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Growing up in the central California community of Turlock, Michelle Griffin learned the value of a steady work ethic. Her family owned a ranch in town, one of many in a region known for its stout agricultural roots. From driving a tractor to tending cattle and irrigating crops, the list of chores left little room for idleness. Griffin took to the tennis court when not studying or working on the farm and was skilled enough to play through high school and college. After graduating from Turlock High, Griffin stayed in her hometown to attend California State University Stanislaus, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration. After college, Griffin migrated north to Oregon and was hired by the city of Corvallis Parks and Recreation Department. She would remain there for more than 12 years, coordinating reservations for seven facilities and more than 2,000 acres of green space and trails. She would also gain valu-

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Before applying with Liberty Lake, Griffin researched Spokane County’s easternmost jurisdiction, touring the parks, trails and City Hall, emerging “really impressed by what the city had to offer its citizens.” She began in administrative services in 2008 and transitioned to recreation coordinator when Troy Mullenix left in late 2010. If you reserve a facility in Liberty Lake, Griffin has had something to do with it. She also manages the community gardens at Rocky Hill Park and the municipal arboretum. She serves as the liaison between the city and groups like Friends of Pavillion Park and the Fallen Heroes Circuit Course committee while also chairing the city’s safety committee. Griffin is part of the Greater Spokane Valley Healthy Communities as well, a group dedicated to improving health and wellness among local residents. Keeping with the city’s history of streamlined staff, Griffin addresses many duties, including grantwriting, record keeping and developing and monitoring operations of programs and events. She is also responsible for hiring and training employees, marketing classes and events and generating budgets. Despite the workload and minutia, Griffin maintains her smile and emphasizes that her central task “is to find and create ways for people to spend leisure time and have fun.”

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How would you describe the progression of parks and recreation programming over the years in Liberty Lake?

I would describe (it) as reflective of what the city’s population was at the time. Originally, when the city first incorporated, there were a few classes and offerings and now there are a broader range of opportunities with more activities available as a result of successful community partnerships. Having an active Liberty Lake Running Club, Liberty Lake Community Tennis Association, Friends of Pavillion Park and the Fallen Heroes Circuit Course committee widens the opportunities dramatically. It’s impressive how involved the founders of these groups are and how much they contribute and care about the community. As the city grows, I am seeing a shift in how people want to spend their leisure time. In the past, adults traditionally turned to local leagues and recreational sports to exercise and let off steam. Now, people seem to have more time restraints and so I am working to offer creative opportunities which require less time, less equipment and sometimes fewer people. Q: What have been some of the more popular recreation programs here in recent years? A: Some of the more popular recreation

programs have an educational component, with more people registering their children for individual and group tutoring for math, reading and music/piano lessons. Joan Peters, who is contracted by the city, is an excellent instructor who has a way of demonstrating how much fun learning can be. The demand for child care has also been increasing with more and more families needing two incomes. Last year, CHILL Day Camp exceeded capacity and if that trend continues, will allow staff to expand the program in the future. There has also been an increased demand for indoor and outdoor facility reservations, for activities such as family and class reunions, employee picnics, weddings and receptions as well as increased requests for multi-use sports fields. Q: Are there certain programs that could be well-received but have not yet become a reality because the facilities aren’t in place? A: I believe the addition of an adaptive playground, for all children regardless of what their condition is, could be a wonderful addition to a future park. I am a strong believer that all children need a recreational outlet, whether they have cerebral palsy or special needs, and they shouldn’t have to watch from the sidelines while other children play. This type of play equipment can help remove the stigma of being different while children interact and get to know each other, which I feel is a very important consideration. (Another idea would be) an active senior center offering essential services such as health education, tax information, trips, classes and activities such as billiards and computer classes. A teen center and afterschool care program would be another possibility. I also believe an outdoor, affordable, community pool offering swim lessons and which kids could walk or bike to would be a wonderful amenity to have in Liberty Lake. There currently are not facilities available for these programs, but residents will have the opportunity to voice their opinions as to whether or not these types of services are needed or desired. I am looking forward to being responsive to the city’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space and Trails Master Plan survey findings to see what residents want and need. Q: The HUB Sports Center is within Liberty Lake city limits and appears to have established itself as a stable venue that will be part of the recreation terrain for the long run. How does the HUB fit into the city’s parks and recreation agenda? A: I work with (HUB Executive Director) Phil (Champlin) to cross market classes and get the word out on all the great offerings available at the HUB. The partnership works well and allows both organizations to offer a variety of classes to residents without competing against each other or duplication of services. The HUB contributes to tourism dollars and brings revenue to hoteliers as well as offering wonderful tournaments


Michelle Griffin has worked for the city of Liberty Lake since 2008 and served as parks and recreation coordinator since 2010. and programs such as pickleball for seniors. I look forward to continuing to work with Phil and continuing to utilize the HUB for city of Liberty Lake programs and feel that the HUB is a valuable resource for residents as well as great venue for sporting events, classes and activities. Q: The city has an astounding ratio of green space acreage per 1,000 residents that is far and above the state average. Do you hear feedback from other cities about Liberty Lake’s bounty of parks, trails and open space? A: I haven’t heard feedback from other cities about the city’s level of service, but the city presently boasts a parks and open space level of service of 79.4 acres per 1,000 (34.3 acres per 1000 not including golf courses). The standard historically used by NRPA (National Recreation and Parks Association) for open space is 6.25 to 10.5 acres per 1,000 population. This open space number does not include golf courses. NRPA standards have moved toward an idea that communities determine their open space level of service based on the needs of the community. Currently, the 14-acre Pavillion Park and 7 acres of the 14-acre Rocky Hill Park are the only city-owned and maintained parks. This level of service is what separates Liberty Lake from other communities and makes it such a desirable place to work, play and live. Q: How does a citizen-based group like Friends of Pavillion Park impact the city’s ability to deliver high-quality parks programming? A: The Friends of Pavillion Park and Greenstone Homes have been instrumental in making Liberty Lake a wonderful place to live. They have done an amazing job providing wonderful concerts, movies, plays and events for the residents of Liberty Lake. Being able to partner with them allows the

city to bring together the strengths of both the public and private sector to better maximizing efficiencies and innovations and allows the city to better support their efforts in the community. These types of partnerships provide a framework for engaging key stakeholder in collaborative efforts to keep parks and recreation programs current, relevant and sustainable. Q: Speaking of grassroots organizations, why do you think the city has had so many groups — covering areas like tennis, running, golf and projects like the Fallen Heroes Circuit Courses — that have rallied interest in exercise and recreation? A: I believe it is because there are a lot of passionate, dedicated, professional people in Liberty Lake who care about having a healthy community and want to contribute to making Liberty Lake one of the best places to live. The city assists these groups with equipment purchases, marketing and support so together we can have a greater impact on services. What other small city do you know of where you can watch free concerts and movies in a safe, gorgeous park, where you can work out on commercial-grade fitness equipment in a park accessible to everyone, where you can bike on beautiful trails or enjoy all the amenities offered at the Liberty Lake Municipal Library? This community is amazing because of the people. Q: What do you like best about working for the city of Liberty Lake? A: That’s easy. It’s the people I get to work with each day. Not just staff but customers and participants as well. One day I am applying for a federal grant and completing background checks and contracts with instructors and the next I am teaching children from CHILL Day Camp to fish. Every day is different, there is always a lot to do and I get to meet a wide variety of interesting, hardworking, dedicated, fun people. Q: Where do you think Liberty Lake parks and recreation will be 20 years from now? A: I believe the future of recreation programming will continue to be based around sustainability, preventative health care and connectivity. With more video games coming out each day and the obesity epidemic negatively impacting our children, I believe creating these connections and developing community-based solutions will gain even greater importance. Enticing people to come to Liberty Lake to take advantage of recreation and leisure opportunities available not just by car, but via beautiful trails, walkways and bike paths is important to Liberty Lake’s future. Walking and biking are emerging as some of the most popular fitness trends, and I hope to someday have a bike check-out system so anyone can have the opportunity to bike in Liberty Lake. The city’s trail systems offer a way to recreate and commute to work without having to drive, which I believe is instrumental to the vitality of Liberty Lake and will continue to be in the future.

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Police Report The following incidents, arrests, calls for service and citations were among those reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department from Feb. 18 to March 17. The incident and arrest report below does not include the week of March 3-10, which was not available due to staff vacation. The calls for service and citations do include that period. The report is listed in chronological order.

Incidents and arrests • Vehicle vs. deer — At 7:18 a.m. Feb. 14, LLPD responded to North Molter Road and East Appleway Avenue after a driver reported that a deer ran into the side of his vehicle as he traveled northbound down the road. • Cyber-bullying — At 12:30 p.m. Feb. 19, LLPD received a report of cyber-bullying at the 21000 block of East Indiana Ave. The complainant came into the police department to provide information on a social media account that had been created using a picture of her child. The account had derogatory and offensive language and included a link to a pornographic website. This matter was placed under investigation. • Shoplifting — At 5:09 p.m. Feb. 19, LLPD responded to a theft at the 1300 block of North Liberty Lake Road. The complainant reported a young female came into the store and placed several items in a bag before fleeing. The complainant tried to detain the subject at the entrance but was unable to do so. The subject got into an awaiting vehicle that drove away at a high rate of speed. This incident was placed under investigation. • Burglary — At 1:54 p.m. Feb. 23, LLPD responded to the 1600 block of North Aladdin Road for a burglary. The complainant reported that sometime during the time she was at work an unknown person entered her home and stole an estimated $4,770 in goods. Both doors were reported to be locked when the complainant left the residence and upon her return. The arriving officer checked the windows, which also appeared to be secure. Though the fresh snow made it impossible to find fresh tracks or footprints near the home, the officer spoke to a number of neighbors who reported no one was seen near or around the victim’s residence during that time. • Feathered intruder — At 5:40 p.m. Feb. 23, LLPD responded to the 22000 block of East Appleway Avenue for an alarm. The officer arrived to find a bird

was flying around inside the building and was flying into doors and windows. • Suspicious person serves papers — At 11:05 p.m. Feb. 24, LLPD responded to the 22000 block of East Country Vista Drive for a suspicious person. The complainant reported a male subject was banging on his door. The arriving officer spoke to the subject, who was trying to serve papers to the complainant. The papers were served once law enforcement arrived on scene. • Argument escalates — At 5:21 p.m. Feb. 25, LLPD responded to the 24000 block of East Maxwell for a citizen assist. A complainant reported an argument was escalating between a friend and another person. Officers arrived and spoke to the friend, who reported the father of her child had shown up and there was no parenting plan in place. Another officer spoke to the father, who reported he wanted to see his child so had gone to the residence. However, he reported the argument ensued after his ex-girlfriend had told him she stabbed someone who had assaulted her and left them in the woods to die. She then asked for his assistance in covering up the death. Officers advised both parties as to the process of getting an antiharassment order and a parenting plan. The report taken was also forwarded to the Post Falls Police Department for review and follow-up. • Inaccurate withdrawal — At 4:44 p.m. Feb. 26, LLPD responded to the 1300 block of North Liberty Lake Road for a hold-up alarm. Upon arrival, the responding officers spoke to management, who stated a customer had requested a withdrawal from an account. When the teller was counting the small bills back, the customer became agitated as it was taking too long and left the bank with the money. The teller realized afterward he had given the customer $500 more than he should have and told management of the mistake. Management called corporate security, which then activated the alarm. The customer also realized the teller’s mistake later and returned to the bank with the funds. • Fraud (taxes) — At 5:39 p.m. Feb. 26, LLPD received a report of fraud at the 24000 block of East Pine Point Court. The complainant came into the department to report receiving a notice from the IRS indicating there was a problem with her 2013 taxes and stating she would be audited. The complainant reported she had not yet filed her 2013 taxes. The fraud was reported to both

Calls for service Reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department Feb. 18 to March 17 Alarm 4 Assault 1 Burglary 2 Citizen assist 4 Citizen dispute 3 Domestic violence 2 Drug possession 1 DUI 2 Family fight 1 Fraud 2 Fugitive 2 Harassment 1 Identity theft 1 Impounded vehicle 1 Lost or found property 1 Message delivered 1 Not classified 4 Property theft 7 Prostitution 1 Suspicious person/circumstance 2 Threatening 1 Traffic accident 1 Traffic offense 21 Trespassing 1 Vehicle prowl 1 Vehicle theft 1 Violation of court order 2 Welfare check 9

Citations Reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department Feb. 18 to March 17 Allowing unauthorized to drive 1 Controlled substance violation 1 Criminal trespass 3 Defective light 1 Defective muffler 3 Driving without license/ID 2 DUI 1 DWLS 17 Expired registration 3 Failure to use safety belt 4 Liability insurance 12 Negligent driving 2 Passing school bus signal 1 Reckless driving 1 Speeding 18 Theft 1 Violation of protection order 2

the IRS and our department. • Fraud (magazines) — At 5:20 a.m. March 13, LLPD took a report of fraud at the 22000 block of East Country Vista Drive. The complainant reported that since December 2013, she has received more than $476.23 worth of unsolicited magazine subscription fees. A claim was

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filed with the USPS in regards to identity theft and fraud. • Fraud (airline tickets) — At 11 a.m. March 13, LLPD received a report of fraud at the 24000 block of East Olive Lane. The complainant reported receiving information that someone had purchased four roundtrip airline tickets from the Sudan to Iraq in the amount of $4,326.90 on his personal credit card. The complainant was reimbursed by his bank. He was then contacted via telephone a couple weeks later by a man with a distinct Middle Eastern accent claiming to be from a travel agency and wanting to know if the complainant had reported the information to the police. The information was forwarded to the appropriate federal agency. • Citizen dispute — At 1:22 p.m. March 16, LLPD responded to the 21000 block of East Mill River Lane in regards to a citizen dispute. The complainant reported there was a male intoxicated in the street and wearing only underwear yelling and chasing a female. Officers made contact with the individuals, who had no signs of physical injuries. Both agreed to go to sleep and work it out in the morning.

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City continues to sift through WSDOT roundabout bill By Craig Howard


Astute observers of the Harvard Road roundabout may have noticed a similarity between Liberty Lake’s latest traffic calming project and the corresponding bill from the Washington State Department of Transportation. It seems both have the capability to take you around in circles. At the March 18 City Council meeting, City Administrator Katy Allen and Finance Director RJ Stevenson provided the governing board with the latest update on WSDOT charges related to the roundabout, a point of contention for the council since overage costs came to light after the project was completed last October. Allen, who has met with WSDOT officials to discuss the issue, emphasized that “the numbers haven’t

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In the Books (March) • Council approved time-sensitive repairs involving plumbing and moldremoval to the lower level of the Trailhead at Liberty Lake golf facility. • Council approved improvements to the Trailhead driving range that will expand the turf area to the north of the covered tee boxes. • Library Director Pamela Mogen said the library is now conducting a trial period of various databases. The test phase will also include a survey. Mogen said the library has also introduced a Teen Cybersmarts program outlining safe and responsible use of the Internet by adolescents. • At the March 4 council meeting, Liberty Lake Relay for Life Co-Chair Jean Simpson shared plans for the fourth annual event scheduled for July 18-19 at the Meadowwood Technology Campus. Simpson told council that the fundraising objective has been set at $30,000. Last year’s event generated $27,000. Organizers are hoping for 25 teams to register. “It’s been really rewarding,” said Simpson. “Relay is growing in Liberty Lake. I would just like to see the entire community look forward to it each year.” More information can be found at or www.

moved” since the state agency confirmed the cost to the city in January. “We asked for a closeout and they’ve lived up to that,” Allen said. City officials have expressed concern with WSDOT’s management fee which was estimated at $192,629 at the start of the project but came in at $249,000 at the end. Stevenson told council on March 18 that with certain items from the project still pending, WSDOT has indicated that overage charges could be $98,811 in a best-case scenario or up to $122,042 in the final bill. Mayor Steve Peterson took issue with what he described as “accelerated costs” related to the project and suggested that changes to WSDOT’s billing process could have a beneficial effect well beyond Liberty Lake. “There need to be reforms,” the mayor

On the Docket (April) • The community-wide Clean Green collection is scheduled for from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5. The event, co-sponsored by the city and the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District, encourages residents to bring leaves, branches and other yard waste to the site of the Liberty Lake Farmers Market on Meadowwood Lane. • City Administrator Katy Allen told council in March that the Liberty Lake Ball Fields project is scheduled to break ground on April 7. The contract spans 85 days which, weather permitting, would put completion sometime in July. • Allen will provide an update on the design phase of Town Square Park, a proposed 2-acre greenspace near the site of the Liberty Lake Farmers Market, at the April 1 meeting. Allen told council in March that design of the project is now more than 60 percent complete. The city expects to award the construction contract in May. • A workshop on proposed improvements to the Trailhead Golf Course clubhouse facility will take place April 1. • Council is expected to award the bid for construction of a reading garden at the Liberty Lake Library at its April 1 meeting. • Council will consider the purchase of several city vehicles at its April 1 meeting. • Proposed updates to the personnel manual for municipal employees will be presented to City Council for consideration and approval on April 1. • The city will host an Arbor Day celebration at 10:30 a.m. April 14 at Pavillion Park.

