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SECTION B THE ISSAQUAH PRESS (',,C)MMUNITY WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2009 CONTRIBUTED Harry Charowsky, a Cascade Mountain Men club member, dresses for a Muzzle Loading and Pioneer Cralt Show as an 18th century 'dandy" WANTED: Kountain men to relive frontier life BY WARREN KAGARISE Dressed in buckskin and fur caps, the Cascade Mountain Men are a throwback to those hardy souls who roamed the untamed West to fulfill Manifest Destiny. They re-enact frontier life from the late 18th and early 19th cen- turies with clothing, guns and other items appropriate to the era. The group, based in Issaquah, invites the public to leave the 21st century behind for its annual Muzzle Loading Arms and Pioneer Craft Show, which opens at 9 a.m. March 14. The weekend-long show will be held at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Members said the show helps preserve the traditions of a by- gone time. "Many of the skills and crafts of the 18th century are being lost due to a lack of participation by the younger generation," said Steve Baima, of Bellevue, the group's secretary. The show will feature crafts- men and vendors offering demonstrations of traditional skills, such as blacksmithing and yarn making. A main attraction will be the antique and muzzle- loading weapons. IFYOU GO Muzzle Loading Arms and Pioneer Crafts Show 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. March 14-15 Evergreen State Fairgrounds 14405 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe '*You can get everything there except the black powder, said Bud Maune, of Sammamish, lead or- ganizer for the show. Fairground rules prohibit the powder sales. Hundreds of craftsmen and vendors will pack the fairgrounds for the Show. Attendance tops 3,000 during a good year. The group claims members across Washington and the West, but most of its members hail from the Eastside. Many of those Mountain Men will make the weekend trek to Monroe, includ- ing longtime member John Ab- bott, of Issaquah. He said the event appeals to a wide audience with its mixture of activities and history. "We've got stuff for the littlest See MOUNTAIN MEN, Page B3 CONTRIBUTED Steve Balma, a member of the Cascade Mountain Men club, holds a flint- lock rifle and wears an 18th century hunting frock on the firing line of the Issaquah Sportsmen's Club. BY GREG FARRAR Sabflna Barnett, of Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus, and Rebecca Kosen Lemita, of Kenya (left), with Kim Varney, of Issaquah High School, and Caroline Ndila Mutua, of Kenya, ceremonially carry two boxes at Boeing Field to the cargo compartment of a new Kenya Airways Boeing 737-800 for the flight home. Clothing drive heads out by the plane load Teens load down 737"with gifts to Kenya that won't soon be forgotten BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK s the new Kenya Air- ways 737 lifted from the tarmac at Boeing Field, Sabrina Barnett, 15, and Kim Varney, 16, watched, knowing the gifts they loaded before take off would- n t be forgotten. What began as a simple idea for a local clothing drive turned into a yearlong journey to benefit young women a half-world away. It also left the two girls watching the plane with their new Kenyan friends shrink into the distance Feb. 11. "It was hard to see them go," Sabrina said. "There was a lot of crying and hugging," Kim added. Nemhan Le, Kim's mother who works for the The Boeing Co., told the girls about a program they sponsor in partnership with Kenya Airways last spring. It was then, the girls knew their mission had to go global. "We thought it was so cool to be BY GREG FARRAR Issaquah students, Kenyan students and Kenya Airways flight crew members pose Feb. 11 with two of the many boxes of donations. ONTHEWEB Wema Centre - www.wemacentre.org able to help people in another country," Sabrina said. The donations go to the Wema Centre in Mombassa, Kenya. "It is an organization that takes homeless children off the street, mainly girls, because there are a lot more homes that support boys," Kim said. "They take them in and give them food, shelter, ed- ucation and support." Since 2004, Boeing and Kenya Airways have teamed up to give young Kenyan students the op- portunity to travel to the Seattle area for a week's worth of educa- tional activities. The students visit a university and public schools with American students, see snow for the first time, visit the Space Needle and tour the company's Everett facility, ac- cording to Bernard Choi, a spokesman for Boeing Commer- cial Airplanes. The goal is "to jointly invest in the long-term development