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NEWS for annual sum Thursday, August 13, 2015 By AL STOVER Residents can com- Staff Reporter pete in the Communi- Residents and visitors ty Challenge to win a will once again flock to championship plaque Sunset Park for the 32nd and $50. Local business- annual Airway Heights es and organizations summer festival, Aug. will race in the Cor- 21-22. porate Cup Challenge The festival kicks off to win the traveling with the fifth annual Ki- championship plaque, wanis Club Watermelon which is currently held Races, Friday night, by defending champion The rules are the same Motion Auto Supply. as in past races. All wa- Prizes will be awarded termelon racers must be for grand champion, handcrafted with both best decorated, most in- the front and rear ax- novative design, team les having two wheels spirit and best crash. and all four wheels must Following the Wa- touch the ground, termelon Races, Airway Last year's competi- Heights Parks and Rec- tion allowed contestants reation will play the fi- to build a chassis for their nal Summer Moonlight racers. All chassis must Movie Series - Matthew be designed to be a part of Robbins' "Batteries Not the watermelon and may Included," a comedic sci- not extend more than two ence fiction movie about inches beyond the length extraterrestrialliving ma- and width of the racer, chines that save an apart- "For businesses, the ment block. Motion Au'to Watermelon Rac@s are a Supply is sponsoring the fun team-building exer- movie. cise," J.C. Kennedy,Parks, The second day of the Recreation and Commu- festival has live music, nity Services director, said. a Kids Zone from noon "It's also a fun, family - 4 p.m., vendors, the event. Who doesn't like to beer garden, which will smash a watermelonwith be open on Friday and a big mallet?" Saturday, and the annual Alex Adams (left) of the Airway Heights Parks, Recreation ment and Keith Austin (right) of the Heights Church let the 2014 Watermelon Races. Ford Open Car Show cycles and cars coming hosted by the Inland in." Northwest Thunderbirds The Kiwanis Club's Car Club. Airway's Got Talent Dan Garcia, Thunder- competition is returning birds presidentsaidthere for its third year with will be a car corral, where both the first and second residents can sell their rounds on Saturday. The cars, and a tricycle race first-place winner willre- for motorcyclists, ceive $500 while second- "Last year we had 280 and third-place finishers vehicles," Garcia said. willbe awarded $250 and "This year there are going $100. to be a variety of motor- In between acts, resi- 4 File photo and Services Depart- go of their racers during dents will have a chance to compete and win prizes in the "Minute to Win It" games. "There was such a positive response and energy for the Minute to Win It games from last year so we brought it back," Jacob Powers of the Airway Heights Kiwanis Club said. "We also have more dinner options and really encourage people to hang out." Powers added the 2014 talent show had twice as many entrants as the year before and he thinks it will grow again this year. Anyone who is interested in performing but missed Saturday Aug. 1 live auditions, can submit a video to jacob@heightschurch. tv., up to the day of the event. While the festival focuses on providing activities and fun for the family, it's also a chance for residents to connect with each other and display their com- munity spirit. "That's why we do this and this is our big event to do that," Ken- nedy said. AI Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress. com. Cheneycouncil pproves federal funding for Betz/Washington pedestrian safety project By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The Cheney City Council took care of a Couple of other pieces of business at its July 28 meeting besides asking voters to lift the city's levy lid. ]First, the council au- thorized construction to ornmence, after the bid- ding process is complete, on the Betz Road/Wash- ington Street pedestrian safety project. Council originally authorized spending $7,600 in federal fund- ing provided to the city on preliminary design work on the project at its May 26 meeting. Public Works Director Todd Ableman said that work is complete and asked the council to approve releasing the additional $68,500 of federal money for construction. Council gets water briefing, pays bills By JOHN McCALLUM Editor With no resolutions or ordinances to deal with on its agenda, the only real business the Cheney City Council did at its Aug. 11 meeting was pay bills. Council voted unanimously to pay vouchers in the amount of $422,731.11, and payroll totaling $851,127.19. Council did receive an information report from Public Works Director Todd Ableman on water use in the city along with ideas for conservation measures in the future. Those conservation mea- sures include better communication, watering amounts and watering fees along with encourag- ing more drought-tolerant landscaping and pro- grams to reduce and eliminate watering. Also being considered is installing piping that would enable irrigation-only wells to provide water to more green spaces, along with possibly using reclaimed water from the wastewater treat- ment plant for irrigation. John McCallum can be reached at pedestrian crossing mark- cations on Betz Road and The project will in- ings and flashing beacon Washington Street - Sil- cludeinstallation of ADA- pedestrian crossing sig- verthorne Lane, Normal compliant curb ramps, nals at five intersection lo- Park Road, North Sixth Photos by A1 Stover Washing for Children's Miracle Network Several local high school students wash a Chevy Silverado in the Jarms Ace Hardware parking lot, Saturday, Aug. 8. The car wash was part of an event to help generate donations for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in Spokane. People stopping by Jarms helped raise over $1,300. Street, Harvest Bluff and Mike McKeehan Way. Total cost of the project is estimated at $88,000, with the city picking up the bal- ance between the estimate and the $76,100 in federal funding. The council was also introduced to Cheney's new Light Department Director, Stephen Boor- man, Boorman previ- ously spent 14 years at Bonners Ferry, Idaho, where he began as the electrical supervisor and eventually became the city administrator. A 1989 graduate of Montana State Univer- sity with a bachelor's in electrical and electronic engineering, Boorman worked five years at the Missoula Electrical Co- operative, and spent an- other six years working for Boeing in Seattle on the 747/767 passenger jet programs. Boorman be- gan with Cheney July 20, and replaces Joe Noland, who retired in June after 30 years with the city. "We knew we had some big shoes to fill," C.ity Administrator Mark Schuller told the council in a~nnouncing Boorman's selection. John McCal- lum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress. com. 5Ct.IE.OULE. 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