The city of Liberty Lake is addressing concerns with the Washington State Department of Transportation over management costs related to the Harvard Road roundabout. The project was completed last fall and has received positive reviews from area motorists. SPLASH PHOTO BY CRAIG HOWARD

said. “If you bid $192,629 we expect you to put in $192,629 not $249,000.” The city has paid WSDOT $656,991 to this point out of the Harvard Road Mitigation Fund. A balance of $18,000 remains in the fund. Stevenson said the city could cover the remaining cost to WSDOT from the street fund, then be eligible for reimbursement through the Local Infrastructure Financing Tool or LIFT. Mayor Pro Tem Cris Kaminskas said she hoped for “better management and definitely better contract negotiations moving forward.” “It’s frustrating,” Kaminskas said. “It’s not easy to come up with an extra $122,000 when we’re trying to find money to pay for other important projects.” Peterson stressed that “the problem is with management” not with contractors. He told council that he continues to hear positive reviews of the roundabout including feedback at a recent Greater Spokane Inc. meeting. “They said it was the best roundabout in Spokane County,” Peterson said.

Harvard plan updated In another discussion related to development and fees, council voted unanimously on March 18 to approve amendments to the Harvard Road Mitigation Plan. Implemented prior to the incorporation of Liberty Lake, the plan provides a mechanism for builders to offset the impact of development on transportation infrastructure by paying established fees. The program has not been updated since it was launched in 1996. The amendments refine the boundaries of the plan to reflect municipal limits. Traffic counts have also been redefined based on future buildout of the city. Under the new standards, developers would pay $671.02 for construction of a single-family home, up from $416.63. “It’s worked incredibly well but it’s never been updated,” Allen said. Allen added that the impact fees will continue to be optional. Developers who decide against paying the fees must conduct their own traffic study, something that has not occurred since the plan has been in place.


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City officials have met twice with developers this year to discuss changes to the program. The new fees will take effect May 1. Allen said 46 percent of the fees collected under the new guidelines will go toward a new Interstate 90 interchange, a long-anticipated addition that has drawn support from developers. The remaining revenue will be put toward new citywide transportation projects.

City to weigh solid waste options City Administrator Katy Allen updated Council on the transition of regional solid waste management from the city of Spokane to Spokane County at the March 4 meeting, noting that the county hosted a workshop on the matter Feb. 27. Allen said the county has taken the first step with an outline of an interlocal agreement but note that cities “must now decide what that interlocal agreement will look like.” Allen told council that county has yet to release specifics on the cost, hours of operation and programs that would be part of the agreement. “We didn’t learn a lot of information on Feb. 27,” Allen said. On Feb. 28, Allen met with the city administrators from Millwood, Deer Park and Airway Heights and Spokane Valley to discuss the county’s proposal. She said Liberty Lake would still like to proceed with its own request for proposals, adding options from the private sector into the mix. “We still want to go out with our own RFP,” she said. “We probably won’t get a price point from the county until this summer. Right now, we don’t have a voice at the table. It’s more complicated than just curbside collection — there’s household hazardous waste, there’s education, waste reduction and recycling.”

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Before he represented Liberty Lake on the City Council, Dan Dunne weighed in on the future of parks and recreation in the place he calls home. In 2008, Dunne was among nearly 500 citizens who returned a survey related to greenspace, trails, leisure activities and facilities in Spokane County’s easternmost jurisdiction. The questionnaire would shape the framework for the first update to Liberty Lake’s Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails Plan, originally adopted by City Council in 2006. Dunne recalls the lobby for a large-scale sports facility — led by former Council Member Neal Olander — as “a rallying point” that buoyed participation in the community survey. “It was a great moment of someone on council introducing an objective,” Dunne said.

While the idea of dedicating 20 acres to a recreation complex never did sprout wings, the hearty enlistment of residents in the update process served as a helpful guideline for future priorities, according to Amanda Tainio, Liberty Lake’s Planning and Building Services manager. “Multi-use trails emerged as the leading priority for residents in the 2008 survey,” Tainio said. “Competitive sports and a swimming pool didn’t rank as high. Residents wanted more facilities within walking distance of their homes. Since then, we’ve added trail connections and outdoor exercise stations based on input from 2008.” Dunne, who served on the municipal planning commission before joining City Council, recalls placing his votes for trails and ballfields in the initial survey. As the city begins the process of updating the parks plan again this spring, Dunne says citizens should take the time to voice their opinions on strategies for leisure space and recreation in a city now widely known for both. “Now is the moment that people can indicate to those making the plan where tax dollars will go and resources will be spent,” he said.

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The city’s parks and recreation blueprint is taking its next step by seeking input from the community on future needs and priorities. Past emphases have included trails and access. Among the amenities currently part of the city inventory, pictured from top to bottom, include a trail system that connects with the Centennial Trail, Pavillion Park, Trailhead Golf Course and Rocky Hill Park.

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“Nothing as organized as we have now” Liberty Lake City Administrator Katy Allen has lived in the Liberty Lake community since 1983, raising two (now grown) sons with her husband, Randy. In the years prior to incorporation in 2001, Allen recalls the local recreation terrain relying on programs facilitated by the YMCA, AAU and local schools. “We had to travel a lot,” Allen said. “It was totally different, but there were fewer people out here, too. There was recreation, but it wasn’t convenient and it wasn’t community-based. It was basically cycling, swimming in the lake and playing golf. There was nothing as organized as we have now.” Well before Liberty Lake became a city, grassroots efforts helped build Pavillion Park, a 14-acre greenspace that became the cornerstone of the community’s parks and recreation culture. A robust trail system was also in place prior to incorporation, spurred by a funding mechanism known as the transportation benefit district in which residents paid supplemental property taxes to support trail development. The city’s inventory of trails and pedestrian walkways now hovers around 30 miles. “We were very lucky,” said Tainio. “After incorporation, we were able to set our standards and levels of service higher than anyone else in the region because we had Pavillion Park and three golf courses. Our parks and open space quantity was approximately 650 acres. We inherited a lot of great facilities.” Forming a municipality also led to taking ownership of an executive golf course that would be renamed Trailhead at Liberty Lake. Around the same time, Spokane County turned over Pavillion Park to the city — along with the venue’s considerable maintenance costs — for a symbolic $5.

“The Liberty Lake brand is the outdoors and activity” The first structured outline of parks and recreation in Liberty Lake appeared as an element of the city’s comprehensive plan, a sweeping blueprint for development adopted in 2003. When council approved the city development code two years later, a stipulation was made that any residential or mixed use development must be within a half mile of a park or open space. “It was based on the feedback of having a walkable community,” Tainio said. City Council approved the initial stand-

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COVER STORY alone Parks, Recreation, Griffin said commuOpen Space and Trails nity feedback will be Plan in 2006. An update critical as the city looks occurred in 2008 with ahead to future recrethe addition of the River ation priorities. District, an expansive deThe city of Liberty Lake is “We want to broaden velopment spearheaded launching a brief survey our participation and by Greenstone Homes on this month that will help find out what we are dothe north side of Liberty shape the priorities for the ing well and what we can Lake that now includes a improve on,” she said. future of parks and recrenumber of low-acreage “We want to hear from ation planning. Access the “pocket parks.” The docuthe public and really have survey at the city’s website ment requires an update that quality program— every six years for the ming. We want to offer — or stop by City Hall for a city to qualify for funding the programs that have hard copy. through the state Recrehad good participation ation and Conservation in the past, then we want Office. to build upon those proMayor Steve Peterson said the emphasis grams.” on parks and recreation has been a cataThe recreation lineup now includes dilyst for Liberty Lake’s reputation as a “safe, versity in the form of British soccer camps, clean and green” community. Skyhawks youth sports, the Liberty Lake “The Liberty Lake brand is the outdoors Learning Center, senior programming, and activity,” Peterson said. “A place that golf lessons, river rafting and more. The has a myriad of choices — the trails, bike city also collaborates with community lanes, parks, fields, lake, golf courses and groups in areas like tennis, running and conservation areas all enhance our quality the Fallen Heroes Circuit Course. of life. In the early 1900s, people escaped “We try to assist and help them be sucthe city to enjoy our activities. Today, they cessful,” Griffin said. “They’re well orgalive within this vacation land and now in- nized and know what they’re doing. We’re clude work.” there to support them.” Viewing cities like Denver from an airplane seat, Peterson said it’s clear how some communities have not set aside land “A guide for the future” for parks and open space. The map in the current parks plan in“You look down on the rows and rows dicates areas for yet-to-be-built commuof houses and streets and you see very little green space,” Peterson said. “Cities fail nity and neighborhood parks in upcoming their community by letting green space years. The most significant future greenspace — to be known as Orchard Park — deteriorate.” is slated for the River District and will be similar in scale to Pavillion Park and Rocky Hill Park. “Recreation before “As development occurs, we know to work with the developer on setting aside incorporation” land and whatever we need to do to ensure Recreation programming has grown we have a park within that vicinity,” Tainio steadily in Liberty Lake since its start in said. 2004, when former city employee Mary Allen said Orchard Park would be a Wren-Wilson was hired as the environcollaborative effort between the city and mental specialist/recreation coordinator. Wren-Wilson organized the first CHILL Greenstone, much like Rocky Hill. “We’re fortunate in Liberty Lake because summer camp for kids and worked with Tainio on events like the Christmas tree our developers understand the community aspect of development,” Allen said. “They lighting ceremony. “As far as recreation before incorpo- understand the importance of providing ration, it was all driven by community those open spaces. I think our city has bengroups like Friends of Pavillion Park,” said efitted from that. Greenstone already had a Tainio. “There really wasn’t any formalized commitment to community open space berecreation unless it was a program at the fore there was a city.” The public survey central to the latest county park. It wasn’t until the city incorporated and we had enough staff to ven- parks update will be distributed from April ture out through community development through August to determine a draft copy to start recreation programming. Then of the plan. That document will then be reviewed by focus groups, citizens and the Recreation Services came along.” Troy Mullenix was hired after Wren- planning commission before it is presented Wilson and coordinated the fledgling to the City Council next spring for feedback Recreation Services department. Michelle and adoption. The goal for council approval Griffin took over for Mullenix in 2010 and is fall of 2015. “The survey is very critical,” Tainio said. has served as the Parks and Recreation co“We use that data to develop our recomordinator ever since.


mendations and to translate our inventory into our analysis of the demands and the trends. This is the first time we’ve really been able to expand on the recreation component. When we did the last update, Recreation Services was brand new. We want to know what the community is looking for on the facility, programming and events side.” The survey consists of 20 primary questions and nine optional questions and can be completed in less than 10 minutes, according to Tainio. Residents can access the questionnaire online at the city’s website while printed copies will also be available. Library card holders and those on the Parks and Recreation database will receive the survey via email. “We don’t want the one per household opinion — we want the everyone in the household opinion,” Tainio said. This year will mean more significant strides on the capital side of the parks terrain. Construction of the Liberty Lake Ballfields — featuring two baseball diamonds — will begin this month, weather permitting. When completed, the venue will free up space for lacrosse and other sports at Pavillion Park. Meanwhile, the dedication for the latest installment of the Fallen Heroes Circuit Course at Pavillion Park is scheduled for Memorial Day. A series of upgrades at the venue is also part of the city’s budget for 2014. “We do spend a lot of money on our parks, but people utilize them,” Allen said. “I think it’s money well spent. There are capital costs associated with building parks and then there are costs that go with maintaining and operating those spaces. We just want to do it efficiently.” The event side of parks and recreation will also experience some shifts this year, starting with the transition of Liberty Lake Days. The annual community celebration will move from the last weekend of July and become part of the traditional Independence Day celebration coordinated by Friends of Pavillion Park. “The city is allocating funds and energy that was spent on Liberty Lake Days into a comprehensive July 4th event,” Griffin said. “We want it to be the place to be for July 4th, regionwide.” From participation in events to feedback in the survey, Peterson said Liberty Lake residents continue to drive the parks and recreation priorities in a city known for its storehouse of greenspace and recreational opportunities. “Community involvement makes us successful in planning for the future,” he said. “It reflects on what residents would like to see from current trends but also reflects future trends and changes they deem worthwhile. Citizens should care because the state of our community reflects on them. The park plan is history of the past and inventory of the present, it shows what we need to do to keep things well maintained and it’s a guide for the future.”

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Calendar of Events COMMUNITY EVENTS March 31 to April 3 | Book fair 8 a.m. to

4 p.m., Liberty Lake Elementary School, 23606 E. Boone Ave. The community is invited to a Scholastic Book Fair that will raise funds to purchase books for the school. An opening Family Fiesta from 4 to 7 p.m. March 31 will offer activities, food and piñatas as well as 25 percent off all purchases.

April 2 & 8 | Series on Forgiveness 7 to

8:30 p.m., St. Joseph Church, 4521 N. Arden Road, Otis Orchards. Presented by Charles Finck, this series will deal with how to forgive with Christ as our model. For more: www.stjoeparish. org or 926-7133

April 5 | Clean Green Day 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., corner of Mission and Signal. The city of Liberty Lake and the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District are sponsoring this event. Local residents are invited to bring yard waste including leaves, sticks and limbs, grass clippings and weeds (no dirt, rock, sod or garbage). For more: 755-6714 April 6 | Spaghetti dinner benefit 4 to

7 p.m., Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines Road. Proceeds from this benefit will go to Shon Hartley who needs a bone marrow transplant to battle leukemia. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under; RSVP is requested. For more: 922-4570

April 10 | Organize Your Finances workshop Noon to 1 p.m., Liberty Lake

Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. Join STCU experts for a free workshop to learn about the benefits of organization, bill-paying systems and record keeping. A light, complimentary lunch will be provided. To register or for more: 232-2510

April 14 | Arbor Day celebration 10:30 a.m.,

Pavillion Park. The public is invited for a program including the planting of a tree and seedlings presented to Liberty Lake Elementary students as part of the Fourth Grade Foresters USA Program. For more:

April 14 | Relay for Life meeting 5:30

p.m., Liberty Lake Community Theatre, 22910 E. Appleway. Team captains are invited to meet at 5:30 p.m.; the planning committee will meet at 6 p.m. to plan for the July event. For more: www.

April 25 | Reigning Cats and Dogs auction 5:30 p.m., Spokane County Fair &

Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley. This auction will benefit the SCRAPS Hope Foundation Animal Medical Fund. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For more: www.

April 26-27 | Fair Trade Event 2 to 7 p.m.

(Sat.) and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Sun.), St. Joseph Parish, 4521 N. Arden Road, Otis Orchards. Purchase unique items from around the world. For more:

April 26 | “A Time for Tea” Noon to 2 p.m., Meadowwood Technology Campus, 2100 N. Molter. Hosted by the Friends of the Liberty Lake Municipal Library, the event will feature a vintage theme with all profits benefitting the Liberty Lake Municipal Library. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the library or by sending a check to FOLLML, P.O. Box 427, Liberty Lake, WA, 99019. For more: 315-4688 April 26 | Denim & Diamonds 5:30 p.m., Best Western’s Coeur D’Alene Inn, 506 W. Appleway Ave., Coeur d’Alene. This fifth annual event is a fundraiser benefitting Liberty Lake-based Equine TLC. The evening will feature dinner, dancing, auctions and a diamond raffle. For tickets or more: event

Recurring/Upcoming Friends of the Liberty Lake Municipal Library 4 p.m. the last Tuesday of every month,

Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave.

Kiwanis Club of Liberty Lake 6:45 a.m. Wednesdays, Liberty Lake City Hall, 22510 E. Country Vista Drive. For more: www. Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary Club Noon Thursdays, Meadowwood Technology Campus Liberty Room, 2100 N. Molter Road.

Liberty Lake Lions Club Noon on the

second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, Barlow’s Restaurant, 1428 N. Liberty Lake Road. For more: 869-7657

Liberty Lake Municipal Library 23123 E.

Spokane Valley Mall. Tigers, elephants, acrobats, daredevils and clowns will perform in an old fashioned big top circus. General admission tickets start at $10. For more: elkatifshrinecircus. org or 747-0132

Mission Avenue. 4 p.m. Mondays, Lego club; 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, toddler/ preschool story time; 10:15 a.m. Fridays, baby lapsit story time; 11 a.m. Friday, toddler/ preschool story time and songs; 1 p.m. Fridays, story time and crafts for preschoolers; 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Knitting Club; 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, computer classes; 2 p.m. Saturdays, kids craft. For more: 232-2510

April 19 | Liberty Lake Easter Egg Hunt

Liberty Lake Toastmasters 5:45 to 7 p.m.

April 17-29 | Shrine Circus Various times,

11 a.m., Pavillion Park. Registration for the hunt, which is $3 or six plastic eggs filled with wrapped candy, will be 5 to 8 p.m. April 14 and 4 to 6 p.m. April 16 at Liberty Lake Municipal Library. To volunteer or for more:

April 19 | Community Easter Egg Hunt

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Valley Real Life Church, 1831 S. Barker Road, Spokane Valley. This free family event will have inflatables, dunk tank, prize raffle, games, concessions and more. The egg hunt, for children up to 5th grade, starts at 12:30 p.m. For more:

April 20 | Easter

Wednesdays, Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District building, 22510 E. Mission Ave. For more: 208-765-8657

Senior Lunch programs 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Monday through Friday, Talon Hills Senior Complex, 24950 E. Hawkstone Loop. Seniors age 60 and older invited; recommended donation $3.50.

