Kiwanis to feature Issaquah Nourishing Network at sock hop

April 9, 2013

Jitterbug the night away in celebration of the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah and its 84 years of community service.

On April 26, the nonprofit organization will hold its annual community auction with a Sock Hop Dance in the Pickering Barn, beginning at 6 p.m. Themed around the 1950s, the club will provide food, drinks, entertainment and many things for attendees to bid on.

Price for admission will be $40. All funds raised through the auction will go directly to help those in need in the Issaquah community.

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Crayon drive helps children’s hospital

April 9, 2013

Cascade Team Real Estate is collecting crayons and coloring books for hospitalized children.

Every year, Seattle Children’s goes through 240,000 crayons.

Throughout April, Cascade Team Real Estate will collect crayons and coloring books, and various drop-off locations will be available on weekends.

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To the Editor

April 9, 2013

Firearms ownership

Background checks are not the solution to violence

All three legislators at the Town Meeting referred to by Lois Brandt (3-27 Press) have children. Does Lois really think that because two don’t agree with her they care for their children any less? I doubt it and believe it was more a reflection of her wanting a solution to the violence we see the media sensationalizing every day. To her, removing what she sees as the cause — firearms — makes sense, but violence is a behavioral issue.

FBI statistics in 2011 reveal a rifle was used in 323 murders, but 1,694 were by knives and 726 from beatings. Numbing numbers. Lois mentions Australia’s 1997 gun ban, but government reports show murder rates consistent from 1990 through 2011. Banning guns does not reduce crime. Look at Chicago.

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‘Influence the Choice’ video winner named

April 9, 2013

A winner was announced April 2 for the “Influence the Choice” video contest, led by the Issaquah Community Network and Drug Free Community Coalition.

Issaquah High School student Hannah Balducci won the grand prize of $800 for her submission of a two-minute video that tried to influence friends and other teenagers to resist using alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs.

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Off The Press

April 9, 2013

Help honor veterans with photos, donations

It’s that time of year again, when The Press begins work on Lest We Forget, our annual Memorial Day tribute to veterans.

This year’s section, our fourth annual tribute, will be published in the May 22 paper, the weekend before Memorial Day.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen R. Merrill
Press managing editor

If you didn’t see last year’s section (which you can view at http://bit.ly/Jrjlk9), you missed the nearly 170 photos of this city’s veterans, those living and those no longer with us. We also wrote a handful of stories about local World War II veterans, whose numbers are (sadly) quickly dwindling.

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Editorial

April 9, 2013

County should buy south Squak parcel

The clear-cut logging of 95 acres on the steep south slope of Squak Mountain should not be permitted, even after the property owner resubmitted a plan, reduced from the original plan to log 195 acres of the 216-acre parcel.

On the other hand, if the county allows logging there, the new owner of the property that was formerly the Highlands Camping Club has the right to proceed within county guidelines.

The solution is clear. King County needs to tap into its reserve account for the purchase of sensitive areas and buy the property.

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DIA qualifies for tax program

April 9, 2013

The Downtown Issaquah Association has qualified to join The Main Street Tax Incentive Program through the Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation.

The Main Street Tax Incentive credit program provides a business and occupancy or public utility tax credit to businesses that contribute to the Downtown Issaquah Association.

In 2005, legislation was passed creating a state B&O Tax Credit Incentive Program for businesses investing in local downtown revitalization programs. A tax credit equal to 75 percent of a charitable contribution can be claimed in the calendar year following the contribution. By redirecting B&O taxes to the Issaquah Main Street Program, a contribution invests directly in the health and vitality of Issaquah’s downtown.

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Police & Fire

April 9, 2013

Door-to-door no-no

Police responded to the intersection of Southeast 19th Street and 200th Avenue Southeast at about 3:23 p.m. March 23 when someone reported there were door-to-door salespeople. Officers found two women, neither of whom had a valid license to peddle wares door-to-door. In addition, neither had any identification on them. When officers ran their names through police computer databases, one had a Kentucky home address, and the other had no state-issued identification. Officers contacted their manager and explained that Sammamish doesn’t cotton to people selling door-to-door without a permit. The manager said he understood and would take care of it

Too young for fun

An 18-year-old Bellevue female was arrested March 25 for possession of marijuana. In line with the recently passed initiative 502, possession is currently legal for adults over 21, who are allowed to carry a maximum amount of an ounce for personal use.

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Scholarship topics announced

April 9, 2013

The Issaquah Alps Trails Club has announced the topics for its annual Bill Longwell Memorial Scholarship.

Longwell was a longtime club member who taught English at Hazen High School for many years. He was an avid hiker and trail builder who, often with the help of his students, was responsible for building and maintaining many of the trails on Tiger and Squak mountains.

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Serving up an extra helping of homes

April 9, 2013

Benefit dinner will help church build homes in Mexico

Every summer for the past 13 years, volunteers from Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church have traveled to Tecate, Mexico, to help build family homes.

Teens, college students and adults spend about a week working beneath the hot summer sun, to make progress on a home that will make a world of difference for a family in need.

Photos Contributed Above, the Arce-Roman family stands in front of their current home in Tecate, Mexico. Volunteers from Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church will help build the family a new home this summer. At left, Volunteers from Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church stand in front of a home they built in Tecate, Mexico, in 2011.

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Volunteers from Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church stand in front of a home they built in Tecate, Mexico, in 2011.

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