Trio of local companies join Sentinel roll call of contributors

Please join us in welcoming three new Sentinel contributors – Papa John’s Pizza, Black Jack Limousine and Timeless Portraits. We encourage you to click on their ads to view their websites (ad designs by Tanya Smith).


Keith Kopelson (LDS owner and operator). Treat your family to view the Christmas lights in style. Call to reserve today – (509) 230-0820.


Tanya Smith (LDS owner). Call today to schedule your family portrait – (509)230-6676.


John and Carol Grady (LDS owners). Present the special Sentinel Reader Code, LDS950, to receive a discount on your purchases at any of the three Spokane area locations: 2023 E. Wellesley, 920 W. Indiana or 101 N. Argonne.

Image of the Week

With its trademark cascading waterfall, Mirabeau Springs in Spokane Valley will once again host a community fishing pond during Valleyfest later this month. Photo by Sentinel Co-Publisher Nathan Howard.

With its trademark cascading waterfall, Mirabeau Springs in Spokane Valley will once again host a community fishing pond during Valleyfest later this month. Photo by Sentinel Co-Publisher Nathan Howard.

Movie tickets, dinner to be awarded in Sentinel subscription contest

This month we celebrate our quest of reaching 1,200 registered readers. Thank you to each of you, and to our faithful Contributors, for your continued support and kind comments.

We invite you to participate in our latest registration drive, starting now and concluding on Dec. 1. Awards will be given to the top two individuals that record the most “confirmed” registered subscriptions over the two-week period.

First prize is four tickets to the screening of “Christmas Oranges” on Monday Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Bing Crosby Theater – sponsored by BYU Management Society. (Proceeds go toward BYU Management Society scholarship fund). This is a one-time screening with tickets expected to sell out soon.

The one-time screening of the holiday film, “Christmas Oranges,” will take place at the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane on Dec. 3. The event is sponsored by the local branch of the BYU Management Society and raises money for the group’s scholarship fund.

Second prize is a gift certificate for $25 to the Grille from Ipanema, the first and only Brazilian Steak House in Coeur d’ Alene.

Delicious food and comfortable surroundings are trademarks of the Grille from Ipanema, the Inland Northwest’s only Brazilian barbecue, located in Coeur d’Alene.

Referring a friend or relative to the Sentinel is simple – just go to the Sentinel home page at and click on the section in the middle of the left-hand column... Read Full Story →

Memories from a farm – Spokane Valley resident reunited with vintage tractor

The early tractor was basic and crude.

Its inventors and designers had not yet imagined its full potential and regarded it as little more than a substitute for the horse. It began purely as an engine on wheels.

Several stationary kerosene or gasoline engines began to appear on the farm to drive barn machinery during the 1880s. The next logical step was to build one of these engines on wheels and provide it with a basic transmission system to move itself along. Thus a new power on the land was born – the farm tractor.

By the time Charles Forsyth was shopping for a farm tractor to cultivate 15 acres on his farm near Cardston, Canada in 1944, there were many companies to choose from. The question of who invented the first tractor is a contentious issue. If Charles had the inclination and resources to investigate all the options, he would have run across such names as, Hart-Parr Company, Henry Ford’s Model F Fordson, J.I. Case, Universal Model G Saunderson, International Harvester Company, and others.

Charles Forsyth, a member of the Evergreen Ward in the Spokane East Stake, was recently reunited with a vintage tractor that he purchased nearly 70 years ago while living near Cardston, Canada.
Photo by Nathan Howard.

John Deere was among them those creating a deep furrow in America’s farmlands. The company had acquired the Waterloo Tractor Company in 1918 and conveniently, when Charles was looking to replace a team of eight horses, John Deere happened to have a store in Cardston just 12 miles from the farm.

Forsyth had the tractor shipped from the factory, equipped with “special equipment,” pneumatic tires. The option of pneumatic tires was introduced in its Model U in 1932.... Read Full Story →

‘Wall of Heroes’

(Editor’s note: ‘Sentinel Scrawl’ is a new feature in the Latter-day Sentinel that focuses on unique and interesting topics in journal form as presented by the publication’s full-time writers, publishers and guest contributors. This month’s version of the Scrawl is presented by Sentinel Co-Publisher Nathan Howard, recently named one of the original honorees in a new local display called the “Wall of Heroes” that highlights the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation.)

