Looking at the vast array of gifts for kids of all ages at Pickering Barn Tuesday, you can’t say Issaquah isn’t a generous community.
“We come every year to see the animals and get into the Christmas spirit,” said Debi Johnston of Woodinville, who was at the Cougar Mountain Zoo’s 24th annual Reindeer Festival with her 7-year-old daughter Allyssa, Saturday Dec. 8.
Michael Schiehser, the new principal at Tiger Mountain Community High School in Issaquah, has a lot on his mind. As the administrator of the alternative high school, with about 100 students this school year, he is in his first job as a principal.
Elaborate gingerbread houses made by local pastry chefs will be the highlight of the YWCA “Home Sweet Homes” event being held for the second year at Pickering Barn in Issaquah on Thursday, Dec. 6.
Using a combination of new technologies, Issaquah’s Fire Station 72, will be rewarded for its innovation and energy efficiency in January, when its creators receive an ASHRAE award, what project manager Brad Liljequist described as the Oscars of engineering.
Anita Cox of Snoqualmie retired in June 2011 after teaching for 36 years. The last school she taught at was Christa McAuliffe Elementary in Sammamish, where she worked for 16 years. Unfortunately, the joy of her retirement was thrown off balance. One month later she was diagnosed with stage IIIc uterine cancer. Cox finished her treatment in March this year.
Hiram Burke, the owner of Clark’s Towing in Issaquah is concerned about threats to the local towing industry. With a 50-year history in Issaquah, between his company, along with Ruby’s Towing, which has been in Issaquah for just as long, they have 14 vehicles to serve Issaquah.
It was a sight you don’t see every day — approximately 50 towing trucks or auxiliary vehicles lined up to head out on a 15-mile convoy, paying respect to Harold Ruby, who died at the age 75 on Oct. 15.
For now anyway, a 1 percent increase in property taxes is off the table for the City of Issaquah in the 2013 proposed budget. The increase would have raised a total of $69,700 or $4.75 a year on a $400,000 home.
Michael Cecil was only 5-years-old when his mother, Sheila, was diagnosed with a rare sarcoma — a peripheral nerve sheath tumor — a form of cancer of the connective tissue surrounding nerves. That’s why Michael has been involved with American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life – raising $12,000 for his team last year. He has been involved for several years, raising money with fundraisers such as a game night, or talking to folks waiting in line for the ferry.