Recycled crayon business embodies Earth Day message

April 15, 2014

Local mom Regan Wong found a nifty way to repurpose the contents of that long forgotten box, tucked away in a closet, filled to the brim with broken, sometimes wrapperless crayons.

The vibrant coloring tools undoubtedly lived a life of usefulness at one point, but rather than letting them sit on a shelf reminiscing about the good old days of elementary school, or letting them rot in a landfill, Wong is turning them in to something environmentally friendly and beautiful.

Wacky Crayons takes used crayons, melts them down and, using food-grade molds, crafts new, multicolored drawing tools in various shapes and sizes.

Mike and Leah Wong, children of Wacky Crayons creator Regan Wong, lend a helping hand as they make the unconventional drawing tool in the family’s garage. At left, Wacky Crayons come in fully compostable packaging and include a variety of shapes, from flowers to the Millennium Falcon. Photos By Christina Corrales-Toy

Mike and Leah Wong, children of Wacky Crayons creator Regan Wong, lend a helping hand as they make the unconventional drawing tool in the family’s garage.
Photos By Christina Corrales-Toy

“We didn’t invent this, but we’re sort of perfecting it along the way,” Wong said.

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Celebrate an egg-cellent Easter at community events

April 15, 2014

Communities across the world will celebrate Easter on April 20, but Issaquah residents don’t have to go far to enjoy the holiday festivities.

Get a head start on the Easter holiday weekend with the city’s annual Underwater Egg Hunt and Carnival on April 18 at the Julius Boehm Pool, 50 S.E. Clark St.

Attendees should bring a swimsuit, towel and plastic basket to join in on the fun. Prizes are awarded for eggs gathered. While swimmers bob for eggs below, others can enjoy carnival games on the observation deck.

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Issaquah Alps club announces scholarship topics

April 15, 2014

The Issaquah Alps Trails Club has announced the topics for its annual Bill Longwell Memorial Scholarship.

Longwell was a longtime club member who taught English at Hazen High School for many years. He was an avid hiker and trail builder who, often with the help of his students, was responsible for building and maintaining many of the trails on Tiger and Squak mountains.

Each year since his death in 2007, the Issaquah Alps Trails Club has offered a $1,000 scholarship available to graduating seniors at Issaquah, Liberty, Skyline and Hazen high schools. Often, runners-up qualify for smaller awards.

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Young minds shine at science fair

April 8, 2014

Spring is typically a time when students in the Issaquah School District have a chance to let their scientific flowers blossom.

That was the case at Endeavour Elementary School last week. The school had roughly 400 of its 660 students participate in its annual science fair, Little Minds at Work.

Above, first-grader Anjali Patel makes a magnet levitate during Endeavour Elementary School’s March 27 science fair. At left, Bryant Martinez, an Endeavour Elementary School third-grader, hunts through a plate of pebbles to find tiny garnet stones. Photos by Neil Pierson

First-grader Anjali Patel makes a magnet levitate during Endeavour Elementary School’s March 27 science fair.
Photos by Neil Pierson

“It’s one of the biggest events we have here at the school,” said Jill Bengis, a member of the Endeavour PTSA. “The kids really look forward to it, and it’s a great opportunity for them to really shine and show what they can do.”

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Schools honor top volunteers

April 8, 2014

Issaquah School District Golden Acorn and Outstanding Advocate Awards were recognized at a reception at Swedish/Issaquah on March 25.

Golden Acorns are presented, by a local PTA unit or council, to volunteers in recognition of their dedication and service to children and youths.

Since the beginning of the program, more than 44,000 Golden Acorns have been presented to volunteers throughout Washington state. A contribution in the name of the recipient(s) is made by the honoring PTA to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program. From these contributions, WSPTA is able to provide grants to freshman students entering post-secondary education.

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Robotics Society promotes STEM

April 8, 2014

As the members of the Issaquah High School Robotics Society accepted the FIRST Robotics Competition Chairman’s Award at the district competition held in March, it represented a win for thousands of district students.

In six short years, the robotics club raised awareness in the community and generated a wave of interest and demand for robotics among students in younger grades.

It’s also led to increased interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics class across the district, according to Dennis Wright, Issaquah School District director of career and counseling services.

