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Barmanâs Country Store in downtown Colville wasnât very active last Friday afternoon, save for the sounds of Jerry Lee Lewisâs rambunctious, âGreat Balls of Fireâ playing over the loud speakers and the occasional groan of wooden floorboards as a few customers looked at wares. Employees manned a lunch counter and soda fountain where no one stopped in to order a sandwich and soup, or an old-fashioned milk shake.
Stevens County resident Velena Hawthorne doesnât have television, but her family does have Internet. So last Friday, as she was idly glancing over the contents of Google news, she saw the headlines saying there had been a shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, CT.
As she scrolled down the article, she saw that the majority of those killed were children, all under the age of 10. She gasped audibly, causing her boyfriend, Tyler Peterson, to come in from the next room to see what was wrong.
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. Itâs 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, âAn Uninvited Guest.â 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 Colvilleâs 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.
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 Benedictâs dancers from Northern Ballet and Performing Arts from Chewelah, White Dragon Kung Fu, and the Miss Colville royalty court.
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.