Concussions have serious repercussions

October 12, 2010

Here he comes: the hulking middle linebacker. He cuts through the offensive line and jukes the blockers, heading toward the quarterback with explosive speed. The quarterback, now defenseless, has precious moments to brace himself before the defender pummels him.

The crowd flinches as the crack of the hit echoes through the stadium and the quarterback is whipped to the ground. For the linebacker, it’s a sack; for the quarterback, it’s a concussion.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies concussions as minor traumatic brain injuries that are the result of the bumps, blows or jolts to the head that cause the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. The motion alters the way the brain typically functions, according to the CDC. Read more

Flu shot protects against three strains

October 12, 2010

This year’s flu shot protects against three types of influenza: the H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and H1N1, also known as swine flu.

Flu shots combining vaccinations are not uncommon, said Virginia Mason Issaquah primary care doctor Ted Naiman, citing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Marjorie Eikenberry (left), of Timber Ridge, prepares to receive her flu shot at Virginia Mason’s Issaquah clinic from Maxim Healthcare’s Delnaz Pithawalla, a registered nurse, as Eikenberry’s husband of 63 years, Ralph (background), receives his. By Greg Farrar

“Every year, it’s got multiple different ingredients,” he said. “Basically, what the CDC does is they look at the strains of influenzas the year before that made people the sickest and killed the most people, and they use those to make the next year’s vaccine.”

Influenza, a respiratory illness, can cause a multitude of symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, fatigue or vomiting.

Most people recover in two weeks, but sometimes the disease has complications leading to pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus and ear infections.

Every year, between 5 percent and 20 percent of people get the flu, according to the CDC.

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Intense Eagles spike two KingCo victories

October 12, 2010

Rachel Roeder (6), Issaquah senior outside hitter, lofts a hit over Skyline’s Madison Stoa for a point during the first set of the Eagles’ 3-1 victory. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah beats Woodinville, Skyline stays unbeaten

Sometimes, final scores are a bit deceiving. The Issaquah High School volleyball team posted a pair of key 4A KingCo Conference victories last week and by the raw score, it appeared the Eagles cruised in both matches. Read more

Pink chair raises cancer awareness

October 12, 2010

Talking about breast cancer used to be taboo, but today, pink ribbons are treated with support and respect.

Now, a pink chair is sparking conversation about the disease, the fifth most common cause of cancer death. Read more

Standout receiver catches everything, even spotlight

October 12, 2010

Evan Peterson holds many Issaquah records

Evan Peterson never planned to play football.

But Issaquah High School’s standout receiver always gravitated to team sports, always wanting the ball in his hands or at his feet.

Evan Peterson, Issaquah senior wide receiver, breaks away after catching a pass in the Sept. 10 game at Liberty. Peterson is pursued by Liberty’s Brandon Ryberg. By Greg Farrar

On the baseball field, he pitched, caught and played middle infield. On the soccer pitch, he spent years as a forward, attacking the goal with Taylor Wyman, now an Eagles running back. Read more

District football teams roll on

October 12, 2010

All three Issaquah School District football teams had their offenses cranked up Oct. 8 and rolled to impressive victories.

Skyline, the 4A KingCo Conference Crest Division leader, defeated visiting Newport in an offensive battle 55-34. Issaquah, third in the Crest, rolled to a 48-3 victory against visiting Redmond. Liberty, tied for second in 3A/2A KingCo, crushed Lake Washington 63-7. Read more

Liberty, Mount Si battle ends in draw

October 12, 2010

The Liberty High School girls soccer team rallied in the second half Oct. 14 to earn a 1-1 tie with the host Mount Si Wildcats.

Despite the tie, the Patriots remained in first place in the 3A/2A KingCo Conference with a 7-0-1 record. Liberty is 7-2-1 overall. Read more

Issaquah’s art is on display at Providence Marianwood

October 12, 2010

What makes a city? About one dozen artists asked themselves the question in preparation for an artEAST show at Providence Marianwood that runs through Nov. 29.

Katya Palladina responded with the photograph of a glass Tokyo skyscraper reflecting sunlight, while Carol Ross painted a woman driving a moped on a newspaper canvas.

Carol Ross’ piece, ‘Commuting,’ will be on display at Providence Marianwood through November. Contributed

Some of the paintings have already debuted at the Collective Works Gallery, the showroom adjacent to the UP Front gallery in downtown Issaquah. Sammamish resident Janice King thought of the theme “What Makes A City” for a show in August.

She said the evolution of Sammamish inspired her.

“Sammamish is a new city and there has been so much discussion here about how we grow up as a city, what kinds of resources do we need,” she said.

She submitted a quilt exhibiting trees and homes, which highlights “the importance of keeping old-growth trees, even in the face of new development,” she said.

Other artists used the media of paint, photography, collage, glass, fiber and clay in their submissions.

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Sammamish Symphony starts new season

October 12, 2010

Before the start of every rehearsal and performance, oboist Dennis Calvin and Sammamish violinist Dennis Helppie play the A note to help the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra musicians tune their instruments.

Helppie and about 75 other musicians have rehearsed together since early September to prepare for the first of six performances for the 2010-11 season, a show titled “Famous Overtures.” Read more

Creekside students take Seven Habits program to heart

October 12, 2010

Annie Tang (left), Creekside Elementary School fifth-grader, and teacher Carrie Alexander learn Seven Habits to be effective. Contributed

Fifth-grader Annie Tang likes to play with the neighbors right after school. But since the new school year began at Creekside Elementary School, she has put first things first: homework.

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