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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Apollo students pen book about the ABCs of firefighters

June 24, 2014

Kittens, ladders, sirens and zombies — yes, zombies — all have something in common. They each make an appearance in the Apollo Elementary School student-penned book “Firefighter Nozzlehead Letter by Letter.”

At just 7 and 8 years old, Jamie Burcheci’s second-grade students are now published authors. They unveiled at a June 17 celebration their picture book about what firefighters do.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Jamie Burcheci and her second-grade students celebrate their new published book, ‘Firefighter Nozzlehead Letter by Letter.’

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Jamie Burcheci and her second-grade students celebrate their new published book, ‘Firefighter Nozzlehead Letter by Letter.’

Firefighters use ladders to save kittens, sound the siren when someone is in trouble and even take down zombies with water hoses, according to the book.

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The birds and the bees revisited

June 24, 2014

Most of us think flowers are pretty just in order to decorate the world. Wrong! Flowers are pretty so that they can procreate, so they can have babies and make more flowers.

Beauty creates sexual attraction in flowers as well as in human beings. We think we are alone in the ability to appreciate beauty. Wrong again! The birds and even the lowly insects, the targets of fly swatters, have an eye for color, pattern, shapes, movement, smells and all things that we attribute to the term “beautiful.”

Plants reproduce in two ways: by wind and by pollinators. Wind-pollinated flowers are plain, like grains of grass. They start out pale green and turn to a very bland hay color when ripe. We don’t pick them and put them in vases, and bugs don’t like them either. What these flowers like is wind, wind that blows their pollen around and doesn’t care what they look or smell like. These plain flowers don’t waste any effort trying to be beautiful.

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Chemistry club wins competition

June 24, 2014

The Issaquah High School Chemistry Club took first place in the “Imagine Tomorrow” competition.

The club created a portable shower kit intended for use in countries that lack proper hygiene. It utilizes a filter system that reuses water from the shower that is cleaned before each use.

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Birthday aboard the Belle

June 17, 2014

Ride in World War II bomber was a journey of mixed emotions

Dan O’Neill was faced with a conundrum.

As the founder of Mercy Corps, he has dedicated his life to humanitarian causes and social justice. But, as an admitted thrill seeker, O’Neill was like “a kid on Christmas morning” when his staff surprised him with an early birthday present — a ride in a vintage B-17.

Contributed Dan O’Neill, of Sammamish, stands in front of the Memphis Belle, a World War II B-17 bomber he was able to ride aboard as a birthday present from his staff at Mercy Corps.

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Dan O’Neill, of Sammamish, stands in front of the Memphis Belle, a World War II B-17 bomber he was able to ride aboard as a birthday present from his staff at Mercy Corps.

O’Neill, of Sammamish, describes the World War II bomber as the “most lethal killing machine ever invented by man.” His view is based on reports that more people were killed during the fire-bombing of Dresden in Germany than were killed by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

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Former Issaquah teacher dies

June 17, 2014

Longtime Issaquah High School teacher Frances Crelly passed away peacefully at her Seattle home May 5.

Crelly influenced generations of Issaquah students, beginning at the school in 1944 and retiring in 1983. She started as an English teacher, taught art, directed school plays and ultimately retired as a Spanish instructor.

“Words seem to be inadequate to recount the hundreds of lives you have touched in your 39 years as a classroom teacher, confidant, adviser, director and friend to young people at Issaquah High,” Issaquah School Board members said in a letter upon her retirement.

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School renames gym after beloved teacher, coach

June 17, 2014

Chuck Lee has left a lasting legacy for his colleagues and students at Beaver Lake Middle School, with or without any kind of tribute on their part.

Lee, 58, died Feb. 6 after a decadelong battle with cancer. He’d made an impression on countless individuals during his teaching and coaching career in the Issaquah School District, which spanned 24 years.

The Beaver Lake community mourned Lee’s passing, holding a remembrance ceremony earlier this spring where students and teachers spoke of their favorite memories with Lee. He spent 13 years at the school, teaching math and coaching basketball.

By Neil Pierson One of Chuck Lee’s favorite activities was the annual International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which gave him license to don a funny hat and an eye patch.

By Neil Pierson
One of Chuck Lee’s favorite activities was the annual International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which gave him license to don a funny hat and an eye patch.

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Kelly Munn receives leadership award

June 17, 2014

The Issaquah School District honored Kelly Munn with its Community Leadership Award at the Washington School Administrator Association’s regional awards ceremony held at the Puget Sound ESD on May 23.

Kelly Munn

Kelly Munn

Munn has been an active volunteer in the Issaquah School District and an advocate for public education for many years. Her leadership has been instrumental in helping the district maintain high quality programs and meet the demands of continued growth as co-chair of the Volunteers for Issaquah Schools Community Bond and Levy Committee, according to a news release.

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Enjoy bird watching at June 23 walk

June 17, 2014

Take the morning June 23 to explore a haven for birds and wildlife at a birding walk at Lake Sammamish State Park.

The park offers a wide assortment of birds and habitats in its varied ecosystems. The trip, from 8 a.m. to noon, involves walking 2 to 3 miles.

Dress appropriately (rainproof in layers; some of the trails can be very muddy if wet).

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College News

June 17, 2014

Madelyn Phillips graduates from Clemson

Madelyn Kay Phillips, of Issaquah, graduated from Clemson University, in Clemson, S.C., May 9, with a Bachelor of Science in environmental and natural resources. Phillips was also named to the dean’s list for the 2014 spring semester.

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