Highlands YWCA facility groundbreaking set for Dec. 7

November 24, 2009

Planners will incorporate community spaces into the design of the YWCA Family Village at Issaquah. Courtesy Lynn Shimamoto

Planners will incorporate community spaces into the design of the YWCA Family Village at Issaquah. Courtesy Lynn Shimamoto

Officials will break ground early next month on a long-planned YWCA apartment complex in the Issaquah Highlands, a project hailed by city planners as a key piece of the highlands’ urban village concept.

The project will add 146 rental units to the highlands, as well as a childcare facility, a community center and offices for YWCA employees. Officials at the nonprofit hope to open the $52 million complex — known as YWCA Family Village at Issaquah — by late 2011.

Family Village will be built on about two acres at the northeast corner of Highlands Drive Northeast and Northeast High Street.

City and YWCA leaders will gather at the construction site Dec. 7 for a groundbreaking ceremony. Hours later, YWCA officials will answer questions about the project at Blakely Hall, during a public open house related to the project. Officials held several community meetings during the years the project was planned.

Plans outline a mixture of studio apartments and one-, two-, and three-bedroom units divided among three buildings. The pedestrian-friendly complex would be connected to the adjacent Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride by a footbridge built by the YWCA. Read more

Eagles of a feather advance together

November 24, 2009

Peter Stacy pins his mother Jeanie Stacy during an Eagle Scout rank ceremony. Peter celebrated the accomplishment with his two brothers, Mark, at left, and Brian, who both also earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Contributed

Peter Stacy pins his mother Jeanie Stacy during an Eagle Scout rank ceremony. Peter celebrated the accomplishment with his two brothers, Mark, at left, and Brian, who both also earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Contributed

It was a promise made on Scout’s honor more than five years ago. On Nov. 14, it was finally fulfilled.

Together standing on a stage, Brian, 20, Peter, 18, and Mark Stacy, 15, were awarded their Eagle Scout ranks through the Boy Scouts of America after four years and three service projects that have improved the Issaquah community.

Despite completing their projects in 2004, 2007 and 2009, the three boys wanted to have their ceremony together, they said.

“I thought it would be really special to have it with my two brothers,” Brian said, even though that meant he had to wait.

“I couldn’t imagine a better way to do it,” Mark added.

“We’re so proud of them,” said their mother Jeanie Stacy.

“Less than 4 percent of Scouts actually achieve the Eagle rank,” Brian said. “That is a sad figure, because being an Eagle Scout is such a special part of the program. Read more

Issaquah falls to top-ranked Bothell

November 24, 2009

The Issaquah High School football team was feeling confident at halftime against top-ranked Bothell. The Eagles were trailing by 10 points and felt they had a chance to knock off the Cougars in the Nov. 20 4A state quarterfinal in Pop Keeney Stadium. Read more

Judith Whitney

November 24, 2009

Judith Whitney

Judith Whitney

Judith Whitney, of Issaquah, died at Amber Lights Retirement Community, Tucson, Ariz., on Nov. 16, 2009. She was 88. Read more

State study finds soda drinkers get lower grades

November 24, 2009

It is common knowledge that smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol are likely to negatively affect a student’s academic performance, but what about drinking soda? Read more

Off The Press

November 24, 2009

Bob Taylor Press sports editor

Bob Taylor Press sports editor

Before the first slice of turkey has been lifted off the platter, or the first scoop of mashed potatoes has plopped on a plate, our family practices a Thanksgiving tradition of giving thanks. Each member at the table tells why they are thankful this year.

I’m sure this is a tradition that families across the nation, and in the local community, also perform each year. The tradition of giving thanks goes all the way back to Pilgrims’ days. I can imagine Gov. William Bradford, so thankful that his Plymouth Colony had survived the harsh winter of 1621, kneeling and saying something like, “Almighty, we’re thankful for our friends the Wampanoags for providing the deer and lobster for this meal, otherwise, it would have been TV dinners again.”

