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Angels perform on stage at the INB Performing Arts Center in last year’s presentation of The Spokane Dream Center’s Easter drama. This year’s production boasts a 135-member cast.

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Liberty Lake residents Dave and Alice Darroch are the masterminds behind the large-scale Easter drama, “Behold Jesus,” being performed at the INB Performing Arts Center in Spokane on April 16. Raised on two separate continents (neither of which was America), the Darrochs made their way to the Inland Northwest and started a church. The couple, both pastors at The Spokane Dream Center, started the Easter production on a wing and a prayer, and 14 years later it’s bigger than ever. The Splash recently sat down with the Darrochs to learn more about “Behold Jesus” and how they got their congregation on board with the yearly production.

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First things first — where are your accents from? Dave: I was born in Zimbabwe. It used to be called Rhodesia, but it’s called Zimbabwe now.

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Dave and Alice Darroch both work as pastors at The Spokane Dream Center. Alice Darroch is the creator and director of “Behold Jesus” and Dave Darroch will act as this year’s narrator.

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Volume 13, Issue 14 Editor/publisher

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On the cover: Photo illustration by Tammy Kimberley and Sarah Burk

About The Liberty Lake Splash 2310 N. Molter Road, Suite 305 Liberty Lake, WA 99019 Phone: 242-7752; Fax: 927-2190 The Splash is published weekly on Thursdays and is distributed free of charge to every business and residence in the greater Liberty Lake area. Additional copies are located at more than 100 drop-off locations in Liberty Lake and Otis Orchards.

APRIL 7 Noon: Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary meeting, Denny Ashlock Building, 22510 E. Mission Ave. APRIL 11 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Liberty Lake Senior Lunch Program, LL City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive 6:30 p.m.: Central Valley School Board meeting, 19307 E. Cataldo APRIL 12 6:30 p.m.: Liberty Lake Municipal Library board meeting, Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. APRIL 13 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.

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Community Briefs Enter poetry contest at library The Liberty Lake Municipal Library is holding a poetry contest to honor April as National Poetry Month. Entries will be judged ranging from elementary age to adults. Entries are due by April 30 at 4 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in each category, and the top entries will be published in The Splash. For a complete set of rules, visit the library's website at library.

Public invited to Rotary meeting Dan Osborne and Jeff Hart, co-owners of U-District Therapy, will be guest speakers at the Rotary meeting today (April 7) at noon at the Denny Ashlock Building, 22510 E. Mission Ave. An optional lunch is available for $10. The April 14 meeting will feature Jim Starr of Symetra Investment Services, Inc. The public is invited to attend.

Auction to benefit Grad Night A cork and keg silent auction will be held April 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Quality Inn on Argonne in Spokane Valley. All proceeds will go toward CVHS Grad Night. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the door or by calling Taunya Rowell at 475-2616.

Library hosts garden party The Friends of Liberty Lake Municipal Library is hosting a spring tea titled “A Garden Party” at 1 p.m. April 16 at the Meadowwood Technology Campus, 24001 E. Mission. This annual fundraiser will feature entertainment and a silent auction with all proceeds benefitting library programs, materials and equipment. Participants are asked to bring their favorite cup and talk about its history. The event will also feature speakers from the Corbin and Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens and Northland Rosarium. Corporate sponsors are also needed for tables. Those interested can contact Valorie Marschall at 869-0813. Tickets are available for $20 each or

$150 for a table (eight seats) and will be sold until April 15. To purchase tickets, contact Valorie 869-0813, Giff at 954-3285 or Pennie at 928-6551.

Churches host Easter concert An Easter program produced by Liberty Lake resident Jackie Halverson will be held 7 p.m. April 22 and 23 at the LDS Church, 21022 E. Wellesley in Otis Orchards. Musicians from Liberty Lake, Otis Orchards, Greenacres and Spokane Valley churches will commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ through music and art. All are welcome, and admission is free.

Easter events planned for LL Liberty Lake has a pancake breakfast, egg hunt and All Fools’ Hunt planned for April 23. The Liberty Lake Kiwanis annual pancake feed will be from 8 to 11 a.m. at Liberty Lake Elementary School, 23606 E. Boone Ave. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for children. The Liberty Lake Community Easter Egg Hunt will follow at 11 a.m. at Pavillion Park for ages toddler through fourth grade. Pre-registration is required and will be held at City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 16, 4 to 7 p.m. on April 18 and 4 to 8 p.m. on April 21. Six plastic eggs filled with wrapped candy are required or $5 per participant. An All Fools’ Hunt for students in grades five through 12 will be held at 8 p.m. at Trailhead Golf Course. Registration is $5 beforehand or $10 the day of the hunt and can be completed online at www. or during the registration times listed above. Proceeds from the “All Fools’ Hunt” will go to Crosswalk, a homeless shelter for youth in Spokane. Volunteers are needed and donations are welcomed. Interested people can leave their name and number on the bunny hotline, 891-9493.

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Obituary George C. Gabriel Oct. 26, 1928 — Jan. 13, 2011 On Jan. 13, 2011, our Heavenly Father called home his humble servant, George C. Gabriel. He died in Big Timber, Mont., with his wife, Bonnie, at his side. George was born on Oct. 26, 1928, in Boise, Idaho to George M. and Elsie (Peterson) Gabriel. He served in the Army for three years, and then joined the Air Force for a total of 21.5 years of military service. During his service years, he lived all over the world.


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Police Report The following calls for service and citations were reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department March 28 to April 4. Incidents and arrests were unavailable this week.

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Fleshed-out concepts to create a second Liberty Lake access point off of Interstate 90 will be released for public comment later this month. “For a number of years we’ve acknowledged that there needs to be another access point to Liberty Lake,” Community Development Director Doug Smith said. The concepts include a number or options for reconfiguring the overpass at Harvard Road, creating an entirely new interchange, or doing nothing. Smith said the groundbreaking and completion of the project are still years

down the road, but the entities involved would like the community’s input and direction for moving forward. Once the concepts are released for public comment, they will be available on the city’s website at An informational workshop will also be scheduled at City Hall.

Local librarian wins award Pamela Mogen, director of library services at Liberty Lake Municipal Library, received an award of merit for advances in library services by the Washington Library Association (WLA). The award will be presented at the WLA conference in Yakima later this week.

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CVSD prepares for another year of cuts By Kelly Moore Splash Staff Writer

In a special meeting March 30, the Central Valley School Board approved a resolution regarding budget reductions, reallocations and employee adjustments predicting a $3.5 million budget-based loss for the upcoming school year. CVSD Public Information Officer Melanie Rose said the resolution is a fairly rou-

tine “house-keeping” issue, as the district is required to give a 60-day notice before any reduction in its workforce. The $3.5 million is only a rough estimate, as the district is still waiting on proposed budgets from the Washington State Senate and House of Representatives. Superintendent Ben Small described the amount as a “realistic, high-end estimate.” This will mark the fourth year in a row CVSD has made drastic cuts. Last year the

ed to reconvene the Capital Facilities Planning Committee to work on a recommendation for moving forward in the wake of February’s construction bond failure. “Almost everyone from the committee has said they’d like to return,” Rose said. She also noted the district will be looking for fresh perspectives and is looking for new faces for the committee. Interested residents can contact the district offices for more information.

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district faced a $1.8 million reduction. In 2009 the district cut $3.4 million, and in 2008 the cuts reached $1.5 million. The reduction would likely play out with tighter staffing and maxed-out class sizes, Rose said, but the board can’t make any decisions until they know the actual amount of the budget reduction. She noted that the district usually knows that number by this time of year. At the same meeting, the board also vot-


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The Liberty Lake City Council confirmed five new members Tuesday to fill vacant seats on the city’s Planning Commission. Garret Hall, Tom Hufty, Laurance Laux and Robert Moore were confirmed as voting members, while Karl Patchin was confirmed as an adjunct member. Planning Commission business has been put on hold since January, when four of the seven members moved outside city boundaries. In order to reach a quorum and legally conduct a meeting, the commission needs at least four members present. Mayor Wendy Van Orman said the city received nine applications for the vacancies and interviewed all candidates be-

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Scoreboard Cheer 1: Lindsey Gibson, Central Valley Softball Gibson, a senior, picked up two wins among CV’s three league wins during the last week of GSL action. Gibson combined with teammate Carli Riordan to throw a no-hitter against North Central in CV’s 2-0 win. She also picked up the win in the Bears 14-3 win over Rogers High School.

Cheer 2: Carli Riordan, Central Valley Softball Riordan, a freshman, picked up a win and a save while pitching for the Bears

in GSL action last week. Riordan pitched the final three innings of CV’s no-hitter against North Central and picked up the win in relief as the Bears defeated Lewis and Clark High School 9-4.

Cheer 3: Paula Jennings, Central Valley Track and Field Jennings, a senior, helped lead the CVHS girls track team to a first place finish at the Eastmont Invitational ran in East Wenatchee last Friday. Jennings won the shot put event with a throw of 36 feet, 10 inches which was two and a half feet further than the second place finisher.

CVHS Sports Roundup Baseball wins one, loses two The Central Valley High School baseball team bounced back after getting blown out by Mead 26-3 and losing a close game by a score of 6-4 to Gonzaga Prep to defeat Mead High School 19-18 in a slugfest during recent GSL action. The Bears recent three game stretch started off with the loss to Mead in which the Panthers finished off the blowout by scoring 14 runs in the sixth inning in the game. The Bears offense mustered only three hits, the defense committed six errors and the pitching staff gave up 26 runs. Against Gonzaga Prep the Bears trailed 6-1 going into the seventh inning before seeing their three run rally come up short in the 6-4 loss. The Bears offense was led by Liberty Lake resident Trevor Cook who had two hits including two doubles. The Bears picked up their only win during their recent three game stretch by opening up a 18-1 lead over Mead and then holding on for the 19-18 victory. The offense was led by Sean Howard who was a double short of hitting for the cycle and Ryan Leone who was a home run short of his own cycle (hitting a single, double, triple and home run in the same game).

Softball picks up three wins The CVHS softball team had a strong week as they picked up three league wins. The Bears defeated Rogers High School 14-3 behind the pitching of senior Lindsey Gibson and the offense of infielder Tia Pau who had three hits including two doubles. Junior Taylor Wayman added a home run as the Bears pounded out 14 hits. The next CV game produced a pitching masterpiece as Lindsey Gibson combined with Carli Riordan for a no-hitter in a 2-0 win over North Central. Gibson pitched the first four innings for the win, while Riordan closed out the final three innings for the save. The Bears finished off their three wins with a 9-4 victory

over Lewis and Clark as Riordan picked up the win pitching in relief. The Bears were tied with the Tigers at four apiece going into the sixth inning when they exploded for five runs to pick up the win.

Soccer drops decision to Ferris The CVHS boys soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision to Ferris High School in a recent GSL soccer match. Ferris scored the opening goal within the first five minutes of the game and added two goals in the second half to clinch the win. The Bears offense was limited to just five shots during the contest.

Girls track team wins invitational At the Eastmont Invitational raced last Friday in East Wenatchee, the CV girls track team won the invite scoring 173 points almost 40 points ahead of second place Wenatchee High School. The boys squad finished in second place at the meet tallying 107.5 points and trailing North Central High School which won the invite with 146 points. The girls team picked up top two first place wins and three second place finishes. Senior Paula Jennings picked up the win in the shot put while freshman Mariah Cunningham long jumped her way to a title. Three athletes earned a second place finish — junior Allison Jordan in the 400 meters, sophomore Skye Sanders in the 1,600 meters and senior Kendra Szoke in the triple jump. The boys team picked up two first place finishers as senior Billy Rowell won the shot put with a throw of nearly 53 feet while junior Gaven Deyarmin won the triple jump with a final distance of almost 40 feet. Three Bear athletes earned second place finishes as senior Kevin Stanley finished behind his teammate Rowell in the shot put and also earned a second place finish in the discus. Junior Drew Brown was the runner-up in the pole vault and senior Dylan Seitz came in second in the 300 meter hurdles.

Baseball GSL Standings Team Gonzaga Prep Ferris Mt. Spokane University Shadle Park Mead Lewis and Clark Central Valley North Central Rogers Results 3/31 CV vs. Mead 4/1 CV vs. Gonzaga Prep

Girls Track 4/1 CV at Wenatchee League Overall 7-0 8-1 6-1 7-1 5-2 5-3 4-3 6-3 4-3 5-3 3-4 3-4 2-5 3-6 2-5 2-5 1-6 2-6 1-6 1-8 26-3 6-4


Softball GSL Standings Team Mead Central Valley Mt. Spokane University Shadle Park Ferris Lewis and Clark North Central Gonzaga Prep Rogers Results 3/30 CV vs. Rogers 3/31 CV vs. North Central 4/1 CV vs. Lewis and Clark

League Overall 5-0 5-2 4-1 6-1 4-1 5-1 4-1 5-2 2-2 2-3 2-3 2-4 1-3 1-4 1-4 1-5 1-4 1-6 0-5 0-5 14-3 2-0 9-4




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Soccer GSL Standings Team Ferris Gonzaga Prep Mead University Central Valley Mt. Spokane Rogers Lewis and Clark North Central Shadle Park Results 3/30 CV vs. Ferris

League Overall 5-0 7-1 3-0 9-0 3-0 4-1 2-2 2-2 1-2 3-3 1-3 2-5 1-2 2-3 1-2 3-5 0-3 3-6 0-3 4-3 3-0


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Sports Briefs Splash Madness crowns a winner Three community players correctly picked Connecticut to win the NCAA title which propelled each of them to the top three spots in the standings. Drew Kelly finished in first place with 112 points and earned himself the $50 gift certificate to Hay J’s Bistro. Clark Julian came in second place with 104 points and a won a $25 gift certificate to Papa Murphy’s. Third place in the standings was claimed by Mike Johnson with 100 points, but he is ineligible to win prizes since he is a family member of a Splash employee. So the third place prize of a $15 gift certificate to Papa Murphy’s went to Grant Kelly who ended the game with 79 points. On the advertising side of the game only one player, Chris Clark of Clark’s Tire and Automotive, correctly picked the National Champion thus finishing in first place overall with 113 points. The second place finisher was Patrick Fechser of Hay J’s Bistro with 73 points while Grant Bafus of the Liberty Lake Athletic Club finished in third place with 60 points.

Senior wins tennis championship Liberty Lake resident Bob LaLonde, 76, recently won two tennis tournaments in Kennewick. LaLonde, along with his partners, were named champions in the “Super Senior” and “Senior” tournaments in the eastern

regional. They represented the North Park Racquet Club in Spokane. He will play in Sunriver, Oregon on June 26 for an opportunity to compete at nationals.

Dodgeball league starts at HUB The HUB Sports Center, 19619 East Cataldo Ave., is offering a coed dodgeball league on Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning April 15 until May 20. Players age 16 and above can play, and the cost per team (up to eight players) is $120. Team registrations must be postmarked by today (April 7) or dropped off at the HUB by Saturday.

HUB plans family basketball tournament for fathers, sons Dads and sons have an opportunity to hang out for a day and play some basketball at the HUB Sports Center on April 30 from 2 to 6 p.m. Teams will be composed of eight players and will be guaranteed a minimum of two games as well as be eligible to participate in father/son skills competitions. Groups can build their own teams, or fathers and sons can also sign up as free agents and be placed onto a team. Cost is $25 per player. To register, call 927-0602 or email info@hubsportscenter. org.

