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Thursday, February 3, 2011 OF CABBAGES AND KINGS Free Press Section 2 Page 3 A flash of genius: Thomas Edison's ideas blaze on everywhere By LUELLA DOW Contributor Just a hundred years ago Thomas Edison, the famous in- ventor, patented his "electric incandescent lamp," known as the light bulb. We have been using it for all these years without even thinking to thank him. Now, in 2014 we shall have something better. Your improvement, a CFL, compact fluorescent lamp, will cost a great deal more. It sometimes flickers, and if you should happen to drop one you must call the hasmat peo- ple, open all doors and windows, shoo the kids out of the house and don't you dare touch the poison mercury in the glass shards on the floor! Ah, progress. As an alternative you may choose the LED which is only $40 per bulb and will last possi- bly 23 years. You probably will want to take it with you when you move. Let's talk about Mr. Edi- son. He was born in Milan, Ohio on Feb. 11, 1847 and grew up in Michigan. He was the last of seven children in the family. Sometimes Edison's mind wandered in school. That's a common trait for all of us. The teacher called him "addled." He was probably thinking about an invention at the time, I remem- ber stories that he wasn't very bright. His formal education ended after three months. Poor fellow, he'd never amount to anything. Edison said his mother, "was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me; and I felt I had something to live for, some- one I must not disappoint." She homeschooled him. Edison became somewhat deaf as a child. There is a sto- ry, I don't know if it's true, about Edison riding a train. His "chemical laboratory," sitting in a box car, caught fire. The irate conductor hit Edison on the ears and threw him off the train. However, Edison did sur- vive scarlet fever and afterward had a number of ear infections, which could have caused the deafness. WEST PLAINS CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS If your club or organization's meeting time has changed, or you currently are not listed in this column, call 235-6184. CHENEY A1-Anon Meets every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Em- manuel Lutheran Church, 639 Elm St. For more information, call 235-5385. Alcoholics Anonymous Meets Mondays and Fri- days from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, on the corner of Fourth and G streets in Cheney. All meetings are open. For more information, call 235-9015. The Allen and Trudy Mat- tausch Veterans of Foreign Wars # 11326 Meets the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the American Legion Hall, 116 Col- lege Ave. American Legion Auxiliary Meets every second Tuesday of the month, 6p.m. at the Le- gion, 116 College Ave. Betz Elementary School PTA The PTA will hold six meet- ings a year, September through May, excluding April. Meets the first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Betz Library. General membership meeting meets are the last Monday of the month, every month at 4 p.m. at Betz Library. Boy Scout Troop 356 Meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the United Church of Christ, 423 N. Sixth St., Cheney. For information call 235-2908. Cheney Cemetery Associa- tion Meets every third Wednes- day of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the basement of Boots Insur- ance Agency, 217 Third St. Cheney Clothing Exchange Located at 423 North Sixth Street in the lower level of the UCC Education Building. Cheney Knit-Wits Open Wednesdays from noon Meets the second Sunday of to 6 p.m. Residents can pick up each month, 2-4 p.m., to knit clothing or drop off donations during those hours only. Cheney Country Quilters Meets at I p.m. Mondays at Ben Franklin, 6 E. Cheney-Spo- kane Rd. Cheney/EWU SCOPE Meets the fourth Thursday of each month at the Methodist Church on Fourth Street. The office is located at the south end of Cheney Recycling Cen- ter. Phone and fax number is 559-5679. Open on Tuesdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Public welcome. Contact Claudia Lowman at 559-5005 or Raymond Pendell at 385-1765. Cheney Food