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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, October 1, 2015 'Anne of Green Gables' to open StageWest's 2015-2016 season StageWest Community Theatre proudly )resents its 2015-2016 season opener "Anne of Green Gables" adapted by Peter DeLau- tier from the novel by L.M. Montgomery and directed by Kay Byron Pacheco. This is the well-loved story of the adven- tures of Anne Shirley, an 11 -year-old orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who had intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm on Canada's Prince Edward Island. StageWest's director of advertising and publicity, Nancy Ku- onen, said they are happy to announce that there are several young thespians making their debut in this play. Performances are Fridays Oct. 2, 9, and 16 at 7 p.m. and Saturdays Oct. 3 and 10 at 7 p.m., with Sunday matinees Oct. 4 and 11 at 3 p.m. A special dinner theatre performance takes place Saturday OCt. 17 at 6 p.m. and is by reservation only. The dinner is catered by Mike Hartman. Ticket prices are adults $12, seniors $10 and students with valid school ID $5. The dinner theatre is $30 per person. All performances are at Emmanuel Lutheran Church located at 639 Elm St. in Cheney. For tickets contact Kathleen Bell at (509) 235-2441 for other information contact Kay Byron Pacheco at (509) 235-5742. OBITUARIES Eugene J. Haskins Eugene J. Haskins, 61, passed away peacefully on Sept. 18, 2015 in Spokane, Wash. Eugene was born Jan. 15, 1954 in Seattle to Elvin and Betty (Harris) Haskins. The family moved to Cheney in 1960 where Gene attended school and was a graduate of Cheney High School, class of 1972. Gene worked at the physical plant at Eastern Washington University for several years before taking an early retirement. He enjoyed fishing, camping and driving the back roads around Cheney. Gene is survived by the Harris family on his mother's side who reside in the Cheney area and the Haskins family on liis father's side who reside in the Leav- enworth, Wash., area. He was preceded in death by both of his parents and a sister. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the American Legion Post in Cheney at 116 College Ave. All are welcome to attend to share stories and memories of Gene. Crema- tion was entrusted to Cheney Funeral Chapel. OF CABBAGES AND KINGS By LUELLA DOW Contributor Every year the Tyler Grange folks prepare an excellent dinner for friends, neighbors, relatives and hopeful people hungrily standing nearby. This year, on Oct. 24 at 6 p.m., the exciting time begins with the dinner, followed by a baked goods auction happily waiting for you to bid on a home- made treat. Does it make you hungry thinking about it? The Tyler Grange provides the dinner basics: A per- fectly cooked turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans. We, as the guests, can decide on whatever we would like to bring: salads, fruits, casseroles, pies; you name it. We'll help you eat it. Local merchants generously donate door prizes. Children can look forward to prizes just for them, while mom and dad may find that they have won an item they can take home with pride. Someone has said, "This is a great event for families." The auction begins and the excitement grows. Lots of laughter breaks out while the goodhearted rivalry brings the bidders together. Everyone wonders who will bid the highest and win the prize. I remember from another year when the bidding kept rising higher and higher. I thought, "The winner can be proud, knowing they have helped a worthy Cause." And it was true. The proceeds from the auction are utilized by the grange to cover expenses and to maintain the homey, historic grange hall where the festivities will take place. Remember'the date, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. I repeat what Lyle Polack has said, "Grab the kids and join your friends and neighbors for a fun-filled evening." And we say, "All are welcome. We'll be watching for you!" Luella Dow is a Cheney-area author. She can be reached at COMMUNITY VOICE I'm not fan of rused ph By JOHN SOENNICHSEN Contributor Back when I was an impressionable teenager, I used popular sayings such as ,birchen," "far our' and "groovy." This kept me in good graces with the cool kids. It also kept me on top of current words used by the "in crowd." I mention this only because I'm about to discuss the absurdity of today's dich&t phrases. I want it clear that I understand how the use of certain words and phrases can determine whether a person is on top of things or hopelessly out of synch with contemporary society. That said, I think most of today's clich phrases are nonsensical and, well, cliche. Let's look at a few of these popular sayings: At the end of the day. People use this phrase all the time to express the same thing as "when all is said and done," Or "when all factors are considered." So, why don't they just use one of those