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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MAPPING OUT A LESSON PLAN

June 10, 2014

National Geographic’s traveling map makes  a stop at Sunset Elementary School

Photos by Greg Farrar The Sunset Elementary School second-grade class (above) of Vicki Bergstrom walks around on a giant National Geographic map of North America looking for islands, lakes, peninsulas, gulfs and oceans June 4 during a stop on the Geographic Society’s Giant Traveling Maps program. The 35-by-26-foot map was spread out on the gym floor and gave students a chance to learn geography in an interactive way. Students take their shoes off (below) to walk on the map.

Photos by Greg Farrar
The Sunset Elementary School second-grade class (above) of Vicki Bergstrom walks around on a giant National Geographic map of North America looking for islands, lakes, peninsulas, gulfs and oceans June 4 during a stop on the Geographic Society’s Giant Traveling Maps program. The 35-by-26-foot map was spread out on the gym floor and gave students a chance to learn geography in an interactive way. Students take their shoes off (below) to walk on the map.

Car show to take up all of Front Street

June 10, 2014

Close down an entire city street, line up vintage rides from end to end and pack the sidewalks with classic car aficionados, and you get one of downtown’s most popular events — Fenders on Front Street.

The annual car show, hosted by the Downtown Issaquah Association, returns for its ninth year June 15, bigger than ever. Executive Director Karen Donovan said the show set an attendance record last year with about 10,000 visitors.

Unlike specific car shows, anyone with a classic ride may register to sign their car up, even the day of the event. Donovan said they may have to cut off signups by 11 a.m., depending upon the number of participants. Go to www.fendersonfrontstreet.com/registration to learn more about signing up.

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Get naked at Fraternity Snoqualmie day of music

June 10, 2014

Tired of waiting for summer? Say goodbye to spring with the “Naked Spring Thing,” a groovy, funky, jazzy, naked kind of thing.

Fraternity Snoqualmie Family Nudist Park is hosting a day of music from noon to 4 p.m. June 14. The sunning lawn makes a natural amphitheater for dancing and grooving to the music of Michael Powers Band and Randy Oxford Band. (The event will be moved inside the party tent if the weather does not cooperate.)

The “Nudestroms” store will be open for food and snacks, as well as souvenir bags, hats, towels and shirts. Bring cash; there is no onsite ATM. Bring a picnic lunch or use the community kitchen.

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