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From Presidents to Pants: Rocker reinvents sound for kids

Check out my recent article with Presidents of the United States of America frontman Chris Ballew, who is now rocking out for kids with his new band Caspar Babypants! Read below or click here to read it on The Issaquah Press’ website.

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After almost 15 years of rock ‘n’ roll, Grammy-nominated Seattle musician Chris Ballew decided to turn down the gain on his amplifier. In

2009, The Presidents of the United States of America front man formed the children’s band Caspar Babypants, playing shows for parents and toddlers across Western Washington.

The group will make a stop in Issaquah May 7 for a 10:30 a.m. performance at Blakely Hall as part of a literacy event sponsored by a Community Action Grant from the Foundation for Early Learning.

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Lymphoma survivor takes a leading role in Seattle’s Light the Night Walk

Here’s a feature I wrote for The Issaquah Press that I thought turned out well! It printed in the Oct. 13 issue. Enjoy! Read it here on The Issaquah Press website.

In September 2009, Newcastle resident and Maywood Middle School sixth-grader Sara Flash got sick and just would not get better. Doctors tried a variety of antibiotics to treat what they thought to be an ear infection, and then pneumonia.

Weeks after first becoming sick, Sara was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and was at Seattle Children’s for chemotherapy.

After three months of treatment, her cancer was in remission, and last month, she helped spearhead a fundraiser aimed at finding a cure for the very disease she battled.

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It’s lovely weather for a hayride with you

Here it is, my latest column! It’s about stuff to do in the Northwest in the fall! Read it below, or on The Issaquah Press’ website here.

Zip up your coat. Turn on the windshield wipers. Put the cover back on the barbecue. The wind and rain is back.

If this makes you sad, you should really cheer up; Oprah’s favorite things come during the holiday season, but mine come during fall, and the season officially starts Sept. 23.

Of course, I should tell you that nobody reading this article will receive a free car or a trip to Australia. Sorry, but Oprah is loaded, and I’m not.

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Bumbershoot!

Sammamish band Great Waves opened the Bumbershoot music festival last weekend, and I was on hand to take photos. Check them out on The Issaquah Press’ website here!

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A major league homecoming

Here’s a story I wrote for The Issaquah Press’ July 14 edition about an Issaquah High School graduate who now plays for the New York Yankees. I got the rare opportunity to interview him from the visitor’s dugout at Safeco Field before a game. Check it out here, or read it below!

Fifteen years ago, had Colin Curtis known he would someday become a major league outfielder, he would have said, “perfect, my plan is going to work.” At least that is what Curtis, now 25, said with a laugh when asked what his reaction would have been.

“It’s what I dreamed of doing when I was 10,” he said.

The 2003 Issaquah High School graduate was called up from the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees to the New York Yankees on June 21, and he has become a pinch hitter and an occasional starter for the major league team.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” he said about reaching the majors, adding that playing for so many years and finally reaching his goal of making it to the major leagues gives him a great sense of accomplishment.

“To finally reach it really means a lot,” he said.

Curtis, who underwent surgery for testicular cancer during his freshman year of high school, played three years of college baseball at Arizona State University before being drafted by the New York Yankees in the fourth round of the 2006 draft. He then began working his way up the minor league ladder.

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Off the press: Is that a famous person? Quick, get the camera!

Check out my column in the July 7 issue of The Issaquah Press! You can read it below or on The Issaquah Press’ website here. Happy reading!

Issaquah is not in Southern California, if all the rain and forests didn’t give it away. But our town on the edge of the greater Seattle area is linked to its fair share of recognizable and famous people. Some have moved here, others used to live here and some just drop in from time to time.

So, just who are these famous folks who graced Issaquah at one time or another, you ask? Modest Mouse front man Isaac Brock; Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki; sportscaster Rick Rizzs; former Mariners Jay Buhner, Ken Griffey Jr., Paul Sorrento, J.J. Putz, Omar Vizquel, Dave Valle and Jeff Nelson; former Seattle Supersonics Detlef Schrempf and Ray Allen; Pulitzer-winning playwright Brian Yorkey; authors Deb Caletti and Serena Rolan; actress Cynthia Geary, who played Shelly Marie Tambo on “Northern Exposure”; Lockergnome founder Chris Pirillo; and Red and Rover comic strip artist Brian Basset.

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Hydroplanes take to Lake Sammamish

If you live in Western Washington, you may find this story kind of fun. It’s about Tastin’ and Racin’, the annual event where hydroplanes race at 150 mph on Lake Sammamish. The wet weather prior to the event turned Lake Sammamish State Park into a swamp, and a local racer walked away with just scrapes and bruises after flipping his boat while going 115 mph. Check out the story on The Issaquah Press’ website here, or read it below! Enjoy!

Perfectly in accordance with gorgeous sunshine, speeding and thundering hydroplanes took to Lake Sammamish over the weekend at the 2010 Tastin’ n Racin’ competition, an American Powerboat Association event.

The event also showcased many other attractions, including a car show, rocking tribute bands on the O’Brien Law Firm Mainstage, the SeaFair Pirates, two beer gardens and — of course — plenty of food.

However, event organizer Chris Courtright said this year’s wet spring had turned Lake Sammamish State Park into a mud bath.

“I get down there on Wednesday and it’s one big mud puddle,” Courtright said, recalling visiting the park June 9. “We’ve never had the ground like that.”

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