Strike a pose — Issaquah High School prepares for annual fashion show

April 7, 2015

About two-dozen students stood on the Issaquah High School stage and nervously peered out into the sea of empty seats April 1.

They suddenly burst into movement when, with the press of a button, music began to blare from the auditorium’s speakers — it was time to strike a pose.

One by one, the Issaquah students walked the tape-lined stage, a mock-runway of sorts, each stopping three times for full fashion-show effect. They weren’t perfect — some turned the wrong direction, while others failed to hold a pose long enough — but it didn’t matter, this was just practice.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Issaquah High School freshman Samuel Bailey practices his runway pose with the help of volunteer Dawn Farmer, as they rehearse April 1 for the school’s 2015 IFashion Show and Auction on April 24.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Issaquah High School freshman Samuel Bailey practices his runway pose with the help of volunteer Dawn Farmer, as they rehearse April 1 for the school’s 2015 IFashion Show and Auction on April 24.

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Come as you are to Kiwanis Boots, Barrels & Brews

April 7, 2015

After 30 years of hosting auctions, Kiwanis Club of Issaquah fundraising organizers last year decided a change was in order.

“We wanted something different, not the same old stuffy, sit-down auction where you’re miserable for three hours,” event chairwoman Tori Gaines said.

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Issaquah History Museums presents ‘Hobos and Homelessness’ April 11

April 7, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 10, 2015

In “The Road” (1907), Jack London observed, “The hobo never knows what is going to happen the next moment; hence, he lives only in the present moment.”

The life of the hobo may be of the moment, but the fundamental need for shelter has spanned the ages. In the economic depressions of the 1890s and 1930s, there was a surge of homelessness, and hobos like Jack London hitched rides on trains in search of better opportunities.

Railroad towns like Issaquah were brief stopping points, and sometimes destinations.

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The Issaquah Press Around the World — Cuba

April 7, 2015

Contributed Eve’ Martinez-Petrut and Richard Petrut, of Issaquah, recently participated in an eight-day People to People tour of Cuba traveling with a group of jazz enthusiasts. Along with a copy of The Issaquah Press, they are pictured arriving for dinner at Café del Oriente, Plaza de San Francisco, in downtown Havana. Transportation was provided by one of Cuba’s 42,000-plus antique cars. The restored 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air has been repowered with a Mercedes Benz 5-cylinder diesel engine and matching transmission. Where have you taken your favorite newspaper? Email your photo to editor@isspress.com.

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Eve’ Martinez-Petrut and Richard Petrut, of Issaquah, recently participated in an eight-day People to People tour of Cuba traveling with a group of jazz enthusiasts. Along with a copy of The Issaquah Press, they are pictured arriving for dinner at Café del Oriente, Plaza de San Francisco, in downtown Havana. Transportation was provided by one of Cuba’s 42,000-plus antique cars. The restored 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air has been repowered with a Mercedes Benz 5-cylinder diesel engine and matching transmission. Where have you taken your favorite newspaper? Email your photo to editor@isspress.com.

Popular preschool is set to close after 20 years

March 31, 2015

The Sammamish Learning Center, which has been serving Eastside families and their preschool students since 1995, will permanently close its doors in June at the end of the current school year.

It wasn’t the original intention of the school’s directors, Jill Porter and Helen Glenn, who sold the property to a developer last year.

By Neil Pierson Students at Sammamish Learning Center play along with teacher Karen Stillwell during a morning classroom session. The preschool is closing in June after 20 years of business.

By Neil Pierson
Students at Sammamish Learning Center play along with teacher Karen Stillwell during a morning classroom session. The preschool is closing in June after 20 years of business.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue promotes several employees

March 31, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue rolled out the honors for several new supervisors, including a performance by the Eastside Pipes and Drums, a prayer offered by EFR Chaplain Mike Ryan, and the taking of the Oath of Office led by Deputy Chief Greg Tryon.

Three EFR employees were recognized for recent appointments in the agency in what Fire Chief Lee Soptich cited as “a new generation of leaders.”

By Jon Bromberg Jordan Simmonds, Justin Kiske and Jamee Mahoney (from left) are all smiles after being called ‘a new generation of leaders’ at a celebration for their promotions in Eastside Fire & Rescue.

By Jon Bromberg
Jordan Simmonds, Justin Kiske and Jamee Mahoney (from left) are all smiles after being called ‘a new generation of leaders’ at a celebration for their promotions in Eastside Fire & Rescue.

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College News — deans’ lists

March 31, 2015

Deans’ lists

Kaitlyn Chenney, a natural sciences major from Issaquah, Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, fall 2014 semester

Amin Addetia, of Issaquah, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, in Atlanta, Georgia, 2014 fall semester

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Teen makes nationwide ranking of STEM students

March 31, 2015

STEM Premier has announced the first national rankings of top science, technology, engineering and math high school students.

Lisa Tang, of Sammamish, has placed in the top 50.

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Issaquah ranked 25th safest city in Washington

March 25, 2015

The research website ValuePenguin compiled a list of safest cities in Washington state and Issaquah was No. 25.

Sammamish was ranked safest at No. 1 and Snoqualmie was No. 3.

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Popular Olde Town Mine Hike returns March 28

March 25, 2015

The Issaquah History Museums is kicking off a new season of history hikes with its popular Olde Town Mine Hike on March 28.

Downtown Issaquah was once the site of massive coal-mining operations, and March is the ideal time to explore the historic sites. Docent Doug Bristol will lead a two-hour tour of the sites while treating participants to stories about a mining era that continues to shape downtown Issaquah.

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