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Liberty Lake Sewer District formed by a vote of residents.
The Liberty Lake Sewer District acquired water from Liberty Lake Utilities. District name changed to Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District.
The construction of communityâ€™s inaugural wastewater treatment plant was completed.
LLSWD passed resolution banning phosphorus in laundry detergent (bans on automatic dishwasher detergent and lawn fertilizer would come in later years), predating similar national, state and company actions in its wake.
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Since 1973, the Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District has worked tirelessly to safeguard our water, both above and below the ground. We invite the community to assist us as we continue to conserve, protect and maintain this precious natural resource â€“ Liberty Lake, the Spokane River, the aquifer. The Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District is your tax-free water and sewer utility serving the entire community of Liberty Lake.
22510 East Mission Liberty Lake WA 99019 (509) 922-5443 www.libertylake.org
Phase 1 of wastewater treatment plant upgrade completed, doubling capacity from 1 to 2 million gallons per day.
Eastside Liberty Lake Improvement Club consolidates into LLSWD.
Phase 2 of wastewater treatment plant upgrade completed, adding tertiary membrane filtration and producing Class A reclaimed water.
Greenridge system consolidates into LLSWD.
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CONTE NTS Liberty Lake Yearbook 2020
JUMP INTO LIBERTY LAKE Throughout the Yearbook Soak in the incredible images submitted by community photographers At right, "Summer Fun" by Jonas LaPier, featuring Hannah Mumm
16 Annual photo contest winners
Celebrating our 20th anniversary, yearbook style: Superlatives for our longtime partners!
All aboard! It's a train time machine, disembarking in Liberty Lake, circa 1920.
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CONTE NTS 40
Testaments in wellness
Expertise for your life
Take a (nearby) hike!
Final Four of Zag life lessons
Growing footprint in Liberty Lake
Rockin' B Ranch's 'Miss Shirley'
Couple celebrates 74 years
Seven coffee shop stops
Implant treatment changing lives
Three questions for your coffee
15 School information
18-19 SVFD and LLSWD
20-21 Community map, sponsored by
24-29 Celebrating achievements
34-39 What people are saying ...
40 Liberty Lake Throw Down
42-44 Insight for life at home
45 The book report
47 The Splash stories of the year
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MultiCare team growing
Profiles and milestones
A home for active seniors
Liberty Lake from the air
A pop quiz about your teeth
66 CV counselor on 'screen time'
Index of participating businesses
Liberty Lake 2020 A COMMUNITY YEARBOOK PUBLISHER Josh Johnson CONTRIBUTORS Design: Mandy Frei, Bo Johnson, Kim Johnson Photography: Submitted pictures from Angela Schneider, Farrah Braileanu, Jack Baratta, James Edwards, Jeff O'Shea, Jonas LaPier, Judi Williams, Marni Lombardo, Michael Hassett, Monica Reyes, Paul Shields, Phil Champlin, Ross Schneidmiller, Tom Sahlberg, Tomi Pintler, Valeria Cannon and Victory Media. SPECIAL LEGACY THANKS In this, our 20th anniversary edition, a special thank you goes to Tammy Kimberley, Sarah Burk, Bo Johnson, Kim Johnson, Nathan Brown and Shaun Brown for direct contributions over the course of several years that heavily influenced the 2020 publication. PRINTED BY Century Publishing, Post Falls
P.O. Box 731 Liberty Lake, WA 99019 509-999-4567 email@example.com Copyright © 2020 Peridot Publishing LLC
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including a photocopy, recording or any information retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher — Peridot Publishing, PO Box 731, Liberty Lake WA 99019. While every effort was made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained herein, Peridot Publishing does not assume any liability for errors or omissions.
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Orchard Park, late March 2020
IN TIMES LIKE THESE:
'HERE'S TO THE ONES WHO DREAM' My favorite song from a movie soundtrack just might be "Audition (Fools Who Dream)" from "La La Land." The lyric, "Here's to the ones who dream / Foolish as they may seem," would serve as a fitting story thread if I ever write an autobiography. I think that's why I love working with entrepreneurs. It's why — when I'm not publishing this Yearbook or working for a freelance client — I write stories about local coffee shops for fun. These are friends from down the street who are inspired by their own imagination to press their fingerprint against our community and provide a local business option. They invest endless time and money into a dream. Even more, they share their vulnerability, offering their creation with open hands to be accepted or rejected. This publication is devoted to telling the stories of these neighbors, the people behind our community's small businesses. In the pages that follow, you will notice a mix of content. Many stories are connected to paying partners who appreciate a clean and clear format to share their message with you. These sponsored stories end with an italicized sentence directing you to more info. The rest of the content is mostly written by me, usually at a local coffee shop.
This year's publication, our 20th annual, is being distributed at a unique time in our history. A silver lining of the COVID-19 quarantine is the chorus of messages out there telling you to support your local businesses. I'm 100 percent behind that. Amidst all of the restrictions, let us do what we can do. But whether you can buy a gift card right now or not, here's one more way I would suggest we reach out: With our encouragement, our gratitude, our sincere human words. The aforementioned song ends with dreams still unrealized, but this sentiment: "Smiling through it / She said she'd do it again." Today, and each day, we need that spirit to "do it again." May we be that encouragement to one another. Even when the times feel overpowering, the dreams remain beautiful.
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Photo by James Edwards / @jeaerial As he was getting ready to go the gym this autumn morning, James Edwards noticed it was snowing. The licensed drone pilot decided to see how things looked from above and snapped this shot of a Liberty Lake neighborhood. "I love seeing the colors contrast with the snow," he said.
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REFERENCE INFORMATION GOVERNMENT City of Liberty Lake
22710 E Country Vista Dr 755-6700 libertylakewa.gov City Administrator: Katy Allen Mayor & City Council: Shane Brickner (Mayor), Dan Dunne, Phil Folyer, Cris Kaminskas, Mike Kennedy, Annie Kurtz, Odin Langford, Hugh Severs
Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District 22510 E Mission Ave 922-5443 libertylake.org General Manager: BiJay Adams District Commissioners: Tom Agnew, Bill Genoway, Kottayam V. Natarajan Jr.
1116 W Broadway Ave, Spokane spokanecounty.org County Commissioners: Josh Kerns, Mary Kuney, Al French
PUBLIC AGENCIES Emergency Services
Police/Fire/Medical 911 Washington Poison Center 800-222-1222
Liberty Lake Public Safety Police Department 23127 E Mission Ave 755-1140 SCOPE 755-1143
Crime Check 456-2233 SCRAPS 477-2532 Spokane County Sheriff 477-2240 Spokane Valley Fire Dept 928-1700
PARKS Pavillion, Rocky Hill and Orchard Parks 755-6700 Spokane County Parks 477-4730 (includes Liberty Lake Regional Park)
CHAMBER Greater Spokane Valley Chamber 1421 N Meadowwood Ln, Ste 10 924-4994
HOSPITALS & URGENT CARE Deaconess Hospital 800 W 5th Ave, Spokane 473-5800 Providence Urgent Care 16528 E Desmet Ct, Spokane Valley 944-8910 MultiCare Rockwood Urgent Care Center 1326 N Stanford Lane, Liberty Lake 342-3990 Sacred Heart Medical 101 W 8th Ave, Spokane 474-3131 MultiCare Valley Hospital 12606 E Mission, Spokane Valley 924-6650
Liberty Lake Municipal 23123 E Mission Ave, Liberty Lake 232-2510 Otis Orchards 22324 E Wellesley, Otis Orchards 893-8390 Spokane Valley 12004 E Main, Spokane Valley 893-8400
MUSEUM Spokane Valley Heritage 12114 E Sprague Ave, Spokane Valley 922-4570
NEWSPAPERS The Splash, The Current 242-7752
US POSTAL SERVICE Liberty Lake Post Office 1423 N Molter Rd, Liberty Lake 892-9649
UTILITIES Cable TV/Internet Comcast 800-934-6489 Electricity/Gas Avista 800-227-9187 Internet/Phone CenturyLink 877-348-9005 Sewer & Water LLSWD 922-5443 Consolidated Irrigation 924-3655 Spokane County 477-3604
WASTE DISPOSAL Waste Management of Spokane 924-9400
CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Centennial Rotary Club of Liberty Lake
Citizens Watershed Advisory Committee
Jeremy Jenkins, 922-5443 x230
Denise Coyle, 255-6837
Friends of Liberty Lake Municipal Library
Friends of Pavillion Park pavillionpark.org
Kiwanis Club of Liberty Lake libertylakekiwanis.org
Liberty Lake Community Tennis Association
Theatre Arts Center at the Lake tacatthelake.com
Liberty Lake Farmers Market libertylakefarmersmarket.com
Liberty Lake Historical Society LibertyLakeHistoricalSociety@ gmail.com
Liberty Lake Lions Club facebook.com/ libertylakelionclub/
Liberty Lake Running Club
Liberty Lake Toastmasters libertylakers.org
MeadowWood Homeowners Association
Spokane Valley Camera Club sv-cc.org
For information on how your organization can be listed, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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PUBLIC SCHOOLS SERVING LIBERTY LAKE Central Valley School District No. 356
“Inspiring and empowering learners to be contributing citizens in our changing world.” 19307 E Cataldo | Spokane Valley WA 99016 | 509-558-5400 | www.cvsd.org Superintendent Ben Small
Riverbend Elementary School
Liberty Creek Elementary School
Liberty Lake Elementary School Grades 3-5 23606 E Boone | Liberty Lake 99019 509-558-4300
Grades K-5 17720 E Mission | Spokane Valley 99016 509-558-3400
Selkirk Middle School
Greenacres Middle School
Central Valley High School
Grades K-2 23909 E Country Vista | Liberty Lake 99019 509-558-6300
Grades 6-8 1409 N Harvest | Liberty Lake 99016 509-558-6200
Grades 6-8 17409 E Sprague | Spokane Valley 99016 509-558-4860
Grades 9-12 821 S Sullivan | Spokane Valley 99037 509-558-5100
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2020 PHOTO CONTEST WINNER Remember the time it snowed in late September? Jeff O'Shea is here to take you back. His winning photo above was taken three days later on Oct. 2, 2019.
O'Shea becomes the first repeat winner in Peridot Publishing’s annual community photo contest since it began in 2011. Along with gracing this year's cover, O'Shea won $100.
"The freshly snow-dusted peaks were an incredible contrast to the golf course, surrounding trees and beautiful blues of the lake complemented by the crystal clear sky," O'Shea said.
A recognized photographer in the community, some of his work is on display at Liberty Lake Wine Cellars. You can view more photos and order museum-quality canvas prints at jeffoshea.com.
2011: Anthony Xin 2012: Marty Hiester 2013: Chyla Aguiar 2014: Miranda Hill 2015: Susie Middaugh 2016: Jonas LaPier 2017: George Menegas 2018: Jeff O’Shea 2019: Tom Watson 2020: Jeff O’Shea
From her base in the hills east of Liberty Lake, Lombardo captures photos from across the region but took her award-winning shot (page 48) from her driveway. Follow her work on Instagram @marnilombardo.
A drone photographer, check out Edwards' third-place photo of a Liberty Lake neighborhood hanging onto flashes of fall after a fresh snowfall on page 12. Follow his work @jeaerial on Facebook and Instagram.
On the page at right, and throughout the publication, check out more incredible snapshots sent in by community photographers. The 2021 contest is already open. Send pictures year-round to email@example.com.
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CAPTIVATED IN LIBERTY LAKE
Photo by Paul Shields
Photo by Farrah Braileanu
Photo by Valeria Cannon
Photo by Tomi Pintler
Photo by Judi Williams
Photo by Phil Champlin
Photo by Monica Reyes
Photo by Jack Baratta
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FIRE SAFETY FOR GROWING LL The Spokane Valley Fire Department proudly serves and protects the people who live, work and play in Liberty Lake. In 2019, the SVFD responded to approximately 900 incidents within the Liberty Lake area: 82% medical, 14% fire-related and 4% other emergencies, including vehicle accidents. COLLINS When an emergency happens, Liberty Lake residents are likely to receive a response from SVFD Fire Station 3, which provides 24/7 protection. Your firefighters and firefighter/paramedics are trained and equipped to handle nearly any emergency they might encounter. As you know, the city is rapidly growing, and the SVFD follows and tracks its responses closely to keep up with that growth and maintain our excellent response times.
One way we do this is by having multiple resources respond from different locations based on who will arrive fastest. For example, with a residential structure fire, a Liberty Lake resident would likely get resources from Station 3 in Liberty Lake, Station 4 in Otis Orchards, Station 10 in Greenacres, Station 5 near the Spokane Industrial Park, and Station 8 from Spokane Valley. In addition, a chief officer and a safety officer from the eastern side of our district would respond. This multiple-unit response assures that you receive help quickly and provides the manpower to safely suppress a fire in a residential structure. Across the district in 2019, this weighted, rapid response to fire incidents allowed the SVFD to save approximately 90 percent of the value of buildings and their contents.
partnership will work to improve traffic circulation within our growing city. In the coming years, road infrastructure improvements along the I-90 corridor will keep traffic moving, which helps your fire and police departments arrive when you need us. With increased residential and commercial development, the SVFD’s staff provides plan review — focusing on fire and life safety — for all new development projects. Our staff’s excellent relationship with planners and building officials within Liberty Lake assures that new development is safe, fire-resistant and efficient for our community. I wish you all a safe year ahead. It truly is my privilege and an honor to be able to serve as fire chief of this wonderful community!
The SVFD is proud to partner with the City of Liberty Lake and Central Valley School District. This
Chief Bryan Collins Spokane Valley Fire Department For more, visit spokanevalleyfire.com and see ad on page 15.
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LLSWD REQUIRING BACKFLOW TESTING PRE VENTION STEPS FOLLOW 2019 BOIL ORDER Customers of the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District will be required to annually hire a Washington Statecertifed Backflow Assembly Tester to verify all residential, multifamily and commercial connections are protecting the customer and community's water supply. The importance of backflow plays a vital role in events such as the November 2019 boil order. The District determined that one possible cause was from fall sprinkler blowouts. However, prior to the boil order, LLSWD was in the process of strengthening the existing backflow program to roll out in 2020. The official language was adopted via resolution by the Board of Commissioners in January 2020. "We have always prided ourselves on being one of the very few nonchlorinated water systems in the area, and we want to remain one," LLSWD General Manager BiJay Adams said. "In order to do that, we need adequate protections of our system. The main component of that is stringent backflow protection." The test itself can only be performed by a Washington State-certified Backflow Assembly Tester, and a list is available on the District website. Many irrigation companies are certified and may include this service as part of a
spring system startup. Prices vary, but the average cost is around $45. Upon receiving a passing test, the certified tester will submit results to the LLSWD. Adams said notices of the testing requirement will be included with monthly bills in April, May and June. If the District doesn't receive a backflow test report by June 30, the District will shut off water service, which includes a shut-off fee, until a test report is received. The requirements for backflow testing will go into full effect in 2021. This allows one year for customers to install or repair backflow devices. The hope is not just to avoid another
boil order, but protect residents from bacteria, pesticides or any other contaminants entering the customer's water service or public water system. "These tests ensure the water system is properly protected and that you and your neighbors continue to receive safe drinking water," Adams said. To administer the program and provide education to customers, LLSWD hired Cody Riggs as Cross Connection Control Specialist. With questions, contact the District at firstname.lastname@example.org or 9225443. More information is also available at libertylake.org/utility/ cross-connection-control-program/
IMPROVEMENTS 2020 ESLLIC PHASE 2
LLSWD consolidated with the East Side Liberty Lake Improvement Club in 2016, and a first phase to bring that water system to standard was completed in 2018. An 83 percent forgivable award of $2.2 million was granted by DOH in 2019, funding work this year to construct 3,538 feet of water main and improve 37 service connections, mostly along Neyland Avenue. Outside funding sources mean LLSWD customers are not paying for any portion of this project or the Greenridge project (info at right).
After LLSWD formalized a water system consolidation with the Greenridge Homeowners Association in 2019, it immediately sought funding to help make improvements to the water system. Phase 1 improvements include a new 141,000-gallon reservoir (constructed in 2019) as well as modifications to the existing booster station and construction of new water main, with work continuing in 2020. The project is being paid for by a $2.7 million grant from the Washington State Department of Health.
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HOW STA MOVES IN LIBERTY LAKE If your other car is an STA bus, you’re not only helping the environment, you’re helping yourself save money.
public transportation provider, STA offers bus, Vanpool, Vanshare and Paratransit services. So, which of these services is right for you?
“Riding the bus doesn’t mean you never drive,” said E. Susan Meyer, STA CEO and fellow Liberty Lake resident. “But it can mean you only need to own one car and that can definitely save you money.”
FIXED ROUTE BUS
Many Liberty Lake commuters and residents utilize STA’s services, which are even more convenient thanks to service improvements implemented last fall. At that time, Route 74 (Mirabeau/Liberty Lake) gained service to the Meadowwood Technology Campus and Route 172 (Liberty Lake Express) began providing service to Country Vista Boulevard. The Paratransit Service Boundary was also expanded to include more of Liberty Lake at that time. As Liberty Lake’s full-service
Spokane Transit operates 147 buses on 40 different routes, covering 248 square miles within Spokane County. The routes serving the Liberty Lake Park & Ride can be viewed on the map on the previous pages and are described below:
continue on to Cheney and Eastern Washington University so you never even need to transfer buses. • Route 98: Gets you to great shopping, restaurants and services along East Sprague and connects with the Valley’s transportation hub, the Valley Transit Center (VTC).
• Route 74: Direct access to E. Indiana services and Spokane Valley Mall, this route serves the Mirabeau Park & Ride then continues downtown via I-90. • Route 172: Travels from Liberty Lake Park & Ride to downtown Spokane via I-90. Both routes are ideally suited for commuters and students since, during peak commute hours, buses leave for downtown every 15-minutes. Many trips
VANPOOL Vanpool is like carpooling, but with groups of people who live and work in approximately the same areas that can share the commute to work in a van provided by Spokane Transit. Vanpools cater to long-distance commutes anywhere within eastern Washington and north Idaho, as long as the van starts or ends within STA’s boundaries.
