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Tale of a Typo – Pavillion Park Spelling has Historical Basis

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Newcomers to Liberty Lake often sheepishly bring it up. Freelance writers who begin covering the community point to Spell Check when making their case while contractors routinely go astray when writing up agreements with the city of Liberty Lake.

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The entry sign that greets visitors to Pavillion Park has a unique backstory as novel as the park’s unconventional spelling.

Welcome to the world of Pavillion Park with the double “L” that few people can explain.

“I’m a spelling geek so I wondered about it when I started with the city,” said Liberty Lake Operations and Maintenance Director Jennifer Camp. “I would keep changing it until I realized that’s how people spelled it. You could politely argue and say ‘No you’re spelling it wrong,’ but that’s just the way it is.”

While dictionaries make it clear that “pavilion” is the universal format for “decorative building used as a shelter in a park or large garden,” there is a widely accepted exception in Liberty Lake. The anomaly goes back to the days of the Liberty Lake Dance Pavillion, an ornate structure built in 1909 that served as the cultural hub for the 35-acre Liberty Lake Park, known far and wide as “Spokane’s Inland Seashore.”

Local historian Ross Schneidmiller remembers the discussions leading up to the naming of the modern-day park. A committee was formed in 1993 to oversee volunteer engagement and funding for a long-awaited community park that was the epitome of a grassroots effort. Ross’s father Elmer Schneidmiller donated 14.1 acres to Spokane County that got the project off the ground. Construction of the park’s first phase began in 1995 and was completed in July of 1999.

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Pavillion Park has been a regional destination point since opening in 1999. The annual Summer Festival includes popular events like the Fourth of July concert and fireworks (above).

It was the discovery of a dance ticket from the heyday of the waterfront venue that led to the distinctive spelling.

“When it came time to spell Pavillion Park, the first thing I went to was that dance ticket because it was the most official thing I had,” Schneidmiller said. “The Liberty Lake Dance Pavillion had published this ticket, probably circa 1912, and it was spelled that way. It was pretty common back then. You see that spelling on postcards and other places.”

The extra “L” stuck and has remained ever since. Camp said there are no foreseeable plans to invest in buckets of White Out.

“It would be time-consuming and costly to change,” she said. “We’d have to redo the entry sign and all the signage within the park to start.”

Former Friends of Pavillion Park (FOPP) President Ken Kaiyala was commissioned to carve the entry sign that still welcomes visitors to the greenspace.

“There was this conversation about keeping the historical spelling or going with Spell Check,” recalls Schneidmiller. “We even talked about putting two “L’s” on one side and one “L” on the other. Ultimately, we felt that the unique spelling was appropriate.”

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Golf carts (with one “L”) have become the unofficial vehicle of Pavillion Park over the years.

Schneidmiller said the clincher was the site’s tie-in with the volunteer group that remained intact after the park was built, coordinating a free Summer Festival that has become a staple on the regional warm-weather calendar.

“The county was pretty surprised because most groups like that go away after a park is completed,” he said. “We made it clear we were going to stick around. So, we figured — unique board, unique spelling — let’s go with that.”

Dave Himebaugh, longtime FOPP board member, said he still sees plenty of examples of the site’s one “L” version, despite this year marking the park’s 20th anniversary.

“I constantly see articles or posts or flyers that have the wrong spelling,” he said. “Whereas, if I write ‘pavilion’ with no relation to Liberty Lake, I will try to work in the double ‘L’s.’ When you think about it though, it’s the name of a place, not an object. You could reserve a pavilion at Pavillion Park.”

More Multi-family Units in Store for Liberty Lake

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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

Snack Central — Kiwanis Dishes Up Community Support

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Mike Kennedy popcorn

Keith Dotson stood patiently in line at Pavillion Park last Thursday, carefully deliberating over flavors of ice pops.

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The concession stand at Pavillion Park has been a fundraising boon for the Liberty Lake Kiwanis Club. Low prices are popular with visitors to the annual Summer Festival.

At $1 a piece, Dotson couldn’t go wrong.

