Off The Press — Santa needs help making wishes come true

December 23, 2014

Santa Claus and I see an Eastside seldom noticed by most — the economically challenged families holding their children on our laps and listening to their Christmas wishes.

Sherry Grindeland SnoValley Star editor

Sherry Grindeland
SnoValley Star editor

I am Mrs. Claus at Bellevue’s Crossroads Community Center annual holiday party.

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To the Editor

December 23, 2014

Christmas

The true spirit of the holiday is love

I’m a Hallmark Christmas movie fanatic. There’s nothing better after a long work week than coming home, curling up with a cup of hot chocolate and watching a movie about love and sacrifice. Last weekend, I felt as if I was in one of those movies.

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Try wishing each other happy holidays

December 23, 2014

The United States is often considered to be the melting pot of the world in terms of racial and cultural diversity, and along with this variance there comes an assortment of religious traditions during the winter season.

Zoe Buchli Issaquah High School

Zoe Buchli
Issaquah High School

In modern America, we try to be conscious of how everyone celebrates the holiday season. However, there is an undeniable tendency for people to assume a majority of the population celebrates Christmas as opposed to other holidays during winter, such as Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Yule. Should Americans be expected to be more inclusive of these holidays, too, or is it perfectly acceptable to use the phrase “Merry Christmas” to anyone during the winter season?

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Home Country — Give to others this holiday season

December 23, 2014

Windy had sent off for a doo-dad for his small kitchen, and that’s why he checked the mailbox.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

If you’re Alphonse “Windy” Wilson, and you’re long-in-the-tooth and single, you find yourself not checking the mailbox very often unless there’s a reason. It saves the disappointment of finding it empty, you see.

But there was something in there today.

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Come caroling at train depot tonight

December 18, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 18, 2014

Embrace your jingle with an evening of Christmas caroling from 6-7 p.m. tonight.

Meet at the Issaquah Train Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E.

Fred Hopkins, Issaquah Arts Commissioner and local musician, will lead the chorus with some help from a Sammamish Symphony quartet.

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Reindeer Festival at Cougar Mountain Zoo

December 16, 2014

Off The Press — Editorial space and the spirit of the season

December 16, 2014

So let’s see….

Tom Corrigan Press reporter

Tom Corrigan
Press reporter

Due to circumstances beyond my control — and really anybody else’s, for that matter — I was out of the news business for about three years, having been laid off from two papers in less than a year.

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Home Country — Getting the right gift for someone is important

December 16, 2014

When it comes to romance, it’s hard to beat ol’ Dud. He and Anita have been married now for several years, but we’ve never really understood why she puts up with him.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

“Dud Campbell,” Anita said the other night, “what are you getting me for Christmas?”

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Amateur singers invited to Christmas caroling event

December 12, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 12, 2014

Embrace your jingle with an evening of Christmas caroling from 6-7 p.m. Dec. 18.

Meet at the Issaquah Train Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E.

Fred Hopkins, Issaquah Arts Commissioner and local musician, will lead the chorus with some help from a Sammamish Symphony quartet. Come and help sing all of the classics, like “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bell” and “White Christmas.”

All ages are welcome to this family friendly event. Bring a ukulele or tambourine or just yourself and be prepared to sing.

Santa returns to Reindeer Festival

December 9, 2014

This time of year, not surprisingly, Santa tends to get around. Children and parents alike can see him in malls and events all over.

File Visitors enjoy watching Santa’s reindeer at their home-away-from-North-Pole home during a previous Reindeer Festival at Cougar Mountain Zoo.

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Visitors enjoy watching Santa’s reindeer at their home-away-from-North-Pole home during a previous Reindeer Festival at Cougar Mountain Zoo.

Issaquah’s Cougar Mountain Zoo invites visitors to not only meet Santa, but also to visit with his reindeer and other special animal helpers at the park’s 26th annual Issaquah Reindeer Festival through Dec. 23 at the zoo.

“Each year, the bar gets set a little higher,” said Cari McKinstry, promotions and public relations director for the zoo.

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