Calorie Cavalry! Into the fray!

January 28, 2014

I spent $14 on a single pair of socks yesterday.

While I do not skimp on dates with pretty girls and the like, I resist spending unnecessary money on myself. I taught myself to cook to save on meals, I only buy generic brands and you better believe I put water in an empty shampoo bottle to get a little more life out of it. So, what would justify such expensive socks?

Shamefully, I am slowly becoming a runner.

You know what I mean, one of THOSE runners. I’m becoming one of those runners who wear nothing but reflective gear, weird fabric sleeves on their arms and legs, obnoxious sunglasses and ostentatious shoes.

I have long loved running and have regularly engaged in it for the past decade. As my metabolism begins to wage war against my waistline, I have used running as a primary defense. Like a calorie cavalry…

However, I still would never have spent $14 on two thin slabs of fabric attached to my feet.

Last year, on the whim of a particularly strong run and a whispered New Year’s resolution, I ran my first marathon. Like an idiot, a crazy idiot, I ran 26 miles without stopping. Training for only eight weeks, I finished the sucker and haven’t shut up about it since.

As time passed and my running schedule grew ever sporadic, I felt an urge to do an insane thing and I decided to try my hand at another foolish feat of fleet-footedness. So, I’m currently in week five of training for the May 4 Vancouver Marathon.

It turned out that I didn’t hunger for another free T-shirt and more professional pictures of my accomplishment that I can’t afford. Rather, I grew nostalgic about how I physically felt during the training. With a set schedule for when I would run and how far, it ensured that I would get more than enough exercise and feel way less guilt about eating pizza.

More than anything, everything feels great. From my mind to my body, getting so exhausted can only mean good things to relax my busy self. It helps everything make more sense and will hopefully aid me in aging gracefully.

However, as I feel more compelled to do this, I want to train more responsibly and optimize each run. I was extremely proud of finishing the first marathon. Unfortunately, I am nothing without challenges. I finished one, but how can I do better? This is my personality and most of what makes me insufferable for long periods of time.

I’ve begun worrying about pace speed, shoe-life and how many calories to eat while I venture out on anything over 12 miles. Instead of just doing the thing, which I focused on last year, I want to do the dumb thing well.

And with that decision to optimize this increasingly important exercise comes very stupid corollaries. Like spending $14 on socks.

Of course, you should assume I can only do this through the gift of bachelorhood and the curse of being without a family. After you turn 30, it seems your Facebook page becomes full of either baby pictures or bragging about running marathons. At least I picked the least expensive choice.


Larry Joe Hines

January 28, 2014

Larry Joe Hines, age 76, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Issaquah.

He was born and raised in Issaquah Hobart area, where he lived all his life. He graduated from Issaquah High School in 1955, and then enlisted in the Navy for three years in the late ‘50s. He was a merchant seaman from 1963-1996 and enjoyed a long retirement.

Larry Joe Hines

Larry Joe Hines

His hobbies include cooking, gardening, fishing and traveling.

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Letters to the Editor Jan. 29

January 28, 2014

Handicapped spaces

Only the handicapped are supposed to park there

It is a shame to see parents park in the restricted handicapped-parking spaces at the community center, to wait for the time to let their kids out for school, to learn stuff.

The parents are teaching the kids that parking signs, requiring a placard, means nothing and does not apply to them! In general, the kids learn from the bad parenting examples and will disregard driving and parking laws as they grow up. Too bad.

Ken Sessler


School levies

Why do Realtors endorse school levies?

Realtors know high-quality schools are important in every neighborhood. Good schools are a priority — and not just for parents. Savvy buyers and sellers know that quality schools are a factor in home values.

Seattle King County Realtors recently heard presentations by Issaquah Schools Superintendent Ron Thiele and school board member Suzanne Weaver. They took time out of their busy day to make the case for students in Issaquah, and to answer questions from brokers.

Realtors understand the importance of supplementing state funding for basic classroom needs, but as homeowners and taxpayers, we are also concerned about the “return on investment.”

Issaquah residents can be proud of the exemplary financial management by district officials who earn consistently high marks on audit reports, and the highest bond rating of any public school district in the state.

Equally impressive are student achievements on various academic assessments. They significantly outperform their in-state and national peers. Teachers deserve praise for their role in these accomplishments.

In addition to endorsing renewal of the Maintenance and Operations Levy, we also endorsed the School Bus Levy and renewal of the Capital Levy for classroom technology and critical repairs. Upgrading buses is essential to meeting safety and efficiency standards.

Just like the fleet of buses, much of technology used throughout the district needs to be updated. These vital tools are not covered by state funding. It’s also time to invest more in repairs and maintenance of several buildings.

