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.

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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.

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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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Issaquah-based Seattle Soap Shop releases 12th Fan Soap

December 16, 2014

The Issaquah-based company Seattle Soap Shop has released its limited edition 12th Fan Soap in time for the holiday gift season.

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Liberty’s Steve Valach is Seahawks Coach of the Week

October 14, 2014

The Seattle Seahawks honored Liberty High School football coach Steve Valach as its Coach of the Week for his team’s 49-42 win over Mercer Island Oct. 2.

The honor, presented by the Washington Army National Guard, comes with a $500 donation to the football program, a $225 Sports Authority gift card, a Seahawks jacket and a personalized football.

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By Christina Corrales-Toy Liberty High School football coach Steve Valach receives the Seahawks Coach of the Week Award from representatives of the Washington Army National Guard.

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Past, upcoming stars collide at Skyline football camp

July 29, 2014

Jimmy Battistoni, an incoming eighth-grader at Beaver Lake Middle School, practices his quarterbacking skills during a July 24 flag-football scrimmage at Skyline High School’s Future Champs Camp.By Neil Pierson

Jimmy Battistoni, an incoming eighth-grader at Beaver Lake Middle School, practices his quarterbacking skills during a July 24 flag-football scrimmage at Skyline High School’s Future Champs Camp.By Neil Pierson

There were roughly 140 players on the field at Skyline High School, but it was easy to form a consensus about who their favorite football player was.

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Liberty basketball team stays busy

June 10, 2014

The Liberty High School boys basketball team played its final minute of the season in February, but the work never stops for the Patriots, who have a busy summer on tap.

Liberty’s long list of summer events began May 30 with its first golf fundraiser at Renton’s Maplewood Golf Course. More than 130 people attended the golf tournament, which also included a banquet and silent auction.

Assistant coach Steve Kelley, a former Seattle Times columnist, was the banquet’s master of ceremonies, while former Seahawks Mack Strong and Paul Moyer were special guest speakers.

By Caryn Frey Omar Parker, (right), Liberty High School boys basketball coach, jokingly attempts to putt a basketball while his team looks on at the program’s golf fundraiser May 30.

By Caryn Frey
Omar Parker, (right), Liberty High School boys basketball coach, jokingly attempts to putt a basketball while his team looks on at the program’s golf fundraiser May 30.

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Patriots host golf fundraiser

May 27, 2014

The Liberty High School boys basketball team will hold a golf fundraiser May 30, featuring special guest speaker Mack Strong.

Festivities begin with a 1 p.m. golf tournament at Maplewood Golf Course, 4050 Maple Valley Highway, Renton. Participants can win a new car, or a dream vacation, in one of three hole-in-one contests. The team is also hosting a banquet and silent auction.

Learn more at http://bit.ly/1jEKPbn.

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Buyer beware after winning a Super Bowl!

March 4, 2014

Memorabilia is a wonderful thing, and there’s nothing wrong with having some nice keepsakes to remind us of the places, people and events in our lives that hold a lot of meaning. My wife says I hang onto too much, but that’s another story.

There’s also nothing wrong with spending good money on a great object of value that reminds me of something historic or unique. If I see something nice and wait until later, it may well be gone by the time I’m ready to order. I always regret those missed opportunities for a long time.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
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But do I really want to spend $300 on the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Express? Not only that, but do I want to be FOOLED into spending that much money on a plastic model train set with four cars and a 3-by-5-foot oval track?

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Issaquah named one of state’s best places to retire

February 25, 2014

Issaquah is one of the state’s best places to settle down for retirement, according to GangsAway!, a retirement planning website.

In light of the fervor surrounding the Seattle Seahawks, website founder Moira McGarvey took a look at some of the Pacific Northwest’s top retirement locations in an article on the Huffington Post Post50 platform.

McGarvey described Issaquah as one of the top choices because it’s “affordable, close to Seattle, in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.”

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