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Signs of spring The Mercer Island Parks and Recreation department is offering two ways to get outside this month. Coed softball will begin Feb. 25 for a minimum of three games at the South Mercer Playfields. Teams will use a 16-inch ball. Registration is $100, with $75 due at the first game. Proceeds benefit MIHS girls fast pitch softball. Contact Ryan.Daly@mercergov.org. For those inspired by Super Bowl Sunday, there is also an adult flag football tournament with both men’s and COED divisions set for Feb. 25-26 at the South Mercer Playfields. The fee is $309 per team. To register, visit www.tenacitysports.com.

Total Experience Gospel Choir at MIPC The Total Experience Gospel Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. Come hear the Seattle-based gospel singing group that is internationally renowned. Free will offerings are accepted.

How to help out those in need Volunteer bus drivers and helpers are needed to provide transportation for Island seniors to and from their homes and program sites. Call Jeannette at 275-7841. The Youth & Family Services food bank needs donations for families in need. Bring nonperishable items to the Community and Event Center, Albertsons or the Thrift Shop.

MISD Board meeting Thursday, Feb. 9 The Mercer Island School Board will hold a meeting on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. in the board room. The board will continue its discussion on new facilities.

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Islanders senior quarterback Jeff Lindquist, right foreground, speaks as his mother, Juli Lindquist, left, listens during a national letter of intent signing ceremony at the Mercer Island High School library on Wednesday. Lindquist will attend the University of Washington. See page 22 for the story.

Designer chosen for NBC reality show Fashion designer, Islander Lisa Vian Hunter is one of 14 vying for chance to mass market their designs By Breanna Lai

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Fashion designer, Lisa Vian Hunter, an Island resident and owner of Vian Hunter House of Fashion, is one of 14 contestants on NBC’s new series “Fashion Star,” which will premier in March. Designers of all levels will compete for a grand prize of $6 million in orders for collections in H&M, Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. The winning designs for each

attend a good public school, and they found that Mercer Island fit the bill perfectly. She got to know Seattle by researching the different shopping neighborhoods. In November 2009, Vian Hunter House of episode will be available online Fashion opened its doors on East immediately after the show and Madison Street. Last spring, the designer was in stores the next day. intrigued by an email from the Vian Hunter’s fashion career casting agents of took a nontradiNBC’s “Fashion tional path. At age Star. ” After a series 39, with two chilof interviews, Vian dren, she graduated Hunter was chosen from San Francisco’s as a contestant. The Fashion Institute show was filmed of Design and over the summer in Merchandising. LA. She was excited Lisa Vian Hunter “Some things take Mercer Island by its unique contime in life,” said cept. Vian Hunter, who “The clothes that we create on grew up in Northern California. the show are accessible, wearable With her husband’s support and they’re sold in Saks, Macy’s she opened a store in Palo Alto, but once the recession hit things and H&M,” she said. “Whatever designs are purchased for that became difficult. Vian Hunter and her family episode are available to buy online moved to Seattle on a whim. It and the next day in the store. It

At least one Islander has received a letter informing her that she owes $32.90 for five videos that she rented and returned to Mercer Island’s Hollywood Video store more than two years ago. Hollywood Video stores filed for bankruptcy and closed their doors here in late 2009. The chain filed for bankruptcy in 2010. The Better Business Bureau of Alaska, Oregon and Washington issued a statement last week describing that many former customers had received letters from the collection agency that is working to collect on any outstanding debt from the company. “Complainants say that the fees and excessive and debts are unfounded,” the BBB said. “Some fear that false information may be submitted to credit reporting

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VIDEO | FROM 1 bureaus.� In a 2011 settlement, similar allegations were brought against National Credit Solutions (NCS) and Credit Control Services, collection agencies which were initially contracted by Hollywood Video and Movie Gallery after the companies filed bankruptcy in 2010. While collection companies are within their legal rights to collect legitimate debts, the Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington urges consumers to pause before paying: The BBB urges consumers to get proof of balances due to unreturned movies or unpaid late fees. By law, collection agencies must provide validation notices within five days of contacting con-

sumers about debts. Consumers with complaints on Hollywood Video and Movie Gallery can email customerrequests@hlyw.com. In addition, the BBB tells consumers to write letters to collection agencies; dispute charges, state your case and include supporting documentation. Send letters via certified mail with return receipts. Check credit reports: Visit annualcreditreport. com to review credit reports on a yearly basis. Dispute false debts with the three major credit bureaus. If issues are not resolved, file complaints with the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov, Better Business Bureau at bbb.org, and the state attorney general’s office.

is just an enormous opportunity that us little folks don’t (often) come across.� “I just love the late ’50s and early ’60s for design inspiration. It was such a feminine time,� she said. “I find that the designs from that era translate really well to modern times with a few adjustments here and there.� She said her designs are timeless and appeal to everyone. “I have sold to teenagers and my mom, who was in her late 70s,� she said. “It really doesn’t have an age because the clothes aren’t trendy. The clothes are going to be in your closet for a long time. They’re not going to go out of style.� Vian Hunter said “Fashion Star� is not your typical reality TV Show. “This show really emphasizes fashion. They are not emphasizing the drama between designers. If there are tears on this show, it’s because a designer is having a meltdown over a design; there were no catfights (or) pushing.�

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Watch Vian Hunter compete on the new NBC series “Fashion Star� beginning Tuesday, March 13, at 9:30 p.m.

a 7-5 vote after a public hearing. The bill could be up for a vote on the House floor as early as today. The Senate already passed the measure 28-21. If passed and signed by the governor, opponents are expected to file a referendum to allow Washington’s voters to decide whether to adopt, ratify or reject the legislation.


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Business news College Nannies and Tutors launches on Mercer Island By Linda Ball

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College Nannies and Tutors was named so because the CEO, Joseph Keely, was a “manny� himself, taking care of children while he was in college. The 11-year-old company has grown since then, with about 80 franchise territories in the United States, and now, one on Mercer Island. Mackenzie Krause said all of the tutoring is oneon-one. Krause, a graduate of UW who lives in Seattle, is the learning center manager at the Mercer Island location, while Samantha Deitch is the nanny placement manager. Deitch grew up in Woodinville, where she still lives. According to the College Nannies and Tutors website, Keeley realized that

he was being much more than a babysitter, but rather an active role model for the children. He recognized a need for a unique and specialized service that connected parents with safe and reliable nannies and tutors or role models. Keeley found these role models in current college students, college graduates and certified teachers looking to make a positive difference working with children and adolescents. Krause said her tutors have a wide range of experience, with some having served with AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps. She said there is no off-theshelf curriculum; the tutoring is based on classroom content and current homework. The tutors also help students with test preparation for tests like SATs. Test-prep tutors scored in the 95 percent or higher group. Krause said when a student comes for tutoring, he or she will have the same tutor each time. They are starting with five tutors on the Island and continually recruiting. Tutoring is available for K-12 kids, but Krause said

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From left, Leslie Benjamin, MacKenzie Krause, franchise owner Laura Davis and Samantha Deitz celebrate their grand opening of College Nannies and Tutors, Feb. 3. their expertise is middle school to college prep. On the nanny side, Deitch is like a matchmaker, charged with finding the perfect match between child and nanny. She has a network of nannies all over Seattle and the Eastside. Nannies can be hired 40 hours a week, or just for “date night.� College Nannies and Tutors are the legal employers of the nannies, so they do extensive background and reference checks. “An ideal candidate

comes with family child care experience,� Krause said. They also have nannies who can help with children who have special needs, and tutors who are equipped with the skills to best serve children with learning disabilities. Tutoring students will be welcome to come to the center to study or use the WiFi even if they are not scheduled for tutoring. Krause and Deitch were both nannies for College Nannies and Tutors before this Mercer Island loca-

tion was even a blip on the radar screen, Krause said. Oddly, they'd never met before. Krause also has a background in teaching and tutoring.

Find out more College Nannies and Tutors is located at 7605 S.E. 27th Street, Suite 101. For more information, visit collegetutors.com or collegenannies.com or call (206) 659-4156.

Pilates is nothing new; in fact its founder, Joseph Pilates, migrated from Germany to the United States in 1925, bringing his method of exercise first to New York City. His method, which he and his wife, Clara, originally called Contrology, relates to the use of the mind to control muscles. “Using your mind to control muscles extends back to the ancient Greeks,� said Leslie Allahyari, the owner of the newly opened Mercer Island Pilates. Pilates focuses on core postural muscles that help keep the human body balanced and provide support for the spine. In authentic Pilates, which is Pilates taught as Joseph himself would have taught it, the abdomen, buttocks and inner thighs are all part of the core, which is referred to as the powerhouse. Pilates exercises also teach the student awareness of breathing, alignment of the spine, and it strengthens the deep torso and abdominal muscles. “Joe would train boxers

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Leslie Allahyari, left, the owner of the newly opened Mercer Island Pilates, works with Tracey McCarthy, performing an exercise on a Pilates reformer. McCarthy will also be instructing at the new studio. cadillac, a piece of equipment that Joseph Pilates designed for bed-ridden patients, but has many uses. “It doesn’t matter who you are, your age or condition — anyone can do Pilates,” Allahyari said. “It’s proven, it’s not a fad.” If you look at pictures of Joseph Pilates, even in his 80s, the guy was unbelievably fit. Mercer Island Pilates is on the corner of 80th Avenue S.E. and S.E. 30th Street at 3003 80th Ave. S.E. Right now an introductory private instruction package is $250 for five private sessions. Semi-private instruction, wall unit classes and mat classes are also available. Call (206) 920-0611 or

email leslie@mercerislandpilates.com to schedule an appointment or to inquire about class times.

Life-changing event inspires career for Islander Feb. 19 will be the 16th anniversary of a horrible car accident, here on the Island, that seriously injured then 16-year-old Rebecca Gould. She was hospitalized after a station wagon, which she was riding in, crashed into a tree at 60 mph along West Mercer Way, the Reporter said in the Feb. 21, 1996, issue. Gould had fractured vertebrae in the lumbar region.

She was wearing a lap seat belt, so her body doubled over, injuring her intestines. She had to have two-thirds of her intestines removed, and there was doubt she would be able to eat normally again. For several months Gould lived on IV nutrition alone. One day, she received Reiki — a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Gould began to recover, her doctor calling it miraculous. After graduating from Mercer Island High School, Gould went to Hampshire College, a private liberal arts college located in Amherst, Mass., to study writing and alternative medicine. “I became obsessed with studying things that related to what I went through,” Gould said. She took classes on alternative medicines and classes on making decisions related to health, and she did a great deal of writing. “I was really diving into what happens when we have injury or illness,” she said. “As a therapist, it’s hard to rate pain when you’re going through something like illness or trauma.” Now Gould is a licensed massage therapist specializing in CranioSacral therapy and relaxation massage, as well as a Qigong instructor. She was inspired a year after

the accident when she had CranioSacral massage and acupuncture. Now Gould brings it all back home by offering her services through her business Elemental Harmony, on Mercer Island. She shares the massage room at Aljoya with another therapist on Tuesday and Thursday. She is not limited to Aljoya residents. CranioSacral therapy is a light touch modality, Gould said. The client is fully clothed while she works to decompress and realign the bones. She emphasized this is not like chiropractic services; rather, it works with the cerebral-spinal fluid, with focus on the bones of the skull. Gould said CranioSacral therapy is especially helpful for headaches, migraines and TMJ. Qigong, pronounced chee-gong, is a slow, healing movement and breathing

that is used to cultivate chi, or vital life-force energy. “The idea is in Chinese medicine, Qigong is a way to purify and clear out stagnant, murky chi energy,” Gould said. She teaches Qigong at Aljoya, which is open to the public. Gould’s goal is to provide services for people in the privacy of their own homes as well. She will also be available for appointments at Yogabliss starting later this month. “Some people think of massage as a luxury, and it can be; that’s OK, too.”

