The RAM Donates Over $8,200 to American Cancer Society

January 8, 2016

The RAM Restaurant and Brewery’s recent Drink Pink promotion raised $8,235.85 to benefit the American Cancer Society.

In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness month, all company restaurant locations, including the Issaquah Highlands location, featured a special Drink Pink menu with $1 from each purchase being donated to help finish the fight.

All Puget Sound RAM locations also sold Drink Pink commemorative shirts and pink bracelets with a portion of the proceeds also being donated to the American Cancer Society.

 Making strides against breast cancer, the monies raised will be appropriately distributed by the American Cancer Society back to the local community chapters that RAM Restaurants serve.

The Issaquah Highlands RAM is located at the intersection of 965 N.E. Park Drive and N.E. Federal Drive.

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Free days at state parks Jan.17-18

January 8, 2016

Visitors to state parks on Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 will not be required to display a Discover Pass for day visits.

The free days are in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and apply only at state parks.

A Discover Pass, which costs $30 for 12 months of use, will still be required on Department of Fish and Wildlife lands and Department of Natural Resources lands.

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Celebrations committee needs volunteers to help plan state park events

January 8, 2016

NEW — 12:18 p.m. Jan. 8, 2016

The Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park group is seeking volunteers to join its Community Celebrations Committee.

The committee will brainstorm ideas for park events and help bring them to life.

The group is expected to first tackle the organization of a children’s fair and concert to coincide with the grand opening of the park’s new all-accessible playground July 24.

Email director@flssp.org to join the committee. Learn more about the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park at lakesammamishfriends.org.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah tracker

January 5, 2016

NEW — 1:17 p.m. Jan. 5, 2016

Goal: $100,000

Date: $77,492

Issaquah Community Services reports the end of the tax year resulted in quite a few large donations to the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund.

Thank you to all who donated to the fund in 2015. Issaquah Community Services is still accepting donations. Send them to P.O. Box 669, Issaquah, WA 98027. Read more

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Cascade Warbirds offers aviation scholarships

January 5, 2016

NEW — 1:13 p.m. Jan. 5, 2016

Cascade Warbirds, an organization that promotes the restoration, preservation, operation and public display of historically significant military aircraft, is offering scholarships for private pilot ground school with introductory flights to inspire youth to become the aviation pioneers of tomorrow.

This scholarship is available for students between the ages of 16 and 21 at the time of award. This scholarship is valued at $1,125 and a minimum of six awards will be made.

Cascade Warbirds has teamed with Galvin Flight Service at Boeing Field to provide scholarship recipients with tuition, books and supplies, and two introductory instructional flights. The ground school portion includes classroom lectures, visual presentations, group discussions, practical exercises and field trips over a period of about 55 hours. Classes generally meet two weeknights per week for two and one-half hours and one Saturday per week for four hours over six weeks. Successful completion will qualify a student to take the FAA private pilot written exam.

Interested students, parents and advisors should visit cascadewarbirds.org/scholarship.htm for the scholarship application. The deadline to apply is Feb. 29.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah Tracker

December 29, 2015

NEW — 1:58 p.m. Dec. 29, 2015

Thank you to all who donated to the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund in 2015. Issaquah Community Services is still accepting donations. Send them to P.O. Box 669, Issaquah, WA 98027.

Goal: $100,000

Date: $47,937

Donors: J and S Schmidt, Peter and Gisela Smutny, Bill and Chris Hemmenway, Edwin Werne, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Jesse Tree, David and Pauline Harris, Sally and Glen Dillon, Dan and Dar Boni in memory of Darla, Christel Dozé and John Katz, Fred and Rosemarie Butler, Hans and Hazel Siebert, Cori Walters, Cougar Mountain Vet Hospital on behalf of Sarah Wood, Larry and Donna Raaen, Nancy and Danny Scarborough in memory of Donna Baughman, Sharon Garrison, Raymond Glew, Ann Fletcher and David Kappler, Bob and Terri Ingram, Newport Presbyterian Women, Denise Kraft, Floyd Rogers, Brenda Hay, Tina Butt, Nina Milligan, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church Sing and Play Along Messiah, Nancy and George Romer, Peggy Braeutigam, Anita and Joe Donahou, Brian and Susan Olsavsky, Carol and David Whitworth, Lonna and Michael Osier, Leni and Jan Louisse, Peter Milns, Ann Lukens, Laura Loge, Teresa Quaranta, Barbara and John Eimer, Lesley Petty, Shelley Tucker and Bruce Sherman, J. Melvin Butler and Mary Coon, Priscilla and Mike Kaufmann, Janet Wall in memory of Ruth Morgan, Cate and John Mueller, Dinah and John Turrin, Tara and Wayne Michaels, Teresa Lin, Lori and Doug Birrell, The Birrell Family, Kristina Gravette’s Every Way Fitness, Marie Frauenheim, Jane and Larry Crum, Katherine and Robert Owen, Elaine and Ted Davis, Martha DeCastro, John McConnell and Daniel Leiske

