Home Country — The joys of memories great and small

August 26, 2015

Billy’s been a busy guy ever since he became the official town dog here. Sally had been the town dog until she passed away on Doc’s porch, and then Billy’s owner died just two weeks after that, so it was something of a natural progression. Sometimes offices are filled without an election.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

The high school wood shop boys built Billy a doghouse next to the school crossing, but Billy preferred Aunt Ada’s couch in the cold months and a nice dog depression under an oak tree when it’s warm.

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State honors passing of former Issaquah vet

July 31, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. July 31, 2015

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs mourned the passing July 13 of World War II veteran Doris Ruth Gross.

“We were truly blessed to have Doris be a part of the WDVA volunteer family for so many years,” Alfie Alvarado-Ramos, director of the WDVA, said in a news release. “Doris served our country during World War II, followed by many years of serving the veterans of Washington state. We were honored to serve her in her final days at the Washington Veterans Home in Retsil.”

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Memorable hobbies — Rex Smith can tell a lot about people by their face and their handwriting

June 17, 2015

Harold Rex Smith can boast quite the résumé from his 90 years.

By David Hayes Rex Smith, 90, keeps a portfolio of media attention he’s drawn over the years for his remarkable memory and hand writing analysis skills.

By David Hayes
Rex Smith, 90, keeps a portfolio of media attention he’s drawn over the years for his remarkable memory and hand writing analysis skills.

He has served in both the Navy during World War II and the Army afterward. After serving his country, Smith served God, preaching at several churches for the next decade. Then, for the next 20 years, he served young minds as an English teacher.

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‘Cabaret’ performances will draw you in, universal message will bring you back

May 20, 2015

Simply put, “Cabaret” is one of the best productions I’ve ever seen at Village Theatre.

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre The cast of ‘Cabaret,’ led by the Emcee (Jason Collins, center), welcomes the audience to the Kit Kat Klub in the opening number ‘Wilkommen.’

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre
The cast of ‘Cabaret,’ led by the Emcee (Jason Collins, center), welcomes the audience to the Kit Kat Klub in the opening number ‘Wilkommen.’

However, your enjoyment of the musical will directly correlate with your ability to handle an uncomfortable truth.

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Motor man — Evergreen Ford employee retires after almost 70 years in car business

May 12, 2015

The name Roy Malmassari has been associated with Ford motorcars since before the Edsel.

By Greg Farrar Evergreen Ford Fleet Manager Roy Malmassari, a 1947 graduate of Issaquah High School, celebrating his 50th year working with Ford, where he started as a mechanic upon receiving his diploma, kneels beside the distinctive Ford logo on the grill of an Explorer in 1997.

By Greg Farrar
Evergreen Ford Fleet Manager Roy Malmassari, a 1947 graduate of Issaquah High School, celebrating his 50th year working with Ford, where he started as a mechanic upon receiving his diploma, kneels beside the distinctive Ford logo on the grill of an Explorer in 1997.

The 86-year-old native of Hobart hung up his Kelly Blue Book and his dealer license plates for the last time April 30 after being in the car business for almost seven decades. He has been associated with the Ford dealership in Issaquah since 1981.

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Game on! — History, strategy and socializing combine at hobby convention

February 10, 2015

Forget wizards and dragons and, with one exception, aliens and space armadas.

For Game ON! 2015, Feb. 5-8 at the Issaquah Holiday Inn, the name of the games was mostly history.

By Greg Farrar Geoffrey Phipps (left), game designer, longtime historical gaming hobbyist Tyler Roush and game developer Scot McConnachie, are aided by textbooks on the Battle of Gallipoli and inspired by an Australian recruiting poster, as they refine a draft original of ‘Gallipoli 1915: Churchill’s Greatest Gamble’ during the Game ON! convention.

By Greg Farrar
Geoffrey Phipps (left), game designer, longtime historical gaming hobbyist Tyler Roush and game developer Scot McConnachie, are aided by textbooks on the Battle of Gallipoli and inspired by an Australian recruiting poster, as they refine a draft original of ‘Gallipoli 1915: Churchill’s Greatest Gamble’ during the Game ON! convention.

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Game ON! Historical Board Game Convention

February 10, 2015

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December 23, 2014

Movie: ‘Interstellar’

“Interstellar” is a dramatic sci-fi film that came into theaters Nov. 7. With human life on Earth on the brink of apocalyptic termination, a team of explorers embarks on an intergalactic mission to find mankind a new home. “Interstellar” combines the virtues of “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Gravity” into a dramatic, mind-bending adventure among the stars.

Album: ‘V,’ by Maroon 5

“V” is Maroon 5’s fifth and most recent album, showcasing their upbeat style and Adam Levine’s impressive falsettos. “V” spawned hit singles “Maps” and “Animals.” Featuring pulsing rhythms and highly energetic songs, “V” is Maroon 5’s first album since 2012’s “Overexposed.”

Book: ‘Unbroken’ by Laura Hillenbrand

The novel “Unbroken,” which is being released as a movie this Christmas, tells the harrowing true story of survivor Louis Zamperni. Emerging from a troubled youth to become a groundbreaking Olympic runner, Zamperni eventually joins the military only to wind up in a World War II Japanese POW camp. “Unbroken” is the powerful story of one man’s persistence and grit in overcoming impossible odds.

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Charles Runacres Jr., 97, recognized for service

November 11, 2014

One would think that a ceremony to honor a 97-year-old World War II veteran wouldn’t be a laughing matter, but it was filled with it.

By Greg Farrar Charles Runacres Jr., 97, is presented an American flag pin Nov. 7 by Thomas Ortung, chaplain for Providence Hospice of Seattle, in front of friends and family members in the Briarwood nursing home, at Timber Ridge in the Talus neighborhood.

By Greg Farrar
Charles Runacres Jr., 97, is presented an American flag pin Nov. 7 by Thomas Ortung, chaplain for Providence Hospice of Seattle, in front of friends and family members in the Briarwood nursing home, at Timber Ridge in the Talus neighborhood.

The laughter started when Charles Runacres Jr. cut off some planned musical selections less than halfway into the first song, “Anchors Aweigh.”

“I think that’s enough,” Runacres said matter-of-factly, bringing a burst of laughter from his family members who came to the ceremony.

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VFW, Liberty NJROTC get Gordon Schumacher his flag

November 11, 2014

A group of Liberty High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps students gave up a sunny Saturday to honor a 91-year-old World War II veteran on his birthday.

By Kathleen R. Merrill World War II veteran Gordon Schumacher, 91, is helped by his sons Dale (left) and Dean as Liberty NJROTC members Emily Magley (with her back to the camera) and Tina Kaiser fold his flag while the VFW’s Dave Waggoner (in hat) looks on.

By Kathleen R. Merrill
World War II veteran Gordon Schumacher, 91, is helped by his sons Dale (left) and Dean as Liberty NJROTC members Emily Magley (with her back to the camera) and Tina Kaiser fold his flag while the VFW’s Dave Waggoner (in hat) looks on.

And they wouldn’t have had it any other way.

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