Here are upcoming events for Dec. 22-30, 2016…
By Carolyn Jones/Hands Across Nations
A big Hands Across Nations Christmas Greetings from Uganda, East Africa to our beloved America!
As we head into the wonderful time of year celebrating Christmas, the birth of Jesus, and think about all that we would like to give and do for our loved ones, I’ve been thinking about what several of our staff did for a young man who had no loved ones.
The first time we saw Alex, he was lying on the grass near the literacy class that had been started recently for lepers. He had a small bag of the only things he owned; a few plastic bottles, some rags and some other indistinguishable items. Keith suggested we invite him to the literacy class. So Isaac, our illustrator who has cerebral palsy, approached the man, invited him to join the class. Isaac volunteers as the assistant teacher, which entails correcting homework, assisting students attempting to write with their mangled hands with missing fingers, and filling in when Lucy, the lead teacher is absent. He has a heart for the disabled, knowing the sting of being an outcast. Since becoming our illustrator, and giving his life to Christ, he has not only been trained as an adult literacy trainer, but has been invited to teach secondary school students in a private school, how to draw illustrations for books and other types of art work. More
Local kids connected to mountain resort through program
By Brandon Hansen/The Independent Staff
Chewelah Peak has been a hot spot for winter sports enthusiasts for many decades. Naturally the 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort has generated interest with area youth, partnering with area schools to provide skiing and snowboarding instruction to students. A few years ago, however, shrinking school budgets, liability concerns, and pressure from insurance carriers made it difficult for local schools to continue the partnership.
Fortunately, the 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort continues to offer a special program for youth in the Chewelah, Addy and Valley area. Begun three years ago, the Chewelah Community Ski School offers four consecutive Saturdays of lessons and skiing at a minimal cost.
“We saw there was a bit of a gap with that connection to local youth. With the schools having to take a step back, kids around the area weren’t getting access to the same opportunities as previous generations,” said Rick Brown, 49 Degrees North Director of Skiing and Snowboarding. “With the shrinking budget of local schools, we wanted to make sure local kids still had opportunities to experience the mountain environment. We decided to create something new, and that idea developed into the community ski school, a four-week program with special rates just for area families.”
Kayti Hilzinger directing musical set for Dec. 9-11 at JJSHS
“Journey under the sea” in Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR, directed by Kayti Hilzinger and produced by Janet McLaughlin. Adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and the major motion picture, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including “Under the Sea” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”
Ariel (Tylee Frizzell), King Triton’s (Robert Thompson) youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric (Judah Katona) in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula (Jaydin Ludeman), to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish (Tommy Kirry), Scuttle the seagull (Andras Bakken), and Sebastian the crab (Cedar George) to restore order under the sea. More
Stevens County 4-H’ers Andrew Minaker, Morgan Hopkins and Sadie Beardall recently competed at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Kentucky in the National Hippology Contest. Hippology is a horse knowledge competition consisting of four phases: horse judging, written examination and slide identification, ID stations and team problem solving. Items in the four phases may cover any equine subject.
The team placed sixth in the problem solving phase of the contest at nationals. Individually each placed in the top 50. This group earned the honor of representing Washington by placing first in the state contest.
For more information about 4-H or how to get involved contact WSU Stevens County Extension at 509-684-2588.
Here is Remember When for Dec. 8, 2016
110 Years Ago – December 7, 1906
Fifty feet of sulphide copper ore was found on the Juno-Echo Group mine on Wednesday. It was the finest showing yet found on the property.
The organization of the Chewelah Imported Percheron Co. was perfected last week with the election of officers. The horse purchased was a Percheron stallion imported by Singmaster & Sons of Keota, Iowa. More
Park Avenue Players is sponsoring a Pooka Hunt between December 19-24 at local businesses, organizations, and establishments in Chewelah. “What is a pooka and does it Instagram?” you ask. Well, a pooka comes from old Celtic mythology and is a fairy in animal form, always very large. The pooka appears here and there, now and then, to this one and that…well, you get it. In anticipation of their January production, Park Avenue Players is giving away eight free tickets for the show that begins January 13, 2016 at the Chewelah Civic Center. Four locations have agreed to hide a silhouette of a pooka (A full sized human shaped rabbit-miniaturized to hide) in their establishment sometime between December 19-24. If you find the rascally rabbit, take it to the front desk/cashier and they will give you an envelope with two free vouchers to see “Harvey” starring Bill Barnes, Deanna Barnes, and Bonnie Rail. While you are visiting the local establishments, do some last minute Christmas shopping. Enjoy the holidays and we’ll see you in January. Oh, by the why: what is an Instagram?
-Submitted by Park Avenue Players
Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital and Long-term Care Unit (PSJH) is offering an evening Nursing Assistant Training Program beginning January 17. Classes meet from 3:30-9:30 p.m. in the Dominican Education Center at PSJH. Clinical experiences are at the PSJH Long-term Care Unit.
Admission interviews will be December 20-22.
Applicants for the class need to be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent. For more information, contact Katie King at 509-685-5451 for a FAQ sheet, complete an application and schedule an interview.
Nursing Assistants are in high demand in Stevens County. There are currently openings for certified nursing assistants in long-term care, home care, hospitals, and clinics. Certified nursing assistants enjoy a rewarding and challenging career in healthcare. The Providence nursing assistant program will prepare you to take the national written and skills exams to become a certified nursing assistant.
-Submitted by Providence St. Joseph’s