December 11, 2012
Our state park needs passionate ‘friends’
Lake Sammamish State Park needs a group of passionate people to come together as Friends of Our State Park. Both leaders and roll-up-your-sleeves volunteers are wanted.
The state park has had a plan in place for five years. That plan would add an esplanade between the picnic and beach areas for walkers to access a new bathhouse, a boathouse for kayaks and rowing shells, a lakefront café, improved group sites, environmental educational components throughout, an RV and tent park, a lodge to host youth or adult groups for overnights or meetings, and much cleaner beach and grassy areas.
A citizen group met for three years to come up with the plan, and design work was completed for the esplanade and bathhouse. It was to have been done by 2013, in time for the 100th anniversary of Washington State Parks.
July 10, 2012
Fourth of July revelers should dump leftover fireworks, rather than storing the pyrotechnics inside a home or garage.
Curious children may decide to light old fireworks. Exposure to water or chemicals can cause the composition of fireworks to change, making them hazardous materials. Stray sparks could ignite fireworks and lead to disaster. Or the explosives could spontaneously combust.
Safety experts recommend disposing of small amounts of fireworks by removing the fuse, and then soaking the fireworks in water until saturated. The waterlogged fireworks should then be double-bagged in trash bags.
The state Fire Marshal’s Office offers additional tips for Independence Day revelers to toss leftover fireworks at www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireworks.htm.
July 10, 2012
July 4 parade has become candy mecca
Before the July 4 Kids, Pets N’ Pride Parade becomes a distant memory, let’s revisit it.
The parade has been a community treasure since its first march down Front Street more than 30 years ago. There just isn’t anything as patriotic as this celebration of families decked out in every conceivable red, white and blue outfit with their fun accessories, all while riding bikes and scooters, walking dogs and rabbits, and waving flags.
Sadly, it has become hard to enjoy it, given the many kids in the middle of the street scrambling for the tossed candy. Read more
July 6, 2012
NEW — 10:15 a.m. July 6, 2012
Fireworks-related incidents kept Eastside Fire & Rescue crews busy before, on and after Independence Day.
The incidents included a torched barn and a vehicle lost to a fireworks-related blaze. The agency did not report any injuries related to the incidents.
The action started Monday in downtown Issaquah at Front Street South and Newport Way Southwest, as firefighters responded to a smoke bomb at 9:40 p.m.
Just after midnight on the holiday, Wednesday, firefighters started the Fourth of July by responding to a garbage can fire started by a sparkler bomb at Southeast Belvedere Way and 266th Way Southeast in Sammamish.
July 3, 2012
Issaquah customers should expect regular garbage service on Independence Day.
The holiday falls just after most city customers switch from Waste Management to CleanScapes on July 2.
Customers can continue to use existing carts. CleanScapes plans to add stickers in July to describe what can be composted and recycled.
Though the collection day is changing for some customers, the billing cycle is not changing for anyone. Customers poised for a collection day change should have received a postcard with information about the switch.
Customers with questions can call CleanScapes at 837-1234 or go to www.cleanscapes.com to learn more.
The changeover from Waste Management to CleanScapes affects most Issaquah customers. Allied Waste — a local name for national company Republic Services — hauls garbage in South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods along Lake Sammamish.
CleanScapes is also renovating a space in Gilman Village for a customer service center.
July 3, 2012
Regional Animal Services of King County needs volunteers to help reunite owners and pets after Independence Day.
Holiday fireworks inevitably scare some pets and cause the animals to run away, so the animal control agency and the nonprofit Missing Pet Partnership plan to train volunteers for Mission Reunite: Help and Hope for Lost Pets.
Missing Pet Partnership founder Kat Albrecht, a police detective turned pet detective, has been involved in finding missing pets since 1997, and founded the organization in 2001.
“The return to owner rate for lost pets at animal shelters across the country is low, but the Mission Reunite program can help our lost pets in King County get back together with their families,” agency Manager Gene Mueller said in a statement. “This exciting program has proven very successful in reuniting owners and their stray pets, but we need volunteers to help continue that success.”
Learn more, or register for Mission Reunite: Help and Hope for Lost Pets or another volunteer opportunity, by contacting Sarah Luthens at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-296-3946.
July 3, 2012
Fun facts for the Fourth
The Fourth of July can be much more than just a day of celebrating your patriotism, flipping burgers and watching fireworks. It can also be a day of impressing your friends and family with Independence Day trivia knowledge.
July 2, 2012
NEW — 6 a.m. July 2, 2012
Motorists should prepare for downtown road closures as Issaquah celebrates Independence Day.
In order to accommodate the Down Home Fourth of July and Heritage Day celebration and the Kids, Pets ‘n’ Pride Parade, plan for closures from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. along:
- Front Street North from Northwest Gilman Boulevard to East Sunset Way
- Rainier Boulevard North from Northwest Dogwood to Northwest Juniper Street
- East Sunset Way from Front Street to Second Avenue Southeast
- Front Street South from East Sunset Way to Newport Way Southwest
The parade starts at 11 a.m. at Rainier Avenue and Northwest Dogwood Street. Then, the festivities move to Veterans’ Memorial Park.
July 1, 2012
NEW — 6 a.m. July 1, 2012
Independence Day means many people plan to discharge fireworks and fire up grills for backyard barbecues — but both activities can cause burns and fires.
Experts at the local American Red Cross chapter remind revelers to practice some simple safety tips to keep the holiday safe and fun.
June 30, 2012
NEW — 6 a.m. June 30, 2012
State fire officials reminded Independence Day revelers to practice fire safety in a bid to avoid a repeat of fireworks-related fires from 2011.
State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy said fireworks caused 264 fires last year, including 199 wildland and vegetation fires — or 75 percent of fireworks-related blazes. The fires resulted in $118,350 in losses.
Summer weather conditions make grasses and other vegetation dry and susceptible to fire. If revelers use fireworks in hot, windy conditions, a small fire can rapidly grow if grass or another fuel is present.
If a firework comes into contact with a vegetated area, use a hose or bucket of water and soak the area. Make sure no hot spot remains to rekindle later.