Contests, games rule at Grange appreciation day

August 19, 2014

Head to Grange Supply Aug. 23 for its Customer Appreciation Day and 2014 Purina Check-R-Board Day.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy a chance to win prizes, special promotions throughout the store and activities the entire family will enjoy.

Participate in the lasso and pie-eating contests, and play horseshoes and cornhole. Children will enjoy the on-site pony and carriage rides, live band and petting zoo.

Register for a chance to win a gift card valued at $500. The card will be drawn for during the event; you must be present to win.

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Editorial — The kids are (probably) all right

August 19, 2014

Sometime soon, some area parents will get a pair of letters. One is a federally mandated notice informing them their child’s school is failing. The other, likely included in the same envelope, will tell them not to worry about what the first letter says — things are just fine.

The mixed message will undoubtedly confuse some.

Here we are: 2014 was the year that every child in America was supposed to be at grade level standard in math and reading, according to the federal No Child Left Behind law.

The idea was well-meaning, but obviously flawed. While pretty much everyone agrees the law needs revisions, revisions mean Congress needs to get involved. Since Congress can barely agree on the color of the sky, it’s unlikely to see revisions any time soon.

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BrickHouse Show Band to play Issaquah’s 150th concert

August 19, 2014

The BrickHouse Show Band brings a decade worth of hits to the Concerts on the Green stage Aug. 26 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Picnicking kicks off at 6 p.m.; bring a blanket. Music is from 7-8:30 p.m. As many as 500 revelers attend, so come early to stake out your spot.

The high-energy dance band performs virtually every style of music. A group of three vocalists backed by a powerful rhythm section will perform hits from decades of music.

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Young Issaquah violinist to play in Pioneer Square

August 19, 2014

Issaquah teen Alena Hove will perform in a Pioneer Square pop-up concert Aug. 26.

Hove, a student at Eastside Catholic High School, will play the violin, an instrument that helped her win the 2014 KING FM Young Artist Award for the junior division of ages 6-15.

The 15-year-old performs from noon to 1 p.m. at Pioneer Square’s Occidental Park at the corner of South Main Street and Occidental Avenue South in Seattle.

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Opening the archives

August 19, 2014

2001.015.001 1947 IHS graduating class The girls in the Issaquah High School class of 1947 received locking Lane cedar hope chest boxes. They are standing in front of Reggie Thomas’ furniture store. Thomas is standing at the far left.

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1947 IHS graduating class
The girls in the Issaquah High School class of 1947 received locking Lane cedar hope chest boxes. They are standing in front of Reggie Thomas’ furniture store. Thomas is standing at the far left.

Off The Press — Recent sightings of the ridiculous

August 19, 2014

I didn’t know a 23rd century, high-tech war was being waged in my armpits on my behalf by the cosmetics industry, but apparently it is.

For years, it’s just been the same ol’ deodorant scent for yours truly, Old Spice High Endurance Arctic Force. I think it smells good. The red plastic container is easy to find in the grocery aisle. Period. And I’m a guy. I don’t need directions for using deodorant, right? I never read the fine print on the back, until just recently:

Contains odor-fighting “Atomic Robots” that “Shoot Lasers” at your “Stench Monsters” and replaces them with fresh, clean, masculine “Scent Elves.”

Whoa!

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Cutie Pies grand opening is Aug. 22-24

August 19, 2014

Cutie Pies, a new boutique and upscale brands resale clothing shop for children, will hold its grand opening Aug. 22-24.

Cutie Pies has partnered with Eastside Baby Corner, to which it will donate a percentage of all profits.

The grand opening at 485 Front St. N. (inside Rewind ladies resale clothing) is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guests will get a 25 percent discount on all clothing at both stores.

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Summer workouts prepare team for slog through soccer season

August 19, 2014

The Skyline High School girls soccer team has its sights set on another deep run in the state playoffs, but it’s the work they’re doing during the summer that may hold the key to success.

Dozens of Spartans soccer players have been preparing for the 2014 season — which officially stars Aug. 25 with tryout sessions — by spending their summer in the weight room.

They’re not working without guidance. Skyline brought in Kevin Chiles, a professional sports development coach, for a series of twice-a-week workouts that started in mid-July and finish during the week of tryouts.

By Neil Pierson  Parklyn Neil (left) and Alyssa D’Mello, Skyline High School athletes, perform squats with dumbbells during a summer workout session at the school Aug. 6.

By Neil Pierson
Parklyn Neil (left) and Alyssa D’Mello, Skyline High School athletes, perform squats with dumbbells during a summer workout session at the school Aug. 6.

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Issaquah schools budget set to receive slight boost

August 19, 2014

The Issaquah School District will receive an additional $5.4 million from the state government, which equates to revenue growth of less than 1 percent in the 2014-15 school year.

Public school districts and the state Legislature continue to battle over the McCleary decision of 2012, which said lawmakers weren’t fully funding basic education costs and called for them to rectify the situation.

The state increased funding by about $1 billion for its 2013-15 biennial budget, but that isn’t quite cutting it when it comes to meeting the requirements of the McCleary decision, school officials said.

“Though a billion dollars sounds like a lot, when you split it over two years and divide it by 295 school districts, you see it translates to a rather minute increase in the proportion of state revenue,” said Jake Kuper, the Issaquah district’s chief of finance and operations.

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Get a photo with mermaid at aquarium workshop

August 19, 2014

The Issaquah Petco team will host an aquarium workshop, including a special guest mermaid, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 23.

The mermaid will be there to discuss and answer questions about marine biology, teach guests how to set up a new aquarium and best ways to keep aquariums clean and healthy.

People who attend the event will also be able to take photos with the mermaid and learn about local ecosystems.

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