Perseverance pays off for author Sherry Decker

May 27, 2015

Sherry Decker has been an accomplished writer for many years, but it wasn’t until a couple of months ago that she achieved a goal that was decades in the making.

Sherry Decker

Sherry Decker

Decker, a native Washingtonian who moved to Sammamish with her husband Dick in 1988, has seen her work published in a wide variety of magazines, journals and anthologies over the years.

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Enjoy rhubarb season with a multitude of recipes

May 27, 2015

Rhubarb season is finally upon us, and this year as in most years, I often run out of recipes for using rhubarb before I actually run out of my desire to consume it.

By Maria Nelson

By Maria Nelson

Pies, of course, are always the go-to vehicle for rhubarb around our house, and lately along with them, I’ve taken to lightly pickling rhubarb to add as a savory component to salads and savory cocktails. There are few things as delicious or complex than a vodka martini with a sliver of pickled rhubarb for garnish.

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Spanish ceremony marks girl’s transition to young adulthood

January 13, 2015

“For me, it reaffirms her commitment to the Catholic Church, to living the way she was brought up to live,” dad Larry Roybal said.

By Greg Farrar Miranda Roybal holds a gift Bible and gift kneeling pillow, and sits next to Owen Stoutt, her best friend and one of the members of her Court of Honor, during her quinceanera Mass held Jan. 10 at Eastlake Catholic School.

By Greg Farrar
Miranda Roybal holds a gift Bible and gift kneeling pillow, and sits next to Owen Stoutt, her best friend and one of the members of her Court of Honor, during her quinceanera Mass held Jan. 10 at Eastlake Catholic School.

“It’s just to say, ‘You’ve kind of hit the big time,’” said mom Heidi Roybal, noting daughter Miranda, 15, needs now to get ready for college and will soon be able to drive, among other adult responsibilities.

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Math club keeps Pine Lake Middle School students engaged

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 Pine Lake Middle School math club students Ananta Ranganathan and Daniel Hong (from left) work on team-based tests during a Dec. 9 club meeting. The academic club has 73 students enrolled this year.

By Neil Pierson
Pine Lake Middle School math club students Ananta Ranganathan and Daniel Hong (from left) work on team-based tests during a Dec. 9 club meeting. The academic club has 73 students enrolled this year.

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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Eastlake grad flies with Navy patrol squadron ‘War Eagles’

December 16, 2014

A 2005 Eastlake High School graduate and Seattle native is serving with Patrol Squadron Sixteen, also known as the “War Eagles.”

By Navy Office of Community Outreach Lt. j.g. Kyle Atakturk, a 2005 graduate of Eastlake High School, is serving with the U.S. Navy’s “War Eagles” squadron and is piloting some of the newest maritime patrol aircraft in the military.

By Navy Office of Community Outreach
Lt. j.g. Kyle Atakturk, a 2005 graduate of Eastlake High School, is serving with the U.S. Navy’s “War Eagles” squadron and is piloting some of the newest maritime patrol aircraft in the military.

Lt. j.g. Kyle Atakturk is a pilot with VP-16, a Jacksonville-based squadron that operates the Navy’s newly designed maritime patrol aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon.

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Shining stars: Girl Scouts earn prestigious honor

November 11, 2014

Less than 6 percent of all Girl Scout troops earn a Silver Award for outstanding community service, but one of those troops resides in Sammamish.

By Neil Pierson Girl Scout Troop 43734 in Sammamish recently earned a Silver Award, the highest honor for a troop of middle-school students. Pictured in the front row are, from left, Taylor Mallalieu, Catherine Goto, Taylor DeRouen, Leeza Polyakova and Erin Kim. In the back row are Emma Wells, Brooke Stuart, Liz Tacchetti and Grace Kirby.

By Neil Pierson
Girl Scout Troop 43734 in Sammamish recently earned a Silver Award, the highest honor for a troop of middle-school students. Pictured in the front row are, from left, Taylor Mallalieu, Catherine Goto, Taylor DeRouen, Leeza Polyakova and Erin Kim. In the back row are Emma Wells, Brooke Stuart, Liz Tacchetti and Grace Kirby.

