Help break the world record for largest swim lesson Thursday

June 2, 2010

NEW — 9 a.m. June 2, 2010

Just in time for summer, Julius Boehm Pool is looking to break a world record Thursday morning — and you can help.

The pool’s swim instructors, lifeguards and managers will try to break the world record for the world’s largest swim lesson.

In a town renowned for its swimming community — thanks to pool namesake Julius Boehm, a candy maker, Olympic swimmer and community swim instructor — it’s only appropriate for Issaquah to shatter the record.

If you’d like to participate, check in at the pool’s office at 6:45 a.m. The lesson will last from 7-7:45 a.m. The pool is located at 50 S.E. Clark St.

Don’t forget your swimsuit and towel, and be prepared to get wet.

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A look at the legacy left behind by Issaquah’s first rockstar candy maker

February 23, 2010

In 1956, in a town more renowned as a farming community and for its legacy in the logging and mining industries, an unlikely new venture opened its doors in Issaquah by an even more uncommon man.

In the foothills of the Issaquah Alps, Julius Boehm found a perfect setting, one that reminded him of his home in the Austrian Alps, from which to offer up a risky venture few thought had much chance at success — selling handmade chocolate confections.

“People thought it was a joke of an idea at the time,” said Bernard Garbusjuk, the current owner of Boehm’s Candies.

Well, the joke was on the doubters, as Julius Boehm added a new legacy the city of Issaquah can now lay claim to.

But as time marches on further away from Boehm’s passing in 1981, fewer remain who knew the man willing to take that risk.

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Boehm’s candy maker receives tourism award

May 19, 2009

Tyson Garbusjuk (left) and his father Bernard, of Boehm’s Candies, hold the 2009 Tourism Excellence Award. By Greg Farrar

Tyson Garbusjuk (left) and his father Bernard, of Boehm’s Candies, hold the 2009 Tourism Excellence Award. By Greg Farrar

Bernard Garbusjuk, of Boehm’s Candies, was honored last week as the first recipient of the Boehm’s Award for Issaquah Tourism Excellence.

The Boehm’s Award, presented by the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, is named after longtime Issaquah business partner Boehm’s Candies Inc. in recognition of the company’s foresight in creatively developing and marketing experience-based tourism.

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