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Page 2 - The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, September 28, 1983 Opinion Editorial Treat our Salmon Days visitors as special guests Only three days and counting... Salmon Days is coming! Last year 75,000 people were in town during the two-day event. With all the extra advertising and out-of-town pub- licity Salmon Days is getting, there will probably be more than 100,000 this year. Of course, rain could keep away about 5,000, give or take a few. This is Issaquah's weekend to shine, with or without the help of the sun. Everybody's getting ready. Booths are being built, volunteer work schedules are getting finalized, pies and cookies are baking, parade costumes are taking shape. The Salmon Hatchery is getting some new paint, the museum is almost ready for an open house. Runners are stretching their muscles, spawn prix racers are greasing their wheels, Miss Issaquah is preparing for her public debut. This week Sanicans will be put in place, Coke and Pepsi booths will be dropped off, extra garbage cans will be put out, and the carnival will arrive. Through it all the Chamber of Com- merce phone is ringing, ringing, .... ..o numgnmnnggg. If you aren't involved in any of the activities, we hope you're planning to come. You can play an important role just by smiling, say hello and pointing the way to various attractions. While these out-of-town folks may be creating traffic jams, they are our GUESTS and we need to put our best friendly hand forward to say "welcome." See you there! "SAY, MELVIN, l THINK THOSE. FOLKS ARE F..Y, PECTING ScVyk00 F- K!ND ...... ,, .... ii i ii Public meetings School Board, Wednesday, September 28, 7 p.m., Administration Service Center. A permanent principal for lssaquah High School is scheduled to be appointed. There will also be an update on enrollment figures and a report on the Ski School. Policy Planning Commission, Wednes- day, September 28, 8 p.m. Community Hall. Phase three of the public hearing on rezoning of the Pickering Farm area, under the new Comprehensive Plan, will be dis- cussed in a public hearing. City Council, Monday, October 3, 7:30 p.m., Community Hail. Two public hear- ings are scheduled: the proposed use of federal shared revenue funds for 1984 (8 p.m.) and the Block Grant Housing and Community Development Funding for 1984 (8:15 p.m.); old business includes an or- dinance adopting performance districts, the master site plan ordinance new business in- cludes the Heritage Square preliminary PUD, awarding a bid for a new city com- puter, setting a public hearing date on the Gilman Boulevard LID, and appointments to the public celebrations commission. Rivers and Streams Board, Tuesday, Oc- tober 4, 7:30 p.m., City Hall meeting room. Grants available to study turning waste into energy The Washington -State Energy Office (WSEO) will assist developers of biomass energy projects by providing individual grants of up to $20,000. Biomass, fuel deriv- ed from living sources, in- cludes logging and .mill residue, dead or diseased timber, municipal solid waste, and agricultural crops and waste. Both public and private en- tities throughout the state can apply for grants. These funds may cover up to 50 percent of the cost of economic, environmental, and engineering studies of proposed biomass facilities such as a wood fired boiler at a sawmill. They may not, however, be used to purchase equipment. Project sponsors must provide a minimum of half of the cost of study and have the financial ability to develop the project. I II I WSEO will fund three to five proposals by mid- November 1983. Qualified entities include interested private firms, public and private institutions, local governments, and state agen- cies. For more infor- mation, please contact the Washington State Energy Of- rice, 400 East Union, Olym- pia, Washirgton 98504. I THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Published every Wednesday since 1900 45 Front St. S. (Box HH), Issaquah, King Co., WA 98027 Phone (206) 392-6434 $12.50 per year. $20.00 for two years in King County; $15.00 per year outside King County;S8.25 for senior citizens. Deborah Berto, managing editor; Rodi Shemeta Ludlum, associate editor; Terry McLafferty, reporter; Brian Bretland and Joan Blincoe, display advertising; Wilma Coleman, classifieds; Marilyn Boyden, circulation; Mytle Winslow, bookeeper; Roxaine Reynolds, Norms Starks, Fred Marler, contributing writers; Debbie Brusius, photographer and darkroom technician. DEADLINES News ............................. Friday, 5 pm. tsPApt,, 'Display Advertising . ." ............ Monday, 3 p.m. "*a@e. Classified Advertising ............. Monday, 3 p.m.  Office Hours ............... Mon.-Fri. 9a.m.