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Bakery owner, dentist love their builder

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A year ago, Liberty Lake resident Tiffany Cable built her dream, a bakery just down the street from her River District home at the corner of Barker and Mission. At the same time, her neighbor and property owner, Dr. Owen Packard, expanded his Lakeside Dental practice into the greater Liberty Lake area. Looking back, both the baker and the dentist are particularly […]

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Professional service with a personal touch

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After more than two decades compiling nearly every accolade available to a Spokane County Realtor, perhaps it’s no surprise that a recent client had trouble placing Pam Fredrick’s service on a scale of 1 to 10. “She’s the very best,” Neil Cook said. “I’d give her an 11.” Sterling client testimonials are just another honor on top of a long list of […]

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Better rest transforms life for Liberty Lake man

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Stephen Robinson used to wake up each morning exhausted. Afternoons at work would be a fight to stay awake, and he would fall asleep the moment he sat down at home. He lacked energy to exercise, and his weight suffered because of it. “I used to sleep for eight hours and get up and feel like it was just a half-hour nap,” […]

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Try in 2020: Southwest Breakfast Burrito

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Southwest Breakfast Burrito Frannie’s Kitchen at Chevron1109 N. Liberty Lake Road, Liberty Lake Featuring sausage, eggs, peppers, onions, hashbrowns and cheese, this breakfast burrito is freshly made in Frannie’s Kitchen inside Liberty Lake Chevron. Full-pound burrito option also available. Why you’ll love it When you think of food prepared fresh by a trained chef with years of experience, you probably aren’t thinking […]

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‘Pawpular’ Max merits finest treatment

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In and around the Villas at Big Trout Lodge in Liberty Lake, Max the Cat is a bit of a celebrity. Owner Rob Martin intends to treat him as one, whether that’s the twice-daily walks around the grounds or providing high quality food and products from his local pet supply store, Pawpular Companions. Rob and Max moved to Liberty Lake when Max […]

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Treatment helps man avoid surgery

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Mike suffered from knee pain off and on for several years, a condition that slowly worsened over time. He liked to remain active, but with every step he felt pain, which limited his activity. Slowly, the weight started coming on, which only compounded the pain. Seeking help from his orthopedic doctor, Mike was told he would need a knee replacement, one of […]

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Refinished floors given new life

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Time and again, Wendy Van Orman of Quality Hardwood Floors sees customers debate whether to try to resurrect an old hardwood floor or pull it out and start over. Time and again, she sees them thrilled with the decision to refinish. “Solid hardwood flooring can be refinished up to 7-11 times, depending upon the thickness of the wood,” Van Orman said. “What […]

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Try in 2020: Cougar Gold Grilled Cheese

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Cougar Gold Grilled Cheese Trailbreaker Cider2204 N. Madson Road, Liberty Lake Starring its namesake — WSU Creamery’s Cougar Gold Cheese — this sandwich is toasted to melty perfection. Additional ingredients include bacon, heirloom tomato and thinly sliced Walla Walla sweet onions — as well as a couple other cheeses (you know, just to be melt-iculous about it). Why you’ll love it First […]

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Celebrating a long heritage of service

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Some of the customers at Stor-a-Way Self Storage in Otis Orchards first reserved units when Ron Woods developed the property in the 1990s. From traditional storage to RV and boat parking to commercial units, many of the faces that pass through the security gates each day are familiar ones. As is the team that runs the operation. The core has seen little […]

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Service that is ‘First class in so many ways’

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While Spokane Roofing Company’s large commercial and government roofing jobs receive most of the outside attention, it’s work of a different kind that catches the eye of Craig Howard. As the Community Relations/Development Manager at SNAP, he sees just how reliant the Spokane nonprofit is on business partners when it comes to helping providing opportunities and support for people in need. “Jeff, […]

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From law enforcement to storage

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From the beginning, Liberty Lake friends Renee DiFronzo and Betsy Legg have forged partnerships focused on security and safety. They first teamed up working the graveyard shift on the California Highway Patrol in the 1990s. After both retired from similar career tracks that included the military and law enforcement, they saw a new way to invest their talent and training by opening […]

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Education that prioritizes academic rigor, character

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What makes The Oaks a unique option on the education landscape? Oaks graduates have the tools to glorify Christ, shape culture and shine the light of God’s truth on all of life’s endeavors. They have the eyes to see what God sees, love what God loves and prioritize what God prioritizes. The Bible is the foundation of who we are, what we […]

