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  • THURSDAY, DEC. 25, 2008

    Pope’s plea: Help children in distress

    VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Christmas Midnight Mass early today by sending out an appeal for children who are abused, forced to live on the street or serve …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24, 2008, 11:05 A.M.

    Has the weather changed your holiday plans?

    Did you cancel a family gathering or party because of the weather? Postpone one? Are your children or grandkids stranded out of town by icy runways or frightening roads? We’d …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24, 2008

    Peppermint Crush a festive winter drink

    The winter cocktail menu at the newly refurbished Pyramid Restaurant & Bar in the Fairmont Dallas includes this Christmassy cocktail that’s made even more festive with a frosting of crushed …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24, 2008

    ’Tis the season for another test of Christmas knowledge

    We’ve survived the 2008 election, the War on Christmas and the War on the War on Christmas, which can only mean one thing: It must be time for the Spin …


  • MONDAY, DEC. 22, 2008

    Taking toy tradition for a holiday spin

    DEER PARK – When 84-year-old Robert Forman spins a small, dented brass top on Christmas Eve, it will move for a matter of seconds. But for Forman, his children, grandchildren …


  • SATURDAY, DEC. 20, 2008

    Churches plan special holiday services

    There’s a white Christmas to look forward to this year and Valley churches plan to greet the holiday with special worship services and other events. •A children’s Christmas pageant will …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 2008

    Community helpers

    Volunteers from two local Washington Air National Guard Combat Communications Squadrons got up early Monday to haul away presents donated to the Tree of Sharing from River Park Square, Northtown …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2008

    Acts of kindness often inspire giving

    Toys and food vouchers given to more than 10,000 needy families through the Christmas Bureau represent thousands of gifts from the community to its poor. Donations to The Spokesman-Review Christmas …


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 16, 2008, 10 P.M.

    Reasons for donating to Christmas Fund vary

    Toys and food vouchers given to more than 10,000 needy families through the Christmas Bureau represent thousands of gifts from the community to its poor. Donations to The Spokesman-Review Christmas …


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 16, 2008, 10 P.M.

    New, longtime volunteers join at Bureau

    Most of the 200 Christmas Bureau volunteers are veterans of the holiday charity. A few, such as Monsignor Frank Bach and Marilee Roloff, have been with the Christmas Bureau for …


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 16, 2008, 10 P.M.

    Christmas Bureau Snapshot: Vera Pivovarevich, daughter Yelena Popov

    Editor’s note: Christmas Bureau recipients come to the bureau for food vouchers, toys and candy. Reporter Rebecca Nappi is collecting recipients’ stories.


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 16, 2008

    Bureau adds shelter for those in line

    With arctic temperatures expected through the week, Christmas Bureau organizers have arranged to rent and heat a second building at the Spokane fairgrounds to shelter people waiting in line. “We’ve …


  • MONDAY, DEC. 15, 2008

    ‘Experiences as opposed to gifts’

    In the weeks before Christmas, members of the Janzen family of Spokane gather together to light candles on their Advent wreath. For a few short minutes as they watch the …


  • MONDAY, DEC. 15, 2008

    From teens to retirees, volunteers fill need

    Randy and Sally Olson are among the Christmas Bureau volunteers who donate money as well as time. In the Olsons’ case, though, time will equal money for the Christmas Fund, …


  • FRIDAY, DEC. 12, 2008

    As donations grow, so do lines at Bureau

    The number of poor people going to the Christmas Bureau for help with their holiday celebrations set more records Thursday, according to bureau workers. Nearly 1,250 families received food vouchers …


  • FRIDAY, DEC. 12, 2008

    Christmas Bureau Snapshot: Chris Peters

    Editor’s note: Christmas Bureau recipients come to the bureau for food vouchers, toys and candy. Every person has a story to tell. Reporter Rebecca Nappi is collecting some of those …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 11, 2008

    Bureau sets opening-day record

    Kirsten and Shelli Schauman sat down on their milk crates in front of the Spokane fairgrounds gate at 4 a.m. Wednesday. Nearly four freezing hours later, they hurried through the …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 11, 2008

    Secret Santa makes wishes come true

    Rathdrum’s Secret Santa program is looking to make wishes come true for those in need during this holiday season. “We are asking for people with needs to share them with …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 11, 2008

    Many hands make holiday lights work

    The fuchsia-colored Christmas cactus is 102 years old. It’s beautiful and almost at the peak of blooming, but it can’t overshadow the 12 different kinds of poinsettias that provide a …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 11, 2008

    Singer gives of herself through songs

    Perched on a stool, Cheryl Branz strums her guitar, clearly meeting the notes in song. Her original songs easily touch the nerves of her audience as she sings about the …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10, 2008, 5:18 P.M.

    Christmas Bureau snapshot: Lillian Gay

    Christmas Bureau recipients come to the bureau for food vouchers, toys and candy. Every person has a story to tell. Reporter Rebecca Nappi is spending two weeks at the Christmas …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10, 2008, 11:59 A.M.

    Christmas Bureau Snapshot: Lillian Gay

    Editor’s note: Christmas Bureau recipients come to the bureau for food vouchers, toys and candy. Every person has a story to tell. Reporter Rebecca Nappi is collecting some of those …


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 9, 2008, 9 P.M.

    Christmas Bureau Snapshot: ‘I’m still thankful’

    Age: 57. Lives in: Cheney.


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 9, 2008, 6:13 P.M.

    Christmas Bureau snapshot: Harold Parker

    Every person has a story to tell, beyond the poverty that necessitates a visit to the bureau. Reporter Rebecca Nappi is spending two weeks at the Christmas Bureau collecting bureau …


  • MONDAY, DEC. 24, 2007

    Are you really ready for Christmas?

    Shannon Sullivan thought she had planned the perfect Christmas morning for her 4-year-old son back in 2000. Presents under the tree. A full stocking.


  • FRIDAY, NOV. 16, 2007

    ‘Schooner’ sets sail

    Finding a new Christmas show with just the right mix of music, history, sentiment, plot and tradition is no easy task. Maria Caprile, director of “The Christmas Schooner,” which opens …


  • TUESDAY, NOV. 28, 1995

    Holiday Shopping Off To A Slow Start

    The crucial holiday shopping season got off to a slow start, retailers said, as widespread discounts weren’t enough to coax consumers to spend. TeleCheck Inc., which tracks purchases paid for …


  • SUNDAY, NOV. 19, 1995

    ‘95 Gift Guide Still Stumped?

    FOR THE RECORD (December 1, 1995): SunWorks T-shirts are available at the Del Sol shop, in NorthTown mall near Mervyn’s. The shirts are not sold at area J.C. Penney stores, …


  • SUNDAY, NOV. 19, 1995

    ‘95 Gift Guide Gardeners Love A Decorative Touch

    These are a few of my favorite (gardening) things: Gazing globe: View your garden from a totally different perspective. Experience the garden’s depth, closeness and shapes through a large mirror-type …


  • SUNDAY, NOV. 19, 1995

    ‘95 Gift Guide Engraved Gifts: Make Your Mark

    Gallery owner Jennifer Salmi will paint furniture to your specification. Photo by Molly O’Hara/The Spokesman-Review


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