Bartell Drugs launches flu vaccination program

August 27, 2014

Bartell Drugs offers a seasonal flu vaccination program with convenient in-store vaccinations at 63 locations and an off-site flu clinic program serving area businesses and retirement communities.

The Issaquah Bartell Drugs is at 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.

Flu shots are available any time, without an appointment, during pharmacy hours. Pharmacists can immunize anyone 5 or older.

Get a complete list of vaccinations available and learn more here.

Challenges answered

August 26, 2014

By Greg Farrar The Liberty High School football coaching staff was drenched in ice water Aug. 21 as it accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Isaiah Valach, son of head coach Steve Valach. In turn, the Patriots challenged the staffs at Issaquah and Skyline high schools. Donations to support research to find a cure for Lou Gehrig’s Disease and providing vital services to patients and their families can be made at www.alsa.org/donate.

By Greg Farrar
The Liberty High School football coaching staff was drenched in ice water Aug. 21 as it accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Isaiah Valach, son of head coach Steve Valach. In turn, the Patriots challenged the staffs at Issaquah and Skyline high schools. Donations to support research to find a cure for Lou Gehrig’s Disease and providing vital services to patients and their families can be made at www.alsa.org/donate.

By Ashley Garrels Dr. Nadine Egger gets two buckets dumped on her during the Egger Orthodontics ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Aug. 21.

By Ashley Garrels
Dr. Nadine Egger gets two buckets dumped on her during the Egger Orthodontics ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Aug. 21.

By Kathleen R. Merrill Cheryl Baker, Michelle Redo, Taya Wulf, Cindy Martin, Jennifer Whiting, Kathy Rons, Amanda Logan, Dena Rahm and Janet Fuss, from Egger Orthodontics, participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with help from Eastside Fire & Rescue Lt. Rick Reynolds and firefighters Jim Smith and Paul McCall.

By Kathleen R. Merrill
Cheryl Baker, Michelle Redo, Taya Wulf, Cindy Martin, Jennifer Whiting, Kathy Rons, Amanda Logan, Dena Rahm and Janet Fuss, from Egger Orthodontics, participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with help from Eastside Fire & Rescue Lt. Rick Reynolds and firefighters Jim Smith and Paul McCall.

Human Services Campus plans move forward

August 26, 2014

Issaquah’s planned Human Services Campus has made its way back to the City Council for discussion.

Service organizations AtWork!, of Issaquah, and the Together Center, of Redmond, have long worked to develop an Issaquah campus that would incorporate a number of local nonprofit organizations under one roof.

A search for a location to house the campus held the project up until last year. Now, with a location in mind, the two organizations will work on a three-party agreement with the city to see the plan come to fruition.

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Issaquah School District finishes school projects, delays others

August 26, 2014

Staff members, parents and students at Apollo and Issaquah Valley elementary schools have been waiting years for their buildings to be refurbished, and their wishes will be granted when school starts Sept. 3.

By Greg Farrar A lighted reader board has been put up at Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

By Greg Farrar
A lighted reader board has been put up at Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

The two elementary schools were major pieces of a $219 million bond measure that Issaquah School District voters approved in April 2012. Issaquah Valley and Apollo received about $6.6 million each for similar modernization projects that focused on creating additional classroom spaces, improving building security and upgrading existing spaces for a continued influx of new students.

The district is expecting to add 350 students in the 2014-15 year, and projections released last year showed the school system could grow by more than 2,800 students over the next 30 years.

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Combat Flip Flops expands its catalog through crowd-funding

August 26, 2014

Local veteran-founded business Combat Flip Flops has secured more than $15,000 in crowd-sourced funding to launch another product.

Contributed Matthew Griffin, Combat Flip Flops founder, models the Cashmagh, a new product line for the business.

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Matthew Griffin, Combat Flip Flops founder, models the Cashmagh, a new product line for the business.

The Cashmagh is a cashmere shemagh, or scarf. The material is sourced from goats in Afghanistan, and then processed and woven in India.

The money was raised through VetLaunch, which began its mission to fund veteran-owned small businesses July 4.

“We wanted to be a front-runner,” Combat Flip Flops co-founder and former Army Ranger Matthew Griffin, “Griff” to his friends, said. “We ran a couple of crowd-funding campaigns before. We know how those things work.”

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Standup paddling is all the rage at lake this summer

August 26, 2014

Looking to get away from the shady turf of your office and catch some rays on the sunny surface of Lake Sammamish?

By Jared Poston Lindsay Lambert bends into a scorpion pose on a standup paddleboard, just offshore of Tibbetts Beach.

By Jared Poston
Lindsay Lambert bends into a scorpion pose on a standup paddleboard, just offshore of Tibbetts Beach.

Kayaking, sailing, wakeboarding and waterskiing are still popular, but more people are taking to the water on standup paddleboards — aka SUP: cruising both sides of the lake, checking out the fancy homes, getting close to otters, beavers and bald eagles and maybe getting all Huck Finn with a trip up Tibbetts Creek or Issaquah Creek.

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Sammamish Club changes name to Issaquah Fitness

August 26, 2014

Arena Sports, the parent company that purchased the Sammamish Club, is changing the name to Issaquah Fitness.

The name change, official Sept. 1, is to alleviate confusion about where the club is.

“When the Sammamish Club was originally started, the city of Sammamish did not exist,” Ramon Velasquez, general manager the club, said in a news release. “The club actually resides in the city of Issaquah not Sammamish. We are proud to announce that we will be changing our name to Issaquah Fitness to better reflect our location and our purpose.”

The club is at 2115 N.W. Poplar Way. Call 313-3131.

Auditions are being scheduled for Master Chorus Eastside

August 26, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 26, 2014

Master Chorus Eastside is holding auditions for its upcoming 2014/2015 season.

Tenors and basses are particularly needed.

The season’s repertoire includes works by Bach, Eric Whitacre, George Gershwin and local composer John Muehleisen, and “Sunrise Mass,” by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo.

All interested singers must have choral experience and basic music reading ability. Get an audition appointment by calling the Master Chorus Eastside office at 392-8446.

Learn more about the chorus here.

Costco leases Vulcan building for growing Issaquah headquarters staff

August 25, 2014

NEW — 6:25 p.m. Aug. 25, 2014

Costco Wholesale has leased an Issaquah office building developed by Vulcan to provide growing room for its headquarters staff, which now numbers about 3,000.

The 177,000-square-foot building at Sammamish Park Place, off East Lake Sammamish Parkway at S.E. 51st St., is about a mile from the warehouse retailer’s headquarters at 999 Lake Drive.

Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said the lease gives Costco more room for part of its information technology staff and other operations.

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Eastridge center expands, hosts open house Aug. 26

August 25, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 25, 2014

The Eastridge Childcare and Learning Center has completed construction on additional classrooms, adding about 30 more openings for children to its Issaquah-Pine Lake campus.

There will be an open house for the public from 6-7 p.m. Aug. 26 to view the new classrooms and tour the entire childcare center.

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