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Thursday, April 26, 2007 - Page updated at 02:02 AM

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Sherry Grindeland

Our first (or second) family of weather

Seattle Times staff columnist

Rick Van Cise, of Issaquah, reports the weather for KIRO-TV. His daughter, Lisa Van Cise, who went to Skyline High School, gives the latest sun-and-rain updates on Northwest Cable News.

They're not the first family in the Northwest to cover the weather.

Harry Wappler was the weather man to watch on KIRO for many years before he retired in 2003. His son, Andy Wappler, followed in his footsteps on KIRO.

In passing

A life celebration for Jill Isaacson will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday in Kirkland's Marina Park. The 47-year-old died earlier this month on Maui of a previously undiagnosed heart problem.

"We were snorkeling by the Black Rock at Kaanapali Beach when she began having trouble," said her husband, Vince Isaacson. "A vacationing paramedic helped me with CPR as soon as I got her to the beach, but we weren't able to save her."

The Isaacsons own Lake Street Diamond Co. Jill was president of the Wednesday Market in Kirkland. She volunteered at Peter Kirk Elementary School, where their son, Aiden, is a fifth-grader, and she worked in the 23-year-old jewelry store.

Baby, oh baby

Folks who pack care packages for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan tuck small toys into the boxes. Our U.S. soldiers give the toys to the children — and small is good because they can toss them from their vehicles to the kids standing at the side of the road.

For Elizabeth Marston, of Redmond, it was a golden opportunity. The junior at Inglemoor High School had a large tub filled with 54 Beanie Babies.

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Through Jim Broe of the Redmond American Legion, she and her mother, Jean, got the telephone number of Nadine Guilt, of Issaquah. Guilt helps organize Operation Save Our Troops, which regularly sends packages to the war zones. Marston recently dropped off the Beanie Babies, which will be shipped out in the next round of packages.

"The Beanie Babies were fun while the fad lasted, but I'm not in need of them anymore," said the 17 year-old. "I think it is a good cause."

Soft touch

Dan Aznoff, of Bellevue, is a soft touch when it comes to critters. Which explains why the freelance writer planned Compassionate Paws, a benefit for the Old Dog Haven.

Although Old Dog Haven is based in Arlington, several Eastsiders foster elderly dogs for the facility that provides canine assisted living and hospice care. Aznoff met some of the aged dogs at the veterinarian clinic he uses for his family's two dogs, Companion Animal Hospital in Bellevue.

Through Saturday, people can purchase $2 raffle tickets to win an afghan throw customized with a picture of their favorite pet. Aznoff is donating the throw.

One last grin

While trolling through a few blogs, I found one for fishing fans.

One man's entry read, "My biggest worry is that when I die, my wife will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it."

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633 or sgrindeland@seattletimes.com

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