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Dad Daze: Don’t forget about child safety during the coronavirus

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 30, 2020

Even though 2020 has been a year in which it's all about adult safety and protection, November is child safety and protection month. It's critical to note that children remain vulnerable, particularly in the home. My four children are long past those early years when my wife and I spent countless hours making sure each room was safe.
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Family Fun: Santa Express is ‘the same but different’

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 29, 2020

The elves at Santa Express are learning new ways to bring Christmas joy this year – and keep fundraising for the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. The annual pop-up shop is a spot where kids can find gifts for the special people on their list. In a more typical year, children would go to a physical store with a list of people and a budget.

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Ask Dr. Universe: Why does the internet go down?

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 29, 2020

Dr. Universe: Why does the internet go down? – Mia, 11, Sheridan, Wyoming. Dear Mia, The internet has helped many people connect with classmates, friends and family during the pandemic. But you’re right, sometimes the connection gets lost. My friend Dingwen Tao said we can think about the internet like a highway of information.
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The Full Suburban: Christmas lights are another reminder of dim 2020

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 29, 2020

I’ve noticed that, in this dumpster fire of a year, people have been putting up their Christmas lights a lot earlier than usual. We could all use some extra cheer, right? And while I am definitely impressed with everyone’s get-up-and-go, all I can say is: The Dittos have you all beat. We’ve had our Christmas lights up since forever.
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Love story: Mark and Sandi Sannes mark 25 years of marriage

Mark and Sandi Sannes celebrated their 25th anniversary in April, a milestone to be sure, but enduring marriages run in the family. After all, Mark’s aunt and uncle recently marked their 65th anniversary and were featured in this series on Oct. 15.
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House Call: The power of practicing gratitude

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 25, 2020

Something to remember is negativity doesn’t just take the joy out of life, it can take over our lives and even our physical health as stress and anxiety build up like it has this year. It also can leave us drained and wondering how we can celebrate a season of giving when we feel we don’t have anything left to give.
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Washington ranks as fifth-safest state to celebrate Thanksgiving

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 25, 2020

Safety and Thanksgiving features stories have been a staple of holiday coverage in newspapers for many years. That hasn't changed, but what is different are the issues. Pre-coronavirus, it was about safety on the road and air travel. However, folks are discouraged to make the trip home to celebrate Thanksgiving this week due to COVID-19. 
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Dad Daze: There’s reason to give thanks in 2020

If there has ever been a year in which it's easy to be anything but thankful, it's 2020. Since the novel coronavirus has altered life as we know it, we've had to make myriad adjustments. Masks are mandatory. We must be socially distant. Virtual learning is the norm. Concerts are on ice for the foreseeable future.
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Family Fun: Kiddomatic Film Festival brings the world home

This year, while the pandemic keeps families at home, the Kiddomatic Film Festival is aiming to give children a glimpse of what life is like in other cultures and countries. "It's kind of like traveling, even though we're in this virtual land," said Carrie Richer, director of film festivals at the Roxy Theater in Missoula.
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Ask Dr. Universe: Why do mushrooms grow in rings?

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 27, 2020

Dr. Universe: Why do mushrooms grow in rings? We have a lot of giant ones in our yard right now! – Layne, 8, Spokane Dear Layne, When you see a ring of mushrooms, it’s likely they are exploring for food under the ground. Giant mushrooms in your backyard are not animals or plants. They are part of another class of living organisms called fungi.
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Somebody needs you: Furniture, bedding sought

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 19, 2020

The goal of Somebody Needs You is to match donors with the specific requests of needy Spokane residents. The list of requests is coordinated by the Volunteers of America in cooperation with recognized social service agencies in Spokane. If you have an item to donate, please contact the social service agency directly. 

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