Spokane household spends weeks elevating cash for father’s funeral following COVID demise

September 26, 2021 7:03 p.m.

Posted on September 26, 2021 7:03 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. – A Spokane family has been trying to raise funds to pay for the funeral of their veteran father, who died of COVID-19, for weeks.

Rachel Foye and her family and friends have been standing in the Staples parking lot in St. Division with signs trying to raise some money since early September.

Foye’s father, a Vietnam veteran, died of COVID in early September. She said her father was vaccinated but still had complications with COVID. Since then, the family has been trying to raise money for funeral expenses.

Foye said it costs more than $ 8,000 for funeral services alone. Since raising funds, they have raised approximately $ 5,000 in addition to a donation from Veteran Affairs.

She says it is financially difficult, especially since she also has eight children who live at home.

“It’s hard. It’s really hard because you want to be home to grieve with your kids and go through those emotions,” said Foye. “It’s a lot of money when you don’t have money.”

Sunday was the last day for the fundraiser as they have to pay the funeral home on Monday.

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Designer Stephanie Sarro’s nice room displays her cheerful type | House | Spokane | The Pacific Northwest Inlander


Tephanie Sarro’s Liberty Lake house is flooded with light and underlined by colors, a cheerful yet quiet place that precisely captures the personality of the versatile designer.

Light streams into the large room – her favorite room – from all directions: the glass entrance area, the slide control onto the closed inner courtyard and through a row of rectangular windows that line the upper floor where Sarro has her studio.

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Next color! Dania chairs and a dining table with a live edge sit on an abstract turquoise carpet, a color that is repeated in art prints on the entrance wall, but also the muted blue-green tone of a leather chaise longue. Variations of orange and red appear in cushions, the glow of glued wood ceiling beams, the fox motif carpet in the grandchildren’s playroom next to the main entrance and numerous works of art, including Sarro’s large watercolor leaf hanging over the fireplace.

Her favorite piece – right next to the great room – is a glowing, rainbow-striped quilt that is visible every time she walks through the door, like a beacon.

“It’s called ‘The Hope'” from the story of Noah, explains Sarro.

Sarro’s interest in art and design began as a teenager growing up in the Washington DC area. She remembers designing and sewing intricate outfits for her dolls. Her grandfather worked in a furniture factory that he eventually took over, and Sarro knows that both his ambition and the way he handled furniture influenced her. Her uncle was also an artist, and Sarro’s mother signed up her and her sister for all kinds of courses from a young age: swimming, skiing, cooking, acting, knitting.

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Sarro was drawn to architecture and attended the School of Architecture / College of Design at North Carolina State University. Her mother’s best friend – a woman – was an architect, which opened Sarro’s eyes. “I thought, ‘I can be an architect and a mother, both,'” says Sarro, who raised four children and taught them at home, all of which are grown up.

The interior design seemed to fit better, however, and perfectly blends Sarro’s interest in art, design and helping others.

She has kept her artistic skills – still hand-rendering all of her clients’ interior designs – and is particularly fond of watercolor. As a young mother she taught art to local children, and later Elizabeth Kincaid’s book Paint Watercolors that Dance with Light fueled her passion for painting. Although she has sold many of her works and continues to exhibit, she did not want to try to make a living from painting. And she’s still sewing and creating bespoke curtains for clients.

“I don’t have a favorite style,” says Sarro, whose own home is mostly mid-century modern, while her current projects include a Tudor-style remodel, a farmhouse-chic project, and a craftsman.

It is important to her, says Sarro, that she accommodates customers with her style.


Spokane weighing methods to use $84 million in COVID-19 stimulus cash

Spokane City officials are considering how to spend $ 84 million on federal COVID-19 stimulus funds and have so far scaled the strategy down to Rs 4.

Replenish, achieve, perseverance and relief.

The four-tier framework set out in a proposed city council resolution is expected to guide the city’s decision-making process in deciding how to use its spending two awards of more than $ 40 million from the American Rescue Plan.

The city council discussed the resolution in a study session on Thursday.

“This resolution is a first attempt at developing a process to organize all the things that people think are great,” said Council Chairman Breean Beggs.

There is no money in the resolution for any specific purpose.

Instead, it focuses on the four topics.