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and Clara would teach ballerinas,” Allahyari said. One of the ballerinas Clara trained, Romana Kryzanowska, carried on the Pilates teachings. She was their chosen protegee. Early instructors were trained by her. Both Allahyari and the other instructor at Mercer Island Pilates, Tracey McCarthy, trained with master teacher Dorothee Vandewalle, who was trained by Kryzanowska. Allahyari has worked at other studios in the Seattle area, but lives on Mercer Island with her husband and five children, ages 24, 22, 20, 11 and 9. “It was time to go out on my own,” Allahyari said. “I started doing Pilates myself because I was looking for strength and flexibility.” She said she started out doing mat classes, but soon became hooked on the reformer, a piece of resistance exercise equipment designed by Joseph Pilates. A reformer consists of a platform that moves back and forth along a carriage. Resistance is provided by the exerciser’s body weight and by springs attached to the carriage and platform. Mercer Island Pilates has three reformers along with three wall units and one

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EDITORIAL

Online poll: Do you support the MISD school bond? t72.9% said yes. t27.1 % said no. Total votes: 538.

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To the editor School bond, vote no The Mercer Island Schools Board has just approved a bond issue to be placed on the April 17 ballot. It will authorize, if it does appear and is approved by voters, spending nearly 200 million dollars to tear down and rebuild all three of our elementary schools and Islander Middle School. For someone owning a house valued at $800,000, for example, the bond issue will result in a net property tax increase of $744 per year for 25 years. This takes into account that existing bonds will be paid off during the period. The tax rate will go from $2.52 to $3.45. The middle and elementary schools do have serious overcrowding problems, and this is what the School Board is trying to address. About 650 students are currently housed in portable classrooms at these schools. However, it is not necessary to replace these schools. After all, the Island schools were all extensively remodeled in the mid-1990s. Building a fourth elementary school will relieve the overcrowding at that level. At the middle school, a new wing that provides additional classroom and other learning spaces could be added immediately to the west of the current building, where the portables are currently located. The board is having difficulty locating a privately owned property on the Island that is suitable for an elementary school. However, it should not be necessary to build an entirely new school. The North Mercer school, currently not used

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by the district but leased to tenants middle school are bursting at the seams, with schools already that operate preschools, could be remodeled to bring that campus up up to 40 percent over-capacity. With over 640 kids in portable to current safety codes. classrooms erected on precious The board does not want outdoor play space, our facilianother school at that location (in the high school mega-block), citing ties’ common spaces and shared areas are woefully inadequate. the need for space when the high Curriculum is impacted now by school is eventually rebuilt, 20-25 years from now. However, it should our facilities, and I shudder to think what another influx of kids be possible to work around this will do to the learning environissue, for example, by rebuilding ment over the next three to four the high school in stages. years. This should be a lightning I urge everyone to vote against rod call to action to get this vote this bond issue. If the bond fails, passed. the School Board will return with The answer a more costis to rebuild our effective proaging schools as posal that does quickly as posnot involve Send your letters to: sible, so that our tearing down editor@mi-reporter.com. quality, excellence our schools, Keep it brief, courteous, and reputation are which have and sign your name. years of life left not degraded. The in them. #1 reason many We all know of us moved onto the board wants what is best for Mercer Island is because of our our children and our schools. excellent school system. We are However, they have been insufthe best place to live and learn in ficiently mindful of getting the best Washington, but that position is in value for the tax dollars they are jeopardy if we do not invest now. asking us to pay. Every other surrounding district Al Tyrrill has embarked on replacing aging facilities with modern schools. Our own renovations in the early ’90s to our schools contemplated It has been a long road spanning rebuilding in a 20 to 30-year timeover four years and an enormous frame. Guess what? Before the first amount of work, but this week, school can open upon successful the Mercer Island School Board passage of the bond proposal, we decided to put a new schools bond will be within that window. proposal to an April vote. It cannot Please join me in approving new be overstated how critical passage schools for Mercer Island. We have of this bond proposal is not only a history of offering the very best for our children, but also our idenpublic education possible for our tity and value as a community. children. It is now our turn to pass We are in crisis mode in our the same legacy on to the next genschools — not in a few years down eration of families, and protect the the road, but right now, today. special, unique culture of learning Our three elementary schools and

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that Mercer Island has developed over the past 70 years. Cliff Sharples Co-president, Lakeridge PTA; board member, Mercer Island Schools Foundation

All costs included? Buildings and classrooms are one thing, but to correctly address the shortage, have each of the schools and the administration include in the cost, say for 10 years of operations, the extra teachers, materials, administration, playgrounds, etc., in the “expanded” budget and this bond? Washington state will do nothing but cut, cut, cut funds. We get one shot at a budgeted bond. No one is talking about this, and it is time. We cannot place all of our needs at the feet of the MISF. Erik Jansen

Inadequate facilities

dren in the Mercer Island School District and am very pleased with the quality of education they have received from the teachers and staff. However, I think the current state of the building does not do justice to the quality education they are receiving. Last year, one of my daughters was in a portable and next year my other daughter will be in a portable. There is no plumbing to this portable, so any trip to the restroom or a sink is a walk outside, across a paved area and into the building. When I volunteered in the classroom to assist with reading, there is nowhere to sit with a student except outside on the porch or to crowd in the back of an already small space and try not to disturb the lesson. This is in comparison to a school in Bellevue we visited last year in order to attend a chess tournament. This new school was

I have two elementary-age chil-

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a revelation! Open and bright, with areas and space to work with children individually while not disturbing the class. The difference between this school and my children’s school was startling. As both a parent of school-aged children and a property owner, it showed me the competition we are up against when new families are making a choice as to where to live. Our schools are old and crowded and our children and staff deserve better. Please continue the legacy that was supported by past generations of Islanders and keep Mercer Island the destination of choice for families who value an exceptional public education. Support the school bond this April! Robert Spalding

Support the bond As a member of the 21st Century Facilities Committee, I learned how desperately overcrowded our elementary and middle schools are. The K-8 schools are 34 percent over capacity today, and will be 41 percent over capacity by 2015. The elementary schools were designed and built for 450 students. Today they house over 600, and projections show we can expect even higher enrollment. Portables supply classroom space, but portables don’t provide the necessary common spaces: lunchrooms, gyms, assembly rooms. At West Mercer, for example, there are three lunch periods of 20 minutes each. Students don’t have time to eat lunch, and many just throw their lunches away. Students line up and wait for PE until the lunchroom is cleared. Believe it or not, closets and storage spaces have been converted into instructional spaces, and hallways are used for everything from tutoring to music rehearsals. These schools were built in the 1950s for 1950s teaching styles. Even with the remodels in the 1990s, they don’t accommodate the more varied needs of the 21st century, or statemandated requirements for specialized learning, for example. It is simply not cost-effective to remodel these schools once again: we need twostory schools, which cur-

rent construction doesn’t allow, and there is no available space to enlarge the footprint. I am not a parent, but I am a proud Mercer Island citizen and homeowner who wants to see our schools and our community remain the best in the state. I support the 2012 bond 100 percent. Amanda Clark

No on school bond I don’t know where the alien land is where these folks reside, but it is not Mercer Island. I have been here for 47 years. These folks are simply nuts. Won’t even look at remodel of the current facilities. Everything has to be new. It is nuts, folks. Purely nuts. Roy F. Simperman

Vote yes for schools Not in the foreseeable future will construction costs be as low as they are right now. Now is the time to build in order to get the most for our money. But do we need new buildings? Our schools were built in the 1950s. Schools, as well as most other building types, have a useful life of 50 years. Do the math. These buildings have served our community well and we have so many wonderful memories associated with all of the existing buildings. But the build-

ings are beyond their useful lives. Oh, they still look pretty good from the 1990s remodels, but scratch the surface and you’ll see many Band-Aid fixes just to make them operational. The music rooms and classrooms are inadequate. The kitchens and common areas for lunch and assemblies are substandard. The elementary schools don’t even have dedicated art rooms. Integration of current technology is woefully lacking. New buildings are the right solution. Now is the right time. Vote yes for schools on April 17. Alan Davis, architect

Thinking about tolls In consideration of tolling on I-90, W. Clark Powell’s letter to the editor on Feb. 1, 2012, was thought-provoking. Yes, tolling on the East Channel Bridge would undoubtedly free up more spaces at MI Park and Ride for use by Islanders. However, that would mean every time we need to run an errand on the Eastside we would pay a toll. And running into Seattle nearly always requires paid parking and more time. Of course, it would be my hope that Islanders would be exempt from tolling on I-90 since we have no other options except to use I-90, and then a toll on the East Channel Bridge would



      

be ideal. Let’s hope our City Council can actually negotiate something in our favor for a change! Nancy Sundberg

Who is handling traffic? My name is Timothy Parker. I have been a resident of Mercer Island my entire life. I recently purchased a home on 89th Avenue S.E., across the street from the top of Gallagher Hill. I am an attorney with Lybeck Murphy LLP. Our office is located in the Chase Bank Building in downtown Mercer Island, across the street from the Auto Spa where, as a student at MIHS, I held my first job. Much has changed since then. Last night (Jan. 31), it took me over 30 minutes to make the less than 1.5mile drive home. This is the result of a chain reaction that began with the implementation of a toll on Route 520. Roadway users who commute home to the Eastside from Seattle and seek to avoid paying the toll are using the express lanes from Seattle to Mercer Island. They now use the commuter lane on the bridge, exit the freeway on Mercer Island, drive through downtown, up Island Crest Way, across, across 40th Avenue and down Gallagher Hill, where they re-enter eastbound I-90. The result is gridlock and chaos.

This gridlock all throughout the North end of our city has become an everyday occurrence. Some of my coworkers who live off-Island have a shorter commute home than I do. This sort of nonsense is not what I envisioned when I chose to buy property on Mercer Island. These traffic jams negatively affect the residents and businesses of our city. This situation is untenable. I understand that Councilmember/Mayor Pearman (who served on the I-90 Steering Committee, and as the mayor of our city) has resigned. My question now is who will take the lead to resolve this untenable situation? Something must be done. Timothy T. Parker

Solutions for the ICW crossing issue I use the crosswalk at 47th Street and Island Crest Way several times a week. I believe the new pedestrian crossing light makes my crossings significantly safer. Diane Medved says the crossing light presents a problem for some Orthodox Jews because they may not “initiate anything electric� on their Sabbath, so cannot activate the crossing light (MI Reporter letters, Feb. 1). She asks for suggestions to allow Shevet Achim members to cross

ICW more safely on their Sabbath. There are two obvious solutions: (1) They could use the crosswalk a block away at 46th Street, which has crossing flags instead of lights, or (2) They could recruit a less observant volunteer to stand by and activate the crossing light for them. Paul Jones

Reporter labels still an issue The printing company of the Mercer Island Reporter is still pasting the mailing address label over written material in the lower section of the front page. There must be a way to place the mailing address label on the very top of the first page, where there is plenty of empty space. We are subscribing to other publications and none of them is having this silly problem with their equipment. If they have to replace their outdated labeling machine, so be it. It would be hard to image that any of your customers is pleased with this customer-unfriendly sloppiness of the printing company. I realize that your M.I. office has only limited influence over the decisions of Sound Publishing, Inc., but perhaps you can continue to pass on the feedback from your subscribers. Miracles have happened. Eckhard Schipull

          

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Students’ vehicles targeted, vandalized at high school Road tacks were used to deflate the tires of three vehicles on Jan. 24 at Mercer Island High School on S.E. 42nd Street. A 16-year-old student, a North end resident, reported a road tack was stuck in the rear tire of his Mercedes-Benz while he was at school. The cost of the tire was $250. Two of his friends also had deflated vehicle tires on the same day. All three students issue parking citations at MIHS and serve as teachers’ assistants.

