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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, September 10, 2015 COMMUNITY VOICE By JOHN SOENNICHSEN Contributor I can still remember the cold winter day when my wife and I first saw Cheney. We had driven up from Portland in the late '80s for a job interview, and I recall that in the last 100 miles we had passed through a very dry and desolate country. I now know what a wonderful, unique place the channeled scablands are, but at the time it seemed only to be a lot of nothing all the way from the Tri-Cities north to the Spokane County line. It was when a line of pine trees appeared on the northern horizon near the exit for Fishtrap Lake that we saw the Cheney exit sign and wondered if this university town would turn out to be a green and tree-lined oasis, as we had pictured. About the same time, we began to wonder about the name "Cheney;" where it had come from and how was it pronounced. Some of our friends from Portland .had pronounced it with the long "A" sound, like the actor Lon Chaney. Others got the pronunciation correct, but couldn't resist rhyming it with words like"teeny" and"weenie," at the same Eme warning us that we'd never survive life in such a small place, after living in Portland. Not long after settling in, I began to do some research and discovered the city had originally been known as Willow Springs, named during the 1870s for a small grove of willows and some bubbling springs a little ways behind the current site of ADM Milling. The romantic in me immediately pictured a sort of idyllic "Little House on the Prairie" type town, and I began wishing that the place where I now lived had kept its original name. Towns changed names quite frequently back in those days, and the same would be true with Willow Springs, See Community Voice page 7 9/11 Memorial Ride to take place at Sunset Park By AL STOVER and contracting officer in the Army, Braaten said. "They'll go in waves to Staff Reporter will be the emcee for the event. Air- minimize any traffic hazards." Airway Heights residents shouldway Heights Police Chief Lee Bennett, J.C. Kennedy, Parks, Recreation not worry if they soon see a large arepresentative from the Fire Depart- and Community Services director, group of motorcyclists at Sunset ment and Spokane County Sheriff said the city had not been informed Park. Ozzie Knezovich will speak, of the event at first. After catching The American Legion Riders "The American Gold Star Mothers up with Giese and learning about the Ghapter 9 is holding its 9/11 Memo- will be displaying banners for fallen event, Kennedy's department was r'ial Ride, open to motorcycles and veterans," Giese said. "There will also "on board." cars, Saturday, Sept. 12, in honor of be a free barbecue for anyone who "Events like this are things the city military veterans, police officers and comes and a raffle to help raise money wants to support," Kennedy said. "It firefighters. The ride will start at Sun- for Veterans Court." sounds like it's going to be a good set Park and end at the Washington Veterans Court is a hybrid drug event." State Veterans Cemetery, 21702 W. and mental health court that uses the Airway Heights City Council ap- Espanola Road, in Medical Lake. Drug Court model to serve veterans proved waving the special event fees Mike Giese, of the American Le-struggling with addiction, serious for the riders. Kennedy added that gion Riders, explained that Inland mental illness and co-occurring disor- there will be an extra dumpster and Northwest Thunderbirds Car Club ders, according to Spokane County's porta potties to accommodate the ad- president Dan Garcia recommended website, ditional people attending the event. Sunset Park as a place to host the The actual ride will begin at 1:30 Giese said the event is not about event. The Chapter 9 riders are no p.m. Motorcyclists will leave Sunset mourning veterans, police officers strangers to Sunset Park as they have Park and ride along Highway 2 toand firefighters who have fallen in worked alongside the Thunderbirds the cemetery where the Fairchild Air the line of duty, but about paying Car Club during the Ford Open Car Force Base honor guard will haverespects. Show during the Airway Heights a ceremony for fallen veterans. De- "This event is mainly a get togeth- Festival. velopment Services Director Derrick er to pay tribute to police, firefighters Giesesaidtheeventbeginsatlla.m.Braaten said the motorcyclists will and veterans," Giese said. "We want with a flag presentation by the C cadets, ride in groups, rather than all of