To The Editor

April 28, 2009

 

Mirrormont garden

Facts need to be clarified about   previous, misleading letter

In response to Brian Laughlin’s letter to the editor, I need to clarify information that was misleading.

The Mirrormont Community Association Board is a small elected group of volunteers, giving back to their neighborhood with the objective of making it more livable and supportive for all residents. We were delighted when Brian stepped forward, accepting the vacant president position. He served for just less than three months.

The pea patch project began with a group of motivated people who found funding through a King County program for community projects. Presented to the MCA Board for consideration as another way to build community, and having been discussed at several open board meetings, it was voted on and overwhelmingly endorsed by all but a single member. We are hopeful that our grant application, now under King County review, will be approved. 

The site of the pea patch measures 105-by-65 (not 10-by-20 as claimed). We do expect that many more than the initial 14 families will be actively involved. Under the supervision of MCA and its partnership with King County, it will become a public asset in Mirrormont. 

MCA and King County already have a terrific relationship as a result of the development of Mirrormont Park. This 11-acre park (not “small”), serving recreational needs of 600 families in the community, was only made possible by the King County Parks Community Partnership Grant program, and hundreds of volunteer hours, enabled park development not affordable through traditional means. This contractual agreement with King County allows MCA stewardship responsibilities for the development and maintenance of the park.

While disappointing that Brian felt unable to work within our common priorities, we continue moving towards the best interests of Mirrormont. Agreed, taxpayer money should be used for its intended purposes — that is our objective.

Coincidentally, the three related articles in Section C the week before last, espousing the value of vegetable gardens in these times, further validate our support for the pea patch! 

Steve Clark

17-year MCA board member and vice president Parks Committee

Teacher layoffs

Help your child’s school get or      stay ahead by getting involved

I was dismayed to see that the Issaquah School District is giving layoff notices to almost 15 percent of the teaching staff.

There are many things wrong with this — and I’m sure it will be hotly debated on this letters page and elsewhere — but there are two areas I am most concerned about.

First, is the impact to the education of our children. Fewer staff members and the reduction in discretionary spending inevitably mean larger class sizes, less teacher contact time and a reduction in additional programs that benefit the range of needs of pupils.

The second impact is to those newly qualified teachers who are just starting out on their career. They have most likely missed out on the seniority cutoff; many will be given notice these next few weeks. Come summer, some of them may be rehired — but in different districts, schools or disciplines. This is no way to treat the fresh educators who nurture our children; there will be a distinct lack of continuity and churn — no Issaquah school will be the same next fall.

I understand that everyone in the community is concerned about this. I urge every parent to help mitigate these cut backs by getting involved at school — volunteer, spend time in class, give your time generously — and join your school PTA!

Martin Buckley

Issaquah

Volunteers to remove plants to help lake

April 28, 2009

Volunteers will remove English ivy and other invasive plant species at Timberlake Park during a May 2 event sponsored by Save Lake Sammamish, Mountains to Sound Greenway and the city.

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William L. Brown

April 28, 2009

William L. Brown

William L. Brown

William L. Brown, of Issaquah, died at Overlake Hospital on Friday, April 17, 2009. He was 84. Read more

Plants For Sale

April 28, 2009

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The Pine Lake Garden Club annual plant sale is from         9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. May 2 in the Pine Lake Covenant Church parking lot, 1715 228th Ave. S.E. Proceeds help support   several charities. Master gardeners will be on site to answer questions. Call 391-4284. File

Students explore the world under one roof

April 28, 2009

Kindergarten and first-grade girls line up to walk on stage to perform the hula for parents and fellow students during the culture fair at Issaquah Valley Elementary School. By Greg Farrar

Kindergarten and first-grade girls line up to walk on stage to perform the hula for parents and fellow students during the culture fair at Issaquah Valley Elementary School. By Greg Farrar

In a gym full of brightly colored costumes, posters and samples of native foods, students at Issaquah Valley Elementary School proved you don’t have to leave Issaquah to explore the world.

 
Families gathered April 24 to celebrate their school’s diverse cultures at the second annual culture fair. Students celebrated their descendants’ heritage, which included 26 different countries or cultures.

“There are many people from different countries in our community, but we don’t always get to see each other at school,” said Lucy Zou, a parent coordinator for the event. “It is important to bring everyone together, because I think once you see something, you understand why certain cultures do things a certain way. We have an understanding of one another and that understanding is really important in a community.” Read more

Basic education bill is awaiting the governor’s signature

April 28, 2009

After contentious debate April 20, the state House of Representatives approved the Basic Education Finance Reform Bill, but local education leaders are concerned it may not deliver as promised. Read more

Margarette Louise Wittmier

April 28, 2009

Margarette Wittmier

Margarette Wittmier

A memorial service for Margarette Louise Wittmier, 77, Read more

Volunteer to remove plants to help lake on Saturday

April 28, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. April 28, 2009

Volunteers will remove English ivy and other invasive plant species at Timberlake Park during a May 2 event sponsored by Save Lake Sammamish, Mountains to Sound Greenway and the city.

Save Lake Sammamish President Joanna Buehler will be on hand at the sign-up table, and will provide refreshments.

Timberlake Park is a forested patch along the south shore of Lake Sammamish between the shoreline and Interstate 90.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a safety briefing and orientation. Volunteers must attend the briefing in order to participate in the event. Volunteers are needed to work until noon or 3 p.m.

Register here for the event.

Public Meetings

April 27, 2009

April 30

Boards and Commissions Recognition Event Read more

Community Calendar

April 27, 2009

 

Events 

The Life Enrichment Options (LEO) – Adult Sibling Siblings of People with Disabilities Workshops is from 6:30-9 p.m. April 30 at the Issaquah Community Center. Register by calling 746-3039 or go to www.siblingssupport.org. Read more

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