“These are awesome prices,” said Dotson, a Spokane resident who brought his family to the park for the annual Fourth of July concert and fireworks. “Way cheap for an event like this.”

The drive east on Independence Day has become a regular pilgrimage for the Dotson family. Stopping by the Liberty Lake Kiwanis concession stand is one of the highlights of the visit, according to Keith who first found out about the free Summer Festival from a friend three years ago when he was working in Liberty Lake.

“It’s a great for your family to get out of the house,” he said. “I work all week long and this is a guaranteed day where me and the family can just hang out together.”

Earlier in the evening, Dotson was able to buy dinner for his entire family — including four kids — for a bargain price that left plenty left over for a refreshing dessert.

“The kids want ice pops, so I’m back for ice pops,” he said. “I like the hamburger meal. You can get a hamburger, chips and a pop for six bucks and it goes toward a good cause. The volunteers here are not here to make money.They’re here to help out. It’s perfect service with a smile.”

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A hamburger, chips and a soda run for the bargain price of $6 at the Kiwanis concession stand.

Mike Andriolo owns one of the smiles behind the snack booth. He moved to Liberty Lake in 2001, the same year the local Kiwanis Club was founded. He is an original member of the Liberty Lake club and a Kiwanian since 1973.

As for staffing the concession stand, Andriolo said he makes it a point to help out most of the summer, whether it’s concerts or movies.

“I’ll be out here when I can,” he said. “I like meeting the people and helping our community.”

In addition to providing $12,000 in scholarships last year,. Liberty Lake Kiwanis sponsors the K-Kids program at local elementary schools, the annual Father-Daughter Dance and Liberty Lake Yard Sales. The list of causes the club supports includes Ronald McDonald House, Meals on Wheels, local food banks, Children’s Miracle Network and more.

The theme of paying it forward wasn’t lost on Spokane Valley resident Dusty Silva, who took time out of her Independence Day festivities to brave a growing line of customers and buy cotton candy and ice pops for her two kids.

“I don’t mind waiting,” Silva said. “The prices are really affordable and I like the fact that the money is going to community services.”

While Kiwanis has been serving up snacks at Pavillion Park for over a decade-and-a-half, the club experienced a venue upgrade in 2015 when the city of Liberty Lake added a permanent concession stand along with other improvements to the park. Before that, a sturdy trailer was the home for Summer Festival refreshments.

“Thanks to the mayor and the council, we have a permanent concession stand,” Andriolo said. “This is so much better.than the trailer.”

Kiwanian Melissa Niece said the club still uses the trailer for a back-to-school barbecue and other community events outside the park. She added that it is available for other groups to borrow or rent.

Popcorn and cotton candy are two of the more popular items on the menu at the Kiwanis concession stand.

On July 4, around 10 volunteers showed up at 3 p.m. to set up and prepare for the steady stream of snack connoisseurs. When asked about splitting up shifts for the event, Niece looked puzzled.

“A shift? she said. “What’s a shift? You get here, you stay here from open to close. It’s interesting. You’re doing math all night long.”

Niece and Andriolo both emphasize that volunteers are needed this summer to help at the booth. The club’s membership ranks could also use a boost.

As for the most popular item among concession stand shoppers, the two Kiwanians can’t reach a consensus.

“Skittles for sure,” Andriolo said.

“Tonight, it’s been popcorn,” Niece said.

While the top-selling product may still be up for debate, there is agreement that the cost-effective menu and community-conscious agenda are here to stay.

“To me, the prices should be low because we’re providing a service to the community,” Niece said. “People are so gracious. They’re thanking us for doing this. We’re here to make it a fun event for the community,.”

Friends of Pavillion Park Presents: Montana Shakespeare in the Parks

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Merry Wives of Windsor

Liberty Lake, WA … On Sunday, July 28, at 5:00 pm, Friends of Pavillion Park presents the Montana Shakespeare in the Parks performing Shakespeare’s comedy “The Merry Wives of Windsor” in Pavillion Park.

