Grand Ridge students manage school’s post office

February 15, 2011

Daniel Dalzell (left) and James Swanson, Grand Ridge Elementary School second-grade students, sort letters into mailboxes for each class at their school. By Laura Geggel

In this age of electronic everything, the art of the written card is going out of style nearly everywhere, but not at Grand Ridge Elementary School.

For the past five years, second-grade students have organized a schoolwide post office, encouraging their peers to write letters to their friends and teachers. The second-graders collect, sort and deliver the letters all week, brightening the day of letter recipients, especially if the letter contained a Valentine.

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Students have healthy eating options

February 15, 2011

Hall Monitor Allison McGuire Issaquah High School

By now, most New Year’s resolutions have all gone down the drain. Let’s face it: It’s hard to keep all the exercise goals and healthy eating habits, especially if you are a teen.

But at Issaquah High School, students still have multiple options to stay fit and get healthy. Our school offers a wide range of physical education classes and several after-school opportunities to get those muscles moving.

Students at IHS have the choice to enroll in classes such as yoga, weight training, ballet and team sports. It is required that students have one and a half credits of P.E., but with these classes, it is an easy task. The P.E. teachers not only make the classes enjoyable, but they also promote exercise and healthy diets in every class period.

However, exercising in school may not be enough for all students. If that’s the case, there is always the option of playing a school sport. With the spring season coming up, girls’ tennis, track, golf, boys’ soccer and an assortment of other sports are available to students.

Even if you do not hit the gym every night or you eat an extra cookie after dinner, for teens in Issaquah, there are still chances to live a healthy lifestyle. Students do not have to pay for expensive gym memberships to squeeze a little exercise into their day, because some of the best options can be found right here at IHS. Whether it is a school sport or an exciting P.E. class, every student has the chance to get fit at Issaquah High School.

Resolutions for 2011 can give you a little piece of heaven

January 4, 2011

Hall Monitor Shayna Waldbaum Liberty High School

As we welcome in the year 2011, we watch fireworks over the Space Needle and the ball drop in New York. Many people also participate in the tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions.

For many, the attempt to reach their goal stops after it has been set, instead of after it has been reached. If people followed their New Year’s resolution with more intensity, then the positive change they seek could be accomplished.

In many scenarios, people just pick the wrong resolution: such as one that they are not passionate about or do not enjoy doing.

The substantial rise in memberships that tends to happen every January has become an inside joke for many gyms. The “Januarys” swarm gyms after making the resolution to lose weight or work out more, but they start to fade from their aspirations come March.

I think the problem is that those resolutions are not specific enough. Wanting to lose weight or work out does not include a plan or much direction. It would be easier to complete a goal, such as lose 10 pounds or run five miles without stopping, simply because the goal is foreseeable with an actual measurement.

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New Year’s Day means new laws for Washington residents

January 2, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 2, 2011

The new year means new laws related to criminal justice, emergency response and the environment.

The state has banned lead wheel weights to balance vehicle tires.

The state Department of Ecology estimates about 40 metric tons of lead wheel weights fall off of vehicles each year in the Evergreen State.

Then, people and wildlife can be exposed to lead fragments and dust as traffic crushes and wears down the lost weights. The lead also poses a contamination threat to soil, surface water and groundwater.

The state has also banned the sale of televisions, computers and upholstered furniture containing a toxic flame retardant.

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County fireworks rules apply for New Year’s Eve merrymaking

December 31, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 31, 2010

The regulations for fireworks vary in the Issaquah area, so residents should determine local rules before deciding to blast into 2011.

In Issaquah, the citywide fireworks ban remains in effect New Year’s Eve. Residents in rural and unincorporated King County can discharge fireworks from 6 p.m. Friday until 1 a.m. Saturday.

Officials reminded residents to set off only approved and legal fireworks purchased from reliable state- and King County Fire Marshal Division-licensed retailers. Remember to obey fireworks regulations and practice fireworks safety.

In King County, fireworks sales for New Year’s Eve celebrations remain legal from noon to 11 p.m. Friday. Patrons must be at least 16 years old and present a form of photo identification in order to purchase fireworks.

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State liquor stores remain open for revelers to toast 2011

December 31, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 31, 2010

New Year’s Eve revelers can toast the arrival of 2011, because all state-run liquor stores remain open Friday.

The stores open at 10 a.m. and remain open until 9 p.m. But all state-run liquor stores close Saturday for New Year’s Day.

Turn to the Washington State Liquor Control Board for a complete list of state-run liquor stores. The state operates a store in Issaquah near the Town & Country Square shopping center, 1175 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite B18.

Some contract liquor stores could be open Friday and Saturday. Contact the stores for holiday operating schedules.

Holiday closures, schedule changes start Friday

December 31, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 31, 2010

Issaquah and most King County government offices close Friday for New Year’s Eve.

King County Metro Transit buses operate on a reduced weekday schedule Friday and on a Sunday schedule on Saturday, New Year’s Day. Sound Transit buses operate on a Sunday schedule Saturday.

King County Solid Waste Division transfer stations close Saturday for the holiday.

Because New Year’s Day falls on a Saturday, the holidays does not affect residential garbage collection in Issaquah. Waste Management and Allied Waste collect garbage in Issaquah and the surrounding area.

Issaquah recreation facilities, including Julius Boehm Pool, also close Friday and Saturday.

Buses operate on reduced schedules New Year’s Day

December 30, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. Dec. 30, 2010

Buses operate on reduced schedules Saturday for New Year’s Day.

King County Metro Transit buses operate on a reduced weekday schedule Friday and on a Sunday schedule on Saturday.

The agency offers a list of affected routes to help riders prepare. During the reduced weekday schedules, some commuter and school-oriented routes do not operate, and other routes have individual trips canceled.

In addition, Metro Transit plans to raise fares next year in order to tackle a budget shortfall.

Sound Transit buses and trains operate on special holiday hours. Sunday schedules apply to all ST Express buses and Central Link light rail. The agency operates on regular weekday service Friday, New Year’s Eve.

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City recreation facilities, library close for holiday

December 28, 2010

Prepare for closures at the Issaquah Community Center and Julius Boehm Pool as the city prepares to ring in the New Year.

The community center closes at 3 p.m. Dec. 30. The center is also closed Jan. 1-2 for New Year’s Day.

The pool is closed Dec. 31 for New Year’s Eve and Jan. 1. Find a complete schedule for the pool at the city website, www.ci.issaquah.wa.us.

In addition, the Issaquah Library closes Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day.

City recreation facilities close for winter holidays

December 21, 2010

Prepare for closures at the Issaquah Community Center and Julius Boehm Pool during the holiday season.

The community center closed for maintenance Dec. 20 and reopens Dec. 27. In addition, the center closes early at 3 p.m. Dec. 30. The center is also closed Jan. 1-2 for New Year’s Day.

The pool is closed Dec. 24-25 for Christmas and again Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Find a complete schedule for the pool at the city website.

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