Month of October brings appreciation, fatalism

October 15, 2013

I love October. Between the changing weather, the eruption of color and the settling shroud of Halloween, my appreciation of this month has grown exponentially over time.

It is a recent development and a remarkable one. Here: Let me remark on it.

Peter Clark Press reporter

Peter Clark
Press reporter

About 11 years ago, I was diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder, a pretty severe case. Instead of the short daylight of winter, autumn depressed me the most. We’re not talking being moody and mopey. We’re talking straight up “can’t leave the bed because everything is eternally painful.” I had life-changing problems with school as I was just beginning college and it led to some pretty intense family issues. Everyone has their personal struggles.

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A decade of terror

October 15, 2013

Nightmare at Beaver Lake promises hidden surprises in celebration of 10 years of Halloween spookiness

The people behind the annual Nightmare at Beaver Lake always have a few tricks up their sleeves.

For the 10th anniversary event, for example, the haunted house at the end of a dark, terrorizing walk through the woods has a special surprise awaiting guests.

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However, the secret is closely guarded and won’t be revealed until the Oct. 18 opening, said Dana Young, of Scare Productions, the group responsible for bringing in more than 100 actors, makeup artists, costume designers and stage hands to make the show happen.

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Eastside Catholic club opens students to Asian culture

December 25, 2012

Eastside has many interesting clubs and activities but Asia Club is definitely one of the most unique.

Shreya Tewari
Eastside Catholic High School

Asia Club is a fairly recent club (started in the past several years) open to anybody interested in learning about and delving into Asian studies — languages, culture or food. The club meets once a week and learns about different Asian cultures and immerses itself in celebrating different foreign practices.

The club does a large amount of fundraising to support kids and people in general in many underprivileged areas in Asian countries. For different holidays, there are different kinds of candy grams that go around the school that are sponsored by Asia Club to raise money.

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Superstorm strands local family in New York City

November 6, 2012

The battered Eastern Seaboard resembles a set from a disaster film after Hurricane Sandy slammed ashore late Oct. 29, stranding a local family in New York City.

Hurricane Sandy roared through the city as the Ridnells hunkered in a Midtown Manhattan hotel.

Inside the Ridnells’ hotel, electricity flickered as Hurricane Sandy slammed the city, but power remained on at the St. Regis Hotel during the storm.

“Staying in Midtown, we’re sort of on an oasis here,” Anthony Ridnell said Oct. 31, as cleanup efforts encompassed the city. “We weren’t hit that badly, but everything around us was just decimated.”

The family returned home Nov. 3, almost a week later than planned, after a storm-related delay.

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Hurricane Sandy strands local family in New York City

October 31, 2012

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Oct. 31, 2012

The battered Eastern Seaboard resembles scenes from a disaster blockbuster after Hurricane Sandy slammed ashore late Monday.

The superstorm roared through New York City as the Ridnells, a local family, rode out Hurricane Sandy in a Midtown Manhattan hotel.

Hurricane Sandy came ashore near Atlantic City, N.J., at about 8 p.m. Monday. The storm caused at least 50 deaths throughout the region. Massive power outages across the Northeast left more than 8 million people in the dark.

In New York City, storm surge caused water to pour into streets, tunnels and subway tunnels.

Inside the Ridnells’ hotel, electricity flickered as Hurricane Sandy slammed the city, but power remained on at the St. Regis Hotel during the storm.

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October 30, 2012

Halloween is spooky for pets, too, so use safety tips

October 30, 2012

NEW — 1 p.m. Oct. 30, 2012

Halloween is a spooky season for pets, too.

From pet costumes to pet-friendly decorations, Seattle Humane Society leaders ask pets to prepare for Halloween guests, strange noises and costumed creatures.

On Halloween, frequent opening and closing of the door to greet trick-or-treaters can cause excited or scared pets to dash outside. Keep animals in a room away from the front door as trick-or-treaters visit. The spooky sounds, ringing doorbells and strange costumes can frighten animals.

Ideally, pets should wear a pet license, ID tag, microchip or a combination.

Most veterinarians and shelters offer microchipping. If a pet is already microchipped, make sure the company has current address and phone numbers.

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State fire marshal offers advice for Halloween safety

October 30, 2012

NEW — 1 p.m. Oct. 30, 2012

Halloween frights can come from flammable costumes and decorations, state Fire Marshal Charles Duffy cautioned residents as the holiday approached.

The state fire marshal reminded parents to plan ahead for little ghouls’ safety and to make Halloween a fire-safe holiday.

“Taking simple fire safety precautions, like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant, can prevent fires,” Duffy said in a statement.

Revelers can practice some simple tips to remain safe on the holiday.

Safety can start at the store, as parents and children select a costume.

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Green Halloween Festival scares up fun, frights

October 23, 2012

The leaves around Issaquah may form an autumnal rainbow of yellows, reds and browns, but it’s going to be a green Halloween as the Issaquah Highlands Council gets set to celebrate the 12th annual Green Halloween Festival on Oct. 27.

The festival gets its name through its partnership with Green Halloween, a locally founded movement to make all holidays healthier and more sustainable, said Christy Garrard, Highlands Council special events planner.

“We partnered with Green Halloween because it really fit with the built green philosophy of the Issaquah Highlands urban village concept,” she said.

The outdoor, family-friendly festival kicks off with a bang at noon, when dancers of all ages will gather in front of Blakely Hall for Thrill the World, a worldwide attempt to break the record for the largest simultaneous dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Festival attendees are encouraged to try their best zombie impression and join in on the iconic dance routine.

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Zombies return to menace downtown Issaquah

October 23, 2012

Zombies shamble down Front Street North during the 2011 Downtown Zombie Walk. By Warren Kagarise

Last October, on a sunny afternoon, a regular Saturday turned unordinary as zombies menaced Issaquah.

The undead shambled into the sunset, and Issaquah sidestepped a zombie apocalypse — for a while, at least.

The zombie horde is back.

Expect to see the undead shuffle down Front Street North on Oct. 27 during a Downtown Zombie Walk and then assemble for a flash-mob dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” outside the Issaquah Library.

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