Mouseketeer for life

December 21, 2010

Retired ‘voice girl’ recalls her work at the happiest place on earth

Ginny Tyler (right, wearing Golden Mouse ears) gets a ride on a motorcycle from Rich Moothart, who came to Providence Marianwood to give residents a ride on his Harley.

Ginny Tyler had the job every kid dreamed of.

She took off for Hollywood at the age of 32 and got a job with Walt Disney Studios and Disneyland, the happiest place on earth. For almost 40 years she would stay there, voicing characters for Disney movies, performing on the Disneyland lot and acting in several popular shows of the time, eventually culminating in an induction into the Disney Legends Hall of Fame in 2006.

“It was just wonderful,” Tyler said at Providence Marianwood in Issaquah, where she currently resides. “It was so thrilling to work for Walt Disney. People would say, ‘get that voice girl!’”

Tyler was born in Berkeley, Calif., but was raised in Seattle. She discovered early on she had something that set her apart from other kids her age.

“I had a deep voice for a little girl in grade school,” she said. “I learned to change my voice as a young person. I could change my voice at the click of a finger.”

That’s a talent Tyler still possesses today, as she demonstrated numerous times during an interview, switching from a witch, to a pig to Minnie Mouse seamlessly.

“(People) would ask, ‘what does Ginny sound like?’” Tyler said.

“Anything,” she answered.

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Agoraphobic painter finds friends at artEAST

November 2, 2010

Michelle Ryan smiles while standing beside two of her polymer clay collage shadow boxes recently at the original UP Front Art gallery. By Greg Farrar

For years, Michelle Ryan could not bear to go outside. She had stationed herself on her living room couch, doing crossword puzzles, watching TV and recovering from a series of medical problems.

Then, a light came into her life in the forms of a paintbrush and the welcoming crew at artEAST, an Issaquah art cooperative.

Ryan’s life has taken her across the country, but she moved to Issaquah in 1990, working as an echo cardiographer, taking ultrasounds of peoples’ hearts. In 1998, her health left her on disability, and she ended up staying indoors for the next four years. Read more

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Issaquah’s art is on display at Providence Marianwood

October 12, 2010

What makes a city? About one dozen artists asked themselves the question in preparation for an artEAST show at Providence Marianwood that runs through Nov. 29.

Katya Palladina responded with the photograph of a glass Tokyo skyscraper reflecting sunlight, while Carol Ross painted a woman driving a moped on a newspaper canvas.

Carol Ross’ piece, ‘Commuting,’ will be on display at Providence Marianwood through November. Contributed

Some of the paintings have already debuted at the Collective Works Gallery, the showroom adjacent to the UP Front gallery in downtown Issaquah. Sammamish resident Janice King thought of the theme “What Makes A City” for a show in August.

She said the evolution of Sammamish inspired her.

“Sammamish is a new city and there has been so much discussion here about how we grow up as a city, what kinds of resources do we need,” she said.

She submitted a quilt exhibiting trees and homes, which highlights “the importance of keeping old-growth trees, even in the face of new development,” she said.

Other artists used the media of paint, photography, collage, glass, fiber and clay in their submissions.

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Bring pets to blessing of the animals Wednesday

October 5, 2010

NEW — 4 p.m. Oct. 4, 2010

Bring Fido and Fluffy to Providence Marianwood to be blessed by a priest Wednesday morning.

To celebrate the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the pets of Providence Marianwood residents — plus animals owned by staff members, volunteers, family members and the public — can participate in a blessing led by the Rev. Fred Jessett.

The blessing is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. at Providence Marianwood, 3725 Providence Point Drive S.E. Call 391-2895 to learn more.

St. Francis, a 12th and 13th-century priest, is the patron saint of animals.

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Art exhibit brings joy, funding

August 17, 2010

The exhibit features work from Susan Briggs, an artist who uses intricate fabric collage, stitching and beading to create detailed and colorful designs. By Susan Briggs

Textile art by Eastside female artists is to embellish the walls of Providence Marianwood through the end of September, thanks to a partnership between the assisted living facility and artEAST.

