Volunteers needed for fall cyclist, walker count

September 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 13, 2014

During a three-day survey last year, volunteers counted nearly 66,000 bicyclists and pedestrians across Washington.

About 400 volunteers are needed again this fall to tally the number of people who bike or walk to their destinations.

For the seventh annual survey, Washington State Department of Transportation and the Cascade Bicycle Club are enlisting volunteers and organizations to help count people they see bicycling and walking along paths, bike lanes, sidewalks and other facilities from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. Counts will be taken at assigned locations in nearly 40 cities throughout the state.

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Public invited to Common Core town hall Sept. 15

September 12, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 12, 2014

Parents, teachers, activists and anyone interested in discussing or learning more about the growing controversy surrounding Common Core are invited to a public forum about the standards.

The forum is at 6 p.m. Sept. 15 at Pacific Cascade Middle School, 24635 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road.

Hear from legislators, educators, activists and policy experts on both sides of the issue of Common Core Standards. Questions from the media and the audience will be answered.

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Sign up now for 9-1-1 Citizen’s Academy

September 11, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 11, 2014

Learn about the internal workings of the 9-1-1 emergency dispatch center at the 9-1-1 Citizen’s Academy.

The one-day class will be held at the Regional Communications Center, 3511 N.E. Second St. in Renton, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27. Space is limited; turn in applications by Sept. 24.

Learn about the role 9-1-1 communications specialists play in the public safety system and prepare in case you ever need to call 9-1-1.

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Sign up now for Community Emergency Response Team class

September 10, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 10, 2014

September marks the 11th annual National Preparedness Month.

In honor of this year’s theme, “Be Disaster Aware; Take Action to Prepare,” the Issaquah Citizen Corps encourages the community to learn more about local hazards, and prepare with plans and supplies. Be prepared for that occasional winter storm, power outage and anything else unexpected.

In addition, the Issaquah Citizen Corps is taking signups now for its fall Community Emergency Response Team class.

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Life is fair in Puyallup

September 9, 2014

Fried food, animal smells, concert music and carnival rides — yep, the Washington State Fair has returned.

By Peter Clark Beautiful late summer weather brings the crowd out to the 2014 Washington State Fair in Puyallup Sept. 7 and the array of activities, food and attractions kept them there.

By Peter Clark
Beautiful late summer weather brings the crowd out to the 2014 Washington State Fair in Puyallup Sept. 7 and the array of activities, food and attractions kept them there.

Until Sept. 21, you can find the best livestock, agriculture, horticulture and crafts the state has to offer in Puyallup. This year’s fair packs a whopping punch with a slew of high-profile music acts and the usual, if no less impressive, bunch of Washingtonian achievements.

Walking in the gate, you might feel overwhelmed at the sheer number of things to do in the fairgrounds. Should you immediately head over and dive into a basket of fried butter? Head over to the livestock barn and hear which rooster crows the loudest? Visit one of the many crafts buildings and spot all the nuance and detail in the dollhouses? These are big decisions that a hardy fairgoer will have to make. Rest assured that if you get your fill of one type of entertainment, plenty more is right around the corner for the whole family.

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Issaquah woman receives new hip, warm welcome back from Overlake

September 9, 2014

One Issaquah woman is now taking things in stride with help from Overlake Medical Center.

By Peter Clark Members of the Overlake Medical Center’s hip replacement team welcome back Anna Kaminska, seven months after doctors gave her a new hip joint in a challenging procedure.

By Peter Clark
Members of the Overlake Medical Center’s hip replacement team welcome back Anna Kaminska, seven months after doctors gave her a new hip joint in a challenging procedure.

Anna Kaminska was in a car crash 21 years ago in her native country of Poland. The wreck shattered her hip joint and doctors fused her femur with her pelvis, greatly reducing her mobility at age 12. Over time, excessive reliance on joints above and below her non-existent hip, as well as her inability to sit or lie comfortably, gave Kaminska considerable pain.

When she moved to Issaquah three years ago, the 33-year-old began looking for an answer. After two recommendations to Overlake Medical Center’s Dr. James Bruckner, a joint replacement and months of physical therapy, she has found a “miracle.”

“Sitting is really nice,” Kaminska said, smiling. “I didn’t realize what I had lost.”

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Salmon Days is more than fishy fun

September 9, 2014

After 44 years, most people around the Puget Sound area have an awareness of the Salmon Days Festival.

For some out-of-towners, it’s “that arts and crafts festival with the huge salmon in that beautiful Eastside community.” To others it’s “the last big not-to-miss festival of the year.” To those who live in Issaquah, however, the festival is so much more.

To most locals, it’s a yearly tradition spanning generations, a time for the community — businesses, nonprofit organizations, city leaders, citizens, young and old alike — to come together for a weekend of community pride and community showcasing. Some businesses report they have their busiest two days of the year.

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Golf tourney to kick off annual Salmon Days Festival

September 9, 2014

Salmon Days 2014 will introduce a competitive golf tournament to kick off the festival.

The Salmon Days Golf Classic is at The Golf Club at Newcastle, Coal Creek Course, at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.

Organizers are trying to make a festive experience for everyone in attendance, so entrance to the event gets you lunch, dinner, drinks, contests and a lot more.

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Attend Issaquah High School class of 1964 reunion Sept. 13

September 9, 2014

Issaquah High School’s class of 1964 is having its 50-year class reunion Sept. 13.

The reunion is at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 1801 12th Ave. N.W.

Organizers are inviting anyone who attended the school from 1960-1964. There were 182 people in the graduating class in 1964, but 263 people attended the school in that time period.

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Hatchery needs new education coordinator

September 9, 2014

Celina Steiger is leaving her position as education coordinator with Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. Her last day is Sept. 12.

She is taking a position with Homewaters, a program of Islandwood, an organization that helps children and adults discover a new way of seeing nature, themselves and one another. She joined FISH in 2007.

Read the job description here, or call 392-1118.

Apply by mail, fax or email. Send a cover letter and résumé to Jane Kuechle, executive director, FISH, 125 W. Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027. Fax to 392-3180 or email to jane@issaquahfish.org.

 

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