Honors in excellence — Chamber of commerce pays tribute to top community contributions

June 3, 2015

Karen Donovan Citizen of the Year

Karen Donovan
Citizen of the Year

Shelley Frey Hall of Fame

Shelley Frey
Hall of Fame

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Lefse Fest celebrates Scandinavian culture

June 3, 2015

Maypole to honor deceased rooster McNugget

A little rooster atop a ceremonial pole will look awfully familiar to locals attending a celebration of all things Scandinavian June 6.

Contributed This year’s Lefse Fest maypole rooster, like this one from a past event, will be painted to look like beloved resident rooster McNugget.

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This year’s Lefse Fest maypole rooster, like this one from a past event, will be painted to look like beloved resident rooster McNugget.

Lefse Fest returns to Issaquah for the third year, and event organizers have decided to honor resident rooster McNugget by fashioning the maypole topper in his likeness.

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Family fight — Skyline sophomore Relays for her mom

March 3, 2015

Emily and Lori Kargl sat down in an Issaquah coffee shop last Friday and started rattling off names.

Contributed Emily (left) and Lori Kargl walk the track at the 2014 Issaquah Relay for Life. The Issaquah mother and daughter are actively involved in the American Cancer Society fundraiser. Lori, the mother of Skyline High School sophomore Emily, is a 22-year cancer survivor.

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Emily (left) and Lori Kargl walk the track at the 2014 Issaquah Relay for Life. The Issaquah mother and daughter are actively involved in the American Cancer Society fundraiser. Lori, the mother of Skyline High School sophomore Emily, is a 22-year cancer survivor.

First, a grandmother, and then a soccer coach. Next, a neighbor, followed by a family friend. All of them, acquainted or not, were connected through a shared battle of a debilitating disease.

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A canine D.A.D. who’s just another member of the family

February 24, 2015

Emilia Kettman, 7, has a new tool to help her manage her diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes — Reggie.

Reggie, a 1 ½-year-old black Labrador, is a diabetic alert dog in training to scent when Emilia’s blood sugar levels are too far above or below the norm. Emilia’s parents Julie and John said it was important to acquaint her with a D.A.D. as soon as possible.

By Greg Farrar Riverdog trainer Sarah Kech (left) guides Reggie, a diabetic alert dog, through a sniff test of Emilia Kettman, 7. Reggie has been trained to key off the scent of Kettman’s low blood sugar, which is on a swab, inside a canister in her sock.

By Greg Farrar
Riverdog trainer Sarah Kech (left) guides Reggie, a diabetic alert dog, through a sniff test of Emilia Kettman, 7. Reggie has been trained to key off the scent of Kettman’s low blood sugar, which is on a swab, inside a canister in her sock.

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Childhood cancer survivor now returns the favor for others

February 17, 2015

For Issaquah native Abigail Houck, now 23, the news arrived in the summer following third grade: At the age of 9, she was suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Abigail Houck

Abigail Houck

And while it seems highly unlikely Houck will ever say being diagnosed with a childhood cancer was a good thing, it certainly has influenced her life.

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Still Avis

January 13, 2015

New movie shines new light on old ailment of Alzheimer’s disease

A new movie debuting this weekend is sure to get people talking about an all-too-common disease more and more families are experiencing.

Contributed Avis Lee (left), 82, shares a conspiratorial moment with her great-granddaughter, Lexi Brown, 6, during a lunch at Red Robin. Lee has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease and has moved in to assisted care living at Aegis of Issaquah.

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Avis Lee (left), 82, shares a conspiratorial moment with her great-granddaughter, Lexi Brown, 6, during a lunch at Red Robin. Lee has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease and has moved in to assisted care living at Aegis of Issaquah.

“Still Alice” stars Julianne Moore as a brilliant professor who experiences the downward spiral of early-onset Alzheimer’s.

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Seniors use their business smarts to help charities

January 13, 2015

When Arjun Narayan began researching search engine concepts, he discovered the humongous profits he could tap into.

By Greg Farrar Skyline High School seniors (from left) Parker Ciambrone, Arjun Narayan and Justin Zhong have collaborated to create Fundify, a search engine that donates 70 percent of its profits to charities.

By Greg Farrar
Skyline High School seniors (from left) Parker Ciambrone, Arjun Narayan and Justin Zhong have collaborated to create Fundify, a search engine that donates 70 percent of its profits to charities.

Google alone makes about $50 billion per year from advertising, money that trickles in from millions of online searches taking place every day.

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Teen group Dream Catchers volunteer at Angela House

January 6, 2015

So you are a teenager and have free time on the weekend; what do you do with the time? Watch sports? Go to the movies? Play video games?

Contributed Members of the Dream Catchers sit down to play a game of Monopoly with residents of Life Enrichment Options’ Angela House, which is home to residents with disabilities.

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Members of the Dream Catchers sit down to play a game of Monopoly with residents of Life Enrichment Options’ Angela House, which is home to residents with disabilities.

How about volunteering to interact with young adults with disabilities or do household chores for senior citizens? That’s what a group of Issaquah High School seniors called Dream Catchers does with its time.

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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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