Seattle Mariners’ Bill Krueger, Primo Kim headline fundraising event Thursday to benefit Eastside Baby Corner

October 15, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 15, 2014

Seattle Mariners postgame analyst and former player Bill Krueger, and jazz musician Primo Kim, confirmed their participation in the Driven to Give event, benefitting Eastside Baby Corner on Oct. 16.

Driven to Give is a national philanthropic effort by the Lincoln Motor Co. Lincoln has pledged to donate $20 to charity for every test drive of a Lincoln vehicle during the Driven to Give campaign.

Issaquah-based Evergreen Lincoln selected the nonprofit Eastside Baby Corner as its beneficiary and has scheduled a Driven to Give event at the dealership, at Exit 15 off Interstate 90.

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Not a young man’s game

July 29, 2014

Senior baseball league provides an outlet for veteran athletes

 Dick Fitzgerald, 79, throws during warmups as his Everest Silver Foxes prepare to play the Everest Lumber Kings, in a baseball game July 13 at Marymoor Park.  By GREG FARRAR

Dick Fitzgerald, 79, throws during warmups as his Everest Silver Foxes prepare to play the Everest Lumber Kings, in a baseball game July 13 at Marymoor Park. By Greg Farrar

Dick Fitzgerald came awfully close to playing big-league baseball, and more than 50 years after he stopped playing professionally, he’s still finding ways to connect with the game he loves.

Fitzgerald, a seven-year resident of Issaquah, grew up in Philadelphia. He signed a pro contract with the Baltimore Orioles and — sandwiched in between a stint with the U.S. Army — managed to work his way to the upper levels of the minor leagues. In 1960, he played at the Triple-A level with the Vancouver (B.C.) Mounties and Seattle Rainiers.

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Maple Hills singers to get star-spangled treatment at Safeco

May 20, 2014

Maple Hills Elementary School fifth-grader Makenna Weeks has one bit of advice for her classmates before they sing the national anthem at a Seattle Mariners game May 27.

“Just don’t do anything awkward, like picking your nose,” she joked.

The students will, after all, be featured prominently on Safeco Field’s massive video screen, when they kick off another game of America’s pastime, with the tune that represents the nation.

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Local fifth-grader selected for AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame

April 12, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 12, 2014

Davis Franklin, a fifth-grader at Cascade Ridge Elementary School, has been selected as one of 10 outstanding patrollers in Washington state to be inducted into the 2014 AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame.

In recognition of his dedication to safety, community stewardship and leadership, Franklin will be recognized at an evening awards ceremony held before a Seattle Mariners game at Safeco Field on May 9.

Contributed Davis Franklin has been named one of 10 outstanding patrollers in Washington state to be inducted into the 2014 AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame.

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Davis Franklin has been named one of 10 outstanding patrollers in Washington state and will be inducted into the 2014 AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame.

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Exchange project

April 1, 2014

Liberty welcomes Japanese visitors

Alex Tachiyama, a Liberty High School senior, was lucky. He got to partake in a Thanksgiving dinner twice in the past six months.

He celebrated the gluttonous holiday in November with the rest of the nation, but he also munched on helpings of turkey and mashed potatoes again in March.

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School students (from left) Daniel Doan, Shannon Hsu and Emily Hsu, cultural exchange students Nao Shimomura and Kazuyoshi Hirata, and Liberty student Alex Tachiyama get acquainted over a welcome meal.

By Greg Farrar
Liberty High School students (from left) Daniel Doan, Shannon Hsu and Emily Hsu, cultural exchange students Nao Shimomura and Kazuyoshi Hirata, and Liberty student Alex Tachiyama get acquainted over a welcome meal.

The March feast was for the benefit of his foreign visitor, Kazuyoshi Hirata, as 20 Liberty High School families hosted 24 students from Japan through a cultural exchange program.

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Is spring here yet?

March 25, 2014

“Beware the Ides of March.” What’s that supposed to mean? It seems so important, so relevant, but no. It’s only the anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar, not the beginning of spring, as we might hope.

Around here, we should celebrate the sun’s arrival into the northern hemisphere, not the passing of an emperor 2,000 years ago. We need something reliable to tell us spring is here.

My husband says he can tell spring has arrived when the taxes are due. I thought, I can do better than that: I know it when I see the Indian plum blooming in the woods. But wait. I really know Indian plum will bloom way before spring starts, even under cover of snow.

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We are the best

February 18, 2014

Not only do we Western Washingtonians have the best football team in the country, but we have many great Olympians as well.

It bowls me over to hear about our Northwest contribution to the rest of the country, not just in sports but also in health care, technology and aeronautics. Our unemployment isn’t too high, and our economy seems to be bubbling along. On top of that, to the chagrin of everybody else, we just happen to have the best climate in the continental United States. Shh! It’s a secret. Everybody else thinks it rains all the time, so let’s keep it that way.

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Gov. Chris Gregoire unveils official portrait by local artist

January 15, 2013

NEW — 8 a.m. Jan. 15, 2013

Outgoing Gov. Chris Gregoire unveiled her official portrait — a 44-inch by 30-inch piece by a local artist — Jan. 11, days before she hands the reigns to Gov.-elect Jay Inslee.

Joined by family and friends at the state Capitol in Olympia, Gregoire unveiled the portrait by Michele Rushworth, a Sammamish artist known for creating portraits of leaders in government, academia, business and sports.

“To have my portrait displayed among our state’s past governors is a tremendous honor,” Gregoire said in a statement. “If only my Mom could have been here to see this today. Here I am, the daughter of a short order cook from Auburn, and the first in my family to go to college. And now my portrait will be hanging in the office of the governor of Washington, alongside those who came before. I am truly humbled.”

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Community mourns longtime sports editor Bob Taylor

January 1, 2013

Robert L. “Bob” Taylor, former longtime sports editor of The Issaquah Press, died Christmas Eve morning, Dec. 24, 2012, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. He was 63.

Bob Taylor

Taylor, of Renton, was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, and was battling that and leukemia at the time of his death. He wrote about his illness many times in The Press.

He married his wife, the former Pauline Namit, who he called his best friend, in 1976, and she was his main caregiver in his last years. He was very proud of his son, David, 34, a University of Washington graduate. Family meant everything to him. He also loved his dog Katie.

Taylor was half Finnish and proud of his heritage. He was born Oct. 4, 1949, in Vancouver, Wash., to Hilda (Kopra) and Layton Taylor, and raised on a farm in Southwest Washington.

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Community mourns former sports editor Bob Taylor

December 28, 2012

NEW — 3:05 p.m. Dec. 28, 2012

Robert L. “Bob” Taylor, former longtime sports editor of The Issaquah Press, died Christmas Eve morning, Dec. 24, 2012, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. He was 63.

Bob Taylor

Taylor, of Renton, was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, and was battling that and leukemia at the time of his death. He wrote about his illness many times in The Press.

He married his wife, the former Pauline Namit, who he called his best friend, in 1976, and she was his main caregiver in his last years. He was very proud of his adult son, David, a University of Washington graduate. Family meant everything to him. He also loved his dog Katie.

Taylor was half Finnish and proud of his heritage. He was born Oct. 4, 1949, in Vancouver, Wash., to Hilda (Kopra) and Layton Taylor, and raised on a farm in Southwest Washington.

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