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Save the MAC. Here's how you can help.



As you may have heard, the Governor has proposed cutting funding for our museum and closing it, essentially mothballing the artifacts and turning it into a storage warehouse that is not open to the public. We can't let that happen. The MAC, a Smithsonian affiliate, is a major Spokane attraction, contributing as much as $10 million dollars a year to the state economy, welcoming over 85,000 visitors per year. Since 2001 it has attracted over three quarters of a million visitors including 92,000 school children. Plus the MAC has over 4,000 annual visits by researchers to the Research and Archive Library. The annual operating budget is $3 million; $1.9 million state funded, $1.1 million raised locally. Over the past year expenses at the MAC have been slashed, but the fabulous management and staff have managed to keep it open for us to enjoy. Their hard work and dedication continue to bring fascinating educational exhibits to our community. This June Spokane will be the smallest market in the nation to host a major exhibit featuring the genius of Leonardo DaVinci.

A local grass roots organization has been formed to keep our museum open. It's called Save the MAC and you can be a part of it. Go to www.savethemac.org for information on how you can help.


More on the MAC. February is Spokane Museum Month

River Park Square and the MAC have partnered to host the first annual Spokane Museum Month. Starting tomorrow, February 1, with a $20 purchase, patrons of River Park Square can receive a two-for-one admission to the MAC and the historic Campbell House. Museum Month has long been a practice in other cities and the plan is to build and expand the tradition here in the coming years supporting both the Museum and downtown merchants. Go to northwestmuseum.org for more information.

New Nosey Parker mobile app is available

You know Nosey Parker: it includes a shopping guidebook, social media, blogging, and now there is a new Nosey Parker Mobile App. It provides clients the opportunity to reach women who use their phones to make their lives more convenient and thrive on instant information. You can get the app at noseyparkerinw.mobi or at NoseyParkerINW in app stores. There are over 30 mobile app stores available to users and the goal of Nosey Parker is to be listed in each applicable store.

Kim Hagerty joins InCyte Pathology

InCyte Pathology has hired Kim Hagerty as their Corporate Communications Officer. Kim was previously with Signature Genomics.

West Plains Chamber Membership Breakfast this week

The West Plain Chamber's monthly membership breakfast is this Thursday, February 3 from 7 to 8:30am at the Holiday Inn Spokane Airport, 1616 South Windsor Dr. The speaker is Jamie SiJohn, Public Relations Director with the Spokane Tribe of Indians, speaking on the Spokane Tribal Economic Project (STEP), the proposed mixed-use development plan in the West Plains of Spokane County. Cost is $15 for members, $18 for guests. RSVP by Tues, February 1 to kathleen@westplainschamber.org.

The Habitat Store consolidates locations at Spokane Industrial Park

The Habitat Store is moving their 850 E. Trent Avenue store in Spokane, and their Valley store, at 11410 E. Sprague Avenue to Building 10 at Spokane Industrial Park April 1. The stores sell new and used building supplies to fund Habitat for Humanity homes in Spokane, raising over $2 million. The Trent Avenue store will have a liquidation sale March 21st through 26th.

Spokane Central Lions club to host Open House

Come see why you should join Spokane Central Lions at an Open House, Tuesday, March 1, from 11:30 to 1:30 at the Red Lion Inn at the Park. Guest speaker will be Jim McDevitt, the out-going US Attorney for Eastern Washington. He was appointed by Pres. George W. Bush and has served under Pres. Obama. Jim is a graduate of Gonzaga Law School and served as assistant State Attorney General under Slade Gorton. Locally, he was in private practice at the Spokane law firm of Preston, Gates and Ellis also served as an Air Force Brigadier General and Squadron Commander of the 116th Air Refueling Squadron, leading it to the mid-east to fight in the First Gulf War, Desert Storm. Buffet lunch will be served and committee chairs will have demonstrations of the work that Spokane Central Lions does in the community. For more information and to RSVP, please call the Lions office at 328-6900.

Leone & Keeble is busy in town and out of town

Construction firm Leone & Keeble is constructing a building at 37th and Grand, located next to Starbucks and Snap Fitness, that will house an approximately 16,000 square foot medical dental office for dentist Stan Sargent and podiatrist Borys Markewych. That project is scheduled to open June 1.

The firm is also working on a two phase project for the Davenport School District. The project is a $10.5 million job that involves building a new 28,000 square foot building that includes a gym and a remodel of the district's elementary school. Expected completion date is August of 2012.


