Walmart campaign donates to Eastside Baby Corner

December 20, 2011

Issaquah-based nonprofit organization Eastside Baby Corner received a Christmas gift from Walmart 12 days early.

The retail giant donated $5,000 to Eastside Baby Corner through the “12 Days of Giving” Facebook campaign. Overall, Walmart announced donations of $125,000 to 17 nonprofit groups nationwide. The groups focus on promoting better conditions for children. Walmart announced the awards Dec. 13.

Throughout the 12-day campaign, Walmart plans to award $1.5 million to 145 organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

“Our Facebook campaign led us to so many organizations that are empowering our next generation this holiday season and year round,” Julie Gehrki, senior director at the Walmart Foundation, said in a statement.

Walmart put out a call for nominations in the “12 Days of Giving” campaign on Facebook. The call resulted in more than 5,400 nominations, as Facebook users shared photos and short descriptions of organizations’ impacts on communities.

Then, a panel from the Walmart Foundation reviewed submissions and selected organizations focused on providing basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing and baby supplies.

Karen Ridlon, a pediatric nurse practitioner, started Eastside Baby Corner in 1990 to address inadequate care for babies.

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Leaders urge donors to avoid holiday charity scams

December 20, 2011

Secretary of State Sam Reed and state Attorney General Rob McKenna urged consumers to beware of holiday charity scams Dec. 14, and unveiled a report to help people donate wisely.

The report, compiled by the Charities Division in Reed’s office, spotlights recent financial information for commercial fundraisers soliciting or collecting donations on behalf of charity clients.

Throughout 2011, charities using commercial fundraisers in Washington received 56 percent of total donations raised by the fundraisers — lower than the 77 percent in last year’s report.

The commercial fundraisers use many methods to solicit the public, including telephone calls and mailers. The fundraisers then take a cut of the donations before sending money to the charitable organization, or charge a fee for services.

Reed’s office offers a searchable guide to registered charities at Users can get instant financial histories and other information for fundraisers and charities. Consumers can also call 1-800-332-4483 toll free for the information.

Victims of charity fraud should contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Resource Center between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays at 1-800-551-4636 toll free or file a complaint at

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County officials warn residents about property tax email scam

December 20, 2011

King County officials warned residents about a possible email scam Dec. 15, after the county received calls from people about a bogus online property tax payment.

The callers reported receiving false confirmation of online property tax payments made through the King County e-commerce system. The county did not send the emails, and the county’s e-commerce system has not been compromised.

“It appears that someone copied our standard payment confirmation email and altered the header in the email so that it appears to be from King County,” county Chief Information Officer Bill Kehoe said in a statement. “These messages did not come from King County, and the recipients have not made any payments with us.”

The county encourages residents to practice safe computing habits. If a property owner has not made a King County tax payment via the online system, but received a notification email from, he or she should delete the message and not open any attachments.

“We have robust protections on all of our information technology systems,” Kehoe said. “The email addresses did not come from our database. Residents can rest easy, knowing that their personal information is secure.”

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Community Calendar

December 20, 2011


Master Naturalist Training Program, an 11-week training program on wildlife ecology, wetland management, forest restoration, cultural history, plant identification, environmental interpretation and more, presented by the Bellevue Parks & Community Services, is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 3 through April 13, at the Lewis Creek Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E. Apply at environmental-volunteering.htm. Learn more by contacting Alexandra DySard at 452-4195 or Applications are due by Jan. 6.



Eastridge Church presents the following activities at its Issaquah campus, 24205 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road. Call 270-6300.

Candlelight Christmas Eve — 4, 5:30, 7 and 11 p.m.

Christmas Morning — 11 a.m. Dec. 25

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Margaret Ann Collins

December 20, 2011

Margaret Ann Collins, of Gig Harbor, died Dec. 14, 2011, at Franciscan Hospice/University Place. She was 87.

Margaret was born Dec. 10, 1924, in Seattle.

She lived in Issaquah from 1960-1990, and owned Issaquah Floral from 1965-1979.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Harold Collins.

View a full obituary and online guest book at

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Patricia Dallas

December 20, 2011

Patricia Dallas passed away Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Pat was born Aug. 17, 1951, in Los Angeles. She was a 28-year resident of Redmond and Sammamish, and a retiree from PACCAR Inc.

Throughout her life Pat loved reading and flowers, and shared homemade cards with many friends and family. She viewed climbing Mount Rainier and raising her son Chris as her greatest achievements.

Survivors include her son Chris, husband Jim, father David Gonzales and sister Gloria Gomez.

A memorial service will be planned in the spring.