Spokane Valley Writer’s Group 6 p.m. the

first and third Thursdays of every month, Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. This supportive critique group welcomes adult writers. For more: 570-4440

MUSIC & THE ARTS March 28-29 | Reader’s Theatre: “Heidi” 7 p.m. (Friday) and 2 p.m. (Saturday), Liberty Lake Community Theatre, 22910 E. Appleway Ave. Tickets are $5 per person (max of $20 per family). For more: www.libertylaketheatre. com or 342-2055

April 7-11 | Spring Break Theatre Camp

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Friday) and 2 p.m. (Saturday), Liberty Lake Community Theatre, 22910 E. Appleway Ave. Youth in grades 2 through 5 are invited to learn all aspects of theater including auditioning, costumes, makeup, choreography, blocking, lighting and sound, sets, props and more. The camp will end with a demonstration of what they have learned in a short production for families. Cost is $150. For more: www.

April 25 — May 4 | “The Masked Canary” Liberty Lake Community Theatre,

22910 E. Appleway Ave. This musical melodrama will run over two weekends. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for ages 5 to 12 and seniors and free for children under 5. For show times and more: or 342-2055

Recurring Liberty Lake Art Society Third Wednesday of the month, various times and locations. Create, learn and explore new art avenues, as well as display, sell and network your art. No jurying board, no bylaws, no pressure. Work on projects to benefit Liberty Lake and surround communities. Dues are $10 per year, and you do not need to be a local resident to join. For more: 255-9600 Line Dancing 6 p.m. Saturdays, Lakeside

Church, 23129 E. Mission Ave. For experienced line dancers. For more: 210-9779

CIVIC & BUSINESS April 11 | Women Executives of Liberty Lake (WELL) 12:45 to 2 p.m., Liberty Lake

Portal building, 23403 E. Mission Ave. Cindy Vanhoff with Reclaimed Spaces will be speaking on how to organize in time for summer. The group is also having a Bunco night 5:30 p.m. April 3 at The Pottery Bug in Otis Orchards. For more:

April 18 | Business Connections Breakfast 7 to 9 a.m., Mirabeau Park

Hotel, 110 N. Sullivan. Program: Tech/STEM Education. Cost is $25 for members and guests; $45 for non-members. For more: www.

April 23 | Valley Chamber Empowerment Summit 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mirabeau Park

Hotel & Convention Center, 1100 N. Sullivan, Spokane Valley. Program: “Making a Difference — Empowering You, Your Employees and Your Business.” Cost is $95 per person. For more:

May 1 | Salon Capello Aveda Hair Care anniversary event Salon Capello, 21950 E.

Country Vista Drive, suite 300. The first 100 guests who come by the salon on this day will receive a free botanical treatment with their next service. For more: 924-2204

Lakeside Church 23129 E. Mission, Liberty Lake April 18, 7 p.m.: Good Friday service April 20, 9 and 10:30 a.m.: Easter services For more: St Joseph Catholic Church 4521 Arden Road, Otis Orchards April 17 and 18, 7:15 p.m.: Mass April 19, 8:15 p.m.: Easter Vigil April 20, 8 and 10:30 a.m.: Easter Sunday For more: Otis Orchards Community Church 23304 E. Wellesley Ave., Otis Orchards April 13, 10:45 a.m.: Palm Sunday service, April 18, 7 p.m.: Good Friday observance with communion April 20: Easter Celebration including a 7:45 a.m. sunrise service, 8:30 a.m. breakfast and 10 a.m. service of praise For more: 926-9552 — Source: Submitted information

Recurring Central Valley School board meeting 6:30

p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, CVSD administration building, 19307 E. Cataldo, Spokane Valley.

Liberty Lake City Council 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive.

Liberty Lake Merchants Association

11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Liberty Lake Portal, 23403 E. Mission Ave., Suite 120. Open to business professionals interested in promoting business in the Liberty Lake and Spokane Valley areas. For more: 323-8953

Liberty Lake Municipal Library board meeting 10:30 a.m. the first Thursday of each month, 23123 E. Mission Ave.

Liberty Lake Library Foundation meeting

Noon the first Wednesday of each month, 23123 E. Mission Ave.

Liberty Lake Planning Commission 4 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month, City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive. Liberty Lake SCOPE 6:30 p.m. on the first

Wednesday of each month, City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive

Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District board meeting 4 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, 22510 E. Mission Ave.

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Liberty Lake Running Club 6 p.m. Thursdays, Twisp Café & Coffee House, 23505 E. Appleway Ave. The club meets for a threemile run weekly through October.

March 30 | Yoga for our Fallen Heroes

Realistic Wellness 8:30 a.m. Saturdays,

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6 p.m., The Mat, 21651 E. Country Vista Dr. #B. All proceeds from this power yoga class will go toward the Fallen Heroes sign and plaque that will be dedicated during a May 26 ceremony at Pavillion Park.

April 2 | Trailhead Ladies 9-Hole Golf Club meeting 7:45 a.m., Trailhead Golf Course. New members are welcome. Regular play days are Wednesday mornings through Oct. 1. For more:

April 2 & 8 | MeadowWood Ladies Club meetings 7:30 a.m. (2nd) and 6 p.m. (8th),

MeadowWood Golf Course. The 18-hole club season opens with a continental breakfast, registration and golf on April 2. Those interested in starting an early afternoon/evening 9-hole club are invited to the meeting April 9. For more: 993-7561

April 5-6 | Eclipse Volleyball Tournament

7 a.m. to 6 p.m., HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. For more:

April 6 | Riverday School Volleyball Fundraiser 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. Cost is $30 per player, and all proceeds go to Riverday School, a K-6 non-profit school in Spokane. For more: www.

April 7 | Spokane Valley Women’s Evening Golf League start-up meeting

6 p.m., Liberty Lake Golf Course clubhouse. This 9-hole club plays Monday evenings. For more:

April 12-13 | Inland NW Klassic Volleyball Tournament 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., HUB Sports

Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. For more: www.

April 19-20, 26-27 | Evergreen Region Championships Volleyball Tournament

8 a.m. to 6 p.m., HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. The public is invited to watch various levels compete for an opportunity to represent the region at the national tournament. For more:


The Liberty Lake Running Club resumed their regular Thursday night runs in March. The group dressed in green for a St. Patrick’sthemed run and enjoyed food and drink afterwards at Twisp Café.

Lakeside Church, 23129 E. Mission Ave. This co-ed exercise class is for all levels. For more: 210-9779

‘Run for the Son’ registration open

The cost to sign up for the 3.1-mile run/walk celebration of faith on May 24 at Rockin’ B Ranch is $10. For more:

Spokane Valley Girls Softball Association registration open For ages 4 to 18 years old. For more:

Windermere Marathon registration open With routes from Liberty Lake to

Riverfront Park, the sixth annual marathon and half marathon will take place June 1. For more:

HUB Sports Center 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. Various classes, activities and events occur throughout the week including: Badminton open gym: 7 to 9 p.m. Tues., $5/person Basketball open gym: 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tues., $4/person Feet to Friends walking group: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Mon. and Thurs., $1/person Kenpo Karate: 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., Mon. and Wed., $25/month Pickleball drop-in:12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Mon. through Thurs.; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sun. $2/seniors ($4/non-seniors) Wing Chun Kung Fu: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tues. and Thurs. Cost varies.

Spring investment, summer returns Join the Liberty Lake Athletic Club in April, and we will waive your joining fee when you purchase three personal training sessions for $99. Your best summer starts today!

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Teams of fourth grade students cram into Mr. Anyan’s classroom to compete for Battle of the Books (BOB). Around 80 students give up their lunch recess to be quizzed by Mrs. Rees, the school librarian, on content found in books on the reading list.


While March Madness wraps up this month for basketball fans, a different kind of competition is heating up for book lovers — Battle of the Books. Commonly referred to by students as BOB, this optional book reading contest for fourth graders is in its second year at Liberty Lake Elementary School. Around 80 kids make up 16 teams in the school BOB competition. They are split down into two groups that practice once a week on either Tuesdays or Thursdays during lunch recess. Luke Abshire, part of the team Who Is Going To Stop Us?, said he joined BOB to get better at reading. “Our team did really well the first few weeks, but the questions have gotten harder each week,” the 10-year-old said. “I really like the competition.” Mr. Anyan, LLES teacher and one of the BOB organizers, explained that all teams compete during the seven-week preliminary round, and then teams are narrowed down to compete for another few weeks until a winner emerges. In April, that LLES team will compete via Skype against the winning team from a school in the Snoqualmie Valley School District where Mr. Anyan used to teach before moving to Liberty Lake. He said he often hears students say that the competition encouraged them to read books they would never have picked up otherwise. Many students read all of the books on the reading list by the end of the competition. “Kids are rediscovering classics such as ‘Black Beauty,’ and I have heard students talking about how their parents had read the same books as kids,” Mr. Anyan said. “It is very exciting to see students broaden their

Above right: Students who participate in the optional reading competition had a chance to purchase a BOB T-shirt. reading horizon with little incentive other than their own determination.” The reading list was chosen based on librarian recommendations from awardwinning books as well as various literature classics. One of the books on this year’s list, “Home Of The Brave,” is written in verses and has a poetic style. When Mr. Anyan asked some boys what they thought of reading a poetry book, they said that they would have never picked it up. But now that they had, they couldn’t put it down. LLES librarian and BOB organizer Cyd Rees said the program encourages students to read a variety of genres and text levels, as well as books that highlight different periods in history, which builds up a community of readers. “(Students) have a great camaraderie even with fellow students who are not on their team, because they have read the same books,” Mrs. Rees said.

Natalie Brown, 9, said she helped form her team Speedy Readers for the friendly competition, but she has read lots of new books since participating. “I really enjoyed ‘Snow Treasure’ because the kids go on a cool adventure in Norway to this place with gold,” Natalie said. “I really like the plot.” Mr. Anyan said he rarely sees kids at all reading levels devour books, as he does in BOB. “They are like book zombies that can’t stop feeding on the pages before them,” he said. “Their zeal for reading is what gets me so pumped and excited about hosting BOB each year.” Alison Hassett, 9, said some of her friends said they weren’t good readers, and she wanted to help them. So they formed a team called the 80s Style Rainbow Raiders. “I thought the girls on my team would

Battle of the Books

2014 Reading List “Black Stallion” by Walter Farley “Boy at the End of the World” by Greg Van Eekhout “Dollhouse Murders” by Betty Ren Wright “Home of the Brave” by Katherine Applegate “Jake Ransom and the Skull King Shadow” by James Rollins “Matilda” by Roald Dahl “Snow Treasure” by Marie McSwigan “Tale of Despereaux” by Kate DiCamillo “The Capture” by Kathryn Lasky “When You Reach Me” by Rebecca Stead “Wolf Brother” by Michelle Paver “Little Wolf’s Book of Badness” by Ian Whybrow have fun,” Alison said. “It’s fun to compete, especially against friends on the other teams.” Students form their own groups, which encourages accountability among team members to make sure all the texts are read, and they choose their own team names. Some of the team names have included 3 Tall 2 Small, el Fuego, Satellite Turkeys, The Bookworms and the Mustache Cows. “The team names are a true reflection of the fun spirit we have for Battle of the Books,” Mrs. Rees said. “Any chance to see students reading with such enthusiasm is a dream come true for a teacher/librarian!”

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So you think you know dancing? ❶ Originating in Germany, this dance with around 10 different styles was once only for the privileged class of people. ❷ With many steps that are complex, this Latin dance is known as the root of salsa dancing. ❸ Fastpaced dance that is presented in various styles; also refers to a type of music. ❹ Versions of this type of dance, which began in the 1920s and 1030s, include the Jitterbug, Boogie Woogie and Rock and Roll. ❺ Gorgeous costumes and guitar music are both present in this beautiful dance that is a major part of the culture of Spain.


You may know how to move, but do you know the names of the movements? In honor of National Dance Week this month, place the dance with its definition. Check the bottom of the page to see if your answers are correct.

Ballroom Breakdance Country/ Western Dances Flamenco Folk Hip Hop Mambo Polka Swing Tap

❻ A form of hip-hop, this street dance is often characterized with dance battles between groups. ❼ Popping and locking are some of the styles associated with this street dance filled with attitude. ❽ The emphasis is on the movements of the feet and steps that create a certain sound due to metal plates on the soles of shoes. ❾ Often performed in groups at social events, every country and region has its own unique style of this type of dance. ❿ With partner as well as group options, examples of this style include the Two Step, Cotton Eyed Joe, Square Dance and Line Dances.

Look to libraries for seasonal selections Compiled by Tammy Kimberley SPLASH STAFF WRITER

Did you know there is a week set aside to celebrate libraries and librarians? The American Library Association first sponsored the week in 1958, and it is celebrated in libraries across the country each April. School libraries are also recognized during this month. Check with your local library to see what special activities they might have planned for April 13-19. While you’re there, thank the librarians and volunteers for all they do to encourage literacy and learning within our community. And be sure to look for these books about other special days in April that are available through the borrowing systems at Liberty Lake Municipal Library and Spokane County Library District.

Arbor Day (Wash.): April 9 “A Tree Is Nice” by Janice May Udry “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein  “The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest” by Lynne Cherry

Easter: April 20 “Crafts for Easter” by Kathy Ross “Minerva Louise and the Colorful Eggs” by Janet Morgan Stoeke “The Easter Bunny’s Assistant” by Jan Thomas

Earth Day: April 22 “Compost Stew: an A to Z Recipe for the Earth” by Mary McKenna Siddals “Fancy Nancy: Every Day is Earth Day” by Jane O’Connor “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss Federally insured by NCUA.


April activities just for kids

Bunny visits. Easter Egg hunts. Healthy kid activities. April is the month to get out and do something in the Valley! Photos with the Easter Bunny April 5 to 19, various times JC Penny Court, Spokane Valley Mall Shrine Circus April 17-20, various times Spokane Valley Mall parking lot General admission tickets start at $10. Liberty Lake Easter Egg Hunt April 19, 11 a.m. Pavillion Park, Liberty Lake Registration of $3 or six eggs filled with candy occurs April 14 and 16 at Liberty Lake Municipal Library. Community Easter Egg Hunt April 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Valley Real Life, 1831 S. Barker Road

Summer Kids Expo April 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Warehouse Athletic Facility, Spokane Learn about activities, events, classes, clinics, camps and programs to keep children active this summer. Rockford Easter Egg Hunt April 19, 1 p.m. Prime Land Office Building lawn areas, Rockford Healthy Kids Day April 26, 9 a.m. to noon Spokane Valley YMCA, 2421 N. Discovery Place Free community event to encourage kids to get moving and encourage families to live healthier.

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Program covers homebound readers Outreach effort delivers books to seniors By Sarah Robertson


When the temperature drops below freezing or it’s raining so hard the street is barely visible, it’s a good excuse to hunker down at home and wait it out — maybe with a cup of tea and a good book or old movie. But for many senior citizens in the Liberty Lake community, being homebound isn’t the result of bad weather. It’s a way of life due to declining health or disabilities. A trip to the grocery store or doctor’s office may be an all-day ordeal — if not impossible. To ease the burden on area seniors and other homebound neighbors, the Liberty Lake Municipal Library provides outreach services to deliver books and other media to those who find a trip to the library too difficult. The monthly program, coordinated by library clerk Ronda Gimlen, serves people with a 99019 or 99016 zip code. Gimlen delivers books, videos and audiobooks to those who sign up. Outreach clients may keep the items for four weeks, until they are picked up or traded for a new batch of materials. Outreach occurs on the last Wednesday of the month. Basically, Gimlen is a librarian who makes house calls. But for her, it’s much more than just checking out books. “I love seeing all my people,” Gimlen said. While some clients know exactly which authors or titles they like, many leave the decision up to her or give her a genre that they like and let Gimlen surprise them. They also are very keen to discuss the selections after reading or viewing them, Gimlen said. Some are quite the critics, she joked. For Gimlen, it’s clear that


Outreach clients have access to a variety of library materials including videos, audiobooks and large-print books. while people love having something new to read or watch every month, they also enjoy her visit and talking about the books or movies, or even just the weather. Having worked with outreach services for the last five years, Gimlen said she also enjoys getting to know her clients. She even makes trips to deliver materials outside the last Wednesday of the month, if needed. “We’re pretty flexible. I can run materials out to someone on a different day if needed,” Gimlen said. The library also carries many specialized products that are often of interest to those who have trouble seeing or hearing. They carry a wide selection of largeprint books and audiobooks, and most DVDs now have closedcaptioning for those who are hard of hearing. “I see a big variety of interests. Everything from Westerns and romance to bestsellers,” Gimlen said of her outreach patrons. People with a Liberty Lake Municipal Library card can sign up for outreach services. It is avail-

able to anyone homebound, not just senior citizens. Anyone interested may sign up for outreach services online or over the phone. “We’re all very friendly and willing to help walk anyone through the process of obtaining a library card or signing up for outreach services,” Gimlen said of the library staff. “Just give us call!” The library also offers other activities for all adults — not just seniors — including a book club,

knitting group and computer classes. The computer classes are very popular, according to library staff. Held at 10:30 a.m. every Saturday by Travis Montgomery, they feature an open format that addresses just about any computer-related question. The Liberty Lake Municipal Library is located at 23123 E Mission Avenue and can be reached by phone at 232-2510 during business hours. The library is open Monday through Saturday.

