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Tie Lemerond
Born and raised in Michigan, Tie is a descriptive writer with hundreds of articles published in multiple states. When she's not spending time with her family, you will find her with her husband on the lake, taking in a hockey game, or checking out community events.

Nation’s #1 Volleyball Skills Coach Scheduled to Hold a Volleyball Camp in Liberty Lake

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volleyball at the Hub Liberty Lake

Pat Powers in Liberty Lake
Pat Powers was a member of the American Men’s National Team that won the gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics.
The Hub Sports Center welcomes the nation’s #1 volleyball skills coach and Olympic gold medalist, Pat Powers.

Pat Powers was a member of the American Men’s National Team that won the gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics. He is also one of only three players in the world who has an Indoor and a Beach World Championship.

Coach Powers has chosen Liberty Lake as one of only 25 cities in the United States to conduct his volleyball camp in 2019. He’ll be conducting the camp for boys and girls ages 11-18 and adults, at the Hub Sports Center this Saturday and Sunday, Aug 10th – Aug 11th. The volleyball camp will run from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Saturday and 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Sunday. The Hub Sports Center is located at 19619 E. Cataldo in Liberty Lake.

Players should expect to learn a lot about volleyball in a short period of time. Coach Powers does an excellent job of matching each player with drills and competition suited for their appropriate levels of play. Players will be grouped by age and skill level within the first hour of the camp. This volleyball camp is not about competition. Instead, it’s about executing superior techniques while you are playing.

At the end of the first day, Powers will talk to all junior players and parents about high school volleyball, club volleyball, college volleyball and about volleyball scholarships.

Players are instructed to bring a lunch, beverages, snacks, kneepads, water and an extra t-shirt.

This camp sold out last year and is expected to sell out again. There are currently only 10 spots remaining.

Cost of the two day camp is $130 and interested parties can register online at
https://volleyballcamps.com/product/pat-powers-spokane-wa-volleyball-camp/

More Multi-family Units in Store for Liberty Lake

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apartment construction in Liberty Lake

Centennial Properties has applied for a Binding Site Plan to allow the construction of 408 multi-family units on the rear half of the property adjacent to the new Ridgeline High School with approximately an additional 340,000 sq. ft. of future commercial on the half of the property that fronts Country Vista Drive.

Lisa Keys, Director/Planner, of Liberty Lake Planning, Engineering & Building, states, “They have gone through SEPA and technical review, while the project is “approvable,” they were required to submit some revisions based upon the technical review. We are waiting on their revisions to issue a final written decision that would then allow them to bring forward a final binding site plan and record of survey to record, which is necessary for them to close on the property. After that, they would still need to submit building permits, go through design review, etc.”

The property owner, Centennial Properties, has a potential buyer who is planning to take over the “Liberty Lake Multi-Family” Binding Site Plan (a.k.a. “Katerra BSP”) project, but the Planning, Engineering & Building office has not yet received the updated submittals. Therefore, they do not know the official name of the entity taking over the project (at present, the applicant is Centennial). 

Keys states, “Given the timeline to finalize the Preliminary Binding Site Plan, and record the final Binding Site Plan and record of survey (which are necessary for the buyer to close on the property), I do not think they will even have closed on the property until later this fall.  Beyond that, I do not know what their intended schedule is.”

Click here to view Mixed Use Binding Site Plan

Keeping the Kids Healthy and Active this Summer

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summer fun for kids in Liberty Lake

Located only 20 minutes from downtown Spokane, the population of Liberty Lake is growing by leaps and bounds. In the past five years, the number of students enrolled in the CVSD grades K-12 has grown from 13,000 to 14,000 and is expected to continually rise.

As the number of students climb, the district continues to add programs and resources for students and parents alike: From enrichment classes and athletics to free summer meals for kids ages 1-18.

Below is a list of some of the programs offered to school aged students enrolled in the district. However, families are encouraged to contact their child’s school for more details and to obtain a full list of activities.

