Puget Sound Energy offers LED bulbs to Black Friday shoppers

November 21, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Nov. 21, 2012

Puget Sound Energy residential electric customers planning to hit Issaquah stores early for Black Friday shopping can receive a free LED bulb from the utility provider.

The first 50 people in line at Best Buy and Fred Meyer can receive a 40-watt equivalent LED bulb. The energy-efficient bulb uses less energy than incandescent or compact fluorescent light bulbs, lasts years longer and is dimmable.

Best Buy shoppers receive a free Insignia 9-watt LED bulb, a $14 value. Fred Meyer shoppers receive a free Tulip LED bulb, a $17 value.

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Donation bin relocates from Walgreens to McDonald’s

June 28, 2011

The purple donation bin for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound has been relocated from Walgreens to McDonald’s, 5526 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.

Like other bins throughout the region, the nonprofit organization accepts men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes, hats, linens, small draperies, purses, reusable household items and small appliances at the Issaquah location. Because the site is attended, donors can receive a tax-deductible receipt immediately.

Revenue from donated clothing helps support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound’s mentoring programs. A single bin lasts for 10 years and generates $8,666 in goods on average each year.

Flu shot protects against three strains

October 12, 2010

This year’s flu shot protects against three types of influenza: the H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and H1N1, also known as swine flu.

Flu shots combining vaccinations are not uncommon, said Virginia Mason Issaquah primary care doctor Ted Naiman, citing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Marjorie Eikenberry (left), of Timber Ridge, prepares to receive her flu shot at Virginia Mason’s Issaquah clinic from Maxim Healthcare’s Delnaz Pithawalla, a registered nurse, as Eikenberry’s husband of 63 years, Ralph (background), receives his. By Greg Farrar

“Every year, it’s got multiple different ingredients,” he said. “Basically, what the CDC does is they look at the strains of influenzas the year before that made people the sickest and killed the most people, and they use those to make the next year’s vaccine.”

Influenza, a respiratory illness, can cause a multitude of symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, fatigue or vomiting.

Most people recover in two weeks, but sometimes the disease has complications leading to pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus and ear infections.

Every year, between 5 percent and 20 percent of people get the flu, according to the CDC.

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Backpacks, school supply donations needed

August 10, 2010

Help Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank clients get prepared to go back to school.

The food bank needs backpacks and school supplies for families unable to afford them. School begins in the Issaquah School District on Aug. 31.

A backpack filled with required supplies costs nearly $50 per student. The cost is even more for high school students who also need geometry sets and calculators.

Donations may be dropped off at the food bank, 179 First Ave. S.E., or at blue collection barrels at the Issaquah locations of Safeway, 735 N.W. Gilman Blvd.; Staples, 628 Front St. N.; Rite Aid, 1065 N.W. Gilman Blvd.; Walgreen’s, 6300 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.; Bartell Drugs, 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.; Issaquah-Newport Way Storage, 795 N.W. Juniper St.; or The Issaquah Press, 45 Front St. S. Read more

Press Editorial

August 10, 2010

School supplies needed for district’s students

The excitement of heading back to school — meeting a new teacher, seeing who will be in your class, wearing new school clothes — is only three weeks away. But for far too many children in the Issaquah School District, there won’t be new clothes. An even bigger worry is that these students won’t have the school supplies they need.

Most adults don’t remember the need to bring a long list of supplies to school. An old cigar box was helpful to store pencils in, but the school handed out the pencils and crayons on the first day of school. If there was an assignment not in a workbook, the teacher’s helper got to pass out paper. Construction paper folded in half made a cover for corrected homework, tests and student art.

That was then, when school funding meant books for every student, and all the rulers, pens and markers a student would need.

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Walgreens pharmacy held up

December 8, 2008

A man who threatened to shoot Walgreens employees during a holdup Dec. 5 got away with prescription narcotics.

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