U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert visits Issaquah’s Spiritwood at Pine Lake

August 10, 2015

NEW — 2:52 p.m. Aug. 10, 2015

Medicaid and Medicare, along with veterans’ rights.

Those seemed to be the main topics of the day as U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert spent about an hour or so Aug. 7 at the Spiritwood at Pine Lake assisted living facility on 228th Avenue Southeast, near the Issaquah and Sammamish borders.

By Greg Farrar Janice Amato (left), a Garden House memory care resident, receives a handshake from U.S. House Rep. Dave Reichert as he arrives to a welcoming group of residents at the beginning of his tour Aug. 7 of the Spiritwood at Pine Lake assisted living facility.

By Greg Farrar
Janice Amato (left), a Garden House memory care resident, receives a handshake from U.S. House Rep. Dave Reichert as he arrives to a welcoming group of residents at the beginning of his tour Aug. 7 of the Spiritwood at Pine Lake assisted living facility.

After a short tour of the facility, the GOP congressman met with seniors in the facility’s main dining room. Read more

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State honors passing of former Issaquah vet

July 31, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. July 31, 2015

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs mourned the passing July 13 of World War II veteran Doris Ruth Gross.

“We were truly blessed to have Doris be a part of the WDVA volunteer family for so many years,” Alfie Alvarado-Ramos, director of the WDVA, said in a news release. “Doris served our country during World War II, followed by many years of serving the veterans of Washington state. We were honored to serve her in her final days at the Washington Veterans Home in Retsil.”

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Honor veterans at Memorial Day service

May 22, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 22, 2015

The community is invited to honor its veterans at a special Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. May 25.

(On Saturday, May 23, the VFW and Troop 709 will decorate veteran graves with flags and crosses at 9 a.m., rain or shine. The public is invited help.)

The Issaquah Veterans of Foreign Wars will again produce the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Issaquah’s Hillside Cemetery. The cemetery is between Mountain Park Boulevard and West Sunset Way — just west of and above Newport Way.

State Rep. Jay Rodne will be the guest speaker. Rodne has served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for the past 20 years.

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Editorial — Freedom isn’t free; thank a veteran today

May 20, 2015

Freedom is not free.

The cost is men’s and women’s lives. And blood and guts. And arms and legs. And hearing and sight. And brains and other organs.

Men and women have given their lives and paid in many other ways for this country’s freedom since it began.

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Send veterans photos, story ideas for Memorial Day section

May 5, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 5, 2015

The Issaquah Press is proud to announce it will print its sixth annual veterans section — Lest We Forget — in the May 20 paper, in time for Memorial Day.

Veterans, we want your photos and information, whether you served in a war or during peacetime. If someone in your family was a veteran, but he or she has passed away, we still want to include him or her.

It is important for us to honor and remember all local veterans, living or deceased.

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Send veterans photos, story ideas for Memorial Day section

April 26, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 26, 2015

The Issaquah Press is proud to announce it will print its sixth annual veterans section — Lest We Forget — in the May 20 paper, in time for Memorial Day.

Veterans, we want your photos and information, whether you served in a war or during peacetime. If someone in your family was a veteran, but he or she has passed away, we still want to include him or her.

It is important for us to honor and remember all local veterans, living or deceased.

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Vets advocate Dave Waggoner is honored as Hometown Hero

February 24, 2015

Issaquah doesn’t forget.

By Greg Farrar Dave Waggoner speaks to the crowd during a Veterans Day memorial ceremony in his role as a representative of the Issaquah branch of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3436.

By Greg Farrar
Dave Waggoner speaks to the crowd during a Veterans Day memorial ceremony in his role as a representative of the Issaquah branch of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3436.

Not a Veterans Day or a Memorial Day goes by without a city celebration honoring the men and women who fought, or continue to fight, for this country’s freedom.

Issaquah and its residents won’t forget those sacrifices anytime soon, because Dave Waggoner won’t let them.

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Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge to close its doors, sell assets

December 23, 2014

The Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge officially closed its doors and will begin liquidating its assets, according to a Dec. 17 post on the group’s Facebook page.

The move comes after the Washington State Elks Association suspended its charter in September and encouraged the group to come up with a business plan and better engage the community.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah fund is off to good start

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.

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Charles Runacres Jr., 97, recognized for service

November 11, 2014

One would think that a ceremony to honor a 97-year-old World War II veteran wouldn’t be a laughing matter, but it was filled with it.

By Greg Farrar Charles Runacres Jr., 97, is presented an American flag pin Nov. 7 by Thomas Ortung, chaplain for Providence Hospice of Seattle, in front of friends and family members in the Briarwood nursing home, at Timber Ridge in the Talus neighborhood.

By Greg Farrar
Charles Runacres Jr., 97, is presented an American flag pin Nov. 7 by Thomas Ortung, chaplain for Providence Hospice of Seattle, in front of friends and family members in the Briarwood nursing home, at Timber Ridge in the Talus neighborhood.

The laughter started when Charles Runacres Jr. cut off some planned musical selections less than halfway into the first song, “Anchors Aweigh.”

“I think that’s enough,” Runacres said matter-of-factly, bringing a burst of laughter from his family members who came to the ceremony.

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