Churches’ pie auction to benefit Compassion House

October 30, 2012

It may be hard to imagine paying more than $400 for a pie, but at the Compassion House Benefit Pie Auction, it’s not so far-fetched.

At last year’s event, some pies sold for more than $450, with all of the money going toward Compassion House, a local nonprofit organization that provides transitional housing to families in need.

“You know when you have an auctioneer that is capable of selling some pies upwards of $450, that people have an open heart for giving,” said Rick McCarty, the executive director of Compassion House.

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Masters of the Mind brain bowl tests IQ

October 30, 2012

Issaquah High School’s Honor Society and Junior Statesmen of America clubs square off in the Masters of the Mind, from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 7 in the theater at Issaquah High School.

Masters of the Mind is a knowledge-based competition in which teams, one from each club, will dual over questions.

Honor Society is a national organization dedicated to recognizing academic success and service to the community. Junior Statesmen of America is a national organization dedicated to the fight of student civic apathy through debate and discussion.

Proceeds from the event will go to Friends of Youth, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless teens on the greater Eastside.

Dan Braillard, longtime ‘Voice of the Patriots,’ dies

October 30, 2012

There are certain things that make the atmosphere at a Liberty High School football game special.

Dan Braillard

The smell of burgers sizzling on the grill, the sea of blue-and -green clad fans, the music of the band filling the stadium and, most distinctly, the sound of Patriot announcer Dan Braillard’s voice echoing through the night, all made the Friday night lights shine a little bit brighter.

“Friday night at Liberty was kind of a production,” Liberty coach Steve Valach said. “Dan used that microphone as a way to just enhance the whole experience. It was kind of like a Shakespearean performance.”

Braillard, who spent 25 years announcing Liberty football games and 15 years calling Patriot basketball games, died of kidney failure Oct. 1. He was 66.

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All in For Kids raises money for Issaquah schools

October 30, 2012

Sightings of enthusiastic moms and children in bright red wigs means the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s All in for Kids Annual Fund Campaign is in full swing.

The campaign, which raises money to support ongoing foundation programs, began in August and will conclude next month with high school students calling district parents the nights of Nov. 13 and 15.

Among the programs supported by All in for Kids are after-school homework labs and open library programs at middle and high schools, special-needs and highly capable program grants, the Academic Enrichment Grant program for teachers, targeted academic intervention programs at all levels and the eighth-grade Financial Literacy Curriculum.

Learn more about the Issaquah Schools Foundation and donate at or by calling 391-8557.


October 30, 2012

Karen Porterfield for Congress

Issaquah Democrat Karen Porterfield is an excellent choice to represent the expansive 8th Congressional District.

In 2004, voters elected Republican Dave Reichert to succeed Republican Jennifer Dunn in Washington, D.C. Since then, Reichert has failed to distinguish himself in the U.S. House of Representatives and too often seems detached and unavailable from constituents at home. He does deserve credit for his work in Congress to expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Following redistricting last year, the 8th District covers more ground, stretching from Auburn to Issaquah to Wenatchee. The change in the district is a good time to change representation.

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FISH lures public to annual meeting

October 30, 2012

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery volunteers and hatchery crews spawned 996 chinook in the past month, as the autumn salmon run transformed the hatchery into a hub of activity.

Now, residents can learn more about the salmon conservation efforts spearheaded by FISH at the nonprofit organization’s annual meeting next month.

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City approves home-based firearms business

October 30, 2012

City planners approved a home-based firearms business in downtown Issaquah on Oct. 12, despite concerns from neighbors.

The municipal Development Services Department OK’d a permit for Michael Marinos, a longtime Issaquah resident, to open the business in the Olde Town neighborhood south of East Sunset Way.

Marinos created Bigg Dogg Firearms to offer federally licensed firearms transfers to customers purchasing weapons online. Customers could then stop at Marinos’ home-based business to pick up the firearms.

The city code allows home-based businesses, and does not limit firearms businesses in Olde Town.

Only Marinos, as the licensee to handle firearms transfers, can complete the transactions, and he said he does not plan for firearms deliveries to occur when he is not at home. The conditions outlined in the permit also prevent ammunition sales at the business.


October 30, 2012

Vote no Initiative 1185

Washington voters approved a two-thirds legislative majority for taxes in 1993, 1998, 2007 and most recently in 2010.

Proponents argue that the two-thirds majority measure on this year’s ballot, Initiative 1185, is again needed to keep state legislators in line. In fact, a two-thirds requirement gives the minority — in this case, a small group of state senators — the unfair advantage to shut down any proposed tax increase.

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Village Theatre’s ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ stars dynamic duo

October 30, 2012

Eric Polani Jensen (left) and Bobbi Kotula star as Tevye and Golde in Village Theatre’s upcoming production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof.’ By Mike Hipple/Village Theatre

The lead actors in Village Theatre’s soon-to-open “Fiddler on Roof” share the same easy rhythms as a long-married couple — a comfortable arrangement, because Eric Polani Jensen and Bobbi Kotula play a long-married couple in the classic musical.

The professional relationship between Jensen and Kotula extends back to the early 1990s, and the duo is poised to share the stage again Nov. 7 as “Fiddler on the Roof” opens. In the musical, Jensen is Tevye, a Jewish milkman struggling to stick to tradition in czarist Russia, and Kotula is Tevye’s sharp-tongued but soft-hearted wife.

The duo often shares a stage at Village Theatre and other local playhouses. The familiarity comes across as Jensen and Kotula discussed the theme at the show’s core. In the opening number and throughout the musical, “Fiddler on the Roof” focuses on the tug-of-war between tradition and change.

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Skyline volleyball team inches a step closer to state

October 30, 2012

The Skyline High volleyball squad continued its reign of terror on the rest of KingCo 4A as the vaunted green and white six-pack darkened the door of the nearby Issaquah Eagles Nest and slapped the big birds aside, winning in four sets, 18-25, 27-25, 25-21 and 25-15. The first round KingCo tourney win lifted Skyline’s overall mark to 13-2 and got the Spartans one step closer to the big dance.

Skyline has only dropped matches to league-leading 9-1 Newport (three games to none) in the KingCo 4A and 13-0 undefeated perennial powerhouse and KingCo 2A/3A frontrunner Mercer Island (three games to one).

The visitors from Sammamish spotted the hosting Eagles the first set 25-18, as the Spartans were caught off guard by a feisty Issaquah group in the first round of the KingCo 4A playoffs.

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