Vets advocate Dave Waggoner is honored as Hometown Hero

February 24, 2015

Issaquah doesn’t forget.

By Greg Farrar Dave Waggoner speaks to the crowd during a Veterans Day memorial ceremony in his role as a representative of the Issaquah branch of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3436.

By Greg Farrar
Dave Waggoner speaks to the crowd during a Veterans Day memorial ceremony in his role as a representative of the Issaquah branch of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3436.

Not a Veterans Day or a Memorial Day goes by without a city celebration honoring the men and women who fought, or continue to fight, for this country’s freedom.

Issaquah and its residents won’t forget those sacrifices anytime soon, because Dave Waggoner won’t let them.

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Game on! — History, strategy and socializing combine at hobby convention

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.

By Greg Farrar Geoffrey Phipps (left), game designer, longtime historical gaming hobbyist Tyler Roush and game developer Scot McConnachie, are aided by textbooks on the Battle of Gallipoli and inspired by an Australian recruiting poster, as they refine a draft original of ‘Gallipoli 1915: Churchill’s Greatest Gamble’ during the Game ON! convention.

By Greg Farrar
Geoffrey Phipps (left), game designer, longtime historical gaming hobbyist Tyler Roush and game developer Scot McConnachie, are aided by textbooks on the Battle of Gallipoli and inspired by an Australian recruiting poster, as they refine a draft original of ‘Gallipoli 1915: Churchill’s Greatest Gamble’ during the Game ON! convention.

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Public is invited to join Relay for Life

May 27, 2014

It may be too late to sign up a new team, but the invitation remains open to the public to join in on all the fun at the annual Relay For Life this Memorial Day weekend.

Mayor Fred Butler will kick off the event at noon May 31, setting in motion 767 participants on 93 teams circling the track at Issaquah High School, raising funds for cancer research.

“We have passed our goal of 90 teams and are well on our way to our goal of raising $300,000 for the American Cancer Society,” said event chairwoman Stacy Strickland. “We are currently pacing ahead of this time last year, so we are confident that our Issaquah community will help us reach our goal.”

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Editorial

May 27, 2014

Many people came out to celebrate and remember veterans at ceremonies across the area on Memorial Day.

But the men and women who served or died in military service to their country should be remembered and honored all year.

Members of our military are still fighting and dying in remote areas all around the world.

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Honor veterans Monday at Memorial Day ceremony

May 25, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 25, 2014

This year’s annual Memorial Day ceremony is 10 a.m. May 26 at Hillside Cemetery.

The speaker will be Cmdr. Dave Waggoner. The service will last about 45 minutes, and there will be refreshments after.

The Liberty High School Junior Naval ROTC will do the honor guard and color guard duties. Boy Scout Troop #709 and Cub Scout Pack #639 will also be in attendance to help with programs.

If it rains, the event will be moved to the Issaquah Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way.

Remember fire safety this Memorial Day weekend

May 24, 2014

NEW — Noon May 24, 2014

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is urging people to exercise caution with fire this Memorial Day weekend.

Wildfire season has started here in Washington, and the department has already responded to more than 80 wildfires across the state.

Memorial Day is traditionally associated with the start of summer, and the holiday weekend typically brings more people outdoors.

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Remember veterans at annual Memorial Day ceremony May 26

May 20, 2014

This year’s annual Memorial Day ceremony is 10 a.m. May 26 at Hillside Cemetery.

The speaker will be Cmdr. Dave Waggoner.

Liberty High School Junior Naval ROTC will do the honor guard and color guard duties.

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Send veterans photos, story ideas for Memorial Day section

March 27, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. March 27, 2014

The Issaquah Press is proud to announce it will print its fifth annual veterans section — Lest We Forget — in the May 21 paper, in time for Memorial Day.

Veterans, we want your photos and information, whether you served in a war or during peacetime. If someone in your family was a veteran, but he or she has passed away, we still want to include him or her.

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Lioness seventh-graders bring home hardware

July 10, 2012

A pride of lionesses roared in the desert.

The EBI Lioness AAU girls basketball team won the Reno Jam On It Championship’s seventh-grade division in June. The team included Skyline High School’s Gina Grossi, (back row, first from the left); Liberty High School’s Samantha Kelderman, (back row, third from left), Kadi Cooke, (front row, first from the left), and Megan Kirschner, (front row, fifth from the left); and Eastside Catholic High School’s Bailey Haner (front row, fourth from the left). Contributed

The EBI Lioness team, composed of teenage players all over the Eastside, earned first place at the Reno Jam On It Championship’s seventh-grade division in Reno, Nev., in May.

The team, part of AAU competition, “were determined to win it for their coach” Felicia Johnson, an email from one of the team’s parents stated.

Johnson fainted while at the tourney, so the team had to play on its own the first two games.

“I don’t even remember even having to call a timeout,” Johnson said.

Lioness center/forward Kadi Cooke, from Issaquah, agreed.

“It was stressful at first but then all of our teamwork paid off for the team and it was fun at the end,” she said.

The team spent a lot of time together off the court, shooting guard Bailey Haner said.

“We went go-karting together, we went on roller-coasters, we ate ice cream a lot,” she said. “It was really fun.”

All the fun stuff makes the team more cohesive, she added.

The level of competition was all over the place, Johnson said, but it got tough once they reached the semifinals.

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U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert commemorates fallen on Memorial Day

May 28, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. May 28, 2012

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert honored veterans and families on Memorial Day, as the Issaquah representative in Congress also highlighted legislative accomplishments for veterans.

“As so many of us settle into this long weekend looking forward to visiting with and enjoying our friends and family, let us pause to remember those Americans who have given us the liberty to do so,” he said in a statement. “We are blessed to have so many generations of warriors who have fought valiantly for our freedom. They suffered so that those of us who endure may pursue our American dreams.”

Reichert, a former King County sheriff and Auburn Republican, also served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve during the Vietnam War era.

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