Lacrosse coach makes Hall of Fame

October 15, 2013

Issaquah High School boys lacrosse coach and program founder Brandon Fortier was among six lacrosse leaders inducted into the Washington State Lacrosse Hall of Fame Oct. 12.

Fortier pioneered lacrosse in the Issaquah and Sammamish areas, parlaying his passion for the game into a career as a respected educator, coach and league leader.

Brandon Fortier

Brandon Fortier

He founded the Issaquah High School boys program in 2001, and it has quickly become one of top programs in the state. Since its inception, the Eagles have had five state championships appearances, and three state titles.

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Host family sought for exchange student

October 15, 2013

Host families to host a high-schooler from Ecuador are being sought in the Issaquah area by The Rotary Club of Issaquah. The young man is a student ambassador for Rotary’s Youth Exchange program, an international program of the service club.

The student will be placed in several families throughout the course of the year to experience American culture from different family perspectives. Additional families are needed to help share this experience by opening their home for a few months to this student.

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Local students make honor roll at WSU

October 15, 2013

The following students made Washington State University’s President’s Honor Roll for the 2013 summer semester:

Issaquah: Mackenzie Bauer, Megan Biddle, Morgan Danner, Anthony Dematteo, Alyssa Egland, Eunice Kwon, Erin McKee and Sayeed Sadat.

Sammamish: Cameron Avcu, Mary Bosseler, Kristin Bryant, Kenzie Fleischman, Samantha Gottschalk, Ally Hochanadel, Chelsea Horton, Hayley Johnson, Jacob Krahling, Mitch Matsuo, Alexander McCartney, Dean Mingo, Heather Rife and Amelia Student.


Middle school dance returns Oct. 18

October 15, 2013

The first districtwide middle school dance of the year is from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.

Cost is $5 at the door with an Associated Student Body card. Once youths enter, they may not leave prior to 10 p.m., unless a parent meets them in the lobby.

The Issaquah School District dress code applies.

The Kiwanis Club of Sammamish will sell concessions.

Adult volunteers are still needed. Call 837-3300.


A decade of terror

October 15, 2013

Nightmare at Beaver Lake promises hidden surprises in celebration of 10 years of Halloween spookiness

The people behind the annual Nightmare at Beaver Lake always have a few tricks up their sleeves.

For the 10th anniversary event, for example, the haunted house at the end of a dark, terrorizing walk through the woods has a special surprise awaiting guests.

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However, the secret is closely guarded and won’t be revealed until the Oct. 18 opening, said Dana Young, of Scare Productions, the group responsible for bringing in more than 100 actors, makeup artists, costume designers and stage hands to make the show happen.

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Explosive second half propels Patriots to win

October 15, 2013

Liberty High School soccer coach Tami Nguyen must have said something rather poignant during her halftime speech to the team in an Oct. 8 match against Interlake.

The Patriots ended the first half down 1-0. The second half was a different story, however, as Liberty erupted for five goals, clinching a 5-3 victory against the Saints.

Nguyen’s halftime pep talk to the team was short and simple, according to Liberty defender Shaniah Adriano.

“’Horrible start,’ that’s the first thing coach said,” Adriano said.

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LEO hosts fundraising luncheon Oct. 22

October 15, 2013

Life Enrichment Options hosts its annual fundraiser, It’s About the Journey, at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 22 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

The event celebrates the life journeys of the residents of the LEO homes, and others the organization serve that live each day with a developmental disability.

LEO supports and advocates for those with developmental disabilities to achieve their lifestyle goals through supportive housing, recreation and employment opportunities, and community education. LEO has been able to achieve its past goals through partnerships and collaborations developed from the community.

Learn more, register for the event or make a donation by emailing



Police & Fire

October 15, 2013

Wire theft

Someone took electrical wire and damaged a home under construction in the 21400 block of Southeast Second Place between 5 p.m. Sept. 21 and 8 a.m. Sept. 23. The missing wire is valued at about $100 and about $600 in damage was done to the property.



Someone cut up screens on the portable classrooms at Cascade Ridge Elementary School and left a noose hanging on a handrail overnight between Sept. 24 and 25. Five exterior screes had been cut, and someone had cut up several signs, including one that read “Welcome to Second Grade” which had its letters rearranged to spell “cocaine.” No word on where they got the “i.” A knife was also taped to a wall. School maintenance workers removed the noose and knife before police arrived because students were coming and they did not want the children to see them. The noose appeared to be made of a 6-foot cotton rope; the knife looked like an old kitchen knife.

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Sammamish Library hosts Star Wars Reads Day

October 15, 2013

The Sammamish Library presents Star Wars Reads Day, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19.

Have your photo taken with “Star Wars” characters, attend a show with Charlie Williams (The Noiseguy) and participate in Lego-building stations with Bricks 4 Kidz. All events are free.

Join costumed members of Alpha Base, a chapter of the Rebel Legion, and Garrison Titan, of the 501st Legion, for photos during the first hour. Please bring your own camera. Lego 4 Kidz will have Lego stations for building your own creations.

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October 15, 2013

Ceilidh Meagher, USC senior midfielder, drives toward the basket as UO sophomore midfielder Katie Marlatt defends.

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