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Angie Larson, owner of the Liberty Lakebased Fabulous Flavors Personal Chef Service, moved to the area less than a year ago, but she’s already getting geared up to take off with her business. After growing up in Spokane, Larson developed her chef skills in the Washington, D.C., area. Now she stays busy running and planning in-home meal services, cooking classes, holiday meal assistance and catering just about any kind of party out there. The Splash recently sat down with Larson to talk about the ins and outs of her business and what kind of work has gone into making a name for herself in a competitive industry.

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MARCH 3 Noon: Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary meeting, Denny Ashlock Building, 22510 E. Mission Ave. MARCH 5 7-9 p.m.: Father-Daughter Dance sponsored by Liberty Lake Kiwanis and K-Kids, CenterPlace at Mirabeau Point, 2426 N. Discovery Place in Spokane Valley MARCH 7 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Liberty Lake Senior Lunch Program, Liberty Lake City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive MARCH 8 6:30 p.m.: Liberty Lake Municipal Library board meeting, Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. 7 p.m.: “Making College Affordable” at Greenacres Middle School, 17409 E. Sprague Ave. in Spokane Valley MARCH 9 6:45 a.m.: Liberty Lake Kiwanis meeting, Liberty Lake City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Liberty Lake Senior Lunch Program, Liberty Lake City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive Noon to 1 p.m.: Liberty Lake Lions Club meeting, Barlow’s Family Restaurant, 1400 N. Meadowwood Lane 4 p.m.: Liberty Lake Planning Commission, Liberty Lake City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive 5:45 p.m.: Liberty Lake Toastmasters, Denny Ashlock Building, 22510 E. Mission Ave. MARCH 10 Noon: Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary meeting, Denny Ashlock Building, 22510 E. Mission Ave. 7 p.m.: Liberty Lake Community Tennis Association Meeting, Trailhead Golf Course clubhouse, 1102 N. Liberty Lake Road

Corrections The Feb. 24 story, “Baxter leaves Spokane political furor for budget-busted Olympia,” should have said the state Rep. Matt Shea claimed to have received violent threats from people opposed to his Senate nomination. The wrong person was named in the story as making those claims. In addition, one of new state Sen. Jeff Baxter’s committee assignments is Human Services and Corrections. A similar name for the committee’s House counterpart was mistakenly used in the story.

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Community Briefs Fathers, daughters invited to annual Kiwanis dance The sixth annual Father-Daughter Dance sponsored by Liberty Lake Kiwanis and K-Kids will be held Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. at CenterPlace at Mirabeau Point, 2426 N. Discovery Place in Spokane Valley. Girls of all ages, along with their fathers or other adult male guest, are invited to an evening of dancing and fun along a Mardi Gras theme. The cost is $40 per father and daughter, and $15 for each additional daughter. Price includes favors, refreshments, DJ and more. To purchase tickets, visit libertylakekiwanis.org or fatherdaughterdance. webs.com. For more information, call Linda at 9513573 or Melanie at 315-4068.

Greenacres Middle School hosts college planning presentation Greenacres Middle School PTA is hosting a presentation “Making College Affordable” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at GMS, 17409 E. Sprague Ave. in Spokane Valley. Jacquelyne Molique Ferrado, outreach manager for the Washington Guaranteed Education Tuition Program, will be the guest speaker. Any parents are welcome to attend.

Kiwanis holds orientation Pat Lutzenberger, past president of Liberty Lake Kiwanis, will present a membership orientation at the next Kiwanis meeting at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista. The meeting will focus on origins, purpose, local and national programs and significance of Kiwanis. The program is designed for old and new members, as well as people who are interested in joining Kiwanis.

The Sound of Music opens next week on CVHS stage The Central Valley High School Theatre Department will perform “The Sound of Music” on March 9-12 and 16-18 at 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday matinee March 13 at 2 p.m. All performances will be in the campus theater, 821 S. Sullivan Rd. Under the theatrical direction of Michael Muzatko and choreography by Jason Allen, the production features over 100 student actors, technicians and instrumentalists. A 26-piece orchestra directed by Eric Parker and made up of students and professional musicians joins the cast to present the story of Maria and Georg von Trapp. Tickets are $10 at the door or may be purchased through the CVHS business office during school hours. For an additional $2, patrons may join the von Trapp family in the CVHS commons for “These are

a Few of My Favorite Teas,” a pre-show tea and pastries gathering. For tickets or additional information, call 228-5218.

Public invited to tennis meeting Local residents interested in learning more about the Liberty Lake Community Tennis Association are invited to a meeting March 10 at 7 p.m. at the Trailhead Golf Course clubhouse, 1102 N. Liberty Lake Road. Volunteers are also needed for assisting with local events, as well as providing input regarding community use of tennis courts. For more information, contact Frank Cruz-Aedo at 294-8584 or LLCTA@yahoo.com.

Kiwanis conducts gift campaign The Liberty Lake Kiwanis Foundation is currently soliciting funds for its annual club gift campaign. Contributions to the foundation will help the club achieve its mission of providing student scholarships, promoting social services and supporting other charitable organizations in the community. Checks can be made payable to Liberty Lake Kiwanis Foundation and mailed to Liberty Lake Kiwanis Foundation, P.O. Box 384, Liberty Lake, WA, 99019. The Liberty Lake Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

Kiwanis offer scholarships The Liberty Lake Kiwanis Foundation is seeking candidates for its 2011 scholarships. Graduating seniors from Liberty Lake, students related to a current Liberty Lake Kiwanis member, seniors from East Valley, Central Valley or West Valley school districts or other community members deemed eligible are encouraged to apply. Candidates who received a Liberty Lake Kiwanis Foundation Scholarship last year are also eligible to re-apply. Applications are available at all high school counseling offices or online at www.libertylakekiwanis.org. The application deadline is March 31. For more information, contact Nick Nickoloff at 928-8290.

Improv comedy at LLCT Comedy improv group Three Chairs and the Truth will perform at 7:30 p.m. on March 18 at Liberty Lake Community Theatre, 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane, Suite 130. Cost is $2 for the PG-rated performance. For more information, go to www. libertylaketheatre.com.

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Women’s 18-Hole Club to meet The Liberty Lake Women’s 18-Hole Club will hold their first general meeting and registration for the 2011 season at 8:30 a.m. on March 29 at the Liberty Lake Golf Course clubhouse, 24403 E. Sprague Ave. Continental breakfast will be available for $4. Tee times will be available after the meeting, weather permitting. Club play is every Tuesday morning. Dues for the 2011 season are $58 for members and $30 for associate members. Women golfers of all skill levels are invited to join the club. To RSVP or ask questions, call Lee Sonderman at 927-0244.

