Sammy the Salmon seeks Salmon Days festival volunteers

September 23, 2014

The growth of the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival requires more people to help put on the award-winning community celebration Oct. 4-5.

About 100 people are still needed to help the more than 150,000 people who typically come to the festival each year.

Volunteer shifts are available in areas such as the children’s favorite Field of Fun, festival set up, retail support, transportation logistics and more.

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Volunteers needed for fall cyclist, walker count

September 23, 2014

During a three-day survey last year, volunteers counted nearly 66,000 bicyclists and pedestrians across Washington.

About 400 volunteers are needed again this fall to tally the number of people who bike or walk to their destinations.

For the seventh annual survey, Washington State Department of Transportation and the Cascade Bicycle Club are enlisting volunteers and organizations to help count people they see bicycling and walking along paths, bike lanes, sidewalks and other facilities from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. Counts will be taken at assigned locations in nearly 40 cities throughout the state.

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Volunteers needed for trolley

September 16, 2014

The Issaquah Valley Trolley needs volunteers, especially those who can help maintain the trolley car and the generator car.

Learn about the workings of a 1925 vintage streetcar by becoming a motorman, conductor or station agent.

Volunteer or learn more by emailing trolley@issaquahhistory.org.

 

Miracle salmon, public need your assistance

September 9, 2014

The first fish have been sighted at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and it’s that time of year again — time to step up to help the amazing salmon that are returning home and the crowds of people that will follow them.

The hatchery, with thousands of visitors every year, is the most visited of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s hatcheries.

There are many ways to do right by the salmon and visitors:

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Discover the mystique of the Salmon Days volunteer shirt

September 2, 2014

Why do people adore and anticipate Salmon Days volunteer shirts so much?

LOGO_RGBThey are typically brightly colored, made from cotton and boast a couple of logos. They’re not softer, better fitting or faster drying than any other shirt in the typical wardrobe. Yet at any event in Issaquah, from Concerts on the Green to Fenders on Front Street, you’ll see a lot of these shirts from years past being proudly worn. What makes them such coveted items?

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Help Eastside Baby Corner clothe children for school

August 31, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 31, 2014

Join Eastside Baby Corner in its fifth year of making sure children in need have clothes and shoes that fit as they head back to school.

This year’s Pants Party is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 6 at the EBC Hub, 1510 N.W. Maple St. There will be free entertainment, including activities by KidsQuest Children’s Museum and a performance by Debbie Hansen, the Science Lady.

Kids can touch a fire truck and police car, go on pony rides and get their faces painted. There will also be games, giveaways and hub tours. There will also be food and a raffle for great prizes.

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Editorial — School begins with need for volunteers

August 26, 2014

On Tuesday, parents across the Issaquah School District will walk their children to the school bus or to school for the start of a new school year.

Finally, a bit of free time for a second cup of coffee.

But wait, your school needs you. The volunteer jobs at school are endless. The playground needs monitors, the library can use assistance, the front office might need your organizational skills, teachers almost never have enough helpers and the nurse’s office is often in need of a mother’s touch to watch over a sick child.

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Guest Column — Great schools, great communities and you

August 26, 2014

Issaquah schools are great — there’s no doubt about it. Our district is consistently ranked as one of the top in the state and our students’ test scores are among the best in the nation. Ask any real estate agent and he or she will regale you with tales of parents who relocated just so their kids can get an Issaquah education.

What is less apparent is how our schools continue to be world-class centers for learning. Much credit goes to our teaching staff and fiscally savvy administration. An equal measure belongs to the community — parents, residents and businesses who donate to the Issaquah Schools Foundation, join our PTSAs and volunteer in our schools.

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Volunteer with the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

August 18, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 18, 2014

With spawning season coming up, it’s a good time to volunteer with the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

The hatchery is the most visited of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s hatcheries, with thousands of visitors every year.

FISH relies on a committed team of docents to provide tours and educate visitors about the salmon in Issaquah Creek. Adult volunteers are needed from September to mid-November.

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Distinction for Dedication — 35th annual Issaquah Community Awards celebrates extraordinary community service

May 27, 2014

Robin Callahan, Issaquah Schools Foundation executive director, gets handclasps from friends and a prolonged ovation from the audience when she is named Issaquah Citizen of the Year, as she comes forward during the 35th annual Community Awards Banquet presented May 22. For more photos from the event, see Page A8.By Greg Farrar

Robin Callahan, Issaquah Schools Foundation executive director, gets handclasps from friends and a prolonged ovation from the audience when she is named Issaquah Citizen of the Year, as she comes forward during the 35th annual Community Awards Banquet presented May 22. By Greg Farrar

Robin Callahan and Ava Frisinger were the big winners during the 35th annual Issaquah Community Awards.

The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce held the event at the Hilton Garden Inn in a room full of city leaders and passionate citizens May 22. The yearly program aims to honor dedication to Issaquah and longtime volunteers for their service to the community.

Fourteen awards were given, celebrating multiple facets of how people improve Issaquah.

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