Cancer survivor sets sights on Ironman Canada

June 24, 2014

To the untrained eye, Paul Weigel, 44, seems like your typical Issaquah resident — a healthy, hardworking family man with an unquenchable thirst for fitness and the great outdoors.

While most use the summer months for leisure, Weigel spends his time training to compete in the Ironman Canada competition in July in Whistler, British Colombia.

Contributed Paul Weigel takes his first steps with his daughter Natalie, 4, after cancer surgery.

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Paul Weigel takes his first steps with his daughter Natalie, 4, after cancer surgery.

Self-described as “5-foot-10 and about 200 pounds,” Weigel arrives for an interview in a tan T-shirt, green khaki pants and running shoes. A bike sits securely latched atop his car, which he said was in need of a tune-up.

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Soccer clubs bring collegiate talent

June 3, 2014

Issaquah residents won’t have to go far this summer to watch some top-shelf soccer talent from across the region and world.

Issaquah High School is the primary home stadium for the Puget Sound Gunners FC and ISC Gunners FC, men’s and women’s teams that develop elite college-aged players with professional aspirations.

“This will allow fans to witness a standard of college players live and in the flesh,” the teams’ general manager Gwynne Williams said.

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Local soccer players make All-Area team

June 3, 2014

Boys soccer players from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools were named to The Seattle Times’ All-Area team.

Liberty’s Colton Ronk, Skyline’s Jason Twaddle and Issaquah’s Saif Kerawala were all honored.

Ronk, a senior, recorded nine goals and seven assists for Liberty, and was a key reason the Patriots won the KingCo 3A/2A regular-season title for the second straight year. He’ll play at Highline Community College next year.

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Community is invited to attend tri-high school science fair June 3

May 30, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 30, 2014

It’s like no other high school science fair you’ve experienced before.

The Issaquah School District invites the community to attend the Tri-High Physic Symposium from 4-8 p.m. June 3 at Liberty High School, 16655 S.E. 136th St., Renton. There is no charge to attend.

Visualize more than 600 students from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools sharing fascinating research in kinematics, dynamics, energy and work, momentum, and wave behavior.

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Marine Corps, Vietnam shaped Jerry Pearson’s servant nature

May 21, 2014

In a small box that’s usually tucked away in his home library, Issaquah attorney Jerry Pearson has several keepsakes from his three-year stint in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Among the items are a set of dog tags made to commemorate three of his fellow Marines; a brass dragon head he found in a village; and the two Purple Hearts he was awarded for combat-related wounds in Vietnam.

The dragon head, in particular, brings back a flood of memories for Pearson, who was born in Seattle before moving to Issaquah as a small child in 1951. He associates it with Ron Dexter and Lester Bell, two members of the Fifth Marine Division who were shipped to the jungles of Southeast Asia and never came home.

By Neil Pierson Issaquah native Jerry Pearson, surrounded by legal texts at his Pearson Law Firm office, is more than 40 years removed from his duties as a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

By Neil Pierson
Issaquah native Jerry Pearson, surrounded by legal texts at his Pearson Law Firm office, is more than 40 years removed from his duties as a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

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Totally tubular

May 20, 2014

IHS alum to play for prestigious symphony

 

Andy Abel makes notes in a piece of music he is rehearsing on his tuba. By Keiji Hiramoto

Andy Abel makes notes in a piece of music he is rehearsing on his tuba. By Keiji Hiramoto

Issaquah High School alumni Andy Abel’s musical aspirations took a major leap forward after receiving an unexpected phone call from the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center.

“I was not expected to get in,” Abel said. “But when I got the call from (associate director of student affairs) Michael Nock, I tried to be very professional about it and called him back an hour later and said, ‘Yes, I would love to accept the fellowship position.’”

Abel, a Sammamish resident and now a freshman at the University of Washington, was awarded the Juliet Esselborn Geier Memorial Fellowship to study and perform with the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts this summer.

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Join ‘Civil War Reader’s Theater’ on April 12

April 8, 2014

Come hear and participate in a dramatic performance of the Washington Territory’s Civil War connections April 12.

The free event starts at 1 p.m. at the Train Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E.

The Issaquah History Museums has partnered with Humanities Washington to invite the community to “Territorial Voices, A Civil War Reader’s Theater,” an engaging conversation with historian Lorraine McConaghy, a member of the 2012-14 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

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Seattle and beyond

February 18, 2014

Architect’s prolific career sparked by tour of duty in Japan

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The Washington State Convention Center. The King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. All buildings people know and may have interacted with.

Phillip Jacobson was the TRA Architecture, Engineering, Planning, Interiors firm’s partner-in- charge and design partner for (left) the University Hospital G, H and I wings, exterior shown here, 1995;  partner-in-charge and design partner for (middle) the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, 1990; and  design partner for (right) the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, 1988.

Phillip Jacobson was the design partner for (right) the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, 1988.

What you might not know is that the man who designed those buildings lives right here in Issaquah.

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Open-records training could be legislated

February 11, 2014

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would send public officials and employees to what amounts to open-records school.

House Bill 2121 would require public officials and employees to undergo training on open government laws under the state’s Public Records Act and the Open Public Meetings Act.

When the public’s right to know is “stymied” by a public records officer, Rep. Gerry Pollet (D-Seattle) said, “it’s not a pleasant thing to deal with.” Pollet is the main sponsor of the bill, and advocated for a similar bill last year.

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Walking in her footsteps

February 11, 2014

Family travels to Tanzania in honor of late daughter

Kristy LeMond was an Issaquah girl.

She grew up in this community she called home, attending Sunset Elementary School, Pine Lake Middle School and Issaquah High School, where she starred on the Eagles volleyball team before graduating in 2007 and enrolling at the University of Washington.

Photos Contributed Above, Barry, Kathy and Kevin LeMond visit in December, for their first Christmas without Kristy, the Tanzania orphanage that stole Kristy’s heart in 2011.

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Above, Barry, Kathy and Kevin LeMond visit in December, for their first Christmas without Kristy, the Tanzania orphanage that stole Kristy’s heart in 2011.

She had a second home, though, and it was more than 9,000 miles away in a Tanzania community she grew to love deeply after a 2011 post-graduation volunteer trip.

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