Local representatives join Bellevue College Foundation board

July 31, 2012

Issaquah Councilman Joshua Schaer joined the Bellevue College Foundation board, as the organization elected a president and greeted other local members.

Issaquah representatives Dellanie Fragnoli, assistant vice president for international finance and administration at Costco, and Mark Pellegrino, Rainier Group Investment Advisory LLC president, also joined the board.

So did Sammamish representative Cheryl Gunderson, executive vice president and chief lending officer at Fortune Bank.

The foundation also chose Seattle resident Paul Swegle as board president for a one-year term. The terms for the president and other officers started July 1.

Swegle succeeds Bill Kent, a construction executive at M.A. Mortenson Co., as president.

The president-elect for 2012-13 is Sammamish representative Sarah Langton, founder of and partner at Langton Spieth LLC.

The foundation is directed by a 30-member volunteer board. Established in 1978, the nonprofit foundation manages gifts, grants and awards for Bellevue College. The foundation raised more than $2.4 million for the 38,000-student college in 2010-11.

Issaquah Gliders alumni return to coach, support track and field team

July 31, 2012

Runners from local municipal parks and recreation teams jump at the starting gun for a 1,600-meter race hosted by the Issaquah Gliders recently at Issaquah High School. By Greg Farrar

Joanne Hartmann has volunteered with the Issaquah Gliders for 15 years.

The Issaquah Gliders is a track and field team featuring events for young children between ages 5 and 14.

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Costco cofounder supports, hosts President Obama

July 31, 2012

Jim Sinegal

Costco cofounder and former CEO Jim Sinegal endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election July 23 and defended the president’s economic policies, less than 24 hours before Sinegal hosted Obama at a campaign fundraiser.

Sinegal and cofounder Jeffrey Brotman launched Costco in 1983. Sinegal stepped down as CEO in January and handed the reins to Craig Jelinek.

Costco relocated corporate headquarters to Issaquah in the mid-1990s. The company is the largest employer in the city, encompassing about 2,700 employees.

Sinegal’s support for Obama comes as presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney lambasted the president’s small business policies.

“You might be seeing some ads or hearing some folks say that President Obama doesn’t support small business owners,” Sinegal wrote in a blog post on the Obama campaign website and in a mass email to supporters. “But he understands that small businesses grow and prosper because of individual initiative — because entrepreneurs like you and me do the hard work it takes, and that we can’t do it alone.”

Obama attended a $35,800-per-person campaign fundraiser and, later, a $5,000-per-plate dinner at Sinegal’s Hunts Point home.

Summer job provides more than a paycheck

July 31, 2012

Recent Issaquah High School graduate Maria Dalzell isn’t bagging groceries or working retail this summer.

Maria Dalzell

Instead, she is busy meeting CEOs, sitting in on board meetings and getting a first-hand look at how nonprofit organizations function through her paid internship at Seattle Goodwill.

Dalzell is among a handful of Puget Sound-area teens selected to participate in the Bank of America Student Leaders program. The program awards community-minded teens from across the country with an eight-week paid internship at a local charitable organization and a July trip to Washington, D.C., for a weeklong Student Leadership Summit.

During a time when the teen unemployment rate in Washington state is among the highest in the nation, Bank of America’s Student Leaders program and Summer Youth Employment Initiative provide meaningful summer work for teens.

“Youth unemployment is a big deal, especially since there are many more adults in the field looking for jobs,” Dalzell said. “What’s really special about programs like this is that it’s not just a job that you get over the summer, it’s a job that really prepares you for the big world, prepares you for college and prepares you for life.”

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Freshman Zachary Overstreet leads Eagles with third at state

July 31, 2012

Zach Overstreet (right), 15, of Issaquah High School, watches his golf ball on the first hole July 25 during the first round of the WJGA District 2 championship at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent. Taylor Swingle (left), 15, of Issaquah High School, follows through on his tee shot on the first hole. By Greg Farrar

Going into the final round July 27 of the Washington Junior Golf Association, Zachary Overstreet was leading the 14-15 boys division by two strokes.

