IHOP offers complimentary stack for National Pancake Day

January 22, 2013

IHOP is offering free stacks Feb. 5 to celebrate National Pancake Day.

The restaurant chain intends to use the annual event to raise $3 million to kick off 2013 fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

During IHOP’s largest philanthropic event, guests are invited to enjoy a stack of complimentary buttermilk pancakes.

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Frances C. Fallstrom

January 22, 2013

Frances Fallstrom, of Issaquah, peacefully passed away at Lakeside Adult Family Home in Lake Stevens on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, with her family at her side. She was 88 years old.

Frances was born Aug. 4, 1924, in Elma, the daughter of Arthur and Effie Callow.

Frances was a career bookkeeper and worked for many employers during her working years, finally retiring in 2000 from the city of Issaquah. Along the way, she made many friends and built lifelong ties.

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AtWork! invites public to annual fundraiser

January 22, 2013

Help AtWork! raise money for programs as the nonprofit organization hosts a fundraising breakfast.

The annual event runs from 7-9 a.m. March 28 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 900 Bellevue Way N.E. Register at http://bit.ly/11BVEl3.

The fundraiser is open to individuals, groups and corporate sponsorships. Contact Director of Development Andrea Simmonds at 274-4030 or andreas@atworkwa.org to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

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Beverly (Uren) Gurr

January 22, 2013

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Beverly (Uren) Gurr

Beverly “Joan” (Uren) Gurr, 79, of Renton, and formerly of Issaquah, passed away Dec. 22, 2012, surrounded by her family, at Valley General Hospital, Renton.

She was born Nov. 15, 1933, in Rockville Center, N.Y., to Arthur and Yolanda (Dawson) Uren. She graduated from Amityville High School, Amityville, N.Y., in 1951.

She married George Gurr in 1952 and they were married for 23 years. From this union, seven children were born and, aside from the Lord, her children were her loves!

Joan received her LPN degree from Treasure Valley CC, Ontario, Ore., in 1974; she worked in the nursing profession for more than 20 years.

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Thomas Frederick Lewiston

January 22, 2013

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Thomas Frederick Lewiston

Thomas Lewiston, a.k.a. Tommy or Grandpa Tom, of Fall City, passed away unexpectedly.

A celebration of life will be held at the Preston Community Center, 8625 310th Ave. S.E., Preston, on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at 2:15 p.m.

Friends and family are invited to view the complete obituary, share memories and sign the online guestbook at snoqualmievalleychapel.com.

Love and peace.

Issaquah man develops sudoku-inspired game to teach math skills

January 22, 2013

Victor Zou (right), the creator of Sukugo, poses with his wife and business partner Lucy Lu and a Sukugo game board, in their Issaquah home. Sukugo is a family-friendly board game that can help develop a child’s math skills, Zou said. By Christina Corrales-Toy

Issaquah resident Victor Zou first tried sudoku on a long bus ride while headed for a company retreat. He was intrigued by the numbered logic puzzle, but put off by the solitary and bland nature of the game. Sudoku, he said, could be so much more.

So, Zou set out to create a product that could be the centerpiece of family game night and challenge kids and adults alike to use both sides of their brains. The result is Sukugo, a versatile and colorful sudoku board game that develops users’ logic and reasoning.

“Our left brain is really good at math, numbers and logical reasoning, but our right brain is more about color and creative thinking, so I wanted to combine these two together to really make an enjoyable game,” he said.

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Skyline High School wrestlers grapple with perfection

January 22, 2013

Boden Longmore, Skyline High School freshman, keeps Ballard’s Kristjan Sigmar in trouble throughout their 152-pound match Jan. 17, collecting 16 points to win by technical fall. By Lillian O’Rorke

Boden Longmore, Skyline High School freshman, keeps Ballard’s Kristjan Sigmar in trouble throughout their 152-pound match Jan. 17, collecting 16 points to win by technical fall. By Lillian O’Rorke

Despite never having a full roster, the Skyline High School wrestling team secured a perfect dual meet record Jan. 17, when it defeated the Ballard Beavers, 45-18, to clinch a 10-0 season.

“Throughout the season, we’ve been giving up anywhere from 6 to 30 points because of forfeits,” coach Gus Kiss said. “It’s adversity, and they persevered. They wrestled well through it.”

That night, the two teams wrestled as many matches as they gave up. The Skyline Spartans forfeited both the 182 and 285 weight classes, giving up 12 points to Ballard.

