Downtown Issaquah Shell gas station closes for renovation

September 18, 2012

Crews started a major overhaul at the downtown Shell gas station and Jacksons convenience store Sept. 11.

The extensive renovation and addition started as workers stripped the building down to a steel skeleton. The convenience store at Front Street and Sunset Way is expected to reopen by early December, and gas sales should resume before then.

The remade store should feature a more modern, spacious layout and additional options.

Crews cordoned off the parking lot around the gas station for the duration of construction.

Dump expired, unused medication at Issaquah City Hall

September 18, 2012

Saving unused or expired medication can lead to improper and illegal use.

So the Issaquah Police Department is offering residents a chance to dump leftover medication. The agency is hosting a medication take-back event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

Issaquah residents can also drop off expired or unused medications anytime from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, at the police department.

Evergreen Enduro Tiger Mountain Bike Race comes to Issaquah Alps

September 18, 2012

For the first time, the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance will present the inaugural Evergreen Enduro Tiger Mountain Bike Race on Sept. 22.

More than 150 racers will assemble in the upper Tiger Mountain Summit parking lot off highway 18 between 8 and 9 a.m.; racing will get underway at 10 a.m.

All proceeds from the race will go toward building and maintaining mountain bike trails on Tiger Mountain, which have been in operation for the past 20 years, but have never served as a venue for a race.

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Off the Press

September 18, 2012

It’s not hard to cook up a lasting marriage

David Hayes
Press reporter

My wife Michelle and I celebrated our 17th anniversary in August. While we’ve more than doubled the national average, we’re still young ‘uns compared to some of the couples The Issaquah Press has featured in recent months.

The paper has been celebrating along with some local couples who’ve hit some mighty milestones in their marriages. Each was kind enough to also share their secrets to staying together all these decades since tying the knot.

Preben and Ruth Hoegh-Christensen celebrated their 70th anniversary Aug. 2. Their secret was to make sure there was give and take in their marriage, and after an argument to always kiss each other goodnight before bed, never going to sleep angry.

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Items needed for Issaquah Valley Senior Center White Elephant Sale

September 18, 2012

If spring cleaning has turned into summer cleaning, consider donating items to the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, which will host a White Elephant Sale during the Salmon Days Festival on Oct. 6-7.

The center is accepting any items except clothing and shoes. Items donated in the past included home furnishings, jewelry, collectibles and antiques.

“It’s like one big flea market,” center Director Courtney Jaren said.

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Echo Glen Children’s Center students learn life lessons from canine pals

September 18, 2012

Jo Simpson, recreation director at Echo Glen Children’s Center and the director of its Canine Connections program, plays with her dog Tux. Troubled children staying at the center spend time with dogs that, unlike Tux, have suffered neglect. By Sebastian Moraga

The fellows behind the fences arrived at Echo Glen Children’s Center two weeks ago and they hate the place.

Their complaints are deafening, their looks threatening. Furthermore, in about eight weeks, they’ll be gone from this juvenile rehabilitation center and inside someone‘s home.

By then, Echo Glen Recreation Director Jo Simpson promised, they will be very different dogs.

From Chihuahuas to bulldogs, dogs with traumatic pasts and children at the facility help each other overcome their struggles.

The program, Canine Connections, is a joint project between Echo Glen and the Issaquah School District, which runs the school inside the facility.

With the help of Simpson, who has trained, showed and owned dogs for decades, 10 Echo Glen children reverse the age-old saying and become a dog’s best friend every three months.

“Each child becomes the dog’s case manager,” said Patti Berntsen, Echo Glen’s associate superintendent.

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Issaquah School District students qualify as National Merit semifinalists

September 18, 2012

Twenty-one students from the Issaquah School District have qualified as semifinalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Representing Liberty High School on the list is Veronica Austin. Semifinalists at Issaquah High School are Braden Hahn, Tiffany Han, Alexander Hansen, Zoey Kapusinski, Allen Kim, Viviane Poulain, Christine Rasquinha, Emily Repp, Hunter Sapienza, Nikita Sirohi and Allen Wang. From Skyline High School, Carlene Chung, Jessica Guo, Michael Lee, Siddharth Murching, Diana Ning, Mary Alice Peng, Nitin Shyamkumar, Andrew Smith and Sonya Ye all qualified.

The district’s 21 semifinalists are among 16,000 high school seniors across the nation that are in the running for 8,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million.

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Liberty High School swimmers fall to Hazen team

September 18, 2012

Mackenna Briggs, Liberty High School sophomore, swims way ahead of the field Sept. 13 to win the 500 freestyle against Hazen in a time of 5 minutes, 27.69 seconds. By Greg Farrar

The Liberty High School girls swim team lost to Hazen, 99-86, Sept. 13 in a nonconference meet.

Liberty sophomore Mackenna Briggs won the 200 individual medley in 2 minutes, 12.76 seconds and the 500 freestyle in 5:27.69.

Sophomore Cecilia Nelson won the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:09.62.

Freshman Ellie Hohensinner captured the 100 butterfly in 1:06.02.

Sophomore Christina Sargent took first place in the 1-meter diving competition with a score of 147.

The Liberty girls also took first place in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:55.49. The team featured Briggs, Nelson, Hohensinner and freshman Lauryn Hepp.

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Issaquah School District hosts surplus sale

September 18, 2012

The Issaquah School District is having a garage sale.

The surplus sale is set for Sept. 27 at the May Valley Service Center, 16430 S.E. May Valley Road in Renton. Items for sale include surplus textbooks and library books, computer systems, furniture, equipment and a 1990 GMC van.

The sale begins at 3 p.m. for students only and will open up to the general public from 3:30-5 p.m.

Learn more by calling the purchasing office at 837-7071.

Kiwanis Club of Issaquah honors Every Day Hero

September 18, 2012

The Kiwanis Club of Issaquah recently presented their Every Day Hero Award to Pamela Poirier. She was nominated by the director of the Issaquah Valley Senior Center.

Poirier is the artist in residence at the senior center. For almost two years, Poirier has volunteered to teach the Friday afternoon art workshops at the center.

She donated several original paintings to the center and conducted an art show last spring, where she and her students displayed their work.

Poirier’s influence on her students’ work is evident. The students use color more vibrantly, their artistic perspectives have grown and their use of texture is much more comprehensive.

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