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Kathryn Karshner Krekow Kathryn Karshner Krekow was born March 20, 1930 at Hoquiam General Hospital in Hoquiam, WA. She died January 15, 2012 in Seattle, WA. She was preceded in death by her parents, Karl and Iris Karshner, sister, Janet Rutter, and son, Gordon Krekow Jr. Kathryn grew up in Elma, WA as an avid equestrian. Her favorite story, always told with her wonderful laugh, was of the time she raced her horse at the Grays Harbor County Fair. Although she was an excellent rider, when the gun went off her horse bucked her into the mud, and bolted for the barn. Amid all the shouts and yells, the one she heard most clearly was of a distraught man calling out from the rail, “How could you? I bet everything on you!” She moved to Hoquiam and lived with her aunt and uncle, Kay and George Wandel, in order to attend a “big” high school. There, she met her soul mate and future husband of 61 years Gordon Krekow. During high school she was voted the class heart; the most beloved person in the school. This award was indicative of how people felt about Kathryn throughout her life. Kathryn received an AA degree in sociology from Stephens College in Missouri. She returned to Seattle in 1950 to marry her sweetheart Gordon, who was attending the University of Washington. Gordon’s graduation and membership in the ROTC meant their first years of marriage were spent in the Air Force living in Cheyenne, WY and Peoria, IL, before returning home to Washington. They settled on Mercer Island, living there for the next fifty years while raising their four children. She was a foster parent and active member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Later, Gordon and Kathryn became members of St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Seattle. Summers were spent at the family home on Hood Canal.When grandchildren began making their appearance, she created a “summer camp” at the Canal. These camps became treasured experiences for her and her nine grandchildren. Winters saw Gordon and Kathryn spending as much time as possible at their beach house on Maui. They enjoyed traveling the world including a trip to Honduras to visit one of Kathryn’s favorite charities, “Friends of the Orphans”. This association became an important part of her life. Kathryn is survived by her husband, Gordon; son Karl (Kathleen) and their children Brooke, Paul, Sylvie and Nicholas; son Kenneth (Janice) and their children Kyle and Kirsten; daughter Kathy and her children Michael and Shannon; grandson Kristofer Krekow; brother Karl (Penny) Karshner; five great grandchildren; and last, but certainly not least, her “Old Fools” – dear friends through thick and thin for over forty years. Family and friends will be forever thankful for the gift of unconditional love that Kathryn gave to us all. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Friends of the Orphans 1800 112th Ave. NE, Suite 308E Bellevue, WA 98004 (Request Honduras), or another favorite charity, Northwest Harvest. A memorial service will be held at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Mercer Island at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 25, 2012. 582136

JAN. 17 HIT AND RUN: A Southwest

Plumbing employee was cited for a hit and run and driving with a suspended license (for unpaid tickets) at 12:30 p.m. in the 4800 block of Forest Avenue S.E. Two witnesses observed a Southwest Plumbing truck back out of a driveway into the road. One of the witnesses, who was outside at the time, heard a crash and “ripping sound,” according to the police report. The two occupants of the plumbing truck got out and looked at the bumper of a vehicle parked on the street, as if they had hit the vehicle. The vehicle was dented and marked with the transfer of white paint. The plumbers drove away from the scene. When they were contacted by police, they denied hitting the vehicle.

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MALICIOUS MISCHIEF: Someone painted graffiti on the side of the Key Bank Building in the 2700 block of 77th Avenue S.E. over the weekend of Jan. 21-22. BIKE THEFT: Two Navigator bicycles were stolen from the Shorewood Apartments storage area on Dec. 26, 2011, in the 9000 block of East Shorewood Drive. The theft was reported at 10:21 a.m. ITEMS RECOVERED: An anonymous citizen found a bag of items in some bushes near the French-American School in the 4800 block of 90th Avenue S.E. The bag contained four tool/pocket knives, a Garmin GPS unit, camera, flashlight, two sets of headphones, Xbox hard drive and business card holder. Some similar items were stolen in recent car prowl incidents over the past month. HONEST CITIZEN: A Mercer Island woman, 31, found a wallet on the street while walking her dog in the 8500 block of S.E. 61st Street at 3:15 p.m. A credit card and two documents were inside the wallet, which belonged to a

MERCER ISLAND REPORTER | www.mi-reporter.com 17-year-old Renton male. The MIPD put the wallet and its contents into safekeeping.

JAN. 25 MALICIOUS MISCHIEF: A man dis-

covered graffiti on the walls of the Mercer Island Thrift Store in the 7700 block of S.E. 34th Street. The graffiti was painted sometime overnight. FIREWORKS: Islander Middle School employees found a Roman candle/aerial display firework at 10:56 a.m. in a parking lot next to the play field in the 7200 block of 84th Avenue S.E. The item was taken to the MIPD to be destroyed. MALICIOUS MISCHIEF: Police responded to a 73-year-old Mercer Island woman’s report of graffiti at 4:45 p.m. in the 7600 block of S.E. 29th Street. The graffiti had been sprayed on an apartment building wall and fence sometime overnight. There is no suspect information. CPS CALLED: A Snohomish man, 36, reported that his young son, who said he was hit in

the head with a shoe, had a long bruise on his forehead. The boy’s brother was also hit, in the evening. The suspect is a 40-year-old Mercer Island man dating the boys’ mother. CPS was informed.

JAN. 27 TRESPASS: A 59-year-old man

violated the Mercer Island Community and Event Center’s code of conduct at 11:09 a.m. and will not be allowed to return to the premises for one year. He left the community center without incident after signing a trespass authorization form. CAR PROWL: Someone broke the driver’s window of a Ford Escape between 3 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. in the North Luther Burbank Park lot in the 2000 block of 84th Avenue S.E. The victim’s wallet, which contained money, was stolen. It had been hidden under the front driver’s seat. ARREST: Police booked a 22-year-old Mercer Island man into the Issaquah Jail

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Wilfred George Bassett

Lewis Frederick Leber

Wilfred George Bassett died peacefully at home surrounded by family on January 19, 2012, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 70 years old. The son of Vera Agnes Scheffel and Wilfred George “Bill” Bassett, George was born on January 13, 1942 and raised in Jackson, Michigan. George was a graduate of Jackson High School (1960), the University of Michigan (1966) and University of Michigan Law School (1969). George and his wife, Edwina Jean Woszczak were married in 1966 and moved to Washington state in 1969. George was a 42 year member of the WA State Bar Association. He authored and was editor-in-chief for the Washington Civil Trial and Evidence Manual, From Voir Dire to Verdict, first published in 1978. He was a founding member of the Bassett & Morrison law firm, and a shareholder this past 20 years at Graham & Dunn PC, Seattle. A long time resident of Mercer Island, a member of Mercer Island Presbyterian Church for the last 35 years, and a resident of Issaquah for the past seven years, George will be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father & grandfather, as well as a friend and mentor to many in the communities in which he worked and lived. George is survived by his wife, Edwina Bassett of Issaquah WA, his children Emily J. Snyder (Eric),Vanessa J. Bassett, John E. Bassett (Brandy) of Sammamish WA, and four grandchildren, Melia, Jayna, Olivia Snyder, and Georgia Bassett. Additionally he is survived by his brother, Leland K. Bassett (Tina) of Detroit, MI. A memorial service celebrating George’s life will be held at 1pm on February 18, 2012 at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. A reception hosted by his law firm, Graham & Dunn PC, 2801 Alaska Way, Suite 300, Seattle, will be held at 3pm following the church service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances to the David Pettigrew Memorial Foundation online at http://www.pettigrewfoundation.com/donate or the Vera Bassett Nursing Scholarship Fund thru the Jackson Community College foundation at 517.787.0244 or email foundation@jccmi.edu For more information, or to sign the online guestbook, please contact Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home at (425) 392-6444 or www.flintofts.com. 579116

Dad was born in Seattle to Ralph and Mary in 1928, and had two older brothers, Ted and Bruce. He graduated from Roosevelt High school in 1946 and Reed College in 1950, where he met his wife of 60 years, Mary Jean Piper. He spent two years in the Korean War as a staff Sergeant for the Chemical Corps and afterward returned to help his father run the family business, Leber Ink Company. He loved the Ink business and became life-long friends with many of his co-workers and business associates. He and Mom built a house on the north end of Mercer Island in 1955, where he lived for the rest of his life. In the early 1960’s he and nine other wine enthusiasts founded Associated Vintners (now Columbia Winery), in order to make the first premium wines made from grapes grown in Washington State. Dad traveled the world for both business and pleasure and through his generosity made sure that his children and grandchildren were exposed to the history and culture he loved. After selling the family business in 1985, Dad and Mom bought an RV and traveled to almost every state in the Union. Every spring they drove south to California, Arizona and Utah to stay in touch with close friends and family. An avid reader, Dad enjoyed learning about a wide variety of subjects, but especially the stock market, the economy, history, and as many friends know, politics and foreign policy. He was a skillful investor. Later in life he became a talented cook, an avid pie maker, and always enjoyed experimenting with new recipes and passing on his culinary knowledge to his children and grandchildren. Dad was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and an honest, good and caring person. His greatest pleasure came from spending time with family, good friends and his cat Kia. He is survived by his wife, Mary, his brother, Ted, his daughter, Janet, his three sons, Fritz,Todd and Matt and his grandchildren, Rob, Katie, Kim, David Lewis and Blake. All who knew Dad will greatly miss his charm, feisty wit, and good conversation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lew’s name to the charitable organization of your choice. 580782


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Island Park Elementary auction Remembering Rev. Jack Olive to pay for school para-pros By Molly Fort

Special to the Reporter

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First-grade students Julia Fort, Kristoffer Holton and Alex Weil show off their Seattle-themed umbrellas with pictures drawn by each student in their class. Orders will be taken to help raise money for Island Park’s Hand-in-Hand program. them to nonprofit organizations. Often, kids ask to keep the pillows for themselves, which opens the opportunity for us to teach them about the necessity to give to those in need.� Due to the lack of funds in the school budget to support the Hand-in-Hand program, the Island Park PTA and parents are responsible each year for raising 100 percent of the cost. Dr. Nancy Loorem, principal, appreciates the amount of effort it takes. “Every year the PTA and parent volunteers dedicate a huge amount of time and energy to support this program. We all know how vital these paraprofessionals are to the success of our students. I don’t know what we would do without the help that these teaching assistants provide,� Loorem said. Through community building events such as Bingo Night, a Sock-Hop and the Hand-in-Hand auction, as well as support from local businesses that donate a percentage of their sales throughout the year, Island Park has been able to keep the program going despite the recent economic downturn. Donations for the auction have been collected from local businesses, parents, friends and teachers of the Island Park community, and students in each classroom collaborate to create a piece of art.

“I’m always amazed at pieces that the classes submit each year,� said Loorem. Artist and Mercer Island resident Jim Olson, who volunteered this year to help create a piece for Mrs. Lewis’ second-grade class, was inspired by the students’ creativity. “One should never lose sight of the sense of wonder children experience in simple things,� Olson said. “This gift of youth, if maintained, will benefit us all as we age. In Mrs. Lewis’ class that day, I came away renewed.� Tickets to attend the auction at the Washington State Convention Center Skybridge to support Island Park’s Hand-in-Hand program are available to the public.

Learn more To learn more about the event, or to purchase tickets, visit the Island Park PTA website at www.islandparkpta.org/ handinhand.

