Applebee’s offers veterans free meals on Nov. 11

November 4, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 4, 2014

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar is again offering free meals for veterans on Veterans Day. In addition, the restaurant will provide everyday household items, like washers and dryers and medical equipment, to veterans or active duty military and their families in need.

The restaurant’s Thank You Movement is asking friends, families and neighbors to submit stories at on behalf of veterans or active duty military and their families who need items.

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State Parks announces ‘free day’ for Aug. 25

August 24, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 24, 2014

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission wants the public to know that Monday, Aug. 25, is a state parks “free day.”

Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks, including Lake Sammamish State Park and Squak Mountain State Park locally.

The free day is in honor of the birthday of the National Park Service, which was established Aug. 25, 1916.

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Local students nominated for Emmy Awards

May 22, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 22, 2014

Music videos are a form of storytelling, and four Skyline High School students decided to weave a story of their own around a well-known song.

Students Damian Banki, Jeremy Millar, Langston Nichols and Andrea Gomez acted in, filmed and edited a three-minute, 46-second video set to the background of Coldplay’s “Paradise.”

Their work was recently nominated for a student Emmy Award by the Northwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Their adaptation of “Paradise” is one of six nominations in the music video category, and they’ll have a chance to win the award at the 51st annual Northwest Regional Emmy Awards on June 7 in Seattle.

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VFW hosts popular Veterans Day ceremony

November 5, 2013

Due to its growing popularity, the service that the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3436 hosts honoring local services members returns to the Issaquah Valley Senior Center.

David Waggoner, of the Issaquah VFW, said last year’s service at the new location exceeded 100 attendees.

All residents are invited, regardless of whether they’ve served in the military. The headlining guest speaker this year is state Rep. Chad Magendanz. Marilyn Batura, whose brother was killed in the Pacific during World War II and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, will read a poem about veterans.

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Lest We Forget – Thank You

May 15, 2013

Thanks so much for helping us honor our local veterans. We know they appreciate it!

Look for this year’s Lest We Forget Section in the May 20 issue of the Issaquah Press.

View past sections.

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Explore state, national parks at no cost for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 15, 2013

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 15, 2013

Washingtonians can observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Lake Sammamish State Park and other state facilities, Tiger Mountain State Forest and other state forestlands, or in national forests and parks.

Officials at the agencies responsible for state and national public lands waived admission fees for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday.

Visitors do not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks, including Lake Sammamish and Squak Mountain near Issaquah.

Mount Rainier National Park waived entrance fees to the 235,625-acre park. Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is waiving fees at more than 74 day-use sites in the forest.

Throughout the year, state and national parks waive entrance fees to promote outdoor recreation.

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Washington’s Lottery offers tickets to benefit veterans

November 13, 2012

Through a partnership between the state Department of Veterans Affairs and Washington’s Lottery, lotto players can help veterans by purchasing a ticket.

Funding for the Veterans Innovations Program to aid service members returning from Afghanistan and Iraq comes from the Veterans Raffle. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit service members and military families.

Tickets for the Veterans Raffle, on sale through Jan. 1, can be purchased at more than 3,700 lottery retailers statewide for $10.

The program raised more than $247,000 last year for the Veterans Innovations Program.

Participants can also go to to learn more about the program and support the cause.

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Issaquah Veterans Day observances / November 2012

November 12, 2012

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King County Metro Transit holiday schedule starts on Veterans Day

November 9, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 9, 2012

King County Metro Transit bus riders should prepare for reduced service in upcoming weeks, starting Nov. 12, as the nation observes Veterans Day.

The transit agency operates on a reduced weekday schedule on several holidays through January — including a full week of reduced service at the end of December.

The planned reductions arrive during a slow period, as Metro Transit experiences a reduction in weekday riders — estimated to reach 15 percent or more systemwide.

The mass transit agency uses a Sunday schedule for several of the upcoming holidays. The reduced weekday schedule features more bus service than on weekends, but less service than on regular weekdays. Officials estimate the limited schedule saves Metro Transit about $1 million per year.

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Businesses offer Veterans Day freebies to honor military service

November 8, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 8, 2012

Freebies abound for veterans and active-duty military personnel for Veterans Day, as local businesses seek to honor military members’ service.

The offerings include complimentary burgers, car washes, haircuts and more. Other businesses rolled out programs to aid veterans and active-duty personnel.

Brown Bear Car Wash is offering free Bear Essentials car washes to all current or former military members on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The company operates car washes in Issaquah at 22121 S.E. 56th St. and in Sammamish at 3050 228th Ave. S.E.

“The event is our way of demonstrating appreciation for those who currently serve our country and have made sacrifices on behalf of all of us,” Brown Bear Car Wash President Vic Odermat, a U.S. Marine veteran, said in a statement. “It reflects our bond to the communities we serve, including a large armed services presence here.”

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