As one of our colleagues stated, supporting school levies is not a matter of altruism — it’s economics.

I’ll be voting “yes” three times on the Feb. 11 ballot, and I hope residents districtwide will join me.

Joan Probala, managing broker

Windermere Real EstateEast Inc., Issaquah

Thank you

Merry Christmas Issaquah fund goes above and beyond

On behalf of the volunteers at Issaquah Community Services, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you and sincere gratitude to the numerous donors who have made it possible through the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund, to support those in our community who have fallen on hard times.

Our volunteers have the humbling privilege of administering donated funds to those in need. With the funds raised, we can continue to provide emergency assistance to the families and individuals that live in the Issaquah School District that cannot meet their basic needs from month to month. Having a roof over one’s head, running water, lights and a warm home can now be possible for almost 500 families.

We especially would like to recognize the fantastic team at The Issaquah Press, as it has been a major supporter of this service to our community since 1981. Not only was the goal of $75,000 this year reached but it was surpassed. In total, it has raised almost $1 million since 1981.

Merry Christmas Issaquah is our major fundraising event. Without the help of The Issaquah Press reaching out to the community, our ability to raise funds would be costly and time-consuming. With its help, we are able to focus all our volunteer time on serving the less fortunate.

We would like to thank Debbie Berto for her overwhelming dedication and service to the mission of ICS. We would also like to thank Kathleen Merrill and Christina Corrales-Toy, the editor and reporter who wrote, edited and published the genuine stories shared by some of the families and individuals we helped. Through their words, we were able to reach readers and spread the message for help. We look forward to a continued partnership with The Issaquah Press and are continually grateful for their help.

Lori Birrell

ICS president

Drinking water

Lower Reid Infiltration Gallery problem needs to be solved

I was encouraged to read that our new mayor places the Lower Reid Infiltration Gallery problem high on his list of problems to be solved. I sent Mayor Butler an email offering to sit down and discuss my long-standing concerns with the LRIG. As I write this, I have yet to receive a response to my offer, but I am certain that Mayor Butler is very busy, so I am hopeful.

The public water supply contamination in Charleston, W.V., is a parallel to our situation in Issaquah. The Freedom Industries chemical storage tanks next to the Elk River are functionally similar to the storm drains in Issaquah Highlands, with particular emphasis on the new Safeway gas station built on a slope to make containment of a large spill impossible.

The short distance of sloping ground between the storage tanks and the river’s edge is replaced by the Issaquah Highlands storm water system and the hard-piping to the Reid detention pond.

The Elk River is functionally similar to the pipe running from the detention pond to the injection gallery and our Lower Issaquah Valley Aquifer.

Charleston, W.V., wasn’t quick enough to get its intake valves closed so its water system got contaminated and the residents lost all trust in their public utility. In Issaquah, the aquifer would just hold the contamination until some sort of very expensive resolution was found.

“The road to failure is paved with good intentions.” We should make a “U” turn.

Hank Thomas


Klahanie annexation

Why not Sammamish?

Change is sometimes difficult, but can be a catalyst for progress. Yes, there may be some initial expense for changing your city name. I ask you, though, to think visionary and to a better future.

Sammamish has a reputation for taking good care of its parks and amenities and is a very safe and friendly city. Geographically, it just makes sense to be part of Sammamish. Klahanie is even on the Sammamish map due to its proximity and like-minded business community.

The Sammamish Chamber of Commerce has always considered the neighborhood of Klahanie as part of the plateau, serving their business community and delivering welcome bags to new residents since the early 2000s.

Vote no to Issaquah and join the thriving and friendly city of Sammamish. Enjoy road improvements, business promotion and tax savings from having no B&O and utility taxes.

Deb Sogge, executive director

Sammamish Chamber of Commerce

Cross country for the cure

January 28, 2014

Contributed Kenzie Miller, an Issaquah resident who plans to run from San Francisco to Baltimore starting June 15, began participating in triathlons as a freshman in college.

Kenzie Miller, an Issaquah resident who plans to run from San Francisco to Baltimore starting June 15, began participating in triathlons as a freshman in college.

Not many young adults consider themselves to be humanitarians. Kenzie Miller, though, is not like most young adults.

Beginning June 15, Miller, 22, of Issaquah, will embark on a 42-day journey that will take her across the country. The marathon, known as the 4K for Cancer, is put on by the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

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Local students make deans’ lists

January 28, 2014

Faith Fowler, of Issaquah, was named to the dean’s list at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

Nell Hoehl, of Issaquah, was named to the dean’s list at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., for the fall 2013 semester.

