Rev. Mark Miller takes his sword to new battle

June 4, 2013

Rev. Mark Miller, laughing at a comment from a guest in his office recently, is retiring from Mountain Creek Christian Fellowship after starting it 20 years ago. By Greg Farrar

Rev. Mark Miller, laughing at a comment from a guest in his office recently, is retiring from Mountain Creek Christian Fellowship after starting it 20 years ago. By Greg Farrar

The Rev. Mark Miller’s dress sword, once worn with his dress uniform when he was a young Marine officer and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, hangs on the wall behind his desk.

He traded it in for a different weapon: “For the word of God (Bible) is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword.” (NIV).

His old sword represents his “15 milliseconds of fame” as he was sitting in an officers’ club eating a hamburger, and the film crew for “The Great Santini” was panning the room.

With the new weapon, he started the Mountain Creek Christian Fellowship 20 years ago, a church that has been a ministry “to the more marginalized people, people on the fringes.” Miller is now leaving the ministry in the hands of his co-pastor, the Rev. Vanessa Chitwood, as he awaits orders from God for a new assignment.

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Storm water system concerns addressed

June 4, 2013

Issaquah’s side in a contentious storm water debate was delivered in the May 20 regular City Council meeting.

In his presentation, RH2 Consultant Dan Ervin answered recent claims that the city aims to pollute the groundwater aquifer through a storm water runoff system. He gave the council a comprehensive description of the history of the Lower Reid Infiltration Gallery and the process the storm water goes through as it is drained into the lower Issaquah Valley aquifer.

Ervin detailed how resuming infiltration into the aquifer would be the continuation of state Department of Ecology monitoring that falls in line with all of the regulations necessitated by the department’s standards.

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County program hosts spring open house

June 4, 2013

Local unincorporated King County residents have the opportunity to meet with officials and comment on county budget direction, learn about small grant opportunities and be informed about current projects in local communities in an open house June 13.

The open house is from 7-9 p.m. The first 15 minutes will give opportunities for residents to meet with representatives of specific county departments and branches, according to a press release from the county. Staff members will also be available to provide help with potential CSA small grant applications.

The meeting is at Castle Ice, 12620 164th Ave. S.E., and will feature Assistant Deputy County Executive Rhonda Berry and County Councilman Reagan Dunn.

Learn more by contacting Alan Painter, CSA program manager, at 206-296-8734 or alan.painter@kingcounty.gov. See maps and other documents at www.kingcounty.gov/exec/community-service-areas.aspx.

 

Chamber honors top volunteers at annual community awards

June 4, 2013

By GREG FARRAR Cecilia Gambill, owner of Illuminate Contracting LLC, thanks the crowd with a smile as she is called to the podium to receive the Citizen of the Year award sponsored by the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, during the 34th annual Community Awards Banquet held May 30 at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Cecilia Gambill, owner of Illuminate Contracting LLC, thanks the crowd with a smile as she is called to the podium to receive the Citizen of the Year award sponsored by the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, during the 34th annual Community Awards Banquet held May 30 at the Hilton Garden Inn. By Greg Farrar

In a night of honoring local volunteers, the city handed out top recognition at the 34th annual community awards. Cecilia Gambill was named Citizen of the Year and Debbie Berto was named to the Issaquah Hall of Fame.

Those awards finished out the May 30 banquet, held at the Hilton Garden Inn and sponsored by the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber CEO Matt Bott presented the award to Gambill, co-owner of Illuminate Contracting. Bott celebrated her hours of volunteering and her enthusiasm. Gambill has been in the community for three years after moving to Issaquah from Florida.

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Local winery wins gold

June 4, 2013

Twin Cedars Winery, of Issaquah, received Gold Awards at the 2013 Seattle Wine Awards for its 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2010 Merlot in the $20+ categories.

The Seattle Wine Awards, judged by top local and national wine professionals, represents the highest recognition a winery can earn in the state of Washington, according to a press release from the winery.

Twin Cedars Winery produces handcrafted red wines from grapes grown in Washington’s premier vineyard regions, including Red Mountain and Rattlesnake Hills. Their limited-release wines include cabernet, merlot, syrah and orange muscat.

In their fifth year, winemaker/owners Rod and Dona Ahrens produce and sell their wines from their tasting room located on Tiger Mountain, as well as in a few select Issaquah locations. Learn more at www.twincedarswinery.com.