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Renewable energy options in your home

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As technology and interest in renewable energy options grow, consider how you might incorporate these options into your home and life. Electric VehiclesConsidering going electric on the road? It’s a big change, but one that’s getting easier, thanks to the expanding number of vehicle options and charging locations. Avista is ready to be your resource with information and programs to help you […]

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Throw Down cancelled for 2020

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The second annual Liberty Lake Throw Down, a cornhole tournament that raises support for two of the community’s premier nonprofits, is the latest in a series of COVID event casualties. The event was set to return Aug. 29 to Orchard Park. Note: The text below was written before the event’s cancellation but sheds light on the nature of and spirit of the […]

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MWCC marks 25 years in Liberty Lake

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When a local family learned baby No. 4 was on the way, preparations included reserving a spot in a familiar facility: Meadow Wood Children’s Center in Liberty Lake. “They didn’t think twice to put their baby here, just like they did with the other three,” MWCC Director Fawn Dunn said. After 25 years serving the Liberty Lake community, the licensed childcare center […]

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Kuhlmann finds ‘Victory’ in community

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Over a March weekend, COVID-19 turned the way business is transacted in the Inland Northwest on its head. By Monday, Liberty Lake resident Dayne Kuhlmann had scheduled three weeks’ worth of Facebook Live Q&A sessions with experts to provide crisis-specific help for local businesses on topics from food service to financial options to marketing. What might have required weeks of planning came […]

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Community at heart of Windermere’s mission

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COVID-19 may have changed Windermere’s plans to serve the community, but it sure didn’t cancel them. After it became clear its annual June Community Service Day wouldn’t be able to proceed as planned, Windermere mobilized a fundraising effort to meet a timely community need. Thousands of dollars were raised company-wide to benefit local food banks. The Spokane area offices, including the one […]

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Ignore these tips at your golf cart battery’s peril

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Mike Tolley has been selling and servicing golf carts in Spokane for 30 years. The owner and general manager of Ott Knott Golf Carts will tell you the secret to golf cart performance and durability has more to do with a properly maintained battery than anything else. Here are Tolley’s top five battery tips. 1. Get what you pay for. “The cheapest […]

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‘I’ve noticed a VCS difference in daughter’

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By Lisa DesgrosellierValley Christian Mom Since 2013 It’s been seven years since we decided to invest in our daughter’s education and walk our first-grader down the hall to her classroom. We could hear Mrs. Taylor singing a hymn as we approached, and I remember thinking that we were doing the right thing for our daughter and family by choosing Valley Christian School. […]

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Rockin’ B Ranch cancels 2020 season

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Note from Josh: This post is updated as of June 1, 2020, to reflect the cancellation of the 2020 season for one of our community’s finest summer traditions, the Rockin’ B Ranch. An edited version of the original subject of this post — a feature on Rockin’ B’s Miss Shirley — is still included at the bottom of this post. But first, […]

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LLSWD requiring backflow testing

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Customers of the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District will be required to annually hire a Washington State-certifed Backflow Assembly Tester to verify all residential, multifamily and commercial connections are protecting the customer and community’s water supply. The importance of backflow plays a vital role in events such as the November 2019 boil order. The District determined that one possible cause was […]

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Put your $ where your dreams are

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When it comes to your money, it’s not just about transactions — it’s about teamwork and your unique path toward your goals. But how do you find a team that backs you up on your financial journey? Get Good Guides Money is part of everyday life, and the way you use it now can have an influence on your future. It’s important […]

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Where can BECU take you?

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Who helps write your story? It’s the people you meet. The places you travel. Where you live, work and play. BECU is a credit union helping write the stories of its members. As a member-owned, not-for-profit credit union, we’re invested in giving back to you, the member. Buy the home you’ve long sought, paying no origination fee on most loans. Reach new […]

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How STA moves in Liberty Lake

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If your other car is an STA bus, you’re not only helping the environment, you’re helping yourself save money. “Riding the bus doesn’t mean you never drive,” said E. Susan Meyer, STA CEO and fellow Liberty Lake resident. “But it can mean you only need to own one car and that can definitely save you money.” Many Liberty Lake commuters and residents […]

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Try in 2020: New York Peppercorn Steak

