Cindy Hval, SpokesmanReview

Cindy Hval


Spokane, WA, United States

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Past articles by Cindy:

Restoring Dorothy Dean: New owners of Edna Mae Brown's home bring her kitchen back to its cozy glory

Erin Haskell Gourde had long admired the French architectural design of the stately South Hill home she and her husband Zach Gourde purchased in October. → Read More

Longtime passion finds steady beat: Founder transforms online vintage drum shop into brick-and-mortar

The clickety-clack of trains on a downtown railroad overpass pound out a rhythm well suited to the nearby Rainier Drum Shop. → Read More

From camel races to senior bios, amateur videographer documented life

Donald Fitzgerald, 80, collects senior biographies, making videos of people talking about their life stories. → Read More

Marching to the century mark: From Victoria, B.C., to L.A. and points in between, lively Jones keeps moving

Bert Jones beamed as members of the Spokane AARP chapter sang “Happy Birthday” to him on Thursday. → Read More

'Dunkin the Jersey Mouse': Leslie Woodfill's mouse tale comes alive during trip

Eleven years ago, Leslie Woodfill took a trip to New York and landed in Newark, New Jersey. → Read More

Stimulating the joy of reading: Retired librarian used stimulus check to build a Little Free Library

When schools closed during the pandemic, retired Freeman School District librarian Cis Hyndman worried about how kids in her neighborhood would access books. → Read More

Camp Fire sparks lasting friendship: Bond that orginated at Camp Sweyolakan over 60 years ago comes full circle

Karen Erickson and Lois Richards were loyal Camp Fire members who enjoyed annual summer outings at Camp Sweyolakan, but they didn’t strike up a friendship until both were counselors-in-training in 1956. → Read More

Infused Wellness aims ‘to help your body get to the point where it can heal itself’

Located in the Fairwood neighborhood, Infused Wellness is a plant-based wellness boutique offering bulk organic teas and herbs, plant-based wellness products, including jun and CBD products, and knowledgeable staff to help guide customers. “Thirteen years ago, I had a health crisis,” owner Cheryl Fragras said. → Read More

Gonzaga graduate launches gigs4good, a fundraiser for nonprofits through volunteer work

When Thomas Detillion, 23, graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in engineering management this spring, he knew his career would most likely take him away from his hometown. He also knew it might take time to find his dream job. → Read More

Pandemic projects: Collector gets organized – South Hill's Myron Molnau donates bulk of 3,500 books, rearranges stamps

When Myron Molnau and his wife moved to Spokane from Moscow, Idaho, in 2013, some serious downsizing occurred. Molnau collects books and stamps. Stamps are small and don’t take up much space. Books are another story. → Read More

Musician misses live gigs: Norm Seeberger, 78, took to playing accordion at very young age in North Dakota

Born and raised in a North Dakota town not far from Lawrence Welk’s birthplace, Norm Seeberger, 78, says he was indoctrinated into accordion music. “My oldest sister bought me a toy accordion with only eight buttons on the right hand,” he recalled. → Read More

Pandemic projects: Retired teacher creates fabric collages with goal of loaning or donating to children's programs

Lady Liberty stands tall in all her flowery beauty. Her gown composed of hundreds of tiny pieces of teal and aquamarine fabric. Lavender butterflies and dragonflies dart around her legs. Her hem needs just a few more finishing touches. → Read More

Pandemic projects: Carousel pony comes to life in mosaic coat of sparkling glass, ceramic

Tina’s pony positively sparkles. Warm brown eyes framed by lush black lashes gaze shyly, and her hooves glow ruby red, just like Dorothy’s famed shoes. But her true beauty is found in the hundreds of beads and glass cabochons that adorn her body from head to tail. → Read More

Pandemic projects: Gathering at 'The Big Table': Pat McHugh tackles cookbook compilation of 350 recipes from 100 families

Chances are wherever the extended McHugh family and friends are gathering today, they’ll be tucking into matriarch Barbara McHugh’s turkey dressing. While the group may be smaller than usual, Barbara, 92, hasn’t retired from the kitchen. “I’ll be making my dressing,” she said. → Read More

A new light: Hillyard nonprofit If You Could Save Just One assists struggling kids and families

Approximately 1 in 3 youths in Spokane County have reported signs of depression, and youths of color are more likely to experience depression. Such symptoms are related to increased likelihood for risky behaviors such as drinking, abusing drugs and carrying weapons. → Read More

Monkey Biz fulfills longtime dream: Store opens in Logan Neighborhood

Ken LeMay has always loved comic books. As a child growing up in the ‘70s, he’d pick up his favorite Captain America comic for a quarter, whenever his mother went to the grocery store. “I love the artwork and the stories. I even love the smell of the ink,” he said. Now, he is surrounded by his favorite things. In October 2019, LeMay, along with several family members, opened Monkey Biz, a comics… → Read More

Green Bluff resident Jeff Banke logs thousands of volunteer hours for SCOPE

Jeff Banke, 73, traveled the world during his 35-year career in broadcast television engineering. When he’d had enough of corporate life, he kept traveling, taking stock photographs for companies like Shutterstock. → Read More

Spokane County Library District’s Aileen Luppert is named a ‘Mover and Shaker’ by Library Journal

Aileen Luppert has always found a way to connect people with the information and resources they need. Recently, Library Journal honored Luppert’s efforts by naming her as one of the publication’s “Movers and Shakers.” → Read More

University of Idaho offers free music performances via Facebook Live

When the University of Idaho moved to online-only classes on March 23 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the music department grappled with how to continue teaching and facilitate the Student Convocation Series. → Read More

MAC makes exhibits, including ‘Pompeii: The Immortal City,’ available online

A loaf of bread, intact after the 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius, is one of more than 100 items excavated from the ruins of Pompeii currently on display at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. → Read More