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MIHS band collects over 12,000 pounds of goods for local food banks

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:00AM

As a result of the incredible effort of the Mercer Island Marching Band students and directors — and thanks to the amazing generosity of the Mercer Island community — 12,748 pounds of nonperishable food were donated to local area food banks on Dec. 13.

Editorial | The white before Christmas

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:00AM

The final days of Advent have been made memorable by the arrival of real winter weather — several inches of thick, dry snow that stuck and stayed — and kept coming. Along with the snow came ice, wind and bad driving conditions, hassles and headaches. Firefighters, police and maintenance workers have been extremely busy, handling everything from a major house fire to checking on burst water pipes, seeing about a three-year-old boy out alone in the snow to responding to a false alarm caused by burning popcorn at an office building. City snow plows were out doing what they could, clearing roads and shutting off dangerous streets. The city set up it’s emergency operational center at City Hall and was well prepared in case the situation worsened. We were ready.

Island Forum | Many hands behind the scenes make a mighty force

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:00AM

As many as 150 of your neighbors have been working behind the scenes this year to make Mercer Island and beyond a better place. On the Island, we’ve been honoring outstanding students, awarding scholarships, arranging international exchanges, serving senior citizens, planting trees, flipping pancakes at Summer Celebration, raising awareness about conservation, fixing up Rotary Park and supporting Boy Scouts’ upgrade of Clarke Beach.

New product combines function and fashion

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:00AM

Myra Rothenberg and Islander Tami Rudnick Rabin have coined a catchy motto: “If you have a surface, we have a solution.”

Forecasting snow around here can be witchcraft

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:00AM

It’s only a rumor that most snow forecasting is done by flipping a coin, but sometimes it might as well be “heads it will snow” and “tails it won’t.” Few things can frustrate like a snow forecast in the Puget Sound area, where a shiny quarter seems as helpful as the latest computer model or satellite image.

A research odyssey

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:00AM

It could be said that the rising epidemic of diabetes could become as serious as the scourge of AIDS that began in the 1980s.

A second home | Islanders love their mother-in-laws

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:00AM

Mary Chalker has an enviable commute. Step out the back door, walk through the yard and there she is; a key’s turn away from her custom framing workshop. Like many Islanders with Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) or “mother-in-laws” as they’re often called, the small house behind Chalker’s home is a luxury she’d be heartbroken to give up.

Gator wrestling defeats defending champs

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:00AM

The Islander Middle School wrestling team defeated the defending league champion, Tolt Middle School, 58-25 on Dec. 16.

Memorial event could be made up, organizers hope

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:00AM

The snow storm that blanketed Mercer Island last week was the catalyst for canceling four athletic events, including the first-ever wrestling tournament hosted by the high school, which was expecting upawrds of 1,000 people.

A lump of coal for some fans, candy for Islanders

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:00AM

Tomorrow is Christmas and sports fans in Washington have had their fill of coal. Nothing has gone right, from the Sonics moving to Oklahoma City and the Mariners losing 101 games, to the Seahawks’ frustrating year of injuries and both Division I football teams in the state finishing with a combined 2-23 record.

The measure of high school greatness

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:00AM

There are many ways to quantify how good the Mercer Island boys swim team has become. Three consecutive state titles, national championships and state records are just a few of the team’s accomplishments. But maybe one of the most tangible accomplishments will take place next year. Three seniors have already signed letters of intent to swim at NCAA Division I schools. The Islanders also have at least five other swimmers with a good chance to compete at one of the highest levels that the sport has to offer.

Fire caused by BBQ damages Mercer Island home

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:00AM

A residential fire broke out at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 18 during the first day of heavy snow last weekend. Mercer Island and Bellevue Fire Departments responded to the fire, located a 4102 100th Ave. S.E., with difficulty due to the snowy weather. Icy road conditions prevented the fire fighters from getting their trucks close to the two-story house. All equipment had to be carried 150 yards down a steep driveway.

Other key MISD events

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:00AM

The final Title IX compliance review, submitted to the School Board on March 4, revealed a number of inequities between the Mercer Island High School girls and boys athletic program. Namely, the poor state of the girls softball play fields and safety equipment. Athletic Director Craig Olson has since made a number of changes to improve equity between girls and boys sports. Inadequate girls sporting equipment has been replaced and practice facilities improved. The district is planning to introduce more female sports teams.

Mercer Island Police Blotter | Dec. 24

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:00AM

A 43-year-old Island resident from the Shorewood Heights Apartments found that two one-way airline tickets had been fraudulently purchased on his debit card between Nov. 28 and Dec. 2. According to the incident report, the victim notified the airline and was told that the tickets were not used because the names on the tickets did not match the names of the passengers’ identification cards.

MISD plans for a ‘digital, cognitive’ world ahead

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:00AM

It may be 2008, but Mercer Island School District leaders are thinking like it is 2020.

Airsoft guns can bring real danger

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 12:00AM

The gun barrels, magazine clips and pistol grips of toy pellet guns commonly played with by teens look all too real, Island police say. And play fighting with these toy weapons in public is a growing safety concern on the Island.

Mercer Island: Icy roads, house fire keep emergency crews busy

  • Dec 18, 2008 at 11:00AM updated Dec 22, 2008 at 3:47PM

Snow fall closed Mercer Island schools, fire tears through Island house.

Mercer Island kids go sledding

  • Dec 19, 2008 at 3:43PM

Mile-long traffic jams, bus crashes, a grim forecast ahead — things have been chaotic since snow hit Western Washington earlier this week. But for most of the kids in the region, snow just means a day off and some unbridled fun. Mercer Island Reporter photographer Chad Coleman caught a few kids taking advantage of the snow earlier today at Mercer Island's Homestead Field. Enjoy. Then get out in the snow.

The measure of greatness: Islander boys swim team boasts eight college-bound athletes

  • Dec 18, 2008 at 4:13PM

There are many ways to quantify how good the Mercer Island boys swim team has become. Three consecutive state titles, national championships and state records are just a few of the team's accomplishments.

WSDOT begins I-90 work to repair deteriorating expansion joints

  • Dec 17, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Dec 18, 2008 at 10:16AM

Every day Islanders head across the floating bridge, mostly unaware of what is below. On each trip, drivers can’t help but feel the distinct buzz of their tires as they cross over the two sets of steel grates set in the roadway.

I-90 construction alerts

  • Dec 16, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Dec 17, 2008 at 1:25PM

The Washington State Department of Transportation and Sound Transit are closing lanes on westbound I-90 as they begin designing and planning to add new HOV lanes to the outer roadway between Seattle and Bellevue and new direct-access on- and off-ramps on the Island.

Islanders beat Rebels

  • Dec 16, 2008 at 2:04PM

Islander Jon Poli scores two of his 14 points against Juanita. For the full story, see Sports.

Mercer Island gymnastics looks to take huge steps early

  • Dec 16, 2008 at 2:03PM

Despite the fact that the Mercer Island gymnastics team was without one of its most talented athletes on Thursday, the Islanders managed to score 133.9 points against some of the best competition in the state.

Mercer Island Community Calendar | Dec. 17

  • Dec 16, 2008 at 2:06PM

2008-09 Crystal Mountain Multi-Week Program: Registration is open for ages 11 to 17 at Crystal Mountain Ski and Snowboard School. Six-week Saturday packages include discounted lift tickets, transportation, lessons. Limited space. Register: Doug Stevens,

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