Take a guided family bird walk on June 14

June 10, 2014

You won’t need cash or a Discover Pass on this no-fee June 14 at Lake Sammamish State Park where Eastside Audubon members will guide an easy walk on level pathways in search of baby ducks and woodpeckers.

It’s the peak of the nesting season, so the group will be on the lookout for nests and baby birds. You’ll also be watching (and listening) for zipping hummingbirds, chattering kingfishers and soaring eagles.

Kids will learn from an Eastside Audubon expert about the variety of birds that use habitats ranging from lakeshore to streamside to woodland.

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Passionate for the past

June 3, 2014

History Day competitors make it to nationals

Contributed Liberty High School students (from left) Sally Rim, Lauryn Hepp and Carlyn Schmidgall accept an award for their project about the Vietnam draft at the regional History Day competition. The trio qualified for the national competition held at the University of Maryland in June.

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Liberty High School students (from left) Sally Rim, Lauryn Hepp and Carlyn Schmidgall accept an award for their project about the Vietnam draft at the regional History Day competition. The trio qualified for the national competition held at the University of Maryland in June.

 

Liberty High School student Lorrin Johnson is almost at a loss for words when asked to describe her love of history.

It’s not because she can’t find the words, it’s just that she has so many things to say about her favorite subject, it’s hard to whittle them down to a few coherent sentences.

“Don’t get me started,” she joked. “I’ve gone on rants about it before.”

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Opening the archives

June 3, 2014

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.

2005.017.001 Men dressed up and sitting on a truckbed parade float One man is wearing a Nazi insignia-patterned robe and hat; one is dressed in black robe and hood, with an ax; one with long white hair and beard with a walking stick or shepherds cane; one in military regalia; and several men in lodge or club decorated robes and caps. The truck license is from 1940, and the flag has 48 stars. In the background is another float decorated with trees, greens, people sitting at a picnic table with Pepsi-Cola visible.

2005.017.001
Men dressed up and sitting on a truckbed parade float
One man is wearing a Nazi insignia-patterned robe and hat; one is dressed in black robe and hood, with an ax; one with long white hair and beard with a walking stick or shepherds cane; one in military regalia; and several men in lodge or club decorated robes and caps. The truck license is from 1940, and the flag has 48 stars. In the background is another float decorated with trees, greens, people sitting at a picnic table with Pepsi-Cola visible.

Teen Fest is June 7

June 3, 2014

The city of Sammamish presents Teen Fest 2014 from 2-9 p.m. June 7.

The event kicks off at 2 p.m. with a skate competition in the Sammamish Commons, 801 228th Ave. S.E.

Competitors must be in middle or high school and must fill out a registration form and register in advance, which opens at 1 p.m. Registration fee is $5/residents with school ID, $10/ nonresidents. Helmets are required to compete.

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LE announces leadership program graduates

June 3, 2014

Leadership Eastside, the region’s pre-eminent leadership enrichment program, has announced the graduation of the Leadership Eastside class of 2014.

This year’s graduates join a powerful network of more than 1,500 of the region’s leaders in business, nonprofits and the public sector who work together to address the community’s greatest needs, according to a news release from Leadership Eastside.

Over the course of two years, members of the class of 2014 have deepened their understanding of the seven elements that make up a healthy community and have demonstrated their ability to effectively apply an adaptive leadership approach by successfully completing a series of sustainable community projects, including:

  • Supporting the launch of a Bellevue Arts District.
  • Developing a communitywide wellness effort for the city of Issaquah.

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AAUW hosts second annual fashion show

June 3, 2014

The Issaquah Branch of the American Association of University Women held its second annual Fashion Show Fundraiser on April 26.

The Issaquah Chico’s provided stylish fashions that were modeled by members of the AAUW branch.

Modeling clothes for the American Association of University Women Fashion Show Fundraiser are (from left) Kat Hughes, Gerri Steele, Jane Stephenson, Nancy Nersveen, Beth Box and Billie Coopwood.

Modeling clothes for the American Association of University Women Fashion Show Fundraiser are (from left) Kat Hughes, Gerri Steele, Jane Stephenson, Nancy Nersveen, Beth Box and Billie Coopwood.

Ninety tickets were sold and 22 prizes were obtained or donated by branch members. The event brought in more than $4,000 in net profit.

The focus of the fundraiser was to raise money to send eighth-grade girls from Issaquah schools to the AAUW WA Tech Trek camp in July at Pacific Lutheran University. The camp will focus on the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The profit will allow three young girls to go. Applications are being processed.

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Totally tubular

May 20, 2014

IHS alum to play for prestigious symphony

 

Andy Abel makes notes in a piece of music he is rehearsing on his tuba. By Keiji Hiramoto

Andy Abel makes notes in a piece of music he is rehearsing on his tuba. By Keiji Hiramoto

Issaquah High School alumni Andy Abel’s musical aspirations took a major leap forward after receiving an unexpected phone call from the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center.

“I was not expected to get in,” Abel said. “But when I got the call from (associate director of student affairs) Michael Nock, I tried to be very professional about it and called him back an hour later and said, ‘Yes, I would love to accept the fellowship position.’”

Abel, a Sammamish resident and now a freshman at the University of Washington, was awarded the Juliet Esselborn Geier Memorial Fellowship to study and perform with the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts this summer.

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Maple Hills singers to get star-spangled treatment at Safeco

May 20, 2014

Maple Hills Elementary School fifth-grader Makenna Weeks has one bit of advice for her classmates before they sing the national anthem at a Seattle Mariners game May 27.

“Just don’t do anything awkward, like picking your nose,” she joked.

The students will, after all, be featured prominently on Safeco Field’s massive video screen, when they kick off another game of America’s pastime, with the tune that represents the nation.

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Issaquah schools win environmental award

May 20, 2014

The Issaquah School District was one of three districts in the state to earn a Washington State Green Leader Award in 2014.

Issaquah was recognized for reducing environmental impacts and costs through new programs. Examples include building stormwater retention ponds at schools to return cleaner water to aquifer systems; conserving water in irrigation practices; planting drought-resistant plants; and reducing idle times for buses to cut back on emissions.

The district has been tracking its monthly utility bills in recent years and has found energy consumption has decreased by 7.6 percent, even though its square footage has gone up nearly 30 percent.

Issaquah schools are recycling 49 percent of their materials, and they’ve reduced water usage by 40.4 percent since 2001.

Goddard School artists fundraiser tops $3,000

May 20, 2014

The Goddard School in Issaquah raised $3,345 for Seattle Children’s, thanks to its annual art auction April 25-26.

The school auctioned pieces inspired by famous artists with a unique spin in that its preschoolers crafted the re-creations.

More than 100 pieces were sold by all five of the Seattle-area Goddard School locations, earning a total of $18,000 for Seattle Children’s.

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