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.~3, 2012 Thursday, August 23, 2012 Free Press Page 3 ;tal )ty areas YouthBuild, First Story turn house into home Third home built in Airway Heights for deserving families .'member dgh-levd t to go to :e in Ne- Lt billions ld build- it Yucca ~ly nixed ]a didn't ~tate. exico feel ld its suc- reverting 3. There's nade that :ept high type it's ~four dai- hlo matter ~e've got Is and we araste dis- d WIPPis omb. z native oJ "ained as a Harvard. Docs can ,,du. This College oy t Natural zshington By JAMES ElK Staff Reporter Thanks to YouthBuild Spokane and First Story, the Bunting family has a new home in Airway Heights. The home, on the 12400 block of First Avenue, is the culmination of six months of construction work from Hayden Homes and YouthBuild, a program associated with AmeriCorps in Spokane. "It's a real honor to work with First Story," AmeriCorps programs manager Mandy Ed- wards said. "They're so professional. It's a real chance for our students to see a real-world example." The Bunting family applied for the First Story home alongside nearly a dozen other families. First Story, based out of Bend, Ore., has built two other homes in Airway Heights. Families must apply for the home, going through an extensive review process. Shon Rae, executive director with First Story, said the program factors in a family's needs and home ownership history in a gruel- ing interview process. In the end, one family is chosen by the organization, providing a home for low-income families in need Through the process, First Story sells the home to the family, which comes with a zero-down, zero- interest loan for 30 years. In time, if families move, First Story gets the first option on the home to put it back into the system, or lets the family sell it at a price affordable to another low-income family. "They were in a position and were ready for home ownership," she said. "They have a steady income and jobs, but were unable to save up for a down payment." Spokane's YouthBuild program provided much of the labor needed to construct the home, with the exception of certificated work like electrical and plumbing. Currently, 12 students are involved in the program, rang- ing from ages 16 to 24. Those students have typically dropped out of school, but come to Spokane YouthBuild students were involved in the exception of certificated labor. Contributed photo by Mandy Edwards/YouthBuild every aspect of the home's construction, with YouthBuild to earn their GED and a trade, did a good job," he said "You can walk into Half of their time is spent in the classroom a home and shut a door and see how well while the other half is on-site working with constructed it is, and this is a very well-con- professionals, helping the students formally structed home. I'm very happy for them." learn their trade. The effect has helped many students get YouthBuild began in 2009, ftmded by a grant past barriers that, in the classroom, may through the Department of Labor. It will com- impede their learning progress. Real-world pete once again for the grant later this fall. experience has proven to be a defining part The city of Airway Heights has partnered of their education, Edwards 'said. with First Story since 2006. At its Monday, "One of the students told me he struggled Aug. 20 meeting, the Airway Heights City with education all of his life," she said. Council voted in favor to waive building per- Interacting with professional crews outside mit and park impact fees for the home. of the classroom help hammer in the lesson, "This is a very competitive process that letting students excel with first-hand work. families go through," Mayor Patrick RushIng "The students were able to see those skills said at the meeting. "Basically they have to in action," Edwards said. "It's one thing to do tell their life story, and it has to be the most a perfect drywall in a day, but then you see convincing life story that they approve." another person do it in 20 minutes." Rushing said he knew the home was For more information on First Story, visit strongly built at last week's dedication cer- emony. James Eik can be reached at "It's a very well-built home, and the kids Thank you for your support in the Primary Etecti0nL RY First Spokane-area plane pull benefits Special Olympics By JAMES ElK The 727 is a former FedEx air- suniga said future years could their strength to the test. Addi- Staff Reporter craft, which is being donated to the have a separate plane pull just for tional donations are accepted. Featsofstrengthwillbeputtothe event by the airport. It was pur- kids, with a smaller aircraft, and Since this is the first event of its testSaturday, Aug.25atSpokaneIn- chased by the airport a few months other events throughout the day. kind in the region's history for the ternationalAirport, as teams attempt ago. Potential plans for the plane "In our discussions with the Special Olympics, there isn't a spe- topullaBoeing727inafundraiserfor include law enforcement and fire international airport, the whole cific fundraising goal set. However, the Special Olympics. training, among other uses.idea of the future is to make it Suniga said it has already raised Special Olympics developmnet "They were already in the pro- like a festival, an entire day; ex- around $7,000. Proceeds collected managerJenniferSunigasaidaround cesses of acquiring the aircraft to panding the plane pull to have from the event go rightinto the Spe- 140 people have alredy registered use on site," Suniga said. a smaller plane do a kids pull," cialOlympicsWashingtnprgrams' for the event. Each group of up to 20 The airport, she said, has been Suniga said specifically to benefit athletes and people will pull the plane12 feet. fully behind the plane pull event But, the event, while incorpo- events held in the Spokane area. The aircraft weights 138,400 from its inception, with airport rating a great amount of fun, has Participants and those interested pounds, director Larry Krauter being in- a somewhat competitive element inwatchingcantaketheGeigerBou- Excitement is building around volved in a similar event prior attached to it. levardI-90exit, No. 276, and continue the event, and will likely see more to his arrival in Spokane. Should "It's a timed event, so they're straight on West Flightline Boule- registrationstricklinginbySaturday it end up beIng a success, it will competing against the othervard. Spedal Olympics signage will morning, become one of the Special Olym- teams," she said. provide additional directions to park "Therehasn'tbeenanythingofits pics' annual events in Eastern There is a registration fee of for the event. kind yet," Suniga said. Washington. $30 for individuals seeking to put For more information, or to reg- ister for the plane pull, visit http:// Chenev_ businesses partner for coffee and - -dessert hub James Eik can be reached at By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter TimIng is everything. Bruce Tyson was looking for a location to base his new coffee shop when he saw an ad from lo- cal business Dessert Pals looking for a business to share its 1831 First St. space. "It just worked out," he said. "I met Scott and Marissa (Myers, Dessert Pals owners) and we get along great." They went together like, say, coffee and dessert. Tyson, a Cheney native, has worked as a carpenter for the past 17 years, but he says he's always wanted to open his own coffee shop. While he enjoys carpentry, he wanted a more direct interac- tioh with the customer. "I love coffee and I love people and I try to make them smile," he said. Photo by Becky Thomas Bruce Tyson is excited to share his new business, The Coffee Connection with Dessert Pals customers So, The Coffee Connection was born. Tyson brought in tables, chairs and espresso machines. The shop will serve Tom Sawyer Country Coffee. He admits he's new to the coffee busIness, but is seeking an experienced barista to help run the operation. Currently, Tyson is still work- ing at his day job and The Coffee Connection is open during his days off, usually Saturdays and the odd weekday. Once he secures an em- ployee, regular hours will be set. The space is tucked away in the shopping center near the stop- light at First Street and Cheney- Spokane Road, but inside it's spa- cious and colorful. Tyson credits his wife and sister for the decor. Tyson said he hopes the shop will be a comfortable place for residents and college students alike to come for a cup of coffee and a Dessert Pals treat, gather with friends, study or just relax. "I'm looking forward to having it established," he said. "I think people are goIng to enjoy it." Becky Thomas can be reached at becky@cheney( BI-MART ARENA RODEO GROUNDS August 25 - 10 am-5 pm August 26 - 11 am-4 pm FREE ADMISSION 509-559-5124 With your support, I2t keep fighting for Eastern Washington's future. Be sure to vote in the General Erection. 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