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  • Six will graduate at Sprague High

    Jean Stromberger and Kathy Shields, Gazette Correspondents|May 22, 2013

    Lamont Sprague High School graduation will be Saturday, June 1, at 7 p.m. in the school gym. The 2013 graduating seniors are Kelly Melville, Ethan Melville, Zach Swanger, Alanna Wheeler, Rachel Barres and Jash Fritts. Megan Gaffney, daughter of Sandy and David Irish and Kevin and Debra Gaffney, graduated from Northern Arizona University Friday, May 11, at Flagstaff, Ariz. Joining Megan’s parents were grandmother Betty Stone, aunts Patty Ethredge and Carolyn Behrens. After graduation they all attended a celebratory dinner. On Thursday Megan a... Full story

  • Tennis in Lamont

    Jean Stromberger and Kathy Shields, Gazette Correspondents|May 15, 2013

    Lamont With the nearest tennis courts being 30 miles away, it is hard to believe that tennis is thriving in the little town of Lamont, but it is. Lind/Ritzville/Sprague (LRS) just competed in the District 7 and 9 tournament and eight of their players qualified for regionals, five of whom live in Lamont. The following players from LRS qualified for regionals: Zach Swanger, placed fourth in district singles; Alex Wheeler and Kyle Canaday, placed third in boys’ doubles; Tracy Melville placed second in girls’ singles; Kelly Melville and Alanna Whe...

  • Lamont Library friends sell books for building

    Jean Stromberger and Kathy Shields, Gazette Correspondents|Jul 5, 2012

    Lamont Friends of the Lamont Library with Ruth Simpson at the helm conducted a book sale in the new Lamont Library June 22-24. It included a bake sale and a raffle. Gale Mann won the grand prize, an Afghan and hand crochet slippers. Proceeds will be used to finish the plumbing, electrical wiring and the framing in the building. They are planning a spaghetti feed around the end of July to further the work in hopes of opening the library in November. Grants and donations will help with the completion. Hundreds of used books of every subject were... Full story

  • Red Hat ladies roll to Ritzville

    Jean Stromberger and Kathy Shields, Gazette Correspondents|Jun 28, 2012

    Lamont Nita Polda June 20 hosted a group of 14 Sprague-Lamont Red Hat Ladies on a trip to Ritzville. They had lunch at the Cow Creek Mercantile and toured the Frank R. Burroughs house. Making the trip were Mary Anderson, Bea Butler, Diane Cook, Anita Frederick, Marcia Landers, Jean Meyers, Shirley Miller, Nita Polda, Pat Peterson, Mary Ruud, Claudette Sharp, Kathy Sheilds, Betty Stone and Nita Vold. Before returning home, Betty, Pat and Kathy visited Evelyn Sheilds at the Ritzville nursing home. Bonnie Swannack was also visiting Evelyn....

  • Lamonters bag bears in Alaska

    Jean Stromberger and Kathy Shields, Gazette Correspondents|Jun 7, 2012

    Lamont Sandi Swannack and Steven Engles along with their friend, Keith Pigott from Tacoma, recently traveled to Alaska to hunt coastal black bears. They flew into Ketchikan and then boarded a DeHavilland Beaver float plane for the trip to Prince of Wales Island. They rented a Suburban and drove to Craig, Alaska, where they stayed at the Kingfisher Lodge. They hunted with the Suburban for the first few days and then changed to a 16 foot skiff. All three hunters killed bears, Sandi’s being the largest. Her bear scored a 20 inch skull and was six...

  • Lamont school reunion slated June 30 at center

    Jean Stromberger and Kathy Shields, Gazette Correspondents|Jun 7, 2012

    Lamont Lamont School reunion will be Saturday, June 30, at the Lamont Community Center beginning at noon. Invitations have been mailed, and friends, family, classmates, etc., are also encouraged to attend. The dinner will be catered this year by Cathy Jo’s Catering from Lind, Wash. For reservations at $23 per person, please contact Wayne Kelly, The deadline is June 10 for reservations. Betty Stone, Patty Ethredge and Patty’s son Cody drove to Wilbur Sunday to see Tiffany and Seth Wagner and their new baby son, Gun...