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FOPP offers scholarships Friends of Pavillion Park is accepting applications for its scholarship offerings for the 2011-2012 academic year. Scholarships, which range from $500 to $1,500, are open to students who plan to pursue post-high education. They are available to students who are a Liberty Lake resident or have a parent, guardian or grandparent who are residents. Applications are available at pavillionpark.org and must be submitted by March 29. For more information, call Rand Hatch at 255-6174 or David Himebaugh at 9947933.

Club offers English lessons Individuals who speak Russian or Ukranian are invited to a free English Club on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 23515 E. Boone. The club is open to those wishing to practice their English skills, improve pronunciation and expand their vocabulary. For more information, contact Ryan Romney at 720-1993.

Library offers reading program during winter months The Liberty Lake Municipal Library is holding a winter reading program until March 31 for all ages. Family readers or beginning independent readers can receive stickers for different types of books read. Older participants who read three books are eligible to win a chance at a Barnes & Noble gift card or other cold-weather treats. For more information, go to www.libertylakewa.gov/library. For full list of community briefs, visit www.libertylakesplash.com.

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By Kelly Moore SPLASH STAFF WRITER

The Liberty Lake City Council took steps to make its goals a reality for the city in last week’s special meeting retreat. A wide array of topics was touched on, and decisions were made in just about every area.

Arboretum The Council approved $85,760 in funding to get the arboretum started later this year. The base project will include excavation/ grading, an irrigation system, electrical installations, paths, parking, topsoil and seed. Community Development Director Doug Smith, who will oversee the project, said construction should start as soon as the ground thaws. The project is funded through the city’s capital projects fund and the special capital projects fund, both of which are fed by income from a real estate excise tax. The combined funds currently have more than $775,000 banked. “We’re very thankful for what we have in there, because it’s just been trickling in,” Mayor Wendy Van Orman said.

Prayer Council members revisited the reasoning behind the invocation held before each

meeting is called to order. “I personally don’t think that government meetings should be started with a prayer,” Council Member Josh Beckett said. “I’m not implying that any prayer has been offensive. … I think if we’re going to have a prayer, we need to invite other faiths to come, otherwise why not just do a period of silence and if you choose to pray then that’s fine.” The Council tossed around the idea of inviting people from various faiths to occasionally give the prayer, but ultimately expressed hesitance with inviting others to perform the invocation. “I’m not OK with this,” Council Member Odin Langford said. “When you start inviting, you can’t stop, and the last thing I want to do is open this up to a Wiccan or a witch or a Satanist to come here just for the purpose of holding a public prayer. … We have to be careful and really think about any decision we make. The Council asked the city attorney to come back with legal guidance on the issue.

Road maintenance Road maintenance projects for 2011 were also finalized and should start in June. Smith told the Council about 150 homes would be impacted within about a month’s

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Districting Van Orman suggested forming districts or wards within the city from which future Council members will represent. Crump suggested having three or four districts and then keeping the remaining positions “at large.” The Council members agreed Liberty Lake was not yet big enough for such action, but noted the value of such an action sometime in the future.

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Obituaries Betty Isabel (Bradbury) Johnson (May 31, 1923 - February 16, 2011) Born May 31, 1923 in Spokane, Wash. to William and Margret (Kristvik) Bradbury, Betty was the third of four children. She was raised at in Spokane and graduated in 1941 from North Central High school in 1941, JOHNSON where she served as secretary of her senior class and a member

Eugene J. LaLiberte (May 22, 1919 - February 18, 2011) Gene, as he is known to his family and friends, passed away on Feb. 18, 2011. He was 9l years young. Gene was never old. He would never allow his biological age to stop him from doing what Laliberte he wanted to do. He was young at heart, mind, spirit and at-

of the tennis team. After graduating, she worked as a secretary at the Nazarene church, later for Standard Oil and then for the department of anesthesiology at the University of Washington. She was very proud of her work as a secretary and enjoyed it tremendously. She enjoyed taking short hand from her bosses, as well as skating, dancing and being active. She lived in Denver, Berkely and finally Seattle where she met Floyd Johnson. The two were married Nov. 19, 1963. They moved to Liberty Lake soon after marriage

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titude. He had more stamina than many people half his age, with a heart twice as big. He was a very compassionate and dedicated man to his family, friends, his work and to life. Born May 22, 1919, in Flint, Mich., he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1940. After graduating from Officers Candidate School in 1943, he served almost 34 years on active duty, serving in World War II, the Korean War and during the Vietnam conflict. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal three times

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Local philanthropist dies in snowmobiling accident By Kelly Moore

Splash Staff Writer

Ronda Jo Emerson, owner of The Otis Grill in Otis Orchards, died early Monday morning as the result of injuries sustained in a snowmobiling accident near Libby, Mont. According to Lincoln County Sheriff Roby Bowe, Emerson, 41, was snowmobiling in the Spread Creek drainage area near Florence Lake Sunday afternoon. Around 1:30 p.m., her snowmobile struck a tree head-on, leaving her pinned between the snowmobile and the tree. The Lincoln County Sheriff ’s Office received the 911 call for assistance at 3:53 p.m., and David Thompson Search and Rescue was dispatched at 4 p.m.

Police Report The following incidents, arrests, calls for service and citations were reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department Feb. 22-28.

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The suspect was booked into juvenile detention for the assault. • Drug search — On Feb. 25 at 2:45 p.m., The LLPD K-9 team was called to assist the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Corrections with a drug search. A 24-year-old man was stopped at Wellesley Avenue and Vincent Road, and officers determined he had an escape warrant out for his arrest. The K-9 team searched the vehicle and located marijuana and a spoon with burned residue, possibly containing heroin. The team was also requested for a search of the suspect’s home, where they located a smoking device used for methamphetamine, syringes, a glass pipe containing suspected heroin and additional paraphernalia. After the search, the items were turned over to the Department of Corrections, and the subject was booked into jail for the escape warrant and possession of controlled substances.

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Lauren Speers performs on the balance beam, an event she made large strides in as a senior. “This year, I was somehow magically graced by the gods of beam. ... I was never the most strong beam worker, but I guess experience and a little luck helped me along,” she says. The Central Valley senior competed at state recently in her favorite event, floor exercise, as well as on the beam.

