Linda Ball

Ray Ramsey was weatherman, star

Jody Lien said her dad, Ray Ramsey, a 47-year resident of Mercer Island, “was a pretty big deal,” when he was on the air.


Two Mercer Island students accepted in UW Academy program

Each fall, only 35 students are accepted into the University of Washington’s Academy Program, a group of young, gifted academics. Two are from Mercer Island this year.


Mercer Island Tully’s drive-thru the first of its kind

It was windy and chilly Thursday for the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the first stand-alone Tully's Coffee drive-thru, but about 20 people braved the weather for the occasion.


Mercer Island masterpiece enters the real estate market

The home at 3051 84th Ave. S.E. on Mercer Island is not just a home. It is an artistically and historically significant home, said Barb Korducki of Coldwell Banker, who will be representing the home along with her colleague, Kathy Beckes.

Islander shares memories of family friend and neighbor, actor James Arness

If you don’t remember the television show “Gunsmoke,” with the colorful characters Matt Dillon, Chester, Miss Kitty and Doc, well, you’re young.

School Board weighs how many, how much

Should there be three or four new schools planned?

Man jumps to his death from a building in Mercer Island

A man apparently commits suicide Jan. 2

First step is taken toward new schools

The 21st Century Planning Committee, volunteers charged by the Mercer Island School District Board of Directors to come up with a plan to replace the Island’s aging schools, made their recommendation to the board on Thursday night at a special public meeting.

Mercer Islander has first Nissan LEAF and electric vehicle charging station

Besides saving the planet, the attractiveness of electric vehicles has been the idea that you could simply plug it in. But as many drivers have found, powering up your car via the outlet in your garage takes a bit of planning ahead — recharging can take several hours. Now, however, there is at least one alternative way to power up your car more quickly: installing a 240-volt power unit in your home.

Old Safeway site to be developed

After sitting vacant for years, the two acre tract of land at the North end of 76th Avenue S.E,, which at one time was a Safeway store, will be re-developed.

Help and healing for Peru

Dr. Cheryl Hayes specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation, the medical specialty concerned with diagnosing, evaluating and treating patients with physical disabilities. It took two years to plan, but Hayes and her husband Leo Catallo, son Matt Catallo, and three other young men, Brian Sedlacek, Carlos Barrios and Sam Mildeberger, recently returned from a medical mission in Peru.

Trial set for Laura Clarice Martin

At a pre-trial hearing on March 6, Judge Wayne Stewart set a trial date of May 15 at 10:30 a.m. for Islander Laura Clarice Martin.

Beverage businessman does right by customers and workers

Three was the charm for Pat Weinstein, owner and CEO of Weinstein Beverage Company. Nominated twice before, this year Beverage Industry Magazine named the Mercer Island resident “Bottler of the Year.”

Firefighters take collections for Mercer Island food bank

On the third day of inclement weather, members of the Mercer Island Local IFF (International Fire Fighters) 1762 bundled up and gathered outside the Mercer Island Albertsons on Wednesday to collect food for the Mercer Island food bank. With a bright red fire truck parked at the store's entrance, the firefighters set up a barrel to collect food and a red helmet on the ground to collect cash donations as shoppers emerged from the store.

Berg house sold for $5.9 million

The Mercer Island home of Frederick Darren Berg has been sold to a Seattle businessman for $5.925 million. The home was listed at $8.2 million, Sept. 17, with Coldwell Banker Bain Associates Wendy Lister and Terry Allen.

Mercer Island mansion doesn’t sell at auction

The sun came out on Tuesday just as auctioneer Lanny Thomas with J.P. King Auction Company began the official auction at the residence of David and Becky Sandwith, located at 4137 Boulevard Place.

Cellar 46 closes

With no fanfare, Cellar 46 closed silently over the holiday weekend. The website for Cellar 46 simply states, "Thank you for the many great years. We are no longer open for business."

Howl-o-ween at All the Best Pet Care

All The Best Pet Care celebrated Halloween on Friday, Oct. 21, with pet portraits of dogs in Halloween attire.

Islander pride takes over Battle Ground

A new marching band in the Vancouver area needed uniforms. Their colors are maroon and white. The Mercer Island High School band just happened to have some left over.

School district marks 70 years of growth, change

Thursday night’s Mercer Island School Board meeting started off with a party to celebrate the district’s 70th anniversary.