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Mercer Island

The Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department will hold a meeting tonight to discuss how best to deal with public encroachments on Pioneer Park.

The meeting, which will be held in collaboration with the Mercer Island Open Space Conservancy Trust, will discuss developing a process to deal with encroachments, which are unauthorized uses of park land by a neighboring private landowner.

The Parks and Recreation Department has identified about 20 encroachments on Pioneer Park.

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According to Pete Mayer, Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Director, the meeting is important because policy recommendations being drawn up by the trust could be adopted for all Mercer Island parks.

The meeting will be held in the council chambers at Mercer Island City Hall, and will start at 7:30 p.m.

More information and a draft copy of the policy is available at www.ci.mercer-island.wa.us/News.asp?NewsID=812.

Kirkland

College receives software, hardware

Lake Washington Technical College recently received a donation of more than $5 million worth of computer software and hardware from Oregon-based Mentor Graphics.

The donation will equip the Kirkland college’s electronics lab with powerful HP workstations to run Mentor Graphics’ circuit design software. Mentor Graphics partnered with HP to provide the school with the funding, software, support, training and workstations necessary to create an up-to-date training environment.

The partnership will introduce cutting-edge technologies into the college’s electronics technologies program and expand the job opportunities for program graduates, said Dave Cunningham, Dean of Industrial Technology Programs at LWTC.

The electronics program at LWTC has been in existence for more than three decades. More information on LWTC’s electronics program is available at http://lwtchost.ctc.edu/programs2/electronics/index.htm.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau