Mouseketeer Ginny Tyler, voice artist and Issaquah resident, dies

July 24, 2012

Ginny Tyler

Disney legend Ginny Tyler — a former head Mouseketeer on “The Mickey Mouse Club” and a noted voice artist — died July 13 in Issaquah.

Tyler, 86, a resident at the Providence Marianwood assisted-care facility, maintained a lifelong pride in TV and film roles for Disney. In addition to succeeding Annette Funicello on “The Mickey Mouse Club,” Tyler provided the voice for a pair of squirrels in the Disney classic “The Sword in the Stone” and, for 20th Century Fox, as Polynesia the Parrot in the original “Doctor Dolittle.”

“It was so thrilling to work for Walt Disney,” Tyler recalled in a 2010 interview with The Issaquah Press. “People would say, ‘Get that voice girl!’”

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Olympics-bound Egyptian fencer trains in Issaquah

July 24, 2012

Mannad Zeid, Egyptian Olympic fencer ranked 39th worldwide in the saber, lunges at Washington Fencing Academy expert saber coach Wang Yung July 18 in Issaquah to improve his technique with a few adjustments prior to the XXX Olympiad in London. By Greg Farrar

At just 22 years old, Egyptian fencer Mannad Zeid is just days away from competing on a stage reserved for only the world’s elite athletes.

On July 29, Zeid will grab his saber, put on his mask and prepare for one of the most intense moments of his fencing career when he participates in the men’s individual saber competition at the 2012 London Olympics.

Zeid is from Alexandria, Egypt, and has been fencing nearly all of his life. The road to London took a stop in Issaquah last week when he came to train with Wang Yung, an expert saber coach at the Washington Fencing Academy.

“I came here to train with him for a week because he has a lot of experience,” Zeid said. “He has already improved me within three days.”

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Community Church of Issaquah building goes up for sale

July 24, 2012

The brick-and-stone building along Southwest Mountain Park Boulevard on Squak Mountain, longtime home to Community Church of Issaquah, is for sale, as the congregation searches for a smaller space for worship.

Community Church members — including some members in the current congregation — built the church building in the late 1960s, but the Rev. Keith Madsen said the congregation must adapt in order to continue.

“At one time, we had 300 to 400 people, a large youth group and many other things, back in the ’80s,” Madsen said. “Now, it’s gone through a series of hard times.”

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Cash mob shoppers needed to purchase school supplies

July 24, 2012

The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce is directing its next cash mob efforts to help needy students within the Issaquah School District acquire school supplies.

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Karate West hosts stranger-danger safety workshop

July 24, 2012

Karate West will host a stranger-danger youth safety workshop from noon to 1 p.m. July 27.

The event is open to the public for children 6 and older at 3310 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., Unit F.

There will be a lead instructor who will teach the children techniques to help in dangerous situation.

“We have had several situations over the years that kids have used these techniques and have stayed out of harm’s way,” said Randy Holeman, of Karate West.

Holeman has taught the workshop previously throughout the Issaquah School District.

“Our mission is to get the information out there to kids,” he said.

The last time Karate West held the workshop, there were more than 300 attendees. Holeman said any family that wants to learn tools to train children how to behave in a stranger situation is welcome. Parents are encouraged to sit in so information can be reiterated at home.

The instruction includes activities that anyone can do to protect themselves. No martial arts background is required.

“The thing is, it’s too bad we have to worry about things like this but the fact is there are situations like these out there,” Holeman said.

Student stacker piles up cups, accumulates titles

July 24, 2012

Benjamin Royce

In second grade, Benjamin Royce found his passion: speed stacking plastic cups.

Now, he will travel to Houston from July 27-28 to compete in the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Games Sport Stacking Championships. This is the first year stacking has been a part of the games.

Because stacking is a worldwide sport, Benjamin said he’s excited to go and see world record holders and about 350 stackers.

The World Sport Stacking Association invited him because he placed in the top tier of his age division at the Northwest regional tournament. There, he also received two first-place and four second-place medals.

“All the tournaments were very exciting because you get to see all the really fast people,” Benjamin said.

There are three different stacks players make with different amounts of cups. For example, three stacks of three cups that are built into three pyramids, erected and taken down from left to right.

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Tools for Schools needs supplies

July 24, 2012

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce cash mob participants can help needy students within the Issaquah School District acquire school supplies.

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Community remembers Salmon Days Festival organizer

July 24, 2012

Robert Wayne Uht

Longtime Salmon Days Festival volunteer Robert Wayne Uht died July 15.

Uht, 76, resided in Issaquah for more than 30 years, and served as Salmon Days cochairman and Issaquah Chamber of Commerce board member.

The festival organizer spent hours building floats for the Grande Parade alongside the other cochairman, Dave Bahm. Uht also served the community as a longtime Kiwanis Club of Issaquah member.

Uht and wife Johanna relocated from Issaquah to Sequim 18 years ago. In Sequim, Robert Uht continued the tradition of participation in local celebrations. He served as a ditchwalker — a person walking alongside a parade float — in the Sequim Irrigation Festival.

Issaquah Indians baseball team comes up short in state

July 24, 2012

Ryan Siefkes, Issaquah Indians left fielder, lines a lead-off single in the sixth inning July 20 in the opening round of the 19U Pony State Championship Tournament at Lake Washington High School. By Matt Carstens

Jackson Meyer isn’t your typical frontline starter. He’s not the hardest thrower. He doesn’t rack up the strikeouts. But he does do one thing pretty well.


“He’s done it all year,” Issaquah Indians head coach Glenn Meyer said. “He doesn’t walk anybody, and keeps us in games. He’s a pitcher, not a thrower. He’s done it all year for us, and he’s done it forever. We’re in every game he pitches. He’s always around the plate. He was actually pissed, he walked a guy today. He’s walked three guys in 100 innings, we don’t give up extra bases when he’s on the mound.”

And Jackson continued to do that June 20 against the Stallions at Lake Washington High School. Jackson didn’t allow a run until the fifth inning, when he allowed a sacrifice fly. By that time the Indians had gone ahead in the third inning and never looked back.

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Julius Boehm Pool debuts Chip ‘n’ Dip tournament

July 24, 2012

The Julius Boehm Pool will hold its first Chip ‘N Dip tournament Aug. 11.

The tournament will consist of teams of parent-and-child pairs for $15. Registration is open until the day of the tournament, online or in person.

Luann Sparks, recreation specialist for the city of Issaquah, came up with the idea after seeing a floating green in an airplane magazine.

The teams will chip 24 Wiffle Balls of different colors to a floating green in the pool. Each pair stars with 24 points and subtracts one point for hitting the green and two for getting it in the hole. The team with the lowest point value at the end will win.

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