Skyline High School supports boy with brain cancer

April 14, 2015

Just two days before Christmas, Sammamish residents Jeff and Kellea Taylor received some of the worst possible news about their youngest child, Sam.

Sam was having chronic headaches and nausea, so doctors began checking him. They found a cancerous tumor in his brain, known as astrocytoma, and because an operation to remove it wasn’t possible, they immediately put him on a chemotherapy treatment plan.

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Strike a pose — Issaquah High School prepares for annual fashion show

April 7, 2015

About two-dozen students stood on the Issaquah High School stage and nervously peered out into the sea of empty seats April 1.

They suddenly burst into movement when, with the press of a button, music began to blare from the auditorium’s speakers — it was time to strike a pose.

One by one, the Issaquah students walked the tape-lined stage, a mock-runway of sorts, each stopping three times for full fashion-show effect. They weren’t perfect — some turned the wrong direction, while others failed to hold a pose long enough — but it didn’t matter, this was just practice.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Issaquah High School freshman Samuel Bailey practices his runway pose with the help of volunteer Dawn Farmer, as they rehearse April 1 for the school’s 2015 IFashion Show and Auction on April 24.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Issaquah High School freshman Samuel Bailey practices his runway pose with the help of volunteer Dawn Farmer, as they rehearse April 1 for the school’s 2015 IFashion Show and Auction on April 24.

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Come as you are to Kiwanis Boots, Barrels & Brews

April 7, 2015

After 30 years of hosting auctions, Kiwanis Club of Issaquah fundraising organizers last year decided a change was in order.

“We wanted something different, not the same old stuffy, sit-down auction where you’re miserable for three hours,” event chairwoman Tori Gaines said.

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Providence Marianwood employee Relays for those who can’t

April 7, 2015

Gloria Pritchett was exposed to cancer very early in life.

Pritchett, an employee at Issaquah’s Providence Marianwood retirement facility, was just 9 when her father was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer.

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Student organizes charity drive for foster children

April 5, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 5, 2015

The public is invited to a clothing drive and fundraiser to benefit Treehouse, an organization that helps foster children.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 11-12 at Fred Meyer, 6100 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway in Issaquah.

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Students promote coffee for cancer research fundraiser

March 25, 2015

For nearly three years, Ryan Lentz has tried to get others to embrace a simple concept — do something for others while doing an everyday activity.

There are about 210 million coffee drinkers in the U.S., Lentz said, and he’s aiming to land 50,000 of them as monthly subscribers to Callie’s Coffee, named for his 10-year-old daughter who created the business.

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Rotary’s Grape Escape returns bigger than ever

March 17, 2015

For the Rotary Club of Issaquah’s ninth annual Grape Escape, organizers didn’t see any need to fix what wasn’t broken.

“We’ve taken a proven formula and just reapplied it,” co-chairman Scott McKorkle said.

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Help students from five churches feed the hungry

March 5, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 5, 2015

On March 6-7, students in sixth through 12th grades will fast for 30 hours and raise funds to support organizations fighting poverty and hunger.

For the first time, five churches on the plateau will participate in this communitywide event, with more than 175 student participants projected. Participating church youth groups are:

  • Faith Church
  • Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church
  • Pine Lake Covenant Church
  • Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church
  • Sammamish Presbyterian Church

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Family fight — Skyline sophomore Relays for her mom

March 3, 2015

Emily and Lori Kargl sat down in an Issaquah coffee shop last Friday and started rattling off names.

Contributed Emily (left) and Lori Kargl walk the track at the 2014 Issaquah Relay for Life. The Issaquah mother and daughter are actively involved in the American Cancer Society fundraiser. Lori, the mother of Skyline High School sophomore Emily, is a 22-year cancer survivor.

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Emily (left) and Lori Kargl walk the track at the 2014 Issaquah Relay for Life. The Issaquah mother and daughter are actively involved in the American Cancer Society fundraiser. Lori, the mother of Skyline High School sophomore Emily, is a 22-year cancer survivor.

First, a grandmother, and then a soccer coach. Next, a neighbor, followed by a family friend. All of them, acquainted or not, were connected through a shared battle of a debilitating disease.

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IHOP offers free pancakes Tuesday

March 1, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 1, 2015

IHOP restaurants are celebrating the 10th anniversary of National Pancake Day on March 3 by offering one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes.

In return, guests are asked to pay it forward by making a voluntary donation to their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospital for Children, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or other local charities.

The give away is from 7-10 a.m. at more than 1,500 restaurants across the United States. The Issaquah location is at 1433 N.W.  Sammamish Road.

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