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New York Peppercorn Steak MAX at Mirabeau1100 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley 12-ounce USDA Prime Peppercorn Steak with a four-pepper crust and brandy demi-glace, served with herb roasted potato and vegetables, paired with a selection from a wine list that has been recognized as the class of the region. Why you’ll love it One of the most popular dishes at the award-winning […]

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Try in 2020: Herb Chicken Mediterranean Pizza

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Herb Chicken Mediterranean Pizza Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza1318 N. Liberty Lake Road, Liberty Lake Papa Murphy’s crispy thin crust topped with olive oil, chopped garlic, whole-milk mozzarella, grilled chicken, fresh spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, crumbled feta and zesty herbs. Also available on original or pan crust. Why you’ll love it Don’t tell Ed Elliott you’re not supposed to choose favorites. The […]

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Adapting to changing needs of today

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Our marketplace is changing dramatically with new subdivisions being built and more people moving from other parts of the country to our magnificent Northwest. Storage options to meet consumer needs are changing fast to adapt to a wider variety of storage needs, from short-term transition of household goods from one home to another, to long-term storage for our valuables that don’t fit […]

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Liberty Lake Baptist: ‘Rise Up, Build’

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When Pastor Greg Wilt Sr. looks out at the Liberty Lake community, he sees more than parks and neighborhoods, schools and businesses or roads and roundabouts. “People often discuss the physical infrastructure of a community, but we do not always think about the spiritual infrastructure,” said Wilt, the founding pastor of Liberty Lake Baptist Church. “We want to be a part of […]

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Four decades of love for Liberty Lake

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When she moved to Liberty Lake with her family some 40-plus years ago, Shelley Crump was 12. She couldn’t have known it then, but she had arrived in a community she would happily invest her life in. The oldest of 11 Demars children, Shelley played in the open, undeveloped fields and made lifelong friends with families that remain a part of the […]

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Fire safety for growing Liberty Lake

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By Chief Bryan CollinsSpokane Valley Fire Department The Spokane Valley Fire Department proudly serves and protects the people who live, work and play in Liberty Lake. In 2019, the SVFD responded to approximately 900 incidents within the Liberty Lake area: 82% medical, 14% fire-related and 4% other emergencies, including vehicle accidents. When an emergency happens, Liberty Lake residents are likely to receive […]

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Children’s book published by local woman

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Spend time with your kids. Support local entrepreneurs. Good advice in any season, these two lessons have been proclaimed even louder during a period of quarantine. But what if you could heed both simultaneously? You can, through Liberty Lake resident Kristi Stalder’s new book, “I Love You More.” A local author, book coach, entrepreneur and mother, Kristi wrote the book to provide […]

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Honored for ‘Teaching with Trauma in Mind’

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Walking into Analisa McCann’s first-grade classroom at Broadway Elementary could seem like a normal everyday classroom. However, you might notice a student that has quietly left the reading circle to take time away in a rocking chair, separate from the rest of his classmates, while reading a book to help calm himself so that he can return to learning with the rest […]

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‘Do the right thing,’ 10 years and running

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Ten years ago, Chris Clark placed a bet on the two decades of automotive experience he had gained working for respected industry mentors, and went all in on his own venture, opening Clark’s Tire & Automotive at 16010 E. Sprague Ave. Since that day on Aug. 8, 2010, he’s built a business around serving the community and has been blessed to see […]

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Tracy Jewelers celebrating 70 years

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A Spokane Valley family business turns 70 this year, and its third-generation owner is proud to lead the celebrations. Tracy Jewelers opened in 1950 on the northeast corner of Sprague Avenue and Argonne Road. Watchmaker Patrick Tracy and his wife, Norann, built the business over its first 25 years. Today, it is led by grandson Sean Tracy in a modern showroom just […]

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Active seniors find home here

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What do line dancing, an 88-degree pool, wine and cheese socials, pinochle, chapel services and concerts all have in common? They are among dozens of regular activities at Evergreen Fountains intended to “promote and enhance our residents’ health and vitality,” as the mission statement reads. For Spokane Valley’s Arger family, which opened Evergreen Fountains in 2008 and has seen it through several […]

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Three things that set your realtor apart

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1. ExpertiseAlthough online and mobile access to information on homes for sale, home values and research tools have become the norm, understanding the market and navigating the process of buying or selling a home is still complex. It’s more important than ever to work with a real estate professional who has a level of expertise that goes beyond what a mobile app, […]

