Seventy-five students graduated from Jenkins High School on Saturday, July 9. Valedictorian Emmet Patton (left photo) and Salutatorian Colter Garcia (right photo) delivered speeches throughout the program. Senior Eric Stevens sang the National Anthem, and also sang “I Won’t Give up” by Jason Mraz with Junior Elizabeth Taft. Senior Class president Dillon Bigler was first to receive his diploma and then announced the names of his classmates as school board directors and Superintendent Rick Linehan presented diplomas to them. Shelly Stevens photos
Right: Chewelah Arts Guild volunteers Richy Lainson and Kay Lupton paint the windows at Sety’s Ace Hardware. The Arts Guild has been busy painting many windows downtown in patriotic themes to prepare for this summer’s upcoming events and festivals. Businesses are also competing in the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored decorating contest which will be judged June 29. Merchants can call Lupton at 936-2010 to schedule window painting. Left: The crew of Chewelah Painting, including Mike Bellevue, Jason Luke, Caleb Morgan, Jon Brown, and Brian Regan, work to paint CenterStage in the city park on Monday, June 11. Chewelah Painting donated the labor, Rodda Paint donated the paint, and Jon and Sue Lind donated the primer to complete the project. Jared Arnold photo
Emmet Patton – Valedictorian
Emmet D. Patton is the Valedictorian for the Class of 2012 at Jenkins High School.
Throughout his high school career, he has participated in Renaissance, National Honor Society, and StageTime Children’s Theatre. He has spent three years in JV and Varsity Football, one year in Varsity Wrestling, and three years in Varsity Track and Field. Emmet has also played bass guitar and drums for the JHS Jazz band for two years and the JHS Pep band for one year.
Emmet will be continuing his education at Washington State University where he plans to major in Mechanical Engineering. He will graduate with a 3.883 GPA and would like to thank his mother Elaine and her husband Harry as well as his father Regan and his wife Charlotte for all their love and support. He would also like to thank his siblings Sara, Jared, and Heather for all their support.
Colter Garcia – Salutatorian
Colter Garcia is the Salutatorian for the Jenkins High School Class of 2012.
Colter has a GPA of 3.72, and has been taking all the Honors and Advanced Placement classes that he could, passing 3 of 3 and earning college creadits in 2011, as well as taking an online college Economics course.
Colter was Sophomore Class President and is Senior Class Treasurer. He ran cross-country for three years, was a member of Link Crew, is active in National Honor Society, competed in Knowledge Bowl for four years, and worked for the school’s Gen Tech program for three years.
Colter has played trumpet, baritone and trombone in concert and jazz bands; he started in sixth grade. He has appeared in four high school plays, earning a Varsity letter, and also managed lights for theatre this year.
Colter is active in the Chewelah community as an Eagle Scout in Chewelah Troop 998, and he holds Black Belt rank in Tae Kwon Do, training as an instructor at Bradley’s Tae Kwon Do. In 2010 Colter received a Certificate of Appreciation from USDA for his part in cleaning up an illegal dump site.
In his free time, Colter enjoys reading, especially history and current events, camping, hiking, fixing things, gardening and hanging out with friends. He plans to spend more time this summer helping at the Chewelah Farmers Market and participating in Bridges to the Past events.
After working for the Forest Service this summer, Colter will enter the WSU Honors program in the fall. He has earned Academic Achievement and Engineering scholarships to WSU, as well as having received a $250 scholarship for Citizenship from the 2011 Evergreen Boys State.
Colter is the son of Susan and Danial Baker of Chewelah, and Bruce and Cathy Garcia of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. Colter wants to thank all his teachers for helping him and his classmates, especially the skills and efforts of Mark Burnell, Jim Biancardi, Jim Fisk, Patrick Gaffney, Kevin Kernan, Dave Mathews, Janet McLaughlin, Matt McLain, Jim Mulligan, Kyra Rolstad, Mike Schut, Peter Scutio, and Joe Trudeau.
In This Photo: Emmet Patton (left) and Colter Garcia (right)
The Chewelah Chamber of Commerce is looking to promote patriotism throughout the city by sponsoring a storefront decorating contest for local merchants.
All businesses, whether Chamber members or not, are encouraged to decorate their building’s exterior in a patriotic theme by June 15 and keep them decorated through Chataqua, which concludes July 15.
Prizes will be awarded for the top participants although the Chamber has yet to determine what to reward the winners. A committee will judge the participating businesses on June 29.
The Chewelah Arts Guild is also offering patriotic window painting to merchants in exchange for donations. Contact Kay Lupton at 509-936-2010 to schedule window painting.
