Editorial — Celebrate safely this graduation season

June 3, 2015

You did it, grads!

You endured the tests, the homework, the projects, the classes, the early start times and the occasional sleepless night to get to this point — right here, right now, the finish line is in sight.

Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high school seniors will receive their diplomas June 12 at Safeco Field. Tiger Mountain Community High School seniors will celebrate graduation June 11 at the school.

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Honor veterans at Memorial Day service

May 22, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 22, 2015

The community is invited to honor its veterans at a special Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. May 25.

(On Saturday, May 23, the VFW and Troop 709 will decorate veteran graves with flags and crosses at 9 a.m., rain or shine. The public is invited help.)

The Issaquah Veterans of Foreign Wars will again produce the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Issaquah’s Hillside Cemetery. The cemetery is between Mountain Park Boulevard and West Sunset Way — just west of and above Newport Way.

State Rep. Jay Rodne will be the guest speaker. Rodne has served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for the past 20 years.

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Editorial — Freedom isn’t free; thank a veteran today

May 20, 2015

Freedom is not free.

The cost is men’s and women’s lives. And blood and guts. And arms and legs. And hearing and sight. And brains and other organs.

Men and women have given their lives and paid in many other ways for this country’s freedom since it began.

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Send veterans photos, story ideas for Memorial Day section

May 5, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 5, 2015

The Issaquah Press is proud to announce it will print its sixth annual veterans section — Lest We Forget — in the May 20 paper, in time for Memorial Day.

Veterans, we want your photos and information, whether you served in a war or during peacetime. If someone in your family was a veteran, but he or she has passed away, we still want to include him or her.

It is important for us to honor and remember all local veterans, living or deceased.

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Send veterans photos, story ideas for Memorial Day section

April 26, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 26, 2015

The Issaquah Press is proud to announce it will print its sixth annual veterans section — Lest We Forget — in the May 20 paper, in time for Memorial Day.

Veterans, we want your photos and information, whether you served in a war or during peacetime. If someone in your family was a veteran, but he or she has passed away, we still want to include him or her.

It is important for us to honor and remember all local veterans, living or deceased.

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Vets advocate Dave Waggoner is honored as Hometown Hero

February 24, 2015

Issaquah doesn’t forget.

By Greg Farrar Dave Waggoner speaks to the crowd during a Veterans Day memorial ceremony in his role as a representative of the Issaquah branch of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3436.

By Greg Farrar
Dave Waggoner speaks to the crowd during a Veterans Day memorial ceremony in his role as a representative of the Issaquah branch of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3436.

Not a Veterans Day or a Memorial Day goes by without a city celebration honoring the men and women who fought, or continue to fight, for this country’s freedom.

Issaquah and its residents won’t forget those sacrifices anytime soon, because Dave Waggoner won’t let them.

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Game on! — History, strategy and socializing combine at hobby convention

February 10, 2015

Forget wizards and dragons and, with one exception, aliens and space armadas.

For Game ON! 2015, Feb. 5-8 at the Issaquah Holiday Inn, the name of the games was mostly history.

By Greg Farrar Geoffrey Phipps (left), game designer, longtime historical gaming hobbyist Tyler Roush and game developer Scot McConnachie, are aided by textbooks on the Battle of Gallipoli and inspired by an Australian recruiting poster, as they refine a draft original of ‘Gallipoli 1915: Churchill’s Greatest Gamble’ during the Game ON! convention.

By Greg Farrar
Geoffrey Phipps (left), game designer, longtime historical gaming hobbyist Tyler Roush and game developer Scot McConnachie, are aided by textbooks on the Battle of Gallipoli and inspired by an Australian recruiting poster, as they refine a draft original of ‘Gallipoli 1915: Churchill’s Greatest Gamble’ during the Game ON! convention.

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Public is invited to join Relay for Life

May 27, 2014

It may be too late to sign up a new team, but the invitation remains open to the public to join in on all the fun at the annual Relay For Life this Memorial Day weekend.

Mayor Fred Butler will kick off the event at noon May 31, setting in motion 767 participants on 93 teams circling the track at Issaquah High School, raising funds for cancer research.

“We have passed our goal of 90 teams and are well on our way to our goal of raising $300,000 for the American Cancer Society,” said event chairwoman Stacy Strickland. “We are currently pacing ahead of this time last year, so we are confident that our Issaquah community will help us reach our goal.”

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Editorial

May 27, 2014

Many people came out to celebrate and remember veterans at ceremonies across the area on Memorial Day.

But the men and women who served or died in military service to their country should be remembered and honored all year.

Members of our military are still fighting and dying in remote areas all around the world.

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Honor veterans Monday at Memorial Day ceremony

May 25, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 25, 2014

This year’s annual Memorial Day ceremony is 10 a.m. May 26 at Hillside Cemetery.

The speaker will be Cmdr. Dave Waggoner. The service will last about 45 minutes, and there will be refreshments after.

The Liberty High School Junior Naval ROTC will do the honor guard and color guard duties. Boy Scout Troop #709 and Cub Scout Pack #639 will also be in attendance to help with programs.

If it rains, the event will be moved to the Issaquah Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way.

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