District offers surplus goods for sale

June 15, 2010

Issaquah School District officials will hosting two surplus sales.

Used furniture and equipment from district schools will be available for purchase from 3-5 p.m. June 23 at Skyline High School, 1122 228th Ave. S.E., and from 3-5 p.m. June 29 at Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E.

Purchases can be made with cash or checks.

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Pack 679 Cub Scouts’ project restocks hospital bookshelves

June 15, 2010

Being a big sister or big brother is great, but it can be hard when a new sibling requires care at the University of Washington Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Cub Scouts, with their den mother Jenny Schaffer (left) give several of their nearly 300 books to Brett Ristine, of Olympia (right), on May 26, to give his 4-year-old son Brody, whose new sister Delaney was born prematurely to mother Apryl Delaney. By Greg Farrar

“They need to wear masks, hats and gloves while they are here in the rooms,” said Carri Gest, a nurse in the unit. “When their mom is spending quality time with the new baby, often for more than two hours, it can be hard for the siblings. Especially when they’re young and have short attention spans.”

To help ease the long, quiet hours spent visiting, the neonatal unit has a bookshelf of reading material for every age. But in the past year, the collection had really dwindled.

So, when her son’s Cub Scout Pack, Den 2 of Pack No. 679, needed to do a community service project, Gest suggested the boys help other children by collecting books for the unit.

During their book drive, the boys, first-graders from Cascade Ridge Elementary and St. Joseph’s Catholic schools, managed to collect nearly 300 books to restock the bookshelves. They donated them to families at the unit May 26.

“We collected the books for children, because they didn’t have any books,” said Tiger Cub Zach Schaffer. “So, now they can read.” Read more

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Spend a moment with Gail Pettis

June 15, 2010

Former orthodontist now evokes smiles with her music

Call it a midlife crisis or call it an epiphany. Either way, Gail Pettis got bit by the jazz bug and reinvented herself as one of the most sensuously swinging new singers on the American scene.

One day she’s tuning up smiles at her successful orthodontic practice in Issaquah, and the next she’s spreading grins from the bandstand, where she’s forged deep creative ties with some of Seattle’s deepest players.

“I enjoyed the patients, but I was looking for a change,” Pettis said. “At the time, I wouldn’t have said, ‘I’m leaving my practice to pursue music,’ but it turns out that’s what happened.”

For jazz fans outside the Seattle area, Pettis seemed to emerge out of nowhere in 2007 with the release of her luminous debut CD, “May I Come In?” on OA2 Records.

She confirmed her status as an exceptional interpreter of the American Songbook with the January release of “Here In the Moment.” Soulful and understated, her voice caresses each melody, transforming even the most familiar standards into highly personal narratives. Read more

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Living with rheumatoid arthritis

June 15, 2010

Hands. They are often our first interactions with the world. They lift a mug of coffee to your lips. They greet new acquaintances with a firm grasp. They hold loved ones close in an embrace.

Meredith Froemke

But when rheumatoid arthritis took away Issaquah resident Meredith Froemke’s ability to lift or greet or hold, her world got much smaller.

“The disease was so misunderstood by the outside world,” Froemke said,” that I didn’t have the courage to come forward, because I found I was really discriminated against.”

Froemke was diagnosed with RA in 1993. She was 28.

“‘This has got to be a mistake,’” she thought. “I had never even seen anybody my age with rheumatoid arthritis.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2007 RA affected more seniors, but about 12 percent of Washington state residents between the ages of 18 and 44 were reported to have the condition. The autoimmune disease causes the lining in the joints to swell and eventually digest cartilage and bone. As the tissue degenerates, it usually causes the affected joint to lose its shape, causing a loss of range of motion and pain.

“One day I woke up, and I was so sick,” Froemke remembered. “I couldn’t move my jaw, my arms, my fingers, my legs, my neck. I was in a complete state of paralysis.”

She said the weight of her bed sheet felt like a house was sitting on her. Froemke was quickly diagnosed with RA, and she had to drastically alter her lifestyle to adapt to the condition. Read more

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Grace Leone Batterson

June 15, 2010

Grace Batterson

JT and Erica Batterson welcomed daughter Grace Leone to their Maple Valley home April 21, 2010.

Grace was born in Bellevue, weighing 8 pounds, 8 ounces and measuring 20 1/2 inches.

She joins brother Dalton, 2 1/2.

