Flu epidemic spares Issaquah community — so far

January 22, 2013

Beth Whitaker (left), a staff nurse at Eastgate Public Health Center, gives a flu vaccine to Patrick Gill, of Bellevue, as his wife Candice Gill looks on in sympathy after receiving her own shot Jan. 19 during the free flu clinic. By Greg Farrar

Beth Whitaker (left), a staff nurse at Eastgate Public Health Center, gives a flu vaccine to Patrick Gill, of Bellevue, as his wife Candice Gill looks on in sympathy Jan. 19 during a free flu clinic. By Greg Farrar

Health officials urge vaccinations

Flu remains widespread in Washington and throughout the United States, and local health care providers and school administrators said although the epidemic is raging elsewhere, Issaquah is OK — so far.

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Overlake relocates Issaquah specialty clinics

November 20, 2012

Overlake Hospital Medical Center’s Issaquah-based specialty clinics, including cardiology and pulmonology, Anticoagulation Clinic and the Breast Screening Center, have relocated to the Highmark Medical Building along state Route 900 at Northwest Maple Street.

The medical center also moved its Issaquah classroom from the Overlake Center along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast to the Highmark Medical Building. The change offers a larger space for educational courses provided by the hospital and clinics.

Issaquah motorist is injured in Interstate 90 crash

October 23, 2012

Police said a 45-year-old Issaquah woman sustained minor injuries in a major crash Oct. 19 along Interstate 90 near the Interstate 405 interchange.

Washington State Patrol investigators said a 57-year-old Renton woman speeding in a Mazda caused the accident on westbound I-90 in Bellevue.

The state patrol said she crashed into the back of a Toyota at about 5:30 p.m., sending the Toyota into the adjacent lane, where a pickup truck driven by the Issaquah woman struck the vehicle.

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Hoegh-Christensens mark 70th anniversary

September 18, 2012

Ruth and Preben Hoegh-Christensen in 1942

Preben and Ruth Hoegh-Christensen celebrated their 70th anniversary Aug. 2.

Preben and Ruth met in World War II during the German occupation of Denmark. The couple married in a downtown Copenhagen church in 1942.

After the German invasion and threat of a Russian occupation, they departed for the west and landed in Seattle.

The world-traveling duo moved their home base over the years from Ballard to Mercer Island, where they helped found the Bellevue Philharmonic Symphony and volunteered for more than 30 years, to their last stop in Sammamish. They still volunteer for the Sammamish Symphony, which they also helped establish, and at Overlake Hospital, in Bellevue.

The childless couple said years ago they decided to make the community their family.

Wall collapse injures Issaquah Highlands construction crew

August 28, 2012

Medics transported four construction workers to area hospitals the early afternoon of Aug. 24 after a wall at a residential construction site in the Issaquah Highlands fell and injured the men.

Eastside Fire & Rescue and Bellevue Fire Department crews responded to the 900 block of Third Court Northeast, a highlands neighborhood west of Highlands Drive Northeast, at about 1:15 p.m., after a wooden wall measuring about 16 feet by 20 feet collapsed onto the construction workers. The workers were attempting to lift the prefabricated wall into place.

EFR Battalion Chief Glenn Huffman said one man sustained “significant injuries” and had to be transported to Harborview Medical Center.

Medics transported the other men to nearby Swedish/Issaquah and Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue for treatment of less-serious injuries.

Huffman did not have additional information about the workers’ conditions Aug. 24.

EFR sent aid cars and a fire truck to the scene, and the Bellevue Fire Department dispatched a medic unit.

The state Department of Labor & Industries is investigating the accident, per standard procedure.

Wall falls on workers at Issaquah Highlands construction site

August 24, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. Aug. 24, 2012

Medics transported four construction workers to area hospitals early Friday afternoon after a wall at a residential construction site in the Issaquah Highlands fell and injured the men.

Eastside Fire & Rescue and Bellevue Fire Department crews responded to the 900 block of Third Court Northeast, a highlands neighborhood west of Highlands Drive Northeast at about 1:15 p.m., after a wooden wall measuring about 16 feet by 20 feet collapsed onto the construction workers.

EFR Battalion Chief Glenn Huffman said one man sustained “significant injuries” and had to be transported to Harborview Medical Center. Medics transported the other men to nearby Swedish/Issaquah and Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue.

