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

Free health screenings at Bartell Drugs on April 30

April 27, 2010

Bartell Drugs is providing free and discounted health screening clinics at 10 of its stores, including Issaquah, April 28 – May 9.

The Issaquah store, 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., will host a walk-in clinic from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. April 30. Customers will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

The screenings will include glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure testing as a preventative measure against diabetes and heart disease, according to a press release.

The screenings provide customers with immediate on-site results for blood glucose levels, total good and bad cholesterol levels, and blood pressure.

The clinics will also have free educational materials for customers.

Other discounted screenings and services are: $15 diabetes screenings, $5 osteoporosis screenings and $5 total cholesterol testing. A lipid panel is also available for $15, however, customers will need to fast for eight to 12 hours for accurate results.

Learn more here.

Businesses benefit from break in city impact fees

March 30, 2010

A city program to make Issaquah more appealing to businesses has aided the developers of Overlake Center, a Northwest Maple Street medical building, offices along East Sunset Way and more than a dozen construction and remodeling projects citywide. Read more

Press Editorial

June 30, 2009

Have we seen the end of the big wave of business closures in Issaquah? We can only hope so. Read more

Tainted soil at retail site raises concerns

March 23, 2009

City and state Department of Ecology inspectors intervened in early March after workers unearthed old tires and a leaky metal drum at a retail center construction site. Workers also took steps to prevent groundwater contamination.

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