  • Spokane Valley Tech – Exploring high-growth careers: Students enrolled in grades 8-11 are encouraged to attend at no cost. Successful completion of each session earns a .5 elective/CTE credit. Two sessions are offered: June 17–July 2 and July 8–23, both from 7:30am –2:30pm. Students may attend up to one class per session.
  • Active4Youth – offers Cross Country. They believe that by teaching sports and introducing healthy activities to children at a young age, they can begin to address the alarming rise of childhood obesity while providing children with a safe place to play after school. http://active4youth.org/index.html
  • Free Summer Meals for Kids (Ages 1-18): “We provide a complete breakfast and lunch program for all students – serving approximately 1700 breakfasts and 6000 lunches every day in our district. We are proud to provide meals that focus on whole grains and a variety of fruits and vegetables. Our meals are low in sodium and saturated fat, and meet or exceed nutritional requirements established by the USDA National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. We are dedicated to providing high-quality, kid-friendly meals with a focus on food safety, customer service, and cost effectiveness,” from the Nutrition Services tab on the CVSD.org website.

The Liberty Lake Municipal Library offers activities for all ages of students:

  • Lego Club – All Ages
  • Move & Grove – Ages 0-5, Move, Shake, Sing and Dance during music and dance “storytime”
  • Chess Club – Ages 6-10 and 11 & up. This is a 6 week summer Chess Club
  • Toddler Tales – Ages 0-5, this is geared more towards 2-3 year olds, however all children are welcome. Playtime follows storytime.
  • Teen Program – Cupcake Wars for Ages 11 & up
  • Tween Crafts – Ages 11 & up

Contact the Library for more information and a complete list of activities 509-232-2510

Skyhawks Summer Day Camps – Offer a fun, safe and positive environment for your child during the summer months. Campers are introduced to a new sport every week, participate in arts, crafts, swimming and field trips.

Skyhawks Sports Academy – offers 12 different sports camps and clinics including summer day camps and year-round after-school programs.

Super Tots Sports Academy – sports programs for kids ages 18 months to 5 ½ years of age!

For more information on Skyhawks camps, go to www.skyhawks.com

Liberty Lake Welcomes Anita Eylar

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Anita Eylar

Anita Eylar, Activities and Events Associate for the City of Liberty Lake, joined the staff in April 2019.

When asked what the responsibilities of her new role are, Eylar responded, “I help coordinate all the events and activities in the city, work on special projects, help the horticulturist with landscaping and gardening (I like that part a lot), and things I don’t even know about yet. I have a very flexible and diverse position that supports all the departments I work with.”

The position was filled by an intern last year. However, the city’s growth and increased workload prompted the need to create and fill the full-time position.

Eylar is looking forward to helping the city be successful in all its endeavors and growth. “I want to make a positive difference for the citizens, who are the core of the city,” states Eylar. “A city is made by its citizens and what they contribute to create a community. Every day is a new experience and there is such a positive energy here! I want to accomplish any work I can that will benefit the city and its citizens.”

The things Eylar likes most about the city of Liberty Lake is its old neighborhood feel, the safeness of walking the city streets and the opportunity in the city with the “parks, lake, trails, playgrounds, golf courses, library, recreation, community groups and activities, the list goes on and on,” she said.

Eylar wanted to be sure to say, “If you see me in a 50’s Willys pick up, or a Cancun blue Harley Davidson around town, wave hello!”

We Have the ‘In-Cider’ Information

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Liberty Lake cider production

Cider lovers can now breathe a ‘cider’ relief: The Trailbreaker Cider Tasting Room will be holding a soft opening towards the end of June with the anticipation of a hard opening in July.

Liberty Lake cider production
Multi-level seating and production viewing area

Co-owner, Trent Maier, is excited to finally be opening their new facility located on the corner of N. Madson Rd and E. Appleway in Liberty Lake. The cidery will have approximately 12 of their own ciders on tap in addition to beer, wine, and a great food menu where you’ll find some traditional German style foods such as brats and sausages, plus a salad bar. The owners may switch it up and offer a baked potato bar, taco bar or maybe even a mashed potato bar.

