Dump leftover Fourth fireworks to avoid headaches

July 13, 2010

Fourth of July revelers should dump leftover fireworks, instead of storing the pyrotechnics inside a home or garage.

Fireworks should not be stored until the next fireworks season. Stray sparks could ignite fireworks and lead to disaster. Or the explosives could spontaneously combust.

Learn more about fireworks safety at the Celebrate Safely website.

“All fireworks purchased at a consumer fireworks stand should be discharged during the legal discharge dates,” state Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy said as Independence Day wrapped.

Safety experts recommend disposing of small amounts of fireworks by removing the fuse, and then soaking the fireworks in water until saturated. The waterlogged fireworks should the

Eagle Scout project improves ball field

July 13, 2010

At 8:20 a.m. on a typical Saturday, many teenagers are sleeping.

Not 17-year-old Daniel Olleman, of Bellevue. At that early hour June 19, the Interlake High School junior was hard at work refurbishing the Lake Sammamish State Park’s baseball field for his Eagle Scout project.

Olleman constructed and organized the project himself. Starting three months prior, he made detailed arrangements with the state park manager, arranged for supplies to be donated by Cadman and Home Depot, and distributed flyers to gather volunteers.

Chris Meyer, Daniel’s scoutmaster, said he believes leadership is an essential quality for scouts to possess when they plan their Eagle Scout Projects.

“These are very big projects and it’s very tough to get your initial idea approved,” Meyer said. “You also have to plan it, organize it, gather volunteers and find materials. The whole thing is about effective leadership.”

Renovations for Olleman’s project included pulling weeds and spreading new gravel in the dugout, replacing bench tops, planting new grass in the outfield, leveling out the infield, sanding the bleachers and replacing an old sign. Read more

The redheads are coming, the redheads are coming

July 13, 2010

The few, the proud, the redheaded got symbolic support from Sammamish Mayor Don Gerend at a City Council meeting July 6.

Gerend and the rest of the council proclaimed July 17 Redhead Day in Sammamish.

That’s the day local photographer Anne Lindsay is attempting to set a world record for the largest gathering of natural redheads at 2 p.m. at Skyline High School Stadium, 1122 228th Ave. S.E.

It’s estimated that only 2 percent to 4 percent of Americans are naturally redheaded.

Learn more at www.redheadsandmoreredheads.com.

Council postpones right of way decision again

July 13, 2010

The decision about how the city should handle a section of right of way near East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast has been delayed again.

The council held a hearing about the 229th Avenue Southeast right of way in May and June, but extended the process on both occasions to allow city staffers more opportunities to contact landowners.

King County required the developer to dedicate right of way for 229th Avenue Southeast in case the county or city someday decided to extend the street from south of Issaquah-Fall City Road to connect to Southeast Black Nugget Road. The city annexed the area a decade ago, but officials do not intend to develop the road link.

The right of way runs near the Boeing building — officially the Eastpointe Corporate Center — behind The Home Depot. The city also located the owner: Piedmont Office Realty Trust, based in Johns Creek, Ga. The property management company acquired the building in 2003.

City Council members heard from a Seattle attorney hired by the property owner to examine the process. The council agreed last week to delay the next hearing until September.

Feds study how county delivers service

July 13, 2010

The way King County measures performance could help governments nationwide improve how they serve residents.

King County has been selected to take part in a study regarding the use of community-level indicators by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The federal office has been asked to assess how public agencies, private organizations and other countries developed comprehensive indicator systems, and how the experiences could help the United States.

The office plans to release a report next year.

King County has a public performance management website called AIMs High: Annual Indicators and Measures. Residents can track the indicators, including crime rate and how long county agencies take to respond to incidents.

“Through our strategic plan process, residents told us what their priorities are and we are working to make sure our services match up,” County Executive Dow Constantine said in a news release. “It is gratifying that King County’s performance management work is getting national recognition as a possible mo

Crews raze 97-year-old First Stage

July 13, 2010

The curtain has fallen for a downtown Issaquah landmark.

Crews brought down the outdated, frontier-era First Stage Theatre last week, as Village Theatre readies to build a modern facility on the same site.

