January 10, 2013 in Washington Voices

In brief: North Palouse food bank announces hours

From Local Reports
 

NORTH PALOUSE – The North Palouse Community Food Bank in Fairfield has announced its hours for January and February. It will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, Feb. 9 and Feb. 23. It will also be open 4 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 17 and Feb. 14.

The food bank is supported by community donations and serves the towns of Fairfield, Rockford, Latah and Waverly. It is located behind the Fairfield Fire Station on North Railroad Street. Those with emergency food needs can call (509) 283-4250.

Program promotes lead paint removal

SPOKANE COUNTY – Homeowners with children younger than 6 and landlords who rent to low-income families may be able to get as much as $13,000 reimbursed per home when they remove lead paint.

“We want to encourage property owners to test and repair lead-based paint hazards to create more lead safe housing,” said Paul Trautman, Lead Safe Spokane Program Housing Administrator.

Homes built before 1978 should be tested for lead paint. Children are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning. For more information call: (509) 755-7544 or visit http://kiemle.bhw1.com/ city-of-spokane/lead-safe/.

Lego competition this weekend

CHENEY – Almost 400 Spokane-area students will be competing in the FIRST Lego League Spokane/Eastern Washington Competition Jan. 12-13 in the Computer Science and Engineering Building on Eastern Washington University’s campus.

Students are ages 9-14 and 21 teams compete each day. The students use Lego Mindstorms – robotic Lego – to create technology designed to help senior citizens maintain their independence and solve day-to-day living problems.

The NXT robot games are 12:15-3:30 p.m. both days.

Soroptimist taking award nominations

SPOKANE – Soroptimist International of Spokane is accepting nominations for its Soroptimist Ruby Award, which honors women, who through professional or personal activities, make extraordinary efforts to help other women and girls.

Application forms are available by calling (509) 926-2078 or emailing j_mcgrady@comcast.net and they must be returned by Jan. 15.

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