City seeks Earth Day volunteers to plant trees

March 26, 2013

The city invites locals to plant trees in recognition of Earth Day.

To help beautify along Issaquah Creek and Pickering Trail, the city needs volunteers to help with placing the saplings from 11 a.m. to noon April 20. Individuals or groups wishing to participate can register at the information booth near the Pickering Trail entrance beginning at 9 a.m.

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For the love of all things Irish

March 26, 2013

I’m deeply enamored with Ireland. It feels a poetic and romantic place. Melodic Celtic music seems to transcend time, lush green landscapes, drifting fog and rugged shores. All create visions of charm and daydreams.

I’m just as enamored with Irish cuisine. Deep, rich flavors warm a belly and comfort the soul. It’s hearty fare my grandmother used to call “stick to your ribs” cuisine. Perfect for the cool evenings still to come.

By Karista Bennett Irish cuisine is delicious anytime, not just on St. Patrick’s Day.

By Karista Bennett
Irish cuisine is delicious anytime, not just on St. Patrick’s Day.

There’s no celebrating the arrival of spring at my house without some festive and hearty Irish fare. One of my favorite dishes to prepare is Colcannon. Traditionally a mashed potato, cabbage and green onion side dish, I decided to recreate this lush recipe into a one-pot meal.

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Liberty soccer goes undefeated in first week

March 26, 2013

The Liberty boys soccer team began the 2013 season with two wins against nonconference opponents.

The Patriots defeated Everett, 4-1, March 12. Jared Bales put Liberty on the board first with a goal in the 23rd minute. Noah Anderson added another score, while Jake Ericksen had two more.

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To the Editor

March 26, 2013

Hunger Action Week

Donate formula to help babies who need it

March 25-30 marks Hunger Action Week, which highlights those who are at risk of hunger, and hunger’s harmful impact on our community.

While the week shines a light on those in our community without enough food to eat, we pose the question, “What about babies without enough to eat?”

Why is formula an important ‘hunger’ problem? Whereas food for hungry families can be economized by purchasing a variety of cheap alternatives, there are no ways to safely economize infant formula. A 12-ounce can of powdered formula that feeds a baby for approximately three days costs $16 a can.

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How To

March 26, 2013

Pull off a successful prank

April Fool’s Day is almost here, and everyone knows what that means: the one day of the year where being a jerk is totally acceptable, as long as you are a funny jerk. With that in mind, here is how to successfully be a funny jerk:

Jacob Brunette Issaquah High School

Jacob Brunette
Issaquah High School

  • Pick a good target. Family members or close friends are a good idea because they are less likely to mistake your prank as mean behavior. This will allow you to be as mean as needed for maximum comedic effect.

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Hot List

March 26, 2013

Movie: ‘Argo’

Argo

Argo

After watching “Argo” take home the Best Picture award at the Oscars in February, I immediately added the “based on a true story” flick about the 1979 Iran hostage crisis to my list of must-sees. “Argo” did not disappoint. With a stellar performance by Ben Affleck as a CIA exfiltration specialist who undergoes an undercover rescue mission in Iran (Alan Arkin also deserves praise for his hilarious portrayal of fictional film producer Lester Siegel), “Argo” kept me at the edge of my seat while delivering laughs along the way.

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Wedding: Krebs, Blankenstein

March 26, 2013

Krebs, Blankenstein

Rachel Krebs, of West Seattle, and Brian Blankenstein, of Issaquah, were married Dec. 29, 2012, at Pickering Barn, in Issaquah, where a reception followed.

Kevin Cumming resided.

Brian Blankenstein and Rachel Krebs

Brian Blankenstein and Rachel Krebs

The couple honeymooned in Cannon Beach.

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Ichijo plat development eyed for residential housing

March 26, 2013

Parcel two of the Ichijo preliminary plat filled the agenda for the Urban Village Development Commission in its march 19 meeting.

The Issaquah Highlands parcel was received from King County in exchange for retaining green space northwest of Issaquah High School. The presentation regarded plans that are under way to develop the land into residential housing. The meeting allowed for public comment about the upcoming project; few concerns were expressed.

The 4.28 forested acres are in the beginning stages of development.

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Allison Northey wins Pac-12 gymnastics award two weeks in row

March 26, 2013

Allison Northey, a 2012 Skyline High School graduate, has been named Pac-12 Gymnastics Newcomer of the Week two weeks in a row.

Northey, a freshman on the University of Washington gymnastics team, first earned the honor for the week of Feb. 11-17. Her first time competing in the all-around as a collegiate athlete, she finished third overall with a 39.075 that week, helping her team tie No. 6 Utah for the second time in school history.

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Eagle dancers bust a move

March 26, 2013

For a young team, every advance in competition becomes a first, and so the Issaquah High School Dance Team celebrated its first win in district competition, to be followed by a trip to state at the Sun Dome in Yakima on March 23 in hopes of winning a trophy at state for the first time.

However, that trophy was not to be.

Team Captain Raché Strand said the team performs and competes in the hip-hop category. Hip-hop is a style of dancing that finds it roots in street dancing in the 1970s.

Contributed The Issaquah High School Dance Team poses March 2 at Eastlake High School with their Sea-King District 4A trophy in the hip-hop/military category before heading to Yakima for state competition March 23.

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The Issaquah High School Dance Team poses March 2 at Eastlake High School with their Sea-King District 4A trophy in the hip-hop/military category before heading to Yakima for state competition March 23.

“Hip-hop is like thug or gangsta,” Strand said. “It is more like street dancing or like dance crew, lots of getting low and kind of aggressive dancing. We dance to popular music, like stuff you would hear on the radio for dancing party music.”

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