Win tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters

February 12, 2014

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 12, 2014

The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters have been thrilling families and millions of fans with their basketball skills for 88 years.

Now, you have a chance to see the Globetrotters at 2 p.m. Feb. 17 at Key Arena. And you can go for free. Click here and enter to win a pair of tickets to the game.

Drawings will be Feb. 14. Winners must be able to come to The Issaquah Press office, 1801 12th Ave. N.W., Suite D1, Issaquah, to get their tickets on Feb. 14 or 17, after they have been notified.

Betty Crow

February 10, 2014

Betty Viola Crow, loving mom to Vickie, Janet and Carolyn, passed Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.

A celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Flintoft’s Funeral Home, 392-6444.

Friends are invited to view photos, get directions and share memories in the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com.

Chamber hosts city manager, mayor at Feb. 12 luncheon

February 8, 2014

NEW — 2:20 p.m. Feb. 8, 2014

City Manager Rob Wyman and newly elected Mayor Steve Buri will give an update on all the city’s happenings at the Feb. 12 Newcastle Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

The lunch, sponsored by Newcastle Jewelers, begins at 11 a.m. The cost is $20 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers.

Newcastle Jewelers will donate a watch, valued at more than $300, for the luncheon’s door prize.

The February luncheon begins at 11 a.m. Feb. 12 at Tapatio Mexican Grill. The cost is $20 for chamber members and $25 for non-members.

RSVP for the luncheon online here.

Newcastle Cub Scout Pinewood Derby / January 2014

February 7, 2014

Historical Society hosts Feb. 8 cemetery cleanup

February 6, 2014

NEW — 4:40 p.m. Feb. 6, 2014

CemeteryCleanup

By Christina Corrales-Toy
The Newcastle Historical Society will host a cemetery clean up Feb. 8.

The Newcastle Historical Society will host a Feb. 8 work party to clean and spruce up the city’s iconic cemetery. Read more

Notes from Newcastle: Newcastle Jewelers treats you like family

February 6, 2014

Newcastle Jewelers employee Sylvia Mauerman has one heck of a job.

“How much fun is it to lift diamonds all day?” she asked, when I visited the store for a story last month.

That sounds pretty fun, if you ask me, but not as much fun as getting to do it under the tutelage of Wayne and Joan Underwood, the store’s owners.

I had never been to the store before I visited to write a story about its 20th anniversary, but for the first time since Sweet Decadence left the city, I had the soothing feeling that I was sitting in a cozy living room.

Newcastle Jewelers doesn’t have chairs and seats set up for its patrons, and it’s not meant to be a place where people gather and lounge, but after meeting the welcoming, kind staff, all I want to do is hang out there.

The shelves and display cases filled with beautiful jewelry may or may not have had a hand in my longing sense to linger at the store, too.

At any rate, Wayne, Joan and Sylvia made me feel at home. Whether it was the kind welcome I received from Sylvia as I walked in the door, Wayne’s quiet, self-deprecating humor or Joan’s pride in the community, they were just so comforting.

It seems that their breed is a dying kind, you know, the type of business owners that treat their customers like family.

They’re the kind of owners who will shake their heads at you when you try to pay after a quick repair of your watch, refusing to let you pay for something that took two minutes but was a world of help.

They’re the kind of jewelers who when you say you’re looking for a specific token to add to your charm bracelet, they’ll say, “No, problem,” and will hand craft it in their store. If you don’t see it on their shelves, they’ll find it, or make it for you.

They’re the kind of people who saw a city come into existence 20 years ago, and did everything in their power to support it, even changing their business’ name to do so.

Newcastle is lucky to have the Newcastle Jewelers team in its community, but if you ask their owners, they’ll quickly say, “No, we’re lucky to be in Newcastle.”

Newcastle business shares 20th anniversary with city

February 6, 2014

Newcastle Jewelers still ‘shines bright like a diamond’

By Christina Corrales-Toy The Newcastle Jewelers team, celebrating its 20th anniversary, is a tight-knit group led by (from left) owners Wayne and Joan Underwood and staff member Sylvia Mauerman. The white poodle, Mingo, also serves as a trustworthy watchdog.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
The Newcastle Jewelers team, celebrating its 20th anniversary, is a tight-knit group led by (from left) owners Wayne and Joan Underwood and staff member Sylvia Mauerman. The white poodle, Mingo, also serves as a trustworthy watchdog.

The new business cards still had the warmth of a fresh printing when husband and wife Wayne and Joan Underwood decided to open a jewelry store along Coal Creek Parkway in 1994. Read more

City to honor volunteers at Feb. 27 event

February 6, 2014

Mack Strong headlines speaking program

A strong culture of volunteerism is one of Newcastle’s greatest points of pride.

Every year, hundreds of volunteers dedicate hundreds of hours to make the city a better place, and signs of that can be seen everywhere.

It’s there in the trails that were built by Eagle Scouts and maintained by the Newcastle Trails group; it’s in City Hall, where volunteer commissions meet to give their best recommendations to the City Council; and it’s certainly evident in the smiling faces of the families enjoying their time at the city’s volunteer-coordinated summer events.

The city will honor its approximately 300 volunteers at a special appreciation event Feb. 27. Read more

Wife attends Super Bowl to honor late husband

February 6, 2014

‘This one’s for you, Denny’

By Greg Farrar Elizabeth Widseth and son Trevor Yarnell hold their Diamond Award in November.

By Greg Farrar
Elizabeth Widseth and son Trevor Yarnell hold their Diamond Award in November.

Newcastle Shell station owner, and avid Seattle Seahawks fan, Elizabeth Widseth knew this football season was going to be special.

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Community mourns historian Milt Swanson

February 6, 2014

Family, neighbors and community leaders gathered Jan. 25 to honor the life of Milt Swanson, a titan of Newcastle history and the man with an unceasing, warming smile.

The Newcastle pioneer, born and raised in this community, spent all of his 95 years living in the same area, 90 of which were in the same company house that still stands at the edge of town near the Cougar Mountain trailhead.

Milt Swanson

Milt Swanson

Swanson died Jan. 20 after a Jan. 14 fall sent him to the hospital, where he lapsed into a coma.

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