Laura Pierce

Kent resident vying for a prize in Foster Farms recipe contest: Update

Lifelong Kent resident Marci Adelsman has always been a bit of a tinkerer. So it wasn't too surprising when the Kent-Meridian High School grad started playing around with the ingredients for a recipe she'd once seen on the "Barefoot Contessa" cooking program. And after a year of tinkering, Adelsman wound up with something completely different from what she'd started out with: her own recipe for a chicken-salad dish, which she called Chicken Tender and Brown Rice Salad. But here's where the surprise comes in. On a lark, Adelsman sent the recipe to a cooking contest. To her amazement, she was chosen as a Washington semi-finalist in the first-ever Foster Farms West Coast Chicken Cooking Contest, netting her $100 and a chance to vie for a win at regionals on Wednesday.

Backpacks, pets and big marquees: Editor’s Note

I hope I’m not the only one who’s beside themselves with joy over the latest Kent City Council decision. At long last, the ShoWare Center will have a video marquee sign. Finally we’re going to know, as we are driving down the street, what is going on in Kent’s biggest sports and entertainment venue.

Kent teen’s hopes for a transplant put on hold, hopes to overcome Severe Chronic Neutropenia Kostmann’s Syndrome

A Kent teen with a rare blood disorder now finds herself in a holding pattern for treatment, slowly regaining her health after a bout of pneumonia. Because of the lung infection she developed in July, Jayne Johnson, 16, now must wait until October to receive a transplant that may help cure her condition, called Severe Chronic Neutropenia Kostmann’s Syndrome.

The wait is over: Mick Kelly’s Irish pub opens at Kent’s Riverbend Golf Complex

After an extended period of prep work, Mick Kelly's Irish Pub is now officially open at Kent's Riverbend Golf Complex. According to bartender Dermot Owens, the golf course's anchor restaurant has been open since last week.

The perils of moving and satanic TV sets: Editor’s Note

I spent the last two weeks moving into a new home, and I can honestly say my arms are about 6 inches longer. I’m covered in bruises, and the thought of scrubbing out a grimy fridge sets my teeth on edge. This happens to me every time I have the chance to pick up and live somewhere else.

A touch of Irish: Opening date looms for Mick Kelly’s Irish eatery in Kent

The greens at Riverbend Golf Course in Kent looked serene in the late-afternoon light Tuesday. But the atmosphere was considerably more intense in the confines of the course’s restaurant facility, where a new business was quickly coming to fruition.

When Harry met…Gertrude? Meet the would-be lovers in Icon Theatre’s “The Seahorse”

Harry loves Gertrude, but he’s a dreamer. Gertrude loves Harry, but she’s a successful businesswoman. Can these two people, sitting on opposite ends of the spectrum, somehow find each other in the middle? See for yourself in Icon Theatre’s production of “The Seahorse,” a play that explores the redemptive power of love and the tempering element of fear.

Smash-mouth Irish sports you must watch: Editor’s Note

With Mick Kelly’s, a new Irish restaurant and pub coming to Kent’s Riverbend Golf Complex in coming weeks, I’ve been excited on several fronts. There’s always the food – you can’t beat Irish fish and chips or corned beef and cabbage. And there’s Guinness ale, which may be an acquired taste for some. But the other big one is sports – Irish sports, to be exact. According to Mick Purdy, who co-owns the biz with cousin Adrian Kelly, you’ll be able to watch the Setanta Sports network at their new Kent eatery.

Kent animal shelter is focus of lawsuit in dog’s death

When Elma residents Chani Hayes and Gary Cobb took their dog Littlegirl to a family activity in Des Moines last September, little did they know less than a month later their dog would be dead, and they would be suing King County Animal Control for the lack of care they claim occurred at the county’s Kent-based shelter. Represented by Bellingham animal-welfare lawyer Adam Karp, Hayes and Cobb are now suing King County Animal Care & Control, and veterinarian Marilyn Christensen, for damages in the death of their dog.

