Lakeside takes second at regional finals

August 18, 2009

Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion team head coach Rob Reese maintains that every baseball season and every team has been special during his longtime career. Read more

Parent develops creative education for the autistic

August 18, 2009

Anne Scroggs and Mitchell Scroggs use the Creative Teaching CAP system she developed by learning how Mitchell's autism affected how he learned. Contributed

Anne Scroggs and Mitchell Scroggs use the Creative Teaching CAP system she developed by learning how Mitchell's autism affected how he learned. Contributed

When Anne Scroggs learned her son Mitchell Scroggs, 21, had autism in the early 1990s, there was little information and few opportunities for his education.

“When Mitchell was diagnosed, it was so bleak,” she said. “All the literature said people with autism should be institutionalized and that was unacceptable to me. My happy little boy wouldn’t be institutionalized. There was more for him. I knew it.”

Anne and Mitchell Scroggs’ perseverance not only led to Mitchell’s graduation from the Issaquah School District, but to the creation of a curriculum, called Creative Teaching CAP, that Scroggs said she hopes will help other special-needs children reach their graduations as well. Read more

Esther Barrett

August 18, 2009

Esther Lourene Dilberg Bruce Hammond Barrett, formerly of Hobart, died Aug. 10, 2009. She was 90. Read more

Teachers use the latest technology

August 18, 2009

Fourth-grade students at Sunset Elementary School listen as the Brazilian students at The Quero Ser (I Want to Be…) School describe their day. Student teacher Annie Cowgill (right) holds the microphone. By Chantelle Lusebrink

Fourth-grade students at Sunset Elementary School listen as the Brazilian students at The Quero Ser (I Want to Be…) School describe their day. Student teacher Annie Cowgill (right) holds the microphone. By Chantelle Lusebrink

Today’s classrooms are brimming with high-tech gadgets for teachers to make academic lessons come alive and for students to explore the world around them without leaving their seats.

Building to harness technology

Issaquah, thanks to its “tech-savvy” residents, has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to investing in new technological equipment and ideas that help students achieve more, said Colleen Dixon, executive director of technology for the Issaquah School District. Read more

Final district budget comes in at $149 million

August 18, 2009

Facing a $7.3 million in lost state revenue, district officials presented school board members with a final budget for the 2009-10 school year during a public hearing Aug. 12. Read more

Did Buddy Holly’s ‘tour from hell’ ended in Issaquah?

August 18, 2009

José Enciso reaches out to a friend while standing in front of his newly acquired Kenworth coach, decorated as a 1958 rock ‘n’ roll band’s tour bus, on display at the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in. By Greg Farrar

José Enciso reaches out to a friend while standing in front of his newly acquired Kenworth coach, decorated as a 1958 rock ‘n’ roll band’s tour bus, on display at the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in. By Greg Farrar

Many people have private collections featuring a piece of rock ’n’ roll history. Jose Enciso jumped at the chance to acquire a huge chunk.

As the owner of the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, Enciso said he’s always searching to bring something else into Issaquah that gives it a signature attraction. The interior of his restaurant already features a museum’s worth of kitsch. Now, his parking lot features the biggest item yet — Buddy Holly’s tour bus.

Maybe.

Enciso cannot confirm the chain of ownership of the 1950s Kenworth. He can only share what he’s been told. But the mystique, whether true or not, of possibly owning something out of rock infamy is what he hopes draws in customers. Read more

Beloved rooster McNugget survives pit bull attack

August 18, 2009

McNugget

McNugget

McNugget the rooster was attacked by a customer’s pit bull Aug. 2, but it seems he’s going to be OK.

McNugget lives near The Grange, Staples and Your Espresso.

“I was here when it happened,” said Teresa Mercado, who works at Your Espresso, previously known as Espresso Time. “Basically, I was working and I heard the rooster screaming — the pit bull had the rooster in its mouth.”

Luckily, the rooster was freed from the pit bull’s jaws, but after the attack “he was limping and scared, and he was hiding for three days,” she said.

Now, McNugget is back to his normal habits. Read more

Keeping to the Crosswalk

August 18, 2009

A deer wanting to cross the road might’ve thought it would be safer to use the crosswalk at Fifth and Juniper streets last week. By Joel Severson/www.photo.net/photos/joelseverson

A deer wanting to cross the road might’ve thought it would be safer to use the crosswalk at Fifth and Juniper streets last week. By Joel Severson/www.photo.net/photos/joelseverson

Follow 50 years of back-to-school fashion

August 18, 2009

Michele Forkner, code compliance officer for the city, and her date in 1970 at Mt.Diablo High School in Concord, Calif. Contributed

Michele Forkner, code compliance officer for the city, and her date in 1970 at Mt.Diablo High School in Concord, Calif. Contributed

Ahh, school clothes. They’re likely as confusing and agonizing to shop for now as they were 50 years ago, and all of the years in between.

You want something cool. Your parents want something affordable. And you can almost never agree on what to buy.

Fashions have changed over the years, and school clothes are no exception. We’ve gone from one crazy hairstyle to the next and one fashion fad to another.

Go ahead and walk down memory lane here: penny loafers, poodle skirts, saddle shoes, skinny ties, wide ties, long collars, button-down collars, cardigans, argyle sweaters, turtleneck sweaters, plaid pants, plaid jackets, mohair shirts, pointed-toed shoes, skinny jeans, leggings, bell bottoms, baggy pants, gauchos, stirrup pants, mini skirts, micro minis, long skirts, pencil skirts, satin, velour, corduroy, wool, terry cloth, pleather, skinny belts, wide belts, shoulder pads, neon colors, spaghetti straps, tube tops, platforms, moccasins, high top sneakers. You can likely quickly think of 10 things of your own to add. Read more

Off The Press

August 18, 2009

Kathleen Merrill Press Editor

Kathleen Merrill Press Editor

Ahh, the joys of hiring. Sure, jobs are hard to come by, but if you’ve seen some of the résumés I get here when a position is open, you might not be surprised why some people are out of work.
I have laughed hard and sometimes just shaken my head when reading a cover letter or résumé I’ve received. I often share these stories with my co-workers. After all, who doesn’t like a good laugh?

So, in the spirit of passing that on to you, dear reader, I am writing about a few of my favorite applicants, in a manner of speaking, from the past few years. Names have been left out to protect the guilty. However, the bad grammar and spellings actually belong to those who applied. Read more

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