Issaquah boy extends his range with Northwest Boychoir

May 26, 2009

Benjamin Richardson, wearing the shirt with a stripe across the front, rehearses “Big Rock Candy Mountain” with the Northwest Boychoir, directed by Joseph Crnko, right. By Warren Kagarise

Benjamin Richardson, wearing the shirt with a stripe across the front, rehearses “Big Rock Candy Mountain” with the Northwest Boychoir, directed by Joseph Crnko, right. By Warren Kagarise

Aspiring musicians yearn for a chance to play Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony or perform alongside Grammy-nominated vocalists.

Benjamin Richardson, 10, has accomplished all of the above.

A member of the prestigious Northwest Boychoir, Benjamin and his fellow pint-sized performers frequent concert halls and other venues across the Puget Sound region and throughout the state.

He also plays gigs closer to his Issaquah home: Benjamin and his mother perform at the Issaquah Farmers Market.

“You can put your emotion into music,” Benjamin said. “I enjoy knowing that I’m giving people joy.”

His mother, Rochelle Pearson, plays viola in the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. Pearson also teaches viola and violin. Her pianist husband, Harry Richardson, is the music director at Seattle First Presbyterian Church, where the family also worships. Benjamin took to music at an early age. Read more

Community calendar

May 26, 2009

Events 

Meet the Ciscoe Kid

Meet the Ciscoe Kid Master Gardener Ciscoe Morris comes to Issaquah at 1 p.m. May 31 at The Grange Supply, 145 N.E. Gilman Blvd. He’ll discuss his favorite annuals, perrenials and veggies and field and gardening question s you may have. Call 392-6469. File

Breast Cancer 3-Day get started meeting is from 6-7:30 p.m. May 27 at the Issaquah REI, 735 N.W. Gilman Blvd. This meeting provides the information and inspiration individuals are looking for as they decide whether they’re ready to lace up their shoes and walk 60 miles in three days to help in the fight against breast cancer. Call 1-800-996-3DAY toll-free or go to www.The3Day.org. Read more

Local women embark on big voyage on a small boat

May 26, 2009

Elizabeth McPhail  test driving their boat on Lake Sammamish. photos contributed

Elizabeth McPhail test driving their boat on Lake Sammamish. photos contributed

As a small girl growing up on the shores of Lake Sammamish, Katie McPhail couldn’t wait to go boating each summer. She operated a boat independently at 13, before she obtained her driver’s license.

“I like that boating offers a little bit of freedom,” the 26-year-old said. “I like exploring and it’s close to riding in a convertible without road rules.”

Beginning this week, McPhail and her sister Elizabeth McPhail, 22, will circumnavigate the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada in a yellow, 16-foot aluminum boat. Read more

Councilwomen seek another term

May 26, 2009

Eileen Barber

Eileen Barber

Councilwomen Eileen Barber and Maureen McCarry launched re-election bids last week.

Barber and McCarry ended speculation by becoming the first incumbents to announce their intentions. Voters will cast ballots for four council seats and mayor this fall.

The incumbents sounded similar themes: Barber and McCarry said they want to encourage economic development and environmental preservation.

“We need to balance the beauty of this area, which we love and is attractive to business” with efforts to lure new business to Issaquah, McCarry said.

Barber, nearing the end of her first term, presented herself as an advocate for business who would also keep a close watch on city finances. Barber plans to seek re-election to her Position 3 seat; no challengers have yet lined up to oppose her.

“I ran on a platform of preserving our quality of life while planning for our future,” she said in her campaign announcement. “In these difficult and uncertain economic times, it is more important than ever that we accomplish both for our citizens and our city.”

Read more

Patriots’ run through state ends in 9-5 loss to the Blazers

May 26, 2009

Troy Colyer, Liberty junior, smashes a fifth-inning pitch for a three-RBI homerun to give the Patriots all their scoring in a 3-2 victory over West Seattle. By Greg Farrar

Troy Colyer, Liberty junior, smashes a fifth-inning pitch for a three-RBI homerun to give the Patriots all their scoring in a 3-2 victory over West Seattle. By Greg Farrar

Neither rain, nor lightning, nor change of venue prevented the Liberty High School baseball team from clinching the final state playoff berth.

