Community mourns Frank LaSalata, judge at Issaquah Courthouse

September 7, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 7, 2012

King County District Court Judge Frank LaSalata, a judge at the Issaquah Courthouse, died Sept. 1 after a battle against cancer.

Frank LaSalata

The legal community — other judges, attorneys and courthouse employees — remembered LaSalata as a fair-minded and hardworking jurist.

LaSalata, 60, served as a King County District Court judge in the Northeast Division since 2006. Before then, he served for eight years as a pro tempore, or substitute, judge in King and San Juan counties.

In 2009, district and municipal court judges throughout the state elected LaSalata to serve on the board of governors for the Washington State District and Municipal Court Judges’ Association.

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Lakeside Recovery Baseball Club earns third in American Legion World Series

August 28, 2012

Brandon Mahovlich, Lakeside Recovery pitcher, throws against Pacific Tech Construction July 14 at Bannerwood Park during the regular season Brandy Pugh Memorial Tournament. By Greg Farrar

The Lakeside Recovery Baseball Club only lost two games in the American Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C., both to the same pitcher. Genetically, that is.

Brooklawn’s twin phenoms Casey and Cody Brown held Lakeside in check in the two games, limiting the Bellevue team to two runs in their first meeting Aug. 19, and only three runs in the Aug. 21 semifinal game. Both games were one-run affairs.

“We ran into a tough left-hander, and they got the big hit when they needed it with two outs,” Lakeside head coach Rob Reese said. “We got our chances in the eighth inning and we only got one out of it. There’s not much room for error when you get to that level. You have to take advantage of your opportunities and we had a couple shots, but we just didn’t get it that day.”

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College News

July 24, 2012

Local student graduates from Loyola Marymount

Amanda Medina, of Issaquah, graduated July 18 from Loyola Marymount University, in Los Angeles, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Local students honored

Mackenzie Findlay, of Renton, was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. To qualify, students must earn a 3.6 grade point average or higher and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units. Findlay is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Issaquah High School graduate Aaron Tocker, son of Pamela and Joel Tocker, of Issaquah, has made the spring 2012 dean’s list at Franklin & Marshal College, in Lancaster, Pa.

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Funding infusion could keep local 4-H programs afloat

July 17, 2012

Local 4-H youth programs could receive a $100,000 infusion to continue, if King County Council members approve a request from County Executive Dow Constantine.

The proposal is meant to continue 4-H programs — horseback riding, county fair exhibitions and other agrarian pursuits — through the year.

Constantine sent a budget request for the funds to the council June 27. The proposal earned early praise from council members, including the Issaquah-area representatives, but requires approval before the 4-H organization receives the dollars.

The proposal also aims to re-appropriate $16,000 in funding from last year to King County’s partner in 4-H programs, Washington State University.

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College News

July 17, 2012

Local students graduate from Washington State University


The following Issaquah students graduated during the spring 2012 ceremony at Washington State University, in Pullman.

Mia Abboud, Bachelor of Arts, criminal justice; Kyle Bollinger, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; Danielle Caschetta, Bachelor of Science, mathematics, Residency Teaching Certificate; Jenna Farr, Bachelor of Arts, business administration, Magna Cum Laude; Courtney Ford, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; Sean Fotheringill, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; Yosef Ghuloum, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; Jordan Graham, Bachelor of Arts, history, Magna Cum Laude; Elise Gronewald, Bachelor of Science, civil engineering; Alexander Hill, Bachelor of Arts, communication; Maxwell Hochanadel, Bachelor of Science, construction management; Cora Houser, Bachelor of Arts, interior design, Magna Cum Laude; Lisa Jones, Bachelor of Arts, communication;Joseph Joo, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; Thomas Kaser, Bachelor of Arts, hospitality business management, Cum Laude; David Marsh, Bachelor of Arts, business administration, Magna Cum Laude; Lesley Marsh, Bachelor of Arts, social sciences (general studies), Cum Laude; Audra McDaniel, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; Marissa McGee, Bachelor of Arts, communication; Alex Miller, Bachelor of Arts, social sciences; Megan Paulsen, Bachelor of Arts, fine arts;  Jeffrey Rafuse, Bachelor of Arts, business administration, Magna Cum Laude; Sean Richardson, Bachelor of Science, psychology, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; Eric Stewart, Bachelor of Arts, communication; Neil Stover, Bachelor of Arts, communication, Summa Cum Laude; Robert Westmoreland, Bachelor of Arts, communication; and Teresa Winterstein, Bachelor of Arts, communication

Local 4-H programs could receive $100,000 to continue

June 27, 2012

NEW — 4:30 p.m. June 27, 2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine asked for $100,000 on Wednesday to continue county support for 4-H youth programs.

