To the Editor

June 25, 2013

In response

Issaquah High School Baccalaureate … truth

In response to the June 12 letter by Matthew Barry, why sour the memories for our graduating seniors and paint a false picture of a beautiful event? You went over the line to offend 200-plus seniors who chose to attend/perform in this “voluntary” ceremony, published by our PTSA as open for all seniors and their families to “CHOOSE” to attend. Attending doesn’t mean adopting the doctrine of the place an event was held.

You submitted this letter to The Press before the Baccalaureate. We attended. Two talented seniors emceed the program. The guest speakers were two 22-year-old Issaquah High School graduates who made a dream happen — the successful company Strideline. They spoke of education, taking risks and believing “if anyone can do it, we can do it.” I was inspired!

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Celebrate city’s heritage, tradition on Independence Day

June 25, 2013

The Down Home Fourth of July and Heritage Celebration, a long-standing Issaquah tradition, will be held again July 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Every year, the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Festivals Office, the city and the Issaquah History Museums come together to put on the event to celebrate America’s independence and Issaquah’s history.

“There’s a lot of tradition built around it,” Robin Kelley, director of festivals at the chamber, said in an interview. “The celebration has become a staple in the Issaquah community, with kids who grew up with the celebration growing up to volunteer with it.”

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Highlands Day brings Wild West back to Issaquah

June 25, 2013

Dust off those cowboy boots and polish that saddle, because on June 29, the Issaquah Highlands Council is bringing the Wild West back to town.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Village Green Park and Blakely Hall will be the home of Highlands Day, the Issaquah Highlands’ annual street fair. As many as 4,000 cowboys and cowgirls from the greater Issaquah community are expected to come out for the Americana-themed event.

The fair will begin with a children’s parade, where kids can dress up and decorate their bikes, followed by a presentation of the flag by a local Cub Scout troop.

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State hosts discussion of tree removal plan

June 25, 2013

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to attend an informational meeting regarding a plan to remove diseased trees at Squak Mountain State Park.

The meeting is from 6-8 p.m. July 2 at the King County Library System Service Center, 960 Newport Way N.W.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide information about the tree treatment plan for Squak Mountain State Park, including removal of trees with laminated root rot disease. State Parks plans to sell any timber that is not usable by the park.

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TravelCenters of America offers vets free meals

June 25, 2013

TravelCenters of America invites veterans, active duty and reservist military to celebrate Independence Day by eating free, with proof of service, at any TA and Petro Stopping Centers full-service restaurants July 4.

The nearest TA center is at 46600 S.E. North Bend Way, North Bend.

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Scout serves church to earn Eagle rank

June 25, 2013

A community will benefit from local high school senior Gunnar Conley choosing to bring a team together to improve the landscape of St. Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

Leading a group of classmates, teammates and fellow scouts, Conley oversaw the installation of a few new features for the recently renovated church. They put in a rock wall around the garden and bordered the new walkway with beams.

Contributed Scout Gunnar Conley works on a beautifcation project at St. Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church to earn his Eagle rank.

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Scout Gunnar Conley works on a beautifcation project at St. Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church to earn his Eagle rank.

To earn the highest Scout rank, dedicated youths must create their own projects and deliver proposals to leaders. Conley knew exactly where he wanted to put his efforts.

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Burn moratorium sets guidelines for summer fires

June 25, 2013

Although a wet spring season seems to negate a need for a burn moratorium this year, warm weather will be returning, and Eastside Fire & Rescue announced in a press release that an authorized seasonal burn moratorium will be used as an appropriate precautionary measure in reducing fire danger. The annual burn moratorium began June 15 and will run until Sept. 30.

EFR has set guidelines for proper burning. Land clear burning has been permanently banned within King County. Residential burning, burning of leaves and yard waste, is subject to the burn ban.

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It’s come down to battling the weed of the week

June 25, 2013

June must be weed month. They are so big and lush, I feel like I’m living in the tropics. Maybe we need to institute “Weed of the Week.”

This week, my pick would be bindweed, that viney plant that twines and twists its way over shrubs and through hedges. Its flowers are pretty, like big white ice cream cones. You’ve seen it growing everywhere. Mine isn’t blooming yet, but it’s really prolific.

Contributed The bindwind is considered an invasive weed because it crowds out other native plants.

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The bindwind is considered an invasive weed because it crowds out other native plants.

Some people call it morning glory, but that name is too nice for this bad relative of that particular plant. The reason bindweed is bad is because it smothers everything in its path, and you can’t get rid of it. It’s growing in my native garden.

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Keep parks clean while listening to music

June 25, 2013

See some of your favorite bands at no cost at Marymoor Park this summer while helping King County Parks keep the concert venue clean.

King County Parks is seeking volunteers for its Marymoor Recycling and Composting Crew at this summer’s Marymoor Park Concerts. As in past years, volunteers receive free entry and parking for the shows at which they volunteer.

Prospective volunteers must be at least 18; no experience is necessary. Volunteers will be able to watch the show before or after their shift and are able to hear the entire concert. Shifts last about three hours and start times vary. Groups and families are encouraged to volunteer together.

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The race goes on

June 25, 2013

Local runner wins first race after Boston Marathon

Contributed Brian Maher, of Issaquah, leads the pack June 2 at the North Olympic Discovery Marathon. Maher won the overall crown in what was his first race after running in the Boston Marathon.

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Brian Maher, of Issaquah, leads the pack June 2 at the North Olympic Discovery Marathon. Maher won the overall crown in what was his first race after running in the Boston Marathon.

Issaquah’s Brian Maher would not call himself a survivor, a label that others tried to attach to him after he competed in the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Yes, he and his wife Elizabeth were in Boston April 15, when two bombs exploded at the marathon’s finish line, but by the time that happened, Maher had already finished the race and the two were resting comfortably away from the chaos.

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