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Summer days will come again

Here's a little somthing to help you remember warm summer days as we struggle through lingering snow and arctic temperatures - a historic photo of the Liberty Lake Dance Pavilion circa 1953. Anyone out there have any memories of the Pavillion? The photo is courtesy of the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum.
  

Saturday’s highlights

Spokane Valley Heritage Museum volunteers Herman Meier and Al Shrock get a hand from Don Gorman covering the sign to protect it from deteriorating. The museum hopes to raise $10,000 to restore the original 1912 scroll sign above the entrance to the historic Opportunity Township Hall. SR photo/Bart Rayniak 

I hope everyone out there is safe and sound this morning, what with all the accident reports on the scanner. I always say that when the roads are nasty there is no shame in creeping along (particularly since I nearly impaled my car on my concrete retaining wall yesterday).

So, on to the highlights from Saturday’s Valley Voice. The Spokane Valley Heritage Museum is raising money to restore the nearly 100-year old historic scroll sign on the front of the historic building that houses the museum. Volunteers recently covered the sign with black plastic to slow the deterioration.

The second story on the Spokane Valley City Council meeting included a variety of discussions and decisions. Longtime volunteer and Valleyfest organizer Peggy Doering nearly lost her seat on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee after an unexpected push to replace her. The renewal of the city’s street maintenance contract was narrowly approved after it hit a speed bump. The council also discussed whether to raise stormwater fees or allow Spokane County to raise sewer rates, since one of the fees will have to go up.

Parents in the Central Valley School District should note that the school board has approved new elementary school attendance boundaries in Liberty Lake and Greenacres that will take effect if a bond that would pay for a new elementary school (plus other projects) is approved by voters in the spring.

Coming Saturday

There are a couple things coming up in Saturday’s must have edition of the Valley Voice. (But then, aren’t they all must have editions?) Staff at the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum are trying to restore the original scroll sign mounted on the Sprague-facing side of the historic building that houses the museum. The sign is deteriorating and has been covered to slow the ravages of time while the museum raises money to restore the sign.

Tuesday’s Spokane Valley City Council meeting was so lengthy that it couldn’t all be included in a story in yesterday’s Valley Voice. The second installment features some unexpected controversy with votes on the street maintenance contract and the make-up of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. The council also has finally approved the purchase of equipment so council meetings can be broadcast on cable and over the internet.

One scheduling note for next week: the Spokane Valley City Council meeting normally held every Tuesday has been cancelled because of the Christmas holiday. The next meeting is set for Dec. 28.

The old Morrison Ranch

Cattle don’t graze in large numbers on the Saltese flats anymore, but the current Morrison family home is still perched up on the hill even as more and more of the flats are seeing a bumper crop of new development. Pictured here is the Morrison Ranch circa the 1920’s in the Saltese Flats area of the Valley. The photo was donated to the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum by Bud Morrison. Photo courtesy of the Spokane Valley Heritage Musuem.

Old Highway 10

This sign welcomed drivers to Washington as they crossed Idaho-Washington state line on Highway 10 before Interstate 90 was constructed. The photo is courtesy of the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum.

Think of warmer times

If you are tired of looking at snow and ice, take a look at the Corbin irrigation ditch, which was constructed in the early 1920s, east of Otis Orchards in the Spokane Valley. If you know a long-time Valley resident, ask them about how the kids used to use it as the world’s longest water slide. The photo is courtesy the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum.

Snowy history

In honor of the white stuff currently on the ground, here’ s a look back at the Ski Mor, a ski resort built by the Schafer family in the Chester Hills area near the end of 44th Avenue in the Spokane Valley. The photo was taken in the mid 1930’s. The resort had two ski jumps and a toboggan run. The photo is courtesy Spokane Valley Heritage Museum.

A look back

This Liberty Lake Dairy wagon  delivered milk to the Valley and Spokane. Photo circa 1910-1915. Courtesy Spokane Valley Heritage Museum.

The Spokane Valley Heritage Museum has opened up their historical photo collection to us and we regularly print old photos in the Valley Voice. It’s kind of fun to take a look back at the way things used to be in Spokane Valley back in the days of fruit orchards and farmers. And if you’ve never stopped by the museum, it’s worth a look. They have some interesting exhibits. 

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