Troop 43734, a group of Sammamish residents who attend Inglewood Middle School, Eastside Catholic School and Bear Creek School in Redmond, recently earned the Silver Award after a long process of planning and activities.

The final piece to earning the award came this fall when the girls visited Carson Elementary School and spoke to second- through fourth-grade classes.

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KJ Eames goes through hell and back to write first novel

November 4, 2014

It wasn’t all sunshine and daisies for KJ Eames in her first attempt to become a published author, and she’s starkly honest about what truly drove her down that path.

Contributed KJ Eames, a 2012 graduate of Eastlake High School, recently published her first novel, “The Hellstrider Cycle: Diviner,” the first of a planned four-book series.

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KJ Eames, a 2012 graduate of Eastlake High School, recently published her first novel, “The Hellstrider Cycle: Diviner,” the first of a planned four-book series.

Eames, 21, graduated from Eastlake High School in 2012, in the midst of what she calls “an emotionally abusive and manipulative relationship.” It took her another year to physically remove herself from the situation, and the better part of the past year was spent in psychological recovery, a process that included the penning of her first novel, “The Hellstrider Cycle: Diviner.”

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Skyline senior attains high honor with Scout troop

October 28, 2014

Most boys who enter the world of Scouting will make a lot of fond memories and learn many valuable lessons, but fewer than one in 10 will accomplish what Jonathan Chriest is doing this weekend.

By Neil Pierson Skyline High School senior Jonathan Chriest will join an elite club Nov. 2 when he earns his Eagle Scout rank. Only about 5 percent of Boy Scouts earn the Eagle rank.

By Neil Pierson
Skyline High School senior Jonathan Chriest will join an elite club Nov. 2 when he earns his Eagle Scout rank. Only about 5 percent of Boy Scouts earn the Eagle rank.

At a Nov. 2 Court of Honor ceremony at The Plateau Club, the Skyline High School senior will receive his Eagle Scout rank from the Boy Scouts of America.

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Siblings think Halloween is right time to be charitable

October 21, 2014

When 11-year-old Ajay Gupta visited Carson Elementary School earlier this month to talk about his fundraiser for UNICEF, he turned some heads and got fellow students thinking about a bigger picture.

Contributed From left, siblings Ajay and Reva Gupta have been busy taking care of their local charity effort through Trick or Treat for UNICEF. Their goal for this year is to raise $2,500, which will pay for clean water and other needs for children in Third-World countries.

By Manoj Gupta
From left, siblings Ajay and Reva Gupta have been busy taking care of their local charity effort through Trick or Treat for UNICEF. Their goal for this year is to raise $2,500, which will pay for clean water and other needs for children in Third-World countries.

Gupta spoke to five classes at Carson on “Popcorn Friday,” when students are invited to purchase bags of popcorn for 50 cents each. But Gupta’s message about giving clean water to children in Third-World countries got through.

“I reminded them that those kids, their only water source may be contaminated, or they might not even have a water source,” he said. “And one of the children … they took their popcorn money and put it in the box that I gave to the class for them to donate in.”

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Carson Elementary School program aims to bring more dads to class

October 14, 2014

Statistics show that only one-fourth of the nation’s classroom teachers are men, and that figure drops to about 16 percent in elementary schools.

By Neil Pierson Jim Gallagher and his daughter Sammy, a second-grade student at Carson Elementary School, share some bonding time during the school’s Watch D.O.G.S. kickoff night Oct. 2. Watch D.O.G.S. is designed to spur fathers’ involvement in their children’s schools.

By Neil Pierson
Jim Gallagher and his daughter Sammy, a second-grade student at Carson Elementary School, share some bonding time during the school’s Watch D.O.G.S. kickoff night Oct. 2. Watch D.O.G.S. is designed to spur fathers’ involvement in their children’s schools.

Schools have had to get creative in order to increase the number of male role models in their classrooms and on their playgrounds. At Carson Elementary School, parents and teachers have banded together to start a Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program, aimed at increasing male volunteerism.

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