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 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    August 28, 2014 

McKindsay Dow spent summer helping students learn English

(Editor's Note: McKindsay Dow is Luella Dow's granddaughter) McKindsay Dow, Wayne Dow's daughter, spent around 50 hours this summer as a volunteer with three other students from Gonzaga Prep Higth...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    August 21, 2014

Mill reflects on history of Amber, Wash., originally settled by the Calverts

Ron Mill has many memories of his growing up in Amber, Wash. When he was only 5 years old, the district encouraged all parents to have their children vaccinated. Ron doesn't remember what it was for...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    August 14, 2014

Chilly, slippery adventures kill time without power, take us back to the olden days

My name is Lillie. My friend is Sue. She is visiting me from her home in Nebraska. We sat at the kitchen table, my friend and I, watching the afternoon slide by as its hours and minutes faded into nothing. Like many others in the area, our...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    August 7, 2014

Now you see them, now you don't - two tales relived

The following stories are true. Verification is available. 1800s Once upon a time there was a young lady who turned her car easily into its place at her home, gathered the things she had bought and took two steps toward her house. She stopped. Right...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    July 31, 2014

It's time to step up to save our train depot

The year 1881 was the birthdate of the first railroad depot in Cheney. It was a plain, but usable building, where flour shipments from the Martin family's mill were sent to the Spokane bakeries....

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    July 24, 2014

Varied experiences helped shape Roger Hagenbuch

Roger Hagenbuch grew up on a dairy farm in New Jersey. He said, "I was the fourth of nine children." A family in the dairy business needs a lot of helpers to carry the milking equipment, feed the...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    July 17, 2014

Benjamin Franklin did more than researching electricity, signing Decelaration of Independence

My stingy dictionary tells me Benjamin Franklin was an American statesman and an inventor. And then it stopped. Surely there was much more to tell about him, much more than a few words. Joe Wurzelbacker is known as Joe for America.com and Joe the Plu...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    July 10, 2014

Mocsulski brothers built a relationship with Mitchell's Harvest Foods customers

Once upon a time, about 35 years ago, Mitchell’s Harvest Foods in Cheney was a little grocery store owned by the Ribas brothers. About that time, two brothers, Mitchell and Ron Moczulski, were on...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    July 3, 2014

Friendship is paramount for June Labish

I was the "new kid on the block" in a group of rural women who called themselves Merry Makers when I first met June Labish. Some of the women stared at me. Others ignored me. June smiled and made me...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    June 26, 2014

Cheney Community Church Vacation Bible School has big plans

Tara Ryan is the coordinator for Vacation Bible School at Cheney Community Church. The theme this year is "Christmas in July." It's not what you think. You won't need to run to the store. VBS begins a...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    June 19, 2014

Johnny Palmer plays with passion

Here is Johnny Palmer, a boy who likes to set a goal and reach it. He knows the satisfaction of working hard for something worth having. At 9 years old, Johnny Palmer, son of John and Natascha...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    June 12, 2014

Alvina Ditton excels at pie making, despite run-ins with Mr. Trouble

When Alvina and John Ditton first came to Cheney, he found the job he liked best working for the Cheney School District. Alvina's work came looking for her. Their home was near the college campus....

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    June 5, 2014

Dahl continues the success of Chet's Flowers

Chet’s Flowers and Gifts, the store that’s fun to browse in and enjoy, is 60 years old. For all of us who have known it as simply Chet’s Flowers, Peter Smith told me the original owners were Chet and Bea Johnson. Chet and Bea grew much of...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    May 29, 2014

Bruce Holloway went from farming to firefighting

Bruce Holloway has been for Spokane County District 3 Fire Chief for 22 years. He did not dream of being a fireman as a small boy. He wanted to be a farmer. As he grew up he worked on other people's ranches and then on his own. Holloway said, "I love...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    May 22, 2014

Annual Tyler flea market returns in June

Guess what's happening at Tyler on June 7? They are having a flea market. I haven't seen anyone selling fleas. In fact I've never seen any fleas at all. Maybe they're saving them for a different...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    May 15, 2014

Children become teachers in computer age

How did we get this way? We’ve spent many hours of our lives telling other people what to do. And now, sitting before this instrument, this monster that has no pity, we are frustrated and lost. It is called a computer. “A programmable electronic...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    May 1, 2014

Mike Hennings' dedication to work shines through obstacles

Mike Hennings has quite a reputation as a hard working person, even from his school days. “I grew up in Tyler and on Lance Hill Road,” he said. He lived on a cattle ranch and was a member of 4H and FFA. The family had another ranch in the...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    April 24, 2014

Idaho's wolf issue could soon become Washington's

Many years ago, when buffalo roamed the western United States, Native Americans made excellent use of this amazing animal. There were no government officials to patrol the land. If a buffalo, a bear or a wolf became a menace, the natives took care of...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    April 17, 2014

Gretha Lawrence treats everyone 'like family'

Not all people are blessed with a heart to help others. Gretha Lawrence is. Whatever work she applies herself to it will benefit someone. Gretha said, "I was born in Walla Walla. My mom bought...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    April 10, 2014

The Boormans hide from spies in the colonies

When my 17-year-old granddaughter, Kindsay Dow, studied genealogy, she showed me what she had discovered about our ancestry, and I became interested. I discovered all authorities did not always agree on specifics. What you are reading shall be...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    April 3, 2014

Federal Way native plans life around international mission

Have you ever paused in your busy life to think about the person who happened to sit beside you during a meeting? Or how about the one who gave you a smile in the crowded elevator? I met an...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    March 27, 2014

Life spent working for a living

"Flossie Dickey is 107 years old," somebody told me. About the same time someone else was singing "Happy Birthday" as Flossie attained the age of 108. If you want to catch up with Flossie you'd better...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    March 20, 2014

Moses Lake HS sweethearts made a life and farm in Cheney

I've heard of high school sweethearts but this one tops them all. Enoch and Donna Lybbert met in Moses Lake High School. Donna took one glance at Enoch and knew he was the man for her. However, there...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    March 13, 2014

Helen Boots and the story of Sanders Branch School

We continue the story of the Sanders Branch School, nicknamed Brush College. The remarkable Mrs. Smouse, who began teaching there in 1913, made a tremendous impression on the students. With a lively...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    February 27, 2014

Cheney's Judi Steele loves bringing joy to people

Judi Steele is one of those rare people who have real compassion for others and gives it generously. Judi, at the age of five came west with her parents and her brother, from Nebraska to Montana. Her...

 

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