Joe Kennedy Named 10th Head of Saint George's School

The Saint George's School Board of Trustees has announced that Joseph M. Kennedy has accepted the position of Head of School at Saint George's School.

Kennedy is currently Head of School at West Sound Academy in Poulsbo, Wash. He will move to Spokane and assume his new role as the 10th Head of School in Saint George's 55-year history on July 1, 2011. Prior to his current position, Kennedy served as Head of School at Island Academy on St. John's, Antigua, and at Riverstone International School in Boise, Idaho. At each school he expanded enrollment and strengthened the curriculum with a focus on international programs and cross-cultural learning. Saint George's School is the only K-12 independent college-preparatory school in the Inland Northwest. Established in 1955, the school enrolls 348 students on its scenic 120-acre campus along the Little Spokane River. Saint George's students have the highest average SAT scores of any school in the Spokane area, and its graduates attend highly selective colleges and universities across the nation. You can get more information at www.sgs.org.

Candlelight Valentine Dinner Theatre planned

The Lion's Share will present its first Candlelight Valentine Dinner Theatre, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 11, 12 and 13 at 6:00pm. The evening features and intimate dinner setting in a Victorian home replete with music and an original romantic comedy entitled, "Frame Up". Well known vocalist, Christie Jones, and resident singer, Evelyn Ainley, will perform songs from The Great American Songbook.

Cost for dinner and show is $35 per person. Limited seating requires reservations before February 10th by calling 509-327-1113. The Lion's Share is located at 1627 N. Atlantic. For more information visit their website at www.lionaround.org.

Julie Van Wormer joins ALSC as business development specialist

Julie Van Wormer, who has more than 20 years of marketing and business development experience in the architectural and engineering industries, has joined ALSC Architects as a Business Development Specialist. Julie will focus on public relations and business development for the firm's Spokane, Washington and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho offices. Most recently she worked for a local engineering firm in a related role.

Washington Trust Bank Teams Up with Rypien to Give Hope

Washington Trust Bank has teamed up with Mark Rypien, Super Bowl XXVI MVP, and founder of the Rypien Foundation, to create the Washington Trust Bank football donation program. Over this week, leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, mini footballs featuring Super Bowl XXVI "MVP" Mark Rypien's reproduced signature will be available for purchase at local Washington Trust Bank branches for a $10.00 donation. To add to the excitement, each branch has decorated their lobby in a fun and creative way to promote the Rypien Foundation football fundraiser. You can help Washington Trust pick the winner of their "Best Decorated Branch" contest of 2011, by visiting their Facebook page and voting for the one you like best.

Proceeds will be used to fund and provide HOPE CHESTS for new pediatric cancer patients at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital. HOPE CHESTS are large duffle bags filled with informational materials, resources, and age appropriate items such as: books, games, meal cards, blankets, stuffed animals, toys, a portable DVD player, DVDs, and other items that will help provide comfort, and a much needed distraction, during the challenging times ahead.

Integrus Architecture expands their team

Integrus Architecture recently welcomed the following five new hires:

Dan Sasse joins the Integrus team as Network Administrator. Dan majored in Music, but has worked in several IT roles over the years, including his previous position with a local general contractor.

Andy Robertson joins Integrus as an Intern Architect. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Architectural Studies from Washington State University. His position with Integrus is his first in the architectural field. He is co-founder of the first chapter of Alpha Rho Chi (Professional Fraternity of Architecture) in the Pacific Northwest.

Kathryn Fuller joins Integrus as a Project Architect. Kathryn graduated from Washington State University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies degrees.

Katie Farnes joins the Integrus team as an Interior Designer. Katie graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design in May of 2010. Katie was born and raised in Spokane, but studied abroad in Italy where she took Photography and History of Architecture. It was in Italy she decided to return to school to pursue a degree in design.

Vikki Hansen joins Integrus as a Receptionist. Vikki comes to us from Olympia where she worked for 18 months as a Receptionist for an architectural firm.

Larry Ellingsen retires, sells Inland Audio Visual

Larry Ellingsen, the second generation owner of Inland Audio Visual, has retired after 50 years and has sold the business to longtime employee Tracy Cahalan. The business rents projectors, screens, sound systems, podiums and other items for various presentation needs. Cahalan relocated the business from its 27 West Indiana location to 1414 N. Fiske Street, Suite E.

The new photo of Ed Clark at was taken by photographer Diane Maehl.

The Business Thought of the Week

"If you want to conquer fear, don't sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." Dale Carnegie

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