Peas, princes & Patriot Players

April 30, 2014

NEW — 12:15 p.m. April 30, 2014

By Sarah Edmonds
Queen Aggravain, played by Liberty High School senior Hailey Gumm, looks on in shock, while King Sextimus, senior Marcus Milyko, doesn’t seem amused in the Patriot Players’ production of ‘Once Upon a Mattress.’

There are overbearing mothers, and then there is “Once Upon a Mattress’” Queen Aggravain, alone in an altogether different stratosphere of dysfunction. Read more

Renton Technical College’s president to retire

April 29, 2014

NEW — 6 p.m. April 29, 2014

President Steve Hanson

Steve Hanson, Renton Technical College’s president since 2009, announced today his intent to retire at the end of the year.

“It has been an honor to serve as Renton Technical College’s president for the past five years,” he said in a statement. “Our college has an outstanding reputation for its commitment to student success, as exemplified by our selection by the Aspen Institute as one of the top community colleges in the nation.

“I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to work with an extraordinary group of trustees, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the mission of transforming the lives of our students.” Read more

Issaquah Schools Foundation to host fundraiser breakfast, lunch

April 28, 2014

NEW — 5 p.m. April 28, 2014

The Issaquah Schools Foundation is hosting two events in May to raise money for local schools.

The foundation’s Nourish Every Mind lunch and breakfast events will feature inspirational stories from students and staff members in the Issaquah School District about why community-based financial support is needed, in addition to education dollars the district gets from the state.

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Schools’ committee looks for public input on student nutrition

April 27, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 27, 2014

The Issaquah School District’s nutrition advisory committee will host a public meeting regarding new U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for student nutrition and activities.

The meeting will be from 3-5 p.m. April 30 at the district’s administration building, 565 N.W. Holly St. The committee will listen to public comments for 10-20 minutes at the beginning. The public is invited to stay and listen to the remainder of the meeting.

The committee is looking to update the district’s wellness policy by incorporating new USDA guidelines on food and beverages in schools, and also establish standards for physical activity and nutrition education for all students.

Contact Brian Olson, the district’s director of food services, at 837-5061 or, to learn more.

Weekend roundup: Read poetry, clean the cemetery and get healthy with the YMCA

April 25, 2014

NEW — 11:20 a.m. April 25, 2014

File The Newcastle Historical Society will host a cemetery clean up April 26.

The Newcastle Historical Society will host a cemetery clean up April 26.

There are always a multitude of things to do in Newcastle, but here is a quick roundup of some notable weekend happenings. Read more

Little Rhody Park Playground Construction

April 24, 2014

Lake Boren Park Earth Day Celebration

April 24, 2014

Friends of Renton Schools fundraiser set for April 28

April 24, 2014

NEW — 10:50 a.m. April 24, 2014

The Friends of Renton Schools will host its fifth annual benefit breakfast, headlined by speaker Randy Gardiner, on April 28.

Gardiner is the president, CEO and chairman of the locally based Red Dot Corp., the leading manufacturer of heaters and air conditioners for commercial and military vehicles.

The benefit is the main fundraiser for the school foundation that provides supplemental funding to support the Renton School District. This year, donations will go toward the new funding priorities in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The breakfast is free, although there is an opportunity to donate. Donations to the organization are 100 percent tax deductible. Read more

Recycled crayon business embodies Earth Day message

April 22, 2014

NEW — 10:50 a.m. April 22, 2014

Mike and Leah Wong, children of Wacky Crayons creator Regan Wong, lend a helping hand as they make the unconventional drawing tool in the family’s garage. At left, Wacky Crayons come in fully compostable packaging and include a variety of shapes, from flowers to the Millennium Falcon. Photos By Christina Corrales-Toy

Mike and Leah Wong, children of Wacky Crayons creator Regan Wong, lend a helping hand as they make the unconventional drawing tool in the family’s garage.
Photo contributed

Local mom Regan Wong found a nifty way to repurpose the contents of that long forgotten box, tucked away in a closet, filled to the brim with broken, sometimes wrapperless crayons. Read more

SRC Easter egg hunt

April 20, 2014

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