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.
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.
September 9, 2014
Vietnam veteran credits his mother for actions that helped him earn a Bronze Star
The same determination Ron Musgrave learned as a U.S. Marine that led to a Bronze Star for his actions in Vietnam are evident in the business he has nurtured for more than 45 years.
Musgrave was barely old enough to buy a drink in the States when his outfit was sent to Hill 689 in June 1967. The young Marine had been trained to fire a 3.5-inch bazooka as part of a weapons platoon.
The bazooka he carried was an updated version of the 2.5 bazooka used against German Panzers tanks during World War II. Musgrave was often ordered to use the anti-tank rocket launcher to flush enemy snipers out of the spider holes they had dug into the ground of the moist tropical jungle.
August 26, 2014
Amol Garg is an unusually motivated 14-year-old, and his inner fire fueled another noteworthy accomplishment this summer.
Garg, who will be a Skyline High School freshman in September, has been actively involved around Sammamish for years. He volunteers with a youth-centered charity that uses arts and crafts projects as inspiration, has achieved the rank of Life Scout with Troop 677, and founded a Toastmasters-type club to help fellow children improve their public-speaking and leadership skills.
August 19, 2014
Seattle Paragliding teamed up with Project Airtime recently to give wings to those for whom flight seemed impossible.
“The overall goal of Project Airtime is to take everyone flying, no exclusions,” Project Airtime founder Chris Santacroce said.
Marc Chirico, the owner of Seattle Paragliding, worked with Santacroce to give people with special needs the opportunity to fly tandem as co-pilots. Santacroce came from Salt Lake City to provide Seattle Paragliding with the necessary equipment to launch paraplegics and quadriplegics off Tiger Mountain from July 25-27.
“My favorite part about working with Project Airtime is the inspiration and perspective check that comes out of all Santacroce does,” Chirico said. “It is clearly a good spirited project.” Read more
August 5, 2014
At just 24 years old, Daniel Peng is an extensive world traveler, and he’s headed back to foreign lands for the better part of the next year.
Peng grew up in Sammamish and Issaquah, and graduated from Skyline High School in 2008. He’s crisscrossed the globe as a collegiate student and young professional, and he recently earned a prestigious honor that will allow him to spend nine months in China.
In May, Peng learned he was the recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant. He’s one of about 1,800 recipients nationwide who will have the chance to travel abroad for a unique hands-on learning opportunity in their chosen field.
August 5, 2014
When Hari Rajan graduates from Skyline High School next June, there may not be much celebration. That’s because he’s planning to have an even larger academic challenge in front of him.
Rajan is a star student at Skyline whose major interest is biology. His passion for the inner workings of life is leading him toward a career as a doctor, and he’s planning to apply to some prestigious medical schools — Northwestern, Duke, Johns Hopkins and Pennsylvania — in the coming year.
July 29, 2014
The Issaquah Family Drop-in Center is open by appointment only during the summer.
The program was started in late February at the Community Hall, 180 E. Sunset Way, to provide a resource for families in the Issaquah School District who are experiencing housing instability.
On Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, volunteers have been providing a listening ear, companionship and advocacy while helping families connect with local resources that may be able to help them stay housed or to access assistance that could help them remain within the area where their children go to school while they look for stable affordable housing.
The service is provided by volunteers through the Issaquah Sammamish Interfaith Coalition.
Call 206-478-3899 for an appointment.
July 22, 2014
Issaquah couple’s trip to the outback mirrors William and Kate’s itinerary
Issaquah residents Mary Lorna and Walt Meade have returned from a 31-day tour of Australia and New Zealand, following an itinerary almost identical to that of the royal couple William and Kate.
No strangers to international adventure, Walt and Mary Lorna found themselves with a month sabbatical and a list of potential destinations.
“We thought to ourselves, what is the furthest we could possibly go,” Mary Lorna said. “We’ve done Italy, Paris, London, and with Egypt and Africa posing safety concerns, we settled on Australia.”
July 22, 2014
Scan through any English dictionary, or take the modern route and type it into Google, and the definition of idealism is along these lines: “the attitude of a person who believes that it is possible to live according to very high standards of behavior and honesty.”
Described mainly as a theory, idealism in practice is far easier said than done. But some people find it easier than others. Take Chelsea Stone, 23, for example.
After graduating from Gonzaga University in Spokane in 2012 with a degree in biology, the 2009 graduate of Issaquah High School continued her education at Drexel University in Philadelphia, receiving her master’s degree in public health, with specialties in biostatistics and epidemiology.
A lot of big words and hard work, but how does that make her an idealist?
July 15, 2014
Oregon-based muralist Larry Kangas wasn’t born in Issaquah and he didn’t live in the city for any significant amount of time.
But his stamp on the Eastside suburb is so visible that Mayor Fred Butler officially declared July 19 Larry Kangas Day in Issaquah.
Kangas is the artist behind the murals found at points across the city. He died of cancer Nov. 25, 2013, but his memory lives on in the more than 1,000 works he crafted in the Pacific Northwest, including six in Issaquah.