Mark Wiant, 63, passed away the morning of Dec. 6, 2012 in Mead after a yearlong battle with cancer.
Born in Detroit, Michigan on August 14, 1949 to Marion and Maryanna Wiant, he was the first of three children.
Mark served in the US Navy from 1969 - 1971. Soon after being discharged he met the love of his life, Cookie Wright. They met just before Halloween, 1971, and were married Dec. 10, 1971. Two children soon joined the couple: a son, Chris, and daughter Melissa.
Francis Schwenke was born in Kalispell, MT. on January 25, 1947 to Herbert Leonard Schwenke and Martha Jane Chapman. He passed away Dec. 4, 2012.
He and his wife Carol of 28 years spent their retirement years traveling. Before Francis retired he spent most of his life as a logger.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Dorothy Krause, sons John Lotze and James Lotze, and daughter Beverly Schwenke.
Hunters during deer hunting season, or any other hunting season for that matter, hardly garner more than a glance from passersby on the street or in a store or restaurant in Stevens County. Itâ€™s business as usual in one of the most verdant and popular hunting regions in the Northwest.
So not very many people may have paid much attention to a middle-aged man making his way around Colville and Loon Lake with a 16-year-old boy in tow, both dressed in warm clothing and hunting apparel.
Up and coming musician, singer and songwriter Aaron Gabriel of Chewelah, shares his perspective on creating that perfect song, a plethora of which can be found on his new album, â€śAn Uninvited Guest.â€ť Gabriel will celebrate his CD release with a live performance Saturday, Dec. 29 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chewelah Civic Center. Admission is free and CDs and posters will be available for purchase.
The album is also available on Amazon, CD Baby, iTunes and Spotify.
For more information, go to www.aarongabriel.net.
Name: Aaron Gabriel
In 2013 the Colvilleâ€™s Auto Vue Drive-in theater will celebrate its 60th birthday, and its retirement party at the same time. Owner Steve Wisner said he will not re-open the drive-in after the summer of 2013 because he can neither afford new technology or repairs to the movie screen.
To stay in business, Wisner must buy a new digital processor for the drive-in that will cost $82,000. Movie suppliers will make the switch from 35 mm film to a digital format after 2013, and Wisner will not be able to buy movies on film for his processor any longer.
Indians will fill
Colville High exhibited some early-season strength last Saturday at the always tough Deer Park Invitational wrestling meet.
The Indians, who dominated the Northeast A League the past two seasons before moving up to the Class 2A Great Northern League for the two-year enrollment cycle, served notice last Saturday that they will be a power to contend with in the GNL.
With tournament champion Chandler Knight leading the way with a championship at 182, Colville finished fourth in the tournament field with 137 points.
But St. Geo ruins Chewelahâ€™s opener
The Chewelah Cougars boyâ€™s basketball season kicked off the 2012-2013 season last Friday with a game at home against Panorama League power St. Georgeâ€™s.
Unfortunately, shooting trouble from the free throw and three-point lines contributed to the 61-51 loss.
A poor shooting night and foul trouble were the biggest obstacles to overcome for the Cougars, not the 21-point night from St. Geo post Dexter Sienko, according to head coach Rocky Verbeck.
NWC, Okanogan up next this week
Colville High (2-0) got the 2012-2013 boyâ€™s basketball season off to a fast start last weekend with a pair of rugged road wins.
On Friday, Colville led much of the way, then withstood a fourth quarter rally to hold off Class 2B Reardan, 47-41. On Saturday at Sandpoint, CHS fell behind early, but behind 6-9 junior post Matt Hubbard, the Indians won, 46-39.
Melissa Johnson and the Stevens County Stompers clogging group will host a holiday variety show at the Colville High School auditorium on Friday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. The show will have performances of dancing, martial arts, singing, harp and piano pieces, featuring the Stevens County Stompers, along with their own Hannah Johnson and also Donna Jo Smith. Other guest performers are The Engell Family Band, Sweet Adelines, Ann Benedictâ€™s dancers from Northern Ballet and Performing Arts from Chewelah, White Dragon Kung Fu, and the Miss Colville royalty court.
Robert Emmett McNamee, 91, entered into eternal rest, November 28, 2012 at Mt. Carmel Hospital with family at his bedside. Emmett was born on March 22, 1921 in Colville to John Joseph & Edna Leona (Shepherdson) McNamee.