Issaquah’s Siemens Building sells for almost $20 million

September 20, 2011

Hawaii-based A&B Properties, Inc. has acquired the Siemens Building for $19.7 million, the company announced Sept. 14.

The technology giant Siemens listed the 147,000-square-foot building along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast for sale in 2008. Siemens plans to lease space in the complex.

“This office building is well-located, approximately 16 miles east of downtown Seattle and in close proximity to the headquarters and offices of several prominent companies,” A&B Properties President Christopher J. Benjamin said in a statement.

A&B Properties is the fourth-largest private landowner in Hawaii. The company owns more than 87,000 acres, mostly on Kauai and Maui. A&B Properties’ holdings include development projects in Hawaii and mainland states.

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Newcastle resident walks to raise brain cancer awareness

September 20, 2011

Joe Dowell ran marathons, enjoyed riding a Harley and, at 60, planned to work as a marine surveyor after a long career in the aerospace industry.

Until a brain tumor cut short his plans for the future.

Daughter Kelly Dowell, a Newcastle resident, remembers her father as a healthy and vibrant man. The diagnosis of glioblastoma — a common and aggressive form of brain cancer — in late summer 2008 came as a shock.

“One of the biggest misconceptions that I had — and it really struck my family — was this notion of health. You kind of assume, a lot of times, that people who are affected by disease or terminal illnesses live unhealthy lifestyles — they smoke, drink excessively, maybe they don’t eat nutritiously or exercise,” she said. “But what was very humbling was, I’ve met quite a few people with brain cancer who are very healthy otherwise. Oftentimes, no one ever anticipates something like that. You never know.”

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Students named as National Merit semifinalists

September 20, 2011

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. has named 12 seniors in the Issaquah School District as semifinalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Nationally, some 16,000 students were named semifinalists. They represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors and were the top scorers on the 2010 Preliminary PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

As semifinalists, the 12 Issaquah district students have a chance to compete for 8,300 scholarships worth more than $34 million. To become a finalist, students show proof of an outstanding academic and civic performance in high school and must be recommended by their school principal. Future scores on subsequent SAT scores must remain high as well.

The Issaquah School District’s National Merit semifinalists are:

  • Skyline High School: Karsten Ball, Amy Bearman, Miles Blackwood, Shirley Chung, Clare McGrane, Brian Pak and Ashwin Rao
  • Issaquah High School: Michael Koho, Tsung Ling Wu and Steven Yang
  • Liberty High School: John Lorenz and Michael Payant
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Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank needs food drive volunteers

September 20, 2011

Consider helping the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank during the Eastside’s Month of Concern for the Hungry food drive.

The annual food drive runs from Sept. 24 to Oct. 22. The food pantry needs volunteers to pass out lists of needed items to shoppers at local grocery stores. Volunteers then collect the goods and deliver the haul to the food bank.

Organizers need groups to volunteer from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays throughout the food drive. Volunteers receive a location assignment, plus shopping lists, boxes and crates, assistance unloading at the food bank and staff contact information for assistance. Volunteers must have a vehicle to make several trips to and from the food bank and local grocers.

Call food bank Executive Director Cori Kauk at 392-4123 to sign up or learn more.

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Lake Oswego sinks Skyline 56-46 despite Max Browne’s passing record

September 20, 2011

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. — Mat Taylor’s message was simple. Skyline High School’s football coach told his players they needed to execute the little things if they wanted to rebound from the previous week’s loss to Bellevue.

For everything the Spartans did well on the road at Lake Oswego on Sept. 16, it was the little things that cost them in a 56-46 nonleague loss to the Lakers.

“We’re in an unusual situation,” Taylor said. “Skyline hasn’t lost two games in a row in as long as I can remember. The bottom line is we have to get things turned around.”

It was the first time the Spartans (1-2) have lost two straight games since 1998, the program’s second year.

