Seattle Seahawks honor Issaquah School District teachers

October 23, 2012

Lane Helgeson, Liz Villa and Kelly Kosier (from left), a Renton teacher, were honored as Heroes in the Classroom at the Oct. 14 game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. Contributed

The Seattle Seahawks, in partnership with Symetra Financial Corp., honored Issaquah Middle School’s Liz Villa and Tiger Mountain Community High School’s Lane Helgeson as Heroes in the Classroom this month.

The duo is among 24 teachers across the Puget Sound area being honored for educational excellence during the 2012 NFL season.

Winners are recognized in front of their students at surprise in-school presentations and receive a $1,000 donation for classroom books and supplies.

In addition, Villa and Helgeson were recognized in an on-field presentation at the Oct. 14 game when the Seahawks beat the New England Patriots.

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Cyberbullying crackdown is priority for sheriff’s office

October 23, 2012

King County Sheriff’s Office investigators could soon crack down on cyberbullying, after the King County Council approved a motion introduced by Issaquah-area Councilman Reagan Dunn.

Reagan Dunn

Cyberbullying is the use of information and technology to support deliberate, repeated and hostile behavior. The crime exploded in recent years due to the prevalence of social media services, and gained national attention last year after classmates targeted a then-12-year-old Issaquah girl online.

Dunn said cyberbullying is increasingly a concern for law enforcement agencies.

“In recent months, all across the country, we have seen tragedies unfold as a result of cyberbullying,” he said in a statement. “This motion will allow the sheriff’s office to study this issue thoroughly and ensure King County has a plan to deal with any of these troubling bullying trends.”

(Dunn represents rural areas south of Issaquah and Newcastle on the council.)

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Green Halloween Festival scares up fun, frights

October 23, 2012

The leaves around Issaquah may form an autumnal rainbow of yellows, reds and browns, but it’s going to be a green Halloween as the Issaquah Highlands Council gets set to celebrate the 12th annual Green Halloween Festival on Oct. 27.

The festival gets its name through its partnership with Green Halloween, a locally founded movement to make all holidays healthier and more sustainable, said Christy Garrard, Highlands Council special events planner.

“We partnered with Green Halloween because it really fit with the built green philosophy of the Issaquah Highlands urban village concept,” she said.

The outdoor, family-friendly festival kicks off with a bang at noon, when dancers of all ages will gather in front of Blakely Hall for Thrill the World, a worldwide attempt to break the record for the largest simultaneous dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Festival attendees are encouraged to try their best zombie impression and join in on the iconic dance routine.

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Statewide earthquake drill shakes up preparedness plan

October 23, 2012

Tina Eggers (left), city clerk, Megan Gregor, city passport and records specialist, and Mary Lorna Meade, city risk management officer, take shelter under desks at Issaquah City Hall at 10:18 a.m. Oct. 18. By Greg Farrar

Staffers flooded from Issaquah City Hall and other municipal buildings at 10:18 a.m. Oct. 18 as employees joined a statewide earthquake drill.

The preparedness exercise involved public employees throughout the city, plus residents throughout the city and state, as planners tested residents’ ability to respond to a temblor.

The city official responsible for disseminating information to the public during emergencies, Communications Coordinator Autumn Monahan, said frequent disaster preparedness exercises educate city employees about the proper procedures to follow in worst-case scenarios.

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Local schools receive $30,000 boost from community

October 23, 2012

Several area education programs got a helping hand Oct. 10 when the Issaquah School Board approved nearly $30,000 worth of donations.

The Associated Student Body Robotics Club at Skyline High School received $5,000 from David Levin through The Boeing Co.’s Gift Match Program. The Endeavour Elementary School PTSA donated $7,035.08 to help pay salaries for additional education assistants at its school while the Pacific Cascade Middle School PTSA gave $5,099,74 to be used for teacher mini grants.

Teachers at Newcastle Elementary School got $12,500 from the school’s PTSA to buy various supplies and materials. Most of that money is to be distributed by grade: kindergarten ($1,200); first grade ($1,600); second grade ($2,000); third grade ($1,600); fourth grade ($1,600); and fifth grade ($1,600).

Zombies return to menace downtown Issaquah

October 23, 2012

Zombies shamble down Front Street North during the 2011 Downtown Zombie Walk. By Warren Kagarise

Last October, on a sunny afternoon, a regular Saturday turned unordinary as zombies menaced Issaquah.

The undead shambled into the sunset, and Issaquah sidestepped a zombie apocalypse — for a while, at least.

The zombie horde is back.

Expect to see the undead shuffle down Front Street North on Oct. 27 during a Downtown Zombie Walk and then assemble for a flash-mob dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” outside the Issaquah Library.

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Halloween happenings abound in Issaquah, nearby

October 23, 2012

Revelers explore a hay maze during the 2009 Green Halloween Festival. File

Enciso Family Farm, featuring you-pick pumpkins and fresh Christmas trees; an old country store with snacks, cozy fireplace and a selection of specialty gourds and pumpkins; a barn from the 1800s; tractors from past and present; and more, 19417 196th Ave. S.E., Renton, 206-595-5845

Pumpkin Patch at Trinity Tree Farm, featuring pumpkins for sale in the shop or farm stand, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, open daily through Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 14237 228th Ave. S.E., www.trinitytreefarm.com

Nightmare at Beaver Lake, Oct. 24-31, Beaver Lake Park, Southeast 24th Street, Sammamish; The family scare runs from 7-7:45 p.m. nightly. The full scare runs from 8-10 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, and from 8-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets: $10 per person for a family scare; $16 per person for a full scare. Donate a can of food and receive a $1 discount on tickets. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.nightmareatbeaverlake.com.

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Crews rebuild downtown gas station

October 23, 2012

Expect the remade downtown Shell gas station and Jacksons convenience store to stand taller and cover more ground than the boxlike former structure after a monthslong overhaul concludes.

The planned store at Front Street and Sunset Way should feature a more modern, spacious layout and additional options. The planned façade includes sconces and stone accents. The gas station site is also in line to receive additional landscaping after construction concludes.

Crews started the major overhaul Sept. 11, a day after the business closed to customers.

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Issaquah High School hosts Norwegian student

October 23, 2012

Sophie Mittelstaedt Issaquah High School

Vetle Oscar Grønsleth Solheim Issaquah High School

Issaquah High School is host to a new student who has come all the way from Gullhaug, Norway.

Sophomore Vetle Oscar Grønsleth Solheim came nearly 5,000 miles to study and learn in Issaquah for the year. One would think that it is a difficult transition, but Solheim didn’t have much trouble.

“My first couple of days in Washington weren’t too hard,” Solheim said. “I know the language all right, and people are so kind, so it wasn’t a problem to make friends.”

So far, Solheim has thoroughly enjoyed his stay in Issaquah, and feels lucky to have experienced the last hints of summer.

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King County property tax deadline approaches

October 23, 2012

Oct. 31 is the deadline for King County homeowners to pay property tax bills.

Taxpayers should include the tax statement and write the property tax account number on a check or money order to pay by mail.

Homeowners can pay property taxes online or by check, cash or credit card in person at King County Treasury Operations, Room 600, 500 Fourth Ave., Seattle. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The office is scheduled to remain open until 5 p.m. Oct. 31.

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