Senior center focuses on a healthier lifestyle

February 16, 2010

Fitness instructor Barbara Scott leads a Stay Active and Independent for Life class at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center. By Chantelle Lusebrink

High stepping, ball bouncing and throwing a few upper cuts may sound like child’s play, but this is Issaquah seniors getting fit.

With more information and resources than ever, seniors are taking charge of their health through a variety of education and fitness opportunities at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center.

“I like the ball squeezing with the legs,” said Stephen Saunders, who celebrated his 87th birthday Feb. 1. “It’s just good for you. I missed a week and I’m still making up for it.”

“It’s great. I have so many that have kept coming since we started more than two years ago,” said fitness instructor Barbara Scott. “They have a contagious spirit and that’s what makes things fun.”

The Centers for Disease Control recommends two hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, like brisk walking, every week and overall muscle strength training two or more days a week for adults 65 years or older who are generally fit. Read more

A view from Vancouver

February 16, 2010

Sammamish skier chases dream downhill to the Olympics

Yina Moe-Lange marches alongside fellow Danish athletes during the Winter Olympics opening ceremony Feb. 12 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo contributed

The dream stretched back to childhood, when Yina Moe-Lange strapped on a pair of skis and took to the slopes. Through the years and countless downhill runs, she honed her skill with a singular goal in mind: competing in the Winter Olympics.

Moe-Lange, 16, assumed she might be too young to compete when the Olympics opened in Vancouver, British Columbia, and skiers competed in alpine events about four hours from Sammamish, where she and her family moved in 2005.

The premier skiers — like, say, Lindsey Vonn — reach peak ability in their 20s, so Moe-Lange trained with the 2014 Winter Olympics in mind. About a month ago, however, she received word from Denmark: Moe-Lange, a Danish citizen, had been selected to compete in the games, then just a few weeks distant.

The dream to compete in the Winter Olympics turned to reality ahead of schedule.

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Liberty swimmer sets two personal records at Sea-King district meet

February 16, 2010

Austin Briggs, Liberty senior (left) and brother Logan, sophomore, talk about their school’s showing Feb. 13 at the 3A Sea-King District swim meet. By Greg Farrar

Sophomore Logan Briggs qualifies in seven events for state

Although Logan Briggs is just a sophomore at Liberty High School, he’s already making a splash in the world of high school swimming. He qualified in seven events for this year’s 3A state championship meet, and set personal and school records at the 3A Sea-King District meet Feb. 13 in the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle.

Liberty finished sixth in the team standings at the Sea-King District meet. The Patriots had 121 points. Mercer Island cruised to the team title, compiling 345.5 points. Lakeside, of Seattle, was second with 176.

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Passion for trains pays off for photographer

February 16, 2010

Issaquah photographer David Honan visits the Train Depot to take more photos of his favorite subject - trains. By Greg Farrar

Trains aren’t just David Honan’s business. They’re his passion.

At 28, Honan is the winner of this year’s Trains Magazine photography contest.

“He’s just a wonderful and a very nice person,” said Bobbie Olin, an Issaquah resident who rides the bus to work with him each day. “This is definitely an honor to get selected for this as the grand prize winner.

By day, Honan works as a civil engineer for HDR Engineers in Bellevue, where he primarily designs railroads and infrastructure related to railroad operations.

“It’s been very rewarding to work on a number of local passenger rail projects, which, when complete, will benefit transit users in the region for years to come,” he wrote in an e-mail.

Honan grew up in New York, but graduated with a degree in civil engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana.

His interest in trains developed long before working with trains when he moved here four years ago, as he explained in an e-mail interview.

Q: When did you first have an interest in trains?

A: I’ve liked railroads for, literally, as long as I can remember. As best as anyone in my family can recall, it was my paternal grandfather who exposed me to trains and helped develop my interest. I have fond memories of him taking me to both the local railroad yard and airport to watch trains and planes; obviously the former made more of an impact upon me.

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Baseball club treasurer arrested for embezzlement

February 16, 2010

Sammamish Police have arrested a man who allegedly embezzled $21,371 from a local baseball little league. Read more

Issaquah sends three gymnasts to state

February 16, 2010

Risa Fukuda, of Issaquah vaults to a state-qualifying 9.2 during the 4A Sea-King District gymnastics meet at Sammamish High School, under a ‘Girls Gymnastics’ banner hanging from the ceiling. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High School gymnastics team has something to cheer about. Three of its standout gymnasts are headed to state after strong performances at the Class 4A Sea-King District 1 and 2 Gymnastics Championships Feb. 13 at Sammamish High School.

Olivia Goree took fourth place in the all-around competition, qualifying for state with a total score of 36.25 points. She scored an 8.65 on bars, 9.125 on vault, 9.225 on beam and 9.25 on the floor routine, according to coach Ryan Fleisher.

Teammate Risa Fukuda qualified for state in the vault and floor events, placing fifth and eighth, respectively.

Eva Perry also heads to state Feb. 19-20 after she tied for 11th in the floor event, according to Fleisher.

Skyline sent a pair of athletes to the district meet, but neither will move on to state. Read more

Ron Little to leave utility district

February 16, 2010

Ron Little

When Ron Little retires, 29 years of history goes with him.

Little has been an employee of the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District since July 1981. He precedes the district’s current name, the formation of Sammamish as a city and the installation of the Bellevue-Issaquah water pipeline, the main source of the plateau’s water supply.

He wasn’t always headed for a life of water and sewer utilities. When Little first graduated from the University of Illinois with an engineering degree, he migrated to Los Angeles, hoping to work on race cars. Read more

Residents run for the border as Olympics open in Vancouver

February 16, 2010

Jo-Ellen Smith (center), a Cougar Mountain resident and Winter Olympics volunteer, cuts the ribbon at the Whistler, British Columbia, athletes’ village. Contributed

After the International Olympic Committee awarded the winter games to Vancouver in 2003, longtime Olympics fans in Issaquah hatched plans to attend. The games in nearby British Columbia mark the Olympics to open closest to Western Washington — closer than Salt Lake City, Utah, the host of the 2002 games, and Calgary, Alberta, the site of the 1988 competition. Read more

Bank robbery suspect arrested

February 16, 2010

Seattle Police arrested a man suspected in the Feb. 4 robbery of The Bank of Washington branch in Issaquah. Read more

Bryan Thielke

February 16, 2010

Bryan Fredrick Thielke, 58, died at home of pancreatic cancer Feb. 8, 2010. Read more

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