Life lessons: Mom vs. the Marines

September 9, 2014

Vietnam veteran credits his mother for actions that helped him earn a Bronze Star

By Greg Farrar Ron Preston poses with Asha, his 8-month-old black Labrador shelter rescue dog, on a woodpile of felled trees at his Preston home.

By Greg Farrar
Ron Preston poses with Asha, his 8-month-old black Labrador shelter rescue dog, on a woodpile of felled trees at his Preston home.

The same determination Ron Musgrave learned as a U.S. Marine that led to a Bronze Star for his actions in Vietnam are evident in the business he has nurtured for more than 45 years.

Musgrave was barely old enough to buy a drink in the States when his outfit was sent to Hill 689 in June 1967. The young Marine had been trained to fire a 3.5-inch bazooka as part of a weapons platoon.

The bazooka he carried was an updated version of the 2.5 bazooka used against German Panzers tanks during World War II. Musgrave was often ordered to use the anti-tank rocket launcher to flush enemy snipers out of the spider holes they had dug into the ground of the moist tropical jungle.

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Calling all zombies — weekly rehearsals begin for flash mob

September 9, 2014

A zombie call has been made for performers to participate in the fourth annual Thrill Issaquah Flash Mob on Oct. 18 at Grand Ridge Plaza.

The annual group zombie dance to Michael Jackson’s hit “Thriller” has become a regular part of the annual Halloween in the Highlands Festival.

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Attend Issaquah High School class of 1964 reunion Sept. 13

September 9, 2014

Issaquah High School’s class of 1964 is having its 50-year class reunion Sept. 13.

The reunion is at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 1801 12th Ave. N.W.

Organizers are inviting anyone who attended the school from 1960-1964. There were 182 people in the graduating class in 1964, but 263 people attended the school in that time period.

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Eric Celigoy is elected alternate angus delegate

September 9, 2014

Eric Celigoy, of Issaquah, has been elected as an alternate delegate to the 131st annual American Angus Association Convention of Delegates.

Celigoy, a member of the American Angus Association with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Missouri, is one of 304 Angus breeders who have been elected by fellow members to serve as an alternate state representative to the annual meeting.

Representing 42 states, District of Columbia and Canada, the state delegates will participate in the business meeting and elect new officers and five directors to the American Angus Association board.

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Community news roundup — graduates, college, scholarships

September 9, 2014

UW announces dean’s list

The following students from Issaquah were named to University of Washington’s dean’s list for the winter 2014 quarter:

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Issaquah Highlands Dental Group helps generate smiles

September 9, 2014

Issaquah Highlands Dental Group participated in Smile Generation Serve Day on Aug. 23.

The annual event brings together Pacific Dental Services-supported dentists and team member volunteers, and provides dental care to patients in need.

Seven patients were seen at the Issaquah Highlands office, receiving more than $12,500 worth of dental care.

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Girl Scouts live up to motto at camp

September 9, 2014

More than 400 local Girl Scouts attending Girl Scout Sammamish Day Camp completed five community service projects during a weeklong camp Aug. 4-8 at Beaver Lake Park.

The girls crafted interactive twig toys and treats for Cougar Mountain Zoo’s emus and wallabies, created back-to-school kits to give to children through Eastside Baby Corner, created animal toy and treat bags for a local animal rescue, knotted patterned fleece blankets for kids in need and handcrafted friendship bracelets for the Girl Scout World Center Sangam in Pune, India.

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Local woman elected to Evergreen State College Foundation board

September 9, 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.

While public funds maintain the college, the foundation promotes excellence in education by raising private funds to provide donor-funded scholarships, fellowships, program endowments and other opportunities that enrich the Evergreen experience.

Mueller will serve a three-year term on the board.

Community news roundup — schools, college, honor roll, graduates

September 2, 2014

Montana State University Honor Roll

Issaquah: Dustin Fry and Kesleigh Walin (3.5 gpa or higer); and Laura Tochko (4.0)

Sammamish: Keegan McBride and James Nielsen (3.5 gpa or higher); and Kathryn Barnett (4.0)

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Savor the summer in your garden

September 2, 2014

In going through my Issaquah Press files, I found an article from August 2009 that expressed my exact, same feelings this year. This summer must be a repeat of the one in 2009.

Spring in Issaquah is always cool and wet, right? In summer, we have high temperatures in the 70s, right? And we see cloud cover day after day after day, right? Not this year. This year, the sun, the temperatures and the days without rain have just blown us all away.

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