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Spokane doctor brings first retina laser to Angola

Spokane doctor brings first retina laser to Angola

It took two years of fundraising and a mountain of paperwork for Dr. Eric Guilielmo of Spokane Eye Clinic to install a retina laser at a hospital in Angola, a country located on the southwest shore of Africa. Many of the patients there suffer from retinal eye conditions and up until Dr. Guilielmo brought the disassembled laser to the country there was nothing available to save them from blindness.

Pink Tie Guys explain mission, fundraiser with rap video

Have you heard about the Pink Tie Guys? The group of 12 spends a year fundraising for Susan G. Komen of Eastern Washington while wearing their signature pink ties. They have a new rap video out explaining their mission just in time for their Bridesmaids themed fundraiser at the Garland Theater on Saturday.

Prank a pal by sending a goat

Prank a pal by sending a goat

Looking for the perfect  prank? Send a friend a goat!

Spokane Produce Incorporated is sponsoring the "Send a Friend a Goat" event from April 14-18. For a $50 donation to Wishing Star you can send a baby goat to an unsuspecting friend or coworker. The volunteers will playfully threaten to leave the goat unless they are paid off with any donation amount.

Think you're going to get a goat delivered to you? You can buy goat insurance for $100!

The program doesn't happen without the help of volunteers. Teams of 2 or 3 volunteers can choose one or more days during the week of April 14-18 to deliver the goats to unsuspecting recipients in the greater Spokane community. Volunteers are provided with lunch and a schedule, and will be out delivering 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

All in the family - two brothers playing for different teams at the Spokane Arena

All in the family - two brothers playing for different teams at the Spokane Arena

Meg Fraschilla's shirt has two buttons on it. On one button, Oklahoma's James Fraschilla. On the other, Harvard's Matt Fraschilla. Brothers, three years apart, both in Spokane, playing on separate teams in the NCAA tournament.

"This was the tradition our from high school and my kids are mortified that I've carried it through college," Mother, Meg Fraschilla said about the buttons. ?But it's fun for us and we are the parents and grandparents, so we get to do what we want to do."

Out of eight venues, Harvard and Oklahoma University both ended up in Spokane for the second round, which was exciting news for the Fraschilla family.

"The boys started texting each other, which was really cute as a mother to watch them to bond over it," Meg Fraschilla said. "We just started scrambling for flights."

Meg Fraschilla and, grandmother, Julie Ann O'Connell made the trip to the Inland Northwest from Dallas, Texas. For O'Connell it's a grandmother's dream come true.

"They've always done everything as a pair," O'Connell said. "Growing up they were very very close, so it's been fun to see them."

Tourney reunites Spartan coach with mentor

Tourney reunites Spartan coach with mentor

As the NCAA tourney rolls into Spokane, it brings with it a reunion of two old friends -- one a coach, the other his mentor -- whose connection is steeped in Spartan green.

Jud Heathcote of Spokane got his start coaching basketball before he want on to bigger and better things, such as coaching the Michigan State to an NCAA championship in 1979. So when the former Head Spartan found out his team was coming back to Spokane for the first round of the tournament, he was ecstatic.

His Spartans are a favorite to win the national championship this season.

"If they're on the floor, they're very, very good, maybe better than anybody," Heathcote said, and he should know, having coached the Spartans to the national championship in 1979.

While he lives in Spokane he acts like he's still back in East Lansing, and often talks with his former assistant and current Spartan Head Coach Tom Izzo. This week, instead of picking up the phone, he can do it in person.

"This is great to have them here so I get to see them first hand," Heathcote said.

Clayton chef finds surprise success as buttercream sculptor

Clayton chef finds surprise success as buttercream sculptor

There’s spectacular cakes, and then there’s the art that Chef Rebecca Wortman creates with buttercream frosting and sugar pieces. Using the common cake topping, Wortman makes sculptures that have captured the eye of the confectionary world in just a few short months.


“I wanted to do something different,” said Wortman of her sculptures. “And it’s turning out to be good.”

7 time Bloomsday champion selected for Hall of Fame

7 time Bloomsday champion selected for Hall of Fame

From Bloomsday:

 

Anne Audain, who dominated women’s competition at Bloomsday from 1981 through 1990, will be inducted into the Road Runners Club of America’s Hall of Fame during the RRCA’s Annual Convention on Bloomsday weekend.