A canine D.A.D. who’s just another member of the family

February 24, 2015

Emilia Kettman, 7, has a new tool to help her manage her diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes — Reggie.

Reggie, a 1 ½-year-old black Labrador, is a diabetic alert dog in training to scent when Emilia’s blood sugar levels are too far above or below the norm. Emilia’s parents Julie and John said it was important to acquaint her with a D.A.D. as soon as possible.

By Greg Farrar Riverdog trainer Sarah Kech (left) guides Reggie, a diabetic alert dog, through a sniff test of Emilia Kettman, 7. Reggie has been trained to key off the scent of Kettman’s low blood sugar, which is on a swab, inside a canister in her sock.

By Greg Farrar
Riverdog trainer Sarah Kech (left) guides Reggie, a diabetic alert dog, through a sniff test of Emilia Kettman, 7. Reggie has been trained to key off the scent of Kettman’s low blood sugar, which is on a swab, inside a canister in her sock.

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Childhood cancer survivor now returns the favor for others

February 17, 2015

For Issaquah native Abigail Houck, now 23, the news arrived in the summer following third grade: At the age of 9, she was suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Abigail Houck

Abigail Houck

And while it seems highly unlikely Houck will ever say being diagnosed with a childhood cancer was a good thing, it certainly has influenced her life.

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Still Avis

January 13, 2015

New movie shines new light on old ailment of Alzheimer’s disease

A new movie debuting this weekend is sure to get people talking about an all-too-common disease more and more families are experiencing.

Contributed Avis Lee (left), 82, shares a conspiratorial moment with her great-granddaughter, Lexi Brown, 6, during a lunch at Red Robin. Lee has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease and has moved in to assisted care living at Aegis of Issaquah.

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Avis Lee (left), 82, shares a conspiratorial moment with her great-granddaughter, Lexi Brown, 6, during a lunch at Red Robin. Lee has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease and has moved in to assisted care living at Aegis of Issaquah.

“Still Alice” stars Julianne Moore as a brilliant professor who experiences the downward spiral of early-onset Alzheimer’s.

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Seniors use their business smarts to help charities

January 13, 2015

When Arjun Narayan began researching search engine concepts, he discovered the humongous profits he could tap into.

By Greg Farrar Skyline High School seniors (from left) Parker Ciambrone, Arjun Narayan and Justin Zhong have collaborated to create Fundify, a search engine that donates 70 percent of its profits to charities.

By Greg Farrar
Skyline High School seniors (from left) Parker Ciambrone, Arjun Narayan and Justin Zhong have collaborated to create Fundify, a search engine that donates 70 percent of its profits to charities.

Google alone makes about $50 billion per year from advertising, money that trickles in from millions of online searches taking place every day.

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Teen group Dream Catchers volunteer at Angela House

January 6, 2015

So you are a teenager and have free time on the weekend; what do you do with the time? Watch sports? Go to the movies? Play video games?

Contributed Members of the Dream Catchers sit down to play a game of Monopoly with residents of Life Enrichment Options’ Angela House, which is home to residents with disabilities.

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Members of the Dream Catchers sit down to play a game of Monopoly with residents of Life Enrichment Options’ Angela House, which is home to residents with disabilities.

How about volunteering to interact with young adults with disabilities or do household chores for senior citizens? That’s what a group of Issaquah High School seniors called Dream Catchers does with its time.

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Math club activities add up to engaged students

December 16, 2014

The stereotypical math classroom evokes images of students taking dreary quizzes with bored or frustrated looks on their faces.

By Neil Pierson Karthik Sellakumaran (left) and Varun Pradeep work together to solve problems during a Dec. 9 meeting of the Pine Lake Middle School math club.

By Neil Pierson
Karthik Sellakumaran (left) and Varun Pradeep work together to solve problems during a Dec. 9 meeting of the Pine Lake Middle School math club.

Walk into the multipurpose room at Pine Lake Middle School on a December afternoon, however, and the picture changes drastically. Students are cheerfully sharing problem-solving techniques and appear to be learning at an exponential rate.

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What’s brewing? — Issaquah Brewhouse grows local, becomes Rogue’s cidery

December 3, 2014

Regulars to the Issaquah Brewhouse may have noticed a few new selections among the 40 brews it has on tap.

By Stacey Weeks Dave Hutchison, Issaquah Brewhouse head brewer, checks the progress of hops he and manager Stacey Weeks planted in the rear of the brewery.

By Stacey Weeks
Dave Hutchison, Issaquah Brewhouse head brewer, checks the progress of hops he and manager Stacey Weeks planted in the rear of the brewery.

The member of the Rogue chain of breweries has been brewing up its own IPAs with locally grown hops and was selected to brew its own ciders.

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Top Doc — Issaquah doctor is one of parents’ favorite pediatricians

November 26, 2014

More than 2,100 nominations poured in and judges were moved — sometimes to tears — by stories of physicians who give out their cell phone number, attend school meetings to advocate for children and personally pay for medications for families who can’t afford them.

By Greg Farrar Dr. Rebecca Partridge (center), of Issaquah, and her son Joshua, 12, visit Squak Valley Park for some recent afternoon recreation.

By Greg Farrar
Dr. Rebecca Partridge (center), of Issaquah, and her son Joshua, 12, visit Squak Valley Park for some recent afternoon recreation.

Choosing seven contest winners was difficult. (Those on the board of advisers were not eligible.) Each received $1,000 to donate to a child-focused charity, and the parent who nominated each winner got a $500 gift card to Walmart, courtesy of Desitin. (Some doctors were nominated by more than one parent; the nominator awarded the gift card submitted the most convincing nomination.) Among the seven doctors whose kindness and commitment blew the judges away was Rebecca L. Partridge, M.D., of Issaquah, who was nominated by Chelle Johnson.

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Are there good slugs?

November 26, 2014

Did you ever think the ickiest, slimiest creature in your yard might be beneficial? I have to admit I thought the slug’s negative points far outweighed anything positive. But I found out that the brown, slimy critter that eats your best plants, hides on the handles of your recycle bin and even climbs up your windows just might deserve some latitude.

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The Issaquah Press Around the World

November 26, 2014

Contributed Linda Wickswat took The Issaquah Press on her trip to Panama to celebrate her daughter Nicole’s birthday. They spent a day visiting the Panama Canal. Where have you taken your Issaquah Press? Email your photo to editor@isspress.com.

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Linda Wickswat took The Issaquah Press on her trip to Panama to celebrate her daughter Nicole’s birthday. They spent a day visiting the Panama Canal. Where have you taken your Issaquah Press? Email your photo to editor@isspress.com.

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