Chamber President Tracy Ferrell said they planned this decorating contest as a way to inspire the community and bring emphasis to merchants during the summer, which is a time where many activities are focused in the city park.
Even if people just drive by to look, it will show visitors what a “wonderful city we have,” Ferrell said.
The decorating contest is running in conjunction with other patriotic dates and events including Flag Day on June 14, Independence Day on July 4, and a local performance by the Air National Guard Band of the Northwest on July 1.
The Chewelah Arts Guild is hosting the Band of the Northwest’s free concert from 6-7:30 p.m. in the city park. They will include patriotic-themed activities prior to the event and serve locally-produced food throughout the evening.
This will be the first time the band has been in Chewelah since 2007. It will also be the band’s last tour through the area before it is deactivated due to budget constraints.
Contact the Chamber office at 509-935-8595 for any questions regarding the decorating contest, or to find other visitor and business information.
By Kellie Trudeau, The Independent Staff
In This Photo: Kay Lupton of the Chewelah Arts Guild painted the front window of the Chewelah Chamber of Commerce to help kick off the patriotic-themed decorating contest open to all merchants.
Fiddlers on the Peak fiddle and pickin’ contest was a great success; especially since it was a first for this area.
Saturday there were fiddlers and pickers from Chewelah, Colville and surrounding areas. Some from Idaho, Montana, California and even the famous Brad Bulla from Nashville, TN (for those of you who remember Brad and his family band “The Bulla’s”). What a special surprise. Brad entered the Adult pickin’ division and was met by some fierce local competitors, but the seasoned musician that he is, Brad took first place over Lee Bolton (age 18) and Seth Hubbard.
Friday nights dinner was an excellent way to kick things off. Some 50 dinner tickets were sold and what a dinner. Dan Delcupp did a great job in preparing the food and setting the tone for the rest of the evening. The dinner was followed by the entertainment division in which seven groups competed for the $200 first place cash prize. The decision must have been tough for judges Paul Sety and Cindy Serchio since second and third place tied, but Shannon McNeil and his Northwest Tee’s String Band took home the money.
Saturday started off at 8 a.m. with the Judges meeting and concluded at 8 p.m. with the awards ceremony. A total of forty-nine fiddlers and picker’s competed in eight different divisions for a chance to win their piece of the $1,970 in cash prizes.
For those of you who missed out and were unable to attend make sure and set aside some time to make it next year to the second annual Fiddlers on the Peak.
For complete contest results, visit www.fiddlersonthepeak.com.
Article submitted by Steve McNeil
In This Photo: Dave Engell, Aleah Engell, Issac Engell, and Lee Bolton perform at Fiddlers on the Peak.
Colville National Forest crews have completed a prescribed fire in the Sullivan Creek drainage in northern Pend Oreille County. The project area is located just east of the Cascade Cut-off Road (Forest Road 2200250).
The purpose of this prescribed fire was to improve local forage for big game, reduce hazardous fuels in the forest and re-introduce fire into the ecosystem. The project was completed in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Aspects in the project area range from east to west but are predominantly south-facing. There are numerous benchy areas with flatter slopes. Vegetation consists of open stands of ponderosa pine or mixed conifers with a grass/forb understory. There are inter-mixed pockets of upland shrubs and aspen. Many of the shrubs had become overgrown tangles with large amounts of woody stems. Douglas maple, willows, serviceberry and wild cherries are among the important browse species present. The project area provides year-round habitat for elk, mule deer and other ungulates.
Newport/Sullivan Lake Ranger District fire crews used two firing methods to complete this project. Portions of the project area were hand-ignited using drip torches. Most of the area was ignited from a helicopter using a “plastic sphere dispenser”; Small, white, fuel-filled spheres the size of ping pong balls were dropped from the helicopter onto the project area, allowing ignition of a large area in a short time frame. Roughly 320 acres were under-burned. Later this year, the existing forage plants will respond vigorously, providing high quality browse and green forage for big game. The overall fuel reduction in the project area will help prevent future catastrophic wildfires.
The Colville National Forest completes many such habitat improvement projects in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Cooperative efforts such as these are essential for restoring and maintaining elk habitat on public lands. If you have questions or comments about this project, please contact Mike Borysewicz at the Sullivan Lake Ranger Station (509)-446-7532.
In this photo: The underburn during the Cascade prescribed fire in the Colville National Forest. Photos courtesy of the Colville National Forest.
Zack Schneider won the state championship in the 110-meter high hurdles and combined with Makayla Earl to bring home five medals from the Washington State 1A Track and Field Championships in Cheney last weekend.
