Linda Ball

Olympic dreams fall on hard times

Spending some time at the Castle Ice Arena in Renton, watching Islander Faith Cook practice her figure skating skills, you realize how competitive — and cutthroat — this sport is.


School’s land deal with Redeemer fails

Purchase of Stevenson property on Island Crest Way will move ahead.


February real estate: less inventory means higher prices and fewer choices for buyers

The median sales price for residential properties on Mercer Island was up 21.05 percent from a year ago last month. In February 2011 the median was $712,500 compared to last month’s $862,500, still a far cry from the median in February 2010 of $1,150,000.


A most unusual love story

John Sager first met and fell in love with Joan (pronounced Jo-Ann) in the fall of 1935, when they both entered elementary school at Sumner Grade School, southeast of Tacoma. Joan didn’t know he was in love with her, but even at that tender age, he knew.

Trial set for Laura Clarice Martin

At a pre-trial hearing on March 6, Judge Wayne Stewart set a trial date of May 15 at 10:30 a.m. for Islander Laura Clarice Martin.

Mercer Island School District to purchase Stevenson property

Nearly $6 million for farm; Redeemer Church may also sell property.

Eastside schools have also asked for construction bonds

All districts face challenges in tough economic climate.

Devoted Mercer Island bus driver will be missed

After 30 years and thousands of miles of negotiating a school bus weighing more than 10 tons through all kinds of weather and terrain, Bunnie Lehan turned in the keys to her bus last Friday.

Memorial for late tennis coach not forgotten

Former Mercer Island High School tennis coach Joyce Hedlund was like “a second mom to everyone,” said Matthew Sedlacek, who graduated from MIHS in 2010.

A walk to remember on the red carpet

Mercer Islander lands on the red carpet, meets up with Clooney and Streep.

School leaders consider bond sales and construction scenarios for new schools

At the most recent meeting of the Mercer Island School District’s Board of Directors, the conversation about the bond proposal continued.

Islander graduate is ‘almost an Idol’

Out of about 80,000 people who wanted to be the next American Idol, 2011 Mercer Island High School graduate Danny Lacker, made it to the Hollywood round in the 11th season of the popular singing competition.

Vote for Mercer Island schools moves ahead

The board of directors for the Mercer Island School District charged ahead Thursday night by approving the resolution to put a $196 million general obligation bond proposition before Island voters on April 17.

Car smashes into North End QFC

A black Mercedes Benz crashed through the doors in front of the floral department at about 5:15 p.m. Feb. 14.

Big drop in median price from last year on Mercer Island

The bad news is the median sales price on single family homes on Mercer Island last month is 51.76 percent lower than January of 2011, dropping to $615,000 from $1,275,000.

Mercer Island eighth-grader dazzles at White House Science Fair

Jasper Hugunin, 13, got a phone call giving him and his dad, Jim Hugunin, less than a week to make arrangements to get to Washington, D.C., to present his award-winning computer game at the second White House Science Fair.

Mercer Island Pilates opens

Pilates is nothing new; in fact its founder, Joseph Pilates, migrated from Germany to the United States in 1925, bringing his method of exercise first to New York City.

Life-changing event inspires career for Mercer Islander

Feb. 19 will be the 16th anniversary of a horrible car accident, here on the Island, that seriously injured then 16-year-old Rebecca Gould.

College Nannies and Tutors launches on Mercer Island

College Nannies and Tutors was named so because the CEO, Joseph Keely, was a “manny” himself, taking care of children while he was in college.

School Board to ask citizens for $196 million for new schools

Bond to pay for three new elementary schools, new middle school and planning of high school mega-block. Tax increase will be offset by levy set to expire in three years.