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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SECTION WEDNESDAY~ MARCH 25~ 2009 4> A S BY JIM FEEHAN A team from Liberty High School knows a thing or two about running a restaurant. A four-member team from Liberty won the restaurant management event at the statewide Boyd Coffee ProStart Invitational March 8. By win- ning the state event, the team advances to the national invita- tional April 24-26 in San Diego. This is just awesome for the team to go to the national invi- rational," said Zarah Matsuda, the team's coach. Students from 22 high schools across the state partici- pated in the event sponsored by the Washington Restaurant Association Education Founda- tion. The event was held at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia. "Watching these students compete really gives you a look into the future of our restau- rants," said Anthony Anton, president and CEO of the Washington Restaurant Associ- ation. ProStart is a culinary curricu- lum that the Washington Restaurant Association sponsors in about 50 high schools throughout the state. The ProStart program was developed by the National Restaurant Association. A restaurant can have great food, but the establishment could close for lack of business moxie, said Matsuda, a sons chef at the Calcutta Grill restaurant at The Golf Course at Newcastle. Seniors Gabrielle McGreW,~ ~ Christine Carlson and Nicole Newbury, along with sophomore Jessica Warren, make up the winning management team bound for San Diego. The restaurant-management event involved a quiz about management vocabulary and concepts, and coming up with a solution in a scenario a restau- rant might face, Matsuda said. "They were professional and creative in their solutions," she said. "The judges were very im- pressed and let them know on multiple occasions." Preparing for nationals, team members will continue to study roughly 1,200 restaurant in- dustry words and terms. The students will also meet with lo- cal restaurant managers to dis- cuss their management ap- proaches to the most common worst-case scenarios, Matsuda said. "All it takes is a couple of bad complaints about your restaurant or, worse yet, food poisoning. That can rttin you," See CHEFS, Page B3 I Issaquah High's Robotics SocieO" heads to nationals next month BY CHANTELLE LUSEBI~INK ssaquah High School's Ro- botics Society smashed the competition and will go to the national robotics tourna- ment in Georgia April 16-18. The team won each of its seven matches at the FIRST -- For Inspi- ration and Recognition of Science and Technology -- regional tour- nament in Portland March 5-7. Each year, teams across the na- tion are given a challenge to create a robot within six weeks. They start with a standard kit of parts and common rules, but have free- dom to engineer, program and de- sign their robot in the best way possible, according to the FIRST Web site. Teams then enter'competitions -- like the regional event in Port- land -- form alliances and attempt to prove that their robot can out- " perform the rest. Think "Battle- Bots" without as much mayhem and destruction. Since the Issaquah team was BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK Ro~aMJcs team enqmndbmrs E]ys4~ F.dlwlrds (bottom), Carolyn Adkins and Janella Shu (top) demonstrate how the tabors collection and shooting mechanism works. created in 2004, getting to nation- als is something team members BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK Duflng construction In February, the robot's collection and shooting mecha- nism is worked on separately from the drive train. had hoped to do. But they weren't sure they would be able to do so thi~ear. en Issaquah teammates were in the final stages of building in mid-February, several were ques- tioning how well their robot de- sign would perform on the course, which mimiesgravity and traction conditions on the moon, said Elyse Edwards, a sen- IF g GO ior and team member. R I '1" Seattle "It's like ice . ~ skating. There's RqSmal no traction, so Free admis- we had to figure sion out a way to get traction," she 9 a.m. - 3:30 said. p.m. Mamh They also had 27-28 to figure out how Key Arena to make their ro- 305 Harrison bot accurately shoot foam St., Seattle moon rocks into the container of another robot to score points, she said. They did that by using a conveyor belt and special automated tracking sys- teE. "The conveyor belt we used for the design, we weren't quite sure whether it would be effective in the competition," said John Place, another team member. "That was nerve wracking, to see whether it would work well with the other ro- bots. But we won all seven rank- ing matches and lost none, so that was epic." With nationals looming, team members said they have a lot of additional fundraising to do and See ROBOT Page B3 V CONTRIBUTED Sandy Cobel (left) and Mara Page, with the Issaquah Women's Club, assem- ble care packages to send women serving in the armed forces overseas. BY JEFF RICHARDS ON m[ WEB eople back home don't realize how much a simple thank you does for a soldier over here," wrote Pfc. Candice Owens. "It's the simple things that remind us of home." Owens is one of many Is- saquah residents stationed over- seas in the armed forces who re- ceived a care package last year, courtesy of the Issaquah Women's Club. lake others, she wrote a letter in response to thank the club for its effort. Club members will send more such care packages this month to Learn more about the Issaquah Women's Club and its activities at www.issaquahwomensc/ub.org. come home," Owens wrote. Cobel said she understands the practical reasons people have for serving in the military and the enormous personal sacrifice they have made to do so. The gift bas- ket are a way to give back. don t like the war, but I know it's my duty as an Ameri- can to support the armed forces," she said. "This is kind of local women serving abroad, hop- a woman-to-woman connection." ing to bring a little touch of home The packages have yet to be to those in Afghanistan and Iraq. sent this year, as the club contin- The care packages were the chari- ues the search for Issaquah resi- table focus for the club in February. dents serving abroad. Cobel will Consisting of soaps, milks, begin the search for recipients of