Issaquah/Sammamish Health & Safety Fair offers free screenings

January 14, 2013

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 14, 2013

The annual Issaquah/Sammamish Health & Safety Fair returns to Pickering Barn from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 9 with plenty of free health screenings to make it fun and worthwhile for area families.

The fair will feature 50 or more health care professionals. Free health screening will include blood pressure, glucose, eye pressure, injury screening, posture and spinal analysis, oral cancer, sleep apnea and orthotic evaluations. There will be free gifts and information to take home.

The King County Police Union will host its MY ID Club, offering parents free fingerprints of their children, an important tool should children be abducted. The Issaquah Citizen Corps Council, the city of Issaquah and Eastside Fire & Rescue will offer safety and emergency preparedness information.

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Couple marries at Pickering Barn after groom overcomes cancer

January 8, 2013

Stephanie Rotter and Jared Trygg are wed in front of their family and friends by Randy Cracker, who made note of the strength and perseverance Rotter and Trygg acquired before their marriage, during a Pickering Barn ceremony Dec. 28. By Greg Farrar

The relationship between newlyweds Stephanie Rotter and Jared Trygg reads like a romance from a fairy tale.

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Central Issaquah Plan proposes shift from suburban to urban in business district

December 11, 2012

Issaquah, circa 2040, could sport a skyline.

The central business district is on the cusp of change, as city leaders plan for redevelopment on about 1,000 acres stretched along Interstate 90.

Nowadays, suburban sprawl dominates the landscape — traffic-clogged streets unfurl next to strip malls. Residents live elsewhere and climb into cars to reach the area’s amenities. Underfoot, 75 percent of land in the area is encased under parking lots.

Imagine, instead, buildings up to 125 feet tall, storefronts and residences arranged along tree-lined sidewalks, and perhaps decades in the future, a station on the regional rail network.

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City launches revamped website

December 4, 2012

Issaquah municipal government entered the 21st century Nov. 28, and ditched a difficult-to-navigate city website for a user-friendly portal meant to connect residents to government services.

The city launched the website after a monthslong effort to remake the dowdy image projected by the old website. The updated website is meant to speed users to oft-requested information — Pickering Barn rentals and bill payments, for instance.

The overhaul ranked as a high priority for the City Council, and members authorized up to $125,000 for the website overhaul. The point person on the project, Communications Manager Autumn Monahan, said the project is likely to come in under the $125,000 budget once the final project cost is tallied.

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Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank holiday program helps children

November 13, 2012

The holiday season can be a stressful time for families struggling through a difficult financial situation.

But the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is doing its part to bring holiday cheer to all through its holiday gift-giving program.

Caring Through Sharing ensures that families in need get to experience the joy of the holiday season and that each child has a present to open.

“It’s not in our mission necessarily to do holiday gifts for families; we’re really focused on basic needs, but we see this as a really important part of our community,” said Cori Kauk, executive director at the food bank.

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Salmon Days Festival volunteer sign-up party is Sept. 12

September 11, 2012

Salmon Days Festival organizers need a phalanx of volunteers to offer directions to festivalgoers, sell souvenirs, drive a shuttle bus and, importantly, clean up after the event concludes.

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Salmon Days Festival fun launches with volunteer sign-up party

September 5, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 5, 2012

Salmon Days Festival organizers need volunteers to staff the annual celebration.

The festival staff is hosting a volunteer sign-up party at 5 p.m. Sept. 12 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

Participants receive a free dinner and a the Ohfishal Salmon Days volunteer T-shirt.

Participants can sign up to take to man a Salmon Days booth, serve as a Refuse Ranger or drive a shuttle bus.

The opportunity to volunteer at Salmon Days is open to everybody age 8 and older, though children should be accompanied by adult volunteers.

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Japanese students travel 5,700 miles to volunteer in Pickering Garden

August 7, 2012

Falaah Jones (right), garden coordinator from Seattle Tilth, teaches visiting Japanese students about gardening at the city’s Pickering Garden on July 27. Contributed

The Pickering Garden had some unique visitors July 27, more than 20 students from Okinawa, Japan.

The students are part of a summer homestay program through Cultural Homestay International. They will spend one month with host families exploring the Puget Sound area. On their third day, they volunteered at the Pickering Garden with Falaah Jones, garden coordinator from Seattle Tilth. It was the students’ first visit to the United States.

Risa Kamiya and Showei Mori said they like the forest, trees and mountains covered with snow, something they have never seen before. Host families have one or two students in their home at a time.

“Everyone learns,” tour coordinator Cathy Kramer said. “It’s a great opportunity.”

The Japanese students didn’t know each other before the trip but Kramer said they made friends very quickly. Each day, the students have three-hour classes to learn about English and culture.

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Gov. Chris Gregoire proclaims Washington Farmers Market Week

July 29, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. July 29, 2012

The popularity of farmers markets continues to increase across the Evergreen State.

Shoppers made almost 1.8 million trips — including many repeat visits — to experience Washington’s 160 farmers markets.

Gov. Chris Gregoire joined the state Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Farmers Market Association to celebrate Farmers Market Week from Aug. 5-11.

“Washington’s farmers produce some of the best agricultural products around the world,” Gregoire said in a statement. “From our world-famous apples to our varied field greens, the goods produced in our state are second to none. And those who live here have easy access to these quality foods.”

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Offer input on Central Issaquah Plan for business district

July 10, 2012

The historic proposal to transform more than 900 acres near Interstate 90 and state Route 900 in the decades ahead is a step closer to implementation, but before city leaders act on the plan, citizens can comment on the bid.

The long-term Central Issaquah Plan is meant to guide redevelopment from shopping centers and low-rise office buildings to a taller neighborhood meant for businesses and residences.

Before the proposal reaches the City Council for discussion and possible implementation, citizens can comment July 12 at a public hearing hosted by the Planning Policy Commission.

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