Issaquah History Museums dishes up historic desserts for 40th anniversary

October 9, 2012

To celebrate a major milestone, Issaquah History Museums organizers ordered cake — enough cake to stock a bakery.

The museums, founded in 1972 as the Issaquah Historical Society, marks 40 years Oct. 13 and to celebrate, staffers enlisted organizations and volunteers to create the cakes, but rather than the from-the-box Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines confections, bakers agreed to follow recipes lifted from Issaquah’s past.

The community celebration offers participants a chance to sample the cakes, learn about the museums’ history, dance and listen to local musicians perform. Bakers agreed to make a pair of cakes — a cake for eating at the event and another cake for a silent auction.

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Experience 40 years of Issaquah History Museums milestones

October 9, 2012

In 40 years, the Issaquah History Museums has experienced numerous milestones.

  • 1972 — Issaquah Historical Society is founded.
  • 1972 — Issaquah Historical Society leases Gilman Town Hall from city.
  • 1973 — Gilman Town Hall opens as organization’s historical center.
  • 1983 — Society negotiates purchase of Issaquah Train Depot from city.
  • 1985 — Ground is broken on depot restoration project.
  • 1985 — Work on Gilman Town Hall remodel starts.
  • 1989 — Weyerhaeuser Corp. donates caboose to the organization.
  • 1992 — Issaquah Train Depot is added to the National Register of Historic Places.
  • 2004 — Issaquah Historical Society changes name to Issaquah History Museums.
  • 2005 — Puget Sound Energy donates historic Alexander House to the museums. The organization later donates the building to the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce for offices.
  • 2006 — Museums’ oral history project captures the stories and memories of about 25 narrators.
  • 2012 — Refurbished Issaquah Valley Trolley Project streetcar returns to Issaquah for service.

Mayor unveils proposed 2011 city budget Monday

October 1, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 1, 2010

Mayor Ava Frisinger plans to roll out a proposed 2011 city budget Monday night and outline spending priorities after a year of cost-cutting measures.

Frisinger is due to present the proposal to the City Council at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The council meets in the Council Chambers at City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way.

The announcement launches at least a month of deliberations between council members and city staffers to produce a final budget.

The process starts Tuesday night, as leaders from nonprofit organizations — Village Theatre, DownTown Issaquah Association, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, Issaquah Historical Society, Issaquah Valley Senior Center and AtWork! — present requests to the council. City department chiefs present budgets to the council Oct. 13 and 20.

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History Museums engineers popular train show

August 10, 2010

The fifth annual train show, hosted by the Issaquah History Museums, will be conducted Aug. 14 at the Issaquah Train Depot. An array of model trains will be displayed and demonstrated from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The event will highlight historic styles and models, including a caboose, one operated by hand and an elaborate LEGO train. In addition, the Northwest Pacific Z Scalers will display their small z-scale-model layouts.

The “complex” LEGO-train element will be a play area for children who attend, according to Karen Klein, volunteer coordinator and administrator for the show. Children will be able to put together their own train layouts using Brio trains in a dedicated play area. Read more

Baseball town

June 29, 2010

America’s favorite pastime has long been among Issaquah’s most popular activities

Long before motorists began speeding westward on Interstate 90 to Safeco Field for Seattle Mariners’ games, even before the designated hitter became a position, baseball was thriving in Issaquah.

America’s pastime has been one of the favorite pastimes of Issaquah residents since the early days of the community.

Old timers, recalling memories of their early years in the Issaquah Historical Society, often mention the fascination local residents had about baseball.

In the 1920s and 1930s, if children didn’t have a field to play ball on, it was no problem. They just picked sides and played in the streets. Of course, this was long before Humvees came roaring down Front Street.

Often, residents gathered to watch Issaquah town teams. In the early years of the 20th century, many small towns had amateur teams that played against other small town amateur teams.

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2010 Community Awards

May 25, 2010

City inducts Leon Kos into Hall of Fame; chamber names Bob Ittes as Citizen of the Year

Leon Kos, Hall of Fame

Community leaders honored the man at the helm of city administration through more than three decades and four mayors with the top city award last week.

The city inducted retired City Administrator Leon Kos into the Issaquah Hall of Fame during the 31st annual Community Awards Luncheon.

Besides Kos, the city and civic organizations honored people in 15 categories for community and volunteer efforts at the May 18 ceremony.

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce leaders named longtime community banker Bob Ittes as Citizen of the Year. Chamber CEO Matt Bott praised Ittes as “one of the pillars of our community” before the announcement.

“In his quiet way, the recipient has provided strong, steady leadership to a number of local organizations,” Bott said.

Ittes launched Issaquah Community Bank in July 2007 — “known by many as Bob’s bank” — Rowley Properties executive Kristi Tripple, the ceremony emcee, said in the announcement.

The bank merged with three other Puget Sound-area institutions in February to become Bank of the Northwest.

“Pulling together a bank merger during one of the worst economic periods in history is no small feat,” Tripple said. Read more

Leon Kos will retire from city after 33 years

April 27, 2010

City administrator leaves behind a bigger, stronger Issaquah

Leon Kos

The past three decades can be attributed to — or blamed on — legendary City Clerk Linda Ruehle.

Issaquah needed a new city administrator in early 1977. Leon Kos, a recent Seattle transplant from California, applied for the job.

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Issaquah Valley Grange honors David Waggoner as its man of the year

April 20, 2010

David Waggoner seems to be the community’s go-to guy when a volunteer is needed. Take last year, for example.

Waggoner of course accepted the offer when U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert asked him to serve on the board of volunteers of the Honor Flights Project. The project flies World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to view the national memorial for the war.

“I was honored to give my time and effort to get as many of them back to D.C. as we could,” said Waggoner, 66, himself a veteran of the Vietnam War.

Because of his selfless efforts helping those in the community, the Issaquah Valley Grange is honoring him with its Man of the Year award for 2010 next week.

For a man who seemingly was never short on time to volunteer for one group or another, Waggoner was surprisingly short of words when it came to being honored for his efforts.

“I am humbled by the man of the year,” he said. “I have never been one before. I have no other words to say.”

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Tracks readied for return of the trolley

March 9, 2010

 The first of two trolleys from Aspen, Colo., was delivered to Issaquah Nov. 25, 2002, here being placed into position at the train depot. File

Work on the long-planned effort to bring trolley service to downtown Issaquah will relaunch by late spring, after a yearslong hiatus.

City planners last week announced a proposal to rehabilitate a little more than a half-mile of unused railroad track from the historic Issaquah Train Depot to Northwest Gilman Boulevard. The city administers federal grant dollars awarded to the Issaquah Valley Trolley Project, the group behind the $500,000 venture.

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City seeks tourism grant applications

October 20, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 20, 2009

City officials want ideas about how to spend hotel tax dollars to promote lodging and tourism.

Members of the city Lodging Tax Advisory Committee will accept requests until 4 p.m. Oct. 29. Click here to download the application form.

The committee will give special consideration to projects with detailed work programs, records of luring visitors to Issaquah and using city money to leverage additional dollars.

The committee will meet at 4 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Cougar Room at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way. The committee will review requests and make funding recommendations to the City Council.

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