of five Kenyan schools and to find new ways to contribute to furthering See PLANE, Page B4 CONTRIBUTED Donations collected, sorted and boxed up by Issaquah students are ready to fly back to Kenya with the 'Pride of Africa" a new Kenya Airways Boeing 737-800. The answer is: This Issaquah resident starred on Jeopardy BY JIM FEEHAN Kelly Rabin should consider a ca- reer as a professional poker player. She invited about a dozen co- workers and friends to her Is- saquah Highlands home Feb. 23 to watch her appear as a contestant on "Jeopardy!" Sworn to secrecy by the show's producers, she didnot let on to anyone how she did on the episode taped a month earlier. There was not even a twitch in her eye as her friends and co-workers waited for the penultimate moment -- the fi- nal "Jeopardy!" question. "My mom, who lives in Chicago, said, 'I can't believe you left me in BY JIM FEEHAN A television shows the taped show of Jeopardy in which Issaquah resident Kelly Rabin competed. the dark so long,'" Rabin said. As a youth growing up in Chicago, Rabin was one question away from going to the national spelling bee. She also participated in,e,ography bees. It s been a lifelong dream of mine to be on 'Jeopardy!'" said Rahin, 27, an actuary at Symetra Financial Corp. in Bellevue. Fourteen months ago, she took the show's online test. In March 2008, she got a call from the show's producers asking if she'd like to participate in a mock game/audition of contestants in Portland. She passed the audition and flew down to Los Angeles with her husband Kevin for the taping. To prepare for her appearance, See JEOPARDY, Page B2 Seminar introduces young women to new fields BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK Middle and high school girls on the Eastside have an opportu- nity to discover myriad careers at the Expanding Your Horizons seminars March 21 and 25 at Bellevue Community College. Registration deadlines are March 12 for high schoolers and March 14 for middle schoolers. "In sixth grade, I heard about it from school and it sounded like fun, so I went. I really liked that it was something different and we did some really, really fun things," said Mackenzie Butler, a freshman at Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus. "I'd recommend it to everybody. Even if you're not interested in joining one of the careers after college, it is still really fun and you learn a lot." Butler has attended each year since and plans to attend the high school event this year. For 27 years, local profes- sional women belonging to the American Association of Uni- versity Women have gathered to speak about their education and careers. The seminars are designed to help young women see IF YOU GO and experi- ence the Expanding many careers Your Horizons available to Middle school them. seminar There are ,8-11:50 more than 38 sessions this a.m. March 21 year. Girls  Bellevue can choose Community three to at- College tend during , Registration the morning, is $14 and Female po- lice officers, must be by firefighters, March 14 at doctors, www.expand- nurses, vet- ingyourhod- erinarians, zons.org engineers and archi- tects gather High school to speak - seminar about their  7:45 a.m. - professions 1:45 p.m. and let the , March 25 hgirls try Bellevue ands-on ex- ercises in- Community volving their College daily work.  Registration Young is $20 and women who must be by would like to March 12 at learn about nursing will www.expand- learn how to ingyourhori- give an injec- zons.org tion; others can create a radio com- mercial with local vocal person- alities or learn to build a bridge with engineers. "This event allows the girls to see the broad spectrum of pro- fessionals that use these skills in their jobs," Raquel Cundiff, a Boeing engineer and seminar presenter, wrote in an e-mail. "Seeingand hearing how women came to be in their skills also allows the girls to re- late to them in some way and use their testimonies to provide motivation for whatever situa- tion and/or obstacles they may be facing, and can provide for them a solution of how to re- move barriers." Cundiff, who has more than 18 years of experience in aero- space technology, works as a li- aison to airlines to personalize their Boeing Next Generation 737 orders. She will help girls at her session build bridges and test their strength with weights. More than 7,500 young women have been through the program since it began, includ- ing Barbara Cluff, who has completed masters-level work at Brigham Young University in scanning electron microscopy. She attended the seminar 25 years ago. "As a youth, it really opened up my eyes to the many ca- See SEMINAR, Page B2