Life

Island life resumes ‘after the trails’

Nancy Hilliard
Around the Island

  • Nov 24, 2008

Saving the world — one carnival, iris, bridge or tuba at a time

Nancy Hilliard
Around the Island

  • Nov 24, 2008

Spending your bucks on ‘bird-friendly’ coffee

Frances Wood
On Birds

  • Nov 24, 2008

Welcome summer — and extended hands

Nancy Hilliard
Around the Island

  • Nov 24, 2008

Enough rockets, red glare already

Nancy Hilliard
Around the Island

  • Nov 24, 2008

Scanned! The occasional traveler’s blues

Craig Groshart
On the Sideline

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Island resident Sara Seumae models organic SPUN clothing in her home garden on Mercer Island.

An organic spin on fashion

New clothing business, SPUN, created by Mercer Island resident Sara Seumae

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Island resident Sara Seumae models organic SPUN clothing in her home garden on Mercer Island.

Cheers to some fun-loving Islanders

Nancy Hilliard
Around the Island

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Nick Forsgaard

Lunch in the park

Islander Nick Forsgaard, 18, eats lunch in the shade at Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island last Wednesday.… Continue reading

  • Nov 24, 2008
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Islander Nick Forsgaard

KIXI 880 recreates ‘golden age’ of radio for Islanders

Elizabeth Celms
Mercer Island Reporter

  • Nov 24, 2008

Bellevue man’s saltwater float tank eases mind and body

Carrie Wood
Bellevue Reporter

  • Nov 24, 2008

YamiPod and SharePod – freeing your iPod

The iPod is a most beloved device. iPod owners are able to store a large portion of their music and, in newer models, video and photo collections — within reach at all times. This allows for what most folks do with such treasures — enjoy and share them. But things are not so perfect as this feel-good phenomenon would otherwise present. Although the owner of an iPod does own the device, she or he must conform to the protocols and parameters of the iPod “system.”

  • Nov 19, 2008

Rotary Islander of November

The Rotary Islander of the Month award for November was given to Mercer Island High School senior Olivia Witter.

Parental controls: monitoring your children’s virtual whereabouts

A few weeks ago, we addressed the complex nature of the online social networking community called MySpace. In that article, we referenced parental controls and how to find out more about them in order to provide online safety for children.

  • Nov 12, 2008
Bright fall colored leaves are reflected in the a pond in The Lakes neighborhood on the south end of Mercer Island

Turning the other leaf

Bright fall-colored leaves are reflected in a pond at The Lakes neighborhood on the South end of Mercer Island, Oct. 27.

  • Nov 7, 2008
Bright fall colored leaves are reflected in the a pond in The Lakes neighborhood on the south end of Mercer Island

‘Swing for the Cure’ brings $528,850 to breast cancer fight

MulvannyG2 Architecture raised $138,850 to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Puget Sound Affiliate, at its sixth annual golf tournament, “Swing for the Cure,” held at Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore. Mitch Smith and Ming Zhang, Senior Partners of MulvannyG2, along with Chairman of the Board, Jerry Lee, presented a check to Mona Locke, Executive Director of Komen’s Puget Sound Affiliate, on Oct. 10 in support of breast cancer awareness month. MulvannyG2’s cumulative donation from this event has now peaked to over $528,850, aiding in the fight against breast cancer.

Couple cycles Island 50 times for Children’s Hospital

Couple cycles Island 50 times for Children’s Hospital

Mercer Island residents DJ and Renae Brooks celebrated their 50th birthdays by cycling around Mercer Island 50 consecutive times for Children’s Hospital. Tackling the marathon tag-team style, each taking one 13-mile loop at a time or riding together, the couple finished their goal in 44 hours and 36 minutes. They covered a total of 650 miles and raised $5,000 for the charity — $100 per loop.

Couple cycles Island 50 times for Children’s Hospital
The Calkins Hotel burned down in the East Seattle neighborhood under mysterious circumstances.

Haunted Isle | Spooky tales of Mercer Island’s past

Centuries ago, the Duwamish Indians would not set foot on Mercer Island past dusk. The Island, shrouded in fog and dark with mystery, was believed to be filled with spirits. Natives who hunted and foraged on the Island by day made haste to row away before sunset. When the first settlers came to Seattle, the Duwamish agreed to canoe the men over to explore the Island but refused to accompany them through the night, returning instead to pick the settlers up the next day. Since that time, Mercer Island has grown rich with stories of haunted landmarks and restless souls. Here are some of the Reporter’s favorites:

The Calkins Hotel burned down in the East Seattle neighborhood under mysterious circumstances.
Islander Kevin Curry uncovers his homemade art boat

What’s up duck? | The story behind Mercer Island’s first duck-boat

Anyone who drives up S.E. 40th Street has probably seen it — a glittering, 12-foot-long duck with bulging red eyes and a handsome bill. There he sits, these days wrapped up in tarp to keep warm from the cold. Earlier this summer, you may have seen him bobbing peacefully on Lake Washington or trailing behind a Ford truck on his way home.

Islander Kevin Curry uncovers his homemade art boat