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Washington calls together the Keepers of the Capsule

Washington calls together the Keepers of the Capsule

Nearly 25 years years ago, 10-year-olds from across Washington State were sworn in as Keepers of the Washington Centennial Time Capsule. Now, the Keepers of the Capsule are being asked to convene once again to fill the next capsule chamber and recruit a new generation of capsule keepers.

Capitol Christmas Trees prepares for national tour

Capitol Christmas Trees prepares for national tour

Right after Halloween closes out fall, Washington will kick off the holiday season by harvesting the Capitol Christmas Tree. The 88-foot tall Engelmann Spruce will begin it’s journey to Washington D.C. on Friday morning.

Four teachers receive classroom grants from STCU

Four teachers receive classroom grants from STCU

Four area teachers were surprised this week with a $500 classroom grant from Spokane Teachers Credit Union. Over 2,000 teachers entered a drawing for the grants during 23 back to school events that STCU held for educators in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

The money can be used in any way the teachers choose to enhance the classroom experience for their students. The following teachers received surprise announcements at their schools this week:

Edible Tree Project uses gleaning to help feed the hungry

Edible Tree Project uses gleaning to help feed the hungry

A young and up and coming non-profit wants to utilize food sources that are already growing around us to help feed Spokane's hungry. The Spokane Edible Tree Project plans to map and glean Spokane's fruit and nut trees to benefit organizations like Second Harvest.

 

“There's a lot of under utilized resources in our community,” said Kate Burke, founder of The Spokane Edible Tree Project. Still in early stages of development, Burke is drawing on similar tree gleaning projects from Seattle and Portland. Edible Tree will harvest produce from public trees as well as from trees that private property owners register with the organization.

 

The 24-year-old Spokane native has been working at Second Harvest for the last year through AmeriCorps VISTA focusing on projects like Plant a Row which encourages local gardeners to plant a few crops for the food bank distributor. Burke connected with the Portland Fruit Tree Project at a conference and they have been helping her get Edible Tree off the ground.

YWCA talks about domestic violence with the Purple Purse

YWCA talks about domestic violence with the Purple Purse

One in four women will face domestic violence, but domestic violence is rarely talked about. The YWCA of Spokane is working to change that through their Alternative to Domestic Violence Program and is bringing light to the topic this October with Allstate's Purple Purse Campaign.

 

“There's a large possibility that someone in your personal network will be affected,” said Erica Schrieber, Manager of the Women's Opportunity Network at the YWCA. More women are impacted by domestic violence than breast cancer, lung cancer and ovarian cancer combined.

 

YWCA Spokane is one of 30 in the nation that was selected to participate in this year's Purple Purse Campaign. As the purple purses travels around Spokane this month they will serve as both a fundraiser and conversation starter to open a dialogue about the different forms that domestic violence can take.

 

AMR goes pink to raise breast cancer awareness

AMR goes pink to raise breast cancer awareness

During the month of October you might see a flash of pink around town when you pass an American Medical Response ambulance. AMR in Spokane and Moses Lake have each outfitted one ambulance with pink in an effort to raise awareness about breast cancer.

 

“I think it's important for us to be involved in our community,” said Jerry Luck, Manager of Operations for AMR. He hopes that seeing the flash of pink around town will remind women to make a doctor appoint and get screened.

 

AMR employees have also purchased pink t-shirts to wear while on shift that say “Raising awareness in Eastern Washington” on the back. The money raised from the t-shirt sales will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

 

“Our employees are very happy that we're getting behind and supporting a cause,” said Melody Westmoreland, Director of Operations. “Cancer, as a rule, is something that impacts every one of us at some point.”