George Fischer, former co-owner of Fischer Meats, dies at age 82

April 3, 2012

George Fischer visits Fischer Meats as a guest of honor to help his former business celebrate its 100th anniversary during an open house celebration Nov. 21, 2010. Contributed

George Fischer, 82, best known for decades of tending the counter at Fischer Meats on Issaquah’s Front Street, died March 26 at the Aegis of Issaquah assisted living facility.

Advertised as one of Issaquah’s oldest businesses, Fischer Meats celebrated its 100th birthday in 2010. George and brother Nick took over the business from their father in the 1950s. They sold the shop to current owners Chris and Jacque Chiechi in 1981. Chris Chiechi said George Fischer stayed with the shop and helped run the meat counter for about another 15 years.

“He was a big man, but he had a very kind heart,” Chiechi said.

The original Fischer Meats was started by his grandfather and sat outside of downtown, said Geoff Fischer, one of George’s two sons. Geoff said the store quickly relocated to its current spot on Front Street. For a time, the family also owned a slaughterhouse in the area.

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Issaquah School District files for extension on new state civics requirement

April 3, 2012

With the approval of the school board, the Issaquah School District has filed for a two-year exemption from new graduation requirements put in place by the Washington State Board of Education.

The new state rules specifically spell out the social studies credits students in the graduating class of 2016 will need in order to take home a diploma.

For Issaquah schools, the biggest hurdle seems to be a requirement for .5 credit hours of civics: voting rules and so on. The district already meets other requirements, such as credits of Washington history and government.

Until February, the district thought it could embed the .5 in civics inside an existing class, said Patrick Murphy, executive director of secondary education for the district. State officials informed the district the civics class must be a separate course, Murphy added.

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Wanted: Locals’ 1962 Seattle World’s Fair memories

April 3, 2012

April 21 marks 50 years since the Century 21 Exposition opened — and transformed the Puget Sound region.

Though the fair unfolded 17 miles east, on the Seattle Center grounds, Issaquah residents headed to the expo in hordes.

Some Issaquah residents spent a summer working at the fair. Many more residents crossed Lake Washington to experience the fair’s futuristic fun.

Issaquah also greeted travelers as the Century 21 Exposition at a tourism station along U.S. Route 10, a precursor to Interstate 90.

Now, as the fair’s 50th anniversary approaches, The Issaquah Press is seeking Century 21 memories from local residents for upcoming coverage of the milestone.

Email your contact information to by April 18, or contact the newspaper on Twitter at, or on Facebook at

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King County mails ballots for April 17 election

April 3, 2012

Ballots should start to appear in Issaquah School District voters’ mailboxes in the days ahead.

The electorate faces a choice on a $219 million school construction bond in the April 17 election. (The school district stretches from Preston to Newcastle, and from Sammamish to Renton.)

Issaquah School District officials opted not to pay to include a voters’ pamphlet alongside ballots.

“Vote and return your ballot as soon as possible,” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a statement. “The earlier voters return their ballots to the elections department, the better. We check every voter’s signature before opening the ballots and have a limited amount of time to contact voters if there are any issues to correct.”

Voters can return completed ballots at a drop box or through the mail. Mailed ballots require a 45-cent first-class stamp.

The elections office opened a ballot drop box at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way. The ballot drop box in Issaquah and other locations countywide remain open until 8 p.m. April 17.

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Send veterans photos for memorial section

April 3, 2012

Memorial Day seems a long way off, but it will be here before you know it. This year, The Issaquah Press will print its third annual veterans section — Lest We Forget.

We want your photos and information, veterans. If someone in your family was a veteran, but he or she has passed away, we still want to include him or her. It is important for us to honor and remember all local veterans, living or deceased.

If you have already sent your photo and information to us, you don’t need to do so again. We keep them on file.

