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In a tenure that has spanned nearly four years on the Liberty Lake City Council, Josh Beckett has delivered the assurance that meetings of the governing board would be anything but mundane. Known for his straightforward approach to municipal matters, Beckett brought a new level of dialogue to council meetings after he won a seat in the November 2009 general election. Beckett collected just under 54 percent of the vote that fall to defeat Cris Kaminskas, who was later appointed to replace Patrick Jenkins when he moved out of Liberty Lake. A campaign a couple years later – this one for the mayor’s role against Steve Peterson – would not turn out as well. Beckett earned only 25 percent of the ballots in the general election of 2011 but returned to his position around the dais to complete a four-year term that will conclude this December. Beckett opted against a re-election bid this spring, opening up the chair for two candidates – Hugh Severs and Jeff Sitton – who will battle for the vacant Posi-

tion No. 2 seat. A native of Northern California, Beckett moved to Rathdrum, Idaho, with his family when he was 13. He was part of a graduating class of less than 200 at Lakeland High School and moved on to attend North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene. After NIC, Beckett transferred to Eastern Washington University, where he earned a degree in government. After college, Beckett went to work for Safeco Insurance in the Seattle area. While at Safeco, Beckett learned “the importance of civic responsibility” from the company’s president and CEO, Mike McGavick, who ran against Maria Cantwell for the U.S. Senate in 2006. When the opportunity arose to run for council in 2009, Beckett said it was the example of McGavick that served as one of the main motivators to add his name to the ballot. Beckett was in a hospital bed, not around the dais, when the first council

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meeting of 2010 was held. As he recovered from a case of meningitis, Mayor Wendy Van Orman dropped by the sick ward to administer the oath of office. Known for doing his homework on municipal matters as well as his appreciation of a healthy debate, Beckett says his dedication to public office boils down to making the city a better place to live. “It doesn’t matter what the issue is,” he said. “I’ll give it my all.”


Do you recall your original thoughts on deciding to first run for City Council? Has it been the sort of experience you anticipated?


I would say that I ran not expecting to deal with such complex issues. Shortly after winning my election we were faced with a very challenging economic forecast that caused us to make some very difficult decisions. One of the decisions was to implement a utility tax within the city. At the time I fully supported the need for this tax, because we committed to the community that once economic conditions improved we said we would eliminate this tax. I can’t say exactly what I expected once I won my election, but the issues we’ve had to address over the past four years have been very complex and sometimes controversial and weren’t necessarily what I thought I would be dealing with. Q. How difficult a decision was it to not run for re-election? What do you think you will miss the most about being part of the City Council? A. Late last year I had begun sharing with other council members that I was likely not going to run in 2013. I think many people didn’t think I was serious. I’ve spent four years doing my homework, learning the issues and engaging in lively debate to better the community. I don’t have the desire to build a legacy for myself. I don’t need to see my name on a plaque outside of a city-owned building to feel complete. I ran with the intent to challenge the status quo and to elevate the level of discourse at council meetings. Looking back, I can say that I’ve been a part of the transformation that has occurred in our city. The old ways of doing business are a thing of the past. What I will miss the most is the people who work for our city. We have an amazing group of employees, and I’ve been fortunate to have developed great friendships over the past four years. Leadership is about knowing when it’s time to step up and lead, as well as when it’s time to step aside and allow others to lead. It’s time for me to step aside. Q. When you look back on your cam-

paign for mayor in 2011, what are some of your recollections? Would you do anything differently? A. Mayor Peterson out-campaigned me in every aspect of the campaign. I assumed that the “anyone but Steve” mentality would help catapult me into the mayor seat, and I was wrong. If I could do it over again I would alter my campaign approach and revert back to the style of campaigning I ran in 2009 when I was elected to the council. I worked very hard in 2009 knocking on doors and plastering the city with campaign signs. I recall The Splash had a running joke on how many new Josh Beckett signs were spotted week over week. Looking back, I simply did a poor job as a candidate for mayor. It’s rare for someone in public office to admit such defeat; however, if I gave you a different answer, I’d be lying. Q. Let’s say you would have won the bid for mayor. What do you think might have been some of the trademarks of a Josh Beckett administration? A. This type of hypothetical question is difficult to answer; however one thing I’d do differently than Mayor Peterson is communicate, communicate, communicate. In the past 18 months, I’ve maybe had two or three emails from the mayor and maybe one phone call to discuss city matters. Mayor Peterson doesn’t communicate with the council, which has caused much friction between the mayor and council. Most times, disagreement and friction can be avoided with improved communication. Mayor Peterson has two years remaining in his term, and if he is open to my advice, I’d suggest he try communicating with the council. Q. You and Mayor Peterson did not mince words during the months before the vote for mayor. Do you think the acrimonious nature of that campaign has had any carryover effect as Peterson has taken office and you have continued to serve on council? A. I don’t know that I agree that me and the mayor have an acrimonious exchange, as often as some suggest. Yes, I have no problem challenging the mayor when appropriate; however, I have had many lively exchanges with other council members. Council Member (Odin) Langford and I have had plenty of sparring moments, and let’s not forget my interactions with former Mayor (Wendy) Van Orman and former Council Member (Susan) Schuler. The legislative process is supposed to be about debating ideas and challenging the status quo. As a council member, I owe that type of engagement to the community. I think I get zeroed out for this more than others, because prior to me joining the council this type of debate wasn’t common at City Hall. Q. You’re currently part of the public safety committee and served on both the finance committee and community development committee prior to that.

“As an elected official, our word must be a bond that voters can believe — we must do what we say we will do. In my opinion, we’ve violated our commitment to voters by not eliminating (the utility) tax, which troubles me greatly. — Josh beckett

What has your experience on the committee level taught you about the logistics of the city? A. Serving on the committees provides great insight on the true day-to-day activities of the city. At council meetings we see things at the 50,000-foot level, but the committee meetings provide an intimate look at the issues facing the city staff on a daily basis. It also helped me understand how the decisions I make as a council member are being implemented by city staff. Recently, I did a ridealong with Officer (Mike) Bogenreif for about six hours one night. Talking with him, understanding his day-to-day activities and getting his input on suggestions to make our police department stronger was incredibly helpful for me. I’ve had Jen Camp drive me around in the golf cart to see areas of the (Trailhead) golf course, and a week never goes by without (City Administrator) Katy Allen getting a call or two from me. The more hands-on I am, the better decisions I make as a council member. My hands-on approach might drive Jen Camp or Chief Asmus or Katy Allen crazy at times, but I make no apologies. It’s just the type of leader that I am. Q. You initially supported the idea of a utility tax as a short-term solution for a projected municipal deficit. You have since been an outspoken opponent of the tax. Where do you stand now and what do you think will be the future of this tax? A. This issue is passionate to me. We reluctantly voted for the utility tax at 6 percent with the goal that we would eliminate this tax once economic conditions improved. In 2011, we reduced the tax to 3 percent; however, there doesn’t seem much support for eliminating this tax altogether. There are valid reasons for retaining this tax; however, we gave the voters of Liberty Lake our word that this was going to be short-term stopgap and that we would eliminate this tax as soon as possible. As an elected official our word must be a bond that voters can believe — we must do what we say we will do. In my opinion, we’ve violated our commitment to voters by not eliminating this tax, which troubles me greatly. It’s not often you can point to an issue that me and Wayne Frost from Greenstone agree on, but the elimination of the utility tax is one of those issues. I have six more months on the council and I

will continue to fight to eliminate this tax. Q. What are some of the city accomplishments you are most proud of in your time as a representative of the council? Are there any areas of regret? A. There are two very important accomplishments that I take pride with. First, the construction of the Harvard roundabout. This roundabout will greatly improve the safety of the most dangerous intersection in our city. It’s been an issue I’ve been a part of since I first joined the council. I cannot wait to attend the ribbon cutting this fall for our new roundabout. The other is the work we are doing in the city to bring the issues of domestic violence out of the shadows in our city. My second council meeting, I raised this issue with Chief (Brian) Asmus. Over the past three years, the chief has become a leader in our region on addressing domestic violence. The city now hosts an annual domestic violence symposium and over the past few years, our attendance has increased year over year. I certainly hope that our city’s commitment to DV awareness continues and that the chief continues to host the annual DV awareness symposium. I do regret the manner in which we attempted to reduce expenditures by first reducing hours at the library and the golf course, to then capitulate due to the pressure we received from the community. We failed on how we handled these two issues. Q. The proposed development of 6.4 acres near the Farmers Market site continues to be a source of controversy. You actually took down a sign that Mayor Peterson had put up regarding the potential uses for the land. What do you think will happen to this property and what sort of development might you support? A. Yes, I did take down the sign that was put up a few weeks ago. I had every right to remove the sign as the mayor had to put it up. The legislative process exists for a reason, and when the mayor bypassed the council and put up that sign it fired me up. I’m not sure what should exist on the 6.4 acres. I’m open to many possibilities — even the potential to sell the land for private use. As I look at the projected growth of our city five and 10 years from now, I believe we should be focusing on the north of I-90. This city owns no land on the north side, and I believe we should consider locating a future civic center, aquatics center or any other significant structures on the north side of I-90. The city is going to double in size over the next 10 to15 years, and nearly all of our future growth will occur north of I-90. I’d suggest we broaden our thinking and do a better job connecting with our current and future residences across I-90. Q. After you step down from the dais, do you see yourself dropping by the occasional council meeting or staying connected to city government on any level? A. I love public policy, so disappearing altogether isn’t likely to happen.

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Council OKs $800,000 plan for ball field site By Craig Howard Splash Contributor

An idea that had been a diamond in the rough for years finally developed into a gem at the June 4 Liberty Lake City Council meeting. Without much fanfare, the governing board approved a plan to construct a pair of baseball fields on a 20-acre parcel the city purchased from the Central Valley School District last year. The project, with an estimated cost of $800,000, will also include a parking lot with 79 spaces, a small picnic shelter and concrete walking paths. As part of Resolution 13-170, council also had options to vote in support of an approach billed at $750,000 that would have resulted in grading the entire acreage, planting grass and installing an irrigation system. Before the vote, City Administrator Katy Allen pointed out that a decision to turn the land into a single expanse of turf would cost more money in the long run if the city ever opted to add sports facilities. Council ultimately voted 5-1 in favor of the two-diamond concept with Keith Kopelson casting the only dissenting vote. Council Member Dan Dunne missed the first meeting in June with an excused absence. “I’m elated,” said Jennifer Tomlinson, a longtime advocate for the ball fields who has been serving on a committee formed by the city to explore build-out options. “The kids will finally have a place to play in Liberty Lake.” Council has already set aside $500,000 for the project in the 2013 budget. Finance Director R.J. Stevenson provided an update on procuring the balance of the $800,000 that would be required for construction. Drawing from unappropriated revenue generated through the city’s real estate excise tax, the city could come up with another $250,000, then secure the remaining $50,000 through a surplus in REET revenue this year. Stevenson said the city is already $20,000 ahead of the pace set from the tax over the past three years. Responding to a question from Council Member Josh Beckett regarding the maintenance of the fields in the long run, Allen said the city would likely need to purchase more equipment – specifically a mower – to keep the diamonds manicured. Allen added that there was also the possibility of leasing the parking lot to CVSD to raise money for operational and maintenance costs. Once Ordinance 13-170 was in the books, council proceeded to approve an agreement with Welch Comer Engineers for the design phase of the work, estimated at $44,000. Allen said “if everything goes really well,” wheels on project could begin spinning by early August.

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This sign was updated following debate regarding how best to inform the public about plans and ideas for the 6.4-acre site the city owns near the Liberty Lake Farmers Market.

Town Square sign triggers debate In news related to another long-discussed capital project, the governing board aired out a number of grievances with Mayor Steve Peterson on June 4. The debate centered around a sign that Peterson had placed near the site of the Liberty Lake Farmers Market prior to the regular convening of the market on June 1. The placard was preserved from a failed bond campaign during Peterson’s first goaround in office that would have raised funds to develop a civic hub on a 6.4-acre plot owned by the city across from Meadowwood Lane. After the proposal for a $9.8 million bond to build a library and community center was soundly defeated at the ballot in April of 2008, the city readjusted its vision for the land. The latest plan includes a layered approach with the first phase consisting of an expanded parking lot and landscaping adjacent to the Spokane Transit Authority bus transfer station. The city has applied for a state grant to help with the financing of phase one, although on Tuesday Allen said the bid was not in the most ideal position – 44th on a list of 60 – to be awarded the requested funds. Peterson said he placed the sign on the grounds “because people keep asking what the city is doing with this piece of property.” “This starts a dialogue,” Peterson said. “This lets people know what the possibilities are.” Holli Parker, who chairs the board overseeing the Liberty Lake Farmers Market, commended the city in the citizens comments portion of the June 4 meeting, saying the sign was a welcome addition to the

site and had shed light on future plans for the land. Council Member Shane Brickner said the sign was “a misrepresentation” of the what actually might take place on the property, considering the tenuous nature of the state grant and other factors. “For this sign to come up like it did, I know a lot of city council members were surprised by it,” Brickner said. “I don’t believe it’s representative of the city council’s thought process.” Council Member Josh Beckett was more direct, saying the sign “was misleading to the public” and should be removed. Beckett had, in fact, done just that on Friday night, taking down the sign after he spotted it only to have Peterson put it back on Saturday morning. “The mayor should have had conversations with the council before this happened,” Beckett said. “The policies and funding for projects like these are set by council, not the mayor.” After Council Member Cris Kaminskas asked if alterations could be made to the sign to reflect council’s concerns, Peterson acknowledged that he should have discussed the idea with the governing board. “There was a lack of communication there, I will take responsibility for that,” he said. It was eventually agreed that the sign would remain, but be covered until a consensus could be reached about its content. Brickner was appointed to represent his council colleagues in conversations with city staff about the changes. Council Member Lori Olander suggested that the revised sign include a callout for feedback from the community on po-

tential uses of the land. “Isn’t the idea to get public input on what residents want to see there?” Olander asked. In a related issue, Beckett called the mayor out on the use of a city booth at the farmers market that he said was being used by Peterson’s brother-in-law to sell arts and crafts. Peterson countered by saying the booth was intended as an incubator space to promote local business. “There was never a discussion about this being used as an incubator space,” Beckett said. “We might need a timeout on the farmers market to get a game plan together.” Both Peterson and Allen acknowledged that the booth has not been publicly advertised as a site for local entrepreneurs. Allen recommended that the space be utilized from this point on for nonprofit community causes and by the city for informational purposes. An update on the controversial sign on the Farmers Market grounds was part of a short agenda on June 18. Council Member Shane Brickner, who was appointed on June 4 to represent the council in a reworking of the sign’s message, told of attending the most recent Farmers Market and fielding questions from residents on the city’s plans for the land. Brickner and Peterson represented the city in a booth at the market. The current sign features a revised theme with an emphasis on the first phase of the project. “There was a lot of conversation and a lot of feedback,” Brickner said. “I would encourage other council members to spend time in the booth and encourage citizens to continue to discuss with us what they’d like to see on that land.” The city has received around 120 comments from residents on recommendation cards that will be scanned and compiled for review at the council retreat. Ideas for development range from an aquatic center to a retail area to a greenspace with simple amenities. On June 22, Peterson was joined by Brickner and Keith Kopelson at the city booth. We’ve had good discussions with citizens,” said Peterson, who noted that development of the land would allow the Farmers Market to expand from its current allotment of 42 vendors to around 100. “People are asking, ‘What is this, when does it start?’ It’s been very positive.” In his report from the public safety committee on June 18, Beckett said that the Spokane Valley Fire Department has brought up the possibility of constructing a station on an acre portion of the 6.4 acres and would be sending a representa-

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In the Books, On the Docket A look back and ahead at business conducted by the Liberty Lake City Council Compiled by Craig Howard Splash Contributor

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• Council heard a report from business students at Eastern Washington University on Liberty Lake commuter culture. Approximately 6,500 migrate to the city each day for work, although the study found that most are not lingering to shop, eat or recreate. The students recommended that the city do its part to increase general awareness of existing businesses through promotion in the municipal newsletter or by instigating a business appreciation event in Pavillion Park. • Council approved a six-year transportation improvement plan through 2019 that will, in the words of City Engineer Andrew Staples, be driven by a “pay-as-you-go approach” to road preservation and capital improvement projects. The first two projects on the list involve upgrades to Valleyway and Mission avenues this summer. • Council decided to table the vote on a resolution that would have required Mayor Steve Peterson to consult with council on any city expenditures beyond $1,000, changing the ceiling for approval currently set at $5,000 and up. Peterson has delegated the responsibility for such expenditures to City Administrator Katy Allen who said that going to council for less significant spending requests “would present an administrative challenge.” • Council approved a plan to replace a wooden fence on the perimeter of

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On the Docket (July meetings): • The first council meeting for this month (originally scheduled for July 2) has been canceled due to a light agenda and proximity to Independence Day. • Allen said the city would be applying for funding help through the state Transportation Improvement Board to help with an upgrade of Appleway Road following the announcement that Vivint was bringing 400 jobs to 22425 E. Appleway Ave. Welch Comer Engineers is working with the city to meet the Aug. 23 grant deadline, which would cover 80 percent of the project, if approved. • Allen added that the city is also looking at acquiring grant dollars for a project that would add additional access off Knox Avenue near Appleway. The city is collaborating with GSI on the application with a deadline of Aug. 1. In a related discussion, Council Member Josh Beckett described how traffic between 4:45 to 5:15 p.m. on weekdays “is becoming a real challenge” on Appleway. He recommended that the city work with employers in the area to institute staggered work schedules that would relieve some of the congestion. • Finance Director R.J. Stevenson will lead the first public hearing on the 2014 municipal budget at the July 16 council meeting. • Council Member Lori Olander will lead a workshop discussion on the utility tax at the same meeting. • Allen said the city was compiling a packet for City Council candidates in the upcoming election that would include a rundown of municipal material, including the city charter, council priorities, the budget and organizational chart. The packet will also be available to current council representatives. Olander has raised concerns about the utility tax at various points throughout the year, noting that it was never intended to be a permanent fixture in the municipal budget when it was approved by council in October 2010 to address a projected $700,000 deficit. Other representatives of the current council, including Josh Beckett and Cris Kaminskas, have also recommended re-evaluating the tax. An examination of the utility tax will headline the council retreat, set for Aug. 11. The agenda will be rounded out by a list of topics that includes the Liberty Lake Ball Fields, an aquatic center and the cityowned 6.4 acres off Meadowwood Lane near the site of the Liberty Lake Farmers Market.

