Rotary Club honors athletes of the year

May 24, 2011

The Rotary Club of Issaquah recently honored the following seniors as its athletes of the year.

Madison Birdsall

-School: Liberty High School

-Parent: Polly Vaughn

-Sponsoring teacher: Mark Little

-Athletic achievements: second at state 4×4 relay 2009; fourth in state 4×2 relay; team captain in track; fourth in state 4×2 2010; broke school record in 400 individual

-Scholastic achievements: scholar athlete in ninth and 10th grades

-Scholastic interests: psychology, writing

-Hobbies: running, track, basketball, hiking, hanging with family and friends

-Outside school affiliations: volunteering at schools, physical education

-Future goals: University of Oregon; career in education/counseling

Jay Chakravarty

-School: Liberty High School

-Parents: Abhijit and Patricia Chakravarty

-Sponsoring teacher: Darren Tremblay

-Athletic achievements: three-time state wrestling qualifier; second team All League football

-Scholastic achievements: class valedictorian, National Merit scholar

-Activities: Eagle Scout, city of Newcastle Diamond Award for Community Service

-Scholastic interests: social studies, mathematics

-Hobbies: hiking, running

-Outside school affiliations: Boy Scouts, Athletes for Kids/mentoring of special-needs children

-Future goals: study economics or applied math; go into business or government

Lacee Crook

-School: Tiger Mountain Community High School

-Category of recognition: Outstanding senior

-Parents: Kimberly and Marc Hitz

-Achievements: Straight As this unit, working with special-needs students

-Scholastic interests: leadership, journalism, class fundraisers

-Hobbies: photography, drawing, movie buff

-Outside school affiliations: babysitting, working in kids’ room at Klahanie Fitness

-Future goals: go to college in California; become ultrasound tech

Haley Jacobson

-School: Issaquah High School

-Parent: Ross Jacobson

-Sponsoring teacher: Athletic Department

-Athletic achievements: state track meet for three years, KingCo champion, second in state soccer and gymnastics through 10th grade, running track at the University of Washington

-Scholastic achievements: 3.5 grade point average, three Advanced Placement classes

-Activities: LINK Crew, Athletes for Kids mentor

-Scholastic interests: government/politics

-Hobbies: track, hiking, boating, water sports

-Outside school affiliations: work at the YMCA

-Future goals: University of Washington, pursue law career

Nik Landdeck

-School: Issaquah High School

-Parents: Staci and David Landdeck

-Sponsoring teacher: Athletic Department

-Athletic achievements: three straight years as Defensive Player of the Year for football, second team all-league as sophomore, first team all-league past two years, runner up defensive league MVP, honorable mention in basketball, varsity letter for three years, played football and basketball for the varsity teams for four years

-Scholastic achievements: maintained 3.4 grade point average

-Scholastic interests: English, environmental science

-Hobbies: fishing; hiking; sports of any kind, but especially basketball and football

-Future goals: business major at University of Idaho; career in a business-related field

Taylor Ray

-School: Tiger Mountain Community High School

-Category of recognition: Outstanding senior

-Sponsoring teacher: Hilary Nelson

-Achievements: Straight A’s this unit

-Athletics: track and cross country

-Scholastic interests: Running Start at Bellevue College

-Hobbies: movies, roller skating

-Outside school affiliations: checker at Matthews Thriftway

-Future goals: Western Washington University, major in psychology, minor in teaching; become special-education teacher

Who’s News

May 24, 2011

Michael Barrack, Andrew Dedo, Ian Sutton and Caleb Walin. Contributed

Issaquah youths attain Eagle Scout rank

Four youths from Boy Scout Troop 316 of Issaquah — Michael Barrack, Andrew Dedo, Ian Sutton and Caleb Walin — were bestowed with the rank of Eagle Scout on May 14. Barrack’s project involved building a fence along the south side of Tibbetts Creek Manor. Dedo constructed a kiosk at the Bear Ridge Trailhead. Walin organized the planting of trees at Tradition Lake. Sutton created flowerbeds around the Meadowbrook Farm building. Although Troop 316 is less than 5 years old, 12 Scouts have already reached the rank of Eagle.

Ankhasha Amenti honored with Hospice Service Award

Providence Hospice of Seattle recently honored Sammamish resident Ankhasha Amenti with its annual Hospice Service Award for her continued support that has generated more than $20,000 in donations in the past five years.

Amenti started supporting Providence Hospice in 2007 with proceeds from her Issaquah thrift store, Ankhasha’s Consignments. During the years the store was open, Amenti and her customers donated more than $20,000 to the nonprofit that services children and adults with life-limiting illnesses.

Even after Amenti closed her consignment store in 2009, she continued to raise money for Providence Hospice through rummage sales. Today, she donates to Providence Hospice via sales of used furnishings from Murray Franklyn model homes and with a percentage of profits from consigned vintage and costume jewelry sales.

