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Clinic helps stroke survivors find their golf swing

Clinic helps stroke survivors find their golf swing

A swift swing and the satisfying thunk as a golf club hits the ball is something that lovers of the game struggle to find following a stroke. On Thursday morning, stroke survivors worked with a PGA Golf Pro at The Highlands Golf Course to adjust their swing and get back on the course.

 

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is a leading cause of long term disability among adults in the U.S. It's a statistic that Executive Director Heidi Hershly knows all too well as a stroke survivor.

 

“Life is not ever the same for you again,” said Hershly. “Sometimes you have to tweak things to get back to life. We just have to adjust and adapt.”

 

“Smashin’ September” Table Tennis tournament next weekend

“Smashin’ September” Table Tennis tournament next weekend

Table tennis fans of all ages and experiences are invited to participate in a local tournament next weekend.

News Release from Spokane Table Tennis:

Many Spokane area table tennis players are expected for the Spokane Table Tennis monthly tournament next week as they prepare for a major national tournament being held in Spokane in mid-October. The monthly STT tournament is September 28 at the North Park Racquet Club, located at 8121 N. Division in Spokane. The fun competition is open to everyone and registration is just $10, according to Lisa Hagel, STT Manager.

“We’ve had such great participation in our tournaments, and now the major national tournament held here in Spokane with $10,000 in prize money is less than a month away,” Mrs. Hagel exclaimed.

Cash awards are also provided to the winners in the Spokane Table Tennis tournament divisions and advance registration is strongly encouraged through: www.spokanetabletennis.com emailing Mrs. Hagel at lisahagel06@yahoo.com or calling 768-1780. Warm-up play is at 11:00 and the STT tournament begins at noon.

Local author publishes book to benefit Vanessa Behan

Local author publishes book to benefit Vanessa Behan

A local professor and author has found a way to combine his love of words with his love for the children at the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Available this week, You've Made Your Bed Now Go Bounce On It, looks at the world of children while giving the proceeds back to the nursery that inspired it.

 

“I've long had a love affair with quotes,” said Gordon Jackson, a professor of journalism at Whitworth University. This is the seventh anthology of quotes that Jackson has complied, and this time, because the topic was close to his heart, he chose to self publish.

 

Beep baseball brings pride to Spokane's blind community

Beep baseball brings pride to Spokane's blind community

It takes patience, timing and good form to make a solid connection to a ball with a bat. Now, imagine doing all of that blind, guided only by a beep being emitted from the ball as it comes toward you. On Saturday, Spokane Pride Beep Baseball will play their fist home game guided only by the sounds around them.

 

“It can be challenging, but it's all worth it,” said Spokane Pride coach Troy Leeberg. This is the second season for the city's only beep baseball team, and it's the first season that there's been another team close enough for them to play against. On Saturday, the team will face off against a new team out of Seattle for a double header.

 

Beep baseball looks and plays differently than the traditional game. The sport is a cross of baseball and softball that's been adapted so that the visually impaired can take part in America's favorite past time. The ball is slightly larger than a softball and is equipped with a speaker that signals the players to it's location with a loud, continuous beep.

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.