In brief: Sheriff’s marine unit earns honor

SATURDAY, OCT. 13, 2012

SPOKANE COUNTY – The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Marine Law Enforcement Unit was recently named the program of the year for 2012 for overall excellence in marine law enforcement and boater safety education by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Boating Programs Office. The award was handed out at the recent Washington State 2012 Marine Law Enforcement Conference.

The nomination letter for the award said the marine unit managed to increase its written boat inspections in 2011 despite cuts in funding and staffing. The marine unit patrols the Spokane River and area lakes doing safety inspections and enforcing boating laws. The unit also offers boating education classes.

HUD grants place coordinator

SPOKANE VALLEY – Two Spokane Valley apartment complexes have been awarded U.S. Housing and Urban Development grants to hire service coordinators.

The Pines Terra/Pines Manor Apartments, with 102 HUD-assisted units, and the Ponderosa Apartments, with 120 HUD-assisted units, each received about $225,000 in funding.

The coordinators help senior citizens and people with disabilities to connect to the social services they need to continue to live independently. The grants cover the salary, training and office space for the coordinators.

Crime conference planned

SPOKANE VALLEY – The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will host its fifth annual Crime Prevention Conference on Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place. The theme of the conference is “Crime and Punishment.” People will be able to sign up for one of three tracks: SCOPE basic training, sex crimes, or the reality of prosecution, probation and corrections.

The conference is open to anyone who would like to attend. The event is free and lunch will be provided. Those planning to attend are asked to register in advance. Call (509) 477-3055 for more information.

Church hosts concert, potluck

SPOKANE VALLEY – Opportunity Presbyterian Church is continuing its monthly Centennial Sunday celebrations this week as it prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary next year. The day will start with a worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, followed by a potluck brunch at 11 a.m. People are also invited to attend a free concert at 1 p.m. featuring Scott and Pamela Brownlee of the Riders of the Rockin’ B.

The church is located at 202 N. Pines Road.

Volleyball event to benefit Komen

SPOKANE VALLEY – Central Valley High School’s DECA club will sponsor “Dig-4-the-Cure,” a volleyball fundraiser, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Members of the club are selling $10 T-shirts and accepting donations at the volleyball match against Ferris High School Tuesday at 7 p.m. in CV’s gym, 821 S. Sullivan.

Proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

Information: (509) 228-5100.

Garden selling pumpkins

MILLWOOD – Pumpkins will be available at the Pumpkin Patch Community Garden starting Monday and continuing through Oct. 31.

The garden is located on the corner of Argonne and Maringo, just north of the Spokane River, and will be open noon to 6 p.m. daily.

Proceeds from all pumpkin sales will benefit The Crossing Youth Center and youth programs in the Millwood area.

For more information call Brandon Comella at (509) 481-5720 or email brandon@millwoodpc.org.


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