To the Editor

November 20, 2012

By Contributor

Schools fundraiser

Go All In For Kids this fall

I am writing to encourage your readers and members of this community to make a donation to the All In For Kids Annual Fund Campaign.

All in For Kids is the fall campaign (August through November) for the Issaquah Schools Foundation. The foundation bridges the gap between what the state provides and the dollars necessary for our students to succeed. The foundation provides funding for many programs, such as iPads for students with special needs, mentoring one-on-one and elementary science curriculum.

Foundation staff members and their extensive volunteers are an intelligent, dedicated group who are passionate about excellence in education. I feel privileged to volunteer my time for the foundation.

Please make a donation this fall. It’s the best investment we can make, ensuring our children obtain the skills and knowledge necessary for productive lives.

Ingrid Jarvis

Sammamish

 

Issaquah-Hobart Road

Problems are caused by traffic

Traffic is a serious problem on Issaquah-Hobart Road and has serious impacts on the environment. It is a two-lane road (one lane each way) with narrow shoulder lanes.

In the morning, the road is backed up to my neighborhood, Mirrormont. Nearby Highway 18 is very dangerous and many accidents occur.

Because of the frequent accidents, the highway sometimes closes. People who normally drive on Highway 18 go onto Issaquah-Hobart Road, creating even more traffic.

Once, my bus was an hour late because of an accident. The road was so backed up that we sat in the same spot for 20 minutes.

We need to find a solution to this problem. There are plans to widen Issaquah-Hobart Road into two lanes per side and improve highway safety, but lack of funding prevents action.

Issaquah-Hobart Road also cannot be widened because of Issaquah Creek and multiple tributaries. Animals need a safe way to cross the road. Problems are also caused because people ignore the speed limit, pass illegally, park on the side of the road and jaywalk.

People who live along Issaquah-Hobart Road sometimes have trouble getting out of their driveways. Cyclists often are forced to ride dangerously close to cars.

There are many possible solutions. Improved bike lanes in dangerous areas and off-road parking may help make more room for cars; enforced speed limits could make it less dangerous.

The wildlife problem could be solved if large enough tunnels were built under the road, or some other creative solution could allow animals to cross from the Squak Mountain-Tiger Mountain corridor.

I hope — and I’m sure other people do, too — these solutions are put into effect. It would make life better for me, other people and all those cute critters that will not have to brave the dangers of the road.

Suzannah Beeman, Issaquah

Maywood Middle School student

 

Museums’ 40th anniversary

Thanks to all of the volunteers

One hundred years ago, a cake was often the only thing that marked a birthday in Issaquah; otherwise, the day was like any other. This was not the case for the Issaquah History Museums’ 40th anniversary. Community members, descendants of Issaquah pioneers and other friends gathered to mark the event in a celebratory fashion worthy of the archives.

Cake was the centerpiece of the celebration. Friends of the Museums baked cakes using vintage recipes from the Museums’ archives. The recipes were challenging. Many did not include instructions; some may have been missing at least one essential ingredient. The bakers took on the challenge, producing truly delicious cakes that guests sampled and bid on in a silent auction.

Program highlights included music played by the Essie Blue band, a champagne toast by Mayor Ava Frisinger and a multimedia presentation. The presentation included quotes, stories and photographs from the Museums’ digital archives and collection of oral histories. Thanks to grants from 4Culture, ongoing support from the city and community donations, the material is available to the public online.

The event reflected the generous nature of the Issaquah community and its appreciation of the heritage that makes the city unique. I’d like to publicly thank the friends, volunteers and corporate donors that made the event so successful.

Our bakers included representatives of the Big Bear Book Club, Downtown Issaquah Association, Fall City Historical Society, Friends of Newcastle Library, Issaquah Parks & Recreation, Issaquah Schools Foundation, Sammamish Heritage Society and Seattle Tilth, as well as Carolyn Davis and Joel Klein.

I’d like to thank the city, 4Culture and Issaquah History Museums’ members and friends. Together, we will continue to collect, preserve and share Issaquah’s unique history to foster local pride, maintain community character and build a deeper sense of appreciation for this special place.

Erica S. Maniez, museum director

Issaquah History Museums

 

Park Pointe property

Join in to help the environment

On Sunday, Nov. 11, the Issaquah Environmental Council sponsored a planting party at the southern end of the Park Pointe property, now Issaquah open space.

Matt Mechler, the city’s open space steward, spent this past year attacking and removing blackberry brambles and other invasive, non-native plants. Volunteers got the fun job of planting native trees on the property that environmental heroes Ruth Kees and Maureen McCarry championed.

We want to thank all who came to help, and invite you and others to join in a spring planting, also at Park Pointe. Stay tuned for notice of that and other activities the Issaquah Environmental Council hosts, so that our natural areas and parks can be healthy for Issaquah’s citizens and wildlife.

Barbara Shelton, secretary

Issaquah Environmental Council

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