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.

Local dog is first Norwegian Buhund to win best in show

May 20, 2014

History was made April 27 when Binna, co-owned and bred by Issaquah resident Vali Eberhart, became the first Norwegian Buhund to win a best in show at the Walla Walla Kennel Club.

It was the first best in show for the breed since its introduction of eligible breeds to compete in the American Kennel Club.

Binna, whose full kennel name is GCH CH Jotunn Bella Binna, was handled by Amie McLaughlin and is co-owned by John Bradstreet.

EBC, county diaper collaboration receive 1 million diapers

May 20, 2014

Eastside Baby Corner, through Side by Side Northwest, a King County diaper collaboration with WestSide Baby, received 400,000 diapers on May 7.

The much-needed diapers, a portion of the 1 million donated to the regional diaper collaboration by Huggies and the National Diaper Bank Network, will be used to help children in need in greater east King County. EBC distributed more than 600,000 diapers in 2013.

Magnificent matriarchs

May 13, 2014

Brunch celebrates moms of children with special needs

The sky was gray on a May 10 afternoon, but inside Swedish/Issaquah, where a special group of moms were treated to an early Mother’s Day brunch, it was nothing but sunshine.

Look no further than Issaquah mom Kimberley Lane’s Mother’s Day card, signed lovingly by her son Brian Galbraith with the inscription “your only son-shine.”

Photos by Christina Corrales-Toy Above, Joseph Song, a Swedish/Issaquah volunteer (right), helps Brian Galbraith put together a plotted plant as a Mother’s Day gift at Life Enrichment Options’ Mother’s Brunch May 10.

Photo by Christina Corrales-Toy
Above, Joseph Song, a Swedish/Issaquah volunteer (right), helps Brian Galbraith put together a plotted plant as a Mother’s Day gift at Life Enrichment Options’ Mother’s Brunch May 10.

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Phi Beta Kappa honors music teacher

May 13, 2014

Longtime Issaquah piano/music teacher Brad Smith will receive the Pathfinder Award from the Puget Sound Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

The honor will be given May 15 in an invitation-only ceremony at the Seattle Yacht Club.

Brad Smith

Brad Smith

Smith, his family and friends will be accompanied by his prize-winning chamber orchestra. The orchestra will play the “Serenade for Strings,” by Edward Elgar.

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Plucky students meet ukulele master

May 13, 2014

Riley Frasier’s mother could hardly keep her 7-year-old from popping out of his seat.

Every time world-renowned ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro started plucking a symphonic range of sound few others have ever drawn out of the short, four-stringed instrument, Riley had to stamp his feet, rock his head so hard his glasses could barely stay on his nose and strum the air.

And who could blame him? Certainly not other fans of Shimabukuro’s ukulele solos, an eclectic and international audience that includes the likes of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder and the Queen of England (who has shaken Shimabukuro’s hand).

By Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times Jake Shimabukuro plays ‘This Land Is Your Land’ with dozens of students from Sunny Hills Elementary School, among them Ellie Lindley, Natalie Anderson and Mia Rogers in the front row.

By Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times
Jake Shimabukuro plays ‘This Land Is Your Land’ with dozens of students from Sunny Hills Elementary School, among them Ellie Lindley, Natalie Anderson and Mia Rogers in the front row.

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Opening the archives

May 13, 2014

An ongoing look at memorable images from Issaquah’s past

2009.006.080.084 Boating on Pine Lake Two young women, Gertrude Goode and Bea ?, sit in the stern of a small boat at Pine Lake; hills and trees are in the background. Handwritten beside photo: ’Bea & Gertrude Goode’ and ’Boating on Pine Lake.’ From Ferol Tibbetts’ album, dated 1911-1921.

2009.006.080.084
Boating on Pine Lake
Two young women, Gertrude Goode and Bea ?, sit in the stern of a small boat at Pine Lake; hills and trees are in the background. Handwritten beside photo: ’Bea & Gertrude Goode’ and ’Boating on Pine Lake.’ From Ferol Tibbetts’ album, dated 1911-1921.

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.

Kids get free helmet at bike rodeo

May 13, 2014

Recology CleanScapes, in partnership with the city of Issaquah and Bike Works, will host a Kids Bike Rodeo from 9 a.m. to noon May 18 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

The event, held during National Bike to Work Month, teaches children bike safety, riding skills and proper helmet fitting. The police department will host a bike safety course and is providing a limited number of youth bike helmets. Staff from Bike Works will fit the helmets for children. Bicycle Center of Issaquah will be teaching the ABCs of bike safety.

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