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-  R,, l[rg 61/. N,W, 6th Ave. 1 S'SAQUAH ISSAQUAH SINCE 1900 o , , May"' 4, 1983 C _ advances on the bees.. • •.. and knocks them out of the tree with her umbrella. Photos by Rhoda Donkln. ing bees swarm the Eagle's Hall [r. James Swick appointed new school superintendent the sizzling mass. for a new home." when they swarm. "They're The long sleek ruler-of- leave•  Intruding into their bright afternoon Agnes Schmoe, alocal bee- Capturing the bees was not hostile, the-roost had settled on a home required gloves and a Dr. James Swlck like a big ugly keeper, was called in by Issa- routine business for Schmoe, Her problem was not branch where thousands of smoker. precariously quah police to break up a who has been a bee hobbiest avoiding their stingers, but her worker bees hovered in "Those aren't happy directed a complete overhaul District as director of staff of adiseased swarm that flew from an attic for seven years. She climbed keeping them in her portable attendance. Schmoe gently bees," said Schmoe. of the curriculum that raised development and assistant to air was electric colonyin theEagles building, a step ladder and armed with hive. Once shaken from the snapped off the limb and the "They're probably pretty standard test scores from the the superintendent. He has of buzzing in- The bees, crowded out of a white umbrella and a swarm, the bees gravitated to hoard eagerly followed her to angry in there. They don't 37th percentile nationally up also worked as a teacher, the mid-70's, principal, assistant super- their indoor nest, took off "super" from a hive, she the wood frames, but not for the hive. like it when their house is t°"I take greater pride in intendent and educational of \\;thousands of following a newly hatched shook the branches of the long. Until Schmoe found Just after the bee lady had torndown." t g 'honey bees queen, and stopped in mid- tree. The bees covered her the queen, her efforts to con- finished her work, two other that than any building," said consultant in Illinois. He was trees along town Issaquah before finding body like a fur coat, but she trol the mass were fruitless, bee keepers arrived at the Schmoe volunteers her set- Swick. born and raised in West outside the a new place to make their claims she was only stung Finally, after many at- scene, anxious for the take. vices to the city as one of a Before moving to Wash- Virginia. week, and honey, once. tempts and trips up the lad- But they were too late. The number of participants of the ington, Swick was the first He and his wife, a teacher amazement of "They're following "They're so full of honey der, she found the queen, only colony left was inside city's "swarm control." Her director of Housing and in Central Kitsap, plan to a Woman dressed mama," laughed Schmoe• they can't bend over and "It's about the only time l've the attic, in the old hive. payment is a hive full of new Community Development in move to Issaquah in mid- head net "They stopped while their sting," said Schmoe. actually seen the queen in a Those bees, huddled around bs, which yields a pretty Omaha, Nebraska. He also June. His superintendency right into scout bees were off looking "Anyway, they're all happy mass," said Schmoe. their queen, weren't ready to sweet reward for her efforts• worked in the Omaha School begins July I. ,111 iiii ,111 ........................................... ........... plans for new water tank on Cougar Mr. city doesn't have enough water stored for emergencies, like power failures• By law, the city should sur- vive a 24-hour emergency with adequate water supply, but in 1981, when the power went out for 19 hours, Crum- Icy almost put the city on water rationing. The water deficiency also affects the city's fire protec- tion in parts of town where there isn't enough water volume coming from hy- drant. Should a serious fire break out at the Rowley Cen- ter or the Issaquah Tennis Club, for example, the city fire department would need the help of King County Fire District 10, which has bigger tanker trucks, to fight the blaze. Recently the tennis club owners went before the De- velopment Commission. with preliminary plans for ex- panding their indoor courts. Permit Coordinator Colin Quinn said a building permit has a critical In the next a $1.3 million Will be built if the awarded state and grants to pay for the ncil 10 acres of on the eastern untain as giant water tank to 2 million new reservoir the water elevations According to .Director Jack Cty could have