Wine and dine with us at Taste Washington

March 23, 2010

Reporters Warren Kagarise and Chantelle Lusebrink will wine and dine through Taste Washington, a weekend-long celebration of Evergreen State food and wine. Read more

Public Meetings

March 23, 2010

March 24

Council Services & Safety Committee Read more

New fire marshal comes to EFR

March 23, 2010

Eastside Fire & Rescue has filled its fire marshal position, and more. Read more

Track season ripe with high hopes

March 23, 2010

Track preview

Haley Jacobson, of Issaquah, anchors the 4x200 relay team to take third place at the state 4A track and field championships in 2009. By Greg Farrar

Troy Solly, a Liberty High School senior, towers over his opponent at nearly 6-feet, 5-inches tall, and he uses his long legs to race down the track.

Solly, who also played lineman and linebacker on the football team and power forward and center on the basketball team, is now in his fourth year on the Liberty track team.

“Originally, I just came out because I didn’t play baseball,” he said.

Last year, he ran in the 400-meter sprint, 4×400-meter relay, 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles. He recorded the team’s best time of the season in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 41.35 seconds at the KingCo Conference Championships.

He also posted personal bests of 54.34 seconds in the 400-meter run and 17.04 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles.

This year, he looks to participate in the same races and possibly the javelin throw or the triple jump.

He said he loves track because he gets to battle the clock and push himself as hard as he can. Read more

Big crowd for a big church

March 23, 2010

Eastridge Christian Assembly board members cut the ribbon to open the congregation’s new building as parishioners look on March 20 at the dedication of the facility, located at 24205 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road. Photo by Greg Farrar

Two head fire officials retire

March 23, 2010

A combined 19 years of experience leaves agency

By J.B. Wogan Wes Collins (left), Eastside Fire & Rescue deputy fire chief, congratulates Dave Gray on his retirement. Gray served as the fire protection agency's finance chief for eight years, and with the Issaquah Fire Department before that.

Two central figures in Issaquah’s firefighting organization announced their retirement this month.

Tim Pilling, the fire marshal for Eastside Fire & Rescue, and Dave Gray, head financial officer for EFR, both retire at the end of March.

Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Griffin paid tribute to Pilling at the March 11 EFR meeting, pointing out that Pilling was the agency’s first fire marshal.

“He set the tone for future fire marshals,” Griffin said.

Mike Sauerwein, administrative services director for the city of Sammamish, said Pilling was instrumental in establishing the plateau’s Fourth of July celebrations.

“Tim played a huge role in making that a fun and safe event,” Sauerwein said. Read more

Edith Kay Roller

March 23, 2010

Edith Kay Roller, of Sammamish, loving wife of Michael, died Sunday, March 21, 2010 at home. She was 53. Read more


March 23, 2010

Prep baseball

4A KingCo Conference Read more

Make room in your schedule for Fit for Hounds

March 23, 2010

Ehrik Aldana

Fresh from their victory at Issaquah High School’s “Rock for Haiti” Battle of the Bands, Fit For Hounds is becoming one of the most popular high school bands on the Eastside.

In March alone, the band played shows at local venues, including the Ground Zero Teen Center in Bellevue, K.T.U.B. in Kirkland and the Old Firehouse in Redmond.

The quartet, from Skyline High School, is made up of Bill Doerrfeld (vocals/synthesizers), Scott Sherman (bass guitar), Alicia Doerrfeld (guitar) and Zach Barokas (drums). (The Doerrfelds are siblings.)

Fitted with the ingredients for a traditional rock group, Fit For Hounds manages to uniquely incorporate elements of dance-rock beats, post-punk aesthetics and power-pop hooks into their music to create a definitive style. Read more

Royally funny ‘Gypsy King’ keeps you laughing long after the show

March 23, 2010

Jose J. Gonzales, as Prince Dijon (center), and the ensemble, enact a scene in the Village Theatre world premiere production of ‘The Gypsy King,’ by Emmy Award-winner Randy Rogel. By Jay Koh / Village Theatre

If laughter is the best medicine, get to a performance of “The Gypsy King” at Village Theatre, because the doctor is in.

You won’t experience the occasional chuckle or snicker. You’ll howl with sidesplitting, belly-aching raucous laughter.

This musical starts with a rousing opening. (Who would laugh at a blind joke? You will.) It continues with sumptuous costumes in luscious colors. Then, there’s the amazing set design. (Seriously, is there anything they can’t pull off on this small stage?)

Then, there’s the delightful but pure evil Sergei laying out a plot so outrageous, well, you’ll have to see for yourself. Read more

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