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Vote ‘Yes’ for Sammamish parks and Issaquah fire

Absentee ballots are in the mail this week, and it’s time for voters in Issaquah and Sammamish to take a stand on two local issues. Our editorial board supports the $19 million Sammamish parks bond and annual $310,000 levy measures, as well as the $4.5 million Issaquah fire bond measure, and we think you should, too.

‘Dude’ is the new ‘daddio,’ and it’s here to stay

When I was a teenager, I remember watching TV at Dean Cartmill’s house. Dean was my best friend and one of the most even-tempered people around. Nothing seemed to make him angry. But on that particular occasion, Dean’s dad sauntered into the TV room and greeted us with “Hi, girls.” I didn’t think much of it. I figured he was just being funny.

Rain can’t stop the festivities at Salmon Days

Rain, rain, go away, come again another day.

Expect delays on SR 900

State Route 900 will be closed down to one lane from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Thursday. The closures will be from Talus Drive to Newport Way.

Bernie Perenchio

Bernie PerenchioBernie Perenchio of Bellevue, was born on March 30, 1928 in Milwaukee, WI. He passed away on October 7, 2008 in Bellevue, WA. He… Continue reading

Daniel Cook shows off his loot after one of his family’s geocaching trips.

Going on a treasure hunt; ‘X’ no longer marks the spot

Sammamish’s Cook family has found a new, adventurous hobby that gives additional meaning to their family hikes and helps bring them together.

Daniel Cook shows off his loot after one of his family’s geocaching trips.

Issaquah School Board seeks applicants to fill Mike Winkler’s vacant position

The hunt is on for a new school board member.

Resident applauds neighbor’s efforts

Thank you for the informative article about Michelle Moulton (Sept. 12 Sammamish Reporter). As neighbors of the Moultons, we have witnessed Michelle’s courage first-hand as she has endured endless tests and procedures over the last few years while actively promoting the causes of universal health care and insurance reform in hopes that it will help others. You can read more about her work and her plight at: www.friendsofmichelle.com.

Katie Regielsperger

SAMMIs recognize a ‘magificent moment:’ teen saves drowning man

In the course of our busy days, we interact with and impact the lives of numerous other human beings. We navigate on automatic pilot through the mundane tasks of suburban existence, barely conscious of how our actions or words influence our neighbors or coworkers. Then, one day in a moment of need, we are jolted awake by an unusual act of kindness: A stranger pays for our latte when we’re caught without our wallet, or allows us merge on to the highway when it seems that no one else will. Sometimes the moment is truly extraordinary and that unknown neighbor saves our life.

Katie Regielsperger

Issaquah City Council reviews report about citizen’s sole source aquifer request

The Issaquah City Council on Tuesday heard the city’s analysis of a citizen’s petition to designate the Lower Issaquah Valley Aquifer as a sole-source aquifer.

Proponents urge residents to ‘vote twice’ for Sammamish parks

Since Sammamish incorporated in 1999, city leaders have forged creative partnerships to build all-weather sports fields at Eastlake and Skyline High Schools, new hiking trails, a popular skateboard park, Ebright Creek Park and more.

Village Theatre’s new musical ‘Saint Heaven’ comes to town

The idea for Village Theatre’s new musical “Saint Heaven” was born when Composer Keith Gordon met novelist Steve Lyons about five years ago at a cocktail party in New York. Lyons described the plot of a novel he was working on, and Gordon was immediately hooked.

Sports in brief | Sammamish resident selected to perform at Macy’s parade

Sammamish resident Emily Reyer, 13, was selected as a member of the USA Baton Twirling All Stars that will participate in the 2008 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. She is one of 150 performers selected from around the United States.

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Eastside Catholic teachers launch ‘Biomed’ class

Three teachers at Eastside Catholic High School, each previously recognized by the National Association of Biology Teachers as the state’s Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year, launched a new class this fall.

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From left to right: Diana Kutas

A race, not a ‘pity party’

Have you ever thought of participating or trying to participate in a triathlon? Thousands of people every year embark on these multi-sport races for the first time, in hopes of challenging their minds and push their bodies to limits they have not yet endured. Thirty-five Northwest cancer survivors met the challenge head on last Sunday at Seattle’s Genesse Park, the same way they battled their crushing diagnosis and disease.

From left to right: Diana Kutas

Mentors ‘LINK’ up with students in LWSD

What could you accomplish by giving up just one hour of your free time each week? Don’t underestimate yourself. You could make a profound difference in the life of a child by volunteering as a lunch buddy, mentor or tutor through LINKS (Looking Into the Needs of Kids and Schools).

A worker walks down the upstairs hall at the new Rachel Carson Elementary School in Sammamish. Construction workers

New ‘green’ elementary school ready for its debut

The new elementary school on the Plateau is bright, airy, and filled with appealing colors and shapes. It’s downright beautiful, and the teachers and staff members at Rachel Carson Elementary School last week were a-twitter with unrestrained delight.

A worker walks down the upstairs hall at the new Rachel Carson Elementary School in Sammamish. Construction workers

Seattle’s heavy-handed bag fee: not Northwest way

The Seattle City Council last month imposed a 20 cent fee on all plastic and paper bags at grocery, drug and convenience stores. This fee, as well as a ban on all plastic foam drinking cups and food containers, will go into effect within Seattle city limits at the beginning of next year. We wholeheartedly support any effort to improve the environment, and while we applaud the city of Seattle for its environmentally conscious position, we feel that the tax was unnecessary and heavy-handed — at least at this point.

Laura and Craig Baker sit near the grand piano on the stage at Bake's Place.

Bake’s Place: All it’s jazzed up to be

What started in the basement of Craig and Laura Baker’s house has now evolved into a world class jazz venue that attracts nationwide attention.

Laura and Craig Baker sit near the grand piano on the stage at Bake's Place.