Life

Young voices perform songs of hope

African Children’s Choir makes a stop on MI

  • Nov 24, 2008
Tatters is the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce business of the year... owner Michele Tesler

Island clothing store Tatters wins award

Reporter staff

  • Nov 24, 2008
Tatters is the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce business of the year... owner Michele Tesler

New look for the Chamber gallery

The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce’s art gallery has a new style. Over the past five years, the MI Chamber gallery exhibited numerous painters from MIVAL and artists associated with MIVAL. The nature of the gallery, however, did not lend itself to the atmosphere of a regular art gallery. Therefore, the Chamber analyzed the situation and decided to move the gallery in a new direction.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Florence Palmer stands in front of her paintings depicting the construction of I-90 on Mercer Island. The paintings were bought by the city and are on display at the City Hall.

Color, cranes and concrete

To the untrained eye, the chaos of dirt and heavy equipment isn’t a thing of beauty. Yet, the tangle of cranes and concrete that accompany construction of new roads and bridges is was what attracted Florence Palmer to paint I-90 as it took shape. In fact, construction is one of her favorite subjects. Among the 500 art pieces to her credit are scenes of cranes operating over Eastside condos and businesses.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Florence Palmer stands in front of her paintings depicting the construction of I-90 on Mercer Island. The paintings were bought by the city and are on display at the City Hall.
Bill Morton/Special to the Reporter Tourists read and sunbathe on the beaches of Los Cabos San Lucas on the Baha Peninsula of Mexico.

Many Washingtonians fly to Mexico to escape rain

Bill Morton
On Travel

  • Nov 24, 2008
Bill Morton/Special to the Reporter Tourists read and sunbathe on the beaches of Los Cabos San Lucas on the Baha Peninsula of Mexico.

Gardening tools can make the difference

Linda Stephens-Urbaniak
In the Garden

  • Nov 24, 2008

Charity goes way beyond home

This season, the majority of Island merchants and city agencies have had special drives or events to benefit others. The Reporter has already run mentions of many.

  • Nov 24, 2008

Memories 2007-style bring laughter, celebration and pride

The 2007 tapestry of Island people and their passions includes the likes of Walter Witt, Mariner fan of 2,000 games ... two mothers of five turned entrepreneurs — Lori Moll of Dooz and Carole Airut Murphy, the pop-top jeweler ... Ashley Brewer and her mini-menagerie on the Island’s tiniest farm ... Fran Call and Erica Hill, former and current track coaches who build fitness into young people’s lifestyles.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Cambria Chardonnay

Kendall-Jackson wine, sweeter than average

Dee Hitch
On Wine

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Cambria Chardonnay

Young kids learn by watching when it comes to alcohol

The winter holidays are here and it is time to enjoy the company of family, friends and co-workers. But New Year’s holiday gatherings this week will involve the drinking of alcoholic beverages.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Island resident David Beyl

Beyl’s Antarctic point of no return

Islander’s naval service earns him a map honor

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Island resident David Beyl

New Year toasts to ‘can-do’ folks

Nancy Hilliard
Around the Island

  • Nov 24, 2008

Organizing and completing college applications

Joan Franklin
On College

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter This Red Breasted Robin was one of the 4

Bird lovers unite

Once again, bird lovers united for the annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 29, 2007. Inspired by their esoteric fascination with Washington’s feathered creatures, 24 birders prepared for a half-day search, covering Mercer Island from thicket to waterfront. The group, a combination of birders from Mercer Island, Seattle and the Eastside, is part of the Seattle Audubon Society — a local branch of the National Audubon Society established to “value and protect birds and the natural environment.”

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter This Red Breasted Robin was one of the 4

Island signs

Seen in the window of Island Books around New Year’s:

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter An Amaryllis bloom begins to shrivel. The plants will continue to bloom for several years with the proper care.

Bring new life to a dying plant

Wow! The Amaryllis you got for Christmas was just beautiful, but now the flowers have shriveled. What should you do now? You can, of course, just toss the whole thing, but with care it will bloom again for several years.

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter An Amaryllis bloom begins to shrivel. The plants will continue to bloom for several years with the proper care.

A wanted poster is needed at the church

Pastor Greg
On Religion

  • Nov 24, 2008

City walks and higher-octane gigs

Nancy Hilliard
Around the Island

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter A canine and owner take an evening walk toward the off-leash area at Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island last week.

Shadow walkers

A canine and owner take an evening walk toward the off-leash area at Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island last week.… Continue reading

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter A canine and owner take an evening walk toward the off-leash area at Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island last week.