3-day charity ride lets cyclists show ‘courage

August 13, 2008


Ron Ouelette, who completed the Courage Classic Bicycle Tour, rides along 228th Avenue Southeast to stay in shape. Ouelette paused for a photo at Stevens Pass. Photo contributed

Ron Ouelette, who completed the Courage Classic Bicycle Tour, rides along 228th Avenue Southeast to stay in shape. Ouelette paused for a photo at Stevens Pass. Photo contributed

“Everybody wants to beat the guy on the TV,” said John Curley, host of KING 5’s Evening Magazine.

Curley and Ouelette were part of a field of about 500 cyclists who raised money for Mary Bridge’s endowment for the Intervention and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. The endowment comes from Rotary International.

Ouelette said the event is meant to be fun and non-competitive.

“They don’t even like to call it a race,” he said. “I saw people out there who I’m not sure ride a whole lot.”

Ouelette, who works for Johnson Controls, describes himself as a “semi-competitive-recreational cyclist,” explaining, “I ride as much as I can, but I don’t race.”To increase participants’ enjoyment Read more

League reshuffle means new challenges and old rivalries

August 13, 2008

After winning its first state championship with a furious May run, the Eastlake softball team assumed opponents might get a little tougher in 2009.

The Wolves, though, didn’t exactly count on this.

Thanks to new conference alignments Read more

Area runners compete in Redmond 5K

August 13, 2008

10 Sammamish residents finish

Several Plateau athletes tested their mettle at the Footzone 5K in Redmond Aug. 3.

“We get a lot of locals,” said Tony D’Alessio, Read more

Night Out starts in the afternoon

August 13, 2008


Liam Watson, 3, tries out some fingerprinting. Photo by  Ari Cetron

Liam Watson, 3, tries out some fingerprinting. Photo by Ari Cetron

For Emily Watson, bringing her sons to the National Night Out event at Sammamish’s City Hall was just the beginning. The boys enjoyed seeing the police equipment on display, Watson said, and looked forward to the musical performance.

But later that day, in Watson’s Tammy Glen neighborhood, the real festivities took place with a neighborhood party that has become the hallmark of the national event.

“We know most of our neighbors, but it’s good just to touch base,” Watson said.

National Night Out has been going on for 25 years. It is designed as a way Read more

Sammamish man’s photo wins contest

August 13, 2008

Inge Johnsson snaps shot of the Grand Canyon

Johnsson’s winning entry featured the Grand Canyon. Photo by Inge Johnsson

Johnsson’s winning entry featured the Grand Canyon. Photo by Inge Johnsson

Out of roughly 9,000 submissions, a Sammamish man’s photograph has won the National Park Foundation’s annual photography competition.

Inge Johnsson, 48, is the first-place winner of the foundation’s “Share the Experience Photo Contest,” which invites submissions from all over the country. Participants could submit up to three photos, taken at any federal recreation land.

Inge’s photograph shows ancient ruins with hollow windows leading the eye to the curling riverbed and expansive inner-walls of the Grand Canyon.

“I had my tripod on Read more

Review editorial

August 13, 2008

Voting needs to be easy

King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert is right. The County Council decision to reduce the number of polling places next year is a big mistake.

In 2009, King County is scheduled to go to an all-mail ballot. There is merit to an all-mail system, hopefully helping increase participation by making it easer to cast a vote.

In the days of 80-page voter guides and countless ballot initiatives, it helps to be able to make decisions with the information sitting at the kitchen table, away from traffic and cold winter days.

But there are certainly voters who would prefer to cast a ballot the old fashioned way, in person. The reasons are plentiful, as Lambert, a Republican, says. There are those who have concerns about the reliability of the mail, and it just seems like the opportunity for shenanigans is greater.

Moreover, there is a certain magic to stepping into a voting booth to take that important step in democracy, a patriotic pride akin to singing the national anthem. That magic will be lost when filling out the ballot becomes more like homework mixed with standardized testing.

Realizing this, the County Council decided to leave open a handful of centers (in addition to the one mandated by law) where people can still go and actually cast their ballot, in Renton, Bellevue and Seattle. Conspicuously absent are any places east of Interstate 405.

They may be located in areas of the highest population density, but it forces thousands of people, like those on the plateau, to drive dozens of miles to vote. Once again, it seems like those who live further from Seattle lose out.

Reducing the centers in the name of cost cutting is understandable, but each polling center will cost a mere $50,000 to run for the day, a pittance in the county’s multi-billion dollar budget. If there is one thing that should not be subject to a cost-benefit analysis, it is the fundamental right of voting – and the right to choose how to vote.

More disturbing is the nature of the vote – 5-4, along party lines. Now there’s another good reason to pass Initiative 26, the first of two steps toward making the council non-partisan.

Sammamish Forum

August 13, 2008

Oppose assisted suicide

The Sammamish Review editorial of July 30, 2008 titled “Death with Dignity initiative promotes humane choice” could not be further from the ideal. The Encarta Read more

Lambert lambastes all-mail ballots

August 13, 2008

Sammamish residents who fear their vote could be compromised by King County’s vote-by-mail program are right to be concerned, according to Read more

Municipal league rates local candidates

August 13, 2008

The Municipal League of King County has rated local candidates in the 5th and 45th legislative districts, offering some challengers a higher Read more


August 13, 2008


Concert in the park. Every Thursday through the summer, go listen to live music at Pine Lake Park. Parking is available at Discovery Elementary and via shuttle from the park and ride lot. This week’s show features African All-Stars playing calypso and reggae. Shows start at 6:30 p.m.

