School’s Back in Session

September 8, 2009

Issaquah Valley Elementary School safety patrol officer Dominic Card, a fifth-grader, helped students cross to the school campus safely. See more back-to-school photos on Page C6 and in a slideshow at www.issaquahpress.com. By Chantelle Lusebrink

Issaquah Valley Elementary School safety patrol officer Dominic Hard*, a fifth-grader, helped students cross to the school campus safely. See more back-to-school photos on Page C6 and in a slideshow at www.issaquahpress.com. By Chantelle Lusebrink *This caption contains corrected information.

Bothell humbles Issaquah 36-14 at Qwest Field

September 8, 2009

Early mistakes, jitters, cost Eagles in opener

Issaquah wide receiver Evan Peterson brings down the team’s first touchdown pass in the second quarter Sept. 5. The score capped an 84-yard drive. By Christopher Huber

Issaquah wide receiver Evan Peterson brings down the team’s first touchdown pass in the second quarter Sept. 5. The score capped an 84-yard drive. By Christopher Huber

It took losing to Bothell at Qwest Field for Issaquah’s first-year starting quarterback Ryan Bergman to see what all the hype is about playing varsity football in KingCo.

Like many of his Eagle teammates, the 6-foot-2 senior came out of the gate Sept. 5 wide-eyed and a bit jittery when it faced the Cougars, whom they had beaten twice in 2008.

The excitement and pressure of the moment got to Issaquah and its early mistakes cost them a victory in its season opener in Seattle.

Bothell scored 20 points in the first and sailed to a 36-14 win over Issaquah.

“It’s just a learning experience for us, is the way I look at it, at least for me,” Bergman said after the game. “It opened up my eyes to what varsity football is really like and I’m ready for next week now.”

The game was the final match of the annual Emerald City Kickoff Classic at Qwest, which also featured Skyline vs. Jesuit, Oregon’s No. 1 6A team. Read more

Take a kitchen from drab to fab in four easy steps

September 8, 2009

Give the kitchen floor a new look. The latest trend is concrete. ARA Content

Give the kitchen floor a new look. The latest trend is concrete. ARA Content

When you have a big gathering at your house, no matter where you try to set up the food and beverages, the crowd inevitably ends up gathering in your kitchen. The problem is, you may not be proud of the kitchen you have.

So, what do you do? There are many different ways for you to take your existing, drab kitchen and turn it into a place that you are not only proud to show off to your friends, but have no problem making the center of your next party.

Getting new appliances is one of the more obvious moves you can make to change the look of your kitchen.

Stainless steel appliances look sleek, and newer models don’t show fingerprints as much as older versions. New technology and design offers better-tasting water from dispensers inside the refrigerator and on the door. Dishwashers are quieter and microwaves are more powerful than ever. Read more

Salmon Days Festival hosts volunteer sign-up party

September 8, 2009

A sign-up party for Salmon Days volunteers is from 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. Read more

Celebrate city’s birthday at Newcastle Days

September 8, 2009

Quinn Spencer, of Newcastle (left), gets to handle marionette bird puppets at the 2008 Newcastle Days with Joy Docter, owner of Uncle Stinky’s Magic & Novelties. File

Quinn Spencer, of Newcastle (left), gets to handle marionette bird puppets at the 2008 Newcastle Days with Joy Docter, owner of Uncle Stinky’s Magic & Novelties. File

The city of Newcastle marks its 15th birthday during Newcastle Days at Lake Boren Park on Sept. 12 and 13. The two-day celebration is free to the public and showcases art, service and the community spirit of the city.

Lance Lambert, of the “Vintage Vehicle Show,” returns to emcee the festival, which includes live bands, dance performances, arts and crafts activities, and plenty of food.

In addition to old entertainment favorites from 2008, you’ll find many newcomers. The lineup includes Gin Betty! (country/rock), Union Jack (Rolling Stones tribute band), the Fabulous Roof Shakers (blues, R&B, classic soul) and the Freckles Brown Band (country/rock/Americana, R&B, Motown). Children will be entertained by Cowboy Buck and Elizabeth, and Ronald McDonald.

Zaphara’s Middle Eastern Dance Troupe and magician Kevin Wolfe make return appearances this year. Lang’s Pony Rides will once again be on hand, as well as inflatable toys, and arts and crafts activities. Read more

State Board of Education picks Connie Fletcher

September 8, 2009

Issaquah School Board member Connie Fletcher testifies earlier this year before the Washington State Board of Education in Olympia. By Issaquah School District

Issaquah School Board member Connie Fletcher testifies earlier this year before the Washington State Board of Education in Olympia. By Issaquah School District

Issaquah School Board member Connie Fletcher was selected as the newest member of the Washington State Board of Education on Aug 31.

“It is a real honor,” Fletcher said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

The state board directs education policy, like graduation requirements and curriculum, for the state. Read more

Learn about city Comp Plan rezonings at Sept. 10 meeting

September 8, 2009

City officials want to rezone 15 properties at nine sites in Issaquah as they update a key planning document for 2009. Read more

Community calendar

September 8, 2009

Learn to live with bears ‘Living Safely With Black Bears,’ a slideshow/exhibit/Q&A presented by Julie Hopkins, wildlife biologist with the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project, and Jason Capelli, from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, is from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 10 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive. By Ron Coscorrosae

Learn to live with bears ‘Living Safely With Black Bears,’ a slideshow/exhibit/Q&A presented by Julie Hopkins, wildlife biologist with the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project, and Jason Capelli, from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, is from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 10 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive. By Ron Coscorrosae

Events

It’s Cooking at the Market Day at the Issaquah Farmers Market, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sept. 12 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. A cooking demonstration is at 11 a.m. James Whetzel & Sabastian Lange perform at 11 a.m. Call 837-3300.

The Issaquah History Museums’ sixth annual Hometown Issaquah Reunion is from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Issaquah Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. Longtime and former residents and pioneer descendants are invited to meet and socialize. There will be workshops about memoir writing, basic genealogy and preservation of photos and heirlooms. Call 392-3500 or e-mail info@issaquahhistory.org for registration information; forms can also be downloaded at www.issaquahhistory.org/hometown. Volunteers are needed to help record photo and family information, as well as memories. Read more

Challenges ahead for subdivision

September 8, 2009

City development commissioners cautioned a developer about building a subdivision on a steep site near Providence Point, but the project architect said the development would move forward. Read more

Make gardening more fun by tuning out the distractions in the neighbor’s yard

September 8, 2009

We are lucky to have nice neighbors, but we know that everyone in suburbia doesn’t feel that way about their neighbors. Most of us don’t see the world the same way. Read more

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