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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
December 16, 2014
The stereotypical math classroom evokes images of students taking dreary quizzes with bored or frustrated looks on their faces.
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.
December 16, 2014
A 2005 Eastlake High School graduate and Seattle native is serving with Patrol Squadron Sixteen, also known as the “War Eagles.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.