Bank Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first four Wednesdays of the month in the Cheney Recycling Center, 100 Anderson Rd. Cheney Good Sam'ers Meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m., at Cheney Care Center, 2219 N. Sixth St. Call chapter president Alan Vickers at 299-9002. Cheney Girl Scout Troop 558 Meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at Salnave Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact Janet at 559-5418 or Kris at 235-5366. Cheney Historical Com- mission The commission meets the first Thursday of each month at 5:15 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 609 Second Ave. The public is always welcome. Cheney Historical Muse- um The museum, now at 420 First Street, is open every Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through the winter. Other times may be arranged by appointment. For more information call 235-9015 or 235-6999. and talk. For information call 235-2220. Cheney Library Preschool story times (ages 2-5) are at 10:30 a.m. on Wednes- days and Preschool Play and Learn storytime is at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays at the Cheney Li- brary, located at 610 First St. Cheney Masonic Lodge Temple Lodge #42 meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 106 College Ave., except for the months of July and August. Cheney Recycling Center Open noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Fri- day; 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Saturday, 100 Anderson Rd. Cheney Rotary Meets at noon, Tuesdays at Gatto's Pizza. Cheney Senior Meal Offered Mort. through Fri., 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Cheney Care Center. A $3 dona- tion is helpful. For more infor- mation please call 235-6196. Cheney-Spokane Chapter, Ice Age Floods Institute The Board of Directors meets the first Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. inthe Farmers Insurance of Cheney conference room, 513 First St.. For more information, call Melanie Bell at 954-4242 Cheney TOPS Meets Monday at the Cheney Faith Center at 300 N. Second St. Weigh-in from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 235-4469. Cultural Arts Guild Meets each month. For more information, call Richard at 217-2132. Cheney Frayed Edges Quilt See Clubs on page 8 HAP NI 0th o VERS00 R, JoAn Sanders @ The staff and board of Cheney Federal appreciates everything you do! dit Union Among Edison's many in- ventions were the phonograph, the motion picture camera, a mechanical vote recorder, (oh, how we need an accurate one these days) and a fluoroscope. What on earth is that? A fluoro- scope is a box, my information tells me, fitted with a screen coated with a fluorescent sub- stance, used for viewing objects, especially deep body structures by means of x-ray or other ra- diation. Sounds as if the airports should have bought a couple of those many years ago. Edison owned 1,093 U.S patents and many others in Europe. He was married twice and had six children, Marion Estelle, Thomas Alva Jr., Wil- liam Leslie, Madeleine, Charles and Theodore. My information says, "Edi- son originated the concept and implementation of electric power generation and distribu- tion to homes, businesses and factories. His first power sta- tion was on Manhattan Island, New York. Edison is quoted as saying, "Genius is one percent inspira- tion, ninety-nine percent per- spiration." He died Oct. 18, 1931 at the age of 84. Ah yes, this 'addled' boy, whom the teacher dismissed as hopeless, deserves our thanks for a great many things. Wish he were around now to super- vise these "improvements" we'll be stuck with: Turn on the light, dear, it's getting dark in here. Luella Dow is a Cheney-area author who can be reached at Iotsaplots l @aol.com. Cheney Church of the Nazarene 338 Betz Roa R * 235-6261 L Spiritual Growth Classes 9:15 for all ages Worship 10:30 a.m. Midweek activities (Wednesday) for children, teens and adults Cheney Community Church SUNDAY Worship Service...10:00 a.m. Nursery Care & Children's Church WEDNESDAY AWANA Clubs...6:30 p.m. 2 years through high school 509-235-484111307 3rd Street www.cheneycc.org office@cheneycc.org Emmanuel Lutheran Church 639 