June 26, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. June 26, 2015
Master Chorus Eastside’s popular All-American Independence Celebration returns at 3 p.m. June 28 to Pickering Barn to commemorate the Fourth of July.
American music of all styles stands side-by-side with Dr. Linda Gingrich’s signature commentary to create an unforgettable Independence celebration.
The year 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, so this year’s “Celebrate America” theme focuses on Lincoln’s life and times, complete with songs and sing-alongs from the early and mid-1800s, readings from some of Lincoln’s most famous speeches, and the world premier of a musical setting of the Gettysburg Address by University of Washington professor emeritus Abraham Kaplan.
May 20, 2015
Freedom is not free.
The cost is men’s and women’s lives. And blood and guts. And arms and legs. And hearing and sight. And brains and other organs.
Men and women have given their lives and paid in many other ways for this country’s freedom since it began.
April 21, 2015
April 6, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. April 6, 2015
The Asante Children’s Choir, a group from Africa, are making a stop in Issaquah while on its Jericho Tour across the U.S.
The choir will have a free concert at 7:30 p.m. April 10 at the Living Hope Bible Church, 205 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W.
The Asante Children’s Choir is made up of children from East Africa, a region recovering from years of civil war and genocide that have claimed millions of lives, and leaving thousands of children and women as orphans and widows.
February 10, 2015
Forget wizards and dragons and, with one exception, aliens and space armadas.
For Game ON! 2015, Feb. 5-8 at the Issaquah Holiday Inn, the name of the games was mostly history.
May 21, 2014
In a small box that’s usually tucked away in his home library, Issaquah attorney Jerry Pearson has several keepsakes from his three-year stint in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Among the items are a set of dog tags made to commemorate three of his fellow Marines; a brass dragon head he found in a village; and the two Purple Hearts he was awarded for combat-related wounds in Vietnam.
The dragon head, in particular, brings back a flood of memories for Pearson, who was born in Seattle before moving to Issaquah as a small child in 1951. He associates it with Ron Dexter and Lester Bell, two members of the Fifth Marine Division who were shipped to the jungles of Southeast Asia and never came home.
April 8, 2014
Come hear and participate in a dramatic performance of the Washington Territory’s Civil War connections April 12.
The free event starts at 1 p.m. at the Train Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E.
The Issaquah History Museums has partnered with Humanities Washington to invite the community to “Territorial Voices, A Civil War Reader’s Theater,” an engaging conversation with historian Lorraine McConaghy, a member of the 2012-14 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.
February 14, 2012
To our Hall of Famer and MVP, Bob Taylor
You are an awesome sports editor, and your decision to bow out on March 9 to pursue your book-writing projects is going to make my transition from black-and-white film to color-digital photography seem like a piece of cake.
Thank you so much for the 12 years of wisdom and experience you have brought to your sports section. We hardly deserved to have you, considering your 19 “and-a-half” previous years covering Eastside sports for the old Journal-American. Any daily newspaper around Puget Sound would have been a better one with you on its staff.
It always amazed me when covering an event with you to see how grown dads and even coaches would approach you to reminisce about the times you covered their own high school athletic careers. You’re like the living encyclopedia of Eastside sports, and whenever it was relevant, any story you wrote could link to the past of a school’s athletic program.
We’ve had more time on the road together than I’ve spent with any other reporter in this business. No trip to Bellingham, Tacoma or Yakima ever seemed too long as we gabbed away the miles. I learned about your growing up in the southwest corner of the state, your awesome love for your wife Pauline and son David, and how you’ve worked with quite a few interesting characters, some sober and some inebriated, over the years.
October 4, 2011
Conversation offered clue to mental turmoil
The reason Ronald W. Ficker engaged in a fatal gun battle against Issaquah police at Clark Elementary School continues to elude detectives, but the gunman’s self-described best friend said the only clue to the incident came less than 48 hours before the Sept. 24 shootout.
Mark Risdon, Ficker’s longtime friend, last spoke to the gunman just after 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 — the night before police said Ficker rented a silver Kia Forte at a Seattle rental car counter.
The vehicle surfaced in Issaquah the next morning after police said the sedan stalled along Interstate 90 and again near a downtown intersection. Police fatally shot Ficker on the Clark Elementary campus at about 11:40 a.m. Sept. 24.
“The content of our conversation gave me a lot of concern,” Risdon said. “He just wasn’t making sense. He was talking, he was saying something about going into outer space.”
Risdon suggested watching a movie the next night, but in the end, decided not to call Ficker after the odd interaction. In the conversation, Ficker did not mention plans to rent a car or travel.
“I was kind of afraid to call him, because the conversation that we had Thursday was, well, alarming,” Risdon said. “I wish I had called him.”
Risdon said he attempted — but failed — to reach Ficker’s physician to discuss the episode. Risdon said Ficker had not said anything similar before the Sept. 22 conversation.
“When I talked to him Thursday, I was asking him questions in kind of a roundabout way — if he had been to his doctor recently, if he was having a bad reaction to any kind of a new medication or something,” he continued. “It just seemed like he was having, maybe, a medication reaction or something.”
August 30, 2011
George Tibbetts and William Goode were just teenagers. If they lived today, the future Issaquah residents might have been concerned with such important details as saving to purchase a car. Tibbetts might even have been anxious about getting prepared for a prom or studying for the SATs.
But 150 years ago, the nation was quite different than it is today. It was a nation divided.
With the election of Abraham Lincoln as president, 11 Southern states led by South Carolina seceded from the nation. Lincoln had pledged to halt the spread of slavery, a stand that was unpopular in the South. The Southern states formed their own country — the Confederate States of America.
Everyone in the North and in the South knew it was just a matter of time before there would be war. On April 12, 1861, Confederate troops under Gen. Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard fired cannons on Fort Sumter and the war began.
Three days later, President Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to serve the Union for 90 days. However, it soon became obvious that further troops would be needed and the president called for the enlistment of 100,000 troops to serve for three years.
Among those who answered the president’s call to arms were Tibbetts, 16, and Goode, 19.
Tibbetts, who was born in Maine but was sent to live with an aunt in New Hampshire when he was 4, was assigned to Company F, Fourth New Hampshire Infantry. He enlisted as a private and rose to be a sergeant by the time he was discharged.