Wrestling icon Roger Wilson to join national hall of fame

June 10, 2015

More than a half-century has passed since Roger Wilson founded the Issaquah High School wrestling program, and many things surrounding the sport have changed.

Roger Wilson

Roger Wilson

When Wilson came to Issaquah in 1961, there were only about 60 high schools statewide offering the sport, a number that has exploded to more than 350 today. And Issaquah — whose mascot was the Indians, not the Eagles — was the smallest school in its league at the time, with fewer than 400 students in three grades.

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Motor man — Evergreen Ford employee retires after almost 70 years in car business

May 12, 2015

The name Roy Malmassari has been associated with Ford motorcars since before the Edsel.

By Greg Farrar Evergreen Ford Fleet Manager Roy Malmassari, a 1947 graduate of Issaquah High School, celebrating his 50th year working with Ford, where he started as a mechanic upon receiving his diploma, kneels beside the distinctive Ford logo on the grill of an Explorer in 1997.

By Greg Farrar
Evergreen Ford Fleet Manager Roy Malmassari, a 1947 graduate of Issaquah High School, celebrating his 50th year working with Ford, where he started as a mechanic upon receiving his diploma, kneels beside the distinctive Ford logo on the grill of an Explorer in 1997.

The 86-year-old native of Hobart hung up his Kelly Blue Book and his dealer license plates for the last time April 30 after being in the car business for almost seven decades. He has been associated with the Ford dealership in Issaquah since 1981.

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Klahanie couple climbs to Africa’s highest point

March 17, 2015

The first post-retirement vacation for many couples might include lounging on a sunny Hawaiian beach, enjoying a moonlight stroll through the streets of Paris or driving across the country to visit their grandchildren.

Jane and Steve Schwartz chose something slightly different — hike to the top of a 19,341-foot mountain.

Contributed Klahanie residents Steve and Jane Schwartz stand in front of the imposing figure of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa at 19,341 feet.

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Klahanie residents Steve and Jane Schwartz stand in front of the imposing figure of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa at 19,341 feet.

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Off The Press — Local residents are doing great things, here and away

March 17, 2015

I spend a lot of time thinking about local people and things, and I’d like to point out some of them here.

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

Kudos to the parents of young Maddie Sprague, Jeannie and Colin Sprague who met Maddie when she was only a couple of weeks old. Although they knew about her health problems — she had open-heart surgery the day she was born — they adopted her anyway.

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2014 remembered for what went away

December 31, 2014

Annexations, retirements, plastic bags, development, a looming school closure, retail marijuana, bank robberies, the Concerts on the Green series, and business and occupation taxes made the list of the top 10 news stories of the year in Issaquah.

Here are those stories, in no particular order:

Klahanie-area annexation issue moves to Sammamish

Issaquah residents voted no, for the second time, on the city of Issaquah annexing the Klahanie area. The King County Growth Management Planning Council then unanimously approved the idea to move the Klahanie area from Issaquah’s Potential Annexation Area to Sammamish’s.

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Press publisher to retire Jan. 31

February 1, 2014

40-year career comes to a close

When Debbie Berto assumed the helm of The Issaquah Press in the early 1970s, she was only a couple years out of college and had no managerial experience. To top it off, she was just 24 and pregnant with her first child. But her boss saw something in her that made him confident he’d made the right choice.

“I never had any training in business management,” Berto admitted. “The Press was losing money in those early years, so John Murray didn’t have much to lose by putting me in charge. It wasn’t long before he predicted that I would retire from The Press. I couldn’t imagine that that was possible.”

Debbie Berto Press publisher

Debbie Berto Press publisher

Now, 40 years later, Berto is indeed ready to retire, having worked from advertising representative to publisher of the 114-year-old newspaper.

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Issaquah School District hosts party for retiring superintendent

May 28, 2013

The Issaquah School District is hosting an open house for retiring Superintendent Steve Rasmussen on June 5.

Rasmussen is retiring after more than four decades in education, according to a press release from the district.

The open house is from 4-6 p.m. at the Administration Building, 565 N.W. Holly St. Remarks will begin at 5 p.m.

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End of an era

April 23, 2013

IHOP institution, Susie Nutzhorn, is ready to hang up her apron after 30 years

By Greg Farrar Susie Nutzhorn (left) takes an order last week from regular customers Eastgate residents John and Wilma Huber, the second to last week before her retirement.

By Greg Farrar
Susie Nutzhorn (left) takes an order last week from regular customers Eastgate residents John and Wilma Huber, the second to last week before her retirement.

Longtime IHOP waitress Susie Nutzhorn has a certain philosophy about her line of work.

The way she sees it, she doesn’t really work for the famous pancake house, rather her true employers are the men, women and children who enter through the Issaquah restaurant’s doors every day.

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