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to our top three Splash Madness community winners: 1. drew Kelly, 112 points — Winner of a $50 Hay J’s gift card 2. clark Julian, 104 points — Winner of a $25 Papa murphy’s gift card 3. Grant Kelly, 79 points — Winner of a $15 Papa murphy’s gift card Mike Johnson* ................. 100 points Sarah Burk ......................... 72 points Whitney Gummersall .......... 71 points Taunya Rivera ..................... 70 points Josh Johnson ..................... 68 points Kari Sloan ........................... 64 points Jackie Willis ....................... 63 points McKenzie Gummersall ....... 63 points Brooks Urbiha..................... 61 points Troy DeLatte ....................... 61 points

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LL provides a plethora of opportunities for outdoor recreation and fun

By Frank Cruz-Aedo Splash Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: Now that winter is over, The Splash asked Frank Cruz-Aedo to get outdoors and write about some of the recreational opportunities the area has to offer. Some experts predict a heavier April showers season this year. With winter behind us, many are looking forward to funfilled outdoor action regardless of Mother Nature’s intentions. There are signs that spring has sprung in Liberty Lake. People were out last week braving cool temperatures in shorts on scooters, bikes, skateboards and the end of dog leashes in anticipation of a new season beginning. And signs of newness abound — a new community garden, a new city recreation coordinator, a golf course with notable improvements, a city park with new tennis courts, just to name a few. During recent interviews while scoping out the local park scene, it became clear that the area offers a variety of opportunities to be outdoors and try an activity you may not have attempted before. So whether you’re trying to fulfill your new year’s resolution on health and fitness or simply enjoy recreational opportunities with others, here are seven options to attempt around Liberty Lake this spring. Let’s get to it.

1. Parks and trails

With over 25 miles of multi-use trails as well as access to the Spokane River, the community has lots of open space for its

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residents to explore. In addition to Pavillion and Rocky Hill Parks, there are many smaller pocket parks within city limits that offer their own personality, design and specific amenities (see sidebar page 13) as well as the Stateline Dog Park located four miles east of town. Did you know our community is home to one of the largest regional parks in the state? The Liberty Lake County Park, located at 3707 S. Zephyr Road, offers 3,000 acres of wetlands, lakeshore and mountain forest that includes seven miles of hiking trails. Mountain bikers who take advantage of the trails have a chance to see some breathtaking natural waterfalls, and horses are also allowed on the trails. “The equestrian trails there are beautiful,” said Gail Pennestri, owner of Equine TLC. For those interested in off-road vehicle recreation, the Liberty Lake ORV park season begins in April, said Martha Lou Wheatley-Billeter, Spokane County’s Public Information and Communications Manager. “ORV activity starts slowly as the weather improves and ends with a steady, if not heavy pace,” she said. “This pace continues to increase through about mid-May when the higher elevation ORV parks in our region become rideable.” Scanning 350 acres adjacent to the county park, the ORV park offers 16 miles of scenic trails with mug bogs, hill climbs and terrain ranging from beginner level to advanced. She said approximately 4,500 riders used the park last season.

For more information Liberty Lake parks, Liberty Lake County Park, Spokane County Park Ranger, 477-6395 ORV permits, Spokane Valley Licensing, 928-7981

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Eleven gardening beds are available for residents to use at Rocky Hill Park. The park, located at Mission Avenue and Winrock Street, also has a playground, basketball court, tennis courts and open fields.

2. Community gardening

Squash, lettuce, bush beans, tomatoes. These are just some of the many things you can grow, thanks to the new gardening beds at Rocky Hill Park. There are 11 beds available in the park. Michelle Griffin, city recreation coordinator, said some are already accounted for, including one for kids in CHILL camp who are sharing it with the Liberty Lake Library. There will also be a section for seniors and residents at Guardian Angel Homes, and she said the entire garden has been designed for wheelchair and walker access. Master Gardner Louise Quirk has been an early and pivotal supporter for the community garden along with the mayor, Greenstone Corp. and residents of Rocky Hill Park. She said she hopes people will give their green thumbs a try at growing vegetables and the like. “I’m hoping people will come out and

get involved,” Quirk said. “It will still be a bit too early in April so Mother’s Day weekend is what we look towards, but not if there’s snow on Mica Peak.” So that the deer won’t eat the produce, Griffin said the city is installing a fence this month. In addition, free training may be offered from gardening experts on protecting your vegetables from wind, learning about fertilizers and soil management.

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3. Golf

With three distinct golf courses within city limits, area golfers have several options to choose from. Located at 1102 N. Liberty Lake Road, Trailhead offers junior and adult group lessons and private lessons by appointment.

See SPRING, page 13

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COVER STORY Now that spring is here, what are you most looking forward to?

A guide to local parks and trails The Liberty Lake community has a multitude of parks and trails to explore. Listed below is information on area open spaces.

“We’ll play tennis at Rocky Hill Park while our kids play!” Tracy Phelps

Five Fingers Park

22855 E. Country Vista Drive Playground

“Training for my first half marathon.”

Half Moon Park

Corner of Holl Boulevard and Indiana Avenue Playground, spray park

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Liberty Lake Boat Launch 23810 E. 3rd Ave. Fishing

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Little Bear Park

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Pavillion Park

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Pump House Park

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Rocky Hill Park

Mission Avenue and Winrock Street Amphitheatre, basketball, picnic area, playground, soccer, tennis courts

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This executive 9-hole course offers stunning views and the facility offers a family-oriented environment. “There is much going on this spring, and I’m very excited about 2011,” Trailhead Golf Pro Mollie Thola said. “Sun-

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A trio of runners train on the Valleyway hill last summer during a Tuesday morning run. An informal group called ‘Attack the Hill’ meets each Tuesday at 6 a.m. to run the hill. days are always ‘Family Day’ and every Sunday after 3 p.m., golfers pay only $6.82 per nine holes.” MeadowWood Golf Course, 24501 East Valleyway, is an 18-hole championship course that features nearly 7,000 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. Nick Knight, head of the pro shop at MeadowWood, said 80 percent of the locals purchase their discount cards for the day or weekend. “Make your tee times now and come on out now,” Knight said. “Spring will be pretty wet this year.” Liberty Lake Golf Course, an 18-hole championship course that features 6,600 yards of golf for a par of 70, is located at 24403 E. Sprague Ave. Dave Mallrie, first assistant pro at the course, said the multi-million dollar renovation included added lanes, water, sand bunkers and much more that adds to the playability. “We also have new merchandise in our pro shop and, of course, offer junior camps and lessons,” Mallrie said. “Last year we were quite busy with everyone wanting to try the new course and it’s a well-done facelift. We’d like to encourage people to come in early this year.”

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“Volleyball out in front of my house.” Lily Montgomery

4. Running

Two local running groups are open for runners of any skill level to join. The Liberty Lake Running Club, started by Kathy Whybrew, is in its second year of existence. The club meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. at Palenque Restaurant, 1102 N. Liberty Lake Road. The group welcomes runners as well as walk-at-your-own pace participants, speed walkers and moms and dads with strollers. Anywhere from a few to more than a dozen people have showed up in the past for the weekly three-mile loop, Whybrew said. “Palenque has been so generous with our group, and we hope to make t-shirts and offer special restaurant promotions this year for those who want to join in on the fun,” she said. Another running group, Attack the Hill, meets 6 a.m. on Tuesdays at the base of the Valleyway hill just past the MeadowWood Golf Course. The mission is to run hill repeats up the quarter-mile hill. Organizer Bobby Wiese said it’s perfect for all ability levels — from those preparing for the Liberty Lake Loop or Valley Girl Triathlon or even for non-competitors who would like some boot-style camp fun. “We have Ironman athletes that run it as part of their training as well as walkers who are building up to do their first 5K,” Wiese said. Participants can run or walk as many sets as they like — typically four to eight runs — and they’re encouraged by one another along the way. Stacey Roessler said Wiese’s encouragement to runners as they go up or down the incline is a key component to the group.

