College News

May 31, 2011

Local student graduates from University of PIttsburgh

Heather Duschl, a 2006 graduate of Liberty High School, graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh on May 1.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese language and literature.

This fall, she will pursue a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering at Duke University, where she has received the James B. Duke Fellowship, and stipend funding from The Pratt School of Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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County sets $5 as maximum fee for recharging stations

May 31, 2011

The cost to plug in electric and hybrid vehicles at King County facilities is capped at $5, County Council members decided May 16.

The ordinance establishes a per-use fee, and directs the county Department of Transportation to set a fee of up to $5 per use. The proposed maximum fee is based on maintenance costs, vendor costs and electricity.

“The $5 cap fee approved today should give the economic viability of electric cars a real jolt,” council Vice Chairwoman Jane Hague said in a release. “‘Green’ vehicles are the future of transportation, and providing commuters with a variety of practical options is definitely a good thing.”

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Transit prodigy mentors the next generation

May 31, 2011

Thirty years ago, Ted Day was a 10-year-old with an interest in King County’s transit system. By that young age, he had memorized all of the bus routes in the Metro system, and was featured as a transit prodigy in an article in The Seattle Times.

Matthew Neisius (left), an Issaquah High School sophomore, met with Metro Transit Service Planner Ted Day to discuss a future transportation career. Contributed

Fast forward to 2011, and the 39-year-old Day now works for King County Metro Transit as one of the agency’s senior service planners. It is a position that taps into his early passion to “fill in all the big spaces without bus runs.”

The Service Planning group is continually updating Metro’s bus system by adjusting the type and frequency of service throughout the county. It also leads efforts for long-range transit planning and integration of Metro’s service with other transportation agencies like Sound Transit.

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Photographer makes the familiar new again

May 31, 2011

If you asked LeRoy LaCelle four years ago whether his photographs would provide soothing images to patients at a clinic or a new hospital, he’d probably ask: “What photographs?”

LeRoy CaCelle

Now LaCelle, a retired industrial designer, has made a name for himself as one of the premier nature photographers on the Eastside. He has four photos on display at Swedish’s clinic in Redmond. He has made an Issaquah restaurant into his own gallery. And five images have been chosen for the new Swedish hospital, which opens in the Issaquah Highlands in July.

And it’s all because he got bored one day and started playing with a camera.

“I showed some pictures to some people and they said, ‘You should do something with this,’” said LaCelle, who retired in 2003. “My first venture was the Issaquah Farmers Market.”

When LaCelle opened his booth at the market he was an immediate hit. His work caught the eye of clients like Sean Quinn, owner of The Flat Iron Grill in Issaquah.

“I only have so many walls,” Quinn said. “He keeps going out there and he knows what I want. Eventually, I’m going to run out of wall space for him.”

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Off the Press

May 31, 2011

Veterans have earned their place of honor

I had tears in my eyes Memorial Day as about 200 people gathered at Hillside Cemetery to honor and remember veterans.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press editor

I’ve always thought that veterans got short shrift in some respects. But on this day, those who are living, those who have passed away and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice were the focus of young and old. Thank you to everyone who turned out.

I loved seeing the people, again young and old, who have served or are serving their country, lined up in front of the crowd. It always touches my heart especially to see the men and women who served in Vietnam and World War II standing up there, saluting the flag or standing at attention.

I hope you saw our second annual section — Lest We Forget — in last week’s paper. We are continuing to collect photos of and information about people from our community who have served in all branches of the armed forces.

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State appoints manager for natural areas near Issaquah

May 31, 2011

Tiger Mountain State Forest is under new management.

Art Tasker

Art Tasker, a longtime state Department of Natural Resources employee, has been appointed to manage the agency’s South Puget Sound Region — the area encompassing the state forest and West Tiger Mountain Natural Resource Conservation Area near Issaquah.

The region includes the state’s most-populous areas.

State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark announced the appointment April 28.

“Art is well-acquainted with the lands, resources, and communities of the South Puget Sound Region,” Goldmark said in a release. “He brings more than 37 years of experience with DNR to the job and has a deep understanding of sustainably managing the natural resources of Washington state’s trust lands.”

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Elementary science curriculum plan moves forward

May 31, 2011

The public is invited to review the newly recommended elementary science curriculum, material approved by the Issaquah School District’s Instructional Materials Committee.

The current elementary science curriculum, last updated in 2003, does not meet state standards.

The recommended materials are available for public review during regular business hours through June 8 in the lobby of the district administration building, 565 N.W. Holly St.

Public comment forms are available. The Issaquah School Board will review any comments before voting on whether or not it will approve the curriculum.

District administrators are still searching for money to purchase the recommended curriculum. Administrators had planned to purchase the material with money from the district’s reserves, but they abandoned that idea after the state unexpectedly cut the district’s budget by $1.45 million this year.

The Issaquah Schools Foundation, the Issaquah PTSA Council and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to raise money for the Elementary Science Initiative. The initiative has already raised $298,000 of the $500,000 needed to buy the curriculum. Donate at www.issaquahscience.org.

Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye

May 31, 2011

Only three years ago we were sophomores, entering the confusing hallways of Skyline High School, I remember looking up to the seniors thinking they were gods.

We all watched as they would chant “Senior Power,” demanded cheers at every football game, slacked with the infamous senior slacker classes and counted down the days until we would be just like them.

It’s hard to believe that after waiting all this time for my senior year to come now here I am counting down the days until it’s over. Throughout high school, every month, every week, every day and every hour seemed endless. But now as my final day approaches, it seems I can’t make time slow down.

I know every senior is excited to leave high school. But instead of rushing through our final days at Skyline, I think we should stop and make the memories last.

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Issaquah ballet studio presents ‘Don Quixote’

May 31, 2011

The Spanish lovers danced a pas de deux — a dance for two — enamored with each other even though the girl’s father forbade their union.

La Yin (left) plays Basil in the ballet ‘Don Quixote’ as he woes the heroine Kitri, played by Sabrina Schulbach. Photo By Laura Geggel

The father believed the young man, a barber, was too poor to marry his daughter. Luckily – or unluckily for them — the fate of the paramours rested on the actions of the ballet’s hero, Don Quixote.

The Issaquah Highlands dance studio MK Ballet is performing “Don Quixote” at the Meydenbauer Center Theater June 10 and 11.

Michiko Black, the studio’s founder, has spent the past year teaching her students the ballet choreography and sewing costumes for their big performance.

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To the Editor

May 31, 2011

Thank you

Community showed its true spirit by helping local family in its time of need

On April 26, Issaquah Press Reporter Laura Geggel wrote an article about my husband, local barber Mark Ashbaugh, and the medical issues he had been facing.

The article was respectful, informative and gave details about a fundraising benefit concert that was going to take place April 29, above Stan’s Bar-B-Q. The benefit was entitled Rockin’ and Rollin’ for Mark’s Colon, as my husband had recently had a bowel re-section surgery that brought with it some complications.

He was unable to work for several weeks, which turned into months, and our family of five was struggling. In addition, his voice was gone — as doctors had apparently paralyzed his vocal cords during one of the surgeries.

The community we live in graciously offered its support in the form of financial donations, meals and offers to baby-sit our three children. We were amazed by the outpouring of kindness! Our dear friends organized this evening and gave us the chance to get back on our feet, in many ways. There are so many people to thank and if I inadvertently leave someone out, I’m sorry!

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