Admission to the performance is free. Audiences are encouraged to show up early with low back chairs, blankets, a picnic supper, and friends and family to grab a spot and enjoy the evening. Concessions will be available at the park through the Liberty Lake Kiwanis.

Katherine Fried as Mistress Ford
Katherine Fried as Mistress Ford
MSU Photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez
This is the 47th season for the touring company, whose performances have become a summer tradition and seasonal highlight for many rural communities. The company will travel over 7,000 miles during the season, running from June 12 through September 3, performing in 61 communities in five states – Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, and Washington. All performances are offered free in local parks and public spaces, making Shakespeare accessible to all! Additional information can be found at

For the 9th year in a row, the Friends of Pavillion Park of Liberty Lake will be sponsoring the Montana Shakespeare in the Parks group at Pavillion Park! Please join us with family and friends for a magical evening of Shakespeare under the big sky at Pavillion Park (727 N. Molter Rd, Liberty Lake, WA 99019). It is part of the 23rd Annual Summer Festival hosted by the Friends of Pavillion Park.

About Friends of Pavillion Park:

Friends of Pavillion Park is a 501-(c)3 non-profit organization, established by a dedicated group of volunteers in 1992. Friends of Pavillion Park is dedicated to promoting a sense of price by providing the Liberty Lake community with the opportunities for recreation, education, entertainment and the arts. Learn more at

SOURCE Friends of Pavillion Park

Keeping the Kids Healthy and Active this Summer

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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.
  • 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 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

Tradition of Dueling Fireworks to Continue on Fourth

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Fourth of July parade in Liberty Lake

It helps to be tall on Independence Day in Liberty Lake.

Once again, altitudinous attendees at the Fourth of July celebration in Pavillion Park will have improved odds of seeing fireworks overhead while also catching portions of a lakeside display taking place in the distance.

Since 2015, a fireworks program sponsored by the city of Liberty Lake has gone head-to-head with the long-running Liberty Lake Fireworks Display, an effort entirely funded by community donations. For the fifth straight year, both shows will begin at 10 p.m.

“I think most fireworks displays start at 10,” said Liberty Lake City Administrator Katy Allen. “We’ve never talked about moving it. I suppose it could be considered.”

The lakefront show has been running for over 30 consecutive years with Liberty Lake native Denise Coyle overseeing the process. Her grandfather Homer Neyland started the first incarnation of fireworks over the lake in the 1950s. Local historian Ross Schneidmiller brought the popular show back before turning it over to Coyle.

“The people who donate to this display are never disappointed,” Coyle said. “People are very supportive. I’ve seen a lot of new names (donating) this year.”

Coyle said overall cost of the display this year will run $12,000. Allen said the city’s fireworks budget for 2019 is hovering just under $11,000.

Coyle recalls some easiness when the city announced in early 2015 that it would be getting into the fireworks business. City Council approved the idea that February.

“We were a little nervous at the get-go,” Coyle said. “But I think it’s gone fine. When we get a chance to share a day like this, it’s pretty neat.”

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The Liberty Lake Fireworks Display has been illuminating the local waterfront for over 30 years. This year’s version will begin at 10 p.m. on July 4, the same time as a show sponsored by the city of Liberty Lake over Pavillion Park.

When only one fireworks festival appeared on the local schedule, donations were accepted at Pavillion Park on the Fourth while groups like Friends of Pavillion Park and Liberty Lake Kiwanis pitched in funds of their own. When the city moved up to share the stage, Coyle said fundraising took a hit.

“Initially, it did hurt us,” she said.

Allen said the city began discussions of putting on its own program after July 4, 2014.

“It was a combination of traffic issues and logistical issues with people who couldn’t see the fireworks,” she said. “People would come to hear the music at the park and to see the fireworks after but they couldn’t see the fireworks.”

Allen said she “has never sensed the competition” between the two shows, although there has been some feedback that fireworks are not the best use of taxpayers’ money. She has also heard at least one complaint about the noise and air pollution during and after the display.

