December 6, 2011
Back when she was 4 or 5, Nathan Karren’s sister had to take what her brother described as more than a few trips to the emergency room.
During those trips to the ER, Nathan remembers that Emma, now 7, would be given a stuffed animal to help her feel better. Nathan, now 14, used that memory of Emma’s experiences as his inspiration when dreaming up a service project in order to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
In about a month, while it was dubbed “Project Teddy Bear,” Nathan’s undertaking gathered more than 650 stuffed animals of all types, including teddy bears, rabbits, hippos and about every other creature ever recreated as a soft toy. The fuzzy menagerie was delivered to the ER at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue on Nov. 29. Nathan’s dad Boyd Karren said the delivery went very nicely.
“He was very well received,” Boyd said.
For his part, Nathan said Scouting is a big part of his life.
“It’s pretty important to me,” he said, adding it’s also a lot of fun.
While Boyd noted approximately one out of every 100 Boy Scouts becomes an Eagle Scout, Nathan is following what seems to be a family tradition. Boyd earned his Eagle award after creating a neighborhood watch group in Bellevue. Both Nathan’s maternal grandfather and great-grandfather were Eagle Scouts. Boyd said his father didn’t get to be an Eagle Scout when he was younger, but has earned a prestigious Silver Beaver award for his adult volunteering with the Scouts.
November 1, 2011
Several local schools have planned to honor current military personnel and other veterans just in time for Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
At 9:30 a.m. Nov. 9, Clark Elementary School will open its doors to present and past military members and their families, said Heather Maloney, president of the Clark PTA.
Maloney said local veterans from the area, including from local VFW posts and the Providence Point retirement community, had been invited.
The school also had contacted the Issaquah High School Navy Junior ROTC program about providing a color guard.
November 1, 2011
Thomas Harms earns Eagle Scout
Thomas Harms, of Troop 609, obtained his Eagle Scout rank this summer.
He has been part of the Issaquah troop for six years.
For his project, he built the entrance kiosk at Timberlake Park along Lake Sammamish in conjunction with the city of Issaquah and Matt Mechler, of the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department.
In addition, Harms also procured the necessary supplies.
October 25, 2011
Personal trainer, registered dietician and clinical exercise specialist Maria Faires seems a natural to also just happen to be a mountain climber.
However, what might not seem as natural is that Faires also is a leader of Boy Scout Troop 636 of Issaquah.
In late summer, Faires led 17 members of the troop to the summit of Mount Adams, which at 12,276 feet is the second highest peak in the state.
“It was 17 guys and one girl,” said Faires, who added this is not the first time she has taken Scouts up local mountainsides. On her own, Faires said she has reached the top of every major Washington summit.
“It was really the culmination of a lot of work,” Troop 636 Committee Chairman Ed Steenman said.
He added he always was pretty sure his troop of 13- to 15-year-old boys would make it to the top. As a self-professed member of the “over 50 crowd,” he said he wasn’t too sure he personally would be with them when they did.
October 25, 2011
Residents in rural and unincorporated King County gained a tool to discourage door-to-door solicitors due to a recent County Council decision.
If a resident posts a “No Soliciting” or “No Trespassing” sign on his or her property, then a commercial solicitor is prohibited from contacting the resident. Under the ordinance, violators face a $100 fine.
The regulation adopted by the council Oct. 3 applies to more than 300,000 residents in unincorporated areas.
October 11, 2011
Connor Lee earns Eagle Scout award
Connor Lee, an Issaquah High School senior in Troop 709, received his Eagle Scout award at his Court of Honor Ceremony Oct. 2, 2011.
He joins his brother, Chris, and his father in receiving the award.
For his Eagle project, Connor researched and built an informative sign about coal mining in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.
September 13, 2011
If terror remains the most vivid memory from Sept. 11, 2001, then resilience emerged as the most forceful message on the 10th anniversary.
In a series of solemn gestures, amid a ceremony steeped in symbolism, community leaders gathered beneath a crystalline sky Sept. 11 to remember the 2,977 people lost in the attacks, and the more than 6,000 military personnel felled in Afghanistan and Iraq since then.
“This is a time to remember the victims of Sept. 11, as well as remember those who risk their lives every day to protect ours,” Mayor Ava Frisinger said in a stirring speech to the crowd assembled on the Issaquah Community Center lawn. “My hope — and it’s an ongoing one — is that we as a nation and as communities may live without fear and act without fear.”
The experience on a sun-splashed afternoon echoed a vigil from the day of the attacks, when stunned residents gathered on the same spot for a sunset ceremony.
The crowd at the 10th anniversary, about 200 people strong, did not match the attendance from then.
In the opening prayer, Eastside Fire & Rescue Chaplain Mike Ryan said 9/11 served as the catalyst for “this age of terror and these moments of remembrance” — a theme repeated throughout the remembrance ceremony.
September 13, 2011
Bob Jones remembers his introduction to Scouting, 75 years ago. It began with a knock at the door of his home, when he was 11 years old.
“My dad was making a big pot of coffee and three men from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were standing at the door,” he recounted.
His father wasn’t a member of the church, nor was he interested in Scouting.
“The bishop told him that God couldn’t smell the coffee, and neither could he, but the young men needed a Scout leader,” Jones said.
A week later, he had his first experience as a Boy Scout. Now 85, Jones has held every position in the Boy Scouts of America, achieving milestones accomplished by only a handful of men, including getting the Silver Beaver Award and the William Spurgeon Exploring Award. His dark-green uniform is adorned with patches, ribbons, recognitions and pins, and the ribbons around his neck attest to his decades of devotion to an institution that has influenced thousands of young men.
“He has easily touched more than 30,000 young men,” said Ken Kenyon, of Issaquah, a business owner and local Scouting leader.
Kenyon had sons that were mentored to the rank of Eagle Scout by Jones, and many of Kenyon’s 19 grandchildren were influenced by Jones.
July 2, 2011
Despite decades of history in America, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts still endure narrow views of their efforts.
The girls are famous for their cookie sales, the boys for their camping trips. That sometimes plays against them.
“A common misconception is that all Girl Scouts do is sell cookies,” said Julie Wendell, with the Girl Scouts of East King County. “The leadership opportunities, travel experiences and wonderful programs offered by Girl Scouts go way beyond selling cookies.”
Similar troubles beset the boys.
“A misconception is that Boy Scouts is for suburban white kids. And we don’t do programs for people of other ethnic backgrounds, and that all we do is tie knots and go camping,” said Sharon Moulds, with the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which encompasses all of King County.
June 28, 2011
It’s not too late for hikers, historical buffs and music lovers to register for the hikes and parties scheduled for the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust’s 20th anniversary.
The hikes have a historical precedent.
“In 1990, a group of avid hikers got together and realized that population growth was going to happen,” Mountains to Sound Greenway spokeswoman Erin MacCoy said. “They wanted to make sure we could keep the green places green, so they did a hike from Snoqualmie Pass to the Seattle waterfront to raise awareness about that.”
The group of 100 hikers, including members of the Issaquah Alps Trails Club, took five days to complete their trek. One year later, in 1991, environmentalists founded the greenway trust.