Forecasters seek to relieve weather confusion

January 8, 2013

National Weather Service forecasters use the terms advisory, watch and warning to describe how likely flooding or other weather is to occur, how bad the impact could be and when the problems might arise.

But results from surveys, service assessments and feedback indicate many residents do not fully understand the differences between the terms, or how to respond and stay safe.

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Liberty Patriots sweep rival Lake Washington Kangs

January 8, 2013

Matthew Campbell, Liberty High School senior center, puts up two of his team-leading 19 points during the Patriots’ third quarter tear against Lake Washington on Jan. 4. By Greg Farrar

Students returned to school after winter break on Jan. 2, but coach Omar Parker’s Liberty boys basketball team didn’t see much of a layoff during the two-week respite.

In fact, the Patriots practiced on Christmas Eve and played in a tournament in Salem, Ore., just three days later.

“We practiced long and hard over the entire break,” Parker said.

The hard work definitely paid off for the Patriots, who soundly defeated Lake Washington, 64-44, in a Jan. 4 contest.

The Patriots shot out of the gate quickly on the way to an 18-10 lead after the first quarter. Liberty went on to extend the lead by one, heading into halftime, leading, 29-20.

The beginning of the second half, however, was a different story, as Lake Washington emerged from the locker room with what appeared to be a new sense of urgency. Just three minutes into the half, the Kangs cut Liberty’s lead to just one point.

At that point, the Liberty coach called a timeout to refocus the team.

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Patriot Players christen Liberty High School performing arts center

January 8, 2013

Katherine Klekas (left), longtime Liberty High School drama program director, student and cast member Tyler Ackerson, and teacher Hannah Fry, director of ‘She Stoops to Conquer,’ stand in the performing arts center’s first completed space, the black box theater, an unadorned, large room for about 100 spectators. By Greg Farrar

The long-awaited Liberty High School performing arts center is still under construction, but one portion of the state-of-the-art facility is ready for action.

The Patriot Players are set to open the building’s black box theater in dramatic fashion with its performance of the English comedy, “She Stoops to Conquer.”

The play follows the events of a single evening in the English countryside, complete with mistaken identities, witty dialogue and an entertaining love story.

The production involves several intertwined storylines and characters, but the main plot follows the Hardcastle family, and in particular daughter Kate as she attempts to impress a suitor by pretending she is a barmaid, downplaying the upper-class status that she actually holds.

Although the play is mostly humorous, serious quandaries about social class, arrogance and prejudice emerge throughout the story.

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Issaquah History Museums tackle tough times, convince public why history matters

January 8, 2013

The recent past for the Issaquah History Museums sounds almost like a hardscrabble chapter from local history.

Executive Director Erica Maniez, staffers and volunteers face a perennial challenge to convince the public why history matters and, more importantly in the short term, why the organization needs donations to continue operations, especially as nonprofit organizations dedicated to human services command the spotlight.

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Maywood Middle School hosts youth wrestling camp

January 8, 2013

Maywood Middle School is offering a youth wrestling camp for grades 1 through 5 from Jan. 9 to Feb. 13 on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The classes run from 6:15-7:30 p.m. on each day the class is offered. The cost for classes is $60 per participant.

Call Wright Noel at 837-4717, ext. 106, with questions.

Boris Karloff swings into ‘The Ape’ for Issaquah film series

January 8, 2013

The legendary horror actor Boris Karloff is in the lineup as the Issaquah Train Depot film series continues.

“The Ape” — a schlocky horror romp from 1940 — stars Karloff as a kindly uncle in a small town subjected to a circus ape’s reign of terror. The film came after Karloff rocketed to success as the title character in “Frankenstein” and then sequels “Bride of Frankenstein” and “Son of Frankenstein.”

The film plays at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at the historic train depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N.

County executives engage in friendly football wager

January 8, 2013

Leaders in the home communities for the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins engaged in a friendly rivalry in the days before the teams met on the gridiron Jan. 6.

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Prince George’s County, Md., Executive Rushern Baker each put up a case of coffee on the outcome.

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Guest Column

January 8, 2013

Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by volunteering

At the Y, volunteering is part of our DNA as more than half a million people donate their time and talents at Ys across the country in a variety of capacities. Whether serving on the board of directors or tutoring (and everything in between), the Y relies on volunteers to make an impact in communities.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Jan. 21, the Coal Creek Family YMCA encourages residents of Issaquah, Renton, Newcastle and South Bellevue to honor Dr. King’s legacy by not only giving back and supporting our neighbors, but by reflecting on how each of us can further activate the passion for contributing to the community that lasts all year long.

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Leaders adopt changes to regional growth blueprint

January 8, 2013

The growth blueprint approved by King County Council members Dec. 3 is meant to strengthen protections for open space and farmland, officials said after the council adopted the latest update to the King County Comprehensive Plan.

The document guides growth in unincorporated communities, including Preston, Four Creeks and other areas just outside Issaquah city limits.

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King County pet adoptions reach 2,500

January 8, 2013

Regional Animal Services of King County connected 2,500 pets and owners in 2012, officials announced Dec. 31, just before the curtain dropped on the year.

Laura Grieve, a Renton resident, adopted the 2,500th pet — a cat named Gaston — just before the Pet Adoption Center closed New Year’s Eve.

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