City Council applicants offer varied skills

January 22, 2013

Members to appoint candidate Jan. 29

The applicants for a rare open seat on the City Council include long-established community leaders — and some candidates from the last time the council accepted applications to fill a vacancy.

The seven candidates offer assorted skills in community, government and military service in the process to succeed Mark Mullet on the council.

Initially, Ken Sessler, a retired Boeing engineer and a prolific letter writer to The Issaquah Press, applied for the vacancy, but withdrew not long after the city released the applicant list.

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Hagertys celebrate 50th anniversary

January 22, 2013

Tom and Su Hagerty, of Issaquah, celebrated their 50th anniversary Jan. 19, 2013, with their five children and nine grandchildren at the Mount Si Senior Center.

Tom Hagerty and Su Humphreys met in July 1962, when Tom’s mother Ruth invited Su to dinner after choir practice at Kirkland Assembly of God Church.

Su was a student at Northwest College. Tom was employed at The Boeing Co., where he worked for 40 years before retiring.

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Duncan Mulholland is King of Clydesdales

December 11, 2012

Alan Manning (left) and Duncan Mulholland drive Manning’s six-horse hitch of Clydesdale draft horses this September during the Puyallup Fair. Contributed

Duncan Mulholland, 82, gets chance to relive his passion for horses

At age 18, Duncan Mulholland drove a six-Clydesdale hitch for the Wilson Meat Packing Co. in Chicago. Over a half-century later, he continues that passion.

“This horse business is what I first did when I came to this country,” Mulholland said in a recent interview at his Issaquah home.

Born in Bishopton, Scotland, in 1930, Mulholland was raised on a farm.

As a young adult, he stayed busy working an apprenticeship by day and attending engineering college in the evenings. An aunt visiting from the United States admired his work ethic; she thought he would be very successful in the States if he were working that hard in Scotland. So, she and her husband invited him to join them there.

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Maria Cantwell discusses jobs, stumps for votes in Gilman Village

November 13, 2012

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell focused on the economy and education during a campaign stop at Issaquah’s Gilman Village early Nov. 2, and urged voters to return ballots by the Election Day deadline.

Maria Cantwell

Cantwell’s 26-city “Jobs for Washington” bus tour across the state stopped at the Issaquah Coffee Co. In remarks to a group of sign-toting Democrats and local dignitaries, she emphasized efforts to aid small businesses since the economy collapsed in 2008.

“In my opinion, a lot of money went to Wall Street and the five big banks, and Main Street got the short end of the stick,” she said. “Well, we worked hard to try to correct that by passing a new bill to help support community banks who would lend to small business. In fact, that program helped banks from Issaquah to Bellingham increase their lending to small businesses by as much as 24 percent.”

Cantwell said Eastside residents — and a workforce defined by Boeing engineers and Microsoft programmers — value quality education.

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Maria Cantwell discusses jobs at Issaquah campaign stop

November 2, 2012

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Nov. 2, 2012

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell focused on the economy and education during a campaign stop at Issaquah’s Gilman Village early Friday, and urged voters to return ballots by the Tuesday deadline.

Maria Cantwell

Cantwell’s 26-city “Jobs for Washington” bus tour across the state stopped at the Issaquah Coffee Co. In remarks to a group of sign-toting supporters and local dignitaries, she emphasized efforts to aid small businesses since the economy collapsed in 2008.

“In my opinion, a lot of money went to Wall Street and the five big banks, and Main Street got the short end of the stick,” she said. “Well, we worked hard to try to correct that by passing a new bill to help support community banks who would lend to small business. In fact, that program helped banks from Issaquah to Bellingham increase their lending to small businesses by as much as 24 percent.”

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Local schools receive $30,000 boost from community

October 23, 2012

Several area education programs got a helping hand Oct. 10 when the Issaquah School Board approved nearly $30,000 worth of donations.

The Associated Student Body Robotics Club at Skyline High School received $5,000 from David Levin through The Boeing Co.’s Gift Match Program. The Endeavour Elementary School PTSA donated $7,035.08 to help pay salaries for additional education assistants at its school while the Pacific Cascade Middle School PTSA gave $5,099,74 to be used for teacher mini grants.

Teachers at Newcastle Elementary School got $12,500 from the school’s PTSA to buy various supplies and materials. Most of that money is to be distributed by grade: kindergarten ($1,200); first grade ($1,600); second grade ($2,000); third grade ($1,600); fourth grade ($1,600); and fifth grade ($1,600).

Wedding: Dupar, Zmiarovich

October 2, 2012

Mike and Kayti Zmiarovich

Kayti Dupar and Mike Zmiarovich, both of Renton, were married Aug. 18, 2012, aboard the NCL Jewel while it was docked in Seattle.

The Rev. Rose McMahill officiated. The NCL Jewel also hosted the reception afterward.

The bride is the daughter of Tom and Debbie Dupar Jr., of Palm Springs, Calif.

Kayti’s maid of honor was Laila Davis and her bridal attendants were Tierra Trettevick, Kelli Zmiarovich, Mariya Zmiarovich, Sarionna Rawlings and Lalainya Rawlings. Kiara Sadaya was the flower girl.

Kayti is a 2004 graduate of Issaquah High School. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2012 at Cornish College of the Arts. She is a self-employed artist and the general manager at the Newcastle Jet City Pizza.

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Photographer Barry Sweet brings book of iconic images to Issaquah

August 14, 2012

Madonna performs at the Paramount Theatre in 1985. Explosions demolish the Kingdome in 2000. By Barry Sweet

Barry Sweet, a Pulitzer Prize nominee and The Associated Press’ longtime Seattle-based photographer, captured photos as astronauts returned from the moon, as Robert F. Kennedy campaigned for president, after Mount St. Helens erupted and at thousands of other events across the Pacific Northwest.

In 1985, however, Sweet received a more unfamiliar assignment — instructions to photograph a pop singer on the rise.

“None of us had any clue who Madonna was or what she was or what she was going to become,” he recalled in a recent interview. “Basically, I got a phone call saying, ‘There’s a woman who’s a singer. She’s going to be at the Paramount singing and she’s pretty good — and it’s really interesting because she’s going to be on stage and wear her underwear outside of her clothes.’”

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Made in Issaquah

June 28, 2012

Go ahead, sample some local products.

Boehms Candies

Boehms Candies

In 1956, Julius Boehm opened Boehms Candies in Issaquah, 17 years after the former Olympian fled Nazi-occupied Austria.

The iconic chocolatier offered a taste of Issaquah to chocoholics attracted to the city to see candy makers in action.

Nowadays, the chalet-inspired chocolate factory turns out caramels, cordials, truffles and candy bars in a distinctive gold wrapper.

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Students selected for aerospace residency at The Museum of Flight

June 26, 2012

Several of the Issaquah School District’s own have been accepted into this summer’s Washington Aerospace Scholars Program.

Spencer Schiefelbein, Tiffany Chiang, Alison Chiu and Alexander Liu, from Skyline High School, and Hunter Sapienza, from Issaquah High School, will join students from across the state to participate in one of four weeklong residencies at The Museum of Flight.

Launched in 2006, the program was designed to inspire students to pursue degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. This year, 297 high school juniors applied for the program. To qualify, they spent five months outside of their normal student duties studying an online NASA-designed curriculum. Of the 297 applicants, 160 were selected for the program.

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