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Sale helps woman needing transplant

Thu., July 9, 2009

Cheney resident Lorna Jarms, 51, first became ill in 1998 and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy. Until recently, her condition was treated with medication, but doctors say she needs a heart transplant. To help raise money for related expenses, volunteers are holding a yard sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 131 N. Second St. in Cheney.

Jarms recently went on medical leave after 10 years at Cheney Credit Union, where an account has been set up for donations.

“Now Lorna is in wait-and-see mode,” said Lynn Mount, a friend and coworker. “The entire staff here is behind her.”

In addition to the yard sale, Mount said a blood drive will take place Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the credit union.

For more information, call Mount at (509) 235-6533.

Put it in the round file

Paper will be flying Saturday during Shred Day at the Medical Lake branch of Washington State Employees Credit Union, 205 E. SR 902. Community members are invited to bring up to three file-sized boxes of financial documents for secure disposal in the bank’s parking lot from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The bank also will collect nonperishable food items for the local food bank.

Minitriathlon coming up

Early registration is open through July 20 for Medical Lake Kiwanis Club’s 15th annual Minitriathlon, Aug. 1 starting at Waterfront Park. Compete as a team or individual in age groups from 13 to 60 and over.

The course will consist of a 1,200-foot swim, a 10-mile bike ride around Clear Lake and a 3 ½-mile run around Medical Lake. Awards will be presented to the top two male and female finishers in each bracket as well as the top three finishers overall.

For registration information, go to, or call (509) 299-5478 in the evening.

Register for gun safety class

Firearms handling, survival skills, conservation and more will be taught during a hunter education series in Cheney. The five-day course begins Aug. 1, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and continues Aug. 5-8, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Classes will be taught by Lee Beedle, a member of Spokane Fire District 3 hunting group. Beedle said this is the last course offered this season by the group, and the 16 available slots will likely fill up quickly. Registration is $10 and is refundable upon class completion.

Chuck Kriegh is another member of the group who has taught classes for more than 10 years. He said all are welcome, but children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent.

“Parents can bring kids so they can learn what to do and what not to do with a gun,” Kriegh said. “We’ve also had people come who never even plan to hunt but just want to learn about gun safety.”

For information or to register, call Beedle at (509) 235-4152.


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