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‘You sit on the front porch and tell stories’ | Community profile

Maggie Bennett is best known for her folk music, but this longtime resident of Mercer Island has recently published her first book, “Windy Stories,” which is based on her Ph.D. dissertation. Bennett has traveled most of the world, and has heard many stories.

Comfort food to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Along with the mood-elevating effect of warm temperatures and sunny blue skies, there’s nothing like a little whimsy in the air to brighten things up — the kind that Saint Patrick’s Day brings our way. How can anyone of any age not be charmed by the enchantment of fairies, leprechauns and the big unifying embrace from a holiday that says, “Everyone’s Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day.”

  • Mar 7th, 2011

Mercer Island author speaking at NW Women’s Show

Mercer Island resident and author AC Christensen recently E-published her two books, “Motorbikes and Murder,” a mystery, and “Patrick the Naughty Pony,” a children’s chapter book.

  • Mar 1st, 2011

Sun Valley through the years: the ‘first U.S. ski resort’

Sun Valley is in the middle of its 75th operational year, and celebrations of its status as America’s first ski resort have been ongoing throughout the season. If you ever wanted an additional reason to visit, you might consider going from March 27 to April 3. This is when the Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame will be inducting six new members in conjunction with Ski Heritage Week, and the package prices are an incredibly good deal. How about $75 per person per night for lodging plus a lift ticket?

Mercer Island fifth-grader performs in PNB’s ‘Cinderella’

Island resident Ana Ko Glass has a role as a "Good Fairy Attendant" in the Pacific Northwest Ballet's production of "Cinderella" and was photographed during a full dress rehearsal at McCaw Hall in Seattle on Thursday, February 3, 2011.

  • Feb 8th, 2011

‘Love isn’t love until you give it away…’

On November 16, 1959, "The Sound of Music," the timeless Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, began a three-and-a-half year run on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Several weeks before the show’s opening, Oscar Hammerstein was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Prior to being admitted for surgery, the famed lyricist stopped at the theatre to convey encouragement and inspiration to his leading lady. He passed a piece of paper to the young actress playing Maria von Trapp.

  • Feb 8th, 2011

Mercer Islander’s film ‘Winter’s Bone’ up for best picture Oscar

Anne Rosellini, a 1987 graduate of Mercer Island High School, is “one-third elated, one-third horrified and one-third nervous” about being nominated for two Academy Awards. Rosellini and her co-producer, Alix Madigan-Yorkin, are nominated in the Best Picture category for their film, “Winter’s Bone.” Rosellini and Debra Granik, who is the film’s director, are nominated for best adapted screenplay. The nominee is a member of the well-known Rosellini family of Washington state.

Photos: a year in review on Mercer Island

As the year comes to an end, these photos offer a glimpse of 2010 on Mercer Island: the city celebrates 50 years in July, tulips bloom in the spring, a new historical sign commemorates the Roanoke ferry dock, Islanders join the Summer Celebration and homecoming parades and Third Thursday Art Walk, Earthcorps volunteers take a break at Clarke Beach, the Blue Angels return for Seafair, Friday night football features the Mercer Island High School marching band, children learn and play, and snow falls just days before Thanksgiving.

Mercer Islander’s images of fame 30 years ago still tell stories

After chuckling at a cover portraying a TSA agent patting down a compliant passenger, it is likely that a few Islanders opened their New Yorker magazine last week to find a local connection to the subject of one of the storied magazine’s features. On page 90, there is a review on a new book, “The Petting Zoo,” by author Jim Carroll. The review of the book, published posthumously last month, includes a black and white photo taken of the artist as a young man. The image conveys the intensity of its subject in a single jolt.

  • Dec 14th, 2010

Mercer Islander’s book earns recognition

Islander Fred Milkie Jr.’s 2010 book, “Alone Around the Mountain: A Visual Memoir,” is the result of over 10 years of hiking, observing, contemplating and photographing in Mt. Rainier National Park. The book was a collaboration between Milkie and gifted designer and longtime friend, Teri Nakamura. It has been nominated as “Best Book” by the Pacific NW Booksellers and was awarded silver by the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen.

Island views in the snow

In these views of the snow around Mercer Island, students go sledding while school is out, and Ellis Pond is partially frozen. Temperatures remained below freezing on the Island the day before Thanksgiving.

  • Nov 25th, 2010

Courage and honor revisited | Belgium’s WWII ghost plane

This story about incredible bravery in the face of sure death reads like a Hollywood screen play. Yet it is true. Islander David Wolter survived abandoning a crippled plane over Europe in WWII despite amazing odds. Equally amazing were the people who found the plane and never gave up looking for its lost crew. This story was first published in the Mercer Island Reporter on July 28, 2004.

  • Nov 9th, 2010

Islander students wear blue to support friend

Hundreds of Mercer Island High School students wore blue clothing to school on Nov. 4 to support their friend and classmate, Christina Scalzo, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Scalzo is just finishing her first round of chemotherapy today. Students also recorded video messages for her in between classes. Photography teacher Rose Gifford climbed up to take the photo from the roof in the amphitheater outside the high school commons.

  • Nov 5th, 2010

Taking leave

The last of the leaves reflect the sun on a fine day last week at Luther Burbank Park.

  • Nov 5th, 2010

Veterans Day celebration

Veterans Day is Thursday, Nov. 11. This year the Roanoke Inn, the Mercer Island VFW Post 5760 and other sponsors are hosting an all-day party to honor veterans. The fun begins at the Roanoke with dollar pints (all day for Bud and Bud Light), swing music on the Juke Box and, of course, food. Then the fun moves across the street to the VFW Keewaydin Clubhouse with an open house between 3 and 5 p.m. with root beer floats, courtesy of Aljoya.

  • Nov 3rd, 2010

Weighing the great pumpkin

Dorothy Reeck, owner of the Roanoke Inn, stands with her giant 423-pound pumpkin, grown in the fertile soil of Roanoke property. She easily won her annual bet with fellow pumpkin grower, Jack Jones, on whose squash would be heavier.

  • Oct 27th, 2010

Candy Corn Bark | Recipe of the Week

1. Spread the cookies, pretzels and raisins evenly onto a lightly greased, small baking sheet. Melt the chocolate in a bowl, set over a pan of simmering water, or in the microwave, stirring frequently until melted. Remove from the heat while there are still a few chunks, and stir until smooth. White chocolate burns easily. 2. Drizzle the chocolate with a spoon over the goodies in the pan, spreading the top flat to coat evenly. Top with candy corn and sprinkles. Let cool until firm. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container.

  • Oct 27th, 2010

Prepare for attending college fair

Question: What should I know before I attend a college fair? Answer: The annual National College Fair is coming to the Washington State Convention Center on Nov. 14 and 15. It is very well attended, especially on Sunday, making it wise to have a strategy before you go. If you want a list of schools that will be participating at the fair, search for NACAC on Google and follow the link for college fairs.

Festival of art at Covenant Shores

Covenant Shores residents showed off their artistic talents last week during the annual art show. From water colors to quilting, the residents came together on Oct. 14 with friends and family to showcase their talents.

  • Oct 20th, 2010

Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake | Recipe of the Week

Heat the oven to 300 degrees. To make the crust, stir together the vanilla wafer crumbs, powdered sugar, unsweetened cocoa and melted butter or margarine in a medium bowl. Press firmly onto the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan and set aside.

  • Oct 20th, 2010