Washingtonians marry less, divorce more, live longer

March 20, 2012

In 2010, 909 couples married on Aug. 21 — the biggest day for weddings in the Evergreen State.

The total — and other figures from the state Center for Health Statistics — offer a snapshot of life and death in Washington.

Washingtonians live longer than the national average. The latest figures from the Center for Health Statistics also indicate more divorces, fewer pregnancies and better prenatal care for expectant mothers.

Statewide, the number of pregnancies, births and abortions continues to drop.

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National Poison Prevention Week offers preparedness reminder

March 20, 2012

Eastside Fire & Rescue is reminding residents to reduce household hazards during the 50th anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week.

Officials said residents report more than 2 million poisonings to poison centers each year. Overall, more than 90 percent of poisonings occur at home. The majority of nonlethal poisonings occur in children younger than 6.

EFR recommends residents store poisonous household products and medications locked out of a child’s sight and reach, make sure a child does not have access to peeling paint or chewable surfaces painted with lead-based paint, and install a carbon monoxide alarm outside every sleeping area and on every level of a home.

Call the nationwide poison control center number toll free at 1-800-222-1222. The hotline works from anywhere in the United States, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. If a person is not breathing or has collapsed, call 911 immediately.

National Poison Prevention Week is observed through March 24.

Representative needed for county Women’s Advisory Board

March 20, 2012

Issaquah and King County residents can apply to represent King County Council District 3 on the county Women’s Advisory Board.

The panel makes recommendations to King County Executive Dow Constantine and the King County Council to ensure the county meets the needs and rights of women. The all-volunteer board meets monthly.

County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, the Issaquah representative, urged people to apply for the open District 3 seat board.

District 3 stretches from Woodinville to Issaquah, and from Lake Sammamish to the Kittitas County line.

Learn more about the Women’s Advisory Board at the King County website, www.kingcounty.gov/socialservices/CommunityServices/Boards/WomensAdvisoryBoard.aspx. Email Lambert at kathy.lambert@kingcounty.gov to request the application.

Dyslexia definition now covers wider range of reading disorders

March 20, 2012

There are several myths about the reading disability known as dyslexia, according to Cornell Atwater, director of Issaquah’s Learning Rx center.

For one thing, and perhaps most importantly, dyslexia has nothing to do with mixing up letters. People who have dyslexia do not necessarily see words differently than other people. Further, persons diagnosed with dyslexia do not have one single form of reading disorder.

“Dyslexia really encompasses anyone who has difficulty reading,” Atwater said.

For her part, Kathy Gottlieb agreed. Gottlieb is a literacy TOSA (teacher on special assignment) with the Issaquah School District. She said the district does not use the word “dyslexia” in describing student reading problems.

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Larger lacrosse league teams prepare to face tougher competition

March 20, 2012

Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States, and a big part of that growth is happening right here in our own back yard.
“I coached the first 7-8 (year old) Issaquah youth lacrosse team, probably seven or eight years ago,” Skyline head coach Adam Kurtenbach said. “From that point on, just in Issaquah, Sammamish, that program has bred another four or five youth programs. Now there’s 50 teams that have grown just from that in the last seven or eight years. It’s been exponential growth just year after year.”

With all that growth, both the division I and II leagues have gotten increasingly tougher, and Skyline, Issaquah and Liberty all hope to make significant strides this season.

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Plateau lacrosse rivals Skyline, Eastlake duke it out in snow

March 20, 2012

US Lacrosse Sophomore Michael Cowin, Skyline High School’s attack-man (left), and Eastlake High School’s defender Ty Reifeis, a sophomore, do their best to ignore the snow and play on during the March 13 lacrosse game between the two school’s prep teams. By Charles Mauzy

Braving the snow and wind the Skyline and Eastlake high school lacrosse prep teams faced off March 13 for a friendly plateau rivalry match that ended with Eastlake on top, 8-7.

“On the plateau, lacrosse is very competitive,” Eastlake head coach Chris Panos said. “In the past, Eastlake has got no respect. But part of my job is instilling confidence in those kids that they could play at that level.”

Just like the weather, which refused to relent, the two teams went net-for-net through most of the game. Skyline took the first quarter by outscoring Eastlake, 3-2, but the lead didn’t last long. By halftime the game was tied 5-5. After the third quarter saw Eastlake advance by one goal the two teams matched each other’s two goals each bringing the final score to 8-7.

“We took some penalties that they capitalized on,” Skyline head coach Adam Kurtenbach said.

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Flu season arrives late in Washington, has not yet peaked

March 20, 2012

Influenza is on the rise in communities throughout Washington, as the slow-to-arrive affliction starts to increase.

State health officials said predicting the timing and severity of each flu season is complicated. Though the flu most commonly peaks in February, peak flu activity has not yet occurred in Washington. The traditional flu season can last as late as May.

Officials said everyone 6 months and older should receive a flu shot each year. Some children under 9 may need a pair of doses for complete protection.

The flu causes fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, headaches and fatigue.

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March 21 Student Crossword Puzzle

March 20, 2012

Did you forget these science facts? Crossword Puzzle — march 21

Press Editorial

March 20, 2012

Public not engaged in redevelopment plan

The city of Issaquah has come a long way toward adopting a Central Issaquah Plan, a blueprint for a future Issaquah with buildings up to 150 feet tall, more people and traffic, and more commercial buildings combined with multifamily residential units.

Meetings begin this month and continue into May to hear public comment.

Sadly, only the usual suspects are likely to speak up. Developers and landowners, the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and members of the Issaquah Environmental Council will be there — but few others. It doesn’t need to be that way.

When Issaquah wrote its Comprehensive Plan nearly three decades ago, a facilitator reached out to neighborhood groups, churches, clubs, sports organizations and more to walk them through a visioning process that helped write and preserve the characteristics of Issaquah that citizens hold dear.

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Local soccer squads hope to expand upon last year’s successes

March 20, 2012

If there is one consistent element to KingCo soccer year in and year out, it is the pure strength of the league.

“The league’s always tough,” Issaquah head coach Jason Lichtenberger said. “It’s the toughest league in the state, hands down.”

Last season, three teams from the conference qualified for the state tournament and they only lost to other KingCo teams. Garfield lost to Eastlake, who met with Skyline in the finals.

“A lot of leagues you’ll see some pretty strong teams, but there’s also some teams at the bottom that are a little bit weaker,” Lichtenberger said. “But in KingCo, every game’s a battle. The last-place teams beat the first-place teams, if they were to play 10 times, maybe a couple times that last-place team would beat the first-place team, and I don’t think there’s any other league where you’d see that. You just can’t take a game off.”

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