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Growing team dedicated to Liberty Lake

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It’s taken a team to respond to recent growth at MultiCare Rockwood Liberty Lake Clinic. Clinic Supervisor Kiara Ficklin said the practice has quickly grown from two to eight providers, and an additional provider works part-time to provide a same-day alternative to urgent care for the clinics’ patients. The team that has emerged is close-knit and dedicated to the greater Liberty Lake […]

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New Trefoil implants ‘life-changing’

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Have you or someone you love ever sat down at a favorite restaurant, perused the menu and made a selection not based upon taste, but chewability? Dr. Tim Casey with Liberty Lake Smile Source sees patients like this often, people who have inspired him to take part in research to offer even better fixed-denture technology. “Implants are truly life-changing for people who […]

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Bault’s enduring love shines

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When Delmer and Marie Bault make a commitment, it’s for the long haul. They lived in the same 24th Street home in Spokane Valley for 60 years. They have attended the same church, Greenacres Christian Fellowship, since they were married (in Delmer’s case going on 78 years). Most important, they have been married 74 years this past December. So when they were […]

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Liberty Lake EyeCare opens new showroom

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After almost exactly 20 years in the Liberty Lake Medical Building, Liberty Lake EyeCare Center officially opened a modern, spacious new showroom built specifically for the practice on Jan. 28, 2020. Located at 22011 E. Country Vista Drive, Suite 101, Dr. Bret Ulrich, Dr. Michael Park and the LLEC team are excited to serve longtime friends as well as new patients at […]

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Success leads to growth at Sarah Hamilton FACE

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Judging by its life-impacting client reviews and a bright and beautiful new 3,000-square-foot environment in Liberty Lake, more great things are in store for Sarah Hamilton FACE. The 5-year-old Liberty Lake aesthetic clinic ranks in the top 1 percent nationally among cosmetic injectable practices and was voted the No. 1 med spa in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene for the third consecutive year […]

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Am I too young (or too old) to plan my estate?

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Perhaps you think the idea of estate planning does not apply to you yet. You are too young, and you do not have much in the way of assets. Or, perhaps you fear the ship has passed you by. A startling percentage of people in their 50s, 60s, and beyond either have not completed an estate plan or have one that needs […]

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Girl goes from teased to transformed

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A year ago, Justin Loranger was concerned for his second-grade daughter. Malia’s front teeth had come in at a noticeable angle, and she was starting to get teased at school. He also worried the adult teeth were more susceptible to damage in the event of a fall. “At her normal dental appointment, we asked about options, and the dentist referred us to […]

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Procedures change lives of patients

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It’s been less than a year since Dr. Rob Piñón and Dr. Owen Packard opened Lakeside Dental at 1612 N. Barker Road. Measured by the number patient stories and great memories, it seems even longer. Here are two favorites. Dr. PiñónA 39-year-old from Newman Lake, “Mr. Johnson,” came into our office in early October with severe generalized decay on almost every remaining […]

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Permanent teeth saved with 2-phase

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Growing up in the 1980s, Tamryn Parker-Carver and her husband, Scott, both had braces, and they both remember the trauma of having permanent teeth pulled because there wasn’t enough room in their mouths. It came as no surprise, then, when their family dentist told them children Sylvie and Joel both had extremely narrow palates. The kids were facing severe crowding issues and […]

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Three storylines from the past year

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Compiled by Ben WickEditor/Publisher, The Liberty Lake Splash 1. City opens Orchard Park In the summer of 2019, the City of Liberty Lake dedicated Orchard Park, an 11-acre green space in the River District. The fully developed park features a splash pad, tennis, basketball and pickleball courts, a playground, two picnic pavilions, an amphitheater and a winding path. The $2 million project […]

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Seniors: 3 focuses for maximizing exercise

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Evergreen Fountains was designed with active seniors in mind. From the vast amenities in the Wellness Center to the programs, classes and assessments provided for seniors at all levels of fitness, it’s no wonder Evergreen Fountains bills itself as a place where “wellness is a way of life.” As they look to provide continuity of care for seniors, the staff at Evergreen […]

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Top 3 ways to save energy this summer

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When the temperature outside is extreme, the amount of energy required to regulate the temperature inside your home can lead to costly bills. Avista Chief Efficiency Engineer Tom Lienhard recommends three ways to save energy — and money — this summer. And here’s a bonus: he said these tactics for keeping homes cool in the summer also keep them warm in the […]

