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Dan Mork, shown in his office at city hall on Sept. 24, has served the town of Millwood for more than 30 years, including the last eight as mayor. He will step down Dec. 31 and take a break from public life. He works at HollisterStier. SR photo Jesse Tinsley
Good Monday morning, everyone. Welcome to the first full week of October. As usual we have some highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice in case you missed it. Reporter Lisa Leinberber has a story on Christmas ornaments being made by West Valley School District students for the 2013 Capital Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. This year's tree will be cut from the Colville National Forest and 5,000 ornaments are needed to decorate it.
Correspondent Valerie Putnam has a story on the retirement of Millwood Mayor Dan Mork. Mork first began serving in the Millwood City Council in 1981 and was on the councl continuously until beging elected mayor in 2005. For the first time in decades he is not running for re-election.
Ballots for the November general election will begin arriving in mailboxes next week, so we have the first in a series of stories on the Spokane Valley City Council races. First up is the only race that doesn't have an incumbent. Bill Bates and Fred Beaulac are facing off in the race for the seat held by Mayor Tom Towey, who is not running for re-election.
Ten-year-old Kaylee Martin and her mom Michele Martin browse the book selection at Liberty Lake Library on Tuesday. The library is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. SR photo/Kathy Plonka
Now that we're all back from a lengthy weekend, let's take a look at some highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on the 10th anniversary of the Liberty Lake Library, which started with donated books. The full service library is now planning a special celebration to mark its anniversary.
The Spokane County fire dispatch center is ironing out the bugs in new software that will allow real time tracking of every fire engine in Spokane County once new digital radios go online. The old soflware would not have been compatible with the new radio system, which forced the upgrade. The tracking could reduce response times in some cases as the system automatically dispatches whoever is closest to a call regardless of where they are based.
The Spokane Valley City Council talked a little trash last week as they discussed an ongoing study to determine the cheapest way to dispose of the city's trash over the next decade. Lisa also has a second story on several projects approved in the West Valley School District, including rehavilitating the track at West Valley High School and buying two new school buses.
The West Valley School District will host a budget workshop for the community from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Millwood Early Childhood Center, 8818 E. Grace. The superintendent and deputy superintendent will give a brief presentation on the budget, including levies, and then take questions from the audience. Space is limited. People are asked to call Sue Shields at (509) 340-7204 for reservations.
It can be hard for families who get free or reduced price meals through the school districts to provide enough food for kids during the summer when they are home. So every year local school districts open up federally funded Summer Food Program free meal sites for all children under age 18.
Beginning today Central Valley School District will serve free meals Mondays through Thursdays (closed on the Fourth of July) at Broadway Elementary, 11016 E. Broadway. Breakfast is from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. and lunch is from noon to 12:45 p.m.
The West Valley School District is also opening a meal site today at West Valley High School, 8301 E. Buckeye. Their schedule is also Mondays through Thursdays. Breakfast is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meals are also available at Centennial Middle School, 925 N. Ella, the same days and times.
The East Valley School district already has several meal locations up and running. Meals are served Mondays through Thursdays at varying times. Locations include a couple of apartment complexes, the Valley YMCA, Trent Elementary, East Valley High School, Valley Mission Park, Terrace View Park, Edgecliff Park and Otis Orchards Elementary.
Click here for a complete list of summer meal locations and times.
The West Valley School District will host another special meeting tonight to get community input on what programs to cut and what programs to keep. The district is anticipating a fair-sized cut in the funds it receives from the State. The meeting will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at West Valley High School, 8301 E. Buckeye Ave. This will be the last special meeting to discuss the budget, so if you haven't had a chance to have your say yet, head on over.