Local party shop hosts opening celebration

September 25, 2012

Party @ Display & Costume is, as the name implies, hosting a party to celebrate a recent move to a space in East Lake Center next to Best Buy.

The store plans a grand opening celebration from Sept. 28-30 at 6000 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., Suite B. Customers can receive 20 percent off purchases, free face-painting and animal balloons, and other goodies.

Customers can enter to win a $50 gift card by submitting photos of their Halloween costumes on Party @ Display & Costume’s Facebook page.

In June, Party @ Display & Costume left a space at the Issaquah Commons near Lane Bryant and Ross Dress for Less to make room for a relocated Trader Joe’s.

Big Lots, Spirit Halloween take root in Issaquah

September 4, 2012

The closeout retailer Big Lots is coming to Pickering Place, as months of closings, openings and shuffling continues among tenants at the retail center.

Columbus, Ohio-based Big Lots is due to open the space last occupied by Leathers Gallery, a local furniture store. Leathers moved to a space across the parking lot recently, and Big Lots is renovating the former furniture store.

Big Lots executives could not be reached for details about the store opening.

Before Leathers moved into the then-vacant space, Linens-N-Things operated in the 37,500-square-foot storefront.

Elsewhere, Spirit Halloween opened in the former Albertsons along East Lake Sammamish Parkway. The seasonal tenant offers Halloween makeup, costumes and other holiday items.

Albertsons closed in April 2008, and the space has remained vacant since then.

Undead dancers needed to Thrill the World

September 4, 2012

Chandler Osman, 12, an Issaquah Middle School student, strikes a ‘Thriller’ pose Oct. 22, 2011, during rehearsal for Green Halloween Festival performances.

Join the undead and perhaps set a world record as hordes of residents learn the steps from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” for a world record attempt.

Highlands Council organizers need zombies-to-be to join the Thrill the World attempt. Dancers plan to participate in the world record attempt Oct. 27 at the Green Halloween Festival.

Thrill the World rehearsals run from 5-6 p.m. Sundays from Sept. 9 to Oct. 21 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive. The event is free to open to everybody, regardless of age and skill.

Zombies plan to lurch into the “Thriller” dance at noon to open the Green Halloween Festival and again at 4 p.m.

Dancers participated in the Thrill the World record attempt and a downtown Issaquah zombie walk last year.

Press Editorial

July 10, 2012

July 4 parade has become candy mecca

Before the July 4 Kids, Pets N’ Pride Parade becomes a distant memory, let’s revisit it.

The parade has been a community treasure since its first march down Front Street more than 30 years ago. There just isn’t anything as patriotic as this celebration of families decked out in every conceivable red, white and blue outfit with their fun accessories, all while riding bikes and scooters, walking dogs and rabbits, and waving flags.

Sadly, it has become hard to enjoy it, given the many kids in the middle of the street scrambling for the tossed candy. Read more

Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizers need a hand after trailer heist

July 3, 2012

Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizers asked the public for donations to replace a trailer stolen from its Kent headquarters June 19.

Scare Productions, a nonprofit theater group and partner in the annual Halloween-themed event at Beaver Lake Park, discovered the 18-foot Wells Cargo-brand cargo trailer had been stolen.

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Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizers need a hand after trailer heist

June 28, 2012

NEW — 12:30 p.m. June 28, 2012

Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizers asked the public for donations to replace a trailer stolen from its Kent headquarters June 19.

Scare Productions, a nonprofit theater group and partner in the the annual Halloween-themed event at Beaver Lake Park, discovered the 18-foot Wells Cargo-brand cargo trailer had been stolen.

Kelcey Hendricks, promotions director at Scare Productions, said the group believes the trailer went missing late in the evening of June 12 or early June 13.

The group reported the theft has been reported to Kent police, but police have no leads yet, he added.

The trailer contained several props used in the Halloween event, including an 8-foot by 4-foot vibrating floor, two 5-foot-tall Jacob’s ladders and other tools.

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Saylers celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

June 26, 2012

George and Colleen Sayler in 2012

George and Colleen Sayler, of Issaquah, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 30, 2012, with a luau party hosted by their children Tricia, Craig, Michele and Michael, and daughter-in-law Mindy.

George and Colleen both grew up in Magnolia, where they met through mutual friends in the neighborhood. They started dating on Halloween in 1958. They got engaged March 3, 1962, and married June 30, 1962, at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, in Magnolia.

They lived in several different locations in Magnolia, finally settling in the house on West Boston Street that George grew up in. In that house, they started their family. In February 1966, they became foster parents to daughter Tricia, whom they adopted in September 1966. They had their son Craig in May 1967, daughter Michele in August 1968 and son Michael in December 1972.

Colleen and George Sayler in 1962

In 1975, they moved to Woodinville. George worked as a plumber at the University of Washington until he retired in 1995. After retirement, they moved to Klahanie in 1999.

George and Colleen have seven grandchildren — Alexandra, Jordyn, Carsen, Karter, Brett, Mallory and Braxten. This year, they celebrated their eldest granddaughter graduating from high school and their youngest granddaughter graduating from kindergarten.

Through the years they have enjoyed spending time and traveling with their family and friends — especially the grandkids who give them so much joy — tent camping at Island Lake, trips to San Diego to visit family, trips to Kalaloch and Cannon Beach, going to car shows at the Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, gardening, decorating for Christmas in a big way and they are longtime University of Washington Husky football season ticket holders.

Zombies overrun Issaquah, menace unsuspecting residents

November 1, 2011

Zombies lift a fallen comrade from the pavement on Front Street North as traffic stops for the horde of undead in downtown Issaquah on Oct. 29. By Warren Kagarise

The undead creaked and rasped to life in Issaquah hours before sunset Oct. 29, as zombie hordes menaced motorists on a downtown street and overran a festival in the Issaquah Highlands.

The zombies, groaning and ashen-faced, clad in blood-spattered and torn clothes, started to creep south along Front Street North just after 3 p.m.

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Off the Press

November 1, 2011

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Try not to spoil the holidays for others

Well, the holiday slide has begun.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the holidays. I love getting together with family and friends, eating and drinking, and all of the pageantry that goes with each individual celebration.

I love shopping for people I care about, and for decorations. I love all of the planning and organizing.

However, I do not like putting holidays before their time, like putting out the Christmas stuff before Halloween has even happened.

And I do not love the naysayers and the Scrooges and the grinches.

Well before Halloween, my favorite holiday of all, I received a press release entitled, “The Trick to Fewer Treats: Eight Ways for Cutting Back on the Candy This Halloween.” I got it numerous times in the past few weeks.

Here’s my problem with it.

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Zombies overrun Issaquah, menace unsuspecting residents

October 29, 2011

The undead, including zombie physician, overrun downtown Issaquah en route to the Issaquah Library for a 'Thriller' dance routine Saturday. By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 p.m. Oct. 29, 2011

The undead creaked and rasped to life in Issaquah late Saturday afternoon, as zombie hordes menaced motorists on a downtown street and overran a festival in the Issaquah Highlands.

Zombies, groaning and ashen-faced, clad in blood-spattered and torn clothes, started to creep south along Front Street North just after 3 p.m.

Traffic decelerated to a crawl as zombies shambled down the centerline and along the lanes’ edges as motorists — some bewildered, some bemused — aimed cameras at the horde. Others stared straight ahead in stunned silence as zombies peered inside and tapped on windows.

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