Press Editorial

December 15, 2008

Human services campus needs community input

As the year draws to an end, the rush is on for an agreement between the city of Issaquah, Port Blakely for Issaquah Highlands and the owners of Park Pointe property on Tiger Mountain.

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Preserving a memory in beauty

December 15, 2008

Glass urns earn national recognition for local artist

Mike Holberg and his assistant Wilbur Kelly heat pieces of blown glass for the cap of an urn in a furnace at Viscosity Glass on Rainier Boulevard South in Seattle.  Photo by Greg Farrar

Mike Holberg and his assistant Wilbur Kelly heat pieces of blown glass for the cap of an urn in a furnace at Viscosity Glass on Rainier Boulevard South in Seattle. Photo by Greg Farrar

 

Washington has one of the highest cremation rates in the country at 64 percent. With estimates for the entire nation to be at 80 percent to 90 percent in 20 years, what can we do sans tombstone to create a meaningful memorial for a loved one? 

Issaquah artist Mike Holberg recently started his own business designing and crafting hand-blown, glass memorial urns. His pieces offer something different than traditional urns.

“We just made them as works of art,” he said. “I think, ‘Let’s make a cool vessel, and we’ll just make sure it can hold a set of remains.’”

Last month, Holberg was featured on the cover of The Crafts Report, a national magazine, as part of its memorial art special. Read more

Meet Rocky, finalist for Milk-Bone national spokesdog

December 15, 2008

 

Dan Connolly (right) sent Milk-Bone this photo of him serenading Rocky, his pet boxer, for its national spokesdog contest. The two are top 100 finalists and expect to hear results in January. By Dan Connolly

Dan Connolly (right) sent Milk-Bone this photo of him serenading Rocky, his pet boxer, for its national spokesdog contest. The two are top 100 finalists and expect to hear results in January. By Dan Connolly

Dan Connolly and his girlfriend Cory share custody of their dog Rocky. If the three get lucky, Rocky will be shared a lot more in the near future with the rest of America.

It seems a last-minute idea to enter a contest has landed Rocky in the top 100 finalists as a potential “spokesdog” for Milk-Bone, commemorating the company’s 100th anniversary.

Cory, who lives in Los Angeles full time, rescued Rocky, a 6-year-old boxer, from a shelter when he was 2. Since she and Dan have dated, they’ve shared Rocky, who stays in Issaquah when Dan’s in town at his software company.

“She’d heard about this contest, but I had Rocky with me at the time,” Dan recalled. “So, I took a photo with the camera’s remote of him and me.”

In the photo, Dan is playing his guitar, serenading Rocky, who is staring intently at Dan. For the “moment’s description,” Dan wrote: “Rock is many things — amazing companion, music critic, clown, teacher — to name just a few. He’s a great example of how we should all just simply shake off the bad moments and start new. Sounds crazy, but Rock inspires me to be a better person.”

Dan got the entry in just under the deadline, and the next week learned he was already in the top 100.

“I would guess there were not fewer than 100,000 entries,” said Dan, 42, an ex-Navy diver, now aspiring musician with an album coming out next month.

A winner will be picked in January, netting the owner a $100,000 prize and requiring the dog to make six appearances for the company.

“Rocky is very reflective, like most dogs are,” Dan said. “He’s got good energy, gets hyper psyched up. I think he’d do just fine.”

But he knows Rocky is up against some stiff competition. Many of the other finalists show photos of their pets doing tricks and just looking way too cute. Rocky, Dan said, doesn’t really have many talents.

“He just chills and listens to me play my guitar. That’s his only trick,” Dan said. 

Which is rather ironic, since Dan used to teach sea lions to perform tasks for the U.S. Navy.

“I used to teach sea lions all sorts of tricks,” he said. “I should be able to do something with Rocky, like sit on the toilet.” 

He also acknowledges that the other owners may also have an edge on him when it comes to a final decision by the company.

