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REPORTER Mercer Island Serving the Mercer Island Community Serving community Since since 1947 1947 Farmers Market is Business of the Year Helping Santa get it right Island tradition ‘Excerpts from the Nutcracker,’ returns Fifty-two members of the Mercer Island Youth Ballet will perform favorite scenes from ‘The Nutcracker’ over the course of the month. Performances open Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. at Youth Theatre Northwest. Visit for tickets. Non-profit market benefits other Island businesses as well Health sign-up workshop By Celina Kareiva Missed the first Washington Health Plan Finder sign-up? You can catch another at the Library between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13. All Pink all the time Youth Theater Northwest presents ‘Pinkalicious, The Musical’ continues through Dec. 22. See the Calendar on page 14 for more information about the performance. Visit for showtimes. Lions Christmas trees on sale The Mercer Island Lions are holding their annual Christmas tree sale at the Farmers Insurance Parking lot at 77th Avenue S.E. and S.E. 29th Street. The lot is open Wednesday through Friday between 2 and 7 p.m. and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Look for Holiday Greetings next week Keep a lookout for the adorable holiday doodles in next week’s issue of The Reporter, featuring children’s drawings from local schools and sponsored by Island merchants. Holiday Greetings has been a Reporter tradition since 1970. Matt Brashears/Special to the Reporter Leaving nothing to chance, four-year-old Michael Shea shows Santa Claus a catalog, helping Santa track down a Micro Racers Playset should his elves not know how to make one. Students screened in ‘Nick of Time’ Students taught how to use AEDs, give CPR By Joseph Livarchik When a student stopped in the Mercer Island High School main office to hand in his registration paperwork for a heart health screening set for the next day, he said that he did not know what the testing was all about. All he knew was his mother said he had to do it. That’s exactly why the Nick of Time Foundation does this. The student was one of over two hundred people who lined up for screening at the Nick of Time Foundation’s heart health screening Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Mercer went to sleep and never woke up. His family later learned Nick was a victim of SCA. After his death, Varrenti’s family vowed to make a difference with their efforts toward preventing SCA. In 2006, Nick’s mother Darla Varrenti founded the Nick of Time Foundation to Island High School. The founda- raise awareness about SCA and tion travels around Washington, help increase the placement of conducting heart health screen- Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). She ings and raising named the founawareness about dation after her sudden cardiac son. arrest (SCA). The founda“SCA can haption partners pen at any age,” said with physicians Suzanne Apodaca, and volunteers, Nick of Time direcSuzanne Apodaca with their main tor of operations. “It ‘Nick of Time’ Foundation medical partners is the leading cause in the Seattle area of death among exercising and at-play youth. It is an being UW Medicine and Seattle’s Children’s Hospital. epidemic.” At the heart health screenings, Nick of Time was created in honor of Nicholas Varrenti. physicians take blood pressure, lisEverything appeared normal for ten to the heart, take an EKG and the 16-year old Varrenti, a high teach CPR. If the physicians don’t school athlete who loved play- like what they see, they have the ing football. But in 2004, Varrenti heart | Page 8 Certified CertifiedFinancial Financial Planners Planners Certified Financial Planners “Sudden cardiac arrest can happen at any age.” The Mercer Island Farmers Market may have ended its season several weeks back, but the community is still showing its love. On Thursday Joel Wachs, past M.I. market board president, Patty Spahr, market manager and Kari Fish, the current board president accepted an award for business of the year by the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce. “They have brought a whole bunch of energy and activity to Sundays on Mercer Island,” said market | Page 2 Read the full paper online Mercer IslandREPORTER MI | THIS WEEK Wednesday, March 11, 20,2013 2013 | 75¢ Wednesday, december Green Edition e elifliefe thth e av HH e av Have the life you want antn!t! youuww a 2448 76th Ave SE, Suite 107 - Mercer Island (206) 275-2700 2448 76th Ave SE, Suite 107 - Mercer Island 2448 76th Ave SE, Suite 107 - Mercer Island (206) 275-2700 yo (206) 275-2700

Mercer Island Reporter, December 11, 2013

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