Free and reduced-price breakfasts and lunches help families in need

September 22, 2009

Free and reduced-price lunch programs are available for students whose families qualify for assistance. About 1,200 students in the Issaquah School District were enrolled in the program last year. Read more

Stan’s smokes the competition with authentic Kansas City barbecue

September 22, 2009

If there’s one spot in town you’re guaranteed to get messy with your meal, it’s Stan’s Bar-B-Q. Read more

Calling for Kids fundraiser needs your help

September 22, 2009

The Issaquah Schools Foundation’s annual Calling for Kids fundraiser is in full swing and needs your contributions. Read more

Habitat restored

September 22, 2009

habitat-highland-20090919aIvy Howerton, Cynthia Aisaka, Nalena Santiago and Andrea Parsek (from left) transport and place rocks in a channel for erosion control, along with hay bales and hydroseeded soil, Sept. 19 at the Habitat for Humanity building site in the Issaquah Highlands. The buildathon still needs volunteers on Saturdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., through Oct. 3. Visit www.habitatbuildathon.org or call the Habitat East King County office at 869-6007 to choose a volunteer shift. By Greg Farrar

Select program swimmers now among KingCo league elite

September 22, 2009

The Issaquah area had a promising group of young swimmers hit the pools eight to 10 years ago, with most of them competing for the Issaquah Swim Team club program. Read more

Night tweens

September 22, 2009

Issaquah Middle School sixth-graders Krissy Abboud, Elizabeth Whitehouse and Lexis Cook (from left), spent part of their night at Sixth Grade Night at the community center, decorating door hangers for their rooms. By CHantelle Lusebrink

Issaquah Middle School sixth-graders Krissy Abboud, Elizabeth Whitehouse and Lexis Cook (from left), spent part of their night at Sixth Grade Night at the community center, decorating door hangers for their rooms. By CHantelle Lusebrink

What happens when you open a community center up to sixth-graders from each of the Issaquah School District’s middle schools?

Obviously, a ton of fun and a little nervous energy.

For the 170 sixth-graders, it was the first time many of them had attended a social function without their parents or siblings. But it didn’t take long to find the vending machines, sugar and their friends.

“I think this event is really important. Organized activities are so much more positive than unorganized activities,” for this age group, said Katie Hirshberg, recreation coordinator for the city. “It’s hard on a Friday night. Parents are tired, but we’re a safe place for their teens to come and do exactly what they are supposed to do, have fun and interact with other teens.”

Students from Beaver Lake, Issaquah, Maywood and Pine Lake middle schools invaded the city’s community center for an all-school mixer. Read more

Local soccer teams open play with mixed results

September 22, 2009

Liberty soccer opens with ties

The Liberty High School girls soccer team began its 3A/2A KingCo Conference season last week with a pair of dramatic ties. Read more

Residents sound off about concerns in south end district neighborhoods

September 22, 2009

King County Sheriff’s deputies and commanders met with concerned residents last week to talk about a recent police chase involving two sheriff’s deputies in the south end of the Issaquah School District. Read more

Manipis, Willoughby

September 22, 2009

Brianna Manipis and Casey Willoughby

Brianna Manipis and Casey Willoughby

Carmen and Roberto Manipis, of Issaquah, wish to announce the engagement of their daughter Brianna to Casey Willoughby, of Bellevue. Read more

’Twas the night before the football game

September 22, 2009

Hall Monitor Cassandra Tenorio Skyline High School

Hall Monitor Cassandra Tenorio Skyline High School

‘Twas the night before the football game and all through the plat, every student prepared for yet another Skyline combat.

In other words: Preparation for a football game is a big deal at Skyline High School.

Of course, football games themselves can be extremely fun, but everybody knows that half the fun comes with the preparation for the big game. Read more

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