The Ultimate Balancing Act Volunteering, academia and college plans balance on the shoulders of state-qualifying gymnast Lauren Speers — all while she keeps her poise on a four-inch-wide beam By Julia Marquiss SPLASH INTERN

Friday, 2010, Nov. 26, 2010 is the quintessential Spokane November day. A freezing breeze chills the air, and a light layer of snow covers the ground downtown. Bundled up in hats and scarves, Central Valley High School senior Lauren Speers and her family pass out plates of food with gloved hands and warm smiles. From the back of their car, the family has several plates of Thanksgiving leftovers, mugs of hot chocolate and hand warmers to pass out to the homeless. The Speers are not part of an organization; they are simply a family who believes in serving others. A spontaneous decision led to a yearly tradition to volunteer. One year af-

ter a prominently fruitful Thanksgiving, the Speers family had an overabundance of leftovers. As a family, they decided to fill up plates to pass out from the back of their car to the downtown homeless. This selfless tradition has become a weekly trip downtown: when Lauren and her family can find the time, Sundays after church are spent with the House of Charity serving meals and hot chocolate to the needy. Occasionally, the family invites others to join them. Fellow senior and friend of Lauren, Hannah Robb has shared many heartwarming experiences downtown with the family. “Lauren doesn’t do it for the fame or the recognition,” Hannah says. “She does it just from the goodness of her heart.” The family not only lends a helping hand but

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Central Valley High School senior Lauren Speers is shown here with her parents, Gregg and Cindy Speers. also a listening ear. “Every time we go down there, we make it a point to listen to their stories,” says Lauren. “Our mission is to let everyone know how

significant they are and how we truly care about them. It's about looking people in the eye and letting them know they are loved and there is hope in their future.”

Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, marks the pinnacle of a four-year high school gymnastics career. Lauren is competing at state for the first time. Gymnastics sprouted in Lauren’s life at the young age of 2 in a Mommy and Me class. She continued participating in the sport by taking classes as a 4-year-old. At the age of 8, Lauren experienced an athlete’s worst nightmare: an injury. A knee injury involving severed patellar tendons resulted in a yearlong recovery for Lauren, and she did not continue competing in gymnastics until she was a freshman in high school. Lauren’s natural ability allowed her to achieve success quickly. By her sophomore and junior year, she was tenths of a point away from qualify-

ing for state, falling one place short in her specialty event: floor exercise. This year, she qualified in two events. “It was one of the most exhilarating feelings I've ever experienced,” says Lauren. Like most gymnasts, Lauren found that one of the hardest parts in gymnastics is overcoming a mental block. Generally, gymnasts have the physical ability to complete a difficult trick, but it is hard to get the “brain to agree.” “Trying to overcome the thought of tumbling on a 4-inch wide beam is a tough hurdle in itself,” Lauren says. Mental blocks coincide with the nerves prior to a routine — “There are so many thoughts running through my head,” she says. In fact, she is more nervous for her initial

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Fast Facts with Lauren Speers Life philosophy Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. If you had three wishes … I would wish for free college, some chocolate and 87 more wishes. Hardest gymnastics move The hardest part of my floor routine is my twisting layout at the end. Favorite gymnastics move I think my favorite move that makes me unique is my backhandspring straddle down on the beam. It looks like it hurts — which about 90 percent of the time it does — but it’s worth it. Favorite joke: What did one volcano say to the other volcano? I lava you!

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pose rather than for a twisting layout in the end. “It is my second tumbling pass, and I'm totally exhausted by then, but somehow my adrenaline enables me to do it every time,” she says. CV gymnastics coach Kim Brunelle has seen Lauren make strides since she was a freshman. This year, Brunelle saw Lauren grow both as a gymnast and as someone her teammates could look up to. Brunelle never designated Lauren the team leader, but the senior sought out the role and fulfilled it perfectly. At the end of the season, she was voted to receive the Team Leader Award by her gymnast peers. Brunelle was glad to see Lauren go to state — where the

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Lauren Speers, front and center in this picture from Central Valley High School’s 2010 Cheer Camp, is involved in several levels of student leadership at CV. Speers is a cheerleader during the fall season. all-Greater Spokane League competitor placed 26th on the beam and tied for 43rd on floor — especially considering the circumstances with the last two years. Lauren “worked very hard and listened to everything (the coaches) taught her to get there,” Brunelle says. Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 is an average 2011, day. And it’s proof Lauren’s life doesn’t slow down even after gymnastics season is over. “I roll out of bed, survive at school, workout after school, do homework, attend any nightly activity I have planned — oh, and eat and sleep anywhere I can fit it in,” Lauren says.

Lauren isn’t exaggerating when she mentions sleep is hard to come by; her resume is full with an extensive list of extracurricular activities, both at CV and outside CV. She is a member of the Central Valley leadership team, the YMCA Youth Commission to develop youth programs for teens and the Youth Leadership Spokane community service team. Leanne Donley, the leadership advisor at CV, has had Lauren as a leadership student the past three years. Donley says that, on a skill level, Lauren is incredibly organized, creative and determined. But her true gift is her humility and compassion. “Lauren cares about everybody, no matter who they are,” Donley says.

After graduating from Central Valley, Lauren plans to attend either Seattle University or Portland University to major in biochemistry and minor in Spanish, with the ultimate goal of becoming an orthodontist. With whichever university she decides to attend, she wishes to study abroad. Due to Lauren’s challenging choice in a major, she greatly understands the importance of academia. Her course load at school is packed with Advanced Placement courses. Brandon Mack, a math teacher at Central Valley, enjoyed teaching Lauren as a freshman in geometry and now teaches her as a senior in calculus. He has seen her not only grow as a math student, but also going from a ninth grader excited about high school, to an accomplished senior who has really left her mark on CV. “As a student, Lauren is selfreliant,” Mack says. “... She knows what to do and how to get things done, comes in for help when she needs it and is able to work things out on her own. As a person, Lau-

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ren is incredibly nice and always smiling.” Lauren, though successful, is always humble. “I owe my success to my incredible coaches, my extremely supportive parents and the Lord,” Lauren says. The senior talks about how blessed she is, but Central Valley student Cora Van Dyke disagrees. “Actually, we are the ones who are blessed,” she says. ABOUT THE WRITER Splash intern Julia Marquiss has been a Liberty Lake resident since the second grade. A senior at Central Valley High School, she plans to attend college next year at USC, Boston College, Santa Clara University or the University of Washington to study journalism.

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New regulations for activities presented to CVSD By Kelly Moore Splash Staff Writer

The Central Valley School Board members heard the annual updates to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) regulations at their most recent meeting Feb. 28. The most notable amendment to WIAA regulations was a required “dead time” Aug. 1-10. During that time, coaches will be banned from contact with high school and middle school athletes. According to presenters, summer sports camps typically wrap up July 31 and the following days are spent conditioning and weight training. Other amendments to WIAA regulations dealt with eligibility for transfer students and the eligibility hearing process. In addition, lacrosse was added as a sanctioned sport for both boys and girls. Also at the meeting, Superintendent Ben Small reported last week’s district snow day will result in classes being held May 27, a day previously built into the Memorial Day holiday. In other business: • The board approved calendars for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years. • Small announced a new recycling program throughout the district that collects food scraps from the cafeterias. • The district’s teacher-principal evaluation pilot is being finalized and should start March 14.

