Red Cross urges earthquake preparedness on Haiti anniversary

January 12, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. Jan. 12, 2011

Though most Western Washington residents focused on a brief snowstorm Tuesday and Wednesday, the local American Red Cross chapter urged residents to prepare for earthquakes on the anniversary of a devastating earthquake in Haiti.

“Washington is not only known for its beautiful landscape, but for its earthquakes risks, which can create widespread damage and extended power outages,” local Red Cross CEO Randy Hutson said in a statement. “The Jan.12 anniversary is a good reminder for families to review their emergency plan and select an out of area contact should a strong earthquake strike the Pacific Northwest.”

Though the region has not faced a major temblor since the magnitude 6.8 Nisqually earthquake rattled Western Washington a decade ago, emergency planners train often and encourage residents to prepare.

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Memories abound from the year 2010

January 11, 2011

Hall Monitor Alex Tucker Issaquah High School

The year 2010 has come to a close. While we often focus on the year ahead, the memories from the past 365 days still linger in our minds.

Events that took the world by storm and personal recollections of good times come to mind when we reflect on 2010. From January to December, the news was filled with high-profile stories and shocking events.

One of the defining parts of 2010 was the tragic earthquake in Haiti. Celebrities and common people alike united to help a country in need, which reflects the character of many Americans. Read more

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Who’s News

July 13, 2010

Three students raise $850 for three charities

Kaileen Dougherty, Amelia Meigs and Kim Bussing celebrate raising $850.

Kaileen Dougherty, Amelia Meigs and Kim Bussing, three incoming juniors at Issaquah High School, raised $850 for charity. They split the proceeds between World Concern, Haitian relief and ROOTS, a young adult shelter in Seattle.

They co-founded the service-oriented group Helping Hands, which has paperwork pending to become a charitable organization. They sold concessions at an annual DestiNation Imagination tournament, and recently received a letter from World Concern thanking them for their contribution.

Quilt artist participates in German show

Issaquah quilt artist Margaret Wolf is showing one of her quilts at Color Improvisations, an international exhibition of contemporary quilts, which premiered July 11 in Stuttgart, Germany. After Color Improvisations opens in Germany, it will travel throughout Europe Japan, and the United States. Learn more here.

Issaquah musicians perform at Disneyland Resort

Students from the following groups recently became stars of their own Disney show as part of the Disney Performing Arts Program at Disneyland Resort in California:

-Issaquah Middle School Seventh/Eighth-Grade Chorus, May 29 at Plaza Gardens Stage

-Issaquah Middle School Advanced Orchestra, May 28, at Hollywood Backlot Stage

-Issaquah Middle School Concert Band, May 28, at Hollywood Backlot Stage.

Dance groups, choirs, ensembles and marching bands from around the world apply to perform each year as part of Disney Performing Arts at both the Disneyland and the Walt Disney World resorts. Once selected, they are given the opportunity to perform at the resort for an international audience of theme park guests.

Millions of performers have graced the stages of the Disney parks over the course of the more than 25-year history of the program.

Issaquah Rotary announces new officers

The Rotary Club of Issaquah recently inducted new officers and board of directors for 2010-11.

Greg Tozer

The new club president is Greg Tozer, director of operations for Express Construction Co. Inc. in Bellevue. Tozer replaces Carl Peterson, of Minuteman Press in Issaquah.

Tozer has been a resident of Issaquah on and off for the past 13 years and member of the Rotary Club of Issaquah for two years. Prior to joining Rotary, he served the Boy Scouts of America in various leadership capacities for more than 27 years across the United States and around the world.

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Fred Meyer customers raise $2,197.32 for Issaquah schools

June 1, 2010

Fred Meyer customers donated $2,197.32 to the Issaquah School District by dropping their change in coin boxes located at Fred Meyer checkstands.

The district received the check last week. In 130 Fred Meyer stores in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, a total of $367,382.05 in change was donated to local schools in an eight-month period. Throughout Washington, Fred Meyer customers raised $139,421.02.

Fred Meyer began collecting donations for school districts in June 2009 and continued through February 2010, with the exception of two weeks in January, when the coin boxes were temporarily earmarked for the American Red Cross Haiti Disaster Relief Fund, raising more than $70,000 for that organization.

