Cory Foote and Jennifer Griffith

April 20, 2010

Foote, Griffith

Cory Foote and Jennifer Griffith

Cory Foote, a 1998 graduate of Issaquah High School, and Jennifer Griffith, a 1999 graduate of Orcas High School, recently became engaged to be married on July 10, 2010, at the Griffith family home.

The couple plans to make their home on the Eastside.

Help save lives through organ donation

April 20, 2010

More than 14,000 people from across the country — both alive and deceased — donated tissue from their bodies in 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

While those people enabled more than 28,000 transplants to take place, tens of thousands of people were left without the transplants they needed. For many of those, the waiting was fatal.

Everyone can help by signing up to be an organ donor, by which one gives legal consent for his or her organs to be donated in the case of his or her death. By being a donor after death, one can donate his or her heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas, small intestines, heart valves, skin, bone, connective tissue, veins, eyes and/or corneas.

A medical team prepares a patient for an organ transplant. Contributed

Kevin O’Connor, CEO of Donate Life Today, Washington’s official organ donor registry, said one deceased person’s donations can save or enhance the lives of as many as 50 people.

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Ryan Stearns and Victoria Mills

April 20, 2010

Ryan Stearns and Victoria Mills were married April 3, 2010, in Laguna Beach, Calif., at Tivoli Terrace. The Rev. Bruce Danzara officiated.

Ryan Stearns and Victoria Mills

The groom, the son of John and Robin Stearns, formerly of Issaquah, is a 2003 graduate of Skyline High School. His groomsmen were his brothers Trevor and Tyler Stearns. Ryan graduated in 2008 from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a degree in business administration: accounting. He works as an accountant for Richard Heath Associates in Fresno, Calif., and is pursuing his master’s degree in business administration.

The bride is the daughter of Fern Mills and Michael Hayes of Clovis, Calif. Her bridal attendant was her sister Claire Hayes. Victoria graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in 2009 with a degree in political science. She is pursuing her master’s in psychology.

The couple honeymooned in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Middle school student honored by USAA

April 20, 2010

Janon Ku, of Issaquah, was recently honored by the United States Achievement Academy as a student of excellence in mathematics.

Ku, the son of Roy and Sophia Ku, of Issaquah, is a student at Issaquah Middle School.

The academy recognizes students recommended by their teachers, coaches and others based on academic performance, interest and aptitude, leadership qualities, responsibility, enthusiasm, motivation to learn and improve, attitude and cooperative spirit.

Ku will appear in the USAA’s next yearbook, which is published annually.

Swedish has classes

April 20, 2010

Swedish Medical Center offers the following classes at its Issaquah clinic, 2005 N.W. Sammamish Road. Register here.

  • “Joint Replacement: The Right Choice for You?” — 6 p.m. May 6
  • “Infertility: The Basics and Beyond” — 6 p.m. May 11
  • “Safe Sitter” — 9 a.m. May 15
  • “Talk with your Doc Series: Don’t let the bed bugs Bite! Sleep problems in infants, children and adolescents” — 6 p.m. May 19

Fight food myths to help lose weight

April 20, 2010

April Fools’ Day may be synonymous with pranks and practical jokes, but members of TOPS Club — Take Off Pounds Sensibly — the nonprofit, weight-loss support organization, know better than to be fooled when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Ahmed Kissebah, director of the General Clinical Research Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and medical advisor for TOPS, offers the following information to dispel common weight-loss myths:

Myth 1 — Eating grapefruit burns fat.

Dozens of diets based on eating large quantities of grapefruit claim that grapefruit, grapefruit juices or concentrates in the form of a pill, contain enzymes that help digest fats and then burn them away. There are no enzymes in grapefruit that are known to increase the speed or the quantity at which the body burns fat. In fact, there is no food that can cause fat to be burned away. Adding grapefruit to a weight-control plan can be a good idea, because grapefruit has very few calories and creates a sensation of fullness. But there is nothing in grapefruit that will suppress appetite or cause calories to be burned faster. Crash diets that sometimes recommend eating grapefruit and eggs, grapefruit and bacon and eggs, or other high-fat, high-protein foods, could have a serious side effect. These may cause an increase in blood levels of cholesterol, which can predispose a person to a high risk of heart disease.

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College News

April 20, 2010

Area resident named to Gonzaga president’s list

Micah L. Howe, a senior from Issaquah, was among the 987 undergraduate students named to the Gonzaga University president’s list for fall semester 2009. To qualify, students must earn a 3.7 or better grade-point average.

Local student to graduate from SAGU

Jeremy Weinmeister, of Issaquah, will be one of 190 participating April 30 in a graduating ceremony at the Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas. Weinmeister earned a bachelor’s degree in general ministries.

Overlake offers classes

April 20, 2010

Overlake Hospital Medical Center offers classes at its Issaquah clinic, 5708 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., Suite No. 103. Register here. Call 688-5259.

  • “Condensed Series: Preparation for Childbirth & Newborn Care” — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 24 and 8 a.m.–1 p.m. April 25.
  • “Weight Loss Surgery Seminar” — 6-7:30 p.m. April 27 and May 18
  • “Happiest Baby on the Block” — 10 a.m.–noon May 1
  • “You and Your New Baby: 5 Class Series” — 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Thursdays, May 6 to June 3
  • “Condensed Series: Preparation for Childbirth & Newborn Care 2 Park Fridays” — 9 a.m.–3 p.m. May 7 and 14
  • “Bringing Home Baby” — 9 a.m.–4 p.m. May 8 and 15

Support Groups

April 20, 2010

Eastside Alcoholics Anonymous hosts the following meetings. Go here or call 454-9192.

  • Any Length: 8 a.m. Sundays, Issaquah Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way
  • Issaquah Smoke Free: 8:30 a.m. Sundays, Issaquah Community Hall, 180 E. Sunset Way
  • One Step At a Time: 10 a.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Thursdays, Tiger Mountain (call 206-686-2927)
  • Core Relations (men only): 6 p.m. Sundays, Issaquah Community Hall, 180 E. Sunset Way
  • Sobriety Life Line: 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Issaquah Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way
  • Morning Buzz: 6:30 am. weekdays, Lakeside Milam, 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd. Suite No. 200 Read more

Liberty’s girl golfers shoot down Skyline

April 20, 2010

Krysta Dawson, Liberty sophomore, hits her second shot on the 111-yard, par-3 third hole, during the Patriots' golf match against Skyline at the Plateau Club. Dawson’s 47 over the nine holes of play was a new personal best. By Greg Farrar

The Liberty High School girls golf team defeated Skyline 276-279 April 15 in a KingCo Conference match at the Plateau Club in Sammamish.

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