Public Meetings

September 22, 2009

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Families get called to political action

September 22, 2009

The Maraldo family works together on placing campaign signs for Marnie Maraldo (left), Issaquah School Board Position 2 candidate. Helping are Madeline, 6, Andrew, 10, and husband Tony.  By Chantelle Lusebrink

The Maraldo family works together on placing campaign signs for Marnie Maraldo (left), Issaquah School Board Position 2 candidate. Helping are Madeline, 6, Andrew, 10, and husband Tony. By Chantelle Lusebrink

When voters pick up a glossy flier from a local candidate or browse a campaign Web site, they learn about would-be officeholders. But voters also learn about a key piece of the candidates’ campaigns: families.

Candidates turn to family members in the closing weeks of the campaign to wave signs about busy intersections and chat up the campaigns at community meetings.

Candidates said spouses and children are never far from the action — and drudgery — of the campaign. Hopefuls for Issaquah City Council and school board said spouses greet voters at fundraisers, edit campaign speeches and, if the candidate has young children, to step in as caregiver while the candidate campaigns. Family members are also drafted to plant campaign signs and ring doorbells during voter canvassing.

Candidates said other benefits are less tangible. Families provide a bedrock of support and words of encouragement after a long day. Read more

Community calendar

September 22, 2009

Events

It’s Kids Day at the Issaquah Farmers Market, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sept. 26 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. Children under 18 are invited to sell hand-made items. Register by calling 837-3311. A magician performs at 11 a.m. There will be pony rides on the lawn and an Elon Wagoner cooking demonstration at 11 a.m. Call 837-3300. Read more

A passion for planes

September 22, 2009

Issaquah man’s lifelong interest continues at Museum of Flight

Alex ‘Sandy’ Morton (left), in his role as a Museum of Flight docent, recounts true stories to visitors in the Personal Courage exhibit. His older brother once ejected from a Lockheed P-38L Lightning like the one hanging from the ceiling. Photo By Greg Farrar

Alex ‘Sandy’ Morton (left), in his role as a Museum of Flight docent, recounts true stories to visitors in the Personal Courage exhibit. His older brother once ejected from a Lockheed P-38L Lightning like the one hanging from the ceiling. Photo By Greg Farrar

It might be the feel of air rushing around an open cockpit, the seeming weightlessness of his body in the air or the humming drone of a propeller. Alex “Sandy” Morton isn’t exactly sure what he loves most about airplanes, but he is admittedly obsessed.

“It’s gotten into my blood,” he said, sitting in his living room where overhead flies a 1:6 scale model of a 1917 Curtiss Jenny biplane. “I don’t know what disease to call it, but I caught it.”

“He loves it,” said his wife of 61 years, Florence Morton. “I thought it was a work of art and thought it deserved a special place.” Read more

Community honors Harvey Manning at statue unveiling

September 22, 2009


Harvey Manning's statue, dedicated Sept. 20, sits on its permanent rocky perch looking toward Squak Mountain from the corner of Southeast Bush Street at Rainier Boulevard South. By Greg Farrar

Harvey Manning's statue, dedicated Sept. 20, sits on its permanent rocky perch looking toward Squak Mountain from the corner of Southeast Bush Street at Rainier Boulevard South. By Greg Farrar

Harvey Manning, who dubbed the mountains around the city the Issaquah Alps, is now immortalized in bronze at the Issaquah Trails House.

Manning, known as the “Wilderness Warrior,” founded the Issaquah Alps Trails Club and helped establish Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Manning died at 81 in November 2006.

Elected officials, residents and friends of the late conservationist, more than 100 people in all, turned out Sept. 20 to dedicate the life-sized statue. The artwork depicts Manning in his signature wide-brimmed hat and thick-rimmed glasses seated atop a boulder. The rocks included in the statue installation were hauled from the Manning property. Read more

Celebrity Fever

September 22, 2009

Actor Will Smith (left) meets up with his son, Trey Smith, after Oaks Christian beat Skyline 28-25 on Sept. 18. For more about the matchup of the two nationally ranked teams, see story Page C1. For a slideshow of the game’s action, go to www.issaquahpress.com. Photo by Wes Paz, fotelica.com.

Actor Will Smith (left) meets up with his son, Trey Smith, after Oaks Christian beat Skyline 28-25 on Sept. 18. For more about the matchup of the two nationally ranked teams, see story Page C1. For a slideshow of the game’s action, go to www.issaquahpress.com. Photo by Wes Paz, fotelica.com.

Off The Press

September 22, 2009

Your community paper covers news others miss

David Hayes Press Reporter

David Hayes Press Reporter

Let me tell you, more and more these days, I’m reminded of why I enjoy working at a weekly newspaper, more than likely than at almost any daily.

Let me give one really important reason — no ideological slant. Take almost any topic going on in America right now, and the major dailies, instead of reporting straight up what happened, have to skew the outcome down ideological lines.

For example, unless you watch Fox News or follow the bloggers (more on them later), you wouldn’t have learned about the sea of humanity that descended upon Washington, D.C., Sept. 12. Instead of learning about the anger boiling up over out of control government spending and largess, thanks to NBC, we learned from ex-president Jimmy Carter it was merely a large crowd of racists. Read more

Police activity raises concerns near schools

September 22, 2009

While en route to his bus stop, a 12-year-old Maywood Middle School student was approached by a stranger at 6:45 a.m. Sept. 18 in the 100 block of 206th Avenue Southeast in the Maple Hills community. Read more

$10,000 grant to expand high school’s music tech lab

September 22, 2009

Skyline High School PTSA members present a $10,000 check to Skyline principal Lisa Hechtman during halftime at the Skyline-Oaks Christian football game Sept. 18. Photo by Christopher Huber. Contributed

Skyline High School PTSA members present a $10,000 check to Skyline principal Lisa Hechtman during halftime at the Skyline-Oaks Christian football game Sept. 18. Photo by Christopher Huber. Contributed

Skyline High School senior James Nielsen plays and sings in nearly every music group at the school. He plays euphonium in the concert band, trombone in the jazz band and sousaphone in the pep band. He even sings in the concert choir.

But what he seems most excited about this school year is what he and his classmates will be able to play during piano lab class.

Obviously, they will learn keyboarding skills, such as writing tunes with music software or practicing a new playing style. But the excitement comes from the prospect of doubling the size of the lab and upgrading outdated software. Until the school receives its new equipment this fall, only 10 students of the 25-student class are able to play a keyboard at a time.

“Half of the time, half of the class is not able to participate,” Nielsen said. “The software we have now works, but it’s antique.” Read more

Family Bike Ride returns to Salmon Days festivities

September 22, 2009

Over the years, Issaquah Salmon Days Festival organizers have taken pride in holding recreational events that are fun for the entire family. Read more

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