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IS SAQUAH PRESS SECTION WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009 4, Caitlyn Rlppel, 11, of Issaquah, created ban- ners welcoming home the medical evacuation helicopter pilots from their tours in Afghanistan. PHOTOS BY TIM PFARR Branden Lynch steals a kiss from his girlfriend Christina Douglas as soon as he exits the car. Behind them, Soldiers receive warm greeting after returning omAfghanistan .... r,H ............ By Thn Pfarr Issaquah Press reporter fter spending the past year in Afghanistan as a medical evacu- ation helicopter pilot, Brandon Lynch, 32, returned to the United States last week. With Lynch were five of his fellow pilots from Charlie Company 1-168 General Support Aviation Battalion, based out of Mather, Calif. The pilots debriefed at Fort Lewis and partygoers greet the other pilots. made a special trip to Issaquah for a home- coming party together, receiving hugs and handshakes as soon as they stepped out of the car. "Right now is surreal," Lynch said after receiving a big hug and a kiss from his girl- friend, Christina Douglas, who flew from Sacramento to attend the party. Douglas said she felt the same way. "It's almost like it's not really happen- hag," she said. "I'm almost in denial." The pilots quickly went inside to get drinks, grab plates of food and chat about working overseas, as well as the tremen- do, us elation of being back home. It feels great, said Tom Lemmons, team leader, who spent three of the past four ffgears serving overseas in both Iraq and hanistan. He said he now looks forward to a two- month vacation with his wife and three children, as well as a trip to the Bahamas in November. "My wife and I need to reconnect," he said. coming celebration with Lynch's family and However, Lynch will only have two friends, as well as numerous Issaquah resi- weeks off, as he works full time for the Na- dents who wished to thank the pilots for tional Guard. During his vacation, he will their service. Tacey Powers, Lynch's aunt, hosted the party at her house in Sammamish Beach Club. She said Lynch -- a tactical opera- tions officer --and Company Leader Dan Anderson visit her each year for an annual volleyball tournament in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001. The group of pilots drove to the home- accompany Douglas on a business trip to Chicago. Douglas is also a pilot in the National Guard, and she and Lynch will both deploy to Iraq next August. Tim Pfarr: 392-6434, ext. 239, or newcas@isspress, com. Comment at www.issaquah- press, com. Ii By ChanteUe Lusebrh k Issaquah Press reporter my Herrmann climbed the ridge above Newcastle and stared down at the finish line Aug. 29 at the Newcas- tle 5-K race. "I saw the finish and I just stood there and started freaking out, she said. "I started feeling like what if people didn t think I finished fast enough." Mustering all her courage and holding back tears, she followed her trainer Brian Welmer, from Fitness Together. When she crossed the finish line, she sat down on the cement taking it all in. "I felt so good at that moment," she said. "It was the best thing I have ever done. "It may have only been 3.2 miles, but it felt like a marathon." She wasn't the first, but she wasn't the last either -- finally proving to herself that chubby girls can run. "I pride myself in that, but I re- alize there is a limit to what I can do now," she said. "But I'm doing it. I can race." Herrmann, a hair stylist at the 44th Street Salon in Renton, started her journey at 286 pounds. Today, four months into her transformation, she weighs 20 pounds less and is losing an average of one and a half pounds per week. Weight loss has been a long time coming, she said. Herrmann said she was an ac- tive student, participating in soc- cer while attending Tyee High School in SeaTac. Her single mother had little time to cook while trying to maintain a house, job and children, so McDonald's was often on the menu. "I was average, like a size 8 or AMY'S SKINNY SECRETS If you wake up at 7 a.m., then you should not eat anything after 7 p.m. If you wake up at 9 a.m., then nothing after 9 p.m. After 12 hours after you have woken up, there is no reason you need to eat anything; your body begins to start slowing down and most people head to bed about four to five hours after that. The top of your hand from your knuckles to your wrist indicates the size portion of meat or pro- tein you should eat. If you cup your hand, that's the amount of carbohydrates you should eat. Watch how many calories you drink. If it's hot, don't reach for ice cream. Freeze