See SPRING, page 16

“I can’t wait to have picnics at the park!” Sarra Kuzmenko

“Doing all the different track categories. I’m the team manager.” Ashlynn Garcia

“Mainly tennis at Pavillion Park and training for my eighth Bloomsday.” Mitchell Foley

“Road biking with friends in and around our beautiful community.” Frank Sell

“Playing outside with my friends and going bike riding.” Addi McLelland

“Going out on our boat in Coeur d’Alene.” Kate McLelland

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He’s lived in Liberty Lake for a year and three months, and his daughter, Cris Kaminskas, is a current council member. Karl Patchin currently works as the accounting manager for Esterline Advanced Input Systems. He earned his masters degree in finance from Gonzaga University and has lived in Liberty Lake for two and a half years. The new commissioners will join standing members Sheila Bell, Dan Dunne and Frank Raney. The purpose of the commission is to study and make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council for Liberty Lake’s future growth through continued review of the city’s comprehensive plan, development code and other items assigned by the City Council. The Liberty Lake Planning Commission meets at 4 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at City Hall. The Council also heard the first read of an ordinance to ban the marketing, sale, distribution, possession and use of electronic cigarettes to minors. Talks of such an ordinance started at the March 15 Council meeting. No state legislation currently exists to regulate the devices. Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that provide inhaled doses of nicotine or a non-nicotine vaporized solution. It is an alternative to smoked tobacco and has been marketed as a smok-

ing cessation product. However, the FDA does not approve it as a means of smoking cessation and has issued concerns regarding the product’s safety, effectiveness and quality control. Similar ordinances have already passed in Spokane, Spokane Valley, Millwood and Spokane County. The ordinances came after a resolution passed last year by the Spokane Regional Health Board requesting jurisdictions to take steps to regulate the product. Liberty Lake’s proposed ordinance calls for a $50 fine to minors who violate the ordinance and a $250 fine to any person or business other than a minor that violates the ordinance. The fines will be applied per transaction. In other business: • After a public hearing, the Council tabled the second reading of an ordinance to amend the City Development Code and the River District Specific Area Plan Overlay to allow the Community Development Committee to review and make adjustments. The ordinance should return to the Council at its May 3 meeting. • Greenstone Commercial Managing Director Wayne Frost presented information on options for financing infrastructure in the River District. This included an overview of the Local Infrastructure Financing Tool and the Tax Increment Financing programs. • Van Orman announced a special meeting scheduled 7 to 9 p.m. April 26 at City Hall to discuss the possibility of a city administrator position for Liberty Lake.

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“Even with his previous experience as a drill instructor in the Marines mixed in with all his Ironman and other race experience, he has a gentle way of encouragement, which is all I really need to get me moving,” she said. Sometimes the group will have a race to the tree at the end for one final push, Wiese said, where the slower runners head up first, followed by intermediate and then the speed group heads up so that all finish at nearly the same time. “It's fun, painful and gives real results” Wiese said. “Misery loves company.”

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5. Tennis

Dust off your racquet, hone your skills, meet players of similar ability and make new friends through the Liberty Lake Community Tennis Association. The group, now in its fourth year, extends an open invitation for drop-in tennis and tennis tips every Monday at 6 p.m. at the new Rocky Hill Park tennis courts. Any skill and age level is welcome, and racquets will be supplied to those who need one. “We’re so thankful the city is introducing an open tennis night in Liberty Lake,” Whybrew, also a founding LLCTA board member, said. “The courts are now open, so grab a racquet, come out and join the fun!” As founding president of LLCTA, I will be on hand for this weekly event. I will facilitate round robin play, feed balls or work with you on your backhand or volleys. If beginners would like any tips, ask and you shall receive! Dubbed as a viable option for an active lifestyle in the presidential “Let’s Move” campaign, I encourage residents to come out and see how much fun tennis can be. Charles Matthews, a new LLCTA member, said he hopes to see an opportunity for a weekly workshop in the near future. “I would come out regularly for that to improve my game and would love to do that here versus anywhere else,” he said. The tennis association is also hosting a complimentary QuickStart workshop for 10-and-under tennis during the city’s CHILL day camp this summer.

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6. Fishing

Fishing season in Liberty Lake, regulated by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), runs March through the end of October. There are two public docks available. One is maintained by the WDFW and is located at the north end of the lake at 23810 E. 3rd Ave. The other is available at the southeast corner at Liberty Lake County Park. Fish in the lake include bass, crappie, rainbow and German brown trout, perch, blue gill, walleye and catfish. Last week I was able to talk with professional bass angler Joey Nania via phone while he was at an Atlanta fishing competition. Should you not know who Nania is, he is our hometown national bass fishing champion. Nania said the German brown trout in the spring is great. His favorite bait to use are little spinners, small crank and jerk bait. “My favorite area on Liberty Lake is the north end where the sandy beach flats and weed beds are,” Nania said. “It’s the first place bass move to start thinking about spawning as the water warms up.” Which fish sounds fun for you to go for? I could envision a lake-caught rainbow trout pan-fried with a lightly dusted tarragon-chili powder, Ezekiel 4:9 bread crust coating and a fresh lime drizzle.

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Chris and Candy Martin play baseball with their sons Tristan (blue coat) and Tanner (red coat) over the weekend at Pavillion Park.

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A popular spot for local fisherman, Liberty Lake can be accessed by two public docks. One is at the north end of the lake along 3rd Avenue and the other is at the southeast corner at the county park. when league game is not taking place.

7. Baseball

With Major League Baseball opening last week, it’s yet another year of excitement for ball players. The Riverview Little League is getting set for their big Opening Day on April 16 at the Pavillion Park field. The diamond at Pavillion Park came about in 2009 after many years of hustle and perseverance by grassroots champion Jennifer Tomlinson. Many volunteers painted benches, laid foundations for bases, installed fencing and worked on preparations for the field. In the past, church groups and others have formed casual baseball get-togethers. The field is available for public use

Liberty Lake resident Frank Ambriz will emcee the ceremonies for Riverview Little League this year, and his daughter Madison will sing the national anthem. “We’re excited for the day,” Ambriz said. “The first pitch is the start of a great new season for the kids.” Central Valley Little League and Eastside Little League recently combined to form Riverview Little League, league president Ben Abshire said. There are currently over 300 kids from all over the Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake participating. “There are five divisions and Riverview will be hosting the Majors District All-Star tournament in Liberty Lake,”

City offers an array of recreational opportunities If you would like to try something new this spring, you don’t need to look much further than the city of Liberty Lake. According to their website, the city offers recreational services throughout the year to help the community develop physical, cultural, artistic and life skills. With over 60 activities available for people to choose from, Recreation Coordinator Michelle Griffin said she would love to see an increase in participation this year. “We look forward to people getting out this year more than ever before,” Griffin said. “I welcome input to how things are going and what else the community might like to do during springtime.” The city’s recreational programming, which includes dancing, river rafting and Zumba, is available via their website and within the Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation brochure. Activities are being held in Liberty Lake parks and open spaces, as well as at the HUB Sports Center and the CenterPlace at Mirabeau in Spokane Valley. For more info, go to or www. Abshire said. “The winner will move on to state and could eventually feed into the famous Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. which is televised nationally on ESPN.”

For more information Riverview Little League, www. So grab your seeds for the community garden. Set up your portable tennis in the driveway. Shoot hoops at Rocky Hill Park. Tie up your laces for a run or a hike. Forget about those weather forecasts. Fill your lungs with fresh air and take time for recreation. Let’s just do it.


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Networking group forms in LL By Kelly Moore Splash Staff Writer

The Liberty Lake Merchants Association may be only three weeks off the ground, but it’s already gone from an idea between friends to a functioning networking group with 12 local businesses on board. “So far it’s been really successful,” founding member and owner of Farmers Insurance Bryan Jarrett said. “Our group is still small, but I see this really taking off and growing to a good-sized group.” The goal of the association is to act as a referral group between Liberty Lake business owners and people wanting to do busi-

ness in Liberty Lake in order to keep business local. In addition, the group hopes to support the community through special events. “We want to get Liberty Lake businesses out of the brick and mortar and into the community,” Jarrett said. “I think the community will respond really well.” Founding member Keith Kopelson, owner of Get The 411, said they plan to hold weekly meetings where they spotlight local business members, pass referrals, participate in community events and advertise members in various media sources. He also said the group plans to represent and support local merchant’s

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The association meets every Tuesday at 7 a.m. in suite 116 of the TierPoint building, 23403 E. Mission Ave. Doors open at 6:30 a.m. for open networking time and refreshments. All Liberty Lake business owners are invited to attend the meetings or send a representative. For more information, call 590-4184.