The facility has a large seating capacity and having multiple levels makes the floor plan very versatile to hold meetings, events and entertainment. The two-story seating space will accommodate every persons seating preference and the upper level offers great views of the entire production facility.

Maier states, “We plan on being open 7 days a week to start. We want to feel out the community. Our hope is to be open every day beginning at 11am to accommodate the lunch crowd and stay open later into the evening.”

Be sure to like their Facebook page and follow them for updates https://www.facebook.com/trailbreakercider/

“Please do NOT pick up young wildlife”

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WDFW

Every spring/summer the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife receives numerous calls from individuals claiming they’ve seen or worse yet, have picked up, what they believe to be abandoned baby wildlife.

Liberty Lake has an abundance of recreational land and many people will begin to cross paths with deer, elk, moose, bear, birds, etc. Which also means, you will be seeing a lot of babies from those species soon, if you haven’t already.

WDFWStaci Lehman of the WDFW states, “Many people see baby animals alone in the wild and assume they have been abandoned. 99.9% of the time this is not the case…deer for instance, as a defense mechanism, parents stay somewhat far away from fawns for hours at a time as they forage so as not to draw predators to their offspring. If a cougar, beer or other predator happens onto the deer, it can run, leading the predator away.”

It is not uncommon for baby birds to be mistaken for abandoned or injured. Mothers commonly “kick” babies out of the nest as a way to learn to fly and to move along when it is time (kind of like sending your kid off to college). If picked up by humans, parents will often not take the babies back, pretty much resulting in a death sentence.

WDFWLehman states, “In the Spokane area, there is only one wildlife rehabber, Ponti Veterinary, so when animals are picked up, they are the only option. WDFW doesn’t have the resources or infrastructure to care for “rescued” animals so they have to, by law, go to a rehabber. Rehabbing animals takes a lot of time and money so most vets aren’t able to do it. Ponti often has a full house and can’t always take more wild animals. So again, intervening in nature can result in a death sentence.”

The WSU Veterinary School is caring for several juvenile animals that should have been left in the care of Mother Nature, including two barn owlets, four screech owlets, two coyote pups, one mink kit, three raccoon kits, two pigeon squab, and one great-horned owl.

When humans intervene, animals often have to be put down. Another fact most people are not aware of, is it is illegal to transport wildlife.

If you’d like more information on this topic, please go to
https://wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/living/injured-wildlife/when-to-rescue.

Café 19 – A Hidden Gem in Liberty Lake

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Cafe 19 salad bar
Bekka Weitman chef
Bekka Weitman, Café Chef

I’m happy to put an end to the rumor of Café 19 closing. As it turns out, Café 19 is not closing. As a matter of fact, they’ve hired Bekka Weitman as Café chef, and Bekka is excited about the future of the Café.

Owned by Tim Mitchell and Matt Logan of Mangia Catering Company, Café 19 is a cafeteria style café, who relies heavily on the honor system. Customers ring up their own food and beverages and cash out by paying with a credit or a debit card.

The café is open Monday – Friday from 7:30am to 10:00am for breakfast. Customers can choose from breakfast burritos, omelets, French toast, a breakfast combo, biscuits and homemade gravy or Sweetwater Bakery items.

Lunch is available from 10:30am – 1:30pm, where you can choose from a trip to the salad bar, deli bar or healthy snack hummus bar. But wait, there’s more!

The café also offers a variety of burgers, a quesadilla, chicken strips, and a few sandwich options including their newest mouthwatering addition, a crispy chicken and Belgian waffle sandwich with bacon, a spring mix and maple mustard.

Additionally, Café 19 offers Grab & Go items such as, chips, candy, cookies, Craven coffee and a large assortment of bottled and fountain beverages.

