Mayors Month of Concern drive helps local food bank

September 17, 2013

The Mayors Month of Concern Food Drive for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank continues until Oct. 12.

The food bank finds itself in dire need after the summer months left its shelves bare.

“Usually, the summer months are our lowest time for donations,” said Cori Walters, Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank executive director. “It’s not common that we run out of mac and cheese.”

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Transcending serenity

June 25, 2013

St. Joseph Catholic Church unveils new prayer garden

The St. Joseph Catholic Church and School sits in a majestic location, perched on a hill above the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, with an unobstructed view of Tiger Mountain.

The church grounds are no less impressive, complete with a peaceful waterfall decorated with copper salmon art pieces that pay homage to the fish at the heart of the city.

By Ernest Linnemann Issaquah’s St. Joseph Catholic Church unveils its prayer garden for the unborn with a dedication ceremony June 8.

By Ernest Linnemann
Issaquah’s St. Joseph Catholic Church unveils its prayer garden for the unborn with a dedication ceremony June 8.

“I’m of firm belief that beauty in all the ways that it comes through in architecture, art and creation, has a transcendent capacity,” Father Todd Strange said. “We experience God through beauty.”

A new element was added to the expansive campus when the church dedicated its prayer garden for the unborn June 8.

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2012-13 Business Directory

August 6, 2012

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Community Church of Issaquah building goes up for sale

July 24, 2012

The brick-and-stone building along Southwest Mountain Park Boulevard on Squak Mountain, longtime home to Community Church of Issaquah, is for sale, as the congregation searches for a smaller space for worship.

Community Church members — including some members in the current congregation — built the church building in the late 1960s, but the Rev. Keith Madsen said the congregation must adapt in order to continue.

“At one time, we had 300 to 400 people, a large youth group and many other things, back in the ’80s,” Madsen said. “Now, it’s gone through a series of hard times.”

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Former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry dies

July 10, 2012

Maureen McCarry, a former City Council president and longtime community leader, died early July 4 after a battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, 18 months after resigning from the council.

Maureen McCarry

McCarry, 62, served on the council amid a period of expansion in Issaquah, as council members addressed long-term issues related to transportation, economic development and the environment — a hallmark for McCarry.

In separate stints on the council in the 1990s and 2000s, she made the environment a priority.

The commitment earned McCarry the Ruth Kees Environmental Award for a Sustainable Community early last year. The top environmental honor in the city recognized McCarry for tireless efforts to forge agreements outlining construction in the Issaquah Highlands and Talus, preserve forested Park Pointe on Tiger Mountain and strengthen tree-protection rules.

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Community members unearth artifacts for museums’ collection

February 21, 2012

Mary Scott was looking for stock at a yard or estate sale when she found it.

As a local antique dealer and Issaquah History Museums volunteer, she knew there was more to the old 16-by-16-by-26 inch wooden box on wheels than what probably met the eye.

And while officials with the museums are still trying to figure out the technical term for it, for now it’s been dubbed the hot box — a contraption meant to keep large amounts of food warm while it’s transported en masse to railroad workers or loggers at mealtimes. It is thought to have been used between 1890 and 1920.

Scott joined more than 40 other donors in 2011 to bring in artifacts and photographs that help piece together Issaquah’s rich history one item at a time. Items donated to the organizations must, first and foremost, be linked to Issaquah, and they must also have unique appeal.

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Many faiths, one community

February 15, 2011

Issaquah is a melting pot of major religions from across the globe

Twelve families celebrate Hanukkah at the Donna and Stuart Rosove home in Lakemont, as they light menorahs, share food and conduct other traditions of the Jewish holiday. By Greg Farrar

The loud rock music echoes from the concert-worthy stage as worshipers lift their hands and sing in the main auditorium. Greeters smile wide and shake hands as families filter in through the main entrance. While the adults find their seats for the service, their children shoot down colorful slides into the KidZone, a place of fun and adventure that takes up the whole downstairs.

This is a typical Sunday morning at Eastridge Church.

Like Eastridge, dozens of churches and places of worship contribute their own cultural and religious style and flavor to make up the fabric of faiths in Issaquah.

In addition to the evangelical Christian faith Eastridge attendees practice, Issaquah residents attend Christian churches of a variety of denominations, including St. Joseph Catholic Church and School. Many others keep their Jewish faith alive at the Chabad of the Central Cascades near the Issaquah Highlands.

Issaquah is also home to growing Hindu, Muslim and Baha’i contingents, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plays a major role in numerous community service events and activities.

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Bring questions about landfill gas-to-energy plant to Issaquah meeting

November 11, 2010

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Nov. 11, 2010

Residents can ask questions about the landfill gas-to-energy facility near Issaquah at a public meeting Tuesday.

The facility is part of the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill located just south of Issaquah in rural King County. Representatives from the King County Solid Waste Division and Bio Energy Washington, the landfill gas-to-energy facility’s owner and operator, plan to discuss the operation of the facility and answer questions.

The meeting is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. in the parish hall at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 220 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W.

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Faiths find common ground at Habitat build

October 26, 2010

Christians, Jews and Muslims unite

The common threads in Christianity, Islam and Judaism emerged as lunchtime conversation at a Habitat for Humanity jobsite in the Issaquah Highlands.

The builders, gathered around a table of halal sloppy Joes, had stopped for a midday respite in the middle of the annual Together We Build effort. The faith organization brings together Christians — both Catholics and Protestants — Jews and Muslims at Habitat for Humanity of East King County projects.

Darald Gesinger (left), a parishioner at St. Joseph Catholic Church and a member of Together We Build, helps other Habitat for Humanity volunteers build framing for a wall of a home in the Issaquah Highlands. By Greg Farrar

Together We Build focuses on shelter, but the program also aims to build bonds among disparate faith communities and foster dialogue.

“What I’ve learned is that we all believe in one almighty God, that we are all to serve humanity and that’s how we serve God,” Jawad Khaki, Ithna-asheri Muslim Association of the Northwest president, said last week.

The group hammered through the highlands jobsite in mid-October. Habitat for Humanity plans to house up to 10 families in the highlands homes.

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Sick youth organizes walk-a-thon

September 14, 2010

The Hope, Strength, Joy team, organized by Cullen Rogers to raise money during the Make-A-Wish 5K, starts out on its walk (above). Rogers and his team of family and friends were the top individual, team and state fundraiser for the event. By Mitch Reinitz

When Cullen Rogers fell ill, the Issaquah community reached forward to embrace him with support. Now, Rogers wants to help other children living with life-threatening conditions by fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

At age 12, Rogers, a Bothell resident, found his fingers hurt him. His parents thought he had sprained them and told him to be more careful during gym class. But a later X-ray showed no sprain, and anti-inflammatory medication didn’t help his fingers recover. Read more

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