Former CEO turns globetrotting philanthropist

November 6, 2012

Charles Herrick shows his silver medal Aug. 3 after winning the 400-meter run in the masters division of the 2012 USA Track and Field National Championships in Chicago. Contributed

Issaquah resident Charles Herrick would be a shoo-in to claim the cool million awarded to the annual winner in the popular reality TV show “Survivor” that has been airing for 12 years.

This saintly globetrotter has helped and lived among the desperate and starving of a Bombay ghetto among pestilence and vermin, and lived to tell about it.

“The rats in the slum were not so bad,” Herrick recalled. “All they did was stop beside you while you slept and lick the sweat off of you for its salt content.

“Even the 100-degree evening heat wasn’t so bothersome, but when I would cross the bridge that spanned the toxic Ulhasnager River on my way to check up on the unclean, untouchable and hopelessly ill, my eyes would burn profusely from the fumes wafting up from the heavily polluted water,” he added. “The river’s water was teaming with chemicals and it actually caught on fire twice in the few months I was there.”

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Wedding: Tucker, O’Rorke

November 6, 2012

Tucker, O’Rorke

Lillian Tucker, reporter for The Issaquah Press and Sammamish Review, and Rory O’Rorke, of London, were married Aug. 4, 2012, at Amy’s Manor in the Methow Valley.

The Rev. Tom Echelbarger officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Ed Layton and Kathleen Tucker, of Twisp. Her matron of honor was Kary Brennan, also of Twisp.

Lillian is a 2004 graduate of Liberty Bell High School; she earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Washington in 2010.

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Bellevue College selects president; Issaquah campus is on horizon

November 6, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 6, 2012

Bellevue College trustees selected a Portland Community College administrator Monday to lead the local institution.

David Rule

The choice of David Rule to lead the largest community college in Washington came as Bellevue College envisions a campus in the Issaquah Highlands. City officials said college administrators intended to select a permanent president before delving deeper into the plan.

Rule, president of Portland Community College’s Rock Creek campus, oversees 26,000 students. The campus boasts innovative curricula in solar-voltaic manufacturing, microelectronics and biosciences.

“I am thrilled to have been chosen as the next president of Bellevue College,” Rule said in a statement. “I look forward to beginning this new adventure and working with the trustees, students, faculty, staff, businesses and the community to build on the strong foundation that already exists at this institution,” Rule said.

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CoCoRaHS observers track rain gain

October 23, 2012

After an unseasonably nice September with pleasant skies, the rain has arrived just in time to remind locals that they live in the Pacific Northwest.

As the wet season picks up, the Office of the Washington State Climatologist at the University of Washington is seeking rainfall observers to join more than 300 volunteers across the state that measure rainfall totals through the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network, more commonly called CoCoRaHS.

CoCoRaHS is a grassroots volunteer network of backyard weather observers who work together to map and measure precipitation in their local communities.

“Their reports are useful for weather forecasters, climatologists, city utilities, hydrologists, and researchers, among others,” said Karin Bumbaco, the Washington state CoCoRaHS coordinator.

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University House Issaquah holds community tailgate party

October 9, 2012

The public is invited to attend a community tailgate party Oct. 14 at University House Issaquah, 22975 S.E. Black Nugget Road.

The free event features University of Washington cheerleaders, the UW Husky Marching Band and mascot Harry the Husky. The family-friendly celebration features food and games.

Call 557-4200 to RSVP, or go to www.eraliving.com/communities/issaquah for more information.

The party celebrates University House Issaquah’s parent company Era Living’s 25th anniversary.

Roosevelt trims Issaquah, 21-17, before record crowd

October 2, 2012

The defensive line for Issaquah High School stops Roosevelt junior running back Lianteo Culpepper for no gain on fourth-and-two at the Eagles’ 33 yard line and takes the ball over on downs during the third quarter. By Greg Farrar

The theme of the night was music Sept. 28 when Roosevelt visited the Eagles’ Nest as a record throng of 2,100 fans packed Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Stadium and was not only treated to a rare appearance by the University of Washington marching band, but also witnessed a nailbiting KingCo 4A encounter in which the Roughriders eventually prevailed, 21-17.

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Wedding: Cernak, Yousling

October 2, 2012

Emily Cernak, of Issaquah, and George Yousling, of Burlington, were married Aug. 18, 2012, at The Majestic in Anacortes.

Pastor Felix Anderson officiated. A reception followed at Depot Arts Center in Anacortes.

The bride is the daughter of Keith and Kristen Cernak, of Issaquah.

Her bridal attendants were Melanie Cernak, Elizabeth Laws, Patricia Romero and Jennifer Cernak.

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UW Husky Marching Band at Issaquah High / Sept. 28, 2012

October 2, 2012

University of Washington Husky Marching Band to perform at Issaquah football game

September 25, 2012

J. W. ‘Bill’ Isotalo (left), a 1950 Issaquah High School graduate and Korean War veteran home on leave during Labor Day 1951, and brother Leo Isotalo, beginning his sophomore year at IHS, wait for the school’s band to form up near the old community church prior to the Labor Day parade. Contributed

The Issaquah High School football field will be covered in a sea of purple-and-gold this Friday evening, when more than 200 members of the University of Washington marching band take the field to entertain spectators before the Eagles take on Roosevelt.

The Husky marching band and the UW pom squad will perform a pregame and halftime show at the Sept. 28 contest.

Issaquah High School band director Patrick Holen had been trying to get the band to come to a home game for years and his persistence finally paid off. When the UW band director notified Holen of an open date, he didn’t hesitate to grab the opportunity to host the band.

“I started teaching here in 2001 and ever since I started, I always wanted to get a relationship with university bands across the region,” Holen said. “So, I was very quick to say yes to the band director. Now, it’s a reality and they’re coming out and we’re very excited to have them.”

Issaquah High School must pay for the band’s transportation and arrange to feed the group, but that was no problem, Holen said. With the support of the IHS Associated Student Body, the IHS band and the IHS Booster Club, the visit was quickly financed.

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Wedding: Cernak, Yousling

September 25, 2012

Emily Cernak, of Issaquah, and George Yousling, of Burlington, were married Aug. 18, 2012, at The Majestic in Anacortes.

Pastor Felix Anderson officiated. A reception followed at Depot Arts Center in Anacortes.

The bride is the daughter of Keith and Kristen Cernak, of Issaquah.

Her bridal attendants were Melanie Cernak, Elizabeth Laws, Patricia Romero and Jennifer Cernak.

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