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Italian Festival chair Holli Parker (center) poses with her cousins Kelli Gardner and Sidney Gardner at a fundraiser for the American Italian Club of Spokane.
Viva Italiano! Italian Festival chair talks about family, culture and her favorite day at the Farmers Market By Kelly Moore Splash Staff Writer
The American Italian Club of Spokane is busy preparing for its fifth annual Italian Festival celebrated at the Liberty Lake Farmers Market this weekend. Last year, this festival drew nearly 2,500 attendees to the market, and the group expects to see that number steadily grow. This year, the event is expanding to include Friday-evening festivities to accompany the special market day. Club members will host bocce games and serve ice cream at Rocky Hill Park before an outdoor showing of the movie “Moonstruck.” The Splash recently caught up with festival chair Holli Parker to get the scoop on what she’s excited about this year, where she sees it headed and what it means to her fellow club members.
Talking about the Italian Festival, how did you first get involved? I actually was the Farmers Market manager at the time, and I’m also part of the American Italian
See ITALIANO, page 15
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Day job Second-grade teacher at Greenacres Elementary
Hobbies Reading and gardening
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Most recent read “The Book Thief,” by Makus Zusak
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IF YOU GO ... 5th Annual Festivale Italiano A free cultural celebration presented by the American Italian Club of Spokane 7:30 p.m. Friday: Bocce and ice cream at Rocky Hill Park followed by an outdoor screening of the movie “Moonstruck” at dusk. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday: Music, pictures with the Leaning Tower of Pisa and food demonstrations and booths at the Liberty Lake Farmers Market For more information, visit www.llfarmersmarket.com
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Little House, 22510 E. Country Vista Drive. The main topic of this public meeting will be the organization’s fall production. For more: www. libertylaketheatre.com
July 26 | Creepy Bug Night 6:30 p.m., Liberty
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p.m., Pavillion Park. The Liberty Lake Municipal Library event will be open to the community. For more: 232-2510
Aug. 9 | Pajama Story Time 6:30 p.m., Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. For more: 232-2510
Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. Kids invited to see live bugs and other creatures up close — if you dare. For more: 232-2510
Aug. 10 | Outdoor cinema: Remember the Titans Dusk, Pavillion Park. Part of Friends of
July 26 | Outdoor movie: Monsters Inc.
Aug. 11 | Outdoor cinema: O Brother Where Art Thou? Dusk, Pavillion Park. Part of
Dusk, KiDDS Dental, 1327 N. Stanford Lane. Families should bring own goodies and blankets, first 50 receive free popcorn. KiDDS Dental will be collecting food for the food bank at Spokane Valley Partners, and attendees can win tickets to a Spokane Indians game. For more: 891-7070
July 27 | Dream Catchers 10:30 a.m., Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. Kids invited to create their own dream catcher. For more: 232-2510 July 27 | Liberty Lake Days: Friday Night Car Cruise and Street Dance 6 to 9 p.m.,
"downtown" Liberty Lake. The free event is open to all class or collectible vehicles, and spectators are encouraged to line Liberty Lake Road between Albertsons and Safeway for the event or take part in the street dance located in the front area near Safeway. Car registration begins at 5 p.m. in the Albertsons parking lot. For more: www.libertylakewa.gov
July 28 | Fifth annual Festivale Italiano
9 a.m. to 1 p.m, Liberty Lake Farmers Market, 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane. Special Farmers Market event features cooking demonstrations, Italian pastry, meatball sandwiches and the singing styles of Adriano Ferraro.For more: www. llfarmersmarket.com
July 28 | Christian Singles 11th Annual BBQ Picnic 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Liberty Lake
County Park (S.3707 Zephyr Rd, Liberty Lake). Christian Singles Fellowship, an area-wide interdenominational singles group, is hosting the event. The day will begin at 8 AM with a hike and will end at 8 PM. Activities during the day include volleyball, swimming and games for all ages. All food for the full BBQ Lunch, which will be served from 12:30 to 1:30, is included in the cost: $6 for adults and teens, $3 for kids, 12 and under with parent. (Ticket price does not include park admittance.) Advance ticket purchase or reservation is required. To make your reservation, call Susie from “Real Life Singles,” at 208-6678692, Tammy from “Valley Assembly Singles” at 509-879-8866 or Marge from Christian Singles Fellowship at 509-927-0304. Tickets also available
Correction Nancy Brubaker was misquoted in the July 19 story, “It takes a village.” A word was errantly omitted from her statement, resulting in a changed meaning that mischaracterized her. The quote was intended to express, “At first you are in shock, then you go through being emotional and crying a lot, then you go through trying to buck up and tackle whatever comes at you." The Splash apologizes for the error and thanks Brubaker for her characteristically gracious handling of our mistake.
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Aug. 17 | Outdoor cinema: Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire Dusk, Pavillion Park. Part
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Aug. 18 | Mutt Strut 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. A
community walk/run for dogs and their owners will be held beginning at Pawpular Companions, 21950 E. Country Vista Drive. The pledge walk event will consist of 1.5- to 2.5-mile routes that end at Pawpular Companions parking lot with an ice cream social, free giveaways and raffle prizes. All proceeds will benefit SCRAPS Hope Foundation. For more: www. pawpularcompanions.com
Recurring Kiwanis Club of Liberty Lake 6:45 a.m.
Wednesdays, Liberty Lake City Hall, 22510 E. Country Vista Drive. For more: www. libertylakekiwanis.org Aug. 1 speaker: Travis Gonder on life following a near-fatal automobile accident Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary Club Noon Thursdays, Meadowwood Technology Campus Liberty Room, 2100 N. Molter Road Liberty Lake Farmers Market 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane. For more: www.llfarmersmarket.com
Liberty Lake Lions Club Noon on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, Barlow’s Restaurant, 1400 N. Meadowwood Lane. For more: 927-2193 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Liberty Lake Municipal Library 23123 E. Mission Ave. 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Knitting Club; 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, computer classes; 1 p.m. Fridays, crafts for preschoolers; 1 p.m. Saturdays, crafts for ages 6 and up; 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, baby lapsit story time; 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, toddler/preschool story time. For more: 232-2510 or www.youseemore.com/libertylake Liberty Lake Toastmasters 5:45 to 7 p.m.
Wednesdays at the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District building, 22510 E. Mission Ave. For more: 208-765-8657
Senior Lunch programs 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Liberty Lake City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive, and 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at Talon Hills Senior Complex, 24950 E. Hawkstone Loop. Seniors age 60 and older invited; recommended donation $3.50.
MUSIC & THE ARTS Aug. 4 | Pavillion Park Summer Concert Series: Oli Brown & Peter Rivera 5 p.m.,
Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Road
See CALENDAR, page 19
Free upcoming events in Liberty Lake’s parks: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rocky Hill Park: Matt Mitchell of Folk Inception This concert, sponsored by Friends of Pavillion Park, is being held in conjunction with the regular Liberty Lake Community Tennis Association clinic, and the LLCTA will be providing hot dogs, water, chips and salsa and desserts. Meanwhile, the Liberty Lake Running Club will begin and end its weekly run at the park.
7 p.m. Friday at Rocky Hill Park: fifth annual Festivale Italiano A prelude to the traditional event still planned for Saturday’s Liberty Lake Farmers Market, the event will feature bocce ball and an ice cream social hosted by the American Italian Club of Spokane followed by a showing of “Moonstruck” at dusk.
