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Editorâs note: This is the second installment of Colville physician Dr. Barry Baconâs travelogue/report from the African continent and his ongoing work there.
Editorâs note: This is the first installment of Colville physician Dr. Barry Baconâs travelogue/report from the African continent and his ongoing work there.
Day 1: Sept. 27, 2012
My dear wife Shelley seemed a little cranky to me the past couple of days. I now know that she was missing me already. She doesnât like being alone at night. I understand that. I donât like it either. I would rather take her along with me. Next time?
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Glendine Leonard sat with a colorfully embroidered shawl (one of her purchases from a trip abroad) around her shoulders while describing her adventures to the ladies of the AAUW (American Association of University Women).
Leonard, 85, has visited over 50 different places around the worldâall trips taken after she turned 53.
The Tree of Sharing begins its annual operations on Monday, Nov 19 at Key Bank, 211 S. Main in Colville. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The last day for tag selection and returning purchased items will be Friday, Dec. 7.
Each gift tag hung on the Tree of Sharing represents the Christmas wishes and needs of an individual in the comÂŹmunity.
It was a cloudy, wet day outside as a group of students piled into two vans parked in back of Colville High School. Earlier last Friday, the schoolâs gymnasium was the site of the annual Veterans Day Assembly, where students, staff, and community members gathered to honor those who have served in the U.S. military. Flowers, American flags, patriotic songs and applauding marked the occasion.
Patricia âPatâ Abbott looks out the window of her home on Corbett Creek Road. The mist outside hangs low on the hills that surround the cluster of houses that dot this rural thoroughfare, Deer make the rounds from yard to yard, starting with the weather- worn grass in Abbottâs expansive yard.
âItâs not what I would call your typical coffee clutch neighborhood,â Abbott says. âPeople will help you if you need help, but for the most part, weâre all pretty independent.â
It occasionally happens to almost every farmer and gardener. Sometimes they plant more than they need, or more than they can use. And as the harvest season ebbs toward winter, fields or plots can still be garnished with crops that just havenât got around to being picked.
But instead of allowing the produce to just wither on the vine, this is where the Northeast Washington Gleaners Club comes in.
Just because the weather is getting colder, doesn't mean gardening has to be over. That's where Good 2 Gro Hydroponics comes in. Owned and operated by Steve Michaliszyn, the business caters to those with green thumbs or amateur gardening enthusiasts. Growing lights, organic soil, microbes, planting bins---whatever is needed to get vegetation sprouting, it's here.
"So far I think I am getting a huge amount of enthusiasm for the customers that are finding me," says Michaliszyn. "A lot of people are excited not to have to drive 70 miles to Spokane to find what they need."
School lunches are shrinking in public schools across the nation due to regulations enforced by the Healthy, Hungry-Free Kids Act of 2010.
The new regulations require more fruits and vegetables, but for the first time they also mandate a calorie count for lunch. (The new calorie count for K-5 is 550 to 650, the calorie count for grades 6-8 is 600 to 700, and the calorie count for grades 9-12 is 750 to 850.)