To the Editor

February 26, 2013

Just say no

Don’t allow logging on Squak Mountain

I have lived in Issaquah and raised my children here since 1989. I chose this beautiful community because of its forests, trails, creeks and woods. My children grew up in the woods and love the outdoors. They have very enriched lives because of it.

Please don’t allow the logging of 216 acres to happen on Squak Mountain. We don’t need any more homes, traffic, displaced wildlife and air pollution, and that valley of homes below High Valley doesn’t need any more flooding.

That area should remain as is. For once, don’t take the developer’s side. We have had enough.

Janet McIntosh

Issaquah

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Editorial

February 26, 2013

Accept it — the bag ban is here

On Friday, the Issaquah ban on most retail plastic bags begins. Like it or not, prepare to bring your own reusable bags, or pay a nickel per paper bag. An ad in this paper offers a coupon for a free reusable bag.

The plastic bag ban was adopted last June by the Issaquah City Council, following in the footsteps of Seattle and other cities, including Edmonds and Mukilteo. Concern for the environment was the prime motivator behind the initiative, led by then-City Councilman Mark Mullet, now the state senator for the 5th Legislative District.

According to the city’s website, plastic bags are made from nonrenewable resources and do not biodegrade in the environment. An estimated 2 billion disposable plastic bags are used annually in Washington state, and less than 5 percent are recovered for recycling.

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Grape Escape festival is a culinary celebration

February 26, 2013

The Rotary Club of Issaquah will celebrate local charities and cuisine at its seventh annual Grape Escape festival March 7. The event features food, wine and beer from nearby establishments.

The event started as a small wine tasting with about five area wineries featured. Not only has the number of vintners involved quadrupled, but restaurants now also provide appetizer-sized signature dishes. And everyone who participates in the festive event is supporting the Rotary Club’s many charitable undertakings.

File A full house of guests enjoy the wineries and local restaurants at Pickering Barn at the Rotary Club of Issaquah’s 2012 Grape Escape, which raised $20,000 for the club’s charitable community work.

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A full house of guests enjoy the wineries and local restaurants at Pickering Barn at the Rotary Club of Issaquah’s 2012 Grape Escape, which raised $20,000 for the club’s charitable community work.

“It’s a win-win for everybody,” said Jacalyn Holsted, the Rotary Club’s marketing director. “It’s a chance to have fun, promote local businesses and give back.”

Since 2007, Grape Escape has raised more than $65,000 for many causes, including Rotary First Harvest, Issaquah Food Bank and various student scholarship programs.

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Queen for a Day (a 100th birthday, that is)

February 26, 2013

Photos By Greg Farrar Juanita Smith enjoys her birthday in high style with a brooch of red roses and a jeweled tiara. Celebrating with Smith are two of her three children, Pam Brown (left) and Kevin Smith (right); and four of her eight great-grandchildren (from left), Landon Brown, 4, and Hannah Brown, 6, of Oregon, and Connor Heintz, 13, and Gabe Heintz, 11, of Maple Valley.

Photos By Greg Farrar
Juanita Smith enjoys her birthday in high style with a brooch of red roses and a jeweled tiara. Celebrating with Smith are two of her three children, Pam Brown (left) and Kevin Smith (right); and four of her eight great-grandchildren (from left), Landon Brown, 4, and Hannah Brown, 6, of Oregon, and Connor Heintz, 13, and Gabe Heintz, 11, of Maple Valley.

Juanita Smith, a Squak Mountain resident of Issaquah for the past 30 of her 100 years, celebrated her birthday Feb. 23 with a party given by more than two dozen family members at her University House home.

Smith graduated from Centralia High School in 1929, the University of Washington in 1933, and taught elementary school in the Centralia School District from 1956 to 1978. ‘She is very generous and kind,’ great-grandson Connor said. ‘I always remember her for giving us a ton of cookies. We would come to her house and she’d have a platter of them, and she would say, ‘Go get the cookies!’’

Renowned director starts new choirs in Issaquah

February 26, 2013

Choir director Dan Hegelund has performed in some lofty locales across the European continent. He’s sung at the presidential palace in Ukraine, performed in front of the Latvian government and appeared with his choir on national television in Sweden.

Contributed Members of the Common Ground Gospel choir get excited after a recent performance.

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Dan Hegelund performs in Clash of the Choirs, which was televised on national television in Sweden in 2010.

Last year, though, Hegelund and his family decided to leave Sweden and move to the United States. The family could have chosen to settle anywhere in the U.S., but the Hegelunds decided, without any doubt, that Issaquah would be the place for them.

“We believe we made a good choice, and we look forward to raising our children here and becoming part of the Issaquah community,” Hegelund said in an email.

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Celebrate solar energy in Issaquah

February 26, 2013

Environment Washington will host an evening meet-and-greet featuring solar energy advocates, installers and legislators on March 7.

The group has a goal of putting up 150,000 solar roofs in Washington by 2020, moving the state toward a clean and renewable energy future.

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Taking a fresh look at the movie classics

February 26, 2013

Living in Issaquah, we all experience those days where we are stuck at home while it’s raining outside. On these days, I always find myself sipping a cup of tea and brainstorming a good movie to watch.

Hall Monitor Katherine Lewis Issaquah High School

Hall Monitor
Katherine Lewis
Issaquah High School

As I was curled up in a blanket watching “The Breakfast Club,” it got me thinking. I feel like teenagers, and even adults, end up watching the poorly filmed, low budget movies on Netflix when they could be watching fabulous movies that seem to have been forgotten. I have compiled a list of movies I think everyone should watch.

“The Breakfast Club” (1985) — This is officially one of my all-time favorite movies. Five high school students from completely different social circles serve the same morning detention. Soon enough, their hearts are on the table.

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Liberty’s Kind Club says no to bullying

February 26, 2013

Liberty High School students Autumn Patten and Jessica Pickering were left fundamentally changed after watching the anti-bullying documentary “Finding Kind” at Issaquah High School last year.

The film explores the “mean girl” phenomenon in schools across the country and shows girls they are not alone should they find themselves feeling bullied or isolated.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Members of the Liberty High School Kind Club share their highs and lows of the week at a recent meeting of the group that promotes positivity and compassion among high school students.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Members of the Liberty High School Kind Club share their highs and lows of the week at a recent meeting of the group that promotes positivity and compassion among high school students.

“Saying the documentary changed my life, it sounds really cliché, but it’s the only way you can express it,” Pickering said.

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Mary Jeanne Revell

February 26, 2013

Mary Jeanne Revell

Mary Jeanne Revell

Mary Jeanne Revell, of Redmond, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. She was 93 years of age.

Mrs. Revell was born Sept. 30, 1919, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Charles and Blanche Arnold. She was raised in the area of Gilroy, Calif., and graduated from Gilroy High School. She also attended various college classes in the San Francisco area, for furthering her career and related to her strong interest and talents in music.

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H. S. Seland

February 26, 2013

H. S. Seland

H. S. Seland

H. S. Seland

Sept. 30, 1923 — Feb. 22, 2013

Third generation resident of the Pacific Northwest

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