If you’re pressed for time or ordering for a large group and don’t want to wait, Café 19 invites you to log in and place your order online at www.Ordercafe19.com

The café is located in the Liberty Lake Business Park at 22425 E. Appleway Ave. DOOR 19

Fishing Liberty Lake is the Reel Deal

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Liberty Lake dock

Every year, many anglers flock to open waters; whether to take in some sun, play on water toys or to enjoy a relaxing day of fishing.

Liberty Lake offers just over 700 acres of fun for all ages. The lake opens for fishing March 1st and remains open through October 31st. March has been notorious for outstanding brown trout fishing just after ice-out, but once the water begins warming up anglers have the opportunity to catch yellow perch, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, brown bullhead and both large and smallmouth bass.

Each year, during the end of March or the beginning of April, the lake is stocked with fish by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. In early April of this year, the lake was stocked with rainbow trout. It also received several hundred bonus fish that were left over from the fishing ponds at the annual Big Horn Show.

There is currently one public launch and many private or community boat launches around the lake. Staci Lehman, Communications Manager for the Eastern Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) advised that the WDFW will be redeveloping the current boat launch by repaving, repainting lines and replacing broken or missing concrete. “The current two toilets will be replaced with new up-to-code ADA toilets and the floating dock will be bigger. I don’t have an exact date for this to happen and it won’t be this year. We’re looking at sometime within the next couple of years,” states Lehman.

WDFW is encouraging Washington residents to take advantage of free fishing weekend. Beginning on Saturday, June 8, licensing restrictions will be lifted through Sunday June 9. It’s a great opportunity to grab your poles and hook some memories.

Liberty Lake boat lunch

Muffler or Underwater Exhaust System Required on Liberty Lake

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decibel guage

The weather is getting nicer and many of you look forward to spending time on the lake. This summer, you can expect to see much more of the Spokane County Marine Enforcement Unit on the lake as well.

Deputy James Ebel, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Marine Enforcement Unit Coordinator, commented, “The Spokane County Sheriff Marine Enforcement Unit has the equipment needed to test the decibel level of any vessel while on the water.” He also mentioned that his department is very aware of the issues with the stand-up jet skis on Liberty Lake and “plan on spending much more time out there this summer.”

The following information was sent by Deputy Ebel for me to share with our readers.

This information can be located on the Washington State Legislature website:
https://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=79A.60.130

RCW 79A.60.130

(1) All motor-propelled vessels shall be equipped and maintained with an effective muffler that is in good working order and in constant use. For the purpose of this section, an effective muffler or underwater exhaust system does not produce sound levels in excess of ninety decibels when subjected to a stationary sound level test that shall be prescribed by rules adopted by the commission, as of July 25, 1993, and for engines manufactured on or after January 1, 1994, a noise level of eighty-eight decibels when subjected to a stationary sound level test that shall be prescribed by rules adopted by the commission.

(2) A vessel that does not meet the requirements of subsection (1) of this section shall not be operated on the waters of this state.

(3) No person may operate a vessel on waters of the state in such a manner as to exceed a noise level of seventy-five decibels measured from any point on the shoreline of the body of water on which the vessel is being operated that shall be specified by rules adopted by the commission, as of July 25, 1993. Such measurement shall not preclude a stationary sound level test that shall be prescribed by rules adopted by the commission.

Update on the Proposed Amendment to the Current Boating Safety Ordinance for Liberty Lake

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Wakesurfing

 

He stated the following, “There have been a lot of rumors lately about this. However, the fact is there is a proposed amendment in the very early stages of the drafting process being drafted by the prosecutor’s office. It hasn’t even gone in front of the board of commissioners yet.”

The backing forces behind this proposed amendment are the HOAs of Newman Lake and Liberty Lake, primarily Newman Lake. The main reason is shoreline erosion and a study they completed on the erosion. “The proposed amendment is not to ban wakeboarding/surfing altogether. It is to prevent wakeboarding boats from adding internal or external devices which purposely creates a larger wake,” he adds.

If the amendment passes, it will encompass all of the lakes in Spokane County except for Lake Spokane (Long Lake).

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