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CHENEYFREE PRESS Thursday, August 13, 2015 OF CABBAGES AND KINGS By LUELLA Dew and LEA SIMPSON in Boise, and then assigned to the PocateUo Army Air- Contributors field, just outside of PocateUo, Idaho. It was a pilot and yes, Cheney has its own, genuine, real-life "Rosie aircrew training base to the 476th Fighter Group initially, the Riveter." Her name is Elaine Bower Lopes. then later to the 265th Army Air Force Base Unit. Just as depicted in books, movies and magazine Her job was to repair the damage done to the B-17 articles, she operated a riveter and other tools, working "Flying Fortress" and B-24 "Liberator" training planes. alongside the military personnel. To her, it was her way She riveted into place new aluminum plates to the to contribute to the war effort during World War II. skin covering the fuselage or the wings. "The damage She was born in Montesano, Wash., but her ram- was mostly from rough landings. One plane was nick- ily moved to Cheney when she was a child to be near named "The Cactus Clipper" due to its constant need her father's side of the family, the Bowers, who had a for repair. If a plane had damage from bullet holes, home on First Street. At the time, her uncle, Clarence they didn't come back to us," she mused. There were Bower, worked as a linotype operator for the Cheney some fatal crashes, due to the demanding nature of Free Press and managed the Shell gas station across learning to fly the B-24s, but not very often. Everyone the street from the flourmill, working at the base took it hard when these happened, Lopes' family moved into a house on Second "The women would just sit with their heads bowed, Street. Her father had been a logger in Montesano, their hands covering their faces," Lopes said. but after arriving in Cheney, got a job at the local Nevertheless, she was constantly pesteringone of the flourmill. Lopes attended school in Cheney until the lieutenants in charge to allow her to go up in one of the sixth grade when her family relocated to Sandpoint, planes. Lopes explains,"He was an old crab and got tired Idaho, where her maternal grandparents, the AUenson of listening to me ask to go up." So one day he agreed family, resided, with a sigh, "Okay, go check out a parachute." She finally Her typical Northwest childhood ended when got her one and only ride in one of the B-24s. World War II broke out. Before graduating from Sand- She and her female coworkers shared an apartment point High School, she decided to accompany a close in Pocatello, about 10 miles away. "One of the girls had girlfriend to Boise, Idaho, by bus, where the friend was a car, and we all drove out together," Lopes said. to marry a serviceman. In 1943, the Civil Air Service The camaraderie amongst the civilian repair tech- was actively recruiting workers and Lopes decided to nicians and the active duty servicemen was good- join up. She was 18 years old. natured and cIose. "They were good guys. They were Lopes was immediately placed in a training program just kids, you know, and so was I." CHURCHES Cheney United Church of Christ EmmanueI Lutheran Church Cheney United Church of Vacation Bible School is in full Christ meets at 10 a.m. each Sun- swing this week for elementary day with pastor David Krueger- aged children. We have enjoyed Duncan. A fellowship hour fol- welcoming familiar faces as well lows. We hope you will join us this as some new ones. and every week. Our theme this year is "Unvan- Mark your calendar for Sunday, quished." Emmanuel would like to Aug. 30. There will be an ice cream thank the community for partici- social to welcome new people to paring in and supporting our VBS our community. More details will program, and to the Lutherhaven be forthcoming, staff for making it a huge success. Emmanuel Lutheran Church United Methodist Church The congregation of Emman-Sdturday morning the "Birthday uel Lutheran Church invites you Bunch" from the United Methodist to worship with us at 10:30 a.m. Church will meet at the Iron Skil- this Sunday, Aug. 16. You may let for a no-host breakfast. August also watch our pastor's sermons birthdays will be celebrated at the on our website www.emmanu- 9 a.m. gathering. or on YouTube at Sunday morning worship is at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 10 a.m. and is led by the Rev. Alissa Cheney. Come early for adult BertschJohnson. SheconO_nuesase- education at 9 a.m. ries of sermons on the Book of Acts. MORE