October 23, 2012
Sleep Country tops 50,000 donations
Sleep Country tallied up 50,309 total items donated in its annual School Supply Drive for Foster Kids. School supplies were donated at Sleep Country locations from July 30 to Sept. 9.
Donations were distributed among 18 foster-care nonprofit partners in the Northwest and in Issaquah, and support foster children served by Treehouse, Bethany Christian Services, Community & Family Services Foundation, Intensive Children’s Services and Olive Crest.
September 25, 2012
Elks Lodge takes Special Olympians to Mariners game
The Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge in Issaquah took 60 Special Olympics youths and their caregivers to a Seattle Mariners baseball game Sept. 23 thanks to a $2,000 grant from the Elks National Foundation.
The money also paid for transportation and refreshment costs.
The Mariners acknowledged the Special Olympians in attendance at the end of the fourth inning on the large scoreboard. The youths are members of the Issaquah Special Olympics baseball team.
August 28, 2012
Timber Ridge at Talus receives Excellence in Innovation award
Timber Ridge at Talus was recently honored during the King County Healthcare Coalition Forum held at Seattle City Hall for its creative fire and earthquake survival training videos for staff and residents of nursing and retirement communities.
Timber Ridge at Talus received the Excellence In Innovation award for producing a three-part DVD training series and facilitator toolkit with the help of Eastside Fire & Rescue and Fire Station 72 with scripting, filming and producing.
The videos provide general safety guidelines and scenarios: Drop, Cover, and Hold techniques, fire extinguisher demonstrations and defend-in-place strategies. In Timber Ridge’s training delivery, personnel from EFR added realism by using a smoke machine to imitate a fire in a health center room as staff members demonstrated correct procedures during emergency situations.
August 21, 2012
Scouts earn Eagle rank
Two Boy Scouts from Bellevue Troop 626 — David Adams and Kevin Hays — earned the rank of Eagle Scout, Scouting’s highest honor, at a recent court of honor ceremony at the Bellevue Community Center.
For his Eagle service project, David designed and led the construction of a wheelchair-accessible gardening table for mentally handicapped clients of the Tavon Center. On the road to Eagle, David earned 22 merit badges, spent many weekends camping and provided countless hours of community service. David was very involved in troop leadership, taking on roles such as historian, troop guide, patrol leader and ultimately senior patrol leader.
Throughout his years in the troop he experienced the outdoors in the usual campouts, such as Camporee and summer camp, but also had the pleasure to experience the boundary waters of Minnesota and Canada through his 95-mile, five-day high adventure canoeing trip, Northern Tier.
David graduated from Liberty High School, where he participated in the service-oriented groups Key Club, Honor Society and the Liberty Welcome Crew. He swam as a member of the Liberty swim team, the Issaquah Swim Team and is currently on the Maple Hills Swim Team. He is an avid Rubik’s Cube speed-cuber, enjoys online games and works at the Newcastle YMCA as a swim instructor and lifeguard. He is attending the University of California, Berkeley, in the fall to study engineering.
August 14, 2012
Local teen signs with national agent
Sarah Arthur, 15, of Issaquah, has been signed with the talent agency The Crawford Agency.
She is the daughter of Esi Quaidoo-Arthur and Edmund K. Arthur, of Bellevue, and attends Issaquah High School.
July 31, 2012
Friends of Youth receives $15,000 grant
Friends of Youth has been chosen by the Safeco Foundation to receive a $15,000 grant as part of the foundation’s basic services initiative. The money will go toward sheltering homeless youth at The Landing, the lone young adult shelter in east King County.
Friends of Youth provides a range of therapeutic services for youth, young adults and families, including at a location in Issaquah. Learn more at www.friendsofyouth.org.
July 24, 2012
AtWork! director honored
Wendy Randall, AtWork!’s director of Quality and Community Access received a Legacy Award from The Arc of King County and was recognized as an “Employment Hero” by Dennis Bounds, emcee of the event.
Randall, who started out with Community Enterprises of Issaquah and came to AtWork! with the merger in 1998, has made a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities for more than 25 years. Although she is based out of Bellevue now, Randall usually spends at least one full day each week helping clients in Issaquah.
July 17, 2012
Girl Scouts collect hundreds of books for food bank
Andreea Popa and Anusha Kikkeri, of the Issaquah Girl Scout Troop 42302, collected 283 books for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank from June 18 to July 2. The two ninth-graders at Skyline High School set and easily surpassed their goal of collecting 200 books to earn their Girl Scout Silver Awards.
July 10, 2012
Local students serve as legislative pages
Lydia Mull, 16, and Caroline Mull, 14, daughters of Cliff and Jody Mull, served as Legislative pages for Sen. Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island. Lydia, who will be a junior at Issaquah High School in the fall, was a page from Feb. 20-24. Caroline, who will be a sophomore at IHS, was a page from Feb. 6-10.
Students attended page school daily to learn more about the legislative process and sponsored mock bills with their fellow students from Washington state. They also distributed documents to state lawmakers and staff members throughout the state Capitol campus. Lydia created a mock bill on banning plastic bags. Caroline created a mock bill on banning second-hand smoke in cars from adult drivers.
Middle school and high school students interested in the Senate Page Program are encouraged to go to www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Administration/PageProgram.
July 3, 2012
Local graduates earn Siemens Merit Scholarships
Issaquah High School graduate Steven Yang and Skyline High School graduate Owen Xia recently won a Siemens Merit Scholarship. They were among 150 students in 25 states who won the scholarship, worth $4,000 for tuition over the course of their college years, given in installments of $1,000 per academic year.
The Siemens Merit Scholarship is given to children of Siemens U.S. employees. Recipients were chosen based on high scores on the PSAT as well as academic record, activities, contribution to the community, school recommendation and an essay about personal characteristics, plans and goals.