  • Rodeo finalist qualifies for nationals

    Jean Stromberger and Kathy Shields, Gazette Correspondents|May 24, 2012

    Lamont Bonnie Swannack and Janet Bowman drove to Kennewick Saturday to watch Tommie Sue participate in the state Junior Rodeo finals. Sunday, Bill Swannack joined them to see her win the state finals. Because Tammi Sue has won many contests and awards during the season she will go to the National Rodeo Finals in Gallop, N.M. Dan and Jean Stromberger announce the birth of a great-granddaughter, Macy, born Saturday to Aaron and Sarah Stromberger in Spokane....

  • Art Swannack reports on DC trip

    Jean Stromberger and Kathy Shields, Gazette Correspondents|Mar 15, 2012

    Lamont Art Swannack left March 4 for Washington D.C. to attend the Washington Farm Bureau DC Days event. On Monday morning the group attended an American Farm Bureau briefing on the issues of labor, youth employment in ag, trade and the current status of Farm Bill negotiations. In the afternoon the group traveled to the New Zealand Embassy for a meeting. The New Zealand embassy staff gave an overview of their country’s agriculture industry and how trade impacts them. They discussed the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement c... Full story

  • Lamont library meeting tonight

    Jean Stromberger and Kathy Shields, Gazette Correspondents|Mar 8, 2012

    Lamont A Lamont Library town meeting will be at the Lamont Community building tonight, Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. Allen and Diane Cook drove to Ritzville to watch grandson, Logan Miller, Kahlotus, participate in an FFA trap shoot at the Ritzville gun club. Sandi Miller, Kahlotus, was an overnight guest of her parents, Allen and Diane Cook. She attended a class in Spokane Valley Friday. Don and Sherrill Nelson attended the Christian youth theater performance of “Oklahoma” Sunday at the Spokane Bing Crosby Theater. Their 10 year old gra... Full story

  • Swannack attend convention in AZ

    Jean Stromberger and Kathy Shields, Gazette Correspondents|Feb 9, 2012

    Lamont Art and Jill Swannack traveled to Scottsdale, Ariz., Jan. 24-29 to attend the American Sheep Industry convention. Art is a member of the national executive board and is in charge of the Resource Management council, which covers issues such as public grazing, predator management and targeted grazing (controlling weeds and other undesirable plants using sheep grazing). His council heard reports on reform efforts in Washington D.C., U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s new plan for wolf recovery in the U.S., grazing issues on public lands a... Full story

  • Shields family travels

    Jean Stromberger and Kathy Shields, Gazette Correspondents|Dec 1, 2011

    Lamont Kathy Shields along with her daughter and son, Billie Jo Davison and Ed Shields, flew to Orlando, Fla., Nov. 6 where they met up with Kathy’s sister Elaine Nave and family David and Lisa Nave and Ann and Mark Sondergard. The group drove to Marritt Island where they rented a house with five bedrooms, a pool and boat dock and could watch porpoises and manatee. Kathy and Elaine lived two years during WWII at Banana River Naval Air Base where their father was stationed. They lived in base housing with the ocean and beach at their back d... Full story

  • Shields attends 60-year Cheney High reunion

    Jean Stromberger and Kathy Shields, Gazette Correspondents|Sep 29, 2011

    Lamont Kathy Shields attended her Cheney High School class of 1951 60-year reunion Sept. 19, 20 and 21 at the Northern Quest Casino. Twenty-four classmates out of the class of 49 attended. Classmates and guests brought a total of 38 to the event. Classmates came from Idaho, Utah, California, Wisconsin, Oregon and Washington. Only nine classmates were unable to attend. The Little Red Hens red hat ladies club met Sept. 20, for lunch at Bunkers on Williams Lake. Those attending were Mary Anderson, Bea Butler, Georgia Bageant, Jackie Brown, Diane...