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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 between May 27 and June 24. The incident report is listed in chronological order.

Incidents and arrests • ATM vandalism — At 1 p.m. May 28, a 31-year-old transient was arrested at the 1300 block of North Liberty Lake Road for malicious mischief. The man is accused of using dirt and oranges to vandalize two ATMs at different locations in Liberty Lake earlier in the day. • Motorcycle theft — At 7:16 a.m. May 30, LLPD responded to the 22000 block of East Country Vista Drive for a motorcycle theft. Upon leaving the residence, the complainant noticed his motorcycle had been stolen sometime during the night. This incident is currently under investigation. • Citizen assist — At 5:23 p.m. May 30, LLPD responded to the 1700 block of North Country Vista Drive on a report that a tenant had allowed animals to destroy carpeting throughout a rental. The carpet had been pulled up in many areas, and the rental smelled of urine and feces. A report was taken. • Found property (snow skis) — At 12:30 p.m. June 1, LLPD was dispatched to the 1200 block of North Ormond to recover a pair of snow skis a homeowner found lying in his front yard when leaving his residence in the morning. • Racing — At 8:27 p.m. June 3, two juvenile males were arrested at East Country Vista Drive and North Whitman Lane for reckless driving. An officer observed two vehicles driving side by side going an estimated 60 mph down Country Vista (a radar reading as the vehicles were slowing read 52 mph in a 35 mph zone). Both vehicles were stopped, and both juvenile males stated “yes” they were racing. They were released to parents. • Suspicious person — At 9:43 p.m. June 3, LLPD responded to a suspicious person call at the 25000 block of East Hawkstone regarding reports of a man believed to be looking into windows of apartments. An officer made contact with the subject, who admitted to relieving himself at the corner of the building. • Suspicious circumstances — At 2 p.m. June 4, LLPD responded to a complaint from the Best Western Peppertree Inn at the 1800 block of North Pepper Lane. The complainant reported suspicious activity from a guest at the motel who had multiple visitors during his stay, most only staying for a few minutes. The complainant said he decided to call police when a male visitor came downstairs and locked himself in the bathroom, refusing to come out. When he did, the subject had a

bloody nose. The guest was asked to leave the motel. Upon the detective’s arrival, a crystal type substance was found in the room. License plate numbers were obtained, and the matter was placed under investigation. • Alcohol shoplifter, repeat offender — At 3:05 p.m. June 5, a 31-year-old Spokane Valley man was arrested by LLPD at Liberty Lake Albertsons for misdemeanor shoplifting after a loss prevention specialist detained him. The complainant showed officers a video of the man going through a self-checkout lane and pretending to scan a bottle of Vodka before placing it in his bag. The complainant said this was not the first time he had done this, and requested he be arrested. Twelve days later, LLPD received a call from an Albertsons stores investigator who identified the accused in 41 liquor thefts in Spokane, including 14 in Liberty Lake. The thefts in Liberty Lake alone totaled a loss of $427.88. The man was arrested again at LLPD later that same day — at 2:32 p.m. June 17 and was booked into Spokane County Jail on charges of organized retail theft, a class B felony. • Meat shoplifter — At 11:08 p.m. June 7, LLPD was dispatched to the 1200 block of North Liberty Lake Road after two complainants witnessed a middle-age man putting large meat items into his jacket. When an employee approached the subject, he ran out of the store. An officer was unable to locate the vehicle described by the complainants in the area. The incident was put under investigation. • Found property (wallet) — At 1:30 p.m. June 8, LLPD received a found wallet at the 1500 block of North Oakland. The velcro wallet was being held at LLPD for safekeeping. • Found property (another wallet) — At 7:52 p.m. June 8, LLPD was contacted regarding found property at the 24000 block of East Maxwell. A homeowner found a wallet with $102 and various cards and information. The officer made contact with the wallet’s owner, who recovered her wallet. • Alcohol shoplifter — A 25-year-old Wellpinit woman was arrested at 6:59 p.m. June 10 at the 1200 block of North Liberty Lake Road for organized retail theft, a class B felony. The complainant called to advise of a suspicious person currently in the store who could be witnessed on surveillance footage on previous occasions stealing several thousand dollars of merchandise from the store. The woman was currently loading a cart full of alcohol. Upon arrival, the officer was informed another subject in a vehicle in the parking lot was thought to be working with the woman. The responding officer was concerned the female subject

in the vehicle would contact the female subject in the store and notify her to the officer’s presence. Shortly thereafter, the woman left her cart in the middle of the aisle and left the store, where she was detained by the officer and brought back to the store. An itemized list of more than $4,414 in alcohol stolen from previous occasions was presented, and the woman was arrested and booked into Spokane County Jail. The investigation is ongoing as the female driver was not located. • Diapers shoplifter — A 24-year-old Liberty Lake woman was arrested by LLPD at 2:30 p.m. June 11 at the 1200 block of North Liberty Lake Road on a misdemeanor shoplifting charge. The complainant reported a woman had walked out of the store with approximately $237.38 of Huggies diapers. Upon arrival, the officer questioned the woman, who said she intended to return and pay, but was going to her vehicle to get her 13-month-old son a bottle before paying. When given the opportunity to pay, the woman was unable to, saying there was a mix-up with the funds on her bank card. She was issued a criminal citation and released to appear on her scheduled court date. • Credit card theft — At 3:27 p.m. June 11, LLPD responded to the 1400 block of North Ormond for a theft. The complainant reported his son’s friend had stayed overnight and stolen a credit card out of his wallet. The credit card was then used to purchase two Visa gift cards totaling $500 each. The complainant spoke to the subject, who admitted to taking the card, but said he wanted to play football and needed money to buy clothes. The complainant’s son was able to retrieve the two gift cards from the subject; however, a total of $855 had already been purchased using them. After trying to contact the subject and his mother with no success, the complainant notified the police department of the incident. The matter was put under investigation. • Goats on the lam — At 7:06 p.m. June 13, LLPD responded to the intersection of North Molter and East Valleyway roads after 20 goats had somehow broken through the fencing they were detained in and were roaming free in the street. The officer managed to herd the goats off the road and back into the fencing, and city parks and recreation employees came to assist with fixing the fencing for the goats. • Stolen vehicle — LLPD officers arrested a man at 7:57 p.m. June 14 at the 1300 block of North Liberty Lake Road for possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. A LLPD officer received a report of a stolen vehicle from

See POLICE, page 11

Calls for service Reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department May 27-June 24

Agency assist 1 Alarm 4 Burglary 2 Citizen assist 7 Citizen dispute 3 Criminal mischief 2 Deceased person 1 Disorderly conduct 2 Drug possession 1 DUI 3 Fraud 2 Fugitive 1 Juvenile problem 1 Lost or found property 6 Malicious mischief 3 Not classified 1 Official misconduct 1 Parking problem 1 Property theft 7 Recovered stolen property 1 Suspicious person/circumstance 4 Traffic accident 7 Traffic hazard 3 Traffic offense 22 Vehicle prowl 3 Welfare check 1

Citations Reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department May 27-June 24

Attach of plate to vehicle 1 Driving with wheels off road 1 Driving without license/ID 3 DUI 3 DWLS 23 Expired registration 3 Failure to signal 1 Failure to stop/yield 2 Failure to wear safety belt 1 Ignition interlocks 1 Illegal use of studded tires 2 Liability insurance 13 Motorcycle endorsement 1 Negligent driving 1 No stop lights or turn signal 1 Parking in no parking zone 3 Possession of stolen property 1 Reckless driving 2 Speeding 5 Texting while driving 1 Theft 4 Use of cell phone 3 Vehicle prowl 1

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the 12000 block of East Sprague Ave. in Spokane Valley and witnessed the same vehicle drive in front of him. The male driver was pulled over and ordered on the ground at gunpoint when the officer observed a large knife hanging from his waistband. The man was taken into custody without incident. The officer removed several knifes from his person along with 17 hypodermic syringes, a crown royal bag that contained meth and a variety of pills, and a variety of credit/ gift cards that are currently being investigated. He was booked into Spokane County Jail. • Found property (bicycle) — At 11:03 a.m. June 15, an LLPD officer found an abandoned brown Mongoose bicycle at the 1300 block of North Liberty Lake Road. After being unable to locate the owner, the officer transported the bicycle to the LLPD for safekeeping. • Suspicious circumstance — At 2:46 a.m. June 16, LLPD responded to the 1400 block of North Salishan for a suspicious circumstance. Upon arrival, the complainant reported two individuals had been ringing his doorbell repeatedly, left a flower on his front porch, egged his front

door and left a red powdery substance on his driveway. The subjects were wearing sweat shirts and riding bicycles but were not located. • Malicious mischief — At 9:16 a.m. June 16, LLPD was dispatched to the 23000 block of East Maxwell when a complainant reported he had woken up to find his front porch and driveway covered in an unknown white powdery substance. Upon arrival, the officer found the powdery substance to be baking soda. The complainant also found a cucumber in his front yard. Neighbors of the complainant had chocolate frosting smeared on their garage door and siding. They also had jelly on their driveway. No damage was reported. • Eluding police — An 18-year-old Liberty Lake man was arrested at 7:16 p.m. June 17 at South Quinimose and Molter roads for attempting to elude a police officer. Two motorcycles were observed by an LLPD officer driving recklessly near North Liberty Lake Road, but neither stopped when the officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Instead, both accelerated and began passing vehicles on the left and right along the center of the roadway. The officer lost one subject, and continued to follow the other, who continued at an estimated speed of 80 mph. The pursuit ended, and the man was placed under

arrest for attempting to elude an officer. He refused to give the name of the other reckless motorcycle rider. • Found property (another bicycle) — At 5 p.m. June 18, LLPD received a bike found at the corner of Molter and Boone. It was reported the bike had been lying in the same place for more than a day. It was logged into evidence for safekeeping. • Graffiti — At 2:29 a.m. June 19, an LLPD officer observed a suspicious person at the 22000 block of East Appleway wearing a dark hoodie and carrying a bag walk from Appleway and across the parking lot toward Starbucks. The officer made contact with the male subject at a vehicle, and after obtaining permission to search the vehicle, found seven cans of spray paint and two bags of new spray paint can nozzles, along with two cans of used spray paint and gloves with paint on them. The subject admitted to spraying graffiti on a metal trailer type storage unit on Avista property. The male subject was informed the case would be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for charges of malicious mischief. • Burglary — At 9:01 a.m. June 21, LLPD was dispatched to a residential burglary at the 24000 block of East Olive. The victim stated after returning home from work, he found his garage door partially open, and two guitars and a laptop had been

stolen from his home. The items total a loss of $6,600. This incident was placed under investigation. • Found property (scooter) — At 9:14 a.m. June 23, an LLPD officer was notified of found property at the 1300 block of North Liberty Lake Road. An employee approached the officer and asked if he could do something with a scooter that had been left in front of the building for a couple days. The officer took the scooter to LLPD for safekeeping.

Unincorporated Liberty Lake • Intruder — Luke and Jennifer Richey of the 800 block of South Liberty Drive in unincorporated Liberty Lake reported that at 2:16 a.m. June 19, an intruder entered the family home after the garage door had accidentally been left open. According to video recorded by the family’s alarm company, the intruder entered the house through the garage, but when an alarm sounded, he closed the door and fled. Awakened, the family initially assumed the alarm was triggered by wind, closed the garage door and re-armed the alarm. The alarm company sent video of the intruder the following morning, spurring a call to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, which filed a report on the incident.

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SCOPE seeks to bolster volunteer base Public safety mission compels SCOPE team By Brenna Holland Splash Contributor

It’s summertime. With countless community events such as Liberty Lake Days and the traditional Fourth of July Parade just around the corner, July is a prime time to be out and about in the community. It’s also prime time for SCOPE, as the volunteer branch of the Spokane County Sheriff ’s Office has a presence and a role at community events. SCOPE — an acronym for Sheriff ’s Community Oriented Policing Effort — is searching for new volunteers to provide public safety services. The program also strives to increase community involvement and awareness. “We are the all-around local eyes and ears,” said Ray Baesler, who was recently honored as Liberty Lake SCOPE’s most valuable volunteer of the year for 2012. “We are the good guys. We can roar a lot, but we don’t bite. We don’t stop, scold or ticket.” SCOPE programs include business watch, bicycle safety training/helmet fitting and even neighborhood watch — specifically checking if residents closed the garage doors. “We do everything for public safety,” said Baesler, who also serves as the secretary, treasurer and office manager for the Liberty Lake chapter. “We even check expired parking tabs, leave cards as a friendly reminder for the owner.” SCOPE also does simple services such as monitoring houses in the neighborhood when residents have left for vacation and making sure businesses are locked. They help direct traffic and provide extra eyes and ears at major community events Daily patrols during the school year

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As a partner to law enforcement such as the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and Liberty Lake Police Department (vehicles represented at top left), members of Liberty Lake SCOPE (left) provide eyes and ears regarding public safety issues in the community.

SIGN UP TO HELP Want to volunteer for SCOPE? For more information or to sign up, contact Ray Baesler at 755-1143 or email — or attend a SCOPE meeting, held at 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at City Hall. around Liberty Lake Elementary are another common part of the job.

month, and the team asserts that anyone can join.

“The kids recognize me when I do patrols and they always smile and wave; it’s great,” said Joe French, who is president of Liberty Lake SCOPE, which is one of more than 18 stations.

“You can be 18 to 80 and volunteer,” Baesler said.

The 18 or more SCOPE stations in the Spokane area all depend on the success and commitment of volunteers, and Liberty Lake officers are really pushing the need for additional volunteers. The commitment requires as little as four hours a

The training to be part of SCOPE is also particularly painless, with only one day of full training where volunteers acquire myriad skills. “The sheriff provides training, defensive driving, CPR, first aid and computer training,” said Rochelle Renninger, Liberty Lake SCOPE’s vice president.

French asserts that the organization is anything but an all-boys club. “We encourage women of all ages to join,” he said. The group joked about the only thing necessary to become a SCOPE volunteer are eyes and ears, but Renninger highlighted the unifying aspect to become a part of the program, “You must have a community-minded spirit,” she said. Added French: “We are here to help make Liberty Lake a better place and help keep it that way.”

Summer construction report A healthy dose of summer projects inside the city of Liberty Lake will have residents seeing orange in the coming weeks. The following status report was provided June 24 by City Engineer Andrew Staples. • Harvard Roundabout — Construction of single lane roundabout at Harvard Road, Mission Avenue intersection. Anticipated dates of work: Bids were scheduled to be opened on this project June 27, with construction to being approximately four weeks later — so late July. From that point, the project is expected to take

10 weeks to complete. Traffic impact: Reduced lanes on the north side of the Harvard Bridge, flaggers and signage will direct traffic. • Mission and Valleyway street maintenance — Overlay work on Mission Avenue from Molter Road to King James Lane and on Valleyway Avenue from Molter to Bella Lago Lane. Anticipated dates of work: Projects are set to be awarded July 16, meaning the work will break ground the first week of August.

