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November 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Body found in Lake Washington was missing Mercer Island man

A body recovered from Lake Washington has been identified as that of a Mercer Island man who went missing after he went out on his boat more than two years ago. Richard Sweezey, 67, drowned on July 20, 2012, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. The manner of death is classified as…

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October 29, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Mercer Island water continues to test clean for E. coli

The city of Mercer Island says 400 waters samples tested since Oct. 2 have all been found to be free of E. coli the prompted back-to-back boil water advisories. The Seattle suburb also said Wednesday that one resident who became sick during the incident was tested and found to have a serious strain of the bacteria…

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October 27, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Power outages cause 2-hour delay for Mercer Island schools

UPDATE, 8:22 a.m. | Lake Washington School District has announced a two-hour delay at Twain Elementary School due to power outages. There will not be morning kindergarten at the school. Rose Hill Middle School band and orchestra students will be transported to Twain and supervised there, according to the district’s website. ORIGINAL POST | Mercer Island…

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October 13, 2014 at 6:30 PM

“Dine Local” campaign starts for hurting Mercer Island businesses

Mercer Island restaurants and food-service businesses lost thousands of dollars during a weeklong boil-water alert that ended last Wednesday, a financial hit that especially hurt small-business owners. The city of Mercer Island and Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce are hoping the Dine Local campaign they launched Monday will help businesses catch up…

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October 8, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Boil-water alert ends; Mercer Islanders should take these sanitation steps

Mercer Island’s boil-water alert, in effect for most of the last week and a half, was just lifted. The city made the announcement at noon Wednesday after city, county and state officials convened in the morning to come up with a timeline for getting Mercer Island back to normal after the E. coli contamination. Restaurants that have…

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October 7, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Mercer Island may lift boil-water alert soon

Mercer Island still doesn’t know when exactly it will lift its boil-water alert, which has been in effect for much of the last week and a half. But now that pipe inspections have concluded without finding any potential E. coli bacteria contamination source, the city says officials will decide Wednesday morning on a timeline for lifting…

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October 6, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Mercer Island remains on a boil-water alert Monday

UPDATE, 12:20 p.m.| Water samples taken Sunday have tested clean, according to a Mercer Island news release. This is the fourth day in a row that water samples have tested negative for E. coli contamination, but detective work on Mercer Island’s water pipes continue. Seattle Public Utilities, which sends Mercer Island its water from the Cedar…

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October 5, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Possible E. coli infection found in Mercer Island child

Public health officials are investigating the first report of a possible E. coli infection on Mercer Island since boil-water advisories started last weekend. Initial tests show a child may be infected with E. coli 0157, but the diagnosis won’t be confirmed until later this week by the state laboratory, Public Health spokeswoman Hilary Karasz said. The…

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October 4, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Mercer Island to residents: keep boiling water

Mercer Island’s boil-water advisory remains in effect Saturday, and it is still unclear when it will be lifted. Test results from 18 water samples collected Friday, including seven from residential properties, revealed no presence of E. coli or other bacteria. Thursday’s samples were also clear. Another 18 samples were collected Saturday, to be analyzed overnight. The results…

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October 3, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Some Mercer Island restaurants may reopen today

Four restaurants on Mercer Island have been cleared to reopen Friday,  serving limited menus of prepackaged foods that don’t require water. Several more may get the go-ahead later in the day, said Sharon Bogan, of Public Health – Seattle and King County. The boil-water alert instituted Thursday remains in effect for the island’s 23,000 residents. But test results…

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