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Cheney’s fifth annual dad/daughter dance scheduled for Feb. 7

Jeslyn Lemke Correspondent

A Daddy-Daughter Dance is scheduled Feb. 7, with an open invitation to high school girls and their fathers to come dance the night away at the Cheney City Hall auditorium.

“Everyone gets dressed up. We have dads who show up in tuxedos,” said Paul Simmons, Cheney parks and recreation director.

More than 95 people showed up last year, festooned in all the glitz needed for a high school dance.

“It’s been a very popular program,” Simmons said, noting it’s the program’s fifth year.

Tickets are $12 for couples, with $3 extra for every additional daughter. Closer to the dance date, tickets prices increase to $15 a couple, $4 extra for each daughter. Photos will be taken and e-mailed to participants.

The dance is from 6 to 9 p.m. Pre-register by calling the department at 498-9250.

In other parks and recreation news, Simmons said his department’s move to the City Hall auditorium has been challenging, but, “we’re trying to stay positive and not let it affect the service we’re providing.”

His department moved after the office in the Wren Pierson building began to collapse under the weight of snow from the last storm.

Former military housing filling up

New residents are filling up the former military housing near Geiger Heights, even with the complications of the recent snowstorm.

The development opened last fall, after Fairchild Air Force Base sold it to Greenstone Homes.

Sixty-six of the 226 homes are now leased out, said Tisha Thelen, vice president of multifamily development for Greenstone.

“We’re having a hard time keeping up with the rehab work because we’re just leasing so quickly,” Thelen said, adding they’ve had positive feedback from residents.

The most popular homes are two- or three-bedroom units with one bathroom, leasing for $575 and $700, respectively.

The lot was left vacant for four years after the military began phasing out people in the early 2000s. Many homes were in need of new appliances and general repairs when Greenstone purchased the development.

The company is still repairing homes at a rate of about five per week, Thelen said. “We hope to move a bit quicker once the snow melts and spring and summer hit.”

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