Issaquah Schools Foundation drive ends, but donations can continue

November 22, 2011

The latest Issaquah Schools Foundation campaign has wound down, ending with the last day of a phoneathon on Nov. 19.

However, those still wishing to support the foundation and the Issaquah School District continue to have several ways to do so.

Lynn Juniel, ISF development manager, said the foundation can and does accept donations after the end of the formal campaign.

There are a couple of different ways for shoppers to help support the foundation. If you are going to shop at for holiday gifts, make a stop first at the foundation website, said ISF Executive Director Robin Callahan.

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Change smoke detector batteries for daylight saving time

November 1, 2011

Local firefighters encourage residents to change smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries before 2 a.m. Nov. 6, as daylight saving time ends.

Eastside Fire & Rescue is part of the national Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery campaign. The effort encourages people to change smoke detector batteries at the end of daylight saving time.

EFR firefighters plan to remind people to check the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors from 4-5:30 p.m. Nov. 5.

Meet firefighters and receive complimentary 9-volt batteries at Bartell Drugs, 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.; QFC, 4570 Klahanie Drive S.E., and The Home Depot, 6200 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.

Bartell Drugs holds food drive to benefit needy children

June 9, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. June 9, 2011

“Bartell Drugs’ Stock the Pantry” food drive continues through Sunday to help out-of-school children and families in need.

The food drive is occurring at all Bartell stores in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Residents can donate nonperishable food items at the Issaquah location, 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.

In association with Northwest Harvest, the drive by Bartell Drugs focuses on replenishing local food bank, meal program and school food stocks during summer months — when families depending on free or reduced-price school meals may struggle to provide healthy meals at home.

Some child-friendly donation suggestions include canned tuna, instant oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, cheese crackers, applesauce and canned fruit in individual serving sizes.

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City Council to consider selling highlands land

May 10, 2011

The city could sell a small parcel in the Issaquah Highlands, and residents can offer input on the proposal May 16.

The property under consideration is 16,000 square feet, or about the size of a typical Bartell Drugs, near the planned 15th Avenue Northeast extension and south of Park Drive Northeast.

If sold, the forested land could be used for residences. Bellevue-based developer Polygon Northwest is building a community near the site.

The sale could generate about $200,000 for the general fund — the account used to fund police and fire services, community development and planning, parks and recreation, and municipal government.

Or, the city could earmark the dollars for a specific project.

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King County collects old holiday lights at Green Holidays events

November 26, 2010

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Nov. 26, 2010

King County launched the Green Holidays campaign Friday to educate consumers about how to cut waste, save energy and support the local economy during the holiday season.

The kickoff includes a chance for residents to drop off old holiday lights for recycling. In exchange, each recycler receives a coupon for energy-efficient lights from Bartell Drugs or McLendon Hardware.

Find the Green Holidays booth at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle until 5 p.m. Friday.

Residents can also drop off holiday lights at the Group Health Ice Arena in Bellevue from 2-8 p.m. Dec. 4 and noon – 6 p.m. Dec. 5.

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Stores offer free smoke detector batteries Saturday

November 4, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. Nov. 4, 2010

Eastside Fire & Rescue and retailers in Issaquah and elsewhere offer free batteries Saturday as part of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery campaign.

The effort is part of a national campaign to urge people to adopt a lifesaving habit: change smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries at the same time to change clocks from daylight-saving time each fall. Remember to change clocks before bedtime Saturday.

People can receive free nine-volt batteries at participating stores from 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday until the free batteries run out.

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Flu shot protects against three strains

October 12, 2010

This year’s flu shot protects against three types of influenza: the H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and H1N1, also known as swine flu.

Flu shots combining vaccinations are not uncommon, said Virginia Mason Issaquah primary care doctor Ted Naiman, citing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Marjorie Eikenberry (left), of Timber Ridge, prepares to receive her flu shot at Virginia Mason’s Issaquah clinic from Maxim Healthcare’s Delnaz Pithawalla, a registered nurse, as Eikenberry’s husband of 63 years, Ralph (background), receives his. By Greg Farrar

“Every year, it’s got multiple different ingredients,” he said. “Basically, what the CDC does is they look at the strains of influenzas the year before that made people the sickest and killed the most people, and they use those to make the next year’s vaccine.”

Influenza, a respiratory illness, can cause a multitude of symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, fatigue or vomiting.

Most people recover in two weeks, but sometimes the disease has complications leading to pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus and ear infections.

Every year, between 5 percent and 20 percent of people get the flu, according to the CDC.

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Backpacks, school supply donations needed

August 10, 2010

Help Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank clients get prepared to go back to school.

The food bank needs backpacks and school supplies for families unable to afford them. School begins in the Issaquah School District on Aug. 31.

A backpack filled with required supplies costs nearly $50 per student. The cost is even more for high school students who also need geometry sets and calculators.

Donations may be dropped off at the food bank, 179 First Ave. S.E., or at blue collection barrels at the Issaquah locations of Safeway, 735 N.W. Gilman Blvd.; Staples, 628 Front St. N.; Rite Aid, 1065 N.W. Gilman Blvd.; Walgreen’s, 6300 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.; Bartell Drugs, 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.; Issaquah-Newport Way Storage, 795 N.W. Juniper St.; or The Issaquah Press, 45 Front St. S. Read more

Press Editorial

August 10, 2010

School supplies needed for district’s students

The excitement of heading back to school — meeting a new teacher, seeing who will be in your class, wearing new school clothes — is only three weeks away. But for far too many children in the Issaquah School District, there won’t be new clothes. An even bigger worry is that these students won’t have the school supplies they need.

Most adults don’t remember the need to bring a long list of supplies to school. An old cigar box was helpful to store pencils in, but the school handed out the pencils and crayons on the first day of school. If there was an assignment not in a workbook, the teacher’s helper got to pass out paper. Construction paper folded in half made a cover for corrected homework, tests and student art.

That was then, when school funding meant books for every student, and all the rulers, pens and markers a student would need.

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Medicine disposal is important for family safety

July 20, 2010

Improper disposal of prescription medication can lead to poisoning, drug abuse and harm to the environment. To remedy this, the Issaquah Police Department is working with the community to establish a prescription drug disposal program that is easy to use and effective.

“A leading cause of prescription drug abuse is the ease of obtaining unused prescriptions from family members and friends,” Issaquah Police Department Chief Paul Ayers said. “Properly disposing of these drugs eliminates the opportunity to take and misuse the prescription drugs. “

As years go by, illnesses come and go and it is easy to let medicine cabinets fill to the brim with leftover or expired prescription drugs. This habit is not in families’ best interest, however, as a child or adult who’s ill can easily misuse abandoned drugs in the cabinet.

Poisoning is the first leading cause of unintentional injury-related death in Washington state, according to 2006 data from the state Department of Health. These are not only adult poisonings. Children under 6 took up more than half, 36,770, of exposure calls to the Washington Poison Center in 2003. Read more

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