Encompass hosts child emotional education class

March 1, 2011

How should parents handle an angry or frustrated child? Kerry Beymer, a certified Parenting Counts instructor and parenting education/family support manager for Encompass, will lead a free workshop in the Issaquah Highlands to teach parents how to help their children regulate their emotions.

The two-hour workshop will teach parents how to tune into their children’s feelings, use emotional moments as opportunities to connect with their children, respect their children’s feelings by listening to them respectfully, help their children identify, and name emotions and explore solutions together.

The evidence-based class is full, but a wait list is forming for a second class. Sign up at www.encompassnw.org.

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‘Next to Normal’ offers unfiltered portrayal of mental anguish

March 1, 2011

Something is not quite right about the Goodman family.

The bright and chipper matriarch, Diana, bounds to the breakfast table after a sleepless night to assemble enough sandwiches to supply a church picnic. Only, rather than the table, Diana uses the floor.

Alice Ripley (left) and Jeremy Kushnier perform in the celebrated musical ‘Next to Normal,’ a wrenching account of a woman’s struggle against mental illness. By Craig Schwartz

“Next to Normal” drops the pretense in the opening moments, as the Goodmans’ song about another ordinary day morphs into a call for help. Indeed, as patriarch Dan (Asa Somers) notes in the opening number, the family is “living on a latte and a prayer” amid the domestic tumult.

“Next to Normal” plumbs the mental illness afflicting Diana and unflinchingly details the corrosive effects the disease has on a suburban family. The subject matter sounds bleak and, no, the musical does not sugarcoat or recoil from the more unpleasant moments in the unending struggle against mental illness.

“Next to Normal” earned Tony Awards by the sackful and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Beneath the hardware is a musical unlike others in recent memory.

“Next to Normal” precursor “Feeling Electric” received tune-ups at Village Theatre in Issaquah. Village Theatre alumnus and Issaquah High School grad Brian Yorkey is responsible for the searing book and lyrics.

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To the Editor

March 1, 2011

Local news

The future of journalism is in good hands at The Issaquah Press

With reflection on remarks in the column “Future of journalism is not all gloomy,” I agree and I believe The Issaquah Press as a local newspaper is keeping the present and the future promising.

I tend to read this paper in the print copy delivered so reliably to my driveway every Wednesday, but I also check in on the Web to see the most current additions locally.

There are chiefly three aspects that make The Press something that I look forward to each week:

1) Your fine coverage of community events. This has contributed to some of those groups that I meet with, and you have made a difference with your focus.

2) The emphasis on our schools and athletic programs both in the news and also The Beat that features columns by our budding journalists here in the high schools.

3) The photographs and the pictures by The Press, and also inclusion of your readers. You encourage interactive connection with the community.

For these reasons and the commitment of you and your reporters, I believe the future of journalism is brighter. Thanks for your coverage!

Rosemary Fahey


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Rotary Club honors students of the month

March 1, 2011

The Rotary Club of Issaquah recently honored the following seniors as its students of the month for February.

Isabelle Chu

Isabelle Chu

-School: Issaquah High School

-Category of recognition: music

-Parents: Lawrence and Janet Chu

-Sponsoring teacher: Doug Longman

-Achievements: 4.0 grade point average, National Merit commended status

-Athletics: two black belts in martial arts

-Activities: principal cellist of the Evergreen Philharmonic and formal principal of Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra; second in state for large ensemble (2009)

-Scholastic activities: biology (and pursue that in college); National Honor Society executive board

-Hobbies: playing cello in orchestra and small ensemble/chamber groups; photography, fashion and traveling

-Outside school affiliations: Universal Energy Martial Arts; Eastside Chamber Choir and Orchestra; Sapor Dei Quartet; volunteer at Clark Elementary School

-Future goals: attend a four-year liberal arts college; dream school is Amherst or Princeton; still undecided on a career

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Hunter, Gilkyson

March 1, 2011

Amy Lee Hunter and Ralph Gilkyson, both of Issaquah, announced their engagement to be married July 9 at Issaquah Foothills Baptist Church.

