Chamber hosts job fair Oct. 16

October 15, 2008


While state or national employment numbers may be down, local businesses are hiring. To help fill their positions, the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce is hosting its third free Eastside Job Fair from noon-5 p.m. Oct. 16 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.


What to know


  • Employees seeking work who cannot attend can e-mail their résumé to Résumés will be shared with all represented companies.
  • Learn more about WorkSource at
  • Call the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce at 392-7024.



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Nightmare at Beaver Lake haunt gets a medieval theme

October 15, 2008


Anyone who has ever been to the Nightmare at Beaver Lake during the Halloween season probably had quite a thrill. 

This year, they should prepare to be chased by vampire brides and spooked


An actress forbids guests from entering her castle at the 2006 Nightmare at Beaver Lake.

An actress forbids guests from entering her castle at the 2006 Nightmare at Beaver the wolf lurking in the dark woods of Beaver Lake Park. One of the largest “haunt” productions in the area, Nightmare at Beaver Lake is set to run from Oct. 24-31.


The fifth annual “haunt” at Beaver Lake Park is the fruit of volunteer labor from more than 100 people, said Rotary Club of Sammamish volunteer coordinator Del Goehner. Planning began in March.

The idea of Nightmare at Beaver Lake is to create a large community event that gets area youths involved in the production process, event co-chair Dana Young said. The goal is to appeal to everyone, regardless of age or physical ability, as well as send all the proceeds to local charities and scholarships.

Upon arriving at the Beaver Lake Park ball fields, visitors will meander throughout a 3/4-mile outdoor and indoor course filled with suspense and surprise on a medieval-fairy tale theme. Roughly 60 volunteer actors will make each nigh Read more

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Community Calendar

October 15, 2008

Jobs: we got ’em


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


A volunteer orientation meeting for the Sammamish Rotary’s Nightmare At Beaver Lake is from 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 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. This free show features thousands of Read more

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October 15, 2008

Anna Lenea Johnson Bersaas

Anna Lenea Johnson Bersaas died Monday, Sept. 29, 2008, in Portland, Ore. She was 91. 

A graveside service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Oct. l9 at Preston Cemetery.

She was born Anna Linea Johnson in Preston, Wash., on Dec. 24, l916. Anna is survived by her five children — Sharon Bersaas, of Kent; Gloria Bersaas Nelson, Karen Bersaas and David Bersaas, all of Portland; and Rick Bersaas, of Brush Prairie. 

Anna was so proud of her nine grandchildren and two great-grand children. She will be dearly missed by all her family and friends.  

Darlene Joyce Johnson

Darlene Joyce Johnson, of Issaquah, died Oct. 5 at Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue after courageously fighting complications from an infection. She was 83.

Darlene was born Feb. 9, 1925, in Russell, Minn., to Vic and Gail Johnson. 

In 1943, the day after graduating from high school, Darlene moved to Kirkland to join her parents, who had already relocated. She worked for the 13th Naval District at the Lake Washington Shipyards, and on weekends, loved to dance at Bert Lingren’s Dance Hall in Kenmore. There, she met Robert Johnson, and after a 14-month engagement, they married Nov. 7, 1947. 

They moved to Ballard, then to a North Beach neighborhood, and raised two boys, Randy and Gary. Bob and Darlene were married 47 years. Bob preceded her in death April 4, 1994. For the past four years, Darlene has lived at Providence Point, where she had many friends and was close to family.

Darlene loved being around people and was a gracious, talented homemaker. She loved to cook and entertain, and was happiest during holidays, especially Christmas. She attended Pine Lake Covenant Church. She had a wonderful sense of humor, was thoughtful and kind, always doing things for others, and had an incredible love for life. She was the core of the family and kept up on everyone’s comings and goings, figuring out and looking forward to the next time we could all get together. 

She was preceded in death by brothers Arlo and Maurice Johnson. She is survived by her sister Gloria Williams, of Ashby, Minn.; brothers Bobby Johnson, of Brush Prairie, and Rodney Johnson of Redmond; children Gary (Eleanor) and Randy (Buffy); and four grandchildren.

