February 21st, 2012
Delbert â€śDelâ€ť Lewis Sparks, a lifetime resident of the Rice and Kettle Falls area, passed away on Feb.14, 2012 at his home at the age of 77. He was born on May 22, 1934 in Colville, the son of Joseph Parron and Freda Grace (Lewis) Sparks.
Sharon Myers Fry, Colville High School Class of 1961, passed away at her home in Spokane on Feb. 16, 2012 of Ovarian Cancer.
Sharon attended Orient Grade School until 1954. She spent a year in Libby, Montana and started Colville Junior High School in seventh grade.
Sharon is survived by sons, Glen, Michael and Duane; daughter, Alisa, grandchildren, Trevor, Kailene, Glen Jr., James, Daniel, Anthony and Chelsie, by her brothers Darrel and Dale, and by a sister, Linda.
John Patrick Goodall, age 93, a resident of Colville, passed away on Feb. 15, 2012 in Colville. John was born on March 27, 1918 in Bakersfield, CA, the son of Oswald Patrick and Harriett (Randall) Goodall.
As a young boy, John resided in Bakersfield with his parents. At the age of seven, his parents enrolled him at the St. John Military Academy in Los Angeles, CA. He attended the academy until returning home to attend Kern County Union High School. John graduated in 1936 and began working.
Lawrence Russell Leaden passed away unexpectedly at his home on Feb. 13. Larry, as he was known by all, was born May 16, 1948 in Rossland, B.C. Canada to Howard and Dorothy Leaden and was raised in Northport on the family farm.
Larry was an amazing and proud father and had a huge heart. He cared about people. There wasnâ€™t anything he wouldnâ€™t do for his daughter. As a friend, he could not be faulted. He did his best to help out anyone that asked for his help and was always honored when they asked him for it.
A seminar titled Reversing Diabetes and Obesity with Dr. Galen Comstock, a retired family practice specialist doctor, will be held Feb. 24-26.
Lectures on how to reverse, control and prevent diabetes are scheduled.
These will be combined with plant-based cooking classes/demos.
All classes will be held in the lower level community classroom of the Colville Seventh Day Adventist Church on Cedar Loop.
Classes are free and pre-registration is requested.
This spring the Kettle Falls Historical Center is sponsoring its 15th annual Art and Writing Contest open to all students in grades seven through 12th in Stevens and Ferry Counties. Entry forms will be available to junior high and high school students at their schools. This yearâ€™s theme for art work and writing is Food and Rituals of Northeast Washington Native Americans, which applies to all categories.
METALINE FALLSâ€”Award-winning Blues and American Roots Music performer Lauren Sheehan will be coming to the Cutter Theatre in the 100-year-old Metaline Falls School on Sunday, March 18, at 6 p.m. for an evening she calls â€śHardly Strictly Irish.â€ť
The program is comprised of original songs, Irish melodies and stories, Blues, Folk and Blarney.
Sheehanâ€™s album, Rose City Ramble, was voted the number eight-rated album by Folk DJ Radio and was a finalist in Americana Music for the IndeÂ¬pendent Music Awards in 2006.
During the month of February, members of the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society will be available at the Colville Public Library on Thursday afternoons from 1-3 p.m. to offer instruction and assistance on how to use various resources (books and on-line) to capture family history.
Creative Patriotic Art Contest
Kelly Oâ€™Keefe Post No. 6963 Ladies Auxiliary member Erin GrommĂ© announced the kick-off of this yearâ€™s VFW Ladies Auxiliary â€śCreative Patriotic Art Contest.â€ť
The contest is part of the Youth Program, which is the fifth program to be adopted by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. It started with the formation of the Daughters of the VFW in 1935. It was apparent in 1938 that hundreds of Auxiliaries were assisting in all kinds of youth activities in addition to the Daughters.
The Colville National Forest was recently tagged for a federal restoration grant that may provide as many as 258 jobs in Stevens and Ferry County.
The $968,000 grant will fund restoration work on an area of nearly a million acres in Ferry County, according to the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition.