Big-Picture Science

June 18, 2013

Skyline club links like-minded students

Many education-based groups, including teachers, administrators and coaches, have their own statewide organizations designed to form relationships and share ideas.

By Neil Pierson Anthony Xie (left) and Michael Guo, Cascade Ridge Elementary School students, test out ‘The Hangman,’ an electromagnetic experiment at the Skyline High School science club’s anti-gravity exposition on June 7.

By Neil Pierson
Anthony Xie (left) and Michael Guo, Cascade Ridge Elementary School students, test out ‘The Hangman,’ an electromagnetic experiment at the Skyline High School science club’s anti-gravity exposition on June 7.

Until a few months ago, there was no organization in Washington for students with an aptitude for science. That’s where Skyline High School students Gokul Kumarressen, Akkshay Khoslaa and Oscar Mowar come in.

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Chicken pox shows up at middle school

June 18, 2013

Pacific Cascade Middle School has confirmed two cases of chicken pox at the school.

Chicken pox is a viral illness characterized by fever, fatigue and small blisters, which disappear after a few days and leave small scabs. The virus is highly contagious and is spread through the air or by touching contaminated items.

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I choose for my life to be awesome

June 18, 2013

As a senior, I’m supposed be able to tell you all that high school has taught me about life.

Except that I don’t think I can. I’m only 17; what do I know about life?

Hall Monitor Zach Bunch  Liberty             High School

Hall Monitor
Zach Bunch
Liberty High School

It seems that high school graduation is sometimes treated with a sort of reverence, as if we seniors have accomplished some sort of grand feat. We’re supposed to be so proud of ourselves, and all our family and friends come to watch as we each get handed a sheet of paper that says, “You’re a winner.”

Well congratulations, seniors; you’ve pulled off the amazing achievement of living for approximately 18 years.

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Musical pioneer returns to join local music day

June 18, 2013

Musician Harold Belskus has taken quite a journey to arrive back in his hometown to perform on National Music Day.

Performing with his group A Cedar Suede on June 21 at Vino Bella as part of the city’s celebration, Belskus said he was pleased to take part in the event. The 2004 Liberty High School graduate said he played in a number of bands before entering the University of Washington in a pre-med program.

Harold Belskus

Harold Belskus

“Then, I realized: I don’t want to be a doctor,” Belskus said.

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Kyle Gruber’s one-hitter keeps Lakeside Recovery rolling

June 18, 2013

By Neil Pierson Lakeside Recovery’s Matt Sinatro fouls off a pitch during Lakeside Recovery’s 1-0 loss to Phiten Legion at Issaquah High School. Sinatro, a senior at Skyline High, will play collegiate baseball next year at the University of San Francisco.

By Neil Pierson
Lakeside Recovery’s Matt Sinatro fouls off a pitch during Lakeside Recovery’s 1-0 loss to Phiten Legion at Issaquah High School. Sinatro, a senior at Skyline High, will play collegiate baseball next year at the University of San Francisco.

Kyle Gruber hasn’t played varsity baseball for Skyline High School yet, but if he keeps doing what he did June 13, coach Chris Tamminen won’t be able to hold him back.

Gruber needed only 75 pitches to throw a complete-game one-hitter, leading Lakeside Recovery to a 5-0 victory against the West Seattle Indians in a Double-A American Legion game at Skyline.

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Enter art for this year’s Salmon Days

June 18, 2013

The Issaquah Festivals Office is accepting submissions of fine art, illustrations and/or graphic designs for potential “Salmon Days, salmon or Issaquah-oriented” print, promotions and/or festival gear consideration.

Submissions should be representative of Northwest salmon, Issaquah, local/regional scenery, Salmon Days and/or this year’s festival theme, “Streaming live.”

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Kevin ‘Bam’ Henehan

June 18, 2013

Kevin ‘Bam’ Henehan

Bam Henehan, of Issaquah, loving husband to Donna, passed away Monday, June 10, at home. He was 81.

A funeral service was June 14 at Flintoft’s Funeral Home in Issaquah.

Friends are invited to view photos and share memories in the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com.

Police ticket more than 300 drivers for texting, talking

June 18, 2013

Between May 20 and June 2, extra law enforcement patrolled King County roads looking for unbuckled drivers and passengers, and motorists using their cellphones or other electronic devices.

During the patrols, 387 seatbelt infractions were written, in addition to 322 cellphone/texting or usage of other electronic device tickets, according to a news release from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

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Justin Vernia named All-State defensive MVP

June 18, 2013

Issaquah player almost missed the series, until luck called him up

YAKIMA — There was some interesting karma — or whatever you might want to call it — going on in the championship game of the All-State Baseball Series on June 9. Good manners translated into good deeds at the plate, and an unexpected turn of luck led to a stellar pitching display.

Odd things, big results.

By Lillian O’Rorke Justin Vernia (left), Issaquah High School senior, is safe on first base in a game April 10 against Redmond. He hit two doubles, scoring four runs in a 7-6 victory.

By Lillian O’Rorke
Justin Vernia (left), Issaquah High School senior, is safe on first base in a game April 10 against Redmond. He hit two doubles, scoring four runs in a 7-6 victory.

Marysville-Pilchuck’s Kyle Nobach and Issaquah’s Justin Vernia swept the individual awards, and led Team Baker’s stout pitching and defense to a 7-2 victory against Team Rainier in the title game of the annual senior all-star baseball weekend at Davis Field.

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Harold M. Laitala

June 18, 2013

Harold M. Laitala

Jan. 18, 1923 — June 10, 2013

Harold M. Laitala died Monday, June 10, 2013, surrounded by his family. He was 90.

Harold Laitala

Harold Laitala

Harold was born Jan. 18, 1923, in Lead, S.D., to Peter and Lydia Laitala. He was the youngest of 13 children, with 10 sisters and two brothers. His parents both died before Harold was 7 and his older sisters raised him.

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