Snowplow crews toil day and night to clear Issaquah streets

January 18, 2012

Kyle Patterson, a city snowplow driver, maneuvers through the Montreux neighborhood to remove snow from streets Tuesday afternoon. By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. Jan. 18, 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 late Tuesday afternoon 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.

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Spooky Events

October 26, 2010

Things That Go Bump in the Night, presented by Auburn Paranormal Activities Research Team, for ages 12 and up, 5 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. Call 392-5430.

Fall Fun Fest is from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Issaquah Youth Center in the community center. Fee is $2. Wear a costume and come enjoy activity booths, toddler time toys, face painting and prizes.

The Grange Supply’s first Pet Halloween Party is Oct. 30. A pet costume contest, with prizes, is at noon. Guess the weight of the big pumpkin and win a $50 gift card for you and a $50 gift card to your favorite charity. A photographer will be available from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Learn more at Read more

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Frogs can be fun and help your garden

September 7, 2010

This frog was photographed on a peony in Sammamish. Frogs can be helpful in keeping a garden healthy and pest free. By Jeanine Bracco

They can be cute, slimy, freak people out, loud when you’re trying to sleep and children sometimes love to catch them.

Don’t be alarmed if frogs are in your yard — these amphibians mean that you have a healthy environment, free of pesticides and other harmful products.

“They eat insects and a lot of other smaller things that may be harmful to your garden,” said Michael Aguilar, certified professional horticulturalist and lawn and garden specialist at The Grange.

Attracting frogs into your yard can be easy; there are a few things that need to be done in order to do it. Read more

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Roll up your sleeves — it’s cleanup time

April 27, 2010

The DownTown Issaquah Association is looking for volunteers to do some spring cleaning and community building in its annual downtown spring cleanup.

The event will be from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. May 1. And if getting to know your neighbors isn’t incentive enough, lunch from the Flying Pie Pizzeria ought to be.

“We just want to invite everybody to come out, and it’s a great family event,” said Greg Spranger, executive director of the DownTown Issaquah Association, who’s helped organize the event for the last 10 years.

Volunteers should meet at the Hailstone Feed Store at 9 a.m. The plan is to clean a stretch of Front Street from the Grange Mercantile building to The Issaquah Press building, as well as a stretch of Sunset Way from the train depot parking lot to the library parking structure. Cleaning activities will include weeding, sweeping and picking up trash.

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City folk give urban farming a try

April 13, 2010

Where did your breakfast this morning come from?

If you dig into the rising trend of urban farming, it could come from your own backyard.

Urban farming has become increasingly popular in recent years, and people are pushing its boundaries beyond a few tomato plants. Year-round vegetable, fruit and herb gardens, and chickens, goats and even bees are now being raised in people’s yards.

“The last couple years, we’ve seen a huge upsurge in people’s interest in growing food in the city,” said Liza Burke, communications director of Seattle Tilth, a nonprofit education group with classes in Seattle and Issaquah.

Such people come from all walks of life.

The demand for chickens has “become insane” at The Grange Supply in Issaquah, said Susan Saadati, who orders things including baby chicks for the company.

“Most of our customers are new to chickens,” she said.

Many people might be intimidated at the idea of raising livestock or even just lima beans in their backyard, but anyone can be an urban farmer, experts said. Read more

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Chick Day at The Grange / March 20, 2010

March 24, 2010

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Chick rodeo roundup

March 23, 2010

Patrick Baker uses a gentle touch to round up five chicks March 20 at The Grange during the Chick Day giveaway. Grange employee Baker was working his first ‘chick rodeo’ for families who received five free chicks with any purchase that included chick feed. See video of the event at By Greg Farrar
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Local author signs book at Grange Saturday

December 4, 2009

NEW — Noon Dec. 4, 2009

Meet local author Zoe Escobar and get a signed copy of her book, “Beyond Cuckoo’s Nest, The Art and Life of William Sampson Jr.,” at the Grange from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday.

Escobar worked on the book for 25 years.

Sampson co-starred in films such as “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” or “The Outlaw Josie Wales.”

Learn more about the book here. For more information about the signing, call the Grange at 392-6469.

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Ciscoe Morris to appear at The Grange on Sunday

May 29, 2009

NEW — 11:42 a.m. May 29, 2009

Master Gardener Ciscoe Morris, host of the television show “Gardening with Ciscoe Morris,” comes to Issaquah at 1 p.m. Sunday at The Grange Supply, 145 N.E. Gilman Blvd.

He’ll discuss his favorite annuals, perennials and veggies, and field any gardening questions you may have.

Call 392-6469 for more information.


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Weekend snowstorm leaves city deep in it

December 22, 2008

A sanding snowplow on Dec. 18 winds its way up Mountain Park Boulevard Southwest.By Greg FarrarA A sanding snowplow on Dec. 18 winds its way up Mountain Park Boulevard Southwest. By Greg Farrar

The first day of winter arrived over the weekend, and it came with a vengeance.

New snowfall blanketed the region, piling up several more inches atop an icy coating that already had wreaked havoc on the roads and prompted a run on stores for emergency supplies and last-minute holiday gifts. But a high wind warning for Dec. 20 and 21 proved unfounded, and with the reduced risk of falling trees came a reduced likelihood of power outages.

Unlike the devastating 2006 storm that knocked out power for days, this one was predicted well in advance. By Dec. 18, city maintenance crews, police and Eastside Fire & Rescue units all had prepared for a big blow. Read more

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