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Time For School Valley Teachers, Students, Parents And Bus Drivers Are Getting Ready For The Start Of A New School Year. We Take A Look At The Preparations Of Several Of Those Involved

1. Mike Welch and other new Central Valley teachers listen to a lecture by University High Vice Principal Laurie Sheffler during an orientation Friday. "My head is about to pop," Welch said of the daylong program. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review 2. The year hasn't started, but the halls were crowded last week when East Valley High students lined up to register for classes. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review

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Course Correction Central Valley High Student Was Headed For Trouble Until He Set His Compass For Mit

1. Chuck Booten's room is a staging area for his move to the East Coast. He will attend a Navy ROTC orientation in Rhode Island before going on to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review 2. Chuck Booten is about to pack for his move to Massachusetts. He'll be bringing the earmuffs he uses to shut out distracting noise while he's studying. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review
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East Farms Elementary Position Goes To Uphus

The new principal at East Farms Elementary has worked 21 years - all his career - for just such a job. Mike Uphus, counselor and principal designee at Adams Elementary School in the Central Valley School District, will take over the principal's job that Jim Hammond resigned from earlier this summer. The East Valley School Board decided Tuesday to hire Uphus. "I've taught at a lot of different grade levels over the years. This was always my idea of where I would like to be," Uphus said. He has taught second through sixth grades, all in Central Valley schools. Uphus said he attended the meeting East Valley Superintendent Chuck Stocker held in July to gain public comment on qualities the community wanted in its next principal. "It sounded like a community I wanted to be a part of," Uphus said. Uphus' wife, Linda, is principal at Sunrise Elementary School. Mike Uphus "will just do an excellent job for them," said Central Valley Superintendent Wally Stanley. More than 20 people applied for the East Farms position, Stocker said, and the East Valley board interviewed eight finalists.
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French Students Start Early To Raise Funds For Dream Trip

The three girls tooled down Broadway on the hottest day of the summer, with no air-conditioning in their car. But a deal's a deal, and the trio had two gourmet lunches to deliver. Tracy Orvis, Shauna Monson and Diane Orthouse are among 19 University High School students who started working a year in advance to raise money for a month-long trip to Europe next summer.
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Orchard Days Roy Betlach Recalls The Trials And Tragedies Of Valley Life During The Years When Orchards Reigned

1. Roy Betlach, family man, retired sheriff and lover of mules, works with two at his Valley home. Colton left is Gus, named for Roy's father Augustus. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review 2. Strong in his youth from the heavy lifting of orchard work, Roy Betlach is still hearty and able to outride those younger than him. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review
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Security Firm Helps At Liberty Lake Park

Spokane County Parks and Recreation Director Wyn Birkenthal has hired a private security company to help manage Liberty Lake Park this season. The unusual arrangement came about after the first person Birkenthal hired this season as ranger didn't work out. "This was a person who didn't adapt well to living fulltime at the caretaker's residence, as the job requires." Bryant Robinson, currently the staffer responsible for the condition of the county's softball fields, will become ranger in 1997.
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Committee Hammering Out Details For New Liberty Lake Grade School

The new Liberty Lake Elementary School has a construction budget, an architect - even an official name. The Central Valley School Board approved the name last month. But construction won't start for another year or so. What is taking so long? The past few months have been spent in what the experts at the Central Valley School District call "ed specs" - the specifications for what educational concepts the community wants incorporated in the school.
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Storyteller Gets Wiggles, Giggles From Captivated Kids

When Susan Creed reads a story, her voice rolls over the rhythms, pauses for effect and booms in all the right places - with never a "shhhh" in sight. Her audience wiggles sandaled toes, eyes each other and giggles in all the right places. This is storytime for preschoolers at the Valley Library: a chance for children to learn about the literary side of the English language, for parents to learn how to most effectively read a story to their little ones and for Creed to spread the joy of reading.
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Liberty On Parade It Was Community Spirit In Red, White And Blue At Liberty Lake’s Eighth Annual Patriotic Parade

1. Alex Zendo led the Liberty Lake Fourth of July Parade on Thursday. Young and old, some 1,000 of them, lined the street for the annual exercise in patriotic pageantry. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review 2. Tim Horkstra and Russell Kinney had fun flying big flags behind their bikes in the Liberty Lake Fourth of July Parade. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review 3. Kate McCaslin didn't want to miss the festivities.
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Easy Ways Around Break Out Of Patterns Driving Around Valley, Get A Change Of Scenery, And Get To Destination A Little More Enjoyably

One day recently I watched a driver beat me through the intersection of Mission and Pines. He came up behind me on Mission, eastbound, cut through a parking lot onto Maxwell and turned onto Pines. What a jerk. But it worked. He was long gone before I was through the light. Like a lot of people who deal with Valley traffic on a daily basis, I'm always in search of an easier way from here to there. But that's not my kind of shortcut.
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Park Officials Discuss Placement Of New Playground Equipment

People living near Orchard Avenue Park will meet Monday with county parks officials to discuss the placement of playground equipment at the park. "We're not objecting to the playground equipment. We think it's the greatest thing since this park evolved," said Dorothy Knechtel. She and a few other neighbors are concerned that the equipment is to be installed too close to the corner of Park and Bridgeport.
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Summer Classes Educate And Entertain Young Learners

The Central Valley School District is offering a handful of classes that go beyond the ordinary for summer school. Young engineers can design and build magnetic levitation vehicles. Kids who want to do more on computers can learn how to do animation. Drama, arts and water ecosystems - there are courses for all these interests.
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Finding Fulfillment In Song And Stage

CORRECTION: June 22, 1996; V6 Whitworth College professor Thomas Tavener, who was mentioned in last Saturday's Valley Voice, is alive, well and still making music. An article profiling April Dawn Vogel stated otherwise. April Dawn Vogel looks out from her studio in Millwood. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review
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Central Valley Board Oks Four-Period Schedule Controversial Switch Could Be Made In Fall Of 1997 If Trial Is Successful

The Central Valley School Board has approved the controversial four-period day, along with several stipulations suggested by Superintendent Wally Stanley. The vote at Monday's board meeting was 4-1. Kay Bryant opposed the proposal, in a rare split vote. Bryant said she believes the current proposal has too many unanswered questions. But the majority of the board wanted to move forward with the change, following another year of planning with start-up in the fall of 1997.