Edward Burney Baker

April 16, 2013

Edward Burney Baker, of Issaquah, passed away peacefully in his home Wednesday, April 10, 2013. He was 103 years old.

Ed was born in Seattle on Feb. 17, 1910, to Minnie and Earl Baker. He became the first son of modern special education in 1916 after the Seattle schools refused to accept him and the family moved to the welcoming Issaquah School District. Ed milked cows, raised chickens and sawed firewood on the family farm near Beaver Lake.

Edward Burney Baker

Edward Burney Baker

Ed was hard working and loved all things mechanical. He was creative, adventuresome, loved laughter and was a joy to be around. He will be best remembered for his passion for Legos! Ed spent his last 10 birthdays at Legoland, and on his 100th birthday, Legoland honored Ed with a small replica of himself permanently displayed in their farm scene.

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Katie Nicole Tinnea

April 16, 2013

Katie Nicole Tinnea, 30, of Snoqualmie, passed away peacefully April 4, 2013, after courageously fighting cancer for two years.

She is survived and will be missed by her husband Ryan, daughter Kennedy, parents Tony and Jocelyn Aldridge, and many extended family members and friends.

Katie Nicole Tinnea

Katie Nicole Tinnea

She will be remembered for her love, positivity, grace, energy and humor. Katie was an inspiration to many as a well-respected teacher at Newcastle Elementary School, and as a spokesperson for colon cancer prevention, research and awareness. Her passions included her family, her students, holidays, the Seahawks and shopping!

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Issaquah rallies to beat Redmond, 7-6

April 16, 2013

The Issaquah High School baseball team grabbed its fourth consecutive league-win April 10 when it came from behind at the bottom of the sixth inning to beat Redmond, 7-6.

“It was a good game,” said Justin Vernia, a senior at Issaquah High School. “The beginning was kind of slow. We weren’t all there. We weren’t very energetic, but as the game went on, we got more into it.”

By Lillian O’Rorke Justin Vernia, Issaquah High School senior, hits his 3-RBI double to take the lead in the sixth inning for a come-from-behind, 7-6 victory April 10 against Redmond.

By Lillian O’Rorke
Justin Vernia, Issaquah High School senior, hits his 3-RBI double to take the lead in the sixth inning for a come-from-behind, 7-6 victory April 10 against Redmond.

The Issaquah Eagles started the game off with one run in the bottom of the first, but didn’t score again for the next three innings. After knocking down two runs in the third, Redmond was ahead 2-1.

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Our new normal climate?

April 16, 2013

When the sun comes out during early spring in the Pacific Northwest, we all notice it. In fact, most of us do more than notice it: We go crazy.

Easter weekend provided that moment for us this year. We know the drill: First, we see the forsythia, and then the early flowering cherries and plums, and, of course, the grape hyacinths and daffodils. The star magnolia comes and goes quickly, while the Indian plum blooms prolifically in the woods.

We are shocked when we drive to Mercer Island and see that they are a week ahead of us. West Seattle and Shoreline seem like they have a two-week jump on spring over what we experience here. And yet, all these places, including Issaquah, have the same, new USDA classification, Zone 8b.

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Eastside Baby Corner to be honored for Grange Month

April 16, 2013

The Issaquah Valley Grange will honor Eastside Baby Corner to celebrate Grange Month in the hopes of raising awareness and collecting pants for the local charity.

Eastside Baby Corner was selected because it is a local organization that helps more than 500 children a week, according to a press release from Issaquah Valley Grange. Eastside Baby Corner distributes almost $3.5 million of goods annually in King County, according to the release.

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Confluence Park comes together

April 16, 2013

Three months after the new park on Rainier Boulevard North began construction, its final form is beginning to take shape.

As Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill and Parks Planner Margaret Macleod walked through the construction site recently, they spoke with wonder at the work that had been done so far. The newly named Confluence Park has been a work nearly 20 years in the making for the pair as they cobbled money together to acquire the various acres of land on the property to make it one cohesive whole.

“Yes, ‘cobbled together’ is a good way to phrase it,” McGill said. “It’s been piece by piece.”

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Interlake, rain can’t stop Liberty boys soccer

April 16, 2013

On a cold, drizzly Friday night, the home stands at Interlake High School’s soccer stadium were nearly empty. The bleachers on the visitors’ side, however, were comparably lined with loyal Liberty soccer supporters, huddled in blankets, holding umbrellas and shouting, “Go blue.”

The Liberty fans did not fill the entire visiting section, but the supporters’ dedication on an April 12 game day, during spring break no less, showed that the Patriots’ boys soccer team is definitely worth rooting for.

Liberty easily gave them something to cheer for, soundly defeating Interlake, 4-0, to remain undefeated with a 9-0-1 record.

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Ebert ‘Bert’ Giberson

April 16, 2013

Ebert “Bert” Giberson passed away Monday, April 8, 2013, after nearly six weeks of hospice care, which completed his long and happy life of 97 years.

Services for Bert were Saturday, April 13. Graveside service was at Upper Hillside Cemetery in Issaquah.

Sign the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com.

 

Police & Fire

April 16, 2013

Gross

A woman called police to report someone had sent inappropriate photos of a sexual nature to her 14-year-old daughter’s cellphone. The woman’s husband said he’d done an Internet search and found a man in Renton matching the phone number from which the images came. Police were unable to duplicate the results of the search. They attempted to contact the man, but were unable to do so. Police said she should report any similar incidents in the future.

 

Overstayed his welcome

Police responded to the Sterling Square Condo complex at 10:12 p.m. March 29. A woman who lives there had a guest with whom she had gotten into a fight, and she wanted him to leave. Police talked to the man, who was lying down with his eyes closed pretending to be asleep, and eventually convinced him to gather his things and leave the unit. He repeatedly asked officers if he could go back in and retrieve something he’d forgotten. Police refused, saying they’d already given him enough time to gather his things. The man called a cab to come and take him somewhere. A few moments after police left the scene, the man was banging on the door asking to retrieve something he’d forgotten. The woman called police, who came back and arrested the man for trespassing.

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Skyline error proves costly to Eastlake

April 16, 2013

By Lillian O’Rorke Riley Davidson, Skyline High School junior infielder, steps up to bat against Eastlake April 8.

By Lillian O’Rorke
Riley Davidson, Skyline High School junior infielder, steps up to bat against Eastlake April 8.

Heading into the bottom of the sixth inning April 8, the Skyline High School softball team was leading Eastlake, 2-1, but by the inning’s end it had fallen to 6-2.

The Skyline Spartans first pulled ahead of their plateau neighbors in the top of the fifth by scoring two runs, including one by senior Charlotte Zhao, who went 3 for 4 with a double.

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