Rotary Club’s Grape Escape benefits scholarships

March 1, 2011

The Rotary Club of Issaquah’s annual Grape Escape auction and wine tasting will feature five wineries and breweries, along with a silent auction of art, wine-related items and entertainment packages from 6-9 p.m. March 5 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive.

Tickets cost $25 online at and $30 at the door. Participants are eligible to purchase wine and beer with no sales tax, and with prices at or below retail value.

All purchases benefit scholarships for Issaquah, Liberty and Tiger Mountain Community high schools.

The wineries and breweries include William Church, Airfield Estates, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Kestrel and Snoqualmie Brewery.

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Rotary Club honors students of the month

March 1, 2011

The Rotary Club of Issaquah recently honored the following seniors as its students of the month for February.

Isabelle Chu

Isabelle Chu

-School: Issaquah High School

-Category of recognition: music

-Parents: Lawrence and Janet Chu

-Sponsoring teacher: Doug Longman

-Achievements: 4.0 grade point average, National Merit commended status

-Athletics: two black belts in martial arts

-Activities: principal cellist of the Evergreen Philharmonic and formal principal of Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra; second in state for large ensemble (2009)

-Scholastic activities: biology (and pursue that in college); National Honor Society executive board

-Hobbies: playing cello in orchestra and small ensemble/chamber groups; photography, fashion and traveling

-Outside school affiliations: Universal Energy Martial Arts; Eastside Chamber Choir and Orchestra; Sapor Dei Quartet; volunteer at Clark Elementary School

-Future goals: attend a four-year liberal arts college; dream school is Amherst or Princeton; still undecided on a career

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50 years and counting, couple celebrates milestone

February 15, 2011

Finnegans celebrate golden anniversary, share a lifetime of tales

Leo and Rose Finnegan spoil their black Lab, Murphy, as they retell stories about their 50-year marriage and how they raised five children. Contributed

After spending 50 years together, raising five children and helping Issaquah’s handicapped adult community, Leo and Rose Finnegan have a lifetime of stories to share.

The two grew up in Montana and attended grade school together, but it was not until they crossed paths at a funeral that romantic sparks flew.

The two had already moved into early adulthood, with Rose earning her nursing degree and Leo studying engineering at Gonzaga University and the University of Notre Dame.

Leo’s grandmother passed away in summer 1960, and Rose’s mother, who knew the family, took Rose with her to the wake.

“For some reason, we just clicked,” Rose said. “We had an awful lot in common. We felt like we knew each other very well.”

By that summer, Leo proposed and they married Jan. 28, 1961.

“It was probably my grandmother’s doing,” Leo said.

The young couple moved frequently in their early years, from Colorado to Idaho to Michigan to Montana, and finally to Issaquah.

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Rotary Club honors students of the month

February 1, 2011

The Rotary Club of Issaquah honored the following seniors as its students of the month for January.

Jordan Thompson

Jordan Thompson

School: Liberty High School

Parents: George and Sherri Thompson

Category honored: Leadership

Sponsoring teacher: Michelle Munson

Achievements: varsity golf captain (twice); junior varsity baseball captain; Associated Student Body vice president, homecoming king, junior class president

Activities/interests: ASB Leadership; math, DECA, Link Crew

Hobbies: Baseball, golf, fishing, ASB

Outside school affiliations: hanging with friends, working at Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Course

Future goals: go to a four-year university and obtain a degree; continue leadership throughout life; pursue a career in the field of landscaping architecture

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Issaquah food bank hires new executive director

January 25, 2011

Board selects former Bellingham parks employee for role

Cori Kauk, the new executive director at the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank, takes a moment for a smile on her first day of work Jan. 18 at the downtown facility. By Greg Farrar

Cori Kauk arrived to handshakes, hugs and flowers to start in the top job at the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank last week.

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Tuition hikes affect college decisions

January 25, 2011

Tuition hikes at Washington public universities make higher education an even bigger investment

By Ehrik Aldana

Over the next two years, tuition at the University of Washington and other state universities is expected to increase up to 11 percent per year. Washington’s community colleges would see increases of about 9 percent per year. And that still won’t be enough.

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Rotary honors November students of the month

November 30, 2010

The Rotary Club of Issaquah recently honored the following seniors as its students of the month for November.

Kelsey Canaga

Kelsey Canaga

School: Liberty High School

Category of recognition: English

Parents/guardians: Susan and Steve Canaga

Sponsoring teacher: Lisa Beck

Scholastic interests: Writing and English, the visual and performing arts

Hobbies: Drawing digital art, character design and role-playing (live and textual), poetry, improv silliness, drama, scenic painting

Achievements: 3.85 grade point average, 4 on Advanced Placement U.S. history test, 5 on AP language test; taking AP studio arts, AP psychology and AP literature

Activities: Three winning designs for LHS drama posters; lead roles and major roles in LHS drama productions

Future goals: four-year university; focus in arts; explore graphic design, illustration and visual arts; perhaps secondary education

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Who’s News

November 9, 2010

Trivia champions crowned

Trivia Champions of Issaquah

Issaquah Rotary Trivia Night on Oct. 26 at Malarkey’s raised $1,600 for the Issaquah Friends of Youth At Risk program.

The top three teams donated their prize money to the charity. The winning team crowned “Trivia Champions of Issaquah” included members Christine and Charles Chi and Shannon and Richard McVay. Read more

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Rotary honors October’s top students

November 2, 2010

The Rotary Club of Issaquah recently named the following seniors as its students of the month for October.

Gabrielle Brask

School: Tiger Mountain Community High School

Category recognized: Science

Parent/guardian: Gayle MacDonnel Brask and Charles Brask

Sponsoring teacher: Mitra Kundu

Hobbies: Promoter for DJ Blue’s Entertainment events; volunteer at the Bruce MacDonnell Foundation

Athletics: In eighth and ninth grade, started dance program for middle school students; in ninth grade, was president of Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus dance club; sophomore year was on the Skyline High School dance team

Future goals: go to Bellevue College; focus is to be a psychologist

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Judicial candidates face tough caseload

October 12, 2010

Crammed onto the ballot alongside the marquee race for U.S. Senate and high-profile initiatives is another important decision.

The electorate in Issaquah and broad stretch of northeastern King County faces a choice next month to pick a pair of King County District judges.

The race for the Position 6 seat features appointed Judge Michael Finkle and Issaquah attorney John L. O’Brien. Redmond City Prosecutor Larry Mitchell is running against Newcastle attorney Donna Tucker for the Position 7 seat.

The contests mark the first elections for both nonpartisan positions. King County Council members — backed by the state — increased the number of District Court judges last year to address a burgeoning caseload.

District Court handles misdemeanor criminal cases, drunken driving offenses and traffic infractions, requests for domestic violence protection orders, small claims and some civil cases.

The court is on track for a record year of more than 253,000 filings by the end of December.

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