If you're new to the area, or just new to hiking some of the Eastside's wonderful trails, here's the story behind one landmark — the...

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If you’re new to the area, or just new to hiking some of the Eastside’s wonderful trails, here’s the story behind one landmark — the abandoned bus on Tiger Mountain, not far from the High Point south trailhead parking lot. The relic, on the south side of Lake Tradition on the Busline Trail, is often wrongly identified on some hiking maps as a Greyhound Scenic Cruiser, said Erica Maniez, director of the Issaquah Historical Society. Todd Sargeant and other society members believe it is a vintage Kenworth split-level bus, circa 1930.

So how did it end up on the Tiger Mountain hiking trails?

Those routes follow old logging roads, and another society member, John Blincoe, learned the bus was used by logging companies to haul crews to work sites on the mountain. In the early 1950s, the bus apparently was used like a building in a logging camp.

By 1954, it was abandoned, on its side, and salvagers yanked out the engine and tires.

Show of the month

Thank David Cantrill, a volunteer with the Kirkland Heritage Society, for the great centennial exhibits in the lobby of Kirkland City Hall. He changes the contents of the displays every few weeks.

Photographs of Lake Washington shipyards and Kirkland during World War II are currently on display. In mid-June the display will cover arts in Kirkland, followed by community celebrations.

Cantrill modestly refers historical questions to other members. But when it comes to preservation of artifacts and setting up displays, he’s the leading expert.

“I just like keeping track of old things,” Cantrill said.

On their feet

Eighteen cadets in the Overlake Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol won both the Washington and Pacific regional drill competition.

These Eastsiders, who range from 12 to 18 years, will compete in the national finals in July in Washington, D.C.

There’s more than just marching to this Air Force Auxiliary work. In addition to standard and interpretive drill routines, the youth undergo a uniform inspection, and written and oral testing on aerospace.

Ted Tax, of Kirkland, is the Overlake Squadron’s adult commander.

Memorial moments

Chris Raver and John Coulson, the managers at Ruby’s Diner in Redmond Town Center and Woodinville, want letters.

They’re even supplying the paper.

Raver and Coulson are asking children to write thank-you letters, draw pictures or pen a poem for military veterans and wounded service people. The project is for the restaurant’s Memorial Day celebration.

Dishing it

Paul Warren, a senior at Bothell High School, cooked his way into a scholarship to study culinary arts at The Art Institute of Seattle. The Mill Creek resident’s menu included crab cakes, turkey scaloppini and a salad.

Warren was one of 19 high-school seniors from around the country who had two hours to cook a complete dinner at the Best Teen Chef competition in Philadelphia. He earned his chance by winning the Seattle phase in March.

Quip of the month

Patty Tucker struggled to get volunteers to staff last week’s half-marathon in Kirkland. She figured it was the early hours — some shifts started at 6 a.m. — that kept people from raising their hands.

“Some days I’m on overload,” Tucker said. “Volunteering to get volunteers isn’t always easy.”

She should know. She’s been recruiting people for Kirkland Downtown on the Lake civic activities for five years.