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A historic farm owned by Saint George’s alumni could help salmon return to the Little Spokane River.
Glen Tana Farm, 1,060 acres of fields and forest across the Little Spokane River and just east of the Saint George’s campus, was owned by five Witherspoon siblings, including Grant (SGS Class of 1962), Tannis ’66, and Peter ’70. They, and siblings William and James Witherspoon, sold the farm in August to the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy, which in turn plans to sell the property to Washington State Parks and the Spokane Tribe of Indians.
An extended article in the Nov. 2, 2023 issue of The Inlander expands on the history of the site. “At one point, the property spanned over 2,380 acres. Some parcels were sold and now are home to Saint George’s School and the Spokane Fish Hatchery.”
The Inlander article also identifies the hopes that the State Parks and the Spokane Tribe have for enhancing public recreation, wildlife habitat, and salmon reintroduction along this stretch of the Little Spokane River.
“There’s always been an interest in preserving as much of the river as we can and working with the tribe, so that’s one of the neat things I see happening with the Glen Tana is the partnership with Parks and Spokane Tribe with their fish hatchery,” says Paul Neddo, Riverside State Park ranger. “That would connect directly with and expand the natural area land which still allows recreation, but it also serves as a wildlife corridor right here next to the urban area.”
SGS Alumni! Come out to Alumni Night and watch the SGS boys and girls varsity basketball teams take on Medical Lake on Monday, December 18 in ESAC Gym (girls at 5pm, boys at 6:30pm). Alumni who register in advance get free admission (along with immediate family) to the games and some concession stand treats. Then plan to come to ESAC on Saturday, Dec. 23 at 11am to play in the Alumni Basketball Game. Please register for post-event food and beverages.
To register for either or both events, go to the Alumni LinkTree and click on the registration button(s) for those events. Go Dragons!
Saint George’s Center for Family Engagement will host the annual Trivia Night for parents, alumni, faculty/staff, and friends on November 30 at 6:30pm in the Upper School Courtyard. Enjoy a casual evening of drinks, appetizers, and five rounds of trivia to connect, compete, and have fun. Tickets will cost $10 per person. Registration will open soon – start thinking about who you’d like to play with – team sizes can range from 2-6 people.
Saint George’s School Alumni will host the Dragon Mini Golf Classic on Thursday, October 26 from 5-7pm at Flatstick Pub – Spokane. Flatstick Pub is located in the M Apartments building downtown at 618 W Main Ave. Please register for this free mini golf event at https://forms.office.com/r/4YZtSq8jjX