From ant to zebra — Local author illustrates the ABCs for a good cause

February 3, 2015

Newcastle resident Dana Sullivan doesn’t always wear bunny rabbit slippers in public, but he will for a gaggle of adorable children.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Author Dana Sullivan reads his book, ‘Kay Kay’s Alphabet Safari’ to a group of children at Bellevue’s University Bookstore on Jan. 22.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Author Dana Sullivan reads his book, ‘Kay Kay’s Alphabet Safari’ to a group of children at Bellevue’s University Bookstore on Jan. 22.

Sullivan and his floppy-eared footwear made an appearance at Bellevue’s University Bookstore Jan. 22, where the author and illustrator read his newest book, “Kay Kay’s Alphabet Safari,” to a cute, albeit somewhat restless, audience of toddlers.

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Three families volunteer together in Nicaragua

February 3, 2015

It’s not unusual to see three families become close friends, but it’s a bit abnormal when they give up Christmas at home for a two-week volunteer effort in Central America.

Contributed The Walley, Nelson and Connor families traveled together over the recent holiday break from Issaquah to Nicaragua, where they spent two weeks helping impoverished residents.

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The Walley, Nelson and Connor families traveled together over the recent holiday break from Issaquah to Nicaragua, where they spent two weeks helping impoverished residents.

The Connor, Nelson and Walley families have literally grown up together in Issaquah. The six children know each other well — four of them are classmates at Issaquah High School, and the other two attend Pacific Cascade Middle School together.

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Charity Circle has Skyline students smiling about volunteer work

January 27, 2015

By Neil Pierson Members of Charity Circle, a volunteer organization comprised of high-school and middle-school students from Sammamish, gather together during a Jan. 14 meeting at Sammamish City Hall.

By Neil Pierson
Members of Charity Circle, a volunteer organization comprised of high-school and middle-school students from Sammamish, gather together during a Jan. 14 meeting at Sammamish City Hall.

Teenagers might have some negative stereotypes about volunteer work, but the leaders of a Sammamish organization are trying to dispel the notion that unpaid labor is dreary and challenging. Read more

It’s not my yard

January 27, 2015

I have a question. Are the deer living in our yards, or are we living in theirs? About a year and a half ago I asked this question in a column about deer. I just reread that column, and my thoughts have changed. I used to complain, because they seemed to go for my most prized plants. Now, I see them more as part of the landscape rather than a challenge to it. Low maintenance, sustainability and an environmentally sensitive garden are important. I’m growing lots of natives and feel good when I share those plants with the deer.

If you are trying to grow roses, perennials and amazing flowers in suburbia without a fence, your plants are in harm’s way. You might detest the deer and if so, you are looking for plants they don’t like. We can’t remember everything they like and don’t like, so it’s best to know just the generalities. Here are a few: Read more

Community news roundup — Jan. 28, 2015

January 27, 2015

Alexa Meyer to wed Charlie Meissner

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Glenn and Amy Meyer, of Issaquah, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Alexa Pierce Meyer to Charlie Meissner. Read more

Unforgettable fog

January 20, 2015

By Larry Lusch Hikers to Poo Poo Point recently capture a majestic view of the valley fogged in.

By Larry Lusch
Hikers to Poo Poo Point recently capture a majestic view of the valley fogged in.

It was a sunny January morning on Snoqualmie Ridge — a good day to hike up to the paragliding launch site on Poo Poo Point in Issaquah. Read more

ACT Theatre chooses to perform Issaquah student’s original play

January 20, 2015

Watch out Oscar Wilde. Move aside George Bernard Shaw. Here comes Danielle Kohorn.

Danielle Kohorn

Danielle Kohorn

A short play written by the 12-year-old middle school student at the Jewish Day School in Bellevue has been selected by the Washington Ensemble Theater and will be staged this spring during the annual Young Playwrites Festival at the ACT Theatre in Seattle. Read more

Apollo crowns geography bee champ

January 20, 2015

Ever since he was little, which, admittedly, wasn’t too long ago, Apollo Elementary School fourth-grader Arthur Gwozdz often found himself staring at a globe.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Apollo Elementary fourth grader Arthur Gwozdz reacts after answering correctly to win the school's 2015 geography bee.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Apollo Elementary fourth grader Arthur Gwozdz reacts after answering correctly to win the school’s 2015 geography bee.

“I don’t know why,” he said, fully aware that it sounds a bit unusual. “I just like to do it.” Read more

Still Avis

January 13, 2015

New movie shines new light on old ailment of Alzheimer’s disease

A new movie debuting this weekend is sure to get people talking about an all-too-common disease more and more families are experiencing.

Contributed Avis Lee (left), 82, shares a conspiratorial moment with her great-granddaughter, Lexi Brown, 6, during a lunch at Red Robin. Lee has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease and has moved in to assisted care living at Aegis of Issaquah.

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Avis Lee (left), 82, shares a conspiratorial moment with her great-granddaughter, Lexi Brown, 6, during a lunch at Red Robin. Lee has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease and has moved in to assisted care living at Aegis of Issaquah.

“Still Alice” stars Julianne Moore as a brilliant professor who experiences the downward spiral of early-onset Alzheimer’s.

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Seniors use their business smarts to help charities

January 13, 2015

When Arjun Narayan began researching search engine concepts, he discovered the humongous profits he could tap into.

By Greg Farrar Skyline High School seniors (from left) Parker Ciambrone, Arjun Narayan and Justin Zhong have collaborated to create Fundify, a search engine that donates 70 percent of its profits to charities.

By Greg Farrar
Skyline High School seniors (from left) Parker Ciambrone, Arjun Narayan and Justin Zhong have collaborated to create Fundify, a search engine that donates 70 percent of its profits to charities.

Google alone makes about $50 billion per year from advertising, money that trickles in from millions of online searches taking place every day.

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