Home Country — Sometimes you have to hold fast to your opinion

July 9, 2015

Windy Wilson was on the prowl, this beautiful Independence Day morning, searching the neighborhood for something to do for others. He decided to let his weekly day helping others come on the Fourth this week, because he was feeling very American.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

Let’s see … he thought … I can circumlocute over to Mrs. Hennessey’s and see if her flower garden needs weeding. She’s got very close veins and the sugar diabeets, and getting around ain’t easy.

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Fourth of July Kids ‘n Pets Parade

July 4, 2014

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Master Chorus Eastside concert celebrates Independence Day

June 10, 2014

Include Master Chorus Eastside in your pre-Fourth of July plans.

The vocal ensemble comprised largely of local residents returns to Issaquah for its annual Celebrate America concert.

The concert starts at 3 p.m. June 29 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

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December 11, 2012

Our state park needs passionate ‘friends’

Lake Sammamish State Park needs a group of passionate people to come together as Friends of Our State Park. Both leaders and roll-up-your-sleeves volunteers are wanted.

The state park has had a plan in place for five years. That plan would add an esplanade between the picnic and beach areas for walkers to access a new bathhouse, a boathouse for kayaks and rowing shells, a lakefront café, improved group sites, environmental educational components throughout, an RV and tent park, a lodge to host youth or adult groups for overnights or meetings, and much cleaner beach and grassy areas.

A citizen group met for three years to come up with the plan, and design work was completed for the esplanade and bathhouse. It was to have been done by 2013, in time for the 100th anniversary of Washington State Parks.

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Police detonate pipe bomb in Issaquah Highlands portable toilet

July 24, 2012

Police display a pipe bomb discovered in a portable toilet July 16 and later safely detonated the device. Issaquah Police Department

Police safely detonated a pipe bomb discovered inside a portable toilet in the Issaquah Highlands on July 16, not long after a construction crew discovered the Honey Bucket had been damaged by explosives.

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Dump leftover Independence Day fireworks for safety

July 10, 2012

Fourth of July revelers should dump leftover fireworks, rather than storing the pyrotechnics inside a home or garage.

Curious children may decide to light old fireworks. Exposure to water or chemicals can cause the composition of fireworks to change, making them hazardous materials. Stray sparks could ignite fireworks and lead to disaster. Or the explosives could spontaneously combust.

Safety experts recommend disposing of small amounts of fireworks by removing the fuse, and then soaking the fireworks in water until saturated. The waterlogged fireworks should then be double-bagged in trash bags.

The state Fire Marshal’s Office offers additional tips for Independence Day revelers to toss leftover fireworks at www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireworks.htm.

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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

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Eastside Fire & Rescue experiences booming Fourth due to fireworks incidents

July 6, 2012

NEW — 10:15 a.m. July 6, 2012

Fireworks-related incidents kept Eastside Fire & Rescue crews busy before, on and after Independence Day.

The incidents included a torched barn and a vehicle lost to a fireworks-related blaze. The agency did not report any injuries related to the incidents.

The action started Monday in downtown Issaquah at Front Street South and Newport Way Southwest, as firefighters responded to a smoke bomb at 9:40 p.m.

Just after midnight on the holiday, Wednesday, firefighters started the Fourth of July by responding to a garbage can fire started by a sparkler bomb at Southeast Belvedere Way and 266th Way Southeast in Sammamish.

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Expect regular trash pickup on Independence Day

July 3, 2012

Issaquah customers should expect regular garbage service on Independence Day.

The holiday falls just after most city customers switch from Waste Management to CleanScapes on July 2.

Customers can continue to use existing carts. CleanScapes plans to add stickers in July to describe what can be composted and recycled.

Though the collection day is changing for some customers, the billing cycle is not changing for anyone. Customers poised for a collection day change should have received a postcard with information about the switch.

Customers with questions can call CleanScapes at 837-1234 or go to www.cleanscapes.com to learn more.

The changeover from Waste Management to CleanScapes affects most Issaquah customers. Allied Waste — a local name for national company Republic Services — hauls garbage in South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods along Lake Sammamish.

CleanScapes is also renovating a space in Gilman Village for a customer service center.

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Regional Animal Services of King County needs volunteers to find lost pets

July 3, 2012

Regional Animal Services of King County needs volunteers to help reunite owners and pets after Independence Day.

Holiday fireworks inevitably scare some pets and cause the animals to run away, so the animal control agency and the nonprofit Missing Pet Partnership plan to train volunteers for Mission Reunite: Help and Hope for Lost Pets.

Missing Pet Partnership founder Kat Albrecht, a police detective turned pet detective, has been involved in finding missing pets since 1997, and founded the organization in 2001.

“The return to owner rate for lost pets at animal shelters across the country is low, but the Mission Reunite program can help our lost pets in King County get back together with their families,” agency Manager Gene Mueller said in a statement. “This exciting program has proven very successful in reuniting owners and their stray pets, but we need volunteers to help continue that success.”

Learn more, or register for Mission Reunite: Help and Hope for Lost Pets or another volunteer opportunity, by contacting Sarah Luthens at sarah.luthens@kingcounty.gov or 206-296-3946.

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