Traffic impact: Reduced lanes or detours when crews are paving or patching. • Sprague Trail — Construction of two 10-foot wide path segments on Sprague Avenue and Neyland Drive. Anticipated dates of work: The bid on the project is set to be awarded July 16, meaning the work will break ground the first week of August. Traffic impact: Reduced lanes when crews are working. Traffic control will direct drivers around construction. • Liberty Lake Fields — Improvements

to the field east of Liberty Lake Elementary; on June 4, the City Council approved a plan to construct a pair of baseball fields, a 79-space parking lot, a small picnic shelter and concrete walking paths. Anticipated dates of work: The project will be awarded in late summer, meaning a late summer and fall construction timeframe. Traffic impact: None. Note: The city of Liberty Lake will post traffic revisions on its website, as applicable.

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June 1, 2013 at MeadowWood Golf Course

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Another Fourth, another patriotic bash By Brenna Holland Splash Contributor

For a quarter of a century, the Liberty Lake community has proudly shown patriotism and unity on the Fourth of July in the form of a parade, but the holiday is a tradition that spans much further back around these parts. The week of events kicks off Wednesday, July 3, with T-shirt sales and a movie and wraps up by Friday with another movie.

T-shirt sales The Liberty Lake Fourth of July Tshirts will be available for purchase from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Liberty Drive and Liberty Circle in the Alpine Shores neighborhood. Quantities are limited and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Any remaining shirts will be sold at the parade. T-shirt prices are $12 each, or $14 for XXL and XXXL sizes.

Parade and after-party While this year is the 25th annual Fourth of July Parade, the event has retained its original purpose: It is first and foremost a kid’s parade. “The kids get to be the stars for the day. When does a 5-year old get to be the star?” said Dave Graham, an Alpine Shores resident who has been involved with the Fourth of July Parade since the beginning. For the 25th edition of the Liberty Lake Fourth of July Parade and celebration, all parade participants will receive a blue commemorative ribbon. There are also three large ribbons that will be given out as prizes by categories. The red ribbon is awarded to those who are walkers, dancers, skippers and runners. The white ribbon is given to pedal power riders, bikes, trikes and unicycles. The blue ribbon is for decorated golf carts. In addition to these categorized ribbons,

there are three more large ribbons that go as special awards. These ribbons are awarded to those that can’t be categorized, but are so amazing that they must be recognized. “I know a lot of kids who have hung on to these ribbons for over 20 years,” Graham said. “Memories are so valuable.” When asked what it was like being the grand marshall of last year’s parade, Graham responded, “It was an eye opener. When I was working as a volunteer, I saw only one portion.” Last year, when Graham was leading the parade with his wife, Susan, he noticed that the Cub Scouts were singing the national anthem just the next street over. He had never heard them sing or was even aware that the Cub Scouts performed every year. “That’s what Fourth of July is all about,” he said. “That’s what we got to celebrate. We want to make sure that their voices are heard.” Inspired by what he saw last year, this year the parade will begin with the Cub Scouts singing the national anthem. The Cub Scouts and the Daughters of the American Revolution will march on straight after the performance and lead the parade. To be a part of the parade, Graham encouraged participants to line up as early as 10:30 a.m. “The sooner they get here, the closer they are to the front,” he said. The parade begins at noon, and games begin immediately after in Alpine Shores Park. During the parade, there will be a couple of private vendors selling sno cones and hot dogs. With all the bustle, food and excitement, the volunteers who organize the parade ask the citizens of Liberty Lake to leave the pets at home. The Fourth of July Parade is not associ-

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Rodney Kern passed along the design for this year’s Fourth of July T-shirts.

At a glance

Week of Fourth of July events Wednesday, July 3 5 to 7 p.m.: T-shirt sales, corner of Liberty Drive and Liberty Circle Dusk: Free movie showing of “Up” (rated PG) at Pavillion Park Thursday, July 4 11 a.m.: Parade lineup begins at the corner of Shoreline and Liberty drives Noon: Parade begins, followed by games and festivities at Alpine Shores Park 6 p.m.: Concert in the park featuring Six Foot Swing and the big band sounds of Tuxedo Junction 10:10 p.m.: Fireworks display over the lake Friday, July 5 Dusk: Free movie showing of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (PG-13) at Pavillion Park ated with the fireworks that light up the sky later in the night, Graham clarified. The two events are completely separate, and donations that are collected at the parade are only donated to next year’s Alpine Shores festivities, not the fireworks show that takes place later that evening.

Concert in the park At 6 p.m., Friends of Pavillion Park will present the Fourth of July Concert featuring Six Foot Swing and Tuxedo Junction. Part of the 16th annual Summer Festival hosted by the Friends of Pavillion Park. Arrive at Pavillion Park with blankets, chairs and picnics in toe to enjoy live music followed by the fireworks show. A potpourri of tunes will provide the soundtrack to the evening with a mix of classics, show tunes and even patriotic marches. Six Foot Swing, a popular local Spokane band, heralds back to the 1930s, a decade which according to their website was, “a time of intense glamour, intrigue and romance.” The band mixes this vintage sound with a modern jazz that culminates into an unforgettable musical experience. The band has everything from a horn section to an instrumental washboard. Six Foot Swing has released four CDs and one demo since 2007. The Tuxedo Junction Big Band has been labeled “the best big band” in the Inland

Northwest. The band recruits talent from the Coeur d’Alene and Spokane areas. Classics and new hits are included in their repertoire; however, the band concentrates heavily on swing music from the 1930s and ‘40s. The musical group is under the leadership of conductor Craig Catlett, a saxophone musician involved in a wide scope of bands.

Fireworks What would the Fourth of July be like without a little crackle, boom and sparks? Following the concert, fireworks will ignite the sky at about 10:10 p.m. The best public areas to view the display are Pavilion Park or Liberty Lake County Park. The firework show is paid purely through donations from residents and local businesses, no corporate sponsors. The total cost to provide the Liberty Lake community with awe-inspiring fireworks is about $12,000. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 430 in Liberty Lake. Another new way to donate is through the website Donations will also be collected at the Farmers Market leading up to Independence Day. Members of the community can also watch for the donation bucket outside Albertsons near the holiday.

Movies in the park The Fourth of July is bookended this year by a Wednesday night showing of “Up” and a Friday night viewing of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” Both shows will play at Pavillion Park. They will begin at dusk. The Liberty Lake Kiwanis Club will sell concessions at the movies and concert. As with all of the Fourth of July entertainment, the movies are free. Of course, the cost of labor and the fund-raising that goes into these events do fall on the backs of the citizens of Liberty Lake. Countless volunteers are needed for either this year’s festivities or next year’s celebrations. “We’ve got jobs for volunteers,” Graham said. “Even if you just moved here, I’ll give you a job to do.” The volunteers who have been involved in the Fourth of July celebrations, whether it is since its beginning or for a couple of years, tend to serve for the love of community and country. “In Liberty Lake, there are a lot of fine people,” Graham said. “We love to serve them and have them be a part of what we enjoy.” For more information about volunteering, contact Graham at 255-6131 or

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Halversons will serve as parade’s grand marshals By Brenna Holland Splash Contributor

They have served as the beginning and end for the Liberty Lake Fourth of July parade for countless years, and now they will finally get to see everything in between. This year’s Fourth of July Parade grand marshals are Harley and Lorraine Halverson, whose lakeside house has stood as a landmark for the start and finish of the parade. Both are public servants, passionate about their community and lifelong learners who seek to better the Liberty Lake community. The couple met while doing graduate work at Stanford University. Harley was pursuing a master’s degree in electrical engineering, and Lorraine was acquiring her master’s in education. They met through Stanford’s Lutheran Student Association; Harley was the president and Lorraine was the secretary. The couple began dating at the end of the first year after they met and were soon married that summer. “In order to date her, I had to marry her,” Harley Halverson said. The Halversons have now been married 55 years. Upon graduation, Harley began work at Hewlett Packard in the Bay Area. “I knocked on the door and asked for a summer job; I stayed for 35 years as a summer student,” he joked. Harley and Lorraine moved to Liberty Lake in 1980 when the Hewlett-Packard facility – now the Meadowwood Technology Campus — was created on the east side of Molter Road. The Halversons settled into the community with the two youngest of their four children. They quickly began to serve the Liberty Lake community, organizing the first Central Valley High School grad night party at the Convention Center in downtown Spokane. The theme was “San Francisco,” with beautiful murals of the city landscape, an imported cable car and a night full of entertainment. Lorraine devoted a year to plan and execute the festivities; however, she admits she “underestimated the cleanup.” The night was a success, and the Central Valley Grad Night Party is a lasting tradition that continues today. Lorraine was also one of the founders of the Liberty Lake Yard Sales. With the help of friend and neighbor Betty Button, the ladies organized their neighborhood to collectively hold yard sales on the same day. The event, which celebrated its 20th anniversary June 8, blossomed into a community-wide, annual event under her leadership. “Now Kiwanis does such a good job of putting on the event, and The Splash does an amazing job with advertisement and

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2013 Grand Marshals Harley and Lorraine Halverson stand on the deck of their home in the Alpine Shores neighborhood. putting together the maps,” she said. “It’s so much fun to see how it has grown.” Harley served as an elected commissioner for the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District for more than 14 years. During his time there, he helped spearhead LLSWD’s programs and initiatives banning and limiting phosphorous (typically found in fertilizers) because of its environmental impact on local watersheds. He also helped reorganize LLSWD infrastructure and lake management in efforts that have created a lake that he says is “1,000 times better than the lake during the ’70s.” “Everyone around the lake is very serious about protecting the lake,” he said. The Halversons favorite part of the Fourth of July celebrations is watching all the kids —especially their own grandchildren — enjoy the parade. “After all, it is a kids’ parade,” Lorraine said. To celebrate the 25th year of the Fourth of July Parade, the couple is excited to see the entire parade route. Lorraine and Harley usually enjoy the splendor of the day from the comfort of their own home, which benefits from proximity to the preparade lineup and the end of the parade – which launches several post-parade festivities that can also be taken in from the Halversons home.

The Halversons remain active members of the Spokane community. Harley is a member of a local Rotary Club, and Lorraine teaches at The Barton School in Spokane, working with mostly Russian and Ukrainian immigrants. “It’s nice because Harley and I traveled to the region during the ’90s,” Lorraine said. “My students are always surprised when I know where they are from.” The Halversons are also intrepid travelers who have visited countries such as Spain, Portugal, South Africa, Costa Rica and Italy. They enjoy being involved in their church, spending time with their grandkids, and remaining current with the news through Christian podcasts. Despite decades of investment in the community, the Halversons are modest when asked about being honored as grand marshals. “We feel very unqualified,” Lorraine said. Ross Schneidmiller, who serves on the committee that selects the grand marshals each year and is president of the Liberty Lake Historical Society, would take issue with that sentiment. “Harley and Lorraine are unique in that in the past we have honored couples where maybe one spouse is more active with

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Liberty Lake parade grand marshals The following have been honored as grand marshals since the inception of the Fourth of July Parade in Alpine Shores in 1989: 2013 Harley & Lorraine Halverson 2012 Dave & Susan Graham 2011 Bob & Barbara Gamble 2010 Lois Hatch 2009 Darlene Stokke 2008 Dick & Donna Hoover 2007 Ray & Karen Ruef 2006 Harold & Joan Hughes 2005 Anton “Ras” Rasmussen 2004 Howard & Mary Floy Dolphin 2003 Lyle Stephenson 2002 Floyd & Betty Johnson 2001 Lud Kramer 2000 Lee Smith 1999 Elmer Schneidmiller 1998 Rosie Brady 1997 Ruth Barnes 1996 Bob Blair 1995 Jim Brumm 1994 Bob Wills Sr. 1993 Della Neyland 1992 Alex Farrante 1991 Ann MacKenzie Wyatt 1990 June Bailey 1989 Sigwell Knudsen

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Founded by moms, parade now in 25th edition By Brenna Holland Splash Contributor

Like all good things, mothers created the Liberty Lake Fourth of July Parade. It all began when several mothers of the community sat down and brainstormed how to celebrate the Fourth of July. After pinpointing that a neighborhood parade was the perfect way to honor patriotism, the women collectively decided that the main focus of the parade should always be about the kids. The main purpose of the Fourth of July Parade has endured, as kids of Liberty Lake are honored and are the center of the activity on July 4. “The parade was for the kids to see people in the community showing patriotism,” said Kelli Schneidmiller, one of those founding moms. “We wanted the kids to wave a flag and say ‘hi’ to a neighbor.” This year, the tradition of honoring kids throughout the day will be reinforced by the ribbon system established by Dave Graham. For 25 years, Kelli Schneidmiller and her husband, Ross, have been instrumental in helping the Fourth of July Celebra-

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The pie-eating contest is one of the messier post-parade traditions. tion run smoothly. While they have held myriad responsibilities over the years, the one consistent has been helping select the grand marshal of the parade. The first grand marshal in 1989 was Sigwell Knudsen, who has 88 years old when he held the honor. His family came to Liberty Lake in 1889 and homesteaded on the hill east of the lake. Sig built a resort on the west shore of the lake. His family remains in Liberty Lake — Kelli Schneidmiller is his granddaughter — and are active community supporters.

“All grand marshals stick out and have an enduring factor,” Schneidmiller said. “Their heart was here.” Ross Schneidmiller added, “Many are part of this culture of volunteerism and are at the forefront of grassroots organizations.” The honor of being grand marshal has been bestowed on everyone from veterans to Garden Club members, Cub Scout volunteers, farmers who tilled and developed important land in the community, to Lee Smith, the 1999 grand marshal, who de-

livered cookies to shut ins throughout the community. The grand marshals have represented every facet of goodwill throughout the community. In 2002, the first couple was named as grand marshals for the parade. Floyd and Betty Johnson were both pillars in the Liberty Lake Community. Floyd was a key activist in the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District, and Betty volunteered for Pavillion Park in its early stages of development. This years grand marshals are Harley and Lorraine Halverson. “It is fitting that they be honored on the fourth,” Ross Schneidmiller said, adding that Harley Halverson played a key role in bringing fireworks back to the lake in 1990. Even after 25 years of being part of the work of the parade, the Schneidmillers still find time to enjoy themselves. When asked her favorite part of the day, Kelli Schneidmiller didn’t hesitate. “The whole day is fun, but watching the fireworks show at the end is the best,” she said. “Once the fireworks are done, you can hear clapping and cheering around the entire lake. It’s the end of a really good day.”