The city will aim to replenish its own coffers, particularly to cover the revenue hit by COVID-19.

An example would be Spokane Parks and Recreation, whose program was disrupted by the pandemic last year.

Instead of just giving departments a check, Beggs says the focus is on developing “responsive” projects. For the park department, this means funding the water program, which was completely discontinued in 2020.

When schools closed during the pandemic, the city lost revenue that was normally captured by its cameras used to obtain tickets for motorists racing through school zones. The program, valued at $ 2.6 million in fines last year, had grossed just $ 1.2 million as of November 2020.

The proceeds from these tickets go to projects aimed at making the streets safer. The concept under the resolution of the American Rescue Plan is not only to compensate for lost revenue from traffic calming, but also to support certain traffic calming projects.

“Reach out” refers to funding from community organizations that the city is already funding, such as Spokane COPS and Spokane Arts, which provide “quasi-urban services,” Beggs said.

Beggs said the city will seek to help businesses and residents in ways that alternative pandemic relief programs have not.

According to the draft resolution, “resilience” calls for “substantial investment in future-oriented initiatives that create long-term, sustainable growth and stability for the city of Spokane and all of its community members”.

To that end, Councilor Candace Vimes suggested directing a two- or three-year preschool program funded by a combination of funds from the American Rescue Plan and other federal and state funds.

“There is data to support this. It has enormous economic and social implications for the future, ”said Mumm.

The Council is expected to vote on the resolution on June 7th.

Spokane Valley RV type store catches fireplace

May 5, 2021, 11:30 p.m.

Matthew Kincanon

Posted: May 5, 2021 11:30 PM

Updated: May 5, 2021 at 11:36 pm

The RV shop

SPOKANE VALLEY, Washington. – The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to a structural fire at 1129 N. Flora on Wednesday evening.

The fire was in a freestanding RV style shop and the crews were able to put it out. A second fire engine contained a small grass fire that spread to neighboring properties.

The house also showed heat damage from radiation.

The property appeared to be empty and a quick search of the house revealed no mortal danger in the main buildings. The store was not searched due to extensive damage and structural breakdowns.

No injuries have been reported and the cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Recipes: Traditional Southern-style Barbecue | Meals & Cooking | Spokane | The Pacific Northwest Inlander


When it comes to grilling, Michael Brown prefers pork. Each animal offers two plates with 14 ribs on each side, ranging from the classic spare rib to the “baby back” or slightly smaller ribs. Spare ribs are usually larger and more marbled – fat corresponds to taste – and take longer to cook, but make a tender, juicy meal. Ribs can be eaten as is or easily turned into pulled pork sandwiches.

For the flavor, Brown uses a dry massage that he makes himself, and like most grill masters, he doesn’t ditch the merchandise on his “secret” sauce (see Spiceology or Michlitch Spice Company for local dry massage options).

Dry massages add flavor and usually contain garlic and onions, as well as spices like cayenne pepper or chilli, a little salt, and sugar to caramelize the surface of the meat. Brown shows, however, that sugar isn’t part of his mix; Instead, he relies on careful “slow” cooking in the smoker over delicately spiced apple wood to caramelize the ribs.

Not a smoker? No problem. You can also cook this dish in the oven and it will still be plenty tasty, says Brown.

Spare ribs

Cut ribs between the bones.

Thoroughly rinse the ribs under cold water and pat dry.

Rub the meat with dry rub and work on the entire exposed surface.

Cover and leave the grated ribs to marinate in the refrigerator overnight.

Get your smoker up to 275 degrees.

Smoke the meat for 3 hours, 10 minutes. No stapling is required.

Serve immediately or let rest and continue to absorb flavor, then reheat as needed.


Pulled Rib Sandwich

Peel the rib off the already cooked rib and use your fingers or two forks to mince it into thread-like pieces.

In a saucepan, add enough of your favorite barbecue sauce to moisten and stir the meat.

Set the heat to medium and add a tablespoon of water at a time to keep the meat moist. The sauce will thicken as it heats, so pay close attention to this. Heat to 175 degrees.

Spread it on toasted hoagie or hamburger buns and add your favorite toppings: pickles, coleslaw, onions, etc.

– Recipes courtesy of Michael Brown from Fresh Soul