Mason, Sophia top lists for baby names

March 5, 2013

Mason edged out Liam to rank as the most-popular name for baby boys in Washington, and Sophia remained in the top spot among names for baby girls.

The data released by the state Department of Health last month shows Mason moved to No. 1 from No. 11 for baby boys in 2011, and Liam moved to the No. 2 spot from the No. 8 spot.

The top 10 list for baby girls remained almost unchanged from 2010, albeit in slightly different order. Sophia is in the top position and Olivia is ranked in the No. 2 position.

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Police & Fire

March 5, 2013

Stolen booze

More than $230 worth of alcohol was stolen from a business in the 1100 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard at about 5:40 p.m. Feb. 11.

 

Car part stolen

On the map

See the Issaquah Police Department’s reported activity from the previous 72 hours at a crime map created by the city at http://bit.ly/ZPHFbA. Addresses contained in the map have been rounded to the nearest hundred block. The address displayed reflects the location where the officer responded to the incident — not necessarily where the incident occurred.

A catalytic converter was stolen from a vehicle parked in the 1500 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard on Feb. 12. The cost of the part is estimated at $2,800.

 

DUI

Police arrested a 37-year-old woman on suspicion of driving under the influence after an accident near the corner of Newport Way Northwest and 17th Avenue Northwest at about 4:30 p.m. Feb. 12. A breath test estimated the woman’s blood alcohol level at .18 percent, more than double the legal limit for driving.

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EFR examines staffing levels for fire stations

March 5, 2013

A review of Eastside Fire & Rescue’s service model has led to suggestions that the agency consider having two firefighters at stations rather than the typical three.

Proponents say the idea could be a more efficient use of the agency’s resources, particularly if the two-person unit was stationed in an area that sees a lot of minor medical calls rather than actual fires.

But the suggestion was met with some skepticism from other board members at a Dec. 20 committee meeting, particularly those representing rural fire districts.

“If I have a heart attack or my wife does, I want three guys showing up,” District 10 Commissioner Donald Smith said.

Jon Wiseman, president of the union that represents EFR firefighters, said moving any station’s staffing down to two firefighters is a concern. State law forbids a firefighter to enter a burning building until three responders are on the scene. While aid calls can be handled by two people, Wiseman said having a third person can be vital during the most serious medical emergencies.

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Musician proves it’s never too late to publish a first book

March 5, 2013

Newcastle resident Italene Gaddis may be 87 years old, but if you ask her, she doesn’t feel any older than she did as a child growing up in the South.

“You’re not a number,” she said. “People say ‘Are you really 87?’ and I say ‘No, not really, I’m Italene.’”

By Christina Corrales-Toy Italene Gaddis, an 87-year-old poet, songwriter and musician, plays her autoharp in her Newcastle home Feb. 19.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Italene Gaddis, an 87-year-old poet, songwriter and musician, plays her autoharp in her Newcastle home Feb. 19.

With her charming Southern drawl, the poet, musician and songwriter captivates with her quick wit and sunny disposition. She’s an endless source of encouraging words, uplifting songs and positive affirmations.

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Youth group Listen Up is ready to perform for you

March 5, 2013

Early last February, a group of young girls formed the band Listen Up and became known in the community through their YouTube video “Pass the Bond,” meant to promote the Issaquah School District’s construction bond issue.

Since then, these girls have not stopped performing in the community. The group is made up of Caitlin Neill, 10, Luca Nardi, 11, Monti Fleck, 11, and Emily Rudolph, 13, who attend Issaquah Valley Elementary School and Issaquah Middle School.

As a group, Listen Up has performed all over Issaquah; at a luncheons for the Issaquah Schools Foundation and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, at care homes, council meetings, and PTA meetings at different Issaquah schools.

By Liz Rudolph The Listen Up quartet of (from left) Caitlin Neill, Luca Nardi, Emily Rudolph and Monti Fleck, stand together backstage at the Miss Washington pageant in October where they sang the National Anthem during opening ceremonies for the finals competition.

By Liz Rudolph
The Listen Up quartet of (from left) Caitlin Neill, Luca Nardi, Emily Rudolph and Monti Fleck, stand together backstage at the Miss Washington pageant in October where they sang the National Anthem during opening ceremonies for the finals competition.

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Gerald L. Cookson

March 5, 2013

Gerald “Jerry” L. Cookson, 72, of Seattle, more recently residing in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, passed away suddenly on Feb. 16, 2013, while vacationing in Arizona.

He is survived by his ex-wife Diane, his six children, 15 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, his brother Tim, and sisters Donna and Carolyn.

Gerald L. Cookson

Gerald L. Cookson

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Alice E. Swanson

March 5, 2013

Funeral services for Alice E. Swanson, 87, of Issaquah, will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2013, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Issaquah. A committal service will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Renton at 2:30 p.m.

Alice was born June 27, 1925, at the family homestead south of Issaquah. She was a 1943 graduate of Issaquah High School and a lifelong resident of Issaquah. On March 8, 1945, she married her high school sweetheart, George Swanson, one of the “Newcastle kids” who came to Issaquah for high school in those days! They had 47 wonderful years together before he passed away in April 1992.

Alice E. Swanson

Alice E. Swanson

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Frank Troutman

March 5, 2013

Frank Troutman passed away on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at the age of 89.

A memorial service will be held at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center on Thursday, March 7, at 3 p.m. with reception following.

Frank Troutman

Frank Troutman

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Tricks and treats

March 5, 2013

Taryn the dog bowls for joy at Marianwood

By Lillian O’Rorke Joey Iversen, a Sammamish animal trainer, receives a high-five from Taryn, a deaf miniature Australian shepherd dog, during a program of tricks and petting therapy Feb. 28 for residents at Providence Marianwood nursing home.

By Lillian O’Rorke
Joey Iversen, a Sammamish animal trainer, receives a high-five from Taryn, a deaf miniature Australian shepherd dog, during a program of tricks and petting therapy Feb. 28 for residents at Providence Marianwood nursing home.

With a thrust of her black shiny nose, Taryn rolls a six on a large, soft die and wins the game of 21 she’s been playing against the residents of Providence Marianwood.

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Women’s Club hosts luncheon, auction to aid local charities

March 5, 2013

Last year, the Issaquah Women’s Club raised more than $12,000 during its spring luncheon. It donated the money to scholarships and charities throughout the community.

“We were thrilled,” fundraising coordinator Deborah Bader said.

On April 20 at the Hilton Garden Inn, the club will host the luncheon again for the second year in a row.

File Issaquah Women’s Club members make bids on raffle baskets during a previous year’s fundraising event.

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Issaquah Women’s Club members make bids on raffle baskets during a previous year’s fundraising event.

The event, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., combines a luncheon, and live and silent auctions. A total of 180 tickets are available for $35 each. Bader hopes to draw people from outside the club to support the community.

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