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January 4, 2011

Issaquah Nursing and Rehab donates $1,000 to senior center

Craig Hansen, Carmen Llewellyn and Lisa Stubenrauch

Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation recently donated $1,000 to the Issaquah Valley Senior Center. Presenting the check are (from left) Craig Hansen, president of the board of directors; Carmen Llewellyn, vice president of the board of directors; and Lisa Stubenrauch, administrator at Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Local Realtors honored

The Cascade Team Real Estate recently honored the following agents with its 2010 SOS (Simply Outrageous Service) Award:

  • Bridget Franklin
  • Diego Vitelli
  • Melissa Hughes Wilson
  • Erica Kahler
  • Tonya Eliason
  • Danielle Koval
  • Matt Jensen
  • Stan Hartman

The designation is awarded to agents and brokers who ranked in the top 10 percent for sales companywide, and who also demonstrated exceptional commitment to community.

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Help assemble holiday care packages for troops Saturday

November 12, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. Nov. 12, 2010

Operation Support Our Troops needs helpers to assemble care packages for troops stationed around the globe.

The organization needs up to 50 volunteers to assemble and pack boxes Saturday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way.

The prospective volunteers must contact Sheryl Sheaffer at sheaffers@comcast.net in order to sign up. The senior center can only accommodate a limited number of volunteers, so after Operation Support Our Troops reaches the 50-person limit, no more volunteers can be accepted.

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Operation Support Our Troops needs your donations

November 2, 2010

The local chapter of Operation Support Our Troops is putting together Christmas stockings for troops overseas.

You can donate small hygiene articles; leftover Halloween candy; lightweight, nonperishable food; and entertainment items, like DVDs or crossword puzzle books.

Call Nadine Gulit, with Operation Support Our Troops, at 369-2215, or go to the U.S. Army Recruiting Station at 1145 N.W. Gilman Blvd., No. G2, to donate.

Volunteers are needed to help pack the items from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way. R.S.V.P. by calling Gulit, or here.

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Women’s Club tea combines good times, charity work

November 2, 2010

Steamy tea, little sandwiches and sugary treats await those snacking at the third annual Harmony and High Tea hosted by the Issaquah Women’s Club.

After a group of friends founded the club in 1983, “just a couple of women who wanted to get together and have fun and do some good for the community,” the club has intertwined itself with Issaquah, forming friendships and donating funds to local groups, community outreach chair Mary Mallet said.

Tea aficionados chatter during the annual Harmony and High Tea auction organized by the Issaquah Women’s Club. By Debby Bader

At the tea, women of all ages can catch up with their family and neighbors. Joann McHolland plans to bring her 12-year-old granddaughter, who has already saved $100 to spend at the auction.

McHolland joined the club in 2002, after a vehicle accident made it difficult for her to pursue her other extracurricular activity: golf.

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City prepares for earthquake aftermath

October 12, 2010

A dry-erase board at the city Emergency Operations Center lists mock local road closures as city employees handle emergency scenarios during the two-day regional earthquake drill. By Greg Farrar

The disaster — a magnitude 6.7 earthquake — struck the region less than 48 hours earlier, during rush hour at 7:54 a.m. on a Tuesday.

The temblor triggered landslides on steep slopes, damaged Interstate 90 through Issaquah, snapped mains and compromised the drinking water supply, and toppled cargo cranes at the Port of Seattle — a critical link to deliver food and fuel to Issaquah and the region.

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Flu shot protects against three strains

October 12, 2010

This year’s flu shot protects against three types of influenza: the H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and H1N1, also known as swine flu.

Flu shots combining vaccinations are not uncommon, said Virginia Mason Issaquah primary care doctor Ted Naiman, citing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Marjorie Eikenberry (left), of Timber Ridge, prepares to receive her flu shot at Virginia Mason’s Issaquah clinic from Maxim Healthcare’s Delnaz Pithawalla, a registered nurse, as Eikenberry’s husband of 63 years, Ralph (background), receives his. By Greg Farrar

“Every year, it’s got multiple different ingredients,” he said. “Basically, what the CDC does is they look at the strains of influenzas the year before that made people the sickest and killed the most people, and they use those to make the next year’s vaccine.”

Influenza, a respiratory illness, can cause a multitude of symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, fatigue or vomiting.

Most people recover in two weeks, but sometimes the disease has complications leading to pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus and ear infections.

Every year, between 5 percent and 20 percent of people get the flu, according to the CDC.

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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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ArtEAST signs lease to turn old Lewis Hardware into arts center

September 7, 2010

Issaquah’s artEAST more than tripled its space last week, creating more room to sell and display art and hold art demonstrations, workshops and lectures.

ArtEAST Executive Director Karen Abel has signed a five-year lease for the historic Lewis Hardware building.

“I handed over the big check,” Abel said. “I kind of recall the very first time it occurred to us to think, ‘Wow, maybe we should move forward and try to make this happen.’ It’s pretty amazing to be sitting here four months later.” Read more

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ArtWalk plans to go out with a bang at finale

August 31, 2010

A pedestrian pauses to look at art displayed at the UP Front Gallery sidewalk on Front Street North during ArtWalk. By Greg Farrar

The start of Labor Day weekend marks the end for ArtWalk.

Before the outdoor happening goes on hiatus until May 2011, head to downtown Issaquah and Gilman Village for a final first Friday of artists and musicians. ArtWalk runs from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 3 along Front Street and in Gilman Village, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

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Issaquah History Museums volunteer Stephen Grate dies in hiking accident

August 10, 2010

Stephen Grate teaches a girl at Heritage Day on July 4 how laundry was done more than 100 years ago. Contributed

Early last decade, a hiker had questions about the long-abandoned coalmines carved into the mountains surrounding Issaquah. The query led Stephen Grate to the Issaquah History Museums in 2003.

From the downtown Issaquah museum, he pored through the mining map collection and rummaged through archives to learn how the 19th century mines operated. Grate earned esteem in his final years for his knowledge of Eastside coalmining heritage and for the hikes he often led to derelict mine sites.

Grate, 52, died Aug. 6 in a hiking accident near Leavenworth. The outdoorsman died from head injuries he sustained in a fall from a rock on Asgaard Pass, a steep and challenging route in the Enchantment Lakes Basin.

The coalmining heritage brought Grate to the museums, but he also contributed to other civic and municipal organizations. Colleagues said the Renton resident brought a quiet passion to each role.

The independent computer consultant served on the Issaquah Cable TV Commission, taught a digital photography class at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center and volunteered as a docent at the historic Issaquah Train Depot. Read more

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