-5 p.m. 4SSoctTio*' OFFICIAL PAPER FOR THE CITY Of ISSAQUAH Entered as second class matter at the Issa- quah Post Office under Act of March 2, 1897. A Omsion ol Murray Pubhsh)ng Company |Ulll ii iii i i i i i ii Letters Story was incomplete Why would the lssaquah Pressprint such an incomplete, in- accurate story, on the front page no less, about an Issaquah business man who has spent the last 25 years promoting and serving his community and profession? All businesses have managerial problems as a result of mis- understandings, but the measure of the quality of a business is the resolution of those problems. The Press' article is in- complete because it does not offer an explanation of what steps were taken to correct this misunderstanding. We feel it is inappropriate to malign a business or person without a com- plete explanation of the attempts that might have been made to resolve the situation. If we were Bob Catterall, we would think twice before we called an ad into the Issaquah Press. Sincerely, George and Karen Lake The doctors thank you The doctors in the Creekside Professional Center wish to extend thanks and appreciation to all the people in the com- munity who made our Open House a grand success. It is so heartwarming to receive all the support and interest of the community in a project that means so much to us. We certainly hope to be an asset to the community and to serve the fine people of Issaquah for many, many years to come. Again thank you for making the opening of Creekside Professional Center one of the real high points in our lives. Respectfully, Dr. Ed Fougerousse Dr. D.S. Randall Dr. Ed Mitchell Dr. Steve Ratcliffe Dr. Jerry Mitchell Dr. John Thayer Letters policy The lssaquah Press welcomes letters to subjects of local interest. Letters should be typed and submitted than 5 p.m. Friday for publication for the Wednesday. No letter will be published signed by at least one individual, even if the represents the view of a group. Letters should be no longer than 500 Press reserves the right to edit for length and libel. Going forward didn't work; neither did going backwards Donna Mae Smith, 22915 S.E. 53rd St., Issaquah had a bad day September 19. She probably should have walked to Safeway, instead of driv- ing her Mustang just a few minutes before 5 p.m. As Smith entered the park- ing lot, she took her foot off the accelerator, turned on her signal, and started the right turn. Michael S. Gooseman, of Tacoma, who was sitting in his semi-truck and trailer, waiting to exit, says he re- members looking up as Smith entered and seeing that she "looked startled." She was. She had no brakes. With pedal to the floor, Smith hit Gooseman's truck with her left front fend- er. Then bad welt to worse. Excited (as she later ad- mitted) she put the car in re- verse to get out of the drive- way. As she later told Officer Steve Posey, the car "leaped backward' in a broad arc. She backed onto the street, continued to back up, and climbed over a planter box .along the roadside and came to rest after smashing a tele- phone company switching box in the planter. Total damages: $500 to her car, $150 to the truck, and $200 more to the phone box. For a waitress, that's a lot of tips. \\; Donna Mac Smith's car, stranded on the curb, Gary and Helen Raid leave a legcrcy of good deeds Rodi Shemeta Ludlum Every reporter mourns the passing of a quotable public figure. Gary Raid is leaving the School Board this week and frankly, I'm pretty darn upset about it. You think he'd have the decency to turn down a cushy job near his old hometown, realizing how badly he's needed in lssaquah. But no. He may not realize it, but he's helped me immeasurably since I started writing about the school district more than two years ago. It's easy to get sidetracked during long and often complex School Board discussions, but Gary always has a way of looking an issue straight in the eye, stripping it down to its bare essentials and uttering a brief, colorful and concrete analysis. And that would be the lead of my story, thank you very much. While others may talk of "utilizing tax dollars to their maximum potential," Gary will simply declare, "What we gotta do is get more bang for the buck." When it was budget-cutting time, school board members asked the superintendent for a prioritized contingency pro- posal detailing program areas to be reduced. "Yeah," agreed Gary, "Give us a peel-down plan." I don't know if anyone recalls the exact origin of one of his more vivid metaphors, but it had something to do with the board being in a very sensitive situation where careful and prudent action was required. Gary's analysis ran some- thing like, "This is like walking barefoot through a cow field in the dark." Ever since then, fellow board members never miss a chance to tease him about cow fields. Gary actually knows all about walking through cow fields, barefoot or not. He was raised on a dairy farm in