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True to form

  • Dec 3, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Dec 4, 2008 at 8:35AM

Returning senior captains, from left, Kara Lungmus, Kendra Johnson, Melissa Seda and Erika Reutimann are expected to lead the Islanders’ gymnastics team this season.

Changing of the guard | Boys lose 11 players, assistant coach and key junior to injury

  • Dec 3, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Dec 4, 2008 at 8:34AM

Most high school sports teams go through changes from season to season. Losing a few players to graduation and bringing up younger athletes is the nature of the challenge.

Mercer Island boys swim has no equal

  • Dec 3, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Dec 4, 2008 at 8:32AM

During the past three seasons, no team in Washington state has been able to touch Mercer Island boys swimming. The chasm between Mercer Island and all the other teams has grown to record proportions — this year, it could be bigger.

Mercer Island wrestlers are among the best in 3A KingCo

  • Dec 3, 2008 at 8:00AM updated Dec 4, 2008 at 8:31AM

Head coach: Creighton Laughary (fourth year as head coach, fifth as an assistant).

A December getaway | Tacoma’s best places to see

  • Dec 3, 2008 at 8:00AM updated Dec 4, 2008 at 8:19AM

Picture vibrant Chihuly glass sculptures set amid lush green plants at Tacoma’s Wright Park Conservatory. Imagine half a million sparkling lights coating every structure of the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. Inhale the aromas of hot apple cider and ginger cakes at Fort Nisqually. Listen for the cheerful toot of a Santa Train whistle at Camp 6 Logging Museum. Only 30 minutes away, the Tacoma area offers some terrific, fun, affordable day trips this holiday season.

Editorial | Time in school trumps time off

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 2:29PM

When my family lived in Seattle and our children attended public schools there, the joke in our neighborhood was that children barely seemed to attend school between January and April. With federal holidays and mid-winter break, then spring break, attending school seemed to be an afterthought.

Island Forum | In Thanksgiving for our many community volunteers, activists

  • Nov 19, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Dec 3, 2008 at 10:06AM

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. It is owned by everyone, celebrated by all, with no requirement to participate, other than an appetite. I believe that Thanksgiving could potentially be our country’s greatest export to the world. Envision an international day to express thanks for what we have, as well as an opportunity to thank those who have positively impacted our lives, our community, our nation and our world.

Island Forum | Education’s first responders help cure economic doldrums

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 2:28PM

It is a disturbing irony. Washington state’s 5.8 percent unemployment rate tops the national average. Our job market shrank last month by nearly 13,000 jobs, more per-capita than in all but six other states. Yet as of mid-November, still listed 5,000 vacant jobs within 50 miles of Bellevue. How can this be?

CCMV is becoming a business

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 2:29PM

I wanted to comment on the recent move by CCMV to become a revenue-making facility rather than being our “community center.” In order to make money, the facility has pressured the Parks and Recreation classes to downsize their rooms and change their hours. One of the first casualties (other programs are being reviewed) is Jazzercise, an organization that has been with Parks and Rec. for over 20 years, and boasts a membership close to 400, of which over 80 percent are MI residents. A recent evening class in the new relocation, less than half the size of the original room, was cramped and dangerous (bumping into the walls). This made me wonder what the community center is for. Is it a revenue-generating program for the city, or is it supposed to serve the residents of MI? What’s next? Off-Island renters getting priority over MI renters (MI residents get a discount rate) to make more money?

Litzow supporter

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 2:29PM

I read Pat Braman’s letter, which was published in the Reporter just before the election in November. Whether you voted for Steve Litzow or not, if you are from this community, you know this about him: he has a “go-forward and get it done” quality that is backed by positive personal relationships and “ground-truthed” community feedback that is real and earned. Hardworking, sincere and, yes, sometimes very direct. But that is just the kind of person to help us govern better — whether it is here in Mercer Island or in the state Legislature.

Chuga Chuga, Choo Choo

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 2:28PM

Island youngsters Mark Mangino, 8, in orange, and brother Luke Mangino, 6, enjoy the fall sunshine as they climb on top of the train at Mercerdale Park on Mercer Island last Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Playing with color

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 2:26PM

Children play at Mercerdale Park on a sunny afternoon, last week.

