See ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ for free

July 31, 2012

“Captain America: The First Avenger” comes to Issaquah soon for the summertime Movie on the Green.

The film starts at 8 p.m. Sept. 8 on the Issaquah Community Center lawn, 301 Rainier Blvd. S. The free event is presented by the municipal Parks & Recreation Department and Lunar Flicks.

Lunar Flicks provides the inflatable screen and the digital projectors to screen the film.

Released last year, “Captain America: The First Avenger” features Chris Evans as the title character, a patriotic crusader unleashed against the Nazis — and super-villain Red Skull — in World War II. Tommy Lee Jones stars as a gruff colonel; Hayley Atwell is Peggy Carter, Captain America’s love interest.

(Evans’ character later popped up in the summer mega-blockbuster “The Avengers.”)

The film runs for 124 minutes, so attendees should bring a blanket or lawn chair to remain comfortable during the event. Organizers also plan to sell concessions during the film.

“Captain America: The First Avenger” is rated PG-13.

Press Editorial

July 31, 2012

Your Issaquah Press just got narrower

More than a year ago, two readership focus groups gave us their insights.

Why is The Issaquah Press so wide, they asked. Since then, we’ve heard from other readers who’ve asked the same question. They say they prefer the easy-reading width of The Seattle Times.

We listened to our readers, and we listened to advertising agency designers who were asking the same question. Ad designers much prefer we get in line with the industry standard.

It took a year of thinking and planning, but here we are.

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Conservation Futures Program celebrates 30 years

July 31, 2012

The program instrumental in conserving Cougar Mountain as permanent open space is turning 30, and outdoors enthusiasts planned a local event to celebrate the milestone.

In the past 30 years, county officials used $300 million in Conservation Futures Program funds and more than $150 million in matching funds to preserve land, including the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park near Issaquah.

Overall, program dollars enabled the county to conserve 108,600 acres countywide, add 3,200 acres of urban parks and greenways, and protect 4,700 acres of watershed and salmon habitat.

Cougar Mountain is the initial parkland purchased with program funds.

“Through the commitment of residents and leaders over the past three decades, we have built a legacy of working forestlands and farms, linked trail systems and preserved beautiful open space for us — and future generations — to enjoy,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement.

The county and open space partners also launched a website, www.kingcounty.gov/conservationfutures, to explain the program’s history.

Positions open for Bellevue Warriors Baseball Club

July 31, 2012

The Bellevue Warriors Baseball Club is recruiting players for its 13 and under, 14 and under and 15 and under teams for 2013.

Several parents from Newcastle organized the Warriors team in August 2009, so children in the area would have a program in place that offered a higher level of competition than was available in the area’s Pony League.

Athletes from across the Eastside are welcome to participate.

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Off the Press

July 31, 2012

Signature gatherers need a lesson in manners

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

I’ll be glad when all the recent initiatives and various other causes are wrapped up for this cycle and we don’t see signature gatherers again for a while.

To be clear, I am not against any specific cause here. And I’m never against people and their passions. In fact, I think many people could become more passionate about causes that need help.

And I’m not necessarily against signature gatherers. I just think some of them need to learn some manners.

I don’t know what it is these days about manners in general, but it seems the practice of good manners is declining.

But back to the signature gatherers. I had one recently who wouldn’t take no for an answer. Sometimes on my days off, I just like to be left alone, especially when ticking through a list of errands so I can get to enjoying my life.

On a recent trip to Target, I was in a hurry to get home and wash and wax my car, so I could get the T-tops out and enjoy some sun. This woman outside the store hollered at me and when I tried to wave her off yelled, “But are you registered to vote? What are you going to do about blah, blah, blah?”

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Statewide whooping cough epidemic passes 3,000 cases

July 31, 2012

State health officials said vaccination protection from whooping cough does not last as long as initially believed, but added that vaccination remains the best defense.

The number of pertussis, or whooping cough, cases statewide surpassed 3,000 in recent days. The state documented the most cases in vaccinated school-aged children.

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published a report about the Washington epidemic. The report highlights more reported cases among 13-14 year olds — a changing trend across the United States. The prevalence of pertussis in the age group indicates a shorter duration for vaccine protection against whooping cough.

“Even so, vaccinated people who get whooping cough have milder symptoms, shorter illnesses and are less likely to spread the disease to others,” state Secretary of Health Mary Selecky said in a statement. “Our biggest concern is keeping babies from getting sick — and vaccination is still the best protection.”

Pertussis is highly contagious and spreads easily from person to person through coughing and sneezing. The disease is most serious for infants, especially children too young to receive the vaccination. Pertussis causes cold-like systems followed by a long, severe cough.

Lakeside Recovery 15U prepares youths for future

July 31, 2012

Frank Lawhead, head coach of the Lakeside Recovery 15U team, knows that baseball is a game of failure. After going 29-12 entering the Lee Johnson Tournament July 25-29, his team was ready for a challenge.

“We were playing in an older tournament with some better competition,” Lawhead said.

Lawhead’s team went 1-4, winning their last game in the tournament, 5-3, against Showtime. Despite the rough time over the weekend, Lawhead said he knows it was a good experience for his kids.

“For them to see what they have to do next year is important,” he said. “We’ve done that several times this year, we played in a 16-17-year-old tournament and we did a little bit better there. We’re just trying to get them to understand that when they get to high school there is no age limit, they’re competing against 16-, 17- and 18-year-old kids.

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League of Women Voters of Washington creates election tool

July 31, 2012

The primary election deadline is only days away, and the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Washington wants voters to successfully navigate the democratic process.

The league created a clearinghouse for election information and simple tools, VOTE411.org, to educate voters as the Aug. 7 primary approaches.

“Candidate information, voting tips, voter registration and much more are available at your fingertips,” league co-president Linnea Hirst said in a statement. “You can enter your address, see everything that will be on your ballot and easily compare candidates. It’s convenient, easy and invaluable for voters who want reliable information about voting in Washington.”

The league and the Seattle-based Wyncote Foundation NW made VOTE411.org possible for voters.

Chalk Art Festival highlights winners

July 31, 2012

Dozens of artists turned pavement into colorful canvases at the Chalk Art Festival on the Issaquah Community Center grounds.

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Black Velvet 4 plays classics at Concerts on the Green

July 31, 2012

Black Velvet 4 cranks up the classic rock for the next summer Concerts on the Green performance Aug. 7 at the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd.

Picnicking kicks off at 6 p.m., so be sure to bring a blanket. The music fills the air from 7-8:30 p.m. As many as 500 revelers attend, so be sure to come early to stake out your spot.

Black Velvet 4 is renowned in the Seattle area for its solid three-part harmonies, performing rock classics at outdoor concerts, corporate events, weddings and clubs. Check out the band’s schedule and music samples at www.blackvelvet4.com.

The concert series, now in its 15th year, is presented by the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department and the Issaquah Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah. Kiwanis sells refreshments during the show, including hot dogs and hamburgers.

The 85th Street Big Band swings onto the stage at the next concert series event Aug. 14.

As always, the concerts are free, but donations will be accepted.

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