9 a.m. Saturday at Pavillion Park: Liberty Lake Bed Race The inaugural event sponsored by the Liberty Lake Lions Club will start at the park entrance on Molter Road and run toward Country Vista Drive.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Pavillion Park: Liberty Lake Days Resembling the All-Valley Picnics held in Liberty Lake starting in 1922, the event features carnival games, contests, a car show and vendor booths.
5 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday at Pavillion Park: Liberty Lake Kiwanis Family Campout Sign-in and tent set up starts at 5 p.m. at Pavillion Park. Camping is free. A $7-per-person pizza and hotdog dinner will be served from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a $5-per-person pancake breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. the following morning.
Dusk Saturday at Pavillion Park: “The Muppets Take Manhattan” Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang take a bite out of the Big Apple. Rated G.
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never heard back from him. The complainant called the property management company and was told he had fallen victim to a scam. • Suspicious vehicle — At 3:30 p.m. July 22, officers were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle at the 1800 block of North Pepper Lane. The complainant reported a vehicle in the parking lot without any license plates. Officers were able to identify the registered owner by the VIN and determined the vehicle was not stolen. • Argument — At 3:30 p.m. July 22, LLPD was dispatched to a possible domestic violence incident at Appleway Avenue and Liberty Lake Road. The investigation determined the subjects were involved in a verbal argument and that no crimes were committed. • Dispute — At 2:50 p.m. July 20, LLPD was dispatched to a custodial interference call at the 1600 block of North Holl Road. Officers were able to resolve the dispute. • Domestic violence — At 8:30 p.m. July 21, LLPD officers arrested a juvenile female at the 21200 block of East Country Vista Drive for domestic violence assault and malicious mischief. A caller reported the suspect was assaulting her mother and older sister. • Noise complaint — At 11 p.m. July 21, LLPD was dispatched to a loud party complaint at the 1000 block of North King James Lane. The complainant said there was a band playing loudly, and people were yelling. Officers contacted the responsible person, and they had the band quit playing for the night. Those attending the party were told to stay inside the residence. • Robbery — At 6:20 p.m. July 22, LLPD assisted the Spokane Valley Police Department with a robbery that occurred at Shopko in the 13000 block of East Sprague Avenue. When the call came out over the radio, the LLPD officer recognized the description of the suspect and suspect’s vehicle as that of a Liberty Lake resident. The officer responded to the residence on East Mission Avenue where he thought the suspect lived. The officer located the suspect vehicle in the driveway, and additional officers responded to the address. The suspect was contacted at the residence, identified, taken into custody without incident and booked into the Spokane County Jail. • Lost and found — On July 23, a citizen turned in a ring found at the 1300 block of North Liberty Lake Road. The ring was placed in the LLPD evidence room. • Suspended licenses — LLPD officers made five arrests on suspended licenses during the reporting period, including: - 7:35 p.m. July 17 at Euclid Avenue and Harvard Road;
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Candidates tout conservative ideals O’Quinn, Romeyn and Chase vying to replace retiring Commissioner Mark Richard By Josh Johnson Splash Staff Writer
SPOKANE VALLEY — Candidates for Spokane County Commissioner all laid claim to the conservative mantle before a Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce breakfast crowd Friday. And for good reason: The open seat represents District 2, which includes Liberty Lake and Spokane Valley and has traditionally supported candidates who stress lean government and low taxes. District 2 voters will narrow the field of three candidates — Republicans Rob Chase and Shelly O’Quinn and Democrat Daryl Romeyn — to two in the Aug. 7 primary election. The finalists will be on ballots countywide come November. Despite being the only Democrat, Romeyn criticized the current slate of Republican commissioners for being the true “liberals.” “The biggest thing a county commissioner can do for the citizens is to balance the books — that’s our biggest challenge right now,” said Romeyn, a former KREM weatherman who now runs an organic farm and dry fruit business. “When times were good, our county commissioners didn’t put any money in a rainy day fund. They spent it all. When they had their chance, they spent like liberal Democrats. They went out and spent $8 million on a race track and are now paying $40,000 to service the interest on the race track, so we don’t have the dollars to plug the holes on policing and parks, because they’ve already spent them.” O’Quinn is endorsed by the three current commissioners: Todd Mielke, Al French and the current representative of District 2, Mark Richard, who announced
this spring he would not seek re-election. The director of education and workforce for Greater Spokane Inc., O’Quinn emphasized her large network of endorsements and relationships in both the public and private sectors as an example of “broad community support” that would benefit her as commissioner. O’Quinn emphasized the value of partnerships to chase the economy as well, saying regional collaboration allows for “eliminating duplication of services, cutting administrative costs and reducing the overall cost to taxpayers.” Chase, a Liberty Lake resident and o’quinn current Spokane County Treasurer, told the crowd of business leaders he believes in a “strict separation between business and government,” which he said would help free up businesses to create jobs. romeyn “Government is a parasite in a way, a necessary parasite,” Chase said. “But you don’t want to kill your host. You suck so much blood out, and the taxpayers die a death of a thousand cuts.” While both O’Quinn and Chase are well connected in the different wings of the local Republican party — O’Quinn with the more traditional Republican movement and Chase to the more Libertarian or Tea Party wing — Romeyn received little Democratic party support two years ago in a failed run for Congress against Cathy
PRIMARY BALLOTS Ballots for the Aug. 7 primary election were mailed last week to registered voters in Spokane County. They must be postmarked or returned to an official collection box by Aug. 7. The nearest receptacle for dropping off ballots is at the Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. McMorris-Rodgers. On Friday, he positioned his independence as an asset to the county. “I don’t come from within the Republican party or the Democratic party,” Romeyn said. “I’ve been an outsider, and I think that’s what we need right now, someone who doesn’t have IOUs to give out. I would be there to objectively evaluate what’s going on as far as how we’re spending our money.” Romeyn criticized commissioners for failing to plan ahead for lean times. He said property taxes were too high, although when confronted by a questioner about past proclamations that taxes should be lowered, Romeyn said his position has evolved. “My initial goal when I ran for county commissioner was to reverse the trend and bring us lower property taxes,” he said. “Then reality set in. The county needs every dime it’s getting right now to keep the current services we have; we’re bare bones. So I had to be a realist. I adjusted. My goal now is to hold the line on property taxes — no increases.” O’Quinn, who has billboards and materials touting that “it’s all about jobs,” was asked what power a county commissioner would have to impact job creation. “The county does have an impact on the economic environment we develop in our
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News Briefs New noxious weed discovered in lake The annual herbicide treatment for noxious weeks in Liberty Lake was amended Tuesday hwhen a new plant was discovered: Phragmites. An e-mailed release from Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District Lake Protection Manager BiJay Adams said that the strand was discovered along the south of the lake where it intersects with the wetlands. Phragmites are “very invasive,” Adams said. Adams said he has modified LLSWD’s Ecology permit, and the plants will be sprayed with an aquatic formulation of Glyphosate today (Thursday) to treat the approximate 1/2-acre of infestation estimated in its first year of growth. Notice of the treatment will be posted at the Liberty Lake County Park beach area and the public boat launch. “If it is left unmanaged, our entire 150acre wetland would become a monoculture of this plant in just a few short years, including shoreline areas around the lake perimeter,” Adams said. “This plant is one of the most aggressive wetland/ terrestrial plants in Washington, and it is critical that we eradicate it ASAP.”