Constantine sent a budget request for the funds to the King County Council for approval. The measure is meant to continue 4-H programs through 2012. The proposal calls for dollars to continue horseback riding, county fair exhibitions and other 4-H programs.

The proposal also aims to re-appropriate $16,000 in funding from last year to Washington State University, the county’s partner in 4-H programs.

“More than 10,000 young people in King County gain valuable life experiences through 4-H, and this funding will keep the program going in collaboration with our partners at WSU Extension,” Constantine said in a statement.

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Skyline’s Peyton Pelluer chooses Washington State University

June 26, 2012

Skyline High School linebacker Peyton Pelluer verbally committed to Washington State University on June 18.

Pelluer will be a senior at Skyline this year, coming off an impressive 122 solo tackle campaign. His decision to become a Cougar was based on his comfort level with the coaching staff and the potential of the program.

“I felt comfortable around the coaches,” he told The Seattle Times last week. “They’re awesome and I built a strong relationship with them. That was key in my decision. But, really, I saw a lot of potential in the program. They need a lot of players to come in there and help the program get back to its old glory.”

His father Scott Pelluer was a four-year starting linebacker for Washington State from 1978-81 and played in the National Football League for five years with the New Orleans Saints.

Former Issaquah basketball star’s University of Washington Swagga looms large

June 12, 2012

Jon Brockman, former University of Washington basketball player, models the Swagga Suit, a onesie devleoped by Issaquah High School graduate Gillian Pennington. By Gillian Pennington/SWAG

For Issaquah High School grad and soon-to-be University of Washington grad Gillian Pennington, there is no such thing as a lack of enthusiasm.

Her approach to everything in life seems to be one where going full speed is not fast enough, and there’s never a time where fun will be sacrificed.

This work hard, play hard attitude has brought her — and business partners Josh Brewer and Elaina Tursi — great success recently, as their start up company SWAG (also known as Sweet Washington Athletic Gear) has become what seems like an overnight success.

But like success, there were plenty of bumps in the road.

Pennington is a senior at the UW and as an entrepreneurship major, one of the final classes she must take is the two-quarter course Creating a Company. Within the first two weeks the students must assign themselves groups, come up with a company idea and start the process of getting it off the ground.

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College News

June 5, 2012

Carly MacKinnon receives scholarships from WSU 

Carly MacKinnon, the daughter of Leeanna and John Hayes, of Issaquah, was awarded a $1,000 College of Education Scholarship and a $500 Virginia L. Shaw Alumnae Scholarship at Washington State University.

Students receiving these awards must be certified into the College of Education and must demonstrate academic excellence and professional promise.

MacKinnon, a 2010 graduate of Liberty High School, plans to graduate from WSU In May 2014 with a degree in sport management and business. She is a member of the WSU Women’s Rugby Team, member of the Sport Club Federation Council for University Recreation and has been listed on the President’s Honor Roll.

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Reading skills programs available for children, adults

May 29, 2012

The Washington State University Center for Distance and Professional Education will offer eight reading skills programs for 4-year-olds through adults in Issaquah. Tuition and materials fees vary by program level.

Early summer session begins the week of June 21 and a late summer session begins the week of July 28.

Reading programs for younger students build comprehension, and students learn the phonics and fluency skills they need to become strong readers. Programs for older students and adults are geared toward improving comprehension and study skills, vocabulary and speed reading. The skills taught in the classes reinforce the importance of reading for pleasure and developing a lifelong love of books.

The programs have been offered as a service to the community by the Washington State University Center for Distance and Professional Education since 2004. The programs are taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development.

Call 888-201-2448 toll free from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for information about the reading programs or to register.

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