Off the Press

October 13, 2009

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Greg Farrar Press photographer

According to last week’s news item, when our fair state finally runs out of six-figure plates next month, as in 999-ZZZ, they have come up with a new configuration so we can register millions and millions of future cars, starting with 1A11AAA.

Seems like a good time to share my quirky hobby of writing down vanity plates that I’ve seen over the years on my otherwise-insufferable daily commute from Mountlake Terrace to beautiful metropolitan Issaquah. You would like to know the most amusing ones, wouldn’t you? Of course you would! You’ll notice that many are already filling their licenses with the full seven digits. Read more

Win A Salmon Days Quilt

October 13, 2009

salmondays-quilt-20091009Elaine Atwood, left, and Jeanne Turner hold the Ohfishal 2009 Salmon Days quilt that’s up for grabs in a local drawing and fundraiser benefiting the organization Scribble Kids. The drawing is at noon Oct. 15 at the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, 155 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Scribble Kids is an organization dedicated to giving school-aged students scholarships to pursue their artistic talents at local art, theater, music and dance schools. People can donate for a chance to win the quilt, made by students, or simply enter the drawing, said Atwood, executive director for the organization. All proceeds will go to support children’s scholarships at local schools. The 2-year-old organization is in the middle of applying for nonprofit status. Go to www.scribblekids.org or e-mail Atwood for a chance to win at Elaine@scribblekids.org. All entries must be received by 11 a.m. Oct. 15. By Greg Farrar

Skyline scores early and often to beat Eastlake

October 13, 2009

Skyline running back Nick Beauchamp tries to elude Eastlake defenders in the first quarter Oct. 9 at Eastlake Stadium. By Christopher Huber

Skyline running back Nick Beauchamp tries to elude Eastlake defenders in the first quarter Oct. 9 at Eastlake Stadium. By Christopher Huber

The goal coming into Skyline High School’s cross-town rivalry match against Eastlake was to take the wind out of the Wolves’ sail early by stifling the explosive offense and scoring early.

That’s exactly what the Spartans did in front of a riled up Eastlake crowd Oct. 9 at Eastlake Stadium.

Skyline scored a touchdown on each of its first five possessions, recovered two fumbles and held Eastlake to just 50 total yards of offense in the first half.

Despite a few respectable drives from the Wolves, Skyline coasted to a 43-7 victory.

“This was a big game,” Skyline quarterback Jake Heaps said. “These guys were fighting for their lives, their playoff lives, and they had a lot coming into this game and we had a lot to prove.” Read more

Community Calendar

October 13, 2009

Ski & Swap The Sammamish Kiwanis Club annual ski and sport swap is from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Pine Lake Covenant Church gym, 1715 228th Ave. S.E. Bring used sports equipment you want to sell or donate — ski and snowboarding items and also bikes, soccer and baseball equipment, skateboards, roller blades, racquets, golf items — to the gym from 6:30-8 p.m. Oct 23 or from 8-9 a.m. Oct. 24. Funds from this sale support youth activities, such as Key clubs at Skyline and Eastlake high schools, the YMCA and YWCA, Boys and Girls clubs, scholarships and other activities. Items that are not sold, along with any money due from sales, can be picked up by their owners at the site until 4 p.m. Oct. 24. File

Ski & Swap The Sammamish Kiwanis Club annual ski and sport swap is from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Pine Lake Covenant Church gym, 1715 228th Ave. S.E. Bring used sports equipment you want to sell or donate — ski and snowboarding items and also bikes, soccer and baseball equipment, skateboards, roller blades, racquets, golf items — to the gym from 6:30-8 p.m. Oct 23 or from 8-9 a.m. Oct. 24. Funds from this sale support youth activities, such as Key clubs at Skyline and Eastlake high schools, the YMCA and YWCA, Boys and Girls clubs, scholarships and other activities. Items that are not sold, along with any money due from sales, can be picked up by their owners at the site until 4 p.m. Oct. 24. File

Events

“We The People: How Our Government Works,” featuring King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert and Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger, is from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive, Issaquah Highlands. Call 206-407-3719.

The Issaquah Garden Club presents the program “The Winter Garden” at its meeting from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Tibbetts Creek Manor, 750 Renton-Issaquah Road. There will be plants for sale by speaker master gardener Evonne Peryea. Donations are requested for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank, including personal items, diapers and baby formula. Call 392-2108 or go to www.issaquahgardenclub.org.

The East King County office of the state Department of Revenue is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 15 at Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. N.E., Room 1E-113, Bellevue. Register at www.dor.wa.gov or call 489-1723.

The Vasa Park Fall Gift Show, featuring more than 85 crafters and artists, is from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Oct. 15-16 and from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Oct. 17 at 3560 W. Lake Sammamish Road S.E., Bellevue. Admission and parking are free. Read more

Park Board considers pet rules

October 13, 2009

Park Board members said city pet ordinances should be revised with stronger language about citations and enforcement. Read more

Loss drops Eagles from first place

October 13, 2009

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Patriots midfielder Kimi Fry (left) fights off Mount Si’s Alexis Pearlstein. Both players ended the night with yellow cards. By Dan Catchpole

It’s always a big game when the Skyline and Issaquah high school girls soccer teams meet. How big? In each of the past three years, the winner of the Skyline-Issaquah regular season game has gone on to win the state championship.

Skyline might have taken a big step in the direction of defending its 4A state title Oct. 8 when the host Spartans defeated Issaquah 2-0 in a battle for first place in the 4A KingCo Conference standings.

The Spartans, despite a slow start, got their offense going late in the first half to take a 1-0 lead. Midfielder Madi Barney centered a pass in front of the net to teammate Emily Anderson, who knocked in a shot for the game’s first goal at the 33rd minute. Read more

County executive candidates focus on Eastside issues

October 13, 2009

King County executive race

King County executive candidates Dow Constantine and Susan Hutchison are engaged in a down-to-the-wire push to appeal to Eastside voters. But political experts said the effort by the candidates, both Seattleites, could be difficult.

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Digging for a deeper purpose

October 13, 2009

A while ago, I attended a slideshow of gardens in Seattle for master gardeners. It was very interesting. When certain slides came up, a big “ooh” came out of the group in unison. When others came up, there would be a big “ugh.” Read more

Mindful of contamination concerns, council approves hospital fuel tanks

October 13, 2009

City Council members approved underground fuel storage tanks planned for the Swedish Medical Center campus in the Issaquah Highlands less than a month after residents raised concerns about the prospect of ground water contamination. Read more

Council candidates look toward future at forum

October 13, 2009

City Council candidates envisioned redevelopment of the commercial district, promised to protect crucial city services and looked beyond the defunct Southeast Bypass — the defining issue of the 2007 municipal election — at a campaign forum last week.

Organized by The Issaquah Press and moderated by Publisher Debbie Berto, the Oct. 8 forum drew Position 5 candidates Maureen McCarry and Joan Probala, and Position 7 hopefuls Tola Marts and Nathan Perea. The candidates, bedecked in campaign buttons, spent the hourlong forum fielding questions from Berto about issues including the economy, growth and transportation. Read more

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