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The Wells House was a dormitory

During the early years of Wenatchee Valley (Junior) College, the Wells House served as many things, one being a girls dormitory. Eighteen to 20 girls lived on the second floor, ate in the college dining room and socialized and studied in the main floor living room. Three of us got together recently to reminisce about our time as We Ho Gis (Wells House Girls) for two wonderful years, from 1953-1955.
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Jodi Smith Payne | Make an impact on learning by becoming an emergency sub

You may have read about it in newspapers across the state. It’s a challenge many school districts face this year. Substitute teachers are in short supply. The sub shortage is causing a crisis in schools across the state when teachers are out due to illness, personal leave, or professional learning, and substitutes are not available to their cover classrooms.
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Brenna Dimmig | New Día de los Muertos event will rise again

I met with Miseal Ferardo Perez for lunch in late October. Before the food even arrived, we were deep in conversation about Día de los Muertos. The beloved Mexican celebration was fast approaching and we were dizzy with anticipation. So dizzy — and possibly delusional — that we thought it would be a good idea to throw a Día de los Muertos fiesta on a week’s notice. The Wenatchee Community Center could host the event, Misael offered to organize food and entertainment, I’d make event fliers.
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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 ...