Saloon taps into patrons’ good will

December 22, 2008

H&H regulars donate more than $500, bins of toys to charity

Patrons of the H&H Saloon opened their hearts and wallets for children in need of Christmas presents this year.  

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Last chance to visit Santa

December 22, 2008

zoo-holiday-20071201fCougar Mountain Zoo’s Reindeer Festival is from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Dec. 26-30. Visit Santa in his house, sit in the Grand Traveling Sleigh, write Santa a letter and deliver it to his personal mail box, hear an elf read favorite Christmas stories and watch Santa’s reindeer in action. Call 392-6278 or go to

Community Calendar

December 22, 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 from tree sales go to support church missions, including home building in Mexico. In addition to a variety of trees, stands and ornaments, there will also be hot chocolate, apple cider, coffee and cookies served, accompanied by Christmas songs. Call 392-5848 or go to Read more

James Watt

December 22, 2008

James Watt, of North Bend, died peacefully surrounded by his children Jimmy, Margaret, Christine and Judy, and three grandchildren on Dec. 4, 2008. He was 85. Read more

Donna Lee Graves

December 22, 2008


Donna Graves

Donna Graves

 Donna Lee Graves, of Redmond, died Nov. 7, 2008, in Seattle. She was 77.

Per Donna’s wish, there will be no service. 

Donna was born Dec. 31, 1931, in Seattle, the daughter of Julius J. Brolio and Genevieve C. Mitchell. She graduated from Issaquah High School in 1949. Later, she also lived in Redmond and Salem, Ore.

Donna first married Edward Burke on Aug. 23, 1952, in Seattle. They divorced in 1964. Donna married Robert Graves on Jan. 25, 1965. They divorced in 1978.

Donna was Issaquah Chamber of Commerce president in 1983 and 1993. She served on the Miss Issaquah Pageant Board of Directors, and in 1982 she co-founded Issaquah Women Professionals. 

Donna was named as the first inductee to the Salmon Days Spawnser Roll in 1989. She was involved in the festival since its origination and was festival chair in 1991 and 1992. She was named Issaquah’s Citizen of the Year in 1999 for her leadership and volunteer activities.

Donna worked in Issaquah for Powers Insurance. She purchased the company in 1980 and then sold it in 2000.

Donna is survived by daughters Cindy (Burke) Miller, of Salem, Ore., Pam (Burke) Stevens, of Issaquah, and Theresa (Tish Burke) Geldart, of Burlington, Wash.; son Russell Burke, of Issaquah; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father Julius, mother Genevieve, and sister Mae Brolio.

Memorial donations may be made to Issaquah Salmon Days Festival.

Arts Calendar

December 22, 2008



Issaquah artist June Sekiguchi presents her new exhibition, “Pattern Play,” through Dec. 31 at ArtXchange Gallery, 512 First Ave. S., Seattle. Call 206-839-0377. Read more

A reluctant artist in demand

December 22, 2008

Gonzalo Marino, of Klahanie, describes how the water line is too low in one of his earliest paintings based on a famous painting. PHotos by David HayesGonzalo Marino, of Klahanie, describes how the water line is too low in one of his earliest paintings based on a famous painting. PHotos by David Hayes

Call him the reluctant artist. Unlike most painters, Gonzalo Marino finds it almost too painful to bear parting with his finished works. 

“I put so many hours into making them, I grow attached to them and don’t want to let them go,” he said. “I put them on the Web, asking outrageous prices, like $50,000 for one, or 5 million Euros for another.”

So, for now, Marino’s hobby adorns only the walls of his Klahanie home. However, the 54-year-old son of a Columbian immigrant made the mistake of letting others see his work. Now, word has gotten out about his fairly unique style, creating a demand. 

Through his research, Marino discovered only a handful of painters in the world who use clay as their medium, and he may be the only one using modeling clay strictly for abstracts, landscapes and city scenics. Read more

Try a taste of Korea in the heart of downtown

December 22, 2008

Should you decide to go to Sa Rang Chae for the lunch special, bring a good appetite. This Korean restaurant doesn’t hold back on the portions.

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And the winner is LEO

December 22, 2008

elks-club-giving-20081220Proving Elks members can turn any event into a fundraising venture, Life Enrichment Options founder Mark Miller (second from left) accepts checks totalling $3,500, raised by lodge poker players, and presented by (from left) Exalted Ruler Ralph Bell, Secretary Don Schafer and Leading Knight Jeff Johnson on Dec. 20.

Swimmers win race against snow

December 22, 2008

In the only event not canceled by the weather, Eagles defeat Patriots 94-84 in friendly meet

Riley Goodman, of Issaquah High School, swims in the 100-yard butterfly race, finishing second to Austin Briggs, of Liberty. By Greg Farrar

Riley Goodman, of Issaquah High School, swims in the 100-yard butterfly race, finishing second to Austin Briggs, of Liberty. By Greg Farrar

In the last high school sports event before the harsh winter weather hit, the Issaquah and Liberty high schools’ boys swim and dive teams took to the pool Dec. 16 in what coaches consider one of the more friendly meets of the regular season.

The Patriots and Eagles met at the Julius Boehm Pool in front of a packed and noisy crowd for the third meet of the season, as Issaquah looked to pace its quick-swimming Liberty opponents. Read more

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