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Q: I have a large opaque bowl that has been identified as a piece of Paden City Glass. I can't find this type of glass mentioned in any of my reference books. Can you help me? — Dot, Hammond, La. A: The glass company was established in Paden City, W.Va., sometime during the early decades of the past century. During the 1920s, the company expanded its production to include colored wares in crystal and opaque glass in a variety of patterns and styles. The Paden Glass Company built a reputation for its high standards of homemade wares until about 1950, when under new management, the plant was automated. Paden Glass later closed due to financial problems. One of the best sources is "Glass A to Z" by David Shotwell and published by Krause Books. Q: I have a series of maps, mostly from the 1870s and 1880s, and all documenting regions in North and South America. I would like to have them appraised. — Brett, Weston, Conn. A: Kevom James Brown, owner of Geo-

graphicus Fine Antique Maps, appraises maps for about $50 each. He does not purchase maps that he appraises, as he sees that practice as a clear conflict of interest. Contact for Brown and Geographicus is 201 W. 105th Street, New York, NY 10025; http://; and 646-320-8650. Q: I have a planter that features a poodle design. It was made by Hull Pottery and given to me as a gift. — Susan, Mason City, Iowa A: I found your planter referenced in "Warman's Hull Pottery: Identification and Price Guide" by David Doyle and published by Krause Books. According to Doyle, your planter is valued in the $20 to $40 range and was a "novelty" product of Hull. Q: I have a copy of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens published in 1935 by Dodd, Mead & Company. Can you tell me how much it is worth? — Lillian, Marion, Ind. A: I contacted several used book dealers about your novel, and they seem to agree it is probably worth about $35. The value of a book is determined by several factors including condition, rarity and edition. Q: I recently purchased a Manophone, a type of spring-wound phonograph that was manufactured by the Music Master of Phonegraphs company, probably during the 1920s. I paid $400 and wonder if I overpaid. I also need to find needles for the machine. — Dan, Bethalto, Ill. A: I’m not familiar with your model, but spring-wound machines seem to be selling in the $300 to $500 range, depending on the make, model and condition. For needles, call the Needle Doctor at 800-229-0644. The steel Victrola needles are $6 per pack, plus handling and postage. Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail.

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Valley healthcare investment soaring Hospital upgrades, new medical park top the list of more than $95 million in spending since 2008 By Amy Busek


More than half of the healthcare-related business licenses on file with the city of Spokane Valley are 27 months old or newer. The city’s public information officer, Carolbelle Branch, cautioned that those numbers (see “On the rise?” below) include an indeterminable number of licenses that lapsed and were later renewed, tempering the ability to draw conclusions from the data with any certainty. Even still: “It does bear attention because of the new Providence center,” she said. That would be the 11-acre, $44 million campus set to open later this month just east of the Sullivan exit on the north side of Interstate 90. That significant project, first announced in 2012, is not the only multi-million dollar healthcare-related investment made in recent years in Spokane Valley. Momentum really picked up in 2008, when Valley Hospital and Medical Center was purchased by Tennessee-based hospital conglomerate, Community Health Systems (CHS). The new owners have invested millions of dollars into the hospital since that time, including repurposing an under-utilized adjacent building and christening it the Valley Hospital Medical Office Building. A ribbon cutting and open house was held last month. The ever-growing Valley presence of both of the Spokane area’s healthcare heavyweights — Providence also operates Sacred Heart and Holy Family hospitals, while Community Health Systems also operates Deaconess — has corresponded with other health-related businesses taking notice. In the past two years, a pair of state-ofthe art cancer facilities have been built near the already crowded medical cor-

ON THE RISE? The 11-year-old city of Spokane Valley has 175 healthcare-related business licenses on file. Ninety-four of those have been filed since the beginning of 2012, including 34 in 2012, 48 in 2013 and 12 thus far in 2014 —including Family First Care Management, Senior Helpers of Spokane and Instant MD. These statistics include an unknown number of businesses that renewed a business license after allowing it to lapse.


A sign of the times? The $44 million Providence Medical Park opens April 28. The project is the most visible among dozens set in motion since 2008 to revitalize the Spokane Valley healthcare landscape. ridor near Valley Hospital between Pines and McDonald roads. Cancer Care Northwest expanded an already established Valley practice with a new 20,000-squarefoot facility at 1204 N. Vercler, while Spokane-based Medical Oncology Associates opened the 22,000-square-foot Spokane Valley Cancer Center at 13424 E. Mission Ave — both multi-million-dollar investments. Added up, investments by Providence, CHS and the two new cancer facilities total more than $95 million. Meanwhile, many independent medical providers have aligned with either Providence or CHS. Both companies report the investment has meant new jobs and better, closer-to-home healthcare for Valley residents.

Valley Hospital: focus on quality “It takes investment to improve quality.” Those are the words of Sasha Weiler, the communications director for both Valley Hospital and Deaconess. Valley Hospital was in dire straits, Weiler explained, when CHS bought the hospital for $272 million in 2008 from Empire Health Services, a nonprofit organization, a purchase that also included Deaconess Hospital in Spokane. Weiler said the past

six years have been extremely fruitful, particularly for the Valley. “We’ve thoughtfully grown services, helped recruit many new physicians to the Spokane Valley area, expanded the number of people we employ in key areas and improved financial performance to better position us for success,” she said. The level of investment CHS put into the Valley hospital — Weiler reported some $25.5 million poured into hospital equipment since 2008 — is reaping large returns. “We’ve seen increases in surgical volume, admission and babies born since 2008,” Weiler said. “We’ve also seen an increase in market share — from under 10 percent Spokane County market share for inpatient admissions in 2009 to over 13 percent in 2012.” When CHS acquired Valley Hospital, it was “very undercapitalized,” according to Weiler. The hospital, which opened in 1969, had been expanded numerous times of the years, including a 53,000-squarefoot addition in 2002. However, keeping pace with necessary investments in technology and infrastructure had been a challenge. “Many basic needs and upgrades had gone unmet — some of the first major

FOR MORE Take a photo tour and learn more about the new Providence Medical Park Spokane Valley campus and the Valley Hospital Medical Office Building, both of which are making their debuts this spring. Pages 6-9 investments we made (were for) things like new patient beds, monitors, computers, carts, tables — good things that aren’t as ‘publicly visible’ as a new building or a waiting room model, but essential for good patient care,” she said. The first major purchase Valley Hospital made was a new CT scanner for half a million dollars, though spending six or more figures in a single transaction has proven to not be an uncommon occurrence. Among the other big-ticket expenditures since 2008: new patient monitors ($876,000), new perinatal monitoring system ($484,000), an advanced interventional radiology room ($1.3 million), MRI upgrades ($425,000), and improving all six operating rooms to “i-Suites” ($2.3 million).

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Along with their successes, the Valley Hospital faces obstacles in our post-recessionary economy. Weiler cited the Hospital Safety Net bill of 2010 as a crucial factor in decreased Medicaid reimbursement for the Valley specifically, along with an increase in charity and uncompensated care. However, the Valley uses on-sight insurance experts to effectively sign residents up for Medicaid on a daily basis. “Despite these challenges, we’ve continued to invest generously in capital, equipment and upgrades with no reduction in staff compensation or benefits,” Weiler said. The 2008 transaction that saw a formerly nonprofit entity become for-profit had another significant consequence for the community, Weiler noted. “... Combined, Deaconess and Valley are the fourth-largest taxpayer in Spokane County,” she said. “Under previous ownership, the area didn’t benefit from this tax base.” For being the smallest of the four Spokane hospitals —with between 60 and 100 patients daily — the Valley Hospital has been the recipient of a host of accolades since 2008. Healthgrades, an online national medical resource, ranked the Valley Hospital in the top 5 percent of the nation. They were the second hospital in the state of Washington to receive Joint Commission Knee and Hip Replacement Certification and the first hospital in Spokane given praise from The Joint Commission on Key Quality Measures. What makes the Valley different, Weiler said, isn’t just leading physicians, top-of-the-line equipment and high patient satisfaction. “Many patients tell us that they appreciate our smaller size (easier to park and find your way around) and the feeling of family and personalized care they receive at Valley,” she said. As far as continued success and goals for the future, Weiler said that future projects are evaluated by “volume, trends and community need.” CHS just bought the Valley Hospital Medical Office Building, creating two additional operating rooms, relocating doctor’s offices and adding on a therapy unit (see separate story,

page 8). “We’ve worked very hard to enhance quality and expand service lines, recruit specialist physicians and make sure that the residents of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Veradale, Newman Lake and beyond can get the care they need, right here,” Weiler said. “We are the hospital of the Spokane Valley, and we want the residents of the area to trust us with their care.”

Providence: pursuing a model of localized care The Providence Medical Park opens April 28. The facility will provide increased options and a plethora of jobs for local residents. The 11-acre facility will have two connected buildings: one for doctors’ offices and one for diagnosis and treatment, according to a Providence news release. For the company, it’s about pursuing localized and wellness-focused care. Joseph Robb, Providence’s director of marketing and public relations for Eastern Washington, said the Valley wants a comprehensive care facility, and the Providence Medical Park plans to deliver. “With the anticipation of forming accountable care organizations that take responsibility for cost, quality and patient satisfaction, the focus has shifted to population health rather than caring for people when they are ill,” Robb said. The plan is to create a partnership with local businesses in order to foster a healthy community, not limited to services provided when residents are already sick. Robb said that Group Health, Columbia Medical Associates, Inland Imaging, Cancer Care Northwest and St. Luke Physical Therapy are some of the local healthcare partners that promote a similar goal of quality care. Ambulatory care — those surgeries, diagnostic procedures and treatments that do not require overnight hospitalization — has been an emphasis for expansion within Providence. “The goal of maintaining health has led Providence to move from primarily a hospital system five years ago to having an equally strong ambulatory care base made up of over 300 physicians in Providence Medical Group who are located throughout Spokane and Stevens counties,” Robb said.

The Providence Medical Park will bring large-scale ambulatory services to the Valley. The park was created with three major goals in mind: to provide a variety of same-day services within the same building for the ease of the patient, to reduce the cost of fees usually charged in a hospital setting and to ensure a satisfactory patient experience in that all the services they may need are housed under the same roof. Including the partnership with other Eastern Washington healthcare organizations, the park will house primary care, specialists, urgent care, diagnostic services, procedures and pharmaceutical resources. Specialty services, Robb said, include orthopedics, gastroenterology, neurology, rheumatology and cardiology. “Providence has found that Spokane Valley residents prefer care that is in the Valley,” Robb said. The changing tide of localized healthcare was realized by Providence by gradually increasing their presence in the Valley, starting four years ago. “In August of 2010, Providence Medical Group acquired Valley Family Physicians, a group of four family practice providers,” Robb explained. “This was the first step in more convenient care for Spokane Valley residents. That followed with the acquisition of Spokane Cardiology in 2011, Spokane Valley Family Medicine in 2012 and Valley Young Peoples Clinic in 2014.” Providence, with its bustling hospitals in Spokane, ensures job stability with its acquisitions, Robb said. Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital and Holy Family Hospital are the destinations of choice for many Valley families who require in-patient care. Not only will the medical park cut back on treks to greater Spokane, it will foster job creation for Valley residents. Providence’s presence in the Valley will create more than 200 jobs for residents in time. “Providence Medical Park will eventually employ 178 staff and 38 physicians and 17 advanced practice providers (nurses, physician assistants with advance training/certifications),” Robb said. “On April 28, Providence will employ 57 non-provider, clinical staff.”

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One of the Valley’s more visible construction projects, the progress at Providence Medical Park - Spokane Valley has been viewed by Interstate 90 passers-by for more than a year. The facility opens April 28.

New center set to open April 28 Story and photos by Craig Howard HEALTHY VALLEY CONTRIBUTOR

Since late August 2012, travelers along Interstate 90 near the Sullivan Road exit have seen a park built from the ground up. Located on 11 acres east of the Valley Mall, Providence Medical Park Spokane Valley encompasses 130,000 square feet and will include a staff count of nearly 180 when fully occupied. The facility is scheduled to open April 28. Joe Robb, director of marketing and public relations for the Eastern Washington region of Providence Health & Services, said the venue will mean increased convenience and affordability for local residents who access Providence treatment. “We were seeing patients from the Valley, but we didn’t have the facilities there,” Robb said. “They were coming to Sacred Heart or Holy Family, but they had to travel. This is about moving from a hospital-based model to a community-based

model. We want to treat those people in their community. Having a lower cost point by having a nearby outpatient, ambulatory facility really made sense.” Robb notes that Washington-based notfor-profit Providence has a market share of “just over 50 percent” in the greater Valley area. Within the last two years, the nonprofit organization has added Valley Family Physicians, Spokane Valley Family Medicine and Valley Young People’s Clinic into the Providence fold. Valley Family Physicians will relocate from its office on Mission to the Medical Park this month. “The thought was to have a presence in the Valley but also provide a lower-cost alternative to people in the Valley,” said Kathy Tarcon, Providence chief operating officer. “It’s about providing convenience for patients, easy parking and lower cost, high-quality, specialized care in one place.” Discussions about the project began in 2009. The campus also includes an urgent care center and a variety of other specialties, including orthopedics, gastroenterology, neurology, rheumatology and endocrinology. A diagnostic element with Inland Imaging will be featured, while

Spokane Cardiology, acquired by Providence in 2011, will also find a new home at the park. “We have a whole list of specialists as well as primary care, so if a primary care physician sees a patient and that patient needs to see a specialist, they can refer them right there,” Tarcon said. The park’s ambulatory surgery center will be partially operational in August for gastrointestinal procedures. Robb said Providence is still awaiting word on certification that would add orthopedic, spinal and hip and knee procedures, among others. “The ambulatory surgery center at the Providence Medical Park will be open later this summer providing a limited number of diagnostic procedures such as colonoscopies and will be fully operational once we receive regulatory approval,” Robb explained. Tarcon said convenient access off Interstate 90 and land for expansive parking were key features when selecting the site. The park is also not far from Providence patients who travel from North Idaho and Western Montana.

“We talked to patients when we designed the building,” Tarcon said. “It’s about ease for patients. We have it all in one specific building. It’s right off the freeway and people don’t have the hassle of worrying about parking.” The building will also feature a Rite-Aid pharmacy and a Thomas Hammer Coffee outlet. Another 21,000 square feet is available for lease. Bouten Construction has served as the primary contractor on the project, with a pricetag of $44 million. Another $10 million went into equipment and technology. Tarcon said the park moves Providence one step closer to its goal of being no more than 10 minutes away from any patient in the greater Spokane area. “Providence has always had the philosophy that we need to serve the patients,” she said. “As we looked at ambulatory care, we have them on the north side and the south side but not the Valley. It’s about staying true to our mission of caring for the poor and vulnerable. It was just asking what we can do in an ambulatory, outpatient setting where you don’t have that hospital overhead. This will truly be a fully functioning medical park.”

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Check-in stations await patients to come in the urgent care portion of the campus.

Above, lighting hangs near a walkway connecting elements of the facility’s open design concept. While the majority of the campus will be occupied when the facility opens this month, 21,000 square feet is available for lease.

Providence Medical Park will be the new home for many of the medical group’s family practice physicians, who will be housed in space such as the room pictured above. Since 2002, Valley Family Physicians, Spokane Valley Family Medicine and Valley Young People’s Clinic have all come into the Providence fold. While many family physicians will continue to be located throughout the Valley, others will move on to the roomy new campus.

At left, a meditative room gazes out at a grassy courtyard.

At right, a view from the lobby of the 130,000square-foot Providence Medical Park.

Above, a wildlife themed picture adorns a wall. An open house scheduled for April 12 will feature an art exhibit by Providence employees among the festivities. At left, a west-facing view from an upper level of Providence Medical Park reveals a courtyard, parking lot and hotel.

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Facility makeover results in new office building for

Valley Hospital Story and photos by Craig Howard HEALTHY VALLEY CONTRIBUTOR

For years, the khaki-colored, rectangular building on Houk Road has been familiar to Spokane Valley residents as an addendum to the Valley Hospital and Medical Center. Since 1986, however, the structure has not housed much outside of the Empire Eye Physicians office and a vein care center that moved in around three years ago. Other tenants like St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Center —which operated a physical therapy site at the building —have long since left. All of that changed in February, when a slew of Rockwood specialists relocated to the newly renamed Valley Hospital Medical Office Building. The venue is now at more than 90 percent capacity, according to Sasha Weiler, senior director of marketing and communications for Rockwood Health Systems. “This had been an underutilized resource,” Weiler said. “We had physicians all over our campus, walking to the hospital in the snow and rain. What’s great about this for the patients is that it puts the Rockwood specialists in one place.” The treatment lineup at the refurbished space includes fields like endocrinology, orthopedics, sports medicine and a foot and ankle center. A pair of operating rooms were also added to the second floor. The spacious physical therapy space features plenty of natural light courtesy of a bank of windows, while a small pool —left over from the St. Luke’s tenure —provides aquatic therapy for re-

covering patients. “To us, this symbolized the reinvigoration of Valley Hospital,” said Weiler. The 20,000-square-foot venue experienced an upgrade of more than $3 million, including a new roof, renovations to office space and new carpet. The HVAC system was also overhauled to meet code. The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce sponsored an open house and ribbon cutting at the building on March 20. Weiler said the office building represents the ongoing emphasis on “integrated healthcare” as underscored by Community Health Systems, a for-profit company based in Tennessee that purchased Valley and Deaconess hospitals from nonprofit Empire Health Systems in 2008. Rockwood moved under the CHS umbrella in the early part of 2010. Since taking over Valley Hospital, CHS has added some $30 million in improvements, Weiler noted. Weiler said discussions regarding the purchase and facelift of the Houk Road site began in late 2012. The building was bought by CHS from a physicians group and a commercial property owner for $2 million. Empire Eye Physicians — the longest tenured tenant —still oversees future leases on available property at the site. The revitalized building now means frequent utilization of a skyramp connection to VHMC, a bridge essentially unused for almost 30 years. “Everything is connected,” Weiler said. “Doctors can walk over to the office building without going outside. Patients can also come here to see their doctor and get the therapy they need.”

