Ride of a lifetime — Teen completes Seattle to Portland bike ride event for charity

August 26, 2014

Amol Garg is an unusually motivated 14-year-old, and his inner fire fueled another noteworthy accomplishment this summer.

Contributed  Amol Garg, 14, trained for about four months for the STP, despite never having ridden a bike for more than 15 miles.

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Amol Garg, 14, trained for about four months for the STP, despite never having ridden a bike for more than 15 miles.

Garg, who will be a Skyline High School freshman in September, has been actively involved around Sammamish for years. He volunteers with a youth-centered charity that uses arts and crafts projects as inspiration, has achieved the rank of Life Scout with Troop 677, and founded a Toastmasters-type club to help fellow children improve their public-speaking and leadership skills.

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Community news roundup — schools, high school, college, dean’s lists, scholarships

August 26, 2014

National Merit Scholarship

Five local high school seniors are among its collegiate-sponsored winners for the 2014 scholarship program of the National Merit Scholarship Corp.:

  • Catherine Ball, Issaquah High School, is pursuing a degree in computer programming at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.
  • Grant Vaska, Issaquah High School, will attend Washington University in St. Louis, Minn.
  • Kathleen Park, of Sammamish, will pursue a degree in communications at Wheaton College near Chicago.
  • Shanchen Pu, of Sammamish, will pursue a degree in medicine at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
  • Nikila Vinugopal, of Sammamish, will pursue a career in dance at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

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Marcia Mueller elected to college foundation board

August 26, 2014

Longtime Issaquah resident Marcia M. Mueller was recently elected to the Evergreen State College Foundation Board of Governors.

Mueller, who earned her Master of Environmental Studies from Evergreen, is retired from the Washington State Department of Health, where she was a program manager in the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.

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Beach party

August 26, 2014

By John Yeager Chuck Foster, 92, a resident at Aegis Living Issaquah, was among about 650 people from 14 Aegis Living communities in Western Washington who attended the Aegis Living Beach Party at Vasa Park on Aug. 18. Foster said the secret to long life is, ‘Do what you love to do, live your life with someone special in it and have something to look forward to.’

By John Yeager
Chuck Foster, 92, a resident at Aegis Living Issaquah, was among about 650 people from 14 Aegis Living communities in Western Washington who attended the Aegis Living Beach Party at Vasa Park on Aug. 18. Foster said the secret to long life is, ‘Do what you love to do, live your life with someone special in it and have something to look forward to.’

Sky riders — Tandem flights help everyone take wing

August 19, 2014

Seattle Paragliding teamed up with Project Airtime recently to give wings to those for whom flight seemed impossible.

“The overall goal of Project Airtime is to take everyone flying, no exclusions,” Project Airtime founder Chris Santacroce said.

By Rachel Osgood A tandem paragliding wing flies above Tiger Mountain, with the Issaquah Highlands’ Grand Ridge Plaza in the background, July 25 after being launched from Poo Poo Point during a three-day event organized by Project Airtime and Seattle Paragliding. The event gave people with disabilities the opportunity for free flight with pilots.

By Rachel Osgood
A tandem paragliding wing flies above Tiger Mountain, with the Issaquah Highlands’ Grand Ridge Plaza in the background, July 25 after being launched from Poo Poo Point during a three-day event organized by Project Airtime and Seattle Paragliding. The event gave people with disabilities the opportunity for free flight with pilots.

 

Marc Chirico, the owner of Seattle Paragliding, worked with Santacroce to give people with special needs the opportunity to fly tandem as co-pilots. Santacroce came from Salt Lake City to provide Seattle Paragliding with the necessary equipment to launch paraplegics and quadriplegics off Tiger Mountain from July 25-27.

“My favorite part about working with Project Airtime is the inspiration and perspective check that comes out of all Santacroce does,” Chirico said. “It is clearly a good spirited project.” Read more

Rock out at Nudestock 2014

August 19, 2014

Fraternity Snoqualmie’s annual Nudestock festival has many similarities with the 1960’s event that inspired the local one.

There’s the similar carefree, no worries vibe, and a day’s worth of music to keep audiences swaying through the night. But there is one marked difference — Fraternity Snoqualmie’s festival attendees will likely do their dancing without any clothes.

“It’s about the music, the freedom to just come and dance completely natural, no clothes, no inhibitions, no social pressures. You just get to be yourself,” Fraternity Snoqualmie spokeswoman Dawnzella Gearhart said.

The family nudist park nestled on Tiger Mountain will host its annual day of music from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 23. The party goes on rain or shine thanks to a covered stage.

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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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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.

Families Beat the Heat at Splash Day

August 12, 2014

Youngsters scream in glee at the top of their lungs while running through a rainbow under the downpour of rain provided by Eastlake Fire & Rescue Ladder 73, during the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department’s annual Beat the Heat Splash Day held Aug. 6 at the community center.

Youngsters scream in glee at the top of their lungs while running through a rainbow under the downpour of rain provided by Eastlake Fire & Rescue Ladder 73, during the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department’s annual Beat the Heat Splash Day held Aug. 6 at the community center.

A half-century of caring hearts

August 12, 2014

Ann Lowry (center), sees herself in a photograph from the early 1970s, during the 50th anniversary open house and reunion celebration Aug. 8 at Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation on Front Street South. Lowry worked there from 1967 to 1987, first as a nurse and eventually as director of nurses and administration, at what was then Issaquah Villa, founded by Dr. John Whittaker. Margaret Robinson (right) worked from 1970 to 1990 with Lowry, starting as receptionist, and then bookkeeper and office manager. Kristen Nash, a neighbor and friend of Lowry’s in Issaquah, also enjoys the photos, stories and refreshments. The party for current and former staff members and patients attracted eight retired employees from the earliest days of the nursing home. Eastside Fire & Rescue also attended for a fill-the-boot fundraiser to benefit the Issaquah Valley Senior Center.

Ann Lowry (center), sees herself in a photograph from the early 1970s, during the 50th anniversary open house and reunion celebration Aug. 8 at Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation on Front Street South. Lowry worked there from 1967 to 1987, first as a nurse and eventually as director of nurses and administration, at what was then Issaquah Villa, founded by Dr. John Whittaker. Margaret Robinson (right) worked from 1970 to 1990 with Lowry, starting as receptionist, and then bookkeeper and office manager. Kristen Nash, a neighbor and friend of Lowry’s in Issaquah, also enjoys the photos, stories and refreshments. The party for current and former staff members and patients attracted eight retired employees from the earliest days of the nursing home. Eastside Fire & Rescue also attended for a fill-the-boot fundraiser to benefit the Issaquah Valley Senior Center.

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