Friends of Youth hosts breakfast to support counseling for youth

November 26, 2013

Friends of Youth hosts the Youth and Family Services Fundraising Breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Dec. 3 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. Registration starts 7 a.m.

The event is to help increase counseling support for youths in the Issaquah school community and raise awareness of the many services and programs Friends of Youth provides to support parents, families, children and youths.

Register online at www.friendsofyouth.org/YFSbreakfasts2013.aspx.

 

 

Sammamish hosts teens and marijuana forum

November 26, 2013

The Drug Free Community Coalition, in partnership with seven community organizations, presents the Legal Marijuana and Our Teens forum at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Sammamish City Hall Council Chambers, 801 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish.

The program begins with an open house and presentation of the video “Marijuana and Teens,” produced by Mercer Island Communities That Care. At 7 p.m., a panel of Sammamish-area teens will start the forum with comments about the video and about marijuana legalization.

A Q&A follows at about 7:30 p.m.

Issaquah teachers are critical of ‘unsustainable workloads’

November 26, 2013

New standards, longer work days are top complaints

Members of the Issaquah Education Association met with the Issaquah School Board for an hour last week, and much of the discussion centered on what the IEA president termed “unsustainable workloads” for teachers.

During a study session prior to the school board’s Nov. 13 meeting, the IEA — a union of more than 1,000 certificated teachers — spoke about the results of a bargaining survey conducted this fall. More than 70 percent of Issaquah’s teachers responded, and a few common complaints emerged.

Washington’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards, along with a new evaluation system for teachers and principals, have led to increased workloads and a general sense of overwhelming stress among educators, IEA officials said.

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Future now

November 26, 2013

Issaquah club uses robots to jumpstart career paths, competitive juices

Photos by Neil Pierson Issaquah High School students Sarah Powazek and Spencer Tickman lift Gigabot, the robot they created for the 2013 competition season.

Photos by Neil Pierson
Issaquah High School students Sarah Powazek and Spencer Tickman lift Gigabot, the robot they created for the 2013 competition season.

Robotics will likely be a growing field for today’s high-school graduates to pursue, and the Issaquah Robotics Society is trying to create a competitive buzz around their highly technical interests.

The robotics society, marking its 10th year this year, will begin its next season of competition in January. Like other student-led teams in the state — which compete under the rules of FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology — they’ll have six weeks to build a robot for entrance in various regional competitions.

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To the Editor

November 26, 2013

Speed limits

Newport Way needs to be reduced to 30 mph, before a child is hurt or killed

I have attempted to coerce city management to reduce the speed limit on Newport Way from 40 mph to 30 mph, from its top-of-the-hill intersection to state Route 900. Nowhere else is Newport Way posted 40 mph.

The speed limit of 30 mph is dictated by the “sight distances,” “the school bus stops” and the “school children crossings.”

When we came here (we live on Cougar Hill above Bentley House) the speed limit was 50 mph. After more than 30 deer had been killed, City Hall reduced the limit to 40 mph.

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Leonard H. Ellis Jr.

November 26, 2013

Leonard passed away Oct. 31, 2013, of heart failure.

He loved his family — Joyce, Ian, Emily, Marina, Asher, Michael and Shay — hydroplane racing and art.

A service was held at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, where it was standing room only; many stories were told. He was loved by many.

 

College-bound graduate seeks help for buying an assistance van

November 26, 2013

Local volunteers hope to make a college transition easy for one student.

Jae Kim graduated from Issaquah High School this year and is excited about starting Bellevue College in January. She has cerebral palsy, and while Issaquah High School provided assistance in transportation, she will need to find her own way to future education.

By Peter Clark Jae Kim (center) hopes to have transportation for her power wheelchair and communication device as she starts taking classes at Bellevue College. Her mother Ji Yang (left), and friends Jody Mull and Lisa Gaan are working to make that a reality by raising money from the community.

By Peter Clark
Jae Kim (center) hopes to have transportation for her power wheelchair and communication device as she starts taking classes at Bellevue College. Her mother Ji Yang (left), and friends Jody Mull and Lisa Gaan are working to make that a reality by raising money from the community.

In response, a group of local residents have started a campaign to raise $50,000 to buy Kim and her family a gently used van, complete with lift assistance. They hope to find help from the community to take this large worry off Kim’s entry into college.

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The thrill of victory

November 26, 2013

Patriots capture first girls state soccer title

The Liberty High School girls soccer team hugs and screams for joy after the 2-1 state 3A championship victory against Kamiakin on

By Greg Farrar
The Liberty High School girls soccer team hugs and screams for joy after the 2-1 state 3A championship victory against Kamiakin on Nov. 23 in Puyallup.

As time wound down and the Liberty High School girls soccer team secured a 2-1 victory over Kamiakin in the Nov. 23 3A state championship game, two things were certain.

First, the Patriots would capture their first state title in girls soccer. Second, the team, which had sworn off fast food this season, would feast on McDonald’s that night.

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Opening the archives

November 26, 2013

94.010.011 Tibbetts-Goode families about to go to Florida Issaquah’s first car was shipped by rail and assembled in 1911. In this 1916 photograph, the Tibbetts and Goode families prepare for a car trip to Florida, more than 3,000 miles away. Pictured from left to right are Gertrude (Goode) McKinnon, George W. Tibbetts, Ida Maude (Goode) Walimaki, William Goode, Cora Bea (Goode) Lassen, Rebecca (Wilson) Tibbetts, Ida Mae (Tibbetts) Goode, John Maurice Goode and Edward John Goode. The cars are 1915 (left) and 1916 (right) model Fords.

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Tibbetts-Goode families about to go to Florida
Issaquah’s first car was shipped by rail and assembled in 1911. In this 1916 photograph, the Tibbetts and Goode families prepare for a car trip to Florida, more than 3,000 miles away. Pictured from left to right are Gertrude (Goode) McKinnon, George W. Tibbetts, Ida Maude (Goode) Walimaki, William Goode, Cora Bea (Goode) Lassen, Rebecca (Wilson) Tibbetts, Ida Mae (Tibbetts) Goode, John Maurice Goode and Edward John Goode. The cars are 1915 (left) and 1916 (right) model Fords.

Google doesn’t know all about Thanksgiving

November 26, 2013

When I heard department stores were opening up on Thanksgiving Day this year, I wanted to write a profound column about the true meaning of Thanksgiving. But to do so, I needed to double-check the actual facts about the original dinner party.

So I Googled “The True History of Thanksgiving” and was surprised by how much the “facts” differed.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes Press reporter

The first hit links to a rather acerbic article that hotly posits that the first day of Thanksgiving was proclaimed by Massachusetts Colony Gov. John Winthrop. Apparently, he actually called for a celebration upon the safe return of a hunting party after they successfully massacred 700 Pequot Indians. Not the history lesson I grew up with, and since the author didn’t list his sources, I cannot verify the veracity of his claims.

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