Schneider crossed the finish line first in the finals of the 110-meter hurdles, winning his first state championship with a time of 15.12 seconds. Chewelah’s “Hallway Hurdler” beat Jared Neiman from Kalama to the tape by two hundredths of a second.
The win fulfilled a personal dream that took root back in his middle school days when Schneider was told he could never again play a contact sport because of a spinal birth defect.
It was then that the Jenkins High School senior decided to become a state champion hurdler. That vision became reality on Saturday afternoon at the top of the awards stand at Woodward Field when the first place medal was draped around his neck.
“This was so cool and so awesome,” said Coach Pat Kostecka. “This is something Zack has dreamed about all his life and now it’s a dream come true. Not only did he win a state championship, but he broke two school records. And he did it at the state championships. What a way to complete his high school career!
“Zack is in amazing shape, and his timing in his preliminary heat and in the finals was perfect. Coach Jason Tapia has done a great job of helping Zach fulfill his dream.”
Schneider posted the fastest time in preliminary qualifying on Friday. He won his heat in 14.94 seconds to establish a new Chewelah school record in the high hurdles.
He also set a new record in the 300-meter low hurdles on Friday when he won his preliminary heat in 39.49 seconds. Although Schneider placed third in the finals of the low hurdles on Saturday, he again broke his school record by running a time of 39.47 seconds. So, Schneider left the campus of Eastern Washington University with two state medals and two school records.
Earl brought home medals from all three of the throwing events at the state meet. She placed second in the discus, third in the shot put, and eighth in the javelin. Furthermore, two of those throws were personal-best efforts by the Chewelah senior.
On Friday, Earl used her final attempt in the shot put to launch a throw of 38 feet, 9.5 inches, the longest throw of her high school career. That distance was good enough for a third place finish out of the 16 competitors in the event.
“It was do or die for Makayla in the shot put,” explained Coach Kostecka. “It was her final throw, and she needed a long one. She stepped into the ring and threw the best throw of her life.
“The amazing thing about this is that Makayla scratched out of regionals last year. So, she had never thrown in the state meet until this year.
“It is my personal belief that Makayla’s success in the Junior Miss program last summer built up her confidence to the point where she could make her final throw the best throw of her career and earn that state medal. For me, it was one of the most satisfying experiences of my coaching career.
Earl added two more state medals to her collection on Saturday. She placed eighth in the javelin with a throw of 114 feet, six inches. Then, she finished second in the discus with a toss of 116 feet, one inch.
“I did not see Makayla throwing the javelin, because I was watching Zack win a state championship,” said Kostecka. “I do know that her knee had been bothering her, but she worked through the pain and got off a throw good enough to earn a state medal.”
“However, I did get to see her second place throw in the discus. Makayla was a little nervous at first and she was not getting enough height out of her throws. Still, she was in third place going into the finals.
“I told her to remember her great practices and to visualize the discus leaving her hand and getting the right elevation. I knew when the discus popped up off her hand that it was going to be a long throw. It ended up being her best-ever throw, and the second-best throw of the state meet.”
“My greatest experience in coaching has been to watch the human spirit develop, as it has with both Zack and Makayla. Their accomplishments are now life skills that they can take with them. They have the confidence to accomplish anything they want to do. They have both developed into amazing people.”
By Geno Ludwig The Independent Staff
In this photo: Zack Schneider (center) runs 110-meter high hurdles final at the State Track Championships on May 26 in Yakima. Mara Schneider photo
Memorial services were conducted at nine local cemeteries on Memorial Day, May 28 to honor those who gave their lives in defense of their country and are buried in those cemeteries.
Members of the VFW Post No. 2047, American Legion Post No. 54, auxiliary groups and Sons of the American Legion conduct these services each year.
Their route began in Addy at 9 a.m. and finished in Springdale at Noon.
The short ceremonies included the presentation of colors, a prayer, and a 21-gun salute. Paul Sety and Jeff Petersen, a Jenkins High School senior, played taps and Joe Trudeau played Amazing Grace on the bagpipes.
For the first time, the Springdale Woman’s Club provided a free homemade deli lunch for the honor guard at the Camas Valley Grange once the services concluded.
Woman’s Club member Jan Buche said they thought it would be a good way to thank these veterans who continue to serve their country and communities.
The veteran organizations have been conducting services at cemeteries on Memorial Day since World War II, although they most likely just stayed within Chewelah at that time.
