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Mercer Island hands across chasms

Mercer Island may get a second sister city in China, says Jane Meyer Brahm, president of the MI Sister City Association, which has cultivated our bond with Thonon les Bains, France for the past seven years.

Mercer Island’s Andrew Mok has been investigating the idea and is gathering names of supporters. The city would be Wujiang City, a suburban area of Suzhou — not far from Shanghai. While it’s just at the idea stage, he’d like to see if there’s some support for a Chinese sister city. Let him know at 275-2279.

Dave Lindstrom volunteers on a MI Rotary project to supply 5,000 wheelchairs over five years to those in need throughout the world. He particularly shepherds them to Guatemala and Panama.

“My interest in Latin America began during my time in the Peace Corps in Bolivia from 1968-70 and helped form my values of today,” he says. “By working with people in the Third World, it made me realize our privilege, and our moral obligation to help those in other countries. I still have friends I made then.”

Lindstrom worked with the Aymara villagers, particularly on the sheep program to upgrade the quality of wool production. He lived where Bolivia, Peru and Chile converge, and did pasture demonstrations at elevations higher than Mt. Rainier.

He says the Peace Corps experience helped him gain entry to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin, and gave him the independence and confidence “that I could do whatever I wanted.” At the time, he was just trying to do the best job he could — although it changed him forever.

As the crow flies across the lake and plateau to Snoqualmie Ridge, six homes are being constructed by Habitat for Humanity, where several MI Presbyterian Church volunteers helped last month, under the direction of skilled workers.

The foundations have been poured and now framing will begin. Another six homes in Redmond also will be built. This effort makes it possible for low-income Eastside residents to purchase simple affordable homes. To learn more about East King County chapter of H4H, contact (425) 869-6007.

“The Highest Tide” written in 2005 by Jim Lynch, MIHS grad of 1980, will be reviewed by the All Island Book Club at 7:30 p.m. on May 31, at Island Books. This coming-of-age story has many touch-points of Island life here and on the Sound.

The film rights have been sold and the book has been translated into 10 languages, most recently Chinese, says Lynch. “I’m now working on a novel set along the U.S.-Canadian border above Bellingham. I intend to finish ‘The Dotted Line’ later this year.”

Mercer Island’s Nassim Assefi’s first novel, “Aria,” is in hardback in local stores. In her online blog, she says it gestated for 10 years after she, as a then-23-year-old privileged Iranian-American, was trapped alone in a monsoon in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. As a medical student on holiday surrounded by a “maelstrom of sickness and dying,” she began the story about great loss despite a comfortable life in the United States.

She is an internist specializing in women’s health and global medicine. She also has done humanitarian aid in Afghanistan and performed music in Havana. She lives in Seattle, graduated from Wellesley College, UW Medical School, and Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital residency program.

Mercer Island’s Knights of Columbus at St. Monica Church — 98 strong — will host the state’s 104th convention May 17-20, with 400 delegates from throughout Washington attending. Tom Kenworthy says the convention will be held at the Bellevue Hilton, but the evening mass and dinner will be at St. Monica’s, where the family center will be transformed into “little Italy.” An Italian spread will include six courses of gourmet dishes from the recipes of John Zavaglia’s family.

Oh to be a Catholic man in ostrich-feathered hat and cape, enjoying John’s divine cuisine.

The Knights, 1.6 million throughout the world, mark their 125th anniversary since founding, and are known for such good works as support for seminarians and Special Olympics, organizing blood drives, raising money for the needy, providing insurance for widows, and much more.

Posted on a kiosk at the south end is Hanae Kimura’s message seeking someone to look after Cricket, her quarter horse, while she leaves to go to Skidmore College in New York. As Kimura takes one horse with her, she needs someone to ride Cricket, who will stay at Sunnybeam stables. Call her at 206.890.6766.

Access to locally grown produce now comes to us again via nearby farmers’ markets in Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah, Woodinville and Carnation. We found terrific spring bouquets - including fragrant lilacs at Issaquah’s Pickering Barn, along with leeks, radishes, rhubarb and asparagus. One organic grower, Boistfort Valley Farm in Curtis, Wash., plans to drop off assorted fresh produce Tuesdays on Mercer Island, beginning June 26 through harvest season. Details are at www.boistfortvalleyfarm.com

Last lick: Since spring hit full gear, the hottest-selling ice cream at B&R is Wild and Reckless sherbet as well as the ever-popular mint-chocolate chip ice cream. At Maggie Moos, it is Cotton Candy and Better Batter.

Local briefs:

“Cops vs. Kids” basketball game is set for Friday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Center at Mercer View gym. All money raised by this 15th annual contest is used to support Special Olympics Washington, a program of sports competition for people with developmental disabilities.

Spring Recycling Collection, Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mercer Island City Hall, 9611 S.E. 36th St., helps you safely dispose of old equipment and household items. Bring such items as tires, motor oil and filters, antifreeze, batteries, flattened cardboard, household goods and clothes, or confidential documents for shredding. A small charge goes along with disposal of porcelain toilets and sinks, propane tanks, appliances/scrap metal, electronic equipment, TVs, and No. 6 plastics.

while she leaves to go to Skidmore College in New York. As Kimura takes one horse with her, she needs someone to ride Cricket, who will stay at Sunnybeam stables. Call her at 890-6766.

Access to locally grown produce now comes to us again via nearby farmers’ markets in Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah, Woodinville and Carnation. We found terrific spring bouquets — including fragrant lilacs at Issaquah’s Pickering Barn, along with leeks, radishes, rhubarb and asparagus. One organic grower, Boistfort Valley Farm in Curtis, Wash., plans to drop off assorted fresh produce Tuesdays on Mercer Island, beginning June 26. Details are at www.boistfortvalleyfarm.com

Last lick: Since spring hit full force, the hottest-selling ice cream at B&R is “Wild and Reckless” sherbet as well as the ever-popular mint-chocolate chip ice cream. At Maggie Moos, it is “Cotton Candy” and “Better Batter.”

Contact Nancy Gould-Hilliard at nancybobhilliard@msn.com.

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