Eagles’ Ryan Bergman breaks school passing record

October 13, 2009

The Issaquah High School football program has had several outstanding quarterbacks over the years, some like Clete Casper and Dan Graham who later excelled at the college level. Read more

Energy audits help homes operate efficiently

October 13, 2009

This graphic shows all the locations in a home where an energy audit can pinpoint cold and hot air escaping. Department of Energy

This graphic shows all the locations in a home where an energy audit can pinpoint cold and hot air escaping. Department of Energy

Not many business owners look forward to undergoing the scrutiny of an audit. The process is renowned for sending shivers down the spine.

However, architect Terry Phelan, who knows the benefits of a well-designed home, is actually looking forward to an energy audit this week for her office, a converted home in downtown Issaquah. She said she hopes the results will mean less shivers in the future.

“Hopefully, we’ll find where the inefficiencies are, where the heat is escaping and what we can do to improve the building’s energy use,” she said.

Phelan’s office was an older house converted about 20 years ago, when there wasn’t much attention given to energy efficiency. For instance, the house has only three inches of insulation rather than today’s 12-inch standard, and the heating ducts and water pipes are not as airtight as they could be. Read more

May Valley Road bridge reopens early

October 13, 2009

Both lanes of the new Bandaret Bridge opened to vehicles last week. Read more

Howard A. Bunger

October 13, 2009

Howard A. Bunger died Oct. 12, 2009. He was 78. Read more

Water reflections

October 13, 2009

By Julia Wolfert Water reflections Rain collecting in an empty lot southwest of the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride formed a deep puddle which captured a sunset reflection in the otherwise barren field.

Rain collecting in an empty lot southwest of the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride formed a deep puddle which captured a sunset reflection in the otherwise barren field. By Julia Wolfert

Liberty blanks Hazen 56-0

October 13, 2009

Jake Bainton, Liberty junior wide receiver, eludes the Hazen defense on the way to one of three first-quarter touchdowns Oct. 9, as the Patriots went on to a 56-0 shutout of the Highlanders. By Greg Farrar

Jake Bainton, Liberty junior wide receiver, eludes the Hazen defense on the way to one of three first-quarter touchdowns Oct. 9, as the Patriots went on to a 56-0 shutout of the Highlanders. By Greg Farrar

The Patriots have proven themselves once again. On Oct. 9, Liberty defeated cross-town rival Hazen 56-0.

The game started with a bang as Liberty senior wide receiver Marcell Bell returned Hazen’s opening kickoff more than 80 yards for a touchdown. From that point on, there was little Hazen could do to keep up with Liberty.

“We just came out with intensity,” said Jake Bainton, Liberty junior wide receiver.

Thanks to Bell’s big kickoff return; a touchdown reception by Bainton; a touchdown run by senior running back Kyle Aherns; a touchdown run by sophomore running back Tei Staladi; and one rushing and one receiving touchdown by junior running back Chandler Jenkins, the Patriots were up 42-0 at halftime. Read more

Principal lives out music passion after school

October 13, 2009

 Roy Adler, Pine Lake Middle School principal and drummer since age 13.

Roy Adler, Pine Lake Middle School principal and drummer since age 13.

For 13-year-old Roy Adler, growing up in New York in the 1960s, there was something about watching Ringo Starr and The Beatles rock out on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

Adler just loved seeing the superstar drummer set the beat and jam with Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison.

He loved it so much that he built his own drum set out of cardboard boxes, sheet metal and dowel rods, and taught himself how to play along. In class, he would tap his pencil so much his teachers thought he was always nervous, he said.

“I just love to play,” Adler said. “It’s just something I thrive on.” Read more

Spartan swimmers remain undefeated

October 13, 2009

Andie Taylor wins two events in state-qualifying time

Kelsey Kosenkranius, Skyline senior, tucks the corners of a towel under her shoulder straps for her front dive with a half-twist, winning the diving competition with a superhero effort. By Greg Farrar

Kelsey Kosenkranius, Skyline senior, tucks the corners of a towel under her shoulder straps for her front dive with a half-twist, winning the diving competition with a superhero effort. By Greg Farrar

The meet between Issaquah and Skyline high schools girls swimming teams always seems to bring out the best in many of the athletes.

Certainly, that was the case Oct. 8 as individuals for both teams had state-qualifying times in the Julius Boehm Pool.

But the star of the show, which probably wasn’t a surprise to many local swimming fans, was Andie Taylor. The Skyline senior won two events in state-qualifying times and swam as a member of two relay teams that finished first with state-qualifying times.

While Issaquah had quality efforts, the Eagles couldn’t match Skyline’s depth as the Spartans posted a 110-76 KingCo Conference victory.

Thus far, no one in the league has matched the unbeaten Spartans’ depth. Skyline has scored 100 or more in all seven meets this season. In fact, the 110 points was the fewest scored by the Spartans this season. Read more

Give your garden that boxed-in feeling

October 13, 2009

Trevor (left) and Krissy Downs, with 2-month-old Blair, stand in their Alder Street home backyard with raised garden beds they have built, filled with topsoil and planted for winter vegetable crops. By Greg Farrar

Trevor (left) and Krissy Downs, with 2-month-old Blair, stand in their Alder Street home backyard with raised garden beds they have built, filled with topsoil and planted for winter vegetable crops. By Greg Farrar

With a lot of research, planning, hard work and a little luck, Trevor and Krissy Downs are looking forward to a vegetable crop this fall and winter.

“It is something I enjoy,” said Trevor Downs, an accountant, of their new raised garden beds in downtown Issaquah. “In the long term, we’ll probably save money at the store, but it’s something I enjoy and it’s self-sustaining.”

Trevor grew up on a farm. For Krissy, also an accountant, the adventure is new, but she said she would be excited to have fresh vegetables on the table.

“We know what goes into our garden,” she said. The couple’s first child, Blair, arrived in July. “You don’t always know what pesticides they put on things you find at the store.” Read more

MIT graduate triumphs over personal tragedies

October 13, 2009

piano that has been an important part of his rehabilitation therapy to recover from a brain hemorrhage. By Greg Farrar

piano that has been an important part of his rehabilitation therapy to recover from a brain hemorrhage. By Greg Farrar

A red-and-white beach ball bounced brightly against the overcast sky, skipping across the heads of Massachusetts Institute of Technology students clad in black caps and gowns June 5.

Among them was John Pavlish, a 2003 Skyline High School graduate. For him, the day was one that had been in the making for more than six years.

“It was the day of my grandmother’s birthday. I thought a lot about her, because she was so proud I was attending,” Pavlish said. “She died before I graduated, but I thanked her for giving me the courage to do what I have.” Read more

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