Issaquah innovators honored at chamber luncheon

February 18, 2014

Nonprofit lending, flip-flops and composting are leading the way in innovation, according to the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.

Local businesses received recognition Feb. 13 in the fourth annual Innovation in Issaquah Awards. From 19 nominees, collected through area suggestions, the chamber chose three winners who best represented business innovation in Issaquah.

By Greg Farrar Matt ‘Griff’ Griffin (left), CEO of Combat Flip Flops; Karen Dawson, community relations director for Cedar Grove Composting; and Chris Walcott, president of Semble, hold their Innovation in Issaquah award plaques Feb. 13 at the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

By Greg Farrar
Matt ‘Griff’ Griffin (left), CEO of Combat Flip Flops; Karen Dawson, community relations director for Cedar Grove Composting; and Chris Walcott, president of Semble, hold their Innovation in Issaquah award plaques Feb. 13 at the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

In a large luncheon at the Issaquah Holiday Inn, where more than 100 people gathered to celebrate the nominees, Cedar Grove Composting, Semble and Combat Flip Flops received the top awards.

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Evergreen Ford donates cars to city, police

September 17, 2013

Evergreen Ford owner Dan Rowe recently contributed two all-electric Ford Focus cars and a Ford Escape for use in the cities of Issaquah and Sammamish, and for the Issaquah Police Department.

“We’re incredibly appreciative that Evergreen Ford has expanded this donation to the city of Issaquah,” said Warren Kagarise, communications coordinator with the city.

Contributed The Issaquah police department school resource officer’s Ford Escape contributed by Evergreen Ford includes the purple-and-gold ‘I’ for the Issaquah Eagles on the side.

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The Issaquah police department school resource officer’s Ford Escape contributed by Evergreen Ford includes the purple-and-gold ‘I’ for the Issaquah Eagles on the side.

The Focus has decorations like a city of Issaquah stamp and salmon, and residents will see it around town, according to Kagarise.

“We haven’t decided on a use for it yet,” he said. Even so, he called it a “great way to be visible in our community.”

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Issaquah Schools Foundation benefit adds Ford charity, ‘American Idol’ glitz

November 13, 2012

Evergreen Ford plans to combine “American Idol” and automobiles to benefit the Issaquah Schools Foundation at a Nov. 15 fundraiser.

The local Ford dealership named the foundation as the beneficiary in the nationwide Go Further with Ford promotion. For each attendee 18 and older at the dealership showroom, Evergreen Ford plans to donate $20 to the foundation, up to a total of $1,000.

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Gravity — and team spirit — power Rotary racers’ soapbox derby cars

July 17, 2012

Cian O’Farrell, 11, and driver John Morse, 10, ride the gravity car by sponsor Fred Meyer to a checkered flag waved by the Rotary Club of Issaquah’s Fred Nystrom. By Greg Farrar

A day filled with happiness for children was the goal of the 15th annual Issaquah Rotary Challenge Day Race on July 14.

Viewers lined Second Avenue Southeast to watch — standing or sitting on the bleachers halfway down the block.

The event pairs up children with disabilities and volunteer children drivers to race soapbox derby cars. Gravity pulls the cars down the hill. The vehicles reach speeds of 17 mph.

About 50 children with disabilities got to race three times with rotating drivers and cars. Liberty High School cheerleaders greeted the racers at the finish line before cars were towed back to the starting line.

“It’s a great event for kids to experience a fast, free ride down Second Avenue,” Rotary Club member Russell Joe said. “For some of the riders, it’s the first time they’ve been in a car that’s running on its own without mom or dad.”

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Rotary Club soapbox derby race celebrates 15th anniversary

July 10, 2012

Drivers, co-drivers, parents, Rotary Club of Issaquah members, Issaquah High School wrestlers, Liberty High School cheerleaders and student volunteers pose for a group photo at the 2011 Challenge Day gravity car races. By Greg Farrar

The 15th annual Issaquah Rotary Challenge Day Race, an event that pairs children with disabilities with a young driver of a sleek soapbox derby car, is set for July 14.

The event allows participants to experience the fun of a derby race down Second Avenue past the community center in downtown Issaquah.

For the race, the pair of youngsters climb into the seat of a sleek soapbox derby car. With the slam of the starting gate, the car’s wheels begin to turn. As gravity kicks in, the two-seater makes its way along the street.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with racing from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Other activities include adaptive cycling for children and adults with disabilities and lunch hosted by the Rotary Club of Issaquah for event participants and volunteers.

The event was inspired by the vision of longtime Issaquah resident and retired Puget Sound Energy executive Leo Finnegan, the father of an adult son with a disability.