Yard sale registrant wins prize Liberty Lake Community Yard Sales participant Stacy Kloth was drawn as the official winner of $500 toward a new set of tires at Clark’s Tire and Automotive, said Pat Dockrey, who helped organize the event. The drawing was held at a recent City Council meeting. Everyone who officially registered to be a part of the 19th annual event was put into a drawing for the prize.
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10 • July 26, 2012
LL Days amps up weekend festivities By Kelly Moore Splash Staff Writer
The third annual Liberty Lake Days will return this weekend with a full slate of activities slated for Friday and Saturday. A downtown car show and street dance will be held Friday evening followed by carnival games, food and vendors Saturday. “It’s all about bringing the community together,” Co-coordinator Amanda Tainio said. “It’s nice to see the response we get from people and how excited people get about this event.” Festivities kick off with the car show Friday evening. Car registration begins at 5 p.m., and the show runs 6 to 9 p.m. Cars will line both sides of Liberty Lake Road in addition to vendor booths and inflatable amusements. A street dance with music provided by Party Starters will be held during this time.
SCRAPS helps stray Liberty Lake kittens At Liberty Lake Days, Cheri Scandalis will be on hand as a representative from SCRAPS with information about fostering or becoming a volunteer handler to help save the lives of animals that enter the shelter.
According to Tainio, fewer vendor booths will be allowed Friday in an effort support businesses located downtown. On Saturday, the Liberty Lake Bed Race, sponsored by the Lions Club, will kick off events at 9 a.m. at Pavillion Park. Teams of five will compete for prizes awarded to overall winner, best bed design and best team spirit. A Lions Club raffle will also be held during the event. Official Liberty Lake Days events kick off at 11 a.m. with a revised set up for carnival games, activities and vendor boots. This year, inflatable amusements will be located on the Pavillion Park tennis courts, and picnic tables will be set up inside the pavilion to create a shaded eating area. Food vendors include Bubbadogz, Smokin’ Rome’s Southern BBQ, Great Harvest Bread Company and Krazy Kettle Corn. According to Liberty Lake resident Joan Peters, a family of feral cats with more than 10 babies was recently found along Country Vista Road. “I couldn't walk away from this,” Peters said in an email. “Maybe some families will want to adopt after the kitties are vetted and domes-
The afternoon’s events run until 5 p.m. with a special display from the Liberty Lake Historical Society, a car display and model car display, contests and live music. During Saturday’s events, a parking shuttle will run from Liberty Lake Elementary to the park. For more information, visit www.libertylakewa.gov. This year the Liberty Lake Kiwanis Family Campout will coincide with Liberty Lake Days, beginning with sign-in and tent set-up beginning at 5 p.m. Dinner will be available for purchase beginning at 6 p.m. A Friends of Pavillion Park showing of the movie, “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” will begin in the park at dusk. A pancake breakfast will be served Sunday morning from 8 a.m to 10 a.m. ticated, which shouldn't take long.” Peters said she and other community members have worked with SCRAPS to catch most of the kittens and prepare them for a loving family. For more information, contact SCRAPS at 477-2532 or visit Scandalis at Liberty Lake Days.
Friday, July 27 & Saturday, July 28
Friday in downtown Liberty Lake
5 p.m. Car registration at Albertsons parking lot 6 p.m. Car show and street dance
Saturday at Pavillion Park
9 a.m. Bed Race sponsored by Lions Club
1 a.m. — 5 p.m. Inflatable amusements, vendor and 1 display booths, carnival games, car display 11 a.m. — 3 p.m. Live music and entertainment 11 a.m. Egg toss 11:30 a.m. Brick walk Noon 3-legged race 12:30 p.m. Gunny sack race 1 p.m. Egg toss 1:30 pm. Brick walk 2 p.m. 3-legged race 2:30 p.m. Gunny sack race 3 p.m. Cake walk 3:30 p.m. Pie eating contest 4 p.m. Charleston dance contest 5 p.m. Kiwanis Family Campout begins Dusk Outdoor cinema: “Muppets take Manhattan”
Group proposes Fallen Heroes Circuit Course By Kelly Moore Splash Staff Writer
The Liberty Lake community may soon see additional fitness opportunities throughout town — along with equal opportunity to pay respect to local fallen military heroes. A group of motivated citizens is gearing up to present the city plans for the Fallen Heroes Circuit Course, a five-station fitness course located throughout the city. The installation would aim to provide fitness opportunities for area residents, while also honoring local military personnel killed in action. “Right now we have an independent committee of volunteers who are very passionate about seeing this come through,” Coordinator and Marine Corps veteran Bob Wiese said. “Right now we are trying to get all our ducks in a row to make sure we’re able to answer everyone’s questions when we make our formal proposal to the city.” The proposed circuit course would in-
clude stations along a 5-mile route, with fitness equipment at each stop. Stations are proposed at Rocky Hill Park, Pavillion Park, the trail at Trailhead Golf Course, Nature’s Place at MeadowWood Arboretum and the city’s proposed Civic Center. Weise said each station would include five to eight pieces of fitness equipment. Every station, he explained, would include basic strength training pieces like pull-up bars, sit-up benches and push-up bars. At two of the larger stations, he said the committee is researching weight-resistance powered cardio equipment like an elliptical machine or stair climber. “There are places for kids to play at all these wonderful parks, but not a lot is set up for adults,” Wiese said. “With this, families will be able to use free fitness equipment while they’re enjoying the park. Then while we’re there, we can maybe educate them about some of our military heroes.” In addition, he explained, each station would represent the four branches of the military and the United States Coast
See CIRCUIT, page 16
The proposed circuit course includes five fitness stations along a 5-mile route through the city. Stations at Rocky Hill Park, Pavillion Park, the trail at Trailhead Golf Course, Nature’s Place at MeadowWood Arboretum and the city’s proposed Civic Center would each represent a branch of the military and the United States Coast Guard.
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Remembering the roar
40 years after its heyday, the Miss Merion Bluegrass is once again turning heads By Nick Merchant Splash Contributor
Sometimes inspiration strikes when you least expect it. For Kirk Rogers, it happened in the checkout line at the Liberty Lake Albertsons. The spark set him on a two-year journey that would connect Rogers with his past, his late father and an unbeatable hydroplane racing boat named the Miss Merion Bluegrass. Rogers saw a copy of The Splash with the Merion on the cover and something just “clicked,” he said. “I’m not sure what happened, but I went home and told my brother, Kevin, that we need to find the old boat and restore it,” Rogers said. “That’s kind of what started this whole project.” After a lot of dead ends and thousands of man-hours, the Rogers brothers along with original pilot Earl Wham have rebuilt and restored the Merion to what Wham calls “museum quality.” “You have to see it to believe it,” Wham said. “Everything is chrome or polished on it. And I’m not exaggerating; I was in love with the original, and it looks just exactly like it but the Merion was a rough diamond when we had it, and it’s a polished diamond now.”
Glory Days Kirk’s father, Fred Rogers, and Wham bought the boat in 1964. Previously dubbed the Hurricane III, the pair renamed it the Miss Merion Bluegrass because Rogers was a grass farmer who grew Merion Bluegrass for local company Jacklin Seed, which later became the boat’s sponsor. The team, with Wham at the wheel, racked up numerous hydroplane race victories during the 1960s and early 1970s, including wins at the Little Diamond Cup in Coeur d’Alene and the Orange Bowl Regatta in Miami, Fla. Rogers and Wham also became the world straightaway record holder in 1967 at Devils Lake, Ore. Wham sped through the one-kilometer course at an average speed of 159.217 mph, breaking a 1965 record of 153.746 mph. The Merion held the record for three-anda-half years. Wham believes the Merion
The Merion at Liberty Lake Days The restored Miss Merion Bluegrass will be on display at Liberty Lake Days along with free 8 x 10 color photos. Original pilot Earl Wham will be there signing autographs. Miss Merion Bluegrass T-shirts will also be sold. Prominent to the promotion of the new Miss Merion Bluegrass is a quote Kirk and Kevin Rogers, who worked to replicate the hydroplane, are adamant about displaying in honor of the trio who were the driving force behind the original: “A tribute to Fred Rogers, Earl Wham and Bob Schultz for their combined innovation and dedication that made this boat a legend.”
