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 Sarumgard 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 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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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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Issaquah Valley Elementary School’s ‘guardian angel’ wins state award

July 1, 2014

Suzie Kuflik receives $500 check from WEA

Suzie Kuflik received statewide recognition May 30 from the Washington Education Association Minority Affairs and Human Rights Committee, for bringing the Angel Program to Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

The award came with a $500 check, which Kuflik donated to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, where she frequently volunteers.

Among her efforts to better the Issaquah community, Kuflik created the Angel Program to pair students in need with “adopted families.”

Those families are given the age, size and gender of their child to provide basic necessities, though many donate additional gifts. The Angel Program’s work has inspired other schools in the Issaquah School District to adapt the program to help more students.

By Rachel Osgood Suzie Kuflik (left) is presented with a $500 check by Stephen Miller, vice president of the Washington Education Association, as part of a state award. She then donated the check to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

By Rachel Osgood
Suzie Kuflik (left) is presented with a $500 check by Stephen Miller, vice president of the Washington Education Association, as part of a state award. She then donated the check to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

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Congratulations, Tiger Mountain Community High School grads

June 24, 2014

Tiger Mountain Community High School celebrated its class of 2014 on June 16.

At right, teacher Lane Helgeson tells student Cassie Fowler that he won’t need her services after she completes cosmetology school.

Teacher Lane Helgeson tells student Cassie Fowler that he won’t need her services after she completes cosmetology school.

Above, Gregory Mathiesen shows how this self-proclaimed redneck pronounces America. He has joined the Army and will be heading to boot camp in the fall.  At right, teacher Lane Helgeson tells student Cassie Fowler that he won’t need her services after she completes cosmetology school.

Gregory Mathiesen shows how this self-proclaimed redneck pronounces America. He has joined the Army and will be heading to boot camp in the fall.

Photos by Michael Johnson The members of the Tiger Mountain Community High School class of 2014 throw their caps into the air after the ceremonies.

Photos by Michael Johnson
The members of the Tiger Mountain Community High School class of 2014 throw their caps into the air after the ceremonies.

Chorus celebrates America June 29

June 24, 2014

Celebrate the Fourth of July at Pickering Barn, where Master Chorus Eastside will hold its 14th annual Celebrate America concert.

“The concert is very informal and a lot of fun, with ample opportunity for the audience to sing along” said Dr. Linda Gingrich, artistic director and conductor of the chorus. “We tend to do a lot of watching in our culture, and it is important to keep these songs and traditions alive as we sing together.”

This year’s concert focuses on the great American oratory tradition with excerpts from historical speeches, such as Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty, or give me death” speech.

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