Rebecca Mar

Missionary mechanic keeps planes flying for Bible translation

Mission aviation first appealed to Lloyd Marsden when he was serving in the Navy. He had read about Nate Saint, the martyred missionary pilot whose aviation skills were crucial in the effort to share the Gospel with an Ecuadorian tribe. It was during Marsden’s time in the Navy, the majority of which he spent in a submarine, that God got a hold of his life and started pointing him toward missions, he said.

Mercer Islander scales Mt. Everest, completes Seven Summits in record 42 days

A.C. Sherpa has completed his Seven Summit expedition, reaching the top of Mt. Everest on May 23 and setting a new record.

Lakeridge mom leads school composting

When Nancy Weil found out that Lakeridge Elementary did not have a composting program, she decided to do something about it. Her oldest daughter, Alex, 6, would not be a student at Lakeridge until fall 2010. But Weil wanted to start getting involved in her daughter’s future school early. So she got permission from principal Fred Rundle to start the Zero-Waste Committee, comprised of five members. Now, Lakeridge has reduced 700 pounds of trash each week to 80 pounds per week. “Our goal was by half, and we reduced it by 75 percent. We’re educating families and students at the same time, and they’re learning. These kids will go out into the world and make a real difference,” she said.

Mercer Island High School graduate sets new Guinness world record in texting

It took Franklin Page just 35.54 seconds to set a new Guinness world record.The Mercer Island graduate, who grew up in Texas, typed 160 characters… Continue reading

New catering service opens on Mercer Island

Lynn Michael was 10 years old when she made her first Thanksgiving dinner — granted, with her aunt’s help.Now, she has a new business underway:… Continue reading

Mercer Island grad finds fashion career with Narciso Rodriguez

It started with the gift of a Crayola Fashion Design Kit. Lisa Muscatel was 12 years old, and the kit was a gift from her grandmother. A passion for sketching fashions was born, which would eventually lead to a fashion career in New York City with renowned designer Narciso Rodriguez.

Island grad interns at the White House

It was a dream come true for Mika Kurose Rothman: spending a summer in the White House. Whenever she entered through the gates, she felt… Continue reading

New Island toy store touts sustainability and imagination

Rainbow pyramid blocks, a miniature treehouse, bamboo baby blankets — a variety of children’s items line the shelves at Katan, the new toy boutique on Mercer Island.

Precious symbol replaced

A new processional cross in the sanctuary of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church has replaced the cross that was stolen a year ago. The near-replica, created by the same artist, was officially dedicated on Sunday, Sept. 20. The cross is carried down the aisle at the beginning of each worship service and placed in a wooden stand next to the pulpit.

Artist brings Judaica to Africa | Island artist lives in Israel, travels to Uganda

When Gabriel Bass arrived in Mbale, Uganda, he brought a little bit of Israel with him.

Teacher meets with colleagues in India | Island teacher exchanges ideas with educators

Four years after hosting a teacher from India in her classroom at Islander Middle School, it was Vicky Mann’s turn to visit schools and collaborate… Continue reading

Island nutritionist behind ‘solixir’ beverage

New healthy beverage is combination of science and taste

A soldier journeys from Iraq to L.A.

From the dusty streets of Ramadi, Iraq, to the halls of the highly reputed Los Angeles Police Department, Brandon Parks’ uniform has changed, but his mission has remained the same.

Homegrown sandwiches; tasty and sustainable

Lines began forming outside of Homegrown’s door as soon as the new sustainable sandwich shop opened in Fremont.

Little Shirleys are to honor, raise hope for others

Creativity comes naturally for Lauren Burman: from pottery to printmaking, jewelry-making and photography, she has a knack for art. It was therefore fitting for her to sit down at the potter’s wheel in order to raise $2,900 for cancer research as a participant in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Team in Training Vancouver Marathon.

To Russia, handmade with love

Conversation among the knitters and crocheters who gather monthly at the Mercer Island Covenant Church drifts from what pattern to choose next to the challenges and adventures of overseas missions, all the while interspersed with laughter and light-hearted banter.

Students make friends across backgrounds, schools, beliefs

Putting pen to paper the old-fashioned way, St. Monica School sixth-graders are writing letters across city and district boundaries. The pen pal exchange is an unlikely one, between a private Catholic classroom and second-graders at a Renton public school, Cascade Elementary.

Mercer Island pediatrician wins award for professionalism and quality

Hal C. Quinn, M.D., of Mercer Island Pediatric Associates, has been given the Richard A. Molteni 2009 Medical Staff Award for community-based professional and quality care.

Blendissimo’s oils and vinegars debut at NW Flower & Garden Show

Black currant or raspberry balsamic vinegar? Tequila lime or white truffle dipping oil? The choices abounded at the Blendissimo’s Gourmet Blends booth, managed by Mercer Island resident Phyllis Schut at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle last week.

Climbing the Seven Summits | A.C. Sherpa sets his sights on humanitarian aid

Summiting the world’s highest mountains on each of the seven continents is more than just another goal for Ang Chhiring Sherpa, of Mercer Island. It is the means to his greatest ambition: helping his native Nepalese people, one-third of whom live below the poverty line.