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 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    October 30, 2014 

Leadership gives Calvert ability to make a difference

Bridget Calvert is an energetic sophomore at Cheney High School. She is in a leadership class. That is what Bridget does; she leads. Soon the class will host an assembly service to honor our veterans...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    October 23, 2014

Hardt heads to Liberia to work with Ebola cases

While you are reading this, Peter and Carlene Hardt's daughter Joy will already be working in Liberia, West Africa. She is in charge of five nurses in a newly built 100-bed Ebola treatment center...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    October 16, 2014

All are invited to Tyler Grange's annual Harvest Dinner

There’s an old saying that a person sometimes hums, “mm-mm, good,” when they walk into a room where something is cooking. If you’re thinking of food, you’re right on target. The folks at Tyler Grange are preparing for their annual Harvest...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    October 2, 2014

Cleaning spree uncovers calendar with historic pictures

It's about time you cleaned out that closet. Look what we found: a calendar with pages of Cheney pictures in the early days. This display, from 1889 to 1989, celebrated Washington State Centennial wit...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    September 18, 2014

Beeman shows passion to help keep Cheney running

As we go about our days we often do not think of those who work beside us keeping the city of Cheney running smoothly, repairing, renewing and carefully fulfilling administrative duties. Meet Susan...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    September 11, 2014

When it comes to dealing with cats, what's the use?

A young mother with a couple of children can curb her impatience (almost) they write on the walls with red crayons or poke their fingers into a freshly baked cake. But life is different when you are a bit older and the “children” are of the...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    September 4, 2014

Cheney High School class of 1942 reunites again

Did you know the class of Cheney High School seniors in 1942 had a reunion Aug. 21 at Darcy's Restaurant in Spokane Valley? This was their 72nd reunion. Their classroom in 1942 was in the old Wren Pierson building, accommodating 46 graduates. World...

 
 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...

 

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