Artful reflection

July 14, 2015

How art, Issaquah and flowers changed Carrie Schmitt’s life

Greg Farrar  Carrie Schmitt and Rainier, her  golden retriever/poodle mix, relax on a couch in the art studio room of her Squak Mountain hillside home.

Greg Farrar
Carrie Schmitt and Rainier, her golden retriever/poodle mix, relax on a couch in the art studio room of her Cougar Mountain hillside home.

Carrie Schmitt’s Cougar Mountain sanctuary sits at the end of a long, windy, tree-lined road.

Schmitt lounges in a front-facing room in her comfortable home — it is airy, bright and welcoming, with splashes of pastel-colored blossoms carefully painted on canvases adorning the white walls. Read more

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Base camp bound

July 14, 2015

For Issaquah couple Mitchell and Leslie Hobbs, reaching Everest’s summit wasn’t the goal

Contributed For Issaquah couple Mitchell and Leslie Hobbs, reaching Everest’s summit wasn’t the goal.

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For Issaquah couple Mitchell and Leslie Hobbs, reaching Everest’s summit wasn’t the goal.

It stands as the Holy Grail of mountaineering, towering over the rest of the Himalayas at more than 29,000 feet. For most, climbing Mount Everest — some far away peak in Nepal, featured in big-name magazines as a challenge to conquer the summit — is only a dream. Read more

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Peerless playwright

July 14, 2015

“It really was a small town back then,” Brian Yorkey said while relaxing prior to a dress rehearsal of his vision of “Cabaret” at Village Theatre.

By Greg Farrar Brian Yorkey was in town in 2000 working at Village Theatre to fine-tune ‘Making Tracks,’ the breakthrough musical he co-wrote.

By Greg Farrar
Brian Yorkey was in town in 2000 working at Village Theatre to fine-tune ‘Making Tracks,’ the breakthrough musical he co-wrote.

Yorkey was talking about when he lived here as a child and first became involved with Village Theatre. For being surely the only Issaquah native to land a Pulitzer Prize, Yorkey is casual, relaxed and seems genuinely sincere about his enjoyment of the city he grew up in and its effects on his ongoing career. Read more

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Summer cocktails

July 14, 2015

Local bartenders share their favorite, refreshing concoctions for when the weather heats up

Mother Nature has already given us a taste of the warm summer months ahead. Functioning under the glaring gaze of the sun requires constant hydration.

However, whether trying to cool off by lying around the pool or ducking into the air-conditioned confines of the neighborhood watering hole, whetting your whistle sometimes begs to be kicked up a notch for the adult palate.

As the weather heats up, many establishments offer cocktails that are both fresh and refreshing. We asked bartenders from three of Issaquah’s restaurants to share two of their favorite concoctions that are easy to create at home. Read more

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How to make backyard brisket

July 14, 2015

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Keeping goals

July 14, 2015

Issaquah’s Saif Kerawala embarks upon a promising college, pro soccer adventure

By Chris Coulter Issaquah High School graduate Saif Kerawala, playing goalkeeper for Seattle Sounders 2, distributes the ball to a teammate during a May 20 U.S. Open Cup match against the Kitsap Pumas at Starfire Sports Stadium in Tukwila. Kerawala won his debut for the club in extra time, 4-2.

By Chris Coulter
Issaquah High School graduate Saif Kerawala, playing goalkeeper for Seattle Sounders 2, distributes the ball to a teammate during a May 20 U.S. Open Cup match against the Kitsap Pumas at Starfire Sports Stadium in Tukwila. Kerawala won his debut for the club in extra time, 4-2.

It’s easy to see why Saif Kerawala, with his towering frame and hawk-like wingspan, has become a successful goalkeeper, but it might be the work he did at another position that has truly turned him into an elite shot-stopping force. Read more

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Puzzled about Preston

July 14, 2015

Roots of historical logging town can be tracked back to mysterious railway official

Photo courtesy of Ed Holmes August Lovegren was a Swedish Baptist who left Sweden to seek his fortune and, perhaps more importantly, to escape the persecution of Baptists by a Swedish government, which was something of a Lutheran theocracy. Most of the families who came to work for Lovegren were Swedish Baptists, many recruited directly from Sweden.  Lovegren donated the land and the materials to build the church, completed circa 1904.

Photo courtesy of Ed Holmes
August Lovegren was a Swedish Baptist who left Sweden to seek his fortune and, perhaps more importantly, to escape the persecution of Baptists by a Swedish government, which was something of a Lutheran theocracy. Most of the families who came to work for Lovegren were Swedish Baptists, many recruited directly from Sweden. Lovegren donated the land and the materials to build the church, completed circa 1904.

There has not been much written about the life of railway official William T. Preston, but he must have been quite a guy. Read more

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Antique shopping has a new destination

July 14, 2015

Gilman Gallery opens in a new space

By Greg Farrar

By Greg Farrar Sandy Marshall models a tiara, one of the many items featured in her space at Gilman Gallery.

Darlene Cohen is a hands-on business owner.

You are as likely to find her directing movers handling precious antiques as you are to see her carefully setting up displays in Gilman Gallery’s new home. Read more

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Success tastes a lot like bacon — A national craze to make everything better with bacon originates in a Klahanie kitchen

April 17, 2015

A long time ago (actually 2007) in a galaxy far, far away, (well, a kitchen in Klahanie), two rebels, Dave Lefkow and Justin Esch, struck a victorious blow for pork against the evil empire of beef — they invented J&D’s Bacon Salt.

Contributed Friends Justin Esch (left) and Dave Lefkow combined their business acumen and their love of bacon to develop the first run of Bacon Salt — peppered, hickory and original.

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Friends Justin Esch (left) and Dave Lefkow combined their business acumen and their love of bacon to develop the first run of Bacon Salt — peppered, hickory and original.

Riding a wave of a 40 percent increase in bacon consumption between 2002 and 2007, the two friends wanted to translate their love of the pork product into something that would make everything taste better.

“Our goal was making something that tasted like bacon frying on a Sunday morning,” Lefkow said.

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Game face

March 4, 2015

Issaquah is home to the ‘Supercharged Seahawks Fan’

A peaceful calm enveloped the Issaquah valley in the early morning hours of Jan. 18.

The streets were dead at 5 a.m. on a Sunday, and a heavy darkness overwhelmed a few powerless neighborhoods as the area emerged from yet another windstorm.

By Greg Farrar Michael Eng sizes up himself and his long hair in the mirror as he starts his transformation from Costco employee and dad to ‘Supercharged Seahawks Fan’ for the NFC Championship game at Century Link Field against the Green Bay Packers.

By Greg Farrar
Michael Eng sizes up himself and his long hair in the mirror as he starts his transformation from Costco employee and dad to ‘Supercharged Seahawks Fan’ for the NFC Championship game at Century Link Field against the Green Bay Packers.

At that hour, all that was left of the powerful gusts were darkened streetlights and a soft, but manageable wind.

Most Issaquah families were sleeping comfortably in their homes at 5 a.m., but not Michael and Lizz Eng.

Nope, the couple who calls Talus home was wide-awake, restless and ready. It was, after all, Seahawks game day, and in just seven hours, the duo would join the legion of Hawks fans gathered at the Church that is CenturyLink Field to witness one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history. Read more

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