Editorial — Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

December 23, 2014

In 1897, Dr. Philip O’Hanlon was asked by his then-8-year-old daughter Virginia whether Santa Claus really existed. O’Hanlon suggested she write to The Sun, a prominent New York City newspaper at the time.

Virginia’s letter became the introduction to an editorial in The Sun, and is reprinted here. Merry Christmas one and all!

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Off The Press — Santa needs help making wishes come true

December 23, 2014

Santa Claus and I see an Eastside seldom noticed by most — the economically challenged families holding their children on our laps and listening to their Christmas wishes.

Sherry Grindeland SnoValley Star editor

Sherry Grindeland
SnoValley Star editor

I am Mrs. Claus at Bellevue’s Crossroads Community Center annual holiday party.

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Santa on call

December 23, 2014

By Erin Metcalf George, Tatom and Anderson Metcalf (from left to right) participate in one of their favorite holiday memories, having the Eastside Fire & Rescue Santa truck come to their neighborhood.

By Erin Metcalf
George, Tatom and Anderson Metcalf (from left to right) participate in one of their favorite holiday memories, having the Eastside Fire & Rescue Santa truck come to their neighborhood.

Reindeer Festival at Cougar Mountain Zoo

December 16, 2014

Off The Press — Editorial space and the spirit of the season

December 16, 2014

So let’s see….

Tom Corrigan Press reporter

Tom Corrigan
Press reporter

Due to circumstances beyond my control — and really anybody else’s, for that matter — I was out of the news business for about three years, having been laid off from two papers in less than a year.

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Send your letters to Santa from community center

December 11, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 11, 2014

Santa Claus wants to hear from you as he makes a list and checks it twice.

You can send your letter to the North Pole from a mailbox in the lobby of the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. N.

The mailbox will be available during regular business hours, from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 18. Find letter templates next to the mailbox.

Make sure you include a home mailing address so Santa can respond.

Santa returns to Reindeer Festival

December 9, 2014

This time of year, not surprisingly, Santa tends to get around. Children and parents alike can see him in malls and events all over.

File Visitors enjoy watching Santa’s reindeer at their home-away-from-North-Pole home during a previous Reindeer Festival at Cougar Mountain Zoo.

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Visitors enjoy watching Santa’s reindeer at their home-away-from-North-Pole home during a previous Reindeer Festival at Cougar Mountain Zoo.

Issaquah’s Cougar Mountain Zoo invites visitors to not only meet Santa, but also to visit with his reindeer and other special animal helpers at the park’s 26th annual Issaquah Reindeer Festival through Dec. 23 at the zoo.

“Each year, the bar gets set a little higher,” said Cari McKinstry, promotions and public relations director for the zoo.

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Santa Visits Issaquah as Christmas Season Begins

December 2, 2014

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

December 24, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 24, 2013

In 1897, Dr. Philip O’Hanlon was asked by his then 8-year-old daughter Virginia whether Santa Claus really existed. O’Hanlon suggested she write to The Sun, a prominent New York City newspaper at the time.

Virginia’s letter became the introduction to an editorial in The Sun, and is reprinted here. Merry Christmas one and all!

Dear Editor,

I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus?
Virginia O’Hanlon

115 W. Ninety-Fifth St.
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Mail letters to Santa at community center

December 10, 2013

Children of all ages can now send their wish list, or even a wish for good tidings, to the North Pole from the Issaquah Community Center.

The mailbox for letters to Santa is located in the center’s lobby, 301 Rainier Blvd. N. The deadline to drop letters into the mailbox is Dec. 19.

Letter templates are also available next to the mailbox. Make sure you include a return mailing address so Santa can respond.

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