Lake Ladies work fundraising magic|
By Youssef Sleiman
|Courtesy photo|Rose Doupe - The Sacheen Ladies of the Lake hosted a Christmas luncheon
Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Sacheen Lake fire station to raise funds for the local food bank. Save Our Sacheen and Sacheen Betterment
Association donated funds to purchase door prizes and supplies for the party.|
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SACHEEN LAKE – The Newport
Food Bank is slated to receive about $350 worth of non-perishable food goods and about $80 cash from the Sacheen Ladies of
the Lake – just one slice of a pie the service organization-social group dished out this holiday season.
Ladies of the Lake hosted a Christmas luncheon Sunday, Dec. 7, to raise funds for the local food bank. The groups Save Our
Sacheen and Sacheen Betterment Association were the sponsors for the party.
Ladies of the Lake president Jill Short
said about $12 of the donation came from a pool table game hosted by Ladies member Marie Bullocks. Players who scratched the
cue ball had to donate one quarter.
The Ladies’ donation to the food bank comes on the heels of another
series of donations. Ladies of the Lake treasurer Dorothy Beyersdorf cut a series of $350 checks to Pend Oreille Fire District
No. 3, the Newport Hospice, Rural Resource’s Head Start program and the senior baskets donations, and the Stratton Elementary
Sacheen Angels account.
The Sacheen Angels account at Stratton provides a fund for students whose lunch fund are short.
Short explained when parents pay into their student’s account again, the Angel account gets reimbursed – allowing
the next unfortunate student to use it.
The funds for the Ladies of the Lake donations come largely from their annual
July fundraising auction. The Ladies of the Lake raised about $800 selling “nicely used” items, Short said, and
the rest came from sales of calendars. The Ladies produce calendars, sold on pre-orders, after holding a contest to vote on
featured pictures. The Ladies sold about 215 calendars this year, Short said.
Short was recently appointed to the
Sacheen Lake Sewer and Water District commission, but she said she keeps the two completely separate. Short has been the president
of the Ladies of the Lake for three years.
“We’re a social group that likes to help local charities,”
Short estimated the Ladies of the Lake have 45-50 members. Many of them travel south in the winter, leaving
a core group of 15-20 women. For at least seven years now, Short said, the Ladies of the Lake have been donating to charities.
Boating safety classes scheduled for spring
Boating safety education has never been more important as waterways become more crowded and, in Washington, as boat safety
certification is becoming mandatory.
Agencies, groups and businesses are rising to the occasion by sponsoring boating safety courses. The eight-hour America's
Boating Course taught by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Spokane Sail & Power Squadron satisfies Washington's mandatory
requirement, which begins this year with the first phase, requiring boat operators under 21 years old to be certified.These
courses also may qualify boaters for discounts on insurance.
Scheduled courses include:
April 6: America's Boating Course, eight hours, taught by Coast Guard Auxiliary, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
at Cabela's in Post Falls. Cost: $35. Info: (208) 777-6300.
April 12: America's Boating Course, eight hours, taught by Coast Guard Auxiliary, 5500 N. Government
Way in Coeur d'Alene. Cost $35 or $45 for two sharing book. Info: (208) 818-1546.
April 15: America's Boating Course, eight-hour course taught by Spokane Sail & Power Squadron
over four consecutive Tuesday evenings at 925 W. Jackson. Cost: $40. Preregister: (509) 328-6165 or e-mail JimRoeber@comcast.net.
April 26, May 24: Free six-hour boating safety course taught by Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation
and Kootenai County Sherriff Department. (May not satisfy Washington requirements) 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at State Parks regional
headquarters, 2885 Kathleen Ave. in Coeur d'Alene. Preregister: (208) 514-2417 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online classes that satisfy Washington's requirement are available for home study on the Internet
for $15; www.boat-ed.com/wa.
Private classes are available for about $40 a person, including manuals, through the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary, (509) 921-0449 or e-mail safeboatingclasses@ yahoo.com.
Ladies donate to fire district
| The Sacheen Ladies of the Lake hosted the annual Christmas Tree lighting celebration
at the Sacheen Lake Fire Station where Jill Short presented, chief Mark Havener with a $1,000 donation. This was the first
gathering at the new station since its completion last year. Part of the evening’s events included a raffle for Christmas-related
items, carols and seeing friends during the holiday season. The Ladies of the Lake, through various fundraisers, donate annually
to the fire district efforts.|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Feb. 13, 2008
your pipes on a fat-free diet
YAKIMA – It’s
not something we think about when we pour leftover grease down the drain, but wastewater treatment plant operators across
the state wish folks would put their pipes on a fat-free diet.
Most blockages in sewer systems can be traced to
the presence of fats, oils, and grease, creating sewage spills and sewage overflows both onto private property and into city
streets. It can also mean more frequent pumping of septic tanks.
Many people believe
that pouring grease down the drain and following it with lots of hot water will keep the fats liquefied and carry them safely
through the pipes. This is not true. Fats, oils, and grease cool down very quickly and can solidify after traveling only a
Raw sewage in the
pipes will attach to fats, oils, and grease, creating impenetrable globs that back up sewer lines. These globs of fat and
waste are difficult to disinfect at treatment plants and can allow disease-causing pathogens to enter nearby streams, lakes,
“Cleanups are difficult and costly,”
explained Lynda Jamison, a water-quality specialist with the Washington Department of Ecology. “Blockages can cause
raw sewage to back up into streets and possibly even into homes and businesses.”
You can help keep
fats from clogging pipes by disposing grease properly:
Never pour fats, oils, or grease down the drain.
Never flush fats, oils, or grease down the toilet.
Always put grease in the trash.
Pour hot oils or grease
into heat-proof containers, such as a tin can, and cool before putting it in the trash. You may even freeze the grease for
easier disposal. Wipe greasy pans and dishes with paper towels before washing them and throw the paper towels into the trash
to keep as much grease as possible out of your drains.
These tips can help
prevent expensive plumbing repairs and sewage overflows. You can save yourself some repair bills, keep our rivers and streams
clean. Put your pipes on a fat-free diet. Dispose of grease properly.
Joye Redfield-Wilder, 509-575-2610
Contact your local wastewater treatment plant operators to localize this story.