phrases? Because, as the online Urban Dictionary puts it, some people just need "an irritating verbal crutch, indicating closure or synopsis." I'm not a fan.of. This simply means you don't like something. I tend to think the word "fan" should only be used when discussing sports or celebrities, but it is now acceptable to use it when talking about everything from bread to kitchen countertops. E.g., "I'm not a fan of rye bread" or "I'm not a fan of granite countertops." I am definitely not a fan of this phrase. Really? Or sometimes, Seriously? These two one-word replies are de- signed to show disbelief. Use of either indicates that the person saying them is astounded that someone else has done or said something they disagree with. Here's an example: "John borrowed my car for three days, and didn't put any gas in it. Then he asked to use it again. I was like, 'Really, dude?'" I for one, take great pleasure in replying"yeah, really!" or "Yeah, seriously!" to anyone utter- ing this lazy clich6. They rarely have a comeback. Really. It is what it is. This is another way of saying "Que Sera, Sera," but for people who don't know Italian. The idea is that some things in life can't be changed, no matter how you try - so why try? This phrase is frequently used by people who have no interest in debating or even dis- cussing a topic. Bring it! Not only is this an annoying clichG but it's also an abbreviated an- noying clich@. The full phrase is "Bring it On." "Bringit on!" is so common that no definitive origin can be traced. On the American Dialect Society list, word researcher Grant Barrett wrote: "I've checked the usual places, but the phrase is really too common to come to any real head, and difficult to search for in the databases." Douglas G. Wilson thought that the phrase might have come from "Bring it on!" is so common that no definitive origin can be traced. On the American Dialect Society list, word researcher Grant Barrett wrote: "I've checked the usual places, but the phrase is really too common to come to any real head, and difficult to search for in the databases." Douglas G. Wilson thought that the phrase might have come from the Am erican Dialect Society, for whom such challenges occupy their every waking hour, can find no origin for the phrase, but some have offered the idea that it might have come from "bring him on," meaning that a boxing challenge has been accepted. Whatever the origin, the phrase is linked to a contemporary need for confrontational language and actions in everyday life. Ever notice how all new television reality shows are introduced by a reality See Community Voice page 7 LOOKING :K 10 Years Ago Oct. 5, 2O05 A recently released study by a consulting firm. told the Cheney Light De- partment it has three tions in order .to combat rising wholesale electrical rates. Those include doing business as usual with rate increases, outsource ser- vices such as meter read- LOOKING BACK WITH THE CHENEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM Seventy-five years ago on October 3, 1940, the War Department announced the estab- lishment of an Army Air Corps headquarters north of Cheney, just west of Spokane. It was named Geiger Field. Learn more about our area's history at ing or sell the utility. The return of football to Donnie McKee scored all The recently revived the campus of Cheney High three Cheney touchdowns Cheney Parks and Recre- School for the first time while running for 273 yards ationDepartment, whichre- since 1992 was a success as on 29 carries. opened in 2004,was looking the Blackhawks scored a 21- for input from city residents 13 Greater Spokane League20 Years Ago to help chart its future, victory over Mt. Spokane.Oct. 4, 1995 The Washington state Auditor's office released a recent report on theof F ontier League unbeat- Cheney School Districten this week. Jesse Ewell 'that showed the organi- ran for three touchdowns zation was deficient in for the Blackhawks. several areas, including lack of internal controls 30 Years Ago concerning Associated Oct. 10, 1985 Student Body funds. The city of Cheney has The former Key Tronic not necessarily decided to plant west of Cheney, take part in funding the now vacant for two years, proposed Park West Golf lost out on another pos- Course but joined other sible tenant when Pacific municipalities in studying Circuits Inc. decided to the idea. move to Skagit County. The Cheney School Cheney's 25-14 win District threw its support over Pullman and East behind House Joint Resolu- Valley's 38-7 victory over tion 22. The measure would Riverside set up a meeting reduce the current 60 per- cent needed for passage of special levies and bond issues to a simple majority. Cheney scored a 31-19 Frontier League football game victory over Colville at Homecoming as full- back Chris Templeton scored twice. 40 Years Ago Oct. 2, 1975 TheCheney CityCoun- cil approved a $482,511 bid from Murphy Broth- See Looking Back page 7