Brothers Kirk and Kevin Rogers built this replica of a boat their late father, Fred Rogers owned in the 1960s and 1970s. It will be on display at Liberty Lake Days Saturday. could reach speeds of up to 180 mph, but it was never a serene affair. “You can get her up there, but are you going to go airborne? The trick is getting her back down,” Wham said with a laugh. “I had an incident every time I got above 160 miles per hour, something happened that wasn’t what I wanted. It wasn’t a piece of cake, every time it was nail-biting time.” According to Wham, the biggest race they won was the 1968 International Grand Prix in Miami where the Merion competed against 150 boats from all over the world. The race was featured on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports.” The team also went undefeated during the entire 1970 season. Wham’s white-knuckle driving is at least half of what made the team so great during the Merion’s run. “There’s two things you can do when you get up to those speeds: you can let off the thing or you can keep your knee locked out,” Wham said. “Well, I kept my knee locked out but damn it was hard
sometimes. You just put the heel to the steel and the pedal to the metal and hang on.” The elder Rogers and Wham’s many weekend victories had a tremendous impact on Kirk Rogers’ childhood. Rogers remembers fondly helping out his father and Wham on race days. “I got to wax it quite a few times, which I always enjoyed,” Rogers said. “One thing I remember a lot was standing on the dock when they got ready to go out to race. Usually it was pretty nervous, but it was always a lot of fun. That’s pretty much what we did as a family during the summer. Those were the weekend outings every summer.” But all good things must come to an end, and the Miss Merion Bluegrass concluded its reign in the early 1970s. “We’d been doing racing for 20 years off and on, and we were getting up in our 40s and we got raced out,” Wham said. “We had won everything that we had entered. And frankly, the competition was getting too easy, and we
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The details of the new incarnation of Miss Merion Bluegrass are a “polished diamond” compared to the “rough diamond” he piloted 40 years ago, Earl Wham said. just kind of lost interest. But we finished up winning the last race we were in, which is about as good as you can do, you know?”
Merion 2.0 After Rogers decided to rebuild the Merion in January 2010, the team spent a year looking for the original boat. The hunt proved unsuccessful, and the Rogers brothers and Wham decided to have a new hull built using plans for a different boat with a similar body. “We got the boat here from Don Kelson’s Hydro Shop in Seattle in August 2011,” Rogers said. “That was basically a bare hull. Thousands of hours later, it’s almost done.” Wham sold the boat and engine
to separate buyers in the 1970s but stored the original cowlings [the cover for the boat’s engine] for 45 years in his barn. The team used these as a mold to make new cowlings. Most of the building was done at Rogers’ shop, Valley Machine, but the team received a bit of outside help during the process. Craig Bartel and another craftsman at Craig’s Automotive Collision Center in Spokane worked for two weeks painting the body of the Merion. Though Wham piloted the original Merion to countless victories, he admits that the boat was a little rough around the edges. The new incarnation of the Miss Merion Bluegrass stays true to the original design but is a much more polished product. “I might have been on a different page than the guy who built the boat so my quality standards were above what he was used to,” Rogers said. “There’s been a lot of rework and modifying and changing.” Rogers and the team believe the boat is “museum quality,” but don’t expect to see the Merion behind a velvet rope any time soon. “This will probably end up in a museum someday, but we plan on entering it in some nostalgia cups
See MERION, page 13
July 26, 2012 • 13
Liberty Lake enjoys long history of boat racing By Ross Schneidmiller Liberty Lake Historical Society
The Liberty Lake Motor Boat Club held the first races of its kind in 1907 at the lake. The course went around the lake covering five miles. These boats, commonly called launches, were capable of speeds up to 10 miles per hour. The race entries were made up of the resort touring boats and resident-owned launches. The race was handicapped as to allow a fair but competitive race. The handicap allowed race officials to compensate for fast or slow boats in final results and to award the race to the boat with the highest achievement rather than the quickest time. The motorboat club held the regatta for three years, awarding silver cups to the top three finishers. From 1909 into the 1920s, Liberty
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first,” Wham said. “We built a motor that’s capable of 1200-1400 horsepower. We want to get it on the water.” The Miss Merion Bluegrass was scheduled to make its triumphant return to the Diamond Cup at Lake Coeur d’Alene Labor Day weekend, but that event — which is also returning from dormancy as it hasn’t been held in Coeur d’Alene since 1968 — was recently pushed back to 2013.
photo courtesy of ross schneidmiller
Miss Merion Bluegrass and pilot Earl Wham jet across Liberty Lake. Liberty Lake was home to hydroplane races in the 1960s and 1970s. Lake Park held motor boat races. These races were often the premier event of a larger aquatic carnival. Other events included swimming, rowboat, single-oar rowboat, canoe and tub races. For at least three years starting in 1928, the Inland Empire Outboard Association staged regattas at Liberty Lake. These races were held off the beach at Liberty Lake Park, where thousands of spectators could view the entire two-mile course.
Instead of imposing a handicap, the boats were separated into classes, where only boats that conform to certain class requirements were allowed to compete. There were three classes, with the most powerful boats (Class C) competing in multiple heats with point accumulation determining the winner. By 1928, these Class C boats were capable of speeds exceeding 30 miles per hour. The increased speeds were due to greater horsepower
and hull designs that allowed the boats to travel more on top of the water than through the water (i.e., the single-step hydroplane). In 1948, the Spokane Power Boat Racing Association started organizing races in Liberty Lake at Sandy Beach Resort. These races featured outboard unlimited hydroplanes that could exceed speeds of 70 mph. They hosted at least three of these races with the help of the El Katif Shriners and the Valley Kiwanis. Theses races were hugely popular and, according to The Spokesman-Review, drew crowds as high as 8,000 spectators. Organized racing left the lake for more than a decade, but when it returned to Sandy Beach Resort in 1962, it returned in a big way. During this period, hydroplane racing at the lake drew famous unlimited drivers like Bill Muncey, who was the national points leader when he raced at Liberty Lake in September 1962. It was also during this era that the Miss Merion Bluegrass, piloted by Earl Wham at speeds in excess of 150 mph, made appearances at Liberty Lake. Competitive hydroplane racing on the lake came to an end in the mid-1970s as residents likely grew tired of the noise of the boats.
The Merion’s notable wins • 1964 Little Diamond Cup, Lake Coeur d’Alene • 1966 Nationals, Lake Washington, Wash. • 1966 Copper Cup Regatta, Polson, Mon. • 1968 Orange Bowl Regatta, Miami, Fla. • 1970 APBA National High Point Champion
• 1971 APBA National High Point Champion
From left to right, Kevin Rogers, Mick Malcolm, Kirk Rogers, Don Kelson, Jerry Kelson, Kenny Kimbrough, Earl Wham and Russ Hauge stand in front of the new incarnation of the Miss Merion Bluegrass.
