Eastlake leaves Skyline looking for first league win

December 15, 2009

Issaquah gets upset victory over Garfield

Rachel Shim, Skyline freshman guard, drives to the hoop as Eastlake junior forward Katy Ainslie and other Wolves try to defend in the second quarter Dec. 11. By Christopher Huber

Rachel Shim, Skyline freshman guard, drives to the hoop as Eastlake junior forward Katy Ainslie and other Wolves try to defend in the second quarter Dec. 11. By Christopher Huber

It was a messy game, but the Eastlake Wolves came out on top Dec. 11 at the Skyline High School gymnasium.

While both teams had their moments, Eastlake beat Skyline 42-38 to improve to 3-1 on the season and 1-1 in the 4A KingCo Conference.

“We just knew that we had to come out and be 100 percent and be really aggressive on the boards,” said Wolves’ sophomore Kendra Morrison.

She led all scorers, sinking seven of 13 shots for 16 points on the night. She also went 2-for-2 from the free-throw line.

Skyline led 8-7 to end the first quarter after Spartans senior post Amy Ziegler made a shot at the buzzer. She finished with 10 points.

Skyline went up 12-9 early in the second. But halfway through the quarter, the Wolves ramped up the pressure on defense and went on a 12-5 scoring run to lead 21-17 at the half.

Skyline struggled to move the ball on offense. Read more

District’s newest school named Creekside Elementary

December 15, 2009

Creekside Elementary School as seen from the northeast, with the main entrance at left and classrooms at right. By Issaquah School District

Creekside Elementary School as seen from the northeast, with the main entrance at left and classrooms at right. By Issaquah School District

The Issaquah School District’s 15th elementary school finally has a name.

Creekside Elementary School, 20777 S.E. 16th St., Sammamish, will open in fall 2010 for students on the Sammamish Plateau near Pine Lake.

The school board unanimously voted on the name at its Dec. 9 regular business meeting.

The Chang family, of Sammamish, couldn’t be more thrilled with the choice, since it was their submission, Melody Chang said.

Jesse and Melody Chang’s two daughters, Emma, 7, and Erin, 4, will attend the school.

“When the community was asked to submit names, we came up with the name Creekside because it was simple, yet true to the area,” Melody Chang said. “We think it is indicative of the surrounding area and the nurturing environment that the elementary school has such an important role in playing.” Read more

Klahanie Park transfer revives annexation talk

December 15, 2009

Klahanie residents want answers about what will happen to the community after Sammamish acquires Klahanie Park from cash-strapped King County. Read more

Teller’s retirement marks end of an era at local bank

December 15, 2009

By Greg Farrar Karen Peterson, bank teller at the Bank of America branch on Front Street (right), takes a deposit from one of her longtime customers, Al Erickson.

Karen Peterson, bank teller at the Bank of America branch on Front Street (right), takes a deposit from one of her longtime customers, Al Erickson. By Greg Farrar

A big smile and a wave from behind the counter is how Karen Peterson, 60, has been greeting Issaquah residents at her bank for 42 years.

The exchange is usually immediately followed up with something like, “Hi, Al, how’s it going?” or “Hi Susan, it’s been so long. How’s your father doing?”

In a world of online banking, ATM machines and computers, it’s not often you enter a bank and the teller knows your name, said Paul Mills, manager of Issaquah’s Bank of America on Front Street North.

“It is so unusual to have someone with this amount of tenure and even more so to have stayed in one place,” he said. “She is a rock.”

Peterson is a banker from another era and it’s coming to an end as she greets customers in the bank one last day, Dec. 31. On Jan. 1, she retires.

“I can’t wait to be able to go to the ocean and be able to say, ‘Yeah, let’s go. Or no, let’s head back Tuesday or Wednesday,’ since I won’t have to worry about work on Mondays or Saturdays anymore,” she said.

Al Erickson, a retired Issaquah city parks department employee, stopped by the bank Dec. 10 to make a deposit.

“I opened my account when I was 7 at the SeaFirst Bank,” he said. “That was about 50 years ago and I’ve been coming back since. Karen is part of that.”

Obviously, there are some big shoes to fill.

“She is a great example for all of us,” teller Mary Ellen Houston said. “She was born and raised here, so she really knows everyone and has the same values as the people that live here.

“She is friends with the clients, calls everyone by name and nothing ever ruffles her feathers.”

“I started in 1989 as a trainee and Karen is the one that trained me,” Mills said. “Karen has always provided such a nice consistency.

“She has always been very exacting and has always done things the right way,” he added. “Her philosophy is really, ‘This is other people’s money and the bank’s and we have to do it right.’”

Aside, from being a mentor, trainer and auditor, Mills said, he is most fortunate to have become friends with Peterson.

“I count myself lucky to be her and her husband’s friend,” he said. “It’s nice when you can work with your friends.”

But community members are happy for her.

“Karen has been a wonderful teller and these have been wonderful years at this bank. The best 42 years, though, have been since Karen has been here,” Erickson said. “But I’m happy for her, because I know she’s retiring and I know she will enjoy it.”

Aside from accompanying her husband to the ocean and an R.V. trip across the county, Peterson said she is also going to keep busy planning her 32-year-old daughter’s wedding. After that, she said, she’ll be waiting to spoil her two daughters’ children, when they’re ready to have them. Her youngest daughter is 29.

