Teacher gets back to health, school ‘family’

January 19, 2009

Mary Rusk reaches out to pet the family horse, Serin, as her son Gavin looks on at their Preston home. By Greg Farrar.

Mary Rusk reaches out to pet the family horse, Serin, as her son Gavin looks on at their Preston home. By Greg Farrar.

When Mary Rusk set foot in Clark Elementary School for the first time this school year on Jan. 5, she felt like her life had finally become complete again.

“Monday, when I saw my students’ eyes, I felt at home again,” she said. “I love my work and I love teaching. It was a long time not to be here.” Read more

A blast from the past

January 19, 2009

Issaquah trumpeter is oldest living Notre Dame marching band alumni

Jack Steidl, 89, plays some notes on a pocket cornet in the living room of his downtown Issaquah home, near a collection of his trumpets. By Greg Farrar.

Jack Steidl, 89, plays some notes on a pocket cornet in the living room of his downtown Issaquah home, near a collection of his trumpets. By Greg Farrar.

Outlined against a blue-gray October sky, Jack Steidl took his position alongside the Notre Dame Marching Band. With trumpet in hand, he stood on the same field he did more than 70 years ago. Now 89, the Issaquah man is the oldest living member of the university’s marching band.

But this was no ordinary performance. The alumni band was back home in Indiana to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the university’s fight song, “Notre Dame Victory March.” Members of the classes of 1941 through 2007 returned to campus to celebrate the milestone. Read more

Community calendar

January 19, 2009

Events 

The Issaquah REI has partnered with the city of Issaquah and Mountains to Sound Greenway to host a day of wetland cleanup, invasive plant removal and native plant staking at 9 a.m. Jan. 24 at 735 N.W. Gilman Blvd., directly behind the REI store. Bring rubber boots and dress warmly. Register at www.mtsgreenway.org/volunteer/events. Read more

Mabel Nyberg

January 19, 2009

Mabel Nyberg

 

Mabel Nyberg, 87, a lifelong Issaquah resident, died peacefully Jan. 18, 2009, at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue. Read more

Betty ‘Booner’ White

January 19, 2009

Betty White

Betty White

Betty “Booner” White, a lifelong Issaquah resident, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue. She was 72. Read more

Shirlee Holmes Garratt

January 19, 2009

Shirlee Garratt

Shirlee Garratt

Shirlee Holmes Garratt, of Issaquah, died Jan. 13, 2009, at her home. She was 44. Read more

Marjorie Eleanor Palmer Passler

January 19, 2009

Marjorie Eleanor Palmer Passler, of Issaquah, died Jan. 8, 2009. She was 87. Read more

Health Support groups

January 19, 2009

 Alcoholics Anonymous: www.eastsideintergroup.org

Al-Anon/Alateen: 10 a.m. Thursdays, Our Savior Lutheran Church, 745 Front St. S., 206-625-0000

ALS Support Group: 656-1650

Issaquah New Start for Al-Anon: 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Issaquah Community Baptist Church, 205 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W., 392-6893 Read more

Ozone friendly inhalers causing new problems

January 19, 2009

Sherry Williams, of Issaquah, holds up her new insurance approved hydrofluoroalkane (HFA) inhaler she uses for emergency flareups for her asthma.By Greg Farrar

Sherry Williams, of Issaquah, holds up her new insurance approved hydrofluoroalkane (HFA) inhaler she uses for emergency flareups for her asthma.By Greg Farrar

Sherry Williams has lived with her asthma symptoms since her college days 30 years ago. She’s been putting up with her new inhaler since last July. 

“I was switched to one of the new ones after I got a thing from my insurance company,” she said. “I had no choice.” Read more

How to recover emotionally after a disaster

January 19, 2009

The American Red Cross continues to provide relief to those affected by recent flooding throughout the state and wants to remind people not to overlook the emotional aspect of recovery.

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