VANSHARE If you can take the bus most of the way to work, but need a ride from home to a transit stop, or from a park & ride to your workplace, Vanshare can bridge the gap.
PARATRANSIT Spokane Transit takes pride in offering the best possible van transportation to customers eligible for Paratransit service under the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines. Paratransit provides service to 6,069 ADA-eligible customers, as well as their guests and personal care attendants. For more, visit SpokaneTransit.com or consult the map on pages 20-21.
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CELEBRATING ACHIEVEMENTS M A K I N G WAV E S I N T H E C O M M U N I T Y KRISTI STALDER
CHILDREN'S BOOK PUBLISHED BY LL WOMAN Spend time with your kids. Support local entrepreneurs. Good advice in any season, these two lessons have been proclaimed even louder during a period of quarantine. But what if you could heed both simultaneously? You can, through Liberty Lake resident Kristi STALDER Stalder’s new book, “I Love You More.” A local author, book coach, entrepreneur and mother, Kristi wrote the book to provide families like hers a tool that promotes quality time, encourages busy parents to set aside a moment to read to little ones and reinforces an affirmation of love that fosters a healthy environment of positivity and happiness. Kristi’s elegant and uplifting prose is complimented by the breathtaking illustrations of collaborator Julie Edwards. “I created a book that can be read at any pace and in any voice — fast, slow, silly, endearing — with beautiful illustrations to enjoy,” Kristi said. “Not only does it make a great gift, but kiddos can read to Mom and Dad, grandparents can read to grandchildren, siblings can read to each other. It's such a powerful thing to have and create memories by reading the words on the pages.” Available on amazon.com and krististalder.com, the book has
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An interior spread from Kristi Stalder's book, "I Love You More" been described as “dreamy” and “whimsical” by reviewers and makes a great gift for new parents.
THINKING TO WRITE A BOOK YOURSELF? Nearly a decade ago, Kristi began her writing journey. This fall, she plans to publish her third book. She is a member of local writing groups and a regular participant — and official content contributor — to NaNoWriMo (short for National Novel Writing Month), a nonprofit community that helps aspiring authors write and get published. “I want to write books and stories that will empower, enlighten, and offer a valuable takeaway for all my readers,” Kristi said. “Everything I've learned about the writing and publishing industry has come from other writers, authors and entrepreneurs. Now, I want to do for others what so many have done for me and provide tools to help others start their own writing adventure.”
HONORED FOR 'TEACHING WITH TRAUMA IN MIND' Walking into Analisa McCann’s first-grade classroom at Broadway Elementary could seem like a normal everyday classroom. However, you might notice a student that has quietly left the reading circle to take time away in a rocking chair, separate from the rest of his classmates, while reading a book to help calm himself so that he can return to learning with the rest of the class.
To this end, Kristi is launching the 60-Day Story Planner as well as mini-writing workshops for aspiring writers. For more, visit krististalder.com, follow her on Facebook and Instagram and see ad on page 34.
Central Valley’s Analisa McCann and Superintendent Ben Small
McCann has dedicated the last few years to “teaching with trauma in mind,” using trauma-invested strategies to change her teaching methods along with those at her school. The result: increased learning and decreased numbers of student discipline. Her efforts were recognized recently, as McCann was named the 2019-2020 Regional Teacher of the Year as well as 2019 Educator of the Year by the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce. Research shows that trauma affects children’s brains, which in turn impacts how they can learn. Some are just wired to be in a constant fight, flight or freeze mode. “Kids need to feel safe, comfortable and loved,” McCann said. “They need healthy bonds with adults they consider trustworthy.” The aforementioned rocking chair student started the school year with frequent meltdowns that disrupted the class. His first lesson was not about reading, writing or math; it was about how to stay safe. “He has the right to go to the rocking chair whenever he wants,” she said. “He’s still listening. He’s still participating.” Now with self-regulated emotions, he’s able to make progress academically because he isn’t constantly leaving the classroom. McCann is usually one of the first to arrive at school, connecting with students at breakfast and greeting them at her door. She also is there for them after school. Her caring reaches far beyond the school’s walls.
COMMITTED TO THE NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE WE LIVE AND WORK The Windermere Foundation Giving back with every home sold
Community Service Days Serving nonprofits like Spokane Valley Partners
Supporting Local Schools Providing new boots, gloves, shoes and socks to students
Windermere Marathon Event supporting Foundation begins at Rocky Hill Park
“One relationship can make a difference in kids’ lives. If I can be that person, I’m lucky and honored,” she said. “It’s not just their life that changes, it’s mine. When I am teaching, I am my true self. These students are my why.” For more on CVSD, see ad on page 22.
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“Celebrating Achievements” (continued) course, the word “timeless” has far broader applications.
LIBERTY LAKE BAPTIST
CHURCH PLANS: 'RISE UP, BUILD'
“As a church, we are not oldfashioned, we are timeless,” he explained. “We teach the timeless truths, and we sing the timeless songs of the faith.”
When Pastor Greg Wilt Sr. looks out at the Liberty Lake community, he sees more than parks and neighborhoods, schools and businesses or roads and roundabouts. “People often discuss the physical infrastructure of a community, but we do not always think about the spiritual infrastructure,” said Wilt, the founding pastor of Liberty Lake Baptist Church. “We want to be a part of developing the spiritual infrastructure of Liberty Lake and the surrounding area.” With the celebration of its fifth anniversary this past fall, the church recently made a further investment in the community, purchasing property just west of the Ridgeline High School development with plans to eventually renovate an existing 6,500-square-foot building and move to the new site. Since
Pastor Greg and Beth Ann Wilt its founding, Liberty Lake Baptist Church has held services in the Liberty Lake Portal building. With pastoral structure to his communication, Wilt listed the plans to “Let us rise up and build” (Nehemiah 2:17-18) as one of three “Ts” that currently describe the church — “in transition.” A second T, “timeless,” Wilt said he hopes to apply to the building’s architecture, creating a space “meant for worship, not renovated from retail.” But, of
Wilt said the final “T” relates to the church’s desire to be “in touch,” as illustrated by its purpose statement: “Liberty Lake Baptist Church exists to glorify God by giving everybody, everywhere, every opportunity to hear the Gospel; learn the timeless truths of God’s word; see the principles of the Bible lived out in the lives of ordinary people; and act upon what they heard, learned, and observed so that they can have a vibrant personal relationship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ.” Visitors are invited to join the church for weekly 11 a.m. services at 23403 E. Mission Ave., Suite 112 (temporarily moved online as of this press deadline due to COVID-19). Visit libertylakebaptistchurch.com and see ad on page 28 for more.
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a chance to spend the day working side-by-side giving their time to something that matters. “There are a lot of people who aren’t as fortunate, so it’s kind of a nobrainer, really,” Carey said.
The Windermere team invested in Spokane Valley Partners at a recent Community Service Day
COMMUNITY IS AT THE HEART OF THIS MISSION On Friday, June 5, the door to the Windermere Liberty Lake office will be uncharacteristically locked. No drop ins, no client meetings, no home showings — just community. Every year, Windermere closes its offices for one day to help make a difference in local communities. The Community Service Day tradition reflects Windermere’s spirit of commitment to the areas where the Windermere teams live, work and play. On this day, all offices in Spokane County — and over 350 offices and 6,500 agents networkwide — will close in order to team up and tackle a project in the community to help others. A recent beneficiary of Windermere’s Community Service day was Spokane Valley Partners, where more than 100 local Windermere agents, crew members and owners descended for a day to paint, clean, do yard work, build and deliver donations. “We were there all day, and the transformation was remarkable,” said Brooke Carey, Managing Broker and Branch Manager of Windermere Liberty Lake. While financial donations are also a big part of Windermere’s philosophy, Carey loves how the tradition allows everyone from office staff, to brandnew Realtors, to successful agents
Carey said it’s also gratifying that a portion of every Windermere sales transaction is contributed to the Windermere Foundation to invest back into the community. In 2019, the local Windermere offices donated $41,000 to 10 different organizations. Carey said a significant portion of that total, $12,000, went toward new boots, gloves, shoes and socks for more than 250 low-income students selected by area school counselors. This was made possible through a partnership with Big 5 Sporting Goods in Spokane Valley. Additionally, the annual Windermere Marathon — which starts at Rocky Hill Park in Liberty Lake — raised an additional $5,000 for the Windermere Foundation to put into the community. “There are so many communities and organizations that need our help,” Carey said. “In partnership with the connections we have in our community, we are committed to help wherever we can.” Editor’s note: At press time, the planned dates for the 2020 Community Service Day and Windermere Marathon were subject to change due to COVID-19. Visit windermerelibertylake.com or see ad on page 25 for more.
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SEVEN YEARS IN A ROW
CELEBRATING A LONG HERITAGE OF SERVICE
Some of the customers at Stor-aWay Self Storage in Otis Orchards first reserved units when Ron Woods developed the property in the 1990s. From traditional storage to RV and boat parking to commercial units, many of the faces that pass through the security gates each day are familiar ones. As is the team that runs the operation. The core has seen little turnover over the years, starting with owner Randy Lentes, who purchased the business in 1998. Resident managers Kimberlee and Bob Soule have run the business since 2015, replacing managers George and Diane Hattell, who operated the facility from 2003 to 2015 before George’s death. In George’s honor, Stor-a-Way started holding “George Sales” each year, Fridays and Saturdays set aside for storage unit owners and members of the community to sell Story continued on page 28
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“Celebrating Achievements” (continued) stuff with the hopes of cleaning out or downsizing units to make way for others. Kimberlee Soule said the office will promote four George Sales in 2020, to be held in June and July. “We created the George Sales to help those who have lost someone or need to downsize,” she said. Another event not too far around the corner will be 25th anniversary celebrations in 2022, and Soule is already thinking about the block party she plans to throw. She said that while the property is consistently upgraded year after year, its heritage as part of the local community remains vitally important. “The storage property has seen many changes to the area, and we have welcomed the growth,” she said. “We continue to be local and shop local. Our neighborhood continues to grow. With our 25th anniversary in the near future, it will be a chance to deliver a big thank you to our local residents and community.” For more, visit storawaystoragewa.com and see ad on page 11.
From left, Fawn Dunn, Peggy Miller, Heather Lance and Amanda Lance represent three generations of the MWCC family business
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CENTER MARKS 25 YEARS IN LIBERTY LAKE When a local family learned baby No. 4 was on the way, preparations included reserving a spot in a familiar facility: Meadow Wood Children’s Center in Liberty Lake.
“They didn’t think twice to put their baby here, just like they did with the other three,” MWCC Director Fawn Dunn said. After 25 years serving the Liberty Lake community, the licensed childcare center has a lot of stories like this one. In some cases, it’s not just siblings joining the MWCC family. “We have been here since 1995,”
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said Dunn, who runs the business with her sister, Heather Lance. “We have seen families come and go, and their children grow up and then bring their children back to us.” A consistent, community-oriented, family-run environment has been key to their success, the sisters said. Not that things haven’t changed over the years. Cabinets full of curriculum books have been replaced by searches on Pinterest and the internet, not to mention online trainings. In 2009, MWCC moved into their own brandnew building at 2224 N. Swing Lane, and new playground equipment was installed last summer. Perhaps the most remarkable difference is in parent communication. In the early years, they produced daily reports sent home on a half-sheet of paper each night. Now, there are emails and an app that allows the staff to share photographs, notifications and communications with parents throughout the day. Among the favorite memories, Lance recalled the time a MWCC student was the 10,000th child through the line during a field trip to the Seahawks summer training camp in Cheney. He received an autographed football and quickly became a MWCC legend. (The center is licensed for children 1 month to 12 years of age, and the field trip was part of a summer program for older students.)
throughout the year to further build community, particularly around the holidays. The annual Halloween Carnival, Family Thanksgiving Feast and Holiday Caroling Program and Cookie Social create memories for the children and parents alike. Similarly, “Muffins for Moms” and “Donuts for Dads” are always a big hit, as parents not only enjoy connecting for breakfast but are surprised with a handmade gift from their child. Moving forward, the sisters plan to keep the gameplan unchanged from what brought them to this point: a caring team, a secure environment, and a calendar full of interactive and educational activities. It’s a blueprint likely to keep people calling to reserve a place at MWCC. “For many families, we’re one of their first thoughts when they find out they’re pregnant,” Dunn said. “When parents discover Meadow Wood Children’s Center, they find a partner their family can grow with.” For more, visit meadowwoodcc.com and see ad on page 26.
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE In conjunction with the 25th anniversary of Meadow Wood Children’s Center, the familyowned business is offering a $1,000 scholarship to graduates who formerly attended MWCC. Contact MWCC at 924-6223 for application details and deadlines. Director Fawn Dunn said she and sister Heather Lance hope to make the scholarship an annual offering. They encourage current high school students to keep an eye out for the availability and, meanwhile, to take advantage of programs like Central Valley High School’s Early Childhood Education classes. This series of three classes offers sophomores through seniors the opportunity for college credit while preparing them for careers in the field, including offering internship opportunities in area preschools and daycare centers.
MWCC also prioritizes family events
Committed to the communities we serve. Proud our energy makes life better in Liberty Lake. During an MWCC outing to the Seahawks Training Camp in 2007, Tyler Peterson (front) was honored as the 10,000th fan.
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The Roarin’ 20s
IN LIBERTY LAKE Photos and content courtesy of Ross Schneidmiller A century ago, Liberty Lake was less likely to be one’s home as a “home away from home” for the people of Spokane. Known as “Spokane’s Inland Seashore,” Liberty Lake was a community of resorts that beckoned Spokane residents to visit for the day — or rent a cabin for the summer. The Inland Empire Railroad conducted passengers along a 17-mile, 41-minute train ride from Spokane to Liberty Lake’s northwest shore. The cost? Seventy-five cents, round trip. While other resorts would come and go in the years to follow, in 1920, people would disembark from the train and head to one of the five destinations on the following pages. The Inland Empire Railroad delivered passengers directly to this station in Liberty Lake Park
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Modern-day Pavillion Park was named for this famed Pavillion, and the spelling came from the dance ticket.
LIBERTY LAKE PARK This 34.16-acre park on the northwestern corner of Liberty Lake was once the region's most vogue parque du jour. It hosted events that attracted thousands (including 14,000 visitors for Fourth of July in 1924), who enjoyed traditional picnic games, park space and water recreation. Among its most iconic attractions was the Pavillion, a dance floor built upon a pier extending 200 feet into the water. Built in 1908, management boasted the smooth maple floor could accommodate 628 couples dancing. The day the music died? Pavillion operations ceased following a fire in the late 1950s.
WHAT'S THERE TODAY? Alpine Shores residential neighborhood
Food, treats and other amenities were readily available at all of the resorts.
A fleet of boating options beckoned adventure seekers to explore the lake. This 1920s-era ad was typical of the type Liberty 2020 31 of respite Liberty LakeLake promised visitors
NEYLAND'S GROVE A resort that evolved out of the original D.A. Neyland Store, Neyland's Grove boasted 20 cabins, boat rentals and a confectionary. Daniel Neyland purchased 17 acres on the northwest corner of the lake in 1902 and developed this resort in 1907 along with son Gage Neyland. By the 1920s, the general store had closed, Daniel had passed away and the resort business was focused primarily on vacationers who would rent cabins and house tents. The cabins all had fun names like Tarry-A-Bit, Goldenrod and Tune Inn.
WHAT'S THERE TODAY? The Neyland family rented cabins along the northwest shore of the lake.
The Liberty Lake Village development, located where Molter intersects with Inlet.
ZEPHYR HOTEL Located on the southeast side of the lake, The Zephyr Hotel was a plantation-style structure with 20 rooms spanning two stories and a dance pavilion over the water. In the early years (1902-1908), it was known as a raucous roadhouse, but by 1920 it was a place for families and vacationers. Operated at this time by Fred and Marie Wing, Zephyr was known for its Rhode Island Red Chicken dinners. Most of the items featured on the Zephyr menu were either grown or raised on the property, freshly prepared each day.
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Located diagonally across the lake from Liberty Lake Park, boats ferried guests to and from the train.
STONEHOUSE PARK & HOTEL One hundred years ago, the Stonehouse was technically still under construction, but one of the alleged reasons for its existence was in full force. Prohibition was mandated by the 18th Amendment on Jan. 16, 1920, and the Stonehouse was said to be a speakeasy, an establishment that illegally sold alcoholic beverages, rumored to be “Mica Moon,” a product of the various moonshine stills operating in the hills of nearby Mica Peak. The Stonehouse opened in 1921, and during its short time in operation (through 1924) it was said to be a destination for “Spokane’s social elite.” Located on the southwest side of Liberty Lake, the Stonehouse was built within a grove of scented pines on a low bluff overlooking the lake.
WHAT'S THERE TODAY? Pine Terrace residential neighborhood. Perched above the lake, the Stonehouse was said to be a speakeasy.
DREAMWOOD BAY RESORT Located on the southwest side of the lake, Dreamwood Bay Resort was known for its boats, food, launches, cottages, house tents, picnic grounds, dancing and outdoor fireplaces. It had a large lawn, sandy beach and an assortment of trees. Shooting through those trees in the background of this photo is what a 1926 Dreamwood Bay ad called "the only water roller coaster toboggan west of the Mississippi." Bathers would zip down the chute before skipping out across the water.
WHAT'S THERE TODAY? Dreamwood Bay is now a residential home community. Recreational opportunities abounded for visitors to Dreamwood Bay Resort.
