Go no further than Dolsot for authentic Korean food

April 30, 2013

In a world of American-Asian food, it’s easy to get something sub par. But, Dolsot Korean Cuisine definitely has an authentic feel.

The recently opened restaurant is small and quiet. There was only one other family there that night, so we had the attention of both a waiter and waitress who were very observant of our needs.

Upon arrival, we were quickly seated and a young, Korean gentleman took the time to explain the menu. This was necessary, because 90 percent of the menu is in Korean, with little explanation in English.

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Bike Rodeo comes to Gilman Village

April 30, 2013

CleanScapes will host a Kids Bike Rodeo at its Gilman Village retail store and customer service center May 11.

The Kids Bike Rodeo will be held at the CleanScapes retail store in Gilman Village, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., No. 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more at cleanscapes.com/news/kids_bike_rodeo.

The event, held during National Bike to Work Month, provides children with an opportunity to learn about bike safety and maintenance, according to a CleanScapes press release. The Issaquah Police Department is providing a limited number of youth bike helmets, and staff from Bike Works and Compass Outdoor Adventure will be on hand to demonstrate bike handling and how to fix flat tires.

The Kids Bike Rodeo will also include a treasure hunt by bike.

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AAUW honors STEM achievement

April 30, 2013

Eight Issaquah School District high school junior girls were honored by the American Association of University Women for their achievements and potential in the science, technology and math fields. Left to right are Amanda Levinson, Holly Boothroyd, Megan Larson, Rachel Wittenberg, Pan Zheng, Sarika Ghangurde and Crystal Liang. Not pictured is Audrey Storm.

Eight Issaquah School District high school junior girls were honored by the American Association of University Women for their achievements and potential in the science, technology and math fields. Left to right are Amanda Levinson, Holly Boothroyd, Megan Larson, Rachel Wittenberg, Pan Zheng, Sarika Ghangurde and Crystal Liang. Not pictured is Audrey Storm.

While we hear frequent national and state media reports of the dismal state of education in the science, technology and math fields, eight Issaquah School District high school junior girls are proving that excellence in STEM education is a priority for them and their schools, according to the American Association of University Women.

The eight girls were honored at an association awards ceremony April 18 for their achievements and potential in STEM subjects.

Nominated by their school counselors, the girls from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools have shown outstanding ability in the subjects for which they received recognition, and have participated in numerous extracurricular activities as well. The association recognizes the importance of excellent preparation in the STEM subjects, not only for future individual educational and employment opportunities, but also for the health of the United States and Washington’s scientific and tech economies.

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Nominations sought for teacher of the year awards

April 30, 2013

Do you know a teacher who deserves a Teacher of the Year award? In honor of National Teacher Appreciation month in May, Ivar’s and Kidd Valley are holding the 10th annual Teacher of the Year contest, according to a press release from Ivar’s.

Nominated teachers will have the opportunity to win a $1,000 gift card for school supplies.

Two winning teachers will be selected, by Ivar’s and Kidd Valley, and students ages 14 and younger are invited to nominate their favorite teacher. The students who nominate the winning teachers will receive either an Ivar’s Kids Meal for every student in their class or a Kidd Valley Burger Party.

In addition to the grand prize, four teachers will receive a $150 gift card for school supplies and 30 teachers will receive a $25 Ivar’s or Kidd Valley gift card.

Nominate a teacher at any Ivar’s or Kidd Valley location in the Puget Sound area or go to www.ivars.com or www.kiddvalley.com by May 27.

Skyline junior honored for his volunteer work

April 30, 2013

Tony Elevathingal

Tony Elevathingal

The junior class president at Skyline High School will be honored later this month by United Way for giving up parts of his weekends to help seniors on the plateau.

Tony Elevathingal will be one of several teenagers spotlighted during the annual Food for Thought Breakfast on May 23 as part of National Volunteer Week.

The aspiring film student has donated Friday nights since last June to help three elderly residents of Sammamish organize their attics and move boxes as a volunteer for the nonprofit group Eastside Friends of Seniors. In addition to his heavy lifting, Elevathingal has done a variety of routine maintenance for all three seniors, including painting, vacuuming and yard cleanup.

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Middleton, Fluke

April 30, 2013

Kelly Middleton, of Issaquah, will marry Walker Fluke on Sept. 13, 2013.

Walker Fluke and Kelly Middleton

Walker Fluke and Kelly Middleton

Middleton and Fluke both live in Camarillo, Calif. They will be married at The Stagecoach Inn in Newbury Park, Calif.

Middleton graduated from Issaquah High School in 2007, and works in customer service at Farmer’s Insurance. Her parents, Deane and Eric Middleton, live in Issaquah.

Fluke graduated from Conejo Valley High School in 2005, and works as release manager at the corporate office of Harbor Freight Tools. Fluke’s parents, David and Lisa, live in Newbury Park, Calif.


Community gives more than $95,000 to schools

April 30, 2013

Local students got more than a $95,000 boost when the Issaquah School Board approved a slew of donations during its April 24 meeting.

The Pacific Cascade Middle School PTSA gave $5,707 for curriculum enrichment at the school. Students at Creekside Elementary School also received a gift from their PTSA, which gave $5,000 to offset the costs of the Fifth Grade Environmental Camp.

The bulk of the money, $85,271, came from the Issaquah Schools Foundation. It awarded 10 Kateri Brow Grants, worth $1,000 to $10,000, for a total of $77,540. Tiger Mountain Community High School received two of those grants, one to form a teen center, which will help at-risk teens earn credits for graduation while preparing for careers. The other will provide Kindles for reluctant readers. Echo Glen School also got two grants. The first for a Web-based math program and the second for the Vocational Veterinarian Program, which offers students an inside look into various medical fields.

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Who’s News

April 30, 2013

Issaquah student earns honors at Williston

Anthony Mantz, of Issaquah, made the honor roll at Williston Northampton School for the second trimester of the 2012-13 school year.

Mantz is a junior attending the school in Easthampton, Mass.


Skyline student spends a week with a senator

Mackenzie O’Keefe


Mackenzie O’Keefe, a junior at Skyline High School, spent a recent week working as a page for the Washington State Senate in Olympia.

O’Keefe was one of 19 students who served as Senate pages for the 2013 legislative session.

Sen. Rodney Tom sponsored O’Keefe for the week.

The Senate Page Program is an opportunity for Washington students to spend a week working in the Legislature. Pages are responsible for such tasks as transporting documents between offices as well as delivering messages and mail.

Pages spend time in the Senate chamber in addition to attending page school to learn about parliamentary procedure and the legislative process.

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Dave Reichert to push for Mountains to Sound Greenway federal designation

April 29, 2013

NEW — 5:58 p.m. April 29, 2013

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert will announce legislation Tuesday to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area at the King County Library Service Center.

The Mountains to Sound Greenway, the scenic landscape that stretches from Seattle to central Washington, provides places for nature and wildlife, for outdoor recreation and education, for working forests and farms, and for vibrant urban areas with strong economies, according to a press release from the group.

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