Clubs

July 3, 2013

Monthly

A Deeper Well discussion group: 8 p.m. last Tuesday of the month, Issaquah Brew House, 35 W. Sunset Way, 392-4169, ext. 105

 American Rhododendron Society, Cascade Chapter: 7 p.m. second Tuesday, Bellevue Presbyterian Church, Bellevue, 391-2366

ArtEAST: 6:30 p.m. first Monday, Up Front Art Gallery, 95 Front St. N., www.arteast.org or 392-3191

Beaver Lake Community Club: 7 p.m. first Monday, Issaquah Lodge at Beaver Lake Park, 25101 S.E. 24th St., www.beaverlake.org

Cascade Mountain Men: 8 p.m., second Tuesday, Issaquah Sportsman’s Club, 600 S.E. Evans St., club shoots noon, the third Monday, www.cascademountainmen.com

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Let’s Go! July 4-10

July 3, 2013

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Park Board approves bond improvements

July 2, 2013

The Park Board has approved recommendations to the City Council regarding how a $10 million park bond, including $5 million for “life support” for the Julius Boehm Pool, should be spent.

The council was expected to decide at its July 1 regular meeting whether to send the bond to voters in November.

During the past year, numerous information gathering tactics have been employed by the board and the Parks & Recreation Department to ascertain whether citizens would favor a bond and how they would like to see it used. Phone surveys, public meetings and a citizen’s advisory board were employed to gauge Issaquah’s opinion.

On June 24, the board recommended the city approve a bond for $10 million to send to the voters. It included a detailed list of items related to park space and recreational facilities, which focused heavily on repairing the Julius Boehm Pool, improving sports fields and providing money for the city’s continued acquisition of open space.

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Back to basics, olympic style

July 2, 2013

Former world champion Sammie Henson leads Skyline High School wrestling camp

Young wrestlers converged on Skyline High School last week for a three-day camp with Sammie Henson, a former world champion and Olympic silver medalist.  By Neil Pierson

Young wrestlers converged on Skyline High School last week for a three-day camp with Sammie Henson, a former world champion and Olympic silver medalist.
By Neil Pierson

 

For each of the past nine summers, a former American wrestling standout has been on the Sammamish Plateau to pass along his love and knowledge of the sport.

Sammie Henson connected with the Skyline High School wrestling program nearly a decade ago, and he helped draw about 75 youth wrestlers to the school for an intense, three-day skills camp last week.

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Liberty hosts 3-on-3 basketball tourney

July 2, 2013

The Liberty High School boys basketball team hosts its first 3-on-3 tournament in the school’s gymnasium June 22. Contributed

The Liberty High School boys basketball team hosts its first 3-on-3 tournament in the school’s gymnasium June 22. Contributed

A week before what is described as the biggest 3-on-3 basketball competition on earth, Spokane Hoopfest, local teams had the chance for a tune-up with the inaugural Liberty High School tournament.

Liberty Select Basketball and the Liberty boys basketball team hosted more than 120 participants from across the state June 22. Boys and girls from grades three through nine competed.

Liberty boys basketball coach Omar Parker and his staff offered a one-hour clinic discussing 3-on-3 play and strategy prior to the games. The Liberty staff also worked to organize the brackets and supervise play.

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Indians heading to Hawaii tournament

July 2, 2013

The Issaquah Indians 18U baseball team accepted an invitation to compete in the 2013 Hawaii World Series.

The team, comprised of Issaquah and Skyline high school students, will travel to the island of Oahu to compete in the July 16-21 tournament.

It is the last hurrah for the group, many of whom have played together since T-ball with Issaquah Little League.

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Baseball trio awarded $3,000 in scholarship

July 2, 2013

Baseball trio awarded $3,000 in scholarships

The Sammamish Little League has announced three recipients of this year’s Brock O’Connor Memorial Scholarship. They are Corbin Powers, of Skyline High School; Garrett Hughes, of Liberty High School; and Justin Vernia, of Issaquah High School.

The league’s scholarship committee awards a $1,000 scholarship each year to three graduating senior baseball players. The award recipients must have made a commitment to play baseball at the collegiate level, and demonstrated attributes that O’Connor did during his life.

O’Connor, a 1999 graduate of Issaquah, died at age 19 following an accident at his summer job. He played baseball for the Eagles and was well known in the community for his leadership and ability to motivate his peers and adults.

The Brock O’Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in July 2000.

 

Former pro mountain bikers coaching at clinic

July 2, 2013

The Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance will host a skills clinic from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 13-14 at Duthie Hill Park.

Former professional mountain bike racers Kat Sweet, of Sweetlines, and Simon Lawton, of Fluidride, will join Evergreen’s certified instructors to lead the clinic.

The clinic, open to ages 14 and older, is designed for mountain bikers of all skill levels. Participants will spend the weekend learning and practicing skills and putting them to use on the park’s trails. The clinic will take place regardless of weather conditions.

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Firefighters save barn animals after blaze

July 2, 2013

Greg Tryon, Eastside Fire & Rescue deputy chief, carries a goat that was rescued from a burned down barn. By Sheri Greenman

Greg Tryon, Eastside Fire & Rescue deputy chief, carries a goat that was rescued from a burned down barn.
By Sheri Greenman

The community of families that live just off of Cedar Grove Road Southeast, near Four Lakes, is a close-knit bunch. So close, in fact, that they often take vacations together.

Sheri Greenman, however, had to sit out the latest one, while her neighbors and friends visited a remote property in Oregon the week of June 17.

Commitments kept Greenman home, but as any friendly neighbor would do, she agreed to look after her friends’ properties, all of which sit on large-acreage plots.

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Value Village eyes move into empty Albertsons building

July 2, 2013

Value Village may be moving into the empty Albertsons building on East Lake Sammamish Parkway.

According to the city’s Development Services Department, executives from the Bellevue-based, for-profit thrift store held a pre-application meeting the week of June 17.

“They are in the feasibility stage on this,” Development Services associate planner Jason Rogers said. “They came in because they wanted to see what it would take to move them in there.”

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