Memorial to honor former Sammamish resident

March 17, 2009

Family and friends will host a fundraiser for the American Red Cross to honor Eastlake High School graduate Clayton Olney, who died Dec. 22. Contributed

Family and friends will host a fundraiser for the American Red Cross to honor Eastlake High School graduate Clayton Olney, who died Dec. 22. Contributed

Once, on a family vacation to Hawaii, Clayton Olney took his parents to a botanical garden to see a Bodhi tree. Buddhists believe Gautama Buddha, the founder of their faith, achieved enlightenment beneath the leaves of the sacred fig. Read more

Postcards from Iraq

March 16, 2009

National Guardsman corresponds from streets of Baghdad

Command Sgt. Michael Sangren says hello to an Iraqi youngster during a school visit in February. Contributed

Command Sgt. Michael Sangren says hello to an Iraqi youngster during a school visit in February. Contributed

When I volunteered to come to Iraq with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a mobilized Army reservist, I was wondering what I would be doing.

Being an Army Corps civilian, I knew my civilian job; however, I was coming to Iraq as a command sergeant major. Stateside district offices have no enlisted soldiers; however, in Iraq, districts do have soldiers. So, I was faced with the same question as many people who come to Iraq: What the heck am I getting into?

In a military unit, I am the senior enlisted person and my task is to take care of soldiers. However, here in Gulf Region South, only 25 percent of the district personnel are military, and of that, only 30 percent are enlisted.

It is far from a piece of cake, but is without doubt the most exciting and important job I have had in 37 years of military service. The civilians are volunteers, who have nice comfortable jobs in the States, but have given up the comforts of home to come halfway around the world, into an environment totally unfamiliar to them.

They’re also the friendliest and most outgoing group of people I’ve ever worked or lived with — always upbeat and willing to help with anything. They’re also extremely professional and mission focused — we only have about 100 civilians and our workload is about 139 active projects, so everybody has to do his or her job, plus.

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Spelling bee champs are in Seattle regional

March 16, 2009

Austin Sivret

Austin Sivret

Siddharth Murching

Siddharth Murching

Two Issaquah School District middle school students will be among about 50 competitors in the regional spelling bee March 22 in Seattle. Austin Sivret, a seventh-grader from Maywood Middle School and Siddharth Murching, an eighth-grader from Beaver Lake Middle School, won their respective school bees last month to advance to the regional competition featuring the top spellers from King and Snohomish counties. Read more

Health fair returns

March 16, 2009

health-fair-pickering-20080The Overlake Hospital Issaquah/Sammamish Health & Safety Fair is from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. March 21 at Pickering Farm. Admission is free. There will be free health screenings, children’s ID fingerprinting, home safety and emergency preparedness information from more than 50 professionals.

Community calendar

March 16, 2009

Events 

The Mountains to Sound Greenway offers the following volunteer restoration projects  from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Go to www.mtsgreenway.org for more information and to register or call 206-812-0122: Read more

Margaret Mae Hyatt-Parker

March 16, 2009

Margaret Hyatt-Parker

Margaret Hyatt-Parker

Maggie Hyatt, of Issaquah, resided in Edmonds, died March 9, 2009. She was 73. Read more

David Higginson Weekes

March 16, 2009

David Higginson Weekes, of Issaquah, died March 13, 2009, in the Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland. He was 53.

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John David Hardin

March 16, 2009

John Hardin

John Hardin

John David Hardin, of Sammamish, died Sunday, March 8, 2009, in Torrance, Calif., from diabetes complications while taking care of his mother’s affairs after her recent death. He was 48. Read more

Gretchen Marie Forsman

March 16, 2009

Gretchen ForsmanGretchen Forsman

Gretchen Marie Forsman, of Redmond, died March 7, 2009. She was 32.

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Catherine Cornelia Fisher Flagg

March 16, 2009

Catherine Flagg

Catherine Flagg

Catherine Cornelia Fisher Flagg, a longtime Issaquah resident, died in Spokane on Sunday, March 1, 2009. She was 84. Read more

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