Candidates to face off in Eastside forums

October 5, 2010

Hear the candidates in legislative and congressional races discuss the economy, education and other issues at forums in Issaquah and Newcastle.

The candidates in the contests to represent Issaquah in the state House of Representatives plan to attend a forum hosted by the Issaquah Valley Elementary Parent Teacher Association. The discussion is focused on 5th Legislative District education. The district includes most of Issaquah and Sammamish, plus North Bend and Snoqualmie.

The education forum is Oct. 12 at Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

The incumbent Republicans, Glenn Anderson and Jay Rodne, and Democrats David Spring and Gregory Hoover plan to attend.

Though the forum is open to the public, state PTA bylaws prohibit the display of candidate signs, buttons or materials during the discussion.

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Find the Roving Fish Fan and win Salmon Days prizes

October 1, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 1, 2010

Seek out the Roving Fish Fan at the Salmon Days Festival — and reel in prizes from ohfishal spawnsors.

Spot the Roving Fish Fan at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

If you find the Roving Fish Fan first at the different locations at the festival, he or she will provide you with a booth number or business card to claim a prize.

Find real-time clues to find the Roving Fish Fan on Twitter. Use the hashtag #FishFan to track him or her, find out what he or she is wearing, and learn secret words to become a winner.

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Republican candidates convene in Issaquah for campaign boot camp

June 29, 2010

Political candidates convened in Issaquah last week to learn how to be better campaigners and, perhaps someday soon, lawmakers.

The right-of-center Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute recruits and readies potential candidates for office. The institute, a three-day course held through June 26 at the Issaquah Hilton Garden Inn, included Republican up-and-comers seeking state Senate and House of Representatives seats.

Think of the session as summer school for candidates, with the first test set for the Aug. 17 primary.

In addition to policy primers, the 23-member class took in lessons about government institutions, the political process and how to communicate to voters and journalists.

Instructors included state Rep. Kevin Parker, a popular Spokane Republican; staffers from the Washington Policy Center, a Seattle-based think tank; and Troy Nichols, policy director for the House GOP caucus.

Washington Democrats run a similar boot camp for candidates, the Institute for a Democratic Future.

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Candidates convene in Issaquah for campaign boot camp

June 25, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. June 25, 2010

Political candidates convened in Issaquah on Thursday afternoon to learn how to be better campaigners and, perhaps someday soon, lawmakers.

The right-of-center Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute recruits and readies potential candidates for office. The institute, a three-day course held through Saturday at the Issaquah Hilton Garden Inn, includes Republican up-and-comers seeking state Senate and House of Representatives seats.

Think of the session as summer school for candidates, with the first test set for the Aug. 17 primary.

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Heirlooms in attic could be worth a pretty penny

June 8, 2010

The tough economy has prompted many wannabe treasure hunters to clean out the attic and dig in the jewelry box in search of hidden loot.

Treasure Hunters Roadshow, a traveling treasure hunt, rolled into Issaquah last week and offered locals a chance to discuss antiques and collectibles with experts.

Clint Crook, a roadshow representative, said some of the more unusual pieces to reach the roadshow included a bed believed to once belong to Johnny Cash. Everyday fare included smaller items pulled from closets, dressers and jewelry boxes.

Bob Steiner (left), a buyer with Treasure Hunters Roadshow, looks at the silver coins and jewelry of former Tiger Mountain resident Freda Stranack, 91 (center), who came with daughter Patty Parker to the Hilton Garden Inn in Issaquah. Photos by Greg Farrar

Crook said although collectors curtailed purchases because of the recession, some items remain hot. Early Barbie dolls attract attention. The vintage toys can fetch thousands of dollars from high-end collectors.

Other surefire sellers: old-school guitars and Winchester firearms. Crook said the Treasure Hunters Roadshow team had purchased a vintage guitar for $60,000 before the Issaquah stop. The guns, manufactured in the late 1800s, recall the rough-and-tumble days of the Old West — and demand a pretty penny from gun collectors. Crook said roadshow buyers secured $40,000 for a vintage pistol before the Issaquah stop.

The pieces carted to the Treasure Hunters Roadshow offered hints about how to spot potential valuables amid antiques.

Hundreds of people from Issaquah, the Eastside and the region unpacked antique lamps, hand-painted vases and porcelain figurines from bubble wrap in a hotel conference room last week. Organizers estimated the five-day event could draw as many as 1,200 people.