Yoplait Whips! and they become frozen treats with- out as many calories. Write down everything you eat. What she misses: ice-cold Hi- C orange drinks What she craves: hamburgers Indulges in: small portions of homemade spaghetti Food she found: lean fish, like salmon and cod Read more: www.chubbygirlscan- run.blogspot.com "I realized it at 23 when I had to go into my first big girl store," she said. "That was a wakeup call." Herrmann said she has tried 10 in high school," she said. "We nearly every diet there is since, were always running around and including Weight Watchers, a life- there was a lot to keep us busy, time Bally s membership and fen- even though we didn't eat phen. healthy." At the heart of the problem, After her 1994 graduation, un- though, was her inability to put healthy eating habits, parties with herself first, she said. friends and inactivity caught up "In the past, I've always done with her, she said. things for everyone else, trying to PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED Above, Amy Herrmann, her friend Larissa Klein and Fitness Together trainer Brian Wehner (left to right) run in the Newcastle 5-K on Aug. 29. At right, Amy Herrmann (left) and her friend Larissa Klein at Alki Beach after finishing a 5-kilometer run ben- efitlng cancer research. be a good friend, a good family member, but I never put myself first," she said. With Wehner's help at Fitness Together, she said she's found the system of accountability she needs to really reach her goals. "I'm a community person. I live here, I work here and I shop here," she said. "If I walk from work to McDonald's, I have to See RACE FIT, Page B3 CONTRIBUTED Organist-choirmaster Jason Anderson is in costume for All Hallows Eve. By Chantelle Lusebrink Issaquah Press reporter Looking for something other than tricks and treats to go with your Halloween costumes this year? Head to St. Michael's Epis- copal Church for a traditional All Hallows Eve celebration Oct. 25. It kicks off at 10:30 a.m. IFYOU GO and church officials like All Hallows Eve Ann Lukens celebration said they can't 10:30 a.m. wait to see new and fa- , Oct. 25 miliar faces. St. Michael's "All who Episcopal would like to Church explore and 325 Darst St. experience www.stmicha the Christian roots of Hal- els-issaquah.org loween, in a warm and family- friendly environment, are invited to join us," Lukens wrote in an e- mail. "Costumes are optional, but most welcome. " While most churches shy away from Halloween, St. Michael's is confronting it head on and bring- ing it back to its roots, according to Lukens. "Halloween -- or All Hallows Eve as it was first called -- origi- nally belonged to the church. It formed the opening of a great three-day autumn festival cele- brating the bonds among God's hallowed servants in all times and places." Lukens wrote. "As each year's celebration came around, some of them were still living. Some were already dead. Some hadn't been born yet. All belonged to God. "Many folk customs grew up around the festival, she said. "Much like the arrival of Santa at Christmas and the dyeing of eggs at Easter, wearing costumes and carving jack-o-lanterns at Hal- loween proved quite popular, and those activities continue to be popular today. "What's been lost today, how- ever, is the assuring spiritual con- nection among believers that once formed the heart of the holiday, she added. "St. Michael's regrets that loss, wants better for our children and so we simply restore the reason for the season." The Sunday mor g service features a children s hymn and a pageant based on the Old Testa- ment story of King Saul. As enemy armies defeat Saul, he turns in desperation to the witch of Endor, who recalls the holy prophet Samuel from beyond the grave. When Samuel returns from the grave, he tells Saul a truth from God the king doesn't want to hear. The pageant, created by church officials six years ago, brings the point home for families that the Bible is a very supernatural book, Lukens wrote. During the event, everyone at the celebration can participate in burning a piece of darkness in his or her life. Participants draw or write something on a slip of paper that brings darkness into their life, the papers are collected and burned in a cauldron at the church's alter as the power of God's forgiving love is pro- nounced. "Our All Hallows' Eve service is totally orthodox, and serves a very positive function by reuniting the orphaned secular celebration with its spiritual and historical roots," she wrote. "The service has a marked Celtic feel, in line with the original home turf of Halloween, See CELEBRATION, Page B3