Mascots rally King County residents to beat flu

February 28, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 28, 2010

Local mascots have joined forces to encourage King County residents to get vaccinated against the flu, and take steps to prevent the spread of the disease.

Public Health – Seattle & King County developed the 30-second public-service announcement. The stars include Harry the Husky, the Ivar’s Dancing Clam, the Seattle Seahawks’ Blitz, the Seattle Storm’s Doppler, the Seattle Thunderbirds’ Cool Bird and the Mariners’ Moose.

Ivar’s Dancing Clam and the Mariners' Moose show you how to beat the flu.

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Hundreds of volunteers needed to plant trees

October 13, 2009

More than 200 Mountains to Sound Greenway volunteers will plant trees at Lake Sammamish State Park from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Oct. 17 to kick off the fall tree planting season. The event will begin a campaign to plant more than 25,000 native trees and shrubs in several natural areas in the greenway. Read more

Local dancer has the right moves

June 9, 2009

Paris Torres, a 19-year-old Skyline High School graduate, has been selected=

Paris Torres, a 19-year-old Skyline High School graduate, has been selected for the top 20 of the television reality series, “So You Think You Can Dance.” Photo by Mike Ruiz/FOX

Issaquah’s Paris Torres has placed in the top 20 on the television show “So You Think You Can Dance.”

“I wasn’t expecting anything and I went in with an open mind. If I didn’t make it, it’s not the end of the world, I’d pick it up and keep going,” Torres said in a June 9 telephone interview from Los Angeles. “But to make this year’s top 20, man, is serious business. Daily, I wake up thinking, ‘Wow, how’d I make it this far?’ These dancers are amazing.”

The 19-year-old, whose specialty is contemporary dance, is a graduate of Skyline High School. She began dancing when she was 6.

“My parents got me dance lessons for a Christmas present,” she said. “I looked at the present, which was a piece of paper that said a month worth of dance lessons and thought it was awesome, but where were my other presents?

“As I got older, it didn’t hit me until I was about 13, those drama-filled teen years, that this is the best escape for me,” she added. “I could go into the dance studio and everything would leave you.”

Since that time, Torres has been a Miss Washington Teen pageant winner and was a Seattle Storm and Seattle SuperSonics junior dancer from 2000-2003. Read more

Issaquah dancer makes top 20 on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

June 5, 2009

UPDATED — 12:50 p.m. June 5, 2009

Issaquah’s Paris Torres has placed in the top 20 on the television show “So You Think You Can Dance.”

The 19-year-old, whose specialty is contemporary dance, is a graduate of Skyline High School. She began dancing when she was 6 years old, and now teaches at a studio near her home.

She was also a Miss Washington Teen pageant winner, and was a Seattle Storm and Seattle SuperSonics Junior dancer from 2000-2003.

See her audition here.

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Mayor to be honored

February 9, 2009

Ava Frisinger

Ava Frisinger

The Municipal League of King County has named Mayor Ava Frisinger Public Official of the Year.

The award is given to a public official or department head who in addition to routine service, has brought to the office outstanding innovations or contributions.

“It’s good to see Issaquah recognized regionally and I’m very happy for that,” Frisinger said.

She is the first individual from Issaquah to receive a Municipal League Civic Awards honor since the awards’ inception in 1960. In 2002, Chevrolet of Issaquah won business of the year honors. In 2007, then-State Rep. Fred Jarrett was named Public Official of the Year. Jarrett represents the 41st District that includes a portion of Issaquah. Read more

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