September 7, 2010
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
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.
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
March 24, 2010
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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.
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.
December 22, 2008
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