To the Editor

June 5, 2012

Good Samaritans

Thank you after serious accident

We’d like to say a special thank you to the young men who helped our granddaughter, Katie Walters, after her horrendous accident on Interstate 90, where her car crossed all lanes and landed upside down in Issaquah Creek. She is so lucky to be alive! It appears she will be OK.

Thank you everyone who witnessed, and called 911. She and we are so grateful.

Laurel and Vern Redecker


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Public Meetings

June 5, 2012

June 7

Council Transportation Committee

5 p.m.

Pickering Room, City Hall Northwest

1775 12th Ave. N.W.


Cemetery Board

6:30 p.m.

Coho Room, City Hall

130 E. Sunset Way

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Youth advocates take top honors at Community Awards

June 5, 2012

Renee Zimmerman reacts to a standing ovation May 31 after receiving the Citizen of the Year award from Issaquah Chamber of Commerce board chairwoman Dianna Reely, during the 33rd annual Issaquah Community Awards at the Hilton Garden Inn. By Greg Farrar

As Issaquah celebrated its very best at the 33rd annual Chamber of Commerce Community Awards, two residents — celebrated for their lasting contributions to the community — were inducted into Issaquah’s Hall of Fame on May 31.

Barbara de Michele and Master Sgt. Richard “Top” DeMarco received top honors at the May 31 ceremony, which included recognition for Issaquah’s finest in 18 categories, including awards for standout volunteers, businesses leaders, organizations and youth.

Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger said the Hall of Fame awards were based on several criteria, including inspiration, leadership, civic mindedness, fundraising efforts for public good and length of service to the community.

None more so affected by the awardees are Issaquah’s youth.

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Community Calendar

June 5, 2012

Elks host burger feast

Five Guys Burgers is donating more than 50 servings of burgers, fries and peanuts for a special dinner at 6 p.m. June 7 at Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge, 765 Rainier Blvd. N. Dinner is $10 with all proceeds going toward the Elks’ charitable programs, including children’s therapy, scholarships, veterans programs, Compassion House and Special Olympics. There will be live music and the public is invited. Learn more or make reservations by calling 392-1400.


Vendors are being accepted for Eastside Market & Mingle, a small/home-based business marketplace, that will be held monthly from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting June 9 at The Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 N.W. Gilman Blvd. To learn more, contact Marlena at 279-3906 or

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Eastside Fire & Rescue burn ban starts June 15

June 5, 2012

Eastside Fire & Rescue is reminding residents about the heightened risk for fires in the drier days ahead.

The agency is due to impose a summer burn ban June 15 for residents in Issaquah, Sammamish and nearby communities. Though a rain-soaked spring may make such a moratorium seem unnecessary, summer brings a heightened risk for fires. The moratorium is in effect through Sept. 30.

For summertime cookouts, propane, natural gas and charcoal fires do not require a burn permit. Other fires require a burn permit from EFR. Call 313-3200.

Fires cannot be larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high. Use only dry, seasoned wood to fuel recreational fires.

The flames must be contained inside a barbecue pit, fire ring or a portable fireplace. Importantly, only vegetation can be burned.

Burning to clear land is permanently banned in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

Firewise and EFR offer information for homeowners to create defensible spaces around residences at and

In addition to the EFR moratorium, the state Department of Natural Resources imposes a summer burn ban in Tiger Mountain State Forest and other forestlands July 1. The state ban ends Sept. 30.

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Issaquah skaters carve out niche in roller derby community

June 5, 2012

Sheri ‘Jamaica Hurt’ Greenman (far right) stands at the starting line seconds before the start of a OneWorld league game. As her team’s ‘pivot,’ Greenman is marked with a striped helmet and sets the pace of the 90-second jam. Contributed by Sheri Greenman

Maybe you’ve seen “Whip It,” Drew Barrymore’s 2009 film about a fictional, rebellious teen pageant queen-turned roller derby enthusiast. While the film offers a glimpse into the world of roller derby, the portrayal of the sport is a bit exaggerated, according to local residents Beckie Bogart and Sheri Greenman, who both skate in the OneWorld Roller Derby league.

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Tastin’ n Racin’ returns for 16th year on Lake Sammamish

June 5, 2012

Event organizers are crossing their fingers and singing, “Rain, rain go away,” this week leading up to the 16th annual Tastin’ n Racin’ at Lake Sammamish State Park from June 8-10.

Marketing Coordinator Craig Cooke, who has been with the festival since its inception in 1996, knows that weather is always a determining factor in how the weekend goes.

“You figure that weather’s always going to be chancy,” Cooke said. “And if luck is on your side you’ll have decent weather during the event, because weather is always key to outdoor festivals.”

Tastin’ n Racin’ was designed to showcase hydroplane racing on Lake Sammamish, but also features quite a bit of land-based entertainment — everything from food booths and rides to a music stage and a beer garden.

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Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park hosts Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival on June 9

June 5, 2012

See bike demos and races, and shop vendors June 9 at the Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival at Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park in Issaquah.

The free event is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be races and competitions; free bike demos all day; fun events for kids, both on and off bikes, including prizes and a special kids raffle; all the big bike brands with the latest bikes and gear for guests to check out; a beer garden with beer available for sale from the Snoqualmie Brewery; and food available for sale from local vendors.

The competition schedule is:

  • 8-10 a.m. — “Duthie Dash” Cross Country Time Trial Race, courtesy of Project 529
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — “Dueling on Deuces” Dual Slalom Race (Pro/Open & Amateur classes)
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m. — Jump-Off Huck Contest courtesy of Go Huck Yourself (Pro/Open & Amateur classes)

Learn more about the Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival at

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Sunset Elementary School’s Art Walk puts docent program on display

June 5, 2012

Libby Yoon (center) picks out some flowers to plant in her newly painted potting container. By Lillian Tucker

“See art; do art; eat art” read promotional posters for Sunset Elementary School’s annual Art Walk, and that is exactly what attendees did at the May 29 event.

“It’s not just looking at students’ art, it’s a hands-on experience,” Principal Wayne Hamasaki said. “It’s a great way to showcase the fantastic talents of our students.”

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Organizers need vendors, volunteers for Independence Day

June 5, 2012

Organizers need vendors and volunteers to make the Down Home 4th of July and Heritage Day Celebration — Issaquah’s annual Independence Day celebration — a success.

The action starts at 10 a.m. July 4 as participants gather and register for the Kids, Pets ‘n’ Pride Parade. The parade starts at 11 a.m.

Revelers then head to Veterans’ Memorial Park for a hay hunt, three-legged and gunnysack races, pony rides, face painting, bouncy houses, and a slug race and beauty pageant. Participants must provide their own slugs. Save room for a pie-eating contest at about 1:30 p.m.

In order to present the celebration, organizers need volunteers to participate in setup and tear-down, and to work in the retail area and at activity stations.

Organizers offer booths to nonprofit organizations, arts and crafts vendors, and commercial ventures.

Find the application forms for the parade, vendors and volunteers at

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