The bank’s employees are hosting a public reception to honor Peterson and they’re hoping former classmates, customers and employees come.

“Everyone knows our branch because Karen works here,” Houston said. “She’s really something. You know, she has opened kids’ savings accounts and now they come in and they have kids of their own. She really has so much history here. She’s one of the people I personally look up to.”

“Really, it’s good news for her, bad news for us,” Mills said. “But we want to send her off right and we’re hoping her customers will, too.”

If you go

Karen Peterson’s retirement reception

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Dec. 31

Bank of America

665 Front St. N.

Any and all customers, friends and former employees are welcome to swing by, grab refreshments and wish Peterson well.

Q and A

Q: What was different about banking when you started in 1967, versus today’s banking models?

A: The biggest difference in banking from 1967 versus today is the advent of the computer. Also, key differences are the amount of competition and customer-service issues.

Q: What have you enjoyed most about your job in the past 42 years? Why?

A: The most enjoyable part of the last 42 years has been the friendships formed with both co-workers and customers. They last a lifetime.

Q: What is the weirdest situation you’ve ever come across or had to deal with?

A: One weird thing that happened was when an Elvis impersonator came in, and when done with his transaction said — just like Elvis — ‘Thank you. Thank you very much.’ We got a chuckle out of that.

Q: What has been your best experience at the bank?

A: My best experience over the last 42 years is my personal growth. I came in as a very shy 18-year-old. Today, I feel good about myself and all I have accomplished by doing my best. And, along the way, I made a lot of people happy.

Q: If you couldn’t work at the bank, what job would you have liked to do?

A: I would have liked to work with animals. Who knows — maybe be a veterinarian.

Q: What will you miss most about going to work each day?

A: I will miss the social aspect of my job and, of course, my paycheck.

Q: What are you most looking forward to Jan. 1?

A: I’m looking forward to going clam digging at Ocean Shores without worrying about hurrying home Sunday because I have to work Monday. Now, every day is Sunday!

Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

Ruth Norstedt Croft

December 15, 2009

Ruth Croft

Ruth Croft

Ruth Norstedt Croft, of Issaquah, died Dec. 5, 2009. She was 80.

A memorial was Dec. 14 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Bellevue.

Ruth was born Sept. 3, 1929.

Memorial donations are preferred to the Church of Mary Magdalene, 766 Thomas St., Seattle, WA 98109. Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home.

Liberty gets two surprise wins

December 15, 2009

Shunya Asano, Liberty sophomore, breaks the surface during his winning 100-yard breaststroke race Dec. 8 against Issaquah at Boehm Pool. By Greg Farrar

Shunya Asano, Liberty sophomore, breaks the surface during his winning 100-yard breaststroke race Dec. 8 against Issaquah at Boehm Pool. By Greg Farrar

The Liberty High School boys swimming team has often lacked depth and talent in recent years to be competitive in the KingCo Conference.

However, based on their efforts last week, the Patriots are a team that opponents can’t take lightly this season.

Liberty won two KingCo meets last week, defeating rival Issaquah 95-88 Dec. 8, and topping Eastlake 98-88 Dec. 11.

In the meet with Eastlake at the Redmond Pool, Shunya Asano had two first-place finishes and swam as a member of two winning relay teams for the Patriots.

Asano won the 200 individual medley in 2:19.12 and the 100 freestyle in 56.40. He also swam as a member of the Patriots’ winning 200 freestyle relay team and the 400 freestyle relay team. Liberty swept all three relays. Read more

Heidi A. Raphael

December 15, 2009

Heidi Raphael

Heidi Raphael

Heidi A. Raphael, of Providence Point in Issaquah, died Dec. 11, 2009, in Kirkland. She was 60.

A visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Dec. 16 at Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home, 540 E. Sunset Way, Issaquah, with a vigil service at 7 p.m.

A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 17 at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 1011 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish. A reception will follow.

Heidi was born in Modesto, Calif., on Feb. 22, 1949, the daughter of Carl and Martha Schmidt. After early years in Modesto, the family moved to San Francisco, where she attended St. Stephens Catholic Elementary from first to eighth grade. After graduating, she attended Mercy All-Girl Catholic High School in San Francisco and graduated in 1967.

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Mary Boni Rider

December 15, 2009

Mary Boni Rider, of South Seattle, died Nov. 23, 2009. She was 93.

Private family services will be held in the spring.

The 1934 Issaquah High School graduate was mother of Carol (John) Banks, sister of Dan Boni and a grandmother.

Mary’s great passions were her grandchildren, gardening and baking. Mary was a longtime member of Rainier Beach Ladies Club.

Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home.

See the full obituary and online guest book at www.flintofts.com.

Fish can tell us a lot about the water we drink

December 15, 2009

Fish Journal

Our fresh water fish are not only interesting for those who value them for food or sport, but are also studied by naturalists, wildlife biologists, ecologists, public health professionals and even biochemists. Read more

City plans dollar-for-dollar water rate cut, tax hike

December 15, 2009

A state Supreme Court ruling will change the way Issaquah and other Washington cities pay for fire hydrants. Read more

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