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LL woman is senior transition champion

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For much of the last decade, Liberty Lake resident Kristi Stalder had two separate passions: her work as a senior advocate in the assisted living industry, and her increased investment in her love of writing. Earlier this year, those two passions intersected with the release of “Navigating Assisted Living,” a book covering all aspects of transitioning seniors into a senior living environment. […]

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Meadow Wood sees generational impact

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Marissa Youngers knew a little something about the team at Meadow Wood Children’s Center before placing her child, Chandra, into their care. She attended MWCC as a school-ager in the 1990s with her younger brother, Trevor. Fawn Dunn is the director of Meadow Wood Children’s Center, a family business she has been a part of since July 1995. She remembered Marissa well […]

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Top of the Menu: Thai Chicken Gourmet Pizza

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Thai Chicken Gourmet PizzaPapa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza1318 N. Liberty Lake Road Papa Murphy’s artisan thin crust topped with Thai sweet chili sauce, whole-milk mozzarella, grilled chicken, sliced zucchini, mixed onions, cheddar and crushed red peppers. Also available on original crust. Why you’ll love it People tend to be creatures of habit when it comes to pizza ordering. Pepperoni. Supreme. Hawaiian. […]

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What’s behind snoring? Find out, sleep better

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Dr. Erin Elliott of Sleep Better Northwest has seen it time and again: Tired people denying that they sleep poorly — and these same people realizing how wrong they were after experiencing a truly restful night’s sleep. “Snoring and insomnia are not normal, and there is a solution,” she said, adding that both conditions are often linked to sleep-disordered breathing. “Most people […]

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NAD effective in ending addiction

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NAD, a nutritionally based treatment with a long track record of success, is now helping dozens of local residents gain freedom from long-held addictions. “NAD is more than 90 percent effective in minimizing withdrawal and eliminating cravings for alcohol and drugs,” said Dr. Susan Ashley of Healthy Living Liberty Lake. “It restores and heals the brain from years of substance abuse.” NAD […]

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The story of Liberty Lake and Greenstone

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By Jim FrankFounder, Greenstone Homes What was it about Liberty Lake that made it ideal soil for the vision of Greenstone, and how do you view Liberty Lake as a continued part of the Greenstone identity? When we started Greenstone as a company, some 30 years ago, the vision for the Meadowwood planned community was already in place. The real vision for […]

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The three ‘Es’ of kids and fire safety

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By Chief Bryan Collins Spokane Valley Fire Department What should be my approach to addressing the natural curiosity my kids have with fire? To cover your bases with the issue of fire safety, I recommend a three-step approach of “Es”: education, environment and example. It starts with educating children that fire is a useful tool for adults, providing heat, light and energy. […]

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Guilt and healing when moving a loved one

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Twice a day, Paul Inman leaves his Liberty Lake residence and makes the short drive to visit his wife of 42 years, Linda. He feeds her and talks to her. He visits with people he refers to as extended family and moves from room to room through a place he calls his second home. That place is Guardian Angel Homes. Moving Linda […]

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Investing in the community is worth it!

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By Brooke Baker SpinkDirector of Business Development, Baker Construction & Development Inc. How can my business get more involved in the community — and is it worth it? At Baker Construction and Development, we have a strong commitment to improving the lives of the people in the great community we are lucky enough to call home. It is of paramount importance that […]

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Top of the Menu: Xtreme Cheez

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Turkey, Bacon & Swiss Grilled Sandwich This made-to-order specialty is served with a generous portion of turkey and bacon under melty swiss. Why you’ll love it This fresh, made-to-order specialty sandwich is exactly what the Xtreme Cheez slogan promises: “grilled and delicious.” It is one of several grilled-to-order specialty sandwiches offered at Xtreme Cheez, from the Pulled Pork and Cheddar, to the […]

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Why hardwood flooring is ‘king’

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Walter O. Nevin Sr.’s official title is president of Quality Hardwood Floors of Spokane. He’s better known and recognized as “The King of Hardwood,” a title earned from the 65 years his family business has installed and refinished hardwood floors throughout the Inland Northwest and beyond. The secret to success? It’s connected both to the quality of the product and the quality […]

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How do I teach my teen about money?