Foushée & Associates, a Bellevue contractor, started to disassemble the building in late June, and completed the task July 8. Before the teardown, workers salvaged material from the old theater to be used in the planned building.

A claw digs into the last part of the theater building.

Plans for the soon-to-be-constructed theater call for better seating, more space onstage and backstage, and a similar façade to the former structure.

Theater executives launched a capital campaign to fund the First Stage reconstruction, after they realized the extent of decay to the 1913 theater and shelved renovation plans.

Crews detoured pedestrians through wooden scaffolding built adjacent to the street for the duration of the project. The sidewalk closure runs through March 2011.

The first Village Theatre show — “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” — opened there in 1979. Until the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre — referred to as the Mainstage — opened, First Stage Theatre housed the Issaquah theater. KIDSTAGE and the Village Originals programs occupied the space after Village Theatre built the Mainstage in the early 1990s.

Who’s News

July 13, 2010

Three students raise $850 for three charities

Kaileen Dougherty, Amelia Meigs and Kim Bussing celebrate raising $850.

Kaileen Dougherty, Amelia Meigs and Kim Bussing, three incoming juniors at Issaquah High School, raised $850 for charity. They split the proceeds between World Concern, Haitian relief and ROOTS, a young adult shelter in Seattle.

They co-founded the service-oriented group Helping Hands, which has paperwork pending to become a charitable organization. They sold concessions at an annual DestiNation Imagination tournament, and recently received a letter from World Concern thanking them for their contribution.

Quilt artist participates in German show

Issaquah quilt artist Margaret Wolf is showing one of her quilts at Color Improvisations, an international exhibition of contemporary quilts, which premiered July 11 in Stuttgart, Germany. After Color Improvisations opens in Germany, it will travel throughout Europe Japan, and the United States. Learn more here.

Issaquah musicians perform at Disneyland Resort

Students from the following groups recently became stars of their own Disney show as part of the Disney Performing Arts Program at Disneyland Resort in California:

-Issaquah Middle School Seventh/Eighth-Grade Chorus, May 29 at Plaza Gardens Stage

-Issaquah Middle School Advanced Orchestra, May 28, at Hollywood Backlot Stage

-Issaquah Middle School Concert Band, May 28, at Hollywood Backlot Stage.

Dance groups, choirs, ensembles and marching bands from around the world apply to perform each year as part of Disney Performing Arts at both the Disneyland and the Walt Disney World resorts. Once selected, they are given the opportunity to perform at the resort for an international audience of theme park guests.

Millions of performers have graced the stages of the Disney parks over the course of the more than 25-year history of the program.

Issaquah Rotary announces new officers

The Rotary Club of Issaquah recently inducted new officers and board of directors for 2010-11.

Greg Tozer

The new club president is Greg Tozer, director of operations for Express Construction Co. Inc. in Bellevue. Tozer replaces Carl Peterson, of Minuteman Press in Issaquah.

Tozer has been a resident of Issaquah on and off for the past 13 years and member of the Rotary Club of Issaquah for two years. Prior to joining Rotary, he served the Boy Scouts of America in various leadership capacities for more than 27 years across the United States and around the world.

Youths volunteer to make Greenway greener

July 13, 2010

Chris Dreiblatt, of Issaquah, digs up some blackberry rootsJune 29 at Lake Sammamish State Park.By Christopher Huber

In a remote section of Lake Sammamish State Park, Chris Dreiblatt, of Issaquah, wielded a shovel and work gloves June 29. Out of school for the summer, he and other youths from the surrounding area uprooted, once and for all, scores of invasive Himalayan blackberry vines.

They spent the week learning about environmental stewardship and working to preserve areas at the state park and on Squak Mountain. It’s all part of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust summer camp program.

Dreiblatt said his parents told him about the program. Two days into the project, he liked it so much he decided to sign up for the entire summer.

“I had never actually worked in a group like this,” he said. He appreciates being outside and working with good people. “It’s everything I hoped for. It’s just nice.”

The weeklong program runs for nine sessions through Sept. 3 and is meant to get local youths outside and thinking about their environment, said youth event coordinator Christine Scheele. Although the group Dreiblatt was in spent the majority of its week clearing invasive plants, the 12 group members also learned how to identify various plants and animals.

