Students run for fun in Discovery’s Track Club

December 15, 2009

Discovery Elementary School students run laps around the playground Dec. 2 as part of educational assistant Anne Duffner's Track Club program. Photo By Christopher Huber

Discovery Elementary School students run laps around the playground Dec. 2 as part of educational assistant Anne Duffner's Track Club program. Photo By Christopher Huber

As the doors were flung open for lunch recess, dozens of second- and third-graders flooded the playfield where Discovery Elementary School educational assistant Anne Duffner had set up their lap-tallying cards and box of tokens.

The air was crisp and cool Dec. 2, but the sun was out and the children were ready to run.

Duffner greeted them as they grabbed their personal cards that accounted for every lap they had completed this school year.

And then, they were off.

The mob dispersed as everyone hustled along, strung out in groups and lines around the perimeter of the dirt baseball field. Other students played on the big-toy, the monkey bars or the basketball court, and the playground assistants roamed the area. Read more

Girl’s video about her chicken wins $1,000

December 15, 2009

Jordan Lederman, a Pine Lake Middle School student, has won the U.S. Department of Education's I Am What I Learn contest. She created a video and got the most votes. She's one of three who won a $1,000 savings bond. Contributed

Jordan Lederman, a Pine Lake Middle School student, has won the U.S. Department of Education's I Am What I Learn contest. She created a video and got the most votes. She's one of three who won a $1,000 savings bond. Contributed

For much of her childhood, Pine Lake Middle School eighth-grader Jordan Lederman has preferred having pet chickens, rather than the typical dog or cat.

She feeds them, cares for them and even totes them through the house and back yard like a football, according to her mother, Gina Lederman.

“Some kids like kittens and puppies, but she just likes chickens,” she said. “It’s been a really great thing for her.”

So, when they heard the U.S. Department of Education was holding the I Am What I Learn video contest for students to show how their education helps them attain their goals, they thought, why not make one about raising chickens, the Ledermans said.

Little did they know that Jordan’s two-minute video, which opened with a chicken standing on her head, would go on to be one of three national winners. She won $1,000 and recognition from the department.

The news brought her to tears, she said and her response was, “Oh my gosh, really, this is, like, awesome.”

Jordan said she got a congratulatory call from Washington, D.C., on Dec. 7 and had to keep it quiet until Dec. 10, when they made the official announcement. Her friends and family helped get out the vote after she made the top-10 list. Read more

Winter’s arrival

December 15, 2009

Photos by Greg Farrar
Winter’s arrival
The official start of winter isn’t until Dec. 21, but temperatures last week as low as 10 degrees put a chill on everything. Above, ducks on Lake Sammamish were still swimming, but smaller lakes and ponds were iced over. Left, water leaving the pipes at the   Issaquah Salmon Hatchery was stopped in its icy tracks.
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The official start of winter isn’t until Dec. 21, but temperatures last week as low as 10 degrees put a chill on everything. ducks on Lake Sammamish were still swimming, but smaller lakes and ponds were iced over.

How to get into college and avoid an identity crisis

December 15, 2009

 Monitor Max Smith-Holmes Skyline High School

Monitor Max Smith-Holmes Skyline High School

High school students have three years to display intellectual promise, forge relationships with passionate teachers, compete in varsity sports and aid humanity.

The problem is that most of us don’t know who we are yet and if we do, we are probably not fully confident in our identities. Read more

Rotary honors top seniors

December 15, 2009

The Rotary Club of Issaquah recently honored the following students as its students of the month for November:

Allison Bolgiano

School: Liberty High School

Category: Language arts

Parents: Sharon Hopkins and Doug Bolgiano

Sponsoring teacher: Kris Daughters

Achievements: Advanced Placement Scholar Award, 3.91 grade point average, seven AP classes taken, PTSA Reflections finalist in literature, co-editor in chief of Patriot Press

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Davy, Espe

December 15, 2009


Christopher Espe and Johanna Davy

Christopher Espe and Johanna Davy

Johanna Davy was recently engaged to be married to Christopher Espe. Read more

Health Support Groups

December 15, 2009

Eastside Alcoholics Anonymous hosts the following meetings, for more information, go to www.eastsideintergroup.org or call 454-9192:

Any Length: 8 a.m. Sundays, Issaquah Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way

Issaquah Smoke Free: 8:30 a.m. Sundays, Issaquah Community Hall, 180 East Sunset Way

One Step At a Time: 10 a.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Thursdays, Tiger Mountain, 206-686-2927

Core Relations (men only): 6 p.m. Sundays, Issaquah Community Hall, 180 E. Sunset Way

Sobriety Life Line: 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Issaquah Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way

Morning Buzz: 6:30 am. weekdays, Lakeside Milam, 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd. Suite No. 200

Issaquah Breakfast: 7 a.m. weekdays, Issaquah Community Hall, 180 E. Sunset Way

Issaquah Breakfast (step study): 7 a.m. Saturdays, Issaquah Community Hall, 180 E. Sunset Way

Joy of Living: noon Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 4 p.m. Thursdays, IHOP Restaurant, 1433 N.W. Sammamish Road

It’s In the Book (men only): 7 p.m. Mondays, 14919 Issaquah-Hobart Road

59 Minutes at Pine Lake: 8 p.m. Mondays, Pine Lake Community Club, 21333 S.E. 20th Street

A Resentment and a Coffee Pot: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Preston Fire Hall, 8641 Preston-Fall City Road S.E.

