Peas, princes & patriot players

April 22, 2014

Award-winning Liberty High School theater program presents ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

There are overbearing mothers, and then there is “Once Upon a Mattress’” Queen Aggravain, alone in an altogether different stratosphere of dysfunction.

Photos by Sarah Edmonds Above, Queen Aggravain, played by Liberty High School senior Hailey Gumm, looks on in shock, while King Sextimus, senior Marcus Milyko, doesn’t seem amused in the Patriot Players’ production of ‘Once Upon a Mattress.’

Photo by Sarah Edmonds
Queen Aggravain, played by Liberty High School senior Hailey Gumm, looks on in shock, while King Sextimus, senior Marcus Milyko, doesn’t seem amused in the Patriot Players’ production of ‘Once Upon a Mattress.’

“Like her name suggests, she’s aggressive,” said Liberty High School senior Hailey Gumm, the one tasked with portraying her in the Patriot Players’ spring musical. “She definitely is a little bit crazy, but I think the crazy people are the fun ones. They are the meat of the show.”

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Opening the archives

April 22, 2014

An ongoing look at memorable images from Issaquah’s past

 

87.040.001  Gibson Hall, under construction, circa 1948 A group of men work on Gibson Hall during its construction. On the roof, left to right, are Frank Castagno (auto freight), Ed K. Erickson, Clifford Johnson (elementary school principal) and Joe Santa (Ed’s brother-in-law at the time). On the ground, left to right, are Ed Merritt, Bert Dahl (high school president), Mike Shain (real estate), Hec La Chance (Highway 10 Lumber), Clyde Matters (president of Hastings College), Tony Walen (food center), Tim or Jim Brooks (Fox Movie Tone Pictures), unknown, Pod Stonebridge (construction co-owner) and Dick Erickson (local writer).

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Gibson Hall, under construction, circa 1948
A group of men work on Gibson Hall during its construction. On the roof, left to right, are Frank Castagno (auto freight), Ed K. Erickson, Clifford Johnson (elementary school principal) and Joe Santa (Ed’s brother-in-law at the time). On the ground, left to right, are Ed Merritt, Bert Dahl (high school president), Mike Shain (real estate), Hec La Chance (Highway 10 Lumber), Clyde Matters (president of Hastings College), Tony Walen (food center), Tim or Jim Brooks (Fox Movie Tone Pictures), unknown, Pod Stonebridge (construction co-owner) and Dick Erickson (local writer).

The Issaquah History Museums take requests regarding what people would like to see in the Digital Collection. Roughly quarterly, volunteers have a data-entry day and prep a bunch of records for upload. If there is a particular name, place or item you’d like to see more images of on the website, email Erica Maniez at erica.maniez@issaquahhistory.org. If you have a photo or subject you would like to see in this feature, email editor@isspress.com.

 

Students receive Washington’s 2014 Letters About Literature honor

April 22, 2014

Issaquah resident and Eastside Catholic Middle School student Sophie Zebala was honored as a semifinalist by Washington’s 2014 Letters About Literature this month.

ECMS honored 12 students, including seventh-grader Owen Bernstein, of Sammamish, who was named Level 2 champion for his letter to Orson Scott Card about his book “Pastwatch.” The results of the national competition will be released in late April or early May.

Letters About Literature encourages young readers to read a book and write a letter to the author about how the book changed their view of the world. Students compete at three levels: Level 1 for grades four through six, Level 2 for grades seven and eight and Level 3 for grades nine and 10.

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Joyce Adams named volunteer of the year

April 22, 2014

The Issaquah Valley Grange No. 581 will honor Joyce Adams as its Community Service Volunteer of the Year at 7:30 p.m. April 28.

The public is invited to celebrate Adams and be entertained by The Roving Fiddlers. The celebration will be in the Masonic Hall, third floor (there is an elevator), across Sunset Way from the Issaquah Library parking lot. There will be refreshments after the program.

Joyce Adams

Joyce Adams

The Issaquah Valley Grange is a fraternal organization that supports local agriculture. It also emphasizes community service, including support for other Issaquah organizations like the fish hatchery, VFW and local schools. For 11 years, the organization has given a dictionary to every third-grade student in the Issaquah schools in the Words for Thirds program.

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Church crew to restore Mexican orphanage

April 22, 2014

A Mexican orphan, maybe 5 or 6 years old, was drawing on the concrete as Michael Birdsall sat on a cement wall watching. The boy had drawn a stick figure, but there was a little object off to one side.

