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Front Porch: Super Bowl provides a few valuable lessons

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

Like most Seahawks fans we rooted hard for the Atlanta Falcons during the Super Bowl on Sunday. Birds of a feather flocking together, united in Tom Brady disdain. Well, we all know how that turned out.

Gardening: New group will help organize community gardens

Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, noon

A watermelon grows in the community garden at All Saints Lutheran Church in Browne’s Addition in 2012. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
In late November, the Spokane Community Gardens Association was created in partnership with the Spokane Associated Garden Clubs. The Associated Garden Clubs have been supporting community beautification projects for decades and wanted to expand their mission to growing food. The new group will bring the more than 20 community gardens in the area under one network that will help marshal resources, develop gardens and provide an advocacy voice for community food production.

Spokane Valley offers snow removal updates on its Twitter account

Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, noon

Spokane Valley has opened a Twitter account in an effort to get snow removal updates out to residents quicker. The city’s Twitter handle is @CityofSV To find out when a Spokane Valley neighborhood will be plowed, visit the online map at and look up the address.

Weathercatch: Flash of spring couldn’t undo January’s bitter cold

Wed., Feb. 8, 2017

Icicles hang on a South Hill home on Jan. 10, 2017. The region received back-to-back arctic blasts in early January, plunging the mercury to minus 4 degrees on Jan. 12 and 14. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Remember the stint of unseasonably warm weather that triggered the Big Melt in mid-January? It wasn’t enough to offset the month’s brutal cold that encased the Inland Northwest. In the Spokane area and elsewhere, it was among the coldest Januarys since 1882.

Education notebook:

Thu., Feb. 2, 2017

The Cataldo Catholic School drama program’s production of “The Lion King Jr.” opens Thursday.

Liberty High School honor roll

Thu., Feb. 2, 2017

Liberty High School has announced its honor roll for the first semester of the 2016-17 school year.

Love Stories: Love grew in farm country

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 3:44 p.m.

Ken and Veva Jean Hames met in high school in the small town of Rosalia. They married Nov. 26, 1949, and recently celebrated their 67th anniversary. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
It seems Ken and Veva Jean Hames were meant to be together. They met at Rosalia High School and quickly became an item, though Ken isn’t exactly sure how that happened.

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The Wednesday Slice question

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