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MIHS classes of ’61, ’81 look back, laugh and remember

The class of 1961 came together over the weekend of Sept. 9-11 with the class of ’81 right on their heels last weekend.

Mercer Islanders ’go to the sun’ and beyond in epic Harley ride

Spectacular scenery, the wind in their faces and time to get lost in their own thoughts, were just a few of the benefits three members of the “Mercer Island Retired Ones” (MIRO) motorcycle group gained on a seven-day ride earlier this month.

Chef embraces ‘slow food’ philosophy

When Brian Bligh graduated from Boston College with a degree in finance in 2003, something didn’t feel right.

MIVAL 50th Anniversary celebration Thursday

The Mercer Island Visual Arts League will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this week.

  • Jul 20th, 2011

It’s July on Mercer Island with blueberry crisp | On Food

It’s July on Mercer Island, and am I ever going to get to wear a swimsuit without a fleece cover up? Most of us who are not from the Pacific Northwest do not understand that summer does not start here until after Summer Celebration weekend.

Mercer Island summer camps for kids

A Music Nature Camp for kids called Island Beat will be held at Emmanuel Episcopal Church between July 11 and 15 and is for ages 11 to 14. The camp will include award-winning musician Joe Craven and a facilitator from the Wilderness Awareness School based in Duvall, Wash. For more, go to

Living by the ‘two hours ready’ rule

I’ve never been a goal-obsessed person. Seemingly, I’m just not wired that way. As a kid, trophies would go in the closet, and paper awards were stuck in a book somewhere.

  • Jun 13th, 2011

Checking out the choices in Arizona’s wine country | On Wine

Many Islanders snowbird to warmer states during the colder, wetter Washington winter months. I kept hearing about Arizona wines from many of these snowbirds. When I planned a trip to the Grand Canyon, using Sedona as a base camp, researching the emerging Arizona wine industry was high on my list of things to do.

The Scene

Emmy-winning comedy star Judy Gold brings her edgy wit and sharp observational commentary to Mercer Island for an exclusive, one-night-only stand-up appearance at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC). ​

  • May 16th, 2011

Pledge to be soda free on Sundays

From now until June 7 throughout King County, families are taking up the pledge to be soda free on Sundays.

Cherry swirled cheesecake | Recipe of the Week

Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups chocolate cookie crumbs, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted, 1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling or topping, 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened, 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk, 3 large eggs, 1/3 cup lemon juice, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

  • May 11th, 2011

Transformed Mercer Island home open for viewing

This Sunday, May 15, the Seattle chapter of the American Institute of Architects is featuring a Mercer Island home designed by Allison Hogue and Richard Floisand of Seattle's Floisand Studio, at 5045 E. Mercer Way.

After mom, it’s time for ‘Other’s Day’ | On Religion

Last weekend was all about celebrating mothers. Those who gave us birth and nurtured us with love. In my case it also included Mother Nature, whose natural beauty and organic goodness sustains our lives.

  • May 10th, 2011

A recipe gift for Mother’s Day | On Food

This year’s Mother’s Day has me dancing with joy. It is the first time that I will get to be with my mother on Mother’s Day in almost 20 years. My mother lives in Florida and I live on Mercer Island. So, I will not be taking this Mother’s Day for granted.

Mercer Islander is leader of women’s health studies

Islander and epidemiologist, Dr. Andrea LaCroix is again at the center of the decades-long discussion about the efficacy and risks of hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women. The results of the recent phase of the studies she has lead indicates some significant benefits for women who took estrogen alone beginning in their 50s after hysterectomies.

  • Apr 20th, 2011

‘Finding the home row’

Although most of my peers learned to type in high school, I took a typing course in eighth grade. One of our neighbors was a typing instructor at the local community college. He bent the rules so I could audit an evening class. As a result I learned to bend my fingers at just the right angle and at just the right position on the keyboard. It was Mr. Hill who introduced me to the “home row.”

  • Apr 18th, 2011

YTN Magic gala is Saturday

Youth Theatre Northwest is conjuring up a gala evening fundraiser on Saturday, April 16. The evening will include dinner and performances to celebrate the magic and legacy of YTN.

A vision becomes a ‘Kesher garden’

A meaningful project is underway at the Stroum Jewish Community Center. Right now it looks a lot like mud, but next month planting will begin in what will be called the SJCC Kesher (which means “connection” in Hebrew) Community Garden.

As college admissions tighten, students must consider options

Every year when I review the stats for the incoming class of freshmen, I feel a sense of dread knowing that each year the percentage of admitted students drops. This year almost feels laughable with Harvard and Columbia admitting only 6 percent of students, with Yale and Stanford following close behind with a 7 percent admittance rate.

Mercer Islander’s book celebrates soccer culture in Seattle

Writing books is not exactly a new venture for longtime author Clare Hodgson Meeker. The Island resident has published several books, but her most recent is one that touches the community of soccer in Seattle.