Community Church of Issaquah hosts fundraiser for Haiti relief trip

September 20, 2011

In order to raise funds for a missionary trip to Haiti in the spring, Community Church of Issaquah will host a dinner and talent show at 4 p.m. Sept. 24.

More than 600,000 Haitians still are homeless following the earthquake that struck the island nation in January 2010, according to the church.

Along with members of American Baptist churches around the region, volunteers from Community Church will travel to Haiti for nine days in April 2012. Their goal is to aid missionaries on the island in battling cholera, and helping with economic and educational development.

The dinner and talent show begin with an art show and auction featuring several local artists at 4 p.m. Dinner is at 5 p.m., followed by the talent show with entertainment from former Issaquah Philharmonic Director Duane Bowen, barbershop group Symmetry and karaoke.

The church is at 205 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W. For the dinner and show, tickets are $10 per person or $25 per family. Email info@commchurchiss.org or call 392-6447.

Run honors late local nurse, raises funds for Haiti relief

August 30, 2011

The ongoing relief effort in earthquake-stricken Haiti is the backdrop for dual events to honor a local man’s sacrifice on a medical mission to the Caribbean nation.

Matthew Bouthillier, a nurse at the former Swedish Medical Center freestanding emergency room near Lake Sammamish and a Renton resident, died suddenly after a heart attack during a relief mission to Port-au-Prince in March 2010.

Now, family members and Medical Teams International, a Christian global health organization, have organized The BIG Run, a 5K run-walk, and a multimedia exhibit to celebrate Bouthillier’s life and international aid Sept. 10.

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County employees aid disaster victims across Pacific

July 5, 2011

King County employees donated more than 8,100 hours of accrued leave to disaster victims in Japan and New Zealand.

The county converted leave from 458 employees into a $286,815 cash donation to the American Red Cross for continuing earthquake and tsunami relief efforts.

“This outpouring of support for our neighbors across the Pacific is another example of the determination to make a difference,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement. “I am so proud of King County employees for donating their hard-earned leave to help the people of Japan and New Zealand as they continue to recover from these tragic events.”

Constantine authorized the leave donation program in March, shortly after a massive earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan. Because that disaster followed a major earthquake in New Zealand, the county opted to combine efforts and help the victims of both disasters.

The county enacted a similar donation program after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Following that disaster, 367 employees donated more than 5,500 hours of leave, or almost $200,000 for Global Impact, a federation of 55 international aid agencies.

High school students win 5th Avenue Theatre best acting awards

June 14, 2011

Tucker Goodman, a Liberty High School junior, accepts his award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a leading Role at the 5th Avenue Theatre’s annual awards June 6 honoring high school musical theater. By Sam Freeman/nwtnews

Two students from Liberty and Eastside Catholic high schools — junior Tucker Goodman and senior John Winslow — have landed the most prestigious acting awards of their young careers.

Liberty High School’s Goodman won Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role at The 5th Avenue Theatre’s annual awards honoring high school musical theater on June 6.

For the winning role, he played the Chairman of the Board for the Patriot Players’ performance of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” a musical based on an unfinished novel written by Charles Dickens.

This isn’t Goodman’s first nomination, although it is his first award from The 5th Avenue. In 2010, Goodman received a nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as Cinderella’s prince in “Into the Woods”

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Students win acting awards from The 5th Avenue Theatre

June 7, 2011

NEW — 12:40 p.m. June 7, 2011

Two students from Liberty and Eastside Catholic high schools — junior Tucker Goodman and senior John Winslow — have landed the most prestigious acting awards of their young careers.

Liberty High School’s Goodman won Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role at The 5th Avenue Theatre’s annual awards honoring high school musical theater Monday.

For the winning role, he played the Chairman of the Board for the Patriot Players’ performance of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” a musical based on an unfinished novel written by Charles Dickens.

This isn’t Goodman’s first nomination, although it is his first award from The 5th. In 2010, Goodman received a nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as a prince in “Into the Woods.”

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King County employees aid disaster victims across Pacific

June 6, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. June 6, 2011

King County employees donated more than 8,100 hours of accrued leave to disaster victims in Japan and New Zealand.

The county converted leave from 458 employees into a $286,815 cash donation to the American Red Cross for continuing earthquake and tsunami relief efforts.

“This outpouring of support for our neighbors across the Pacific is another example of the determination to make a difference,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement. “I am so proud of King County employees for donating their hard-earned leave to help the people of Japan and New Zealand as they continue to recover from these tragic events.”

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Consider a seismic retrofit as earthquake insurance

April 19, 2011

Strengthening a residence through a home earthquake retrofit is as simple as ABC: anchor, brace and connect.

Most homes built in the past 30 years or so do not need a retrofit to hold steady in earthquakes, but older homes may need some foundation tune-ups. If the foundation is not secured to the rest of the structure, major damage can result from the ground shaking.

The earthquake in Japan — plus major temblors in New Zealand, Chile and Haiti in the past year — has renewed the focus on seismic safety at home.

“When the earth starts shaking sideways, the foundation moves with the earth,” Sound Seismic co-owner Leif Jackson said. “This big, massive object is not going to immediately move with the foundation. It’s going to kind of lag behind, and it’s going to lag behind when that foundation oscillates back in the opposite direction. So, the house and the foundation get out of synch, and it can get jolted off of the foundation.”

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April is opportunity to prepare for emergencies

April 11, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. April 11, 2011

Eastside Fire & Rescue is reminding residents to plan for emergencies during April, Disaster Preparedness Month.

The magnitude-9 earthquake in Japan last month — plus major earthquakes in Chile and Haiti last year — reminds residents about the seismic risk in the Pacific Northwest.

EFR emergency planners said Disaster Preparedness Month is a good opportunity for residents to practice and learn what to do in at home, school or workplaces.

Planners said knowing what to do in emergencies, developing a family plan and making sure everyone understands the plan is critical to staying safe in a disaster.

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King County health agency addresses radiation concerns

March 16, 2011

NEW — 9 a.m. March 16, 2011

Experts at the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the state Department of Health do not expect significant levels of radioactivity in Washington or any health risk from the crisis at earthquake- and tsunami-damaged nuclear reactors in Japan.

Federal and state agencies continue to monitor radiation levels in the air and rain water as a precaution.

Public Health – Seattle & King County has posted frequently asked questions and responses about the nuclear crisis.

“We don’t know what will happen in Japan, but the state Department of Health has determined that even in the event of a significant release from the reactor, radiation should be diluted before reaching our state,” a statement from the agency reads.

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Leaders of tomorrow are taking charge today

February 22, 2011

You don’t need to look far to see the impact of Issaquah teens’ service projects.

By Iman Baghai

Beaver Lake Middle School’s annual South African Humanitarian Project, a youth-run initiative, raises truckloads of school supplies for African orphanages each year.

Skyline High School’s Katie Mincin recently organized an Invisible Children Awareness Week that earned more than $4,000 in donations for the global nonprofit.

Beat writer Kim Bussing and classmate Kaileen Dougherty, of Issaquah High School, are holding a Destination Imagination event March 5 at the Pacific Cascade Freshmen Campus, where younger kids have the chance to participate in science fair type activities, acting and the arts.

Last year, Bussing and Dougherty raised $900 for Haiti by selling concessions at the event. This year, they plan to donate the earnings to Seattle Children’s.

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