A memorial service is planned for Marine Lance Cpl. Shane Swanberg, 24, of Kirkland, who died in Iraq this month when his base was hit by rocket and mortar fire.

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A memorial service is planned for Marine Lance Cpl. Shane Swanberg, 24, of Kirkland, who died in Iraq this month when his base was hit by rocket and mortar fire.

The service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at the Northshore Baptist Church, 10301 N.E. 145th St.

Mercer Island

Blackberry removal to begin next week

A project to decrease the growth of blackberries in five Mercer Island Parks will begin next week.

Contract crews and volunteers organized by EarthCorps and Mountain to Sound Greenway will begin clearing blackberries from Mercerdale Hillside, Upper Luther Burbank Park, Island Crest Park, Pioneer Park and newly renamed Wildwood Park.

Following the removal of the blackberries, trees will be planted in the area by Mercer Island parks maintenance in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service.

Blackberry growth will be suppressed for two years to give the trees a chance to grow. If the project is successful, the trees will fill in the canopy enough to stop or significantly reduce the growth of blackberries.

For more information on the project, contact Robin Berry at 206-793-7361 or at robin.berry@ci.mercer-island.wa.us.


City recognized as bike friendly

The League of American Bicyclists declared the City of Redmond a “Bicycle Friendly Community” at an awards ceremony Tuesday, one of 15 cities across the U.S. recognized for improving conditions for bicycling through education, access and traffic-law enforcement. This year’s award is a repeat for Redmond, which was recognized for the first time last year.

Mayor Rosemary Ives cited the award as recognition of the city’s work the past two years during which it added nine miles of bike trails, bridges and other connections for bicyclists. The city’s recently completed Transportation Master Plan emphasizes a future increased reliance on using bicycles as transportation.

Mercer Island

Land renamed Wildwood Park

A 2.8-acre parcel of land in the southern part of Mercer Island has been renamed Wildwood Park. The park, with several walking trails and a seasonal wetlands area, previously was known as Tract A.

Margaret Armory, a park neighbor, spearheaded an effort to rename the park.

The park was deeded to the city by the Quadrant Corp. in March 1970 and is under consideration by the city as an emergency water-reservoir site.

In addition to walkways and seasonal duck traffic, the park has a picnic table and is an off-leash area for dogs.


Volunteers sought for Metro board

King County Metro is seeking transit riders and community members to review and share ideas on a citizen sounding board.

The group will focus on potential changes to bus service in Kirkland, Redmond, Bothell, Woodinville and Duvall. The sounding board will begin meeting in mid-October and hold eight meetings over the next five months. Members must attend some public meetings held in local communities.

Anyone who lives, works or uses transit in the study area is eligible to apply by Friday’s deadline. Applications are available at www.metrokc.gov/kcdot/transit/eastside or 206-684-1146.