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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.

Pandemic projects: Deck reconstruction uncovers special memory

For 46 years, the flat stone lay hidden beneath the deck.Over time, the floorboards of the deck grew creaky, their color fading beneath countless steps and the heat of the afternoon sun. But the sentiment etched on the stone hasn’t faded.

Front Porch: Walter the junior tabby lives to entertain

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.

Pandemic project: Building park bench brings couple together amid shutdown

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.

Love story: Sanneses still playmates after 65 ‘blessed’ years

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.

Pandemic projects: Dream of becoming flower farmer blossoms

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.

Pandemic project: Family remakes backyard

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.

Front Porch: Being with Mom does the heart good

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.