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 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...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    February 20, 2014

Do you know what a coyote looks like? Know your nature

It’s been years since I’ve stopped to visit “Cat Tales” on Highway 2. Every time I drive by I say to myself, “Stop one of these days and see the animals.” And every time I whiz on by. We Americans seem to be forever in a rush to somewhere...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    January 30, 2014

Hubbard's are 'rock' solid family

This is a story about Richard Thomas Hubbard and his family. " Born in 1907, my dad lived to be a few days short of 101," son Ric Hubbard said. This brilliant man had an eighth grade education, spoke...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    January 16, 2014

Facts about life and language in the 1800s

I’ve been looking through an old book. The book isn’t old but most of the words in it are. It’s titled “Everyday Life In The 1800s.” There must be some things my ancestors said in there somewhere. Not going back too far I remember one of...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    January 9, 2014

After many moves, Billiaus settle in Cheney

Vernon and Laura Billiau lived at Cheney years ago for a short time. Laura's brother, Michael Dooley had a home here and they came to visit him. Yes, a Dooley is a real Irishman. I imagine Laura was...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    January 2, 2014

Attack dogs span the ages when it comes to politics

Once I sat in a group of people who were just talking, each saying whatever they wanted to. A woman spoke. It was her turn. What she said almost knocked me out of my chair. She said, "George...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    December 26, 2013

Snowfall can rekindle fond, childhood memories

My sister and I grew up on my grandfather's farm. He had horses. My mother would not let us ride them as she was afraid of horses. We had real winters then, not the lightly sprinkled snow that will ha...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    December 19, 2013

Telephone company career leads to adventure for Ed and Marylu Wade

In the early 1970s Ed and Marylu Wade attended a small church in Portland, Ore. and met Bob Griffin, a Jaars pilot. Bob told them he grew up in the Palouse area on a wheat farm. He got his pilot license as a teenager and started flying for Jaars....

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    December 12, 2013

One cruise led to many for the Van Kurens

Once upon a time there was a husband who said to his wife, "I want to buy you a hot tub." His wife said, "I want a cruise." It was their 25th wedding anniversary. Ruth Van Kuren packed her suitcase....

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    December 5, 2013

We have many things to be thankful for all the time

OK, so Thanksgiving is over. Or is it? The American Indian Relief Council, which is an organization I know nothing about, sent me a nice article entitled “The tradition of the wishbone.” It relates to the Pilgrims and the Indians who helped them...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    November 28, 2013

Broken elbow leads Cheney's Martinssen to dentistry

How does a person decide a life’s career? Andrew Martinssen said, “I always wanted to do something, not just have a job.” His father, who is a pastor in Los Angeles, Calif., gave him a few words to think about it. “When you have to do it you...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    November 21, 2013

A psychological thriller of a Coug fan in Eagle lands

Bill Jackline sat at a table and said with a friendly smile, "In May of this year I will have spent 35 years working as a school psychologist in some way, shape or form. During those 35 years I've...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    November 14, 2013

Travis Gallagher finds familiarity in the auto business

Cheney Auto Care Center is a very familiar place for Travis Gallagher. His dad, Chris Gallagher, owns the business. When Travis was very young, like a lot of boys, he didn’t mind getting a little grease on his hands or fetching a tool to help his d...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    November 7, 2013

Our understanding pets are smarter than we think

We all have human friends. How about the four-legged kind? A recent portrayal on television proved that animals do have emotions and do express them. Some people will say, "Aw, don't be silly." Others...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    October 31, 2013

Chelsie Sunde completes desire to return to Guatemala

In July 2012, Chelsie Sunde, with other teens and leaders, spent three weeks in Guatemala working and playing with the children. When she arrived home she said, "I would like to go again." This year,...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    October 24, 2013

Gear up for the Tyler Grange Hall dinner and auction

Did you say you don't know the person sitting next to you? That doesn't happen at the Tyler Grange Hall. As somebody said to me recently, "We're all family." Walk into the Grange Hall and observe. It'...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    October 17, 2013

Cheney Community Church celebrates 50 years

Cheney Community Church invites you to the celebration of their Jubilee year. The Bible states every 50th year was to be a special celebration. There have been 40 Jubilees since Jesus walked this...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    October 10, 2013

Buob twins; double the pleasure, double the fun

Polish your skates and make sure your bicycle is ready. We’re going to try to catch up with Christine Buob’s twins, Josh and John. These 11-year-old boys enjoy life at a fast pace. Their quick...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    October 3, 2013

Clock never struck midnight on Conrath's fairytale

Pat Conrath was born in St. Maries, Idaho. The family moved to Emida, Idaho. “My father, William Clute, owned a store,” she said. “We lived there until I was 10. I was number three of six...

 

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