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DUI: Police arrested a 75-year-old Bellevue man at 6:05 p.m. via traffic stop in the 2700 block of 80th Avenue S.E. He was released to his sober wife after being processed at the MIPD. Mercer Island Towing impounded his vehicle. DRINKING PARTY: Police found full beer cans, a bottle of Malibu rum, cash and a beer bong between 10:15 p.m. and 10:50 p.m. in the 9200 block of S.E. 36th Place while checking the area for a possible teen drinking party. The items had been aban-

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after 7 p.m. on an outstanding $1,000 warrant for driving with a suspended license. DRUGS: A fire department aid unit revived a 22-year-old Mercer Island man at 8:45 p.m. at a residence on 76th Avenue S.E. after he overdosed on heroin. The man was arrested and taken to a hospital. Police recovered some heroin in a spoon that the suspect admittedly used.

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Rev. Jack Olive was the pastor at Mercer Island United Methodist Church for 13 years. He died in January. several United Methodist churches in Western Washington. Memorial gifts are suggested to the Rev. Jack and Dr. Glynn Olive Scholarship for Interfaith Dialogue at Seattle University.

BURGLARY: A 38-year-old

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For the past several years, the Island Park Elementary School PTA has hosted various fundraising events in an effort to support their Handin-Hand program, which provides six teachers’ assistant positions. This year they will be hosting their 11th annual Hand-in-Hand auction on March 10 in hopes of raising $200,000 to retain the program for the 2012-2013 school year. Although the planning committee expects a strong attendance this year, “We are in need of additional sponsors to support the event,� said Erin McLaughlin, auction chair. “Sponsors starting at the $250 level are given many opportunities to advertise their business at the auction in front of 300 guests, in addition to other members of the Island Park community through our website and various school publications. It is a great way to support our students while advertising at the same time.� Patty Lewis, a secondgrade teacher at Island Park, explains what the Hand-inHand program brings to the learning environment. “The program has become a vital part of how we personalize learning for our students. Our instructional assistants assess kids one-on-one in reading and math, then give teachers valuable feedback for what each child’s learning needs are. They also work with small groups to challenge students as well as support struggling students, reducing the class size and allowing classroom teachers to individualize instruction more effectively. Our kids are getting more targeted instruction and individual attention." Some paraprofessionals at Island Park have a background in teaching, while others bring other professional skills such as marketing, architecture and accounting. Beyond giving individual instruction to each student, the Hand-in-Hand paraprofessionals also teach enrichment classes, ensure fair play during recess, and offer “Recess Camp� for those not as comfortable with participating in the traditional playground setting. “At Recess Camp we offer art projects, Lego construction, chess matches and even teach kids to sew,� said Libby Wotipka, third-grade paraprofessional. “In the winter we sew pillows and donate

archaeologists. He had a very close friend who is a Palestinian Christian.� She added that after he would return from Israel at the end of summer, “he would come back just in tears about the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis.� Born on Sept. 7, 1949, in Tacoma, Rev. Olive graduated from Federal Way High School, Pacific Lutheran University and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He had a dual degree in biblical archaeology and theology, served as the assistant dean for Ecumenical Relations at the Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry, and was an adjunct professor of biblical studies and archaeology at Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Puget Sound. Rev. Olive died of diffuse systemic sclerosis. He served as pastor at

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Rev. Jack D. Olive, 62, the pastor of the Mercer Island United Methodist Church for 13 years, died on Jan. 9 at his Seattle home. He served as the pastor of MIUMC from 1989 to 2002. “We just adored him,� said Sue Ogilvie, church member and volunteer. “He was a tremendously beloved pastor.� In addition to being a clergyman, Rev. Olive spent over 30 years as a field archaeologist in Israel, Palestine and the Crimean peninsula. “For 35 years he dug with various groups,� Ogilvie said. “I went to Israel in 2000 on a dig through UPS with him when he was the site manager at Cana, and he was all over the place, digging and supervising. He was an incredible archaeologist, and he had dear friends in Israel who were Israeli


School briefs MIHS band/music room expansion to begin The Mercer Island School District’s Board of Directors approved the low bid from RoosendaalHoncoop Construction of Bellingham to build the addition to the music room at MIHS. Construction is to begin later this year. The project is being paid for from the 2010 capital projects levy at a cost of $2,081,000. RoosendaalHoncoop was chosen out of seven bidding companies.

Students to hear about a good night’s sleep Mercer Island High School students have the opportunity to hear about how important sleep is from someone other than their parents. Dr. Ralph Pascualy, M.D., will speak on Thursday, Feb. 16, during both lunches at Mercer Island High School. Dr. Pascualy was invited to speak by the new Mercer Island High School science club named “PETRI.� Pascualy, a neurologist, established the nation’s first Sleep Disorders Center in Washington in 1984, and is the director of Sleep Medicine Associates. Dr. Pascualy will be giving an

informative and entertaining overview on how sleep impacts the teen brain, backed by the latest science and social research. He will share how sleep impacts health, behavior and grades.

Islander grad races to success Bryant Idzik, a 2008 Mercer Island High School graduate, was selected captain of the renowned Western Washington University Formula SAE Team for the 2011-2012 season. WWU’s Formula SAE Team researches the performance and efficiency of formula-racing vehicles. They are in the midst of designing, fabricating and testing a custom formula racing car from scratch that will ultimately participate in an annual international competition held in Detroit, Michigan, this spring. Bryant is a fourthyear engineering WWU undergraduate who has remained very active in the University’s Vehicle Research Institute. In addition to his duties on the Formula SAE Team, Bryant has previously been involved with WWU’s Baja SAE Off-Road Racing Team and he was a member of Bellevue’s very own Miss Bobby Wolford Hydroplane Racing Team.

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WWU’s 2010 Formula SAE Team placed 11th out of over 140 entrants in competition two years ago. They were the top-rated Formula SAE team in the world comprised solely of undergraduate students. Their 2010 Baja SAE Team placed 12th nationally, among over 85 entrants, and his hydroplane team won its ULHRA class during the 2010 and 2011 Seattle Seafair.

‘Gap year fair’ is Sunday in Seattle Some high school graduates are not sure if they are ready to jump into college. For those considering what is termed a ‘gap year’ before attending college, there is the USA GAP year fair beginning at 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Northwest School at 1415 Summit Avenue in Seattle. The event is for seniors and juniors who aren’t sure they want to attend college right after high school and are looking for time to find out more about themselves and what they wish to do.

Media literacy workshop for teens, parents A “Media Literacy Workshop� set for 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Mercer Island Library is to encourage self-esteem in tweens and teens by deconstructing unrealistic

expectations of them as demonstrated on TV and in magazines. The goal is to help youth think critically about mass media and advertisement and to decipher messages about beauty, gender roles and sexuality. The workshop is geared toward boys and girls ages 10 to 15 and parents. The workshop is presented by Laura Heck, a marriage and family therapist in private practice in the greater Seattle area. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Carrie Bowman at 236-3537.

Bellevue College to offer new bachelor’s degree in health care By Reporter Staff demand for many years Bellevue College is to come. Our efforts are set to offer a new bach- helping residents of our elor’s degree program in state gain access to affordHealthcare Technology able education so they can and Management, fol- get jobs and progress in lowing approval by the their fields, enabling them Washington State Board for to better support themCommunity and Technical selves and their families,� Colleges. said Dr. Kevin McCarthy, This is the third four- dean of Bellevue College’s year degree program to be Health Sciences, Education established at BC that is & Wellness not associatInstitute. ed with other “We did a lot of The prof o u r - y e a r homework to gram comstate colleges. pleted the The first identify a field approval proclasses are that is going to cess on Jan. set to begin 23 when the fall quarter, be in-demand Northwest S e p t e m b e r for many years to Commission 2012. The colon Colleges come.� lege expects a n d to enroll 45 Dr. Kevin McCarthy Universities Bellevue College ( N W C C U ) students in the first year, gave its with annual authorizaenrollments growing to 90 tion. It joins two other students by year four. four-year degrees currently Graduates of the pro- offered at BC: a Bachelor gram can expect to find of Applied Arts in Interior positions in anything from Design, and a Bachelor large hospitals to small phy- of Applied Science in sicians’ offices, developing Radiation and Imaging and managing systems to Sciences. record the vast amounts of Community colleges like electronic health informa- BC have typically offered tion. only two-year degrees and College officials say certificates. However, a there has been large job study by the state’s Higher growth related to the Education Coordinating ongoing computerization Board in 2008 concluded of medical records, with that existing universities the American Medical could not provide enough Informatics Association graduates with bacheestimating it will take as lor’s degrees to meet the many as 200,000 workers employment needs of comto satisfy the projected job panies and organizations market demand. here in Washington. “We did a lot of homeFor more, go to bellework to identify a field vuecollege.edu/programs/ that is going to be in- degrees/bachelor.

Lybeck graduates from Western Islander Stephen Lybeck is a fall 2011 graduate of Western Washington University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in business administration with a concentration in international business.

MISD snow make-up days Due to the snow and school closures in January, the Mercer Island School District has announced the missed days that students will make up. Students will go to school on Monday, March 12, previously a non-school day, as well as Friday, May 25, the day before Memorial Day weekend. The third day will be made up on June 15, extending the school year by one day.

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Waterfront Season is Approaching

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9022 North Mercer Way. Gorgeous 100+ feet of waterfront, panoramic views, northend location and a studs out remodel in 2004. Award winning design, interiors and landscape. Court ordered bankruptcy sale. The timing is right for an amazing value in this property. Call for an appointment to see today! Lou or Lori 206-949-5674

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Waterfront Farm House $3,285,000 Waterfront property w/67’ of level low bank footage located in the much sought after E. Seattle 60 Ave. neighborhood. Remodeled 1939 farmhouse 6BD/4.5BA. Shy 1/2 Acre w/ possible subdivide. Lou Glatz 206-948-2591 Lori Holden 206-949-5674 www.johnlscott.com/32662

Martha’s Vineyard on Mercer Island!

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8570 SE 80th Ave. First time open today from 11-2, all are welcome! Come see this CHARMING home tucked away in the lovely “ride your bike” neighborhood of Island Point. The amazing combination of old world craftsmanship and modern floorplan is a very rare home on the island, indeed. Great room and open kit. Slab, stainless, wide planked floors and paned windows. Heated covered back patio, family bedrooms up, main floor guest suite, bonus. This home give Restoration Hardware inspiration. Lou or Lori 206-949-5674

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WESTSIDE $2,490,000 WATERFRONT OPEN WED 11-1 100ft WFT LOT 22,010 sqft Fabulous Views – A Real Entertaining Home & Property – 3+BD Lower Level Bonus Rm Kitchenette & Dance Fl. Betty DeLaurenti 206-232-8600 www.johnlscott.com/49048

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New Price for Shared $1,150,000 Waterfront & Moorage OPEN SUN 1-4 NW Contemporary w/lake and Mt views/Plus shared waterfront w/moorage next to property. Lot of parking too. Cindy Verschueren 206-909-4523 www.johnlscott/31199

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4602 E Mercer Way- Extra-lg dock, multiple option to moor 40+ft boat, jet-ski lift & covered boat lift. 4BD/4BA 3,762 sq ft home w/air conditioning. 34,041 sq ft lot. Separate guest quarters w/private entry, full bath with its own deck. New Hardwood floors on main floor. Stunning view of Mt. Rainier. Debbie Constantine 206-853-5262 www.johnlscott.com/dconstantine/97614

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36th floor unit in One Lincoln Center. Top quality finishes in this 2 BR 2 bath condo with small den. Expansive views from Seattle to Mt. Rainier! Covered access to Bell Square, Lincoln Plaza and Bellevue Plaza. Spa, pool and exercise room. Tim Conway 206-954-2437 www.johnlscott.com/68878

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10th consecutive KingCo title for Mercer Island boys swimming By Megan Managan

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Trevor Gullstad, with a taped nose after it began bleeding, wrestles teammate Scotty Lee during the KingCo tournament on Saturday, Feb. 4. Gullstad beat Lee by a 9-3 decision to take third, while Lee earned fourth place.

