Faith to succeed

March 30, 2010

Former Tent City 4 residents credit church for success

Dave Hansen (left) and his wife Stephanie recount how their 2007 stay in Tent City 4 and help from Community Church of Issaquah led to full-time jobs, housing and being able to regain custody of her son Joshua Byle, 14 (right), from foster care. — By Greg Farrar

The last time Tent City 4 settled in the Community Church of Issaquah parking lot, Stephanie and Dave Hansen lived in a nylon tent and shared camp duties with other residents, hauling blankets and serving on the leadership team. Like other residents of the homeless encampment, the Hansens traveled from the grounds of church to church as the encampment wended across the Eastside.

For the Hansens, however, the trip to Issaquah proved different. Interactions with church members helped the Hansens lay the groundwork for a transition back to full-time employment and housing. By the time Tent City 4 left Issaquah in November 2007, Stephanie Hansen had joined Community Church and befriended fellow parishioners. Meanwhile, the church hired Dave to work as a custodian.

“I, personally, had probably been to over 20 churches and never found a church that I liked that accepted me for who I was and didn’t try to change me,” Stephanie Hansen said. “These guys did that. They knew I was homeless from the beginning, because they saw me over at Tent City. Dave, too. And they didn’t judge us. We are who we are and they accept us.”

The encampment returned to the church grounds in January. The arrival brought back memories for the Hansens, who spent three months living in the same spot. The family credits Community Church for the turnaround. Read more

Students solve the world’s problems, one science fair project at a time

March 30, 2010

Maren Larsen, a first-grader, asks Ben Hanson, an Issaquah High School Robotics Team member, questions about this year’s robot at the Sunset Elementary School science fair. — By Chantelle Lusebrink

Electrifying currents, tornados in two-liter bottles and homemade glue — these and other projects dazzled parents and teachers alike as the Sunset Elementary School science fair unleashed itself with the fury of several baking soda volcanoes March 18 and 19.

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Robert Henry Fulton

March 30, 2010

Robert Henry Fulton

Robert Fulton

Robert Henry Fulton died peacefully March 24, 2010, after battling 16 months of various health challenges. His mind was set on returning to the “urban woods” and his beloved home in Sammamish — a goal he nearly accomplished. He was 75. Read more

Merciless Skyline 10-runs Eastlake

March 30, 2010

Jim Carnes, Skyline senior pitcher, throws to the plate March 23 against Eastlake, striking out three in three innings and earning the win in a 12-2 victory. — By Christopher Huber

With solid accompaniment from a few teammates, Skyline High School’s Sean Penberthy helped answer a lot of questions about the team’s 2010 season outlook March 23.

Penberthy, the Spartans’ lone returning senior starter, went 4-for-4 and ended the game early on a two-out, two-RBI double in the fifth inning. He also launched a solo homerun over the left-field fence in the third.

Skyline beat the visiting Eastlake Wolves 12-2 in the 4A KingCo Conference opener.

“I was just trying to get a hit, trying to stay alive,” Penberthy said of the double that ended the game due to the 10-run rule.

Penberthy wasn’t the only Spartan to have a good day offensively. Nate Litka, a junior outfielder, drove in five runners on three hits, including a triple in the second. And senior Anthony DeMatteo finished the day 3-for-4, with one RBI and three runs scored. DeMatteo drove in the run that set Penberthy up for the game-ending hit.

Offense was Skyline’s strong point against Eastlake, but the team still needs to relax and focus in the field, coach Chris Tamminen said after the game. Skyline committed three errors.

“I liked the way we swung it. The offense did pretty good,” he said. “On defense, they’ve got to play catch. They need to just play.” Read more

Community Calendar

March 30, 2010


Diving for eggs The Underwater Egghunt & Carnival is April 2 in the shallow end of Julius Boehm Pool, 50 S.E. Clark St. Bring a swimsuit, towel and plastic basket. Admission is $6 per child and $4 for an adult to assist children younger than 6. Prizes are awarded for eggs gathered. Times are from 6:45-6:55 p.m. for ages 1-5, from 7:30-7:40 p.m. for ages 6-9 and from 8-8:10 p.m. for ages 10-16. File

Adventure Kids Playcare grand opening and first Spring Celebration is from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. April 3 in the Issaquah Commons, 775 N.W. Gilman Blvd. The activities include a bounce house, an Easter egg hunt, crafts, games and face painting. Meet members of the Eastside Fire & Rescue team until noon; enjoy a video game theater; and children who attend the event eat free at Chipotle during the opening. A raffle benefiting the Issaquah Schools Foundation will also be held. The event is free.

The Issaquah Highlands Easter egg hunt, Highlands 4 Haiti, is at 10 a.m. – noon a.m. April 3 at Grand Ridge Elementary School, 1739 N.E. Park Drive. Proceeds from the event will go to World Vision, a nonprofit relief organization based in Federal Way that’s helping children in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. Wristbands are $5 before the event at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive or at the gate the day of the event.

The Sammamish Family YMCA Eggstravaganza is from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the YMCA, 4221 228th Ave. S.E. Call 391-4840.

The 19th Annual Gilman Village Easter Festival & Egg Hunt is at 10 a.m. April 3 at 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd. There will also be music, balloons, face painting and photos with the Easter Bunny. Call 392-6802. Read more

Soccer club could be key to future of Klahanie Park

March 30, 2010

The process to transfer the county-run Klahanie Park to Sammamish has slowed, as King County officials and the Issaquah Soccer Club discuss ways to keep the park open. Read more

Hop to it: Groups host Easter egg hunts

March 30, 2010

Trevor Jordan dashes to the far end of the field for treasures as a horde of youngsters pick up prizes near the starting line at the 2009 Easter egg hunt and carnival in the Issaquah Highlands. — By Greg Farrar

With Easter less than a week away, several community organizations will host egg hunts the day before the holiday and on Easter.

The annual Easter egg hunt in the Issaquah Highlands, called Highlands 4 Haiti, will be at Grand Ridge Elementary School, 1739 N.E. Park Drive, on April 3. Proceeds from the event will go to World Vision, a nonprofit relief organization based in Federal Way that’s helping children in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake.

Wristbands, sold for $5 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive, in the days before the event, will also be available at the event gate. The event runs from 10 a.m. – noon.

About 1,700 people turned out for the Sammamish Family YMCA Eggstravaganza last year. Organizers expect about 2,000 attendees when the event returns April 3.

The event will be 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event will include carnival games, face painting, inflatable obstacle courses and a visit from the Easter Bunny. The event will be at the YMCA, 4221 228th Ave. S.E. Call 391-4840 for more information. Read more

Easter’s on its way

March 30, 2010

Serena Sherwood (right), 5, looks with delight as she and brother Michael, of Mirrormont, see the Easter bunny arrive to greet close to 400 youngsters and their parents at the annual Egg Scramble March 27 in the Issaquah PCC grocery. Photo by Greg Farrar

Census forms sent to Sammamish have wrong cities

March 30, 2010

The upcoming census left out Sammamish — at least on the forms sent to Sammamish residents. Read more

School board approves controversial math curriculum

March 30, 2010

After a nearly two-year process, Issaquah School Board members voted 4-1 March 24 to adopt Key Curriculum Press’ Discovering Mathematics algebra and geometry books for high schoolers. Read more

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