City celebrates Arbor Day at Ruth Kees Grove planting

April 20, 2011

Volunteers gather along Issaquah Creek on April 16 to observe Arbor Day. By Margaret Macleod

NEW — 4 p.m. April 20, 2011

Issaquah leaders gathered on a less-than-springlike day April 16 to observe Arbor Day and plant a grove to honor Ruth Kees and the community’s other top environmentalists.

Like the top environmental honor in the city, the grove is named for the late Kees. The bespectacled environmentalist fought for decades to protect Issaquah Creek, Tiger Mountain and the Lower Issaquah Valley Aquifer from development-related threats.

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Honor veterans in Memorial Day section

April 12, 2011

Dave Waggoner said he is worried that people are forgetting about U.S. veterans.

He recalled a phrase — selective disengagement — that journalist Bob Woodward had used.

“He said people across the United States selectively disengage from war, whether it be Afghanistan or Iraq or Korea or Vietnam or World War II,” said Waggoner, quartermaster with the Issaquah Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

When society selectively disengages from wars, it loses focus on the people who fight them and their experiences.

“The cost of war is people, and the people of Issaquah paid that price for their service,” Waggoner said.

The Issaquah Press is working to reverse that trend. For the second consecutive year, in its Memorial Day issue, The Press will publish profiles of Issaquah men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces.

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Who’s News

April 5, 2011

Sammamish woman honored

Joan Robinson-Berry, of Sammamish, recently received the National Society of Black Engineers’ Golden Torch Award for Outstanding Woman in Technology.

Robinson-Berry is the small business liaison officer for The Boeing Co. and director of Small/Diverse Business & Strategic Alliance for Boeing Defense, Space & Security.

The Golden Torch Award is presented to individuals who demonstrate the highest commitment to the ideals set forth in the NSBE mission — to develop culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically and succeed professionally while contributing to their communities.

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Top volunteers honored at Golden Acorn Awards

April 5, 2011

For every strong school, there are strong volunteers who organize cultural fairs, chaperone field trips, coordinate family fun nights, photocopy assignments and hold bank days for student deposits.

The Issaquah PTSA Council awarded 73 volunteers from 23 schools with Golden Acorn Awards at the 2011 Recognizing Our All-Stars reception March 29.

Boy Scout Troop Pack 636 started the function with a flag salute, and Issaquah PTSA Council President Janine Kotan welcomed the crowd.

The ceremony had a sports theme, with presenters dressed in their favorite sports garb and giving speeches about how volunteers had wowed their fans and hit home runs for their schools.

Jennifer Good, a parent volunteer at Challenger Elementary School, said she began volunteering to meet people and promote education. She organized an ice cream social at the beginning of the year, while Ruth Steck, another parent volunteer, regularly snaps photos of students for the Challenger yearbook.

Both women said they appreciated the Golden Acorn Awards, though, “You don’t do it to be recognized,” Good said.

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Boy Scouts collect food donations

March 22, 2011

Issaquah residents can donate food to the hungry during the Scouting for Food drive.

Boys Scouts plan to collect nonperishable foods and personal care items from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 26 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive.

The most-needed items include baby formula, breakfast cereal, canned goods oatmeal, peanut butter, pasta and rice, shampoo and soap, and feminine products.

Scouts across the state plan to participate in the daylong food drive.

Local Scouts conducted a food drive in Issaquah and other Eastside communities last March.

Issaquah students serve as legislative pages

March 8, 2011

Iman Baghai, an Issaquah High School 10th-grader, and Issaquah Middle School eighth-grader Justine Connelly recently served as a legislative pages in January, seen here on the floor of the state House of Representatives with Rep. Marcie Maxwell, D-Renton.

Students ages 14-17 are eligible to serve as a legislative page in the state House or Senate, where for one week, they deliver messages for lawmakers and learn first hand about the democratic process

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Gold Star

March 1, 2011

Eagle Scout helps the Puget Sound

Jake Pankanin and Josh Pankanin

For his Eagle Scout project, Jake Pankanin led Boy Scout Troop 709 through Issaquah’s South Cove neighborhood, gluing environmental awareness markers to sewers. Each button read, “Dump No Waste, Drains to Stream. Puget Sound Starts Here.”

The troop glued more than 380 buttons Dec. 5. Pankanin chose the project after calling the city, which provided the Scouts with reflective vests, glue, buttons, maps, traffic cones and steel brushes for scrubbing the cement before gluing the buttons.

“I chose to do this project because Lake Sammamish is clearly a part of our watershed and local environment that we need to take care of,” Pankanin said. “We can’t have people dumping pollutants down the drains.”

Pankanin (left) and his twin brother, Josh Pankanin, apply glue to a button.

Options abound for disposing of Christmas trees

January 4, 2011

Issaquah residents eager to toss out a dried-out fir face a handful of options to dispose of natural Christmas trees.

Customers tired of evergreens dropping brown needles can set out trees for yard waste collection on regular collection days. The trees must be cut to 4 feet or less. Haulers do not collect trees decked in flocking or decorations.

For residents interested in recycling, or tree-cycling, the King County Solid Waste Division offers a list of recycling locations. Or, residents can drop off trees at Cedar Grove Composting near Issaquah and other recycling sites. Read more

Options abound for disposing of old Christmas trees

December 28, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 28, 2010

Issaquah residents eager to toss out a dried-out fir face a handful of options to dispose of natural Christmas trees.

Customers tired of evergreens dropping brown needles can set out trees for yard waste collection on regular collection days. The trees must be cut to 4 feet or less. Haulers do not collect trees decked in flocking or decorations.

For residents interested in recycling, or tree-cycling, the King County Solid Waste Division offers a list of recycling locations. Or, residents can drop off trees at Cedar Grove Composting near Issaquah and other recycling sites.

Residents can also wait until Jan. 8 to dispose of old trees.

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Our Savior Lutheran Church turns 50

November 2, 2010

At the beginning of most services during the past 50 years, organist Vern Lindquist has played a quiet prelude, helping people transition from their busy lives into the serenity of worship at Issaquah’s Our Savior Lutheran Church.

Youngsters and their camp leaders at Our Savior Lutheran Church form a line to return inside after recess and refreshments during vacation Bible school in the 1990s. Contributed

Lindquist played the piano for the first service, Oct. 1, 1960, at the Village Theatre KIDSTAGE, just as he will play the organ at the church’s three-day, 50th-anniversary celebration this weekend, when the church celebrates its past, current and future members.

The first Lutheran church in Issaquah, Our Savior Lutheran moved from the theater a year later, after its members dedicated the first phase of their new church building. The founding pastor, Ernest Collard, circled the rural city and built a congregation of 82 members at a time when the city was less than 4,000 people.

From there, the church grew, and today it has more than 300 families in its congregation.

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