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City celebrates Arbor Day at Ruth Kees Grove planting

April 20, 2011

Volunteers gather along Issaquah Creek on April 16 to observe Arbor Day. By Margaret Macleod

NEW — 4 p.m. April 20, 2011

Issaquah leaders gathered on a less-than-springlike day April 16 to observe Arbor Day and plant a grove to honor Ruth Kees and the community’s other top environmentalists.

Like the top environmental honor in the city, the grove is named for the late Kees. The bespectacled environmentalist fought for decades to protect Issaquah Creek, Tiger Mountain and the Lower Issaquah Valley Aquifer from development-related threats.

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Honor veterans in Memorial Day section

April 12, 2011

Dave Waggoner said he is worried that people are forgetting about U.S. veterans.

He recalled a phrase — selective disengagement — that journalist Bob Woodward had used.

“He said people across the United States selectively disengage from war, whether it be Afghanistan or Iraq or Korea or Vietnam or World War II,” said Waggoner, quartermaster with the Issaquah Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

When society selectively disengages from wars, it loses focus on the people who fight them and their experiences.

“The cost of war is people, and the people of Issaquah paid that price for their service,” Waggoner said.

The Issaquah Press is working to reverse that trend. For the second consecutive year, in its Memorial Day issue, The Press will publish profiles of Issaquah men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces.

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Who’s News

April 5, 2011

Sammamish woman honored

Joan Robinson-Berry, of Sammamish, recently received the National Society of Black Engineers’ Golden Torch Award for Outstanding Woman in Technology.

Robinson-Berry is the small business liaison officer for The Boeing Co. and director of Small/Diverse Business & Strategic Alliance for Boeing Defense, Space & Security.

The Golden Torch Award is presented to individuals who demonstrate the highest commitment to the ideals set forth in the NSBE mission — to develop culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically and succeed professionally while contributing to their communities.

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Top volunteers honored at Golden Acorn Awards

April 5, 2011

For every strong school, there are strong volunteers who organize cultural fairs, chaperone field trips, coordinate family fun nights, photocopy assignments and hold bank days for student deposits.

The Issaquah PTSA Council awarded 73 volunteers from 23 schools with Golden Acorn Awards at the 2011 Recognizing Our All-Stars reception March 29.

Boy Scout Troop Pack 636 started the function with a flag salute, and Issaquah PTSA Council President Janine Kotan welcomed the crowd.

The ceremony had a sports theme, with presenters dressed in their favorite sports garb and giving speeches about how volunteers had wowed their fans and hit home runs for their schools.

Jennifer Good, a parent volunteer at Challenger Elementary School, said she began volunteering to meet people and promote education. She organized an ice cream social at the beginning of the year, while Ruth Steck, another parent volunteer, regularly snaps photos of students for the Challenger yearbook.

Both women said they appreciated the Golden Acorn Awards, though, “You don’t do it to be recognized,” Good said.

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Boy Scouts collect food donations

March 22, 2011

Issaquah residents can donate food to the hungry during the Scouting for Food drive.

Boys Scouts plan to collect nonperishable foods and personal care items from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 26 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive.

The most-needed items include baby formula, breakfast cereal, canned goods oatmeal, peanut butter, pasta and rice, shampoo and soap, and feminine products.

Scouts across the state plan to participate in the daylong food drive.

Local Scouts conducted a food drive in Issaquah and other Eastside communities last March.

Issaquah students serve as legislative pages

March 8, 2011

Iman Baghai, an Issaquah High School 10th-grader, and Issaquah Middle School eighth-grader Justine Connelly recently served as a legislative pages in January, seen here on the floor of the state House of Representatives with Rep. Marcie Maxwell, D-Renton.

Students ages 14-17 are eligible to serve as a legislative page in the state House or Senate, where for one week, they deliver messages for lawmakers and learn first hand about the democratic process

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Gold Star

March 1, 2011

Eagle Scout helps the Puget Sound

Jake Pankanin and Josh Pankanin

For his Eagle Scout project, Jake Pankanin led Boy Scout Troop 709 through Issaquah’s South Cove neighborhood, gluing environmental awareness markers to sewers. Each button read, “Dump No Waste, Drains to Stream. Puget Sound Starts Here.”

The troop glued more than 380 buttons Dec. 5. Pankanin chose the project after calling the city, which provided the Scouts with reflective vests, glue, buttons, maps, traffic cones and steel brushes for scrubbing the cement before gluing the buttons.

“I chose to do this project because Lake Sammamish is clearly a part of our watershed and local environment that we need to take care of,” Pankanin said. “We can’t have people dumping pollutants down the drains.”

Pankanin (left) and his twin brother, Josh Pankanin, apply glue to a button.

Options abound for disposing of Christmas trees

January 4, 2011

Issaquah residents eager to toss out a dried-out fir face a handful of options to dispose of natural Christmas trees.

Customers tired of evergreens dropping brown needles can set out trees for yard waste collection on regular collection days. The trees must be cut to 4 feet or less. Haulers do not collect trees decked in flocking or decorations.

For residents interested in recycling, or tree-cycling, the King County Solid Waste Division offers a list of recycling locations. Or, residents can drop off trees at Cedar Grove Composting near Issaquah and other recycling sites. Read more

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