Overlake Auxiliaries present Auxilian of the Year Award

July 16, 2013

Overlake Medical Center Auxiliaries has honored Kristi Feder as Auxilian of the Year.

The award was presented by Phyllis Stark, board president of the Auxiliaries, at their annual meeting June 11. The distinction of Auxilian of the Year recognizes an outstanding volunteer for his or her passion, commitment and tireless work in raising funds for Overlake.

Contributed Kristi Feder, board president of the Overlake Medical Center Auxiliaries, receives her Auxilian of the Year award June 11.

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Kristi Feder, board president of the Overlake Medical Center Auxiliaries, receives her Auxilian of the Year award June 11.

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Boehm’s is set for a tasty night of jazz, chocolate and wine

July 16, 2013

Boehm’s Candies has already begun setting up for the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce’s 25th annual Chocolate, Wine & All That Jazz event July 25.

Held at the Boehm’s Candies gardens for the 25th year in a row, the evening event will see various local restaurants, wineries, breweries, artists and art vendors providing their services. Jazz group The Scott Cossu Trio will perform at the event as well.

Ellen Martin, event and vendor manager, said excitement about the event is a testament to the support from the community.

“It grows each year thanks to community participation,” she said.

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ArtEAST Art Center debuts new festival

July 16, 2013

Show your colors and artistic talent at the first annual Arts Festival by Issaquah’s artEAST Art Center. The event includes classes, guest artists, family events and exhibitions by artists and students, many of which revolve around the festival’s theme of “Menagerie.”

The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. July 23 with a class about natural world silk painting and ends with a public art walk Aug. 2. The festival is open to people of all ages.

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Piloting pandemonium

July 16, 2013

Timber Ridge veteran shares his WWII adventures

As the former pilot of a B-17 bomber named “Pandemonium Reigns” during World War II, Robert Ploss has had his fair share of adventures.

By Greg Farrar Above, Bob Ploss enjoys sharing the stories of the lifelong friendships he made with the men of the B-17 bomber crew he served with during World War II. Below, Ploss (front row, left) and his World War II B-17 crew pose in December 1944 at Drew Field in Tampa, Fla.

By Greg Farrar
Above, Bob Ploss enjoys sharing the stories of the lifelong friendships he made with the men of the B-17 bomber crew he served with during World War II.

The 91-year-old veteran and resident of Timber Ridge recalls his adventures and experiences through life with captivating style, and a knack for storytelling led him to start a monthly newsletter at Timber Ridge, which he calls “The Splinter.” In the newsletter, Ploss shares stories, jokes and poems.

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A dose of reality

July 16, 2013

I have been on The Beat for the past three years and, up until this year, I have always had someone else from Liberty on The Beat with me. We split up writing assignments, shared Teen Talk duties and could volunteer for articles we were interested in writing, while passing up those we weren’t.

Veronica Austin Liberty High School

Veronica Austin
Liberty High School

This year, I was the only one from my school, meaning all of those once-shared responsibilities fell onto my shoulders; I’ll be the first to admit that my motivation to produce quality work was no match for the senioritis that had overtaken me by October.

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What I gained from my year on The Beat

July 16, 2013

Writing for The Beat this year taught me that journalism is very much a team effort. Earlier in the year, I approached it as an individual venture, but I quickly learned that is not the case.

Sophie Mittelstaedt Issaquah High School

Sophie Mittelstaedt Issaquah High School

Although articles are written independently, a huge portion of our success stems from our ability to work as a group. Showing up to meetings, brainstorming story ideas, working together, communicating well and fundraising are essential if we want to have a strong page. Over the course of the year, I have become a more active team member than when I started out, and this skill will aid me in other areas of life.

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Who’s News

July 16, 2013

Maxwell Cordell earns academic honor

Maxwell Cordell, of Issaquah, was awarded the Washington State Honors Award in recognition for outstanding academic achievement.

The award ranks the top 10 percent of Washington’s state high school graduating class of 2013 and is a compilation of grade point average and SAT scores.

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What happened to the rain?

July 16, 2013

For the first time in many years, we had nice, dry weather in June when the sun was at its highest and the days were the longest of the year. That means we had more early heat, and crops west of the Cascades got a big boost. We can all celebrate by consuming tons of strawberries.

Early, dry weather may be good for crops and farmers, but it could mean stress for some of your garden plants. If your plants look bad, and you wonder if water is the problem, check out the following symptoms:

  • Fruits are different sizes
  • Stunted plants

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Good as gold

July 16, 2013

Preston team’s Kip Brown wins Super Bowl of hydroplane racing

By Chris Denslow/H1 Unlimited The 95 Spirit of Qatar driver Kip Brown (right) hoists the Gold Cup, along with his uncle Nate Brown (left), a former Gold Cup winner and an Our Gang Racing owner. The Our Gang Racing team, based in Preston, came in first place at the Detroit American Power Boat Association’s Gold Cup July 14.

By Chris Denslow/H1 Unlimited
The 95 Spirit of Qatar driver Kip Brown (right) hoists the Gold Cup, along with his uncle Nate Brown (left), a former Gold Cup winner and an Our Gang Racing owner. The Our Gang Racing team, based in Preston, came in first place at the Detroit American Power Boat Association’s Gold Cup July 14.

The National Football League has the Super Bowl; Major League Baseball has the World Series; but for hydroplane racing, it’s the Gold Cup that stands as the pinnacle of the sport’s achievements.

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Win $100 in annual photo contest

July 16, 2013

The annual Issaquah/Sammamish Amateur Photo Contest is already receiving entries from photographers eager to win the $100 prize in each of three categories.

File An early 2013 contest entry of a bald eagle in the highlands was photographed by Dave Taylor.

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An early 2013 contest entry of a bald eagle in the highlands was photographed by Dave Taylor.

The strength of the Issaquah/Sammamish community as depicted in an entry is the top criteria for a winning photo, but originality, composition and lighting are also judged. Entries are accepted in three categories — People, Animals/Nature and Scenic.

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