Vehicle fleeing from police crashes, burns

March 19, 2013

When an Issaquah Police officer tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic infraction early March 15, the driver instead sped off, slammed into three parked cars and ultimately caught on fire.

At about 12:45 a.m., in the 1400 block of Northwest Sammamish Road, an officer signaled for the driver to pull over. The driver responded by turning the vehicle’s headlights off and accelerating eastbound.

By Jonathan Wiseman An Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighter inspects the scene after flames were extinguished on a burning vehicle in the predawn hours of March 15, in the 4700 block of West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast.

By Jonathan Wiseman
An Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighter inspects the scene after flames were extinguished on a burning vehicle in the predawn hours of March 15, in the 4700 block of West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast.

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Greenway Trust asks for helpful hikers

March 19, 2013

Trails need all the help they can get and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust wants to provide it.

Multiple volunteer opportunities are set to take place in the next few weeks, beginning with a day of Squak Mountain trail maintenance on March 23. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Greenway Trust needs participants to clear away invasive species and continue the beautification of the local environment.

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Powerful ‘Trails’ is a journey worth taking

March 19, 2013

Life is a journey. The consequences of choices we make and events that occur determine the paths we travel. Rarely is the objective the journey’s finish, rather it’s growing from the experiences along the way.

Such is the metaphor examined in Village Theatre’s original musical, “Trails.”

By John Pai/Village Theatre Dane Stokinger (left), as Mike, and Joshua Carter, as Seth, as joined by the rest of the ‘Trails’ cast for the ensemble number ‘Blaze a Trail.’

By John Pai/Village Theatre
Dane Stokinger (left), as Mike, and Joshua Carter, as Seth, as joined by the rest of the ‘Trails’ cast for the ensemble number ‘Blaze a Trail.’

It’s a simple tale of two 30-something friends, Seth and Mike, fulfilling a childhood promise to hike the Appalachian Trail while they confront love, loss and growing up.

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EpiPens’ discontinuation at summer camps draws ire from parent

March 19, 2013

At least one parent will choose to send her child to Bellevue summer camp instead of Issaquah because of the city’s policy on epinephrine administration.

Terri Compton Hintz’s 5-year-old son Gavin has a severe allergy to peanuts. He must always have an EpiPen nearby in case he comes into contact with them. She wanted to send him to Issaquah’s summer camps, but was frustrated to learn that the parks and recreation staff would not be able to administer the shot in an emergency.

“They were so good about it last year,” Hintz said. Though the Parks & Recreation Department said it could not administer the shot, one of the staff volunteered to take care of Gavin should the need arise. “They changed their policies in the fall and it was really frustrating.”

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Enter your art now for ‘Being Human’

March 19, 2013

ArtEAST is accepting submissions for “Being Human,” an exhibition that focuses on the complex emotions that make us human.

The exhibit will focus on humans in their everyday habitat, relating to each other or in portraits and landscapes. Submissions in 2-D format using watercolor, oil, acrylic or colored pencil will be accepted.

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How do you feel about Open Mic Night?

March 19, 2013

Issaquah Open Mic Night founder Doug Browning needs your feedback to make his Open Mic Night a success.

Would you like food and drink available? Is parking reasonable? Would you ask a friend to join you at Open Mic Night? These are just a few questions Browning is putting to the public in an effort to enhance the open mic experience for all.

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Plan ahead for city cleanup on April 20

March 19, 2013

The Kiwanis Club of Issaquah is bringing back a long-forgotten Issaquah tradition with a citywide Spring Clean Up.

The event will be April 20 in honor of Earth Day. This year, the beautification party will concentrate on areas south of Interstate 90.

Volunteers — groups and individuals — are needed to spend a couple of hours making a difference in the community. If you can pick up litter, push a broom, use a shovel or plant some flowers, your help is needed. There are jobs for all ages and abilities, and flexible schedules to get the work done. Students can earn their community service hours.

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Local teens perform in ‘The Music Man’

March 19, 2013

Two Issaquah teens will join more than 100 high school students from across the state as they take over The 5th Avenue Theatre to produce their very own production of “The Music Man.”

The show is a product of The Rising Star Project, which gives local students the opportunity to star in, produce, direct and market an entire production with the guidance of theater professionals.

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‘Pillow Talk’ to whisper sweet, 1950’s nothings

March 19, 2013

Issaquah High School wants to take an audience back to a simpler time of rotary phones, party lines and post-war charm.

For its spring performance, the drama department will put on the play “Pillow Talk” beginning March 27. A romantic comedy set in the 1950s, it is perhaps most known from the 1959 movie starring Rock Hudson and Doris Day.

Contributed Junior Kylie Fletcher (left) and senior Andrew Marsh star in Issaquah High School’s spring play, ‘Pillow Talk.’

Contributed
Junior Kylie Fletcher (left) and senior Andrew Marsh star in Issaquah High School’s spring play, ‘Pillow Talk.’

It follows the crossed lines and crossed lives of Brad the carousing playboy and Jan the interior decorator as he weaves a double life of deception to capture her affections. After initially sparring over Brad’s constant use of the building’s shared party line, when he spies Jan dancing at a nearby club, he invents a Texan persona to win her over.

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Laughing Buddha in school not so funny to some

March 19, 2013

Holding up a box of tissue on a counter in the library at Pacific Cascade Middle School is a statue of Buddha. While the figure may be grinning, it’s causing some community members to frown.

“I’ve been in this school district a long time,” said Betty Dexter, a retired school bus driver who now works as a nanny.

By Greg Farrar This Buddha statuette holding a box of facial tissue at the Pacific Cascade Middle School library is the cause of complaints made by three citizens during the March 13 Issaquah School District board of directors meeting.

By Greg Farrar
This Buddha statuette holding a box of facial tissue at the Pacific Cascade Middle School library is the cause of complaints made by three citizens during the March 13 Issaquah School District board of directors meeting.

She spoke to the Issaquah School Board during the public comments section of its March 13 meeting. Some children that she used to nanny, she explained, told her about the Buddha at Pacific Cascade. After speaking with the school’s principal, librarian and a district official, she brought her concerns to the school board.

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