toothpaste, shampoo and other next year's packages as soon as products, the packages are a way the current batch are sent out. of raising moral for the troops, Bader said club members typi- said Sandy Cobel, the club's vol- cally prefer to focus its resources unteer services chairperson, on the Issaquah area, but may "It's a way of saying, 'You're have to expand their search. special to us. You re a part of the "Ideally, we'd like to have community, even though you're women serving overseas who are not here with us, and we're from the Issaquah area," she thinking of you,'" she said. "We said. "It could very well be that think of the care packages as lit- there aren't local women serving right now." The Issaquah Women's Club was formed in 1983. In March, the club collected books to hand out to fie boxes full of love." One of the best aspects is the let- ter included in each care package, club president Debby Bader said. "It's so appreciated, just thank- schools and other organizations. ing ,them and letting them know The group holds many they re inour prayers and in our fundraisers throughout the year thoughts, she said. That just to support its charitable work. meant the world to them." The next is a basket auction at a The letters the club has re- club meeting, 10:30 a.m. May 7 ceived in response ranged from at Tibbetts Creek Manor. simple thank-yons to stories of All proceeds go back to the passing products out to fellow fe- community, an aspect about the male soldiers and the difference club that attracted Mariann it made to moral. Crane, the club's fundraising "It's nice to know that some- one out there besides my imme- diate family is pushing for me to See PACI(AGES, Page B2 Snows piles up at race BY BERNADETTE E. ANNE t's been a busy three weeks from the start of the race March 7. Lance Mackey won the race for the third year in. a row March 18. At my writing, we have more than half the finish- ers into Nome, but as you read this, all the teams may be fin- ished. Check www.iditarod, corn for the latest results. This year's race story is all about the weather Alaska is fa- mous for. We also saw the tem- peratures drop. Morning weather reports from our checkpoints would show temps up to minus 30 and with minus 50 degrees with the wind chill. On the trail, mushers encoun- tered deep, drifting snow that obliterated the trail as the race moved into the interior of Alaska and approached the coast. In Un- alakleet, the snowbanks were up to 15 feet high with driveways carved through the mounds. Houses had snow drifted all the way up to first-story gutters. Adult villagers in Unalakleet said that this is the most snow that they have ever seen in their life- time. Ground storms were back this ON1HEWB Check out www.iditarod.com/leatn/images- fromthetrail/gallery.html under March 14 to see the remote Eagle Island checkpoint. year. They're unusual occur- rences where you're surrounded by a whiteout of swirling snow if you are sitting on the ground, but you may just need to stand up to very dry climate see above it. Some ground storms that makes colder are only as tall as a human. But others can encapsulate a musher keep such a good attitude in these conditions. Alaska has a temps easier to deal with than if you were in a eli- mate with humid- ity, such as Seat- and team, and sight is onl gained 20 feet to 30 feet above fie. But the dry cold temps sneak ground. Eagle Island, one of our most remote checkpoints, is a tent. If our pilots stepped off the skis of up on you and their plane, they sunk 4 feet in the can hurt you be- snow. Such snow is like quick- fore you realize sand, so if you fight it, you may the damage. only sink deeper. This checkpoint hadto be set up in snowshoes, so you didn't mis-step and find your- self in a sinkhole of snow. The volunteers at this check- point are an exceptional crew to Reach lssaquah resi- dent Bernadette E Anne, lditarod commu- nications coordinator, at be_anneC~nsn.com. Going to church BY CHERYL SHEA for all of them. The living area is decorated with posters, one an Obama cal- endar. Almost every home I have been in here has that cal- endar. There were about 150 people in lows, sheets, blankets or medica- tions. A team from Marie Swopes (a British organization that pro- vides free tubal ligations, vasec- tomies, birth control implants and IUDs) came to the clinic. had the opportunity to attend women and children on the other, one procedure. the local Catholic church They had a choir with unusual in- with Patricia, a young woman who looks after vol- the church, large for a Kenyan vii- Seven women came for tubal lig- lage. The men sit on one side; ation. I had the stomach to watch stnunents, including African drums. The service lasted two Rather than a laparoscopic pro- cedure, a physician injects lido- caine into the skin and maybe an inch below, and then, without a very beautiful language. Mem- waiting, proceeds to make a one- bers of the congregation wore inch incision in the abdomen. He their best clothes, which for the basically digs around searching most part are so shabby that for the fallopian tubes, often Goodwill would probably not ac- pulling up bowel instead. cept them as donations. Once each fallopian tube is lo- I toured the district government cated, he ties it off with suture hospital. It was so disheartening; and cuts it. He finishes by sutur- our pets are treated better than ing the abdominal incision. The these people. In the pediatric sec- women are in obvious pain during tion, I saw a 2-month-old baby, the procedure. After an hour, the severely dehydrated and emaci- women are discharged for home ated. with Tylenol. There were flies all over its I can't believe that I have only face. Most children had families been here two weeks; it feels with them, but this child was much longer. alone. There are so few nurses that families must provide basic Reach Issaquah resident Cheryl Shea at care. There are not enough pil- cheryl_shea@yahoo.com. DrenChes from around the globe week-- ld sh/Kenp unteers. Her vii- lage is within walking dis- tance, so we stopped by her family home and met her mother and some of her sib- lings. Her par- ents have nine children, includ- ing her. They live in a two- room mud house -- one room is a living area and the second is a sleeping area hours. The service was in Swahili, I'