Elm Street Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:00 a.m. 235-6300 : " " emmanuelcheney.org (Next to the Cheney Medical Center) Heritage Baptist Church "We Choose to Care" Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship Service 11:00 a.m. Evening Worship 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Worship 8:30 p.m. Kids Club Thursday 6:00 p.m. Call 235-2810 or e-mall hedtagebaptlst@usa.com Meeting at 216 Fern St., Cheney Richard Green, Pastor All Welcome Solo Hope Fellowship meets at Betz Elementary School Men's & Women's Bible Studies Nursery & Children's Ministries Growth Groups during the week www.solahcpefellowship.org e 509420-8837 contact@solahopefellowship.urg -.-'- C E N t [ R A Foursquare Church 9:00 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. Services www.cheneyfaithcenter.org Children's Ministries Nursery - 5th Grade Yourth Group Thursday Night 7 p.m. 300 N. 2nd, " ....... ' Cheney, WA ........ * ,, - '235-4282 " .,, { Growing Great Through Serving ,. FELLOWSHIP ;! BAPTIST CHURCH Meeting at 2206 First St. (across the street from Bi-Mart) Sunday School 10:00 am Worship Service, Sunday,11:00 am.: Wednesday Mid-week Service 7:00 pm For More Information Call 235-3787 Rick Huguenin, Pastor SAINT ROSE CHURCH North Sixth and Annie Place WEEKEND CELEBRATIONS OF THE EUCHARIST Reconciliation .......... Saturday 4:00-4:30 Saturday Mass ........................ 5:00 p.m. Religious Education Class ........ 8:45 a.m. Sunday Morning Mass .......... 10:00 a.rn. Spanish Mass .' ..................... 12:00 noon Sun. Eve. Newman Center ...... 8:15 p.m. Reverend aos& Hernandez Parish Priest 235-6229 WELCOME TO THE CHURCH OF JESUS C.RIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS Cheney, Washington 99004 235-5123 Sunday Services Cheney 2nd Ward 9 a.m. Cheney 1st Ward 12:30 p.m. Family History (Genealogical Services) 455-9735 Tues-Wed-Thurs, For mo information: www.mormon.org Four Lakes Community Church Third & Spokane Street "A Bible teaching, Christ-centered church for your whole family ' SUNDAY Worship Service -, 10!4S a:m: ........... I ' sunday Sch0o] 9:30 a.m. ' Additional Bible Studies  _ -' : meet throughout the Wee]i f , Pastor Steve Powers 1' t 455-9969 ' S t. Paul's Episcopal Church 625 "C" Street 235-6150 SERVICE Sunday " Holy Communion 11:00 a.m. Rev. Christine Soule Community Priest Child Care Available UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST God is sli/l speaking, I Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m. Sunday School, Nursery Joan Sulser, Interim Pastor 423 N. 6th 235-4193 UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF CHENEY 4th and "G" Streets 235-4600 SERVICE 10:00 a.m. Rev. Terry B. Hall HAYFORD (IMMUNITY CHUR(]I 5306 S. Hayford Rd, Sunday 9:.30 a.m. Sunday School I1:00 a.m. Homing Service 6:00 p.m. Evening Prayer Heedng 7:00 p.m. Evening Bible Study Midweek activities Bible Adventure Club (K-5th) Youth Outreach (6th-12th) Various Bible Studies For more information please call Pastor Rick Hoard at 509-244-9229 or visit our website www.hayfordcommunitychurch.org MEDICAL LAKE Community Church Traditional Worship Service 8:30-9:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:45-10:45 a.m. Contemporary Service 11:00 a,m,-12:00 p,m, AWANA Wednesday 6:00-7:35 p.m. 203 N. Washington I 299-3286 Pastor Mark Hudson Lake City Assembly of God 400 East Grace Medical Lake, WA 99022 299-3139 Sunday Services & Discipleship Classes for All Ages 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. Evening Service 6:00 p.m. Sunday Kid's Church 10:30 a,m. Wednesday Family Night 6:45 p.m. Lead Pastor - Dennis Noble Children/Family Pastor - Nick Hawkins Youth Pastor - Alex Hall SAINT ANNE CATHOLIC CHURCH 708 E. Lake St. P.O. Box 125 Office 509-723-1459 Rectory 263-5434 Weekend Masses Sunday Vigil (Saturday) ..... 5:00 p.m. Sunday .. 10:30 a.m. Dec., Jan., Feb. Pastor, Father Jack Krier Also Pastor at Mary Queen of Heaven in Sprague, WA ....... 8:30 a.m. Mar. - Nov. St. John's Lutheran Church Medical Lake 223 S. Hallet, 299-4114 WORSHIP SCHEDULE Sunday Worship - 11:00 a.m. Sunday School & Adult Education 9:30 a.m. Everyone is Welcome Rev. Steve Gutzman