Judicial candidates prepare for Aug. 17 election

August 3, 2010

Voters will choose from three candidates in the Aug. 17 primary election for a King County District Court judge serving the Northeast Division.

Newcastle’s Donna Tucker, Mercer Island’s Ketu Shah and Redmond’s Larry Mitchell are running for the position. The county created the position last year to address a growing caseload.

The top two candidates from the primary will advance to the Nov. 2 general election — unless a candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary. In that case, he or she wins the election outright. Read more

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Project: serenity

August 3, 2010

Lowe’s volunteers beautify senior center patio

Courtney Jaren, executive director of Issaquah Valley Senior Center, steps out in the sun to admire the finished patio. By Sarah Sexton

A starkly undecorated patio at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center underwent a lush transformation July 10. Lowe’s Heroes planted geraniums, petunias, lobelia, marigolds and other basic plants that are colorful and easy to care for in pots all along the top of the walls surrounding the patio.

Generally small plants in size, it will be easy to pick off dead flowers to keep them looking fresh and to water consistently, given their exposure on the sunny patio. Lowe’s also installed a working fountain in the shape of a small girl standing on a little boy’s back, peering into a tall cylindrical bowl. The total cost of the project was $500.

Lowe’s did the project for free.

Gary Danberg, human resources manager, said Lowe’s gives away millions of dollars once per year to fund community relations and efforts, and Lowe’s Heroes is one of those projects. Each store is allotted its own amount of dollars to work with the community on a certain project. Read more

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City’s history comes out on DVD

August 3, 2010

Issaquah's Oral History Video Project

Six decades ago, Issaquah was a completely different city.

With fewer than 1,000 residents, zero traffic lights and acres of empty fields, the Issaquah of 1950 would be unrecognizable to those who know it today as the booming, fast-growing city of 27,000 people.

To tell its story beginning with the early pioneers of the 1920s, the Issaquah History Museums have partnered with the Issaquah Cable Station 21/61 to create the Issaquah Oral History Video Project.

The project includes 17 video shorts and 25 in-depth interviews with early, influential members of the community.

“It’s a really easy way to introduce history to people,” Issaquah History Museums Director Erica Maniez said. “History can be dry and unappetizing, but the videos are a way for people to tell the stories of their own lives. It’s a lot more personal and interesting.” Read more

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Under the union label lies compassion

August 3, 2010

District 751 MVPs and other community volunteers paint a house in Issaquah for the family of a recently deceased union member, James Glen Sr. Below, District 751 MVP Rob Curran helps clear a field adjacent the house. Contributed

Dozens of volunteers turned out to help clean up and paint the Issaquah home belonging to a family who lost their father and husband to pancreatic cancer in March.

James Glen Sr., a lifelong volunteer and philanthropist, purchased a fixer-upper just a few weeks before his diagnosis. An estimated 50 volunteers arrived April 24, which would have been Glen’s birthday, to help finish the job he started.

Glen was a handyman and known for his master craftsmanship; he produced “amazing pieces of furniture,” his wife Johnette McGrew said.

Many people said that there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do. He promised his family that he would turn the house into a beautiful home. After he became ill, working on the house was difficult, so Glen filled out a lottery application for the Bellevue Sunrise Rotary Club’s Rebuilding Together program. Read more

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Community Calendar

August 3, 2010


It’s Beat the Heat Day at the Farmers Market from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Aug. 7 at Pickering Farm, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. An Era Living cooking demonstration by Executive Chef Elon Wagoner is from 10 a.m. – noon. The Firehouse Fiddlers perform from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the market courtyard. BECU hosts a customer appreciation event.

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 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

Beat the Heat Splash Day, for ages 1-12, is from 1-2 p.m. Aug. 4 on the community center green. The fire truck arrives at 2 p.m. Fee is $2.

The Providence Point White Elephant Sale is from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7 and from 9-11 a.m. Aug. 8 at Southeast 43rd Way and Providence Point Drive. Money from the sale goes to fund activities throughout the year at Providence Point. Call 427-5728. Read more

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College News

August 3, 2010

Local students make deans’ lists

-Matthew Glenn, of Issaquah, and Charles Wang, of Sammamish, were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2010 semester at Washington University in St. Louis.

