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Thursday, June 17, 1982 UPS 102-240 Chenel 'Washington 99004 25 Seing the Communities of Cheney, Medical Lake and Airway Heights f ! A clown for the Big John Strong Circus made a spe- cial visit to the Cheney Free Press office last Friday and almost had a problem getting through the door. The circus will be held this Saturday with shows at 6 and 8 p.m. at Moos Field. scheduled and Recreations De- the second year in a row the Big John Strong Circus this Saturday Field. are planned at 6 and 8 still are on sale at Jarms Hardware and office at the Fisher on Building. Children be admitted free, while will be admitted tickets for up to seven members also are The circus, now in its 37th year, returns in true circus tradition with brightly colored circus trucks and with The Big Top, complete with flags waving overhead. The three-ring show promises clean, family showmanship and professionalism. This year's show features the Walton Family with feats of baUancing. Lovely ladies, trained canines, ponies and an elephant also will be among the many other acts. Helping to raise the Big Top will be Baby Neena, the elephant that packs some 3,500 pounds of power. For more information, call the Parks and Rec Department at 235-6134. City urges conservation of water Cheney residents should have re- ceived water-use notices Sunday morn- ing on their doorsteps, urging all to perhaps cut down on garden and lawn watering. As noted in last week's Free Press, the City Utility Department ex- perienced a few mechanical problems with well #5 last week. In order-to flush the filtering system at the well, the water in the reservoir was drawn down. As of Sunday morning, however, the water level once again had returned to normal. "We no longer have a water prob- lem," said Utility Department Head John Bruce Monday morning; how- ever, he did caution local residents about "wasting" water by watering during the mid-day hours. Watering at such a time, he said is not as effective as is watering either in the early morning or late evening hours when less water evaporates. On a larger scale, Bruce noted that water conservation is generally a good practice to follow. Between now and the year 2000, America's consumption of water may more than double. "So we must learn to conserve water to avoid severe shortages in the future," he added. In particular, local residents can also save on their utility bills each month by cutting down the amount of hot water used. Electricity is needed to heat and pump water. In addition to watering yards less and letting grass grow taller, Bruce noted there are many additional ways to save water: ECONOMIZE-A lot of water goes down the drain needlessly because people have always assumed that water is cheap and plentiful. Become con- scious of the amount of water you use, and look for ways to use less. REPAIR LEAKS-A leak of one drop per second wastes 2,400 gallons of water per year. Most leaks are easy to detect and almost as easy to fix. INSTALL WATER-SAVING DE- VICES--There are many water-saving devices you can either buy inexpen- sively or make, such as aerators (to mix air with water), flow regulators (to reduce the flow of water) and/or dis- placement devices (to reduce the amount of water in older toilets). REUSE WATER--Used water often is suitable for other purposes--even with no filtration or treatment. During a severe drought, re-using water may be a necessity. As noted in recent Master Gardener articles in the Free Press, it is best to keep grass longer during hot weather as this shades and cools the roots and helps to prevent excessive evaporation. Also, it is better to water more, less frequently for deeper roots. This is especially important during summers such as the present when rainfall has been sparse. Assisting the Utility Department Sunday morning with the distribution of notices were several local children and members of the new Cheney Police Department's Explorers Post. Ex- plorers helping were Rene and Lilas Ellic and Rick Campbell. Other helpers included Dve Hampton, Tammi Van- dine, Annette Montecucco, Brenda and Valerie Cox, Alisha and Amanda Smith and Gera Rockey. Adults helping were Kristy Vandine and Lee and Ruth Rockey, who also brought along three- year-olds, Heath Vandine and Lisa Rockey. Eastern Washington Univer- sity provided two vans. Because of rain, only half of the town was covered with notices. Volunteers Cheney Police Officer Terry Rockey Sunday morn!n9 helped to coordinate local volunteers in distributing water notices through part of the town before rain ended the effort. At left is Mendel Vandine, city employee who helps take care of the city's wells. 'Godspell' group leaves for Far East On the top floor of the Eastern Washington University Theatre, there is a small office, the walls of which are covered with degrees, pictures and show posters. In his 20 years in the theatre, the professor who occupies this office has directed 77 shows, including "Macbeth", "Jesus Christ Superstar" and his latest achievement, the premier of the musical comedy, "Willow Springs". The success of his current production hasn't given him pause, however. Dr. R. Boyd Devin, professor of theatre, is hard at work on yet another very exciting project, "God- spell". The production played to packed and enthusiastic houses during its entire run. In addition, it was screened by the Department of Defense for a possible overseas tour. After months of waiting and additional evaluations the Depart- ment of Defense sent its answer. The answer was an enthusiastic "Yes". Devin and his "Godspell" cast left yesterday for a 47-day tour of Korea and Okinawa. Aside from reheax'eing "Godspall" to perfection, the cast must also compile a variety show to perform whenever the main show is not appropriate. The variety show is a collection of song and dance numbers performed by indivi- dual cast members. Director Devin noted that the variety show will go by the name "Real World" and will include some 20 numbers depicting different parts of the United States, which is commonly referred to as the "real world" by American troops in other parts of the world. The variety show also will include some skits and dancing. Equipment, props and costumes for both shows ill weigh less than 500 pounds and will fit into 15 pieces of luggage. Speakers stud other electron- ics equipment wilt be specially built into some of the larger