Kudos to Classmates!

The Mead Class of 1981 continues to leave their mark on our world!  These are some of the stories that we have uncovered while locating fellow classmates.  We thought you would enjoy them as well.  If you know of an enjoyable personal interest story, share it with us.  Email us at bonnettlk@aol.com 

We'll continue to post more as they are brought to our attention! 



The Coaches

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Clark, Randy
Randy Clark: Randy is a Junior National, National and International Level coach and gold medallist in both Freestyle and Figures. Attended (by invitation only) 2000 Team USA training camp at Lake Placid, NY. 17 years coaching experience and 28 years skating experience specializing in freestyle, jumps, trampoline jump training and moves in the field (MITF). Director of the LCFSC SKATE WITH US program, Randy also instructs on the Learn to Skate program and holds a Bachelor's degree in Education and Business

MHS 81 Classmate Randy Clarks daughter, Tasha, breaks school record!

  Tasha Clark
Tasha Clark


Player Profile

Spokane, Wash.

High School:

Pole Vault



High School and Personal: Born in Spokane, Washington ... parents are Patti and Randy Clark ... has one older brother, DJ, and one younger brother, Drew ... father was a senior level figure skater and coaches professionally ... helped Mead to the 2010 Washington 4A State team title by winning the pole vault her senior year, clearing 12-feet even ... won the Greater Spokane League title in the vault her sophomore through senior years ... won the 2010 Pasco Invitational with a personal-best clearance of 12-3 that set the meet record and school record ... placed third in the vault at the Washington 4A State Championships in both 2008 and 2009 ... placed 12th at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational in 2010, clearing 11-7 ... a three-time Junior Olympic Nationals participant, with a best finish of seventh (11-7 ¾) in 2009 ... third at the 2008 WA/OR Meet of Champions ... also earned a gymnastics letter in 2008 ... graduated with a 3.96 GPA.

Personal Best Marks
Pole Vault.......12-3


Mike Lavelle - L&S Tire  & Dirty Jobs

L & S Tire Company is a full-service tire recycling and disposal company with two Washington State locations.  L & S Tire Company was established in 1999 in Spokane, Washington.  The concept is to remove as many scrap tires as we can from the waste stream and to create and market recycled alternatives.  In 2001, our operation expanded westward, and we established our Tacoma, Washington facility.  We service all of Washington State, as well as Northern Idaho and have the capacity and equipment to process in excess of 3,500,000 tires per year. 

L & S Tire Company is one of the largest tire recycling and disposal companies in the State.  We have built our business on service and provide customized service plans to best meet customer needs.  We offer convenient and friendly pick-up service as well as container placement.  We are proud to be a licensed, bonded and permitted solid waste transfer facility for tires. 

L & S Tire Company's goal is to recycle 100% of the tires received at our facilities.  Our company has worked hard to develop markets for products utilizing waste tires.  Each year has brought us greater success.

Tires are a dirty business.  We have one of the dirtiest jobs around.  We were contacted by the Discovery Channel's show, "Dirty Jobs" to showcase to America what it is that we do.  It was a great deal of fun and made our jobs a little more glamorous.  At the end of the day, we hope we did our part to demonstrate the viability of tire recycling as well as the challenges we face in this industry.


State Gets First Grain Distillery Since Prohibition

Dry Fly will be able to produce 5,000 cases of gin, vodka, and whiskey annually.


This month, Don Poffenroth and Kent Fleischmann of Dry Fly Distilling in Spokane officially became the proud parents of the first grain distillery to open in Washington since Prohibition. One small step for local cocktail drinkers is one giant leap for our state.


Dry Fly's still arrived last week from Germany, where it had been constructed by Christian Carl, an industry giant that builds everything from small pot stills to giant distilling plants. Once the still is set up, the Dry Fly facility is set to produce vodka, gin, and whiskey at an initial capacity of 5,000 cases total a year, which puts the operation in the territory of craft distilling.

A craft distillery is marked by a less industrial, more hands-on distilling process. Craft distillers typically only produce one comma's worth of product, contrasted against the big distilleries that crank out millions of cases of booze. Though there are still fewer than 100 small distilleries in America, the craft spirits movement is growing, with Portland leading the charge. With Dry Fly, Washington finally joins in.

To date, whenever I have asked someone from a distributor or winery (i.e., "the business") why there weren't any distilleries in Washington, they've come up with the most cockamamie answers and conspiracy theories. Some have said distilling spirits wasn't legal here. Some told me that the state had made the licensing process technically impossible.

Turns out, our state-controlled system makes the process of owning a distillery difficult, but that's due to the lingering fallout of Prohibition more than any nefarious plot to keep distillers out of Washington. Poffenroth says that, in fact, the Liquor Control Board helped walk Dry Fly through the process, an intensified version of the same process potential winery owners have to undergo.

