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Home Away From Home

Spokolonia gives Spokane's Polish community a chance to unite
When Robert Sloma moved into his new home, he hung two flags outside his house — American and Polish — as one of his first orders of business. Through this simple act, he unwittingly laid the foundation from which the community he'd been searching for would emerge.

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Sports | The All-Stars

Avista Stadium hosts the Northwest League vs. Pioneer League midsummer classic
In Major League Baseball, all the league has to do to attract people to its All-Star Game is make sure fans know which TV network is going to air it. At the lower depths of the minor leagues, it's more of a challenge to throw a memorable midsummer classic, considering the players involved are largely unknown, just starting to make names for themselves and often jump teams over the course of a season.

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For Your Consideration

A sweet pick-me-up, starry cards and moving journalism
BEVERAGE | One taste of the silky, fruity zestiness of the yerba mate tea, found in bright-yellow aluminum cans from GUAYAKI ORGANIC YERBA MATE, was enough to make me an instant devotee. Many out there have sipped yerba mate tea, likely in loose leaf form, but the tall cans (16 oz.)

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The Walkabout

Distilled: A shot of life
I like to take a beer with me on a walk. Other than driving seven or so miles per hour over the speed limit, it's the only illegal thing I do with any regularity.

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Spokane Style

The buildings and architects who shaped the Lilac City
"Architecturally, Spokane is distinctive; it is unique. Its people want the best and they have the facilities to get it.

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Holding on to Hope

How local librarian Stephanie Oakes penned a breathtaking tale about a girl who loses her hands to a cult
Stephanie Oakes has thought a lot about what it would be like to not have hands. If she had no hands, she'd never have been able to take pen to paper, the early versions of her debut young adult novel spilling into a notebook at the Rocket Bakery in downtown Spokane as she waited for a morning carpool out to Whitworth University.

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TV | Surviving Survival Shows

Be afraid. Be very afraid.
If you put someone (preferably someone naked) on an island and film this someone trying not to die, you're no longer a sociopath, but rather a reality television producer in 2015. It's almost laughable that audiences found the conditions presented in Survivor to be extreme when that show debuted 15 years ago, but that setup is a stay at the Hilton when stacked up against something like Discovery Channel's Naked and Afraid.

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For Your Consideration

Must-see rock docs, Jason Isbell's triumphant return, mean meat on Twitter
FILM | Director Penelope Spheeris spent years refusing to put her eye-opening, three-film documentary series about Los Angeles punks, metalheads and street kids on DVD or Blu-Ray, but happily her daughter finally convinced her to remaster all three and release them as THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION COLLECTION. The first Decline arrived in 1981, offering a gritty, black-and-white look into L.A.'s punk underground and nearly making a star of The Germs' Darby Crash.

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Buggin' Out

Republic's new summer festival features an unlikely menu
Revenge. It's famously a dish best served cold, but when the people of Republic take their revenge on the grasshoppers who the past few years have invaded the town 90 miles northwest of Spokane, they'll be serving the jumpy critters up cold, toasted, deep-fried — you name it.

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Parallel Parking

The drive in Spokane to build parks that fit into parking spaces
Spokane will soon join the likes of San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, New York and other big cities around the country in efforts to add green space, fellowship and art to areas carved with cement and metal (and in the case of Spokane, dotted with potholes). Those efforts are known as parklets.

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BOOK | Priest Lake History

Some surprising aspects of "Idaho's Crown Jewel"
The allure of Priest Lake comes in different forms for the residents of the Inland Northwest (and beyond) who've come to love the pristine waters of "Idaho's Crown Jewel." Maybe it's the crisp mountain air or the recreation opportunities or the nostalgia of family trips to the lake.

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Food & Drink

Festival of Food

Summer in Sandpoint means several options for seasonal dining
With the Festival at Sandpoint approaching quickly, there's even more reason to venture up to Sandpoint; that is, if the food alone hadn't already brought you there. The seasonal vibe of the vacation town is probably best captured at the Oak Street Court (317 Oak St.) with folks like Amie Wolf, the owner of Baconopolis, just one of the food carts found at this location.

Food & Drink

Pop Art + Beer

Filt bar is like an art gallery where you can drink with friends
In black block lettering, the sign simply says "BEER." "We figured that would get the point across," says Filt co-owner Byron Christiansen.

Food & Drink

Fruit Off the Vine

Sheppard Fruit Wines offers a refreshing viticultural alternative
Fruit wine may have gotten a bum rap with cheap, cloyingly sweet brands like Boone's Farm, but wine from something other than grapes offers an interesting alternative with almost limitless possibilities. And it's somewhat easy.

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Second Coming

How a longtime pizza shop owner and a veteran brewer gave birth to Bennidito's Brewpub
Chris Bennett took the long road to establishing a brewery. The longtime owner of Bennidito's Pizza on the South Hill, Bennett was toying with the notion of brewing his own beer after more than a decade of selling a well-curated tap list in his pizza shop.

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A Smooth Move

The Foxhole brings the Garland Drinkery fans across town
When Bill and Deb Weisgerber leased an old building on Garland Avenue in 2011, they planned to open a coffee shop. They also wanted to serve beer and wine for customers to enjoy while listening to live music at night, and after realizing it wouldn't cost too much more to get a liquor license that included spirits, they dropped the whole coffee thing to focus on creating their first bar — the Garland Avenue Drinkery.

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Update | Sushi Sakai

Fresh fish found in the Logan neighborhood
After five years in Spokane Valley, Sushi Sakai moved to Clementine Square this spring, trading in an old, run-down building for an airy new space better suited to showcase the fresh, colorful traditional Asian fare. Sushi is the obvious attraction, and a recent visit featured a remarkably tasty Rainbow Roll that balanced salmon, shrimp, white tuna, ahi tuna and crab.

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I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of July 30th
To the Spokane Policeman and Paramedic that helped me I had drank too much, and was having a terrible night. I tripped and fell and bloodied up my face pretty bad.

I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of July 23rd
Rosauers in Browne's Addition @ closing on the 17th july You saw me as I was walking along the Beer Section..you said hello in passing... I said hi back... then you followed me thru the store...

I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of July 19th
Once upon a time G - I learned from you so much about history...then we shared and made our own. I miss the times we had and the laughs too.

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