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Chamber offers course A candidate school for those considering running for public office will be offered at the Spokane Valley Chamber Business Center, 9507 E. Sprague Ave., on Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m. The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce will host sessions on what it is like to hold public office, organizing and running a campaign and working with the media. Cost is $25, which includes refreshments and materials.

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Agent completes course A Farmers Insurance agent in Liberty Lake recently went through the Career Agents Course at the University of Farmers training facility in Agoura Hills, Calif. Rosemarie Wardian completed the five-day course, which is designed to give agents the ability to understand the needs of customers and select the right insurance to meet their needs.

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Jumpers for Japan event raises money at the HUB

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Neal Bishop supervises kids playing a game of bump during a break from shooting baskets at the Jumpers for Japan event on March 27 at the HUB Sports Center. Above: HUB Executive Director Phil Champlin shows participant Brody Betts-Atwood the correct way to shoot. Workers from the Red Cross collected money at the event to help those in Japan affected by the recent tsunami.

Library holds edible book contest

Shutterbug snapshot

Tom Specht captured the breaking morning early last month along Sprague Avenue. Submitted photos

The Princess and the Pea, submitted by Rebecca Wilding, won the popular vote during the edible book contest sponsored by the Liberty Lake Municipal Library. Other entries included Flat Stanley, Skippyjon Jones, and S’more and Peace.

Deployed overseas

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Liberty Lake resident Joan Kearney recently shared this photo of her grandson, Matt Klaiber (far left), who has been serving with the marines in Afghanistan since October 2010. His mother, Mary Klaiber, works at Stepping Stone Christian School. Submitted photo

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Fun remained despite Zephyr transformation By Ross Schneidmiller Liberty Lake Historical Society

When Charlie Traeger came to Liberty Lake, he had a different idea from the other early pioneers. Charlie wanted to build a roadhouse. He wanted to build a grand one, and one that was far from the reach of an ambitious district attorney. Charlie Traeger was the proprietor of the Royal Rooms parlor house in Butte, Mont., and it catered to the city’s elite. Just a few years earlier, Charlie was a bartender. Now as a proprietor, his business was at risk. The newly elected district attorney wanted to clean up Butte by prosecuting the very type of establishment Charlie ran. Flush with cash and a vision, Charlie set his sites on the southeast shore of Liberty Lake — no expense was to be spared. High-end furnishings were shipped by rail from back east. The lumber to construct the plantation-style structure came from the Holland Mill near Spokane Bridge. Wall to wall carpeting, a luxury for the times, was installed throughout the two-story, 20-room building. Steam heat was piped to all of the rooms, and lighting was provided by a state-of-the-art kerosene lighting system. Open for business in 1902, the sign above the entrance proclaimed its name, “The Zephyr.” Complete with gambling and liquor sales as well as other vices known in these types of establishments, Charlie’s business was a success. Along with the main lodge was Zephyr Dance Pavillion built out over the water.

from the Libert y L ake historicaL society

Once known as a rowdy roadhouse, The Zephyr was transformed into a legitimate business, The Zephyr Hotel, with the help of Charlie Traeger’s wife, Marie.

Located on the southeast side of the lake

Dates of Operation 1902-1946


• Charlie Traeger, 1902-1910 • Marie (Traeger) Wing, 1911-1946

What’s there today?

Zephyr Lodge Conference Center

Did You Know?

• In 1914 you could stay at Zephyr for $2.50 a day including meals. • The big wood stoves in the kitchen had to be started very early in the morning in order to serve breakfast by 9 a.m. • For a short time during World War I, Zephyr became a home for retired priests. • Zephyr is the oldest active commercial building in the Liberty Lake area. • You can rent out Zephyr today for your party or event. Go to for details.

Sig’s Resort

The Zephyr Dreamwood Bay Resort January: February: March: april: May: June: July: august:

septeMber: OctOber: nOveMber: DeceMber:

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.

the zephyr Description

• Sandy Beach Resort

Photos courtesy of the Liberty Lake Historical Society

The Mary Lucille, winner of the 1910 Liberty Lake Regatta, passes in front of the Zephyr Dance Pavillion circa 1910. Ragtime music was becoming popular at this time. This genre of music began as dance music in the red-light districts of American cities. It was composed chiefly for piano, and it brought an era of expressive ballroom dancing, with dances that did not need formal training but which encouraged individualism. Because of this, many a proper lady would have found this style of dance inappropriate. In 1902, you would primarily have found ragtime in saloons and roadhouses like The Zephyr. With the piano player performing hits from Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag, the lively crowd would dance the likes of “The Banana Peel Glide” or the “Boll Weevil Wiggle.” But even though excitement and intrigue emanated for years, The Zephyr, which means “light wind from the west,” was about to get a change in direction. Opening in 1909, Liberty Lake Park was soon to attract thousands to its sandy shores. The Zephyr was no longer in an out-of-the-way, discreet location. But the

final straw was not the park, but rather Charlie’s new bride. Married in 1908, Marie Traeger would not move to Liberty Lake unless The Zephyr became a legitimate business. Complying to his wife’s wishes, the roadhouse became the Zephyr Hotel. Not long after the change, Charlie was afflicted with a lung ailment and died on New Year’s Eve 1910. Now a widow, Marie continued with the hotel and sought a reputation different from Charlie’s, one that was built on good food and hospitality. Under her management, The Zephyr Hotel was well patronized and became known for its Road Island Red Chicken dinners. In 1914, Marie married again to Fred Wing, a former railroad timekeeper. They managed the hotel together, with Marie concentrating on the restaurant. She personally supervised all of the baking as well as the preparation of the chicken. Most of the items featured on the menu were either grown or raised on the property, freshly prepared each day.

Zephyr’s emphasis may have changed, but it was still a fun and lively place. Instead of ruckus crowds and hurdy-gurdy girls, families came to the hotel on special ocasions for all-night dances. They came from all around the community, and after a midnight feed, they continued dancing until daylight. The Wings continued to run the hotel into the 1940s. Two world wars and the Great Depression took its toll on Zephyr. The hotel’s operations changed as the times dictated. During World War II, the only real business was catering to private parties. By 1946, the Wings were ready to sell. They received an offer from a Spokane Brewery for $25,000. This would provide a much-needed retirement, but they wrestled with this as the breweries plans were to return the hotel to a time reminiscent of its beginnings. Instead of accepting the offer from the brewery, they contacted a Mr. Mosely, whom they had met earlier when he had directed a church youth event at Zephyr. Mosely put the wheels in motion that led to the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, purchasing the hotel and grounds in June of 1946 for $20,000. The Wings accepted $5,000 less than the previous offer but could retire in peace as their beloved Zephyr was in good hands. Ross Schneidmiller is president of the Liberty Lake Historical Society and a lifetime resident of the community.


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Kiwanis still going strong after 96 years By Jeanne Harmer Liberty Lake Voices

On Jan. 21, 2011, Kiwanis celebrated its 96th birthday. The first Kiwanis club was chartered in 1915 in Detroit, Mich., and the idea developed into a global organization of members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis got its distinct name from an expression “Nun kee-wanis” which is from the language of the Otchipew, a Native American tribe that lived in the Detroit area. The phrase means, “We have a good time,” or more popularly, “We meet.” With a family of nearly 600,000 members strong, Kiwanis has grown to more than 8,000 clubs in 80 countries. They annually raise more than $107 million and dedicate more than 18 million volunteer hours to strengthen communities and serve children. In 2010, Kiwanis announced a push to eliminate maternal/neonatal tetanus (MNT) through The Eliminate Project. In this campaign, Kiwanis is partnering with UNICEF to raise $110 million by 2015 to fill the funding gap required to eliminate MNT.

