nchanted writing contest

Fantasy tales written by Island youth and teens could see print. The Mercer Island Reporter, Mercer Island Library, Island Books and the Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department are holding a writing contest for youth and teens in three age groups: 10-12; 13-15; and 16-19.

First-place winners from each age group will have their stories printed in the Mercer Island Reporter; prizes also include an iPod Shuffle.


? Stories can be about any place, person, creature or anything you can imagine. Entries must be original work. Please, no characters or details taken from other books.

? Under 500 words

? Typed, double-spaced in 12-point font on regular-size paper

? Include the author's name, address, phone number and birthdate on a separate title page

Stories should begin with the following phrase: ``Across the shimmering waters, the island....''

Winners will be announced at the ``Harry Potter'' outdoor film on July 15 at Mercerdale Park.

The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Friday, June 3. Send entries to:

Mercer Island Public Library

c/o Daniel Masler

Enchanted Island Writing Contest

4400 88th Ave. S.E.

Mercer Island, WA 98040

Call Daniel Masler at 236-3537 for more information.

Renovations at Luther Burbank Park

Several renovations are taking place at Luther Burbank Park during the next few weeks, in addition to the park's regular maintenance and repairs.

The entry plaza is being renovated due to buckling brick pavers. Park staff promise a more inviting entry will be created by reducing the amount of paved area.

Although three pine trees are being removed to make room for the now-crowded evergreen and deciduous trees, there will be additional landscaping added. There's to be expanded plantings and turf areas for new park benches, and new asphalt for two existing hard surface pathways. Walkways will be cleaned and repainted. New light poles are being added to the plaza and a new drinking fountain will be installed for park users and their pets.

In the pet area, wood chips are being added to extend to the existing asphalt pathway and in areas where mud has been a problem for pet owners. In the parking area, the disabled parking stalls will be upgraded to provide an easier transition into the plaza area. Maintenance staff also will be excavating an area to do away with a sizable sink-hole in the meadow area of the park.

During the repairs and maintenance work, for safety reasons, park users are asked to stay away from all flagged-off areas.

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