Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery selects leader

May 26, 2011

NEW — 3:30 p.m. May 26, 2011

Jane Kuechle

Jane Kuechle spent many hours as a girl on family road trips to out-of-the-way Oregon places.

“Wherever we went, we would stop whenever we saw a salmon hatchery,” she recalled.

Kuechle, a longtime leader in local nonprofit organizations, is about to spend more time at a salmon hatchery. The expert in fundraising and nonprofit management is the next executive director of Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, the nonprofit group responsible for education and tours at the downtown hatchery.

Mayor Ava Frisinger, FISH board president, said members selected Kuechle from more than 30 applicants.

“The board went through a very long and rigorous process of selecting people,” Frisinger said after announcing the appointment Thursday.

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Off the Press

April 5, 2011

Recycling in Issaquah is a not-so-dirty job

My grandma spoils my sweet tooth. For holidays, birthdays or just for a lark, she’ll whip up a chocolate cherry cake or a marble pound cake, box it and mail it across the whole county, straight to me.

Laura Geggel Press reporter

Her famous kiffles — thin dough wrapped around a bounty of nuts and jelly — always disappear quickly, but the packaging peanuts stick around, and not just static-electricity wise.

For years, I am ashamed to admit, I would throw them away. In my defense, I didn’t know what to do with them. I would reuse them if I could, but it wasn’t often I needed packaging peanuts to send presents.

Now. as an avid recycler, I know just what to do with packaging peanuts. The UPS Store on Northwest Gilman Boulevard will take and reuse them. The store also recycles bubble wrap, another helpful packaging tool that often gets tossed into the trash once its work is done.

Now that I have a venue to recycle packaging material, I started thinking of places I could recycle other things, like plastic bags, cellphones or alkaline batteries.

It turns out that Issaquah is a haven for recycling just about everything.

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Registration opens for AtWork! breakfast fundraiser

March 8, 2011

Help AtWork! raise money for programs as the nonprofit organization hosts a fundraising breakfast April 13. The event runs from 7-9 a.m. at The Westin Bellevue.

The fundraiser is open to individuals, groups and corporate sponsorships. Register online at www.atworkwa.org/breakfast2011/index.html.

AtWork! is dedicated to helping disabled people learn skills, find and retain jobs. The organization designs customized employment solutions to enhance workplace productivity, and the lives of clients. AtWork! also offers clients a range of training and employment opportunities in landscaping, recycling and document-management services.

The organization operates a recycling and training facility along Seventh Avenue Northwest in Issaquah.

Registration opens for AtWork! breakfast fundraiser

January 25, 2011

Help AtWork! raise money for programs as the nonprofit organization hosts a fundraising breakfast April 13. The event runs from 7-9 a.m. at The Westin Bellevue.

Registration is open for the event. The fundraiser is open to individuals, groups and corporate sponsorships. Register online at www.atworkwa.org/breakfast2011/index.html.

AtWork! is dedicated to helping disabled people learn skills, find and retain jobs. The organization designs customized employment solutions to enhance workplace productivity, and the lives of clients. AtWork! also offers clients a range of training and employment opportunities in landscaping, recycling and document-management services.

The organization operates a recycling and training facility along Seventh Avenue Northwest in Issaquah.

Who’s News

January 25, 2011

Issaquah resident wins on Wheel of Fortune

Matt Molen

Matt Molen, of Issaquah, won $4,000 during his appearance on “Wheel of Fortune” Jan. 10.

Molen, a marketing professional for a board game company, tried out for the show at Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma.

Issaquah Curves wins decorating contest

Curves of Issaquah won first place in the DownTown Issaquah Association’s sixth annual Deck the Halls DownTown decorating contest. Flying Pie Pizzeria won second place and Buddha Belly placed third.