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Since the season began, the Mercer Island wrestling team has had its sights set on winning a third straight KingCo tournament title. Despite a strong showing at Liberty High School on Saturday, it wasn’t enough to outdo Mount Si, which won the team title. The Wildcats had 214.5 points as a team to win, while Mercer Island had 209. Bellevue finished in

third with 203.5 points. The Islanders won the regular season title with a 7-0 record, while head coach Creighton Laughary was named the head coach of the year. Individually, in the 106 weight class, Luke Wilson won the event, beating Mount Si’s Eli Clure with a 16-9 decision. Jake Pruchno took second in the 113 weight class, after losing by technical fall to Bellevue’s Christian Villani, 15-0.

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In the 120 weight class, Trevor Gullstad took third, beating teammate Scotty Lee by decision 9-3. Kenji Walker took second in the 126 class, losing to Andy Ewing of Bellevue, by 15-1. Luca Caruccio beat Justin Edens of Mount Si 10-3 in the 132 class. Connor Gullstad lost to Bruce Stuart of Mount Si in the 138 class, going down 4-0, while Dylan Sullivan beat Mason Gray from Lake Washington by fall, 2:34. In the 145 class, Jack Vassau beat Sammamish’s Kyle Kasner by fall 2:48. Blake Johnson was second in the 160 class, losing to Liberty’s Hamilton Noel by fall in 0:47. Islanders Chris Richards finished sixth in the 160 group, losing by fall in 3:05 to Sammamish’s Junior Bentiez.

Despite the fact that this year the KingCo finals and prelims were held at UW’s swimming pool, rather than Mercer Island’s home pool, the Islanders ran away with their 10th consecutive KingCo title on Saturday night. The Islanders won the 4A/3A/2A combined meet with 747 points, while Newport took second with 422 points. Individually, Marco Signorelli was second in the 50 freestyle sprint with a 22.24 time, while Duncan Koontz was second in the 100 butterfly race in 55.73. Singorelli earned an individual title during the 100 freestyle event, with a time of 48.50, to beat teammate Andrew Weiss, who finished second in 48.93. The Islanders team of Kenny Trowbridge, Noah Deiparine, Signorelli and

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medley race, with Andrew Fukuda finishing 14th overall. Weiss took fourth in the 50 freestyle with a 22.60 time, while Brandt Waesche was fifth and Fukuda was ninth. Waesche was fourth overall in the 100 freestyle with a 49.70 time, with Caldwell right behind him in fifth place. Mercer Island’s Tanner Martinez took sixth in the 500 freestyle marathon, finishing with a 5:08.99 time. Teammate Simons was eighth overall, while Nick Swaya took ninth. Simons was fourth in the breaststroke race with a 1:02.89 time, followed by Fukuda in 11th place. This upcoming weekend the Islanders will take part in the SeaKing district tournament, before preparing for the 3A state meet the following weekend, Feb. 17-18, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Mercer Island’s Harrison Leeds swims the 100 butterfly race during the KingCo championships at UW on Saturday, Feb. 4. Below, Quinn Markwith swims the 200 individual medley during the KingCo championships on Saturday, Feb. 4, at UW. He finished second in the event.

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Weiss took the 200 freestyle relay title in 1:29.90. In the 100 backstroke race, Ian Piper finished third for the Islanders in 56.94. Quinn Markwith finished in eighth place for the team in the backstroke race. The combination of Deiparine, Dan Simons, Signorelli and Weiss earned the Islanders the top spot in the 400 freestyle relay, to finish the meet with a win. In the diving competition, held at Juanita Pool earlier on Saturday, Cody Hall finished fourth with 234.85 points, while Connor Nielson was ninth. In the 200 medley relay race, Mercer Island finished fourth overall with a 1:42.65 time, while Issaquah finished first in 1:40.99. Ian Caldwell finished sixth overall in the 200 freestyle race with a 1:53.33 time, while Koontz was seventh overall. Markwith finished eighth in the 200 individual

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Island gymnastics finish second at KingCo meet

WRESTLING | FROM 16 Nick Chandler, competing in the 170 group, lost to Lake Washington’s Yarozlav Petrechko by fall, 0:45. Teammate Danny Stanke was fifth in the 170 class, after beating Jake Tierney from Liberty, 12-3. Phil Fraizer earned the KingCo title in the 182 weight class, winning by forfeit, while Brian Rauzi took second for the Islanders. Andy Picton was third in the 195 class, beating teammate Mikalai Hubarevich by fall in 0:56. Connor Livingston was sixth overall in the 220 weight class, losing by forfeit to Chris

Schilicting of Mount Si. In the 285 weight class, Ben O’Connell was sixth after forfeiting to Bellevue’s Forrest Beal. The top three in each weight class move forward to the Regional meet next weekend. Qualifiers move into the 3A Region I tournament, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Skyline High School. The first round begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with the championships being held at 3:30 p.m. The top four will make the state meet, held Feb. 17-18 at the Tacoma Dome.

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Mercer Island sophomore Emily Lightfoot leaps off the beam during the 3A KingCo gymnastics meet at Roosevelt High School on Saturday, Feb. 4.

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Connor Gullstad lost to Bruce Stuart of Mount Si in the 138 class at the KingCo tournament. Below, Mercer Island’s Taylan Yuasa picks up his Mount Si opponent during his match at the KingCo tournament on Saturday, Feb. 4.

The Mercer Island girls gymnastics team finished second in the KingCo meet on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Roosevelt High School. The Islanders had 150.525, while Mount Si, the team which beat the Islanders for the title last year, won with a score of 155.8. Individually, Kristen Trumble won the all-around event with a 32.9 score.

Teammate Kari Johnson was fifth with a 31.55 score and Emily Lightfoot was seventh at 30.925. On the bars competition, Trumble also earned a first place with a 7.8, while she picked up another win in the beam competition with an 8.25 score. The SeaKing district meet will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Sammamish High School. The meet begins with the individual competition at 3:55 p.m. and the team competition at 6:25 p.m. The top three teams, four best in all-around and 12 individuals will make the state meet, which will be held Feb. 17-18 at the Tacoma Dome.

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If you give a mouse a cookie... If you give a mouse a table of businessmen said cookie, do you also want “no” to the offering of this to have that glass of milk? wonderful delight. I could If you give your special not get this man to my someone a dozen roses table of girlfriends fast on Valentine’s, is that just enough. I stated I will take the beginning to the end? home any chocolate chip Love is never having to cookie that my girlfriends say “I’m sorry” over and do not want. I fell in love over again. Love is a word with this random act of that means nothing in the kindness, pro marketing world of tennis. and personal touch. In a Is Valentine’s society that Day just a big is so trained retail enter- On Food when the prise for the economy is mass retailers down to save and advertisevery penny ers? Love should and g-d forbe expressed bid we go year-round in out to lunch, the simplest of it can leave forms. Recently, Lisa Katsman us feeling while celebratempty. We ing a birthday say no to the lunch, the most wonder- bread on the table, eat our ful thing happened. It healthy salads with little spoke my love language. to no dressing, but say The head chef, Jonathan “yes” to the cookie. Carb Fraser, from Earls Kitchen free and sugar free out the and Bar, came around to door, hello cookie. I could every table and passed out not have been happier. the most wonderful, fra- This chef sat and took the grant, gorgeous looking, time out of his day to give delectable freshly baked- a personal touch to make from-scratch chocolate his guests feel welcome chip cookies. Table after and appreciated. In a soci-

ety that is over-scheduled, over-booked and short on personal touch, I felt a feeling full of joy, happiness and friendship. Of course, our children love Valentine’s Day; it is a time for classroom parties and a shoebox filled with valentine’s cards. Our teenagers feel the pressure to find a special someone, or do they have the fear of being left out on Valentine’s Day? Valentine’s Day is right before the MIHS tolo dance (girl asks boy). I am sure that many girls are thinking of very clever ways to ask their special someone to this dance. Maybe they should ask with a cookie. But do not forget the glass of milk. This month’s recipe is a Famous Retailer Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. A woman asked the chef for the recipe over 20 years ago and found a $250 charge on her credit card bill for this recipe. So she decided to share her love for this cookie and spread it to the world.

Famous Retailer Chocolate Cookie recipe 2 cups softened butter 2 cups sugar 2 cups brown sugar 4 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla 2 tsp. baking soda 4 cups flour 5 cups blended oatmeal* 1 tsp. salt 2 tsp. baking powder 1 Hershey 8-ounce milk chocolate bar (grated) 24 ounces chocolate chips 3 cups chopped nuts (optional) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare greased or sprayed baking sheets. Cream butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla: mix together with four, oatmeal, salt, baking powder and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey bar and nuts. Roll into balls and place 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies. (*Measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine powder.)

Three Island residents chaired the Jewish Federation Women’s Philanthropy event, “Connections 2012: The Power of Passion,” on Jan. 29 in Bellevue. From left, Andrea Lott, Michelle Shriki, Iris Krasnow, Kim Fisher and Naomi Newman are pictured at the event. Lott and Fisher served as co-chairs of the event, and Newman as the Women’s Philanthropy chair. Approximately $110,000 was raised for the Jewish Federation’s Community Campaign to support Jewish organizations locally, in Israel, and across the globe. Contributed Photo

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Jamie Peha since I’ve known her. She was one of the movers and shakers who nurtured the growth of the Washington State Wine Commission. A long time ago, wineries in Washington state had been accessed per gallon to fund the WWC. But for a long time, all that happened was a different T-shirt and sweatshirt offering. When an active board was hired, actual promotion of Washington wines began. Peha was on the ground floor. During her 10 years with the Washington Wine Commission, she opened more than a dozen national markets for the Washington wine industry through such events as Taste Washington, Washington Wine Month and the Washington Wine Restaurant Awards. Meanwhile, the Washington wine industry was doing its

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Matt Phillips and his father, Dan, have opened their fifth Batteries Plus location in Bellevue at 148th Avenue S.E. and S.E. 20th Street.