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Looking forward to LL’s 25th Fourth of July Parade By Dave Graham splash guest column

Last year, I had a chance to sit down with Kim Nielsen. You may remember that he was the youth pastor at Liberty Lake CommunityChurch. He was also our first Fourth of July Parade emcee, working the PA microphone as the kids marched by. We had no idea that the parades would catch on as they did. Both Kim and I agreed; it is the emphasis on kids that makes the whole thing go. How special is that, allowing a 5 year old to be the star? They can dress-up and decorate their bikes, their vehicles. Every year, our family would work on a different theme to decorate our golf cart and create our costumes and face paint, etc. I remember it being a time when I could communicate with my kids in a special way. I explained patriotism while we decorated in red, white and blue. And we always had appropriate music playing in our garage as we worked. Always loaded with Kodak moments, I now have a Fourth of July scrapbook that I consider priceless. And so it has remained for 25 years, with that emphasis on kids and families, groups and teams. I would describe it as something bigger than ourselves that we achieved by coming together. There is an old adage that goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” — or something like that. The event is very much as it was then. We have added the celebration activities. Those are the games and the great fun which follows the parade. But we haven’t tried to fix something that works as well as the Fourth of July at Lib-

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another taking a more supportive role,” Schneidmiller said. “Harley and Lorraine are both active in the Liberty Lake community. They have been involved in a variety of activities the minute they got here.” The Halversons have also been viewed as pillars of sage advice and perspective for

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erty Lake, the name of our parade and celebration. The issue of safety is very important to us, and we see a very simple way that we can improve on the safety of our event. We will move the starting line back a short distance to the cul-de-sac. And we will cause the queue (the waiting line) to form around the street island. That’s it! But wait, check this out: There is an important element of the parade that people miss. In fact, many don’t even know that it is happening due to its placement on the parade route. It is the patriotic element of the flag salute and the national anthem that the Scouts present at the beginning of the parade. With this change, now the Scouts will have room to do their presentation where more people can be exposed to it, and we That’s why Chevron has Techron inside. can use a PA system. We think it is im- A And cleaner engine lower emissions. That’s why three Techron is whyresults Chevronin was the first gasoline designated TOP all TIER. You see, when BMW, GM, Honda portant. After all, it is the primary focus andautomakers Toyota createduse a tough standardwith for gasoline called Gasoline, toTOP helpTIER them of the big U.S. Chevron Techron of Independence Day. Chevron was the first gasoline designated. In fact, we didn’t even have to change The Techron additive is still unbeatable pass the tough ePA emissions test. no gasoline does it better. at cleaning vital engine parts. the formulation because our gasoline was already that good. So always put in The parade line-up is at 11 a.m., with Chevron with Techron and help keep your car performing its best from the inside out. the event beginning at noon. As soon as the parade completes its route, the games and activities will begin on the lawn in the fenced area. © 2006 Chevron Products Company, San Ramon, CA. All rights reserved. TeChRon is a registered trademark of Chevron Intellectual Property Inc. For 25 years, people came to our event © 2006 Chevron Products Company. San Ramon, CA. All rights reserved. Techron is a registered trademark of Chevron Intellectual Property Inc. expecting an exciting, safe, wonderful Fourth of July, entirely without charge. We have kept this event free to everyone who showed up. The fact is, it has come a long way on the shoulders of your kindness. We really appreciate your donation. Please make your check to Fourth of July at Liberty Lake and mail it to 508 S. Shoreline Drive , Liberty Lake, WA 99019. Only One very important issue that we must Insert coupons insist on. Please, no pets, even on leashes. We usually have a pie-eating contest, an or special offer here. egg toss and other food games, and our a bottle insurance rates are high enough. Thank you for leaving your puppy at home. ®


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Humorous ‘Big Bad’ is latest LLCT show By Brenna Holland Splash Contributor

Once upon the time, there was a lawsuit … So launches the plot behind Liberty Lake Community Theatre’s summer production of “Big Bad,” a deliciously funny satire on all fairytales that involve the antagonist of the Big Bad Wolf. The play depicts the trial between the wolf and the ragamuffin bunch of fairytale characters the wolf has wronged, including Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother, the Three Little Pigs, and the Boy Who Cried Wolf. The Evil Stepmother and the Fairy Godmother represent the opposing parties as defense attorney and prosecutor, respectively. A unique aspect to this production is that the audience will decide the wolf ’s fate — guilty, innocent or hung jury. Therefore, there could be three different endings to this production depending on the merciful or punitive collective mindset of the audience. One could see the show a second time and get a completely different finale. Director Vicki Normington chose to take on the project based on its humor and appeal to a wide audience. “I looked over the lineup and chose ‘Big Bad’ because it is my kind of humor,” she said. “I love the fairy tales and making the show enjoyable for both children and adults is always fun for me to try and accomplish.” Normington has been working as a preschool teacher for more than 30 years and has been directing children’s theater productions for 20 years. She not only was the artistic director of the Theatre Arts for Children for 12 years, but also cofounded

IF YOU GO ... “Big Bad” When: 7 p.m. July 26-28; 4 p.m. July 27 Where: Liberty Lake Community Theatre, 22910 East Appleway Ave., Suite 1 Admission: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors 65 and older and children 6-12; free for children 5 and under. Available at the door or in advance at www. splash Photo by Brenna holland

Ira McLeod as Bill Woodcutter and Lauren Turner as Sidney Grimm rehearse for Liberty Lake Community Theatre’s production of “Big Bad” June 24. the program. “Big Bad” features a mixed cast ranging from children and teenagers to adults. “I am very pleased with this group of people and know they are going to deliver a great show,” Normington said. “I have a very reliable and hard-working stage crew, and that is very important to me in completing my vision.” The range of ages adds a touch of realism to the fairy tale. “I have always tried to use adults in the adult roles and kids in the kid roles,” she said. “I feel it gives the shows a more ‘realistic’ feel.” Caroline “CJ” Gile, who takes on the part of Miss Muffet, has been involved in theater for six years. She said she views drama as a sort of vacation. “When I think of my happy place, I think of a freezing cold theatre,” Gile said. The fact that the Central Valley High

School incoming sophomore is playing a particularly neurotic version of Miss Muffet doesn’t bother her. “I like to be the character people will remember,” she said. The cast, whose ages range from 7 years old to adulthood, exhibits different levels of experience that adds a refreshing twist to the production. “I have a cast of seasoned actors as well as a few who have never been in a show,” Normington said. “It is exciting to see how the cast will work together as a team and show respect and pride for their fellow cast members no matter what the age. We become a ‘family’ during the whole process.” Cast member Lauren Turner, who plays the part of Sydney Grimm, a reporter covering the trials of the Big Bad Wolf, hopes to grow as an actor in this production. Turner, 13, has already had pass theater experiences as “Anne” in the Theatre Arts for Children production of “Anne of

Liberty Lake Days returning July 26-27 By Brenna Holland Splash Contributor

Classic summer fun will be recalled again July 26-27 with the return of Liberty Lake Days. Modeled after the original All Valley Picnics that were held in Liberty Lake from 1922 to 1941 that were filled with dancing, picnicking and games, Liberty Lake Days was launched by the city of Liberty Lake a few years ago with the economy and local businesses in mind. “Liberty Lake Days began in 2010 to celebrate the history of the community while providing an opportunity for interaction between businesses — especially small businesses — and the community at a free family event,” said Amanda Tainio, the city’s planning and building services man-

ager and the maestro of the event from the beginning. Tainio said Liberty Lake Days was heavily influenced by the economic downturn of 2008. “The city felt it was important to support our businesses while filling the need for free community events,” she said. Liberty Lake Days incorporates a vintage flair into the festivities by holding a street dance and car show along Liberty Lake Road from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday night (July 26). A carnival also pays homage to the All Valley Picnic at the park on from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the next day (July 27), with old-fashioned games like a milk bottle throw, gunnysack races and pie eating contests. Inflatable amusements are also available for the kids, and a Liberty Lake Historical Society display will hear-

ken back to earlier picnics. As part of the festivities, the Liberty Lake Lions Club will hold its second annual Bed Race at Pavillion Park at 10 a.m. July 27. The Bed Race is the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year. To be a part of the races, five-person teams must register and pay a $125 entrance fee. A parking shuttle sponsored by Talon Hills, a senior housing development in Liberty Lake, will shuttle Liberty Lake Days attendees from parking spots at Liberty Lake Elementary School to the events at Pavillion Park. This year, Liberty Lake Days will be scored by live music on Friday night with the band Limosine performing for the street dance, and Twisted Bisquit will be performing in the pavilion on Saturday.

Cast: Lauren Turner, Mandee Mittler, Rachel Kimberley, Kelly Dengel, Anna Turner, Rab Greenup, Greer Greenup, Ira McLeod, Peyton Cooley, Vaughn Cooley, Jacob Johnson, Casey Townsend, Lena Cooley, Caroline “CJ” Gile, Kaida Mittler and Ness Greenup. Director: Vicki Normington Written by: Alec Strum For more: Green Gables” as well as past Liberty Lake Community Theatre productions. “It is something I am passionate about,” Turner said. For Normington, the experience of directing children is more than the play itself. “Directing kids and seeing them develop self-confidence and being proud of who they are is such an incredible feeling for me,” she said. “I am their biggest fan and will yell the loudest for my whole cast when they are on stage. They always know Vicki is out there.”

IF YOU GO ... Liberty Lake Days Friday at Liberty Lake Road between Safeway and Albertsons 5 to 9 p.m.: Street dance and car show Saturday at Pavillion Park 10 a.m.: Bed Race 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Egg toss 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Brick walk Noon and 2 p.m.: Three-legged race 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.: Gunnysack race 3 p.m.: Cake walk 3:30 p.m.: Pie-eating contest 4:30 p.m.: Charleston dance contest All day: Vendors, displays, inflatables and more For more: 755-6726

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LL readies for third annual Relay By Brenna Holland Splash Contributor

On July 19, hundreds of people will take a step to ending cancer. Relay for Life will come to Liberty Lake and inspire a community to stand against a disease that has affected so many lives. The relay will begin Friday evening and last until Saturday morning. The event is a continuous overnight community fundraising walk where each member of a team takes a turn walking around the track. Relay for Life began in May 1985. Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours straight in Tacoma, raising $27,000 and donating the proceeds to the American Cancer Society. Since this first relay, the movement has raised more than $4 billion. Although the primary concern of Relay for Life is to build awareness and fuel fundraising for the American Cancer Society, the relay is also an epicenter for fun and hope. At Liberty Lake’s Relay for Life, events include face painting, a silent auction, several kid-friendly events sponsored by the Home Depot, a bouncy house, performances by local bands (including bagpipes), fun laps and Kiwanis will again be providing breakfast for racers the next morning. The relay also fosters a community atmosphere, where current survivors can connect to those who have battled the disease, fundraising for the cures, and participants can remembered those who have been lost to the disease.

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Participants ready to walk the Survivors’ Lap at the inaugural Liberty Lake Relay for Life event in 2011.

IF YOU GO ... The third annual Liberty Lake Relay for Life is July 19-20 at the Meadowwood Technology Campus. To form a team or learn more, go to libertylakewa, or see the ad on page 35 for more information. Jean Simpson, one of the co-chairs of this third annual Liberty Lake Relay for Life, believes that the community will support the event while still having a good time. “It is my hope as co-chair of the event

that our community will support this event by participating in raising money for the American Cancer Society, or form a team or sponsor us,” she said. “This family-friendly event is a great way to spend the Friday evening — walk, talk and meet new people in your own neighborhood.” Simpson has been participating in local Relay for Life events for the past seven years. At the Liberty Lake Relay, Simpson has served as the entertainment chair until this year. Simpson shares the duties of the event with co-chair Jane Murphy. “She is the brains and organization behind out committee; I am just the passionate person who is trying to motivate people in getting involved,” Simpson said.

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Library to celebrate 10th anniversary By Brenna Holland Splash Contributor

In honor of the Liberty Lake Municipal Library’s 10th anniversary, a celebration will be held at 1 p.m. July 13 at the library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. Among the festivities will be the longawaited unveiling of the library supporter’s mural by the Liberty Lake Municipal Library Foundation. The official “opening” of the library’s restyled entryway will also be celebrated. Among the speakers at the event will be Liberty Lake Mayor Steve Peterson; Pamela Mogen, director of library services; Randy Long, president of Library Foundation Board. The Liberty Lake Municipal Library actually received its start before it was an official independent library. A Library Community Council was created in 2001, and the idea received a boost when the library moved into Greenstone-donated space at 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane. Two years

later in 2003, the City Council voted to form an independent municipal library. In March 2009, the library moved to its current location at 23123 E. Mission Ave. The Liberty Lake Municipal Library Foundation began its first fundraiser in 2011 to commission the tile mural that will be revealed at the July 13 celebration. Last year, the library made strides in offering patrons access to a greater collection of titles by joining the CIN, a network of libraries mostly in North Idaho. The library also finalized an agreement with the Spokane County Library District for reciprocal borrowing on most titles. The mural, designed by X-Things, a Post Falls company, depicts a concert at Liberty Lake Pavillion Park, which was inspired by a photo taken several years ago of an actual event. Comprised of tile, each tile is made of tiny little photographs from the Liberty Lake community. Through a computer program, prominent colored photographs were clustered

together on single tiles to create a mosaic of a bigger picture. Tiles were sold for $50, $150 and $500 for supporters to inscribe their support of the library onto the mural. “It is kind of like an impressionist painting in a way,” Mogen said. Work on the new entryway began in the fall of 2012 and was completed in early June with new lettering, a bike rack and benches. Looking forward to the next 10 years at Liberty Lake, the library is planning ahead. “Liberty Lake’s population is expected to double, and we need to expand the library to accommodate that many people,” Mogen said. The Liberty Lake Municipal Library also hopes to keep pace with the new technological developments and currently offers ebooks, videos and music. The library is also in the midst of its annual summer reading program for all ages from children and teens to adults. The program began June 15 and will end Aug. 10.

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“Trying to catch a ghostman is like trying to catch smoke.” That’s why, when an audacious $1.2 million casino heist in Atlantic City melts down in a hail of gunfire, the crime lord behind it needs the help of the one person who can work against the clock, against his enemies and against the law to find the money and disappear before the noose tightens around his neck. Debut novelist Roger Hobbs belies his age with well-honed writing and insider knowledge of the ruthless underworld of high-stakes crime. Scenes bounce back and forth between the ghostman trying to stay one step ahead of the feds and rival criminals closing in on the take — and the colossal job he’d blown in Kuala Lumpur five years earlier. The tension heightens with depictions of violence and diabolical details, like the uses of nutmeg and drain cleaner in torture. It all builds to a nerve-racking exchange between the ghostman and the leader of the east coast crime syndicate, with the FBI quickly gaining ground. Even though the ghostman is by definition faceless and unidentifiable, snippets of his background and character are laid throughout the book — he translates ancient literature in his free time — and he becomes interesting and even sympathetic, especially when compared to the people he at times seems to be working both for and against. A sequel is planned, so we can expect to see more of the thrilling, compelling, fast-paced and hidden world of the ghost. Daniel Pringle is adult services and reference librarian at the Liberty Lake Municipal Library.

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Utilities serving LL improved with time, technology By Ross Schneidmiller

Liberty Lake Historical Society

Today at Liberty Lake, we might take our utilities for granted. Yes, we are proud of our award-winning sewer and water district and its efforts to keep the lake clean. Download and upload speeds as well as what cable channels we get might be part of conversations by the water cooler. But, we expect the convenience of the available utilities and generally only speak of them when something goes wrong. Our early settlers had none of these services. No inside plumbing, just a small wood structure covering a hole. Water service meant carrying water from the lake, creek or spring. Communication was eventually by snail mail. It got real techie when you could travel by horse to your local telegraph office and communicate with distant relatives. Of course, it would usually take days until they would return a telegram. Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone in 1876, the year of our nation’s centennial. It would be a couple of decades later before Liberty Lake benefitted from it. Roderick MacKenzie, who owned significant property on the west side of the lake and operated the hotel which bore his name, was instrumental in bringing phone service to the community. He got area settlers to donate a day’s labor to haul and install the poles connecting to a line north of the river. Few phones existed at first, and many would travel to the hotel to make calls. As the system progressed, a telephone exchange was located in the general store on Melkapsi on the west side of the lake. The exchange consisted of a manual switchboard run by an operator. Using this type of service, the caller turned a crank to generate a ringing current to gain the operator’s attention. The operator then connected the call to the verbally requested number by plugging the ringing cord into the jack on the switchboard corresponding to the called customer’s line. Early on, there were not many phone customers, so the store clerk could be the operator and handle the store customers as well. This phone system featured party lines, with multiple customers sharing a single line. When connecting to the called customer, the operator would use a distinctive ringing sequence, such as two short rings followed by a long, for each customer. Everyone on the party line could hear the rings and listen in on the calls, but hopefully only the intended party would pick up the phone. The telephone lines consisted of two uncoated wires susceptible to getting crossed in windstorms, rendering the lines useless. In an oral history with this author back in 1987, Pete Higgins, a former lifeguard at

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Liberty Lake Grocery, pictured here circa 1922, was a general store located on Melkapsi that contained the telephone switchboard for the community. Note the multitude of wires above the store. Dreamwood Bay Resort in the early ’30s, recalled needing to fix the lines. He could tell about where the lines crossed between the Dreamwood resort and the switchboard on Melkapsi by how hard the phone cranked. The closer to the resort, the harder the phone would crank. After he would uncross the wires, he would often travel around the community and see others repairing the lines that affected them. The first water systems at the lake comprised the collection and distribution of spring water. High ground spring water would be collected in a holding tank, and gravity would provide the pressure. These systems were such a nice improvement that both Kalez Park and Dreamwood Bay Resort included the feature in their advertising. When west side lots on Wicomico Beach were marketed in 1908, The Spokesman-Review read: West of the south end of the tract is a ravine in which are three large and ever-flowing springs. A concrete dam and reservoir are being installed to impound these waters and thus provide an ample supply of pure spring water under pressure, which is piped to every lot for domestic use and for spraying lawns, etc. Prior to 1910, it was discovered that this supply was not adequate for all purposes, and a lake water system was introduced, the water being supplied by pumps. After this was installed, the spring water system was used for only drinking and cooking purposes.

