Eastside Fire & Rescue provides sleigh for Santa ride through Preston

December 2, 2011

NEW — 6 p.m. Dec. 2, 2011

Eastside Fire & Rescue’s Reindeer Engine and Santa are teaming up to visit Preston from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Volunteers from Preston’s Fire Station 74 have been hosting Santa visits the past 15 years and asking for contributions to their food drive.

Every year, a fire engine is dressed with blinking Christmas lights and a banner wishing residents a safe and happy holiday season. Rudolph and his blinking nose have become so popular that EFR receives inquiries into his schedule through their neighborhoods.

EFR employees volunteer their time to drive through as many areas as possible during their busy holiday schedules. So keep a lookout in the areas of Preston, Carnation, North Bend, Wilderness Rim, Sammamish and Issaquah.

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Pacific Cascade Middle School presents ‘Willy Wonka, Jr’

December 2, 2011

NEW — 3:45 p.m. Dec. 2, 2011

The Pacific Cascade Middle School Players present “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr.,” at the school, 7 p.m. Dec. 2, 3 and 9, with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Dec. 10.

The play is directed by Kelli Jaeger, with musical direction from Joellen Santos. Choreography was provided by Heather Carlyle.

The play is based on the well-known book, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” by Roald Dahl.

General admission tickets are $5 at the door; $4 for students with a Pacific Middle School Associated Student Body card.

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Issaquah couple search for special lost wedding ring

December 2, 2011

NEW — 12:45 p.m. Dec. 2, 2011

On Nov. 29, Tami Johnson said her husband Tyler visited the Fred Meyer store in Issaquah. She admits the wedding ring he lost at the store can be replaced, but the memories attached to it are well out of the ordinary.

When Tami Johnson gave birth to twins in 2009, she had been pregnant for a mere 24 weeks. Deacon and Avigail weighed in at 1-pound, 10-ounces and 1-pound, 7 ounces. They were given only a 40 percent chance of survival.

“I am very fortunate to say that today they are healthy children with minimal issues,” Johnson said.

She later added Deacon is in therapy to help with some general motor skill issues, but otherwise both children are in good health.

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Skyline quarterback named Gatorade state player of the year

December 2, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Dec. 2, 2011

Skyline High School quarterback Max Browne, who hopes to lead the Spartans to the 4A state football title Saturday, has been named the Gatorade Washington Player of the Year.

Browne is the third Gatorade Washington Football Player of the Year to be chosen from Skyline High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Browne as Washington’s best high school football player. Browne now is a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award which will be announced later this month.

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Family LB heritage safe in hands of Skyline’s Peyton Pelluer

December 2, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Dec. 2, 2011

Back when Scott Pelluer was playing linebacker for the New Orleans Saints, he would occasionally play catch with a teammate’s son.

The teammate was quarterback Archie Manning. The son was future National Football League star quarterback Peyton Manning.

Pelluer and his wife, Kim, liked the name so much they named their youngest son after the Manning child, who became the first pick of the 1998 draft and a four-time league MVP.

As Peyton Pelluer grew up, genetics took over and he didn’t follow in Peyton Manning’s footsteps. Now a junior at Skyline High School, Peyton Pelluer is one of the top middle linebackers in the state.

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Liberty boys swimmers stroke to season-opening win

December 2, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Dec. 2, 2011 

Seniors Logan Briggs, Luke Duschl and Kevin Hays each won two events and swam on two winning relays Thursday as they sparked the Liberty High School boys swimming team to a 108-71 season-opening victory against visiting Interlake at Julius Boehm Pool.

Briggs, Duschl and Hays helped the Patriots finish seventh at last year’s Class 3A state meet. The Patriots were the second-highest placing KingCo Conference 3A team at the meet. State champion Mercer Island was the highest.

Because of Briggs, Duschl and Hays along with some other key returnees and promising freshman Nick Klatt, the Patriots are optimistic about this season.

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December 2, 2011

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Bake’s Place jazz club to move from Issaquah to Bellevue

December 1, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. Dec. 1, 2011

The Bakers’ “living room” is getting larger.

Bake’s Place is closing its doors after eight-and-a-half years in Providence Point following a final performance Feb. 14. Owner Craig Baker and his wife, Laura, decided to move to a bigger facility in Bellevue.

The right fit for the new location was with Columbia West Properties, owner of Pacific Plaza. The new location will be at 108th Avenue Northeast and Second Place in downtown Bellevue, across from Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar.

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Liberty boys basketball team shuts down Mariner

December 1, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Dec. 1, 2011

The Liberty High School boys basketball team switched defenses in the second half and it paid off Wednesday as the Patriots rallied for a 44-36 nonleague victory against host Mariner.
Liberty, 1-1 overall, trailed by 14 points at halftime. However, the Patriots surrendered only four points in the second half. In fact, Liberty outscored Mariner 16-0 in the final quarter.
Robbie Thomas paced the Patriots with 16 points. Ben Wessell added seven points.
In a nonleague girls game, Skyline lost to visiting Bellevue 37-34. Bellevue overcame the Spartans 14-9 in the fourth quarter. Megan Wiedeman, of Skyline, scored a game-high 17 points. Haley Smith contributed 10 points for the Spartans.

State land, including Tiger Mountain, is not open for Christmas tree cutting

December 1, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Dec. 1, 2011

Forget about cutting a fresh Christmas tree in Tiger Mountain State Forest or on other state lands.

The state Department of Natural Resources does not sell Christmas trees or pine boughs from state trust lands.

The agency manages forests on state trust lands and only allows timber to be harvested to help public schools, universities and other state institutions, handled through permits and leases.

“Heading out in early December to cut a Christmas tree is a family tradition for many,” Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark said in a statement. “Cutting trees from state trust forests isn’t allowed. These trees need to grow to build future public schools in our state, as well as provide wildlife habitat and clean water and air.”

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