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Volunteers rid Liberty Park of graffiti

The “Paint-Over-the-Graffiti Party,” was Tuesday night at Liberty Park. Volunteers, business owners, and City Council members painted over the graffiti and shared some pizza.

East Sprague Avenue has seen its fortunes rise and fall. Now it’s turning a corner. For real.

If one building describes East Sprague Avenue, it’s the Pansie garage. On the main drag between Pittsburg and Magnolia streets, it’s uneven yet sturdy, almost as if two buildings were joined and centered around a garage door. It’s all brick, giving it century-old solidity and flourish, with decorative patterns of tan brick adding to the imbalance of the building’s facade.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Fred Alverson, 19, had appeared before Judge Fred Witt one too many times for certain minor offenses.

Retired woman restores 1907 home of principal Hart

On a sunny afternoon the beveled, leaded-glass windows of this historic bungalow home shoot prisms of light across the living room, an effect that delights the current owner. The previous owner of the 1907 home at 1314 E. Fifth Ave. had a crowbar at the ready, preparing to remove the windows and sell them. “I can’t tell you how happy I am that they were placed so solidly that he wasn’t able to get them out,” said Charlotte Collins, who has owned the home since 1988.

East Central residents want Ben Burr Trail left unchanged

East Central residents sent a strong message to City Hall on Tuesday evening: They want the Ben Burr Trail, south of Liberty Park, left as it is.  The city recently proposed using a $1.7 million federal transportation grant to pave, widen and place guardrails along a section of the Ben Burr Trail, beginning at East Hills Court and ending at Liberty Park, a plan that met with much criticism Tuesday. 

Poinsettia preparation begins well before holiday

The label in the potted soil reads “Freedom Fireworks,” but they will explode with color slowly, over the course of months. In the near-triple-digit temperatures of last week, Liberty Park Florist and Greenhouse in Spokane’s South Perry District received its first 800 of the 3,500 poinsettias it will sell for Christmas.

Liberty Park church towers over area

Liberty Park United Methodist Church – located a block east of the South Perry Street commercial district – has been serving its community continuously since it was built in 1912, but the Liberty Park congregation actually began meeting among the trees at the site in 1905, making it one of the earlier suburban churches in Spokane. The Rev. William S. Turner was instrumental in founding the church at 1526 E. 11th Ave. and was one of its 13 charter members. He spent much of his life savings – $725 – to purchase the land. The church’s final cost was $11,700, with $3,400 raised at the dedication and the $4,000 balance owned by the church extension society.

Neighbors want vacant lots to bloom

Commuters on Interstate 90 likely noticed as homes along the East Central stretch of the freeway began to disappear. Washington state Department of Transportation has been buying up several city blocks on each side of the freeway between Havana and Hamilton streets to make room for planned freeway expansion and for the interchange connecting to the North Spokane Corridor. Houses located there have been torn down and what’s left is an arid strip of land home to dying trees, grass and weeds. And it may be anywhere from 15 to 20 years before actual freeway construction begins.

Refugees’ group harvests fruits and vegetables for needy

In the summer of 2011, two East Central women, both refugees, came up with the idea of harvesting neighborhood fruit that otherwise wouldn’t be used, and donating it to the community. Nou Vang and Ma Win Tain started small, hanging fliers for what they called the East Central Neighborhood Urban Fruit Tree Harvest in grocery stores and reaching out to neighbors. They did some of the harvesting and volunteers signed up to pick apples and plums, cherries, whatever was available.

Salvaged history

When it comes to home renovations, Sherry Knott picked perhaps the most challenging one possible. Having once lived in a row house in Philadelphia that she loved, she always wanted to do a loft renovation for herself – and in 1978 when she came across the old derelict Frequency Changing Station on the bluff just above Liberty Park, she found her opportunity. “It was a clear-span building with no interior walls and with 11,000 square feet on the main floor. It was being used as a storage facility for a boat dealer,” she said. “And it was perfect for what I wanted to do.”