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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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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