October 28, 2014
If you find yourself in downtown Issaquah the night before Halloween, you may catch a glimpse of a gaggle of historical characters rampaging through the area.
The History Pub Crawl is a partnership between the Downtown Issaquah Association and the Issaquah History Museums to diversify the way local history is taught and to bring Issaquahans out in downtown on a Thursday night.
October 28, 2014
Most boys who enter the world of Scouting will make a lot of fond memories and learn many valuable lessons, but fewer than one in 10 will accomplish what Jonathan Chriest is doing this weekend.
At a Nov. 2 Court of Honor ceremony at The Plateau Club, the Skyline High School senior will receive his Eagle Scout rank from the Boy Scouts of America.
The National Eagle Scout Association estimates about 2.25 million boys have attained the honor since 1912, which might seem like a lot until learning that number represents only 5 percent of all Scouts.
October 21, 2014
Whether it’s coincidence, or a sign of some greater forces at work, the color yellow seems to follow Issaquah High School graduate Kevin Powers.
Powers, 21, donned the navy blue and yellow of the Swedish National Lacrosse team at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship in July. In high school, Powers was a standout player in the purple and gold of Issaquah. He continued his success in San Rafael, California, where he is in his senior year wearing the — once again — navy blue and yellow of Dominican University.
October 14, 2014
Elena Tavakoli, 26, Miss Issaquah Plateau USA 2014, is competing for 2015 Miss Washington USA, the state pageant qualifier to Miss USA.
This is Tavakoli’s first pageant. She said she hopes to inspire others to get outside their comfort zone.
October 14, 2014
Made popular by Twitter, six-word memoirs summarize their writers’ lives in just six words.
Eastside Writes, an Issaquah-based literary arts organization, gave the trend a Salmon Days twist by inviting visitors to write six-word salmon memoirs.
September 30, 2014
When Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines in early November 2013, it left in its path thousands of people dead or missing; countless homes, businesses and infrastructure destroyed; and a nation on its knees.
Considered one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, and the deadliest on Philippine record, 6,300 were confirmed dead with some reports up to 10,000, 16 million people were affected and 4.1 million were displaced.
Nearly a year later, major cities across the country are only just starting to rebuild with the help of aid workers and charitable organizations.
Issaquah resident Ruth Lopez, 49, whose parents were born in the Philippines, recently returned from a two-week stay in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines.
September 23, 2014
When Issaquah resident Lorena Kott moved to the city two years ago, she sought an outlet that would both help her meet people and give back to her new community.
She found it in the Issaquah Women’s Club, a social and philanthropic organization that has been bringing Issaquah women together since 1983.
“I loved the duality of the social aspect and the helping aspect,” Kott, the club’s marketing chairwoman, said. “You can have fun, help others and make friends. What more could you want from a club?”
September 16, 2014
This weekend, for the 12th time in 14 years, Issaquah resident Judi Schrager will participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, where hundreds of women and men walk 60 miles over three days to raise money for breast cancer research.
Her goal is to raise $1,200; she chose the figure because this is her 12th event. She is now just over halfway there.
At the end of each day, and each 20-mile segment, walkers come “home” to a mobile city. And that’s where Schrager, 72, comes in.
In 2000, she walked. Since then, she has worked on the food services crew. She has been committed to the cause since she saw a sign on a bus in 2000, and realized after she started counting that she knew nine people who had breast cancer, some who had survived and some who had not.
“And I thought, ‘Wow. Nine people,’” she said. “You know the survival rate wasn’t near what it is now.
September 9, 2014
Vietnam veteran credits his mother for actions that helped him earn a Bronze Star
The same determination Ron Musgrave learned as a U.S. Marine that led to a Bronze Star for his actions in Vietnam are evident in the business he has nurtured for more than 45 years.
Musgrave was barely old enough to buy a drink in the States when his outfit was sent to Hill 689 in June 1967. The young Marine had been trained to fire a 3.5-inch bazooka as part of a weapons platoon.
The bazooka he carried was an updated version of the 2.5 bazooka used against German Panzers tanks during World War II. Musgrave was often ordered to use the anti-tank rocket launcher to flush enemy snipers out of the spider holes they had dug into the ground of the moist tropical jungle.
August 26, 2014
Amol Garg is an unusually motivated 14-year-old, and his inner fire fueled another noteworthy accomplishment this summer.
Garg, who will be a Skyline High School freshman in September, has been actively involved around Sammamish for years. He volunteers with a youth-centered charity that uses arts and crafts projects as inspiration, has achieved the rank of Life Scout with Troop 677, and founded a Toastmasters-type club to help fellow children improve their public-speaking and leadership skills.