Darlene leaves us with an example of how to live and be grateful for each new day with a positive attitude and strong faith. She will be dearly missed, but is lonely no longer. We will love her always.

Send remembrances to Pine Lake Covenant Church, 1715 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish, WA 98075-9589; or Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, c/o Contributions, JF-200, P.O. Box 19024, Seattle, WA 98109.

Ailie Irene Little

Ailie Irene Little, of Issaquah, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, at Providence Marianwood. She was 93.

A gathering of family and friends will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 18 at the family home. 

Ailie was born Jan. 8, 1915, in Aberdeen, to Finnish emigrants Eric and Ida Williams. She was raised in Aberdeen and graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1933. 

Ailie married Clark Raymond Boyer; they had two children, Rodney Raymond and Robert Russell Boyer. She later married Robert J. Little and they had two children, Irene Sue and James Robert Little. In 2001, she moved to Bellevue, and later that year, to Issaquah to be near her son Rodney.

A loving wife and mother, she spent most of her life caring for her family. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her dedicated son Rodney Boyer and his wife, Janice, of Issaquah; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.

Arrangements are entrusted to Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory. Friends are invited to get directions, view photos and share memories in the family’s online guest book at

Richard W. McClain

Richard Worth McClain, of Issaquah, died Oct. 11, 2008. He was 79.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Sammamish Presbyterian Church, 22522 N.E. Inglewood Hill Road, Sammamish, with the Rev. Dave Morgan officiating.  

He was born June 15, 1929, in Akron, Ohio, to Clifford and Josephine (Carney) McClain. He received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Findlay. A sports enthusiast, Richard played college basketball, baseball and football, and also played in a local softball and bowling league. He traveled as a member of a college quartet and men’s glee club. 

Richard served as church school superintendent and sang in the church choir and the Findlay Lyric Ensemble. He was a tenor soloist in major oratorios, weddings and programs. 

Richard and his wife Patricia were married 58 years and have three children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, who all live in the area. Spending time with them was one of his greatest enjoyments. 

Richard was a custom homebuilder and developer with his father-in-law Dwight Stowell for 18 years, and they built more than 300 homes in the Findlay area. They moved to La Jolla, Calif., where he was a corporate personnel consultant, specializing in executive recruiting for major developers across the U.S.  

Golfing and traveling in their motor home were among his favorite activities, along with working crossword puzzles, reading and watching sports. They traveled to Europe and Asia; they loved spending time in Maui every summer and especially for their 50th anniversary, when they were accompanied by their family. 

Dick had a deep faith in God and was a kind-hearted man who always put others before himself. He was known for his sense of humor and his love for people. Dick will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.  

Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory Inc., Anacortes and the San Juan Islands. 

Share memories of Dick and sign the online guest register at

Michael D. Mellon

Michael D. Mellon, of Fall City, died at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue on Monday, Sept. 22, 2008. He was 49.

A gathering of family and friends was held Oct. 6 at Twede’s Café in North Bend.

Mike was born Aug. 6, 1959, in San Diego, Calif. When he was young, the family moved to the Preston area. Mike was a graduate of Issaquah High School. He served with the United States Army and following his tour of duty, Mike became a chef, working in several restaurants in the upper valley. 

On May 10, 2004, he married Laureen M. Johnson in Fall City. Mike was a former lead singer of Renegade Band, and in his leisure time, he enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Survivors include his wife Laureen, of Fall City; daughters Krystine and Victoria Mellon, of Arizona; and stepson Oran Johnson, of Fall City. He was preceded in death by his mother.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent in Mike’s name to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory.

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

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Josh Rawlings Trio ready to debut at Bake’s

October 15, 2008

Josh Rawlings Trio is (from left) Adam Kessler, Nate Omdal and Josh Rawlings.

Josh Rawlings Trio is (from left) Adam Kessler, Nate Omdal and Josh Rawlings.

Skyline graduate returns to Issaquah a seasoned veteran of Seattle jazz scene


To think, the future Josh Rawlings once had mapped out involved the rock star route to fame and fortune, with him comfortably seated behind the skins of his drum set. Even in the marching band at Skyline High School, the quad drums had that rock element.