Above left, the 20,000-square-foot Valley Hospital Medical Office Building received $3 million in renovations in advance of its rechristening this spring as an upgraded adendum to the main hospital campus. Above, natural light leads the way throughout the facility, including along the walkway (directly above) that connects the main hospital campus to the Office Building. Below, patient rooms like this allow hospital patients to visit specialists without leaving the campus.

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Seeking help for cramping muscles By Paul G. Donohue, M.D. KING FEATURES SYNDICATE

Above, the Valley Hospital Medical Office Building includes a pool that provides aquatic therapy for recovering patients. The pool’s presence on the campus dates back to when St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Center was a major tenant. At left, the revitalized structure provides another outlet to meet Valley Hospital’s storage needs. Below, physical therapy equipment awaits recovering patients.

Question: I hope you can help me with a problem that might get me kicked off the first string. I get cramps in my legs, mostly in the calves. At first, it was laughable. Now it’s not. At practices, I can sit down and wait for the cramp to go. During a game, I have to be replaced. How do I stop them? — B.L. Answer: I have to tell readers that what I say applies to exercise-associated muscle cramps and not to the cramps that so many older people get when in bed. They’re both the same phenomenon, an involuntary, sustained and painful contraction of a muscle or muscles. But they’re not the same when it comes to the situation that brings them on. The actual cause is a matter that experts have debated for years. A lack of potassium, calcium or magnesium, excessive exercise, cold weather, hot weather and dehydration have been cited as possible causes. None has been proven to be the universal cause. Muscle fatigue is another possibility. Some experts say that muscle fatigue affects the muscles’ response to spinal cord signals that prevent cramping. Suggestions to forestall cramps are many. Hydration is a reasonable approach. An hour before a game or an exercise session, drink a quart of water. That gives enough time for the water to be absorbed. During play, keep drinking. If you are drinking a lot of fluid, switch to a sports drink to prevent a drop in potassium and sodium. Stretch your calf muscles in three daily sessions. Rising on the toes is a good calf stretch. You can try taking a vitamin supplement that contains most of the B vitamins. Make sure vitamin B-6 is included. To uncramp a muscle, sit on the floor with the involved leg stretched out in front of you. Grab the ball of the foot, and, while keeping the heel on the floor, pull the foot toward you and hold it in that position until the cramp eases. Pinching the skin between the nose and the lip is another way to break a cramp.

Am I getting enough calcium? Question: My doctor has me on a calcium tablet because I’m nearing the osteoporosis line. I’m 63 and never have taken any kind of medicine. I hate to break my record. Can’t I get enough calcium from foods to reach my calcium goal? Let me know what foods, please. — B.A. Answer: You can get enough calcium from foods, and it’s as good a way, if not better, of getting that mineral than are tablets and pills. Eight ounces of low-fat yogurt has 413 mg; 8 ounces of low fat milk, 300 mg; 6 ounces of calcium-fortified orange juice, 378 mg; 3 ounces of canned sardines, 324 mg; 1.5 ounces of cheddar cheese, 306 mg; 1 cup of cottage cheese, 138 to 206 mg. A woman of your age needs about 1,200 mg of calcium a day. Most bookstores have small books with the nutritional content of foods, and they aren’t expensive. Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.

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SPRING into spring

20 ideas toward taking a healthy step forward this season By Amy Busek

5. Variety is the spice of senior exercise

1. Hit the hills for a hike

Are you a senior looking for a regular exercise routine? The Spokane Valley Senior Center offers senior fitness, aerobic exercise, tai chi, chair exercise, Zumba, dance classes and various sports for people over 50 at 2425 N. Discovery Place. The cost is only $20 a year. Call 926-1937.


The Dishman Hills Conservancy is hosting its 48th annual Buttercup Hike in an annual observance of the first blossoms of spring on April 12. The free event is led by local geologists and conservationists who provide commentary on the area’s history throughout the hike. The three-hour hike starts at 1 p.m. at Camp Caro. Register at

2. Download an app For the tech-savvy out there, the wide, wide world of smartphone applications offers easy ways to chart your fitness goals. Try MyFitnessPal, a free app that creates daily calorie and fitness goals based on your height, weight and fitness plans. Type in your meals and workouts and let the slimming begin!

6. Get to know squat How about something that doesn’t require a membership, special clothes or even leaving the house? Do a monthlong squat challenge. On the first of the month, do 60 squats. You can use weights if you want, but it’s also effective without them. Every day, increase your set by five and take a rest day every fourth day (65 on the second day, 70 on the third, none on the fourth, 75 on the fifth, etc). Before you know it, you’ll be doing hundreds of squats a day with little burn — and by May, you’ll be ready for swimsuit season.

3. Bike for charity

7. Consume local food

The 21st annual Lilac Century and Family Fun Ride, an all-day event on April 27, has routes for all levels of bikers, including a part bike, part 5K run transitional “brick” race. Sponsored by the Spokane Aurora Northwest Rotary Club, your entry fee (of $40-$50, depending on the distance you bike) will benefit a variety of Rotarian charities, including Kids at Risk, holiday food baskets and college scholarships. Register at home.aspx?accountid=1832

Community-supported agriculture has a way of bringing together locals through encouraging the consumption of locallygrown, seasonal and organic produce. Local company Garden Delivered has a choice of four produce boxes that vary in size and content. You pay a $35 annual fee and boxes range from $35-$45 weekly. Bonus — delivery is free. They only deliver to select zip codes in Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake zip codes, so call 509808-2195 to see if your address qualifies. Register at www.gardendeliveredspokane. com. Meanwhile, watch for local Farmers Markets to launch in May, including longtime nearby mainstays in Liberty Lake and Millwood.

4. Run by the river Running through the pine forests with the sounds of the river in your ears sure beats the treadmill — register for the Spokane River Run, which takes place April 27 at Riverside State Park. The annual race is an all-ages event and has five different routes that range from 5K to 50K. Sign up online at

8. Play pickleball The HUB Sports Center in Liberty Lake offers a variety of classes, but you should totally start with the most obscure: pick-

leball. The game resembles badminton, tennis and ping pong in that players use wooden paddles to smack a ball over a net in a badminton-sized court. Play time is 12:30 Monday through Thursday and 6:30 on Sunday evenings. Drop-in cost is $4 a person and $2 for seniors. More is available at

9. Practice your downward dog Mellow Monkey Yoga in the Spokane Valley offers classes for all skill levels. If you haven’t touched your toes since Bush was in office, try out the “Yoga for Everyone” classes on Saturdays at 8 a.m., Sundays at 4:30 p.m. and Mondays at 6 p.m. First class is free, and monthly memberships are $69 general and $58 for students and seniors over 60.

10. Join the school of rock Rather than learning how to shred on guitar, this class put on by the Spokane Mountaineers teaches the basics of rock climbing. Belay, climbing technique, anchoring and rappelling are taught in your choice of indoor or outdoor settings. Indoor classes are April 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. and outdoor classes are April 26 and 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fill out your application online at by April 18. Cost is $50.

11. If the moon’s up, put the fork down A 2013 study from Brigham Young University monitored the eating habits of 29 younger guys and found that those who refrained from eating between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. lost almost a pound over two weeks, while they gained 1.3 pounds over the next two weeks when they returned to their normal eating habits. It doesn’t sound like much — but this simple step is likely to reduce your fat intake

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as well, since we typically eat fattier foods late at night.

12. Play frisbee golf Greenacres Park, at the corner of Boone and Long on the eastern side of Spokane Valley, has only been around for two years. The city shelled out $1.4 million to build it — might as well put it to use. It has barnthemed play structure for the kids, a picnic area and a family-friendly starter disc golf course. Grab the kids and a few sandwiches and get ready for some serious fun.

13. Be as swift as the coursing river: take Taekwondo! Jung Kim’s Martial Arts in Spokane Valley is among local studios that offer classes for both adults and children (check www. for the April schedule or Google a nearby establishment close to you). It’s recommended to sit in on a class first, and then confer with the instructor regarding placement and skill level.

14. Find a running or workout buddy Look for a running or workout buddy. Many local clubs offer camaraderie, and there are also nearby running and walking groups. The city recreation department is a good source for available outlets. Swallow your fear and meet someone while getting in shape. Nothing motivates you more than a partner — especially one who is at the same place as you, athletically.

15. Avoid Easter overindulgence Easter falls on April 20 this year. If your family cooks a traditional Easter dinner, try creating a healthier menu this year. Roast sweet potatoes and skip the heavy dinner rolls in favor of heart-healthy quinoa. Celebrate spring vegetables by incorporating as many as you can into your side dishes.

16. Become a ride regular Two Spokane Valley bicycle shops, the Bike Hub and Wheel Sport East, are known to host weekly rides. Details are commonly posted on the Facebook page. One ride al-

ready in stride for 2014 is Wheel Sport East’s Wednesday night Road Ride. Show up at the Sullivan Road shop at 6 p.m. each week for a no-drop ride. Yes, that means what you think it does. No rider will be left behind.

17. Plant a vegetable garden Early April is the best time to plant coolseason crops, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Plants that can withstand late frost include broccoli, peas, spinach and onions.

18. Run for the Son An annual event billed as a “celebration of faith” for the Christian community lands at 9 a.m. May 24 this year with a launching point of Rockin’ B Ranch at exit 299. Run for the Son is a 5K with an inexpensive, $10 registration. Fill that out by May 17. For more:

19. Get the kids connected A pair of free events on consecutive Saturdays in April can help get your kids moving. The first, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April

19, is the Summer Activities Kids Expo. Held at the Warehouse Athletic Facility in Spokane (800 N. Hamilton) and the brainchild of Phil Champlin of the HUB Sports Center in Liberty Lake, the event will connect parents with representatives of more than 30 local summer programs. The goal of the Kids Expo is for families to learn about activities, events, classes, clinics, camps and programs to keep your children active and engaged all summer long. For more, call Champlin at 927-0602. Then, from 9 a.m. to noon April 26, head down to the Spokane Valley YMCA for Healthy Kids Day. The goal of the event is to encourage kids to get moving and learning and help families live healthier. For more on this event, contact Mary Berry at

20. Be a part of Bloomsday Sign up for Bloomsday by April 20 to avoid any late registration fees, and train regularly for the iconic May 4 event that turns 38 this year. Having a hard time motivating yourself to train? The Spokane Falls Community College offers weekly training sessions, starting with 1 mile the first week (March 15) and culminating in a 7-miler (April 26). The event is free and takes place every Saturday for 7 weeks starting at 8:30 a.m.

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Health and fitness part of

Brooks family DNA By Eli Francovich


Treasure Brooks is in the second trimester of her third pregnancy. She just got back from a 4-mile run. Really, it’s not a big deal for her. Fitness is part of her life — an integral part. “I wanted to be able to set a good example for my kids,” Brooks said. “Obesity is becoming such an epidemic. I just


Treasure and Winston Brooks’ lifestyle of health and wellness is modeled to their children, Quincy and Tassie.

wanted to be sure my kids followed my example.” In fact, for the Brooks family, fitness is a family activity. Treasure’s husband, Winston Brooks, played college basketball for Gonzaga from 2001-2003 after transferring from North Idaho College. He was part of talented backcourt that included Dan Dickau and Blake Stepp. Now, the former point guard is a member of Spokane’s Police Department and an AAU coach. But he’s no donut-eating slouch. Recently, he’s started competing in bodybuilding competitions alongside his wife. In fact, in May 2013, both competed and placed in the Empire Classic Bodybuilding competition. Winston got started in bodybuilding on a dare, his wife recalled. When she did her first competition, he told that if she placed, he would give the sport a try as well. Well, Treasure placed and Winston followed through. He’s competed in one other competition since the on in May. While bodybuilding is an important activity for the two of them, their commitment to exercise and healthy living goes deeper than that. For Treasure, it’s the absolute foundation to a healthy and well-organized life. “Really, it’s not about winning — winning is great. It’s just about the discipline and dedica-

tion that it takes,” Treasure said. “It’s just a family passion. When you get your health in check, and when you get your fitness in check, it bleeds into other areas of your life.” In fact, she’s been incredibly successful in bodybuilding. In November 2013, she placed fifth in nationals in the figure class B category. Treasure wasn’t a collegiate athlete, but she grew up playing sports and loves the discipline and competition of athletics. She said she didn’t get into bodybuilding competitions until about five years ago. While Winston was training to become a cop, he spent three months in Meridian, Idaho, leaving her home alone with two children. “We had two kids at the time and a newborn baby. It was just hard for me to be at home without him all the time,” Treasure said. “And so I started to go to the gym more than usual.” While working out, people started asking her if she competed in bodybuilding competitions. She hadn’t but soon decided to give it a swing. The rest, so to speak, is history. She’s quick to emphasize that bodybuilding isn’t even really an accurate name. Everything she does is natural, and the emphasis, at least for her preferred category, isn’t only bulk. “The culture has really changed over the years,” she said. “Body building as we’ve known it is really dead and gone. What I do is I’m completely natural.” When she’s training for a competition, she lift weights five or six times a week for 45 minutes. Although she does do cardio, she said she prefers to monitor her body composition by controlling her food intake. Now she’s taking a break from competition because of the pregnancy. Instead, she coaches a team of local bodybuilders. And she doesn’t stay in shape just for competitions. Treasure works as a personal trainer at Liberty Lake Athletic Club — even while pregnant, she teaches a ladies-only bootcamp two evenings a week — and firmly


Treasure and Winston Brooks and their children, Quincy and Tassie, embrace simplicity and consistency as part of a healthy lifestyle. believes in the all-around importance of fitness. In fact, their youngest child, 5-year-old Tassie, has basically grown up in the gym. “She’s gone to work with me,” Treasure said. “She’s never been to daycare.” Tassie is always playing with weights, a basketball or even competing against older women.

“She’ll run sprints against grown women and kick their asses,” Treasure said. The couple's oldest child, 9-year-old Quincy, also plays sports, including football and AAU basketball. However, he’s not quite the gym rat the other three are. “Honestly, he’s a little more

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academic,” Treasure said. “He loves science. He’s a little more analytical.” While it may sound intense, Treasure insists that they’re a very normal family — one that just chooses to make a habit out of health. They eat with their health in mind but aren’t radical about it. She’ll enjoy a hamburger or glass of wine occasionally. “All the bad health things happen when we’re consistently unhealthy,” she said. So, instead, the Brooks family focuses on a simple health principle of consistency. Ultimately, that’s her advice to anyone trying to live healthy. Keep it simple. “A lot of people fail when they’re either trying to lose weight or implement a new program because they go to the extremes,” she said. “Be realistic about what you’re trying to achieve. It’s not going to happen overnight.”

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Library expands digital offerings Discover our Digital By Tammy Kimberley SPLASH STAFF WRITER

Even though a location change five years ago brought more room to house the contents of Liberty Lake Municipal Library, the facility is running low on shelf space. In an effort to maximize their resources — both in space and funds— the library continues to take steps to bolster their digital options. One of the more obvious ways they’ve made strides is an increased array of ebook and audiobook options, library directory Pamela Mogen said. The number of downloadable checkouts increased from 2,643 in 2012 to 4,155 in 2013. “Now that people are more used to getting information via the internet, we’d like to propose that the library is keeping pace with the times,” Mogen said. “We’re looking for more ways to offer resources in digital forms.” Pat Dockrey said he’s been using a Nook for several years to check out science fiction books that are hard to find in a wide selection at traditional libraries. He loves the convenience of the digital format, whether he’s traveling or reading at the local Starbucks. “The library is only open so many hours per week, but if you want a book at 3 a.m., you can check one out,” he said. “I tell everyone they need to try it and see if they like it.” Another item the library has been educating patrons about is the Library Now mobile app. Mogen explained that the app allows users to have access to everything in the library in an easy-to-



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Time frame resident patrons have access to digital services read format on their phones. It can also be used in place of a card to check out books. There are more digital resources available “behind the scenes” that many patrons are not aware of, Mogen said. On

the library’s website, users can access Zinio Digital Magazines, Freegal Music, World Book Encyclopedia, reference and travel books on Gale Virtual Reference Library, HeritageQuest genealogical research along with many other resources. Although they are available for free to patrons with resident library cards, the library purchases these services and tracks how well they are being utilized. Library staff have undergone training in how to best guide patrons to the correct databases, and they are constantly evaluating how to best invest in other digital resources. During the month of March, the library offered patrons free access to a trial package of online resources and asked for feedback from users. Mogen said that feedback and the number of site hits will help staff decide what type of online package to potentially purchase for the future. “Anytime the state comes up with negotiating a package for us, we’ll be right in line to get it for Liberty Lake,” she said. “We will keep abreast of everything that comes up and do our best to make it available.” There are other ideas of using technology to further serve those in the community, Mogen said, including the possibility of transforming the quiet reading room into a media lab to enable people to create things digitally. She’s also been researching how other libraries are serving as places for people to come get their GEDs. “There’s a lot to look forward to,” Mogen said. “We’re doing our best to find out about the new possibilities.”

Resources Looking for inspiration in decorating those Easter eggs? Care to know the essentials of making your own wine or home brew? Check out the Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center. Got a leaky pipe in the middle of the night? Want to build a deck on your house or learn how to patch your roof? Take advantage of the Home Improvement Reference Center. Utilize these online sites (and more) by searching links under Information Resources on our website. And be sure to let us know what you think!

