Downtown Issaquah ArtWalk returns May 4 for 11th season

May 1, 2012

ArtWalk returns May 4, as the Downtown Issaquah Association launches the spring and summer tradition.

The event is from 5-8 p.m. along Front Street and Sunset Way. The event is held the first Friday of each month, May to September.

Artists from local high schools add a special feature to the season’s first ArtWalk, Downtown Issaquah Association Executive Director Karen Donovan said.

Look for the young artists’ works at the historic Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N., and the former Stella’s Vintage Clothing, 195 Front St. N.

ArtWalk participants can also listen to live music. Kaleidoscope is due to perform in front of the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. Hear the Issaquah Singers at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way. Participants can also listen to music at the feed store.

Downtown restaurants, businesses, galleries and other venues plan to participate as ArtWalk launches its 11th season.

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Rowan and Barbara Hinds celebrate 50th anniversary

April 24, 2012

Rowan and Barbara Hinds

Apparently they were no fools to marry on April 1, 1962!

Rowan and Barbara met at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., in 1960. Rowan was in the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps, and upon graduation in 1962, he was commissioned a second lieutenant and they got married. Their honeymoon was a cross-country trip to Augusta, Ga., where he attended basic officer’s school at Fort Gordon.

After more schooling at Fort Monmouth, N.J., Rowan was sent to France, where Barb joined him a few months later. They spent one year in France followed by two years in Germany before returning to Corvallis, where Rowan obtained his master’s degree.

In 1967, they moved to Longview when Rowan took a position with Northern Pacific Railway Timberlands (now Plum Creek Timber), and Barbara concentrated on building their first home and raising their toddler with a second on the way.

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Community invited to enjoy love of fiddling

January 24, 2012

From left, Tami Curtis, and Ken and Martha Neville from the Rovin’ Fiddlers play at the Railroad Depot in June 2009. Contributed

Fiddle music is filling the air in Issaquah and beyond. Two locally based bands aim to bring joy to the public through fiddle music.

Rovin’ Fiddlers was formed in the summer of 2008 and consists of six to eight regular members, ages ranging from 40s to 60s. Besides performing at senior centers, retirement homes and the farmers market in Issaquah, they also rove around the greater Seattle area.

“Our group was originally called the Firehouse Fiddlers … but we changed it because we move around the local area to perform,” said Ken Neville, the group’s coordinator, who has lived in Issaquah since 1972.

Other regular band members include Ken’s wife, Martha, Tami Curtis and David Edfeldt, all of Issaquah.

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Local ‘Antiques Roadshow’ uncovers diamonds in the rough

December 6, 2011

Linda Thompson has a basket her mom used to keep magazines in.

Joanne Scheele has a vase that was lucky to survive years of children playing roughhouse indoors.

Linda Johnson (left), of Klahanie, looks on as appraisers Jan Jarvis and Jeanne Klein admire her Thompson River Salish household utility basket at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center. By Greg Farrar

Both sought expert opinions regarding the value of their family heirlooms at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center’s first local version of the “Antiques Roadshow” Dec. 2.

Jan Jarvis and Jeanne Klein, from Brown Tag Estate Sales, both longtime antique dealers, were also offering their opinions for the first time in such a venue.

“We are used to doing this kind of thing for estate sales,” Klein said.

For just $3 an item or $5 for a maximum of four items, residents were invited to bring anything to be evaluated.

Courtney Jaren, senior center executive director, said she was pleased by the turnout, however small it was.

“It’s a brand new event,” she said. “People take time to warm up to them. Plus we didn’t want to overwhelm Jan and Jeanne.”

Like the PBS show “Antiques Roadshow,” items are brought in for evaluation by experts. Unlike the show, where viewers get immediate feedback on value and history, items had to be left behind for the duo to quickly research via the Internet for whatever they could. They shared their findings at a revealing session a couple of hours later.

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Veterans Day ceremony honors service

November 8, 2011

Dave Waggoner is tireless in his efforts to ensure both today’s military members are honored and yesterday’s heroes are not forgotten.

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Issaquah train show features models of all sizes

August 9, 2011

The sixth annual Issaquah Train Show is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Issaquah Train Depot.

The event features numerous model trains, including several set up by the Northwest Pacific Z-Scalers. Displays also will include wooden Brio trains. Visitors can ride the depot pump car, and the depot’s own model train set will be in motion.

Karen Klein, of the Issaquah History Museums, said there will be a large Lego display at which youngsters can build their own trains, as well as what she called a garden display, basically an outdoor train set up.

By the way, for the uninitiated, Z-scale trains are small-scale trains, Klein said.

For the first time, the train show features a speaker, Randy Dashoe, who will talk about the history of the Great Northern Railway at 11 a.m. in the Issaquah Valley Senior Center. The center is just a short distance from the depot.

The train show is free with museum admission: $2 for adults, $1 for children. The depot is at 50 Rainier Blvd. N.

The history museums are looking for volunteers to help staff the event. Two shifts are available, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or from 1-5 p.m. Call 392-3500 to sign up.

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Issaquah VFW post plans Memorial Day service

May 24, 2011

The Issaquah Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 3436 hosts a Memorial Day service at Hillside Cemetery, just below the Veterans Section, at 10 a.m. May 30.

The Issaquah High School Junior Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps unit will provide the color guard and honor guard for a 21-gun salute.

The VFW-sponsored Boy Scout Troop No. 709 and Cub Scout Pack No. 639 will help set up at 9 a.m. May 28 and take down decorations from the cemetery after the ceremony. There will be someone at the cemetery between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to hand out forms for people to specify the symbols — such as crosses and flags — they want on veterans’ graves.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way.

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Community lunch spurs appetites, friendships

May 3, 2011

The buffet lunch boasted clam-and-salmon chowder, fresh fruit smoothies and a taco bar, but it wasn’t a ritzy restaurant — it was a delicious community gathering, served for free at the Issaquah Community Hall every Thursday.

Ray Anderson (right), a Henderson House resident, receives a bowl of mixed vegetables and a taco from volunteers Marsha Whitfield (left) and Jean Olsen. By Greg Farrar

The free lunch was the brainchild of Marilyn Ottinger. She regularly volunteered at the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank and noticed how sometimes the lines moved slowly, with people waiting outside before they could collect food, clothes and other household comforts.

In 2009, she and her friends began serving lunch out of the back of their cars, setting up tables near the queue.

“We started to get to know the folks,” Ottinger said, which made her want to reach out even more.

Their portable lunch stop hit a snag in summer 2009, when temperatures topped 100 degrees. Ottinger worked with Issaquah City Councilman Fred Butler to get a permanent indoor — and cooler — space. He helped them land the Issaquah Community Hall, the meeting room in the East Sunset Way fire station.

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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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Hopelink cancels Talk Time English classes in Issaquah

January 25, 2011

Hopelink canceled its English Talk Time classes at Issaquah Valley Elementary School last month due to budget cuts.

About nine people used the free class, where they divided into beginning and advanced groups to practice their English speaking skills, Talk Time Coordinator and AmeriCorps member Kelli Graham said.

Hopelink is not the first to cut English language classes because of budget cuts. In March 2009, Renton Technical College ended its English class, which helped 22 people from Brazil, China, Korea, Mexico, Russia and Ukraine at a classroom at the Community Church of Issaquah.

Even with the cuts, English language learners looking for classes can still find them around town.

The Issaquah Valley Senior Center offers English language classes to people who speak Chinese. The center offers the free class for seniors and adults from 10 a.m. – noon every Monday at 75 N.E. Creek Way. No registration is required, Program Coordinator April Nelson said.

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