His path to becoming the next Keith Moon veered, however, when he joined the school’s jazz band and vocal jazz choir. Now, the Seattle music scene may well be ready to learn about the next Herbie Hancock. 

Rawlings debuts his first headlining album, “Josh Rawlings Trio: Climbing Stairs,” Oct. 17 at Bake’s Place.

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Arts Calendar

October 15, 2008


The Collective Memory Project, where 15 artEAST artists honor citizens who’ve help shape the community by telling their stories through the form of visual art, has been extended through Oct. 25 at the UpFront Gallery, 48 Front St. N. Go to

Village Theatre presents the musical, “Saint Heaven,” through Oct. 26. Tickets are $18 – $58 and available by calling 392-2202 or going online to


Sammamish artist Josh Rawlings debuts his trio’s new jazz album, “Climbing Stairs,” at 7:45 p.m. at Bake’s Place, 4135 Providence Point Drive. S.E. Tickets are $44.50 for dinner and the show; performance only is $17. Call 391-3335.

Darren Motamedy performs live jazz from 8-11 p.m. at Pogacha of Issaquah, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Call 392-5550.

The Music Works Northwest concert of soloists specially selected by the staff, featuring several Issaquah musicians, is at 7:30 p.m. at 14360 S.E. Eastgate Way, Suite 102, Bellevue. Admission is free; donations are accepted at the door. Call 644-0988. 


Butch Harrison performs at 7:45 p.m. at Bake’s Place, 4135 Providence Point Drive. S.E. Tickets are $54.50 for dinner and the show; performance only is $27. Call 391-3335.


The eighth annual Youth Education Luncheon, featuring master of ceremonies Dave Ross, of NewsTalk 97.3 KIRO, is from noon – 1 p.m. at the Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue. The luncheon will support Village Theatre’s youth education scholarships and free arts education programs. There is a suggested $125 donation for tickets. For reservations, call 392-1942, ext. 151.


Estrella Acosta, with Jovino Santos Neto, performs as part of the Visiting Songbird Series at 7:45 p.m. at Bake’s Place, 4135 Providence Point Drive. S.E. Tickets are $59.50 for dinner and the show. Call 391-3335.

Darren Motamedy performs live jazz from 8-11 p.m. at Pogacha of Issaquah, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Call 392-5550.


ArtEAST hosts Auction 2008 at The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane, Newcastle. Meet the artists and join live and silent auctions emceed by auctioneers Pat and Chris Cashman to benefit the Issaquah arts community. Check-in starts at 5 p.m.; silent auction at 5:30 p.m.; dinner at 6:30 p.m.; live auction at 7 p.m. Tickets are $95 per person or $1,000 per table of 10. Go to

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City budget: Department heads detail where the money goes

October 14, 2008

It takes a lot of money to run a city, and lately the City Council has been learning how every penny is spent.

The administration’s proposed spending package for 2009 was delivered to the City Council Oct. 6 by Mayor Ava Frisinger, and the following evening council members huddled in the Cougar Room of City Hall to hear department heads describe their own budgets, and lob questions at them.

It was a long night. There are 13 city departments, and spending for each of them requires council review. But that meeting was just the first in a series of exchanges between council members and departments, nonprofit groups and the public.

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Parents call for end to bus stop harassment

October 14, 2008

More than 20 parents in Klahanie asked Issaquah school board members to stop harassment of their middle school students by high schoolers who share the same bus.

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Students on buses mean more money for schools

October 14, 2008

With the high costs of transportation for school districts, it is important to make sure your student rides the bus the rest of the week.

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Five apply for school board position

October 14, 2008

Five candidates have applied to fill the vacant District Director 4 position on the Issaquah School Board.

Applications were submitted by Steven Ellis, Chad Magendanz, Margaret Moe, Carla Wigen and Jeffrey Wood by the Oct. 13 deadline to fill the position that represents the Issaquah Highlands, Issaquah downtown core, Preston, Mirrormont and Tiger Mountain areas. Read more

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