Given the higher profit margins that distillery owners stand to make, the scrutiny of potential distillers is greater, as is the bonding required. The federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, as well as the state Liquor Control Board, want to make sure those getting into the distilling business are able to stay in business—and pay taxes.

Enduring the background checks and opening up their financial histories might have felt like joining the CIA, but Poffenroth and Fleischmann made it through the process without being sent back to the starting point. As Poffenroth advises other budding distillers, "Licensing is not hard; it is just very detailed and takes a long time. You have to have your stuff together, or they will shoot you down. We made it through in the first pass, and it still took six months."

Both Poffenroth and Fleischmann come from high-level jobs in the food industry. They cite corporate burnout as one of the main factors that motivated them to find a trade in which they could work more flexible hours, to allow morning forays to the river (Dry Fly is named for their favorite pastime, fly fishing). Washington wineries share knowledge as commonly as they do equipment, but the two distillers must go it alone for now. Notes Poffenroth, "We're glad to be the first, but we're hoping for company."

Dry Fly vodka, gin, and whiskey will cost around $30, and the duo hope to have their vodka and gin on the shelves of a state-controlled liquor store near you this fall (the company is shooting for October). The distillery's single-malt whiskey then will be ready for stores in 2009. I suggest they name that kid "Poffenroth & Fleischmann Select"; it's a natural


North Bend bike store wants to provide options

By Laura Geggel

Ric Howland stands in front of a rack of Bianchi bicycles in his new store, Rattlesnake Lake Cycles, in North Bend. Photo by Laura Geggel

Ric Howland has switched from bicycling athlete to owner of Rattlesnake Lake Cycles, a new North Bend bicycle shop specializing in European brands.

Howland wore out his old sneakers running marathons in Spokane as he worked to lose weight for his high school wrestling team. Following in his father’s Ironman footsteps, he transitioned to triathlons.

“I kicked butt in swimming and cycling, but not so well on the running,” said Howland, a six-year North Bend resident. “When I was doing triathlons, somebody on the bicycle team in Spokane told me to join a cycling team, so I did.”

At age 19, he started racing bicycles, specializing in short distance cycling and biking around California and at the national level. He never placed, but he carries his two-wheeled enthusiasm with him as he helps customers fix and buy bikes at Rattlesnake Lake Cycles.

“I just love working on bikes and I love talking to people about bikes,” said Howland. “It doesn’t matter if it’s an $8,000 race bike or some kid’s first bike for a second birthday. I like to sell any bike.”

After his racing days, Howland married, went through the Marine Corps and worked as an operations manager for 15 years at three different companies.

“After a while, I didn’t like the executive path,” he said. “I didn’t like the commute environmentally that I had to drive three hours a day to (and from) Kent.”

Howland kept his biking passion in the backseat, setting up cyber shop at rattlesnakecycles.com and selling Italian gear. His Web site was so successful his wife “kicked him out of the basement” and he moved into a store by Ace Hardware. In his first week, customers from Monroe and Wenatchee visited, seeking his rare wares.

“Even up here, I’ve had a lot of walk-ins because bike stores in Seattle don’t carry this kind of stuff,” said Howland.

Matt Bell, who lives on the outskirts of Snoqualmie, took his mountain bike to Howland and, after several visits and a mountain bike refurbishment, says he is considering buying a Bianchi road bicycle.

“(Howland) wants to talk to you and find out what your needs are,” Bell said, who likes biking along the old logging trails. “He did such a good job setting up my mountain bike.”

Rattlesnake Lake Cycles is the second bicycle store in North Bend, but Howland thinks there is enough bike demand both for him and SingleTrack Cycles.

“I sell the same type of bikes, but I sell different brands – I do more road cycling than they do,” he said. “It’s just offering a choice.”

He offers the choices of the biking masters. He sells clothing brands like Santini, Castelli and Melini – favorites of riders in the Giro d’italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España – and saddles from Selle SMP, which have a split seat for a comfortable ride.

“These are all the same clothing that the major teams in the world wear,” said Howland. “It’s like going to a Seahawks game and getting a real jersey.”

Howland bikes with his 17-year-old son Trevor, who is enrolled in Bellevue Community College’s Running Start program. Trevor plans to work full-time in his dad’s store for the summer.

“I learned how to build bikes,” Trevor said. “It looks hard, but it’s fun.”

“If you’re looking for a bike and you’re not exactly sure what to get or what type of bike you need, test drive some stuff and we’ll see what you like,” said Howland


The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 13, No. 6            

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Denise and Dave Soukup

IIn order to cater to the diversity of the tourists that now visit "La Isla Bonita," the business community has found it necessary to offer a much larger variety of services for their clientele. This is true when it comes to accommodations, tours and restaurants. Today, the island of Ambergris Caye boasts a variety of eateries ranging from top-of-the-line restaurants for those with expensive taste, to quick take-out dinners. >From gourmet cuisine to pizzas, one thing these businesses have in common is top-notch service and quality food. This week The San Pedro Sun takes pleasure in introducing an island couple who were pioneers in the pizza business and have brought to San Pedro a wonderful "slice" of this international cuisine - Denise and Dave Soukup.


