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Getting a bloomin’ education is not always easy

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:21PM

This season blooms with inspiring students who have completed educations, sometimes against all odds.

Islander qualifies for Olympic Trials: Empey achieves qualifying time, Hill places fourth in Oregon marathon

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:21PM

April 29 was a big day for Susan Empey and her daughter, Megan. Megan had her seventh birthday. Empey ran an Olympic Trial qualifying time and placed third in the Eugene Marathon in Oregon.

MIHS musicians to play at Carnegie Hall

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:21PM

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Timing is everything: When to start looking at universities

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:21PM

Question: When is the right time to initially start looking on colleges?

Library announces teen poetry contest winners

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:20PM

The winners of the Mercer Island Library’s teen poetry contest were announced April 30 at a poet’s cafe.

When I was teenager in the late 1950s, my girlfriends and I didn’t even think of working out, unless you would count practicing dance steps while watching Dick Clark’s

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:20PM

“American Bandstand.” My brother had basketball, softball and football and didn’t need more exercise. My dad had golf plus an exercise bike that he rode on while watching television. Mom had Jack Lalanne to encourage her to get up and move. But I can’t recall having a role model to emulate.

Designer brands, blowout prices: Youth Theatre Northwest holds a Warehouse Benefit fundraiser on Saturday

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:20PM

It’s a shopper’s dream come true — 40,000 pieces of designer clothing all in one Island facility and with near-wholesale price tags. To make the deal even sweeter, a large portion of money generated from clothing sales will go to Youth Theatre Northwest’s 2006-2007 operating budget.

Mercer Island hands across chasms

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:20PM

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.

Uniquely New Zealand: Experience wines from father Down Under

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:20PM

Today I’m talking about Down Under, but not Australia. Even farther down under: About 1,300 miles southeast of Australia lies New Zealand.

Leaves can brighten a garden

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:20PM

Yellow, the color of sunshine; gold, the color of wealth; and chartreuse, the color of bright new leaves, can all be used in the garden to brighten a dark corner, chase away the cloudy gray days of spring and fall or dazzle in the vivid days of summer. While your first thought may be of flowers, the leaves of many plants will supply these sunny colors and will typically last much longer than a floral display.

Dreamcatchers at work

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:20PM

Recently my brother-in-law traded his acreage in Idaho for shares in a developing nuclear energy plant. While it could take a decade for approvals and construction, it eventually could bring alternative power to Idaho, California and Nevada.

Islanders build houses in Mexico: Presbyterian church program builds about 140 houses in 14 years

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:20PM

Now in its 14th year of sponsoring house-building trips in Mexico, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church has built approximately 140 houses for needy families in Tijuana. Ten of those houses were built from the ground up during spring break by a MIPC group of 95 high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, along with 39 college and adult volunteers.

MIHS drama program focuses on art, craft, morality

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:20PM

Despite smaller casts and a lower budget, the Mercer Island High School drama department stays very competitive in local competitions and focuses on learning about art, rather than producing elaborate productions, says Karen Campbell, drama teacher.

Making a difference: Seven Islander youths raise thousands to find a cure for juvenile diabetes
By Reporter staff

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:20PM

At the annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge event on May 20, the goal for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) was clear: to raise more than $1.13 million to help find a cure for juvenile diabetes. Seven Mercer Island children, all of whom have Type I diabetes, participated in this year’s Beat the Bridge and together raised $61,895.

Exercise and seniors: Get out, get healthy and feel good

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:20PM

It is true. Exercise really does help your overall health and well-being. So why is it so hard to make exercise a regular part of my day? To me, it feels like homework. If I am organized and a do a little bit every day, then I feel better. However, if I procrastinate, I produce many feelings of guilt. What I have forgotten, is that as a youth, I never thought about exercise as homework. It was fun, and it allowed me to be a part of a larger group of people. I actually enjoyed it.

On the road to summer fun: Ten destinations within driving distance from British Columbia to Oregon to Idaho

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:20PM

We live here for our summers. Boats on the lake. Swimming at the club pool, or better, in the lake. For three months the clouds clear, and we actually get less rainfall in our Puget Sound region than Phoenix.

Massage therapy: Science and technique

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:19PM

The next time you consider making an appointment for a massage, you should be delighted to discover that the requirements to become a licensed massage practitioner are rigorous, to say the least. Requirements vary from state to state, but in Washington you must successfully log at least 541 hours at an accredited school or academy, and then pass a national board certification exam. The requirements are intense because massage therapists are considered hands-on health practitioners.

Chapter books for kids

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:19PM

Allow me to introduce you to three children I have recently grown to adore. Well, two children and one pig, to be exact.Their names are Clementine, Ruby Lu and Mercy Watson, and I met them in the pages of the chapter books that bear their names.

‘Doing time’ the brave ways

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:19PM

Memorial Day officially was observed Monday with flags all over the business district. But today, May 30, our ancestors first decorated the graves of American soldiers after the Civil War. Now, 140 years and at least 10 wars later, we honor hundreds of thousands of our military servants.

Goldfinches return is sign of spring

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:19PM

Europeans await the spring return of their storks, and residents of San Juan Capistrano celebrate the swallow. Here on Mercer Island, a sure sign of spring is the return of American goldfinches.

Classes can help families work together

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:19PM

It is 8:45 a.m. and you need to get out the door to get your children to school and you to work. The only problem is, your kids are not ready; not even close. It is another chaotic morning full of nagging, pleading, reminding and even some yelling. By the time your kids do get to school, everyone’s stress level is high, you feel guilty for losing your temper and your relationship with your kids has suffered. You wonder, “When will this ever get better?” You are not alone. Many parents struggle with getting their kids to cooperate and follow directions.

Different faiths can energize your own

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:19PM

Are you energized by those whose faith differs from yours? Or are you troubled by them?

World languages migrate East: Chinese language program offers diversity in the classroom

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:19PM

As unlikely as it seems that a man with the name,Gordon Davenport, is teaching Chinese, how the language classes came to be at Mercer Island High School is just as unorthodox.

Connections and footprints

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:19PM

Do you remember what you were doing Feb. 26, 1979?” Islander Steve Larimer asked me at a local campaign gathering.

Sun ready

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:19PM

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