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A bed for AJ

A bed for AJ

After two years of mostly sleeping in his wheelchair, Anthony “AJ” Cada, a 21-year-old Rathdrum resident, is just $1,350 away from a new bed. However, the remaining balance must be met by Friday, November 23.

Cada suffered a spinal cord injury in a diving accident in Lake Coeur d'Alene in 2011. It left him paralyzed from the chest down.

The adjustable bed Cada hopes to get was recommended by his doctor. While a non-paralyzed person is able to move around during their hours of sleep, people with paralysis are unable to make these adjustments. Staying in one position for hours at a time can lead to complications like pressure sores. This new bed will provide Cada with the appropriate comfort and flexibility he needs to make adjustments for himself.

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

When you hear vegan, what's the first thing that pops into your head? It's probably not “sexy,” but that's what PETA is trying to change with their current competition for Sexiest Vegan over 50. The field has been narrowed down to just 14 men and women from around the US and one of them is from right here in Spokane.

Atania Gilmore is marking her two-year anniversary as a vegan this month. She's a runner and says it was another runner's book that encouraged her to make the change for what she calls selfish reasons.

“As a runner you're always looking for an edge,” she said.

Gilmore says it was “Eat and Run,” a book written by ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek that inspired her. In the book, Jurek explains that his record setting speeds to his vegan diet.

“I'm a turtle when I run,” said Gilmore. “I wanted to be faster so I thought it was worth a try.” So she decided to give it a try for the 30 days leading up to Thanksgiving and see if it made a difference.

Idaho food banks in need of milk

Idaho food banks in need of milk

Idaho's food pantries have a crucial need for more milk, and the Great American Milk Drive wants to make it easy to donate a gallon with the click of a mouse.

October is Idaho Hunger and Food Security Awareness Month, and United Dairymen of Idaho is encouraging people across the state to participate by making a $5 contribution for milk to their local food bank.

You can visit www.MilkLife.com/give and enter your zip code to ensure milk is delivered from the farm to a food bank in your community. You can also test “MILK” from your cell phone to 84465 to add a $5 donation to your phone bill.

According to Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, milk is one of the most requested by food bank clients, yet there is a nationwide shortage because it is rarely donated.

Free IHOP Scary Face pancake on Halloween

Free IHOP Scary Face pancake on Halloween

Looking for a special way to celebrate Halloween with your Ghosts and Ghouls? IHOP wants to help kick off the festivities with a free Scary Face pancake for all kids 12 and under on October 31.

From 7 am to 10 pm, each child can receive one of IHOP's buttermilk pancakes decorated with a whipped topping smiles and eyes and a strawberry nose. Then kids can use a kit of delicious toppings – eight pieces of candy corn and two mini Oreos – to finish decorating the face however they choose.

If you can't make it on Halloween, don't worry too much – the Scary Face pancake is available as a regular menu item all month long.

Memorial stones on sale for new Veterans plaza

Memorial stones on sale for new Veterans plaza

Just in time for Veteran's Day, the town of Hayden, Idaho is installing a lasting memorial to loved ones who have served in the armed forces.

Whether they are deceased, living, missing in action of under prisoner of war status, you can purchast a commemorative 12x12 paver brick to have engraved with their name and installed in the city's new PFC Robert J. Gordon Veterans' Memorial Plaza.

The bricks cost $100 each. To qualify, the veteran must have been discharged under honorable conditions in the United States Armed Forces. A DD-214 or other qualifying identification of honorable service will be required.

You do not have to live in Hayden to purchase a brick, but you must purchase it by next Friday, October 17 to guarantee installation by Veterans' Day.

For more information you can call the Hayden Community Services Department at (208) 209-1080.

Craft beer and cookie festival to support Girl Scouts

Craft beer and cookie festival to support Girl Scouts

When you think about a beverage to pair with your favorite cookie it's usually milk that comes to mind, right? But what about trying craft beer instead?

This Saturday marks the second annual Craft Beer & Cookie Fest, combining local craft brewery beer with Girl Scout Cookies to raise funds and awareness for Girl Scout scholarships, camperships and leadership programs. The fest is from 4-7 pm on October 11th at the Girl Scout Program Center, 1404 N. Ash St. here in Spokane.

It's a unique experience, where local craft breweries have paired a Girl Scout cookie of their choosing with one of their craft beers. Celebrity pourer Matt Santangelo, Executive Director of Hoopfest, will assist in pouring beer from featured breweries including Iron Goat Brewing, Ramblin' Road Craft Brewing, English Setter Brewing and Lagunitas.

While enjoying beer and cookies, attendees will also be entertained with live music offered by Matt Mitchell from the bank Folkinception.