The Beavers’ take would have been twice that if not for the double-forfeits at 170 and 195. Skyline also gained 18 points when Ballard forfeited the three lightest weight classes.

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Illness decimates Liberty High School wrestlers

January 22, 2013

Connor Small (top), Liberty High School sophomore, controls Hazen junior Malik Haythorne during their 152-pound match Jan. 15, taking an 8-1 victory. Small would also win his match Jan. 17 against Bellevue by a technical fall. By Greg Farrar

Connor Small (top), Liberty High School sophomore, controls Hazen junior Malik Haythorne during their 152-pound match Jan. 15, taking an 8-1 victory. Small would also win his match Jan. 17 against Bellevue by a technical fall. By Greg Farrar

As the nation struggles through a particularly aggressive flu season, many Liberty High School wrestlers know only too well the ailments that accompany the illness.

The flu knocked out nearly the entire team last week, when the Patriots dropped matches to Hazen and Bellevue, Liberty coach Manny Brown said.

“With injuries and sickness, I think I had maybe six wrestlers that are at full strength,” he said. “But the other teams have illnesses too.”

Despite going into the matches with a short-handed squad, Brown said the remaining Patriot wrestlers stood tough through adversity.

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Wendi Marie Hitchings

January 22, 2013

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Wendi Marie Hitchings

Wendi Marie Hitchings passed away peacefully in her home on Squak Mountain on Jan. 4, 2013.

Wendi was born Dec. 11, 1960, in Longview, to John and Diane Robinson.

She married Steve Hitchings on Dec. 11, 1986, and together they raised their children Alina, Ellie and Mason, and stepdaughter Jennifer.

Wendi was an autism champion, entrepreneur, lifelong Girl Scout leader and supermom to all those she took under her wing. She will be greatly missed by many.

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Poll: Northwesterners divided on belief in Sasquatch

January 22, 2013

Many Northwesterners believe Sasquatch is more than a myth, according to the latest PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll.

By the numbers

PEMCO Insurance surveyed Washington and Oregon residents about routine driving habits, and also asked respondents whether they believe Sasquatch exists.

Do you believe it is possible that Sasquatch exists?

Washington

April 2012

  • Yes: 36 percent
  • No: 44 percent
  • Don’t know: 20 percent

King County

April 2012

  • Yes: 31 percent
  • No: 52 percent
  • Don’t know: 17 percent

Do you know of anybody who has ever seen Sasquatch?

Washington

April 2012

  • Yes: 14 percent
  • No: 77 percent
  • Don’t know: 9 percent

King County

April 2012

  • Yes: 8 percent
  • No: 84 percent
  • Don’t know: 8 percent

Seattle-based PEMCO Insurance surveyed Northwest residents about the hairy hominid and found 33 percent believe Sasquatch possibly exists, and about one in 10 respondents claimed to have actually seen Sasquatch or know somebody who did.

Oregon residents seemed less convinced, though, than Washington counterparts. Overall, more than half of Portlanders — 55 percent — doubt the creature exists. Still, more than a quarter of respondents polled in Portland — 28 percent — embrace the possibility of Sasquatch.

Washingtonians continue to believe. The poll first asked Washingtonians about Sasquatch in 2009, and more than one-third of respondents maintain the view of Sasquatch as real.

The respondents included 159 people in King County. The sample size for Issaquah is too small to offer much data.

“People might wonder, ‘Why is an insurance company even bothering with something so silly?’ Is PEMCO pondering Sasquatch-protection coverage? No. Does it matter to our business if they exist? No. Is it a fun and whimsical topic for a survey? Absolutely! Especially here in the quirky Northwest where, Sasquatch is part of our culture,” PEMCO spokesman Jon Osterberg said.

PEMCO Insurance commissioned the independent survey to ask Washington drivers several questions about driving habits and attitudes about current Northwest issues. The sample size included 629 respondents in Washington and 400 respondents in the Portland, Ore., metro area.

Believers have reported Sasquatch sightings near Issaquah and in East King County.

In 1982, a father and son out for a hike on Squak Mountain ran into a giant, muscular creature and then fled, a user recounted to the Bigfoot Encounters website.

A sighting at Rattlesnake Lake occurred in August 2000, a supposed eyewitness recounted to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization. The creature stood more than 7 feet tall, moved in a manner similar to a human and sported dark fur.

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