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Kory Kalahar | WestSide 'family' — helping each other during difficult times

When tragedy struck the Parker family once again and the kids lost their father and their mother lost her husband, the students at WestSide High were shocked, hurt and ready to help. Three students from the Leadership Club — Samantha Welch, Courtney Welch and Carmen Cruz-Gonzalez — sprung into action immediately thinking of ways they could help the family and their mother’s continuing battle against Stage 4 cancer.
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Linda Holmes-Cook | Wood hath hope: The cycle of plant life

A couple weeks ago I was checking my Facebook notifications to find a post from my daughter Abby. “Did you know that Father Lovett died?” she asked. I said “No … Where did you hear that?” She told me that a friend from St. Jude’s Parish in Redmond had told her. Father was the founder of our former parish, St. Jude’s, and I immediately Googled his name. My heart broke when I found out that it was indeed true. Father Gerald Francis Xavier Lovett passed away at the age of ...
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Kris Bassett | Clark's pebble mansion

One of Wenatchee’s most historic and early grand mansions is what is known today as “Wells House.” But before A. Z. and Imogene Wells owned the house, which later became the first home to the Wenatchee Junior College, it was home to a man who is regarded as the “father of the Wenatchee Valley.” It was William Timothy Clark, who brought water to the valley through the Highline Irrigation Canal, which in turn resulted in Wenatchee becoming the “Apple Capital of the World.”
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Dawn Kranz | By From Sweet Getaway Cottage to Home Sweet Cottage

Many of us have enduring memories of the cabins and cottages of our childhoods. We might still recall the charm and coziness of the old family place by the lake or the simple tranquility of that mountain retreat from a decade ago. There is just something about these sweet little havens that seems to answer to our deepest longings for shelter and comfort.
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Tom Arnold | Why I chose to live in the Wenatchee Valley

In 1990, I left a town of roughly 50,000 people in Indiana to be on the West Coast where I could quickly get to the mountains (Indiana is very flat) while also being a part of the tech industry. I picked Seattle because of Microsoft and the Cascade mountains. As time has passed, tech moved to “the cloud” and allowed software developers to work anywhere. This past June, I chose Wenatchee because it has the high-speed Internet connection I need, lower taxes, cheaper utility bills, less traffic, fresh produce, friendlier ...
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Mary Rea | Family Easter tradition

Never, ever, have our boys believed in the Easter bunny. They grew up country kids and saw a lot of rabbits. There was no way such a small four-legged creature could carry around a large basket, let alone hide eggs. But they still liked to have an Easter egg hunt.
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Susan Ballinger | Eco-tourism is at your backdoor

For me, the change of season to spring makes me want get to outside to explore new places and see wildlife, wildflowers, and expansive views. Similar to being a tourist in a foreign county it makes sense to engage a local guide who knows exactly where to go, and what to be looking for. This spring, I’d like to invite you to take part of a guided outing or even attend a regional wildflower or wildlife festival!
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Darold Wax | Our local historians preserved a wealth of information

Let’s hear if for the caretakers of our past. That could be a tall order, stretching from the History faculty at Harvard to the many family genealogists who operate at the micro-level. I have in mind a smaller cohort, the local historians who have prepared written accounts of our area communities. Their combined efforts have resulted in a shelf of books preserving our regional history. Wenatchee, to begin with our urban hub, has produced several historians. John Gellatly’s “A History of Wenatchee,” published in 1963, is regarded as the authoritative ...
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Susan Sampson | Wenatchee is international

Before we moved to Wenatchee, we checked the possibilities for staying in connection with the outside world, and decided that automobile, bus, train, airplane, and Internet, were everything we could ask for. We daydreamed about catching the Amtrak at 9 p.m. and waking up at Glacier National Park for breakfast. 
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Matt Cadman | Necessity is the mother of collaboration

It IS lonely at the top! I have now been the executive director of the Numerica Performing Arts Center in Wenatchee for 25 months and I am still trying to locate the owner’s manual. It didn’t take long in my tenure to realize how isolated and autonomous this position could be, and especially how little I knew about running a theatre. Out of necessity, I began to contact other directors of regional performing arts centers to introduce myself and to solicit their advice on certain issues I was facing. In ...
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Dawn Kranz | Helping out where needed

When the Upper Valley Free Clinic (in Leavenworth) was just taking shape back in 2001, I agreed to help out as a Spanish interpreter. The prospect of throwing myself into the jostle of unknown challenges was a bit frightening. But assurance that this was something I was meant to do helped to calm the worries.