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November 29th, 2011
The Colville High School auditorium is empty, save for Gary Killings sitting at the Grand Piano in the center of the stage. He plays middle C, repeating the chord methodically as he adjusts the gleaming instrumentâs music pins to achieve the perfect pitch.
âI once had a little girl stand next to me for over 30 minutes while I tuned her familyâs piano,â Killings recalls. âI was surprised that she just stood and watched me the whole time as I did just what Iâm doing now. Then, finally, she looked at me and asked, âDonât you know any other songs?â
Another picture of Zac the staff cat? What can we say, besides that here at the Statesman-Examiner we love our pets. We know you do too. Thatâs why you should go to http://www.statesmanexaminer.com/pets and check out the assorted cats, dogs and even horses photos from doting owners. Submit some photographs of your favorite pet online at our website today (pictures must be clear. S-E reserves right to publish).
A fire that razed one of the animal sheds at Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary last week has put the organization in a tenuous situation. Already limited facilities and inclement weather make it difficult to care for the animals housed at the Arden facility. The Nov. 16 fire took out the âpuppy shedâ that was the only heated facility at the sanctuary. It is suspected that the fire centered around the woodstove used to heat the building. Kennel Manager Nancy Rose said a dog and two cats could not be rescued from the burning structure.
Poachers, disease, civil wars, heat, cold, rain, drought, pollution, ignorance, indifference. Those are just some of the challenges faced by the 29 conservationists who have devoted their lives to saving the Earthâs endangered species and who have been nominated to receive the biennial Indianapolis Prize, the worldâs leading award for animal conservation. Steven C. Amstrup, Ph.D., is one of them.
Northern Dance Theatre will present its Christmas show Joys of Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. on the Colville High School auditorium stage. Join Northern Dance Theatre as they embrace the tradition of commemorating the season of hope with music and dance. Old favorites, contemporary vocalists, and instrumental music will fill the night, according to director, Laura Golphenee. âLight and lovely costumes and sparkling dancers will twirl away the sugar plums and eggnog from too many holiday parties,â Golphenee said.
Kettle Falls Pack and Troop 965 gathered over 1,350 pounds of food for the Kettle FAlls Food Bank. Items were donated by residents of Kettle Falls during the recent Scouting for Food campaign. The Kettle Falls Food Bank is still accepting donations for this food drive. Donations may be left at the Kettle Falls Food Bank, located at 560 Meyers Street. Call 509-738-2326 for more information.
The Colville Rotary Club's Tree of Sharing is gearing up for the 2011 Holiday Season. The tree will begin operations Monday, Nov. 21 at KeyBank, 211 S. Main in Colville. Hours of operation will be Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday's 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The last day for tag selection and returning purchased items will be Friday, Dec. 9.
Each gift tag hung on the Tree of Sharing represents the Christmas wishes and needs of an individual in the community.
Editorâs note: Angus Merrill, 88, is a former Colville resident with some strong ties to the Colville valley (he is related to Colvilleâs well-known Merrill clan).
The longtime Big Sandy, MT resident has fond memories of his early years in the Colville valley.
Born in St. Maries, Idaho in 1923, Merrill remembered living in Colville as a youngster and later in the China Creek and Bossburg areas.
Married to the former Ruth Rutledge, a life-long Montana girl, Angus moved to Big Sandy in 1947 where he worked as a farmer on the expansive Rutledge family ranch.
Did you flex your voting muscle during the Nov. 8th General Election? Go to http://vote.wa.gov/results/current/stevens/ to see the latest results on what measures were approved (or not) and who is re-elected or coming into office for the first time!
Anyone who reads the news knows it isnât always the good tidings that make the headlines. Occasionally though, a story with a sorrowful storyline turns into one with a happy ending. Such is the case with Mushu the kitten.
Last Saturday, the Colville Police Department received a call that a kitten had been put into one of the drop boxes meant for returned items out front of the Colville Public Library.
âSomeone was returning a book when they heard meowing coming from the box,â says Colville Police Chief Bob Meshishnek. âSomeone had dropped a kitten in there and left it.â