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Islander girls competed in the Class of the Field tournament in Oregon last month. They took fourth.

Girls hoops fourth in Oregon

The Mercer Island High School girls basketball program finished the end of the academic year with a fourth-place finish at a prestigious off-season tournament.

Islander girls competed in the Class of the Field tournament in Oregon last month. They took fourth.

Tax tip: check your withholding to avoid surprise next year

With 2009 nearly half over, the Internal Revenue Service reminds Washington state taxpayers that there is no better time to check their 2009 federal income tax withholding levels to make sure that they do not face any surprises when returns are due next spring.

Seatbelt patrol nabs 600 violators

Between May 21 and June 7, extra law enforcement patrols canvassed King County roadways at nighttime looking for unbuckled motorists, and they found that and much more.

Boater education classes are now online

An online boating safety class is available to help residents obtain the Washington boater education card.

State audit shows City of Mercer Island retains highest rating for financial management

The City of Mercer Island is fully compliant under government auditing standards and has received “unqualified” (i.e. clean) audit opinions since at least 1995, according to a recent report. Mercer Island is just one of a handful of cities in the state that can make this claim. No other indicator provides a better measure of an organization’s financial management practices.

Island family’s famous sauces vie for national attention

The Dore brothers, Barry and David, raised on Mercer Island, are in the top 10 of the first Homecookingstar.com recipe contest.

Women’s golfing club celebrates 15 years

The Northwest Ladies Golf Association (NLGA), founded to organize and promote golf activities for women, is celebrating its 15th year as a premiere golfing organization for women. Organized leagues, weekend getaways, clinics, competitions and social events are among the benefits of belonging.

WSDOT bridge engineer specialist Ralph Dornsife (white hard hat) and project inspector Mike Hanson scrutinize the new I-90 floating bridge expansion joint two months ago at Terminal 30 in Seattle

MI-Reporter.com to link coverage of I-90 Bridge repairs

With another partial closure of the I-90 floating bridge looming, residents and motorists can stay informed of with latest construction-related developments at the Mercer Island… Continue reading

WSDOT bridge engineer specialist Ralph Dornsife (white hard hat) and project inspector Mike Hanson scrutinize the new I-90 floating bridge expansion joint two months ago at Terminal 30 in Seattle

Revised schedule for I-90 floating bridge repairs

Repair work on the I-90 floating bridge, set to begin on July 5, is now scheduled to be completed more than a week earlier than… Continue reading

State prepares for July work on I-90 bridge

The closure of the westbound I-90 mainline across the floating bridge is less than two weeks away, and WSDOT has new tools for commuters to avoid construction congestion. WSDOT traffic engineer Brian Dobbins said hour-long backups are possible between Issaquah and Seattle during construction.

A one-car accident occurred in the 8400 block of West Mercer Way during the afternoon on June 16.

Car hits utility pole

A one-car accident occurred in the 8500 block of West Mercer Way at 3:30 p.m. on June 16 when a black sedan crashed into a… Continue reading

A one-car accident occurred in the 8400 block of West Mercer Way during the afternoon on June 16.
Islander Tracy Drinkwater

Island mom graduates

Mercer Island mother of two, Tracy Drinkwater, graduated from Seattle University on June 14 with a master’s in teaching degree. Her endorsement areas are in math and special education.

Islander Tracy Drinkwater
Retiring Mercer Island School District staff are

Teachers honored

The Mercer Island School District recognized and thanked this year’s retiring teachers on June 1, acknowledging their years of service in educating the community’s students.

Retiring Mercer Island School District staff are
1st Lt. Lane Harper

Islander is Marine leader in Afghanistan

When Lane Harper called his parents, Bob and Betty Harper, via satellite phone the other day from the other side of the world, he told them that the temperature there had already reached 115 degrees. It was still morning. Harper, a Marine infantry officer, has been deployed to Afghanistan to lead a platoon of soldiers in the fight against the Taliban.

1st Lt. Lane Harper
Dr. Nicholas Kovach

Overlake Hospital joins Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Overlake Hospital Medical Center has joined the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) Network to become the first major medical center in the Seattle area, and the eighth community health care facility in Washington and Alaska to enter into an affiliation agreement with the alliance.

Dr. Nicholas Kovach
Mercer Island Girl Scouts join hands with parents and other scouts from South Bellevue for an annual awards picnic

47 Girl Scouts troops gather to celebrate year

Hundreds of parents and children gathered at the Lid Park on June 14 for their annual Girl Scouts of America picnic and year-end “Court of Awards” recognition ceremony.

Mercer Island Girl Scouts join hands with parents and other scouts from South Bellevue for an annual awards picnic

Just 10 days to I-90 bridge closures, think ahead about commute

Now is the time to plan your commutes across the I-90 bridge for July. The westbound mainline lanes will close on July 5 and are expected to remain closed for up to three weeks to replace the bridge’s expansion joints. All westbound traffic will be funneled into the two express lanes. Delays are expected on I-90 and backups are expected into the Mercer Island Town Center. So, it is a good time to think about what you are going to do differently to reduce headaches for you and other commuters. The Washington State Department of Transportation Web site has several recommended commute options to beat the backups, including traveling early, working from home, vanpooling, carpooling, taking transit or taking alternate routes. Details are at www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I90/HomerHadleyBridgeRepair/CommuteOptions.htm.

King County Realtors to hold 1,200 open houses this weekend

More than 1,200 open houses have been scheduled throughout King County, as part of Realtors Statewide Open House event planned for June 27-28, according to the Seattle King County Realtors.

Staff of Veraci Pizza gather in front of their famous wood-fire pizza oven.

Mercer Island Farmers Market returns

Celebrating its second annual year, the Farmers Market has welcomed more vendors offering a myriad of organic and eco-friendly products. There will be more than 40 merchants this year, compared with 28 in 2008. There will also be expanded dining at the market — more to enjoy for breakfast, lunch and dessert with ample seating for all. The market will turn the corner down 77th Ave. S.E. to accommodate its new participants.

Staff of Veraci Pizza gather in front of their famous wood-fire pizza oven.
Mercer Island High School teacher Jan Sayers center stands with two of her students

Awards and honors

Mercer Island High School teacher Jan Sayers won the 2009 PTA Council’s Outstanding Educator Award. Sayers has taught English at MIHS for 21 years. She has earned particular attention for her English 9/Applied/Technical Communications block classes for freshmen.

Mercer Island High School teacher Jan Sayers center stands with two of her students