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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VFW, Liberty NJROTC get Gordon Schumacher his flag

November 11, 2014

A group of Liberty High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps students gave up a sunny Saturday to honor a 91-year-old World War II veteran on his birthday.

By Kathleen R. Merrill World War II veteran Gordon Schumacher, 91, is helped by his sons Dale (left) and Dean as Liberty NJROTC members Emily Magley (with her back to the camera) and Tina Kaiser fold his flag while the VFW’s Dave Waggoner (in hat) looks on.

By Kathleen R. Merrill
World War II veteran Gordon Schumacher, 91, is helped by his sons Dale (left) and Dean as Liberty NJROTC members Emily Magley (with her back to the camera) and Tina Kaiser fold his flag while the VFW’s Dave Waggoner (in hat) looks on.

And they wouldn’t have had it any other way.

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Great Clips offers free haircut for veterans

November 11, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 11, 2014

Great Clips is giving veterans a free haircut from Veterans Day, Nov. 11, through Dec. 31.

Customers come into any Great Clips salon Nov. 11 and, with the purchase of a service, receive a free haircut card to give to a veteran.

There is a limit of one card per customer.

The free haircut cards are redeemable by veterans at any Great Clips with proof of service.

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VFW hosts popular Veterans Day ceremony

November 4, 2014

Due to its growing popularity, the service that the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3436 hosts annually to honor local service members has become a standing-room-only event at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center.

David Waggoner, of the Issaquah VFW, said last year’s service at the new location exceeded 125 attendees.

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Editorial — Please honor veterans for their service

November 4, 2014

It’s that time of year again, time to celebrate and remember veterans at ceremonies across the area.

But the men and women who served or died in military service to their country should be remembered and honored all year.

Members of our military are still fighting and dying in remote areas all around the world.

Here are ways you can keep the spirit of Veterans Day going:

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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 ThankYouMovement.com on behalf of veterans or active duty military and their families who need items.

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Edward Jones named Most Valuable Employer for Military

July 2, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 2, 2014

Financial services firm Edward Jones was named a 2014 Most Valuable Employer for Military by CivilianJobs.com, recognizing the firm’s deep commitment to recruiting, training and retaining military veterans as financial advisers.

Edward Jones recently celebrated the two-year anniversary of its FORCES program, a training and compensation package designed to make the transition to a financial services career more attractive to military veterans.

Since its launch, the firm has hired 931 military veterans as financial advisers.

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Editorial

May 27, 2014

Many people came out to celebrate and remember veterans at ceremonies across the area on Memorial Day.

But the men and women who served or died in military service to their country should be remembered and honored all year.

Members of our military are still fighting and dying in remote areas all around the world.

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Honor veterans Monday at Memorial Day ceremony

May 25, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 25, 2014

This year’s annual Memorial Day ceremony is 10 a.m. May 26 at Hillside Cemetery.

The speaker will be Cmdr. Dave Waggoner. The service will last about 45 minutes, and there will be refreshments after.

The Liberty High School Junior Naval ROTC will do the honor guard and color guard duties. Boy Scout Troop #709 and Cub Scout Pack #639 will also be in attendance to help with programs.

If it rains, the event will be moved to the Issaquah Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way.

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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