Council considers plan for disasters Action pending regarding city’s place in countywide response plan By Kelly Moore Splash Staff Writer

The Liberty Lake City Council reviewed a presentation that explained the city’s part in a countywide Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan Tuesday night. The plan is intended to guide how emergency support entities from all jurisdictions within Spokane County respond to natural and man-made disasters that threaten human lives. It addresses emergency declarations, hazard identification and how emergency management efforts will be coordinated when resources are exhausted in certain areas of the county.

“Really it’s about communication and developing relationships,” Emergency Management Program Administrator Lisa Jameson said. “If everybody does their part and understands it, then our system will function fairly well.” Council members expressed concerns with open communication across the state line. No decisions were made on the plan, but the Council may soon face a resolution to either adopt or reject the plan. In other business: • Eleanor Folsom was introduced as the city’s newest staff person, chosen to fill an accounting technician position. She brings more than 10 years of accounting experience to the city, having worked most recently as bookkeeper for a local construction company. “We’re very excited to have Eleanor on board with us, and she’ll be busy — very busy,” Administrative Services Manager

Jessica Platt said.

A warrant for Sapp’s arrest was issued Friday, and he was found and arrested at a home on North Molter Road in Otis Orchards Saturday afternoon. Sapp was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31. Kindergarten students living in the Greenacres and Liberty Lake elementary enrollment areas will be offered registration at the Central Valley Kindergarten Center, 1512 N. Barker Road in Spokane Valley. Parents should come prepared with upto-date immunization records, original state-certified birth certificate and proof of residence using a current utility bill. The

• The Council reviewed bids on widearea mowers. Community Development Director Doug Smith recommended the Toro mower from Western Equipment for $50,364.82. No decisions on the purchase were made. • Platt reported a 6 percent increase in sales tax revenue generated in the fourth quarter of 2010, the first quarterly increase in more than two years. “It is a little positive note that things are maybe turning around … but we are definitely still being conservative with our estimates and projections,” Platt said. • Mayor Wendy Van Orman reported eight applications for the four open positions on the city’s planning commission were being reviewed and recommendations will come to the Council at the next meeting March 15.

News Brief LLPD assists in sex offender’s arrest The Liberty Lake Police Department assisted the Spokane County Sheriff ’s Office with the arrest of Glenn Sapp, 51, of Spokane Valley, who is charged with firstdegree child rape, first-degree child molestation, sexual exploitation of a minor and first-degree possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Kindergarten registration starts Registration for incoming kindergarten students in the Central Valley School District begins today (March 3) at 8 a.m. To enroll a child in kindergarten, the student

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In Biz Business Cents relocates Business Cents moved last December from the Valley Chamber Business Center at Liberty Lake to the Century 21 Beutler and Associates building, 1328 N. Whitman Lane. Mark and Steffanie Anderson began the business out of their home in 2008 and then began renting space at the Chamber’s incubator last May. “The first step of getting out of our home office and having employees and going to the incubator space was great,” Mark Anderson said. “Since we’ve continued to grow, we needed more space, and the Century 21 building is a perfect fit for our company right now.” The company, which employs two fulltime and two part-time people, provides bookkeeping services, tax returns and coaching for small- to medium-size businesses. They also sell, train and consult for Intuit products. Mark said their entrepreneurial experi-

ence operating a variety of businesses during the past 25 years separates them from other accounting offices. “We understand what small business owners are going through, and we have fresh ideas of how to help them operate their business,” he said. For more information, visit www.mybusinesscents.com.

TierPoint completes upgrade TierPoint recently announced the completion of a major upgrade to its internet backbone. The upgrade included full 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections, which puts TierPoint’s total Internet capacity to over 50 Gbps. “This enhancement will benefit every customer who provisions Internet and network services from TierPoint,” Chief Technology Officer Dan Seliger said. “Those who get their Internet service from us will see a faster connection, very low latency

Century 21 agents earn awards

Several realtors in the Liberty Lake office received awards for placing in the list of top producers among Washington offices. Kirk Holding placed third, Tyler Zyph placed sixth, Ray Fisk placed ninth and Dan Dhaenens placed tenth. In addition, Randy Long was given the company achievement award for one of the greatest percentage increases in production during the past year. Ray Fisk was also given an office team player award for those who exemplify teamwork and go the extra mile for the benefit of their peers. Both work in the Liberty Lake office. The company as a whole was recognized as one of the top 10 in the nation and is the No. 1 company in Century 21’s northwest region, which includes more than 50 offices in Idaho, Alaska, Washington and Oregon.

Century 21 Beutler and Associates honored more than 60 sales associates during its annual awards night Feb. 24 in Coeur d’Alene.

In Biz features Liberty Lake-connected business items. Contact The Splash with business news at editor@libertylakesplash.com.

and even more reliable service, and those who host with us will also find more bandwidth available at very attractive rates.” For more information, go to www.tierpoint.com.

Business hosts free concert A free, inter-faith community concert is being offered Sunday at 6 p.m. behind Paul Mitchell The School, 15303 E. Sprague Ave. in Spokane Valley. The Lower Lights will be in concert, and Liberty Lake resident George Brunt will be playing with the group. The public is invited to this family event. For more information, visit www.thelowerlights.com.


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Dreamwood Bay Resort was popular for boat rentals, food, cottages and swimming, as seen in these circa 1926 photos. Note the wool bathing suits in the photo at left.

Dreams came true at Dreamwood Bay Resort DREAMWOOD BAY RESORT

By Tom Specht

Description

Eugene Ernst bought 320 acres of Dreamwood Bay (along the bay and over the hill) for $3,000 in 1903. In 1907, when the trolley (railroad) put a line to the northwest end of the lake, Eugene and his wife, Leonora, started the Dreamwood Bay Resort, one of the first resorts at Liberty Lake. During summer weekends of 1913, five-car trains would arrive at Liberty Lake, sometimes ½-hour apart, for 75 cents round trip. Eugene’s ad, reprinted from a 1914 railroad flyer, made the resort seem like a bit of heaven:

Located on the southwest side of the lake, Dreamwood Bay Resort was known for its boats, food, launches, cottages, house tents, picnic grounds, dancing and outdoor fireplaces.

Dates of Operation 1907-1960

Owners

• Eugene Ernst, 1907-1918 • Edwin Fuller, 1918-1922 • Charles Stillwell, 1922-1934 • Art and Neel Mitchell, 1934-1947 • Harry and Kay Wilson, 1947-1960

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The park is now residential homes, including the original Dreamwood store and home which has been completely remodeled by Steve and Roxene Emmel. Some of the silver maple trees, now more than 100 years old, are still standing.

Did you know

• Several springs exist behind Dreamwood Bay; they were used to supply the resort. • Dreamwood Bay kept an ice house on the resort grounds. They would cut ice from the lake in the winter and use it to supply ice boxes in the cabins during the busy summer season.