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“We’re very proud of the past year, and we’re moving full speed ahead in our 96th year to continue serving the children of the world,” Kiwanis International President Sylvester Neal said. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Kiwanis International provides numerous opportunities for people of any age to get involved. The organization offers Circle K for university students, Key Club for students age 14-18, Builders Club for students age 11-13, K-Kids for students age 6-12 and Aktion Club for adults living with disabilities. In addition to providing services to children and communities, members benefit from the friendship, fellowship and business networking. The Kiwanis Club of Liberty Lake was chartered in August 2001 by a group of business owners, professionals and area residents who wanted to make a difference in the community. The club plays a special role in developing future generations of leaders through K-Kids club at Liberty Lake Elementary School, Builders Club at Greenacres Middle School and Key Club at Barker High School. These clubs teach community service and leadership skills to our young people, and Liberty Lake Kiwanis has awarded $100,000 in scholarships to local students to encourage their continued education. The club has also hosted many fun fundraising events such as a wine tasting, the father/daughter dance and barbecues at Liberty Lake and Greenacres Elementary Schools. The many projects we have participated in or contributed to have not only benefited our community but the nation as well. We have adopted families during the holidays, as well as participated in the Children’s Miracle Network, D.A.R.E. (Drug Awareness Resistance Education), Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Program (HOBY) and the Fourth of July fireworks and parade. Kiwanis Club of Liberty Lake meets every Wednesday at 6:45 a.m. at City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive. For additional information, contact John Loucks, 892-3004, or Scott Draper, 8925811. Jeanne Harmer is the public relations chair for Liberty Lake Kiwanis. She has been involved with the Kiwanis organization since 1995 and has served as president of a club in Tempe, Ariz.


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Survey results What is the best facet of Liberty Lake’s reputation as a golf mecca? For the past two weeks The Splash offered a one-question survey about Liberty Lake’s reputation as an area golf mecca. As of our deadline, we received 13 responses to the question about local golf courses. MeadowWood Golf Course was the strong leader with seven votes, followed by three votes for “all that extra green space.” Trailhead Golf Course captured two votes while one person voted for Liberty Lake Golf Course.

wedding • birth • anniversary • engagement

Comments from some voters are provided below. • They are all awesome! Trailhead is a great quick fix! • Though I don’t golf, I am all for golfers and greens. • MeadowWood is by far the best course in the area. The greens are true and the water features add that extra flare to the game. Five-star all the way. • I didn’t have any idea Liberty Lake was a “golf mecca.” I’m not sure that is the correct term!

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Alice: And I was born and raised in Malta. It’s in the Mediterranean — a little island south of Italy. Both my parents are Maltese. Q: How did you meet? A: Dave: My home was a commonwealth country at that time, so I could join the Air Force either in Rhodesia or England. I chose to join in England. We had Air Force bases in Malta because it used to be a commonwealth country too, and that’s where we met. I swept her off her feet and took her off the island. Q: How did you make it to the Inland Northwest? A: Dave: They had a military exchange program between the United States and the British. I came on the military exchange post to the U.S. Navy on Whidbey Island. Even though I was in the Air Force, they switched me with the Navy. We were on Whidbey Island when we became Christians. I’d never been to church in my life. A lot of things happened, and our lives totally changed. We started to get involved with ministries here in the U.S., but we were only supposed to be here for three and a half years. Towards the end of that time I started to realize that God had a different plan, and we planned to immigrate here. Q: How long have you lived in Liberty Lake? A: Dave: We were living on Mission Avenue and a friend of ours who comes to the church has a condo in Liberty Lake on the inlet. It was just sitting vacant, so he asked us if we’d like to live there. That was in October of 2002, and we’ve been there since. Q: Can you tell me a little more about The Dream Center where you are pastors? A: Alice: We call it The Dream Center because our heart is to reach out to people that have lost their hope or their dreams. So many people, they’re derailed in life. We have a lot of people coming to our church who are just out of drug rehab or jail. In fact, a lot of the people in the drama are ex-drug addicts. They’re changed lives. The guy who plays Jesus this year went through our faith-based recovery program. He’s done really, really well, and now he’s doing a second year interning on staff. We have another girl who was homeless when she came to us. She went through our program, went to college and got a job as a dental assistant. She got her kids back and got a house. Now she’s playing an angel in our drama. Q: Speaking of the drama, how did it all get started? A: Alice: This is our 14th year. It was one

“Behold Jesus” April 16, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. in Spokane Admission is free. For more information, go to

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Actors take the stage in the largest scene of last year’s Easter drama. The final scene depicts Jesus continuing his work from heaven. of those things that just kind of dropped on me. Dave and I alternate preaching and teaching on Sundays. It was a Saturday night, and I was thinking about what I’d share the next day. All of the sudden it was like a movie (started playing) in my head. Literally, it was like a download; that’s the only way I can explain it. I saw seven scenes of the life of Jesus. I tried to shake it off because I wanted a sermon, not a movie. But I couldn’t shake it off, so the next day I shared what I saw with the congregation and went through the seven scenes. Q: So what was the first step getting it off the ground? A: Alice: Nothing happened for a couple of years. It was almost like I shared what I saw and that was it. Then one day I felt like I was supposed to do a play. I said, “I don’t do plays,” but I knew that was what I was supposed to do. I started with the kids. The first play was at Christmas time and it was very hard. On the actual day of the play, I had five key people say they couldn’t come because they were sick. Q: It sounds like you had your hands full in the beginning. What made you want to keep going? A: Alice: I was the director, the song leader, the lighting person and everything else. That first year was not a huge success, but I still saw the potential. Q: Did either of you have any theater background? A: Alice: I’ve always loved drama. When I was in England, I joined a drama group, but it was very amateur. I’ve always loved it, but I never took lessons or anything like that. It was a learning experience. Q: So how did you keep things going

after that rough start? A: Alice: We started doing it at Easter, and each year we’d add a scene until we had all seven scenes. After that I kind of felt more at liberty to really spread it out. We did it at the church and made all our own props and costumes, and we included the whole church and all the people in our drug rehab programs. If you moved, you were in the drama. If you didn’t move, you got painted. Q: Things seem to have really taken off from those humble beginnings. Can you talk about how you’ve grown along the way? A: Alice: After seven years at the church, we took a leap of faith and went into the Bing Crosby Theater. We did it for two years there, and then we really outgrew the place. So we moved to the INB Performing Arts Center. This is our fifth year there. We do it free of charge, and we go out into the streets and invite people to come in. Many times we’ve had a cast with 150 people in it. This year we have about 135. It’s a big, two-hour production. It’s way out of our element, but it works. Q: Can you tell me more about the work that goes into it? A: Alice: It’s a lot of work. We do all of our own costumes and build all our own props. It’s many, many hours of backstage work. I try to organize it too to make sure everyone will be there and families can all come to practice on the same days. You just have to have peace because you are working a lot of times with people who are not used to so much structure. Q: What is your favorite part of the production process? A: Alice: It’s wonderful to see people playing these roles when we know

they’ve gone through so many heartaches in their lives. Sometimes the actors’ friends see them and how their lives have changed. They get encouraged and think, “If my friends can do it, I can do it too.” Dave: It’s not just about the drama; it’s about the whole church doing stuff together. We start in the middle of January working two days a week. Now we’re doing full Saturdays. Some people at the end of it say, “You know, I’ve never completed anything in my life.” It really encourages them. Q: Do you think the production benefits the congregation more or the people who come to see the play? A: Alice: Both. Honestly, I don’t know who benefits the most because we definitely benefit a lot together. We’ve got a new girl who just got into our program and she’s already an angel in the program. She was on drugs just a few weeks ago, and now she’s on stage in this gorgeous outfit with beautiful scenery and it ministers so much. Q: What can people expect to see when they come to watch the production? A: Alice: We normally start it with the birth of Jesus and then go through the miracles and on to the death and resurrection. A lot of plays normally end there, but we take them into a scene in heaven. It’s one of our largest scenes. When the curtain goes up, we hear gasps. It’s really a beautiful scene. Q: What would happen to make you consider the play a success? A: Alice: If everybody shows up on time, if we all remember our lines, if we’ve got a good group of people there and if people are touched, then I’ll be happy. Dave: Basically we want to fill the place up. Not because we want to be famous, but if we’re going to be there, we should fill it up. And we want to change lives. Alice: Financially, we shouldn’t be able to do it, and technically we shouldn’t be able to do it. It’s a miracle every year, but it works. We put it together and people come from all over. We’re not here to entertain people, although it’s entertaining. We want to tell the story. We want to touch people’s lives.

