Spring will bring a warmer home-buying and selling season

April 25, 2014

The preparations made by homeowners to put their homes on the market are initiated with a clear objective in mind. That is, to garner the highest possible price the home will bring based on location, living space, quality of construction and design.

The spring/summer of 2014 could be the first time since the Great Recession of 2007-2008 that home sellers can truly be optimistic about getting an acceptably good price for their homes within a reasonable period of time. What makes this possible is the fact that mortgage interest rates remain very low, and home values have recovered considerably and have been seen to sustain positive growth for the long term.

Vincent M. Rosanova

Vincent M. Rosanova

According to the Jann Swanson article, “Fannie survey hints at warmer spring for housing,” published on the Mortgage News Daily website, Fannie Mae’s “most recent National Housing Survey” indicates that home buying and selling activity will pick up substantially this spring. It also says expectations for continued increases in home prices over the next 12 months have been high (45 percent to 50 percent of respondents over the past year shares this opinion) and remain so today, according to the survey.

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Weeds like it here, too

April 25, 2014

My weeds are gorgeous. They almost break into song at this time of year.

As I laboriously pulled them last weekend, I was marveling at their lush green texture and the brilliant flowers of buttercups, dandelions and Dirty Robert. Good gardeners shouldn’t have this stuff in their yards, so don’t tell anybody.

Jane  Garrison

Jane Garrison

As I looked at each plant, I thought, that’s a nice specimen. What’s the big deal anyway? These are lovely plants. If you’re near-sighted, a field full of dandelions can look like the sought-after wildflower meadow. Buttercups make a cheerful year-round groundcover, and Dirty Robert in dappled shade on the forest floor is so pretty it brings tears to your eyes. I suppose it could be its rank odor.

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Spring Home 2014

April 25, 2014

Spring FreeTime 2014

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2014 Residents Guide — Living

February 26, 2014

2013 Visitors Guide

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Issaquah Living – Resident Guide 2013

February 24, 2014

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February 21, 2014

A Deeper Well, Christian Discussion Group

American Association of University Women

American Rhododendron Society, Cascade Chapter

  •  7 p.m. second Tuesday of the month
  •  Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 1717 Bellevue Way N.E.
  •  333-6178
  •  www.arscascade.org

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Students find joy and meaning in volunteering

February 21, 2014

For Taylor Woo, a particular memory stands out from her time working at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Woo, a Liberty High School junior, serves as a volunteer patient care liaison at the hospital, one of the largest in the Northwest. One day, she was asked to speak with an 8-year-old boy who’d been in a car accident with his parents and younger sister.

The boy was responsive, but his sister lay in coma in an adjacent bed.

Above, left, Taylor Woo, a junior at Liberty High School, helps a visitor at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Top right, Issaquah High School senior Robin Lustig volunteers with organizations like Friends of Youth, the Issaquah Community Network and the Drug Free Community Coalition. Above, right, Skyline High School senior Jonathan Yee helps fellow students through the school’s Key Club and Link Crew, and also works with Treehouse, an organization that supports foster children.

Taylor Woo, a junior at Liberty High School, helps a visitor at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

“You can hear the heart monitor just beeping to her heart, and it was so hard to see,” Woo said. “It was sad how he couldn’t really comprehend what was happening with his parents.

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True grit

February 21, 2014

Modern mountain men prove their mettle shooting 1800’s-style muzzleloaders

Steve Baima struggled with his muzzleloader. An old-timer watched as Baima tried to get his handmade rifle to fire. Instead of the advice Baima expected, the old-timer told him a line he’s never forgotten.

“He said, ‘I hate to tell you this, but your scalp is already on the pole,’” Baima said.

Above, Rich Downs, of Kirkland, fires at a target during a monthly meeting of the Cascade Mountain Men at the Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club shooting range. Below, Darrell Kapaun, of Duvall, puts black powder, a cotton patch and a lead bullet on the muzzle of his replica full-stock Hawken 1840’s flintlock rifle and prepares to tamp it down to the touch hole.

Above, Rich Downs, of Kirkland, fires at a target during a monthly meeting of the Cascade Mountain Men at the Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club shooting range. Below, Darrell Kapaun, of Duvall, puts black powder, a cotton patch and a lead bullet on the muzzle of his replica full-stock Hawken 1840’s flintlock rifle and prepares to tamp it down to the touch hole.

That drove home to Baima that his new hobby — he had just started to learn how to make and shoot black-powder guns — once was a life-or-death necessity. Originally, he said, muzzleloaders were needed for self-protection and to put food on the table.

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