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December 28, 2010

Elks Poker League

Elks donate to Compassion House

On Dec. 18, Elks Poker League Directors David Hayes (left) and Jeff Wood (right) help and Dave Wallbom, chairman of the Elks board of directors, present checks of $1,147, from tournament donations, and $1,000, from members’ Friday night poker donations, to Rick McCarty, president of Compassion House, and Bonnie Karmouch, of Compassion House.

Sarah Hanna named scholar athlete of the month

Sarah Hanna

Sarah Hanna, a senior at Issaquah High School, has been selected by the Issaquah Booster Club and Red Robin Restaurant as the Red Robin Scholar Athlete of the month for November.

Hanna was a four-year starter on the IHS volleyball team. In 2010, she earned a First Team All KingCo award, and helped lead the girl’s volleyball team through the state tournament three out of the past four years, placing second at state in 2010.

In addition to excelling in athletics, Hanna has a 3.9 grade point average. She is a member of the Honor Society and tutors students at IHS. Her exceptional SAT scores earned her a position as a National Merit Scholar finalist.

Kiwanis Club coat drive

Kiwanis collects hundreds of coats for food bank

The Kiwanis Club’s community coat and shoe drive collected several hundred coats and about 150 pairs of shoes for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.

Community members dropped off their donations at The Issaquah Press, US Bank, Foot Zone, KeyBank (Issaquah and Snoqualmie Ridge branches), Eastside Audiology, Hilton Garden Inn, Eastridge Church and Starbucks during the month of November.

Kiwanis Club volunteers then collected the donations for delivery to the clothing bank, where the items will be distributed to needy individuals and families.

Off The Press

May 4, 2010

Elks poker players help raise funds for charities

David Hayes Press reporter

I’ve been playing poker now long enough and well enough that I could theoretically take the next step — go pro.

One problem is I never set aside my winnings in a separate poker bankroll account to fund entering other poker events. I usually end up spending it on regular activities, so I’m always starting over from square one.

The other problem is I enjoy where I’m playing now — the Elks Lodge. However, based on the declining numbers showing up at our poker leagues, fewer players are doing likewise. The biggest exodus of players is due quite literally to them moving out of town. We’ve lost others — one who decided to concentrate on family, one to natural causes and three because when one broke up with another, all three stopped showing.

I could take my money elsewhere and play in bigger events with bigger payouts. But casinos have a rake of all the action that they get to keep.

I prefer the Elks’ procedure — the rake they keep ends up going to charity.

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Meeting Mr. Ironhead — local steelhead fishing lessons

March 23, 2010

Dallas Cross

Fish Journal

In the last article, I hoped to show the frustration that most beginning steelhead fishers have when they first set forth to catch this spectacular, sea-run rainbow trout. Not being very successful myself at catching them, I set out to meet local fishermen in Issaquah to learn how they kept filling their freezers and smokers with this elusive fish.

Bill Arndt married an Issaquah coal miner’s daughter and started his window washing business in town. I often met Bill at local watering holes where fishing was almost always a topic of conversation.

Bill was known for prolific storytelling and per his own hyperbole was a gifted golfer, sure-shot hunter and premier steelhead fisherman. Ron Powell, manager of the St. Regis Lumber Co., always challenged Bill’s stories, being certain he stretched them out to unbelievable lengths.

One evening, Bill came into the Elk’s Lodge, where Ron and I were talking. Bill loudly exclaimed that he had really scored by catching a couple of large steelhead. Ron immediately confronted him and asked where they were.

Bill didn’t miss a lick and said he had tied them up in the Raging River to keep them fresh until he could fetch them. Ron, immediately said, “Sure, let’s go look at them.” Bill wavered a bit before he responded, “Well, alright, if you don’t mind going way out of your way.” Read more

Compassion House helping families in need

December 1, 2009

Compassion House and the Master Builders Care Foundation will break ground on a transitional housing complex Dec. 9.

The duplex will be built on vacant land at 260 S.E. Andrews St. next to another Compassion House transitional housing unit. Foundation leaders will break ground on the latest HomeAid project 10 a.m. Dec. 9.

HomeAid creates partnerships to construct or renovate facilities to provide housing and assistance for the temporarily homeless. In Issaquah, the partnership includes the homebuilding industry, HomeAid builder captain John Day Homes and nonprofit Compassion House.

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Saturday poker tournament will help family pay medical bills

November 13, 2009

NEW — 1:55 p.m. Nov. 13, 2009

Go all in for a good cause at a charity poker tournament Saturday.

The wife of a city Public Works Operations Department employee was recently diagnosed with cancer. The tournament will help raise money for the chemotherapy treatment she needs soon. But the medical co-payment is high and the family needs help.

Enter the poker tournament at the Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge, 765 Rainier Blvd. N. The event begins 6 p.m. Saturday.

“We want to do anything we can,” said another Public Works Operations employee, Greg Keith, city water operations manager.

The tournament has no buy-in, but a $100 donation will be requested. A potluck and silent auction will also be part of the event. The winner will take home a trophy and a sense of satisfaction after helping a family in need. The family has two young children.

Keith praised municipal workers for efforts to organize the event.

“The generosity of city employees has been just fantastic,” he said.

Gambling on Charity

September 1, 2009

The nine remaining participants get ready to shuffle up and deal at the final table in the Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Fundraiser Aug. 26 at the Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge. The event, hosted by the Issaquah Sister Cities Commission and the American Moroccan International Exchange, raised $1,100 to bring two artists from Issaquah’s sister city Chefchaouen, Morocco, to Issaquah during Salmon Days. Christopher Wright won, Joe Podersek came in second, Dallas Cross in third, Sharyn Solum in fourth and Dave Neiderkrome in fifth. By Tina Eggers

The nine remaining participants get ready to shuffle up and deal at the final table in the Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Fundraiser Aug. 26 at the Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge. The event, hosted by the Issaquah Sister Cities Commission and the American Moroccan International Exchange, raised $1,100 to bring two artists from Issaquah’s sister city Chefchaouen, Morocco, to Issaquah during Salmon Days. Christopher Wright won, Joe Podersek came in second, Dallas Cross in third, Sharyn Solum in fourth and Dave Neiderkrome in fifth. By Tina Eggers

Off The Press

April 13, 2009

Gamble on the car,  help a family in need

David Hayes Press Reporter

David Hayes Press Reporter

Wanna gamble?

For the low price of just $20 per ticket, I can give you a one-in-10,000 chance to win a 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 limited edition, authentic muscle car. For all of you car nuts, here’s what this baby features:

– 6.1 litre HEMI V8 engine

-425 horsepower

-5-speed autostick

-13-speaker Kicker SRT high performance audio

-GPS navigation system

-HEMI orange with black racing stripe on the hood

Who wouldn’t want to win this re-imagining of an American classic?

What was that? You only like to bet on sure things? Afraid the house has too much of an advantage? Read more

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