Category: Community

Six-word story: February 2021

Each month’s prompt will be in the newspaper and on Facebook. Our favorite stories will be published the following month. Responses will be judged on creativity and the ability to communicate a story. Submit your six-word story by the 25th of each month.

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Dollars for Scholars Hearts Fund 2021

The annual Dollars for Scholars Hearts Fund has begun. The fundraising effort runs from February 1st – March 20th. The funds raised will make up scholarships for seniors at Deer Park High School, Home Link, and Deer Park Alternative School.

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The COVID Experience

From the loss of loved ones to arguments about masks and lockdowns, and now tracking the vaccine and deciding whether or not to even get it, everyone has a personal story about the impacts of the virus upon their daily life.

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A City Evolves: Planning and Progress

Deer Park’s population is growing and forecasts predict it will continue to do so. A question naturally arises: How can Deer Park keep its charm and character while continuing to grow?

Even before its incorporation on June 24, 1908, early residents and non-residents alike looked to Deer Park as a rural escape from Spokane. It was a community they had created for themselves while working with the Spokane Falls/Great Northern Railway, Arcadia Orchards, or Short and Crawford’s lumber mill, whose structure eventually became the city’s center. More than a century later, with few remnants of the lumber mill or orchards left, many of the town’s residents still cherish the charm, character, and “escape from the city” Deer Park provides. Many would like it to stay this way.

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Illustration of Monroe Street Bridge over the Spokane River by local artist Megan Perkins

Local Talent: Megan Perkins

Megan Perkins is an artist in all walks of life. She’s a painter, a potter, and the watercolorist behind the book project, Artist’s Eye on Spokane—a compilation of watercolor paintings from 52 weeks of her year around Spokane. She is one of those people whose passion is what they live and breathe every day. In every corner of her life, artistic expression fills her time. It has trained her, she says, to be intentional in her hunt for beauty in her daily life.

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City Council Meetings Now Streaming

Deer Park City Council meetings are now streaming on the Deer Park Gazette Facebook page. The entire phone conference will be streamed live. Meetings are held every first and third Wednesday at 7pm.

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Flushing toilet

What the Flush?

The difference between flushable and treatable might not be a question asked by the city dweller. If the item effortlessly flushed away, all is fine, right? Actually, no, it may not be all right.

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Boy Scout troop 2216 at the 2018 Clayton Community Fair opening ceremony.

Fairs Face Funding Hurdles in 2021

With the Governor mandating budget cuts across the board, the Department of Agriculture may be forced to cut funding that supports community fairgrounds as well. These cuts, in addition to the loss of revenue from canceled events, will be hard on many fairs.

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The Cast of Rosie the Riveter

Home Link Play: Rosie the Riveter

Perhaps inspired by their title character, Rosie the Riveter, Deer Park’s home link drama team overcame some big challenges and found a way to make their production come to life. In the face of changes, and the choice to either cancel yet another event or adapt, they adapted and broke the mold.

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