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Coulee Recollections

A look at the past


Ten Years Ago

A commission that will help bring money for improvements to Elmer City was given the vote of approval Thursday. The commissioners are: Doris Bonertz, Wynne Dennis, Jeff DeWinkler, Ralph Rise and Robert Riley.

A fallen pilot was honored with a quilt and wall hanging by a group of local quilters. The quilt called ”Silent Tribute” and the hanging called ”Randy’s Spirit Wolf” are in memory of Randy Harmon who died while fighting an arson fire near Keller.             

Twenty Years Ago

The idea of combining the area’s police departments again was discussed in the area. During negotiations of Grand Coulee police contract with Electric City, Electric City council stated they had been looking into different options for police protection.

Wright Elementary students learned first hand in a lesson of what to do if a fire breaks out at home. The Department of Natural Resources and local firefighters brought in a simulated home to teach how to safely exit a home in case of fire. Corey Hilson, Charles Desautel and Jared Dennis from Mrs. Farrell’s first grade class were a few who experienced this smokey lesson. 

Thirty Years Ago

  Coulee Dam Volunteer Firefighters’ Association generously donated to Grand Coulee Area Camp Fire groups. Two representatives from each group delivered cookies to President Mike Hare - cookies that the girls baked them selves to thank the group. Becky Adams, Christi Marriot, Colleen Tracy, Stephanie Williams, Bridget Abrahamson, Tiffany Valdez, Teray Warnecke, Sharissa Jordan, Melissa Dunlap, Erin Black, Lucy Bruketta, Sibyl Spence, Ann-Marie Bianchi and Karrie Fields all helped deliver the treats.

A new boutique opened in Grand Coulee this week. Cinnamon Stick will offer kitchen and bath supplies, gourmet cookware, loose teas and fresh coffee beans. The owners are Joyce Spencer and Pat Wilson.

Forty Years Ago  

Grand Coulee Fire Chief “Buzz” Baker who has served more than 28 years, with 21 as Fire Chief, will retire from service next week.

Fifty Years Ago

Landy Harrell caught a pass and ran 60 yards for a touchdown to clinch the victory for the Grand Coulee Tigers, 32-0 against Soap Lake. The Tigers defense was the major factor in the game, only allowing two first downs the whole contest.

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