To the Editor

December 3, 2013

Past and future

Gilman Gallery is keeping the past alive

As a dealer selling antiques and collectibles at Gilman Gallery, I am hopeful Issaquah’s movers and shakers will consider the part we play in ensuring our community remains a vibrant destination for out-of-towners.

Not many towns can boast of an antiques center that provides the myriad memorabilia that can be found at Gilman Gallery. I know. I’ve traversed the country, from East Coast to West Coast, in search of items that bring back the past, from the late 1800s through the 1950s. To have a mall where I can spend hours wandering stalls jam-packed with reminders of the good old days is like settling in with generations past.

Issaquah seems to find itself at a crossroads between preserving the charm of yesteryear and plowing it under in an effort to modernize and keep up with neighboring towns. Perhaps we’re hoping to take Bellevue’s place as it becomes the Eastside’s Seattle.

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It looks a lot like a ‘White Christmas’ at Issaquah High

December 3, 2013

For the cast and crew putting the final touches on this month’s “White Christmas” musical at Issaquah High School, one of the most enjoyable parts is creating a performance that can be enjoyed by all age groups.

“The thing that makes it so engaging for so many people is everybody knows these songs,” said Holly Whiting, who’s directing her ninth musical at IHS. “These songs are old enough that every generation that’s going to be attending this program is going to be familiar with the music.

By Neil Pierson Issaquah High School drama students (from left) Caroline Hamblin, Kylie Fletcher and Ashley Young, rehearse a scene from ‘White Christmas.’

By Neil Pierson
Issaquah High School drama students (from left) Caroline Hamblin, Kylie Fletcher and Ashley Young, rehearse a scene from ‘White Christmas.’

“And I think we all have pretty good, happy memories attached to a lot of these songs.”

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Discover this

December 3, 2013

Science on Wheels program rolls out the experiments for Endeavour students

in another experiment, students also mixed a plastic-like putty (below left), folded metal washers inside and then measured their elasticity.

in another experiment, students also mixed a plastic-like putty (below left), folded metal washers inside and then measured their elasticity.

Fire and Ice makes things nice for St. Jude’s

December 3, 2013

Sip wine bar and restaurant is pairing up with Opal boutique to put on the Fire and Ice luncheon and fashion show Dec. 14. The proceeds from the ladies-only event will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“It’s going to be all about food, fashion and fun,” said Karen Lawler, Sip restaurant’s director of marketing. “And it’s all for a really good cause.”

Attendees will be greeted with appetizers and champagne, followed by a sit-down lunch and a fashion show put on by Opal. There will also be a raffle and prizes.

Shannen Wyman, owner of Opal, opened her Issaquah Highlands location just two months ago.

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Issaquah boys team looks to avenge last year’s bitter end

December 3, 2013

By Don Borin / Stop Action Photography Ty Gibson, Issaquah High School guard, knocks down a Skyline basketball player while driving to the basket in a game last December.

By Don Borin / Stop Action Photography
Ty Gibson, Issaquah High School guard, knocks down a Skyline basketball player while driving to the basket in a game last December.

The way last season ended for the Issaquah High School boys basketball team was a bitter pill that was hard to swallow for third-year coach Jason Griffith.

“We were basically one bucket away from making it back to state,” Griffith said.

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Students raise funds for typhoon victims

December 3, 2013

After Kathy Stimpson’s fourth-grade students at Challenger Elementary School read a nonfiction story last month, they spent some time in reflection.

Then, they put their thoughts into words and actions.

By Neil Pierson  Teacher Kathy Stimpson’s fourth-grade class at Challenger Elementary School helped raise nearly $1,400 for victims of last month’s typhoon in the Philippines.

By Neil Pierson
Teacher Kathy Stimpson’s fourth-grade class at Challenger Elementary School helped raise nearly $1,400 for victims of last month’s typhoon in the Philippines.

“We were reading about how Italians were emigrating to America, and we saw a picture of one of the reasons why,” student Sean Brainard said. “And it was because some of the Italians, all their homes were destroyed by an earthquake. That reminded us of the Philippines and what’s going on in the world right now.”

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Opening the archives

December 3, 2013

The Issaquah History Museums take requests regarding what people would like to see in the Digital Collection at http://bit.ly/issaquahpics. If there is a particular name, place or item you’d like to see more images of on the website, email Erica Maniez at erica.maniez@issaquahhistory.org. Send your history photos to editor@isspress.com.

2001.036.001 Ice Skating at Horrocks Farm Ice-skating at Horrocks’ Farm was a popular winter pastime for several generations of Issaquah residents.

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Ice Skating at Horrocks Farm
Ice-skating at Horrocks’ Farm was a popular winter pastime for several generations of Issaquah residents.

Holiday giving — be a ‘job creator’

December 3, 2013

Extraordinary acts of generosity never cease to amaze me during the holidays in Issaquah, and it’s a privilege to see some of them up close on assignment with a camera.

Among the first of many that will be going on throughout the month, it is a pleasure to report on the first two I’ve been sent to cover. There are more events to come, and it’s never too late to step up to the plate and help those in need.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

At Issaquah High School on Nov. 26, it was stunning to see a portion of the floor in the commons covered in a blanket of canned and boxed food. Tying in the food drive with the release of the popular “Hunger Games” movie sequel, students Amanda Levenson and Juliana Da Cruz thought a friendly competition would get interest from a lot of their classmates.

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Liberty girls welcome new coach

December 3, 2013

After only one senior graduating, the Liberty High School girls basketball roster is largely identical to last year’s. The only difference is the man leading the squad.

First-year coach Curtis Terry will lead the Patriots, and he’ll rely on his returning nucleus of players to make the transition easy.

By Greg Farrar Sierra Carlson, Liberty High School point guard, shoots at the basket during a 2012 basketball victory against Mercer Island.

By Greg Farrar
Sierra Carlson, Liberty High School point guard, shoots at the basket during a 2012 basketball victory against Mercer Island.

“We have juniors and seniors on the team. Everybody played varsity last year, so I think we have a great starting point,” he said.

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Boys must replace nine seniors

December 3, 2013

There is not much experience across the Liberty boys basketball 15-man roster, especially after nine seniors from the team graduated last year.

But what the team lacks in game minutes, it makes up for with a deeper understanding of second-year Liberty coach Omar Parker’s philosophy.

“We have a huge advantage on last year in that we have a culture and we understand some of the program language now,” Parker said.

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