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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Flowers in December?

December 16, 2014

It’s December. I was sitting by the window looking at my deck this morning. I had set a pot of mums from the supermarket out there, because it was warm and I thought they would like it.

The shocking color of the red and yellow mums against the weathered browns, mossy greens and gray twigs was startling. The flowers didn’t fit with the otherwise perfect Northwest scene that I am used to.

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The Issaquah Press Around the World

December 16, 2014

Contributed Paul and Kelly Bernado and their oldest son Jacob took their Issaquah Press to Roatan, Honduras, earlier this year to build a home for a single mother and her three kids. (Check out Dwellings at www.dwellingsnow.com.) Where have you taken your favorite newspaper? Email your photo and info to editor@isspress.com.

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Paul and Kelly Bernado and their oldest son Jacob took their Issaquah Press to Roatan, Honduras, earlier this year to build a home for a single mother and her three kids. (Check out Dwellings at www.dwellingsnow.com.) Where have you taken your favorite newspaper? Email your photo and info to editor@isspress.com.

Issaquah-based Seattle Soap Shop releases 12th Fan Soap

December 16, 2014

The Issaquah-based company Seattle Soap Shop has released its limited edition 12th Fan Soap in time for the holiday gift season.

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Santa returns to Reindeer Festival

December 9, 2014

This time of year, not surprisingly, Santa tends to get around. Children and parents alike can see him in malls and events all over.

File Visitors enjoy watching Santa’s reindeer at their home-away-from-North-Pole home during a previous Reindeer Festival at Cougar Mountain Zoo.

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Visitors enjoy watching Santa’s reindeer at their home-away-from-North-Pole home during a previous Reindeer Festival at Cougar Mountain Zoo.

Issaquah’s Cougar Mountain Zoo invites visitors to not only meet Santa, but also to visit with his reindeer and other special animal helpers at the park’s 26th annual Issaquah Reindeer Festival through Dec. 23 at the zoo.

“Each year, the bar gets set a little higher,” said Cari McKinstry, promotions and public relations director for the zoo.

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Opening the Archives

December 9, 2014

2002.027.011 Riders on the Issaquah Valley Trolley Inaugural Run, 2001 p121, #191 Arcadia book caption: Various dignitaries attended the Issaquah Valley Trolley’s inaugural run on April 30th, 2001. These included King County Executive Ron Sims (left-hand seat, third from front), Issaquah’s Chief of Police Dag Garrison (standing at back of car, in sunglasses) and Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger (across the aisle from Sims). The trolley runs from the depot to the Issaquah Visitor’s Center; in the future, the Issaquah Historical Society hopes the trolley will continue to points beyond. Actually, as of 2012, the trolley itself is in the process of being restored. It is anticipated that it will eventually run between the Depot and Gilman Village.

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Riders on the Issaquah Valley Trolley Inaugural Run, 2001
p121, #191 Arcadia book caption:
Various dignitaries attended the Issaquah Valley Trolley’s inaugural run on April 30th, 2001. These included King County Executive Ron Sims (left-hand seat, third from front), Issaquah’s Chief of Police Dag Garrison (standing at back of car, in sunglasses) and Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger (across the aisle from Sims). The trolley runs from the depot to the Issaquah Visitor’s Center; in the future, the Issaquah Historical Society hopes the trolley will continue to points beyond. Actually, as of 2012, the trolley itself is in the process of being restored. It is anticipated that it will eventually run between the Depot and Gilman Village.

The Issaquah Press Around the World

December 9, 2014

Contributed The Soboslai-Thackers took their Issaquah Press to the Coliseum in Rome, Italy, this past spring. Where have you taken your favorite newspaper? Email your photo and info to editor@isspress.com.

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The Soboslai-Thackers took their Issaquah Press to the Coliseum in Rome, Italy, this past spring. Where have you taken your favorite newspaper? Email your photo and info to editor@isspress.com.

Luncheon raises more than $225,000 for Eastside Baby Corner

December 9, 2014

A luncheon held Nov. 14 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue raised more than $225,000 for local nonprofit Eastside Baby Corner.

The amount exceeds the fundraising goal set by the organization that provides goods to King County children in need.

The vast majority of the items EBC distributes to children come in as donations from the community; however there are some items, like diapers and formula, that cannot be received as used goods, though they are absolutely essential for kids.

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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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History finds a new home — Newcastle’s past comes to life in new museum exhibit

December 3, 2014

The first thing visitors see upon walking into the Renton History Museum’s Newcastle exhibit is, appropriately, a tribute to a man that means so much to the city’s history.

By Greg Farrar Rich Crispo, Newcastle council member, stands next to a display case with Milt Swanson’s coal miner helmet and an information poster honoring the late 95-year-old Newcastle native’s contributions to preserving the city’s history. The Renton History Museum’s Newcastle retrospective exhibit is on display until Feb. 7.

By Greg Farrar
Rich Crispo, Newcastle council member, stands next to a display case with Milt Swanson’s coal miner helmet and an information poster honoring the late 95-year-old Newcastle native’s contributions to preserving the city’s history. The Renton History Museum’s Newcastle retrospective exhibit is on display until Feb. 7.

Milt Swanson’s mining helmet emblazoned with his name along the side greets museumgoers while sitting in a clear display case.

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