Cemetery open for tours on Memorial Day

April 30, 2015

The community is invited to tour one of Newcastle’s hidden gems May 25.

The city’s Historic Coal Miner’s Cemetery will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Memorial Day. It’s a rare opportunity to explore the site that is locked most of the year.

Vickie Baima Olson, an active member of the Newcastle Historical Society, will lead two tours that day. The first tour begins at 10 a.m. and the other is at noon.

Olson, whose grandparents are buried in the cemetery, will share stories about the people buried there, raise awareness about the need to preserve old cemeteries and answer questions.

The cemetery is at 7811 129th Ave. S.E.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day

April 30, 2015

By Greg Farrar Tanya Arriaga, 6, leads Coal Creek Family YMCA staff employee Carter Bolomey through the aquatics obstacle course in the parking lot during the free Healthy Kids Day community event April 25 in Newcastle. Children learned about wearing life vests and other aspects of water safety in the exercise. Hundreds of youngsters with their families took part in relay races, rock wall climbing, dodgeball games, miniature golf and inflatable obstacle bounce house attractions. View more photos at http://on.fb.me/1JVGREy.

By Greg Farrar
Tanya Arriaga, 6, leads Coal Creek Family YMCA staff employee Carter Bolomey through the aquatics obstacle course in the parking lot during the free Healthy Kids Day community event April 25 in Newcastle. Children learned about wearing life vests and other aspects of water safety in the exercise. Hundreds of youngsters with their families took part in relay races, rock wall climbing, dodgeball games, miniature golf and inflatable obstacle bounce house attractions. View more photos at http://on.fb.me/1JVGREy.

Hooray for Earth Day

April 30, 2015

By Greg Farrar Bert the Salmon is glad to learn less motor oil will be polluting his habitat as he looks under the hood of an electric car owned by Jeff Finn of Bellevue.

By Greg Farrar
Bert the Salmon is glad to learn less motor oil will be polluting his habitat as he looks under the hood of an electric car owned by Jeff Finn of Bellevue.

May calendar

April 30, 2015

Events

Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 13, Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., learn about Issaquah School’s Foundation Healthy Youth Initiative with Program Director Barbara de Michele, $20/members, $25/nonmembers, register at newcastle-chamber.org

Newcastle Trails board meeting, free and open to the public, 7-9 p.m. May 27, Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road, newcastletrails.org

Coast Guard Boating Safety Course, certificate from course may be used to obtain Washington Boater Education Card, three days available, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays May 30 and June 27, Bellevue Fire Station 9, 12412 Newcastle Way, Bellevue, $30, preregister with Terrence Hooper at 885-0259 Read more

Local students make honor roll and dean’s list

April 30, 2015

The following students earned collegiate academic honors:

  • Katherine Kerstetter, a 2014 Liberty High School graduate, made Southern Methodist University’s Honor Roll with High Distinction during fall quarter.
  • Newcastle resident Junice Marino made the winter 2015 dean’s list at Eastern Washington University.
  • Newcastle resident Justyn Jacobs made the winter term honor roll at Oregon State University.
  • Newcastle residents Olivia Hirschey and Sarah Gardner made the Central Washington University winter term honor roll.

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Exemplary seniors receive Washington Scholars Award

April 30, 2015

The Washington Student Achievement Council and the Association of Washington School Principals recently announced the names of 654 Washington Scholars from 263 high schools this year.

The award represents the highest academic honor conferred by the state of Washington and is awarded to students who demonstrate the educational excellence and civic commitment so vital to the future of the state.

The local winners were:

Hazen High School — Andrea Dao, engineering; Tudi Le, pre-medicine

Liberty High School — Quinn Magendanz, computer science engineering; Signe Stroming, international relations

Editorial — Get ready for elections

April 30, 2015

If you’ve been thinking about taking on an important leadership role within the city of Newcastle, the time has come to take the next step. Candidates must file for election by May 15.

The terms for four Newcastle City Council positions are set to expire at the end of the year — council position No. 1 (Lisa Jensen), council position No. 2 (Carol Simpson), council position No. 3 (Steve Buri) and council position No. 4 (Gordon Bisset).

Simpson and Bisset already announced they would file for re-election, while Jensen said she will not and Buri is still undecided.

Meanwhile, Newcastle Community Activities commissioners Linda Newing and Victoria Sandoval and as well as Planning Commissioner Allen Dauterman announced they will run for a City Council spot. Read more

Letter to the editor

April 30, 2015

Dear Newcastle voters,

Thank you. It has been an honor and a privilege to represent you for two terms on the Newcastle City Council. I will not be seeking re-election in the upcoming election.

I first ran for office because the city budget was out of control, and a majority on the council had lost touch with the people they represented. In the past eight years, we have made the necessary changes to the budget in a way that allows us to live within our means. We also have a city manager and staff that make customer service a priority and recognize everyone at City Hall is there to serve the community.

New perspectives and varied experiences on a council can make government better. I hope an open seat will encourage more people to run for office. My public service will continue as a trustee at Harborview Medical Center and on the UW Medicine/Valley Medical Center board. Read more

Notes from Newcastle — Let’s get Italene on Fallon

April 30, 2015

There are just some people that stay with you.

For me, and I’m sure I’m not alone, one such person is Newcastle resident Italene Gaddis.

Talking with Italene is like eating a spoonful of sunshine, in a good way, and if it was possible. It’s like preparing for an important game, getting the best pep talk of your life and just crushing the competition. It’s like playing with a litter of newborn puppies or relaxing on a nice, long vacation.

Need I say more?

Spend an hour with the 90-year-old Newcastle musician and your faith in humanity can’t help but soar to new heights. Read more

May cartoon

April 30, 2015

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