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ... R E V I E W S A R E I N F O R L O C A L S TA N D O U T S VALLEY CHRISTIAN
'I'VE NOTICED A VCS DIFFERENCE IN DAUGHTER' It’s been seven years since we decided to invest in our daughter's education and walk our first-grader down the hall to her classroom. We could hear Mrs. Taylor singing a hymn as we approached, and I remember thinking that we were doing the right thing for our daughter and family by choosing Valley Christian School. We shopped around many private schools and, for us, the criteria we valued most in making our decision was the presence of the Holy Spirit we felt as we prayerfully explored and considered the school and faculty. We were not looking for a school that simply insulated our daughter from the secular influence of public school, but we were longing for an environment and staff who would come alongside us as parents to help our daughter grow and mature in her faith. Over the years, through the teaching and role-modeling at Valley Christian, my daughter has grown in her knowledge of the Bible and understanding of a Christian walk with God. Jumping forward to this year, our daughter is in seventh grade, a time
Valley Christian seventh-grader Mya Desgrosellier works with her science teacher, George Hippe, on a class project. with a lot of changes in all areas of life, including spiritual. We as parents have been eager for our daughter’s faith to become her own and not just a reflection of our family’s values and perspective. This has been a point of discussion and focus within our family, and we have been delighted by what we have witnessed coming to life in our daughter as a
result of her daily experiences at Valley Christian. It has and always will be our perspective that academic knowledge, although important, pales in comparison to having a solid foundation and personal relationship with God. We are so blessed to be a part of a school that provides both academic challenge and biblical guidance. So, for the most part, in junior high, we don’t hold our kiddos' hands and walk them down the hall to their classrooms anymore. It is reassuring and wonderful to know that as we watch them walk into the school building on their own that they will be nurtured, surrounded, trained up and prepared for the role God has for them in His Kingdom. Lisa Desgrosellier Valley Christian mom since 2013 Visit valleychristianschool.org and see ad on page 39 for more.
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PROFESSIONAL SERVICE WITH A PERSONAL TOUCH After more than two decades compiling nearly every accolade available to a Spokane County Realtor, perhaps it’s no surprise that a recent client had trouble placing Pam Fredrick’s service on a scale of 1 to 10.
“She’s the very best,” Neil Cook said. “I’d give her an 11.”
Sterling client testimonials are just another honor on top of a long list of achievements. In 24 years as a real estate broker and residential marketing specialist with John L. Scott, Fredrick is: • Currently the No. 1 listing and selling agent in Liberty Lake and
• The recipient of the “Realtor Excellence Award” for the past 20 years • Designated with John L. Scott as “Top 1 Percent” and “Presidential Elite” for 17 consecutive years • Ranked in the top 5 for residential sales volume for all of Spokane County If that weren’t enough, the Spokane Association of Realtors awarded Fredrick with exclusive membership in the Residential Top 10 for the years 1998 to 2019. Rather than resting on past achievements, Fredrick is driven to keep the focus on her clients and uphold her high standards and professional ethics. Even more than the professional awards, she knows that commitment is what clients will notice. “My experience with Pam Fredrick went clearly above and beyond,” client Jacque Brainard said. “I have
purchased many homes in my life. This was the most attentive Realtor I have met.” Even though Fredrick leads the Spokane region in the sale of luxury homes, clients are consistently struck by how she gives the same high quality, personal service to transactions of all sizes. “Pam did an exemplary job of marketing and selling our home,” said clients Laurie and Eric Peterson. “The service we received was so prompt and personal it often felt as if we were Pam’s only clients.” It’s this type of service that has led to the level of referral and repeat business that can only be earned. “We will never buy a home or sell one without her,” Cook said. “Her attention to detail from start to finish is incredible. We are so thankful to have her as our forever agent.” For more, visit pamfredrick.com and see ad on page 36. More "Review" stories, page 36
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PRIORITIZING ACADEMIC RIGOR, CHARACTER What makes The Oaks a unique option on the education landscape? Oaks graduates have the tools to glorify Christ, shape culture and shine the light of God’s truth on all of life’s endeavors. They have the eyes to see what God sees, love what God loves and prioritize what God prioritizes. The Bible is the foundation of who we are, what we do and why we do the things we do. The Oaks has a reputation for strenuous academics, and that’s a good thing. When students graduate, they can be confident that their teachers have given them the tools to be effective life-long learners and cultural shapers. We believe that education is character formation. As Kelly Andresick, a resident of
Liberty Lake, recently wrote, “When we decided to enroll our three kids at The Oaks, we weren’t prepared for the benefits! Our kids are loved individually and taught academics in an environment that is culturally rich. They are daily encouraged in all facets of work and relationships through the eyes of a biblical worldview. When our oldest was having a difficult time his first year, the teachers and classmates never gave up on him. He blossomed over the next couple years into an incredible young man who is confident to face life’s challenges. We are truly grateful to the community at The Oaks. It remains the best decision we ever made for our family.” Balin and Judy Strickler said, “Initially, we were concerned about the rumored rigor of the curriculum and about the integration of our kids into a small classical Christian school. Through the support of the teachers in a few after-school sessions, our kids were able to merge into the curriculum without much difficulty (or tears). This
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education does an excellent job of preparing students to gather, process, and interpret information and then present it clearly. As an employer of hundreds over the last decade, I know that critical thinking and communication skills will be welcome in a world where those skills have been under developed. We have also experienced cultural unity in the midst of broken people. The Oaks, from headmaster to classroom aid, is committed to reconciliation. We are a stronger family because of it.” When you walk our hallways and sit in our classrooms, you will see teachers and students striving — however imperfectly — to practice the character traits of a healthy family. The preparation for tomorrow’s cultural impact begins in the hallways and classrooms. It continues on the stage and on the sports fields. Would you like that vision for your family? We welcome you to come visit and see if The Oaks is somewhere you could call home. For more, visit theoakscca.org and see ad on page 29.
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Time and again, Wendy Van Orman of Quality Hardwood Floors sees customers debate whether to try to resurrect an old hardwood floor or pull it out and start over. Time and again, she sees them thrilled with the decision to refinish. “Solid hardwood flooring can be refinished up to 7-11 times, depending upon the thickness of the wood,” Van Orman said. “What looks old and unrepairable can be given life once again. Typically, hardwood flooring can last many generations, we have refinished turn of the century homes, making them look new again!” When Dan and Barb Trochta debated replacing their 25-year-old oak floors with a different material, one of the factors weighing heavily on their mind were their dogs (pictured on next page). “Our floors now look like new, and we were informed that the floors can be refinished a few more times,” they said. “We have big dogs that are tough on the floor finish; therefore, the (craftsman) recommended a fourth coat for additional protection.”
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Tyler and Alyssa Bowman considered a similar dilemma when moving into their first home after getting engaged. “We love our hardwood floors, but they were in need of some major TLC,” they said. “Thank goodness we called Quality Hardwood Floors to help us. They look brand new, and now we are excited to decorate and make the space our own.”
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Darby Van Gordon faced an even trickier challenge on the main floor of her home, where she hoped to refinish existing hardwood floors as well as adding new hardwood. Story continued on page 38
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“What people are saying” (continued) Would the old and new be able to coexist without their difference in age looking obvious? “The quality of the job is five stars,” Van Gordon said. “The transitions between the old and new floors are seamless.” Quality Hardwood Floors is a family business operated in the Inland Northwest for more than 65 years. The company has received the Best of Spokane Award every year since 2013. From installing and maintaining gymnasium floors through the state, to restoring a century-old floor to its former glory, to new installations with fancy inlaid borders — Quality Hardwood Floors does it all. For more, visit qualityhardwoodfloors.org and see ad on page 27.
BAKERY OWNER, DENTIST LOVE THEIR BUILDER A year ago, Liberty Lake resident Tiffany Cable built her dream, a bakery just down the street from her River District home at the corner of Barker and Mission. At the same time, her neighbor and property owner, Dr. Owen Packard, expanded his Lakeside Dental practice into the greater Liberty Lake area. Looking back, both the baker and the dentist are particularly thankful for a third party: the builder. “I could write a book about how amazing Baker Construction has
Dan and Barb Trochta's oak floors received extra protection in order to coexist with their dogs.
been to me,” Cable said. With a background in family business, Cable brought lots of experience to her Blissful Whisk venture — just not construction experience. In stepped Superintendent Terry Batterman and Project Manager Zach Bull with Baker Construction and Development Inc. “My shop would not be the show place it turned into without Terry’s skill set and attention to detail,” said Cable, explaining how Batterman’s crew regularly took Cable’s vision and brought it to life. “There were many things along the way that just didn’t quite work out as purchased, and Terry always found a way to fix things and they always turned out better than before.”
With Bull’s help, Cable added that the project actually came in under budget, “which is so rare considering how nice my place turned out and how many changes there were along the way.” Next door, Dr. Packard’s past experience with Baker Construction set his mind at ease for this project. “I have used Baker Construction before,” he said. “They have built four or five buildings for us now. We just wouldn’t use anyone else. They’re just phenomenal. These guys are class acts.” Specifically, Dr. Packard listed customer service, professional knowledge, quality and accuracy as standout Baker qualities.
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“I was surprised at how accurate their building estimate was,” he said. “I just find them very, very easy to work with.” President and CEO Barry Baker, whose parents started the company in 1951, likes to hear reports like this, as they line up with company values that emphasize relationships and integrity. “People want someone that they can trust, someone that will take their dollars and spend them like they are their own, and we don’t take that responsibility lightly,” said Baker, a Liberty Lake resident himself. “Our business is a people business, it’s a relationship business and it’s an accountability business, and I think we work really hard to do all of those things well.” Count Cable among those who believe Baker practices what it preaches. “The Baker family runs their business very much like I always ran mine: Work with integrity and surround yourself with employees you are proud to know and work with every day,” she said. “By doing this you bring the very best to the market, and they seriously do that. Every day, I see the look on my customers’ faces when they see my shop for the very first time. They are seriously in awe of how nice it looks, and that could not have happened without the Baker Construction team.” For more, visit bakerconstruct.com and see ad on page 35.
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THROW DOWN SET TO RETURN The second annual Liberty Lake Throw Down, a cornhole tournament that raises support for two of the community’s premier nonprofits, is set to return Aug. 29 to Orchard Park. The Throw Down is put on by Friends of Pavillion Park and the HUB Sports Center to raise funds for those two organizations. For Joe Frank, president and CEO of Greenstone Homes and president of the FOPP board, the tournament is a true celebration of how a community comes together. Since its founding in 1992, FOPP has helped build many Liberty Lake amenities and now focuses on “strengthening the sense of community in Liberty Lake by providing safe and affordable opportunities for recreation, education, entertainment and the arts.” “When we build communities, our goal is to build a socially connected community, not just a collection of houses,” Frank said of Greenstone. “This social connection is the part of community that is ongoing, even after development is done. FOPP has taken on this role for Liberty Lake, and it is a big reason why Liberty Lake continues to be one of the most desired locations in the region.” After featuring around 100 teams of two in its inaugural year, the 2020 Throw Down hopes to double to 200 teams this year, Frank said. Team registration is open and sponsorship information is available at pavillionpark.org. Divisions have been added this year to “better help us differentiate between competitive players and social players,” Frank said. “The 2019 event came off better than I could have ever hoped for,” he said. “Starting a new event, you never know how it will be embraced, but we got a lot of great feedback after last year's event and we hope to see attendance and support grow in 2020.” Frank said his personal favorite memory from 2019 was the final from the Mini Bagger Division. “The championship game was back and forth the whole game, and you had a lot of the adult teams make their way over to this court and cheer on the younger players,” he said. “It was awesome to see.” For more info about the 2020 Liberty Lake Throw Down, visit pavillionpark.org/throwdown. For more about Greenstone, visit greenstonehomes.com and see ad on page 45. Photos from 2019 event courtesy of Victory Media.
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BELLA OF THE BALL
Photos by Angela Schneider / @ourgr8escape2 Bella is a 6-year-old Maremma sheepdog and, more importantly, the back-road traveling, adventure-seeking companion to writer and photographer Angela Schneider. "I launched my dog photography business two years ago, so she trucks around with me as my model and test subject all the time," Schneider said. "Our favorite spots, in order, are Saltese Uplands, Centennial Trail out by Stateline and Rocky Hill Park."
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INSIGHT FOR LIFE AT HOME E N E R G Y, S T O R A G E , R O O F I N G , R E A L E S TAT E AVISTA
RENEWABLE ENERGY OPTIONS IN YOUR HOME As technology and interest in renewable energy options grow, consider how you might incorporate these options into your home and life.
ELECTRIC VEHICLES Considering going electric on the road? It’s a big change, but one that’s getting easier, thanks to the expanding number of vehicle options and charging locations. Avista is ready to be your resource with information and programs to help you install an electric vehicle (EV) charger in your home or business. Driving an EV can save you more than 70 percent on fuel costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent and local pollution from tailpipe emissions by up to 100 percent. EVs are cars or trucks that run on battery technology with an operational range of 10-300 miles. • Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs) — run on electricity only • Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) — run on a blend of electricity and gasoline • Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) — powered by electricity only Most EV owners install a charger in their home. A Level 1 connector (comes with your vehicle) with a 120 volt AC outlet in your garage will gain 3 to 5 miles per hour of charging. Most drivers of today’s PHEV vehicles, like the Chevy Volt, find that a Level 1 charger in their garage works just fine. Owners of all-electric BEVs, like the Nissan Leaf, have larger battery packs and often need a Level 2 connector with
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Avista and the City of Liberty Lake operate this Level 2 public charging station for electric vehicles at Town Square Park. a 208/240 volt AC receptacle to gain 10 to 25 miles per hour of charge, or a full recharge overnight. Public EV charging stations are popping up all over, making EVs more accessible for many drivers. In the Liberty Lake area, Avista partnered with the city to install a public charger in Town Square, and with STA to install a DC fast charger site at the nearby Park and Ride.
RESIDENTIAL SOLAR Another renewable option on the mind of some homeowners is solar. With solar you can produce your own electricity (when the sun is shining), reduce your electric bill and shrink your carbon footprint. Because onsite solar installation can be expensive and is a longterm commitment, there are some important questions to consider as you evaluate whether solar is right for you: • Will solar installation affect my roof warranty?
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MY CLEAN ENERGY Interested in showing your support for renewable energy without installing solar panels on your roof? Consider Avista’s My Clean Energy program, a flexible way to directly support our transition to clean, renewable energy. By adding as little as $1 to your monthly Avista payment, you are greening your energy. Your dollars go toward the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) with a mix of wind, solar and other clean generation. A $1 subscription buys one block of 100kWh regional energy. You decide on the number of blocks you want to purchase. For each $1, you’ll offset greenhouse gas emissions from an average car driving 173 miles. There is also a national energy option.
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ADAPTING TO CHANGING NEEDS OF TODAY Our marketplace is changing dramatically with new subdivisions being built and more people moving from other parts of the country to our magnificent Northwest. Storage options to meet consumer needs are changing fast to adapt to a wider variety of storage needs, from short-term transition of household goods from one home to another, to long-term storage for our valuables that don’t fit homes and/or garages, to the newest trend: larger, longer and taller units for our toys. Today, new subdivisions have parking restrictions that don’t allow for RV/boat storage in driveways and streets, so larger storage enclosed units are working to meet that need today. Securing our valued toys has become more important today as vandals are creating havoc in every neighborhood. In many cases, the toys we own today are sizable investments, so securing them from vandals and weather helps ensure our desired retention of value. Accessibility is another priority as large vehicles need wider aisles to maneuver for access. This can be problematic for storage facilities as the general storage facility thought is that more units and less driveways creates more revenue. That thought process is not effective in creating easy access to larger units for our toys. Affordable Self Storage in Otis Orchards at Harvard and Wellesley adapted to those needs several years ago when 109 RV-sized units were added, all of which had 14foot High Doors and in most cases 12-foot Wide Doors and included metered power and lights in each unit. In late 2019, Affordable Self Storage
on Sullivan, just north of Trent, added 85 new RV-sized units, all of which have 14-foot High Doors and in most units 14-foot wide doors, and all include metered power and lighting. The Sullivan facility is zoned IMU (Industrial Mixed Use) so there are some businesses that could operate within the facility. This option requires approval to ensure it meets IMU rules and fits the facility standards. For more info on Affordable Self Storage, see ad on page 6.
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real estate broker is help with negotiations. Many people think they’re good at negotiating, but oftentimes their experience is in haggling or bargaining, which is different than the art of negotiating. “In most cases, both buyers and sellers are emotionally invested throughout the process,” John L. Scott CEO J. Lennox Scott said. “When it comes to something so deeply personal as a home, the importance of having personal representation for you is invaluable. They can provide support and ‘go to bat’ for you, ensuring your priorities and needs are met.”
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John L. Scott real estate specialists understand that negotiation is both a skillset as well as a mindset that helps a conversation transform into an agreement that’s a win for all parties.
“Working with an agent who is an expert negotiator can help you successfully navigate the process,” Lennox said.
Although online and mobile access to information on homes for sale, home values and research tools have become the norm, understanding the market and navigating the process of buying or selling a home is still complex. It’s more important than ever to work with a real estate professional who has a level of expertise that goes beyond what a mobile app, online video or website can do. The John L. Scott team of broker associates takes pride in providing excellent service, paired with in-depth knowledge in many areas clients may not consider. For example, most buyers search for a home without taking into consideration the various market conditions that can affect the entire purchase process. Market seasonality, the backlog of buyers (which means heightened competition), and an analysis of recent comparable sales all factor into a tailored offer and acceptance strategy.
3. TRANSACTIONAL EXCELLENCE From the moment an offer has been mutually accepted by the buyer and the seller, John L. Scott professionals coordinate every detail of the real estate transaction. From inspections, appraisals, title, escrow and loan processes, brokers communicate and collaborate with all parties involved to ensure a smooth closing. “The commitment to transactional excellence really sets John L. Scott real estate professionals apart,” Lennox said. “Many people have busy lives outside of the real estate transaction, and we want to make your journey to closing day as stress-free as possible.” For more information about John L. Scott or to find an experienced broker, see ad on page 2.
2. NEGOTIATIONS One of the top three things that clients want most from their
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“Insight for life at home” (continued) • Attention to the finer details of vehicle storage, including extra large doors and wider drive aisles for easy in-andout access • A massive investment in state-of-the-art security. “Our clients are entrusting valuable vehicles to our care, and we take that responsibility seriously,” Betsy said. “It is important to us to provide a safe and clean facility.” In addition to indoor and outdoor vehicle storage options, the facility also offers traditional self-storage units in all sizes.
Eagle Rock owners Renee DiFronzo, left, and Betsy Legg
FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT TO STORAGE
“Our backgrounds in law enforcement did a lot to prepare us to run a first-class storage facility,” Renee said. “To have the opportunity to pursue this venture with not just a like-minded professional, but a longtime friend, has made this an incredibly fulfilling venture.” Eagle Rock RV & Boat Storage is located at 930 N. Beck Road in Post Falls.
