State honors passing of former Issaquah vet

July 31, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. July 31, 2015

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs mourned the passing July 13 of World War II veteran Doris Ruth Gross.

“We were truly blessed to have Doris be a part of the WDVA volunteer family for so many years,” Alfie Alvarado-Ramos, director of the WDVA, said in a news release. “Doris served our country during World War II, followed by many years of serving the veterans of Washington state. We were honored to serve her in her final days at the Washington Veterans Home in Retsil.”

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Skyline students earn scholarships from True Martial Arts studio

July 29, 2015

NEW — 5:18 p.m. July 29, 2015

True Martial Arts in Sammamish recently announced four recipients of its 2015 Senior Scholarship awards.

Each student received $700 for college expenses by showing outstanding leadership and attaining high achievements at the studio. They were required to teach other students for at least two years, earn their Black Belt and train consistently.

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Local grad gives family Phi Beta Kappa trifecta

July 29, 2015

NEW — 5:15 p.m. July 29, 2015

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Master gardener’s corner — Tomato weather is here

July 29, 2015

NEW — 10:50 a.m. July 29, 2105

If you have ever been jealous of gardeners in Eastern Washington who grow big Beefsteak tomatoes by the buckets full, this would’ve been a good year to put up a challenge.

Every year, I struggle to get a few Sun Golds and Sweet 100s from pots on my shady deck, while those people east of the mountains are downing giant, sweet, juicy, fresh-picked tomatoes by the dozen. It is not fair.

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Indian classical music is pianist’s gift, passion

July 29, 2015

NEW — 10:45 a.m. July 29, 2015

Seated at the piano in the living room of her Sammamish home, Ananya Goparaju’s fingers fly across the keys, creating chords and melodies that evoke feelings of a walk through the Himalayan countryside or the busy streets of Bombay.

Contributed Ananya Goparaju, a Pine Lake Middle School student, spends time in the studio last year recording her first album, ‘Indian Classical Ragas on Piano.’

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Ananya Goparaju, a Pine Lake Middle School student, spends time in the studio last year recording her first album, ‘Indian Classical Ragas on Piano.’

Goparaju, 12, has taken piano lessons for nearly seven years. She’s not only proficient but is also an emerging prodigy in the world of Indian classical music. She recorded her first album last year and next week, she’ll be the opening act for one of the genre’s most recognized artists at his concert in Bellevue.

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Pilot Junior Rangers program gets kids involved at state park

July 23, 2015

Washington State Parks invites the young and the young at heart to join their ranks with the new Junior Ranger Program at Lake Sammamish State Park.

By Alysa Adams Participants in a recent Junior Rangers program make masks as part of the birds lesson plan at Lake Sammamish State Park.

By Alysa Adams
Participants in a recent Junior Rangers program make masks as part of the birds lesson plan at Lake Sammamish State Park.

The pilot program, headed by interpretive specialist Alysa Adams, is designed to interest children. However, Adams said everyone who participates, regardless of age, is apt to enjoy the weekend outings.

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Outracing challenges

July 23, 2015

By Greg Farrar Cody Ramstad, a Station 73 firefighter with Eastside Fire & Rescue, waves the checkered flag for two gravity cars to start their run July 18 during the annual Challenge Series Race. The Rotary Club of Issaquah event gives co-drivers with disabilities the chance to have a free day of fun with able co-drivers.

By Greg Farrar
Cody Ramstad, a Station 73 firefighter with Eastside Fire & Rescue, waves the checkered flag for two gravity cars to start their run July 18 during the annual Challenge Series Race. The Rotary Club of Issaquah event gives co-drivers with disabilities the chance to have a free day of fun with able co-drivers.

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Great Inflatable Race runs its course July 25

July 23, 2015

The Great Inflatable Race comes to town from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 25 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Known as the “bounciest fun run on Earth,” the Great Inflatable Race takes your standard 5K and litters the course with eight to 10 giant inflatable obstacles that runners must navigate around, over and through.

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Local player takes fifth at Pokémon nationals

July 23, 2015

Pokémon player Stefan Smigoc, of Issaquah, earned a top spot at the U.S. National Championships July 3-5 in Indianapolis.

Smigoc, 15, clinched fifth in the video game Senior Division. Along with the top finish, Smigoc also earned championship points that will count toward a potential invite to the 2015 Pokémon World Championships Aug. 21-23 in Boston.

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College news — graduates, honor roll, honor society, deans’ lists

July 23, 2015

Graduates

  • Emily Wise, of Issaquah, Bachelor of Science, nursing, Boston College, Massachusetts
  • Faith Fowler, of Issaquah, Bachelor of Science, biochemistry, Hofstra University, New York
  • Isabelle Chu, of Issaquah, Summa Cum Laude, Bachelor of Science, cell developmental biology, University of Rochester, New York
  • Benjamin Hildreth, of Issaquah, Master of Education, elementary education, College of New Jersey
  • Madison Dinger, of Newcastle, Bachelor of Science, nursing, Linfield College, Oregon
  • Joy Kacoroski, of Issaquah, Master of Science, natural resources, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
  • Michael Fanning, of Issaquah, Master of Science, information assurance and security, Sam Houston State University, Texas
  • Joey Bradley, of Issaquah, Bachelor of Arts, communication, University of New Haven, Connecticut
  • Alex Gruber, of Issaquah, University of New Haven, Connecticut
  • Marissa Villegas, of Issaquah, Ithaca College’s School of Communication, degree in television/radio
  • Emma O’Melia, of Issaquah, Magna Cum Laude, Bachelor of Arts in biology, Clark University, Massachusetts

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