Woodburn, Oregon and went to Woodburn High School, where he met his wife, Helen. He was a A and B student who got to Willamette University on an athletic scholarship, even though his high school football team lost all but one game in his senior year. The college team did a great deal better, and at one point was rated number one in the nation among small schools. Gary made All America, and when he graduated, was fifth round draft choice of the Green Bay Packers, under coach Vince Lombardi. The rookie defensive player was assigned to the "suicide squads," protection on kickoff and punt returns. In a game against the 49'ers, he was caught on his blind side on a kickoff return and suffered "a deep concussion." He was told the old noggin just couldn't take any more blows like that. He might not recover the next time. "Plenty of people said I never recovered the first time," he said with a big laugh. With all his plans for an athletic career gone, he turned to the subjects he'd studied in college; math and physics and economics. He learned about actuarial work, which involves financial statistical analysis, and went to work for State Farm Insurance in Bloomington, Illinois. After eight years there, he and Helen and their three girls rooved to Mercer Island, but it wasn't their kind of town. The Raids were looking for the kind of town with what they call "old fashioned values." Or, as Gary puts it, "people caring about people for people's sake." Fourteen years ago, they found that quality in Issaquah and stayed. While their girls were going through the schools. Helen became more and more involved in the school system, first as a volunteer room mother, then as a PTA officer. "The schools need our help!" she told Gary again and again until he agreed to help out in PTA. "She drug me there," he complained with a sly look at his wife. For two years Helen and Gary were co-presidents of the Clark PTA. Helen moved on to become PTSA Council president for two years and both became heavily involved in school levy campaigns. They went through what is now referred to darkly as the "double levy loss years" in the middle '70s. Feelings ran high in town about levies and about the School Boax'd and Gary and Helen werein, the thik of it. ,'There was so much bitterness in town, you almost didn't shop in one place because you knew they didn't support the levy," Helen recalls. "I didn't want that kind of a political job any more." She backed down and took "a quiet little job in the PTA." Meanwhile, Gary ran for Elaine Wolf's seat on the School Board, and though he won more votes in the primary, he lost in a general election. He too backed off school matters for a while. Later on, when the School Board seat became available, he applied for the appoint- ment and won. To his surprise, he was not opposed when he re-upped the following year. Of all the board members, Gary is the most specific and consistent in his concerns. Above all, he believes in "preparing kids for life." He wants to see that life outside the classroom is protected as well as studies inside. For years he has encouraged the expansion of the vocational education program and stubbornly worked to keep existing programs from being dismantled entirely. He was instru- mental in getting the district to hire a director of vocational education. When the high school business education teacher was cut last year during a budget crisis, he didn't rest until Gary and Helen at the 1982 Fourth of July celebration: just plain folks. she was hired back. Gary has also been the board's strongest sports and other extracurricular activities, and strongly for a fee system to preserve sports sports and you automatically cut out a lot of in school for no other reason, he insisted time again ........ ',,'Every one o us blooms at a different time and, seaon,' he says. "You never know if your time is coming." Keeping kids in school gives kids the absorb some of the fundamental skills they will prepare for life, fulfill themselves and most tribute to society. The Raids want to be remembered as They'll frankly admit they're leaving a better toWn they found 14 years ago and are proud of the tim dedicated to the schools and community. It's iron they should leave at Salmon Days, just when the publishes a new visitor guide to town. For years, Raid and the words "Welcome Wagon" have ymous. She has possibly distributed more copies Visitor Guide than any other single human town. Every new person in town who did not during the dead of night has been greeted and and showered with a basket of goodies by Welcome Wagon hostess. Helen has a secret method of ferreting out and she intends to pass them on to her successor. period for Gary's school board seat will open soon. But the simple fact remains: nobody can Raids. -/ i , :i,i Gary Raid hugs daughter Leslie after she diploma In 1981. i