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 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    December 18, 2014 

Learning sentimental value of a cherished gift

When I was 4 years old I knew exactly what I wanted for Christmas and it was not a doll. I wanted my daddy to buy me a train. It would have a red engine and my little dolls would ride in the boxcars where they would see all the sights. My mother...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    December 11, 2014

The story of the Gulbransen Piano, enjoyed by several generations

My grandmother on my mother’s side of the family, Lucy Kratzer, loved to spend hours working on crossword puzzles. Her brother, called Kerr by the family, preferred to smile while he recited all the remarkable accomplishments of our 16th president...

 
 By Luella Dow    Neighborhood    November 27, 2014

'The old red barn'

Tell this story to your children: Mother Deer, a white-tailed beauty, was a careful supervisor for her daughter, Angela, as she guided her through the farmer’s field. Mother Deer also kept a watch over those around her. Little Angela now has grown...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    November 20, 2014

Working through adversity

Shay was born as Shalene Robertson in San Jose, south of San Francisco. She grew up in the "Silicon Valley." At the age of 15, Shay knew she would have to live on her own. "That's what made me what I...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    November 13, 2014

South Dakota school provides hope

St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, S.D. thrums and hums with happy talk and laughter as Thanksgiving and Christmas draw closer. Even though these children are far from Cheney, you can sense their enthusiasm as they dream of receiving and...

 
 By LUELLA DOW    Neighborhood    November 6, 2014

Farm life, relatives and then some

When I was a little girl I helped my daddy in the barn. I didn't help much but I pretended to. It kept me from having to help my mother in the garden. We were definitely a farm family with ugly brown...

 
 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....

 

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