The Long Road Home

May 21, 2013

Issaquah couple recall a year of touring North and South America by motorcycle

Just over a year ago, we left behind our jobs and home in Issaquah and set off on a motorcycle journey that took us through the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Central America. We didn’t know what to expect other than to expect the unexpected.

Having fulfilled the dream and accomplished the goal of arriving safely back into the states, we can’t help but congratulate ourselves for a ride well done. It has been the most rewarding year of our lives.

Photos contributed Above, the bright blue waters of the Rio Celeste are created by a chemical reaction from the Tenorio Volcano in Costa Rica. Below, the deepest lake in Central America and surrounded by three active volcanos, in Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala, was a favorite.

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Above, the bright blue waters of the Rio Celeste are created by a chemical reaction from the Tenorio Volcano in Costa Rica. Below, the deepest lake in Central America and surrounded by three active volcanos, in Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala, was a favorite.

We have traveled through 32 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces, Mexico and Central America — 10 countries in all and more than 38,000 miles. Our travels have taken us as far north as Labrador and as far south as the Darien Gap in Panama, an 80-mile stretch of impassible jungle where you either stop and turn around or figure out a way to ship your vehicle to Columbia. In our case, we didn’t have the budget to continue into South America … not this time.

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Newcastle students honored as Waste Watchers

May 21, 2013

Students from Newcastle Elementary School are doing big things to help reduce waste on the planet, and they were honored for their efforts at Newcastle’s April 20 Earth Day Celebration.

All of the hours spent rifling through trash cans, sorting garbage and teaching others about recycling and composting paid off when the students received Earth Day Hero Awards.

By Greg Farrar Students from Newcastle Elementary School’s Waste Watchers program are honored as Earth Day Heroes for their work to reduce waste during the Newcastle Earth Day event April 20.

By Greg Farrar
Students from Newcastle Elementary School’s Waste Watchers program are honored as Earth Day Heroes for their work to reduce waste during the Newcastle Earth Day event April 20.

About 50 students gathered on the stage at Lake Boren Park to receive their certificates, all distributed by Miss Washington Mandy Schendel.

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WSU hosts local summer reading program

May 21, 2013

Washington State University, Global Campus, will offer eight reading skills programs for ages 4 to adult this summer.

Issaquah sessions will be June 22 and July 27.

Reading programs for younger students build comprehension, and students learn the phonics and fluency skills they need to become strong readers. Programs for older students and adults are geared toward improving comprehension and study skills, vocabulary and speed reading.

Tuition and materials fees vary by program level. Register by calling 888-201-2448 toll free.

 

 

Bartell hosts food drive

May 21, 2013

Helping fight hunger in the Puget Sound area continues with the “Bartell’s Community Food Drive,” a community partnership with Food Lifeline, through June 1.

All Bartell Drugs in Issaquah, 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. will be accepting nonperishable food items to replenish local food banks in the summer months, when families that normally depend on free or reduced-price school meals may struggle to provide healthy meals at home, according to a press release from Bartell Drugs.

Suggested foods include tuna, instant oatmeal, cereals, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, jam, cheese crackers, applesauce and canned fruit. Other items include baby formula, diapers, baby food and personal care items, such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, tissues, shampoo and conditioner, soap and feminine hygiene products.

 

 

Liberty’s Campbell twins bring double positives

May 21, 2013

By Greg Farrar Matt Campbell (left) and two-minute-older twin brother Sean, Liberty High School seniors, pose with their javelins. They finished fourth and second, respectively, at the 3A KingCo Track and Field Championships May 10 at Redmond High School. Sean had the state’s fifth-best 3A javelin throw through last weekend.

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Matt Campbell (left) and two-minute-older twin brother Sean, Liberty High School seniors, pose with their javelins. They finished fourth and second, respectively, at the 3A KingCo Track and Field Championships May 10 at Redmond High School. Sean had the state’s fifth-best 3A javelin throw through last weekend.

Teachers can tell stories about twins who equaled double trouble, but the Campbell twins, Sean and Matt, seniors at Liberty High School, stand out for their double positive contributions: double the effort in two sports and double the boost of a serious academic climate.

The twins find themselves at home on the basketball court, at track and field events, and in the classroom.

The twins come from an athletic family. Their father William and their mother Arleen are both swimmers; their sister Rebecca plays basketball as a high school junior, as does the younger sister Alissa as a freshman.

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Sports med students win state title

May 21, 2013

Fourteen of Issaquah High School’s advanced sports medicine students competed in the Washington Career and Technical Sports Medicine Association’s Sports Medicine competition April 26 and 27.

This is the 19th year a team from Issaquah has competed.

The competition has several components in which the students are tested. All 14 students take two 100-point, multiple-choice tests, which can be on any topic in the medical field. The best six students take a practical exam, while the rest take specialized tests. The combination of all 14 students’ grades make up the team score.

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Spartans ousted in lopsided defeat

May 21, 2013

When just 12 girls turned out for tryouts, a rebuilding year became a likelihood for the Skyline High School softball team. However, the Spartans hoped their subpar season wouldn’t conclude in as disappointing fashion as it did.

Skyline’s 2013 campaign came to an end May 14 with an 11-3 loss to Newport in a loser-out game of the KingCo 4A Tournament at Inglemoor High School. Opponents outscored the Spartans by a combined margin of 19 in Skyline’s two playoff games, making for a frustrating finish to the season for head coach Ken Brooks.

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Winter Ridgeway delivers a pitch during a game earlier in the season.

“We’re not happy at all,” Brooks said. “We’re a better team than we showed this year.”

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Lois Annette Anderson

May 21, 2013

Lois Annette Anderson died May 11, 2013.

She was born Feb. 10, 1923, in Silverdale, to Harry and Eunice (Hazelhurst) Read.

Lois is survived by son Read and wife Linda; sons Mark Anderson and Jerry Barry; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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Patriots tennis duo punches ticket to state

May 21, 2013

At the beginning of the spring sports season, the Liberty tennis team’s top two singles’ players approached coach Mike Salokas and informed him that they were going to make the state tournament this year, and they were going to do it as a doubles team.

Fast forward just a few months later, and it appears that Jenny Adams and Kristy Braunston are geniuses as they prepare to head to Kennewick to compete in the state championship May 24 and 25.

By Greg Farrar Kristy Braunston (left) and Jenny Adams, Liberty High School tennis doubles partners, volley back and forth to their coach Mike Salokas during practice May 17 at Tibbetts Valley Park.

By Greg Farrar
Kristy Braunston (left) and Jenny Adams, Liberty High School tennis doubles partners, volley back and forth to their coach Mike Salokas during practice May 17 at Tibbetts Valley Park.

“My greatest coaching accomplishment this year is saying OK to them playing doubles in the KingCo tournament,” Salokas said.

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Athletes receive all-league honors

May 21, 2013

As the spring sports season comes to a close, local athletes are being honored for their athletic achievements with the unveiling of the all-league teams. Players and coaches select all-league teams annually.

Note: Only athletes from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline are listed.

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All KingCo 4A

  • Coach of Year — Don Braman, Skyline

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