Fred Meyer has had coin boxes at its checkstands for more than 10 years, and the money collected in those coin boxes are distributed through the company’s corporate foundation, The Fred Meyer Fund. June 2009 represented the first time the fund called out a specific organization on the coin boxes, letting customers know exactly where their donated change would be going.

From February 2010 to mid-May, the coin box money was directed to local food banks. The final tally for food banks is not yet available, but is expected to be at least $130,000 companywide. From May 23 through Aug. 14, coin box money will go to Operation Homefront, supporting troops and their families, in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. In Alaska, the change donations will go to the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska.

Fred Meyer has a number of other ongoing programs that help to support and raise money for local schools, including the Upromise, Box Tops for Education and E-Labels for Education programs. Learn more about Fred Meyer’s commitment to education and other programs here.

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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.

Gold Stars highlights accomplishments — big or small — by Issaquah students. Send a few sentences and the student’s name, age, grade, school, good deed and a photograph, if possible, to

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Gold Stars

April 13, 2010

Issaquah High School

The Issaquah High School community raised $2,100 March 11 during the annual Battle of the Bands competition at the Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus. This year’s competition also doubled as a benefit concert for victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

Hundreds of students, parents and employees throughout the district came to donate their money to the cause and Barefoot Contingent donated its time to play as a special guest. Read more

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Press Editorial

April 13, 2010

Earthquake drill is meant for all

Since the earthquake in Haiti, it seems like earthquakes are rattling their way around the world. Chile, Mexico, Turkey, Japan, Indonesia and, most recently, Spain and the Solomon Islands have all had big rollers. Closer to home two weeks ago was a 3.8 magnitude quake in Cle Elum, just 65 miles east of here. Read more

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Hop to it: Groups host Easter egg hunts

March 30, 2010

Trevor Jordan dashes to the far end of the field for treasures as a horde of youngsters pick up prizes near the starting line at the 2009 Easter egg hunt and carnival in the Issaquah Highlands. — By Greg Farrar

With Easter less than a week away, several community organizations will host egg hunts the day before the holiday and on Easter.

The annual Easter egg hunt in the Issaquah Highlands, called Highlands 4 Haiti, will be at Grand Ridge Elementary School, 1739 N.E. Park Drive, on April 3. Proceeds from the event will go to World Vision, a nonprofit relief organization based in Federal Way that’s helping children in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake.

Wristbands, sold for $5 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive, in the days before the event, will also be available at the event gate. The event runs from 10 a.m. – noon.

About 1,700 people turned out for the Sammamish Family YMCA Eggstravaganza last year. Organizers expect about 2,000 attendees when the event returns April 3.

The event will be 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event will include carnival games, face painting, inflatable obstacle courses and a visit from the Easter Bunny. The event will be at the YMCA, 4221 228th Ave. S.E. Call 391-4840 for more information. Read more

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Through donating, students take part in global community

March 9, 2010

Hall Monitor Eric Bice Liberty High School

These past few months have taught me something very important about the students at Liberty High School. They have taught me that despite the worst economic recession of our lifetimes, we have been able to step up and contribute our hard-earned money toward Haitian relief efforts.

Haiti was devastated by an earthquake and represents a country in dire need of our monetary support. This is important, because there is no greater need for children to give than toward Haiti, and as of recently, Chile. Read more

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Nonprofits host fundraiser for Haiti earthquake victims Saturday

March 4, 2010

NEW — 5 p.m. March 4, 2010

Local nonprofits will host a fundraiser for victims of the devastating Haitian earthquake Saturday.

Organizers from the Ithna-Asheri Muslim Association, Islamic Education Center of Seattle and the Pakistani Association of Greater Seattle will host the fundraiser from 7-10 p.m. at Embassy Suites Hotel, 3225 158th Ave. S.E., Bellevue.

The event will be open to the public and dinner will be served. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for children younger than 12.

Call Asad Faizi at 916-835-9584, Momem Mokhtari at 206-428-1970 or Rizwan Nasar at 206-412-7545 to learn more.

A magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck the impoverished Caribbean nation in January, and leveled large swaths of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Government and relief agencies estimate the quake killed more than 200,000 and left hundreds of thousands more injured or homeless.

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