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Mercer Island teachers support Bellevue strike

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 3:42PM

Teachers from across Bellevue gathered behind picket signs last week, striking in solidarity for higher wages and a more flexible curriculum.

New priests join St. Monica

  • Sep 3, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Sep 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

After a year without a permanent priest, Mercer Island’s St. Monica Church has two new priests to minister to its faith community.

“Green” packaging requires a crash-course on compostable versus biodegradable products

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

Responding to calls to go “green,” food establishments are increasingly using environmentally friendly packaging, but the terms often used to describe “green” materials are confusing. Of particular concern to composters is confusion between biodegradable and compostable food packaging and materials.

Top Pot Doughnuts moves to Eastside

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

The first time Starbucks’ chairman Howard Schultz bought a dozen Top Pot Doughnuts, co-founder Mark Klebeck was flattered. The Seattle-based doughnut and coffee shop had been open for only one year.

New Orleans church receives 'minimal damage' from Gustav

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

The Blessed Seelos Catholic Church, which braved winds of 96 mph last week as Hurricane Gustav tore through New Orleans, received "minimal damage" during the storm, according to Mercer Island resident and Pipe Organ Foundation President Carl Dodrill.

Communicating with a loved one living with dementia

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

“I just don’t know how to talk with him anymore,” reports a wife talking about her spouse who has dementia. “He doesn’t seem to understand me.”

Brushing up on computer skills for the new school year

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

Seafair has come and gone. The Summer Olympics have concluded. And the presidential candidates have been decided. So, what’s the next big event?

Learning the way of the kayak

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

Trading a pen for a sword

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

Their tips inches apart, the two swords quiver like a jolt of electricity just ran through them. The first contact is a tease, a taunting touch of metal on metal. Tin, tin, tin. Suddenly, a blade lunges, forcing each contender into the heart of the fight, the sporadic clink of the swords increasing rapidly until one fencer plunges off the battle field.

Passwords, multimedia and e-mail

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:20PM

Q: I’ve been using a Gmail account on a Windows computer and decided I’d like to start using an old Outlook account again on a newer, second computer, but I forgot the password! I’ve called my Internet service provider and they can’t help me. Is it possible to retrieve my password?

Getting help when there’s something wrong

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

So something’s not right, and you want to find help. Perhaps a relationship is unraveling and you’re not quite sure what to do. Perhaps something is taking too much of your energy and attention and you can’t seem to stop its interference with your life. Perhaps your feelings or thoughts keep you paralyzed from accomplishing even the simplest tasks.

Age is just a state of wine

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

Age has a strange way of playing tricks with our feeling of time passage. When I was young, it seemed like summer stretched way out into the future. Now time seems to fly by. When I heard that Columbia Crest Winery is celebrating its 25th anniversary, I was amazed. Where does the time go?

Mercer Island teens teach English in Nepal and find lasting lessons

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

Islanders Robbie Taylor and Ramsey Coles have just returned from the experience of a lifetime; not an entirely good experience, but one they will never forget.

Island waxwings

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

Keep a green bough in your heart and the singing bird will come (Chinese proverb).

An uncommon friendship

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

It was quite a scene. A Greek-American pastor and a Russian Orthodox priest sitting in a Chinese restaurant on Mercer Island. The occasion was one last meal with The Reverend Doctor Samuel G. Sawitski, pastor of the Congregational Church on Mercer Island. After five years of ministry in our community, Sam has accepted a call to a congregation in suburban Phoenix, Ariz. Because my vacation would prevent me from attending his farewell celebration, I opted for a personal time to say goodbye.

Islander receives Operator of the Year award

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

What started out as a short-term stint for one Islander in the summer of 1979 actually developed into a 30-year career behind the wheel of a bus and recently earned him Metro’s top honor, Operator of the Year.

Mercer Island grad Naomi Glick lands role in Robin Williams' new movie

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

Islander Naomi Glick, a student at the University of Washington, spent much of July laughing alongside Hollywood actor Robin Williams. The aspiring actress plays a central role in Williams’ latest drama, “World’s Greatest Dad,” an independent film by You Don’t Know Me Productions.

Fitting alternative to Captain’s Table

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:21PM

When I was growing up in Seattle, one on my family’s favorite places to “eat out” was at the Captain’s Table. We often came into town on a Sunday evening and waited patiently for a table. The moment I walked into the restaurant, I could smell the sea. There were lobster tanks all around to look into and the noises of happy people. The waiters knew how to treat children and immediately made me feel special. We came for their salmon and were never disappointed. It was a family place and a celebratory experience all rolled into one.

Mercer Island zip is fourth wealthiest in Puget Sound | Islanders’ median net worth is $1.97 million

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:22PM

Mercer Island is fourth in a ranking of the wealthiest zip codes in the Puget Sound region, having fallen from second place on the 2007 list.

Contact Oak Bay Marine Group, toll free, at 1-800-663-

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:22PM

Contact Oak Bay Marine Group, toll free, at 1-800-663-7090 or visit its Web site at

Skin Cancer Foundation screening on Mercer Island

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:22PM

Sixty people were checked for skin cancer during the Road to Healthy Skin Tour that came to Mercer Island on Thursday, Aug. 7.

Mountains to sea in British Columbia | Painter’s Lodge and April Point: Canada’s Inside Passage

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:22PM

Two for one. Sweet words to the ears of this travel lover. Next to “free” — my all-time favorite.

Picket against Reichert

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:22PM

Business helps out in earthquake-hit India

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:22PM

Giving back has never been so glamorous, as two local business women combine their love for gemstones and philanthropy to help struggling artisans halfway around the world. Zavida Gemstones, a socially conscious online retailer offering handmade semi-precious gemstone jewelry from around the world, announced on July 7 that it had granted $23,000 to support the indigenous silversmiths of India who create some of Zavida’s jewelry offerings. The funds come as part of Zavida’s progressive business model that gives back 25 percent of its profits to struggling regions where its worldly jewelry and gemstones originate, plus private donations.

Growing fruits and vegetables at home

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:22PM

Many people think of vegetables and fruits as something that comes from the store, but for avid gardeners, the food that graces their tables comes from their own backyard or one of the many pea-patches that exist here on Mercer Island. Years of experience are not necessary to provide some of the easier things to grow, but for the ability to grow enough produce for a large family, it pays to consult an expert.

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