June 17, 2015
Appreciating all creatures great and small
I wish to acknowledge, even if belatedly, the thoughtful article about McNugget written by Christina Corrales-Toy recently. She, along with Kathleen Merrill’s commentary and photos provided by Greg Farrar, captured the feelings of the Issaquah community so well.
November 25, 2014
The only source of heat in Marty Wright’s Issaquah-area home is a wood-pellet stove.
Without the wood pellets, though, the stove is nothing more than decoration, and a reminder of the cold nights ahead.
Last year, Issaquah Community Services kept Wright’s fire on with a donation of wood pellets, as the disabled veteran without an income waited approval for disability benefits, while receiving services for injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.
August 13, 2013
The Grange Supply will host its 20th annual Customer Appreciation Day on Aug. 17. The event is a long-standing tradition for The Grange thanking the people that keep them in business.
The store started in Renton in 1934 and moved to Issaquah in 1943. Over the years, it has broadened its merchandise, offering farm supplies, items for pets, fuel and propane, and materials for home and living.
After two decades, the intent has always been the same: The Grange wants to give back. During the event, customers can learn about the latest products from The Grange’s many vendors, ask questions of experts and support local animal rescue organizations.
Visitors can also get a general sense of the seminars the store hosts throughout the year.
July 9, 2013
One tough old bird rules an Issaquah parking lot
He’s not exactly a wild creature, but he’s too independent to be considered a farm animal or a pet.
He’s a free-range kind of guy.
Since the bantam rooster known as McNugget first showed up in a downtown Issaquah parking lot 11 years ago, he’s stuck around and brought smiles to shoppers and passers-by.
Michelle Schneider, owner of the Your Espresso stand on Front Street North, said she was terrified when the black-feathered bird suddenly appeared one day at her window.
March 12, 2013
It is chick season at The Grange Supply, and that means customers will take home a total of about 5,000 of the little critters in the next few months.
Fear not, though, The Grange Supply staff would not dream of sending the chicks home without first arming its shoppers with an arsenal of information about how to care for a coop full of chickens.
That is why the store is hosting a Chicks 101 seminar at 2 p.m. March 16, complete with the chance to win a prize valued at $695, as part of the 2013 Chick Days celebration.
October 23, 2012
Issaquah Chamber of Commerce’s next cash mob is at noon, Oct. 25 at The Grange, 145 N.E. Gilman Blvd.
In a cash mob, a group of people descends on a business to buy, buy, buy. The destination is revealed through social media services. Then, the mob pops up at the business to browse and shop.
The organizers — Young Issaquah Professionals, or YIPPIES, 20- and 30-something business leaders in the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce — held earlier cash mobs at Sisters Antiques and Fischer Meats.
March 27, 2012
To help mark the arrival of spring, The Grange Supply is sponsoring a free Community Appreciation Day on March 31 at the Grange Supply Store.
“The thinking is, this is truly an appreciation day. You don’t have to buy ‘X’ dollars of anything,” said Dana Huth, Grange marketing specialist.
February 28, 2012
The Grange Supply has announced its 2012 Chick Days, a program advertised as focusing on healthy starts for the many baby animals that often help herald the start of spring.
January 24, 2012
Come winter, the nonstop struggle between man and Mother Nature unfolds in a teeth-rattling ride aboard city snowplows.
Snow, split into quarters from tire tracks, clung to the streets just before sunset Jan. 17 in Montreux, a tony neighborhood on Cougar Mountain named for a city in the Swiss Alps. In methodical maneuvers, city snowplow driver Kyle Patterson edged back and forth along cul-de-sac after cul-de-sac, pushing snow from the roadway to form dirt-flecked berms along the street.
In the process, snow cascades from the plow and light powder is compacted into something more akin to spackle.
Each large snowplow truck in the city fleet resembles a mustard-yellow box atop gargantuan tires, a Tonka toy for a giant. Empty, a large truck tips the scales at about 30,000 pounds. Loaded, full of sand and de-icing fluid, the total balloons to about 60,000 pounds.
(The city operates seven snowplow trucks, a larger model for main roads and a smaller model for difficult-to-maneuver side streets.)
The drivers, dressed in fluorescent jackets the same color as a highlighter pen, ride in the snowplow cabs beneath a flashing amber light. Most drivers use earplugs to block noise from the rumbling engine and brakes screeching like a pterodactyl.
The job requires a nimble hand on the steering wheel and the levers used to manipulate the plow — not to mention patience, precision and pluck — for the lumbering trucks remain susceptible to the same road hazards as other vehicles, despite the bulk and chains meant to ensure traction.
January 19, 2012
NEW — 4:35 p.m. Jan. 19, 2012
The search for gasoline to fuel generators and top off gas tanks often ended at closed gas stations or in long lines Thursday afternoon, as gas stations in Issaquah and the surrounding area closed amid a regional power outage and icy conditions.
Few gas stations remained open after a major snowstorm and subsequent ice storm cut power to about 200,000 customers in Western Washington, including more than 18,000 customers in the Issaquah area. (Customers can check Puget Sound Energy’s service map for detailed outage information.)
The Grange Supply, 145 N.E. Gilman Blvd., near downtown Issaquah remained open Thursday afternoon, although customers encountered long lines.