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Folks who know Geraldine Wagner aren’t surprised to find a 6-foot crocodile reclining on the bed in her guest room. After all, a 4-foot giraffe, sporting a sombrero resides in her kitchen, and a life-size tiger rests in front of the fireplace.
What kid hasn’t dreamed of a treehouse a la Swiss Family Robinson – that is if they’re familiar with the classic tale or Disney movie? For Molly Markham, 11, that dream came true when her dad built her one this spring. “I originally thought of a platform with a rope ladder,” her dad, Gary Markham, said.
Walter Scott, 15 months, takes his responsibilities seriously. When you’re the junior feline in the family and in charge of entertainment, mischief and cuddles, it’s a full-time job and then some. Knowing that, Thor, the senior tabby in the clan, keeps a scornful eye on him.
A road trip to a cemetery inspired Jenny and John Rose’s pandemic project. Toward the end of March when everything was shut down, the couple decided a Sunday drive might lift their spirits. “We drove to Chewelah and visited my dad’s grave at St. Mary’s Cemetery,” Jenny said.
This has been a year filled with bad news. Teenagers are inundated by the negativity that swirls around them, but a group of local teens is choosing to focus on the positive, and they hope the community will join them.
Neither Darlene nor Larry Sannes is quite sure how they first met; after all it was almost 70 years ago. The details may be vague, but the result of that long-ago meeting is evident. On Sept.16, the couple celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
When the pandemic struck, Loreen McFaul took the adage “bloom where you are planted” to heart. “One thing I know about myself is that I have to do something creative every day,” she said. During the winter, she’d taken an online course on flower farming.
From rose garden to rock garden with a reminder to relax, and from disheveled deck, to lighted party palace, the Larsen family used their time and skills to transform their backyard during the pandemic.
When John Mraz learned his friend’s pandemic-postponed knee replacement surgery had been rescheduled for June, he pondered what kind of get-well gift to give him.
Traditionally, the end of September sees golfers, Rotarians and sponsors on the links of the Deer Park Golf Club for the Deer Park Rotary Golf Tournament.
If I’d known I wouldn’t see her again for six months, I’d have given her an extra hug. When I left my mom’s assisted-living apartment on Feb. 29, I assumed I’d see her when I returned from visiting my grandsons. COVID-19 proved that assumption wrong.
He saw her reflection in a mirror in an English class at Harbor College in San Pedro, California, and was smitten.
Many years ago, an over-filled pool during swimming lessons caused problems for Karen Howe’s 5-year-old brother.
I've been thinking a lot about our back-to-school traditions, because for many families it's still unclear what school will look like this year.
Hval’s Front Porch offered silver linings
My doorknobs and light switches have never been cleaner.
Mabel and Charlie Mitson, the last couple featured in the "War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation," by Cindy Hval, both died in June, 18 days apart.
Hval family would go the extra mile to be with twin grandsons