Give government the gift of good grief

December 10, 2013

Budget season ended last month. You missed it. You missed many graphs, many charts, many numbers, many questions and many answers. You also missed the opportunity to take part.

You know that saying, “If you don’t vote, you don’t get to complain?” That should apply to civic action and education in general, especially regarding local government. If you don’t recognize the many ways the city tries to cultivate civic interaction, then you lose out on a chance to both learn how your tax dollars are spent and complain about how the council decides to spend them.

Peter Clark

Peter Clark

From social media alerts, two public hearings and five open work sessions, only one citizen stood up to speak. That’s pretty poor representation for Issaquah’s 31,000 residents.

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Editorial

December 10, 2013

Events are great; a parade would be better

We have been dismayed that Issaquah has been slow to promote itself during the holidays with a big commercial push the way downtown Bellevue does with its Snowflake Lane. But we are impressed with the number of holiday activities that are sprouting up for family activities and shoppers.

Some of the events are new, others are becoming annual traditions.

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To the Editor

December 10, 2013

Annexation

Klahanie PAA should annex to Issaquah

A recent Issaquah Press editorial opposed annexation of the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area to Issaquah. The editorial states that “taxes are even lower” in Sammamish.

In fact, the opposite is true. Property tax rate tables for Sammamish neighborhoods within the Issaquah School District are approximately 8.6 percent higher than the city of Issaquah.

An owner of a $450,000 home in Sammamish pays about $450 per year more in property taxes than an owner of a similar home in Issaquah. Issaquah’s utility tax offsets part of this, but for the typical homeowner, total taxes are lower in Issaquah.

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Longtime Issaquah baseball coach inducted into hall of fame

December 10, 2013

Rob Reese

Rob Reese

Rob Reese knows there are some impressive names that make up the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Heck, he’s coached against many of them in his 20 years at the helm of Issaquah High School’s program. He just never figured he would join their ranks before he retired.

Reese was inducted into the hallowed halls Nov. 24.

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Mail letters to Santa at community center

December 10, 2013

Children of all ages can now send their wish list, or even a wish for good tidings, to the North Pole from the Issaquah Community Center.

The mailbox for letters to Santa is located in the center’s lobby, 301 Rainier Blvd. N. The deadline to drop letters into the mailbox is Dec. 19.

Letter templates are also available next to the mailbox. Make sure you include a return mailing address so Santa can respond.

Flyboy folklore

December 10, 2013

B-25 gunner Ed McKee kept the skies clear on WWII European bombing missions

In 1937, Ed McKee was a sophomore in high school, with not enough spending money in his pockets to spread around his hometown of Albany, Ore.

By David Hayes Ed McKee, 91, talks about mates from his air squadron during World War II from the office in his Timber Ridge apartment in Talus.

By David Hayes
Ed McKee, 91, talks about mates from his air squadron during World War II from the office in his Timber Ridge apartment in Talus.

Just seven years later, how he chose to augment his income would eventually take him over the skies of Europe on bombing raids of Axis targets.

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Skyline thespians serve up witch’s brew with ‘The Crucible’

December 10, 2013

People who are well-versed in “The Crucible” might not find a lot of surprises in Skyline High School’s adaptation, but the student actors and actresses have been working hard to put their own spin on Arthur Miller’s famous 1950’s production.

The play includes many real-life elements of the Salem witch trials that occurred in colonial New England during the late 1600s. And the cast at Skyline, under the direction of Hannah Fry, has used a fine-toothed comb to unearth historical nuggets of the story.

The junior and senior cast members have studied “The Crucible” in class, and at the start of fall rehearsals, the entire cast took part in a dramaturgy — research for a dramatic performance — said sophomore Madeline Miller, who has taken on the key role of Betty Parris.

Photos by Neil Pierson Above, Skyline High School students (from left) Nathan Landolff, Madeline Miller and Carly Rosenbaum rehearse a scene from ‘The Crucible.’

Photos by Neil Pierson
 Skyline High School students (from left) Nathan Landolff, Madeline Miller and Carly Rosenbaum rehearse a scene from ‘The Crucible.’

“We kind of learned about the show itself and the time period … and the different relationships that have changed,” Miller said. “Now, a father and daughter would probably be pretty casual, but back then it was really strict, and if you did something wrong, you got whipped.”

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Robert Biegaj leads Spartans past Bears

December 10, 2013

Robert Biegaj didn’t join the varsity roster until late last season, but he witnessed some of the reasons why the Skyline Spartans finished with a 7-13 overall record.

“Just from watching from the outside, I feel like people were being selfish and stuff, and we weren’t really a team,” Biegaj said. “But, this year, I feel like we’re really coming together, bonding and being selfless. That’s one of our main focuses and covenants. So, I think we can have a really good year as long as we stay together.”

By Greg Farrar Robert Biegaj, Skyline High School junior forward, finishes the Spartans’ scoring with an exclamation point, dunking the last of his game-high 15 points in the 48-35 win Dec. 4 against Olympia.

By Greg Farrar
Robert Biegaj, Skyline High School junior forward, finishes the Spartans’ scoring with an exclamation point, dunking the last of his game-high 15 points in the 48-35 win Dec. 4 against Olympia.

Biegaj played a huge part in the Spartans’ season opener Dec. 4, as they dominated defensively in a 48-35 win against the Olympia Bears in a nonleague boys basketball game at Skyline High School.

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Pete Montson

December 10, 2013

Pete Montson joined this world on Sept. 1, 1953, in Sun Valley, Calif. He departed this world from Palm Springs, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

He was stricken down at age 60 by a stroke, while caring for his parents. He leaves behind parents John and Mary Montson, and a sister Marilyn, all at 41972 Humber Drive, Temecula, CA 92591, as well as aunts, uncles and cousins in Southern California, Oklahoma and British Columbia, and a multitude of friends. Pete was a longtime resident of North Bend.

Pete Montson

Pete Montson

He graduated from Poly High School in Sun Valley, Calif., achieved a Bachelor of Science in natural resource management in 1977, and a master’s in teaching in 1978 at Cal Poly State U in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

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Lasting legacy

December 10, 2013

Children’s Garden School founder retires after 36 years

It all started with three $20 travelers checks and a contract written on construction paper.

The year was 1977. That summer, Bonnie Steussy and her husband David Edfeldt traveled from South Carolina to Steussy’s home state of Washington. At the behest of her sister, Steussy went to an open house for a small property across the street from where she lived in Issaquah.

Steussy and Edfeldt were both teachers. Steussy said education was a lifelong passion.

Contributed Bonnie Steussy brings out her hand puppet Belle Amie, who visits a class of Children’s Garden preschoolers to ask how they are feeling.

Contributed
Bonnie Steussy brings out her hand puppet Belle Amie, who visits a class of Children’s Garden preschoolers to ask how they are feeling.

“I can remember sitting in my bedroom, dreaming about being a teacher” as a child, she said.

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