Letters

May 6, 2014

Tiger Mountain

Librarian hopes school will continue for years to come

My personal experience with Tiger Mountain Community High School was limited to about an hour and a half on Dec. 7, 1992.

I was at that time the young adult librarian at the Issaquah Library, and I visited the school to present a program to a group of young parents.

I didn’t know what would be of interest, but I took along cloth books, board books, books about making toys or clothes or baby food — everything I could think of.

In my entire career as a librarian, I’ve never addressed such an interested, even rapt, audience! Those students were so keen to see the materials I’d brought. They loved the hand puppets (which at that time were for circulation), and some decided then and there to convert the stuffed toys they were scheduled to make into hand puppets instead. Their teacher agreed to help them with the project.

I was able to give every parent a copy of “Goodnight Moon,” (and incidentally, I’d really had to work to persuade the library administration to let me have those books for that particular audience).

The teenagers were happy to show me their lovely babies after the program, and to tell me how they were caring for them — only 15 or 16 years old, but devoted caregivers.

I’ve often thought of those students and their children, children who would now be much older than their parents were in 1992. I do hope their lives turned out happily. I’m sure that attending Tiger Mountain Community High School helped a lot in that respect, and that the school will continue to assist all its students for years to come.

Marnie Webb

Issaquah

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January 8, 2014

Options abound to recycle old Christmas trees

December 31, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. Dec. 31, 2012

Christmas is history, and residents ready to pitch old Christmas trees can do so in different ways.

Chip trees — minus tinsel and other decorations — into landscaping material or ground finer into a composting soil amendment.

Customers tired of evergreens dropping brown needles can set out trees for yard waste collection on regular yard waste collection days.

Haulers do not collect trees decked in flocking or decorations. Contact garbage haulers for details; CleanScapes and Allied Waste — a local name for national company Republic Services — serve Issaquah.

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Who’s News

November 20, 2012

Nicholas Co

Boy Scout Nicholas Co earns Eagle rank

Nicholas Co recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

His Eagle Scout service project was repurposing an unusable space at Issaquah Middle School, contributing nearly 100 hours of service to his community.

Co is the student body president of Issaquah High School, an active member of National Honor Society and he runs as a member of the cross-country and track teams. He is a passionate volunteer of King County Search and Rescue, and was recognized as last year’s Top 5 Youth Responder.

Co plans to study engineering after graduating in June.

Local Boy Scouts complete 80-mile hike in New Mexico

October 30, 2012

Boy Scouts and their dads (from left) Derrick Morton, Trevor Morton, Nick Co, Chris Backus, Doug Backous, Cole Backus, Jonathan Backous, Michael Cecil, Andrew Marsh, Mckinley Melton and Jeff Melton pose on top of Baldy Mountain after their tiring but satisfying hike to the summit. By Michael Cecil

Twelve local teenage Boy Scouts and leaders took the New Mexico wilderness head on in August, hiking 80 miles over a dozen days. The group followed a track in the Philmont Scout Ranch, one of the largest adventure camps owned by the Boy Scouts of America.

The ranch, which covers 214 square miles of wilderness, has seen more than 950,000 Scouts, venturers and leaders since the first camping season in 1939. The ranch has trails that climb from 6,500 feet to 12,441 feet in altitude, and the territory is home to bears and mountain lions, among other natural challenges.

Philmont is well-known in the Scouting world, and ranch visitors are selected for hiking the area through a lottery system that Boy Scout troops can enter every two years. Other national camps also offer scuba diving in addition to hiking.

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Brothers complete Eagle project at Squak Valley Park

August 21, 2012

Kyle (left) and Josh Jancola stand at the trail at Squak Valley Park that they constructed, along with park benches, to fulfill their Eagle Scout requirement. By Christina
Corrales-Toy

On a hot, sunny Thursday in July, Skyline High School brothers Kyle and Josh Jancola spent their day hauling wheelbarrows full of gravel across the trails of Squak Valley Park.

Just ask them, they have the blisters to prove it.

It was all for a good cause though as the 16-year-old brothers completed their Eagle service project and helped improve the Issaquah park.

Kyle built 150 feet of new trail for the park, while Josh assembled and installed three park benches. The brothers hope that the improvements will be positive additions.

“I hope that people eventually would be able to come outside here and enjoy the fresh air,” Kyle said.

The brothers did not complete the project alone, though. Several friends, family members and fellow Scouts gathered to help the morning of July 19.

The heat was an annoyance, the brothers said, but they worked to keep a positive atmosphere with snacks and beverages for the volunteers.

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August 21, 2012

Scouts earn Eagle rank

Two Boy Scouts from Bellevue Troop 626 —    David Adams and Kevin Hays — earned the rank of Eagle Scout, Scouting’s highest honor, at a recent court of honor ceremony at the Bellevue Community Center.

