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Plane Pull for Special Olympics set for Saturday

Plane Pull for Special Olympics set for Saturday

A Plane Pull for Special Olympics is happening this weekend at Spokane International Airport.

On Saturday, September 21, teams of up to 20 will be competing against each other in "the ultimate battle of strength, stamina, and fun while pulling a 138,400 lbs. Boeing 727 aircraft 12 feet."

Everyone is invited to participate in the event with a pledge of $30.

Registration and check in will start at 10 a.m. and the first pull will be at 10:30 a.m.

EWU food drive brings in $15,000 for local food banks

EWU food drive brings in $15,000 for local food banks

From Eastern Washington University:

The 6th annual Eastern Washington University Community Food Drive generated more than $15,000 in cash donations for area food banks and outreach programs, bringing the six-year total raised to $72,083.06. During the same period, more than 16-and-a-quarter tons of food have been donated during the community service event.

 

Of the total cash donations, almost $8,200 will go to the Cheney Food Bank, ($5,120) Cheney Outreach ($2,000) and Feed Cheney ($1,000).

 

Director John Matthews said donations will go a long way toward stocking the shelves to help the some 400 families who rely on the Food Bank. “Five-thousand dollars will give us the ability to purchase about 10,000 pounds of food,” says Matthews. “It makes a big impact and the need is only growing.”

 

Beep baseball brings pride to Spokane's blind community

Beep baseball brings pride to Spokane's blind community

It takes patience, timing and good form to make a solid connection to a ball with a bat. Now, imagine doing all of that blind, guided only by a beep being emitted from the ball as it comes toward you. On Saturday, Spokane Pride Beep Baseball will play their fist home game guided only by the sounds around them.

 

“It can be challenging, but it's all worth it,” said Spokane Pride coach Troy Leeberg. This is the second season for the city's only beep baseball team, and it's the first season that there's been another team close enough for them to play against. On Saturday, the team will face off against a new team out of Seattle for a double header.

 

Beep baseball looks and plays differently than the traditional game. The sport is a cross of baseball and softball that's been adapted so that the visually impaired can take part in America's favorite past time. The ball is slightly larger than a softball and is equipped with a speaker that signals the players to it's location with a loud, continuous beep.

Submit a finisher design and go down in Bloomsday history

Submit a finisher design and go down in Bloomsday history

Thousands cross the finish line every year at Bloomsday and then proudly wear their finishers shirt for years to come. Boasting a shirt is a source of pride, and now the Lilac Bloomsday Association and the Inlander are looking for the next design for the coveted shirt.

 

Designs for the 2014 Bloomsday Finisher shirt are being accepted through September 23rd. The winning designer will win $1,000. The winner will be notified in October, but as is tradition, the design won't be revealed until the first Bloomie has crossed the finished line.

 

Interested in submitted a design and being a part of Bloomsday history? Click HERE for all the official rules and requirements.

 

Who's saving camp for kids with cancer

Who's saving camp for kids with cancer

Summer camp is a chance for new experiences, freedom, fun. My kids said going to camp has been some of the best times of their lives.  For kids with cancer, camp is extra special. It's an escape from their reality; a chance to be with other kids who know exactly what they're going through.

Back in March, the National Office of the American Cancer Society announced it would no longer fund camps across the nation, including the local “Camp Goodtimes East.”  The locally owned camp provides a medically supervised, week-long camp for children battling the effects of cancer.

SNAP needs volunteers to protect and assist people in long-term care

SNAP needs volunteers to protect and assist people in long-term care

You can be the voice for, and a friend to a vulnerable community. You can be a watchdog, an advocate, and a mediator,  if you become a volunteer through the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program administered by SNAP.

LTCO volunteers stand on guard for residents of assisted living centers, adult family homes and nursing homes in Spokane County and four other Eastern Washington counties. Often, the seniors they help have no family or friends. Volunteers alert the proper authorities to a variety of concerns such as inadequate care, abuse, insufficient nutrition and financial fraud as well as issues involving medications.

Referrals are made to local organizations like Residential Care Services or Adult Protective Services. LTCO also collaborates with Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington

Last year, LTCO volunteers accounted for 2,759 visits to facilities in Spokane, Pend Oreille, Ferry, Stevens and Whitman counties. Volunteers generally donate four hours a week, visiting sites near their homes. SNAP covers gas costs with a stipend. A minimum commitment of one year is requested.

Sixth grader uses birthday wish to help others

Sixth grader uses birthday wish to help others

Video games, action figures and Nerf guns are all things that can be found at the top of a 10-year-old boy's birthday wish list. Chase Loney will turn 11 on August 27th, and this year instead of toys he is asking people to donate shoes for kids in need.

 

When Chase's mom asked him what he wanted for his upcoming birthday he asked for two things: The new Halo game, and to help disadvantaged kids get shoes for the upcoming school year.

 

“I wanted to do something for everybody else and not for me,” says Chase. “I know that some of the people don't have what I have.”

 

Chase's mom, Michelle Sorensen, put an ad on Craigslist on August 1st explaining her son's special birthday wish, and over the last two weeks the shoes have been pouring in. As of Tuesday morning Chase had received 141 pairs of birthday shoes, and during our interview his uncle brought home two more bags of shoe donations.