Police endure icy plunge for Special Olympics fundraiser

March 6, 2012

Kasey Keller, a Special Olympics Washington board member and former Seattle Sounders FC player, emerges from Lake Union at the Polar Plunge on Feb. 11. By Rod Mar/Special Olympics

The temperature in Lake Union held steady at 41 degrees, but the chill did not stop Issaquah police officers and police department employees from a dip on a gray February day.

The police department descended on a stretch of shoreline along the Seattle lake Feb. 11 for the Polar Plunge, a frigid fundraiser for Special Olympics Washington. Combined, Issaquah officers and department employees raised about $1,000 for the nonprofit organization.

Police Communications Specialist Jacqueline Kerness rounded up more colleagues for the February event for the Polar Plunge after she and coworkers dipped into Puget Sound for the 2011 endurance test.

“It was a moment of shock for a good cause,” she said. “It’s something easy to do to raise funds for a lot of people.”

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United Way of King County offers income tax help

March 6, 2012

The focus at United Way of King County is on income tax season as the April filing deadline approaches.

The nonprofit organization offers free tax preparation and access to the Earned Income Tax Credit and other tax credits to middle- and low-income families.

Organizers also seek volunteers to help prepare tax returns and assist at tax-preparation sites.

Learn more about United Way of King County’s tax preparation campaign by emailing EITC@uwkc.org.

The nearest center to Issaquah is Crossroads Bellevue, Northeast Eighth Street and 156th Avenue Northeast. The center is scheduled to be open from 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays until April 14. The location offers tax preparation in Russian and Spanish.

Ricardo ‘Ric’ Martinez

March 6, 2012

Ricardo Martinez

Ricardo “Ric” Martinez, a longtime resident of Sammamish, passed on to heaven Feb. 22, 2012, ending his 11-month battle with cancer.

Ric was born in Edinburg, Texas, on Oct. 24, 1958. He graduated from Othello High School in 1978, and attended the University of Washington from 1978-1982. He married his high school sweetheart, Roxanne Weed, also from Othello, on July 15, 1978.

Ric was a loving husband, dedicated father, joyous son, compassionate brother, fun uncle and inspirational coach.

He had a contagious passion for sports and teaching, as he coached or assisted numerous teams including: Issaquah Soccer Club Purple Pandas, ISC Angels, Issaquah Little League, Sammamish Heat Fastpitch, South End Rebels Fastpitch and many more. He loved to see his players grow up to become amazing people; they were all considered his family.

Ric also had become involved with a nonprofit organization, Compassion in Action, which supported a school, Dario Christian Academy, in Nicaragua. He and his wife Roxanne visited many times over the past few years, assisting the school in various projects while mentoring the children and staff.

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Community Calendar

March 6, 2012

Great grapes

The Rotary Club of Issaquah’s sixth annual Grape Escape is from 6-9 p.m. March 8 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W., featuring tastes of area wines and beer, complemented this year by small plate samples of delicacies prepared by area restaurants. There will be a silent auction of art, wine-related items, and a wide range of experience and entertainment packages. Tickets, available at www.issaquahrotary.org, are $40 per person, ages 21 and up. Proceeds fund Rotary programs in the community and abroad.


Master Chorus Eastside, featuring Issaquah singers, pays tribute to St. Patrick’s Day with “Erin Go Bragh” at 3 p.m. March 11 at the Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students. Purchase tickets by calling 392-8446. Learn more at www.master-choruseastside.org.

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Issaquah High School students take time for the history of tea

March 6, 2012

Roberta Fuhr, founder and owner of Experience Tea in Issaquah, expounds on ways in which the beverage affected world history while talking to the students of Issaquah High School teacher Jeff Berka. By Tom Corrigan

While it might lose out to coffee or soda in the United States, tea is the second-most consumed beverage on the planet after water, said Roberta Fuhr, owner of Experience Tea Studio on Issaquah’s Front Street.

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Beaver Lake continues more than a decade of aid for South Africa

March 6, 2012

The Zulu greeting “sawubona” means “I see you.” The proper response is “ngikhona,” or “I am here.”

A Zulu folk saying clarifies the meaning behind the greeting, explaining that a person is a person because of other people.

Students, staff and community members gathered early the morning of March 2 at Beaver Lake Middle School to launch an effort to further strengthen the ties between two seemingly disparate groups of people.

For the eighth year in a row, under the guidance of teacher Curtis Betzler, the school will collect items for children in the South African province of KwaZulu Natal.

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Local Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop owner is Rookie of the Year

March 6, 2012

The local Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop earned a scoop of global attention, after the ice cream chain named Issaquah proprietor Mark Mullet as Rookie of the Year.

Ben & Jerry’s announced the honor at the company’s annual Global Franchise Gathering in the Bahamas in late January. The gathering in Nassau brought together franchise owners, operators, managers and employees.

“It’s an absolute honor to receive this award and be recognized for the work we’ve done,” Mullet said. “Previous winners have all set great precedents, so it’s really humbling to now be among them. An award like this is never a solo effort, of course; everyone at the Issaquah shop played an important role and contributed to our success.”

In Nassau, Ben & Jerry’s franchisees volunteered Father Marshall Cooper Park and the Woodcock Primary School, — and tasted the 2012 ice cream flavors.

“I’d tell you what the 2012 flavors are, but they haven’t been announced yet — and that might keep me from ever winning an award again,” Mullet said.

Snowstorm-related repairs continue on state Route 18

March 6, 2012

Crews closed state Route 18 lanes across Tiger Mountain for several hours March 3 to continue repairs from the January storms.

The state Department of Transportation closed westbound state Route 18 between Interstate 90 and the Tiger Mountain summit to rip out and replace damaged guardrail. Eastbound state Route 18 remained opened to motorists.

Crews needed to replace the guardrail and install support posts. State planners said a tractor-trailer damaged the guardrail during the January snowstorm.

The agency closed the westbound highway, because workers could not safely alternate traffic at the location due to the narrow roadway and the difficulty of tractor-trailers stopping on the steep grade.

Issaquah to host meeting about sustainable farming

March 6, 2012

Join the King County Agriculture Commission in Issaquah to learn about successful small farms in the region.

The commission is hosting a panel discussion at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery on March 8 to highlight the impact market gardens, small farms and urban farms can have on food security, jobs and sustainability in King County.

The commission meets from 4-7 p.m. in the hatchery’s Watershed Science Center, 125 W. Sunset Way. The panel discussion is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

The panelists include Amaranth Urban Farm’s Nicole Capizzi, Local Roots Farm’s Siri Erickson-Brown and Sol to Seed Farm’s Matt Tregoning. Each farmer operates a successful farm and sells wares at farmers markets and to subscribers through community supported agriculture initiatives.

Longtime Commissioner Michaele Blakely also plans to join the panel discussion.

The commission is a group of volunteer citizen agricultural experts responsible for advising the county on policy and regulatory issues, farmland preservation and strategies to keep agriculture viable.

Contact Project Manager Claire Dyckman at 206-296-1926 or claire.dyckman@kingcounty.gov to learn more.

Press Editorial

March 6, 2012

DUI crackdown need not wait for holidays

St. Patrick’s Day could be unlucky for impaired motorists. But getting drunk drivers off the road would be lucky for everyone else.

Statewide, law enforcement agencies and the Issaquah Police Department plan to embark on a campaign to nab drunken drivers before, during and after the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

The effort starts March 9 and runs through March 18. The campaign means beefed-up DUI enforcement on Issaquah and King County roads, as Issaquah police and other law enforcement agencies join the crackdown.

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