County officials wager Starbucks, Coke on playoff game

January 12, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 12, 2013

Leaders in the home communities for the Seattle Seahawks and the Atlanta Falcons made a friendly wager before the teams clash on the gridiron.

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Fulton County, Ga., Chairman John Eaves each put iconic beverages on the outcome. Constantine put up coffee from local roasters, including Seattle-based Starbucks and several smaller companies. Eaves wagered a gift basket from Atlanta-based Coca-Cola.

“The whole region is excited for the game on Sunday, and I want to thank Chairman Eaves for joining me in this friendly wager to highlight our local companies, and our winning teams,” Constantine said in a statement. “Go Hawks!”

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Coca-Cola offers $175,000 to refresh parks

August 23, 2011

Lake Sammamish or Squak Mountain state parks could receive up to $100,000 for upgrades — if either comes out on top in a nationwide contest from Coca-Cola.

The soda giant is offering $175,000 in grants to parks across the United States. In order to receive a prize, parks must receive the most votes from online fans. Supporters can cast unlimited votes until the voting period ends Sept. 6.

Participants can also earn extra points for chosen parks by using Facebook tools and uploading photos as part of the contest.

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Coca-Cola ‘America’s Favorite Park’ contest

Cast votes for “America’s Favorite Park” — and earn extra points for chosen parks — at the Coca-Cola Live Positively website, www.livepositively.com/#/ americasparks/vote.

In addition to the $100,000 prize, the top recipient claims the title “America’s Favorite Park” for the coming months. Coca-Cola is also offering a $50,000 grant to the park in the No. 2 spot and $25,000 to the No. 3 park.

The grants can be used to restore, rebuild or enhance recreation areas in parks to encourage people to play and be active. The effort is part of Coca-Cola’s Live Positively community initiative.

Both state parks in the Issaquah area cut services in recent years amid state budget shortfalls. Officials considered shutting down Squak Mountain State Park through 2013 as a cost-cutting measure, but decided in the end to keep the park open to the public.

In the contest so far, Lake Sammamish and Squak Mountain received a handful of votes and lag far behind the top contenders.

Coca-Cola launched the contest last year. The soda giant joined the National Park Foundation, America’s State Parks, and the National Recreation and Park Association for the ongoing campaign.

People across the United States cast more than 5.7 million votes during the 2010 campaign. Bear Head Lake State Park in Ely, Minn., received the initial $100,000 prize after garnering more than 1.6 million votes in the contest.

Coca-Cola offers $100,000 to refresh a state park

August 22, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 22, 2011

Lake Sammamish or Squak Mountain state parks could receive up to $100,000 for upgrades — if either comes out on top in a nationwide contest from Coca-Cola.

The soda giant is offering $175,000 in grants to parks across the United States. In order to receive a prize, parks must receive the most votes from online fans. Supporters can cast unlimited votes until the voting period ends Sept. 6.

Participants can also earn extra points for chosen parks by using Facebook tools and uploading photos as part of the contest.

In addition to the $100,000 prize, the top recipient claims the title “America’s Favorite Park” for the coming months. Coca-Cola is also offering $50,000 to the park in the No. 2 spot and $25,000 to the No. 3 park.

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Coca-Cola serves 106 flavors from sleek Taco Time fountain

May 3, 2011

Behold, the soda fountain of the future.

The sleek Coca-Cola Freestyle offers customers at the local Taco Time many, many options beyond regular or diet.

The touch-screen device debuted recently at the Issaquah restaurant, as the Atlanta-based soft drink Goliath rolls out the Coca-Cola Freestyle in the Seattle area.

(Taco Time outposts in Seattle received the machines early last month.)

Choices include sodas, sports drinks, lemonades and waters aplenty — 106 options in all.

Customers can mix classics, such as Vanilla Coke, or more daring options. Peach Sprite, anyone? Or, maybe Orange Diet Coke?

Coca-Cola spent more than four years to develop the self-serve soda fountains. The device is available in more than 300 restaurants from coast to coast.

“We have created a concept that is quickly becoming recognized as the soda fountain of the future – the way people will experience Coca-Cola beverages years from now,” Gene Farrell, Coca-Cola Freestyle vice president and general manager, said in a release.

Coke serves 106 flavors from sleek fountain at Issaquah restaurant

April 5, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. April 5, 2011

Behold, the soda fountain of the future.

The sleek Coca-Cola Freestyle offers customers at the local Taco Time many, many options beyond regular or diet.

The touch-screen device debuted recently at the Issaquah restaurant, 1125 N.W. Gilman Blvd., as the Atlanta-based soft drink Goliath rolls out the Coca-Cola Freestyle in the Seattle area.

(Taco Time outposts in Seattle received the machines early last month.)

Choices include sodas, sports drinks, lemonades and waters aplenty — 106 options in all.

Customers can mix classics, such as Vanilla Coke, or more daring options. Peach Sprite, anyone? Or, maybe Orange Diet Coke?

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Vote for favorite state park in Coke contest

August 24, 2010

Help a Washington state park nab $100,000 for upgrades from Coca-Cola.

The soda giant launched the contest as part of a campaign to encourage families to enjoy state and national parks throughout the United States.

Participants can vote as many times as they like for their favorite park by Aug. 31. Vote here.

The most popular park stands to receive the $100,000 prize. America’s State Parks and the National Park Foundation shared contest information with state parks systems across the country.

Coke has supported national parks for 40 years through donations and trail building.

In the Evergreen State, the 97-year-old state parks system includes more than 100 parks and recreation programs, including Lake Sammamish State Park.

Coke offers cash to refresh a state park

August 21, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 21, 2010

Help a Washington state park earn nab $100,000 for upgrades from Coca-Cola.

The soda giant launched the contest as part of a campaign to encourage families to enjoy state and national parks throughout the United States.

Participants can vote as many times as they like for their favorite park by Aug. 31.

The most popular park stands to receive the $100,000 prize. America’s State Parks and the National Park Foundation shared contest information with state parks systems around the country.

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Students solve the world’s problems, one science fair project at a time

March 30, 2010

Maren Larsen, a first-grader, asks Ben Hanson, an Issaquah High School Robotics Team member, questions about this year’s robot at the Sunset Elementary School science fair. — By Chantelle Lusebrink

Electrifying currents, tornados in two-liter bottles and homemade glue — these and other projects dazzled parents and teachers alike as the Sunset Elementary School science fair unleashed itself with the fury of several baking soda volcanoes March 18 and 19.

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Ricenroll: Not your typical fast sushi joint

December 4, 2008

Some people find sushi disgusting. To be perfectly honest, I used to find sushi disgusting, too. But one day my dad talked me into giving it a try, and everything changed.

Now, sushi is one of my favorite foods. Every time I’m near a Sushi Land restaurant, I almost have a heart attack from excitement. But Ricenroll is enough to give my beloved Sushi Land a run for its money. Read more

Amante’s exquisite cuisine elicits salivation

September 19, 2008

I grew up in Issaquah, graduated from Skyline High School and now spend about four months a year in town. I thought I knew every restaurant Issaquah had to offer, but I had never heard of Amante until about a week ago.

Issaquah’s Amante restaurant is one of the chain’s 10 locations in the Puget Sound area.

It is located in a cute European-style building on Locust Street (near Safeway), and is fairly well hidden from the heavy traffic cruising down Gilman Boulevard daily. Our server estimated the Issaquah location to be about five years old. (He did admit he was new, however.)

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