Dave was born in Cleveland, Ohio on November 29th, 1961 to Fred and Nancy Soukup. Predestined for a romantic encounter, Dave moved with his family to Spokane, Washington where he befriended and fell in love with Denise Mantello. Both Denise and Dave attended Mead School and following their graduation from this institution, joined their lives in Holy Matrimony on November 22nd, 1981. Dave then joined the US Navy as an Aviation Ordinance working with weapons, small arms and bombs. Shortly after his enlistment with the Navy, Dave was transferred to Okinawa, Japan and the couple spent the next three and a half years there. th, 1983, while still in Japan, the Soukups became the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl they named Tressa. Aside from the time involved discovering the joys of motherhood, Denise also managed to obtain an Associates Degree in Business at the Asian division of the University of Maryland.    

    On December 20

    Following his scheduled term in Japan, Dave and Denise returned to Spokane with Tressa, and both immediately got back into the work force. Dave went to work for a TV station (shipping/receiving tapes, movie editing) for a year and a half until this business closed following the death of its owner. Dave then worked unloading freight trucks from 1:00 to 7:00 a.m. and spent the rest of the day doing other odd jobs available. To help with the family expenses, Denise became employed as a customer services agent at a computer company for one year. It was during this time that Dave got his big break. He met a gentleman who was planning to start what was to become the third largest pizza franchise in the United States. Dave was hired as the first employee (manager) of the first pizza shop in Spokane. In the next two years, this pizza business expanded to include 13 stores, and Dave was promoted to district manager of the 13 locations. Denise also came aboard as office manager for the company.

    In 1988 though, Dave was ready for a new challenge and decided to join his father in the insurance business as an adjustor for the next year and a half. Denise also opted for a new career and became an independent insurance auditor.

    Although the Soukups were involved in their new careers, they had left their mark while in the pizza business. Their services were soon sought after by their former employer at the pizza franchise. He offered Denise and Dave a partnership in the business soon to be opened in the tri-city area of Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, Washington. Encouraged by this proposal, the Soukups accepted the deal and returned to the pizza business (both sharing the various tasks). A year later, Denise and Dave became the sole owners of all three stores, employing over forty workers. Denise and Dave renamed the business PepperOni's. The couple agreed to give themselves ten years in the tri-city area and then return to the island life they had cherished while in Okinawa, Japan. As planned, they stuck to their commitment but during their ten years of successful business, they continued to look for their "piece of paradise."

    The Soukups first learned about Belize through Dave's brother, a frequent visitor to San Pedro, who was in the process of moving there. "He suggested we move here too, so I decided to check it out myself. What I encountered in San Pedro - the weather, the wonderful hospitality, and the laid-back lifestyle - was the perfect combination for our change," Dave told The San Pedro Sun.   nd, 2002 the Soukups proudly opened the tropical branch of PepperOni's Pizza. The local population and tourists soon embraced this business with open arms. After 18 years in the business, Denise and Dave still make the pizzas themselves to ensure only the best of quality. Another secret of their success is their very friendly disposition. Denise and Dave can often be seen chatting with clients while they wait (only a few minutes) for delicious pizza - made to their liking. "We are very happy about the way we have been received here. At first I thought it was going to be more of a challenge to open a business on the island but the community has been very responsive to our needs and we are very appreciative," stated Dave. "We are especially thankful for our local customers who are the ones who keep us going," added Denise.

    Upon his return to the US, Dave convinced Denise about this new found "haven" and she, trusting his good judgment, decided to go with the flow. Already a plan had been created in Dave's mind. He bought a 1960 Boles Arrow trailer, parked it in his back yard, and began to refurbish it into a pizza shop on wheels. When this mobile pizza shop was ready to roll, Dave and Denise sold their pizza business and their house and headed for a new adventure in Belize.

    Dave pulled the pizza trailer from Washington State to Houston, Texas. It was shipped to Belize City and then barged to "La Isla Bonita" where it was parked in its rightful spot on Coconut Drive. On April 22

    Today, Denise and Dave are still hard at work six-days-a-week. They have also recently begun construction on their house on Ambergris Caye - another proud achievement for the happy couple. Although they remain busy most of the week, when time is available Dave enjoys playing horseshoes on the beach, while Denise soaks up the sun. The couple also take pleasure in walking their black Labrador, Roscoe. Denise also volunteers her spare time for the Saga Humane Society.

    Denise and Dave have managed to cook up the perfect recipe for success and San Pedro is happy to indulge in their wonderful pizza creations. Without a doubt, this husband and wife team are the preferred topping in "Our Community."