Summer finally arrived - and just in time, too. While school is scheduled to start in weeks - yes, yes, we know - the summer sun warmed the Plateau and the shores of Lake Sammamish.
We at Sammamish Patch remember when it on the Plateau, , and there was all that talk recently in the Seattle area of just how much summer there was for 2011.
So, on this sunny Sunday, here's a quick look at key news and events of the past seven days.
Monday: Sammamish Patch real estate columnist Joan Probala, who is an agent for Windermere in Issaquah, talked about what realtors do, in addition to listing, showing and selling houses.
In sporting news, four Sammamish boys were preparing to play for Baseball Northwest's All-State Team. And Sammamish Patch had photographs of the weekend's festival celebrating the culture of India. The festival was in Redmond but the Sammamish-based was a key sponsor.
Tuesday: By this day, Sammamish Patch had a photo gallery of Sammamish residents enjoying the sun on Monday at Beaver Lake.
Elected officials also made their case, in a letter to the editor, to support Proposition 1, which is on the Aug. 16 primary ballot. There also was a reminder for Sammamish parents about the kids parade at the upcoming Sammamish Days festival. Registration is required and there's still time to do so.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of King County Redmond/Sammamish announced that it is trying to raise $250,000 so it can open the Teen Center this fall. The money would go to operations.
Wednesday: Kathleen Miller, Sammamish Patch parenting columnist, wrote about her family's trip to Tacoma. She noted that there are many family-friendly things to do in the city. There's the zoo, an aquarium and museums.
Patch contributing writer Robert Baldino covered the city's National Night Out kickoff event on Tuesday and filed a report, complete with photographs.
Sammamish Patch blogger Elaine Sawyer used her expertise as a gardener to write about the Woodland Park Rose Garden.
Thursday: The reports had interesting incidents, including a report of a neighbor who films the kids who live next store and the case of a $20,000 diamond ring that went missing. Also: Kids in Sammamish reported seeing a man in their backyard and taking photographs of the inside of their home.
Friday: If you don't think you're that tech savvy, there's no need to worry. Just take a look at this humorous news release from the King County Sheriff's Office, which joked about whether the agency was the last law enforcement one to join Facebook (they just joined).
In the second police blotter for the week, there was the case of young men just hanging out inside a vacant house for sale.
Kimberley Hornsby, who also blogs on Sammamish Patch, penned a great story of mothers and kids in the camping world. Good stuff, all around.
Saturday: Heidi Dietrich, editor of Edmonds Patch, had the story of a Microsoft software engineer who also competes in the Ironman Triathlon. The engineer lost her sight when she was a teenager.
Sunday: Workers for Verizon went on strike. But Sammamish Patch wanted to note to readers that the strike affected the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and not Sammamish. Verizon Wireless was not affected.
Sammamish Patch tossed out a question for residents. Or, rather, a sentence to complete: "You know you're from Sammamish when..." We're just curious about the sense of place, the memories and history that people would give to the city which incorporated in 1999.
In public service announcements, Eastside Fire & Rescue wants Sammamish and area residents to use caution when they're around lakes, rivers and water.
- which is led by Sammamish resident Pam Mauk -- announced recently that three programs have joined the Redmond-based human services organization.
Sammamish Patch blogger Mike Holliday shared some good news: The Redmond-based Overlake Composite Squadron, the civil air patrol group that he leads, is doing well in membership. Sammamish residents participate in the group's activities.
That's about it for the week. Please enjoy the fantastic summer weather and the outdoor grilling that comes with it.
Have a great week.