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South Perry Blog Pia Hallenberg

THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010


Thursday morning at Vanessa Behan  

Today, I went blogging at South Perry Pizza at noon - lots of people there, and some really great pizza. Thursday morning I'll be at Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, 1004 E. Eighth Avenue, from 7-10 a.m. That's the first time I take the blog to…

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TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2010

Virginia Kanikeberg is standing in her backyard green house surrounded by tomato plants. She's a member of The Inland Empire Gardeners Club and giving away surplus plants for free to community gardens.

Tomato plants looking for a good home 

Virginia Kanikeberg is a member of The Inland Empire Gardeners Club and a prolific vegetable gardener. She sells her starts under the name Lola's Garden, every year, at the Garden Expo at SCC in May. This year, she's got a few plants left over and…

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MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010

Mark Camp, who started The Shop on South Perry Street in March of 1999, stands outside his newest project: the Jones Radiator Bar on East Sprague. (Pia Hallenberg)

Someone shot the water heater 

When Mark Camp rented the building that's now The Shop, back in 1994, his landlord carefully pointed out that the water heater had been shot three times. "It was pretty crazy. He showed me where the bullets had gone in through the frontdoor, hit the…

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FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010

Burglary on South Hatch 

Via e-mail from COPS volunteer and neighborhood ‘crime hound’ Sue Hille:“Around midnight Saturday 5/15 there was a break-in and burglary on the 600 block of South Hatch. The residents came home to find the door kicked in. Police were called to investigate. Some things were…

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THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2010

Barb Chamberlain, co-chairwoman of the city's bicycle advisory board, outside The Shop on South Perry.

Bike all year round, not just this week 

Spokane bicycle advocate Barb Chamberlain stopped by the South Perry Blog this morning. We are fast approaching the end of 'Bike to Work Week' and Chamberlain said the tournout has been solid. "We have about 1,300 people registered and it's not too late to register,"…

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The Shop is located at 924 S. Perry Street. Call: 509-534-1647

Growing neighborhood businesses 

It's been a busy morning here on South Perry - lots of neighbors and business owners stopped by to chat and the theme of the morning was business development. Photographer Craig Sweat has had his studio in the neighborhood for a long time. "The business…

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Bike to work and blogging 

I'll be back at The Shop tomorrow morning, Thursday 5/20, at around 7 a.m. so come on in and chat for a bit, if you have time. I'd really like to talk to a couple of people who are participating in Bike to Work Week…

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TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010

Willie Easthman, this year's South Perry Parade Grand Marshall (Photo submitted by the South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association)

Parade Grand Marshall named 

Willie Ann Earthman is this year's Grand Marshall for the South Perry Parade. Volunteer Mari Haworth said she's working to line up a classic car for Earthman to ride in - she's one classy lady and she certainly deserves it.Earthman celebrated her 100th birthday on…

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MONDAY, MAY 17, 2010

Reverend Debra Conklin, right, of Liberty Park United Methodist Church, is shown at Celas Maya Spanish School in Xela, Guatemala. Next to Conklin is Maria, her Spanish tutor. Conklin is the new president of the South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association (SPBNA).

New president of SPBNA

The South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association elected a new president last week. Deb Conklin, pastor at Liberty Park United Methodist Church, is serving through this fall while former president Geoff White of the Perry Street Café is focusing his efforts completely on the upcoming…

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THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010

Children's clothing swap this Saturday

The Spokane Buddhist Temple is having a clothing exchange for children ages newborn to 16 on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon. The Temple is asking for donations of clothes without tears, rips or stains. If you can't make it on Saturday, donations may be…

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Betty Bachmeyier, left, and Rita (who declined to give her last name) sit outside the Sleep Inn in Post Falls on Wednesday. They have been staying there since the fire but will have to leave by the end of the week. The stay is costing Northeast Washington Housing Solutions about $1,400 a (Jesse Tinsley)

Arson in the neighborhood? 

Read Kevin Graman's story about the Saturday morning fire at the HiFumi En Apartments on East Eighth here. There has been two other suspected arson fires at the HiFumi En lately - and residents still can't return.

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Chickens anyone? 

There are many reasons to love Spokane and I came across one of them this morning: I met a chicken on Rockwood Boulevard. A nice, plumb bronze-colored chicken. She was clearly busy with whatever it is chickens do on their morning walks, but it got…

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TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2010

Lots to look forward to on South Perry 

This year's street fair is taking place on July 16-18 and it's Geoff White of The Perry Street Cafe who's the chair. Volunteers and ideas are always needed to pull off this community event - stay tuned for more updates - or leave a comment…

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MONDAY, MAY 10, 2010

South Perry crime watch 

One of the things we can do on this blog is to share information and tips about neighborhood crime - kind of like a large blockwatch group. If there's something going on in your neighborhood, shoot me a quick e-mail and I'll share your tip…

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Roger Imes, one of the owners of Lorien Herbs on South Perry, sits in his electric car outside The Shop last week. (Pia Hallenberg)

Electric car much loved by owner 

Roger Imes calls it totally guiltless driving and he loves it. About two years ago he set out looking for an electric car – a NEV, neighborhood electric vehicle – and he found one in Ohio. It cost him a little more than $13,000, including…

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FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2010

Time for tea and dolls

Liberty Park United Methodist Church, which is located at 1526 E. 11th Avenue, is holding its annual tea on Thursday May 13 from noon to 2 p.m. Church members will display antique, vintage and cultural dolls, and guests are invited to bring their own dolls…

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South Perry dog park idea 

I got an e-mail from one of my South Perry neighbors last week. She had an interesting suggestion: how about turning that grassy area off Southeast Boulevard and 10th Avenue into a dog park?Stopping by the other day, I noticed that lots of people are…

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South Perry Blog at The Shop Thursday 

The South Perry Blog is coming to a coffee house near you. On May 6, (that's Thursday morning) from 7-10 a.m. I’ll be at The Shop (924 S. Perry Street) consuming large amounts of coffee and handing out a free South Voice section to the…

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MONDAY, MAY 3, 2010

Traffic advisory on Southeast Boulevard 

This just in from the City of Spokane:Southeast Boulevard is closed from Perry Street to Rockwood; the wind has toppled over trees and they've pulled down power lines - please find a different route if you have to go somewhere.Spokane Public Schools have the day…

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The Lantern Tavern turned a year old 

Quite a crowd gathered at The Lantern Tavern Friday night when the tiny bar celebrated its first birthday. I'm telling you, it was standing room only on the patio as neighbors and visitors indulged in great beers, wine and conversation. It's a bit chilly to…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010

Welcome to the South Perry Blog 

Welcome to the South Perry neighborhood blog.My name is Pia Hallenberg and I’ve worked as a journalist in Spokane since the fall of 1998; for the last four years I’ve lived on South Perry Street. I love the neighborhood so when time came to pick…

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Pia Hallenberg
Pia Hallenberg joined The Spokesman-Review in 2004. She is currently a reporter for the City Desk covering Spokane Valley city hall and community news. She also writes news features about people and events.

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