Issaquah groups receive retired county vans

May 5, 2015

The King County Council recently unanimously adopted a motion transferring retired Metro Vanpool vans to provide transportation assistance to local governments, community programs, senior citizens and young people.

The Issaquah Senior Center and Life Enrichment Options were two of 26 organizations to receive the vans.

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Senior center program receives $5,000 gift

February 3, 2015

Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation presented a $5,000 gift Jan. 6 to benefit the Issaquah Senior Center Outreach Program.

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Century of conviction — At 100, Kathleen Parker is still going strong for God and church

January 6, 2015

A wife, mother and grandmother. A poet. A prayer warrior.

By Greg Farrar Kathleen Parker wears a tiara and feather boa to celebrate her birthday Jan. 4 after Mountain Creek Christian Fellowship’s church service. The cake was made by parishioner Donna Bartholomew.

By Greg Farrar
Kathleen Parker wears a tiara and feather boa to celebrate her birthday Jan. 4 after Mountain Creek Christian Fellowship’s church service. The cake was made by parishioner Donna Bartholomew.

Those were just some of the phrases used to describe Issaquah’s Kathleen Parker, who reached her 100th birthday Jan. 4.

The church to which she is obviously much attached, the Mountain Creek Christian Fellowship, honored her on the day of her birthday with a special breakfast and celebration following Sunday services at the Issaquah Senior Center. And while Parker may be a bit hard of hearing, she spoke right up when asked to tell a little about her life.

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Kathy Torgerson nominated for Inspire Positive Aging Award

July 22, 2014

Kathy Torgerson, of Issaquah, was one of 15 King County residents nominated for Senior Services’ Inspire Positive Aging Award.

While the award went to McCoy Khammany Sengsi, of West Seattle, Torgerson was honored for her nearly 30 years as volunteer Meals on Wheels coordinator at the Issaquah Senior Center.

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City leaders investigate future of Route 200 bus

April 1, 2014

As King County residents vote whether to fund Metro Transit on April 22, city leaders are considering what to do with Route 200.

Issaquah pays a yearly subsidy to the county in order to keep the bus free of charge. But the city-centric route has been offered for the chopping block for years as Metro has faced increased expenditures. In response, the city has begun to survey residents who would most likely use the bus to try and get a clearer sense of its community impact.

City Economic Development Manager Andrea Lehner said the information would prove valuable for the city as well as the county.

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Park Board recommends Tibbetts Valley Park for potential skate park site

March 25, 2014

NEW — 4:30 p.m. March 25, 2014

After considering the options and residents’ opinions from two public meetings, the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the Issaquah Skate Park recommended the construction of a new skate park in Tibbetts Valley Park during the regular Park Board meeting March 24.

The Park Board agreed and passed its recommendation to Mayor Fred Butler.

“This recommended site at Tibbetts Valley Park is an open grassy area, near the Park & Ride parking lot,” Parks & Recreation Department Director Anne McGill wrote in an email. “It has nothing on the site at this point, except grass, and it would not displace any other park amenity.”

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Rev. Mark Miller takes his sword to new battle

June 4, 2013

Rev. Mark Miller, laughing at a comment from a guest in his office recently, is retiring from Mountain Creek Christian Fellowship after starting it 20 years ago. By Greg Farrar

Rev. Mark Miller, laughing at a comment from a guest in his office recently, is retiring from Mountain Creek Christian Fellowship after starting it 20 years ago. By Greg Farrar

The Rev. Mark Miller’s dress sword, once worn with his dress uniform when he was a young Marine officer and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, hangs on the wall behind his desk.

He traded it in for a different weapon: “For the word of God (Bible) is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword.” (NIV).

His old sword represents his “15 milliseconds of fame” as he was sitting in an officers’ club eating a hamburger, and the film crew for “The Great Santini” was panning the room.

With the new weapon, he started the Mountain Creek Christian Fellowship 20 years ago, a church that has been a ministry “to the more marginalized people, people on the fringes.” Miller is now leaving the ministry in the hands of his co-pastor, the Rev. Vanessa Chitwood, as he awaits orders from God for a new assignment.

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