Rotary’s Grape Escape returns bigger than ever

March 17, 2015

For the Rotary Club of Issaquah’s ninth annual Grape Escape, organizers didn’t see any need to fix what wasn’t broken.

“We’ve taken a proven formula and just reapplied it,” co-chairman Scott McKorkle said.

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Christopher Chen serves as a Senate page

March 17, 2015

Christopher Chen, a student at The Overlake School, recently spent a week working as a page for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia.

Sen. Steve Litzow with page Christopher Chen

Sen. Steve Litzow with page Christopher Chen

Chen was sponsored by 41st District Sen. Steve Litzow.

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Becky Gordon joins board of Life Enrichment Options

March 17, 2015

Becky Gordon, a longtime community volunteer, joined the Life Enrichment Options board in January, following two years of leading the Issaquah Outreach committee, an all-volunteer group that helps promote LEO in the greater Issaquah area.

Gordon has been active within the school system, serving as Issaquah Middle School PTSA president, the special needs chairwoman of the Issaquah Council PTSA and an art docent for the Issaquah School District Academy for Community Transition Program.

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College News — graduates, honors, scholarships, spring break, dean’s lists

March 17, 2015

Seth Hartman receives ROTC scholarship to WSU

Seth Hartman, a 2014 graduate of Issaquah High School, has received an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps scholarship to attend Washington State University.

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Visiting volunteer leaves artistic mark on Lake Sammamish State Park

March 10, 2015

Wet weather held her back, but all the way from Charles City, Iowa, artist Jackie Davidson managed to make an impression on Lake Sammamish State Park, even giving some of the local critters a voice that says, “Thank you.”

With a son living in Seattle, Davidson and her husband Dennis decided to leave behind the frigid temperatures of their home state and spend winter here. Jackie Davidson is an artist-in-residence at a historical museum back home, so when she learned about an opportunity to volunteer for Lake Sammamish State Park, naturally it brought out her creativity.

By Greg Farrar Artist Jacqueline Davidson paints onto an outdoor bulletin board an 1890’s photograph of the John and Addie Anderson farm.

By Greg Farrar
Artist Jacqueline Davidson paints onto an outdoor bulletin board an 1890’s photograph of the John and Addie Anderson farm.

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BBQ legend Bob Lyon gets hall of fame award

March 10, 2015

Within the dining room at Timber Ridge at Talus sits a display case that pays tribute to the barbecuing prowess of resident Bob Lyon.

Contributed Talus Resident Bob Lyon (center) receives his Pioneer Award Oct. 25, 2014, from barbecue Hall of Famers (from left) Jim Tabb, Paul Kirk, Carolyn Wells and Mike Mills.

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Talus Resident Bob Lyon (center) receives his Pioneer Award Oct. 25, 2014, from barbecue Hall of Famers (from left) Jim Tabb, Paul Kirk, Carolyn Wells and Mike Mills.

Just arrived on the lowest of four shelves that display awards Lyon won during his years on the competition barbecuing circuit sits his latest and biggest yet — the Pioneer of Barbecue award.

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Mrs. Issaquah vies for Mrs. Washington America crown

March 10, 2015

Lisa Vanderdasson, Mrs. Issaquah 2015, will compete for the title of Mrs. Washington America, preliminary to the nationally televised Mrs. America & Mrs. World competitions.

mrs washington Lisa Vanderdasson

Lisa Vanderdasson

The Mrs. Washington America Pageant will be held May 16 in Olympia at the Kenneth Minnaert Center for the Arts.

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Career coach pens new book on back-to-basics job searches

March 10, 2015

In more than 20 years, Lisa Quast has learned a few things while working her way up the corporate ladder from entry level all the way to general manager for a Fortune 500 business.

Lisa Quast

Lisa Quast

In 2009, the Issaquah resident decided to work for herself as a business consultant and career coach, forming Career Woman Inc. Quast parlayed that experience into an award-winning book, “Your Career, Your Way: Personal Strategies to Achieve Your Career Aspirations,” geared toward arming women with the tools to succeed in a male-dominated business world.

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Woo at the zoo

March 10, 2015

Cougar Mountain Zoo  Green-winged macaw Pata looks on while blue-and-gold macaw Rio samples apples, almond butter, almonds, raspberries and bananas, all made to look like a steak dinner. The pair won the Valentine’s Day-themed Woo at the Zoo contest, where people could vote for their favorite couple at Cougar Mountain Zoo. They then received this special romantic dinner for two while listening to ‘Lady in Red.’

Cougar Mountain Zoo
Green-winged macaw Pata looks on while blue-and-gold macaw Rio samples apples, almond butter, almonds, raspberries and bananas, all made to look like a steak dinner. The pair won the Valentine’s Day-themed Woo at the Zoo contest, where people could vote for their favorite couple at Cougar Mountain Zoo. They then received this special romantic dinner for two while listening to ‘Lady in Red.’

Help students from five churches feed the hungry

March 5, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 5, 2015

On March 6-7, students in sixth through 12th grades will fast for 30 hours and raise funds to support organizations fighting poverty and hunger.

For the first time, five churches on the plateau will participate in this communitywide event, with more than 175 student participants projected. Participating church youth groups are:

  • Faith Church
  • Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church
  • Pine Lake Covenant Church
  • Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church
  • Sammamish Presbyterian Church

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