 

Community invited to help solve crimes with tip line

June 4, 2013

The Issaquah Police Department is making a push for people to use its anonymous tip line.

In operation since 2008, the anonymous recording line has assisted in a number of investigations and arrests, according to Detective Diego Zanella. However, he said he believes the department can do a better job of engaging the public.

“The tips we get are really good, but they’re not enough,” he said. “It’s because people don’t know.”

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Caroline Brown is elected state PTA membership director

June 4, 2013

Caroline Brown, of Sammamish, has been elected as Washington State PTA membership director for a two-year term.

The election took place during the association’s 100th annual convention held in Bellevue last month, according to a press release from the association. As membership director, Brown will coordinate the membership activities of the association, and review and update program publications and resources. She will also serve on the WSPTA board of directors.

“As membership director, I will strive to make membership the responsibility of all, as we engage, train and multiply through local, regional and statewide efforts. I plan to work closely with the outreach director to grow membership by communicating how meaningful PTA can be to all its members,” Brown said in the release. “I also want to give PTA membership chairs skills to promote PTA membership by telling the story of the achievements of our PTA and the wonderful work we have done for all students across the state.”

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Teens receive young filmmaker award

June 4, 2013

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Matt Wells and Chase Helgeson

The film “Laser Rabbit” and Issaquah Middle School eighth-graders Matt Wells and Chase Helgeson received the Michael J. Rima youth-filmmaker award in the 2013 3-Minute Masterpiece digital film contest, presented by The Seattle Times and the Seattle International Film Festival.

The film features Helgeson and Flash the Rabbit, along with Wells. The story begins with a cute white rabbit arriving by UPS, but things take a dangerous turn when the rabbit reveals supernatural powers.

“Laser Rabbit” was shown at a public screening of the 11 3-Minute Masterpiece contest winners May 18 at the SIFF at Uptown Cinema. Another screening of “Laser Rabbit” was held May 27 at SIFF as part of FutureWave Shorts, a program showcasing a selection of the best films from the National Film Festival for Talented Youth, the largest youth film festival in the world.

Watch “Laser Rabbit” at www.issaquahpress.com. You can also see “Laser Rabbit” and other Matt Wells video creations at his YouTube channel, AngryFlash.

Local students make WSU honor roll

June 4, 2013

The following students were named to the president’s honor roll at Washington State University for the fall 2013 quarter:

Issaquah: Kyle Beatty, Arthur Bennett, Joseph Brendel, Morgan Brennan, Jarrett Brown, Emeri-Erin Callahan, Madison Callan, Brooke Chaplin, Morgan Danner, Cara Davis, Ali Dematteo, Anthony Dematteo, Alexandra Dompier, Madison Dutro, Marc Egland, Sheila Espenel, Michelle Fredrickson, Christopher Hogan, Erica Husby, Michelle Ireland, Andre Jensen, Delaney Johnson, Miranda Jones, Alexander Kaser, Kristen Kern, Chelsea Krempl, Alexander Lambdin, Matthew Lambdin, Elliot Lawrence, Lauren Loftis, Carly Mackinnon, Connor McClain, Erin McKee, Lauren Merdinyan, Charlie Misner, Molly Nelson, Abby O’Brien, Nicholas Rose, Jason Scholl, Becca Southwell, Aaron Tham, Kyle Weber, Peter Wiggum and Emily Zajac

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Newcastle singer joins elite company

June 4, 2013

Newcastle singer Jaylyn Andrus performs at the 2012 Jack and Jill Honoree Ball, which celebrates local high school students’ accomplishments and presents them to society. By Jack Storms

Newcastle singer Jaylyn Andrus performs at the 2012 Jack and Jill Honoree Ball, which celebrates local high school students’ accomplishments and presents them to society.
By Jack Storms

Unlike most teenagers, Liberty High School senior Jaylyn Andrus loves a good opera, and for her, the bloodier the production, the better.

“I love the drama in operas,” she said. “There are some funny ones, but my favorites are the ones where everyone dies.”

One day, Jaylyn envisions herself performing in the very productions she has grown to admire, and she is well on her way, gaining acceptance into one of the top college music programs and earning national recognition for her vocal talents.

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