Well water eventually became the primary source for domestic water at the lake. The two original water utilities were Liberty Lake Utilities and the Eastside Liberty Lake Water Improvement Club, the latter of which is still operating today. Liberty Lake Utilities also operated and expanded a sewer system, which was originally built by the Wicomico Beach developer. Other than the west side of the lake, as the community grew, sewage was handled by residential septic systems. In 1973, the community voted to form the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District with a majority of those non-sewered residences converted to sewer by the late ’70s. The building of the railway spur line into the lake in 1907 brought with it the bonus of electrical power. Prior to that, candles were used along with kerosene lanterns for light and mostly wood and kerosene stoves for heat. However, it took several years for power lines to access the far reaches of the lake. Electricity had not reached the Hotel Zephyr on the southeast corner of the lake until 1913, when its owners installed a lighting system powered by acetylene (a fuel used in welding and soldering), replacing the original system using kerosene. Garbage was originally burned or hauled to the landfill by the individual. There was more than one dump in close proximity to the lake residents. Weekly garbage pick-up, which was done by Val-

Did you know? • Some farms in Saltese, Liberty Lake’s neighbor to the west, did not have electrical power until the late 1930s. • Prior to Pierre Salinger becoming press secretary to President Kennedy, the Harper Joy Cabin at Liberty Lake did not have a telephone. But one was installed so Salinger, Harper Joy’s son-in-law, could perform his job while here on vacation. • Water serving a substantial number of Liberty Lake homes comes from wells — originally dug in the ’50s and ’60s to water Kentucky Bluegrass fields — that have been upgraded for domestic water use. • The last known (at least to this author) outhouse-only residence at Liberty Lake was abandoned in 1984. It was a doubleseater complete with a Sears Catalogue, and it had a light.

ley Garbage, did not begin until the mid1900s. The energy spent by the early settlers on day-to-day tasks was considerable. And when we take into account the efforts they made to improve their situation, much to our benefit, we probably appreciate our utilities a little more. Ross Schneidmiller is president of the Liberty Lake Historical Society and a lifelong resident of the community.

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When kids search for something fun and challenging to do while school is not in session, they need look no further than the Liberty Lake Municipal Library. During its summer reading program, kids are encouraged to earn prizes by reading and to attend special events designed around this year’s theme of “Dig Into Reading.” Registration began mid-June, but kids can pick up a reading log up until August 10 when the program concludes. The program is open to all ages, from those who need help reading to independent readers to teens and adults. “Literature shows us that if you don’t use it, you lose it,” Katie Wiykovics, children’s services associate, said. “We want to keep kids reading over summer, and this is a fun way to motivate them.” Kids are encouraged to stop by the library to sign up and grab the appropriate reading log for their age. Minutes are tracked in 15-minute segments, and when kids hit certain milestones they are eligible to claim prizes and a new book. Children’s Services Assistant Amy Dickeson said she believes a combination of the prizes (many of which are provided by Friends of the Liberty Lake Library) and the activities keeps kids coming regularly to the library over the summer. She said those who establish good summer reading habits are more likely to keep their skills fresh for when they return to school in the fall. “Don’t wait to the last minute each day to read,” Amy said. “Make a habit of reading in the morning or when you wake up. Bring books in the car when you run errands or go on a trip, unless you get car sick.” Because this year’s program is “Dig Into Reading,” many of the activities and prizes

July 19, 10:30 a.m. Build several types of volcanoes and watch them erupt.

Pajama Story Time July 25, 6:30 p.m. Get comfy and listing to bedtime stories in your PJs.

Panning for Gold July 26, 10:30 a.m. See how much “gold” you can find at the library.

Minute To Win It Aug. 1, 5 to 7 p.m. go along with the underground theme. The biggest change in the summer reading program for this year is that the annual carnival is being replaced by a “Minute to Win It” family night. It will take place on Aug. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the library and will still feature games, tickets and prizes. The librarians said they love connecting kids with books that open the door to learning and take them on adventures. “Books can take you anywhere in the world and even into fantasy worlds,” Katie said. “There’s something for everyone at the library.”

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Play games with different household items, and save up tickets to purchase prizes!

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Summer at the Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave., includes special Thursday night family events, Friday morning activities, and Saturday afternoon craft times. Listed below are some of the events. For more details, go to liberty

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Bring the entire family to try out some games.

July 5, 10:30 a.m. See how many chocolate chips you can dig out of a cookie.

Lego Mania July 11 at 6:30 p.m. Prizes and treats awarded to those who

Create your own fossils using art supplies.

Family Game Night Aug. 8, 6:30 p.m.

Craft Necktie Snakes Aug. 9, 10:30 a.m. Create a cute, cuddly snake out of a necktie.

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Reasons Rab reads By Tammy Kimberley Wave Staff Writer

A few days before his family was to embark on a road trip to Yellowstone National Park, Rab Greenup was planning to get his hands on a summer reading log from the Liberty Lake Municipal Library. He and his mom Michele said that time in the car is one of the best ways to get minutes logged. In a house filled with his parents, three siblings, a dog, a goldfish and a bunch of

snails, Rab, 11, said reading is a relaxing way he fills his free time. He makes it up to the library at least once a week to refuel his stack of books, since he spends an estimated two and a half hours per day reading during the summer. The Wave recently met up with Rab to hear more about why he spends time with his nose in a book and what he’s looking forward to in the library’s summer reading program. Q: What types of books do you enjoy? A: I like spy books, mythology and fantasy. I really like books that combine past, present and what people think. My favorite books are Percy Jackson and Kane Chronicles (series) by Rick Riordan. Q: Have there been any books series you just couldn’t wait to read the next one?

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Rab Greenup stands beside a book by Christopher Paolini — one of his favorite authors.

A: I’d say the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini and The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan. They’re long books, and not all the books are out yet. Q: Is there a particular time you enjoy curling up with a book? A: At the end of the day in my mom’s bed. Q: Why do you participate in summer reading program? A: It helps me challenge myself. I think, “How much can I read today?” Q: What do you think about the prizes?

A: I really read to get the free book. There’s always a good variety. Then I continue reading to challenge myself and get some more prizes. Kids should do their reading early because the longer it gets into the summer, the worse the prizes get. Q: Are there any activities at the library you are especially looking forward to? A: Lego Mania. The worm races sound like fun too. I got a preview of Minute to Win It at school. They had a contest where we stacked five die on a popsicle stick and walked with it in our mouths to the wall. That night sounds like fun to me.


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A glossary of LL grand marshals From staff reports

For the 25th anniversary of Liberty Lake’s Fourth of July parade, The Splash asked Ross and Kelli Schneidmiller, who have been part of the committee to select the grand marshals from the beginning, to help provide a short synopsis of each honored person or couple. For some of the more recent years, The Splash staff filled in the blank. What follows is your guide to the 25 grand marshals who have been recognized in the annual parade. 1989, Sigwell Knudsen: His family came to Liberty Lake in 1889 and homesteaded on the hill east of the lake. Sig built a resort on the west shore of the lake and his family remains here as active community supporters. 1990, June Bailey: June was the postmistress at Liberty Lake for many years. Consequently, she knew everybody and was a well-known, well-liked personality of the community. 1991, Ann MacKenzie Wyatt: Ann’s family owned much property in the course of Liberty Lake’s history. McKinzie Bay on the east side of the lake is named after her family. The family still owns a few lots where different generations of McKinzies enjoy the waterfront every summer. 1992, Alex Ferrante: Alex had a long history at Liberty Lake as one who would do yard jobs for folks. He always rode his three-wheel bicycle from just north of Dreamwood Bay to the west side of the lake to visit and do things for people. 1993, Della Neyland: Della and her husband built and ran Sandy Beach Resort on the northeast side of the lake. Several generations of Neyland family members continue to enrich the community today. 1994, Bob Wills, Sr.: In celebrating DDay, the 50th Anniversary of World War II’s invasion of Normandy, Bob was honored. He was a World War II veteran as well as an active resident in the Alpine Shores neighborhood. 1995, Jim Brumm: Jim lived on the northeast end of Liberty Lake for many years and was active in the Eastside Liberty Lake Improvement Club, Property Owners Association and the Central Val-

ley School Board. 1996, Bob Blair: Bob had been coming to Liberty Lake since the early 1900s and had been a resident since the 1920s. He was an active member of the Property Owners. 1997, Ruth Barnes: Ruth was a longtime resident of the lake and active in several groups within the community, such as Cub Scouts, Garden Club and Property Owners. 1998, Rosie Brady: Rosie was very involved in the Garden Club group that was quite active during the 1960s-1970s at Liberty Lake. All told, a community member and supporter for more than 50 years. 1999, Elmer Schneidmiller: Elmer and his family farmed the area now known as Meadowwood. Elmer’s fingerprints are on many favorable attributes of the Liberty Lake community. 2000, Lee Smith: Lee was known for her “green thumb” and was an active member of Garden Club and also delivered many plates of cookies to shut-ins. 2001, Ludlow Kramer: Lud and his wife, Patricia, came to Liberty Lake and immediately began working on community projects such as the first Pavillion Park Auction (now the Holiday Ball) and the Liberty Lake Library. As a prior Washington Secretary of State, his expertise in government was invaluable in forming the vision for the city of Liberty Lake. 2002, Floyd and Betty Johnson: Floyd and Betty were the first couple honored as grand marshals. Floyd was instrumental in the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District and Betty volunteered many hours for Pavillion Park in its early stages, as well as was a Scout Leader and involved in Garden Club. 2003, Lyle Stephenson: Born in Liberty Lake in 1916, Lyle served in all four branches of the military and set an example of service to country. 2004, Howard and Mary Floy Dolphin: This couple ran Sandy Beach Resort for years and invested in countless youth through Howard’s longtime involvement as an educator and coach. 2005, Anton “Ras” Rasmussen: Longtime resident, educator and veteran of

Submitted photo

Sigwell Knudsen, pictured here with his grandson, Eric Knudsen, was grand marshal of the first Fourth of July Parade in 1989. The honor coincided with the Knudsen family’s 100th anniversary living in Liberty Lake. World War II, where he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. 2006, Harold and Joan Hughes: Longtime residents and educators who shared a passion for the Liberty Lake lifestyle and a love for the community. 2007, Pastor Ray and Karen Ruef: Ray and Karen led Liberty Lake Community Church for years and have ministered to countless local families. 2008, Richard and Donna Hoover: Another couple with a long family legacy in the community that continues to grow, Richard was a longtime Spokane journalist and educator. 2009, Darlene Stokke: Longtime resident who also made her mark on the pa-

rade for years as the official “Pie Lady.” 2010, Lois Hatch: Longtime resident known for her active lifestyle and commitment to community service. 2011, Bob and Barbara Gamble: Community servants both, Bob has served on numerous boards (including LLSWD), while Barbara was a longtime Sunday School and childcare teacher through Liberty Lake Community Church. 2012, David and Susan Graham: Unofficial hosts of many a Fourth of July parade, the longtime Alpine Shores residents are devoted to community causes. 2013, Harley and Lorraine Halverson: For more on this year’s grand marshals, see the article elsewhere in this issue.

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Calendar of Events Free upcoming events in Liberty Lake’s parks: July 3, dusk at Pavillion Park: Free movie showing of “Up” (PG)

By tying thousands of balloons to his home, 78-year-old Carl sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America, and a young wilderness explorer named Russell inadvertently comes along on the adventure.

July 4, 6 p.m. at Pavillion Park: 6 Foot Swing and Tuxedo Junction

Spokane-based 6 Foot Swing plays 1920s to 1940s swing, jazz and jump blues, while Tuxedo Junction will bring its Big Band sound to Liberty Lake for Independence Day.

July 5, dusk at Pavillion Park: Free movie showing of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (PG-13)

With their warning about Lord Voldemort’s return scoffed at, Harry and Dumbledore are targeted by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at Hogwarts.

July 19, dusk at Rocky Hill Park: Free movie showing of “Pinocchio”

A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

July 20, dusk at Pavillion Park: Free movie showing of “Tangled” (PG)

The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world — and who she really is — for the first time. Word to her mother.

July 26, dusk at Half Moon Park: Free movie showing of “Hugo” (PG)

Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

July 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pavillion Park: Liberty Lake Days

This free event features good old-fashioned fun in the park with carnival games, contests, a car show and vendor booths.



July 4 | Independence Day

July 19-20 | Festivale Italiano Bocce and

July 4 | Fourth of July parade at Liberty Lake Noon, An annual parade is staged by

local volunteers in the Alpine Shores neighborhood. Parade line up begins at 11 a.m. Games and other festivities will take place afterward at Alpine Shores Park.

July 4 | Fourth of July fireworks dusk,

Liberty Lake. The community-funded fireworks show launches from a floating dock on the lake and can be seen from Pavillion Park. Contributions to the Liberty Lake Fireworks fund can be mailed to P.O. Box 430, Liberty Lake, WA 99019.

July 6 | Newman Lake Fire Auxiliary fundraiser 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Exxon station,

Trent and Starr Road. The volunteer fire department, SCOPE and Newman Lake Auxiliary will hold the annual hot dog and 2013 T-shirt sale. Proceeds benefit Newman Lake Fire District #13. Firefighters will also be collecting donations for the families of the West Texas firefighters killed in an April explosion. For more: 226-0744 or

July 8 | “Liberty Lake Through Colored Post Cards” Liberty Lake Municipal Library,

23123 E. Mission Ave. This display was organized by the Liberty Lake Historical Society, sponsored by Greenstone and designed and printed by Mountain Dog Sign Company. It will be on hand at the library through August and then will be permanently installed at the Meadowwood Technology Campus in the fall.

July 11 | Lego Mania 6:30 p.m., Liberty Lake

ice cream social at 6 p.m. Friday at Rocky Hill Park followed by a showing of Disney’s “Pinnochio” at dusk. The 6th annual festival will continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Liberty Lake Farmers Market.

July 21 | Worship in the amphitheater

11 a.m., Pavillion Park. The public is invited to an outdoor worship service with the Lakeside Church worship team and staff. After the onehour service, a picnic and family activities are planned. For more: 210-9779 or lakesidechurch. cc

July 26 | Friday Night Car Show & Street Dance 6 to 9 p.m., downtown Liberty Lake. The free event is open to all classic or collectible vehicles, and “People’s Choice Awards” will be announced at 9 p.m. in the street dance area. For more:

July 27 | Liberty Lake Days 10 a.m. to 5

p.m., Pavillion Park. Hosted by the city of Liberty Lake, this event is free and features carnival games, contests, a car show and vendor booths. A parking shuttle will run from Liberty Lake Elementary School. For more:

Recurring CV Class of 1958 Reunion The Central Valley Class of 1958 is planning a reunion for August 17 along with a picnic on August 18. If you are a graduate or know someone who might need information, please call 255-6803 or 924-0099 or email

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

Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission. Original projects by kids and adults can be brought to the library until June 29. Voting by patrons will take place July 1-10. Prizes will be awarded in three separate groups: 4-6 years old, 7-11 and 12 and up. For more: 232-2510

Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. The group will have books for sale at the Liberty Lake Farmers Market on July 13 and Aug. 3.

July 13 | Library 10th Anniversary Celebration 1 p.m., Liberty Lake Municipal Library,

Wednesdays, Liberty Lake City Hall, 22510 E. Country Vista Drive. For more:

23123 E. Mission Ave. Come for the unveiling of the Library Foundation mural “Community Spirit,” announcement of the next Foundation project and remarks from library officials. Refreshments will be served. For more: 232-2510

July 19-20 | Relay for Life of Liberty Lake

6 p.m. (Fri.) to 9 a.m. (Sat.), Meadowwood Technology Campus. In addition to entertainment and activities for all ages, the night features a survivor reception and luminaria ceremony. The public is invited to come celebrate survivors, remember those no longer with us and fight back against cancer. For more:

Kiwanis Club of Liberty Lake 6:45 a.m.

Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary Club Noon Thursdays, Meadowwood Technology Campus Liberty Room, 2100 N. Molter Road.

Liberty Lake Farmers Market Saturdays,

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane. The market runs through mid-October. For more:

Liberty Lake Lions Club Noon on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, Barlow’s Restaurant, 1400 N. Meadowwood Lane. For more: 927-2193 or

Liberty Lake Merchants Association 7 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. Networking begins at 6:45 a.m. Liberty Lake Municipal Library 23123 E.

Mission Avenue. 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; 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, anime club; 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, toddler/ preschool story time. For more: 232-2510

Liberty Lake Toastmasters 5:45 to 7 p.m. 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 6:15 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 July 4 | 6 Foot Swing and Tuxedo Junction 5 p.m., Pavillion Park, Liberty Lake. This

free concert kicks of the Friends of Pavillion Park summer concert series. For more: pavillionpark. org

July 12 | The JACC presents Olivia Brownlee 7:30 p.m., The Jacklin Arts & Cultural

Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. Liberty Lake native Olivia Brownlee will bring her quirky, folksy compositions in concert. Cost is $20 per ticket which includes a hot dog and a bag of chips. For more:

July 26-28 | “Big Bad” 7 p.m. (all days)

and 4 p.m. (Saturday), Liberty Lake Community Theatre, 22910 E. Appleway Ave. This wickedly funny play chronicles the trial of the Big Bad Wolf for crimes committed against several wellknown fairy tale characters. The audience is the jury and decides the fate of the wolf, with a different ending for each possible verdict. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and youth ages six to 12; and free for children five and under. For tickets and more:

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

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

Hill Park. Bring a sack lunch and business cards

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July 19 | Greater Spokane Valley Chamber Business Connections Lunch 11:30 a.m.

