Maywood Kiwanis Builders Club helps children, seniors

March 18, 2014

The latest addition to the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah family is the Maywood Middle School Kiwanis Builders Club.

The chartering of the Maywood Builders Club was initiated two years ago by Key Clubber Lisa Antonio, currently lieutenant governor of PNW Key Club Division 28. It took two years to find a faculty adviser, Samantha Neff.

With her leadership, the Kiwanis Maywood Builders Club recently engaged Kiwanis and Key Club with the project of making hospital dolls for Seattle Children’s. Doctors use the dolls to explain medical procedures by drawing the procedure on a doll, which is then given to the patient.

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Lauren Davis named project director

March 11, 2014

Lauren Davis, 2005 graduate of Issaquah High School, has been named project director for University of Washington’s Husky Help & Hope Program.

Lauren Davis

Lauren Davis

The program is made possible by a $300,000 grant awarded to University of Washington and Forefront to modernize approaches to suicide prevention at the Seattle Campus.

Davis serves on several King County boards aimed at preventing suicide and improving mental health. She has worked for suicide prevention since a childhood friend took his own life in high school. She previously worked as an international development consultant for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and was a Fulbright scholar in Ghana.

Earned privilege

March 11, 2014

In a life of milestones, local author meets another with self-published book

Sitting in a ray of sunshine in his “hooray for me” room in his Cougar Mountain home, Randy Harrison paused while discussing his book “West From Yesterday.”

From the window seat in the room (a Southern nickname for a room full of mementos from one’s life), the first-time author said he had shared the manuscript with family and friends before self-publishing it through Amazon.com. They’d realized the tale of Tucker, a post-Civil War-era plantation owner who journeys West in a bout of self-discovery, sounded a lot like someone they knew.

By David Hayes Randy Harrison, author of ‘West from Yesterday’ stands in his Cougar Mountain home’s ‘hooray-for-me’ room where he’s planning his next project — teaching himself to play guitar.

By David Hayes
Randy Harrison, author of ‘West from Yesterday’ stands in his Cougar Mountain home’s ‘hooray-for-me’ room where he’s planning his next project — teaching himself to play guitar.

“They said they found a lot of me in Tucker,” Harrison said. “I realized both me and Tucker were from a Virginia family, had come from a life of privilege only by birth. And we both felt a sense of obligation that we had to earn what comes from that gift of privilege.”

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Local teens prepare for ‘Spamalot’ this weekend

March 11, 2014

Teenagers from local high schools are preparing for their production of “Spamalot” through 5th Avenue Theatre’s Rising Star Project.

The yearly project allows high school students from Washington to gain firsthand experience of professional theatrical productions, including promoting and performing.

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Cougar Ridge principal to retire at year’s end

March 11, 2014

Jackie Patten, principal at Cougar Ridge Elementary School, announced Feb. 28 that she will retire at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

Patten has worked in education for 40 years, and said in an email to families that she has enjoyed working with an “outstanding community” at Cougar Ridge.

“It is truly a privilege to be ending my career in education at such a remarkable school,” Patten wrote. “Serving as an educator is a very rewarding profession.”

Sign up now for kayak tours at Lake Sammamish

March 11, 2014

Kayak Academy is now taking registrations for its annual spring nature tour along the shores of Lake Sammamish.

A professional kayak guide leads the two-hour tour along the shores of Lake Sammamish and up a portion of Issaquah Creek.

During the tour, a state park ranger will present an on-the-water program about the Great Blue Heron.

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Issaquah Valley Elementary students prove their theories at the science fair

March 4, 2014

Photos by Greg Farrar Above, third-grader Paige Ference learns she can hold a bubble in a soapy hand rather than a dry hand because of surface tension. Below, conductive playdough, made at home from a recipe by third-grader Dylan Moe, carries electricity and lights two LED bulbs.

Photos by Greg Farrar
Above, third-grader Paige Ference learns she can hold a bubble in a soapy hand rather than a dry hand because of surface tension. Below, conductive playdough, made at home from a recipe by third-grader Dylan Moe, carries electricity and lights two LED bulbs.

Young musicians take their talents to big stage

March 4, 2014

Heliqiong Sun began playing the piano when she was 4. Ten years later, it’s the instrument she’s most proficient with.

But Sun, an eighth-grader at Beaver Lake Middle School, has some versatility. She picked up the violin three years ago, and has mastered it enough that she can be considered among the best violinists in the state for her age group.

Photos by Neil Pierson Named to the Washington Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra were (from left, during recent school rehearsals) Beaver Lake Middle School violinist Heliqiong Sun; Pacific Cascade Middle School seventh-grade trumpist Sarah Hall, trombonist Emily Ko, bass clarinetist Joshua Lee and eight-grade clarinetist Austin Denton.

Photos by Neil Pierson
Named to the Washington Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra were (from left, during recent school rehearsals) Beaver Lake Middle School violinist Heliqiong Sun.

She was among 58 middle-school students from the Issaquah School District selected for the Washington Music Educators Association’s Junior All-State groups. Students from across the state converged Feb. 15 in Yakima, and they spent several hours rehearsing before the three choirs, two bands and one orchestra took the stage that evening for their performances.

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Elementary principal announces retirement

March 4, 2014

Sunset Elementary School Principal Wayne Hamasaki will retire from his position at the end of the school year.

File Sunset Elementary Principal Wayne Hamasaki fulfills a promise in 2005 to dye his hair after students read for 1.65 million minutes in the Eager Reader program.

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Sunset Elementary Principal Wayne Hamasaki fulfills a promise in 2005 to dye his hair after students read for 1.65 million minutes in the Eager Reader program.

Hamasaki has been Sunset’s principal for 11 years, and has worked in public education for the past 28 years.

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Join seniors and UW nursing faculty for ‘The Walking Revolution’

March 4, 2014

University of Washington School of Nursing Professors Dr. Basia Belza and Dr. Hilaire Thompson present a collaborative talk that encourages Issaquah seniors to join “The Walking Revolution.”

The talk, hosted by University House Issaquah at 10:30 a.m. March 6, is free and open to the public.

Belza leads the presentation with the latest research about the dangers associated with over-sitting and tips for incorporating walking in daily routines.

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