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Page 2 - The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, July 15, 1981 Issaquah peaks out Editorial Letters Ideas for t Je future of PJckerJng Farm This week the Issaquah Press brings you, side-by-side, two pages discussing the possible future of the undeveloped land north of 1-90, pre- sently known as Picketing Farm and the Issaquah Skyport. Page 6 discusses the proposal for development of the land into an equestrian center, residential com- munity, retail shopping center and open space with a lake for aqua fowl. The text was written by Terre Harris on behalf of his clients, landowners Roger Girard and Eugene Ekblad. Page 7 is authored by Jamey Woodward, chairman of Citizens for Creative Alternatives. He discusses the regional park district to be voted on in November and how its commis- sioners could go about purchasing the Skyport/Pickering Farm proper- ty for use as a park. The issue of the land and its future is not new to this newspaper. Here the lssaquah" Press endeavors to be a "voter's panphlet" by letting our readers review and compare the two proposals in full. Next week Wood- ward and Harris will have the chance to offer rebuttals and answer ques- tions from readers. It is our hope that residents who file July 27 for the office of City Council will know the issue they will eventually vote on When the re-zone of the controversial property comes up in the comprehensive plan. Fur- ther, we hope that the voters will know the questions to ask their candidates. We are not attempting to dictate a one-issue election this fail, but in- stead to clear the air on this one topic and get on to assessing the qualifi- cations of the candidates. II/, " DO JnOJ 1 ItI U by Borry McWilltams OROIH IN Off6 G'NIRfJOI!  . _ % rt Po ice mee00'ags tell how to i:,rc00tect your nome and family The lssaquah Police Department is sponsoring a crime prevention program which has already met with "overwhelming response" according to Police Chief Dag Garrison. The program involves neighborhood meetings with police officers to discuss new methods of preventing burglaries and break-ins. The meetings are informal like a "coffee klatsch" says Gar- rison, "but a lot is learned in a short time." Some of the ideas shared at the meetings involve simple things like looking out for your neighbor and calling police if anything looks strange. It is impossible for the police force to patrol closely enough to protect all homes and the program em- phasizes the need for neigh- bor participation. Other ideas offered in the presentation can be adapted to the particular situation of the homeowner: How to install good locks and use them. The police talk about different kinds of locks available for various openings. How to make your house look occupied even when you're away for a long time. How to identify all valu- ables. In the event of a burglary, then, they can be returned to you if they are found. How to protect against a burglar coming into your home while you are there. What to do when you are confronted by an intruder. Garrison said burglaries have increased since last year and they are different than they have been in the past. "With the economy the way it is, they are going after gold and silver 'more, but anything gets taken." The police department is asking anyone who is willing to host a neighborhood crime prevention meeting to call the lssaquah Police Department and ask for Officer Bob Tomkins. Public meetings i i i lssaquah Design Commis- sion, July 15, 7:30 p.m. Commu'fity Hall lssaquah City Council, Ju- ly20, 7:30 p.m. Community Hall ii i i Library Board, July 21, 4 p.m. Issaquah Chamber of Commerce i iii River and Streams Board, July 21, 7:30 p.m. City Hall conference room lssaquah Planning Com- mission, July 22, 8 p.m. Community Hall THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Published every Wednesday since 1900 45 Front St. S. (Box HH), Issaquah, King Co., WA 98027 Phone (206) 392-6434 $10 per year. $17.50 for two years in King County; $10.75 per year outside King County; $5.00 for senior citizens. Deborah Berto, manager, Rodi Shemeta Ludlum and Rhoda Donkin, reporters; Dave Blythe, photographer; Brian Bretland and Lance Woodruff, display advertising; Wilma Coleman, classifieds; Marilyn Boyden, circulation; Myrtle Winslow, bookkeepm. Roxaine Reynolds, contributing writer. DEADLINES News ............................. Friday, 5 p.m. Display Advertising...; ........... Monday, 3 p.m.. Classified Advertising ............. Monday, 3 p.m. Office Hours ............... Mon..Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. OffICIAL PAPER FOR THE CiTY OF ISSA(AH Entered as second class matter at the lssa- quah Post Office under Act of March 2, 1897. k Division of Murray PulDlishin! Company Let them eat cake Re: Rhoda Donkin's reporting in the July 1 edition of the Press regarding the proposed Cougar Mountain development: I've never participated in an overtly active move against any- thing. Now I think I'm ready for my first. If the reporting was reasonably objective, and I have no reason to believe it was not, I am appalled. If the Newcastle Planning Committee didn't intend to respond to questions from the public, why on earth did they conduct the meetings? To refer people to a book available for $6 is analogous to "to let them eat cake." And I'm amazed that the King County planners who co-spon- sored the meetings apparently didn't feel more of a sense of duty toward the public than was apparent. I find Mr. Mc- Cain's and Mr. Toner's senses of destiny a little hard to swallow. 