• 1971 Rainier Challenge Cup
Third-graders take tourney
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Team That’s What She Said won the championship game in their bracket at Hoopfest in Spokane, finishing with a 5-0 record. Pictured from left: Jerone Diolola, Cameron Tucker, Marty Munyon, and Colton Brown. (Liberty Lake residents in bold.)
Team “To-be 3rd-graders” went 5-0 to win its bracket in the YMCA Hooops 3-on-3 basketball tournament at the Spokane Valley Mall. Pictured from left: Coach Chris Colvin, Tayshawn Colvin, Joey Neer and Dylan Darling. (Liberty Lake resident in bold.)
7/17 Liberty Lake Women's 18-Hole Golf Club Member/Guest Day (net two best ball) First Place: Lee Sonderman, Carolyn Fairbanks, Janis Smith, Mary Ann Wilhelm, 116 Second Place: Honey Conlon, Linda Strom, Karen Swenson, Janee Thacker, 119 Third Place: Ann Eure, Janet Skaise, Beth Wrigley, Donna Lockyer, 120 (tie) and Third Place: Cheryl Hull, Margie Tibbets, Nancy Walker, McKenzie Jones, 120 (tie) 7/18 Trailhead Ladies 9 Hole Golf Club Flight A: Gross, Shirley Rodman, 47; Net, Deanna Hauser, 32 Flight B: Gross, Jeanne Hamacher, 48; Net, Iness Walth & Bobbie Larsen, 30 Flight C: Gross, Susan Overby, 57; Net, Peg Nadvornick, 34 7/19 Liberty Lake Ladies 9-Hole First Flight: gross, Robin McKee, 46; net, Sharon Collins, Nancy Lampe, 33 Second Flight: gross, Deanna Hauser, 56; net, Ann Archibald, 37 Third Flight: gross, Jan Tishammer, 62; net, Dorothy Blake, Shirley Roberts, 37
14 • July 26, 2012
Rockin’ the beach
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A July 21 concert presented by Friends of Pavillion Park and the Beachcombers Beach Club drew in a sizeable crowd on the shore, as well as a number of boats that anchored nearby to catch tunes by Trading Up and the Sidemen.
Liberty Lake resident Zak Johnson captured this shot of lightning striking over Liberty Lake during a recent summer storm.
Locals support Relay For Life
Soap Box Derby races through LL
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The 2nd annual Liberty Lake Relay For Life raised more than $19,000 for the American Cancer Society. Members of the community walked alongside a full entertainment lineup during the overnight event. At dusk, Luminara bags were lit to remember and honor loved ones who’ve fought the disease. At left, Ellie Jensen of Spokane Valley walked as the youngest survivor.
The Spokane East Rotary Club sponsored its 5th annual Soap Box Derby for kids with special needs July 21. The event provided kids with volunteer drivers and vehicles to race down Molter Road. After the races, each participant received a medal and T-shirt. MeadowWood Golf Course pro Bob Scott also provided a barbecue at his own expense. All excessive funds from the event were given to the Guild School, project of the Spokane East Rotary Club.
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Club of Spokane. I needed a way to kind of pump up the club and at the same time, I figured it’d help the market. We looked for a way to pull the two together. So we did, and it worked! Q: How many years has it been now? A: This will be our fifth year, and we really want to continue that relationship with the Farmers Market. Sometimes, Italian festivals can just be food fairs. We didn’t want that, but to just have our little tent somewhere in a parking lot by ourselves wouldn’t work. So that’s why this does work. The market is so great, and the vendors get into it. We actually have vendors doing demonstrations this year. Everybody is getting really into it. Q: What do you think are some of the staples of the event? A: We have this amazing, 11-foot, toscale Leaning Tower of Pisa statue. Our first idea was to bring that out, and we’ve done it ever since. We also had everyone from the club cook pastries. Everybody gets together for it to do what they want, and it has just kind of grown little by little. Q: Tell me a little bit about what’s new this year. A: Well, the stuff on Friday night is all new this year. We’ve got the bocce courts all set up at Rocky Hill Park. We’re just going to play games and enjoy the community. We’ll teach anybody who comes out. It’s not anything competitive; we just want to get people out there and expose them to the courts. A lot of people don’t even know they’re out there. We’re going to have ice cream and then, after that, we’re going to play the movie “Moonstruck” out in the park. That’s kind of our big add-on. On Saturday at the market, we’ll have just a couple more food demonstrations and meatball sandwiches this year. Adriano Ferraro, the singing waiter from Ferraro’s Restaurant, will come and sing. We’re very excited about him!
Q: How do you see the festival continuing in years to come? A: Every year, it’s just about which members are available to do what they’re good at. It may go really small again, depending on our volunteers. Right now, we’ve got a great group of people, so we’re very excited to do what we’re doing. Q: What is the importance of this festival for your club? A: We’re very proud of who we are. Bringing in our singer this year and showing off how beautifully he sings and bringing in the pastries is all part exposure for us. We’ve got a lot of members who can cook great cookies and pastries, and they’re very proud of that. Of course, we love our tower. We’re very proud of our culture and who we are, and if we can bring just a little bit of that to Liberty Lake is amazing. We also love the market. It’s important for us not just because we’re proud of it and we want people to see who we are, but we want people to meet us and get to know us. Sometimes on TV people get the wrong idea about Italians because of shows like “The Jersey Shore.” We’d also love to recruit new members for our group. Q: Tell me more about the AmericanItalian Club of Spokane. A: We’re under the order of Sons of Italy in America, a national organization. It was officially chartered in 1966, but they had a group of men who got together 20 years before that.
My grandfather was a part of it and my grandmother wanted to be a part of it, but they didn’t allow women. She and my godmother, second cousin and great aunt all decided to fight for it. They actually had to go to court; it was really a big deal. They won, and once my grandmother was allowed to join the club, I would take her to the meetings because she never drove. I thought, well, I might as well get involved if I’m going to be here. I started slowly getting involved and when she passed away, it was the 20-year anniversary, and I was the standing president. I think that’s so poetic. She fought to get us in there, and then I stood up there at that anniversary and was able to speak. Q: Why do you think the group is important to the people who are involved? A: It’s just a way to hang onto our culture. It started out because there was a group of men who knew each other and understood each other. It was comfortable. It was all about sticking together and appreciating who we are, and it’s still the same way. They are all wonderful. It’s nice to be around people who have the same story as you do or have the same experience as you do. That being said, we also have some members who aren’t Italian. It could be that they just have a bunch of friends who are Italian or maybe they went on a trip to Italy and want to share that. Personally, for me, it’s a way to hang on to my culture.
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Letter to the Editor Non-essential services should take back seat in budget talks The quote in the July 19 Splash regarding my comments to the City Council last week (“Council hears public input for 2013 budget”) seems misleading. My letter to the Council stated: “Focus on police and fire protection, and focus on our roads. Give us safe parks. … Give me a choice between an additional police patrol officer and the necessity of driving to Spokane County for a library book, and I vote for the police protection.” Responsible city leadership focuses on services and not monuments such as the proposed Civic Center. I have attended Council meetings for three years and have witnessed standing-room only crowds
perhaps three times. Larger facilities are available without new buildings absent dedicated funding voted by taxpayers. A review of revenues and expenses suggests the city of Liberty Lake consider privatizing the golf course. Governing magazine called public golf courses “perhaps the most non-essential of the nonessential public services.” Compare the stable revenue of a lease versus the risk of revenue. Pro rata, our budget adds more to expenses than revenues. This will result in a shortfall and increased taxes or increased debt. The city’s own forecasts arrive at “red ink” as early as 2014 or 2015.
