Local Habitat for Humanity affiliates plan to merge

May 8, 2012

Habitat for Humanity of East King County — builder of residences in the Issaquah Highlands — and Habitat for Humanity of Seattle/South King County plan to merge, officials announced April 25.

The groups’ boards voted separately after a report explored the advantages and challenges of combining operations. If the process proceeds as expected, leaders from each group could decide on a formal merger agreement in about 90 days. In the meantime, each affiliate plans to continue normal operations.

“This is a significant step,” said Marty Kooistra, Seattle/South King County affiliate CEO. “The boards concluded that by merging the affiliates Habitat could be more effective in providing affordable homeownership to more families in King County.”

In Issaquah, the East King County affiliate built the 10-unit Magnolia Village complex in the highlands. Habitat for Humanity of East King County dedicated the final residences in the complex April 28.

“Housing affordability remains a big issue in King County,” said Tom Granger, East King County affiliate executive director. “The economies and combined resources of a merger will allow us to do more, and we will have a stronger voice advocating for affordable housing.”

Experts host workshop for businesses, nonprofits

May 8, 2012

Leaders of businesses and nonprofit organizations can learn how to gain a crucial edge in cause marketing, a growing market niche, at a local workshop May 22.

According to Cone’s 2010 Cause Evolution Study, 83 percent of Americans wish more of the products, services and retailers they use supported causes. (Cone Communications is a public relations and marketing company.)

In order to educate business and nonprofit leaders, business consultant Joni Kovarik and nonprofit consultant Jane Kuechle teamed up to offer the cause marketing workshop.

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Issaquah Youth Advisory Board seeks fresh faces by May 18

May 8, 2012

City leaders need tweens and teens to serve on the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board during the 2012-13 school year.

The panel fosters advocacy, community service and youth representation on local boards and committees.

Students must live within the Issaquah School District boundaries in order to apply for the board. The school district stretches from Preston to Newcastle and from Sammamish to Renton.

Organizers intend to include members representing each middle and high school in the district.

The panel also welcomes home-schooled and private school students living inside district boundaries.

Find the application on the municipal website, www.ci.issaquah.wa.us/Files/2012-2013IYABapplication.pdf. The application deadline is May 18.

Contact city Recreation Coordinator Cathy Jones at 837-3317 or cathyj@ci.issaquah.wa.us to learn more.

The upcoming year represents the 17th anniversary for the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board. Past projects include hosting a daylong Issaquah Youth Summit, collecting more than 1,200 pounds of food for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank and organizing a middle school dodgeball tournament.

Off the Press

May 8, 2012

Friends care enough to say don’t drink and drive

Greg Farrar Press photographer

You young people who are now high school seniors were newborn babies when I started working here at The Press, so there’s obviously the implication that I’ve taken pictures of a lot of you throughout your 12 years of classroom activities here in the Issaquah School District.

You might remember those times, and in fact your parents might have saved the clippings! You’ve been one of the great pleasures of my job.

In just about a month, you’ll be graduating from Skyline, Issaquah, Liberty and Tiger Mountain Community high schools. I expect to see you at Safeco Field or the Tiger Mountain campus for your commencement. Congratulations to all of you!

The important thing is that you all live long and happy lives afterward, so if you’ll read along for a minute, I’d like to talk about that Liberty High School DUI demonstration that ran in the paper last week.

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College News

May 8, 2012

Local student receives scholarships from WSU

Deven Tokuno, the daughter of Darla and Rik Tokuno, of Bellevue, was awarded a $1,000 April Seehafer Scholarship and a $1,500 Basil and Ella Jerard Scholarship by the Washington State University Department of English.

The April Seehafer Scholarship is given to undergraduate women majoring in composition, professional writing or literary studies, who are of sophomore standing or above, have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate financial need.

The Basil and Ella Jerard Scholarship is given to outstanding, full-time English majors who demonstrate financial need and merit.

Tokuno graduated from Issaquah High School in 2009 and plans to graduate from WSU in May with a degree in English and zoology. She is the Student Bookstore Corp. vice chairwoman, president of the Student Alumni Ambassadors and the chief editor for the Landscapers Literary Journal.

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Whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on as ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ returns

May 8, 2012

Jukebox musical revives classic rock ‘n’ roll

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

“Million Dollar Quartet” is a multimillion-dollar phenomenon.

The rock ‘n’ roll musical about the “million dollar quartet” — Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis — collaborating for one night at the storefront Sun Records studio led to successful runs at Village Theatre in Issaquah and Everett, and then in Chicago, New York City and London.

The inaugural national tour of “Million Dollar Quartet” reaches the Paramount Theatre in Seattle on May 15 — a homecoming of sorts for a musical shaped a half-dozen years ago at Village Theatre.

The musical is based on a seminal jam session at the Sun Records studio in December 1956.

In the touring production, Christopher Ryan Grant plays rock ‘n’ roll impresario Sam Phillips, the Memphis mogul and Sun Records founder responsible for the “million dollar quartet.”

“You listen to these songs today and they seem simple, but maybe that’s part of the appeal,” Grant said in a phone interview from a stop in Costa Mesa, Calif. “There’s not a whole lot of messy production behind them that you get these days with synthesizers and canned beats.”

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Interest in Olympics is waning with students

May 8, 2012

Hall Monitor Eric Schroeder Issaquah High School

The 2012 Olympic Games are fast approaching and will certainly be a part of current events this summer.

But for all of its importance, there seems to be some apathy surrounding the games. While our student body has a great interest in athletics at Issaquah High School, it seems that students just do not pay a lot of attention to the Olympics.

Considering that the Olympics pit country against country and attract the most talented athletes from around the world, you would think that it would be a bigger event. While surveys revealed that over two-thirds of students said that they plan to watch the Olympics this summer, most students said that they only plan to passively watch them when they were bored or just flipping through channels.

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Anneliese H. Chamberlain

May 8, 2012

Anneliese Chamberlain

Anneliese H. Chamberlain, of Issaquah, passed away peacefully May 4, 2012, at home. She was 71 years of age.

Anneliese was born Feb. 14, 1941, in Hof, Germany, the daughter of Adolf and Christiane Hering. She was raised and graduated from high school in Hof.

She worked in sales for a large department store in Hof until 1964, when she married Douglas on June 18, 1964. They moved numerous times with his career in the United States Air Force. In 1980, he retired from the military and they moved to Issaquah.

Survivors include her loving husband Douglas; two sons Hans and James; daughter Vicki Patel; brother Adolf Hering; and five grandchildren.

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Issaquah basketball player signs with Azusa Pacific

May 8, 2012

Issaquah High School senior Nick Price has signed with Azusa Pacific University in Southern California.

Price averaged 19.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.5 steals per game for the Eagles.

“Nick led us back to the final 16 for the first time in six years,” Issaquah head coach Jason Griffith said. “His overall game really improved his senior year and that resulted in our team experiencing some success.”

Azusa Pacific University is a private Christian university that competes in the Golden State Athletic Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

May 2 Student Crossword Puzzle Answers

May 8, 2012

Middle School Answers — May 2

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