PC Fix hosts recycling, food donation event

June 2, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 2, 2014

Box up your old computers and buy a few extra grocery items.

The PC Fix, in conjunction with One Green Planet, is hosting a recycling event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13 at its Issaquah location, 1320 N.W. Mall St.

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Churches’ pie auction to benefit Compassion House

October 30, 2012

It may be hard to imagine paying more than $400 for a pie, but at the Compassion House Benefit Pie Auction, it’s not so far-fetched.

At last year’s event, some pies sold for more than $450, with all of the money going toward Compassion House, a local nonprofit organization that provides transitional housing to families in need.

“You know when you have an auctioneer that is capable of selling some pies upwards of $450, that people have an open heart for giving,” said Rick McCarty, the executive director of Compassion House.

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Compassion House seeks votes in grant contest

September 18, 2012

Issaquah-based Compassion House, a nonprofit provider of transitional housing for homeless families, could receive a boost in a national contest.

Through the Chase Community Giving program, the banking giant is offering $5 million to charities. Chase Community Giving allows fans to help choose charities to receive grants from Chase.

Participants can cast votes for Compassion House at the Chase Community Giving program Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ChaseCommunityGiving, or through the Chase website, www.chase.com/ChaseGiving.

Each Facebook voter is allowed one vote. Participants voting through the Chase website can cast two votes. The voting period is open until Sept. 19.

Who’s News

November 15, 2011

Pie auction raises almost $15,000 for Compassion House

The Compassion House Pie auction netted just under $15,000 for Compassion House.

Some pies went for hefty amounts, averaging just under $275 per pie.

Compassion House is transitional housing for families in need. Learn more at www.compassion-house.org.

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Kiwanis funds community aid through Salmon Days dinners

September 27, 2011

Key and Builders club members were among those helping out at last year’s Kiwanis Salmon Days booth. Contributed

Thanks to the great weather during last year’s celebration, the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah sold 2,500 pounds of salmon in the course of the city’s annual Salmon Days Festival event.

The community service club even ran out at about 3 p.m. the second day of the festival, according to incoming Kiwanis President Glenn Hall, who is running the group’s booth at this year’s Salmon Days.

Hall said all that fish translates to volunteers having served up about 2,200 dinners at the 2010 Kiwanis booth. Complete with coleslaw and a drink, over the years, the dinners have helped the Kiwanis raise an average of about $17,000 annually.

Hall said he believes the local Kiwanis have offered dinners every year since the inception of Salmon Days. Kiwanis organizers hope the weather this year again will be of the sunny, dry variety and they have upped their usual Salmon Day fish order to 2,500 pounds.

In past years, the Kiwanis ordered 2,000 pounds of fish and then bought more on Saturday depending on sales. The fish is grilled over alder.

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Builders earn national award for Compassion House

September 27, 2011

Constructing the Julia L. Pritt House for homeless families earned the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties a national award for community service.

The association joined the Issaquah nonprofit organization Compassion House to build the downtown residence last year. Compassion House offers housing to families transitioning from homelessness.

The namesake philanthropist donated land for the house. Teams then built most of the structure using materials donated by HomeAid Master Builders Care, a Master Builders Care Foundation program.

The effort earned the Master Builders Association and the foundation the honor for Best Community Service Project from the National Association of Home Builders, a trade organization, at a mid-August conference in Naples, Fla.

The local association also earned awards for Best Print Publication, Best HBA Partnership/Coalition and Best Service to Members.

Families settled in to the Julia L. Pritt House last year.

Pritt died in April 2010 at age 77. In addition to supporting Compassion House, she donated money to enable the city to purchase downtown Cybil-Madeline Park. The open space along Issaquah Creek is named for Pritt’s granddaughters.

Builders earn national award for Issaquah’s Compassion House

August 23, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Aug. 23, 2011

Constructing the Julia L. Pritt House for homeless families earned the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties a national award for community service.

The association joined Issaquah nonprofit organization Compassion House to build the downtown residences last year. Compassion House offers housing to families transitioning from homelessness.

The namesake philanthropist donated land for the house. Teams then built most of the structure using materials donated by HomeAid Master Builders Care, a Master Builders Care Foundation program.

The effort earned the Master Builders Association and the foundation the honor for Best Community Service Project from the National Association of Home Builders, a trade organization.

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YWCA Family Village at Issaquah opens

August 16, 2011

Lizzie Webb stands aside the railing to top-floor residences at her apartment building looking over the YWCA Family Village at Issaquah and a view of Squak and Cougar mountains. By Greg Farrar

The airy apartment on the top floor at YWCA Family Village at Issaquah, a long-planned affordable housing complex, is a refuge for Lizzie Webb.

The longtime Issaquah resident relocated to the complex before anyone else, in late May, and created a sanctuary from domestic abuse in the cozy space.

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Highlands Chiropractic hosts ribbon cutting

July 5, 2011

The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce marked the opening of Highlands Chiropractic June 28 with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Highlands Chiropractic is at 1936 25th Ave. N.E. in the Issaquah Highlands.

Master Builders honors Care Foundation, John Day Homes

The Master Builders Care Foundation and John Day Homes were honored by the building industry for their service to the community at the annual Pacific Coast Builders Conference in San Francisco.

A Gold Nugget for Community Spirit was presented to the Care Foundation, a philanthropic arm of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, and John Day Homes Inc. during an awards luncheon June 23.

The two groups partnered with Compassion House, an Issaquah nonprofit provider of housing for homeless families, to build the Julia L. Pritt House. John Day, his staff and more than 40 trades from the homebuilding industry combined to contribute more than $244,000 to build a duplex near downtown Issaquah, which now provides housing for two families.

Off the Press

July 5, 2011

Our police blotter page is routinely one of the most well-read sections of our paper.

David Hayes Press Reporter

Its clever, pithy headlines elicit chuckles while informing readers of criminal activity in our community.

Unfortunately, a police report is only funny as long as it happens to someone else.

Last week, the Elks Lodge was broken into in an incident you will most likely read about soon on the blotter page. As a member, I was enraged to discover the breach of our public sanctum. Secretary Don Schafer went to work June 30 to discover his office door open, which he always locks when he leaves. After discovering his office trashed, he feared the worst.

“When I saw the bar area, I said, ‘Oh, shit’ and called the police,” Schafer said.

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