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Historical fiction shows struggle over slavery By Daniel Pringle


Chosen for Oprah’s Book Club, Sue Monk Kidd’s “The Invention of Wings” imagines the life of early abolitionist and feminist Sarah Grimké. Born around 1800 to a slaveholding family in South Caro-

lina, Sarah grew to see the injustices of slavery as an adolescent, and began to quietly resist it as a young woman. Eventually, resistance became her life’s work, and she achieved renown, to some, infamy to others, writing against these evils. Her pamphlet “American Slavery As It Is” inspired “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” the book that Abraham Lincoln credited with starting the Civil War. Kidd juxtaposes Sarah’s thwarted ambition to pursue education and a career— first in law, then the Quaker ministry— with a fictionalized slave in the Grimké household given to Sarah on her eleventh birthday. Hetty, or Handful, as she’s

known to the other slaves, is the daughter of the Grimkés’ seamstress, a defiant woman who taught Handful about her African origins and helped instill in her a belief in her own intrinsic value as a person. Sarah teaches her to read, and in alternating chapters we see the two girls grow along parallel lines as individuals straining against the limitations of their time. In this powerful story, Kidd presents a “thickly imagined” account of Sarah’s life that she admits takes some liberties with events and conversations to serve the plot. While this ultimately makes for a compelling and moving read, in some cases the subtext is too obvious. A small criticism, I hope, that won’t discourage anyone from reading about these inspiring women. Daniel Pringle is adult services and reference librarian at the Liberty Lake Municipal Library. 23123 E. Mission Ave. Liberty Lake • 232-2510

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Dancers let loose at lake venues By Ross Schneidmiller


A woman in a romantic embrace with her man says, “Remember when we danced out over the water at Liberty Lake?” This scene was from a Hollywood movie that longtime Liberty Lake resident Mickey Becht recalled in an oral history given in the late 1980s. Mickey said she watched the blackand-white movie on her TV, but she no longer remembered its name or the actors involved. In a way, the movie dialogue did not surprise her because of stories told by her husband Don. Don Becht started working at Liberty Lake Park as a boy around 1915. He continued working there part time and eventually managed the park until its closure in the late 1950s. He enjoyed sharing stories of the various entertainers who had performed at the Dance Pavillion over the years, as well as movie personalities who vacationed at the park. For the Inland Empire, dancing and Liberty Lake were connected for more than the first half of the twentieth century. Most people knowledgeable on the subject would connect dancing to the Pavillion at Liberty Lake Park, located on the northwest side of the lake. Dancing, however, began before and continued after the building of the famed Pavillion at many venues around the lake. One of the first dance facilities at the lake opened in 1902 and was built by Charles Treager. In a May 1, 1899, Spokane Daily Chronicle article Traeger stated, “We will at once erect a comfortable hotel for summer visitors and a big dancing pavilion. This pavilion will extend out over the lake 30 or 40 feet, giving a delightful location where all

EVENTS, COMPETITIONS AND ACTIVITIES From the Liberty Lake Historical Society, a 2014 monthly series JANUARY: Ice Skating FEBRUARY: Parade of Mermaid

Competitions MARCH: Opening Day of Fishing APRIL: Dancing MAY: Water Competitions JUNE: Liberty Lake Amateur JULY: All Valley Picnics AUGUST: Dutch Jake Picnics SEPTEMBER: Hydroplane Races OCTOBER: Baseball Games NOVEMBER: Liberty Lake and Football DECEMBER: A.R.T.’s Christmas in July

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DID YOU KNOW? • The Spokane Valley Country Club was eventually acquired by the Spokane Elks Lodge 228. It was destroyed by fire in the 1960s. • The Liberty Lake Dance Pavillion eventually stopped charging per dance and went to a cover charge to get into the dance. • A fire inside the Dance Pavillion in the late 1950s rendered it useless. It was dismantled in the early 1960s, making way for the Alpine Shores housing development.


The Liberty Lake Dance Pavillion was a prime draw for dancing a century ago. the breezes can be enjoyed.” These breezes are likely why Treager named his resort The Zephyr, as the definition of zephyr is “a light wind, or wind from the west.” In that article, Traeger said he would be building a family resort, but he built a roadhouse instead. Ragtime music and the dances associated with it had been gaining popularity since the mid-1890s. This genre of music began as dance music in the red-light districts of American cities. It was composed chiefly for piano, and it brought an era of expressive ballroom dancing. During the ragtime dance craze, floors were dominated by the One-Step, a dance where a couple merely walked one step to each beat of the music. Its immense popularity was due primarily to its simplicity so that even novices could do it. In 1902, ragtime was played and danced to on lower society dance floors like The Zephyr. A year later in 1903, a dance hall was added at the MacKenzie Hotel on the west side of Liberty Lake. Along with this they provided summer dance cruises. A steamboat named the Ermine would pull a barge of reveling dancers, as they slowly cruised around the lake dancing to the beat of the piano. There were other dance venues as well. Kalez Park, located where the county park is today, had a pavilion that gained popularity around 1910. “Take a launch to Kalez Park your boat ticket entitles you to a number of free dances” read a sign on the boat docks at Liberty Lake Park. The Stonehouse Park and Hotel on the southwest end of the lake had a dance hall within the hotel. Dutch Groshoff, longtime Spokane and Liberty Lake band leader, described it as a place "where Spokane's social elite could come and kick up their heels, but it would not be reported in the Sunday Society column." The Spokane Valley Country Club, located above the present-day boat launch, offered live entertainment and dancing from the 1940s to the 1960s. Both Sandy Beach and Dreamwood Bay resorts advertised openair dance floors.

It was Liberty Lake Park, however, and its crown jewel Dance Pavillion that set Liberty Lake apart from other Spokane lakes. Known as “Spokane’s Inland Seashore,” it was not uncommon for this Liberty Lake resort to attract thousands of people with attendance at the dances in the high hundreds. The grand opening of the Pavillion was in 1909. It was built upon a pier extending 200 feet into the water. The management boasted that the smooth maple floor could accommodate 628 couples dancing. A 1914 brochure read, “The Dancing Pavillion, well known for its perfect floor and ideal location out over the lake can be reserved for society and party dances.” Almost every Spokane club, society and fraternal organization at one time or another held a dance in the Pavillion. Businesses enjoying their summer picnics in the Park would usually host a dance as their last event of the day. Special trains could be arranged arriving right before the dance was to begin and then leaving soon enough to catch the last cable cars serving Spokane’s neighborhoods. Dance clubs hosted series of dances in the park. One such group, the Liberty Girls, put on themed dances. In July 1916, they hosted a dance celebrating the 140th anniversary of the first ringing of the Liberty Bell. Most of the girls wore colonial costumes, three appearing in powdered wigs. Another group, the Weekend Dancing Club, formed in 1917 and held dances for enlistees in the military prior to their departure for training camps. Gordon Lowell met his future bride dancing at the Pavillion in 1915. In an oral history in the 1980s, he recalled the operation of the dances. A single ticket was used as admittance to each individual dance. When the song was over, you were ushered off the dance floor out onto the promenade of the Pavillion. Once the dance floor was cleared, you could regain entry by presenting another ticket. Several park employees were involved in the process, from a dance floor manager, ushers, ticket takers and monitors. According to Lowell, if you danced too close to your partner, a dance

• Pavillion Park was named for the famed Pavillion in Liberty Lake Park, and the spelling came from the dance ticket (pictured below). • There are several places to dance socially in the Inland Empire today. Subscribe to dancelist/ for up-to-date posts on dances and dancing.

People were originally charged per dance and needed a ticket for entry to the dance floor. monitor would tap you on the shoulder and you would have to move farther apart. Liberty Lake Park hosted its own dances supplying some of the best entertainment in the Inland Empire. Rollie Starr’s Syncapators, The Phil Sheridan Orchestra, The Mann Brothers’ Music, and Dutch Groshoff and his Orchestra, among others, all headlined at the park. One sign posted as you came to the lake was “Dance with Dutch.” Dutch Groshoff, who helped introduce Bing Crosby to Q-6 radio, began playing at the lake in the early 1920s at The Stonehouse. He and his orchestra played on and off at the Pavillion for years becoming its main attraction prior to World War II. They had a sweet swing sound, and the crowds loved to dance to their music. Over 50 years of dancing took place in the Pavillion. That dance floor, which was said to have the perfect spring to it, witnessed the formation of modern dance. Every popular trot, swing, hop, jive, waddle, walk, or shag was probably danced there. With Liberty Lake’s rich and fun history in dancing, don’t you think the community needs to bring back a large dancing venue with a smooth maple floor? Ross Schneidmiller is the President of the Liberty Lake Historical Society. He and his wife Kelli enjoy dancing and are members of the Social Dancers of the Spokane Club.

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Shon Hartley & family Shon is Jayne Singleton’s son (Valley Museum). He is battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia, an aggressive cancer that will require bone marrow transplant at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle. A full spaghetti dinner, complimented by bread, salad and drink, will benefit Shon, his wife, Julie, and their three boys. Funds raised will help defer the costs of medical and other family expenses associated with Shon’s treatments. Where: Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines Road When: 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, April 6 Tickets: $10 for adults, $7 children 12 and under, available at the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, 12114 E. Sprague Ave., 922-4570 or at the door. RSVP requested.

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Equine TLC relocates with hopes to expand services By Tim Putnam



The gait of a horse is DIAMONDS similar to that of a human’s. The fifth-annual Denim & It’s this well-reDiamonds fundraiser is 5:30 searched similarity that p.m. April 26 at the Best Gail Pennestri, program Western Coeur d’Alene Inn. director for Equine The blue jean affair raises Therapeutic Learning awareness and funds to Center (TLC), points to cover Equine TLC’s yearly as a reason for the sucexpenses. It features dinner, cess of the therapeutic dancing, silent and live aucuse of horses. tions and concludes with a “That helps with the diamond raffle. physical side of it,” said Pennestri, a Liberty Lake Tickets for the event are resident. “For many $65 per person, or $450 of the riders who are for a table of eight; they’re building up their core available at www.equinetlc. muscles or working on org. For more information, to their walking gait, the become an event sponsor or synapses in their brain are being trained even to donate auction items or though they aren’t physiservices, contact Sara Gile SUBMITTED PHOTO cally using their legs; at or Rahim came to Post Falls last summer to be fitted for a prosthetic after that rhythm of the horse 496-9499. losing his leg, and his cousin, to a landmine in Afghanistan. Part of his visit is helping them process included a day with Equine TLC at an offsite riding facility. that.” Equine TLC, which “Even if it’s just ‘good boy’ or ‘walk on,’ 1,000-pound animal, Pennestri said. Pennestri launched in 2003, uses therajust to see them be able to communicate One client’s mother told Pennestri that peutic horse riding and equine-assisted and make those connections, it’s amaz- her son said, “I feel like the person God activities to help clients with physical, emotional, functional and cognitive ing,” said Pennestri, recalling the children wants me to be when I’m on that horse.” needs. The organization’s clients, ranging were about 5 years old at the time. “I saw Lessons are $15 for a half hour and $25 in age from 3 to 73, face a range of issues the expressions on the parents’ faces when for an hour. But that covers less than half they were getting teary-eyed. That’s comsuch as autism, sexual abuse and ADHD. the program’s costs. The rest is made up by A few of Pennestri’s younger autistic pletely rewarding.” fundraising efforts. Riding also builds self-esteem and clients actually said their first words while In addition to individual donations and riding, she said. empowers riders as they control a corporate sponsors, the upcoming Denim and Diamonds event, to be held 5:30 p.m. on April 26, is the organization’s primary fundraiser to cover roughly $20,000 a year in operating costs. Last year’s event raised about $23,000, Fundraiser Chairperson Sara Gile said.

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Volunteers and potential donors can learn more about Equine TLC’s plans for a future indoor arena at 801 S. Henry Road at www., or by calling 891-2027. The organization also is seeking a marketing volunteer with fundraising experience.

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MAKING A A taste of DIFFERENCE European Empowering you, your employees and your business

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In 2010, Liberty Lake native Kelley Shaw decided to travel to Germany to study at Jacobs University Bremen. This photo was taken in Bamberg, a small town in Bavaria, Germany.



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When she began her freshman year at Oregon State University in 2010, Liberty Lake native Kelley Shaw was a mild-mannered biochemistry student. Little did she know, just a few years later, she would’ve bounced across the globe, changed her major and held prestigious internships with an international government agency. Shaw, a graduate of Central Valley High School, made the choice to transfer to Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, after completing her first quarter at OSU. She had learned German her freshman year of high school and felt that her language skills were adequate. “I applied and got in and flew to Germany,” Shaw said. While it was an English-speaking university, there were very few American students in Bremen. Along with the cultural differences, Shaw quickly learned that she had to work very hard. “You would take like seven to eight courses, and you would get your bachelor’s degree in about three years,” Shaw said. “The course load was crazy.” While at Jacobs, Shaw attended a trial with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, and it piqued her interest in foreign affairs. She changed her major and completely altered her career trajectory. Shaw came back to the states her junior year of college in order to receive a U.S.accredited degree. She enrolled at the University of Washington, majoring in law, economics and public policy. However, as soon as she came back, she was in for another European adventure. “I just finished a state department internship with the U.S. Mission to the OSCE, which stands for the Organization for the Security and Cooperation of Europe,” Shaw said. For her entire fall semester, Shaw worked with the U.S. delegation’s political section team. “It was definitely the craziest part of my life,” Shaw said. “So dynamic. Everything that was going on was really interesting.”


If you could meet anyone, living or dead … My future husband? Just kidding! In all honesty, I would love to meet Condoleezza Rice. Politics aside, she is an extremely empowering figure.

Craziest experience abroad I saw Germany’s last foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle, in Ukraine. It was during the 20th OSCE Ministerial last December. I sat just a few seats behind him.

Favorite thing about your hometown I grew up in Poulsbo on the west side of the state but moved to Liberty Lake when I was 6. One of my favorite things about this town is its small size and its unique and integral sense of community. It’s very American.

Where would you like to be 10 years from now? Well, it’s definitely a long shot, but I would like to have passed the Foreign Service Officer Test and be working abroad as a Foreign Service Officer.

Favorite German word That’s a tie. A favorite of foreign students in Germany is “arbeitsunfähigkeitsbescheinigung” (arbyets-un-fay-igh-kites-be-shine-i-gung). It’s a form that you have to have filled out at the doctor’s office when you’re sick in order to avoid going to work or taking an exam. The other word is “popo.” Here it’s a slang word for the police, but in Germany it’s a slang word for “butt.” I can never take the American version seriously now. 

Shaw took an interest in the relationship and negotiations between America and Russia, saying that the OSCE have election observers who would be literally shot at for trying to attend elections in Ukraine. She also had the unique perspective of being an American student on the forefront

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Kiwanis honors local heroes, library


Chan Beattie, who works at Starbucks, was awarded an Everyday Hero Award by Liberty Lake Kiwanis President Melissa Niece at a March Kiwanis meeting. The public is welcome to stop by City Hall on Wednesday mornings to visit with Kiwanis and nominate an everyday hero.


Clockwise from above: Tom and Julie Watson shared this photo taken last summer at Liberty Lake Village community beach (north end of the lake) by their daughter Kellie Watson; Michael Hassett captured shots of bohemian waxwings near Big Trout Lodge and an American goldfinch (the Washington state bird), a pair of red-tailed hawks, and a varied thrush near Trailhead Golf Course.


Because of the support from the community for the December Illuminate Project, the Liberty Lake Kiwanis Club was able to double the funds normally given to the Liberty Lake Municipal Library.

Lions Club gives to arts groups Liberty Lake Lions Club President Alene Lindstrand and Jay Rowell recently presented a check to Liberty Lake Community Theatre. Safeway manager Dan DiCicco accepted the check on behalf of the theater.      The Lions Club members also presented a donation to LETEM Play, a non-profit organization founded by Central Valley High School students Katy Dolan and Howard Philip. The program provides musical equipment to underprivileged kids unable to afford instruments.  SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Math champs

Splash Travels The Liberty Lake Elementary 5th grade team won the regional Math is Cool competition in March against 34 other schools. They will compete at the state competition in May against the top finishing teams across the state. Team members include Avery Auth, Jane Romney, Andrew Brockbank, Kelsie German, Garrett Packebush, Cooper Young, Maci Young, Kami Twining, Samuel Brown, Mohkam Brar, William Reece, Elise Daines, Anna Sattler and Miles Stewart. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Liberty Lake residents Terry and Becky Grimes and Shelley and Steve Thomas brought along The Splash on a 10day South Pacific cruise that included the French Polynesia islands of Mo’orea, Bora Bora, Raiatea, Nuku Hiva, Fakarava, Rangiroa and Tahiti (where they are pictured at left). SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Dads, daughters dance it up Hollywood-style

Obituary while serving as athletic director. In 1995 Howard was inducted in the first class of the Washington State Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame. In 2009 Howard was inducted into the West Valley Hall of Fame for his many contributions to the students of East Valley and West Valley.

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Girls of all ages, along with their fathers and friends, were star-struck with excitement during the annual Father Daughter Dance in March at CenterPlace Regional Event Center. The theme for the night’s event was Hollywood Oscars.

In 1961 Howard and Mary Floy, along with her sister and brotherin-law, Betty and Joe Trembly, purchased Sandy Beach Resort at Liberty Lake from Mary Floy's parents, Homer and Della Neyland. They continued running it as a resort for thirty years until 1991 when the transition to a mobile home park became complete and the resort closed.

