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'  :' SECTION : B, THE ISSAQUAH PRESS C 0MMUNI00TY WEDNESDAY APRIL 8 2009 Homeless pets need good foster parents BY JEFF RICHARDS with kittens for the past 15 years, by becoming a foster parent for the Seattle Humane Society. "We get them when they're fun," she said. "When they get big enough to really get into trouble and start scratching up things, then they find another home. She is one of more than 200 cat, dog and small critter foster parents volunteering with the organization, which serves all of King County. ats are typically at their most adorable and most playful when they're still small, fluffy newborn kit- tens. B.ut inevitably, they grow up. Sammamish resident Kathy Mulej has found a way to keep her home almost perpetually filled CONTRIBUTED / Suzl Spiddakls crouches next to her first foster dog, Buddy, who was adopted after a couple of weeks with Spiridakis and her family. It's a vital contribution to the shelter, which can't always house or properly care for all of the ani- mals it receives. "Foster volunteers make it ab- solutely possle to expand the walls of the shelter, Seattle Humane CEO Brenda Barnette said. "They provide the care and treatment to allow it to thrive and succeed." Most animals that go into foster care are either sick or in need of social rehabilitation. A private home can seclude contagious ani- mals and give frightened animals the attention they need to get them ready for adoption. Issaquah resident and cat foster parent Laura McKagan said the humane society would go to any and all lengths to ensure sick ani- mals are healthy for adoption. But while the shelter has no prob- lem finding homes for the animals, there are always more to come, ei- ther from the streets or those sur- rendered to the shelter by a family. "That's the depressing part about it," McKagan said. "You see dogs get adopted, and in a day, you just know those kennels wll get filled, It never ends Never. She got involved with Seattle Hu- mane Society 15 years ago, when she was working in a veterinary of- rice. A customer left a dog there, but never came back to pick him up. After several days, staff mem- bers called the dog's owner, who then asked the vet to put the healthy, middle-aged dog to sleep, because the family couldno longer take care of him. McKagan took the dog to the Seattle Humane Society, where a family quickly adopted him. BY JEFF RICHARDS See FOSTER PETS, Page B3 Kathy Mule| holds her latest foster cat, Kalli, who was pregnant at the time. Kalli gave birth to three kittens March 14. Farmers market will sprout April 11 BY WARREN KAGARISE IFYOU GO Issaquah Farmers Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays from April 11-Oct. 10 Pickering Barn 1730 lOth Ave. N.W. On 140 acres near Wapato, farmer Rick Haas grows fruit -- including apples, peaches and plums -- and vegetables bound for farm' ers markets in Western Washington. When the tssaquah Farmers Market opens for the sea- son April 11, Haas will offer his homegrown wares at e!ckering Barn. The market and other ventures across the region benefited in recent years as con- sumers stepped up ef- forts to buy local pro- duce, market vendors said. "There is a demand, a big push on right now, to buy fresh and buy local, Market Manager Dave Sao said. More than 100 vendors arrive at eickering Barn each Saturday morning during market season. Live entertainment is also part of the market. Vendors said customers have become more inquisitive over the years. They stop to ask questions about how produce was grown be- fore deciding to buy, Haas and other vendors said. "They want to talk to and see the people they're buying the product from," Haas added. Becky Duris, whose family-run Duris Farms FILE AlexWilllams (left) thanks fellow Preston neighbor Jay Hirst for coming by his Preston Hill Bakery ven- dor tent last year at the Issaquah Farmers Market. in Puyallup sends a multitude of berries and vegetables to the Issaquah market, said she enioys interacting with customers. This doesn't happen in the grocery store or the department store," she said. "You get that hometown feeling at farmers markets. Though produce is by far the biggest draw, Sao said, vendors hawking everything from artisan bread to barbecued ribs keep cus- tomers interested. "It's becoming a destination -- a place to go See MARKET, Page B3 CONTRIBUTED Alaine Tlbbetts and Donna 'Scooter' Patterson negotiate the obstacle course during their prize-winning turn at the national Bus Driver Roadeo Competition. Bus drivers roundup fourth at national rodeo BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK Fighting bitter cold and freezing temperatures in Indianapolis, a lo- cal pair of school bus drivers took fourth place at the national Special Needs School Bus Safety Competi- tion in Indianapolis Feb. 28. "We froze our butts off," said driver Donna "Scooter" Patterson. "It was 15 to 19 degrees and there were little stupid snowflakes, and we had to drive in it." "It was fun," said driver Alaine