Book Bag Stag (men only): 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Issaquah Community Hall, 180 E. Sunset Way

Issaquah Tuesday Night: 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Our Savior Lutheran Church, 745 Front Street

Young Drunks (young people): 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Our Savior Lutheran Church, 745 Front Street

Sammamish by the Book: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Mary, Queen of Peace Church, 1121 228th Ave. S.E.

Issaquah New Start: 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Community Baptist Church, 205 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W.4Sammamish Big Book Study (children): 6 p.m. Thursdays, Pine Lake Covenant Church, 1715 228th Ave. S.E., Room 104

Raging on the River: 7 p.m. Thursdays, Preston Baptist Church, 31104 S.E. 8th Street

Issaquah Women (women only): 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way

Pine Lake Stag (men only): 8 p.m. Thursdays, Pine Lake Community Club, 21333 S.E. 20th Street

Tiger Mountain Stag (men only): 8 p.m. Thursdays, Issaquah Community Hall, 180 East Sunset Way

Friday Night Firehouse Meeting: Issaquah Highlands Fire Station, 1289 N.E. Park Drive

Search for Serenity (big book study): 8 p.m. Saturdays, Issaquah Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Support Group: 6-7:30 p.m. the second Thursday, Aegis of Issaquah, 780 N.W. Juniper St., 313-7364

Alzheimer’s and Caregiver Family Support Group: 6-7:30 p.m. the second Thursday at Faith United Methodist Church, 3924 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road S.E., 313-7364.

Angel Care-Breast Cancer Foundation: offers free emotional support to the newly diagnosed, enhancing emotional recovery while going through treatments, www.angelcarefoundation.org

Bereavement Support Group: 7-8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays, Overlake Hospital, 688-5906

Family Caregivers Support Group: 3-4:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays, Overlake Senior Health Center, 1750 112th Ave. N.E., Suite A-101, Bellevue, 688-5807

Issaquah Parkinson’s Support Group: 1:30-3 p.m., second Monday, Our Savior Lutheran Church, 745 Front St. S., 206-230-0166 or 392-4169

Overeaters Anonymous: 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Our Savior Lutheran Church, 745 Front St. S. Call 392-2488 or 761-2555. Childcare is available upon request.

Prostate Cancer Support Group: 7 p.m. the third Tuesday, Lincoln Center, 555 116th Ave. N.E., Suite 125, Bellevue, 369-2552

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly): 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, Our Savior Lutheran Church, 745 Front St. S., 746-4195 or 391-1889

We got The Beat, starting next week

December 15, 2009

Get The Beat, a new page in The Issaquah Press by teens, for teens and about teens. Read more

Have yourself A Glorious Holiday

December 15, 2009

Karissa Zadinsky, a freshman at PCFC, (left) and Aric Lee, a senior at Skyline High School, rehearse every week for two hours for A Glorious Holiday. By Erin Kim

Karissa Zadinsky, a freshman at PCFC, (left) and Aric Lee, a senior at Skyline High School, rehearse every week for two hours for A Glorious Holiday. By Erin Kim

The Eastside Project Chamber Orchestra and Choir is back for its second classical concert.

This summer, Kevin Lee, a senior at Issaquah High School, organized this student-run high school orchestra and choir to perform its summer benefit concert — A Classical Calling.

After high demand, Lee will conduct his volunteer orchestra and choir of more than 25 passionate students once again for another festive benefit concert, A Glorious Holiday.

EPCO will perform classical pieces for all ages to appreciate, from Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto” to Handel’s “Messiah” and to “Beauty and the Beast’s” “A Tale as Old as Time.”

Lee chose Vivaldi’s “Gloria” to be the highlight of the concert. He described the song as a festive, sacred and happy piece, perfect for the holiday season.

Lee was motivated to pursue a second concert after he saw the impact of EPCO’s music. Read more

Have a heart healthy holiday season

December 15, 2009

Dr. Elizabeth Gold, cardiologist at the Virginia Mason Issaquah clinic, performs an exam Dec. 10 on Brooks Loop, 84, of Snoqualmie. By Greg Farrar

Dr. Elizabeth Gold, cardiologist at the Virginia Mason Issaquah clinic, performs an exam Dec. 10 on Brooks Loop, 84, of Snoqualmie. By Greg Farrar

With sleigh bells jingling and merry spirits, it’s likely you’re ready for the holidays, but is your heart?

Each year, nearly 785,000 Americans suffer a heart attack and more than 631,636 have heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control. High cholesterol and high blood pressure, causes that lead to heart attacks and heart disease, are factors people should be aware of, according to Issaquah’s newest cardiologist, Dr. Elizabeth Gold.

Heart health is “essential, it makes us all go,” she said. “If your heart stops, that’s the definition of dying.

“There are a lot of issues with heart health,” she said. “One of the main ones is if you have a heart attack, severe enough, it could kill you. But there are other things that damage your heart muscle and can severely impact your quality of life.”

Those include heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, she said.

Gold started a new rotation with Virginia Mason’s Issaquah clinic Dec. 7 and has been helping patients and residents prepare to be more heart healthy this coming year.

The rotation program was started with the hope that patients would have more local access to specialists. With two successful cardiologist rotations in Bellevue and Kirkland, Gold’s rotation to Issaquah was a natural next step, according to Alisha Mark, director of communications for the hospital. Read more

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