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Blessings Under the Bridge honored by People magazine

Blessings Under the Bridge honored by People magazine

If you've picked up a copy of the most recent People magazine, you may notice a hometown connection.

In between the photos of celebrity weddings and fall fashions, a shout-out to Spokane natives Mike and Jessica Kovac and their charity – Blessings Under the Bridge.

The couple were on the verge of divorce when Jessica says she began distributing bagged lunches to the homeless in downtown Spokane. Eventually her husband joined her and realized their problems that felt so big could be fixed.

Mike and Jessica emptied their savings to found Blessings Under the Bridge and have since fed thousands of people and helped some find and furnish apartments.

You can learn more about the Kovac's and Blessings Under the Bridge in our Everyday Heroes section on KXLY.com.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers introduces new Military Outreach Liaison

Cathy McMorris Rodgers introduces new Military Outreach Liaison

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers released a statement Thursday announcing retired Air Force service member and longtime veterans advocate John Davis as her new Veterans and Military Outreach Liaison.

“I am both humbled and honored to welcome John Davis to my team. Over the past four decades John has dedicated his life to serving our country, our military and our veterans, and his compassion for the Eastern Washington veteran community has impacted countless lives,” the congresswoman said.

Davis' role with the congresswoman's office will be to assist veterans with their claims and records, and provide support and information on how to navigate the VA system.

Davis enlisted in the Air Force in 1968 and served in many locations, including Fairchild Air Force Base in the 92 Munitions Maintenance Squadron. While assigned at Fairchild AFB, John graudated from Spokane Falls Community College and Eastern Washington University where he studied counseling and sciences.

Spokane Civic Theatre announces new Managing Director

Spokane Civic Theatre announces new Managing Director

Spokane Civic Theatre has named a new Managing Director in time for it's 68th season.

Marnie Rorholm will assume the position on October 3rd. Previously she worked for the City of Spokane as the Office Manager of Business and Developer Services. She has also held positions as the Director of the Mayor's Office for David Condon and worked at Gonzaga University in various Student Life capacities.

At Civic Rorholm will support continued efforts to grow the theatre financially, increase community partnerships, expand volunteer and member bases and continue to support the arts in the Inland Northwest.

Rorholm has lived in Spokane her entire life and joined Civic as a volunteer over 12 years ago. She's worked on many shows and served on Civic's Board of Directors.

September is National Disaster Preparedness month

September is National Disaster Preparedness month

Disaster can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross encourages everyone to take the first step during National Preparedness Month and create a disaster plan for their household that can keep people safe in an emergency.

“Having an emergency plan is an important step so everyone in the household knows what they should do if something happens,” said Martha Reed, Regional Disaster Program Officer. “We believe people should mark National Preparedness Month by creating or updating their plan.”

As we recently saw throughout central and eastern Washington, flash floods and severe weather can strike quickly, leaving residents with only moments to evacuate in some cases. Every second counts during a disaster so the best time to prepare is before one hits.

The Spokane Regional Health District is also participating in National Preparedness Month with a different, but important message every week. They'll be providing resources online and on social media to assist families with the following themes:

STCU, Liberty Foundation hosting finance seminars

STCU, Liberty Foundation hosting finance seminars

The Spokane Teacher's Credit Union is teaming up with the Liberty Foundation to host a series of financial management seminars at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library.

The first will be hosted on Wednesday, September 10 with two more following in October and November. All workshops are offered from noon to 1 pm in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Avenue, and come with a free lunch. Seating is limited, so register now at this link. You can contact STCU Community Relations for more information at (509) 344-2202.

  • Budgeting 101 – Wednesday, September 10
  • Organizing Your Finances – Wednesday, October 8
  • Protecting Your Credit Score – Wednesday, November 12

Hiring Heroes career fair and workshops

Hiring Heroes career fair and workshops

Inland Northwest Hiring Heroes (INWH) is hosting the 2nd annual Hiring Heroes Career and Resource Fair on Friday, September 19 at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center.

From 10 am until 3 pm, over 100 of the inland northwest's top employers will be present, ready to be matched with well-qualified past and present military members and their families. Participating organizations represent a diverse field, including engineering, technology, education, health care, human services, manufacturing, financial services, aviation, transportation, construction, environmental sciences, retail, consumer products and the government and non-profit sectors.

Career seekers and employers can register to attend the Career and Resource Fair here.

Check your child's vaccinations before heading back to school

Check your child's vaccinations before heading back to school

Getting ready for back to school means getting school supplies and backpacks, but it's also the perfect time to make sure children are up-to-date on their shots. Getting all of the recommended shots is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their kids' health.

A new survey from the Washington State Department of Health shows vaccination rates are on the rise (71 percent in 2013 versus 65 percent the year before) but are still below the Healthy People 2020 goal of 80 percent, leaving many kids unprotected.

Below is a summary of shots children need: