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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 ...
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John Braun | Garden Terrace a well-kept secret

Some people say that Garden Terrace is one of the best-kept secrets around. What they mean is that the owner, Wenatchee Brethren Baptist Homes, is a charitable, nonprofit corporation and that the 146 apartments of Garden Terrace are managed so well that the public is seldom called on for support. Eight-six of those apartments carry HUD Section 8 subsidies to help our mission provide a home for people who have few housing options available.
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Jill Fineis and Ariaha Jones | Wenatchee School District taking STEAM outdoors

The world is full of acronyms and the latest buzzword to hit the educational system is STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) and PBL (project based learning). Knowing what they stand for is one thing, but putting them into practice is precisely what the Wenatchee School District’s Science Resource Center aims to do with their outdoor science field experiences (SFE).
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Linda Holmes-Cook | An autumn lullaby

As I waited for the light to change on the corner of 19th and Sunset Highway, I couldn’t help but be reminded that harvest is upon us. Tractor-trailer rigs laden with square boxes filled with Honeycrisp, Gala, Grannies, Jonagold, Ambrosias, Auroras, Goldens and Reds lumber past, destined for packing sheds and ultimately, markets throughout Washington, the U.S., and other parts of the world. This is the time of year that so many of us spend the rest of the year preparing for — we are now rewarded for our careful ...
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Susan Sampson | Politics are a quieter affair here

When we retired from Seattle to Wenatchee, my husband and I noticed a significant political difference in the two communities. Over there, almost everybody was a Democrat. Over here, almost everybody is a Republican. It doesn’t matter to us: We never miss voting and we always vote opposite of one another, canceling out each other’s vote, on everything from who should be president of the United States to whether chickens should be permitted by our homeowners’ association.
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Karen Dawn Dean | The role of art in the area

Every Friday morning, there’s an ongoing conversation about expanding Wenatchee Valley’s art presence. Here in the valley, we’re seeing the stirrings of change accompanied by an uptick in our communities’ cultural vitality, and while subtle, an accompanying shift in attitude and optimism about our futures.
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Terry Vranjes | Steps and stumbles

I knew it wasn’t going to be easy climbing out of my rock bottom hole, and the events of the last few weeks have proven that. While over the half-way mark (45 days) to my goal of finishing my 90-day drug treatment stay, I caught a rather vile case of the plague. OK, it was pneumonia, but it might as well had been the plague as bad as I felt. After being medically discharged from treatment, I returned home to the Wenatchee area to gather my strength, and start my ...