Two vie for school board seat in Nov. 3 election

September 29, 2009

Two candidates — Marnie Maraldo and Wright Noel — are running for Issaquah School Board Director District No. 2.

It is the first time in 16 years the seat has been open; longtime board member Connie Fletcher isn’t seeking re-election.

The candidates are largely new to districtwide service, but both are active at their children’s schools and in the greater community. Read more

A potluck with a purpose

September 29, 2009

Clark Elementary School kindergarteners get to know one another

Clockwise from left, Juan Sanchez-Medina, Misael Sanchez-Medina and Christian Darcy build Legos on the school’s stage during the Kindergarten Potluck.  By Chantelle Lusebrink

Clockwise from left, Juan Sanchez-Medina, Misael Sanchez-Medina and Christian Darcy build Legos on the school’s stage during the Kindergarten Potluck. By Chantelle Lusebrink

Clark Elementary School kindergarteners and their families met for a chance to break bread and get to know one another Sept. 18.

The night was a potluck and raffle held for families with students in both morning and afternoon kindergarten classes.

“I like to get them together at the beginning of the year so the parents get to know each other,” teacher Mary Rusk said.

“It’s an introduction to each other now, since when they get to first grade, they’ll all be mixed up,” teacher Diane Danklefsen said. “We’re also taking a field trip together to purposely set the stage for first grade.” Read more

Mungo Jerry’s Ray Dorset to make rare appearance in America at Salmon Days

September 29, 2009

Ray Dorset in 2009

Ray Dorset in 2009

Back in 1970, when the city of Issaquah decided to throw a little shindig in honor of the migrating salmon, a little-known British artist also penned an innocuous song as an ode to summertime.

As the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary in October, it also welcomes Ray Dorset, aka Mungo Jerry, who’s making a rare appearance in the United States to perform what some call the greatest song about the summer, “In the Summertime.”

Like many English artists who have that one big tune hit it big in America, Dorset never caught lightning in a bottle again after his bluesy ode to the summer spent seven weeks at No. 1 in the U.K. and shot up to No. 3 in the U.S. But it was in Europe that Mungo Jerry, named after a character in T.S. Eliot’s “Book of Practical Cats,” would go on to enjoy continued success. “In the Summertime” would also go on to be recorded in more than 40 languages, including Chinese. Read more

Off The Press

September 29, 2009

Kathleen R. Merril Press Editor

Kathleen R. Merril Press Editor

Capacity to give never ceases to amaze me

Tough times are happening all over, even here in Issaquah, where people are going hungry or trying hard not to.

Although I’m really feeling the pinch, too, I try to do what I can for others whenever I get the chance.

But I have to admit that when I heard about the latest local food drive. I thought, “Ouch. How much more can people do?”

Then, I gave it more thought and I tried to think of how I would feel if I was in the shoes of the people who need help. And then, I bought three extra items during my weekly grocery trip. Total extra spent: $5. Read more

Councilman, challenger seek to rein in county government

September 29, 2009

Voters in unincorporated King County south of Issaquah will choose a County Council representative Nov. 3. Incumbent Councilman Reagan Dunn, elected to the post in November 2005, will face challenger Beverly Harison Tonda, a Maple Valley corporate trainer. Read more

Lee, Hook

September 29, 2009

Susan Lee and Robert Hook

Susan Lee and Robert Hook

Susan Lee, of Issaquah, married Robert Hook, of Issaquah, on Aug. 8, 2009, at the Hook-Lee Estate. The Rev. Nancy Walker officiated.

The ring bearer was Newfoundland son Zeus, led by Christopher Whitman. Read more

Issaquah grad dies during surgery for Iraq War injuries

September 29, 2009

Ryan Job

Ryan Job

Blinded by a sniper’s bullet in Iraq, Ryan Job retained his characteristic determination and persistence. He climbed Mount Rainier, trained for a triathlon and became a spokesman for an organization that helps wounded veterans transition to civilian life. Read more

Education advocate loses battle with cancer

September 29, 2009

Kathy Linderman, a former educator and Issaquah Education Association president, died Sept. 26. Read more

Hog heaven

September 29, 2009

Paul Carroll waves to the staff, family members and fellow residents as he sets out on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle ride with Grant Ringel on Sept. 26, during the semiannual Harley Day visit by the Eastside Harley Owners Group (HOGS) club at Providence Marianwood nursing home. By Johann Neethling

Paul Carroll waves to the staff, family members and fellow residents as he sets out on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle ride with Grant Ringel on Sept. 26, during the semiannual Harley Day visit by the Eastside Harley Owners Group (HOGS) club at Providence Marianwood nursing home. By Johann Neethling

Each class must do what it can to stay on top in school

September 29, 2009

Hall Monitor Alex Tucker Issaquah High School

Hall Monitor Alex Tucker Issaquah High School

With another year of school getting under way, students are starting to feel the stress of the workload.

With the array of tests to study for and an increasing pile of homework each night, it is easy to be overwhelmed. One of the key components to having a successful school year, though, is to resist the urge to slack. When you feel in over your head, the easiest thing to do is to push the work aside. Read more

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