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Saturday’s highlights

The Rev. Linda Bartholomew, the new priest at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, poses for a photo Wednesday at the church. SR photo/Tyler Tjomlsand

It's a smokey Monday morning out there, so let's stay inside with a cup of coffee and take a look at some highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger stopped by the Valley HUB Sports Center as its prepares to celebrate its fifth anniversary. The center struggled for years, but is now operating in the black and hosts a wide variety of activities and events.

The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection has a new priest-in-charge, the Rev. Linda Bartholomew. She came to Spokane Valley after eight years in New York City and says she has already fallen in love with the area. Two elementary schools in the Central Valley district, Adams and Progress elementary schools, recently got a visit from Ronald McDonald himself to recognize their donations of pop tops for the Ronald McDonald House and Lisa was there to write about it.

This week's story on calls received by the Spokane Valley Fire Department includes a rather spectacular picture from the department of an abondoned farm house burning down in a 12 acre brush fire off Harvard Road.   

Family movie night

The Valley HUB is planning another family movie night Friday with its giant movie screen. The animated movie “Cars” will start at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. at the facility, 19619 E. Cataldo. Families are encouraged to bring something soft to sit on, like pillows or blankets. The concessions area wil be open if you have the urge to much on something.

Admission to the movie showing is free, but donations will be accepted. This looks like a great opportunity for some family fun before the start of school (the mere mention of which is enough to make young children flee for the hills).

Today’s highlights

The HUB Sports Center hosted the Apex Awareness Volleyball Tournament for Kira’s Kloset, March 5 and 6, and 16 teams from throughout the Inland Northwest traveled to play. The facility has five full-size basketball courts that can be converted into 10 volleyball courts. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

With all that rain that's coming down out there, now is a good time to get a cup of coffee and check out the stories from today's Valley Voice. This week the Spokane Valley City Council advanced two ordinances. One will loosen the rules on chickens in residential areas and the other will toughen language that applies to adult retail businesses. Both are now scheduled for a final vote during the March 22 council meeting.

Spokane Valley Finance Director Ken Thompson has announced that he will retire in June. He will be the fourth department head to leave the city in a little over a year. The city plans to replace him as soon as possible and applications will also be accepted soon for the city attorney position.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger headed out to the Valley HUB recently to see how the non-profit is doing. Business is up and there's enough money to pay the bills, but the issue of ownership of the building is still out there. Regular correspondent Stefanie Pettit has a touching column about her long time friend and mother figure who recently died. 

If you are handy in the kitchen and looking for a steady opportunity to volunteer, Shalom Ministries in downtown Spokane is looking for a volunteer chef to cook breakfast four times a week and dinner once a week for low income people. Reporter Pia Hallenberg has a nice feature in today's Voice on current volunteer chef John “Gus” Olsen, who is retiring.

Coming Thursday

Wednesday may be known as Hump Day to some, but around here it is known as Preview the Thursday Valley Voice Day. So, here we go. The Spokane Valley City Council had a lengthy meeting Tuesday night. A ton of people flocked to City Hall to comment on proposed ordinances to loosen the rules on chickens in residential zones and tighten the rules on adult retail businesses. The council also voted to buy a piece of property on the edge of the Industrial Park to serve as the city's maintenance facility. There was a lot more discussion on other topics, but I couldn't fit it all in one story. Expect to see a second story on the other issues in the Saturday Valley Voice.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger recently checked in to see how the Valley HUB is doing. Business is aparently booming, so she'll have the details on that. There will also be a story on upcoming staffing changes at the City of Spokane Valley.

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