Peggy Rigden Davis

April 5, 2011

Peggy Davis, of Issaquah, died at Briarwood Health Center in Issaquah on Sunday, March 20, 2011. She was 80 years old.

Peggy Davis

A celebration of her life will be from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday April 20, at Timber Ridge at Talus, 100 Timber Ridge Way N.W., Issaquah. Her ashes will be her scattered at home in her beloved England later this summer, with her brothers and sisters in attendance.

Peggy was born in the seaside town of Ramsgate on England’s southeast coast in 1930. She lived through the daily horrors of World War II as a young teen, an experience that greatly shaped her approach to life. Later, after the war, she developed a passion for travel, frequenting the beaches of Spain and her favorite city, Paris. In her hometown, she was perhaps best known, even to this day, as an “Aqua Lovely,” a troupe of beauty queen goodwill ambassadors promoting Ramsgate’s summer tourism festivities.

In the mid-1950s she met Paul, her future husband, while he was working with the British and U.S. air forces. Peggy left Ramsgate to marry Paul in 1958 and never returned to England to live.

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James E. MacKerrow

April 5, 2011

James E. MacKerrow, 62, died March 29, 2011, with his family by his side.

James MacKerrow

Born July 22, 1948, in Myrtle Point, Ore., son of Gordon and Dorothy MacKerrow, Jim graduated from Myrtle Point High School in 1966. After living in the Northwest, Jim and his wife Nancy settled in Redmond. He worked in the office products/supply business for 41 years.

He was a loving husband, dad, papa and friend. He cherished time with his family and friends whom he continued to make wherever he went. Some of Jim’s favorite pastimes were his love of the outdoors, which included golfing, boating, fishing, and spending time at the lake in Mason County. Jim will be remembered for his endless hard work, honesty, values and optimism toward life.

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Ingjerd M. Tall

April 5, 2011

Ingjerd M. Tall of Issaquah, loving mom to Donna, Joseph and David, died April 2, 2011 at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue. She was 80.

Services are pending. Friends are invited to view a full obituary, photos and directions at

Arrangements are entrusted to Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory.

Sarah May Wilson

April 5, 2011

Sarah May Wilson was born Sept. 17, 1920 in Deer Lodge, Mont., to Herbert Wright and Daisy Bell Miller. She was the oldest of eight children.

She lived in Snoqualmie and graduated from Snoqualmie High School in 1939. She was preceded in death by three husbands, sister Rosie Albertsen, brother Herb Miller and son Dean Wilson. Survived by sisters June Gunderson, Georgia Kramer, Sharon Posey, Lynn and Dorothy Miller, and brother Frank Miller, and also by children Monte, Helen, Lavalle, Kathy, and Ada Wilson, and Twyla and Dick Palmtier. At her request there will be no service.

Betty Mae Fulton

April 5, 2011

Betty Fulton of Issaquah, Washington, loving mom to Carol, Dick, Liz and Jack, died March 25, 2010 in Kent.  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 9 at Flintoft’s Funeral Home in Issaquah. Friends are invited to view a full obituary, photos and directions at


Ben & Jerry’s celebrates Free Cone Day on April 12

April 5, 2011

Score a scoop of Chubby Hubby or Clusterfluff for free April 12, as Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop celebrates Free Cone Day.

Head to the Issaquah Highlands shop, 1011 N.E. High St., Suite 103, between noon and 8 p.m. and receive a complimentary ice cream cone. The day is a chance for Ben & Jerry’s — and local shop owner Mark Mullet — to offer a thank-you to customers.

The day is also a chance to celebrate 33 years of scooping the chunkiest, funkiest ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet. Ben & Jerry’s is encouraging customers to pick a classic flavor or sample something brand new, like Clusterfluff. The flavor features peanut butter ice cream with caramel clusters, peanut butter and marshmallow swirls.

Spring is no time to break for Whitman volunteers

April 5, 2011

More than 50 students help Pomegranate Center projects around the United States

During spring break, some students go to Cabo San Lucas, while others go skiing at Lake Tahoe and some go home, bumming around and watching TV.

Whitman College students Ngan Huynh (left), Shannon Morrissey, Sarah Adler, Diana Boesch and Jeremy Kotler use acrylic paints to decorate a Tacoma bus shelter with a Milky Way design at Issaquah’s Pomegranate Center. By Laura Geggel

More than 50 students from Whitman College chose to volunteer, heading to places near and far — from Issaquah to New Orleans — helping communities with local projects.

For the second consecutive year, a group of Whitman students drove about 250 miles from Walla Walla to Issaquah to volunteer at the Pomegranate Center, a nonprofit organization that helps communities create public art and community gathering spaces.

The students said volunteering with the Pomegranate Center exposed them to new ideas.

“Volunteering has allowed me to use art to bring people together,” Jeremy Kotler said.

His classmate, Diana Boesch, said it gave her an excuse to expand her world.

“Volunteering, in general, is a great way to get out of your bubble and get into the community and give back,” she said.

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Science fair offers lessons about earth, space

April 5, 2011

Vikram Chennai shows different fabric combinations in a science experiment to find out what would keep astronauts warmer. He won a best-in-classroom ribbon at Cascade Ridge Elementary School’s science fair. By Greg Farrar

For Cascade Ridge Elementary School’s annual science fair, fifth-grader Vikram Chennai wanted to know what materials would work best for an astronaut suit.

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Who’s News

April 5, 2011

Sammamish woman honored

Joan Robinson-Berry, of Sammamish, recently received the National Society of Black Engineers’ Golden Torch Award for Outstanding Woman in Technology.

Robinson-Berry is the small business liaison officer for The Boeing Co. and director of Small/Diverse Business & Strategic Alliance for Boeing Defense, Space & Security.

The Golden Torch Award is presented to individuals who demonstrate the highest commitment to the ideals set forth in the NSBE mission — to develop culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically and succeed professionally while contributing to their communities.

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College News

April 5, 2011

Sammamish student receives EWU scholarship

Courtney Duda, of Sammamish, has been awarded $3,500 through the Academic Honors Scholarship for the 2011-12 academic year at Eastern Washington University.

The award is given to a new freshman student who maintains a 3.7 or above grade point average and demonstrates outstanding academic merit.

Duda will graduate this year from Skyline High School, where she plays volleyball and is involved in club volleyball, symphony orchestra and the National Honor Society.

She, the daughter of Rebecca and Greg Duda, of Sammamish, plans to attend EWU in the fall, studying pre-physical therapy exercise science.

Local students make deans’ lists

Christie Landrie, a 2010 Issaquah High School graduate, was named to the dean’s list at California State University, Chico, for the fall 2010 semester, having attained a 3.5 or better grade point average.

Charles Yicong Wang, of Sammamish, was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2010 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Wang is a graduate of Skyline High School and is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts & Sciences. To qualify, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units.

Jason Ken Yakabu, of Bellevue, was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2010 semester for the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Yakabu is a graduate of Issaquah High School. To qualify, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.6 or higher and be enrolled in at least 12 graded units.

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