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Spokane man ain't afraid of no ghost

Spokane man ain't afraid of no ghost

If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, it’s probably Alex Mickschl.

Mickschl is a Ghostbuster fully equipped with a proton pack, ecto goggles and the Ectomobile he drives around town.

“My best friend and I, when we were kids, about 11 or 12, we saw the movie Ghostbusters and we fell in love with it,” Mickschl said.

Mickschl and his best friend, Shane Scott Carter, remained fans for over 20 years.

“As kids we had to build our own toys because they didn’t have anything cool back then. So we built stuff out of whatever junk we found laying around and had a good time with it,” said Mickschl. “Unfortunately he died of cancer a couple of years ago. So I decided to do this in the same tradition that we built stuff as kids.”

Mickschl built the Ectomobile piece by piece.

“As kind of as a memorial for him and as therapy for me,” Mickschl said.

Liberty Lake school collecting household items for family who lost home

The staff and students of Stepping Stone Christian School are helping out a member of the community. A teacher's sister lost her home and belongings in the fire. The woman, her husband and three young children were not home at the time of the fire thankfully, but they still lost everything.

Students are helping collect household items for them to get them back on their feet. The children are home schooled so they need many school supplies to continue their education.

  • For the children: Pencil sharpeners, scissors, 3-ring binders, markers, coloring books, glue sticks, flash cards (presidents, land marks), easy reader books, white board/markers, calendar, Legos, dress-up clothes.
  • For the home: Large crockpot, electric skillet, Rubbermaid bins, cookie sheets, mixer, Pyrex dishes, digital camera, children's DVDs, large dog food, large dresser, ironing board, cleaning products, diapers, gift cards.

Donations can be taken to Stepping Stone Christian School, located at 23306 E. Mission in Liberty Lake. You can call them at (509) 924-0776 or email angela@steppingstonechristian.com.

Swimming club raises $2,250 for local Meals on Wheels

Swimming club raises $2,250 for local Meals on Wheels

A local swimming club raised over $2,000 for the Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels last month. The Liberty Lake Seamonkeys, a group of 59 swimmers from ages 7 to 17 swam a mile each to raise $2,250.

A mile is measured by about 72 laps at the Liberty Lake Athletic Club.

5k Heart Run Benefits Homeless Students

5k = 3 miles... you can do it! The Central Valley PTA and PTSA are hosting a 5k run to benefit the HEART program, which exists in all school districts to support homeless students.

This particular run will benefit the Central Valley HEART program, which helps CV families find permanent housing, heating sources, Christmas gifts and has helped provide Thanksgiving dinners for more than 60 families. Last year, approximately 350 students in the CV School District qualified for the HEART program.

For past KXLY stories on the homeless student population in Spokane, click the following links:

A copy of the 5k registration form can be found here.

Jenny's Cafe raising funds for Haiti orphans

Jenny's Cafe raising funds for Haiti orphans

Jenny Bennett serves up a smile to everyone who walks through the doors of her restaurant, Jenny’s Café. She knows most of them by name. That plate of home fries smothered in country gravy with two eggs over-easy is delivered to your table with a side of friendly conversation.And since no one leaves hungry after a breakfast at Jenny’s, it’s no surprise to discover that the restaurant is raising money to feed and care for children in Haiti.

In Haiti, the hunger crisis is a rising concern. According to the World Food Program, malnutrition affects 24 percent of children under the age of 5, and the number in need of food assistance doubled after the earthquake. Unfortunately, hunger is not the only issue plaguing kids in Haiti.

Bennett is part of a small group from Spokane planning to visit Danita’s Children, an orphanage located in Ouanaminthe, Haiti. Whether they are asked to help build a medical facility, cut fabric for hundreds of uniforms, take chickens to families in the community or just love on the kids, they will do so with the aid of the Spokane community.

Jenny’s Café is hosting an Empty Bowls event and silent auction. An Empty Bowls event is designed to raise money for organizations striving to end hunger by selling handcrafted bowls served with a soup or simple meal. The money raised will help send the group from ONE*Church in Spokane Valley to Haiti to lend their helping hands. ‘‘Hope For Haiti’’ T-shirts will also be sold at the event, with the proceeds going directly to the orphanage and community in Haiti.

Sea-Monkeys Raising Money For Local Seniors

The Liberty Lake Seamonkeys swim team are participating in Swim A Mile For A Meal. The Seamonkeys, a group of young people, are trying to help local seniors and are looking for donations. They'll even swim a mile to earn it. The swim event will be Tuesday, March 6th at the Liberty Lake Athletic Club, located at 23410 E. Mission Ave.

The first swimmers will hit the water at 5:30pm. There will be fifty seven swimmers total and the group hopes to raise at least $2000.00. The money will go to the Greater Spokane Meals On Wheels

If you have any questions regarding the fundraiser, please contact Victoria Leichner at (509) 255-5130.

Girl Scout Cookie Pre-Orders Start Today

It’s not quite the season for finding Girl Scout cookies at the grocery store, but you can still pre-order them. You just won’t get them until after March 23rd, but if you order them now, there’s a chance you’ll forget about it so when they arrive, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

To pre-order, you have to call the Girl Scouts and they’ll set you up with a local troop to order from. The phone number is 1 (800) 827-9478.

Their on-location sales start on March 23rd until April 15th.