Maywood Kiwanis Builders Club helps children, seniors

March 18, 2014

The latest addition to the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah family is the Maywood Middle School Kiwanis Builders Club.

The chartering of the Maywood Builders Club was initiated two years ago by Key Clubber Lisa Antonio, currently lieutenant governor of PNW Key Club Division 28. It took two years to find a faculty adviser, Samantha Neff.

With her leadership, the Kiwanis Maywood Builders Club recently engaged Kiwanis and Key Club with the project of making hospital dolls for Seattle Children’s. Doctors use the dolls to explain medical procedures by drawing the procedure on a doll, which is then given to the patient.

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Earned privilege

March 11, 2014

In a life of milestones, local author meets another with self-published book

Sitting in a ray of sunshine in his “hooray for me” room in his Cougar Mountain home, Randy Harrison paused while discussing his book “West From Yesterday.”

From the window seat in the room (a Southern nickname for a room full of mementos from one’s life), the first-time author said he had shared the manuscript with family and friends before self-publishing it through Amazon.com. They’d realized the tale of Tucker, a post-Civil War-era plantation owner who journeys West in a bout of self-discovery, sounded a lot like someone they knew.

By David Hayes Randy Harrison, author of ‘West from Yesterday’ stands in his Cougar Mountain home’s ‘hooray-for-me’ room where he’s planning his next project — teaching himself to play guitar.

By David Hayes
Randy Harrison, author of ‘West from Yesterday’ stands in his Cougar Mountain home’s ‘hooray-for-me’ room where he’s planning his next project — teaching himself to play guitar.

“They said they found a lot of me in Tucker,” Harrison said. “I realized both me and Tucker were from a Virginia family, had come from a life of privilege only by birth. And we both felt a sense of obligation that we had to earn what comes from that gift of privilege.”

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Mayor states goals in first State of the City speech

February 25, 2014

Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler vowed to maintain momentum in his first State of the City speech.

By Greg Farrar Fred Butler is a member of the Issaquah City Council.

Fred Butler

 

Given during the Feb. 18 regular City Council meeting, the speech laid out what Butler hopes to achieve in the first year of his inaugural term.

“A community is made up of many elements,” he said. “We are blessed with an outstanding school district, an active and professional chamber of commerce, students who are involved, first-class medical facilities and a City Council dedication to regional involvement.”

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Editorial

December 3, 2013

Giving Tuesday should be only the beginning

If you missed the opportunity to make a charitable donation on Giving Tuesday on Dec. 3, never fear. The need is still there today and your check will be every bit as welcome.

If there is a community with a bigger heart than Issaquah’s, we’d like to meet it. It may be true that much of Issaquah’s population is well off enough to be able to write donation checks, but that doesn’t mean they have to.

Just last week, 2,419 people turned out for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank’s fourth annual Turkey Trot. That’s a few miles of running down the road — and runners actually paid for the privilege.

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Goodwill sets up new donation site in Issaquah

October 22, 2013

Goodwill recently set up a new donation site in Issaquah. A mobile truck is sharing space with AtWork!, 690 Juniper St.

The mobile truck can accept all quality, reusable clothing and household items. In addition, it will accept all electronics, including televisions and computer monitors measuring 19 inches or less, desktop computers and laptops.

The site cannot accept furniture, appliances or other items larger than an end table.

Learn more at www.seattlegoodwill.org/donate/sites/issaquah.

Issaquah Community Network hosts assistive technology workshop Oct. 16

September 24, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 24, 2013

New technology is opening a world of possibilities for job seekers with disabilities, and the public can learn all about it at a free workshop.

The Issaquah Community Network, Eastside Community Network and the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network will host three speakers at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Issaquah High School Performing Arts Center.

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Teamwork could form human services campus

July 30, 2013

Service organization AtWork! might team up with the Together Center to found a human services campus in the former’s existing facility.

In its effort to bring employment and community service agencies together, the Together Center, in Redmond, has had plans to established a location that could house multiple resources for all people. Housing, job placement and medical services are just a few of the things it hopes to bring into such a facility.

“We’ve been looking for property for years,” Together Center Executive Director Pam Mauk said. Though the two organizations have only been communicating for a few months, she said their common goals could mean cooperation. “We are both in discussions. The missions of AtWork! and Together Center could work together at that site.”

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Community Caring Award nominations due May 17

May 7, 2013

Life Enrichment Options, AtWork!, Special Olympics Issaquah and the Tavon Center invite the community to nominate volunteers who dedicates themselves to supporting those with developmental disabilities for a Community Caring Award, as part of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce’s Community Volunteer Awards.

Awards will be presented at the 34th annual Community Awards Banquet on May 30, where Issaquah’s service clubs celebrate and honor those volunteers who are dedicated to making a difference in our community.

Deadline for nominations is May 17. Nominees need to be from the Issaquah area (within the Issaquah School District boundaries).

Submit a nomination at www.lifeenrichmentoptions.org.

 

AtWork! invites public to annual fundraiser

January 22, 2013

Help AtWork! raise money for programs as the nonprofit organization hosts a fundraising breakfast.

The annual event runs from 7-9 a.m. March 28 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 900 Bellevue Way N.E. Register at http://bit.ly/11BVEl3.

The fundraiser is open to individuals, groups and corporate sponsorships. Contact Director of Development Andrea Simmonds at 274-4030 or andreas@atworkwa.org to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

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Issaquah Community Network, FISH net statewide award

November 20, 2012

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and the Issaquah Community Network garnered a top honor for offering employment opportunities for young people with disabilities, officials announced Nov. 1.

The organizations received the Youth Employer Award from the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment. The honor recognizes the organization’s partnership to accommodate workers with disabilities, and for efforts to create a productive and inclusive workforce.

The state-level committee behind the award advises the governor, legislators and state agencies on policy affecting people with disabilities.

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