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Public safety pacesetter Scott has brought vision to SCOPE since 1997 By Craig Howard


This year, the Sheriff Community Oriented Policing Effort (SCOPE) is celebrating two decades of providing an extra layer of public safety throughout Spokane County. Rick Scott has been there for most of that time, first as a volunteer in 1997, then as a SCOPE leader in the Edgecliff area, coordinating a transformative effort that restored hope and order in a neighborhood long known for crime and suburban disenchantment. Scott was named SCOPE director in 2003, quickly establishing himself as a well-liked catalyst of people and programs. He oversees a countywide operation that now includes 18 stations and over 500 volunteers. With nearly 20 programs, the nonprofit organization is recognized as an invaluable supplement to the Spokane County Sheriff ’s Office,

providing an average of 80,000 volunteer hours a year at an estimated value of around $2 million. A Spokane native, Scott joined SCOPE as a volunteer while he was still working in the electronics field, his professional terrain for more than 30 years. He built an electric guitar and amplifier in junior high and later designed a synthesizer. After graduating from West Valley High School in 1970, Scott moved on to Spokane Community College, where he earned a degree in electronics. After SCC, Scott signed on with Victor Business Machines, known for designing calculators, cash registers and adding machines. Scott joined Victor as the first electronic technician for a company forged in the mechanical age. He recalls a time when a desktop calculator retailed for around $2,000. Scott rode the wave of the computer revolution, working for companies like IBM and Keytronics before finding his niche in the banking business. He spent almost 20 years on the technology side of finance, first with Rainier Bank and then with Bank of America. Later in his career, Scott was recognized on a national level by Bank of America for his volunteer work in Edgecliff. He was invited to Texas to work on a neighborhood cleanup and restoration project

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as part of the award, which included a donation to the Edgecliff SCOPE station. Scott traveled throughout the U.S. as part of his job and spent two stints in Montana, but, for the most part, has always called Spokane Valley home. Rick and his wife, Gina, were married in 1995. He has two grown children from a previous marriage who both live in Wyoming. The Current caught up with Scott recently to talk about growing up in the Valley, the value of volunteer work and 20 years of community policing.

One of the hangouts was the A&W at Argonne Village. It was a fun time. It didn’t seem like there was a lot of crime. Q: You joined SCOPE in 1997 as a volunteer. Why did you decide to donate your time, and how is SCOPE different from when you started? A: I had been a victim of a crime and wanted to help in preventing this from happening to others, too. The Edgecliff station had a small membership at the time, and I mainly helped in community events, since I was still working as a technician here in Spokane. I believe we had 14 stations at that time, and now we have 18 stations throughout the county. Back then, each station seemed to be more independent, and now they are have become more united as a team. Q: What are some of the main challenges you face as director? A: SCOPE has over 500 volunteers, making it one of the largest Volunteers in Policing organizations in the U.S. Getting to know each of the volunteers better and their reasons for joining has been one

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In case you missed it Library bond defeated Voters on two proposals for the Spokane County Library District split the decision by favoring creation of a library capital facilities district while rejecting a bond measure. Initial results from the April 22 election indicated a 59 percent voter approval of implementing a Spokane Valley Library Capital Facility Area. However, the $22 million bond measure received only 54 percent approval; a 60 percent supermajority is required. If passed, the bond would have paid for two new branches in Spokane Valley as well as renovation of the Argonne branch.

Spokane native and longtime Edgecliff resident Rick Scott has served as director of the Spokane Community Oriented Policing Effort since 2003.

EVSD search postponed The East Valley School District decided in an April board meeting to wait until October to begin its search for a new superintendent. After hearing from two potential firms, Northwest Leadership Associates of Liberty Lake was unanimously selected to lead the search. East Valley and its former superintendent, John Glenewinkel parted ways in February. CURRENT PHOTO BY CRAIG HOWARD

City’s bond rating upgraded Moody’s Investors Services announced in April that it had upgraded the city of Spokane Valley’s bond rating from A1 to Aa3, citing the city’s low debt burden, sizeable tax base and healthy financial performance. The city of Spokane Valley has $7.4 million in debt, which is less than 2 percent of the city's total debt capacity, a press release said. "This rating is a direct result of recent City Council actions to spend carefully with responsible budgets, maintain efficient government and keep a strong commitment to priorities," Mayor Dean Grafos said. Mayor Grafos also commended the City Council and staff members for their roles in managing the City's finances. 

Two stations getting upgrades The Spokane Valley Fire Department recently announced that the stations located at 10319 E. Sprague (University) and 22406 E. Wellesley (Otis Orchards) will be undergoing upgrades. During the remodel process, which will occur mainly on the building interiors, services will be temporarily relocated.

Subscribe to traffic alerts With road construction season ramping back up, Spokane Valley residents can sign up for the city’s traffic alert emails to get the latest information on delays, detours, closures and more. For weekly traffic alerts via email, go to signup and click the “Traffic Alert” box. Info can also be gained via the city’s traffic alert line, 720-5311.

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of the challenges for me. Another challenge is finding rewarding work for all the volunteers to do. Recruiting and retaining our volunteers is an ongoing job. Financial support is also crucial to keep an organization of this size operating. We fortunately have had great support from Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, Spokane County, the city of Spokane Valley and the other towns and cities in Spokane County. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that relies on donations. Some stations have received donations and used the monies to purchase items such as radar speed boards in an effort to slow down speeding vehicles on our neighborhood streets. The city of Spokane Valley has helped out by purchasing bicycle helmets for SCOPE to give out to those in need in the Valley. This is one of our joint efforts to help our bicycle riders be safer. The SCOPE stations are also very generous in giving back to their communities in different ways by supporting some of our other local nonprofits. Q: There is somewhat of a stigma that only retirees volunteer with SCOPE. What are you trying to do to change that perception? A: A large percent of SCOPE volunteers are retired. In general, this group of people seems to have extra time to

give and their schedules are a little more flexible. However, we do have younger volunteers. We have had several college criminal justice students join SCOPE. Their time with us is usually shorter due to them moving on to get employment in law enforcement. SCOPE gives them some additional experience, which often can help them in their job search. Last year, we had two volunteers get jobs with law enforcement agencies. We are always looking for ways to recruit volunteers and those who would be interested in giving four hours or more of their time each month. This is for those who want to give back to their community and help make it a safer place to live. Q: As you consider 20 years of SCOPE, what are you most proud of? A: I am proud of where SCOPE is now after being around for 20 years. I am proud of the thousands of committed volunteers and the leadership that has helped out throughout these years and has brought us to where we are today. I am proud and thankful for the past and present sheriffs and Sheriff ’s Office employees who have supported and had faith in the volunteers’ ability to help them out. Lastly, I am proud of all the services that we have provided and continue to provide our community. Q: I’ve heard that around half your volunteer hours are generated from Valley stations. You have sites in Edgecliff, University, Central Valley, Trentwood, Newman Lake/East

Valley, Liberty Lake and Southeast (Fairfield, Rockford area). Why do you think Spokane Valley has been such a stronghold of SCOPE? A: Since the beginning of SCOPE in 1994, SCOPE has worked a lot in Spokane Valley. Before Spokane Valley incorporated, the area included many businesses, some shopping malls and a large percent of the population that was under the unincorporated Spokane County area. This meant providing more Citizens On Patrol, volunteers who patrol neighborhoods while watching out for and being a visible deterrent of crime. Because of the population and amount of businesses in the Valley, there has been an increased need for volunteers there. Now that the city of Spokane Valley has formed, the needs are still there, and the city has become one of our largest supporters. Q: What have you enjoyed most serving as director? A: Working with a great team of dedicated people who sincerely want to create a safer community and a better place to live for its citizens. In addition, my staff works well together which makes the organization run more smoothly and our dedicated board of directors works hard to support us. Sometimes, it seems like we are in a whirlwind, so busy with events and requests. But this is a good feeling, especially when you hear the thanks from citizens, law enforcement, businesses and others.

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Last summer, a unique fortress became part of the terrain in Spokane Valley. The protective structure was established by the local branch of the YWCA to shield inhabitants from a destructive enemy known as domestic violence. The site quickly became known as a safety net from harm and a springboard to stability, connecting survivors with a vast array of life-changing resources. The Domestic Violence Safe House, with capacity for 11 residents, supplemented an existing facility in the city of Spokane that houses 35. Women can stay at both sites with their children. Jennifer Haynes, YWCA Transitional Housing coordinator, said the Spokane Valley location has become a sanctuary for those fleeing the scourge of abuse. “The need for a Domestic Violence Safe House in the Valley has been there for a long time,” said Haynes. “When a survivor has to leave their home, sometimes they also have to leave their communities, which include their support system. By creating a safe house in the Valley, we hope that we can help some survivors keep their community and support system while they go through this process. A lot of the survivors we house are not homeless; they just can’t be at home right now.” If there is not room at one of the two sites, the YWCA offers hotel vouchers. Access to both Safe Houses is facilitated through the YWCA 24-hour crisis line at 326-2255. The YWCA also provides transitional and permanent housing and works with groups like the Salvation Army and SNAP to secure housing solutions for survivors. The YWCA’s collaborative approach includes a connection with the Department of Social and Health Services to make sure victims land on solid ground. Grants are available to stem the financial tide. Employment readiness training is also offered through a program called the Women’s Opportunity Center. The YWCA even features a free clothing outlet at its downtown office. “Financial advocacy is a big part of what we do,” Haynes said. “We have attorneys who help with issues like getting child support started. If we can help take care of the bigger costs, like transitional housing, that pays for the rent and utilities right there.” The National Network to End Domestic Violence defines domestic violence as a “pattern of controlling behavior that can include physical, emotional, sexual, psychological or financial abuse” and emphasizes the problem is not confined to any socioeconomic status, education or race. A YWCA advocate sets up shop at Spokane Valley Partners (10814 E. Broad-


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ABUSE Local resources growing for domestic violence survivors


The YWCA’s Spokane location provides an array of services and support for domestic violence victims, including, among many others, a weekly clinic providing an overview of resources and a clothing bank (pictured). Last year, the YWCA expanded its reach by opening a safe house in Spokane Valley that it operates in addition to its Spokane shelter.

way) every Thursday to answer questions and point victims in the right direction. The weekly satellite office is part of an extensive outreach effort that includes an ongoing community education campaign, free workshops and a presence at events like the Salvation Army Homeless Connect and Valleyfest, as well as with

groups like the Greater Valley Support Network and the Spokane Domestic Violence Task Force. “Our advocates can provide a safe space to brainstorm different ideas with our clients to help keep them as safe as possible,” said Melva Buyers, YWCA advocate counselor. “Often times, survivors have

WRAP AROUND WEDNESDAYS One-stop resource available to victims Each Wednesday, at 1 p.m. the YWCA at 930 North Monroe provides a unique network of support in the fight against domestic violence. “Wrap Around Wednesdays” are free and open to women who have experienced domestic abuse. The list of supportive resources includes: • A legal clinic to address family law matters • Legal advocacy to assist with protection orders • Advocacy based counseling and safety strategizing • Housing resources and advocacy • Support and advocacy for children • Advocacy for those requiring financial assistance • Employment readiness help • Childcare The weekly agenda is part of the YWCA’s Alternatives to Domestic Violence program. The YWCA Crisis and Information Line — 3262255 — can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The YWCA counseling center can be contacted at 789-9297. The Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Team offers legal advocacy in a variety of areas and can be reached at 477-3656. Helpful websites include www. and www.ncadv. org (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence). Men who have experienced domestic violence can schedule individual appointments by calling 789-9297. The national Domestic Violence Hotline can be contacted, toll-free, at 1-800-799-7233. The program provides a free packet of information on protections against abuse. already taken steps to protect themselves. Our counselors can begin conversations on building and keeping healthy relationships as well as creating and maintaining boundaries, self-care and providing a safe space for those who seek services.” The YWCA downtown office on North

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Monroe features a program called “Wrap Around Wednesdays” that represents a one-stop resource center for survivors. The supportive lineup includes legal advocacy to assist with protection orders, help with housing and financial assistance, advocacy based counseling and more (see breakout). “We can provide counseling and have a child advocate on staff who provides advocacy services to children who have witnessed violence in the home,” Buyers said. Buyers said the YWCA takes special care to help survivors scale “the societal stigma of domestic violence” through a layered approach that puts empathy and compassion first. “Working in this field, I've learned that our survivors are incredibly resilient and know what they need to survive,” she said. “These women are incredibly strong individuals who have been faced with many challenges but are determined, empowered and strong.” Liberty Lake Police Chief Brian Asmus understands the importance of organizing a fortified community frontline in the battle against domestic violence. Since 2011, his department has hosted a Domestic Violence Symposium featuring speakers, resources and, in Asmus’ words, an opportunity “to have open and honest discussion in a safe environment about the many aspects of domestic violence that people are often afraid to discuss.” “We wanted to bring the issue of domestic violence to the attention of the community and to provide education and resources to those in the community that may be a victim of domestic violence or know someone that may be in a volatile relationship,” Asmus said. The event includes representatives from law enforcement and the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office, as well as judges, advocates for domestic violence survivors, support groups, ARMS (Abuse Recovery Ministry and Services), YWCA, the Spokane Domestic Violence Task Force and survivors of domestic violence. The next symposium is scheduled for October, with specific details to be determined. “Each year, I learn something new from the presenters,” Asmus said. “I do believe the more people we can educate about domestic violence issues the better. It's important to know about how the perpetrators will use power and control in various forms and how to recognize signs of domestic violence. It’s about learning about the impact that domestic violence has on the family and the community as a whole and that, we as a community, can have a positive impact on domestic violence in the region.”