Mary L. Munger
ELECTION Continued from page 8
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Republican Rob Chase shares his qualifications to become Spokane County Commissioner while his opponents, Democrat Daryl Romeyn and Republican Shelly O’Quinn, wait their turn. The three candidates for the District 2 spot on the Board of County Commissioners addressed the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce’s monthly breakfast crowd Friday at Mirabeau Park Hotel. The field will be narrowed to two candidates after the Aug. 7 primary election.
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Guard. At each location, a placard would feature one local fallen hero and a citation noting that person’s acts of bravery. “We want to educate the community on what people do above and beyond the call of duty,” Wiese said. “We want this to really honor those who’ve paid the ultimate sacrifice.” He said the group would like to see one person featured at each station annually, with new honorees ceremonially installed each Memorial Day. Wiese said the committee expects the proposed project to be completed within an $80,000 to $135,000 budget. He said he hopes to cover a majority of costs with grant
funding. “We know that’s a wide range, and we’re working to narrow that down,” Wiese said. “That’s going to depend on the bidding process and what kind of machines we’re able to purchase.” Because plans for the course require use of public parks, Wiese said he needs City Council approval to move forward. He said he also hopes to involve as many community groups as possible. “This concept is still in the infant stages, and we are in the process of reaching out to local non-profit and service groups with the goal of maximum involvement from the community as a whole,” Wiese said. “We have meetings set up in August to present the idea to various groups, and we hope to have a formal proposal to City Council by the end of August.”
region, from land-use policy to permitting to zoning,” O’Quinn said. “And the county provides some basic quality-of-life services that impact businesses, public safety, sanitation, critical infrastructure. So the county does play a significant role and has an impact not only on local businesses but also on our ability to be attractive as a community to companies looking to relocate to our area.” O’Quinn stressed that while talking about job creation, she is not interested in more government jobs. “We need to be operating efficiently and effectively,” she said. “We do need to look at implementing lean standards within county government. We need to look at long-term forecasting for our maintenance and operations budgets and capital budgets, which requires us to
look at how we’re spending money so that we’re not pushing those decisions off to the future.” Chase said he has noticed this level of lean government in the treasurer’s office. “The county workers understand that we are in tough times, and I think a lot of them are thankful they do have jobs,” Chase said, adding that attrition is one way the county can find savings. “Times are tough, and we’re all in this together.” Chase, who ran for county treasurer in 2010, used the example of his cashstrapped campaign in closing statements to represent his lean philosophy about running government, comments that brought chuckles from the crowd. “I’m trying to spend money as well as I can,” he said. “If you notice my signs, I have stickers over the ‘treasurer’ thing, so I’ve been able to reuse things. I hope to bring that same fiscal conservatism to the commissioner’s office if elected.”
The proposed stations will each include a minimum of five pieces of fitness equipment, with a couple of larger stations housing as many as eight. Submitted graphic
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Guardian Angel Homes plans expansion By Kelly Moore
Construction of four units similar to the one pictured at left is expected to finish in the fall at Guardian Angel Homes in Liberty Lake.
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Guardian Angel Homes, an assisted-living and dementia-care facility located in Liberty Lake, recently broke ground on a project to add four two-unit cottages in a lot adjacent to the current location at 23102 E. Mission Ave. “It’s a new market for us, but we’re excited about what it’ll mean for our residents,” Guardian Angel Homes owning partner Tyson Frantz said. “We’ve been very careful and thoughtful about planning this growth, and we think it’ll really benefit our residents and our communities.” The project is slated to finish in October, Frantz said. He also said a tenant reservation has already been booked. Each unit will be rented on a monthly basis for to up to two occupants. Each of the eight single-level residences includes about 1,200 square feet with two bedrooms,
one and a half bathrooms, a connected living and dining area and a garage. Completed construction will also be fully handicap accessible and designed for independent senior living. According to Frantz, the addition will occupy about 30 percent of the nearly 3-acre lot, with plans for additional buildings being developed. Frantz said further build-out would depend on community interest, and no timeline is set for those phases. According to Spokane County records, the
land was purchased Dec. 22 from Liberty Lake Community Church for $560,000. The church, which at one time intended to build a new campus on the site, bought the land in July 2006 for $600,000. Frantz said the construction is being done in-house through a contractor based in Utah. Design concepts were also drafted inhouse and finalized by an architectural firm in Coeur d’Alene. “We’re very particular about what we want things to look like and what kind of quality we want
In Biz Greenstone hires, promotes employees Liberty Lake-based Greenstone Homes recently executed a number of new hires and promotions. Jim Campasino was hired as a new salesperson. He is a lifetime resident of Spokane with 22 years of experience in the Real Campasino Estate industry, most recently in boutique commercial Real Estate lending as President and founder of Innovative Capital Partners Inc. “Jim is passionate about Kendall Yards, and is even under contract on a home at Kendall Yards,” Greenstone Vice President of Residential Sales Greg Benner said. “(Campasino) clearly sees the vision of Kendall Yards and is excited to introduce more people to the community.” Jeremy Nichols was also hired as a new salesperson. He worked for the Greenstone Sales team in 2007 and has spent the last 5 years as a realtor for John L. Scott Real Estate
to maintain within our communities,” Frantz said. “We like to be hands-on like that.” Guardian Angel Homes’ Liberty Lake location currently provides services through 62 memory-care and assisted living units and 31 independent-living apartments. The company also operates communities located in Post Falls, Lewiston and Richland. “This expansion allows us to expand our range of services even further,” Frantz said. “It will allow people to maintain their inde-
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Itron lands contract with Turkish utility Liberty Lake-based Itron announced July 18 it was awarded a contract by Turkey's largest private gas utility, AKSA, to provide residential as well as commercial and industrial gas meters. "As a leading gas distribution company in Turkey, we are pleased to work with Itron,” AKSA CEO Yasar Aslan said in a press release. “We've used Itron meters for years, and these new meters provide embedded technology for smart meter applications that we aim to implement in the near future." Within the 3-year contract, Itron's gas meters will be rolled out in 20 regions of AKSA's territory. As Turkey plans to increase its gas pipeline infrastructure to accommodate its growing energy consumption, Itron brings its industry expertise to help AKSA build a metering platform in the country.
pendence and still be part of the community we have here. As their healthcare needs change, their community won’t have to.” Cottage residents will have access to special community events held at Guardian Angel Homes as well as housekeeping, transportation and food services. “This is a little bit of a trial for us,” Frantz said. “I think it makes sense for our communities and compliments what we’re already doing there. I’m excited to see how it continues our mission.”
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EVENTS KIDS ART WORKSHOPS (ages 5-15) next week: Wed. Aug. 1st: ‘Pirates & Superheroes’ (10-12:30p.m.); Thursday, Aug. 2nd: ‘American Girl-dolls’ (1-3:30p.m.); Friday, Aug. 3rd: ‘Lighthouses & Ocean Landscapes’ (1012:30p.m.) All workshops are $28. Call: 255-9600 or go to: www.theartchalet.com. NAME BRANDS — CHEAP! Hollister, Buckle, A&F, AE, Daytrip, Aero, Miss Mee, Big Star, Mek, Gap, F21, North Face, Volcom, Old Navy, Silver, Hudson, William Rast, Citizens, Rock Revival, Lucky, Baby Gap, etc. Huge sale at Beau Monde Clothing Exchange in CDA, next to Jamba Juice in the Albertson’s Ironwood Mall in CDA, Id. This Thurs.- Sun. July 26-29, 10-6 each day, 15%-75% off everything in the store, with hundreds of new items added daily. Juniors, womens, mens, kids and babies name brand clothing. 208-664-8880, 202 W. Ironwood Dr. Ste. C, Coeur d Alene, Id. “like” us on Facebook for exclusive weekly specials and to see how you can turn your unwanted clothes into immediate cash! We pay more!