“There’s these girls kissing their dog,” he said. “This one girl, she’s 6 or 7. She’s really cute. She’s going to be my biggest competition.”

On the Web

 

Although public voting for the Milk-Bone finalists is over, you can still see Rocky and Dan Connolly together at http://milkbone.icmodus.com/?id=8559.

 

Reach Reporter David Hayes at 392-6343, ext. 237, or dhayes@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.

Quintet collects quarter-ton of donations

December 15, 2008

 

Sammamish residents (from left) Grace O'Neel (on lap), Cassie Carter, Griffin Carter, Zach Colburn and Sydney Colburn sit on the tailgate of a car after filling it with food collected from residents at the Arbors development in the Pine Lake neighborhood.Contributed

Sammamish residents (from left) Grace O'Neel (on lap), Cassie Carter, Griffin Carter, Zach Colburn and Sydney Colburn sit on the tailgate of a car after filling it with food collected from residents at the Arbors development in the Pine Lake neighborhood.Contributed

Sammamish residents Nancy Colburn, Tena Carter and Sheri O’Neel accompanied their children as they went door-to-door around their neighborhood to place fliers and empty grocery bags on people’s porches.

The five children, ranging in age from 3 to 10, were soliciting donations from residents of the Arbors at Pine Lake and Arbors Court developments for the Issaquah Food Bank last month. 

A week later, they made the rounds again, to collect the donations. After all was said and done, they had collected 616 pounds of boxed meals and canned goods — 779 items. It took two cars to haul it all to the food bank Nov. 25.

“They kept looking at us like, ‘When are you guys going to be done,’” Colburn said of when the families dropped it all off. “It was very cool. We had no idea it was going to be that much.” 

The selfless act then inspired three other Sammamish neighborhoods to follow suit, she said. Residents from Bellasera, Asbury Place and Palermo contributed another 250 items to the food bank. Read more

Who’s News

December 15, 2008

Issaquah grad wins   engineering competition

Andrew Salmeri, a 2008 graduate of Issaquah High School who attends the University of Portland, won the prestigious 2008 University of Portland Freshman Engineering design competition last month. Read more

Calendar

December 15, 2008

Events 

The Marine Corps League Puget Sound Detachment 336 hosts a Toys for Tots collection from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. through Dec. 17 at the Myrtle Lodge 108, 57 West Sunset Way. New and gently used, unwrapped toys will be accepted, as well as cash and checks made out to “Marine Corps League — Toys for Tots.” Volunteers are needed to deliver the toys Dec. 20. Learn more by calling 440-9506. Read more

Holiday Events

December 15, 2008

The Issaquah Christian Church’s annual Christmas Tree Lot is open from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Friday and from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through Dec. 24, at 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road, S.E. All proceeds support church missions, including home building in Mexico. There will be a variety of trees, stands and ornaments, hot chocolate, apple cider, coffee and cookies served, accompanied by Christmas songs. Call 392-5848 or go to www.iccweb.org. Read more

Fifteen years as friends

December 15, 2008

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Norman ‘Crash’ Nash (left), Mayor Ava Frisinger (center) and Don McWhirter (right) receive awards for 15 years of service with Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

Art students go EAST

December 15, 2008

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Nearly 30 people showed up for the Dec. 11 ArtEAST Salon, a casual member gathering held once or twice per month. Members work on various projects, or sometimes just socialize. Milenko Matanovic explores the color spectrum. Photos by Michael Johnson/new era photography

August Moon: Friendly, fresh and flavorful

December 15, 2008

The August Moon restaurant, in Pine Lake Village on the Sammamish Plateau, is within easy driving distance of Issaquah and well worth a visit. Its traditional Chinese fare is well-prepared and moderately priced, and it is certain to satisfy that craving for cashew chicken. 

Or any of dozens of other dishes, for that matter. August Moon’s extensive menu covers it all — pork, poultry, seafood, vegetables, beef, noodles, tofu, rice and soup — with prices hovering around $10 and nothing over $15. Read more

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