INFO Please see the Church Directory at the bottom of this page for service times and contact info. Vacation Bible School begins Sunday with a planned pot- luck meal at 6 p.m. followed by Bible stories, games, exciting sci- ence activities and much, much more. "Everest, conquering chal- lenges with God's mighty pow- er," is the theme for this year's VBS, which runs each evening through Thursday, Aug. 20. You can register on line'on the church website, Contact the church office for times and days of other study opportunities. Contributed photo Cheney's Elaine Lopes worked repairing several Army Air Force training bombers during World War I1. One day, a base photographer was taking pho- tographs of the operations and caught her working on top of one of the wings of an aircraft. "It wasn't See Cabbages page 8 Home of the Patriots E rience the difference a traditional, values -based curriculum can make! 25% Off Tuition New Student Enrollment Discount Must apply by September 11, 2015 to be eligible. Limited availability. Contact Christian Heritage School, your local Christian school, for details. 509-236-2224 www.c Cheney Church Cheney h e 11 e y Community of the Nazarene Church FA ITN 338 Betz Road 235-6261 G 0 n t 8 F Sundays, 10 a.m. ~..,,.. Worship and Discipleship AFoursquare Church Services 8:30 a,rn. & 10:30 a.m. , Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Children's Ministries C H U R C H ~.,-~ Awana: 2 yrs.- High School Nursery- 5th Grade N A Z A R E N E Weeknights - studies Youth Group Sundays - Prayer groups 8:30 am Thursday Night 7 p.m, Adult Sunday School 9 amConnexion Groups 300 N. 2nd, Cheney, WA Worship~rvice lO:30am 235.4841. 1307 3rd Street 235-4282 Tuesdays - Youth Group 6:00 pm Wednesdays - Kid's KonnectJons 6 pm Emmanuel Lutheran Church 639 Elm Street Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:00 a.m. 235-6300 www. emmanudcheney, org ('Next to the Cheney Medical Center) :Growing Great Through Serving i j FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST ( CHURCH / Meeting at 2206 First St. (across the street from Bi-Mart) Sunday School 10:00 am Worship Service, Sunday 11:15 am Wednesday Mid-week Service 7:00 pm Call 235-3787 Rick Huguenin, your rake St. Paul's Community Church Third & Spokane Street Episcopal Church tA Bible teaching, christ-centered church for your whole family" 625 "C" Street* 235-6150 SUNDAY Worship Service SERVICE 10:4S a.m. * Sunday * Sunday Sehooi 9:30 a.m. Holy Communion Additional Bible 11:00 a.m. Studies meet throughout the week Rev. Christine Soule Pastor Steve powers Community Priest 455-O960 Child Care Available SAINT ROSE CHURCH North Sixth and Annie Place WEEKEND CELEBRATIONS OF THE EUCHARIST Reconciliation ... Saturday 3:30-4:15 Saturday Mass .................. 5:00 p.m. Religious Education Class .............. Sunday M0rning Mass...8:00 & 10:00 a.m Sun. Eve. Newman Center 7:00 p.m. CNC Office 509-235-8402 Rev. Paul Heric, Pastor pheric@dioceseo Office Hours Mon.-Thurs. 9am-lprn Parish Phone: 509-235-6229 UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST God is still ,peaking Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m. David Krueger-Duncan Pastor 423 N. 6th 235-4193 UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF CHENEY 4th and "G" Streets 235-4600 SERVICE 10:00 a.m. Rev. Alissa Bertseh Johnson MEDICAL LAKE Lake City Community Church Assembly of God Traditional Worship Service 400 East Grace 8:30-9:30 a.m. Medical Lake, WA 99022 Sunday School 299-3139 9:45-10:45 a.m. Discipleship Classes for All Ages Contemporary Service 9:00 a.m. 11:00 aan.-12:00 p.m. Sunday Services AWANA Wednesday 10:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m. 6:00--7:35 p.m. Sunday Kid's Church 10:00 a.m. 203 N: Washington Wednesday Family Night 6:45 p.m. 299-3286 Lead Pastor- Nick Hawkins Pastor Mark Hudson Senior Associate - Dennis Noble You~ Pastor- Alex Half ST ANNE CATHOLIC CHURCH 708 E. Lake St. P.O. Box 125 Office 509-723-1459 Rectory 509-675-2071 Weekend Masses Sunday Vigil (Saturday) 5:00 p.m. Sunday 10:30 a.rn. Pastor, Father Gus Also Pastor at Mary Queen of Heaven in Sprague, WA Sunday, 12:30 p.m. St. Michael's in Reardan Sunday 8:30 a.m. St. John's Lutheran Church 223 S. Hallet St., RO. Box 639 Medical Lake, WA 99022 509-299-4114 Winter Worship 11 a.m. Adult Education 9:30 a.m. Kid's Church 11 a.m. Summer Worship 10:30 a.m.; no SS Feed Medical Lake 2nd Monday each Month Everyone is Welcome Rev. Steve Gutzman To Advertise in this Space Call