three years Study showed below lower are about gallons short of Is why water Poor in many especial- north- means that ALL THE RS OF LOVE Day is Sunday, May 8 om an FTD Big Hug ]gouquet .... a beautiful fresh arrangement in a Pfaltzgraff Stoneware Serving Dish. Also available in single entree size. Specially priced from $17.50-$26.00 for the expansion could not be issued until something is done about fire protection for the building. Developing in areas of town where water volumes are poor translates into higher building costs for in- stalling sprihkler systems, us- ing non-flammable materials or reducing the size of build- ings and rooms. Rich Symms, manager of the Rowley Center, says the fire protection problem has affected the building style in that part of town because features like shake roofs and all wood buildings are simply too risky to build. "It isn't the big reason for warehouse and industrial- looking buildings, but it's de- finitely a contributing fac- tor," says Symms. With future growth an- ticipated along Gilman Blvd., Crumley says the city needs more water immediate- ly. "We're trying to meet 1979 standards," says Crum- ley. "With a two million gallon tank we'll probably be okay until 1986." The city has applied for a $700,000 grant to pay for the new reservoir. City Grants Coordinator Carol Hoppler says lssaquah has been rated highly in competition for the funds, but no awards have been made. Hoppler has also applied for state funding and the city will pay about $150,000 of the remaining balance. That money will be taken out of funds collected from utility hook-up fees in the past. Neighbors squak about state logging plans by Rodi ghemeta Ludlum The Department of Natural Resources should clearcut its forest land in areas where there are not so many people living nearby, say Squak Mountain residents. The department has pro- posed logging 50 to 100 acres of hardwood on its 200 acre tract on the south slope of Squak Mountain. Last week, in the second of a series of public meetings on the pro- posed timber sale, a small gathering of High Valley and May Valley residents said too many people would be bothered by the problems of water runoff, speeding trucks, the denuded land- scape, chemical spraying and other problems associated with logging operations. "You're coming in with I the attitude that it will be logged, even if it's done reasonably," said High Valley resident John Gelston. "This project is just not right for a suburban area. Bill Wallace, King District Manager for the Department of Natural Resources, pointed out that the depart- ment has only three options in managing its land: logg- ing, leasing and exchanging. The department wants to log that particular section of Squak Mountain because it is covered with relatively low value hardwood• Once that is cut and sold, the more profit- able conifers would be planted• Gelston said that by the time the conifers matured, in 40 or 50 years, May Valley would look like "downtown Bellevue" and the state could MOTHER'S DAY GIFT SHOPPER INSIDE THIS ISSUE never hope to log there any more. Sharon Johnson, another High Valley resident, pro- posed the department log the area in 10-acre parcels a few years apart to decrease the impact on the land. Wallace said that option would mean more roads would have to be built and that road building was more harmful to the land and neighbors tl}an the logg- ing itself. Johnson also pointed out that the state's logging pro- posals have been stopped by legal action in several other places in the Issaquah area. "You are not being met warmly wherever you go," she said, adding that this pro- posal could also be legally challenged if the department was not willing to com- promise. Wallace and Ben Cleve- land, project manager, as- sured the audience no definite plans had been made for the sale, and that one op- tion would be abandoning the plan if it proved too troublesome for neighbors. The department's next step will be to put together a draft environmental impact state- ment to answer the concerns of the neighbors. Call or stop in today for these and many more gift ideas! |SSAQUAH FLORAL & GIFT SHOPPE °. , ''!'Ont St. N. 392-7566 Issaquah got its first new school superintendent in 17 years last Wednesday. I he School Board agreed to offer a contract to Dr. James Swick, 48, a financial plan- ner from Port Orchard and former superintendent of the South Kitsap School District. School Board president Bill McGlashan worked out the final details with Swick over the phone during a break in the April 