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

Skyline alumnus heading to China

August 5, 2014

Daniel Peng

Daniel Peng

At just 24 years old, Daniel Peng is an extensive world traveler, and he’s headed back to foreign lands for the better part of the next year.

Peng grew up in Sammamish and Issaquah, and graduated from Skyline High School in 2008. He’s crisscrossed the globe as a collegiate student and young professional, and he recently earned a prestigious honor that will allow him to spend nine months in China.

In May, Peng learned he was the recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant. He’s one of about 1,800 recipients nationwide who will have the chance to travel abroad for a unique hands-on learning opportunity in their chosen field.

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Student learns through high-tech apprenticeship

August 5, 2014

Hari Rajan, an incoming senior at Skyline High School, works with equipment in a sports science laboratory at the University of Southern California. Contributed

Hari Rajan, an incoming senior at Skyline High School, works with equipment in a sports science laboratory at the University of Southern California. Contributed

When Hari Rajan graduates from Skyline High School next June, there may not be much celebration. That’s because he’s planning to have an even larger academic challenge in front of him.

Rajan is a star student at Skyline whose major interest is biology. His passion for the inner workings of life is leading him toward a career as a doctor, and he’s planning to apply to some prestigious medical schools — Northwestern, Duke, Johns Hopkins and Pennsylvania — in the coming year.

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Family Drop-in Center now on summer hours

July 29, 2014

The Issaquah Family Drop-in Center is open by appointment only during the summer.

The program was started in late February at the Community Hall, 180 E. Sunset Way, to provide a resource for families in the Issaquah School District who are experiencing housing instability.

On Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, volunteers have been providing a listening ear, companionship and advocacy while helping families connect with local resources that may be able to help them stay housed or to access assistance that could help them remain within the area where their children go to school while they look for stable affordable housing.

The service is provided by volunteers through the Issaquah Sammamish Interfaith Coalition.

Call 206-478-3899 for an appointment.

A royally good time

July 22, 2014

Issaquah couple’s trip to the outback mirrors William and Kate’s itinerary

Issaquah residents Mary Lorna and Walt Meade have returned from a 31-day tour of Australia and New Zealand, following an itinerary almost identical to that of the royal couple William and Kate.

No strangers to international adventure, Walt and Mary Lorna found themselves with a month sabbatical and a list of potential destinations.

“We thought to ourselves, what is the furthest we could possibly go,” Mary Lorna said. “We’ve done Italy, Paris, London, and with Egypt and Africa posing safety concerns, we settled on Australia.”

Contributed Walt and Mary Lorna Meade visit with the kangaroos of Kangaroos Island, Australia.

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Walt and Mary Lorna Meade visit with the kangaroos of Kangaroos Island, Australia.

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Issaquah grad heads to Cambodia with the Peace Corps

July 22, 2014

Scan through any English dictionary, or take the modern route and type it into Google, and the definition of idealism is along these lines: “the attitude of a person who believes that it is possible to live according to very high standards of behavior and honesty.”

Described mainly as a theory, idealism in practice is far easier said than done. But some people find it easier than others. Take Chelsea Stone, 23, for example.

After graduating from Gonzaga University in Spokane in 2012 with a degree in biology, the 2009 graduate of Issaquah High School continued her education at Drexel University in Philadelphia, receiving her master’s degree in public health, with specialties in biostatistics and epidemiology.

A lot of big words and hard work, but how does that make her an idealist?

Contributed As part of her master's thesis for Drexel University, Chelsea Stone worked in the Haitian community, gathering research regarding pediatric asthma.

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As part of her master’s thesis for Drexel University, Chelsea Stone worked in the Haitian community, gathering research regarding pediatric asthma.

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Man behind the murals gets his day

July 15, 2014

Oregon-based muralist Larry Kangas wasn’t born in Issaquah and he didn’t live in the city for any significant amount of time.

But his stamp on the Eastside suburb is so visible that Mayor Fred Butler officially declared July 19 Larry Kangas Day in Issaquah.

Kangas is the artist behind the murals found at points across the city. He died of cancer Nov. 25, 2013, but his memory lives on in the more than 1,000 works he crafted in the Pacific Northwest, including six in Issaquah.

By Norb Ziegler Larry Kangas paints the side panels of the aquarium exhibit at the Issaquah Salmon History on Aug. 20, 2013.

By Norb Ziegler
Larry Kangas paints the side panels of the aquarium exhibit at the Issaquah Salmon History on Aug. 20, 2013.

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Parading patriotism — Issaquah gets festive with Kids‘n Pets Parade

July 8, 2014

By Greg Farrar Corinne Schiehser, 7, (holding the beach ball) celebrates her birthday riding a float in the Front Street for the Kids ‘n Pets Parade during the Down Home 4th of July celebration. The float was built and pulled by dads Michael Schiehser and Dave Beauparlant.

By Greg Farrar
Corinne Schiehser, 7, (holding the beach ball) celebrates her birthday riding a float in the Front Street for the Kids ‘n Pets Parade during the Down Home 4th of July celebration. The float was built and pulled by dads Michael Schiehser and Dave Beauparlant.

Artist rides in Pride parade in winning design

July 8, 2014

A local girl helped add a little more color to the Seattle Pride 2014 parade.

Issaquah Middle School student Sophie Serumgard decided to enter a City Arts magazine competition to design a custom MINI Cooper F56s. The 12-year-old not only won, but got to ride in the June 29 Pride parade in a MINI wrapped with her design.

Contributed Sophie Sarumgard, an Issaquah Middle School student, stands beside a custom MINI Cooper F56s sporting her winning design that was chosen by City Arts mazagine.

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Sophie Serumgard, an Issaquah Middle School student, stands beside a custom MINI Cooper F56s sporting her winning design that was chosen by City Arts magazine.

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A program with !MPACT

July 1, 2014

Firefighters bring career perspectives to students

If Chris Tarkir hadn’t been tenacious, he likely never would have landed what he calls his “dream job” with Eastside Fire & Rescue.

“It’s about believing in yourself, and probably the biggest characteristic a person has to have is that you can’t take no for an answer,” Tarkir told a group of students during a June 5 visit to Beaver Lake Middle School’s !MPACT after-school program.

Four of the Issaquah School District’s five middle schools offer !MPACT as a safe haven for students with working parents. The program generally runs until 6 p.m. on weekdays, and costs between $95 and $230 a month, depending on how often a child attends.

By Neil Pierson Firefighter Chris Tarkir, of Eastside Fire & Rescue, helps Jakob McInerney, a sixth-grade student at Beaver Lake Middle School, remove a hose from a hydrant during a June 5 demonstration at the school.

By Neil Pierson
Firefighter Chris Tarkir, of Eastside Fire & Rescue, helps Jakob McInerney, a sixth-grade student at Beaver Lake Middle School, remove a hose from a hydrant during a June 5 demonstration at the school.

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