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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Caring Conley — Relay for Life volunteers pay tribute to the passion of the late Karen Conley

February 17, 2015

Issaquah resident Stacy Strickland can remember the immediate bond she felt with Karen Conley the morning they met at Relay for Life on the track behind Issaquah High School.

Contributed Karen Conley (right) and Michelle Salene, of Team Aloha, which Conley started, get a ride up in the Eastside Fire & Rescue ladder truck during a recent Relay for Life event at Issaquah High School.

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Karen Conley (right) and Michelle Salene, of Team Aloha, which Conley started, get a ride up in the Eastside Fire & Rescue ladder truck during a recent Relay for Life event at Issaquah High School.

The women were both at the school in response to an article in The Issaquah Press that described the need for additional help at the annual fundraiser that raises money to fight cancer.

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Childhood cancer survivor now returns the favor for others

February 17, 2015

For Issaquah native Abigail Houck, now 23, the news arrived in the summer following third grade: At the age of 9, she was suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Abigail Houck

Abigail Houck

And while it seems highly unlikely Houck will ever say being diagnosed with a childhood cancer was a good thing, it certainly has influenced her life.

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Issaquah drama program hosts fundraiser

February 3, 2015

Life is a cabaret for Issaquah High School drama students.

The school’s drama program has found a creative way to raise funds for its spring musical, “Beauty and the Beast.” Students, and some staff members, will perform in a fundraiser cabaret Feb. 5 and 6.

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Time remains to donate to Merry Christmas Issaquah

January 13, 2015

Fund has record number of donors

When The Issaquah Press began its 2014 Merry Christmas Issaquah series more than two months ago, readers met Michelle Curtis.

Curtis is exactly the type of person Issaquah Community Services seeks to assist. She is a survivor, a fighter and, most of all, a mother intent on seeking a better life for her family.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah fund inches closer to goal

January 10, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 10, 2015

After a flood of donations cascaded into the Issaquah Community Services office last week, the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund is now less than $25,000 away from its ultimate goal.

Every penny matters as we gather donations to keep needy Issaquah families sheltered and warm during the year.

Issaquah Community Services offers emergency financial aid to residents of the Issaquah School District in the form of utility payments, rent assistance and other miscellaneous contributions, depending on a client’s specific need.

“Helping nearly 500 families get by every single year is the sole reason why we exist,” said Lori Birrell, ICS board president.

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Off The Press — Big goals can be achieved in small steps

January 6, 2015

It’s good to set big goals. Yes, if you set one that is too large you might not get there. But think about how much further you’ll get if you go for broke.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen R. Merrill
Press managing editor

With that in mind, we set this year’s goal for the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund at $100,000. That money helps your neighbors and friends, and also people you may never meet. But one day you might be in need yourself. Isn’t it nice to know there is a fund that helps everyone it possibly can, all year long?

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Merry Christmas Issaquah fund is stuck at half-way point

January 2, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 2, 2015

This holiday season, we introduced you to several Issaquah families that needed a little help.

You met Marty Wright, a disabled veteran who struggled to keep the heat on in his Issaquah home. You read Cynthia Jackson’s story about strife and loss, as the single mother was forced to pick up the pieces after losing everything.

New Issaquah resident Shannon Winkler told you how an illness kept her from working, making it difficult to support her family. And finally, you saw the strength exuding from domestic violence survivor Michelle Curtis’ words as she described the path she and her four children took to settle down in Issaquah.

Each of these stories included notes of pain and struggle, but thanks to the generosity of Issaquah Community Services, all of them had a happy ending.

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