Kathy Lambert receives Zonta award

March 19, 2013

Metropolitan King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert received the Zonta Club of East King County’s 2013 International Rose Day Award on March 8.

Lambert was recognized for her service professionally and personally on behalf of survivors of domestic violence.

Councilwoman Kathy Lambert (center), with Zonta EKC member Allyn Schinski (left) and Kathryn Torimoto, president of Zonta EKC (right), was recognized by Zonta with its 2013 International Rose Day Award for her service on behalf of survivors of domestic violence. Contributed

Councilwoman Kathy Lambert (center), with Zonta EKC member Allyn Schinski (left) and Kathryn Torimoto, president of Zonta EKC (right), was recognized by Zonta with its 2013 International Rose Day Award for her service on behalf of survivors of domestic violence.
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Each year on International Women’s Day, Zonta Clubs around the world recognize individuals who have made significant contributions in the efforts to advance the status of women. This year, the focus is on prevention of domestic violence and support of survivors.

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Education, gun control dominate town hall meeting

March 19, 2013

Discussion on schools, transportation and gun control raised some voices during a recent legislative town hall.

State Republican representatives Jay Rodne, Chad Magendanz and new Democratic state Sen. Mark Mullet visited Issaquah City Hall as part of a three-part town hall tour March 16. About 40 people gathered in the Eagle Room to ask questions of the legislators about pressing 5th District issues.

 

Questions about education

A large contingent of educators in the crowd asked questions regarding educational funding. (Mullet and Magendanz serve on education committees.)

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Tiger Talk

March 19, 2013

Zoo manager aims to teach about big cat conservation

Tigers face critical endangerment and Cougar Mountain Zoo Manager Robyn Barfoot wants to help.

After returning from her second trip to India in as many years to assist in the conservational efforts of big cats, she plans to share her experiences and impart the message in a lecture. On March 24, Barfoot will lead those interested in a presentation about the lessons she learned in her research of tiger conservation and how much of a difference individuals can make to the cause.

Contributed  Robyn Barfoot (left) stands with her friend in big cat conservation, Danita Daniel, during her time in India. There, Barfoot worked with Project Tiger (right three photos) to spread education about the endangerment of the species.

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Robyn Barfoot (left) stands with her friend in big cat conservation, Danita Daniel, during her time in India. There, Barfoot worked with Project Tiger (right three photos) to spread education about the endangerment of the species.

Entitled “A Night of Big Cats and Crazy Travel Stories,” the lecture will be held at the zoo. All proceeds go to the zoo’s education department and conservation efforts.

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Teen instructor brings life experience to special-needs martial arts class

March 19, 2013

Skyline High School sophomore Damian Banki learned to understand the meaning of special by watching his mother turn the special needs of his older brother diagnosed with autism into strength for his family.

The 16-year-old red belt in taekwondo has applied the same strong spirit to help special-needs students build self-esteem that extends beyond the mats of their martial arts studio.

Contributed Megan Boss (right), a 22-year-old taekwondo student who has thrived under the tutelage of Damian Banki, competes in the 2012 True Martial Arts Tournament on the Sammamish Plateau.

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Megan Boss (right), a 22-year-old taekwondo student who has thrived under the tutelage of Damian Banki, competes in the 2012 True Martial Arts Tournament on the Sammamish Plateau.

“Damian is wise beyond his years,” said Mitch Boss, of Bellevue, who enrolled his daughter Megan in the special-needs martial arts class with Banki at True Martial Arts on the Sammamish Plateau. “Martial arts is all about flexibility and strength. But, it’s also about mental discipline. Damian has the unique ability to combine the physical aspects with personal respect.”

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State auditor gives EFR another clean audit

March 19, 2013

The state auditor’s office just completed its audit of Eastside Fire & Rescue for 2011 and found that the agency had complied with all state financial laws and regulations.

EFR, since its inception in 1999, has always been free of findings. View the audit at www.sao.wa.gov/AuditReports/AuditReportFiles/ar1009217.pdf.

Jess (Jay) Butcher

March 19, 2013

Jess Jack John (Jay) Butcher, of New Auburn, Wis., and formerly of Issaquah, died in his sleep of a heart attack early Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at the age of 70.

Jess was born Jan. 1, 1943 in Chicago, the first son of Jack R. and Bette M. (Potter) Butcher. Jay was an avid outdoorsman who wanted nothing more than to head out on the next big hunt. He spent hisyouth on Tiger Mountain in Issaquah, and moved to New Auburn in 1959.

Jess (Jay) Butcher

Jess (Jay) Butcher

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Local students collect hundreds of shoes for South African children

March 19, 2013

The space where Anjali Grutzius usually parks her car has been taken over for the past several weeks with shoes — 440 pairs of shoes to be exact.

They are not all for her; in fact, none of them are. The 17-year-old Skyline High School senior has been running a shoe drive for South African children as part of her DECA project, which she will present at the DECA state competition March 7-9.

By Nirmala Grutzius Anjali Grutzius (from left) employed the help of her fellow DECA classmates, Alyssa Holt, Cody Hatfield and Steven Richards, to sort and box 440 pairs of shoes.

By Nirmala Grutzius
Anjali Grutzius (from left) employed the help of her fellow DECA classmates, Alyssa Holt, Cody Hatfield and Steven Richards, to sort and box 440 pairs of shoes.

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Preschoolers wanted to be ‘Super Salmon Sleuths’

March 19, 2013

Preschoolers are invited to be “Super Salmon Sleuths” in a new class sponsored by the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

Children ages 3-5 will have the opportunity to feed the fish, learn about salmon life-cycles and tour the hatchery in this series of classes. “Salmon Sleuths” will learn to use a microscope, listen to stories and do a craft while learning about the salmon.

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Grades matter, but experiences matter more

March 19, 2013

School. Grades. SAT. College Applications.

As a senior in high school, I’m not new to the pressure placed upon students every day. Everything is about doing well in class getting into a good college. After all, don’t we want to be successful in life?

Hall Monitor Zach Bunch Liberty                High School

Hall Monitor
Zach Bunch
Liberty High School

What I’ve learned is that, while schooling and grades are important, it’s just as crucial to live a little — to find a balance somewhere in the middle. This could come in the form of sports, drama, clubs, art, community service or any number of activities; we all need to have something that we can look back on and say: “That was me.”

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Wayne David Quinn

March 19, 2013

Wayne David Quinn, born July 12, 1949, died March 8, 2013, at his home surrounded by family. His wife Joanne, and daughters Caileen and Angela held his hands as he took his last breath. Cancer took over his body, but never his spirit.

Wayne David Quinn

Wayne David Quinn

His GrandGirls Kylie and Elise Balyeat and Aja Aiello loved to listen and dance to Poppi playing his accordion and guitar. Wayne’s life was full of joy, happiness and music. His never-ending talent with any instrument he touched was captivating and brought so much richness to those around him.

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