Contributed Members of the Issaquah High School Robotics Society accepted the FIRST Robotics Competition Chairman’s Award at the district competition in March.

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Members of the Issaquah High School Robotics Society accepted the FIRST Robotics Competition Chairman’s Award at the district competition in March.

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Opening the archives

April 8, 2014

72.021.014.129 Lawill’s Rexall Drug Store interior p89, #138 Arcadia book caption: Lou and Gertie Lawill ran Lawill’s Drug Store, on Front Street. Long-time residents recall purchasing everything from comic books and candy to gifts and medication at the store. Notice the sign for Alpine ice cream in the bottom right corner of this 1951 photograph. Gertie and Lou Lawill stand behind the counter. The store was located on the southeast corner of Front and Alder streets.

72.021.014.129
Lawill’s Rexall Drug Store interior
p89, #138 Arcadia book caption:
Lou and Gertie Lawill ran Lawill’s Drug Store, on Front Street. Long-time residents recall purchasing everything from comic books and candy to gifts and medication at the store. Notice the sign for Alpine ice cream in the bottom right corner of this 1951 photograph. Gertie and Lou Lawill stand behind the counter. The store was located on the southeast corner of Front and Alder streets.

The Issaquah History Museums take requests regarding what people would like to see in the Digital Collection. Roughly quarterly, volunteers have a data-entry day and prep a bunch of records for upload. If there is a particular name, place or item you’d like to see more images of on the website, email Erica Maniez at erica.maniez@issaquahhistory.org. If you have a photo or subject you would like to see in this feature, email editor@isspress.com.

 

Beverly Lee to retire from FISH

April 8, 2014

Longtime volunteer Beverly Lee has announced her retirement as volunteer coordinator of the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, effective June 30.

Lee has lived in Issaquah since 1985, except for two years when she lived in England. She first became a volunteer with FISH in 2002. In 2007, she began assisting with coordinating the volunteer component of the FISH program and assumed the role of volunteer coordinator in 2009.

Lee has brought wonderful innovations to the volunteer program including interviews to help place volunteers in the most appropriate position, and a mentor program that helps new volunteers get off to the best start.

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Exchange project

April 1, 2014

Liberty welcomes Japanese visitors

Alex Tachiyama, a Liberty High School senior, was lucky. He got to partake in a Thanksgiving dinner twice in the past six months.

He celebrated the gluttonous holiday in November with the rest of the nation, but he also munched on helpings of turkey and mashed potatoes again in March.

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School students (from left) Daniel Doan, Shannon Hsu and Emily Hsu, cultural exchange students Nao Shimomura and Kazuyoshi Hirata, and Liberty student Alex Tachiyama get acquainted over a welcome meal.

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Liberty High School students (from left) Daniel Doan, Shannon Hsu and Emily Hsu, cultural exchange students Nao Shimomura and Kazuyoshi Hirata, and Liberty student Alex Tachiyama get acquainted over a welcome meal.

The March feast was for the benefit of his foreign visitor, Kazuyoshi Hirata, as 20 Liberty High School families hosted 24 students from Japan through a cultural exchange program.

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Legacy quilt goes to comfort recoveries

April 1, 2014

A rare quilt made by famous Issaquah resident Beryl Baxter was gifted late last year to a foundation that helps women battling cancer.

JoAnne Matsumura obtained the quilt from Baxter’s estate and then donated it to Northwest Hope and Healing. The nonprofit organization then raffled it online through its website, and Matsumura matched the funds raised.

Contributed This Beryl Baxter quilt was donated to Northwest Hope & Healing and raised more than $3,610 for Puget Sound-area women diagnosed with breast or gynecological cancer.

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This Beryl Baxter quilt was donated to Northwest Hope & Healing and raised more than $3,610 for Puget Sound-area women diagnosed with breast or gynecological cancer.

Baxter, born in 1912, was a member of the Bush and Wold families, pioneering clans of the Issaquah Valley. The Quilt Lady, as she was called, made more than 100 quilts by hand. On average, she made one quilt per month during her heyday, all displaying diverse patterns and exact hand stitching. She died in 1999.

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