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 By Joy Wilken    Neighborhood 

Locals celebrate Sprague Days

SPRAGUE-The annual Sprague Days celebration here was held Sept. 10-11. The weather was nice, and the parade was one of the longest in years for the event sponsored by the city and... — Updated 9/29/2022



Church to start choir Cheney Free Press CHENEY – Cheney United Methodist Church is starting choir open to all singers in the community. “If you like to sing and don’t want it to be just for the shower, CUMC choir is looking... — Updated 9/29/2022


Writers Workshop

She burst through the front door like a freight train on a clear track. He jumped out of his chair with a questioning look. She just smiled at him and said, “I have to get my Windex, Todd’s in the car!” “Who is Todd?” he... — Updated 9/29/2022

 By Lucas Walsh    Neighborhood 

Cheney Merchants Association hosts "Revitalize Cheney" event

SEPT. 23 Revitalize Cheney, an event hosted by the Cheney Merchants Association (CMA), took place in the Historic District of Cheney on Sept. 23rd, 2022. The event showcased a few community members such as the local public library... — Updated 9/29/2022


Gardening by Osmosis

Did September slip as quietly and quickly from your calendar as mine? I was just making my to do list for August and the month was gone. Fortunately or unfortunately, most of those things can still be done in September. Check with... — Updated 9/29/2022


Cheney masons make much needed donation to 2nd harvest food bank

The Freemasons of Cheney donated to the 2nd Harvest Food Bank this month. This is nothing new to the Masonic Lodge, as they have been making annual donations to the food bank for... — Updated 9/29/2022


An Animal Bigger than a Big Dog

I made a list of creatures bigger than a dog, thinking the list would spark my imagination about what particular animal to choose to write about. The prompt focused on size, thus so did. I. My list stuck first to typical large... — Updated 9/22/2022



Pastor Arianna will be giving the message this week. Her topic will be “What is Worth and Value?”. Cheney Congregational Church has started a free pantry just outside the front doors of the church. Please feel free to take or... — Updated 9/22/2022


Applications being taken for legislative internships

OLYMPIA – College students interested in being a legislative intern during the 2023 session can now apply. The Legislative Intern Program priority deadline is Oct. 19; the final deadline is Oct. 23. Students wishing to apply can... — Updated 9/22/2022


Fantastic time to grow dahlias and garlic

The air is different. Its coolness presses against my face. The sounds in the sky are different too. Most of the birds have finished rearing their young and have flown on. Platoons of chattering blackbirds high in the pine trees... — Updated 9/22/2022


August Garden of the Month

Dennis and Linda Smith have been presented the August Garden of the Month award by the Medical Lake Kiwanis and Gardeners of Cheney. The award recognizing their efforts at 609 N.... — Updated 9/15/2022


Sedum to the rescue

I’ve heard of fried green tomatoes but fried pink petunias? I was disappointed when I came home from the lake to find my hanging baskets of petunias dry and brittle beyond recovery. I had planned an outdoor barbecue and was count... — Updated 9/15/2022



Big Bwaja was content in this moment. He just felt like resting in the shade for a while. Lately, he enjoyed resting alone and thinking of scenes from his long life. He was contented being alone for many years now, ever since his l... — Updated 9/15/2022


The Fair

The fair is a veritable smorgasbord, orgasbord, orgasbord, orgasbord, after the crowds have gone. So says Goose in the 1973 movie version of Charlotte’s Web by E.B White. And so it is, but not just after hours. My favorite... — Updated 9/8/2022



I don’t know about you but telemarketer and scam calls set me on fire.  That’s why I was probably the first one to sign up for the “Do Not Call” list.  Well maybe not the first, but close.  I have Caller ID so my... — Updated 9/2/2022



I don’t know about you but telemarketer and scam calls set me on fire.  That’s why I was probably the first one to sign up for the “Do Not Call” list.  Well maybe not the first, but close.  I have Caller ID so my... — Updated 9/2/2022


Blue Waters

MEDICAL LAKE – Hundreds of bluegrass lovers turned out for three days of tunes Friday through Sunday, Aug. 12-14. The 20th annual Blue Waters music festival features several... — Updated 8/25/2022


Sprague Days Schedule of events

Saturday, Sept. 10 9 a.m. – Disk Dogs, dog competition adjacent to the Viking Restaurant 9-10 a.m. – Car and bike show registration 10 a.m. -4 p.m. – Car and bike show 11 a.m. – Parade 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. – Live music... — Updated 8/25/2022



I love mornings like this. The sun was shining, a slight breeze blew and just a few people were walking in the park. Barker, my pride and joy mutt rambled along, sniffing the ground and chasing squirrels. As I ambled along, I... — Updated 8/25/2022


'Pirates' coming to St. John

ST. JOHN – Several families are combining their stage skills for three performances of "The Pirates of the Penzance" this coming Friday and Saturday. Directed by Eastern... — Updated 8/25/2022


Dick and Claudette Sharp named Sprague Days grand marshals

SPRAGUE – A local couple will share honors as the 2022 Sprague Days grand marshals. Dick and Claudette Sharp were selected to lead the Sept. 10 town celebration, which includes a... — Updated 8/25/2022



Aunt Sweetie and Uncle Salty have been married for quite some time, years in fact, but then who’s counting when life is so grand? You may remember that Aunt Sweetie is of the Werther’s Original clan; however no one refers to... — Updated 8/18/2022



Once By Lucinda Saue Once I was a child in a family of 5, two younger sisters who happened to be fraternal twins, born 6 minutes apart. My Dad was a 2nd born son with 3 brothers and one sister, she was the youngest, “oops... — Updated 8/11/2022


Home Country

Looking around at all the yard signs and hearing politicians tell us on television what a lying crook their competition is, I have to admit I miss Guv Reeve. Guv had a real first name, but I sure don’t recall it now, because... — Updated 8/11/2022


'Hayppy' Anniversary

A Spangle area farm family is celebrating an anniversary by decorating hay bales along Bradshaw Road. The anniversary displace is located between Upper Columbia Academy and Liberty... — Updated 8/4/2022


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