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By Wanda Buddrius Manager, BECU Spokane Valley Financial Center First off, I have some good news for you. You don’t have to be an expert on money yourself, and this is a conversation your teen is actually wanting to have with you. According to a 2015 Junior Achievement USA survey, 84 percent of teens want to learn about money management from their […]

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3 considerations for protecting your RV

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If you own an RV, you can relate: How can something that causes so much joy and freedom while it’s in use demand such attention and stress when it’s at rest? An RV that isn’t being used takes up a ton of space and is a common target for vandalism. Depending on where you park it, it may also fall victim to […]

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Why LLSWD is separate from the city

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By BiJay AdamsGeneral Manager, LLSWD Why is the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District a separate entity from the city of Liberty Lake? The answer to this question is often misunderstood by the community. Many don’t even realize we are separate entities. It’s a great question, and I always appreciate the opportunity to share how history, focus and funding all contributed to the […]

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Why should a 7-year-old see the orthodontist?

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A common assumption is that orthodontic work should wait until all permanent teeth are in place. Not necessarily, explains Dr. Scott Ralph of Liberty Lake Orthodontics. “There is a window of time before jaw and facial growth have finished during which early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing,” he said. “Not to mention, early treatment can make the traditional teenage […]

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A Valley museum full of Liberty Lake history?

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I’m often asked if the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum has any Liberty Lake history, and the answer is, “Absolutely!” In fact, in a historical context, Liberty Lake is part of Spokane’s “Valley,” which stretched from the Rathdrum Prairie in Idaho all the way into modern-day Spokane. We have always viewed Liberty Lake as an important part of the Valley’s history chronicled at […]

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Dry eyes? Here’s what to do about it

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Itchy, burning, red or watery eyes? You may suffer from dry eye (medically known as ocular surface disease), an increasingly common condition for patients of all ages. “Twenty years ago, dry eye used to be, except for a few rare cases, reserved for the ‘over-50’ crowd,” said Dr. Michelle Darnell, owner of Lilac Family Eye Care in Liberty Lake. “Today, we are […]

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A more comfortable pregnancy for expecting moms

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The team at Valley OBGYN has cared for thousands of expecting moms in 35 years serving the Liberty Lake and Spokane Valley communities. While no two pregnancies are the same, following are some basic tips to improve comfort from common issues from the doctors of Valley OBGYN. Nausea: Get up slowly, and eat a few unsalted crackers before getting out of bed. […]

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Now seeing patients — Dr. Rob Piñón

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Professional dentist on the clock, adventure-seeker off of it — that’s a fitting description of Dr. Rob Piñón, who opened Lakeside Dental at 1612 N. Barker Road this past spring. Dr. Rob’s adventures range from traveling the world (including four volunteer mission trips) to navigating his motorcycle or bicycle along more familiar pathways. The native of Yakima received his DDS degree from […]

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Service above self: Liberty Lake Rotary

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In spring 2019, a group from the Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary Club headed to Honduras in partnership with Pure Water for the World. While there, these Rotarians installed water filtration systems, taught basic hygiene and delivered books, school supplies, new school uniforms, hygiene items and fun things for the kids. Everything was donated by the club’s local members, as well as the […]

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Need a ride? STA has answers

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Spokane Transit (STA) is Liberty Lake’s full-service mobility provider, with an array of convenient options that may have you saying, “My other car’s an STA bus.” “You don’t have to marry us, just date us,” said E. Susan Meyer, STA’s Chief Executive Officer and fellow Liberty Lake resident. “Using public transit doesn’t mean you never drive, but it can mean you only […]

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The extraordinary Star EV Sirius 2+2

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From our story about Liberty Lake trends What is it? This golf cart delivers extraordinary elegance off the course as a street legal, personal transportation vehicle. Comfortable for four passengers (with 2- and 6-passenger options also available), the Sirius surprises with how much it offers in the way of smalltown driving. Equipped with LED headlights with high beams, taillights, brake lights, self-canceling […]

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The classical Christian education difference

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By Charlie DowersHeadmaster, The Oaks Classical Christian Academy I’m interested in a private, classical Christian education for my children. What is available for my family? Just as families are increasingly drawn to the Liberty Lake area in an effort to join a community that fits their family values, they often are similarly looking for private education options for their children. Thankfully, they don’t […]

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Top of the Menu: Pollo con Crema

