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Pullman’s ‘Pie Lady’ seeks help

The Spokesman-Review

No Fourth of July celebration would be complete without a slice of homemade pie. And at the community Independence Day celebration in Pullman, they rely on volunteers to help with dessert.

The Chamber of Commerce sponsors a barbecue and serves up treats at the park each year, along with music and fireworks. Linda Mittelhammer, Pullman’s “Pie Lady” makes sure there’s enough pie to go around. Last year, more than 600 slices of pie were served.

She’s hoping home cooks will give her a hand again this year with donations. “We appreciate every kind of fruit pie. There is always someone who will enjoy it,” she says. However, she can’t accept cream pies since she doesn’t have a place to keep them chilled.

In addition to pie, there will also be ice cream donated by Licks Unlimited for sale, as well as strawberry shortcake, cookies, brownies, crispy rice bars and other goodies.

Money from dessert sales helps pay for the fireworks display at the end of the evening.

If you would like to donate a pie or other dessert for the celebration, contact Mittelhammer at (509) 334-4009 during the day or (509) 332-2920 in the evenings.

Pies also can be taken to Mittelhammer at the Bank of America in Pullman all day Friday or until 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Please pass the lentils

The 2005 National Lentil Festival will launch this year’s festivities this week with a wine tasting and lentil hors d’oeuvres party Thursday.

This year’s commemorative poster from the festival, will be unveiled at the party. Pullman artist Kary Lee painted the image which “portrays the farming of the lentil and the lentil family,” festival officials said in a news release.

The wine tasting is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Old Post Office Wine Cellar and Gallery in Pullman.

Tickets are $28 and include a commemorative wine glass, 12 tastes of wine and hearty hors d’oeuvres. Nonalcoholic beverages also will be available.

For more information and reservations, call the Pullman Chamber of Commerce at 334-3565.

The Lentil Festival will be held Aug. 19 and 20 in Pullman. For more information, go to www.lentilfest.com or call the Chamber.

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