Off the Press

August 9, 2011

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

You can learn a lot from this newspaper

You can learn a lot from reading a newspaper, or editing one. I was thinking about this recently after reading numerous stories on a deadline day. As I write this, I can’t remember what it was that made me say, “Huh. I did not know that.” But I know it happens from time to time.

They teach you in journalism school that you basically have to become an expert, really quickly, about every topic you write about. That’s true to some extent. You also have to know enough to explain it to people who might know nothing about that topic.

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Santa lights up the town

December 8, 2008

For lovers of the Christmas traditions, there could hardly be more cherished moments than a child’s visit with Santa and the lighting of the tree.

The city's Christmas tree comes to life with lights, and Santa Claus hands candy canes to children of all ages, during the annual tree lighting ceremony. Photo by Greg Farrar.

The city's Christmas tree comes to life with lights, and Santa Claus hands candy canes to children of all ages, during the annual tree lighting ceremony. Photo by Greg Farrar.

Both took place Dec. 6 at the corner of Rainier Boulevard Northwest and Front Street North, where the annual tree-lighting party and Santa appearance drew a crowd of about 100. Read more

Santa so huggable

December 8, 2008

 
Santa Claus receives a hug from Issaquah History Museums volunteer Jean Cerar Dec. 6 during the Issaquah History Museums’ annual holiday open house at the Issaquah Train Depot. Photo by Greg Farrar.

Cruzin’ With Santa

December 8, 2008

Santa’s lap has plenty of room for Jennifer Fury and a shy Cianna, 3, of North Bend, at the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in’s Jingle Bell Cruz/Toys 4 Tots drive Dec. 7. Santa is surrounded by toys donated by area classic car club members. The toys were later donated to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank and to Life Enrichment Options.

Festive spirit visits the Train Depot

December 8, 2008

Heide Steilberg, insistent she is ‘3 and three-quarters’ years old, enjoys dancing with her mom Rachel, of Tiger Mountain, to the tune of ‘This Land is Your Land,’ played by The Unusual Suspects. Photo by Greg Farrar.Heide Steilberg, insistent she is ‘3 and three-quarters’ years old, enjoys dancing with her mom Rachel, of Tiger Mountain, to the tune of ‘This Land is Your Land,’ played by The Unusual Suspects. Photo by Greg Farrar.

Holiday cheer was overflowing Dec. 5 at the Train Depot, where the Issaquah History Museums hosted its annual holiday open house and the old building rang with the sounds of people having fun. 

Children, parents, musicians, craft makers and Santa himself were on hand for the festivities. Santa, of course, was a major draw for the children, who never seemed to be unsure of what they wanted for Christmas.

“I was telling him I want a ‘High School Musical’ dance mat,” said Mikaela Hincy, a 5-year-old visiting Issaquah with brother Andrew, 3, sister Audrey, 14 months, and dad Mike.

Andrew was equally certain about his Christmas wish. Read more

Bright lights planned for the holidays

November 25, 2008

Issaquah’s traditional Christmas tree, aglitter with lights at Front Street North and Northeast Dogwood Street, will be switched on at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 6. Read more

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