Girl Scouts live up to motto at camp

September 9, 2014

More than 400 local Girl Scouts attending Girl Scout Sammamish Day Camp completed five community service projects during a weeklong camp Aug. 4-8 at Beaver Lake Park.

The girls crafted interactive twig toys and treats for Cougar Mountain Zoo’s emus and wallabies, created back-to-school kits to give to children through Eastside Baby Corner, created animal toy and treat bags for a local animal rescue, knotted patterned fleece blankets for kids in need and handcrafted friendship bracelets for the Girl Scout World Center Sangam in Pune, India.

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Editorial – Join spring cleanup Saturday morning

April 22, 2014

Issaquah is a naturally beautiful place, but it could be cleaner. Litter — beer cans, gum wrappers — are often found along streets and sidewalks amid the landscaping.

It takes a community to care about keeping Issaquah beautiful, which is why volunteers begin litter patrol in the second annual Spring Clean-up this Saturday morning.

The event is hosted by the Downtown Issaquah Association and Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, but more than 200 volunteers from clubs, organizations and businesses, as well as individuals, have signed up to tackle a segment of town and give it a clean sweep. Girl Scouts will plant flowers to add some spring color to key locations.

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Girl Scouts is looking for new members

September 10, 2013

Girl Scouts are inviting potential new members to attend informational meetings at elementary schools throughout September to learn more about getting started.

The meeting schedule is: Sept. 19 at Newcastle Elementary; Sept. 23 at Issaquah Valley Elementary; Sept. 25 at Maple Hills Elementary; and Sept. 26 at Sunset Elementary. An additional meeting will take place at Apollo Elementary, but a date and time haven’t yet been selected.

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Girl Scouts learn the art of being brave

March 12, 2013

What do Taylor Swift, Venus Williams and Sandra Day O’Connor have in common? All are wildly successful in their various fields and they donned Girl Scouts uniforms when they were young.

Girl Scouts, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, has had a tremendous impact on culture — particularly when it comes to helping girls find their voice, develop the confidence to pursue their goals and challenge themselves in ways that, even just a few decades ago, were still rather revolutionary, Stefanie Ellis, public relations director of Girl Scouts of Western Washington, said.

Photos by Greg Farrar Above, Issaquah attorney Mary Hammerly keeps a banner with her merit badge sash from the late 1960s, when she grew up in Wisconsin and earned the First Class Award. Below This Girl Scout badge belonging to Ava Frisinger from her teen years is for a since-discontinued award in Good Grooming.

Photos by Greg Farrar
Above, Issaquah attorney Mary Hammerly keeps a banner with her merit badge sash from the late 1960s, when she grew up in Wisconsin and earned the First Class Award.

“We want girls to feel better about themselves and their future … to be motivated by the fact that women are truly changing the world,” she said. “We want people to know, especially girls, that more than 80 percent of female senior executives and business owners were Girl Scouts, as well as two-thirds of the women in Congress and virtually every female astronaut.”

Issaquah has a couple of famous former Girls Scouts as well, including Mayor Ava Frisinger.

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July 17, 2012

Girl Scouts collect hundreds of books for food bank

Andreea Popa and Anusha Kikkeri, of the Issaquah Girl Scout Troop 42302, collected 283 books for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank from June 18 to July 2. The two ninth-graders at Skyline High School set and easily surpassed their goal of collecting 200 books to earn their Girl Scout Silver Awards.

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Tent City 4 needs help to prepare, serve holiday season meals

December 7, 2011

NEW — 10 p.m. Dec. 7, 2011

Tent City 4 organizers need a hand to prepare and serve meals at the homeless encampment.

Elizabeth Maupin, Issaquah Sammamish Interfaith Coalition coordinator and Tent City 4 organizer, asked for volunteers for Dec. 26 and 31.

Maupin and Earle Jones plan to coordinate the Dec. 31 meal. In order to complete the process, Maupin and Jones need a half dozen or so volunteers to help. Contact Maupin at to volunteer for either meal or to ask questions.

Organizers offer answers to frequently asked questions about serving meals at the campsite on the Tent City 4 website. The team also uses a frequently updated online calendar to track meals for Tent City 4.

Groups serving meals to Tent City 4 residents include faith organizations, families, Boy and Girl Scout troops, and more.

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Issaquah School District campuses host Veterans Day events

November 1, 2011

Several local schools have planned to honor current military personnel and other veterans just in time for Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

At 9:30 a.m. Nov. 9, Clark Elementary School will open its doors to present and past military members and their families, said Heather Maloney, president of the Clark PTA.

Maloney said local veterans from the area, including from local VFW posts and the Providence Point retirement community, had been invited.

The school also had contacted the Issaquah High School Navy Junior ROTC program about providing a color guard.

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King County bans unwanted door-to-door solicitation

October 25, 2011

Residents in rural and unincorporated King County gained a tool to discourage door-to-door solicitors due to a recent County Council decision.

If a resident posts a “No Soliciting” or “No Trespassing” sign on his or her property, then a commercial solicitor is prohibited from contacting the resident. Under the ordinance, violators face a $100 fine.

The regulation adopted by the council Oct. 3 applies to more than 300,000 residents in unincorporated areas.

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Adventures abound for boys and girls in scouting groups

July 2, 2011

Dads are on the losing end of a tug-of-war against 16 Cub Scouts at Hans Jensen Park. By Greg Farrar.

Despite decades of history in America, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts still endure narrow views of their efforts.

The girls are famous for their cookie sales, the boys for their camping trips. That sometimes plays against them.

“A common misconception is that all Girl Scouts do is sell cookies,” said Julie Wendell, with the Girl Scouts of East King County. “The leadership opportunities, travel experiences and wonderful programs offered by Girl Scouts go way beyond selling cookies.”

Similar troubles beset the boys.

“A misconception is that Boy Scouts is for suburban white kids. And we don’t do programs for people of other ethnic backgrounds, and that all we do is tie knots and go camping,” said Sharon Moulds, with the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which encompasses all of King County.

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April 26, 2011

Issaquah students receive garden club grants

The East Lake Washington District of Garden Clubs recently awarded more than $3,000 to local classrooms or horticulture and environmental studies.

Receiving the local grants were:

The Tiger Mountain Community High School students of teacher Mitra Kundu (about 100 alternative students and 21 developmentally disabled students served by A.C.T.) received $400 for adding raised beds to their growing area that includes a small green house.

The Grand Ridge Elementary School students of teacher Rebecca Rappin asked for funds to obtain more equipment for composting additional cafeteria food waste for making soil amendments to use in their vegetable and flower beds.

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