Girl Scouts live up to motto at camp

September 9, 2014

More than 400 local Girl Scouts attending Girl Scout Sammamish Day Camp completed five community service projects during a weeklong camp Aug. 4-8 at Beaver Lake Park.

The girls crafted interactive twig toys and treats for Cougar Mountain Zoo’s emus and wallabies, created back-to-school kits to give to children through Eastside Baby Corner, created animal toy and treat bags for a local animal rescue, knotted patterned fleece blankets for kids in need and handcrafted friendship bracelets for the Girl Scout World Center Sangam in Pune, India.

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Halloween happenings abound in Issaquah, nearby

October 23, 2012

Revelers explore a hay maze during the 2009 Green Halloween Festival. File

Enciso Family Farm, featuring you-pick pumpkins and fresh Christmas trees; an old country store with snacks, cozy fireplace and a selection of specialty gourds and pumpkins; a barn from the 1800s; tractors from past and present; and more, 19417 196th Ave. S.E., Renton, 206-595-5845

Pumpkin Patch at Trinity Tree Farm, featuring pumpkins for sale in the shop or farm stand, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, open daily through Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 14237 228th Ave. S.E., www.trinitytreefarm.com

Nightmare at Beaver Lake, Oct. 24-31, Beaver Lake Park, Southeast 24th Street, Sammamish; The family scare runs from 7-7:45 p.m. nightly. The full scare runs from 8-10 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, and from 8-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets: $10 per person for a family scare; $16 per person for a full scare. Donate a can of food and receive a $1 discount on tickets. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.nightmareatbeaverlake.com.

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Nightmare at Beaver Lake frighteners needed for Halloween haunt

September 25, 2012

Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizers need actors to frighten, spook and go bump in the night as the Halloween haunt prepares to terrorize the Sammamish Plateau.

Organizers plan actor training for Oct. 13-14 for actors with two or fewer years of experience in the haunt. More experienced volunteers can attend, too, because the show changes each year. Training runs from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Beaver Lake Park. Participants should bring a bag lunch and dress appropriately for the weather.

Volunteers can also register for make-up training. The make-up session runs from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 14. Previous make-up volunteers interested in participating again should email Jeeprider78@aol.com.

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Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizers need a hand after trailer heist

July 3, 2012

Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizers asked the public for donations to replace a trailer stolen from its Kent headquarters June 19.

Scare Productions, a nonprofit theater group and partner in the annual Halloween-themed event at Beaver Lake Park, discovered the 18-foot Wells Cargo-brand cargo trailer had been stolen.

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Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizers need a hand after trailer heist

June 28, 2012

NEW — 12:30 p.m. June 28, 2012

Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizers asked the public for donations to replace a trailer stolen from its Kent headquarters June 19.

Scare Productions, a nonprofit theater group and partner in the the annual Halloween-themed event at Beaver Lake Park, discovered the 18-foot Wells Cargo-brand cargo trailer had been stolen.

Kelcey Hendricks, promotions director at Scare Productions, said the group believes the trailer went missing late in the evening of June 12 or early June 13.

The group reported the theft has been reported to Kent police, but police have no leads yet, he added.

The trailer contained several props used in the Halloween event, including an 8-foot by 4-foot vibrating floor, two 5-foot-tall Jacob’s ladders and other tools.

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Tree cleanup is latest headache for storm-weary residents

January 24, 2012

Fallen tree branches, scattered across the landscape like so many broken Lincoln Logs, continue to bedevil road crews and residents days after a major snowstorm and crippling ice storm rolled across Western Washington.

The task to clean up downed trees posed a challenge as the region faced a long power outage and difficult road conditions.

“From a tree damage standpoint, this has been very high,” city Arborist Alan Haywood said Jan. 23. “It’s not as catastrophic as the big windstorms we’ve had, because we did not have many real large trees come down and come down on houses and do that kind of damage.”

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Tree cleanup is latest headache for storm-weary residents

January 23, 2012

NEW — 8:15 p.m. Jan. 23, 2012

Fallen tree branches, scattered across the landscape like so many broken Lincoln Logs, continue to bedevil road crews and residents days after a major snowstorm and crippling ice storm rolled across Western Washington.

The task to clean up downed trees posed a challenge as the region faced a long power outage and difficult road conditions.

“From a tree damage standpoint, this has been very high,” city Arborist Alan Haywood said Jan. 23. “It’s not as catastrophic as the big windstorms we’ve had, because we did not have many real large trees come down and come down on houses and do that kind of damage.”

Downed trees on roadways prompted closures on city, county and state roads in Issaquah and nearby areas. Some homeowners reported damage from falling branches.

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State stocks hatchery-raised rainbow trout in Beaver Lake

November 15, 2011

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife released about 2,300 Issaquah Salmon Hatchery-raised rainbow trout into Beaver Lake last week.

State Fishery Biologist Aaron Bosworth said Beaver Lake is best fished by small boat, although anglers also can find some success in fishing from shore.

Beaver Lake is among a group of Western Washington lowland lakes open to fishing year round. The state prohibits internal-combustion boat engines on the lake. The state requires all anglers 15 and older to carry a valid fishing license to fish at Beaver Lake.

The daily bag limit is five fish — only two of the fish can exceed 15 inches in length — and bait anglers must keep the first five trout caught.

Beaver Lake is most easily reached from East Beaver Lake Drive Southeast, off of Southeast 24th Street. The site includes limited parking for vehicles and boat trailers.

Vehicles must display a valid Department of Fish and Wildlife Vehicle Access Pass or a Discover Pass.

State shuts down Beaver Lake access soon to stock rainbow trout

November 5, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 5, 2011

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to release about 2,300 Issaquah Salmon Hatchery-raised rainbow trout into Beaver Lake soon.

The access site at the lake is due to close at sunset Nov. 7 to prepare for the Nov. 8 release. The lake reopens at sunrise Nov. 9, but the lake is open to fishing even as the access site is shut down.

State Fishery Biologist Aaron Bosworth said Beaver Lake is best fished by small boat, although anglers also can find some success in fishing from shore.

Beaver Lake is among a group of Western Washington lowland lakes open to fishing year round. The state prohibits internal combustion boat engines on the lake. The state requires all anglers 15 and older to carry a valid fishing license to fish at Beaver Lake.

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Nightmare at Beaver Lake relies on dedicated team to create serious scares

October 25, 2011

Marek Kossik, 14, an Eastside Catholic High School student, has zombie face paint applied by Nightmare on Beaver Lake volunteer Kelly Davis before the Oct. 21 haunt. By Greg Farrar

The blood run occurs in a deep forest moments before 8 o’clock on nights leading to Halloween.

Dawn Gonser, lead makeup artist for Nightmare at Beaver Lake, dispenses a crimson liquid to ghouls stationed along a path through Beaver Lake Park.

The distinction between blood types is important. The other type is a goo used to create fresh scabs. The stage blood Gonser races across Beaver Lake Park to squirt into actors’ mouths is a nontoxic liquid similar in taste to mint-flavored mouthwash.

The last-minute touch-up increases the creep factor as actors prepare to scare attendees in horror-film fashion.

Gonser, a longtime Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizer, is part of a close-knit team skilled at scaring.

“It gets into your blood and you keep coming back year after year,” she said.

Nightmare at Beaver Lake is the largest Halloween haunt in the Puget Sound region and, perhaps, in the West.

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