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Delight in shade plants

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

A common mistake made by beginning or less-than-experienced gardeners is forgetting to take into consideration the amount of sunlight a plant will receive. Plants that need sun will not flower or prosper in shade, and plants that need shade will wither and scorch in sun. Most plants that are available in nurseries do well in sun, so it is the shaded garden that is the most difficult to master.

Bicycle Saturdays and Sundays offer a smooth ride

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

This summer, don’t miss Bicycle Saturdays and Sundays just off Mercer Island in Seattle, a time when Lake Washington Boulevard is car-free between Mt. Baker Beach and Seward Park. On June 14 and 29, July 12 and 20, Aug. 9 and 17, and Sept. 13 and 21 (the two May dates have already passed), between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., grab your bicycle and head over to the Group Health Cooperative and Cascade Bicycle Club-sponsored ride.

Drowning danger increases on warm days

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

With hot weather ahead, residents should think twice before dipping into the dangerously cold waters in this area.

Hotel Murano and the City of Destiny

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Sometimes, the best getaways are the easiest. And the most overlooked.

Islander chosen for National Geographic adventure

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Savanna Reid is one lucky 13-year-old. In two months, the Islander Middle School seventh-grader will be exploring the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef, the prehistoric Daintree Rainforest and the exotic jungles of Tasmania. She will be accompanied by a group of National Geographic Society team members and more than 30 adventurous youth like herself. And she is still getting used to the idea.

Islander boats

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

This is the final in a series of four “Mercer Island Old & New” columns written by Virginia Ogden Elliott (1908-1981) and first published in the Reporter on March 22, 1961. “Nin” tells of the Island’s boats of the 1920s and 1930s, particularly the legendary steamer, Dawn.

Bellevue’s skate plaza a regional attraction

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Standing on a skateboard for his first time ever in brown dress shoes, a helmet and knee pads over his khakis, state Rep. Ross Hunter glides down the ramp.

Power of Attorney: who will decide if you cannot?

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

It starts with a question. Who will make decisions for you when you cannot? Then, will decisions made on your behalf be what you want? These are issues that often do not have easy answers.

Gift cards and cash most popular graduation gifts

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to gift giving, especially as graduation season approaches. According to the National Retail Federation’s 2008 Graduation Consumer Intentions and Actions survey, conducted by BIGresearch, small-in-size items such as gift cards (35.6 percent) and cash (56.8 percent) will remain the most popular graduation gifts, while traditional favorites such as apparel (10.8 percent) and electronics (11.6 percent) will be given by fewer. In addition to gifts, many consumers also plan to give a greeting card (35.6 percent) to graduates.

Turn off energy thieves

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

I caught a thief in my house the other day. Sneaky, silent, tricky as can be, this miscreant was so smooth, so slick that I hadn’t even noticed its relentless and remorseless ways, even though the culprit was right in front of me the whole time.

Island life resumes ‘after the trails’

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

I heard you enjoyed five weeks of yarns from the late Virginia Ogden Elliot, the Island pioneer who bequeathed us her “Mercer Island Old and New” columns. A compilation of her work is on reserve at the library.

‘Lives interrupted’ are recognized

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

Two Mercer Island octogenarians are celebrating unexpected graduations this season — 66 years after the moment in history that dashed their college careers and sent 120,000 people of Japanese descent to internment camps in 1942.

Safety before comfort for seniors

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

“There’s no place like home.” It offers comfort, belonging and safety. Yet sometimes our intrinsic tie to the place where we have lived for 40, 50 and 60 years can become a completely unsafe situation. When we age, so does our home.

Walk to benefit brain cancer treatment

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

In March 1985, Quinn Phillips was looking forward to graduation. The tall, good-looking Mercer Island High School senior couldn’t help but anticipate walking in cap and gown to Pomp and Circumstance in June. He was excited for what the future held. Although Quinn assumed that it would be filled with opportunities and challenges, he had no way of imagining what would play out exactly 20 years later — challenges and opportunities of a kind that most will never face.

When it comes to parenting, pass on the good stuff

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

A few years ago, I was visiting with a friend who had just celebrated his youngest daughter receiving her diploma at her college’s graduation ceremony. My friend had worked for General Electric all his life and had no training in psychology or therapy, but he made a statement that caught my attention. “I hope I passed on a little less of the poison,” he said to me. I knew exactly what he meant as he looked me in the eye. I was struck by his groundedness and his humility.

Mercer Island 11-year-old aims to save the word, one carnival at a time

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

Carnival signs at Luther Burbank on June 1 led to a hilltop where several “tween” girls sat in the trees, watching their chums perform a puppet show for younger carnival-goers. Magic tricks, games and treats awaited their pleasures. Posters and handouts informed kids how to help save the rainforests and other endangered things of the world. Fourteen girls directed me to 11-year-old Zoey Pressey, who organized this — her third annual “benefit carnival.”

MIHS students head to space camp

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

Mercer Island High School juniors Michael Rudokas and Alex Tao are preparing a mission to Mars. After proving themselves in “Phase One” of the 2008 Washington Aerospace Scholar (WAS) program, the two teenagers have qualified for a summer residency at the Museum of Flight, where they will design a human mission to Mars with experts in the field.

New books for new babies

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

As my friends start having children, I have developed the habit of hoarding board books. I always have four or five tucked away, and as soon as I get the good-news e-mail, I send a few books to the happy family. Some of my selections are books I have loved for years and have had the pleasure of watching children respond to, such as Eric Carle’s “Head to Toe,” Bruce Degen’s “Jamberry,” and Rod Campbell’s “Dear Zoo.” But I have also recently been charmed by a number of newer baby books.

Former Islander to perform

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

Former Island piano teacher Margie Balter will be playing a selection of songs from her debut CD, “Music from My Heart,” at the Seattle Borders bookstore, 1501 Fourth Ave., on Friday, June 13. The concert will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a “meet and greet” CD signing.

Working around the astronomical price of gas

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

Are you starting to feel like the only reason why you work is so that you can afford to fill up your tank to get to work? If so, you may want to develop a few new strategies for coping with the ever-increasing price of gas. Here are a few suggestions.

A West Mercer view

  • Jun 11, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Sep 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

Islanders swim, walk and run for others

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

Christopher Simpson at MI Country Club sees hundreds of Island dads in action. As a father of four who teaches Island kids to swim, Chris knows how to spot the superlative. He nominates David Kelly-Hedrick for his and his wife Heather’s modern way of shared parenting and exposing their children, ages 12, 10 and 7, to life’s adventures.

A mission for Africa

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

Togolese man is fellow at Seattle nonprofit institute

Weather watchers wanted

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

Washington is the latest state to join a rapidly growing network of volunteer rainfall observers across the country. As of June 1, Washington state became part of a growing national network of volunteers who collect local weather data.

‘Green’ wines offer taste, variety and a clear conscience

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

The good thing about global warming, climate changes and high gas prices is that many people are now becoming aware of the need to conserve. I see more shoppers bringing reusable bags to the supermarket. The shuttle bus from the Mariners game last week was standing room only. I especially appreciated the bumper sticker on a hybrid car that said: “We drive this car for our grandchildren’s future.”

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