FOR RENT LIBERTY LAKE RENTAL Condo with lake access, $725 per month. 2-bedrm, 2-bath, AC, covered parking, pool. To see call Linda, 208-929-5252. Roommate for 4-bed/4-bath 2,800 sq/ft LL house. $550 room/mo incl all util (w/s/g, w/d, electricity, wireless internet, cable). Partially furnished. Large enclosed yard & 3-car garage. 509-998-7364.
classifieds FURNITURE DOWNSIZING Beautiful oak dining room, hutch w/lights; table w/ leaf, six chairs, $750; two oak media towers, optional bridge, $65 ea/$100 pair. Excellent condition. 9-drawer bedroom dresser with mirror, fair cond, $75. Can e-mail pix. Thank you, 869-8161. Nice oak double drop leaf table. 24” wide with both leaves down, 42” round with leaves up. Also has 2-12” inserts and 6 nice oak chairs. $85. Liberty Lake, 509995-9570. Older Winter Piano in good condition, it is already in tune and ready to play! It comes with about 20 music books with a wide range of levels. Asking $250 Obo! Call/text Janice at 509-220-1993.
GARAGE SALES MISSION MEADOWS Saturday, Aug. 4th 9am-4pm. We have it all. Yard sales, Crafts, Baked goods, Open homes for sale, and lunch ($4, 11am-1pm) Mission & N. Grady - Follow signs.
MOVING SALE Household items, home decor, furniture, crafts, framed pictures, etc. Friday and Saturday, 9 am to 3 pm, July 27 & 28 at 24302 E. Pinehurst Ln., Liberty Lake.
HELP WANTED Full time nanny needed for two children, 4.5 and 2 years. Individual must be reliable, trustworthy, good with kids, have transportation. Please email interest/qualifications to Rockyhillnanny@yahoo.com. Start August 1st.
LOST & FOUND Blue and white Pelican paddle boat drifted ashore. Rainbow. Call 255-6455. Missing since 7/20: Double-hull, off-white dingy. Please call 509-255-6322 if found. Thank you.
MISC. FOR SALE $1000 OFF STREET LEGAL $1000 OFF STREET LEGAL Golf carts, Odyssey Sports, Hayden Id, 208-762-4662, all trades welcome. Bathromm sink vanity -no sink or counter top. 60” with 4 drawers 2 doors. Dark mahogany still in box from Lowes. $225, 315-5707. Brother laser 4-in-1 copier $165. - 638-8274. Four Milestone tires 175 65 R/14, good condition, $50 OBO, 509-255-6196. Kingsford charcoal grill on wheels. Used 3 times. Includes vinyl cover. Call Liberty Lake, 315-5707 for pictures, $86. Prince indoor/outdoor ping pong table $450, 10’ xmas tree $75, 6.0hp Honda pressure washer $350, 6’ Lifetime picnic table $150, kitchen table w/6 chairs $400. 509-251-6088, 805-217-3257.
ENJOY GOLF & THE LAKE AT Sandy Beach Villa’s over 55 park. 2-br/2-ba, 24 x 70 mobile, large nicely lanscaped lot, quiet, safe location, very well kept. Priced to move at $48,000, 509-9281511.
SERVICES 20/20 WINDOW WASHING Window cleaning/power washing/gutter cleaning. Liberty Lake resident. Residential and commercial services. Very competitive, satisfaction guaranteed. Free estimates - 638-8275 (ask about our free power wash). A-1 WHITE DUSTER Housecleaning, give yourself a treat and have your house cleaned. Reliable, trustworthy and reasonable rates. Weekly and biweekly. Please call Jamie at 509-892-3594 or cell 208661-5535.
BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL CARE Provided by licensed in home daycare located in Liberty Lake. Homework time and help everyday. Care available for winter and spring breaks too! Contact Jamie, 499-9141.
1-bed, 1-bath condo in Liberty Lake with improved 1-car garage. Stainless steel appliances, granite counters, surround sound. Lots of light. To view or questions, call 509-448-5167 or 509-251-4562.
Remodeling contractor: Licensed and bonded, Peterc*152re. 27 years experience, references. Decks, patios, garages, roofing, sheetrock taping and texturing, minor plumbing. All your remodeling needs. BBB accredited approved. Call Bruce, 710-4541. Ron’s Barber. Come give us a try if you like to have real Barber shop hair cut. E 18317 Appleway, just minute away from Liberty Lake, 922-4925.
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.
YOU’VE GOT IT “MAID” Licensed, bonded & insured. I’m honest and reliable. I take pride in what I do. I have great references & competitive rates. Call now: Gail, 509-385-1008.
BIKE MECHANIC Expert bicycle mechanic for service, tune up, rebuild or restoration. Fast turnaround time for most jobs. All types of bikes are handled so call for your appointment now, summer is going fast. Phone: 998-2359, Email: email@example.com, Tony .
HEINZ PAINTING & HANDYMAN BBB accredited, hardworking, honest, and on time. Free estimates! Now is the time for exterior painting. Call today! Dave Heinz, 509-953-8093. Licensed, bonded & insured, Heinzph924bw. Many satisfied LL customers.
LIBERTY LAKE MONTESSORI Enroll for Fall. Ages 3-6, 2 spots open. Ms. Debbie, 255-9512.
NW PAINTING All phases of interior & exterior painting. Residential repaint specialists. Premium warranteed paint used on all projects. Many local references. Fully insured. Senior discounts. Estimates are always free, 509-6222999.
PACIFIC LAWN MAINTENANCE Full service professional weekly / bi-weekly lawn care with rates starting at $25 weekly. Serving the Liberty Lake area for over 12 years now! Guaranteed lowest rates in town. Also offering full service lawn and tree spraying, weed control and fertilization. Free estimates and free first mow with summer contract. Pacific Lawn Maintenance, 509-218-1775.
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Thermax Aqua Filtration wet/dry vac. Cleans carpets/ furniture, purifies air. Accessories, manual, VHS instructions, detergent. $1800 new. Rarely used, in great condition. $200 OBO. Greg, 995-3795.
PROPERTY SERVICE SAV Associates Construction & Real Estate. Complete Property Service from the ground up. We can prepare your home for listing or sale and maintain vacant properties or rentals. Serving the Real Estate community since 1978. We can do it all or help you finish your project. Licensed, bonded. #savasa*923ms, 509-226-1352. For complete description of services offered, see savassociates.net
AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION Clean non-smoking van, Liberty Lake area - (GEG) Spokane International Airport, $40 each way or $75 round trip, reservations accepted. 509-270-3115, Tom’s Taxi Business, accounts welcome.
2010 with 42” cut, $800. 2006 with 42” cut. Has rear bagger, $650. Both in very good condition. Delivery available. Call Joel’s Lawmower Repair, 924-5396.
Weslo Momentum 610 Elliptical machine, good condition, $60, 509-255-6196.
