Submit your art for ‘Being Human’ exhibit

March 12, 2013

Artists are invited to submit original works to artEAST’s exhibit “Being Human.”

The show is open to 2-D works in painting media such as oil, watercolor and acrylic, with a focus on contemporary traditional techniques. ArtEAST seeks work that shows solid foundational understanding of technique, composition, form and color.

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Girl Scouts receive week, council receives cookies

March 12, 2013

As an assortment of cookies was delivered to the Issaquah City Council last week, and Mayor Ava Frisinger honored local Girl Scouts.

During the regular council meeting March 4, Frisinger read out a proclamation that lauded the Girls Scouts of America for all they have given the city, state and country. She described the benefits they brought to the community and congratulated the organization on its 101 years of service. The largest girl-led business in the country, the cookie program has been in existence just as long.

By PETER CLARK Girl Scout Sydney Weber (right) delivered her annual presentation of cookies to the Issaquah City Council during their March 4 meeting.

By PETER CLARK
Girl Scout Sydney Weber (right) delivered her annual presentation of cookies to the Issaquah City Council during their March 4 meeting.

“For over a hundred years, Girl Scouting has helped millions of girls build courage, confidence and character,” Frisinger, herself a former Girl Scout, said. “The cookie program prepares girls for the future by developing five business-setting skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.”

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Commission narrows economic obstacles

March 12, 2013

In a morning workshop meeting, the Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats Commission took a long look at Issaquah’s economic development on March 5.

Led by the animated efforts of Consultant David Cunningham, from Cunningham Enterprises, the commission, along with Mayor Ava Frisinger and developer Skip Rowley, came to the conclusion that it must more clearly present Issaquah’s path into the future.

By Peter CLark John Traeger (left) and Karl Leigh (right) brainstorm notable events in the city’s history in a workshop meeting to evaluate the obstacles that lie ahead for Issaquah’s economic development, which consultant Dave Cunningham places on a group-created graph.

By Peter CLark
John Traeger (left) and Karl Leigh (right) brainstorm notable events in the city’s history in a workshop meeting to evaluate the obstacles that lie ahead for Issaquah’s economic development, which consultant Dave Cunningham places on a group-created graph.

“It is a response to the need for something other than a laissez-faire attitude to our business and our community,” said Frisinger, a strong proponent for thoughtful growth in the city. “Our prevailing sense in the past was there was not a lot of need to retain or attract business. As we became increasingly pressed by development, it became clear that in order to have a good economy, we had to be competitive.”

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To the Editor

March 12, 2013

School board

Support Alison Meryweather for open position

I have spent the past 10 years supporting our children in our schools in our Issaquah community. We live in an amazing community that supports education and our community is full of people who have done the same!

During those past 10 years, I have had the honor of working with Alison Meryweather who is currently running for the open school board position in the Issaquah School District. Alison is one of those individuals who I think has served on every possible educational committee or organization in the district. She has done this because she has a passion for children and their education.

When you think of Alison, you think of someone who loves to support our children and our schools, and when she gives her time and energy, she does it with joy.

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Editorial

March 12, 2013

Teen criminals’ privacy vs. your right to know

Your state representatives don’t think you need to know if your neighborhood teen has been molesting other kids. If you have a burglar in your midst and he/she is under 18, then you don’t need to know that either, even if it’s someone your son or daughter is dating.

In 1977, the Legislature moved the juvenile justice system into the superior and district courts, in the interest of access to justice, as called for in the state constitution. Now, it wants to limit access to juvenile criminal records and court records in general, ostensibly because the Internet has created unintended uses for those records.

Last week, Substitute House Bill 1651 passed the House, 97-0. Was no one paying attention to its ramifications?

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Off The Press

March 12, 2013

Want a tax deduction for reading this column?

Are you staring at your 1040 form this month wondering where all your income went?

Just in case you are in the 1 percent of taxpayers that have been slammed by this year’s repeal of your tax cuts, don’t think we here at The Issaquah Press can’t try to help you get a little of it back, with our thoughts about new tax loopholes that should help make ends meet.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

I polled some of our employees on their ideas. If the American people can get Congress to put these on the books, it would benefit the 1 percent, the 99 percent, the 47 percent and all the other percenters that are out there.

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Swedish/Issaquah offers postnatal massage service

March 12, 2013

Swedish/Issaquah now offers the postnatal massage service Postnatal Body Therapy by Bavia.

The goal of Bavia isn’t luxury, but rather about helping create a healing environment for new mothers.

Services include soft candlelight, soothing music and aromatherapy combined with gentle massage, eucalyptus-steamed foot wraps and heated temple treatment.

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Kiwanis host Issaquah community cleaning

March 12, 2013

Issaquah’s side of Interstate 90 will receive a good spring-cleaning for Earth Day next month.

In an attempt to revive an old tradition, the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah will host a Spring Clean Up on April 20. The club has decided to spend time focusing specifically on those areas south of the interstate to bring a little tender love and care in the wake of the commuter horde.

Not wanting to monopolize all of the praise, the Kiwanis are looking for volunteer groups or individuals to push some brooms, pick up some litter or plant some flowers.

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File nominations now for preservation awards

March 12, 2013

The state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation seeks nominations to honor excellence in historic preservation.

The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. March 15.

The agency’s 23rd Annual Awards for Outstanding Achievements in Historic Preservation recognize people, organizations and projects. Categories include historic preservation planning, historic property rehabilitation projects, career achievement, public education, stewardship, special achievement media and cemetery preservation.

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Woman robs convenience store at knife point

March 12, 2013

The AM/PM convenience store was robbed late March 10, after a woman reportedly entered the business displaying what appeared to be a handgun, police said.

The gun, which was actually a starter pistol, like the kind used at the beginning of races, was wrestled away by the clerk.

This female suspect is shown as photographed by surveillance video during a reported armed robbery March 10 at a convenience store in the 1400 block of Northwest Sammamish Road. Photo contributed.

This female suspect is shown as photographed by surveillance video during a reported armed robbery March 10 at a convenience store in the 1400 block of Northwest Sammamish Road. Photo contributed.

A struggle ensued after the suspect demanded money at which time she pulled a knife on the clerk. The suspect was then disarmed and fled the scene on foot. The clerk was not injured.

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