The bride-to-be, the daughter of Linda and Hunter Jackson, of Stanwood, is a graduate of Interlake High School.

The future groom is the son of Trudy Gilkyson, of California.

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Spartans’ season ends on loss to Wolves

March 1, 2011

Skyline loses in first round of Region 3 playoffs, 64-54, to South Kitsap

By Greg Farrar Allie Wyszynski (left), Skyline High School junior post, drives past Maile Keanu, of South Kitsap, during their 4A state tournament game.

There was one word the Skyline High School girls basketball team did not believe in — quit.

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Trio of Patriots make 3A All-KingCo

March 1, 2011

The Liberty High School girls basketball program had one of its best seasons in several years this winter.

Among the reasons for the Patriots’ success were the contributions of Danni Sjolander, Aspen Winegar and Halie Ericksen.

Danni Sjolander, Liberty senior forward, puts up a shot against Juanita Feb. 8 at the KingCo 3A basketball tournament. By Greg Farrar

All three Liberty players received post-season honors at they led the Patriots to a 15-10 record.

Sjolander was selected to the 3A/2A All-KingCo Conference girls first team. Winegar and Ericksen were picked for the second team.

The trio helped the Patriots reach the 3A Sea-King District Tournament. Liberty had a 9-5 record in league play and tied for third place.

Sjolander, a 6-foot-1 senior, led the Patriots in scoring by averaging 13.1 points per game. She also averaged 2.1 assists, 2.6 blocks, 7.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals.

“She had a good year,” Liberty coach Randy Leifer said. “She was really the leader of our team.”

Sjolander, a three-year starter, had three games where she scored 20 or more points. She had a season-high game against Mercer Island in December. Sjolander, who ranked third in league scoring, was a versatile player on offense.

“She can shoot both the outside shot and post up,” Leifer said.

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Maddey Pflaumer is named 4A KingCo Player of the Year

March 1, 2011

Maddey Pflaumer, Issaquah senior forward, scores two of her game-high 20 points Jan. 28 against Eastlake High School. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High School girls basketball team could always count on Maddey Pflaumer this season. Whether she played forward or point guard, the 5-foot-11 senior always gave the Eagles her best.

Pflaumer’s efforts were noticed by other 4A KingCo Conference coaches, too. When the league’s coaches got together to select the all-conference team, Pflaumer was chosen as the 4A KingCo’s Player of The Year.

“She did a fantastic job for us this year,” Issaquah coach Kathy Gibson said. “When I called her to tell her she was selected as MVP, she was surprised.”

The fact Pflaumer was selected to the all-league team wasn’t a huge surprise to others; she was regarded as one of KingCo’s top returning players when the season began. Pflaumer was selected to the all-league first team as a junior, and prior to this season, signed a national letter of intent to play for Seattle Pacific University.

But Pflaumer was given new responsibilities at mid-season when senior point guard Blaire Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury. Pflaumer was switched to point guard.

“Maddey really stepped up and carried us. She wasn’t a true point guard, but she did what we needed her to do. She really rose to the occasion,” Gibson said. “Other coaches in the league recognized her performance.”

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College News

March 1, 2011

Local student makes ONU dean’s list

Benjamin Miller, of Issaquah, was named to the dean’s list at Olivet Nazarene University, in Bourbonnais, Ill., during the fall 2010 semester.

To qualify, a student must have attained a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 grading scale.

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Scavenger Hunt

March 1, 2011

Where's the potato?

In honor of Village Theatre’s new musical comedy “Iron Curtain,” opening March 17, Village Theatre is launching a scavenger hunt.

Village Theatre will post a photo of a potato in seven iconic Issaquah locations for the next seven Tuesdays on its Facebook page.

Figure out where that location is, take your own photo with a potato of your choice (receive extra points for style) and post it to Village Theatre’s Facebook page.

Clues to the potato’s location will be posted every Wednesday through Friday. Those who post their photo in the correct location first will win a pair of free tickets to see “Iron Curtain.” Everyone who posts will be entered to win a pair of season tickets. Get more info at www.villagetheatre.org/iron_curtain_scavengerhunt.php.

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