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a Wednesday. March 9. 1994 City is kicking off new lawn program By Chris Norred Mercer Island Reporter Mercer Island residents are being asked this week to start a new lawn mowing program that is simple, cheap and good for the en- vironment, according to organiz- ers. The program is called “Don’t Bag It Washington.” The idea is to let the cut grass decompose on your lawn instead of bagging it and hauling it to a landfill. It reduces the amount of waste in landfills and makes your lawn healthier at the same time, said Paul Devine of Pacific Energy In- stitute in Seattle. “I’ve done it at home and it works great,” said Glenn Boett- cher' of the City of Mercer Island, who helped organize the program. Brochures are arriving in the mail at Mercer Island households this week. The brochures explain the details of the program and re— quest feedback from local people who try it. If the pilot program is success— ful on Mercer Island, the organiz- ers plan to spread it across the state. THE TRADITIONAL practice, by most lawn mowers human and mechanical — is to catch the grass in a bag, then empty it into a recycling bin. ” On Mercer Island, Eastside Disposal picks up the bin at the curb twice a month during the spring and summer. The haulers take it to Cedar Grove Compost and pay a fee to dump it. The compost company recycles it into fertilizer and soil products. Resi- dents pay the cost of collecting and hauling the yard waste as of their monthly garbage 1 s. “The number of people who use the yard waste program con- tinues to grow," said Boettcher, recycling coordinator for the city. The curbside yard-waste col- St. PatriCk’s Part .c‘ a" v‘r s: ' 'r ‘2' .;v-_1"“‘, ..‘J.--:>-:_~;‘1’ when. ‘ LANDSCA lection program started in 1990. Last year, Eastside Disposal col- lected 3,053 tons of yard waste at Mercer Island homes. The year before, 2,528 tons were collected here. Usually, grass clippings ac- count for about 60 percent of yard waste, said Paul Devine. 0n Mer— cer Island, where big lawns are more common, the proportion of grass in the yard waste may be higher. The Pacific Energy Institute is a non-profit environmental con- sulting firm dedicated to conser- vation and efficient use of natural resources. The group has worked with the City of Mercer Island on other projects, such as the multi- family recycling and the twice- annual yard waste collection day. The institute recently won a public participation grant from the state Department of Ecology to implement the “Don’t Bag It” program, Devine said. After ask— ing for volunteer cities to serve as pilot areas, the institute chose Mercer Island. . ON THE East Coast, especially in New York, several cities are al- ready using the “Don’t Bag It” program. _ According to Boettcher, profes- SIonal turf managers have used the non-bag method to care for large fields and lawns for many years. For best results, the organizers recommend mowing your lawn when it is dry. In the spring, you may need to bag the grass the first time or two. Long grass will not decompose easily on your lawn. The organizers recommend cutting no more than one inch of grass. If the clippings are longer than one inch, mow them twice. For best results, mow the lawn in a cross-cut pattern. Keep the mower blade sharp. And for easier results, replace the standard blade with a' mulching blade, which chops the clippings more finely. Gourmet ining ALL YOU CAN EAT! > Sunday, March 13, 2 & 4:30 pm plan an gratuity 1050 Reservations Only stamina our Issaquah 392-1010 Pull-Service Residential 69’ Commercial Yard and Grounds Maintenance Company r: VILLEROY BOCH 0 WALLACE 0 WATERFORD 0 WEDGWOOD W.M.F. ' YAMAZAKI MIHS musicians are tops at Kingco events By Laurie McHale Mercer Island Reporter A number of talented young musicians from Mercer Island High School were chosen to par— ticipate in the All-State Band, Or- chestra and Choir Gala Concert held Eeb. 21 in Yakima. In addition, Island music stu— dents were winners in the Kingco solo music competition, and will go on to state-level competition in April. The concert in Yakima was the finale to the Washington Music Educators Association’s biennial convention. Students submitted tapes of their solo performances for adjudication by professional musicians, and the top-rated stu- dents were selected to perform. Island participants included vi— olinists Daniel Cheung, Deanna Cheung, Katherine Elliott, Derek Lam, Alice Ohgi, Edward Tang and Mika Waller; bassoonist Kir- by Fowler; and French horn play- er Rebecca Dunne, all performing with the All-State Orchestra. Singing in the All-State Choir were soprano Suzanne Morrison, alto Kealey Ternes and bass Cor- ey Weathers. Participants in the All—State Band were Islanders Taryn Uyeda, flute; Jessica Ballard, bass clarinet; Carla Fowler, French horn; Kevin Fine, trom- bone; and Robert Barnes, tuba. Vickie White-Miltun, orchestra director at Mercer Island High School, serves as orchestra cur- riculum officer of the Washington Music Educators Association. THE KINGCO soloist winners were Kirby Fowler, bassoon, and Rebecca Dunne, French horn. Chosen as first alternate for tuba was Robert Barnes; as second al— ternate for violin, Edward Tang; and as second alternate for piano, Naoko Inaba. “Kingco doesn’t exist only for sports teams,” said Joy Dunne, , chairwoman of the school dis- trict’s Music Advisory Commit- tee. .“Unlike sports teams, these students have only one chance to perform.” It’s Spring cleaning time at Andersen’s China Crystal Silver, now through March 31, we are offering savings up to 60% off department store pricing on some of the finest names in china and crystal! Our professional service includes a national bridal registry, free gift wrapping, our No—Fault Breakage Guarantee and nationwide shipping. Mercer Island Reporter Wiser on weather KOMO—TV weatherman Steve Pool made the subject fascinating for preschoolers at the Stroum Jewish Community Center during a recent visit. 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