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49 Degrees North Celebrating Old Timers Day

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Chewelah Ski Club, 49 Degrees North will celebrate Old Timers Day on Saturday.

Started in 1935 by area skiing legend Cy Lavigne, the Chewelah Ski Club is among the oldest in the United States.

It began with a small lodge on Chewelah peak. A small chairlift was added after the war, and it stayed in operation until 1967. At that time, the idea for a major ski area on Chewelah peak was sparked.

In 1971, 49 Degrees North was built.

This is the ski area’s third Old Timers Day. Coordinators have interviewed members of the original club, and have put together a large collection of memorabilia to be displayed this weekend.

“Half the lodge will be full of pictures and old newspaper articles,” said general manager Denny Burmeister.

Included in that memorabilia is a video made from 16mm footage taken during the club’s early years.

Also scheduled is a race in the morning, followed by an Old Timers lunch at noon. Lift tickets will stay at regular prices, but prices for lunch and coffee have been rolled back to those of the 1940s.


The Junior Bowlers Tour is becoming Chad Dudley’s playground.

For the third time in the five events in which he’s competed, Dudley came out on top, beating Jeremy Allen 195-179 in the finals of the Airway Bowl JBT.

Allen won the only one of the six JBTs in which Dudley didn’t participate. Dudley, 18, a freshman at Washington State, has a 201 average in the series, was a finalist in one other JBT event, the doubles, and made the cut in the other event he didn’t win.

Brian Long finished third, Kyle Allen fourth and Corey Thomas fifth at Airway. Kyle Allen had high game, a 255. High for the girls’ was Jessica Neuman’s 207.

Next JBT will be at Sunset Lanes on Sunday.

Troy Burns collected his Century Award in the Interchurch league at Colonial City Bowl.

Burns, who has a 174 average, was 116 pins over with a 290 game.

Dallas Haugeto, a 144-average bowler, earned his Century Award in the Colonial Kings league with a 244.


The Spokane County Parks Department will offer new divisions for slowpitch players 35 and over and coed C and D this summer.

Registration for all men’s, women’s and coed divisions runs Monday through March 20 at the department’s offices at the Fairgrounds, N404 Havana. Info: 456-4730.


It’s not too early to think about Bloomsday, the city’s annual rite of spring scheduled for May 7. And the YMCA has a program designed to help you focus. An organized training clinic runs Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 4.

Info: Brenda Jurich, Downtown Y, 838-3577.