Barbara Ann Simon Bradley

March 30, 2009

Barbara Bradley

Barbara Bradley

Barbara Ann Simon (Ridlehoover) Bradley died peacefully Feb. 13, 2009, in Issaquah, of nonalcoholic liver disease and diabetes. She was 61. Read more

Arts calendar

March 30, 2009

APRIL

1st

Village Theatre presents “Stunt Girl: The Amazing True Adventures of Nellie Bly” through May 24 at Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N. Tickets are $22-$58. Call 392-2202 or go to www.villagetheatre.org. Read more

Mosaic miracle:

March 30, 2009

Artist overcomes disease, donates works to St. Joe’s

Rita Gesinger describes how the pieces of gold foil in her ‘Circle of Life’ mosaic at St. Joseph Catholic Church ‘just happened to begin to resemble a crown of thorns’ without her conscious intention. By Greg Farrar

Rita Gesinger describes how the pieces of gold foil in her ‘Circle of Life’ mosaic at St. Joseph Catholic Church ‘just happened to begin to resemble a crown of thorns’ without her conscious intention. By Greg Farrar

Crippled and confined to a wheelchair by psoriatic arthritis, Rita Gesinger, a self-described artist since age 3, thought she was done painting forever. The affliction stiffened her limbs and left her fatigued. Read more

Grimaldi’s: The coffee shop with something for everyone

March 30, 2009

Fans of ballroom dance partner up at Grimaldi’s Coffee House in Gilman Village last month for the first gathering of tango night. By Greg Farrar

Fans of ballroom dance partner up at Grimaldi’s Coffee House in Gilman Village last month for the first gathering of tango night. By Greg Farrar

Imagine reclining in a couch, holding a mug of coffee in one hand, speaking and laughing with a friend in between sips. White Christmas lights frame the window to the right and the bright, multicolored work of Bellevue artist Judie L. Hansen hangs on the wall straight ahead.

And in the next room? Tango.

It’s the kind of cozy, family atmosphere the newly opened Grimaldi’s Coffee House is trying to bring to Issaquah with a variety of entertainment, from singer-songwriters, jazz musicians and yes, a tango night. Read more

Eagles, Spartans retain favorites in move to 4A

March 30, 2009

yle Hansen, of Issaquah, hands the baton to anchor Alex Bell during their winning 4-by-100 meter relay race March 26 against Mount Si. By Greg Farrar

Kyle Hansen, of Issaquah, hands the baton to anchor Alex Bell during their winning 4-by-100 meter relay race March 26 against Mount Si. By Greg Farrar

Skyline and Issaquah high school girls track and field teams always ranked among the best when they were at the 3A KingCo Conference level. Now that both have moved up a level, it appears that nothing has changed.
Skyline, which has won seven straight league titles, captured its 4A KingCo opener March 26 with a 75-71 victory against Woodinville, and then took first place in the Eastmont Invitational the next day.

Issaquah topped Mount Si 76-84 March 26, and then took second place March 28 in the always-strong Kent-Meridian Invitational. Read more

Liberty downs Bellevue 3-1; keeps league lead

March 30, 2009

Connor Sjolander, Liberty junior pitcher, throws to a Bellevue batter during the fourth inning. His complete-game effort led to a two-hit, 3-1 victory. By Greg Farrar

Connor Sjolander, Liberty junior pitcher, throws to a Bellevue batter during the fourth inning. His complete-game effort led to a two-hit, 3-1 victory. By Greg Farrar

Connor Sjolander tossed a two-hit, complete game in leading the Liberty High School baseball team to a 3-1 win March 25 at Bellevue High School. 

The game, originally scheduled as a home game for Liberty, was moved to Bellevue because the Wolverines have an artificial turf infield that stands up better to inclement weather conditions, said Steve Darnell, Liberty head coach.

The wet conditions didn’t bother Sjolander. 

“He is really coming into his own,” Darnell said.

Darnell credits first-year pitching coach Gerald Smiley’s work with the staff. Read more

Issaquah, Skyline look to rebuild; Liberty eyes cultivating its youth

March 30, 2009

Emily Baldwin, of Skyline, tees off on the 258-yard, par 4, fourth hole at the Plateau Club in a match last year against Newport. By Greg Farrar

Emily Baldwin, of Skyline, tees off on the 258-yard, par 4, fourth hole at the Plateau Club in a match last year against Newport. By Greg Farrar

Golf Preview

The Issaquah and Skyline girls golf teams will face new challenges this spring.

 For the first time in four years, Issaquah won’t have Brittany Tallman on the course. The former two-time 3A state champion graduated last spring and now attends the University of Washington.

Skyline, coming off an 8-3 record last season, also saw some top golfers graduate. Read more

Couple arrested in $47 million mortgage-fraud case

March 30, 2009

Federal authorities arrested an Issaquah real estate agent and his wife last week in a bank, wire and mail fraud scheme that investigators said defrauded banks and mortgage lenders of more than $47 million.

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Eastlake tops Issaquah 8-5

March 30, 2009

Issaquah’s Michael Dixon bobbles the ball as Eastlake’s Nicholas Smith slides into second base March 26. By Christopher Huber

Issaquah’s Michael Dixon bobbles the ball as Eastlake’s Nicholas Smith slides into second base March 26. By Christopher Huber

Issaquah High School’s Eagles were 90 feet away from winning March 26. 

The Eagles had tied it at five on a seventh-inning, RBI safety squeeze bunt by Grant Gellatly, but needed one more to put the Wolves away.

Eastlake wouldn’t let it happen.

Despite getting two more runners on base, Issaquah couldn’t muster that one key hit it needed. Just a blooper over the first baseman’s head or a liner into center field would have done it. Read more

Sports calendar

March 30, 2009

Adult Sports 

Issaquah Alps Trail Club

April 4, 9 a.m., Cougar Mountain’s Sky Country, 5 miles, 800 gain. Call 228-6118 … April 5, 9:30 a.m., South Tiger, 5 miles, 1,050 gain. Call 882-3435 … April 8, 10 a.m., Ravensdale Creek, 4 miles, 400 gain. Call 391-7409. Read more

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