Life is fair in Puyallup

September 9, 2014

Fried food, animal smells, concert music and carnival rides — yep, the Washington State Fair has returned.

By Peter Clark Beautiful late summer weather brings the crowd out to the 2014 Washington State Fair in Puyallup Sept. 7 and the array of activities, food and attractions kept them there.

By Peter Clark
Beautiful late summer weather brings the crowd out to the 2014 Washington State Fair in Puyallup Sept. 7 and the array of activities, food and attractions kept them there.

Until Sept. 21, you can find the best livestock, agriculture, horticulture and crafts the state has to offer in Puyallup. This year’s fair packs a whopping punch with a slew of high-profile music acts and the usual, if no less impressive, bunch of Washingtonian achievements.

Walking in the gate, you might feel overwhelmed at the sheer number of things to do in the fairgrounds. Should you immediately head over and dive into a basket of fried butter? Head over to the livestock barn and hear which rooster crows the loudest? Visit one of the many crafts buildings and spot all the nuance and detail in the dollhouses? These are big decisions that a hardy fairgoer will have to make. Rest assured that if you get your fill of one type of entertainment, plenty more is right around the corner for the whole family.

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Funding infusion could keep local 4-H programs afloat

July 17, 2012

Local 4-H youth programs could receive a $100,000 infusion to continue, if King County Council members approve a request from County Executive Dow Constantine.

The proposal is meant to continue 4-H programs — horseback riding, county fair exhibitions and other agrarian pursuits — through the year.

Constantine sent a budget request for the funds to the council June 27. The proposal earned early praise from council members, including the Issaquah-area representatives, but requires approval before the 4-H organization receives the dollars.

The proposal also aims to re-appropriate $16,000 in funding from last year to King County’s partner in 4-H programs, Washington State University.

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Local 4-H programs could receive $100,000 to continue

June 27, 2012

NEW — 4:30 p.m. June 27, 2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine asked for $100,000 on Wednesday to continue county support for 4-H youth programs.

Constantine sent a budget request for the funds to the King County Council for approval. The measure is meant to continue 4-H programs through 2012. The proposal calls for dollars to continue horseback riding, county fair exhibitions and other 4-H programs.

The proposal also aims to re-appropriate $16,000 in funding from last year to Washington State University, the county’s partner in 4-H programs.

“More than 10,000 young people in King County gain valuable life experiences through 4-H, and this funding will keep the program going in collaboration with our partners at WSU Extension,” Constantine said in a statement.

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Who’s News

March 6, 2012

Sister hand therapists join rehabilitation center

Certified hand therapists Stephanie and Sheila Yakobina have joined Proliance Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation, 510 Eighth Ave. N.E., Issaquah.

The sisters graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, with their Bachelor of Science degrees in occupational therapy in 1994. In 1998, they completed a hand therapy fellowship at Texas Women’s University, in Houston. They became certified hand therapists in 2001.

After moving to Washington in 2006, they returned to TWU to earn their master’s degrees in advanced hand therapy.

The duo are past recipients of the American Society of Hand Therapists’ Presidential Award and the President’s Gold Award.

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Who’s News

September 27, 2011

Issaquah residents win ribbons at the Puyallup Fair

The following Issaquah residents won at the Puyallup Fair:

  • 4-H Champion Senior Cavy Judging County Team: Michelle Fredrickson, Margaret Edwards and Katherine Miotke.
  • 4Shelly Rowland, third-place, lemon almond pie recipe
  • Amber Buol, first place, sewing machine-quilted

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50 years and counting, couple celebrates milestone

February 15, 2011

Finnegans celebrate golden anniversary, share a lifetime of tales

Leo and Rose Finnegan spoil their black Lab, Murphy, as they retell stories about their 50-year marriage and how they raised five children. Contributed

After spending 50 years together, raising five children and helping Issaquah’s handicapped adult community, Leo and Rose Finnegan have a lifetime of stories to share.

The two grew up in Montana and attended grade school together, but it was not until they crossed paths at a funeral that romantic sparks flew.

The two had already moved into early adulthood, with Rose earning her nursing degree and Leo studying engineering at Gonzaga University and the University of Notre Dame.

Leo’s grandmother passed away in summer 1960, and Rose’s mother, who knew the family, took Rose with her to the wake.

“For some reason, we just clicked,” Rose said. “We had an awful lot in common. We felt like we knew each other very well.”

By that summer, Leo proposed and they married Jan. 28, 1961.

“It was probably my grandmother’s doing,” Leo said.

The young couple moved frequently in their early years, from Colorado to Idaho to Michigan to Montana, and finally to Issaquah.

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Who’s News

September 21, 2010

EFR honors longtime county medical services director

Tom Hearne

The board of directors for Eastside Fire & Rescue recognized Tom Hearne, retired King County Emergency Medical Services director, for his accomplishments and contributions during the regularly scheduled meeting Sept. 9.

Hearne has served in the Emergency Medical Services Division of King County since 1978, and in the role of director from 1996-2009.

“No one has done more to advance pre-hospital care over the last 10 years in King County,” said EFR Chief Lee Soptich. Read more

Last-chance encounters

June 1, 2010

Denai, a black Lab being walked by its handler, Jay, are at the head of a group of Echo Glen students that walk and train their dogs daily for a new chance in life as adoptable pets. By Greg Farrar

Abused, out of options and desperately looking for a fresh start, some pound pups are finding love and respect in a place you might not expect.

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Local 4-H program survives county cuts

December 22, 2009

Malori Yates (left), of the Eastside Rabbits and Cavies 4-H Club, presents her rabbit at the 2009 Puyallup Fair to judge Sarah Cleavenger (right), a former member of the club, during Rabbit Fit and Show competition. By Mark Fredrickson

Malori Yates (left), of the Eastside Rabbits and Cavies 4-H Club, presents her rabbit at the 2009 Puyallup Fair to judge Sarah Cleavenger (right), a former member of the club, during Rabbit Fit and Show competition. By Mark Fredrickson

King County officials nixed a plan last week to put the local 4-H program out to pasture.

A last-minute, $109,000 infusion from the King County Council will keep the program afloat for another year. The youth organization with agricultural roots now includes offerings in things such as plant science, horse riding and robotics.

Local 4-H’ers will also have somewhere to showcase their handiwork: The council allocated $50,000 to continue the King County Fair — the oldest fair west of the Mississippi River.

Councilman Reagan Dunn, who represents unincorporated King County south of Issaquah, said the outcry from 4-H participants and parents prompted the council to adjust the budget.

“I’m glad that we were able to scrape together enough funding for another year, because 4-H is so important to the youth of my district,” Dunn said in a statement released after the Dec. 14 council decision. “I have heard from hundreds of parents and students who participate or have participated in the program. I have seen them in action at the King County Fair. It was very sad to think that the program might end.”

Officials decided to cut money for 4-H as they worked to fill a $56 million county budget gap. After officials announced the cut, however, 4-H supporters rallied to preserve money for the program. Read more

Rabbits and cavies and kids, oh my!

February 6, 2009

NEW — 7:06 p.m. Feb. 6, 2008

The Eastside Rabbits and Cavies 4-H Club invites the public to its annual Cupid’s Critters 4-H show from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8 at Pickering Barn.

This is perhaps the largest rabbit and cavy (guinea pig) 4-H show in Western Washington, put on by the largest rabbit and cavy 4-H club in Western Washington.

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