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Local counselor charts healing path out of domestic violence By Craig Howard


Suzanne Metzger understands the road back from domestic violence can often be dark and daunting. She also makes sure to point out that there is plenty of light along the way. A licensed mental health counselor and nationally certified counselor, Metzger owns and operates Spokane Valley-based Focus Counseling Services LLC. She specializes in a variety of areas, including trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, addictions, communication and relational issues. In her work with survivors of domestic violence, Metzger emphasizes steps to restoring personal safety, control and self-esteem. “It is important to realize how toxic the abusive environment is to them and their children,” Metzger says. “There are programs to help — work training programs, financial aid for schooling, housing resources and financial resources.” Metzger adds that the pathway out of abuse must be forged by the victim taking the initiative to break free. “It is essential that women fight the isolation the abuser creates and build support systems,” she said. “Have that trusted friend that you can go to at a moment’s notice. Keep essential personal information at a friend’s house, or somewhere safe. Be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.” Domestic abuse causes victims “to lose their confidence, esteem and sense of identity,” Metzger points out. The damage can be inflicted in many ways. “It may begin with verbal abuse or emotional abuse,” she says. “There may

Asmus commends the prosecutor’s office and Spokane County Sheriff ’s Office for “an outstanding job in educating first responders on how to better investigate and document evidence of domestic violence situations.” “As the entire system has a better understanding of domestic violence issues in the community, the better we work together as a team to come up with better solutions to resolve the issue in a quick and efficient manner and to hold the per-


Spokane Valley resident Suzanne Metzger provides survivors of domestic violence with supportive, restorative care through Focus Counseling Services LLC. be yelling involved or throwing of objects. The perpetrator may get in your face or tower over you in a threatening manner. You lose your basic sense of safety and security. Trust your intuition. If someone does not feel safe or a situation does not feel safe, get out early.” Prioritizing personal safety above the rationalization to stay can make all the difference, Metzger adds. “Don’t wait for him to change,” she said. “Get out. Abusers live in deception. You do not have to buy into that or take on their issues. Get away from them. Surround yourself with positive people. All people deserve to be treated with reverence and respect.” Metzger says survivors owe it to themselves “to take that first step” in escaping domestic violence. She emphasizes “a goal not to just be a survivor, but a thriver.” “My message to abused women out there is this: Abuse is never OK. It is never your fault. You are important. You

petrator accountable,” Asmus said. “We have learned that it takes a community effort to have an impact on this issue in our community and that only by working collaboratively with law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, victim advocates, support services and other community services will we have a long-lasting impact on domestic violence.” Asmus said citizens can do their part to help survivors by learning more about domestic violence and the resources that

are valuable. You are stronger than you know. Your life will be so much better when you get out. Help is out there. Well trained, caring people are there for you. Get out. You can do it. Do it now.” When dealing with issues like PTSD, Metzger encourages patients to draw upon healing powers that are inherent but not always apparent on the surface. The result is a reconnection with onceobstructed self-worth and potential. “Trauma work is extremely rewarding, because in a sense, it involves giving someone’s life back to them,” said Metzger, who volunteers once a week at the Veterans Outreach Center in Spokane Valley. “They break loose of that feeling of feeling trapped and move forward to discover and develop their gifts and talents and relax and enjoy life once again. People are amazingly resilient. My message to women out there is you are stronger than you know. Let’s tap into those strengths.” To learn more about Focus Counseling Services, call 842-4250.

represent a comprehensive and lasting rescue effort. “Knowing what to look for and having a better understanding of domestic violence and then learning how to start a conversation with a person who you believe may be a victim of domestic violence is invaluable,” Asmus said. “Also knowing what resources are available and how to contact those resources for the person will go a long way in becoming part of the community solution to this problem.”


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Along with the exhibit, the Library District presents a selection of programs, many held at Valley Libraries, to make the most of your resources today. Whatever your interest, we think you’ll find a little hope with your name on it.

The Spokane County Library District is offering a little perspective from times past via the Hope in Hard Times exhibit and programs currently being offered at their branches. Library service manager Gwendolyn Haley said the idea was brought to the library’s attention by a staff member two years ago. They were awarded a grant and became one of only two libraries in the state to host the exhibit that focuses on Washington during the Great Depression. “Humanities Washington was impressed with how many people walk through our doors,” Haley said. “They were excited at the opportunity for so many people to see it for free.” Presented by SCLD and Humanities Washington, the exhibit has been on display at the North Spokane branch, 44 E. Hawthorne Road in Spokane, since the beginning of April. Haley said feedback from visitors has been very positive with people sharing stories about parents or grandparents who lived through this time in history. “It’s kind of a jumping off point to talk with family members and friends about the items on exhibit,” she said. “We actually have a blackboard on the wall at the North Spokane branch for people to share their thoughts and memories.” A full slate of programs is being offered at SCLD branches in conjunction with the

exhibit. Stories, music and films will all be used to explore the quality of life during the Great Depression. A variety of guest speakers will share on preserving produce, repurposing old items into something new and appraising vintage items. Oral histories from local residents make the exhibit come alive in a special way, Haley said. These stories from those in the community are available are on the library’s website as well as at listening stations at North Spokane branch.

SCLD also partnered with Spokane Valley Heritage Museum to create lobby displays in each of the branches. Haley said the museum put together a beautiful assortment of items specific to the personality of each library, such as an apple pickers display for the Otis Orchards branch. “I think it’s a great example of the way libraries can work with other community partners,” Haley said. “It really enhances the opportunity to have a conversation and learn.” The exhibit, which was curated by the Washington State Historical Society, will be on display at the North Spokane branch through the end of June. The library is offering guided tours where people can learn the stories that go along with the artifacts, many of which have been borrowed from community members and library staff members. For information on programs or tours, go to

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Folk, Jazz and Blues Listen to songs that helped Americans through the hard times 3 p.m. May 3 (Otis Orchards), May 17 (Spokane Valley) and May 31 (Argonne) Is That New? Make cheap stuff good Kelly Lynch will share secrets for repurposing old-fashioned to fabulous 6:30 p.m. May 7, Spokane Valley branch Spokane in the Great Depression Jim Kershner of The Spokesman-Review will offer insight into the city during the 1930s 6:30 p.m. May 13, Argonne branch Tell Me a Story The Spokane Storytelling League opens a window into daily life in the Great Depression 6:30 p.m. May 20 (Argonne), May 29 (Spokane Valley) and June 18 (Otis Orchards) Van Gogh in the Garage? Appraiser Carol Worthington will give you the scoop on art, china and household items 1 to 5 p.m. June 11, Spokane Valley branch For details on these programs and more, go to

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We’ve really been enjoying the increasingly warm weather at my house. It’s our annual reminder to haul our various yard and garden tools out of the back of the garage, where they’ve been hibernating, and get reacquainted. It’s also the time of year when we inevitably discover that something won’t start. Not this year, however. Spokane County Library District offers a variety of online resources to help you “do-it-yourself.” We recently added Small Engine Repair Reference Center to our digital resources. Small

Engine Repair Reference Center provides detailed repair guides for all kinds of small engines that you might need this summer: lawnmowers, string trimmers, chainsaws, ATVS, boats and even tractors. You’ll find how-to help for routine maintenance, as well as more extensive repairs, and can search by product type, brand, model/engine type, specific area of model/engine type and model numbers. So even if you’ve lost the manual on your engine (like I have), you can still troubleshoot your own motor. In addition to the Small Engine Repair Reference Center, the SCLD has added two more DIY digital resources. Home Improvement Reference Center features content and images from leading home improvement magazines not found anywhere else online and videos of popular home repair projects. Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center offers detailed how-to instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.

What I like best about using these resources for my DIY projects is that I can do all my research, plan my project, and look up any additional questions that come up in the middle of things without having to leave my house. My pioneer ancestors would be so proud of me. If you’re interested in DIY projects—or have a passion that you’d like to share—you can also check out CrowdCourse. CrowdCourse allows community members to both take short online classes in a variety of topics, and also create courses about their hobbies and interests to share their expertise with the community. I think I’ll take the course on cupcake decorating as a reward for fixing my own lawnmower this year. You can find all of these resources in the Digital Library on our website at www.scld. org. Gwendolyn Haley is a Library Services Manager at Spokane County Library District.

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Hello fellow history buffs! This is Howard Stegner. This month, Seth Woodard and I are recognizing Peter Morrison, who certainly had a major influence on the development of Spokane Valley. What a challenge when he decided to drain Saltese Lake! With that, allow us to let Peter share his story with you. I was born in Canada in 1856, the oldest of nine children. I came to Spokane when I was 30 years old and started a hay, grain and feed business as well as the OK Livery Stable in downtown Spokane. In August 1889, the fire that destroyed most of Spokane spared the Livery Stable. I have been married twice and have two children by my first wife and four by my second. In 1892, I acquired property from Lucy Sims in the Valley, including Saltese Lake, with the idea of draining the lake and planting timothy hay, which was one of the main sources of food for horses. The lake, which was quite shallow, was about the size of Liberty Lake. We eventually owned and man-

Peter Morrison, pictured above in 1923, was a businessman known for operating the OK Livery Stable in Spokane (below) and for draining Saltese Lake for a hay farm. At left, he is pictured in the 1890s with two of the many horses that were part of his life. aged about 2,000 acres of land for our ranch and hay farm. The first ditch we cut was to the north through a natural outlet that led to Sink Lake (now known as Shelley Lake). To dig the channels, we used large metal scoops with handles on the sides (sometimes called fresnos). Each scoop was pulled by a team of horses. When the scoop was full of dirt, mud or gravel, it was pulled out of the way and dumped by lifting on the handles. Then it was returned to dig some more. About 10 teams of horses and scoops were used at one time. The horses had a difficult time standing up because the lake

FOOTPRINTS IN THE VALLEY In this 2014 history series from the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, “History Heroes” Seth Woodard and Howard Stegner will take readers on a tour of “Footprints in the Valley,” month by month, through photos, documents, articles and treasure hunts. This month: Meet Peter Morrison, businessman and hay farm developer.

bottom was so soft. So I made flat wooden shoes which could be strapped to their feet to keep them from sinking in the mud. Those wooden shoes were used again when we plowed the lake bottom before planting. They are on display at the Spokane Valley Museum. As you can imagine, it took a lot of men and horses to drain that lake over a long period of time — from about 1893 to 1900. By the early 1900s, we were producing a crop of timothy hay. During those years, we built several buildings on the ranch in addition to the house — including barns and a bunkhouse to provide for the hired men. We also had a great deal of help from some of our neighbors. The Courchaines, the Linkes and the Pirellos, all of whom arrived in the area ahead of me, were particularly helpful. My neighbor to the north was Sheriff Pugh, and to the south, MM Cowley. In 1909, a group of men moved in and built shacks on the lake bottom, claiming squatters’ rights on about 100 acres. They believed that since the lake bottom had never been surveyed as real estate, it could be claimed under the Homestead Act.


Over a 12-year period, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the case twice, finally deciding in my favor. In the meantime, we were producing some of the finest timothy hay ever grown. We shipped railroad cars of hay all over the country and became the largest distributor in the state of Washington. Locally, DK McDonald of Opportunity and George Wendler of Newman Lake purchased hay from the ranch. Peter Morrison died in 1923, but Bud Morrison (his grandson) continues to operate part of the ranch and is currently working with Spokane County to restore as

wetlands a portion of the 515 acres which they purchased. A part of the wetland restoration is intended to slow the annual runoff from Mica Peak. Ducks Unlimited is currently offering to buy an additional 64 acres adjacent to the portion owned by the county. This installment of the Footprints in the Valley Series was written by Spokane Valley Heritage Museum Executive Director Jayne Singleton and Bill Zimmer, a retired educator and longtime West Valley school board member. For more about this article or other aspects of the history of the Spokane Valley region, visit the museum at 12114 E. Sprague Ave. or call 922-4570.