Gymnastics turns to youth in KingCo title hunt

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 2:24PM

Mercer Island High School gymnastics saw an era come to an end last season with the graduation of Laura Maruhashi and Olivia Harvey. The two athletes helped to push the Islanders to heights unseen in the program’s history.

Team must step up in Lilly’s absence | Islanders will be without star player for most of the season

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 2:25PM

The Mercer Island girls basketball team made it to the 3A KingCo title game last year and on to districts. But the road back will be bumpy, as one of the team’s best players, Hannah Lilly, will sit on the bench for most of the season.

A cleaner, faster computer for you

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 2:27PM

It is that time of year again. No, we are not talking about the holidays — we are referring to that most important and most overlooked of computer maintenance items: removing the dust and debris from inside your computer case. However, there are those enthusiasts who do more. And, while we do applaud you, we would also encourage adherence to technological jurisprudence in your cleaning and maintenance endeavors.

The Common Application for private colleges

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 2:27PM

Question: My son was told that he needs to fill out the Common Application for the private schools on his list. What exactly is this, and how can I help him?

MIHS band to march Island-wide for food Dec. 13

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 2:27PM

Members of the Mercer Island High School Band will be knocking on your door Saturday, Dec. 13, to collect food for the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services (MIYFS) Food Pantry.

Island Girl Scouts chosen for honor

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 2:27PM

Girl Scouts members Eileen Cho (left) and Natalie Marr (right) were chosen out of more than 40 girls in Western Washington to attend the National Girl Scout Convention in Indianapolis, In., from Oct.29 to Nov. 2. While at the convention, the two MIHS juniors met the Girl Scouts National Board of Directors, Patricia Diaz Dennis (center), along with fellow scouts from across the country. The four-day convention included two days of leadership training and guest speakers such as actress Geena Davis. Both girls are members of Mercer Island troop 1069, led by Doreen Kindred and Charlie Czech. The girls had to pass an intense interview process to attend the national convention.

Twilight fever

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 2:27PM

A group of Mercer Island eighth-grade girls dressed up in matching “Twilight” shirts to celebrate the opening of the teen vampire movie, “Twilight,” on Friday, Nov. 21.

Evening shopping

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 2:28PM

Janni Jaffe, left, and Michele Tesler, owner of Tatters, share a laugh while showing off the signature pink shopping bags of the upcoming Girls Night Out event sponsored by local businesses and the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce.

Dining with NBA stars

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 2:28PM

Island resident Rob Angel (right), accompanied former NBA star Detlef Schrempf (left) for the pre-opening reception of Pearl Bar in Bellevue’s Lincoln Square on Nov. 13.

This Week on Mercer Island

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 2:22PM

Kick off the season of cheer with family and friends during an evening of holiday merriment with a community tree lighting at 7 p.m., Dec. 5, at Mercerdale Park, followed by the Firehouse Munch at the North Fire Station for live music, Santa photos, storytelling and treats. Firefighters will be collecting unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. Questions? Call 275-7609.

School calendar may change again | District reconsiders mid-winter break

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 2:22PM

A year after dropping mid-winter break, the Mercer Island Education Association (MIEA) and School Board are preparing to review the district’s school year calendar. As promised when adjustments to the 2007-08 calendar were made last year, the district is conducting a parent/faculty survey, asking for public input on the current calendar.

News brief | Merrimount citizen panel begins work

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 2:23PM

The 17-member panel of Islanders charged by the mayor to establish a revision of the Island Crest Way and Merrimount Drive intersection, accepted communitywide, will meet for the second time next week.

Mercer Island Police Blotter | Dec. 3

  • Dec 2, 2008 at 2:23PM

Several tools, including a table saw, nail gun and air compressor, were stolen from a storage shed at the Island Crest Apartments sometime between Nov. 20 and 25. According to the incident report, the hinges of the locked door were removed from the chicken-wire-framed storage unit for the thieves to gain access to the equipment.

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