‘You Matter’ is message of local teens supporting National Suicide Prevention Day

September 2, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 2, 2015

According to the Washington State Department of Health, between two and three youths ages 15-24 commit suicide every week in Washington state.

“The last three years have been some of the hardest years of my ministry when we saw several young people take their lives,” Nick Pringle, pastor of student ministries at Pine Lake Covenant Church for nearly 10 years, says in a Facebook video. “Each year in America, there are over 1 million attempts of suicide, and that’s too many.”

For the second year, teens from Issaquah and Sammamish will join the national movement for National Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10 and wear “You Matter” T-shirts to school that day.

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Improved security tops list of changes in Lake Washington schools

August 25, 2015

NEW — 5:15 p.m. Aug. 25, 2015

Possibly the biggest change in the Lake Washington School District for the coming school year is not one that will be immediately apparent. But it could make a big difference in school buildings across the district, which serves portions of Sammamish, under certain circumstances.

Previously, classroom doors in the district had to be locked from the outside, said Kathryn Reith, district director of communications.

“That was not such a great thing if you were in a lock-down situation,” Reith added.

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Sammamish Symphony announces 2015/2016 concert season

August 21, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 21, 2015

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra will kick off its 24th concert season with a musical romp across the world.

“Expanding Horizons,” the first in the group’s nine-concert lineup, features music crafted in celebration of countries other than the writers’ own homelands.

The program includes George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and Malcolm Arnold’s “Four Scottish Dances,” which the orchestra describes as “musical picture-postcards of their composers’ travels.”

Audiences have two chances to catch “Expanding Horizons,” which is also set to feature a guest appearance by regionally renowned violinist Jae-In Shin. Read more

Wastemobile comes to Sammamish Aug. 14-16

August 10, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 10, 2015

All King County residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile makes a stop in Sammamish, Aug. 14-16.

The Wastemobile will be in the parking lot of Eastlake High School, 400 228th Ave. N.E., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Residents can drop off household hazardous waste items including pesticides, oil-based paints, automotive products (oil, antifreeze, lamps, etc.), fluorescent bulbs/tubes and other items without a charge. The service is pre-paid through garbage and sewer utility fees.

For more information about disposal, including acceptable materials and quantity limits, call the Hazards Line at 206-296-4692, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., except holidays. Recorded information is available after hours, or online at www.hazwastehelp.org/HHW/wastemobile.aspx.

Indian classical music is Sammamish girl’s gift, passion

August 5, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 5, 2015

Seated at the piano in the living room of her Sammamish home, Ananya Goparaju’s fingers fly across the keys, creating chords and melodies that evoke feelings of a walk through the Himalayan countryside or the busy streets of Bombay.

Contributed Ananya Goparaju, a Pine Lake Middle School student, spends time in the studio last year recording her first album, 'Indian Classical Ragas on Piano.'

Ananya Goparaju, a Pine Lake Middle School student, spends time in the studio last year recording her first album, ‘Indian Classical Ragas on Piano.’

Goparaju, 12, has taken piano lessons for nearly seven years. She’s not only proficient but is also an emerging prodigy in the world of Indian classical music. She recorded her first album last year and next week, she’ll be the opening act for one of the genre’s most recognized artists at his concert in Bellevue.

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Soaring Eagle Trail Work

July 29, 2015

Community news — deans’ lists, presidents’ lists, honor roll, faculty honor, graduates, scholarship

