Tia Hedman wins poetry slam

November 18, 2014

About 50 people attended the fifth annual Issaquah Teen Poetry Slam to hear teens express themselves.

Some entrants in the contest read original poems; others shared works from their favorite poets.

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Signs of a root beer lover

November 11, 2014

U.K. man gets 18 of the biggest names in motor sports to sign Triple XXX shirt

Steve Osmond really likes root beer, and Seattle Children’s will be the beneficiary of his passion. It all started over the summer with a T-shirt.

Contributed Steve Osmond (right) presents a Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in T-shirt to restaurant owner José Enciso (center) and Gary Estes. Osmond had 18 of the biggest names in motor sports sign the shirt at the Goodwood Festival Of Speed Week in West Sussex, England.

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Steve Osmond (right) presents a Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in T-shirt to restaurant owner José Enciso (center) and Gary Estes. Osmond had 18 of the biggest names in motor sports sign the shirt at the Goodwood Festival Of Speed Week in West Sussex, England.

The 54-year-old British citizen’s jones for the juice is especially legendary among fellow motor heads, even those here in the U.S.

The Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in is especially renowned for its root beer — the Coca-Cola Co. makes a specific brew for the Issaquah restaurant that can’t be found anywhere else.

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Exhibit examines Prohibition in Issaquah

October 28, 2014

If you find yourself in downtown Issaquah the night before Halloween, you may catch a glimpse of a gaggle of historical characters rampaging through the area.

Issaquah History Museums Local residents are photographed at an illicit Prohibition party during the 1920s.

Issaquah History Museums
Local residents are photographed at an illicit Prohibition party during the 1920s.

The History Pub Crawl is a partnership between the Downtown Issaquah Association and the Issaquah History Museums to diversify the way local history is taught and to bring Issaquahans out in downtown on a Thursday night.

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Skyline senior attains Eagle honor with Scout troop

October 28, 2014

Most boys who enter the world of Scouting will make a lot of fond memories and learn many valuable lessons, but fewer than one in 10 will accomplish what Jonathan Chriest is doing this weekend.

Jonathan Chriest

Jonathan Chriest

At a Nov. 2 Court of Honor ceremony at The Plateau Club, the Skyline High School senior will receive his Eagle Scout rank from the Boy Scouts of America.

The National Eagle Scout Association estimates about 2.25 million boys have attained the honor since 1912, which might seem like a lot until learning that number represents only 5 percent of all Scouts.

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Game On — Local athlete keeps the competitive edge at every level he plays lacrosse

October 21, 2014

Whether it’s coincidence, or a sign of some greater forces at work, the color yellow seems to follow Issaquah High School graduate Kevin Powers.

By Tor Jernudd Above, Kevin Powers chases an opponent for Team Sweden during its game against South Korea. Powers finished the tournament with the third most goals and fourth most points. Below, Powers poses with his award after being selected to the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship Presidents team, given to the top 10 best players competing outside the Blue Division.

By Tor Jernudd
Above, Kevin Powers chases an opponent for Team Sweden during its game against South Korea. Powers finished the tournament with the third most goals and fourth most points. Below, Powers poses with his award after being selected to the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship Presidents team, given to the top 10 best players competing outside the Blue Division.

Powers, 21, donned the navy blue and yellow of the Swedish National Lacrosse team at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship in July. In high school, Powers was a standout player in the purple and gold of Issaquah. He continued his success in San Rafael, California, where he is in his senior year wearing the — once again — navy blue and yellow of Dominican University.

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Iran-born local competes for Miss Washington USA

October 14, 2014

Elena Tavakoli, 26, Miss Issaquah Plateau USA 2014, is competing for 2015 Miss Washington USA, the state pageant qualifier to Miss USA.

Elena Tavakoli

Elena Tavakoli

This is Tavakoli’s first pageant. She said she hopes to inspire others to get outside their comfort zone.

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Eastside Writes sponsors Salmon Days tweets

October 14, 2014

Made popular by Twitter, six-word memoirs summarize their writers’ lives in just six words.

Eastside Writes, an Issaquah-based literary arts organization, gave the trend a Salmon Days twist by inviting visitors to write six-word salmon memoirs.

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Picking up the pieces — Ruth Lopez helps Philippines rebuild after destructive typhoon

September 30, 2014

When Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines in early November 2013, it left in its path thousands of people dead or missing; countless homes, businesses and infrastructure destroyed; and a nation on its knees.

Contributed Arlyn Villas, with her sixth-grade class at St. Therese Educational Foundation of Tacloban Inc., has lived in a tent on her property with her brother and two nephews since Typhoon Haiyan. Window frames salvaged from her destroyed home are used to hold decorations at the back of the class.

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Arlyn Villas, with her sixth-grade class at St. Therese Educational Foundation of Tacloban Inc., has lived in a tent on her property with her brother and two nephews since Typhoon Haiyan. Window frames salvaged from her destroyed home are used to hold decorations at the back of the class.

Considered one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, and the deadliest on Philippine record, 6,300 were confirmed dead with some reports up to 10,000, 16 million people were affected and 4.1 million were displaced.

Nearly a year later, major cities across the country are only just starting to rebuild with the help of aid workers and charitable organizations.

Issaquah resident Ruth Lopez, 49, whose parents were born in the Philippines, recently returned from a two-week stay in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines.

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Issaquah Women’s Club hosts scholarship fundraiser

September 23, 2014

When Issaquah resident Lorena Kott moved to the city two years ago, she sought an outlet that would both help her meet people and give back to her new community.

She found it in the Issaquah Women’s Club, a social and philanthropic organization that has been bringing Issaquah women together since 1983.

“I loved the duality of the social aspect and the helping aspect,” Kott, the club’s marketing chairwoman, said. “You can have fun, help others and make friends. What more could you want from a club?”

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Help local woman raise funds for cancer research

September 16, 2014

This weekend, for the 12th time in 14 years, Issaquah resident Judi Schrager will participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, where hundreds of women and men walk 60 miles over three days to raise money for breast cancer research.

Judi Schrager has put together a quilt from clothing she has worn in past Susan G. Komen 3-Day events.

Judi Schrager has put together a quilt from clothing she has worn in past Susan G. Komen 3-Day events.

Her goal is to raise $1,200; she chose the figure because this is her 12th event. She is now just over halfway there.

At the end of each day, and each 20-mile segment, walkers come “home” to a mobile city. And that’s where Schrager, 72, comes in.

In 2000, she walked. Since then, she has worked on the food services crew. She has been committed to the cause since she saw a sign on a bus in 2000, and realized after she started counting that she knew nine people who had breast cancer, some who had survived and some who had not.

“And I thought, ‘Wow. Nine people,’” she said. “You know the survival rate wasn’t near what it is now.

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