Huffman did not have additional information about the workers’ conditions.

The state Department of Labor & Industries intends to investigate the accident, per standard procedure.

Birth: Morgan Elizabeth McCudden

August 21, 2012

Morgan McCudden

David and Suzanne McCudden welcomed daughter Morgan Elizabeth McCudden to their Covington home Aug. 12, 2012.

She was born at Overlake Hospital, in Bellevue, weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches.

She joins sister Allison, 16 months.

Grandparents are Judith and Walter McCudden, of Sammamish; Gene Yoder, of Auburn; and Barb and John Anderson, of Kent.

Great-grandmother is Patricia Yoder, of Auburn.

David is a 1997 graduate of Issaquah High School, while Suzanne graduated from Liberty High School in 1998.

Issaquah man’s rescuer is named Red Cross hero

April 3, 2012

Dixie Trombly and Don Trombly (from left) are thankful for Greg Gorske and Todd Short, who saved Don’s life. Short received the Medical Rescue Award from the American Red Cross on March 27. By Sarah Gerdes

During the annual Red Cross Heroes awards March 27, Todd Short humbly accepted the Medical Rescue Award, for saving the life of Issaquah resident Don Trombly.

As Short graciously accepted the award from Craig Hendrickson, CEO of Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Trombly nodded.

“He’s our guardian angel,” Dixie Trombly, Don’s wife of 50 years, said of Short, her eyes welling up with tears.

Just a regular day

Don and Dixie Trombly have lived in Issaquah for 60 years, visiting Redmond once a week to stop by the Great Harvest Bread Co., relax and let their dog roam free in a park. While they were in their car, Dixie noticed her husband suddenly exhaled.

“He gave one huff of air, then one more, and I thought that was it,” Dixie Trombly said. “He’s just died in my car.”

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Birth: Jordan Aleksandr Partem

March 20, 2012

Alex Partem and Katie Buehler welcomed son Jordan Aleksandr Partem to their Bellevue home Oct. 1, 2011.

Jordon was born at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue, weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces and measuring 20 inches.

Grandparents are Bogdan and Nataliya Partem, of Bellevue, James Buehler, of Sammamish, and Jan Buehler, of Issaquah.

Great-grandparents are Mariya Havryluyk, of Bellevue, and Florence Armstrong, of Yakima.

Aunts are Rene Buehler, of Poulsbo, Sherissa Buehler, of Issaquah, and Yuliya Partem, of Bellevue. His uncle is Derek Armstrong, of Bellevue.

Katie is a 2006 graduate of Skyline High School. Alex is a 2006 graduate of Interlake High School.

Stuffed donations give kids a friend waiting in the ER

December 6, 2011

Boy Scout Nathan Karren, 14, sits in his living room surrounded by about 650 stuffed animals he collected for his Eagle Scout service project. By Tom Corrigan

Back when she was 4 or 5, Nathan Karren’s sister had to take what her brother described as more than a few trips to the emergency room.

During those trips to the ER, Nathan remembers that Emma, now 7, would be given a stuffed animal to help her feel better. Nathan, now 14, used that memory of Emma’s experiences as his inspiration when dreaming up a service project in order to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

In about a month, while it was dubbed “Project Teddy Bear,” Nathan’s undertaking gathered more than 650 stuffed animals of all types, including teddy bears, rabbits, hippos and about every other creature ever recreated as a soft toy. The fuzzy menagerie was delivered to the ER at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue on Nov. 29. Nathan’s dad Boyd Karren said the delivery went very nicely.

“He was very well received,” Boyd said.

For his part, Nathan said Scouting is a big part of his life.

“It’s pretty important to me,” he said, adding it’s also a lot of fun.

While Boyd noted approximately one out of every 100 Boy Scouts becomes an Eagle Scout, Nathan is following what seems to be a family tradition. Boyd earned his Eagle award after creating a neighborhood watch group in Bellevue. Both Nathan’s maternal grandfather and great-grandfather were Eagle Scouts. Boyd said his father didn’t get to be an Eagle Scout when he was younger, but has earned a prestigious Silver Beaver award for his adult volunteering with the Scouts.

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