Robert Kenro de Michele

March 9, 2010

Robert de Michele

John de Michele and Dianne Nagasaka are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Robert Kenro de Michele, on Feb. 17, 2010. Read more

New training program to restore Berntsen Park

March 9, 2010

Continuing efforts to restore Berntsen Park, the city of Issaquah has partnered with the Washington Native Plant Society to provide community members with local habitat experience through the Native Plant Stewardship Training program. Read more

Seventh-grade girls basketball team wins traveling league tourney

March 9, 2010

The Issaquah Eagles seventh grade girls select basketball team won the championship March 7 in the Puget Sound Traveling League tournament. Read more

Sex offender ejected from Tent City 4

March 9, 2010

Police escorted a registered sex offender from Tent City 4 after camp administrators discovered the information during the check-in process. Read more

Press Editorial

March 9, 2010

No Saturday mail beats another price increase

The United States Postal Service is projecting a $7 billion loss this year, and the picture looks even more bleak over the course of the next decade. Saturday delivery is on the chopping block, but is controversial among many. It shouldn’t be. Read more

Rust eye gets last laugh

March 9, 2010

Teased teacher turns nickname into idea for children’s book

Steve Gritton, of Issaquah, poses with his latest children’s book ‘The Trouble with Sisters and Robots.’ Gritton wrote and illustrated (above left) the book. By David Hayes

Writers just never know where inspiration will strike for their next great novel. For children’s illustrated book author Steve Gritton, it came from an unfortunate incident while cutting shelving for a closet.

“I got a tiny sliver of metal in my eye,” said the Issaquah resident who teaches at Lake Hills Elementary School in Bellevue. “I didn’t even realize it was there until the next day, when my eye got all red and puffy.”

His sister warned him to get it removed before it rusted. Gritton said, sure enough, by the time he got to the doctor, the sliver of metal had rusted.

“Being a school teacher, once word got around about the incident, everyone on the staff started calling me ‘rust eye,’” Gritton said. “I thought that would be a neat name for a robot.”

Now, three books later, the little germination of an idea has been published into the children’s tale, “The Trouble With Sisters and Robots.”

After self-publishing his first three books, Gritton’s latest work was picked up by Albert Whitman & Co. But why a company out of Morton Grove, Ill.?

“I actually submitted the story to six publishers and they were the first to respond,” Gritton admitted. Read more

Arts calendar

March 9, 2010



March Collective Works’ exhibition “Bits and Pieces: The Ephemera of Life,” 48 Front St. N., through March 27, 392-3191 or Read more

Shelton, Stanford

March 9, 2010

David Stanford and Kati Shelton

Kati Shelton and David Stanford, both of Maple Valley, recently announced their engagement to be married July 3, 2010, at the East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue. Read more

Public Meetings

March 9, 2010

March 11

Planning Policy Commission Read more

Controversial math recommendation heads to school board for discussion

March 9, 2010

Issaquah School Board members will get their first look at the superintendent’s recommendation to adopt a new high school math curriculum March 10. Read more

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