Math club activities add up to engaged students

December 16, 2014

The stereotypical math classroom evokes images of students taking dreary quizzes with bored or frustrated looks on their faces.

By Neil Pierson Karthik Sellakumaran (left) and Varun Pradeep work together to solve problems during a Dec. 9 meeting of the Pine Lake Middle School math club.

By Neil Pierson
Karthik Sellakumaran (left) and Varun Pradeep work together to solve problems during a Dec. 9 meeting of the Pine Lake Middle School math club.

Walk into the multipurpose room at Pine Lake Middle School on a December afternoon, however, and the picture changes drastically. Students are cheerfully sharing problem-solving techniques and appear to be learning at an exponential rate.

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What’s brewing? — Issaquah Brewhouse grows local, becomes Rogue’s cidery

December 3, 2014

Regulars to the Issaquah Brewhouse may have noticed a few new selections among the 40 brews it has on tap.

By Stacey Weeks Dave Hutchison, Issaquah Brewhouse head brewer, checks the progress of hops he and manager Stacey Weeks planted in the rear of the brewery.

By Stacey Weeks
Dave Hutchison, Issaquah Brewhouse head brewer, checks the progress of hops he and manager Stacey Weeks planted in the rear of the brewery.

The member of the Rogue chain of breweries has been brewing up its own IPAs with locally grown hops and was selected to brew its own ciders.

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Top Doc — Issaquah doctor is one of parents’ favorite pediatricians

November 26, 2014

More than 2,100 nominations poured in and judges were moved — sometimes to tears — by stories of physicians who give out their cell phone number, attend school meetings to advocate for children and personally pay for medications for families who can’t afford them.

By Greg Farrar Dr. Rebecca Partridge (center), of Issaquah, and her son Joshua, 12, visit Squak Valley Park for some recent afternoon recreation.

By Greg Farrar
Dr. Rebecca Partridge (center), of Issaquah, and her son Joshua, 12, visit Squak Valley Park for some recent afternoon recreation.

Choosing seven contest winners was difficult. (Those on the board of advisers were not eligible.) Each received $1,000 to donate to a child-focused charity, and the parent who nominated each winner got a $500 gift card to Walmart, courtesy of Desitin. (Some doctors were nominated by more than one parent; the nominator awarded the gift card submitted the most convincing nomination.) Among the seven doctors whose kindness and commitment blew the judges away was Rebecca L. Partridge, M.D., of Issaquah, who was nominated by Chelle Johnson.

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Are there good slugs?

November 26, 2014

Did you ever think the ickiest, slimiest creature in your yard might be beneficial? I have to admit I thought the slug’s negative points far outweighed anything positive. But I found out that the brown, slimy critter that eats your best plants, hides on the handles of your recycle bin and even climbs up your windows just might deserve some latitude.

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The Issaquah Press Around the World

November 26, 2014

Contributed Linda Wickswat took The Issaquah Press on her trip to Panama to celebrate her daughter Nicole’s birthday. They spent a day visiting the Panama Canal. Where have you taken your Issaquah Press? Email your photo to editor@isspress.com.

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Linda Wickswat took The Issaquah Press on her trip to Panama to celebrate her daughter Nicole’s birthday. They spent a day visiting the Panama Canal. Where have you taken your Issaquah Press? Email your photo to editor@isspress.com.

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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