Feel like family when Uncle Si serves up a slice of that pie

May 20, 2015

When the owner of Uncle Si’s Pizza was looking to open a second location outside Snoqualmie Ridge, he chose a curious spot.

By David Hayes The barbecue chicken (front) and the Old Standard are two good choices for pizzas at Uncle Si’s.

By David Hayes
The barbecue chicken (front) and the Old Standard are two good choices for pizzas at Uncle Si’s.

A few months back, he opened that second location in the Sammamish Lakeside Plaza on East Lake Sammamish Parkway. Commuters to and from Issaquah drive past it daily, while schools are all up the hill in Sammamish and businesses are south, closer to downtown Issaquah. So it’s not very conveniently located for the typical lunch crowd, unless you live in the nearby apartment complexes.

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The Issaquah Press Around the World

May 20, 2015

Contributed Linda Jean Shepherd says, ‘Yá’át’ééh from the Navajo Nation, home of the Diné, as they call themselves. This greeting means, “It is good.” It is good that The Issaquah Press honored me as a Hometown Hero, and I was able to give that issue of our newspaper to my brother, Gregg Shepherd, who married into the Tótsohnii, Big Water Clan, and has worked as a counselor in Navajo schools for most of his life.’ Where have you taken your favorite newspaper? Email your photo and information to editor@isspress.com.

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Linda Jean Shepherd says, ‘Yá’át’ééh from the Navajo Nation, home of the Diné, as they call themselves. This greeting means, “It is good.” It is good that The Issaquah Press honored me as a Hometown Hero, and I was able to give that issue of our newspaper to my brother, Gregg Shepherd, who married into the Tótsohnii, Big Water Clan, and has worked as a counselor in Navajo schools for most of his life.’ Where have you taken your favorite newspaper? Email your photo and information to editor@isspress.com.

Off The Press — Our website is your visual time machine

May 20, 2015

One of the biggest changes out of many here at The Issaquah Press since your friendly staff photographer signed on 18 years ago has been in how we make and use the images in our newspaper and on our website.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

What most may already know but gives me great pleasure to point out as a reminder is how many photo galleries you can browse through with the click of a mouse or the swipe of a finger at www.issaquahpress.com/category/photogallery and the other newspapers we publish — Sammamish Review, SnoValley Star and Newcastle News.

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Issaquah Press Inc. changes newspaper publication dates

May 12, 2015

The publication dates of the Issaquah Press Inc. newspapers — The Issaquah Press, Sammamish Review and SnoValley Star — are changing.

The Press and the Review, which currently come out on Wednesdays, will be delivered on Thursdays beginning next week.

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May’s Hometown Hero Bill Merritt saves lives

May 12, 2015

Bill Merritt is in the business of saving lives.

By Greg Farrar Collin Skone (left), of Klahanie, receives a lesson in cardiopulmonary resuscitation from volunteer Bill Merritt, at the Issaquah Citizens Corps information booth during the 2011 Issaquah-Sammamish Health and Safety Fair at Pickering Barn.

By Greg Farrar
Collin Skone (left), of Klahanie, receives a lesson in cardiopulmonary resuscitation from volunteer Bill Merritt, at the Issaquah Citizens Corps information booth during the 2011 Issaquah-Sammamish Health and Safety Fair at Pickering Barn.

The fourth-generation Issaquah resident has worked as a firefighter, an EMT and now operates his own emergency training education business.

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Mourners remember McNugget

May 12, 2015

If there was any evidence that Issaquah is still a close-knit, small-town-feel community, despite the city’s constant growth and development, it was on display in a Staples parking lot May 8.

By Greg Farrar Local residents come for refreshments and conversation May 8 in a celebration of life near McNugget’s former home at the Your Espresso stand on Front Street as it becomes a shrine celebrating the independent and long-lived rooster.

By Greg Farrar
Local residents come for refreshments and conversation May 8 in a celebration of life near McNugget’s former home at the Your Espresso stand on Front Street as it becomes a shrine celebrating the independent and long-lived rooster.

Amidst national protests and global natural disasters, Issaquah residents gathered Friday to remember a dead rooster.

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Pickering Barn hosts Kids Bike Rodeo on May 17

May 12, 2015

Recology CleanScapes, in partnership with the city, will host a Kids Bike Rodeo at Pickering Barn.

The rodeo will be from 9 a.m. to noon May 17 at 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

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The Issaquah Press Around the World

May 12, 2015

Contributed Bruce and Donna McDonald took their Issaquah Press on a 38-day cruise down the west coast of South America through the Darwin Channel, Cape Horn, The Palmer Archipelago, down the Danco Coast and on to the Antarctic Sound. Where have you taken your favorite newspaper? Email your photo and details to editor@isspress.com.

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Bruce and Donna McDonald took their Issaquah Press on a 38-day cruise down the west coast of South America through the Darwin Channel, Cape Horn, The Palmer Archipelago, down the Danco Coast and on to the Antarctic Sound. Where have you taken your favorite newspaper? Email your photo and details to editor@isspress.com.

Editorial — People care about the little things

May 5, 2015

In the past 10 years at The Issaquah Press, one topic has received the most website comments, the most letters to the editor and the most phone calls.

The police shootout with a gunman at Clark Elementary School? Elections? Annexations? Plastic bag ban? Growth? Development? Traffic?

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Community mourns beloved rooster McNugget

May 5, 2015

Hearts are heavy and tears are flowing in Issaquah, where the community’s beloved resident rooster McNugget was killed April 28.

Shannon Taylor was walking home the evening of April 27 when she saw a dog run toward the Staples parking lot, where McNugget lived. Minutes later, the dog ran back, this time with the rooster in its mouth.

Taylor tried chasing after the dog, but wasn’t successful. Neighbors later found the rooster’s body and plan to respectfully bury it in an undisclosed location.

“It all just happened so fast,” Taylor said.

By Greg Farrar A sculpted image of a rooster from Bernard Garbuskuk, of Boehm’s Candies, stands as a permanent gift beside McNugget’s former home, which was transformed by mourners into a memorial at the Your Espresso stand in the 600 block of Front Street North.

By Greg Farrar
A sculpted image of a rooster from Bernard Garbuskuk, of Boehm’s Candies, stands as a permanent gift beside McNugget’s former home, which was transformed by mourners into a memorial at the Your Espresso stand in the 600 block of Front Street North.

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