27 board meeting. Details of the con- tract will be revealed at a special session of the board Wednesday, May 4, but Swick will probably be paid about $52,000 a year. He had been earning $58,000 at South Kitsap. Swick was chosen from a field of 52 candidates from across the nation. On April 22, two of the four finalists for the position withdrew, leaving Swick and Robert Alf0rd, superintendent of the North Kitsap School District. Swick had been super- intendent in South Kitsap for six years before its School Board decided last summer not to renew his contract. "We looked at that issue very, very carefully," said McGlashan after Swick's appointment was announced. "We're satisfied Dr. Swick will be an excellent super- intendent in this district•" Though Swick was best known for a massive building program in South Kitsap, he said before his appointment that his first love is develop- ing curriculum and boosting morale. At South Kitsap, he I I Ii I I II III II I Townsfolk gather for Spring Fling A 60-foot centipede kite flew at the last spring fling. I I I General aviation pilots are notified that the old Bellevue Airfield runway, just off In- terstate 90 at Eastgate, will be permanently closed to flight operations as of May 2. Last flights out of the field were made Sunday, May 1. Road construction and the installation of utility lines to serve additional portions of the 165-acre Cabot, Cabot & Forbes 1-90/Bellevue Busi- I i II iiii I, II I ness Park will begin on some sections of the runway after May 15. J• Thomas Bernard, CC&F vice president, said that large yellow "X's" will be painted on the runway immediately. The airfield site was ac- quired by CC&F in 1979. It has since been undergoing transformation to a business park which has attracted numerous high technology The second annual "Spring Fling" will be held May 7, rain or shine. Sponsored by the Issa- quah Celebrations Com- mission, the city's cele- bration of spring will kick off Saturday morning at 11 a.m. on Memorial Field Tlie first event of the day is for anyone who likes to jump rope and has 50 cents to enter the con- test. Jump roping will be judged for speed, fancy- footing, and in groups. Singles must bring their own rope, but groups needing one that's extra long can borrow from the Park Department. At noon, the kites will fly and judges will look at size, design and per- formance. Contestants must keep their kites in the air at least one minute in order to qualify. Team flying will also be judged. Youngsters who want to play a little wacky poker can participate in the bicy- cle poker contest, starting at 1 p.m. The only re- quirements are that con- testants be under age 12 and all bikes two-wheel- ers. This is not a race. Prizes or ribbons will be awarded. There is a 50- cent registration fee. Also at 1 p.m., local merchants will tough it out in a tug-of-war on Memorial Field. The weight limit for each team is 1,000 pounds. Losers will get dragged into a mud puddle and winners i I I Bellevue Airport closed for good will get a commemorative ribbon. Live entertainment will start on Memorial Field at 2 p•m. After everyone has stuffed down plenty of hot dogs, they are invited to sit back and listen to the Pine Lake Junior High Stage Band, or the Big Band Sound under the direction of Bob Yetter of Harwood Music. Other entertainment will inlcude skits and a "Sweet Adeline" show. Members of the audience are en- couraged to participate. From that group, no proof or talent is necessary. Over at the Issaquah High track, the second an- nual "Ugly Bartender's Contest" will raise money for Muscular Dystrophy. This event will feature a wagon race around the track involving over 25 contestants. Crazy costumes are required and all proceeds go directly to the MS society. All day long the festival will include horseshoe tournaments, pony rides, the moonwalk for kids, stage coach rides and crafts booths. Anyone in- terested in having a booth should call the Celebra- tions Commission at 392- 1811. Registration for the Spring Fling begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday mor- ning. Prizes for all events have been donated by local merchants. I [I, iii ii HI i i i' ii t _ companies to the area. Seven new buildings as well as roads, utilities, a jogging trail and a five-acre public park already surround the airfield. The airfield runway has been kept open in the in- tervening four years to ac- commodate private pilots• Notices of the long expected runway closure were mailed to pilots and government of- ficials last January•