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Greenacres Middle School eighth-grader Zach Windhorst salutes Friday after performing with teacher Dana Hilpert and her dog Murphy. SR photo/Dan Pelle
Welcome to wet and rainy Thursday. Today is a good day to stay inside and have that second cup of coffee while checking out highlights from today's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger stopped by Greenacres Middle School on the last day of school to check out their annual talent show. The singers, dancers and one dog strutted their stuff in the gym.
The Spokane Valley City Council had their annual day-long budget workshop this week. The city is looking for expenses and revenues to both increase a little more than 4 percent in 2014, but there is a long list of capital projects wanting attention. First among them is the replacement of the west Sullivan Road bridge.
St. Mary's Catholic Church is celebrating its 100th anniversary this week with a special Mass and potluck dinner Friday night. Current and former church members are invited to attend.
Lisa has another great story on two Central Valley High School students who created a bench using truck tailgates and tire rims. It was such a success that Greg Van Doren and Cory Jones are looking into starting a business to sell similar items.
Company Ballet School dancers get into costume before rehearsal for “The Nutcracker” on Nov. 7 in Millwood. SR phto/Colin Mulvaney
We've got a lot of news for you in today's Valley Voice. Correspondent Valerie Putnam checked in with the dancers with the Millwood Ballet Theatre and Company Ballet School who are putting on performances of the holiday classic "The Nutcracker."
The Spokane Valley City Council did not allocate the community festival Valleyfest any lodging tax money for the first time since 2004. In 2011 the $36,000 the city gave to the festival accounted for 27 percent of its budget. Putnam also has a second story on the discussion at the Millwood City Council's special budget workshop. The city is facing a budget shortfall and is reportedly considering a 2 percent utility tax on Avista natural gas customers.
A group of members of St. Mary's Catholic Church have put together a petition calling for the dismisal of the parish priest, the Rev. Victor Blazovich. They have presented the Bishop with a six page document outlining their complaints against Blazovich.
In a story that reaches much further than Spokane Valley, reporter Pia Hallenberg writes that Camp Fire USA Inland Northwest Council has decided not to run Camp Dart-Lo as a day camp in 2012 because of a budget shortfall.
It seems like all the fast food places are having Lenten fish specials on Fridays these days. But if you want to sit down and eat with your family instead of hitting the drive through, check out the Lenten fish fry tonight at St. Mary's Catholic Church. The Knights of Columbus are hosting the meal every Friday from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. until April 15 at the church, which is at 304 S. Adams Road.
The menu includes baked or fried fish, french fries, clam chowder, cole slaw and garlic bread or rolls. (Yum.) Donations will be accepted at the door. Anyone who comes by for dinner is welcome to stay for the Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m.