From the beginning, Liberty Lake friends Renee DiFronzo and Betsy Legg have forged partnerships focused on security and safety.
Visit www.eaglerockrvboatstorage.com and see ad on page 37 for more.
They first teamed up working the graveyard shift on the California Highway Patrol in the 1990s. After both retired from similar career tracks that included the military and law enforcement, they saw a new way to invest their talent and training by opening Eagle Rock RV & Boat Storage together in 2017.
SERVICE THAT IS 'FIRST CLASS IN SO MANY WAYS'
Among the partners’ priorities: • Convenience to their Liberty Lake homes (the facility is just north of the Beck Road exit near the state line) • A clean facility with excellent customer service and perks like electricity in every unit and flexible pricing options
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While Spokane Roofing Company’s large commercial and government roofing jobs receive most of the outside attention, it’s work of a different kind that catches the eye of Craig Howard. As the Community Relations/ Development Manager at SNAP, he sees just how reliant the Spokane nonprofit is on business partners when it comes to helping providing opportunities and support for people in need. “Jeff, Nicole and the team at
Spokane Roofing are first class in so many ways,” Howard said. “The company has done terrific work on several of our properties and has always been professional and responsive. They have also gone out of their way to help a number of our clients in need by donating their services to repair faulty roofs. I can’t say enough about Spokane Roofing as a business and as a community supporter. We are fortunate to have them in our corner.” Spokane Roofing owner Jeff Sitton said the company’s Christian values intersect with every facet of business, starting with a competent, honest staff. “As a business, we live and die based on our values,” Sitton said. “I am proud that we have a strong sense of right from wrong and that we will always strive to do the right thing.” Sitton said the business is built on five core values: honesty, professionalism, dynamic, invested and consistent. “We think about these core values a lot,” he said. “It is important to me for everyone in our company, from the office to the rooftop, to know them. Nothing matters to me as much as our core values, and our work must line up with them. I believe that is the best way to build our business.” As for living the values out day in and day out, Sitton resonates with a quote from football player J.J. Watt: “Success isn’t owned. It’s leased, and rent is due every day.” “At Spokane Roofing, we pride ourselves on our integrity,” Sitton said. “Our pricing is consistent, rain or shine. I think that what our customers value most about us, besides our product, is our integrity and our trustworthiness. From the time we make a bid to the time we’ve finished a job, they’ll know that we’ve treated them fairly.” For more, visit spokaneroofing.com and see ad on page 23.
Building lasting communities for everyone to be a part of. 2019 BOOK REPORT The following titles were the most circulated at the Liberty Lake Municipal Library for the year 2019, according to data compiled by Director Jocelyn Redel.
ADULT NONFICTION "Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave," by Joanne Gaines
ADULT BIOGRAPHY "Educated," by Tara Westover
CHILDREN’S NONFICTION "Crafts for Kids: Backyard Book," by Greta Speechley and "Concrete Mixers," by Charles Lennie (tie)
CHILDREN’S BIOGRAPHY "Who Was Helen Keller?" by Nancy Harrison
PICTURE BOOK "Race Around the World!" by Trey King
ADULT FICTION "Before We Were Yours," by Lisa Wingate
CHILDREN’S FICTION "Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman," by Dav Pilkey
YOUNG ADULT FICTION "The Sword of Summer," by Rick Riordan
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3 TOP STORYLINES FROM THE PAST YEAR… CITY OPENS ORCHARD PARK In the summer of 2019, the City of Liberty Lake dedicated Orchard Park, an 11-acre green space in the River District. The fully developed park features a splash pad, tennis, basketball and pickleball courts, a playground, two picnic pavilions, an amphitheater and a winding path. The $2 million project was funded primarily by the city.
TWO NEW SCHOOLS IN LIBERTY LAKE Approved on the February 2018 ballot, the new Selkirk Middle School officially opened and was dedicated on Aug. 22, 2019. The new middle school, designed to accommodate 600 students, was designed by ALSC Architects and constructed by Walker Construction. That same month, the Central Valley School District broke ground on another school within Liberty Lake city limits, the new Ridgeline High School, future home of the Falcons.
THANK YOU, STEVE PETERSON Mayor Steve Peterson sought re-election as Liberty Lake’s mayor, but last November citizens chose a different direction. Steve has been with the city for many years and was a driving force for many of the positive changes that helped bring many of the projects in Liberty Lake to fruition. Thank you, Steve, for all of your service to Liberty Lake.
Former mayor, Steve Peterson
2 TO WATCH IN 2020 MAYOR BRICKNER AT THE HELM In the 19-year history of the City of Liberty Lake, we have only seen two different mayors at the helm —until now. This year, we welcome the third, Mayor Shane Brickner. Having served on the City Council for eight years prior, Brickner is not new to the city nor the community. He also served as a volunteer reserve police officer in the Liberty Lake Police Department for more than 12 years. As Mayor Brickner settles into his new role this year, we are bound to see some changes at the city as his leadership style sets in.
TRAILHEAD REIMAGINED The City of Liberty Lake has long debated the future of the Trailhead Golf Course, but the city has hired an outside consultant to help them develop a master plan for the property. Ideas such as incorporating the City Hall property into a single development as well as considering more community space and an expanded driving range have all got people thinking. The consultant is supposed to come back with high, low and medium cost proposals for continued discussion in 2020. Which option will the community buy into? How will the city pay for said improvements? With the current momentum, it looks like the proposal will be coming forward in 2020. Stay tuned.
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Photo by Marni Lombardo / @marnilombardo Sometimes, the best photos are a true snapshot from everday life. In this case, the family pets responding to the camera from their typical driveway location. "The dogs always wait at that spot when the school bus picks the kids up in the morning," Lombardo said.
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TESTAMENTS IN WELLNESS L O C A L P E O P L E , H E A LT H Y T R A N S F O R M AT I O N S ORTHODONTICS
PERMANENT TEETH SAVED WITH 2-PHASE Growing up in the 1980s, Tamryn Parker-Carver and her husband, Scott, both had braces, and they both remember the trauma of having permanent teeth pulled because there wasn’t enough room in their mouths. It came as no surprise, then, when their family dentist told them children Sylvie and Joel both had extremely narrow palates. The kids were facing severe crowding issues and the possibility of future extraction of permanent teeth. Fortunately, his recommendation was a familiar one: Go see Dr. Ralph. While teaching piano lessons in Liberty Lake, Tamryn saw dozens of students file in and out of her house with braces. Normal small talk revealed the same thing time and again: They saw Dr. Scott Ralph of Liberty Lake Orthodontics, and they loved him. Now, it was her kids’ turn. She took Sylvie to Dr. Ralph as a kindergartner, and Joel as a firstgrader. Both entered into a twophase treatment she only wishes would have been available when she was younger. “I love his philosophy of two phases of braces because it makes so much sense to me,” said Tamryn, who now teaches music at Liberty Lake Elementary School. “It is to preserve ultimately healthy permanent teeth.” In the first phase, both children’s palates were expanded. Tamryn said in Sylvie’s case, front teeth were pulled back together as part
Tamryn Parker-Carver with kids, Joel and Sylvie, and husband, Scott. of the process of getting everything aligned for the arrival of permanent teeth. Using terms and details gained through many appointments, she described how the first phase dialed in both children’s bites as well. “I’ve learned a lot about orthodontia from Dr. Ralph,” she said. “I’m not an orthodontist, but I can play one on TV.” Earlier this year, Sylvie started her second phase, and Joel is on a similar trajectory to follow suit soon. Tamryn marveled how Sylvie was actually excited to get her braces and how both kids look forward to orthodontic appointments — “they do make it fun there.” As the responsible parent, Tamryn added that she appreciates the clarity and manageability of the payment plans, all part of an overall practice experience she has grown to appreciate and trust. “He’s just smart,” she said of Dr.
Ralph. “He’s done a lot of research and knows a lot about the different kinds of methods for orthodontia, and he goes with what he truly believes in. Working on saving those healthy permanent teeth is so important. Why pull perfectly good, healthy teeth? There’s no reason for it.” While Dr. Ralph sees many patients like Sylvie and Joel, Liberty Lake Orthodontics is a full-scope practice serving patients of all ages with braces and Invisalign options. “My practice philosophy has always been to provide people with a common-sense approach to treatment that is safe, affordable, portrays the big-picture perspective — and maybe is a little fun along the way,” Dr. Ralph said. For more, visit drscottralph.com and see ad on back cover.
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“Testaments in Wellness” (continued)
TREATMENT HELPS MAN AVOID SURGERY Mike suffered from knee pain off and on for several years, a condition that slowly worsened over time. He liked to remain active, but with every step he felt pain, which limited his activity. Slowly, the weight started coming on, which only compounded the pain. Seeking help from his orthopedic doctor, Mike was told he would need a knee replacement, one of the hardest and most painful surgeries to recover from. He could not afford six weeks off work to recover, and he knew too many friends who did not find relief from this surgery. Instead, Mike decided to try something new, a stem cell injection in the knee. At Healthy Living Liberty Lake, umbilical cord stem cells were injected in the knee, a 15-minute procedure. After just one
month, he noticed an improvement in pain, and at three months he was walking 3 miles a day and able to play tennis. The knee continued to improve over the next year, and he is now completely pain free with cartilage restored in the joint.
memories, it seems even longer. Here are two favorites.
A 39-year-old from Newman Lake, “Mr. Johnson,” came into our office in early October with severe generalized decay on almost every remaining tooth in his mouth. He suffered extreme GI disorders which contributed to acid erosion of almost all his remaining teeth. He was in pain constantly and embarrassed PIÑÓN to even open his mouth, let alone smile.
It’s been less than a year since Dr. Rob Piñón and Dr. Owen Packard opened Lakeside Dental at 1612 N. Barker Road. Measured by the number patient stories and great
After the initial comprehensive exam, we came up with an extensive plan of action that would take several months to complete. He responded with tears as he wouldn’t have his mouth back to normal by the time of a special cruise he planned with his wife in December. Knowing how much pain he was in both physically and emotionally, I
Dr. Susan Ashley of Healthy Living Liberty Lake said patients like Mike are seen every day at the clinic, and their lives are restored through the use of stem cells. For more on Healthy Living Liberty Lake, visit healthylivingll.com and see ad on page 61.
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gave him the option of expediting some of his treatment to get as much as we could before the cruise, and he agreed. After three appointments, we accomplished the first phase of his treatment. When Mr. Johnson looked in the patient mirror, he broke down sobbing. “Dr. Rob,” he said, “I’m so happy. I haven’t been able to even look at my teeth for so many years. This is just amazing. Now I will be able to smile and enjoy our cruise without being embarrassed. You are a miracle worker!” I’m no miracle worker. However, I know I have the ability to change people’s lives through the gift of dentistry and look forward to many more stories just like Mr. Johnson’s.
Dr. Packard “Jane” was a single adult in her late 40s who didn’t smile much and wanted her teeth to look nicer. We decided together she would benefit from braces and whitening. When her treatment was done, she was very happy with the results. About 6 months later she came to my office and PACK ARD asked to see me. As I approached her, I could see she was crying, and my first inclination was to wonder if I had upset her somehow.
was so welcome and gave her a big hug.
the feelings of claustrophobia he endured.
“Jane, I can’t take credit for your marriage proposal, but I do want you to know how happy I am for you,” I said, thanking her for taking the time to share her news.
Fortunately for Stephen, his family dentist was also the person guiding him through his sleep apnea journey: Dr. Erin Elliott of Post Falls Family Dental and Sleep Better Northwest.
As I wished her well, I thought of what a wonderful thing it is for my dental team and I to see how profoundly our work can affect the wellbeing of our patients.
“As soon as she had a CPAP device aside from the machines, she let me know about it,” he said.
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BETTER REST TRANSFORMS LIFE FOR LL MAN Stephen Robinson used to wake up each morning exhausted. Afternoons at work would be a fight to stay awake, and he would fall asleep the moment he sat down at home. He lacked energy to exercise, and his weight suffered because of it. “I used to sleep for eight hours and get up and feel like it was just a halfhour nap,” the Liberty Lake resident recalled.
More than five years into his journey with the the dental appliance, Stephen recently retired his original appliance and transitioned to a new one, a simple process at Sleep Better Northwest. Even in this process, advances in technology made the experience a breeze. A hand-held video wand captured a complete digital impression of his teeth in order to customize the new appliance — with no more need to “bite down on disgusting molds” as in days gone by, he said. The new appliance was a perfect fit. Story continued on page 52
Stephen’s wife, Jamara, would tell him about his restless nights. “I would be asleep, but I would literally stop breathing, and it would wake her up and freak her out,” he said.
“Oh, Dr. Owen, I just want you to know how grateful I am for what you have done for me!” she responded through tears.
Finally, Stephen sought help and received a diagnosis of severe sleep apnea. Today, Stephen Robinson is an Ironman and an active family man, thanks to treatment that has only gotten easier since he began his journey of recovery.
Since her teeth were straightened and whitened, much had transpired in her life. What started as a confidence to smile more led to meeting a wonderful man who had proposed to her. She was so happy to be getting married. I told her she
Stephen noticed a “night and day difference” in his rest when he first began using a CPAP machine, and his holistic health improved dramatically. But the machine itself was a cumbersome addition to the travel he did for his job, not to mention
“Jane, how are you doing?” I asked tentatively.
At that time, Dr. Elliott outfitted Stephen with a dental appliance to help him transition off of the machines, and he hasn’t looked back. He said he enjoys the added freedom of talking and drinking water with the appliance in.
From left, Laney, Anaya, Stephen, Jamara and Kiana Robinson celebrate Stephen’s completion of the 2018 Ironman 70.3 event in Coeur d’Alene.
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“Testaments in Wellness” (continued) Stephen said every step of the way, the Sleep Better Northwest team has been there to answer his questions and provide support. In some cases — such as paying for the appliance — Stephen didn’t even have to be involved. As is common, Stephen’s treatment and appliance were covered by his medical insurance, and the experts at Sleep Better Northwest handled all of the associated billing paperwork. As a regional pioneer in sleep treatments such as snoring, insomnia and sleep apnea, Sleep Better Northwest’s experienced team has been offering help to patients like Stephen for a decade. Stephen said he has personally benefitted from the care as well as the way Sleep Better Northwest has stayed on the edge of everimproving technologies, making the great rest he is receiving even more convenient with the passage of time. Reflecting on his own transformation, he has become a bit of an ambassador for people with stories like his, people wondering whether help is possible and accessible for their sleep-related symptoms. “Dr. Elliott’s expertise and passion for sleep apnea and sleep apnea prevention is contagious,” he said. “I have referred many people I know to go and see her because of the outstanding care I received from Dr. Elliott and her team.” For more, visit sleepbetternw.com and see ad on page 64.
GIRL GOES FROM TEASED TO TRANSFORMED A year ago, Justin Loranger was concerned for his second-grade daughter. Malia’s front teeth had come in at a noticeable angle, and she was starting to get teased at school. He also worried the adult teeth were more susceptible to damage in the event of a fall. “At her normal dental appointment, we asked about options, and the dentist referred us to Dr. Josh Johnson,” Loranger said. Josh Johnson Orthodontics opened in north Spokane in 2006 and recently debuted an Invisaligncentered office in Liberty Lake. The Invisalign option, which consists of a series of custommade clear aligners that shift teeth into proper position, became a “no-brainer” for Malia after a brief discussion of her orthodontic options, Loranger said. Now 9 years old and one year into treatment, Malia’s teeth have been straightened, her bite corrected and she is in a final phase of ensuring her teeth are properly spaced for the adult teeth still to come. “Parents at school ask us all the time, ‘what happened to her teeth,’ because in a year they’ve transformed a ton,” Loranger said. “You can’t go wrong with this setup,
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If everything goes well, Loranger said a second phase of treatment when all of Malia’s adult teeth have come in will be much shorter and easier — if it will be necessary at all. “The whole experience working with Dr. Johnson is the easiest thing I’ve probably ever done,” he said. “They know us by name, are really nice and Malia has felt comfortable every time we go there.” As a bit of an Invisalign bonus, Loranger added that Malia has become the superstar brusher of the family. The aligners come out at meals, and so after every meal Malia brushes her own teeth and the Invisalign. With success stories like Malia’s, Josh Johnson Orthodontics has really focused in on the effectiveness of treating most patients with Invisalign. In fact, the practice has reached the top 1% of Invisalign providers, reaching an esteemed Diamond Plus status. Enter the new Liberty Lake office, which treatment coordinator Faye Benway said was designed specifically to create a unique boutique-like experience for Invisalign patients, including digital 3D scan technology and a virtual simulation showing an immediate approximation of a patient’s aftertreatment smile. The office also boasts unique remote dental monitoring. “We are the only dental provider in the Inland Northwest providing this virtual monitoring system that allows Dr. Josh Johnson to monitor patients’ progress remotely every week, meaning less trips into the office,” Benway said.
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FIVE SPECTACULAR HIKES A SHORT DRIVE FROM HOME BY JOSH JOHNSON Rob Fischer has hiked throughout the West, from the Grand Canyon to the Chugach Mountains of Alaska. But the Spokane Valley resident hikes three to five times a week year-round, so his go-to trailheads are about as close as the nearest health club. “I love being outdoors,” Rob said. “I’ve never been a gym person. I’d rather endure the elements any day, so I can go rain or shine.” Here are five of Rob’s recommendations from his rotation, all located within the greater Spokane Valley/ Liberty Lake area.
Photos by Rob Fischer, top to bottom: Antoine Peak looking east, summit of Mt. Adams, mountain goat on Scotchman Peak
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1. ILLER CREEK Rob says: “Iller Creek is one of my favorite places right now. The reason is there is such a huge network of trails there. I typically hike either a 4-mile loop or a 5-mile loop, and they both have different challenges. The 4-mile loop is actually steeper and has higher elevation gain than the 5-mile one, and the 5-mile one I can stretch to 6 if I want to.” Among the highlights, Rob says the Iller Creek hiker is rewarded with a spectacular view of the Palouse on the 5-mile hike at the Rocks of Sharon (also known as Big Rocks). The hike also offers great signage, occasional wildlife sightings and the option for a beautiful out-and-back walk along the creek for less ambitious hikers. Iller Creek is part of the Dishman Hills Conservation Area. The trailhead is in southwest Spokane Valley (Ponderosa area) at the end of Holman Road. The Rocks of Sharon can also be accessed from the south via the Stevens Creek Trailhead on the Palouse side.
