Flurry of breaks in water mains

City workers have responded to five water main breaks in the past three weeks. The breaks seem to be unrelated and have no apparent cause, said Terry Smith, operations manager.

Most water main breaks take about three hours to repair; these five were standard and not expensive to fix, Smith said.

Breaks occurred at 9375 S.E. 47th St., 2445 74th Ave. S.E., 2416 62nd Ave. S.E., 6600 82nd Ave. S.E. and 2911 74th Ave. S.E.

In a typical year, Mercer Island has nearly 36 water main breaks.

Youth and Family Services hosts `Giving from the Heart' breakfast

The Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Foundation is sponsoring its fourth annual breakfast fundraiser on Wednesday, Feb. 9. The breakfast program will focus on MIYFS's support of Mercer Island's families and youth. The breakfast will be held in the Fellowship Hall at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church.

Approximately 250 Mercer Island residents, business owners and public service officials are expected to attend. This year's sponsors include Mercer Island Pediatrics, Shorewood Apartments, Starbucks and John and Ellen Hill.

The fundraising breakfast is complimentary and is open to all residents, business people and community service professionals on Mercer Island. Reservations must be made in advance as space is limited. Please contact YFS Director Cindy Goodwin at 236-3535 or by e-mail at

Mercer Island Youth & Family Services has been providing family and community services on the Island and for the Island for 30 years. Services include on-site counselors in all Mercer Island public schools, youth development (including the VOICE summer program), senior outreach, individual and family counseling, juvenile court diversion services, employment services and helping families meet basic needs through our Food Pantry and other types of assistance. The MIYFS Foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, established in 1989 to enhance the quality and quantity of youth and family services through community donations. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting MIYFS services, and to expanding services to meet the Island's needs.

Reporter seeks editorial board members

The Mercer Island Reporter is looking for three people to replace outgoing editorial board members in March. Applications from those who have applied in the past will also be considered.

The editorial board is comprised of three community members, as well as Reporter publisher Catherine Shen and editor Stephen Weigand.

Members serve six-month terms. They must be residents of Mercer Island. Meetings are held twice a month at the Mercer Island Reporter office.

To apply, write a letter explaining your reasons for wanting to participate to: Mercer Island Reporter, P.O. Box 38, Mercer Island, WA 98040, or send it via e-mail to or to by Friday, Feb. 18.

Student pages needed for 2005 session

Students who want to learn about state government can see it firsthand in Olympia by serving as Senate pages.

Sen. Brian Weinstein, D-41st Legislative District, invites middle and high school students to apply for one of the week-long paid page positions available in his office during the legislative session, which is scheduled to run through April 24.

To serve as a page, a student must have a grade point average of a C-plus or better; receive parent and school permission; have a Social Security number; and be at least 14 years old, but not older than 16.

Since 1891, pages have come from around the state to help their senators and representatives relay documents throughout the state Capitol campus, respond to requests from the chambers and present the flag during floor sessions.

Those interested in receiving a page application can contact Weinstein's office at P.O. Box 40441, Olympia, WA 98504-0441, e-mail the senator's legislative assistant, Michael Bales, at or call (360) 786-7680 for more information.

Learn about landslides

The Public Safety Department will host a community seminar about landslides from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at the north-end fire station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E.

Steven Palmer, an expert from the geology division of the state's Department of Natural Resources, will discuss landslide risk, causes, impacts, preventative measures and steep slope restoration. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Rotary Run

It's time again to get ready for the 33rd annual Mercer Island Rotary Run.

The run, scheduled for March 20, is all about community health and fitness. This year's theme of the event, ``Early Detection is the Cure,'' is to raise money and awareness about colon cancer. Runners and walkers are encouraged to band together in teams of five or more to train and to raise money for colon cancer awareness through pledges and contributions.

Awards will not only be given to the top finishers in each event, but the top fundraising individual will win two round-trip airline tickets for travel anywhere in the continental United States.

The race is expected to draw as many as 3,500 runners and walkers, up from the 2,500 in past years. The race course is certified, meaning that runners can use the event to qualify for other races such as Bloomsday in Spokane.

Organizer and Island resident Tim Lindquist, whose sister, Susie Lindquist Mjelde, died of colon cancer in 2003, expects the events to be challenging enough for the serious runners. There is something for everyone including is the annual Kids Dash for children age 10 and younger. Virginia Mason Medical Center is sponsoring the half marathon run and walk and Swedish Medical Centers is sponsoring the 8k events. Rotary Club and its members are heading up the event along with the City of Mercer Island, Farmers Insurance and the Susie Lindquist Mjelde Colon Cancer Coalition, REI, King 5 Television and the Mercer Island Reporter.

For more information or to register, check the run Web site at or call 236-5323, ext. 1920.


Mercer Island Primary Care Clinic will not be having its grand opening on Feb. 2, as previously reported, but on March 1, 2005. The Reporter regrets the error.

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