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Millwood man honors friend with 1,898 pound potato donation

Millwood man honors friend with 1,898 pound potato donation

Last week a Millwood man donated 1,898 pounds of potatoes that he grew in his own back yard to Second Harvest. For Jim Youngman the donation was about more than feeding the hungry, it was about keeping a promise to a friend.

 

In May 2012, Youngman was visiting with a good friend and fellow Vietnam veteran shortly before he died of cancer. Youngman's friend asked him about the land behind Youngman's home and then asked him to do him a favor.

 

“He asked me, 'Would you do something for me?',” said Youngman. “So to honor his memory I did what I did.”

 

So to honor a request made by a dear friend to grow a crop for Second Harvest, Youngman purchased a tractor and started tilling about an acre of land. When the Millwood community got wind of what Youngman and his wife, Paige, were up to they stepped up to lend a hand.

 

Spokane Valley resident honored with Key to the City

Spokane Valley resident honored with Key to the City

Spokane Valley resident Sally Jackson was presented a Key to the City as part of Spokane Valley's Ten Year Anniversary Community Recognition Program. Mayor Tom Towey made the presentation during Tuesday's City council meeting.

Towey introduced this month's recipient, saying "I am proud and honored tonight to recognize Sally Jackson for her work with the youth in our community."

Jackson, who has been a resident of Spokane Valley for more than fifty years, was nominated for the honor because of her contributions to and positive impacts upon local youth.

"Many of our lives have been affected by what she has done," noted Councilmember Chuck Hafner, describing her as "the guiding force" in founding the local girls' softball league more than forty years ago. In addition to coaching baseball and softball with her husband, Ron, Jackson also teaches children to swim, motivated by a desire to prevent drowning.

Hundreds gather to remember and honor the life of Delbert "Shorty" Belton

Hundreds gather to remember and honor the life of Delbert "Shorty" Belton

As police search for the remaining teen accused of beating Delbert "Shorty" Belton to death, friends and family honored the WWII Veteran during a candlelight vigil on Friday night.

At least 1,000 people attended the vigil, some of them complete strangers.

The enormous crowd filled the parking lot of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. People of all ages from young kids to fellow veterans sang "God Bless the USA" and "Amazing Grace."

Family and friends described Belton as a kind, sweet and gentle man who would give you the shirt off his back.

"He never asked for anything in return, time, friendship, laughter, he will be greatly missed. He was just a wonderful, wonderful uncle," Janice McCallum, Belton's niece, said.

About a dozen people spoke at the vigil. Some of those that spoke didn't even know Belton but felt compelled to say something. In fact, the vigil was organized by a complete stranger.

"I am really amazed. I didn't know it would get this big, but I am so glad. It shows the support of the community. It shows we won't tolerate this," Kandis Workman, who organized the vigil, said.

Spokane Valley Councilman receives municipal leadership certificate

Spokane Valley Councilman receives municipal leadership certificate

From the City of Spokane Valley:

Spokane Valley Councilmember Arne Woodard has received a Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities.

To earn the certification, Woodard completed more than 30 hours of training designed to enhance elected officials' skills in municipal excellence, including sessions in budgeting, land use planning, personnel, safety and leadership.

Woodard, who holds Council Position 3, was elected to serve a four year term from 2012 through 2015.

AWC is a private, non-profit, non-partisan corporation that represents Washington's cities and towns before the state legislature, the state executive branch, and regulatory agencies with a goal of creating and maintaining livable cities and towns throughout the state. While membership is voluntary, AWC maintains 100 percent participation by Washington's 281 cities and towns.

Sixth grader uses birthday wish to help others

Sixth grader uses birthday wish to help others

Video games, action figures and Nerf guns are all things that can be found at the top of a 10-year-old boy's birthday wish list. Chase Loney will turn 11 on August 27th, and this year instead of toys he is asking people to donate shoes for kids in need.

 

When Chase's mom asked him what he wanted for his upcoming birthday he asked for two things: The new Halo game, and to help disadvantaged kids get shoes for the upcoming school year.

 

“I wanted to do something for everybody else and not for me,” says Chase. “I know that some of the people don't have what I have.”

 

Chase's mom, Michelle Sorensen, put an ad on Craigslist on August 1st explaining her son's special birthday wish, and over the last two weeks the shoes have been pouring in. As of Tuesday morning Chase had received 141 pairs of birthday shoes, and during our interview his uncle brought home two more bags of shoe donations.

The Ponderosa neighborhood gets its own magazine

The Ponderosa neighborhood gets its own magazine

Life in the Ponderosa neighborhood is now on glossy pages and delivered in the mail.  The magazine "Ponderosa Life" is the work of n2 Publishing, and here, locally, the man behind it, is Aaron Love.  Aaron lives in Ponderosa with his wife and 4 kids, and holds the title “Area Director of Ponderosa Life”.

The magazine features the people who live in the neighborhood. Adults and children are encouraged to submit their own pictures, essays, even recipes. The first 2 issues each included a section called “Ask the Shock”, in which Horizon Middle School students interviewed a Spokane Shock player. There is also a page dedicated to the Athlete of the Month (the second issue featured a Special Olympian), people Making a Difference, and a section for area events.