“The people who don’t enjoy it are vocal,” she said. “The people who enjoy it usually don’t say much. Overall, it’s been well-received. Many people in Liberty Lake can watch it from their homes.”

For Coyle, this year’s program will include special poignancy. Her mother, Mary Floy Dolphin, passed away in March at the age of 90. Mary called the lake home for 78 years. Coyle said the fireworks’ organizer is planning a special tribute to Mary as part of the show.

“She loved the lake and she loved the fireworks,” Coyle said.

Donations to the community display are being collected outside Safeway and at he Liberty Lake Farmers Market. Coyle’s husband, Tim, is a catalyst on the fundraising front. Coyle said she has veered away from pursuing a corporate sponsor, saying she intends to keep “the country, hometown feel.”

“People ask me, ‘Why don’t you get a corporate sponsor?’” she said. “We don’t want to do that. There was a display in Seattle that had a corporate sponsor one year when the economy was bad and they bailed out two weeks before the event. My philosophy is to let the people who donate have ownership of the display.”

Those interested in supporting Liberty Lake Community Fireworks Display can send donations to P.O. Box 430, Liberty Lake, WA. 99019 or go to

“We do our thing and they do theirs,” Coyle said of the concurrent lake/city shows. “It doesn’t really bother me. It’s a wonderful day.”

Fourth of July events this year include:

The 31st annual Liberty Lake Fourth of July Community Parade through the Alpine Shores neighborhood. Parade lineup will begin at 11 a.m. with the procession beginning at noon. Decorated golf carts, scooters, strollers and bikes are welcome. Games and food will follow at the Alpine Shores common area. Pat and Mike Lutzenberger will serve as this year’s parade grand marshals.

Concert and fireworks in Pavillion Park featuring Twenty Dollar Bill, The Rub and Tuxedo Junction. Music begins at 5:30 p.m. Liberty Lake Kiwanis will be selling concessions.

Orchard Park

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Lake Life Orchard Park

Lake Life Orchard Park

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“Lake Life” is an original comic strip by local writer/artist and Gazette contributor Craig Howard featuring Liberty Lake themes, history and characters. It features the adventures of the Liberté family – dad Jake, mom Peg, daughter Claire, son Satchel and dog Dwight. No one is quite sure if they live north or south of Sprague Avenue but they love Liberty Lake.

Spine Support – Friends of the Library Utilizes Creative Fundraising

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Liberty Lake library

What do Greenstone Homes, a pair of chihuahuas and a couple of local service clubs have in common?

All are stepping up to support their community library.

Judi Owens
Liberty Lake resident Judi Owens is constructing a quilt as a fundraiser for Friends of the Liberty Lake Municipal Library. Owens was part of the first community library committee after the vote for Liberty Lake incorporation passed in 2000.

When Liberty Lake resident and seasoned quilter Judi Owens pitched an idea for a unique fundraiser to Friends of the Liberty Lake Municipal Library, the concept took off. Donors will have their names embroidered on the spines of books sewn onto a quilt that will be displayed at the library as a blend of decorative blanket and legacy wall. .

So far, the list of philanthropists includes local businesses like Greenstone, service clubs like Kiwanis and Rotary, a collection of families and individuals and “Rico,” a chihuahua belonging to Steve and Charmaine Peterson. “Pecos,” the Peterson’s dog who passed away last year, will also be represented on a spine of his own.

“I thought this was some way I could contribute,” said Owens who served as a City Council member for 10 years beginning in 2001. “I feel I have an investment in Liberty Lake. I hope people think of me as someone who has a heart for this community.”

Time is running out to reserve a spine. Orders must be placed by the end of June. A trio of levels are available for donors starting with Silver ($50 to $249); Gold ($250 to $499) and Platinum ($500 and up). Owens says she plans to have the quilt ready by some point this summer.

Local businesses, families, individuals and service clubs are to be represented on a quilt that will be displayed at the Liberty Lake Municipal Library.

“This is going to be an heirloom for the library,” said Friends President Holly Woodruff. “We laugh that we can envision it on “Antiques Roadshow” one day. This is a way you can have your name associated as a contributor to this cause.”