The store carries more than 30,000 types of batteries, 10,000 light bulbs By Nat Levy

nlevy@bellevuereporter.com

A down economy is supposed to lead to contraction, but don’t tell that to Matt and Dan Phillips. The father and son duo recently opened their fifth Batteries Plus fran-

chise in the state less than three months ago at 148th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 20th Street in Bellevue. It took hours of extra work, and some savvy changes, but the family team has built a stable nest egg of franchises, many of which were born out of the terrible economy. “During the recession period a lot of people are fixing and prolonging the life of their devices by replacing batteries rather

than buying new ones,� said Matt Phillips, now the general manager of the five franchises. Matt’s father, Dan, owns five of the 13 locations in the state. Matt Phillips joined the business in 2004, after several years in the real estate industry. Tired of being stuck in a cubicle, Phillips began working in his father’s Olympia store before climbing the ladder. He helped push a renewed commitment to a breadth

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Jamie Peha. part by growing from 80 to the over 700 wineries today! Before the Washington Wine Commission, Peha worked for many restaurants from the Pacific Northwest to Los Angeles, honing her hospitality and managing skills and perfecting her wine knowledge. After the Washington Wine Commission, she joined Tiger Oak Publications, which encompasses Seattle Magazine, Seattle Business, Seattle Bride, Northwest Home and Northwest Meetings and Events. With

of product in the stores and quick turnaround on orders that helped launch the family to success. The stores carry more than 30,000 types of batteries, and 10,000 kinds of light bulbs. Anyone can buy a battery online, Matt Phillips said, but customers count on the expertise to make sure it is the right one. The stores offer testing of the batteries before sale as well because, Phillips said, batteries are like fruit — they are perishable. With a background and connections in real estate, the Phillipses were able to take advantage of the poor market to acquire inexpensive rent for the newest store. Among the five stores, the Phillipses have been able to employ 25 people. Stores range from as high as five employees, all of whom are full time. “We want to make sure that because we expect our staff to be trained and knowledgeable, and that takes time, they are making a living wage and (being) taken care of,� Matt Phillips said. The most successful store in the Phillips’ chain remains the original space in Olympia. This store has been a fixture since 1999, while new stores in Tacoma, Tukwila and Puyallup have helped grow the family brand. Phillips

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 | Page 19 all this experience under her belt, she started Peha Productions which is her own marketing, public relations and events company. Her newest venture is the all-new Seattle Wine and Food Experience in the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall on Sunday, Feb. 26, from noon to 5 p.m. Not only are Washington wines featured, but wines from Oregon, Idaho and California and around the world are available for tasting. Craft distilleries, breweries and cider companies are paired with 22 regional chefs. Taylor Shellfish’s oyster bar is matched with sparkling wines. “What I love is the creative process of pulling together all the pieces to create an ‘experience,’� said Peha. “A show like this is a production, much like theatre in a way.� Peha Productions will produce or consult on many more events this year: BLEND Seattle, Wine Rocks Seattle, Unwine’d, Celebrate Oregon Wines, Merlot Gone Mad, Walla Walla Wine Tour Events,

Lamb Jam Pro-Am Seattle, Lamb Jam Portland and Kitsap Wine Festival. Peha also writes a monthly column for Spotlight Seattle called Reservations and Food Fixations: www.spotlightseattle.com. Besides all this, Peha cohosts a radio show with Theirry Rautureau from Rovers Restaurant twice a month on KKNW 1150 AM. “The show is called ‘Table Talk Radio That Tastes Good,’� said Peha. Her show can be listened to at any time at tabletalkradio.net.

said they had been looking to get into the Seattle area for some time. As the economy crashed and rents dropped, the family saw its window and hasn’t looked back. This level of success took full commitment to the business, Phillips said. He said the corporate structure of Batteries Plus gives the franchise owners

everything they need to succeed, but that doesn’t make it easy. “If you’re not cultivating an atmosphere of customer service and sales, and you can’t spend time to stock and maintain proper inventory, you can fail in this business.�

Dee Hitch can be reached at rockypointlane@aol.com.

Learn more Check out the Seattle Wine and Food Experience in the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall on Sunday, Feb. 26, from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are available at seattlewineandfoodexperience.com, and Dee says they are a bargain at $49.

For more, go to www. batteriesplus.com.

The Congregational Church on Mercer Island, United Church of Christ On 29 January 2012 voted to become OPEN AND AFFIRMING making it a spiritual home for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered community, their family, and all who wish to be part of an inclusive faith community. A RAINBOW CHURCH IN A GRAY WORLD For Details t7JTJUPVSXFCTJUFXXXVDDDDNJPSH Or better yet t7JTJUVTBU*TMBOE$SFTU8BZ We support all God’s children. No matter where you are in life’s journey, you are welcome here.


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WEDNESDAY | 8 INFANT/CHILD AND ADULT CPR WITH AED CLASS: 7-9 p.m., Feb.

8, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Cost: $20 (check or cash at event). To reserve a space, call (206) 275-7607. This is not a health care provider class.

THURSDAY | 9 KIWANIS CLUB OF MERCER ISLAND MEETING: 12 p.m.,

Feb. 9, Aljoya, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Meetings are held on Thursdays. Prospective members and guests are welcome. Notification of guest attendance by noon on Wednesdays is appreciated. (206) 230-0150.

SUNDAY | 12 “THE WORLD’S OLDEST KNOWN LENSES�: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.,

Feb. 12, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Guest

speaker: Dr. Jay Enoch. Learn about lenses found in Egypt, and other research in optical and vision science from Dr. Jay Enoch, dean emeritus of the School of Optometry at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Enoch has received numerous honors for his accomplishments and contributions to optical and vision science. Members: $1. Nonmembers: $2.

WEDNESDAY | 15 SNOQUALMIE CASINO: 9:30

a.m.-3:15 p.m., Feb. 15. Bus picks up at Factoria Mall. Bus departs at 9:30; meet at 12727 S.E. 38th Street in Bank of America parking lot, just east of Safeway. Cost for transportation is $10 cash, payable on day of trip. Includes free buffet. To reserve your spot: contact the Reservation Call Center directly at (800) 254-3423 or book online at info@snocasinoexpress.com.

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UPCOMING MERCER ISLAND RADIO OPERATORS MEETING: 7 p.m.,

Feb. 16, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Learn about amateur radio communications and emergency preparedness. www. mirohams.org. FRENCH FILM NIGHT: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mystery of Picasso,â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m., Feb. 17, Aljoya, 2430 76th Ave. S.E. Wine & Cheese: 6:30 p.m. Film: 7:30 p.m. The Mercer Island Sister City Association and the Mercer Island Arts Council will co-host this French film night with Lance Rhoades, an instructor of cinema studies at the University of Washington, providing introduction and post-commentary. Film has English subtitles. Free. SUPER SAFE SITTERS: 9 a.m.2 p.m., Feb. 18, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, Clarke Room, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. Basic babysitting skills and safety. Course includes: basic infant care, how to choose ageappropriate toys and activities for children, first aid guidelines and more. Bring a lunch to class. For ages 11-15. Instructor: Dianne Luecken. Resident/nonresident fee: $40/$47. Register: (206) 275-7609 ext. 1, www. myparksandrecreation.com. â&#x20AC;&#x153;COMBATING THE FINANCIAL ABUSE OF SENIORSâ&#x20AC;? LECTURE:

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Feb. 22, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way. Guest speaker: Karen

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hairspray: A Musicalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; closes this weekend at Youth Theatre Northwest. Jessica Congdon, left, plays Tracy Turnblad, and Katie Becker is Edna Turnblad in the performance. Treiger, J.D., an associate with Thompson and Howle. When are seniors vulnerable and why? What are the warning signs of impairment, and how can you protect yourself from financial exploitation and abuse? Learn legal planning tools and remedies. Refreshments served. Members: $1. Nonmembers: $2. FIRST AID AND ADULT CPR WITH AED CLASS: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.,

Feb. 25, Mercer Island Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Cost: $35 (check or cash at event). To reserve a space, call (206) 275-7607. This is not a health care provider class. FRENCH CONVERSATION EVENING: 7-9 p.m., Feb. 28.

LIBRARY ADULTS SATURDAY MATINEE FILM SERIES: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Network,â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m., Feb. 11. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Absence of Malice,â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m., Feb. 18. LETâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TALK ABOUT IT: Making Sense of the American Civil War: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Part Two, Choosing Sides,â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m., Feb. 12. The fivepart reading and discussion series in commemoration of the Civil War continues. Each discussion is led by project scholar, Dr. Lorraine McConaghy, Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) public historian. (206) 236-3537. OPERA PREVIEW LECTURE: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Orpheus and Eurydice,â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m., Feb. 22. Presented by Norm Hollingshead, who supplements his commentary with recorded musical excerpts. EREADER AND DIGITAL DOWNLOADS DEMONSTRATION: 10 a.m., Feb. 25. Learn how to download KCLS eBooks to your eReader or computer. CHILDREN & FAMILIES

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BABY AND ME STORY TIMES: 10 a.m., Tuesdays, through Feb. 21. Ages 3 to 12 months with adult. PRESCHOOL STORY TIMES: 11 a.m., Tuesdays, through Feb. 21. Ages 3 to 5 with adult. WONDERFUL ONES STORY TIMES: 10 a.m., Wednesdays, through Feb. 22. Ages 12 to 24 months with adult. TERRIFIC TWOS AND THREES STORY TIMES: 11 a.m., Wednesdays, through Feb. 22. Ages 2 to 3 with adult.

All levels of French are welcome. Contact Beth at 2327650 or Monica at 232-2983 to learn location and host details.

EVENTS | ONGOING â&#x20AC;&#x153;HAIRSPRAY: A MUSICALâ&#x20AC;?:

ongoing through Feb. 12, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th Street. Performances: Fridays through Sundays, through Feb. 12. Directed by Seattle artist Isiah Anderson, Jr. Tickets: $13-$15. www. youththeatre.org. PERFORMING ARTS WEEKEND WORKSHOPS FOR TEENS: 3-5

p.m., Sundays, ongoing through March 18, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way.

For grades 7-12. Register for one or more. Intensive workshop series for gaining a wide scope of performing arts skills. Workshops include Hip Hop, Sketch Comedy, Acting for the Camera, Stage Makeup, and more. Contact: SJCC Performing Arts Coordinator Natasha Ransom, (206) 2327115, ext. 247, NatashaR@ sjcc.org. MIVAL GALLERY: Artwork is refreshed with new, evolving, thought-provoking artwork each month. MIVAL Gallery supports more than 24 emerging and wellestablished Northwest local artists. Hours: 12-6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. 12-4 p.m., Sunday. www. MIVAL.org.

DR. SEUSS ON THE LOOSE: 7 p.m., Feb. 27. Ages 4 to 8 with

caregiver. Join award-winning singer/songwriter Eric Ode for music, rhymes, stories, puppets and fun, celebrating the magic of Dr. Seuss. TEENS TEEN ZONE: 1:45 p.m., Mondays, Feb. 13, 27. Hang out, do

homework, play board games or just chat. THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY ANIME ADVENTURE: 7 p.m., Feb. 17. Teens only. Meet up with fellow teen anime fans for the U.S. movie premiere of writer Hayao Miyazakiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Secret World of Arietty,â&#x20AC;? based on the novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Borrowers by Mary Norton.â&#x20AC;? Signed permission form and registration required (available beginning Feb. 1). TEEN ADVISORY BOARD: 7 p.m., Feb. 21. Voice your opinions on the books, magazines, programs and services that the library offers teens, while earning one volunteer credit hour. Light refreshments served. MEDIA LITERACY WORKSHOP FOR TWEENS, TEENS AND PARENTS: 2 p.m., Feb. 25. For boys and girls ages 10 to 15 and parents. Goal: build self-esteem in teens by deconstructing unrealistic expectations of teenagers as demonstrated on television and in magazines. Presenter: Laura Heck, marriage and family therapist in private practice. ONLINE TEEN READERS: Wonder what other teens in the area are reading? Online Teen Readers are teens reading and talking about books on their own schedule online. Facebook: KCLS Online Teen Readers; blogs.kcls.org/ onlineteenreaders.


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The right time to start a studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s college search When is the right time to initially start looking at colleges?

ety junior students face when they visit colleges, envisioning that they might not be competitive Answer: I used to think enough to be accepted. that families should wait A younger student still until winter or spring believes that they have break of junior year, once innumerable options they have a better idea ahead and approaches of their studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grade college visits with the point average, scores same open-mindedness and accomplishments. as a kid in a candy store. My opinion, however, Our time together changed drawill always matically after I be rememreturned from a On College bered as college tour with a coveted my own daughopportunity ter, a freshto spend man in high more hours school, who than we begrudgingly usually had accompanied in our busy me to visit East schedules. Coast schools Joan Franklin I spent my in Boston and evenings New York as listening part of my consulting to her begin to wrestle practice. with what she values and While college looms where she sees herself large for all our stu- five years from now. The dents, it is still somewhat advice she heard from of an amorphous entity numerous admission when you are 15. While officers allowed someone we as parents remind else besides her parent our teens of the impor- to reiterate how competitance of obtaining good tive college admissions grades and participating has become and the need in strong extracurricu- to take many challenglar activities, it takes on ing courses throughout new meaning when those high school. Probably same messages are made the one immeasurable by an admission officer. benefit, which ultimately Not only was she learn- proved to be most valuing about the admitted able, was that renewed student body in terms of fire in her belly that all their academic accom- my nagging could not plishments, but she was incite. While I would not consistently encouraged recommend that families to develop or follow her specifically plan a college passion and figure out tour before junior year, what made her unique my own experience does and valuable to the stu- make me appreciate how dent body. beneficial it might be to Although she was visit colleges, if you just accompanying me as a happen to be in the area matter of convenience, anyway. visiting colleges early on in her high school career Joan Franklin is the became a great opportu- owner of MI College nity for her to begin to Support, an independent consider what attributes college counseling pracmight be important when tice. She can be reached at she was ready to narrow (206) 232-5626 or joanher college choices. There franklin@micollegesupwas none of the anxi- port.org.

