Community dedicates Squak Mountain forest to Maureen McCarry

November 12, 2011

Former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry (right) greets a well-wisher at the dedication ceremony for Squak Mountain's McCarry Woods on Saturday. By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 1 p.m. Nov. 12, 2011

The thicket — all gold and green beneath a November sky the same color as chalk — adjacent to the Forest Rim neighborhood on Squak Mountain shares the name of a person instrumental in protecting the land for future generations.

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Issaquah Veterans of Foreign Wars leads annual Veterans Day celebration

November 11, 2011

Issaquah High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps members present a 21-gun salute to close the Veterans Day celebration at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center on Friday. By Tom Corrigan

NEW — 1:19 p.m. Nov. 11, 2011

A World War II Navy veteran, Paul Miller has been through his share of Veterans Day celebrations.

Not surprisingly, he still thinks those remembrances are important and worthwhile.

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Veterans Day ceremony honors service

November 8, 2011

Dave Waggoner is tireless in his efforts to ensure both today’s military members are honored and yesterday’s heroes are not forgotten.

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Issaquah School District campuses host Veterans Day events

November 1, 2011

Several local schools have planned to honor current military personnel and other veterans just in time for Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

At 9:30 a.m. Nov. 9, Clark Elementary School will open its doors to present and past military members and their families, said Heather Maloney, president of the Clark PTA.

Maloney said local veterans from the area, including from local VFW posts and the Providence Point retirement community, had been invited.

The school also had contacted the Issaquah High School Navy Junior ROTC program about providing a color guard.

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Community pauses, reflects to commemorate 9/11

September 13, 2011

If terror remains the most vivid memory from Sept. 11, 2001, then resilience emerged as the most forceful message on the 10th anniversary.

In a series of solemn gestures, amid a ceremony steeped in symbolism, community leaders gathered beneath a crystalline sky Sept. 11 to remember the 2,977 people lost in the attacks, and the more than 6,000 military personnel felled in Afghanistan and Iraq since then.

Issaquah police officers, Veterans of Foreign Wars members and city leaders salute the U.S. flag at Issaquah’s 9/11 remembrance ceremony. By Warren Kagarise

“This is a time to remember the victims of Sept. 11, as well as remember those who risk their lives every day to protect ours,” Mayor Ava Frisinger said in a stirring speech to the crowd assembled on the Issaquah Community Center lawn. “My hope — and it’s an ongoing one — is that we as a nation and as communities may live without fear and act without fear.”

The experience on a sun-splashed afternoon echoed a vigil from the day of the attacks, when stunned residents gathered on the same spot for a sunset ceremony.

The crowd at the 10th anniversary, about 200 people strong, did not match the attendance from then.

In the opening prayer, Eastside Fire & Rescue Chaplain Mike Ryan said 9/11 served as the catalyst for “this age of terror and these moments of remembrance” — a theme repeated throughout the remembrance ceremony.

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Community gathers to commemorate 10 years since 9/11

September 11, 2011

Issaquah High School Navy Junior ROTC members present flags as Issaquah police officers and Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters salute during a Sunday ceremony to commemorate 9/11. By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 4 p.m. Sept. 11, 2011

If terror is the most vivid memory from Sept. 11, 2001, then the most forceful message on the 10th anniversary is about resilience.

In a series of solemn gestures, amid a ceremony steeped in symbolism, community leaders gathered beneath a crystalline sky Sunday to remember the 2,977 people lost in the attacks, and the more than 6,000 military personnel felled in Afghanistan and Iraq since then.

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Issaquah ceremony offers chance to reflect on 9/11

September 6, 2011

“To me, it was one of the worst days in our nation’s history,” Eastside Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Bud Backer said of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

But the way the country came together in the aftermath of those attacks can be pointed to as a source of pride, Backer added.

To mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the city of Issaquah, EFR, city police and other civic groups are joining in a public ceremony 1 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Issaquah Community Center.

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Patriots sharpshooters hit No. 1 spot in nation

July 5, 2011

Liberty High School air rifle team students Sean Denson (left), Jacky Cheung, John Lorenz, Murphy Ransier and Tyler Snook are the scholastic military champions after placing first at the NRA National Air Gun Competition. By Art Weatherford

After an incredible show of teamwork, Liberty High School’s National Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps placed first nationwide as scholastic military champions at the National Rifle Association Air Gun Competition on June 23-25.

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Liberty High School sharpshooters hit No. 1 spot in nation

June 30, 2011

NEW — 6 p.m. June 30, 2011

After an incredible show of teamwork, Liberty High School’s National Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps placed first nationwide as scholastic military champions at the National Rifle Association Air Gun Competition on June 23-25.

“As a team, they scored better than any other team in the nation,” Liberty naval science instructor Al Torstenson said.

Five Liberty air rifle team students — including graduating seniors Tyler Snook, Jackie Chueng and Murphy Ransier, incoming senior John Lorenz and incoming junior Sean Denson — flew to Camp Perry, Ohio, for the championship.

The coaches, Art Weatherford and senior naval science instructor Cmdr. Dan Joslin, accompanied the team.

Though the students won first place, “probably everything that could go wrong, went wrong,” such as equipment malfunctions, Weatherford said. But, “It wasn’t anything the kids weren’t able to rise to.”

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Veterans of Foreign Wars offer scholarships

June 7, 2011

The Veterans of Foreign Wars has scholarship programs for students in grades three through 12.

The top award is $30,000 from the national VFW with multiple awards available from the local Post 3436.

Participants can enter every year as there’s a new theme each time.

The programs are:

  • Voice of Democracy — for grades nine through 12 — 2011-12 theme “Is There Pride in Serving in our Military?”
  • Patriot’s Pen — for grades six through eight — 2011-12 theme “Are You Proud of Your Country?”
  • State VFW Youth Essay Program — for grades three through five — 2011-12 theme “What is an American?”
  • Boy Scout of the Year

There is also a program to enter your favorite teacher to receive an award.

Learn about the programs and deadlines or enter at www.vfw.com, or call 392-6539 or 221-2503.

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