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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Issaquah High School graduate Jennie Reed celebrates Olympic cycling medal

September 18, 2012

Jennie Reed, at the Marymoor Park velodrome in Redmond Sept. 14, holds her 2012 Olympic silver medal in team pursuit cycling. By Greg Farrar

As Olympic silver medalist and Issaquah High School grad Jennie Reed packs up her West Seattle home in preparation for a move back to the Eastside, she said she realizes moving will be a bit harder than she expected.

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Harvard grad leaves Microsoft to teach at Issaquah High School

September 11, 2012

Brett Wortzman, to give his students an idea of what it takes to write a program, pretends to be a computer that is being instructed to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich Sept. 6 at Issaquah High School. By Lillian O’Rorke

A glob of peanut butter piles up on Brett Wortzman’s finger as students in his intro to computer science class shout commands at the man who left his job at Microsoft to become a teacher.

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Issaquah High School teacher researches at Fred Hutchinson

September 4, 2012

Tricia Vannoy counts bacterial colonies on an agar plate. Contributed

Most of the year Tricia Vannoy teaches at Issaquah High School, but this summer she got to be the student.

For two and a half weeks, she got to peer at chromosomes through a high-powered microscope and rediscover how to ask the questions that lay at the heart of science.

Vannoy was one of about 20 science teachers selected to spend part of their summer vacation working alongside scientists in laboratories at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Now in its 22nd year, the Science Education Partnership program invites educators to dive into real scientific research, learning concepts and techniques while trying out various lab kits to decide which ones to use in next year’s curriculum.

“Our goal is for teachers to bring back what they learn over the summer to help jumpstart their students’ knowledge of bioscience and research and perhaps kindle their interest in jobs or careers in science,” Nancy Hutchison, director of the program, said in a statement.

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