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s landslide season on Mercer Island How to be prepared and what to do if it happens to you By Reporter Staff

Landslides are a risk to be taken seriously on Mercer Island, where many homes are built on or near slopes. In a typical year, Mercer Island will see between six and 15 landslides with resulting damage estimated to cost from a few thousand dollars for smaller slides to upwards of several hundred thousand dollars for those that are larger. The city cautions Islanders to be aware of landslide risks and take preventative measures. The landslide â&#x20AC;&#x153;seasonâ&#x20AC;? is from late winter to early spring, with January being the peak month for landslide activity. They are typically triggered by excess water and most include a contributing human fac-

Free tax preparation help available through AARP By Reporter Staff

Free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low and middle income, with special attention to those age 60 and older, is available from AARP Tax-Aide through April 17. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. Tax law can often be confusing. AARP Tax-

tor such as roof drains discharging onto slopes, excavating near high risk areas, or broken pipes. According to city building official Don Cole, recent weather events have potentially increased the risk on Mercer Island. Melting snow accompanied by significant rainfall and a freeze combine to dramatically increase water retention in the soil. Increased water in the soil adds weight and stresses slopes, increasing the chance of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;debris flow,â&#x20AC;? or mudslide. The city monitors rainfall to help forecast landslides via the United States Geological Survey (USGS) website. In addition, the city completed a project in 2009 to map potential landslide hazard areas on the Island, which is available for viewing on the city website. The city recommends that landowners become

familiar with slopes on their property and those on adjacent properties and consider hiring a qualified geotechnical engineers to do a thorough site assessment if any risk is suspected. The typical cost of assessments ranges from $300 to $500. The following are examples of landslide prevention recommendations found in a geotechnical assessment: t %JSFDU ESBJOBHF BXBZ from slopes, loose soils and non-vegetated surfaces. t .POJUPS TVSGBDF XBUFS that drains onto your property and look for trickles of flowing mud or areas of deposited silt, sand or mud. t -PPL GPS TJHOT PG MBOE movement such as cracks in a slope, progressively tilting trees, small landslides or debris flows. t "WPJE EJTUVSCJOH BOZ slope by not cutting across it or digging into its bot-

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Sports briefs MI boys sixthgrade select team wins Hoopfest tournament The Mercer Island sixthgrade boys select ETL team recently took first place in the sixth-grade boys gold division at the MLK Jr. Youth King Hoopfest tournament in Seattle. The team won all of its qualifying games before facing Puyallup Elite in the title game. In the final seconds, the Islanders tied the game at the buzzer with a three-point basket to push the game into overtime. In overtime, it came down to the last minute when the Islanders scored two points to tie the score, and hit free throws to take the win. It marks the second time in the last two months that the team has won a tournament title. The team includes: Matthew Boissoneault, Parker Simpson, Giovanni Rocha, Justin Ho, Griffin Emanuels, Hunter Bauman, Will Hamilton, Gregory Fuchs, Ethan Eason, Alex Platou, Nathan Hillard and Reid Martinez. The team is coached by David Loutsis.

Rain City Water Polo announces spring 2012 schedule After a successful first year, the Rain City Water Polo Club has announced its spring 2012 schedule for youth; boys, girls and high school teams.

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The Mercer Island sixth-grade boys select ETL team took first place in the gold division at the MLK Jr. Youth King Hoopfest tournament held at UW.

7:30 to 9 p.m. The team will travel to Calgary, Alberta in mid-March for the Alberta Open, while attempting to make the Junior Olympics at the Rose Cup tournament in April. Rain City will also be offering its first ever Sunday Spring League for young athletes, 14 and under. Every Sunday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. at Newport Hills Swim and Tennis Club, experienced and new athletes are encouraged to partake in practice. To learn more or to register for the spring session, visit www.raincitypolo.com or contact John at (206) 229-4830.

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Leah Paborsky, Shelby Brodman, Maile Moll and Ragen Plummer all played on the first ever 7/8 Elite Winter Clash team. There will be a spring session parent meeting on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Mercer Island Country Club. The youth programs, which are designed for kids ages 8 through 14, aim to introduce the sport to players. The spring session begins on Monday, Feb. 27. Spring athletes can choose to work out twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays, or four times a week, Monday through Thursday. Monday and Wednesday practices will be held at Mary Wayte Pool from 3:30 to 5 p.m., while Tuesday and Thursday

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BY THE NUMBERS Boys basketball Monday, Jan. 30 Mercer Island 74, Interlake 45 Mercer Island – 21 19 15 19 – 74 Interlake – 4 10 15 16 – 45 Mercer Island – Brian Miller 12, Espen Platou 9, Joe Rasmussen 9, Sean Hughes 8, Nick Nordale 7, Jeff Lindquist 6, Justen

Four students who attend Islander Middle School play for the Seattle Starz Girls Clash team this winter. Leah Paborsky, Shelby Brodman, Maile Moll and Ragen Plummer all played on the first ever 7/8 Elite Winter Clash team. The team practices twice a week. In January, the Clash team headed to Palm Springs, Calif., for the Sandstrom Lacrosse Tournament, which included teams from around the western United States. The Clash were undefeated until the title game, facing a team from Colorado. The Clash outscored their opponents 45-11 with an average victory of nine points. To learn more about the Seattle Starz middle school and high school teams, visit seattlestarzlax.com.

Altaras 5, Parker Scott 5, Kaleb Warner 5, Kyle Huber 3, Chris Lawler 3, Jake Shaddle 2. Wednesday, Feb. 1 Lake Washington 42, MI 33 Lake Washington – 12 10 9 11 – 42 Mercer Island – 8 10 7 8 – 33 Mercer Island – Kyle Huber 9, Joe Rasmussen 9, Brian Miller 5, Sam Cohn 4, Jeff Lindquist 4, Kaleb Warner 2. Friday, Feb. 3 Mercer Island 57, Bellevue 48

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After months of knowing where he was going, Lindquist still got a big turnout to witness his letter of intent signing on Wednesday, Feb. 1. He will play football at the University of Washington next year. The quarterback inked his letter after committing to play for the Huskies last spring. “Thank you, mom and sis, and my dad who couldn’t be here,” said Lindquist. “This school is the reason I’ve had the success I have. I’m just pumped to be a Husky.” The crowd of about 150 people surprised the Mercer Island senior and his coach, Brett Ogata. “Thank you everyone for coming,” said Ogata. “I

thought we’d get 50 people, not 150.” “I only thought there would be four,” said Lindquist, getting a laugh. Ogata said he was proud of Lindquist for the player he’d become and is excited to watch him play at Montlake. “I know a lot of people at this school have had a lot of influence on you. It’s an exciting moment for all of us. After watching the Semper Fi game, and we saw how good you did there, we know you’ll do great,” said Ogata. After signing his letter, the crowd asked a few questions, including what Lindquist was most excited for. “Being a part of something special at UW and being close to him,” said the quarterback.

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Islander senior quarterback Jeff Lindquist, left, is congratulated by fans after a national letter of intent signing ceremony at the Mercer Island High School library on Wednesday. Lindquist will attend the University of Washington.

Mercer Island – 15 7 16 19 – 57 Bellevue – 4 11 12 21 – 48 Mercer Island – Sean Hughes 14, Brian Miller 13, Kaleb Warner 11, Sam Cohn 7, Joe Rasmussen 6, Jeff Lindquist 4, Parker Scott 2. Saturday, Feb. 4 KingCo tiebreaker Bellevue 58, Mercer Island 46 Bellevue – 20 10 15 13 – 58 Mercer Island – 6 10 12 18 – 46 Mercer Island – Brian Miller 15, Joe Rasmussen 11, Sam Cohn 9, Sean Hughes 6, Jake Shaddle 3, Jeff Lindquist 2.

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OFF ISLAND Glendale Estate

$142,000 Mukilteo Marvel

Spacious & bright 2BR w/new kit/SS appl. Updated bthrm/carpet/windows. Bonus rm adds sf. Ample prkg/summer pool. Close to schools/shops/Glendale CC. A must see! #310880 Pam Richmond 206-230-5429

Ocean View Lot

$159,000 Commercial

Spectacular view property, high on hill in gated Willapa Heights. Panoramic, sweeping ocean views. Highly coveted. Ready to build, septic in. #235503 Cathy Humphries 206-300-6142

Kirkland

$275,000

Price reduced to sell. Updated commercial in Bremerton. Current business would like to lease back. Free street parking. #276347 Michael Schoonover 425-442-0477 Betty Carleton 425-444-3507

$160,000 -SHORT SALE-

Short Sale. Nicely remodeled in 2007 townhouse in good complex close to all amenities. Clean and ready to move in. #300530 Debbie Barbara 206-300-6077

$205,000 Bainbridge Isl

Short Sale! Great opportunity for investors. Less expensive home in a neighborhood of more expensive homes. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss your chance to invest in your future. #272329 Debbie Barbara 206-300-6077

Bellefield Park

$470,000

Downtown Bellevue Townhome, newly renovated throughout, 2BR+2.5BA, club hse, pool & tennis courts, magnificent grounds, pvt patio & deck, new furn+AC, gar #280475 Laura Reymore 206-230-5351

$329,900 Issaquah

This Bothell home features 2 lg decks, large lot, mature trees, remodeled in 2008, motherin-law w/separate entrance, a secluded area, but close to everything #299440 James R. Shute 206-230-5421

$468,500 Tacoma Comm

Incredible opportunity: Main 5br home + 2BR cottage. Deeded beach rights, over 1/2ac. Just blocks to Lynwood center, movies, bakery, coffee. #251450 Michele Schuler 206-992-2013

$515,000

Wonderful remodel. Like new w/all new kitchen, granite counter tops, stainless steel applcs, new flooring, new paint, new lighting & more! Nearby parks. #305605 Debbie Barbara 206-300-6077

$550,000 Lake Forest Pk

Great location, no vacancy in 5 years. 5 units, one a retail space, 2-5 are residential units. In Three Bridges area. #183771 Michael Schoonover 425-442-0477 Betty Carleton 425-444-3507

Bainbridge Isl

$581,950

Newer 3720SF traditional situated on 2.5ac, just blocks from town w/great floorplan. Graciously sized rooms: 4br + bonus, 2.5BA, circular drive. #301242 Michele Schuler 206-992-2013

Redmond

$639,000

Traditional, Built 2000, w/Spacious flowing floor plan sited on shy acre. 4BR/3BA, office, & 5 piece mstr ste w/balcony. You will love it! Move-in Ready! #201940 Becky Nadesan 206-972-1113

$765,000

Amazing, almost acre, pk like setting. 5BR & 3BA. Separate indoor pool rm w/hot tub, changing rm & BBQ area. Sport court + fruit orchard & rose garden. #310906 Debbie Barbara 206-300-6077

Bellingham Comm $900,000 Reduced! 4.5 ac. just off freeway, all utilities in the street or on property, New sidewalks in. Multi use, close to Bellis Fair & growing commercial. #27127645 Michael Schoonover 425-442-0477 Betty Carleton 425-444-3057