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SATURDAY May 24, 2014


5K (3.1 Mile) Scenic Run/Walk

Start Time

9:00 am


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Event and Wedding Venue Liberty Lake, WA (Exit 299 I-90)

Registration $10.00 – All ages

Registration form must be postmarked by May 17, 2014 All participants receive a beautiful keepsake T-shirt Please mail completed forms to: Run For The Son • PO Box 809 Liberty Lake, WA 99019 Please make checks payable to: Run For The Son




Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John 5:5





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Calendar of Events COMMUNITY EVENTS

May 11 | Mother’s Day

May 5 | Preserve Your Produce 6:30

May 14 | Organize Your Finances

p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. Anna Kestell, food safety and preservation information specialist, will walk attendees through the basics of canning, freezing and drying the bounty from your garden. Also offered May 27 at the Otis Orchard branch. For more:

6 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. Learn the benefits of getting your files and money organized. For more:

May 8 | Spokane County-WSU Cooperative Extension Open House 3:30

May 21 | Spokane Valley Book Club 2 to

to 7 p.m., 222 N. Havana. The public is invited to celebrate 100 years with Master Gardener demonstrations, robotics demonstration, 2nd Harvest food drive and SCRAPS pet adoption and pet food drive. For more: 4772177

May 9 | Valleyfest Auction 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., CenterPlace Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place. An auction and dinner are part of the sixth annual event with all proceeds supporting Valleyfest 2014. Tickets are $45 per person. For tickets and more: May 10 | Car-B-Cue car show 8:30 a.m. to noon, Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines Road. All makes, models and years are invited to 17th annual event which includes a car show, plant sale, bloodmobile and $5 barbecue. Check-in and show begins at 8:30 a.m., and awards are at noon. For more: 9249750 or

May 18 | SE Spokane County Fair Royalty Coronation 6 p.m., McIntosh

Grange, 1st Street, Rockford. Dessert will be available for $5.

3 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. Join book lovers to discuss “Americans in Paris” by David G. McCullough. For more:

May 22 | DSHS Mobile office 10 a.m. to 2

p.m., Rockford Community Center, 2 N. 1st St. The Department of Social and Health Services will be on hand to process applications, reviews or changes for Basic Food assistance, as well as disability-related medical programs, and provide resource information.

May 23-25 | Rockford Historical Society open houses The Pioneer Museum (on 1st Street) will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 23 and 25. The Military Museum (log cabin on Emma Street) will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 24.

May 26 | Memorial Day May 26 | Memorial Day pancake breakfast 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Pavillion Park.

Presented by Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary Club, donations will be accepted for a meal of pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee and juice. Veterans eat free, and a short program will be held at 9 a.m. Dedication of Fallen Heroes Circuit Course at Pavillion Park will follow breakfast.

Recurring Spokane County Library District Valley

May 29 | Mobile Food Distribution

branch locations include Argonne, Fairfield, Otis Orchards and Spokane Valley. Special events and weekly activities for all ages including book clubs, children’s story times, classes, teen anime club and writing clubs. For more:

May 29 | Otis Orchards book club 3:30

Liberty Lake Library 23123 E. Mission Ave., Liberty Lake. Various clubs and weekly meetings including book clubs, children’s story times, LEGO club, computer drop-in class, knitting club and more. For more: www.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Advent Lutheran Church parking lot, 13009 E. Broadway. Co-sponsored by 2nd Harvest and Thrivent, this event is open to anyone who needs food, including fresh produce. Please bring your own bags or box. to 5 p.m., Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley. Join book lovers to discuss “The Silver Linings Playbook” by Matthew Quick. For more:

May 30 | Light the Way Dinner and Auction 5:30 to 11 p.m., CenterPlace Event

Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place. Sponsored by Sterling Bank, this year’s event will feature dinner along with a live and silent auction while raising funds to support children with cancer in the Inland Northwest. Tickets are $75 per person. For more:

May 30-31 | Rockford Community Garage Sale 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This includes

homes around town plus the Rockford United Methodist Church Rummage Sale, 217 S. 1st Street.

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Rockford Crochet Class Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon, The Harvest Moon, 20 S. First St., Rockford.Hairpin Lace, knit, embroidery, needlepoint and arm knitting of infinity scarves are some of the activities. For more: 892-4412 or 291-3722 Spokane Valley Eagles 16801 E. Sprague. Breakfast served Sundays 9 to 11:30 a.m. For more:

Spokane Valley Writer’s Group 6 p.m.

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

MUSIC & THE ARTS May 1 | “Different Drummers” 7 p.m., Central Valley High School Theater, 821 S. Sullivan Road. Half of the proceeds from the $5 tickets for the special showing of this local film will raise money to battle muscular dystrophy. May 1-3 | “The Masked Canary”

7 p.m., Liberty Lake Community Theatre, 22910 E. Appleway Ave. Tickets for this musical melodrama are $15 for adults, $12 for ages 5 to 12 and seniors, and free for children under 5. For more:

Executive Chef Everett Fees is preparing special entrees for Mom. Make your reservations today.


From our family to yours. Like its delicious entrees, Barlows is homemade. Owner, Liberty Lake resident and mother Alicia Fry and sons Beaux and Brad invite you to join them for Mother’s Day.

May 2-4 | Playwrights Booklight Showcase Ignite Community Theatre, 10814

E. Broadway Ave. Ignite’s annual local festival features short plays by playwrights living within a 75-mile radius of Spokane, performed in a Booklight Readers’ Theatre format. For show times and more:

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COMMUNITY proceeds will be donated to Victory Junction, a non-profit organization that provides camping experiences to children with serious illnesses.

Liberty Lake Farmers Market 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, starting May 17 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane, Liberty Lake For more:

Millwood Farmers Market

3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, starting May 28 3223 N. Marguerite Road, Spokane For more: or 924-2350

Rockford Farmers & Craft Market 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, starting May 31 Town Park (1st Street), Rockford For more: 926-9552

CALENDAR Continued from page 12 May 3 | Bleker School of Dance open house 1 to 3 p.m., 10417 E. Dean. Tour the

studio, talk with teachers, sign up for fall classes or summer dance camp and more. For more: 892-7977 or

May 10 | Improv show

7 p.m., Ignite Community Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway Ave. This family-friendly show is designed with humor good enough for kids and intelligent enough for adults. Cost is $5 at the door; concessions will be available. For more:

May 21-24, 28-31 | “Noises Off” 7:30 p.m., CVHS Performing Arts Center, 821 S. Sullivan Ave. Presented by the Central Valley Theatre department, follow an acting troupe as they stumble from bumbling dress rehearsal to disastrous closing night. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved at For more: 228-5218 June 1-2 | Auditions for “Goldilocks and The Three Pigs” 6:30 p.m., Liberty

Lake Community Theatre, 22910 E. Appleway Ave. Ages five and older as well as adults are welcome to audition for LLCT’s summer children’s production. No experience or preparation needed. For more: www.

Recurring Spirit of Spokane Chorus Tuesdays, 6:45

p.m., Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines. Make new friends by joining this women’s chorus, specializing in four-part, a capella harmony in the barbershop style. For more: 218-4799

CIVIC & BUSINESS May 3 | Parking lot party Noon to 4 p.m.,

Krispy Kreme, 15401 E. Indiana. The event will include a dunk tank, car wash and raffle. All

May 8 | Spokane Valley City Hall at the Mall Noon to 5 p.m., Mall center court, 14700

E. Indiana. Meet Mayor Dean Grafos and city councilmembers, find out about city programs and services, free kids activities and more. For more: 720-5411

May 8 | State of the City Noon, Mall center court, 14700 E. Indiana; and 6 p.m. at CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place. Mayor Dean Grafos will give an update on the city of Spokane Valley. For more: 720-5411 May 10 | Garden Expo 2014 9 a.m. to 5

p.m., Spokane Community College Lair, 1810 N. Greene St. Presented by the Inland Empire Gardeners, there will be demos, seminars, door prizes, music, food and over 250 garden-related vendors. For more: or 535-8434

May 10 | SCRAPS Grand Opening 10

a.m. to 2 p.m., 6815 E. Trent. The public is invited to celebrate the opening of the new regional animal facility with tours, door prizes, crafts and cake. For more: www.

May 16 | Business Connections Breakfast 7 to 9 a.m., Mirabeau Park

Hotel, 110 N. Sullivan. Program: Panel of Mayors. Cost is $25 for members and guests; $45 for non-members. For more: www.

May 23-25 | Spokane Kennel Club Dog Show Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. Top show dogs from around the country will compete for the title of Best in Show. Admission is free. For times and more: www.

HEALTH & RECREATION May 3 | NBC Camps Volleyball Clinic

8 a.m. to Noon, HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. Geared for athletes in grades 6 to 8, the cost is $40 per player. For more: www.

May 3 | Warrior Camp MMA Event 6

p.m., HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. Tickets for these live cage fights are $20 and available at Warrior Camp, 5027 E. Trent, Spokane. For more:

May 10 | Liberty Lake Trail Run 9 a.m.,

Liberty Lake Regional Park, 3707 S. Zephyr Road. Registraton for the 8-mile loop is $35 if registered by May 8. A pancake feed will be at the finish, and a portion of the profits are donated to local high school cross country programs. For more:

May 10 | LLCTA Free Tennis Clinics for kids 9 to 10 a.m. (7 years and younger), 10

to 11 a.m. (8 to 14 years), Rocky Hill Park. No registration is required; bring a tennis racquet and court shoes. Held by the Liberty Lake Community Tennis Association, the group will also offer adult clinics as well as a ladies day (see information in Recurring below). For more: 255-9293 or

May 10 | Spokane Wolfpack Cheer Clinic Noon to 4 p.m., HUB Sports Center,

19619 E. Cataldo Ave. Kids age 12 and younger are invited for cheer training. Cost is $25; registration begins at 11 a.m. For more:

May 18 | HUB Invitational Volleyball Tournament 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. For more: www.

May 24-25 | May Mania Pickleball Tournament 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. Men’s and women’s doubles are on Saturday, and mixed doubles will play on Sunday. Cost is $20 per person and $5 per event; registration deadline is May 5. For more: www.

CHURCH DIRECTORY Sunday School 9:30 a.m.

WorShip Service 10:45 a.m.

May 24 | ‘Run for the Son’ scenic run/ walk 9 a.m., Rockin’ B Ranch, Liberty Lake. The cost to sign up for the 3.1-mile run/walk celebration for all ages is $10; registrations must be postmarked by May 17. For more:

May 31 | BYU Management Society Fun Run 7 a.m., Mirabeau Park. The cost for

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May 31 | Liberty Lake Kiwanis Foundation Golf Scramble 1 p.m., Meadowwood Golf Course. Registration is $100 per golfer, which includes green fees, golf cart, free range balls and choice of chicken or steak dinner. The funds raised at this tenth annual event benefit local kids by providing scholarships. To register or for more: www. or 294-8500

May 31 | Dads & Dudes Night 6 to 9 p.m., HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. Dads, sons, uncles and grandpas of all ages are invited for a night of fun and games at the HUB. Cost is $10 for a dad and dude; $3 for each additional dude. For more:

June 1 | Windermere Marathon and Half-Marathon 7 a.m. The full marathon

THE INTERSECTION CHURCH 905 N. McDonald Rd. • Spokane Valley Sunday Services: 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 924-3705


little as $7 a month, area churches can share service times, special programs or upcoming events in The Current. Call to learn more: 242-7752.

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starts in Liberty Lake, while the half marathon begins at Mirabeau Park; both end at Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane. For more:

Recurring Liberty Lake Community Tennis Association Rocky Hill Park. The group offers adult evening clinics 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, kids clinics 9 and 10 a.m. Saturdays, and a ladies day 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Clinics will run through Aug. 30. For more: 255-9293 or

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

Sports opportunities HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave., Liberty Lake. Badminton, basketball open gym, pickleball, walking group, Zumba and other recreational options available. For more: www. All calendar listings were provided to or gathered by Current staff. If you would like your event considered for the community calendar, please submit information by the 15th of the month to

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Food for Thought looks to expand reach Weekend meal program helps students who may otherwise go without By Valerie Putnam


Barker High School senior Jacob Tuter, 18, is just one of an estimated 800 Spokane Valley students considered homeless. For these students, being homeless does not necessarily mean living on the street. Many of these youths end up doubling up with relatives or friends. When it comes to nutrition, most of these students depend on free breakfast and lunch programs administered through local school districts. When away from school, however, many don’t have a dependable food source. This results in many youths returning to school Monday hungry. "I don't feel kids our age should have to worry about the next meal," said Tuter, who currently lives with his girlfriend's family. "But a lot of us do." Serving students like Tuter, Spokane Valley Partners Food for Thought program works to fill the gap in food by providing supplemental food bags for the weekend. Each bag contains two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, milk and various snacks. "If it wasn't for that food that I get on the weekends, I would only be eating at school pretty much," Tuter said. "That program helps a lot." Donated food covers about half Food for Thought's current distribution, while the other half is purchased using funds generated by donations and grants. However, the current level of donated and purchased food doesn’t match the need — and the program has a waiting list of Valley schools that would love for it to grow. "We need an ongoing revenue stream because we’re going to spend $10,000 to $15,000 on food," said Pat Dockrey, the program’s founder. As a means to augment current donations, Dockrey is launching “Adopt a Student.” He hopes this program will establish a stable, long-term funding source. Dockrey said the program is looking for members of the community who can “adopt” a student for $125 a year. This donation provides about $3.50 a week for 36 weeks of weekend food. He stated this amount covers about half the cost to supply one student a year's supply of weekend food. "I want to get people invested in the program," Dockrey said. "We hope that they will see the need for it." Administrated through Spokane Valley