Author’s note I am writing about the Dreamwood Bay Resort because my mother-in-law loved the resort. In the 1926 family photo above, she is 5 years old sitting on her mother’s lap. Her sister and father are on the oars guiding the boat in Dreamwood Bay. In the 1920s and ’30s, her mother would fry a chicken, and her family, the Gerkings, would pack a picnic lunch and come almost every weekend from north-central Spokane to the resort. She loved to swim, swimming regularly her entire life. This passion started at the resort, where she first learned to swim as a young girl. — Tom Specht

Eugene’s granddaughter, Neldra Christopherson, remembers: “The summer she was 16 in 1908, my mother, Eugene’s daughter, took the launch across the lake to pick up people at the train and bring them back for 25 cents per person. On Sunday, Leonora would fix a dinner meal and serve the guests in a large area on the lower floor of their house. They lived in the top floor.” Liberty Lake Historical Society President Ross Schneidmiller years ago recorded an interview with Pete Higgins, who worked as a lifeguard for then-owner Charles Stillwell in the late 1920s. Higgins remembers the resort had a toboggan run (the bottom of the chute is visible in the photo at the top right of this page). The toboggan, which floated, had four wheels on it and dumped you out in deep water near the diving platform. Higgins recalled the time a man came out with the ice cream truck driver, went down the run and did not hang on to the toboggan. No one knew he couldn’t swim. Higgins was on the diving platform and was able to grab him, but couldn’t hold on to him and the man drowned.

The resort charged guests 25 cents to use the large bathhouse in the 1920s. About 50 people could change at one time. When it got busy on the weekends, the resort also used a changing room in the back of the store. They were so busy at times that people got tired of waiting and started changing in their cars. Stillwell, worrying about lost revenue, started charging 10 cents to change in the car. Higgins remembers having a heck of a time chasing people down to collect. Higgins recalls the resort had about 60 boats it rented for $1.50 a day. Sometimes, large groups would come out as early as 4 o’clock in the morning to fish, so by breakfast they would have fried perch. Harry Wilson, a World War I cavalry officer, and his wife ran the resort in the 1950s. In those days, the state would use a chemical called Rotenone to eradicate trash fish about every seven years. The chemical dissipated and became harmless in a few days. The state would then stock rainbow trout. Fishing was very popular. The limit was 15 a day. Lloyd Herman recalls growing up at Liberty Lake working as Harry’s helper from 1954-1957. “Dreamwood Bay was unique in that it was a defined bay with a large mowed lawn, sandy beach and trees in the background,” Herman recalled. “The houses were not there yet. Outside the store, Harry had a large aquarium where he kept rainbow trout. He always had one very large rainbow in it. I helped Harry build a 20-foothigh diving platform mounted on a floating platform set out in the lake. Back from the lake, they had a covered dance area with a jukebox. I played that jukebox a lot. The dance area was about 20 by 40 feet with slick Masonite floors. They had a box of sawdust that was sprinkled on the floor so you could glide as you danced. You paid $1 to park at the resort. One weekend, we surprised Katie, Harry’s wife, when we collected $275 —

from the Libert y L ake historicaL society • Sandy Beach Resort

Sig’s Resort

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Sandy Beach Resort Sig’s Resort Dreamwood Bay Resort The Zephyr Kalez Park George Libby’s Boys’ Camp Neyland’s Grove Wayside Resort Ted Weeks Resort MacKenzie Hotel Stonehouse Park and Hotel Liberty Lake Park

The Resort Project is a series of 12 articles that will run the first issue of every month in 2011. For more on the series and LLHS, see pages 132-133 of the 2011 Liberty Lake Community Directory.

a large sum in those days.” Running a resort meant working long hours every day of the week. Harry Wilson had 24-hour service on boat motors. The other resorts at the lake were closer to town. As motor boats became cheaper and people had more disposable income, more families would take their boats to the many lakes surrounding Spokane. Skip Toreson, a friend of Harry and Kay Wilson, recalls that when the Wilsons received full ownership of the property in the early 1960s, they decided to close the resort and partnered with a developer to develop the area. Tom Specht serves on the board of the Liberty Lake Historical Society. He has lived in Liberty Lake since 1985.


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Musselman, a business specializing in heavy machinery rentals and sales, chose to expand operations to Liberty Lake for better I-90 access and exposure, as well as strategic placement between Spokane and Coeur d’Alene.

Construction wraps up on Musselman building

Business moves into state-of-the-art facility earlier than expected By Kelly Moore

Liberty Lake dentist Dr. Ross Simonds visited Haiti earlier last month, offering free medical services to patients in the area.

Local dentist takes skills abroad Haitian patients receive basic medical care By Kelly Moore

Splash Staff Writer

Musselman, a business specializing in heavy machinery rentals and sales, made its move into new Liberty Lake facilities at 24201 E. Knox Ave. last month. “Obviously the location has great I-90 exposure, but being halfway between Spokane and Coeur d’Alene is nice as we serve clientele all over the west,” Marketing Director Julie Musselman said. “We are a very work-and-play kind of family, and the community really spoke to us that way.” The family-owned business is headquartered in Lewiston, Idaho, but the move to Liberty Lake replaces a Spokane location, while expanding with amenities like office space and a shop for equipment repairs. To the untrained eye, Musselman said the most unique thing about the building, especially in their industry, is the homey, cabin retreat feel to the place. However, for people in the industry, there’s more to get excited about. “The shop will wow you,” Musselman said. “It’s very state-of-the-art.” She noted special garage doors that allow in natural light, an overhead crane, a ventilation system and well thought out design that all contribute to the space. Overall, the facilities boast five acres, a 23,000-square-foot building, eight bays, a dedicated fabrication and welding bay and a 7.5-ton bridge crane.

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Fun touches like a rental counter made from reclaimed parts and a red enameled bathtub in the wash area for mechanics add a few personal touches to the newly constructed 23,000-squarefoot building. Fun touches like a reception counter made from reclaimed parts and a red enameled bathtub in the wash area for mechanics also add to the character of the building. Musselman said projects like theirs typically take about 18 months, but contractors were able to wrap construction five months ahead of schedule. “This has definitely been the biggest undertaking in our family, but it really sets us up to grow and be poised for whatever we may want to do,” Musselman said. The business brought 12 employees to the new location, and Musselman said four new hires should be made this year.

