Overlake hosts local cancer-prevention event

June 14, 2011

One hundred and fifty people attended the Learn and Live Well Cancer Prevention Event presented by Overlake Hospital Medical Center on June 11 at Eastridge Church in Issaquah.

Garrett Knapp, doctor of physical therapy with Overlake Hospital, shares information about body mass index testing. By Jill Green

Participants visited booths and listened to presentations about reducing stress, making exercise easy, and helping prevent cancer and other chronic diseases.

Pam Rock, director of Overlake’s Cancer Center, said the hospital has a real commitment to providing education events to the public.

“Our hope for this event is to increase awareness of choices people can make to reduce their chances of cancer,” she said.

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Off the Press

June 14, 2011

Class of 2011, embrace life’s bungee jumps

In keeping with the tradition of previous years, this is the condensed commencement speech I heard from a student or adult at graduation that, in my opinion, stood out from the rest. Enjoy!

— Greg Farrar

Boyd Cottom, student speaker

Liberty High School

I’m not here to make some profound statements about motivation and progress for the rest of our lives; I was voted as class speaker to tell you about what high school has done for me, and hopefully what it has done for everyone graduating today.

At the beginning of my Liberty experience I was that kid who didn’t talk much, didn’t do much, wasn’t very funny, never joined in with anything and didn’t have that many friends, and that lasted a good three years. I spent most of my lunches in the dungeon of Liberty eating with people in the hall, watching the clock so I could go to my next class. Yeah, I was kind of a loner.

During those years, my mom was dealing with the end of a long and painful battle with breast cancer, and so was my Aunt Denise. Thankfully they both beat it, and that whole time my mom never slowed down, never gave cancer an inch. She should have been resting and healing, but no, she was up and about, weeding gardens and going camping with me and my sister. She told me during her fight that you never know how short life is going to be until it ends, so you should live it up for all its worth. And I took that to heart.

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Seattle’s Macklemore to headline Sammamish Teen Fest

June 14, 2011

One of Seattle’s most popular hip-hop artists will help kick off local teens’ summers June 17.

Seattle rapper Macklemore (Ben Haggerty) sings ‘And We Danced’ at a recent live performance. nazzteemusic.com

Macklemore, which recently sold out three consecutive nights at Seattle’s Showbox at the Market and performed at Safeco Field for the Seattle Mariners’ opening day ceremony, will headline Sammamish’s fourth annual Teen Fest.

Bands from local high schools will open for Macklemore, starting at 6 p.m. The event is only for students from Redmond, Eastlake, Eastside Catholic, Skyline and Issaquah high schools, and their feeder schools. Students must show an Associated Student Body card or student ID. No one younger than 13 or older than 20 will be admitted.

The event will also include a skate competition that will be judged by semiprofessional skaters. The event is open to boys and girls 10 and older.

The event will also include sumo wrestling suits and other blow up games, and a photo booth.

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High school students win 5th Avenue Theatre best acting awards

June 14, 2011

Tucker Goodman, a Liberty High School junior, accepts his award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a leading Role at the 5th Avenue Theatre’s annual awards June 6 honoring high school musical theater. By Sam Freeman/nwtnews

Two students from Liberty and Eastside Catholic high schools — junior Tucker Goodman and senior John Winslow — have landed the most prestigious acting awards of their young careers.

Liberty High School’s Goodman won Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role at The 5th Avenue Theatre’s annual awards honoring high school musical theater on June 6.

For the winning role, he played the Chairman of the Board for the Patriot Players’ performance of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” a musical based on an unfinished novel written by Charles Dickens.

This isn’t Goodman’s first nomination, although it is his first award from The 5th Avenue. In 2010, Goodman received a nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as Cinderella’s prince in “Into the Woods”

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Snarlin’ hydroplanes rocket across Lake Sammamish at Tastin’ n Racin’

June 14, 2011

Unlimited hydro hits 175 mph during an exhibition run

The Red Dot unlimited hydroplane wows the crowd, hitting 175 miles per hour on Lake Sammamish during an exhibition June 12. By Tim Pfarr

UPDATED — 10 :55 a.m. June 17, 2011

The faint roar of engines drifted across the city’s rooftops June 11-12. For unsuspecting residents, it was the tale-tell sign that the hydroplanes were back on Lake Sammamish, zooming across the water at frantic speeds.