Woodruff said funds raised through the quilt project and other Friends’ efforts help ensure that library programming is available year-round. That means everything from Lego Club to drop-in computer classes to Nerf Wars and more. Support from Friends has also secured free passes to the Mobius Science Center and Spokane Symphony.

“The library does so much but the funding it gets from the city’s property tax goes toward salaries, building maintenance, some purchase of books and a few other things,” Woodruff said. “Without funding from the Friends of the Library, the library wouldn’t be able to put on this programming.”

After the vote for Liberty Lake incorporation passed in November 2000, Owens was part of a committee that began discussing plans for a municipal library. When the city secured a small space in the Greenstone building, Owens helped procure donated bookshelves from the Central Valley School District where she worked at the time.

Funds raised by Friends of the Liberty Lake Municipal Library sustain year-round programming at the library.

In addition to donor names, Owens says she plans to include images on the quilt representing the city and longtime Library Director Pamela Mogen who retired last year.

Woodruff said Friends continues to operate with a low overhead of around 1 percent. Annual membership dues are only $10. The group meets at the library on the last Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m.

“It’s great being part of something that is such a central part of Liberty Lake,” Woodruff said. “This is our community center.”

On July 24, Friends will host “A Summer Soiree” at Liberty Lake Wine Cellars from 6 to 8:30 p.m. After a successful inaugural event last year, the agenda will remain much the same with lawn games, hor d’oeuvres and gourmet desserts. Wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets are $25 per person. The musical stylings of the Anne and Dan duo will also be featured. Theme baskets will be offered as part of a silent auction.

“Ticket sales for the first soiree cleared $1,200,” Woodruff said.

Tickets for “A Summer Soiree” are available at the library and Liberty Lake Wine Cellars.

To donate to the quilt project and have a name included on a book spine, email Holly Woodruff by June 30 at

Resident Roll Call — Dave Himebaugh

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Dave Himebaugh

As a native of SoCal, it makes sense that Dave Himebaugh would become a Laker.

Only in this case, the allegiance has nothing to do with the NBA team based in Los Angeles. Dave and his wife Debbie have been Liberty Lakers since moving here from Southern California in 1990.

Since then, Himebaugh has grown accustomed to the stark contrast in winter weather and devoted himself to a variety of community causes. He has volunteered with Friends of Pavillion Park (FOPP) since 2003 and been a past president of the entity that oversees the Summer Festival and other civic programming.

“From fundraising to event planning of the movies and concert series, Dave’s leadership with Friends of Pavillion Park has made a difference,” said Liberty Lake Mayor Steve Peterson.

Himebaugh brought his insight and experience to the city’s Parks and Arts Commission when he became an inaugural member after the advisory group was formed in early 2018 to provide the community with direction on greenspace, recreation and community art. He has been serving as the vice chair.

“Dave was an easy choice to put on the Parks and Arts Commission,” Peterson said. “His knowledge of community, his involvement with all aspects of FOPP, his appreciation of the value of public art in public places and a great financial grasp to pull it all together have been outstanding. He is recognized as a true leader with the commission.”

Some people know Himebaugh as a third degree Black Belt who serves as owner and lead instructor of Northwest Taekwondo Academy based at the HUB Sports Center in Liberty Lake. He has also been a longtime HUB board member.

An avid Gonzaga men’s basketball fan, Himebaugh is a season ticket holder and can rattle off the latest Zags’ recruits as well as much of the program’s history. When FOPP would host its annual Holiday Ball fundraiser at the historic Davenport Hotel, Himebaugh could be counted on to donate a basketball signed by the team along with tickets to games at The Kennel.

Dave and Debbie are proud parents of five kids, all graduates of Central Valley High School. The couple enjoys boating on Lake Coeur d’ Alene in their spare time.

Himebaugh has a degree from Cal State-Long Beach University in Business Administration and Finance. A seasoned financial advisor, Himebaugh has worked for Shearson Lehman Brothers and Paine Webber and is currently a senior vice president with Robert W. Baird & Co.

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