Liberty Lake dentist Dr. C. Ross Simonds recently returned from a weeklong trip to Haiti, where he cared for patients in a free clinic. “The areas where we did our actual dentistry were just mud and sticks,” Simonds said. “There was no electricity or lighting other than our headlamps. It was really what I call jungle dentistry.” Simonds said he brought all his own anesthetics as well as about 750 dental care packages with floss, toothpaste and toothbrushes. “I spent some time teaching them how to use a toothbrush and just basic dental care,” Simonds said. “Sometimes they’ll use different plants to clean their teeth, but true, modern toothbrushes are not something they have access to.” At the clinic, Simonds said he dealt with an array of conditions using basic tools and only bleach for sterilization. “The biggest problem is that they don’t have any sanitation,” Simonds said. “The sewer system is just trenches along the roadside.” Simonds said the unsanitary conditions lead to an increase in disease and parasites, particularly intestinal worms and cholera. Untreated malaria also causes a number of health problems. “You’ve got all these people living in hell, basically, and they’re still happy,” Si-

monds said. “It’s very humbling.” Simonds described a child, disabled by a genetic defect, who came into the clinic walking with the use of homemade walking sticks. “It was basically just slats of wood and you could see where they nailed more pieces to the end of it to make it longer as he’d grown taller,” Simonds said. The group Simonds was with paid for the cab ride and medical fees to send the boy to a hospital where he could be fitted for new, modern crutches. “To see him take off on those crutches with that glow on his face, that’s what it’s really all about,” Simonds said. He said it was the little moments like that one that made the trip so memorable for him. “If you look at the big picture, it seems like a waste of time,” Simonds said. “The big picture is overwhelming. It’s a bottomless need … I just look at things on a personal level. When someone comes into the clinic — for that person — we changed their life for the better. That’s what I have to focus on.” Simonds made the trip along with a group of other area healthcare providers through the Haiti Endowment Fund. As a graduate of the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, a school with an international service mission, Simonds is no stranger to taking trips like the one to Haiti. He’s also taken dentistry services to Brazil, Mexico, Zimbabwe and the Marshall Islands. Simonds’ next stop will be Kenya, where he plans to help train young dentists sometime in the next year.


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Lego Mania infiltrates library Lego enthusiasts gathered at the Liberty Lake Library on Saturday to view Lego creations and have a little fun with building blocks. Each contest participant received a Lego keychain for their entry. Library Tracy Rebstock said the great response to this contest has prompted the library to consider holding another Lego contest during the summer or offering a Lego club for kids.

Aubrey Fu, 5, was the youngest winner of the popular vote contest and received a Lego kit for his prize.

The contest was judged according to presentation, originality, building skill, creativity and stability. The judges’ choice winners were Georgia Bonney, 4 to 6 year old group; Blake Chalpin, 7 to 10 year old group; Dawson Jordan, 11 to 13 year old group; and Jack Lukes, 14 to 16 year old group. The winners of the popular vote by the public were Aubrey Fu, 4 to 6 year old group; Dylan Chamberlain and Caden Johnson, 7 to 10 year old group; Dawson Jordan, 11 to 13 year old group; and Jack Lukes, 14 to 16 year old group.

Splash photos by Tammy Kimberley

Lady Cub champs

Dawson Jordan, 11, received first place in the 11 to 13 year old category from both the judges and the popular vote for his Lego creation.

Painting proceeds donated Miranda Kuhlmann presents a check to Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery for $1,012.09 last month. The 8-year-old donated proceeds from paintings she sold through her website, www.artsyfartsymiranda.com.

The Lady Cubs basketball team recently became AAU sixth-grade champions. Pictured are (back row) Cassidy Crosswhite, Courtney Carolan, Kimberly Koppenstein, Lexie Hull, Emily Osmun; (front row) Kalle Crouch, Katie Hawkins, Kavina Turpin and Lacie Hull. Liberty Lake residents are in bold. Submitted photo

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River City girls win Pacific Coast Super Cup River City G95 Black, consisting of players from the Spokane and Lewiston, Idaho areas, recently won first place in the first Pacific Coast Super Cup Girls U-15 championship. Top teams from the Washington and Oregon were matched up in a regional competition that took place over two weekends in January and February. The team played six games over the two weekends, and then played the championship game against Mount Rainier on Feb. 21 in Portland, Ore. River City G95 Black outscored their opponents 16-3, including 3 shutouts. Submitted photo

Pictured are (front row) Ella Lamm, Hannah Holm, Mikayla Morse, Jessie Kunz-Pfeiffer, JoLynn O’Kelley, Courtney Petrini, Gabby Ilenstine; (back row) Carly Frank, Paige Dolsby, Colleen Lindsay, Hailee Herbst, Cassidy Walter, Holly Miller, Taryn Miller and Ashlee Pedersen. Not pictured are Mackenzie Pierce, Kourtney Wick and Madison Taylor. (Liberty Lake residents are in bold.) The team is coached by Mark Lindsay, Jeff Walter and Bob Holm.


opinion

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Letters to the Editor Central Valley construction bond failure tied to costs Frankly, I’m glad that the bond failed. It would have raised our property taxes by about $500 per year. The advocates of the Central Valley School District bond can claim the economy doesn’t have anything to do with it, but an extra $42 per month is a lot, so it does play into why it failed. My husband and I do not have children and don’t plan to. Why should we have to subsidize people’s choice to have kids? I think if building state-of-the-art schools, paying teachers more, etc., is a priority, then let them pay for it. Look at the age demographics and people without kids in this area, and you’ll see what I mean. I am sick and tired of our property taxes getting raised every other year. I’m sure I’m not alone. Enough already!

Melisa Kinzel Spokane Valley

Local schools need to deliver better results While attention has been directed toward raising taxes for new schools and improving the existing ones, no one has mentioned the need for improved student results from Liberty Lake Elementary and Central Valley High. The State Board of Education’s 2010 Achievement Index shows that Liberty Lake Elementary scored a 4.31 out of 7, which makes it a “good” school — not a very good school or an exemplary school, but just a good school. It gets worse at Central Valley High, which only scored a 4.2.

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Ness Elementary School in West Valley, which has 70 percent of its students coming from low-income families, received a rating of 5.67, which makes it an exemplary school. Congratulations to that school and hooray to both students and teachers. Now the truly important question is: Why is Liberty Lake Elementary lagging so far behind?

Bonnie Lackey

Liberty Lake

Kerry Masters and family deserving of recognition Thank you for the inspirational article, “Caring for displaced critters,” (Feb. 24 Splash) which profiled Kerry Masters. Kerry Masters is one of the most genuine and kind people I know. She is a friend to both animals and people. Kerry has gone above and beyond and helps those who are unable to help themselves, the animals. She and her parents, Bob and Chris Anderlik, and sister Christy represent the best of humanity. Kerry’s family has made a significant difference in the lives of the animals in the Inland Northwest. We are a better community for their presence. The Animal Advocates of the Inland Northwest is one of the best organizations anywhere. We are fortunate to have them within our community. Thank you, Kerry, for all you do for so many.

Kit Jagoda Spokane

Survey Results • Conservative

Last week, The Splash asked readers who they would support for two elected offices that have been in the news recently and that will be on this November’s ballot. Eighteen people responded. The results

• Anyone who comes to Liberty Lake and talks to the voters will have my vote. I feel that our state reps and senator have ignored Liberty Lake.

