Tag Archives: MIHS

See the MIHS Band in London on Flickr

Congratulations to the Mercer Island high School band on their parade appearance in London this New Year’s.

Click the image for pictures on Flickr:

And click the video to see them on YouTube:


Several folks on the Island deserve them.

First, to the Mercer Island Schools Foundation and the PTA for raising $850,000. This more than makes up for the loss of funding by the state. Nice work bridging the gap!

Second, to Mercer Island Quarterback Jeff Lindquist who was named to the “Super 7” list, which means he gets to go to Hawaii and play with some Hall of Famers.

And to Kela Harrington of Islander Middle School, who made it to the 3rd round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which means she can probably spell inchoate and ersatz.

And finally, to the VFW Keewaydin Clubhouse, which got a $5,000 grant for preservation from Americans Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Go get that new roof!

Vintage Roadside on Flickr.

So Much Going On

It’s been a while since we visited the Mercer Island Bulletin Board. Youth Theater Northwest’s in the middle of a new show…

MIVAL has a new show every 3rd Thursday with an open house from 5 to 7 pm, and a Junior Art Show on July 10-11.

MIHS Tailgate June 12:

Island Children’s Choir is auditioning last Thursday and this Thursday:

In further age-oriented news, a tea to honor seniors on May 22:

And finally, Mercer Island Parent Ed has a couple of events coming up. From their Facebook page:

Raising Kids & Changing Today’s Drinking Culture – by Mercer Island Youth & Family Services. Discussion & forum on MI’s long term plan to prevent underage drinking & drug use. May 4th 7-9 pm, MI High School Commons.

New Psychology of Success: Carol Dweck Speaks. Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 7:00pm. MIHS (Tickets $10 at Island Books – buy early!)

Finally, “An event for yourself and your girlfriends! Mercer Wellness is hosting a Ladies Night of Indulgence on Thursday, May 13th from 5 to 9 p.m.” Benefiting YFS Food Pantry. More details.

Bulletin Board: Congrats to MIHS Athletes

Mercer Island High Women’s Basketball

The MIHS women’s team are the King County Champs. More in the Reporter.

Photo from 1998, jlilly on Flickr.

Yeshiva High Women’s Basketball

And congrats to the “613’s” of Yeshiva High School, who sent the first Jewish team to the state tournament. They forfeited thier last game, which was due to be played on a fast day, rather than risk playing without water. Gotta admire the dedication.

Mercer Island Mens’ Swimming

The MIHS Mens’ Swin team took its fifth straight state title. Dynasty-tastic!

Says the Seattle Times: Behind a sweep of all three relays, Mercer Island more than doubled the next closest Class 3A team’s score Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center in another dominant display at the state meet.

Mercer Island Author Signing at Island Books

“Not all crazies live in condos, but ALL condos have crazies.” Mercer Island doesn’t have as many condos as the cities, but I bet we have our proportion of crazies. Diane Kinman, author of Condo Divas, Mercer Island resident, and owner of 6 condos over 20 years, will be at Island Books on March 7th at 3 p.m. for a signing.

Recycling Center to Close

The Recycling Center near Mercerdale will close on Feb. 28, or this Sunday. Apparently there’s no decision yet on what to do with the site.

Bulletin Board Update

After a holiday lull things are getting going again on the Island. Tonight at MIHS:

Also at MIHS, Evita:

The Boys and Girls Club is starting Little League:

and in more kid news, it’s Yes Schools Yes time. Vote yes.

Finally, Earthcorps is at it again. Jan 30 in Pioneer Park:

Christmas Decorations on Mercer Island

Holiday decorations are out. The Library’s doll houses are all dressed up:

The Library’s speller must have already been on vacation…

There are plenty of lights out, but I think overall the Island put on a more creative show at Halloween this year. Except for a couple of gems: the reliable crazy cool Christmas trees on 44th,

and a creative, 21-and-over holiday decoration I saw on my walk today:

Surely I’ve missed some great ones– send a tip to mercerisladnblogger@yahoo.com with the address and I’ll go check it out.

In the spirit of the season, here’s a short video on MIHS students, sponsored by the Rotary Club, giving away gifts (click to go to YouTube):

Finally, for when it’s all over, the City is offering holiday tree chipping from Dec 26 (if you’re really ready to get rid of that thing) all the way up to Jan. 10.

Mercer Island News Roundup

Fred Jarrett Tapped for King County #2

Glad to hear that Fred Jarrett will be an active player in the new King County Exec office as Dow Constantine’s #2. Jarrett was our pick back in the primary, and not only because he’s an Islander. He’s smart and an asset to the county. Good pick.

Mercer Island Girls Swimming Takes State Championship

Congratulations to the MIHS Girls Swim team, who won the 3A state championship. The Reporter uploaded some good photos of the meet on Flickr.

Baby Blogger Born

And in other news, this blog has been neglected for a couple of weeks as the Mercer Island Blogger had a baby. All of us are fine and healthy. Baby’s not blogging yet but stay tuned!

What Should Go in the New Retail Space on North Island?

The construction on North Island is finally finishing up, opening up some new retail space.



Which begs the question: what should go in there? My top ideas are

  • An independent bakery and coffee shop
  • A Trader Joe’s, though I suspect Mercer Island is too small for it
  • A killer dessert place. Could be a new ice cream place now that Maggie Moo’s is gone, or cupcakes, or just desserts.
  • A great Indian place.

What we have so far is a new bank:


Useful but not high on the exciting-meter.

Leave a comment– what stores do you want to see in North Island?

Bonus Link: MIHS Can Write

hugo-house-seattleMercer Island resident Hannah Wood has just been selected as one of two new Youth Writers-in-Residence at Seattle’s Hugo House. If you’re not familiar with it, Hugo House is a well-respected center supporting writing and the literary arts. It’s a big honor to be named a writer-in-residence. Congratulations Hannah!

Former MIHS Student Wins Fulbright

Congratulations to Jean Laschever, who just won a Fulbright grant. She’s graduating from Pacific University in Oregon this year and plans to go to India to study HIV and AIDS.

Jean-Laschever-MIHS-Fulbright Photo: Pacific Grove News-Times.

Jean spent four years at MIHS and didn’t waste much time. She won twelve varsity letters which only four students have done since 2000, according to the MI Reporter. That means she has to play a varsity sport every season for each of her four years. One of those sports was wrestling, and back in ’04 the Seattle Times wrote that Jean won a critical match to help MI beat Liberty and go on to the conference championship.

She obviously distinguished herself academically as well at Pacific to win the Fullbright. Good luck in India Jean and congratulations!

The Bulletin Board is Back

Due to the construction at Island Crest Way and 40th, the Bulletin Board was taking a break. But the weather’s nice and the signs are out.

First, the Mercer Island Country Club is recruiting new members. The Reporter writes that three private country clubs on the Island are recruiting, when they usually have waiting lists. The MICC is a bargain at a $3,500 initiation fee versus $6,200 at the Beach Club and $4,800 at the Mercerwood Shore Club.


Moving to events, there’s a garage sale this Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club:

mercer-island-garage sale-2

And on its website, the City announced the Third Thursday Art Walk on May 21st. The Art Walks will go throughout the summer:

“From May into October downtown merchants and the Mercer Island Arts Council will stage an art walk every third Thursday, from 5 – 8pm in downtown Mercer Island. Join us for art, music, snacks, surprises and general fun as you walk from business to business–rain or shine.”

MIHS is showing Big Love,  a play that is “a unique, thought provoking, and exciting evening of theatre.” There’s still one weekend left:


And Spring is youth sports season:



mercer-island-girls-water-polo That was today. Sorry, a little late on the post.