By Kellie Trudeau The Independent Staff
In this photo: Memorial service participants lower the flag at the beginning of the ceremony at Springdale Cemetery. Kellie Trudeau photo
The 13th Annual Chewelah Quilt Show & Tea Room is almost here! This amazing show presents a large number and styles of quilts made by many local artisans and also offering so much more will be put on display Memorial Day weekend, Saturday May 26 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday May 27 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chewelah’s Jenkins High School, 702 East Lincoln in Chewelah. Admission is $3.
On Saturday only, the popular Tea Room will be serving, along with reviving tea, tasty treats made by some of the best of the areas local bakers. The tea and desserts are served in lovely cups and saucers by welcoming and gracious hostesses. The Tea Room is $5.
You will see many variations on this year’s theme which is “Eye Candy.” One of the special features at the show is the Challenge Quilts. A packet of two fat quarter theme fabrics are made available a year prior to the show. Both theme fabrics must be used on the front of the project. There are no specifications on size or design, it is all left to the creativity of the artist. The 2013 theme is “Timeless.” Those packets will be available for purchase at this year’s show and during the remainder of the year at Akers United Drug.
A special treat this year will be harpist, Donna Jo Smith, playing on Saturday in the Tea Room and Sunday at the Quilt Show. She was born and raised along the beautiful Columbia River in northeast Washington and her creative sensitivity flows through her harp to make music which has definitely been influenced by the gentle flow of the powerful river. Her formal musical training was limited to 1-1/2 years of piano lessons. She found her first harp, a lifelong dream, about ten years ago and taught herself to play the ancient instrument. She loves to reach out to others at weddings and special events. Donna Jo’s CDs will be available for purchase at the show.
Also on Saturday in the Tea Room will be Chewelah Arts Guild Featured Artist, Gail Johannes. Gail has made Chewelah her home for the last several years and has been active in the Chewelah Arts Guild since she arrived. Photography and watercolor are two of Gail’s favorite tools for personal expression. She enthusiastically supports the arts and encourages everyone to become involved. Gail is Vice President of the Chewelah Arts Guild.
There will be several opportunities to win an outstanding quilt. Quilt raffles will be sponsored by Cabin Fever Quilt Guild, Piece-Makers Quilt Guild and the Royal Family Kids Camp. The Cabin Fever Quilt is a year-long fund raiser project that will be unveiled at the show. The Royal Family Kids Camp is working to make camping memories a reality for foster children in Stevens County and their beautiful quilt is being raffle off to support this great cause
Vendors from outside the area showing their wares will be: Relatively Creative Patterns; a mother/daughter team, Simple County Retreats from Reardan, Quiltmania from Richland, and KitNKaboodle Quilts from the Spokane Valley. Shop until you drop.
Be sure to give extra time to visit with Featured Quilter, Phyllis Fitzgerald, from Valley, as she displays and shares stories about the many quilts and projects she has made during her twenty years as a quilter and lifetime as a seamstress. Spinning yarn is another of her talents, you may have seen her at local fairs and farmers markets.
Do not forget the on-going Chewelah Quilt Walk which is displayed in local business and organizations all over Chewelah through May 30. Over 32 unique quilts along with their stories are being presented
Working so hard to make this event happen is the Chewelah Arts Guild Quilt Show Committee: Diane Evans (co-chair), Jean Homer (co-chair), Debbie Akers, Lorraine Haynes Terry Husby, Richy Lainson, Kim Lainson, Darlene Preston, Michelle Stumpf and Susan Chamberlin along with many volunteers.
Mark your calendar and do not miss this exceptional 13th Annual Quilt Show and Tea Room on Memorial Day weekend. Visit www.chewelahquiltshow.com for more infromation.
In this Photo: Harpist Donna Jo Smith will play May 26 in the Tea Room and May 27 at the Quilt Show.
All makes and years of cars and motorcycles are welcome to the annual Nostalgia Days Car Show sponsored by Chokes and Spokes Antique Car Club on Saturday, May 26. The show opens at 9 a.m. and car registration starts at 8:30 a.m.. Trophies in eleven categories will be presented at 3 p.m.
There is no charge to enter a car in the show and admission is also free. Chokes & Spokes Car Club will offer several fun events to cover costs of the show and a scholarship to a deserving student in the automotive trades. Live music, silent auction, win-an-item and rubber duck races are planned.
Also, don’t forget the quilt show going on all day at Jenkins High School (within walking distance) and Park Avenue Players dinner and play at the Chewelah Civic Center Saturday evening.
In this Photo: This 1947 Hudson pickup is the featured car at Nostalgia Days on May 26 at the Chewelah City Park.