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Susan Ballinger | Wenatchee botanist to be honored at reception

The Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) has recently awarded Wenatchee botanist Pamela Camp with the prestigious Mentzelia Award for her exceptional contributions to the society. The Wenatchee Chapter invites the public to a reception to honor Pamela during the monthly meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center. The guest speaker in Jim Hadfield, U.S. Forest Service Forest pathologist (retired) speaking about dwarf mistletoes in Washington. Dwarf mistletoes in the genus Arcethobium are native plants that parasitize conifers of Pacific Northwest forests. ...
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Susan Ballinger | Take action to preserve whitebark pine

The sharp scent of fresh-cut pine is a signature of the holidays and reminds us of our deep human connection to conifer trees. Our Eastside Cascade forests are home to four native pines: ponderosa, lodgepole, western white and whitebark. Pines grow signature cones, each containing seeds. Most commonly when ripe, the woody cone scales open and spread apart, exposing a seed surrounded by a papery wing that is easily carried away by the wind. However, whitebark pinecones never open on their own so their large wingless seeds remain encased inside ...
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Wendell George | Little Joe and the animal world

It was natural for Little Joe to follow the Indian First Commandment, “Treat the earth and all that dwell thereon with respect.” He and his pet spaniel shared an uncompromising love. She built her world around him by imitating him, like bouncing a tennis ball and catching it. He thought she was the smartest dog in the world and proudly showed the trick to his uncle (Twasen).
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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.