Photo by Rob Fischer: Iller Creek
2. LIBERTY LAKE LOOP TRAIL Rob says: “There’s several neat features on that trail. It starts out low along the creek and follows it upward and pretty soon you come to a stand of cedars. The hike up to the cedars is not difficult, and a lot of people choose to turn around there and just go back the same way. If you keep going, you get on some switchbacks, the trail narrows, and you begin to get some views, at one point looking back at Liberty Lake.” Hikers who take on the full 8.4-mile loop are rewarded with a waterfall in the spring, trails veering off toward Mica Peak and other destinations for experienced hikers, as well as a Boy Scout shelter, Rob says. The trailhead is accessed from Liberty Lake Regional Park on the southeast side of Liberty Lake. Photo by Tom Sahlberg: Liberty Lake waterfall
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3. DISHMAN HILLS NATURAL AREA Rob says: “Definitely more for someone who is not an aggressive hiker would be the Dishman Hills. … The trails are not well marked, but it’s fairly contained. … My wife asked once, ‘Are we lost?’ And I said, ‘We’re not lost. I just don’t know where I am.’ And we always get out. … Dishman Hills is quite extensive, and there are some pretty hikes in there.” Reviewers of Dishman Hills Natural Area (which, along with Iller Creek, is part of the broader Dishman Hills Conservation Area) tend to like the family friendliness and accessibility of the 530-acre natural area. The trailhead is probably the easiest to find in the area, located on high-traffic Appleway Avenue just west of Argonne. Photos by Rob Fischer: Bear tracks and mushrooms on Antoine Peak, wild ginger below on Mt. Spokane
4. SALTESE UPLANDS Rob says: “You’ve got your choice of some good elevation gain on this hike or none at all. … It’s not a good hike in the heat of summer because you’re so exposed, and if there is any wind, it’s going to be windy on that hike, but the advantage of that place is that because it’s so exposed, the trails dry out faster.” Because of this, Rob trends toward early spring hikes on Saltese Uplands, when many other trails — “especially Iller Creek” — can be incredibly muddy. In all, 7 miles of trails cross the property, including a 3.6-mile loop known for wildflowers and views of the Saltese Valley and Liberty Lake. The well-marked trailhead is accessed from Henry Road southeast of Greenacres.
5. ANTOINE PEAK Rob says: “On Antoine Peak you have a lot of choices. There’s a nice 5-mile loop that I would usually take, and you can extend it to 6 miles by adding a side trail to it. But there’s also a very moderate 3-mile loop that’s fun that my wife likes to go on with me as well.” Part of the choices provided by this 1,066-acre conservation area is where to launch out from, as two trailhead choices are offered, one approaching Antoine Peak from the west; the other from the east. Rob prefers the eastern launching point. He has seen moose as well as a rare elk sighting while hiking through this area. Rob’s preferred trailhead can be accessed from Otis Orchards by heading north on Campbell from Trent and turning left on Lincoln.
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Have time and ambition for more challenging hikes outside of Spokane Valley? Rob has two recommendations for you: Mount Spokane State Park (especially the Mount Kit Carson Trail) and the Scotchman Peak Trail, about a 2-hour drive away near Clark Fork, Idaho.
ROB’S HIKING TIPS An author of more than 20 books, Rob even wrote a memoir of his childhood adventures — mostly set outdoors in Minnesota — called “Becoming Tarzan.” Rob, pictured above on Scotchman Peak, has always loved life outdoors, but didn’t become an avid hiker until a repetitive motion injury forced him to hang up his running shoes after 30 years. Looking for an outdoor workout, he took up hiking and never looked back. Thinking of giving hiking a shot yourself, or simply want to improve your hiking experience? Here are four tips to make the most of the experience. • Invest in good equipment If you are going to make hiking a year-round lifestyle, the equipment is worth the investment, Rob says. Outdoor clothing, good boots with ICEtrekkers (like tire chains for your boots to use in slippery conditions) and trekking poles are all parts of Rob’s ensemble. He said the poles are more for an improved workout than for balance. “It really pays to get good equipment,” he says. • Bring a friend While Rob normally hikes alone, some of his best memories are spent “rousing another guy” on a weekend, whether it’s to invest in a young person or challenge a “Comrade in Arms,” which is the title of a book Rob wrote about friendship and accountability among Christian men. “The reason I love to disciple men out on the trail like that is they feel the freedom to be transparent out there,” he says. A hike is a majestic setting for conversation, escaping surface issues and opening a gateway toward meaningful interaction. • Fearful? Go when there’s a crowd In all of the places he has hiked, Rob has had his
share of wildlife encounters, including the time in Alaska when he made for a tree to avoid a testy moose. “But that’s so rare, and I’ve never felt endangered by a moose around here,” he says. He does take precautions — carrying water, his pocket knife and bear spray on every hike — but the best option for people who want to hike but feel fearful is to explore the nearby trails “when you know other people will be there. A Saturday mid-morning, all of those trails are going to be well used, almost under any conditions. During the week, probably in the afternoon you’re going to run into other people.” • Take out the ear buds “I love music,” Rob says, “but I don’t need to listen while I’m out there.” Not only does he prefer to stay keenly aware of his surroundings, listening for other hikers and wildlife, but he believes hiking isn’t just a visually stunning experience (the wildflowers, the animals, the scenery), but it’s best experienced by all of his senses. One autumn Alaskan hike in particular stands out: brilliant colors, “the air permeated by the sweet scent of berries, and … it was almost like you could hear the fog, but I think what was happening was fog has the ability to deaden sounds, and I think what I was hearing was the deadening of all sound. It was just an exhilarating experience.” Rob Fischer has been married to Linda Fischer for more than 45 years and has three married children and 10 grandchildren. An author, publisher and writing coach, follow his work at fischerpublishing.net and check out his blog at skillsforfollowingjesus.com. For a shareable version of this story and others like it, visit coffeejosh.com/conversations.
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GROWING FOOTPRINT IN LIBERTY LAKE Sarah Hamilton FACE Judging by its life-impacting client reviews and a bright and beautiful new 3,000-square-foot environment in Liberty Lake, more great things are in store for Sarah Hamilton FACE. The 5-year-old Liberty Lake aesthetic clinic ranks in the top 1 percent nationally among cosmetic injectable practices and was voted the No. 1 med spa in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene for the third consecutive year by readers of the Inlander. The new space will just further this mission. “We are an immersion of a medical and spa-like environment,” said owner Sarah Hamilton. “Our new medical aesthetic clinic offers a sleek, calm, inviting and bright space.” The success starts with the experienced team of six providers. Hamilton herself has 17 years as an aesthetic nurse and national trainer for two companies. “I really enjoy training and educating colleagues,” she said. “As a national trainer and speaker for both Allergan and Galderma, the two main medical product companies used in our industry, I am able to give back and help other injectors learn the safest and best techniques. At FACE, we are known for and focus on a natural-looking, global approach to facial cosmetics, emphasizing healthy skin and subtle enhancements.” Sarah and her team’s goals are to provide that “undetectable” injectable results with Botox and fillers: You leave looking more rested and refreshed but not overdone. Located at 1334 N. Whitman Lane, Suite 210, treatments include wrinkle relaxers, fillers, laser, peels, facials and much more.
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Liberty Lake EyeCare After almost exactly 20 years in the Liberty Lake Medical Building, Liberty Lake EyeCare Center officially opened a modern, spacious new showroom built specifically for the practice on Jan. 28, 2020. Located at 22011 E. Country Vista Drive, Suite 101, Dr. Bret Ulrich, Dr. Michael Park and the LLEC team are excited to serve longtime friends as well as new patients at the location. Visit libertylakeeyecarecenter.com for more, and see ad on page 52.
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BAULTS' ENDURING LOVE SHINES When Delmer and Marie Bault make a commitment, it’s for the long haul. They lived in the same 24th Street home in Spokane Valley for 60 years. They have attended the same church, Greenacres Christian Fellowship, since they were married (in Delmer’s case going on 78 years). Most important, they have been married 74 years this past December. So when they were looking for a home to transition to for their next phase of life, they made sure the choice was one that would stick. The 95-year-old Delmer and his 91-yearold bride will tell you they chose well with Liberty Lake’s Guardian Angel Homes. The couple started out in an independent living arrangement before moving to assisted living last year after Marie broke her hip. The entertainment options, provided transportation and great friendships are favorite aspects of Guardian Angel life, and the delicious food received special mention. “If I want to cook, I can; I haven’t wanted to yet,” Marie said to laughter. “There are good cooks here. I’ve gained weight.” Guardian Angel Homes Administrator Joan Estudillo said the Baults are an inspiring couple to the staff and other residents, so much so that they surprised the couple with a 74th anniversary party in December.
“They are a lesson on how love can endure,” she said. “People do stay together these days. Relationships do endure, and people can still love each other after many years.” To the Baults, enduring love has come with a good sense of humor, a strong faith and a commitment to work through disagreements without letting problems fester. “We try to agree,” Delmer said. “We didn’t always hold to it, but mother always said, ‘Never go to bed without making up.’” Grandson Rob Bault notes the outward-focused activities of the couple continually united them over the years, whether that was taking people to church, visiting nursing homes (where Marie would play the piano) or serving local nonprofits like UGM, his grandparents were always putting others first. “I describe them to my family or friends who don’t know them as probably the strongest people I’ve ever seen in their Christian belief,” he said. “If you want to look up a definition of true Christian, it’s going to have their names on it.” The couple enjoyed a short engagement before being married in 1945. They had a son, and Marie
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Delmer and Marie Bault looked after him and watched many other children in the Spokane Valley community while Delmer pursued a career in the railroad and with Inland Empire Paper. They spent decades serving the greater Spokane community, often quietly behind the scenes, before deciding a couple of years ago it was time to move into Guardian Angel. The hardest part was the month they spent apart after Marie’s broken hip, when she was at a rehabilitation facility. While Rob and the Guardian Angel staff moved the Baults into an assisted-living apartment to ease Marie’s return, Delmer visited Marie every day, all day, taking his meals there before returning back to Guardian Angel in the evening. Rob said he could tell this period was rough on his grandfather, who was used to life alongside his 74-year companion. For her part, Marie jokes with Delmer about his missed opportunity to be “footloose and fancy free,” but quickly turns sentimental. “I’d be lost if I didn’t have him,” she said. “I don’t know if I could live even a week without him, not seeing him.” For more, visit guardianangelhomes. com and see ad on page 53.
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NEW TREFOIL IMPLANTS 'LIFE-CHANGING' Have you or someone you love ever sat down at a favorite restaurant, perused the menu and made a selection not based upon taste, but chewability? Dr. Tim Casey with Liberty Lake Smile Source sees patients like this often, people who have inspired him to take part in research to offer even better fixed-denture technology. “Implants are truly life-changing for people who cannot chew well,” Dr. Casey said. While he offers the latest in traditional denture and implant technology out of his state-of-theart new office at 22011 E. Country Vista Drive, Suite 201, Dr. Casey was motivated to participate in FDA research based out of Spokane that recently approved a new system called Trefoil that is already revolutionizing the implant process for patients around the world. “We’ve had All-On-4 for over a
decade now,” Dr. Casey said of previous technology that provided a full, fixed dental implant. “But with Trefoil, what used to take four months to get a final fixed denture we can now do in 24 hours with amazing aesthetics. It is also a more affordable answer to the All-On-4 system.” The Trefoil technology helps patients with periodontal disease or tooth loss. The lower teeth are extracted, and three implants are installed in its place. The process begins with a consultation in Dr. Casey’s Liberty Lake office and continues in coordination with an oral surgeon. “Patient feedback has been amazing,” he said. “Usually, the barriers to this type of treatment have been fear of pain, cost and the length of time from start to finish, up to four months. The Trefoil system answers all those concerns, meaning patients have their final beautiful smile within 24 hours. Personally, I’m always amazed at how the patients say they
really don’t experience any pain, either mild discomfort or surprisingly — even to me — no pain whatsoever.” By participating in the Trefoil research and approval process, Liberty Lake Smile Source is on the front edge of offering this technology to patients. Dr. Casey said it has allowed people for whom the All-On-4 option was too expensive to afford a permanent, fixed solution. Getting started is easy. “Schedule a consultation to see if you are a candidate, especially if you are a patient who has considered AllOn-4 in the past and are looking for a more affordable — and much more immediate — option,” he said. Dr. Casey said the Trefoil technology isn’t for every patient, but it adds an affordable fixed denture option to his list of implant services. For more, visit libertylakedentist.com and see ad on page 60.
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Daniel Flores, MD A family medicine physician with more than 20 years of experience and training in California, Dr. Flores is pleased to bring his expertise to the Liberty Lake community. Amber Collier, FNP As a family nurse practitioner, Collier has 20 years of nursing experience with direct patient care. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing at Gonzaga University. Kristy Whitney, ARNP Another Gonzaga-trained family nurse practitioner, Whitney believes in providing information to empower patients to make great decisions for their care.
Magdalena Haigh, MSN With a focus on individually tailored care, Haigh loves the contribution nurses make in the lives of patients. Outside the practice, she loves skiing, road biking and traveling. Tracy Schwartzman, ARNP Schwartzman has 20 years of hospital nursing experience, with 10 years as the nursing OB coordinator. Her strong background in women’s health continues to be a focus in her family practice. She also received her master’s from Gonzaga. Roger Hanson, MD A University of Washington graduate, Dr. Hanson trained in pediatrics and family practice and loves practicing medicine with the Rockwood Liberty Lake community. For more, see ad on page 99.
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“There’s a reason so many active seniors choose Evergreen Fountains,” said Leasing Director Gene Arger. “Our residents believe in living well, and we provide the amenities to help them achieve their personal wellness and fitness goals. We have a great team to provide assessments and programs customized to each resident. And it’s such a fun atmosphere. Our goal is for residents to regain their independence.” This philosophy has come with significant investment. While the facility employs an experienced nursing staff, much like many facilities that provide a range of independent to assisted living options, Evergreen Fountains also employs an in-house pastor as well as a nationally certified senior fitness specialist. The fitness programs are coordinated in the facility’s state-of-the-art
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A LOST PAUSE? CV COUNSELOR IS PROACTIVE ABOUT SCREENS BY JOSH JOHNSON
efficiency had a corresponding loss.
Kara Twining remembers the day everything changed in her work as a high school counselor.
“We have lost our pause,” she said. “We have lost the time to think, the time to have a conversation, the time to get over emotions.”
It wasn’t connected to her first cyberbullying case or an embarrassing viral video. Those were still to come. Instead, it revolved around a routine change in a student’s class schedule. It was 2008, and she was working at Post Falls High School. Twining shared options with the student and then sent her on her way to “talk to your parents and come back tomorrow and tell me what you want.” Five minutes later, Twining’s phone rang. It was the parents. Telling her what they wanted. “Today, we go, ‘well, yeah,’” Kara said of the quick relay of information and decision. “But back then, it was weird.” This lightning connection didn’t take long to catch on, fueled mostly by the convenience of cell phones and quick-fire emails. Almost as instantaneous was Twining’s realization that whatever was gained in
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As we visit, a Central Valley student approaches the glass wall to Twining’s office. After a few years at University High School, she currently works with CV sophomores and seniors, last names H-O. He mouths a message to Twining through the window. I offer to take a break from the interview, but the need isn’t urgent. Twining explains that in this case, it won’t hurt him to wait. “There’s an anxiety toward getting stuff done and answered immediately,” she said, explaining that despite a caseload of 385 students, students and parents often expect her to respond to requests in real time. “Everything has to be so instant. If they turn in a note, and I haven’t called them down that day, they are super confused.” Society has become fond of calling this type of behavior “entitlement.”
“That’s a big word adults are using on kids,” Twining said. “I just think it goes back to the instant, ondemand lifestyle that they live.” She added that it’s unfair to tag this as an 18-andunder issue. Parents commonly make a reactionary call or text moments after their student encounters an issue.
end there. When her son asked her why YouTube comments were blocked on the Minecraft video he was watching, Twining taught him how commenters often leave deceiving links that are gateways to pornography or other predatory corners of the web. Then, she offered to turn the filter off long enough to read the comments together before turning it back on.
“There’s no pause,” Twining said. “There’s no, ‘Let’s talk about it at dinner’ or, ‘I’ll see if I can connect with Mrs. Twining tomorrow. Let’s sleep on it.’
“Kids need to know why,” Twining said. “Parents operate out of fear, and it’s so much easier to shut it down than talk through it.”
“I mean, no one does that anymore. And I feel like that set us up for the Armageddon of social media that was coming at us.”
She said that’s one problem with society’s fixation on limiting “screen time.” While time limits are well and good — “you wouldn’t leave your kid at a party for four days; you need to have downtime,” she said — on their own all they teach is the importance of, well, time limits.