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Issaquah Community Network seeks board applicants

September 20, 2011

The Issaquah Community Network is seeking applicants for its volunteer board of directors.

The state-sponsored organization is dedicated to supporting healthy youths, family and community.

Applicants should reside or work within Issaquah School District boundaries. Send a letter of interest to Executive Director Barbara de Michele, 580 Front St. S., Unit C-215, Issaquah, WA 98027, or by email to

In the letter, explain why you would be interested in becoming involved with the network and list other community activities and interests. A resume would be welcome. The deadline for letters of interest is Oct. 3. A knowledge or background in a human services provision, or working with young people, is desirable but not required.

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Invasion Issaquah: Encounter invaders from outer space at library

September 20, 2011

In the early 1950s, as the long shadow of the Cold War settled across the landscape, Hollywood used invaders from outer space as a stand-in for the threat posed by communists on the other side of the planet.

The anxiety underpinned “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and other sci-fi films from the Eisenhower era, some classic, others less so. Robert Horton, film critic for The Herald in Everett and KUOW-FM in Seattle, is due to offer a presentation at the Issaquah Library on Sept. 27 about the link between such films and Cold War paranoia.

The anxieties present in 1950s sci-fi flicks show “the way that movies reflect our culture and sort of tell us about our culture, sometimes even when we’re not paying attention,” Horton said in a recent interview.

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Issaquah Community Network offers grants for young people

September 20, 2011

Local programs to reduce homelessness and substance abuse among young people, as well as address other issues, qualify for grants from the Issaquah Community Network.

The organization is seeking funding proposals for projects during the 2011-12 fiscal year.

Leaders decided to focus on the following areas for grants:

Reduce youth substance abuse by increasing opportunities for positive social involvement.

Reduce youth homelessness by increasing information and support for local agencies helping homeless youths and families.

Reduce depression and risk of suicide by increasing education, detection, support and referrals.

Reduce adverse childhood experiences through training, public awareness, and support for healthy youths and families.

The organization supports local efforts to foster healthy youths and community. The most appropriate grant requests range from $200 to $2,000 due to limited funding.

The grant-funded services must be delivered within Issaquah School District boundaries. Eligible applicants must represent a nonprofit or government-funded organization, and meet the guidelines specified in the application form. The deadline for applications is Oct. 18.

Find the application and learn more at Contact Barbara de Michele at 391-0592 or to request a hard copy.

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Issaquah parents group forms Sept. 26

September 20, 2011

The nonprofit Program for Early Parent Support, or PEPS, plans to launch a new parent support group in Issaquah for parents of children 5 to 12 months old.

Known as Baby Peppers, a first meeting for the group is planned for noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in the meeting room of the YWCA Family Village at Issaquah, 949 N.E. Ingram Way.

The program allows new parents to get together, with their children, and discuss the challenges they face.

The first three months of meetings feature a trained facilitator. After that, parents are encouraged to meet on their own. Some Seattle-area groups have been together for 10 years.

The cost of the program is $155. PEPS offers scholarships to parents. Learn more at

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Community Church of Issaquah hosts fundraiser for Haiti relief trip

September 20, 2011

In order to raise funds for a missionary trip to Haiti in the spring, Community Church of Issaquah will host a dinner and talent show at 4 p.m. Sept. 24.

More than 600,000 Haitians still are homeless following the earthquake that struck the island nation in January 2010, according to the church.

Along with members of American Baptist churches around the region, volunteers from Community Church will travel to Haiti for nine days in April 2012. Their goal is to aid missionaries on the island in battling cholera, and helping with economic and educational development.

The dinner and talent show begin with an art show and auction featuring several local artists at 4 p.m. Dinner is at 5 p.m., followed by the talent show with entertainment from former Issaquah Philharmonic Director Duane Bowen, barbershop group Symmetry and karaoke.

The church is at 205 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W. For the dinner and show, tickets are $10 per person or $25 per family. Email or call 392-6447.

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