-Jessica L. Klein, a sophomore from Issaquah, was among the 784 students named to the Gonzaga University dean’s list for spring semester 2010. Students must earn a 3.5 to 3.69 grade point average to be listed.

Student named to Phillips Academy honor roll

Minymoh Anelone, of Issaquah, a member of the class of 2012, has been named to the honor roll at Phillips Academy, in Andover, Mass., for the spring term. To qualify, students must maintain at least a 5-point grade average on a 6-point scale.

Issaquah students graduate

-Laura Marks, of Issaquah, graduated July 30 from Azusa Pacific University, in Azusa, Calif., with a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies.

-Elisabeth Jeremica, of Issaquah, graduated in June from DePaul University, in Chicago, with a Bachelor of Music degree from the School of Music. She also was named to the dean’s list for the 2010 spring quarter. To qualify, full-time students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above on a 4-point scale.

-Brian Birch, a 2000 graduate of Liberty High School, graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine on June 5. Birch, the son of Chuck and Julie Birch, of Issaquah, will complete his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, in pediatrics.

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Providence Point White Elephant sale returns

August 3, 2010

Need dishware, children’s games or maybe just new art to hang on your walls? If so, the residents of Providence Point have got a sale for you.

The community’s annual White Elephant Sale happens Aug. 6-8 at its community center, 4135 Providence Point Drive S.E.

“We have some wonderful things,” resident Pat Gile said.

Items at the sale range from curious collectibles and kitchenware to linens, children’s games and fine art, she added.

“I don’t think there’s any limit to it,” coordinator Janet Elmore said. “I just brought home a lot of fairies — little, gorgeous, beautiful things this woman collected. But we also have magnificent kitchenware, including these very expensive coffee makers people get for presents, but after awhile, don’t have room for.” Read more

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Who’s News

August 3, 2010

MDA honors attorney with top achievement award

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has named Jessica Ramquist, of Issaquah, the recipient of its 2010 Robert Ross Personal Achievement Award for Washington.

Ramquist, 28, was selected for MDA’s highest achievement award in Washington for her determination to excel and her work on behalf of others with disabilities.

Ramquist has limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, which causes weakness and atrophy in muscles around the shoulders and hips. She uses a power wheelchair for mobility.

Ramquist is an attorney and federal investigator with the enforcement unit of the University of Washington. She overcame many physical obstacles to earn undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington, and her juris doctorate in 2007 from Seattle University School of Law.

Ramquist frequently speaks publicly about issues such as disability advocacy, antidiscrimination laws and achievement for people with disabilities. She also is very active in supporting MDA fundraising activities. Read more

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Couples falls short to Langer

August 3, 2010

Couples falls short to Langer

Bernhard Langer (left) talks with Fred Couples after the pair finished first and second in the U.S. Senior Open Championship Aug. 1 at Sahalee Country Club. By Christopher Huber

Even though he had all the crowd support he needed, Seattle native Fred Couples needed a miracle on hole No. 18 to have a chance Aug. 1 against the on-fire Bernhard Langer, of Germany, at Sahalee Country Club. A dismal mistake early in the fourth round of the 2010 U.S. Senior Open had forced Couples to play catch-up for the next 16 holes. Read more

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Long jumper sees goal postponed at last minute

August 3, 2010

On July 19, Jim Crittenden’s hopes of breaking the world long-jump record were postponed after he strained his hamstring.

That night, Crittenden, 60, of Issaquah, was checking his mark, making sure his step was on and he had a consistent run, he said.

He had warmed up and stretched, but on his final run-through, he said he pulled his right hamstring — the same hamstring he tore five years ago and has had problems with since.

Crittenden was no longer able to compete in the 2010 Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships for his event on July 23 at Sacramento State University.

According to the 2010 USA Masters’ website, Gregory Mimm, 62, jumped about 16 feet to come in first. The world long-jump record remains unbroken. Read more

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