trunks. Devin noted that set-up time for a perfor- mance will be 14 minutes, with take- down time being only eight minutes. For three members of the 12-member cast, the non-stop jet ride from Seattle to Korea via Northwest Orient will be their first flying experience. Those in the case include John Duenow, Clint and Rebekah Buel, Adrienne Lambert, Tom Hare, Jennifer Baldwin, Michelle Heffrow, Eric Hartley, Michael War- necke, Marita Brown, Tynna Windishar and Devin. "It's really an honor to be selected for this," commented Devin, noting that the EWU group will be the only American college group touring through the Department of Defense this summer. Looking towards the future, Devin is hard at work at two projects. Next winter he will direct a production of Shakespeare's "Hamlet". In the spring of 1983, he hopes to take a group of students on a four-week theatre tour of London. Planners approve Junior High Addition plat Cheney planning commission mem- bers voted 4-1 Monday evening in favor of the approval for the first preliminary plat development for a portion of the Junior High Addition. Included in the plat are 57 single family homes, 11 duplexes and a 13-acre area zoned for R-3 (multiple family) development. Concerning the R-3 area, planners restricted develop- ment to 10 units (average) per acre until such time as more access is gained to the area either from Hwy. 904 or the Betz (Access) Road. At at time, up to 12 units per acre will be developed. Planners Skip Amsden and Gerald Blakely were the most vocal in noting potential access problems related to the R-3 area. It was noted that the only access serving that area of the. plat would come from an extension of Clay Street. Blakeley said more investiga- tion should be done on a recommenda- tion by City Engineer Richard Simpson, who recommended some sort of extra development fee on all new units in the Junior High Addition to help improve the intersection of Clay Street and Hwy. 904. Blakely cast the only negative vote in the final consideration of the plat. Developer Thorne Tibbitts, who is working with a client on the plat, said that another east-to-west route has to be developed through the Junior High Addition, noting that the most likely route, in his opinion, was from North Sixth Street to the end of College Lane, which serves the College Hill and Cheney Garden complexes. Gary Geschke, noted his plan again for another housing complex at that exact point, and recommended that the road should follow other property lines further to the north. (See related story this page.) Blakely said more work should be done on the total transportation plan for the entire addition before giving ap- proval to the plat. "I think the property owners and developers owe it to the community to get together," he said. Planner Patsy Utter said the com- mission also had a responsibility to not hold up developers for an extended period of time. She joined the other planners in noting that other plats in the addition would have to follow the leadership of Tibbitts' plat. Geschke appeared before the plan- ners two months ago as a courtesy to make planners aware of his housing project. He also noted that the State Highway Department did not wish for any more traffic onto College Lane other than that from his own develop- ment. Continuation of College Lane, according to Geschke, would likely mean more traffic from College Hills Apartments onto North Sixth Street, instead of onto Hwy. 904. Advertising deadlines changed Cheney and Medical Lake-area merchants and al residents wishing to place display or classi- fied advertisements in the Cheney Free Press should note that new deadlines take affect this week. The deadline for display adver- tising has been advanced from Tuesday noon to 5 p.m. on Monday. Similarly, the classified advertis- ing deadline has been advanced from 2 p.m. to noon on Tuesdays. Those wishing to submit com- munity news may do so through Monday of each week. Late break- ing news will be considered through Tuesday noon. Those wish- ing to arrange for a photographer, however, always should do so at the earliest date possible. Letters to the editor, obituaries, wedding and engagement an- nouncements, club news, birth announcements and other local news always is welcome for con- sideration. For more information, contact Ad Manager Larry Kincheloe or Editor Tom Thrun at 235-6184 or 747-7395. Those wishing to submit Medical Lake news can contact ML reporter Marl Perotti at 747-7395. Housing units slated Moderate-income families in the Cheney area are being contacted now through a survey by Cheney Realty to determine interest in a proposed mod- erate-income housing project. Being proposed is a 60-unit project to be known as 2400 University Place and to be generally located off the end of University Lane in the vicinity of College Hill Apartments and Cheney Garden Apartments. Developer Gary Geschke has made application for Farmers Home Administration back- ing by this October so that construction could begin either late this fall or early next spring. Occupancy then would be exptected either in the spring or fall of 1983. Geschke said a survey already has been conducted to determine the need for the project in the community and that another survey now is in progress to identify eligible tenants who may qualify under the Rural Housing Pro- gram 515. In particular, Cheney Realty is looking for families with incomes between $8,000 and $18,000. Rent will be based on 25 percent of the adjusted income, including utilities, or the basic rate, whichever is greater. One, two and three-bedroom apart- ments will be provided in two-story garden-type walk-up buildings within the development, which will be attract- ively landscaped and buffered by a green belt. Existing pine trees will be preserved on the site, and internal parking will be provided. (See draw- ing.) In addition, all buildings will be of the latest energy-saving design, allow- ing residents to save by up to half of their present energy costs. Architect for the project is the firm of Grosebeck & Pasold Architects of Spokane, which also designed the 100 Washington Square and F&M Business Center complexes in Cheney. Those seeking more information on the project can contact Cheney Realty at 235-6191. NEED AN EXTRA COUNTRY COUNTER IGA COPY OF THE EXCELL FOODS CHENEY FREE PRESS? SAFEWAY Newsstand issues are CIRCLE K available at: BOOK & BRUSH 2400 University Place / II II  iI