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Pollo con CremaPalenque Mexican Restaurant1102 N. Liberty Lake Road Strips of chicken breast sautéed, then smothered in Palenque’s special sour cream and parmesan cheese sauce. Served with rice, beans and tortillas. Why you’ll love it First off, a confession. The writer of this piece (Yearbook publisher Josh Johnson) ordered Pollo con Crema the first time he dined at Palenque in January 2004. […]

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Top of the Menu: New York Peppercorn Steak

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New York Peppercorn SteakMAX at Mirabeau1100 N. Sullivan Road A 12-ounce USDA Prime Peppercorn Steak with a four-pepper crust and brandy demi-glace, served with herb roasted potato and vegetables. Why you’ll love it This steak is one of the original items from the first MAX menu for a reason. One of the most popular dishes at the award-winning restaurant, it has stood […]

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Top of the Menu: London Latte

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London LatteWake Up Call22011 E. Country Vista Drive (Liberty Lake location) A sweet and salty caramel treat sprinkled with cinnamon, available hot, iced or blended. Sugar free option also available. Why you’ll love itThe London Latte is a Wake Up Call signature drink that’s been a customer favorite since the day they opened the doors (or windows!) of the first store on […]

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Top of the Menu: Gourmet Lettuce Wraps

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Gourmet Lettuce WrapsThe WELL Coffeehouse Pub & Eatery21980 E. Country Vista Drive Crisp, delicious lettuce wrapped around fresh ingredients, with options including Thai Chicken, Thai Shrimp, Chicken Pesto, Mediterranean, Turkey Caprese and more. Why you’ll love it One of The WELL’s most popular items, the lettuce wraps also represent the mission of Natalie Gauvin’s 3-year-old gourmet cafe, part of a menu featuring […]

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Food, Shows and Community in one Rockin’ place

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Cowboy Supper ShowsRockin’ B Ranch3912 Spokane Bridge Road Four-hour event features a BBQ go-back-till-it’s-gone dinner sandwiched between two complete performances: an outdoor Shootout Show and a Main Stage Musical Show, featuring the Riders of the Rockin’ B. Why you’ll love itA woman leaving a show this past year offered a particularly meaningful compliment to Scott and Pamela Brownlee, the talented Liberty Lake […]

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Does the “Call or Click” law apply to my project?

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By Kathy BoykinExecutive Director, Inland Empire Utility Coordinating Council I’m a homeowner wanting to plant some trees in my yard. Does the “Call or Click Before You Dig” law apply to me, and if it does, what happens when I use it? Yes, in the state of Washington the law (RCW 19.122) applies to homeowners digging more than 12 inches in depth […]

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Top of the Menu: The MeadowWood Burger

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The MeadowWood BurgerThe Grill at MeadowWood Golf Course24501 E. Valleyway Ave. Meaty. Mammoth. Did we mention meaty? This bacon cheeseburger also includes slices of ham as well as all the usual toppings. Served with French fries. Why you’ll love it You might expect MeadowWood Golf Course Pro Bob Scott to receive compliments about the aquatic driving range, the lengthy par-5 16th, or […]

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Pet Adoption Hero: Cristene Justus at Double J Dog Ranch

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Double J Dog Ranch received a tidal wave of publicity on Super Bowl Sunday 2019, when “Bumble,” a special needs puppy, was named MVP of Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XV. But Bumble is just one of hundreds of incredible stories originating out of Double J Dog Ranch, a rescue and re-home sanctuary for special needs dogs in jeopardy of euthanasia. For some, […]

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How to use your library card as a ‘digital passport’

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Stream TV shows, take digital classes and much more through Spokane County Library There was a time when the sole purpose of a library card was for checking out books at a specific location bound by four walls. Today, a library card is a digital passport allowing holders to stream “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” for a child, take a creative writing class, evaluate […]

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Fredrick offers track record as differentiator

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Laurie and Eric Peterson admitted to being a bit intimidated when hiring their Realtor. They wanted the best, but they realized the home they were selling wasn’t a luxury, high-priced listing. After all, their Realtor was Pam Fredrick with John L. Scott in Liberty Lake. She leads Liberty Lake, Spokane Valley and the surrounding area in exclusive marketing and sales of Luxury […]

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CBD products provide organic relief for pets

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What is it? CBD products from Pet Releaf provide organic treatments for pets suffering from a variety of symptoms, including arthritis, pain, cancer symptoms, anxiety, inflammation, GI tract issues, epilepsy and skin issues. The products come in many varieties, depending on the size of the animal and the symptoms, from treat-size bites and capsules to topical creams and oils. CBD is often […]

