and their dogs survive to make it from Anchorage to Nome.

Until now.

Anne is highly anticipating a new docudrama produced by the makers of the Discovery Channel’s show, “Deadliest Catch.” Premiering at 10 p.m. Oct. 14 is “Toughest Race on Earth: Iditarod.”

“If you’ve seen ‘The Deadliest Catch,’ then you’ll understand how it’s filmed the same way,” Anne said. “During this six hour series, you can watch this year’s race as it happened.”

The Discovery Channel flew a crew of 20, including Read more

Family bonds through physical fitness

September 23, 2008

Nicolé Verbrugghe, 46 (right), recovers momentarily while her son Julien Verbrugghe, 18, pulls himself up from the ground using gymnastics rings. Photo by Chantelle Lusebrink

Nicolé Verbrugghe, 46 (right), recovers momentarily while her son Julien Verbrugghe, 18, pulls himself up from the ground using gymnastics rings. Photo by Chantelle Lusebrink

“I didn’t hear you ring the bell,” Nicolé Verbrugghe, 46, said breathlessly to her 18-year-old son, Julien Verbrugghe, on the next rope. “It doesn’t count unless you ring the bell.”

“I rang it,” Julien said, sliding down the 18-foot rope to the ground. “I’m on four. What number are you on?” 

She responded gruffly, “Three.” 

Such is the sparring that has gone on between mother and son for the past five months.

But the competitive atmosphere at Gravity Janes, a fitness gym in Issaquah, hasn’t driven a wedge Read more

Community Calendar

September 23, 2008


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 Issaquah Chamber of Commerce hosts the I-90 Networking Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 26 at the Issaquah Holiday Inn, 1801 12th Ave. N.W. Join members of the Issaquah, Sammamish, Snoqualmie Valley, Mercer Island and Newcastle chambers for lots of interactive networking, so bring plenty of business cards. For more information and to make your reservation, go to or call 392-7024.

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 League of Women Voters of Seattle, Issaquah Day and Evening Units, combine to host a Ballot Issues Forum on local issues, including  Sammamish and Bellevue parks and Issaquah fire district, Sound Transit and King County charter amendments, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Issaquah Service Center, 960 Newport Way N.W. Call 206-329-4848.

Meet Civil War Re-enactors from the Washington Civil War Association, as they honor those who fought in or lived during the American Civil War, at 3 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Issaquah library, 10 West Sunset Way. Call 392-5430.

The Sammamish Kiwanis Club sponsors its annual Ski and Sport Swap from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Oct. 11 at Pine Lake Covenant Church’s gym, 1715 228th St., Sammamish. Learn more at

The Issaquah History Museums Autumn History Program presents Issaquah’s Oral History Video Project at 11 a.m. Oct. 11 in the train depot. Preview a series of film shorts that feature oral history narration by 25 longtime residents of Issaquah. Each film short features excerpts from their interviews, along with narration and still images. The film shorts will eventually air on Channel 21, Issaquah’s cable station. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. Call 392-3500.

Eastside Mothers & More hosts an open house from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 14 at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 S.E. 32nd St., Bellevue. Learn more at

The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce hosts the Eastside Job Fair from noon – 5 p.m. Oct. 16 at Pickering Farm. Learn about sponsorships and employer tables by calling 392-7024.

The Vasa Park Fall Craft Show is from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Oct. 16 and from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Oct. 17 at 3549 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Call 413-1004.

The Pickering Barn Christmas Craft Show is from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Oct. 30 and from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Pickering Place Shopping Center. Call 413-1004.

The Vasa Park Christmas Craft Show is from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Nov. 20-21 and from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Nov. 22 at 3549 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Call 413-1004.



Cold Stone Creamery hosts the “World’s Largest Ice Cream Social,” a fundraising event to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America  from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Issaquah store, 6100 East Lake Sammamish Parkway. Try one of two new flavors developed by Make a Wish children and donate to the national organization. Call 206-334-0234.

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.

Bring your questions about happiness to a live audio chat at the Christian Science Reading Room, 194 Front St. N., at 11 a.m. Sept. 30 and join others who want to know joy as a present reality in their lives. Call 392-8140.

Bible Study Fellowship Sammamish Day Women hosts an introduction class for interested women and children from 9:15-11:15 a.m. Oct. 2 at Pine Lake Covenant Church, 1715 228th Ave. S.E. The life of Moses will be studied. Call 392-9271.


