Off The Press — A list of thankful things cures a crazy world

December 9, 2014

Since this week’s column is in that sweet spot halfway between Thanksgiving and Christmas, here is something your friendly photographer has never written before — a quick list of the things in life that I am thankful for.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

Sure, it could be a list of problems and gripes, but maybe in this cattywampus world we need to exercise our thankful muscles a bit!

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Home Country — Now is the season for hope and dreams

December 3, 2014

There is a nighttime sweetness and hope that hovers over us this time of year here at home. This is a time for summing up and looking ahead … and a time for dreams.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

And at night… ah, that’s the time, isn’t it? Outside it’s dark, December dark, and we’re inside and warm and cocooned up. The cold makes our world shrink, especially at night.

But we have our dreams.

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Santa Visits Issaquah as Christmas Season Begins

December 2, 2014

Santa is coming to Grand Ridge Plaza in the Issaquah Highlands on Black Friday

November 27, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 27, 2014

Santa makes his grand arrival at Grand Ridge Plaza at 4:30 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 28, at the plaza next to Regal Cinemas in a free event open to the public.

The Grand Ridge Elementary School Chorus will greet Santa with music and holiday songs.

Santa will light the Grand Ridge Plaza holiday tree and ring in the season with complimentary treats, including hot cider and cocoa from Caffe Ladro and fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies from Subway.

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Salvation Army, Bartell team to present Toy ‘N Joy

November 25, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 25, 2014

Bartell Drugs is partnering with the Salvation Army to provide holiday gifts for children in need by collecting new, unwrapped toys during its annual Salvation Army Toy ‘N Joy drive, through Dec. 13.

The toy donations will be accepted at Bartell Drugs locations in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. The Issaquah location is at 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.

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How to mix your dog and Christmas tree — safely

December 17, 2013

NEW — 1:50 p.m. Dec. 17, 2013

Tis the season to enjoy a fresh, fragrant Christmas tree in your home.

Many dogs are naturally attracted to this new, intriguing arrival, but Christmas trees are not always pet friendly. By taking a few essential precautions, you can be sure that both you and your dog will enjoy Christmas at home around your beautiful tree … and not instead at the vet’s office.

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Police bust 795 motorists for DUI during holiday crackdown

January 8, 2013

Police in Issaquah and King County busted 795 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during a holiday season crackdown.

The national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI enforcement campaign included law enforcement agencies at the local, state and national level. The effort started Nov. 21 and lasted through New Year’s Day.

Statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 3,446 drivers for DUI. In King County during the same period in 2011-12, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 960 people for DUI.

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Police bust 795 motorists for DUI during holiday season crackdown

January 4, 2013

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Jan. 4, 2013

Police in Issaquah and King County busted 795 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during a holiday season crackdown.

The national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI enforcement campaign included law enforcement agencies at the local, state and national level. The effort started Nov. 21 and lasted through New Year’s Day.

Statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 3,446 drivers for DUI. In King County during the same period in 2011-12, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 960 people for DUI.

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Jones Soda Co. bottles Issaquah High School purple, gold beverages

January 1, 2013

The Jones Soda bottles in Issaquah High School flavors of grape and pineapple cream feature pictures of Issaquah students at a school assembly and cheering for their football team. By Greg Farrar

Stores will soon introduce an innovative tandem of new Jones Sodas, featuring pictures and ideals furnished by nearby Issaquah High School and Eagles event coordinator Tim Baynes.

Baynes has been working in unison with Eric Chastain, vice president of operations with Jones Soda Co.’s Seattle headquarters. The tiny inscription on the back of the Grape Soda bottle reads:

“Issaquah High School is located at the foot of the beautiful Cascade Mountain range in the heart of Issaquah. We pride ourselves in our ability to serve and support one another and the world around us. Whether that is building wells in Ethiopia and Nepal or joining the fight against cancer, we impact our world when we work together.

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Organizations donate $17,000 to students

January 1, 2013

Students at Pine Lake Middle and Cougar Ridge Elementary schools got an early Christmas present Dec. 12, when the Issaquah School Board approved more than $17,000 in donations from the schools’ PTSA groups.

The Pine Lake PTSA gave $12,000 to support various teacher grants at the middle school.

The $5,350 from the Cougar Ridge PTSA will help make it easier for families to pay camp fees for students attending Camp Warm Beach, an environmental camp that fifth-graders attend every fall.

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