State Senator, Fourth District

Liberty Lake Mayor

State Rep. Matt Shea received the most support among the speculated candidates with eight votes, followed by “someone else” with six votes. Also receiving votes were former state Rep. Mike Padden with three and state Sen. Jeff Baxter, recently appointed to fill the seat through November’s election, with one vote. Among the comments or suggestions of other candidates left with respondent’s votes: • Judi Owens • We need new fresh faces and leadership. Things are rapidly changing and it’s important that leadership also changes.

Former Mayor Steve Peterson received the strongest support for the office with eight votes, followed closely again by “someone else” with six votes. Garnering two votes each to round out the voting were Council Member Odin Langford and Planning Commissioner Dan Dunne. Among the comments or suggestions of other candidates left with respondent’s votes: • Joe Rodgers • Dan Dunne would bring good business sense to the city. He’s bright, articulate, knows how the city works and looks at every side of each issue. We need a

change. He’s not stuck in the past, and he will be able to keep emotions out of decisions. He’s not a bully, but he will stick up for what is right and not be intimidated by staff. • Council Member Josh Beckett. He will definitely keep things lively. • Mayor Peterson always had the vision of the city in mind while he was mayor. He had the budget in tip-top shape and never needed to raise taxes. ... I hope Steve has changed the minds of the 61 people who created the win for Wendy Van Orman in 2007. • Dave Crump or Josh Beckett.

New survey: Is Liberty Lake business friendly? The City Council considered this question at a retreat last week. Head to www. libertylakesplash.com to cast your vote.


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Washington State Department of Health requires proof of immunity to chickenpox. Proof of immunity is defined as two doses of varicella vaccine and a titer test confirming immunity, or a doctor’s verification of disease. Parent reporting of the disease is no longer acceptable, and new students cannot be enrolled until vaccinations are complete. According to a press release, parents are encouraged to enroll early to select from the various options of morning, afternoon or all-day tuition-based kindergarten classes with extended childcare. Central Valley schools will also begin accepting registration for new first-grade students in their neighborhood schools beginning today. Entering first grade students must be 6 years old on or before August 31. Parents are encouraged to call their school for registration hours. For more information about kindergarten options, visit www.cvsd.org or call 228-5425.

where they resided for 43 year and raised two boys, Courtney Alan and Gordon Elliot. When her children were young, Betty took at break from work to be at home with the children and later developed interests in cross country skiing, hiking, gardening, quilting, Tai Chi and the outdoors. When she was introduced to the Unitarian church by Patty Tyler in Spokane, she really felt like she had found what she was looking for. She was very active in the church and spent a good many years working as the secretary for the minister. She loved her family’s annual trip to “wilderness camp” in British Columbia, living without any modern conveniences for two weeks a year. Family was very important to Betty. She loved her siblings. After her children left the house, she spent summers helping her brother, Ray, a DVM at the Washington State Fair. Everyone remembers the skits of “family fun night” with her siblings, nieces and nephews, a tradition that has been passed down through generations.

CHEF

A: I think it’s am, not a private some of the people chef. A private chef I was able to work is somebody who for. I realize that works specifically these folks look on for one person and the web and they one person only. probably tried to I’m much more find out my backversatile than someground. I totally one who works in a understand that restaurant or even — you don’t want a private chef. I can some strange perfill the needs for a son coming into lot of different peoyour home when ple at a lot of differyou know absoluteent levels. I can do ly nothing about things like an intithem. mate dinner for two I worked for or a wedding of up Splash photo by Kelly Moore some notable peoto 250 people. That’s Clients of personal chef Angie Larson ple in Washington, kind of a spectrum can choose from a number of sample D.C. One was the of what a personal menu items to be prepared in-home. original founder chef can do. Larson can also cook to accommodate and CEO of AOL. Q: What sets you certain special diets. One of his guests, apart from other who I was very people in the industry? privileged to work for even though it was A: As opposed to restaurants and other just for one evening, was Queen Noor of caterers, I work with the client specifically Jordan. That was a lot of fun and I really enon their likes and dislikes. If you don’t like joyed putting that dinner together curry, you’re not going to get a scent of curQ: Why do you enjoy cooking for peory anywhere. If there’s someone coming to ple so much? your party who is lactose intolerant, I will A: I grew up in a family that loves food. be sure to make something that is there es- Everything we do, even to this day, is cenpecially for them to enjoy. tered around food. We still gather once a There are certain diets I can accommo- month to have dinner with my parents. date. I can do diabetic, lactose-free and cerFor me it’s a really primal experience that tain vegetarian things. I’m a little bit more I just love. I love the sound of people enflexible than other entities in the industry. joying being together and eating. It’s just Q: What would you consider your great- an exciting time when I know people are being nourished, practically and emotionest accomplishment as a personal chef?

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ity. As I started preparing dishes, people became aware of what I could do and were always asking me for recipes. I kind of became known for my food. Then, around 2004, I was asked by my church if I’d like to cater their Wednesday night dinners. They had an attendance of around 35 people, so I said, “Okay, I can handle that.” Then it grew. Every Wednesday for about four years, I was preparing meals for anywhere between 150 and 200 people. I had a crew of three or four other ladies that helped me and it was a lot of fun. That’s where I got my really practical experience in how to do this. Q: What was it that made you finally decide to make a living out of your cooking? A: People encouraged me to start a business or a restaurant. I thought that’d be great, but I just didn’t have the capital to start something like that. Along the way, I saw an ad for personal chefs. I’d never heard of that, but I was interested. I looked into it and learned there are several associations nationwide. The one I started out with was the Personal Chef Association. A lot of people join it and they do different things with it. That’s how I started my business. I thought, “Wow, this would be great. I could get a certain number of clients, and I could cook for them. I could actually get income doing what I like to do.” Q: So what exactly is a personal chef? A: Technically, a personal chef is what I

She was always interested in people from outside America’s borders. Traveling to the San Blas Islands with her siblings as a missionary was one of the biggest highlights of her young adult life. Later she hosted foreign students from WSU, some of whom she remained in close contact with until she died. She also volunteered teaching English as a second language to refugees from Ethiopia and Laos. First and foremost, Betty cherished her children. She was very proud to give birth to both her children at the age of 43 and 45 respectively. She often commented that during her first pregnancy her doctor told her, “You old gals don’t do so good.” So she set out reading every book and living right. She was very proud of the fact that she felt she had proved the doctors wrong. She remained a great source of support for the boys. She always had a great love of children, not only her own, but all of their friends and her grandchildren. She was instrumental in getting Pavillion Park off the ground and entertained countless children at her house. Whether it be den mother for the cub scouts, playing piano at the school, tak-

ing soccer players to and from practice and cheering at the sidelines, hosting haunted houses in the basement or playing store with her grandchildren…. the list goes on and on. In 2007, Betty and Floyd moved from Liberty Lake to reside in Coeur d’ Alene near Floyd’s relatives, as both of their health began to wane. They spent their last years at the Coeur d’Alene Homes retirement community where they were cherished by the staff and received impeccable care. Betty had a great love of music and enjoyed dancing and playing piano up to the last year of her life. Betty was preceded in death by father, William, mother, Margaret, brothers Leroy (Puggy) and Ray; and sister, Doris. She is survived by sons Courtney Johnson (Newman Lake) and Gordon Johnson and wife, Madhu (Portland, Oregon); four grandchildren Jeremy Johnson (Ohio), Jakala Bowling (Ohio), Samir Johnson (Portland) and Tara Johnson (Portland). An informal memorial service celebrating her life will be held March 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Glover House, 321 W. 8th Ave. in Spokane.

