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Biodiesel station opens in Bellevue

Reporter Staff

Islanders whose rides have been converted to run off of biodiesel have a new station on the Eastside to fill up the tank.

In fact, any diesel vehicle can run off the biodiesel dispensed at the new Propel facility in Factoria.

Propel Biofuels recently opened its first Eastside biodiesel station, located at Richards Road Shell station at 3204 Richards Rd. S.E. in Factoria. The biodiesel pump is open 24 hours each day and accepts all major credit and fleet cards. The single biodiesel hose pumps from a 5,000-gallon tank and dispenses B20 biodiesel. In a statement issued by Propel, owners said that the fuel would be sold at a price competitive with petroleum diesel. Look for the white rectangular station with its green pump.

“Propel biodiesel is compatible with any diesel vehicle on the road today, so we can drive clean without modifying our vehicles,” said Rob Elam, Propel’s CEO and co-founder. “We’re excited to make clean fuels available to consumers and businesses on the Eastside so individuals and fleets can use biodiesel in their current diesel vehicles with no modifications whatsoever.”

The new Eastside facility is one of nearly 40 Propel stations planned to open during 2008 in Washington, Oregon and California. Propel currently operates pumps in Kenmore and the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. It also is in partnership with Island resident Paul Allen’s company, Vulcan, and plans to open a flagship station in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood later this spring. The Seattle-based company was founded in 2004.

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Israel at 60

As part of the Jewish Federation of Seattle’s “Israel at 60” program, two foreign consulates from San Francisco will visit the Island to talk about the relationship between the German and Israel governments in the post-WWII era.

While discussing the working relationship of their governments over the last 60 years, Consul Generals David Akov of Israel and Rolf Schutte of Germany will be exploring the political, cultural and economic relations that evolved from under the shadow of the Holocaust. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 21, and will take place at the Herzl-Ner Tamid temple located at 3700 East Mercer Way. Current issues such as the Iranian government’s pursuit of nuclear technology and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process will also be discussed.

The event is titled “Israel & Germany: 6 Decades of Partnership,” sponsored by the American Jewish Committee and co-sponsored by the German Heritage Society, Herzl-Ner Tamid and the Seattle Jewish Federation.

For more information, contact Anson Laytner at 622-6315 ext. 2 or e-mail

Knit, pray, run

Knitters and prayers prepare the way for the MI Rotary Half Marathon March 9. A week before the run, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church plans a community service and prayer focus at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 2, integrating liturgy and prayer for those affected by the realities of cancer.

The majority of the Rotary Run proceeds are targeted to fight colon cancer.

Tom Lindquist, brother of the late Susie Lindquist Mjelde, will offer a ministry highlight at the Arch 2 service. The MI Rotary was inspired by Mjelde’s own example to focus its run on colon cancer awareness.

The church’s more than 40-member Prayer Shawl Ministry team will offer as many as 50 hand-knit shawls to comfort people struggling with cancer. Two MIPC pastors and other cheering supporters will be on hand at the race from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 9.

“Cancer touches so many in our community,” said Paul Barrett, MIPC associate pastor. “Like Jesus, we want to walk the journey with others in times of concern, crisis and celebration.”

Sue's Tailor & Alteration

Sue’s Tailor & Alteration, on Mercer Island, has added a new service and extended hours. The business will begin offering dry cleaning this week and will open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

“It is convenient for customers,” said the owner, Kyung Yoo, explaining that her customers want dry cleaning with alterations. Yoo has more than 25 years of experience in tailoring and is the third owner of Sue’s Tailor shop, which has been on Mercer Island for 30 years.

Sue’s Tailor & Alteration is located at 7837 S.E. 30th St. and can be reached at 236-0659.

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