Rummage sale to benefit Samantha Smith Elementary’s new piano lab. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of a new piano lab for the school. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 15 at the school, 23305 NE 14th St.

The Sammamish Kennel club will hold a dog show with obedience trial and rally trial. The show is set for 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 24 at Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Parkway NE in Redmond.

Symphony on the plaza and City Birthday celebration. The Sammamish Symphony performs at the city’s annual event. 6-8 p.m. Aug. 28 at City Hall.

Open House. Come meet the new neighbor, Eastside Catholic. The school is offering an open house to the Sammamish Community from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 14 at Eastside Catholic, 232 228th Ave. SE.

The Eastlake High School Community Service Fair is looking for organizations that need high school student volunteers. This is an opportunity for your organization to reach 1100 potential student volunteers.

Organizers provide a table, chairs and a sign up sheet for your representative to share information about your group and ways the students can work with your organization to fulfill their required community service commitments. The fair is scheduled for the mornings of Sept. 29 and 30 at Eastlake. For more information contact mkkayser@hotmail.com

Library activities

Read three get one free summer edition. Students in middle school/junior high and high school, read three books, write three thoughtful reviews and get a prize book free. Forms are available at the Sammamish library and when turned in, are eligible for a monthly prize drawing and entered in the drawing for the grand prize, a laptop computer. In addition, this year will feature a video book review contest. Teens may shoot a book-themed video, reviews of books, or even book trailers. They then upload their personal entry into a YouTube account and a panel of five teen services librarians will judge it.

Talk Time is at 7 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Sept. 23. Join other adults to improve your English conversation skills. Call Literacy AmeriCorps at 369-3452.

This month, the Sammamish Book Discussion Group will discuss “Mr. Pip” by Lloyd Jones. The novel tells the story of Matilda, a 13-year-old living on a fictitious island shattered by war. A man named Mr. Watts begins teaching the children of the island by reading to them from Dickens’ “Great Expectations.”

The children become interested in the character Pip, an orphan in London, who sparks their imaginations and gives them some escape from their war-torn lives.

The discussion is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Sammamish Library.

The Mother Daughter Book Group is for girls age 9-12 and their mothers. This month’s book is “The Thief Lord” by Cornelia Funke, 7 p.m. Aug. 27.

Author and career consultant Allan Hay will help people understand how to make an impact at their next job interview. Hay, the author of “Memory Mining, Digging for Gems From Your Past Good Work,” will discuss strategies to help people take a fresh look at job interviews. The discussion is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 10.

Spanish Story times for children 3 and older with an adult. 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 20 and 27.

Pajama Story Times for children ages 2-6 with an adult. Families are welcome. 6:30 and 7:30 p..m Sept. 15, 22 and 29.

Toddle On Over – Toddler Story Times for children ages 2-3. Siblings are welcome, but space is limited. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sept. 17 and 24.

Preschool Story Times for children ages 3-6 with an adult. Siblings are welcome, but space is limited. 10 a.m. Sept 18 and 25 or 1 p.m. Sept. 19 and 26.

Tiny Tales Story Times for children ages 6-12 months with an adult. Space is limited. 11 a.m. Sept. 18 and 25.

Young Toddler Story Times for children 12-24 months with an adult. 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Sept. 19 and 26.

Volunteers needed

The Sammamish Farmers Market needs volunteers. The market is from 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 1 at the Sammamish City Hall Plaza. Volunteers are needed to plan special events, work on the newsletter, help with logistics, organize children’s events and more. Go to www.sammamishfarmersmarket.org for a description of volunteer opportunities.

The King County Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs certified long-term care ombudsman volunteers. After completing a four-day training program, visit with residents, take and resolve complaints and advocate for residents. Volunteers are asked to donate four hours a week and attend selected monthly meetings. Contact John Stilz at 206-697-6747 or johns@solid-ground.org.

Eastside Bluebills is a Boeing retiree volunteer organization that strives to provide opportunities for retirees to help others in need and to assist charitable and nonprofit organizations. Eastside Bluebills meet every third Wednesday of the month at the Bellevue Regional Library from 10 a.m.-noon. Call 235-3847.

LINKS, Looking Into the Needs of Kids in Schools, places community volunteers in the schools of the Lake Washington School District. Opportunities include tutoring, classroom assistance and lunch buddy. Just one hour a week can make a difference in a child’s life. Call Clair at 867-1677 or Nanci at 885-9158.

Eastside Baby Corner needs volunteers to sort incoming donations of clothing and toys and prepare items for distribution. Go to www.babycorner.org.

Volunteers are needed to visit homebound patrons with the King County Library System’s Traveling Library Center program. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and have reliable transportation. Call Susan LaFantasie at 369-3235.

Volunteer drivers are needed for the Senior Services Volunteer Transportation Program. Flexible hours, mileage, parking reimbursement and supplemental liability insurance are offered. Call 206-448-5740.
Guide Dogs for the Blind Eager Eye Guide Pups Club needs volunteers to raise puppies for use as guide dogs for the blind. For information, call Sandy at 644-7421.

Volunteer Chore Services links volunteers with seniors or individuals who are disabled and are living on a limited income. Call 284-2240.

To submit items for the Community Calendar, contact the editor at 392-6434, ext. 233. Information may be e-mailed to samrev@isspress.com or mailed to the Sammamish Review, P.O. Box 1328, Issaquah, WA 98027. Items must be received by the Wednesday before publication.