WOW OceanView!$1,195,000 Perched above the ocean, a stunning home w/breathtaking views. World class 4000sf of luxury. Incredible attention to details. Near Westport WA. Your dream home! #202964 Cathy Humphries 206-300-6142

VACANT LAND Hoquiam lot

$30,000 Fall City

Lot in 55+ age development, all utilities in and convenient to shopping. Huge price reduction. #194812 Betty Carleton 425-444-3507 Michael Schoonover 425-442-0477

Mirrormont lot

$65,000

Reduced, just under an acre lot in Mirrormont. Neighboring homes have views of Poo Poo point takeoff area. Relax on your deck and watch the show. #206333 Betty Carleton 425-444-3507 Michael Schoonover 425-442-0477

Mirrormont lot

$65,000

Reduced, just under an acre lot in Mirrormont. Neighboring homes have view of Poo Poo point for para gliders. Relax on your new deck & watch the show. #206337 Betty Carleton 425-444-3507 Michael Schoonover 425-442-0477

Gig Harbor lot

$125,000

1.2 cleared ac in Gig Harbor. Power, cable, phone in easement rd, owner financing considered. Minutes from Hwy 16, close to shopping. #269818 Michael Schoonover 425-442-0477 Betty Carleton 425-444-3507

Fall City

North Bend land

$150,000

12.9 wooded ac just off I-90 at exit #31. Deeded easement for easy access. Lots of room, timber & space to roam, this will be a great location. #29160006 Michael Schoonover 425-442-0477 Betty Carleton 425-444-3507

$195,000 Snohomish Comm

6+ac in Snoqualmie. Fast access, close to riding & hiking trails, this pvt location offers mature trees & a brook. Lots of space. #259947 Betty Carleton 425-444-3507 Michael Schoonover 425-442-0477

Rainier Valley

$500,000

Reduced! 6.08ac w/water, power, sewer, electric in the street. Zoned R35000, possible rezone. Corner location on Pacific Hwy S, very quick access. #184081 Betty Carleton 425-444-3507 Michael Schoonover 425-442-0477

$300,000

Price reduced! Great site! 18,728sf on the new light rail, across from Columbia City Station, at a light & on the corner. Multi use. #16628 Michael Schoonover 425-442-0477 Betty Carleton 425-444-35

Kenmore lot

$350,000 Federal Way

2.91ac just west of Sno. Station. 2 parcels, w/ income producing espresso stand & mobile home also. High traffic count, on a corner, in the path of progress. #191560 Betty Carleton 425-444-3507 Michael Schoonover 425-442-0477

$300,000

N Bend bargain

$350,000 Hoquiam Estates

29+ac of land, super easy access off I-90. Will support 3, maybe 4 homes, huge price reduction. Has a stream & a waterfall, be the first on your block. #206270 Betty Carleton 425-444-3507 Michael Schoonover 425-442-0477

$850,000

58 lots in a 55+ plat. All utilities are in, the road is paved. 1/2 reduction from previous price, nice territorial views & convenient to shopping. #194858 Michael Schoonover 425-442-0477 Betty Carleton 425-444-3507

1.5ac lot w/utilities stubbed to existing foundation. Owner financing, private setting. Home plans available. #304442 Michael Schoonover 425-442-0477 Betty Carleton 425-444-3507

Fall City

$150,000

5+ acre lot on the upper side of Preston Fall City Rd. Water stubbed to lot, lovely and close to freeways. #149921 Betty Carleton 425-444-3507 Michael Schoonover 425-442-0477

$130,000 Hoquiam lots

1.1 acre lot on the upper side of the Preston Fall City Rd. Water is stubbed to lot, close in lovely scenery w/a fast commute. #149926 Betty Carleton 425-444-3507 Michael Schoonover 425-442-0477

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY HOUSING

$135,000 Snoqualmie

2.4ac lot on the upper side of the Preston Fall City Rd. Water stubbed to lot, a close in lovely setting. #149923 Betty Carleton 425-444-3507 Michael Schoonover 425-442-0477

Opportunity! Building lot

$160,000 Issaquah land

10 lots in the 55+ development in Hoquiam. Prices reduced by 1/2 & quantity discounts considered. Close to shopping, good territorial views. #194835 Betty Carleton 425-444-3507 Michael Schoonover 425-442-0477

$325,000

14,000sf lot available just off E Mercer Way. Access on title for driveway easement. Great price on a very nice building lot, super affordable. #179845 Betty Carleton 425-444-3507 Michael Schoonover 425-442-0477

$350,000 Fall City

10 acres off the Old Black Nugget Rd, in an area of very upscale timbered properties. All year creek through it, close and fast access. #179816 Betty Carleton 425-444-3507 Michael Schoonover 425-442-0477

$398,000 Snoqualmie Pass

Tucked away building lot up pvt lane. Potential lake & Mt Rainier views. Lg lot, 3000sf building pad. Paved access to lot line. Near Park trails. #112896 Lindy Weathers 206-920-8842

$400,000

3 lot assemblage on upper side of the PrestonFall City Rd. Water stubbed to all, lovely area and a fast commute. #149963 Michael Schoonover 425-442-4077 Betty Carleton 425-444-3507

$4,000,000

25+ac land just E of summit, much preliminary work done. Possibilities are townhomes, lodge, condos, restaurant, single fam. homes. View, view, view. #198735 Michael Schoonover 425-442-0477 Betty Carleton 425-444-3507

Golf course

$7,500,000

345+ac permit for 18 hole course in Westport. Hotel, condos, retail areas. 2.5+ miles of ocean/bay frontage, by Lighthouse State Park. #273135 Michael Schoonover 425-442-0477 Betty Carleton 425-444-3507

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COLDWELL BANKER BAIN MERCER ISLAND OFFICE | 7808 SE 28th Street #128, Mercer Island |

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MERCER ISLAND HOMES

3 BEDROOMS!

$279,000

All the amenities of Island living. Unit is over 1300sf with 3 bedrooms, a balcony, fireplace and beautiful community pool! #263994 Josh Thurman 206-321-3129

Residential Lot

$498,000

View Condo

$375,000

Top floor 3BR/1.75BS Woodlake condo with great view of downtown MI. Vaulted ceilings + light & bright. Updated & spotless. Pool + clubhouse for entertaining #306520 Jack Alhadeff 206-230-5460

Great Rambler

$535,000

MI Lot

$325,000

.48 acre lot on Mercer Island. Utilities are in the street, survey and feasibility study available. #295333 Betty Carleton 425-444-3507 Mike Schoonover 425-442-0477

View! View!

$599,000

Partial lk view lot, small subdivision of 5 lots, up pvt road off E Mercer. Road, utilities in along paved access, recorded maintenance agrmt. Survey avail. #83519

Formal living & dining rooms, cathedral family room off Euro Kit, 3BR/2.5 updated baths; 2 fplc, great patio & deck. Prof landscaped gardens #183788

Building site of nearly a 1/2 acre w/tranquil & serene Lake views & Seward Park to the west, treetops to the south. Olympic Mtn views w/2nd story. #310040

Lindy Weathers 206-920-8842

Hedy Joyce 206-406-7275

Peggy Watkins 206-230-5444

Classic NW

$859,000

Westside half ac, lake views, pvt end of street, 4BR/2.75BA, spacious & light, rec rm+den, separate space for studio, lovely grounds w/pool. Mid century classic! #250752 Cathy Humpries 206-300-6142 Laura Reymore 206-949-3270

Spring Fresh

$1,149,000

4+BR contemporary. 4200sf. of great living. Window walls. Sweeps of hdwds. Pvt master. Guest ste. Fam rm plus rec rm & studio. Pvt westside lane. #311171 Mary Yax 206-612-8722

Contemporary

$883,500

Best Lot

$889,000

Private lane

$448,000

Lg residential building site in area of new/ remodeled homes. Lk & Mt Rainier views. All utility/access easements recorded. Serene stream along south boundary. #143651 Janet Scroggs 206-230-5414

Full Meal Deal!

Lindy Weathers 206-920-8842

$709,900

WAS $1,200,000! $829,900 SPECTACULAR CREEK-SIDE 5BR Ralph Anderson design! Pvt sylvan site! Skylts & French drs galore! best kitchen: Subzero, slab granite island. #270181 Natalie Malin 206-232-3240 James Shute 206-230-5421

West Side View

$988,000

Private, mature lot. Cooks kitchen, circular drive, A RARE FIND! North end luxury, all the amenities. Sunshine streams in & walls of windows. #250413

1 Home Up From Wft, 4BR/3.25BA, 2 Lvls, Common & Separate Entrances, Fam & Rec Rms, Office,Sauna,2 Fplcs,.5166 Acres, Add a Guest Cottage! #233365

Josh Thurman 206-321-3129

Galen Hubert 206-778-9787

Easy Location

Dream Home

$1,175,000

$498,000

Partial lk view lot, small subdivision 5 lots, up pvt road off E Mercer. Backs to conservancy Tract. Road, utilities in along paved access. Cleared for viewing! #83516

Invest in your future equity. Classic traditional hm, lvl nbrhd, lvl yd, all BR’s up+huge bonus rm. Close to schools, coffee, food. Make it yours! #297655 Jane Harrison 206-919-9992 Stephanie St.Mary 206-953-8359

Window walls w/lake views. 5BR/3.5BA, living/dining rm, family room/kitchen, rec rm plus den/office. One lot above waterfront, reflects being on a cruise! #254940 Molly Penny 206-200-4411

Quick onto Mercer Island from East or West: 3BR/3.5BA townhome w/apx 3,450sf & attached 2 car garage. Living/ dining, kit/family rm, den, rec rm, plus A/C. #251490 Molly Penny 206-230-5515

Building Site

$999,000

Over 2100 SF of Luxury Living w/ spectacular Lake, Mountain & City views. Live in this Elegant 2BR/1.75BA Condo! Easy distance to all amenities & I-90. #280637 Becky Nadesan 206-972-1113

$1,450,000

Westside Sunset $1,998,000

Fabulous floor plan w/ endless possibilities. Custom 4BR/3.5BA home rebuilt in 2004 boasts 2 mstr stes, Chef’s kit, spacious rms & custom finishes. #275154

West side views AND shared wft. This fab 4BR/3BA hm was rebuilt in 2009. Elegant finishes, chef’s kit, views from mstr, & huge deck w/hot tub. #299535

Julie Green 206-930-0511

Julie Green 206-230-5388

Extremely pvt 100’ westside WF, dock, deepwater moorage, jet ski pad. Rebuild/ remodel on footprint at water’s edge. Least expensive WF available on MI! #196224 Lindy Weathers 206-920-8842

$1,199,000

View Wft

Lake Views

◆ New on Market

Virtual Tours Fantastic & New $2,150,000 Luxurious New Home to be built by Imani Homes on sunny, lg lot. Stunning 2-Story Great Rm, High-End Finishes, Views from Master, 5370SF. 2 Mins to I-90 & trails #300362 Sarah Ford 206-230-5354 EQUAL OPPORTUNITY HOUSING

Great Wft

$2,300,000

Gracious, level 1/2ac w/light-filled 3370SF home. Stunning lake & mountain views. 5BR/3BA. Private & serene setting w/easy access to I-90. #191475 Janet Scroggs 206-230-5414

◆ A Masterpiece! $2,500,000

Breathtaking Lake Washington views & Exquisite craftsmanship of this 5500+sf picturesque home on the convenient north end will delight you & all your guests #312850 Mary Lou Putman 206-230-5500

A Work of Art

$5,495,000

ON the N’end “gold coast” waterfront, this custom 4BR/3,5BA design features NW living at its best. Fabulous 4,760’ home w/80’ of lvl wft. Unparalleled details! #311429 Molly Penny 206-230-5515

Exceptional Properties Upper-end properties, In the top 10%

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