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.
June 26, 2012
Greater Issaquah Toastmasters honored
The Greater Issaquah Toastmasters has achieved Toastmasters International’s highest distinction for a fifth straight year.
To earn the distinction of President’s Distinguished Club, a club must meet at least nine of 10 challenging criteria.
In addition, members Dan Bone, Holly Greenspoon and Madeline Wall recently completed their Competent Communication Manual, which comprises the first 10 Toastmasters speeches, each focusing on development of a specific speaking skill. Upon completion of the Competent Communication Manual, members move into advanced manuals and are eligible for membership in advanced clubs.
June 19, 2012
Four Scouts earn Eagle rank
Four Boy Scouts from Issaquah Troop 609 — Eric Hall, Zach Hall, Ben Fairhart and Jacob Tierney — earned the rank of Eagle Scout, Scouting’s highest honor, at a court of honor ceremony June 4 at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Bellevue.
Eric Hall planned and led for his Eagle Scout Project a volunteer effort to build the initial 150 feet of new trail in Squak Valley Park. Eric is an accomplished musician in the Issaquah High School wind ensemble, jazz band and Village Theatre Summerstock pit orchestra. Eric also plays football for the IHS football team and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Zach Hall planned and coordinated Scout and neighborhood volunteers to replace 30 yards of sand at South Cove Beach, repair signage and clean up landscaping. Zach is a proficient musician in the IHS wind ensemble, jazz band, Evergreen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Village Theatre Summerstock pit orchestra. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club and Japanese Club.
Ben Fairhart’s Eagle project involved the restoration of 150 feet of trail in Squak Valley Park. Outside of Scouting, Ben enjoys playing bass guitar with his band, The Greasy Spoon. Together they have performed in Issaquah, Snoqualmie, Buckley and most recently at El Corazon, in Seattle. He has also been active in service projects and mission trips through his church.
For his Eagle Scout project, Jacob “Jake” Tierney planned and organized the construction and ultimate emplacement of five wood duck nesting boxes along the shores of Lake Tradition. During this project, Jake also coordinated and supervised the relocation of wooden benches to a more useful location adjacent to Lake Tradition. Jake graduated with honors from Liberty High School on June 11. He will study engineering at Santa Clara University, in California in September. Jacob is also the proud recipient of a U.S. Air Force ROTC scholarship.