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AUTOMOBILES 2003 Chevy Silverado C1500 P/U. 2WD, 4.3 L V6, standard cab, 8’ bed w/liner, trailer hitch & light wiring, 5 speed manual, 97,000 miles, $5,200, 220-7204.

BULLETIN BOARD Free Love and Logic Parenting Class Saturday, May 7, 9:00 to 3:00 at Real Life Ministries, Post Falls. To register, go to: Questions? Email or call Donna at 509-981-3232. Ladies, don’t miss out on this opportunity to support Library programs! Garden Party, April 16th, Meadowwood Tech Campus, $20, laughs, auction and a great time! Details, 928-6551.

EVENTS Cruisers 6th Annual Mini-Sturgis Event. July 28-30. Great opportunity for vendors. 3000+ attendees. Contact Sheri at cruisers@roadrunner. com or 509-2171937. Cruisers is located in Stateline, Idaho by Cabelas.

NEW BOUTIQUE OPENING 4/12 Lollipop Lemondrop will be open from 11-4 every Tues-Sat beginning April 12! Come shop for upscale new and pre-loved women’s & children’s clothing/ accessories, including Posh Toppings, La Bumba, Liberty Lake Soap, Jilly Beans, Mishakaudi Jewelry & more. Laurie Denney Photography will hold minishoots for your little ones every Thur from 1-4. You’ll also find Terrazzo Home featuring rustic, homestyle decor & accessories. Visit us at 23129 E. Mission, Suite A! Let your kids enjoy our play area or use our mtg. space for small groups. For more info, www. No you don’t have to own a motorcycle to come to Cruisers Bar & Grill. Only 40% of our customers own motorcycles. But 100% of our customers love our menu and our bands which start at 7 pm because we’re old. The Wilson Band, plays on April 16. Triple Shot on April 23rd. Slow Burn on April 28. Good old Rock n Roll. We never charge an admission and we give a portion of proceeds to charity including Aprils charity, Baca; Bikers Against Child Abuse. On April 30, Steve Groene will be the road captain to help us with

classifieds the Baca fundraiser and awareness event. Cruisers is located in Stateline, Idaho right by Cabalas.

SPOKANES BEST PHOTOGRAPHY Easter & Spring Portrait special $29.99 Photoshoot: 10 professional pictures on a CD (upto $150 value) www. Contact Sonya at 509-368-7531, walk-ins welcome. Expires April 24. Best photography at the best price.

FOR RENT 818 N Tanglewood 3-bed, 2-bath. Move in ready with all appliances! Upgraded, landscaped, centrally located. Must see! $1295 + $1200 deposit. Contact Call Realty, 921-9898.

BEACH CLUB ACCESS! THIS ONE WON’T LAST. Super nice, duplex, threebedroom, kitchen/dining room, deck with view of the lake, washer & dryer, no smoking, no pets. $845 per month, 499-3101.

FURNITURE DINING SET FOR SALE Dining table, 2 arm chairs and 6 side chairs from Restoration Hardware. 4 years old. $2500. Call 310694-4242. Leather chocolate brown chair, new condition without blemish, we never sit in it and we have too much furniture! $250, 991-6934.

GARAGE SALES 519 S Alpine Drive, Liberty Lake - Friday and Saturday 9am to 4pm - furniture, glassware, 18 ft Bayliner, antique sewing machine, miscellaneous items. Washington State Quilters 11th Annual Yard Sale. Saturday April 9th, 2011 8 AM to 11 AM, West Central Community Center, 1603 North Belt Street, Spokane, Wa. Quilting related items.

HELP WANTED If you are coachable, have 10-15 hours a week, love helping others reach their goals, and are hungry to create financial and time freedom, you’ll want to find out how you can build a recession-proof business working from home and own a piece of that $2.5 billion anti-aging skincare market pie. To set up a time to hear more information please email rfnorthwest@ Kitchen staff — MeadowWood Golf Course. Must be available evenings and weekends. Age 21+. Call Mo 255-9146.

LOST & FOUND Found: “collectable” coins found at Liberty Lake Elementary school. Contact Jim with description at 509-499-2200.

Kenmore 24 stitch sewing machine with cabinet, $125 OBO. Toro Powerlight snowthrower model number 38172, used 1 winter, $150. 4 steel rims fit most GM products, $100 OBO, 509-863-9565. Panasonic Kx-4100 commerial shredder with attachable cabinet. Perfect for the office or professional setting! $95 OBO. Call 255-6196. Used book sale to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Saturday only from 9 to 3 at 11520 E. Valleyway.

PETS FREE - FLOP EAR RABBIT Would make a good pet. Includes hutch, bedding, food, water bottle, and food trays. Call 509-981-8950 if interested.

Horse/rider supplies: English leather riding boots size 8 $40, shipping boots, 6 pairs $10 per pair, Justin lace-up ropers size 8, all in great condition, some new! 991-6934.

NORTHWEST PAINTING Residential repaint specialists. All phases of interior and exterior painting. Premium warranteed paint used on all projects. Many local references. Fully insured. Estimates are always free, 509-622-2999.


Workshop for lease. 1,500 sf. 3 phase power, gas and wood heat, Trent & Starr Rd. $550 pr. Mo. + power, 2556638.




Chariot Cougar 2 Kiddie bike trailer. minimal use. Yours for $349 and just in time for spring, 979-3648.

SKATEBOARDING TIME! Pacific North Boards is back and now based in Liberty Lake. We are a mobile skate shop offering quality decks and access at affordable prices. Find us on Facebook where you can view inventory and follow us. See you at the park!

Tile, laminate, vinyl and carpet. Prosource member. Free estimates. Larry and Lillie, 9938814. Remodeling contractor: Licensed and bonded, Peterc*152re. 24 years experience, references. Decks, patios, garages, roofing, sheetrock taping and texturing, minor plumbing. All your remodeling needs. Call Bruce, 710-4541.


SERVICES CERTIFIED COMPUTER REPAIR Liberty Lake’s preferred on-site computer and network repair. Experienced, Comptia certified technicians. Schedule now for same-week service (nights and weekends, too). No travel surcharges. 509-315-1144;

CONCRETE CURBING BORDER PATROL Your local curbing company is now booking for the 2011 curb season. Please call for a free estimate today. We offer color, stamped and even lighted curb. Beat the spring rush! 509-951-9502 Home repairs, large or small. Minor plumbing, fences, bathroom remodels and more. References available. Let me finish your “honey-do’s,” 869-3062. Paulman Services, Paulms*991bt.

For all your home repair and remodel needs. We do bathrooms, kitchens, decks, additions, patios, windows, doors, tile floors, laminate flooring, and trim. Licensed, bonded and Insured, STEVEHR944BF. Call Steve at 509-714-6424.

WINDOW WASHING Pristine “clearly the best”. Window washing specializing in residential, commercial and new construction. Free estimates, guaranteed best prices, fully insured and licensed. Your Liberty Lake neighbor. Call 710-5196.

ZUMBA BOOTCAMP KIDFIT Spring into fitness with Speedfit. Zumba, Bootcamp, Personal Training, & Kid’s Classes (Zumba, Dance/fitness) all at The Hub Sports Center. Visit or call Emily Erickson, 499-9906.

J & L PETSITTERS and Housesitting. We would love to take care of your pets and your house. Reasonable rates. Trustworthy. Dependable. Local references. Call Jamie, 509-892-3594, 208-661-5535.

LAWN CARE ORGANIC MICRO-CUT. We offer spring clean-ups, aerating, fertilizing, mowing, trimming, big or small jobs. Call 509-863-8894 for free estimates!

WANTED Donate your old rocking chair to a good cause! High school special education class in need of rocking chairs; they provide many benefits for the students! Call Lynne at 228-4065.

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Index of advertisers Delivered free to every business and residence in the greater Liberty Lake area, The Splash is possible because of its advertisers. Following are the local advertisers in this week’s Splash. Please consider them when offering your patronage.

