Sammy the Salmon wins prestigious Press title

August 27, 2013

The Issaquah Press has named Sammy the Salmon “The Most Interesting Fish in the World.”

“Sammy is the coolest,” Press Editor Kathleen Merrill said. “Just look at his glittery body and iridescent fins, and don’t get me started on that crown of his.”

Sammy, the mascot for the Salmon Days festival, has been traveling around and having interesting experiences for years.

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Remembering the Forgotten War

August 27, 2013

Local Korean War veteran among 60th anniversary ceremony honorees

By Greg Farrar Ron Howatson, of Issaquah, a Navy Seabee during the Korean War, receives the Albert Larson VFW Post 3436 Veteran of the Year award from post commander David Waggoner during the 2012 Veterans Day ceremony at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center.

By Greg Farrar
Ron Howatson, of Issaquah, a Navy Seabee during the Korean War, receives the Albert Larson VFW Post 3436 Veteran of the Year award from post commander David Waggoner during the 2012 Veterans Day ceremony at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center.

In 1953, the leaders of the United States, China, South Korea and North Korea signed the armistice ending the Korean War. On July 27, 2013, the 60th anniversary of the momentous occasion, the King County Council recognized those who fought in the conflict in the Republic of Korea.

Among them was Ron Howatson, an 81-year-old veteran who served as a Navy “Seabee” at K-6 in Pyongtek, South Korea. “Seabee” comes from the initials CB, for construction battalion, made up from engineer and construction specialists serving in the Navy. According to Howatson, of Issaquah, it seemed like they had the best of everything.

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Police & Fire

August 27, 2013

Burglary

Between 10 p.m. Aug. 5 and 8 a.m. Aug. 6, someone broke into a car in the garage of a home in the 1800 block of Trossachs Boulevard Southeast. They took about $35 in cash and goods, and a corporate ID badge.

 

Missing gas

Workers near the intersection of Southeast 37th Street and 201st Court Southeast flagged down an officer at about 9:45 a.m. Aug. 6. They reported someone had made off with about 40 gallons of diesel fuel the previous night.

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Cycle the WAVE event joins the fight against domestic violence

August 27, 2013

Join 1,200 women on the starting line at Issaquah High School on Sept. 15 for the 2013 Cycle the WAVE Washington ride.

The event, started in 2008 in a collaboration of the Lakemont Ladies Cycling Club and the Rising Star Guild, creates a space for women of all ages and fitness levels to experience camaraderie, increase awareness of domestic violence and raise money for domestic violence programs.

By Nancy Lamb / Ramblin Lamb Photography Emily Gross (left) and Crissy Kirklin express their spirit during Cycle the WAVE 2012.

By Nancy Lamb / Ramblin Lamb Photography
Emily Gross (left) and Crissy Kirklin express their spirit during Cycle the WAVE 2012.

The five past Cycle the WAVE — Women Against Violence Everywhere — events have raised a total of almost $500,000 to support programs for “legal advocacy, deaf and deaf/blind populations, medical advocacy for the education of medical professionals, and for children and teen populations” across Washington state, according to Washington’s Cycle the WAVE website. Last year’s grant recipients from King, Snohomish, Pierce, Chelan and Douglas counties received a total of $120,000.

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Issaquah cook wins blue ribbon

August 27, 2013

Elizabeth Backus’ cooking career began when her father issued her a challenge: “I bet you can’t make a lemon meringue pie.”

Backus, then 12, rose to the occasion. For five consecutive days, she worked on the pie after school, trying to get it right. Finally, on the fifth day, she succeeded.

By Contributed Elizabeth Backus displays her famous lemon meringue pie in the kitchen of her Issaquah home.

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Elizabeth Backus displays her famous lemon meringue pie in the kitchen of her Issaquah home.

“When I did it, my dad said, ‘Honey, you finally got it,’” Backus said, and a passion for baking was born.

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Understanding autism from an objective point of view

August 27, 2013

Bellevue College student Kevin May was given the opportunity to wear different hats during the annual of Autism Day WA celebration at the Jubilee Farm in Carnation last weekend. Literally.

Diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum as a teenager, the Issaquah resident understands the need to identify the outward signs of the disorder at a young age. Given the opportunity to interview and explore the aspects of autism as a reporter assigned to cover the annual Autism Day WA event, he was able to explore the controversy that surrounds the medical diagnosis.

Contributed Kevin May wears a vintage fedora with a ‘press’ card in the band as he enjoys walking from tent to tent at Jubilee Farm in Carnation during Autism Day WA.

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Kevin May wears a vintage fedora with a ‘press’ card in the band as he enjoys walking from tent to tent at Jubilee Farm in Carnation during Autism Day WA.

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Anna Smith establishes herself as standout U-14 keeper

August 27, 2013

Most eighth-graders will settle into their routines at school in mid-September, but 13-year-old Anna Smith will be off on another soccer adventure.

Smith, an eighth-grader at Beaver Lake Middle School, is considered one of the top under-14 players in the country. She’s been invited to participate in the U.S. U-14 girls national team camp in Carson, Calif., from Sept. 14-21.

Contributed Anna Smith, a 13-year-old student at Beaver Lake Middle School, rises up in traffic to snare the soccer ball during a match with Crossfire Premier this year.

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Anna Smith, a 13-year-old student at Beaver Lake Middle School, rises up in traffic to snare the soccer ball during a match with Crossfire Premier this year.

Smith, goalkeeper for the Redmond-based Crossfire Premier club, is making her name known with the nation’s top coaches. Only 36 players, including four keepers, have been invited to California next month.

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Schools Foundation annual fund campaign begins Aug. 1

August 27, 2013

The Issaquah Schools Foundation’s All In for Kids Annual Fund Campaign, its fall fund drive, began Aug. 1. The fundraiser goes until Nov. 14, ending with a phoneathon as in previous years.

Once parents start to register their children for the upcoming school year, parents can donate to the campaign as part of the online process. The foundation will also put out flyers and letters to district families in the coming months.

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Illustrator publishes first book

August 27, 2013

Everyone experiences rejection at some point in his or her lifetime. It’s what you do with it that counts. In Newcastle illustrator Dana Sullivan’s case, he wrote a children’s book.

After unsuccessfully submitting a bid to create a children’s disaster preparedness coloring book for King County, Sullivan was dejected.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Illustrator Dana Sullivan, surrounded by walls of his work in his Newcastle home, poses with a puppet-version of Ozzie, the star of his first children’s book, ‘Ozzie and the Art Contest.’

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Illustrator Dana Sullivan, surrounded by walls of his work in his Newcastle home, poses with a puppet-version of Ozzie, the star of his first children’s book, ‘Ozzie and the Art Contest.’

“I thought, ‘Man, I was born to do this project. I’m going to get it for sure,’ and I didn’t,” he said. “I was really disappointed, and I was kind of surprised how disappointed I was, so I wrote a story about it.”

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Students take charge at summer camp

August 27, 2013

With the start of the 2013-14 school year on the immediate horizon, students at Skyline High School are looking to make an impression on their first days back in the classroom.

Eight students from Skyline participated in a popular and long-running leadership camp known as Mount Adams, one of six camps held over the summer with the support of the Association of Washington School Principals.

Contributed Eastside Catholic School and Skyline High School students form plateaus with their hands as they enjoy time together at the Mount Adams leadership camp in July.

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Eastside Catholic School and Skyline High School students form plateaus with their hands as they enjoy time together at the Mount Adams leadership camp in July.

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