In his struggling Spanish, Birdsall asked the boy what he had dawn.

“That’s me,” the boy answered in Spanish.

Birdsall asked what the other object was.

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Opening the archives

April 18, 2014

An ongoing look at memorable images from issaquah’s past

2001.017.015  Easter Bunny at the Skyport Sports Field For nearly 30 years, the Skyport provided recreation for jumpers, and spectators of all ages. In this photograph, circa 1967, Ed Thomas, aka the Easter Bunny, waves cheerfully while his parachute settles onto the field. The annual jump was sponsored by the May Valley Lions Club.

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Easter Bunny at the Skyport Sports Field
For nearly 30 years, the Skyport provided recreation for jumpers, and spectators of all ages. In this photograph, circa 1967, Ed Thomas, aka the Easter Bunny, waves cheerfully while his parachute settles onto the field. The annual jump was sponsored by the May Valley Lions Club.

The Issaquah History Museums take requests regarding what people would like to see in the Digital Collection. Roughly quarterly, volunteers have a data-entry day and prep a bunch of records for upload. If there is a particular name, place or item you’d like to see more images of on the website, email Erica Maniez at erica.maniez@issaquahhistory.org. If you have a photo or subject you would like to see in this feature, email editor@isspress.com.

Recycled crayon business embodies Earth Day message

April 15, 2014

Local mom Regan Wong found a nifty way to repurpose the contents of that long forgotten box, tucked away in a closet, filled to the brim with broken, sometimes wrapperless crayons.

The vibrant coloring tools undoubtedly lived a life of usefulness at one point, but rather than letting them sit on a shelf reminiscing about the good old days of elementary school, or letting them rot in a landfill, Wong is turning them in to something environmentally friendly and beautiful.

Wacky Crayons takes used crayons, melts them down and, using food-grade molds, crafts new, multicolored drawing tools in various shapes and sizes.

Mike and Leah Wong, children of Wacky Crayons creator Regan Wong, lend a helping hand as they make the unconventional drawing tool in the family’s garage. At left, Wacky Crayons come in fully compostable packaging and include a variety of shapes, from flowers to the Millennium Falcon. Photos By Christina Corrales-Toy

Mike and Leah Wong, children of Wacky Crayons creator Regan Wong, lend a helping hand as they make the unconventional drawing tool in the family’s garage.
Photo contributed

“We didn’t invent this, but we’re sort of perfecting it along the way,” Wong said.

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Celebrate an egg-cellent Easter at community events

April 15, 2014

Communities across the world will celebrate Easter on April 20, but Issaquah residents don’t have to go far to enjoy the holiday festivities.

Get a head start on the Easter holiday weekend with the city’s annual Underwater Egg Hunt and Carnival on April 18 at the Julius Boehm Pool, 50 S.E. Clark St.

Attendees should bring a swimsuit, towel and plastic basket to join in on the fun. Prizes are awarded for eggs gathered. While swimmers bob for eggs below, others can enjoy carnival games on the observation deck.

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Issaquah Alps club announces scholarship topics

April 15, 2014

The Issaquah Alps Trails Club has announced the topics for its annual Bill Longwell Memorial Scholarship.

Longwell was a longtime club member who taught English at Hazen High School for many years. He was an avid hiker and trail builder who, often with the help of his students, was responsible for building and maintaining many of the trails on Tiger and Squak mountains.

Each year since his death in 2007, the Issaquah Alps Trails Club has offered a $1,000 scholarship available to graduating seniors at Issaquah, Liberty, Skyline and Hazen high schools. Often, runners-up qualify for smaller awards.

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Young minds shine at science fair

April 8, 2014

Spring is typically a time when students in the Issaquah School District have a chance to let their scientific flowers blossom.

That was the case at Endeavour Elementary School last week. The school had roughly 400 of its 660 students participate in its annual science fair, Little Minds at Work.

Above, first-grader Anjali Patel makes a magnet levitate during Endeavour Elementary School’s March 27 science fair. At left, Bryant Martinez, an Endeavour Elementary School third-grader, hunts through a plate of pebbles to find tiny garnet stones. Photos by Neil Pierson

First-grader Anjali Patel makes a magnet levitate during Endeavour Elementary School’s March 27 science fair.
Photos by Neil Pierson

“It’s one of the biggest events we have here at the school,” said Jill Bengis, a member of the Endeavour PTSA. “The kids really look forward to it, and it’s a great opportunity for them to really shine and show what they can do.”

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