Rebecca Mar

Artful Terra Bella opens on Mercer Island

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

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

Thefts, burglaries most common crimes on Mercer Island

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