Howard was born Sept. 16, 1927, in Spokane to A.W. and Verna Dolphin, the second of four children. He passed away March 3, 2014, in Honolulu, Hawaii on his 31st visit to the place he and Howard was preceded in death wife Mary Floy called their second by his parents, A.W. and Verna O. home. Dolphin; brothers, Wilford DolHoward graduated from West phin and Anthony Dolphin; and Valley High School in 1946 where foster daughter, Debbie Finley he was a three-sport standout and Nesbitt. He is survived at home by president of the student body. Af- his wife of 63 years, Mary Floy; sister graduation Howard joined the ter, Gwen Rawlings, Kennewick; army and was stationed in Japan daughters, Leslee (Jim) McLachafter World War II. While attend- lan, Otis Orchards and Denise ing Eastern Washington College (Tim) Coyle, Liberty Lake; six he married the love of his life, grandchildren; four foster grandMary Floy Neyland, on March 25, children; 13 great-grandchildren; 1950. and eight foster great-grandchilAfter graduating in 1953 with dren. a degree in education, Howard A celebration of Howard's life began his career in the Otis Orwas held March 23 at West Valley chards School District. Early in his career Howard had a choice be- High School. Donations can be sent to Ronald McDontween administration ald House Spokane, East or teaching and coachFor more Valley Howard Dolphin ing. Coaching won out about Howard Memorial Fund or West and the rest is 54 years Dolphin’s life Valley Howard Dolphin of history. He spent and his famMemorial Fund. Blood 30 years in the Otis donations can be made ily’s memoOrchards/East Valley to the Spokane Blood ries, see story District teaching soBank in Howard's cial sciences, coaching on page 34. name. cross country and track

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COMMUNITY The cast and crew of ‘Heidi’ will bring the Readers Theater production to life on March 28 and 29 at Liberty Lake Community Theatre. Pictured are Trudy Rogers, Tom Rogers, Rachel Kimberley, Monique Tesarik, Mary Tesarik, Josh Rogers, Rod Duross, Grace Nall, Karen Duross and Mary Jo Rudolf. (Not pictured is Reese Duncan, Dorene Hodin and Evie Wehrlie) SUBMITTED PHOTO

‘Heidi’ comes to life via Readers Theater By Tammy Kimberley SPLASH STAFF WRITER


in the audience, Rogers said the production will deviate slightly from a strict Readers Theater format. Actors will be among the audience at times, and theater-goers will have the opportunity to play the roles of goats and participate in learning how to yodel. Even though it was only a few weeks’ turnaround from auditions to the performance, Rogers said she is excited to work with the 11 cast

Audience members Readers Theater will be swept away to the production of ‘Heidi’ Swiss Alps to learn how to yodel and bleat like 7 p.m. March 28 goats during the weekend and 2 p.m. March 29 performance of “Heidi.” Liberty Lake Community Theatre The story will be pre22910 E. Appleway Ave. sented in Readers TheTickets are $5 per person ater format 7 p.m. March (max of $20 per family). 28 and 2 p.m. March 29 at Liberty Lake ComFor more: munity Theatre, 22910 E. Appleway Ave. Tickets are available at the door for $5 per person. and crew. Director Trudy Rogers compared Read“With Readers Theater, it is important to ers Theater to the “golden age of radio” portray your character’s mood sometimes where families would gather around on a with just the inflection of your voice,” she Sunday evening to hear the next chapter of “Little Orphan Annie” or the comedy “Jack said. “All the actors have that ability.” Benny show.” In a similar way, “Heidi” will “Heidi” tells the story of an orphan sent be presented using minimal props, sets, to live with her grandfather in his lonely lighting and costumes. hut in the Alps. While Heidi loves her careBut in a desire to reach out to children free life there and gains the affection of her grandfather, she eventually is taken away to live with a family in town. The story follows her life as she manages to get back home to her grandfather and inspires friends, new and old. • Asset Preservation & Disability Planning Although this is her first time directing • Medicare and Medicaid for LLCT, Rogers is no stranger to theater. • Guardianships & Trusts She has been directing and performing in the Northwest for the past 30 years, with much of her time spent with Spokane ChilA T T O R N E Y S A T L A W dren’s Theatre. She emphasized this classic Certified as Elder Law Attorneys presentation of a young girl’s spirit and deby the National Elder Law Foundation termination holds lessons for both adults and children. “Sometimes we forget the importance of past literature and how they have influenced our hopes and dreams,” she said. “Heidi’s story lives in us all.” For tickets and more, visit www.libertylaThe Supreme Court does not recognize specialties, and certification is not required to practice law in Washington.

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Annual egg hunt to take place April 19 By Sarah Robertson


IF YOU GO ... It’s time again to break out the plastic Easter egg baskets and pastel party clothes. Liberty Lake More than 450 children will gather at PaEaster Egg Hunt villion Park April 19 to collect as many April 19 at 11 a.m. eggs as they can during the 18th annual Liberty Lake Easter Egg Hunt. Pavillion Park Event organizers Alisha and Brian Davis The hunt is open to toddlers through said toddlers to fourth grade children will fourth grade, but registration is have a chance to enjoy candy-filled eggs, required to participate. Registration, prizes and, of course, meeting the Easter which is $3 per child or six plastic Bunny. This year’s registration is at Liberty eggs filled with wrapped candy, Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission takes place 5 to 8 p.m. April 14 and Ave., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 14 and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 16. The cost is $3 or 4 to 6 p.m. April 16 at Liberty Lake six candy-filled eggs per child. RegistraMunicipal Library. tion is required.             For more: 921-6746 or This is the couple’s second year nizing the event after taking over from Alisha’s mother, former mayor Wendy Van Orman, last year. “My husband Brian and I took it over in 2013, because we loved the community aspect,” Alisha said. “It was something we looked forward to bring our children to every year. There is always something special about seeing the joy of a child having fun.” It takes many hands to produce the Easter egg hunt which SPLASH FILE PHOTO typically includes over 2,000 stuffed The Easter Bunny will arrive in town again April 19 for the 18th aneggs. About two nual Liberty Lake Easter Egg Hunt. months in advance, Alisha said they start preparregistration or contact Alisha or Brian at ing for the event by planning, reserving 921-6746. the proper facilities and soliciting local The event is also in need of a more perbusinesses for donations. manent coordinator. Alisha said she is They welcome help from other commulooking for that special person or group to nity members. take over for the next 18 (or more) years. “We normally need 18 to 20 people for “It doesn't take much time to put it on, the day of the hunt,” Alisha said. “Some of the things our volunteers do are help set and it's always so rewarding to see the up the different areas, collect empty eggs children's faces when they win that aweat the end of the hunt, tear down every- some prize,” she said. “It's an awesome thing and give out prizes at the informa- community event that brings people from tion booth.” all over to Liberty Lake. It's what makes Interested volunteers can sign up at Liberty Lake a community.”

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Community and Education Briefs LLCT receives new board member Liberty Lake Community Theatre welcomed Charlotte DiCicco as a new board member in March. The community-based, non-profit theater group also recently celebrated one year in their facility at 22910 E. Appleway Ave.

Splash to feature local grads The Splash plans to recognize Liberty Lake high school graduates in its June issue. In order to participate, graduates are asked to submit the following information to name, high school, parents' names, plans after graduation and photo. Information must be received by May 9. This invitation extends to all graduating seniors who live in the community, regardless of where they attend high school. Contact 242-7752 with any questions.

LL clean up day set for April 5 The city of Liberty Lake and the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District are offering free yard waste collection 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5. Residents are invited to bring leaves, sticks, limbs, grass clippings and weeds to the site of the Liberty Lake Farmers Market, at the corner of Mission and Signal, during this Clean Green event. The group requests no sod, dirt, rocks, garbage, construction or landscaper debris. For more information, call 755-6714.

Liberty Lake students awarded scholarship Several Central Valley Highs School seniors were recently awarded Presidential Scholarships each worth $3,000 to Eastern Washington University. Four of the students are Liberty Lake residents: Miranda Hill, daughter of Tom and Dawn Hill; Sophie Kaatz, daughter of Robert and Cheri Kaatz; Haley Long, daughter of Jeff and Cindy Long; and Adam Stintzi, son of Guy and Cynthia Stintzi. According to a press release, the scholarship is awarded to high school seniors with a 3.8+ GPA and either a minimum score of 1250 on the SAT and 28 on the ACT.

Colleges honor local students The following Liberty Lake residents were recently recognized by colleges for their Fall 2013 academic performance or meeting graduation requirements. Information was provided via press releases submitted from schools. Idaho State University Dean’s List (3.66+) Hannah C. Winslow

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Teachers at Liberty Lake Children’s Academy are (from left) Kathy Schaefer, Yolande Cangelosi, Teri Finch, Meghan Lawson, Kristian Ingram, Shakra Hamed and Kathy Whybrew. Students pictures are Savannah Sloan, Grace Morgan, Libby Shuster, Fiona Anderson, Ainslie Dordea, Baer Bachman, Liberty Kast and (sitting) Lydia Daines. SPLASH PHOTO BY VALERIE PUTNAM

A decade of molding young minds Preschool celebrates 10 years in Liberty Lake By Valerie Putnam


During a trip to the grocery store, Teri Finch saw a former student of hers with a group of his fifth-grade friends. She wondered, would he remember her from his preschool days? "He came running over and gave me a big hug in front of his friends,” Finch said. “That felt amazing.” Those are the memories that make the past decade worthwhile as the founder, owner, director and teacher at Liberty Lake Children’s Academy, Finch said. For the past 10 years, the Academy has been shaping young lives as it prepares preschoolers for the next step in the education process. "We want to get them prepared emotionally, physically, socially and cognitively," Finch said. "We also give them a passion for learning." Finch’s curriculum focuses on all areas of development, geared toward each child's rate of growth. "We don't expect them all to be doing the same thing," Finch said. "Through childselected, teacher-supported activities, we set up the environment for children to be successful.” Lindsey Milonas testified to the positive impact the program had on her children. Her 7-year-old son, Samuel, began the program when he was 4. "I was nervous about putting him into preschool," Milonas said about Samuel, who was slightly deficient at the time in social skills. "But he grew so much the first year." When he graduated, Samuel was ready for kindergarten. Samuel’s sister, Molly, currently is attending the pre-K class, and

ABOUT LIBERTY LAKE CHILDREN’S ACADEMY The Liberty Lake Children’s Academy, 1322 N. Stanford Lane, is an academic preschool for children ages 2 to 5. Classes range from two and a half to four hours. The curriculum focuses on all areas of physical, social, emotional and academic development, individualized for each child’s rate of growth. Throughout the year, the school hosts special activities, such as a Mother’s Day tea or “Donuts for Dads” to celebrate Father’s Day. Children graduating from the pre-K program go through commencement at Pavillion Park.  From June through August, the Academy also offers special-themed, weeklong summer camps and twohour playdates. The fifth-annual school carnival is planned from 4 to 7 p.m. on May 17. The event is a fundraiser for the school, and this year’s theme is Hawaiian. Games, booths and food will be set up in the Academy’s parking lot. Participants can bid in a silent auction or purchase tickets for a raffle. For more information, contact Teri Finch at 922-6360. Milonas plans to enroll her youngest, Benjamin, this fall. Finch founded the preschool in 2004. The decision came at a crossroad in her life. Going through a divorce with three small children, Finch had to make a decision on what to do next. "I always knew I was going to go back and

work with young children in a preschool," said Finch, who has a degree in child development and family relations. "But I thought it would be after my children went to school. I didn't know I would open my own." Finch chose to turn her empty basement into the 3's Cool Academy, a preschool just for 3-year-olds. She remodeled her basement into a school, and held an open house. "I had no idea who would come," Finch said. "I didn't have one prospective person saying to do this." From the open house she had seven students enroll for the first year. The following year, she expanded her program by adding two pre-K classes. That increased her enrollment to 30 students. With the growing popularity of her program, Finch’s program had — and continues to have — a waiting list. Finch says her waiting list extends through 2018 because of families with babies on the way. After just two years of being in business, she outgrew her basement. Finch found a 2,100-square-foot facility (across the street from the current location on Stanford), and hired Baker Construction to remodel it into two classrooms. In the fall of 2007, the Academy moved in, helping to grow the business. Finch was able to hire staff to meet the increasing enrollment. Currently she has nine employees. "Having a facility (in which) you can see through the windows changes people’s perspective," Finch said of the stigma that can be attached to in-home childcare businesses. "People are more comfortable." The school remained at that location until late 2009, when once again Finch's enrollment grew to the point where she needed more space. She decided to build a larger facility across the street on the last vacant lot in the development. Baker Construction designed and constructed the 3,200-squarefoot facility with three classrooms and a larger playground. The new facility opened in fall 2010. Tracy Phelps, who has enrolled her three children at the Academy over the past seven years, said she has seen positive changes with each move. Her youngest child, Taylee, age 6, currently attends the Academy. "Her core values haven't changed," Phelps said of Finch. "But with more space, she has been able to do more things, and she's taken full advantage of that. My kids have seen the benefits." Through word of mouth, the school has grown to 147 students, although it has a capacity of 170. Though most years the school is at capacity, Finch said the current economic conditions are forcing mothers back to work, resulting in a decline in enrollment. To celebrate the past decade of serving the Liberty Lake community, Finch plans to invite former students and families this fall for an ice cream social.

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In Biz Ely earns new title Grant Ely will be promoted in April to chief operating officer and chief nursing officer at North Idaho Dermatology. Ely, who ELY has been with the company for two and a half years, will be responsible for all medical and business operations of four clinics located in Liberty Lake, Coeur d’Alene, Moscow and Sandpoint.

Kuhlmann honored Julie Kuhlmann, a sales associate and representative with Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Real Estate, has been honored as a member in the company’s 2013 International Sterling Society. Coldwell Banker awards this distinction to the top 14 percent of all sales associates and representatives worldwide. Kuhlmann is a resident of Liberty Lake.

Itron selected for solar monitoring Itron’s solar monitoring solution has been selected by Clean Power Finance (CPF), a leading residential solar finance company, as the preferred metering solution for residential solar installations across North America. As a part of the agreement, CPF will use Itron’s solar monitoring solution to monitor and sub meter the energy production of the residential solar systems CPF manages.   The Itron solar monitoring solution provides easy “plug-and-play” setup and streamlined activation. Itron began shipping solar meters to CPF partners in December for implementation across North America. The revenue-grade solar meters monitor the production of residential and commercial solar systems.

Frencken now ISO certified Frencken America has achieved International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification for design, development and production of precision-engineered systems and complex electromechanical assemblies and components. The certification is for quality management systems. Frencken America, whose North American office is located in Liberty Lake, is a vertically integrated system manufacturer with mechatronics design capabilities, clean room assembly, motion control components and a machine shop. US Motion, a division of Frencken America, designs and manufactures high precision, high accuracy, special environment custom motion control components and systems.

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Sandy Beach Resort operator and Hall of Fame coach passed away at age 86 By Mike Vlahovich


The memory is etched indelibly in the minds of his family: Howard Dolphin, rake in hand and lost in reverie, grooming some 500 feet of beachfront along Liberty Lake. He may have spread other chores around, “but the one thing he liked doing was raking the beach,” said his youngest daughter, Denise Coyle. It was out of necessity, certainly, in maintaining Sandy Beach Resort. But it was also therapeutic. “I think he found solitude doing it,” Howard’s widow, Mary Floy, said. “He said he solved a lot of problems.” Dolphin died last month at age 86, leaving behind a legacy that, like a diamond, had many facets. Most who knew him saw him through the lens of high school teacher, athletic director and Hall of Fame track and field coach. But as a child of the Depression, he learned early the value of hard work, not only out of necessity, but for the rewards it could bring. When he and Mary Floy wed nearly 64 years ago, he married into a family whose name was synonymous with Liberty Lake — the Neyland family dates back more than a century. For 30 years, Dolphin helped operate Sandy Beach Resort before it transitioned into a mobile home park. He was both doting father and grandfather, who passed along values with a velvet hand, say his daughters, Coyle and Leslee McLachlan. “My dad was a phenomenal track coach,” Coyle said. “But more than anything, he was a phenomenal man who loved his wife more than anything.” The Neylands put their stamp on Liberty Lake in 1902 when

Daniel and Louisa moved from Pennsylvania. Mary Floy said they can’t pinpoint how they got there, “but I’m glad they did.” Her father, Homer, bought two miles of beach front and 180 acres, much of which he subdivided and sold after moving from Seattle in 1940, when Mary Floy was age 12. He developed Sandy Beach Resort, which included rental cabins and boats and the water system that runs from Molter Road to the lake. Today, the system and 60-lot mobile home park are watched over by Denise. She and her husband, Tim, live in the original home, twice moved and since renovated, across from her mother’s house on the beach. In 1961, the Dolphins and Mary Floy’s sister and brotherin-law, Betty and Joe Trembly, who live just up the hill from the resort, purchased Sandy Beach Resort from their parents. “Some years, we (barely) made the payment,” Mary Floy said. “But we never missed a payment to my dad.” Howard and Mary Floy Dolphin were honored as grand marshals of the 2004 Liberty Lake Fourth of July parade, an honor that has represented a who’s-who of Liberty Lake’s history since it started in 1989. Mary Floy’s mother, Della Neyland, was the 1993 honoree (Homer passed away in 1971). During a 2 ½-hour sitdown with Mary Floy and her daughters, the anecdotes about life at the lake flew, too many to recount here. A sampling: • How did she and Howard meet? A student body officer at Central Valley, Mary Floy was invited to a dance at West Valley, where Howard was ASB president. Her date ultimately couldn’t make it, so he fixed her up with Howard. “We had a few dates; he came out all summer and swam,” she recalled. When he got out of the service, “he said it’s either me or not me at all. I said OK.” They married in 1950. • Winters could be cold. Mary Floy recalled the times


Above: From left, daughter Leslee McLachlan, wife Mary Floy Dolphin and daughter Denise Coyle remembered the life of family patriarch Howard Dolphin at Mary Floy’s home recently. In the background of the photo is the front of the old Liberty Lake Post Office on Melkapsi, where the Dolphins got their mail in days gone by.

