Popular preschool is set to close after 20 years

March 31, 2015

The Sammamish Learning Center, which has been serving Eastside families and their preschool students since 1995, will permanently close its doors in June at the end of the current school year.

It wasn’t the original intention of the school’s directors, Jill Porter and Helen Glenn, who sold the property to a developer last year.

By Neil Pierson Students at Sammamish Learning Center play along with teacher Karen Stillwell during a morning classroom session. The preschool is closing in June after 20 years of business.

By Neil Pierson
Students at Sammamish Learning Center play along with teacher Karen Stillwell during a morning classroom session. The preschool is closing in June after 20 years of business.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue promotes several employees

March 31, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue rolled out the honors for several new supervisors, including a performance by the Eastside Pipes and Drums, a prayer offered by EFR Chaplain Mike Ryan, and the taking of the Oath of Office led by Deputy Chief Greg Tryon.

Three EFR employees were recognized for recent appointments in the agency in what Fire Chief Lee Soptich cited as “a new generation of leaders.”

By Jon Bromberg Jordan Simmonds, Justin Kiske and Jamee Mahoney (from left) are all smiles after being called ‘a new generation of leaders’ at a celebration for their promotions in Eastside Fire & Rescue.

By Jon Bromberg
Jordan Simmonds, Justin Kiske and Jamee Mahoney (from left) are all smiles after being called ‘a new generation of leaders’ at a celebration for their promotions in Eastside Fire & Rescue.

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College News — deans’ lists

March 31, 2015

Deans’ lists

Kaitlyn Chenney, a natural sciences major from Issaquah, Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, fall 2014 semester

Amin Addetia, of Issaquah, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, in Atlanta, Georgia, 2014 fall semester

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Teen makes nationwide ranking of STEM students

March 31, 2015

STEM Premier has announced the first national rankings of top science, technology, engineering and math high school students.

Lisa Tang, of Sammamish, has placed in the top 50.

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Issaquah ranked 25th safest city in Washington

March 25, 2015

The research website ValuePenguin compiled a list of safest cities in Washington state and Issaquah was No. 25.

Sammamish was ranked safest at No. 1 and Snoqualmie was No. 3.

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Popular Olde Town Mine Hike returns March 28

March 25, 2015

The Issaquah History Museums is kicking off a new season of history hikes with its popular Olde Town Mine Hike on March 28.

Downtown Issaquah was once the site of massive coal-mining operations, and March is the ideal time to explore the historic sites. Docent Doug Bristol will lead a two-hour tour of the sites while treating participants to stories about a mining era that continues to shape downtown Issaquah.

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Is it winter or spring?

March 25, 2015

The spring equinox is upon us. People traditionally greet it with incredible joy.

Some happy, spirited souls might throw a giant feast; students stay up all night and consume too much liquor. Others might dance the night away, while some unusual folks do strange things. I don’t know what you might like to do to celebrate the end of winter — the termination of scarcity, and the return of hope and plenty.

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FISH gets $6,000 from Snoqualmie Tribe

March 25, 2015

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery has received a $6,000 grant from the Snoqualmie Tribe.

The generous donation comes from the Snoqualmie Tribe Fund and will be used to support the Salmon In The Schools program.

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Community news — honors, president’s honor roll, graduates

March 25, 2015

Nellie Hoehl named Samford University ambassador

Nellie Hoehl, of Issaquah, has been named a new Samford University Ambassador for the 2015-16 academic year. Ambassadors serve as hosts at campus events, interact with university constituents and represent the university in a variety of settings.

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Klahanie couple climbs to Africa’s highest point

March 17, 2015

The first post-retirement vacation for many couples might include lounging on a sunny Hawaiian beach, enjoying a moonlight stroll through the streets of Paris or driving across the country to visit their grandchildren.

Jane and Steve Schwartz chose something slightly different — hike to the top of a 19,341-foot mountain.

Contributed Klahanie residents Steve and Jane Schwartz stand in front of the imposing figure of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa at 19,341 feet.

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Klahanie residents Steve and Jane Schwartz stand in front of the imposing figure of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa at 19,341 feet.

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