The family suggests remembrances to the NW Kidney Center —

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Mark Crabtree

December 20, 2011

Mark Crabtree

Andrew Mark Crabtree, of Issaquah, passed away in his home at University House on Dec. 12, 2011, with his family present.

He was born Feb. 3, 1925. His final years were marked with numerous health problems, but throughout it all he maintained a cheerful and optimistic outlook on life. The love for his family, and by his family, instilled in him a very strong will to live, inspiring him to pursue new treatment options even the day before his death.

Born and raised in Kansas, the only child of Bessie and Arthur Crabtree, Mark was preceded in death by his infant son Mark and by his wife Ann Faup, the love of his life for 65 years. His three surviving children are Michele Cage and Shawn Crabtree, both of Issaquah, and Yolande Wackerman, of Menlo Park, Calif.; his eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

His service in the United States Air Force and his civilian work as an industrial engineer brought him much personal satisfaction.

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Skyline not thrilled with effort in 59-51 win over Newport

December 20, 2011

Hunter Cikatz (23), Skyline High School sophomore guard, goes up for a shot as Calvin Throckmorton, Newport High School freshman center, defends during the third quarter Dec. 16. By Christopher Huber

Will Parker has career night, but feels he could have done more

It didn’t matter to Skyline High School guard Will Parker that he had scored a career-high 25 points Dec. 16. He knew it was mostly Newport’s mistakes that allowed his Spartans to win and for him to get so many scoring opportunities.

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Eagles girls basketball team falls in overtime, 73-67

December 20, 2011

Quincey Gibson (10), Issaquah High School sophomore point guard, looks from the floor for an open teammate as Eastlake High School senior guard Abby Carlson defends during the fourth quarter Dec. 16 at Eastlake High School. By Christopher Huber

With less than a minute to go and her team down by two, Eastlake High School junior guard Caleigh McCabe knew she had to do something. She hit the “reset” button in her head, focused and executed when it mattered most.

She hit a game-tying lay-up with 30 seconds remaining against the visiting Issaquah Eagles, which ultimately sent the game into overtime.

“I tried to block it out — make it like it was zero-zero,” said McCabe, who finished the game with 13 points.

That shot proved to be the second chance the Wolves needed Dec. 16 as they ultimately beat Issaquah, 73-67, in overtime. McCabe hit a go-ahead 3-pointer that gave the Wolves the momentum to finish the job.

Eastlake improved to 4-0 in KingCo Conference 4A play and went to 4-2 for the season. The Wolves snapped a three-game winning streak for Issaquah. The Eagles dropped to 1-2 in KingCo and 5-3 overall.

Issaquah overcame a first-quarter deficit after the Wolves got out to a quick 15-6 lead. The Eagles led 31-28 at halftime and increased their lead to 48-42 after an especially strong and balanced third quarter. Eastlake missed its fair share of short shots, while the Eagles pressured hard all the way down the court.

“I thought we had the momentum,” Issaquah coach Kathy Gibson said. “Most of the time we had good ball pressure.”

McCabe said the key to beating Crest Division rival Issaquah was executing on offense and a desire to win. At times, the Wolves had a tough time executing, as the Eagles controlled the tempo and scored more consistently throughout. And despite a six-point deficit starting the fourth quarter, Eastlake proved it could finish well. It scored 18 points in the fourth and outscored Issaquah 13-7 in overtime.

“We wanted it more. We just needed to show it,” McCabe said.

Eastlake finished the night with six 3-pointers. As a team, it made 22 of 36 free throw attempts, a statistic Gibson acknowledged was a huge factor in Eastlake tying it up and then pulling away in overtime. Eastlake was eight-for-16 from the line through three quarters.

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Liberty student athletes prepare for collegiate soccer

December 20, 2011

Kimberly Fry, Liberty senior midfielder (right), and Nicole Candioglos, Skyline senior midfielder, brace for impact with the soccer ball during a Sept. 6 match. By Christopher Huber

Liberty High School seniors Cassidy Nangle and Kimi Fry know success on the soccer field isn’t something that’s just handed to you.

“You just have to make sure you put in the dedication and hard work, and it really pays off for you,” Fry said. “You can’t just hope for it, you have to work for it every day.”

For Nangle, soccer has been something she keeps going back to because even though the sport requires time, dedication and sacrifice, there’s nothing sweeter in the world than winning a close game or helping a team make it to the state championship match.

“There’s no other greater feeling than that reward, that payoff,” she said. “Success requires sacrifice. It’s a sport that lives by that quote. I’ve thrived on that. I feel like you have to be very self-motivated, very team-oriented to be successful in this sport.”

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