Food for Thought founder Pat Dockrey sorts individual-sized meals at Spokane Valley Partners recently. The program, which helps provide weekend food for students who may otherwise not have access to it, recently launched an Adopt a Student initiative to help expand its reach. Partners, Food for Thought serves an average of 180 students a week ranging from pre-school through high school students at 12 of the Central Valley School District's 22 schools. Last year, the program distributed over 4,000 weekend food bags. Students are identified with the help of counselors, who administer the program at their schools. Food for Thought began four years ago while Dockery was volunteering at Barker High School. Because of concerns voiced by a teacher about students having enough food over Christmas break, Dockrey and members of the Liberty Lake Kiwanis Club put together food baskets for the students to take home. Dockrey further learned that students were having issues also on weekends. “Teachers mentioned that students get breakfast and lunch during the week, but on weekends some of them don’t have enough food,” Dockrey said. “That’s not right.” After hearing this, Dockrey and his fellow Liberty Lake Kiwanians began providing weekly free food packs for students at Barker High School. They started by helping three students with food. After two years, the program expanded to 40 students. Dockrey then worked with CVSD and Spokane Valley Partners to further expand the program. At that time, Food for Thought became a part of Valley Partners. Dockrey began working through Partners to organize the food distribution. Dockrey, along with a small group of vol-

ADOPT A STUDENT Food for Thought’s Adopt a Student project defrays the cost by half to provide a school year’s worth of meals to need student. The cost is $125 a year, and it helps make more than 100 meals possible. To become part of the Adopt a Student project, visit and donate using the Paypal button on the left of the screen or send a tax-deductible donation to Spokane Valley Partners Food for Thought, P.O. Box 141360, Spokane Valley, WA 99214. For more: Visit or contact Pat Dockrey at unteers, sort food every Wednesday in Partners’ food bank. Food is placed in boxes and distributed to different locations. The weekly assembling of bags is performed at locations throughout the Valley by volunteers from three Valley churches, Spokane Valley Baptist, Spokane Valley Seventh Day Adventist and Advent Lutheran, as well as by several Barker High School to Life students. The School to Life program assists special needs students in making a successful transition from high school to the adult world.

Through implementing “Adopt a Student,” Dockrey hopes to expand the program to help meet a growing need in the community. "I think there is a lot of need in the Valley that nobody knows about," Dockrey said. "We could serve all the kids that need it. I would like to be able to do that." Dockrey's expansion plans include serving students throughout the Valley by reaching out to the West Valley and East Valley school districts. Currently, East Valley receives shelf-stable, non-refrigerated milk from Food for Thought. “I would like to reach all schools in all three districts,” Dockrey said. “I don’t have a problem doing that if we have the resources.”

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What do you get when you mix math, model cars, science and middle school students? A science bowl competition! Students combined their head knowledge with hands-on training as members of Centennial Middle School’s science bowl team earlier this year. The team started holding after-school practices at the beginning of November in order to prepare for the March competition. Centennial science teachers Mr. Howe and Mrs. Wright coached two teams, which consisted of 10 seventh and eighth graders. Students who had good grades in science where invited to be a part of the group. Evey Dixon, an eighth grade student whose favorite subject is life science, said she enjoyed her first year on the team. “It’s not really giving up free time, since it’s kind of like a game—it’s fun,” 14-yearold Evey said. “And my test grades actually improved once I joined the team.” Sponsored by the U. S. Department of Energy, science bowl is an academic competition that quizzes students’ wisdom in a variety of science subjects. In addition, an electronic car challenge allows students to use creative engineering skills to design, build and race a model car. The winners of regional events are awarded an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to be in the national science bowl competition. To prepare for the academic portion, coaches used an electronic, Jeopardy-style game with science-related questions. “It gave our kids a way to practice that was exciting and competitive,” Mr. Howe said. “We would try to ask questions in areas where we thought the kids needed more help — life science or astronomy or whatever.”


SCIENCE BOWL TEAM Braden Davis, Evey Dixon, Jerrod Freedland, Cameron Geiger, Corey Hatten, Haley Nava, Daniel Netro, Corey Saling, Lijun Wright, Chau Nguyen Coaches: David Howe, Heather Wright

The parts for the model car contest were provided in a kit at the beginning of February. The teams had a month to build their cars from scratch, with the goal of having the fastest finish time. Mrs. Wright said Centennial students would often stop and watch the teams race cars in the hallways after school. “We definitely had kids hovering and checking it out,” she said. “They would cheer on the cars.” Constructing the model cars was a highlight for team members. Evey said they used trial and error to decide which design to use, and it forced the members to work together. “We had a little bit of trouble figuring out whose car design was best,” she said. “But we just talked it out and went through each design and how it would affect its speed.” Mr. Howe said the practices were designed to not just help students learn bits of knowledge, but to engage them in cooperating with others and growing as students. “Teamwork is a big part,” he said. “Sometimes the car goes fast and everyone cheers and roots for them. Other times you see them try things and fail.” The teams raced their model cars at the Libby Center in Spokane on Feb. 28, and then they participated in the academic competition March 1 at Whitworth University. Of the 23 teams present, Centennial Team 1 made it into the afternoon round, but lost in a round-robin match. “We did better than we did the year before,” Mrs. Wright said, “and we’ll just keep getting better.”


Evey Dixon, above, describes the design of her team’s model car to Mrs. Wright, who served as a coach for the Centennial Middle School science bowl team. Two teams made up of seventh and eighth grade students raced their model cars in a competition at the Libby Center on Feb. 28.


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COMMUNITY • If you’re going biking with friends, tell your parents (or other trusted adults) where you are headed as well as when to expect you home.

On the road

• Go with the flow. Ride in the same direction as vehicles travel on the road. By Tammy Kimberley • Obey all traffic signals, signs and road CURRENT STAFF WRITER markings. Look before you turn. The weather is warmer and daylight lasts • Be alert. Listen for upcoming longer, which means more time for kids traffic, and watch for anything to be outside! May is national bike month, that could make you lose control so there’s no better time to get your bike of your bike. Don’t listen to in working order to enjoy the summer your iPod or any headset ahead. Whether you’re biking around with riding. the neighborhood with friends or hitting • Keep at least one local trails with your family, take a hand on the handlelook at the safety tips below to be bars at all times in prepared for riding on the road. order to control your bike. If you Before you go need to carry books • Wear a bicycle or other items, place helmet that fits propthem in a basket on LOCAL BIKING EVENTS erly, as well as brightyour bike or in a colored clothing. Spokane Valley Cycle backpack. Celebration • Check to see if • Avoid riding at July 27, Mirabeau Meadows Park your tires are inflatnight. If you must ed properly, and test ride at night, make your brakes to make sure you have reflecSpokefest sure they work. tors on the front and Sept. 7, downtown Spokane • Scout out your rear of your bike. route ahead of time, RIM Ride and use sidewalks or Source: www.nhtsa. Sept. 14, Liberty Lake gov/people/injury/ trails when possible pedbimot/bike/Kidin order to avoid sandBikeSafetyWeb/ traffic.

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In honor of Mother’s Day, what do you think is your mom’s favorite thing to do? Compiled by Tammy Kimberley at Valley Christian School “Bake cakes, cupcakes and all kinds of treats.”  Amanda Hill, 8, 3rd grade

“Do outdoor things with us like going on walks.” Ridge Williams, 9, 3rd grade 

“I think it’s going tanning.”  Evelyn Miller, 6, 1st grade

“Zumba. She teaches and goes to classes.” Faith Price, 8, 2nd grade 

“Cleaning the house and playing with us.”  Clayton Olson, 9, 3rd grade

A contest about courage At the end of this month, there is a special day dedicated to honoring those who have served to protect the freedom of our country — Memorial Day. It is a national holiday that is celebrated the last Monday of each May. On May 26 of this year, most schools and many businesses will not be open so that people can reflect on the sacrifice and courage of those who have made our lives better. This month the Wave is holding a contest centered around courage. Courage, the PACE character trait of the month, is the decision to do what you know is right even when you might be afraid. For our contest, we are asking kids to create a piece of artwork that displays courage. It can be a drawing of someone being heroic or a picture of something that represents courage to you. Your artwork can be a simple pencil drawing, a colorful painting, a creative

“Just rest.” Edyn Boyd, 8, 2nd grade 

collage or whatever you feel inspired to do. Please include a title with your artwork. Kids in kindergarten through sixth grade who live or attend school in the Valley area are eligible to enter this contest. Entries will be judged on their originality and artistic nature. Gift cards to Toys “R” Us will be awarded to the first ($25), second ($15) and third ($10) place winners, courtesy of KiDDS Dental in Liberty Lake. Winning entries will also be featured in the next issue of The Current and may be included in future PACE promotion. Drawings can be scanned and emailed to or delivered to the Current office, 23403 E. Mission Ave., Ste. 102 in Liberty Lake by May 15. Please include your name, age, phone number, parent’s name and the city you live in. Only one entry per person, please.

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The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce is launching a new volunteer program featuring seniors and high school students. The program is housed at the organization’s Liberty Lake headquarters, 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane, Suite 10. The Chamber office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can contact Eldonna Shaw at 924-4994 or Ian Robertson at

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Teaming wisdom with energy is the inspiration behind the new senior volunteer program organized recently by the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce. The program hopes to provide senior citizens and high school seniors an opportunity to connect with the business community while serving the residents of the Valley. "We believe that this intergenerational mix of wisdom and youth will be beneficial to members of our community, as well as serve as a valued volunteer pool to help the Chamber," Chamber President and CEO Eldonna Shaw said. Shaw believes high school seniors can benefit from the program by gaining work-related experience and networking with business professionals involved in the Chamber. She also sees the value for senior citizens being able to stay connected to the business community. "I don't know of any other community doing something like this," Shaw said. "And yet for so many reasons, it makes sense." Shaw plans to recruit students for the summer and next school year. She anticipates launching the program in late spring. Ian Robertson, a retired pastor who has spent years working with community, civic and business leaders in the Spokane Valley area, is assisting Shaw in recruiting senior volunteers by approaching faithbased groups. "I'm seeing how the faith community can work with the business community," Robertson said. "Churches have a lot of resources to give back to the community."



Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Eldonna Shaw displays some of the resources available in the Chamber’s Business Center in Liberty Lake. The Chamber is seeking seniors to participate in a new volunteer program. Shaw is asking volunteers to commit to three hours a week. She envisions the volunteer duties to entail assisting in general office tasks such as answering the phone, greeting visitors, making copies and writing letters. She believes the program benefits the community as a whole. "It provides us a larger scope to providing service to our members," Shaw said. "We are going to value the people who help us as volunteers."  New recruits will receive a three-hour training orientation about the services the Valley Chamber offers the community. Shaw ideally hopes to have two volunteers each day, one working in a morning shift with another in the afternoon.  

"We have in mind to create a team of a dozen," Shaw said about the number of volunteers she hopes to enlist. "We could take up to 20." Shaw said she plans to honor and recognize all the volunteers at a quarterly lunch held at the Chamber. The program operates under the organization’s Chamber Foundation, which is a separate nonprofit organization. "We created the foundation as a companion 501c3 charitable educational unit," Shaw said. "It's a separate organization, but they're related because one supports the other in a sense." From its Liberty Lake location, the Valley Chamber serves more than 650 mem-

bers with only five full-time staff members. "We serve quite a large group," Shaw said. "What I want to do is make sure we're using the resources that our members provide to use in way of dues in the best possible way to serve them rather than build a huge staff. If there are things that can be done by volunteers, why not?" The Valley Chamber Business Center assists businesses by offering a resource center with a public access computer and a collection of material, including management and business books. The center also houses a business incubator. The incubator, which started at the Spokane Valley location in 2004, can accommodate five different start-up businesses. The incubator helps new businesses gain a foundation before moving to its own location. Continuing with its emphasis on supporting small business, the Chamber offers a 13-week NxLeveL® Entrepreneurs Course three times a year. "We do some exciting things," Shaw said. "Volunteers in our office are exposed to whatever we do."

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Trivia Test 1. MYTHOLOGY: In Norse mythology, what is the name of the mischievous god who likes to play tricks? 2. GEOGRAPHY: Where is the island nation of Nauru located? 3. CHEMISTRY: What is the symbol for the element sulfur? 4. TRANSPORTATION: What is the name of France’s high-speed rail service? 5. LITERATURE: Who wrote the Hollywood-based novel “The Day of the Locust”? 6. GEOLOGY: What kind of rock is

marble? 7. ART: What outdoor school of painting was led by artists such as Rousseau, Corot, Millet and Daubigny? 8. MOVIES: Which U.S. state was the setting for the 1971 film “The Last Picture Show”? 9. TELEVISION: What was Radar O’Reilly’s mom’s name on the TV show “M*A*S*H”? 10. PSYCHOLOGY: What is the abnormal fear represented in pedophobia? © 2014 King Features Syndicate Inc.