The following local students were named to the dean’s list at Eastern Washington University:

Issaquah: Matthew Darjany, Madeline Dean, Jay Deines, Anastacia Lee, Andrew Nelson and Molly Sherwood.

Sammamish: Kevin Alaghemand, Jennifer Bresley, Courtney Duda, Danielle Garrido, Daniel Hadi, Connell Totten, Alex Troyer, Peter Van Hoomissen and Nicholas Washburn


New mayor, City Council members sworn into office

January 28, 2014

By Peter Clark

Issaquah Municipal Court Judge Scott Stewart swore in Issaquah’s new mayor and four new City Council members Jan. 6.

During the first regular City Council meeting of 2014, Stewart offered congratulations to the line of those he led into office.

Mayor Fred Butler and councilmembers Eileen Barber, Stacy Goodman, Tola Marts and Mary Lou Pauly all took the oath of office.

“Let me say that I am honored in the trust the citizens of Issaquah has placed in me,” Butler said in prepared remarks after taking his oath. “I’m really excited to be mayor and I will do my best to lead with wisdom and compassion.”

After 14 years on the council, he took the time to honor outgoing mayor Ava Frisinger on her 16 years of service as mayor. She spent 10 years on the council before that.

“I would like to acknowledge Ava Frisinger who has set an outstanding example I hope to emulate,” Butler continued. “I’m somewhat sad to be leaving the council. I pledge to continue the good relations we have established between the council and the administration.”

The council voted Councilman Paul Winterstein as the new council president, replacing Butler, and Goodman into the deputy council president position. The council president leads meetings in the mayor’s absence.

Police Blotter for Jan. 29

January 28, 2014

Unwholesome substance

Officers made contact with a subject Jan. 8 in the 700 block of Northeast Blakely Drive. The man stated he was homeless and somehow it appeared that his human waste deposit bucket and bags emptied in the parking lot. Eastside Fire & Rescue responded and used their water hoses to dispose of the waste.


Missing wallet

A woman reported someone took her wallet from her purse while she was shopping at the Pine Lake QFC at about 1 p.m. Jan. 9.

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Young Liberty team falls to Mount Si

January 28, 2014

By Greg Farrar Emily Culbertson, Liberty High School sophomore, grips the low uneven bar with the momentum to begin her routine, earning 6.3 for third place on the apparatus, part of the 27.85 points that earned her fifth place all-around score Jan. 23 against Mount Si.

By Greg Farrar
Emily Culbertson, Liberty High School sophomore, grips the low uneven bar with the momentum to begin her routine, earning 6.3 for third place on the apparatus, part of the 27.85 points that earned her fifth place all-around score Jan. 23 against Mount Si.

With just one upperclassman on the Liberty gymnastic team’s 21-person roster, it’d be an understatement to say the program is experiencing a youth movement.

The team is riddled with freshmen and sophomores, some of whom have never even played the sport.

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Local leaders look ahead to 2014

January 28, 2014

Local leaders looked ahead to the coming year at an Issaquah Chamber of Commerce luncheon Jan. 9.

New Mayor Fred Butler gave the opening speech, sharing what he hoped to provide Issaquah in his new administration and what challenges he expects to meet in 2014.

“After eight and a half days as your mayor, here I am,” he said to the full banquet hall at the Issaquah Holiday Inn.

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Duel meet two-fer

January 28, 2014

Keith and Ben Nussbaum don’t usually swim against each other in high school meets, but an exception was made Jan. 23, when the Issaquah High School seniors competed for the final time at the Julius Boehm Pool.

Even though Keith got the best of Ben in their sibling rivalry, winning two individual events and beating his brother head-to-head in the 500-yard freestyle, the duo helped Issaquah topple the Skyline, 116-69, in a Class 4A KingCo Conference dual meet.

By Greg Farrar Paul Jett (left), Skyline High School senior, is one stroke ahead of Issaquah High School senior Ben Nussbaum at the end of their 200-yard individual medley race Jan. 23 at the Julius Boehm Pool. Jett qualified for the KingCo championships in a time of 2 minutes, 2.07 seconds.

By Greg Farrar
Paul Jett (left), Skyline High School senior, is one stroke ahead of Issaquah High School senior Ben Nussbaum at the end of their 200-yard individual medley race Jan. 23 at the Julius Boehm Pool. Jett qualified for the KingCo championships in a time of 2 minutes, 2.07 seconds.

“We usually never race in the same events for high school, so it was really interesting to finally race him in my last home meet of my high school career,” Keith said. “And it felt good to beat him for once.”

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