The exhibit, titled “Vibrant Threads,” showcases the work of Anne Anderson, of Issaquah; Sharlet Driggs, of Fall City; and Susan Olds, of North Bend. Made from felted wool, hand-painted silk and fabric collage, the art boasts vivacious colors and unusual media. Read more

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Who’s News

August 10, 2010

Liberty grads get scholarships

The Maple Hills Marlins Swim Team Board awarded four scholarships in August to four college-bound graduates from Liberty High School who have been longtime summer swim team members.

The 2010 scholarship award winners are Hannah Blue ($500), Austin Briggs ($500), Dooley Brown ($250) and David Lowry ($250).

Blue and Brown are headed to Washington State University in the fall. Briggs will attend the University of Washington. Lowry is going to Western Washington University.

To be considered for the scholarship award, graduated seniors who swam this season completed an application, which was scored blind according to an established matrix. Years on the team, contributions to the team, responses to essay questions, and grade point average were all factors in the selection. Funding for the scholarships comes from team fundraising efforts.

Providence Point residents support local charities

The Kiwanis Club of Providence Point recently concluded its annual fund drive for 2010. More than 50 percent of Providence Point residents contributed, generating $25,000 for local charities, including Eastside Baby Corner, Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank, Providence Marianwood Foundation and the YWCA Family Village in Redmond.

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2010 Community Awards

May 25, 2010

City inducts Leon Kos into Hall of Fame; chamber names Bob Ittes as Citizen of the Year

Leon Kos, Hall of Fame

Community leaders honored the man at the helm of city administration through more than three decades and four mayors with the top city award last week.

The city inducted retired City Administrator Leon Kos into the Issaquah Hall of Fame during the 31st annual Community Awards Luncheon.

Besides Kos, the city and civic organizations honored people in 15 categories for community and volunteer efforts at the May 18 ceremony.

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce leaders named longtime community banker Bob Ittes as Citizen of the Year. Chamber CEO Matt Bott praised Ittes as “one of the pillars of our community” before the announcement.

“In his quiet way, the recipient has provided strong, steady leadership to a number of local organizations,” Bott said.

Ittes launched Issaquah Community Bank in July 2007 — “known by many as Bob’s bank” — Rowley Properties executive Kristi Tripple, the ceremony emcee, said in the announcement.

The bank merged with three other Puget Sound-area institutions in February to become Bank of the Northwest.

“Pulling together a bank merger during one of the worst economic periods in history is no small feat,” Tripple said. Read more

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Seniors go cruisin’ down memory lane on a Harley Davidson

May 18, 2010

Click here to view “Seniors go cruisin’ down memory lane on a Harley Davidson.”

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Off The Press

May 11, 2010

These cycling angels are the heavenly type

Greg Farrar Press photographer

They’re rebels. They flout the rat race. They’re revolutionaries. They question authority. They’re ornery and feisty. They’re nonconformists.

And every six months, these residents of the Providence Marianwood Nursing Center invite the Eastside Harley Owners Group club for a social hour, a luncheon and a round of motorcycle hell raising.

Apparently, birds of a feather flock together!

Each Harley Day visit, such as the one May 8, begins with an average of 20 Harley-Davidson motorcycle owners blasting into the parking lot with a groundswell of high-decibel noise, shiny sparkling chrome, decorated helmets, abundant beards, bandannas and ponytails, and leather duds emblazoned with skulls, eagles and Harley logos.

But don’t let that scare you. The HOGS include professionals, such as accountants, lawyers and computer software workers. Read more

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Providence Marianwood, artEAST host art show

May 4, 2010

Providence Marianwood skilled nursing home and artEAST artists’ group present their first combined art show, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.” The show, which runs through May 31 at the senior care facility, 3725 Providence Point Drive S.E., features photographs by artEAST artists. The public is invited to stop by to view the photographs in the new “Marianwood Art Gallery.”

ArtEAST will then work with Providence Marianwood to display a different art show about every two months, and artist receptions will be held on the third Wednesday of even numbered months.

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