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Adaptative sports inspire new athletes

Adaptative sports inspire new athletes

Sports are an everyday part of life. We watch our favorite teams on T.V. and we shoot hoops with our friends at the neighborhood park. Most kids play on a sports team, and many are involved with a variety of sports. The ability to participate in a game of basketball or to go for a run is something that most people don’t realize is a great privilege in life. At least for the able bodied.

Patty Murray remembers JFK

Patty Murray remembers JFK

Senator Patty Murray released the following statement on the 50th anniversary of the President John F. Kennedy's death:

Like so many Americans I still vividly remember November 22nd, 1963. As an 8th grader in my small hometown of Bothell, Washington I still remember playing in our school’s marching band in front of a local elementary school when someone came in and whispered in the ear of our band director. He immediately stopped the song we were playing, asked us to pull out the music to God Bless America, and we began to play. Then there was an announcement that the President had been shot. It was stunning.

I also remember going home and seeing my mom do two things that she never did, watch TV all day and cry. For me, it was the day the world got bigger than the small town I lived in. And from that day on, the Kennedy legacy of service was talked about often in my house. Those conversations helped instill in all of my brothers and sisters the knowledge that we have to be part of the bigger world beyond our own home and that we should work where we could to make our school, our community, and the world a better place.

Happy National Adoption Day!

Happy National Adoption Day!

“It's the best work day of the year!” That's what Spokane County Court Commissioner, Steve Grovdahl told me about today, National Adoption Day. As a commissioner, he will oversee some of the dozen adoptions that will be performed today in Spokane.

Among today's proceedings, the adoption of Baby Henry. He is a precious 4 month old, who visited us on Good Morning Northwest (and we all fell in love with him). He has been in the care of Nina and Ben Helms since birth.

They went through adoption attorney, Mark Iverson who hooked them up with a private adoption firm. Theirs is an open adoption, which means, they have regular meetings with Henry's biological mother and siblings.

Red Cross honors Hometown Heroes

Red Cross honors Hometown Heroes

The American Red Cross honored 10 local heroes at the annual Hometown Heroes luncheon on Wednesday. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have performed extraordinary acts of service of heroism in the community during the past year.


Heroes awarded included five-year-old Dax Paget who captured hearts this summer after he lead sheriff’s deputies in Oregon to his family car when his dad suffered a stroke on the road. Joshua Gahl, credited for helping police capture Avondre Graham, was also honored.

COTA for Kyle helps local teen with heart transplant

COTA for Kyle helps local teen with heart transplant

Kyle Sipe just turned 18, loves history and enjoys video games, but unlike other kids his age, Kyle needs a heart and lung transplant. Before he was born, Kyle was diagnosed with End-Stage Congenital Heart Disease and in March he decided he was ready to start the transplant process.


“A transplant is something that someone really has to committed to,” said Mark Sipe, Kyle’s dad. “It’s a tremendous gift.”

Friends hope to find a home for Teresa

When Teresa Adams purchased her mobile home in 2000 she thought she finally had a home that she could build into her own castle and rebuild her life. Now, the walls of her castle are threatening to cave in and the community has stepped up to help her rebuild her kingdom.


“It’s falling apart,” said Teresa. “It’s my castle and my castle is crumbling.”

Life is sweet for growing Celebrations Bakery

Life is sweet for growing Celebrations Bakery

After purchasing Celebrations Bakery two years ago, owners Amber and Joe Owens are ready to expand their business. In a few weeks Celebrations will open a second location in the Spokane Valley to better serve their current and future customers.

 

The new store, located on the corner of 4th and Sullivan, is where Joe and Amber originally wanted to open a bakery three years ago. When leasing the space didn't work out they decided to purchase Celebrations in the Garland District.

 

“I had been baking out of my home for a long time,” said Amber. “By word of mouth alone I was busy.”

 

“We put it all on the line,” said Joe. The risk of purchasing Celebrations paid off, and the business has continued to grow and expand since they took over in 2011. Celebrations used to serve only cupcakes, but now offers cake pops, cookies and custom order cakes for all occasions.