Well, the part about TV dinners isn’t true, but Bradford and his people definitely were appreciative of the local Native American tribe, who provided the majority of the cuisine for that feast. The feast, by the way, lasted three days. They must have had a lot of leftovers. Read more

New novel ‘PW2’ explores the end of the beginning in 2012

November 24, 2009

Author MC MIller displays his three novels, including his most recent release, ‘PW2: 2012 The End of the Beginning.’ By David Hayes

Author MC MIller displays his three novels, including his most recent release, ‘PW2: 2012 The End of the Beginning.’ By David Hayes

MC Miller couldn’t have published his new novel at a more fortuitous time to exploit the hype involving 2012 and the end of the Mayan calendar.

Hollywood rolled out the blockbuster disaster flick “2012” Nov. 13 and not long before that Miller’s novel, “PW2: 2012 The End of the Beginning,” debuted.

Not all apocalyptic tales are necessarily about the end of the world.

“The ending of ‘PW2’ pivots on a theory no one takes seriously,” Miller explained.

What “PW2” doesn’t have is a convoluted tale of a main character who must convince everyone that he’s found evidence the end of the world is approaching. Rather, Miller’s protagonist has discovered something strange, and isn’t quite sure what it means, but it sure goes a long way to explain the weird things happening.

An ex-physics professor has developed an unlikely theory involving a 13.7-billion year countdown, Miller explained, that somehow has something to do with the breakdown of expected probabilities. Miller equates it to a science fiction tale along the lines of “Minority Report,” which at its essence was a “what if” yarn. Read more

District sends 44 musicians to high school All-State

November 24, 2009

Three members of the Skyline High School Vocal Jazz Choir were among nine Spartans accepted in Washington All-State choirs and instrumental groups. Contributed

Three members of the Skyline High School Vocal Jazz Choir were among nine Spartans accepted in Washington All-State choirs and instrumental groups. Contributed

Ever since she was little, Erin Pazaski wanted to play the trumpet. She didn’t know why; she just knew it was something she wanted to do.

The Skyline High School junior trumpet player eventually performed in the Washington Junior All-State band in middle school and has proceeded to play for the high school All-State band and orchestra.

It was the fulfillment of a dream, she said.

“Turned out to be a good choice,” she said.

But she seems most proud of earning one of just four spots in the 2010 Washington All-State Orchestra.

“I’m glad to make it into the orchestra, because there’s fewer spots for trumpet,” she said. “It’s cool to be with a lot of people that are just as good or better than you.” Read more

Sports calendar

November 24, 2009

Adult Sports

Issaquah Alps Trail Club
Nov. 28, 9:30 a.m., Twin Falls, 3 miles, 650 gain. Call 882-3435 … Nov. 29, 9:30 a.m., SW Cougar Mountain to May Creek Exploratory, 5 miles, 500 gain. Call 746-1070 … Dec. 5, 9 a.m., Squak Mountain loop, 6 miles, 1,800 gain. Call 269-3079 … Dec. 6, 9 a.m., South Squak Mountain loop, 8 miles, 2,000 gain. Call 746-1070.

Cascade Bicycle Club

Nov. 26, 9:30 a.m., Thanksgiving Day Lake Sammamish Loop, 25 miles from Marymoor Park tennis courts in Redmond. Midpoint break in Issaquah. Call 206-356-8134 … Dec. 3, Eastside Tour, 20-30 miles from Marymoor Park. Call 392-1347.

Basketball

Issaquah Parks has a variety of basketball programs for adults including the noontime hoops from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Issaquah Community Center. The 40-and-over noon hoops are noon-2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Issaquah Community Center. There is an open gym Tuesday, 8-9 p.m. Read more

To The Editor

November 24, 2009

Salmon hatchery

Critic’s letter of salmon’s future after arriving had several inaccuracies

I am writing in response to John Bonomi’s letter, published Nov. 11, regarding salmon rearing at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. The letter contained inaccuracies that I would like to correct. Read more

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