Rebecca Mar

Terra Bella owner Nancy Meade shows off some of the shop’s unique pieces. The store opened in mid-July.

Artful Terra Bella opens on Mercer Island

Islander’s Bellevue Old Main gift shop opens in former ticket office.

Terra Bella owner Nancy Meade shows off some of the shop’s unique pieces. The store opened in mid-July.
Children take swings at a piñata during Vacation Bible School at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church on Wednesday

Vacation Bible School is in full swing at Presbyterian church

Vacation Bible School is in full swing at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church with the theme, “Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God’s World Comes Together.”

Children take swings at a piñata during Vacation Bible School at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church on Wednesday
Seattle Shakespeare Company cast and crew members prepare the set for rehearsing 'The Tempest' in Mercerdale Park on Tuesday

Summer Shakespeare series opens Thursday night

The language of Elizabethan England will once again be heard on Mercer Island when the summer Shakespeare park series begins this week.

Seattle Shakespeare Company cast and crew members prepare the set for rehearsing 'The Tempest' in Mercerdale Park on Tuesday
A boy pedals his own drink at the Pedal Smoothies farmers market booth.

Ride a bike, blend a smoothie at Sunday farmers market

Bicycle-blended smoothies have arrived in Seattle. Pedal Smoothies is making its debut this summer at the Mercer Island Farmers Market and other local markets.

A boy pedals his own drink at the Pedal Smoothies farmers market booth.
Fran Call

Citizen of the year is adventurer Fran Call

This month marks the 43rd anniversary of Fran Call’s first bicycling journey with the Cyclemates across America. It was New York or bust.

Fran Call
Lost dog Kerie was found months later through the efforts of her owner

Lost dog reunited with owner

An afternoon of play at Lincoln Landing did not turn out the way that it was supposed to last summer on the Fourth of July. Claudia Ebling was throwing the ball for her dog, Kerie, when fireworks exploded in a neighbor’s yard.

Lost dog Kerie was found months later through the efforts of her owner
Alisa Andonian

Huey is a cat about town

At first glance, the tabby cat with distinctive markings and sea-green eyes wandering the streets around the edge of the North end business district looks like a stray. Upon closer contact, however, the cat is not feral — he is unafraid and curious.

Alisa Andonian
A team from Northwest Yeshiva High School competed in the Team America Rocketry Challenge

Northwest Yeshiva rocket team competes in Virginia

Only two Washington state schools competed in the Team America Rocketry Challenge in Virginia last weekend, and Mercer Island's Northwest Yeshiva High School was one of them.

A team from Northwest Yeshiva High School competed in the Team America Rocketry Challenge
Bob Lewis poses with a North Korean soldier at the southern border

Intrepid traveler, Bob Lewis tours North Korea

One month after North Korea’s third nuclear test, Bob Lewis boarded a plane to Pyongyang. Lewis, 81, a retired dentist, has visited many places — Vietnam, Mexico, the Canary Islands, the Mediterranean, and even Iran and Cuba.

Bob Lewis poses with a North Korean soldier at the southern border
Charon Gooding and her late husband

Burglary victims hire private investigators

Charon Gooding’s wedding ring is the only piece of jewelry she has left after her home was burglarized while she was out of town last month. The 73-year-old Mercer Island resident was widowed 20 years ago, but still wears her diamond wedding ring.

Charon Gooding and her late husband
Halle Friedland

Northwest Yeshiva’s Walk For Israel marks 65th anniversary of Israel’s statehood

Once a year in April, the flag of Israel can be seen along Island Crest Way and in downtown Mercer Island as it is carried from Northwest Yeshiva High School to the Island Crust Cafe during the Walk For Israel.

Halle Friedland
Redmond Police Officer Sam Hovenden and his dog

Redmond police dog nabs suspect after vodka theft

A police dog helped to catch a suspect on the run after midnight on Tuesday, April 9. After stealing three bottles of vodka and a protein shake from the Mercer Island Albertsons, a 20-year-old Kent man eluded police officers for several blocks until a veteran police dog named Vader and his handler, Officer Sam Hovenden, arrived.

Redmond Police Officer Sam Hovenden and his dog
Israeli soldiers Shai Bernstein and Hen Mazzig visit the Mercer Island Community and Event Center during the StandWithUs Israeli Soldiers’ Stories tour on Sunday

Israeli soldiers visit Mercer Island during West Coast tour

Israel wants peace, and that is the message Shai Bernstein and Hen Mazzig brought to Mercer Island last week. The two Israeli soldiers, now reservists, spoke at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center and Northwest Yeshiva High School as part of the fifth annual StandWithUs “Israeli Soldiers’ Stories” tour.

Israeli soldiers Shai Bernstein and Hen Mazzig visit the Mercer Island Community and Event Center during the StandWithUs Israeli Soldiers’ Stories tour on Sunday
A Metropolitan Town Car limousine rolled over in the 7700 block of West Mercer Way on Sunday

Limo careens down steep driveway, rolls over near shoreline

George Lewis had a flight to catch, and he was waiting outside when his ride arrived early Sunday morning.

A Metropolitan Town Car limousine rolled over in the 7700 block of West Mercer Way on Sunday
The Mercer Island Marine Patrol was part of an effort to save a man in the water off of Calkins Landing. A neighbor

Paddle boarder, neighbors rescue boater

Mark Eskridge was looking out of his window at the lake checking wind conditions when he noticed something out of the ordinary early Saturday morning, Feb. 2.

The Mercer Island Marine Patrol was part of an effort to save a man in the water off of Calkins Landing. A neighbor

‘Parlor Elan’ salon opens on South end

Parlor Elan’s name comes from the Italian for “moving forward.” The new beauty salon is located in the Rite Aid building on the South end. Two friends, Dina Good and Anne Messmore, opened the salon in mid-January.

David and Stacey Lang

Sound & Vision Wireless opens in Mercer Island’s Town Center to fix broken cell phones, iPods

Does your iPhone have a cracked screen or has your iPod suddenly quit playing? Sound & Vision Wireless can fix it.

David and Stacey Lang
Children's shoe store Hennie McPennie

New children’s shoe store is open on North end

Hennie McPennie is exclusively for kids. The new shoe store, owned by Mercer Island couple John and Theresa Keith, is open for its first full week of business.

Children's shoe store Hennie McPennie
A grand opening will be held at Kix and Spinz this Saturday

Kix and Spinz grand opening is Saturday, Jan. 26

The grand opening of a new fitness center in the South end shopping center will be held this weekend, on Jan. 26.

A grand opening will be held at Kix and Spinz this Saturday
This chart of thefts and burglaries on Mercer Island over the past 12 years shows that crime peaked in 2004.

Thefts, burglaries most common crimes on Mercer Island

Mercer Island police officers discussed crime prevention at the Rotary Club luncheon.

This chart of thefts and burglaries on Mercer Island over the past 12 years shows that crime peaked in 2004.