Bikes for books

February 3, 2009

 

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Principal Marla Erath and Issaquah Masonic Lodge’s Bill Werner presented new bicycles to Jun Yong Jung and Nida Phengkhanya in a short ceremony at Apollo Elementary School on Jan. 13. Read more

What a wiener

February 3, 2009

 

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Elijah Willson, 3, climbs aboard the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile as his mother, Kalli Willson, stands by to watch. The gigantic hotdog was in town at the Fred Meyer in Issaquah Jan. 30 for the afternoon before leaving for Albuquerque, N.M., the next morning.

No more WASL test starting in 2010

February 3, 2009

Just a week into his new office, State Superintendent Randy Dorn ousted the Washington Assessment of Student Learning exam.

To the chagrin of many students, the changes won’t start taking effect until 2010 and beyond. Students will still take the WASL in March and April this year. Read more

The great communicator

February 2, 2009

World War II vet recalls his days as a Navy signalman  

ermit Parker, a Providence Point resident and retired Signal Corps major, still owns the Plaster of Paris bust made of him in October 1952 by Korean sculptor Kim Mun Kee, who made many such busts for servicemen as evidence of his gratitude to the people of the United States for their aid to his country. By Greg FarrarKermit Parker, a Providence Point resident and retired Signal Corps major, still owns the Plaster of Paris bust made of him in October 1952 by Korean sculptor Kim Mun Kee, who made many such busts for servicemen as evidence of his gratitude to the people of the United States for their aid to his country. By Greg Farrar

The air about the Philippine islands was filled with gun smoke and artillery, as more than 200 American ships converged on the Leyte Gulf in October 1944. 

After missing the call to general quarters and being locked out, Signal Corps Major Kermit R. Parker witnessed one of the greatest battles of World War II from the deck of his ship.

He wasn’t afraid of the battle. He didn’t know it was going to happen.

“If I’d have known what we were going into, then yeah, I’d have had a lot of trepidation,” Parker said with a laugh. “They dumped us is what they did —off the ship and onto the landing craft.” Read more

Highlands man forms giving club

February 2, 2009

Tony Bristol didn’t let the recent heavy snowfalls prevent him from going door-to-door in the Issaquah Highlands to collect donations for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. Contributed

Tony Bristol didn’t let the recent heavy snowfalls prevent him from going door-to-door in the Issaquah Highlands to collect donations for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. Contributed

Issaquah Highlands resident Tony Bristol was in the shower this summer thinking about the upcoming presidential elections and all the ways politicians like Barack Obama made a difference for people in this country and around the world. 

Feeling inspired, Bristol wondered how he could make a difference in his own community.

“I thought, ‘What is the reason why people don’t contribute at all to their communities?’ and I looked to myself for my own reasons,” Bristol said. “For me, it has always been, I don’t know where to start and I don’t have enough time.” Read more

Dads & daughters dance

February 2, 2009

 

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The Parks & Recreation Father-Daughter Valentine Dance, for girls grades one through five and their dads, is from 7-9:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the community center. Tickets are $15 per couple. Preregistration is required. Call 837-3300. File

Community Calendar

February 2, 2009

Events 

Mountains to Sound Greenway is hosting multiple volunteer events for trail maintenance in the rugged Squak Mountain State Park Feb. 7, 14 and 21. Events usually run from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., with half-day options also available. Great for individuals, families, groups, and work teams — no experience required. Find out more or sign up at www.mtsgreenway.org or call 206-812-0122. Read more

Volunteer Call

February 2, 2009

Does your nonprofit agency or civic club need volunteers? Call 392-6434, ext. 237, or e-mail newsclerk@isspress.com.

Issaquah History Museums’ Train Depot and Gilman Town Hall: Be a docent four hours a month or more — volunteer@issaquahhistory.org or 392-3500

Eastside Baby Corner: Sort donations of clothing and toys from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, from 9-11 a.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. – noon Saturday — www.babycorner.org

AtWork!: Answer phones, greet visitors and perform general office duties anytime from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday-Friday — 274-4000

King County Library System’s Words on Wheels Program: Deliver library materials to homebound patrons — 369-3235

Senior Services Volunteer Transportation Program: Drivers take Issaquah and Sammamish seniors to medical appointments — 206-448-5740

 

Friends of the Issaquah Library: Book Shelf Program distributes books to Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank patrons, especially from 10 a.m. – noon Tuesday and Wednesday — 432-3571 or fletcherann@msn.com Read more

Earl Irving Tibbetts

February 2, 2009

Earl Irving Tibbetts

Earl Irving Tibbetts

 Earl Irving Tibbetts, of North Bend and formerly of Issaquah, died Dec 19, 2008, at the home of his son Richard Tibbetts, in Mill Creek. He was 78. Read more

J. Boit Sesnon

February 2, 2009

J. Boit Sesnon

J. Boit Sesnon

John Boit Sesnon, 70, a longtime Village Theatre and Issaquah supporter, died Jan. 19, 2009. He was 70. Read more

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