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Q: At a recent church rummage sale, I found a W.C. Field's cookie jar marked "McCoy." I paid $50 for it and feel I got quite a bargain. — Phyllis, Pueblo, Colo. A: Your cookie jar was produced by McCoy in 1972 and generally retails in the $200 to $250 range, according to "McCoy Pottery: Identification and Price Guide" by Mark F. Moran. Many of the McCoy cookie jars have increased in value in recent years as collectors have become more and more interested in them. For example, the "Liberty Bell" cookie jar, which often sold for about $25 only five or six years ago, now sells for about $100. Q: I was a great fan of Hoot Gibson, the Western movie star of the 1930s and '40s. I have two of his comics, No. 1 and No. 3WW, both issued by Fox Features Syndicate. Are they worth keeping? — Rob, Roswell, N.M. A: I contacted several comic-book dealers, and they seem to agree that your comics probably are worth about $300 each. They were issued in about 1950. An excellent reference is "The Standard Guide to Golden Age Comics" by Alex G. Malloy and Stuart W. Wells III, and published by Krause Books. This guide serves up 900 covers of

Golden Age comics from 1938-1956, along with nearly 50,000 up-to-date values. It is easy to use and highly recommended, especially if you have a stack of older comics stashed under your bed or in a closet. Q: I still have several books from when I was a child. They are "Fred Flintstone Bewildered Baby-Sitter with Pebbles," "The Flintstones and Dino" and "Hildy's Hideaway." Although I have no plans to sell them, I am nevertheless curious about how much they are currently worth. — Susan, Mitchell, S.D. A: I found your three books referenced in "Warman's Children's Books" by Steve Santi and published by Krause Books. The first Flintstone book was published in 1963 and is valued at $16; the second featuring Dino was issued in 1961 and is worth about the same amount. "Hildy's Hideaway" also is from 1961 and listed for $10. As with most collectibles, condition is extremely important. Children's books with missing or marked pages are worth much less. Write to Larry Cox in care of KFWS, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox cannot personally answer all reader questions, nor do appraisals. Do not send any materials requiring return mail.

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At left, Omar Akkari, an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer who spent a year overseeing the Spokane Valley Community Partners community garden, offers encouragement as STCU’s Chris Baldwin and Lori Mage plant early onions (at left). Above, Kristy Rudolph hauls topsoil to a raised bed at the garden. These STCU employees were part of a 30-member team from the credit union who volunteered at the garden the morning of April 12 as part of Spokane Gives week.

Shutterbug snapshots Michael Hassett photographed this wood duck (left) between Newman and Hauser Lakes on a late March afternoon. He also found a pair of hooded mergansers (right) next to Starr Road near Newman Lake on April 12.


Robyn Nance of KXLY (right) delivered meals to area residents during the Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels Community Champions week in March. Local dignitaries also served lunch to seniors at Spokane Valley Senior Center at Mirabeau Point Park.

Pioneer students win math championship


'Hopping' down a shallow creek



Pioneer School placed first in the fourth grade Math is Cool small schools division on April 18, and they celebrated their success with a trip to the Mobius Science Center. Pictured are (back row) Coach Betty Wolf, Josh Barr, Austin Christensen, Seth Bachman, Cameron Simonds, Sanjana Sharma, Toby Kast, Coach Tami Christensen; (front row) Rachel Stelling, Sarah Hamilton, Neharika Sharma, Neha Kommareddy, Mathew Wasson and Amanda Alexander.

There was so little water in Rock Creek on April 12 that the frogs racing in the Frog Regatta Festival had to hop down it, Vivian Plank shared along with these photos. The fun, which included events around town (including a friendly frog posing with kids at left), is a spring tradition in Rockford. Floating frogs are purchased in the weeks leading up to the event, with the first frog to float the creek earning its owner cool winnings. Organized by the Rockford Lions Club, proceeds benefit youth and community activities.

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Community Brief SV Shrine Club donates Funds for hospital vehicle The Spokane Valley Shrines Club recently donated funds to provide a company vehicle for Shriners Hospitals for Children-Spokane.

Katelyn Dolan of Liberty Lake and Philip Howard of Veradale, both seniors at Central Valley High School, were both honored at the Central Valley school board meeting April 14 for their program, Life Enhancement Through Education in Music (LETEM) that distributes instruments to students in need. They were presented with bronze medallions to recognize their selection as distinguished finalists for Washington in the 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represent the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. For more information, visit www.spirit.

WVHS band receives honors The West Valley High School band and color guard competed in the Heritage Music Festival in Fullerton, Calif., in early April. In the AA division, the percussion ensemble took first place, the wind ensemble received second place and the jazz band claimed third place. In addition, the marching band won a silver medal in the Disneyland Resort Parade. The color guard received a Bronze Medal. WVHS senior Kayla DeVleming was selected from among 1,800 students to receive the 2014 Disneyland “Standing Strong” award, which was given to a student who has persevered through many difficulties to become an outstanding musician and citizen.

Colleges honor local students The following Valley-area residents were recently recognized by colleges for their academic performance. Information was provided via press releases submitted from schools. Biola University (La Mirada, Calif.) Dean’s List (3.6+ GPA), fall 2013 Jordan Jarvis, Greenacres

Eastern Washington University Dean’s List, winter quarter Liberty Lake: Max Barham, Kelsey Baycroft, Ryan Conley, Tyler Dines, Evelyn Fletcher, Garrett Hendrick, Sarah Herner, Miranda Hill, Madison Hilpert, Patrick Hinea, Ryan Hotchkiss, Anne Johnson, Kyle Kallestad, Zachary Ladd, Victoria Leichner, Brittany Lorenzen, Jordan Marlatt, Alexis Marlatt, Ryan McCauley, Maria Mccauley, Iliya Mikheyev, Nathan Nelson, Eric Norman, Alise Olson, Shelby Pace, Abby Pedersen, Oleg Polishchuk, Hannah Robb, Jessica Sharpe,


Combined with funds generated by the 20th annual El Katif Duck Race and with the help of George Gee in Liberty Lake, the nearly $50,000 was used to purchase a 2014 GMC Envoy. According to a press release, the vehicle will be used for the hospital’s physician relations efforts.

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Inspired by Irish dance


GMS releases honor roll FROM STAFF REPORTS

The following students attained honor roll for the second trimester of the 2013-2014 school year at Greenacres Middle School.

Sixth grade

4.0 GPA: Katelyn Bartel, Carter Childress, Jenny Drinkwine, Joshua Hermes, Emily Heskett, Tyler Hunter, Tyler Jones, Kaitlyn Kaluza, Thane Lake, Sara McGill, Addison McLelland, Shawn Mulligan, Jasmyn Persicke, Halinah Putz, Makenzie Raab, Noah Sanders, Yohann Sharma, Sydney Sutton, Claire Westby

Lifelong devotee opens studio to teach others

3.25 GPA and higher: Boden Albright, Danya Alharbi, Dori Ames, Abigail Austin, Eloise Austin, Victoria Axtell, Jeremy Baum, Drake Beale, Kylee Behar, Tenya Benjamin, Hunter Bly, Brenna Brantner, Paige Bridgens, Garrett Burns, Chad Carlson, Gracie Carlson, Tyshaun Carmen, Caden Carter, Marcos Ceresero, Anika Chalich, Eric Chandler, Andre Charbonneau, Hunter Clark, Kieleen Clark, Adrianna Collie, Tate Cornell, Briana Creeger, Jacob Crowley, Jamie Dickman, Bryden Dodson, Jorren Dumo, Christina Evey, Preston Finch, Abby Ford, Kylie Forsyth, Lea Foster, Jeremy Fuhriman, Sydney Gannon, Esha Gollapalli, Rab Greenup, Luke Grisafi, Ryan Hagerty, Rachel Hamry, Katelyn Hansen, Grace Hanson, Christi  Harms, Ryan Harper, Andrew Harter, Taryn Harvey, Essence Hiatt, Lindsey Hickson, Brelin Johns, Caden Johnson, Adam Jones, Collyn Jones, Kyle Jones, Mohammad Kaddoura, Kyle Kaminskas, Kylie Keller, Griffin Keys, Madelynn Knight, Emilee Kopelson, Miranda Kuhlmann, Aidan Lamkins, Haley Lance,  David Laptev, Emma Leiby, Gabriella Magana, Finn Mallinen, Jessie Marshall, Abbey Martineau, MaryKate McHenry, Brock McNeilly, Mason McNeilly, Jacob Measel, Nathan Mercer, Aidan Meyer, Olivia Minnick, Vitaly Mitrofanov, Trinity Montoya, Mia Morales, Ethan Moriniti, Josef Mueller, Brandon Neer, Madelynn Ochse, Emma Ohlsen, Ethan Oliver, Ryan Ovnicek, Alexis Palmer, Carly Petersen, Kayla Piche, SkyeSuraja Potter, Kyra Price, Dallin Prince, Olivia Rachoy, Rylan Redden, Ashley Rich, Kole Richardson, Rogan Rodriguez, Evan Rohm, Conner Russell, Jacob Sattler, Brena Schmaltz, Hailey Schmedtje, Drew Scott, Cameron Sheley, Jensen Shypitka, Jayce Simmons, Julia Simpson, Olivia Sine, Jaylen Smith, Madison  Smith, Brandon Snider, Carson Spence, Emily St. John, Marissa Suarez, Matthew Szymanski, Devin Tanak, Suheyle Tanak, Makayla Taylor, Akaysha Thomas, Kalani Trotter, Kellen Ungaro, Ryan Ungaro, Kaleb Vakaloloma, Jessica Vargas, Kody Vaughn, Korbin Weiler, Jacob White, Chelsea Whitson, Dylan Williams, Kirsten Wold, Simon Xiong, Lucy Yan, Courtney Youseph, Aubrey Zeutschel  

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Most have only seen traditional Irish stepdancing on television or perhaps a St. Patrick’s Day Parade — lithe, fast-moving performers moving their feet in tune with traditional Irish music. There are two local studios that offer lessons in traditional Irish dancing, and locally, a professional dancer has started her own studio for children after years of teaching elsewhere. Katie Fredrickson wants you to get excited about Irish dancing. So much so that the 22-year-old, who has been dancing since age 5, recently started teaching biweekly classes in Otis Orchards. Fredrickson has toured internationally with Irish dancing team Celtic Fire. “I hope that everyone can gain friendship and community through this,” she said. Fredrickson teaches at the Haran School of Irish Dance in Spokane. Two months ago, she launched her own program in a little studio in Otis Orchards. She currently has seven students who range in age from 4 to 18, splitting them into two classes. “It used to be a barn, but she made it into a studio for her two daughters who I used to dance with,” Fredrickson said of the location she utilizes for the classes. “She contacted me because I’ve been wanting to start my own dance classes and start my own studio for a while, for about a year now.” Fredrickson is from just outside of Kettle Falls, where she began taking lessons with Deirdre Abied as a small child. Abied has since passed on, leaving her legacy to her two daughters. One runs the original Kettle Falls school, and the other opened a studio on Perry Street on Spokane’s South Hill, where Fredrickson teaches. “I started teaching three years ago for Caitlin Trusler, who is the head Haran instructor in Spokane,” Fredrickson said. The traditional Celtic performance features step-dancing while keeping the arms and legs mostly stationary, meaning that Irish dancers are incredibly athletic and coordinated. Fredrickson says she grew up in a rural

Katie Fredrickson is a dancer with Celtic Fire, pictured above at right during a performance in South Carolina. part of Idaho some 30 minutes outside of Kettle Falls, and that the kids she grew up with in her dance classes have become lifelong friends. “I’m getting married this summer, and I have friends who I started with — my friend who I started with when I was (5), she’s in my wedding,” Fredrickson said. While she mostly has female students now, she encourages boys to join, saying that the moves can be like gymnastics. “Irish dance is not like ballet,” Fredrickson said. “It’s not just a dance, it’s also a sport.” To learn Irish dancing, you start slow, she said. “It’s step by step,” she said.” [Before you] perform actual dances, you need to know the basics, like a leap-over or a hop-2-3.” While Fredrickson is still building her business, working on advertising and looking for new dancers, she has hopes to showcase her dancers locally, mentioning Coeur d’Alene On the Green, the Bing Crosby Theatre and St. Patrick’s Day parades in Post Falls and Coeur D’Alene. As a performer who has toured professionally with Celtic Fire, Fredrickson knows the value in performance and competition. She met several professional dancers who compete in the prestigious Riverdance shows internationally and are world-renowned for their furious stepdancing. She hasn’t toured this year, what with getting her business off the ground, working at the Spokane Haran School and holding a career at a national testing network as an evaluator for cosmetology. She’s also planning a summer wedding to her fiancé, Jordan, who she met as a student at Spokane Falls Community College. Classes are $45 a month. Contact Fredrickson at or 9905980.


KATIE FREDRICKSON Dream location to perform Ireland! Now that I have opened my own studio, it is a dream to take my dance students to Ireland. There are so many dances that reflect the culture of Irish heritage. It would be an honor to visit where this style originated and to share this experience with the new generation dancers.

Worst dance injury My dance career has been mostly injury free. However, about a year ago on a dance tour, I slipped and strained a muscle in my back. Luckily with proper care, rest and eating healthy, I made a swift recovery. Thorough stretching and warming up are the best ways to avoid dance injuries. We teach a lot of stretching in dance class!

Have you played other sports? I played basketball in middle school. It was fun while it lasted!