1 accept it is probably a futile gesture after the clock has run this long and the pro-development campaign is undoubtedly well-organized but I'd like to give it a try. Can any of your readers tell me who/what to join??? Respectfully, L.E. Buchart We missed the fireworks Three cheers for the lssaquah fireworks committee for a job well bungled!! l was under the impression that we were celebrating the 4th of July and not April Fool's Day. Like hundreds of other lssaquahnians, we had faith in the news media and congregated at the pits, at the appointed time (MIDNIGHT) and waited for the show to begin. Unfortu- nately, the show never started. About l0 minutes to 12, one of lssaquah's finest drove down the East Lake Sammamish Parkway announcing to everyone that "there will be no fire- works tonight, the paper was wrong, they were held at 10 o'clock." As an adult, I can accept this. However, try explaining it to a 4-year-old who was looking forward to the display with great anticipation and whose concept of time is an eternity. We were also told by one who was fortunate enough to see the alleged fireworks display that it only lasted "about 10 minutes." I hope he was joking. The average length of displays around the Puget Sound area was 20 to 30 minutes. I'm not sure that the news media need to take the blame for this one. It seems to me that ample time was available to rec- tify any "missquote." As late as the Saturday evening news on radio and TV, the fireworks schedule was being announced for Issaquah at MIDNIGHT. Is it possible that the committee doesn't read, listen to, or watch any of the areas news agen- cies? Has anyone heard of using posters? I wasn't in all the shops in town, but the few that l do frequent did not have anything posted about the fireworks. The fireworks display is the climax to the 4th of July ac- tivities that everyone, adults and children alike, look forward to each year. They have been a part of our American celebra- tions since our independence. We missed them this year. Do you think we could do better next year? Sincerely, Carol Stucky A disappointed American Farm presents a challenge The issue of Pickering Farm is far more complex than just one business versus another, or just one sector of the com- munity versus the developer. It is true that values play an im- portant part. Certain individuals in a limited partnership have a great deal of interest in the property. By law, those parties were in- formed of the risks of the investment venture in the prospec- tus before they invested. The citizens of lssaquah and surrounding areas also have an investment here. They have invested in homes. They have in- vested time and work in the community. They have an invest- ment in the future of the area. But those risks were never outlined in any prospectus. This community is faced with exploding popula- tionmCougar Mountain, Pine Lake plateau, eventually Tiger Mountain and Hobart Road. Because of the price of land, more and more homes are being built with postage stamp size, look-but-don't-touch landscaping which is pleasant visually, but of little use otherwise for recreation. On the other hand, all those people moving into the area will need places to do business, shop, and entertain themselves. These areas can both be accommodated by the remaining valley space if it is used properly. The Picketing Farm/Skysports area presents a challenge to the people of lssaquah. There is a chance here to make our community special. We can be a center for the recreational needs of the surrounding area. We can work toward a per- forming arts center and community center badly needed at present and certainly required in the future. All this will take money, commitment, and political sup- port. I believe the people of lssaquah will Skysports plan for Pickering Farm. It is our chan c*t the potential for a truly successful enterprise. The reap the profits will be not those who personally then leave, but the entire community for generationsl Remember what Seattle was before the Someday perhaps we can say lssaquah would just 1 paved community if it wasn't for the community sports, equestrian, arts center. We've got the farm Yes, keep Picketing Farms! Taxpayers since 1925 of lssaquah. Cecil the peace, H.D. Weeks, a member of the Grange, Gunn. Every place should have some distinction: Washington State University, Ashland, spearean Festival, Tillamook, Oregon, cheese. Picketing Farms has a superb location of beautY. Mary We like it small From some permanently relocated newcomers: We believe that less is more. We settled here lssaquah area is an open area and not neighbors. We think shopping centers are O.K. want them here. We like the small stores in district and we like the non-polluting industries and gravel companies. We are in favor of the kind ment we have seen so far: the one-story office the expressways, Gilman Village, and the plans library building and for more outdoor recreation keep it simple and remember, "quality, not A suggestion concerning the police station and how about moving the police station over near building, giving the library a larger parking about a two-story library? This would preserve the! ing field and play areas. Dou md Alive and well