Here are bowling results from the Sept. 22, 2016 edition of the Chewelah Independent.
By Kellie Trudeau/The Independent Staff
ChewVino adding delicatessen
The ChewVino Wine Bar will soon offer hungry people a new lunch option on Main Street – a gourmet delicatessen featuring gourmet soups and sandwich options.
ChewVino owners Krisan and Rich LeHew are working to expand the business they opened in 2013, located at 309 E. Main Street, by adding a retail wine shop and the new delicatessen to the front of the store. The expansion comes after The Independent moved out of the building last October.
Renovations of the building include taking down the interior walls separating the spaces, restoring the interior by exposing the original brick walls and the original flooring from when the building was a post office long ago; it will match the feel of the existing wine bar.
LeHew said the delicatessan will offer food on-the-go not typical of the other options in town. The menu will include pita sandwiches, soups, special salads and artisan cured meats.
When the delicatessen is ready, hopefully sometime this fall, ChewVino will expand its hours to be open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday. The current schedule remains Wednesday through Saturday evenings.
Valley Drug gets parking lot
Chewelah’s former Chinese restaurant, New Shanghai, which was once located on South Park Avenue between the Valley Drug Co. and American Legion, closed with little warning this last spring. Soon after, the owner of Valley Drug, Kevin Herda, purchased the building and had it demolished, creating a parking lot for his store.
Herda said that the parking lot will allow for potential expansion or renovation of the second floor of Valley Drug, and will also make up for lost parking if the city ever decided to do away with street parking on the highway. He said there are currently no plans on what he might do with the second floor but the parking lot allows for some new possibilities.
Terrace Grille is going mobile
The owner of The Terrace Grille, Angella Coscia, closed her restaurant at the end of August after a year and a half serving healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner options at the building located on the north end of Chewelah, just off the highway. Coscia said she wants to go back to doing what she loves and the “brick and mortar” restaurant kept her away from her passions, which include cooking and being a mom to her two daughters.
However, she wants to continue to bring her local costomers the food they love and plans to offer her healthy take-out style options at a mobile-style business, which Coscia has coined “Going Global Mobile.” She plans to park either a trailer or food truck at Quartzite Brewing Company’s parking lot, offering “global” eats similar to what she had available at The Terrace Grill.
Coscia plans to be open in time for the start of ski season, around Dec. 1.
Valley cafe closes
The Laughing Crow Café in Valley shuttered its doors in August and the building is once again up for sale.
Tracy and Joelene Williams took over Our Daily Bread Cafe last fall and changed the name to The Laughing Crow, offering made to order breakfast and lunch. But they decided to close before their first year was over, and it has left a vacant building in downtown Valley.
Building owner Gerri Weythman said that everything inside the building is almost brand new since her and her husband Gary spent two years renovating the space before opening Our Daily Bread in 2013, including completely gutting and remodeling the interior. She said the building has potential to be more than just a restaurant — such as an event space, shop, day care center or other possibilities — and can be sold with our without the equipment.
Contact the Weythmans at 937-2043 for questions or inquiries on the building for sale.
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Before you put your bike away for the winter, why not participate in the Lions Half Century Fall Bike Tour? On Sunday, Oct. 2, dozens of wheels will take off from the Chewelah City Park to complete 50, 25 or even 8 mile routes during this Fall Bike Tour. For more than 15 years, the Chewelah Valley Lions, Boy Scout Troop 989 and the local North East Washington Amateur Radio operators have worked to support area bicycling enthusiasts who want to finish the year with a beautiful last ride. Boy Scouts and Lions members staff water/snack stations along the route. The Radio operators are posted along the ride to report on the bicyclists’ progress and safety. More
Hands Across Nations, our own local 501c3 non-profit organization, serving the Lango people in Northern Uganda, East Africa, has many dedicated people working to create a top notch and entertaining annual Benefit Dinner and Auction, coming up on Saturday, October 1 at the Chewelah Civic Center. Our fantastic Chef, Terry Trefz is returning for the third year with his cooking team, providing a buffet to die for.
