Artist re-creates favorite downtown landmarks in handmade postcards

September 13, 2011

Jane Garrison, Issaquah landscaping architect, displays her hand-drawn postcards of downtown landmarks. By Tom Corrigan

Downtown Issaquah isn’t necessarily related to Jane Garrison’s duties as a docent for the Issaquah History Museums at the Gilman Town Hall Museum.

Still, it seems appropriate that Garrison can speak happily and fluently about the background of various downtown buildings and landmarks.

“I love downtown Issaquah. I love the buildings,” said the talkative and friendly Garrison, 70.

With an architectural landscaping business of her own on Front Street for roughly 25 years, Garrison said that after she retired she got to know and truly appreciate the feel of downtown Issaquah. Always having been an artist, one of her side projects included pen-and-pencil drawing of various downtown landmarks.

The spots she sketched include Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, the Eagles Hall and the salmon hatchery. Garrison initially made the drawings strictly for her own enjoyment. But now she has decided to use the sketches to create some very unique and localized greeting cards.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of the cards will benefit the history museums. The cards are blank inside, but one of Garrison’s 12 drawings appears on the front along with a history capsule about the location depicted.

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Performers reflect rich heritage through traditional Indian dance

September 13, 2011

Abhinay Fine Arts classical Indian dance ‘Kshetram,’ or ‘temple,’ dancers (from left) Lakshmi Sanjay, Supriya Unnikrishnan, Bhavana Kudikala, Preetha Anandh, of Sammamish, and Smitha Krishnan, of Issaquah, will debut their program Sept. 25 in Bellevue. By Abhinay Fine Arts

Issaquah and Sammamish residents are among those involved in an upcoming dance production that details the origins of five holy Hindu temples.

The production, “Kshetram,” features dance, music and poetry from India that weaves together the stories of the beginnings of five of the 108 temples dedicated to Vishnu, the god of Vishnavite Hinduism. The event is organized by Abhinay Fine Arts, an Eastside nonprofit organization that promotes classical Indian art in the Seattle area.

The production includes three different and distinct forms of Indian dance. Sammamish resident Preetha Anandh perfoms “Bharatanatyam,” a fast-paced dance with structured footwork that is said to represent fire.

Issaquah resident Smitha Krishnan performs “Mohiniattam,” a more fluid dance with facial expressions and hand gestures that signifies the “breeze blowing through the paddy fields” of Kerala, a state at the southern tip of India.

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Arts Calendar

September 13, 2011



The two-person show “Collage & Assemblage: Textures, Shapes & Edges,” featuring artists A.K. Anderson and Harold Nelson, runs through Oct. 15 at Pogacha, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

Village Theatre presents “Take Me America” through Nov. 20, 303 Front St. N., $22 to $66, available at the box office, 392-2202

Music on the Streets: Sub-Motive, 6-9 p.m., Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N.

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Issaquah man faces state, federal charges in ATM skimming scheme

September 13, 2011

Prosecutors said a local man arrested in Eastern Washington for collecting card information at a Pasco ATM is connected to a scheme responsible for skimming more than $500,000 at ATMs across the West.

Issaquah resident Mihai Elekes, 34, faces state and federal charges because prosecutors said he placed a device on a Chase Bank ATM to read customers’ debit and credit card numbers.

The state charge in Franklin County Superior Court is for the unlawful factoring of transactions charge related to the ATM skimming incident.

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Bellevue downs Skyline in battle of superpowers

September 13, 2011

Skyline senior defensive back Mason Gregory, senior defensive back Adan Lopez and senior lineman Joe Beattie (from lower left) bring down ballcarrier Dakota Jones of Bellevue during the fourth quarter. By Jim Simpkins/

After flying down and knocking off a California power Sept. 3, Bellevue players had a built-in excuse. The Wolverines had a short week to prepare and an opportunity to revel in the headlines and their national rankings.

However, this group came into Sept. 9’s game wanting to live up to its motto and take the next step in leaving a legacy.

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Schools’ girls soccer teams outline big goals for season

September 13, 2011

Sarah Leland (left), Issaquah defender, and Liberty forward Cassidy Nangle battle for the ball during a 2009 nonleague soccer match. File

Not to put any pressure on the Skyline High School girls soccer team, but after ranking third in state and at one point being ranked No. 1 in the country in 2010, some teams in the balanced 4A KingCo Conference might be out to get the Spartans in 2011.

Having lost eight varsity members to graduation, Skyline returns 11 key starters this year to fill some gaps left around the field.

