Renton School Board honors Hazen seniors

July 2, 2015

Twelve Hazen High School students were recognized as outstanding seniors by Renton School Board members at their May 12 meeting.

Students were selected based on academic achievement, leadership, co-curricular involvement, citizenship and character, community service and contributions to their classmates and school.

The honorees were Jesse Choi, Pauline Mogilevsky, Lina Li, Sarah Sherrod, Sablena Milinganyo, Eddie Garcia, Connor Broughton, Connor Garrels, Ryan Howe, Shelby Mathison, Tudi Le and Spencer Chin.

Editorial — Don’t leave kids, dogs to die in hot cars

July 2, 2015

It must be horrible to be trapped in a very hot, small space, yearning for water, gasping for air and begging to be released.

Despite the fact that scenario will horrify most readers, every single summer, police get calls about children and dogs trapped in hot cars.

Temperatures have been in the 80s in recent days and it’s not midsummer yet.

On average, 37 children across the country have died each year since 1998 from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside motor vehicles, according to Read more

Italene Gaddis joins artists at day of music

July 2, 2015

Musician Italene Gaddis has no problem traveling across Western Washington, performing daily at various sites.

Luckily for her, she won’t have to travel far for a special July 25 gig.

The 90-year-old Newcastle resident’s commute will be just minutes when she performs at the Newcastle Library’s day of music.

Gaddis’ performance is just a small part of a day dedicated to music education, music crafts and music programs for all ages.

The “Music Space” event starts at 10 a.m. At that time, attendees can take advantage of three hands-on activities. Read more

Newcastle students make dean’s list, honor roll

July 2, 2015

Newcastle students make dean’s list, honor roll

  • Lindsey Kranz, of Newcastle, was recently named to the Gonzaga University president’s list for the spring 2015 semester.
  • The following Newcastle students were named to the Washington State University president’s honor roll for the spring 2015 semester: Carolyn Aibinder, Nicole Aibinder, Rachel Atwood, Shannon Heric, Ryan Maio, Stacey Quach, Alexandra Stuj and Brandon Yan.
  • Molly Gallagher, of Newcastle, was named to the spring 2015 semester dean’s list at Northwest Nazarene University, in Nampa, Idaho.
  • Emily Franceschina, of Newcastle, was named to the 2015 spring semester dean’s list, Carroll College, in Helena, Montana.

Did you or your child make the dean’s list, graduate or receive a special collegiate honor? Email your college news to and we’ll publish it in an upcoming issue.


Local athletes commit to colleges

July 2, 2015

Liberty High School honored four graduating student-athletes at a special ceremony in April.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Liberty High School seniors (from left) Russell Boston, Nate Jarvis, Sarah Bliesner and Trevor Sytsma smile while listening to coaches talk about their high-school careers at a special Signing Day ceremony April 15 in the Liberty library.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Liberty High School seniors (from left) Russell Boston, Nate Jarvis, Sarah Bliesner and Trevor Sytsma smile while listening to coaches talk about their high-school careers at a special Signing Day ceremony April 15 in the Liberty library.

Runners Sarah Bliesner and Trevor Sytsma, as well as football players Russell Boston and Nate Jarvis, announced their commitments to continue their athletic careers at the college level. Read more

Cartoon — July 2015

July 2, 2015


Liberty soccer grad suits up for local PDL team

July 2, 2015

When Liberty High School boys soccer coach Darren Tremblay reflects on the Patriots’ 2014 team, he remembers the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

Colton Ronk

Colton Ronk

The Patriots won the Class 3A/2A KingCo regular-season title, but couldn’t make it back to the state playoffs after faltering in the conference tournament.

Still, if it weren’t for the leadership of standout midfielder Colton Ronk, Liberty likely wouldn’t have enjoyed the success it did, Tremblay said. Read more

Community spotlight — Concerts in the Park start this month

July 2, 2015

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The city of Newcastle’s annual Concerts in the Park series kicks off this month, starting with The Fabulous Roof Shakers (at left), a blues band, July 22.

Off the Hook, a classic funk and soul band, brings its brand of “old skool kool” to the park July 29, followed by vocalist Kellee Bradley Aug. 5 and Soul Purpose, a soul and classic rock band, on Aug. 12.

Concerts begin at 7 p.m., but attendees should get there early to take advantage of food vendors selling their offerings.

All concerts last about an hour and a half, and are at Lake Boren Park, 13058 S.E. 84th Way.

Coal Miner’s Cemetery — Part 2

July 2, 2015

Last month, I introduced the miner’s cemetery on 129th Avenue Southeast with a promise to remember some of those interred there.

John McKnight is a well-known name in the area, and the Renton School District even named a middle school after him. His father, also John McKnight, was an important man in the Newcastle coal mining era and is buried in our cemetery.

BackTrackingJohn McKnight, the father, had served in the Civil War and came west after the conflict looking for opportunity. He was very interested in the birth of our nation and wrote and delivered a speech commemorating Independence Day in 1875.

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Hazen, Liberty celebrate the class of 2015

July 2, 2015

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