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Dan Sollom | Apple Tree — take a bite

Playing golf in November can be dicey if you live in North Central Washington. Late fall brings cooler daytime highs, wind, rain and even snow and frozen turf. It’s a challenge to play daily if you’re sick and addicted like me. Luckily for us, we have golf options to the south that become more suitable for this time of year.
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How two local youths inspired the Mayor's Maker Forum

A couple talented Wenatchee students played a significant role in inspiring City of Wenatchee officials to launch the Mayor's Maker Forum this Thursday at Wenatchee Valley College. Valley Academy 8th grader Sam Monson, who is passionate about tinkering with technology,  proposed that the community develop a "Maker Space,"  according to Allison Williams, the city's executive services director, Steve King, the community and economic development director and others. The idea was seized upon quickly by the city. Before that, the notion of "Maker Space" was not even on their radar, Williams ...
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Jean Towers | A look at A.Z. Wells

Last month my fellow Wells House Committee member, Teri St. Jean, wrote a wonderful story about W. T. Clark, who built the Wells House, then called The Cobblestone Castle. I would like to tell you about A.Z. Wells, who bought the house from the Clarks in 1919.
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Hanz Scholz | Methow Valley Nordic Team to hold auction

The Methow Valley Nordic Team is an organization that “shares the love of Nordic skiing with area youth.” The team teaches cross country skiing, both classic and skate techniques, to about 110 children from the ages of 5 years old through high school. Many of the children also compete in their age group in races throughout the Northwest, going as far north as Central British Columbia and east as far as Bozeman, Mont. A fair number of the children are on a scholarship program with the team, meaning that without ...
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Steve Wright | It’s time to plan projects

As we were preparing to put our Portland house up for sale earlier this year, I came to a realization. While we had been good at getting some of our critical home repair projects accomplished, there were others that I had put off. For example, our second story deck could withstand an earthquake (safety has been our priority). But while the roof did not leak, it needed to be replaced. Doing the inventory alone was disappointing and the repairs turned out to be costly. I wished I would have been ...
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Susan Ballinger | Golden October

Low-angled, fleeting October sunshine sharpens the fall foliage display of our native deciduous shrubs and trees. My favorite tree this time of year is the larch, a species that breaks the rule that says a conifer tree must have evergreen needles. Larch needles turn golden orange in October, lighting up the mountainside with a shimmering glow. Come November, the ground below a larch is carpeted with soft brown needles and the tree’s bare branches make the tree look dead. In the Cascades and the greater Pacific Northwest, we have two ...
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David Kelts | Misawa delegation cherishes visit to Wenatchee Valley

A delegation of 22 Japanese people from our sister city, Misawa, Japan, visited the valley Oct. 3-9. Their goal was to see and participate in Wings & Wheels activities and enrich Sister City friendships. The nine adults and 13 students were busy from the moment they arrived until they boarded a bus to take them to SeaTac airport. All 13 students and two of the adults had host families who shared their homes and lives with the Japanese guests. Most students stayed with the same American teens that their own ...