Articles written by Lisa Bennett

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  • Yard of the Month

    Lisa Bennett|Updated Jun 16, 2022

    Gardeners of Cheney Gayle Hennings and Kiwanis Pat Isbell and Ruth Van Kuren with gift certificate from Jarm’s Ace Hardware. Van Kuren moved to 418 Cocolalla in 1968. Over half of the yard was pine trees. The trees have since fallen or been cut down and replaced with all manner of green grass, flowers and vegetables....

  • May Yard of the Month

    Lisa Bennett|Updated May 19, 2022

    Paul and Gerri Barthelmes purchased their property at 1001 Summit 33 years ago, for the view. Now, a mighty eagle perches at the entrance to their lovely yard, a symbol of nearby Eastern Washington University, America and the Air Force where Paul served. Gardeners of Cheney, Kiwanis, and Jarm's Ace Hardware are delighted to award this beautiful yard Cheney's Yard of the Month for May....

  • If you can't have lights, you can still have snowmen

    LISA BENNETT, Contributor|Updated Jan 14, 2021

    CHENEY – Residents Elsa Martin and Allison Hahn wanted to do something for holiday decoration, but felt they couldn’t compete with the beautiful light displays of Cheney residents. They brainstormed and decided they could do Snowman decorations. The two women went door-to-door to their neighbors, asking for their support and participation. They were surprised at the number of neighbors agreeing with their idea and wanting to take part – enough to place snowmen on homes along...

  • Zapfs named Yard of the Month

    LISA BENNETT, Contributor|Updated Jul 23, 2020

    Laurie Zapf loves flowers. He comes by it naturally as his dad and grandfather also loved and cultivated flowers. This year he planned to cut back, maybe not plant as many. Shari, his wife, is not sure he accomplished that, and while she won't take credit for any of it, but she appreciates the work and the beauty that has made the Zapfs Cheney's July Yard of the Month. The Zapfs have lived at 430 North 3rd Street for 18 years and Laurie is always working to build a garden...

  • Dempsey's named Cheney's June Yard of the Month

    Lisa Bennett|Updated Jun 25, 2020

    Greg and Roxanne Dempsey, 1120 Moyer St., have been named Cheney’s Yard of the Month winners for June by the Cheney Kiwanis and Gardners of Cheney clubs. Pictured above from left to right are Pat Isbell, Cheney Kiwanis; Lisa Bennett, Gardeners of Cheney and Greg and Roxanne Dempsey. The Dempseys have lived at the home for 33 years, slowly adding to their yard with plants, flowers and trees that have thrived in Cheney zone. Their yard is low maintenance at this point, with drip irrigation and minimal weed control, which l...