and living with can She was at the point in her life when everything seemed to be going her way. At 34, she had a good mar- riage, two smart kids, a beau- tiful home and respect in the community. Karen Taylor Sherman still has all these things: her hus- band of 10 years, Jay; her 8- year-old daughter Carrie and 5-year-old son Taylor, her Timberlake Lane home and her position as the only woman on the school board. But now she looks at it all with the eyes of someone who almost lost it all. About a month ago, she found out she has cancer. Though her chances for a long life are pretty fair, she lived through a nightmarish week in June when she was sure she would die within months. It all started on Memorial Day weekend, when she discovered a lump in her breast. As soon as the holidays were over, she was on the phone to her doctor. Annoyed when his nurse said the lump was probably due to fluid accumulation (she was at the midpoint in her menstrual cycle), she called an old friend, the ob- stetrician who had delivered her first child. He agreed to see her that day. After examining the lump, he told her she should see a surgeon right away. "When he asked me if I had a surgeon, I just struggl- ed to get words out to reply," recalls Sherman. "I was go- ing, 'ah... ah... ah...' I tried to say that if I had to have a mastectomy, l wanted someone who could do re- constructive work later. 1 stuttered through and took a deep breath in the middle and finally got it all out." She kept a record of her feelings that day in a big spiral notebook. "It is a 15-minute drive from my OB's office to my home," she wrote. "I decid- ed on that drive that it is one thing to know what I would do if ever 1 were faced with the likelihood of a mastec- tomy and something dif- ferent altogether to face the L expcrience itself and know what to do. "I remembered my brave talk and thoughts about the removal of a breast being a silly thing fo a woman to get hung up on; breasts were a fetish in our society, after all; I had nursed my babies, and since 1 would have no more babies, it would not be that big of a deal for me to have a mastectomy, right? Wrong!'" Though no one yet knew what the lump meant, Sher- man was determined to prepare for the worst. She called around ahd found out everything she could about cancer and masteetomies. "I don't want to be in the position of having a surgeon tell me I have cancer and then try to gather information I need to make decisions," she wrote. She called the American Cancer Society and the University of Washington and found out about a pro- cedure that involved removal of the tumor only, leaving the breast reasonably intact. As it turned out, this was all she needed for her tumor, a procedure commonly called a "lumpectomy." "1 had the surgery done right in the doctor's office under a local anesthetic," she said. "l didn't really want to look, but l did. 1 had a hole that looked like the Grand Canyon. They'd cut all the way down to the pectoral muscle. "He showed me the tumor. It looked like the white part of a hard boiled egg, except it was gray like putty. It looked dead -- it w'hugly." A quick analysis showed the tumor was indeed cancer. A few days later, some of her lymph nodes were removed to see if the cancer had spread there. It had. "My doctor used the term 'aggressive cancer' to describe it," said Sherman. "I knew it had been growing fast, but I'm not sure I was prepared for that." She wanted to know how long she had to live, but could not reach her doctor to find out. The cancer had spread so rapidly, however, she was sure she had only a few months left. "I held out pretty well the day 1 found out. 1 even went to a school board meeting. We took the kids to McDonald's and told them as much as we thought would be helpful." She would lie awake at night thinking of things she needed to do before she died, things like getting the title to the house in Jay's name. She thought for long hours about her children. "That was the hardest part. 1 thought, who would be there to help my daughter with things like boys and her hair and the Prom? When Jay and I talked about the possibility of his marrying again, I told him to pick someone who would care about the kids. I've worked really hard to raise my kids right and 1 don't want to see it messed up." Mentally, she made lists of things her husband should know. Routine things, like birthday gift suggestions and the best time to buy shoes and coats. "1 picked my brains to see what needed to be done. There are so many little things they depend on me to do. One day Jay was cooking -- he does not do so well making pancakes  and I found myself showing him the proper way to measure flour. We didn't say any- thing, but I think we both knew I was telling him in case I wouldn't be around later." She recently started a two- year program of chemo- therapy and will soon start radiation therapy, just in case stray cancer cells from the original tumor have decided to settle elsewhere. Cancer of the breast is most likely to spread to the bones, brain, liver and lungs. She has no sign of cancer in any of these places, and is re- assured that she has much longer to live than a few months. She jokingly compares the chemotherapy to "going after agnat with an elephant Continued on Page 12 Above, Karen man takes le therapy drugs ly. Left, she oncologlst, Dr. of Overlake Medicine Bellevue. Rodl Ludlum photos. / /i S