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Man celebrates birthday, pays for everyone's orders at Mike's Old Fashioned Donuts

Man celebrates birthday, pays for everyone's orders at Mike's Old Fashioned Donuts

Customers who visited Mike's Old Fashioned Donuts in Spokane Valley Friday morning may have been treated to a surprise when the man in the blue plaid shirt paid for their orders in celebration of his birthday.

The man, who goes by Marty, covered the cost of everyone's order, whether or not it was for one, or one dozen donuts. He spent about an hour and a half in the shop, and in that time paid for approximately 161 donuts, 24 coffees, and 36 other pastries. His bill came to a total of nearly $225.

According to the shop's owner, Mike Britton, his customers regularly pay for the person behind them. However, this is the first time he has ever seen anyone foot the bill for everyone coming and going.

“We told everyone to be sure to thank the guy in the blue plaid shirt. When they did, he told them to just pay it forward,” Britton said.

Gonzaga accounting students need votes to make national finals

Gonzaga accounting students have made the PWC National Accounting Case Competition Semi-Finals, but they need the public's help to move on to the national finals.

Gonzaga's team was selected as one of five schools given the chance to move on to the competition's national finals via a social media competition. The other teams competing in this competition are Villanova University, University of Texas, University of Connecticut, and University of Arizona.

Each of the teams had two days to post a video to the PWC Facebook page. At the end of the week, the video with the most votes will move on to the national finals competition in New York City.

Spokane Fire Department Foundation collecting socks for the city's at-risk population

Spokane Fire Department Foundation collecting socks for the city's at-risk population

The Spokane Fire Department Foundation is collecting socks for the city's at-risk population, and is asking  individuals to donate their socks at any Spokane Fire Department station between November 17 to November 21.

Any type of socks are acceptable to donate, but adult sizes are preferred. The foundation's goal is to collect 200 pairs of socks by Friday. Donations will be sent to Spokane's House of Charity.

Everything you need to know about the River Park Square Christmas tree

Everything you need to know about the River Park Square Christmas tree

The winter holidays are already making their way into River Park Square. Earlier today, construction of the giant Christmas tree that graces the mall's main entrance was completed by Spokane Firefighters IAFF Local 29.

This is the union's 2nd year setting up the tree. According to River Park Square's Marketing Director, Elizabeth Mills, the tree was set up in a record time of 1.5 days.

The Christmas tree you see today has been the main part of River Park Square's holiday decorations since about 2002. The tree itself stands 50 feet tall; the 4 foot star atop the tree makes the whole thing tower 54 feet above the main floor.

10,000 LED lights sparkle on the tree's 689 branches. The silver and red ornaments that give the tree its holiday cheer are numerous. In fact, there are roughly 2,400 of them.

All Central Valley middle schools to “Fill the Bus” with food

All Central Valley middle schools to “Fill the Bus” with food

Nearly 150 middle school students from Bowdish, Evergreen, Greenacres, Horizon and North Pines middle schools and Summit School will be holding the 10th Annual “Fill the Bus” food drive on Saturday, November 15 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at six grocery store locations in the Spokane Valley.

The Central Valley school students have set a goal to collect 14,000 pounds of food items and frozen turkeys for the holidays to fill the yellow school buses parked outside each location. Food and cash donations will benefit the Spokane Valley Partners Food Bank.

This year, North Pines Middle School principal Gordon Grassi will be driving the “Turkey Truck” between locations, collecting frozen turkey donations and transporting them to the food bank throughout the day.

Central Valley school buses and students will be positioned outside six different grocery store locations across the Spokane Valley tomorrow to collect donations:

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

When you hear vegan, what's the first thing that pops into your head? It's probably not “sexy,” but that's what PETA is trying to change with their current competition for Sexiest Vegan over 50. The field has been narrowed down to just 14 men and women from around the US and one of them is from right here in Spokane.

Atania Gilmore is marking her two-year anniversary as a vegan this month. She's a runner and says it was another runner's book that encouraged her to make the change for what she calls selfish reasons.

“As a runner you're always looking for an edge,” she said.

Gilmore says it was “Eat and Run,” a book written by ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek that inspired her. In the book, Jurek explains that his record setting speeds to his vegan diet.

“I'm a turtle when I run,” said Gilmore. “I wanted to be faster so I thought it was worth a try.” So she decided to give it a try for the 30 days leading up to Thanksgiving and see if it made a difference.