4Culture gives $18,000 for caboose restoration

December 8, 2009

With $18,000 from 4Culture, the Issaquah History Museums will restore this 1942 caboose. Contributed

With $18,000 from 4Culture, the Issaquah History Museums will restore this 1942 caboose. Contributed

A 1942 caboose displayed at the Issaquah Train Depot — and crumbling due to water damage — will be restored with $18,000 from the county cultural services agency.

The caboose, a key piece of the Issaquah History Museums’ collection, needs repairs to undo decades’ worth of weather and wear. The grant from 4Culture will pay for about half the renovation cost, and museums volunteers will ask donors to help cover the remainder.

The money, doled out as part of the Heritage Cultural Facilities Program, comes from a portion of the King County Lodging Tax, a credit on the state sales tax charged on every hotel, motel, inn and bed-and-breakfast room. Besides the Issaquah caboose, 10 other facility projects will receive a total of $328,835.

The money is intended for the purchase, design, construction and remodeling of heritage facilities, and to buy equipment intended to be used for at least a decade. For the caboose, the money will be used to weatherize the cupola, a raised portion of the roof outfitted with windows, remove rust and ready the interior for hands-on and interpretive exhibits.

Museums Director Erica Maniez said the grant would prove critical, because a caboose is a key piece for a railway museum — and a big draw for tourists and school groups. Read more

Tent City: Meeting to address concerns

December 8, 2009

Bring questions about Tent City 4 to a series of meetings organizers have planned to address issues about the roving homeless encampment. Tent City 4 will return to the Community Church of Issaquah property Jan. 23 and remain at the site until late April. Read more

DOT report shows less local traffic congestion

December 8, 2009

On a typical weekday commute between Issaquah and Bellevue in 2006, drivers faced traffic snarls on interstates 90 and 405 — a 67 percent chance of traffic moving slower than 35 mph, in fact. Read more

Garden Club creates easy and memorable holiday centerpieces

December 8, 2009

One does not need to go to the lengths June Willard did to amass the supplies for the holiday workshop she hosts for the Issaquah Garden Club.

“I started in Virginia and went cross country to Washington state, collecting cones, pods and seeds,” she said. “I was actually delighted to get some of them out of the house.”

June Ann Hasabrooke shows off a holiday centerpiece she made at last year’s Issaquah Garden Club workshop. Contributed

June Ann Hasabrooke shows off a holiday centerpiece she made at last year’s Issaquah Garden Club workshop. Contributed

Willard’s decluttering is the public’s boon, as she is hosting her annual workshop. Garden Club President Diane Tanner said the workshop, which she encourages nonmembers to come and join, is one of the year’s most popular for the club.

“This workshop is extremely popular,” Tanner said. “We always fill up. And you don’t have to bring any supplies. There’s plenty for everyone.”

The Garden Club features workshops throughout the year for its 47 members. But Willard’s holiday session remains one of the most popular. As a master judge and past Washington state president of the Federation of Garden Clubs, Willard, 69, has a long history with the organization.

“The holiday workshop was really popular last year,” she said. “So, in November, someone said, ‘Let’s do it again.’ I said, ‘OK.’ It’s actually a fun project.”

At the workshop, she demonstrates how easy it is to make wreaths, centerpieces and candle rings. Read more

Spartan linebacker invited to play in Aloha Prep Bowl

December 8, 2009

Skyline senior linebacker Anthony DeMatteo is only one of two Washington athletes chosen to play in the Aloha Prep Bowl Dec. 12 in Hawaii. By Greg Farrar

Skyline senior linebacker Anthony DeMatteo is only one of two Washington athletes chosen to play in the Aloha Prep Bowl Dec. 12 in Hawaii. By Greg Farrar

Skyline senior linebacker Anthony DeMatteo learned Nov. 29 that he would get a chance to play with the best high school football players in the country in the Aloha Prep Bowl. Read more

Night of nibbles yields nearly $2,000 for food bank

December 8, 2009

The event attracted about 60 people to Blakely Hall for appetizers and wine. Photo by Dianne Brisbine

The event attracted about 60 people to Blakely Hall for appetizers and wine. Photo by Dianne Brisbine

A foodie fundraiser pulled in almost 600 pounds of food and $2,000 for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank last month.

Corks & Forks, organized by the Issaquah Highlands Wine and Cooking Club, brought together 63 attendees Nov. 13 for high-end nibbles, wine and a good cause. More than a dozen local businesses donated to the event.

Organizer Jen Jedda and her team staged the event after a successful Corks & Forks fundraiser held last year, when attendees raised $1,200 and donated more than 300 pounds of food to stock food bank shelves. Jedda said she believed the event could help the food pantry as the holiday season began and demand for donations climbs.

“We were overwhelmed at the amount in [monetary] donations and food contributions for the food bank we collected, as we didn’t know what to expect going into the evening” during the first event, Jedda wrote in an e-mail. “After the event, we received multiple requests to do it again.” Read more

Spartans celebrate win

December 8, 2009

The Skyline High School football team poses for photos in celebration of winning their third straight state title 45-21 against Ferris Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. For more, see page C1. By Greg Farrar

The Skyline High School football team poses for photos in celebration of winning their third straight state title 45-21 against Ferris Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. For more, see page C1. By Greg Farrar

Jim Olsen

December 8, 2009

Jim Olsen

Jim Olsen

Jim Olsen, of Issaquah, died Nov. 25, 2009, of a long illness. He was 83. Read more

Emergency aid fund is nearly depleted

December 8, 2009

It might be the season of glad tidings, but just as the weather turns doubly cold, the city’s emergency aid fund is nearly exhausted. The maximum assistance allowed any one family has dropped to half of what it had been earlier in the year. Read more

Successful freshman homework program still draws criticism

December 8, 2009

Just like their students, Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus teachers and principal are eagerly awaiting this semester’s grades. Read more

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