Baskets and Buddies fundraiser is ‘hysterical’

March 29, 2011

Baskets filled with goodies — coffee and tea, flowers and gardening tools, and Italian food — will be for sale at the Issaquah Women’s Club third annual Baskets and Buddies live auction April 14.

Every year, the club hosts two big fundraisers: Harmony and High Tea in the fall and Baskets and Buddies in the spring. The club has already put its funds to use, donating $17,000 to student scholarships and 13 local schools and organizations, including the YWCA Family Village at Issaquah and Issaquah High School, at its March 3 meeting.

“I just think it’s a great venue to be able to give to the local charities that you may or may not have known about,” club member evé Martinez-Petrut said.

Baskets and Buddies starts every year with the creativity of the ladies in the Issaquah Women’s Club. Members fill baskets with themed treats, such as spa products, chocolate truffles or handmade quilts. Some women combine forces and create baskets together.

Issaquah City Councilman Fred Butler will act as auctioneer, much to the delight of club members.

“He makes the event absolutely hysterical,” club community outreach chairwoman Mary Mallett said. “I think lots of the ladies come just because of Fred.”

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Kiwanians offer help for stricken computers

March 29, 2011

Forget the Geek Squad. Bring ailing PCs to downtown Issaquah for some TLC.

Members of the Issaquah Kiwanis Young Professionals plan a free computer clinic April 2. The session runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gibson Hall, 105 Newport Way S.W.

Members can run hardware diagnostics, scrub machines of viruses and spyware, and conduct some performance tuning. The team can also offer advice and tips on buying a computer.

People should bring only computers and power cords to the clinic. The club has monitors, keyboards and more to plug in for testing.

The computer help is free, but club members accept donations. Funds raised during the event support the group’s community service programs.

The group is also offering free recycling for computers, laptops and monitors at the event.

The clinic is part of a worldwide day of service for Kiwanians. Members of the local club plan to scan documents for the Issaquah History Museums, remove invasive plants from parks and collect items for Eastside Baby Corner.

Issaquah Kiwanis Young Professionals formed more than a year ago as a spin-off of the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah.

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To the Editor

March 29, 2011

DownTown Issaquah Association

Merchant resigns membership over unwelcome leadership change

Greg Spranger and Michael Johnson are examples of individuals who are so passionate about their work that it is contagious. They created projects that they would do for free, and in fact did, until one day an association saw fit to compensate them a little for the countless volunteer hours they spent.

Front Street owes its entire historical restoration to Greg, without whom it would just be a run-down bypass on the way out of town. Music on the Streets and ArtWalk would not exist without Michael Johnson.

People like this are one of a kind. You cannot advertise their “position” and fill it on a 15-hour a week “salary.” I’m sad to say it, but I cannot see a way that the association will accomplish anything meaningful after the elimination of Greg Spranger, followed by the voluntary resignation of Michael Johnson. Downtown will not be the same, and that’s a shame.

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Wanted: gardeners and home improvers

March 29, 2011

Spring is in the air, and the longer days cause many people to consider gardening and home-improvement projects.

For upcoming coverage in the Home & Garden section, The Issaquah Press seeks Issaquah School District residents for pieces about the following topics:

– Does your home need a seismic retrofit to prepare for earthquakes? Have you undertaken any seismic upgrades in recent years?

-Does your yard feature any unusual plants — palm trees and other exotic species, for instance?

– Is a better mattress — and a better night’s sleep — in your future? Have you gone on the hunt for the perfect mattress and come back with tips and stories to share?

– Do you have experience in adding ponds or other water features in turning backyards into oases?

– The arrival of spring means the return of migratory birds to the area. What species land in your yard, and how do you foster a good environment for backyard bird watching?

– Do moles thwart your attempts to create a perfect lawn year after year? Do you have tips and stories to share about the battle of man versus mole?

Email your contact information to by April 6. Or contact us on Twitter @issaquahpress, or Facebook.

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College News

March 29, 2011

Local students graduate from the University of Idaho

The following students from Issaquah recently graduated from the fall 2010 commencement ceremony at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho:

Benjamin Lavigne, Bachelor of Science in accounting and doctorate in education; David Xiong, Bachelor of Science in business; Christopher Pelchat, Bachelor of Science in marketing.