MISC. FOR SALE Flip Mino HD (M2120) camcorder w/bonus HDMI cable. Records 120 minutes. In original (unopened) packaging. On Amazon $183, was $163, now yours for $150 cash. Call 509-893-9808.

LAWNMOWER REPAIR & TUNEUP Joel’s Lawnmower Repair repairing both riding and walk-behind lawnmowers, garden tillers and most power equipment . Pickup and delivery available. Factory Trained Technician. Licensed and insured. Call 924-5396. M-F 10-6, Sat 9-12, Closed Sundays.

Power raking/core aerating/complete weekly lawn maintenance and fertilizing. Serving Liberty Lake area for over ten years. Guaranteed lowest rates in town. Will meet or beat any competitors written bid. Great spring specials going on now. Call today for a free estimate. Pacific Lawn Maintenance, 509-218-1775.

Lost your dock in the recent weather? Several have come ashore at the north end. Call Bill at 210-1013 to identify.

1914 Baby Grand Piano - $2,000; 48 Vlt Club Car with headlights, taillights, custom dash and trailer - $2,500; 255-9533.

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Affordable Optics 5 Andrean Accounting 5 Bestway Lawn & Tree Care 8 Binns Family Chiropractic Insert Callahan & Associates Chtd. 9 Calvary Chapel 4 Calvary Chapel Christian School 14 Chamberlain, Dr. Dan 15 Clark’s Tire & Automotive 3 Community Colleges of Spokane 15 Domino’s Pizza 2 Family Medicine LL/Medicine Man Pharmacy 6

Good Samaritan Society Spokane Valley 14 Gravity Jack 8 Great Harvest Bread Co 15 Healthy Living Liberty Lake 15 John L. Scott Real Estate - Pam Fredrick 14 Lakeside Vision PLLC 9 Liberty Lake Family & Sports Medicine 5 Liberty Lake Family Dentistry 3 Liberty Lake Orthodontics 3 Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District 4 Liberty Lashes 8 Lilac Bloomsday Association 7

Northern Quest Resort & Casino NW Tailoring R’n R RV Sayre and Sayre Simonds Dental Group Spokane Internal Medicine Spokane Valley Cosmetic Laser Center Sterling Savings Bank The Mat Therapeutic Associates

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WANTED NEW BABY ITEMS New born baby items. Need everything. Buggy, stroller, clothing, etc., 1-509-922-7857. We are looking for a wood bunk bed twin over twin or twin over full. Please call Audrey or Bret at 509 9440539 or 509 944-0531. Thanks.

STATEWIDE REACH 2.7 MILLION READERS: The Splash participates in a statewide classified ad program that allows classified advertisers to submit ads for publication in more than 130 community publications throughout Washington. $255 buys 1,180,746 circulation and 2,715,700 readers. For more information, contact Josh Johnson at 242-7752 or


ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from home. Medical, Business, Paralegal, Accounting, Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial aid if qualified. Call 866-483-4429;


ANNOUNCE your festival for only pennies. Four weeks to 2.7 million readers statewide for about $1,000. Call Josh at The Splash at 242-7752 or 1-206-634-3838 for more details.


LOCAL PRIVATE INVESTOR loans money on real estate equity. I loan on houses, raw land, commercial property and property development. Call Eric at 800-563-3005,


WARM, CARING HOST FAMILIES needed for high school exchange students. Volunteer today! Call 1-866-GOAFICE or visit DRIVERS - Company - Lease - Work for us or let us work for you! Unbeatable career opportunities. Trainee. Company driver. Lease Operator earn up to $51K. Lease Trainers earn up to $80K, 877-369-7105, www. DRIVERS: New pay package. Hiring Class-A CDL flatbed drivers for regional and OTR lanes. Solo, O/OPs and teams. Top pay, great equipment. 888-801-5614, www.


DIVORCE $135. $165 with children. No court appearances. Complete preparation. Includes, custody, support, property division and bills. BBB member. 503-772-5295,,


SAWMILLS- Band/Chainsaw - Spring sale - Cut lumber any dimension, anytime. Make money and save money. In stock, ready to ship. From $995, www., 1-800-578-1363 Ext. 300N.


OWN 20 Acres - only $129/mo. $295/down near growing El Paso, Texas. (America’s safest city!) No credit checks. Owner financing. Free map/pictures. 800-3439444,

Why use Splash Classifieds? Buy and sell with your neighbors in a local marketplace Lots of free options (Anything for sale

under $250 is free, plus categories like Bulletin Board, Lost & Found and Wanted)

Saturate Greater Liberty Lake in 6,000 copies, reaching more than 12,000 readers (industry studies show more than two readers per copy of a newspaper)

Options galore — stand out with inexpensive options for color

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 and must be submitted by April 29. For more information, call Rand Hatch at 255-6174 or David Himebaugh at 994-7933.

Equine TLC plans fundraiser Denim and Diamonds, the second annual fundraising event for Equine TLC, will be held 6 p.m. April 30 at Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1700 N. Sullivan Road in Spokane Valley. All proceeds from the event will go to-

ward Equine TLC, a non-profit therapeutic horse riding program ran by Liberty Lake resident Gail Pennestri for children and adults with special needs. The fundraiser will include dinner, music, dancing and an auction hosted by KXLY’s Kalae Chock. Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased by calling 995-8650 or 3895335 or emailing

‘Run For The Son' running in May The Church Between The Lakes, made up of several churches between Liberty and Newman lakes, will host a 3.1-mile run/ walk, a celebration of faith, on May 28. The Run for the Son will take place 9 a.m. at the Rockin' B Ranch just south of exit 299 of Interstate 90. Registration is $10 for walkers and runners of all ages. For more information, visit

Library offers computer class Computer classes are offered on Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission. The class consists of basics of computer use, how to set up an email account and how to use Microsoft Office programs. Interested participants can sign up by calling the library at 232-2510.

City hosts Senior Lunch Program The Senior Lunch Program in Liberty Lake is served Mondays and Wednesdays. Seniors age 60 and older are invited at 11 a.m. at Liberty Lake City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive. The recommended donation is $3.50. For full list of community briefs, visit

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Home Equity Line of Credit as low as


Tap into the power of your home.




Make smart home improvements that will help increase your home’s value. A Home Equity line of credit from Sterling lets you borrow up to 80% of your home’s equity at an historic low variable rate. Plus, our smartLock option lets you lock in all or a portion of your balance to enjoy a fixed rate and payment. The interest you pay also may be tax deductible. (Consult your tax advisor.) Call or visit a Sterling branch today. Liberty Lake (509) 892-1357

*Rates vary by Combined Loan to Value (LTV) and credit score. All loans and rates subject to credit approval. Offer for new lines only. Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) Rate based on the Prime Rate listed in the “Money Rates” section of the Wall Street Journal plus margin. This plan has a 10 year draw period and 20 year repayment period. This is a variable rate plan with a minimum rate of 4.24% and maximum of 18%. As of 03/01/2011, the rate on our Home Equity Lines of Credit is Prime + .99% - Prime + 4.99% (4.24% APR – 8.24% APR). Different rates and terms available. After 12 months, a maintenance fee of $50.00 is assessed annually. No Setup Fee, No Closing Costs. This offer is available only on owner occupied residential property and is subject to higher credit qualifications. Offer requires that payments are automatically deducted from a Sterling personal checking account. APR subject to increase if automatic payments are discontinued. Property insurance is required. Please consult your tax advisor for deductibility of interest. If you pay off and close your line within the first three years, an early closing or prepayment fee of $500 applies. Offer subject to change without notice. **You may convert all or a portion of your Home Equity Line of Credit to a fixed rate and fixed payment option. The first lock is at no additional charge. There will be a $75.00 lock fee for each additional lock. Minimum amount to convert is $5,000. You can request a maximum of one (1) Fixed Rate Option in a calendar year and may have up to 3 fixed rate options in place at a time. Please refer to your loan agreement for full terms on the fixed rate option.

April 7, 2011  

Seven signs of spring: The latest on how Liberty Lake is blooming with activity.