July 23, 2015

Deans’ lists

  • John Perkins, of Sammamish, spring semester, Carroll College, Montana
  • The following Sammamish students were named to the Gonzaga University dean’s list for the spring 2015 semester: Alexander Belleba, James Black, Kristina Boswell, Lindsey Brown, Aaron Gram, Alyssa Hawkinson, Julia Hormuth, Erica Horn, Mary Jenkins, Kennedy King, Spencer Larsen, Mitchell Neale, Mark Rawson, Julie Singsaas, Tyler Wales, Makenzie Ware and John Wilcox.
  • Keira Howe, of Sammamish, spring semester, Hofstra University, New York
  • Stephanie Munoz, of Sammamish, spring semester, Denison University, Ohio
  • Justin Pacholec, of Sammamish, spring semester, St. Olaf College, Minnesota
  • Connor Menninger and James Nielsen, of Sammamish, spring semester, Montana State University
  • The following students were named to the Washington State University president’s honor roll for the spring 2015 semester: Lisa Gaviglio, Thomas Hanan, Emily Hayes, Mackenzi Hirayama, Brittany Hogan, Nicholas Howard, Christina Hsiao, Paige Kallander, Haley Kirk, Mary Kraft, Olivia Krueger, Diana McGrail, Laura Pankiewicz, Steven Pankiewicz, Daniel Parducci, Natalie Payton, Thomas Pelluer, Barrett Porter, Heather Rife, Travis Snider, Leda Solaimani, Christopher Son, Alexandra Staikos, Jeremy Stavig, Abigail Student, Amelia Student, Derek Tempel, Matthew Thompson, Anna Vinson, Crystal Waters, Brady Wigton, Rachel Wismeth-Johnston and Jaxon Wolfe.
  • Sydney Helton and Katherine Slyngstad, both of Sammamish, spring semester, Boston University, Massachusetts
  • Alexander Gibson, of Sammamish, spring, Wake Forest University, North Carolina
  • Stephanie Copehaver, of Sammamish, spring semester, Northwest Nazarene University, Idaho
  • Ingrid Johansen, of Sammamish, spring semester, State University of New York at Oswego
  • The following Sammamish students were named to the spring semester dean’s list at Eastern Washington University in Cheney: Jennifer Bresley, Ryan de Coup-Crank, Courtney Duda, Sarah Gaston, Brayden Hansen, Jacob Hvass, Deven Kent Dobias, Peter Kim, Diana Rambow, Agapia Rumpel, Dominic Sblendorio, Connell Totten, Sarah Uptagraft and Nicholas Washburn.
  • Bryan Cassill, of Sammamish, spring semester, Linfield College, Oregon
  • Richard Wang, of Sammamish, spring semester, Washington University, Missouri
  • Sakura Dallaire, Eastlake High School grad, spring semester, Northeastern University, Boston
  • Ryder Roedel, Eastlake High School grad, spring semester, The College of Wooster, Ohio

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Firefighter association awards scholarships

July 20, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 20, 2015

The International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2878 recently awarded scholarships in its 16th annual program for high school seniors based on their community service/volunteer activities.

Local 2878 represents the firefighters and other staff of Eastside Fire & Rescue, Duvall Fire District 45, Fall City Fire District 27 and the city of Snoqualmie fire departments. These agencies provide fire protection, emergency medical and rescue services to East King County areas including Issaquah, Sammamish, North Bend, Carnation, Fall City, Duvall, Snoqualmie and surrounding areas.

Local winners were:

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On Further Review — Sports coverage gets boost

July 9, 2015

Our readership has surely noticed that local sports coverage hasn’t been the same since Bob Taylor left The Issaquah Press a few years ago.

Neil Pierson Review reporter

Neil Pierson
Review reporter

Just like every other business, money dictates how we do things, and we’ve had to cut back on reporting staff and editorial space. It’s unfortunate, because the people and organizations who comprise our communities deserve better. I never knew Taylor, but from what I’ve heard, his work was greatly valued and proved irreplaceable after his retirement.

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Eastlake graduate competes for Miss World America title

July 2, 2015

Courtney Prather was a late bloomer when it came to the world of beauty pageants, but this week, she’ll compete for a very prestigious honor.

Courtney Prather

Courtney Prather

Prather, who grew up in Sammamish and graduated from Eastlake High School in 2008, is in Washington, D.C., for the Miss World America pageant.

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