Susan (Hircko) Weflen

February 23, 2010

Susan (Hircko) Weflen, a recent resident of Kennewick and previously of Issaquah, died Feb. 18, 2010, at her home surrounded by family and friends. She was 95. Read more

Super sophomore Logan Briggs has busy state meet

February 23, 2010

Luke Duschl (bottom), Liberty sophomore, finishes the backstroke leg of the 200-yard medley relay consolation heat final, as Austin Briggs (left) and brother Logan wait to swim their legs. By Greg Farrar

There weren’t many swimmers busier than Liberty High School’s Logan Briggs at the 3A State Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 18-19 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

On the final day, Briggs competed in five events. He didn’t come in first, but did grab a third place in the 500-yard freestyle to cap a super sophomore season.

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Community calendar

February 23, 2010

Events

Purim party ‘Purim In Israel’ is Chabad of the Central Cascades’ creative twist on their traditional Purim party at 4 p.m. Feb. 28 at Blakely Hall in the Issaquah Highlands. The celebration will begin with the Megillah reading (Scroll of Ester), followed by a buffet dinner of Israeli delicacies, entertainment, Israeli music, hamentashen and children’s program. All are welcome to join regardless of affiliation or background. Pre-event registration with EZ-Pass Entry is $15 for adults and $10 for children (ages 3-12). At the door, adults are $20 and children are $15. Call 985-7639 or go to www.chabadissaquah.com/Purim. File

The Issaquah Highlands Toastmasters host an open house from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive.

Just Between Friends hosts a three-day Spring Event, a community consignment event that lets families earn cash quickly by selling new and gently used items they have outgrown. Families can also find great deals on thousands of items, including children’s and maternity clothing, baby equipment, furniture, DVDs, toys and much more. The event is at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W., from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Feb. 26, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Feb. 27 and from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Feb. 28. Admission is $2 Feb. 26 only and free the other two days.

Scottish Ceilidh dancing is from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way.

Come watch the University of Washington and Washington State University in the lacrosse version of the Apple Cup at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Eastside Catholic High School, 232 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish. Admission is free. Both teams feature local high school talent playing at the collegiate level.

Curves of Issaquah is participating in its annual Food Drive during the month of March by collecting perishable items and monetary donations for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. Members who donate a full grocery bag or a minimum of $30 cash receive a reusable Curves grocery freezer bag. Nonmembers who do likewise receive a waiver on the cost of joining. The Issaquah Curves is at 1480 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite L2. Call 427-0110. Read more

Trash changes could extend landfill’s life

February 23, 2010

The driver of a Waste Management garbage truck at Southeast Andrews Street and Fifth Avenue Southeast wheels a residential garbage bin to the dumping lift Feb. 18. By Greg Farrar

Trash could be hauled off less often for Issaquah residents, as city and county officials explore ways to increase recycling and cut the amount of garbage headed to the landfill south of Issaquah.

Jeff Gaisford, the recycling and environmental services manager for the King County Solid Waste Division, said the agency wants cities to switch to every-other-week garbage collection to cut costs for residents and reduce impact on Cedar Hills Regional Landfill. The landfill sprawls across 920 acres just south of city limits.

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Environmentalists wait to learn fate of Lake Sammamish kokanee

February 23, 2010

Hans Berge, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks biologist, holds kokanee salmon retrieved from Lewis Creek during a restoration project. Contributed

Conservationists continue to await a decision by the federal government about the status of the dwindling Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon — years after rules required the federal government to act.

Environmentalists and local government officials estimate the population of adult kokanee at a few hundred. Before a species can receive protection under the Endangered Species Act, the animal or plant must be placed on the federal list of threatened endangered species.

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Aagot Hess

February 23, 2010

Aagot Hess

Aagot Hess, of Bellevue, passed away at home in Bellevue on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010. She was 87 years old. Read more

Take a closer look at Issaquah’s public art

February 23, 2010

Public art is a big part of Issaquah today. In fact, there’s an entire city policy dedicated to it.

While it may be an addition to the city’s beauty — depending on your tastes — you may have driven by more than one of the pieces and wondered, “What is that?”  Well, here are some answers to some pieces you may have wondered about.

Have others that we didn’t list? Send them to editor@isspress.com.

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Spartans are one win from state tourney

February 23, 2010

Kasen Williams (right), Skyline junior, jostles with Woodinville forward Micah Ulland in the first quarter Feb. 19 of the KingCo 4A tournament game. By Christopher Huber

Before the 4A KingCo Conference tournament semifinal against Woodinville, Skyline High School boys basketball coach J. Jay Davis laid out his game plan: win.

That was all that mattered, he said, and the plan was for his players to do whatever they needed to do to fend off the Falcons to advance to the championship game against Lake Washington.

The straight-forward strategy worked, and the Crest Division champion Spartans took it to a physical and scrappy Woodinville, winning 46-28 at Juanita High School Feb. 19.

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A look at the legacy left behind by Issaquah’s first rockstar candy maker

February 23, 2010

In 1956, in a town more renowned as a farming community and for its legacy in the logging and mining industries, an unlikely new venture opened its doors in Issaquah by an even more uncommon man.

In the foothills of the Issaquah Alps, Julius Boehm found a perfect setting, one that reminded him of his home in the Austrian Alps, from which to offer up a risky venture few thought had much chance at success — selling handmade chocolate confections.

“People thought it was a joke of an idea at the time,” said Bernard Garbusjuk, the current owner of Boehm’s Candies.

Well, the joke was on the doubters, as Julius Boehm added a new legacy the city of Issaquah can now lay claim to.

But as time marches on further away from Boehm’s passing in 1981, fewer remain who knew the man willing to take that risk.

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Extreme clubs

February 23, 2010

‘For the love of Harry Potter!’

Olivia Spokoiny

In a Quidditch match between Gryffindor and Hufflepuff, Allen Suner and Doug Dietzel fight for the Quaffle as (from left) Aseem Chipalkatti, Max Sherman, Sam Schneble, Erin Hoffman, Sam Stendal, David Zhong and Joseph Choung look on. By Jordan Rixon

Skyline High School’s Harry Potter Club is the largest (and certainly the quirkiest) club that the high school offers this year. Juniors Erin Hoffman and Erin Pazaski, founders and “Head Mistresses,” said the idea evolved over the past summer.

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