Tibbetts. "But it was awesomely cold." The two women made the trek to represent Washington bus driv- ers in the national competition, better known as the Bus Driver Roadeo Competition. Just two years ago, the two women were novices at bus com- petitions. They were intimidated, nervous and one of them had never driven a special-needs bus before. But nearly 100 hours of practice See BUS RODEO, Page 86 Leaving Alaska BY BERNADETTE ANNE It's April. And it's still snow- ing. This is not like Issaquah get- ting 2 inches of snow in a freak spring snow. This is more new snow on top of several feet of snow that is everywhere, even in Anchorage. Parking lots are still covered with 4 inches of compact snow and ice on top of the asphalt. When we do get a day in the 30s, with sunshine, driving feels like you are on a lunar crater, as holes start to open up in the ice layer. If all goes well, I'll be home in Issaquah this week. That means I am holding my breath about whether Mount Redoubt will erupt again before my scheduled flight. Since I did not live in Washington when Mount St. Helens erupted, I have not experienced ash fall until now. There was a slight dusting that hit Anchorage last weekend. I was expecting the ash, but didn't ex- pect the sulphur smell in the air or to not be able to see the parti- cles, but just be hit with their scratchy impact on my skin and eyes, as soon as I stepped outside. It was really daunting how de- serted the streets were and what it felt like to see people driving around or waiting for the bus with masks on. It was eerie. As airline departures were de- layed day after day this week, we knew it could become a serious waiting game. Alaska Air had to cancel flights in and out of An- chorage due to the volcanic ash clouds. Alaska is geographically a big state, but when something like the volcano shuts down flights out of Anchorage, it's a realization that Anchorage is the biggest city, by far, with the concentration of services for the entire state. It's not like SeaTac Airport had to close and one can drive to Port- land to catch flights or Spokane. There are no simple alternatives. Renting a car and driving out of Alaska to Seattle is not a light- hearted task, as one has to navi- gate the 2,300 miles of the ALCAN (Alaska-Cana- dian) Highway in winter conditions. That is not some- thing one does on a whim. I really look for- ward to seeing Is- saquah -- the t00.peen, spring s and daf- fodils. It's time to put my extreme weather gear away for another year. Reach Issaquah resi- dent Bernadette E. Anne, lditarod commu- nications coordinator. at be__anne@msn, com. ' 71 ..... i i j_ [[l[ll'tI]l !![!i '111' I 'Ill American ideal BY CHERYL SHEA Dispatches from around the globe This week-- Alaska/Kenya Another marriage proposal. Here, they believe all Americans are rich. They see us as great marriage material to build their personal worth and migrate to the U.S. This man's 12- year-old nephew died of tubercu- losis. Both ofthe nephew's par- ents died of tu- berculosis. Here, a brother takes on his brother's wife and chil- dren when there is a death. Emmanuel has nine children, plus the two chil- dren of his brother now. His salary is about $300 per month. The cost of fu- neral arrangements is between $36 and $48, including feeding rel- atives and other funeral attendees. I believe I mentioned earlier that it's acceptable for Kenyan men to beat their wives; this is more common among the unedu- cated. I learned yesterday that they cane them, using branches and sugarcane. There are a few markets in town. The largest and newest is Giga- mart; it's India-based. It has a fairly large selection, including birthday cakes. With a one-month shelf life, you can imagine the quality. I could o manage one bite. Ive been astounded at the number of small NGOs (non- government organizations) work- ing here. Many are small room- and-pop operations, typically evangelistic Christians, from the U.S. and Australia, who have managed to obtain a tax ID num- ber, allowing them to write off fre- quent trips and donations. Many have no experience and minimal organizational skills. What I cannot understand is why they don't work together to make a greater impact. Their stubbornness and exclusivity im- pacts their ability to effect true and abiding change. I now understand the philosophy and focus of the Gates Foundation a bit better, though I am anxious to learn more once I return to the U.S. It hires the right people and focuses efforts andmoney on real change. The Kenyans must be em- powered to change their lives; we cannot do it for them. The Kenyan culture hopefully will never be and should never be a Western culture. They need in- frastructure and education, as well as clean water and healthy food. I believe that a stronger, ed- ucated and healthy Kenyan popu- lation will be more effective in dealing with their corrupt govern- ment, as well as raising future leaders who will focus on achiev- ing the best for their people. Reach Issaquah resident Cheryl Shea at cheryl shea@yahoo.com.