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Linda Holmes Cook | The Nitty Gritty

Like everyone else in the valley, I “sprang” forward on March 13, fooling myself into thinking that the days have actually become longer. At the same time, I noticed more days with temperatures creeping tentatively into the high 40s-low 50s. For gardeners, such days are a clarion call to play in the dirt – simply irresistible! On just such a day last week, I and others of the NCW Dahlia Society spent a couple hours preparing the soil for planting. We were pretty happy to find that the soil seemed ...
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Diana Haglund | Adding value through social media

We live in a digital world. As educators we want our students to use real-world tools to do real-world work. In the real world all of us, professionally and socially, are using social media as a tool to communicate, stay connected and build relationships. In the Wenatchee School District we are making efforts to enhance our social media presence.
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Dave Bartholomew | Adapting to Abundance

One of the most practical and fascinating books I’ve read in a long time is Brain Rules by mind scientist Dr. John Medina. One of the many interesting points he makes is that humans are not the biggest, nor the fastest, nor the strongest species on earth, yet we are the dominant species. 
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Anne Brangwin | Great books to dive into during spring

Spring is here, bringing rainy weather which is a great time to curl up with a good book. Here are a few titles that are sure to leave you entertained and give you a nice respite from the elements. Mycroft Holmes is co-written by basketball legend and passionate Sherlockian Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse. In this fun novel we get to know Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s more traditional and serious older brother. When his best friend Douglas (who is also the purveyor of his favorite cigars (Principe de Gales) becomes alarmed after he hears that young children ...
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Susan Ballinger | Consider becoming a citizen scientist

Citizen Science is a new rapidly growing collection of projects in which volunteers partner with scientists to answer real-world questions. It greatly expands the opportunity for field data collection beyond what paid scientists have time to accomplish. Locally, volunteer citizen scientists help biologists monitor pygmy rabbits, document migratory songbirds that nest in sagebrush lands, and conduct monthly counts of bird species at a variety of sites. 
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Susan Ballinger | Wenatchee Valley wintering Anna's Hummingbirds

Maybe your neighbor has told you about scrambling to build a heated nectar feeder in recent winters to serve hungry Anna’s hummingbirds. Ingenuity and cleverness are evident in the variety of solutions many residents have employed to ensure that visiting hummers can access liquid sugar solutions, despite weeks of frigid winter temperatures in Eastern Washington. Why are we seeing increasing numbers of Anna’s hummingbirds in our snowy cold climate? A key element of biological science study is that there are so many unanswered questions about common life forms, and our ...
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Teri Fink | Transition House connects special education students to community, independent living

Nineteen-year-old Bayley arrives at work at Red Robin restaurant early in the morning twice a week. Her job is cleaning and replacing batteries in the Ziosks, the tabletop table systems used for ordering and paying at the restaurant. She meticulously wipes down each unit then replaces the battery, before moving onto the next table. Bayley is sight impaired, and she gets her job and training through the Transition House, a Wenatchee School District Special Education program designed to help developmentally delayed students enter the work force.
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David Kelts | Winter in Misawa

Those who visit Misawa, Japan, on our August Sister City trips can’t believe that snow often falls in winter, from November often to mid-April. Yes, it can be warm and humid in August, but average snowfall in winter is 140 inches. During the time I lived in Misawa, we even had a winter of almost 240 inches of snow. It piled up to the second floor of our Japanese home. I remember when it was the first day of spring and snow still covered our fences but Judy insisted that ...