Silverware — the real stuff — and pre-1965 coins — comprised mostly of silver — also landed on buyers’ tables at the Treasure Hunters Roadshow. The most common item unloaded by attendees: gold jewelry. The price of gold has risen as investors sought a more stable investment in a roiling market.

The event bore similarities to the roving “Antiques Roadshow” broadcast on PBS. Though the “Antiques Roadshow” and Treasure Hunters Roadshow teams both appraise pieces, employees for the latter buy pieces outright.

“If you want to guarantee that I’m going to hand over a check, bring in your precious metals,” Crook said June 3, the third day of the Issaquah stop.

On the Web

Find the next Treasure Hunters Roadshow stop. Determine the value of heirlooms and oddities with a tips-of-the-trade guide and experts’ library on the website for PBS series “Antiques Roadshow” here.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

Bring heirlooms and oddities to ‘treasure’ roadshow

June 3, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. June 3, 2010

Clean out the attic and dig in the jewelry box as modern-day treasure hunters descend on Issaquah.

Treasure Hunters Roadshow rolled into town Tuesday, and antique and collectible experts will be available through Saturday to talk about heirlooms and, perhaps, some hidden gems.

Find the roadshow at Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 N.W. Gilman Blvd. The event runs from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Thursday and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday. Call 217-726-7590 for more information. Learn more about the event here.

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Kiwanis Club of Issaquah seeks funding proposals

June 1, 2010

The Kiwanis Club of Issaquah’s annual community auction at the Hilton Garden Inn on April 24 raised $71,000, $12,000 better than club members expected. As a result, the club is seeking proposals from qualified charities as it seeks to disburse these funds into the community.

Established nonprofit organizations seeking grants of between $500 and $2,000 should visit www.issaquah.kiwanis.org for an application.

Each year, Kiwanis Club of Issaquah grants more than $75,000 to dozens of community organizations, and in the form of scholarships to qualified students. In addition to the community auction, the club’s other major fundraiser is its annual salmon bake during the Salmon Days Festival each October.

Kiwanis Club of Issaquah seeks funding proposals

May 18, 2010

The Kiwanis Club of Issaquah’s annual community auction at the Hilton Garden Inn on April 24 raised $71,000, $12,000 better than club members expected. As a result, the club is seeking proposals from qualified charities as it seeks to disburse these funds into the community.

Established nonprofit organizations seeking grants of between $500 and $2,000 are encouraged to visit the Kiwanis website for an application.

Each year, Kiwanis Club of Issaquah grants more than $75,000 to dozens of community organizations, and in the form of scholarships to qualified students. In addition to the community auction, the club’s other major fundraiser is its annual salmon bake during Salmon Days each October.

Kiwanis event funds grants for local organizations

April 13, 2010

Ready, set, bid — for a good cause as the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah hosts its 32nd annual auction and dinner fundraiser April 24.

The event is one of the largest Kiwanis fundraisers all year, President Connie Fletcher said.

Last year, the event made about $66,000, member Keith Watts said. Members are hoping to reach that again this year at the Hilton Garden Inn with help from emcee Leon Kos, Issaquah’s city administrator, and City Councilman Fred Butler.

Items for the auction include travel packages, an oceanfront condo in Mexico, iPod Touch, jewelry, local experiences like a fire truck ride, and two Trophy Club passes to the U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee Golf Course.

Proceeds from the event go to fund grant requests from local organizations, like Eastside Baby Corner, Issaquah Church and Community Services and the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. Read more

R.S.V.P. for chamber candidate luncheon by Friday morning

October 8, 2009

NEW — 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8, 2009

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce leaders will host a luncheon and candidate forum Tuesday.

The event will feature City Council candidates Maureen McCarry and Joan Probala, and Tola Marts and Nathan Perea, and school board candidates Marnie Maraldo and Wright Noel.

Register for the event by 9 a.m. Friday. Call the chamber at 392-7024 or e-mail Adrianne Pavlik at apavlik@issaquahchamber.com to make a reservation.

The event will be held at Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 N.W. Gilman Blvd. A meet and greet with the candidates begins at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m., and the program begins then. The cost is $25 for members with advance reservations and $35 for all walk-in attendees.

“It is important that candidates for City Council and school board know that the 467 members of the chamber are interested in their stance on issues affecting Issaquah business,” chamber CEO Matt Bott said.

Befitting the host, the questions will be focused on business. The chamber does not endorse candidates.

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