While the 2010 team had standouts like Brittanee Randle, who now plays at Missouri, and Madi Barney, now at Central Florida, Skyline won’t rely on a few stars, but on everyone doing an equal part, coach Don Braman said.

“I look at it like it’s a totally new puzzle,” Braman said. “I don’t look at it like there’s new holes in it.”

The Spartans will look to some of its top returnees for leadership. They include senior defender Jackie Wilson, senior midfielders Maddie Christ and Nicole Candioglos, senior goalkeeper Tina Vargas — considered one of the best keepers in the state.

Vargas, bound for the University of Denver, recorded 14 shutouts last season. Wilson, Christ and Vargas all earned first-team all-KingCo honors last fall.

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Eagles blast by Ballard at season-opening meet

September 13, 2011

Stacy Maier and Kayla Flaten each won two events and swam on two victorious relays Sept. 10 as they led the Issaquah High School girls swimming team to a 102.50-71.50 victory against host Ballard.

It was the season-opening meet for both teams.

Maier won the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 20.67 second and captured the 100 backstroke in 1:02.52. Flaten took the 100 freestyle in 56.42 and won the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.04.

Both were members of the Eagles’ winning 200 medley relay, which finished first in 2:00.66. Kellie Langan and Kayla Foremski were other members of the relay.

Maier and Flaten also swam on the winning 200 freestyle relay, which took first in 1:47.89. Gabrielle Gevers and Foremski were other members of the relay.

Gevers also won the 50 freestyle in 27.09 and Langan captured the 100 butterfly in 1:07.26. Kaley Rohring, of Issaquah, took first place in the diving with 105.95 points.

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Skyline draws Oregon’s fourth-ranked Lake Oswego

September 13, 2011

The Skyline High School football team draws another strong team Sept. 16 when the Spartans travel to Lake Oswego, Ore., for a nonleague contest.

Lake Oswego is 2-0 and ranked fourth in Oregon’s Class 6A state poll. The Lakers are a perennial power, having won the Three Rivers League title six straight years. Lake Oswego has also been in the state tournament for nine straight seasons.

On Sept. 9, Lake Oswego defeated Westview 35-3. Quarterback Alex Matthews threw three touchdown passes to Stevie Coury. Twice the duo hooked up on 70-yard scoring aerials. Jack Greenburg also returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown.

Lake Oswego also has a strong running game led by Steve Long. He rushed for 110 yards and scored four touchdowns in Lake Oswego’s season-opening 49-28 victory against Central Catholic.

While Skyline is on the road, both Issaquah and Liberty open league play.

Issaquah plays Ballard in a 4A KingCo Conference game at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 in Seattle’s Memorial Stadium. Liberty opens 3A/2A KingCo play at home at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 against Sammamish.

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Issaquah boys tennis team wins home opener

September 13, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys tennis team finally got a chance to play a match on the school grounds Sept. 8 and the Eagles flew by visiting Garfield 6-1. Because of construction last year, the Eagles played all their home matches at Tibbetts Valley Park.

Issaquah won three of four singles and swept the doubles en route to its victory.

Evan Cheung, of Issaquah, won the No. 1 singles match with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Jared Storz. John Brendel and Matt Gonn, of Issaquah, teamed to take the No. 1 doubles match with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Andrew Schwartz and Jacob Wall.

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Liberty runners earn first place at state park

September 13, 2011

Tyler Westenbroek and Amy Broska, both of Liberty High School, finished first in their respective age divisions Sept. 6 at the 3A/2A KingCo Conference Cross Country Jamboree at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Westenbroek won the senior boys 2-mile race with a time of 9 minutes, 56 seconds. Teammate Nick Knoblich was second in 10:13.

Hiron Redmon, of Liberty, finished second in the junior boys 2-mile race in 10:23, and Aaron Bowe, of Liberty, was second in the sophomore boys 2-mile race in 10:25.

Broska, who helped Liberty win the Sea-King District title last year, won the sophomore girls 2-mile race in 12:02. Teammate Megan Larson was second in 12:06. Megan Chucka, of Liberty, was second in the junior girls 2-mile race in 12:09.

Allie Wood, Rachel Shaw and Michaela Chucka, all of Liberty, went three, four and five respectively.

Sarah Bliesner, of Liberty, was third in the freshman girls 2-mile race.

In the 4A KingCo Jamboree on Sept. 8 at Seattle’s Jackson Park, Issaquah freshman Ellie Clawson took third in 19:32. In fact, Issaquah’s top four placers were all freshmen. Ellie Hendrickson was next for Issaquah, taking 14th.

In the boys race, Skyline’s Keegan Symmes finished third in 16:22.

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