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Carin Smith | FIDO wants to offer first public, no-fee dog park

I’m the chair of a local group called FIDO (Friends Improving Dog Opportunities) that is working to create a network of public, no-fee, off-leash areas in the Wenatchee Valley. In early 2014, after a process of public input, the city of Wenatchee gave approval for an off-leash area of approximately 2.5 acres at Hale Park. They asked FIDO to work with the city for planning and ongoing maintenance of the future park. The site is located at the end of the Loop Trail, south of Pybus Market and under the ...
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Susan Sampson | Seeds to save the Coulee

It takes 30,000 jasmine flowers to make an ounce of “Joy” perfume. It takes 4,500 crocus flowers to make an ounce of saffron. I thought of those numbers as I stripped stalks of needle grass of their seeds, collecting them for a Nature Conservancy (TNC) project.
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Linda Holmes-Cook | Growing a legacy is a labor of love

Someone once told me that nothing worth having is easy — if it is worth having, it is worth working for. In my work as a school counselor, children often told me that something they were struggling with was “hard.” I would agree, but would remind them that they CAN do hard things. This is true as well for dahlia growers, especially in North Central Washington.
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Joy Jasinek | New sculpture exhibit installed

Perched on his pedestal on the corner of Palouse Street and Wenatchee Avenue, “Bowed Raven” by Georgia Gerber offers a moment of reflection as art and nature convene in this stunning sculpture. And it is just one of 10 new visiting pieces added to the Art on the Avenues exhibit.
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Jenny Pratt | The YWCA is there when needed most

If I had a dollar for every time someone came to the YWCA and said “I never thought this could happen to me ...” I would not have to write to you for support today. I’ve used those words myself, and maybe so have you. The words that come next can vary from the depths of extreme abuse or homelessness and financial distress to something hopeful, like the need for free job training in order to get a job.
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Jack Anderson | Charge! NCW offers plenty of places to plug in

One unanticipated pleasure of working on this column is that people around the valley have emailed me questions. Lucy Larkin recently asked; “What do you do if your trip requires more mileage than the car can go on a charge?” Her question is very often asked by those considering the purchase of an electric drive vehicle. Our region of the state has a great story to tell because there are more high amperage Level 2 chargers here than in any other region of Washington. Plug-In North Central Washington is a ...
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Kelli Scott | Paying it forward in NCW

Rebecca Maloney was having a tough day. We’re talking grocery-store-with-a-hungry-infant-in-tow tough. There she was in the checkout line at the Fred Meyer store in East Wenatchee, groceries half-bagged and just minutes from getting out the door, when she realized she’d left her wallet at home. As Rebecca explained her situation to the clerk, a woman standing behind her in line — a complete stranger — stepped in and picked up her tab of more than $60. The generous woman’s one request was that Rebecca do something kind for someone else ...
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David Kelts | Spring — Where were our Japanese friends?

It was very strange to have Apple Blossom time without our Japanese sister city guests from Misawa, Japan. I felt like I should have been scheduling tours of the area, visiting local schools and watching Misawa students and city delegates in our parades. However, I do understand they have decided to cut back to one visit a year in order to provide more financial help for their students wishing to visit the Wenatchee Valley. We sure look forward to 10 students and eight adult delegates who plan to visit us ...
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Wendell George | The pope shook my hand

The brightly lit arena seemed to brighten even more as the pope entered to a wall of applause. I had managed to finagle a seat about 10 rows back from the stage. I sat next to some nuns and about 40 bishops with their zucchetto clerical skull caps. We were told to remain at our seats but when the pope came around the nun next to me grabbed my arm and said “come on!” and we went up to the retaining rope. I shook hands with the pope and felt ...
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Suzanne Tomassi | An avian adventure

In a few weeks, I head off for the first field season in my new position managing the avian studies at Danum Valley Field Centre (DVFC) in Sabah, Malaysia (on the island of Borneo). I’m starting this blog both to keep a record for myself and to share photos and stories with interested friends and fellow ornithologists and bird nerds.