Grandparents are Duane and Jan Johnson, of Issaquah; Susan Batterson, of Renton; and Clyde Batterson, of Hoodsport, Wash.

Erica is a graduate of Issaquah High School.

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Sports Calendar

June 15, 2010

Adult Sports

Issaquah Alps Trail Club

June 19, 9:30 a.m., Greeway Days hike to Rattlesnake ledge, 4.5 miles, 1,300 gain. Call 823-0747 … June 20, noon, Greenway Days hike, Tiger Mountain Tradition Plateau, 3 miles, 200 gain. Call 453-8997 … June 26, 9 a.m., West Tiger 3, 9 miles, 2,600 gain. Call 837-1535.

Cascade Bicycle Club

June 17, 6:30 p.m., Eastside Tour, 20-30 miles from Marymoor Park East Parking Lot. Call 392-1347 … June 18, 10 a.m., Enatai to Tiger Mountain, 45 miles from Enatai Park. Call 206-722-7664 … June 19, 10:15 a.m., Ironhorse Trail, 40 miles from trailhead at Rattlesnake Lake. Call 206-522-3222 … June 20, 10 a.m., Greenway Days’ Fall City to Rattlesnake Lake, 35 miles from Fall City share the ride lot. Call 206-363-9964.


Issaquah Parks has open gym for volleyball on Mondays from 6-9 p.m. at the community center.


Tennis and friends – Issaquah Parks program for people 50 years and up at Tibbetts Valley Tennis Courts. Daily sessions from 9 a.m.-noon. Call 369-8332.


Cougar Mountain Trails Running Series holds third race of the season July 10 at 9 a.m. at Sky Country Trailhead. The race is 10 miles. For further information and to pre-register for the race, go to www.Seattlerunningclub.org.

Compassion in Action 10K and 5K runs June 19 at Margaret Mead Elementary School. Onsite registration at 7:15 p.m. Call 206-719-8764.

Alumni run – The second annual Issaquah High School alumni mile is 7 p.m. July 17 at the high school track.

The event gathers track and cross country runners who once competed for Issaquah. E-mail any questions to mile2010@pelemele.com. Read more

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Irvin B. Decker Jr.

June 15, 2010

Irvin Decker, of Issaquah, died at Gene & Irene Wockner Hospice in Kirkland on June 13, 2010. He was 75.

A memorial service will be held in McPherson, Kan., on June 26, 2010.

Irvin Decker Jr.

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Tastin’ n Racin’ brings on the noise

June 15, 2010

Unlimited hydroplane makes first appearance

The GP12 Homes & Land Magazine hydroplane (left) driven by Mark Evans, goes airborne as it overtakes the GP15 Fleur Auto and Truck Parts Happy Go Lucky driven by Greg Hopp, in the Grand Prix final June 13 during Tastin’ n Racin’ at Lake Sammamish State Park. By Greg Farrar

Perfectly in accordance with gorgeous sunshine, speeding and thundering hydroplanes took to Lake Sammamish over the weekend at the 2010 Tastin’ n Racin’ competition, an American Powerboat Association event.

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Police & Fire

June 15, 2010

Be true to your school

A leg was broken off of a table and a cap was removed from a light in the courtyard at Tiger Mountain Community High School, 355 S.E. Evans St., prior to 1:34 p.m. May 25. The estimated loss is unknown.


Police arrested three men — ages 18, 19 and 20 — for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the 1000 block of Cabin Creek Lane Southwest at 6:57 p.m. May 25.

Purse snatched

A purse and wallet were stolen from a vehicle parked in the 600 block of Front Street South prior to 10:49 a.m. May 27. The estimated loss is $75.

Here, kitty, kitty

Police responded to a report of suspicious activity in the 19200 block of Southeast 45th Place at 11:46 a.m. May 27. The suspicious person turned out to be someone hanging signs to locate a cat lost in the area.

Hemp threads

Police responded to a report of suspicious activity in the 1100 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard at 12:35 p.m. May 27. A woman believed she had found marijuana inside donated clothing. The suspicious item was not marijuana, and police destroyed it at the scene. Read more

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Arts Calendar

June 15, 2010



Village Theatre’s “42nd Street” through Aug. 1, Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., $19 – $59, 392-2202 or 866-688-8049 toll free or www.villagetheatre.org
Woodrush, 8-11 p.m. Stan’s Bar-B-Q, 58 Front St. N., 392-4551 Read more

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