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Longtime Issaquah chef Lynn Rehn rolls out food truck

March 27, 2012

Lynn Rehn stands beside her My Chef Lynn food truck, advertising its ‘fast, fresh, fabulous’ sliders, soups and salads, featuring items from Issaquah businesses Fischer Meats and Boehm’s Candies. By Greg Farrar

Lynn Rehn is poised to turn the phrase “fast food” inside out.

The popular caterer and longtime local chef is ready to roll out a food truck to serve sliders, chili and a side of sass. Double D Clam Chowder, anyone?

The mobile operation for Rehn’s My Chef Lynn outfit is the latest endeavor for the former Sweet Addition head chef. Rehn plans to join the food trucks each summer Saturday at the Issaquah Farmers Market. The truck could also stop at the Fremont Sunday Street Market.

The idea for a food truck started to coalesce after Rehn and husband Tony, general manager at Evergreen Ford in Issaquah, caught episodes of “The Great Food Truck Race” — a Food Network cross-country competition among mobile kitchens.

“I looked at Tony and said, ‘That would be a cool gig,’” Rehn recalled.

(“The Great Food Truck Race” debuted in August 2010 at about the same time the national fervor for food trucks accelerated into gear.)

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Evergreen Ford lands mobile breast cancer unit for Issaquah

February 29, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 29, 2012

Women can receive complimentary tests for breast cancer Friday as a state-of-the-art detection service rolls into Issaquah.

The effort, the Ford Women’s Health Initiative Mobile Breast Imaging Tour, offers the latest in 3-D breast cancer detection technology inside a bus outfitted as a mobile testing unit. The service is open to all women.

The bus stops at Walgreens, 6300 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Women interested in the service must make appointments, because space is limited. Call 855-380-TEST toll free or go to www.fordwomenshealth.com.

The local Ford dealership, Evergreen Ford, joined a national effort to bring the mobile testing unit to Issaquah. Ford Motor Co. Fund — a charitable arm of automaker Ford Motor Co. — Hope Now International and mobile medical-testing provider HealthFair partnered to offer the service.

The mobile detection unit last stopped at the local Walgreens in November 2011.

Evergreen Ford steers mobile breast cancer unit to Issaquah

November 8, 2011

Women can receive complimentary tests for breast cancer as a state-of-the-art detection service rolls into Issaquah.

The effort, the Ford Women’s Health Initiative Mobile Breast Imaging Tour, offers the latest in 3-D breast cancer detection technology inside a bus outfitted as a mobile testing unit. The service is open to all women.

The bus stops at Walgreens, 6300 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., Nov. 16. The mobile testing unit offers screenings from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Women interested in the service must make appointments, because space is limited. Call 855-380-TEST toll free or go to www.fordwomenshealth.com.

The local Ford dealership, Evergreen Ford, joined a national effort to bring the mobile testing unit to Issaquah. Ford Motor Co. Fund — a charitable arm of automaker Ford Motor Co. — Hope Now International and mobile medical-testing provider HealthFair partnered to offer the service.

Expect more than cars to cruise in to Fenders on Front Street

June 14, 2011

Expect classic cars aplenty as Fenders on Front Street rolls into Issaquah for Father's Day. File

Dick Baker drove Harley motorcycles for 25 years until he switched to classic cars.

“My wife has always called me ‘motorman,’ because if it has a motor, I’m probably going to like it,” said Baker, of Issaquah. “I was born that way.”

One of his prize cars, a 1932 Ford Roadster, will be on display for all to see at the sixth annual Fenders on Front Street Car Show and Cruise this Father’s Day, June 19.

Car registration is free, as is admittance to the show.

“If anyone has a nice car or a fast car or an interesting car, we’re going to open it to anybody coming down and showing it,” Fenders on Front Street co-chairman George Naumann said.

Mountains to Sound Greenway and the DownTown Issaquah Association are organizing the event.

The show is somewhat weather dependent. Last year, pouring rain kept some car owners home, and crowds saw about 200 cars at the show. In sunny 2009, more than 600 cars lined up on Front Street North.

“If the weather’s good, they all show up,” Baker said.
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Issaquah Chamber of Commerce crowns royalty

May 10, 2011

Hail, King and Queen Issaquah.

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce leaders crowned Evergreen Ford employee Josh Rehn and Hilton Garden Inn employee Laurie Carlisle as king and queen for the year ahead. The pair received royal robes and salmon-shaped crowns at a chamber luncheon April 19.

King and Queen Issaquah serve as goodwill ambassadors to the community. The duo presides at ribbon-cutting ceremonies, participates in the Independence Day and Salmon Days Festival parades, and is honored at chamber events.

Nathan Perea, a former City Council candidate and Issaquah Highlands resident, and Renee Zimmerman, another highlands resident, held the royal titles in 2010.

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