Aww, social media. If cell phones and email kicked “pause” out of the house, social media locked and barred the doors. Twining not only knows the research, she has seen it file in and out of her office for the past decade: the marked increase in depression and anxiety since 2011; the 2017 CNN study about how teens no longer differentiate between their online and offline lives; the billions of dollars companies spend to keep your face lit by a glowing screen. A decade ago, the issue was virtually unexplored. It’s hard to draw the map before you enter the frontier. “There was no way to know what this would do to our privacy, what this would do to our hearts,” Twining said. So Twining and her peers have been responding in real time, identifying and sharing best practices as they go. The education of both students and parents has become a priority. From podcasts to parent meetings, she talks about social media whenever she gets the chance. In the past year, she has helped organize a handful of local screenings of “Like,” a documentary that asks, “Are you using technology or is technology using you?” It’s a question Twining said parents should first address to themselves. “We have the same addiction to the validation that the kids do and to say that we don’t is ridiculous,” she said. “We look at who likes our pictures.” While parenting through social media begins with an honest look in the mirror, it certainly doesn’t
Twining prefers a more holistic approach coupling parental controls — “Every device you have has parental controls; even your WiFi has parental controls”— with purposeful education. Teaching opportunities extend from the moment a child picks up their first device to helping them navigate social media, where she encourages parents to constantly be teaching: “We don’t talk to people like this. We don’t like pictures where people are being hurt. We don’t friend people we don’t know. We don’t DM a boy inappropriate pictures.” “Are we talking about the things that are happening in their social universe and parenting through it?” Twining said. “Our parents didn’t know everything we were doing; we’re not going to know everything they’re doing. But you give them the most tools that you can.” The end goal is to equip them to make the right decisions on their own. Whether that’s muting an online “friend” who is posting questionable content or learning the value of “pause,” “you have the power to stop seeing those messages,” Twining said. “The hope is that by the time they get to the ocean (of social media) with all the sharks that they know how to swim or cry for help,” she said. “Hopefully, you raise a child that recognizes the crap and calls it out.” Kara Twining lives in Liberty Lake with her husband, John, and their three children. For a shareable version of this story and others like it, visit coffeejosh.com/ conversations.
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Photos by Michael Hassett Above, a lazuli bunting behind Legacy Ridge, which is also where Hassett spotted the great-horned owl family. Continuing from left, a bald eagle at Liberty Lake, tree swallow babies on a trail above the lake and a northern harrier (commonly known as a marsh hawk) next to Trailhead Golf Course.
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'PAWPULAR' MAX MERITS FINEST TREATMENT In and around the Villas at Big Trout Lodge in Liberty Lake, Max the Cat is a bit of a celebrity. Owner Rob Martin intends to treat him as one, whether that’s the twice-daily walks around the grounds or providing high quality food and products from his local pet supply store, Pawpular Companions. Rob and Max moved to Liberty Lake when Max was 9 and immediately looked around for a locally owned establishment that could provide quality products and expertise. “I wanted to give Max good, highquality food,” he said. “He was 9 then, and now he’s 18 years old. He’s still hanging in there pretty well.” Rob said that in Pawpular Companions, he found more than a great place to pick up products — good luck finding anything other than a 5-star rating on the store — but he specifically singled out the contribution to the community by owners Carl and Mara Crowell. “Over the years, they’ve almost been like family,” he said. “I go in there to shop every day because I’m a single guy and I don’t buy in bulk. It’s kind of like going in and seeing friends instead of going in there and buying cat food. That’s how great they’ve been.” “Family” is exactly how Ramona Swatzell describes Carl, Mara and the Pawpular Companions team. She appreciates the trust that has been built with them since her first visit. Back then, she was a new dog owner uncertain about the dog food she was using.
Rob Martin with Max “Mara came out to my car to look at my dog food and explain why some ingredients were not good and which ones were good,” she said. “Every animal I’ve gotten since, I’ve gone to them for guidance.” Ramona said Mara and Carl’s expert advice has repeatedly been invaluable, whether it was helping a puppy released too young from its breeder to get the right nutrients while weaning, or connecting the family cat to the right shampoo and diet to relieve dandruff. “I am a much more confident pet owner because of them,” she said. “My vets know that as well. I don’t do anything with my pets without running it by Mara and Carl first. … No matter what question I’ve had, they point me in the right direction. I wouldn’t trust anyone else with my animals.” Rob concurs, and it makes him wonder why people would buy pet supplies from big-box stores or online retailers. While he is personally invested in research for Max, he appreciates the way the Crowells are well-educated about products, responsive to customer needs and invested in providing a service to the local community. “Businesses that are owned by local people stick their necks out, you
He added that not only do businesses like Pawpular Companions hire local people and reinvest money in the local economy, but they provide a level of personalized attention that isn’t available otherwise. For example, they provide samples for Max — “He’s got a distinguished palate like his owner,” Rob said — and regularly ask for feedback to better improve their services and offerings. “Mara likes to use Max as an experiment,” Rob said. “If something works that Max likes, then she might bring it in for other people who have cats.” The bottom line, according to Rob, is the idea of neighbors supporting one another — particularly in cases like Pawpular Companions when they provide such a high level of excellence. “They have accumulated such a following, and I think that following is because of how they are and who they are,” he said. “They just treat everybody so well, and they are definitely part of the Liberty Lake family, there’s no doubt about that.” For more, visit pawpularcompanions. biz and see ad on page 91.
WHERE CAN BECU TAKE YOU? Who helps write your story? It’s the people you meet. The places you travel. Where you live, work and play. BECU is a credit union helping write the stories of its members. As a member-owned, not-for-profit Story continued on page 70
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IGNORE THESE TIPS AT YOUR BATTERY’S PERIL Mike Tolley has been selling and servicing golf carts in Spokane for 30 years. The owner and general manager of Ott Knott Golf Carts will tell you the secret to golf cart performance and durability has more to do with a properly maintained battery than anything else. Here are Tolley’s top five battery tips.
1. GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. “The cheapest batteries are just that — the cheapest,” Tolley said, adding the correct algorithm battery for your cart from U.S. Battery Manufacturing Co. will enjoy 10 times the life of a cheaper brand, negating any upfront savings.
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3. KEEP IT CLEAN. “Keep batteries clean enough to eat off of at all times,” Tolley said. “Dirt, debris and moisture suck voltage out of your batteries when you are not even using them.”
4. SCHEDULE A SHINE. Tolley recommends pulling the battery cables off the terminal every 90 days and clean everything until it looks like “shiny new metal” before resealing. As this is often overlooked (hint: a turquoise colored corrosion at the end of the cable means you’re too late), recommends adding it to your calendar so you don’t forget.
5. CONGRATULATE YOURSELF. If you follow the above tips and keep things properly maintained, your battery will not only hold a longer charge, but it will last years longer. “A well-maintained quality battery will last eight to 10 years, nonmaintained one year,” Tolley said. For more on Ott-Knott Golf Carts, visit ott-knottgolfcarts.com or see ad on page 73.
AM I TOO YOUNG (OR TOO OLD) TO GET STARTED? Perhaps you think the idea of estate planning does not apply to you yet. You are too young, and you do not have much in the way of assets.
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Or, perhaps you fear the ship has passed you by. A startling percentage of people in their 50s, 60s, and beyond either have not completed an estate plan or have one that needs to be updated. Is it too late to catch up? For both groups, there is good news, according to Katharine Tate of Liberty Lake’s Tate Law Offices.
“It is never too early or too late to plan your estate,” she said. “In fact, there are aspects of this that a teenager should look into immediately upon turning 18.”
those decisions,” she said. “Do not leave it up to the court to decide or leave it up to the family to fight over who gets to make those decisions.”
At 18, parents no longer have authority to make healthcare or financial decisions for their children. That is where a power of attorney and medical directive come in, Tate said. These documents help specify the actions that should be taken regarding your health if you are not able to make those decisions, and the power of attorney specifies the person to make decisions for you when you cannot.
Of course, the need to plan for the future only grows with time and assets, but Tate said planning not only creates peace of mind, it saves money versus having to deal with unforeseen events in real time.
Maybe that is a parent, although Tate said she has seen cases where young adults choose others for religious or personal reasons. “If there is an accident or some situation that makes you disabled or incapacitated, you want to be able to know that the person you want making those decisions for you is in fact the person making
“I like to say it is better to spend a chunk of money now so you know exactly what will happen, then have to wait until something happens and have to spend several chunks of money down the road when you may not have the money available,” she said. At Tate Law Offices, clients schedule a free initial appointment to talk through their specific situation. From there, Tate makes recommendations, and the client provides input for a plan of action. At that point, documents are drafted and reviewed by the client,
any changes are made, and a final signing takes place. Tate said the whole process for a simple estate typically takes two to three weeks, although it can take longer for more complicated estates. Tate said she loves working with clients of all ages, whether a medical directive for a 20-something or helping a senior understand Medicaid and walk through asset planning. “I just like to help clients plan for their future and for their family’s future, making sure everything is allocated for,” she said. “Together, we put everything in its place so that when the time comes — as it does for everybody — it is all right there and easy to access, making things as painless as possible for everyone.” For more on Tate Law Offices, visit tate-lawoffices.com and see ad on page 80.
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FINAL FOUR OF GONZAGA LIFE LESSONS BY JOSH JOHNSON A gust of palpably positive energy sweeps into Indaba, swirling into the espresso air to create something of a blissfully caffeinated breeze. Most eyes look up. As the door closes, there stands a woman clad in stylish jacket, hat and scarf, confidently beaming at everyone in the room like a Spokane Mary Poppins. As she makes her way to the counter, she greets half of the patrons by name before ordering a spicy chai tea. The barista straightens, seemingly inspired to give this his best 8 ounces of the day, and now she is introducing me to the guy working at the backbar who is “just the best.” In preparing for this interview, I reminded myself of this happy whirlwind that is Katherine Morgan. I was on the Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce selection committee that hired her to become its president and CEO in 2014, and I witnessed firsthand the force of enthusiastic will that helped that organization thrive during her tenure. For the past two years, she has served as senior vice president and Spokane/Boise market manager with Bank of America.
But on this day, I’m here because it’s Zag-uary, those months when Spokane exorcises its gray days with basketball nights, and I know of no bigger Gonzaga fan than Katherine. She received a business administration degree from GU in 2006 and was Outstanding MBA Student of the Year while earning her graduate degree in 2014. She was a Kennel Club member then and is an occasional adjunct marketing professor now. She leaves space in her schedule each March for every possible Gonzaga tournament variable. As luck would have it, our conversation took place before the plug was pulled on the 2020 tournament. The takeaways from our time together, however, are no less valuable post-COVID. With Katherine, there is purpose behind everything. She is no frivolous fangirl, and I ask her for a glimpse at the deeper reasons behind her passion for all things Zag. In typical fashion, she responds with a “Final Four” — a quartet of the best life lessons she carries with her as a proud Bulldog.
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NO. 1: "HAVE FAITH" For Katherine, the link between faith and Gonzaga goes beyond a Jesuit tradition but lies in the values and purposes that make up one’s identity — truly a faith or belief in one’s self. A huge fan of men’s basketball coach Mark Few, she pointed to his halftime talk on Feb. 20, when Gonzaga scored a paltry 22 first-half points against San Francisco. “What did Coach Few say in the locker room?” Katherine recalled. “That’s an opportunity he could have just ripped into them. But instead he kept it simple, and he said, ‘Be us. Be us.’ That really caught me off guard because he articulated in two words one of the most important lessons in my own life. Those moments we begin to compromise or
NO. 2: "PUT IN THE WORK " take our eye off of who we are or try to be someone we’re not is the times we will never win.” Gonzaga scored 49 secondhalf points and won by 17 — which is great, but how is Katherine able to locate and flip that “be us” switch in her everyday life? “I have never been able to do it on my own,” Katherine said. “I have had a handful — a very, very close circle — of people that stood alongside me in those dark moments, that would take the call, that would remind me who I am. … In my own way, I feel that close circle is my own little Zag Nation. I’m sure the parallels are there for everyone. I think we all have our, quote, fan club who is going to be real for us and help us get out of those moments, help remind us who we are.”
NO. 3: "KNOW WHO YOU ARE " Katherine admires the way Coach Few builds selfawareness in his players and helps them see how their individual role fits into the greater team. “Every team is different, and every individual on those teams brings forth different gifts, different purpose, different drive and desire,” she said. “If you really take the time to acknowledge that and understand that and listen, it’s amazing the magic that happens.” She said early in her career, it was tempting to make the mistake that to interview for a job meant to pretend like “I had it all figured out,” as if she could expect to expertly guard the 3-point shooter and block out the big man on the paint in the same play. “I quickly learned, and how
very Shakespeare: ‘All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players,’” said Katherine, quoting “As You Like It.” “I was happier when I was brought onto teams when they knew exactly who I was and where my abilities were.” So, for instance, when she interviewed at Bank of America she didn’t pretend to have financial industry expertise and experience. With the Chamber, she didn’t gloss over her then lack of executive experience. “(It was about) really just owning where I’m at: This is what I’m wanting to do and what I’m willing to do if I’m supposed to be the next person to fill the role,” she said. “And that taught me that it was OK to be myself and be comfortable in my skin.”
With 21 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and five consecutive Sweet 16s (the longest active streak in the country), Gonzaga has become a model of consistency. Katherine said what’s often overlooked is the work required for such lofty achievements.
days it’s the last thing you want to do. “Put your shoes on and take that first step whether you want to or not,” she coaches. “I go back to my ‘why.’ What am I trying to achieve here? Why did I accept this role? What’s the greater purpose this team is trying to accomplish? And lace up, get outside and start walking. And eventually, I’ll start to run.”
“It’s a reminder for me, for those days when I’m in the arena, did I do the work?” she said. “Have I remained disciplined, because it’s going to show if I did or if I didn’t. Gonzaga has shown day in, day out, season after season, that they show up and they get it done every single time because they do the work, unwaveringly, every single day.”
Oh, and don’t forget about your people. “In those times I’m vulnerable, I go back to my tribe,” she said. “(When I) come alongside others, eventually that motivation comes, and then I’m unstoppable.”
The tough part, of course, is in actually pulling this level of execution off on those
NO. 4: " NEVER GIVE UP " Last March, Gonzaga bowed out of the Elite Eight to Texas Tech. In that final game of the season, only 3 of Gonzaga’s 69 points were scored by players who are back fighting for another deep run in 2020. Katherine finds this type of personnel turnover from year to year a testament to the power of resiliency. “I know we’ve all faced those seasons where we’ve tried and tried again and gotten so close to, as some might say, capturing the gold ring,” she said. “It can certainly be discouraging, sometimes causing yourself to question why you are even trying and if it’s worth it again.” She said she has taken inspiration in her own professional career from the way Gonzaga recommits to excellence after
each season. “I’ve been in roles I have loved and been so honored to serve in, (a part of) teams that were magical,” she said. “To hope to make that transition to the next chapter for all the right reasons can be very difficult and emotional and discouraging.” And then she remembers that Coach Few got up the morning after losing the 2017 National Championship game and started working on reaching even greater heights the next season. “You’re going to try and try again, because that’s your why, that’s your purpose — it’s who you are,” Katherine said. “That’s what Bulldogs do. When the world zigs, we Zag.”
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MAY I RECOMMEND THE … FOUR POPUL AR LOCAL MENU ITEMS FOR 2020 Cougar Gold Grilled Cheese Trailbreaker Cider, 2204 N. Madson Road
Starring its namesake — WSU Creamery's Cougar Gold Cheese — this sandwich is toasted to melty perfection. Additional ingredients include bacon, heirloom tomato and thinly sliced Walla Walla sweet onions — as well as a couple other cheeses (you know, just to be melt-iculous about it).
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT First things first, when talking about Trailbreaker Cider, you can’t overlook that this sandwich can be enjoyed with an incredible cider. Made on-site. In a first-class venue. “Our facility is quite unique in that we are one of the few cideries in the United States that produces cider from apples year-round in one facility,” Owner Trent Maier said. “We do not generally import any apple juice and typically produce as many of our products on-site as possible.” Those products include a selection of 16-20 hard ciders at any given time (and a couple-three of the non-alcoholic variety), along with a variety of food options, from pretzels to hummus to wraps. Among many popular items, the Cougar Gold Grilled Cheese has become a standout. “I think it appeals to many people with the Cougar name, and it's very delicious so that doesn't hurt either,” Maier said.
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Everything on the food menu comes with a gluten-free option, and the ciders are gluten free as well. There are also vegan menu items, and the Trailbreaker team runs an allergyconscious kitchen to cater to all patrons. The menu also features kid-friendly fare, echoing the family-friendly vibe of the establishment. Even when it’s not happy hour (half-price appetizers 3 to 6 p.m. daily), ownership keeps affordability a primary consideration. “We opened to the public last July and have steadily increased our kitchen capacity and food production since that time,” Maier said. “Our goal is to always develop new and creative food choices that are made with the best ingredients we can find while still being affordable for anyone.” The open design of the facility allows for fun and unique seating for diners and makes it an ideal venue for events. “Our facility is quickly becoming the premier event center within Liberty Lake,” Maier said. “The fact that we offer food, beverages and plenty of room for groups of all sizes without charging for use of the space is proving to be a nice addition to the community, and we couldn't be happier about finding our niche within this awesome Liberty Lake area.” For more on Trailbreaker Cider, see ad on page 90.
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WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT One of the most popular dishes at the award-winning restaurant, it features a blend of four peppercorns and spice, then caramelizes and sears this USDA Prime grade steak to the guest’s specifications. The finish is a French cream demi-glace reduction. The whole nature of the dish is created by a three-day simmering process of roasting veal bones in-house to create an intense, flavorful stock, which gives the base for the finalization of the sauce and the tantalizing overall flavor. Then there’s the wine. Wine Spectator recognized MAX at Mirabeau with its “Best of Award of Excellence,” the only restaurant in the Inland Northwest to achieve the distinction (four others received Awards of Excellence, one level lower). Featuring wines from Washington, California and Oregon, as well as popular MAX house wines resulting from local partnerships, the Spokane Valley restaurant has become known for an extensive wine list that is the class of the region. MAX’s wine experience takes center stage on the first Wednesday of month (subject to temporary gathering restrictions put in place to combat COVID-19). On these Wednesdays, a local artist and regional winery are featured for a reception that includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres. A complete wine list, menu and information about events is available at maxatmirabeau.com. For more on MAX at Mirabeau, see ad on page 78.