Angie Larson Age 48

Kids Thomas, 12, and Gerard, 10

Pet Daisy, cat

Favorite food Eggs Benedict

Hobbies Ice skating, bicycling, reading, wine tasting

ally. I think food just brings us together as humans. I’ve always liked that connection. I’ve helped out families who simply don’t have the time to sit down and eat a decent meal. Families I’ve worked with have said, “It’s so nice to be able to put dinner on the table even though we’re in a hurry. We’re not arguing or trying to run out the door. We know a good meal is there.” That’s what it’s all about for me. Q: Do you have a favorite type of food you like to prepare? A: I love doing meats, like a nice steak. I also like working with vegetables and the seasonings and the sauces that you can do with them. Q: So if people are interested in your services, how should they get in touch with you? A: They can visit my website at www. fabulousflavorspersonalchefservice.com. I have lots of information on there as well as my e-mail contact and phone number.


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LEGAL NOTICES NOTICE OF CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED 2010 CITY DEVELOPMENT CODE & RIVER DISTRICT SPECIFIC AREA PLAN OVERLAY (RDSAP) AMENDMENTS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS THAT: The City of Liberty Lake City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2010 City Development Code and RDSAP Amendments. Attendees will have the opportunity to comment on the above-mentioned proposed amendments. The public hearing will be held Tuesday, March 15, 2011, during the regular City Council meeting beginning at 7pm @ the Liberty Lake City Hall Council Chambers, 22710 E. Country Vista, Liberty Lake, WA. A brief presentation on the proposed 2010 City Development Code and RDSAP Amendments may be conducted at the beginning of the hearing. If you have any questions, please contact the City of Liberty Lake Planning & Building Services at 755-6708. Information and lists of the proposed amendments is also available on the City website at http://www.libertylakewa.gov/development/public_notices.asp.

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IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF SPOKANE In the Matter of the Estate of Mitchell A. Miller

NO. 11400160-3

Deceased

NOTICE TO CREDITORS

The Personal Representative named below has been appointed as Personal Representative of this Estate. Any person having a claim against the Decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the Personal Representative or the Personal Representative’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the Court. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the Personal Representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020(3); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the Decedent’s probate and nonprobate assets. Date of First Publication:

February 17, 2011

Personal Representative:

Cheryl E. Miller

Attorney for the Personal Representative: Douglas A. Pierce James, Vernon & Weeks, PA 1626 Lincoln Way Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 Address for Mailing or Service:

Douglas A. Pierce James, Vernon & Weeks, PA 1626 Lincoln Way Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

SUPERIOR COURT, STATE OF WASHINGTON, COUNTY OF SPOKANE In re the Estate of:

No: 11400235-9

OTTO GENE McQUISTON,

PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS

Deceased.

RCW 11.40.030

The personal representative named below has been appointed and has qualified as personal representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the deceased must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the personal representative or the personal representative’s attorney of record at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the probate proceedings were commenced. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the personal representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020(1) (c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and RCW 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate assets and nonprobate assets. Date of first publication:

March 3, 2011

Personal Representative:

Linda M. McQuiston

Attorney for Personal Representative: Terry L. Snow, WSBA # 00689 Terry L. Snow, PLLC Address for Mailing or Service: N. 711 Lincoln, Ste. A Spokane, WA 99201 (509) 324-0100 (509) 324-0107 fax Court of Probate Proceedings Spokane County, Washington Superior Court and Cause Number: Cause No.: 11400235-9

SUPERIOR COURT, STATE OF WASHINGTON, COUNTY OF SPOKANE In re the Estate of: GEORGE R. SICILIA, Deceased.

No: 11400174-3 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS RCW 11.40.030

The personal representative named below has been appointed and has qualified as personal representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the deceased must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the personal representative or the personal representative’s attorney of record at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the probate proceedings were commenced. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the personal representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020(1) (c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and RCW 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate assets and nonprobate assets. Date of first publication:

February 17, 2011

Personal Representative:

Richard M. Sicilia

Attorneys for Personal Representative: Terry L. Snow, WSBA # 00689 Terry L. Snow, PLLC Address for Mailing or Service: N. 711 Lincoln, Ste. A Spokane, WA 99201 (509) 324-0100 (509) 324-0107 fax Court of Probate Proceedings Spokane County, Washington Superior Court and Cause Number: Cause No.: 11400174-3

and the Air Force Commendation Medal five times. He retired from Fairchild Air Force Base in 1973. Gene was a founding member of the Fairchild Federal Credit Union, currently Global Credit Union, after retiring from the military. He worked as a loan officer and branch supervisor for 13 years. Never one to be idle, after he “retired” from the credit union, Gene joined the Spokane Police Department Senior Volunteers in 1990 due to his compassion and dedication to the community. He ultimately became co-director of the Senior Volunteer Program, accumulating more than 40,800 hours of public service. Later, he helped set up a similar Senior Volunteer Program for the Post Falls Po-

lice Department. He particularly enjoyed playing McGruff the crime-fighting dog at schools, churches, parades and other events. For 32 years, until his health prevented it, every Christmas Eve he would be at the Spokane International Airport dressed as Santa Claus and handing out candy canes to the children who were traveling on this special night. He lived in Liberty Lake for the past 15 years. Gene is survived by his wife, Jackie; son, Terry and his wife Dolores; three daughters, Sharon Rossiter, Connie Fuhrman and Renee Dorsey; stepson, George Montgomery; stepdaughter, Teri Alexander; sister, Pat Rector; as well as 16 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. His first wife, Doris, preceded him in death in 1982. People who knew him will miss his vigor, humor, compassion and hear-

ing his whistling coming down the hall at work. His memory will always have a permanent place in our hearts. Once met, never forgotten. Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 25, at Heritage Funeral Home, with several dignitaries in attendance, including Spokane Police Department Chief Anne Kirkpatrick and Liberty Lake Mayor Wendy Van Orman. Gene was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Spokane Police Department. All of his grandchildren were in attendance at the service, with grandson Bob Briggs playing taps and grandchildren Mike Rossiter and Lana Miller speaking on behalf of the others. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Spokane Law Enforcement Museum, 924 W. Sinto, Spokane, WA 99201.


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