This was the Issaquah High School freshman’s fourth appearance at state but the first time he made it out of the second-day elimination round.

“Going into the third day was an accomplishment itself,” he said. “But being the leader the third day was shocking and exciting at the same time. It felt really good.”

Out of the gate July 25 at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, Overstreet was pulling ahead with a birdie on the third hole. Having finished the first nine with three bogies he was able to make up for it by birdying holes No. 15-17 and finish the round in first place at 72 strokes.

When he finished the second round July 26 at Renton’s Fairwood Golf and Country Club he still had a tight grasp on the lead after shooting 75. Even though Overstreet still has not tried out for his new school’s team, he was walking both courses with an Issaquah Eagles golf bag.

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Dreamers can complete bucket-list adventures

July 31, 2012

Hilton Garden Inn in Issaquah asks dreamers to build the ultimate to-do list and then turn bucket-list dreams into reality.

The hotel chain and National Geographic Traveler magazine launched the Life’s Ultimate To-Do List contest July 10 to encourage consumers to enter for a chance to accomplish bucket-list dreams.

Organizers ask each entrant to share his or her top to-do list item and explain why he or she should win the prize. The contest runs through Aug. 5 on Hilton Garden Inn’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/HiltonGardenInn.

Ideas could be running a marathon, trekking into a rainforest or backpacking across Europe. Organizers plan to add entries to Hilton Garden Inn’s ongoing Ultimate To-Do List, a comprehensive guide to fun and interesting things to explore around the globe.

The 10 best entries qualify as grand-prize winners, and the entrants can fulfill their to-do list items. Each winner receives a three-day, two-night trip worth up to $5,000. The trip includes roundtrip airfare for the winner and a guest near a Hilton Garden Inn, spending money, a camera to document the adventure and a yearlong subscription to National Geographic Traveler.

Swedish/Issaquah celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

July 31, 2012

Swedish/Issaquah will commemorate the 20th annual World Breastfeeding Week with a celebration filled with family-friendly activities, live music and breast-feeding education on Aug. 1.

The goal of World Breastfeeding Week is to generate public support and awareness for breast-feeding families.

Tamara Wescott, a lactation consultant at the hospital, said the entire community is welcome to come celebrate and earn prizes, get massages and learn about the benefits of breast-feeding.

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Prepare to get drenched at Beat the Heat Splash Day

July 31, 2012

The Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department is offering children 12 and younger a chance to cool off at this year’s Beat the Heat Splash Day on Aug. 1.

Children can expect to run through sprinklers, blow bubbles and get doused with water by an Eastside Fire & Rescue fire truck.

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Costco orders pork suppliers to drop tight sow pens

July 31, 2012

Issaquah-based Costco asked pork suppliers to phase out small pens for pregnant sows July 18 — a change hailed by animal welfare groups.

The small pens, called gestation stalls, have long rankled the Humane Society of the United States, Mercy for Animals and other animal welfare organizations. Critics call the gestation stalls inhumane because the sows cannot turn around or, in some cases, turn over in the tight space.

In a letter addressed to Costco pork suppliers, Doug Schutt, executive vice president of merchandising, called for the change.

“Here at Costco we are encouraging you to make this transition: We want all of the hogs throughout our pork supply chain to be housed in groups with access to safety zones and expect that this transition should be accomplished no later than 2022,” the letter states.

Costco is the No. 2 retailer in the United States and the largest employer in Issaquah.

Chicago-based Mercy for Animals later posted the letter online, on the same day Kmart announced a plan to eliminate gestation crates from pork suppliers, too. Mercy for Animals Executive Director Nathan Runkle hailed the actions.

ArtWalk features return of founding members Michael Johnson, Greg Spranger

July 31, 2012

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s ArtWalk returns from 5-9 p.m. Aug 3. The community is invited to enjoy art, music and more.

Dozens of artists will present their work along Front Street and in the shops. New this month, ArtWalk founding members Michael Johnson and Greg Spranger will display and sell their artistic creations at Pedestrian Park, at the southwest corner of Front Street and Sunset Way.

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