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Health Support Groups

June 14, 2011

Eastside Alcoholics Anonymous hosts the following meetings Get more information at www.eastsideintergroup.org or call 454-9192:

Any Length: 8 a.m. Sundays, Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way

Issaquah Smoke Free: 8:30 a.m. Sundays, Issaquah Community Hall, 180 E. Sunset Way

One Step At a Time: 10 a.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Thursdays, 206-686-2927

Core Relations (men only): 6 p.m. Sundays, Issaquah Community Hall, 180 E. Sunset Way

Sobriety Life Line: 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way

Morning Buzz: 6:30 am. weekdays, Lakeside Milam, 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd. Suite 200

Issaquah Breakfast: 7 a.m. weekdays, Issaquah Community Hall, 180 E. Sunset Way

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Guest Column

June 14, 2011

The Mountains to Sound Greenway is a vital and important resource for everyone

As a college student, it’s easy to blame past generations for the rising national debt and any number of other problems my generation will be dealing with as we grow older. But in Washington, my parents’ generation did at least one thing right. Twenty years ago, a group of citizens came together to form the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust to permanently preserve open space in the Northwest.

Amazingly, a coalition of environmentalists and timber companies; developers and farmers; federal and state agencies; cities and counties; nonprofit organizations and businesses have worked toward a shared vision of promoting healthy, livable communities in our area.

The greenway’s 1,600 miles of trails, and hundreds of thousands of acres of forests and parks, have been permanently protected and now it’s time for the next generation to step up to make sure the greenway continues to thrive.

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Lawmakers to discuss legislative session in Issaquah

June 14, 2011

Meet more than a dozen Eastside state lawmakers June 21 as business groups hold a legislative wrap-up in Issaquah.

The event is open to all Issaquah businesses. Join lawmakers at Timber Ridge at Talus, 100 Timber Ridge Way N.W., at 3:30 p.m. RSVP early at the East King County Chambers of Commerce Legislative Coalition website, www.eastkingchambers.org. The cost to attend is $20 and includes light appetizers.

The wrap-up will feature a chance to meet informally with Eastside legislators, followed by a moderated panel discussion on issues such as the state budget, education, job creation, economic vitality, transportation, state competitiveness, regulations and more.

The coalition included the Issaquah chamber and nine other Eastside chambers to advocate for local businesses and job growth.

“Issaquah’s businesspeople are looking forward to meeting with Eastside state leaders to discuss our shared goals of job creation on the Eastside, regional/state competitiveness, education excellence and more on June 21,” Issaquah Chamber of Commerce CEO Matt Bott said in a news release.

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EFR emphasizes training during safety event

June 14, 2011

Eastside Fire & Rescue is joining other fire service organizations across the United States and Canada in observing the annual stand down for firefighter safety June 19-25.

The event’s theme, Surviving the Fire Ground, focuses on a firefighter’s situational awareness and personal safety during imminent danger.

The term “stand down” is a method used and recognized by the military to correct a problem. For the event, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the King County Fire Chiefs Association and other partners urge fire departments to suspend all nonemergency activity in recognition of the stand down and focusing entirely on firefighter survival.

The goal is to better prepare firefighters for daily activities. By incorporating federal regulations, proven incident-management best practices and other survival techniques, the training is designed to provide firefighters with the skills needed to improve situational awareness.

EFR firefighters recently completed live fire training at the Washington State Fire Training Academy. Starting June 19, the agency’s Training Division intends to focus on delivering survival-awareness training.

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Police cite motorists for failing to buckle up

June 14, 2011

Police issued 288 tickets for seatbelt offenses during a recent effort to encourage motorists to buckle up.

From May 23 to June 5, the Issaquah Police Department and other law enforcement agencies patrolled local roads at night, looking for unbelted motorists.

Overall, police issued more than 600 citations for seatbelt violations and other infractions. The citations included 192 cellphone and texting violations, 40 speeding tickets and two aggressive driving infractions. Officers made six misdemeanor warrant arrests, and issued 85 uninsured motorist and 24 suspended or revoked license violations.

Statewide, law enforcement officers and the Washington State Patrol wrote 6,681 tickets, including 2,994 seatbelt violations, during the patrols.

In King County, the Target Zero Task Force and local law enforcement agencies worked the extra patrols. Funding for the patrols came from a Washington State Traffic Commission grant.

“Buckling up is the simplest and most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in the car.” Kent Police Sgt. Robert Constant, South King County law enforcement liaison, said in a news release.

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