Issaquah School District teams reflect on 2012 missions accomplished

December 25, 2012

Jubilant members of the Issaquah High School boys swim team and their coaches hoist their state 4A second place team trophy and give themselves a cheer Feb. 18 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah School District high school sports teams have a strong tradition of excellence, and 2012 was no different.

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Eastside Catholic club opens students to Asian culture

December 25, 2012

Eastside has many interesting clubs and activities but Asia Club is definitely one of the most unique.

Shreya Tewari
Eastside Catholic High School

Asia Club is a fairly recent club (started in the past several years) open to anybody interested in learning about and delving into Asian studies — languages, culture or food. The club meets once a week and learns about different Asian cultures and immerses itself in celebrating different foreign practices.

The club does a large amount of fundraising to support kids and people in general in many underprivileged areas in Asian countries. For different holidays, there are different kinds of candy grams that go around the school that are sponsored by Asia Club to raise money.

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When did the holidays go up for sale?

December 25, 2012

“Peace on Earth and goodwill toward men. Buy now and your cost will be only $9.95.”

Jacob Brunette
Issaquah High School

That is the American holiday season in a nutshell; the time of year in which we celebrate love, peace and incredible savings.

It seems that every year, however, the incredible savings start sooner, and the love and peace get pushed further into the background.

As soon as Halloween is over, the holiday season has begun. Stores start selling Christmas lights and decorations. Santa Claus appears on TV, advertising cars and clothing.

Holiday music loops endlessly in the mall. Every year, the onslaught of commercials starts a little sooner in an attempt to extend the lucrative period of holiday shopping for as long as possible.

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City Council approves pact to transform gravel quarry to urban village

December 25, 2012

The gravel quarry carved into the hillside below the Issaquah Highlands is poised to transform into businesses and homes in the next 30 years, after the City Council approved a landmark development agreement to reshape the area.

The landowner and quarry operator, Issaquah-based Lakeside Industries Inc., proposed the pact last year for about 120 acres on both sides of Highlands Drive Northeast. The council approved the development agreement Dec. 17, despite concerns about building height, traffic congestion and contamination in the Lower Issaquah Valley Aquifer, a key drinking water source for the city.

“There was a lot of push and pull, a lot of compromise, and I think it’s an agreement that both is good for my family and is also good for the city of Issaquah, and that we will live to see a development on this site that enhances the city,” Lakeside Industries CEO Tim Lee said before the unanimous council decision.

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Issaquah memorable moments from 2012 entertain, educate

December 25, 2012

The cast of the national tour of the jukebox musical ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ performs a song in the Tony Award-winning show. File

Entertainment came to Issaquah in some surprising forms throughout 2012.

Besides the usual retinue on the page, stage and screen, a documentary peeled back the layers at Costco and big-name authors signed books for local readers.

The city hosted celebrities, spotlighted residents on the national stage and celebrated big debuts in recent months. The boldface names earned cred through stints on reality TV, titles on bestseller lists and hardware aplenty — a Tony Award, a National Book Award.

Reality TV plugs in local contestants

Lindzi Cox pursued “The Bachelor” and Lizzie Parker competed for the title “Fashion Star” as local women added grace to reality TV contests.

Cox, a 2003 Liberty High School grad, competed against 24 other bachelorettes to win a rose from the titular bachelor, Ben Flajnik, and reached the final round on the ABC dating game.

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How to give meaningful gifts for Christmas

December 25, 2012

Christmas is fast approaching, and some of us are feeling stuck regarding what to get our friends and family for the big holiday.

Madeline Wells
Issaquah High School

Before you give up and grab the nearest gift card, stop and think. Wouldn’t it be great to receive a truly meaningful gift? It’s the thought that counts, right?

You may recall the cute, handmade gifts you made for your parents for Christmas when you were little. Giving meaningful gifts when you’re older is just like that, just maybe minus the artistic skills of a 5-year-old. Here’s how to give a gift that means a lot:

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Snow causes few disruptions for Issaquah residents

December 25, 2012

Snow crept into forecasts in recent days, but aside from a dusting in higher-elevation neighborhoods and a delay for Issaquah School District students, winter weather did not cause significant disruptions in the area.

In response to slushy conditions on roads and some snowfall overnight, school district administrators delayed the start of school two hours Dec. 18. The day before, as forecasters issued a winter weather advisory for Western Washington, Issaquah and King County road crews prepared for snow.

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Eastside Catholic tuba player to march in Rose Parade

December 25, 2012

Clayton Dungey and his family have always loved Disneyland. Whenever they got the chance, the five of them would jump in the car and spend a long weekend there.

Clayton Dungey

But for Clayton, the biggest thrill wasn’t Mickey Mouse or Splash Mountain — it was the marching band on Main Street.

The Eastside Catholic High School sophomore, an Issaquah tuba player, will join the Bands of America Honor Band in January, perform at Disneyland and march in the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade.

“That’s one of my favorite things to do on tuba is playing, and seeing little boys looking and seeing how cool it is, because that is how I felt as a little boy looking at the tuba player,” Clayton said. “I really like to perform for others, and this opportunity to play for millions of people is really awesome. I am really excited for this opportunity.”

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Let’s Go! for Dec. 27 to Jan. 2

December 25, 2012

Barbara Espeseth

December 25, 2012

Barbara Espeseth, 85, a longtime resident of Bellevue and Providence Point, passed away Dec. 1, 2012.

She is survived by her daughter Karen (Will) Snow, of Palo Alto, Calif.; daughter-in-law Cynthia, of Woodinville; and grandchildren Madeline and Jesse.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 30, at Sammamish Presbyterian Church, 22522 N.E. Inglewood Hill Road, Sammamish.

Make contributions to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, 179 First Ave. S.E., Issaquah, WA 98027.

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