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G rosa onbacher Bros. , 61/+ N,;V 1 6t Avo. THE 1 S 003AQ UAH P RES 0...... Thirty-five cents per copy SERVING ISSAQUAH SINCE 1900 Vol. 83, Nol 40, October 5, 1983 iiii i Issy's principal vows to 4! !ii ': % make it 'best of the best' by Rodi Shemeta Ludlum This Friday, Dr. Leonard Fellez faces his first challenge as Issaquah High's new prin- cipal. On that day, Issaquah plays Redmond at home. And Fellez's son is starting quarterback for Redmond. The Indians, of course, will expect instant loyalty. Half the town will be on hand to make sure the new guy leaps to his feet and hollers at the appropriate times. But what kind of a rot- ten father would root for the team his son is playing against? Fellez stops chewing his gum for a minute to consider the enormity of this event. Finally he grins widely, throws up his hands and says, "I just hope it's a tie." And that may well be the first time and last time Fellez (pronounced "fellas") ex- pects anything but the best possible performance out of Issaquah High -- in sports or anything else. "I'm a very demanding principal," he said. "I expect success. The minimum expec- tation in my mind is excel- lence. 1 think Issaquah High can be the best of the best." Don't expect him to go strutting down the halls bark- ing out of orders, though. He prefers to lead by working as hard as he can himself, by praising the good works of others and by offering every bit of support he can to teachers, students, staff and parents. "You need something from me, you got it anything." he vows in solemn tones. And man, don't try to tell him it won't work or it can't be done or it's never been done like that before. It makes him crazy. He got goose bumps listen- ing to the School Board's Gary Raid give a farewell t Dr. Leonard Fellez speech at the September 28 meeting, the same night Feilez was officially hired. "Remember what he said? 'Reasonable people doing reasonable things in a reason- able way can move moun- tains.' Now I like that." Fellez likes to think he's a reasonable -- and believable -- person. He doesn't see himself playing the role of a principal. He'll act the same way as a principal that he does as a parent and did as a teacher and coach. "I'll be principal, but that's no big deal. There's no way I can be anything but humble about it. I know what kind of time and energy it takes. The job of principal is the toughest I've ever had." Issaquah High will be his fifth principalship in the past five years. e.$,,Orinip  .... at Redmond High for hre years and then took a year off to finish his EdD at Seat- tle University and work as a superintendent intern for the Lake Washington School District. Since then he's worked short terms as prin- cipal of Redmond Elemen- tary, Evergreen Junior High and most recently, Kirkland Junior High. Fellez didn't start out to become a school admin- istrator; in fact, he got a rather inauspicious start in school by being held back in elementary school and even put in special education because of his problems understanding English. Born and raised in Hawaii, his Puerto Rican parents spoke nothing but Spanish until he was about seven years old. He graduated from a private prep school in Honolulu, where he was president of his class for three years and All-State in football and baseball. He went to a California college on a baseball and rugby scholarship and briefly con- sidered a career in profes- sional baseball before land- ing at Seattle University to study business and accoun- ting. He worked for the next several years as an accoun- tant, a comptroller at Boeing and as owner of Northwest Securities Institute, a licens- ing training program for stock brokers and insurance agents. Gradually, though, he moved from business to schools because he simply felt more at home. His wife says he's just a big kid and he agrees completely. He likes kids and he's sure they like him. He talks to kids the same way he talks to adults -- slumped in his chair, dripping gum, cracking jokes and laughing often. Taking over the new prin- cipal of a high school may be as difficult a job as he says, but that doesn't mean he won't have one heck of a good time learning the ropes. than ever -- ,000 on Saturday -- 1 ta streets of down- and backed on nearly every to town over the Sal- weekend. But a few dozen cars in t]e wrong place, a barroom scuffles Baha'i Community; Issaquah Lions Club Trophy, Cougar Mountain Academy; Issa- quah Kiwanis Trophy, Nile Temple Divan; Issaquah Rotary Trophy, Sunset Ele- mentary and Chamber of Commerce Trophy, Child- StOlen windsock from ren's Garden. it