Gold Stars

May 11, 2010

Girl Scout Troop 50614

Girls from Girl Scout Troop 50614 from Sunny Hills Elementary School served dinner to residents of Tent City 4 prior to their departure.

The girls served up barbecued pulled pork, baked potatoes and other homemade goodies. The girls also donated several staple items, like butter, cheese sticks and yogurt, and a special box of Girl Scout cookies.

Matt DeLuca and Carly Worden

Congratulations to Skyline High School’s Matt DeLuca and Carly Worden, both seniors, for making the Top Ten list in King FM and the Ten Grands’ Young Artist Awards.

Matt made the cut for his marimba performance and Carly made the cut for her accomplished piano playing and composition skills. The two will perform at the Ten Grands Benefit Concert at Benaroya Hall on May 21.

Maple Hills Elementary School student council

The school’s student council celebrated Earth Day by making puppets of endangered animals and performing a song called “Ghost Bat in a Gum Tree,” which was recorded to help students better understand environmental issues around the world and celebrate Earth Day.

Grand Ridge Elementary School

The school’s students raised $2,460 for Haitian disaster relief efforts by reading.

The fundraiser, Helping Haiti One Page at a Time, asked students to gather pledges they could collect after completing pages of reading, writing, math and science assignments. The school’s PTSA sponsored the fundraiser, created by fifth-grade teacher Jenise Clausen.

Students donated the check to the American Red Cross on March 2.

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Gold Stars

May 4, 2010

Girl Scout Troop 42738

Fourth-grade Grand Ridge Elementary School students from Girl Scout Troop 42738 served up a hot meal to those in need April 2.

The girls served the meals as volunteers at the Issaquah Valley Community Services dinner at Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 71.

The girls who volunteered were Erica Siefkes, Ellie O’Neill, Alaina Margarella, Paige Wilson, Claire Siefkes, Julia Donohue and Chloe Sullivan, as well as Adina Weiss and Caroline O’Neill, older sisters from other troops.

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Roll up your sleeves — it’s cleanup time

April 27, 2010

The DownTown Issaquah Association is looking for volunteers to do some spring cleaning and community building in its annual downtown spring cleanup.

The event will be from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. May 1. And if getting to know your neighbors isn’t incentive enough, lunch from the Flying Pie Pizzeria ought to be.

“We just want to invite everybody to come out, and it’s a great family event,” said Greg Spranger, executive director of the DownTown Issaquah Association, who’s helped organize the event for the last 10 years.

Volunteers should meet at the Hailstone Feed Store at 9 a.m. The plan is to clean a stretch of Front Street from the Grange Mercantile building to The Issaquah Press building, as well as a stretch of Sunset Way from the train depot parking lot to the library parking structure. Cleaning activities will include weeding, sweeping and picking up trash.

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Who’s News

December 29, 2009

Girl Scouts deliver wreath to LEO

comm-scout-LEO-wreath-20091Issaquah Girl Scout Troop 50121 members Jenny Dougherty (standing, far left), Megan Mills, Alina Hitchings, Sydney Weber and Anya Rutledge (sitting, from left), deliver a holiday wreath they made especially for the residents of the Ann Dennis House, one of the two Life Enrichment Options adult-family homes for people with developmental disabilities.

Off The Press

December 8, 2009

Kathleen R. Merrill Press editor

Kathleen R. Merrill Press editor

’Tis plenty of ways to give this holiday season

‘Tis the season to be jolly. And ‘tis better to give than receive. How about being jolly and giving?

Budgets are tighter than ever for some people. And the holidays, when you should be able to relax and treat yourself and others, often make tight budgets feel even worse than they would otherwise.

In the time I have lived in this fair city, I know that when I have needed things, various people have provided them in various ways. That’s how Issaquah people are. Kind, caring and giving. I’ve done my best to give back as often as possible — kind of a pay-it-forward policy, if you will.

Here are some things you can do to make the season brighter for others, which always comes back to you, thereby making the season brighter for you, too. Read more

Girl Scouts’ annual cookie sale begins today

February 28, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 28, 2008

Issaquah-area Girl Scouts will be at several local businesses selling eight varieties of cookies for $4 per box through March 15.

For many girls, the Girl Scout cookie program is their first entrepreneurial venture and helps foster a sense of achievement that resonates far into the future. Girl Scout cookies are only sold for three weeks, but the benefits for girls last throughout their entire lives.

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Nonprofits upset with school flyer policy

January 5, 2009

The Issaquah School District’s decision to end the practice of allowing businesses to distribute flyers to children at school has drawn the ire of nonprofits that counted on them for recruitment and fundraising. But the school district says by eliminating so called “kid mail,” school officials have more control over inappropriate content from some businesses.

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