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Posts tagged: Valley Meals on Wheels

Eat burgers for a good cause

Ron's Drive-Inn at 12502 E. Sprague is a Spokane Valley institution. Families have been stopping by for juicy hamburgers since 1958. On Saturday the restaurant will be hosting a Hot Rod Show and burger eating contest to benefit Spokane Valley Meals on Wheels.

The show will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and any boys (or men) who haven't gotten their summer haircuts yet can get a free buzz cut from Great Clips. The burger eating contest starts at 2 p.m. and costs $25 to enter on the day of the event ($20 in advance). So come by, grab a napkin and dig in. Contestants will have five minutes to chow down on as many burgers as they can. They'll come away with a full stomach and a limited edition t-shirt. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Saturday’s highlights

Otis Orchards Elementary kitchen manager Judy Boykin serves up chicken fried steak wth potatoes and gravy, vegetables, rolls and cookies for the senior meals lunch Feb. 3. Lunch through Valley Meals on Wheels is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

We managed to pack several interesting stories into Saturday's Valley Voice. Here's the roundup, in case you missed it. Otis Orchards Elementary is the only school in the area to be a senior meal site through Valley Meals on Wheels. Reporter Lisa Leinberger checked in on how it is going and found that several of the seniors have given volunteer applications to Principal Suzanne Savall. The lunches are served on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Spokane Valley City Council spent a day last week in a lengthy winter retreat discussing everything from funding street maintenance to a possible city hall site. The Simply Northwest gift shop known for its gift baskets is now under new ownership. An employee purchased the store from founder De Scott.

Residents in Millwood are apparently upset over a recent vote by the city council to shut down and tear out the wading pool that has been in the Millwood City Park since 1954. After hearing from several residents, last week the council agreed to take another look at the plan.

There was some brief excitement last week for Spokane Valley Fire Department firefighters. That generated some advice from assistant fire marshal Bill Clifford - it's a really, really, really bad idea to try and clean up a large gasoline spill by putting a match to it.

Coming Saturday

We'll have some great entertainment for you in Saturday's Valley Voice. In addition to an arson fire this week, the Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to a fireball seen at a local tavern. It turned out that someone had tried to clean up a gasoline spill by lighting it on fire, with predictable bad results. Luckily no one was hurt.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger stopped by Otis Orchards Elementary recently to see how the latest Valley Meals on Wheels site is doing. It's the first one in a school. I also have a report on the all day winter retreat with the Spokane Valley City Council. They discussed a wide variety of topics, including economic development, finances and street maintenance.

Grab your fork

In the mood for pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage but don't want to cook? A breakfast will be served Sunday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Otis Orchards to benefit Valley Meals on Wheels. The Knights of Columbus are hosting the meal, which is by donation. Head to the church (4521 N. Arden) between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday for a bite to eat.

New senior meal site in Otis Orchards

Valley Meals on Wheels has opened a new senior meals site in Otis Orchards. The meal will be served at 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Otis Orchards Elementary (22000 E. Wellesley). The first meal will be served today. Senior citizens who attend the meals will be welcome to stay after and play games with or read to students. The suggested donation is $3.50 per person but no one will be turned away if they cannot pay.

Coming on Saturday

Patricia Simonet hugs Adam the dog at Spokane Regional Animal Protection Services (SCRAPS) on , December 6, 2005. SR photo/Holly Pickett

We've got a mixture of fun and sadness coming your way in the Saturday Valley Voice. Animal lovers are mourning the loss of Patricia Simonet, an animal behaviorist who worked at SCRAPS and was known for discovering dog laughter. She died of cancer last month and a public memorial service is set for Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. at the Spokane Buddhist Temple.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger will take a look at just what teenagers are thinking when they leave the house in snowy, bitter weather with no coats and wildly inappropriate clothing or footwear. I saw a teenager wearing shorts last week on a day when the temperature was struggling to top 10 degrees. Brrrr!

The Liberty Lake crime blotter should make an appearance after being held over from Thursday. The garage burglar may be back in town, so luck up tight. Also, Valley Meals on Wheels will begin serving lunch in Otis Orchards next week.


  

Coming Thursday

Liberty Lake residents have the power to stop an ongoing crime spree by doing only one thing - locking up. Residents leaving their garages and the cars inside them unlocked have created a one stop burglar buffet for several weeks now. More thefts will be in the Liberty Lake police blotter coming in Thursday’s Valley Voice.

Other stories on tap for Thursday include a look inside the new (and newly renamed) Greenacres Fire Station, formerly known as Station 10. Crews started responding to calls there again this week after several months of bunking with crews at Station 7 on Evergreen Road. Spokane Valley Meals on Wheels recently got a contract to provide meals for all of Spokane County and the annual Fill the Bus food drive to benefit the Spokane Valley Partners Food bank is this weekend.

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