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‘Mercer Island old and new’ — redux

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:21PM

You can’t hold back progress, says Ed Lightfoot, as we visit his newly installed historical display at City Hall. It depicts the Lightfoot Brothers’ pioneer enterprises on Mercer Island from 1914 to 1980s, including “Hap” Lightfoot’s East Seattle grocery, post office, bakery, dance/movie hall and coal scale; and the brothers’ garage and gas station at the foot of the 24th Street hill, eventually eclipsed by the highway.

Telephone party lines kept everyone abuzz

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:21PM

Do you recall the old telephone party lines? I found that several readers do; and after listening to their recollections, I thought you might get a kick out of some of them.

Baltic light: Mercer Island High School graduate captures the grace and light of Riga, Latvia, with the lens of her camera

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:21PM

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an intimate relationship with light: the way it filtered through my bedroom window as a child, the auburn twilight of an Indian Summer, its ability to saturate feelings, illuminate moments and crystallize time.

Patient advocacy: Five mistakes to avoid

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:21PM

Tanya said: “I’m not doing well in my new job as my mom’s patient advocate. Her doctor dismisses her achy, stiff joints with the offhand comment, ‘You’re not a spring chicken. That’s part of getting older.’ Mom wants to see her friend’s joint specialist, and I told her to ask her doctor for a referral. Mom and I have gone over this again and again, and nothing happens. It seems to me that she would rather suffer with stiff joints than experience the mild discomfort of asking for a second opinion.”

A son’s tribute on Mother’s Day

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:21PM

People of various faith traditions are tempted to celebrate their high holy days and then fail to embrace the meaning of those festivals the rest of the year. For example, we Christians typically don’t contemplate the events of Good Friday once Easter has past. When we fail to do that we often don’t see how the events of Holy Week speak to other lesser holidays.

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.

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