Volunteers help build Habitat homes

December 1, 2009

Volunteers and future homeowners contribute sweat equity in November at the Habitat for Humanity construction site on Northeast Magnolia Street in Issaquah Highlands.By Habitat for Humanity of East King County

Volunteers and future homeowners contribute sweat equity in November at the Habitat for Humanity construction site on Northeast Magnolia Street in Issaquah Highlands.By Habitat for Humanity of East King County

Volunteers have poured into the Issaquah Highlands since July to help build Habitat for Humanity duplexes, and the residences should be completed by next fall.

The all-volunteer teams at the construction site along Northeast Magnolia Street are in the process of framing the units. Habitat of East King County Construction Manager Lee Brannam said the project generated “an amazing amount of support.”

Habitat for Humanity representatives and families joined city officials June 11 to break ground for the new development. Volunteers began construction work in earnest the next month.

When the project is completed, five duplexes will be available to house 10 families. Construction will take place in two phases. Residents should move into completed units next year, and another phase will be completed by 2012.

The units will be the first Habitat houses built in Issaquah in 15 years. Since the local Habitat affiliate was founded in 1988, volunteers have built more than 80 homes across the Eastside.

Brannam said volunteers from community organizations flocked to the highlands Habitat project. Read more

240 homes proposed for Issaquah Highlands

December 1, 2009

A proposal to build 240 residential units in the Issaquah Highlands is under consideration by city officials. A Bellevue developer proposed a variety of units — including apartments, townhouses and stacked flats — on 9.5 acres in the highlands, bordered by Northeast Discovery Drive to the north and Highlands Drive Northeast on the west. Read more

Matthew Allen Arluck

December 1, 2009

Matthew Allen Arluck, of Chicago, passed away at his parents’ home surrounded by his immediate family on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009. He was 39 years old. Read more

Local family joins crusade to end the choking game

December 1, 2009

Kevin Tork

Kevin Tork

Stepping onto the stage at Chimacum Middle School in Chimacum Oct. 13, Ken Tork took a deep breath and began saving lives by confronting a deadly game.

Students throughout the state, nation and the world are playing the choking game and Tork said he knows two things about it: That it’s not a game and that it has deadly consequences.

Tork, his wife Kathy, and 11-year-old daughter Kelly Tork know all too well the game’s deadly consequences. The couple lost their only son, Kevin, a 15-year-old sophomore at Issaquah High School, to the game March 30.

Kevin’s death is the reason Ken Tork was called to Chimacum. On Oct. 7, medics arrived to care for a student who’d passed out after being choked by a friend before a third-period class.

Students play the game to get a high, which occurs when their brains are deprived of blood and oxygen. Read more

Public meetings

December 1, 2009

Dec. 3

Council Transportation Committee Read more

School board honored for good governance

December 1, 2009

Members of Issaquah School District’s school board have been selected as the 2009 School Board of Distinction by the Washington State School Directors’ Association. Read more

Old Allen’s Furniture space will be revamped

December 1, 2009

The former Allen’s Furniture space, at 131 Front St. N., will be the new home for a bicycle shop and restaurant. By Warren Kagarise

The former Allen’s Furniture space, at 131 Front St. N., will be the new home for a bicycle shop and restaurant. By Warren Kagarise

The former Allen’s Furniture store — a vacant space in downtown Issaquah — will be remodeled and reopened as a bicycle shop and a restaurant.

City Senior Planner Jerry Lind said the 7,795-square-foot former furniture store would be repurposed. Crews will add restrooms and a dividing wall to separate the bicycle shop from the restaurant. The developer will be required to adhere to Olde Towne design standards in order to blend with the quaint downtown surroundings. Lind said the revamp would be accomplished with “more of a light touch.”

The plate-glass windows will go, and workers will add windows with smaller panes, Lind said. City planners received the site development permit request in mid-October. The building, at 131 Front St. N., was built in the 1950s and needed updates, Lind said. Read more

Council will vote on dollars to feed hungry, shelter homeless

December 1, 2009

Many human services agencies are in line to receive the same amount of city grant dollars next year as the organizations received in 2009. Read more

Patriots’ drought is over!

December 1, 2009

Last-second field goal propels Liberty into first state championship game in 21 years

Dean Byron, Liberty senior kicker, with holder Peter Wiggum, hits his field goal with no time left, as players on Lakes’ sideline can only hold hands and hope as the Patriots’ 17-14 state 3A semifinal victory comes into being.  By Greg Farrar

Dean Byron, Liberty senior kicker, with holder Peter Wiggum, hits his field goal with no time left, as players on Lakes’ sideline can only hold hands and hope as the Patriots’ 17-14 state 3A semifinal victory comes into being. By Greg Farrar

For the third week in a row, the Liberty Patriots found themselves in a heated playoff battle, and for the third week in a row, they came away with the victory.

This time, senior kicker Dean Byron nailed a personal-best 43-yard field goal with one second left to secure the win against the Lakes Lancers 17-14 in the Nov. 27 3A state semifinals in the Tacoma Dome.

Liberty will take on 3A/2A KingCo Conference rival Bellevue in the state championship game at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Tacoma Dome. The Patriots will make their third state title game appearance. Liberty won the 1988 state championship with a 31-0 victory against Cheney. The Patriots lost to Centralia in the 1980 title game.

The semifinal match was a defensive one, and Lakes held Liberty scoreless for three quarters with crucial interceptions and solid defense. Trailing by two scores heading into the fourth quarter, it looked as though Liberty’s playoff run might be coming to an end. Read more

Community calendar

December 1, 2009

Events

File Santa’s on his way The Issaquah History Museums annual holiday open house is from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. This free event features homemade cookies, coffee and cocoa, arts and crafts activities for the whole family, and live music. Children may get photos with Santa from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Essie Blue Band performs traditional music (old time fiddle, bluegrass and country) from noon – 4 p.m. Admission is free. Call 392-3500.Santa’s on his way The Issaquah History Museums annual holiday open house is from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. This free event features homemade cookies, coffee and cocoa, arts and crafts activities for the whole family, and live music. Children may get photos with Santa from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Essie Blue Band performs traditional music (old time fiddle, bluegrass and country) from noon – 4 p.m. Admission is free. Call 392-3500.

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Visit participating merchants on Front Street and in Gilman Village for the Deck the Halls Downtown window decorating contest. Cast your vote for the best decorations in the ballot boxes located in stores. And all are invited to join the DownTown Issaquah Association for the annual tree lighting at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Go to www.downtownissaquah.com.

Issaquah Christian Church’s annual Christmas Tree Lot is open from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 24 at 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E. Proceeds help support church missions, including building homes in Mexico. Call 392-5848 or go to www.iccweb.org.

The Fox Equestrian Center presents an Old Fashioned Country Christmas from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. every weekend through Dec. 20 at 12031 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E. Get a photo with Santa and a gift for every child, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. each day. Call 206-383-4420 or go to http://foxhollowequestrian.com. Read more

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