Community is welcome at May 29 ‘Bring it on Bingo’ tonight

May 29, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 29, 2014

Enjoy a glass of wine, delicious appetizers and a rousing game of bingo at 6 p.m. May 29 at “Bring it on Bingo” at Spiritwood at Pine Lake.

Winners will have their choice of great prizes.

Donations for the Issaquah Food Bank are being accepted. Bring packaged food or money.

The retirement community is at 3607 228th Ave. S.E.

Editorial

May 27, 2014

Many people came out to celebrate and remember veterans at ceremonies across the area on Memorial Day.

But the men and women who served or died in military service to their country should be remembered and honored all year.

Members of our military are still fighting and dying in remote areas all around the world.

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Spiritwood at Pine Lake hosts mudslide fundraiser pancake breakfast Saturday morning

April 4, 2014

NEW – Noon April 4, 2014

Spiritwood at Pine Lake is throwing its support behind those affected by the Oso mudslide, with an April 5 benefit fundraiser.

The Issaquah retirement community will host a pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. The feast costs $10 per person.

All proceeds benefit the Oso mudslide victims through the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation, a local organization that is giving 100 percent of donations directly to those affected by the disaster.

Spiritwood at Pine Lake is at 3607 228th Ave. S.E.

Maywood Kiwanis Builders Club helps children, seniors

March 18, 2014

The latest addition to the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah family is the Maywood Middle School Kiwanis Builders Club.

The chartering of the Maywood Builders Club was initiated two years ago by Key Clubber Lisa Antonio, currently lieutenant governor of PNW Key Club Division 28. It took two years to find a faculty adviser, Samantha Neff.

With her leadership, the Kiwanis Maywood Builders Club recently engaged Kiwanis and Key Club with the project of making hospital dolls for Seattle Children’s. Doctors use the dolls to explain medical procedures by drawing the procedure on a doll, which is then given to the patient.

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‘Rovin’ Fiddlers’ Perform at Spiritwood / March 14, 2014

March 17, 2014

Spiritwood at Pine Lake’s company honored

December 24, 2013

Village Concepts, a third generation family-owned business that owns and operates retirement and assisted living communities throughout Washington state, including Issaquah’s Spiritwood at Pine Lake, was honored as a “Silver Winner” in the 2013 “Seattle Business” magazine’s Family Business Awards.

Village Concepts is one of the 13 family-owned businesses recognized in seven categories for their sense of responsibility, legacy, dedication and contribution to the local economy. Selected as a “Silver Winner” for large firms with more than 250 employees, Village Concepts was recognized at an awards gala Nov. 19.

Spiritwood at Pine Lake is located at 3607 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish.

 

Learn about changes in new healthcare law Oct. 8

September 29, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 29, 2013

Theresa Baker, of the Baker Insurance Group, hosts the first of several interactive informational sessions on the Affordable Care Act “What You Need to Know” at 6:30 p.m. Oct 8 at the Spiritwood at Pine Lake retirement community, 228th Ave. S.E.

Baker also will share insights about the new regulations with patients affected by multiple sclerosis at 10 a.m. Oct. 10 at Swedish/Issaquah, 751 N.E. Blakely Drive.

The 25-year insurance professional is also scheduled to speak at Spiritwood again Nov. 5.

“ObamaCare is coming,” she said. “The only way to be prepared for the change is to be educated on how the law will affect you and your family.”

Musician proves it’s never too late to publish a first book

March 5, 2013

Newcastle resident Italene Gaddis may be 87 years old, but if you ask her, she doesn’t feel any older than she did as a child growing up in the South.

“You’re not a number,” she said. “People say ‘Are you really 87?’ and I say ‘No, not really, I’m Italene.’”

By Christina Corrales-Toy Italene Gaddis, an 87-year-old poet, songwriter and musician, plays her autoharp in her Newcastle home Feb. 19.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Italene Gaddis, an 87-year-old poet, songwriter and musician, plays her autoharp in her Newcastle home Feb. 19.

With her charming Southern drawl, the poet, musician and songwriter captivates with her quick wit and sunny disposition. She’s an endless source of encouraging words, uplifting songs and positive affirmations.

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Spiritwood resident celebrates one Eck of a 100th birthday

February 14, 2012

Violet Eck (center) celebrates her 100th birthday Feb. 7 with friends and family including sons Steven Ek (left) and Roger Ek. By Tom Corrigan

At least in front of a reporter, Violet Eck didn’t have much to say on the occasion of her 100th birthday.

Eck celebrated the day with family Feb. 7 at the Spiritwood at Pine Lake retirement community in Issaquah. She was born in 1912 in Spokane, though she has lived in this area for a number of years.

Asked if she had anything to say to a reporter, Eck had a quick comeback that drew big laughs from family members.

“No,” Eck said, “I don’t tell those things.”

Nevertheless, her oldest, Steven Ek, told his mom’s story nicely.

While still in high school, Eck was offered a debate scholarship to Washington State University. But the Great Depression interrupted her college plans at least for a while. There simply was no money, Ek said, to pay for his mother’s living expenses had she gone to school.

By the way, you might have noticed the elder Eck and her sons spell their names differently. There are at least two stories as to why Violet Eck added an extra consonant to her last name.

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Issaquah resident celebrates 100th birthday, and counting

August 23, 2011

Asked how it feels to be 100 years old, Issaquah’s Paul Emile Beaudry doesn’t answer right away.

Paul Beaudry (left) celebrates his 100th birthday Aug. 15 with daughter-in-law Dianne Beaudry and son Richard Beaudry in the dining room of the Spiritwood Assisted Living facility. By Tom Corrigan

“He always says, ‘It beats the alternative,’” said son Richard Beaudry, a retired attorney and in his 70s himself.

At that, Paul grins.

“I don’t feel any different,” he said, sitting in the community dining room of the Spiritwood Assisted Living facility, where he passed the century mark Aug. 15.

“I’ve come a long way, but I feel the same,” Paul added.

As his son tells the story, Paul was born on the kitchen table of the family home on 51st Street and Woodlawn Avenue North in Seattle. The third child of Frank and Blanche Beaudry, he and his brother and sister all went to Lincoln High School.

It was there that Paul met Doris, the woman who would become his wife of 60 years. During their early courtship, they had only one problem and that was that a home phone didn’t really fit into the Beaudry family budget.

Or maybe it wasn’t really a problem after all.

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