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March 13, 2010

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Plan ahead for time change overnight Sunday

March 13, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. March 13, 2010

Prepare to spring forward: daylight-saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday.

Set clocks one hour ahead before bedtime and plan accordingly. Many computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices will make the adjustment automatically.

The time change also serves as a reminder to change smoke alarm batteries. Public safety experts recommend changing the batteries once a year and testing smoke detectors monthly. Most battery-powered smoke detectors will chirp as the battery weakens.

Dennis Hunsinger, acting regional administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said the March ritual of making homes safer from fire is also a great opportunity to review disaster response plans and restock disaster kits.

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Honor businesses for community service

March 12, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. March 12, 2010

Nominate businesses with outstanding community service records for a state Corporations for Communities Award.

Find the nomination form at the Secretary of State Web site here. Nominate businesses by March 15.

Secretary of State Sam Reed started the program last year to recognize local businesses for making a difference around the Evergreen State. Winners receive a National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion — highest civics honor awarded by the state.

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Issaquah History Museums needs volunteers Saturday

March 11, 2010

NEW — 6:30 a.m. March 11, 2010

Help the Issaquah History Museums restore a vintage caboose Saturday.

Organizers need two or three volunteers to help remove old carpet from a 1942 caboose displayed at the Issaquah Train Depot. Works begins at 10 a.m., and should last up to two hours. The removal will allow a group from Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie to assess the condition of the wood floor beneath the carpet.

Contact museums Volunteer Coordinator Karen Klein at 392-3500 or for more information. Volunteers should bring a dust mask or respirator, gloves and a carpet or utility knife. The depot is located at 50 Rainier Blvd. N.

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County Council proclaims Women’s History Month

March 11, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. March 11, 2010

King County Council members and County Executive Dow Constantine have declared March as Women’s History Month, and encouraged residents to learn more about the roles women have played in history.

The theme for the 2010 celebration — Writing Women Back into History — recognizes a wide range of achievements by women in fields as diverse as the arts, ecology, government and sports.

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High School Proficiency Exams start next week

March 10, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. March 10, 2010

High School Proficiency Exams for sophomores will start March 16.

The exams are a state requirement — in addition to coursework and credits — for students to receive their high school diplomas.

Exams include reading, writing, math and science questions. The reading exam will be administered March 16, and the writing exam will follow March 17-18. The math exam will be given April 13, and the science portion will be April 15.

Due to the exam times, Issaquah School District schools will operate on alternate schedules March 17. Check your student’s school calendar or the district Web site for more information.

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Shirley Ann McCarty

March 9, 2010

Shirley Ann McCarty

Shirley Ann McCarty, of Sammamish, died March 6, 2010, at Evergreen Hospice, Kirkland. She was 74. Read more

Helen Russell celebrates 100 years of tough living, chasing dreams

March 9, 2010

Helen Russell wears a tiara at her 100th birthday party in November, and enjoys the quilt made and presented as a gift to commemorate the milestone. — Photo contributed

Helen Russell has accomplished a lot in her life. After all, she’s been around for a century.

Russell celebrated her 100th birthday Nov. 22. It was a day she won’t ever forget.

“My daughter-in-law threw a party to end all parties,” Helen said of Judy Russell, wife of her younger son Alan. “She took an 80-year-old address book and started writing invitations.

“If you want a party, get Judy.”

There were more than 100 people who came to help her celebrate her birthday, including her three granddaughters and three great-grandchildren.

Cousins, friends, family and neighbors came, said her older son, Mac Russell.

“It didn’t last long enough,” he said. “There were too many people who hadn’t seen her, or we hadn’t seen, in 20 years.” Read more

Tracks readied for return of the trolley

March 9, 2010

 The first of two trolleys from Aspen, Colo., was delivered to Issaquah Nov. 25, 2002, here being placed into position at the train depot. File

Work on the long-planned effort to bring trolley service to downtown Issaquah will relaunch by late spring, after a yearslong hiatus.

City planners last week announced a proposal to rehabilitate a little more than a half-mile of unused railroad track from the historic Issaquah Train Depot to Northwest Gilman Boulevard. The city administers federal grant dollars awarded to the Issaquah Valley Trolley Project, the group behind the $500,000 venture.

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Julie Marie Perry (Ostrander)

March 9, 2010

Julie Perry

Julie Marie Perry (Ostrander) died peacefully in the presence of family March 4 after a short but unexpected illness. She was 51. Read more

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