ArtEAST seeks submissions for 150 Feet of Art Auction

February 26, 2013

ArtEAST’s annual 150 Feet of Art Auction returns April 19, featuring literally 150 12-by-12-inch individual, original pieces of art from all media.

ArtEAST seeks submissions from the community for the exhibit.

Submissions must meet the following guidelines:

  • 12-by-12 wall-hung art in any media. Jewelry may be hung in frames supplied by the artist.
  • Works should be gallery-ready to hang.
  • Deadline for submission is 7 p.m. April 3
  • The work should have a minimum gallery value of $175. The goal is to sell the pieces at the auction between $300 and $500 with a $450 buy-it-now option.

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State recycling rate surpasses 50 percent

February 26, 2013

The statewide recycling rate reached the highest level ever recorded and surpassed 50 percent last year, according to data released Dec. 18 by the state Department of Ecology.

The announcement marked the first time the statewide recycling rate topped the 50 percent goal set in a 1989 state law. The national average recycling rate reached 34 percent in 2010, according to the latest available data.

State officials said Washington residents continue to recycle more and throw away less. The statewide recycling rate for 2011 reached 50.7 percent.

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Engagements: Matusiefsky, Reece

February 26, 2013

Matusiefsky, Reece

Matusiefsky, Reece

Allysa Matusiefsky and Travis Reece, of Issaquah, recently announced their engagement to be married July 14, 2013, at the Snoqualmie Country Club, in Snoqualmie.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Mark and Caryn Matusiefsky, of Sammamish. She is a 2007 graduate of Issaquah High School. In 2011, she earned an education degree from Eastern Washington University. She works as a fifth-grade teacher in the Issaquah School District.

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Washington ranks high for pet ownership

February 26, 2013

Washington was recently ranked the No. 5 state for cat ownership.

The statistic comes from the American Veterinary Medical Association’s U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook. Statewide, 39 percent of households include a cat.

Washington ranks at No. 6 among pet-owning states with 62.7 percent of households with a pet. Vermont topped the pet-owning states with 70.8 percent.

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Who’s News

February 26, 2013

Issaquah law firm names equity partner

Carson & Noel recently promoted Kellie Gronski to an equity partner with the firm.

Kellie Gronski

Kellie Gronski

Gronski’s practice focuses on real estate, community association law, business transactions, and real estate and business litigation.

Carson & Noel, a seven-attorney law firm providing counseling and litigation services in business, real estate and employment law, is at 20 Sixth Ave. N.E., Issaquah.

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Fast friends

February 26, 2013

Swim coaches form bond at the pool

By Greg Farrar Laura Halter (left), Issaquah High School swim coach, and Kris Daughters, her counterpart at Liberty High School, greet each other with a hug as the boys swim meet between the Eagles and Patriots gets underway Jan. 24 at Julius Boehm Pool.

By Greg Farrar
Laura Halter (left), Issaquah High School swim coach, and Kris Daughters, her counterpart at Liberty High School, greet each other with a hug as the boys swim meet between the Eagles and Patriots gets underway Jan. 24 at Julius Boehm Pool.

Issaquah and Liberty high school swim coaches Laura Halter and Kris Daughters know firsthand what it is like traversing through the state’s most competitive league year in and year out.

The Eagles’ Halter guides her teams, boys and girls, through the KingCo 4A league, while the Patriots’ Daughters manages in the KingCo 2A/3A league.

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Engagements: Nelson, Ironmonger

February 26, 2013

Elise Nelson, of Redmond, and Charlie Ironmonger, of Greenville, N.C., recently announced their engagement to be married Nov. 29, 2013, at Lord Hill Farms, in Snohomish.

Nelson, Ironmonger

Nelson, Ironmonger

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Ned and Carolyn Nelson, of Issaquah. She is a 2005 graduate of Issaquah High School and earned a degree in 2009 in human services from Western Washington University. She works as a development coordinator for Kindering.

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Spartans blast past Yelm into quarterfinals

February 26, 2013

The last time the Skyline High School girls basketball team reached the state quarterfinals, Rachel Shim was a spectator as a sixth-grader.

The past three seasons, she was hampered by knee injuries, missing most of her sophomore year and playing with a brace as a junior.

This time, she made a difference.

By Greg Farrar Haley Smith, Skyline High School senior guard, puts up two of her 15 points during the second quarter of the Spartans’ state 4A basketball regional against Yelm Feb. 22 at Rogers High School in Puyallup.

By Greg Farrar
Haley Smith, Skyline High School senior guard, puts up two of her 15 points during the second quarter of the Spartans’ state 4A basketball regional against Yelm Feb. 22 at Rogers High School in Puyallup.

Shim helped fuel a second-half rally to propel the eighth-ranked Spartans past No. 10 Yelm, 61-48, in the Class 4A regionals Feb. 22 at Rogers High School.

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College News

February 26, 2013

Liberty alum graduates from USC film school

Alexander Bell, son of Alex and Jayne Bell of Newcastle, graduated Cum Laude in December 2012 from the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, with a Bachelor of Arts in cinematic arts, film and television production.

Alexander Bell

Alexander Bell

Bell, a 2009 graduate of Liberty High School and former Newcastle Diamond Award winner and Eagle Scout, was named to the dean’s list all semesters he attended USC and was able to graduate in 3 1/2 years. He is the second Liberty alum to graduate from the USC Film School in the past three years.

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Swingin’ in Vienna brings out dancers of all abilities

February 26, 2013

On Feb. 9, students, parents and community members came together at Issaquah High School to waltz and swing the night away at the annual Swingin’ in Vienna concert.

The concert is put on by the Issaquah Jazz Band, an audition group that meets every morning before school, and the Evergreen Philharmonic Orchestra, an audition group that draws the best musicians from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools.

Iman Baghai Issaquah High School

Iman Baghai
Issaquah High School

Doug Longman, conductor of the Evergreen Philharmonic, describes the event as “not a concert — this is an event where the orchestra and jazz band participate with the community.”

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