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July 21 | Newman Lake 25K Run 6:30 a.m., public fishing/boat launch area, Newman Lake. Promoted as one of the oldest races in the Pacific Northwest, the scenic route winds itself around the lake and concludes with a pancake breakfast. Registration due by July 13. For more: July 22-23 | Showcase Basketball clinic

9 a.m. to noon, HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. For boys and girls ages 7 to 17, participants will be put through various NBA style drills and skill work. Cost is $100. For more:

July 22-24 | Kids Fun and Fitness Camp

12:30 to 2 p.m., Rocky Hill Park. This event is free, and kids are asked to wear athletic clothes and shoes. To RSVP or for more: 927-1222 or

Recurring HUB Sports Center 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. Various classes, activities and events occur throughout the week including:

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

Pickleball drop-in:12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Mon. through Thurs.; 6 to 8 p.m. Sun. and Wed., $2/ seniors ($4/non-seniors)

- There will not be a Council meeting July 2.

Basketball open gym: 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesdays, $4/person

Liberty Lake Municipal Library board

meeting 10:30 a.m. the first Thursday of each month, 23123 E. Mission Ave.

Badminton open gym: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, $5/ person

Liberty Lake Library Foundation meeting

Liberty Lake Ladies 9-Hole Golf Club 9 a.m. on Thursdays, Liberty Lake Golf Course, 24403 E. Sprague Ave. For more: 255-9498

Session 4 Wed. - Sat. July 10, 11, 12, 13 Session 5 Tues. - Friday Aug. 6, 7, 8, 9

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

Beginner 10:00-10:45 Intermediate 11:00-11:45 Extra Class 12:00-12:45

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

Liberty Lake Running Club 6 p.m. on Thursdays. Runners or walkers are invited to gather with others for a 3-mile route. For more: 954-9806 or

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Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District

board meeting 4 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, 22510 E. Mission Ave.

HEALTH & RECREATION June 29-30 | Hoopfest Downtown Spokane.

Besides claiming title to the biggest 3-on-3 tournament on earth, the event is also an outdoor festival with shopping, food and interactive entertainment. For more:

July 8-10 | Eclipse Volleyball Camp 1 to 4

p.m., HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. This camp for all skill levels focuses on basic skills and how to build a stronger overall player. Cost is $75 per player. For more:

July 8-10, 15-17 | Basic Basketball Camp with Ryan Goodson 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., HUB

July 4, Alpine Shores, walk in the July 4th parade (no 6 p.m. run) July 18, True Legends Grill, run with the Spokane Shock team July 25, True Legends Grill

Liberty Lake Community Tennis Association Rocky Hill Park. The group offers

adult evening clinics 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, kids clinics 9 and 10 a.m. Saturdays, and a ladies day 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Clinics will run through Aug. 31. For more: 255-9293 or

Spokane Youth Sports Association Register now for fall sports including soccer, baseball, flag football, tackle football and cross country. For more:

Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. High school camp for grades 9-12 is July 8-10, while the middle school camp for grades 6-8 is July 15-17. Cost is $175. For more:

Trailhead Golf Lessons Trailhead Golf Course, 1102 N. Liberty Lake Road. Programs are available for youth and adults. For more: 928-3484 or

July 13 | Liberty Lake Loop 8 a.m., Pavillion Park. The 16th annual race is a scenic course on paved roads and hills around Liberty Lake. Kids races follow the adult race. Registration fee is $15. For more:

Trailhead Ladies 9-Hole Golf Club 9 a.m. on Wednesdays, Trailhead Golf Course, 1102 N. Liberty Lake Road. Club meeting 8 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month. For more: 939-5119

July 14 | Valley Girl Triathlon 7:45 a.m., 7.31.13

June 27, True Legends Grill, wear basketball socks and bands for a Hoopfest-themed run

starting line near Outlet Drive. Registrations are sold out for this women-only sprint distance triathlon. But spectators are welcome to observe

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Shutterbug snapshots

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Travis Knudtson took this photo of Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) near Mission and Malvern in Liberty Lake on May 31.

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Above, Darin Al-Dhahi shared this beautiful photo of the rainbow over Liberty Lake on June 2.

Mike Hassett recently took a shot of this Cedar Waxwing on the Centennial Trail near the Harvard Bridge.

At left, Marlene and Steve Burnham shared a different angle, a double rainbow from the back deck of their home in The Village at Meadowwood. submitted Photo

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Robin Ray said this big guy was found resting in the cool grass about 10 feet off the road just inside the gate at Legacy Ridge on Father’s Day.

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Mike Hassett found a pair of owls on the trails behind Legacy Ridge on an early June morning.

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Harley Halverson sent this photo of a large family of Canada Geese.

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Splash Travels

A thank you to the community

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Paul Shields and Brianna Lindaman joined some friends from Germany to dive and fish in Xcalak, Mexico, and Belize.

Birth announcement

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Kaden Mathew Burk was welcomed by parents Bret and Sarah Burk on May 22 at Valley Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Sarah Burk is the graphics editor for The Splash and The Current.

David, Denise, Ian, Ryley and Emily St. John would like to say a huge “thank you” to everyone who planned, donated to and attended the spaghetti feed to benefit their family. They would also like to extend thanks for the wonderful dinners, hospital visits, well wishes, prayers and endless support. They wrote, “We are truly blessed to live in such an awesome community!”

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LLCA hosts sweet carnival

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Kids enjoy cotton candy with teachers at Liberty Lake Children’s Academy during their annual family carnival. The money raised at the event will be used to install a new Security Key Fob door at the school this summer.

The Liberty Lake Kiwanis Club honored its 2013 scholarship recipients with a barbecue at MeadowWood Golf Course on June 1. Pictured, front row from left, are Lindsey Dahl, Haley Hogberg, Hailey Reneau, Matthew Busch, Shannon Braithwait, Aubrey Spear and Jacqueline Swanson. Back row: Charlotte Schmitz, Brinley Poulsen, Michelle Nemeth, Jesse Sheldon, Alex Preston, Thomas Dedera, Kayla Peterson and Taylor Watkins. Not pictured: Kyle Brown.

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Community briefs LL history on display at library The Liberty Lake Municipal Library will host a historical display, “Liberty Lake Through Colored Post Cards,” beginning July 8 through August. The display, which was created by the Liberty Lake Historical Society with the sponsorship help of Greenstone Homes and Neighborhoods and Mountain Dog Sign Company, will be installed permanently at the Meadowwood Technology Campus this fall.

Lions club seeks bed racers The Liberty Lake Lions Club is holding the second annual Bed Race 10 a.m. July 27 at Pavillion Park. Held during the city’s Liberty Lake Days, the race is the club’s major fundraiser of the year with proceeds benefitting their mission of assisting sight, hearing and diabetes issues in our local community. Businesses or individuals are encouraged to enter teams who use their imagination to create wheeled beds. Entry fee is $125 for a 5-person team, and the deadline to enter is July 15. For an entry form or questions, contact Wendy Van Orman at 220-1557 or

BUTB requests support for BBQ Blessings Under the Bridge, a local char-

ity benefitting the area’s homeless, is holding their annual summer barbecue noon to 3 p.m. July 20 off 4th and Browne in Spokane. Maxie Ray Mills will be a special musical guest. The group is looking for those willing to donate to or volunteer at the event. For more information, visit

Library offers access to downloadable music Liberty Lake Municipal Library recently announced that patrons can access free downloadable music through its website. As one of the libraries in the Cooperative Information Network (CIN), patrons can access more than 3 million songs including the Sonny Music catalog of artists and more than 10,000 music labels from 65 different countries. According to the press release, registered CIN card holders can download up to three Freegal Music tracks in the MP3 format each week at no direct cost. The library will underwrite the purchase of the music that the card holders may then keep. In order to access the music, patrons will need to download free mobile apps from such sites as the Apple App Store and Google Play. The Freegal website can also be accessed through the library’s website, other CIN member libraries or through the main CIN catalog website, www.cinli- For more information, visit the library or call 232-2510.

Knitting group takes field trip, welcomes others to join Liberty Lake Library Knit & Crochet Group took a field trip to Paradise Fibers & Yarns in Spokane in May. The group learned about hand carding, combing and blending of fibers as well as using a spinning wheel to spin the fiber into yarn. After the tour, the group enjoyed lunch at Chairs Café, a local coffee house about a block from Paradise Fibers. Liberty Lake Library Knit & Crochet Group meets at the Liberty Lake Library 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Knitters and crocheters of all skill levels are welcome, especially beginners. For more information, call 232-2510.

Residential information sought for annual directory The Liberty Lake Community Directory is currently soliciting residential information to be included in the 2014 book. Listings typically include last and first name, address and residential phone number. Residents who are new to the area or who have recently changed their address or phone number are encouraged to email the correct information to directory@lib- to guarantee inclusion in the annual publication which will be mailed to homes in November. Those who have submitted information for past directories are encouraged to confirm their information for the 2014 directory. The Directory purchases listings from local phone providers, but residents have the option of requesting their information not be included by emailing directory@ by Aug. 30.

Fourth annual Directory photo contest under way For the fourth annual photography contest, the Liberty Lake Community Directory is looking for photos that convey what makes Liberty Lake a unique place to live. Whether it’s a breathtaking outdoor scene or a beautiful shot of residents gathering at a local event, shutterbugs are asked to submit images capturing the essence of the community. The winner’s photo will be highlighted on the cover, and other selected images will be featured in the 2014 Liberty Lake Community Directory. Amateur or professional photographers age 16 or older are eligible to enter by the Sept. 13 deadline. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners. For rules and more information, go to www.libertylakesplash. com and click on the camera graphic at the lower right of the page.

Education briefs Windhorn graduates from UW medical school

Shinneman, Zachary Smith and Jacob Spencer.

Alexandra Windhorn graduated June 1 from the University of Washington’s medical school. She is completing her residency program at Seattle Children’s Hospital and plans to be a pediatrician. Windhorn is the daughter of Lisa and windhorn Kyle Windhorn of Liberty Lake.

King graduates from OSU

LL students graduate from GU

Makenzie Larson recently obtained her bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Arizona. She is employed with Stryker Endoscopy in San Jose, Calif. Larson is the daughter of Steve and Marla Larson of Liberty Lake.

Several students from Liberty Lake graduated from Gonzaga University May 12 in Spokane’s Veterans’ Memorial Arena. Bachelor’s degrees were awarded to Rachel Hollenbeck (European studies); Michael Morgan (accounting); and Sandra Sharp (general studies, magna cum laude).

NIC grads include LL students Among the 613 students who graduated from North Idaho College this year were the following Liberty Lake residents: Chelsea McKay, Broderick Pellow, Audrey

Megan King graduated from Oregon State University in May with a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering. She also was just awarded the 2013 Culture of Writing award in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. King plans to continue her education and obtain a master’s degree from OSU. She is the daughter of Christina King of Liberty Lake.

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Eastern awards scholarships Melissa Ranftl has been awarded a Trustees Scholarship for $3,000 for the 2013-14 academic year at Eastern Washington University. She is a senior studying accounting, finance and economics. At

EWU, she is the WSCPA Liaison for Beta Alpha Psi, is a member of the ASEWU Finance Committee and is working an accounting internship. Ranftl is the daughter of Rachel Ranftl of Liberty Lake. Kendra Sherrill has been awarded a Steve Dahlen Memorial Scholarship for $1,080 for the 2013-14 academic year at EWU. A junior studying film, she participates in theater and the honors program at EWU. Sherrill is the daughter of Ken and Mary Sherrill of Liberty Lake. Christopher Sturm has been awarded a Dean’s Scholarship for $2,000 for the 201314 academic year at EWU. A graduate of Central Valley High School, he is currently a running start student at EWU and plans to study computer science and participate in the music program at EWU. Sturm is the son of Christian and Melissa Sturm of Liberty Lake.

leadership to the Liberty Lake community. Hailey Reneau, John Borden Schutts and Brett Cameron Siddoway were all recipients of a $750 scholarship. The awards presentation will occur 6 p.m. July 4th at Pavillion Park, prior to the holiday concert.

FOPP awards scholarships

Nicholaus Johnson of Liberty Lake was named to the spring 2013 Dean’s List at Creighton University. Full-time students who rank in the top 10 percent of their class for the semester and earn a 3.5 grade-point average or better on a 4.0 scale are eligible for the Dean’s List.

Friends of Pavillion Park recently announced the recipients of their 10th annual scholarship awards. Matthew James Busch was honored with the $1,000 Elmer Schneidmiller Community Leadership Award, sponsored by the Greenstone Foundation, for outstanding

GU honors local students Gonzaga University recently released its President’s List and Dean’s List for spring semester 2013. Students named to the President’s List (3.7 to 4.0 GPA) include Liberty Lake residents Rachel Hollenbeck, Taylor Kelley, Matthew McCauley and Ande Seines. Students named to the Dean’s List (3.5 to 3.69 GPA) include Christina Davis and Michael Morgan of Liberty Lake.

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YOU ARE INVITED!!! 2013 Relay for Life of Liberty Lake July 19 6pm - July 20 9am Meadowwood Technology Campus

Please join us as we CELEBRATE survivors, REMEMBER those no longer with us and FIGHT BACK against this deadly disease! In one way or another each and everyone of us has been impacted by cancer. Wont you please help us put cancer in the history books? Come join us at the Relay For Life of Liberty Lake as a team, a survivor, a caregiver, a sponsor and/or just as a member of the Liberty Lake community looking to support a local event. We will be having a wonderful Survivor Reception catered by the Mirabeau Park Hotel for all survivors and a guest. To ensure a plate register for free as a survivor at In addition we will have entertainment and activities for all ages. See below for a teaser of what is to come...

The Ryan Larson Band (Country Band) Face Painting Bouncy House Children crafts provided by Home Depot And much much more all night long!!! Relay For Life is a wonderful way to meet new friends, to learn, to share and to be a part of an amazing community event that all benefits the American Cancer Society. We look forward to seeing you all there for a night you will never forget! Come help us celebrate a world with more birthdays! To form a team contact Event Co-Chair Jean Simpson at 509-991-2310 or or Event Co-Chair Jane Murphy at 315-529-6911 or

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Liberty Lake area recognized as hub for recreational wheels

By Craig Howard Splash Contributor

The two letters hover above a threemile stretch of Interstate 90, as familiar as the surrounding tree-covered hills. As an acronym, “RV” may be brief, but the reign of retailers specializing in recreational vehicles on the eastern fringe of Spokane County appears to be anything but short-lived. A trio of stores – Freedom RV, Camping World and R n’ R RV – call the city of Liberty Lake home, while two more – Spokane RV Liquidators and RVs Northwest – are a Frisbee toss from city limits. “RVs represent leisure living,” said Liberty Lake Mayor Steve Peterson. “They’re a part of our environmental heritage in Liberty Lake. It seems if people don’t have a place by the lake, they go and buy an RV.” From a financial perspective, Peterson said the RV business represents between 20 to 25 percent of the city’s sales tax revenue, depending on the year. In the early part of this year, when the city saw a significant jump in sales tax revenue, local RV retailers were the key, thanks to robust numbers from January. “You look at the major drivers of sales tax in the city and it’s RVs, cars and houses,” Peterson said. “I see these RV dealerships bringing people into Liberty Lake.” RVs Northwest was the first to set up shop along the freeway, moving from a site on Sprague Avenue in 1995. Original estimates were that sales would increase 20 percent with the transition – instead business improved 100 percent in the first six months. General Manager Ron Little said the confluence of stores has created “an easier avenue for RV shopping.” “I also know that everyone who is going to my competitors has to go by my front door,” Little said.

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R ‘n R RV General Manager Jerry Wagner’s company was seeking freeway property when they moved to Liberty Lake in 2001. Before RVs Northwest changed venues, Little said the trend for RV shops was to plant roots along Sprague or Division. Now, “RV row” is firmly entrenched along the freeway that carries its own share of motorhomes and trailers sailing the open road. “I’d like to think we’re all friendly competitors,” Little said.

