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Stefanie Pettit

Stefanie Pettit

Stefanie Pettit is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her columns include Landmarks, featuring historic buildings and sites, and Front Porch.

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 20, 2018

THURSDAY, SEPT. 13, 2018

THURSDAY, AUG. 30, 2018

Front Porch: Let’s hear it for well-spoken English

I saw a nicety-for-the-day posting on Facebook recently: “Me and God have this little arrangement. If He wakes me up to see another day, I promise to try and be better than I was yesterday.”

THURSDAY, AUG. 23, 2018

THURSDAY, AUG. 16, 2018

Front Porch: Work is more than husband’s livelihood, it’s his life

As I write these words, it’s 9 a.m. on one of those about-to-be broiling hot days of summer. My husband has been out of the house since 8 a.m., and I probably won’t see him until dinner. He’s doing exactly what he wants to be doing – he’s working.

THURSDAY, AUG. 9, 2018

THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2018

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2018

Landmarks: A senior center with a long and very active history

The Sinto Senior Activity Center in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood is the oldest senior center in the city – having celebrated its 60th anniversary with a gala open house in May – and it has the distinction of being the second oldest senior center in the state of Washington.

THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2018

Front Porch: Backyard adopted by deer for nursery

Ever since we moved into our house in the late 1980s, there has been a steady stream of urban wildlife – mostly deer – moving through our backyard on the way toward Browne’s Mountain.

THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018

THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2018

THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018

THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2018

Landmarks: Old red barn in Liberty Lake captured the hearts of the new owners

The big, red, Gothic-style barn on a hill near the Idaho border has attracted high school students to use it as a background for their senior class pictures, and it even showed up in a painting commissioned by some neighbors living farther down the valley, which captured it in the artwork depicting the view from their property.

THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2018

THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018


New Vision’s Chandler Roberts never gave up on himself

It was always going to be difficult for Chandler Roberts. Raised in what he describes as a dysfunctional home with alcoholic parents, Roberts said he just wasn’t going to give up on himself. Dawn Mackesy, principal at New Vision Alternative High School in Post Falls, said, “I remember the first time I met Chandler. It was at his 8th grade graduation. He walked right up to me, shook my hand and told me he wanted to come to my school. That fall we made it happen.”

From derby to life, Timberlake senior Koa Hester believes in taking advantage of opportunities

Koa Hester knows all about jams – not the sweet kind that goes on toast, but rather those short matchups that are part of roller derby. Hester joined the Pixies, a junior league roller derby team in Spokane, when she was 10. She fell in love with the sport when she was 8 and watched her mother participate. “I wanted to be just like her,” said the 18-year-old daughter of Clara Hester, a seamstress, and Kaleb Hester, a truck driver. The family lives in Spirit Lake, Idaho, where she is about to graduate from Timberlake High School.


Ready for business, life of fashion: Heart issues no problem for North Idaho Christian’s Raina Canale

Ever since she was a child, Raina Canale has always wanted to own and run a business. And as someone who has also always loved home crafts and clothing, it just seemed a natural thing for her to plan for operating a clothing business. Because she enjoys being at home with her family, she said that when she graduates this spring from North Idaho Christian School in Hayden, Idaho, she plans to open an online boutique specializing in good quality clothing for women in their teens to early 30s.

THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018

Front Porch: Etiquette should still matter

We are right now smack dab in the middle of National Etiquette Week. It has come none too soon, and while I fear it may be too late for such quaint notions as etiquette and courtesy, I hold tight to the hope that it’s not.

THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018

Front Porch: Word of advice to would-be helpers: Ask first

How much help is too much help? I ask because I am now unquestionably in that place where I am considered geriatric or, as one of my sons puts it, “a woman of advanced glamour,” and not as altogether as I used to be. OK, I’m old. Happy to be here, as the alternative is not so appealing, at least not yet.

THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018

THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018

THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2018

Landmarks: An epilogue on the Manito Park firepit

Landmarks is a feature that has run in this newspaper for more than a decade. As stories are researched, not all the hoped-for information can be found. But sometimes information emerges after publication that allows for a second chapter, and a recent Landmarks story (“The man behind the Manito Park firepit,” March 29, 2018) about the Lawrence Rist Memorial Fireplace is one of those. The original story told how a Boy Scout troop came to construct the fireplace in 1953 to honor its scoutmaster who died in the Korean War. It was mentioned that 2nd Lt. Rist had left behind a wife, LaVar Moon Rist, and infant daughter Andrea. The day the story appeared, Andrea Rist Kilpatrick Matters, who was once again living in Spokane, read the story and reached out to The Spokesman-Review.