  • 4Hers compete in Puyallup

    Kathy Shields, Gazette Correspondents|Sep 22, 2011

    Lamont Jean Stormberger Friday morning, Jill Swannack left with Carmen, Leah, Owen and her sister Stacy Boyden for the Washington State Fair at Puyallup to compete in the 4H Livestock Judging and Demonstration contests. Eight members of Jill’s Sprague-Lamont 4H club qualified for the State Fair contest as well as eight other Lincoln County 4Hers. Six of Jill’s 4H club members qualified to do demonstrations at the State Fair 4H contest. The demonstration contest is where individual 4Hers give a presentation on a topic and are graded for kno...

  • Swannack attends nursing school reunion

    Jean Stromberger, Gazette Correspondent|Sep 15, 2011

    Lamont Bonnie Swannack recently attended a luncheon at the Red Lion in Riverfront Park for 26 of her classmates that graduated from The Deaconess School of Nursing 50 years ago. Judy Pagnotti from Mountlake Terrace, also a graduate with Bonnie, drove over and attended the luncheon and spent a few days visiting the Swannacks. Lamont School has received an $80,000 grant to complete three projects at the school. The money will be used to replace the outside doors, replace the burner on the furnace and install a bathroom with handicap access....

  • Lamont - Red Hat Ladies view Di Vinci exhibit at MAC in Spokane

    Jean Stromberger and Kathy Shields, Gazette Correspondents|Aug 4, 2011

    Lamont Betty Stone hosted the Red Hat Ladies who drove to Spokane for lunch at the Elk Public house in the Browns Addition and attended the MAC’s Leonardo Di Vinci exhibit. Bea Butler, Jackie Brown, Diane Cook, Kay Dirks, Anita Frederick, Marcia Landers, Claudia Lowman, Jean Meyers, Shirley Miller, Pat Peterson, Mary Ruud, Claudette Sharp, Kathy Shields and Nita Vold made the trip. Jim, Rene Polda and daughter Tori arrived Friday at the home of Nita and Matt Polda. On Saturday Jim and Rene attended the funeral of Keith Anderson in Medical L...

  • Red Hats roll to Spokane

    Jean Stromberger and Kathy Shields, Gazette Correspondents|Jul 7, 2011

    Lamont On June 15 the Sprague-Lamont Red Hat Ladies club met at the Rock City Grill at the Spokane River Park Square for lunch. Those attending were Mary Anderson, Bea Butler, Jackie Brown, Kay Dirks, Anita Frederick, MArcia Landers, Jean Meyers, Shirley Miller, Nita Polda, Pat Peterson, Kathy Sheilds, Betty Stone, Nita Vold and Diane Cook. After lunch Betty, Pat, Nita P., Kay, Jackie and Kathy went to see the movie “Water for Elephants.” Betty Stone and daughters Debbie Gaffney, Patty Ethredge and Carolyn Behrens drove to Couer d’Alene recen... Full story

  • EWU commencement program lists Swannack service award

    Jean Stromberger, Gazette Correspondents|Jun 23, 2011

    Lamont Leslie Swannack of Lamont was awarded a Distinguished Service Award for classified staff at the Eastern Washington University. The award honor was included in the Eastern Washington University commencement program. Leslie, who has a degree in business administration from Washington State University, has been working as an administrative assistant at Eastern since March of 2006. Prior to that she worked as an instructional aide at the St John school. She provides administrative support for the graduate studies program, vice provost for gr... Full story

  • Exchange students wrap up year

    Jean Stromberger and Kathy Shields, Gazette Correspondents|Jun 2, 2011

    Lamont Diane Cook accompanied Thomas Wu from China, Miguel Pineda from Spain, and Carmen Swannack to Spokane, Sunday afternoon to do some shopping. The two boys will return to their respective homes in the middle of June after living with the Art and Jill Swannack family as exchange students for one year. The boys attended St. John High School where Thomas will graduate and Miguel was a sophomore. Diane and Allan Cook drove to Kahlotus last Friday to attend eighth grade/high school graduation. Logan Miller, grandson of the Cooks, was a member...

  • Spokane Jr. Livestock entrants collect awards

    Jean Stromberger and Kathy Shields, Gazette Correspondents|May 12, 2011

    Lamont Jill and Art Swannack and their children Carmen, Leah and Owen Swannack and Thomas Wu and Miguel Pineda, their two exchange students, attended the Spokane Junior Livestock Show at the Spokane Fairgrounds May 4-8 . Jill, is the leader of the Sprague Lamont 4H Club that won the Jim Seabeck award for outstanding club. The St. John FFA won the Jim Seabeck award for outstanding FFA Chapter. The kids showed both sheep and meat goats at the fair. Carmen received Grand Champion in FFA speech, Grand Champion FFA lads and ladies lead, Reserve...