Heroes have been a part of my life from the beginning of childhood. They included imaginary figures who possessed qualities of human excellence worth striving for. Also sports heroes played an important part in my life, as did famous explorers and cowboys.

Later, I began to replace or supplement those early heroes with people who I found closer to home such as neighbors, friends, teachers, Church leaders and members of my own family. Each of these heroes, regardless of who they were, had a certain nobility, character or talent that I admired and maybe even hoped to develop myself.

Little did I know that years later I would come to revere a most unique hero, a man who I would never meet (at least not in this life) that would become one of my most important heroes for the reason that he literally saved my life. He is my heart donor. (see Sentinel archives, “A Change of Heart” Jan. 18, 2011).

Although my donor did not consciously sacrifice his life for me, he is still my hero because sometime while still in the prime of life and with clear intentions and conviction, he made the decision to be a donor. That decision in my opinion is the greatest act of charity and love short of the “ultimate” sacrifice that can be made…yes, he will always be my hero.

I appreciated life and... Read Full Story →

Please welcome the Latter-day Sentinel’s newest contributors

Overnight Temple Lodging – Chuck and Merleen Fox
Rather than driving home after a late temple session consider a restful sleep at the Fox’s den… just a short drive from the Temple. Please click ad for detailed information.

Osborn Electric – Jared Osborn
You will find Jared’s rates shockingly low and his service and work so great you will understand why we are electrified to have him running in the Sentinel.

ZEROREZ – Jeremy Gee
Zerorez uses a patented cleaning technology called “Empowered Water”

We want you to feel empowered to call and make an appointment today…book on-line for fast and convenient results.

GETAWILLNOW – Patrick Jenkins
Where there is a will…there’s a way! And what could be easier than ordering and tailor making your document from the convenience of sitting at your computer!

Spokane Valley Chiropractic – Dr. Eric Cough, D.C
Achieve your perfect health – never thought possible? We recommend you adjust your thinking and believe…call for your appointment today! Better yet, participate in the Sentinel membership contest and win a free consultation!

Local residents build testimonies through church pageants

While many of us have been waiting anxiously for the spring and summer seasons to arrive, others have been anticipating the LDS season of pageants. They are among the families and individuals needed as volunteer cast members, work crew and backstage support to participate in LDS Church pageants and productions during the spring and summer of 2011.

Thousands of visitors migrate to LDS pageants each year, including the Mesa Pageant in Arizona, Hill Cumorah Pageant in upper state New York, Nauvoo Pageant (and productions) in Illinois and a trio of pageants in Utah – Manti, Clarkston and Castle Valley.

The Perry and Sandy Ross family from the Spokane East Stake are scheduled to participate in the Nauvoo pageant this summer and are looking forward to journeying east on July 8.

LDS Church pageants take place at sites in Illinois, New York, Arizona and Utah each summer. The Nauvoo Pageant (pictured above) is presented every July and August and tells the story of the early saints’ struggle to find a secure home. Contributed Photo.

“I found out about the pageant from Jenna Lake (Spokane Valley Stake) last fall,” said Sandy. “Her family had participated in the Nauvoo pageant for the previous two years. I saw something she wrote about Nauvoo on Facebook and asked her about it. She said that it was the best thing her family had ever done.”

The Ross family: Perry, Sandy, David, Josh, Jacob and Rebekah, are looking forward to spending time as a family and working together.

“I am excited about the opportunity to be a missionary,” Josh said. “I get to play my cello in the band.”

Missionary work is indeed one of the many blessings available to pageant participants as... Read Full Story →

Prize list growing for Sentinel subscription contest

As publishers, we want to thank you for your referral(s) to the Sentinel. We know your friend(s) will enjoy reading the weekly “good news.”

As you may know, we are celebrating our two-year anniversary this month with a subscription drive and contest. A number of our valued contributors and other local businesses have donated valuable gifts for our top winners…and you already have a good start to be among them.

For your interest, so far we have on our prize list (with more to come):

  • One free night’s stay at the Fox residence for temple patrons.
  • A free Tax Return, compliments of Grannie’s Bookkeeping
  • A $60 value Gift Package, donated by the Brass Plates Bookstore
  • Subway coupons
  • Free consultation/exam by Dr. Eric Cough, DC ($61 value)
  • Gift Certificate for $100 – Roosevelt Inn Bed and Breakfast


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