Credit Debbie Berto, publisher of the Issaquah Press, for getting the check-writing started. Although money is still trickling in, enough...

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Credit Debbie Berto, publisher of the Issaquah Press, for getting the check-writing started.

Although money is still trickling in, enough has been donated to buy a 1983 handcrafted Salmon Days quilt for the Issaquah Historical Society.

The impromptu project started when Erica Maniez, executive director, recently sent a group e-mail, asking whether someone wanted to purchase the quilt for $500.

It was owned by Robin Abel, of Renton, who is raising money to pay her daughter’s medical bills. Abel’s daughter, Maria Federici, was blinded and needed facial reconstruction after an accident in February 2004. She was following a trailer on Interstate 405 when an unsecured board bounced off and smashed through her windshield. Federici had no medical insurance.

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Abel had offered the quilt to the society but as Maniez said in her e-mail, unfortunately the organization can’t afford to purchase artifacts like that.

Berto responded almost instantly, pledging $50 and urging others to do the same.

As of Tuesday, $845 has been collected to help Federici. Abel said last week she was overwhelmed with the amount. So was Maniez, who delighted in telling Abel the group had more than met the asking price for the quilt.

“I would have been happy just for the quilt to find a home in the community,” Maniez said. “But I am doubly pleased that the home will be here at the Issaquah Historical Society.”

Walking the walk

Kristi Wilson and Shari Shovlin, both lieutenants with the Redmond Police Department, will be walking the straight and narrow for the next three days. They’re participating in the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk that starts at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah tomorrow.

The two are like many of the expected 3,000 participants in that this is a personal quest.

Wilson’s sister died of breast cancer. Shovlin and Wilson are also walking to support Shawn Fitzpatrick, a supervisor in the Redmond department who has been undergoing an eight-month treatment for breast cancer.

Together, the two have raised more than $5,600 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

On-the-spot aid

Bob McMurtrie arrived early at Azteca Mexican Restaurant on 112th Avenue Northeast in Bellevue. The Kirkland man was meeting his wife, Judy, there for lunch. He decided he had time to walk to the post office across the freeway, on 116th Avenue Northeast.

McMurtrie tripped and fell over an uneven spot in the sidewalk, so he returned to Azteca with bloody hands and wrists. He planned to go directly to the restroom to clean up.

Instead, the employees rallied around McMurtrie, providing first-aid materials.

“All the employees expressed real concern,” he said. “One brought me a damp towel and several bandages. I was overwhelmed by their concern and generosity.”

One last grin

We’ve all known tired and whiny kids, but I admire the grown woman driving around the Eastside with a license plate that reads: LV2WHYN.

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633 or