Troy Colyer slugged a two-out, three-run homerun in the bottom of the fifth inning to lead the Patriots to a 3-2 victory May 20 against West Seattle.

Unfortunately, for the Patriots, the season came to an end May 23 when they lost to Timberline 9-5 in the 3A state regionals in Centralia. Liberty finished the season with a 20-5 record.

But before getting to the regionals, the KingCo Conference champion Patriots had to weather a storm in a playoff with Metro League representative West Seattle.

The teams began play May 19 at Bannerwood Park. Officials suspended the game in the top half of the fifth inning after a rainstorm, complete with thunder and lightning, that swept through the area. The game resumed the following afternoon at Sammamish High School, because Bannerwood was unavailable. Read more

Teacher layoffs reduced

May 26, 2009

Issaquah School District officials released a new budget May 20, which will likely enable them to rehire most of the 158 teachers given layoff notices at the beginning of the month. Read more

Relay for Life set for Saturday

May 26, 2009

A record number of participants are expected for this year’s Issaquah Relay for Life event May 30-31. Read more

Arts calendar

May 26, 2009

 

MAY

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Village Theatre presents “Showboat” through July 3 at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N. Tickets are $22-$58 and are available by calling 392-2202 or 866-688-8049 toll-free. Go to www.villagetheatre.org. Read more

Klahanie’s natural areas registered as wildlife sanctuary

May 26, 2009

A couple of ducks sun on a dock in an area of the Klahanie natural area, recently designated a wildlife sanctuary by the U.S. Humane Society.By Chantelle Lusebrink

A couple of ducks sun on a dock in an area of the Klahanie natural area, recently designated a wildlife sanctuary by the U.S. Humane Society.By Chantelle Lusebrink

Klahanie’s natural areas are now registered as an urban wildlife sanctuary with the U.S. Humane Society. 

Klahanie, with more than 300 acres of open space, was given the title by humane society officials in March after a lot of work by the area’s residents, who formed the Natural Areas Association of Klahanie. 

Working in conjunction with county officials, the group’s members undertook an aggressive rehabilitation plan to help clear the invasive species using sustainable tactics and foster an area for wildlife. That was four years ago.

“We are really proud of the work we’ve accomplished today,” said Bonnie Anderson, chair of the association. 

The 900-acre urban village development started construction nearly 20 years ago. 

But years of little maintenance allowed non-native plants and noxious weeds to grow, stifling the health of the forests, bogs, ponds and lake, Anderson said. Read more

Eagles extend season by blanking Eastlake

May 26, 2009

Issaquah knocked out of tourney with 6-5 loss to Kangs

Issaquah's Amanda Marques makes contact in the top of the sixth inning.

Issaquah's Amanda Marques makes contact in the top of the sixth inning.

As she stepped up to the plate in the top of the seventh inning, Issaquah High School senior Molly Nelson felt the pressure to make something happen. The Lady Eagles were up 1-0 with two outs and two on, but they all knew they needed to seal the deal against the Eastlake Wolves. 

It was a loser-out game and the 16-6 Eagles did not want this to be their last game of 2009. 

But Nelson couldn’t see anything with the sun setting directly behind pitcher Nicole Guptil. So, Nelson called timeout, borrowed coach Jim Magnuson’s sunglasses and on Guptil’s first pitch, stroked a two-run single to shallow right field. The hit was enough to put the game out of reach for the Eastlake.

Issaquah ended Eastlake’s season with a 3-0 victory at Hartman Park in Redmond May 21. 

“That was a team effort. I’m really proud of our team,” Nelson said after the game. “We focus on every game and take one game at a time.” 

Eastlake had one more chance for a comeback in the bottom of the seventh. Despite an Eastlake single, Issaquah junior pitcher Mikenzie Voves forced two quick outs and struck out the final batter. Read more

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