Freedom RV Freedom RV General Manager Mike Stanisich is all smiles these days. The locally owned store at 19605 E. Cataldo Road has been a commercial staple in Liberty Lake since relocating from Spokane Valley in 2006. Currently on five acres, the venue is undergoing a four-acre expansion that should be ready by sometime this month. “The owners were on Sprague, and they wanted to relocate to a freeway frontage area,” Stanisich said. “They felt the market for retail was moving out toward Liberty Lake with the addition of several auto dealerships. It’s a location that has worked out well.” Previously known as Milestone RV before a change of ownership in 2003, Freedom RV opened another site in March called Spokane RV Liquidators across the freeway and next door to RVs Northwest. There are generally around 80 used RVs in stock on the 2.25-acre lot.

At Freedom, new motorhomes run anywhere from $49,000 all the way up to $400,000. Stanisich said the start of the nationwide recession led to a crash of the RV market in 2008, but sales began to pick up the following year and have been increasing 10 to 20 percent each year since. As for the prototypical RV customer, Stanisich says it can’t be limited to the retiree with a list of National Parks. “We sell a lot of RVs to people who work on the road, so instead of staying in a hotel, they’re staying in an RV,” he said. “If you go to North Dakota right now, you’ll see 100,000 RVs parked in farmers’ fields because of the oil boom. This is also a large market for camping and for people who go down south for the winter. Then you have younger people buying travel trailers and fifth wheels for hauling motorbikes and ATVs.” The inventory at Freedom includes a variety of items that have been traded in for RVs, including motorcycles, boats, homes and the occasional horse. Like each of the neighboring dealerships in Liberty Lake, Freedom provides on-site financing and vehicle service. “This area has become kind of a central hub for RVs,” said Stanisich, who has been in the business for 20 years. “If you go to any metropolitan area in the country, all the dealers are in the same area be-

cause it brings people to them. So, here, instead of going to one RV dealership in north Spokane and Cheney for another dealership, people can come to Liberty Lake and shop for every RV that’s out there.” Stanisich said it is not uncommon for Freedom RV to go to a manufacturer’s trade show and buy a large number of motorhomes at a significant discount that is then passed along to customers. As for the climate with so many nearby rivals, Stanisich says it’s competitive but not contentious. “I think it’s a pretty civil group,” he said. “They’re all good companies. They’re all going to stand by their products.”

Camping World Boats – not RVs – once docked at the site on Cataldo Avenue now occupied by Camping World. The nationwide retailer with more than 85 locations moved into the former Mastercraft space last August, becoming a neighbor to Freedom RV. Camping World General Manager Dave Schreiner, whose corner window office overlooks I-90, says being part of an RV nucleus makes sense. “It’s like anything – you can go to Fred Meyer or Wal-Mart within two minutes

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of each other,” Schreiner said. “We hope our advertising and our customer base and that kind of thing gets people coming in here.” Camping World was founded 47 years ago in Bowling Green, Ky., as a retail store providing camping supplies to visitors at a nearby park. While many of the stores stock RVs – the Liberty Lake site specializes in travel trailers and fifth wheels and also carries motorhomes – the emphasis on vehicle and camping accessories is still prominent. The sprawling store on Cataldo looks like a cross between Napa, White Elephant and REI. “We have bikes, T-shirts, barbecues, board games — you name it,” Schreiner said. “There’s stuff for your house here. I’ve never seen anything like it. There’s a Camping World in Tacoma that just has supplies, no RVs.” Schreiner said the company’s history and name recognition are a benefit as well as its affiliation with Good Sam, the world’s largest RV club that offers information on parks and camp sites as well as campground discounts. Customers who purchase an RV at Camping World receive a three-year Good Sam platinum elite membership, while items at the retail store are marked with Good Sam member and non-member prices. “People throughout the country know the Camping World name and Good Sam,” Schreiner said. Schreiner worked at two RV dealerships in the Tri-Cities from 1999 to 2012 before coming to Liberty Lake last year. He says the amenities of home can now be found in a broader array of RVs than ever before. “It’s like technology, things change and you’ve got to keep up,” he said. “Things have gotten lighter and because they have better tools, they’re being built better. Something like a solid surface countertop, you can now get that in a lower level RV. You see more units with TVs and things like that.” The Liberty Lake store joined a Northwest Camping World network that includes sites in Burlington, Tacoma, Meridian, Idaho, and two in the Portland area. “This is the location Camping World picked,” Schreiner said. “It’s kind of a destination – people are going by on their way from Spokane to North Idaho. There’s all the camping, fishing, hunting. The hills are here, there are pine trees. This is an outdoorsy place.” Schreiner said the RV experience continues to represent a fun and cost-effective get-away. “In today’s economy, it’s inexpensive

rv glossary A thumbnail guide Compiled by Craig Howard Splash Contributor

A complete history of the recreational vehicle goes back to the mid-1700s and the development of the covered wagon. While those who later migrated across dusty plains in blistering temperatures may not have considered the travel recreational, the innovation did provide the first mass-produced mode of transportation with rudimentary living quarters. The earliest motorhomes in North America were seen on the road as early as 1910, typically consisting of a simple canopy constructed over a car or truck. By the late 1920s, several manufacturers had emerged in the U.S., building what they called “travel coaches” or “house trailers.” These days, there seem to be more RV types and styles than the roads they call home. What follows is a brief overview of RV breeds, separated into two categories – motorized and towable. Shoppers can find all of these and more at the three RV dealerships along Interstate 90 in Liberty Lake. The covered wagon – which earned better fuel mileage than the 10 miles per gallon average of today’s rigs – will require a trip to the museum.


Super C — Popular since the 1970s, the Super C features a boxy structure with a trademark visor over the front. Class Cs range in price from $5,000 to $100,000. B-plus — While the B rig pictured here is a “plus,” the B class generally runs smaller and draws upon the style of a

entertainment,” he said. “You’re going to have an RV payment, even if you finance, but everything else is the stuff you have in the house. You can go camping and have a great vacation and not spend a lot of money.”

R ‘n R RV Center R ‘n R RV Center, the easternmost dealership on the corridor, relocated to a lot on Knox Avenue in 2001, the same year Liberty Lake incorporated as a city.

conventional van with a raised roof. It is sometimes referred to as the “minimotorhome.”

pearance of a bus but is a step down from the diesel pusher. Large windows and a vertical front end characterize this model. In the early 1990s, the introduction of “slide-outs” added living space to the Class A in parked mode.


C-sprinter — Known for its narrow, lofty build, the class C sprinter also has a reputation for luxury. Mercedes Benz specializes in this model.

Fifth wheel — Fifth wheel trailers began to gain popularity in the mid-1960s and are more popular in the U.S. and Canada than Europe due to the difference in road space. The fifth wheel attaches to the bed of a truck with a hitch. Some range to 45 feet.

Class C — From the engine to the chassis to the cab, the class C motorhome is often based on the E450 Ford truck as well as similar Chevy and Dodge models. The C series provides the convenience of a motorhome at a lower price. Toy hauler — This trailer features both living space and a portable garage for hauling everything from motorbikes to golf carts.

Diesel pusher — Acknowledged as the king of the road, the diesel pusher is the largest and generally the most expensive of RV types (with the lowest gas mileage). While the well-known “Madden Cruiser” is actually a converted bus, most diesel pushers are a close second. Class A — The Class A also has the ap-

Launched in 1991 under the banner of the McCollum Auto Group, the business was located on Auto Row in Spokane Valley at a space near the old U-City Mall before becoming the second retailer to give the freeway a try. “While we were at U-City, we started looking for freeway property,” said R ‘n R General Manager Jerry Wagner. “Most dealerships that were growing to any extent were on major interstates across the U.S., and that was pretty well known. RV-

Travel trailer — Unlike the fifth wheel, a travel trailer is towed behind a vehicle by a bumper or frame hitch. In Great Britain, travel trailers are known as “caravans.”

ers are traveling people. We built the sales building and parts building first, followed by the first 20-bay service center.” Another 20-bay service building followed, distinguishing R ‘n R as the single dealership on the West Coast with the most space dedicated to repair and maintenance. The 15-acre lot also includes a makeshift RV park where customers can stay until their vehicle is ready.

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RV affords local couple truly mobile lifestyle By Craig Howard Splash Contributor

Right around the time snow begins falling on their former home in the Lincoln Heights section of south Spokane, Don and Dee Gumenberg are settling into their motorhome on a balmy evening in suburban Arizona. Welcome to life on the road, courtesy of a 40-foot diesel pusher turned residence. For years, a wilderness adventure for the Gumenbergs meant heading to a campground in a pickup truck with a generic fiberglass canopy. Then, in 1991, with their three kids out of the house, the couple bought their first recreational vehicle, a 27-foot class C motorhome with a few of the amenities of home, including a small kitchen and sleeping quarters. “We decided we were ready to get into something a little more comfortable,” Dee recalls. “We had a lot more room. We had water, electricity, everything we needed.” The RV meant fishing expeditions to the lakes of Montana were now insulated with comforts far beyond the truck canopy. The flexibility and convenience meant trips to Canada and California also found their way onto the travel agenda. “We put a lot of miles on it,” Dee said. “We knew for sure we wanted to travel when we retired.” When retirement finally arrived, Don and Dee moved up on the RV ladder, purchasing a 32-foot class A Bounder motorhome from R n’ R RV in 1998. It was then that Dee turned the steering wheel completely over to Don. “I quit driving when we got the class A,” Dee said. Don had spent a little time driving semi-trucks in his job with a medical supply company and quickly learned the key to safe driving in an RV is “watching your corners.” R n’ R offers driving instruction to help with the transition. “It’s just like driving a pickup but when you turn corners, you have to watch that,” Don said. “The diesel turns a lot different than your gas engines because the wheel base is longer. You have to make wider turns. You definitely have to know what your turning radius is.” After the Bounder, the Gumenbergs found their way into a motorhome with

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Don and Dee Gumenberg stand in front of their motorhome — which is truly a year-round home for the Inland Northwest-based couple. “slide-outs,” a groundbreaking innovation that came along in the early 1990s. The feature added considerable space to an RV in parked position through compartments that slid out like boxy wings on a rectangular bird. Don and Dee purchased their first Winnebago in 2004, a brand of RV that has become as synonymous to the motorhome as Kleenex is to tissue. The company was founded in 1958 by a businessman in Forest City, Iowa, named John Hanson who convinced a California investment firm to underwrite a travel trailer factory as a way to revive the local economy. The Gumenbergs are now in their fifth motorhome, the 40-footer that includes a dishwasher, fireplace and large-screen TV. Add in the Jeep Liberty they tow, and it’s about a 60-foot haul. Don is quick to point out there is no parallel parking. Last month, Don and Dee were part of a convoy of 17 motorhomes that journeyed to Montana. As members of the local Winnebago Club, they can take part in outings every month from April through December. The couple left Spokane in June of last year and traveled throughout the East Coast before rolling into Arizona in October. For the last four winters, they have stayed in a gated RV park in Mesa that includes more than 400 lots and has all the features of an upscale neighborhood. In March, Don and Dee migrated to Yuma before returning to Spokane in May. “I don’t miss the Spokane winters,” said Don, who like Dee, grew up in the Inland Northwest. The Gumenbergs long ago sold their Lincoln Heights house and now reside solely out of their RV. When they come

home, the rig is parked on property they own near the Pend Oreille River. “You don’t have concerns about the yard or property taxes,” Don said. “We have a full-size refrigerator and cook most of our meals in the RV or on a barbeque outside.” In a typical day, Don and Dee will put in around 250 miles on the road. Winnebago sponsors guided “caravans” that begin in a specific area and include tours of a region. The Gumenbergs went on one trip that traversed National Parks in Arizona, Utah, Colorado and Nevada. Another caravan began in Minnesota and carried them down the winding course of the Mississippi River to New Orleans. “You go these places and you don’t realize what you could miss on your own.” Don said. “You see all the sites and historical monuments. They have all this down pat so you don’t miss anything.” Winnebago also coordinates “rallies” where RVers convene in a certain area and the company provides transportation to surrounding landmarks and tourist sites. The Gumenbergs have attended a rally in Mexico and hope to venture back east for a jaunt around New York. “Dee also wants to go to Nova Scotia and back to Maine for lobster,” Don said. Over the years, Don and Dee’s RV has taken them to a comprehensive list of American landmarks, including Washington, D.C., Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, the Shenendoah Valley and the Black Hills of South Dakota. In the summer of 2011, they spent nine weeks in Alaska – as usual, following an itinerary where the scenery is the destination. “We enjoy being out on the road,” Dee said. “Every place has its own history. We just take our time.”

Around 250 RVs line the display area at R ‘n R with another 200 or more routinely in for service. The space also includes an extensive parts and accessory store as well as a restaurant known as the R ‘n R Clubhouse Café that recalls the motif of a ’50s soda fountain and is open to RVers and non-RVers alike. Wagner says that while most customers live within an 80-mile radius of a dealership, R ‘n R draws its share of clients from places as far away as Florida and New York as well as a handful from Europe who purchase an RV in Liberty Lake and head out to explore America. “The reason why people buy different RVs usually has something to do with what they’re doing once they get somewhere,” Wagner said. “They could be taking mountain bikes or towing a ski boat or a fishing boat or a horse trailer. The cost is also an issue. If people already own a truck, the least expensive way to get into an RV is to buy a travel trailer.” A recent phenomenon that Wagner has seen involves a twist on the “snowbird” exodus of residents fleeing winter for warm weather locales. “Now we’re seeing people in hot weather climates coming up from places like Texas, Arizona and Florida in their RVs to escape the summers,” he said. R ’n R has another store in Airway Heights on a much smaller lot that features mostly towables, a few motorhomes and a seven-bay service center. Between the two stores, there are more than 100 employees in peak season. Wagner said a client can drive away in a towable at between $150 to $200 a month. Travel trailers can span up to 32 feet and run between $9,995 to $45,000 . Fifth wheels range up to 40 feet at a cost of anywhere from $25,000 to $100,000. “Travel trailers are what the majority of dealers sell the most,” Wagner said. “Most people have towed a boat or a trailer before.” From building contractors traveling to distant construction sites to workers on location for months at a time to repair a dam, Wagner said the RV has its share of utilitarian value as a home away from home. “People buy RVs for a lot of different reasons,” he said. “Most people think it’s just a luxury item, but that isn’t always the case.”

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In Biz Chevron partners with Safeway to offer rewards program Liberty Lake Chevron, 1109 N. Liberty Lake Road, recently announced it has become an approved station for using Safeway Reward Points to save money on fuel. Located across Country Vista Drive from the grocer, the Chevron location now accepts up to a $1 per gallon in reward points on approved fuel purchases.

Unicep announces new VP Unicep, a leader in liquid and gel contract manufacturing and packaging with locations in Liberty Lake and Sandpoint, recently announced that Paul Knight joined the company as vice president of sales and engineering. Knight has held a wide range of leadership positions, from operations to marketing, and is an inventor with more than 20 Knight issued U.S. patents. He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in mechanical engineering.

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Vivint moves into new sales center By Craig Howard Splash Contributor

Soggy weather did little to dim the glow of orange at the old Safeco building on June 20. Vivint Inc., a home automation and home security system named by Forbes magazine as one of the 50 most promising companies for 2013, hosted a job fair and open house in the space at 22425 E. Appleway last month. The event – festooned from floor to ceiling with Vivint’s signature color – represented the company’s official public debut after it announced the opening of a new sales center in Liberty Lake on June 7. “We are so excited to be here,” said Eric Patrick, Vivint’s senior director of global channel sales. “We love the community and appreciate that there is a well-educated, highly talented workforce here.” Vivint plans on bringing 400 jobs to the new site, hiring 50 to 60 employees in the first month and between 40 to 80 in subsequent months, according to Director of Special Projects Mark Robertson. The move represents the first sales center expansion beyond the company’s home in Provo, Utah. The first official day of training is scheduled for July 15. Vivint will be open for business on July 29. Mitch Watkins, who will serve as the senior manager of sales and operations in Liberty Lake, said the first open house brought out “a lot of professional, talented and educated people who just want a good company to work for.” Another job fair was held June 25. “We’re going to strive for personal improvement each week,” said Watkins of his goals for the inaugural Liberty Lake staff. “At the same time, employees are going to know that they are important and we really value them.” Only Watkins and Floor Manager Tanner Wolsey are making the permanent transition to the Inland Northwest. Patrick, Robertson and a handful of other Vivint administrators will shuttle back and forth between Provo and Liberty Lake as the office gains traction. “Our goal is to recruit and hire our future leaders from right here in this community,” Robertson said. “We want to bring jobs to Liberty Lake.” Greater Spokane Inc., which played a major role in rolling out the red carpet for Vivint when the company announced it was looking for a new site last year, estimates that the move will represent an impact of over $62 million to the local economy through job creation and tax revenue. In his presentation to four sessions of prospective employees on June 20, Patrick

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The Vivint open house and job fair on June 20 drew around 150 people and featured plenty of the company’s signature orange. described the emphasis Vivint places on “valuing the people who work here.” Entry level workers in the call center will earn $12.50 per hour, plus commission while more seasoned salespeople will have a base of $34,000 to $35,000 plus commission. Staff is provided paid time off, benefits and 401(k) as well as one free meal per work shift. “This is a fun place to be a part of,” Patrick said. “Vivint is about serving our employees.” The company also places a priority on volunteer efforts and financial contributions to charitable causes. Vivint employees donated over 23,000 hours to various projects last year. A day of community service is being organized locally during the first training session. “They wanted to move into a community that is a community,” said Liberty Lake City Administrator Katy Allen. “They’re not just looking for a place where people can go to work. They want to be part of the fabric of the community in a very civicminded way.” City officials began talking with representatives from Vivint in October of last year. In addition to Liberty Lake, the company looked at sites in Colorado, Arizona and Tennessee. “I think there’s a lot of reasons they chose Liberty Lake,” said Mayor Steve Peterson. “One of them is the welcoming friendliness of our community.” Peterson said there were other companies interested in relocating to the Liberty Lake Business Center, a building with 200,000 square feet, but Vivint emerged as the top candidate. The company will occupy 20,000 square feet on the ground floor.

