Kathy Lambert begins her third term

January 12, 2010

King County Council appoints new member

Superior Court Presiding Judge Bruce Hilyer swears in King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert Jan. 4 to her third term. Contributed

Superior Court Presiding Judge Bruce Hilyer swears in King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert Jan. 4 to her third term. Contributed

Councilwoman Kathy Lambert started another term last week as the Issaquah representative on the King County Council, just before the council welcomed a new member.

Superior Court Presiding Judge Bruce Hilyer swore in Lambert for a third term Jan. 4. Lambert, a Redmond resident, represents District 3. Besides Issaquah, the district includes Sammamish, Preston, North Bend, Snoqualmie — 1,043 square miles in all.

“It is a great honor to represent the people of District 3 in this capacity, and each occasion to renew that oath of service is special,” Lambert said in a statement issued after the ceremony. “Each year brings more understanding about the depth of this responsibility and the people affected by our decisions. I encourage District 3 residents to contact me anytime I can be of assistance.”

Lambert serves as chairwoman of the Council Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee. She is also as a member of the budget leadership team.

“King County is facing many challenges today, and it will take teamwork to reach our goals of more efficient and effective government,” Lambert said. “It is important that the people of King County feel closer to their government and confident about how their public dollars are used.” Read more

New City Council takes shape

January 12, 2010

As family members watched and cameras flashed, Tola Marts and Mark Mullet joined the City Council last week. Read more

Liberty gymnasts fall to Skyline

January 12, 2010

Hannah Bergam, Liberty sophomore, vaults Jan. 7 in a gymnastics meet against Skyline. She took third overall with 30.6 points and won second place on the balance beam. By Greg Farrar

Hannah Bergam, Liberty sophomore, vaults Jan. 7 in a gymnastics meet against Skyline. She took third overall with 30.6 points and won second place on the balance beam. By Greg Farrar

Although the Jan. 7 KingCo Conference gymnastics meet at Liberty High School marked Liberty’s senior night, the Patriots fell to the Skyline Spartans, 149.3 to 146.15.

Redmond also attended the meet, competing against Skyline, but Redmond racked up 162.2 points for the win.

Skyline’s Amy Bearman took first overall in the match against Liberty, scoring 33.8 points. She scored first on the floor, beam and bars, and second on the vault.

“I think we made a lot of progress over winter break learning new skills,” Bearman said. “We had a lot of positive energy tonight.”

Liberty’s Cortney Schirman took second overall with 31.1 points, and Hannah Bergam took third with 30.6 points. Bergam took second on beam, and Schirman took first on the vault and second on the floor.

Schirman said she particularly enjoyed performing her floor routine. Read more

Church hosts men’s winter clothes drive

January 12, 2010

With the economy sending more people out of homes and into the streets, the need is greater than ever for people to donate to worthy causes, such as Issaquah Christian Church’s four-week collection of men’s clothing for the Seattle Union Gospel Mission. Read more

Discover who’s who at the Bellevue Home Show

January 12, 2010

Issaquah-based Decks by JRW recently completed this project. www.jrwdecks.com

Issaquah-based Decks by JRW recently completed this project. www.jrwdecks.com

Now in its 28th year, the Bellevue Home Show brings new features and a new attitude when it opens at the Meydenbauer Center on Jan 22. Eastside homeowners will find a strong emphasis on green — in building, remodeling, food, financial matters and creative opportunities. More than 150 local exhibitors represent the entire scope of the building, remodeling and interior design industries.

Rosanne Cohn, of the Bellevue Home Show, said the exhibition is ideal for Eastside homeowners.

“It’s smaller, more accessible — a local experience showcasing the top vendors and exhibitors in their industries, and is dedicated to the Eastside economy and environmental attitudes,” Cohn said.

Four Issaquah businesses are participating this year, ready to enlighten homeowners about the latest in decks, use of natural materials in new homes and home remodeling projects both big and small. Read more

Nearly 90 acres eyed for redevelopment

January 12, 2010

City officials and Rowley Properties executives announced plans last week to redevelop almost 90 acres in Central Issaquah, the commercial area spread across 915 acres along Interstate 90. Read more

Come waltz the night away in Vienna

January 12, 2010

 Doug Longman, director of the Evergreen Philharmonic Orchestra, leads the Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools' advanced-level orchestra in 2007 during their annual Swinging in Vienna public dance social at the Issaquah Community Center. Photo By Greg Farrar

Doug Longman, director of the Evergreen Philharmonic Orchestra, leads the Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools' advanced-level orchestra in 2007 during their annual Swinging in Vienna public dance social at the Issaquah Community Center. Photo By Greg Farrar

It takes quite the social event in Issaquah to attract outsiders from as far away as Gig Harbor.

Jerry and Ruthie Cravens said in a 2007 interview that they love to don their finest formal wear — a flowing ballroom gown for her and a full tuxedo with tails and white gloves for him — to perform their favorite Viennese waltzes at the annual Swinging in Vienna dance.

“It’s not very often you get to dance to a live orchestra or band,” Jerry said.

Swinging in Vienna transforms the interior of the community center into a décor reminiscent of a starry night in Vienna and features the Evergreen Philharmonic Orchestra performing classic waltzes and the Issaquah High School Jazz Band jumping in for a mood change to swing tunes from yesteryear. What started as a way for local music programs to raise money evolved into one of THE social programs of the year in Issaquah. Read more

Is it possible to catch spring fever in January?

January 12, 2010

If you are a gardener, you probably get a massive case of spring fever every year. The funny thing about it is how early in the year it hits us. Read more

Byrkett, Lappala

January 12, 2010

Colin  Lappala and Kimberly Byrkett

Colin Lappala and Kimberly Byrkett

Kimberly Lynn Byrkett, of Preston, and Colin Risto Lappala, of Bothell, were married Sept. 12, 2009, at Cougar Mountain Overlook, in Issaquah.

The Rev. Larry Thomas, of Our Savior Lutheran Church of Issaquah, officiated. A reception followed at the Preston Community Center.

The couple honeymooned at Kauai, Hawaii.

The matron of honor was the bride’s sister, Colleen Marie Byrkett Darnell, and the bridesmaid was the bride’s sister, Carrie Ann Byrkett Rothman.

Kimberly, the daughter of Bruce and Norma Byrkett, of Preston, is a 2003 graduate of Issaquah High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in human services from Western Washington University in 2007. She is the client services program coordinator for Hopelink. Read more

Christians can enjoy Christmas festivities, too

January 12, 2010

Hall Monitor Breanne Faehnrich Liberty High School

Hall Monitor Breanne Faehnrich Liberty High School

Every December, I, like many Americans, honor Christmas in all the wrong ways.

I get caught up in the commercialism of frenzied, last minute gift buying. I indulge in Christmas cookies, candy canes and gingerbread houses. One thing I do not do is recognize enough the true foundation of Christmas — the birthday of Jesus Christ.

People like me are often deemed hypocritical for celebrating Christmas. Why should we reap the benefits of a tradition we have trivialized by our materialistic values? True Christians have every reason to be upset over another diluted, often secularized American holiday. Read more

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