Expect calls for bail in annual muscular dystrophy fundraiser

August 24, 2010

Don’t be surprised Aug. 25 if you receive an unexpected phone call from someone you know asking for bail money.

It’s likely your acquaintance is one of more than 75 of the area’s “most wanted” business executives and community leaders swept up in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual fundraiser.

For example, one of the first time “jailbirds” calling just may be Jim Oswalt, owner of Gemini Fish Market in Issaquah.

“This sounded like a good cause,” he said. “We have a pretty good clientele list we can get in front of to donate.”

By donate, Oswalt means his bail, set for all jailbird participants at a minimum of $2,000. Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Aug. 25, “law enforcement officers” from local fire stations will arrive at places of work to apprehend the jailbirds. Firefighters have been one of the biggest contributors to MDA fundraisers for more than 50 years, according to Shelli Kind, executive director of the Bellevue MDA office. Read more

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MDA coming to lock up local jailbirds for fundraiser

August 17, 2010

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has recruited more than 75 of the area’s “most wanted” business executives and community leaders to participate in its annual Lock-Up, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Aug. 25 at Pogacha Restaurant, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

Participants, or jailbirds, will be arrested by local firefighters and taken to serve their time in a maximum appreciation jail site. Upon arrival, jailbirds will have a mug shot taken and asked to raise their “bail,” set at $2,000, by networking with friends, family and business associates.

MDA hopes to raise $40,000 during the lock-up, and all proceeds from the event will help support MDA services and research programs, including transportation services, support groups and local clinics.

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King County honors Issaquah’s top recyclers

June 29, 2010

Efforts to recycle batteries, toner cartridges, cooking oil and construction materials earned Issaquah agencies and businesses kudos from the King County Solid Waste Division.

The county has recognized the Issaquah municipal government, the Issaquah School District and three Issaquah businesses — Pogacha, Rowley Properties and Timber Ridge at Talus — as Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction.

The city earned plaudits for providing compostable service ware, as well as food-waste and compost collection containers, at every employee event and meeting. Staffers also cut unnecessary printing and recycle toner cartridges.

The school food-service program replaced polystyrene food trays with compostable trays. In 14 schools, Green Teams coordinate food-scrap recycling. The district plans to expand the program to every school in the near future.

Pogacha started recycling cooking oil long before the practice became commonplace. The restaurant started composting food waste last year.

Rowley Properties recycles copper, steel, brass, gypsum wallboard and lumber from every construction project, in addition to cardboard, paper, plastic and aluminum.

Timber Ridge at Talus, a retirement community housed in a LEED-certified building, promotes recycling among employees and residents.

Including the Issaquah honorees, King County recognized 75 organizations for eco efforts.

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King County honors Issaquah’s top recyclers

June 24, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. June 24, 2010

Efforts to recycle batteries, toner cartridges, cooking oil and construction materials earned Issaquah agencies and businesses kudos from the King County Solid Waste Division.

The county has recognized the Issaquah municipal government, the Issaquah School District and three Issaquah businesses — Pogacha, Rowley Properties and Timber Ridge at Talus — as Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction.

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Crooner Troy Kline debuts new, polite CD

March 30, 2010

If you’re looking for life on the sunny side of the street, then Troy Kline’s new CD, “Please and Thank You,” is the pick for you.

With catchy tunes that hark back to the days of big band, a little doo-wop and some bluesy ballads thrown in, you’re bound to get into the swing of spring.

“It’s a fun, bouncy album that has a lot to it,” Kline said. “The theme is really escapism. I wrote it at a point when I hadn’t had a vacation in five years, so I felt tied down. It’s all about where I’d like to be.”

It’s been a 14-month labor of love for the Issaquah-based hair stylist, who started moonlighting as a self-professed crooner about three years ago.

“I’ve always loved music,” he said. “But it wasn’t until really I turned 40 that I reached that turning point in my life where I felt I have to do this. It wasn’t a choice anymore and I haven’t stopped since.”

Stepping into the recording studio for the first time, he laid down tracks for many memorable songs, like “My Funny Valentine,” “I’ve Got the World on a String” and “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.”

What came from that session was his first recorded CD, appropriately titled “Crooner.” Read more

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