Learn to release tension and build strength through yoga in a supportive and knowledgeable community at The Yoga Barn for free at a Sunday class from noon – 1:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at 660 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Space is limited. Call 427-0038 or go to to pre-register.

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. 
  • 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 through Nov. 25. 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. This course helps parents and children (toddlers to teens) establish a rewarding relationship built upon love and trust. 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. 

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

Baby Boot Camp, a free pre- and post-natal fitness class for new mothers, is from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Preston Athletic Fields, 30500 S.E. 87th Place. Call 443-7412 or go to


Issaquah Library

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

Hear Arleen Williams discuss her book, “The Thirty-Ninth Victim” about her sister Maureen, the 39th victim of the Green River killer, from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 30. This insightful and heart-wrenching memoir tells the story of her family’s journey. 


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 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 from 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. 

‘Saint Heaven’ is an innovative, inspiring musical

September 23, 2008

Allan Snyder (left) stars as Thom Rivers and Tanesha Ross portrays Eshie Willington.

Allan Snyder (left) stars as Thom Rivers and Tanesha Ross portrays Eshie Willington.

Village Theatre’s “Saint Heaven” goes to the past and comes up with a soul-stirring new musical that will leave you wanting to hear more. 

Set in the fictional, rundown mining town of Saint Heaven, Ky., during the 1950s, the musical tests its characters’ strength of faith as they sit on the cusp of drastic changes relating to medicine, religion and interracial relationships in American society. 

Its main character, Thomas Rivers, played by Allan Snyder, returns to what he perceives as his backward hometown after his father, Thomas Rivers Sr., the town’s doctor, dies unexpectedly.

Rivers returns to shut down his father’s practice and leave. But his childhood friends and a passionate young woman, Eshie Willington, played by Tanesha Ross, have more in store for him.

Willington’s passion and misunderstood “gift,” which is actually epilepsy, is the driving force prolonging Rivers’ stay.

Snyder excels in his role as both a hero and villain as he confronts his jaded memory of his father and the demons he thought he Read more

Arts Calendar

September 23, 2008


The Music on the Streets series presents Ravenwolf from 6-9 p.m. at the Depot Park. Call 391-1112.


ArtEAST presents “Lunch With Picasso” from noon – 1 p.m. at 48 Front St. Bring a lunch and learn about Picasso’s life and times. Call 392-3191.

Chris Stevens’ Surf Monkeys perform from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at Read more

Local choreographer puts personal touch on zombies

September 23, 2008

Kathryn Van Meter (right), of Issaquah, choreographs the final scene from the Seattle Children’s Theatre production of ‘Night of the Living Dead.’ Photo contributed. 


Kathryn Van Meter (right), of Issaquah, choreographs the final scene from the Seattle Children’s Theatre production of ‘Night of the Living Dead.’ Photo contributed.

Issaquah resident Kathryn Van Meter is a familiar face for Village Theatre patrons. She’s built a nice little portfolio of work, be it acting in or choreographing local productions.

However, she and the thespians at the Seattle Children’s Theatre are adventuring into uncharted territory — a PG-13 rating. That’s what you get with a play about flesh-eating zombies in “Night of the Living Dead.”

“Director Wendle Hurt saw the show in Portland and thought the show would be fun for us to adapt for a high school audience,” Van Meter said. “This will be a unique production with no school shows, since Read more

Stream restoration becomes a showpiece

September 23, 2008

The relocated and enhanced stream channel of Many Springs Creek that empties into Laughing Jacobs Creek, and ultimately Lake Sammamish, has been moved away from Southeast 43rd Way near East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. Photo by Jon Savell

The relocated and enhanced stream channel of Many Springs Creek that empties into Laughing Jacobs Creek, and ultimately Lake Sammamish, has been moved away from Southeast 43rd Way near East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. By Jon Savellw

It can’t be seen from the street, but the presence of earthmoving equipment near  Southeast 43rd Way is a clear hint that something big is happening in the trees on the south side.

That something is a large wetland and stream restoration project, part of The Dwelling Co.’s Mallard Bay development that also includes a complex of townhouses going up on the other side of Southeast 43rd Way.

The Planning Department recently announced completion of some major milestones for the restoration, including the rerouting of Many Springs Creek, elimination of an access road and parking, and demolition of abandoned buildings on the site. The property occupies the southeast corner where Southeast 43rd Way connects to East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast.

Planners have two goals for the restoration. One is to provide high quality wildlife habitat on the northern edge of the city. The other is to moderate seasonal flooding along Southeast 43rd Way.

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