“We talked to one employer that said they could put 600 to 800 jobs in there at minimum wage with no benefits,” Peterson said. “Vivint is great company to work for. They take people and make them better, make them successful.” Peterson fielded questions about Vivint at the June 18 Liberty Lake City Council meeting when Council Member Josh Beckett referred to an article in The Spokesman-Review from the previous week that highlighted consumer complaints with the company that called into question misleading and overly aggressive sales tactics. None of the allegations – mostly concerning door-to-door sales – carried any criminal charges. “They’ve addressed those issues and the follow-up has been excellent,” Peterson told Beckett and the rest of the council last month. The Liberty Lake office will not coordinate any door-to-door sales and only handle inbound calls and qualified, verified leads. “There’s not a Better Business Bureau complaint in the country that we don’t address right away,” said Patrick. “We’re so fast to resolve those issues.” In addition to automated home security – locking your doors or making sure your garage door is shut from a remote location – Vivint also offers energy management, including residential solar, and innovations like tornado warnings. The home automation piece allows residents to switch lights on and off or adjust a thermostat from afar. “What we do is tell people about the product, the value and the benefit,” Patrick said.

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Mutt Strut Saturday, August 17th 8AM-1PM The “Strut” will begin at Pawpular Companions Pet Supplies and consist of a 2.5 mile route around the Liberty Lake business/residential walking path. Parking available across the street at F5. In addition to the pledge walk event, we will end at Pawpular Companions parking lot for an ICE CREAM SOCIAL (people AND doggie ice cream!), store vendors with FREE GIVEAWAYS and RAFFLE PRIZES! Please join us to celebrate and contribute to Chris’ dream to “Go an extra mile to practice true compassion for animals!”


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Tourney champs

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The Spokane Dawgs, made up of 7th grade girls, won the Summer’s Edge basketball tournament over Memorial Day weekend. Liberty Lake resident Charlotte Himebaugh (kneeling on bottom right) is a member of the team.

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The Liberty Lake Running Club departed from True Legends Grill for its June 6 and 13 runs.

Scouting out the town

Bears ‘Best in Northwest’

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The Stadium Sports Bears finished their 9U Pony League season 16-0, winning the City Championship tournament and the Best in the Northwest tournament recently held in Spokane. Pictured are (front row) Warren DePew, Andrew Spackman, Nic Saunders, Aaden Anderson, Mason Muchlinski: (middle row) Blake Sturgis, Ryan Griego, Andrew Steen, Trey Arland, Caleb Gray; (back row) assistant coach Jeremy Gray, assistant coach Mark Arland, head coach Dennis Fletcher and assistant coach Dan Griego. Not pictured is Tyler Mumm. (Liberty Lake residents highlighted in bold.)

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Cub Scout pack 463 took a bike ride around Liberty Lake in early June and ended with cool treats at Just Chillin’.

Jason’s Wild Ones go undefeated

Hoops winners U10 soccer team Jason’s Wild Ones won the championship going undefeated in the Sasquatch Five-a-Side June 1 at Spokane Falls Community College. Pictured are Emily Szacik, Claire Deyarmin, Hannah Savoie, Addison Scott, Teagan Colvin, Lexie Thompson and Libby Awbery.

The team consisting of Parker Smith, Dylan Darling, Tayshawn Colvin and Tyler Mumm placed first in their division in the Hoops over the Horizon tournament at University High School on June 1. submitted Photo

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Scoreboard Community Golf 5/22 Trailhead Ladies Club A Flight: Gross, Sue Schneidmiller, 56 B Flight: Gross, Jeanne Hamacher, 62 C Flight: Gross, Kathie Krestyn, 63

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5/30 Liberty Lake Ladies 9-Hole Club Flight I: Gross, Robin McKee, 43 Flight II: Gross, Bette Devine, 55; Net, Kathy Camyn and Deanna Hauser, 37 Flight III: Gross, Emma Long, 62; Net, Dorothy Blake and Wilma Capaul, 38

6/3 Spokane Valley Women’s Evening Golf League At Liberty Lake Golf Course A Flight: Gross, Kellie Clinton, 47; Net, Robyn Sciuchetti, 36 B Flight: Gross, Sammie Fletcher and Mary Ellen Wall, 55; Net, Marla Lucas, 39 C Flight: Gross, Marla Hager, 59; Net, Kathleen Burns, 42 D Flight: Gross, Jean Hauer, 74; Net, Nancy Moore, 54 No handicap: Bobbie Hunsinger, 63 Chip-in: Barb Byington, No. 8 (from 85 yards)

6/5 Trailhead Ladies Club A Flight: Gross, CC Marshall and Sammie Fletcher, 49; Net, Gail Peters, 33 B Flight: Gross, Bea Carroll, 53; Net, Diane Rudnick, 33 C Flight: Gross, Joane Koch, 59; Net, Shannon Carr, 30

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At Liberty Lake Golf Course A Flight: Gross, Caroline Wyatt, 50; Net, Sandy Hobson, 39 B Flight: Gross, Nina Barlett, 53; Net, Lynn Jones, 37 C Flight: Gross, Jen Jensen, 54; Net, Barb Byington, 34 D Flight: Gross, Margo Schmitz, 62; Net, Sharon Spear, 42 No handicap: Sandra Saty, 53 Best ball: No.1, Kathleen Burns, Barb Byington, Colleen Lynn and Sandy Saty

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True generosity extends far beyond the money

When you hear the word “generosity,” what comes to mind? Celebrities, maybe? Like Taylor Swift, who was recently named the most charitable celebrity for giving $4 million (of the $57 million she earned in 2012) to the Country Music Hall of Fame, along with other donations. I can’t say if Taylor’s giving requires any sacrifice on her part — doing without a new outfit, a new hairstyle or a vacation. But I would say that true generosity is not just about giving money. Let me tell you about another musician whose life exemplifies what I consider the truest form of generosity: Giving up something that would make our life more comfortable in order to bless the lives of others. He lived in Detroit, raising his young daughters as a single dad and bluecollar worker. At night, he played in clubs where a recording company invited him to make an album. In the ’70s he sold about six copies in the USA. By all accounts, his music career was a failure. But wait. Cross the ocean to South Africa, where someone made a bootleg copy of his music. During the years of Apartheid, it sold millions. Everyone knew him as “Sugar Man,” everyone sang his lyrics, but rumors circulated that he had killed himself. One fan decided to find out. After years of searching, he discovered Regan Rodriguez still working construction in Detroit and brought him to South Africa. Rodriguez played sold-out crowds of 20,000 or more in several cities. He came home with fans, fame and funds. But he returned to his inner-city home, back to his job tearing out wet carpet and rotting drywall, and he gave what he had to help others. You can watch the documentary “Searching for Sugar Man” for more about this remarkably generous man. We are fortunate to live in a place where

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generous people walk the streets around us and live in the house next door. What makes a person choose to be generous? I believe all of humankind is selfish by nature, instinctively looking first to our own needs. But forces and examples in the world can help us overcome our selfish nature. For my family, going to church provides constant reminders of the value of living generously. We learn about Jesus Christ, who lived humbly without comforts or worldly praise and spent his days to love, teach and heal. He ultimately gave his life so ours could be washed clean from our mistakes. We hear that a Christ-like life of generosity brings greater fulfillment in our own lives, but we have to test the theory for ourselves. My daughter is a great example to our family, giving of her free time to tutor a classmate this school year. Last month, I saw her school counselor at a track meet. He said to me, “Because of your daughter, that student will graduate from high school.” Another example is a 19-year-old family friend who shares freely the musical talent he has spent countless hours to develop. Last month, I mentioned wanting to combine two songs into a vocal arrangement for a church performance. He came over a few days later, having written the entire accompaniment complete with key changes and transitions. Think of the Boy Scouts of America with its slogan, “Do a good turn daily.” On a grand and granular scale, millions of boys are taught to show generosity by sacrificing their own time to help others. Knocking at doors every November, they gather thousands of canned goods to feed local families. As I drive through Liberty Lake, I count five flag poles installed by scouts who could have been playing Frisbee or watching a movie with friends instead. At neighborhood schools, I see them digging dirt, hauling sand and pouring concrete to improve athletic facilities. These are boys we know will open the door for us or help load our car without being asked, because they have been taught, and have tested, the theory of generosity. They’ve made it a part of who they are.

Letters to the Editor Is community-wide yard sale event really necessary? The Liberty Lake Community Yard Sales is always something to behold. I personally try to avoid it by finding somewhere else to be for the day. It just amazes me how the people of Spokane and Idaho can come into our community and leave our streets full of cigarette butts and loaded diapers at the curb. Personally, I hate the garage sale thing. I understand the feeling of community that some people think we need, but there are those of us that feel our private space is being invaded by having strangers on our streets. Maybe my opinion is that of a snobby Liberty Laker; I don’t mean it to be. I just like our community the way it is without the wadded-up diapers at my curb.

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Thanks to partners who made historical display possible The Liberty Lake Historical Society would like to thank Greenstone Commercial and Wayne Frost along with Mountain Dog Sign Company and Marshon Kempf. This summer’s historical display in the Liberty Lake Municipal Library is being sponsored by Greenstone and designed and printed by Mountain Dog. The display, titled “Liberty Lake Through Colored Post Cards,” will be presented at the library the week of July 8 through August. This fall, the display will be installed permanently at the Meadowwood Technology Campus.

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“As I drive through Liberty Lake, I count five flag poles installed by scouts who could have been playing Frisbee or watching a movie with friends instead. ... They have been taught, and have tested, the theory of generosity. They’ve made it a part of who they are.” Whether we have millions to give, or just time and talents to share, the choice to be generous is ours to make. And the rewards flow freely for all who exhibit true generosity in any form. Test the theory for yourself. Shaun Lorraine Brown is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a mother of five children. Her three sons are members of the Boy Scouts of America, and her two daughters have

often become honorary scouts on Scouting for Food Saturday and many Eagle service projects. Her husband, Nathan, and son, Kyle, served two years as missionaries in France, and her son, Drew, is serving a twoyear stint as a missionary to the people of Taiwan. Brown wrote this column as part of a monthly series highlighting the Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) character trait of the month that appears in The Splash and other PACE partner publications. The trait for July is generosity.

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Volume 15, Issue 9 Editor/publisher

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Murphy moved to Liberty Lake in 2011 from upstate New York. In the past, Murphy volunteered as the accounting/registration chairperson. Murphy continued her passion of participating in the Relay for Life when she relocated to Liberty Lake. “I wanted to be active in my new community, and since I have lost loved ones to cancer as well as several friends that are struggling with cancer, I felt this was a good choice,” she said. Simpson has ambitious plans for Liberty Lake’s third year of hosting the Relay for Life. The co-chair hopes that the event grows each year and becomes the largest relay in the area. “Liberty Lake is a wonderful community and we have the potential to grow here,” she said. As of The Splash’s press deadline, 12 teams and 45 participants had raised more than $7,000, according to the Relay’s official website. When asked what motivates them to take such active roles in the event, Simpson and Murphy attributed their involvement to personal losses and experiences. “Well, after losing my husband to this disease, having several family members who are survivors and so many friends and customers — well, I guess I just want it all to end,” Simpson said. “I want a cure for this dreaded thing. Don’t we all?” Murphy, who has also lost a loved one and has several friends who are struggling with cancer, answered that a common humanity inspires her to organize Relay for Life. “We have all been touched by cancer in some way,” she said. To support the race, even before the first lap is completed, is incredibly simple. Anyone can form or join a team, make a donation, or provide entertainment for participants. Survivors and caregivers can register for the survivor lap and special dinner. Simpson encouraged everyone in the community to participate, whether in grand or small gestures. “What little I can do to help is something, that is what I want people to know,” she said. “They don’t have to do much because every little bit helps. Let’s make this an event to be proud of for our community.”

Correction The first name of one of the Math is Cool students honored for placing second in district competition was incorrect in the Local Lens photo titled “Cool mathematicians” that was included in the June edition of The Splash. The girl’s name is Carrie Sargent.

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Andy LaBolle, 25, got married in February and is planning to spend a year serving God in Kenya starting later in 2013. In between those two significant mileposts came a life-changer he didn’t plan. That would be the day he was hit by a car. That was a few weeks ago now, and the Liberty Lake Starbucks barista is doing great now. That outcome looked like a stretch the day he was riding his bicycle home and a driver didn’t see him — blowing a stop sign and wrecking Andy’s leg and his bike. I have known Andy only casually for a few years now, but everything I know about the guy is infectious. He is the type of person who lives a great story. You want to engage with what he’s up to. After all, the last time he appeared in the pages of The Splash, it was for dropping 150 pounds. (Yes, he lost somewhere close to half of his body weight.) But as much as I want to tell you more about Andy, probably the coolest story coming out of his accident wasn’t spearheaded, for once, by one of my favorite protagonists. Enter Jeff and Rob. Jeff Denney and Rob Hartman like to go to Starbucks, and since Andy’s worked there for five years, they’ve gotten to know him pretty well. Both cyclists themselves, when they learned of Andy’s accident, they spearheaded an underground movement to buy him a bicycle. Andy’s a simple guy. The day of the accident, he was riding a 20-year-old handme-down with three speeds. Jeff and Rob weren’t going to have any of that. Instead, they hatched a plan to bless Andy with a first-class commuter bike. They grilled his Starbucks coworkers to estimate his height for a blind bike fitting. They talked to friends and other Starbucks customers to build a pool of cash. They pled Andy’s case to WheelSport East, which threw in a 10 percent discount for the cause. Then, when Andy was ready to return to work about three weeks after his accident, they surprised him with a big reveal: a Specialized Euro Pro hybrid bicycle worth more than $1,000. Andy was floored. He was also nervous. He was having trouble walking, let alone getting back on a bicycle for the first time since his accident. But he wanted to live a good story, so he put the bicycle in his car and drove to the Centennial Trail. And he

got back on a bike. Andy described that initial ride as about six miles out and back — and very slow. But re-engaging the muscles turned out to be therapeutic. “It was the first time I saw my leg normal since the accident — it brought all the swelling down,” he said. What’s more, he started commuting by bicycle to work again, just a handful of weeks after the accident. Friends he gained through his work — by serving coffee, encouragement and a healthy dosage of one-liners — blessed his life immensely. “Andy is someone who knows his values and who he is, and he lives day by day through his faith,” Rob said. “Honestly, for me, that’s a huge inspiration. ... It was more of a privilege for us than a kind gesture. It took a community, and everybody stepped up and put a smile on his face.” In the process, Rob and Jeff both say they enjoyed the caper so much it’s inspired them to be on the lookout for similar needs to meet. Meanwhile, they are just glad Andy is back on a bicycle, one that he would never have expected to be riding. “We definitely upgraded him to disc brakes cause we felt he needed to stop a little better next time,” Jeff joked. Josh Johnson is editor and publisher of The Splash. Write to him at josh@

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Above is the new bicycle that replaced the wrecked on at left. Below, Jeff Denney, Andy LaBolle and Rob Hartman (from left to right) take a picture after the reveal. Andy LaBolle would like to thank the many community members who pitched in for the bicycle, many of whom he doesn’t know. Among those he does know, however, he would like to thank Rob Hartman, Jeff and Laurie Denney, Heath and Kelsy McHenry, Frank and Sharon Sell, Josie Moore, Kathy Schaefer and Brian and Krista McLelland.

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