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Thursday, December 18, 2008 Bank holding its own while other area banks well fixed for that. We have about 135, 5-pound Christmas hams al- struggle for donations to feed more clients ready ordered," Smith said. Statistically, she added, the By CARA LORELLO with donations since the holiday bank's only added one or two new Staff Reporter season began, clients over the last month, but the The story on the national scale "We've been very fortunate, numbers alone do not necessarily is tough economic times are taking We've had a lot of private dona- indicate how many people use the their toll on volunteer-run service tions and [businesses] also con- food bank. organizations, like food banks, tribute to the budget here," Smith Some clients are a bit proud, which rely on donations from the said. Most recently, the bank she said, and won't come to the public to help those in need. received a 2,000-pound food do- bank regu larly if they can buy it The same people who might nation from Medical Lake's Boy themselves. have donated one year ago, may Scouts, and 300-plus pounds from "We never know where there's be standing in line this year to Medical Lake Chiropractic. going to be an influx of people, receive food at places serviced Members of the North County but we don't like seeing them through the Inland Empire's Sec- 4-H club, located at Medicalgo without. People here, though, ond Harvest Food Bank, whichLake's Jensen Memorial Youththey really Seem to take care of regularly contributes donations Ranch, owned by local business- themselves," Smith said. to smaller, outlying food banks men Carl Grubb and his brotherThe food bank is supported in the area. Craig, chose to donate foodstuffs by a small budget, volunteer Medical Lake Food Bank is to the bank as part of a community contributions and community one of those smaller operations, service project, donations year round. Medical but it isn't struggling in terms of "We delivered six boxes ofLake Care and Share, located next having enough food on hand to food on Wednesday," Grubb said, door to the bank inside the Dora help its clientele of about 110 to adding that the club picked the Burt Center, at 211. N. Lefevre 115 per month. Recently, numbers bank as their charity to donate to St., where both businesses oper- have climbed as high as 140, food because they "really wanted to ate out Of, contributes some of its bank director Fran Smith said. give something back to the local earnings to the food bank each Increases are something volun- community." month also. Ann Starr, three-year teers expected, seeing how theMedical Lake School District director of Care and Share, said country's economic circumstances is also running a food drive this business at the local thrift outlet are affecting household incomes month, which Smith said foodhas "tripled with the economy and jobs at this time. bank volunteers expect will bring the way it is," and the business Smith said despite all the bad in more. "We typically foot our recently added a new outdoor news nationwide, the local corn- own bill for Christmas [foodbuilding to store extra furniture munity has stayed consistentitems] every year and we're pretty pieces. County residents await return of Crime Check It's a number that many areament saw a significant drop in should allow 911 to again be the residents remember, even though crime statistics; not because crime emergency-only contact for law it hasn't worked for the past few had been reduced, but becauseenforcement and fire services. years: 456-2233. reporting crime had become What Crime Check won't be For years, it rode the sides of too cumbersome for many of its is a source for non-crime related buses, the bumpers of area police victims, information. Citizens should call cars and the faces of billboards: Police agencies use those crime Crime Check: 456-2233. statistics to plan their response To file a police report over It even found its way onto to crime trends, and the drop in the phone for a crime that is no kitchen refrigerators as sticky numbers significantly impacted longer occurring. magnets: 456-2233. both proactive and reactive plans If you witnessed a crime that And on Jan. 5, 2009, Crime for fighting crime in Spokanepreviously occurred. Check returns to Spokane County: County. If you have information 456-2233. The phones get switched With Crime Check's return in about a past crime. back on at noon that Monday, and Januaryi law enforcement plan- To add information to a pre- Gall receivers will again begin t k- .heaRted 8 aq bibd y:wil| vious crime report .... i ing crime repor}s from Spokane have a more complete picture If you are a victim of a crime County citizens, of crime in Spokane County, that is not in progress. And Crime Check really is all and can improve their efforts to To report a crime after the about "crime." combat it. fact that does not require an of- When the service was retired Citizens will also have a much ricer or deputy response. for lack of funding and residents simpler way to report crime -- 456- You should call 9-1-1 if: were asked to report crime on-line 2233, a number available 24-hours If you are the yictim of a or to the Crime Reporting Center a day, seven days a week. Thecrime that is in progress or has with reduced hours, law enforce- resurrected Crime Check number just occurred. Photo by Cara Lorello Housewarming Nurses and doctors on staff stand in the main patient room corridor at the new Medical Lake Rockwood Clinic medical facility, which opened last Monday. The new clinic, located at 725 N. Stanley Street, Suite D, features four times the space of the original medical building, more patient exam rooms, added care programs, and on-site services. A grand opening for the new clinic is scheduled for early next year. Emmanuel Lutheran Church invites you and your fan .ily to our first LIVE NATIVITY Sunday, December 21 from 2:00-6=00 pm 639 Elm St We offer two ways for you to experience our alive NatJvlty% Drive by or walk-up. This is a free presentation that we share. with our community! All are wel(~ome! Free Press Page 7 "What we're running out the food bank side [of Dora Burt Medical Lake Food Bank is of here isn't merchandise, it's Center]. when we closed, wehad open Fridays from 10 a.m. to space," Starr said, adding that to move every piece out, and that noon, can be reached by phone it wasdonations that bought got to be a bugger. So any extra at (509) 299-3812. the building. "Before we werespace for us is a blessing," she Card Lorello can be reached at keeping the extra furniture on added, clorello@cheneyfreepress.com Photo by Card Lorello Two volunteers unload boxes and stack canned goods inside one of a.few storage rooms at Medical Lake Food Bank, whose spokespeople report a good number of donations are helping the local operation keep afloat during the holidays. If you are witnessing a crime in progress or that has just oc- curred. If youare a crime victim and the suspect is still nearby. If you need an officer or deputy now. If you are reporting a fire or medical emergency. If you need rescue because" you or someone else is trapped. Tips to remember when calling 9-1-1: Know where you are and your telephone number. Stay calm and answer the call receiver's questions. Stay on the line until all questions have been answeredl If you are unsure you have an emergency, call 9-1-1. The call receiver will decide what action is necessary. 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