Donate your change at Fred Meyer and QFC for fire relief efforts

July 23, 2014

NEW — 2 p.m. July 23, 2014

Fred Meyer and QFC stores will donate $50,000 to the American Red Cross to assist with the fire relief efforts in Washington.

And the change dropped in the coin collection boxes at check stands at all Washington Fred Meyer and QFC stores for the next week will also be donated to the Red Cross.

The Issaquah Fred Meyer is at 6100 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. There are two Issaquah QFC stores, at 1540 N.W. Gilman Blvd. and 4570 Klahanie Drive S.E.

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Make donations to mudslide emergency responders at Lowe’s

April 15, 2014

In response to the recent deadly Oso mudslide, Lowe’s has activated its American Red Cross customer donation program in all Washington stores to provide a convenient place for customers to make financial donations.

As a member of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, Lowe’s pledges donations on an ongoing basis in advance of disasters to help the Red Cross deliver immediate aid to communities in need.

Participating Lowe’s stores, including Issaquah’s at 1625 11th Ave. N.W., are accepting through April 27 donations of emergency supplies to the search and rescue teams in the affected area to support the continued recovery efforts.


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Firefighters rescue cat from Klahanie blaze

January 29, 2013

Firefighters extinguished a blaze at a Klahanie home late Jan. 23 and rescued a cat from the fire.

Eastside Fire & Rescue responded at 9:49 p.m. to a reported explosion and fire inside a garage in the 24200 block of Southeast 43rd Place, a Sammamish Plateau neighborhood about three miles northeast of downtown Issaquah.

Crews could see flames and smoke pouring from the garage upon arriving at the scene moments later. Firefighters protected nearby fire-prone areas and doused the blaze.

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Blaze damages Klahanie home; firefighters rescue cat

January 24, 2013

NEW — 10:20 a.m. Jan. 24, 2013

Firefighters extinguished a blaze at a Klahanie home late Wednesday and rescued a cat from the fire.

Eastside Fire & Rescue responded to a reported explosion and fire inside a garage in the 24200 block of Southeast 43rd Place at 9:49 p.m.

Crews could see flames and smoke pouring from the garage upon arriving at the scene moments later. Firefighters protected nearby fire-prone areas and doused the blaze.

Officials said the home was occupied as the fire started, and the homeowner suffered a minor injury as he or she attempted to extinguish the blaze before firefighters arrived.

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Runner races for charity after storm cancels New York City Marathon

November 6, 2012

Sabina Honig, Becki Chandler and Amir Feinsilber (from left) come west on East Sunset Way as they near the two-mile mark of a 26.2-mile run — a substitute for Honig’s canceled New York City Marathon and as a fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. By Greg Farrar

In Issaquah, native New Yorker Sabina Honig awaited word from family and friends as Hurricane Sandy walloped the East Coast.

The prospective New York City Marathon runner also listened closely for information about the race scheduled to occur less than a week after the Oct. 29 superstorm.

Lingering damage from Hurricane Sandy led organizers to cancel the New York City Marathon, but Honig did not let the setback interrupt her race. Instead, she set out from home in the Issaquah Highlands on race day, Nov. 4, and logged 26.2 miles on local streets.

No medal awaited Honig at the finish line, but she used the race to raise money for relief efforts along the Eastern Seaboard.

Honig, 44, raised more than $2,000 by Nov. 5, as the fundraising cutoff deadline approached. The public can continue to donate online to Honig’s cause.

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Residents can donate to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

November 6, 2012

Opportunities abound for local residents to help people impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy came ashore in New Jersey late Oct. 29. The storm caused at least 95 deaths throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region. The storm caused at least $7 billion in damage across the Eastern Seaboard.

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Statewide earthquake drill shakes up preparedness plan

October 23, 2012

Tina Eggers (left), city clerk, Megan Gregor, city passport and records specialist, and Mary Lorna Meade, city risk management officer, take shelter under desks at Issaquah City Hall at 10:18 a.m. Oct. 18. By Greg Farrar

Staffers flooded from Issaquah City Hall and other municipal buildings at 10:18 a.m. Oct. 18 as employees joined a statewide earthquake drill.

The preparedness exercise involved public employees throughout the city, plus residents throughout the city and state, as planners tested residents’ ability to respond to a temblor.

The city official responsible for disseminating information to the public during emergencies, Communications Coordinator Autumn Monahan, said frequent disaster preparedness exercises educate city employees about the proper procedures to follow in worst-case scenarios.

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Red Cross offers Independence Day safety tips

July 1, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. July 1, 2012

Independence Day means many people plan to discharge fireworks and fire up grills for backyard barbecues — but both activities can cause burns and fires.

Experts at the local American Red Cross chapter remind revelers to practice some simple safety tips to keep the holiday safe and fun.

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Issaquah man’s rescuer is named Red Cross hero

April 3, 2012

Dixie Trombly and Don Trombly (from left) are thankful for Greg Gorske and Todd Short, who saved Don’s life. Short received the Medical Rescue Award from the American Red Cross on March 27. By Sarah Gerdes

During the annual Red Cross Heroes awards March 27, Todd Short humbly accepted the Medical Rescue Award, for saving the life of Issaquah resident Don Trombly.

As Short graciously accepted the award from Craig Hendrickson, CEO of Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Trombly nodded.

“He’s our guardian angel,” Dixie Trombly, Don’s wife of 50 years, said of Short, her eyes welling up with tears.

Just a regular day

Don and Dixie Trombly have lived in Issaquah for 60 years, visiting Redmond once a week to stop by the Great Harvest Bread Co., relax and let their dog roam free in a park. While they were in their car, Dixie noticed her husband suddenly exhaled.

“He gave one huff of air, then one more, and I thought that was it,” Dixie Trombly said. “He’s just died in my car.”

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Nisqually earthquake anniversary is reminder to prepare

February 28, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Feb. 28, 2012

The ground shook for 45 stomach-churning seconds starting at 10:54 a.m. Feb. 28, 2001, as the last major earthquake to occur in the Puget Sound region rattled buildings and jangled nerves.

The earthquake cracked the Capitol dome in Olympia and caused widespread damage across the region, injured hundreds of people and left billions of dollars in property damage.

Tuesday marks 11 years since the Nisqually earthquake — a magnitude-6.8 temblor credited for changing attitudes about emergency preparedness in Issaquah, King County and statewide.

City leaders credited the temblor for alerting officials and residents to the importance of disaster preparedness and response. The city participates in regular disaster-response exercises, such as the regional Sound Shake drill.

Issaquah School District planners also learned lessons since the earthquake occurred.

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