Attendees can taste tantalizing hors d’oeuvres, both hot and cold, African Chipati for vegetarian, gluten free and beef eaters, along with a vegetarian main course out of the Trefz family history, not to mention chicken marsala. Everyone gets to try it all or just a few offerings.
Desserts from some of the best bakers in the area will be auctioned, but not in the usual way……mmmmm, surely there will be huckleberry delicacies there! Youth and “older youth” have volunteered to serve and assist with the evening meal and entertainment. More
By Brandon Hansen/The Independent Staff
There’s a new couple in town, and they’ve come a long way.
Robert and Linda Fiore have come from Amsterdam, New York to Chewelah to manage HMC Mini Storage. They traded their upstate New York lifestyle for the laid back atmosphere of Northeastern Washington 2,700 miles away.
Robert served in the Navy and the Army, taking two tours on the USS Midway and also trained dogs in the Army. Linda – a registered nurse for 21 years – was born in Japan but came to New York when she was a child. The two moved to upstate New York in 1987 and are now West Coasters. More
By Jamie Henneman/The Independent Staff
As a Navy SEAL, Chad Williams had completed a training program that put him among the military’s elite forces. In his class of 173 cadets in SEAL school, only 13 went on to finish the program. Graduating as a SEAL was a moment that Williams said should have made him feel like he was on top of the world.
“The day I graduated as a SEAL and met my goal, it was the best and the worst day of my life,” said Williams. “Instead of bringing me peace, it started a downward spiral and I felt worse off than I had ever been before.”
Williams recently shared his experience as a Navy SEAL at Grace Evangelical Church in Colville on Sept. 7 where he also promoted his book,”Seal of God.”
Williams said he was inspired to join the SEALs after meeting a mentor, Navy SEAL Scott Halvenston. Halverson helped Williams train to be a SEAL, spending hours with him on workouts, rock climbing, learning to tie knots and other skills.
Williams said he was at SEAL training when he learned that Halverson had been killed in Iraq. News footage showed Iraqis mutilating Halverson’s body, dragging it through the streets with a car and then hanging it off a bridge in Fallujah and burning the body.
“I was so angry when I saw this. I wanted revenge. I wanted to jump through the screen and rip their hearts out,” Williams related. “And it was at that moment that I decided I would be the SEAL that Scott was. I would fill his shoes and then I would find my peace again.”
However, Williams said that after SEAL school when he was working to hunt down terrorists who made explosive vests and other destructive materials, he still didn’t find the satisfaction he wanted.
“A man said once that when a man has achieved his goal, it is one of the loneliest moments of his life. We have all experienced that disappointment when that which you thought would deliver lets you down. What most of us do is to determine that we didn’t set the bar high enough and that’s why we don’t feel satisfied. We are hungry, thirsty all over again. But we don’t tend to share that with other people, we just keep trucking on,” he said.
Williams said he did not find the peace he was looking for until he went to a presentation by Christian speaker Greg Laurie. It was at that time he became a Christian.
“It was then that I felt like I didn’t have to look anymore. I was complete,” said Williams.
Williams went on to complete his tour as a Navy SEAL and wrote a book about his experiences, “Seal of God.” He now travels as an evangelist, speaking at churches and events. He has also been interviewed on news networks like Fox News and CNN. For more information, visit www.navysealchadwilliams.com
On Saturday, August 27, the Valley Warriors Against Cancer made an appearance at the Bingo for Blue benefit for Tim Blackman to help raise funds and make a donation to Tim and his family.
The VWAC is actively fundraising to help families in our area who are facing cancer in a loved one. They are currently in need of used clothing for their clothing drive that will end September 18. You can drop off donations of used clothing at Dan and Jo’s Bar & Grill at 3075 3rd Avenue in Valley.
Valley Warriors Against Cancer also held a dinner at the American Legion in Chewelah for members and guests on Friday, Sept. 9.
VWAC welcomes new members and they meet every third Tuesday at Dan and Jo’s Bar & Grill in Valley at 6 p.m. For the month of September, the meeting will be on the third Monday instead of the third Tuesday.