By the numbers Basketball apparently is a growing sport in Issaquah. The community center's winter youth-basketball program will have 242 teams this year: 110 for players in kindergarten...

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By the numbers


Basketball apparently is a growing sport in Issaquah. The community center’s winter youth-basketball program will have 242 teams this year: 110 for players in kindergarten through second grade, 108 for third through fifth grades and 24 middle-school teams — nearly 2,200 players in all. This beats last season’s record of 235 teams.


Odd moments in Eastside history


For about 28 years during the late 1800s, tiny Novelty had its own post office. Mail came once a week to the town, a few miles south of present-day Duvall. The mail carrier covered his route by rowboat because trails had yet to be established in the area. But what we really want to know is whether there was a “holiday rush” at the Novelty post office on its first day of operation: Christmas Eve, 1878.


Fast fact


Tuesday’s moon will be at its farthest observable distance from Earth for the year. Just how much farther away will the moon be than at its closest approach back in June? An additional 30,595 miles. That’s almost four times the diameter of the Earth.


Compiled by Nyssa Rogers: 206-515-5625 or east@seattletimes.com.




Eastside Almanac appears on Wednesdays in the Eastside edition of The Seattle Times. This week’s sources include: www.ci.issaquah.wa.us, “Postmarked Washington” by Guy Reed Ramsey, www.ga.gov.au/nmd/geodesy/astro and www.solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm