Ralph D. Maertens

December 1, 2009

Ralph D. Maertens

Ralph D. Maertens

Ralph D. Maertens, of Issaquah, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland. He was 73 years of age. Read more

Two Issaquah educators join Teach For America Corps

December 1, 2009

Two teachers from Issaquah are teaching through the Teach For America Corps for the 2009-2010 school year. Read more

Merry Christmas fund helps those in need

December 1, 2009

2009 Goal: $50,000

2009 Goal: $50,000

Many donors to Merry Christmas Issaquah, the local emergency aid fund, give year after year, confident their money will be used to make a difference in the lives of those who need it. One hundred percent of donations go to those in need.

The city of Issaquah provides office space and enough funds to cover a telephone and office supplies. And the volunteers at Issaquah Church and Community Services do all the work, from bookkeeping to meeting with those who find themselves needing a hand.

One volunteer at ICCS recalls a young man who came for help after a storm. He had lost everything when the trailer he lived in washed away when the river overflowed its banks.

ICCS volunteers were able to get him food, clothes and a bus pass to a friend’s house. They also made calls on his behalf to other agencies for additional assistance. Read more

Mastering the mind in battle of the brains

December 1, 2009

Two Issaquah High School clubs face off for multiple sclerosis fundraiser

Issaquah High School Junior State of America members (from left) Austin Siedentopf, Megan Schutzler and senior president Matt Sekigima, and National Honor Society members president Kevin Lee, Hannah Director and Nicole Arend are ready to face off Dec. 4 in the Masters of the Mind knowledge competition benefiting the Greater Washington chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. By Chantelle Lusebrink

Issaquah High School Junior State of America members (from left) Austin Siedentopf, Megan Schutzler and senior president Matt Sekigima, and National Honor Society members president Kevin Lee, Hannah Director and Nicole Arend are ready to face off Dec. 4 in the Masters of the Mind knowledge competition benefiting the Greater Washington chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. By Chantelle Lusebrink

Some of Issaquah High School’s greatest minds will face-off in a battle of the brains. Issaquah’s National Honor Society and Junior State of America clubs are hosting a quiz-bowl competition and they hope you’ll join them to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

“This is going to be a fun event,” said Kevin Lee, honor society president. “It’s put on by an elite group of students. And it’s a chance for our organization to give the community a fun night and show adults what we can do.” Read more

Spartans eye threepeat of state title

December 1, 2009

Skyline avenges conference title loss to Bothell with 31-26 win

Nick Washburn, Skyline senior running back, is not denied his touchdown in the third quarter by the combined effort of Bothell’s Michael Marriot (5) and Colby Burk, during the state 4A semifinal football game at the Tacoma Dome. By Greg Farrar

Nick Washburn, Skyline senior running back, is not denied his touchdown in the third quarter by the combined effort of Bothell’s Michael Marriot (5) and Colby Burk, during the state 4A semifinal football game at the Tacoma Dome. By Greg Farrar

After they lost to the Bothell Cougars in the 4A KingCo Conference championship game in October, Skyline High School linebacker Anthony DeMatteo said the Spartans decided to change everything.

Skyline had won back-to-back state championships, but despite losing two big games this season, the players had still become overconfident, he said after the Nov. 28 4A state semifinal with Bothell.

“We changed everything. We changed how we ran practice,” DeMatteo said. “We brought back the old intensity that Skyline used to have.”

That renewed intensity and dedication paid off for Skyline against the top-ranked Cougars as the Spartans won the rematch 31-26. Skyline will play Ferris, of Spokane, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 for the state title at the Tacoma Dome.

“It’s gratifying to know we can come out this season and win a close one, win a big one,” Skyline quarterback Jake Heaps said on the field afterward. “I tip my hat off to them. They’re one of the best teams I’ve ever faced.” Read more

Chamber of Commerce launches shop-local effort

December 1, 2009

Local business leaders debuted the Shop Issaquah program last week, describing the effort as a way to support the economy, promote businesses and emphasize the role commerce plays in the city’s quality of life. Read more

Jim Olsen

December 1, 2009

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Jim Olsen

Jim Olsen, of Issaquah, died Nov. 25, 2009, of a long illness. He was 83. Read more

To the Editor

December 1, 2009

City problems

Street corner eyesores, signage are higher priorities than new park Read more

Teens: Transitioning from childhood to adulthood

December 1, 2009

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Jordan Sukhabut

Teenagers. Are they children or are they adults?

Determining the true age of teenagers is a dilemma. There are teenagers whose main goal is searching for fun, but there are also teenagers who focus on more serious aspects of life. We cannot classify teenagers as adults when some act like children, but we cannot classify them as children for the few that act like adults.

So, where does childhood end and adulthood begin? Read more

Scoreboard

December 1, 2009

Prep football Read more

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