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CHENEYFREE PRESS Thursday, November 19, 2015 LOOKING 10 Years Ago Nov. 24, 2005 The city of Cheney was considering annexing a 40-acre parcel of property currently under the jurisdic- tion of Spokane County, located north of Betz Road and west of Murphy for residential use. The first annual Cheney Winter Festival, an even sponsored by Pathways to Progress featuring an appearance by Santa Claus, tree lighting and other activities was scheduled for Dec. 3. Montana State's 16-6 win in the "Brawl of the Wild" over rival Montana delivered a second Big Sky Conference football championship to Eastern Washington University and a first-round playoff rnatchup at Northern Iowa. 20 Years Ago Nov. 23, 1995 Two employees will be laid off and another two- and-a-half positions will not be filled as the city of Cheney looked at ways to deal with a 13 percent cut in its budget. Cheney-Medical Lake TV Cable announced it would hike rates at the beginning of December. Basic cable prices were to increase from $5.36 per month to $12.40 and extended service from $21.40 to $23.95. The EWU men's basketball team was anticipating its upcoming season under new head coach Steve Ag- gers, hired away from Pepperdine University where he had been an assistant. 30 Years Ago Nov. 28, 1985 With November breaking records for low tempera- tures and poised to equal or break snowfall, Cheney could be on track to have one of its snowiest winters ever, EWU meteorology professor, Bob Quinn said. Charges of reckless endangerment were expected to be filed against student Alan Habhab in connection OBITUARIES LOOKING BACK WITH THE CHENEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM In 1935, La Melodeon played films such as "Mutiny on the Bounty, .... Last Days of Pom- peii," "Barbary Coast," "Night at the Opera," "Ah, Wilderness," Broadway Melody of 1936," "Anna Karenina," "China Seas," "The Great Ziegfeld," "Rose Marie, "Captain Blood," "Anthony Adverse" and "Midsummer Night's Dream." Learn more about our area's history at with a fire in Morrison Hall caused by a smoldering cigarette that resulted in $1,500 in damages. See Looking Back page 7 Homer Dickerson Homer Dickerson passed away Nov. 6, 2015. He was born Sept'. 26,1926 to Lady Faye and Hollis Dickerson. Homer was raised as one of seven siblings in Ewan, WasK As a child he hitched rides on com- bines and wheat trucks going through town staying at one place or another working on whatever he could. His favorite thing to do whenhe wasn't in school was to grab a pole and go fishing at Rock Lake. Homer~. s father tr~)k him to sign up for the armed s~vices atage 16wherehechosett~ US. Navy. Right aft~ graduation from Ewan High School Homer was shipped out to ports in the Pacific Ckean, induding Hawaii and Whenhis tour of duty ended, he returned home to work for Whitman County, running road graders and snowplows. After movingto Cheney he worked for the Turnbull Wildlife Refuge building fences, and then Edgett Brothers Hardware where he began full time plumbing. Homer and Joan married in 1957. Hom- er continued to work for Jarms Hardware and then began his own business Homer Dickerson Plumbing. Homer's son Dana, who was born in 1973, and granddaugh- ter Athena, who was born in 1997, were a source of joy and happiness in his life, indudingtwo trips to Disneyland and San Diego on Amtrak. The Cheney community became Hom- er's family and the feeling was mutual. Homer had an ongoing smile and enjoyed the good-natured teasing of everyone around him, induding friends and skKng- ers alike. Homer loved convertibles and old cars and brought many of them home from surroundingnwal areas with the intention of restoring them all when he retired. Homer retired in 20(B at the age of 77. He parked the familiar red plumbing truck in the yard, complete with tools and parts and didn't move it for the next three years. Zip's became the favorite spot with the coffee crowd on a daffy basis. He spent time working on the RV Park and restoring the Tyler Store, which was open for business for three years, finally dosing when it was unable to supfx~ itself. When Homer's health began to fail, a good friend from Zip's, Lee Beedie, set out to support Homer in many ways. He brought Homer a bunch of tools, bolts and plumbing to sort so he could work at what he enjoyed. The family is grateful to Lee for undertaking and completing many projects, which Homer could no longer do. ' Homer is survived by his wife Joan, son Dana, granddaughter Athena and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. Grave- side services were held Nov. 12. We love you beyond words, Homer, you'll always be with us. Visit the online guest book at William "Bill" Curtis Weisgerber At the age of 69 Bill lost his race against esophageal cancer passing away peace- fully at Hospice House of Spokane on Nov. 8, 2015. He was born. to Virginia Marie (Krier) and Stephen Philip Weisgerber on July 24,1946 in Seattle, Wash. After graduaKngin 1964 from West Valley High School in Yakima, Wash. he continued his education. He earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education and recreation from the University of Mon- tana in 1969. In January of 1970, Bill was drafted into the U. S. Army and served CHURCHES Cheney United Church of Christ Join us at Cheney United Church of Christ this Sunday, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. for the last of our four part series that speaks to living with and healing from painful experiences in our hearts and minds. This week pastor David Krueger-Duncan will fo- cus on dealing with scars from experiences in our past. Special music will be performed. Following the service you are cordially invited to join us for a Thanksgiving feast. Men's breakfast is scheduled at 7:45 a.m. on the second and fourth Sunday of each month at the Marketplace Cheney The next breakfast meet- ing is this Sunday, Nov. 22. For fresh air, exercise and an opportunity to meet new people, join the social- wellness walking group at the church at 9 a.m. each Thursday. Regardless of your walking pace, every- one is welcome. The lunch bunch meets on the second Thursday of each month at noon. Bring a dish to share at the fellowship hall if you wish to join us. Everyone is welcome to attend any of our services or activi- ties at the Cheney UCC. Emmanuel Lutheran Church Emmanuel Lutheran Church invites you to worship with us this Sun- day, Nov. 22 at 10:30 a.m. You may also watch our pastor's sermons at our website www.emmanu- or on You- Tube at Emmanuel Lu- theran Church, Cheney. Christian education for grade school through adults begins at 9 a.m. I Steak and Crab Buffet I Chef's Choice I Steak and Wings Buffet I Prime Rib Buffet I Surf and Turf Buffet Features Baron of Beef I BBQ Buffet I Homestyle Buffet Upcoming events: Please plan to wor- ship with us at St. Paul's Episcopal Church for our Ecumenical Thanksgiv- ing worship service on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. Please bring non- perishable food items for the food bank. See Churches page 7 Jacke specializes in customer service at Avista. in Vietnam. He was given an honorable discharge in October 1971. He worked as unit di- rector his first year and executive director the latter three years for the Lewis- Clark Valley Boys Clubs of America in Lewiston, Idaho from 1972-1976. B'fll returned-to school and earned a bachelor of arts degree in communications with a minor in business from Eastern Washington University in 1979. He took a position with Social Security AdministratiOn's Spokane office in July of 1981. 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