Beat the winter blues with winter brews Feb. 27

February 26, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 26, 2015

The Beat the Winter Brews Fest is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Gilman Village, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

Possibly because of the close loss of the Seattle Seahawks in the Big Game, the winter blues seem to be extra potent this year. Luckily, according to the sponsoring Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, there is an antidote in the form of beer, wine and spirits in a festive indoor/outdoor setting.

Bring on the nasty weather, promoters say, dress warm and help your friends and neighbors toast the warmer, drier days to come.

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Off The Press — Go all the way or don’t go at all

February 10, 2015

According to Random House Dictionary, the word fan is a noun meaning “an enthusiastic devotee, follower or admirer of a sport, pastime, celebrity, etc.: a baseball fan; a great fan of Charlie Chaplin.”

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

Its synonyms are supporter, enthusiast, partisan, booster, addict.

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To the Editor

February 10, 2015

Skate park

Amount for budget has always been $350,000

Issaquah City Council members do not debate opinions in the press, but I must correct a statement attributed to my fellow Councilman Joshua Schaer. It is factually incorrect, and may misinform skate park advocates.

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Happier Hawk times

February 3, 2015

By Greg Farrar Ben Hanson (left), a community center recreation leader, and Jared Behl, recreation specialist, arrive with a 12th Man flag, warpaint, Seahawks jerseys and an imitation Lombardi trophy during the city’s big 12saquah rally Jan. 30 on the City Hall steps. Behl, a Green Bay Packers fan, wore Seattle colors, including a tutu, as payment for his lost bet on the NFC championship game. Mayor Fred Butler raised a 12th Man flag at exactly 12:12 p.m.

By Greg Farrar
Ben Hanson (left), a community center recreation leader, and Jared Behl, recreation specialist, arrive with a 12th Man flag, warpaint, Seahawks jerseys and an imitation Lombardi trophy during the city’s big 12saquah rally Jan. 30 on the City Hall steps. Behl, a Green Bay Packers fan, wore Seattle colors, including a tutu, as payment for his lost bet on the NFC championship game. Mayor Fred Butler raised a 12th Man flag at exactly 12:12 p.m.

Off The Press — Decompression tips for distraught 12s

February 3, 2015

After the James Cameron movie “Titanic” became a big box office smash, one of the popular memes that soon followed was a slogan T-shirt that said “The boat sank. Get over it!”

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

Today, as Monday gets underway here at the office the day after the Super Bowl and coworkers endlessly debate the pass play at the end, I want to climb on a desk and announce, “It’s just a football game. Get over it!”

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A super rally for 12SAQUAH

January 27, 2015

By Christina Corrales-Toy A group of Issaquah High School students clusters around Sammy the Salmon for picutres as they wear full Seattle Seahawk gear and facepaint Jan. 23 and wave 12th Man flags. The campus declared itself 12saquah High School to celebrate the mayor's proclamation of Feb. 1 as '12saquah Day' when the NFL team meets the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
A group of Issaquah High School students clusters around Sammy the Salmon for pictures as they wear full Seattle Seahawk gear and facepaint Jan. 23 and wave 12th Man flags. The campus declared itself 12saquah High School to celebrate the mayor’s proclamation of Feb. 1 as ’12saquah Day’ when the NFL team meets the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.

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City Holds 12saquah Rally for Seahawks at 12saquah High School

January 27, 2015

City to host 12SAQUAH rally Friday

January 22, 2015

NEW — 1:30 p.m. Jan. 22, 2015

If, on Feb. 1, a stranger asks where you live, and you reply “Issaquah,” you will have, inadvertently, misspoke.

To celebrate the Seattle Seahawks’ second consecutive Super Bowl appearance, Mayor Fred Butler will change Issaquah’s name to 12SAQUAH for Feb. 1, 2015 — the day of Super Bowl XLIX.

The mayor will issue the proclamation at 10:45 a.m. Jan. 23, during a rally at Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E.

“As 12s, our community is home to some of the most passionate fans in the entire nation,” Butler said in a news release. “We are thrilled to rename our city as a tribute to our Seahawks and their fans. I am proud to stand with our community of 12s and say, I’m in — again!”

This is the second straight year Issaquah has elected to change its name for the big game.

Question of the week — Seattle Seahawks

January 13, 2015

Who is your favorite Seattle Seahawks player, and why?

Is it quarterback Russell Wilson? Or maybe you enjoy running back Marshawn Lynch or strong safety Kam Chancellor. Tell us about it.

Email your answers to editor@isspress.com. The responses will be published in future issues.

King County executive to raise 12th Man flag on Blue Friday

January 8, 2015

NEW — 6:26 p.m. Jan. 8, 2015

To help kick off the Seattle Seahawks’ run to a second-straight Super Bowl — and to salute the best fans in the National Football League — King County Executive Dow Constantine will raise the 12th Man flag over the King County Administration Building at the appropriate time of 12:12 p.m.

The building is in the King County Administration Building Plaza, 500 Fourth Ave., Seattle.

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