Herb Chicken Mediterranean Pizza Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza 1318 N. Liberty Lake Road
Papa Murphy’s crispy thin crust topped with olive oil, chopped garlic, whole-milk mozzarella, grilled chicken, fresh spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, crumbled feta and zesty herbs. Also available on original or pan crust.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT Don’t tell Ed Elliott you’re not supposed to choose favorites. The marketing director for Liberty Lake Papa Murphy’s and five other Inland Northwest franchises has spent the better part of two decades making, baking and sampling every pizza on the Papa Murphy’s menu. But bump into him leaving the store on a Friday night with a take-home pie? It’s going to be the Herb Chicken Mediterranean. “Honestly, it’s the healthiest, best-tasting pizza I’ve ever had,” he said. “I’ve been doing this for a long time. I still eat that pizza. I’ve never burned out on it.” For Elliott, the allure begins with a “very Italian, really simple sauce” consisting of chopped garlic in olive oil. A bit of added Greek influence give the pizza its Mediterranean name. About the only thing he likes better at Papa Murphy’s than the Herb Chicken Mediterranean is the team he works with every day. From the Liberty Lake crew, to the teams at the other
locations, to the local, family ownership, Elliott is proud how every person is truly “part of the family.” The local franchise is operated by a business founded in Hayden in 1992 by Inland Northwest residents Bill and G’Nell DeLack. For more on Liberty Lake Papa Murphy’s, see ad on page 89.
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expect prepackaged items that have been sitting in a food warmer for whoknows-how-long. “That’s not what this is,” said Fran Stevens, the 10-year Chevron employee and longtime Liberty Lake resident behind Frannie’s Kitchen. “It’s not been sitting there for hours. You always have people who are prejudiced against gas station food, and we just have to fight the stigma.”
For someone with culinary training and experience working in catering and for resorts, Fran might seem overqualified for the job, but she loves the community environment, repeat customers and ability to surprise people with what they can find inside their local convenience store.
Southwest Breakfast Burrito
Frannie’s Kitchen at Chevron, 1109 N. Liberty Lake Road Featuring sausage, eggs, peppers, onions, hashbrowns and cheese, this breakfast burrito is freshly made in Frannie’s Kitchen inside Liberty Lake Chevron. Full-pound burrito option also available.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT When you think of food prepared
fresh by a trained chef with years of experience, you probably aren’t thinking about gas station fare. Yet that’s exactly what’s offered in the northwest corner of Liberty Lake Chevron through Frannie’s Kitchen. People walking in for the first time often
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“Once they come in, they come back, and they tell their friends,” she said. “I just have to get them in the door.” After establishing a loyal lunch crowd with gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Liberty Lake Chevron expanded this past year to provide breakfast offerings from 7 to 10 a.m. The combination of fresh-made food with grab-and-go convenience was already a hit, and a crowd of breakfast regulars formed quickly. Owner Don Douglas said credit goes to Fran, who works behind the register for Chevron when she’s not behind the grill a few paces away. Fran makes the burritos and sandwiches to order, usually while visiting with the customer. She uses hearty meats, real cheese and fresh, store-bought ingredients she hand-selects. Customers also love her homemade cookies. In addition to the Southwest Breakfast Burrito, Fran said morning commuters love grabbing the Three Little Pigs — a ham, bacon and sausage burrito — and the Southern Style, highlighted by sausage and gravy. Lunch standouts include grilled-to-order specialty sandwiches from the Pulled Pork and Cheddar, to the Italian, to the ever-changing Specialty Sandwich of the Week. “It’s not what you would expect from a gas station,” Don said of Frannie’s Kitchen. “We don’t know what’s next in her fresh kitchen, but we know it will taste great!”
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each night. Even the barbecue sauce and marinade are homemade, Miss Shirley said, and a Cantina is available for the grown-up folks.
Miss Shirley, Dusty and Miss Pammie creativity and humorous acting and Miss Pammie “with her singing and yodeling — I mean, she has brought me to tears — I never, ever, ever get tired of listening to them,” Miss Shirley said. “It’s an easy thing to sell when you love it so much.” The rest of the Riders of the Rockin’ B add their musical gifts to the evening, while the “go back till it’s gone” BBQ supper is made fresh
Then there’s the humor, which starts outside the barn prior to dinner with a rubber chicken-flying, outhouseexploding shootout featuring the Marshal and his bumbling deputy, Dusty Bicuspid. Later, during the stage show, Dusty shares the story of “Rindercella,” which has become such a hit that returning adults will complain if it isn’t included in the set. “He is probably the greatest ad libber in the world,” she said of Dusty, who looks suspiciously like Scott with teeth missing. “Nothing ever floors him. He has a comment back for everything, and his (exchanges) with the kids are absolutely priceless.” Between Dusty’s appearances and the toe-tappin’ music, the cowboy supper shows are known to keep family members of all ages entertained all the live-long evening. In 2020, Rockin’ B Ranch cowboy supper shows are scheduled the final Friday and Saturday of each month, June through September. With only eight dates to choose from, the shows fill up quickly. As reservation manager, “Miss Shirley” encourages you to call her at 509891-9016 or purchase online at www.rockinbranch.com.
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These days, her favorite place to watch the show is from the back so she can watch the joy on the faces of the people she met on the phone or in the ticket line. She said she’s seen many a bad day or bad mood reversed by the Rockin’ B. “It’s like when you go on vacation and you forget that you’re broke and you have problems,” Miss Shirley said. “You walk into the barn, and it’s like those problems just fly out.” For more on Rockin’ B Ranch, see ad on page 70.
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BY JOSH JOHNSON I love coffee shops. I love to read in coffee shops. I love to write in coffee shops. I love to converse in coffee shops. Coffee is my jam. As a freelance writer and copywriter (when I'm not publishing the Liberty Lake Yearbook), I decided to start a new website this fall for two reasons: 1) to create a single, online outlet for showcasing the stories about my business partners, and 2) for fun.
“What I found was when my 5-yearold went into school all day, I was really lonely, and animals don’t talk back,” she laughed. “It took about 5 minutes a day to feed all the animals. And then it was like, ‘Man, what am I going to do?’ There are really only so many classes at the gym you can go to.”
It's the latter reason that led me to call it coffeejosh.com and begin writing biweekly stories about local coffee shops and local people.
Lisa found the answer in a longtime ambition. She bought a local coffee shop.
Among the stories so far: a piece on every locally owned coffee shop within a 3-mile radius of Liberty Lake Exit 296. (I like Starbucks just fine, but it's harder to get a sit down with the owner there.) Following are favorite excerpts about each of the seven shops close enough to ride your bike to. The shops appear in alphabetical order. As I could only fit a fraction of the content, check out the link at the end of each excerpt for much more.
BLISSFUL WHISK 1612 N. Barker Road Tiffany Cable was walking down the street in Astoria, Ore., on a celebration vacation — she had just graduated from culinary school and signed the lease for a new bakery — when she noticed a giant whisk in the window of a reclaimed furniture store. Inquiring within, she learned it was from an 80-quart, 1920s-era Hobart mixer used by a local bakery that opened in Astoria in 1902. It was freshly donated to the furniture store by the wife of the third generation baker-owner. He had recently passed away. “I’m hoping he followed me to the
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The whisk that inspired the name of Tiffany Cable’s bakery bakery, and I have a baker looking over my shoulder making sure I’m not screwing up, because he did this so long and was really loved in that community,” Tiffany said. The Blissful Whisk was born, and that whisk is now part of the decor. In fact, so much of the identity of the business revolves around the “whisk” theme, that one has to wonder what might have been if not for that fateful stroll through Astoria. Tiffany’s name for her new bakery before that day? “The Cracked Mug.”
At 514 N. Barker Road, Cozy Coffee was located just blocks from home, allowing her to put in a full shift and still be out the door by 2:30 to pick up the kids after school. A Realtor friend inquired with Raymond Siegel, the founding owner of Cozy Coffee who developed the property in 2011 and opened to customers in early 2012. He was open to the sale, and the transaction was made in 2019. coffeejosh.com/cozy-coffee
COZY COFFEE 514 N. Barker Road Lisa and Ryan Olson live on a Greenacres farm with their four kids, chickens, goats, sheep and alpacas. The acreage reflected the Olsons’ priority for keeping two daughters and two sons (ages 10, 8, 6 and 5) outside and busy. Outside the house and busy also happen to be priorities for Mom and
Beet and Turmeric lattes with biscotti at Cozy Coffee
22026 E. Country Vista Drive Liberty Lake Veterinary Center owner Dr. Julie Clark was pursuing her veterinary studies at Washington State University when a group of research beagles came through the school.
It’s the start of a new decade, and if 2020 Andy LaBolle could travel back and have a chat with his younger self, he would start by having 2010 Andy sit down and put on a seat belt.
“I don’t want to criticize because I don’t really understand everything, but it was all a bunch of beagles, and they were doing brain surgery on them to develop a procedure for people that had brain problems like epilepsy,” Dr. Clark said.
“I would say, ‘Hold on, it’s nothing like you think it’s going to be,’” Andy said. LABOLLE
She was able to adopt one of the beagles. “He had one brain surgery — we called him crazy, and that’s the Crazy Beagle name,” she said of the drive through she owns in front of her clinic. “It was after a real beagle who had brain surgery.” Every once in a while, someone will come by not for coffee but with a certain breed of dog riding shotgun. “They will say, ‘we actually have a crazy beagle’ and ask if they can take a picture with our sign,” said longtime manager Jillian DeHaan, adding several beagle owners have offered their pet as the company mascot. coffeejosh.com/ crazy-beagle
Roman Chebotarev pulls shots at International Coffee & Bakery “Our parents have 15 kids — no twins, one mother and father,” Nina said. “I’m No. 6.” If you’re keeping track at home, Dina is No. 12 and Roman is No. 14. The family has lived in the Spokane area for 16 years, and is heavily invested in the Greenacres Shopping Center. Nina owns and operates Greenacres Cleaners next door to the bakery. Dina and her husband own Greenacres Cabinets a couple doors further down. Roman recently finished four years of business studies at Eastern Washington University. “I’ve always wanted a coffee shop,” he said, and his work launching this newest facet of the business has been a hit with customers and family alike.
INTERNATIONAL COFFEE & BAKERY 18209 E. Appleway Ave. Siblings Nina Lapin, Dina Nikulin and Roman Chebotarev opened the business together in August 2019, and they offer it all — including Mom’s famous pastries, breads and cakes they have been eating their whole lives. Family recipes are served alongside an array of other treats and menu items with roots in Russia and eastern Europe.
“We’ve got everybody hooked now,” Dina said. “Mom comes in here, ‘Roman, make me my coffee!’” Mom still does some of the baking, and Nina’s recipes are also featured. The focus is tried-and-true recipes with no additives that the family has enjoyed for years. coffeejosh.com/international-coffeebakery Story continued on page 84
In November, Andy opened West Plains Roasters in downtown Cheney, a specialty coffee shop selling his own coffee. That wasn’t the plan, but not much of what transpired this past decade was. Along the way: • Andy lost more than 100 pounds (down from a high of 330), during which period he was a staple at the Liberty Lake Athletic Club. • He earned the distinguished black apron while working at Liberty Lake Starbucks (for baristas who have passed the company's Coffee Masters program), and he earned a plaque for the day he led the company in coffee sales, nationwide. • He worked in Kenya as a missionary with his wife, Hannah. • He ran a screamo metal concert venue in Otis Orchards called The Kave. • He was hit by a car while riding his bicycle, and regulars at the Liberty Lake Starbucks pooled together to buy him a road bike worth more than $1,000. 2010 Andy was anxious and risk averse. 2020 Andy would tell you that he is still anxious, but he has learned to be regret averse. “Regret sucks,” he said. “That’s part of why we’re opening a coffee shop. ..." Read more at coffeejosh.com/ west-plains-roasters
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"CoffeeJosh Crumbs" (continued) occurrence: the first time customers came through the drive-through on horseback. “It happens often, but the first time was pretty funny,” he recalled. “I was like, ‘What is happening? Where are you going to put this? There’s no cup holder on a horse.’” coffeejosh.com/jack-and-the-bean-shop
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A Red Bull Italian Soda at Jack and the Bean Shop
JACK AND THE BEAN SHOP 4707 N. Harvard Road In 2009, Jeremy and Christa Gray were looking for new directions following the crash in the housing market. In those days, Jeremy built spec homes through his business, Gray Homes. “I was literally just wondering what I was supposed to do; I was bidding jobs and just not getting anything,” Jeremy recalled. “I went on Craigslist and came across this coffee shop being for sale.”
As with many great ideas, this one was partially self-serving. The craft pour over coffee bar at Liberty Lake Wake Up Call has been a smash hit with local coffee drinkers, but Christopher Arkoosh is president of its fan club. He also owns the place. Ever since starting Wake Up Call with coowner (and mother-in-law) Christi Walsh in 2004, Arkoosh said each new location brings fresh ideas as the company grows and the industry changes. A pour over coffee aficionado, this recent investment was added at a location that, coincidentally, is the
closest Wake Up Call to his own Liberty Lake home. He is a frequent consumer, enjoying either the House Blend or the rotating cast of specialty brews from places spanning the globe. On the day of our interview, he enjoyed a medium to light roast from Papau New Guinea. “That’s what’s so fun about coffee,” Christopher said. “It’s always changing. Every year, you think you have just about caught up, and then something changes.” The pour over bar is unique to Wake Up Call's ninth location, opened in Liberty Lake in 2019. The secret to ordering, according to Christopher, is connected to time of day. “I would say our House blend is rock solid all morning; it’s good all around,” Christopher said. “But in the afternoon, sometimes it’s fun to have something different. We had a big, heavy Kenyan here (a while) ago. If you tried to drink it in the morning, it felt like you were trying to have a glass of beer before 8. But after dinner, it is really nice.” coffeejosh.com/wake-up-call
That shop was Jack and the Bean Shop. The Grays were entrepreneurs who loved coffee. Just as importantly, they loved Otis Orchards. “Being in a community is cool,” Jeremy said. “People know us, and we know them. … You make these connections with people.” The Grays were purposeful about their increased partnership in the community, investing in their local church and schools. Jeremy admits to being a bit surprised by just how much of a family element exists in a small town coffee shop filled with regulars, but that's not the only surprise the new shop had for him. While it’s become a common occurrence over the years, he will never forget that truly Otis Orchards
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Wake Up Call co-owner Christopher Arkoosh at the pour over bar
OWNERS’ ORDERS What would you choose off your own menu?
Tiffany Cable Owner, The Blissful Whisk
1612 N. Barker Road Spokane Valley 509-242-3189 @theblissfulwhiskspokane on Facebook and Instagram
Tiffany’s ideal Blissful Whisk order has a distinctly British feel, which means it must start with tea. Her favorite is either the Mandala Spicy Chai with Oat Milk or the CinnaMint Spice, served in a kettle. From the bakery, Cable favors the Lemon Basil Scone with Clotted Cream and Raspberry Jam. Important: Slice the scone in half, and spread the clotted cream before the jam. “My grandma was English, and she said Americans were savages in the way they eat scones, because they just eat it like a biscuit,” Tiffany said. “She taught me you always put the clotted cream first because that’s the way the Queen does it. Somebody once did a promotion for me, ‘Don’t be a scone-eating savage.’”
21980 E. Country Vista Drive A while back, a couple walked into The WELL Coffeehouse Pub & Eatery holding hands just as owner Natalie Gauvin was closing the store for the day. “I said, ‘I’m sorry; we’re closed,’” she recalled. “And they said, ‘Oh. OK, well do you mind if we just look around for a little bit?’” Natalie agreed, and the couple huddled in the corner, “making googly eyes and talking sweet to each other.” As she picked up some context clues, Natalie began to ask about their story, learning that exactly one year prior the couple had met at The WELL on a blind date after connecting online. The woman said she had picked The WELL as a safe spot and promised herself a short date and that the two would leave separately. “She said, ‘I don’t know if you remember us, but we sat here for four hours, and then I felt so comfortable I got into his car, and the rest of the date we just drove around and talked, and we ended up having dinner. It was a 13-hour date, and we haven’t been apart since,’” Natalie recalled. coffeejosh.com/the-well
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THREE QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR
COFFEE BY JOSH JOHNSON
Professor Stacy Taninchev would love to talk to you about your cup of coffee. No, not about latte art or that crazy-amazing cappuccino that made your week — though as a former Liberty Lake coffee shop owner she would be all ears. Rather, Taninchev has a penchant for getting her Gonzaga University students to percolate on a favorite topic until they glean insights into themselves and the world they live in. Example: The class she teaches based upon “The Hunger Games” that provokes discussion about authoritarian regimes, basic human rights and the values of democracy. Love coffee? Enroll in her first-year seminar class, “POLS 193: Brewing Justice: The Global Coffee Trade.” But in case you don’t get around to it, here are three questions to ask your next cup of coffee, inspired by a conversation with Taninchev at Arctos Coffee and Roasting Co., just down the street from the GU campus.
Gonzaga Professor Stacy Taninchev
QUESTION 1: WHERE ARE YOU FROM? One of the assignments in the “Brewing Justice” class is a coffee shop interview. Students head to Spokanearea shops with inquiries exploring the origins of the coffee served at each establishment. Some baristas are clueless, while an increasing number can trace every step a bean took since departing its original home growing region — some even able to name the farm it was grown on. Taninchev then teaches her students to research and ask questions about the place this coffee originated from, such as: • Was it grown in an area where farming practices are leading to deforestation? Shade-grown coffee plants typically produce a greater yield, but the greater density and conveniences created when canopies of trees are cleared out of the way makes sun-drenched planting a common practice in once-forested regions of the world.
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• What about the wildlife that call these farms home? The Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute actually runs a “Bird Friendly” certification process for coffee growers. Sun-drenched coffee farms that have been carved clean from forests remain hospitable to 61 bird species in Peru, according to Smithsonian researchers. By comparison, “partial shade” farms support 79 species. Natural, shade-grown farms, with layers of canopies reaching as high as 35 meters? A whopping 243 species of birds can be supported there. • What about the coffee region’s political environment? Many of the best coffee-growing regions in the world are formerly colonized countries that have faced a long series of challenges. Taninchev encourages her students to learn about these places. What is the history of coffee growing in the country? Was there oppression of indigenous
peoples or other coffee growers/laborers? How have government regulations affected them? How has the global trade regime affected them? “We start with the cup of coffee we drink, but
my goal as an international relations and political science professor is to get these students to understand … the interconnections between us and the rest of the world and how we affect each other,” Taninchev said.
