January 7, 2014
After a 35-year career as a horse trainer, Anne C. Christensen is now immersed in an activity that’s worlds away.
Christensen, a Northwest native who moved to Sammamish two years ago, began writing full-time six years ago as A.C. Christensen. She’s published three autobiographical fiction books since then – two of them rooted in her personal experiences with horse culture.
In “Patrick the Naughty Pony,” the first of what Christensen hopes will be a 12-part series called “Over the Rails Pony Tales,” she writes about her adventurous childhood on Mercer Island.
Her parents bought her a circus pony, an animal that wasn’t naturally meant for riding or showing, but through determination and repetition, she developed a new friend. And that helped Christensen make her own friends through a local saddle club.
January 7, 2014
Kyle Roth doesn’t consider himself to be an avid cyclist, but this summer he’ll be covering roughly twice the distance of a Tour de France rider.
The 21-year-old Roth, a 2010 Skyline High School graduate and senior at the University of Washington, is embarking upon a 4,000-mile ride in June to raise money and awareness for disabled people.
Roth is one of four Pi Kappa Phi fraternity brothers at UW – and one of about 75 nationwide – who plan to ride from Long Beach, Calif., to Washington D.C. on a 64-day Journey of Hope.
The group will average 60-75 miles per day, and along the way, they plan to meet with people with disabilities and spread a positive message. From Long Beach, they’ll go to Las Vegas, turn south toward Dallas, then finish up with a ride north through Georgia and the Carolinas before arriving in the nation’s capital.
November 12, 2013
Like the city of Sammamish, the families who are part of the Discovery Elementary School community are ethnically diverse.
The school, which has an enrollment of about 630, is comprised of nearly 50 percent minorities, and more than 40 percent of the student body is of Asian heritage.
That seemingly made Discovery the perfect place for an ethnic food festival, and there was a huge turnout Nov. 6 when the school hosted its free “Taste of Discovery” event.
November 12, 2013
Creekside Elementary School in Sammamish is partnering with Cub Scout Pack 225, Girl Scout Troop 42226 and Eastside Fire and Rescue for a food and clothing drive this month.
The school will be collecting non-perishable food items and winter clothing from Nov. 12-19.
EFR crew members will visit the school Nov. 19 and transport items to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.
November 12, 2013
Nathan Montgomery, a 2005 graduate of Eastlake, is engaged to Allie Small of Clackamas, Ore. Montgomery is the son of Don and Sue Montgomery, of Sammamish. He is a 2010 graduate of Whitworth University, and works as a consultant engineer for FM Global.
Small is the daughter of Kelly and Joanna Small. She is a 2010 graduate of Clackamas High and expects to graduate from Concordia University with a nursing degree in 2014.
The couple plans to marry June 21, 2014 at Long Barn Farm in West Linn, Ore.
June 27, 2012
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August 3, 2011
In 2010, Sammamish 10-year-old Sydney Carste and her family made plans to travel to Germany to attend some Women’s World Cup soccer matches June 26-July 17. But before they embarked on the early-July family getaway, plans changed a little bit when Sydney got the chance of a lifetime. It involved tracking down “jailed” vuvuzelas and playing a pick-up game with Brandi Chastain, former U.S. national team member.
The incoming fifth-grader at Samantha Smith Elementary blogged about her experience as a die-hard soccer fan for ESPN.
She wrote as Sydney from Seattle for the “World Cup Wunderkind” blog. Sydney followed teams throughout the World Cup and into the finals, developing quite a following from readers around the world. A few games into her coverage, people even began to recognize her on the streets of Dresden, she said.
“I was really excited,” said Sydney, a standout Crossfire player at home in Sammamish. “I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to do a good job.”
Sydney completed five entries during her family’s time in Germany. She wrote about crazy fans, game highlights and the general atmosphere surrounding the Women’s World Cup. Read more
July 26, 2011
Artist Suzanne Tidwell, creator of the yarn socks adorning several tree stumps near Eastlake High School in Sammamish, now has another site to add to her résumé. In April, Seattle Parks and Recreation asked artists to contribute to ARTSpark Program 2011.
The program, which organizes performances and art in Occidental Square during the summer, is a partnership between Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and 4Culture’s Site Specific program.
The ARTSpark representatives were excited to give Tidwell the go-ahead to wrap the trees in the square with brightly-colored yarn, said the artist.
“It really transforms the neighborhood,” she said. Read more
July 26, 2011
Families tossed balls back and forth and children danced to the unmistakable melodies of Boston, Journey and Van Morrison at Pine Lake Park July 21. About 500 people braved a few light showers to hear the About Face band, a classic rock cover band. The performance was part of the weekly series put on by the city of Sammamish, Summer Concerts in the Park.
Recreation Coordinator Lynne Handlos said the turnout was the best yet this summer, due to the unseasonable weather in previous weeks. This summer marks the concert series’ 11th year, she said. For this year’s lineup, she picked the most popular bands in the last 10 years. The About Face band returned from 2008.
Handlos said she purposely picks a variety of genres to cater to a wide audience.
“We’ve never had a negative comment,” she said.
Denise Markley of Redmond, a regular attendee, said she enjoys the music and likes that families can run around and play.
She said she hopes the series continues into future years and appreciates that the concerts are free. Read more
July 19, 2011
Incoming Skyline High School seniors Supriya Dublish and Nicole Atherly received Girl Scouts Gold Awards for their leadership and service to the Sammamish community. In recognition of their work, Dublish and Atherly were invited to Gov. Chris Gregoire’s home and received letters of congratulations from President Barack Obama.
Winning the award “was really cool, especially when I got the letter,” said Dublish.
The highest honor a Girl Scout can receive, the Gold Award is a culmination of 40 hours of summer camp leadership, 40 hours of career related activities and 65 hours of individual project work. Dublish and Atherly attended job shadows and career fairs, worked at the Sammamish Days children’s booth and volunteered in Girl Scouts day camps over the past few years. They then proposed plans to organize their own events in conjunction with the city.
“It’s quite a lot of work and they learn a lot of new skills,” said Elaine Atherly, the Girl Scouts troop leader and Nicole Atherly’s mom. “It’s an exciting process for them to go through.” Read more