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Thank you John Taves


If you saw the Snow Angels article on the front page of this paper Dec. 26 or read about them in the Cheney Connections that came with your Janurary 2014 utility bill, then you will understand why I wish to thank my snow angel, John Taves.

On Dec. 21, 2013. a “secret shoveler” from last winter and I cleared my 120-plus foot sidewalk along Oakland Street before 8 a.m. That evening I returned from babysitting to find a berm of compact snow and ice covering two-thirds of the walk. Hoping for a big melt from the weather, I put down traction and ice-melt. However, by Dec. 31, worried about the safety of the soon to reappear elementary, middle school, high school and college students, along with the bus riders, dog walkers and others who use the sidewalk daily, I spoke with LaRayne at the mayor’s office. Upon returning home, I was surprised to discover John Taves breaking ice chunks back to the curb with a giant grain shovel. During the next two days he cleared ice sheets, opened a street drain and trenched a 130-plus foot ditch to prevent ice buildup.

I am forever in John Taves debt. He gave me such hope. If you wish to serve as a snow angel or would like their assistance shoveling, please contact John at (509) 559-5670 or

Andrea Kraft



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