Issaquah gets Aktion Club

Aktion Club

The charter installation of the Issaquah Aktion Club, formed by Chris Brandt, of Issaquah’s AtWork! facility was Dec. 15. It was the first such club in the Northwest. Frank Morehouse, Kiwanis Pacific Northwest governor, emceed the event and Sylvester Neal, the president of Kiwanis International, attended to congratulate the club and its efforts.

EFR honors Issaquah Swedish

Eastside Fire & Rescue recently presented its Friends of EFR award to Swedish Hospital in Issaquah for the good work provided by way of inoculating the EFR work force.

The Friends of EFR award recognizes extraordinary service by community members and organizations that have been instrumental in helping EFR accomplish the agency mission.

AtWork! hires leadership staffer

January 18, 2011

AtWork! has hired a senior leadership staff member: Karen Walters.

The nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping disabled people learn skills, find and retain jobs.

Walters comes to the organization after serving as CEO of the Washington State Business Leadership Network, a network of businesses, employers and community partners set up to support and educate other businesses to recruit, hire, retain, promote and increase customer service for disabled people.

AtWork! designs customized employment solutions to enhance workplace productivity, and the lives of clients. AtWork! also offers clients a range of training and employment opportunities in landscaping, recycling and document-management services handled by the organization.

Residents dump old electronics for E-Cycle Washington

January 12, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. Jan. 12, 2011

Evergreen State residents recycled 39.5 million pounds of outdated TVs, computers and monitors last year through the E-Cycle Washington program.

The total recycled material beat the amount recycled in 2009 — 38.5 million pounds. Discarded televisions comprised 61 percent of the total.

The state passed legislation in 2006 to require manufacturers and the Department of Ecology to establish and run a statewide system to collect and recycle electronics. Manufacturers fund the program.

Before the program launched, many old electronics ended up in landfills. The result is a potential mountain of wasted resources — and toxic runoff.

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Sammamish grants dollars to Issaquah nonprofits

November 2, 2010

Sammamish City Council members cited the impact of the economic downturn and increased the amount the city grants to local nonprofits Oct. 26.

The money allotted by the council — $192,000 — includes grants to some Issaquah-based organizations. The allocation is a sharp increase from 2010. The city doled out $147,000 for 2010.

“I’d like to see some increase in funding for one time only because of these especially hard times,” Deputy Mayor Nancy Whitten said. “A lot of people who would normally give have given less because they can’t afford it or not given at all.”

The recipients include Athletes For Kids, AtWork!, Eastside Baby Corner, the Eastside Domestic Violence Program, Faith In Action, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Issaquah Church and Community Services, the Issaquah Schools Foundation, Life Enrichment Options and the Providence Marianwood Foundation.

Apply to serve on AtWork! board

October 26, 2010

AtWork! — a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping disabled people learn skills, find and retain jobs — is seeking board members and other volunteers.

The organization designs customized employment solutions to enhance workplace productivity, and the lives of AtWork! clients. AtWork! also offers clients a range of training and employment opportunities in landscaping, recycling and document-management services handled by the nonprofit.

The organization has plans to implement a bold plan during the next three years to develop addition lines of business, expand the client base and increase revenues.

For board members and volunteers, AtWork! needs candidates experienced in marketing, information technology, fundraising, finance and architecture.

E-mail Sarah Popelka at sarahp@atworkwa.org to learn more about the open positions.

Issaquah mayor lauds AtWork!

October 19, 2010

Mayor Ava Frisinger has declared October as Jobs Powered by AtWork! Month in Issaquah.

The proclamation, issued Oct. 4 at a City Council meeting, commended AtWork! for supporting people with developmental disabilities in their quest to seek and maintain employment. Frisinger also commended 14 local businesses for hiring AtWork! clients.

In addition, the proclamation commended the nonprofit organization for supporting 24 Issaquah residents and AtWork! clients. The proclamation lauded the organization for empowering clients to lead productive and meaningful lives, provide support for their families and develop the skills necessary for long-term employment.

AtWork! Chief Development Officer Jane Kuechle accepted the proclamation from the mayor.

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