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MIHS homecoming parade and game both Friday, Oct. 19

The deadline for sending in new items for the 2013 Mercer Island Directory is this Friday, Oct. 19. Phone numbers, sponsored ads, corrections, etc. should be sent to Molly Tyler at or Janet McIntosh at janetmidirectory@

Rotary Club meeting Tuesday, Oct. 23 The Mercer Island Rotary Club will host a meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center. The featured guest speaker this week will be Mercer Island School District Superintendent Gary Plano, who will speak about the district’s plans for a new school.

By Megan Managan

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Barbara Coval was busy making and loading dozens of gallons of fresh apple cider at her North end home on 84th Avenue S.E. last week. Coval uses apples from her own trees, then presses the cider on site.

Social media is focus in schools campaign By Megan Managan

Soon, Mercer Island residents will begin to see the roll out of various options for a new Island school. A new school is just one element present in all three options for upgrading Island schools. The Mercer Island School District Board of Directors is looking for feedback on the type, design, placement and cost of a new school. The process, to be handled by Triangle Associates, will rely on a multi-front communications plan, to extend over all facets of the planning process that will include Facebook, websites, community meetings and more. Beginning this week, the district will post information on its website outlining the various options, meetings and other important information. Meanwhile, Triangle is working to create a Facebook page, as

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Bob Wheeler, with Triangle Associates, said the hope is to have everything mocked up by the middle of this week, and roll out the sites early next week. As part of a study session with the School Board on Thursday, Oct. well as a Mind Mixer website, a site that allows residents to provide 11, Wheeler and other members of input on the plans and create a dia- the Triangle team asked the board logue. The MISD website, Facebook questions about where they hoped and Mind Mixer will each list the this would take them and what they options that the board has been foresaw the process being. “When we do have discussing, so not the bond, I hope only will residents MIHS coach Steve there are no letters to be able to see and the editor saying we Newman dies read the plans, but don’t know where they can comment Longtime high school this came from,” on it. boys soccer coach Steve said board memMind Mixer is Newman died unexpectber Brian Emanuels an additional seredly last week. about what sucvice and will cost For more, read the cessful community the district $2,500 story on page 14. engagement would to set up, and $350 be. “I hope there is per month to use. a general awareness.” After the conclu“I want it to be like a public hearsion of the public engagement, the district will continue to have access ing,” said Dave Myerson. “I want to the site so that it can be used people to feel like they can actually in the future for other topics, if be heard and have some influence needed. School Board | Page 2

Tully’s Coffee filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday, Oct. 10, and has announced plans to close several stores across the Puget Sound region. Both Mercer Island locations will remain in business. The chain, which filed Chapter 11 paperwork in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Seattle, closed eight stores recently and said it would shutter nine more in coming days. “After careful consideration, our board of directors and leadership team believe that restructuring under the protection of Chapter 11 is a necessary step and the right thing to do for the future of the company,” said Islander Scott

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2013 Mercer Island Directory deadline is Friday, Oct. 19

Mercer Island locations to remain in business

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Mercer Island High School’s homecoming celebrations will culminate this Friday with the annual homecoming parade through the Town Center and the football game on Friday night. The parade, with the theme of “Tropic Like It’s Hot,” will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, in Mercerdale Park, loop down to S.E. 27th Street and back up 80th Avenue S.E. to the park. Due to the parade, the cross streets along 77th and 80th Avenues S.E. will be closed. After the parade, the community is invited to the football game against Mount Si, starting at 7 p.m. at the high school.

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Mercer Island Reporter, October 17, 2012  

October 17, 2012 edition of the Mercer Island Reporter

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October 17, 2012 edition of the Mercer Island Reporter