Walk to End Alzheimer’s comes to Issaquah

October 8, 2013

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s is coming for the first time to Issaquah Oct. 12.

The walk, which begins and ends at the Issaquah Community Center, is a 2.6-mile course through downtown.

Funds raised benefit the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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2012-13 Business Directory

August 6, 2012

Open publication – Free publishing

George Fischer, former co-owner of Fischer Meats, dies at age 82

April 3, 2012

George Fischer visits Fischer Meats as a guest of honor to help his former business celebrate its 100th anniversary during an open house celebration Nov. 21, 2010. Contributed

George Fischer, 82, best known for decades of tending the counter at Fischer Meats on Issaquah’s Front Street, died March 26 at the Aegis of Issaquah assisted living facility.

Advertised as one of Issaquah’s oldest businesses, Fischer Meats celebrated its 100th birthday in 2010. George and brother Nick took over the business from their father in the 1950s. They sold the shop to current owners Chris and Jacque Chiechi in 1981. Chris Chiechi said George Fischer stayed with the shop and helped run the meat counter for about another 15 years.

“He was a big man, but he had a very kind heart,” Chiechi said.

The original Fischer Meats was started by his grandfather and sat outside of downtown, said Geoff Fischer, one of George’s two sons. Geoff said the store quickly relocated to its current spot on Front Street. For a time, the family also owned a slaughterhouse in the area.

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Gold Star

April 5, 2011

Key Club goes extra mile

For her 17th birthday, Issaquah High School Key Club President Kaileen Dougherty celebrated by helping others.

She and more than 100 Key Club members made Valentine’s Day cards for Seattle Children’s and made two banners that read “IHS Key Club Loves You!” that she and student Aaron Tham delivered to Aegis Living and Regency Newcastle.

Key Club members who helped with the project received a piece of homemade birthday cake. Seattle Children’s staff had nothing but positive anecdotes about children in hospital beds thrilled to know that some “high school kid” was thinking about them, Dougherty said.

Aegis Living receives honor in magazine poll

July 20, 2010

Readers named Aegis Living as the Best Retirement Facility in a 425 magazine poll.

The magazine lauded Aegis, saying the Redmond-based company places emphasis “on seniors living with dignity, and special programs and facilities at each location ensure that assisted living, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients are afforded the opportunity to remain active members of each community.”

The company operates 12 senior communities in Washington, including Aegis of Issaquah, 780 N.W. Juniper St.

“We are proud to be recognized by our community, it means so much to all of us here at Aegis Living,” Dwayne Clark, company chairman and CEO, said in a news release. “It is just another example of the hard work and compassion our employees bring to our communities and the way ‘We Make Life Better’ every day for our residents and their families.”

Aegis resident lived the adventure before it was a Navy slogan

July 20, 2010

Doris Gross taught newly enlisted prospective Navy pilots the basics of flying skills and aircraft functions as a link instructor in World War II. Afterward, she eventually became the first woman to be national vice commander of the American Legion. By Kirsten Johnson

For local Aegis Living resident Doris Gross, life took off in 1941. During that year, as a 20-year-old single woman, she decided to join the Navy.

While she had grown up in Washington state, Gross was sent to serve in the sweltering heat of Corpus Christi, Texas.

“It was a little hot,” she said. “But I enjoyed it down there.”

As an eager young woman, she turned to the Navy looking for new people and new experiences.

“Texas sounded exciting,” she said. “I was pretty young and it was a different area. It was nice meeting new people and to be somewhere else.”

“She had two brothers who were overseas serving, so she decided to serve too,” said Leslye Bergan, one of Gross’s two daughters. Read more

Senior center hosts annual pancake fundraiser

May 11, 2010

The Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way, is hosting its annual pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8:30-11:30 a.m. May 15.

Jack Steidl, a 91-year-old retired military and commercial pilot, will bugle hungry supporters into the “Mess Hall” for hot and fluffy pancake stacks. Steidl will also be in uniform to honor Armed Forces Day. Mayor Ava Frisinger will dish up your food, as will volunteers from the City Council and other organizations.

Aegis of Issaquah will sponsor food for the event and Fischer Meats will donate sausages. Cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children.

“We have an amazing amount of activities here that are ongoing, like our art classes, our Tuesday after-lunch lecture series and special events, like our Literary Tea, that we don’t charge for but incur costs for,” Senior Center Executive Director Courtney Jaren said. “When people support us, they don’t just support one program, but all the wonderful things we do here at the center.”

Aegis of Issaquah hosts merchants for holiday shopping experience

November 24, 2009

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Aegis hosts two-actor play, ‘Love Letters’

February 9, 2009

Whidbey Island actors Ed Cornachio and Martha Murphy star in the two actor play ‘Love Letters’ Feb. 14 at Aegis Living of Issaquah. Contributed

Whidbey Island actors Ed Cornachio and Martha Murphy star in the two actor play ‘Love Letters’ Feb. 14 at Aegis Living of Issaquah. Contributed

Aegis Living of Issaquah, ever seeking to incorporate their residents into more community activities, is hosting “Love Letters,” a two-actor play.

Activities director Sommer Albertson said this is the perfect activity for the holiday.

“It’s a love story on Valentine’s Day,” she said. “What a great way to spend the afternoon.”

Based upon the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, the tale centers on characters Melissa Garner and Andrew Makepiece, as they explore during the World War II era the hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats they have passed between them throughout their separate lives. Read more

Aegis seeks children’s clothing donations

December 8, 2008

Partnership formed with Eastside Baby Corner  to help the needy

If your child’s closet is filled with clothes that no longer fit, consider donating them to a family who could use some extra help during the cold winter months.  

Aegis Living, a private, family-owned company for senior living, is holding a clothing drive to benefit Eastside Baby Corner.  

“As a company, we are always looking for ways we can be involved in the community and be able to give back,” said Leslie Campana, marketing director at Aegis of Issaquah.  

Aegis is involved with numerous organizations to help seniors, including the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Diabetes Association and Senior Services in King County. Organizers were excited by the opportunity to help a much younger generation. 

“We are very, very happy that Aegis is taking on this project and helping us to get the community support during this time of great need,” Karen Ridlon, founder of Eastside Baby Corner, said.   Read more

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