  • Easter program set at Lamont Community church

    Jean Stromberger and Kathy Shields, Gazette Correspondents|Apr 21, 2011

    Lamont Lamont Church and Sunday School will present the Easter Program at the church Sunday, April 24 at 10 a.m. The story of Easter will be told in music, a puppet show, a skit by the Junior Church group and a reading by members of the congregation. Ed Dickerson from Norfolk, Va., visited his sister, Diane Cook, three days last week. He was in Portland repairing radios on Navy ships and he took time out to visit Diane. Ed travels all over the United States to Navy ports to do repair work. Nancy Wecker from Meridian, Idaho, arrived at the home...

  • Vancouver duo visits Lamont

    Jean Stromberger And Kathy Shields|Mar 31, 2011

    Lamont Rick and Kris Ann Bulcroft of Vancouver, B.C., arrived in Lamont Saturday, March 18, to visit Kris Ann’s mother, Nita Polda, and brother, Matthew. On Sunday, other family members and friends arrived to see the Bulcrofts. They included Kon and Janet Lamparter, Frank and Myrna Rehn and Scott and Bonny Rehn, all of Spokane, and Hugh and Evelyn Kreamer of Sprague. Rick and Kris Ann returned home Tuesday. Kathy Shields drove to Spokane Sunday to join her daughter, Billie Jo Davison and family, for a movie and dinner at the Thai Bamboo. F...

  • Lamont church meeting

    Jean Stromberger And Kathy Shields|Mar 17, 2011

    Lamont The Lamont Community Church had its annual business reports after a potluck dinner on Sunday. After the reports were given a business meeting was conducted. During church, Thomas Nu and Jean Stromberger played a duet on the piano that was appreciated by the congregation. Reardan High School girls’ basketball team coached by Ed Shields of Lamont won the state 2B girls basketball championship on March 5 at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Carolyn Behrens was a Saturday luncheon guest at the home of Bill and Stella Melville. Clancy P...

  • Swannack attends sheep meeting

    Jean Stromberger And Kathy Shields|Mar 10, 2011

    Lamont Art Swannack traveled to Denver last Thursday for the spring American Sheep Industry (ASI) board meeting. This is the meeting when all the national council and committee assignments are decided upon. Art was appointed chair of the Resource Management Council, which oversees natural resource, predator and public lands issues for ASI. Art was elected in January to a second term as Region 8 director (WA, OR, CA and HI) and looks forward to another year serving sheep producers. He returned home Friday evening. Saturday, Allen and Diane Cook... Full story

  • Lamonters attend shows, dinners

    Jean Stromberger And Kathy Shields|Feb 24, 2011

    Lamont On Sunday, Feb. 13, Kris and Gus Musante and their guest, Kaye Bailey, attended the U.S. Air Force sponsored Tops in Blue 2010 World tour production “We Believe.” This musical show was performed by all Air Force personnel at the Spokane Convention Center. The Air Force produces this show for only Air Force personnel and their guests. Spokane is just one stop on their world tour. Betty Stone met her sister, Carol Vest, her niece, Lisa Bordwell and her daughters, Carolyn Behrens, Debbie Gaffney and Patty Ehteredge, for lunch in the Spo...

  • Veterinarian moves practice

    Jean Stromberger And Kathy Shields|Feb 10, 2011

    Lamont Dr. Jill Swannack has moved her veterinarian practice to the Sprague building she formerly occupied. Diane Cook will assist Dr. Swannack on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Stephanie White from Ritzville will work as bookkeeper Monday through Thursday. The people from the Lamont Church will have a Valentine party at Lai Lai Gardens in Airway Heights Saturday evening at 6 p.m. They welcome anyone who would like to join them. Donna Cook Harbaugh from Missoula met Alan and Diane Cook in Colfax for lunch recently. Susan and Craig Swanson who...

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