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. Absolutely Fabulous Lashes and More 9 Amy Biviano, 4th Dist St Rep Candidate 11 Barlows Restaurant 5 Bulldog Contractors Inc. 6 Carver Farms 9 Clark’s Tire & Automotive 3 Committee to Elect Matt Shea Insert Cullings Family Dentistry 3 Green Thumb Nursery 2 Inflatable Fun & Party Rentals 7
The Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center 7 John L Scott Real Estate 9 KiDDS Dental 7 KidFit Spokane 5 Kiwanis of Liberty Lake - Family Campout 9 Lakeside Vision PLLC 5 Liberty Lake Auto Glass 11 Liberty Lake Farmers Market 7 Liberty Lake Golf Course 11 Liberty Lake Liquor 2
Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District 15 Liberty Lube 6 North Idaho Dermatology - Stephen Craig MD 11 Northern Quest Resort & Casino 5 Rockwood Health System 20 Salon Capello 3 Shelly O’Quinn for County Commissioner 3 Spokane Indians 15 Spokane OBGYN 8 Valley Christian School 11
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CLASSIFIEDS Continued from page 18 FOR SALE - MISCELLANEOUS SAWMILLS from only $3997 - Make money/save money with your own bandmill. Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to shift. Free info/DVD: www. NorthwoodSawmill.com, 1-800-578-1363 Ext 300N.
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CIVIC & BUSINESS Recurring
Central Valley School Board 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, CVSD administration building, 19307 E. Cataldo, Spokane Valley
Liberty Lake City Council 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive
INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL Exchange Representative: Earn supplemental income placing and supervising high school exchange students. Volunteer host families also needed. Promote world peace! www.afice.org/reps.
Liberty Lake Municipal Library Board 6:30
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Liberty Lake Planning Commission 4 p.m.
DRIVERS - New freight lines in your area. Annual salary $45K to $60K. Flexible hometime. Modern trucks. Great benefits. CDL-A, 3 months recent experience. 800-4149569, www.driveknight.com.
Liberty Lake SCOPE 6:30 p.m. on the first
DIVORCE $135. $165 with children. No court appearances. Complete preparation. Includes custody, support, property division and bills. BBB member. 503-772-5295, www.paralegalalternatives.com, email@example.com.
LENDER SACRIFICE sale 9 acres, Colfax. was $75,000, now only $42,500. Beautiful valley views, quiet country road with electric. 41 acres, Moses Lake, was $53,900, now only $24,900. Great horse country, abundant wildlife. Call UTR LLC, 1-888-326-9048.
LEGAL NOTICE IN THE SUPERIOR COURT FOR THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF SPOKANE In the Matter of the Estate of
JAMES R. BARBER,
PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The Co-Personal Representatives named below have been appointed as Co-Personal Representatives 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 Co-Personal Representatives or their attorney 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 Co-Personal Representatives 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 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent=s probate and nonprobate assets. Date of first publication:
July 12, 2012
/s/ Carol L. Barber CAROL L. BARBER Co-Personal Representative
/s/ Joanne L. Baker JOANNE L. BAKER Co-Personal Representative
Attorney for Co-Personal Representative: Richard L. Sayre, WSBA #9400 SAYRE & SAYRE, P.S. Address for Mailing or Service: West 201 North River Drive, Suite 460 Spokane, Washington 99201-2262 (509) 325-7330
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p.m. the first Thursday of each month, the library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. on the second Wednesday of each month, City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive Wednesday of each month, City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive
Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District Board 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each
month, LLSWD administration building, 22510 E. Mission Ave.
HEALTH & RECREATION July 26 | Rocky Hill Park run and tennis clinic To correspond with a neighborhood
concert planned for the evening, the Liberty Lake Running Club will be beginning and ending its weekly run, which begins at 6 p.m., at Rocky Hill Park. The band “Folk Inception” will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Liberty Lake Community Tennis Association, which will hold its regular clinic from 6:30 to 8 p.m., will provide hot dogs at the event.
Aug. 4-5 | Hot August Pickleball Tournament HUB Sports Center, 19619 E Cataldo,
Liberty Lake. Tourney for adults 18-88. For more: www.hubsportscenter.com
Aug. 9 | 16th annual Valley Chamber Golf Scramble 1 p.m. shotgun start, MeadowWood
Golf Course. $100 entry fee includes steak dinner, drink, raffle ticket and goodie bag. For more: 924-
4994 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sept. 16 | RIM Ride Various times depending upon distance starting from the Meadowwood Technology Campus, 2100 N. Molter Road. Distances include 5, 15, 25, 50 and 100 mile routes. Online registration deadline is Sept. 1, cost is $15-$45 depending on distance. For more: www. rotaryinmotion.com
Recurring Liberty Lake Community Tennis Association Clinics 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays;
ladies day clinics at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays; kids 12 and under, 9 a.m. Saturdays, through August at Rocky Hill Park, Mission Avenue and Winrock Street. For more: 255-9293
Liberty Lake Running Club 6 p.m. Thursdays, 3-mile run followed by cocktails, Palenque Mexican Restaurant, 1102 N. Liberty Lake Road. For more: 927-9372 or email@example.com On July 26, the run will begin and end at Rocky Hill Park. Submit items for consideration on the calendar of events to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We’re in your neighborhood. Rockwood Breast Health Center 12410 E. Sinto Ave., Ste. 105 / (509) 755-5801
Rockwood Radiation Therapy & PET/CT Services 12410 E. Sinto, Ste. B / (509) 755-5783
Rockwood Cancer Treatment Center 12410 E. Sinto Ave., Ste. 101 / (509) 755-5850
Rockwood Urgent Care Center 14408 E. Sprague Ave. / (509) 755-5710 1431 N. Liberty Lake Rd., Ste. B / (509) 342-3990
Rockwood Digestive Health Center 12409 E. Mission Ave., Ste. 102 / (509) 755-5684
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Rockwood Heart & Vascular Center 12606 E. Mission Ave., Ste. 800 / (509) 755-5500
(Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Anticoagulation Management, Urgent Care)
14408 E. Sprague Ave. / (509) 755-5710 Rockwood Valley Specialty Center
Rockwood Liberty Lake Clinic (Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Physical Therapy)
1326 N. Stanford Lane / (509) 755-6760 Rockwood Pediatrics 14408 E. Sprague Ave. / (509) 755-5710 Rockwood Physical Therapy & Medical Fitness Center 15412 E. Sprague Ave., Ste. 8 / (509) 755-5595 Rockwood Pulmonary Critical Care 1512 N. Vercler, Ste. 103 / (509) 342-3070
(Anticoagulation Management, Dermatology, Endocrinology/Diabetes, Nephrology, Orthopedics, Podiatry)
1415 N. Houk, Ste. D / (509) 755-5560 Rockwood Valley Surgery Center 1414 N. Houk Rd., Ste. 200 / (509) 755-5700 Rockwood Vein Care Center 1414 N. Houk Rd., Ste. 200 / (509) 755-5700 Rockwood Vercler Clinic (General Surgery, Ophthalmology, Optometry)
1512 N. Vercler, Ste. 103 / (509) 755-5551
OPENING SOON IN DOWNTOWN SPOKANE: ROCKWOOD MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS CLINIC We are pleased to announce the opening of the Rockwood Multiple Sclerosis Clinic in early August, which will be under the direction of Dr. Yashma Patel, a fellowship-trained MS neurologist. To schedule an appointment, please call (509) 342-3200.
For a complete list of Rockwood’s locations, please visit www.rockwoodclinic.com.