Here’s what not to say when someone dies

November 19, 2013

My mom died three weeks ago.

We were very close, and I feel like a part of my soul has died as well.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen R. Merrill
Press managing editor

We went to college together, we held hands when we went places, we talked on the phone more than once a week, and we sent each other packages and letters on a regular basis. My mom was my lighthouse, my sounding board, my biggest champion and my greatest friend.

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Mission possible

November 19, 2013

‘Operation Thanksgiving Dinner’ benefits families in need

The staff at Life Directions Financial is assigning a mission out to the Issaquah community and, should you choose to accept it, families in need will receive a full Thanksgiving dinner.

The local financial-planning firm hosts its first ever “Operation Thanksgiving Dinner,” Nov. 22-23, benefitting the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

“We’re just trying to make a difference, and find a way to give back to our community,” said Kristin Hillmann, a Life Directions Financial employee.

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Spartans make waves

November 19, 2013

Skyline takes fourth in state, Liberty’s Mackenna Briggs wins 100 butterfly

By Greg Farrar Mackenna Briggs, Liberty High School junior, wins her preliminary state 3A heat in the 100 butterfly Nov. 15 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way with a time of 56.31 seconds. Although that time would have sufficed for the state championship, she even shaved more than a second off in the finals Nov. 16 in a time of 55.02 seconds.

By Greg Farrar
Mackenna Briggs, Liberty High School junior, wins her preliminary state 3A heat in the 100 butterfly Nov. 15 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way with a time of 56.31 seconds. Although that time would have sufficed for the state championship, she even shaved more than a second off in the finals Nov. 16 in a time of 55.02 seconds.

 

After finishing fifth at the 2012 state championships, the Skyline High School girls swimming and diving team didn’t want to go home again without some hardware.

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Squak Valley Players present ‘Under the Hulder’s Spell’

November 19, 2013

The Squak Valley Players invite the entire community to Issaquah Middle School’s latest production, “Under the Hulder’s Spell.”

Performances are at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 22 and 23, and 2 p.m. Nov. 23. The school is at 400 Second Ave. S.E.

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School discovers ethnic diversity through food festival

November 19, 2013

The families who are part of the Discovery Elementary School community are ethnically diverse.

The school with an enrollment of about 630 is comprised of nearly 50 percent minorities, and more than 40 percent of the student body is of Asian heritage.

By Neil Pierson Dee Camp and her daughter Caroline serve up ‘Texas caviar,’ a dish of corn chips and beans, during the Nov. 6 Taste of Discovery event.

By Neil Pierson
Dee Camp and her daughter Caroline serve up ‘Texas caviar,’ a dish of corn chips and beans, during the Nov. 6 Taste of Discovery event.

That seemingly made Discovery the perfect place for an ethnic food festival, and there was a huge turnout Nov. 6, when the school hosted its free “Taste of Discovery” event.

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State transportation system faces failure without reforms

November 19, 2013

Here we go again — talk of yet another special legislative session this year to pass a proposed $12.3 billion transportation tax package.

I will not support a tax proposal, which could include an 11 1/2-cent gas tax increase and a host of new and higher fees, while serious transportation project reforms are needed and folks are struggling to make ends meet.

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Third time’s a charm

November 19, 2013

At left, Jaeden Chew (left), Skyline High School senior keeper, takes in the ball on a penalty kick as Issaquah’s Deval Talley, with Abbie Litka and Erin Schlosser, of Skyline, pursue the play in the second period.

EFR seeks families to adopt

November 19, 2013

As the holiday season draws near, Eastside Fire & Rescue is once again looking to help area families.

EFR’s adopt-a-family program has grown each year, with the goal of giving families financial help and inviting them to a firehouse for a holiday dinner. Last year, the program helped 26 families.

The Eastside Fire Benevolent Fund seeks to assist residents who are unable to buy gifts for their families during the holidays.

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Liberty stuns Columbia River

November 19, 2013

The Columbia River girls soccer team came into the state tournament with a rather impressive résumé.

In addition to being the defending state champions, the Chieftains had outscored opponents 83-0.

By Greg Farrar Sami Harrell (second from left), Liberty High School junior forward, sees her kick get by Bishop Blanchet’s goalie Nov. 16 for the for the first of her two goals in a 3-0 state 3A soccer tournament first-round win at home.

By Greg Farrar
Sami Harrell (second from left), Liberty High School junior forward, sees her kick get by Bishop Blanchet’s goalie Nov. 16 for the for the first of her two goals in a 3-0 state 3A soccer tournament first-round win at home.

That’s right, no team had scored on Columbia River this year, that is until the team met the Patriots Nov. 13.

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Federal Way shocks No. 2 Skyline with comeback win, 26-20

November 19, 2013

Don’t call this an upset. Federal Way won’t let you.

After No. 6 Federal Way beat two-time defending champion No. 2 Skyline, 26-20, in the first round of the 4A state playoffs Nov. 15, players clad in blue and white jumped around, screaming, “This is not an upset!”

The Eagles never showed fear against a team many expected to make a run at the state title again this year. Federal Way had different expectations.

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