How did you meet your fiancé? Jordan and I met in world literature at Spokane Falls Community College. I knew he was “the one” after my family had met him. They all adore Jordan. His support for my dance career is amazing. He even joined my aerobic Irish dance class for adults. I am so thankful to have such a wonderful fiancé, family and friends.

Seventh grade 4.0 GPA: Brendan Bertone, MaKayla Claypool, MaKenzie Claypool,

Chloe Klingler, Kali Natarajan, Margeaux Rottrup, Abigail Sims

3.25 GPA and higher: Natalie Abernathy, Jason Ambriz, Maggie Ames, Jamie Anderson, Rachel Anderson, Jackson Ashworth, Kylie Austin, Spencer Auth, Seth Baker, Marissa Bankey, Shawn Barnett, Alexis Beard, Kylie Beckett, Ty Bennett, Avery Benson, Andrew Bertone, Alyssa Bertram, Caleb Betts, Emma Brewer, Ethan Brooks, Liberty Broughton, Michael Bucknell, Reece Bumgarner, Kelsie Cabiad, Kylar Cahalan, Deidre Calvo, Brenna Carlton, Ian Chambers, Miles Chambers, Carmen Christensen, Gabrielle Christiansen, Benjamin Church, Haley Clark, Sierra Clark, Sam Clary, Logan Coddington, Casey Constance, Trinity Coulter, Rafe Cox, Alisa Crooks, Parker Culton, Mitchell Curl, Andrew Deering, Brooke DeRuwe, Gage Engel, Mikelle Fawson, Kaitlin Federman, Logan Fredekind, Berkley Fredrick, Isabelle French, Michaela Frye, Sulamita Gavriyluk, Scott Gerber, Haley Gerth, Ibby Glover, Callle Grant, Ty Gray, Madeline Greer, Serena Greiner, Alicia Gutierrez, Liliya Gutsulenko, Riley Hadley, Ethan Hagmann, Andrea Hamilton, Syrena Harris, Madeline Hassett, Siqi He, Holly Heckerman, Chelsey Heizer, Carlie Houn, Samantha Hughes, Kelly Hyle, Haley Johnson, Jack Johnson, Ryan Johnson, Cassana Jones, Geoffrey Julian, Tatyana Karptsov, Grant Kelley, Brianna Kimberley, Gunnar Krogh, Genevieve Lorhan, Hunter Lynch, Tyler Madden, Micheal Marinello, Justin Maynes, Hayden McAuliff, Molly McCormick, Emily McFarling, Gavery Merill, Alondra Morando, Claire Mumm, Aisley Niles, Stella Olander, Kaitlyn Pegram, Kara Peha, Sylvia Phillips, Keandra Piatt, Chloe Poshusta, Ashlen Raskell, Joshua Reneau, Noah Reneau, Madison Reynolds, Olivia Rich, Kylie Roche, Roni Rountree, Grace Sampson, Teigan Sampson, Katherine Sams, Ethan Schaefer, Benjamin Schmidt, Carlee Scholl, Arman Shaarbaf, Damon Sheneman, Hannah Sherman, Madylyn Simmelink, Riley Simonowski, Kendahl Siva, Liam Smith, Samantha Smith, Shane Stewart, Allison Taylor, Elle Taylor, Kyle Van Liew, Luke Walker, Karen Weaver, Cameron Whitcher, Reid Whitecotton, Coryn Whiteley, Tomekia Whitman, Calvin Whybrew, Jordan Williams, Julius Wirthlin, Samantha Woodbury, Jared Woodlief  

Eighth grade 4.0 GPA: Elise Brockbank, Britton Curtis, Sidney Gardner, Kelsey

Gumm, Hannah Hislop, James Hotchkiss, Lacie Hull, Lexie Hull, Javion Joyner, Hannah Lundblad, Bridget McDonald, Holland Pratt, Ryu Sharma, Kavia Turpin, Jack Wampler

3.25 GPA and higher: Morgan Adkins, William Ames, Mitchell

Axtell, Carissa Ball, Samantha Barrie, Asia Beale, Lean Brown, Jada Bryant, Autumn Call, Calista Carlson, Hailey Carter, Selena Chen, Hailey Christopher, Peter Cleary, Hannah Conant, Ty Cornell, Hannah Craig, Emily Critchlow, Kalle Crouch, Mallory Daines, Alexa Davis, Stacia Dehamer, Makena Dodson, John Dunne, Thomas Edwards, Andrew Ferrero, Kaelyn Frederick, Sean Fullmer, Bryce Gardner, Blair Gasaway, Ashley Griffiths, Sean Hagerty, Brayden Hamilton, Hunter Hamilton, Amanda Hanson, Lexi Harames, Grace Hardesty, Norah Harman, John Hatcher, Chang He, Harrison Heckerman, Anna Hilbert, Charlotte Himebaugh, Alyson Hinman, Angela Hoene, Ayianna Hopkins, Caitlin Hopkins, Alexandra Horton, Justis Huston, Alison Jacobson, Elsa Jensen, Brady Jones, Dawson Jordan, Sadie Justus, Pamelpreet Kang, Natalia Karptsov, Kassidy Keller, Kobe King, Madison Kramer, Eli Lake, Tate Laker, Alina Lavrova, Jayden Layton, Nathan Leland, Jacob Lewis, Dalton Liesse, Sara Lynn, Bekk Martin, Matthew Martin, Micah Mason, Kate McLelland, Noah Moffeit, Connor Moore, Brian Munro, Kathleen O’Dea, Trey Orr, Gavin Ostheimer, Madison Papich, Anna Pecha, Erica Pecha, Kaden Perala, Seth Pierce, Brooklynn Pieroni, Preslee Pieroni, Madellyn Prince, Mason Rawley, Madison Reese, Chloe Robbins, Gabriel Romney, Tyler Rowell, Trystan Sampilo, Milan Saric, Sydni Schaefer, Cory Schmidt, Mason Scott, Brenna Shanks, Aubony Slack, Kaitlyn Standow, Zachary Stocker, Melissa Sweeney, Austin Tomlinson, Hannah Wampler, Kylie Weiler, Brittney Wheeler, Connor Whitney, Bradley Wiggs, Alissa Williams, Madeline Wilson, Beaudry Young, Braunson Young, Tyler Zarecor, Hailey Zeutschel

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Running on Empty?

Take a holistic approach to beating fatigue The most common complaints patients have are “I am tired," "I have no energy," or "I wake up tired.” Fatigue is becoming the number one reason people seek medical care. Unfortunately, today's urgent-care based medicine is not equipped to diagnose nor understand the root cause of fatigue. Fatigue can be the result of hormone imbalance, blood issues, inflammation, the inability of the body to handle stress, structural issues, dietary choices, occult infections or dysbiosis in the intestinal track — to name just a few. The “Why” you are fatigued is the key to correcting the problem. Your specific issues are unique to you and only you. Your unique biochemistry, physiology, genetics,

MAY 2014 • 23 environment, diet and lifestyle have an effect on how and why you feel the way you do. Exploring those aspects through talking one-on-one and laboratory tests, we can determine why you are tired and feel like you are running on empty.

Highlights from your Chamber Travelers from the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce group at the Great Wall of China, March 2014.

After discovering the “Why,” we can then determine “How” to remedy it. What is special about Lakeside Holistic Health is we have multiple techniques to address your unique “Why.” We are able to address your uniqueness with functional medicine/nutrition, chiropractic care and acupuncture. With the use of specific metabolic testing, which may include blood and genetics, we can determine the underlying causes of your fatigue. These three tools find and correct the reason you feel tired: structure, function and biochemical. Are you tired of running on empty? Find out why, and let’s get you living again.

Dr. Jerry Bailey, DC

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Chamber events in May May 1, Last day to save $100 on the Tuscany One Hotel Holiday trip. Call 509-9244994 for more information. May 1, 4:30 to 7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday, Azteca Mexican Restaurant at the mall. Join us on the patio for an early Cinco de Mayo gathering with tapas, drink specials and time to connect with Valley Chamber members. $10 per person. Register at

October 28 to the most popular region in Italy. Tuscany offers the best of all things Italian — world class art collections, charming medieval hill towns and sweeping hillsides covered with vineyards. Eight days and seven nights of the Tuscany experience for a special price of $2,999, including airfare. Space is limited, so sign up early to secure your seat! Visit for more information, or call the Valley Chamber at 509-924-4994. May 16, 7 to 9 a.m., Business Connections Breakfast. Program: Panel of Mayors. Major Sponsor: Banner Bank. Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N Sullivan, Spokane Valley. Coffee and conversation begin at 7 a.m., program at 7:30 a.m. Cost: $25 members and guests; $45 nonmembers. Register at May 22, noon, Transportation committee meeting, Longhorn Barbecue, 2315 N. Argonne. Program TBA.

May 2, 8 to 9 a.m., Ambassador committee meeting, Conley’s Place, 12622 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley

May 27, 11 a.m. to noon, Membership committee meeting, Mountain West Bank, 12321 E. Mission Ave.

May 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Government Action committee meeting. Program: Update on Public Transportation by the STA. Valley Hospital Education Center, 12606 E. Mission. Cost: $20 (includes lunch). Register at

Be sure to check our website at for more details and updates.

May 8, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Business Education committee meeting, location TBA May 8, 4 to 5 p.m., Member Orientation, Valley Chamber Conference Room, 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane, lower level. Please RSVP, 509-924-4994. May 9, 9:30 a.m., Mild Too Wild Upholstery Ribbon Cutting, 9601 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley. Coffee and donuts will be served.

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Please join us in welcoming the following members who have recently joined the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce: BNSF Railway Central PreMix/Inland Asphalt McDirmid, Mikkelson & Secrest Molina Healthcare of Washington Moss Adams Susan G. Komen Foundation/Eastern Washington Affiliate U-Haul Moving and Storage

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Heartbeat Quilting expands, celebrates Renovation, ad campaign provided jolt to business By Valerie Putnam


Professional Machine Quilter Wanda Jeffries knew it was time to expand her business, Heartbeat Quilting, when just moving around the store became difficult. "We have five (quilting) machines in the building," Jeffries said. "We couldn't move without touching each other." With space already being an issue, the catalyst for the expansion came after Jeffries was chosen to participate in a Spokane Teachers Credit Union television ad campaign last year. "That was amazing," Jeffries said. "All of a sudden, I got a lot busier." Doubling the store's square footage and dramatically improving the store's presence, the recent expansion of Heartbeat Quilting is the realization of a dream seven years in the making. "We probably had the expansion in mind from the time we bought the building," Jeffries said of the 2007 purchase. "We knew when we did the original remodel we would have room to expand out the front, but we couldn't afford both the building and the expansion at the time." Heartbeat Quilting, 16909 E. Sprague Ave., offers machine quilting on longarm quilting machines. Customers can choose to rent the machines and finish the quilt themselves or have an employee finish it for them. "The machine quilting process helps people finish their quilt tops so they are usable," Jeffries said. Jeffries purchased her first longarm quilting machine 19 years ago after her mother, Bev Freeman, suggested trying it as a way to earn income from home. "My mom was a quilter," said Jeffries, who had been searching for a homebased business. "She had a good friend who owned a machine, and she let me use it to see if I liked it." As one of a select few women in the area performing the skill at the time, she began finishing other people’s quilts in her basement. "It was a time when there weren't many of us," Jeffries said. "We went from less than 10 in the Spokane (area), to now there's hundreds of us in the surrounding area." Jeffries moved her business out of her basement in 2000 to a small, renovated house she and her husband, Dave, moved

onto their Greenacres property. In 2007, Jeffries purchased the existing business, Heartbeat Quilting, from a retiring Mead couple. The business consisted of longarm quilting machines along with longarm quilting supplies. The supplies include batting, threads, patterns, books and Gammill parts and accessories, sold online and in store. Jeffries also became the Gammill longarm machine sales rep for the Pacific Northwest. As it became necessary to expand further, the couple purchased the building located on the south side of the property where Dave Jeffries operates his business, AutoCraft. Jeffries began with three self-guided longarm machines. Since then, she has purchased two more computerized quilting machines. Over the past seven years, her business has increased steadily, with most coming via word of mouth. Currently, she averages finishing 50 to 60 quilts a month. According to Jeffries, the Internet sales side of the business has grown 50 percent since she purchased it in 2007. Today, she ships all over the United States and Canada. She has shipped product as far away as Germany and Australia. The 2,000-square-foot expansion began when the Jeffries enlisted the help of architect Chris Herath early last year. DAS Construction broke ground in September and completed the $200,000 project in March. Jeffries was able to keep the business open during the entire project.


Wanda Jeffries, owner of the recently remodeled Heartbeat Quilting store at 16909 E. Sprague Ave., works at a computerized longarm quilting machine. The store is celebrating a Grand Reopening in May.

