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SECTION n THE IS SAQUAH PRES S COMMUNITY WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23 2009 "It's gotten into my blood. I don't know what disease to call it, but I caught it." - Alex "Sandy" Morton, aviation expert PHOTOS BY GREG FARRAR Alex 'Sandy' Morton (left), in his role as a Museum of Flight docent, recounts true stories to visitors in the Personal Courage exhibit. His older brother once ejected from a Lockheed P-38L Lightning like the one hanging from the ceiling. lssaquah man's life, interest continues at Museum of Right By Chantelle Lusebrink ON THE W[B Issaquah Press reporter www.museumofflight.org/exhibits/ t might be the feel of air scroll down and click on The rushing around an open Montgolfier Brothers' Balloon cockpit, the seeming weight- lessness of his body in the air or the humming dr0fie of a propeller. Alex "Sandy" Morton: , isn't exactly sure what he loves most about airplanes, but he is admittedly obsessed. "It's gotten into my blood," he said, sitting in his living room where overhead flies a 1:6 scale model of a 1917 Curfiss Jenny bi- plane. "I don't know what disease to call it, but I caught it." "He loves it," said his wife of 61 years, Florence Morton. "I thought it was a work of art and thought it deserved a special place." "I'm the only guy in the world whose wife would let him put a model airplane over the Steinway grand piano," he said. Stalled before hitting the blue Though he never got his pilot's wings -- much to his chagrin -- he's been involved with aviation, in one way or another, his entire life. At 6, he built his first model air- plane -- a Lockheed Sirius Model- 6 like the plane that Charles and Anne Lindbergh flew -- which he proudly displayed on the roof of the family's car outside their Ohio home in 1932. In 1938, he rode in the open cockpit of a 1929 Waco-10, cir- cling over his family's property with his two brothers. Just one day away from report- ing to aviation school with the U.S. Army's Air Cadet program in Mississippi, Morton was sent home like many other soldiers at the end of World War II in 1945. "That flipped me for a while, but I got over it," he said. "I'm a firm believer that the Lord has our days planned." See MORTON, Page tt3 Above, Alex Morton stands in the Museum of Flight lobby beneath his new 5-by-7-foot model of the first hot-air balloon in history. At right, Morton sits in his Providence Point home living room beneath a 1917 CurtJss Jenny biplane that he built in 1995. Issaquah manager training for Ride to Empower Irma Dore and her son, Chris, are training for an experience of a lifetime -- the Breast Cancer Net- work of Strength's Ride to Em- power, a destination bike ride Oct. 22 - 25 in Red Rock Canyon, Nev. The pair will join cyclists from all across the country to raise $400,000 to help breast cancer research. "My son and I are riding in honor of my mother, Theresa Kor- tright, who is celebrating six years of survivorship," said Dore, 48, a senior project manager at Port Blakely Communities in Issaquah. "I really admire her for the grace and strength she had throughout her journey with breast cancer." The Ride to Empower takes place in the Mojave Desert, a few miles west of Las Vegas. Cyclists can choose from a range of ride distances, from less than 32 miles to 100 miles, all with unforget- table, majestic views through red- colored sandstone formations that give Red Rock Canyon its name. "I'm aiming to ride all 100 miles," Dore said. "I am a very beginning cyclist. The Ride to Em- power is a wonderful way to honor my mom, do something for myself, by making time to train and get out there on my bike, and also raise money for a great or- ganization that is reaching so many women and families who are affected by breast cancer in our community." To support Dore, go to https://ride.networkofstrength.org /irmadore. The Breast Cancer Network of Strength provides immediate emo- tional relief to anyone affected by breast cancer through the Your- Shoes 24/7 breast cancer support center, which includes the coun- try's only toll-free breast cancer hotline staffed exclusively by breast cancer survivors. Breast Cancer Network of Strength raises money to fund YourShoes, several outreach pro- grams, breast health awareness workshops, wigs and prostheses banks for women with limited re- sources, and advocacy regarding breast cancer related policies. Locally, funds raised also sup- port A Day for You, a monthly event providing free-of-charge clinical breast exams and mam- mograms in underserved commu- nities in Western Washington. Learn more about the Breast Cancer Network of Strength at www. networkofstr ength, org. New Eastside church meets at KidzBounce 1-90 Community Church, the newest faith community on Seattle's Eastside, is gathering in a very unconventional loca- tion. But according to Lead Pastor Dave Urban, that's the point. "We think church should be fun, engaging and relevant," Urban said. "And nothing's more relevant to Eastside fami- lies than their children. That's vhy KidzBounce is the perfect ocation for us." Urban said meeting at an in- door, giant inflatables arena re- flects one of the church's most important values. "We tell parents that your child's hour at 1-90 is just as important to us as yours is. Every person is of equal worth and value to God, including our children," he said. "At 1-90, we See CHURCH, Page B3 BY DANIELLE BERTH CYCLING THE WAVE Above, Lakemont Ladies Cycling Club members and their friends (from left) Dawn Matte, Deb Hinchey, Sarah Howard, Heidi Klansnic, Sara Carmichael and Sandy Ruggles take a break from the road during their annual cycling fundraiser, Cycle the Wave, at the Tiger Mountain Profes- sional Building rest stop Sept. 20. The event had 604 registered cyclists and raised more than $50,000 for the Eastside Domestic Violence Pro- gram. You can still donate at www. cyclethewave, com. At right, Nancy Belur, Cycle the WAVE special events director (right), hugs Helen McConkey, of Bremerton, who lost 130 pounds cycling since January. CONTRIBUTED Students develop Web sites for peers By Christopher Huber Issaquah Press reporter kYline Running Start stu- dent Adam Sidialicherif has a lot of ideas floating around in his head these days. The self-taught Web developer has so many, he even maintains in his bedroom a list of Web applications he wants to write to help his peers with nu- merous aspects of life, he said. He's a junior and just turned 16, but Sidialicherff knows eight different computer code lan- guages and has already devel- oped a handful of Web-based re- sources aimed at helping teens promote themselves to prospec- tive employers or colleges. The key nowadays, in this on- line world, is being unique with your product and your service," Sidialicherif said. The Skyline student's most suc- cessful idea, The Youth Voice, is a Web site that enables teens to create their own profile page and acts as an online r6sum6and per- sonal information site. It might sound a bit like Face- book, MySpace or Monster.corn, but Sidialicherif said it's some- thing young people put on a busi- ness card or college application. "It's a more personally created Facebook page, but you have the / technolo5, ne',,v$, tips, and review UTO m Thl N Jld mmmUm: lm m lllm U ol b m OHTHEWEB www.theyouthvoice.org " power over everything," Sidi- alicherif said. "It was just an easy method of getting their name out." The site itself is undergoing ad- ditional development, so it is tem- porarily offline. But he said the new and improved Youth Voice will be one of many applications offered at his new Web site, www.simplistonline.com. "This will be the first applica- tion of a chain of p,,roductivity apps for students, Sidialicherif said. "It's a place where teenagers will find useful tips, tricks and products to get through the teen years successfully. see WEB SITE, Page B3 ....................................................................... J --,