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First Day Hike is Jan. 1 at Iron Horse State Park

December 29, 2015

NEW — 1:50 p.m. Dec. 29, 2015

A ranger-led, 3-mile hike will take participants to the top of Cedar Butte to learn about the 1918 flood that wiped out a nearby logging town. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Falls Trailhead at Iron Horse State Park. No Discovery Pass is required on Jan. 1.

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Scouts quiz past and present leaders

December 29, 2015

NEW — 1:47 p.m. Dec. 29, 2015

Ernst Linnemann Fourteen area Boy Scouts from the Alpine District conducted a question-and-answer forum on Dec. 12 featuring former Mayor Rowan Hinds, Councilwoman Mary Lou Pauly and former Councilwoman Nina Milligan. The forum was conducted in the Eagle Room at Issaquah City Hall. Each Scout was given a chance to ask the panel a question, and the Scouts received replies on subjects that included quality of life in Issaquah, the Talus landslide, flooding, class size, new development parking, traffic, homeless issues and emergency response. The forum was followed by a brief tour of the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. Photo Attached Ernst Linnemann (photographer and Citizenship Merit Badge Councilor) Issaquah. 425 270 3818 home 609 760 1349 cell

Ernst Linnemann
Fourteen area Boy Scouts from the Alpine District conducted a question-and-answer forum on Dec. 12 featuring former Mayor Rowan Hinds, Councilwoman Mary Lou Pauly and former Councilwoman Nina Milligan. The forum was conducted in the Eagle Room at Issaquah City Hall. Each Scout was given a chance to ask the panel a question, and the Scouts received replies on subjects that included quality of life in Issaquah, the Talus landslide, flooding, class size, new development parking, traffic, homeless issues and emergency response. The forum was followed by a brief tour of the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.

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Sammamish’s Sanchez-Gonzalez graduates from Washington Youth Academy

December 28, 2015

NEW — 11:58 a.m. Dec. 28, 2015

A Sammamish teen was among 152 cadets who graduated from the Washington Youth Academy on Dec. 19 – more cadets than any previous class in the history of the academy, established in Bremerton in 2009.

Valeria Sanchez-Gonzalez of Skyline High School joined cadets from each corner of the state to attend the free residential school, geared at teaching teens discipline and helping them recover credits so they can go back to high school and earn a diploma or seek an alternative path to finish their high-school education, such as a GED or by joining Running Start.

There were more cadets that went through the commencement ceremonies than actual beds in the bunkers. with 50 beds in each of the three platoons, prompting cots to be setup in the hallway for the entire five-and-a-half-month cycle. Read more

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Community Church of Issaquah welcomes interim pastor

December 28, 2015

NEW — 11:36 a.m. Dec. 28, 2015

A ceremony was held on Dec. 27 to install Rev. Britt Carlson as interim pastor at Community Church of Issaquah, an American Baptist church.

A native Oregonian, Carlson has a Bachelor of Arts from Seattle Pacific University, where she majored in theology and Spanish. She continued her theological education at Duke Divinity School, graduating with her Master of Divinity in May 2013. During her time at Duke, she served as a pastoral intern at Palmyra United Methodist Church in Stokes County, N.C., and at La Iglesia Metodista El Shaddai in Ahuachapan, El Salvador.

Most recently, Carlson spent two years in Dallas, Texas, as a part of Wilshire Baptist Church’s innovative pastoral residency program for young clergy. Read more

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