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Aerial Park: ‘Think Ewok village, but better’

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At Mica Moon Zip Tours & Aerial Park What is it?Think Ewok village, but better. This aerial trekking park launched in 2018 upgraded what was already a super-successful zipline business. The aerial park is a high ropes course in alpine trees featuring several stations participants move among at their own pace and choosing. As such, the park is as challenging (or not) […]

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Sell it? Store it? This event helps either way

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Last year, Duane Pfeifer decided to downsize — his storage unit. After about three years paying to store items he no longer wanted to keep, he learned about a unique event put on by Stor-a-Way Self Storage, the place he paid monthly to store his items in Otis Orchards. Called the “George Sale,” Stor-a-Way’s annual event helps customers and members of the […]

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Here’s what to fix before you sell your house

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Courtesy of STCU You’ve lived with those ugly kitchen countertops for a decade. Should you replace them now that you’re ready to sell your house? That’s not a simple yes or no question, says Scott Thompson, a certified real estate appraiser whose work has taken him inside hundreds of homes in the Spokane area. Thompson doesn’t put much faith in across-the-board industry […]

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#TRENDING: Halo Jewelry

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What is it?Halo jewelry consists of a center stone such as a diamond or a color gemstone surrounded by diamonds. “This is really in right now,” explained Lorraine Tunca, owner of Lorraine Fine Jewelry in Liberty Lake. “Halo jewelry can be as simple as you want or as fancy. Halo jewelry is sleek and elegant yet modern and sassy.” Tunca said Lorraine […]

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Three things that set your Realtor apart

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1. ExpertiseAlthough online and mobile access to information on homes for sale, home values and research tools have become the norm, understanding the market and navigating the process of buying or selling a home is still complex. It’s more important than ever to work with a real estate professional who has a level of expertise that goes beyond what a mobile app, […]

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Top of the Menu: Azteca Fajita Sampler

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Fajita Sampler A combination of steak, chicken and shrimp served sizzling hot over a bed of sauteed onions and green peppers. Accompanied with rice, black beans, refried or Rancho beans, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole and cheddar cheese. Why you’ll love itThere is nothing quite like a meal you can literally hear coming. Azteca is already well-loved for those sizzling fajitas, […]

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Kids: Brush up on these four ‘teeth tips’

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Dr. Jared Evans of KiDDS Dental in Liberty Lake loves the education side of dentistry, helping patients stay healthy and their parents avoid costly repairs. Here are four of Dr. Evans’ favorite tips for kids’ teeth. 1. Cavities are contagious: Did you know that the bacterial cause of tooth decay can be passed on from person to person? Decay is actually the […]

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How forgiveness restores the heart

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“Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have someone to forgive.” Longtime Liberty Lake counselor Charles Finck loves this C.S. Lewis quote because it’s a reminder of what most of us have been taught: Forgiveness is important. “The problem is that no one taught us how to do it,” Finck said. Teaching forgiveness is a true mission for Finck, who […]

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Zyph: As a Realtor, I’m a resource

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When Dave and Eileen Green decided to sell their home of over 25 years — a home they raised their family in — the last thing they wanted was to spend thousands on renovations just to put it on the market. They were thrilled when their Realtor, JoAnn Zyph, told them not to spend money they wouldn’t recoup, and instead recommended minimal […]

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Is it time to change my accountant?

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By Mitch JohnsonCPA and Longtime Liberty Lake Resident In truth, the fact you are asking that question is the indicator that it’s time. I always tell people that if they are wondering whether to change their accountant, the right time was probably five years ago. The reason is probably best summed up by a quote I have up in my office: “People […]

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Personalize this Club Car Four Passenger

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Club Car Onward Four Passenger What is it? The Onward was built by one of the biggest and longest-tenured names in the golf car industry — but with the neighborhood in mind. Club Car has been around since 1958, and when it debuted the Onward in 2017, it had one particular mission in mind: Build with the same legacy of craftsmanship and […]

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Does your beautician specialize in specialty cuts for curls?

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Specialty cuts at Plush Hair & Curl Clinic What is it?When you own a salon and spa with three locations, as Brittney Edwards and her husband James do, you definitely get to know what customers are looking for, whether that’s the latest in tanning, lashes, skin treatments or any number of other things. One of the most important is hair. In particular, […]

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