FOR MORE Howard Dolphin’s obituary Page 29 her dad and husband drove cars on the frozen lake. That is, until the time Homer’s vehicle broke through the ice. “We used to harvest the ice and store it for the summer to put in ice boxes,” Mary Floy said. “I was so glad to get rid of those ice boxes.” • The daughters reminisced about growing up. Like their mother, work at the resort began when they were young — from policing pop bottles to making snow cones, cleaning cabins and ultimately collecting money from the customers. McLachlan said she learned to drive in a World War II vintage jeep. Once, when preparing to tow a log, she

A picture of Mary Floy and Howard Dolphin is among the many family treasures at the Dolphin homestead on Sandy Beach. The couple married in 1950. forgot she’d left the engine in reverse and almost ran over her dad. She also drove a vintage garbage truck that Howard walked beside and loaded with trash. “We’re like farmers,” McLachlan said. “It’s a labor of love, a way of life.” Added Coyle, “You learned about people and you learned how to work. But it wasn’t all work. We had the greatest of bosses. If we had a date, we got the early shift.” “Beach clearers” — storms that drove away customers — gave way to warm sunshine providing opportunity for the girls to swim. • Discipline was seldom,

but when it happened, the girls would be sent to their father for a chat. “We heard a lot of times, ‘wait ‘til your dad comes home,’” McLachlan laughed. Coyle explained how “he would start talking and talking and a half hour might go by. I would say to dad, ‘can’t you just spank us?’” “He was not a man of a lot of words, so every word meant something,” McLachlan added. He wouldn’t raise his voice, but would tell them how disappointed he was. “That is what hurt the worst.” • As might be expected, much of life revolved around sports. When Leslee married Jim McLachlan and Denise married Tim Coyle, the weddings had to be between sports seasons. “Sports was a way of life; we didn’t know anything else,” McLachlan said. “Mom was at everything, and so were we.” Jim McLachlan was one of Howard’s athletes, who in turn became a successful track coach. “Mom was the best trainer ever for being a coach’s wife,” McLachlan said. Denise’s daughters, Jenny and Peggy, gravitated to basketball for state-placing CV teams. “Dad was out there many nights shagging for the girls,” she said. “He told them, ‘if you find a love for a sport, go for it.’” Howard and Mary Floy Dolphin traveled to Olympics around the world, to numerous national track meets and to meets in Eugene as late as last year. He died on their 31st visit to their “second home” condominium in Honolulu on the day high school track season began. “God took him too soon,” said a tearful Mary Floy. “He’s still here; he’s with us,” Coyle comforted. “But I can’t touch him,” said her mom. Howard Dolphin, a man in full, touched the lives of thousands.

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One-fifth of CV student body turns out for spring sports A combined 330 participating in the boys and girls track and field teams By Mike Vlahovich


The onus is on Central Valley girls track coach Geoff Arte in his second year at the program’s helm. His dad, Mike, took Gonzaga Prep’s girls to a State 4A basketball championship in March. Bears boys track coach Chuck Bowden, in casual conversation during his daughters’ club volleyball match, intimated that Geoff ’s team has potential to do damage at state. “Well, we could,” Arte said. “We definitely have some state-caliber kids.” Five state veteran returnees to be exact. The caveat is that getting numbers to state will be difficult with only two berths per event advancing from the region. Basketball star Mariah Cunningham finished fourth in both the high and long jumps last year. “In a normal year, she would have won,” Arte pointed out. “The three girls in front of her would have scored in the (college) Pac- 12 meet.” Briegan Bester exploded on the scene as a freshman, taking sixth in the 800 and seventh in the 1,600 last year. And CV’s third-place state cross country team finish brings depth to the distances. McKinzie Carter in the pole vault and basketball GSL scoring leader Madison Hovren in the hurdles, plus relay teams also advanced to state. The Bears welcomed back soccer star Savannah Hoekstra, a two-time long jump placer before taking last year off, but she will move to the sprints and relays this year. Freshman Kelsey Turnbow, a national soccer team member, also joins the team. “We have the best (all-around) athletes in school out for track,” said Arte of the multi-sport crew. They are part of a 170 (that’s right, 170) member turnout, including a large freshman class. Also, “I think part of what’s happening is we’re keeping the older girls out,” he said. “We have 25 seniors, which is unusual. I think a lot of it is they want to finish it off.” The Bears are after their third straight

Greater Spokane League championship and have a 34-2 dual meet record over the span of their careers. Bowden notwithstanding, is there extra pressure on Arte to duplicate dad’s state title feat? “It took him 26 years,” Arte, who witnessed the milestone, said with a laugh. “I’ve got 24 more (to rival Mike).” Coupled with Central Valley boys, who have 160 out, and seven other spring sports, some 20 percent of CV’s entire student body is in one activity or another. Last year’s boys track team sent state qualifiers in seven events, including returnee Parker Bowden.

Can softball three-peat? The Bears graduated seven starters, but coach Joe Stanton doesn’t seem concerned. “I kind of like to think we’d have similar results,” he said of a team that for the second straight year finished in the top eight, within a win of a top-four Class 4A state trophy. “The first year we were just happy to be there and made some noise,” he said. “We come back the second year and wanted to take home some hardware.” Five returning veterans know the ropes. With pitching/first base standout Carli Riordan returned, along with three-year starter Natalie Ford, plus Makenna Wasteney, McKynzie Adams, Bailey Baker and Jade Rockwood, the nucleus is there. Then there’s junior shortstop Shayla Vegas, a transfer from Texas. “Christmas came early. She’s the real deal,” Stanton said, calling her a Division I talent. “She just knows the game so well. You look up, and she’s always in the right place.”

“We probably have the best coaching staff in the league,” he said. “With so many coaches, I can go around and oversee things. I’m really happy the way it’s going.” Colton Peha, who was All-GSL first team as a sophomore, leads the way. He led CV in hitting and has moved to centerfield. Glance through the roster, and a starting lineup-worth of players return, including Brady Simmelink, a fourth-year regular and veteran pitcher. The exception is junior football running back standout, Spencer Miller, who didn’t turn out. “We won’t be as strong without Spencer,” Poffenroth said. “He’s one of the best kids I’ve ever coached.” Others who contributed last year are Tyler Pichette, Calvin Whitman, Trey

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Coaching with blinders on Talk long enough with soccer coach Andres Monrroy, and you come to understand his coaching style is full speed ahead! There’s no glance sideways or look back; no settling for second. The uberconfident Monrroy fully expects to be on top, whether winning a state girls championship or mentoring a young boys squad, among the GSL favored despite a roster of 14 freshmen and sophomores and but two seniors. Senior defender Karl Ellingson and sophomore forward Miguel Naves are returning All-GSL.


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Foxes finish first Despite playing in frigid temperatures with snow and freezing rain, the U11 girls Platinum Foxes team took first place in the Blue Mountain Exchange March 1-2 in the Tri-Cities. Pictured are coach Chaz Valdez, Madie Bruno, Chloe Williams, Madi Whitney, Bailey Carter, Abbie Miller, Bella Conley, Marie Peterson, Emma Horton, coach William Miller, Emily Ray, Abby Lewis, Maci Young, Clair Kaufman, coach Erica Hart and Anna Sabins. (Liberty Lake residents are highlighted in bold.)

Life in the bleachers By Chad Kimberley



Bearcats claim second The Bearcats, a 4th grade AAU team of Liberty Lake girls, played a strong Pasco, Wash., team on Feb. 23 for the championship but came up short. Pictured are (front row) Rilee Homer, Chloe Richardson, Belle DeBoer, Madison Russell, Ashley Boswell, Marley Simmet, Kinsey Urbiha, Aubrey Reynolds , Emily Schulhauser, Savannah Spraggins; (back row) coaches Travis Richardson, Brad Boswell and Jason Reynolds. SUBMITTED PHOTO

State middle school champs The Spokane Stars went 4-0 to win the State Middle School Championship in the club division held recently in Spokane. Pictured are (front row) Bridget Rieken, Camryn Skaife, Quincy McDeid, Mady Simmelink, Samantha Hampton; (second row) Kate Sams, Lexie Hull, Melody Kempton, Lacie Hull, Lily Scott and coach Ron Adams. (Liberty Lake residents are highlighted in bold).

Wrestling for a state title


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Brandon Thomas was recently named state champion in the 95 lb. intermediate weight class at the 2014 WSWA/Whirlwind Folkstyle State Wrestling Championship at the Tacoma Dome. A second year wrestler with Overtime Wrestling Club, Brandon is in fourth grade at Liberty Lake Elementary School.

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The girls soccer team Shadow-Solo placed first in a recent tournament. Pictured are Maiya Moore, Kendall Rubright, Marly Simmet, Gracie Reidt and Amanda Flory. (Liberty Lake residents are highlighted in bold.)

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The view is different from the bleachers. Granted I was at a junior high girls basketball game and sitting only a dozen or so feet from my normal spot on the bench as a head coach. But from my perspective, those twelve feet seemed as far away as a last-second, half-court heave. After a decade of coaching young men and women, I am experiencing my first year as a parent of a basketball player. For years I would joke with fellow coaches that coaching is phenomenal but for the parents; now I was one of them. (Although I can say with full integrity I’ve never had major problems with any parents.) As I settled in for my first game as a parent, I was going through the laundry list of the things I would hope a parent would never do to me as the coach. I was here to cheer on my daughter, not coach her. I would support all the girls equally and not only signal out my kid. I would trust and believe the coach knows what he is doing and his players better than me. I would not bark at officials or believe my daughter was always fouled and never the fouler. Basketball is all about statistics, and I would say I shot about 80 percent on the game. I did a solid job of cheering on my daughter, especially as she made her first shot attempt from the floor. I tried to cheer for all the girls but quickly realized I needed to learn some names. I didn’t bark at a single official as the game was refereed by a couple of high school students. And I didn’t second-guess the coach or question his strategy. But I was far from perfect. I couldn’t help coaching. I tried to get her to not dribble into the coffin corner. I encouraged her to move her feet on defense. I gently suggested she look inside to the post players. I’ll admit it—life in the bleachers is tough for me. A coach can, in many respects, control the action on the floor and bench. I can substitute when I see a player tiring or struggling. I can use timeouts to control the tempo of the game. I can talk to the officials and encourage them to notice certain things I see happening on the floor.

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Trustworthiness: There’s no app for that By Matthew Sewell SPLASH GUEST COLUMN

More than any time in history, society puts a premium on the desire for instant gratification. The idea of dial-up Internet and web pages taking a full minute (or more!) to fully load is foreign to our 21stcentury brains, although slow Internet speeds were prevalent just 15 years ago. What does instant gratification have to do with trustworthiness? The more we make use of the latest technology and consume media in all its forms, the less likely we are to connect deeply with our peers. By extension, it could be deduced that we are less likely to trust another person with our needs as a result. Trustworthiness, in its very essence, is what I would call a “two-way” virtue. The virtue of trustworthiness is something that doesn’t develop overnight. As is often said, although trust can be destroyed in a second, it takes years to build. Just as a professional athlete develops their speed, strength and agility far from the public eye over a long period of time, a person wishing to be trustworthy must hone his or her craft consistently day after day. Constantly working toward trustworthiness, though arduous at times, is bound to pay off in the end. A verse from the

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Gospel of Luke best exemplifies what I mean: "The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones." When I was an undergraduate, I worked for two years in the athletic department as a marketing and communications intern. The responsibilities I was given as a freshfaced college junior were fairly minor: planning timeout entertainment for basketball games, dressing up as the mascot when the regular was sick, etc. As a student who wished to earn the respect of his superiors, I made sure to carry out those responsibilities to their fullest extent, no matter their size or scope. I was gradually given more responsibilities to manage, ranging from creating and operating the department’s Facebook and Twitter pages, to organizing portions of the year’s biggest fundraisers. I was able to build up the trust of my employers through a slow and consistent process of honoring promises, working hard and showing discretion and prudence in how I represented myself, the department and the college. Granted, at times my youth and inexperience showed, but knowing the value of honesty in all situations allowed that trust to be maintained. The trustworthy person is one who repeatedly analyzes the discretion with which they make decisions, as well as the integrity they show in implementing those decisions. These things are often very small, seemingly insignificant pieces of the day. But when compounded, they create something significant: a trustworthy person who can now more fully serve others. As the British author G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “If you leave a white post alone it will soon be a black post. If you particularly want it to be white, you must be always painting it again...if you want the old white post, you must have a new white post.” To be trustworthy is to always assume that there are improvements to be made. Matthew Sewell is a Communications Specialist for the Better Business Bureau in Spokane, a PACE founding partner. A transplant to Spokane from western Montana, he is engaged to a Gonzaga University law student and enjoys reading, playing golf and playing music in his spare time. He wrote this column as part of a series highlighting the PACE (Partners Advancing Character Education) trait of the month. The trait for April is trustworthiness.

Letter to the Editor Bus driver deserves kudos I am an 8th grader at Greenacres Middle School and ride a bus to and from school. I have ridden a bus to school since first grade and have had various bus drivers over the years. But I have never had a bus driver like Mr. C, and I am doubtful that anyone has. That is why I am writing this letter. I would like to say thank you to Mr. C who drives Route 120. Thank you for enjoying your job and enjoying kids. Thank you for knowing everyone’s name and say-

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As a parent I can cheer and, well, that is about it. But I also realized there are some great advantages of being the parent instead of the coach. After the game was over, I only worried about my daughter and not the emotional state of a dozen other girls. I didn’t worry about creating the next day’s practice plan but only thought about little things I could do to help my daughter work on her game. And I was immediately ready for dinner versus feeling sick to my stomach based on the outcome or so pumped over a win that eating wasn’t even on my radar. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not ready to give up my seat on the bench with the Freeman Scotties girls basketball team. In fact, since our season ended in Regionals a few weeks back, I have already been working hard on summer plans, doodling up new sets and plays, and imagining what starting line-ups could look like next season. But I realize this season of being a fan

ing “hi” to us. Thank you for the treats, the music and the fun. Thank you for treating us with kindness and respect, and I hope that we do the same for you. Thank you for always being on time and getting us where we need to go safely. I can’t imagine what it would be like if everyone approached their job as you do yours. You are greatly appreciated.

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might just be the best thing for me as a coach. Watching these young girls learn the game of basketball helped me remember one of the aspects I love most—teaching. Observing my daughter’s coach instruct and joke with the girls reminded me of how enjoyable it is building relationships with my players. Witnessing a girl score her first basket and give a jump of elation and a fist pump of joy reminded me that the little moments need to be celebrated and fun needs to be at the center of what we do. As a basketball coach, I have kept my expectations of those involved pretty simple: let the players play, let the coaches coach, and let the parents parent. And for this season in the bleachers, I am going to cheer on my daughter and her friends as they play. I am going to encourage the coach and thank him for giving his time to my kid. And I am going to tell my daughter how proud I am of her, win or lose. Life in the bleachers might not be too bad after all. Chad Kimberley lives in Liberty Lake. He is a local teacher and coach.

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Having sold out the last two years, the event moved to the Best Western Coeur d’Alene Inn. Gile said the change allows them to sell 300 tickets to the event, about double the amount of tickets from last year. “It also raises awareness for what Equine TLC does,” Gile said. “The more community members who know about it, the more interest that is sparked by it.” The emcee for the night is KHQ’s Kalae Chock, and the evening includes dinner, dancing, silent and lives auctions and concludes with a diamond raffle. Items for bid, such as local spa packages, a trip to Disneyland and the diamond, are all donated by the local business community. When Equine TLC was founded in 2003, the nonprofit worked with seven to eight riders per week. Now 11 years later, Equine TLC works with up to 50 riders per week during its peak summer months. As a result of the growth, Equine TLC is in the process of moving to a new facility on Henry Road in Liberty Lake from its family-owned facilities in Post Falls. “We’ve made quite a bit of progress on the property,” said Pennestri about the new facility, including recently completing the outdoor arena and horse shelters. “We’re excited to start for sure our summer and possibly our spring lessons over at the new facility.” One key part of the planning at Equine TLC’s Henry Road facility is a new indoor arena in order to provide year-round lessons. “Right now we don’t have any lessons during the winter,” Pennestri said. “Once we have the indoor facility, even if it’s cold, if we’re protected from the rain and snow we can bundle up and do lessons most of the year.” The proposed indoor facility would be

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"To see all the parents and children all grown up," Finch said, "that would be a great thing." Over the next 10 years, Finch doesn't plan to expand or move locations. "If you get too big, you lose the personal touch," Finch said. "I just plan to continue meeting the needs of these children." Finch eventually wants to be in a position where she can step back from teaching and solely take on the director role. Her 14-yearold daughter Asia Beale wants to go to college and take over the school in the future, Finch said. She sees in Asia the same passion for children she has. "What else would I want to do but touch the lives of children, to make them successful for future years of education?" Finch said. "If you could see their faces, you would know why."

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