Is it winter or spring?

March 25, 2015

The spring equinox is upon us. People traditionally greet it with incredible joy.

Some happy, spirited souls might throw a giant feast; students stay up all night and consume too much liquor. Others might dance the night away, while some unusual folks do strange things. I don’t know what you might like to do to celebrate the end of winter — the termination of scarcity, and the return of hope and plenty.

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FISH gets $6,000 from Snoqualmie Tribe

March 25, 2015

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery has received a $6,000 grant from the Snoqualmie Tribe.

The generous donation comes from the Snoqualmie Tribe Fund and will be used to support the Salmon In The Schools program.

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Community news — honors, president’s honor roll, graduates

March 25, 2015

Nellie Hoehl named Samford University ambassador

Nellie Hoehl, of Issaquah, has been named a new Samford University Ambassador for the 2015-16 academic year. Ambassadors serve as hosts at campus events, interact with university constituents and represent the university in a variety of settings.

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Klahanie couple climbs to Africa’s highest point

March 17, 2015

The first post-retirement vacation for many couples might include lounging on a sunny Hawaiian beach, enjoying a moonlight stroll through the streets of Paris or driving across the country to visit their grandchildren.

Jane and Steve Schwartz chose something slightly different — hike to the top of a 19,341-foot mountain.

Contributed Klahanie residents Steve and Jane Schwartz stand in front of the imposing figure of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa at 19,341 feet.

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Klahanie residents Steve and Jane Schwartz stand in front of the imposing figure of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa at 19,341 feet.

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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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