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A6 • WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 9, 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Merry Christmas Issaquah Fund HelpinE neiyhbors help themselves Total: $1,285 from 19 donors 2009 Fund Goal: $50,000 Thank You! to this week's donors: Stephen Ridlon Carol Cooper Viola & Gerald Petersen Peter & Gisela Smutny Melodie Anderson Virginia Miller Shelley Olds & Hans Hilsenberg Vivian McMahon Richard & Marilyn Batura Dr. & Mrs. B.R. Levinthal Elva Nibbelink Margaret Moore Louise Tolle Mary Austin Richard & Gloria James Robert & Coleen George Joann McHolland 2 anonymous To donate, send to. Merry Christmas Issaquah c/o The Issaquah Press PC) Box 1328, Issaquah, WA 98027 Name will be published unless anonymity is requested. SISTER CITY GREETINGS Joan Probala (third from left), of the Issaquah Sister Cities Commission, poses Nov. 17 with the Sunndal, Norway, City Council and Sunndal Mayor Stale Refstie (holding the newspaper), af- ter a meeting to discuss reinvigorating the sister city relationship that Issaquah and the Scandinavian city began in 1991, but had both let lapse in recent years. C ONTRIBUTED Sleep Country hosts toy drive Sleep Country Foster Kids' annual Secret Santa Toy Drive is seeking donations of new, unwrapped gifts, such as toys, games, sporting equipment and musical instruments. Items can be donated at any Sleep Country USA store through Dec. 13. The Issaquah location is at 730 N.W. Gilman Blvd. For the location of other stores, use the Sleep Country store locater at www.sleepcountry.com or call 1- 888-88-SLEEP toil-flee. Find Issaquah jail inmates online Find out whom the Issaquah Police Department has in custody at the Issaquah City Jail. Officials debuted a Web search tool to find inmate information Dec. 7. Find the search engine at www. ci. issaquah, wa. us/jail. Besides inmates' names, the fea- ture will tell users the arresting agency, charges against the inmate, bail amounts and sched- uled release dates. The list will be updated four times per day to ensure accuracy. Eastside Baby Corner offers holiday tours Eastside Baby Corner is hosting drop-in tours from 9 a.m. - noon Dec. 10 and 17. Stop by for hot cider, cookies and a behind-the- scenes look at EBC's warehouse and distribution center. EBC provides immediate assis- tance to children by supplying essential goods for children, from birth to age 12, through a network of family-assistance partners. Learn more about EBC by going to www.babycorner.org or e-mail- ing babycom@gte.net. HIN1 vaccine available for high-risk groups at Planned Parenthood in Issaquah The Issaquah Planned Parenthood health center, 75 N.W. Dogwood St., has a limited number of H1N1 vaccines available. Vaccines are available for high- risk groups including: Pregnant women People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months Health care and Emergency Medical Services personnel Persons between the ages of 12 months and 24 years People from ages 25-64 years who are at higher risk for H1N1 because of chronic health disor- ders or compromised immune sys- tems. Vaccines at the Planned Parenthood health center are for people 11 and older. Appointments are not necessary and Planned Parenthood workers can bill most insurance plans, including Medicaid, but not Medicare. If you don t have insur- ance, a $15 fee needs to be paid at the time of service. You can can 1-800-769-0045 toil-free for information about clin- ic hours and other Planned Parenthood Centers that have the H1N1 vaccine available. PSE will donate food, funds to Issaquah pantry Puget Sound Energy and the util- ity company's employees are work- ing to fill shelves at food banks across the Puget Sound region, including the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. PSE customers are also welcome to join the food drive. PSE, based in Bellevue, will dis- tribute $22,500 in donations among 43 Washington food banks in order to help the feeding pro- grams stock shelves during the holiday season. In addition to the financial contributions, PSE employees will donate nonperish- able food items to the pantries. PSE employees conduct annual holiday food drives. The clock is ticking... Santa rides in two weeks! @ NAULT Town & Country Square ..... 1175 NW Gilman Blvd. Suite B-4, Issaquah (425) 391-9270 "Puget Sound Energy and our employees recognize that our cus- tomers and communities have been particularly hard hit this year by the recession," company presi- dent and CEO Steve Reynolds said in a news release. "We're doin what we can to show our care ana concern and hopefully brighten the holidays for our neighbors in need." All nonperishable food items collected by employees through mid-December will be delivered to community food banks. PSE serves more than 1 million electric customers and nearly 750,000 natural gas customers in 11 counties. Issaquah School District needs volunteers to design, plan Liberty remodel Issaquah School District officials want two parent or community volunteers to be on the project Design and Planning Team for the Liberty High School remodel. Construction at Liberty is still on schedule to begin in late summer 2010, with partial completion set for fail 2011. Final completion is scheduled for spring 2012, district officials said at a Nov. 17 meeting at the school. The school will receive new sci- ence labs, eight new classrooms, a new performing arts facility and mat room, new kitchen equipment and new roofing. The school will also receive improvements to its heating and air ventilation system. The volunteers with the Design and Planning Team will work with Liberty Principal Mike Deletis and the school district's Capital Projects Office to help advise and problem-solve. The team hopes to hold its first meeting the week of Dec. 14, and plans to meet twice per month. School officials want interested participants to explain their con- nection to Liberty, why they want to be on the team, what skills they feel are important for team mem- bers to have, what experience they can bring to the team and how that experience will benefit the team. E-mail responses to those questions to schroederk@issaquah.wednet.edu. District officials will notify accepted applicants by Dec. 11. Traffic Snowb We have aLL you Rentals season! 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The hours drivers lost, per capita, due to highway delays declined by 16 percent during the same period. Officials also recorded a drop in collisions last year, compared to previous years. In King County, fatal and serious-injury collisions declined more than 20 percent from 2006. The total number of all collision types on state highways in the county decreased by 11.4 percent last year from 2006 levels.. DOT officials said the decline in accident-related traffic problems, known as nonrecurrent conges- tions, likely contributed to the overall improvement of travel times on Puget Sound-area high- ways. Take a peek... I90 traffic cameras S, j ,ifl SAQL AH PRESS.00,m