Arbor Day Assist

April 21, 2009

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Mayor Ava Frisinger plants a Burr oak sapling during the city’s Arbor Day celebration. City Arborist Alan

Where in the world is Muscle Bob Buff Pants?

April 21, 2009

Sunset Elementary School students learn while tracking him down

 

Fifth-grader Kayleigh Bangs holds Muscle Bob Buff Pants in front of the Chichén Itzá, an ancient Mayan temple, on a family trip to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Contributed

Fifth-grader Kayleigh Bangs holds Muscle Bob Buff Pants in front of the Chichén Itzá, an ancient Mayan temple, on a family trip to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Contributed

Wild adventures among ancient ruins in Cancun, Mexico; spring training with the Mariners in Peoria, Ariz.; and rustlin’ up grub in San Antonio, Texas. With all that travel, it’s a wonder this student can keep up with his homework.

 
Though fifth-grader Muscle Bob Buff Pants — a stuffed replica of the famous cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants — can’t leave the classroom on his own, he has hit the road with several of his classmates to see parts of the world people dream of. 

“He’s a class mascot that travels home with the teachers or the students for the weekend,” said Lisa Stix, a fifth-grade teacher at Sunset Elementary School. “He has mostly traveled around town locally, to kids’ games or to the Seattle Center, but he has also traveled with students who are going out of town on vacations.” Read more

To The Editor

April 21, 2009

Crosswalks

It shouldn’t have to come down to pedestrian versus cars to obey the law Read more

Teacher layoff count expected tonight

April 21, 2009

At the April 22 school board meeting, Issaquah School district officials will announce the number of teachers they expect to cut from the payroll. Read more

Skyline hosts sports med conference

April 21, 2009

Students from various high schools follow instructions from Tim McTee, of Marysville, during the Washington Vocational Sports Medicine Association Competition and Symposium. By Christopher Huber

Students from various high schools follow instructions from Tim McTee, of Marysville, during the Washington Vocational Sports Medicine Association Competition and Symposium. By Christopher Huber

Skyline High School sports medicine students buzzed around the lobby at the Redmond Marriott Hotel on April 17, answering questions and directing students and teachers to various rooms.

They had prepared for months to host the annual high school sports medicine seminar that brought together 600 students from about 40 schools in Washington, Oregon, California and as far away as Kansas.

Going Green in the Medical Scene was the theme of the 2009 Washington Vocational Sports Medicine Association Competition and Symposium. Read more

Teriyaki House takes teriyaki to new level

April 21, 2009

When my wife and lived in Eugene, Ore., I asked a colleague where the best place was for teriyaki. She replied, “Portland.” Read more

Off The Press

April 21, 2009

Veterans deserve honor, respect and your thanks

Kathleen R. Merrill Press Editor

Kathleen R. Merrill Press Editor

Dave Waggoner is a passionate man. His hands shake and his eyes fill with tears if you sit with him long while he talks about veterans — their past, their present and their future.

He can’t shake the sight of Van, a young man whom he saw die in Vietnam. The young man, “just a kid really,” was carrying grenades when he tripped and fell. Dave said he can’t forget the sight, and his eyes well up.

“He needs to be remembered,” Dave said. “Everyone who has served his or her country should be honored.” Read more

Issaquah woman’s fight against multiple sclerosis brings hope to others

April 21, 2009

Kelly McDonald stands beside her neurologist Jerold Mikszewski at the Multiple Sclerosis Society walkathon April 5 at Husky Stadium. Contributed

Kelly McDonald stands beside her neurologist Jerold Mikszewski at the Multiple Sclerosis Society walkathon April 5 at Husky Stadium. Contributed

One year ago, Kelly McDonald’s multiple sclerosis diagnosis seemed like an impossible obstacle to overcome. 

Her husband died a few months earlier; she was a single, working mother to a then 3- year-old daughter; and images of bed-ridden patients she used to care for earlier in her nursing career flooded her thoughts. Read more

Hoopin’ for charity

April 21, 2009

hoops-hope-giving-copybBrian Comer, 15, of Sammamish, aims for a basket from the free throw line April 18 during Hoops of Hope at the community center. Comer, an Eastside Catholic High School student, raised $500 in pledges, and was one of 70 participants who raised $3,500 for orphan sponsorships, and school and health construction projects in Africa, all for children impacted by AIDS. The  Issaquah Youth Advisory Board, with districtwide middle and high school students, hosted the event. By Greg Farrar

Planting for fish

April 21, 2009

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Clark Elementary School students pitch in at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. Contributed

Current and former Clark Elementary School students get their hands dirty for a good cause April 6 planting sedges, rushes and other wetland species in a new wetland demonstration project at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. The science and technology fourth- and fifth-grade class taught by Ellen Ferrin and Liza Rickey raised $2,000 last year at an ecology-friendly car wash, and donated the full amount to FISH for the educational wetland display.  By Gestin Suttle/Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

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