From left, Ashley Riley, Judy Goodrich, Wanda Jeffries, Nikki Sue, Sarah Vallejo and Sharon Biddiscombe team up with the mission of helping customers finish their quilts at Heartbeat Quilting. "We were behind a plastic curtain for three months," Jeffries said. "The gals are very glad to have it done." Originally a 2,000-square-foot flattop building, the expansion allows for more

space around each 12- to 14-foot long quilting machine. Now that the construction is over, Jef-

See QUILTING, page 25

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GRAND REOPENING Located at 16909 E. Sprague Ave., Heartbeat Quilting will hold a Grand Reopening Celebration for its recently remodeled store with special discounts throughout the month of May. Special events are planned May 3 and 7, with demonstrations, discounts, games, prizes and special treats. The store’s philosophy is helping people finish their quilts in an affordable fashion — "finished quilts are better." In May, machine quilting classes will resume (after being postponed during construction) four times a month. Cost is $50. For more information and store hours, call 465-0344.

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Biz Notes Pizza Pipeline opens new location Pizza Pipeline opened its new location April 7 at 415 N. Sullivan Road. Employing 10-15 people, the 2,200-square-foot store houses a double-stack pizza oven to ensure the fastest possible delivery of pizzas and Tricky Stix. The relocation from their former East Sprague store is intended to increase visibility. “We decided to relocate to better accommodate our take out customers,” said Pizza Pipeline co-owner Mike Kite in a press release. Plans for a grand opening for the North Sullivan store are scheduled for May. For more information, go to


Rockwood plans to open South Valley office

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Rockwood Clinic of Spokane plans to open a new 4,800-square-foot Primary Clinic in the South Valley. The new clinic at 13221 E. 32nd Ave. location will open mid-May. "Our objective is to make health care convenient," Sasha Weiler, senior director of marketing and communications, said. "This is a great opportunity to provide a primary care location to serve people in that area." Featuring on-site imaging at the facility, family practitioner Dr. Glen Volyn will be seeing patients at this location for general health care and wellness needs. Other staff will include a nurse practitioner, two medical assistants, a receptionist and a scheduler. Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The clinic is currently taking appointments and accepting new patients, Weiler said. For more, call 724-4225.

fries hopes to take advantage of the extra room and purchase another longarm quilting machine. "I plan on being here for a long time," Jeffries said. The addition of a second story along with a large business sign now provides a visual presence Jeffries didn't have prior to the renovation. "There was no signage on the building," Jeffries said. "I was afraid to put something on top of the flat roof. We had problems with leakage ever since we bought it." She attributes a 20 percent increase in foot traffic to the increased presence the renovation gives the facility along Sprague Avenue. "I probably get five people a week that just stop in and say, 'How long have you been here?'" Jeffries said. "The building created such a presence that the old building didn't have. It stands out now."

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among 12 national finalists for Contractor of the Year 2014. The awards banquet was held March 8 in Las Vegas. Each finalist is selected on the basis of company achievements, endorsements from customers and vendors and the contributions the company has made to the construction industry, a press release said. Now in its 14th year, the Contractor of the Year is sponsored by Caterpillar, the world’s largest maker of construction and mining equipment, and Equipment World magazine, the construction industry’s leading trade publication. Winkler specializes in concrete work including airports, roads and commercial and industrial development.

Credit unions receive awards Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing & Business Development Council awarded Spokane Teachers Credit Union (STCU) several Diamond Awards including a Category’s Best Award for its efforts in providing free financial education to Inland Northwest residents. STCU recently opened its 17th branch location in the Hutton Building, 9 W. Washington Street, Spokane. Horizon Credit Union was also recognized with five Diamond awards from the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council. Josh Allison, Horizon’s relationship development manager, was honored with the industry’s 2014 Business Development Professional of the Year Award.

Daines leaves mark Longtime Spokane Valley area business leader Bernard Daines passed away April 4. The owner of the Liberty Lake Portal building was known as a technology pioneer and computer innovator who was one of the earliest developers of Ethernet technology. A story on his life is running this month in The Current's sister publication, The Liberty Lake Splash. Read it online at 

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SPORTS EV softball squad on fire during impressive run

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Great Northern League loss in two years. “We should have swept both,” Riggin said of the doubleheader opening 6-4 loss. “Colville scored five unearned By Mike Vlahovich runs.” CURRENT CONTRIBUTOR EV built an 11-1 lead in the second Of all high school sports seasons, game. Colville chipped back and scored spring seems to speed by faster than an three times in the bottom of the seventh, Indy racecar. but the Knights escaped. Since the Current was last published, Offense, personified by Katy Sinn, and baseball and softball leagues are already steady pitching by Ciera Lockwood have two-thirds complete. Soccer begins post- been their strong suits. season this week. The final track meets “Katy was on fire,” Riggin said. are May 8 with district and regional “(Against WV), she was 6-for-8 and hit meets not far behind. her fourth home run. We’ve got some State tournaments end the school year girls who are just hitting the ball (hard.)” on the final weekend this month. The junior and thirdyear varsity starter also EV enjoying success CV NOTEBOOK went 5-for-7 with four Who knows, if ever, RBIs during the Colville the last time East Valley ONLINE twinbill and was 6-for-7 beat West Valley in a softLooking for an with eight RBIs during a ball doubleheader. If so, twinbill sweep of Pullman update on Central it likely would have been that left the Knights 8-3 at Valley High School sports? about a decade ago when publication. Contributor Mike Vlahovich the Knights were enjoyAgainst Pullman, shortwrote an all-Bears report ing class 3A success while stop Brianna Lasso also for The Current’s sister in the Greater Spokane drove in eight runs, six League. publication, The Splash. during an 11-run third inView it online at www. “I’d never done it,” fifthning on grand slam and or year coach Ray Riggin two-run homers. EV has check out the full issue at said. “Nobody else realizes hit eight home runs overall how big a deal it was, but in the 11 games. we did. The girls were re“They just don’t think ally excited.” they’re going to lose. There have been The Knights did so in mid-April by games when they’re down and just keep banging out 25 hits and three home runs swinging the bat,” Riggin said. “They’ve during 13-3 and 7-5 victories. But that’s really come together as a team. That’s the not the half of it. A week later EV upset only way I can explain it. In my five years Great Northern League leading Colville at East Valley, this is probably the least 11-10 in the second game of a doubleheader, handing the Indians their first See NOTEBOOK, page 28

Competing on the court


The HUB Sports Center was one of the host sites for the Pacific Northwest Qualifier Volleyball at the end of March. Teams from a variety of states, including Washington, Idaho, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Colorado, Texas and Montana, came to the area to compete.

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VC senior aims for more state hardware

MAY 2014 • 27


The true measure of a coach

By Mike Vlahovich


As if winning seven state track distance championships weren’t impressive enough, Valley Christian track athlete Grant Marchant has done so while subscribing to a minimalist method of training. “Honestly, I’ve got to say I don’t do a lot of training outside of the sports I play,” threesport athlete Marchant admits. “During the summer, I go on an occasional run, but I don’t put in a lot of hard-core training in the offseason.” His and other coaches marvel at the revelation. Distance coach Terry Templeton, head track coach at St. George’s before coming to Valley Christian, said that his successor Rick Riley has the Dragons’ runners log 300 miles, and Marchant’s times are the same. Head coach Joel Hayek said opposing coaches, after having their runners routed, would ask him if Marchant ran cross country. “I say, ‘no, he didn’t,’ and they’re all like, ‘how does he do it?’” Hayek’s answer is, “Mostly from doing speed work.” Part of that has to do with Hayek’s own curiosity. Most distance runners put in 40 miles per week pretty much year round, and the results are borne out by their times. Hayek is something of a contrarian. “I always have this argument,” says the fitness trainer. “If you’re going to run a twomile in 10 minutes or less, why put on the wear and tear? I like to train them fast and work up to the distance.” While unorthodox, it’s a philosophy that has suited Marchant, whose offseason preparation comes largely from playing soccer and basketball. Distance running just happened. “Ever since I was in PE class, you have to do the mile for a grade,” Marchant explains. “That’s when the coaches started telling me, ‘you ought to go out for track’ and stuff. So I did it just for the fun of it, and the coaches all noticed I could run the mile pretty fast.” Marchant added the 3,200 and 800 meters races as well. He won the 1,600 and 3,200 meters at state as a freshman; the 1,600 and 800 as a sophomore when he and fellow distance runner Richard Nyambura accounted for 52 points in the distances out of Valley Christian’s state championship total 85, including a 1-2 finish in the 800 that

By Mike Vlahovich THE FINAL POINT


Valley Christian senior Grant Marchant has seven state track distance titles to date despite a training regimen that is strictly seasonal. As of press time, his season-best times included 54.35 (400), 2:00.28 (800), 4:35.09 (1,600) and 9:56.83 (3,200). clinched the team title. “They didn’t have the best times going in, but Grant took off and didn’t stop,” Hayek says. Last year, Marchant won all three. He can add to the larder with four more state events this spring. Counting relays and barring the unforeseen, Marchant can end his four-year career as the accidental runner with 15 or 16 state medals including a mind-boggling 10 or 11 titles. Granted, Marchant is quick to point out he races in Washington’s smallest school classification, making the feat easier. And his times pale compared with national caliber big-school runners whose offseason training regimen and fall cross country season produced track times that at state last year averaged eight seconds (800), 19 seconds (1,600) and one minute (3,200) faster than his. “So I try not to get caught up in that when I look at guys in the higher classes,” he says. “Their times are way better than mine.” But it makes you wonder what he could accomplish if he trained in the distances like they do. College coaches are intrigued. “I’ve actually gotten a few places that want me to run for them, but I’m not sure if I’m going to or not,” Marchant says. “I rec-

ognize it’s going to be a lot of training in the offseason, and I’m not sure how passionate I am about that at this point.” Marchant has attended Valley Christian since second grade, saying he likes the small school community feel and camaraderie among students and faculty. Two years ago, the school formed a soccer team which he took up “pretty much to kill time. I’m not a soccer player by any means.” He played on the Panthers’ state runner-up basketball team as a sophomore and became a double figures scorer by his senior season. Weight room workouts, says Hayek, leave him red-faced and sweat-soaked. That’s about all the pre-track cardiovascular workout he seems to need. “Ever since I picked up sports, I’ve always been a competitor. On the field, court or track, it’s all about the competitive drive,” Marchant says. He revels in winning neckand-neck sprints to the finish. Reflecting on the final track go-around to his career, Marchant’s goal remains the same: Repeat as three-time state champion and set school records. “Not bad for a kid who trains for (just) 12 weeks,” says Hayek. “What his big strength is, there’s more fight in him than anyone else.”

I’m certain some coaches consider the media lepers to be shuttled off to Molokai, and I’ve had a couple who accused me of trying to get them fired (the allegations were untrue. I swear). By and large, I’d like to think I’ve had good relationships with most I’ve been associated with over the decades, many who became good friends. Still, as a longtime sideline kibitzer I’ve asked myself an unanswerable question: What makes a coach tick and win while another can’t win for losing? The thought occurred again after listening to and reading tributes from former athletes of the late East Valley coach Howard Dolphin. Most coaches learn at the same school of sports theory and attend the same clinics. It would seem, logically, that they all enter the arena on even terms. The results, though, are as different as night and day. I’ve found that you can’t put temperament in a box. Both the bellicose and the coach who instructs with a spoonful of sugar have won state titles or been run out of town on a rail. I’ve known nice-guy coaches who knew their craft and seemingly did the right things, but like woebegone Joe Btfsplk (the jinxed character with a raincloud perpetually hanging over his head in the long gone Li’l Abner comic strip), a strange bounce or bizarre event consistently snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. (Speaking of strange, early in my writing career, I stood nearby as an East Valley football player was stabbed — thankfully superficially — while running onto the field through a phalanx of fans. But I digress.) There are coaches I considered bad for the players and game for whom nothing could go wrong if they tried, thankfully few and far between, and those who hung themselves out to dry by alienating everyone in their path.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 14 , 2014 8 A.M. – 4 P.M. TH

21 ST annual

Registration must be received by June 6 in order to be included “on the map” in the 10,000 copies of the official guide that will be distributed to Liberty Lake and beyond June 11-14. Choose from the three options below to take part in this 21st annual event. Registration fees go to the Kiwanis Club of Liberty Lake to support the event and community.


Liberty Lake addresses only

Two ways to register:

 Online: $10 Submit your registration and secure credit card payment at www. yardsales to receive a discounted registration and special reasonably priced add-on options (color, borders, bold title) to help your yard sale stand out from the rest. Online ads can also exceed the 20word maximum for 15 cents a word.

 Mail-in form: $15 Complete the registration form below and submit it along with your fee. Remember, registration must be received by June 6 to be included in the official guide and map. No phone or in-person registration is available. For questions about registration, contact The Splash at 242-7752 or yardsales@


Listing information organized alongside your neighborhood’s corresponding map in the official 2014 Liberty Lake Community Yard Sales Guide. 10,000 copies will be distributed by mail to everyone in Liberty Lake on June 12, at distribution points throughout the region and at strategic community outposts on the day of the event.

A supported event:

The sales will be advertised and publicized through region-wide outlets, and the Kiwanis Club is working with local authorities and strategic vendors (portable restrooms, etc.) to ensure a safe and well-supported event.

Directional signage:

Signs will be posted to help guide shoppers into the neighborhoods, including the River District.