Local students make Gonzaga president’s list

Kuylie R. Clark, Michael D. Johnson and Monica M. Zender, all from Sammamish, have earned placement on the president’s list for fall 2010 semester at Gonzaga University, in Spokane.

To qualify, a student must earn a 3.7 to 4 grade point average for the semester.

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Issaquah Eagles battle Skyline Spartans to 1-1 draw

March 29, 2011

Zach Lawless, Issaquah High School sophomore midfielder (left), gets an elbow on the neck of Woodinville junior defender Nick Norton during the first period of their March 24 soccer match. By Greg Farrar

When the Issaquah and Skyline boys high school soccer teams get together, it is usually a battle down to the final second.

On March 26, the two Issaquah district teams had another spirited battle that ended in a 1-1 draw in Gary Moore Stadium.

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Who’s News

March 29, 2011

Friends of Youth receives $20,000 grant

Friends of Youth recently received a $20,000 grant from The Seattle Foundation to provide general operating support.

Friends of Youth, which has an Issaquah branch and is celebrating its 60th year, provides a broad, comprehensive spectrum of shelter, housing, counseling and prevention services for young people and their families in King and Snohomish counties.

Bellevue College student wins award for interior design

Bellevue College student Anne Aristya, of Issaquah, won an award for excellence in Interior Design from the Seattle Design Center as part of its 12th annual Northwest Design Awards Competition, which celebrates the best of regional interior design.

Aristya took first place for her work in INDES 265 Design Illustration under the guidance of instructor Sandra Wilson.

Designers, architects and students competed with projects in 10 competition categories. A panel of local subject experts evaluated submissions through an anonymous process, measuring each project on the basis of proportion, composition, use of space, materials and appropriateness of the design solution.

This year’s categories were: bathroom, bedroom, commercial, hospitality, kitchen, outdoor living, student design, whole house (less than $400,000), whole house (more than $400,000) and yacht/jet.

More than 250 members of the design community attended the awards presentation at the Northwest Design Awards Gala.

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Skyline races to win first meet of the year

March 29, 2011

Skyline High School senior Kyle Branch didn’t even look like he was trying as he rounded the final curve on his way to a win in the 1,600-meter race against Woodinville.

Skyline High School’s Chase Premone (right) hands the baton off to Christian John during the boys 4x100 relay race March 24 at Skyline High School. By Christopher Huber

The standout distance runner finished way ahead of the competition, but afterward said he was actually trying to conserve energy for his next events, the 3,200 and the 4×400-meter relay.

“It was a nice, relaxed pace,” he said.

He finished in 4 minutes, 47.2 seconds.

His wins in the 1,600 and 3,200 (10:04.1) helped the Skyline boys to an 82-55 season-opening 4A KingCo Conference win March 24 against the Falcons. The Skyline girls also beat Woodinville, 88-62, despite lacking points from key returning players like high jumper Sydne Tingey, who was out with an injury.

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Ashlyn Raine Cerar

March 29, 2011

Jonathan and Jeanine Cerar, of Birch Bay, welcomed daughter Ashlyn Rain, Feb. 13, 2011.

Ashlyn Cerar

She was born in Bellingham, weighing 7 pounds and 9 ounces and measuring 20 3/4 inches.

Ashlyn joins sister Aryanna Jean Cerar, 2.

Grandparents are Charles and Jean Cerar, of Issaquah, and David and Mary Bryant, of Spanaway.

Great-grandmother is Dorothy Bryant, of Olalla.

Jonathan is a 1996 graduate of Issaquah High School.

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Issaquah baseball bounces back, coach gets 300th victory

March 29, 2011

It was inevitable that Issaquah High School baseball coach Rob Reese would get his 300th career victory this season. After all, Reese, one of the state’s most successful coaches, entered the season with 298. The odds were definitely in his favor.

With his youngest team in 17 years as Issaquah coach, Reese didn’t get those wins right away. Reese, who has coached three state championship teams, needed six games this season before hitting 300. He accomplished the feat March 26 when the Eagles defeated host Sedro-Woolley, 9-1.

After the game, longtime Issaquah assistant coach Steve Sanelli got the game ball after the final out and saved it for Reese.

How special was the win?

“Every win feels good,” Reese said. “I always like to win games.”

Reese attributed 300 to the quality of Issaquah teams over the years.

“We’ve had some real good teams here. Good teams,” he said. “That’s how you get to 300.”

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