CleanScapes sets holiday schedule

November 26, 2013

Garbage, recycling and compost collection customers served by Clean-Scapes in Issaquah may experience a change in collection day during the holiday season.

CleanScapes operates regularly on all holidays except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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Issaquah Christian Church hosts Thanksgiving fundraiser

November 26, 2013

Issaquah Christian Church’s 11th annual One Meal, One Hope Challenge fundraiser returns this Thanksgiving with the aim of buying meals for everyone at the Union Gospel Mission.

Since 2003, the challenge has raised more than $61,000, used to purchase more than 34,000 meals for those in need at the mission.

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Google doesn’t know all about Thanksgiving

November 26, 2013

When I heard department stores were opening up on Thanksgiving Day this year, I wanted to write a profound column about the true meaning of Thanksgiving. But to do so, I needed to double-check the actual facts about the original dinner party.

So I Googled “The True History of Thanksgiving” and was surprised by how much the “facts” differed.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes Press reporter

The first hit links to a rather acerbic article that hotly posits that the first day of Thanksgiving was proclaimed by Massachusetts Colony Gov. John Winthrop. Apparently, he actually called for a celebration upon the safe return of a hunting party after they successfully massacred 700 Pequot Indians. Not the history lesson I grew up with, and since the author didn’t list his sources, I cannot verify the veracity of his claims.

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Turkey Trot returns bigger than ever

November 19, 2013

Heather Matthews always felt there should be more activities available on Thanksgiving Day than the annual family-generated Turkey Bowl of tackle football.

So, she ran, not walked, to participate in a Turkey Trot event in Seattle. After two years of that, the online marketer decided her hometown of Issaquah needed something similar.

By Greg Farrar Tom (left) and Heather Matthews, with the help of their sons (from left) Mason, Wesley and Preston, present the $27,000 Issaquah Turkey Trot donation check to Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank Executive Director Cori Walters and board president Stan Morgan, after last year’s 5K fundraising run.

By Greg Farrar
Tom (left) and Heather Matthews, with the help of their sons (from left) Mason, Wesley and Preston, present the $27,000 Issaquah Turkey Trot donation check to Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank Executive Director Cori Walters and board president Stan Morgan, after last year’s 5K fundraising run.

“I believe after seeing the Seattle Turkey Trot grow and grow, people really were looking for more than football and eating on Thanksgiving,” Matthews said.

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