State serves Thanksgiving travel tips to motorists

November 20, 2012

Before the feast, Thanksgiving launches the holiday travel season.

The state Department of Transportation is offering numerous travel information tools for motorists headed out during the holiday weekend.

Thanksgiving weekend typically ranks among the busiest periods all year for Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass.

In the Puget Sound area, Interstate 5 and I-90 express lanes operate on a weekend schedule Nov. 22, Thanksgiving.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue launches food, gift drive

November 20, 2012

Eastside Fire & Rescue is joining local businesses for a holiday season food and gift drive set to start on Black Friday.

The agency, Issaquah-based First Due Movers and Fred Meyer plan to collect food, clothing and toys from Nov. 23-25 in Lake Sammamish Center at Fred Meyer, 6100 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Items donated during the drive go to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank and the Mount Si Helping Hand Food Bank in North Bend.

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‘Magic of the Moment’ sparks creativity at Endeavour

November 20, 2012

Students and their families admire students’ works of art for the annual PTA Reflections competition. This year’s theme was ‘The Magic of the Moment.’ By Lillian O’Rorke

“Moments come and go in physical action/But stay in our brain/Never is there a time when moments aren’t happening/Sometimes they are sweet/Sometimes bitter.”

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What are you thankful for? Issaquah residents respond

November 20, 2012

The Issaquah Press asked people in the community what they are thankful for on Thanksgiving.

“I’m thankful that I live in a community where I have a lot of good friends to support me and a nice, loving family.”

Sophie Leung, Sammamish

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Issaquah School Board to decide Liberty High School schedule

November 20, 2012

As the 17-year-old block schedule at Liberty High School faces a possible ax at a Dec. 12 Issaquah School Board meeting, people on both sides of the issue are not taking the looming decision lightly.

That includes the school board, which plans a policy change to ensure that it has the final say. Typically, it is up to the superintendent to set schedules, but the board is making sure it will have to approve any change.

“When it comes down to it, it’s an important aspect of our schools and as important as other things that we have said we want the board to have a role in,” board President Brian Deagle said in a phone interview.

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Holidays alter King County Metro Transit schedules

November 20, 2012

King County Metro Transit bus riders should prepare for reduced service in upcoming weeks.

The transit agency operates on a reduced weekday schedule on several holidays through January — including a full week of reduced service at the end of December. Thanksgiving and the day after the holiday include reduced bus service.

The planned reductions arrive during a slow period, as Metro Transit experiences a reduction in weekday riders — estimated to reach 15 percent or more systemwide.

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Soggy conditions could cause street flooding

November 20, 2012

Expect a soggy Thanksgiving and a side of rain on the day before the holiday, as a series of systems batters Western Washington.

The weather comes as rain-soaked Pacific systems barrel across the region in quick succession. National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle said strong fronts should affect Western Washington, and increase the risk of flooding on streets.

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Thanksgiving changes Issaquah garbage pick-up

November 20, 2012

Customers should not expect regular garbage service on Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day.

The haulers serving Issaquah do not collect garbage and recycling on the holiday. Instead, if a customer’s collection day falls on Thanksgiving, service is delayed one day.

So, for example, because Thanksgiving falls on a Thursday, customers with garbage and recycling collection on Thursday receive Friday service the day after Thanksgiving, and Friday customers receive Saturday service after the holiday. The regular collection schedules resume Monday, Nov. 26.

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Eastridge Church welcomes singer Steven Welch as worship pastor

November 20, 2012

Eastridge Church Worship Pastor Steven Welch recently released his latest faith-based album, ‘Color of Love.’ Dream Records photo

Worship Pastor Steven Welch has drawn the faithful at two of the largest churches in the country, combining his passion for music and faith to lead the masses through Sunday services.

Faith was always an important part of Welch’s life growing up in the Midwest. The son of a pastor, Welch attended Bible college, and during that time started playing music and touring the country with a band.

After time spent serving at The Chapel in Chicago and the James River Assembly in Missouri, Welch and his young family have decided to call Issaquah home, where Welch has been named the new worship pastor at Eastridge Church.

“Steven’s had a place of ministry in a couple of America’s really elite churches,” Lead Pastor Steve Jamison said. “He has really been one of the elite leaders in our country, as far as it comes to being a worship leader, and it’s been just an amazing blessing for us to have him.”

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Issaquah Police Department joins holiday DUI patrols

November 20, 2012

Issaquah police officers plan to join a national push to pull drunken drivers from local roads during the holiday season.

The agency is joining other police departments in King County, Washington and across the United States from Nov. 21 through Jan. 1 in Washington’s initial participation in a national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

During the most recent DUI crackdown statewide, officers arrested 1,603 motorists for DUI from Aug. 17 to Sept. 3. The total includes 364 motorists arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in King County.

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