Charity pick-ups: A

truck from ARC of Spokane will be going up and down Liberty Lake streets Monday and Tuesday, June 16-17, to pick up unsold items residents wish to donate


to charity. No large items please.

Satisfaction: In the past, some homes have chosen to hold sales on the day of the event without registering. By submitting an official registration, you showcase your community pride by helping organizers properly support the strategic needs of the event as well as giving back to the Liberty Lake community. After expenses, all proceeds from the event will be reinvested by the Kiwanis Club into the community. To summarize: charity event … makes Liberty Lake shine … brings you swarms of shoppers — that’s worth $10.

REGISTER A YARD SALE AT PAVILLION PARK Want to hold a sale, but not at your home? Or maybe you don’t live in Liberty Lake and are looking for an outlet to take part. 12-foot by 12-foot sections are available to be utilized at Pavillion Park. Registration is $50, $35 of which is refunded after you clean up your sale on the day of the event. This option includes a listing in

REGIS TRATI ON IS NO W OP EN! the official guide. Register by using either of the two options listed under “Register a sale at your home” at left, but instead of listing your address, indicate the Pavillion Park option and pay $50 to secure your spot. Spaces will be assigned to registered sellers on a firstcome, first-served basis beginning at 6:30 a.m. June 14.

REGISTER AS A COMMERCIAL VENDOR AT PAVILLION PARK Commercial vendors will once again be invited to set up along Settler Drive in beautiful Pavillion Park. The cost for a commercial vendor site at Pavillion Park is $50. To reserve your space, use either of the two options listed under “Register a sale at your home” at left, but instead of listing your address, indicate the Pavillion Park option and pay $50 to secure your spot. Spaces will be assigned to registered sellers on a firstcome, first-served basis beginning at 6:30 a.m. June 14.

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talented (squad), yet they are playing the best softball (of any of those teams).” As usual, University is in the thick of things in the race for a Greater Spokane League softball championship. But their quest was sidetracked by rival and league leader Central Valley. The Bears won 8-4, leaving UHi 10-2 heading into May. The Titans, however, have recorded impressive statistics. They have four of the top seven GSL hitters. In the latest reported statistics, Hannah Wesselman led the league with .542 batting average, ahead of teammate Kirsten Anstrom’s second best .481. Anstrom had 10 RBIs and two triples and Wesselman had driven in nine runs. Rachael Johnson’s stats included a .452 batting average and league-leading 15 runs and nine stolen bases. Pitcher Alex Douglas was at .462 and at one point had thrown five shutouts and allowed runs in only one inning of the sixth game when Mt. Spokane upset the Titans, 5-4.

Eagles vs. Knights East Valley and West Valley were jockeying for position atop the wide-open GNL baseball league. The two split a doubleheader, with one run separating them before the Knights went on a five-game tear to lead the league with a 10-4 record with four games left to the season. The somewhat surprising Eagles (8-5) were in second place as part of a fourteam logjam. The Knights have gotten strong pitching from a number of sources, including Gage Burland, and big numbers offensively — Burland, Connor Ramm, Ian Spendlove and J.T. Phelan among them. … Unbeaten Northeast A League leading Freeman (12-0) distanced itself from the field, leading by five games. Jake Phipps and Sebastian Hyta were among the big hitters. … University was 3-11 with four games remaining.

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What’s a parent to do when their children are playing two different sports at the same time? West Valley senior Katelyn Sage is in her fourth year of playing softball and Johnny Sage, a sophomore, plays baseball. Both have been big cogs in the Eagles programs.

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The Call to Courage By John Cooney


Kindness, tolerance, generosity, forgiveness, honesty, self-control and almost every other virtue all have something in common. They are all useless, completely and utterly useless. Useless, that is, if not paired with the less-noticed virtue of courage. The virtue of courage, as downplayed as it may be, is actually the reflection of all other virtues. In other words, courage is the vehicle through which all of the other attributes come into being. Accordingly, the importance of being courageous, or rather the importance of understanding what courage is and recognizing it in our own lives, must be enhanced. To invoke the virtue of courage, a catalyst must be found. Otherwise, one may be content to let courage lie dormant. As such, to awaken courage requires us to believe in something greater than ourselves. Placing your hope in life, God, an ideal or some type of goal is of the utmost importance. Rarely are we able to comprehend how courageous we will be in time of trouble by simply envisioning ourselves in dilemmas. Instead, we must convince ourselves that faith in something greater than ourselves will make our courage stronger than the obstacles we face. Cicero summed it up well when he wrote, “A man of courage is also full of faith.” The virtue of courage is most frequently thought of in life-threatening situations, much like the actions a firefighter or soldier displays, or perhaps someone battling terminal illness. If placed in a comparable situation, we too may instinctively act in a courageous manner, yet the perpetual test of being courageous lies in the subtleties of life. For instance, it takes courage to display honesty and admit fault when the

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substantial consequences that follow are known. It takes courage to wake up every single morning feeling ill-equipped but ready to give it your all. It takes courage to forgive the unforgiveable, to humbly serve others, and to exercise self-control in the face of worldly pressures. To better understand the attribute of courage, the antithesis of courage, fear, must be considered. It would be incorrect to assume that a person acting with courage does not also harbor the mindset of fear or timidity. While fear occupies the mind of a person acting courageously, it has not conquered the virtue of courage. Significantly, a conscious decision must be made to let courage reign. All the while, fear or cowardice may be present but will ultimately surrender to the supremacy of courage. Perhaps the greatest challenge in exhibiting courage comes following defeat. Experiencing defeat promotes our fears of inadequacy, ill-preparedness and inferiority. When defeat prevails, fear earns the upper hand and our resolve subsides. Ultimately, by giving in to defeat, we are essentially conditioning ourselves to let fear prevail, making it unlikely we will choose once more to act courageously. Fortunately, there is a systematic remedy to prevent this setback. Ultimately, the only way to allow courage to consistently dominate fear is to make it a daily practice. Like the muscles of the body, to grow stronger, courage must be exercised frequently. Making a conscious decision to persistently act courageously in the subtleties of life will not only develop the ability to become more courageous, it will also continually suppress fears of inadequacy. By exercising the virtue of courage, the fear that prevents us from turning the virtues of kindness, tolerance, generosity, forgiveness, honesty and self-control into action will subside. In the end, when courage prevents the paralysis of fear from setting in, the other great virtues will turn from simple nouns into the actions that define us. The Honorable John O. Cooney was elected as a Superior Court Judge in 2012 and is serving his first term, currently assigned to the Family Law Dept. of the Superior Court. Cooney is married and a father of four, a graduate of Gonzaga University and a graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law. He worked as an attorney for Law Offices of John Cooney & Associates, P.S. 2000-2006, was elected to Spokane County District Court in 2006, and then elected to Spokane County Superior Court in 2012. He supports the Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) Program, and his civic involvement also includes the Lilac Bloomsday Association and Kira’s Kloset.

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Letter to the Editor Thanks to voters, volunteers following library bond election On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to thank the voters who turned out for the recent library bond election. We appreciated the March cover story and subsequent stories that ran in The Current. You helped to inform voters about the proposal to build two new libraries and expand a third. Thank you for raising awareness about this issue so voters could make an informed decision.  A special thanks to the volunteers who canvassed neighborhoods to encourage residents to vote on this important issue.  A majority of voters approved the formation of a capital facilities area and

funding. Unfortunately, a super-majority was needed to approve the funding proposition.  As Spokane County Library District trustees, we will continue to guide the District and dedicate existing resources to support the wide array of programs, services and materials that serve people of all ages. We are committed to the Library District’s mission to inspire learning, advance knowledge and connect communities. Thank you to everyone who voted, letting the voice of the people be heard.

Tim Hattenburg

Board of Trustees Chair, Spokane County Library District


Allred has thrown the discus an impressive 135-7.

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Kopczynski has been on fire early in the track season. Already he has timed 1 minute, 59.1 seconds at 800 meters, run 4:22.3 in the 1,600 and 9:21.32 for 3,200.

West Valley (7-3) was third in the Great Northern League headed into May. Eagles Chris Lucas and Brandon Borg led in scoring. Junior Tyler Sager and sophomore Tristan Gresch paced East Valley (4-6), and Kyle Bender had five of University’s (2-9) nine goals.

While he goes the distance, West Valley relies on fast twitch muscles to post Great Northern League bests. The Eagles Teven Duke has run a 23.1 200 and long jumped 20-feet-9 ½. Marcus Jackson has 15.45 high and 41.62 intermediate hurdles effort, and WV is among relay leaders. Among girls, EV distance runner Brittany Aquino had run 2:28 in the 800 and 11:34.70 for 3,200. WV’s McCall Skay had a 5:26.16 1,600. The Knights' Elisha

Golfers get it done A pair of University golfers has scored among the top six girls in the GSL. Senior Katie Ochoa shot rounds of 79, 81 and 85 in three league meets. Sophomore Hanna Gropp shot 79 to finish ahead of Ochoa in week two and 87 in week three.

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The one thing I learned over time: beware of the windbag. My instinct was usually right when I’d tell myself, after interviewing a fast-talking hire, “he won’t cut it.” The best coach walks the walk. University football’s, the late Dave Holmes was a success in high school and college, ending his career with the Titans after compiling great seasons at the University of Hawaii. He told me he wasn’t a good interview because he didn’t have charisma. But his matterof-fact comments were fine with me, and I learned more about football from him than anyone. We’d sit and talk philosophy and strategy by the hour. Old-time Major League baseball manager Leo Durocher supposedly is attributed with the adage, “Nice guys finish last.” Maybe so, but in numerous cases I’ve found that to be patently false. Numerous “nice guys” I’ve been around finished first — and the Valley has produced well over 30 team and countless individual state titlists. I have my favorites, but space and decorum prohibits naming them all. What it all comes down to, I surmise, is “to thine own self be true.” The best coaches engage their athletes and inspire them to overachieve by the strength of their personalities. It may mean quietly convincing a player that he can be Superman, and he jumps higher than rightfully should be expected. Be it passionate oration from the excitable, one who portrays a quiet confidence, or the master of tonguein-cheek reverse psychology, their players would run through the proverbial brick wall and win the seemingly unwinnable game. That coach is successful who leaves an indelible mark by influencing lives long after the Elysium Fields of athletic success are but memories to be rehashed at reunions and their favorite watering holes. Mike Vlahovich is a longtime Spokane Valley sportswriter and member of the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame Scroll of Honor.

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A weekend worth of Easter egg hunts



Friends and family gathered at Pavillion Park the morning of April 19 for the 18th annual Liberty Lake Easter Egg hunt.

The Go Big Carnival and Egg Hunt hosted by Sozo Church reported about 1,000 people attended, 600 hot dogs were consumed and 200 goldfish were won at the free carnival held at West Valley City School.


Rockford’s annual Easter Egg Hunt, held April 19 at the Prime Land office building, boasted lots of friendly people without the huge crowds in bigger towns.


Inflatables, carnival games, prizes and more than 20,000 eggs were part of the festivities at the annual hunt at Valley Real Life Church. Otto, the mascot for the Spokane Indians, provided entertainment while kids waited for the egg hunts to begin.

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What is a Marriage Preservation Specialist?

Dr. Catherine Kuhn Brown’s office at the Liberty Lake PORTAL exudes comfort and calm. As a clinical psychologist and counselor, Cathy has the privilege of helping individuals and couples learn how to understand and capitalize on the natural healing capacities of the brain. Consequently, positive energy and peaceful surroundings are essential to her work. “The PORTAL is a very positive energy space,” Cathy declared, “and that has been such a gift to me. People are so friendly and I’ve found it very supportive for doing this very hard work.” A portion of Cathy’s hard work includes her efforts as a marriage preservation specialist. With her experience as a nurse, coupled Catherine Kuhn Brown is a clincial psychologist and counselor with her PhD in Psychology, Cathy is doing business at the Liberty uniquely equipped to apply an apLake PORTAL. proach known as Interpersonal Neurobiology. She specializes in helping adults recognize the symptoms of stress and trauma and then discover what to do with those indicators. “We typically don’t know what to do with our body symptoms so we exit to complaining, working, drugs, alcohol, and such,” Cathy explained. “If we can learn how to work with the natural capacities of our brain that brings a lot of healing.” Cathy describes her work as helping couples to “calm the alarm, read their need for connection, and re-connect with their partner at a very deep bonded level. It’s not a band aid fix but an actual structural change in the brain,” says Cathy Brown, PhD. Prior to opening her office in the PORTAL, Cathy recalls working in a very isolated location. The PORTAL provides a welcome contrast. “Steven Daines does an amazing job in

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Mayor Peterson presents Prize to PORTAL’s Pitch Perfect Contest Winners


Jo LeVan of Liberty Lake is working to start a Craig’s List of sorts for crafters and craftsmen. She and Tanya Smith of Tanya Smith Photography entered the PORTAL’s Pitch Perfect contest earlier this spring. On April 16th, Mayor Peterson presented both entrepreneurs with a $1000 check from the Liberty Lake Portal. sed









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Safety from the storm: A new Valley safe house is among growing local resources for domestic violence victims.

May 2014 Current  

Safety from the storm: A new Valley safe house is among growing local resources for domestic violence victims.