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Spring seems to be in the air early this year, therefore, winter carnival may not be the correct name for the Chewelah Combined PTSA’s annual carnival. Something warmer seemed more appropriate with “Hawaiian Days” becoming the theme.
The community is invited to come and enjoy a warm island atmosphere on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 5-8 p.m. at Gess Elementary.
Among the festivities will be Kiddieland (area for 5 and under), a cake walk, milk bottles, fishing, golf, ping pong toss, face painting, Hawaiian bowling, picture booth, guess the amount, hot dogs, cotton candy, and popcorn.
Tokens can be earned to be spent at the Waikiki Store for prizes. Wear something Hawaiian themed and receive a token.
Tickets may be purchased early, 5 for $1, or purchased at the door, 4 for $1. Most games take 1 or 2 tickets.
Come enjoy a memorable evening of fun and excitement with your children.

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Justin Peterson and his family will be hosting the 6th annual Nacho Dinner, Dessert Auction, and Raffle on March 7, 2015 starting at 5 p.m. at the Chewelah American Legion to benefit Inland Northwest Honor Flight.
Raffle tickets are now available for a donation of 1 for $2.50 or 5 for $10. Contact Peterson at or call 509-670-2322 for more information. There are also tickets available through the Chewelah Legion members.
This year’s prizes (4 winners) are first choice of:
A night at the Davenport Hotel
2 tickets to the WSU vs Stanford football game on October 31
2 tickets to the UW vs Sacramento State football game on September 12
Autographed Mariners Baseball

Editor’s Note: Here, Peterson shares his personal story of how he has raised over $86,000 for Inland Northwest Honor Flight in the past 5 years:
My name is Justin Peterson, a 14 year old on a mission to support our Military Heroes.
Five years ago while living in Chewelah, I did a non-graded school project on World War II.
As part of this project I wrote a paper on World War II and had the honor of interviewing and sharing the stories of 10 local WWII Veterans with my community. I also raised money for Inland Northwest Honor Flight by speaking at meetings in town, writing letters asking for donations, holding a change drive, and a Nacho feed. My original goal was to raise $600, enough money to send one Veteran to D.C. Generous donations from all over helped me to raise $4,300 and send 15 Veterans to D.C. on a deserving trip with donated Southwest Airlines plane tickets that year.
I have hosted 7 more Nacho Feed dinners in two towns since then. My family and Legion friends have put on 3 ATV Poker Rides and I have assisted with 3 other poker ride fundraisers.
With everyone’s help I passed my initial goal and have now raised and secured donations of over $86,000 allowing over 140 Inland Northwest Veterans to be honored with an Honor Flight!!!
In July of 2011 and May of 2013, I was honored with the opportunity to travel to D.C. on an Honor Flight with a group of Veterans as a guardian. These trips have helped me to see just how important my work is, and just how much this honor means to our Military Heroes. I have decided to continue to raise money for this wonderful organization to ensure that all the Veterans who would like to go to Washington D.C., can. My new goal is to raise $100,000 by the time I graduate from high school, so far my total is at just under $87,000.
Since relocating to Wenatchee, I have begun to spread the word of Honor Flight to the Veterans of this area. I have convinced many to sign up for their flights and have been able to raise even more money for this wonderful organization. Through my work I have met many of our most senior Veterans and have made some wonderful friends. I have shaken the hands of Heroes and have had dinners with living history. It means a lot to me when our Heroes are honored for their service and sacrifices from so long ago. I am trying to help our Veterans before it is too late and need your help. I am always looking for ways to raise money and secure donations as well as tell people about Honor Flight so they can help. I would be honored if you would consider helping me with my goal.
Inland Northwest Honor Flight is an organization that sends our WWII, Korean War, and terminally ill Veterans of all wars on all-expenses paid trips to Washington D.C. to see the memorials built in their honor. As time goes on, the program will naturally transition to the most senior Veterans. The most senior and terminally ill Veterans are always given priority. The average cost to send a Veteran is now $900 which includes airfare, meals, hotel and transportation. So far 892 Inland Northwest WWII, Korean War, and terminally ill Veterans have gone to D.C. since the first flight in November 2009. There are hundreds of Veterans on the waiting list right now and this does not include the dozens that have passed away before having a chance to go on their Honor Flight. Because INWHF relies solely on donations, every little bit really does count, and time is running out for many of our Heroes.
I continue to raise money by selling wristbands and hat pins on my website. I attend various events to help spread the word and ask for donations. I do letter writing campaigns as well as give speeches to anyone who will listen. I host Nacho Dinners and Poker Rides and help with other events when offered. With the help of my mom I am also filling out applications for grants and awards to try to help INWHF get even more money to help our Veterans.
This work has helped me realize just how important it is that we help our WWII, Korean War (and all) Veterans be honored for their service and sacrifice so many years ago, for many of them this is the only thanks they have ever received for serving our County and protecting our freedoms. Many have told me that it helped them heal and say goodbye to their fellow brothers and sisters who died so many years ago. Most of these men and women are in their 80s and 90s now and over a thousand are passing away each and every day; five of my close WWII friends have passed away just in the past year. These men and women saved the world. They fought for all of us. I can do what I do today because of them. It is so important that we all pitch in and help honor them before it is too late.
What can YOU do?

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Mt. Carmel Hospital in Colville is being sued by a woman who was discharged to a local hotel in nothing more than “two hospital gowns and a pair of socks” in the middle of the winter after a failed operation on her knee.
Christine Ford alleges that she went to Mt. Carmel Hospital in Colville on March 12, 2012 for injuries from an ATV accident. Hospital staff observed that Ford had a “limited range of motion” and a laceration on her left knee. An x-ray on the knee showed that Ford had “dark opacities which may be bone fragments or foreign bodies” in the knee that were “recommended for further study,” according to the court complaint. Dr. Sachin Nagrani irrigated the knee wound and sutured it closed, giving Ford “Morphine and Zofran” for her pain, according to court documents.
Ford was told by the hospital to call her family to take her home, but the person coming to pick her up, Victor Ray, got stuck in the snow on the trip over Tiger Pass. The Washington State Patrol closed the pass, preventing Ray from picking up Ford from Mt. Carmel.
Ford, still under the effects of Morphine, was then clothed in “two hospital gowns and a pair of cotton socks” and taken to Benny’s Motel in Colville by taxi where she was left for the night, according to the complaint. Ford claims she had no “opportunity to object to the decision” to send her to the hotel. Ford was picked up by Ray the next day after the pass reopened.
Thirty days after the treatment from Dr. Nagrani, Ford still had “severe left leg pain” and went to the Newport Hospital in Newport, where an x-ray showed “positive signs of the presence of dirt, sticks, rocks and grass” that had caused an infection, according to court documents. The wound was reopened and left to drain.
Ford is suing Mt. Carmel Hospital/Providence Mt. Carmel Hospital and Dr. Nagrani for Negligence for “an amount to be proven at trial” for “pain, mental distress, anguish and humiliation and medical expenses.”

By Jamie Henneman, The Independent Staff



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