Fill out your form at and email your photo to

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Exploring the wonders of the universe at schools’ science fairs

April 3, 2012

Exploding soda, solar systems and floating eggs add to experience

Aiden Sparks (right) looks over his battery-powered fan and light project at the Endeavour Elementary School science fair with friend Aiden Hong. By Tom Corrigan

Which type of popcorn maker pops the tastiest corn the fastest?

What happens when various items are placed into a microwave?

Will an egg float in salt water or fresh water?

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Rotary Club of Issaquah honors students of the month

April 3, 2012

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

Isaac Hurlocker

School: Tiger Mountain Community High School

Isaac Hurlocker

Category of recognition: outstanding senior

Sponsoring teacher: Sheila Thacker

Scholastic achievements: a “shoo-in” for winning the Tiger Mountain reading competition

Activities: running for class president

Scholastic interests: reading a lot; history, especially the world wars and Greek mythology

Hobbies: read, hang out with friends and hike — rain, sun or snow

Outside school affiliation: works at the Yisley’s Christmas Tree Farm

Future goals: plans to attend Evergreen State College

Career: undecided

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Liberty Patriots get in the win column with back-to-back victories

April 3, 2012

Colton Ronk (23), Liberty High School sophomore midfielder, has the ball pop between his legs in front of him, at the same time he splits between Sammamish High School forwards Tommy Danielsen (left) and Miguel Hernandez. Using the confusion in the next seconds, Ronk scored the double-overtime goal for the 1-0 win. By Greg Farrar

After dropping games against Hazen, Redmond, Mount Si and Bellevue high schools to open the Liberty boys soccer season, the Patriots knew they were due for a win.

With two halves played and less than a minute to go in a double overtime matchup March 27 at Sammamish High School, it looked like the Patriots might have to settle for the tie.

Not on sophomore midfielder Colton Ronk’s watch.

With seconds to spare, Ronk knocked in an unassisted goal — his first this year — and gave Liberty its first win this season.

“We deserved this,” he said. “It feels really great to finally get a win. We have to continue to work really hard in practice and finish well in games.”

Liberty’s junior goalkeeper Nate Mak achieved his first shutout of the season by squashing several attempted offensive strikes from the Totems, who already scored 11 goals in their first three games of the season.

Liberty racked up another successful matchup March 30 in a 2-1 conference win over Lake Washington with two goals scored by senior Scott McLaren, one with an assist from senior Zach Lentini 55 minutes into the game and the other with an assist from junior Oliver Janders 79 minutes into the contest.

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Spartans take Eastlake 4-3 in plateau baseball matchup

April 3, 2012

If Sammamish was only allotted one sunny afternoon last week, March 26 was the perfect pick as plateau baseball fans gathered in the sunshine to watch the Skyline High School Spartans edge out the Eastlake High School Wolves, 4-3.

Both teams entered the contest having been successful so far in the beginning of what looks like to be a solid season of league play.

Playing “4A KingCo in any sport is tough, but especially in baseball. There is no game you go into thinking, ‘We have the advantage,’” Skyline coach Chris Tamminen said. “A lot of the teams are right there with each other. Each game is going to be a battle. It’s going to come down to who can play in the clutch.”

The Spartans led 3-0 most of the game by grabbing a run in the second, third and fourth innings.

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Wedding: Sambrook, Fetterman

April 3, 2012

Kimberly Sambrook and David Fetterman

Kimberly Sambrook and David Fetterman, both of San Francisco, were married Aug. 20, 2011, at the Four Seasons Hotel, in Seattle.

Peter Danner, a friend of the groom ordained online, officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Janice and Robert Sambrook, of Issaquah. Her maid of honor was Ashley Sambrook; the matron of honor was Hillary Brenner; and the bridesmaids were Jennifer Fredlund, Lisa Michelet, Tiffany Martin and Elizabeth Murphy.

Sambrook, a 1999 graduate of Issaquah High School, earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and communications at the University of Washington in 2003 and a master’s of business administration at Arizona State University in 2009. She volunteers with Reading Partners & Refugee Transitions as an after-school tutor.

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