It’s been more than a couple years since we launched Mercer Island Patch, and now we’re more proud than ever to be part of the community. Thanks for your warm support so far.
Mercer Island Patch gives you plenty of opportunities to comment on stories, share your opinions, post photos and announcements, and add events to the community calendar. We hope that our site will strengthen the community, but we can't do it without you. So get to it!
1. Comment on an Article
We subscribe to the idea that "news is a conversation." Much of our reporting emanates from what readers tell us in emails, comments on our sites, on Facebook and in conversations around town. Share your thoughts and reactions to our articles by posting a comment directly below each story.
2. Post an Event
Do you know of a book signing at our local bookstore, a celebrity chef appearing at winery or an art exhibit at a local coffee shop? Is there a garage sale or graduation ceremony coming up? If it's not on our Patch calendar, it should be. Feel free to add your event to our site at mercerisland.patch.com/events/new.
3. Post an Announcement
Post births, engagements and wedding announcements. Tell us who made the honor roll or share school awards, social notes and thank you shout outs. If you're looking for volunteers or searching for your lost dog, we welcome you to call on your community for help. Go to the news tab on the home page and select "Announcements' from the drop-down menu, or click here to post an announcement. Just remember, our Terms of Service say announcements should be for personal use and not for advertising.
4. Claim Your Directory Listing
Our business and organization listings aren't skimpy. Our team of researchers actually hit the streets and visited businesses, schools, parks, libraries and more so we can provide photos as well as detailed information such as products sold and hours of operation. To contact us about the listing for your business or organization, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you own or manage a business or organization in our directory, claim it at mercerisland.patch.com/directory.
5. Review Businesses
Do you want to be the first to tell your friends whether the new restaurant in town gets two thumbs-up? Like Mercer Island's grocery stores? You can post a review of your favorite (or least favorite) business on any listing at mercerisland.patch.com/directory.
6. Social Media Engagement
7. Send a News Tip
At the bottom of the homepage, there's a link that says, "Send Us News Tips." Tell us about stories we should cover. Your tip will be sent straight to the Mercer Island Patch editor.
8. Sign Up for Newsletters
The daily Mercer Island Patch newsletter brings you all articles and announcements that have been posted in the last 24 hours. It is delivered to your email every morning.
9. Upload Your Photos and Video
Upload videos of the high school football touchdown or your Mercer Island Little Leaguer's first home run by creating an announcement (see above). Post photos from local festivals, or send in a snapshot of your best holiday recipes. You can add them directly to stories we've posted about such events, or add them to our Mercer Island Pics & Clips file here. We invite you to share the memories that you've caught on camera with the rest of the community.
10. Send a Letter to the Editor
Patch would like to extend an invitation to every member of the community to submit a letter to the editor. Express your thoughts or concerns about anything that might be stirring up conversation around town, and we'll post it. We recommend keeping the letter on the short side, not longer than 300 words, and email it to the editor at MercerIsland@Patch.com
The more Mercer Island Patch serves as on online space for community dialogue, the more useful our site will be. So next time you have something to share with your neighbors, consider taking a moment to post or send a letter to Patch. Chances are, you're not the only who feels that way.