could rea- be said that a good ts ta :1 by all. Parade started on time I smoothly throughout an ig route with en- over the state. were handed the judge's stand the parade. of the Mayor's was the John Wayne Trail, the lssaquah Trophy, Issa- Issaquah , o Issaquah Wenatchee High took first place in the marching band, with Sumner High second, Liberty High third, Issaquah High fourth and Nile Temple fifth. Liberty's drill team took first place, with Wenatchee High second, Issaquah High third, Spinnakers Junior Drill Team fourth and May- wood Junior High fifth. The Pine Lake Sidekicks were first in the horse posse competition, The Road Ap- ple Gang was 'second, Blue J Denim Riders third. Teresa Mason was first in single horse, Mountain Man and daughter and Merell Heath Family tied for second and Natalie Labish was third. Pine Lake Junior High was first in the junior division marching band with May- wood Junior High second. The Navy Junior ROTC of lssaquah and Liberty High took first in the precision drill unit category, with Nile. Temple Patrol second and Gymnastics East third. Miss Piggy and Friends took first in the kids parade, Tiny Tots Fitness from Gym- nastics East took second arid Clayborne Stationery was third. The Indian Guides and Princesses and Rainbow School were tied for second place in the float ,category, Campfire Evergreen Mobile Homes took third in float. First place in Clown and Novelty category went to Brown Bag It.,at Thinker Toys, second to Valley Growers-and third to the West Seattle Jesters. Meanwhile, back at the horseshoe pits, Ernie and -Carl Jensen of Seattle and Burien took first place While 'JaY Tinker and George Stevens of Issaquah were se- cond. Sunday's Rotary Run at- tracted more than 1050 run- ners in the 10 and five kilo- meter races. Winner in the 10 K for the seventh year in a row was Bellevue's Scott Knobick with a time of 31:28. The .first female Continued on 11 2" l v" by Terry McLafferty City Council members decided 5-2 Monday night that the city's biggest chunk of anticipated federal funds next year will go first and foremost to downtown revitalization. Approved was a city administration's proposal to ask for $58,500 in block grant funds to build a pedestrian park on the north- east corner of Front and Sunset. To be submitted as a se- cond priority item in the same reqaestd is a $55,320 plan to give the city's food bank a permanent home at 110 SE Bush. A third proposal, to build a bridge across the East Fork of lssaquah Creek, at 3rd Ave. NE, was loudly debated and then assigned a subor- No takers for School Board As of Monday, October 3, no one had filed for Gary Raid's seat on the School Board. Raid resigned Sep- tember 30 after announcing he and his family will move to Oregon. The filing period for the seat continues until Wednes- day, October 5, ending at 4:30 p.m. Raid was director of District #5, which covers the Issaquah city limits and the immediate surrounding area. Those who file will get their name on the November 8 ballot. Raid's name was removed by court order. For more information, call the King County Elections Office at 344-2565. dinate place in the city's federal shopping list. Other projects, including a second phase of construction at Gibson Park (to provide a basketball court and picnic area), completion of the backstop, parking and other improvements at Memorial Field, and work on the down- town subarea master plan, were listed as backup pro- jects if federal funds fall to minimum levels. Final zoning Council members also gave final form to the zoning regu- lations which will implement the town's new Compre- hensive Plan, in four of the six 'subareas.' City staff will present final forms of the massive zoning actions for technical approval at the se- cond'October meeting. The council substantially approved zoning in the areas north of 1-90 and east of East Sammamish Road, and pro- perties south of 1-90. Clair- fications and changes to preivously approved guide- lines included: a looser description of the Pickering Barn preserved area was adopted. Council Continued on Page 2 Come join us for our Champagne Sunday Brunch featuring Carved Baron of Beer Eggs Benedict Hash Browns Ham, Bacon & Sausage Plus several of the chef's hot entree specials, salads, [resh [ruits, pastries and [resh homemade bread. 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. $7.95 (s4.95 ehildr.) NOW IN OUR LOUNGE The nmlti-talented Dan Haush, r on guitar, organ, trond)one and others Filling your requests. Tues.-Sat. "h,- of Issaquah Exit Is off 1-90 392-6421 II /in Council votes for a park, camp d plan zoning, an EIS for a house