Ruth Reinert

August 25, 2009

Ruth Reinert

Ruth Reinert

Ruth Reinert died Aug. 21, 2009, at the University of Washington Medical Center. She was 81. Read more

Donald Dudley Cartlidge

August 25, 2009

Donald Cartlidge

Donald Cartlidge

Donald D. Cartlidge, of Issaquah, a dearly loved husband, proud father and grandfather, died suddenly at home Aug. 22, 2009. He was 66. Read more

Lend a helping hand before the first bell rings

August 25, 2009

Community and church volunteers paint an Apollo Elementary School portable classroom Aug. 22 during Help A Teacher Day 2009. The Aug. 22 event was one of two sponsored by Pine Lake Covenant Church. Contributed

Community and church volunteers paint an Apollo Elementary School portable classroom Aug. 22 during Help A Teacher Day 2009. The Aug. 22 event was one of two sponsored by Pine Lake Covenant Church. Contributed

Bringing an apple for teachers may be an excellent idea the first day, but how about helping them get their classrooms ready?

Some teachers, especially those recently hired, spend long hours putting their classrooms together. Pine Lake Covenant Church is asking for your help.

This year, church pastors and volunteers are sponsoring Help A Teacher Day 2009 Aug. 29. Volunteers are assigned to teachers in the Issaquah School District who need help prepping their classroom.

Volunteer teams will work at Apollo, Challenger, Cougar Ridge, Grand Ridge, Issaquah Valley and Sunset elementary schools, and in special-education classrooms at Tiger Mountain Community and Skyline high schools.

“The idea came in response to all the budget-cut news wires they were sending out to keep the community informed,” Beth Yeager, community mission pastor for the church, said about district and state communications. “Knowing teachers face challenges in the year coming up, with increased class sizes and reductions in resources, this is a way to come alongside teachers.

“We want to support them and to let them know the community is grateful for their teaching, and let them know we are behind and support them.” Read more

Preschool popularity grows as precursor to kindergarten

August 25, 2009

In kindergartens today, expectations are far beyond what they were 20 years ago, and the bar seems to be set higher at every grade level. Preschool, once thought of as something to give moms a break and a chance to meet other moms, has become an almost required preparation for kindergarten. Read more

Nudestock is now a family-friendly affair

August 25, 2009

Once couples only, clothing-optional event now a regular day in the park

Dawnzella Gearhart sings lead vocals for the members’ rock band Spicey C’eetoe during the 2008 Nudestock festival at Fraternity Snoqualmie. By Greg Farrar

Dawnzella Gearhart sings lead vocals for the members’ rock band Spicey C’eetoe during the 2008 Nudestock festival at Fraternity Snoqualmie. By Greg Farrar

Over the years of Tim Long’s friendship with Michael and Dawnzella Gearhart, they’d told him about this little event they put on.

So, three years ago, Long made the short trek from Tukwila to Issaquah after the Gearharts finally talked him into attending.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect,” Long admitted. “But after a few minutes, I felt quite comfortable.”

After all, Long learned quickly, as the saying goes, if you don’t do as the natives do at Nudestock, “you stand out like a sore thumb if you don’t.”

Long plans to attend again this year Aug. 29, even though he hasn’t yet become a member.

Dawnzella said the event is open to everyone, whether they’re members or not. Like any other time, visitors to Fraternity Snoqualmie Family Nudist Park get a free one-day pass to the event. Read more

City Church invites community to picnic

August 25, 2009

People from six churches will gather with members from the community Aug. 30 for The Great Big Get Together at The City Church. Read more

Arts calendar

August 25, 2009

AUGUST

16th

Retro Bologna, 6-9 p.m., Pedestrian Park, corner of Front Street and Sunset Way Read more

Eagles at home on the road

August 25, 2009

Greg Finch, Issaquah outside lineman, leaps at a tackling dummy in a drill Aug. 20 at Issaquah Stadium during the football team’s practice. By Greg Farrar

Greg Finch, Issaquah outside lineman, leaps at a tackling dummy in a drill Aug. 20 at Issaquah Stadium during the football team’s practice. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High School football team will have one of those seasons where it will spend plenty of time on the highway.

Although they will be Eastbound and down for their home games at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie this fall, the team’s ultimate destination is south to Tacoma.

That’s where Issaquah ended the 2008 season, falling five points short against rival Skyline in the 4A state championship game in the Tacoma Dome. The Eagles want to get another shot at the title this season.

“The goal is to get back to Tacoma,” Issaquah head coach Chris Bennett said.

The Eagles will play all of their home games at Mount Si because of construction at Issaquah High School this year. It means a lot of travel time for the Eagles.

Last fall, Issaquah was a bit of a surprise, at least outside of the KingCo Conference, compiling a 11-3 record and a second-place finish at state in its first season at the 4A level.

“Nobody expected us to be as good as we were last year,” senior Daniel Fleischman said. “But we surprised a lot of people.” Read more

Patriots ready for a big season

August 25, 2009

Anthony Lemmon runs the ball after a handoff from scrimmage during the Liberty Patriot football team practice. By Greg Farrar

Anthony Lemmon runs the ball after a handoff from scrimmage during the Liberty Patriot football team practice. By Greg Farrar

After ending their 2008 season with a loss to Bellevue in the state 3A quarterfinals, the Liberty Patriots are back, and they’re hungry for competition.

“Our summer workouts have gotten really intense,” said Cameron Talley, senior linebacker. “Everyone’s been trying to work as hard as they can.”

Last season, Liberty finished 9-3, leading the league in offense and defense, racking up an average of 410 yards of offense per game and giving up an average of 238 yards on defense per game.

This year, head coach Steve Valach said the team is focusing on taking things one step at a time.

“Our theme this year is one,” he said. “One practice, one play, one game.”

Junior quarterback Trey Wheeler (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) and junior running back Chandler Jenkins (5-9, 165) may be the two most dangerous men on the squad. Read more

Spartan offense aimed at state

August 25, 2009

Skyline safeties coach Brett VanVoorhis shows players the next play  formation during the second day of practice Aug. 20. By Christopher Huber

Skyline safeties coach Brett VanVoorhis shows players the next play formation during the second day of practice Aug. 20. By Christopher Huber

All of the attention quarterback Jake Heaps and many of his Skyline High School teammates have gotten in the past year doesn’t seem to have gone to their heads.

If they keep it that way, and, as Heaps said on the second day of practice, “use it as motivation,” the Spartans football team will likely go a long way this season.

Obviously, that long way would be to win a third-straight state championship, but as former coach Steve Gervais’ well-ingrained one-week-at-a-time mentality goes, they’re not thinking that far ahead.

Skyline has a lot of momentum coming into the 2009 season. It is 28-0 the past two seasons; it outscored opponents 514-77 in 2008 with one of the most acclaimed receiver corps in the state, and MaxPreps.com, a prep sports ranking site owned by CBS Sports, ranks Skyline as the second-best team in the nation.

“We want to have that mentality that we’re going to win every football game,” head coach Mat Taylor said at practice Aug. 20. “But it goes back to what coach Gervais said: All we can control is ourselves.” Read more

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