them to thank them for what they are do- Spokane City Councilman Mike going at the same time. ing." Fagan, a disabled American veteran "It'snotgoingtobeamassofridersAl Stover can be reached at who served as a criminal investigator going down Highway 2 all at once," OBITUARIES Janet Anne Kondratowicz Janet Anne Kondratowicz, (Moore) passed away peace- fully at Hospice House of Spo- kane, July 26, 2015. She was born in Mis- soula, Mont. to Harold and Ruth Moore on Aug. 9, 1942. The family moved from Moiese, Mont. to Four Lakes, Wash., in 1953. Janet attend- ed Four Lakes Grade School and graduated from Cheney High School in 1961. She married John Kondratowicz in 1965 after attend- ing beauty school. Janet and John lived in the Springdale, Wash. area for many years before moving to Spokane to be near her doctors and dialysis facility. She was active in many Springdale community events and loved doing ce- ramics, needlework and oth- er craft projects. She is survived by her husband John; son, Derek (Rachael); three grandchil- dren, Jaeden, Heather and Tristan; three brothers, Richard (Nataiyn), Har- old, Jr. (LaDonna), Patrick (Mary) and three sisters, Virginia (Delmar), Judy (Alan) and Nora (Dale). A private memorial was held Aug. 3. The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice House for their wonderful care of Janet. John would also like to thank Dennis Christiansen and Janet's family for her memorial service. Airway Heights to offer self-defense class By AL STOVER S taff Reporter Airway Heights residents will have an opportunity to learn some martial arts techniques. The city's Parks and Recreation Depart- ment is holding a free self-defense class, every Tuesday from Sept. 15 to Oct. 20, from 6-8 p.m. at the community center. Students who attend the class will learn basic Wing Chun techniques. Wing Churl is a Chinese martial art that utilizes both striking and grappling in close-range combat. Its concepts and principles are designed to end a violent encounter in a way that is fast, safe and efficient with techniques geared around proper body structure, position and tim- ing instead of and speed. Jeff Davis, of the Peaceful Mind Wing Chun Academy will be teaching the class. He has been studying Wing Chun for over 15 years and continues to train under sifu grandmaster Benny Meng. Davis has been teaching Wing Chun for the last six years. Davis approached the city to teach the class at the recommendation of Councilman Dave Malet. He said stu- dents will learn basic defense, blocks, counter attacks and holds. "It's not going to be super intensive," Davis said. The class is free for all ages, and an adult must accompany children. Davis suggests that students wear athletic cloth- ing and "come prepared to work." Andy Gardner, parks, recreation and community services supervisor, said the city has never offered an actual self-defense class. "A self-defense class is something people can do, and they feel like they are doing it for a purpose," Gardner said. "It shows them what they can do in the event of an emergency." Davis believes that everyone should learn how to protect themselves. He said the skills students will learn will stay with them at all times. "When you learn to play the guitar, you only use those skills when you have a guitar with you," Davis said. "With martial arts, it's something you always have. It also boosts your confidence." Al Stover can be reached at FIND IT ONLINE Find the calendar online at www.cheneyfreepress,com. CHURCHES United Methodist "Set apart: Holy Habits of Church Prophets and Kings." In The fall scheduie be- addition to classes for chil- gins this Sunday morning dren, two adult Sunday at the United Method- school classes are being ist Church with Sundayoffered this fall including school classes at 9 a.m. one that is a grief support followed by worship atgroup. 10 a.m. Our district su-Sunday evening will perintendent, the the first fall gathering Dale Cockrum, will be of the adult fellowship preaching and continuing group. The 6 p.m. pot- a sermon series entitled luck will be hosted by Carol and Chuck Krieghand spirit. Holy Com- Many Parts." 'The Church erything. Often we expect and is open to all. munion at 11 a.m: The is one body,' Patti writes, one member of the body to Please contact the Rev. Christine Soule will 'We were baptized intofulffll a task that belongs to church office for times preach and preside, one body in a single spirit.' others. But the hand can- and days of Bible study Fellowship breakfast (1 Corinthians 12:19.) 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