QUESTION 2: WHO BROUGHT YOU HERE? If your coffee could tell you about the human hands it has passed through, the stories may read like a novel. Indeed, Taninchev’s students do read a novel. “The Taste of Many Mountains” was written by economics professor Bruce Wydick in part to illustrate the human impact of coffee’s journey from peasant Guatemalan growers to a U.S. cup.
who are abandoning their farms to migrate to the United States. Why? External factors have pushed the price of coffee down sharply the past two years, leaving Guatemalan farmers unable to cover costs — even fair-trade and premium growers who are guaranteed a minimum price per pound are nowhere close to breaking even.
“I do want them to think about the farmer behind the cup when they think about whether they want to pay 25 cents more for a cup of coffee at a place that has organic Fair Trade coffee,” Taninchev said. “But what’s more important than paying more for the coffee and understanding certifications is helping people. … It’s to empathize with people in other places and to understand their history and political system and how it affects people’s everyday lives.”
Taninchev teaches her students to ask questions about the real human beings behind the coffee we drink. Is there a way to help them receive better education? Are the leaders of coffee-originating countries as well as coffee-consuming countries treating the farmers humanely? Should “economic migrants” fleeing poverty and starvation be treated differently from refugees fleeing persecution and violence?
She referenced a June 2019 Washington Post article detailing the plight of Guatemalan coffee farmers
“The most important thing is I want people to understand and empathize with people in other countries,” Taninchev said.
QUESTION 3: HOW ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE ME A BETTER HUMAN? Taninchev is often asked about the best certification to look for “to get the most money back to the growers.” Before addressing the question of certifications, she emphasizes that helping those growers receive an education is more important than giving them a slightly higher price for their coffee. “The certifications bring them a little more income, but access to education will bring them opportunities to get out of coffee growing and pursue other careers as well as the ability to hold their government responsible for injustices,” she said. “Knowledge is power.” That said, she encourages U.S. consumers to learn about endorsements such as Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, Bird Friendly or certified organic. Single origin relationships are becoming more common in specialty coffee shops, a trend Taninchev added
could be ideal if third-party oversights are also involved to keep one or both of the parties in these direct trade relationships from “saying whatever they want.” “For me, being a responsible consumer is one part of the equation,” Taninchev explained, “but it’s much more important to understand your connection in the global order, how not only your consumption patterns but also your political choices affect other people and affect us.” Through her “Brewing Justice” class, Taninchev and her students have the unique opportunity to study this connection firsthand. In 2017, she traveled to Colombia to study the coffee industry. But education is available closer to home, indeed as close as your favorite cup of coffee. Sit down with it, breathe deeply of that invigorating aroma — and ask your coffee some questions.
Stacy Taninchev, Ph.D, is associate professor and chair of the political science department at Gonzaga University. She lives in Liberty Lake with her husband, Bobby, an executive chef who specializes in Mediterranean-inspired food. The Taninchevs own Bobby’s Café & Catering and previously owned Twisp Café & Coffee House, both based in Liberty Lake. For a shareable version of this story and others like it, visit coffeejosh.com/conversations.
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PROFILES & MILESTONES LOCAL BUSINESSES MAKING THEIR MARK VICTORY MEDIA
KUHLMANN FINDS 'VICTORY' IN COMMUNITY
FAMILY BIZ CELEBRATING 70 YEARS
Over a March weekend, COVID-19 turned the way business is transacted in the Inland Northwest on its head. By Monday, Liberty Lake resident Dayne Kuhlmann had scheduled three weeks’ worth of Facebook Live Q&A sessions with experts to provide crisis-specific help for local businesses on topics from food service to financial options to marketing.
A Spokane Valley family business turns 70 this year, and its thirdgeneration owner is proud to lead the celebrations. Tracy Jewelers opened in 1950 on the northeast corner of Sprague Avenue and Argonne Road. Watchmaker Patrick Tracy and his wife, Norann, built the SEAN TRACY business over its first 25 years. Today, it is led by grandson Sean Tracy in a modern showroom just northeast of Sprague’s intersection with Evergreen Road. Sean Tracy is a Central Valley High School grad who grew up making memories playing in the waters of Liberty Lake. After working as a jeweler in the 1990s, he spent a career in the hospitality industry before taking the helm of the family business five years ago. His aunt and former owner, Maureen Tracy, also remains involved. Alongside the Tracy family values of honesty, integrity and community involvement, stunningly-designed jewelry has endured as the hallmark of the family business. Tracy Jewelers is known as the place “where Spokane gets engaged” and stocks an extensive selection of diamond and colored gemstone jewelry in 14k, 18k gold and platinum. The pieces are unique and often one-of-a-kind, with exclusive designer lines and custom manufacturing at the heart of the business.
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What might have required weeks of planning came together quickly and organically for Kuhlmann and his Victory Media marketing agency. Kuhlmann held video sessions daily and started building a waiting list of experts willing to help. “Part of this is the magic of our community,” Kuhlmann said. “Our network of clients and community
Patrick and Norann Tracy Tracy Jewelers offers in-house design and repair and is the only AGS accredited gem lab in the Spokane area. Tracy also belongs to the Jewelers Vigilance Committee and the Better Business Bureau. With such a long heritage of support from the greater Spokane community, Tracy Jewelers is committed to giving back. Among an array of community causes, the family business supports Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, Coaches vs. Cancer and the Susan Komen Race for the Cure. For more, visit tracyjewelers.com and see ad on page 79.
Liberty Lake's Dayne Kuhlmann honored in December issue
is just amazing. We attract the type of people who want to help one another.” This is exactly what he was looking for when he left the traditional marketing world — “I was absolutely miserable with my job” — and launched Victory Media in 2017. He ran it solo out of coffee shops that first year, but less than three years later leads a 12-person agency representing brands all over the Northwest. On April 1 of this year, Victory Media merged with MDI Digital, a longtime Spokane marketing company, under the Victory Media banner, a move that accelerated Victory’s growth and capabilities beyond Kuhlmann’s original projections. “It happened way faster than I thought it would,” he said. “I put myself on a 10-year track to get where we are now. With a lot of favor and luck, we’re at this point.” Kuhlmann credits his team, who took home a handful of American Advertising Federation Awards in its 2020 competition. “We want to be the best,” he said. “Even though there are some great agencies out there, we want to be the premier. We want to be the agency people want to work at. We want to be the agency clients want to work with. We want to set the trend.” Kuhlmann was honored as a 20 Under 40 Award winner in the December issue of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living, and he deflects a lot of credit to a spot on the map between those two cities.
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“I genuinely don’t think it would have happened this fast or with this much support if not for Liberty Lake,” he said. For more on Victory Media, visit www. govictory.agency and see ad on page 72.
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CLARK'S TIRE & AUTO
'DO THE RIGHT THING,' 10 YEARS AND RUNNING Ten years ago, Chris Clark placed a bet on the two decades of automotive experience he had gained working for respected industry mentors, and went all in on his own venture, opening Clark’s Tire & Automotive at 16010 E. Sprague Ave. Since that day on Aug. 8, 2010, he’s built a business around serving the community and has been blessed to see that community support him back. Clark’s philosophy is simple: “Do the right thing.” Emphasizing integrity, customer service and a one-stop automotive care philosophy, his business has grown rapidly, including the addition of a second location at 710 W. Francis Ave. in Spokane. Along the way, Clark’s has picked up awards from local Chambers of Commerce and recognition from the dozens of sports teams, school fundraisers and nonprofit causes the business has supported. His favorites are the times he has been able to help connect people down on their luck with a vehicle or discounted service, or donating proceeds from special events to a favorite nonprofit like SNAP or Meals on Wheels. He is also proud of his partnership with the Washington State Patrol, maintaining and repairing many fleet vehicles over the years.
Chris Clark and family Clark defers a lot of credit for his success to his team of longtime employees. “I just have a really good crew,” he said. “It’s almost like hand-picking the best of the best.” Away from the business, Clark loves everything outdoors and his beloved Seattle Seahawks. His first love is his family, including wife, Erin, and their five children. For more, visit clarkstires.com and see ad on page 81.
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FOUR DECADES OF LOVE FOR LIBERTY LAKE
When she moved to Liberty Lake with her family some 40-plus years ago, Shelley Crump was 12. She couldn’t have known it then, but she had arrived in a community she would happily invest her life in. The oldest of 11 Demars children, Shelley played in the open, undeveloped fields and made lifelong friends with families that remain a part of the fabric of Liberty Lake. “The circle of friends I hung out with then I consider some of the finest people,” she said. “And the way those people raised their families set the footing for how this whole community would develop. It’s an example, a standard that was set.” Shelley’s own family includes her
three children with husband, David Crump, who served on the City Council for the first decade of the city’s existence. Like Shelley, her children all went through Central Valley High School and were immersed in the Liberty Lake experience, from embracing all the outdoor amenities CRUMP to seeing Dr. Scott Ralph for orthodontic needs (and having their winning smiles featured in many of his advertisements). “I love the community feel here and the dedication to strong families,” Shelley said. “I love that it’s so important everyone is outdoors and using the trail systems.” And when you love something for so long, it’s easy to want to invest in it, something the family has done through church, organizations and municipal leadership.
“We have been dedicated to Liberty Lake because we want to see it continue to grow in a way that is family oriented and strong business oriented,” she said. Shelley has built her own business in Liberty Lake. As a tax accountant with 20 years of experience, she works with individuals, corporations and small businesses with a specialty in making money matters stress free. It’s just one more way she can invest
in a community that has meant so much to her for more than four decades, a community that still reflects the values of strong families, unity and recreation that she experienced as a girl. “Actually, our kids are still running in the same fields we played in as kids,” Shelley said. “Today, those fields are just called Pavillion Park or called Rocky Hill.” For more on Shelley Crump’s accounting practice, see ad on page 85.
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BIRD'S EYE ON LIBERTY LAKE
JE AERIAL Liberty Lake resident James Edwards is a project manager by day and a Part 107 licensed drone photographer for fun. "I love the aerial part and giving people a whole new perspective," he said. "I now take my drone with me everywhere I go." "Everywhere" has included, Maui, Arizona and his best-selling photo, "Go Cougs" crop art over the Palouse, but his beautiful home community has received most of his attention. Edwards markets his photos through the name JE Aerial. He is available to take specific photos for clients, and all of his prints on Facebook (JE Aerial) and Instagram (@jeaerial) are available for sale. For more, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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20 Y E A R S , C O U N T L E S S A M A Z I N G P A R T N E R S BY JOSH JOHNSON Owner and Publisher (15)*
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MOST LIKELY TO SEE 20/20 Dr. Bret Ulrich, Liberty Lake EyeCare (20) Twenty out of twenty! Liberty Lake EyeCare is the only business to advertise in every publication since the first edition debuted (see pictured ad from the inaugural publication released in fall 2000). Then: Dr. Ulrich had just opened the previous February. Now: The community’s classical guitar-building, Maltipooloving, ageless first optometrist just opened a spacious, modern showroom and office at 22011 E. Country Vista Drive. When I think of Dr. Ulrich, I think of the consummate gentleman, as kind and classy as they come.
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MOST LIKELY TO HAVE OUR BACK Dr. Scott Ralph, Liberty Lake Orthodontics (19) Our inaugural issue didn’t feature a back cover advertiser, and it didn’t feature Dr. Ralph. Every edition since that one has featured Dr. Ralph on the back cover. He is one of my favorite advertising collaborators, because he and his team always bring creative concepts to work with. In the early days, he was riding scooters and snowboards and reminding parents to schedule a consultation for their 7-year-old. These days, he’s playing “Ralphie” from “The Christmas Story” (see back cover). “How Liberty Lake Connects”
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PUTTING THE ‘FAMILY’ IN FAMILY DENTISTRY Dr. Tim Casey, Liberty Lake Smile Source (18) When I think of Dr. Casey, I can’t help but think of his incredible family. In his first ad (circa fall 2002, at right), he included a picture of his family of four. For many years thereafter, it felt like we had an annual tradition of taking new family photos because — congrats, Pops! — the Caseys had another baby. The last family picture I took was in 2016, and we got both parents, all seven kids and a family dog in that one. My enduring memories from those occasions will always be the warmth, hospitality and incredible smiles all nine of the Caseys displayed, a vibe you also feel at Liberty Lake Smile Source.
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Guardian Angel Homes (16)
Stor-a-Way Self Storage (17) Owner Randy Lentes and resident managers Bob and Kimberlee Soule are the rare operators of storage units who try to help you either downsize or move out of units you no longer need. Through community “George Sales” or personal support, they work tirelessly to help people store valuables — while unloading items they no longer value.
Joan Estudillo, administrator at the Liberty Lake facility since 2003, cares about seniors and their families in a truly “guardian angel” way. Not only is she incredibly warm and compassionate, but she is well informed about common fraud or abusive business practices that target seniors. She embraces the role of protector and advocate, and her community is better for it.
MRS. LIBERTY LAKE
LIBERTY LAKE 2040 AWARD
Shelley Crump, Tax Accountant (15)
Meadow Wood Children’s Center (15)
Years ago, when I owned The Splash, I was up against a press deadline and had a nagging hole to fill on a page. My solution: I doubled the size of a photo of Shelley Crump singing the national anthem at a community event. Of course it was Shelley, who has spent four decades tirelessly serving the Liberty Lake community in a million different ways, as has her husband, David, and incredible extended family.
In 20 years, Liberty Lake will still be the best place on earth, and we can already thank people like sisters Fawn Dunn and Heather Lance, their mom Peggy Miller and Heather’s daughter, Amanda Lance. To invest 25 years (and counting) in a family business devoted to the community’s future, our kids, is an entrepreneurial pursuit less about the money and more about our families.
FOUNDERS AWARD: Nathan and Shaun Brown (6) The same people who gave our community The Splash in 1999 founded what was called @ Your Doorstep in the fall of 2000. It evolved into the Community Directory (years 2-15), the Guide (16-17) and the Yearbook (18-20). Simply put, Liberty Lake would not be the informed and connected community it is today without this entrepreneurial couple made up of two of my all-time favorite people. (Picture: 2006 Directory, which we published jointly as a transition year.)
DIRECTORY DIAMONDS! Thanks to the following 2020 partners for being in half or more of our 20 editions. Greenstone Homes (14) Pam Fredrick — John L. Scott (14) Rockin’ B Ranch (14) Affordable Self Storage (13)
Horizon Credit Union (13) Papa Murphy’s (11) Family Medicine/Healthy Living Liberty Lake (10)
John L. Scott Real Estate (10) MultiCare Rockwood Liberty Lake Clinic (10) Quality Hardwood Floors (10) STCU (10)
SPECIAL NOTICE While the following are not part of the 2020 edition, each played a major role in making this publication a special Liberty Lake tradition over the years. These historical partners have also been in half or more editions. City of Liberty Lake (15) Liberty Lake Athletic Club (15) Ponti Veterinary Center (15) Simonds Dental Group (14) Trailhead Golf Course (14) Valley OBGYN (14) Wolff, Hislop & Crockett (14) Liberty Lake Municipal Library (13)
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Northwest Insurance Brokers (13) Palenque Mexican Restaurant (12) State Farm Insurance - Emily Osborne (12) Therapeutic Associates (12) Cullings Family Dentistry (11) Edward Jones - Scott Draper (11) George Gee Automotive (11)
Golden Dragon Restaurant (11) Greater Spokane Valley Chamber (11) Idea Rockets (11) KiDDS Dental (11) Mary Kay - Lynette Stroh (11) Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists (11) San Franciso Sourdough (11) Valley Young People's Clinic (11)
Big Trout Lodge (10) Binns Family Chiropractic (10) Country Vista Car Wash (10) Domino's Pizza (10) Hemenway Roofing (10) Shanks Painting (10) St. Joseph's Catholic Church (10) Valley Hospital (10)
Liberty Lake 2018 A COMMUNITY YEARBOOK
Liberty Lake 2019
Liberty Lake 2020
Thank you, Liberty Lake businesses and neighbors, for 20 years of support! â€” Josh & Kim Johnson
Owners since 2006
Photo by Jeff O'Shea / jeffoshea.com
INDEX OF PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES Affordable Storage 6, 43 Avista Utilities 29, 42 Baker Construction & Development Inc 35 , 38 BECU 69, 71 Central Valley School District 22, 24 Chevron / Frannie's Kitchen 78, 95 Clark's Tire & Automotive 81, 90 Cornerstone Church 18 Crump, Shelley - Tax Accountant 85 , 90 Dr. Scott Ralph Orthodontist 49, Back Cover Eagle Rock RV & Boat Storage 37, 44 Evergreen Fountains 62, 64 Family Medicine/Healthy Living Liberty Lake 50, 61 Greenstone Homes & Neighborhoods 40, 45 Guardian Angel Homes 53, 60 Horizon Credit Union 72, 91 John L. Scott Real Estate - Pam Fredrick 35 , 36 John L. Scott Real Estate Liberty Lake 2, 43 Lakeside Dental 50, 59 Liberty Lake Baptist Church 26, 28 Liberty Lake EyeCare Center 52, 58 Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District 4-5 , 19 Liberty Lake Smile Source 60, 62 MA X at Mirabeau Restaurant and Lounge 77, 78 Meadow Wood Children's Center 26, 28
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Mint Condition Dental MultiCare Rockwood Liberty Lake Clinic Ott Knott Golf Carts Papa Murphy's Pawpular Companions Pet Supplies Peridot Publishing / CoffeeJosh Quality Hardwood Floors Rockin' B Ranch Sarah Hamilton FACE Sleep Better Northwest Spokane Roofing Spokane Transit Authority Spokane Valley Fire Department Stalder Books & Publishing - Kristi Stalder STCU Stor-A-Way Self Storage Tate Law Offices PLLC That Smile by Josh Johnson Orthodontics The Oaks Classical Christian Academy The Splash and The Current Tracy Jewelers Trailbreaker Cider Valley Christian School Victory Media Windermere Liberty Lake
3, 65 63, 99 70, 73 77, 89 69, 91 63, 97 27, 37 70, 80 9, 58 51, 64 23, 44 20-22 15 , 18 24, 34 14 11, 27 70, 80 50, 52 29, 36 46-47 79, 88 76, 90 34, 39 72, 88 25 , 27
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20th annual publication celebrating home, health and life in Liberty Lake, Wash.