David Adams and Kevin Hays

For his Eagle service project, David designed and led the construction of a wheelchair-accessible gardening table for mentally handicapped clients of the Tavon Center. On the road to Eagle, David earned 22 merit badges, spent many weekends camping and provided countless hours of community service. David was very involved in troop leadership, taking on roles such as historian, troop guide, patrol leader and ultimately senior patrol leader.

Throughout his years in the troop he experienced the outdoors in the usual campouts, such as Camporee and summer camp, but also had the pleasure to experience the boundary waters of Minnesota and Canada through his 95-mile, five-day high adventure canoeing trip, Northern Tier.

David graduated from Liberty High School, where he participated in the service-oriented groups Key Club, Honor Society and the Liberty Welcome Crew. He swam as a member of the Liberty swim team, the Issaquah Swim Team and is currently on the Maple Hills Swim Team. He is an avid Rubik’s Cube speed-cuber, enjoys online games and works at the Newcastle YMCA as a swim instructor and lifeguard. He is attending the University of California, Berkeley, in the fall to study engineering.

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Boy Scouts tackle three Issaquah Alps in one day

July 3, 2012

Local group climbs mountains in less than 12 hours

A troop of Boy Scouts recently set what might be a world record when they climbed all three of the Issaquah Alps in one day.

Mason Jones, 11, the youngest of the group to complete the full hike, approaches the summit of Tiger Mountain, with the summit of Squak Mountain, climbed earlier in the day, at the right. By Rob McAdams

The 20-mile hike began behind schedule on a misty Saturday morning.

Roughly 10 minutes after 7 a.m. June 9, the hikers began their long walk from Newcastle to Issaquah.

The handful of Scouts accompanied by their parents had their work cut out for them. They called it the “Three Peak Challenge.” The troop was accompanied by experienced hiker Paul Mitchell.

The challenge was to hike Cougar, Squak and Tiger mountains within 12 hours. The Scouts finished the hike in 11½.

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June 19, 2012

Four Scouts earn Eagle rank

Eric Hall, Zach Hall, Ben Fairhart and Jacob Tierney

Four Boy Scouts from Issaquah Troop 609 — Eric Hall, Zach Hall, Ben Fairhart and Jacob Tierney — earned the rank of Eagle Scout, Scouting’s highest honor, at a court of honor ceremony June 4 at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Bellevue.

Eric Hall planned and led for his Eagle Scout Project a volunteer effort to build the initial 150 feet of new trail in Squak Valley Park. Eric is an accomplished musician in the Issaquah High School wind ensemble, jazz band and Village Theatre Summerstock pit orchestra. Eric also plays football for the IHS football team and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Zach Hall planned and coordinated Scout and neighborhood volunteers to replace 30 yards of sand at South Cove Beach, repair signage and clean up landscaping. Zach is a proficient musician in the IHS wind ensemble, jazz band, Evergreen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Village Theatre Summerstock pit orchestra. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club and Japanese Club.

Ben Fairhart’s Eagle project involved the restoration of 150 feet of trail in Squak Valley Park.  Outside of Scouting, Ben enjoys playing bass guitar with his band, The Greasy Spoon. Together they have performed in Issaquah, Snoqualmie, Buckley and most recently at El Corazon, in Seattle. He has also been active in service projects and mission trips through his church.

For his Eagle Scout project, Jacob “Jake” Tierney planned and organized the construction and ultimate emplacement of five wood duck nesting boxes along the shores of Lake Tradition. During this project, Jake also coordinated and supervised the relocation of wooden benches to a more useful location adjacent to Lake Tradition. Jake graduated with honors from Liberty High School on June 11. He will study engineering at Santa Clara University, in California in September. Jacob is also the proud recipient of a U.S. Air Force ROTC scholarship.

Youth advocates take top honors at Community Awards

June 5, 2012

Renee Zimmerman reacts to a standing ovation May 31 after receiving the Citizen of the Year award from Issaquah Chamber of Commerce board chairwoman Dianna Reely, during the 33rd annual Issaquah Community Awards at the Hilton Garden Inn. By Greg Farrar

As Issaquah celebrated its very best at the 33rd annual Chamber of Commerce Community Awards, two residents — celebrated for their lasting contributions to the community — were inducted into Issaquah’s Hall of Fame on May 31.

Barbara de Michele and Master Sgt. Richard “Top” DeMarco received top honors at the May 31 ceremony, which included recognition for Issaquah’s finest in 18 categories, including awards for standout volunteers, businesses leaders, organizations and youth.

Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger said the Hall of Fame awards were based on several criteria, including inspiration, leadership, civic mindedness, fundraising efforts for public good and length of service to the community.

None more so affected by the awardees are Issaquah’s youth.

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