After three decades in Kent schools, Hanks retires, but not ready to sit around

After 30 years in the employee of the Kent School District, Becky Hanks is moving on. Hanks, who wore many hats and outlasted several superintendents, saw her last day July 1, with a retirement party at district headquarters.

Kent school top brass finding new jobs, retiring: Why?

Becky Hanks, the Kent School District's longtime spokesperson, has retired after three decades of serving the Kent School District. Her stated reason was to take the pace of her life down a few notches. "I want to go play," Hanks said, when asked about her reasons for leaving. "It's been a great life but I'm gonna explore other aspects of it." But Hanks isn't the only high-level official decamping the school district this summer. The district also has lost Finance Director John Knutson, Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Fred High, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Larry Minor and several other high-ranking administrative staffers.

A truly agonizing parade experience: Editor’s Note

I spent this past Sunday afternoon covering the Cornucopia Grande Parade. It had everything from belly dancers to drill teams to politicians, all striding along while people and small dogs watched in wonderment. I got my usual July sunburn, in spite of the sunblock, and thanks to Irish genetics. But as I watched Seafair pirates attempting to give a new crop of kids nightmares, I thought to myself: there is something missing here. Then I realized there were a lot of somethings missing: Gale-force winds. Driving rain. Polar temperatures.

The American Dream is alive and well: Editor’s Note

This past July 4, instead of having a barbecue and watching fireworks, I did something on the quieter side. With my teenage daughter in tow, I attended a naturalization ceremony in Seattle. While jetliners soared overhead and an American flag flapped from the nearby Space Needle, we saw a group of 500 people, from all walks of life, become U.S. citizens.

A tale of two thrift stores in Kent

Seattle Children’s Hospital Thrift store is doing just fine these days, thank you very much. That’s what store manager Suzanne Dunnell finds herself explaining multiple times each day, to confused shoppers who keep asking if she is closing the downtown Kent store.

Nudity incident at Pride Fest brings questions: Editor’s Note

So, I visited Pride Fest last Sunday at Seattle Center. For those of you not familiar with it, Pride Fest is Seattle’s celebration of sexuality, in all its facets. It’s a festival about acceptance of our fellow humans – whether those humans are older folks in North Face jackets, or a guy with a mohawk in a tutu. Given its subject matter, Pride Fest is a magnetic north pole for some folks, kryptonite for others.

Kent Downtown Partnership loses longtime helper: Libby Seidel hangs up her calculator

A longtime, friendly face at the Kent Downtown Partnership hung up her calculator last week. Libby Seidel, a volunteer financial wizard for the nonprofit for the past eight years, resigned her duties June 30.

Kent-Meridian Barbecue organizers seek help from Kent merchants

Organizers for the Kent-Meridian High School Community Barbecue are inviting local businesses to be a part of their Aug. 27 event.

Mom’s Teriyaki bringing Asian flavor to the East Hill, and to the Kent International Festival

From his earliest days, Gene Huh has seen the business side of things. That’s because his family has a serious entrepreneurial bent that goes back multiple generations. “I’ve grown up with it,” said Huh, who seven months ago opened Mom’s Teriyaki, part of a two-store franchise his family operates.

Seattle Children’s Hospital researcher understands Kent teen’s need for treatment

Kent teenager Jayne Johnson knows intimately the experience of living with Severe Chronic Neutropenia Kostmann’s Syndrome – a condition that means her bone marrow doesn’t work right, and her immune system is failing. But Dr. Akiko Shimamura of Seattle Children’s Hospital understands the disease on a level that is nearly as intimate. She has spent years studying it.

Stepping up and saving a life – you have it within yourself: Editor’s Note

Teenagers aren’t supposed to be fighting for their lives. At 16, a teenage girl is supposed to be hanging out with her friends, flirting, doing sports, and thinking about the day she’ll drive. As the mother of a healthy teenage daughter, I have the joy of watching those events unfold: the first dance, the first day of high school, the first crack at being a grownup. Last week, I had the chance to meet another teenage girl, unfurling a vastly different life plan: survival.