Twin brothers to receive Eagle Scout award

May 27, 2015

Lucas and Ryan Tjom, 16, of Boy Scout Troop 636, were honored at a special Eagle Scout ceremony May 16 at Community Church of Joy in Sammamish.

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To earn Scouting’s highest award, Lucas earned 32 merit badges, served in a variety of leadership roles including patrol leader, assistant patrol leader and librarian. He also completed a major community service project, installing light poles at his church, Community Church of Joy.

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Civil War custodians

April 21, 2015

By Greg Farrar Torin Howard, Troy Leighton and Garrett Pomeroy (from left) dig the soil out around the old and almost unreadable gravestone for Civil War veteran John McLeod, preparing to remove and replace it with a new one April 18 at Hillside Cemetery. They and other Boy Scouts, sponsored by VFW Albert Larson Post No. 3436, replaced three worn veterans’ markers 150 years to the month after the end of the Civil War as part of on ongoing project to restore or replace 19 known gravestones of soldiers who came west after the war and pioneered Issaquah. McLeod’s gravestone dated back to his death on May 8, 1899.

By Greg Farrar
Torin Howard, Troy Leighton and Garrett Pomeroy (from left) dig the soil out around the old and almost unreadable gravestone for Civil War veteran John McLeod, preparing to remove and replace it with a new one April 18 at Hillside Cemetery. They and other Boy Scouts, sponsored by VFW Albert Larson Post No. 3436, replaced three worn veterans’ markers 150 years to the month after the end of the Civil War as part of on ongoing project to restore or replace 19 known gravestones of soldiers who came west after the war and pioneered Issaquah. McLeod’s gravestone dated back to his death on May 8, 1899.

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Rite of passage marks Scouts’ long-term achievement

February 17, 2015

The 15 boys who stood on the stage were mostly solemn, but some of them allowed grins to creep across their faces as they absorbed the magnitude of the moment.

By Neil Pierson Alex Hammingh is adorned with a new scarf and his Arrow of Light award, signifying his transition into Boy Scouts during a Feb. 3 ceremony at Pacific Cascade Middle School.

By Neil Pierson
Alex Hammingh is adorned with a new scarf and his Arrow of Light award, signifying his transition into Boy Scouts during a Feb. 3 ceremony at Pacific Cascade Middle School.

Cub Scout packs across the country hold annual transition ceremonies for 11- and 12-year-olds who have fulfilled the requirements to join Boy Scouts. Cub Scout Pack 682, which draws its members from Issaquah and Sammamish, honored its graduating fifth-graders Feb. 3 at Pacific Cascade Middle School.

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Skyline senior attains Eagle honor with Scout troop

October 28, 2014

Most boys who enter the world of Scouting will make a lot of fond memories and learn many valuable lessons, but fewer than one in 10 will accomplish what Jonathan Chriest is doing this weekend.

Jonathan Chriest

Jonathan Chriest

At a Nov. 2 Court of Honor ceremony at The Plateau Club, the Skyline High School senior will receive his Eagle Scout rank from the Boy Scouts of America.

The National Eagle Scout Association estimates about 2.25 million boys have attained the honor since 1912, which might seem like a lot until learning that number represents only 5 percent of all Scouts.

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Civil savior — Scout spearheads Civil War gravestone restoration project

September 30, 2014

Nearly 112 years after his death, Civil War infantryman Allan Day has gotten a new gravestone, thanks to a local Boy Scout project.

Day, born in October 1831, died Nov. 7, 1902, in Issaquah. He served in Co. K, 43rd Wisconsin Infantry in the Civil War. His stone over the years had turned a dark gray, and his information was illegible.

That has happened to most of the 18 gravestones of known Civil War veterans buried in Issaquah’s Hillside Cemetery. All of them need to be replaced.

By Kathleen R. Merrill Above, Boy Scouts (from left to right) Jerry Lin, Adam Bussey, Lucas Dolliver, James Adkins, Joel Ruegsegger, René Loredo (of Flintoft’s Funeral Home) and Garrett Pomeroy kneel to work on replacing Civil War veteran Allan Day’s gravestone at Hillside Cemetery.

By Kathleen R. Merrill
Above, Boy Scouts (from left to right) Jerry Lin, Adam Bussey, Lucas Dolliver, James Adkins, Joel Ruegsegger, René Loredo (of Flintoft’s Funeral Home) and Garrett Pomeroy kneel to work on replacing Civil War veteran Allan Day’s gravestone at Hillside Cemetery.

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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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Boy Scout Tree Recycling Fundraiser / Jan. 4, 2014

January 8, 2014

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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.

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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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