“I think it’s a great idea and really helpful for kids my age,” Dreiblatt said.

They also get to hang out and play a little during the six-hour daily routine.

“Some of them get really into plant identification and bird identification,” Scheele said, as she worked with the youths to clear blackberry vines.

Matthew Fisher, a Sammamish resident who goes to International Community School, had done a volunteer project with the Greenway Trust in 2009, he said. He decided to do another week session, partly because he got 30 community service hours applied to school requirements, and partly because he gained a new appreciation for the environment. The projects are a lot of work, he said, but worth the time and effort. Read more

Community Calendar

July 13, 2010

Events

Fixin’ to get Fidgety The Fidgety Feet Jazz Band performs at 7:30 p.m. July 15 during the Wine & Cheese Social, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Bellewood Retirement, 3710 Providence Point Drive S.E. Call 391-2880 to RSVP. File

Get educated at the Issaquah Farmers Market from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. July 17 at Pickering Farm, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. At 10 a.m. is an introduction to hiking and backpacking by King County Search and Rescue. PCC’s chef Iole Aguero gives cooking demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The New Age Flamenca Band performs from 11 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church hosts free drive-in movie nights at 36017 S.E. Fish Hatchery Road, Fall City. “The Princess Bride” is at 9 p.m. July 16. “Hook” is at 9 p.m. Aug. 13. Watch from your car or bring a blanket or low-profile chair. Go to www.SVAOnline.org.

The Mountains to Sound Greenway offers Greenway Summer Camps 2010 for youths to play, learn, and help maintain local creeks and trails. Weeklong ecological restoration and trail maintenance camps are specifically designed for children and teens, and there is still room in most sessions. Each weeklong session runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Camps may fulfill community service requirements for school. Sign up at http://mtsgreenway.org/volunteer/youth/2010-summer-camps or call 206-812-0122. Sessions are:

-Session 5 — July 19-23, ages 16-18, Snoqualmie Valley

-Session 6 — July 26-30, ages 13-16, Snoqualmie Valley

-Session 7 — Aug. 2-6, ages 10-13, Lake Sammamish and Tiger Mountain

-Session 8 — Aug. 9-13, ages 13-16, Mercer Island

-Session 9 — Aug. 30 – Sept. 3, home schoolers ages 13-18, Squak Valley North and Tiger Mountain

The 22nd annual Chocolate, Wine & All That Jazz is from 5:30-8 p.m. July 22 at Boehm’s Candies. Tickets are $35. Call Adrianne Pavlik at 392-7024 or e-mail apavlik@issaquahchamber.com. Read more

Press Editorial

July 13, 2010

No summer complete without an election

Summer is a great time to relax, but in just a few short weeks, voters will need to get back to business and prepare for the Aug. 17 primary election. Many of us would rather be taking it easy and playing in the summer sun, but voters might want to take along the voters’ pamphlet for some lounge-chair reading.

Ballots will be mailed beginning July 28.

Voters need to keep in mind that among local and state elections, primaries are extremely important. Many of the most important decisions affecting county and state government will be made during the dog days of summer.

The election winnows the field among candidates and sets the stage for the November general election ballot. This year, we’ll choose from among 15 candidates for U.S. senator, and nine vying for U.S. representative for the 8th Congressional District. State representative incumbents all have challengers in the 5th and 41st districts. Northeast District Court judges will also be vying for your votes on the primary ballot.

Consider adding the primary voters’ pamphlet to your list of good summer reads. To get a jump start, the elections department has a copy of the primary ballot on its website.

Residents who aren’t yet registered have even less time to get involved. Register online or by mail by July 19 to vote in the August primary. Forms are online here.

Historically, voter turnout for primaries has been woefully low. The average election turnout in presidential elections barely tops 50 percent. School levy elections and primaries have even fewer voters. That means those who vote in primaries have a greater impact on the election’s outcome than voters in general elections. Your vote does matter.

So, pack the voters’ pamphlet along with the sunscreen. Embrace democracy by becoming a 1) registered and 2) an informed voter, and then be sure to vote when your ballot arrives in the mail.

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